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August 8, 2007


Quick public service announcement:

If you derive any kind of joy or happiness from the misfortunes of others, or from depriving joy from others... then at best you are immature, and at worst you have a mental illness.

I'm sick and damned tired of seeing Harry Potter spoilers everywhere.

Being unhappy doesn't give you a life goal to make others unhappy, too.

The internet is not a perfect cone of silence... sooner or later someone will find you.

And possibly kill you.


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July 29, 2007

Nazis are not Conservatives.

Most current Republicans currently in the Federal Government aren't conservative either, just to get that out there.

I took a little sass today when someone who should have known better sarcastically said to me, "You know what's weird?  The skinheads are marching in Toledo next month and every one of them is a conservative."  I didn't know which sect of skinhead the person was referring to, so I didn't say anything... there are indeed one or two small conservative skinhead splinter groups.

But I did a little digging, and the people marching in Toledo next month (and they've caused trouble in the past) are members of the American National Socialist Workers' Party.

I know it's fun to compare Bush to Hitler and Republicans and conservatives to Nazis, but here's a little info for you: socialists are extreme left wing, as the American political sides are laid out.  And the word "Nazi" is derived from the German word for "National Socialist."  Democrats are also considered to be on the left side of the political spectrum, in case you didn't know.  This places Democrats closer to Nazis than Republicans to Nazis, ideologically speaking.

Granted, Republicans, ideologically speaking, are closer to the evangelists, than are the Dems.  So at least the Dems have that going for them.

When you proclaim that conservatives are Nazis, you only proclaim your own ignorance.

Wikipedia: Nazi

Wikipedia: Socialism

Wikipedia: Modern Liberalism in the United States.


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July 26, 2007

S. Tiberius Gordon, 1994 - 2007.

There's very few personal matters I put on this page, but I like to put the big things down so that years later, when perusing archives, I can remember context.

I had to put down our large, main cat yesterday, Tiberius.  Over the last couple weeks he'd mysteriously dropped from 17 pounds to about 7, and then yesterday he couldn't even keep water down or walk across the room without resting.  I obviously felt bad, but neither I nor the vet saw any miracle cures in his future.  He was sedated and went down peacefully.

I was still an active duty Marine when we got him from the pet shop, and he performed his duties admirably in the time he had.

I would bite you if I could because I hate almost everyone.

The red in his eyes isn't from the camera flash.  It is the glowing furnace of hell.  He was referred to as "Satan Kitty" by more than one outsider.


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July 25, 2007

Suicide Bombers, and Total War.

Fascinating article from the Beeb:

Few Muslims 'back suicide bombs'

Support for suicide bombings against civilians has fallen sharply across the Muslim world since 2002, a major survey has suggested.

However, 70% of Palestinians interviewed said they believed such attacks were sometimes justifiable.

The Global Opinion Trends survey, by the US-based Pew Research Centre, polled 45,000 people in 47 countries.

It also found widespread optimism in poor countries that the next generation will enjoy better lives.

And it suggested that people viewed the US as the most friendly country in the world and the most feared.

Most friendly, and most feared... I can't think of a single thing wrong with that.  No better friend, no worse enemy.

Regulars of this site know I frequently decry the practice of suicide bombing, but I should make a clarification: I see nothing wrong with the tactic when applied to military targets.  Historically, men have often been required to accomplish "suicide missions" in times of war.  If your only military asset is a sneaky guy with a bomb under his burqua, then you go with what you have.  This is where its real-world practice, and my assessment of it as a valid tactic, differ.

It sickens me to hear of a bus, or a cafe, or a school being bombed in order to further an ideology.  Any organized strike against a civilian target, especially (non-combatant) women and children, is an act of Total War.  Yet this happens all the time, and the peoples who were just exploded are considered by almost all to be the transgressors.  Measured retaliation is always considered a reckless escalation.  Why is the side practicing Total War given a pass, yet their civilian victims are not?

Wikipedia: Total War

On 9/11 I was just as stunned as (most of) the rest of the country as I watched the towers burning over a choking internet.  But I also remember thinking, when word came that the Pentagon had been hit, "At least that was a military target."  If you're fighting a war, hit their military.  If you're fighting a total war, Like General Sherman marching from Atlanta to the Atlantic, you hit everything you can, including infrastructure and commerce.  But not even Sherman went out of his way to kill women and children.  He wasn't an animal, after all, just a damn yankee.

Fighting a war with gentlemen's' rules while your enemy fights a Total War is insanity, but we live in an age where naked-man-pyramids and ripping a page out of a koran are considered cruel and inhumane torture, while our enemies still love webcasting as many beheadings as possible, much to the excitement of what is supposed to be the enlightened, self-hating elements of the western world.

Sanity loses.


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July 17, 2007

A World Without Heroes.

What is honor, and why do some of us have a sense of it?

This is one of more abstract topics I've tried to discuss here on dtman, but it's something that has entered my mind like a mosquito that won't leave your ear alone.

Specifically, my thoughts are on the idea of whether or not the Middle East, as it is today, can truly be "westernized," and by "westernized" I mean that the idea of violence is more repugnant than the idea of upsetting your personal deity...or not following the dogma handed down by your local representative of your favorite dead prophet of your personal deity.

