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  1. https://twitter.com/GreatDismal/status/1005958197654351872 I guess when you cut costs, it has to show somewhere. Too many people digging on Polish medieval fantasy series Witcher cred which is like comparing apples to oranges, or the singer of Motley Crew to Leonard Cohen. For the record, I offered Mike and Lisa my story for the big breakout but was told they wanted a more experienced writer. CD Project Red hired a Polish game blog writer instead.
  2. Seven Minute Video Blow your mind. It is selling for $40,000 AUS dollars (so I hear).http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxvfDTaUVAo I know people who would live in this on the McDonald's parking lot where they work their slave job for minimum wage. This, and a subscription to the YMCA/YWCA, is really all you need.
  3. Arise! I command thee! ARISE! Source:http://news.yahoo.com/humans-controlled-tiny-parasites-180652943.html Permanent record: Can Humans Be Controlled By Tiny Parasites? By Jason Koebler | U.S.News & World Report LP – Fri, Dec 7, 2012 Could microscopic parasites have the ability to take control of a human being? Scientists are starting to think so. A third of the world's population may have a parasitic infection that scientists believe to have an impact on human behavior. The protozoan parasite, called Toxoplasma gondii, has long been considered to be an "asymptomatic" parasite in humans. But lab tests and a new report suggest that it may cause or intensify severe forms of schizophrenia, could have an impact on how human hormones are secreted in the brain, and may cause personality changes. Scientists have determined that the parasite, which thrives in rats and reproduces in house cats, tricks rats into getting into harm's way. "The parasite grows in a rodent, but it needs to get into a cat somehow to reproduce," says Shelley Adamo, a biologist who studies neuroparasitology at Toronto's Dalhousie University. "When a rat becomes infected, the parasite somehow makes rats become attracted to cat urine, when it would normally avoid it." The CDC estimates that more than 60 million Americans carry the single-celled parasite. Most people get it from infected, undercooked meat or from cats. According to the agency, "of those who are infected, very few have symptoms because a healthy person's immune system usually keeps the parasite from causing illness." But scientists are starting to rethink that theory. In a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Experimental Biology, Jaroslav Flegr, a scientist at Charles University in Prague, suggests that people infected with Toxoplasma have slower reaction times and are "less altruistic" than non-infected people. Women infected with Toxoplasma "more often report that diplomacy is not their strong point...that some people have the power to impose their will on others with hypnosis... and that they have a weak instinct for self-preservation: in situations where somebody else might be afraid, for example being alone in a forest or in an empty house at night, they remain calm." Flegr notes that the existence of these correlations "cannot distinguish whether the observed changes are manifestations of the manipulative activity or only symptoms of the chronic disease" that is sometimes caused by Toxoplasma. But he says that the widespread prevalence of Toxoplasma infection makes it an ideal "model for studying manipulative activity in humans." He says there are a "large number of parasitic organisms ... that may influence the human host even more than the Taxoplasma." Most neuroparasitologists, like Adamo, normally study insects, where there are numerous examples of insects infected with parasites behaving oddly. The most famous examples involve "zombie caterpillars," which are controlled by a parasitic virus that instructs the caterpillar to climb to treetops where they melt in the hot sun, raining the virus down on other potential hosts. Even in insects, it can be hard to study the parasite-host relationship because of the need to raise two organisms in a lab and facilitate an interaction, Adamo says. In humans, it's nearly impossible. "The ultimate experiment would be to have a bunch of people, and to infect some of them, and then measure their behavior before and after," Adamo says. "We're never ever going to be allowed to do that with humans." In a lab setting, Toxoplasma also binds to dopamine receptors, which are the brain's reward centers. "It's quite possible and plausible that if you have an agent affecting dopamine, it could influence people's behaviors," Adamo says. A disease that completely alters a human's behavior isn't unprecedented. A human infected by rabies will nearly always display a fear of water, just the way a dog would--so it's not beyond the realm of possibility that a parasite could influence a human's behavior in more subtle ways. "In invertebrates, the effects are far more drastic. In mammals, the effects are smaller. I say that, but then you look at something like rabies," Adamo says. "And you see that things like this can cause huge changes in behavior."
