Saturday, 22 February 2014
Students defend their decision to appoint Edward Snowden as their rector Glasgow students have spoken out against accusations by a former CIA intelligence officer that their appointment of Edward Snowden as their new rector is "naive". Prof Michael Scheuer, who is now a blogger and political analyst, said on BBC radio's Good Morning Scotland programme: "It goes to show the failure of the education system in teaching the importance of patriotism and loyalty to their country. "It strikes me as showing the naivety of students. Edward Snowden is someone who has done his best to damage our country and Britain." But Glasgow students have responded to Scheuer's comments by defending their decision. Chris Cassells, a PhD student at Glasgow University, was involved in the campaign to make Snowden rector and says: "Glasgow University students voted for Edward Snowden to rebut precisely these kind of spurious allegations. "Students voted overwhelmingly for Edward Snowden to voice their opposition to pervasive state surveillance and support Edward Snowden's actions as a whistleblower. "We hope that other universities around the world will follow our lead and continue to increase the pressure on the American and British governments to cease their invasive surveillance programmes." In a statement Snowden released to the Guardian after the appointment, he said: "In a world where so many of our developing thoughts and queries and plans must be entrusted to the open internet, mass surveillance is not simply a matter of privacy, but of academic freedom and human liberty. "I am humbled by and grateful to the students of Glasgow University for this historic statement in defence of our shared values."
Thursday, 26 September 2013
CyberGeneration is a follow-up to the R. Talsorian's Cyberpunk 2020 role-playing game. CyberGeneration was originally published as a supplement for Cyberpunk, but later re-released as a fully featured game in its own right under the title CyberGeneration Revolution 2.0. It is set in the year 2027, 7 years after the events in Cyberpunk 2020. The game's timeline doesn't correspond with that of the later third edition of Cyberpunk, which makes no mention of any of its contents or setting elements. The game was most recently licensed out to Firestorm Ink, under Jonathan Lavallee though they are no-longer the license holders. Overview In terms of tone, CyberGeneration differs from its predecessor somewhat, as the player characters take the part of nanotech-enhanced youngsters in an oppressive world ruled by adults who fear and seek to control them. The special powers of the CyberEvolved children give the game a definite superhero flavor. Background The backstory revolves around the "Fox Run" incident of 2025, in which a transport of supposed scientific equipment crashed and accidentally released a weaponized nano-virus called the "Carbon Plague". Adult humans infected by it died horribly after the virus rewrote the victims' genetic code and warped their bodies. However, the virus had a different effect on children and teenagers. Since they haven't fully matured, it altered their bodies, and granted them nanotech-enhanced powers, and made them immune carriers if they survived the illness. Society dramatically fears the capabilities of these "CyberEvolved" children, which drives them underground. CyberEvolved also belong to "yogangs" or youth gangs, subcultures that have distinct philosophies, styles and special skills. The oppressive mega-corporation Arasaka manages to dominate the US Government and gets its candidate David Wyndham elected President of the new Incorporated States of America (ISA). Its laissez-faire government works with the corporations directly, becoming their puppet. The "Bureau of Relocation" (BuReloc) is a paramilitary force that runs prison camps for "unproductive" citizens and hunts down the CyberKids. Multiple groups oppose, fear, and hunt the CyberKids, but one group stands out as protectors: the Edgerunners of old. The sourcebook describes them as wiser, more experienced and, ultimately rebels-without-a-cause (CyberGeneration offers the rules to convert old Cyberpunk 2020 characters into adults for the CyberGeneration setting). To oppose this oppressive dictatorship, several major "Edgerunner" non-player characters from Cyberpunk 2020 run the Eden Cabal, a revolutionary movement that seeks to overthrow the ISA and BuReloc. The CyberEvolved So called "CyberEvolved" children fit in one of several archetypes: Original CyberEvolved Alchemist, reshapes matter at molecular level. Bolter, project taser-like charged metal cables at a target. Scanner, sense the brainwave patterns of others, allowing for telepathic-like abilities. Tinman, Liquid metal skin. Limbs shape into tentacles or solid weapons and can extend; "natural" body armor Wizard, augmented Virtual Net hacking powers, particularly with the Virtuality augmented reality technology that has largely supplanted the Virtual Net Later Additions Jammer, can jam media transmissions using electromagnetic force-fields. Medic, heals others through biokinesis. Scout, creates remote probes for reconnaissance. YoGangs Members of a YoGang have unique Special Ability skills, like Roles in Cyberpunk 2020. BeastieBoys Animal handlers and trainers. Buskers Street musicians. FaceDancers Masters of disguise and impersonation. GlitterKids Famous kids. GoGangers Nomad kids. GoldenKids Rich kids. Guardians Solo Kids. Lookers MASHers Med-Tech Kids. Neo-Pioneers Foresters and farmers. Networkers Old-school computer hackers. Taggers Trogs Tunnel Kids. V-Punks Virtuality hackers. Rules The rules in Cybergeneration are similar to Cyberpunk 2020 except the skills are fewer, broader and less specialized. This was due to the players being younger and less experienced than their elders. A group of CP2020 skills would be equivalent to one CG2027 skill. This unfortunately made experienced Cybergeneration characters (especially the CyberEvolved) potentially more versatile and powerful than Cyberpunk characters. Supplements R. Talsorian supported CyberGeneration Revolution 2.0 with a quartet of supplements. Each supplement expanded on the world of 2027 as well as new Yogangs and CyberEvolved. Later, licensee Firestorm Ink would release another pair of supplements in support of the game. The Documents of the Revolution Supplements (published by R. Talsorian) VirtualFront, state of the Net post-ISA occupation MediaFront, state of news agencies, Braindance, and Virtuality EcoFront, impact of corporate America on the environment Scenario supplements (published by R. Talsorian) Bastille Day, the characters are recruited by Rache Bartmoss to find and rescue Spider Murphy. Other supplements (published by Firestorm Ink) Researching Medicine, state of medicine and MedTechies Generation Gap, running and playing CyberGeneration Mile High Dragon, a city sourcebook about Denver, Colorado
Monday, 19 August 2013
Monday, 5 August 2013
Friday, 19 July 2013
Thoughts on Caffeine
Caffeine is a neurotoxin promoted by drug cartels/Western Governments to fund both Western Imperialistic Domination of the East and Aristocratic Domination of the working-class in the West. The coffee trade bolsters 3rd stage global capitalism and reinforces Old World Order social structures. The side effects of caffeine consumption aid the disciplinary control of the working class through addiction creating dependency on modes of production and the fight or flight response aiding individualism.