logic bombs

Let me introduce you to Oklahoma congressdick Markwayne Mullin.

Markwayne, likely soured after years of being saddled with a fuckstump of a name, opted to respond to constituents at a town hall meeting who had pointed out that their taxes pay his salary with this logic bomb: “You say you pay for me to do this. Bullcrap. I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I got there and continue to through my company to pay my own salary. This is a service. No one here pays me to go.” He apparently has a “real” job and has paid taxes for years, so effectively he pays his own salary as a congressman somehow. Welcome to the fuckstick labyrinth – find your way out before you too become a cock goblin.

Markwayne, you may not realize why everyone thinks you’re a pulsating, prolapsed asshole. I’m confident that you don’t know why everyone thinks you’re an asshole because if you even had the self-awareness of a sea slug, you may have Googled what “public servant” or “by the people and for the people” mean before you decided to play “Lil’ Markwayney the Politics Man” out on the street.

To begin with, even if you were raised by solid gold hyenas in a diamond mine, your job is to represent the unfortunate victims of your bullshit-laden yet tragically successful campaign for office. You went out of your way to be their voice. You chose to be a person who does what the people in your constituency want you to do. That’s the fucking job description. If you wanted to jack off all day onto a bust of George Washington, you didn’t have to involve the electorate.

How A Dumb Political Comment Unveils A Lifetime Of Arrogance

Historical Consciousness in Fallout: New Vegas

Buckle up, this is a long post (~2800 words). Will probably go back and do some editing later.

In 1997, Interplay Entertainment’s subsidiary Black Isles released a small videogame called Fallout: A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game, and released a follow-up the next year in Fallout 2. Black Isles hasn’t existed for years, not since Interplay’s financial troubles (which also forced the company to sell the rights to the Fallout series in 2006 to Bethesda Softworks), but the core membership of Black Isles (including Fallout 2 directors Tim Cain and Chris Avellone) founded a new development company called Obsidian, which you may be familiar with.

In 2008, Bethesda published Fallout 3, transforming the originally grid- and turn-based combat isometric into a 3D, first-person camera format much like Bethesda’s other flagship series, The Elder Scrolls. In 2010, presumably because Bethesda was busy developing Skyrim, Obsidian released a gaiden game called Fallout: New Vegas, set in the Mojave Wasteland (where parts of Fallout 1 and 2 take place), featuring many elements from Black Isles’ planned Fallout: Van Buren as well as a number of factions from the original isometric games.

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Arrow 5x21 “Honor Thy Father” Review: Cutting Ties

Originally posted by singmovie

This episode was rather hum-drum. I kept waiting for something to happen and surprise me but it never did. I am not lumping this episode in with 5A quality; but it’s filler. A necessary filler, in some ways, to get us to the end of this season and begin a new start on Oliver’s heroic journey. But nevertheless, I wasn’t sitting on the edge of my seat. I’d predicted almost everything prior to or while watching the episode. These things happen. *Shrugs* However, the episode was redeemed because of all the character growth moments—especially for Oliver and Thea. It was a very important episode for my beloved Queen Siblings.

Originally posted by swarklysam

Oliver (and Robert)

Oliver seems in a different place in this episode. I think we are seeing some real positive effects of his confession to Felicity and how she chose to not turn away from him in spite of it.

Originally posted by demilatinoamerica

It starts immediately with a suspicious package being delivered right to the Mayor’s office. Oliver’s like, “Screw it!” and opens the thing up and finds a corpse entombed in concrete. Everyone’s all like, “WTF?!” Chase is that friend that gives the strangest damn gifts.

Congrats to anyone who was able to put it together with the synopsis and the episode title—the body had to do with Robert Queen. I suspected beforehand that it was the body of the councilman he had accidentally killed which led to his involvement with the Undertaking. Why? Well, because it was all tied together in Oliver’s first year wearing the Hood. I’m sure I’m not the only one who had pieced that together before Wednesday’s episode. This fandom is crafty AF. Hats off to all you smartypants.

Oliver’s glorified memory of Robert Queen is one of the last things Oliver has tying himself to his life pre-island. He can’t use Thea that way anymore because she’s clearly grown up and been through her own crucible. She’s still struggling with hers. Their bond has changed in some ways and deepened in others. No matter what, Oliver will always love his sister. Oliver said adios to the idealized vision he had of his mother some time ago. But all this time he’s been holding on to one of his father, Robert.

