Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Why The Pod People Loved It

Soy Wars: The Divide

ThelastrussianWe think that’s a Poe… but nobody can be sure about anything.

 

It’s a well known fact that movie critics and general audience members look for completely different things in a movie. So having a large difference between the scores given by the critics and those given by the fans is not unusual. However for some reason people seem to be very touchy about critics giving the latest Star Wars movie a rating about 93 while the general audience rating is hovering around the high 50s. A forty point difference is a bit much and mere shilling and SOCJUS does not completely explain such a huge difference.

 

WCBS on the excuses for the critic / audience divide.

Yes the critics really are trying to deflect away the ratings split but claiming that mean people on the internet are being mean. The New Ghostbusters movie and Justice League are given as examples of a critic / audience split.

Welcome to JediGate. Yes we’ve been here before. Just get your passport stamped and your bags through customs. Don’t forget to tip the Wookie either.

And NO I DIDN’T LIKE THE MOVIE (1) Nor did anyone in the PulpRev or Superversive SF circles (as far as I can tell.)

but some people did like the movie… and this must be investigated further.

There’s no real need to explain why thus objectively bad movie isn’t resonating with general audiences and the reasons why Star Wars Fans hate The Last Jedi back just as much as the movie hates them have already been explored in depth and style.

http://www.castaliahouse.com/the-last-jedi-is-star-wars-for-people-who-hate-star-wars/

What therefore remains to be explained is why is there a small but noticeable group of people who did enjoy this terrible abomination of a movie? Why did the pod people like The Last Jedi?

First of all we can discount the SJW elements who are praising Soy Wars: Episode Hate (2) as they have no actual opinions of their own and are simply going along with the groupthink.

Professional shills and movie critics can also be discounted. Even those that didn’t take the Mouse Money are too terrified of being blacklisted in a Disney controlled entertainment industry.

This leaves a very distinct group of people: Movie Buffs and Generic Pop Culture Geeks.

You know who I’m talking about…

These are the Jack of All Trades Geeks who are not hardcore fans of any one thing but focus on keeping up with pop culture and current happenings. They typically learn enough to have a five minute conversation about virtually any geek fandom. These are the Shallow Geeks (3). They try to have fun every where they can and don’t get too tied into any one thing.

They also WATCH A LOT OF MOVIES

In fact the only difference between a Shallow Geek and a Professional Movie Critic is that the Shallow Geek typically has a real job and may have read several non-Harry Potter books (4).

Again you know who I’m talking about.

So why do hardcore movie watchers enjoy Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

Well we could ask them but none of them seem to be able to give a full answer.

The best responses involve vague worded variations on, “It was something different. It was unexpected.”

So let’s work from that. Something about this movie was different from all the other movies our Pod Person has recently watched.

For that we have to go back the original George Lucas Star Wars and what did George Lucas famously do? He made very heavy use of Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth theories

https://infogalactic.com/info/Joseph_Campbell

George Lucas did other things but this is what the Hollywood types latched onto and very quickly hack screenwriters begin to incorporate elements of A Hero With A Thousand Faces into practically every Hollywood movie… and things have gotten to the point that for all practical effects modern movies and entertainment all have pretty much the same plot being told over and over again with only the names changed.

Joseph Campbell’s work is not invalid but it has been overused so much that is has become a cancerous tumour on the face of modern storytelling.

There are other ways to tell a story than the standard three act set.

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Your blue-pilled, Rick and Morty loving, coworker in the next cubicle is technically correct. (5) Star Wars: The Last Jedi actually did something completely different. A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE DIRECTLY SHAT UPON THE JOSEPH CAMPBELL MONOMYTH.

And when someone who watches a lot of movies (most of which have the same plot timing) they immediately notice that something is new and different even if they can’t quite put their finger on it.

Of course attacking the monomyth is simply a prerequisite to shitting on and destroying the entire rest of the Star Wars mythos (6) but that’s another topic entirely.

But at least we now have an explanation for the critics reaction and the ratings split. Movie critics were so overjoyed by the subversion of the Monomyth that they subconsciously forgave the sins of an otherwise terrible movie. The mass audience on the other hand did not.

