Science fiction – Star Warz http://star-warz.net/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 00:12:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://star-warz.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-23T234539.702-150x150.png Science fiction – Star Warz http://star-warz.net/ 32 32 Storytelling technology and freedom equal freedom: author Jason Primrose https://star-warz.net/storytelling-technology-and-freedom-equal-freedom-author-jason-primrose/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 00:12:31 +0000 https://star-warz.net/storytelling-technology-and-freedom-equal-freedom-author-jason-primrose/ More than almost any industry before it, Web3 owes its very existence to science fiction and storytellers who created digital worlds that developers are now trying to recreate. At Camp Decrypt, a group of Web3 creators and futurists, including Jason Michael Primrose, Amanda Terry, Artemysia-X, and Kas Vegas, met with moderator Shira Lazar to discuss […]]]>

More than almost any industry before it, Web3 owes its very existence to science fiction and storytellers who created digital worlds that developers are now trying to recreate. At Camp Decrypt, a group of Web3 creators and futurists, including Jason Michael Primrose, Amanda Terry, Artemysia-X, and Kas Vegas, met with moderator Shira Lazar to discuss storytelling in Web3.

[205Z] was my anchor in Web3,” said Primrose, author of 205Z: Time and Salvation and co-host of LorePlay on Rug Radio. “Taking a futuristic sci-fi world and turning it into a collectable experience.”

For Primrose, storytelling means freedom, and being able to tap into her imagination has allowed her to do anything.

“By claiming my power of writing and storytelling, it opened me up to freedom in terms of technology, lifestyle, and relationships,” Primrose said.

Web3 stands on the shoulders of giants. Science fiction has played a major but underestimated role in the development of digital currency, art, and the growing number of projects that call themselves Web3. From Isaac Asimov’s Artificial Intelligence, William Gibson’s Cyberspace and Neal Stephenson’s Metaverse.

Like Primrose, digital nomad Artemysia-X began her storytelling journey before getting involved with Web3.

“When Web3 came along,” she said, “I realized it was a much better model for authors to build [intellectual property] which they own and control with the possibility of abundance.”

In June 2021, Artemysia-X launched the collaborative storytelling project “The Book of Worlds”.

“I’m really passionate about multiplayer media, first invented by Tim Shel,” Artemysia-X explained. “Immersive and participatory experiences, that’s how I started creating rewards programs for Rug Radio.”

Artemysia-X says what fascinates her most about storytelling on Web3 is blockchain, and she has used multiple chains to produce digital content. In addition to creating programs, Artemysia-X is the author of the Gang Saiba manga using the Solana blockchain and is a loremaster for several projects, including Broccoli DAO’s Cybervillainz NFT Collection, and co-host of the LorePlay podcast on Rug Radio.

“In Web3, community is what drives value for a project,” Artemysia-X said. “When a participant generates value, it is normal that they receive value in return.”

Artemysia-X says that since attention is called the new oil, people who come to these projects and give their attention are giving something of incredible value.

“Literature as a medium is often overlooked,” Primrose said. “When we think about what underlies everything, from the music to the script of a film, everything is written first.”

Primrose says there is an opportunity to champion literature and literacy, bringing them into the tech realm first instead of last.

“Literature may not be as sexy as film or music,” he said. “But it’s still powerful; we should be champions for it and empower people to create stories associated with technology.”

“Technology needs to evolve alongside the creative side,” added Kas Vegas, community manager at Feature, the company behind “Huxley,” a dedicated Ethereum NFT comic series by artist Ben Mauro. at non-fungible tokens and the future of intellectual property rights. “While most focus on the profitability of NFTs, what drew me to this space were the issues.”

She said one of the issues was the lack of diversity and representation in the space.

“So for Feature and Huxley, we took a great Web2 artist, Ben Morrow who made Call of Duty and Halo Infinity,” Vegas said. “We brought him to this insane world where we promised him this whole community that we had to rebuild from the ground up, even though he’s from a great web to the community.”

“Nobody was doing IP and chain licensing,” Vegas said. “If you think of the blockchain as a public ledger for transactions, that’s great, but what else can we do that’s transparent on the blockchain? Can we make transactions, licensing, and intellectual property transparent? It’s this intricate balance between technology and creativity that come together to meet halfway and push boundaries.”

“So in terms of storytelling and creations that have been involved in our community, we literally came from our community, from our collection of karma,” added Amanda Terry, COO of Metagood. “We created wealth for our community and social good,” Terry said, noting an on-chain NFT monkey auction that raised 12.5 ETH. Proceeds from the auction went to UNICEF’s Giga connect project, which brings the internet to schools around the world.

