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Passed - 1st Attempt. Thoughts, Tips, Facts

2020.10.03 20:03 Tai-Daishar Passed - 1st Attempt. Thoughts, Tips, Facts

After 5 months of study, I passed on my first attempt! As many before me have been prone to do, I decided to write down my thoughts and experiences in the hope that others can better their own pursuit.
Fast Facts:
Background
I actually have a liberal arts background, starting my career with a double major in Political Science and International Affairs and going into government work for 5 years. During that time, I found that, though I enjoyed many elements of it, there weren’t enough appealing career options to sustain the next 40 years of my life. I built my first computer during my first degree and loved it, so after weighing my options I went back to school while working to get a Computer Science degree. I was also fortunate to shift my analytic work to a cybersecurity focus, looking at systems from a ‘red team’ perspective and passing my analysis to the organization’s actual red team for exploitation.
While I know everyone says it, red team is where I want to be. Not because it’s sexy and hyped up in movies, but because I love the mindset. I love taking something, be it an abstract political argument or a technical implementation, and finding the holes in it to then make it better or plan mitigations against.
After finishing my degree, I leveraged that experience and degree into a System Security Engineer & Security Control Assessor position where I am now. My certifications were more on the management and policy side with CISSP and Sec+ to meet job requirements. I knew of attacks and things to do to mitigate against them, but I hadn’t actually done them, and because my background was in analysis I didn’t have the technical foundation of a system administrator beyond what I learned in school.
The First Steps
I’ve known for a few years I wanted to take on the OSCP. I love a challenge, I love learning, and while I have no intention of being a paper tiger flitting from certification to certification, the structure of a class that covered as much ground as the OSCP was appealing in a world where there almost infinite directions in which to take off. A big obstacle, though, was the amount of travel I do for my job. Enter COVID.
I started building a home lab last year to get better at system administration and eventually turn it into a ‘purple team’ lab environment – experimenting with vulnerabilities and seeing what gets caught. I didn’t make it as far as I wanted, but when COVID hit and travel ceased, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to jump in and signed up for 90 days in the 2020 course. I worked through Over the Wire’s Bandit and Natas games to brush up on my Linux terminal and web app attacks while waiting for my time to start. April 26th arrived quickly and it was time to go.
The Grind Course
The 2020 material, if you haven’t heard, is much more robust than the previous iteration. Weighing in at over 850 pages, the PDF is a mammoth undertaking that is often high level and requires additional research. My COVID schedule at work dropped down to either 3 or 4 days in the office for 12 hour days, leaving me 3-4 day weekends to devote to the material. My plan was to get through the material and exercises by the end of May, leaving me 60 for the labs. I also planned to do the exercises and lab report, because who wants to pass up 5 points (see lesson learned...)?
With that goal in mind, I generated a spreadsheet breaking down the chapters and sections into chunks of around 45 pages each, give or take a few to hit a natural break point. I also went a little overboard and started throwing metrics against it to estimate actual time to complete each chapter based on length, my familiarity with the topic, and how much of the section was reading vs. screenshots to offset the length.
My estimate came out to almost 60 days which disappointed me. Thankfully, though, I was about 25% off in my estimates as some of the material was not as difficult as anticipated. 47 calendar days later (30 of which were spent studying), I was through the material and was ready to start the labs. I treated myself to a weekend off, first, because working 12 hour days in the office and about 8 hour days at home for a month and a half was brutal.
Lessons Learned/Advice:
The Labs
Having sprinted through the material, I settled into a little more friendly pace for the labs; I aimed for a box per day for the first few weeks to ease into it and give myself a little more balance in life. If I did the box in 2 hours, great. If I did it in 8, great. Toward the end I started doing more in a day if I finished one quickly. I ended up extending another 30 days because I wasn’t feeling ready by the end of my initial 90 and lost a lot of time in June due to work.
I started with the two boxes OffSec has write-ups for, doing them myself first and then reading the write-ups to see their methodology or find things I had missed. I’d highly recommend folks take that approach.
The labs aren’t meant to be done sequentially. I found that I did better getting access through web applications, so I started by knocking down anything with port 80 or 443 open. I pivoted into another of the sub networks but decided to finish out the public network before diving further into those. I only took down one of the domains in the public network; it was interesting, but after doing it once it was not how I wanted to spend my limited time.
I used CherryTree to document my exploits, taking notes on what caused me to stumble, what worked for the box in case I needed to come back, open ports, credentials, and installed software. You never know what might show up elsewhere. I also documented 12 boxes fully for my lab report so I could pick the 10 that were the clearest. I started my cheat sheet from the course material and added to it as I found myself using things over and over, again in Cherry Tree.
If you undertake this journey, make sure you enumerate after rooting a box. You’ll often find things that lead to other machines. I do appreciate that aspect of the labs relative to HTB where you’re in and out and there isn’t much to it. Some folks have complained about not knowing if a box is dependent; that’s part of the game. If you’re in the real world, you’ll need to go with the flow, not just have one-off attacks against everything. That said, the lab is time limited and not free, so if you get a suspicion a box requires something else, you can always check the forums.
Oh, the forums. Sometimes a source of aid, sometimes a source of drivel. If you plan to take the course, please do not become one of the people that posts “OS-ID – Rooted” and then nothing of substance. But more than that, don’t become one of the people who calls using an SMB exploit “the Brazilian dancer” or running an exploit file in Python “using the snake.” It’s silly, it’s not helpful, and it’s pointless. I think folks on the forum have internalized the attitude of the admins – figure it out on your own, but here’s an obtuse tip so I can feel like I tried to help. OffSec does not want, nor should takers of the course want, direct spoilers because the goal is to build a methodology of figuring problems out, but that does not mean people need to be anti-helpful in a learning environment.
I felt like the labs were where the real money is made. The course was a pretty good foundation (augmented with external information, as mentioned earlier), but doing is how you’ll solidify what you read. Over the course of the lab, the number of times I needed hints went down as did my average time to root.
Lessons Learned/Advice:
The In-Between
At the end of the labs, I picked a date a few weeks out to allow me to take some privilege escalation courses and practice on Hack the Box (and because all the good times were taken… people aren’t kidding about slots filling up quickly). I went with The Cyber Mentor’s Linux and Windows privilege escalation courses, but I have heard Tib3rius is also useful. I thought it was a quick, but helpful, tour around options. He does rely heavily on scripts or executables to do the enumeration, so don’t expect to come out with a long list of manual commands to run, but it was good to level-set and helped build my enumeration checklist further.
I signed up for Hack the Box VIP to follow along in the class and do some further practice. I had pretty good success with some of the early boxes I picked from the TJNull OSCP-like list, but as I got closer to my exam and toward the bottom of the list, the boxes became a lot more of a CTF than OSCP-like. This hurt my confidence a little bit, as privilege escalation turned into hunting for strange files rather than what I experienced in the labs.
I did the same as I did in the labs: take notes on what caused me to stumble or look at a hint, what worked, what didn’t. All of that was crucial to my game plan for the exam. In all, I did 22 of the machines from Hack the Box. It was worth the month’s subscription fee, but don’t put too much stock in the boxes’ similarity to the OSCP.
The Exam and Report
This section will be vague for obvious reasons. I picked an 8 AM start time. That gave me enough time to wake up at my normal time (5:45), get breakfast, fire up my VM and set up my notes, play some drums and guitar to settle down, and start my check-in a little early. My webcam did not auto-focus, but they let me take a photo of my ID and display it on my computer with the screenshare. This took almost all of the 15 minutes and a few more minutes after getting my VPN.
I set up a new tmux session for each machine I worked on to log my output appropriately. I recommend getting a good strategy down so it becomes automatic and you don’t miss anything bouncing around. My strategy, like many, was to fire off my AutoRecon scans while I worked on the buffer overflow. The buffer overflow took me an hour, mostly because I was paranoid about documenting each step. The course is sufficient to pass this.
After the buffer overflow I took a break. In fact, I took breaks every 60 minutes, setting an alarm across the room that was annoying enough to make me get up to turn it off. I cannot stress enough how important it is to take regular breaks. Over the 7 hours I took 6 breaks ranging from 5 to 20 minutes. 3 of those 6 breaks led to an immediate breakthrough in either gaining access or escalating my privileges. This was something I was bad at in the labs, and it showed.
I took a look at my scan results and went for a 20-point machine. About 1.5 hours later I had access and another 45 minutes later had root. I took on the second 20-point machine and had access after 10 minutes and root after another 50 minutes. The 10-pointer took about 1.5 hours to get access due to a rabbit hole, giving me a passing grade. A fist-pump and break later, I decided to hold off on the 25-point box to start writing my report and ensure I had all the screenshots and code snippets I needed.
I gave the 25-point box a stab starting at about 6pm and identified a few possible entrance vectors, but after 2 hours of experimenting I couldn’t get anything to work and decided to end my exam rather than stay up late. My type-A personality wasn’t a huge fan of this, but it was the right decision.
A good night’s sleep later, I spent another few hours formatting and cleaning up my report. As mentioned earlier, I put way more detail into it than I would ordinarily put for a report like that, but I did not want to fail for not providing a “copy-paste” approach to my exploits. After double checking I had all of the proof files included and that I appropriately archived the files, I posted them up and sent the email.
A short 36 hours later I got the wonderful email saying I passed.
Tips
Final thoughts and resources
To be perfectly honest, I was a little disappointed with the PWK itself. It’s nice to have a vast amount of data consolidated into a tight syllabus, but there’s zero teaching involved beyond reading the material. Some of this is good to foster research and problem-solving skills, but it hits a point where it’s not a great learning environment. That said, this past 5 months was a roller coaster of highs and lows and one that I enjoyed riding. The value of practical exams over multiple choice is huge and I feel much more accomplished than any paper test I have taken so far. Here’s to more, just maybe after a little break.
Resources
Enumeration:
Auto Recon – I used the default scan and then augmented in any areas that required further looks (e.g. a more intensive dirbustegobuster list).
linPEAS/winPEAS – far and away the best privilege escalation tool I used. winPEAS does require .NET 4.5 or greater so it won’t work everywhere.
accesschk.exe – Get it from xor.cat which has an old version with the /accepteula flag
Honorable mentions: linenum, linux-exploit-suggester, windows-exploit-suggester, Sherlock, PowerUp
Privilege Escalation:
Windows
https://www.absolomb.com/2018-01-26-Windows-Privilege-Escalation-Guide/
https://github.com/swisskyrepo/PayloadsAllTheThings/blob/masteMethodology%20and%20Resources/Windows%20-%20Privilege%20Escalation.md
https://book.hacktricks.xyz/windows/checklist-windows-privilege-escalation
https://sushant747.gitbooks.io/total-oscp-guide/content/privilege_escalation_windows.html
https://github.com/SecWiki/windows-kernel-exploits
Linux
https://blog.g0tmi1k.com/2011/08/basic-linux-privilege-escalation/
https://sushant747.gitbooks.io/total-oscp-guide/content/privilege_escalation_-_linux.html
https://book.hacktricks.xyz/linux-unix/linux-privilege-escalation-checklist
https://github.com/swisskyrepo/PayloadsAllTheThings/blob/masteMethodology%20and%20Resources/Linux%20-%20Privilege%20Escalation.md
https://github.com/lucyoa/kernel-exploits
Random:
https://hashcat.net/wiki/doku.php?id=example_hashes
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2020.08.17 22:45 AmericanNewt8 What you [might] need to know about South Korea's ludicrous arms buildup

This is my first shot at an effortpost; the prologue is probably too long, but whatever. It did take a lot of effort, at least, and it is a post--ergo, effortpost. Also it's a break from nonstop Biden coverage so that should at least count for something.

Prologue:

A long time ago in a peninsula far far away [from the US, anyway] there was a bit of a scuffle called the Korean War. It's not like, a huge event, but you've probably heard of it. Anyways, since the war "ended", South Korea has been frozen in a conflict with its northern neighbor, generally called "North Korea". Frozen is, of course, a relative term. Cross-border clashes and raids have been frequent occurences throughout the seventy or so years since the war ended. Of particular note are the Blue House Raid and the resulting abortive South Korean response in Unit 684 [mostly remembered for spawning an excellent--or at least highly profitable--action film,since the original idea sounded like a film pitch anyway], the Korean Axe Murder Incident/Operation Paul Bunyan, the ROKS Cheonan sinking and the Bombardment of Yeonpyeong. So, basically, South Korea is kept on a perpetual war footing, and has always devoted a significant portion of its resources to defense--a share which, until relatively recently, was actually shrinking due to the massive growth of the South Korean economy, which has gone from being pretty much the poorest country in the world immediately after the Korean War to one of its richest. I'm also going to give a rundown on some other things regarding South Korea specifically from an IGeopolitical/Military standpoint.

Foreign Relations
By far South Korea's most significant foreign relationship is with the United States, and it dominates every other relationship it has. For decades South Korea relied on the United States for defense, and it still does, to an extent--though US Forces Korea is now greatly diminished from its height, down to around 25,000 troops, they play a vital role in Korean defense. In particular, they run/ran most of South Korea's command-and-control and signals infrastructure, and the US maintains operational control in war, though what exactly this means these days is unclear [and it almost certainly involves heavy collaboration with the South Korean government, with a South Korean general being the second-in-command of Combined Forces Korea]. Korea's relationship with the US is thus dominated by security issues, though economic issues have some modest importance.

South Korea's relationships with its more immediate neighbors are generally speaking more complex. South Korea maintains excellent terms with China, its key economic partner, but is more than a little nervous of China's power. This has been greatly aided by the growth of South Korean cultural influence in China and a shift in attitudes in China towards neutrality, if not an outright pro-South position regarding inter-peninsular disputes, among the leadership--which views North Korea as more an irritant than anything else. China's military [particularly naval] buildup, however, is one key factor behind South Korea's rapid development of its naval capabilities in particular.

Japan, on the other hand, looks like a natural ally for South Korea on paper. It's economically powerful, enough to offset China, is nervous about North Korea, and is even more deeply tied into the US alliance system than South Korea is. They're even both maritime powers. However, in a sad moment for those following the realist school of thought, this is simply not the case. In particular, two issues constantly cause problems in the Japanese-South Korean relationship. First is the outstanding territorial dispute over the Dokdos/Liancourt Rocks. While these rocks are, well, rocks, Japan has a tendency to get very aggressive over uninhabited islands. They are, for the record, sort of inhabited--there's a South Korean coast guard post on the islands, so they are occupied. Second are lingering sores from the Japanese colonization of Korea--in particular those atrocities committed during the Second World War, such as the Japanese use of forced prostitution of Koreans and forced labor for Japanese corporations. As a general rule of thumb, the relationship with Japan is probably the most political of any of South Korea's international relationships, with South Korean conservatives working to paper over any problems with Japan while South Korean liberals take a nationalistic stance on the issue, as can be seen by the recent souring of relations between the two nations. In addition, the United States has generally played a key role keeping South Korea-Japan disputes under wraps and quiet, but recently, with the Foreign Service gutted, has been largely unable or unwilling to do so.

South Korea's relationship with Russia is also interesting and worthy of some note here, and largely dates back to the 1980s and 1990s, when South Korea was a major trade partner for Russia and accepted military equipment in exchange for debt forgiveness in a classic post-Soviet move. Since then, Russia and South Korea have done a decent amount of business, but the two nations have also collaborated extensively on defense. In particular, South Korea's short-range ballistic missiles use Russian technology from the Iskander, and South Korea is building/developing surface-to-air missiles based off of Russian S-300/400 technology. South Korea is also working to build submarine-launched ballistic missiles based off of this same Russian missile technology. In return, Russia has generally avoided new sales of arms or increases in trade relations with North Korea--not that the North has any money with which to do either of those things with anyhow.

South Korea's relationship with North Korea is... problematic, and some might say nonexistent. While North Korea and South Korea have repeatedly reconciled, doing so has seldom generated practical results, as can be clearly seen by North Korea's acquisition of nuclear weapons despite decades of diplomatic efforts and North Korea's continued aggression towards the South, most recently blowing up a liason office with the North. In sum, I wouldn't expect the long-held pattern of reconciliation and breakup to halt anytime soon.

Military
The South Korean Armed Forces are largely staffed by conscripts, numbering about 600,000, and consist of several branches, basically organized in the exact same style as the United States. There is the ROKA [Republic of Korea Army], ROKN [Republic of Korea Navy], ROKAF [Republic of Korea Air Force] and ROKMC [Republic of Korea Marine Corps]. ROKA is by far the largest service branch, with over 450,000 members, and is usually the destination of conscripts--however, the ROKN and ROKAF are where a lot of new investment is going, and the ROKMC may play a vital role in any war as well. In essence, the South Korean Armed Forces aim to stop any North Korean attack and then, with US assistance, launch a counteroffensive into North Korea. This, however, ends up being much more aggressive than it sounds.

South Korea has invested into thousands of ballistic and cruise missile systems, more than North Korea possesses, with the aim of being able to disable North Korean artillery and ballistic missile systems in the opening moves of any conflict. This is especially important because North Korea possesses thousands of artillery pieces in range of northern Seoul suburbs. Though casualty estimates are generally exaggerated [it takes a lot more than what North Korea has to turn Seoul into a "sea of fire"] RAND has estimated that such a strike could potentially cause tens of thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of casualties. Note that while RAND estimates with high-explosive, North Korea possesses a substantial chemical weapons arsenal--but it's likely to actually be less effective than high-explosive except as a terror weapon. Chemical weapons come with serious problems--mustard agents have fatality rates so low, even when used in WWI, that some questioned whether they should be viewed as lethal weapons at all, and nerve gas has... mixed results, as Aum Shrinkyo would tell you.

South Korea has also invested billions of dollars into developing advanced ground capabilities, developing some of the world's best ground military equipment, which are now beginning to see some success. It has also been investing a large quantity of money into a massive naval buildup, an indigenous stealthy jet fighter, and other technologies.

Other things that should be noted are numerous, but some of the most important are:
In sum, the armed forces of South Korea are some of the world's most powerful, and they're only strengthening. By the end of the decade, my suspicion is that [barring a sudden increase in effectiveness by India, or Japan abandoning its 1% hold] South Korea will be the worlds third or fourth most powerful military. Not the UK, not France, perhaps not even Russia--no, South Korea.

Weapons of Mass Destruction
In the early 1970s, South Korea first ventured into the area of WMDs. When the US, under Jimmy Carter, announced its intention to withdraw from South Korea, the South's security situation looked grim--and, as a result, like any sensible dictator would do, Park Chung-he decided to start researching nuclear weapons. This did end up accomplishing its goal, after a fashion. Though South Korea never got the nuclear reprocessing facility it wanted, it did, in exchange for ending its nuclear program and signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty, both ensure that American troops remained in South Korea and that the United States would offer South Korea commercial nuclear technology, an area in which it had great success. However, South Korea also devoted a substantial amount of effort to evading IAEA safeguards and bans in its Section 123 [nuclear cooperation with the US] agreement. In particular, in the early 1980s South Korean scientists worked to extract plutonium in what basically amounted to laboratory-scale reprocessing, and in 2000 South Korean scientists enriched a small amount of uranium to near-weapons-grade with lasers.

In addition to this foray into nuclear research, South Korea is believed [to the point it's considered an open secret] to have possessed a substantial arsenal of chemical weapons, mostly nerve gas. However, it has ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention and no longer possesses any stockpiles, those stockpiles having been destroyed some time ago. In fact, South Korea officially never had chemical weapons and was only referred to as an "unspecified state party" in official records by the OPCW.

The Buildup:

Things really started picking up around ten years ago, after the ROKS Cheonan sinking and the Bombardment of Yeonpyeong. Defense spending has grown at more than 7% some years. However, the next decade looks to be taking things to a whole new level. The next few years see spending rising by nearly double-digit percentage points. Procurement is to hit almost $20 billion a year--more than that of the UK, significantly more when adjusted for PPP. It should also be noted that South Korea builds things, by Western standards, at very low prices. The Sejong the Great class, for instance, broadly comparable to an American Arleigh Burke class [minus the knackering of the AN/SPY-1 that the US has done to Korean and Japanese AEGIS destroyers], comes in at half the price, despite having a run of three ships rather than over sixty. Major projects that South Korea is working on in the next decade include:

So, basically, South Korea is building an absolutely massive military, at high speed. This leaves us with two questions, having solved the what--we move onto why South Korea is doing this. There are, broadly speaking, two reasons.

First, South Korea is trapped in one of the world's worst security situations. All of its neighbors are potentially hostile threats--Japan and China particularly in the maritime theater, and North Korea, of course, on land. South Korea's primary ally, the United States, is increasingly erratic and has serious deficiencies in its operational capability [this might be another effortpost--the US Navy has serious problems on its hands]. It's only natural that South Korea build up a massive army to deter these threats. Even though it can never hope to defend against China, for instance, it can make itself difficult enough to defeat that China is unwilling to confront it, and have enough force to convince Japan and China that assertions of military power against it are unwise. In addition, South Korea must tailor its situation to North Korea in particular, and has spent a great deal of time developing a strategy that focuses primarily on violent retaliation in case of North Korean provocation and that can destroy North Korean ballistic missiles at varying stages--for various reasons, North Korean missiles are actually fairly vulnerable to attack, and South Korea aims to destroy them, if not on the ground, then in the air. Finally, South Korea is in part building up in direct response to the massive increase in Chinese military capabilities, particularly in naval and air domains, which have begun to trigger a general arms race in East Asia that is probably the largest and most significant since the Cold War [and the largest naval arms race since before WWI, in my reckoning].

Second, though, is more interesting. This military buildup has to do with South Korea's assertion of its position as a middle [if not great, perhaps only held back from that by its mightier neighbors] power. In, say, 2000, Korea was largely still a nobody. But now--you might routinely encounter people who watch kpop, eat Korean food, want to go on holiday to Korea, or so on. Korea has extended its diplomatic ties with virtually the entire world, having trade agreements with pretty much everyone. Its defense exports are proving quite successful, particularly in Southeast Asia and Latin America, but even in markets traditionally dominated by France, Russia, and the United States. In particular, South Korea, under more liberal governance, has seen its sovereignty abridged by the continuing legacies of the defense relationship with America, and has sought constantly to readjust that relationship so that South Korea is the superior partner.

Effects:

Most directly, this military buildup is likely going to seriously freak out North Korea, at least if the North has any sense at all. The North has basically no way to counter this buildup, and it will likely result in a whole host of additional problems for their defense situation. For instance, North Korea will have to assume that in any war they would have to deal with a brigade or divisional size amphibious assault, that their artillery may prove itself ineffective, and that it may not even be able to launch its ballistic missile systems. This is likely to have two consequences. First, North Korea will become increasingly unlikely to use armed force to provoke the South, as was the case in 2010 with the ROKS Cheonan sinking and the Bombardment of Yeonpyeong. Doing so would invite retaliation which North Korea has no capacity to respond to. Second, though, is that if war does break out, it will become substantially more likely that North Korea decides to use its nukes in a very early stage for fear of losing that capability--but I actually have my doubts as to whether North Korea would ever launch nukes at all, because at no stage would doing so benefit their position.

The US-Korea relationship will likely change, not necessarily for the better or worse, though. To put things very crudely and in Cold War terms, my suspicion is that in the long term Korea will play the France to Japan's UK. However, the US is going to continue to share significant common interests with South Korea, besides the significant cultural and economic ties, and I think the relationship will continue on quite healthily, and, indeed, more balanced than before. I also suspect that the US is going to become much more amicable about selling South Korea advanced military capabilities than before, largely because South Korea has yet [as far as public knowledge is concerned] to clandestinely reexport these technologies, as some of our... less friendly allies have done, and because allowing South Korea more military capabilities serves US interests. In fact, we've already seen this with the US systematically tossing every single restriction on South Korea's ballistic missile program in recent years, along with the sale of AEGIS and the AN/SPY-1.

China is not going to be very happy about this at all, but I think that the most likely consequence of this is that China will push to expand its armed forces even further in an effort to compensate for this buildup, along with increased capabilities developed across East Asia.

Japan is also not likely to be particularly keen on this, seeing as it's not on the best of terms with Korea of late and their armed forces have not exactly had an amicable relationship. However, I don't think that Japan will worry too much about South Korea, which, after all, is also warding off persistent problem child North Korea by doing this. Instead, it will likely grow its navy and air force [possibly passing well beyond the informal 1% GDP limit, and adopting long-range standoff weapons] to match the rapidly growing PLAN.

The rest of the world aren't likely to notice any deleterious effects, at least not immediately--the arms race in East Asia is definitely heightening the risk of war. The most interesting consequence is likely to be a continued shift towards East Asia, away from Europe, in the rest of the world, both culturally and now militarily.

Bonus Round: South Korea Is Building Nukes

Now, here I enter the realm of speculation, so I can't say this for a certainty. But South Korea really, really, wants all the things that one wants when you want to build nukes, including:

In addition, South Korea already possesses a motive--they've tried to build nuclear weapons before, and as much as 60% of the population is in favor of building nukes. They are surrounded by nuclear-armed enemies [or in the case of Japan a potential adversary that could improvise something workable in a matter of months]. Now, South Korea might take the Japanese approach and go nuclear-latent, where they have the capability to build a nuclear weapon at extremely short notice but don't have one ready--but I actually doubt that they will, except as an intermediate step, because doing so just won't provide effective deterrence against North Korea, an adversary that is constantly poised to attack and could potentially use nuclear weapons first and wipe out the South's capability to assemble its own bomb. Japan sees the solution as viable for constitutional and political reasons, but also because any Chinese aggression could probably be seen months in advance, and would take months to resolve--plus, Japan can know that China will be rational and probably won't use its nukes first.

The major thing to watch here is going to be the the Section 123 agreement that the US has with South Korea for transfer of nuclear technology. Any amendment of the deal to allow reprocessing or possession of enriched uranium would be a major step towards a South Korean nuclear arsenal. In addition, the US also may have a backdoor way of doing this by allowing pyroprocessing, a non-conventional reprocessing method, to be used by South Korea via interpretation of the agreement. Doing so would bring South Korea closer to a nuclear weapon as well. However, barring any of these circumstances, we might not see a change until 2035 or 2040 when the Section 123 agreement expires--a rather distant time for most of us here. I wouldn't expect any change before President Moon is gone, personally, in 2023, at the very earliest. All in all, I'd say that a nuclear South Korea is probably not an immediate likelihood, but that, by 2050, I'd be rather surprised if South Korea didn't have nuclear weapons.

Conclusions:

South Korea is building a big, shiny new military for all of the geekishly inclined to gawk at, and also to menace its neighbors with. This is largely a result of the strategic environment in East Asia going down the toilet and South Korea desiring independence. You might want to keep an eye out on this in case you accidentally run into a South Korean aircraft carrier, or if you have any interest in the region whatseover [Yanks, I'm talking to you.] Also, South Korea is probably building nukes, or at least having a pretty serious think about it. If this gets a positive reception I'll probably do one on the PLAN [People's Liberation Army Navy], the USN, and the JMSDF, plus maybe the other little guys too [maybe one on the perilous situation Taiwan is in too]. Until then, though--ta!

