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19th Feb '18 6:13:15 AM gb00393
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19th Feb '18 6:13:13 AM gb00393
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** On the same token, much of the nobility of Westeros seems to be aware, or at the very least ''suspicious,'' that Queen Cersei is having an affair with her twin brother, and that her children are illegitimate bastards. However, few are actually willing to directly challenge Cersei on this matter because of her political allies. Ned Stark learns this [[DoomedMoralVictor the hard way.]] However, as of "A Man Without Honour" in the second season, even Jaime and Cersei have given up denying it. Only Tywin, their lord father, [[SelectiveObliviousness refuses to acknowledge the truth even to himself]] since it would mean that his whole legacy is built on a lie.

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** On the same token, much of the nobility of Westeros seems to be aware, or at the very least ''suspicious,'' that Queen Cersei is having an affair with her twin brother, and that her children are illegitimate bastards. However, few are actually willing to directly challenge Cersei on this matter because of her political allies. Ned Stark learns this [[DoomedMoralVictor the hard way.]] However, as Stannis Baratheon "outs" their secret when he receives Ned's missive and it quickly catches WordOfMouth with the commonfolk at King's Landing and different parts of the kingdom. Olenna Tyrell, who's marrying her grand-daughter to the Crown, points to Tywin Lannister that the evidence is very convincing. As of "A Man Without Honour" in the second season, even Jaime and Cersei have given up denying it. As Season 4 rolls, it is the worst kept secret of Westeros that is only tolerated for political necessity and convenience, with everyone making snarky comments about it and the rumor having spread all the way across the Narrow Sea to Essos. Only Tywin, their lord father, [[SelectiveObliviousness refuses to acknowledge the truth even to himself]] — suggested to be because he point blank ''does not want to'' since it would mean that his whole legacy and the Lannister blood claim to the throne is built on a lie.lie. Even when Cersei herself tells Tywin outright that it's true, he refuses to believe it.
3rd Jan '18 6:30:58 PM nombretomado
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** [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2251451/Sir-Ian-McKellen-Coming-gay-best-thing-I-did.html According to interviews]] when IanMcKellen came out to his stepmother, Gladys, he was worried she and the rest of his family (both his biological parents were long since deceased) would reject him. Not only did they not reject him, his stepmother told him she had known for years and was happy he wasn't lying to himself anymore.

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** [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2251451/Sir-Ian-McKellen-Coming-gay-best-thing-I-did.html According to interviews]] when IanMcKellen Creator/IanMcKellen came out to his stepmother, Gladys, he was worried she and the rest of his family (both his biological parents were long since deceased) would reject him. Not only did they not reject him, his stepmother told him she had known for years and was happy he wasn't lying to himself anymore.
24th Dec '17 6:55:30 PM KingClark
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* The aptly-named documentary called ''[[https://vimeo.com/142444429 An Open Secret]]'' discusses a particularly insidious case in [[HorribleHollywood the movie industry]] -- that [[PaedoHunt there are a number of pedophiles, child molesters, and child rapists working in there]] and [[HarmfulToMinors few protections for child actors]]. The scary part is that a number of these offenders are well-known individuals, hence the title of the film. Even worse is that [[KarmaHoudini the few people who are convicted for their crimes usually get off under fairly minor sentences]].

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* The documentary that is aptly-named documentary called ''[[https://vimeo.com/142444429 An Open Secret]]'' discusses a particularly insidious case problem in [[HorribleHollywood the movie industry]] -- that [[PaedoHunt there are a number of pedophiles, child molesters, and child rapists working in there]] and [[HarmfulToMinors few protections for child actors]]. The scary part is that a number of these offenders are well-known individuals, hence the title of the film. Even worse is that [[KarmaHoudini the few people who are convicted for their crimes usually get off under fairly minor sentences]].
24th Dec '17 6:54:36 PM KingClark
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* The aptly-named documentary called ''[[https://vimeo.com/142444429 An Open Secret]]'' discusses a particularly insidious case in [[HorribleHollywood the movie industry]] -- that [[PaedoHunt there are a number of pedophiles, child molesters, and child rapists working in there]] and [[HarmfulToMinors few protections for child actors]]. The scary part is that a number of these offenders are well-known individuals, hence the title of the film. Even worse is that [[KarmaHoudini the few people who are convicted for their crimes usually get off under fairly minor sentences]].
20th Dec '17 3:26:24 PM dsollen
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* Spy satellites are usually classified by the countries that produce them, with everything up to the fact that spy satellites exist, being a secret. This is despite the fact that all it takes to detect a spy satellite is to...look up. Amateur star watchers can easily detect these and catalog of all satellites in space, including those used for spying, has been produced and recorded. The more tightly held secrets, as to what kind of data each satellite collects, is secret to common citizens. However, anyone can detect the emissions from a satellite and it's location and from that information governments have a good idea of exactly what each spy satellite in the sky is up tor. The only real secret these satellites hold is possible how accurate their instruments are.