“Another example of storytelling,” Terry continued, “Last Saturday, Julia Landauer was the only female driver in a NASCAR race and we have a chain monkey on her car, we created racing jackets that are going to be sold at Fred Segal 95% of proceeds will go to Julia and 5% to a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) non-profit she wants to support.”

Primrose describes her “The Lost Children of Andromeda” book series as a path to freedom through literature. And while having millions of followers is something to aspire to, having a community of dedicated readers is more important and achievable.

“[Having] thousand to two thousand people who want to read and consume my stories is to make a living,” he said. “People can do it.

Primrose says the plan for the “Lost Children” ecosystem is to create a community that can continually create stories and is invested in the growth of the world because they are part of it. Primrose envisions this community as a tokenized read-to-win system where readers can earn collectibles from their favorite books by reading their stories.

For Artemysia-X, the goal is to democratize storytelling and not confine it inside companies. “Culture is a story,” Artemysia-X added, “Everything we interact with is based on a matrix of stories; the people who tell the stories are the ones who create our concepts of reality and self.”

Looking at the current crop of standalone “metaverses” being developed today, Primrose said the idea behind Web3 is one of freedom. Yet Primrose wonders how free we can be if we lock ourselves into digital worlds.

Primrose says the goal should be to create a place where people can explore, connect with others, and thrive in virtual worlds.

“The philosophy behind Web3 is interesting and a little utopian,” Primrose said. “But if we are trapped in our own minds, it doesn’t matter what freedoms are accessible outside of ourselves.”

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‘Rick and Morty’ Showrunner Teases Crazy Season 6 Cameo and SDCC Founder Greg Bear Dies at 71 https://star-warz.net/rick-and-morty-showrunner-teases-crazy-season-6-cameo-and-sdcc-founder-greg-bear-dies-at-71/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/rick-and-morty-showrunner-teases-crazy-season-6-cameo-and-sdcc-founder-greg-bear-dies-at-71/ rick and morty returns to small screens soon with the rest of Season 6, a series that will no doubt feature even crazier adventures with the titular duo, but the sci-fi world woke up today to some tragic news. as we learned about Greg Bear, the prominent author of speculative fiction books in star wars, […]]]>

rick and morty returns to small screens soon with the rest of Season 6, a series that will no doubt feature even crazier adventures with the titular duo, but the sci-fi world woke up today to some tragic news. as we learned about Greg Bear, the prominent author of speculative fiction books in star wars, star trekand Halo universe and co-founder of San Diego Comic-Con, has died at the age of 71.

Find out all that and more in today’s sci-fi short story roundup from Online Circles.

Greg Bear has died aged 71 after suffering a stroke

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One of the most prolific science fiction writers of the last century and a man who was a geek to the core has just passed away at the age of 71. Greg Bear wrote a number of bestsellers in his lifetime and even wrote related books in star wars, star trekand Halo. The novel rogue planet — bridging the gap between The Phantom Menace and attack of the clones – was his job. He also wrote the Precursor Saga in the Halo universe.

Bear was also one of five co-founders of San Diego Comic-Con, the world’s largest comic book and speculation convention. The creator had been dealing with a number of health issues, but his latest stroke hospitalized him, with his wife Astrid Bear now confirming that he is indeed dead.

rick and morty season 6 will feature a gob-smacking cameo from season 4

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The sixth season of rick and morty officially continued its run today with “Full Meta Jackrick,” which is supposed to be the seventh installment of 10 scheduled releases. Rick has now repaired his portal gun, so we can expect the Smith family to get into all sorts of shenanigans in alternate realities and deep space over the next two weeks.

Now the show’s co-creator Justin Roiland has teased longtime fans of the show by revealing that one of the next episodes will feature a “crazy” cameo from season 3 or 4. “I want to say that there is a very cool, and probably unexpected [cameo.] We’re going back to something we did in season 4. No, season 3? Was it season 3? I don’t remember what season it was. Well, I don’t even want to say it because I don’t want to spoil it.

star wars theory explains how Palpatine kept everyone perfectly obsequious

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We’ve seen Palpatine’s rise to power and even witnessed his abject cruelty, but is everything that happens under Imperial rule his fault? A new star wars theory involving Andor explains how the big bad can actually use a cannon weather device to keep Coruscant’s weather dark and gloomy so people are more easily brought into line.

The city-planet is – after all – the center of the ancient Galactic Republic and the beating heart of civilization in the galaxy far, far away. If we think like a totalitarian tyrant, then keeping a close eye on the three trillion people living on Coruscant would be a priority, lest they come to the unwelcome conclusion that they no longer have to tolerate Imperial rule.