End Notes:

1 Among other things as a Space Navy League loyalist I found the tactics portrayed in The Last Jedi to so stupid and nonsensical that I took it as a personal insult.

2 Soy Wars: as in all the meat has been removed and replaced with filler. Also T-Levels are dropping at an alarming level.

3 As opposed to the Deep Geek who specializes in a small number of niche hobbies and gains mastery over them. Shallow Geeks are the guys you see on The Big Bang Theory. Deep Geeks are the guys discussing the differences between Dominions 4 and 5 and whether or not a blessed Jotun Scout Rush is a viable strategy with the new commander recruiting mechanics.

4 Not always a sure thing.

5 The best kind of correct.

6 Hollywood never understood Star Wars or why people enjoyed those movies. I continue to hold that the real genius of Star Wars was having a setting that was epic (galaxy spanning) in scale but where one man in a starfighter could make a difference. Of course you need actual heroic characters for that.

Other Links:

Bradford C.Walker further explains what he means by Narrative Warfare.

http://empiresmustfall.blogspot.ca/2017/12/narrative-warfarethe-last-jedi-cultural.html

The Mixed GM/ Not John Daker offers suggestions on how to put out the dumpster fire.

https://themixedgm.wordpress.com/2017/12/16/the-last-jedi-how-to-fix-it/

My suggestions involved having a movie start off with a fighter pilot duel between Diversity Wedge and an First Order ace played by Nicolas Cage.

Also Twi’lek dancing girls…

—Wolfman Out—

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Why The Pod People Loved It

Fake Worlds Real Politics

A completely unplanned stream of thought rant.

 

Jack Posobiec rants about Star Trek Discovery being Anti-Trump [10 mins]

A little on the cringeworthy side but he’s making a lot of good points here. Forcing real world topical politics into works of fiction completely ruins them.

 

It also causes them to age very rapidly. Think of a space marines novel from 1990 where the main villain is a Saddam Hussein stand in (I know one exists.) That’s bad enough but at least there’s some sort of story there and SPACEMERICA FUCK YES!!! is a tried and tested staple of military science fiction.

The real cringe comes from when a fictional society just so happens to be having the exact same problems as the modern world despite it being the year 4273 and most of the conflict taking place on the ice moon Carride in the New Fresco system. Our stronk female character must spread progressive values to the horribly backwards ice miners who still refuse to believe in more than two genders. This is of course is in addition to fending off an invading army of Orange Hitler Clones…

There really is only so much as this you can take before you simply turn off the television or toss the book in the trash.

Message fiction sucks even when you agree with the message. For example I used to get very angry about the ‘straw liberals’ you constantly see in military science fiction. There is always somebody who wants to negotiate with Face-Eating Giant Space Spiders*…

And then I starting encountering the blue checkmark mafia on Twitter and learnt that yes American Journalists really do think actually like those characters in those novels.

…and I think that’s another rant for another time.

So? How do I go about handling politics in my writing?

Let’s start with the dirty little secret of this horribly wwwwwwacist right wing blog. I’m not actually THAT rightwing. Certainly not compared to the majority of my internet friends who seem to sleep with a MANPAD under their Confederate flag pillow and cosplay as the Shadow solely as an excuse to carry an extra pair of .45s.

The central topic of the Breyland stories is the question “what does it mean to be a nation?” This will not be the theme or main point of every story I write in that universe but it will be a constant presence in the background and intelligent self-aware characters will have to think about it. Breyland is cursed with a very serious fuzzy borders problem as their cultural and economic influence far exceeds their Space Navy’s ability to project power and defend those borders.

All of the questions I’ve had to ask myself while worldbuilding about culture, religion, race, the difference between Nation and Empire… keep leading me towards what is going to be a very right-friendly setting. Which is very interesting as I set a lot of the details down long before I was red-pilled.

