Saturday, September 27, 2014

Patriotism is NOT Nationalism


A lot of people seem to think that a Patriot is the same as a Nationalist. they aren't, A Patriot loves their country but also accepts that it has problems and/or the goverment sucks. A Nationalist believes their nation is perfect and refuses to believe anything less.

The Reason i'm talking about this is the story in the news about the school in Jefferson County, Colorado whose new books people are saying is simply "Patriotic" when it is really Nationalist. these books will only focus on the good in the history of the US. gone is anything on slavery, or Native Americans, or the fight for women rights or the watergate scandal.  that is Nationalism. and Nationalism leads to a Fascist goverment and/or police state.

It leads to a fascist goverment because Nationalist will rarely disobey their goverment. Nationalist are the kind of people who believe everything the goverment does is for you. every action, every law. they are the kind of people who say "Its just for our own safety" when the goverment passes new laws that violate your right to privacy. they slowly allow the goverment more power and more control.

The Students at Jefferson County are fighting this censorship and calling for the return to their old books. strangely the ACLU has "offered" help but not taken any action.

I love my country, but i will not accept whitewashing our history. we've done some bad stuff over the years, and we've made some bad mistakes. but thats how a nation evolves. almost every other major nation has gone through something similar.real patriots should stand with the students of Jefferson County and fight this censorship.

Jefferson County Students Page:https://www.facebook.com/JeffcoStandUp

Monday, September 8, 2014

World In Conflict Soviet Assault


World in Conflict is a WW3 RTS game developed by Swiss game company Massive Entertainment and British company SwordFish, and Published by Ubisoft.

WIC SA follows the story of the dreaded WW3 coming to bear. the USSR has launched a surprise attack on West Berlin and are quickly spreading into Europe. throughout the campaign you play as both the USSR and the USA. the campaign happens all around the world, during the game you will fight in Italy,France,Germany,The United States,Norway,and Russia.

World In Conflicts campaign is surprisingly good. we get a cast of characters on both sides, but the people who really matter is Lieutenant Parker (The US you),Captain Bannon (The whinny guy who ends up sacrificing himself and thereby redeeming himself), and Colonel Sawyer the dude who gives all the orders. On the Russian side we have Lieutenant Romanov (Russian you), Nikolai Malashenko (crazy and insane Russian dude who wants to kill everyone), and Colonel Vladimir Orlovsky,the guy who gives all the Russians their orders

The whole deal is that the mighty USSR is falling apart. their only hope at keeping their nation together is seizing much needed resources. Resources owned by the west. with no other choice they attack the US and her allies. this is the part of WIC SA i really love. the Russians are not "evil" or even crazy (well, other than Nikolai) at the same time they do a great job of showing the ridicules amount of propaganda that people living in the USSR were exposed to. In fact WIC SA does a great job of not showing ether side as the "Hero" or the "Villain" both sides have their faults and both don't really want to be fighting.

Gameplay wise WIC SA is fun, and easy. it is not a extreme strategy game and is instead more focused on quick combat. one things thats a little annoying is the fact that Nukes and other WMDs are well.... pointless. they really don't do much damage and the "craters" they leave behind are pretty pitiful. Players chose a role before the battle, Armor,Support,Infantry, or Air. while you still can put other roles units on the battlefield they will cost more and some of the elites of that role are unavailable. WIC SA doesn't look the greatest, but seeing as it came out in 2009 its understandable.

In the end if you like quick action RTS (without base-building) then WIC SA is the game for you.


 7.1
Great

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Darkness 2



The Darkness 2, is a Canadian developed first-person shooter psychological horror game by Digital Extremes and published by 2K Games

In the Darkness 2 Jackie Estacado - the players character, has taken over one of New Yorks biggest Gang/Mob. still suffering from regret over his girlfriends death, Jackie is trying to live a normal life. having learned how to control and repress The Darkness. but he is forced to unleash The Darkness after a strange cult attacks him and his friends.


To be honest,The Darkness 2 is petty cliche, Guy loves girl, girl gets killed, guy has flash backs of said dead gril, on and on, you get the point. the levels aren't breathtaking, or special. no, in fact most of it is a hallway shooter and it really never breaks that form. despite all this the game is still fun. and the reason is of The Darkness. you get to use this special power and its pretty fun to take out enemy with it.

but you will soon tire of seeing the same kill moves over and over and over. sure, the first time or so its pretty cool to watch, but by the 30th or 40th time of seen the same kill moves you'll get bored. still, later on in the Darkness 2, the story does get better, and it will sometimes have you wondering what is real and what is not.

alas, the world of The Darkness 2 is boring and dry. almost all of the gameplay takes place in dark alleys/buildings that are extremely generic. and just to be more cliche The Darkness 2 features a abandoned fair/circus.

in the end The Darkness 2 is nothing special, but it is fun the first few times you play it. even the gameplay suffers though. as on normal the game is only four hours, The Darkness 2 has a multiplayer mode, however its boring and dull. the Darkness is worth 15$ max and you will have some fun with it. but once you get done with the story you will probably never play it again.


4.5
Okay

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Game:Mount and Blade Warband



Mount and Blade Warband is a game made by Turkish game studioTaleWorlds Entertainment, it is a large-scale battle RPG.

The game plays more like a Total War game where you get to fight on the feild. you explore the world using a over head map. then you click on cities/towns/etc and it loads into them. to make it clear there is no real "open world" in the game. you don't not walk to the next city with you and your army rendered, you are simply represented by a man on a horse that walks across the map. when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense, seeing as you can get up to 250 or more troops, it would be a pain to walk all the way with that many people with a system just like skyrim.