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Corangamite Shire blasting blue-green algae on Lake Bullen Merri with ultrasonic waves https://star-warz.net/corangamite-shire-blasting-blue-green-algae-on-lake-bullen-merri-with-ultrasonic-waves/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 03:47:29 +0000 https://star-warz.net/corangamite-shire-blasting-blue-green-algae-on-lake-bullen-merri-with-ultrasonic-waves/ A test using solar-powered ultrasonic waves to blast green slime might sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s happening right now in South West Victoria. Key points: Ultrasonic waves break down thick, soup-like blue-green algal blooms Corangamite Shire’s 12-month trial is coming to an end and he wants to expand the project […]]]>

A test using solar-powered ultrasonic waves to blast green slime might sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s happening right now in South West Victoria.

The western district’s volcanic lakes look tempting for a summer swim, but are often inaccessible due to blooms of toxic blue-green algae.

Lake Bullen Merri, near Camperdown, has been filled with seaweed mud for years, but the local council is hoping a trial using ultrasonic sound waves in the water will solve the problem.

Corangamite Shire environmental manager Lyall Bond said the solar-powered equipment was on four floating pontoons anchored in the lake.

Toxic blue-green algae have infested Lake Bullen Merri near Camperdown. (Provided: Camperdown Angling Club)

“We normally see when blue-green algae die. They form this thick, paint-like layer that sits on the surface,” he said.

“The science behind this is that basically these sound waves will damage the air sacs in algae that regulate the height of algae in the water column.

“Because they can’t move up and down with sunlight, algae die much faster.”

The method has been used around the world and had mixed success, Mr Bond said.

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The water is popular among lake-goers, but flowers often make it inaccessible.(Provided: PADI)

Hope to expand the project

As its 12-month trial draws to a close, the council hoped Victoria’s Department of Environment, Lands, Water and Planning (DELWP) would provide the $1.5 million needed to install 16 floating solar devices and monitor algae.

Blue-green algae in the lake
The council hopes DELWP will provide continued funding to control the algae.(Provided: Camperdown Angling Club)

“This trial has shown it has an impact on algae. Now we are pushing for continued investment,” Mr Bond said.

But he warned that this would not result in the complete eradication of algae from the lake.

“These ultrasonic devices really only treat the symptoms… they don’t actually fix the nutrients that are in the lake or any of these issues,” Mr Bond said.

“So from a longer term perspective, we will continue to have algae and there will be problems.”

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Page-turner of a book sale that is coming to an end at the library https://star-warz.net/page-turner-of-a-book-sale-that-is-coming-to-an-end-at-the-library/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 05:25:59 +0000 https://star-warz.net/page-turner-of-a-book-sale-that-is-coming-to-an-end-at-the-library/ Monday is the last day of the Westport Library Fall Book Sale. Here, Penelope, Andreas and Peter go through the offerings. / Photo by Corrina Palarino WESTPORT — The Westport Library Autumn Book Salewith thousands of books, from paperbacks to rare and vintage collectible texts, as well as CDs and DVDs, has its last day […]]]>
Monday is the last day of the Westport Library Fall Book Sale. Here, Penelope, Andreas and Peter go through the offerings. / Photo by Corrina Palarino

WESTPORT — The Westport Library Autumn Book Salewith thousands of books, from paperbacks to rare and vintage collectible texts, as well as CDs and DVDs, has its last day on Monday.

The sale started on Friday at the library, 20 Jesup Road.

Shoppers at Westport Library's Autumn Book Sale on Sunday.  / Photo by Corrina Palarino.
Shoppers at Westport Library’s Autumn Book Sale on Sunday. / Photo by Corrina Palarino.

On Mondays, it runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees can fill a library “logo bag” for $8, an equally sized personal bag for $5, or purchase individual books for half price.

Highlights of the book sale, as shown in the library’s advertisement for the event, include:

  • A new “Fiction for $1 Room”, offering hardcover fiction, mystery, science fiction and fantasy, young adult fiction, and paperbacks for $1 each.
  • “Signed” gold stickers on texts signed by the authors, including a first edition of “You’re Only Old Once”, inscribed and signed by Dr. Seuss.
  • A collection of holiday-themed books.
  • A wide range of CDs and DVDs.
  • A large selection of cookbooks.
  • Sets of vintage books in leather bindings, plus antiquarian volumes and a large collection of American and world history books.
  • Books donated from the personal library of Westport resident Joseph Califano, former United States Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare in the Carter administration.

The books are also sold online at Westport Book Sale Website.

For more information, call the Westport Library at 203-291-4800.

