Posted: 2017-11-19 00:55
Without more details, a lot of this is inherently speculative—one could interpret this as a test for some kind of government op, or perhaps an attempt by the troll farm to pretend it had a real-life presence while it was hawking merchandise or linking slack-jawed US yokels to profit-generating malware. But whatever was going on with this specific event, it seems to have been a very curious use of someone’s dollars, or rubles, or whatever.
The life-size Iron Throne was created by two blacksmiths, a welder, and a couple of artists, all members of the Association of Artisans of Blagoveshchensk and the Amur Region. In a video showcasing the impressive metal artwork, Vadim Nikolayev, one of the people involved in the project, said that the throne required about a half tonne of metal, which was used to forge 887 swords and a few dozen daggers. Some of the blades were hammered into the right shape to create the seat of power and finally welded together.
This real-life version is currently installed in a Blagoveshchensk public park, where locals can sit on it an take photos, but due to the danger posed by the pointy metal swords, it can not remain there indefinitely, at least not unsupervised. It will eventually end up in a local museum or in a shopping mall, but the artisans are also considering taking it on a tour of major Russian cities, including Moscow.
In an AMA session on the /r/JamesDamore subreddit, Damore took a number of questions from people who largely seemed to be supporters. While Damore’s critics have focused around his belief the claims he put forth in the memo are just science—disregarding the way science is conducted and interpreted has always been shaped by social forces like sexism and racism —the ex-Googler showed no signs of a change in perspective.