Colin McRae Rally: The Triggering

The Xbox 360 existed only in magazines. rFactor was over a year away from launch. And more than a decade before Twitch introduced the disastrous Formula E VISA Vegas eRace to unsuspecting Counter-Strike fans, there was the Warsaw Colin McRae Rally Tournament. Footage of the event does not exist, the personalities involved can not be found on YouTube showing off their practice sessions for thousands of hardcore admirers to study, and the game itself – Colin McRae Rally 2005 – had little in common with the franchise we now know it as today. It was both the best of times and the worst of times for the genre; sim racing was arguably in a golden age given the variety and overall quality of virtual auto racing titles coming from every direction, but the relative obscurity of PC gaming as a whole prevented objectively great driving games from attaining anything more than a niche following. You were either World of Warcraft, or you weren’t.

Yet despite massive advancements in multiplayer functionality, event organization, sim racing hardware, and the great leaps in technical prowess that we’ve seen across the gaming industry since 2005, in retrospect the Warsaw Tournament has taught us that we can always count on one variable to remain a constant; the sim racing community as a whole is extremely toxic.

Poland has a very peculiar relationship with motorsport. While next-door neighbor Germany boasts a fantastic selection of purpose-built auto racing facilities, some doubling as tourist attractions, quite the opposite is true in Poland – Tor Poznan serves as the sole major tarmac racing circuit.

Those looking for their motorized adrenaline fix are instead given choices that would be considered quite obscure across the rest of the continent. Spectators pack stadiums to the tune of fifteen thousand strong to partake in the festivities of Speedway Racing, whereas regional rally championships enjoy a strong following in comparison to other countries. It’s honestly incredible both disciplines have managed to attract such large audiences and national attention among the region, as rallying is logistically impossible to cover on live television, and there’s no way short oval dirt biking would ever gain popularity in the western hemisphere – at least not to the point where gladiatorial stadiums were constructed in its’ name.

But this precisely explains why there were enough diehards in the city of Warsaw alone to hold an on-site Colin McRae Rally championship consisting of several highly talented entrants. This was an era of gaming where just owning the niche Codemasters title in the first place put you into a very exclusive set of users, and yet here was Poland essentially offering a glimpse into the future of sim racing – both the good, and the bad.

Colin McRae Rally 2005 marked the end of an era for Codemasters, as while the game was functionally sound, many avid fans of the series felt 2005 was merely a re-hash of content from the titles released before it. Truthfully, their criticisms were not far off the mark, and this explains why a few years later the series would be re-imagined as an all-encompassing off-road title. Several stages and cars had been regurgitated all the way back from Colin McRae Rally 3, whereas the driving physics made it especially hard to recommend the 2005 iteration for steering wheel users – now a rapidly expanding demographic. This was Codemasters a few years prior to their flurry of games that established them as a key player in the evolution of driving games on the Xbox 360. Colin McRae didn’t look great and didn’t drive all that great either, but nailed enough of the true rallying experience – long stages, service areas, and a decent array of content – to have a valid spot in the library of any rally fan.

That was, if you could look past some of the obvious exploits. You could wall-ride pretty effectively, as many stages featured cliffs or concrete barriers next to the road that could be abused if hit at the correct angle. Some stages were designed in a way which allowed for pretty substantial cutting, and obviously not designed with online racing as a primary concern, Colin McRae 2005 featured relatively lax track limit detection. Lastly, the vehicle reset button could be abused, spawning the car several feet ahead of its current position once a user discovered how to cheat the system. Again, this was Codemasters before they hit it big with 2007’s DiRT.

The 2005 rendition of the championship, held at the end of February, took place within a large Warsaw cinema and was put on partially with the support of both Logitech and Intel. This was a genuinely large event; a precursor to the sim competitions we see on a regular basis today. Computers were arranged in a row at the front of the theater – allowing for easy walk-in spectating – and participants were able to liberally make use of the cinema’s concession stand. While the North American sim racing scene was still confined to private TeamSpeak servers and obscure message boards requiring registration, the Polish were living in 2017.