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Like ‘Tales of the Jedi’? read the books https://star-warz.net/like-tales-of-the-jedi-read-the-books/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 18:31:42 +0000 https://star-warz.net/like-tales-of-the-jedi-read-the-books/ Tales of the Star Wars Jedi provides an anthology of origin stories from some of the galaxy’s greatest warriors. From Qui-Gon Jinn to Count Dooku, the series lifted the veil on the mysterious ways and tales of the Jedi Order. However, the mystical tales of these Force mystics don’t have to end on Disney+. Sometimes […]]]>

Tales of the Star Wars Jedi provides an anthology of origin stories from some of the galaxy’s greatest warriors. From Qui-Gon Jinn to Count Dooku, the series lifted the veil on the mysterious ways and tales of the Jedi Order. However, the mystical tales of these Force mystics don’t have to end on Disney+. Sometimes the page is more powerful than the screen.

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As well as having one of the most comprehensive movie collections in the sci-fi genre, the extended universe that fills the pages of the even bigger star wars the series of novels is even more impressive. With approximately 381 books currently in the series, the literary galaxy is even larger and more expansive than the visions presented on film. So huge, in fact, that many Padawans and Jedi might find it hard to decide where to start. Fortunately, the good people of Youtini have compiled the ultimate guide to star wars literary universe, and have even divided various volumes by theme, genre and characters. With Tales of the Jedi increasingly popular on Disney+, fans may want to consider perusing literary works based on some of the galaxy’s greatest warriors.

Related: Will there be a season 2 of “Tales Of The Jedi”?

Since the Disney+ anthology series is called “Tales of the Jedi,” Youtini’s Jedi Collection might be the best starting point for new readers, although the site does have a recommended reading order. Fans looking for more adventures with characters like Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi, or Kanan Jarrus won’t be disappointed with what the collection has to offer. Six episodes can only go so far, and fans who want more will easily benefit from something with a few extra chapters.

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That being said, books and anime series are two totally different mediums. However, there are plenty of novels with more than enough drama and excitement for any television or film adaptation. Some of the recommended books in this collection alone include John Jackson Miller’s Kenobi, master and apprentice by Claudia Gray, and the powerful and compelling Dooku: Lost Jedi by Cavan Scott, and they all come with different recommendation ratings to suit even the greenest Padawan learner. While not all books are created equal, they all come with the epic scale, adventures, and lore a fan can expect from star wars universe.

Related: ‘Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi’ premieres with star-studded cast, all episodes available

That’s just the tip of the literary iceberg, as there are legions of other titles out there to enjoy. The star wars The book series contains more stories than an entire army of Clone Troopers. Jedi, Sith, bounty hunters and everything in between can be read, studied and experienced between the pages of these novels.

Have you read the star wars novels? Tell us in the comments below.

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Powerful ideas spur growth debate — Neuse News https://star-warz.net/powerful-ideas-spur-growth-debate-neuse-news/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 10:02:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/powerful-ideas-spur-growth-debate-neuse-news/ RALEIGH – Science fiction pioneer HG Wells once observed that “human history is, in essence, a history of ideas.” This is a wise observation – and it speaks to the political debates we have had here in North Carolina. Wells himself was an influential purveyor of ideas. Some were commendable, such as his exploration of […]]]>

RALEIGH – Science fiction pioneer HG Wells once observed that “human history is, in essence, a history of ideas.” This is a wise observation – and it speaks to the political debates we have had here in North Carolina.

Wells himself was an influential purveyor of ideas. Some were commendable, such as his exploration of the effects of technological change. Other ideas Wells embraced, such as socialism and eugenics, were abhorrent. Yet by engaging in serious discussion of important ideas, Wells contributed not only to the development of science fiction as a literary genre, but also to the realization that human affairs cannot be reduced to a mechanistic clash of impulses and interests.

Many “experts” disagree. They think that when politicians or intellectuals argue for or against a particular policy, they are just erecting a rhetorical smokescreen to disguise what are truly selfish actions. You have no doubt heard such a cynical analysis on several occasions. You’ve heard that a particular faction or political movement simply says what its backers demand.

Impulses and interests matter, of course, but so do ideas. Consider our ongoing debates about how best to accelerate and expand economic growth in North Carolina. Progressives and Democrats tend to argue that the state will prosper as it spends more money on public services designed to increase the productive capacity of the economy. Conservatives and Republicans alike tend to argue that North Carolina will prosper as long as it lowers the tax and regulatory barriers that prevent entrepreneurs, investors, and highly productive professionals from starting and growing businesses in our state.

This is not simply a conflict of personal or institutional agendas. It reflects a long-standing debate on the economics of growth. In general, we can group the different theories into three categories, each bearing the name of an influential thinker:

Growth of the Smithian from the scale. In 1776, Adam Smith argued that economic progress comes from expanding the scope of production and trade. This allows people to specialize in the tasks they do best, trade what they earn with others (within a company or around the world), and improve each other as a result. .

