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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Rogue Black-ops Organizations in Europe?
« on: February 03, 2011, 04:34:56 PM »
Here's something interesting for you guys... my uncle works in multinational diplomatic circles, and he just sent me this interesting report:

Recently declassified reports from the NSA have confirmed the existance of a shadowy paramilitary organization operating out of several of the old Soviet member-states, with influence spreading from the Ural mountain range all the way down to Jordan and across to the Balkans. This group, known only as "HIMEOBS", is thought to be a rogue black-ops cell from the Soviet Union dating back to the 1980s.

Since then, CIA intelligence reports indicate that they have begun hiring themselves out to the highest bidder in political assassination contracts and mass-media brainwashing. This group is of increasing concern to the US intelligence agencies due to their cyberwarfare potential and access to advanced technology: field agents have reported witnessing top-of-the-line US and Israeli military hardware in the hands of these terrorists. Both the CIA and the Russian GRU have been confirmed to have investigations underway.

Satellite image of a rogue plane in Ukrainian airspace, captured in 2009

The Lounge / Canadians are similar to Americans, only better
« on: January 06, 2011, 10:45:07 AM »

PROOF Every Troll on the Internet is an  Theist

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Suppose you REALLY BELIEVE that that provoking people is funny...
and you REALLY BELIEVE that there's no reason to post intelligent things or converse politely on different topics...
So, therefore, you believe that everything on the Internets is Serious Business. (belief, actions, etc...)
Why would you go through the trouble getting bant for it?UNLESS...

Every troll who argues therefore has to be a theist.

If you don't get the video, or what's written above then think a little bit more about it.

Trolls believe there is no meaning or purpose to anything.

If so, then why doth the troll troll? Why all the trouble? Why do they waste their lives on the net innocent FESers? IT's because they DO THINK there is meaning (which makes them a theist), otherwise they WOULD NOT TROLL!

The Lounge / The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything X10
« on: December 22, 2010, 05:32:49 PM »
I am it.


The Lounge / Is dat sum lunar eclipse dere
« on: December 20, 2010, 03:37:55 AM »
Breaking news: full-moon lunar eclipse tonight, on the eve of the winter solstice! It's going to be visible from all of North America:

1:33 AM: Partial eclipse begins
2:41-3:53 AM: Total eclipse

Times are in EST.

The luster will be a bit "off" on Dec. 21st, the first day of northern winter, when the full Moon passes almost dead-center through Earth's shadow. For 72 minutes of eerie totality, an amber light will play across the snows of North America, throwing landscapes into an unusual state of ruddy shadow.

The eclipse begins on Tuesday morning, Dec. 21st, at 1:33 am EST (Monday, Dec. 20th, at 10:33 pm PST). At that time, Earth's shadow will appear as a dark-red bite at the edge of the lunar disk. It takes about an hour for the "bite" to expand and swallow the entire Moon. Totality commences at 02:41 am EST (11:41 pm PST) and lasts for 72 minutes.

If you're planning to dash out for only one quick look -? it is December, after all -? choose this moment: 03:17 am EST (17 minutes past midnight PST). That's when the Moon will be in deepest shadow, displaying the most fantastic shades of coppery red.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Black is White
« on: December 13, 2010, 11:00:02 AM »
For most of my life I've considered black and white to be separate, distinct colours. It is only recently that I've come to the realization that black and white are in fact the same.

Throughout human history black and white have been used in society to represent good and evil, as well as elements that were considered to be the antithesis of each other. The Japanese use black to denote wisdom and age, and white to symbolize youth or inexperience. Black cats are considered unlucky, whereas white is used to represent purity and holiness. In reality, though, both black and white are colourless hues, both part of the same spectrum. In every major culture black and white are used to symbolize opposite extremes, and as Zetetic logic clearly shows, this means they are one and the same.

Black is white.

Ergo, whenever you describe something as being black, it is also white. If you claim that your piece of paper is of a white colour, you are giving certain qualities to it which can only be described as black-like.

When you wave your hands around and say that "this is black" or "this is white," it is no different than an atheist saying "supernatural != natural" or "but that doesn't even make any sense". Pure nonsense, in other words.

White and black are essentially meaningless distinctions: a blank canvas for whatever we want them to be. For all intents and purposes the artist's black paint, with all of its colourless, hueless black-ness, is white.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Full-Body Scanners and Security Groping
« on: November 30, 2010, 09:09:22 AM »
Seeing as CR90 is back, I'd like to get his opinion on this.

The Lounge / Discordian Holy Names
« on: November 17, 2010, 12:41:03 PM »
Post ITT to receive one. To maximize HolynessTM, participants should record their Name in their personal text/user title.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Immigration thread
« on: September 16, 2010, 01:41:43 PM »
And what do you propose as a solution?

