Monthly Archives: August 2016

Revolutionaries & Reactionaries

Some excerpts from Critical Mass – Part 8: The Necessity of a Plan: I own a copy of the movie Gandhi, which I regard as the greatest government-funded propaganda film of all time. I also regard Ben Kingsley’s performance as the … Continue reading

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Lethal Profits

From Investing in Venezuela Could Be Hugely Profitable or Potentially Lethal Barclays Plc has decided that Venezuela is too dangerous for its bond-investor clients. No, not as in default kind of dangerous. Sure that’s possible but Barclays is more worried … Continue reading

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Lions, Bad Neighbourhoods, and the Problem of Time

From Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart, we see… The Lion of the Desert: Before driving into northern Iraq, Dr. Azar Mirkhan changed from his Western clothes into the traditional dress of a Kurdish pesh merga warrior: a tightfitting short … Continue reading

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Veteran Authors

NPR has published an interesting article on those veterans who are interested in writing a modern war story. I would strongly prefer a non-fiction story, along the line of the famous Black Hawk Down or Bravo Two Zero (and yes, I am … Continue reading

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Spitfire Flaws

No, I don’t think that we will ever get so deep into the fantasy-tech of Traveller, that we can intelligibly debate the design of this fusion rifle, or that jump drive. But if you know even a little about real … Continue reading

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More Cities: Skylines

If you have Noble-levels of wealth, why not create a Noble-scale monument to your name, your power, and your success? Actually, I doubt if even Dukes within the Empty Quarter can finance this scale of creation from their own personal … Continue reading

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The Worst Noble Prize…

I’m pretty sure that most TL 10 (or at least TL 12) Imperial/anti-psion societies have more sophisticated ways to create a lobotomy… but maybe not, if the Referee wants all lobotomies to destroy the victim’s emotions/personality. But in the Imperial … Continue reading

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