To be honest, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Except when you take into consideration Oliver’s superpower—besides his capacity to love—Guilt Arrow. And why Robert Queen is also the thing that will always tie Oliver to his island (not just to life pre-island). Oliver has said that Robert died so that Oliver could live; that is not a lie. But why did he do it? Because Oliver decided to get on a boat he wasn’t meant to be on to get away from his girlfriend by sleeping with her sister. Oliver committed a sin by cheating and in his mind Robert paid the price. If Oliver never had been on The Queen’s Gambit, there is the possibility that Robert could have survived on the life raft.

Robert Queen made the ultimate sacrifice in Oliver’s mind and as such he lives on a pedestal in Oliver’s heart and mind. Even though the show has shown that Robert Queen was no damn saint. He even committed the same sin—many times—that Oliver originally committed by going on The Gambit. Robert cheated on Moira; Robert cheated his employees to his own benefit. Oh, and there’s the fact that Robert is the one who originally got the Queen family involved in Merlyn’s Undertaking scheme.

And for the last several years all we’ve heard is that Oliver started this crusade to “right his father’s wrongs.” That inherently says, Oliver my boy, that your daddy was no saint.

Except I guess there is a leap from cheating on a spouse or cheating employees out of their pensions to murder. However, I’m about to logic bomb this entire thing: Oliver already saw Robert Queen kill someone right in front of him.

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

Yeah, remember when he shot the captain of the Gambit and then killed himself? The captain may have been a douche but he didn’t exactly deserve to be shot and left for shark bait in the North China Sea. So I was little confused by all the righteous indignation that Robert had killed in cold blood. I’d say the shooting of the captain was far more cold-blooded than the accidental fall of the councilman.

But again, guilt is a huge thing and there’s probably a part of Oliver that blames himself for his dad’s actions on that boat. Robert Queen only killed the captain and himself because there was no other choice to make if he wanted his son to survive. Ergo, if Oliver hadn’t got on the boat none of that would happen. I completely believe this of Oliver. And it’s easy in death to only see the good things in someone. I wonder if it’s part of a human fear that if we think bad thoughts of the dead we’ll somehow lock them out of heaven or prevent them from resting peacefully. But that’s another thought for another time.

Back to Oliver. So this entire series I’ve been waiting for Oliver to deal with the albatross around his neck known as Robert Queen. Because really Robert wasn’t paying just for Oliver’s sins but his own. And this is what Oliver finally saw in 5x21. The Undertaking was supposed to be Robert’s penance—back when the Undertaking was originally conceived as a means to save the Glades. It wasn’t until Merlyn flipped the script and made it a plan for mass murder that Robert felt doubtful and wanted to get out.

It was that that ultimately got him killed. Robert’s reticence to kill the lives of hundreds of innocent people is what finalized his own death. Merlyn sabotaged the boat. Merlyn killed Robert and everyone else on that Gambit. He destroyed Oliver’s life because that one action spiraled Oliver’s life far out of control. Merlyn will always be the true villain of Arrow; I don’t care how often they keep him around or attempt to make him an anti-hero. Dude is a narcissistic asshole with a God-complex and he really, really needs to go. If the show is finally going to close the doors on this era in Oliver’s life—be it the last five or the last ten—then Merlyn has got to go. Forever.

But I have to talk about how Robert Queen is also to blame for Oliver’s downward spiral. This is something that has bugged me from the pilot upon my first viewing. I think it would have been harder for Robert to make his message for Oliver less vague than if he had drawn emojiis on the side of the life raft before killing himself. The rushed nature of that entire scene was all rather forced, in my opinion.

Robert and Oliver and unnamed captain dude were floating out on open waters. Robert kills the captain before he can consume anymore of their supplies. Okay, fine, makes sense if a tad heartless. What doesn’t make sense is that his father offed himself before fully explaining things to Oliver. Hence my constant irritation. Robert Queen wasn’t dying; at least not imminently. There was time for him to explain to Oliver the mistakes that he had made; time for him to explain what the actual fuck the Undertaking was; time for him to tell Oliver how he believed Oliver could right his wrongs. Because Anatoly is me when we say, Robert Queen never once imagined the green hood as the means to that end.

