The Battle of Euthanatos was fought in 756.M39 between the Orks and Imperium.
Big Mek Rokgrabba invades the industrial world of Euthanatos. His asteroid fortresses disgorge so many Orks that the planet’s defenders are swiftly overwhelmed. Rokgrabba, something of a force field ‘ekspert’, reinforces the primary industrial complex of Thansus with a giant hemispherical energy shield. As the year winds on and the Imperial Guard counter-attack gathers force, even the heavy artillery of the Brimlock Dragoons proves unable to penetrate Rokgrabba’s invention. The situation grows increasingly desperate as the Big Mek turns Thansus’ assembly lines to the creation of Killa Kans, Deff Dreads and Stompas.
At their wits’ end, the Dragoons petition for aid from nearby Medusa. The Iron Hands of Clan Kaargul respond in force. Their Iron Fathers analyse the vid-feeds of the war thus far, observing that although artillery fire and even speeding vehicles are repelled by Rokgrabba’s wall of force, individual warriors are able to stride through the shield at will. A Siegebreaker Cohort is deployed, walking under heavy fire through the city’s outskirts to the heart of the industrial complex. As predicted, they pass through the hemisphere shield as if it were no more hindrance than a light breeze – though the field repels objects with a high kinetic energy, it allows those with a slow, deliberate pace to pass straight through. The Iron Hands follow the Siegebreaker Cohort’s lead, walking through the Ork defences and bringing the greenskins to battle en masse. The power source of the energy shield is captured and destroyed in short order, and Euthanatos is reclaimed within the week.
In looking back to the way in which childbirth was wrested out of the hands of women as midwives, and medicalised and institutionalised, to become firmly located in the control of men (as male doctors), some of the current fear that the new reproductive technologies are a way of completing the same process of male control and medicalisation one step earlier - at conception itself - can be understood.
Marion Brown, Kay Fielden & Jocelynne A. Scutt, “New frontiers or Old Recycled? New Reproductive Technologies as Primary Industry” in The Baby Machine: Commercialisation of Motherhood, ed. Jocelynne A. Scutt (1988), p.88.
Question: In my story, it takes place in an alternate world where literature is the primary industry. I’m struggling a bit with describing people’s accents, because I don’t know if I should use terms like “American” “Welsh”, etc. Any tips?
If America and Wales don’t exist in your story, you couldn’t use American or Welsh to describe accents. In that case, you can describe what the accent sounds like. For example, you could say that an accent was nasal, or lyrical, or that it had a lot of clipped endings or elongated ‘N’ sounds. If you need to, you can get onto YouTube and listen to the accents you want to describe, then see if you can pick out any obvious characteristics. Imagine you were using sign language to explain how it sounds to someone who can’t hear.
Fleshing Out the Matoran Universe, Part 2: Rare Matoran Breeds
* Before the Fall, the Av-Matoran resided in a secret labyrinth beneath the Southern Continent. Their primary industry was the mining of lightstones, which they exported (while disguised as other breeds of Matoran) to the various regions of the universe. Lightstones sometimes lost connection with Karda Nui’s energies or became corrupted, thus affecting their output. Even the domes’ vast lightstones, which were responsible for illuminating an entire dome at a time, were not immune to this problem. It then became the duty of particularly skilled Av-Matoran to disguise themselves and travel to the skies of these domes, where they repaired or outright replaced the lightstones, without the dome’s inhabitants being any the wiser.
* Due to their innate understanding of magnetic forces, the Fa-Matoran were natural chute workers, and resided in chute stations across the universe maintaining, guiding, and directing the chutes. Other Fa-Matoran worked as navigators on sailing vessels, and a very few served as guides on landmasses.
* Near the center of the universe grew vast jungles and forests maintained by the Bo-Matoran. These mega-ecosystems served as Mata Nui’s “lungs”, and used chemical reactions to produce breathable air for the entirety of the universe inside him. Over the course of history, various factions such as the Barraki and the neighboring tribes attempted to cut down these forests and expand their empires, but were swiftly encouraged not to try it again.
* The Su-Matoran worked almost exclusively in the small islands located in Mata Nui’s hands and fingers, where they oversaw the operations of vast factories that ionized gas and changed it into plasma. They never knew the use of these operations, but they provided the fuel for both Mata Nui’s high-grade energy weaponry and his backup propulsion system.
* Most Matoran technology was not electrically powered, but this is because most of the Matoran universe was not inhabited by Vo-Matoran. These are another rare type of Matoran who frequented the mysterious ends of the universe, such as the homelands of the Su-Matoran and Bo-Matoran, assisting them in their efforts. With the combined efforts of Vo-Matoran, Su-Matoran, and Fa-Matoran, those areas became the most technologically advanced in the universe, with the exception of Artakha.
* Ba-Matoran were known to be rare in most of the Matoran universe. This is because the majority of their tribe resided beneath the known universe, in Mata Nui’s center of gravity. Their work in this vast complex, unbeknownst to the Matoran, allowed for the continuation of Mata Nui’s internal artificial gravity system.
* The exact purpose of the Ce-Matoran remains unknown, though some theorize they existed as a counter to beings with dangerous mental abilities, such as Dweller’s species. Many Ce-Matoran preferred to live in relative secrecy, in quiet places where they could meditate and be one with their thoughts. Others resided in bustling settlements, where they made livings as either scholars or psychics. Some were brave enough to found and maintain madhouses to contain beings whose sanity was in dire need of repair by the Arbiters. (More on them tomorrow.)
