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Iran War. When.
2021 13%  13%  [ 2 ]
2022-2025 19%  19%  [ 3 ]
2026-2030 13%  13%  [ 2 ]
2031-2040 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
2041-2050 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Never 50%  50%  [ 8 ]
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 Post subject: Re: Prelude to the Apocalypse
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 3:14 pm 


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...aaaand "Progressive Queen" Tulsi Gabbard's doing the fucking Crowder show.

This woman wants to be a Fox News anchor so bad!
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If the Republican party fails to grow the collective spine needed to convict Trump and, for once in his damn life, hold him accountable for his actions, what does it mean for the future of the country? Can the USA admit to being in the grip of a party turned political cult and reckon with that?
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If the Republican party fails to grow the collective spine needed to convict Trump and, for once in his damn life, hold him accountable for his actions, what does it mean for the future of the country? Can the USA admit to being in the grip of a party turned political cult and reckon with that?


They are absolutely going to pass the buck and let state-level democrats be the bad guys who do away with Trump. The potential Georgia election interference charges carry a minimum 3 year jail sentence.


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There's also the 14th Amendment.
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 Post subject: Re: Prelude to the Apocalypse
PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:03 pm 


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Surprise, surprise.

Republicans, amiright?
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Expected nothing, was still disappointed.

There should be public post-office indictment votes for literally every public office. But that would require government that actually represents the will of the people, rather than two hand puppets on a capitalist's arms putting on a show.
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 Post subject: Re: Prelude to the Apocalypse
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Surprise, surprise.

Republicans, amiright?


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 Post subject: Re: Prelude to the Apocalypse
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Slight correction: they control 2 of 3 branches of government right now.
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 Post subject: Re: Prelude to the Apocalypse
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Steamflogger Boss wrote:
Mischief Maker wrote:
Surprise, surprise.

Republicans, amiright?


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Er...they don't have 67 senate seats. That's the only way they could have had control over the situation. Unless 16 republicans flipped it was impossible, and they absolutely weren't gonna. A survey yesterday showed 74% of republican voters want their cult leader to stay the head of the party. Republican senators are freaked out about their voter base turning on them & getting primaried or shot, probably in that order.


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 Post subject: Re: Prelude to the Apocalypse
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Slight correction: they control 2 of 3 branches of government right now.


True but I'm def not taking the time to edit that.
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A survey yesterday showed 74% of republican voters want their cult leader to stay the head of the party.


Fun fact: the Republican party didn't even bother with an issue platform at the 2020 RNC.
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Mischief Maker wrote:
Sengoku Strider wrote:
A survey yesterday showed 74% of republican voters want their cult leader to stay the head of the party.


Fun fact: the Republican party didn't even bother with an issue platform at the 2020 RNC.


Funner fact: absolutely nobody but the left(ish) wing commentariat noticed or cared.


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 Post subject: Re: Prelude to the Apocalypse
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Cable News has done to my dad what they said video games was going to do to me.


QAnonCasualties is pretty popular today.

I've been thinking about the Ender's Game series a little bit, recently. For those who aren't familiar with this series: Ender is the special chosen one who's forced to use horrible horrible murdery violence against his will and we're supposed to feel bad for him. This is standard a standard sells technique, making sure consumers feel-good about the exciting but horrific violence; the "you're good and special, your enemies are cartoonish monsters, and you're completely justified in using violence to destroy them" trope is standard from the bible, to star wars, to copaganda, to QAnon. Humans constantly replace reality with fiction.

Anyway, the most ridiculous thing in the series... isn't the faster than light communication, nor Space Hitler resurrecting the Space Bugs he xenocided on a planet full of Space Aborigines... It's the time in the Bean spinoff series where Bean and Ender's sister change and influence public policy by shitposting on the internet. Seriously. They don't have a botnet spamming propaganda or anything like that, they just make posts on the internet. Like, "logical" arguments you'd see on LessWrong, and they somehow have massive influence.

It's just like how people feel like they're in the middle of a holy war, but all they're doing is posting. And posting only has one purpose: postin' makes you feel good.


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QAnonCasualties is pretty popular today.

I've been thinking about the Ender's Game series a little bit, recently. For those who aren't familiar with this series: Ender is the special chosen one who's forced to use horrible horrible murdery violence against his will and we're supposed to feel bad for him. This is standard a standard sells technique, making sure consumers feel-good about the exciting but horrific violence; the "you're good and special, your enemies are cartoonish monsters, and you're completely justified in using violence to destroy them" trope is standard from the bible, to star wars, to copaganda, to QAnon. Humans constantly replace reality with fiction.


You should post that insight somewhere on shmups.system11.org, I bet those guys could somehow connect that to what they talk about on that site too.

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Anyway, the most ridiculous thing in the series... isn't the faster than light communication, nor Space Hitler resurrecting the Space Bugs he xenocided on a planet full of Space Aborigines... It's the time in the Bean spinoff series where Bean and Ender's sister change and influence public policy by shitposting on the internet. Seriously. They don't have a botnet spamming propaganda or anything like that, they just make posts on the internet. Like, "logical" arguments you'd see on LessWrong, and they somehow have massive influence.

It's just like how people feel like they're in the middle of a holy war, but all they're doing is posting. And posting only has one purpose: postin' makes you feel good.


I'm not even going to bother checking whether Orson Scott Card is pro Trump.


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And posting only has one purpose: postin' makes you feel good.

