Doc Rampage
Saturday, November 11, 2006
  why they hate us
Don't you love it when the MSM reports opinion polls as evidence that the MSM view is correct when it is obvious that the opinion polls are a direct result of the MSM's intervention? For example, the MSM reports opinion polls that Iraq is a disaster to prove that Iraq is a disaster, but the only reason that people think Iraq is a disaster is because the MSM keeps saying so. Or the MSM reports that the world hates America because of George Bush, but one of the major reason that the world hates America is because the MSM keeps telling the world how hateful George Bush and America are.

I'm convinced that the reason the world had a better view of America when Clinton was president isn't because America behaved particularly differently, it's because during the Clinton administration, the American press itself and the American entertainment industry were bullish on America. When the world hears good things about America, they like America more. Duh. And when the entire voice of America that is heard oversees (the 3 networks, CNN, and the NY Times in addition to the entertainment industry) keeps telling everyone how awful and contemptible is the very wart on humanity called America, it's no wonder that opinion turns a bit sour. If the only person I know in your family keeps telling me what a terrible family you have, what am I expected to believe?

It isn't George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and the Republicans who have made the world hate America, it is the MSM and Hollywood. And it was deliberate.
 
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
  Rummy resigns
Well, Donald Rumsfeld as resigned as Secretary of Defense. I'll leave the commentary to everyone else and just say I hope he runs for president. I'd vote for him.
 
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
  Mist Magic part 14
The story begins here. The previous week begins here.
I was going to ask the man if he was a timer traveler or an immortal that went around cutting the heads off of other immortals, but I decided it was best not to interrupt him again. Maybe my life was genuinely in danger, maybe not, but I decided to play it safe and keep him talking as long as possible.

"Well," he continued, "The Valangzar searched for years, seeking clues to a more effective magic. The search took them on great quests that are today known only from some twisted fragments of Greek mythology. Eventually ... this is the part you will find hardest to believe ... the Valangzar found the magic that they sought. In a far distant land, they found a portal to another world, a world of gods and monsters. And they allied with the creatures of that other world and from that alliance they gained power.

"The magic of the red world, Rodona was called the magic of the mists because the most common summonings used portals of mist. The power was useless at predicting the weather, but it could be used for spying and killing. As a result, the Valangzar became the defenders of the Aghianar and over time they changed from sorcerers into soldiers, from diviners into assassins. The Greek word "Phalanx" is descended from "Valangzar".
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Monday, November 06, 2006
  storyblogging
The Storyblogging Carnival is showing at the Dodgeblogium this week.
 
  Mist Magic part 13
The story begins here. The previous week begins here.
"It sounds like you are quoting from the Bible," I interrupted.

The man's eyes focused down at me as though he were surprised to find me still there. "Not your Bible, no, but a more ancient document. It is an account written in a language long dead and forgotten. You have heard of the Minoans?"

I shook my head silently.

"You have heard of Crete?"

"Of course," I answered.

"Before the classic age of Greece, there was a thriving bronze-age civilization of seafarers on the island of Crete. Archeologists have excavated great palaces with indoor plumbing, advanced air circulation, artificial lighting, and other features well ahead of the neighboring civilizations of the times. Modern scholars have never been able to decipher the writing of this ancient civilization and so they simply call then Minoans --after the Cretan King Minos of Greek legend. But the people of this civilization called themselves theAghianar and their greatest city, they called Kadlandith."

"A city of which you are a sort of sorcerer/priest," I clarified.

"That is correct," the man said. "The city died, but some of the people survived."
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Sunday, November 05, 2006
  the non-mystery of the pyramids
I've always been a bit skeptical about modern estimates of the resources that were used in building the pyramids. The people who built the pyramids spent generations moving multi-ton blocks of stone without pulleys or wheels. It stands to reason that they knew a hell of a lot more about moving multi-ton blocks of stone without pulleys or wheels than any modern archeologist.

Now a retired carpenter thinks he has found some of their secrets. The video and web site are distressingly obscure on the details, but he gives enough information that I believe him. The link comes from Dean Esmay, my own personal YouTube search engine:

 
  Mist Magic part 12
The story beings here. The previous week begins here
"It was a time of wonder. You would call it scientific progress, but the ancients knew nothing of science, only of craftsmanship. Even the concept of a craft, an industry of dedicated specialists who shared techniques and training was new. There were great inventions in those days, not only in the physical crafts such as building, ship making, metal working, but also in the more abstract crafts such as writing, arithmetic, navigation. Some moderns think that today's technological advance is exciting, what with flying and computers and cell phones; but let me tell you, in those days the very idea of advancing technology was new and exciting --the idea that an entire craft could deliberately set out to advance the state of the art. That was the true invention of the Aghianara, progress itself.

"And in those days there were signs and portents and divinations and there was a craft of diviners. Among the Aghianar this craft was not priest nor wizard, but something in between --not servants of the gods but exploiters of the gods. They knew the secrets of beguiling and tempting the gods. And these sorcerer/priests were called the Valangzar. And there came a time when the other crafts began to question the necessity of the Valangzar. 'We are discovering the secrets of building sturdier hulls and we are learning the mystery of building larger and finer buildings,' they said, 'And what are the Valangzar doing? Are they finding better ways to influence the gods? Are they learning the mysteries of the weather so that our ships do not sink?'

"And the Principles of the Valangzar heard the rumblings of the mundane craftsmen and they became angry and afraid. 'Shall we lose our power?' they asked each other, 'Shall the other crafts prove greater than ours?' And so they held council and the council said that the Valangzar too must advance and improve their methods. The Valangzar must learn the mystery of progress. The Valangzar must discover gods that are easier to control."
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