exojtm replied to your post “Écoutez les enfants: votez Macron. J'en ai rien à foutre que Macron…”

Bjr. Le programme du FN n'est pas axé sur le fachisme. A+

Bonjour. J’aimerais rappeler que le FN a été fondé par des nostalgiques du régime de Vichy, que Le Pen senior étalait ses blagues antisémites et ses opinions révisionnistes au grand jour et que Marine Le Pen veut promouvoir le roman national (donc une histoire unique, inattaquable et qui donc ne peut pas être remis en question), encourage l’islamophobie, la xénophobie et a déclaré la France non-responsable de la rafle du Vel d’Hiv. Aussi le FN est un parti d’extrême-droite dont certains hauts-placés et proche de Marine Le Pen sont des néo-nazis. A+

PS: C’est marrant, moi j’ai plutôt tendance à écrire fascisme à “l’italienne”! Je sais pas si c’est l’orthographe juste en français?

( @onestenrepublique @doucefrancecherpaysdemonenfance vous voulez ajouter quelque chose?)

Tabletop Void War: A love letter to Battlefleet Gothic

If you stopped a random pedestrian in the street and asked them what BFG means, assuming they didn’t just tell you to fuck off, they’d either say its that book with the tall, big eared fella by Roald Dahl, or its that room-clearing superweapon from DOOM with a rude word in the middle.

Or, maybe, if they’re anything like me, they’d say, ‘Battlefleet Gothic’.

Battlefleet Gothic is, without question, the tabletop game I have the most fondness for. I’ve played quite a few, not just GW published ones, and BFG’s system of huge space battles sticks in my head like no other. I remember getting it for my 13th birthday, the apex of my love of Star Trek and Warhammer 40,000, opening the box and digging out these cool plastic spaceships and gawking at the incredible artwork in the rulebook, published in landscape to specifically showcase these grandiose, kilometres-long warships. I liked the focus of it, how it didn’t cover the entire galaxy like 40k but instead focussed on this one conflict, on one of Abaddon’s black crusades. I miss that rulebook. It’s the only one I’ve not kept, the cover came off and it started to fall apart.

Most of all, I liked the context it game me. BFG was the game that really sold me on the premise of 40k, that everything was huge and insane and archaic, that the Imperium, crewing their ships with generations of indentured labour that lived their whole lives to crew a building sized plasma cannon, were not the good guys. It showed me not just how people got around the galaxy, but what that looked like. I loved the scale of it all, trying to get my head around how even a minuscule Cobra destroyer was a kilometre long, how fighters and bombers were the size of jumbo jets and the massive Retribution class battleship was longer than the distance between Leeds city centre and the far edge of Headingly. And even then, the model ships were just for show. The rules said that the actual game presence of the ship was represented by the 2-3mm plastic flight stand. Amidst the vastness of space, these colossal starships were too small to even represent accurately.

Everything was so well characterised: Imperial ships were grand cathedrals and ornamental rapiers, Chaos ships were sacrificial temples and ritual daggers. The Eldar sailed in beautiful, lethal porcelain arrowheads while the Orks took to space in single minded brutality given form. This character was reflected in the rules too, Chaos ship harkened back to an older time, massive long-range broadsides designed to cross the enemy’s T and blow them apart like galleons of antiquity, whereas Imperial fleets were a counter to this, armoured for a frontal assault against a gunline, launching spreads of torpedoes to disrupt before delivering the killing blow at short range. The Eldar danced in and out, just out of reach, every attack run either triumph or oblivion. Orks were random, haphazard, unpredictable. They’d fall apart or destroy everything and it’d be fun either way. I liked the verbose, needlessly poetic quotes in the book.

As much as it helped me to contextualise the 40k universe it also helped me to realise that wargaming wasn’t just this small thing I did with my friends, but this much larger hobby with a community, all message boards and zines and home-brew. Rules for ships and fleets, hobby articles on kit bashing and terrain making, community campaigns. I remember rules for doing crazy things like firing a torpedo spread into a moon’s gravity well so it’d slingshot around and pursuers. I loved reading the articles on building your gaming table, spattering a black sheet with white flecks of paint, airbrushing nebulae and using gravel and stones as dust clouds and asteroid fields. There was an abstract quality to a good BFG table that I found strangely beautiful. It wasn’t a war torn hellhole, it was space. And if there’s one truism that’s stayed constant in my life, its that I bloody love space.