Picking up those notes years later and thinking through the consequences of those details and the enormous potential for ethnic and religious conflict littered all over the place has been an awful lot of fun. For example I made the main protagonist culture intolerant of male homosexuality as I wanted to give them a flaw rather than risk letting them become complete Mary Sues. Years later hindsight is making that defining flaw look more and more like a virtue, at least in some circles.

There has been a lot of false starts in the last couple of years as I dig around in this mess for a story to tell but I seem to be making at least some head way. Slow progress is still progress.

So while there is going to be a great deal of politics in the Breylandverse stories I will do my best to make them as non-contemporary as possible and focus on making the issues of direct and logical consequence to the characters who are stuck weathering the storm (or when fortune smiles on them being the storm.)

Yes I will take the occasional shot at the Far Left but this is a setting where Communists get thrown out of helicopters every couple of decades just to keep the universities in line**. The Breyland military also finds itself fighting planetary nationalists just as often as they find themselves chasing down jungle Communists.

And as always I will let the reader judge the characters rather than simply preach down from an ideological pulpit.

Which just so happens to be the exact opposite approach mainstream science fiction like Star Trek Discovery is taking.

*As the Feegs prefer to play with their food they are usually quite happy to “negotiate.” Also leftist human females tend to be fatter than right-leaning human females and thus more delicious.

** A second exception I’m going to allow myself is the Special Intelligence Service who are basically a bunch of Alt-Right Shitlords… and yes some of them are Fake Nazis… others are actual Nazis.. just enough of them to keep things interesting.

***Disclaimer: FEGSS do not actually appear in the Breylandverse. This was completely unplanned rant and I mixed my metaphors. But don’t worry  The Feegs are patient and cunning; they will appear somewhere sometime and when you least expect it.

Fake Worlds Real Politics

Nerdlife Eight: Bonus Rant Included

Nerd Life Eight: Sperg War Now!

Opening thoughts: The possible rise of Overedgy SF

Most if not all social, cultural or political movements tend to take the form of a youthful rebellion to what the previous generation held as their standard; an over-correction to the errors that generation made or a panicked attempt to avoid a repeat of a recent tragedy. French Humanism for example came about as a direct result of the French Wars of Religion and the horror that resulted from christian fighting christian over small matters of heresy.

So what will be the reaction to the curse that is Pink Slime Science Fiction? The obvious answer would be some form of self-consciously anti-SJW science fiction. The Pulp Revolution does contain some elements of this as “Write whatever the fuck you want, hombre. Just don’t make it boring.” is in fact quite opposite an mantra from anything Tor books would choose to associate with. The problem here is that new movements tend to overreact when the pendulum swings. So what I expect to see is something I for the lack of a better term am, dubbing Overedgy SF; where offending and mocking the progressive gatekeepers of the previous era is front and center.

Now we are already seeing quite a bit of this but its mostly limited to what are clearly parody stories but if an Overedgy SF movement actually begins in earnest we can expect to see some fairly serious works purposely offend and directly attack the progressive sacred cows at every beat. Instead of virtue signalling these authors will be vice signalling. Sadly this too will be a form of message fiction and detrimental to storytelling but we should as least see some better dialogue than your typical John Scalzi novel.

Even if authors don’t want to be shitlords there is going to be a temptation to work in offensive or questionable content that the author wasn’t originally going to go anywhere near simply to kick the SJW gatekeepers while they are down. Every action in nerd culture produces an equal and opposite (if slightly more autistic) reaction and the CHORFs have had their cold clammy hands on the vitals of Speculative fiction for far too long for fiction lovers to simply let them walk away unscathed.

So expect we’ll see a five to ten year literary wave of Overedgy SF before it gets boring and played out. While it should an absolute blast to read after the creative drought of the last few decades it is important to note that Overedgy books are not likely to age well.

And what will I do? Not sure? While there is no way I can keep politics out of my writing I decided a long time ago that is would be best to let the reader make the judgement call and not simply preach right and wrong to them… that said I never expected to write a chapter about throwing Communists out of a helicopter and yet here we are.

Interestingly the rest of the book will probably be quite apolitical but this does fit into the bipolar madness that is the Beautiful Terror.

A Proven Solution

 

Anyway on to our main program.