...and organizing the occasional riot.
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Well, I guess you only get the respect you earned. :) I love that this was printed immediately after his death.
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 Post subject: Re: Prelude to the Apocalypse
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"I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure" - Mark Twain.
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To Far Away Times wrote:
"I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure" - Mark Twain.


I said almost this exact thing to my mother today. I'm in some meme shit posting groups on FB and they are really rising to the occasion.
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https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/comm ... utType=amp

TLDR: But.. but.. I'm RICH! Why should I suffer? Those **********s and **********s and ************s and white trash deserve to suffer, but I have lots of money! Free market! 'Merica!

The author is from The Heartland Institute.
This one: https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... te-climate

I guess even when Jabba finally choked out, there's a million more of 'em to take his place.
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https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2021/02/19/instead-of-forced-outages-what-if-electricity-customers-had-choices-in-an-emergency/?outputType=amp

TLDR: But.. but.. I'm RICH! Why should I suffer? Those **********s and **********s and ************s and white trash deserve to suffer, but I have lots of money! Free market! 'Merica!

The author is from The Heartland Institute.
This one: https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... te-climate

I guess even when Jabba finally choked out, there's a million more of 'em to take his place.


'Texas should make use of high market prices to allow customers to decide how much electricity they are willing to pay for during an emergency.
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...Seth H. Giertz is an associate professor of ghoulishness at the University of Man's Inhumanity to Man at Dallas and a policy adviser to the Heartland Institute.'


"I mean, you've got all this exploitable leverage just sitting there wasting away. You've got millions dying consumers by the balls here, people! We spent years making this power grid shitty and you're just going to sit there and do nothing with that?"


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I am on my eigth day without electricity, sleeping in a tent in my living room. I'm about to scream.
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I am on my eigth day without electricity, sleeping in a tent in my living room. I'm about to scream.


Wait, so Rick Perry is full of shit?

In all seriousness, that sucks. I still have plenty of family and friends in Texas but thus far none have gotten fucked too bad. My mom has had numerous people over who were not so lucky.
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In other pending apocalypse news, 30% of Republicans still view QAnon favourably. Incidentally, they’ve moved into the “Hitler was probably the good guy all along” phase of the continuing cultural death-spiral into fascism:

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I am on my eigth day without electricity, sleeping in a tent in my living room. I'm about to scream.


Wait, so Rick Perry is full of shit?

In all seriousness, that sucks. I still have plenty of family and friends in Texas but thus far none have gotten fucked too bad. My mom has had numerous people over who were not so lucky.

Oregon, for me actually. In a suburb close to Portland.

And as luck would have it, we just got power back about 2 hours ago. Feels good to have rejoined the modern world. =)
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In other pending apocalypse news, 30% of Republicans still view QAnon favourably.

This is actually something I've been wondering about, especially as someone not on social media; now that Trump has both left office and thrown the Capitol rioters under the bus to save his own skin, what is "Q" even saying these days? What's supposed to happen now? Does he claim to still be embedded within the government under the new administration? Is #thestorm still on schedule? I mean, people are still following the account, apparently, so it must be saying something, even after all that's transpired...personally I'm waiting for somebody to figure out his true identity and sue his ass, forcing him to go Full Limbaugh (and Jones, and Trump, and...) and claim that everything he posted was obviously for entertainment purposes only.
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Like most doomsday cults, they've just moved the date back a couple months.
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Incidentally, they’ve moved into the “Hitler was probably the good guy all along” phase of the continuing cultural death-spiral into fascism:


Oof. I know most of these guys are just fascists (they'd be Bernie bros or something, otherwise) and this is nothing new, but it does remind me of how important trust is for a figure of authority. You know all that anti-marijuana grooming? Having society lie to kids about marijuana primed them to not trust what was said about other drugs like meth.

It's frustrating when you see the fash get a lot of basic high level concepts correct (Wars are almost always done as conquest to expand our empire of capital. Elites take sexual advantage of the lower classes, etc) but completely bumble into the Star Wars mentality there's gotta be some kind of "good" guy with some strength and power to change things, or else there is no hope and doomerism is the only rational philosophy. "Our capitalists are good, your capitalists are bad." Pure copium.

Being pumped full of so much bullshit all of our lives has ruined us.

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now that Trump has both left office and thrown the Capitol rioters under the bus to save his own skin, what is "Q" even saying these days? What's supposed to happen now? Does he claim to still be embedded within the government under the new administration? Is #thestorm still on schedule?


oof. As librarian of internet, you can't... you can't just ask such questions. Now I have to go do research on something I had no interest in, and if I wasn't flagged for death already by Blue and Red MAGA, I sure am gonna be now...

..... .... ... um, it seems like this is too much to research in one day. Especially with the recent crackdown by capital breaking up their public spaces and spamming the search results with articles vaguely about Q. Gonna need some time before my book report is ready.

The depth of the lore is uh, interesting. The most horrifying thing so far: the original poster on 4chan was possibly just goofing around with morons, and uh, things got a little too successful.

The idea of a unified canon of "stuff I generally like" is always really popular - things like Stephen King's Dark Tower series, superhero crossovers, the unified anime-verse often seen in abridged series, etc. ... it bothers me these guys are doing the same thing from the early Persona games, where every urban legend was literally true.

Except I guess they'd be on the side of the guys who're trying to bring Hitler back to life by implanting his brain into a giant killer robot..


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