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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« Last post by Brother Mythos on October 18, 2017, 09:08:15 pm »
“Trump’s Big Bet—That Republican Voters Like Him More Than Their Party or Congress”

Increasingly, Republicans in Congress—Sen. Bob Corker, publicly, and plenty of others, privately—are voicing worry about what happens when a man they view as a toddler-president is left unsupervised by his various taxpayer-funded nannies.

For all the speculation about President Trump’s motives for what appear to be ill-informed or un-strategic moves there is a method to Trump’s perceived madness—a relatively simple way to accurately predict what he’ll do on any given topic, with regard to any given decision.

The key is understanding that Trump’s desire to round up Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, douse them with gasoline, light them on fire, and broadcast the auto-da-fé live on cable news will always outweigh his other desires—including improving his own personal profile, achieving a stated policy outcome, or even making the people nearest and dearest to him happy.

Trump, commonly regarded by many as perhaps the apex of narcissism in a reality-TV-obsessed, take-six-selfies-a-day and compulsively-post-on–social-media culture, indeed loves positioning himself as the best, the biggest, the brightest, the boldest, and brashest.

But at the end of the day, Trump’s shown again and again that he cares little about being generally unpopular, even among parts of his base. Trump cares deeply though, about how popular he is viewed relative to his competitors.

Here’s the link:

I found this opinion piece to be an interesting take on Trump’s personality.
Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« Last post by Brother Mythos on October 18, 2017, 09:02:57 pm »
somewhat discredited.

I was unaware of the controversy when I posted the ‘discovery.’

Also, it appears that Uppsala University is not standing behind their researcher, as they are posting a list of articles that refute the ‘discovery’ on their own website.   

Here’s the link:

So, we’ve now reached the point where one must research the scientific researchers themselves, before one can trust scientific ‘discoveries’ to possibly be true.
Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Last post by Prelate Diogenes Shandor on October 18, 2017, 07:42:22 pm »
A vampire horror movie or novel using only unconvemtional vampire traits and no standard ones. ie. They sparkle in sunlight (Twlight), they live in hives (Priest), they feed not on blood itself but on the color red (Adventure Time), there's a thunderclap whenever they finish counting something (Sesame Street), but no garlic vulnerability, no lack of reflection, etc.
Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Last post by Cain on October 18, 2017, 05:34:51 pm »
Not sure if bad translation or Bjork being Bjork.
Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Last post by Trivial on October 18, 2017, 05:31:02 pm »
"Björk accuses Lars von Trier of sex chickens"
"Björk and von Trier were the rapids in film recordings, says von Trier. He denies sexual harassment."
"It has not been the case. But that we were smoking unfriends, that's a fact."
"On the other hand, she delivered one of the greatest performances in my movies at all," he says.
"I therefore receive this with open mouth and polyps."
Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« Last post by Brother Mythos on October 18, 2017, 05:00:50 pm »
Researchers Find Name of Allah Woven into Ancient Viking Burial Fabrics

Allah's name has been found embroidered into ancient Viking burial clothes, a discovery researchers in Sweden have described as "staggering".

The silk patterns were originally thought to be ordinary Viking Age decoration but a re-examination by archaeologist Annika Larsson of Uppsala University revealed they were a geometric Kufic script.

They were found on woven bands as well as items of clothing, in two separate grave sites, suggesting that Viking funeral customs had been influenced by Islam.
Here’s the link:

I doubt the neo-nazis of the world are very happy about this.
Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Last post by Rococo Modem Basilisk on October 18, 2017, 04:30:55 pm »
A famously paranoid & misanthropic businessman who kept his money in a safe rather than a bank died alone, and his body wasn't discovered for weeks. After its discovery, a will is found indicating that the money in his safe & his other belongings should be distributed to the people of the surrounding town physically (something that probably came out of his distrust of his estranged children, rather than love for the area). It is discovered that his money and belongings are all haunted by the man, who tries to possess their owners & turn them into cutthroat businessmen -- the money they made became, itself, haunted. Elaborate money-laundering schemes are initially attempted, but in the end it's decided that this wouldn't work -- and a massive pile of cash and expensive furniture is burned in a bonfire in the center of this poor town. (Maybe call this The Invisible Hand.)
High Weirdness / Re: Narco Bunny Alert in PA
« Last post by Ziegejunge on October 18, 2017, 04:25:36 pm »
Is that related to a Pennsylvania Dutch expression?

Possibly? I haven't a clue about most Pennsylvania Dutch customs, to be honest. Something about the idea of narco bunnies made me think of the phrase, which I'm familiar with thanks to Shea and Wilson's Illuminatus!:

"Weishaupt discovered the Law of Fives while he was stoned and looking at one of those shoggoth pictures you saw in Arkham. He imagined the shoggoth was a rabbit and said, 'du hexen Hase,' which has been preserved as an in-joke by Illuminati agent in Hollywood. It runs through the Bugs Bunny cartoons: 'You wascal wabbit!' But out of that schizzy mixture of hallucination and logomania, Weishaupt saw both the mystic meaning the Five and its pragmatic application as a principal of international espionage, using permutations and combinations that I'll explain when I have a pencil and paper."
- The Eye in the Pyramid

The more things change, the more they stay the same and whatnot.
Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Last post by Faust on October 18, 2017, 02:55:23 pm »
"The world-famous Icelandic singer Björk writes in a Sunday message on Facebook that she has been exposed to sexchikans from a Danish film director"

Wasn't this David's plan from Alien: Covenant?
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