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New comics news site run by Nate Winchester.

http://www.comicsdispatch.com/2017/08/14/how-did-we-get-here/  

Right now he’s mostly doing daily video links and summaries but that’s a start. He also did a review of Defenders S1 a few days back. Again it’s a start.

 

And here’s an article by the same Nate Winchester making a plea to storytellers to keep politics out of their stories.

http://www.superversivesf.com/2017/08/23/keep-political-messages-out/

 

Full Metal Hope [5mins]

Take two of the best moves of all time and blend together. Simply too awesome for words.

 

And speaking of Star Wars…

http://astroblog.cosmobc.com.convey.pro/l/VXQWr6Z

So it appears that circumbinary planets do exist. Must make for some weird orbital mechanics.

 

Wargaming tactics: Skimishers 101 [8 min]

Decided to throw this one in as I didn’t have anything for the tabletop constituent. Also a good apolitical channel for anyone who’s into Battletech or Warhammer 40K.

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Five reasons why Zeon lost the One Year War. [7 min]

All makes sense. Mind you I’ve only watched the original series once.

 

The final part of The Mixed GM’s six part retrospective on Solomon Kane

https://themixedgm.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/solomon-kane-retrospective-final-post/

 

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The most awesome-est thing ever. (Old Jeffro post)

https://jeffro.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/the-skeletons-of-scale-scorch/

A strange treasure unearthed from the deepest darkest monster filled catacombs.

 

Bradford Walker on the fighting-man; the most basic hero archetype there is.

http://www.pulprev.com/2017/08/writing-your-protagonist-fighting-man.html

 

Nordic Folk Music — Heimdall

Perfect for mead and chill.

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Imperia by Antti Martikainen

Okay you had me at EPIC SPACE WAR MUSIC. Add this to your writing playlist. Trust on this one fam.

 

Rawle Nyanzi explains the appeal of ‘action girls’ in fiction.

http://rawlenyanzi.com/fighting-females/

-Men like hot chicks.

-Men like violent entertainment.

-Why not combine the two?

Also there is the videogame aspect in that if a gamer has to stare at a character’s butt for hours at a time it helps if that butt belongs to a hot chick rather than a fat hairy dude in a fedora. (Author inserts are never good.)

 

Jimfear138 preaches the gospel truth about what makes a good Sci-fi movie

http://jimfear138.blogspot.ca/2017/08/the-best-science-fiction-movie-of-all.html

 

Insensitivity readers might just be a growth industry; especially if I’m right about the rise of Overedgy science fiction. You just can’t think of ways to offend everybody without an ever bigger Shitlord watching your back and pointing out missed opportunities to drive the knife in just a little deeper.

http://delarroz.com/?page_id=1387

 

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Jews Vs Nazis beer pong?

jewsvsnazisbeerpong

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/students-suspended-expelled-for-playing-jews-vs-nazis-beer-pong-off-campus/597074550

Where can we find the rules for this game? Cuz it sounds awesome; especially the beer part.

Wait? This happened OFF CAMPUS? And how much are your parents paying for this…?

 

https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/608712/a-thorium-salt-reactor-has-fired-up-for-the-first-time-in-four-decades/

This sounds like very good news. A much more promising future than putting windmills in soyfields to power our iSlavecollars.

You will see mentions of thorium reactors in the Breyland stories as it’s one of the few neearhorizon technologies that I’m actually excited about. Big game changer and a lot closer than practical fusion.

and will that I fear I’ve rambled enough for one night.

Nerdlife Eight: Bonus Rant Included

The Charlotteville Double Backfire

Just a quick piece highlighting a great video and a few random thoughts.

I’ve kept fairly quiet on Charlotteville and the related aftermath but I think I’ve got a fairly good idea what happened and I’m very thankfully that it wasn’t worse. In fact it looks like the whole thing is going to backfire on the Left as they are desperately overreaching in the wake of “victory” and pissing off the normies in the process.

Trumpslide 2020? We may need to start talking about Bannon The Barbarian 2024.

