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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: September 22, 2018, 12:50:22 am »
Recently finished "The Science Delusion" by Rupert Sheldrake. Now, before you go all "but that guy's a charlatan and his books ought to be burned" on me, you Fact Nazis, let me explain.

Yes, the guy is probably wrong about everything.

But, I don't care. I will never be pushing the boundaries of science, so it doesn't really matter what I think either way. That fact, plus the fact that I'm, like, colossally tired of living in a boring, mechanistic universe, means I can believe what I want and you can't stop me.

So I choose to live in a universe where science has proven dogs are psychic. There, I said it.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: September 18, 2018, 12:02:50 am »
I would assume that the main thing keeping Manafort's family from waking up at the bottom of a lake somewhere is that the damage is more or less already done. Manafort is cooperating, but he's already given them a confession and who knows how many statements about how many things, and killing them off now would just be too obvious (even if the Russians haven't been exactly subtle in the past). But I don't know anything really.

As for why Mueller is taking so long, beyond being incredibly meticulous and digging up 3 or 4 corroborating stories for every single point, he has to work around deeply entrenched interests that have an existential interest in his being very careful not to accidentally implicate the entire GOP as the complete fraudulent Russian front that it has become. I'd like to believe he is working on doing that very thing, but I kind of doubt he wants to be that dead. Plus as much as I wish the Republicans would just go away forever, I'm not sure the republic could actually survive such a thing. Also, if Mueller went after Trump right now, even though he probably has more than enough evidence for any kind of sane court to do so, I'm pretty sure he'd immediately get dismissed as some kind of quack, seeing as how Congress is under the absolute control of most corrupt party in our history. The court he has to convince is not sane in the slightest, and is not subject to the usual rules of logic and evidence. He's probably hoping for the Democrats to take control of the House before he makes any big moves, because then he'd have at least a chance of a relatively fair hearing.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: John McCain is dead.
« on: August 26, 2018, 10:59:07 pm »
Anyone who can be badmouthed by both sides the moment he keels over must be doing something right.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: August 23, 2018, 05:04:06 pm »
The Democratic Party leadership and high-ranking officials still think Trump is an anomaly. Particularly distasteful and unfortunate, but still just a blip. I'm not sure why that's as far as they're willing to go, given throngs of actual Nazis marching all over the country, but that's all it is to them. People like to bitch about how out of touch Republicans are, but Democrats are far worse. It's like they are incapable of conceiving of a situation where the republic might actually be threatened at an existential level, so they are incapable of recognizing it when it's here. As far as they know, it still is and will always be 1992, and all the same rules, from campaign strategies to social media (which, of course, wasn't a thing in 1992), will apply forever.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: August 21, 2018, 07:43:07 pm »
TUC?

The Unholy Consult, seventh and final book in Bakker's The Second Apocalypse series. It has... an ending. It definitely fucking ends.

Everything is properly fucked, then?

Fucked on the ontological level.

It's the biggest middle finger to traditional epic fantasy that I have ever experienced. I thought it ruled, but I am a bit of a literary masochist.

I didn't expect flowers and unicorns and what not, but fuck. It isn't so much the ending as how it ends, as a book. Just sort of "go go go go stop."

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: July 25, 2018, 07:52:20 pm »
I don't want people to suffer "to teach them a lesson". I just want them to suffer. Smart vertical farming technology makes sense economically and environmentally, and it would be great if we did it. But because people are people, there's no way we ever actually will do it, so it seems like requiring it is among the most guaranteed ways of getting people to suffer.

ETA: As for becoming what I hate, I've already been a human being for as long as I can remember.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: July 25, 2018, 07:39:12 pm »
It should be a capital offense to own, operate, work at, or view from afar any farm that isn't a 100+ story self-sufficient solar-powered skyscraper using the latest in hydroponic technology.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: July 25, 2018, 06:04:58 pm »
I'm honestly okay with the idea of a military coup followed by a somewhat benevolent (or at least not openly hostile) dictatorship at this point. Surely one of our famous generals is up for it?

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Looking for ideas
« on: July 20, 2018, 05:17:20 pm »
The thing about American cheese-like products, in general, is that they only taste (vaguely) like cheese as long as you also eat like an American: faster than the signals from your taste buds can travel to your brain, and quickly drowned out by a gallon of Dr. Pepper.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: July 19, 2018, 07:52:39 pm »
The good news is that we're going to have a boom in the Mathematics industry, as mathematicians will need to count higher than ever before to describe the number of ways Russia has completely pwned the American political system.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: July 18, 2018, 09:31:18 pm »
I feel like Russia has stumbled across the formula for the domestic policy equivalent of the Brown Note, like they've discovered a zero-day exploit for human nature itself, and there really isn't anything we can do about it because our source code was, through some evolutionary fluke, designed specifically to allow this sort of thing.

