The minor front of Science Fiction writers have been noticed on the front pages

Posted April 25, 2015 by ymarsakar
Categories: Books, Politics

http://freebeacon.com/culture/the-men-who-started-the-hugo-award-controversy/

Of instapundit, no less. Something the more perceptive amongst us knew at least a year ago.

I call it a front because strategically it is taking up the Leftist alliance’s resources in a war which has real consequences for victory and defeat.

Sometimes evil conquers more than is expected

Posted April 21, 2015 by ymarsakar
Categories: Unconventional Warfare

http://www.ijreview.com/2015/04/301448-controversy-after-rotc-cadets-allegedly-forced-to-march-in-event-wearing-questionable-footwear/?source=TWshare#

http://neoneocon.com/2015/04/20/sharansky-asks-when-did-america-forget-it-was-america/#comment-888093

Along these lines: everyone should read the horrifying account in the National Review of the STASI-style tactics of the Wisconsin Leftist cabal in the courts and police, in hounding and persecuting lawful conservatives, raiding their homes at dawn, trashing their homes, terrifying their children, and making off with all their personal computers, smartphones, etc.: and Ordering Them to Maintain Silence about the pogrom.

Here you go: this will turn your stomach.

“They Came with a Battering Ram.”

Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking.

She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram.

She wasn’t dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full view of the police. Some yelled at her to grab some clothes, others yelled for her to open the door.

“I was so afraid,” she says. “I did not know what to do.” She grabbed some clothes, opened the door, and dressed right in front of the police. The dogs were still frantic.

“I begged and begged, ‘Please don’t shoot my dogs, please don’t shoot my dogs, just don’t shoot my dogs.’ I couldn’t get them to stop barking, and I couldn’t get them outside quick enough. I saw a gun and barking dogs. I was scared and knew this was a bad mix.”

She got the dogs safely out of the house, just as multiple armed agents rushed inside. Some even barged into the bathroom, where her partner was in the shower. The officer or agent in charge demanded that Cindy sit on the couch, but she wanted to get up and get a cup of coffee.

“I told him this was my house and I could do what I wanted.” Wrong thing to say. “This made the agent in charge furious. He towered over me with his finger in my face and yelled like a drill sergeant that I either do it his way or he would handcuff me.”

They wouldn’t let her speak to a lawyer. She looked outside and saw a person who appeared to be a reporter. Someone had tipped him off.

The US military being hollowed out by the Leftist alliance for zombie utopia

Posted April 17, 2015 by ymarsakar
Categories: Uncategorized

http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/205282

I suspect this is to ensure that when the military gets the order to Stand Down and let the American citizens die, that order will be obeyed instead of disobeyed as happened with Benghazi.

A civilian security force…. ah, those will be trusted to do the job, just like the Vietcong had their own special squads.

US Executions without due process

Posted April 5, 2015 by ymarsakar
Categories: violence

http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/new-revelations-about-mom-killed-by-capitol-cops/

It doesn’t really matter what people’s position on death penalty is, when things are settled out of court.

What happens when people think American gung ho cowboyism is bad?

Posted March 17, 2015 by ymarsakar
Categories: Politics

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2024001/UK-riots-2011-London-Birmingham-people-forced-strip-naked-street.html

Obviously obeying your society in return for security is better… except when stuff doesn’t work, apparently.

http://takimag.com/article/never_trust_anyone_who_hasnt_been_punched_in_the_face/print#axzz3UUWD8kFK

From a Bookworm room post.

Pillars of Eternity releases March 26 2015

Posted March 14, 2015 by ymarsakar
Categories: PC Games

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-08-22-planescape-torment-a-podcast-post-mortem-with-the-games-makers

Some interesting back story leading up to it.

Chris Avellone’s name usually comes up in association with Planescape Torment, but I think Colin McComb contributed significantly more to the lore and the background. Chris’ idea of role playing didn’t suit the single face, single perspective of the Nameless One as it came out. If they had more resources, Avellone would have made the Nameless One more customizable so that the people can make them look like X. That is not quite the narrative people got at the end, however. I followed Avellone’s later games, and they all had a different philosophy compared to Planescape Torment rpg. I didn’t figure out why until recently.

Role play, as in putting yourself on the stage and playing a role you created for yourself is one thing. Role playing as in reading a story and putting yourself in the main character’s shoes, is something else. Planescape Torment is considered great, I suspect, because of the latter narration style, not the former.

Now back to the Pillars of Eternity summary:
http://np.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/2y6071/everything_you_need_to_know_about_obsidians/

http://denis48.deviantart.com/art/Fall-From-Grace-273711618

Fall from Grace, a party companion character in PST, is done in a reworked fan art portrait there. It shows too much skin compared to her modest and reserved personality, but highlights well her charisma and coolness. Kuudere is what the Japanese might call that personality, which they polished over several generations of media marketing. Grace also has elements of the rich girl, the higher class, hard to obtain prize, without the arrogance. Annah would be a tsundere, of course, as I wrote about in a previous write up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8s7iveWvBs Has the companion banter dialogue. More nostalgia.

Want to see Chris Avellone interviewed with detailed design decisions?

Posted March 10, 2015 by ymarsakar
Categories: PC Games

http://www.xp4t.com/interview-with-the-devs-chris-avellone/


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