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Messages - Prelate Diogenes Shandor

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Can anybody recommend a good free DVD ripper program for me that can strip off region codes and stuff? I tried running a web search but can't seem to find a free one, just shitty trialware.

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Unfortunately the weekly world news, which was the best of them, seems to have gone out of business.

Yeah, Weekly World News was harmless.

The National Enquirer on the otherhand seems to be the mouthpiece of Vladimir Putin as all I ever see on the cover is Russian propaganda

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That's something, but I also can't help think that, no matter what, this is "too little, too late".  If it had been leaked in October, or even before the Electoral College vote in December, this could have had an impact.

Now?  I don't know if there is anything that can be done, short of impeachment (which I don't see happening without absolute evidence).

They brought Bill Clinton to trial for less

Other than that we can only hope that he gets covertly assassinated by the intelligence agencies he's shown so much disdain for.

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Putin/Trump presidency vice presidency? Would that be Preferable to Pence?

Depends on your definition of better. A Pence presidency would be an assault on the 1st Amendment via his attempts at instituting a theocracy. Trump has been attacking the 1st via press/speech, as well as the 4th, 5th, 8th, and 14th, as well as his cabinet nominations generally being people who want to destroy their department, or are corrupt as hell.

Is is better to have an administration that wants to watch the system burn, or one that's throwing gasoline on the fire while whistling?

Pence is a dominionist.  That's all I need to know.

So they're both sellouts to foreign powers

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: January 11, 2017, 08:08:57 pm »
Russia has won the war

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Offical betting thread
« on: January 11, 2017, 07:55:47 pm »
Betting that Trump's public shitting on US intelligence agencies directly leads into the formation of his secret police.

Or his assassination by said agencies (one can hope)

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Yeah, people are focusing way too much on the watersports thing.

They should be focusing on the claim that the Trump campaign had sustained, purposeful contact with the Russian government at the highest levels.  That's the meat, and if it's true...

Does the mainstream GOP still hate him? Maybe he'll be impeached, or even jailed for treason (well, one can hope)

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: January 10, 2017, 07:37:24 pm »
*A modern qurst for the grail story in the vein of Indiana Jones 3, except with a slightly perverted protagonist searching for Jesus' shoes, described in the bible as being holier than John the Baptist

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This story was really interesting, as well.

http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/11/23/503146770/npr-finds-the-head-of-a-covert-fake-news-operation-in-the-suburbs

Fake news has escalated to an actual social problem.

To be fair, tabloids were already doing this long before this racket went online

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And the tabloids are also, of course, still doing this. Every time I'm in the checkout line at the supermarket I have to look at some headline alledging that Obama is a communist muslim who's in this country illegally and possibly alsp some kind of lizard.

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The mob has always been easy to lead by the nose. It's not rational argument that gets people elected it's image and rhetoric. If the guys with the good PR dept are cool guys then society wins if, on the other hand, some complete wankstain gets a hold of a weapons grade marketing machine then we have a clusterfuck. Protip - there are no good guys anymore, the wankstains sorted that out last century.  :lulz:

This highlights the failure of the educational system. There were never good guys. Good guys are a myth.

Before the current order we had things like (in no particular order) the scramble for africa, monarchies, the trail of tears, Fulgencio Batista, the conquest of canaan, medieval catholicism, protestants, the czars, the golden age of quackery, the golden age of piracy, slavery in america, slavery in europe, slavery in africa, slavery in rome, the list goes on and on

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slavery in asia, ignorant abrahamic religious beliefs, ignorant eastern religious beliefs, ignorant african and native american religious beliefs, whaling, child labor, traditional chinese medicine, imperial japan, henry the 8th, andrew jackson, the people who lobbied to put the electoral college in the constitution, the people who lobbied to allow the slave trade in the constitution, the confederacy, king george the third, prohibitionists, slavery in ancient greece, aztec human sacrifice, roman emperors persecuting christians, roman emperors persecuting non-christians, Tiberius, the targeting of civilians in warfare, people profiteering off of the plague, fake fortune tellers, fraudulent claims to divinity by the pharaohs, circumcision, dickensian workhouses....

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: January 01, 2017, 03:16:31 am »
Just re-watching "the producers". Just wanted to note that "Don't be stupid, be a smarty, come and join the nazi party" should have been an election slogan this year. I'm somewhat surprised it wasn't.

The whole election was like some kind of post-modern reimagining of The Producers where the play-within-a-play (Springtime For Hitler being here represented by Republican fascism) bled into the frame story (corresponding to Hillary's "pied piper" gambit)

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When times are bad you can generally count on people to pick an option that makes shit worse.

You know how stress makes you make bad decisions? This is basically the result of applying on a large scale to nation states. I'm expecting to see some terrible deals done and presented as great over the coming years.

I agree. I've always maintained that panicking idiots are ultimately the biggest threat to freedom.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: December 27, 2016, 07:31:42 am »
A biblically accurate alternate ending to Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark where instead of having their faces melted off the villains instead suffer and die from the the ark's biblically attested curse of hemorrhoids and ass cancer

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Another idea

Short skit or gag for use in a larger piece: God appears to someone in a dream, but keeps getting interrupted by weird dream characters. He eventually demands for "anyone who doesn't exist" to please leave. The miscellaneous dream characters all vanish but so does God.

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Another idea(s):

*A man is exorcised of posession by a being of pure order through a ritual resembling the confuse-a-cat skit from Monty Python

*A short skit about a man who comes to church in an undershirt and with unwashed hair, citing Ecclesiastes 9:8 ("Let your garments be always white. Let not oil be lacking on your head.") when challenged.


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More ideas:

*A comic-horror film about John Hinkley Jr's attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan in which the movie "Taxi Driver" is portrayed as a legitimately insanity-inducing cthulhu-mythos-type production, akin to 'The King in Yellow'

*A sci-fi in which John Hinkley Jr was actually a time traveling would be hero whose attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan was actually intended as a warmup prior to eventually going back and killing Hitler

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More ideas:

*a fantasy story that in some way involves gnomes who run a burusera shop, as that is obviously step 2

*a murder mystery where everyone saw who did it, but nob0dy can identify the victim

*a combination of Star Wars and The DaVinci Code with the skywalkers combined with the Neveus and Vader combined with Jesus. The title is "Vi Vobiscum"

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: December 25, 2016, 03:50:26 pm »
What seems like direct first contact soon turns out to actually merely be contact with a derilect alien space probe which we manage to take control of and still learn a lot of things from

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: A question for America
« on: December 24, 2016, 06:41:44 am »
This gives me a truly American idea: Declare myself a church and that my religion is the worship of money. Instant tax-exempt status.

Didn't Jim and Tammy Bakker already do this?

That's exactly what they did. But it isn't what they said they did.

And on the converse you have the Church of the SubGenius, which says it does this* but actually doesn't

*or at least says "BOB" does this; IIRC in Arise he is described as "a comicbook character who communicates with space aliens and worships money"

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