Details of the event, obtained in part thanks to GRY-Online, are scarce when it comes to the actual racing which took place. It is said that most drivers preferred the Citroen Xsara rally car, indicating the unlicensed all-wheel-drive entries based on cars competing in the WRC at the time were used to tackle the array of stages available.  With Colin McRae Rally 2005 including eight countries and eight stages within each region, it’s a valid theory that the three-day affair saw participants cover every last stage in the game at least once, with an additional round for the finalists on what I’d presume to be a Sunday. These guys did a lot of driving, but because this wasn’t exactly a StarCraft tournament, digging around for individual race results or rule packages won’t warrant much of anything.

What we do know for absolute certainty, was that the 2005 Polish Colin McRae Rally eSports Tournament was won by a young gentlemen named Robert Kubica.

This is unfortunately where the feel-good story about a future Formula One driver mingling with the sim community as one of their own, comes to an abrupt end. The final standings of the event ignited a tremendous firestorm on the Polish sim rally message board eRajdy.

Google Translate makes this quite a difficult read to follow, but the basic narrative is a classic underdog story not confined to any sole language. Users note that Kubica had seemingly come out of absolutely nowhere to destroy Poland’s best sim racers, with only limited time spent in the game beforehand. The former BMW Sauber driver had failed to qualify in the top ten during preliminary sessions, yet over the course of the weekend had driven just well enough to sneak through into eliminations, dethroning championship favorites such as Maja, MAdo, and Jarl during scored play. The improbability of a wildcard entry taking home a major Polish sim racing championship immediately spawned speculation of either a data entry error on part of the stewards, or outright cheating on Kubica’s part.

The majority of Polish sim racers refused to believe the best Colin McRae Rally 2005 player in the country was not one of the established leaderboard drivers, but rather a guy who didn’t even own a home computer in which to play the game, and was racing Formula Three cars in Macau just months earlier. Those who were aware of Robert’s real life racing accomplishments even attempted to argue that his real world skills would not apply in a virtual environment, and that on any day of the week a dedicated Colin McRae player should come out on top in this sort of event format. In any case, the sim racing community were not willing to allow Kubica to hold the title of champion.

As predicted, it gets ugly.

Kubica signed up for the message board under the alias “rk” and attempted to reason with the angry community members – so yes, you’re about to see a Formula One driver shit posting about sim racing with the best – only to be called “blind” and “stupid” by the community, largely unwilling to believe he’d pulled off the ultimate upset on a national stage. Yet in the face of such toxicity, Kubica doubled down and confirmed his status as a legend in the sim racing community by admitting in a short forum he did not own a computer at home and only practiced for a short time on Colin McRae Rally at a friend’s house – about forty hours total, which is really isn’t much compared to the times a dedicated Alien would spend on a game – before entering the competition.

Triggering the resident autists even further, he then takes the position of not caring about any alleged scoring issues which are the subject of debate, as in this situation he was just competing in this event for fun – it’s someone else’s job to score the event, and if they fuck up and he’s the winner, it’s not exactly his problem. He was there to enjoy himself, and as a bonus, if there was a genuine error in the standings, he’d have no problem sending the trophy to the rightful winner. At this point, Kubica expresses his disappointment in the community, whom are quick to attack an outsider for merely disrupting the established status quo of high ranking sim racers, and vows not to return.

There is much chagrin over the culprit of the upset victory, and I urge you all to dig through the full thread for the unprecedented levels of anal devastation, but eventually another user arrives to say that he was lucky enough to watch Robert drive the final competition round based on where he was sitting in the audience. Zero-soups claims there probably wasn’t any foul play or irregular scoring to begin with; Robert indeed ran an exceptionally clean set of stages – hypothesizing that the other drivers simply made too many mistakes in pushing for the national championship.