What's more, I'm not even mad at Russia. I'm mostly just sad we didn't get there first, especially since the CIA spent so many decades almost getting there.

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Principia Discussion / Re: The New Wave
« on: July 17, 2018, 10:02:14 pm »
Think of the entire human race (and Discordians in particular because they are maybe a little more conscious of the fact) as embarking on a massive, century-long piece of performance art wherein we illustrate all the extremes of our nature and the way those extremes enforce a kind of futility of attempting to build any permanent structures either physically or culturally. The fact that more than half of the artists involved do not know they are artists or that they are doing art only adds to the power of the ultimate work.

Discordianism violently abhors being named or labeled, and I don't think it does any good to classify some people as "good" or "bad" Discordians. What does that accomplish -- even if you manage it -- other than giving us one more group to be in that others aren't, and one more cause whose purity must be maintained?

I've been thinking a lot lately about labels and categories of people and the way everyone seems to be scrambling to put names on everything, even more than usual. "Millennials" and "hipsters" and "proto-Fascists" and "alt-Right" are all words that mean different things to different people. We have no shortage of words to use for ourselves and each other, but the flexibility of definitions allow us to hilariously misunderstand and talk past each other. The gut reaction is to establish a semantic universe where, when I say "I am a Discordian", that people understand I am one of the "good" Discordians. But... why, tho? My being "a Discordian" isn't important enough to me or my own self-definition to bother with drawing wavy lines in the sand.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: July 17, 2018, 09:42:41 pm »
I take it back what I said about it being a great story.

Who the fuck ends an epic like that.

Seriously, who

ETA: If that's what I wanted, I would have just stayed home and watched America collapse with no hope for redemption whatsoever.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Looking for ideas
« on: July 17, 2018, 04:49:39 pm »
Our nation was founded on a set of shared beliefs, and our values, by the grace of God, have made us the greatest country in the world.  Lately our culture has come under attack from outside, by a torrent of illegal aliens who steal our jobs, threaten our children, and endanger our very way of life.  But thanks to the strengthening of our borders, and extreme vetting of would-be immigrants, this tide is being stemmed.

Yet there is another threat which faces us today, one far more insidious.  Every year, four million people arrive in America, and are summarily granted citizenship, without so much as a pledge of allegiance.  These newcomers often take years to learn to speak and read our language, placing an enormous drain on our already overburdened educational system.  Even when they pretend to fit into our culture, they twist it in subtle and disastrous ways.  They disrespect our hallowed institutions, distort our language, commit obscenities, and even mock our religion.

Great strides have been made in preventing the influx of these invaders, but these measures are not always effective.  Yet there are those in our own government who want to make some of these measures illegal!  Your help is needed.  Defend our American way of life, and petition your representatives to continue to allow us to protect ourselves, by any means necessary.

Support women's right to choose.

  • I don't think this really fits what you want, but I felt like writing it anyway.
  • Although I've tried to write this from an American perspective, I'm Canadian.  I don't claim to understand what's really going on down there.  You people are weird.
  • I don't necessarily agree or disagree with anything I write, including this statement.

I almost choked on bile until I realized you were making a submission. Like... shit, warn a person first.

It isn't exactly what I'm looking for, but I felt it shift a gear somewhere. I'm taking notes from all these suggestions, and they're all helpful.

And yes, someone should do something about this unchecked undocumented immigration from the spiritual plane.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: July 14, 2018, 07:18:07 pm »
Finally reading The Unholy Consult after almost a year of putting it off, and after the other series I've read in the intervening time I've decided this guy is garbage who thinks everything should be phrased in poem form because he spent too much time in grad school.

 :lulz: Maybe. I think TUC goes really far in that direction, I don't recall the writing style being like that in the previous books. Ultimately I think it suits the themes and events of the book, but YMMV.
I'm going to finish it, but it feels like a chore. The most annoying thing is the constant shifting between scenes with no warning and using flowery purple prose to say even the most simple things. It's a great story, though, and his use of abstract language and building every statement out of metaphors is effective in some ways. I'm mostly just complaining about how much attention it demands.

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