 

A good solid breakdown of the aftermath and the long term results. [11 Mins]

 

The Establishment Left spent a lot of time and effort setting up the Unite The Right rally and in the end all they really accomplished was making Richard Spencer look like a naive attention seeking clown. This is something we already knew but it seems that some people needed to be reminded of that fact. Zman made a brilliant point in one of his posts that the smart thing to do after the tiki torch nightmarch would have been to simply go home and leave the police and the local Democrats having to explain the Antifa and BLM riots that would have occurred regardless of whether or not there were any Fake Nazis to throw bottles of urine at or not.*

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Nazis ruin everything. Furries ruin everything and yes nazi furries do exist… I don’t want to talk about it.

Some of the more observant readers might have noticed that I’m using the tag or term Alt-West a lot more often and Alt-Right less and less. I just find it a better description of my actual position, even if, the term is little baffling to people who don’t already read Vox Populi.

I’ll have to do a follow up by what I mean by all that but I simply don’t talk to The Right Stuff Crowd and aside from a couple of individuals don’t really want anything to do with them. The Alt-West is the way forward. While there’s a lot of angry young men who need to vent and who need to be told, “that’s okay to be white, you have nothing to be ashamed about” standing around and screaming “GAS THE KIKES! BEFORE THE DARKIES STEAL OUR BIKES!!!” is not very productive and will not save our nations. Vent your anger, purge your white guilt and then grab your tools and get to work. There’s plenty of shit to do and not enough hands to do it. Don’t bitch about not being able to do something either. FIND SOMETHING YOU CAN DO AND FUCKING DO IT!!!

But that’s another rant for another day.

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Together. We’ll LARPwar another day but first we must see that there will be another day for LARPing. Besides how else are going to Crusade while listening to Pagan Death Metal?

 

Nope nothing suspicious here [5 mins]

A very quick summery of three suspicious things already noted about the Unite the Right rally.

 

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99% Sure this is just some idiot from /pol/ doing a PSYOP. That or Jack Black has really let himself go.

 

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I can totally see this happening. Would likely be followed up with let’s say… OPShellgame where we mix in the occasionally real rally in order to keep them going after the fake decoy rallies.

altleftinonepic.jpgI lot of people still prefer the term Ctrl-Left but the God-Emperor has made his will clear.

*Final Thought: Do the crisis actors pretending to be Nazis get paid more than the regular guys? Maybe they get an extra bratwurst or something?

—Wolfman Out—

The Charlotteville Double Backfire

The Ongoing Collapse of Rebel Media

There has been a lot of drama, rumors and behind the scenes trouble at Rebel Media. The ongoing ‘Blackmail Scandal’ is front and centre of course.

Voat Conspiracy Thread that makes of couple of interesting points.

https://voat.co/v/Conspiracy/2069455

I know nothing about any of these people, but I watched the video you linked and the video by the effeminate British kid. I would not trust ANYONE involved with ANY of the players in this after watching these videos. I wouldn’t watch Rebel Media, and I wouldn’t watch or trust whatever channel the effeminate British kid creates. Here’s what it seems like to me: YES there was something funny going on at Rebel Media with crowdfunding, and YES there was absolutely an attempt by the gay British kids to extort and BLACKMAIL the company. They not only took payment after payment of hush money, they actually surreptitiously recorded the blackmail negotiations so they could ask for MORE blackmail. None of the these people are trustworthy, and there are far too many alternatives in independent journalism out there for anyone to bother with these fighting snakes. “

 

At the very least there has been some serious mismanagement going on at The Rebel Media and at worst? The words Controlled Opposition come to mind. Either way the self-destruction of Rebel Media is a huge blow to any effort to rebuild the Canadian Right. Without a functional Alt-Media outlet things are going to be a lot harder going forward.

Not there weren’t warning signs. Time and time again Rebel Media would show up at a story do an excellent initial report and then fail to do any sort of in depth follow up. The story the Rebel is the story of what could have been.

