Inevitable becomes more inevitable

30 05 2010

Last year I got into something called Paranoia.

It is a dystopia-themed sci-fi RPG in which players are not allowed to know the rules (except maybe that one, maybe, oh dear, I’ve probably said too much…) as they try to the bidding of the omnipresent planet-ruling AI, Friend Computer (which mostly involves killing commies, mutants and traitors, which the players invariably are at least guilty of three of those crimes).

You can get a digital dose of Paranoia through Java via the Paranoia-Live community.

Through that network I’ve come into knowledge of a similarly themed boardgame on the precipice of release – Inevitable.

Inevitable is a satirical board game set in a slapstick dystopian future. Every play is designed to provide 2-6 players with hours of quality entertainment, danger, violence, betrayal, mayhem, and laughs. It contains a robust amount of high explosives and dead things. It was designed by people who think Orwell’s 1984 is a comedy and the Necronomicon is a romance.

If you are willing to fork out $75 in the next 48 hours you can get yourself a special print copy of the game, and your name in the credits. The game includes references to The Flying Spaghetti Monster, The Church of the Sub Genius, Kali the Destroyer and more – and that’s just the play money.

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Iranians banned from studying nuclear technology

9 07 2008

You might suspect this would be the work of Uncle Sam. I’d even be less surprised if it was my own Australian government, or the UK. But no it’s the Netherlands who are promoting racist barriers to education.

The Dutch are more well known for liberal approaches to marijuana and sex, but like quite a few central European countries, there are growing conservative elements preying on fears regarding Arab and Muslim immigration and influence.

This is very sad. Nothing really vindicates the harshness of this ruling.

It just shows gross ignorance and lack of respect on behalf of the Dutch government. Broad sweeping bans against all citizens of Iran from studying nuclear physics and rocket ballistics – including persons with Dutch dual citizenship is just unfair.

I doubt Iran is not above employing Saudi, Afghani, Indonesian, or any other nationality, to aid in any nuclear programs. Nor does it appear to prevent someone abandoning Iranian citizenship to pursue training.

Why just Iran? Why not North Koreans, Pakistanis, or other potential breakers of the nuclear proliferation treaty.

Indeed, if this technology is deemed so dangerous in the hands (or minds) of the wrong people, why even have public education programs in it at all?

Other countries have appropriate screening for foreign nationals wishing to study such technology.

And as the Nature article highlights, many international students are against the oppressive regimes in their mother countries. That is part of why they are studying abroad.