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Scott Ellis (Elys Storm)
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It's come to my attention that I haven't yet made a public statement specifically about #GamerGate. But as it's come up in a few threads, at this point, I think it's about time that I made my position on this matter absolutely clear.

"GamerGate" is a lie from beginning to end. It has exactly three parts to it: it has its core, which is and has been from the very first day about allowing and preserving a "gamer culture" which is actively hostile to women (among others), and preserving it by means of threats, harassment, and violence towards anyone who ever suggests that it should be otherwise.

It has its bullshit layer, which is that it is about ethics in journalism. If it were about ethics in journalism, then you would see people talking about actual ethical questions in journalism, and you would have seen it from the beginning. But from its first days, its only ties to this notion were the use of bizarre (and provably false) accusations from Zoe Quinn's ex-boyfriend to accuse game journalists of being in a cabal to destroy the "gamer culture" of its core layer, and one listserv thread (as covered on where professional journalists did, indeed, have a serious discussion about journalistic ethics: about whether the newsworthiness of this blog post outweighed the potential harm to its subjects. But rather than portray this as journalists doing what ethical journalists do, Milo Yiannopoulos instead portrayed this as a conspiracy by journalists to support the Secret Feminist Cabal. That is, his article itself was bollocks from beginning to end, as has been the entire argument.

And it has its fellow-travelers, people who either actually believe the bullshit layer or do so vocally and disingenuously in order to confuse others and add a shroud of legitimacy.

How do I know that this is true, and that there is not a legitimate discourse mixed in with the violence and so on? That I am not unfairly tarring all of GamerGate's proponents with the same brush?

It's really simple. I have not once seen a proponent of GamerGate actually distance themselves from the hatred and violence, or excoriate it, or say that it is fundamentally wrong and that they do not agree with either its means or its ends.

What I have seen is lots of people coming up with ways in which they, too, are being harassed, and so claiming a false equivalency. I got to watch an excellent example of this on one of my own threads earlier today; there, one of its proponents argued that the movement being called a bunch of scum (as it had been by someone else) is a form of harassment, and perfect evidence of how “there are trolls on both sides.” Yet he elides the difference between that and people being chased out of their homes, people waking up every day to death threats, to real and meaningful impact on people's lives. This is not a serious argument: it is an attempt to lie and to confuse the issue.

The other argument I have kept hearing is “I never distance myself from acts I have never associated myself with.” That is, people claim that they are under no obligation to distance themselves from the acts of the rest of GamerGate, even while they hoist its banner. Sorry: when a movement is known, first and foremost, for its violence, then to associate yourself with it does associate you with its acts. You cannot say “I support al-Qaeda. They’re really about the US military presence in Saudi Arabia,” or “Hey, the KKK has done a lot of great community service work,” and not thereby associate yourself with everything those organizations are really known for. Sorry; you lie down with pigs, you’ll get covered in mud. You keep doing that, and people will have every reason to assume that you like it.

The fact is that there is no meaningful way to "recapture" the GamerGate tag for anything honest, both because it was never tied to that in the first place, and because it has become far too polluted to do so. If someone actually feels like having a conversation about ethics in journalism, they should by all means do so -- depending on what they say, I may even support them in this. But they should not do so in the company of villains, because that simply obscures any real discussion they might want to have with filth.

This is not behavior worthy of human beings. It is vile, it is violent, and if there is anything legitimate at all inside GamerGate, it needs to get its ass out of there right now and clearly separate itself from the bloodthirsty mob. Because right now, anyone who walks around with that label is painting themselves as being open supporters of it, and anyone who supports that is someone that I wouldn't piss on if they were on fire.
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Unveiling Machu Picchu, Peru

Early morning deep in the mountains of southern Peru sits arguably the most beautiful site on the planet, Machu Picchu. Every morning the ruins start covered in a thick blanket of cloud, but as the sun starts to rise, the mist slowly dissipates revealing the stunning scene underneath. It's not just the ruins that make this place so magical, it's also the surrounding landscape.