Citations:
Lots of them, plus my head, and too many random news articles. Nobody's really brought this all together before in one thing. Click on the links if you're really interested.
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2020.08.10 17:57 Dezhitse Why Osana takes so long? pt.2 — Project planning

Hello. Since the first part took off, here I am, turning it into the series. Brace yourself, since this is going to be quite an adventure!
Part 1: https://www.reddit.com/Osana/comments/i4fazm/why_osana_takes_so_long_programmers_point_of_view/
This is a programmer's overview about the mistakes done in Yandere Simulator and how it went this way. Over the coarse of those posts, I shall be re-developing Yandere Simulator from ground up (not really, I am only going to pretend that I am doing it), because it is better to learn from others' mistakes than from your own ones. Despite my target audience is probably only programmers and software engineers, current ones or future ones, I'll try to explain everything in easiest terms possible. If you have some time to read, fasten your seat belts: there will be no stops along this route.
Last time I mentioned that it is going to take another post to describe what is wrong with Yandere Simuator architecture. Of course one can start with words «Technical Debt» and end with them, and this would be technically correct, but we can critique better than that. The best critique describes the problem, proves that something is done wrong and then tells how one should do it better; this is what I am attempting here too. Let us imagine that it is year 2014, and Yandere Simulator has just got the attention from famous YouTubers. Basically, one of the hardest parts in developing any indie video game is getting acclaim. In fact, a lot of indie game developers have no idea if their project would find its player. This stage right now below us, but it is too early to breathe out and call it a day: Yandere Simulator is still making its first steps.
One might say that Yandere Simulator code was already bad at this point. I won't object to this claim. Technically, I can't say it for sure, but what I know is that his first game, Lunar Scythe, wasn't great in terms of coding; Mike Zaimont won't lie. However, the thing is: almost all the projects had the rough launch, no matter if it is a video game or some software. The reason behind this is very simple: you have no idea if this project will be able to take off or not. Maybe no one is going to play your game. It is okay to write something fast to make an earliest possible prototype, and discard it in case if it gains zero traction, moving on to the next idea.
But now we have some positive feedback. Is it alright to proceed to coding? Well, remembering my previous post, it is not: right now it is a perfect time to start refactoring your old code so it does things shorter and quicker, adding unit tests et cetera. However, there is one more thing which is missing. Ladies and gentlemen, let me present you: Analysis stage.
As well as everything else in this field (and maybe in this world), analysis stage is something which won't handle your project on its own: term «paralysis analysis» didn't came out of nowhere, quite a lot of projects have never seen the light of day due to the overly extended analysis stage and over-thinking in general. However, going without analysis at all will probably cripple your project one day no matter how fast you can code: the difference between slow and fast coding in this scenario would be the difference between «you are going nowhere» and «you are going nowhere fast». Look no further than in the very same chat with Mike Z they were talking about the spreadsheets, and Alex said the following:
Nov 20 05:06:38 Taking your advice regarding the spreadsheets would have meant re-writing the entire game from scratch. That's a BIG call to make. I wasn't sure if you were over-reacting or if you misunderstood my system.
In fact, he thought that it was an insult, but this is literally it. Mistakes made during the analysis stage (and not having analysis stage at all is like having all the possible mistakes combined) are the hardest ones to fix. Sometimes the mistakes made during the analysis stage are so severe that they require rewriting the entire project from scratch. In general, the earlier the mistake was made, the harder it is to fix it.
What would have I done in place of Alex back then? Just asked myself a couple questions. Even one day for analysis would have made his life way, way easier. No need for anything sophisticated, just like that:
  1. Which technologies am I going to use to make this game?
  2. Will Yandere Simulator ever support multiplayer?
  3. Will Yandere Simulator ever support saving/loading during the game? Will it only use checkpoint system? What about some other progress tracking system? (maybe password system?)
  4. Is it a dating sim game or a stealth game? Maybe a hybrid? Hybrids are harder to implement.
  5. How many locations I'll be implementing? One, two, three, one for each enemy?
  6. How many game mechanics I'll need? Inventory? Crafting? Hacking? Worshiping the Chaos Gods (this one is actually in the game, by the way)? Increasing player stats? Talent tree? Health? Stamina? Sanity? Hunger? Battle Royale mode?
  7. Can player be a good girl and achieve the victory without killing and harming anyone?
  8. What about the opposite - nuking the entire school in day one?
  9. Is it a sandbox game or a plot-driven game?
First, getting the part about the technologies correct probably belongs to the latter stage, but there is a rule of thumb here for any novice developer: you have the luxury to decide right now. Just simply pick the technology which you know the best. However, make sure that the thing you know is not too obscure for game development: writing your game in JavaScript is probably alright if it is the only thing you know, but don't berate yourself later when you'll have to rewrite your game in, say, C#, yet again wasting precious time. There are no such things as bad languages and good languages, but you should be aware that every language has its purpose. This is a little bit subjective, but, for instance, C offers great portability and the ability to work on any hardware, but is pretty much nightmarish to code huge projects on; just don't tell this to the maintainers of Linux kernel, which now has approximately 25M+ source lines of code. C++ is now a de-facto standard in video game engines, but it is quite complex and you have to always plan ahead one or two more steps (but still less than in pure C). In turn, C and C++ can give you an unmatched performance if done right. C# and Java are general-purpose languages and thus are fine for almost everything. Java is also very portable, so your game will run on any machine supporting Java Runtime Environment, which is pretty much everywhere. Ruby and Python are great for quick prototyping. Haskell is great for geeking out and showing everyone online that you did something on Haskell. JavaScript has the word «Script» in its name, so it was first and foremost designed as a scripting language, right?
Next, in my opinion, the last point about the sandbox and plot-driven design, is the one which is messed up so much. It is alright to experiment; I am not saying that mixing sandbox style gameplay and plot-driven gameplay is impossible, I am only saying that it is an extremely hard task to do correctly. A hypothetical example: rival X has a grudge vs. student Y, which player can exploit to own advantage, but what if player already killed student Y previously without being explicitly asked to do so? It basically means that you have to program rival X twice: with student Y alive and student Y dead. For indie developer, it could have been much better to focus on either sandbox style game or on plot-driven game without mixing those too much, because it is simply too hard to do so.
Part about the locations is tricky too. There is one main location the game, the A-whatchamacallit High School. There is a game called The Stanley Parable, and it is about replaying the very first part of the game a lot by design. Developers admitted that they remade the part before two doors until it turned out to be perfect: not too long, not too short, not too bland, not too distracting. And this was a necessity in that case! What about the Yandere Simulator? Won't players get bored to see the same school corridors over, and over, and over throughout the course of fifty in-game days? Ten rivals multiplied by five days per week give us quite a lot of time to spend in one and only environment, isn't it? Moreover, since school does not change, you'll have to make all the challenge coming up from the other characters only. Hello, Mrs. Raibaru!
See? This is why analysis stage is so goddamn useful! A couple of trivial questions laid out on a sheet of paper, and there are at least two points that does not seem right from the get-go. Again, analysis should not be 100% precise: we can, say, add the «good girl» route later even if we decided not to do it during the first evaluation. Our goal is not to lay down a strict requirement plan like «our new rocket should fly for at least 1000 miles and bypass those missile defense systems», this is not military nor scientific application. Our only goal right now is to map the approximate plan towards the minimum viable product and try our best to avoid possible mistakes associated with it. This plan will change in the future, it is inevitable, but our goal is to at least try not to miss anything crucial.
Okay, suppose that we've done with the analysis stage. The next stage after the analysis is actual implementation… nope. It is the design stage. Analysis stage answers the question «what am I doing?», while design stage answers the question «how am I supposed to do so?». Having all the answers from the analysis stage, we can now clearly make up the list of things which would be hard and tricky to implement vs. the list of easy things. Let's see…
  1. Pathfinder: Hard. There would be a lot of students present in the school at the same time, and they all will be moving around at the same time. Most of the time, pathfinder should be able to be as fast as possible, since students' default routines are the same every time, and we can use this to our advantage, but, on the other hand, pathfinder should be robust enough to navigate across the environment during emergencies (e.g. spotted someone's blood etc).
  2. Students and student AI: The hardest one. Since we decided to make a Hitman/Persona hybrid in sandbox environment, AI should be top notch to handle the Persona part in said environment. Since we want to represent a variety of characters, from cowards to heroes, from loners to social butterflies, we want our AI system to be incredibly flexible. AI should be able to react to different stress factors, ideally in a different ways depending on a character itself. AI should also be able to inherit some behavior without copy-pasting the code, e.g. all the characters from the drama club should probably share parts of their AI regarding participating in said club, but being a little bit different too on their own, since they are all humans, and, as Mr. Rogers said, everyone is special. All students should share some behavior (e.g. attending classes, for instance), all teachers should share some behavior, and there also will be some unique persons, mainly rivals, whose AI will be incredibly tricky and complex on top of that.
  3. Physics: Easy. Since we picked up Unity engine, it already does all the things we'll need out of the box.
  4. The same goes with renderer. Our goal would be just not screwing up here.
  5. Inventory system: Easy, since we decided «no crafting» and this is not the main focus of the game.
  6. Character development and progression: Easy, since we are not going to reinvent Path of Exile or whatever.
  7. Anti-cheat prevention, client-server architecture etc.: non-existent, since our game is a single player experience.
  8. Story-related things, like dramatic camera movement and cutscenes: Medium, due to our hybrid requirements regarding plot/sandbox game.
  9. Combat: Easy or Medium, depending on our goals. A lot of people will definitely try forcing out the solution by murdering everything in sight. Yes, there are no guns in Yandere Simulator nor there are any cool blade dancing moves, but we should have at least something in place for those players, right? Like, say, minigames or QTEs. On the other hand, combat in some games can be deliberately done clunky and primitive just to show the player that doing it Rambo style is not the proper way; Pathologic 2 is a good example of such approach. Even better example is Infra Arcana roguelike: it awards player with experience for seeing monsters and not for killing them, heavily hinting that fighting is not the only option, which definitely fits to its Lovecraftian theme.
  10. Configuration files: I'd put Medium here. Yes, we can always hard-code everything into the game, since we do not care about modding support at all, but leaving things — say, certain enemy's aggressiveness or suspicion level — in the config files will allow us to fix those values without rebuilding the game, and, if you reload config files each time you enter the scene, even without restarting the game. His previous game, Lunar Scythe, used spreadsheets as its configuration, so I assume that Yandere Simulator uses some similar mechanism too, but I might be wrong.
  11. And on, and on, and on…
Don't think about the hardest points only as the hurdles that you'll have to overcome: they can turn into the major selling point if done right. And, in fact, right now Alex is still struggling with the AI, but a well thought plan could have prevented that.
After all this trouble, we can finally proceed to laying down our implementation design. This would be described in my next post.
Instead, now I am going to show you why the lack of the analysis and design stages, even in minuscule amounts, is bad for your project. Let's pick the first one, the pathfinder, and analyze why the lack of foresight about the pathfinder hurts Yandere Simulator. It is also a great opportunity to talk about the game performance.
As I've already said in my previous post, low game FPS does not hurt you as the developer, since you can debug your game on 20 FPS as well as on 60 FPS (however, loading times are of the different story, since they move son into his «not coding» state for quite a while). In fact, one absolute madman has already done one hour long Yandere Simulator code analysis video, with profiling and benchmarks. In short, he deduced that Yandere Simulator spends the most time rendering and pathfinding routines, scripts does not take much in comparison (that does not mean that one shouldn't start optimizing them too, of course: they are still slow, but there are even more urgent things to fix in terms of performance). Sadly, I can't give you any insight about rendering, since I am not familiar with Unity engine at all, I only know about bare bones OpenGL, although I am pretty sure it has something to do with insane models' triangle counts or whatever is it called (meshes? faces? polygons? I am a complete newbie here!). I am only going to say that the larger your models are, the slower your game boots up. However, we can have a talk about the pathfinder part. The part, which was mostly omitted in that video above.
Let's say that you own a knife. This knife is a survival knife and it is a great multi-purpose tool. You can use your knife to cut branches off trees. You can use it to cut meat in parts before cooking it. You can use it as a self-defense weapon. But what if only care about the self-defense part, specifically in the urban surroundings? In this case there is a better specialized tool — a can of pepper spray (a pistol or a taser if you live in the United States), which was made specifically for that purpose. Of course, you can still use the knife for self-defense, but you will be at a disadvantage in comparison to the easy to use nonlethal hit and run solution without the possibility of getting «end up in jail yourself» easter egg ending. Survival knife is invaluable because it is useful for a lot of things at once without weighing you down much, but it will never beat up the specialized solutions: a saw to cut down tree branches, a kitchen knife to slice a piece of meat, and so on.
This also applies to programming. Of course, there is nothing wrong in going with the knife in generic cases: reinventing the wheel is not something you'd want to do if you decided to write a game already. It does not mean that you are forbidden to do so: making your light but still full-fledged game engine from scratch will turn you from amateur coder to professional programmer and is quite an accomplishment on its own. However, things that are marked as «Hard» in the list above probably require their own specialized solution, at least eventually. Of course, you can always start with something standard, but you should always keep in mind that this solution is temporary and has to be phased out by a more effective code one day, either in terms of effectiveness or in terms of code complexity, more often than not — both of those.
Yandere Simulator uses A* search algorithm, and this algorithm is actually very good on its own! A* works on a graph) (in fact, it operates on a tree formed by all the paths from a given vertex in that graph, but those are details). Graph is basically a set of points (school junctions and points of interest) which can be connected with each other via edges (corridors and walkways). Edges can have their distance set, in which case graph is called «weighted graph»: longer corridors correspond to the longer distance. We also need to provide it with our current position, our destination and with so-called heuristics function just to speed things up, and this is it: A* generates a shortest route from starting point to finishing point. In case if there are multiple shortest routes, it'll output one of them depending on the underlying implementation of the algorithm and on the rounding errors if you represent your distances using floating point numbers.
Do you see the problem already? No, this is not about the fact that school isn't a graph and should be turned into one beforehand, which takes time, especially considering that other students and some physical objects can be obstacles by themselves, albeit this is valid too: have a graph too detailed, and your algorithm will perform like that, enumerating too many vertices in its path (remember that it has to be done for each student in regular intervals!). Have a graph too coarse, and students will start to get stuck in wide corridors seemingly out of nowhere.
There is actually a bigger problem.
Have you ever wondered why students walk in straight lines, forming a long «student trains» and in general behave like a group of skeletons reanimated by a powerful necromancer? (source video). Re-read the paragraph about the A* algorithm. Given vertices A and B, it always returns the shortest path from A to B. It means that no matter the student, he or she will always go from point A to point B in the very same path, the one which is proven to be the shortest one even if there is a path through the empty corridor nearby, which is longer by just one percent. Even if there happens to be two or more paths of the same distance, which is not going to happen often anyway, A* will always pick the same one out of them. This is not how humans operate at all. A* algorithm was developed for the robotics, and this is exactly the feeling you get from Yandere Simulator right now: they are just a bunch of androids who solve the task of perfectly navigating through the complex environment with a set of obstacles, wasting a ton of CPU resources while doing so.
While A* algorithm gets the job done in general, it does not mean that it is perfect for your task. I'd probably done the following if I were you. First of all, since the school has static structure, it is alright to add waypoints throughout the locations. Waypoints are a set of imaginary points which will help my algorithm to determine junctions and points of interest. Then, I'd go with fast but approximate algorithm, most likely some sort of depth-first search variation, since it is quite similar to the way humans navigate through mazes: try the first path, then go for the second one if the first one failed and so on. Again, we do not want a perfect solution, we want a solution which looks like as if it was done by a real human being. Even better, this algorithm should ideally be randomized so each student can select different paths to get from point A to point B, avoiding «student trains». It can be also parametrized so different students will lean towards different paths (maybe somebody really likes walking near windows to look onto beautiful scenery!). Again, it does not have to be perfect: do you recall the last time when you calculated the perfect path from your home to nearby grocery store and then proved that all the other paths are longer than the calculated one? This is what A* does by design.
See? We haven't started coding yet, but we were already able to solve one of the problems which plagues Yandere Simulator from year 2014, the one which probably already wasted hours on top of hours of developer's time to patch out, not very successfully for obvious reasons.
And this is why analysis and design stages are so powerful if done properly.
P.S. Thanks to two redditors for pointing out the mistake in my previous post regarding jump tables in if statements. Yes, only the switch statements can be translated into jump tables, at least by gcc. Of course, any performance gains from turning if's into switch statements would be minuscule, if any, unless maybe running it in a very tight loop with thousands of thousands of iterations, which Yandere Simulator doesn't do, as far as I know. In fact, judging by Yandere Simulator code, I am not sure if author knows about loops at all. Just kidding of course, but it is said that there is a grain of truth in every joke.
This post is not an exception: I am human too, and I sometimes make mistakes. Any corrections are welcome!
Bonus: I saved the yummiest thing for the last. I think that I found the class Alex uses as the pathfinder. To quote the author of said class:
This AI is the default movement script which comes with the A* Pathfinding Project. It is in no way required by the rest of the system, so feel free to write your own. But I hope this script will make it easier to set up movement for the characters in your game. This script is not written for high performance, so I do not recommend using it for large groups of units.
Isn't that funny?
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2020.07.25 18:37 Omegatron9 Respect Sergeant Schlock (Schlock Mercenary)

This post contains major spoilers for the final book of Schlock Mercenary

Sergeant Schlock is a carbosilicate amorph and a member of the mercenary company Tagon's Toughs.
Carbosilicate amorphs are basically homogeneous green blobs with limited shapeshifting and powerful chemical creation and analysis capabilities. Memories are distributed throughout their structure and any part can act as muscle or sensory tissue. The exception is their eyes, which are separate organisms.

Strength:

"Even buck-naked you'll easily take on a guy in powered armor."

Durability:

"Sergeant Schlock is decidedly more durable then I am."

Speed/agility:

"You're faster than you look."

Shapeshifting:

"There's gotta be some way we c'n use yer alien morphin' powers on this, Schlock."

Eyesight:

"Your eyes are too close together. Also, you don't have enough of them."

Hearing:

"An alien god of hearing"

Taste/smell:

"Taste, smell, whatever. I have a three metre contact patch with the polypavers here. If you licked the ground long enough you'd be able to do the same thing."

Digestive system:

"We need a word that means 'Omnivorous like a forest fire'."

Immune system:

"I don't see any reason why he won't live forever. Other than the fact that he seems to like working for you."

Chemical warfare:

"He can synthesize complex organic and inorganic compounds as easily and reflexively as you or I might sneeze."

Intelligence/personality:

"Eat it, kill it, make friends with it, or take a bath in it. Those are the points on your moral compass."
He is definitely an intelligent and capable sergeant, he can come up with good battleplans and respond to changing situations:
However he is immature, impulsive, and quick to anger.
The company's doctor theorised that this may be a result of his distributed memories, every true injury he takes is brain damage.
A short time later his memory of a message he was supposed to deliver was scrambled after being caught in a large explosion. (Here's what the message was supposed to be).

Other abilities:

"From my perspective, you are all aliens. Don't you have some special 'human powers' that we could use?"

Gear:

Weaponry:
Plasgun:
"Saying that this weapon 'Emits plasma' is like saying a star 'Emits light' or a politician 'Emits falsehood'."
Other:
Armour:
"Your physiology poses some non-trivial design problems."
Mark 1:
Basically it's equivalent to the company's standard rigid power-armour.
Mark 2:
Purpose built, still all the same capabilities.
Mark 3:
Other gear:

Dark Matter Schlock:

"The word you want is 'mundivore'. It means world-eater. Or maybe universe-eater. I won't know which until I'm done eating."
In a desperate and reckless attempt to take over a Pa'anuri warship, Schlock is transmuted into a dark matter entity similar to a Pa'anuri.
The Pa'anuri are a species composed entirely of dark matter and are thus only capable of interacting with, or being interacted with by, regular matter gravitationally. They are however vulnerable to the teraport drive, which transports objects through billions of microscopic wormholes. This is because Pa'anuri are composed of meta-stable dark matter which becomes unstable when exposed to teraport wormholes.
Pa'anuri Warships are designed to mitigate this weakness by vacuuming up "regular" dark matter and reconstituting it into a Pa'anuri with a mind uploaded from a baryonic (regular matter) Dronuri. This system allows the Pa'anuri to teraport.
General Pa'anuri feats:
Dark Matter Schlock feats:
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\"Are ya winning, son?\"
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This is why I don’t understand the people who say we can’t tear down racist statues because of ThE HiStOrY. ` They already whitewashed most of history that we know and edited us out of it anyway, but nobody seemed to care about that history when they were putting up them statues in the first place. Tear them ALL down.`
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Someone send them a dictionary to look up autonomous. ` This is this fucking protest in a nutshell.`
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You are right to be worried. Time is running out. Brazil's democracy is under attack. Apply pressure to the organizations profiting from the destruction of the Amazon listed below. [Message](https://technologyandus.com/the-message-from-xingu-river-tribes-of-amazon-rainforest-for-the-world/) from the Xingu Nations resisting this invasion: There are 1 million sovereign people who live *in* the Amazon. They are the ones who [need support](https://xingumais.org.b), if you can. `Indigenous peoples around the world protect 80% of earth's remaining biodiversity ([National Geographic](https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/11/can-indigenous-land-stewardship-protect-biodiversity-/)). To destroy them is to destroy our future.` [Democracy Now](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Qr-b8wxWTc) tells us [deforestation is up](https://www.democracynow.org/2019/11/19/headlines/deforestation_of_brazilian_amazon_skyrocketed_since_bolsanaros_election) [after the election](https://www.democracynow.org/2019/5/29/headlines/deforestation_of_amazon_up_by_20_over_9_months) of [supporter of ethnic cleansing](https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/07/brazil-bolsonaro-tribes-genocide-expert-warning), Jair Bolsanaro. [Boycott](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Qr-b8wxWTc) Brazilian soy, beef/leather, sugarcane, and timber. Oil, ideally. `>Global commodity traders like Cargill, JBS and Mafrig are the key drivers of deforestation in the Amazon. Their products are then sold by retailers like Leclerc, Stop Shop, Walmart and Costco. And behind the commodity traders stand the banks and institutional investors providing the credit and equity financing that enables their expansion into the Amazon: firms like BlackRock, JPMorgan Chase, Santander, BNP Paribas, HSBC and others. These financiers not only enable the destruction of our forests – they profit from it. ([source](https://amazonwatch.org/news/2019/0830-dirty-dozen-companies-driving-deforestation-must-act-now-to-stop-the-burning))` The [WWF](https://wwf.panda.org/our_work/forests/deforestation_fronts2/deforestation_in_the_amazon/) on why this is a disaster. `[National Geographic](https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/12/131222-amazon-kayapo-indigenous-tribes-deforestation-environment-climate-rain-forest/)overviews both the indigenous people's protection of the forest and organizations that help protect their sovereignty and the rainforest listed below the article, pasted here for your convenience.` *NGOs that are dedicated to protecting the Amazon and indigenous rights in Brazil:* `* [The Kayapo Project](http://kayapo.org/index-1.html)` `* [Instituto Socioambiental](http://www.socioambiental.org/)` `* [Comissão Pró-Índio de São Paulo](http://www.cpisp.org.b)` `* [Centro de Trabalho Indigenista](http://www.trabalhoindigenista.org.b)` `* [Operação Amazônia Nativa](http://www.amazonianativa.org.b)` `* [Planéte Amazone](http://raoni.com/amazon-planet.php)` `* [Conselho Indigenista Missionário](http://www.cimi.org.bsite/pt-b)` *International NGOs that are working to save Amazon rain forest in various countries:* ` * Amazon Conservation Team * Amazon Watch * Conservation International * Environmental Defense Fund * Greenpeace * International Conservation Fund of Canada * Survival International * The Nature Conservancy * World Wildlife Fund`
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2020.05.07 11:34 CuteBananaMuffin Earth Emits Massive Cosmic Blast in First Recorded Event of Its Kind as Scientists Warn of 'Catastrophic' Earth Changes

by Sorcha Faal
a.k.a. David Booth
and as reported to her Russian Subscribers
July 10, 2005
from WhatDoesItMean Website


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Russian Scientists are reporting today that a 5.5 Magnitude Event Earthquake that occurred in the Northwestern Balkan Peninsula was caused by a strange, and previously unheard of, Cosmic Blast discharged from our Earths atmosphere towards an as of yet undetermined ‘object’ in space.
This new phenomena had as its ‘trigger’ a similar Cosmic Blast from our sun that interacted with the Earths Electromagnetic Field from a Coronal Mass Ejection at 0300 UT this date.
Russian Scientists state that this unique event is sure to re-energize the International debate as to what is exactly at the core of our Earth, and as we can read as reported by the United Press International News Service in their article titled "Evidence boosts core nuke theory" and which says,
"New government laboratory test results are fueling a controversial contention that a giant natural nuclear reactor at the center of the Earth powers the planet's life-protecting magnetic field -- but it might be running out of gas," scientists told United Press International. Geophysicist J. Marvin Herndon sees the findings, reported in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, as irrefutable support for his convention-defying view of Earth containing a gigantic natural nuclear power plant. His bold theory sets a 5-mile-wide broiling wad of uranium deep within Earth's bowels, churning out heat that ignites sleeping volcanoes and drifting continental plates and creating a shield that protects all life from the deadly ravages of the sun's radiation. In contrast, the traditional view, favored by most geoscientists for the past 60 years, paints the inner core as a 300-times-larger ball of partially crystallized iron and nickel that gradually cools and expands as it oozes heat into a fluid core.
The computer simulations, conducted at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., provide the strongest evidence yet that a core geo-reactor has been at work for some 4.5 billion years, the widely accepted age of Earth - and that an end to its lifetime might be approaching, Herndon contends. "The Earth's nuclear furnace could die in as little as 100 years or as long as 1 billion years - the uncertainty is great," said Herndon, president of Transdyne Corp. of San Diego."
Russian Scientists further state that only this theory accounts fully for the enormous heat building up within our planet, and as Western Scientists have again warned about this past week, and as we can read as reported by the Associated Press News Service in their article titled "North Atlantic Ocean Temps Hit Record High" and which says:
"Ocean temperatures in the North Atlantic hit an all-time high last year, raising concerns about the effects of global warming on one of the most sensitive and productive ecosystems in the world.
Sea ice off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador was below normal for the tenth consecutive year and the water temperature outside St. John's Harbor was the highest on record in 2004, according to a report released Wednesday by the federal Fisheries Department."
British Scientists are sounding a further warning about the seemingly contradictory events of decreasing sunlight coupled with global warming, and as we can read as reported by the British Evening Standard News Service in their article titled "Earth is getting warmer and darker" and which says,
"Peter Cox, the Science Director for Climate Change at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Dorset, told BBC Focus that the 30-year-decline in sunlight may have been keeping global warming in check. But he warned that this effect will be lost as anti pollution measures start to cleanse Earth's skies. "If global dimming and global warming have been canceling each other out then we should soon see an acceleration in the amount of global warming." he said."
The massive heating of the Earth is also fueling vast Global Weather changes where every day brings new and strange records being set due to high ocean temperatures and as exampled by the Associated Press News Service story titled "Four named storms in early July set record" and which says,
"Arlene, Bret, Cindy and now Dennis. Storm hunters don’t expect to be hunched over their radar screens and dispatching chase aircraft until Labor Day. But 2005 is no normal year.
Martin Nelson, the lead forecaster at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, says this is the first time the Atlantic hurricane season had four named storms this early since record-keeping began in 1851."
To the bizarre effects the heating of the Earth is causing Global Weather Systems has caused the United States National Hurricane Center to describe the Massive Hurricane named Dennis as, "DEEPENING AT A RATE THAT BORDERED ON INSANE DURING THE AFTERNOON" in their July 9th Bulletin.
But not surprising should these events be as the heating of the Earth has been known for many years, and as we can read as reported by the Associated Press News Service in their article titled "Oceans have warmed in last 40 years, study finds" and which says,
"Scientists have discovered a significant, even surprising, warming of the world's oceans over the last 40 years, providing new evidence that computer models may be on target when they predict Earth's warming.
The broad study of temperature data from the oceans, dating to the 1950s, shows that average temperatures have increased more than expected - about half a degree Fahrenheit closer to the surface, and one-tenth of a degree even at depths of up to 10,000 feet."
To the heating of the Earth there is no longer doubt, but to its causes there are many theories in the Western Nations, and all contradictory and as we can see as evidenced by the BBC News Service article titled "Global warming 'proof' detected" and which says,
"The Earth is absorbing more energy from the Sun than it is giving back into space, according to a new study by climate scientists in the US. They base their findings on computer models of climate, and on measurements of temperature in the oceans.
The group describes its results as "the smoking gun that we were looking for", removing any doubt that human activities are warming the planet."
To the absurdity of these Western Scientists contradicting statements of “30 years of sunlight decline keeping global warming in check” and “the Earth is absorbing more energy from the Sun than it is giving back” show the length of imagination they will go to ignoring the most obvious theory of the Earths sudden heating, and as we can read as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle News Service in their article titled "Scientific maverick's theory on Earth's core up for a test - Controversial view sees vast uranium field that serves as natural reactor" and which says:
"...Researchers are preparing to test the highly controversial theory of a San Diego scientist, J. Marvin Herndon, who thinks a huge, natural nuclear reactor or "georeactor" -- a vast deposit of uranium several miles wide - exists at Earth's core, thousands of miles beneath our feet. Herndon's theory is dubious, his harshest critics have charged for years.
But Herndon and a small number of defenders take the theory seriously: They believe it might help to explain otherwise puzzling phenomena of planetary science, such as fluctuations in the intensity of Earth's magnetic field. "Herndon's idea about (a reactor) located at the center of the Earth, if validated, will open a new era in planetary physics," said four Russian scientists at Moscow's Institute for Nuclear Research and Kurchatov Institute in a Jan. 28 paper published online. It might sound bizarre, the very idea of a "natural" nuclear reactor - a geological version of commercial nuclear power plants such as Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s Diablo Canyon plant near San Luis Obispo.
But if Herndon is right, then the reactor at Earth's core is just a much bigger and deeper version of an extinct natural nuclear reactor that scientists discovered in a uranium mine in Gabon, Africa, in 1972."
But to the effects upon our Earth from the Massive Blasts we have been receiving from space (and which we have previously mentioned such as in our December 26, 2004 report titled "Unknown Energy Surges Continue to Hit Planet Causing Massive Earthquakes in Southern Hemispheric Regions") perhaps no place has been as drastically affected as the Southern Hemispheric continent of Australia where the scouring of the Earth has reached such dramatic proportions they are calling these times their new ‘Dust Age’, and as we can read as reported by the ABC News Service in their article titled “The Dust Age” and which says:
"Well we’ve been through an Iron Age, a Stone Age, an Ice Age and now it seems we’re in the grip of a “Dust-Age”. One of the scientists involved with Dust Watch from Desert Knowledge CRC is Professor Grant McTainsh.
Professor McTainsh says it's basically when we experience high levels of dust activity, "The levels of dust erosion between 2002 and 2003 were as much as the last 40 years combined. So huge! Things were looking good for several years, then Wham!"
To such an extent have Western Scientists become confused by the rapid heating of the Earth and other Planets in our Solar System, and due to their theories not being able to explain these events to their peoples, we can see as reported by the Physics World News Service in their article titled "Universe in crisis as experts question Big Bang model" and which says:
"The widely accepted idea that the universe began with a Big Bang could be wrong, according to astrophysicists who took part in a "Crisis in cosmology" meeting in Portugal and reported in this month's Physics World magazine. According to the standard Big Bang theory, the universe began in a hot dense fireball about 13 billion years ago and has been expanding ever since. But despite plenty of evidence to support the theory, not everyone is convinced."
Eric Lerner of Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, who organized the Portuguese meeting, says that certain properties of the cosmic microwave background - the so-called "echo of the Big Bang" - do not match predictions from the theory. Others are unhappy that cosmologists have had to introduce weird concepts like dark matter and dark energy to explain the universe.
Mainstream scientists, however, have hit back, saying that we just need to tweak the Big Bang model and tie up "loose ends".
To the confused minds of these Western Scientists about all of these events, and with the Earth now sending out into space Cosmic Blasts of its own, Russian scientists suggest that instead of working to make new theories these Western Scientists should instead re-learn the legends of the Earths Older Peoples, and who spoke of a time when the Planets were ‘gods’ and threw Lightning Bolts at each other.
And as yet another massive and disastrous event is about occur in the Americas with Hurricane Dennis, it is especially worrisome that it is occurring at the same moment of time as massive pressures are continuing to build upon the North American Plate, and as we had previously reported on in our July 5th report titled "Massive Raising of Atlantic Ocean Bed Triggers Current Changes As North American Plate Pressures Build To ‘Unprecedented Levels’ Scientists Report" and wherein we had said:
“But perhaps most ominous of all of these events has been the American Scientists recent confirming Russian research that details the effects of weather upon fault zones like New Madrid, and as we can read as reported by the New Scientist News Service in their report titled "Earth trembles as big winds move in" and which says: "HURRICANES can trigger swarms of weak earthquakes and even set the Earth vibrating, according to the first study of such effects. When Hurricane Charley slammed into Florida in August 2004, physicist Randall Peters of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, had a seismometer ready to monitor any vibrations in the Earth's crust. He did so for over 36 hours as Charley travelled briefly over Florida, then slid back out into the Atlantic. As the hurricane reached land, the seismometer recorded a series of "micro-tremors" from the Earth's crust. This happened again as the storm moved back out to sea. Then, as Charley grazed the continental shelf on its way out, it caused a sharp seismic spike. "I suspect the storm triggered a subterranean landslide," says Peters. More surprisingly, the storm also caused the Earth to vibrate. The planet's surface in the vicinity of the hurricane started moving up and down at several frequencies ranging from 0.9 to 3 millihertz. Such low-frequency vibrations have been detected following large earthquakes, but this is the first time a storm has been found to be the cause." Today as more massive low pressure systems are being formed in both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico Region, and as the Sun itself is ready to unleash more massive flares upon the earths already chaotic weather systems, Russian Scientists report that the greatest danger continues to lie within the very heart of the Americas itself.
To the peoples of the Americas however these warnings go unheeded, as if every tomorrow will be like their yesterdays.”
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2020.05.06 02:12 Grampong Homo Divinus: It's The End Of The World As We Know It, Part I