  4. Nice to see the premise come alive. How long before mainstream TV will pick up on Cyberpunk stories? (Or has it already happened while I have been in POland this past decade?) Maybe the netwonks do not want to upset the sheeple.... just scan them on time.
  5. So the diversions are working. That's nice.
  6. In fact, I said the opposite of conspiracy. You're the one who can't see it without driving around in a pack of black Lincoln sedans. I just do not see that kind of problem: that is too big to handle. I just think it is time to get to handling it. Now unless you think a few people looking out for their own interests and gaming the system is a conspiracy against the American government.... got news for you, it happens everywhere. And, yes, this whole thing is co-opted. It's a sideshow. Well an apparent full blown cyber war or not, we can argue. I would say it is a war on Freedom of Speech with both sides (the kids and the Spooks) contributing to the same shared outcome much like the War on Terror. That IS the point. You write about conspiracies in a double negative and then you do not even read what you've written. This result is going to happen on its own. You mean there will be no hand guiding it? You going to get all Glen Beck on me and say this will be the Will of God? So who is facilitating/handling/directing the kids then, the Assange group? I hardly think so. In the War on Terror, there appears to be a few guys in a cave winning this fight by causing maximum terror and collateral economic damage, same as the handful of anti-democracy/freedom of speech types are winning by creating a reason for censorship of The Internet. I wonder if it is the same handful of guys...? And, whatever, it's just a diversion. Watch out for the script kiddies! Now do you think the small majority would understand the difference in the threat from script kiddies and real hackers...? You are correct about the coming result despite a very lively speech not one year ago against China taking down Google by Hilary Clinton - who was the first to be embarrassed by the Pentagon decision to allow the Wikileaks under orders of Defence Secretary William Gates. You have a problem with that focus? Do you honestly believe the coming result, as we surely agree on foreseeing this result, is the American government policy? (I mean the PR ground work is being laid right now - look at this Newsweek article and ask yourself coincidence?) Or you just want to blame some know-nothing Pfc, his pasty-faced Austrailan side-kick and script kiddies for manipulating your government into the result you already know is going to result so you can go back to slumber? The anger you're feeling is anger at yourself. CC
  7. Now, I had to look this up because Glen Beck is more popular with some than with others. I had to understand exactly what you meant, and I am not entirely sure you're not confused. Glen Beck is a distraction. I am saying stop being distracted. Christopher Hitchens, as my twin states, kicks ass in this Vanity Fair piece. And it is worth reading to get the sense of this unstable Glen Beck right-wingnut character he calls a rabble-rouser, which was my opinion as well. I hardly think I am rousing the rabble here as much as I am presenting a clarion call to stop, look and listen to the events! But either you do not know what this Beck guy represents (he's another diversionary ant), and I suggest you read Hitchens' article in such a case, or your ad hominem post shows you haven't been understanding what I have been writing. Assange and the conspiracy of government, which is what this whole theatre caters to - I mean Alan Moore's Anonymous?! get serious - "look over here" diversions while the whole system now works against governing the people under it and elected by it... this stuff are the ants. If anyone cannot follow all the sophisticated bouncing ball bullshit-batshit, which is the reason it is used to take people away from the scent, just remember that it is about money. Stolen money. Crooked money. Follow the money. Use your head about such things as Haiti, for example, and see with your own eyes who has their face prominent on the foundations that benefit from the hundreds of millions of dollars given to it for the purpose of helping a country that continues to fall apart faster the more the outside is involved. *cough*cholera*cough* Do not get outraged at that. That will take away your focus. But do note down who is and what the characters are involved. Do this a few times and your own notes will lead you to see where the problem starts. THAT is where the focus of anger should be. And it should come down hard like a hammer. A few people should be hanged. Assange is not one of them. Neither is Glen "batshit" Beck. Neither is David "crackpot" Icke. Neither is Alex "righteous" Jones. And neither is Bradley "patriot" Manning, I surprise you. Misguided these players are, they are the product of what's wrong in America today. They are following