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"I'm smart enough to ride a rocket I built myself and I know the world is flat. Vote for me!"

Self-taught rocket scientist (and Flat Earther) plans to launch over ghost town

Summary: "Mad" Mike Hughes, limo driver and daredevil, plans to launch homemade rocket over the ghost town of Amboy, California. Which in and of itself actually seems kind of cool... The parts which get me are that 1) his main sponsor is Research Flat Earth, 2), Hughes himself is a flat-earther, and 3) he seems to be using this daredevil stunt to launch his run in California's gubernatorial campaign. Adding to the confusion is the fact that he understands aerodynamics et al... but also says there's no difference between science and science fiction. 9_9

That said, Hughs intends to build a rocket to take himself into space somewhere down the line so he can "snap a picture and see with his own eyes," as the article puts it. Huh.
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But I don't think it's unrelated. Even if it's not what J.K. Rowling intended, it would make sense that she would set the character up like that to be able to go on those kind of adventures. He'd have the fulfillment in reality that the delusions would give a mental patient.

I always got the impression she gave Harry that kind of early childhood because it's the most stereotypical hero early childhood, in a story she was consciously packing with as many stereotypes as possible, both about fantasy and boarding schools.
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Sort of similar, actually, except it was early-onset schizophrenia, with him initially struggling against it and eventually giving in and embracing his delusions and hallucinations.  Stefan seems to be convinced that magic is always an allegory for insanity.  Given the kind of life he had before he turned eleven, Harry should have PTSD at the least, or probably more likely, DID.

But I don't think it's unrelated. Even if it's not what J.K. Rowling intended, it would make sense that she would set the character up like that to be able to go on those kind of adventures. He'd have the fulfillment in reality that the delusions would give a mental patient.
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I shudder to think...what?

(I've heard the idea that Harry is actually in a sanitorium suffering from PTSD, and how the story and his place in it matches the kind of delusions you'd expect. It was scarily convincing...)

Sort of similar, actually, except it was early-onset schizophrenia, with him initially struggling against it and eventually giving in and embracing his delusions and hallucinations.  Stefan seems to be convinced that magic is always an allegory for insanity.  Given the kind of life he had before he turned eleven, Harry should have PTSD at the least, or probably more likely, DID.
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The Podcast / Re: Bogosity Podcast for 19 November 2017
« Last post by evensgrey on November 20, 2017, 09:50:45 AM »
This American Life was one of the programs that got fooled by that guy who wrote that bogus report about how bad working conditions at Foxcon were, including the completely bogus claim of having spoken to English-speaking employees there (who were unlikely to exist, given how many better options anyone in China who speaks good English has) and pretending that he needed to protect his (Chinese government supplied) translator from government reprisals (despite the fact who she was would obviously be known to her employers, the Chinese government).  They did, eventually, run a Mea Culpa story explaining how stupid they'd been, but they don't seem to have learned anything.

Digitally signed malware doesn't even need to have certificates purchased from the darkweb.  Microsoft will happily sell you signing certificates.  They might revoke them later if they think you've done something they don't like, but they tend to not look for things like malware as a reason to revoke.  It's pretty clear that the main thing they want to prevent with that is defeating DRM, and has been since it came in just over a decade ago.
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Apparently, there are entities in the Upside-Down who are taking resources when the gate is open.

Not intelligent ones, at least so far. They're just beasts. One of the characters described it like a virus, hijacking Will's intelligence because it had none of its own.

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Remember, this is one of Stefan's analyses, so he's probably completely rewritten the story to conform to his own narrative.  Do you know what he decided Harry Potter was about?

I shudder to think...what?

(I've heard the idea that Harry is actually in a sanitorium suffering from PTSD, and how the story and his place in it matches the kind of delusions you'd expect. It was scarily convincing...)
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LOLWUT??? Who are the immigrants supposed to be? There aren't any people in the Upside-Down!

Apparently, there are entities in the Upside-Down who are taking resources when the gate is open.  Remember, this is one of Stefan's analyses, so he's probably completely rewritten the story to conform to his own narrative.  Do you know what he decided Harry Potter was about?
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The Podcast / Bogosity Podcast for 19 November 2017
« Last post by MrBogosity on November 19, 2017, 05:59:58 PM »


News of the Bogus:
11:40 - Biggest Bogon Emitter: USA Today http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/09/usa-today-scoop-assault-rifles-can-modified-chainsaw-bayonet/
15:30 - Silver Cluon Award: Cards Against Humanity https://www.cardsagainsthumanitysavesamerica.com/

18:07 - Idiot Extraordinaire: Antivirus authors https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/11/evasive-code-signed-malware-flourished-before-stuxnet-and-still-does/
This Week's Quote: "Never forget, even for an instant, that the one and only reason anybody has for taking your gun away is to make you weaker than he is, so he can do something to you that you wouldn’t let him do if you were equipped to prevent it. This goes for burglars, muggers, and rapists, and even more so for policemen, bureaucrats, and politicians." —L. Neil Smith

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LOLWUT??? Who are the immigrants supposed to be? There aren't any people in the Upside-Down!
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Well, Stefan has gone and done one of his weird analyses of entertainment and decided Stranger Things is an allegory about uncontrolled immigration in the presence of a welfare state.

Does this actually mean anything beyond making a few hard-code statists no longer able to watch it because they won't be able to shake the idea that it contradicts their core theology?
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