*And I… Don’t… Know… Why… *
All due apologies for the REM roll.
One conclusion which is clear from recent events is that the Modern World as we have known it our entire lives has come to an end for reasons being attributed to Coronavirus (I’m not willing to blame Coronavirus just yet without ruling out all the other Players). This is NOT the end of Everything and Everyone, obviously, because after a transition period a New World will arise in the Old World’s place. Exactly what World will replace the one which has passed is uncertain in this liminal time. Unfortunately, that’s how it must be.
What is NOT uncertain is WHY this change is happening. But before diving into those topics, I’m going to cover some needed foundational material first.
My formal training and certification from the Consensus is in Babylonian Money Magick, so I was trained to use a LOT of advanced tools and skillz that help understand many of the finer points of finance and the economy. My stomach churning estimate is when the final total is reached, the total cost of the damage done to the world economy so far this year will amount to more than $100 trillion, which is roughly ¼ the TOTAL VALUE of ALL homo sapien contributions to the planet Earth as of January 1, 2020. That sort of accounting write-off really should require something HUGE to justify it. The most recent event which I can say is certainly of a similar nature was the Late Bronze Age Collapse. The last time I can say with absolute certainty there was a LARGER write-off was the “totaling” the Earth got for the reset ~11,600 years ago with the Great Flood and the destruction of Atlantis through asteroid impact and crust shift (as I’ve talked about many times starting with the Intro to this subreddit. Whatever the reason is, it really should be AT LEAST ¼ as serious as THAT (which tends to limit the possibilities to a small set of MAJOR reasons).
But before I dive into the giant rabbit warren surrounding our current Global Crisis, I’d first like to give a nod to my sponsor for this snippet, a Global Crisis looming on our horizon, just waiting for its moment on the World Stage (to be honest, I never thought I would have a sponsor for a snippet, but these are “strange days” indeed). Let me introduce my sponsor: DHMO (dihydrogen monoxide, also known as hydroxylic acid). Take a bow DMHO.
The Threat Of Unregulated DMHO
DMHO is a chemical investigated by scientists for years, but still a mystery in many respects with properties still not understood. Despite this lack of solid scientific consensus surrounding its various properties, DMHO is a commonly used through the world virtually unregulated (usually without ever even labeling it as DMHO). So far scientists have identified various risk factors:
• DMHO is a major component of acid rain. • DMHO is a powerful "greenhouse gas" and a major contributor of global warming/climate change. • If improperly handled may cause severe burns. • Contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape. • Accelerates the corrosion and rusting of many metals. • Has been know to cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes. • Has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients. 
DMHO is found throughout modern society, despite to its many dangers and lack of mention of its ubiquitous presence. DMHO is used:
• As an industrial solvent and coolant. • In nuclear power plants. • In the production of Styrofoam. • As a fire retardant. • Frequently associated with many forms of cruel animal research. • Exists in the distribution of pesticides. Even after repeated washings, produce remains contaminated by this chemical. • DMHO is an additive in certain "junk-foods", soft drinks, and other food products. 
DMHO has been sitting in the Global Crisis Green Room for a VERY long time, waiting patiently for the right moment when politicians and world leaders will reveal these dangers which can be then fanned into a Global Crisis which need not go to waste. DMHO sat through so many others’ turn on the Global Crisis Stage, watching others step up to take THEIR turn. But for now Coronavirus commands the Stage, after knocking DMHO’s very close heavier chemical cousin, CO2, off the Stage and into the front row seats (that Global Crisis Stage can be brutally unforgiving at times).
Many people have tried to bring the dangers of DMHO to the public, only to be dismissed are cranks and hoaxers, most likely by those wanting to save DMHO for a future Global Crisis (a few of those in your pocket for when needed is always a good thing). DMHO will continue to wait patiently until called from the Green Room to the Stage, continuing a vigil of over a million sars (billions of years).
And now back to our current Global Crisis sponsor Coronavirus.
A Viewer’s Guide To The Singularity
The short answer to ALL the many of the questions people are asking about what is going on is “Yes!” (I know, I know, that answer appears contradictory and not what anyone wants to hear).
The reason is because we have entered the Event Horizon of the Singularity, that unique point through which all the many timelines of the Past must converge into a single Present from which all the infinite Futures emerge where homo sapiens will find their Destinies (snippet(s) on the Singularity to follow). The nature of Approaching the Singularity means that the Veil breaks down, with all the various timelines and dimensions beginning to overlap, merge, and come into conflict, just like Wolfman and Perez chronicled in Crisis on Infinite Earths (this is part of what is being recognized as the Mandela Effect, though some of that can simply be attributed to bad memories, lol).
Everyone is going to experience a different Approach to the Singularity. The differences depend on the choices they and those closest to them make. While I don’t know the precise details of any given Approach (this is the ultimate in YMMV), one thing I DO know is that I find the Consensus explanation offered by various “officials” around the world is fundamentally inconsistent and parts of it simply HAS to be wrong. The fact that I CANNOT determine which parts of the Consensus story are accurate and which parts are bogus means that I have to consider ALL possible explanations. I start by eliminating those that CANNOT be ruled out by demonstrable facts and logic.
Even then, all I can know is my Approach, each Approach combines various Elements from Narrative Space in a unique way. For example, one Approach may feature a Pole Flip caused by a Coronal Mass Ejection catalyzed by the ionized tail of Comet Flyby (a longshot Trifecta Approach if I’ve ever seen one). I’m going to do my best to avoid THAT Approach.
The most important consideration in my analysis is that the TRUE reason behind current events HAS to generate enough benefit to justify the cost (which in this case is AT LEAST $100 TRILLION). I’ll attack the ball of yarn that is our current Global Crisis by pulling on Coronavirus and exploring as the Narrative Space unravels from there.
Coronavirus Confusionvirus
No economic cost is paid without the expectation of greater return, so the economic damage currently being done to the world MUST be thought cheaper than the alternative. In the case of Coronavirus, the Consensus Reaction is an attempt to prevent even GREATER damage from a “novel” version of Coronavirus. Now, I’ve known about Coronavirus’ omnipresence since grade school (my father followed flu stats like many men follow conference standings). Countless different forms over countless sars (billions of years) have infected countless animals while rapidly mutating (every species gets at least some sort of Coronavirus for their own). Every year countless different new versions of Coronavirus travel through the homo sapien population, shape-shifting RNA as it goes.
The entire world before never shut down for Coronavirus, until now. Therefore, there HAS to be something different about THIS “novel” Coronavirus than all the trillions of mutant versions which came before (at least to justify the “official” Narrative). At this point I feel like the youngest child at a Seder dinner asking “Why does THIS Coronavirus differ from all the other Coronaviri?” Unlike Passover, I’m not getting any sort of good answer to my question.
When I try to find an answer, I keep running into two primary mutually exclusive category of Approaches as I explore Narrative Space. Some data from the governments of areas like New York, China, Italy, etc. seems to support a “superdeadly” Coronavirus version. But other countries with MUCH MORE complete and thorough data sets like Iceland and South Korea supply data sets which models the progression of this “novel” Coronavirus as being little different than other annual mutant variants the produce the annual flu. I find it ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE to reconcile those disparate countries’ reports into the single disease progression offered by the “official” Narrative (which it needs to be since the test is testing for a single virus). This means that the quest continues even DEEPER into Narrative Space in order to try and suss out what the actual truth might be.
The More The Deadlier
My first stop along my voyage through the Sea of Alternatives, adds in the possibility (probability?!?!) of this being a homo sapien bioweaponized Coronavirus. Anyone attempting to follow the Great Game who doesn’t think that every Global Player with a biolab who believes they’re sitting at the Final Table hasn’t weaponized Coronavirus needs to go back and start over with remedial reading like The Prince and Rules for Radicals. Of COURSE every global player weaponized Conoravirus, and did so a soss (~60 years) ago. But those Coronaviri have NEVER been used in this manner before, which means something has changed.
Many different Coronaviri infest these Approaches, some deadlier than others, with all sorts of strange combinations possible. Whether or not the 28 Days Later-type release is intentional or not is always a question. Of course, regardless of who starts it (and/or frames someone else for starting it) the implications of these Narratives are clear. We’ve entered the HOT era of biological warfare (with the shadow of nukes always looming in the background).
Welcome to the “New Normal” of Fallout).
Gaia Strikes Back!
Gaia, the Earth, produced Coronaviri LONG before homo sapiens ever walked her surface (LONG before any of our actions offended her). These Approaches have Gaia FINALLY getting fed up with SARS (thousands of years) of homo sapien shenanigans and sent Coronavirus as a Final Solution to the homo sapien problem.
Gridler’s Day of the Animals, Fessenden’s The Last Winter), Shyamalan’s The Happening), Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind), and Disney’s Moana) all navigate this Narrative Space in their own uniquely artistic ways. These Approaches remove any conscious homo sapien agenda (so for once we didn’t plot our own demise). This then makes the problem VERY intractable for homo sapiens to solve, since our natural tendencies led us to be so out of balance with the rest of the Earth that Gaia did something radical to return the balance.
Corona Plandemic
So far my analysis is based on the postulate that Coronavirus itself is a deadly existential threat to homo sapiens worthy of quartating the all accomplishments achieved over the last three plus sars (12,000 years). But there are many, MANY more Narratives where this “novel” Coronavirus is a Plandemic rather than a Pandemic (likely to be attributed on a typo by an unnamed subordinate, they ALWAYS get blamed). The Wachowski Siblings explore this Narrative Space in V For Vendetta) (remarkable similar to current events). These Approaches use Coronavirus as a MacGuffin by the Elite for the centerpiece of their latest Great Working (it wouldn’t be very good writing if it were straightforward and simple like a virus is just making everyone sick, now would it?).
The question then becomes just WHICH of the various possibilities from Narrative Space are happening without the public noticing, and what the upcoming reveal might bring.
It’s Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature
Before moving to the potential homo sapien agendas, I’ll cover those non-virus related Natural Approaches I rate highly (Corona will be involved, but just not the virus variety). I cannot remove the possibility that a Natural Global Crisis of a non-virus nature is coming and that Coronavirus agreed to be the scapegoat to prevent a worse situation happening while preparations are made.
Here Comes The Sun
This Corona is Sun’s Corona the aura of plasma which surrounds the Sun and other stars and is the hottest part of a star, BY FAR, topping 1 million degrees Kelvin. While the Sun’s Corona is the steady source of life-giving energy, the modern technological world is in BIG TROUBLE should a really large really badly timed Coronal Mass Ejection belch come down on Earth.
The last of these HUGE belches hit Earth a few sosses ago (160 years) with the Carrington Event. This largest geomagnetic storm on record was at the dawn of the electric communication era, and a strike today would be the equivalent of a global EMP, potentially shutting down the electric grid and frying most electronic devices, forcing a total rebuild of the entire information infrastructure (and who knows how much repair to the electric grid).
*Solar Attack, Solar Crisis), and Knowing) all explore this Narrative Space (with Knowing wandering adding quite a few Narrative Elements often found in other Approaches).
Gaia’s Into Swapping
The North and South Poles of the Earth, with the magnetic field Gaia produces, are her crowns, her Coronas (with those spectacular auroras adding colorful bling to her crown). In these Approaches, the longer Gaia keeps her crowns in the same place, the heavier and more uncomfortable they become. Gaia gets tired of wearing her crowns in their current configuration and decides to swap them for her comfort, something she has done many, many times in her history. According to her history, she’s due (if not overdue) for a crown swap anytime now. But just like any lady, Gaia is fickle and is wont to change her mind at a moment’s notice. The results of Gaia going Head Over Heels in a pole swap would likely be similar to a Global EMP, with HUGE portions of the electric/electronic infrastructure destroyed/damaged.
Absolute Zero) and Polar Storm demonstrate this Approach.
I Don't Know Where I'm A-Gonna Go When The Volcano Blows
Another overdue Global Crisis is the Yellowstone Caldera, leading candidate for Earth’s Next Supervolcano, blowing its top, its Corona. Significant seismic rumblings echo around the Earth, including mighty Krakatau roaring. The effects of Yellowstone blowing in a super-eruption would put enough material into the atmosphere to produce an ELE through reduction in food production alone. Supervolcano) and Emmerich’s 2012) explore this part of Narrative Space in dramatic (and widescreen CGI) action.
Civilizations are FAR more fragile than species, so the prospects for a world we remotely recognize emerging on the other side are between “slim and none”.
Last Night Of The Deep Armageddon Impact Of The Comet (2012)
As the megablockbuster movie title above indicates, this Approach through Narrative Space is an “oldie but goodie”, dating back WELL before the first hominid decided to start walking on a full-time basis, as those dinosaurs can vouch (well, at least their bones, the birds, and some extra iridium can). In this Approach, the asteroid/comet in question doesn’t keep proper “social distance” and brings its Corona down to Earth, without even asking permission first. See Deep Impact and the upcoming Greenland (for some reason this trailer is tough to find, hopefully my linking won’t get the nice people who left this copy up in trouble for a few hundred people entertained by my snippets to see) for the variations on this Approach.
There are so many potential candidates flying around that it’s hard to keep track of them all, with new ones showing up for the party all the time. From Asteroid 1998 OR2 which just flew by to Comet ATLAS and now Comet SWAN, the general outline of the Approach here is pretty straight forward. Big rock(s) from space hit the Earth and do enormous damage. Bad stuff happens. Lots of people die. A LOT of rebuilding needs to be done afterwards.
The 5th Dimension: Up, Up, And Away To The Age Of Aquarius
On the other side of Narrative Space from IMAX blockbuster disaster flick crashing civilization into the dirt lies the chick flick of homo sapiens solving the worlds problems with Everyone activating their Crown Chakra, their Corona, to rise above and overcome our divisions through Unity and Love (and a Coke and a song). This Approach turns the Great Cosmic Wheel, progressing one Astrological Age (the Age of Pisces) to the next (the Age of Aquarius) as written about in FAR more words than necessary by Jung in his capstone *Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self, and celebrated in incredible harmonies echoing through the 5th Dimension and BEYOND.
There are almost as many variations of the Approach as there are people who meditate. The Ascension is all about a mass Awakening achieved through Expanding Consciousness and raising Energy and Vibrations. Results of the Ascension could range from nothing changes other than everything runs right and everyone is happy; to the current Earth is destroyed and an entire New Earth with New Earth bodies replace it; to everyone runs around like superpowered Rishis; to the end of the entire Universe with everyone entering a new higher dimensional Reality; to just about ANYTHING.
The biggest challenge with the Ascension Approach to the Singularity is resource allocation. Unity and Love is grand and all, but it can struggle to pay the bills. Love and $5 will get you coffee at Starbucks, and the Ascension Approaches play a little loosey-goosey with where they are getting that $5.
End Part I, continuing in Part II
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed.
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2020.05.04 02:12 Grampong Homo Divinus: It's The End Of The World As We Know It Part I

*And I… Don’t… Know… Why… *
All due apologies for the REM roll.
One conclusion which is clear from recent events is that the Modern World as we have known it our entire lives has come to an end for reasons being attributed to Coronavirus (I’m not willing to blame Coronavirus just yet without ruling out all the other Players). This is NOT the end of Everything and Everyone, obviously, because after a transition period a New World will arise in the Old World’s place. Exactly what World will replace the one which has passed is uncertain in this liminal time. Unfortunately, that’s how it must be.
What is NOT uncertain is WHY this change is happening. But before diving into those topics, I’m going to cover some needed foundational material first.
My formal training and certification from the Consensus is in Babylonian Money Magick, so I was trained to use a LOT of advanced tools and skillz that help understand many of the finer points of finance and the economy. My stomach churning estimate is when the final total is reached, the total cost of the damage done to the world economy so far this year will amount to more than $100 trillion, which is roughly ¼ the TOTAL VALUE of ALL homo sapien contributions to the planet Earth as of January 1, 2020. That sort of accounting write-off really should require something HUGE to justify it. The most recent event which I can say is certainly of a similar nature was the Late Bronze Age Collapse. The last time I can say with absolute certainty there was a LARGER write-off was the “totaling” the Earth got for the reset ~11,600 years ago with the Great Flood and the destruction of Atlantis through asteroid impact and crust shift (as I’ve talked about many times starting with the Intro to this subreddit. Whatever the reason is, it really should be AT LEAST ¼ as serious as THAT (which tends to limit the possibilities to a small set of MAJOR reasons).
But before I dive into the giant rabbit warren surrounding our current Global Crisis, I’d first like to give a nod to my sponsor for this snippet, a Global Crisis looming on our horizon, just waiting for its moment on the World Stage (to be honest, I never thought I would have a sponsor for a snippet, but these are “strange days” indeed). Let me introduce my sponsor: DHMO (dihydrogen monoxide, also known as hydroxylic acid). Take a bow DMHO.
The Threat Of Unregulated DMHO
DMHO is a chemical investigated by scientists for years, but still a mystery in many respects with properties still not understood. Despite this lack of solid scientific consensus surrounding its various properties, DMHO is a commonly used through the world virtually unregulated (usually without ever even labeling it as DMHO). So far scientists have identified various risk factors:
• DMHO is a major component of acid rain. • DMHO is a powerful "greenhouse gas" and a major contributor of global warming/climate change. • If improperly handled may cause severe burns. • Contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape. • Accelerates the corrosion and rusting of many metals. • Has been know to cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes. • Has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients. 
DMHO is found throughout modern society, despite to its many dangers and lack of mention of its ubiquitous presence. DMHO is used:
• As an industrial solvent and coolant. • In nuclear power plants. • In the production of Styrofoam. • As a fire retardant. • Frequently associated with many forms of cruel animal research. • Exists in the distribution of pesticides. Even after repeated washings, produce remains contaminated by this chemical. • DMHO is an additive in certain "junk-foods", soft drinks, and other food products. 
DMHO has been sitting in the Global Crisis Green Room for a VERY long time, waiting patiently for the right moment when politicians and world leaders will reveal these dangers which can be then fanned into a Global Crisis which need not go to waste. DMHO sat through so many others’ turn on the Global Crisis Stage, watching others step up to take THEIR turn. But for now Coronavirus commands the Stage, after knocking DMHO’s very close heavier chemical cousin, CO2, off the Stage and into the front row seats (that Global Crisis Stage can be brutally unforgiving at times).
Many people have tried to bring the dangers of DMHO to the public, only to be dismissed are cranks and hoaxers, most likely by those wanting to save DMHO for a future Global Crisis (a few of those in your pocket for when needed is always a good thing). DMHO will continue to wait patiently until called from the Green Room to the Stage, continuing a vigil of over a million sars (billions of years).
And now back to our current Global Crisis sponsor Coronavirus.
A Viewer’s Guide To The Singularity
The short answer to ALL the many of the questions people are asking about what is going on is “Yes!” (I know, I know, that answer appears contradictory and not what anyone wants to hear).
The reason is because we have entered the Event Horizon of the Singularity, that unique point through which all the many timelines of the Past must converge into a single Present from which all the infinite Futures emerge where homo sapiens will find their Destinies (snippet(s) on the Singularity to follow). The nature of Approaching the Singularity means that the Veil breaks down, with all the various timelines and dimensions beginning to overlap, merge, and come into conflict, just like Wolfman and Perez chronicled in Crisis on Infinite Earths (this is part of what is being recognized as the Mandela Effect, though some of that can simply be attributed to bad memories, lol).
Everyone is going to experience a different Approach to the Singularity. The differences depend on the choices they and those closest to them make. While I don’t know the precise details of any given Approach (this is the ultimate in YMMV), one thing I DO know is that I find the Consensus explanation offered by various “officials” around the world is fundamentally inconsistent and parts of it simply HAS to be wrong. The fact that I CANNOT determine which parts of the Consensus story are accurate and which parts are bogus means that I have to consider ALL possible explanations. I start by eliminating those that CANNOT be ruled out by demonstrable facts and logic.
Even then, all I can know is my Approach, each Approach combines various Elements from Narrative Space in a unique way. For example, one Approach may feature a Pole Flip caused by a Coronal Mass Ejection catalyzed by the ionized tail of Comet Flyby (a longshot Trifecta Approach if I’ve ever seen one). I’m going to do my best to avoid THAT Approach.
The most important consideration in my analysis is that the TRUE reason behind current events HAS to generate enough benefit to justify the cost (which in this case is AT LEAST $100 TRILLION). I’ll attack the ball of yarn that is our current Global Crisis by pulling on Coronavirus and exploring as the Narrative Space unravels from there.
Coronavirus Confusionvirus
No economic cost is paid without the expectation of greater return, so the economic damage currently being done to the world MUST be thought cheaper than the alternative. In the case of Coronavirus, the Consensus Reaction is an attempt to prevent even GREATER damage from a “novel” version of Coronavirus. Now, I’ve known about Coronavirus’ omnipresence since grade school (my father followed flu stats like many men follow conference standings). Countless different forms over countless sars (billions of years) have infected countless animals while rapidly mutating (every species gets at least some sort of Coronavirus for their own). Every year countless different new versions of Coronavirus travel through the homo sapien population, shape-shifting RNA as it goes.
The entire world before never shut down for Coronavirus, until now. Therefore, there HAS to be something different about THIS “novel” Coronavirus than all the trillions of mutant versions which came before (at least to justify the “official” Narrative). At this point I feel like the youngest child at a Seder dinner asking “Why does THIS Coronavirus differ from all the other Coronaviri?” Unlike Passover, I’m not getting any sort of good answer to my question.
When I try to find an answer, I keep running into two primary mutually exclusive category of Approaches as I explore Narrative Space. Some data from the governments of areas like New York, China, Italy, etc. seems to support a “superdeadly” Coronavirus version. But other countries with MUCH MORE complete and thorough data sets like Iceland and South Korea supply data sets which models the progression of this “novel” Coronavirus as being little different than other annual mutant variants the produce the annual flu. I find it ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE to reconcile those disparate countries’ reports into the single disease progression offered by the “official” Narrative (which it needs to be since the test is testing for a single virus). This means that the quest continues even DEEPER into Narrative Space in order to try and suss out what the actual truth might be.
The More The Deadlier
My first stop along my voyage through the Sea of Alternatives, adds in the possibility (probability?!?!) of this being a homo sapien bioweaponized Coronavirus. Anyone attempting to follow the Great Game who doesn’t think that every Global Player with a biolab who believes they’re sitting at the Final Table hasn’t weaponized Coronavirus needs to go back and start over with remedial reading like The Prince and Rules for Radicals. Of COURSE every global player weaponized Conoravirus, and did so a soss (~60 years) ago. But those Coronaviri have NEVER been used in this manner before, which means something has changed.
Many different Coronaviri infest these Approaches, some deadlier than others, with all sorts of strange combinations possible. Whether or not the 28 Days Later-type release is intentional or not is always a question. Of course, regardless of who starts it (and/or frames someone else for starting it) the implications of these Narratives are clear. We’ve entered the HOT era of biological warfare (with the shadow of nukes always looming in the background).
Welcome to the “New Normal” of Fallout).
Gaia Strikes Back!
Gaia, the Earth, produced Coronaviri LONG before homo sapiens ever walked her surface (LONG before any of our actions offended her). These Approaches have Gaia FINALLY getting fed up with SARS (thousands of years) of homo sapien shenanigans and sent Coronavirus as a Final Solution to the homo sapien problem.
Gridler’s Day of the Animals, Fessenden’s The Last Winter), Shyamalan’s The Happening), Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind), and Disney’s Moana) all navigate this Narrative Space in their own uniquely artistic ways. These Approaches remove any conscious homo sapien agenda (so for once we didn’t plot our own demise). This then makes the problem VERY intractable for homo sapiens to solve, since our natural tendencies led us to be so out of balance with the rest of the Earth that Gaia did something radical to return the balance.
Corona Plandemic
So far my analysis is based on the postulate that Coronavirus itself is a deadly existential threat to homo sapiens worthy of quartating the all accomplishments achieved over the last three plus sars (12,000 years). But there are many, MANY more Narratives where this “novel” Coronavirus is a Plandemic rather than a Pandemic (likely to be attributed on a typo by an unnamed subordinate, they ALWAYS get blamed). The Wachowski Siblings explore this Narrative Space in V For Vendetta) (remarkable similar to current events). These Approaches use Coronavirus as a MacGuffin by the Elite for the centerpiece of their latest Great Working (it wouldn’t be very good writing if it were straightforward and simple like a virus is just making everyone sick, now would it?).
The question then becomes just WHICH of the various possibilities from Narrative Space are happening without the public noticing, and what the upcoming reveal might bring.
It’s Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature
Before moving to the potential homo sapien agendas, I’ll cover those non-virus related Natural Approaches I rate highly (Corona will be involved, but just not the virus variety). I cannot remove the possibility that a Natural Global Crisis of a non-virus nature is coming and that Coronavirus agreed to be the scapegoat to prevent a worse situation happening while preparations are made.
Here Comes The Sun
This Corona is Sun’s Corona the aura of plasma which surrounds the Sun and other stars and is the hottest part of a star, BY FAR, topping 1 million degrees Kelvin. While the Sun’s Corona is the steady source of life-giving energy, the modern technological world is in BIG TROUBLE should a really large really badly timed Coronal Mass Ejection belch come down on Earth.
The last of these HUGE belches hit Earth a few sosses ago (160 years) with the Carrington Event. This largest geomagnetic storm on record was at the dawn of the electric communication era, and a strike today would be the equivalent of a global EMP, potentially shutting down the electric grid and frying most electronic devices, forcing a total rebuild of the entire information infrastructure (and who knows how much repair to the electric grid).
*Solar Attack, Solar Crisis), and Knowing) all explore this Narrative Space (with Knowing wandering adding quite a few Narrative Elements often found in other Approaches).
Gaia’s Into Swapping
The North and South Poles of the Earth, with the magnetic field Gaia produces, are her crowns, her Coronas (with those spectacular auroras adding colorful bling to her crown). In these Approaches, the longer Gaia keeps her crowns in the same place, the heavier and more uncomfortable they become. Gaia gets tired of wearing her crowns in their current configuration and decides to swap them for her comfort, something she has done many, many times in her history. According to her history, she’s due (if not overdue) for a crown swap anytime now. But just like any lady, Gaia is fickle and is wont to change her mind at a moment’s notice. The results of Gaia going Head Over Heels in a pole swap would likely be similar to a Global EMP, with HUGE portions of the electric/electronic infrastructure destroyed/damaged.
Absolute Zero) and Polar Storm demonstrate this Approach.
I Don't Know Where I'm A-Gonna Go When The Volcano Blows
Another overdue Global Crisis is the Yellowstone Caldera, leading candidate for Earth’s Next Supervolcano, blowing its top, its Corona. Significant seismic rumblings echo around the Earth, including mighty Krakatau roaring. The effects of Yellowstone blowing in a super-eruption would put enough material into the atmosphere to produce an ELE through reduction in food production alone. Supervolcano) and Emmerich’s 2012) explore this part of Narrative Space in dramatic (and widescreen CGI) action.
Civilizations are FAR more fragile than species, so the prospects for a world we remotely recognize emerging on the other side are between “slim and none”.
Last Night Of The Deep Armageddon Impact Of The Comet (2012)
As the megablockbuster movie title above indicates, this Approach through Narrative Space is an “oldie but goodie”, dating back WELL before the first hominid decided to start walking on a full-time basis, as those dinosaurs can vouch (well, at least their bones, the birds, and some extra iridium can). In this Approach, the asteroid/comet in question doesn’t keep proper “social distance” and brings its Corona down to Earth, without even asking permission first. See Deep Impact and the upcoming Greenland (for some reason this trailer is tough to find, hopefully my linking won’t get the nice people who left this copy up in trouble for a few hundred people entertained by my snippets to see) for the variations on this Approach.
There are so many potential candidates flying around that it’s hard to keep track of them all, with new ones showing up for the party all the time. From Asteroid 1998 OR2 which just flew by to Comet ATLAS and now Comet SWAN, the general outline of the Approach here is pretty straight forward. Big rock(s) from space hit the Earth and do enormous damage. Bad stuff happens. Lots of people die. A LOT of rebuilding needs to be done afterwards.
The 5th Dimension: Up, Up, And Away To The Age Of Aquarius
On the other side of Narrative Space from IMAX blockbuster disaster flick crashing civilization into the dirt lies the chick flick of homo sapiens solving the worlds problems with Everyone activating their Crown Chakra, their Corona, to rise above and overcome our divisions through Unity and Love (and a Coke and a song). This Approach turns the Great Cosmic Wheel, progressing one Astrological Age (the Age of Pisces) to the next (the Age of Aquarius) as written about in FAR more words than necessary by Jung in his capstone *Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self, and celebrated in incredible harmonies echoing through the 5th Dimension and BEYOND.
There are almost as many variations of the Approach as there are people who meditate. The Ascension is all about a mass Awakening achieved through Expanding Consciousness and raising Energy and Vibrations. Results of the Ascension could range from nothing changes other than everything runs right and everyone is happy; to the current Earth is destroyed and an entire New Earth with New Earth bodies replace it; to everyone runs around like superpowered Rishis; to the end of the entire Universe with everyone entering a new higher dimensional Reality; to just about ANYTHING.
The biggest challenge with the Ascension Approach to the Singularity is resource allocation. Unity and Love is grand and all, but it can struggle to pay the bills. Love and $5 will get you coffee at Starbucks, and the Ascension Approaches play a little loosey-goosey with where they are getting that $5.
End Part I, continued in Part II
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed.
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2020.05.04 01:59 Grampong Homo Divinus: It's The End Of The World As We Know It