Robert of course has been chased away by the sim racing community, while the event organizers told the posters to shut the fuck up and locked the thread; the results of the championship now descending to the status of a controversial piece of trivia among members of the Polish eRally community, no longer allowed to discuss the competition in public. Was there really a scoring error on part of the stewards, or was this Kubica guy just a complete freak of nature? When the late Jim Clark first began his career in auto racing, there are stories of the 1967 Formula One champion asking why his competitors were driving so slow. Could this have been another instance of greatness taking form, albeit on a smaller level?

Fifteen months later, the posters on eRally would receive their answer on national television.

The 2005 Polish Colin McRae Rally champion and subject of intense sim racing message board debate, would make his first Formula One start filling in for the injured Jacques Villeneuve after he had complained of concussion-like symptoms following a crash in Hungary. Kubica would then earn a place in Formula One history as the winner of the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix, becoming the first driver of Polish origin to win a race in the world’s most prestigious auto racing championship. Not content with a resume consisting primarily of open wheel race cars, Kubica would then experiment with a career in the World Rally Championship, though a crash in 2011 left him with extensive injuries sidelining him for a number of seasons. Kubica is currently attempting a comeback in Formula One, undergoing a successful test with Renault.

In other words, it’s more likely in hindsight that Kubica pulled off a genuine upset in a major eSports competition, than was handed the victory as a result of a steward’s error.

Sadly, this situation is all too familiar in the world of sim racing.

Shane van Gisbergen was once asked to help refine iRacing’s Ford Falcon V8 Supercar several years ago, turning it into one of the best cars available on the service. A subsequent build broke the car, angering Shane and causing him to scale back his involvement with the team to that of a casual iRacer using the service for fun. Nick McMillen was told to leave a hosted session because iRacing denoted him a “rookie” due to his lack of playtime. 2017 iRacing Peak Anti-Freeze Series champion Ryan Luza – also a late model track champion away from the keyboard, was once the subject of a permanent ban from iRacing for allegations of cheating – only recently being allowed back onto the service.

Those are just some of the stories we know of, because the drivers are willing to use social media to make their displeasure known to the world.

There are also some great anecdotal stories regarding the same subject matter, a portion of which I can confirm just by knowing the right people. High profile drivers tag respected sim racing modders on obscure Instagram posts that the general public would otherwise never think twice about, a discreet sign of respect for their work. But they still refuse to mingle with the community on traditional message boards, sign up for leagues among the general population, or otherwise indulge in the hobby as “one of the guys.”

A distant buddy of mine happened to meet skateboarding legend Bucky Lasek out on the West Coast over the summer. Lasek was said to be incredibly appreciative of just how many people knew who he was, but more importantly expressed a serious interest in just being a part of the local culture and hanging out with the guys. Across other hobbies, this is pretty common. NHRA Top Fuel champion Antron Brown races radio controlled boats in his spare time, whereas CART champion Juan Pablo Montoya has a serious thing for R/C planes if you happen to follow him on Instagram. There are guys out there who know the notorious JPM as not an extremely aggressive yet talented race car driver, but as the friendly Colombian guy who fixes their scale aircraft.

But in sim racing? This is more or less absent; when it does happen, the star usually exits as quickly as they arrive. And this is because in the back of their minds, they know they’ll be another Robert Kubica if they’re not careful – chased out by the toxicity of their own admirers.

*Thanks to TW for sending this in, and bar_tosz for the story on Reddit.

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71 thoughts on “Colin McRae Rally: The Triggering

  1. This is sim racing in a nutshell.

    If you are a relative unknown, and you do well, then you are clearly cheating.

    Or. You damage the ego of some deranged person being paid to drive cars digitally, and have to laugh as them and their team launch a public assault on you in the forums.

    Got to love this community.

