An anonymous reader writes "Thom 'SSGTRAN' Tran, seen in the Call of Duty: Black Ops live action trailer and in the game as the NVA multiplayer character, gets interviewed and talks about Medal of Honor's Taliban drama. '... to me, it's a non-issue. This is Hollywood. This is entertainment. There has to be a bad guy if there's going to be a good guy. It's that simple. Regardless of whether you call them — "Taliban" or "Op For" — you're looking at the same thing. They're the bad guys.'" Gamasutra published a related story about military simulation games from the perspective of black ops veteran and awesome-name-contest winner Wolfgang Hammersmith. "In his view, all gunfights are a series of ordered and logical decisions; when he explains it to me, I can sense him performing mental math, brain exercise, the kind that appeals to gamers and game designers. Precise skill, calculated reaction. Combat operations and pistolcraft are the man's life's work."
Gisg writes "The University of Arizona team reported that their genetically modified mosquitoes are immune to the malaria-causing parasite, a single-cell organism called Plasmodium. Riehle and his colleagues tested their genetically-altered mosquitoes by feeding them malaria-infested blood. Not even one mosquito became infected with the malaria parasite."
How many white people were terrorists and chose air travel as their means to spread terror? As a frequent flyer, all I have to say is thank goodness that the domestic terrorists to which you refer (Tim McVeigh, ELF and the like) haven't chosen to use airplanes to cause terror. Air travel would grind to a halt in the US.
You said: "well at least if the Chinese are going to ravage Tibet, they might help save the environment. So let us acknowledge and shed a tear for Tibet's sacrifice for all mankind." Honestly, the first sentence should be in the past tense. Have you ever been there? Monasteries which held 10,000 monks reduced to 6. Yes, 6. Most other monasteries obliterated entirely. Massive Han Chinese "settlement" in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa means it is barely Tibetan anymore. Breaks on the limit on number of children for Han Chinese that relocate to Tibet. And that is just recently. Go back a decade or two and you will find overwhelming military force used to subjugate and kill Tibetans. Mass rapes of Tibetan nuns. Plundering of the treasures of the potala. (The only reason the big gold bhudda remains is that it was too big/heavy to carry away.) Lets not forget the brilliant idea of forcing Tibetans to grow wheat instead of barley and the ensuing famine. Anyways, having been both there and Bhutan, I can say that in my observation, the Tibetan culture is dying. Contrasting it with the Bhutan culture, there is no way you could say the Tibetans have survived the Chinese onslaught. Even 10 years ago when I was there it was unmistakably a dying culture. The ravagement was more or less complete at that time. Now it is just time for the vultures to pick over the corpse (yes, a deliberate reference to sky burials).
I will second that. Hardest game I have every played (and I started with Wizardry on an Apple IIc). But it is also in the top 5 in terms of best/most rewarding.
RogueyWon writes "The end of the year can always be depended upon to bring a flood of "game of the year" roundups. This year, Eurogamer seem to be kicking things off, with their readers' top 50 list and their editorial pick. These articles usually prove contentious, and no doubt there will be plenty of dissenting views this year. Of course, with the start of a new decade now upon us, now might be a good time to reflect on the best games of 2000-2009."
Sorry, you are correct. But to clarify for those who don't care to click the link, the statistics themselves are from the National Center for Health, part of the CDC. So about as unbiased as one could reasonably expect without working through the numbers yourself.
Actually the number is about 4-5x times that. I am remembering 14,000, but you can find a breakdown on the NRA site (http://www.vpc.org/nrainfo/phil.html): 11,920 firearms homicides in the USA in 2003.
trianglecat writes "The not-for-profit agency Canadian Blood Services has a section of their website based on the Japanese cultural belief of ketsueki-gata, which claims that a person's blood group determines or predicts their personality type. Disappointing for a self-proclaimed 'science-based' organization. The Ottawa Skeptics, based in the nation's capital, appear to be taking some action."
Well, I am not trying to get work as a screenwriter in Hollywood, am I? Grammar Nazis.
Aye. And while I know nothing about your writing skills, I am absolutely confident that you would do better than Travis Wright, based upon his work from Eagle Eye. Eagle Eye was a giant steaming pile of garbage with virtually nothing to recommend it in any respect. The dialogue was terrible, and the plot worse. Travis Wright should be locked up and never allowed access to a pen, computer, pencil, crayons, or anything else that he might use to right with ever again.