*And I… Don’t… Know… Why… *
All due apologies for the REM roll.
One conclusion which is clear from recent events is that the Modern World as we have known it our entire lives has come to an end for reasons being attributed to Coronavirus (I’m not willing to blame Coronavirus just yet without ruling out all the other Players). This is NOT the end of Everything and Everyone, obviously, because after a transition period a New World will arise in the Old World’s place. Exactly what World will replace the one which has passed is uncertain in this liminal time. Unfortunately, that’s how it must be.
What is NOT uncertain is WHY this change is happening. But before diving into those topics, I’m going to cover some needed foundational material first.
My formal training and certification from the Consensus is in Babylonian Money Magick, so I was trained to use a LOT of advanced tools and skillz that help understand many of the finer points of finance and the economy. My stomach churning estimate is when the final total is reached, the total cost of the damage done to the world economy so far this year will amount to more than $100 trillion, which is roughly ¼ the TOTAL VALUE of ALL homo sapien contributions to the planet Earth as of January 1, 2020. That sort of accounting write-off really should require something HUGE to justify it. The most recent event which I can say is certainly of a similar nature was the Late Bronze Age Collapse. The last time I can say with absolute certainty there was a LARGER write-off was the “totaling” the Earth got for the reset ~11,600 years ago with the Great Flood and the destruction of Atlantis through asteroid impact and crust shift (as I’ve talked about many times starting with the Intro to this subreddit. Whatever the reason is, it really should be AT LEAST ¼ as serious as THAT (which tends to limit the possibilities to a small set of MAJOR reasons).
But before I dive into the giant rabbit warren surrounding our current Global Crisis, I’d first like to give a nod to my sponsor for this snippet, a Global Crisis looming on our horizon, just waiting for its moment on the World Stage (to be honest, I never thought I would have a sponsor for a snippet, but these are “strange days” indeed). Let me introduce my sponsor: DHMO (dihydrogen monoxide, also known as hydroxylic acid). Take a bow DMHO.
The Threat Of Unregulated DMHO
DMHO is a chemical investigated by scientists for years, but still a mystery in many respects with properties still not understood. Despite this lack of solid scientific consensus surrounding its various properties, DMHO is a commonly used through the world virtually unregulated (usually without ever even labeling it as DMHO). So far scientists have identified various risk factors:
• DMHO is a major component of acid rain. • DMHO is a powerful "greenhouse gas" and a major contributor of global warming/climate change. • If improperly handled may cause severe burns. • Contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape. • Accelerates the corrosion and rusting of many metals. • Has been know to cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes. • Has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients. 
DMHO is found throughout modern society, despite to its many dangers and lack of mention of its ubiquitous presence. DMHO is used:
• As an industrial solvent and coolant. • In nuclear power plants. • In the production of Styrofoam. • As a fire retardant. • Frequently associated with many forms of cruel animal research. • Exists in the distribution of pesticides. Even after repeated washings, produce remains contaminated by this chemical. • DMHO is an additive in certain "junk-foods", soft drinks, and other food products. 
DMHO has been sitting in the Global Crisis Green Room for a VERY long time, waiting patiently for the right moment when politicians and world leaders will reveal these dangers which can be then fanned into a Global Crisis which need not go to waste. DMHO sat through so many others’ turn on the Global Crisis Stage, watching others step up to take THEIR turn. But for now Coronavirus commands the Stage, after knocking DMHO’s very close heavier chemical cousin, CO2, off the Stage and into the front row seats (that Global Crisis Stage can be brutally unforgiving at times).
Many people have tried to bring the dangers of DMHO to the public, only to be dismissed are cranks and hoaxers, most likely by those wanting to save DMHO for a future Global Crisis (a few of those in your pocket for when needed is always a good thing). DMHO will continue to wait patiently until called from the Green Room to the Stage, continuing a vigil of over a million sars (billions of years).
And now back to our current Global Crisis sponsor Coronavirus.
A Viewer’s Guide To The Singularity
The short answer to ALL the many of the questions people are asking about what is going on is “Yes!” (I know, I know, that answer appears contradictory and not what anyone wants to hear).
The reason is because we have entered the Event Horizon of the Singularity, that unique point through which all the many timelines of the Past must converge into a single Present from which all the infinite Futures emerge where homo sapiens will find their Destinies (snippet(s) on the Singularity to follow). The nature of Approaching the Singularity means that the Veil breaks down, with all the various timelines and dimensions beginning to overlap, merge, and come into conflict, just like Wolfman and Perez chronicled in Crisis on Infinite Earths (this is part of what is being recognized as the Mandela Effect, though some of that can simply be attributed to bad memories, lol).
Everyone is going to experience a different Approach to the Singularity. The differences depend on the choices they and those closest to them make. While I don’t know the precise details of any given Approach (this is the ultimate in YMMV), one thing I DO know is that I find the Consensus explanation offered by various “officials” around the world is fundamentally inconsistent and parts of it simply HAS to be wrong. The fact that I CANNOT determine which parts of the Consensus story are accurate and which parts are bogus means that I have to consider ALL possible explanations. I start by eliminating those that CANNOT be ruled out by demonstrable facts and logic.
Even then, all I can know is my Approach, each Approach combines various Elements from Narrative Space in a unique way. For example, one Approach may feature a Pole Flip caused by a Coronal Mass Ejection catalyzed by the ionized tail of Comet Flyby (a longshot Trifecta Approach if I’ve ever seen one). I’m going to do my best to avoid THAT Approach.
The most important consideration in my analysis is that the TRUE reason behind current events HAS to generate enough benefit to justify the cost (which in this case is AT LEAST $100 TRILLION). I’ll attack the ball of yarn that is our current Global Crisis by pulling on Coronavirus and exploring as the Narrative Space unravels from there.
Coronavirus Confusionvirus
No economic cost is paid without the expectation of greater return, so the economic damage currently being done to the world MUST be thought cheaper than the alternative. In the case of Coronavirus, the Consensus Reaction is an attempt to prevent even GREATER damage from a “novel” version of Coronavirus. Now, I’ve known about Coronavirus’ omnipresence since grade school (my father followed flu stats like many men follow conference standings). Countless different forms over countless sars (billions of years) have infected countless animals while rapidly mutating (every species gets at least some sort of Coronavirus for their own). Every year countless different new versions of Coronavirus travel through the homo sapien population, shape-shifting RNA as it goes.
The entire world before never shut down for Coronavirus, until now. Therefore, there HAS to be something different about THIS “novel” Coronavirus than all the trillions of mutant versions which came before (at least to justify the “official” Narrative). At this point I feel like the youngest child at a Seder dinner asking “Why does THIS Coronavirus differ from all the other Coronaviri?” Unlike Passover, I’m not getting any sort of good answer to my question.
When I try to find an answer, I keep running into two primary mutually exclusive category of Approaches as I explore Narrative Space. Some data from the governments of areas like New York, China, Italy, etc. seems to support a “superdeadly” Coronavirus version. But other countries with MUCH MORE complete and thorough data sets like Iceland and South Korea supply data sets which models the progression of this “novel” Coronavirus as being little different than other annual mutant variants the produce the annual flu. I find it ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE to reconcile those disparate countries’ reports into the single disease progression offered by the “official” Narrative (which it needs to be since the test is testing for a single virus). This means that the quest continues even DEEPER into Narrative Space in order to try and suss out what the actual truth might be.
The More The Deadlier
My first stop along my voyage through the Sea of Alternatives, adds in the possibility (probability?!?!) of this being a homo sapien bioweaponized Coronavirus. Anyone attempting to follow the Great Game who doesn’t think that every Global Player with a biolab who believes they’re sitting at the Final Table hasn’t weaponized Coronavirus needs to go back and start over with remedial reading like The Prince and Rules for Radicals. Of COURSE every global player weaponized Conoravirus, and did so a soss (~60 years) ago. But those Coronaviri have NEVER been used in this manner before, which means something has changed.
Many different Coronaviri infest these Approaches, some deadlier than others, with all sorts of strange combinations possible. Whether or not the 28 Days Later-type release is intentional or not is always a question. Of course, regardless of who starts it (and/or frames someone else for starting it) the implications of these Narratives are clear. We’ve entered the HOT era of biological warfare (with the shadow of nukes always looming in the background).
Welcome to the “New Normal” of Fallout).
Gaia Strikes Back!
Gaia, the Earth, produced Coronaviri LONG before homo sapiens ever walked her surface (LONG before any of our actions offended her). These Approaches have Gaia FINALLY getting fed up with SARS (thousands of years) of homo sapien shenanigans and sent Coronavirus as a Final Solution to the homo sapien problem.
Gridler’s Day of the Animals, Fessenden’s The Last Winter), Shyamalan’s The Happening), Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind), and Disney’s Moana) all navigate this Narrative Space in their own uniquely artistic ways. These Approaches remove any conscious homo sapien agenda (so for once we didn’t plot our own demise). This then makes the problem VERY intractable for homo sapiens to solve, since our natural tendencies led us to be so out of balance with the rest of the Earth that Gaia did something radical to return the balance.
Corona Plandemic
So far my analysis is based on the postulate that Coronavirus itself is a deadly existential threat to homo sapiens worthy of quartating the all accomplishments achieved over the last three plus sars (12,000 years). But there are many, MANY more Narratives where this “novel” Coronavirus is a Plandemic rather than a Pandemic (likely to be attributed on a typo by an unnamed subordinate, they ALWAYS get blamed). The Wachowski Siblings explore this Narrative Space in V For Vendetta) (remarkable similar to current events). These Approaches use Coronavirus as a MacGuffin by the Elite for the centerpiece of their latest Great Working (it wouldn’t be very good writing if it were straightforward and simple like a virus is just making everyone sick, now would it?).
The question then becomes just WHICH of the various possibilities from Narrative Space are happening without the public noticing, and what the upcoming reveal might bring.
It’s Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature
Before moving to the potential homo sapien agendas, I’ll cover those non-virus related Natural Approaches I rate highly (Corona will be involved, but just not the virus variety). I cannot remove the possibility that a Natural Global Crisis of a non-virus nature is coming and that Coronavirus agreed to be the scapegoat to prevent a worse situation happening while preparations are made.
Here Comes The Sun
This Corona is Sun’s Corona the aura of plasma which surrounds the Sun and other stars and is the hottest part of a star, BY FAR, topping 1 million degrees Kelvin. While the Sun’s Corona is the steady source of life-giving energy, the modern technological world is in BIG TROUBLE should a really large really badly timed Coronal Mass Ejection belch come down on Earth.
The last of these HUGE belches hit Earth a few sosses ago (160 years) with the Carrington Event. This largest geomagnetic storm on record was at the dawn of the electric communication era, and a strike today would be the equivalent of a global EMP, potentially shutting down the electric grid and frying most electronic devices, forcing a total rebuild of the entire information infrastructure (and who knows how much repair to the electric grid).
*Solar Attack, Solar Crisis), and Knowing) all explore this Narrative Space (with Knowing wandering adding quite a few Narrative Elements often found in other Approaches).
Gaia’s Into Swapping
The North and South Poles of the Earth, with the magnetic field Gaia produces, are her crowns, her Coronas (with those spectacular auroras adding colorful bling to her crown). In these Approaches, the longer Gaia keeps her crowns in the same place, the heavier and more uncomfortable they become. Gaia gets tired of wearing her crowns in their current configuration and decides to swap them for her comfort, something she has done many, many times in her history. According to her history, she’s due (if not overdue) for a crown swap anytime now. But just like any lady, Gaia is fickle and is wont to change her mind at a moment’s notice. The results of Gaia going Head Over Heels in a pole swap would likely be similar to a Global EMP, with HUGE portions of the electric/electronic infrastructure destroyed/damaged.
Absolute Zero) and Polar Storm demonstrate this Approach.
I Don't Know Where I'm A-Gonna Go When The Volcano Blows
Another overdue Global Crisis is the Yellowstone Caldera, leading candidate for Earth’s Next Supervolcano, blowing its top, its Corona. Significant seismic rumblings echo around the Earth, including mighty Krakatau roaring. The effects of Yellowstone blowing in a super-eruption would put enough material into the atmosphere to produce an ELE through reduction in food production alone. Supervolcano) and Emmerich’s 2012) explore this part of Narrative Space in dramatic (and widescreen CGI) action.
Civilizations are FAR more fragile than species, so the prospects for a world we remotely recognize emerging on the other side are between “slim and none”.
Last Night Of The Deep Armageddon Impact Of The Comet (2012)
As the megablockbuster movie title above indicates, this Approach through Narrative Space is an “oldie but goodie”, dating back WELL before the first hominid decided to start walking on a full-time basis, as those dinosaurs can vouch (well, at least their bones, the birds, and some extra iridium can). In this Approach, the asteroid/comet in question doesn’t keep proper “social distance” and brings its Corona down to Earth, without even asking permission first. See Deep Impact and the upcoming Greenland (for some reason this trailer is tough to find, hopefully my linking won’t get the nice people who left this copy up in trouble for a few hundred people entertained by my snippets to see) for the variations on this Approach.
There are so many potential candidates flying around that it’s hard to keep track of them all, with new ones showing up for the party all the time. From Asteroid 1998 OR2 which just flew by to Comet ATLAS and now Comet SWAN, the general outline of the Approach here is pretty straight forward. Big rock(s) from space hit the Earth and do enormous damage. Bad stuff happens. Lots of people die. A LOT of rebuilding needs to be done afterwards.
The 5th Dimension: Up, Up, And Away To The Age Of Aquarius
On the other side of Narrative Space from IMAX blockbuster disaster flick crashing civilization into the dirt lies the chick flick of homo sapiens solving the worlds problems with Everyone activating their Crown Chakra, their Corona, to rise above and overcome our divisions through Unity and Love (and a Coke and a song). This Approach turns the Great Cosmic Wheel, progressing one Astrological Age (the Age of Pisces) to the next (the Age of Aquarius) as written about in FAR more words than necessary by Jung in his capstone *Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self, and celebrated in incredible harmonies echoing through the 5th Dimension and BEYOND.
There are almost as many variations of the Approach as there are people who meditate. The Ascension is all about a mass Awakening achieved through Expanding Consciousness and raising Energy and Vibrations. Results of the Ascension could range from nothing changes other than everything runs right and everyone is happy; to the current Earth is destroyed and an entire New Earth with New Earth bodies replace it; to everyone runs around like superpowered Rishis; to the end of the entire Universe with everyone entering a new higher dimensional Reality; to just about ANYTHING.
The biggest challenge with the Ascension Approach to the Singularity is resource allocation. Unity and Love is grand and all, but it can struggle to pay the bills. Love and $5 will get you coffee at Starbucks, and the Ascension Approaches play a little loosey-goosey with where they are getting that $5.
End Part I
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed.
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2020.05.03 03:55 ProperSpeak Please Read: General Support Megathread

Before creating your own post, please make sure to read through all of the FAQs here! We've compiled a lot of general information that might solve your issue.
I'd also like to give a massive thank you to u/Mysterious_Potential and u/hobgoblin8000! Both of them provided me so much valuable information, links, and kind words. Without them this subreddit wouldn't be half as helpful, nor would it be as magnificent.
If I do say so myself...

Table of Contents

  1. What is this corruption everyone is talking about?
  2. My game is a corrupt mess! What can I do?
  3. My game isn't corrupt but I'm still getting weird issues on Mac!
  4. What is SimPE?
  5. What is the BodyShop?
  6. Where can I get safe CC?
  7. Something is messing up my game but it's not corruption!
  8. Why do some people have a white user interface?
  9. Typing out all those cheats is so tiring. Is there something I can do about it?

Looking for a master list of mods? Click here.

Looking for an aesthetic guide? Click here.

Before we get into the FAQs, a note:
Please regularly back up your saves, your mods, and your EA Games folder in general. A lot can go wrong when you're fiddling in the files trying to get this game to work and it is so important to back up everything that is important to you.
In Windows, the important folder to back up is located in Documents/EA Games. In Mac, it's located in ~Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/AspyThe Sims 2/Neighborhoods.
To back up your folder, right click on it and choose copy. Then navigate to a separate, safe place on your computer where your back ups can live in safety, away from the rest of the game. Right click in the new place and select paste. Your folder will be copied over to the new location.
For instance, I ( u/properspeak ) have my back ups stored in My Pictures. I have an entire Sims 2 folder. Inside those folders are more folders, each labelled with dates. That way, if anything goes wrong, I can revert to a specific date where I knew my saves and neighborhoods were good.
You can also use this Universal Bypass to get around wait times on sites like AdFly. Another great thing you can do is rename your files to shorter, easier-to-read names for your computer to speed up load times.

FAQs

1) What is this corruption everyone is talking about?
Corruption is when game data and files become corrupted. This is a bad thing and could render your entire game unplayable. Unfortunately, once your game has become corrupt, there is no turning back. You'll have to nuke your neighborhood or, even worse, reinstall your entire game.
Unfortunately, there is no way to completely avoid corruption. The game will corrupt itself with ordinary gameplay, through systems such as memories and gossip. However, you can lessen your chances of getting corruption and stopping it from spreading.
One way to ensure that your game never goes corrupt is to make all of your installation files read-only. This means that the game will not be able to change those files and therefore corrupt them. Please do not treat this fix like a get out of jail free card--you still shouldn't be fiddling with things that make your game go boom!
If you'd like to learn more about corruption and how to avoid it, please do read this guide.
To avoid corruption, you can install some very helpful mods. There are also some quality of life mods listed here that will enhance your gameplay experience.
You can also prevent a lot of corruption from occurring by downloading meetme2theriver's Clean Templates of the Maxis neighborhoods.
It is also recommended that you use Mootilda's hoodchecker regularly to check on your neighborhoods and remove faulty memories, wants, and fears. However, please be aware that The Sims 2 has a tendency of creating temporary "relationships" with inanimate objects such as books, cars and so on. It does this to help the game remember which car the sim used to go to work, for example. They're safe to delete, but it's also okay not to, it's basically just junk data.
Adding sub-neighbourhoods such as universities, shopping districts, and vacation destinations somewhat corrupts the game. It's not dangerous and mostly just annoying, but the HoodChecker report will be huge. Just clear the corruption after saving the game and you're good to go.
2) My game is a corrupt mess! What can I do?
That depends on the type of corruption. Game corruption is when you touch the files in C:/Program Files, such as the NPCs like the Grim Reaper or Mrs. Crumplebottom. Neighborhood corruption is everything else. Here is a list of NPCs that are safe to play with.
If you made an NPC selectable, or messed with them in any other way, your entire game is likely corrupt. Unfortunately this type of corruption is permanent and irreversible. The only thing you can do is uninstall your game and reinstall it. Be sure to follow this guide on uninstalling correctly. If you do not follow the guide, you might not be able to reinstall the game.
If you have corruption but you haven't touched the NPCs, you can try resetting your neighborhoods first. Please follow this guide on how to reset them. If you are still seeing symptoms of corruption after a clean start, you will have to reinstall your entire game with the guide linked above.
3) My game isn't corrupt but I'm still getting weird issues on Mac!
If you're having issues on a Mac but you know you've not corrupted your game, there are a couple of reasons why this could be. Macs have a file limit, which means that your system can only load a certain number of files. On top of that, there is a character limit on the files, meaning the system can only read files that have less than 250 characters. This means that for every subfolder you create in your downloads folder, you're adding characters onto the line and risking going over the limit. So, if your new CC isn't showing up, this could be the culprit. There is an incredibly detailed guide on all of these issues and symptoms here.
4) What is SimPE?
The Sims Package Editor, or SimPE, is an external program created to modify .package files in The Sims 2. It's possible to edit Sims, neighbourhoods, and make and edit custom content with it. It's a very powerful tool, but it's not intuitive to use and requires a lot of practice.
There are many tutorials about the various things you can do with it, such as these custom content creation tutorials and this guide about adding memories and this one about changing names. Please backup your files before making any changes. If you're unsure how to do that, please refer back to the very first section on this post.
If you're not using any custom content and don't want to edit your neighbourhood or Sim files, you most likely won't need SimPE. Though SimPE can be used to remove corruption, it's easier and more user-friendly to do it with the Hoodchecker.
SimPE used to be available on Sims Ambertation, a German website, but the site has been down for over a year. You can get the latest version on Mod The Sims here or on SourceForge. SourceForge also hosts older versions of SimPE which is helpful if you can't get the newer version to work.
Unfortunately, SimPE is only available on Windows. However, if you're running The Sims 2 in Bootcamp, you will be able to install and use SimPE.
5) What is the BodyShop?
The BodyShop is a program that comes with your game, and can be used to create Sims and custom content without opening the game itself. For Windows, it's automatically shipped with the game, but for the Super Collection on Mac, you need to download the Extras file here.
On Windows, your BodyShop application is found in the installation folder of your latest EP (or SP as is the case with Mansion & Garden Stuff). Once you find the application, you can make a shortcut to your desktop to make it easier to start.
For a physical game, the path is C:/Program Files (x86)/EA GAMES/(your latest EP or SP)/CSBin.
For the Ultimate Collection, the path is C:/Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\CSBin.
Don't be alarmed if Body Shop takes forever to load. It's even slower than the game!
6) Where can I get safe CC?
There are so many places out there to get custom content, it can be a little overwhelming to start shopping. ModTheSims is an oldie but a goodie, the Pleasant Sims blog has a lot of great resources, and The Sims Resource have their own Sims 2 section.
You can find a lot of custom content elsewhere on the internet. A lot of people upload their creations to tumblr but you have to be wary when searching through obscure sites.
A great way to ensure you don't click on any misleading links or pictures is to use an adblocker. We recommend Ublock Origin. It is an extension for your browser that will protect you from misleading download buttons and harmful ads. While it is recommended to have an adblocker on at all times for your own safety, Ublock Origin is easy to turn off when you want to support your favorite creators by watching their adverts. Just click on the extension and press the big power off button. Job done!
7) Something is messing up my game but it's not corruption!
If you're getting graphical issues but your game is not corrupt and you have no technical issues, then you might be having an issue with broken custom content. This is a relatively normal thing and it's nothing to worry about. Sometimes you download custom content that doesn't work. While it might look scary, usually it's a simple fix.
If you know which piece of custom content it is, we advise you to take it out! However, if the custom content causing issues is geneticzied/townified skins or eyes then you will need to use SimPE to fix each Sim that had the custom content in their DNA before loading the game again, otherwise you will corrupt your game. Here is a tutorial. If the custom content is custom food or careers, the same thing applies. You will need to use SimPE to remove all memories and favorites associated with the food/career as well as resetting all Sims with the FFS Lot Debugger linked above.
If you don't know what piece of custom content is causing the issue, we recommend the 50/50 method. It's simple: you remove 50% of the custom content in your folder, boot the game, and see if the issue is gone. If it's not, you repeat the process with the other half of your custom content. Once you know which half the error is coming from, you can start to narrow down your search!
8) Why do some people have a white user interface?
Greatcheesecakepersona spent two years working on improving and updating the UI of The Sims 2. Not only does it look great, but a couple of nasty features have been removed from the game, such as the delete button on the Sim bin! It's incredibly helpful if you're not paying attention and go to accidentally delete something, or someone, you're not supposed to.
9) Typing out all those cheats is so tiring. Is there something I can do about it?
Yes! If you always want your game to start with certain cheats on, you can create a UserStartup.cheat file. It's a special file that not only automatically enables cheats when you load up the game, but it can also create shorter codes for your cheats. For example, it can change MoveObjects On so all you have to type in the cheat bear is moo!
First of all, some mods create a UserStartup.cheat file for you. It's best to check that you don't already have one. So head on over to Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/Config and have a look for a file called UserStartup.cheat. If you're on Mac, you'll need to go to ~/library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/AspyThe Sims 2/Config.
If you have one, great! If you don't, simply open up Notepad and immediately save the empty file to your desktop. Where it says the name for the file, type "UserStartup.cheat" without the quotes. On the file extension just below it, choose "All Files" from the drop down box. It should look like this.
Once it's saved to your desktop, all you have to do is write in the cheats that you would always like to be enabled. Please remember to write the cheats correctly and only have one cheat per line, like this:
moveObjects on
boolProp constrainFloorElevation false
boolProp ControlPets on
boolProp testingCheatsEnabled true
boolProp allow45DegreeAngleofRotation true
setQuarterTilePlacement on
intProp MaxNumOfVisitingSims [number]
uintProp LotSkirtSizeIncrease [number]
These will be applied every time you start the game, so you won't have to type them in. One-time cheats, such as kaching and motherlode, will not work in this file. The only cheats that work are ones that can be turned on and off. If you don't know what the cheat does, please do not apply it! Only use cheats that you use regularly.
For aliases, it gets a little more tricky. The layout must be as follows:
alias TheTextYouWishToUse "CheatCommand" "ShortDescription" "LongDescription"
So, if you wanted to shorten MoveObjects On to moo, it would be as such:
alias moo "MoveObjects On" "Move Objects" "Allows the player to place objects anywhere"
Some examples:
alias test "boolProp testingCheatsEnabled true"
alias mon "moveObjects on"
alias mof "moveObjects on"
alias mot "motiveDecay off"
alias m "maxmotives"
As you saw above, you do not have to write out either of the descriptions for the file to work. When you type "help" into the cheat bar, the descriptions will be listed next to the cheats to help you remember what they're associated with. If you don't think you'll need them, don't add them!
If this doesn't make much sense to you, there is a more in-depth guide here.

If your issue isn't listed here, and you've read through this thread and the Technical Support megathread, please create your own post and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

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2020.04.16 22:57 Random_Moroccan Common TNO Questions and General Information and Links for Beginners (Non-Dev/Non-Official)

Before reading this please keep in mind that this is not an official post, this has been done by me as an effort to 'educate' (for a lack of better words) the newcomers on TNO by answering frequently asked questions.
Lastly my English is a bit shit so typo errors are included.
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Q: What is TNO/ What is TNO all about ?
A: The New Order: Last Days of Europe, is a Hearts of Iron IV mod asking the question "What if The Axis (Italy, Germany and Japan) won the second world war ?" and what are it are the ramifications of such scenario in the 'modern age' (1960s)

Q: What is TNO's start date and situation ?
A: TNO starts in the not-so-wondeful year of 1962.