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  2. Robert Kubica owned them hard in the end … a win in Formula 1 and probably every fucking asshole in this thread would be crying into their sleep. The intelligent one would admit that they were wrong and change their view on the subject. The foolish ones would never get over it, regulary crying about it. Sore losers.

    GG ez rape Kubica 🙂 What an exceptional talent, I really hope he makes his comeback into Formula 1

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  3. People seem to gloss over the fact that he did not only win the Canadian GP (Which is what every publication solely mentions) but was leading the 2008 standings after that race, which was the 7th of the season, in a 3rd best car. Then BMW went full retard and refused to support him fully.

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    1. Uhm BMW got Nick Heidfeld to let Robert past even though he could have rightly held him behind to maximize his strategy and chances of victory. How that is not fully supporting let alone favoring him over the other driver is beyond me.

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    2. Except the Sauber was the best car in the first half of the season. The third best car, a long distance behind the Sauber and the McLaren, was the Ferrari. Sauber would’ve dominated the season with two much worse drivers than the likes of Massa, Raikkonen and Hamilton without BMW going full retard.

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  4. I think it’s in part because the possibility of cheating is always there in sim racing. But shunning everyne who is faster than you think they should be can’t be the answer.

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  5. This, kind sir, I find an extremely interesting and well written post. Admittedly, I also find yours that I classify as “deranged ranting” usually at least an entertaining read – but still, I mean it as a compliment.

    I had no idea about SvG’s involvement, and reading about JPM’s less – choleric side was kinda heart-warming. Thanks

    (And just to make life easier: you can take the above at face value. There’s no hidden sarcasm or somesuch).

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  6. Post-2005 story is incorrect.

    During an interview released to the Italian press (Sky F1) he admitted that he was 100% fine to drive that infamous weekend, but was told to “stay at home” and to tell the media that “he was injured” because Mario Theissen (then-head of BMW Motorsport division) wanted Kubica in the car and was looking for a way to sack Villeneuve at the earliest convenience. Convenience that came after that crash.

    If you can find a working mirror, the source (in Italian) is called “I Signori della Formula 1: Jacques Villeneuve: http://www.racingitalia.com/2015/10/29/i-signori-della-f1-jacques-villeneuve/

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      1. Villeneuve is one of the only 3 drivers that managed to consistently beat Schumacher in his 25 years of F1 career. The other two being Hakkinen and Alonso, both 2x champions themselves.

        I’ll give you that he’s an arrogant person, but I’ll take an arrogant Villeneuve any day over a straight-up douchebag like Hamilton for example that acts like a prima donna day in and day out or like Senna was before karma got to him and died.

        Not counting the fact that his track record is nothing short of impressive. Rookie of the year in Indycar beating the likes of Andretti, Vasser, Kanaan, Zanardi, Montoya, Papis and many others, Indianapolis 500 winner, Monaco GP winner, F1 world champion, 2nd at Le Mans in his rookie (and lone) appearence with an underperforming Peugeot and on and on and on.

        To this day he’s the only driver that came *this* close to the infamous Triple Crown, a record that is currently held by Graham Hill and resisting ever since 1972 and only came short of it because his Peugeot had reliability problems during the race (which he still finished 2nd O/A).

        “To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best”. And well, he did just that. Went against the best drivers in the world and beat them all (most of them anyway, only failed in Nascar) at their own games. He has earned the right to be what he is and act like he does. He’s not the kind of person who cares about what others think of him anyway, and why should he? To make precious snowflakes like you happy?

        You take a look around and see all the current racing drivers worldwide and most of them are all the same; no personality, no personal opinions about anything, just a bunch of “yes men” that do what others tell them to do. And then you look to the other side and there, there’s Villeneuve laughing at you.

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      2. It’s always hilarious when people say this when he came immediately after Damon Hill, who only won the championship because Villeneuve had never driven half the tracks before.

