Media Gaslighting and Depp

Media Gaslighting and Depp

The trial is over and Depp decisively won. Sure, Amber won one of her three counts, notably the one that was sufficiently hyper-detailed that it could be called knowingly false - and many of the lawyers who'd been covering the trial live think it was a compromise verdict. The difference was still 10+ million to two, when Amber had originally asked for twice as much as Johnny. Nevertheless, the news, and AH's lawyers, couldn't let a good spin die. The relevant bullet points: * The judge impro…

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Modern Music

Modern Music

Overall, some interesting thoughts in this article by Alexander Hellene [https://alexanderhellene.substack.com/p/temporal-investment?s=r ] Temporal InvestmentThe first in what will be an informal series of posts touching on life in the pre-Internet age. The Internet changed everything, some things for the better and some things for the worse. Music firmly falls into the latter camp. Popular music, at least. Rock music, in particular. But the industry as…A. Hellene AuthorAlexander Hellene [htt…

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The Outer Arm TURN 4

The Outer Arm TURN 4

Ibrahim-Al-Bork, the ysmam of the Order of Light, has started the next leg of his jiha… journey, and is travelling to Sashine. He has condemned the apparent greed and childishness of Elan beeblebrox. In other local news, Elan Beeblebrox is rumored to be meeting with the notorious law firm of Scamm and Howe in Sashine. Stellar investments has made moves to get into the dock transshipment and cargo transfer business, with a new set of private, optimized, high-efficiency cutting edge transfer d…

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Don't "Believe" All Women

Don't "Believe" All Women

Watching the media meltdown after this week of the Depp-Herd trial is a treat. Sure, they're lying : it's the media. While I haven't been clinging to every moment  - I've skipped over swathes, listened to a lot of it at 1.5x speed, and not watched much of what I listened to - there is plenty I've directly noted, and fully believe that Amber is a lying BPD bitch who ruined Johnny's life.  And no, I'm not particularly a Depp fan, but this trial addresses two main issues: * Public awareness…

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The Outer Arm - Turn 3

The Outer Arm - Turn 3

Ibrahim-Al-Bork , the apparent ysmam of the Order of Light  appeared in Larelstia to give a series of speeches impugning the stellar powers for their lack of faith and wanton ways, and lack of care for the poor. The poor flocked to him, with many cripples and destitute among those seeking his favor and charity from the crowds. Pee Wee Banzai and the Worst Hussars head to Sashine for a scheduled concert. Tickets are expected to be sold out. Crowds line up at ticket booths. Rockmart announces…

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Outer Arm - Turn 2

No major and obvious changes. The polities are at their usual state of petty bickering at this time. Rumors abound that the Han are getting into more shipping and transfer concerns - with a specialty in transferring tech to the Han, aka industrial espionage. Peroshkiy Foods has announced their new ad campaign. "We feed you, comrade!". Salesmen imply that buying from anyone else might have tragic consequences.…

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The Outer Arm

The Outer Arm

Jon over at his blog beat me to the punch a bit [http://jonmollison.com/2022/05/01/introducing-yoyodyne-omnisystems/] in announcing this, but we've started a two-tier Traveller campaign in a custom sector I've called the "Outer Arm". Rulesset is cepheus as a good and slightly more cohesive update to the CT rules - anyone who's played CT can drop in very easily - for the players running characters, which they will have several as part of, at minimum, several faction troubleshooting teams. The f…

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The Wells of Ur

The Wells of Ur

Cities come, cities go, yet the city remains. Pilum is now working on getting it's fourth book published, Shagduk by JB Jackson, over at Kickstarter [https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/deredordica/shagduk-de-re-dordica-book-one-a-novel-by-jb-jackson] . This, fresh off of successfully republishing Sky Hernstrom's Thune's Vision with the addition of a new Mortu and Kyrus story. I've mentioned their first collection, The Penultimate Men, in passing, but today I'd like to cover their second b…

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