the wrong trail. Follow the money and it will lead you straight to laws that need to be enacted to save your government from the greedy people managing it. It's not a vast unimaginable Bilderberg-type, Masonic conspiracy I am talking about. It is about a few hundred guys, maybe a few groups of guys, who game your system and have the guts and the know-how to get away with it by making these diversions and slipping passages into bills that get voted on without the time for them to be read. It is not that they want to hurt you or anybody. They just don't give a flying fuck about you. They are gaming your government. That's why you suffer. And they are largely unaccountable figures who trust in the web of lies to protect them. The focus needs to be on making these people accountable and clearing away the cobwebs of lies, Warren. CC
  8. I am afraid you are right. And the sizable minority is getting more and more segmented, larger and larger in its shrinking little hole, every day. Someone MIGHT think the so called gun nuts would get it. But it is simple logic that you can't shoot pigeons while you're being eaten by ants. And Assange and the entire sideshow of sideshows are the ants. Be afraid children! The big bad 16 year old Anonymous is going to get you with a Script Kiddie. We have our top men working on it now... [cue John Williams, Indianna Jones Theme.] Jesus did I not say as much before they caught the guy in The Netherlands. Probably pulled him out of the McDonald's where he was using their free WiFi. SIDESHOW! CC Yes, folks, these cloak and dagger Anonymous "hacker friends of the hacker" are using Script Bots (script kiddies) available for download on The Internet. Are YOU asking any ESSENTIAL questions, like: 1 - who allows the Script Kiddies there? 2 - How difficult is it to manipulate a 16-year old kid to take action he believes is from his own initiative? (It's a sales technique we try to emulate in PR - look it up or ask about it on a BBS somewhere!)
  9. Good point made by John Naughton; similar to mine but suffering at the shallow-end of deadline publishing. Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/ci...live-with-leaks Of course, the Guardian is one of the papers setting (yes, setting) Wikileaks' editorial content so be aware. CC
  10. Let's play devil's advocate then. Say you are right. This is a real news story and rightly has the attention it deserves. It's not a circus. It's legit. The dingus. Gates acted as soon as he could in the interest of Defense (which he did not but we will ignore that fact) and Assange is a legitimate threat who should be ashamed of himself. So why isn't the USA putting it's financial house in order, two years after the meltdown and about 6 years after it was diagnosed? Are there no Americans who should be equally ashamed of what they have done to the USA? Hell, since they are Americans, could their unAmerican activities be interpretted as treason? I mean if an American sells secrets that's treason. What about if an American plants a bomb - is that treason? What about if an American knowing damages the American economy - is that treason? CYBERPUNK 2020 had a backstory where people were screaming for the execution of the Gang of 5. It seems like a plausible lead in to dystopia as a concept. What about the real "Gang of 5" in real life now? (Hmmm, and in hindsight, I recall the FBI take down of Steve Jackson Games suddenly.) Where is the same level of attack on those issues and events? Systemic FAA bribes and failed inspections then vs TSA now. Warren, it does not add. Where was the "safe than sorry" then? Law-makers continue to make rules and then exploit them for personal gain (TSA backscatter radiation machines) and the Treasury Department is stacked with crooked Wall Street cronies. This is not a Republican vs Democrat ideology battle. One hands off to the other and the beat goes on, getting progressively worse while nothing gets done. Now that would support my case for saying this is a complete diversion, and that this stuff needs to be answered before anything new should be addressed. Are some Americans above American law? Or have I got it wrong? This stuff is important and being treated as such? There is movement to presecute in these areas? I am incorrect in my assertions of conflict of interest and cronyism? People are not being bombarded with too much to remember all this stuff so that they become docile? Because if I AM RIGHT, the stink that is attributed to Assange/Wikileaks is really coming from a big pile of horeshit somewhere else. I know you work in a family-run business but there are examples in work where incompetent people continue to work at their jobs because they have mastered politics and the art of diversion. Hell, as a father, you know your child is gonna play the same game of two-ends-against-the-middle. In college, when you did not know the answer to a question coming up, did you ever bring up something else in class before the professor