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  7. Bwahahaha! Well simracing online and even in R3E’s hotlap competitions taught me to stay humble. I’m sometimes in awe at how quick some guys can be (including James). This is also true for a very good friend I’ve been playing racing games with for a few years now. He’s almost always quicker than me. But sometimes, once in a blue moon, I might catch him off guard 🙂 .

    I am now never quick to call people cheaters. I simply acknowledge that they were quicker. This good friend of mine, me and another non-simracing friend went to a rental karting track once. We hit the track and I applied the same hotlapping logic I’m so used to from R3E, whick worked to some extent. The results were interesting in that I was second, my simracing friend third and the guy who doesn’t sim first. He clearly did something better than us that day. Now not all karts there might work as well but if we were to boast before our little Saturday afternoon trackday that we would kick his ass we would have looked like idiots, right? 🙂

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  8. oh great, another historical article by James…

    “Lastly, the vehicle reset button could be abused, spawning the car several feet ahead of its current position once a user discovered how to cheat the system”
    I don’t remember any CMR game ever having a ‘reset car’ button

    Second point, no one in that tournament has treated CMR as a simulation – it’s just a video game (in fact, in that thread there are points made that it’s *arcade* and different from real life). Calling the involved posters “sim racers” is a logical fallacy, an error. I wouldn’t go as far as calling posters of that thread a “community” either.

    Third, basically only one person kept calling out Kubica as “impossible to just come out of the street and win a tournament against people who were grinding the game a whole lot”. And apparently he wasn’t even present at the event.

    The rest of the posters/participants were just confused at the poor organization of the event:
    – times were not verified before handing out prizes (Kubica promptly asked for a double check, it turned out the main judge made a typo in one of his times, but prizes were already handed out);
    – inexperienced judges not knowing which corners are illegal to cut;
    – some stations had hardware faults, i.e. wheel at station #1 had some throttle issues;
    – time tables were not published by the organizer

    The organizer apologized for the whole situation in the third to last post of the thread and announced not hosting any more championships because of the acid spitting and false accusations.

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      1. This has been a recurrent theme with you, people always have to come in the comments and correct your incorrect “information” and “facts”. So many times you did this in several types of articles specially in the ones where you want to impose simulation your own way.

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  9. Btw, I’m just gonna drop this here

    This humble gentlemen seems to never have driven a pc ‘simulator’ before. Look how much time it took for him to drive properly.

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    1. I guess it’s just some time you need to get accustomed to the car and the way things are modelled. I get that when starting to play a new sim. Heck, when I play a racing game and then jump into my real life car I feel strange because there is so much movement I feel with my entire body vs. just the wheel 🙂 .

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        1. Oh, yeah. I forgot “Raceroom” started out as basically a sim racing center using whatever they had at the time, which I guess was Race 07 at that point? I had Race 07 plus all the expansions, but that was back in the G25 days and I never liked it all that much for some reason. I was pretty clueless about setting up wheels back then.

          Did the Formula cars drive OK? Anything like the current R3E?

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          1. The “Formula Raceroom”, which I guess this is, was pretty horrendous, but I was new to “sim racing” at the time, so my point of view is dated and not worth anything. I preferred the open wheelers of netKar Pro much better, and even the Formula Masters of Race 07/Race Pro comparatively.

            I also had a G25, and perhaps that made it hard to drive, though.

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            1. I also have a really hard time judging anything from back then, and likely for similar reasons.

              I remember enjoying the Hell out of Grid with the G25 (and a TH2Go thingy that allowed triples long before Eyefinity), but I didn’t look at racing sims as being anything other than *games*. I had no ambition for the FFB to do anything other than a) self-center and b) the wheel get light when understeering. None of the sims (rf1 included) felt much like a real car to me, and few of my (rusty but still extant) IRL car control skills were useful.

              These low standards made driving things like the rFactor Brabham BT52 nearly impossible. It was only after the rF1 F1SR 1991 and the DRM Revival mods came out that I began to feel like “Hey, this sorta feels like a car should”.

