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triples at my 6 weeks  old bench pr. It's awesome.

now to get past the squat and deadlift plateau I've hit. OFF TO NERD OVER PROGRAMS
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Shootings in Canada
« Last post by Cain on Today at 11:20:37 am »
Yeah, I guess.  But I have a higher standard than most people.  Besides, a good 90% of that fear is from the ghouls in the media and the government, stirring it all up and savouring the smell of panic, whipping people into a frenzy over what is, essentially, a minor event.  In the grand scheme of things, of course.

I mean, if I were going to plan a terrorist attack, I'd go all out.  There wouldn't be a country left standing when I was done.  I wouldn't kamikaze charge the Parliament building and hope for the best, because that's stupid and ineffective.

And perhaps that is the point.  Stupid, ineffective, low-cost attacks which rile Western nations and put pressure on greater forces for intervention, leading to a land invasion of Islamic State territory, which can then be used to rally Muslims against the "Western Crusaders and their Zionist masters". 
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Shootings in Canada
« Last post by LMNO, PhD (life continues) on Today at 11:15:39 am »
Well, people are freaking out, so cost-effective mission accomplished, I guess?
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Shootings in Canada
« Last post by Cain on Today at 11:09:13 am »
Maybe.  It looks like one, but the only way to be sure is to know the intentions of the gunman.

Whose father, it turns out, was involved with the Libyan rebels.  There's also some evidence linking him to the previous attack, on Monday (namely a pro-ISIS Twitter account which was followed by Monday's attacker tweeted a picture of MZB holding a rifle and dressed like he was on the day of the shootings).

You'll note this is similar to the planned attacks by ISIS supporters in Australia.  If this is ISIS's grand plan, Lee Rigby style acts of low tech and petty murder, then I have to say, I'm not impressed.
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Shootings in Canada
« Last post by LMNO, PhD (life continues) on Today at 10:55:26 am »
As of this morning, NPR has been calling it a Terrorist Attack™, from what I can tell based soley on a one-off comment.

From a non-Fearmongering jingoist perspective, does this qualify as such, or is it all for show?
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Interesting. It sounds like that the new duties are amplifying the existing fist?

Does your increased role result in the ability to allow any increased leniency on a fuck-up? From their apparent reactions I'd guess not.

A better question, might be - Why does it worry you? I can guess but I'd prefer not to assume here.

When I saw what my new job was, I immediately and blatantly ripped off Grant Morrison.  We are the Science Gestapo.

And it worries me because I once spent 8 months here yelling at people for becoming their labels.

When a new social function becomes available, it's natural to dive in headfirst, and wear the uniform for a bit.  When the novelty wears off, you can start messing with the label's expectations.

PD, where horribly mixing metaphors is just another Thursday.
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This is my aunt.

Phone call from my mom in 3...2...1....

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Bleh, tonights topic is cyberterrorism.

First module has reference to Something Awful and Anonymous (more as hacktivists than terrorists), so that should give you an idea of the conceptual level cyber-terrorism is at: namely, at the level of an Atlantic or Harpers reader, and not much higher.

Admittedly, it's a tricky one, because first of all its conflated with cyberwarfare by non-state actors - and cyberwarfare is already a notoriously diffuse concept.  Throw in that you're probably dealing with at least 3 different phenomena: the internet as a vector or target of attack, the internet as logistical support for terrorism and the internet as propaganda, and you can easily see why the whole discipline is a mess...especially when you recall we're still having the definitional and roots debates about terrorism as a whole.
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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / TWID!
« Last post by Allfader Waffles on Today at 09:47:09 am »
I miss ya, you old irish bastard.
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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« Last post by Allfader Waffles on Today at 09:46:14 am »
Now reading XTRM by Jan Kallevik. It's about the antifascists who went into the streets of Oslo to rid them of neo-nazis in the 90's. fascinating read.
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