got to ask the question just so you could assure yourself you wouldn't be asked the real question? If you don't know anything about this tactic in any of the different settings I describe, then let me please simply assure you that this is what's happening now. You're watching it. And as for this Anonymous group... It's like a bad comicbook. Where are the attacks on real targets, please? It's like a long advertisement for Mastercard, Amazon and PayPal which ends: we're safer now so you can trust us more. Here's a question for all Cyberpunks: What would Rache Bartmoss do? Who do you think he would target? Some dickhead trying to use Twitter? Or the CIA? What would his attitude be towards Anonymous? (ooh, only the Chinese have that level of hacker and they're not involved...) Give me a break. This talk of a cyber "war" is pure horseshit too. It's not hard to figure out after all. CC
  11. And who runs the DoJ [Department of Justice]? Hey kids, its circle jerk time. Gather round. It's the same as sex. Except it isn't the same asshole. But by the time you comedy fuckmuppets figure it out, it'll be too late. Bwwwaaaahahaha. [This is the whole part of this shit I hate the worst - the outright condescension that these incompetent geniuses, incapable of doing their job let alone manage a conspiracy, have all of us peons barking at each other with their child-like diversions and we're too stupid to use our own heads. I don't care what anyone's politics are because we can all agree to this: these guys have to go NOW] Again, it helps to keep a little perspective on this Assange thing. CC December 09, 2010, 9:30 AM EST By Jonathan Weil Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- It’s bad enough that there have been no criminal convictions of any of the executives who helped bring the banking system and our economy to its knees. Now the Justice Department is touting trumped-up numbers as it tries to show it’s cracking down on financial fraud. This week U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder held a news conference to praise the results of “Operation Broken Trust,” which he called “a critical step forward in law enforcement’s work to protect American investors.” Holder said the sweep by President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force began Aug. 16 and resulted in 231 cases against 343 criminal defendants as of Dec. 1. All told there were 64 arrests, 158 indictments or complaints, 104 convictions and 87 sentencings, according to the Justice Department’s tally. Holder also credited the operation with 60 civil suits against 189 defendants. The statistics looked squirrely on their face. Some of these cases began years ago, long before the multiagency task force was formed. It’s obvious what the prosecutors did here, too. First they tracked down every small-fry Ponzi scheme, affinity fraud and penny-stock pump-and-dump they could find that had advanced through the courts since mid-August. Then they totaled them up and called it a sweep, lumping together cases that had nothing to do with each other. Just out of curiosity, I asked a Justice Department spokeswoman, Alisa Finelli, for the names of the cases. She sent me a 16-page printout of the criminal defendants. (After initially saying the civil defendants’ names weren’t available, she sent me those late last night.) The first page of the criminal list had 20 names, which I figured was as good a sample as any to use for picking cases to look up. It soon became clear that the list wasn’t entirely correct. Count Early For instance, the list said a fellow named Lorenzo Altadonna had been convicted in the Western District of New York on Oct. 27. Actually, he was sentenced to three years probation on Aug. 5, court records show. That was 11 days before Operation Broken Trust began, which means the task force shouldn’t have counted him in its results, even by its own loopy methodology. Finelli said Altadonna was included mistakenly. The first page of the list also showed a Nov. 8 federal conviction in New Jersey of a man whom I won’t name here. There was no record for him on Pacer, which is the government’s online database of federal court proceedings. But I did find an Oct. 13 article in the Daily Record of Parsippany, New Jersey, about a fraud at an insurance agency where a person with the same name had worked. The article said he had not been charged criminally. Finelli declined to comment on why he was included in the task force’s list of defendants. Justice for All So of the 20 cases at the top of the government’s defendant list, two of them didn’t check out. Other defendants included a swindler named Lee Anglin, who was sentenced on Nov. 16. Court records show he was arrested in March 2006 and convicted in July 2009. The task force had nothing to do with nabbing him. Another defendant, Anthony Antonelli, was sentenced Sept. 7. Court records in his case show he struck a plea bargain with prosecutors in January 2009. The lesson here: Justice