The Government: Double Standard Deluxe & Violent Monopoly

Posted in Politics on February 23, 2014 by Cydramech

A group of individuals create a company, out of their own pockets they hire laborers. Then one day, another company of men get founded. The two decide one day to merge, yet there’s something stopping them. This fellow has his own company of men armed to the teeth, demands them to keep competing or else they’ll be removed/arrested from their organizations.

What’s wrong with this picture, anyone? Right, a fellow going around thinking he should be allowed to just tell others what to do, even claiming it’s for the greater good, he’s still using violence against a non-violent activity. This is also reminiscent of another activity, what happens when a government decides to stop a merger (after all, if you break a government law you get threatened with force if you don’t comply).

But, assuming you still don’t see the problem, let’s put you in the picture. Are you willing to walk up to someone and commit violence against them because you believe they’re either charging you for someone you think you have a right to or overcharging? That’s exactly what you’re doing here.

Every single regulation a government carries out is backed by a threat of force. That is, at the very least any attempt to resist can and will result in harm to the person resisting which can lead to death, and even if you do not resist you are still caged like an animal wherein any attempt to escape is punishable by death. That’s if you’re lucky (rehab is worse, it is a brainwashing scam), and that’s because it is all that government is capable of doing to you – violence.

So again, are you willing to stand on the front line with a weapon pointed at someone because they don’t follow your law despite being peaceful? Are you willing to let the law come knock on your front door because either you in your great wisdom thought a merge between a company you own and another company was a good thing or because you can sell or make an item the majority claim they have the right to for free? If you’re going to say no to either of these, then why do you think anyone else should?

Fact: it’s a double standard, and there certainly is nothing ethical or moral about it in history unless you’re the kind of person that supports a variety of barbarian standards. Ergo, it is uncivilized, yet here we are in the 21st century and people support it still? The fuck kind of civilization is that, exactly? What is civilized is caring for and about others, but there’s nothing civilized about committing violence – especially to either force others into doing something you wouldn’t yourself do or to stamp in others your relative ideas of what may or may not be a right or is right and wrong.

That is why, even if one admits government may be a necessary evil, why most agencies still shouldn’t exist whether it’s the FCC, DOE, DHS, IRS, FBI/NSA/CIA, or almost every other member of the “alphabetical acronym government agencies” group not already mentioned. One way or another, it is an additional form of victimless crime based on entirely-arbitrary ideals and just adds fuel to an already-violent monopoly of fire.

Ezmode Called, Yoshida Answered

Posted in PC-Gaming, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2013 by Cydramech

So I hear people still shouting for raises as they complain about the distance being too much or that it costs too much to port, still complaining about EXP being too much to level, and the majority of which still have no fucking clue how to deal with a simple-fucking dungeon. What the fucking hell? Huh? Just like quite a few of us have said a million motherfucking times by now. Oh but did anyone believe us? Nope. All the damned whiteknight trolls and casual fuckers, claiming they just want shit to be accessible – like as if anyone was ever against the accessibility argument itself. Every single fucking time the difficulty or something was made more ‘accessible‘, someone complains about it not being enough. Well I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but… WE DAMN WELL MOTHERFUCKING TOLD YOU SO.

Did you even know the reason we asked for Level Sync was to also keep things decently-tough & capped? Without Lv.Sync, one could fly through every single quest, and yet even with Lv.Sync, most of us have flown threw every quest. It ain’t doing its job. Even more ironic, this is the real deal now while so many assholes were claiming, “but it’s only beta” thinking we’d get some miracle patch, just like with 1.0′s launch! Fools, we’re no longer in a mere beta, as far as difficulty can possibly go, regardless of mechanics which did not once change from beta to now – again ‘we told you so’, which quite honestly just doesn’t really even begin to speak about the situation if we’re to be truthful.

But this post is not merely to just go, ‘haha, in your face,’ since not everything has indeed been explored. No, what it is about is how all of those that have complained about the game being too hardcore, are all of those still complaining that it’s still not good enough for you: that despite that EXP is even easier than ever before still whine about it being time-consuming to hit cap, that if they’re forced to return they may have to take a dent in their virtual wallet of gil at most to port back, that crafting and gathering is still somehow remotely hard, and that every dungeon has in fact been instanced just as casual players wanted while whining they are forced to group for a MAIN SCENARIO quest.

Hell, some of you still claim FFXIV is a Hardcore MMO. Say what? How the hell can you even remotely claim that? It’s by far definitely one of the most casual P2P MMOs in history, just as it was in 1.23 too, such a funny thing considering all the idiotic naysayers complaining about it lacking casual-friendly options.So why the fuck can you not take that fucking nookie and just shut the fuck up!? Huh!? This game, Final Fantasy XIV 2.0: A Realm Reborn as it exists now, has been built to please the casual crowds, not those that play MMO’s for its long-term investment.

