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Principia Discussion / Re: super cool
« on: May 03, 2009, 01:45:23 pm »
I see that bacon is working overtime shifts this weekend.

Literate Chaotic / Re: The Sacred Chao Te Ching
« on: May 02, 2009, 08:46:32 pm »
Reading this, and reading Ancient China on Postmodern Warfare suggests to me not only is a Discordian Art of War possible, it is downright desirable.

Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: LYSERGIC:
« on: May 02, 2009, 08:05:15 pm »
Thanks, good to be back.

Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: LYSERGIC:
« on: May 02, 2009, 08:03:02 pm »
Only marginally related, but tonight I was watching an episode of Criminal Minds where the serial killer was a loser who went to Pick Up Artist classes to learn how to pull chicks - then force them to clean the floor before murdering them (his mother was a cleaner, so, yeah...).

I just thought I'd mention that.

I'd go to Mexico right now, if their bed-wetting government hadn't shut everything down.

I remember on, like, the third day after it became a big news story, they were showing how empty the streets and restaurants in Mexico City were.  My immediate thought was "I could really work the hotels down to a more agreeable price in a situation like this."  As it is though, its not worth going, since anything fun is currently closed.

Or Kill Me / Re: Campaign 2008: The Stupidest Election Ever
« on: May 02, 2009, 05:53:26 pm »
Frum, Brooks, Althouse, Peggy Noonan and the rest are "cocktail conservatives" and "Obama-cons", for pointing out that GOP style politics, as they stand, are far removed from what America wants and so need a serious rethink.  As one Bush advisor put it, they are "dead men walking" in the party, especially for criticizing Palin.

Tomorrow will be the start of the Night of the Long Knives.  Comrades found unwilling to blame the loss of the election on ACORN and claim alleigance to Palin will be purged.  Its going to be gloriously messy.  A circular firing squad of epic proportions is sizing up for one hell of a political bloodbath, which will likely rumble on until next summer.

I'm pretty sure May counts as summer.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: ATTN college students
« on: May 02, 2009, 12:55:05 pm »
Thanks a bunch!  I owe you one.

GASM Command / Re: TwitterGASM
« on: May 02, 2009, 12:53:50 pm »
What exactly happened with that, anyway?  There was an attempted assassination, right?


Sleep well tonight.

Techmology and Scientism / ATTN college students
« on: May 01, 2009, 11:13:35 pm »
I would really, really REALLY appreciate it if you could rip this article for me:

Richard J. Pech (2003), ‘Inhibiting Imitative Terrorism through Memetic Engineering‘, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Vol.11, No.2, pp.61-66 [DOI: 10.1111/1468-5793.1102002]

Some acts of terrorism are the consequence of an individual or group’s imitation of an act of terrorism, which has previously been publicised through the media. Media reports of terrorism appear to be rising, feeding a potentially increasing number of imitative behaviours. Such reports may provide individuals who are frustrated, angry, suicidal and/or suffering from personality disorders with the means and the motivation to copy what is perceived to be a method of gaining attention or what is perceived to be an acceptable method of venting anger and frustration. Through memetic engineering, the interpretations that are placed upon acts of violence can be manipulated to appear undesirable to even the most unbalanced minds, which it is argued, should inhibit the spread of imitative terrorism.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Can it be World Police Time now?
« on: May 01, 2009, 03:37:49 pm »
Yes, precisely.


The Pakistani military says up to 60 militants have been killed in the last 24 hours of a major offensive against Taliban fighters in the northwest.

Military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said Friday the militants were killed in Buner district.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Can it be World Police Time now?
« on: May 01, 2009, 02:34:50 pm »
Unfortunately liberalism, by it's very nature, doesn't stand a chance against fascism.

Fascists seize power ruthlessly and often violently. Liberals whine about how unfair it all is. I know which one I'd be betting on.


I seem to recall some sort of war in central Europe or something...

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Can it be World Police Time now?
« on: May 01, 2009, 02:15:07 pm »
Do you HONESTLY think that the Pakistani army is going to allow a bunch of dirty-bearded goatfuckers to take control of Islamabad and/or Pakistan's nuclear arsenal?

Surely I'm not the only one who sees the Taliban's "push" into Pakistan as an ISI-orchestrated maneuver designed to cultivate support among the Pakistani populace (and local politicians) for the idea of going to "extreme" measures to "regain" control of their territory and border?

The taliban are not exactly a real army, and they'd get their asses handed to them in a stand-up fight. Islamabad could not be taken surreptitiously and even the taliban themselves know they'd be incapable of taking it AND holding it.