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  10. This story surrounding the Jew Harvey Weinstein and his sexual perversions has created a very funny situation. It has given permission for every skank, whore and slut in the industry to accuse prominent Hollywood figures of sexually harassing or abusing them. We’ve even seen men like President Camacho and James Van Der Beek describe how they were sexually assaulted by Hollywood faggots.

    None of this is a surprise though. Hollywood has always operated this way and it is ridiculous that there are people who have worked in the industry acting as if this is some type of shocking revelation. The stuff with Weinstein was an open secret and publicly joked about.

    Quite frankly, these women are just as disgusting as the kikes who run the film studios. While I am in no way defending these filthy Jews, these women knew full well that granting sexual favors to land film roles was part of the industry. If you are fucking the top Jew executive at the film studio, there’s a better chance that you’ll land coveted roles. It’s as simple as that.

    Most of the accusers are actresses in their 30s and 40s. This means that their days of landing leading roles is pretty much over. The Weinstein story has just given them an opportunity to draw attention to themselves.

    We basically have a situation where these useful idiot actress sluts are finally being useful for a change. They’re directing all of their energy at attacking the industry that they served as whores for. It is a fantastic thing to see. Hopefully these skanks make unlimited numbers of accusations towards as many top Jew Hollywood figures as possible. It matters not if their accusations are real, exaggerated or imagined. The more accusations they make the greater the industry will be discredited as the filthy kike run cesspool that it is.

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        1. [ Silicon Valley Is Not Your Friend ]
          We are beginning to understand that tech companies don’t have our best interests at heart. Did they ever?

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    1. Why doesn’t the 2nd video start earlier? Why not show the events that led up to it? Did he intentionally set it up like this? What are the AI settings?

      And why aren’t we seeing dozens of similar videos about “completely broken AI”? I mean, Yeah, the AI has trouble in the first 2 corners. But I haven’t seen anything crazy like this.

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        1. Ha. Funny. Look back when the SMS deal was announced and watch me badger the guy. Or maybe that was just to establish credibility for later when I “miraculously” turned out to be a big PC2 fan/shill?

          Doesn’t really explain my current infatuation with FM7 though, does it?

          BTW, we have meds to help with this sort of thinking. Risperdal is typically our go-to, but laying off the meth for about a week also helps 😉

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    1. Lots of little bitches defending S397 there. I hope they never do a Kickstarter, they’ll get chewed out for lack of communication.

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  11. i think its hilarious u kids talking shit about kubica. u wouldnt say this shit to him at lan, hes jacked. not only that but he wears the freshest clothes, eats at the chillest restaurants and hangs out with the hottest dudes. yall are pathetic lol

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    1. Here we should mention the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, World Jewry’s conspiratorial plan, which can be seen as Jewry’s general staff plan for world domination. It shows Jews how to infiltrate the bloodstream and organs of Gentile peoples. It reveals how Gentile states are to be undermined to make them completely subject to the Jewish parasite.

      Through control of finance and the press, by inciting the workers, by promoting class conflict, by destroying the rights of property owners, by inciting war and conflict between peoples, by fighting against religion, by eliminating Gentile intelligentsia, Gentile governments and the Gentile world will be replaced by Jewish world domination, by a reign of terror.

      Here are several examples from this Jewish plan:

      “Therefore we must not stop at bribery, deceit, and treachery when they should serve toward the attainment of our end.”

      “It [the Jewish empire] must institute a reign of terror….”

      “Thanks to the press, we have got gold in our hands, notwithstanding that we have had to gather it out of the oceans of blood and tears.”

      “We will turn countries into battlegrounds of insurrections.”

      “These mobs will rush delightedly to shed the blood of those whom, in the simplicity of their ignorance, they have envied from their cradles, and whose property they will then be able to loot.”

      “To control public opinion, we must sow doubt and discord.”

      “In the place of the rulers of today we shall set up a bogey which will be called the super-government administration.”