The point is that Robert had some time. He could have made sure Oliver knew all the things necessary. Hell, he could have even told Oliver things he’d need to know just to survive until he was rescued—or in Oliver’s case, washed up on Lian Yu. Robert Queen unintentionally made his son’s life harder by refusing to be completely honest with him. He left a huge burden on his son’s shoulders by making his final wish that Oliver would right the wrongs he made because his time was up.

Originally posted by mariaslittlestuff

(Side note: That seems to be Robert’s M.O. because that video to a twelve-year-old Thea? It was just a tad much. He could have at least dictated she not see the video until she was grownup.)

So all this time, Oliver’s been committing his own sins while trying to right his father’s; all the while not really accepting the truth about his father. The importance of his filler episode is that it’s the show and Oliver finally starting to cut ties with Robert Queen. This all started with Robert Queen. It evolved because of Tommy.

But what really needs to happen is that in season 6, Oliver’s crusade must be his own. He must be his own hero. If there is any penance in his future it must be for his own choices and not those of a ghost. At this point, the reasons why need to be secondary to the act itself. All the matters is that Oliver is a hero who saves this city and not whether he does as a sort of atonement for anyone (himself included). It’s a bit like Angel who wanted to save lives because he thought it would save his soul (I’m paraphrasing). But ultimately he was just fighting the good fight because it was necessary. Because the good that he was doing mattered. That’s the lesson Oliver needs to learn and commit to heart and soul. It’s this very idea that Chase had been chipping away at—that Oliver’s mission doesn’t matter because Oliver was a monster; except Felicity (and Diggle) decimated that idea. So now it’s a lie because Oliver was doing in the name of a father who was a monster too. Except Felicity also dispelled Oliver of the idea that this tarnished his work either. (I’m Team Felicity here.)

That’s why this episode focused so much on letting go of the past. Because slowly it is cutting the ties between Oliver and his crucible. As I said, Robert is that link and Oliver needed to see his father for who he was. Because it’ll help him to see himself clearer too.

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anonymous asked:

I feel like the way 4chan is making up Nazi symbols and uses them as bait for the left and the media is like planting a logic bomb on them. What's next? Labeling the YMCA dance as a Nazi symbol?

I saw a post a few days ago of them doing the same thing with ASL symbols. Each sign language letter stood for what some people consider “hate speech” or just full blown nazi rhetoric. I’m still waiting for some idiot to fall for that shit

Reconciling Flat Middle-earth

world building meme + 1 climate/earth history

Arda being flat bothers me. Really, really bothers me. I’ve got no problem with most of the ‘it’s just magic’ things in Tolkien. I can totally accept that a wizard did something reality-bending once, and happily go on. Messing with the consistent functioning of natural laws? Nope. Once is fine, a continuing logic bomb of a situation is not.

Because why do Middle-earth’s physics appear identical to ours if their world is flat? How likely is that? Not to mention the practical problems of a Flat World give me a giant headache. First, if there is no sun there is no liquid water here. None. Or seasons, or tides, or weather, or magnetic poles, or geologic activity, or any number of things that rely on having a sun, moon or round planet. You don’t even have gravity! Flat Arda is a sheet of ice in a void. And I believe the Valar are intelligent enough to design a system they don’t have to constantly pour power into maintaining, one that drives and regulates itself through natural processes.

And the logic gets a thousand times twistier when you try to explain plants and animals existing in a sunless world. Because we’re back to the sun problem - it powers nearly every living thing on this planet, and without it we’re down to some very strange bacteria living in extreme environments. Starlight is not sufficient for photosynthesis. With no source of light energy we have no plants, without plants there are no animals, and our poor elves are starving to death in Cuivienen.

And no, don’t you ‘Sleep of Yavanna’ me! Without the lamps, what’s keeping the water from freezing solid and killing all the plants? Elves have to eat, and even if the Valar kept everything alive by a ridiculous expenditure of power, the elves are still going to starve. It’ll just take longer. Theoretically, some of the plants would be ‘frozen’ with ripened food, but any food harvested wouldn’t regrow, so that food source would run out. Did the sleep of Yavanna include animals? If not, what were the animals eating? If so, the elves would last a little longer eating animal popsicles, but would still starve before Orome could show up.