delayed is justice counted. I spot-checked a few names on the list’s other pages, too. One was a guy in Illinois named Kevin Carney, who pleaded guilty on Aug. 18 in a Cook County circuit court to fraud and theft charges, according to a press release by the Illinois attorney general’s office, which prosecuted the case. That was just two days after Operation Broken Trust’s start date. On Message The task force’s executive director, Robb Adkins, said in an interview that the point of this week’s announcement was to increase public awareness about these types of frauds and “send a message to would-be wrongdoers.” He said “there was a very large detailed effort to track the numbers,” and that he didn’t want anyone to think the task force was trying to take credit for investigations that started before Operation Broken Trust. When I asked him why the government hadn’t prosecuted any senior executives from companies at the heart of the financial crisis, he said: “Where there is wrongdoing we will bring charges, but beyond that I just can’t comment.” By all outward appearances, it seems the Justice Department either doesn’t want to prosecute systemically important frauds, or doesn’t know how. Or maybe it’s both. It wasn’t always this way. More than a thousand felony convictions followed the savings-and-loan scandal of the 1980s and early 1990s. Some of the biggest kingpins, such as Charles Keating of Lincoln Savings & Loan, went to jail. With this latest financial crisis, there’s been no such accountability. Operation Broken Trust may be a fitting name. Unfortunately it’s for all the wrong reasons. The public already knows not to trust the government. Flimflam P.R. stunts such as this one at least offer us a useful reminder of why. (Jonathan Weil is a Bloomberg News columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.) --Editors: James Greiff, Charles W. Stevens Click on “Send Comment” in the sidebar display to send a letter to the editor. To contact the writer of this column: Jonathan Weil in New York at jweil6@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this column: James Greiff at jgreiff@bloomberg.net
  12. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/08/a...a_n_794130.html The Spooks vs Comicbooks. It's made for TV Manga. CC
  13. You ever notice that the persons or (otherwise known as legal entity persons) institutions responsible for the direct harm to hundreds of millions of average Americans are going unpunished while everyone calls for the head of some ghostly skinny creepy looking guy? In fact, Bernake just paid a commission to his friends at Goldman Sachs from a $900 Billion sale of T-Bonds. That's like if I slipped my good buddy Dog Soldier an envelope full of your money so that I could buy your debt from you. Hang on... why not you just pay your debt with that money? I digress. As has been often stated, Assange cannot be tried for treason or crimes against humanity. PERIOD. Public sport-style executions, however, for the bunch of people who are responsible and still play musical chairs in power should be executed on television. Henry Merritt "Hank" Paulson, Jr., Ben Shalom Bernanke, all the other guys who are clearly in a conflict of interest, the fucking bankers for ENRON who got caught doing dirty deals... my God this list could be VERY LONG INDEED. Put into a little perspective, Assange isn't even a player. He's not even mapable. It was in my lifetime that Richard Nixon was impeached. Bill Clinton was put through an impeachment process. And now, George Bush can admit in writing to lying, to wire tapping and to starting a war for the benefit of securing Oil Reserves and have a pardon. Do you remember Obama doing that? I do. One of the first things he did. Again, it helps to keep a little perspective on this Assange thing. CC
  14. Uhm, they're not, man. You're being sarcastic again. I get it. WikiLeaks has posted to its website only 960 of the 251,297 diplomatic cables it has. Almost every one of these cables was first published by one of its newspaper partners (The Guardian, the NYT, El Pais, Le Monde, Der Speigel, etc.). It is still a smoking gun to political cocksmanship within Washington. So is this "freedom and information access" betraying an Edgerunner's style, or is it more in tune with Corp business muzak? On what side of the PCs would you put this organisation in your CP 2020 game? Oh, and there is blackmail involved too, which means if all things go as planned some information will never be let free. You gotta use you own head people. IMHO. this is the beginning of a campaign where the PCs are gonna feel duped and want payback while they run from their former client as well as their former client's enemies. It's classic. Wikileaks isn't even 'Net run. It's run mainstream with a gloss of "street cred." So when everyone says "Ow, Fox News is soooo biased, CNN is sooooo leftist" out poops Assange. Punks, the shit stinks. CC
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