      “We shall destroy the importance of the family and its educational value.”

      “We will know how to prevent highly gifted persons from rising from among the Gentiles.”

      “God has granted to us, His Chosen People, the gift of dispersion, and in this which appears in all eyes to be our weakness, has come forth our strength, which has now brought us to the threshold of sovereignty over all the world. There now remains not much more for us to build upon the foundation we have laid.”

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      1. you forgot to log out kmanitou.

        take off your stupid propaganda from my post. Make your own post don’t reply to me with stupid shit. In fact you should make your own blog and get all the loonies in there with you.

        Why these stupid shits feel like sharing the craziness with the others? Attention whore much?

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        1. The Jew is your comrade, the Gentile is not a comrade. (Talmud Sanhedrin 72b, Tosafot).

          As long as the Jew does the will of Jahwe, his work will be done by the hands of others. (Talmud Terakot 35b)

          It is permitted to incite the sinners (Gentiles) of this world into war. (Talmud Berakot 7b, Megilla 6b)

          Kill the best of the Gentiles! (Talmud Aboda zara 26b, Tosafot)

          The belongings of Gentiles are like the desert, and he who first seizes them may keep them. (Talmud Baba batra 54b)

          There is no honor among the Gentiles. (Talmud Sanhedrin 74b)

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  12. In forums, I rarely mention that I drove IRL competitive racing, and usually as an exasperated last resort. A certain group of people immediately get defensive and want to shoot down everything you say, because (I think) they feel like your real-world experience somehow cheapens the thousands of hours they’ve invested in their simulated racing career.

    BTW, Senna was also into r/c aircraft big-time. I always wondered if JPM decided to model (no pun intended) every facet of his life on what Senna did. Not a bad idea for a racing driver 😉

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      1. Sigh: Exhibit A.

        *Of course* no one gives a fuck about me or anything I’ve done (I barely care – I have a pretty boring regular life). But maybe people are looking for information about which sims feel like a real car (something I can comment on, at least for certain types of cars). Or how to setup your TM wheel in FM7 or PC2. Stuff like that.

        Speaking of which, the WTCC’s in FM7 are a blast to drive with degrees of rotation set to about 760. Feels exactly like the ones in Raceroom, which gives you some idea how far the physics and FFB have come in Forza. I was reading some stuff about how to be quick in FWD/AWD racing, and the techniques (basically: lots of left foot trail braking to get the inside rear to break loose and make the car rotate) work very well in FM7. FWD doesn’t suck after all, and it’s a fun challenge to master – even if all that understeer on corner exit is a drag.

        I had inadvertently figured out some of this while learning how to drive my TT RS (which is essentially FWD until corner exit) at COTA, though I’m hobbled by the fact that Audi engineers decided that, if you try to use the gas and brake simultaneously, you must be insane (the car goes into momentary limp mode). No heel/toe in this car.

        It’s also nearly impossible (for me) to LFB with a manual transmission, so the whole “trail brake to the apex” is replaced with: brake, downshift, *don’t rev match*, use the sudden weight transfer to “shock” the rears and then use that to get the rear to rotate.

        That also works in FM7, although the AWD cars don’t feel right (I only wish my TT RS was as tailhappy as the one in FM7). I guess nothing’s perfect.

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  13. In forums, I rarely mention that I drove IRL competitive racing, and usually as an exasperated last resort.

    – “Dr” Kondor 2017

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          1. While adult women are able to make their own educated choices around wearing sexy or provocative costumes, teenage girls are not. As a parent, it is extremely hard to navigate this because this is what is available, and this is what girls are wearing. This is what their friends are wearing! Every Halloween shop and website sells the same thing: sexualized costumes for girls, with sizes starting at ages eight to 10.

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              1. As a Canadian, discovering that subculture of subhuman trash during the JonBenét Ramsey case was quite distressing, and now they’re even younger?

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