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The Secrets Forum / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: February 12, 2017, 06:57:31 pm »
I recommend scotch and loathing.  Light on the scotch, heavy on the loathing.

In other news, currently talking with a law firm about a possible consultancy position.  Nothing is guaranteed yet, but they followed me on Twitter out of the blue, and responded quickly to my speculative inquiry.  It probably wouldn't be enough to get out of here, but it would bolster the CV and profile, which never hurts.  And money, of course.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: February 10, 2017, 11:42:15 pm »
And some of the information in the Steele dossier has been confirmed

Washington (CNN)For the first time, US investigators say they have corroborated some of the communications detailed in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent, multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials tell CNN. As CNN first reported, then-President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama were briefed on the existence of the dossier prior to Trump's inauguration.

None of the newly learned information relates to the salacious allegations in the dossier. Rather it relates to conversations between foreign nationals. The dossier details about a dozen conversations between senior Russian officials and other Russian individuals. Sources would not confirm which specific conversations were intercepted or the content of those discussions due to the classified nature of US intelligence collection programs.

But the intercepts do confirm that some of the conversations described in the dossier took place between the same individuals on the same days and from the same locations as detailed in the dossier, according to the officials. CNN has not confirmed whether any content relates to then-candidate Trump.

The corroboration, based on intercepted communications, has given US intelligence and law enforcement "greater confidence" in the credibility of some aspects of the dossier as they continue to actively investigate its contents, these sources say.

Reached for comment this afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, "We continue to be disgusted by CNN's fake news reporting."

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: February 10, 2017, 09:08:33 pm »
Nope, you gave a great overview.

The only thing I would add - which is mentioned in the article - is that Evola was very popular with the fascist terrorist groups that existed in the 1st Italian Republic.  And with Aleksander Dugin, because why not.

Evola's fascism was sufficiently weird (spiritual racism + European Imperium) and aristocratic that the SS kept an eye on him at one point, and that point of distinction is what saved him after WWII, despite otherwise being a supporter of Mussolini.

He's pretty esoteric in both senses of the word, so that Bannon is aware of him is...disturbing.  Of course, this does allow for hilarious juxtapositions with his stated position of defending "Judeo-Christian" civilization against the Great Islamic Menace as well as his collaboration with traditionalist factions within the Vatican. 

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: February 10, 2017, 04:37:32 pm »

Steve Bannon is a fan of Evola.

Those trying to divine the roots of Stephen K. Bannon’s dark and at times apocalyptic worldview have repeatedly combed over a speech that Mr. Bannon, President Trump’s ideological guru, made in 2014 to a Vatican conference, where he expounded on Islam, populism and capitalism.

But for all the examination of those remarks, a passing reference by Mr. Bannon to an esoteric Italian philosopher has gone little noticed, except perhaps by scholars and followers of the deeply taboo, Nazi-affiliated thinker, Julius Evola.

“The fact that Bannon even knows Evola is significant,” said Mark Sedgwick, a leading scholar of Traditionalists at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Evola, who died in 1974, wrote on everything from Eastern religions to the metaphysics of sex to alchemy. But he is best known as a leading proponent of Traditionalism, a worldview popular in far-right and alternative religious circles that believes progress and equality are poisonous illusions.
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Evola became a darling of Italian Fascists, and Italy’s post-Fascist terrorists of the 1960s and 1970s looked to him as a spiritual and intellectual godfather.

They called themselves Children of the Sun after Evola’s vision of a bourgeoisie-smashing new order that he called the Solar Civilization. Today, the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn includes his works on its suggested reading list, and the leader of Jobbik, the Hungarian nationalist party, admires Evola and wrote an introduction to his works.

More important for the current American administration, Evola also caught on in the United States with leaders of the alt-right movement, which Mr. Bannon nurtured as the head of Breitbart News and then helped harness for Mr. Trump.

The Secrets Forum / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: February 09, 2017, 10:34:16 am »

RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: February 09, 2017, 01:26:20 am »
Someone else asked for this, but I thought I'd throw it up here too.  Dragon Age Inquisition Artificer archer gameplay.  It's an incredibly broken makes a mockery of Nightmare difficulty even with the Trials on.  Also, explosions.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: February 08, 2017, 10:11:59 pm »
LMNO, I get what you're saying, but this is a man who rarely has a good thing to say about anyone, and whose own ego probably has a Secret Service protection detail.

