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Beyond the wall / Re: I don't know where the random links thread is
« on: January 09, 2017, 03:39:37 pm »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtHsqAjoXXY

Needs sound turned on for the full effect

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Beyond the wall / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: January 09, 2017, 03:38:25 pm »
Well, once I get a good night's sleep.  And put in some job applications so I no longer have to reside at this nuthouse.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 09, 2017, 03:37:38 pm »
You're not the boss of me.

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Here's a primer on Dugin: http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/07/27/geopolitics-russia-mackinder-eurasia-heartland-dugin-ukraine-eurasianism-manifest-destiny-putin/

In particular, note this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundations_of_Geopolitics

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The book declares that "the battle for the world rule of [ethnic] Russians" has not ended and Russia remains "the staging area of a new anti-bourgeois, anti-American revolution." The Eurasian Empire will be constructed "on the fundamental principle of the common enemy: the rejection of Atlanticism, strategic control of the USA, and the refusal to allow liberal values to dominate us."[1]

Military operations play relatively little role. The textbook believes in a sophisticated program of subversion, destabilization, and disinformation spearheaded by the Russian special services. The operations should be assisted by a tough, hard-headed utilization of Russia's gas, oil, and natural resources to bully and pressure other countries.[1]

The book states that "the maximum task [of the future] is the 'Finlandization' of all of Europe".

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Russia should "introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the U.S. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics."

This book was practically required reading in the Russian military in the late 90s.

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Nah, the GRU has been flirting with ultranationalist and fascist elements for years.  Alexander Dugin's the man here...who fell from grace in 2014 after calling for Putin to institute "total fascism", and then calling him a traitor when he did not.  Dugin was a professor at Moscow State...now the Russian military pay him for his geopolitical gobbledegook.  The ultra-right in Russia hates that Putin isn't doing more in Ukraine...and probably engineered the assassination of Nemtsov last year (FSB roundup of Chechens after the assassination was telling...Kadyrov also flirts with far-right elements, and has sent men to fight in the Donbas).

Basically, the GRU is using the far-right to fight the Ukrainian proxy war on the cheap.  The GRU is however, protecting at least one notable fascist (Dugin).  The GRU are also believed to be the people pulling the strings on the ATP28 hackers.  There's also a lot of second tier people around Putin (like Kadyrov) who hate that they're not in the inner circle.

But it's just a theory, a feeling.  I could be wrong.  But if I wanted to lock Putin into an adversarial relationship with the West, one which increases the strength of the ultra-nationalists and the military into the bargain, that's what I'd do in their place: run crazy, off the books disruption operations with not a care for getting caught and let the chaos do the work for me.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: January 07, 2017, 05:00:10 am »
From the sound of it, Bethesda are not exactly hurting for money.  Competent QA people to iron out bugs, yes, but not money.  I mean, consider that Skyrim was one of the most successful video games of all time, and yet Bethesda haven't even started on Elder Scrolls VI.

Even though I'm not interested in the story at all at this point, Mass Effect: Andromeda does seem to have some slick looking combat.  That's one area Bioware has improved on, game after game, and Vanguard gameplay finally looks as awesome as it should be.

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Yes, but they haven't revealed exactly what.  And for once, Assange wasn't being obstinate git...he does admit that the initial hack could be Russia, but says his own source definitely wasn't connected to the Russian government.  Of course, any agency with a couple of brain cells to rub together wouldn't send their info from a spook@gru.ru email account, they'd use cut-outs for plausible deniability, and I can see the value to the intelligence community of being able to monitor these covert assets.

But given that the publically available info on APT28 isn't conclusive to make it as a GRU asset (it's a highly likely supposition, much like the ODNI report released tonight, but not beyond a shadow of a doubt), I think the IC have to reveal what they know, including the information on Putin supposedly ordering this.  I still find that suspicious myself, that specific claim...I always had a model of Russian politics that had factions within the Russian military forcing Putin's hand due to their radicalised worldview, but I'm willing to say I'm wrong, if the spooks put their cards on the table and say precisely why.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 07, 2017, 02:10:58 am »
So....I have about 50 billion private messages and posts I've not read.

Mostly because my internet was broke right up until just before Xmas, then I was off travelling, then I came back immediately to work, and I've not had a good nights sleep since work ended.

Also being a little bit lazy.  But mostly the former

Just to add, I'm at work for the next 3 nights, so my chances of catching up on the rest of these before then are practically nil.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: January 07, 2017, 02:07:19 am »
Considering re-writing/expanding on a couple of my University papers and throwing them up on Academia.edu.  I'm thinking terrorism in history might be a good niche to claim as my own.

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I'm interested to see, if they ever reveal it, this info which shows the chain of events linking the DNC hack to Wikileaks, which the IC claims to have.

Revealing sources and methods is usually bad, but this is politically contentious enough that it may require it for there to be any sort of resolution.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 07, 2017, 01:29:02 am »
How contagious are you?

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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 05, 2017, 10:14:01 pm »
Well, I think I asked to speak to so many supervisors that the CEO was ultimately handling my complaint.

They were contacting me by email.  They were having me run endless series of tests which, by their own admission, were useless.  Finally, 5 weeks after it began, they sent a guy out, who resolved the issue (which was with their on-site server) in 10 minutes.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 05, 2017, 09:14:22 pm »
Hull is apparently the best city in the UK, according to the US Ambassador.  Shortly before he was asked to step down.

Life continues much as it did, only my internet now works, after a 5 week epic battle with customer support. 

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Beyond the wall / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 05, 2017, 08:56:23 pm »
So....I have about 50 billion private messages and posts I've not read.

Mostly because my internet was broke right up until just before Xmas, then I was off travelling, then I came back immediately to work, and I've not had a good nights sleep since work ended.

Also being a little bit lazy.  But mostly the former

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