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"While tickling the fancy, there was a woman that walked buy wearing a suit made of cottage cheese and cocoa butter. She said, "Man sometimes you feel like no one pays attention to detail anymore." Then she proceeded to..."...lick the cottage cheese and cocoa butter off in an intoxicatingly seductive way for no apparent reason. But that previously unapparent reason became apparent when suddenly...
She messed up any opportunity for the gold but:
Screw the gymnast pics though.
- Fred Friendly: The Air Force hasn't gone on the record. So you want to forego the standards you've stuck to for years. Both sides, no commentary.
- Edward R. Murrow: We all editorialize.
- Fred Friendly: I'm just making sure we identify that we're giving them the information up front and we're asking them to comment on it.
- Edward R Murrow: Frank, hold on. I've searched my conscience. I can't for the life of me find any justification for this. I simply cannot accept that there are, on every story, two equal and logical sides to an argument. Call it editorializing, if you'd like.
- Fred Friendly: It is editorializing.
- Edward R Murrow: They'll have equal time to defend themselves.
-Good Night and Good Luck.
I wish to only impart knowledge, with which you can make your own decisions. I am an Obama supporter.
For a short 15-minute film on the current state of Baghdad - one quite different than what has been revealed to us - please watch:
Baghdad, 5 Years On: A City of Walls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTMp-YNaDdg&feature=related
Baghdad, 5 Years On: Killing Fields: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Woxu5dwCSX0&feature=related
Baghdad, 5 Years On: Iraq's Lost Generation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRA3QdvY9rQ&feature=related
I highly suggest everyone check out a site called FreeDocumentaries.com. Watch all of the following
Hacking Democracy: http://freedocumentaries.com/film.php?id=234
If there is one documentary that you must see on this site it is this one. Its not the best made or the most popular documentary but it was of enough qualty to make HBO´s prestigious list. More importantly, this film uses evidence to assert a claim that most Americans would find outrageous; that the 2004 election was stolen and things are in place for another theft. This film isn't a Pro-Democrat film as it shows that John Kerry knew of the Vote fraud and said nothing.
Before discounting this film, take a look. It is a subject that we have researched and found merits in. Do your own research and forward this to your friends. The validity of the Obama/McCain contest will rest on these machines.
The Power of Nightmares 1: The Rise of the Politics of Fear: http://freedocumentaries.com/film.php?id=135
"The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear" consists of three one-hour films, consisting mostly of a montage of archive footage with Curtis's narration.
The films compare the rise of the American Neo-Conservative movement and the radical Islamist movement, making comparisons on their origins and suggesting a strong connection between the two. More controversially, it argues that the threat of radical Islamism as a massive, sinister organized force of destruction, specifically in the form of al-Qaeda, is in fact a myth perpetrated by politicians in many countries — and particularly American Neo-Conservatives — in an attempt to unite and inspire their people following the failure of earlier, more utopian ideologies.
"The Power of Nightmares" has been praised by film critics in both Britain and the United States and have also been the subject of various critiques and criticisms from conservatives and progressives. The first episode explains the origins of Islamism and Neo-Conservatism. It shows Egyptian civil servant Sayyid Qutb, the founder of Islamism, visiting America to learn about the education system, but becoming disgusted with what he saw as a corruption of morals and virtues in western society through individualism. At the same time in the United States, a group of disillusioned liberals, including Irving Kristol and Paul Wolfowitz, look to the political thinking of Leo Strauss after the general failure of President Johnson's "Great Society". They come to the conclusion that the emphasis on individual liberty was the undoing of the plan. They envisioned restructuring America by uniting the American people against a common evil, and set about creating a mythical enemy.
The Power of Nightmares 2: The Phantom Victory http://freedocumentaries.com/film.php?id=136
In the second episode, Islamist factions, rapidly falling under the more radical influence of Zawahiri and his rich Saudi acolyte Osama bin Laden, join the Neo-Conservative-influenced Reagan Administration to combat the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. They are successful in repulsing the Soviet armies and, when the Eastern Bloc begins to collapse in the late 1980s, both groups believe they were the primary architect of the "Evil Empire's" defeat and thus have the power to carry out their revolutions in their homelands. Curtis instead argues that the Soviets were on their last legs and were doomed to collapse without intervention.
Both factions' revolutions end in failure. The Neo-Conservatives' aspirations to use the United States Army's power for further destruction of evil are thrown off track by the ascent of George H. W. Bush to the American Presidency, followed by the 1992 election of Bill Clinton leaving them out of power. The Neo-Conservatives, with their conservative Christian allies, attempt to demonise Clinton throughout his presidency with various real and fabricated stories of corruption and immorality. To their disappointment, however, the American people do not acknowledge him as an enemy as they intended and remain indifferent to Clinton's alleged evils. The Islamist attempts at revolution end in massive bloodshed, leaving the Islamists without popular support. Zawahiri and bin Laden flee to the sufficiently safe Afghanistan and declare a new strategy; to fight Western-inspired moral decay they must deal a blow to its source: the United States.