Now, Pakistan is going to have alot of influence on what happens in Afghanistan in both the short and long-term. I wouldn't put it past them to push for concessions for the taliban (regional governmental appointments, etc.) in return for a big public show that gives them room to operate in the manner they see fit.

Finally, someone said the most obvious thing about this whole insurgency theatre.

There are five major factions in Pakistan, roughly speaking.  The military, the ISI, the Government, the Judiciary and civil society (ie journalists, the middle class etc).  The military and the ISI have a tacit alliance against the other three, and the Pakistani Taliban are the dagger at their enemy's throats.

I mean, come on, lets think about this.  South and Central Asia have been the contesting grounds for great powers for 160 years.  Russia/the USSR, China, Iran, the British Raj/India & Pakistan and the USA have all been trying to exercise massive influence over the region, at one time or another (even Saudi Arabia tried playing the game - badly, but still).  The Taliban ain't got shit on the strategists in the Pakistani Joint Chiefs of Staff, and that's a fact evidenced by Pakistan still existing, and the Taliban getting their asses handed to them with less than a decade of rule under their belts.

Lets put it this way - Pakistan's army is not locally called Military Inc. for nothing.  They're big money makers, political movers and shakers, and geopolitical players with deep pockets, long memories and a very far reach.  They've carried out coups, assassinations, black flag operations and deal in drugs and arms and slaves - and we're meant to believe people like this are having their asses handed to them by the Taliban?

No, what's happening is this: the ISI and military have ties to the Taliban because it gave them power and influence and practically an entire new state to do whatever the fuck they wanted with.  What can you do with an entire country, big budgets, an even bigger illegal budget and no oversight?  Make a few millionaires, at the very least.  Additionally, you've got pressure on India and a potential threat to China, your bestest buds in the world, under your control, as well as a gateway from Central Asia to the nearest warm sea port, all under your command.  Empires used to spring up on trade routes, you know.

Basically, the ISI and military are in a win-win situation.  Either the Taliban threat causes the government to get its shit together, and funds and arms and all manner of black ops and deniable slush funds are opened to them and the scenario plays out as above.  Or else, the government caves under the pressure and the military and ISI carry out another coup and take control again, because clearly the Pakistani civilian parliament is too incompetent to be allowed sharp knives, let alone be trusted with running the country. 

Its not like the Pakistani Taliban are a serious guerrilla force.  Hell, the advance that caused the whole OMG ISLAMOFASCISTS WIFF NUKES bed-wetting was a massive failure.  They overextended their forces and had to withdraw, begging promises from Islamabad that shariah law would be instituted in certain regions or else, um, President Zadari would be, like, totally beaten up for his lunch money tomorrow, or something.  In other words, they don't have the manpower to occupy those regions and institute it themselves, or else they would be doing that right now.  Equally, they don't have the manpower to attack Islamabad, or else they would.

And now, not only the Pakistani Taliban knows the true extent of their power, so does everyone else.

Bring and Brag / Re: Intermittens, FOR SALE?!
« on: April 21, 2009, 05:52:18 pm »
Cain, I'm not sure that's really fair. If Intermittens is truly kopyleft, that means that you, also, are free to have it printed and sell it for profit.

Oh?  And how am I going to fund this printing off and making money scheme?  I don't think China is currently buying peoples debt anymore, and shiny stones and leaves are apparently not legal tender.

The point is absurdly simple.  If money is being made off something I have contributed to, then I am due a cut of that money.  End of discussion.  Or else, don't include my work.  Ever.

Bring and Brag / Re: Intermittens, FOR SALE?!
« on: April 21, 2009, 05:36:35 pm »
Oh fuck off.  You're talking about using my efforts and work to make money for yourself and I'm expected to - what?  Be all polite and shit? 

If you want to actually discuss a mutually agreeable conclusion, yes.
If you'd prefer to demonize me for attempting to talk about cash, I'll just go back to swimming in the pool of money I've made by stealing everybody's ideas :lol:

 (I hope that came across as a joke)

Hey, guess what asshole?  I'm broke.  Actually, I'm in debt.  I get barely enough money from the government to see to my needs (especially since my oh so loving parents take over 50% for rent) and a little extra on the side for a writing gig I sweated blood to even be considered for.

And nothing else.

So go ahead and keep joking about swimming pools of money.  I'm practically drowning here, my computer (which I need for that writing gig and to apply for over 90% of the jobs I find) is falling apart, my wardrobe is falling apart, I cant afford a social life or to even take my girlfriend on a date, and any extra cash would help, but you know, laugh it up.  Poverty and ripping off those with next to nothing in the first place is lulzy or something, right?

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