When I first arrived at the viewpoint, I couldn't see a thing. The entire site was in a dense fog. But patience is a virtue, and after an hour and a half of waiting, the ruins were finally revealed. It did not disappoint!

This was actually my second time visiting Machu Picchu, and comparing all of my photographs of the ruins bathed in the different kinds of light, I much prefer the this latest moody shot as I feel it much more represents the enchanting feeling you have watching the scene unfold.
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For all my coder friends.
Every friend I have with a job that involves picking up something heavier than a laptop more than twice a week eventually finds a way to slip something like this into conversation: "Bro,1 you don't work hard. I just worked a 4700-hour week digging a tunnel under Mordor with a screwdriver." ...
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The retail edition contains 31 3D ogres in three colors, and 41 3D buildings in the same three colors, a total of 72 items (the number promised on the SJG sell page).  The Kickstarter version adds 8 more Ogre models, of which only the two Vulcans are unique, the others being duplicate or alternate faction color units.   There are also an additional 23 building models (again, mostly duplicates with a few alternate faction colors, 11 are duplicate blue buildings), the reactors being the only new unit and those are available in a different color from a 3rd party sponsor.  A total of 31 additional models, mostly duplicates.  That's 4 sheets of 3D counters, the other 2 sheets are specialized overlays, 18 full hex+ overlays and a dozen hex-side overlays.
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sedona | Arizona, US
by Donald Palansky photography
(2048 x 1152)

#sedona  #lightning  #arizona
#landscapephotography  #AZ
#alpha-storm  #southwest  #sky
#monsoon  #NightPphotography
#long-exposure  #RedRock  
#slow-shutter-speed  #clouds
#FineArtPhotography  #Nature

Location near: Sedona, Arizona, United States
Uploaded on: September 9, 2014

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Supervillian lairs critiqued architecturally:
Say what you want about villains, they have spectacular architecture. But they're also a nightmare to create -- which is why we don't have more undersea bases or faces carved into mountains in real life. Here are the weirdest design specs of some of the most famous villain lairs.
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Vladimir Vasquez originally shared to Sci-FI (All about Science Fiction!):
WTF? o_O
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Steven Moffat has said that Peter Capaldi's Doctor will be “dangerous and difficult.”

Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat said: “There would be little point in making as radical a change as we’ve made unless you’re going to go quite different with the Doctor.”

“The last two Doctors [David Tennant and Matt Smith] have been brilliant, and have been your ‘good boyfriend’ Doctors. But the Doctor isn’t always like that.”

“There is the sort of Tom Baker, Christopher Eccleston end of the spectrum, where he is mad and dangerous and difficult.”

“If we’d cast Ben Whishaw, you’d know what we were doing,” he said.

“You’d think, ‘Well, that’s another quirky young man with entertaining hair!’ And he’d be a brilliant Doctor, but Clara would just think, ‘Okay, you’ve rearranged yourself a bit…’”

“I think it was time for the show to flip around a bit. The new version of the show is quite old now. It’s very old…”

“We need the kick-up-the-arse Doctor, in a way, to frighten you and make you think, oh, it’s a different show again.”

Doctor Who Series 8 is due to air in Autumn 2014 on BBC One, and will be Peter Capaldi's first series as the Doctor.

#DoctorWho #DrWho #Series8 #PeterCapaldi #StevenMoffat
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Autumn 2014 -- ARRGgg!
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This is a great store for Comics, Board Games, Miniature games, and CCGs like Magic the Gathering and Force of Will. The staff is friendly and helpful, they call me by name anytime I walk in. The store is spacious and clean with several dozen tables worth of space for gaming of all types. The selection of board and miniature games is top notch, with board game night every Thursday with dozens of players playing everything from Agricola to X-Wing. Plenty of CCG events almost every night.
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