PS: No, nothing to do with the roleplaying game of the same name.
They’re everywhere, you know. Lurking. Lurking: “Hillary Clinton’s campaign is on high alert for a possible undercover sting, after several women reportedly tried to bait volunteers into breaking federal election law, according to Time.” Hot Air has more, with the caveat that they don’t really think that stuff like this does anything. Au contraire, says I: it does one very useful thing. To wit, it makes the top of a campaign nicely paranoid about whether the people at the bottom of a campaign are about to go do something stupid, like break laws in the candidate’s name.
This is usually a reasonably realistic fear – or at least one that’s not completely implausible. Now imagine what it must be like to know that there’s somebody out there trying to provoke abject stupidity at your expense, instead of just waiting for some to erupt on its own. I imagine that it’s not a pleasant experience…
Clinton Foundation head Donna Shalala privately expressed concerns about Bill and Hillary Clinton’s mental state in the mid-1990s, saying they had become “paranoid” and fixated on “right-wing conspiracies,” according to previously unpublished audio recordings obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
In 1994, four years before Hillary Clinton said a “vast right-wing conspiracy” was trying to take down her husband’s presidency, top aide Shalala said this theory was already embraced by the Clintons.
And this was from one of her friends. Read the whole article, listen to the whole audio. You’ll hear nothing that you didn’t know already, but it’s nice to get the confirmation. I should also note that if Hillary Clinton has been a functioning paranoid for this long… well. She’s not going to stop. Assuming that she even can.
Via Hot Air.
Most staffers hired for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign have no idea when she’ll announce, according to a CNN report, but have been told that they must be ready to start their campaign roles at any moment — starting Monday.
Until then, they are working out of an office meant for her personal staff, according to the report. The campaign-in-waiting’s digital team has reportedly been operating out of the space’s kitchen.
What’s the point? The article notes that Hillary Clinton has rented some space, which means that she’ll have to announce within two weeks anyway (renting space for a campaign counts as ‘campaign activity’). I can understand not announcing ahead of time, but why not tell your staff? Is she that scared of communications leaks?
The Paranoia Bundle of Holding is one set of RPG PDFs that I will pick up… next week, when the cash flow, well, flows. For those who don’t know: Paranoia is a RPG about bureaucracy, paranoia (obviously), satire, humor, and tactical nuclear grenades. It is so notoriously lethal that every player starts with six clones, on the perfectly correct assumption that they’ll be needed to get the character through a single adventure. It’s hysterical, it’s iconic, and it’s the latest version, which corrected a heck of a lot of problems from the latest vers-
Citizens are reminded that all rumors of an immediately previous edition of Paranoia are treasonous Communist propaganda, and punishable by summary execution. The Computer has ensured that the perfection of Paranoia has been steadily improved; please report all rumors of previous editions to Internal Security for investigation and brainscrub.
Have a nice day.
Heh. Something like this happened to me: to wit, like Tycho of Penny Arcade, in my house, growing up, AD&D was specifically banned.
… my mom gave me an incredible gift here that almost certainly informed my life. I think a lot of people go right to D&D, and that’s it. You can play Dungeons & Dragons your whole life, I’m not gonna tell you that would be bad. It is at least as good and probably better than a lot of the shit you get up to. But she didn’t let me start with it, and the reason doesn’t matter now. I was made to cast a wide net, and I hauled up treasure.
But, like Tycho… my mom just banned AD&D. MERP/Rolemaster? No problem. Car Wars? OK. GURPS? Sure, no worries. …Paranoia? Fine, although Orcbusters pushed my mom’s buttons. I suspect that a lot of gamers have that history; and the members of the gaming industry that aren’t working for Wizards of the Coast should be, frankly, properly grateful about it.