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After nearly a week...new episode up.

Nice!

I wrecked my voice doing a 90 minute video this afternoon.

Not the one linked...one or two episodes from now.  Did Red Eagle, Valtheim Towers and Saarthal in 3 episodes.  My character is almost as sore and bruised as my throat.

Jesus, what were you DOING? I suppose I should anticipate turning the volume down when you post that one.  :lulz:

Killing all the things.  I just got caught up in the moment, mostly.  Started the first major questline, and then did the first quest associated with it.  Almost froze to death.  The usual.

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After nearly a week...new episode up.

Nice!

I wrecked my voice doing a 90 minute video this afternoon.

Not the one linked...one or two episodes from now.  Did Red Eagle, Valtheim Towers and Saarthal in 3 episodes.  My character is almost as sore and bruised as my throat.

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70,000+ people, given the chance, really thought Trump was the best choice for President?  Urgh.

If NH is any indication, and it's Sanders v Trump, I'm gonna laugh my balls off.

But we'll have to wait an see.  It ain't even started until Wisconsin.

Yeah, I think Sanders was always forecast to do well in the early primaries, it's the later ones where things will get significantly tougher for him.

As for Trump...he's got a clear lead in South Carolina, and has done in every poll since last July.  Alabama is Trump, easily, with Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia looking similar.  Cruz has a home advantage in Texas, but even there he's only got a 5 point lead.  Trump's also leading the polls in Michigan and Florida at the moment.  Without some big shakeup, after Super Tuesday, Trump all but has the nomination.

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I'm pretty sure he is the worst choice in the field.  Many of the others, Kaisch aside, are pretty bad, but Trump's the only one with a significant Neo-Nazi support base.  If he even only wins the nomination, it paves the way for one of America's major political parties to become a proxy for actual fascism.  Don Black, David Duke, Jared Taylor...they'll all be players. Seats at the table.  "Community leaders".

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: The Darkest Corner of The Internet?
« on: February 10, 2016, 12:12:42 pm »
Seriously, 8chan is skeevier than 4chan by far, and 8chan's barely a blip in comparison to some of the things out there.  While 8chan's population of basement dwelling pedophiles is pretty high, I'm fairly sure that they're not a major producer and distributor of the material...unlike some sites.

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70,000+ people, given the chance, really thought Trump was the best choice for President?  Urgh.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Picking Cain's Brains
« on: February 09, 2016, 08:04:02 am »
I think China wants in on the DPRK's vast mineral resources, which are not insignificant.

Furthermore, supporting North Korea's acts of random omnibelligerence is a good reminder to Japan, who are poised to intervene and lay waste to China's most heavily populated and economically successful region if demanded, that such actions are not without consequence.

Thanks Cain,

I’m aware of the importance and value of rare earth elements. I did not, however, know that North Korea held the world’s largest deposits. Thank you for that specific information. 

That, however, just makes Kim Jong-un’s behavior even more perplexing to me. I mean, I did not know the man is sitting on top of a vast fortune, all the while allowing his people to live with the threat of starvation hanging over their heads. It’s easy to say that the guy is crazy, but really, what the hell?

All that military activity in the South China Sea, etc. has me equally baffled, even more so after reading the article you posted. But, I’m going to take some time to gather my thoughts, and I’ll post something more on that subject later on.

Thanks again.

North Korea's political behaviour is constrained by specific internal conditions.  Specifically the North Korean military has a very large say in North Korean politics, and maintaining a state of affairs where North Korea is considered hostile and suspect by the world at large strengthens their hand in internal politics.  North Korea could open itself up to trade, liberalize...but that would weaken the military to the benefit of the North Korea Workers Party who, in this scenario, would quick likely develop along similar lines to the Chinese Communist Party.

My thinking is that China would like to see such a development, and indeed some of the early developments in North Korea when Jong-Un assumed power suggested this may be the case.  However, political leaders in North Korea who could've reigned in the military were either sidelined, or killed by Jong-Un for bizarre and implausible acts of "treason".  Jong-Un also wasn't seen publically for several months.  IMO, a palace coup occured, with the military taking firm control of the regime and leaving Jong-Un as a figurehead.

China isnt thrilled about that outcome, I suspect, but so long as North Korea's military is willing to stress its beserker opposition to South Korea, Japan and America, it acts as a potential headache for any future naval war between Japan and China.  So they're willing to live with it, for now.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Picking Cain's Brains
« on: February 08, 2016, 09:24:03 am »
I think China wants in on the DPRK's vast mineral resources, which are not insignificant.

Furthermore, supporting North Korea's acts of random omnibelligerence is a good reminder to Japan, who are poised to intervene and lay waste to China's most heavily populated and economically successful region if demanded, that such actions are not without consequence.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: February 07, 2016, 06:20:47 pm »
I actually have the elder scrolls online (on xbox one).