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* Spy satellites are usually classified by the countries that produce them, with everything up to the fact that spy satellites exist, being a secret. This is despite the fact that all it takes to detect a spy satellite is to...look up. Amateur star watchers can easily detect these and catalog of all satellites in space, including those used for spying, has been produced and recorded. The more tightly held secrets, as to what kind of data each satellite collects, is secret to common citizens. However, anyone can detect the emissions from a satellite and it's location and from that information may not be known by average citizens, but all major governments will have collected satellite emissions trajectories and from this generated a good idea rather accurate estimation of exactly what each spy the satellite is being used for. Politically every goverment will pretend none of these satellites exist, in reality it's generally assumed every goverment is fully aware of the sky existence, and general what is up tor. being collected, by every one of these satellites. The only real secret these satellites hold is possible how accurate their instruments are.are, and how closely the goverment is looking at the data they get back.
20th Dec '17 3:19:07 PM dsollen
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* anyone working in a top secret position is not technically suppose to acknowledge their place of employment. However, those who live near these locations know who the major employer is. If your making decent money, have a degree in fields relevant to these agencies and live next to the agency the locals will generally assume you are employed by them.
** The secret is even more open during job interviews, especially for those that work for contracting companies; where neither the company nor applicant are technically allowed to mention to the other that they contract with said agency. When you show up to a job interview with a defense contractor with a resume listing a top secret clearance, years of experience working for places known to contract with a top secret agency, and a list of skills utilized exclusively with said agency there is very little doubt who one is contracted with. To get around the inconvenience of not being able to directly mention the contracting agency interviewers usually will say things such as "so are you still in government spaces" or "do you work down the hill", or some other blatant stand in for the agency they can't technically mention.
20th Dec '17 3:05:07 PM dsollen
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* Spy satellites are usually classified by the countries that produce them, with everything up to the fact that spy satellites exist, being a secret. This is despite the fact that all it takes to detect a spy satellite is to...look up. Amateur star watchers can easily detect these and catalog of all satellites in space, including those used for spying, has been produced and recorded. The more tightly held secrets, as to what kind of data each satellite collects, is secret to common citizens. However, anyone can detect the emissions from a satellite and it's location and from that information governments have a good idea of exactly what each spy satellite in the sky is up tor. The only real secret these satellites hold is possible how accurate their instruments are.
21st Nov '17 11:49:33 PM PaulA
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* A RunningGag in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Death and Diplomacy''. The Saloi are a PlanetOfHats of people with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. Therefore everyone knows that the truth is whatever a Saloi isn't saying, and it's almost impossible for them to keep a secret. (The one secret they do seem to keep is who their true ruler is, and they do it by [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow treating him as the ruler]], while having a minor functionary always at hand for him to "consult" with. Everyone [including the ruler] assumes it's the functionary who's ''really'' in charge… [[EverybodyKnewAlready probably]].)

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* A RunningGag in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Death ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresDeathAndDiplomacy Death and Diplomacy''.Diplomacy]]''. The Saloi are a PlanetOfHats of people with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. Therefore everyone knows that the truth is whatever a Saloi isn't saying, and it's almost impossible for them to keep a secret. (The one secret they do seem to keep is who their true ruler is, and they do it by [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow treating him as the ruler]], while having a minor functionary always at hand for him to "consult" with. Everyone [including the ruler] assumes it's the functionary who's ''really'' in charge… [[EverybodyKnewAlready probably]].)
11th Nov '17 4:15:04 AM MagiMecha
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:the Scions of the Seventh Dawn already knew from the start that the woman they knew as Yda wasn't actually Yda but [[DeadPersonImpersonator her sister Lyse]]]]. As Y'Shtola explains, they saw through it immediately, but Papalymo begged them to keep it a secret to humor her. As well, a part of her figured that they already figured it out, but just didn't want to believe it. It's unknown if the Eorzean leaders knew of this, but it ''is'' known the Warrior of Light wasn't and she apologizes for the deception.
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