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  1. DJ Riko’s 18th annual Merry Mixmas mashup album

    Dram – Litmas JD McPherson – Every Single Christmas Margo Guyen – I Don’t Intend to Spend Christmas Without You Josh Rouse – Sleigh Brother Bill Sufjan Stevens – Put the Lights on the Tree Bailen – Christmas is All Around Hoodoo Gurus – Tojo The Magnetic Fields – Everything is One Big Christmas Tree Sia – Santa’s Coming for Us New Order – Rocking Carol The Regrettes – Marshmallow World James Brown – Santa Claus go Straight to the Ghetto Justine Skye – Eyes for You Satan’s Pilgrims – Feliz Navidad Livingmore – Show me Light and Love Jagged Jaw – Pink Xmas Tree Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick (Alternate Version) Tralala – Holiday Hearts Cocteau Twins – Winter Wonderland Redtenbacher’s Funkestra – Deck the Halls The Duke Spirit – Melt by the Morning The Grip Weeds – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen The Silhouettes – Under the Mistletoe The Oh Hellos – Every Bell on Earth Will Ring

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  2. The Last Messiah by Peter Zappfe

    “Why, then, has mankind not long ago gone extinct during great epidemics of madness? Why do only a fairly minor number of individuals perish because they fail to endure the strain of living – because cognition gives them more than they can carry?” asks Peter Wessel Zapffe in his 1933 essay, “The Last Messiah.” For him, the cosmic panic he saw endemic to the capacity for meaning-making burdened his species with a perpetual psychic scramble to avoid absorption into the infinite regression which undergirds that capacity. For anarchists, the whole of the world as it is faces them with similarly unthinkable problems whose sheer magnitude, complexity, or both render them as in fact meaningless by dint of scopes in excess of the capacity for a given brain to cognize them, terminating thought into impermeably blank anagnorisis. Having achieved a state of no mind, only those with suitable religious inclinations bother remaining here for long.

    “Cultural history, as well as observation of ourselves and others, allow the following answer: Most people learn to save themselves by artificially limiting the content of consciousness,” continues Zapffe, marking the out of which anarchists avail themselves as often as any other simulacra raised in the image of Man the Wise. Posed with inhuman problems which are nonetheless problems both of humans and for humans, though many elect to turn away it is understandable that one would find themselves nonetheless compelled to act toward the embetterment of their world. Whichever way they turn, however, apostate and fidelitous alike find themselves already caged by the funhouse mirrors of their own failed gnosis.

    “The whole of living that we see before our eyes today is from inmost to outmost enmeshed in repressional mechanisms, social and individual; they can be traced right into the tritest formulas of everyday life,” he continues, laying down modes of defense by which his species avoids the hazard at the center of their own psychic ontologies. By these same methods, anarchists, and conceivably all confronted by truly larger than life matters, find ways to ignore their problems, bury themselves in dogmatic commitment to project-hobbies, and treat whatever matter is at hand as effectively reducible to an arena in which they, preferably, already hold mastery. Failed imaginations an oubliette for every revolution.

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  3. “Xas Irkalla” - a dark, insane RPG inspired by black metal

    Warning! This game features MAJOR Adult themes! It believe it has been inspired by satanic black metal music and includes a lot of insanity and gruesomeness.

    Today we are playing the "Nightmares of the Dead Dreamers" intro adventure from the Core Rulebook. Xas Irkalla uses the "Strain" RPG mechanic, which we will be explaining briefly at the start of the game.

    Beneath grey skies of falling ashes, corpse-like denizens beckon for scraps of flesh, kneeling in filth and ecstasy before their slumbering god-kings. Wasteland tribes fight against the armies that come to take them as cattle. Witches are hunted and bred to serve as psychic slaves to sorcerers at war, and things of nightmare are birthed from the cracks in the earth, where reality is twisted into surreal labyrinths of intersecting worlds. This is the world of Xas Irkalla.

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  4. Philosophy of True Detective

    Critics have offered many readings of the influence of weird and horror fiction on True Detective’s narrative, often examining the influence of Robert W. Chambers’ short story collection The King in Yellow (1895) and Thomas Ligotti. Allusions to The King in Yellow can be observed in the show’s dark philosophy, its recurring use of "Carcosa" and "The Yellow King" as motifs throughout the series, and its symbolic use of yellow as a thematic signature that signifies insanity and decadence. Pizzolatto was accused of plagiarizing Ligotti because of close similarities between lines in True Detective and text from Ligotti’s nonfiction book The Conspiracy Against the Human Race (2010)—accusations Pizzolatto denied, while acknowledging Ligotti’s influence.

    Other philosophers and writers identified as influences include Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche,[ Gilles Deleuze, Ray Brassier, Emil Cioran, and Eugene Thacker. Mathijs Peters, in a piece for Film International, argued that True Detective probes Schopenhauerian philosophy through its approach to individuality, self-denial, the battle between dark and light, and so forth. Ben Woodard noted the show’s evolving philosophy, which examines a setting where culture, religion, and society are direct by-products of biological weakness. Woodward wrote, "Biological programming gets recuperated and socially redistributed visions, faiths, and acerbic personalities take the reins of uncertain ends creating a world where ‘people go away’." Even the setting, Fintan Neylan argued, emphasizes a world "where the decrepitude of human ordering cannot be hidden." He stated, "This is not a place where hope fled; it is a place where hope could never take root. It is with these people and environs that the real horror is sourced." Yet Neylan observed that Cohle’s actions are not motivated by misanthropy, rather a drive to challenge "those who try to either disguise or manipulate this frailty of humans for their own benefit." And in doing so, Cohle ultimately confronts "an entire philosophical history which has taken its task as that of sweeping frailty away." Christopher Orr at The Atlantic said True Detective was "Fincherian in the best sense", a fusion of Se7en (1995) and Zodiac (2007), because of its subject matter, sleek cinematography, and "vivid, unsettling" aura.

    Some commentators noted further influences from comic book literature. Adams likened Cohle to the protagonist of Alan Moore’s The Courtyard and drew parallels with Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles for the show’s brief exploration of M-theory with one of Cohle’s monologues. ComicsAlliance and New York columnist Abraham Riesman cited Top 10 as the inspiration for the season finale based on dialogue from the episode’s closing scene.

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  5. Agent of the Imperium, Part 2

    A Story of the Traveller Universe Kindle Edition. Jonathan Bland is a Decider, empowered by the Emperor himself to deal with the inevitable crises of empire. In the service of the Empire, he has killed more people than anyone in the history of Humanity, to save a hundred times as many.

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  6. Agent of the Imperium, Part 1

    A Story of the Traveller Universe Kindle Edition. Jonathan Bland is a Decider, empowered by the Emperor himself to deal with the inevitable crises of empire. In the service of the Empire, he has killed more people than anyone in the history of Humanity, to save a hundred times as many.

    —Huffduffed by josephaleo

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