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The group I was thinking of is called "Solarian Sodality".

Founded by some guy named Marcus Geist.
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The natives of this city (wot I do live in) are unaware of just how goddamn tolerant I have been. 36 years spent on this planet, in this city.

!10'000 gallons of love, 10'000 tons of hate.

Gasoline, a lighter, a match.

I chose not to.
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The thing is though, the sale isn't particularly subtle anywhere, anymore. When was the last time you saw an advert trying to tap into anything as nuanced as Envy? I'd class sex selling under Greed, by the by. Particularly advertising's type of objectification.

And it's not an in-stone list per say, more like a personal rule of thumb that I'm trying to develop. I'm guessing that if I can see an obviously dumb decision and determine why relatively quickly, I'll be able to get back to not giving a fuck much faster. It gives much more time to those doing things that at least have some shade of grey to it which tend to be much more interesting cases. Look at the amount of time we waste on Trump and co when shit's still pretty sideways in the Ukraine. There's that ISIS issue too. Heard anything about China recently? Exactly, neither have I, but I'm sure Cain could tell you that something horrific has happened there in the past week or so.


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It seems that asylum may have finally made him snap, or is at least on the way to making that occur. Hasn't this kind of behaviour been cropping up for a while now beyond that? I sure he's been on the crazy end of the scale since the start of the year or so at least.
Perhaps the "whack-job" worked-out after all.  Without the normalizing effect of extraneous human contact, in asylum, it may be easier to surgically erode someone's sanity.
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I find myself inclined to agree. Between HATE and FEAR you've had everything from the election cycle shennangins (Not even looking at this year, Bush ran quite well on the "Other guy can't keep you SAFE" line. Twice.

So are we suggesting that the main motivation list for monkeys runs something like:

Fear
Greed
Ignorance
Anger Hate, or Hate Lite (TM pending)
Practicality
Love


There's not the same level of outright hate for the smart here as I've seen the States exhibit, but there's been a similar rise of distrust of any kind of experts. Brexit, for example, came about directly by idiots stating that experts are idiots, always wrong and to be ignored. People laughed at such statements. Turns out it was "laughing with" not "Laughing at".

I can't even begin to explain the shitshow that is power and utilities over here. The short version is that a lot of power plants need to go over the next 5 years, there's pretty much only 1 contractor that can tender the works and there's solid plans in place to build exactly 0 to replace the ones that need to go. It's a massive disaster that's also pretty much inevitable. Partly due to the NIMBY issue, partly as there's no real political will as the eventual contracts will be very tasty and a great carve up.

For our non english speakers, I'm talking about bribery and various forms of corruption.

I'd leave anger in, and just add hate.  You can sell people shit when they're angry that you couldn't if they just had a low grade hate on.  Trying to say that there are a limited number of emotions that people make decisions on is a very salesman thing to do, and probably results from MBA poisoning.

I mean, shit, envy isn't even mentioned, and "keeping up with the Joneses" has ALWAYS been a thing.  Likewise, sex sells everything and it's not the same as love at all.

The key is, I think, to tailor the targeted emotion to the sale. 
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Assange has been a narcissistic son of a bitch since day one.  But since he appeared to be doing more good than damage...

And true Roger, it makes me question what kind of an empire we are these days.  Back in the day, we'd send a couple of likely lads on loan from the SAS, stick a knife in his ribs and be done.  Then again, the last time MI6 tried a major covert operation they were caught by Libyan farmers, so maybe it's best we outsource this to the CIA...

They'd whack the King of Denmark by mistake.

If only there were a competent intel agency on our side.
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Sounds like a job for Holdallinabathman.
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I find myself inclined to agree. Between HATE and FEAR you've had everything from the election cycle shennangins (Not even looking at this year, Bush ran quite well on the "Other guy can't keep you SAFE" line. Twice.

So are we suggesting that the main motivation list for monkeys runs something like:

Fear
Greed
Ignorance
Anger Hate, or Hate Lite (TM pending)
Practicality
Love


There's not the same level of outright hate for the smart here as I've seen the States exhibit, but there's been a similar rise of distrust of any kind of experts. Brexit, for example, came about directly by idiots stating that experts are idiots, always wrong and to be ignored. People laughed at such statements. Turns out it was "laughing with" not "Laughing at".

I can't even begin to explain the shitshow that is power and utilities over here. The short version is that a lot of power plants need to go over the next 5 years, there's pretty much only 1 contractor that can tender the works and there's solid plans in place to build exactly 0 to replace the ones that need to go. It's a massive disaster that's also pretty much inevitable. Partly due to the NIMBY issue, partly as there's no real political will as the eventual contracts will be very tasty and a great carve up.

For our non english speakers, I'm talking about bribery and various forms of corruption.
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Assange has been a narcissistic son of a bitch since day one.  But since he appeared to be doing more good than damage...

And true Roger, it makes me question what kind of an empire we are these days.  Back in the day, we'd send a couple of likely lads on loan from the SAS, stick a knife in his ribs and be done.  Then again, the last time MI6 tried a major covert operation they were caught by Libyan farmers, so maybe it's best we outsource this to the CIA...
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Assange has jumped off the slippery slope from merely questionable to outright nihilistic lack of interest in the people he hurts.

Lets not forget he has also in the last 2 months:

- almost certainly been a useful idiot in a Russian intelligence operation
- published banking and credit card information of voters who donated to the Democrats
- published basic information on all registered female voters in Turkey
- hosted malware on Wikileaks
- implied a DNC official was murdered because he was passing on information to him, before quickly backing away from said statement
- made a weird, quasi anti-Semitic tweet before quickly deleting it

All of this comes back to basic vetting of the information he gets.  It seems unless someone holds his hand and walks him through the problems, he won't even bother to fix them (like the malware....he removed the logs pointed out to him, but left hosted duplicates and other files in place).

And now he's vowing to bring Hillary down.  And despite information on Trump being hacked, he has not seen fit to publish it (the DNC oppo research on Trump, for example).  And he's picking bizarre fights on Twitter with Snowden.

Come 2017, I fully expect to find him naked, fighting a swan.

He's a cunt.  Can't the UK send MI6 around to have him slip in the tub a few times?
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