Avid supporter of a fully recovered and effective Russian Federation, professional public media shredder, aircraft enthusiast, harsh critic of today's "scientific" community or its lack thereof, and also a gaming enthusiast of sorts.
The Story Behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was first published in Chicago in 1900. Its author, L. Frank Baum, was the editor of a South Dakota newspaper and a supporter of William Jennings Bryan who stood three times, unsuccessfully, as a U.S. Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. The particular concern of both Baum and Bryan was the nature of the money supply then prevalent in the United States, and in the Mid-Western States in particular.In America during the 1890s, as in Britain, there had been a severe depression. Many businesses had gone bankrupt, farmers forced to sell up, factories closed and workers made unemployed. True, some farms in the Mid-West were suffering from drought, but most were still capable of growing food; the businesses and factories were still capable of providing the things that people needed; the workers still wanted to work to provide those things, and people would still want the goods and services produced if they had the money to buy them. The money in the USA then, as now, was entirely created by the private banking system. The pretence existed then that money was based on gold. (Even now some people still think that it is!) The major banks, based on the East and West coasts, could vary the amount of money in circulation, lending more to encourage commercial activity, then fore-closing on loans to put people out of business, enabling the banks to acquire their businesses cheaply.Baum and Bryan wanted money to be based on silver, not gold, as silver was more readily available in the Mid-West, where it was mined. Such a money supply could not be manipulated by the banks. So the story of the Wizard of Oz starts with a cyclone in the form of imagined electoral success for Bryan…Dorothy, a sort of proverbial ‘Everywoman’, lands on the Wicked Witch of the East (the East-coast bankers), killing her, so freeing the Munchkins, the down-trodden poor, but the Wicked Witch of the West (the West-coast bankers) remains loose.To deal with her and to get back to Kansas (normality), the Good Witch of the North, representing the electorate of the North (this is less than 40 years after the civil war), tells Dorothy to seek out the Wizard of Oz (‘oz’ being short for ounce, the means of weighing both gold and silver). She also gives her a pair of silver slippers (as they were in the book – they became ruby ones in the film). Only these silver slippers will enable her to remain safe on the yellow-brick road, representing the bankers’ gold standard, as she heads towards the Emerald City, representing Washington DC. On her journey, Dorothy encounters a Scarecrow, representing the farmers, who do not have the wit to understand how they can end up losing their farms to the banks, even though they work hard to grow the food to feed a hungry nation. If only they could think it through!Next, she encounters a Tin Woodsman, representing the industrial workers, rusted as solid as the factories of the 1890s depression, and who have lost the sense of compassion and co-operation to work together to help each other during hard times. Also, a spell cast upon him by the Wicked Witch of the East meant that every time he swung his axe, he chopped off a bit of himself – he downsized! Then the growing party encounters a Cowardly Lion, representing the politicians. These have the power, through the power of Congress and the Constitution, to confront the Wicked Witches, representing the banks, but they lack the courage to do so.Dorothy is able to motivate these three potent forces and leads them all towards the Emerald City, whence ‘greenbacks’ had once come, and an encounter with the omnipotent and wonderful Wizard of Oz.The Wizard of Oz is initially quite majestic and apparently awesome, but he turns out to be a little man without the power that people assume he possesses. He does, of course, represent the President of the United States. With the Wizard’s illusion of power shattered, he is replaced by the Scarecrow who would ‘be another Lincoln’. The Wicked Witch of the West, fearful for her own power, then attempts to destroy Dorothy but is herself dissolved in a bucket of water, as rain relieves the Mid-West drought, saves the farmers’ livelihoods and prevents repossession by the banks. The Good Witch of the South, representing the Southern electorate, tells Dorothy that her silver slippers, silver-based money, are so powerful that anything she wishes for is possible, even without the help of the Wizard. Dorothy wishes to go home. There all is now well, because the land has a stable and abundant money supply. Still a Pertinent Message. So ends this famous modern American ‘fairy-tale’. Its true message has been lost to the mists of time and the demands of Hollywood, but its message is no less pertinent now than when it was written. William Jennings Bryan was neither the first nor the last American politician to try to reform the US money supply. In fact, two money reformers achieved the office of President and attempted to put money reform into action, but just like in the Oz story, the ‘Most Powerful Man in the World’ was not as powerful as people believed. In 1865, Abraham Lincoln introduced the original ‘greenbacks’, which were paper money issued by the US Government, largely to pay for the Federal war effort during the civil war. It was ‘fiat’ money, money made legal tender by Act of Congress. Unfortunately, Lincoln died suddenly a few weeks later and his plans died with him.In 1963, John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 11110 which would have removed the power of money creation from all US private banks, including the privately-owned Federal Reserve, and invested that power in the US Government. Unfortunately, Kennedy died suddenly a few weeks later and his plans died with him.The Problems of Debt In the USA 100% of the money supply is created by the private banks. In Britain the figure is over 97%. In the rest of the world, the figure is estimated to be over 95%. All this money is created as a debt. It is created when people borrow money, as banks do not lend existing money; they just create new money out of thin air to lend.Money created as a debt by the banks bears a charge of interest. This increases the amount of money that the economy owes by an amount greater than the amount in existence. This means that the economy is a saddled with a debt that can never be paid off, merely passed around like a game of Pass-the-Parcel in a Belfast pub. It is like a game of musical chairs, where someone has to lose out.