Uhhh I dont know...something odd, like punishing them for breaking the law, and deporting them. 
What about their US-born children?

What about them?  Maybe we shouldn't send anyone to jail if they have children?  Same scenario.
Would you deport their children as well? Or would you put them up for adoption/in foster care?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Sarah Palin: The Japanese view
« on: August 17, 2010, 08:55:32 PM »
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Because it's always good to get the international perspective.

The Lounge / 4chan is in serious trouble this time!
« on: July 15, 2010, 08:52:11 PM »
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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Ask a Discordian Anything
« on: June 18, 2010, 03:45:58 PM »
Because why not.

Chinese farmer declares war on property developers with homemade wheelbarrow cannon

Yang Youde, who lives on the outskirts of the bustling city of Wuhan, in central Hubei province, said he had fended off two eviction attempts with his improvised weapon, which uses ammunition made from locally sold fireworks.

"I shot only over their heads to frighten them," he told the China Daily of his attacks on demolition workers sent to move him off his land. "I didn't want to cause any injuries."

The rockets, which can travel over 100 yards, exploded with a deafening bang, the official paper added. It did not say if anyone had been injured.

His approach is more aggressive than most, but Mr Yang's problem is a common one.

Anger over property confiscation is one of the leading causes of unrest in China, with many people forced to give up homes and land to make way for anything from roads to luxury villas.

Mr Yang said the local government had offered him 130,000 yuan (?13,000) for his fields, on which they want to erect "department buildings". He said the land is worth five times that amount.

Construction ditches have already been dug across the land of less obstinate neighbours.

A first eviction team attacked Mr Yang in February after his rockets ran out, but local police came to his rescue. In May he held off 100 people by firing from a makeshift watchtower.


Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) thinks he?s found a work-around on the whole Miranda rights debate for U.S. citizens accused of terrorism: Strip their citizenship and ship them to Guantanamo.

Lieberman plans to introduce a bill that would amend a decades-old law aimed at yanking citizenship from U.S. citizens who fight for a foreign military.

I'm laughing until my throat bleeds.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Windows Easter-Eggs
« on: April 24, 2010, 02:53:00 AM »
Go to the following:


Open this audio file and listen.

« on: April 24, 2010, 02:49:34 AM »




Post ITT to show tribute to your new Icelandic Volcano Overlord.

The Lounge / How you Know When You've hit Rock Bottom
« on: April 08, 2010, 11:59:59 PM »
Saw this on Digg today, it's in the KKK's "news" section:

And that isn't photoshopped.

(From Ask a Christian Anything)
Do you think Jesus would approve of the war in Iraq?

I don't think that Jesus would have approved of the war in Iraq.

I think your wrong. But I'll leave it there. (So don't ask me to explain.)

Please do explain, CR90. I'm very interested as to your rationale.

The Lounge / Parsifal uses proprietary hardware
« on: April 02, 2010, 08:36:33 PM »
From GNU's 4 Freedoms:

2. The freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
Parsifal does not have access to the source code (technical blueprints) for the CPU he uses, nor for many of the other components his computer no doubt employs.

3. The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
Manufacturing exact copies of a CPU or hard drive (assuming you have the technical knowledge, blueprints, and machinery to do so) is illegal in most countries under counterfeiting laws.

4. The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
Counterfeiting laws again.

Although Parsifal stresses the importance of software freedom to the point of nausea, he has clearly overlooked the other half of any functional computer system: hardware. This seems a bit hypocritical to me.

The Lounge / Werewolf III
« on: March 26, 2010, 12:39:36 PM »
Hear Ye, Hear Ye, the Oracle Speaks!

A cool evening breeze swept over the village of FES, sending the grass swaying and the hem of Gayer's dress fluttering. She hummed as she made her way up the hill, skipping along the well-worn path and and stopping every now and then to pick flowers. In her hand she carried a basket of bread, a gift from her parents. She was to deliver it to Midnight, who lived in his laboratory on the top of the hill. Flashes of light and the occasional insane laughter were known to burst from the house in the middle of the night, along with screams of "Banned? BANNED? I'LL SHOW THEM!" Most of the residents of FES thought Midnight to be quite insane...  Gayer didn't mind him though.

She knocked on the door, once. Twice. No-one answered, so she knocked again, louder this time.

Gayer pushed open the door, and stepped inside nervously. The house was completely silent. The only light came from cracks in the ceiling and from the door behind her; darkness hung in the air like a thick fog.

"Midnight? Are you there?" Nothing.

Gayer fumbles over to a windows, grabbing one of the dusty curtains and coughing from the dust. She pulled the curtain back, and light shone into the room.

