Brian Ashcraft @ Kotaku, has recently reported on the latest efforts by companies such as Nintendo, Sega, Sony, Capcom, Konami, and others to quell the playing of their video games in establishments known as video game bars.
There have actually been arrests as a result of this recent persecution! What sense is this making? We have generations of people now that have grown up with traditional 8, 16, 64 bit and higher consoles that have now cemented their place as an absolute PASTIME in 日本 and abroad. As a result, naturally people want to drink and play games socially in public places – not just their living rooms. What is our government doing to allow this gross manipulation of the law for the sake of copyright extortion!? Nintendo and others need to back off and realize that the world of emulators and video game bars are not going to just go away because their lawyers feel like there is an opportunity to senselessly protect the digital copyrights of games that are 20+ years old – it’s ridiculous!
What harm is coming from normal citizens peacefully gathering together to play classic games on our beloved aging consoles while having a few drinks? Who is this hurting? We should boycott ALL new video games in order to stop this madness!
In the vast majority of cases, we are talking about games that are no longer even in libraries of sale rotation. This means that Nintendo and others are losing NO money by the playing of these games in these bars. If anything, video game bars serve to strengthen their brand recognition through the nostalgic social harmony achieved when the games of everyone’s youth are combined with the setting of the nightlife environments of cities such as 大阪市 and 東京 where they are highly popular.
Nintendo…Sony…you can’t and won’t stop us, so cease trying! Rise up everyone and make your voices heard – we will not accept this infringement on our digital culture! Keep this up and you’ll get what they got in Việt Nam when Blood+’s Saya went crazy!
The ever-growing powder keg that the United States has developed into as of late has somehow elevated “racism witch hunts” to levels of absolutely stratospheric heights. Believe it or not, we now live in a world where anti-establishment agendas are being pushed SO hard, that those doing the pushing are actually violating their own principles with absolutely zero regard to even hide the obviousness of it all.
The latest salvo in this tiresome battle has been fired by Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner of Linfield College in Oregon, as he has so nefariously claimed that Julie Andrews exhibited racist behavior during one of the scenes of Mary Poppins. You read that correctly, Mary POPPINS is now being drug through the mud as part of some preposterous and asinine racist accusation that apparently even most Twitter users cannot understand.
It’s difficult to explain how reality has gotten to the point where it is today that completely baseless and ridiculous concepts are listened to, pondered over, and frequently accepted (flat-earthers?). Claiming that the rooftop sequence where Poppins and others danced with soot covered faces is a racist minstrel outrage is not only unintelligent, but it’s downright malicious. One would think that America could expect more from one of its instructors of higher learning – apparently however even educated citizens are now stooping to astonishingly and shamefully low levels in order to stoke the flames of the chaotic racial downward spiral that this nation finds itself in, just to further their own twisted agendas.
It’s problematic at best for someone who would no doubt claim to not be a racist themselves to make these obviously invalid and absurd accusations against such a treasured piece of cinematic history. This film has been part of British and American culture for decades, and now in some lame attempt at either fame or race war bandwagon jumping, it’s being attacked and criticized for absolutely NO good reason. Professor Pollack-Pelzner… you should be downright ashamed of yourself because YOU are the racist here, NOT Julie Andrews or anyone involved with the production of this piece of art.
Unfortunately, behavior like this is no longer unheard of (rather it’s becoming the norm), and no doubt everything that has been going on with the US’ latest OBSESSION with racial and political bickering is what gave Pollack-Pelzner this demented idea in the first place. Notice that we never heard anything about Mary Poppins being racist until it was fashionable to say so? Hate inciting racists such as Pollack-Pelzner are one of the single largest threats to our nation in these precarious times when confusion abounds as the worlds of reality and complaining millennials collide.
It’s unclear exactly when living in the United States started equating to being stuck in an episode of the Twilight Zone, but one thing is for certain… we are THERE now. We live in a reality where kettle-calling racists are intentionally fueling the fires of hate in efforts to destabilize the public and it’s being accepted and listened to because of some current love for everything fake and illogical (flat-earthers again).
It is not a difficult concept to understand that constantly dwelling on, looking for, and blasting anything that could perhaps even remotely somehow be confusingly and purposefully misconstrued as racist IS BEING RACIST! Truly non-racist individuals don’t TALK about race, don’t THINK about race, don’t DWELL on race, and in fact ignore it altogether – that is the exact opposite of what individuals like Pollack-Pelzner are doing. Truly non-racist people see everyone as equally capable and don’t even have the thoughts inside of their heads to address racial differences at all – they simply don’t notice it.