There was also the very irritating problem that Ezra Levant seemed to have difficulty understanding that Canadians would have liked to see a Pro-Canada media organization and not necessarily a Pro-Israel one. America wasn’t the only country burnt by the Neocons and their foul stench continues to cling to the clothes of anyone still calling themselves Conservative in this country. Besides the paradigm has shifted. Canada might be one (or maybe two) election cycles behind the rest of Western Civilization but even these dark times will not endure forever. If France can survive the Reign of Terror, Canada can survive the Reign of Tumblr.

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The problem of course is that no one knows what a Canadian Nationalist is supposed to look like. Much less how to be one. We’ll just have to figure that out together won’t we?

 

The Rebel Media denounces the Alt-Right [6 mins]

This message brought to you by everyone’s favourite useless diversity hire. What exactly do you do around here, Jay? You have no charisma, no in-depth political or historical knowledge and seem like you’re reading off a cue card with no idea what half of the words mean. So what purpose do you serve in the Rebel Media? As an audience member I’ve given you every chance to prove yourself and all you’ve done is prove your haters right. I’m sorry Mr. Fayza but you need to go back too.

This very shallow attack piece does highlight one very useful thing though, Richard Spencer has a truly magically punchable face.

 

So apparently Faith Goldy was fired for going on a Daily Stormer podcast. [5 mins]

Something fishy that way swims.”

Everyone who supported Rebel Media understood that they were and we going to be very Pro-Israel and accepted that as the cost of doing business. That said this seems like a very cowardly way to be treating your people while proclaiming to be fighting for free speech. While there is undoubtedly more going on behind the scenes this is Gamma Leadership in action and Ezra is making a complete fool of himself here (and that’s discounting everything else that is going on.)

 

Friendly neighbourhood conspiracy theorist Titus Frost gives his HOT take. [10 mins]

He definitely brings the fire with this one. Highly entertaining on multiple levels. Plenty of notes in the video description.

 

As a counterpoint Mike Cernovich offers a defence and some much needed constructive criticism. [17 mins]

Relevant section is from 1:15 to 6:00. Using the Openmind archive channel link as it is less likely to be deleted than Mike’s official channels.

 

Final Thoughts: I’m not quite ready to abandon ship but the captain is drunk, we’re on an oil tanker, there’s a lot of icebergs this time of year and we’re coming up on Baby Seal Beach.

The ship hasn’t sunk yet. There’s still a chance we’ll make it to port but I hope to hell you can swim because the odds aren’t looking too good.

To Victory

Plenty of work to do and the next few years are going to suck… not that anyone is looking too surprised. If Rebel does completely collapse if will just leave a large gap in the market for a genuine Opposition Media to form. A battle has been lost but the war continues and the Men of the West must rise up and meet it. Canada stands with the West, even if many of our brothers are slow to get to their feet we must not despair. There will be plenty of Deus Vult for everyone. God is with us. The question is are we with God?

—Wolfman Out—

/endrant

The Ongoing Collapse of Rebel Media

I Attempt To Make A Point Here

Okay… okay let’s break things down a little for anyone who came here on the shortbus.

THIS IS PRETENDING TO BE A NAZI ON THE INTERNET

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AND THIS IS PRETENDING TO BE A NAZI IN REAL LIFE

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The internet is not real life. Springtime for Hitler is over. Knock it the fuck off.

In fact it’s probably safe to say that anyone bringing a Nazi flag or armbands to a public event is either, a complete fucking idiot, a neurotic self-hating Jew or a government plant.

Shit is starting to get real out there and nobody has time for LARPing. Online sure go ahead and fash it up. I still will from time to time (might tone it down a little going forward) but that shit is starting to get boring. The purpose of the Hitler memes was to break the rhetorical weapons of the enemy. This goal has more or less been accomplished and it’s time to move on.

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Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

and yes we’ll always have the memories.

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I’m trying not to laugh here, I really am.

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Oddly there is a tiny element of truth to that whole Nazi milk thing. It’s something that would be a notable advantage in pre-industrial revolution times.

Okay I’m going to sign off before I do something I’ll regret later.

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Keep the memes contained people!

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Madness this way lies!

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Okay brain you’re not helping…

 

I Attempt To Make A Point Here