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F*** you, clown.

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The Scorpion and the Frog

Daryl Gregory notwithstanding, an important lesson for us all.

The Scorpion and the Frog by Anonymous *

The variation, while interesting, I reject as the work of pessimist. Though such a pessimist might point out the story’s use in some violent film or other, I prefer the original. Of course, under normal circumstances, a smart frog would never give the insect a lift in the first place.

* Often misattributed to Aesop.

Fascinating Reading

Non-fiction, too.

MKULTRA:

Substances which will promote illogical thinking and impulsiveness to the point where the recipient would be discredited in public.
Substances which increase the efficiency of mentation and perception.

Materials which will produce the signs and symptoms of recognized diseases in a reversible way so that they may be used for malingering, etc.

Materials and physical methods which will produce amnesia for events preceding and during their use.
Physical methods of producing shock and confusion over extended periods of time and capable of surreptitious use.

Substances which will produce “pure” euphoria with no subsequent let-down.
Substances which alter personality structure in such a way that the tendency of the recipient to become dependent upon another person is enhanced.

Substances which will lower the ambition and general working efficiency of men when administered in undetectable amounts.

Gawddammit…

Just stop. You’re slaying me with these things:

You will join an experienced and forward-thinking team running to the maximum level of performance to avoid financial loss and limit operational threat.

You will have extended expertise and background in all elements of security and be able to demonstrate your executive and investigatory techniques. You will have responsibility for the security of sites and protect the company profits. You must have soundawareness of actual security systems.

You will receive said compensation of $14/hour prior to taxable deductions (not bad, actually) and you will observe both male and female dressing rooms on closed circuit television without touching yourself (what happens on break, stays on break).

Book Rec of the Day

A book about religious fundamentalism secular politics disguised as religion.

Amazon

“…Sharlet is present when a leader tells a dozen men living there, ‘You guys are here to learn how to rule the world.’ As it turns out, the Family was established in 1935 to oppose FDR’s New Deal…”

From Wikipedia:

The Fellowship is reportedly associated with an organization called C Street, which has drawn national attention for its connections to the extra-marital affairs of Senator John Ensign and Governor Mark Sanford.

Almost sounds like they blackmail politicians, doesn’t it? Great to have one’s own brothel to keep those votes in line.

Movie Rec of the Day

Smilla’s Sense of Snow

Hard to believe this film is thirteen years old (and the novel is eighteen!). Gabriel Byrne knows how to pick ’em, IMO.

Quote of the Day (Updated)

Much of the information in the documents is raw intelligence, unverified by any analytic process. Most are classified only “secret,” a relatively low level of security classification, and could have been seen by theoretically thousands of people. As one U.S. official put it to me, “Hell, secret clearances are handed out like lollipops at the dentist.”

VOA Source