Q: What are the main changes between OTL(Originaltimeline) and TNOTL (TNOtimeline) ?
A: -Germany is Europe's Hegemon with a majority of European Russia, Ukraine, the Baltics, Belarus, Norway, the Netherlands, Bohemia and Poland being reduced to Reichskommissariats. Moreover, Denmark, France and England have been reduced to mere puppets and a totalitarian quasi-independent SS state (Burgundy) has risen in Northern France and Belgium.
-Britain has been broken into it's constituent nations (Scotland, Wales, Ulster a 'dependency' of Ireland, England and Cornwall A German Military garrison acting as 'Germany's dagger' in Britain).
-Finally much of Africa (Congo, Namibia, Mozambique, Angola, Tangayika, Northern and Southern Rhodesia) have been divided into Reichskommissariat themselves (Zentralafrika, Sudwestafrika, Ostafrika). For more information about the Unity Pakt click here
-The USSR has completely collapsed and is divided into dozens of warlords each with their distinct identities (political) with Czarist, Fascist, Communist, Anarchist, Theocratic, Nationalist and Republican statelets battling for dominance over the husk what was the Glorious Soviet Union.
-Japan's Co-prosperity sphere is encompassing much of Asia (China, Mongolia, Manchukuo, The Phillipines, Indonesia, Burma, Indochina, Bengal ) and the Pacific islands (Hawaii included). Moreover, they own a few treaty ports in California, as one of many concessions given to them post-WWII. For more information about the Co-Prosperity Sphere click here
-The USA has formed an alliance of democratic nations, dubbed the OFN (Organization of Free Nations) and has Canada, a Republican Australia, New Zealand, Guyana, former British and French East Indies and Iceland (Living a U.S military occupation) under it's wings.
-Italy has seen it's relations with Germany break and togheter with Turkey, Portugal and Spain (both are unified under what is know as Iberia led by Franco and Salazar) formed an alliance dubbed the Triumvirate. Italy holds Eastern Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt (A Kingdom under Farouk), the horn of Africa (Italian East Africa) parts of the Levant and the current U.A.E under its influence. For more information about the Triumvirate click here

Q: How much content will there be in TNO ?
A: -TNO will release with 10 years (1962-1972) of content mainly for Major nations and their puppets, for Russia's warlords, ex-UK, the OFN and the Co-properity sphere. Of course updates will happen delivering more and more content to more nations. The TNO team is planning to deliver a second wave of 10 years (1972-1982) in the future.
-South America, Turkey, Western Subsaharan Africa, The Indian subcontinent, France, Iran/Persia will not receive content at launch.

Q: Will there be Nukes in TNO, how do they work ?
A: Yes of course Nukes are present, TNO's nuke mechanics are special and unique to say the least, Nuclear weapons cannot be used tacticaly (like in Vanilla), and should war between nuclear armed nations with important stockpiles of nuclear weapon start it will sooner-or-latter trigger M.A.D (Mutually Assured Destruction) ending the game.
And in case you are wondering how does the world end here is a ytb video showing it : End of the world by Panzer.

Q: What is the Big Building ?
A: -The Volkshalle ("People's Hall"), also called Große Halle ("Great Hall") or Ruhmeshalle ("Hall of Glory"), was a huge domed monumental building planned by Adolf Hitler and his architect Albert Speer for Germania in Berlin.
-The dome of the Volkshalle was to rise from a massive granite podium 315 by 315 metres (1,033 ft × 1,033 ft) and 74 metres (243 ft) high, to a total inclusive height of 290 metres (950 ft).
-As a function, the People's Hall houses Nazi Germany's very brown parliament, and as a battle ground should things go wrong.

Q: Is Hitler alive ?
A: Yes he is, but his health is rapidly failling after all, old age, governing all of Europe and him having the habit of using an assortement of drugs during the war period doesn't add well at all.

Q: What happens to Germany after Hitler's death?
A: Germany, after Hitler's death, falls into an unavoidable civil war with multiple factions trying to seize control of Germany, from Reformists led by Speer, to War-Hawks led by Goering, and to Conservatives led by Bormann to SS Radicals loyal to Burgundy led by Heydrich. Of course each one them have their own plans for the future of Germany.

Q: The Med Sea looks weird what happened ?
A: German engineers backed up by the NSDAP though it would be fun to make Atlantropa a real thing to show the world the power of Greater Germany, the result of the project is : German bankrupcy, millions of dissplaced people, an environemental cathastrophy, the destruction of the Med commerce as most of the coastal cities became inland ones, and finally, land connection between different islands and regions.
Q: The Congo has a big hole in it what happened ?
A: Germany decided to build a series of Dams to create a big interior lake for shipping and trade, this unsuprisingly, resulted in a big part of the Congo being flooded and an interior sea created. (Millions where displaced or killed as a result of such move).

Q: What is Hyperborea ?
A: It's pleblore, as with most of pleblore it started after this leak was published.

Q: Who is "The Father" ?
A: Nobody knows for sure, the misterious unifier of the Northern Siberian wastland is a mistery ... and no it isn't Trotsky/Stalin/Bukharin/Ted Kaczynski nor (and unfortunatly) your father who went to buy milk but never came back.

Q: What is Burgundy ?
A: Burgundy is a secret, totalitarian, 1984-esque rogue -almost- nuclear armed state, where the SS controls everything and everyone . It has been given to Himmler by Hitler to avoid a civil war between the Army and the SS in Germany after the failed takeover of the latter in the West Russian War (1950s).

Q: What does Himmler want out of all of this ?
A: Himmler wants to arm Burgundy with nuclear weapons so that he end the world, plain and simple, his vision being that only the true Aryans can and will survive the nuclear apocalypse creating Aryan world hegemony out of the ashes of the old world.
Of course nobody even in the SS know about Himmler's true plan...

Q: You mentionned a potential civil war between the SS and the Army in Germany, what's the lore behind it ?
A: Germany in the 1950s struggled to keep itself from going under, it's massive foolish mega-projects destroyed the economy and a war errupted between the remnants of the USSR and Germany pushing the latter ever more closer to collapse. The SS during this war saw Germany's situation and attempted to organize a coup to seize power (posing themselves as the true saviors of Germany in a way), but the coup was discovered and defeated by Speidel and the Army.
However, under Hitler's orders, Himmler and his followers where to be given control over Belgium and the Northern parts of France and thus was formed Burgundy.

Q: Who is capable of winning this Cold war-esque situation ?
A: - Everyone (of the GPs) really, by surviving or reforming Germany can win the cold war by outlasting their opponents, so can Japan and the US. The key is to outlast the other while trying to bring him down and not have your own shit pushed.
- Certain nations may even rose to prominence as great powers or super powers, like a reformed Russia/USSR, an India or a China but keep in mind it will take very specific circomstances and a long long time for them to stand up as one.

Q: Talking about Russia/USSR, which warlords can unite the latter ?
A: These are the warlords that can do it. (thanks for u/Kozani1)

Q: What's the lore behind the USSR remnants?
A: Following the collapse of the Western front (or Eastern Front for the Germans depends how you look at it) an important part of the Red Army grouped up under the leadership of Marchal Kliment Vorochilov and his subordinates (which include Zhukov and Tukhachevsky). A couple of years latter after this defeat, this front dubbed West Russian Revolutionary Front attempted to reclaim their motherland from the Nazis begining the West Russian War, unfortunatly for them and fortunatly for Nazi Germany, they failed and collapsed (Altough their remnants are still alive in Arkhangelsk).

Q: When will the mod come out ?
A: When the Localization tracker is completed which you can see here, in the meantime another demo nicknamed "Don't Surf" will see The African Reichskommissariats and South Africa receive content. Indeed you can, for a short couple of years, play as either one of the Reichskommissars and try ending Democracy in the continent, or defend it and the rule of law from rebels and seccessionist alike as the only shinning light of (relative) liberty in the continent.
(Don't Surf will come out 1st of May)
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If you are intrested in learning more about TNO here are some links:
TV Tropes - TNO
TNO wikia
Interview with Debbel - Kolshak1937
Interview with Panzer - Xorn
Notes on the dev team stream - Kozani1
Notes on the dev team stream (Russia) - Pacifica
Dev Diary on the German Civil War
Dev Diary on USA
Dev Diary on Japan
Dev Diary on China
Dev Diary on Italy
Dev Diary on Iberia
Dev Diary on India part.I
Dev Diary on India part.II
Dev Diary on Indonesia
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Fin!
If you have a discord here is an invite it's where leaks and questions are answered.
-Keep in mind that some information about TNO is out of date so as with everything take if with a grain of salt.
-I've included the Dev Diaries that have some good not-out-of-date information for you to enjoy and read.
-I included some fan posts but I forgot to include their tags if you are one of them please tell it in the comments so I can tag you for your wonderful work.
-If there are other questions you want to ask be sure to write it in the comments and I will answer them to the best of my abilities, other than that that's about it.
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2020.02.20 06:15 Allronix1 Fan theory: Carth and Force Sensitivity.

Okay, so while we're shooting the bantha crap over on KOTOR fan theories, u/134340Goat mentioned my all time favorite "Have you been chewing spice?!" fan theory when it comes to KOTOR: Is Carth Force Sensitive?
So this one starts with a story. I mentioned my brother in law, who is pretty much Keeper of the Jedi Archives. Seriously, he's an English teacher and my sister is a librarian. They met at a sci fi convention and their first date was Phantom Menace. We're taking not just geeks, but geeks who can throw the damn bookshelf at you. Brother in law bought KOTOR on the day it launched and turned it into a week long binge watch at his house. And because brother in law is that kind of geek, he's translating the characters into the West End D6 system. I'm watching him do a playthrough, and he's got Canderous and Zaalbar at Ajunta Pal's tomb.
Allronix: Huh. That's odd. Why aren't commenting on anything when Ajunta is speaking?
Bro in law: Oh. They can't even see Ajunta. You have to be Force Sensitive to see a Force Ghost. The stronger your Sensitivity, the better you can see it.
Allronix: Really? Then how come Carth can see it?
Bro in law (gets the "holy shit, I gotta confirm this" look): Really?! He just sees something out the corner of his eye or something?
Allronix: No, he sees Ajunta just fine. Understands what the dude's saying too.
Bro in law instantly rolls back to his last save, swaps Zaalbar for Carth, and sees the bit in question.
Bro in law: Oh. Dear. (Goes over to make some quick scribbles on Carth's character sheet)

Okay, so maybe that was a lore fail. I didn't really think about it too much until I hit that False Level Up glitch and ran around with Carth and Mission as Sentinels. Now, while I couldn't really see Mission as a Sensitive, that little bit with my bro in law nagged at me. And became a "once you see it you can't unsee it."Apologies to TV Tropes, where some of these were my additions to the Wild Mass Guess entry on this topic.

  1. What are the odds of surviving that attack on the Endar Spire, getting to the escape pods, sharing the last escape pod with the mindwiped Sith Lord, piloting through the chaos, landing in what passes for the "good" part of town, remaining uninjured, pulling the badly injured mindwiped Sith Lord from the wreck, evading Sith detection while all this is going on, and just happening to find a dump of an apartment where the landlord's not asking questions? That is one amazing string of coincidences and good luck. Get that many in Star Wars, and it's definitely The Force sticking its nose in things.
  2. Piloting the escape pod to land in the Upper City, piloting the Hawk through the Sith Blockade of Taris, the random Sith patrols, the escape from the Leviathan, and the fleet around Lehon along with the crash landing that left the ship easily repairable. Now, compare to Atton who we know to be an excellent pilot and drawing on The Force who still manages to crash the ship at least three times.
  3. He's a scary good judge of character if you're interacting with other NPCs. If you watch him with other NPC characters, he's got a pretty good compass as to which characters are being helpful and which ones are full of shit. The only one he calls incorrectly is Rukil, who is probably also an untrained Sensitive (the age, the "marked" comments) and half senile, which is probably throwing him.
  4. Related to that, his distrust and wariness about something not adding up with the PC, the Jedi Council feeding the party a line of bull, that things just aren't adding up. And on all of it? Dead on. He's 100% right about the Player Character, he just expected something a little less crazy than "that's Darth freaking Revan."
  5. If you play Female Revan, then Carth's the one who gets fried in the torture cages on the Leviathan. Saul comments how strange it is that Carth takes so much punishment and still remains conscious. Now, this is a low level thing, but in lore, Force Sensitives have drawn on it to keep them alive or conscious under duress. Explicitly, the first sign we got that Leia was a Sensitive when she withstood the Imperial torture droid.
  6. Another of his scary ass judge of character feats? In the comics, Zayne (who is on the run from the Jedi, who framed him for the murder of his classmates) has a vision that Mandalorians are coming for Serroco. Saul? Laughs it off, throws Zayne in the brig. Zayne's own friends don't even believe him. Carth gets one of those creepy hunches and starts calling in "duck and cover" sirens as far as he can broadcast, which sends seventeen cities and millions of people heading for shelter. It saves their lives and Carth is called a hero for it. Armed with another hunch, he disobeys Saul (remember this is before Saul nukes Telos) and lets Zayne "escape" from custody. Mind you, not even the Jedi or his party members believed Zayne. Carth did.
  7. Carth makes a lot of creepy weird offhand predictions about the future. He says he knows on some level he'll be there when Saul dies. That certainly pans out. He makes an offhand prediction that the Jedi have set the party up to take a fall. Right again. He tells a female PC that she'll have to make a choice soon, one she can't walk away from. And then we get the temple top. He even blurts out that "I sensed you would have to make a choice soon, and that was it*, I can feel it!"* If you specify a LS Female Revan, his recording for T3-M4 says he's had a hunch Revan would leave without warning. Again, spot on.
  8. Specify a LS male Revan, and Carth will remark to Bastila that seeing the Exile reminds him "there are worse things to lose." The only other people who can see just how screwed up the Exile is are the Jedi Masters, Chodo Habat, and the Force Sensitive party members.
  9. Specify a LS female Revan, and Carth will insist that he would know if Revan were dead (again, scary ass intuition) and that there's an "emptiness" where she used to be. Now, remember one of the things about a broken Force Bond? It would simply be "empty, a wound."
  10. You know how your party members in KOTOR 2 feel upset or even horrified as they realize they feel compelled to protect Exile and can't being themselves to leave, even when said actions are kicking puppies? And how they swing wildly from being crazy, almost stalker level possessive of them to being scared out of their wits and clamming up when you try to pry anything out of them? And the more potent (and untapped) their Force Sensitivity, the more they get hammered with the effect? (Mira and Atton in particular) Yeah. Now, Carth's "I don't wanna talk" looks a bit different, doesn't it? It could also account for that romance arc, especially if you roll a DSF Revan and go for that "everyone dies" ending.
  11. Again, Ajunta Pal. Seeing a Force Ghost? Yeah. Some degree of Sensitivity needed. Understanding what he's saying? Yeah. Takes a bit more than that. And Carth makes a weirdly insightful comment about the Dark Side on top of it.
  12. Notice that this a wall o text argument already, and I'm now just getting to the "Yeah, his kid is able to throw around mid-level Dark Side powers and packing a red lightsaber." Given the jawline and the muleheaded attitude, no way Morgana was fooling around with the pizza delivery boy. That's definitely Carth's kid, and that's definitely Force Sensitivity. Now, while it can skip a generation (see Theron Shan), it tends to run pretty heavy in families.
  13. Lastly? Gee. He comes from a planet settled by and heavily populated by descendants of Force Sensitives who failed their training. I'm also willing to bet some bastard children of Jedi get passed off as "foundlings" and "orphans" and dumped there, too. Jedi are forbidden attachments, but not sworn to celibacy, so...yeah, bastard kids are gonna happen. There's probably a Jedi or two in that family tree. It's circumstantial evidence at best, but it still supports the case.
Now, any arguments I missed? Counterarguments?
And the million credit question: If there's a character who gets to break this news to poor Flyboy, who do you think would actually take that on? How do you think Carth would take that kind of news? And what, if anything, would come of it?
I kinda figure Jolee might be the only one nuts enough to poke that with a stick...I also kinda figure "Sentinel" would fit best. Consular? Hell no. He hired Mical for that. Guardian works with the feats, but the whole "ferreting out deceit and injustice?" Yeah. That's Carth.
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2020.02.16 05:26 anti-ZOG-sci-fry Glitch in the Matrix

Glitch in the Matrix
by Jayge 8^J
Richest 1%ers were impatient with their portfolios. Half the world's wealth didn't satisfy them; they exponentially craved it all. Didn't they deserve it for all their investing & sacrifice? Peons & poupons thrive on the society, infrastructure, & government built by Olympians, which they privately call themselves. All power, jobs, benefits, & charity flow from the top down, like champagne fountains. Historically, emperors, kings, sultans, & tsars took the lion's share, leaving subordinates & hyenas fight for scraps. Freemason upstart American colonists defied natural order by granting power to the people. Grossly miscalculating their odds in War of 1812, Civil War, & robber baron age, Olympians gradually got most of it back by the IRS, 'Fed', Great Depression, deregulation, 'Citizens United', as well as international trade deals like NAFTA, GATT, TPP, & USMCA. Details of their vast conspiracy are kept secret via barbarian death cult oaths. Despite their much-hyped virility, Olympians are basically cowardly bullies.: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/14/richest-1-percent-now-own-half-the-worlds-wealth.html
"United Nations Department of Peace Operations seeks DISARMAMENT, DEMOBILIZATION AND REINTEGRATION OFFICER 26 December 2019 - 08 February 2020 19-Security Institutions-DPO-127453-R-New York (R)"
"What our source reports is this: * There is a planned Third World War, which will be nuclear and biological. Our source believes that this is on track to be initiated within the next 18-24 months. * It is planned to begin with a strike by Israel on Iran. Either Iran or China will be provoked into a nuclear response. After a brief nuclear exchange, there will be a ceasefire. The world will be thrown into fear and chaos - all carefully engineered. * The extreme state of tension will be used to justify heavy social and military controls in all western first world nations. Plans are already in place for that. * During the nuclear ceasefire, there is planned to be a covert release of biological weapons. These will initially be targeted against the Chinese. As our source chillingly told us, "China will catch a cold". Biological warfare will spread further, to the west. Infrastructure will be critically weakened. * This is intended to be just the beginning. After this, a full nuclear exchange would be triggered: the "real" war, with widespread destruction and loss of life. Our source tells us that the planned population reduction through these combined means is 50%. He heard this figure stated in the meeting. This horrific scenario has been planned for generations. The first two world wars were part of the set-up for this final apocalypse - as is the centralization of financial resources that was precipitated with the equally well-planned financial collapse of October 2008. As if all this were not enough, our source speculates this is all set against the backdrop of a coming "geophysical event" - the same kind of event as was experienced by our ancestors approximately 11,500 years ago. If this event occurs - not necessarily expected in 2012, but sometime in the next decade - it would destroy civilization as we know it, dwarfing even the effects of a nuclear war. I asked the question to our source: If there's an expected catastrophe, then why initiate a Third World War? His answer, for the first time to me, made terrible sense. The real goal, he explained, is to set up the post-catastrophic world. To ensure that this "New World" [note the term] is the one the controllers want, totalitarian control structures need to be in place when the catastrophe occurs - with an excuse that the populace will accept and demand them. Martial law in the right, carefully chosen countries before the catastrophe occurs will enable the "right" people to survive and prosper in the post-catastrophic world, and the beginning of the next 11,500 year cycle. What may have been carefully planned on a covert global scale, for the last several generations, is nothing less than who will inherit the Earth. Who are the "right" people? The white Caucasians. This may be why the name of this project is The Anglo-Saxon Mission. Hence the justification for the planned genocide of the Chinese people - so that the New World is inherited by "us", not "them". Our source was not informed about the planned fate of the second and third world countries such as those in South America, Africa and Asia. But he presumes that these would be allowed to fend for themselves and probably not survive well - or maybe not at all. The totalitarian military governments of the western, white, people are set to be the inheritors. This is a plan so evil, so racist, so diabolical, so huge, that it almost defies belief. But it all aligns with what many commentators, researchers and whistleblowing insiders have been identifying for some years now. For me personally, it's the clearest picture yet of why the world is the way it is, and why the secrets are protected so fiercely: it may be all about racial supremacy. The Fourth Reich is alive and well. Astonishingly, our source was not pessimistic. He stressed, as do we and many others, that consciousness is awakening rapidly all over the planet and that THESE PLANNED EVENTS ARE NOT INEVITABLE. If ever there was a reason to work closely together to raise awareness of the real threat to us all, this is it." - Project Camelot
cōgitō et legō ergo sum. With glitches in the matrix, divergent quantum timelines, conspiracies galore, Mandela effects, & flat Earth fanatics, is reality broken?: https://twitter.com/nickhintonn/status/1151986453569605632?s=21 & https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Miles_Mathis#Conspiracy_theories I read that Jeane Dixon, advisor to US presidents predicted assassinations of JFK, MLK, RFK, & Mohandas K. Gandhi. Also 2/5/1962 pre-7am Middle East birth of religious revolutionary. "Lydia Emma Pinckert, aka Jeane Dixon, January 5, 1904 Medford, Wisconsin January 25, 1997 (aged 93) Washington, D.C." "Dixon also had an alleged prediction about a war of "armageddon" to happen in the year 2020."
John Titor, aka TimeTravel_0, erstwhile 2036 US military time traveler, visited 2000-01 for personal reasons & spread disinfo after retrieving 1975 IBM 5100 special features to solve UNIX Y2038 snafu.: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Titor & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2038_problem The so-called 'Mandela Effect' is an inane side of a real phenomenon.: https://mandelaeffect.com/ While monitoring 140+ YouTube channels, I often find info not much seen elsewhere, yet still must sift to unearth real gems. This is weird. Why would IMDb post such an obviously wrong date?: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5004118/?ref_=ttpl_pl_tt
"A glitch in the matrix is when a weird or unexplained event happens and it seems to tear a hole in the fabric of reality. It’s the kind of thing that gives you the sneaking suspicion that something isn’t right in the world. It could be a strange coincidence, a moment of déjà vu, a premonition or just something completely freaky." - scaryforkids.com "Glitch in the matrix stories are firsthand accounts of some small but puzzling occurrence that has no logical explanation. The name comes from the movie ‘The Matrix’ where a ‘glitch’ drew someone’s attention to the fact that they were in a simulation. Glitch in the matrix stories evoke the feeling that the world is not as we’ve envisioned it to be." - thoughtcatalog.com "
glitch in the matrix Def 1. From the 1999 film The Matrix: Referring to a human experiencing déjà vu as caused by the Machines altering the Matrix. Def 2. An explanation for an unlikely or irregular occurrence. Ex 1. Neo identified a glitch in the matrix when he saw the same black cat walk past the door twice. Ex 2. There must be a glitch in the matrix because I was struck by lightening and won the lotto all in the same day.": https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=glitch%20in%20the%20matrix
You won't believe what divergent quantum timelines I found. Some old top secret intelligence were at least partly declassified, like Philadelphia Experiment, Operations Backfire, Paperclip, Highjump, MKUltra, HAARP, & Manhattan Projects.: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Experiment, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Backfire_(World_War_II)), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Paperclip, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Frequency_Active_Auroral_Research_Program, & https://www.livescience.com/40172-declassified-military-cia-secrets/3.html
"Declassified CIA files on Reinhard Gehlen, the spymaster who served Adolf Hitler, NATO, and the CIA. The man whose intelligence reports on the Soviet Union influenced American foreign policy during the formative years of the Cold War, and whose organization paved the way for hundreds, if not thousands of SS, SD, and Gestapo men to move up into the American Intelligence Community.": https://archive.org/details/GEHLEN-Reinhard-CIA-files/page/n15 & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Gehlen "This third day of October, 1942, is the first of a new era in transportation, that of space travel ..."— Walter Dornberger, speech at Peenemünde 10/3/1942
"I have had to apologize only to two men in my whole life. The first was Field Marshal von Brauchitsch. I did not listen to him when he told me again and again how important your research was. The second man is yourself. I never believed that your work would be successful."— Adolf Hitler, Apology to Major-General Dr. Dornberger, 7/8/1944
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Dornberger https://listverse.com/2018/03/21/10-nazi-scientists-who-survived-the-wa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_H._Debus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Oberth
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieter_Grau
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnus_von_Braun
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Rudolph
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Blome
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubertus_Strughold
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Schreiber
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wernher_von_Braun
The Internet of Things will have SMART devices: Secret Military Armaments in Residential Technology. A certain pseudo-religious chronic criminal element of society chose to capitalize on, successfully co-opting evangelism's Armageddon lunatic fringe. "Alternate history or alternative history is a genre of speculative fiction consisting of stories in which one or more historical events occur differently. These stories usually contain "what if" scenarios at crucial points in history and present outcomes other than those in the historical record." - Wikipedia
The GOP aligned with dark forces long ago, i.e. meany Dick Cheney.: http://www.greatreality.com/Stars.htm & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder MeToo Democrats envy greedy Republican abuse of power. Too many readily accept 'free' trips to Israel, where they're given Bolshevik zionist lies that 'all Arabs are terrorists' & Israel is a 'democracy'. Hitler's eely Jewish coterie is now Machiavellian rogue state Israel. "Jewish Bolshevism, also Judeo–Bolshevism, is an anti-communist and antisemitic canard, which alleges that the Jews were the originators of the Russian Revolution in 1917, and that they held primary power among the Bolsheviks who led the revolution." - Wikipedia What's truly a canard is zionists' whiny denial. Wikipedia said Trump's 77 Electoral College surplus trumped Hillary's 2,868,686 US citizen voters surplus.
They poison vaccines with mercury, bacteria, detergents, & squalene adjuvants; our water with fluoride & drug residue; our food with herbicides, pesticides, chemical additives, & genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). Why is so little but rhetoric different when administrations change? Whether they've got you voting blue or red, just know that they're scrimmage squads of a one-party team. If you don't play along, they'll hang a label on you: antifa, anti-vaxxer, groyper, Luddite, anti-Semite, or the ultimate tinfoil hat conspiracy theorist, that comedian Sam Tripoli cleverly adopted as his defining meme, cuz humor fights fascism, as shown by Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator, 1940.
Nothingness Has Friction, & The Fastest Spinning Object Ever Made Could Measure It: https://www.sciencealert.com/nothingness-has-friction-and-we-need-the-fastest-spinning-object-ever-made-to-measure-it
What Planes? Doreen Dotan, laser fusion, 4th generation nukes, AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), & BLU-97A/B Bomblets. Who knew the Rothschild dynasty had its superiors?: Dangoor, Sassoon, & Kadoorie Families. Internet Archive Wayback Machine: https://archive.org/web/
"When you have eliminated all that is impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." Sherlock Holmes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DIl3Hfh9tY
Top physicist Leonard "Susskind is widely regarded as one of the fathers of string theory. He was the first to give a precise string-theoretic interpretation of the holographic principle in 1995 and the first to introduce the idea of the string theory landscape in 2003. Susskind was awarded the 1998 J.J. Sakurai Prize, and the 2018 Oskar Klein Medal.": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Susskind
"1. Unidirectional Time Travel — A one-way time travel trip changes quantum states, diminishes entropy & starts a new, dominant, order-laden, entropy-lessened timeline. Differences in overall entropy are what keep timelines naturally separate from each other. This is known as a Temporal Divergence.
  1. Bidirectional Time Travel — Two-way time travel trips produce timelines that are naturally attracted to each other within the multiverse. This is known as Quantum Entanglement. Only one set of quantum states can survive the entanglement past the time travel incidents. Since a system always tends toward a higher entropy state, the quantum states of the lower-entropy, higher-order timeline will become dominant. Still following? Confused? Keep reading…it’ll click.
  2. Metatime Is Unalterable — Metatime is the sequence of time travel events as they occur in the multiverse. This sequence cannot be averted through time travel, as the multiverse is a timeless void outside of the special realm of the timelines. This means that all timelines exist simultaneously (an important and crucial distinction to this whole theory). Which timeline a time traveller will arrive in at any particular moment in time is determined according to which timeline is most order-laden at the time period in question. This is known as a natural landing.
  3. Leaving the Universe — It is possible to travel to & from transdimensional, non-time space which exists outside of the timelines but within the overall multiverse. Fluidic space (Species 8472), the transdimensional realm (Sphere Builders) and the Q Continuum are examples of non-timeline areas within the total confines of the multiverse but that also does not exist within a timeline or universe. Entering a timeline from these spaces also changes quantum states and can result in divergent timelines (save for the Q Exception that says that the Q are, somehow, able to avoid this).
  4. Temporal Cold War Addendum A — The 31st century Federation time travellers (represented by Agent Daniels in Enterprise) can choose recessive timelines instead of dominant timelines to travel to and from. This is known as an artificial landing and is a crucial element of control in the Temporal Cold War. Other factions of the TCW cannot produce an artificial landing. The organization Daniels represents operates from an observatory that is technically outside time in the transdimensional area of the multiverse and is known by the shorthand Daniels Temporal Observatory, or DTO. The actions of the DTO are also governed by rules 1 & 2 in that their activity can spawn divergent timelines.
  5. Temporal Cold War Addendum B — The Temporal Accords (31st century) disallow travelling directly to a timeline. Instead, it allows Quantum Projection, a kind of real-ish holographic projection (maybe), which is safer for the time traveller. However, quantum projection still alters quantum states and creates divergent timelines. This is standard practice for 31st-century humanity as well as the Benefactor to the Suliban Cabal from the 28th century. This also explains a lot of the incidents that happen to Agent Daniels (like his many deaths, which are Quantum Projections dying, not the actual Agent Daniels). The DTO and Benefactor make use of quantum projection.
  6. Temporal Cold War Responsibility Addendum — In agreement with the Temporal Accords, participating time travellers must “counterweight” their respective travels in order to ensure that the correct timeline remains dominant (see Rules 1 & 2). Agent Daniels is assumed to do this in much of his work, as well as on behalf of other time travel scenarios. This is known as an Induced Quantum Entanglement, or IQE(pronounced “Ike”). This is how you decide which timeline will be dominant.
  7. Law of Divergent Universes — Timelines that have been left unaltered by time travel for an unknown, lengthy span of meta time will take up a position within the multiverse architecture and become a permanent universe. Once this happens, the new universe cannot be quantum entangled with the old one. The Terran Imperial Universe (Mirror Universe), for example, might have been a timeline that split from our own Prime Universe. When the Terran Imperial Universe was just a divergent timeline, after it diverged from the Prime Universe, it was left unaltered for enough time as to allow it to drift into a position “perpendicular” to the prime universe, which disallows timeline merging but does not restrict travel. The Kelvin Timeline (Abramsverse or J.J Verse), as a second example, is just a split timeline. If elder Prime Universe Spock never travels back to the future (which he knows not to do, if you’ll note), then the Kelvin Timeline may drift to a “perpendicular” state with respect to the Prime Universe, becoming a permanent universe of its own. When an unaltered temporal divergence becomes its own universe free from entanglement from the parent universe, this is known as a Parallel Universe Bifurcation." - United Federation of Planets, Department of Temporal Investigations, Admiral Myrkal Sharr, USS Clepsydra
Pragmatic SpaceX engineers urged a redundant fleet, like Battlestar Galactica, still leaders opted for a cheaper unifying solution & put all of their egghead billionaires into one big basket. The mighty MAGA Mogen David set solar sail to former polestar Thuban (Alpha Draconis), but BDShacker's opsis virus left it adrift in the asteroid belt. ""Aristotle's use of the term opsis, as Marvin Carlson points out, is the "final element of tragedy," but the term "receive[d] no further consideration"." Last we heard, those CO-NE drone spacey spud taters tried to get a jump-start from Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster.: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk's_Tesla_Roadster
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2020.01.03 00:15 Hotstuffcominthrough Lets talk about former internet sensation Somethingawful.com, a cautionary tale...