Solovian growth investment. Beginning in the 1950s, Robert Solow, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, co-created an influential model to explain long-term growth that included changes in population, capital formation, and technology. In public policy circles, this model has often been used to argue for increased public spending on infrastructure (physical capital), research and development (intellectual capital), and education (human capital).

Schumpeterian growth of entrepreneurship. Joseph Schumpeter, an Austrian-born economist at Harvard University during the first half of the 20th century, argued that it was impossible to explain economic trends without acknowledging the “creative destruction” carried out by individuals who react to previously unforeseen opportunities in the market by creating, financing or managing new businesses.

These ideas are not incompatible. Indeed, it would be truly odd for anyone to dismiss the economic benefits of trade, capital formation or entrepreneurship. The debate is about focus and priorities. Trade, for example, is a net positive, but the effects are generally not gigantic. With respect to capital, economies with large investments clearly grow faster over time than economies with little or no investment. But past a certain point, spending more money—particularly in the public sector—does not produce enough productivity gains to offset the cost of the expenditure.

These are ideas worth far more study and discussion. You can expect North Carolina policymakers, academics, and journalists to do just that for years to come. You can also expect cynics to continue to deny that there is an important debate to be had – that abstract ideas and intellectual arguments are irrelevant to real policy-making activity, which is motivated only by power and interest.

For people who disdain the value of persuasion, they seem to spend an extraordinary amount of time and effort trying to persuade us that they are right.

John Hood is a board member of the John Locke Foundation. His latest books Mountain folklore and forest peoplecombine epic fantasy and ancient American history (FolkloreCycle.com).

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Djimon Hounsou joins a new video game adaptation https://star-warz.net/djimon-hounsou-joins-a-new-video-game-adaptation/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 22:33:44 +0000 https://star-warz.net/djimon-hounsou-joins-a-new-video-game-adaptation/ Djimon Honsou has joined the upcoming Gran Turismo movie. By Marc McKee | Published 6 minutes ago Video game adaptations are hit or miss when they hit the big screen; some are successful enough to see massive franchises, sequels and reboots like resident Evil starring Milla Jovovich, while others fall flat and earn them nothing […]]]>

Djimon Honsou has joined the upcoming Gran Turismo movie.

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Video game adaptations are hit or miss when they hit the big screen; some are successful enough to see massive franchises, sequels and reboots like resident Evil starring Milla Jovovich, while others fall flat and earn them nothing more than cult status like Dwayne Johnson‘s two attempts in Loss and Carnage. Sony Pictures, which owns Playstation and therefore has a wide range of properties to adapt, has had its fair share of success with silent Hill, resident Eviland Unexplored; and also so many failures with Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, monster hunterand angry Birds. The studio’s next adventure, Gran Turismoa (according to The Hollywood Reporter) added Djimon Hounsou to the cast, a big step to add him to the hit list.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals he’s joining an already stacked cast of David Harbor (stranger things and Black Widow), Archie Madekwe (See and Midsommar), Orlando Bloom (the Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean), Darren Barnett (Agents of SHIELD and I have never), Daniel Puig (Noemie), Josha Stradowski (The wheel of time) and Thomas Kretschmann (Captain America: The Winter Soldier and King Kong).

The report also reveals that former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell-Horner, better known by her character Ginger Spice, has also joined the cast. From what it sounds like, Hounsou and Halliwell-Horner play a married couple and the parents of the main character, Madekwe.

The film will follow the son of Djimon Hounsou’s character, Madekwe, a teenager who is so good at playing the game that he has the opportunity to become a real racing driver. David Harbor will play a veteran driver who tries to teach him the ropes of the industry, while Josha Stradowski plays a rival driver, along with her father, played by Thomas Kretschman. The film is written by Jason Hall, who wrote American sniper and Thank you for your serviceand is directed by Neill Blomkamp, ​​who directed District 9 and Elysium.

Djimon Hounsou has had a career that spans over three decades; in his early years he began to gain recognition when he portrayed Horus in the sci-fi hit, stargate and like Cinque in Amistad. He began earning bigger roles, starring alongside Russell Crowe in Gladiator and Leonardo DiCaprio in blood diamond; he also played supporting characters in Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and midnight in Constantine. He is one of the most underrated actors in the entire industry, most recently appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Korath in both guardians of the galaxy and Captain Marvel.