Currently the stance of international media and the US is putting Russia between a rock and a hard place. Threats of boycotting the upcoming Winter Olympics due to Russia's apparently abusive anti-gay laws has been blown way out of proportion by the media, and for some reason it is now paramount that the world does something to bring attention on Russia, a country who's population is perfectly happy with its view on homosexual rights, or the lack thereof. So much so that Russian citizens have rallied in protest of any change being brought about, understandably angry that foreign countries think they have a right to intervene in Russian national law. Russia has been accused of being an authoritarian and draconian state. Why? Simply because they refuse to listen to a corrupt, overly liberalist, aggressive and irrational Western world whose citizens are governed by an even more rotten media.
Russia's anti-gay laws are an example of a majority vote that has been applied accordingly, not a law that has been taken into consideration but not put into effect because an incompetent government fears the minority.
The US has capitalised on the situation to appropriate their means with the Snowden case and the Syrian civil war. Russia continues to shelter the US whistleblower, Edward Snowden, who's continuing endeavours to expose American government corruption has cost him nearly everything. The US has branded him a traitor and a spy, an action reminiscent of a totalitarian regime. Russia's continued sheltering of this whistleblower is something that we should be proud of, not disgusted at.
Meanwhile the US continues to try to uproot Assad's government in Syria by supplying weapons to rebels who can be directly linked back to Al Qaeda. Russia continues to supply Assad's government with arms and supplies due to their national oil assets in the country and in hope of aiding the seriously destabilised pro-Russian government. A large division of Syrian citizens are still trying to come to grips with a civil war that seems to have sprung out of nowhere, confused by the apparent lack of agenda or motive the Syrian rebels are failing to show.
In reality Russia is still viewed as the tyrannical Soviet Union, something that Russian President Vladimir Putin has valiantly tried to erase. But it would seem that Western countries still hold doggedly on to a clear-cut good/bad guy mentality and any opportunity to drag Russia's face in the mud is done so with glee, even if it is something as petty as gay laws.
Kia ora (That's hello in Maori or Kiwi speak) again, I don't think anyone reads these but what the heck I enjoy writing anyway. Trust me I have over five failed and uncompleted novellas and countless ideas and settings for some good ones.
Anyway, not what this blog was to be about. Actually I don't think I have an idea on what this blog is to be about.
Time for a picture:
Of IL-2's, why? 'cose they're damn awesome that's why.
Now that the blog has successfully been prettified thanks to Haryarti, (Check him out on deviantart, he's awesome) I shall endeavour to entertain you further, congratulations on reading this far. Here is some music that I like, and so should you:
You like, yes?
Time for some news: The Royal Family have a new addition... Sorry you've had your 0.5 millisecond slot of news girls.
Now onto some guy stuff: Star Citizen is slated for release late next year, which may give you enough time to upgrade your rig, right?
Ubisoft is yet to confirm The Division or The Crew for PC. *cries*
GTA V (or 5 if you don't understand Roman numerals, which you should because you are a gamer, right?) Is to be bigger than San Andreas, Liberty City, and even the world in Red Dead Redemption combined. Bold claim, we'll see if they mean it I guess.
Metal Gear Solid 5 came out of the blue and barrelled its way onto the Open World podium quite successfully, although their trailer sucked.
There's a lot more to say about the gaming genre but its all stuff you already know, and then there's always Google if you're bored.