Lets talk about former internet sensation Somethingawful.com, a cautionary tale...
Hello,
I'm posting this in a throwaway account because I don't want to associate my regular account too much with this particular internet drama, but its such a notable story and indicative of the slow rot that overzealous 'Woke' culture can inflict on a community that I feel like its really worth talking about in more detail, at least to blow off some steam without going to some shithole like Kiwifarms.
I can tell that a pretty large number of the people who post here regularly used to post on the website somethingawful.com and its large forum. Even if you didn't post there you're probably aware of it at least due to its effect on the internet at large, in the early 2000s the website was pretty much the place to go if you wanted to keep abreast of internet culture, and even after it started to fade in relevance in the face of sites like Twitter and Reddit it maintained a dedicated posting culture and a reputation of having a high standard of discussion, funny posters and lots of content. A lot of things originate from SA, including 4chan and more recently a lot of the origins of contemporary internet leftism through the famous subforum Lassiez's Faire and to a lesser extent its successor subforum CSPAM.
(QUICK NOTES, the website is paywalled, you need to spend 10 dollars to register an account and if you get banned you have to spend another 10bux to reactivate the account, unless its a permaban. Probations are restrictions on posting for users that range between 6 hours and 12 years for breaking rules that don't warrant a ban. I have lots of links to active threads in the forum but SA often puts up a paywall so that you can't see the forums if you aren't registered. When the paywall isn't up there's also a word filter for people looking without accounts, the word 'Fuck' or 'Fucking' is filtered as 'Gently Caress' and 'Loving' respectively, while the word 'Shit' is filtered as 'Poopoo' for example. Avatars have to be bought for another 5 bucks, but you can buy them for other people too, this explains the 'Red Text' Avs where people will buy an insulting avatar for somebody they don't like)
The site was started by a guy called Rich 'Lowtax' Kyanka, here's an infamous picture of him giving the look of death to some clueless Goon:
https://preview.redd.it/c24c83aip8841.png?width=800&format=png&auto=webp&s=fdbaa5111f7b1065df3f8bfe143a0930b00ea24f
Lowtax has maintained ownership over more than 2 decades, the site was started in 1999 so you can see this is some internet 1.0 shit. As a result there's a vast amount of content and history buried within thousands of threads but mostly the site under Lowtax has tried to maintain its original mission statement of being a comedy website that mocks the dumbest shit on the internet both in the internet at large and inside SA specifically. The front page is still updated with topical comedy articles even though few people seem to still read them.
Sadly for Lowtax and SA overall things have not been going too hot recently. The website seems to be suffering from ever declining interest and a contracting userbase as well as constant turmoil among its moderators and admins. The site was already long past its peak relevance around 2010 but if google trends is a useful indicator, its still been losing interest since 2015. A lot of the subforums are ghost towns and the activity in many threads has slowed down dramatically, though I should say it is still quite active when you take into account just how old and antiquated it is. A lot of the forum features are pretty fucked, the search function in particular is a mess, regularly failing to turn up posts and broken for seemingly months at a time. Just generally its a pain in the ass to find old stuff and the admins and Lowtax constantly talk about how the coding of the forums is a disaster and the whole thing is barely kept together by shoestring and chewing gum, but still never try to fix it.
https://preview.redd.it/65qfszlhx8841.jpg?width=2224&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=4da7b6f941b560ea3769e9fe685cf1dd6191ef7f
The Admin and moderators for the site are a broiling pot of drama and controversy, in the last few years tons of Admins have burnt out and left in humiliation, a particular one called Zen Death Robot took charge of the coding mess that was the site and basically did nothing to try and fix it, instead he wandered around the site acting like a prick, exploiting his position to fuck around with people he didn't like, constantly threatening to leave the forums if Lowtax did anything he didn't like, being allowed to use the site to raise funds for his broke ass even though he never went through with promised fixes and changes to the forum and just disappeared after deleting his forum post history and damaging the site after doing so. Also he was a particularly obnoxious Liberal around 2016 who used his authority as an Admin to fuck around with Bernie Sanders supporters while appraising god queen Clinton, a lot of his activity was directed around getting rid of any un-PC behavior. A lot of people aren't fond of him, shockingly.
Another person was Factsareuseless, he was an admin who gained a particular reputation for being the whiniest SJW, constantly banning people for even a peep of wrongthought near the end and trying to crack down on slurs like Fag or Retard. He frequently permabanned people for arbitrary reasons(permabans mean that you can't reregister an account even after paying another 10 dollars, it used to be very rare and was usually reserved for things like breaking real-life laws) and closed threads that were too edgy while making a lot of people with similar attitudes moderators for the forum. Hilariously this did him no good in the end due to his total failure to moderate a user posting about abusing his kids:
The Next top admin, Smythe, has also been removed from his position recently
FAU's long history of defending progressive values on SA amounted to nothing and he was dogpiled in the trans thread, briefly banning himself (the avatar was probably bought by some Kiwifarms troll)
Another Admin, R. Guyovich, banned himself after everyone turned on him for being a genocide denying Tankie
But the biggest problems stem from Lowtax himself, the man has just been a trainwreck for years at this point, he has had major problems with his finances and health, and there are consistent rumors that he has significant drug and alcohol issues. For long periods of time he often abandons the forums, doing as little to involve himself in them as possible despite it being his sole source of income, instead hanging around facebook and whining about things like getting banned off of Twitter or being bitter towards other web 1.0 personalities and former goons who are doing better in life. When he does come back its usually because of a crisis he can't ignore or because he needs to panhandle for money off of the userbase who are concerned that without Lowtax the forum will fall apart. He clearly isn't fond of the direction the forums have gone and his style of humour is much more edgy and offensive, comparable to the forum of old. He runs through staff like nobodies business, has had two awful divorces and nobody seems to genuinely like him, of course if you listen to him its never really his fault and he makes no effort to improve:
Lowtax talking about his financial woes
Lowtax talking about his second ex wife (not the same one mentioned in the previous image!) kidnapping his daughter and stealing a bunch of shit from him
Lowtax obviously talking about Zen Death Robot
Recently Lowtax has been relying off of Goon pity to stay above water, he has a Patreon account tied to his youtube channel nobody watches which got a massive influx of cash after he begged on the forum about his problems with his spine. However as you can see said patreon has taken a massive dip down in the last few days, more than a thousand dollars wiped out in a couple of weeks, because of a huge flareup to do with SA's Trans community.
Basically SA has become extremely orientated towards Social Justice causes over the last few years. Moderation, which was always more stringent than other places on the internet, has ramped up considerably as people try to scour the place of any comments and jokes that could be considered off color. This obviously is completely at odds with the site's old identity as a place where anything goes so long as there's a funny joke to be had out of it, instead it increasingly became stringent and fucking boring to post in as everyone is constantly on the lookout for anything that could be construed as the least bit bigoted and then running to the mods until whoever posted it is nuked from the forums. The subforum for talking to moderators is plagued with people asking for even more harshly enforced moderation and changes to the forums to make everything squeaky clean:
https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3906486
https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3906519
https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3906438
https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3906620
This has even gotten to the point that some of the old articles (most of which haven't been clicked on in years and were only brought to attention because of Kiwifarms trolls) have been modified or deleted to hide SomethingAwful's old culture and content:
https://www.somethingawful.com/photoshop-phriday/offensive-cereals/1/ (this is funny by the way, Lowtax only deleted the first page because he's incredibly lazy, so you can see all the rest of the article to get a taste of what was there)
https://www.somethingawful.com/awful-links/awful-link-1529/ (archive version here: https://archive.li/5oVPC)

The perfect representation of SA in 2019
https://imgur.com/HoK0rOQ
https://imgur.com/5V8k0SV
Goons chatting about how best to self censor
Now I don't find that kind of stuff funny really, but it is part of the sites history and really pathetic that people are going back to try and remove anything in the least bit problematic.
But it doesn't stop there!
One of SA's most long running and notorious subforums is a place called FYAD (Fuck You And Die), basically its the shitposting forum on the website that traditionally has had next to no actual moderation and was basically a cliche of posters calling each other Retarded Faggots Ad Infinitum. It was never really my jam because of the weird in-jokes and posting culture but it was always understood to be an integral part of the site's identity that produced some very funny content, FYAD tended to keep to itself and was the last bastion of the kind of off the wall edgy posting that old SA was defined by.
Recently an absolute shitstorm has emerged because of the ever more stringent Wokeposters, especially the trans community on SA, vociferously demanding that FYAD be shuttered or have much more intrusive moderation. I believe it started because FYAD posters made fun of a trans woman in the trans issues thread who was talking about getting an erection in a girls bathroom, this was taken as proof of FYAD's disgusting Transphobia and the admins and Lowtax cracked down on the FYAD posters for fear that this would get out of hand, throwing permabans left and right and introducing new rules so that FYAD would be nicer and more respectful towards people getting boners in the girls bathroom:
Fighting the war on Irony since 2009
FYAD regulars mocking the above poster, they started referring to Cascadebeta as 'Barney' because of their avatar and so the trans thread decided that 'Barney' was actually a transphobic slur
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Koalas March is a particularly obnoxious Mod who seems to think she represents every minority on Earth, she constantly shittalks the rest on the mod team in public threads as racist, sexist, anti-LGBT bigots if she doesn't get her way and threatens to resign and spill all the dirt she knows on them.
Predictably the admins and mods caved on this, unfortunately they didn't cave enough. They nuked the posters of FYAD (for things they have been doing for years), banning tons of people, introducing new rules and shutting down the offending threads while putting the whole place under constant vigilance, and that was still not enough!
https://imgur.com/f0RW8Qn
Some bans handed out during the recent purge
Anything less than total deletion of the long running SA forum meant that the forum was fatally compromised with bigoted values down to the very core, despite the obvious changes to the forum over the years and the furious moderation around anything to do with Social Justice topics. The mods prevaricated on removing FYAD and doubled down on excising wrongspeak to appease the mob.
Cumtown thread posters are told to stop being naughty!
CascadeBeta demanding more blood
Lowtax brushing off people who aren't happy about the direction things are being taken, this image rapidly becomes fucking hilarious and sad due to events that follow shortly
Suffice to say the attitude in the forums got even more heated the longer this went, posters started demanding that a secretive ban list be acted upon and that the forum be purged for like the 40th time in a week, with some of the mods egging them on.
https://imgur.com/YFCk6vc
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Meanwhile if a trans person got probated or banned for obvious things like mod sass this was further proof of the bigoted culture of the forum:
https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3907737&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=1
At this point complaints like the above cause the admin team to yield and appease basically 100% of the time.
Beer4theBeergod was a mod for the Traditional Games forum and had to get on his hands and knees to beg for forgiveness despite some crusader attempting to doxx him:
https://imgur.com/jaQ3Gtb
Things boil over yet again due to the continued existance of FYAD:
https://imgur.com/cldu6xA
Finally things come to a head, Lowtax himself enters the trans forum to try and argue the case for FYAD's continued existance:
Its pretty obvious by now that Lowtax's patience is at breaking point
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Finally we reach the point of no return, Lowtax bans CascadeBeta for constantly being a self righteous, annoying asshole who shit talks the owner of the site to his face and basically calls him a bigot over and over again. Lowtax and the other mods have banned people for far, far less, this is the most basic level of mod sass I've ever seen and an obvious thing to happen when you constantly tell the owner of the site you're on what an awful person he is and to not post on his own forum.
EVERYBODY LOSES THEIR MINDS
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Immediately Koala's March intrudes to rectify the terrible injustice of CascadeBeta getting banned for telling the site owner to fuck off, Lowtax, ever the glutton for punishment, hangs around taking shit from people who've decided he is worse than JK Rowling crossed with Graham Linehan for no good reason:
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By the end he's demodded two people associated with FYAD and started talking about his opposition to the concept of free speech to try and appease people.
Still unwilling to part with FYAD, he desperately searches for a compromise
Shockingly, this is not good enough:
https://imgur.com/2fCzo4Q
At this point, even some of the other trans users are sick of this:
https://imgur.com/uobUDpE
More demands for removal of ancient content:
https://imgur.com/dYBJYUs
More trans user shittalking Lowtax openly now that they know they can get away with it:
https://imgur.com/X1R0gxd
Around now its completely obvious that being trans means you are getting special protection on SA from the usual ways of maintaining discipline on the site, bans and probations are constantly reverted by certain mods and admins while insulting avatars are removed quickly for free. Anybody who's been in the same state as somebody else saying something that could be construed as transphobic is permabanned instantly. The trans thread is hidden from view from users without a registered account to give it extra protection.
And still the mods and admins think that there's not enough harsh moderation on the forums, they decide to create a new position, literally called Supermods who have significantly expanded powers and reach!
https://imgur.com/6iyOxs6
The remains of FYAD notice that Lowtax banned a guy for saying 'Faggot' THREE YEARS AGO!
https://imgur.com/izfrwJh
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Oh my god this is so pathetic at this point (not least because I know all this stuff), but we're still not done! We still have one major blowup to remind the world just how fucked Somethingawful has become!
People still hassling Lowtax to ban everyone who even looked at FYAD:
https://imgur.com/VK67Pel
Finally (really this time!) Lowtax makes a move that blackens his name among the LGBT+ users (mostly T honestly), on his livestream for New Year's Eve he makes comments about how badly the trans thread has been treating him and how vicious some elements of the trans community can be in general. He tries to defend himself as a trans ally by talking about how he's wanked off to trans porn. He ends the video by going on a banning spree on CSPAM.
https://youtu.be/XAZ82mj4zgE?t=1638
Some Kiwifarms user made a highlight video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjSvZ88R66U&feature=emb_title
EVERYBODY LOSES THEIR MINDS (again)
https://imgur.com/qnU1AZ2
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Practically immediately almost a thousand dollars are slashed from the Somethingawful life support patreon fund in protest against Lowtax's behavior. Users start talking about how Lowtax should relinquish ownership of the site or else they'll go somewhere else,
https://imgur.com/u2xthJv
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Lowtax desperately tries to defend himself on CSPAM (I love the way he completely folds and starts saying FYAD really was infested with Goosestepping Nazis, and that the biggest issue with the bans was that some of the people were trans, and banning trans people for any reason is automatically transphobic)
https://imgur.com/is12pq7
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Obviously this falls on deaf ears and instead its time for a good-ol-fashioned struggle session:
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People are punished for telling Lowtax to stop listening to the mob and just do what he wants with his own forums!
https://imgur.com/EYHiNZa
ROFL:
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There's just too much stuff for me to get screenshots of for this, suffice to say Lowtax enjoys new years day by spending hours mewling in defense while the entire forum jumps down his throat for being a nazi transphobe enabler.
As of now he seems to have given up and completely turned over control of the forum to the mob:
https://imgur.com/dnmERcT
https://imgur.com/VV32X7P
So I'm going to leave things there for the time being. If you've been following this is one of the worst instances I've ever seen of a community just getting wrecked from the inside out by over-zealous attempts to adhere to catty identity politics. I really don't have anything against Trans people if people reading this think I do, it does not reflect on that community as a whole just because the Trans community on SA has become insanely controlling and intrusive, but it does say something about the crab bucket mentality that afflicts leftist communities all over the place, the seeming obsession over offence and oppression that results in ever more ugly and extreme behavior being tolerated and encouraged and driving away more and more people to chase some Sisyphean ideal. As of now SA's userbase will continue to decline and the places will become a zoo for trolls from places like Kiwifarms to gawk at and troll, I imagine there'll be tons more drama in the future as they continuously turn on themselves. its relevance is long gone but I think it can still act as a cautionary tale about what happens when certain censorious and essentialist behaviors and attitudes are encouraged against people's better judgement through the belief that they are acting for a good cause.
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2019.11.18 14:45 Francis-Galton Compassionate Eugenics as a Cause Area

The word “eugenics” has understandably been tarnished by the horrific actions of the Nazi regime and some other 20th century practitioners. I want to explicitly and unequivocally state that I denounce any form of eugenics that operates through restricting human freedom. Please leave those negative preconceptions behind as you consider the following argument. If it helps, mentally replace every use of the term “eugenics” by “good genes.”
First, I will present a rough sketch for why eugenics could be a plausible cause X. Then I will list some specific proposals for eugenic interventions. I will conclude by responding to objections. If there is interest, I may write more posts on this topic.
Basic argument
There are two main ways to think about eugenics as a potential EA cause area. One perspective is focused on improving short-term human welfare. While reducing “defects” (disabilities, depression, etc.) would be a major focus, this perspective could additionally encompass increasing the frequency of beneficial traits, such as longevity-promoting alleles of the FOXO3 gene. The key idea is that eugenics is performed to increase individual well-being.
The other way of thinking about eugenics, and the one I prefer, takes a long-term view. Changes are made with the far-future of our society in mind. For instance, by drastically increasing IQs, we could put our civilization in a better position to solve complex challenges that exist today or will arise down the line. Other interventions such as increasing empathy and decreasing Dark Triad personality traits could be used to influence the values of our descendents and avert future moral catastrophes.
The short-term case for eugenics
If we want to improve short-term human well-being, we can group most possible interventions into two broad categories:
  1. Improve the quality and duration of life for presently-existing humans.
  2. Change which (and how many) humans will be born in the first place.
The first method is far less philosophically controversial. Everyone agrees that once you’re born, it’s better to live a happy life than a miserable one. On the other hand, when it comes to changing the number and identity of people in existence, we enter the muddy waters of population ethics, fraught with paradoxes and impossibility theorems. For the most basic version of my argument to work, it suffices to assume that when selecting among a fixed number of “potential children” who could be born, we should choose the ones with the highest expected well-being.
I have not yet said anything about genes specifically! Of course, both environment and genetics could be factors when evaluating the expected well-being of potential future humans. However, living environment in general is already subject to more optimization (see next paragraph). It also appears that many traits that contribute to a happy, successful life are highly heritable, including psychological traits (see appendix 1). Further, taking a slightly longer-term view, genetic information is directly passed on for multiple successive generations, while environment is ephemeral. I think a focus on genes is justified.
Going back to the dichotomy of altruistic interventions, the first option is the tack that most effective altruists interested in short-term human welfare have taken. It is also the strategy most popular among do-gooders in general. In comparison, little philanthropic effort is devoted to efforts to (e.g.) decrease the number of children born with severe congenital diseases or to increase the frequency of welfare-promoting alleles in the population. Aside from philanthropy, people in general seek out the best living environment for themselves and their children. On the other hand, although sexual selection does exist, people generally do not explicitly optimize the genetics of their progeny. So it’s clear that improving population genetics is comparatively neglected.
Further, I would argue that eugenics is quite important. A meta-analysis of twin studies found that genetic factors explain 36% of variation in subjective well-being (appendix 1). While environmental conditions obviously play a huge role in well-being as well, the role of genes cannot be understated. If all EA optimization to date has only been targeting 64% of the problem, there might be a lot of low-hanging fruit in that remaining 36%.
It is harder to tell how tractable eugenics is, which depends on the specific type of intervention. I may write a follow-up post exploring this issue in depth if there is sufficient interest.
The long-term case for eugenics
The long-term trajectory of our civilization depends largely on how we navigate the minefield of emerging technologies that will be developed over the next couple of centuries. It likewise depends on the values that our descendents hold.
It seems that increasing IQ and other traits such as affective empathy (see appendix) could help humanity to reach a prosperous future. Imagine a world full of people as bright as John von Neumann and as ethical as Gandhi. Wouldn’t such a world be in a vastly better position to avoid existential risks and risks of future suffering than our present Earth?
Bostrom, and others, are fond of saying that we are the “stupidest possible biological species capable of starting a technological civilization.” In many ways, eugenics would change this outlook. If the brightest humans on Earth one day become much wiser than we currently are, then I believe it is highly likely that we could improve the chances of successfully mitigating existential risk.
Consider the case of aligning an artificial intelligence. One model of AI development is that it is a constant race between capabilities gained by factors which provide virtually no safety guarantees, such as increasing hardware capacity, and capabilities gained by a principled understanding of AI design, such as the presentation of causality provided by Judea Pearl. MIRI believes that if we have a principled understanding of advanced AI design before we can build it via stupid means, like simulating evolution, then our chances of aligning such AI are increased dramatically.
In order to gain the upper hand in this race for technological capabilities, we could leverage eugenics to maintain a favorable balance in differential technological development. For instance, progress in hardware is arguably bottlenecked by economic demand, and would not be significantly accelerated by the advent of a hundred John von Neumann level scientists. However, deep insights into the nature of intelligence are the type of thing we should expect if we have a highly competent core group of humans working on the problem.
Ensuring that this highly skilled group of people comes into existence would be much easier to accomplish than the widespread adoption of eugenics implied by the short-term view I presented above. Therefore, it is likely more tractable. Still, selecting embryos for intelligence is highly controversial, and would not be something that most ethics panels would currently approve of.
In the long term, I believe selecting embryos for favorable traits will happen anyway, regardless of ethical qualms, because once the technology has been demonstrated, countries unwilling to adopt it will risk falling far behind. EAs can therefore do research to track attitudes, and find the right time to begin implementing the strategy outlined above.
Interventions
I have explained why eugenics is an area worth considering, but what can effective altruists actually do to advance the cause? I will now list a few promising, non-coercive forms of eugenics. For each of the following items, EA work could focus on advocacy, research, or technical implementation.
I would highly recommend Gwern’s article on “Embryo selection for intelligence” for a detailed comparison of the feasibility and effectiveness of several different eugenic interventions. (Although the title refers to intelligence, the analysis applies equally well to other genetic traits.)
Incentive-based eugenics: This includes programs that pay for people with desirable traits to reproduce (positive eugenics) or those with undesirable traits to be sterilized (negative eugenics). I don’t think that we should advocate for negative eugenics, because it has an exceptionally bad reputation, and restricts people’s freedom. Positive eugenics, on the other hand, can be implemented rather easily without these unnecessary side effects: we can provide high pay to quality sperm and egg donors based on their genetic profile. As effective altruists, we can leverage recent research in genetics that predicts success based on one’s genetic profile, and pursue further research along this line. This will help us make the case for incentive-based eugenics, and will provide an effective means to discover high-quality donors.
Embryo selection: First performed in 1990, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a process by which a handful of eggs fertilized via IVF are screened for genetic diseases prior to being implanted in utero. The screening has traditionally been done using FISH (to detect chromosomal abnormalities like Down’s syndrome) or PCR (to diagnose monogenic disorders like sickle-cell anemia). Of the screened embryos, the healthiest one is implanted. There are several different potential variations of the procedure. As would be expected:
  • The more embryos produced, the better (but diminishing marginal benefits)
  • The more traits screened for, the better.
Germline gene engineering: There is a lot of hype surrounding the idea of using CRISPR to modify embryos. As many of you know, it’s already been done. While CRISPR does have a great potential to e.g. treat monogenic diseases, Gwern doesn’t think it will produce enormous effects like future versions of embryo selection could. This is partially because genetic studies are not good at isolating which specific single nucleotide polymorphisms are causally responsible for a trait. If we modify a gene which is merely correlated with the trait we are trying to augment, it may be ineffective or possibly even backfire. Moreover, if we want to edit polygenic traits, many individual edits would be required, but currently CRISPR can only be used to make ~5 edits reliably. On the bright side, CRISPR would allow us to increase the frequency of rare beneficial alleles and even create novel “mutations” that we hypothesize to be beneficial (the latter, though, is very risky and wouldn’t pass an ethics board).
Iterated embryo selection: This is a hypothetical technology that could be used to exert a great degree of control over the genome. It involves collecting stem cells from different donors, differentiating these cells into sperm and eggs, and then allowing the gametes to fertilize each other. The zygotes with the most desirable genomes would be differentiated back into sperm and eggs, and the rest discarded. The process can be repeated for several iterations, “compressing multiple generations of selection into a few years or less.” Gwern is quite optimistic about the potential of this technology, expecting it to increase IQ by multiple standard deviations in one generation.
Genome synthesis: This refers to creating a completely new genome from scratch. This procedure would allow the greatest degree of control, and Gwern is quite optimistic about it, but there are several technical challenges that would need to be overcome for implementation.
In general, I think there is high value in having EAs enter government and work on shaping relevant regulations in a more positive direction. It’s additionally possible that conducting more rigorous genetic studies would be useful, but it’s not clear how EA can have a large counterfactual impact there, because academia and the genetic profiling industry are already working on the issue.
Objections and responses
What if increasing these supposedly positive traits results in negative consequences?
It’s important to avoid status quo bias. To quote Bostrom and Ord:
Reversal Test: When a proposal to change a certain parameter is thought to have bad overall consequences, consider a change to the same parameter in the opposite direction. If this is also thought to have bad overall consequences, then the onus is on those who reach these conclusions to explain why our position cannot be improved through changes to this parameter. If they are unable to do so, then we have reason to suspect that they suffer from status quo bias.
But we can give an explanation: evolution! Doesn’t natural selection already work in favor of desirable traits? Isn’t it hubris to think we know better than nature?
Bostrom and Ord give four reasons why this argument is dubious:
  1. The environment of our evolutionary ancestors is different in many ways from our modern world. It’s possible that what is beneficial today was an evolutionary disadvantage for our ancestors, or vice versa.
  2. There may have been trade-offs in the past that are no longer relevant. For instance, we no longer have to worry so much about large brains imposing high metabolic costs, because food is widely available.
  3. Evolution is a blind process, and it’s possible it just never happened to stumble onto the correct combination of genes.
  4. What we care about is not the same as evolutionary fitness. Evolution doesn’t optimize for happiness. The ability to rape and plunder might increase genetic fitness, but we don’t consider them good. Likewise, there could be traits which humans value but that hurt fitness.
Eugenic technology would only be available to the rich. It would greatly increase inequality.
I would like to point out that eugenic enhancement is not necessarily a zero-sum game. Sure, there are some genetic traits that are almost exclusively positional goods, i.e. they benefit one person by increasing their status over others. Examples might include physical attractiveness or height. On the other hand, many other characteristics such as health, well-being, and intelligence are considered good in and of themselves. We should focus on the latter.
The enhancement of economically advantageous traits such as intelligence would grow the overall pie of the economy, which we could then redistribute more equitably. Then we’re back to standard political debates about how to set the marginal tax rate.
While it is quite probable that the wealthy would have earlier access to reproductive technology, the price would eventually drop to the point where it could be made available to anyone. If necessary, governments could provide social security benefits to subsidize access for the poor.
One way of alleviating the harm due to inequality is by advocating a tax on innate, unearned qualities, such as favorable genetics and inheritance. I believe that these policies will be popular once the technology comes up on the horizon, and will likely play a large role in mitigating the worst risks of inequality.
Eugenics is too taboo for advocacy to make headway.
The word “eugenics” does indeed carry a lot of historical baggage. It would probably be a good idea to find less offputting terminology. I don’t have any specific suggestions, but perhaps a list could be brainstormed and A/B testing could be used to evaluate reactions, in a similar fashion to how research has shown that the phrase “clean meat” is more appealing than “in-vitro meat.”
As for the unpopularity of the concept itself, I see a few reasons for optimism. First of all, surveys indicate significant support for eugenics and similar ideas. For instance, one study found that 40% of Americans would support policies encouraging lower birth rates among certain demographics (negative eugenics). A Pew Research poll found that a majority of Americans would support using gene editing on embryos to treat diseases, although only 20% supported using the same technique to increase IQ. Furthermore, even though most people ostensibly object to the idea of eugenics, when push comes to shove, 90% of fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted.
The bottom line is that eugenics isn’t too far out of the Overton window for advocacy to be futile. At the same time, it’s not so universally accepted that we can assume highly effective eugenics will happen before artificial intelligence arrives. It’s in the perfect zone where a concerted effort on the part of EA advocates could make a difference, either by shifting the development timelines or by influencing policies and norms surrounding its use.
AI timelines are too short for eugenics to have any impact
AI timelines are quite uncertain. According to a survey of AI researchers, the median estimate for the arrival date of “high-level machine intelligence,” defined as AI capable of exceeding humans at all tasks, is 40–50 years away, which would allow for one or two intermediate generations. On the other hand, the 75th percentile date is more than 100 years away. Personally, I’m skeptical of the reliability of these estimates, and I recommend to take them with a grain of salt.
In any case, Bostrom and Shulman have argued that even a single generation of iterated embryo selection for intelligence, limited to a small proportion of the population, could have a massive impact on society. There is likely substantial room for impact in the median scenario.
Eugenics would decrease genetic diversity, leaving us more vulnerable to pandemics or other unforeseen disasters.
While this is technically true, I’m not too worried about it personally. The marginal risk increase seems small enough that the benefits of eugenics dwarf it. It should be noted that this objection is strongest in scenarios where eugenics is highly widespread and where technology enables large jumps in one or two generations.
Selecting for high IQ would make the world more vulnerable to agential risks (e.g., lone wolf extremists building nukes in their backyard)
(Relevant background reading: Torres, Bostrom)
While a society composed of high IQ individuals would indeed be more likely to contain individuals capable of building WMDs in their backyard, such a society would also have smarter control and surveillance methods for preventing acts of terror. Moreover, intelligent people tend to commit less crime. But even if we assume that this one specific risk would increase, it still seems likely to me that total existential risk would decrease, for the reasons I mentioned in the “long-term” argument.
We risk creating a race of enhanced humans who won’t care about (or will subjugate) the rest of us.
First of all, this concern is usually based on science fiction like Gattaca. I would warn that generalizing from fictional evidence is not a reliable way to arrive at true beliefs.
Beyond that, research shows that intelligent people are more altruistic and less discriminatory rather than the opposite.
Even assuming the above research is false, from a principled perspective, there seems to be no compelling moral reason to keep our gene pool the way it is. It is typically assumed that creating a class of people who are highly cognitively capable would be unfair to the rest of us.
However, disparities in cognitive ability already exist via natural means. To the extent that these natural disparities are acceptable, then inducing further changes doesn’t fundamentally “change the rules of the game.” In fact, these technologies could actually level the playing field, if we allowed broad distributed access to them.
Historically, increases in the average intelligence of populations has been overwhelmingly considered a positive thing. The long running Flynn effect has likely contributed to lifting nations out of poverty, achieving the exact opposite effect of the dystopian worries we are often reminded of.
Conclusion
Eugenics is a plausible candidate for a cost-effective cause area. There are both short-term and long-term arguments for the desirability of eugenics, and several different approaches that could be used to improve the gene pool. The field is highly neglected and important, but tractability remains uncertain.
The Centre for Effective Altruism has stated that they believe EA needs to incorporate a variety of different approaches to improving our long-term civilizational trajectory. I believe eugenics is one strategy that belongs within the effective altruist portfolio. At the very least, it deserves much more attention at the level of cause prioritization than it has received thus far.
Appendix 1: Selected traits with heritability estimates
You can see more at SNPedia.
Neuropsychological disorders
Physical disorders
  • Type-1 diabetes: 88%
  • Heart disease: 34-53%
  • Breast cancer: 25-56%
  • Stroke: 32%
Important psychological constructs
  • Affective empathy: 52-57%
  • Intelligence: high (see Heritability of IQ for background; the topic is somewhat contentious, but most estimates are >50%, with recent ones >80%)
  • Well-being: 36%
  • Dark Triad traits: 31-72% (depending on trait)
  • Big Five personality traits: 41-61% (depending on trait)
Appendix 2: Genetic enhancements for animal welfare
We already have evidence that artificial selection pressure applied by humans can powerfully shape evolution. Look no further than the wide variety of domestic animals and cultivated plants that owe their unique features to the whims of their breeders. Unfortunately, animals have generally been bred for their utility to humans even when this comes at the expense of their own welfare. Over the past century, livestock breeders have substantially increased productivity through genetic modifications. The same modifications have introduced a plethora of horrific afflictions that affect billions of farm animals every year.
While animal breeding may seem like a cause for despair, it also offers us a potential solution to reduce farm animal suffering. Adam Shriver has argued that we should genetically engineer livestock that have a diminished (ideally eliminated) capacity for suffering. This is a research area with huge potential for impact, although it does have some drawbacks as well. Specifically, we would need to be sure that we were actually reducing the feeling of suffering, and not just the behavioral reaction to the feeling. Furthermore, some ethical theories suggest that it is wrong to exploit and kill animals full stop, even if the animals are not in pain. Finally, reducing pain may hamper efforts to completely end the practice of animal farming, as animal rights “abolitionists” argue. Despite the concerns, I would nonetheless be excited to see more research on this issue.
In recent years, there has been growing moral concern for the suffering that wild animals experience due to natural processes such as disease, parasitism, and Malthusian scarcity. Geneticist Kevin Esvelt, one of the pioneers of CRISPCas9 gene drive technology, has suggested that we may have a moral obligation to use our technological powers for the benefit of wild-animal welfare. For decades, transhumanist philosopher David Pearce has been arguing along similar lines. While these ideas are still extremely speculative, further research on the topic could be valuable.
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2019.11.12 22:57 Vortax_Wyvern QSnatch Malware general post. Information and current status.