While video game adaptations seem like dicey business in Hollywood, they don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, with a new Super Mario Brothers, sonic the hedgehog 3, Borderlands, and a host of other upcoming projects. Even though Gran Turismo it looks like it’s more inspired by the property than actually basing it on the racing game, adding Djimon Hounsou to a cast only helps in the long run that it becomes a success.

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Who would Herzl have voted for? https://star-warz.net/who-would-herzl-have-voted-for/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 22:19:34 +0000 https://star-warz.net/who-would-herzl-have-voted-for/ In 1902, the founder of modern political Zionism Theodor Herzl published his book The Old New Land in which he set out his vision for a Jewish state in the Land of Israel. When the book first came out, it was dismissed as science fiction. In hindsight, it turned out to be one of the […]]]>

In 1902, the founder of modern political Zionism Theodor Herzl published his book The Old New Land in which he set out his vision for a Jewish state in the Land of Israel.

When the book first came out, it was dismissed as science fiction. In hindsight, it turned out to be one of the boldest and most prescient books of modern times.

We’ve all heard of this book, but what does it say? The plot deals, among other things, with an imaginary election campaign in the Jewish state, in which a populist party led by Rabbi Geyer calls for the denial of citizenship to non-Jews. Herzl had a flair for prophecies.

Herzl denounces Rabbi Geyer as a racist who divides the public out of a personal lust for power as he steamrolls the principles on which the state was founded and the true values ​​of Judaism.

He explains that after the centuries of persecution that the Jewish people have suffered firsthand and after the discrimination that they have suffered for two thousand years because of their different race or their different religion, Jews cannot discriminate on the same basis.

In one of the highlights of the book, Herzl describes a fateful campaign rally, where representatives of different parties present their platforms to voters and ask for their support.

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Herzl’s original handwritten notes on The Old New Land

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Rabbi Geyer’s representative proposes a discriminatory policy against non-Jews. Herzl gives his two cents through one of the book’s protagonists who berates Geyer.

He explains that the path of Geyer and his followers will bring disaster to the country, that people should not be denied their rights just because they are not Jewish, and that freedom of thought, tolerance and l love of neighbor are what make Zion what it is.

In the imaginary election campaign imagined by Herzl, Rabbi Geyer suffers a decisive defeat.

Herzl describes the Jewish state as a tolerant place where Jews, Muslims and Christians, and even “believers in Buddha and Brahmins” live side by side and enjoy equal rights. If you want it, it’s not a dream.

Yuval Noah Harari is a professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and author of the popular science bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. century.

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WA lawmakers must limit potency of marijuana products https://star-warz.net/wa-lawmakers-must-limit-potency-of-marijuana-products/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 21:35:24 +0000 https://star-warz.net/wa-lawmakers-must-limit-potency-of-marijuana-products/ Chances are, most Washington lawmakers don’t frequent pot shops frequently. They may not be aware of the multiple oils, extracts, and other marijuana products containing ever-increasing doses of THC, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. But ignorance does not excuse inaction. The legislature must deal with the considerable damage caused by these […]]]>

Chances are, most Washington lawmakers don’t frequent pot shops frequently. They may not be aware of the multiple oils, extracts, and other marijuana products containing ever-increasing doses of THC, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects.

But ignorance does not excuse inaction. The legislature must deal with the considerable damage caused by these products.

When cannabis was legalized for recreational use in Washington from 2014, extracted cannabis, which includes concentrates, accounted for about 9% of the market. Concentrates now make up 35%, according to 2020 data from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

While a typical cannabis flower contains on average around 20% THC, some very concentrated forms called “dabs” contain up to 90%.

As detailed by Hannah Furfaro, Seattle Times reporter, researchers are increasingly concerned about the impact of these highly potent drugs on adult health. The devastation on the children should ring the alarm bells even louder.

There is a lot of research linking frequent cannabis use in young people to psychotic symptoms. Anecdotally, pediatricians here are reporting an increasing number of adolescents in the emergency room suffering from psychotic episodes, disorientation and severe vomiting, called cannabis hyperemesis syndrome.

Pediatricians say some young people with little or no THC tolerance who try extremely potent products end up having psychotic episodes or experiencing temporary difficulty speaking or thinking. Long-term users of THC-rich products experience severe bouts of vomiting, dehydration, and stomach pain.

Dr. Cora Breuner, professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington and physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital, noted that she is referring more young people for cannabis use disorder than five years ago. . Demand now exceeds available resources.

Lawmakers gave researchers $500,000 to study potential regulatory measures. A report is expected by the end of the year.

Raising the purchase age to 25 from 21, raising taxes and adding warning labels were suggested as possible actions.

The best answer would be to cap the potency of THC.