The rest of the MMO world – we do know the answer to the question, and thus it’s something you should ask yourselves – that is, those still complaining about the game being too ‘difficult’ or ‘time-consuming’. It is quickly becoming why many MMO players don’t like self-proclaimed ‘casual players’, and also why many ‘hardcore gamers’ tend to associate casuals and accessibility arguments with the entitlement culture & ezmode: because you guys don’t ever fucking stop complaining about time-consumption and you always wind-up exclaiming wanting stuff easier, no matter how many times you get your way.

‘If You Don’t Like America, Leave…’

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , on July 20, 2013 by Cydramech

We all know the drill, some nationalist doesn’t like that you disagree with their government or its methods and accuses you of hating America. At some point, you’re just waiting for them to scream out, ‘if you don’t like America, leave.’

Wait, what? How the hell is this a serious statement to begin with anyways? It really makes no sense for a variety of reasons. One is that the United States is a humongous country whose states on average are the size of an average European country, meaning it ought easily provide for all sorts of groups.

A more important reason, however, is one I want to address here, to put it simple: America is the ‘Land of the Free, Home of the Brave’ as we’ve all heard it before. Under the theory that America was founded on liberty, freedom, justice for all, who better to remain in America than those that actually support the idea of freedom? After all, how many countries in the world sport freedom & restricting government versus that of a big government?

There’s only one country that’s even remotely about restricting government, and the world is filled with a variety of big governments that anyone should be able to live happy with. So to demand those of us that actually support restricting or abolishing government to leave when there is nothing else out there to support us, I mean isn’t that just ludicrous? They are the ones in support of those big governments, not us; they believe government interference is good, we don’t.

Complaining That Your Taxes Aren’t High Enough?

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2013 by Cydramech

Even though anyone with decent knowledge should know it is possible to pay as many more taxes as one writes, particularly by writing checks to the U.S. Treasury to help pay off our debt, it seems many wealthy folk continue to complain that they don’t pay enough taxes.

Warren Buffett is one such case, and most of Hollywood is in a similar boat. Warren Buffett is infamous for complaining about his secretary or someone on his tab gets taxed too much compared to him just because she’s on a lower income; Hollywood is infamous for just complaining that taxes aren’t high enough, for any myriad of reasons I couldn’t begin to count even with all the time in the world.

Just like how some/many corporations advocate minimum wage, it too is a damn-good altruistic move, if you only look at it skin-deep. But there’s a problem, just like the corporate entities supporting minimum wage can always just hire at higher wage rates, so too can Hollywood, Warren Buffett, and anyone else wanting to decrease the debt pay more taxes.

So is it possible that Hollywood & Buffett just don’t know? I would say it’s an insult to their and our own intelligence to assume they don’t know, even though worse things are reality. So why is it they don’t just write a check to the U.S. Treasury? I mean, it’s not like they are claiming it immoral. They simply just don’t do it, despite that it’d be hell of a lot more effective; if the wealthy were seen writing checks to the U.S. Treasury, I’d go so far as to argue it’d create a chain reaction that would get even more wealthy and notso-wealthy non-poor individuals into writing checks based on peer influence.

Yet they still advocate higher taxes, but then whom are they pandering to exactly? Two similar groups: politicians & voters that would use these figures to make a case that since the wealthy should pay more they should be taxed more. Why? What do these groups have the wealthy would want? Are the wealthy just masochist? I wouldn’t think so.

But these groups certainly advocate for centralized governments that take away free competition & the power of the individual under the guise of greed being evil and whatever other moral arguments they want to make, and that too is what the wealthy want since they don’t like others earning the same money they could be earning.

That is why it should be no surprise the wealthy can support these “anti-corporate” features. They’re not merely anti-corporate, they’re anti-competitive. They drive up the minimum floor for an employee to compete in ways that even the smallest of businesses are forced into accepting, even when the law itself does not contain the language to effect the smaller businesses.

So next time you complain or see someone else complain about your taxes being too low, remember this: if you really wanted, everyone is more than welcome to write a check to the U.S. Treasury. But don’t complain that others aren’t being taxed enough because it’s both stupid and hypocritical, as those want higher taxes either are so poor they’re wanting more than their ‘fair share’ and will be worse-off for it as they could probably use every dollar they can get or wealthy enough that they can pay more taxes.

Why the NSA is Wrong, But Google Isn’t.