So the meat of the game is the battles, you get to watch your army attack the other, and you yourself can engage the enemy on the field of battle. with a handy add-on the Warband Battle Size changer  you can go up to 700 men per battle. however, the M&B game engine will be highly unstable if you use any number higher than 300.


 Combat in Warband is gritty and fun. you can use all kinds of weapons. they have Swords,pikes,bows, and more. all have different abilities and such. hitting an enemy with a powerful Pike attack, can kill or knock them out instantly. and that brings us to another thing in M&B, the ability to capture people. with some weapons you will knock out people instead of killing them. after the battle you can take them with you as prisoners. Nobles and kings can not be sold, but anyone else can. you can even make them join your army as soldiers. however that will hurt your army's morale.

Morale in Warband plays a big part. lots of things can hurt your troops morale. things like fighting with a companion (a special person you can find in taverns that have backstorys, will speak to you about things.)
raiding defenseless farmers. not having any food. not paying them. or using captured prisoners as soldiers in your army. if morale gets too low, some of your troops will start to leave during the night and you can even lose you entire army this way. 

In Warband its hard to go alone in the deadly world of  Calradia, as such you will most likely find yourself working for a lord or noble. at first they will give you annoying repetitive quest, but soon you will start rise in the ranks. the Lord/Noble will call you for a grand attack on one of His enemies and you must join him. during this war if you take a castle in a siege your lord/noble may give it you as your own. once you are well known can even marry the daughters of other Lords/Nobles, and get larger amounts of land. of course you can just try to take over Calradia on your own, but then everyone will hate you and try to kill you. but running your own nation and forcing people to respect you is one of the more funnest things to do in Warband.

The big downside of this game is the visuals. yes i know, graphics aren't everything, but Warband looks barley better than PS2 graphics. however, with all of the crazy fun battles you'll be playing it will be easy to over look the games graphics.

if you like fun combat and huge battles then Warband is the game for you. just don't expect it to play like Skyrim or Oblivion.


 6.6
Epic

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Intel stops purchase of metals from War-Criminals

Intel, one of the biggest Tech manufacturers in the US, has stopped buying metals needed to make things like CPUs from the nation of Congo. 

A little history about Congo first, Congo has been at war from 1996 to 2003, in many small and large wars know as "the Congo wars" it is a war involving foreign states and many rebel groups. as of now, there are over 40 groups fighting to claim Congo, and it has led to mass suffering of the people who live there. Congo has many mines, some that supply Cassiterite. Cassiterite is used to make Tin, Tin is used heavily by the tech industry. as such these mines are heavily fought over and local villagers are forced to mine it in the most dangerous conditions.

Now, Intel has decided to stop buying Cassiterite from Congo mines that are under the control of warlords. Intel admitted that the move was to give them a better company image, and raise employee morale. but whatever the reasons, giving the warlords less people and places to sell is always better. because Intel won't accept products made with Cassiterite from mines under the control of warlords, third party dealers,circuit manufacturers and the like, have to also stop buying Cassierite from the warlords. 

"It consumes a great deal of time throughout the organization, from salespeople fielding compliance requests from their customers, to engineers checking product designs for materials of concern, to purchasing managers working with suppliers," said Paul Schwada, founder of Locomotive Solutions consulting firm near Chicago. "And who is supposed to 'own' it? That's up for grabs."


In the US companies must disclose whether or not they buy from smelters, or suppliers who get their goods from mines owned by War-Criminals. because of this human rights groups pressure them to stop buying it. but because it takes so much time and money to filter out who is supplying the goods most companies simply stop buying from Congo all together. 

So what Intel is doing is still buying from Congo just not from the warlords, so the mines under the control of the people still help them rebuild, and protect themselves. Intel is not just stopping the purchase of Cassiterite, they also have stopped buying from warlord mines that supply things like Gold, tungsten ,and tantalum

Gary Niekerk, Head of Intels Corporate responsibly department had a few words to say:   "We didn't touch the economy, It's not about pulling out of the region. That would have been the easy thing to do."

Human rights groups hope that other companies will follow Intels lead, and try to make sure that they are not helping warlords fund their armies, but instead helping the people of Congo take back their country.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!



Hey guys i just want to say happy 4th of July! and don't forget those who gave all so we could have days like this. And i would also like to thank all our friends in the world, including, but not limited to: UK,France,Germany,Japan,Canada,and Australia. Now, grab a hot dog, some beer, some fireworks, and lets celebrate!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kindle Fire VS ASUS Nexus 7




Storage
The Lowest model on the Nexus 7 is 16gbs, and the lowest on the kindle is 8gbs
the highest amount of storage for the HDX is 64gbs, while the highest amount storage for the N7 is 32gb.

RAM
Both the Kindle HDX and Nexus 7 have 2GBs of flash ram.

Screen
While the Nexus has a "HD" screen, the Kindle Fire has a "HDX" screen. Amazon claims that HDX screen is better than the normal HD screens on tablets. here is a side by side comparison:

Some may say that the N7 looks better or the HDX, i like the HDXs look.


Battery life
The Kindle has an 11 hour battery life, while the Nexus 7 has 9.

OS
The Amazon OS is really limited compared to Android, a lot of the apps and features that are in Android are nowhere to find on the FireOS. it seems to run a little slower than the Android OS and seems to be really slimmed down.

Sound:
The Kindle Fire has by far, better speakers. they are Dolby Digital System speakers, and have better bass then the standard system in the Nexus 7.

Speed:
Both tablets take quite a while to boot up from a complete shut down, but the Kindle OS lags behind by at least 10 seconds.

Who is better?
I would say that the Kindle is great for books,movies,music and entertainment, while the Nexus is great for an all around tablet.