What’s happening here is that certain groups and individuals don’t want us to all “get along” as Rodney King desired back in the 90’s, but in fact they want to drudge up and magnify everything that ever happened in the past (including some things that didn’t even ever occur, such as this latest Mary Poppins nonsense) in some vengeful attempt to tear down and destroy the American culture and any associated establishment. THIS IS ALSO RACIST people!
At some point… we are all going to have to return to reality. This episode is going to draw to a close, the credits will role, and American citizens are going to need to accept reality. The earth is NOT flat. Mary Poppins is NOT racist. Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner IS an idiot. Millenials DO need to work for a living; and fueling the fires of racism IS in fact incriminating oneSELF as being a racist. We are all on our way back to reality, but for now…we’re still stuck in the Twilight Zone.
If a kid gets lost in the forest with a bear to keep him company but no one else witnesses it… did the bear exist at all?
While this play on the old philosophical tree-falling-in-the-forest question might seem silly, it’s at the forefront of the minds of both the parents of young Casey Hathaway as well as those who searched for him during his recent three-day absence in the wilderness of North Carolina.
Going missing in the great outdoors is nothing new, it’s been happening since the beginning of time and more often than not during our modern era if the unfortunate soul’s body is found, evidence suggests a perfectly reasonable explanation as to the cause. Sometimes it’s a mountain biker that’s veered off of the trail and fallen down into a secluded ravine, or a cross country skier who has fallen upside down into the void existing in the snow under the branches of an evergreen. While these horrific examples are disquieting, they at least make sense.
What makes zero sense is how Casey Hathaway, a three-year-old boy without sufficient all-weather gear spent three nights in the wilderness alone and did not succumb to exposure – nights where the temperature dropped to as low as twenty degrees Fahrenheit. Or was he alone after all?
Per Casey’s immediate account of the events upon rescue he was actually befriended and looked after by someone, someone who in this case would have to be the least expected… a bear.
This at first seems like the delusions or hallucinations of a child’s mind as it endures the highest stress levels it has ever known and one may at first theorize that this must be some sort of defense mechanism that gets set off once a kid is in a situation of extended absolute terror.
While that all may be possible to explain Casey’s account, what it does not explain is how Casey physically survived this event with rain and temperatures so unforgiving that at times searchers were themselves turned away due to the extreme weather conditions.
What propels this incident further into the unexplained is that it is not the first of its kind, in fact it sounds eerily familiar to several accounts noted in the “Missing 411 CanAm” project run by investigator David Paulides covering disappearances of people from remote areas of the US and Canada.
Paulides – a former police detective – has been working on this effort for years now and has compiled a library of information on an increasingly disturbing phenomenon occurring in our nation and around the world today and supposedly throughout history – the disappearances of people from remote forested areas, usually abutting to large tracts of wilderness.
Several of the accounts Paulides has accumulated over the years bear a strong resemblance to Casey’s story. Whilst the vast majority of these unfortunate children are actually never found (or scant remains were later found), the few who have survived have described some friendly animal or creature as having assisted them through their ordeal, sometimes a wolf-life animal, sometimes a bear, but always something non-human and furry. One account even had the child claiming the bear had fed him berries, berries that doctors later confirmed were in the child’s stomach.
Of course the quickest explanation is that the kid ate the berries on his own and that those wild berries themselves perhaps containing some weak chemical or hallucinogen helped spur on the imagination. Nothing can be definitively proved here except that these children somehow survived when the others unfortunately did not.
If we think hard enough and back far enough here, people going missing in this specific area of North Carolina itself isn’t even a new phenomenon by any means, and once we start looking at things from a different angle, disturbing they become indeed – and very quickly.
This area of North Carolina is just north of the Croatan National Forest, which contains four wilderness areas and is named after the Croatan Indians, an Algonquian Native American group who’d called these lands home since time immemorial.
That by itself seems cause for no immediate concern save for those of us who remember the Lost Colony of Roanoke. This was the English colony that after three years without contact, in 1590 upon the return of reinforcements with supplies….was found with no one and nothing except for the word of “CROATOAN” carved into a tree trunk. Nothing was ever found of the settlers of that colony and to this day it’s completely unknown as to what happened to them or why they would’ve deserted their camp leaving only this cryptic word referencing the local Indians.
Some say this means the Indians themselves must have removed the colonists from their fort. Others insist the Croatan Indians only assisted these settlers. One thing is for certain, it all remains a mystery, with the Croatan tribe as a common denominator.
This doesn’t only suggest open hostilities toward the Colony of Roanoke however, for it is the Native Americans themselves who have many stories of their own of sacred places where strange things are known to happen, or places one must not go for fear of never returning. In fact, perhaps a cross-referencing is needed between the modern disappearances of people and the locations of Native American accounts of supernatural phenomenon.
