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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: July 25, 2017, 04:25:11 am »
Can we take a moment to appreciate that amid all this clamor for his impeachment (okay, less than half the country technically supports impeachment, but to even have the word uttered out in the open has to tell you something), Donald Tiberius Trump has floated the idea of just... impeaching himself? I feel like we are not stopping long enough to bask in the awe of this moment. Maybe the endless clatter of shoes dropping has got us all wandering around in a daze, as shocked and deafened as Gene Simmons at an actual rock concert, but the headline "President Tormented by Scandal, Threats of Impeachment Deigns to Just Pardon Himself and Move On" should not be "just another Thursday." Not even in this universe where it turns out the dark energy pulling everything apart is actually a vast reservoir of naturally-occurring post-modernism.

The hilarious part is that even the experts -- real ones, not the kind who print a PhD from Kinko's and get a seven-figure job at Fox News to pinch interns' asses, broadcast a hurricane of hate to everyone in the country, and ruin anyone who tries to stop them -- even the experts are scratching their heads. The best they can offer is "It'll be interesting to see what the courts make of that, if he tries it." That's right. The law itself does not specifically prohibit such a thing. Why? Well, because back when they wrote the Constitution and for about 200 years after that, there was no need to. Obviously, an impeached president (or one facing imminent impeachment) could not just pardon himself and walk away unscathed. At no point did anyone think "what if there is someone so vile, he'd try to pardon himself?" Just like they didn't think "What if there were so many idiots in the country, that he might get away with it?"

That sound you hear is the sound of the great United States of America slipping below the "goes without saying" threshold. It's also the sound of a very tenacious evil literally slipping between the seams of this thing called "society" that we have built for ourselves. Well, that we live in, anyway. Like a thief into a tent. Trump has managed -- whether out of sheer stupidity and dumb luck, or by maniacal plotting, it doesn't really matter which -- to illuminate a glaring gap in the threads of our civilization.  He may not even have to break any laws. HA!

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: July 23, 2017, 01:54:03 am »
Trying to convince my band to change our name to Mog-Pharau

Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk


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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: July 22, 2017, 05:41:23 am »
Also have fun spending the next 8 years figuring out if Kelhus is mankind's saviour or mankind's doom.

So far (just finished The Thousandfold Thought) it seems like he's either a well-meaning guy who nevertheless sees a need to put human civilization through the grinder in order to save it, a la Leto Jr.; a person who has succumbed to the temptation of using his overblown intellect and conditioning for nefarious ends; are actually a god who is just beyond such petty distinctions. Stealing Esmenet was a dick move, though. No way around that, really.

Bakker has an annoying tendency to make his characters behave in a completely absurd way in what seems to be nothing more than a way to force the reader into feeling suspense. Luckily the episodes haven't lasted very long so far (with the exception of Kehlus...). The world building is pretty awesome, and the strong threads of philosophy and metaphysics are pretty neat also.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: July 15, 2017, 06:32:47 am »
Tornadoes on the North end of Tucson.

That's new.

That's just Mother Nature stretching her limbs and looking for the limits of her new powers in this brave new world of ours.

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Bring and Brag / Re: WEIRDOVERSE
« on: July 14, 2017, 03:31:23 am »
i would pay like 15 million dollars for a set of playing cards designed by you.

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: July 13, 2017, 07:00:18 pm »
https://mic.com/articles/181672/an-artist-made-a-third-thumb-for-your-hand-that-makes-everything-easier?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=future&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.eQTpYzTNW

Is this one okay (not meant to be snarky or nasty)? It actually looks really god damn cool.

better. still needs a wire connected to my brain, though.

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: July 13, 2017, 06:07:11 am »
“The Third Thumb - Winner of the Helen Hamlyn Award for Creativity.”

Here’s a quote from the website:

“The human thumb has a really dynamic movement, the opposing movements working together make the thumb more functional than a single finger. The Third Thumb replicates these movements by using two motors pulling against the natural tension of a flexible 3d printed material. The motors are controlled by two pressure sensors retrofitted into your shoes, under your toes, and communicate to the thumb via Bluetooth connection. The foot control is inspired by products that help to develop the already strong connection between our hands and our feet. For example driving a car, using a sewing machine, or playing a piano.”