And if the logic knots can’t sway you, the text itself should really give you flat world doubts. How do we explain why the Quenya and Sindarin terms for the sun and moon are nearly identical, if they don’t come from a common ancient root? Where do meteorites like the one Eol used to forge Anglachel come from if there’s no outer space?. And Melkor hides in ‘the outer darkness’, in some versions called the ‘Walls of Night’, after Tulkas descends and that sounds an awful lot like space to me too. Varda made the stars – so why would she not make Middle-earth a sun?

Later in his life Tolkien came to agree with me that Flat World is dumb, and wrote a Round World version (History of Middle-earth vol X, Morgoth’s Ring). He explained the discrepancies between the two cosmologies with the fact that the tales of Middle-earth are filtered through human eyes. The High Elves were taught by the Valar themselves and knew perfectly well that the earth was round. The flat world story was an Edain myth passed down to us through the Númenoreans. Versions with a flat world “are Númenorean, blending Elven-lore with human myth and imagination,” but the loremasters of Númenor would know that “the making of the stars was not so, nor of the sun and moon. For the sun and stars were older than Arda.” But this new round world mythology did not get published because it wasn’t as well integrated with the Silmarillion’s plot. So one of my side projects is stitching the two together into a coherent whole, and me being me I add a dash of science. Prepare for half-assed natural science.

When the Ainur shaped Arda according to their visions of Eru’s plan, Varda created a sun and other stars before they created the new, round planet. Melkor tried to destroy the proto-Arda by hitting it with another planet-sized object about the same size; he was unsuccessful. Arda just became larger and absorbed most of the other planet, while a small portion of debris coalesced and became the moon. I am cool with this process taking mere thousands of years as long as it happens in the right order.

However the light of this unhallowed sun was “weaker” and had no effect on Melkor’s creatures. The holier light of the lamps solved this problem; Melkor destroyed them and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. Then the Valar withdrew to Aman and made the Two Trees. In Valinor, the Valar maintained a thick, impenetrable, permanent dome of clouds as well as the high mountain fence to keep unhallowed light and the spies of Melkor out. 

Arda gradually recovered from this ecological disaster and the new climate and fauna of Middle-earth resembled the Pleistocene. Middle-earth was still largely in darkness, due to thick clouds and residual gloom of Morgoth dimming the sun and stars. At the exact time of the Eldar’s awakening, in the early twilight before dawn, the clouds were miraculously blown aside, allowing the Elves to gaze up at the stars in wonder. The Quendi “were ever moved most in heart by the Stars, and the hours of twilight in clear weather, at ‘morrow-dim’ and at ‘even-dim’, were the times of their greatest joy. For in those hours in the spring of the year they had first awakened to life in Arda.” (“Cuivienyarna”, Appendix to Quendi and Eldar, The War of the Jewels: 423).

Morgoth’s attacks, the promise of a great holy light, and a desire for a better life led the elves to journey to Valinor. After Morgoth destroyed the Two Trees, he also caused huge volcanic activity to darken the sky when he returned to Middle-earth; this ash was infused with his power and would not have fallen naturally. The Two Trees’ last fruits were carried up to the sun and moon to hallow them to be untouchable by Morgoth and cause his creatures pain, as well as break the ash cloud’s spell. The planet entered a warming period with a climate analogous to the Holocene; Men awoke during this time at sunrise. Numenor’s fall in the Second Age simply removed Aman from the real world’s dimension in an already round world.

Tldr; The world has always been round, stop messing up the biosphere Melkor.

terezisexbuttpyrope  asked:

So idk if this is INTPs, INTxs in general or something like that, but I have imaginary conversations w/ ppl in my head all the time. Full on discourse on TV shows, current events, daily struggles, etc. And then I'll get meta and start an imaginary convo about my imaginary convos. Am I alone or is this common

Ok, so, for me, this is extremely common. I can have full on spirited debates in my head where I can get through a problem more easily than if I’m speaking with another person. I usually have them when I’m alone, because it’s easier to do it if I can talk out loud, and anyone who hears me talking loudly to myself might think less-than-positive things about my mental health. I find it exciting and very entertaining, because I can drop logic bombs on and turn the tables on myself with ease (Imagine a scientist talking to his apprentice about their favorite topic). It might just be an INTX thing, but I can’t say that any other type doesn’t do this. It’s probably just way more common in INTXs. Hope this helps :)

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