Perhaps someday we will get to the bottom of the mysteries surrounding the disappearances of people and children from remote wilderness areas, or the unknowns underlying the history of the Croatan Indians and the Lost Colony of Roanoke in this region of what is now North Carolina. In the meantime however, we can rest assured that at least young Casey Hathaway’s name was not added to the list of those of the Missing 411 who were never seen again. Instead, he will now grow up to be an adult who can ask these questions along with us and perhaps even later be a key to our understanding of whatever it was that happened to him all those years ago in his youth.
Chris Hansen, from the various “To catch a …..” shows has been “caught” (he actually turned himself in) writing checks too large for his bank account.
Apparently Chris has been giving at least one guy the run around on some money owed and has written multiple bad checks over time. What’s astonishing about this is how it seems to unfold like a slow motion train wreck over months culminating in Chris very bizarrely turning himself in for said charge instead of just having worked everything out beforehand and having just paid his dang bills!
Chris has definitely done some good work over the years, I do hope he gets this straightened out and the aggrieved business owner compensated appropriately. Chris we hope you get back on your feet!
It’s a dangerous time in America to go looking for blame after an African-American man has been shot dead inside of his own Dallas apartment home, however that is exactly what we’re embarking upon with the latest murder indictment of the police officer who committed the accidental shooting.
This unfortunate incident had the extra bad luck of happening during the latest few chaotic years of absolute political and racial upheaval in the United States. No one wants to see an innocent man killed, especially when it aggravates already open wounds however this particular shooting is almost guaranteed to fan the flames of racial conflict in this nation for the seeming audacity of the circumstances.
Officer Guyger claims she was under the impression that she was inside of her own apartment whenever she saw Mr. Jean in the darkness and discharged her weapon following Jean’s failed heeds to her requests.
To some people, this sounds like an overzealous white female Dallas Police officer who kicked in the door of an innocent black man and went to town guns blazing…to OTHER people this sounds like an absolute tragedy for all involved…
All I’m asking is for people to realize how absurdly ridiculous it would be for this woman to have committed the offense of which she is being accused (the charge was raised to murder recently over manslaughter!?); that she would knowingly shoot another resident at her own apartment complex and put on this whole “accident charade”. Come on people. The only thing that’s almost as absurd is that she went to someone else’s apartment and thought it was her own right???
Wrong. This is the part of the article that really grabbed my attention. This has happened to me before a couple of times actually living in Dallas apartments. At least on three separate occasions over the past five years have I accidentally gotten off the elevator on the wrong floor of my apartment, stumbled down the hallway, and erroneously attempted to insert my key into the wrong door. One time this happened and I actually just opened the door – it hadn’t even been locked – to someone else’s apartment! They were pissed!
As far fetched as the tone of this article might suggest it is to accidentally come across a door IDENTICAL to yours in a hallway IDENTICAL to the one you live in and in a building IDENTICAL to yours….it actually CAN happen!!! It’s called getting off the elevator on the wrong floor of your building; it can happen to anyone at any time actually (especially if alcohol were to be involved etc – which explains one of my incidents).
Our prayers go out to everyone involved in this horrible tragedy and if there are any lessons to be learned here they may be to be more vigilant and aware as you enter and exit your own residence’s door because a thief in the night might just take your life or your freedom that evening…
The disinformation campaign by the American media continues and shows no signs of even slowing down. What’s the most interesting part of the propaganda these days however is how the contents of posted articles on major news sites will contradict their titles time and time again.
This Mexican citizen had been given DACA status which was subsequently terminated as a result of actions of his own including being convicted of at least one drug charge (for certain at least two initial charges), and while awaiting an immigration hearing was convicted of another misdemeanor charge.
To me, this article proves a couple of things:
#1 – ICE and the US Government’s policies actually seemed to work well in this case; they were processing someone out of the country that couldn’t behave while on a temporary DACA status (is this not exactly what we want and what the rules are made for?)
2# – The fact that he was murdered by no doubt his own people and certainly in his own country proves that we need to enforce immigration policies now more than ever and also need to be MORE strict about them not LESS as this article seems to imply
3# – ICE DIDN’T RETURN HIM TO MEXICO. He returned himself, not only by – as the article states – CHOOSING to VOLUNTARILY depart, but also by violating the rules several times while under DACA status
What planet do we live on that the editor of this article not only contradicts his own title, but also believes that all the evidence put forth proves that the US should’ve allowed this man (yes, he’s a man, he was 19 – but reading the article’s title all you see is ‘teen’) to remain in the US? WHY? So he could violate more laws and eventually end up living on the tax payer’s dollar in an already overcrowded prison?
“Teen from Iowa killed after ICE returns him to Mexico”