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fat 30 yr olds and skinny 50 year olds.

Every one is just making small talk and standing around. 

Sounds like a BDSM club to me.

Or Kill Me / Re: brain stop please
« on: Today at 12:30:30 am »
This is true.

Meunster, do a post-grad degree.  Your life will become a remorseless hell of reading and studying to the point you won't care about being lonely.

Everyone is always drunk.

Except EoC, that sober son of a bitch.

Or Kill Me / Re: brain stop please
« on: Yesterday at 09:54:16 pm »
Great,  so all my problems are because I'm lonely.  And I've been regressing to a shit poster because my only friend is in jail.

Boohoo.  I work three nights out of every six and then when I'm not working, I'm studying.  Social life, friends...what are those?

Amazingly, I manage to not shitpost everywhere.

If I'd been there, I could have at least said you were drunk, as a get of jail free card.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Turkey shoots down Russian Jet
« on: Yesterday at 07:19:37 am »
Here's the kicker though: the Turkmen Syrian group is led by an alleged member of the Grey Wolves organization.

In the late 1970s, former military prosecutor and Turkish Supreme Court Justice Emin Değer documented collaboration between the Grey Wolves and Counter-Guerrilla—the Turkish stay-behind anti-communist organization, part of NATO planning which was supposed to prepare networks for guerrilla warfare in case of a Soviet invasion—and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Martin Lee writes that the Counter-Guerrilla supplied weapons to the Grey Wolves,[8] while according to Tim Jacoby, the CIA overtly transferred guns and explosives to Grey Wolf units through an agent in the 1970s.[113]

During the Susurluk scandal of 1996 the Grey Wolves were accused of being members of the Counter-Guerrilla, the Turkish branch of Operation Gladio.[114] Abdullah Çatlı, second in command of the Grey Wolves leadership,[8] was killed during the Susurluk car crash, which sparked the scandal. The April 1997 report of the Turkish National Assembly's investigative committee "offered considerable evidence of close ties between state authorities and criminal gangs, including the use of the Grey Wolves to carry out illegal activities."[115]

In the 2008 the Ergenekon trials a court document revealed that the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) armed and funded Grey Wolves members to carry out political murders.[116] They mostly targeted members of the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA),[116] which attacked Turkish embassies abroad in retaliation of the denial of the Armenian Genocide. The Turkish intelligence services also made use of the Grey Wolves in the conflict against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) by offering them amnesty in exchange.[24][117]

Their helicopter was shot down by an American weapon, given to a man belonging to a group like that?  The GRU are not strong believers in coincidence.  They think the provocation was staged (and not without good reason), so they're almost certainly considering the followup in a similar light.

Personally, I do think it was coincidence, at least with regards to the weapon.  Lots of American weapons in that part of the world, they could've picked it up anywhere.  But it does pay to be suspicious of Turkey.


Nigel is also drunk.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Turkey shoots down Russian Jet
« on: November 26, 2015, 07:57:34 pm »
39 Turkish businessmen arrested in Moscow today.

Have I mentioned lately that I love you all?  Because I do.

Hoopla's been at the sauce again.

Uh oh.

I just figured out how to use ENBs while recording and preserving a watchable framerate.  Behold the power!

Bleak ENB:

Grim and Sombre - Hircine preset

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Paris attacks thread
« on: November 26, 2015, 01:56:29 am »
That can't be right, because there's no way to make it into an easily digestible soundbite.



But, seriously, thanks, Cain.

No worries.  It just pays to remember, everyone has some form of agency.  Ethno-linguistic groupings, history, religion, culture and resource division matter as much as geopolitical rivalry and oil, if not more so.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Turkey shoots down Russian Jet
« on: November 26, 2015, 01:18:52 am »
I'm sure that won't stop Putin from using it as a wedge issue to ratchet tensions between Turkey and the rest of NATO by pretending he'll consider war over it.

Nothing official, of course, but he did just send a much of missile systems to Syria, for example.

People in Syria sympathise with those who have been unfairly maligned due to their support for Gamergate.

They have a Kickstarter for them and everything.

Hrm. I'm having difficulty guessing which faction sympathises... Rebels, Assad or ISIS?
I'm going to go with ISIS pro Gamergate, Assad pro zoe quinn and the rebels caught in the crossfire.

Seems pretty reasonable.  But who can tell, in the topsy turvey world of Middle Eastern politics ethics in game journalism.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Paris attacks thread
« on: November 25, 2015, 02:21:56 pm »
I don't really follow the news much, but the Paris attacks really got my attention - probably because the situation at the Bataclan was a . . . how do you say . . . relate-able environment?

Anyhow,  I did a bunch of reading and I found this article which I feel is a pretty likely explanation for why this mess exists in the first place.

essentially saying that the syrian civil war and resulting jihadist bullshit started over conflicting interests regarding a pipeline through Syria.

I thought the article was enlightening, so I thought I would share.

Also, if anyone thinks the article is bullshit, I'd like to know about it and why.

Zerohedge is....not an entirely reliable source.

There's always pipeline politics in the Middle East.  Sure, that's part of the picture.

But it ignores basic human agency on the part of...well, everyone.  The Syrian people rose up because of the Arab Spring in other countries, because they were suffering economic malaise while under a dictatorship.  That dictatorship responded with extreme cruelty to demands for more political freedom (they kidnapped and tortured kids, to death.  Then they dumped the bodies on the streets).

The Arab Spring then got co-opted by conservative Middle Eastern states, who hoped to use it to destabilize the Shia Crescent, the arc of alliances that was forming from Hezbollah held territory in Lebanon, through Syria, central Iraq and into Iran.  They saw a chance to take out a major Iranian ally, and they jumped at the chance.

Conservative Muslim states = code for Saudi Arabia and Qatar, btw.  Turkey also saw an opportunity to spread its own influence in the Middle East.

But it backfired in their face.  Assad's regime was more durable than they gave it credit for.  They put Assad's back against a wall, funding the most extreme jihadist elements against the regime, such as the Islamic Front and Jabhat al-Nusra.  That it turn meant elements in Syria who feared Sunni Islamic extremism, including the Alawites, had little qualms about throwing in with the regime.  They were only going to be killed anyway, right?

Al-Qaeda in Iraq takes advantage of the chaos.  Sends experienced fighters across the border, captures large swathes of territory in the poorly held eastern regions of Syria.  Creates a special division, Jabhat al-Nusra, to fight in Syria.  Al-Qaeda Central see AQI as cowboys, assert control over their Syrian puppet via the Khorasan Group of advisors they sent in-country to aid the fighting.  AQI tries to reabsorb JaN....unsuccessfully.  Creates the ISIS-Al-Qaeda split.

Add into the mess the Kurdish desire for their own homeland.

Add into that mess intervention by Hezbollah, Iran and Russia on behalf of the Syrian regime.

Add into that mess intervention by Western powers against ISIS.

Add into that mess the whole civil war potentially boiling over into the clusterfucks that are Iraq and Lebanon, with their own histories of sectarian violence.

Everyone's too invested to back down, the moderates (the Free Syrian Army) are mostly slaughtered, (though the Syrian Democratic Front has made some promising moves of late) and lines of mutual alliance and distrust are so tangled that the early 20th century Balkans is impressed.  And then you have a crazy as fuck faction which happens to be sitting on most of the oil and has a penchant for genocide.

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