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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: The Moon
« on: Today at 04:54:00 pm »
The moon as a symbol/archetype is a powerful one.

Unless you realize the power of the archetype/symbol, it's just another bar in your cell.

That's something a lot of Wiccans don't realize.

Speaking of wiccans and the moon, has anybody else noticed that the Triple Moon symbol bears an uncanny resemblence to Goatse?

And the countries and power blocs have become mindless horrible things. There seems to be a one-upsmanship contest to see who can do the stupidest most deranged shit; first Britain decides to leave the EU, then the United States elects Donald Trump, then the entire EU proposes a bunch of deranged web regulations that are dangerously close to being ratified. The mindless unthinking nation-things are shambling across the world in search of victims.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: Yesterday at 07:45:40 am »
An alternate history in which Hillary Clinton didn't run in the 2016 election and Trump was instead opposed by Monica Lewinski

Another idea:

Dystopian vignette in which married couples are kidnapped and forced to compete on a gameshow called "Wife or Death" in which they must decide between saving their own life or the life of their spouse.

Abother idea:

A tantasy setting where magic is powered gy the emotion of resignation to failure (at magic)

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: 5000 year history of imminent apocalypse
« on: September 16, 2018, 07:54:34 pm »
The zombie apocalypse is currently in progress. You all thought it would just be relatively nonthreatening reanimated corpses but the truth is much worse. It's ideas coming back. Fascism, nationalism, coal, paying for music, manhood, womanhood, marriage, racism, Russia; the mindless dead are rising up to eat the living!

Apple Talk / Re: This Isn't How Any of That Works.
« on: September 16, 2018, 07:50:45 pm »
Also people need to stop claiming that Wicca goes back to ancient times. It's highly debatable whether even the legitimate neopagan religions are valid continuations of the mythologies they are based on, but the alleged religion that Wicca is supposedly based on turned out to never have existed in the first place so that's their claim to ancientness straight out the window right there. And even if the religion it allegedly based on wasn't an asspull their claim to their religion being ancient would still be no more valid than if we claimed that Discordianism dated back to the 7th century BC (the approximate age of the Cypria, one of the oldest works known to contain an account of the Judgememt of Paris)

Aneristic Illusions / Re: The EU's trying to break the internet again
« on: September 13, 2018, 06:31:31 pm »
The porn one is the most bizarre. I can't imagine what possible positive effect that could ever possibly have.

The only effects it could ever have are harmful disruptive ones such as making it more difficult for teenagers to get access to porn and reducing revenues of the adult film industry.

It was bad enough in my own youth having to make up a fake birthdate and these shitheads want people to have to get fake IDs to back the fake birthdays up? Thank god I live in America.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: The EU's trying to break the internet again
« on: September 13, 2018, 05:43:03 am »
the UK wants even more stringent approaches to the internet

IIRC the UK already has heavyhanded automatic internet censorship, right?

Aneristic Illusions / Re: The EU's trying to break the internet again
« on: September 13, 2018, 01:50:58 am »
Luckily I think it still needs to be ratified by the member nations; thank the stars for checks and balances.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: The EU's trying to break the internet again
« on: September 13, 2018, 12:11:31 am »
If it comes down to an either-or choice between a free web and open borders (and of course it would be best to have both but it looks like the entertainment industry is going to do their damnedest to make sure we can't have both) a free web is going to do more to foster international understanding. How often do you travel and how often do you talk to foreign people online?

I have no friggin idea. WTF!?!?

Aneristic Illusions / Re: The EU's trying to break the internet again
« on: September 12, 2018, 06:17:24 am »
that "would" is because the vote is in the future, not because nationalism would stop being stupid. in retrospect it probably should have been a "will"; "Closed borders, nationalism, and paranoid schizophrenic islamophobia will still be retarded ideas regardless of the vote's outcome, but..."

Aneristic Illusions / Re: The EU's trying to break the internet again
« on: September 12, 2018, 05:25:28 am »
I hate to say it, but it this passes they'd be right to leave. Closed borders, nationalism, and paranoid schizophrenic islamophobia would still be retarded ideas, but they'd be right to leave the EU

Welcome to the fun and exciting world of nationalism, jackass.  Buy the ticket, take the ride.

Bannon's reasons why people should leave the EU (national sovereignty, national identity, etc) are still retarded.

The problem is that the EU is currently poised to deliver a non-retarded reason for countries to leave. There are a lot of benefits to being in the EU, and they're well worth giving up the kind of things that Bannon is worried about; the things he cares about are largely worthless anyway. They are not, however, worth giving up a free and open internet.

Here's a diagram. In descending order of importance:

The Internet>International cooperation>Individual nations and the other stupid shit bannon cares about

Aneristic Illusions / Re: The EU's trying to break the internet again
« on: September 11, 2018, 11:56:00 pm »

Closed borders, nationalism, and paranoid schizophrenic islamophobia are still retarded ideas, but they should leave over Article 13

Techmology and Scientism / European Union trying to break the internet again
« on: September 11, 2018, 05:16:22 pm »
The European Union is voting soon on a number of measures that could seriously disrupt any web traffic going to, from, or through Europe. These measures were shot down before but they've been dredged back up. If you live in Europe please contact your member of the European Parliament to oppose them:

'Under Article 11 -- the "link tax" -- online services are banned from allowing links to news services on their platforms unless they get a license to make links to the news; the rule does not define "news service" or "link," leaving 28 member states to make up their own definitions and leaving it to everyone else to comply with 28 different rules.

Under Article 13 -- the "censorship machines" -- anyone who allows users to communicate in public by posting audio, video, stills, code, or anything that might be copyrighted -- must send those posts to a copyright enforcement algorithm. The algorithm will compare it to all the known copyrighted works (anyone can add anything to the algorithm's database) and censor it if it seems to be a match.'

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