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2013 by Cydramech

Many people ask why it’s okay for Google & similar companies to collect data, but not the NSA or other intelligence agencies. The simple answer is this: these organizations formed through voluntary union are at the behest of the consumer while governments are generally unaccountable in any normal setting, even in a supposed ‘democratic’ system (which I would argue it is ‘democracy’ that makes them less accountable), while having untold powers to murder millions upon millions of people without even having to lift a finger.

That should be all I need to justify this blog post, as well, but I know people reading this will want more information.

So let’s take a look at government. How can one opt-out of a government’s rules? By renouncing citizenship & moving elsewhere, that’s it. For most people, this is hardly realistic and only amounts to at best, jumping from one frying pan into another, which doesn’t solve anything either. Not to mention, if ‘democracy’ is supposed to be as others say, then it’s counterintuitive to the democratic system, even a democratic-electoral republic.

Someone’s going to ask, “so wait, what about Somalia? If you don’t like government so much, and you believe it truly evil…” Let’s do look at it. Somalia doesn’t even work against the anarchists’ arguments when you actually look at it based on context. What is going on in Somalia is the result of government interference, not the absence thereof; whether it’s the United States, Russia, or some other country, the simple fact is several governments have kept it destabilized through funding local militant groups. But there is another side to it as well: for what is going on in Somalia, it was far worse when it was governed by a dictatorship.

However, I’d like to look at China. Seriously, look at the pattern it has displayed. They’re anything but perfect, and it’s certainly a long shot to say they’re even remotely better than the U.S. at this point; however, while there has been an economical pattern going on worldwide unarguably moving towards more control, the Chinese (though arguably) have been slowly moving in the opposite direction for the past few decades (it is something I must say Richard Nixon deserves credit for), that is towards more economical freedom as it’s even willing to experiment with the free market, and as a result of these moves it has become the economic superpower that not even the United States has ever been capable of all due to its own attempts of centralization & control beyond the roaring-’20s.

But I know some are thinking, “but we can effect change in a democratic system!”

When exactly did a ‘democratic’ system change government? Oft the case, it is through the rarely challenged logic of majority rules, that things stay the same. Look at Europe, and look at America. Canada as well. The only thing that has changed has been the ever-increasing increments of laws being added to the book, while the individual continues to be persecuted and corporations are given more control that they otherwise would not have if not for the government.

In fact, because you can never truly know whether you’re alone or not, it’s nigh impossible beyond election day in the best-case scenario to expect the government to listen. I say beyond election day in the best-case scenario, because realistically even on election day even when you vote for ‘change’, like with Obama, the only change you get is that you’ll be left with change in your pockets that you can use less and less every year.

As I said, I would argue that democracy is even more likely used to get people into accepting more laws as people prefer thinking they’re part of the majority as opposed to a minority, and so for them if it’s believed the majority prefers one thing they may go that route regardless of it being economical for them or not. Hence the inherent problem with democratic government, the only accountability that exists is an illusion or an afterthought.

So now, let’s look at a corporation. How can one opt-out of a corporation’s rules? It is very simple, to not use their products or services, and use your money elsewhere. You’re probably thinking, how is that anymore realistic? Corporations are like trees, they do come one day, and they can be gone the next. It’s proven that with even just a few people refusing to do business with a corporation, unlike when a lot of people may vote against something or someone, that they are able to effect some change within the company, even more so when these people are employees or special members of some sort.

Like with those claiming that not bailing out the banks would’ve made the economic crash even worse, well yes, it would’ve made it worse in the short-term. In the long-term, however, as I had argued in a previous blog post, the fact is it would’ve changed how people do business and as would have been proven if the market were let alone to itself, economic change is always long-term as opposed to just being a short-term action and can in fact start with just one person.

People could & would have learned from their history, but because we instead bailed out these big banks, it simply is not going to happen. The only ‘change’ at this point will be, again, increasing the amount of laws on the books that regulate voluntary transactions, that as oft the case the bigger corporations will be able to not only get away with but will be able to use against their smaller competitive counterparts, small business.

Furthermore, corporations can universally be sued even in the most primitive private court all day long while where there is government, there can be no case. If a corporation violates their terms of service, they can be taken to court or be easily boycotted.

That is why corporations are, whether they’re more/less immoral than government, better in the long-term. Don’t take this, however, as an endorsement of corporations either. It does take two to tango, and it was the banks that oft cause economic crashes. They were wrong, but in a free market it’s simply less likely that they could get away with it, or at all, more so when there are competing currencies.

Armitage Dragon

Posted in Roleplaying Info with tags , , , on July 2, 2013 by Cydramech

Cold as Ice. Hot as Fire. Dark like Chaos.

Armitage sporting her Yakuta with her original hairstyle.

Tribe/Race: Hyuran Highlander

Age: Unknown as she was abandoned on the mountainous tops near Mor Dhona & trained by a small faction of drakes.

