Archive | September, 2013

Halliburton Gets Tiny Slap On Wrist For Destroying Gulf Disaster Evidence

It’s not just Wall Street that is immune to serious consequences for illegality. Halliburton Co pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges of destroying evidence, stemming from its role in the 2010 BP oil disaster that killed 11 men and sent more than 4 million barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. …U.S. […]

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Ted Cruz: Best Thing That Ever Happened to the Democratic Party

When Karl Rove has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal scolding Republicans for their newest self-destructive strategy of shutting down the government over funding for Obamacare, you know the Grand Old Party is in deep trouble. Today, Sen. Ted Cruz threatened a filibuster over Obamacare funding. … “I will do everything necessary and anything […]

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Company of Heroes Collector’s Edition at 33% OFF this weekend

Gamers who haven’t already picked up a copy of Relic’s World War II RTS title,Company of Heroes™ 2 will be able to get it at a discounted price from Steam between the 19th and 22nd September. The main game as well as the Digital Collector’s Edition upgrade will be on sale for 33% off normal retail price. As […]

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A great idea from an anonymous source spawns new game

In November of 2011, Ice-Pick Lodge received an anonymous email suggesting they produce a game based on files attached to the message. Everyone gets these “I HAVE A GREAT IDEA FOR A GAME” emails, but this one was a little different. The attachment was an archive containing 19 files titled “lestplay” including snippets of text, […]

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They Call Me Mad

When we think of the mad scientist we think of Frankenstein or Dr Jekyll. This is because of movie magic and the intoxicating belief that such mad men are mere fantasy. In They Call Me Mad,  John Monahan shatters the myth and gives us the true stories of the mad men that inspired these tales. […]

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Cosplay isn’t just for the professionals

As a fan of Cosplay I scour the conventions looking for the best costumes and the people who exemplify their characters. I have discovered that often it is the person behind the mask that makes a costume a success or a failure. People who dress up as their favorite characters do so out of a […]

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The Unspecial Gen Y, The Unspecial Economy, And The Neoliberal Fail

I’ve never understood the American obsession with categorizing people as Gen X, Gen Y, Boomers and so forth. It’s so obviously a ploy to develop marketing niches to sell people stuff that it seems silly to me that people take it all seriously – we’re all just people, as people have been down the ages. […]

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Thor Viking God of Thunder

The name Thor creates images of strength and courage. He is one of those Gods of old that has somehow invaded modern culture. As a gamer, I see Thor as a great deity to use in your campaigns but where do you go to learn about Thor and the religious rites that could be used […]

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We are witnessing the end of American global dominance

The Syria crisis is not Kerry’s “Munich moment” but quite the opposite. It signals the end of US global dominance. This the United States’ “Suez Moment”, the moment when an once-undisputed global superpower could no longer reign supreme and the power passed elsewhere. The power passed to the US from Britain during the Suez Crisis. […]

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“Conviction Was Never Going To Happen”

This is too painful for me to comment on. I could barely finish reading the article. But I think it’s important for it to get the widest coverage possible, since it probably won’t get much: Dr. Shiping Bao, the Volusia County medical examiner who was in charge of handling slain-teenager Trayvon Martin’s body in February […]

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