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Mikko Rauhala
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IT specialist, do-gooder, wannabe author
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The Drabbledark anthology Kickstarter is live and I'm officially mentioned in their listing, so I suppose now is the time to clean your pockets. If you like flash fiction of the darker (yet at least occasionally humorous) variety, consider preordering Drabbledark:
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Again in the short flash scene: "We enjoyed the opportunity to read "The Waymaker" and would like to publish it."

No editorial comments, even though they do have an editorial process. Must mean it's perfect. (Not much room for suboptimal expression in 101 words...)
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"There’s a Jewish tradition that laypeople should only speculate on the nature of God during Passover, because God is closer to us and such speculations might succeed.

And there’s an atheist tradition that laypeople should only speculate on the nature of God on April Fools’ Day, because believing in God is dumb, and at least then you can say you’re only kidding.

Today is both, so let’s speculate. To do this properly, we need to understand five things: acausal trade, value handshakes, counterfactual mugging, simulation capture, and the Tegmarkian multiverse."
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The now-famous tragic accident seems weirdly enough partially the fault of local urban planning.

"But others noted that the street design where Herzberg was struck likely was sending pedestrians a mixed message. It features an inviting brick-paved walking path across the median, in addition to a sign warning pedestrians not to use it."

Picture in the article.
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A nice review of the English language anthologies I'm a part of, including my first editorial credit.

For the latter in particular, this seems to spell success: "This is a very nice little book that you read all at once, but not because it is short, but because you cannot stop reading."
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"I'm envisioning more of a 'V for Vendetta' type situation."
Suspiciously Specific Denial: "Britain will not be "plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction" after it leaves the EU, the Brexit secretary has said."
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"After some research, I’ve developed a couple of promising leads for the location of the Silmarils in the Fifth Age.
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I previously sketched out the argument that Maglor’s Silmaril probably belongs to a Los Angeles crime lord.

The movie Pulp Fiction centers around a mysterious briefcase. We’re never told exactly what’s inside, but we get some clues.
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The fate of Maedhros’ Silmaril is less clear, but one promising possibility is linked with the fate of Utumno."

And let's not spoil further.
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Militarily, climate change is officially a threat to the United States. Ignoring pesky facts is apparently harder when you're talking about national security.

Of course, the solution of choice for the Republican administration seems to thus far be to bolster the military rather than work on any pesky root causes.
Want cognitive dissonance? “The National Defense Authorization Act signed by U.S. president Donald Trump this week contains a significant amount of discussion about climate change, going so far as to call it a “direct threat to the national security of the United States.”

We’ve know this for years. The US military is a fact-centered profession, and thus unable to screech denialist incantations, while the Russians build 12 new major naval and marine bases on the Arctic Ocean. Of course, this is one reason why the War on Science and All Fact-using Professions has now expanded to include the FBI, Intel Agencies and the US military officer corpse… now denounced by confederate loonies as “deep state” traitors.

https://futurism.com/trumps-signed-defense-bill-labels-climate-change-direct-threat/
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"There are no more trusted referees or arbiters, so the media atmosphere is filled with "both sides" yelling, w/ no way to resolve. In that atmosphere, everyone can just comfortably believe whoever is saying good things about "their side." Epistemological bubbles. Which brings us to this current tax bill, which is even more comically malign & grasping than past GOP budget plans.

Any attempt to accurately describe it sounds like a f'ing comic book villain revealing their evil plot toward the end of the movie. But it is surrounded, in the media atmosphere, by the exact same haze of both-sides charge-and-countercharge as ever. So your average citizen, just going on instinctual heuristics, isn't going to believe an accurate description. It sounds too ludicrous. An accurate (horrific) description sounds like what "one side" says, and we all know the truth is in the middle somewhere, right?

In this way, the GOP, whether through design or accident, has stumbled on a brilliant political strategy for advancing kleptocracy. They exploit public & media heuristics that make us highly averse to asymmetry. They exploit the folk wisdom of "both sides do it." They do their deeds right out in the open, trusting (accurately!) that a good chunk of the public won't believe it is what it is."
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To paraphrase a colleague, Russian hackers disable Intel ME using NSA techniques, what could possibly go wrong?
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