In spite of what you hear, America is not "losing the war in Iraq."  The war in Iraq was won a long time ago, and now we're engaged in a struggle against those who wish a secular Iraqi government to topple, and those who hate America on principle.  And we win battles every day... we win many more than we lose.  A school opening up is a win.  A hospital getting supplies is a win.  A blogger in Baghdad complaining about American troop presence and how much he hates the puppet Iraqi senate is a win.  But a car bomb blowing up in a crowded market gets press, so that overshadows everything good happening every day.  

In Vietnam the newscasters had nightly body counts of enemy dead.... now which "grim milestones" are we keeping track of?

I feel like I'm already off topic.

Can the Fertile Crescent and cradle of civilization be... well, civilized?

I ask myself, "Well, why don't my neighbors and I in the Midwest resort to violence to solve our problems and settle our trespasses with our neighbors?"  The first thought I come up with was, "I wasn't raised that way."  So how was I raised?  The answer to that is I was raised with lessons about King Arthur and Winston Churchill and the slaughter of Jews in World War II and mistakes made in the American expansion westward on the North American continent.  My leisure time reading included fictional stories about heroic people sacrificing for those who would never learn of their sacrifice.  Little league baseball taught me the value of giving up personal achievement for the good of the team.  Our own popular culture, seen by many as the enemy of world civilization all by itself, questions the use of suicide bombing even when committed by clear "good guys."  Battlestar Galactica discussed this issue in season 3 when humans were being ruled by force, and a human walked a bomb vest into a room filled with evil robots... and other humans that were collaborating with the evil robots.  Even though it was a fairly successful tactic, it caused discord among the "heroes."  Does the middle east have this type of openness and willingness to question morality ingrained in their very psyche, the way we do?

Does a culture that seems to honor only suicide bombers be truly civilized?  Can a culture that enthusiastically stones a woman for getting raped be changed?  When they'd rather see little girls die in a fire than let them be in public without a head covering?  Can you do it without taking away an entire generation of their children, and undoing the cycle of insanity?

Can the war against islamic fascists be won while any are left alive?

Iraq isn't as bad as some.  They had a mostly secular society while The Butcher of Baghdad was in power, even if some of those religions were more equal (and worthy of existing) than others.  But while we try to instill liberalism in a middle eastern country, all of Iraq's neighbors flood the country with men and materiel and bomb belts to attempt to tear down everything we are trying to build.

They hate everything not deeply Muslim.

They hate everything about America.

So what do we do?

Maybe the problem is related to racial integration in the American south.  The first generations of whites forced to live alongside blacks had the hardest time of it, and violence happened on a frequent basis, and entire groups were formed to organize violence in opposition to the segregationist policies.  See: the Klu Klux Klan.

There are still Americans today who hate others based solely on race, and their preconceptions of people based on their race.  Should we give up on that particular goal of racial harmony, then?

Do we stop trying to help anyone throughout the world, because entire societies can't be changed within the period of time between American elections?   And don't even try to argue that societies can't be changed by force...

Do we quit because change is hard, or do we keep our eyes on the big picture and try to give the next generation of Iraqi kids better heroes than a dead guy from a book who advocates holy war or a suicide bomber... so the next time they get upset about something they strap on the laptop computer and invoke Churchill instead of a koran and a bomb?

That certainly seems to be the question to ask.


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July 14, 2007

Games are boring?

Computer game chief: games are boring

The head of Electronic Arts says game-makers have to be more innovative or risk losing audiences to iPods and mobile phones


That article is fucking infuriating. John Riccitiello needs to be publicly bitch slapped for making such a stupid fucking statement.

What's the saying about the devil? "The greatest trick he ever pulled was to make you believe he didn't exist"??

Innovation in gaming isn't dead. Corporate monsters like EA just do their best to make sure it never sees the light of day.

Anyone remember Origin Systems? They made a few games you may have heard of like Autoduel, Wing Commander, Crusader, Times of Lore, System Shock, and some little series of games with "Ultima" in their title. Then EA came along and bought them. All those series are now dead. All their smartest people are gone, including Lord British himself.

Innovation 0 - EA 1

Anyone remember Bullfrog Productions? They didn't make anything of note, except maybe: Populous, Syndicate, Theme Park, and Dungeon Keeper. Then EA came along and bought them.

Innovation 0 - EA 2

Anyone remember Westwood Studios? They made some games like Dune, Lands of Lore, and Command & Conquer. Then EA came alone and bought them. Only C&C still stands and it took years for a sequel to finally hit. Then EA's president shits on it.

Innovation 0 - EA 3

Ever heard of Maxis? They made games nobody ever heard of like SimCity and The Sims. Then EA came along and bought them.

Innovation 0 - EA 4

There are more, go look them up. Anytime you see a small publisher that gets a single hit game EA or Microsoft or someone comes along and gobbles them up. Then THEY fucking release sequel after uninspired sequel rather than spending some of their billions in profit on a little bit of innovation.

