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Freedom Through Unity?

Unity in the Community Logo2Can unity can achieve freedom? Yes, of course it can – governments are supposed to be servants of the people, after all. But that only works when the people stand together as one group, one voice. If all a government hears is the clamouring from a myriad of different groups, all demanding their own, individual, wants and needs, then the overall message will be lost in the tumult. A government will then just ignore the commotion, dismissing it as nothing more than background noise, and continue to do as they please.

Far too many groups appear to believe the definition of unity is separatism. “We’ll form a group to demand what we want,” says Group A.

“We feel the same,” says Group B, “but not all your views match ours, so we’ll form our own, separate group.”

And so it goes, on and on.

Unity has only one definition, so strive to stand by that definition. Unity will only work to achieve freedom when all of the oppressed, down-trodden, and forgotten stand united as a whole, regardless of race, colour, religion and sexual orientation. Be one body, speaking with one clear voice, and a government will have no choice but to take notice, to listen to your words.

Do not demand your rights. Your rights already belong to you, they are not a government’s reward system, to be handed out like party favours to those who please them. Remind a government of this, and demand instead that they do as they were elected to do. Demand they cease to be self-serving, and instead revert back to the democratic ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people’.

You want freedom through unity? Then work for it. Stop being so self-centred. Stop being so selfish about your own, individual needs. Put aside your differences, forget your prejudices. Stand shoulder to shoulder with your brothers and sisters from the human race, and speak with one loud and clear voice.

Together we are we, and we will be free.

Just sayin’…

Rant over.

As always, that shallot.

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Posted by on February 2, 2017 in Rant, Uncategorized

 

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Red Dead Two?

What does it mean?

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So yesterday, Rockstar Games tweeted the above image, and also placed it on the landing page of their website, subsequently setting the gaming portion of the internet on fire. But, why?

Intriguing. Because of the logo, it’s more than likely a Red Dead Redemption announcement is on the cards. Ever since the release of the highly popular Red Dead Redemption video game, people have been eagerly waiting and hoping for a sequel.

Rockstar has a proven history of similar teasers. They’re not a company who spends time advertising and discussing what they’re doing as they’re doing it. Rather, they just get on with things and then make an announcement or a reveal when they’re good and ready. But, in all honesty, any new game announcement from Rockstar is worth sitting up and taking notice of.

If it is a new Red Dead, then when will the new story be set, which period of history will we see? Well, no point being in the Wild West, as, obviously, they have already done that. Similarly, there’s no need bringing it to present day as you’d just end up with GTA VI. So, from the end of the Wild West era in 1895, what do we have, in the US, that would make a good backdrop for a story? Well, there was the World’s Fair in 1904, followed by the slow birth of modern technology. As exciting as all that would have been at the start of the 20th century, for a Red Dead setting it would be a bit bland. Then there’s the creation of the FBI in 1908, but would that suit a character like John Marston, or his relation/descendant? I think not. For all his good points, he is still an outlaw at heart. The US joining World War I in 1917 would have been a possibility, if not for the release of Dice’s Battlefield 1.

If it was me, I’d move forward to the early/mid 1930s, and more specifically the ‘Dust Bowl’ – the area of the Great Plains region devastated by drought during the Great Depression. For a character with the cliché traits of Marston – bad guy with a heart, willing to go to any lengths to protect those he loves, even though he’s supposed to be the ‘romantic loner’ – there is ample scope for a very immersive story line. Whole towns emptied as the crops failed, and money and food ran out. Residents packed up all they could carry and moved on, in the hopeless search for something better. Unscrupulous companies and businessmen took ruthless advantage of the needy. A whole class of society dispossessed, left with no choice but to go to any lengths in order to survive. Marston, or more likely Marston’s son/daughter, would definitely have any number of causes to throw their weight behind.

But those are just my thoughts.

Whatever the game turns out to be, it’s Rockstar, so I’m sure it’ll be awesome and worth waiting for.

If you have a specific time period you’d like to see a new Red Dead game to be set in, let me know in the comments, it would be interesting to see other’s ideas on the subject.

As always, that shallot.

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Posted by on October 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Merry Christmas One And All

Challenge 24 of the 30 Writing Challenges states… What? Wait… It’s Christmas eve, what am I doing writing?

Although doing one challenge per day until the end of the month was a good idea to get back into the writing habit (and it has worked really well so far), trying to do them over the Christmas period just isn’t feasible. I don’t have many plans, but I still don’t want the thought ‘I need to complete today’s challenge soon’ to be plaguing me.

So, I’m going to put the challenges on hold until next week – Monday, maybe Tuesday. If I feel inspired, and also feel like taking some time out from the festivities, then I might write something, but no promises, okay?

On that note, I will bid each and every one of you to have a very merry Christmas – may you be surrounded by loved ones and laughter, by good times and humour. Somewhere, in the inky blackness of the Christmas sky, a star is shining bright just for you.

Take care of you and yours, and I’ll see you all soon.

Laters…

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Posted by on December 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Really, George?

Just a quickie…

The Chancellor, George Osborne, is expected to double funding for cyber crime fighting later today, with a warning that I.S. is plotting deadly attacks on line.

Things being planned on line in the 21st century? Imagine that.
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Posted by on November 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Mirror {Book Promotion}

Mirror, by Karl Wilson

Mirror, by Karl Wilson

Ok, quick book promotion time. The following – ‘Mirror’ – is by Australian author Karl Wilson.

A small, floating mirrored ball. Nothing overly impressive, but enough to cause over two hundred sleeper agents to blow their cover and attack a small two-bedroom house in the middle of a sleepy Darwin residential area.
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Posted by on July 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Idiot sightings…

duncecap1IDIOT SIGHTING No.1
My daughter and I went to the McDonald’s checkout to pay our bill and I gave the clerk a £5 note.
Our total bill was £4.20, so I also handed her a 20 pence piece.
She said, ‘You gave me too much money.’
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Posted by on July 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Amazon vs. Hachette – Indie authors and lovers of Indie Lit. – take a stand against big publishing, sign the petition.

Amazon vs. Hachette – Indie authors and lovers of Indie Lit. – take a stand against big publishing, sign the petition.

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Some have called for a boycott of Amazon. Read the article excerpt below.

Self-published authors responded to Preston’s open letter on Thursday with their own petition, which now boasts over 3,000 signatures.

Launched by Howey – author of the hit dystopian novel Wool – and others including the bestselling thriller writers JA Konrath and Barry Eisler – the letter urges readers not to boycott Amazon, arguing that the online giant has liberated authors and readers alike from the clutches of “New York Publishing”.

“Major publishers like Hachette have a long history of treating authors and readers poorly,” the petition states. “Amazon, on the other hand, has built its reputation on valuing authors and readers dearly. The two companies didn’t simultaneously change directions overnight.”

“Amazon has done more to liberate readers and writers than any other entity since Johannes Gutenberg refined the movable type printing press”, the petition continues, adding that “Amazon…

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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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