"That should help," she muttered as she dusted her hands off. She turned around...

Her shill scream could be heard all throughout the village.

The villagers gathered outside the house, and Benjamin Franklin held the sobbing Gayer in his arms. The girl's face was white with shock, and her lips were sealed tight with fear. She answered no questions, would listen to no-one, and refused to so much as look at the old wooden house.

The decision was made to enter the house, with Saddam Hussein and the Oracle taking the lead. The door creaked open, and the flickering light from Saddam's lantern revealed what had nearly frightened the life out of Gayer.

Midnight's mutilated corpse lay on a stack of his own trolling manuals, his intestines ripped out with less-than-surgical precision. Dried blood was encrusted on his DVD stacks, and his eyeballs had been pulled out and stuffed back into their sockets backwards. The entire scene was something out of a macabre horror story, a nightmare made reality.

"Who... or what did this?" Saddam's voice was unsteady as he fought to contain his rising nausea. "What kind of sick creature could do this? A bear?"

The Oracle came forward, determination written large on his face. "No," he said, "Not a bear."

He crouched down beside the operating table, and Saddam passed his lantern down. "There's only one creature capable of this kind of murder, " the Oracle said. He traced a long, deep gouge in the wall, running the length of it with his finger... it was easily an inch deep.


Werewolf II has begun.

Player List
1. Parsifal His freedom is restrict
2. Sean Chainsaw wielding wolves? Madness!
3. Roundy
4. Jack 1704 And then Jack was a zombie
5. Fortuna
6. Mr psuedonym
7. Pongo Lynchlynchlynch
8. Wendy
9. Marcus Aurelius Headtire
10. Ichi
11. Lord Wilmore Traitor-Wolf Shigau
12. Chris spaghetti Villager-Sibling
13. Gayer NOM NOM NOM
14. Supahlovah Democratically Deceased
15. EngimaZV
16. Blanko
17. Benjamin Franklin Wolf Maur
18. Eddy Baby
19. Theonlydann Wolf Fenrir
20. Friedrich
21. Saddam Hussein

Players who die will be crossed off the list and colour-coded (green for a lynched person, red for a 'wolfed' person, and purple for a dead wolf.

The Lounge / Werewolf III Signup
« on: March 24, 2010, 10:31:05 PM »
Poast here or PM me if you want in on the new Werewolf game. We will also discuss what game variants to use, if any.

Player List
1. Parsifal
2. Sean
3. Roundy
4. Jack 1704
5. Fortuna
6. Mr psuedonym
7. Pongo
8. Wendy
9. Marcus Aurelius
10. Ichi
11. Lord wilmore
12. Chris spaghetti
13. Gayer
14. Supahlovah
15. EngimaZV
16. Blanko
17. Benjamin Franklin
18. Eddy Baby
19. Theonlydann
20. Friedrich
21. Saddam Hussein

The Lounge / Major Teabagger Lulz
« on: March 20, 2010, 12:26:00 PM »
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^^ I lailed until my guts bled ^^

The Lounge / ATTN Spags
« on: March 09, 2010, 12:23:15 PM »
My avatar will now rotate through several predetermined images. Bonus points to the person that lists them all.

The Lounge / Stone the whale!
« on: March 04, 2010, 08:28:18 PM »

A whale that killed its trainer at the SeaWorld tourist attraction should be stoned to death, according to an American religious group.

The American Family Association said Biblical teachings dictate that the five-ton killer whale Tilikum should be executed for dragging to death trainer Dawn Brancheau.

They also said the head trainer at the Orlando theme park where the incident  took place a week ago should suffer a similar fate.

Read more:

Biblical literalists: The Medieval Ages all over again.

Arts & Entertainment / The Canadian Women's Hockey Team is Awesome
« on: February 26, 2010, 09:15:55 PM »

Canada's Women's Hockey team celebrated a much deserved gold medal on Thursday after beating perennial rivals the U.S. 2-0. Members of the team, returned to the ice some 30 minutes late and held a kegger held a tasteful celebration with a bit of beer and some champagne.

That is all.

The Lounge / BALLPIPE
« on: February 20, 2010, 01:07:38 AM »
Internet over. These guys win.


Lots and lots of profanity. Turn the volume up loud.


Alaska Steps Forward Towards Energy Security
 Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 11:29am
Congratulations are due Exxon and the State of Alaska's Department of Natural Resources for completing the first development well at Point Thomson in northern Alaska. This is a huge field full of domestic crude, and it's time to drill for it!

This week we've witnessed great progress toward more energy security for Alaska and our entire nation. What began as hefty trucks and hard working men and women heading up an ice road last year, to the commencement of drilling at Point Thomson, this progress has finally led to Exxon's announcement today of completion of its first development well to produce oil and gas. Our "tough stance" with big oil and perseverance in insisting that Alaska's resources be developed instead of warehoused while foreign countries are busy developing their oil and gas reserves has paid off to the benefit of everyone involved.