Rep. Lauren Davis, D-Shoreline, proposed two THC cap bills that failed to make it out of committee in recent legislative sessions. One bill would have capped THC concentrates at 10%, the other at 30%.

Davis said lawmakers have been slow to grasp the public health ramifications of marijuana legalization.

“The vast majority of Washingtonians do not use cannabis and have never visited a cannabis retail outlet. They know nothing about cannabis-induced psychotic disorders. It sounds like science fiction to them,” Davis said “Asking lawmakers to be essentially ahead of public understanding on an issue is a tall order. I don’t think it’s impossible or insurmountable.”

Marijuana industry advocates say such regulations will simply force growers underground. By this reasoning, Washington is being blackmailed into encouraging an industry without rules or restrictions.

Twenty years ago, prescription opioids were considered a breakthrough in pain relief. We now understand the human costs of addiction and dysfunction. This state shouldn’t make the same mistake with high potency marijuana.

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The 11 Best Absurd Fantasy Recommendations https://star-warz.net/the-11-best-absurd-fantasy-recommendations/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 10:44:03 +0000 https://star-warz.net/the-11-best-absurd-fantasy-recommendations/ This content contains affiliate links. When you purchase through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Absurd fantasy books are all chaos, pixie dust and fantasy. You get books with every monster, creature, and cryptid. Everything that appears under the lunar cycle and those that wander around during the day to boot. Absurd fantasy […]]]>

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Absurd fantasy books are all chaos, pixie dust and fantasy. You get books with every monster, creature, and cryptid. Everything that appears under the lunar cycle and those that wander around during the day to boot. Absurd fantasy books answer the question “but why” with “yes”. I hope you’re up for some puzzling or entertaining fantasy stories, because if not, you’re definitely in the wrong business.

The name of the “absurd fantasy” category comes from @darbyisecapingthe video on absurd fantasy book recommendations. Between you and me, @darbyisecaping has great content if you’re a fan of sci-fi and fantasy-focused booktokers. She describes absurd fantasies as books with loose magical systems that are a mix of science fiction, fantasy, and other genres.

Absurdity and fantasy have often gone hand in hand. Absurd or fantastic things support the genre. The book of nonsense by Edward Lear first published in 1846 is a collection of surreal poems that have entertained many generations of children. The book is an excellent example of literary nonsense which mixes folk tales and intellectual absurdity. What you get is a bunch of logical statements immediately contradicted by a contradiction. So what does this mean when it applies to fantasy novels? The fantasy world must not have an identifiable logic, or as @darbyisecaping says it, whatever happens, happens because the magic says so.

When compiling my list, I tried to follow all three criteria: a loose magic system, a mix of genres, and it happens because magic. I came up with a list of books divided into adult absurd fantasy, adult absurd fantasy romance, and YA absurd fantasy.

Absurd fantasy for adults

The city we have become by NK Jemisin

Content warnings: racism, sexism, homophobia

Stories can make a city. The human manifestation of cities is born from the stories we tell about them, and incarnations of New York and the boroughs are beginning to take shape and find themselves. But something wants to prevent that from happening. Although they have someone to guide them through the process, it will be difficult for them to learn everything they can do with their new abilities before something much older and more experienced kills them, them and their city. A blend of sci-fi and fantasy elements create characters with borough-specific powers in an absurd and thrilling fantasy book for anyone who loves their metropolis.

Cover of The Last Adventure of Constance Verity by A. Lee Martinez

Constance Verity’s Last Adventure By A. Lee Martinez

Constance Danger Verity, 20 years late, just wants a normal office job, but the energy she’s chosen keeps getting in her way. Seriously, how does a girl supposed to do an interview with doomsday cults get in her way? She wants out of the game that saves the world from an indescribable magic spell. Now, Constance must have one last adventure with her usual accountant best friend, Tia, if she is to get rid of her chosen unit once and for all. There are no rules in the magic system other than “she’s the chosen one”, so the book fits in perfectly.

book cover of a jinn master by P. Djèlí Clark

A Master of the Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark

Content warnings: racism, sexism, homophobia, slavery

It was Cairo in 1912 and the power of the jinn gave Egypt the ability to resist European colonial rule. Fatma el-Sha’arawi works as a supernatural crime investigator, and everyone knows she’s good at her job, that said, teaching her rookie partner would be hard enough without another murder on her record. Especially one that could well destabilize international politics. With the help of her colleagues and hopefully her girlfriend, she can solve the mystery before the world is destroyed. Still.