The Power of Nightmares 3: The Shadows In the Cave http://freedocumentaries.com/film.php?id=137
Curtis argues that the forces under the direct command of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri are in fact very small and mainstream image of al-Qaeda is a myth.
The final episode addresses the actual rise of al-Qaeda. Curtis argues that after their failed revolutions, bin Laden and Zawahiri had little or no popular support, let alone a serious complex organization of terrorists, and were dependent upon independent operatives to carry out their new call for jihad. The film instead shows the United States government wanting to prosecute bin Laden in absentia for the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings, and needing to prove him to be the head of a criminal organization to do so. They find a former associate of bin Laden, Jamal al-Fadl, and pay him to testify that bin Laden was the head of a massive terrorist organization called "al-Qaeda". With the September 11th attacks, Neo-Conservatives in the new Republican government of George W. Bush use this created concept of an organization to justify another crusade against a new evil enemy, leading to the launch of the War on Terror.
After the American invasion of Afghanistan fails to uproot the alleged terrorist network, the Neo-Conservatives focus inwards, searching unsuccessfully for terrorist "sleeper cells" in America. They then extend the war on "terror" to a war against general perceived evils with the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The ideas and tactics also spread to the United Kingdom where Tony Blair uses the threat of terrorism to give him a new moral authority. The repercussions of the Neo-Conservative strategy are also explored with an investigation of indefinitely-detained terrorist suspects in Guantanamo Bay, many allegedly taken on the word of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance without actual investigation on the part of the United States military, and other forms of "preemption" against non-existent and unlikely threats made simply on the grounds that the parties involved could later become a threat. Curtis also makes a specific attempt to debunk fears of a dirty bomb attack, and concludes by reassuring viewers that politicians will eventually have to admit that their claims of threats are void of reality.
The title of this episode appears to refer to Plato's allegory of the cave, which is mentioned in the course of this part of the film, and to the belief in the complex in Tora Bora.
"Good post 1OneWon, some people tend to think the full $60 goes to the developer, but I figure it's more like $30 out of $60 going to them... I hypothesis this because in an article written about the last generation of consoles, it said that out of the $50 games, only $20 went directly to developers."What's funny is the cut retailers take out is so minimal that they make most of their money off used games. I remember it in a feature from Escapist, but I've given up looking for that article.
In my search I did find these two articles though that are good, but pretty long.
Death to the Games Industry, Part 1
Death to the Games Industry, Part 2
We can whine about game prices, but as long as we embrace these games that are costly to develop, prices will not go down. In fact, it will never go down because we, as consumers, have gotten used to these high price points. The games industry has grown about 70% since 2006. Sales have gone up at an incredible pace, so they're not going to lower prices.
In fact, it's kind of like gas. They might drop prices a bit now and then in order to provide some relief, but we're been systematically conditioned to higher gas prices to the point where prices will NEVER dramatically decrease.
Edinburgh Interactive Festival chairman Chris Deering has warned the games industry that it must look for new revenue sources as development costs rise and software sales fall.
In a speech opening this year's EIF, Deering said, "Traditional revenue sources will not be sufficient to fund games development. If you look at the very narrow definition of the gaming market, people are saying the software business will be down 20 per cent by 2011 versus this year.
"Something is going to have to be there to make up the difference and take us beyond that threshold," Deering continued. He observed that major games can now cost more than USD 10 million to develop - and up to USD 100 million in the case of titles such as Grand Theft Auto IV.
"My guess and analysis shows that less than 3 out of 10 games recover their development and marketing costs with boxed goods sales," said Deering. "So what's going to have to happen? Creative use of hybrid online and offline advertising revenues, online offline transactions with consumers - these business models must be explored."
According to Deering, the big trends of the next decade will include the growth of internet-served video, the expansion of fanbases into new communities, increased remote data storage and the emergence of global virtual currencies. He also predicted the growth of mobile social networks, TV, GPS and advertising - all of which present the games industry with new opportunities to create games and seek out revenues.
You know, I actually really enjoyed the Fear Effect games. They had a good style and the puzzles were pretty damn difficult. I beat both Fear Effect and Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix. I couldn't relay any of the story or anything about the game to you aside from my like of the puzzles, but I still found it to do be a damn enjoyable game.
It actually has good reviews according to Metacritic, but for some reason it seemed to be panned in the game communities I was a part of.
I'm going to say Fable 2 despite my big interest in Fallout 3, only because I'm just tired of playing shooters. There are way too many of them, kind of like the saturation of Japanese RPG's on the PS2 post-FFVII. I need a good western RPG since Mass Effect.
Though sometimes threads such as these get really heated, I thought I would still start this topic. Edge Online, the online leg of the fine UK games mag, just posted its in-depth analysis of the July NPD #'s. I haven't had time to read through it all but they are usually really good and interesting, especially for me who has no real "favorites," though I generally prefer getting the 360 version of multiplatform games but I own and love my PS3 equally but for different reasons. I'm really looking forward to Quest for Booty coming out.
Now remember people, let's try to keep this civil. It's all about the games, remember ;-)