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... a blast from the past today and asked me about the Casey Anthony thing and what I thought about it.  And I kinda blew my stack a bit and quoted something I wrote a while back when it was still current in the media cycle.

I waited a while on posting this. mainly because we've got a lot of crazy fuckers here in the States.


It's people reaction to this whole thing that pisses me off.

The first question is one of pure fucking logic....How can it be a homicide when you can't even tell for sure how the victim died? Seriously, how?

“We have no idea how the victim actually died. But by god, she was cute, and WHITE, so by god somebody fucking killed her!”

And lets be honest here, this kid was the perfect media victim. If she was black, or Asian, or some other minority, you would have never even heard about this. And the media did everything they possibly fucking could to convict the mom here. EVERY-FUCKING-THING. Hell, that fucking harpy Nancy Grace used the case as her personal ad campaign for three fucking years. They tied the noose, and put it around her fucking neck. And a jury actually did their damn job and didn’t fall for it.

You wonder why people are so shocked that this woman was acquitted. Hell, when you spent three years whipping them up into a lynch mob, and every talking head media whore was telling them that they are guilty, what do you think is gonna happen when someone actually does something that they are supposed to for once? Of course people are gonna be shocked, Go fucking fig.

“But she lied about this, and she went to this party, and she did this, and she went out and got fucked up and OMGWTFBBQ!!!!1! SHE KILLED THAT POOR WITTLE BAYYBEEEE.”

No, she lied to the fucking cops. Hell, I’ve lied to the cops. Neither one is homicide.


No. Innocent until proven motherfuckin’ guilty, remember? But hey this is America here. We are a gutless, spineless bunch who buys into everything a media outlet tells them. This is America, and by god we don’t do shit, but we love to fucking watch. We’re a bunch of miserable simpletons who can’t do shit about anything that really matters but we can turn our porch lights on for a kid, who in the big scheme of things DIDN’T FUCKING MATTER. and by that, I mean this miserable fucking slacktivist thing right fucking here.


Because they did their fucking jobs, that’s why. Heh, suddenly makes that thing you blow off and come up with phony excuses to get out of seem pretty fucking important now, doesn’t it? And I just love how the media thinks that the jury has to tell the press what they were thinking. THEY DON’T HAVE TO TELL THE PRESS A FUCKING THING. Why? Because they don’t owe them a damn fucking thing.

But hey this is America, and people have no fucking memory about things anymore. Hell, does everybody just think that the reactor problems in Japan, and the fucked up Gulf of Mexico, are suddenly all better? They aren’t. Those, and a whole host of other problems are still going on every goddamn second. And we sit back and watch Big Brother instead of saying anything about ANYTHING that really fucking matters. The misery machine keeps right on spinning as everyone sits around their little fucking houses, pops some more popcorn, and looks for the next piece of “news”.

Because this is America you know, and the only kids we really give a shit about here are the dead ones.

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Just doing a test of the cross posting capability of Dreamwidth.  I'm doing this with the Deepest Sender client to make sure it works as well.
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Just to vent....

It really pisses me off that Bethesda couldn't be bothered to make sure that Fallout 3 GOTY works reliably with Windows 7 64 bit.  'cause the copy I bought through Steam does NOT FUCKING WORK!!!!!!!  And I am not the only one either.

From now on, I'll stick with Valve.  Valve brings you lasagna at work
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Still here,
Still alive,

I've just been working and upgrading computers over here.  Life has been quiet and boring, 

Just like usual.
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I've just been sick for a good deal of the last month or so.  Feeling rotten is not conducive to LJ positing.  Except for illness, things have been quiet on all fronts.  Nothing much to say about anything.

I am afraid that my life lately has not been interesting enough to merit a live journal posting.
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There is nothing worse than writers block when I am trying to put together the introduction to a chapter.
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So, how's that WOWIO thing working for you people these days anyway?
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For those of you out there who are fans, at 8PM EST, The Prisoner will be showed on IFC (The Independent Film Channel)
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...and today I thought I would revisit it.

The U.S. overthrow of Chilean democracy 25 years ago
by Saul Landau

On Sept. 11, 1973, the Chilean military overthrew the elected government of Dr. Salvador Allende and established a dictatorship that ruled until 1990. The United States played a prominent role in these events.

The CIA began to instigate violence in Chile following the September 1970 election of Allende, who headed a multi-party socialist coalition. "I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist because of the irresponsibility of its own people," National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger said at the time. In testimony before a Senate investigating committee in 1975, CIA Director Richard Helms told of how President Nixon gave him "the marshall's baton" to conduct covert activities designed to stop Allende from being inaugurated in November 1970.

Helms' covert staff tried to bribe Chile's Congress and its military to deny Allende the presidency. Failing on that front, the Agency paid an extreme right-wing group to assassinate Gen. Rene Schneider, Chile's chief of staff. When even the brutal murder of Schneider didn't succeeded in blocking Allende's inauguration, the CIA began to destabilize his government.