Sadly, Battlefleet Gothic went the way of most of GWs ‘specialist games’. Support for it became less and less official, miniature quality dropped and eventually it quietly disappeared with Mordheim, Epic Armageddon, Necromunda and the like. However, its legacy is still felt in the game today. Fictional descriptions of 40k void war are based around the lance-battery-torpedo trifecta that were established in the rules. Lunar class cruisers, ancient chaos Grand cruisers, Space Marine battle barges are the way they are because of how they played in the game. The climactic events of the first Gathering Storm book could have only come about from the fiction established by BFG, with Abaddon crashing a Blackstone Fortress into Cadia to kill the planet forever.

I’m breaking my own rule on nostalgia here, wanting BFG to return. I want it back as I remember it, but with better models. I never had the money to play it properly, my fleet was the kind of scrappy mess limited pocket money could make, and I want another go with a bit more disposable income and a wiser(ish) head on my shoulders. There’s the Battlefleet Gothic Armada video game, which is cool, and Spartan Game’s Firestorm Armada means theres a similar kind of fleet combat war-game in the tabletop space.

But neither of those are quite there for me. I like my FA Sorylians, even though I haven’t played in ages and my fleet is still mostly unpainted, but it’s not what I grew up with, it’s not what I know (although if someone I know plays I’ll happily dig my fleet out). 40k is my Star Wars, it’s my shit. I’m hoping that GW release some kind of one off box game, like what Dreadfleet was to Man O’ War, but I’m not holding my breath. Sometimes you’ve just got to wait though. After all, as the saying goes, ‘You may as well try to catch starlight as bring Eldar to battle’.

Total number in United States forces during WW2
Marines: 599,693
Grand total 13,104,355

Total US casualties: Army: 223,215 killed in action;wounded 571,679;missing 12,752; Total Army casulites 807,646.
Navy; killed in action 34,702; died of wounds 1,783; other deaths 26,793; total Navy deaths 63,278;wounded 33,670 missing 28;
Total Navy casualties 96,976.
Marines; killed in action 15,460 died of wounds 3,163; other deaths 5,863; total marine deaths 24,486; wounded 67,134;
Total Marine caualties 91,620.
Grand total killed in action in Army Navy Marines 273,377. Died of wounds later 4,946;other deaths 32,656; total deaths 310,979. Missing 12,780; wounded 672,483; Grand total casualties in Army, Navy, Marines, 996,242. (Air Forces are included in the above branches. US Coast Guard had 172,952 men engaged,1,917 deaths of which 572 were killed in action.)

Thank you Vets!
Ils sont jeunes et ils voteront Marine Le Pen au premier tour de l'élection présidentielle : qui sont-ils ?
Le Front national serait le premier parti des 18-25 ans, selon l’Ifop et le Cevipof. Ils s'appellent Marc-Antoine, Guillaume, Amélie : Franceinfo a rencontré ces jeunes qui choisiront Marine Le Pen au premier tour de l’élection présidentielle.

Marine Le Pen pourrait bien être au second tour de la présidentielle, et elle séduit indéniablement, notamment les jeunes. Le Front national serait même le premier parti des 18-25 ans d'après l'Ifop et le Cevipof : près d'un tiers de ceux qui déclarent aller voter dimanche 23 avril affirment que leur choix se portera sur Marine Le Pen. Une vague, si elle se confirme, inédite en France. Qui sont ces jeunes ?  Qu’est-ce qui les attire dans le discours frontiste ?

Nous retrouvons un petit groupe de militants et sympathisants dans une brasserie près du Zénith à Paris, à quelques heures de l'un des plus grands meetings de Marine Le Pen avant l'élection présidentielle. Il y a là Marc-Antoine, 21 ans, étudiant en droit à Assas, Guillaume, 21 ans, qui termine des études en communication et Amélie, 19 ans, vendeuse dans un centre commercial. Le premier est militant au FN depuis septembre, le deuxième depuis mai 2016, la troisième depuis ses 18 ans, il y a un an.

Le Front national est leur premier engagement politique. Sauf pour Marc-Antoine : le jeune homme au sourire doux, chemise bleue rentrée dans un pantalon rouge, est un déçu de l'UMP. “Ils ne se présentent plus aux élections que pour avoir le pouvoir et non pour réfléchir à une idéologie et avoir une vision de la France”, déplore Marc-Antoine.

L'Union européenne, un “problème de fond”

Qu'est-ce qui attire donc ces jeunes vers le Front national ? “C’est le seul réel vote antisystème qui aura un réel impact, répond du tac au tac Amélie. Dans les autres partis, on entend davantage le mot ‘Europe’ que le mot ‘France’, et c’est très regrettable. Le problème de fond, c’est l’Union européenne : il faudrait réussir à s’en défaire ou trouver un compromis.”

