Tweet-thread of the Day, The Banality Of Communism edition.

This doesn’t count, because it’s about Commies. I reserve a carve-out, now and forevermore, to mock Commies (in this particular case, to mock Commie Twitterbots). @AirMovingDevice has the thread:

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Finally got to Shadowrun: Hong Kong.

Man, production values have gone up since the first one. Guess they’re getting comfortable with the system. Anyway: only just past the intro, but if you liked the first two Shadowrun games you’ll like this one. It’s very thematically… Hong Kong action cinema so far. Which is good, because I assume that’s what Harebrained Schemes was aiming for.

Check it out.

Moe Lane

PS: Shadowrun is pretty much cyberpunk with elves, orcs, and magic. On the off chance that you’re a regular reader who somehow doesn’t know this. And, honestly, I’d be impressed if you didn’t: it’s a tricky combo to pull off.

Shadowrun: Hong Kong has dropped!

I’ll let you know what I think, once it downloads and I’ve actually played it. If you want to buy it, it’ll have to be (so far) on Steam: it ain’t showing up on Amazon yet.  Which is a shame, because I’m gonna be flogging the Amazon links pretty hard this week.

Seriously, I’ve been looking forward to this… but I’d like them to maybe turn all of this more into a shared-world kind of thing. I dunno how you’d do that, of course. Maybe an MMO?

Hong Kong learns that you can’t trust Commies.

Hot Air has the summary:

Before 1997, the city of Hong Kong had been a British colony for 156 years. The reintroduction of that bustling capitalist city into communist China was always thought to be a risky proposition. It was China’s Deng Xiaoping who crafted a policy known as “One Country, Two Systems” in the 1980s, which was aimed at assuaging concerns in Hong Kong that their way of life would persist even after the Union Jack was lowered and the flag of the People’s Republic was raised in its place.

Well, the reintegration process has finally begun and Beijing has determined that the semi-autonomous province will no longer have its own politics as well as its own economic system. The Chinese government rejected calls from democracy activists aimed at allowing Hong Kong residents to directly elect their own leadership. Beijing would be vetting any prospective candidate to first determine their suitability for office.

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Ed Snowden flees Hong Kong, goes to… Russia.

Told you he wasn’t legit.

This isn’t civil disobedience, by the way: civil disobedience is when you tell the cops to go ahead and arrest you, the legal system to go ahead and convict you, and the government to go ahead and actually put you in jail. Civil disobedience is about doing what you think is right and accepting the consequences. Otherwise, it’s presumption, arrogance, and the arrogant presumption of privilege (literally: “private law”).  Which is an excellent way to describe Ed Snowden, frankly. And Wikileaks, come to think of it.

No, what we have here instead is some good, old fashioned Lefty agitprop going on here:

The global cat-and-mouse hunt for Edward Snowden took a dramatic turn Sunday when the man wanted on U.S. espionage charges fled Hong Kong and may be in the air over Russia.

Snowden, who leaked top-secret details about U.S. surveillance programs, left Hong Kong on Sunday “through a lawful and normal channel,” the Hong Kong government said.

He took off with the help of WikiLeaks, which assisted with Snowden’s “political asylum in a democratic country, travel papers (and) safe exit from Hong Kong,” the group said on Twitter.

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