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Urgh, Sam Harris.  Proof, as if any more was needed, that being an atheist does not exclude one from being a reactionary, genocidal lunatic.

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I dunno, in this particular instance I may be in favour of letting the free market sort this out.

I mean, if you think essential oils sold by someone who admits to not being a doctor are going to fight ebola, I'm pretty sure you weren't going to hang onto your money for long anyway.

And if they do catch ebola they're pretty much fucked anyway.

It's been weeks, and there has been no epidemic in America, even though they brought some lady back from Africa and put her in some sorta "isolation ward" (patoiee!).  The essential oils are obviously working.

Well, that or the fact that I painted my door with blood & semen to keep the disease demons away1.  Everyone thank me now.




1  I got the idea from a Metallica album cover, which kept the "talent" and "inspiration" demons away.

Obviously this is why the military is claiming they are using a "secret serum".  If everyone knew they could just make use of essential oils, Big Pharma would collapse.

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If you want a real laugh, put Atheism 411 into Google.

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Just a bunch of atheists trying to make a difference while having a bit of fun.

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I dunno, in this particular instance I may be in favour of letting the free market sort this out.

I mean, if you think essential oils sold by someone who admits to not being a doctor are going to fight ebola, I'm pretty sure you weren't going to hang onto your money for long anyway.

And if they do catch ebola they're pretty much fucked anyway.

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Llamas are delicious.

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On Friday I published a blog detailing security issues with the website of NZ's most litigious politician which result could result in total compromise of the server it's on. This week I have a coffee dates with infosec recruitment directors and there has been mention of a first annual "COME AT ME, BRO" award at NZ's yearly hacker convention.

Saw that on FB.  Nice stuff.

I'm currently trolling the seedy world of online freelance writing, looking for legit paying work among the timewasters and the fraudsters.  We'll see how it goes.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: August 11, 2014, 09:57:00 am »
Heh.  I forgot.  Ebril's the location of a US Joint Operations Center.

Why?  Well, Kurdistan oil supplies might have something to do with the picture.

According to ABC News, the reason the Peshmerga lost against ISIS and were forced to retreat was due to a lack of ammunition - a problem caused by Iraqi oil embargos on Kurdistan.

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Searching  for "best troll threads" on Google in 2009 led me to a thread here by a certain Pterodactyl Handler X. I thought you guys were a funny bunch so I decided to check out the rest of the site and ended up reading the BIP, and then the Principia. I've lurked here on and off ever since then, reading threads in Or Kill Me and Literate Chaotic - the thread "Discordianism as the Perfect Nihilism" by Cain or Cramulus (I don't remember which) convinced me to make an account. So hello everyone, it's nice to finally make a post on here.

That was me.  Though I can't remember what my argument was now.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: August 09, 2014, 05:36:45 pm »
The condition of all unbelievers in the Islamic State is stable as shit.

I'm just glad we got there before Islamic fundamentalism could take root in the region.  Because that would've been bad.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: August 09, 2014, 07:18:10 am »
There's an argument being made that Obama has drawn a "red line" around Kurdistan, and is essentially letting ISIS do as they please in the rest of Iraq.

Invading Iraq's Kurdish region, it turned out, was Obama's red line for ISIS. There are a few reasons why. The Kurdish region is far stabler, politically, than the rest of Iraq. (Kurds are ethnically distinct from the rest of Iraq, which is largely ethnic Arab; most Kurds are Sunni Muslims.) The Kurdish region, which has been semi-autonomous since the United States invaded in 2003 and has grown more autonomous from Baghdad ever since, also happens to be a much more reliable US ally than is the central Iraqi government. It has a reasonably competent government and military, unlike the central Iraqi government, which is volatile, unstable, deeply corrupt, and increasingly authoritarian.

Which stands up chronologically with recent events.  Peshmerga take a beating = Obama carries out air strikes.  ISIS are currently threatening to take Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish Autonomous Region.  If they do, the loss could be catastrophic to the Peshmerga...as in, they may never recover.

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New open bar thread.

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I've heard a lot of good things about Guardians.  Good sci-fi, it's fun, it's a superhero film without all the GRIMDARK EDGINESS OMG of many other films of the genre, that it has engaging male and female characters and that it has a very wide appeal, across many demographics including those who don't normally like that kind of film.

Which makes me want to hate it, just to be contrary, and possibly an article in Slate.  But I have yet to see it, and would probably like it, so that plan kinda fails.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: August 08, 2014, 03:56:05 pm »
Yeah, exactly.

Plus, you have to remember ISIS was (sorta) founded by Abu Musab al-Zaqawi.  Now there was a man who enjoyed sectarianism.  For him, Shiites were devil-worshippers, and most Sunni Muslims were pagans.  No wonder the Awakening Councils decided the American occupying forces were the lesser of two evils, with a nutcase like him around.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: August 08, 2014, 11:06:57 am »
Yes, it does.  ISIS allows tribal leaders a significant amount of leeway in their system, often allowing them to retain their militias, giving them seats among the courts and similar in return for their assistance.  When ISIS overwhelmed the Fallujah garrison, it was with the help of Anbar clans....though it should be noted that the Awakening groups did come out in force against ISIS, and denied entire sections of the city to them for days.  They also headed off an attempted coup in Ramadi by ISIS at the same time.

That said, lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.  You hang around with ISIS and put up with their sectarian hatred, their barbarity and their liver-eating ways, maybe you deserve to share their fate.  And if America doesn't bomb them, Russia will.  That may be a preferable outcome...but given our ongoing Cold War redux with Moscow, I imagine there are worries that an Iranian-Russian presence in the country will bolster their diplomatic credentials, at the expense of the Americans. that Washington needs to have a higher presence in the fight to show Baghdad that it's the foreign partner whose interests should be heeded.

I mean, I don't care either way.  I got no skin in this game.  But I can see why American strategists would argue for greater involvement, regardless of the future risk of ISIS terrorism against American and British targets.

Kilcullen's book is a good one.  I'd pay attention to his (at the time, ignored) argument about a "Muslim civil war".  It was basically passed over at the time, along with Nir Rosen's reporting...but I would say recent events are bearing them out to an extent, even if the truth is more complicated than their summaries.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Boris Johnson
« on: August 08, 2014, 07:24:07 am »
Well, from what I can tell, if he does become PM, that position seems to automatically make one an idiot, so.

But even then, there is the question of whether the office of PM caps intelligence, or causes an active reduction.  I mean, Boris hasn't got a lot to work with in the first place, so a reduction would be terrible...

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