L'Union européenne, responsable de tous les maux et surtout de la dissolution de l'identité française…"L’identité est un moyen de résister au mondialisme. Je la revendique et j’en suis fier. Et cela énerve à un point que vous n’imaginez pas le Medef, les mondialistes, la gouvernance internationale", assure Guillaume.

Les mots de l'extrême-gauche

La lutte contre le libéralisme, “le grand capital”, comme le nomme Guillaume, des mots empruntés à l’extrême gauche : c’est bien cette nouvelle dimension sociale du programme de Marine Le Pen qui séduit ces jeunes. “Il y a eu des avancées sociales que nous ne voulons pas lâcher, poursuit le jeune homme. Par exemple la retraite à soixante ans. Pouvoir partir après quarante années de cotisation est extrêmement important. Marine Le Pen a su associer à la fois cette gauche économique et cette droite des valeurs.”

Avec sa promesse de référendum, Marine Le Pen sait aussi que la démocratie directe plaît aux jeunes, une frange de la population que la leader frontiste veut attirer avec des mesures comme la revalorisation des APL pour les moins de 27 ans.

L'impression que la “culture française s'éteint”

Quelle est leur position sur l'immigration, le fonds de commerce du Front national ? Amélie, fille d’immigrés vietnamiens, a la réponse : “L’immigration a toujours été quelque chose de bénéfique dans l’histoire du monde entier puisque c’est important que les cultures puissent se confronter. Mais dès lors que la culture française s’éteint et que derrière nous n’arrivons plus à contrôler nos frontières, il y a un réel problème.”

Ces jeunes assument pleinement leur appartenance au Front national et disent même ne pas se sentir ostracisés par leurs amis ou leur famille, pas vraiment du sérail. L’un se dit d’une famille de classe moyenne supérieure, “tendance Fillon”. L’autre, “natif du 94”, “pas du tout du même milieu social”, dont les parents, après 2012, ont fait le choix de Marine Le Pen. La troisième, elle, rapporte que son père est “très engagé du côté de Mélenchon”.

Cette adhésion décomplexée au FN est peut-être la nouveauté. D’ailleurs, les jeunes occupent une grande partie de la salle ce soir-là au Zénith. Exit les têtes blanche de Jean-Marie Le Pen : pour eux, le parti n’a d’ailleurs plus rien à voir avec cette époque-là.

“À Rome, on se conduit comme un Romain”

Loin de cette grand-messe, dans un café parisien, Jean-Michel se sent trahi par François Hollande, pour lequel il a voté il y a cinq ans. Ce travailleur social lui reproche d’avoir laissé s’installer le communautarisme : “Chez moi, je peux faire plus de trois ou quatre kilomètres à pied sans entendre parler français, soupire Jean-Michel. Et pourtant, cela fait 25 ans que je vis là-bas. Je ne m’en rendais même pas compte à cette époque, ou j’avais le logiciel du vivre-ensemble. Le problème, c’est qu’à Rome, on se conduit comme un Romain.” Ce trentenaire dit même avoir hésité avec Jean-Luc Mélenchon. “Quelle est la différence entre lui et Marine Le Pen s’il n’a pas cette question identitaire ? Il n’y en a pas ! J’aurais pu voter Mélenchon. Mais sans cette question identitaire, ce sera Marine.”

Marine Le Pen a donc réussi à dédiaboliser son parti, au moins auprès de ces jeunes. Qui ont, finalement, très peu connu le Front national du père.