For three years, CIA officials helped instigate strikes in strategic sectors of the economy, promoted violence and initiated smear campaigns against Allende in the media. Washington applied a credit squeeze to make Chile's economy squirm.

This destabilization campaign had its desired effect. Social conflict grew to the point where the military commanders, with U.S. encouragement, decided to stage a coup. As tanks and aircraft bombarded the presidential palace on Sept. 11, 1973, U.S. Navy vessels appeared off of Chile's coast. U.S. intelligence vessels monitored activity at Chile's military bases in order to notify the coup makers, should a regiment loyal to the Allende government decide to fight.

Allende, a medical doctor who served 25 years as a senator before winning the presidency, died in the assault, alongside dozens of his loyal supporters. Cabinet ministers and other staff were arrested and thrown into a concentration camp. No charges were brought against them.

Chile's institutions were destroyed, including the Congress, the press and trade unions. Troops burned books deemed subversive. The junta began a systematic terror campaign, arresting, torturing and murdering thousands of "suspected subversives." A Chilean government agency estimates that the reign of terror between 1973 and 1990 resulted in the deaths of some 2,300 Chileans.

Pro-Allende Chileans took refuge abroad, but even there, the long arm of Pinochet's secret police managed to reach them. Among the victims were Gen. Carlos Prats, Chile's former chief of staff, and his wife, who in 1974 were blown nine stories high in Buenos Aires, the Argentinian capital.

In September 1976, Pinochet's hit squad struck in Washington, D.C. Michael Townley, a U.S. national and an electronics and bomb expert employed by Chile's secret police, recruited five anti-Castro Cubans to help him carry out the assassination. The assassins placed a bomb under the car of Orlando Letelier, Allende's former defense minister. As Letelier's car entered Washington's Sheridan Circle, half a mile from the White House, the bomb was detonated, killing Letelier. The blast also killed Ronni Moffitt, a passenger in the front seat. Both victims worked at the Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington D.C.-based think tank.

The FBI discovered that the Chilean dictatorship had organized a six-country alliance of secret police agencies, which provided surveillance on each other's dissidents and helped assassinate the most troubling exiled opponents. Bureau agents also learned that the CIA knew considerable detail about this "Condor Operation." The CIA even provided the secret police chiefs with a special computer to better conduct their relationship.

In the late 1980s, the United States, embarrassed over Pinochet's "excesses," pushed for a referendum to end military rule. Pinochet was defeated, but he forced the civilian government to accept him as head of the army until he retired in March of this year. He then became senator for life, a post he had arranged for himself.

Fortunately, Chile has now returned to democratic procedures. But 17 years of military rule have taken an immeasurable toll on its people.

We should ask ourselves how we would feel if another government decided that our voters had exercised poor judgment and sent a team of saboteurs to undo the results of the election by force. This is what we did to Chile. We altered her destiny.

Saul Landau is the Hugh O. La Bounty Chair of Interdisciplinary Applied Knowledge at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. He is the co-author of "Assassination on Embassy Row" (Pantheon, 1980), the story of the Letelier-Moffitt killings.

"What 9/11/01 gave the United States is a new rationale for overthrowing governments, not the moral authority to do so. In Chile, Henry Kissinger maintains, our government was preventing the spread of communism and promoting democracy. In Afghanistan and Iraq, President Bush claims, we are combating terrorism and promoting democracy. That is the way they would have us see it. It is what former Senator J. William Fulbright called the "tendency to equate power with virtue" or, in short, "the arrogance of power." Most realize, however, that our policymakers' motives are not always as pure they proclaim.

Why do people object to the United States assuming the role of world policeman in the wake of 9/11/01?" "Because they recall 9/11/73," is one answer. "Why do they question our government's motives in Iraq?" "Because they know that the Bush administration has close ties with business firms hoping to profit one way or another from Iraq's oil, because they remember we helped overthrow the democratically elected government of Chile, and because they recall Allende's caveat about capitalists," the cognoscenti respond. "But Iraq is not about oil," our policymakers say. "Sure, and Chile was not about copper," the skeptics retort. "Still we got rid of Saddam Hussein," the Bush administration boasts. "Yes, and in the process marginalized the United Nations, undermined respect for international law, killed thousands of Iraqi civilians, and neither advanced the cause of democracy nor diminished the threat of terrorism," diplomats and scholars respond. "What can we learn from 9/11?" people ask. "Which 9/11?" is the appropriate answer."
---Paul Cantor

As the United State seeks to impose its sense of good citizenship upon the world, it is now more important than ever that the US is the best possible global citizen it can be. It cannot simply say: "While we are for the war on terrorism, we do not support the war on AIDS, pollution, human rights abuse, child slavery, and corporate abuse."