Look at EA's sports line. They haven't made a new game in well over a decade. All their do is rehash the same shit over and over and the moronic console players eat that shit up despite the gaming press calling them on it every single year.

Say whatever you want about Steam, but one of the reasons I defend it is because it was born out of the idea that power should be taken away from publishers like EA. Valve and Steam have given the independent game maker a central place where their game will be seen by consumers and be advertised without having to sell their souls to a corporate wasteland like EA.

I don't mind entities like EA, but I do mind that they do everything in their power to purchase these little innovative guys and then stifle them. Take a fucking chance and let these smaller teams make something unusual. Unusual can work, there are a million examples of new things selling. Every genre had to start at one game that someone took a chance on to introduce a new way to play.

The problem I have with EA's president is that he'll easily spend $30 million making and marketing the new Madden, but won't give a smaller team $1 million to make something different. That's not "lower risk", that's being greedy. You know where that $1 million is going and as long as assholes like that are running the show, there won't be innovation. No, he and his cronies are content to sit back and reap the rewards from their bonuses and stock options, all the while complaining that innovation is dead. They have the power to allow for innovative games to be made, but they won't risk their cash to let it happen.

You want to see innovation? Get on Steam. Get on the web and search. Pick up PCGamer or OGFWM (formerly known as CGW) and check out the single page articles they have about innovative titles they've found on the web. The games, ideas, and innovators are out there, they just aren't allowed a chance to shine because of publishing giants like EA.

P.S. The article is even fucking stupider as it contradicts itself. Innovation is dead! But hey look at Guitar Hero and the Wii.

Anyone who thinks innovation in gaming is dead just isn't looking hard enough. The problem just lies in getting the mainstream public to see the products.


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July 10, 2007

General Offender Registry.

Today, for some reason, I was thinking about the sex-offender registry, where people caught urinating in public get vilified right alongside people who rape kids.

What we need is a registry for politicians, so you know if you have a crooked, legislating douche bag living in your neighborhood.  This could be a general registry for every local, state, and federal elected official, or it could be specific, perhaps just every official who has ever voted in favor of things, say, like a sex offender registry. 

Or both and we can make it filterable.


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July 4, 2007

Another year, another July 4th.

Today's the day we recognize the signing of the Declaration of Independence... which is odd, since it was signed on July 3rd and only signed by the president of the Second Continental Congress on July 4th.  

And what's going on in the world, this July 4th?  Same old thing, it seems to me.  Everybody seems to hate us, and we seem to hate ourselves just as much.  I'm not sure how long the center of that particular condition can hold.

Amusing to me is this terrorist situation at the Glasgow airport.  It seems a bunch of muslim doctors in England... not disaffected, disenfranchised, ignorant, poor people... pulled off some sort of terrorist plot.  The media is falling all over themselves to suggest that "non-Hindis" did it, or some such, to the extent of calling these five to nine muslim doctors a "diverse group."


Diverse group allegedly in British plot

LONDON - They had diverse backgrounds, coming from countries around the globe, but all shared youth and worked in medicine. They also had a common goal, authorities suspect: to bring havoc and death to the heart of Britain.

The eight people held Tuesday in the failed car bombing plot include one doctor from Iraq and two from India. There is a physician from Lebanon and a Jordanian doctor and his medical assistant wife. Another doctor and a medical student are thought to be from the Middle East.

All employees of the United Kingdom's National Health Service, some worked together as colleagues at hospitals in England and Scotland, and experts and officials say the evidence points to the plot being hatched after they met in Britain, rather than overseas.
Yahoo! News

Easy enough to roll your eyes, but why just sigh in sadness when someone has made fun of it with such style:


Has there in all of human history been a less diverse group of people?

In what way were these motherfuckers dissimilar at all? What, one favored fuel-air bombs while another was partial to nitrates?

A diverse group of Clone Troopers, sharing identical
DNA, birthplace, schooling, training, experience, employer,
tactics, armament, and psychological profile,
drawn from wildly differing strata of a clone hatchery,
are the principle suspects in executing the Jedi-murdering "Order 66."

Ace of Spades HQ

And why should I write anything as long as I can quote someone else?


I’ve gotten to the point where I imagine, almost simultaneous with the event, what the reaction will be among those who find evidence of terrorism both maddeningly inconvenient and perversely heartening – they must downplay the event lest the dark gang of warmongers use the crime to terrify the bedwetters – you know, all those people who believe in the bogeyman of global jihad  - but at the same time, the attacks prove that we’ve not only failed to stop “terrorism,” we have made it worse by, well, trying to stop terrorism. Oh, it can be stopped, if the proper postures are assumed, but on we go with our chests out and our manhood in our hand, looking for fights. As Hitchens put it in this recent piece, there are many who can’t quite get on board with the whole anti-caliphate gig, since the people running the show are probably motivated by racism. Even if it’s true, it’s like saying the people who wanted to fight Hitler did so because they couldn’t stand German opera.
Lileks, Bleat

So hey, Happy 4th!  Go blow something up in memoriam of the sustainment of a colonial fixed position from bombardment of the British navy, as long as it isn't inspired by racism, or god forbid, culturism!  (WOW that was a hard sentence to untangle)


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