Here’s the link, for those who have always dreamed of having a third thumb:
http://www.daniclodedesign.com/thethirdthumb

neural link or gtfo

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Apple Talk / Re: North Korean Rocket Engineering and You.
« on: July 13, 2017, 06:04:19 am »
You could always do what my old company did: never improve processes, never deliver on your impossible promises, but DO create a salaried position whose sole reason for existing was to fill it with an unwitting sucker who you could fire six months later for fucking everything up, then rinse and repeat with the endless supply of such suckers the workforce provides in abundance.

Our new safety technician just quit.

Not because of this, but because he got a job with the state of Arizona.

This is a man who voted for Trump and hates all aspects of government.

I love Arizona so much I could SHIT MY PANTS. 

All the most fervent anti-government people I know have been employed by the state at one point or another. I'm pretty sure it's less an administration than an indoctrination program.

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Apple Talk / Re: North Korean Rocket Engineering and You.
« on: July 13, 2017, 03:21:23 am »
You could always do what my old company did: never improve processes, never deliver on your impossible promises, but DO create a salaried position whose sole reason for existing was to fill it with an unwitting sucker who you could fire six months later for fucking everything up, then rinse and repeat with the endless supply of such suckers the workforce provides in abundance.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: July 12, 2017, 02:48:28 am »
What makes this particularly foul is that the prize for victory is President Pence.

It's assholes all the way down. Honestly at this point I'd prefer the buffoon who can't get anything done at all due to public outrage over any one of the assholes standing in line to pick up the pieces while all the idiots on the Left are taking a nap after a "job well done".

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: OFFICIAL POLITICAL CARTOONS/PIC FREAD.
« on: July 07, 2017, 09:32:46 pm »
don't you ever compare Frank Underwood to Emperor Cheeto again.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: July 07, 2017, 05:21:01 pm »
Thanks to Cain, I have been forced to start this series from the beginning (meaning the first book of the Prince of Nothing series) and now I have a lot of reading ahead of me so I don't appreciate that and Cain should feel bad (and subsidize the cost of these books). But at least I don't have to worry about what I'm going to read next for the next eight years or so.

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Or Kill Me / Re: Look both ways before you cross
« on: July 07, 2017, 05:12:16 am »
If you spend your time worrying about what minorities do and say with respect to white people as if that's where you need to spend your energy, while disregarding the mountain of shit white people continue to do to minorities, you're gonna have a bad time. It's like getting pissed off because some feminists "hate men", as if alleviating that sore spot is somehow going to bring balance to a system that's already heavily weighted against them. It's utterly ignorant.

At no point did I say to disregard the mountain of racist shit that racist whites do, I just said not to disregard the racist shit that racist non-white people do. I can summarize my position as two rules:

1.) When white people say/do stupid racist shit, call them out on it
2.) When non-white people say/do stupid racist shit, call them out on it

These rules are in no way mutually exclusive

And I'm not saying to waste your energy seeking out and correcting bad behavior by the people who aren't in power and aren't in a position to do much harm, but if it happens to be right there in front of you say something. (or at least don't waste your energy criticizing the person who does say something)

Also, just because the group currently in power doesn't deserve it and doesn't use it well that doesn't mean that the group not in power does and will. History is littered with revolutions and regime changes that did no good. The tsardom's out and the soviet union's in, the soviet union;s out and Putin's in; same shit different day. A roman emperor has a vision, the religious landscape of europe changes, no longer will the christians be persecuted by the the pagans, now the pagans will be persecuted by the christians.  And of course there's the endless parade of near interchangable dictators in many parts of the third world

Edit:
To quote Romeo & Juliet, "A plague on both your houses"

That sure is a long-winded way of saying "I'm not racist, but brown people should probably watch their step around me".

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Or Kill Me / Re: Look both ways before you cross
« on: July 07, 2017, 04:06:43 am »
If you spend your time worrying about what minorities do and say with respect to white people as if that's where you need to spend your energy, while disregarding the mountain of shit white people continue to do to minorities, you're gonna have a bad time. It's like getting pissed off because some feminists "hate men", as if alleviating that sore spot is somehow going to bring balance to a system that's already heavily weighted against them. It's utterly ignorant.

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Apple Talk / Re: PICS VIII: 10% LARGER THAN PICS VII
« on: July 07, 2017, 03:47:07 am »
sigh.

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