Yet, when Putin comes up, he's as servile and craven as a whipped dog.  Putin's style isn't that unique..Erdogan, Duterte, Orban and others also use it.  And while he's friendly enough with those leaders, in the way you would expect due to his preference for their leadership style, he's not quite as asslicky as he is with Putin.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: February 08, 2017, 03:18:59 am »
While I'm here...can anyone give me a reason that Trump is so pro-Russian that is not that "the Steel dossier is in substance true"?  Referencing his statements the other day...he was willing to disparage American conduct, on FOX News, as a Republican President, rather than admit that Putin might be a scumbag.

I can't think of any non-blackmail reason as to why Trump would be so consistently and overtly deferential to one particular world leader.

The Secrets Forum / Re: You need this.
« on: February 07, 2017, 04:29:21 pm »
Just to add to this

If you believe in anthropogenic climate change but dare not admit it, you cannot be seen to do anything obvious to remediate it. But there is one remediation tactic you can deploy deniably: genocide.

We are on course to hit 10 billion people by the end of the 21st century, and although the second derivative of the curve of population increase is flat, our peak population won't begin to decline at this rate until well into the 22nd century. Estimates for the Earth's human carrying capacity vary and may be ideologically biased to support various conclusions; Malthusian ideas persist despite constant upward revision of the peak population. One thing is sure, for decades now other folks' population has been a political football. Thanks to the Green Revolution in agronomy we're well past the previously posited breakdown points of the 1960s.

I am going to posit that a foreign policy set by white supremacists in support of a carbon extraction regime is going to cleave to certain pseudo-scientific ideas, notably Social Darwinism (which isn't Darwinian, isn't social, and is fundamentally flawed as bad science) and Malthusianism (which has been used in the past as an excuse for tactics ranging from the innocuous--improving access to family planning and birth control--to the monstrous--conquest and genocide. And that last point brings us neatly round to Hitlerism.

While the gas chambers and extermination camps of the Final Solution get the most attention, people tend to forget that a large chunk of Hitler's plan for conquest, Generalplan Ost, relied in the short term on the Hunger Plan--to kill 20-30 million people in Eastern Europe and Russia by systematically stealing their food (to feed the Reich's own armies and slave workers who would be engaged in the enterprise of conquest)--and in the long term (post-war) on the systematic "removal" of 45 million more persons, nominally by exile into Siberia, but in practice probably by an extension of the already operating death camp system.

But the Neo-Nazi International won't need death camps in the 2020s to 2030s if their goal is to cut the world population by, say, 50%. Climate change and a clampdown on international travel will do the job for them.

The Secrets Forum / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: February 06, 2017, 08:14:23 pm »
Guys, people seriously think Lady Gaga is a Satanist and a member of the Illuminati.

Glow in the dark bat'leth's are pretty Satanic IMO

The Secrets Forum / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: February 06, 2017, 08:01:16 pm »
Just another day at work:

>Email is sent that student is no longer allowed guests due to something that happened on weekend
>Come onto shift, find student has two guests in the building

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: February 06, 2017, 05:58:34 pm »
Pretty sure that declaration came after the travel ban, did it not?

If this was a test for anything, on the international arena, it may have been a test to see how tight Iran and Russia are.  Trump's people are pretty crazy about Iran, but Russia isn't going to drop Tehran as a partner any time soon.  Balancing their pro-Russia approach with an anti-Iranian agenda is not going to be easy.

The Secrets Forum / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: February 04, 2017, 07:51:06 pm »
Urgh, Alzheimers is tough, no matter what.  On top of everything else...

RPG Ghetto / Re: DM/Player Ownage
« on: February 04, 2017, 07:28:52 pm »
I mean, shit, when I play a thief I put points in Haggling in Skyrim, and nobody puts perks in Speech in Skyrim.

What kind of thief needs to know about the planes and nature and geography and shit?  Are you going to steal the entire city of Sigil?  No, didn't think so.

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