58. Operatives are reminded to minimize contact with journalists, reporters and other civilian media unless lives are on the line. While we have yet to have an incident involving the mention of X-COM, Operatives are reminded that they are to avoid answering that you are part of any organization, group or unit, be it real or fictional. This includes (but is not restricted to):
the Ghostbusters
Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division
the Men In Black
the Beatles comeback tour
Space Marines
Space Nazis
Space Soviets
Space Hippies
EXALT (Really?)
Scooby Doo’s Gang
the SCP Foundation
the Brady Bunch
the Power Rangers
Kamen Rider
Magical Girls
Justice League
the League of Legends
the Illuminati
the Priory of Sion
World Police
Thunderbirds/International Rescue
3rd Street Saints
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
Pan Pacific Defense Corps
Raczak Roughnecks / Rico’s Roughnecks
the UNSC / ONI Section III / the 105th Orbital Drop Shock Trooper Division
Stargate Command
the Parahuman Response Team
the Adeptus Mechanicus
Megacity One Department of Justice
Raynor’s Raiders
the Colonial Marines
the Grand Army of the Republic
the Rebel Alliance
the Galactic Empire
the Royal Manticoran Navy/Marine Corps
Wolf’s Dragoons
Section 9
the Mane 6
Mobile Infantry
Diamond Dogs
Ghost Recon
Voltron Force
the Planeteers
Jedi Knights
Black Knights
Boy Scouts
Girl Scouts (even if you bring back cookies)
Zombie Emergency Response Operations
I.R.S. back-taxes retrieval committee
Society for Creative Anachronism
the plumbers
Jehovah’s Witnesses
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)
The Church of Scientology
Robin Hood’s Band of Merry Men
Team Dai-Gurren
House Lannister
House Stark
House Baratheon
House Targaryen
The Night Watch
Team Four Star
Krusty Crab Crew
Team Rocket, Aqua, Magma, Plasma or Galactic
The Aristocrats
Santa’s Elves
Brotherhood of Nod
Global Defense Initiative
—  Things XCOM Operatives Are Not Allowed To Do

On this day in 1994, Roland Ratzenberger, an Austrian driver, was killed in a accident during the qualification of Saint Marin Grand Prix, at 34 years. He started to run in Formula 1 this year, after 4 years in Formula 3000 (in Great Britain in 1989 and in Japan from 1990 to 1993). He won 3 times and finished 3rd in 1989.
He also finished in 5th position at 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1993, with Mauro Martini and Naoki Nagasaki , and he won in his category

THIS ONE TIME AT BANDCAMP: Volume 22 - Bandcamp 2014 Wrap-Up

All around, 2014 was a great year for music. I started this column midway through 2014 as a way to catalog and share some of the music I find on Bandcamp. For the last column of the year, I decided to do things a little differently. No new artists this week, but instead, here is a round-up of my top ten Bandcamp finds from 2014. Not all of these artists released music in 2014, but they all certainly shaped the landscape of my music taste for the year.

1. Grand Mariner: These guys from New Jersey make some amazing surf rock that was the soundtrack of my summer. Happy To Birth even made it on to my overall top ten albums of the year.

2. Native America: Stunning psychedelic garage pop from New Orleans. The entire album is a true gem, and was one of the few things that helped me through a dreadful term paper this passed semester.

3. Shirt/Pants: Shirt/Pants was one of the first submissions I ever got to this column. (READ: I do listen to music submissions.) I was immediately impressed by the garage rock pouring from these Virginia teens. Just in time for this article, yesterday they put a recording of one of my favorite Shirt/Pants songs, “knockoff” on their Bandcamp.

4. Pope: It’s probably safe to say there were a couple days in 2014 where I listened to nothing but Known Weed Smoker on repeat. Actually a release from 2013, Pope’s album is a special brand of New Orleans mellow lo-fi post-punk that speaks to my soul.

5. Leggy: Good female-fronted post-punk bands take the ranks of my favorite things somewhere near chocolate ice cream and coffee. I fell in love with them after seeing them play the basement of a burger joint in Columbia Heights, and yes, the ladies have long legs.

6. Two Inch Astronaut: Few bands follow in the steps of the original punk scene from the ‘80s. While it will never be what it was, Two Inch Astronaut has made a valiant effort to remind us that punk isn’t dead. Their new album, Foulbrood, got some love from NPR that was well deserved.

7. Vundabar: These boys from Boston make some tastefully surfy post-punk with professional sounding overtones. Absolutely every song on their full length Antics is worth a listen.

8. TELE/VISIONS: There is something beautifully haunting about the lo-fi indie pop from this New Yorker. 2013 was released this year reflecting on last year, and I wonder if he will do the same thing for 2014.

9. Wakes: Boston’s Wakes emulates the meaning of lo-fi in a way that brings you back to the 1950s even though it’s 2014. I also might like his Waxahatchee cover more than the original.

10. We Are Trees: Indie folk pop manages to be almost universally likable, so it’s hard not to fall in love with Virginia Beach’s We Are Trees. It’s easy to get lost in their sound, so it’s a shame the project came to an end a couple years ago.

For readers of this column, I hope that some of these and other Bandcamp finds helped to shape what you listened to this past year, and continue to in 2015. If there is one thing that Bandcamp has taught me, it’s that the amount of music being made is endless and perpetually replenished. Happy New Year!

-Sydney Sanial (@SydneySanial)

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