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Messages - Prelate Diogenes Shandor

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I too vehemently oppose the moloch of racial, ethnic, and cultural purity. I dream of a world where nobody has fewer than three different racial backgrounds; where there is no white of black or asian or jewish or arab or whatever, just people who are mixed, really really mixed

I oppose violence except when really necessary. There's often much more that can be done with a handshake and a contagious illness.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: ITT: Confess your WOO!
« on: Yesterday at 05:27:36 am »
I can't shake the simulation hypothesis. I don't believe it, on account of I'm physically incapable of believing anything
I don't believe it either. I can't shake the fact that it kind of looks a lot like the same tired old mysticism trotted out and dressed in scientific looking wrappings, just like intelligent design is actually creationism and singularitarianism is the same tired old messianic/apocalyptic prophecy we've heard again and again.

Anyway, as for my own woo, I have on at least one occasion prayed to the Atomic Bomb like in Beneath the Planet of the Apes and Fallout 3 (only I didn't have one right there so I prostrated myself facing Los Alamos). I also spend a good deal of time in contemplation of the teachings of various misanthropic fictional pantheons including the Great Old Ones, the Ruinous Powers, and to a lesser extent the House of Troubles

My main religious (that's probably not precisely the right word) influences are SubGenius, Discordianism, Taoism, Buddhism, the aforementioned fictional pantheons, the Book of Ecclesiastes and the Epistle of St.James

I'm technically agnostic, even though I'm confident that every specific deity, as described by their relevant faith's dogma, does not exist. This leaves a small window of non-discounted possibilities though, due to three considerations. In ascending order of importance: 1.) Some deities could be stripped of their aspects that contradict each other and observed reality and still remain recognizable as that deity. Still very highly unlikely that any of them existed in any sense other than the way that, for example, John Frum was likely based on a real person 2.) the supreme beings of Jainism (although not the rest of the faith) really do have non-overlapping magesteria with science, this is because being as they are free of all passions desires and attachments they don't get up off of their all-powerful asses for anything ever. and 3.) Most importantly once you realize that many ancient deities relied on tools for their most iconic abilities it brings many of them down from the realm of the fantastical into the realm of "fuck, I could do that". Tesla coils anybody? The specific characters probably still aren;t real but their power level drops into the realm of plausibility

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Also, even though I know this can't be what's happening, sometimes it feels like NHGH is answering my prayers; A lot of public figures that I don't like have gotten pancreatic cancer.

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I believe that a cat's penis has incredible magical powers and that, like the holy grail, is a divine channel between heaven and earth that has been presented throughout the history of the arts and sciences as an object of transcendent value which we should only dismiss at our own mortal peril.
Seconded, provided that much of it is taken as metaphor

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Going back to my brief mention of Taoism and Buddhism, the ideas of wu wei and of freeing oneself from passions and attachment really speak to me because I believe that many or even even most of society's ills derive from people overreacting to things; the societal equivalent of an anaphylactic response or cytokine storm. People need to learn to stop doing shit or giving a fuck except when it really really matters. Race is completely void of meaning, creed is completely void of meaning, ethnicity is completely void of meaning, culture is completely void of meaning, manhood is completely void of meaning, womanhood is completely void of meaning, order to no clear end is completely void of meaning, romance is completely void of meaning, sex is completely void of meaning, the sun the moon and the stars are completely void of meaning, thrice accursed Jerusalem is completely void of meaning, dreams are completely void of meaning, all things are devoid of inherent value (especially gold), tradition is completely void of substance, the beliefs of ancient cultures are completely void of substance, and most things in the news will not effect us in any way except through the exaggerated actions of others

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: August 18, 2017, 05:48:59 pm »
A story about some kind of dysfunctional wizard or cultist (or perhaos a dysfunctional superhero or supervillain) who has the ability to use their own body as a voodoo doll. This is to say that by mutilating their own body they can cause a chosen target's body to become similarly injured.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: August 16, 2017, 02:00:07 am »
Retelling of the myth of Odin fashioning the world from the body of Ymir in which Odin's mannerisms are heavily based on those of Ed Gein

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another idea:

Speaking of Ed Gein, there's a lot of Ed Gein inspired horror movie characters but I don;t think any of them have done the deranged amateur artist angle, which I think is the most compelling one (for those of you not familiar with the case, the infamous "woman suit" was not the only thing Gein made out of human body parts; he also made a wastepaper basket, and a lampshade, and decorative bedposts topped off with skulls, and a bunch of masks, among other things).

So, horror movie plot: It starts with two casual acquaintances having a discussion about hobbies, one of them mentions being into art,  but he's kind of cagy about what medium he works in. Creepy things start happening. Some digging leads the other acquaintance to the artist acquaintance's house, where he finds a Gein-esque assortment of messed up handicrafts. While he's still staring in shock and horror, artist pops up behind him and knocks him out. Then he wakes up tied up in a chair made out of a dead body in a sitting position with the arms chopped off and reattached beneath the butt stretching downward. Then the villain does a monologue; gotta kill him to keep his secret safe, your body will be my greatest masterpiece, yadda yadda yadda. and then the non-artist gets made into a throw pillow or something.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: August 15, 2017, 07:37:51 pm »
Is it still even vaguely possible that Donald Trump isn't trying to court and keep racists on his side?