Now, more than ever, is the time to throw hypocrisy aside.

Our very lives depend on it.
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It's been a quiet last few days; mainly been dealing with software crashes over here.  I did see a documentary on the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival that I enjoyed a lot.  It was worth it just to see Otis Redding :)
It's been another long weekend for me, and I am looking forward to getting back to work :)
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I never thought I would be so bored not working.
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Finally, LJ actually responded for once.

Right now I'm in the middle of a 4 day weekend, and I am crashed out doing comics right now.  I'm a week ahead, and going for two right now.  Tropic Thunder is currently going on the tube, and I am trying to absorb it right now.  It's better than I thought it was, though I am not quite believing what I am seeing.  Flabbergasted is a good word to use to describe my reaction right now.

I've got about twelve different ideas for projects right now.  The only thing that is standing in the way of them right now is computational resources.  One of things that I have been thinking about is how to do a realistic waterfall in CGI for the comic.  It all comes down to particle generation, but I don't want to have to animate twelve gajillion fucking frames to get what is essentially gonna be, at most, 15 panels of comic.

Of course with the way I am, that means that I will end up figuring out a way to do it sometime.  Because I am an obsessive fuck, and it'll drive me crazy if I don't get it done.
It's 459 miles to Toronto from where I am currently sitting right now.  It's about a seven and a half hour drive. 

I'm just throwing that out there.  It's just a thought.

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Remember the video for The Talking Heads "Burning Down the House" and at the end, David Byrnes face is projected semi-transparent on the highway with the white road lines running through it?  If you look closely, all of those white lines are going right up his nose.

That always seemed to sum up a lot of the eighties for me.


Jul. 25th, 2009 01:02 am
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I knocked out three more cards in the Tarot series tonight.....

The King of Cups
The King of Pentacles
The King of Swords

I am so tired right now, my eyes feel like they are going to cross.  It's bedtime for me.  Enjoy the art.
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There’s been some conversation going on in the comments section of one of the previous comics that’s talked about the mesh of different elements from different time periods that have made appearances in the comic so far, and it got me thinking about things.  So tonight, I’m gonna ramble for a while, and hopefully, you’ll enjoy the ride :)

One of the things that made the most impression on me as a kid was a movie called “Streets of Fire.”  It was criminally ignored back during it’s release in 1984, but to a 10 year old kid, it planted the seeds for a lot of things.  Streets of Fire was a stylistic mix of 50’s cars, and 60’s Motown, and 50’s style with present day elements buried in the background.  And it has this architecture style that was 40’s/50’s with a worn look to it that suggested to me that the movie was set farther in the future (early 21st century, maybe).  It was rainy streets, and neon reflecting in puddles, and mist and steam at night.  And it had this dystopian air to everything that called to mind a lot of the scifi that I was coming to love as well.

It was advertised as a rock and roll fable at the time of it’s release, and to this day there’s hasn’t been anything like it since.

“Another place, another time.”

One of the things that I loved about was the mixture of styles.  I loved the fact that you didn’t quite know what world it was set in.  You didn’t know where it really was from.  It was the world next door, maybe.  A world where the A-Bomb hadn’t been invented, and WW2 had finally ended a couple of decades after it did here.   The ambiguity was what appealed to me the most, though.  Because when you think about it, it could be set any where, or any when you wanted it to be.

Back when a 10 year old kid saw this in the Scottsdale Mall movie theater in South Bend, Indiana (a theater, and a mall that doesn’t even exist anymore) it blew his tiny little mind ;)   The idea of it, this mixture of different elements has been what drove Requiem from almost the beginning.  It’s as much about the uncertainty of what world you’re really on as much as it is about the answers to the mysteries.   It’s fabulation, or at least what a ten year old kid thought of fabulation as.

One of our characters; Jonathan Delrain said something once comic-wise that I’ve said many times over the years “Nothing without purpose”.  There’s a reason for everything.  From the dream symbolism floating through the current section of the comic, to the crystalline reflection that permeates many of the things you see here, even to the use of dark glasses among the people who have been changed by the Sentience Virus (and it’s not just to hide the fact that their iris’s have shifted color)  But while there is a reason for everything, the feel comes from the eyes of a ten year old child.  A ten year old child who realized that what he wanted to do more than anything else in his life was to build worlds.

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Someone said that my computer must be powered on souls instead of electricity. 

I just love that ;)
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I haven't died.  I've just been quiet.  For the most part, nothing really has been going on, with the exception of a road trip withy friends to the VNV Nation concert in Chicago this last Friday night.

Currently in the downside of a four day weekend, and looking forward to going back to work.
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City Engine

It's all rules based 3d modeling that allows you to design complete 3d cities.  They can be exported into a variety of places, and the capabilities of it just blow me away.

God, I wish it didn't cost $4600 though.
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