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars - A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir by Kai Cheng Thom Book Cover

Fierce Women and Notorious Liars: The Confused Memories of a Dangerous Trans Girl by Kai Cheng Thom

Content warnings: transphobia, transmisogyny, police brutality, self-harm

An Asian trans girl joins a group of female vigilantes who protect the Street of Miracles from transphobes, violent patrons and cops at all costs. She’s a pathological liar, an expert in kung fu, and an escape artist, and she’s willing to use all of her skills to help her new home and the family she finds there. This fictional memoir proves that fairy tales can also belong to sex workers, trans communities and gay families. The mix of genres makes this an ideal absurdist fantasy book recommendation.

Adult Fantasy Romance

Forgotten Monster book cover by J Emery

forgotten monster by J. Emery

When a noble heir goes missing, it’s up to his bookish younger brother, his guard, and the immortal criminal he hires to find him. Taisce can run the estate on his own, but he must find the heir before anyone notices he’s gone. Sef’s magical immortality was a series of bad choices that recently led to him escaping the city’s executioner. He’s willing to use a young nobleman and his guard who are looking for a guide to get out of town quickly. But what Taisce doesn’t know might just kill him. If you’re looking for an absurd fantasy book with slow-burn romance, immortality, myth, and monsters, you’ve found your book.

This Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon by Kimberly Lemming Book Cover

This time I got drunk and saved a demon by Kimberly Lemming

Content Warning: Slavery

If you’re anything like Cinnamon, you’ll feel like you got drunk at a festival and accidentally saved a hot demon on your way home. Cinnamon is just an average spice cultivator with some practical skills and a good moral sense. She avoided dyeing her hair pink or showing off too much to avoid becoming one of the chosen adventurers of the goddesses. It worked until she meets Fallon who decides she must accompany him on his quest to kill an evil witch who enslaves demons like him. This absurd fantasy book has all sorts of magic and an adorable romantic plot.

Book cover of The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune

The crushed heart by TJ Klune

Sam Haversford knows better than anyone that magic can be wild, unwieldy and chaotic. Training with the current king’s wizard has taught him to try to make deliberate and safe choices, but his best friends Tiggy the half-giant and Gus the hornless unicorn aren’t much help. Then a dragon captures the emotionally cold prince who happens to be engaged to the longtime crush of Sam, the Knight Commander. Now Sam, Tiggy, Gus and the Knight Commander must go and retrieve the prince to save their kingdom. The whole series is very “it happens because the magic says so” with its very emotional system of magic.

YA Nonsense Fantasy

So This Is Ever After by FT Lukens Book Cover

So it’s forever by FT Lukens

When the Chosen One and his party of adventurers defeated the evil ruler, he did not realize that he would also have to ascend the throne. Now he must marry before his 18th birthday or disappear from existence. Arek would rather woo his best friend and mage, Matt, but to avoid locking him into a marriage, he tries to woo the other members of their party instead. It will take quite a few failed encounters with cuties before King Arek realizes that maybe the same person he loves might just love him back. This absurd fantasy book is a magical queernorm bachelor season with potentially deadly stakes, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Every Heart a Doorway book cover by Seanan McGuire

Every heart a door by Seanan McGuire

Nancy knows how to stand still, but when the Halls of the Dead brought her home, her normal parents didn’t know how to deal with her. Fortunately, Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children helps young people with quirks of their other worlds and the logic or absurdity and wickedness or virtue by which they operate. But when these miracle children start appearing dead, Nancy knows she’ll have to solve the mystery of the locked room if she’s going to survive long enough to return to death row. Honestly, most of McGuire’s novels are fantasy in nature, so if this choice isn’t for you, I recommend his list as well.

Book cover of The Escape by Naz Kutub

The escape by Naz Kutub

Content warning: homophobia, abusive parent

When a girl bumps into the front door of your cafe and you give her a helping hand, you don’t expect to be rewarded with three wishes. Thinking nothing of the chaotic encounter, 17-year-old Sy asks for a million dollars, and it comes true. His boyfriend left him to travel the world, his best friend is beyond annoyed by his self-centered attitude, and his father kicks him out when he’s unmasked. Now this Indo-Muslim teenager is going to take her million dollars and follow her ex-boyfriend in hopes of getting a second chance at happily ever after.

Wench by Maxine Kaplan Book cover

Young lady by Maxine Kaplan

Content warning: self-harm

A tavern girl travels across the kingdom with the goal of asking the queen to regain control of her tavern. Tanya has worked as a girl in her adoptive pseudo-guardian’s tavern since she was a child, and she is excellent at her job. Thus, she was unprepared when a group of Queen’s Guards entered her tavern after the death of her guardian and took over her only home and work. The only way to get it back is to go to the capital and ask the queen. She will travel with any group of guards, work for any faction of outlaws, and acquire any magic item needed to get her there. Tanya is a bisexual protagonist who is so good at organizing it becomes magical.

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