Height: Considered tall by Highlander standards, around 6’1″

Build: Athletic

Alignment: Unknown, often considered chaotic neutral though.

Sexuality: Lesbian, or whatever pays the most.

Eyes: Heterochromic; right eye is blue, left eye is red.

Hair: Medium, red with white highlights.

Clothing: Whatever she has to wear to get by on the battlefield, in more relaxed settings she can be preferable to skirts, subligars, yukatas, and tight shirts.

Allegiance: Ul’dah & the Immortal Flames, and as often as natural for other Immortal Flames and those living in Ul’dah that succeed in the underground market liking their money, she’ll do mercenary work.

Skin: Desert-Red

Markings: She wears a tribal marking on her face, and the marking of Dalamud on her neck.

Languages: Able to speak Draconian & Eorzean.

Beliefs/Religion: Neither religious nor spiritual, she seems to only hold to the likes of Halone the Fury and Shiva, albeit in an impersonal respectful manner for their likeness as “war-goddesses”; often considered demonic by the more religious and spiritual not only for her lack of supposed faith but because she was raised by a group of drakes, she has taken this moniker as her own by calling herself “Demon Goddess”.

Likes: Fighting, war-axes, big swords, mining, gold, drakes, wyrms.

Dislikes: So far her only known dislike are wyverns, they’re “false dragons” to her, most likely because of the major life-changing event wherein a wyvern was responsible for kidnapping her.

Occupations: Varied.

Family: None, she considers a group of drakes in Mor Dhona to be the closest thing she has to family in the classical tradition.

Friends: Very few, she doesn’t quite care for being part of the crowd, but she does prefer companionship over friendship. (Will be updated in time.)

Demeanor/Personality: Often cold and crude to most, but always loyal to those that remain loyal to her; she’ll also appear random as she likes causing chaos just for her own satisfaction.

Other information: More will be added later.

History: It may never be known where or when she was born, but she grew up with a group of drakes deep within the mountainous region of Mor Dhona. Through that time she learned to fend for herself through various forms of weapon arts, and even had grown to enjoy causing chaos during such times. Eventually, she traveled south after a huge battle involving dragons and machina to Thanalan and the city of Ul’dah, where she’s been living around – though not necessarily inside the city itself. Periodically, she’ll be found traveling to Limsa and Gridania as part of her weapon training.

Post-Bahamut History: Yet to be written…

The Beauty of Free Market Anarchism; The Ramifications of The Nuremberg Trials

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2013 by Cydramech

To keep people employed, to keep the economy strengthened, or to prevent a complete economical collapse, they said, we had to bail out these banks. Same lines for the auto-industry, “too big to fail.” But there’s a big problem with this logic, it assumes that only those at the top are guilty of the crash.

Meanwhile, one of the major ramifications of the Nuremberg trials was that the soldier was no less guilty of a crime just because he was ordered to do it. Even in most cultures and religions prior to the ruling, more popularly known as “the devil made me do it”, it was not an acceptable ruling by any measure. The fact always has been that each individual was responsible for their actions & inactions, clear as day.

So why is this not accepted logic in the economic system? I mean, hell, at least drafted soldiers didn’t have much of a choice as disobeying an order has and continues to differ between a soldier’s life & death, or even the life of their family, so it would necessarily be a less effective rule since we neither want death nor our family’s death; in even the current economical model wherein you see authoritarian intervention on some level or another, the worst that happens is you’ll lose your job.

Thus, assuming that what these banks & corporations did was wrong, how can the employees not be guilty but the employers are? The employees were there marching in formation with their employers, issuing the very policies that everyone blames the employers for. Then to reduce the double standard, how are the customers whom voluntarily accepted such policies innocent themselves?

It does not compute. Regardless of whether you know it’s wrong or not, or were ordered to do something, you committed the action. If it can be accepted that a man is still guilty of an action he was coerced into doing with the threat of violence, there then is no excuse that these employees are guilty of the action issuing the predatory policies they were part of, and the consumers are guilty of the action that they themselves enable said policies. It may even be argued the consumers & employees are even more guilty, as the employers would not be able to get away with delivering such policies without their employees so easily, and certainly not if the consumer was all the wiser to begin with.

That’s just another beauty about the free market, it is almost certain this would not have happened a second or third time because of the consequences involved. The employees would have moved on the first time, learned from their history, and probably either opened up new banks or helped smaller banks with their previous experience all the while the employers, given their reputation, would unlikely to ever regain trust enough to lead such powerful institutions, if not because of the employees than it’d be due to the consumers refusing business with anyone employing those people and their suicidal policies. (It’s just like in any jungle or forest, the death of the largest trees always leads to the birth of new lush and trees.)

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