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LOL @ "it's not about race".  How more blatantly head in the sand denial about reality can you get? 

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Checkmate?
« on: Yesterday at 04:00:05 pm »
Ah, clickbait.  You're the only thing on the internet that isn't illegal and pays.

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Precisely.

Trolling is an art and skill.  Any idiot can name-call over the internet.  It takes a master to make others name call, though.

(I really wish the media understood this distinction)

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Probably in the case of men.

Not sure about women though - I had quite a few message me about my "racism" towards Scots.  I can't remember what I said, except it was clearly lighthearted and inoffensive, probably something to do with their cooking.  These were not Scottish women, I should point out.  Or other entirely minor issue, like a preference for a certain author or mild criticism of a tv show.

I think a lot of people on OKCupid are just socially inept, raging assholes with no respect for others. 

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Sure, not a problem.  Whenever you have the time.

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OK, here it is:

My Self-Summary
What I'm Doing With My Life
I'm Really Good At...
Favourite stuff
The Six Things I Could Never Do Without
I Spend A Lot of Time Thinking About...
On a typical Friday night I am...
You Should Message Me If...

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Sure.  Give me a few minutes, as I need to setup a new profile (ie come up with a decent username and find an unused email account).

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: Yesterday at 12:55:48 pm »
More importantly, it does involve David Petraues, who once upon a time had a bright and starry future as a Republican politician (and may still do, if people forget his affair).

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Rigging the System
« on: Yesterday at 12:54:12 pm »
I suspect there's also an element of revenge in the police decision as well.  Deciding to bring down a Chief Whip in some sort of twisted political power play (Leveson related?) was not their brightest move.

Still, I can't say I enjoy the prospect of G4S having any more say over security issues.  While I don't think they're actually much worse than the UK police, in terms of conduct or accountability, they will likely end up costing three times as much.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: Yesterday at 12:19:35 pm »
There was nothing there because Obama's secret Muslims in the State Department took it.  So, obviously, a new investigation is needed into the coverup of this coverup.

Seriously though, notice how no-one is talking about the allegations that Benghazi's CIA annex was used to support Qatari and Turkish attempts to arm Syrian rebels with Libyan weapons?  The suspicion is that the CIA used the State Department's (legit) weapons seizure and destruction program as a cover to acquire weapons which would then be passed onto the aforenamed nation states and end up in the hands of Officially Approved Rebels. 

After Benghazi was hit, the Turks and Qataris had free reign to arm whoever they wanted, since no CIA support meant no CIA oversight meant arms getting into the hands of Al-Qaeda and ISIS.

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So, this is working out well.

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US air strikes in Syria are encouraging anti-regime fighters to forge alliances with or even defect to Islamic State (Isis), according to a series of interviews conducted by the Guardian.

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Islamic military groups are joining forces with Isis, which has gained control of swaths of Syria and Iraq and has beheaded six western hostages in the past few months.

Some brigades have transferred their allegiance, while others are forming tactical alliances or truces. Support among civilians also appears to be growing in some areas as a result of resentment over US-led military action.

“Isis now is like a magnet that attracts large numbers of Muslims,” said Abu Talha, who defected from the FSA a few months ago and is now in negotiations with other fighters from groups such as the al-Nusra Front to follow suit.

I seem to recall saying something about our fairweather friends in Syria.

Also, this seems like a curious re-run of 2007:

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The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress.

The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of the larger, $1.6 billion spending request to Congress focusing on training and arming Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

But the document underscored the importance the Pentagon places on the Sunni tribesmen to its overall strategy to diminish Islamic State, and cautioned Congress about the consequences of failing to assist them.

I say curious, because clearly arms are not the issue.  The region is awash in US arms from the last time the US armed Sunni clans in the region.  The problem is a central government so odious and awful that allying with ISIS seemed like a decent alternative

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Rigging the System
« on: Yesterday at 10:37:59 am »
Yup.  The NHS has severe problems with spending in terms of overpaid bureaucrats and expensive, failed projects (not least due to the lack of transparency in how it spends its funds, plus nearly a decade of Gordon Brown purposefully hiding as much information as possible from the rest of the government on how the Treasury was allocating funds to the NHS), but Parliament and the government in particular have a vested interest in not fixing this fundamental problem, and instead using it as a cudgel to allow for private health reform.

I don't forsee a good end to this, but then as far as I'm concerned, I don't see pretty much anything to do with the economy having a good end as things stand.

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Every time you write a paper on "cyberterrorism", someone with actual knowledge of computers commits seppuku out residual shame from reading your article.

It's also interesting to note just how many academic articles on cyberterrorism come from the early 2000s, ie; when you could publish any old bullshit about the internet because it runs on Space Magic and no-one had Facebook to teach them any better.

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Principia Discussion / Re: Introduction/Flaxscript Idea
« on: Yesterday at 08:38:04 am »
No card for you.

They're at the shop, getting re-printed.

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Strangely enough, I was considering starting up a new OKCupid profile the other day.

Not until my essays are over (so, Christmas), but maybe after that...

THE LOVE DOCTOR IS IN.

Go ahead and set me up.

I may as well start now - no doubt I'll have down time between writing pages.

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