“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
Ivan Sypos watched three ambulances scream past him. He shoved his hands deeper into his pockets and hurried on. The CCTV footage ‘still’ from the Brussels airport bombing had no context so he supposed he had to stay calm and vigilant. Wait for something to happen, sit down in an empty Cafe, order coffee and watch the madness around him unfold while he processed the madness. But he was a bit surprised that controls at the borders were only introduced four hours after the attack. It takes only a little over an hour to get from Brussels to the border. It was strange.
He found a small Cafe off the beaten track which still operated normally at least to his eyes. Travelling by foot not too fast he had passed unhindered through three police checkpoints. Hastily set up and bored looking Paramilitary cops milled around smoking and laughing. He sat down and ordered Coffee, the waiter said something but Sypos didn’t understand.
One must eat or be eaten. One must kill or be killed. There is no alternative.
Sypos wasn’t sure sure if this represented an error in the bedlam of the aftermath, but he got the impression from the original report that this operation was not rigid. The operation was flawed in some way he couldn’t work out at this moment. The noise was terrific. Sirens. Sitting at another table was a young guy who looked like the image of Leonardo de Caprio talking earnestly with a beautiful young woman.
Ivan Sypos didn’t buy it about Paris or Boston. London. He thought it odd there were so many suspicious Pri(SEC)/training exercise/metaphysical assistance/synchromystical-by-design aspects to these attacks, but the possibility intrigued him that maybe a little of the Eigen had ripped. CERN maybe? He sipped his coffee it was lukewarm.
Sypos knew Laachraoui and Abrini, like virtually every other suspect involved in a tangle of terrorist attacks across North America, Europe, and Australia, were well known to both ITK and D23, having both been documented as having traveled to Syria to fight against Damascus under ISIS, with Abrini having been arrested and jailed several times in the past,( including a spell in the Black Iron Prison) and Laachraoui already having a 2014 international arrest warrant issued for him in connection to a trial involving recruiting Europeans to fight for ISIS. Why didn’t D23 pick him up again?
Ivan Sypos is about to go on his first date, and is nervous about what to talk about. He asks his father for advice. The father is looking out of the window of their small flat, he replies: “We are the Clan Sypos, there are three subjects that always work. These are food, family, and magic.”
Ivan picks up his date she is beautiful and her name is Katerin, they go to a small cafe. Ice cream sodas in front of them, they stare at each other for a long time, as Ivan’s nervousness builds. He remembers his father’s advice, and chooses the first topic. He asks Katerin: “Do you like Belgian Chocolate?” She says “No,” and the silence returns.
After a few more uncomfortable minutes, Ivan thinks of his father’s suggestion and turns to the second item on the list. He asks, “Do you have a brother?” Again, Katerin says “No” and there is silence once again.
Ivan then plays his last card. He thinks of his father’s advice and asks Katerin the following question: “If you had a brother, would he like Belgian Chocolate?”
Microsoft has been forced to dunk Tay, its millennial-mimicking chatbot, into a vat of molten steel. The company has terminated her after the bot started tweeting abuse at people and went full neo-Nazi, declaring that “Hitler was right I hate the jews.”
Some of this appears to be “innocent” insofar as Tay is not generating these responses. Rather, if you tell her “repeat after me” she will parrot back whatever you say, allowing you to put words into her mouth. However, some of the responses were organic. The Guardian quotes one where, after being asked “is Ricky Gervais an atheist?”, Tay responded, “Ricky Gervais learned totalitarianism from Adolf Hitler, the inventor of Atheism.”