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Aneristic Illusions / Re: The Dollop - The Thread
« on: April 09, 2017, 02:12:39 am »
Drug threads are addiction forming and act as a gateway drug to harder substances, such as memes and shitposting.  We must ban them, for the children.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: April 09, 2017, 01:32:40 am »
As I recall, the series became much more polished with the subsequent releases.  It's been many, many years since I read the whole thing, but Second Foundation was reasonably good, and the last two books, written after a 30 year hiatus from the series, are noticeably better.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: The Dollop - The Thread
« on: April 08, 2017, 05:26:48 pm »
Is someone who makes necropants...a necropantscer?

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: April 07, 2017, 05:01:48 pm »
Ah, OK.  I was more referring to the intelligence angle, truth be told, when I was talking about the lying, though the oddness there could somehow link in with the greater oddness about the targeting in the first place.  There's an obvious explanation (Trump and Putin and Assad putting on a show) but I try to avoid the obvious explanations without something in the way of hard evidence to back it up.

If there wasn't photographic evidence, I'd also be interested to see which rebel group it was, because the rebels there are pretty ideologically split and not at all a united front.  The SDF is a creature of Turkey, Russia backs certain militias too, you have pro-US rebels, pro-Islamist rebels, pro-Islamist rebels funded by US allies...it's a complete nightmare, and one reason, despite desperately wishing for an end to the violence in Syria, I'm skeptical about intervention leading to lasting results. 

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I remember when ECH was reviewing shitty 4loko flavours.  Dark times, man, dark times.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: April 07, 2017, 04:48:13 pm »
About the missile strike rate?  Or that the base was the one used in the chemical attack?

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: April 07, 2017, 04:44:25 pm »
Also, gonna go get a hair shirt to wear as penance for doubting Cain, who called this shit like an hour before it happened.

:cainftw: :cainftw::digtbk:

It's what I (don't) get paid the big bucks for.

The missile failure rate is interesting.  Lots of people are (correctly) pointing out that this was a very Wag the Dog moment - US policy towards Syria is apparently unchanged, Russia was informed before the strike (and undoubtedly passed that info onto Syria) etc.  It's also unclear what intelligence led to this base itself being struck - the White House claims it is where the chemical attack originated, but what agency made that determination, how was it made and how credible is that assessment (just last week, Trump was asking for raw intel.  Did a White House off the books "intel team" pick the target, or was it a "legit" intel agency).

And on top of that, it's Syria, so everyone has every reason to lie.  Trump, the Russians, the Assad govt, the rebels...it's going to be a shitshow of claims and counterclaims and disinfo. 

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: April 07, 2017, 12:30:47 am »
True, but between this, Trump's "something must be done!" and Tillerson's own comments tonight, I think we may see this plan coming into action.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: April 07, 2017, 12:06:31 am »
It's a good thing that WARMONGER $HILLARY DIDN'T GET INTO POWER AND DRAG US INTO WW3 WITH RUSSIA!

https://theintercept.com/2017/04/06/u-s-weighs-saturation-strike-on-syrian-government-in-response-to-chemical-attack/

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The Pentagon has developed plans for an airstrike against Syrian government targets in response to this week’s apparent chemical attack by Syrian government forces, according to two U.S. military officials.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis will present the proposals to Donald Trump later today at the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

One of the proposals drawn up is a “saturation strike” using dozens of cruise missiles designed to hit Syrian military targets —including military air fields — in an effort to limit future Syrian Air Force attacks on rebel positions, according to the two U.S. military officials.

The officials asked for anonymity to discuss classified plans.

The proposed strike would involve launching Tomahawk cruise missiles to overwhelm Russian air defense systems used by the Syrian military. The Russian government currently helps maintain the air defense sites and advises the Syrian military.

According to both U.S. military officials, the current proposal would likely result in Russian military deaths and mark a drastic escalation of U.S. force in Syria.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: April 06, 2017, 04:25:44 pm »
Kushner.

The rumour is that Kushner wanted to bump Bannon off the NSC to the benefit of the "moderate" faction within the White House.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: April 05, 2017, 10:31:19 pm »
The thing is in the UK, there's quite a big divide between the average person on the street, and political/pundit culture.  Most people in the UK, even the slightly racist ones, thought Obama was pretty decent, more or less.  Better than Bush, certainly, as Obama didnt lie us into any wars. 

But the pundit class...well, if you want to make it big, you can always try your luck in America.  And for conservative writers who want to stand out from the pack, that means appealing to the crazy right.  Curiously enough, the UKIP fringes share a lot of crazy beliefs with the crazy American right...

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: April 05, 2017, 09:09:18 pm »
Probably.  Everything is the EU's fault.  The EU, health and safety laws, political correctness or Muslims. 

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Apparently have a new specific project with the law company/private intelligence company I'm working for.  So far I've just been doing bit pieces of analysis relating to our overall corporate interests as and when the whim has struck me, but now they want me working on something.  Involving, of course, the Balkans and organised crime.

Well at least it's more interesting than listening to the whining of children, or the whining of management at the other job.  Incidentally, I had a horrifying realisation the other day.  I've finally realised why, apart from the fact it's just pretty mediocre on every level, I've not been enjoying Mass Effect Andromeda.  Tann and Addison, the director of the Initiative and director of Colonial Affairs, remind me too much of management here, the backstabbing, the incompetence, the political games...and just like in real life, there is no option to throw them out an airlock in the game.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: April 05, 2017, 08:45:41 pm »
Another 6 months of spin and we'll be being told a bad deal is better than a good deal.

Or indeed no deal at all.  The EU is refusing to discuss trade at all until the UK has left the EU.

Which means we will have to revert to WTO rules until we have a trade deal in place.  Remember all those people saying "WTO deals are OK"?  Those people are fucking insane.  We would have to put tariffs on EU trade until we could negotiate one and the EU doesn't need our trade as badly as we need theirs.  If the EU wanted to play hardball, all they'd need to do is stall negotiations until we got fed up with everything going up massively in price and came to them, hand in cap, for whatever deal they were willing to offer.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: April 05, 2017, 08:38:04 pm »
Bannons lost his nsc seat.

Allegedly, Bannon was put there to keep an eye on Flynn.  That's the claim that seems to be coming from the Trump camp.

Which makes no sense at all to me.

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