If you made it to the end, congratulations. However I'm afraid there is no reward because this blog is like a rainbow really, lots of pretty colours but no pot of gold at the end.
Imagine a world where countries paid taxes to a big
organisation so that the big organisation could fix the world, however the
countries that paid the taxes actually didn't know what needed fixing. In fact
these countries had no idea why they even needed to pay the tax, but what they
did know was that the organisation that received their money made the world a
better place somehow. So every year without hesitation the countries would pay
billions to this reputable organisation. Once the organisation had the
countries money they would dedicate it to fixing The Problem. But every year
the organisation would broadcast across the world's media, stating that the
money wasn't enough, that every citizen had a responsibility and a part to play,
they demanded that each country's government made new laws to change the
lifestyles of it's citizens. So, slowly but surely the countries began to
change the way people lived, they passed laws for new taxes so that they could
give more to the Organisation to fix The Problem. Although the citizens were
disgruntled by the new laws they knew that The Problem had to be fixed, so they
paid their taxes and changed their lifestyles. After a few years of the world
paying their due to the Organisation some of the more wealthy and more economically
well to do countries decided to start researching The Problem themselves. What
they found so shocked them that they decided to keep it a secret from the
public, agreeing that if their citizens found out it would cause far more
trouble than if hadn't been found out at all. So the world continued, paying
their hard earned money to the Organisation so that it could find better and
better ways to fix The Problem.
Now imagine if that world was our world. If that "Problem"
was our "Problem". If that "Organisation" was our world's "Organisation".
That's right "The Problem" is climate change, or, to be more
precise, Global Warming. The "Organisation" is the United Nations and sadly the
"secret" is the non-existence of The Problem. The world has paid untold
billions in carbon credits for years now, and not once has a country stood up
and said "Hang on a minute, where has my money gone? Where are the giant Earth
saving projects that you promised would be around by now? Why is it that we
have to change how we live to fix a problem that we were paying YOU to fix?"
Next time you see an article on a new clean and green
project, research who funded it. I can guarantee you there will not be a single
cent of UN money in it.
Attila the Hun, or The Scourge of God, was one of the most relentless warlords the world has ever seen, he ripped through the Western Roman Empire like butter, uprooted the Goths from Germania, and even spent a bit of time taking on the Sassinids in the east. A brilliant tactician matched just as much by brutality.
However there is a twist to this seemingly predictable story; how he came to be defeated.
After bashing a lot of Roman skulls he made his way to the very center of the known world. Rome.
With this great city within his reach seemingly nothing was going to stop him. However an unlikely hero stopped the impending destruction; Pope Leo I. To this day no one knows what was exchanged between the Warlord and this man of God, but whatever was said, it changed the course of history. Attila, turned around, and left the Western Roman Empire on its knees.
Much conjecture floats around about this most mysterious happening, many say that there was a famine sweeping through the land at the time, and as much as Attila was about conquering he was also about maintaining, and he was spread to his maximum capacity by the time he had reached the gates of Rome.
Before arriving at Rome he had also suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Roman Army in modern day France.
Some of that old fighting spirit was still alive in the Roman Eagle, something Attila underestimated.
But there is no definite known reason for Attila's departure, his death came soon after, falling victim to his heavy drinking.
And with Attila's death The Hunnic Empire fell apart and faded into the history books as quickly as it had been created.
Thought I'd put this out there, why on earth has no one got a team together and requested for some modding/map making tools for II/Brotherhood/Revelations I mean think about it, it'd be amazing to be able to add more map to Rome or Constantinople, have added weapons, and, for the serious modders, extra attack animations and/or different playable characters?! The possibilities are quite honestly endless.
Preferably (IMHO) Brotherhood would suit it best, the atmosphere created in that game is fantastic. Plus the wide open spaces in the Roma country side leave plenty of opportunities for added Borgia Towers, small assassination side quests, and other bits of awesome. Even just having some open space outside of one of the city gates to roam around or leaving the door open on the Castello would be amazing.
Don't get me wrong, it'd take quite a big team to do any of this stuff, but once the gate is open I'm sure plenty of Assassin addicts who know a thing or two about modding would be into it.
This is just a little dream of mine that is probably shared by quite a few other Assassin's Creed players/fans.
I know with ACIII on its way people are losing interest in the older ones, and then eventually ACIV, V, VI, so on and so on will overshadow their predecessors. But I will always, always hang out for a moddable Assassin's Creed.