I am gonna reinstall it and give it another go. If anyone has it and wants to team up, let me know.

Unfortunately I'm a PC player, otherwise I'd gladly do so.

Now's probably a good time to roll a nightblade if you haven't already - the Thieves Guild DLC just dropped, with the Dark Brotherhood slated for the summer.  I think the meta after the last balance patch is that magicka nightblades and dragonknights are pretty awesome, at least for PvE. 

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High Weirdness / Re: DEA Issues Stoned Rabbit Warning
« on: February 06, 2016, 05:31:27 pm »
I see the foul hand of RWHN in this.   :lulz:

"I deal in facts. I deal in science," could be a verbatim quote.

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Aneristic Illusions / Rogue Agents 4th edition released
« on: February 05, 2016, 02:49:33 pm »
Thought you might like to be aware:

https://cryptome.org/2015/12/Rogue-Agents-4th-edition.pdf

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This study is an attempt at a preliminary transnational investigation of the Paneuropean Right and particularly of the covert forum, the Cercle Pinay and its complex of groups. Amongst Cercle intelligence contacts are former operatives from the American CIA, DIA and INR, Britain's MI5, MI6 and IRD, France's SDECE, Germany's BND, BfV and MAD, Holland's BVD, Belgium's Sûreté de l’Etat, SDRA and PIO, apartheid South Africa's BOSS, and the Swiss and Saudi intelligence services. Politically, the Cercle complex has interlocked with the whole panoply of international right-wing groups: the Paneuropean Union, the European Movement, CEDI, the Bilderberg Group, WACL, Opus Dei, the Moonies, Western Goals and the Heritage Foundation. Amongst the prominent politicians associated with the Cercle Pinay were Antoine Pinay, Konrad Adenauer, Archduke Otto von Habsburg, Franz Josef Strauß, Giulio Andreotti, Manuel Fraga Iribarne, Paul Vanden Boeynants, John Vorster, General Antonio de Spínola, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

Once the fragmented information is pieced together, the network that emerges cannot be overlooked: the Cercle complex can be seen to be an international coalition of right- wing intelligence veterans, working internationally to promote top conservative politicians who would shape the world in the 1970s and 1980s.

To take the British example, much of the destabilisation of British democracy in the 1970s can only be fully understood by analysing the international support given to groups like the Anglo-American "deniable propaganda" outlet, the Institute for the Study of Conflict. The Cercle Pinay was a major source of support for the ISC virtually from its inception on; the Cercle Pinay and the ISC also tied in with another key British group, the Foreign Affairs Research Institute, heavily funded by BOSS, apartheid South Africa's secret service. BOSS's other incursions into domestic politics in Britain, notably their smear operations against leading Liberals such as Jeremy Thorpe and Peter Hain, were a significant factor in the hijacking of British democracy in the 1970s. Three Cercle members on the FARI Board assisted FARI's actions from 1976 through to the early 1980s. FARI in many ways was the British successor to a previous Cercle operation to support South Africa; the Cercle and the ISC had been active partners in setting up a Paris-based propaganda outlet in 1974 as part of South Africa's covert media campaign later exposed in the "Muldergate" scandal.

German intelligence reports on the Cercle Pinay written in late 1979 and early 1980 which were published in Der Spiegel in 1982 also shed new light on a "Thatcher faction" within MI6 in the lead-up to the Conservatives' 1979 election victory. Whilst receiving wide publicity in France and Germany, these reports have never been covered by the British Press. This serious omission is astounding in the light of the undeniable authenticity of the reports and the startling allegations they contain: one of the German intelligence reports dated November 1979 quotes a planning paper by Crozier about a Cercle complex operation "to affect a change of government in the United Kingdom (accomplished)".

If you want to read up on parapolitics, covert action and political warfare...well, the Cercle is the real deal.  In fact, I'm fairly sure it strongly influenced the formation of the "Safari Club" of ex-CIA operations officers, bankrolled and funded by Saudi Arabia and right-wing US interests (and was subsequently involved in training Libyan soldiers, Iran-Contra and the BCCI scandal, to name but a few).  And Teacher's book is about the most in-depth consideration of the group, its history and activities.

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For those of you still not subscribed....part 17 is up.  We do a lot of walking and talking.

Probably be the last episode until Monday though....not created a backlog this week.

And tomorrow, I'll finally get to meet my new minion.

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Or, for that matter, Cuba.

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I know they are bad people,  I just figure so are most of the other people who have influence in politics.

Most of the other people who also have influence in politics generally don't blow up judges:



As bad as Goldman Sachs/the Koch Brothers/insurance companies may be, they tend to draw the line at causing actual direct physical harm to people.  The Mafia, on the other hand, it's sort of a defining feature.

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