I want to say this is too deliberate and obvious a long term pattern, but maybe he's just being manipulated,

Yeah, I've gotten kind of a Theoden vibe from him too

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: August 13, 2017, 06:08:37 pm »
Junk science has become so prevalent on most media platforms, social and otherwise, that it gets increasingly difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff unless you're an expert in a particular field, or willing to spend more time than is worthwhile.

Bad signal is probably one of our greatest challenges right now.  The very real threats we face require intelligent responses, but when you take bad signal as your data, well, GIGO.

On the other hand it's only for the past millenium or so that there's been any appreciable amount of good signal at all (and only since the renaissance that there's been any in europe and the places they've spread to). Prior to that there were only superstitous barbarians.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: August 13, 2017, 05:10:34 pm »
“An Exhausted Donald Trump To Take A 3-Day Vacation From His Golfing Vacation”

As per the article: “Donald Trump said that while he’s on his 17-day vacation he will be ‘working hard’ but instead, he has lashed out at the media, his critics and threatened to start a nuclear war with North Korea. All of that tweeting and golfing has exhausted the 71-year-old former reality show star already. It’s not the end of his vacation yet, but he’s already planning a three-night stay in New York upon leaving his luxury golf club in Bedminster, N.J. on Sunday, then he’ll return to his vacation after he takes a vacation from his vacation – or something like that.”

Here’s the link: http://deepstatenation.com/2017/08/an-exhausted-donald-trump-to-take-a-3-day-vacation-from-his-golfing-vacation/

Who hasn’t needed a vacation from their vacation? I’m sure the good people of NYC will be out in force to demonstrate their sympathy for the head of the Trump Crime Family.

I want him to keep golfing. The best case scenario with Trump is complete dereliction of office that effectively leaves us with no president instead of Trump or Pence as president.

Trump is worse than nothing,, and we must not forget that.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: August 13, 2017, 03:05:05 pm »
A strange cross of fantasy and hard science fiction chronicling the construction of a large underwater building by merfolk (or possibly deep ones). The story's main focus is on how construction methods and culture realistically would be different for a naturally aquatic race living underwater. The tower itself for example is 100 stories tall but made primarily of wood; bouyancy (combined with a lack of need to make the structure totally watertight like an air breathing race would need to) would allow wooden structures to be built ridiculously tall, provided that they could source the wood (so maybe I should go with deep ones over merfolk on this) and could stabilize it so that it doesn't snap in the current

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: August 10, 2017, 04:10:26 pm »
Short skit: A parody of those campy old adverts for horror films that warn about test audiences having passed out from from fright and needed to be hospitalized. This one is an ad for a porno, and it warns that several members of test audiences developed priapism and had to be hospitalized. It ends with the standard viagta/cialis disclaimer, "Consult a doctor if you experience a prolonged painful erection lasting more than four hours"

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: August 09, 2017, 04:31:18 pm »
Aliens come to steal the planet's water but conveniently the amount needed to fill up their tanks is just enough to cancel out the projected effects of global warming related sea level rise. They are unexpectedly hailed as heroes.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Neutral Party
« on: August 07, 2017, 07:26:46 pm »
I prefer to side against both sides

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Ominous Fortune Cookie
« on: August 05, 2017, 12:40:39 am »
"Please update your account to enable fortune"

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: August 02, 2017, 05:58:47 pm »
I don’t know the reputation of the ‘researchers,’ so I wouldn’t accept the following article at face value. Still, I did find it amusing.

“What do Trump’s tweets say about his personality?”

“Researchers analyze tweets of Donald J. Trump and compare his personality traits with other influential business leaders”

As per the article (bold type mine): “Their results indicate that Trump is indeed a distinct type of person who shows strong features of a so-called Schumpeterian personality that is said to be typical of successful entrepreneurs. This personality was described by Joseph Schumpeter in the 1930s as being very creative, change-orientated, competitive and rule-breaking. The analysis further indicates that Trump has neurotic tendencies, and experiences underlying low well-being.”

Here’s the link: http://www.springer.com/gp/about-springer/media/research-news/all-english-research-news/what-do-trump-s-tweets-say-about-his-personality--/13326212

What do you want to bet that "Schumpeterian personality" turns out have basically the same definition as one of the Cluster B personality disorders?

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High Weirdness / Re: Monkey Copyright Ownership
« on: August 01, 2017, 09:31:24 pm »
Wow! That's one of the stupidest things I've ever heard. PETA makes Trump supporters look lucid.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: July 31, 2017, 05:17:56 pm »
An Osmosis Jones-esque cartoon in which an organ transplant is a metaphor for immigration and a xenophobic white blood cell must be reined in by an anthropomorphic anti-rejection medication

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another idea:

this is just a gag idea, not a story idea, but I'd like to see a bit in some piece set back in the early to mid 20th century in which a rotary phone is used to connect to a fictional old timey version of some modern smartphone app. Like J Edgar Hoover is on some kind of old-timey version of grindr where the portraits are replaced with a verbal description

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another idea:

gag character: A guy who's nationalist but not racist. He goes around doing things like insisting people switch to Puerto Rican-style Spanish and ranting about how chop suey is better than authentic chinese food.

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