Drill here, drill now... energy independence is a national security issue that can't be ignored any longer.

- Sarah Palin

Anyone who seriously believes that "Drill, Baby, Drill" is an acceptable energy security strategy has no place in today's politics.

There now exist dozens of viable alternative energy technologies, most of which produce little or no emissions and are sustainable in the long term. There are even several that approach cost competitiveness with traditional energy sources (utility-scale wind farms and Nanosolar's CIGS solar panels). Oil and coal were acceptable in the past, but their time is gone. Renewable energy needs to happen now, and idiots like Palin will only serve to delay and hamper the process.


Arts & Entertainment / Lol, Internet
« on: February 09, 2010, 11:40:22 PM »
*Being some sort of techno-rant, inspired by my WAN course and motivated by lack of caffeine/sleep

The mouse moves.

Optical tracking systems within the mouse track the surface as it moves, converting meaningless visual data into precise electronic signals. The signals bound through the air on invisible frequencies, impressed upon a carrier wave that oscillates more than 2 billion times per second.
The signals enter the computer, are processed, and are accepted by the operating system. Their job is done.

The cursor moves.

It slides over the screen to rest on a group of blue text. Of course, the cursor does not exist: neither does the browser that the screen displays. They are an elaborate, digital lie: nothing more than a visual representation of the true processes that lurk within the computer?s memory. It is a lie, but it is a useful one.

The mouse is clicked.

A new process is begun, one with a far different purpose than the others. That click signals the browser: information is needed. However, there is a problem: the information is not available. It does not reside on the computer, it is not here. It is somewhere else; it is Other. The browser assembles a peculiar piece of data: not information, but a request. The User demands data, and the User cannot be ignored. Why the User wants the data is irrevalent, it is enough that It does. Yet the data is not here, it is there. A place represented only by a number:

The packet is released.

Fired out of the network interface with the force of a digital cannon, the long sequence of electrical pulses speed down the network cable. They are naught but small electron surges, small and insignificant pulses of voltage. Yet they are encoded: they have purpose. Direction. 
The sequence blazes through the cable in under a microsecond, encountering a strange, unknown device as the exit the copper wire. It has no name, but it has purpose: switch. The device is not intelligent, but it can make decisions: upon seeing the first parts of the sequence it recreates the pulses and fires them out a second, different port with blinding speed. Another machine follows switch, and another, and another: each growing in complexity. The pulses are now one of many in a vast flood, blazing down cables as router upon router blur past.

The packet arrives.

Here, finally, is the information requested so long ago. This place is Other, the place it was sent to. The data packet, having survived all the routers, switches, fiber networks and trans-continental carrier lines the Internet could inflict upon it, finally delivers its message. Its duty done, it is consigned to the digital abyss.

The Other responds.

Deep within the bowels of the Other, the request is received. Data is requested, data that the Other has access to. Why the User wants the data is irrevalent, it is enough that It does.
The data is gathered, and packaged. Subdivided, so that it is small enough to survive the coming journey. Thusly prepared, the requested information is fired back into the network in a fire hose of data. It blurs through the same path the original sequence did: flashing through machines and cables with inhuman speed.

The data arrives.

It pours through the computer?s network port like a binary waterfall, bytes upon bytes cascading down into memory. The entire round trip has taken more than half a second: an eternity in digital reckoning. The browser seizes the data as it arrives, and begins to create a new lie.

The lie changes.

The browser reconstructs its world as it interprets the data it received into meaningful code. The screen blanks white, and milliseconds later colour splashes back in new patterns and forms. Columns and images snap into place as the browser enforces the tyranny of formatting. Interactive buttons and links become active, their functions linked to deeper secrets within the browser?s code. Finally, when all is prepared and arranged, the text bursts forth. Sentences upon sentences of text burst into being, arranged into paragraphs precisely as the Other?s data instructed.

The text means nothing to the browser, or even the computer. That is irrevalent, though: the User understands it. It is the reason for the browser?s existence, the reason for the efforts of the Other. Signals traveled down thousands of miles of copper wire, optical fiber, and were processed by dozens of gargantuan routing machines. It took decades of research, development, and deployment by innumerable genius minds to design those signals, cables, and machines. Data crossed continents, braved the deepest depths of the ocean, and crossed the breadth of the planet quicker than the blink of an eye.

And all so you could read this page.

The Lounge / Random Religious Comic Thread
« on: February 09, 2010, 07:26:26 PM »
ITT we post random religious comics.
The Free Market demands it.

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