Since QSnatch is generating so much fear in our community, I have decided to make this post to keep all the information available updated. This post will be updated as more information is available.
QSnatch is a malware detected in October, that seems to grab credentials from the unit to steal them. It also has capabilities to download further instructions from online servers.
https://www.kyberturvallisuuskeskus.fi/en/news/qsnatch-malware-designed-qnap-nas-devices
There is little information available, specially about the transmission vector, so, please, take all this information with a bucket of salt.
- It seems to affect all firmware versions to date. No current firmware update protects against it
- There are not sure ways to detect infection, although some insights will be provided later.
- It seems to prevent updates and malware remover execution
- Last version of Malware Remover (3.5.4.1 and 4.5.4.1) are known to detect and remove the malware. EVEN THEN, RE-INFECTION HAS FREQUENTLY BEEN REPORTED
- Transmission vector is NOT KNOWN AT THE MOMENT. Some users with not exposure of the unit to internet (a.k.a. the unit is not reachable from WAN) have also reported to be affected. So, don't having your unit reachable from outside your LAN does not seem to protect.
- This is why some people have been hypothesizing that vector might be QNAP servers (when the unit connects to QNAP servers, searching for updates, it gets infected). This has not been officially confirmed*.
- The only way to 100% prevent infection is totally disconnecting your unit from internet (a.k.a. pull the ethernet cord, or set a forbid rule on your router firewall).
- This is current QNAP official statement.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE BEEN INFECTED
Remember, we don't know 100% how this works. So, this information might be wrong.
The malware seems to perform multiple operations in your unit. First, SSH into your unit, and check:
1) Check hosts file typing "cat /etc/hosts". If you find a ton of entries routing multiple urls to 0.0.0.0 you are probably infected. This is the malware blocking access to updates.
 
2) It edits autorun.sh script. Check it at "Control Panel" --> "system" --> "Hardware" --> autorun.sh. If you find there script code lines that you did not put there, you might be infected.
 
3) Check Crontab using "crontab -l". If you find cronjobs calling for scripts which name is composed by a lot of letters, you are affected.
This is an example of a crontab in an infected unit:
[~] # crontab -l # m h dom m dow cmd 0 4 * * * /sbin/hwclock -s 0 3 * * * /sbin/vs_refresh 0 3 * * * /bin/rm -rf /mnt/HDA_ROOT/twonkymedia/twonkymedia.db/cache/* 0 3 * * 0 /etc/init.d/idmap.sh dump 0 0 * * * /mnt/HDA_ROOT/.inited/ljSTtb > /dev/null 2>&1 0 * * * * /share/MD0_DATA/.AqaqyI/whdgPdidJughOpPub.sh > /dev/null 2>&1 0 5 * * * /mnt/HDA_ROOT/.config/.qos_config/login/httpd-languages.sh > /dev/null 2>&1 10 * * * * /share/MD0_DATA/.YjMGjYbjaMah/ppAdwLnjVFzc.sh > /dev/null 2>&1 20 * * * * /share/MD0_DATA/.yqLkmqtjKffe/CjCdzvVndkdq.sh > /dev/null 2>&1 0 9 * * * /mnt/HDA_ROOT/.config/.qos_config/login/VyVvRSWidMUc > /dev/null 2>&1 0 10 * * * /mnt/HDA_ROOT/.config/.hd_info/HXNEEc > /dev/null 2>&1 20 * * * * /share/MD0_DATA/.CBbxJk/aGqefEKQ.lns.sh >/dev/null 2>&1 0 3 * * * /sbin/clean_reset_pwd 0-59/15 * * * * /etc/init.d/nss2_dusg.sh 30 7 * * * /sbin/clean_upload_file 30 3 * * * /sbin/notice_log_tool -v -R 11 10,18,2 * * * /share/MD0_DATA/.qpkg/.liveupdate/liveupdate.sh >/dev/null 2>/d ev/null 49 1,9,17 * * * /mnt/HDA_ROOT/.qpkg/.log/qpkg_util -z rotate >/dev/null 2>/dev/n ull 4 3 * * 3 /etc/init.d/backup_conf.sh 0 0 * * * /etc/init.d/antivirus.sh archive_log 10 0 */1 * * /etc/init.d/antivirus.sh update_db 00 17 * * * sh /share/MD0_DATA/.qpkg/MalwareRemoveMalwareRemover.sh scan;#_QSC _:MalwareRemover:malware_remover_schedule:None:d:: 
Look at this lines:
0 * * * * /share/MD0_DATA/.AqaqyI/whdgPdidJughOpPub.sh > /dev/null 2>&1 20 * * * * /share/MD0_DATA/.yqLkmqtjKffe/CjCdzvVndkdq.sh > /dev/null 2>&1 0 9 * * * /mnt/HDA_ROOT/.config/.qos_config/login/VyVvRSWidMUc > /dev/null 2>&1 20 * * * * /share/MD0_DATA/.CBbxJk/aGqefEKQ.lns.sh >/dev/null 2>&1 0 0 * * * /mnt/HDA_ROOT/.inited/ljSTtb > /dev/null 2>&1 10 * * * * /share/MD0_DATA/.YjMGjYbjaMah/ppAdwLnjVFzc.sh > /dev/null 2>&1 0 9 * * * /mnt/HDA_ROOT/.config/.qos_config/login/VyVvRSWidMUc > /dev/null 2>&1 0 10 * * * /mnt/HDA_ROOT/.config/.hd_info/HXNEEc > /dev/null 2>&1 
Thing to search for are scripts with weird names (.CBbxJk/aGqefEKQ.lns.sh), not the /dev/null 2>&1
If you find them, you are probably affected.
 
4) This specific line is known to be very related with re-infection. Search for it in crontab -l
59 23,7,15 * * * /mnt/HDA_ROOT/.qpkg/.log/qpkg_util -z rotate 
Users in QNAP forum have found that this line calls for a script that seems very likely related to your unit re-downloading the malware. Nuke that line if you see it.
 
If you are curious, this is what one of the .sh scripts contains:
https://bin.disroot.org/?eac5c7db09e2388c#DrchmZNVFcszYATN6vvrhgfKHc6CFtvDVncz9A11vPhi
It looks like gibberish, but it is in fact a obscured script, probably using a rot or a tr function (very basic encryption, substituting letters with others. Take a look at rot-13 at wikipedia.
This artiticle seems to confirm this, but it is not from QSnatch, but from a previous malware (2018)
I'm very tired. I'm going to bed now. I'll be updating this thread as more information arises.
Edit: Thank you so much to the kind person that gave me gold! I don't deserve it, really, I'm just trying to help... But really, thank you! Feels nice :)
Edit 2: as u/mdjay noticed, last Firmware version changelog (QTS 4.4.1.1117 build 20191109) includes this:
We have fixed the vulnerabilities in the following apps to ensure your data security: Surveillance Station, QVPN Service, Qfiling, Qsync Central, QcalAgent, and IFTTT Agent. To continue using these apps, go to the App Center and update them to the latest version.
Even then, it does not explicitly references QSnatch and till today, there is no objective proof that this firmware update protects from the malware.
EDIT 3 (January 15th 2020):
I have been contacted by QNAP's team for some direct feedback on the QSnatch subject, so I am updating the post to reflect this feedback:
This is OFFICIAL statement from QNAP team
We're always actively looking for ways to improve our software design to protect QNAP NAS from security risks. We've patched all known QTS vulnerabilities for current QSnatch infection vectors. But at this moment we're not revealing these vectors for security concerns.
The reason why multiple reinfections were observed is that Qsnatch steals login credentials and retrieves system configuration. It's possible to reinfect the disinfected NAS using stolen information. Thus reinfections are possible (and very likely) even for a patched QTS version.
So this explains why all QTS versions seem to be affected (even with QSnatch removed by the Malware Remover). We've updated our advisory to advise our users that additional measures need to be taken in order to secure the NAS. These extra steps include changing passwords for all accounts, avoid using default port numbers, etc.
https://www.qnap.com/en/security-advisory/nas-201911-01 (last update at the time of writing this is January 9, 2020)
So, their official statement includes three very important points:
  1. They assure to have completely patched vector vulnerabilities in their current latest firmware update
  2. They are not making those vectors public for security reasons
  3. Reinfections can occur in fully updated firmwares because of previously stolen credentials during primary infection.
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2019.10.25 07:21 SaintRidley [Webcomics] Long-running comic Erfworld shuts down and the creators try to erase it from the internet to prevent any and all discussion [CW: pedophilia, rape, suicide]

About Erfworld

Erfworld was a long-running fantasywebcomic launched at the end of 2006, created by Rob Balder. I'm going to be honest in that I gave up on it so many years ago that I barely remember anything about the plot, so I'll just copy a couple descriptions here so everyone can be up to speed on what it's about.
Per TvTropes:
A fanatical, obsessed gamer geek named Parson Gotti gets magically summoned to another world to be the "Perfect Warlord" for a city that's losing a war, in a world that seems to be one giant Turn-Based Strategy wargame. (For instance, nobody can move beyond the immediate vicinity when it's not their side's turn.)
Per Wikipedia:
The narrative focuses on a complex story about warring factions within this world, but most installments also contain humor, puns, and side-gags about strategy-fantasy video games, role-playing games, and references to history or popular culture. The webcomic's distinctive visual style counters the theme of unending violence with a twee, kawaii artistic sensibility (described by the creators as "cute") in which characters are drawn to look like dolls, or anime characters, or toys. Injuries draw no blood in Erfworld, and damage is cured overnight. That same charming aesthetic follows in its lisping use of letter changes in frequently used names, particularly replacing "r" with "w" (spidews, dwagons, and twolls instead of spiders, dragons, and trolls). The comic was originally started as an attempt to bring all of author Rob Balder's fantasy-related strips from his other comic, PartiallyClips, into the same universe and tell a story with them.
Erfworld ran for almost 12 years and was a notable success critically, earning 6th place in Time.com's 10 best graphic novels of 2007 among other positive reviews.

The Removal

On October 2, 2019, the Erfworld website went dark. The webcomic archive is still available, but future updates (should there ever be any) and forums will only be available to those who were previously supporters of the comic in some form, though the store remains accessible for all.
A limited explanation was made available by Rob and Linda on the new landing page on October 11. It's not much of an explanation at all and literally just says that those with Date-a-mancy (previous supporters) can get more information by logging in and listening to an audio file that they have requested not be shared, but otherwise nobody else is entitled to an explanation. Along with the shutdown of the site, Erfworld's social media accounts were disabled and the first book, archived on Giantitp.com, was also removed at the request of Rob and his wife Linda.
Speculation ran wild among fans who didn't have access to the details. Linda has cancer, and one rumor was that she had died and that Rob couldn't maintain the comic in the aftermath of her passing. Another rumor was that something hinky had happened legally that required them to pull the comic.
The main Erfworld subreddits, /Erfworld and /ErfworldAscending have been made private in the wake of attempts to discuss the shutdown, as those with access to the file have been generally reticent to share much in the way of details. /ErfworldAscending seems to have had additional drama in the course of its shutdown, including shill accounts trying to deflect questioning about the shutdown. One user did, before the subs got nuked, offer this much info, which is archived in a 4chan thread on the webcomic's end (I unfortunately did not screenshot this prior to the subreddit going private, but I do remember this comment and it is accurately copied):
Information I am willing to allow to be shared here:
Erfworld will no longer be available as a free webcomic
The Erfworld facebook page has been removed.
Erfworld Twitter account has been disabled/removed
Erfworld book 1 will be removed from giantitp.
Erfworld archives are available through old links (missing the latest update)
Roughly 4% of users have the Heartstrings badge with access to more of the site and the news post.
Rob is not committing to making any more erfworld updates ever. He is also not ruling out future updates happening. However those updates would be restricted to Heartstrings members.
Rain or Shine donations will still be taken as normal (guessing that most Rain or Shine donors are Heartstrings members).
On Time updates will be collected if there is ever an update that can be considered on time.
If you cancel your pledge (rain or shine or on time update) you will have your Heartstrings badge removed (basically erfworld will be subscription based)
Rob will be "more honest" with Heartstrings members instead of worrying that what he says will be taken the wrong way.
Shutdown is unrelated to a lawsuit.
Shutdown is unrelated to Linda's cancer
The last two items caused further speculation and confusion. What could be so bad that it caused the shutdown of the comic and its scrubbing from the internet at large?

The cause of it all

The most those with access to the audio file explaining everything would say is that a series of horrible events (3 of them specifically) had befallen Rob and Linda's families. Some did independent sleuthing and uncovered the most likely explanation in the absence of a public one from the Balders. Linda's son, actor Thor Macht, had taken his life on October 1, 2019. Worse, it was discovered that he had been arrested in March on charges of "carnal knowledge of a child 13-14 years old" when he was 20.
There's also the matter of the obituary linked above (see the word 'son') and its apparent gymnastics. The full obituary includes calls to donate to RAINN and a reminder to "Never assume that there is only one victim." Following the RAINN solicitation is a solicitation to donate to the Autism Society, which has caused some consternation about how Rob seems to paint Thor as a potential victim of his victim, taken advantage of by the underage child because he was autistic.
4chan being 4chan, naturally there are all kinds of additional rumors that don't seem to have grounding but will proliferate in the absence of availability of the audio file. 4chan seems to be fixating on the I in RAINN, suggesting that the child in question was Thor's cousin, though others are calling that out as something that is completely not in evidence. Surprisingly, the 4chan response is a mix of the usual deplorable response you'd expect and people who understand that raping children is bad.
The closest I can find to what seems to be a gist of the audio file is this comment in the 4chan thread:
Bad thing 2 was Linda's son getting arrested and tried for carnal knowledge of a minor. Rob didn't want to talk about it because he though it would hurt his stepson's case.
Linda found her son dead, asphyxiated in his car around the time he was going to accept a plea deal and be on the sex offender's registry for 15 years. His death is bad thing 3.
Rob basically had a mental breakdown and recorded it while driving to virginia to be with Linda, ranting about how he spent so much time of this year in his chair publishing erfworld, being allergic to things and having dental issues on top of it. He really focused on "a couple dozen" haters (probably the subreddit members) and cursed them out.

Aftermath

As of now, it looks like Erfworld is effectively dead. The attempt to close off all access to information except for a trusted few who have paid for that privilege in the past has only caused rumor to grow. While the basic facts of what happened with Rob's stepson have become publicly known, rumor continues to swirl, making it difficult to sort out fiction from reality, all as a result of the extreme measures the Balders have taken to scrub the internet of as many outlets to discuss the circumstances as possible. The thread on Giant In the Playground was locked at the request of the Balders, and Rich Burlew acquiesced primarily because it coincides with the end of the comic, so there's no point in maintaining a thread that would solely devolve into rumormongering about the author's family situation. With the closure of official social media for Erfworld and the closure of the subreddits, the attempt to close ranks has ultimately created a bigger to do about the situation than just telling everyone would have.

Update

I was able to listen to the audio file, and the description above is fairly accurate though it also misses that Rob spends a good amount of time trying to say that the child involved lied about her age, that Thor was a virgin whose good nature and autism mean that he was the real victim. Honestly, hearing the audio doesn't change where I was here, and only makes me think that the best case scenario is that Balder is so distraught he can't see how he's trying to sanctify his step-son by victim blaming a child who was sexually assaulted. Thor was a professional actor who was capable of living on his own and getting along in society. Being on the autism spectrum does not mean he was mentally incapable of consent or anything like that. Frankly, by trying to play up Thor's autism as a defense, not only do I see Rob Balder blaming the victim, I see him also revealing his own hurtful attitudes rooted in stereotypes about neurodivergent individuals.
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2019.10.24 22:38 luckyme888 This sub needs a stickied list of most credible sightings

of the past 100 or so years.
With some minor details and sources to get more information.
I can compile it if you guys want. There are in fact a lot of interesting obscure sightings that have pretty good sources.
Edit: Ok please note for almost all sightings, Wikipedia is generally not a great source as it tends to leave out lots of details, and is often overly skeptical. If you have one that should be in here (with at least some credible sources), post in comments and I will edit it in.
Edit2: There is a list in Wikipedia, but it lacks some of the more interesting ones, and I find it lacking in good source info.
Edit3: So the list contains mostly reports by multiple credible witnesses. Except for the first one, but that one has a video. I mostly tried to avoid sightings like the Betty and Barney hill case since it relies so much on hypnosis, which tends to add a lot of noise. And it was just two regular people. Also tried to avoid incidents where witness testimonies were too contradicting.
This is not proof that aliens have visited us, but it is pretty compelling evidence that is hard to ignore in most of these cases. I can count over a dozen pilot witness reports in this list that are hard to ignore.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_reported_UFO_sightings
For example the 2008 Turkey sightings have no info whatsoever
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Turkey_UFO_sightings
Costa Rica - 2004
Just a video:
https://youtu.be/j5LVcBFdwNg
Nimitz encounters - 2004
A white tic tac shaped craft, sighted on radar and in person by at least 2 pilots.
Interview main witness, Fravor (first thirty minutes shows videos and explanations as well): https://youtu.be/Eco2s3-0zsQ Interviews sidewitnesses: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6i-se5IU8hRbPov5-ON1tw/videos
East coast sightings USS Roosevelt - 2015
Please note that video of this event was analyzed in the Fravor podcast shown in the 2004 Nimitz encounter (above this one).
A sort of totem (like the one in Inception) and a cube within a see through ball flying at supersonic speeds. Sometimes closeby.
Witnesses were at least 2 navy pilots who came out with their own name, Ryan Graves and Danny Accoin. But according to NY Times there were 5 other pilots as well verified by the newspaper but stayed anonymous. This caused the Navy to even adjust their pilot guidelines towards UFOs. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/26/us/politics/ufo-sightings-navy-pilots.html
https://www.livescience.com/65585-ufo-sightings-us-pilots.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-navy-preparing-to-unveil-new-guidelines-for-reporting-ufos
Hessdalen sightings - various dates
Lights in sky near a village in Scandinavia, also white tube/cigar shaped craft seen by villagers, and a large 5000 lb landmass cut out and moved in the middle of a swamp. There was an observatory set up in Hessdalen as well, and reportedly some of those lights reacted when lasers were pointed at them. Documentary that summarizes it: https://youtu.be/EKlwlYiXuic
The Cometa report - various dates
This was a French report by highly ranked French officials, including the head of the French space agency. It includes sightings of various shaped objects, and often small beings, mostly in the French country side. The report can be read here, English translation:
https://archive.org/stream/TheCometaReport/COMETA_part1#mode/2up
Phoenix lights - 1997
Thousands of people saw a massive UFO the size of an aircraft carrier, it includes some credible witnesses, one of which a senator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zxbo2bR0-M
A documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npeCDLsyJwE
Black vault: https://www.theblackvault.com/documentarchive/the-phoenix-lights-incident-march-13th-1997/
Tehran sighting - 1976
At least two pilots, and officials in air traffic control tower reported seeing a light emitting craft in Tehran, Iran. The light emitting craft was chased by two different pilots, who reported that it made movements at incredible speeds, And also jammed their equipment when trying to fire missiles at it. Also a commercial piloted who flew in the area reported having his electronics turned off briefly.
A brief summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64uFqUv23v4
Iranian pilot telling his story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giSuEiNneh8
Black Vault link to CIA report: https://www.theblackvault.com/casefiles/the-1976-iran-incident/
The JAL1628 sighting - 1986
Reportedly two large landing lights were moving in front of a Japanese freight plane flying over Alaska at around 2am, with full moon. It was also sighted on radar. This one is interesting because pretty detailed data was available, and there were 3 witnesses, a pilot, co pilot and a flight engineer. Interviews and transcripts of communications with flight control tower are found here:
https://www.theblackvault.com/documentarchive/ufo-case-japanese-airlines-jal1628-november-17-1986/#
This sighting lasted for more than 30 minutes, and the craft reportedly made motions that seemed to defy gravity.
Zimbabwe Ariel School encounter - 1994
A group of around 60 children reportedly saw saucer shaped crafts, and at least one being coming out of it with large black eyes.
Detailed interviews and a documentary here, and apparently near the end several of them saying that they stick to their story:
https://youtu.be/IrM93GnmY4M
Rendlesham forest encounters - 1980
This was near an American base in the UK that had nuclear weapons on it. This one is very confusing because it has lots of witnesses. Again a light emitting craft in the dark, with some conflicting reports. And it was seen multiple nights by different witnesses.
One thing that has been debunked was the radiation that was measured on the ground, which turned out to not be significant.
Then there was Penniston who claimed to have touched the craft when it was floating in the forest. Apparently he started having urges to write down some sort of binary code later on, which when translated read that the ship were time travelers. This caused some people to become more skeptical later on:
https://d6jf304m27oxw.cloudfront.net/rendlesham-forest-ufo-the-christmas-invasion/penniston-notebook.png
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/anasazi/fringe2014e.html
There were several high ranking officials who claimed that something weird did happen though.
This website really digs into it (and debunks the radiation story):
http://www.ianridpath.com/ufo/pennistonnotebook.htm
Two accounts of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy5tIevquP0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaYfsxbiKsM
Russia nuclear bunker UFO - 1982
Apparently lights were seeing flying around this bunker, and at some point the launch process was set in motion for launching the nukes, only to abort seconds later. This comes straight from a Colonel and a declassified KGB file:
http://www.openminds.tv/soviet-nukes-and-ufos/2002
US nuclear missile silo deactivated UFO - 1967
A similar thing happened in the US, UFOs were sighted by personnel, and 10 silos were deactivated at the same time, even though they were not in contact from each other (all separately connected to the 10 different buttons).
Description of what happened:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ex-air-force-personnel-ufos-deactivated-nukes/
Note that I read about a lot more sightings near nuclear missiles, but I could not find credible sources.
Russian cosmonauts seeing angels in space - 1984
Apparently two groups of astronauts saw light emitting shapes of angels in space. They describe how light seemed to leak through the capsules walls somehow (not just the windows). They were tested and considered to be mentally sound afterwards.
https://www.techeblog.com/mind-blowing-story-of-russian-cosmonauts-who-saw-angels-in-space/
https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/12/a-strange-encounter-with-angels-in-space/
Accounts of various sightings by regular people in the past century - various times
http://cufos.org/HUMCAT/
Sighting by the lead engineer and his team of the U2 Spy plane of a very large craft - 1953
Took me a while to find good details on this, but they all wrote down what they saw in a report, which can be found here:
http://www.nicap.org/docs/lockufo3.pdf
Essentially it seemed to be a very large craft that was observed by the lead engineer of the U2 Spy plane, Kelly Johnson. Later he found out that several of his engineers were flying in a plane nearby and also had seen what he saw. They apparently tried to chase this seemingly very large object (which was quite some distance away from them), but it flew away from at greater speed, which reduces the odds that this was a large balloon.
Skeptics said it was a lenticular cloud, but Johnson specifically addressed that in his report and dismisses that explanation. The fact that these witnesses were not exactly random people makes it more interesting.
Kelly Hopkinsville encounter - 1955
At first you might dismiss it, a couple of rednecks claimed to have seen an alien approach their house. But when you actually start to read the details of this sighting it actually gets a lot more interesting.
A drawing of the being they claimed to have seen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly%E2%80%93Hopkinsville_encounter
A journalist actually went to visit them later, and wrote down a pretty engaging and detailed report on it. It made me actually seriously consider this was a real encounter. Because they were not some stereotypical group of rednecks who were drunk. There were women and children who saw it too, and they apparently ran to the cops in panic , who verified that they were in fact sober.
Skip a little to about a quarter of the way through when part one starts, it even has a map of the house and of the area:
http://www.cufos.org/books/Close_Encounter_at_Kelly.pdf
Lonnie Zamora incident - 1964
A cop who saw some sort of silvery white egg shaped craft fly away, first with a loud roar, and then silent. He also saw two beings who were the size of children, in white suits. There were other witnesses too.
The wiki page is pretty good, with skeptic arguments, and counter arguments to those skeptical arguments:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonnie_Zamora_incident
The Washington DC incident - 1952
This was one of the early sightings, just after project Blue book was started. Unidentified flying craft were spotted above the white house.
A nice account of events: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/03/science/UFO-sightings-USA.html
And a report by the Pentagon spokesperson of the time, Albert Chop:
http://sohp.us/interviews/pdf/Chop-Albert-1999.pdf
Air traffic controller report by Harry Barnes:
https://www.mufon.com/ufos-over-washington-dc---1952.html
Quote:
"We knew immediately that a very strange situation existed . . . their movements were completely radical compared to those of ordinary aircraft." Barnes had two controllers check Nugent's radar; they found that it was working normally. Barnes then called National Airport's other radar center; the controller there, Howard Cocklin, told Barnes that he also had the objects on his radarscope. Furthermore, Cocklin said that by looking out of the control tower window he could see one of the objects:
"a bright orange light. I can't tell what's behind it."
Belgian UFO wave - 1990
I am somewhat skeptical about this one because I cannot find any direct witness statements. There was a colonel and supposedly several gendarmes that saw something, but a lot of the witnesses were interviewed by hardcore UFO believers. So that makes me skeptical. Although a rebuttal was giving against those arguments in the cohenufo link below.
https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4538
And the one convincing photo was later revealed by someone to be a hoax. Although the photo was released anonymously.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgian_UFO_wave
BUT this is actually a intelligent rebuttal against the skeptiod article:
http://www.cohenufo.org/analyhalletarticle1.htm
Statement by Major General Wilfried de Brouwer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=5oPxYzQFaMg#t=298s
Portugal UFO Sighting, Airline Captain Júlio Miguel Guerra - 1982
This sums it up nicely, there were three pilots who saw it, Julio being the main witness:
https://www.ufocasebook.com/2010/guerradrawing.html
He was also interviewed by Leslie Kean, for her book:
https://www.amazon.com/UFOs-Generals-Pilots-Government-Officials/dp/0307717089/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=ufo+generals&qid=1572005421&sr=8-1
Cash Landrum incident - 1980
I find this one less credible because witnesses tried to monetize their encounter by suing the government. And there is little evidence of their claims.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cash-Landrum_incident
Even several ufologists were skeptical. It is worth reading at least the wiki page though.
Interview with witness:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udGUz2Pukz0
Honestly the most likely explanation (if they were not lying) is some sort of top secret government experiment with nuclear technology that went wrong.
Colares incident - 1977
This happened in Brazil, photos were taken, planes were sent out that did not find anything, although there were lots of witness reports that are a bit difficult to ignore. Although no detailed sources in English unfortunately:
http://www.fenomenum.com.bufo/governos/documentos/brasil/prato/fotografias_op_prato.pdf
http://www.ufodatabank.com/colares.htm
http://www.fenomenum.com.bufo/governos/documentos/docprato
There are a lot of interesting South American sightings in South America. And the governments over there were a lot more transparent about it too. But it is hard to get good sources as someone who does not speak Spanish or Portuguese.
Alderney UFO sighting - 2007
Another interesting because of the multiple witnesses, one of which was a pilot, Ray Bower. Also radar sightings that corroborated the witness reports. The Wiki page on this one is quite detailed:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Alderney_UFO_sighting
Minot air force base incident - 1968
Again a very interesting encounter because of the direct testimonies by air force crew of a B52. And 16 witnesses on the ground. And radar sightings as well.
A good video summary with interviews of witnesses:
https://youtu.be/YSqEDXZf4To
And link to more detailed data:
http://minotb52ufo.com/doc.php
Trained crew of a B52 who had spend a lot of time in the air, we saw a glowing object that was also seen on radar, at some point what looked like a large glowing yellow saucer shaped craft with a small dome on top, slowly zoomed away next to our cockpit.
Conclusion of project Bluebook: They saw stars ;X
Dog fight with a UFO by pilot Oscar Santa Maria Huertas of Peru airforce - 1980
Well not much info, again detailed in Leslie Kean's book, and a video of the man telling his story here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS0Ws1WSuyI
With English translator (or German subtitles if that is your thing).
Also scans of official documents of his encounter here:
http://kevinrandle.blogspot.com/2013/05/comandante-huertas-revisited.html
That is all for now, later I will add more :) .
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2019.09.07 21:29 CellardoorWatercress Nuclear is NOT the best energy alternative

