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While we're at it: FUCK STEAMPUNK.

Steampunk = people who are nostalgia-blinded by the Victorian era yet are too scared to leave their computers behind.

Where cyberpunk at least has the grace to look to the future, steampunk looked at the future, wet itself, and decided to pretend it's over 100 years ago. Then they slapped brass gears and some fake wood panelling on an Ipad so they can pretend it's "alternate universe tech" because they just can't live without youtube. Yes, we really were better off with mass social and sexual repression, women being treated as second-class citizens unable to even vote, rampant Syphilis outbreaks, zero labor laws, and coal smoke blotting out the sun. Great choice.

Bonus points: there's a large overlap between the guys in my first paragraph and Steampunks. I'm pretty sure it's not a coincidence.

I wouldn't mind steampunk if it weren't so historically denialist. The Victorian era has great potential as a setting for horror and dark fantasy, but the steampunk kids love to sweep that shit under the rug in favour of a world where everyone's a lovable, happy-go-lucky street urchin or an eccentric inventor with an airship and goggles. I think Dishonoured's the only steampunk thing I've seen that had the stones not to romanticize its setting.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Color Revolutions: Coming to Amerika Soon?
« on: February 19, 2014, 08:50:53 pm »
I find it amusing that he repeatedly claims not to be a Nazi while using the logo of a fictional neo-Nazi organization as his avatar.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Dragon Age: Origins playthrough and commentary thread
« on: February 19, 2014, 01:07:40 pm »
Ah. My suspicion was that they were the descendants of the original Tevinter mages, and that they had some kind of splinter culture derived from that one, but twisted and focused singlemindedly on the goal of reclaiming their old homeland. I suppose this leaves open the other possibility I had in mind, that they're some kind of metaphysical immune response to the intrusion on the Golden/Black City. Something like a cosmic allergy, I guess.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Dragon Age: Origins playthrough and commentary thread
« on: February 19, 2014, 04:10:05 am »
What's going on with the Darkspawn, anyway? I suspect there's far more to them than there appears, since they apparently know how to make crossbows and siege weapons. They're clearly intelligent, so why haven't they ever opened negotiations, or at least made demands? There's got to be some motivation behind their attacks.

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To me, as someone who actually has been molested as a kid, it seems glaringly obvious that Woody Allen is guilty. I didn't tell anyone for years because I was terrified that nobody would believe me and I'd end up in the exact position Farrow did. It was only when I came to realize that everyone hated my molester anyway that I began to open up. What people fail to realize is that there really isn't anything to gain from false accusations of this sort that makes them worth the massive wave of public hate. It's not like I can sue him for money. Attention? Most of the time, the names of the victims are censored in the press, so there goes the fame angle. And whatever attention we do get is... exactly the kind of attention Dylan Farrow's getting. It's because of cases like this that I still haven't taken the bastard to court. If he walks, I'm fucked forever. I wouldn't want to be in Farrow's shoes.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Googleprop
« on: February 09, 2014, 11:03:22 pm »
Right, this is a misunderstand many people have. They assume that fascism will involve supervillains twirling their mustaches and threatening to exterminate the enemies of the state. In fact, fascism has been progressive in the past, and can be in the future. There is nothing preventing "Rainbow Fascism" that uses exclusively progressive propaganda to control the masses at home and attack enemies abroad. This is why the current form of creeping fascism is so ingenious and successful; because so few people actually recognize it for what it is.

And this progressive propaganda is promoting a radically nationalistic, authoritarian, imperialistic ideology, focused on social conformity and the quasi-religious veneration of the state built on an appeal to romanticised national mythology?

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Googleprop
« on: February 09, 2014, 10:27:41 am »
Is it still a conspiracy when a plurality of the civilized world is on board and actively participating?

Are you being serious here? In reality of course it's a tiny minority that give a flying fuck about Russia's policy toward homosexuals. Entire continents and civilizations have absolutely no sympathy for what radprogs are trying to do there (Africa, the Middle East, much of Asia, etc.). It's really only small cliques within the West and their fellow travellers that push this shit around the world. Do yourself a favor and travel the world, experience non-Western cultures, do some simple math and get a rudimentary grasp of how the vast majority of people outside the Western Progressive bubble actually think.

The point stands. You can't exactly call it a conspiracy when the media is openly reporting on it and the participants are doing absolutely nothing to cover their tracks. You could call it propaganda if you wanted. You could call it astroturfing. But unless your assertion is that the conspiracy is to create the illusion that many people support gay rights(and to what nefarious end?), it hardly seems the appropriate term. And if that illusion has to be created in the first place, I'd say the powers that be have already failed and you have nothing to worry about. The neo-reactionary revolution should be coming any day now, and then you'll have all the kings and traditional values you could ever want.

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Who's your pick for next Mexico?

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Dragon Age: Origins playthrough and commentary thread
« on: January 28, 2014, 10:53:26 am »
Viewed and voted.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Do What You Love
« on: January 25, 2014, 03:04:09 am »
I agree with Nigel and Roger, and I don't think they're actually contradicting each other if I'm interpreting them correctly. I agree with Roger that it's good to enjoy your work, but I also agree with Nigel that we should neither feel obligated to follow our dreams, nor impose that obligation on others. I think the real enemy here is arbitrary social pressure and shame over details of our lives that ultimately don't hurt anyone else.

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Hmm. Sounds good, but I'm still not sold. Will Vinnie interfere in my deep spiritual relationship with the afrogrecoceltic pantheon?

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Motion to immediately canonize Biquette and pass a resolution to erect a memorial in front of a county courthouse somewhere.

Seconded. This has to happen.

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: 'kay, so, this singularity thing...
« on: January 15, 2014, 07:33:07 am »
I don't see why people are concerned about the duplicate issue. The only viable-looking method of brain uploading I've read about involves waiting for the subject to die, preserving the brain, plastinating it, cutting it into very thin, single-cell-layer slices, scanning each slice individually, and compiling the information from each slice into a complete working model. There wouldn't be an original. Death would be a necessary part of the process.

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