There's a post literally every 3 days on this forum about how nuclear-based energy generation is the future. I feel like that entitles it to be a popular opinion. So, from the other side, I feel that it is not. Rather than copy-pasting the same text onto every one of these posts and getting no replies, I will post here.
Environmental scientist here. Please, for God's sake Reddit, stop regurgitating all the pro-nuclear nonsense.
You do realize it's a package of talking points developed by the fossil fuel industry to undermine renewables+batteries, yes?
Nuclear power cannot compete on cost. That is why it is dying, and majors like Exelon and Hitachi and Toshiba are all exiting the industry. It turns out that you can't just build cookie-cutter nuclear plants because of the demands of local geography, water supply, weather conditions, and disaster vulnerability. Every site design has to be unique, and vetting that for safety is enormously time consuming and costly, even in China and India where there is no bureaucratic red tape or public opposition to nuclear power.
Nuclear power was only cheap in the 1970s because we built so recklessly. It is 5 times more expensive now because we know so much more about what is required to actually make nuclear plants safe. This is almost unprecedented. Nuclear power is one of only a handful of technologies in history with a negative experience curve, meaning it gets more rather than less expensive as we build more of it.
The pro-nuclear fanbase is also extremely ethnocentric. Is it really realistic to think that Senegal and Berundi and Madagascar and Somalia and Uganda and 150 other less-developed countries where over half the world's population lives have the resources and institutions necessary to safely manage the entire nuclear power supply chain? Hell, drug lords in Brazil just attacked a uranium ore convoy in Brazil a few weeks ago. It's just hopelessly unrealistic.
It's also extremely difficult to run nuclear plants in arid countries because of the water requirements. France's nuclear power plants consume over 50% of ALL of the country's fresh water! That means more than all other industrial, commercial, and residential water consumption combined. And nuclear power still only provides 75% of the country's electricity. Countries without France's abundant freshwater would end up using virtually all of their water trying to run 100% on nuclear. (Have you ever wondered why almost none of US nuclear power is in the arid states?).
Here are some other key points from an analysis by Professor Derek Abbot about a 100% electricity from nuclear power scenario, which would require 15,000 active nuclear power plants at today's level of electricity consumption:
Land and location: One nuclear reactor plant requires about 20.5 km2 (7.9 mi2) of land to accommodate the nuclear power station itself, its exclusion zone, its enrichment plant, ore processing, and supporting infrastructure. Secondly, nuclear reactors need to be located near a massive body of coolant water, but away from dense population zones and natural disaster zones. Simply finding 15,000 locations on Earth that fulfill these requirements is extremely challenging.
Lifetime: Every nuclear power station needs to be decommissioned after 40-60 years of operation due to neutron embrittlement - cracks that develop on the metal surfaces due to radiation. If nuclear stations need to be replaced every 50 years on average, then with 15,000 nuclear power stations, one station would need to be built and another decommissioned somewhere in the world every day. Currently, it takes 6-12 years to build a nuclear station, and up to 20 years to decommission one, making this rate of replacement unrealistic.
Nuclear waste: Although nuclear technology has been around for 60 years, there is still no universally agreed mode of disposal. It’s uncertain whether burying the spent fuel and the spent reactor vessels (which are also highly radioactive) may cause radioactive leakage into groundwater or the environment via geological movement.
Accident rate: To date, there have been 11 nuclear accidents at the level of a full or partial core-melt. These accidents are not the minor accidents that can be avoided with improved safety technology; they are rare events that are not even possible to model in a system as complex as a nuclear station, and arise from unforeseen pathways and unpredictable circumstances (such as the Fukushima accident). Considering that these 11 accidents occurred during a cumulated total of 14,000 reactor-years of nuclear operations, scaling up to 15,000 reactors would mean we would have a major accident somewhere in the world every month.
Proliferation: The more nuclear power stations, the greater the likelihood that materials and expertise for making nuclear weapons may proliferate. Although reactors have proliferation resistance measures, maintaining accountability for 15,000 reactor sites worldwide would be nearly impossible.
Uranium abundance: At the current rate of uranium consumption with conventional reactors, the world supply of viable uranium, which is the most common nuclear fuel, will last for 80 years. Scaling consumption up to 15 TW, the viable uranium supply will last for less than 5 years. (Viable uranium is the uranium that exists in a high enough ore concentration so that extracting the ore is economically justified.)
Uranium extraction from seawater: Uranium is most often mined from the Earth’s crust, but it can also be extracted from seawater, which contains large quantities of uranium (3.3 ppb, or 4.6 trillion kg). Theoretically, that amount would last for 5,700 years using conventional reactors to supply 15 TW of power. (In fast breeder reactors, which extend the use of uranium by a factor of 60, the uranium could last for 300,000 years. However, Abbott argues that these reactors’ complexity and cost makes them uncompetitive.) Moreover, as uranium is extracted, the uranium concentration of seawater decreases, so that greater and greater quantities of water are needed to be processed in order to extract the same amount of uranium. Abbott calculates that the volume of seawater that would need to be processed would become economically impractical in much less than 30 years.
Exotic metals: The nuclear containment vessel is made of a variety of exotic rare metals that control and contain the nuclear reaction: hafnium as a neutron absorber, beryllium as a neutron reflector, zirconium for cladding, and niobium to alloy steel and make it last 40-60 years against neutron embrittlement. Extracting these metals raises issues involving cost, sustainability, and environmental impact. In addition, these metals have many competing industrial uses; for example, hafnium is used in microchips and beryllium by the semiconductor industry. If a nuclear reactor is built every day, the global supply of these exotic metals needed to build nuclear containment vessels would quickly run down and create a mineral resource crisis. This is a new argument that Abbott puts on the table, which places resource limits on all future-generation nuclear reactors, whether they are fuelled by thorium or uranium.
I didn't write the above comment, but it's what led me to start reading more about nuclear energy (being a huge fan of nuclear power before that myself, as I live close-ish to a well-known one). Credit to bombula, who unfortunately has since deleted his account.
There are a few things I have learned myself since reading the above. For example, the energy company Westinghouse (the guys who trusted Tesla over Edison, which is why the world uses AC for socket current today) closed their doors in 2017 because they tried to build a nuclear reactor. Nuclear energy is some of the most expensive to generate, after you take into account the building of the reactor and the necessary regulations. United States as a whole is closing more nuclear reactors without building any new ones, and it's not because of public pressure or anything. If you look at the link, they're still investing in peak gas plants, despite great public pressure towards making the grid more green. However, the overwhelming majority of new installed power generating capacity comes from commercial photovoltaics. At the end of the day, if nukes made sense economically, we would simply not be seeing the numbers we're seeing.
I believe that the grid of tomorrow is a combined grid of wind, hydro, and solar, boosted by improved chemical batteries (like the Tesla installation in South Australia [WARNING! The Guardian link].
I welcome any contrary stances, especially well-sourced ones.
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2019.07.25 12:09 Esteemhostjaipur How to choose a best web hosting provider

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So here is some tips by that you can choose a best hosting in India.
First of all check your usage and Know Which Type of Hosting You Need
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2019.07.17 08:47 Phobos95 A lot of people on here and other Fallout communities across the internet often cite APA MKII/X-01 Power armor being a pre-war prototype as one of the biggest lore breaks/retcons in the series... But in reality, all the lore that is cited came from outright non-canon sources.

Tagaziel from The Vault elaborates here, but I'll copy it over for my fellow lore junkies and those who dislike external links:

Just What Is Up With the X-01?

Ever since its debut in Fallout 4 and its companion game, Fallout Shelter, the X-01 has been at the center of a loreversy regarding its provenance. Just where did it come from? Is it the Enclave’s armor? Doesn’t its inclusion break the lore?
Why is there an unambiguously pre-War suit of X-01 power armor sitting behind the glass at Nuka-World?
Fallout 76 explicitly describes the X-01 as a prototype pre-War model whose schematics were archived on Enclave servers at the Whitespring and the oil rig.
Notably, it’s the first in-game source on the history of advanced power armor.

Wait, “First”? That Can’t Be Right!

Although it’s sometimes asserted that the advanced power armor introduced in Fallout 2 was accompanied by robust lore, this is not the case. None of the characters at Navarro or the oil rig shed light on where the armor came from. None of the terminals at either location reference the power armor either, with the only crumbs of lore provided by character and item descriptions. Both of those only provide crumbs of lore, describing the suit as unfamiliar or simply stating that it’s made from some very advanced materials.
In fact, the only bit of lore that adds a bit to the characterization is a fragment of a sentence from Fallout 2 Strategies & Secrets, the official strategy guide for Fallout 2:
It’s underwhelming to say the least. Errors present in the game, like in other strategy guides (and the base game itself, with the infamous GNN transcript disc), make it an unreliable source at best.
Some background lore for the advanced power armor and other projects was provided by the abortive Fallout Bible project, a loose compilation of developer interviews, behind the scenes material, and the odd design doc that Chris Avellone started writing in 2002, four years after Fallout 2 hit the shelves.

That’s the Rich Lore!

Well.. The lore provided in the Bible amounts to a handful of dates:
2198: Enclave works on various new technologies, including Power Armor variations. None of these are much of an improvement over the conventional old school Power Armor, and some are actually worse. 2215: Under Presidential Order, Enclave scientists begin to work on an upgraded version of Power Armor. Many prototypes are developed and tested. 2220 October: Enclave scientists develop a reliable version of the Mark II Power Armor. The prototype results (and accidents... and explosions... and deaths) are classified by order of the President Richardson for the sake of morale.
Those familiar with the lore will note the fact that the advanced power armor would have been created in less time than it took West Tek to make the T-51 power armor, the zenith of pre-War power armor (or, at least, those that reached operational status). All while limited to an oil rig and a handful of mainland bases, without access to anything even remotely comparable to what West Tek and the U.S. government had at their disposal.
Never progressing past the not-even-rough-draft phase, the Bible shed light on a great number of background elements, many making its way to the released games. However, there’s always a snag: The Bible is not on equal footing with released games as a source.
While it was released on the Black Isle frontpage (see here for an archived snapshot of the November 2002 version, with the last installment of the Fallout Bible announced amidst Lionheart announcements), it was never an official publication and Mr. Avellone has since repeatedly stated that Bethesda Game Studios is only bound by what’s published in the games.

So, In Summary…

Fallout 76 explicitly resolves the issue with the X-01’s origins by establishing it as a pre-War suit of power armor that was still in the process of testing and prototyping when the Great War broke out. The schematics were archived on the Enclave networks and served as basis for the Enclave power armor encountered in Fallout 2.
Finally, in the absence of lore in the released games, the advanced power armor’s background was effectively a blank slate waiting to be filled in.
It didn’t even need nukes to be wiped clean.


And there you have it; some clarification on one of the biggest complaints people still bring up, which weren't entirely correct to begin with.
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2019.05.21 16:15 HostileHero [D] CSGO Newbie Investing Guide (2019)


This is the first iteration of a new Newbie Guide to Investing in CSGO, covering most basic issues. Some subjects are in the work and will be added at a later date.

Before we start, THIS is a fantastic overview of CSGO Market History (until April 2019) and a must-have, including timeframes for regular and operation drops, many important events and lots of useful info, made by steamfrag

Which items can be invested in?


Introductionary Note: Discontinued consumables (cases, stickers and basically all containers) are better items for long term investment than non-consumables, since consumables get deleted from the market when used, thus reducing their quantity over time, unlike skins which are only deleted if a user gets banned or if the skins are used in trade-up contracts. Specific skins/knives/gloves could be profitable to invest and to hold long term, if you know exactly what you are doing. But generally skins are better suited for frequent trading and not long term investing, or if you want skins to play with and more or less hold their value with some potential to go up in price. As an example, Here is a video from TDM HeyJesus from last year explaining what I mean. If you are more interested in trading with others, nice knives and gloves, etc. and not mid/long term investing, visit /GlobalOffensiveTrade


List of all CSGO Cases in Chronological Order:

Case Name Release Date Rare or Active Drop
CSGO Weapon Case 14. August 2013 Confirmed Rare
eSports 2013 Case 14. August 2013 Confirmed Rare
Operation Bravo Case 19. September 2013 Confirmed Rare
CSGO Weapon Case 2 08. November 2013 Confirmed Rare
eSports 2013 Winter Case 18. December 2013 Confirmed Rare
Winter Offensive Weapon Case 18. December 2013 Confirmed Rare
CSGO Weapon Case 3 12. February 2014 Confirmed Rare
Operation Phoenix Weapon Case 20. February 2014 Confirmed Rare
Huntsman Weapon Case 01. May 2014 Confirmed Rare
Operation Breakout Weapon Case 01. July 2014 Confirmed Rare
eSports 2014 Summer Case 10. July 2014 Confirmed Rare
Operation Vanguard Weapon Case 11. November 2014 Confirmed Rare
Chroma Case 08. January 2015 Confirmed Rare
Chroma 2 Case 15. April 2015 Confirmed Rare
Falchion Case 26. May 2015 Confirmed Rare
Shadow Case 17. September 2015 Confirmed Rare
Revolver Case 08. December 2015 Confirmed Rare
Operation Wildfire Case 17. February 2016 Confirmed Rare
Chroma 3 Case 20. April 2016 Confirmed Rare
Gamma Case 15. June 2016 Confirmed Rare
Gamma 2 Case 18. August 2016 Confirmed Rare
Glove Case 28. November 2016 Confirmed Rare
Spectrum Case 15. March 2017 Confirmed Rare
Operation Hydra Case 23. May 2017 Confirmed Rare
Spectrum 2 Case 14. September 2017 Active
Clutch Case 15. February 2018 Active
Horizon Case 02. August 2018 Possibly Rare (needs more data)
Danger Zone Case 06. December 2018 Active
Prisma Case 13. March 2019 Active
CS20 Case 18. October 2019 Active
Shattered Web Case 19. November 2019 Active









  1. The Cache Collection
  2. The Chop Shop Collection
  3. The Cobblestone Collection
  4. The Gods and Monsters Collection
  5. The Overpass Collection
  6. The Rising Sun Collection



  1. The Assault Collection
  2. The Aztec Collection
  3. The Baggage Collection
  4. The Dust Collection
  5. The Inferno Collection (The Old One)
  6. The Militia Collection
  7. The Mirage Collection
  8. The Nuke Collection (The Old One)
  9. The Office Collection
  10. The Vertigo Collection


  1. The 2018 Inferno Collection
  2. The 2018 Nuke Collection
  3. The Bank Collection
  4. The Dust 2 Collection
  5. The Italy Collection
  6. The Lake Collection
  7. The Safehouse Collection
  8. The Train Collection






  1. M4A4 Howl (removed due to copyright violation) - The only Contraband item in CSGO
  2. Dual Berettas Retribution (removed due to artist ban)
  3. P90 Desert Warfare (removed due to artist ban)
  4. CZ75-Auto Poison Dart (removed due to artist ban)
  5. MAC-10 Curse (removed due to artist ban)
  6. USP-S Orion (removed due to artist ban)
Note: Some skins were banned from a case, but can be traded up to with trade-up contracts


  1. Sticker Howling Dawn (removed due to copyright violation)
  2. Sticker King on the Field (removed due to artist ban)
  3. Sticker Winged Defuser (removed due to artist ban)
  4. Sticker Harp of War (Holo) (removed due to artist ban)



Other ways to profit on the market than long/mid term investing












FAQ


How many items can I hold in my inventory?
Officially, 1000. You can list excess items on the steam market (for high unrealistic prices) and basically use the steam market as extra space. Note that the price of your listed items on market + your steam wallet cannot exceed $2000 at any given time. You can increase the number of items in your inventory and the amount of steam wallet money through some tricks. It is however recommanded that instead you simply make extra accounts and prepare them for usage as extra space and as storage accounts, if you need more space.

How much is the Tax/Fee on Steam Community Market?
Approx. 13%-15% total for most.
Here is one in Euro by donbernie and Here is one for items under $1 by HwanZike
Yes, if you want to make Gaben really happy, sell for 3 cents and give him 2

What are some real-money marketplaces for CSGO items?
Use all external sites at your own risk

I've personally used skinbaron and skinbay and had no problems so far. There are others out there like cs deals. Update (Oct 2019): I used Bitskins before they changed ownership in Oct. 2019. I am waiting to see who the new owners are (still unknown) and how the site develops, before using them again.
Also note that the most popular one, OPSkins was BANNED by Valve in 2018. Do not use OPSkins if you want to cash out from or cash in to Steam anymore. Their so called VGO Skins aren't actual CSGO skins, even though they look similar. Update (Oct. 2019): OPSkins apparently made a comeback with a P2P system without using Bots. Proceed with caution, because Valve basically sent them a cease and desist letter in the past letting them know that they aren't allowed to be associated with CSGO and use any intellectual property of Valve on their websites at all anymore.

What is the most efficient way to cash out?
Sell the items directly at Bitskins, Skinbaron or another trustworthy site. Depending on the items, this can take a while. As an alternative you can exchange your investments into liquid items (popular skins for frequently used weapons, certain knives, case keys, sticker keys, nametags etc. - spend some time to determine which item gives you the best rate) and sell those liquid items on external cashout sites. The latter method will increase the speed at which you get money but will lose you a larger percentage. Keep in mind that BitSkins/Skinbaron take a percentage (5% to 15%), Paypal takes a percentage (~2%), and that the item values on external sites (real money value) are always lower than in the Steam Community Market. Also, every transaction on the Steam Community Market takes away 15% already. Occasionally the items on external sites are so cheap compared to SCM that it becomes worth it to sell them on SCM instead, buy keys from the in-game store, and then sell those keys on external sites again. When selling on SCM it almost always is correct to sell with an order that's higher than the highest buy order and higher than the lowest sell order if the lowest sell order is lower than recent trends display.

What is the most efficient way to buy in?
Buy items (not necessarily CSGO only) from trustworthy external cashout sites or from highly reputable sellers with high cash rep if they offer a better deal (you can find some on /GlobalOffensiveTrade) and sell the items on the Steam Community Market. Spend some time to determine which item gives you the best discount compared to Steam Market Price. Be aware that some items such as souvenir skins, certain Stattrak knives, etc. might have a very high discount, but are very very hard to resell back on steam market, avoid these items and stick to popular items. There is a reason why they have such a high discount. Also be aware that some items might be manipulated on steam market, thus showing a very high discount on 3rd party sites when compared, avoid these items and check their market history to be sure. http://csgo.steamanalyst.com/hotdeals is one of the tools that can help you with good deals, or the deals section at BitSkins. The general rule is also the cheaper the items, the higher the possible discount. For instance you could buy very cheap stickers for sometimes 50% off, and resell on steam market. But the downside is that it takes a lot of time and effort than a single expensive item, but gives you more steam wallet money at the end. Make sure that after steam tax, you always get more money than if you deposit the money directly to Steam, otherwise this whole process becomes completely pointless.

What are the case opening odds?

Normal StatTrak
Knives and Gloves 0.26% 0.026%
Covert 0.64% 0.064%
Classified 3.20% 0.32%
Restricted 15.98% 1.598%
Mil-Spec 79.92% 7.992%

Why did item X increase/decrease in price?
Possible reasons: CS:GO updates/balance changes/game changes/market changes (e.g., Tradeup Contract), new cases/operations (both short-term, due to opening frenzies, and long-term, due to increased supplies of skins), a famous streameyoutuber hypes an item, someone tries to manipulate the market, a AAA game is released, a tournament is taking place (CS:GO, DOta 2 etc.), a Steam-sale like Summer sale is going on, a market-bug is ongoing, the ingame drop rate was increased/decreased, legal issues about things related to the CSGO market (e.g., betting/gambling), etc.

If I create a new Steam account, how do I transfer items to that account? How long does this take?
Create a new account, log in (via the thick client), set up your profile, enable Steam Guard, wait 15 days, and transfer the items to the account from your main (double check that it is your account). If you intend to use the thin client (e.g., via Chrome), make sure that you log in from there as well because Steam will impose a 7 day trade restriction on your account when you attempt to create a new transaction from a new device (a device meaning a new browser). Also, if you do not have mobile authentication enabled on the alt account, there will be a 3 day delay for trades. You can use the same phone number & email address for many Steam accounts. Also, Gmail forwards emails addressed to your account even if dots (.) are added in between the username characters of your email address.

If I create a new Steam account, how do I use the Community Market? How long does this take?
Same steps as above, but you need to purchase a game that costs at least $5 or deposit $5 into your Steam wallet (and wait a month) before being able to use the Community Market. Keep in mind that using a new payment method will trigger a weeklong community market cooldown on your account.

After buying a CSGO item from the Steam Community Market, how long do I have to wait until I can sell/trade it?
They are sellable immediately on the Market. You need to wait 7 days until you can trade them to another account. Note that items from some other games, have the 7 days cool down both for trading AND steam market (like Rust).

How do buy orders work?
When you place a buy order, the market first looks for all the cheapest items that can fulfill your order. Then the oldest listing (i.e. the seller who has waited the longest) is selected and purchased. If the items are listed in multiple currencies, the amounts are first converted into your currency before being selected (i.e. a 0.03 RUB listing has no priority over a 0.03 USD listing). If multiple buy orders satisfy a new market listing, the oldest matching buy order will be selected. It used to be different in the past, but was changed in 2017.

How do I create multiple listings at once on Steam Market?
You could use one the addons listed in the "useful sites and tools" section of this guide down below. The current most secure way (since no external extensions are used) is a solution suggested by u/soldture . Simply copy this link: https://steamcommunity.com/market/multisell?appid=730&contextid=2&items[]=Falchion%20Case
Change Falchion%20Case to your desired item name. This solution only works with commodity items. This also works with other games (you have to change the appid and replace it with the appid of that game, for instance Rust is 440.

Item X hyped and is going to moon. Should I Buy?
Usually parabolic moves are followed by a crash (not always but most of the time). It is almost never a good idea to buy when something is mooning because of a video, some news, manipulation, mass hysteria and hype or whatever else. Buy the rumour, sell the news.

Item X is crashing hard. The Market is crashing. I am shaking and panicking. Should I Sell?
Stay calm, take a deep breath and find out what is really going on and what you really think about it. As an example: there was a huge panic when gambling sites were being banned. Many people panicked and sold their items for ridiculously low prices. People were telling eachother that the skin market will crash and never recover if there is no gambling and the world is going to end. And here we are in 2019, and almost everything (including skins) is at its all time high. However, sometimes you just need to sell fast. Let's say you have a skin from a collection which was inactive for a long time, making the prices of the skins go very high, and then suddenly the collection became active again for whatever reason. Or Gaben officially tells us that he is going to do something crazy with the market which will inevitably crash everything. In that case yes, sell fast (just an example)

Useful sites and tools

Use all external sites, tools and addons at your own risk, some are risky to use, some old and not updated


Chrome addons:

Useful Youtube Channels





Credits
Helicobacter: FAQ 2.0 (huge shoutout, copied a lot of stuff from this FAQ, sometimes word by word)
Steamfrag: Very useful graphs and market data

Disclaimer: The information offered here is not financial advice. We, the mod team, are just a bunch of gamers and hobby investors. Do your own due dilligence before investing any real money in to a game and do it at your own risk! Use all external links, sites, tools, addons, etc. at your own risk! Any information in this thread may be outdated at any given time. You should be mentally prepared to lose everything invested in virtual items. Valve could change the rules affecting the market anytime. Third party cashout and trading sites and their BOTS could be banned anytime. External events such as successful lawsuits against Valve, new state laws, new country laws, etc. could also affect the market anytime by forcing Valve to take measures (for instance case opening is now restricted in Belgium and Netherlands, OPSkins got banned, Gambling sites were banned, etc.). Also note that all of your items legally belong to Valve, even if you paid for them.


Suggestions and potential corrections to this guide are always welcomed and will be added if necessary and approved by the mod team. I will try to keep this guide updated.

Last updated: Nov. 2019
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