* The purpose of the De-Matoran is entirely unknown. Perhaps they were to act as scouts, or to receive messages from far-off places; the world may never know. What is known is that they preferred quiet and secluded regions, far from excitement, and so were often able to coexist with Ce-Matoran quite swimmingly.
In ‘Why Do We Need All This?’ Maria Mies, a German sociologist, proffers the explanation that genetic engineering and new reproductive technologies are essential to the ongoing growth of capitalism. The technologies are the new industry 'chosen’ to replace the old worn out industrial technology. Hence the link of scientists with big business which will eventually lead to mass distribution of the products by multinationals with the aid of government. […] For Mies, the stage has already been set with the selling and promotion to the more affluent the notion of the 'right’ to have a child of 'one’s own’.
Marion Brown, Kay Fielden & Jocelynne A. Scutt, “New frontiers or Old Recycled? New Reproductive Technologies as Primary Industry” in The Baby Machine: Commercialisation of Motherhood, ed. Jocelynne A. Scutt (1988), p.98.
The Mark: Balem Abrasax, trillionaire and primary CEO of Abrasax Industries, global powerhouse in the biomedical technology industry, who takes “eccentric” to new levels. He inherited his share of the company from his mother, Seraphi, who died under very mysterious circumstances.
The Mastermind: Caine Wise. A professional thief since childhood, he’s used to being a “lone wolf,” but he couldn’t pull off a job like this without a pack.
The Natural Rookie: Jupiter Jones. Her empathy and intuition lets her talk her way into and out of any situation. She fell into her new life accidentally, after a chance meeting with Caine on the subway, and quit her job in her cousin’s custodial business to join his team as their con artist, something she was surprised to find she was naturally talented at. Her more than passing resemblance to their target’s late mother, on the other hand, was just luck–good or bad luck will depend on whether they can pull this heist off.
The Veteran: Stinger Apini tried to go straight when he became a father, but when his daughter got sick, he let his old friend Caine pull him in for one last job to pay for her treatment. Unfortunately, Kiza would rather follow in her father’s footsteps than follow his wishes…
The Hacker: Kiza Apini knew her dad didn’t want her to join the “family business,” but her inquisitive nature and natural skill with computers sealed her fate. She pulled a couple of small-time jobs behind her father’s back, giving her enough experience for Caine to come to her first to get them into their target’s security system.
The Weapons/Demolition Experts: Razo and Ibis. Inseparable partners, they’re everything from contract killers to hired bodyguards. Caine had reservations about bringing them into the team, since everyone knows their only loyalty is to each other. But according to their reputations, Ibis can bring down a skyscraper with a single block of C4, and Razo’s personal arsenal could take out Balem’s entire security force single-handed. It remains to be seen whether they can be trusted, or whether they’ll turn on the team when the loot is finally within reach.
The Bankroll: Titus Abrasax will do anything to stick it to his older brother. He sold out his share in the company to Balem for a liquid income to live the high life, but now he’s at risk of losing the lifestyle he’s grown accustomed to. His share of the theft should pay back his “investment” in Caine’s team many times over, and leave him able to pursue his playboy lifestyle for years to come. Longer, if he wises up and lets his right-hand-woman Famulus control his finances for him.
The Law: Special Agent Diomika Tsing has been running a major crimes task force in the FBI for over three years, trying to find proof of Caine’s colorful career. But ever since the rumors from her sources started whispering that Balem Abrasax was Caine’s team’s next mark, she’s found her motivations compromised. It’s hard not to root for someone to succeed when their would-be victim is such an unsavory character…
🐺 — Albeit
ruled illegal by the Empire, slave labor still exists in the Outer Rim,
where the officials look the other way more than often due to many economical
and political reasons involving the activity. While not present in Bakura, the
planet where their headquarters is located, the Bakur Mining Corporation
employs some of it in the edges of its sector, on the border to the Wild Space.
like Bakur Corporation would be mildly tarnished if news of slave work would
surface, especially with its delicate control over the system and fragile
political alliances would damage the exportation of repulsorlift coils, the
system’s primary industry. It would also open a precedent for hostile actions
from its direct competitor, the H’Lokk Consortium. Not to mention the revolt of
the population, which would certainly cause uncertainly and suspicion among the native Kurtzen
they’d do anything to keep an assault to their mines under wraps, making them a
perfect target for a scoundrel like him. The guards weren’t too much of a
trouble, Bigby silently thanked the avarice of those who thought it was a good
idea to cut expenses by hiring inexperienced security guards unaccustomed to
anybody besides the slaves themselves, it made his job so much easier. The security
system wasn’t too much of a hassle either, as the people from the system had a
major dislike for automatas made them over reliant in their guards. In short,
an easy job like stealing candies from a youngling as they say.
And to add
to the injury, Bigby did what he always does when finding slaves: he unlocked
the cells from the command room and let them do as they pleased with their
former captors. Nothing like a riot to cover his tracks. If anything, the blame
would befall the Consortium and on one would be any wiser. It was the perfect plan for easy money.
way to the landing point where he left his ship, Bigby hurried up his pace – he
wanted to get there before the slaves got to the level he was in. It was why he
didn’t expected company.
New reproductive technologies now used for human reproduction were first developed in the context of animal husbandry.
Marion Brown, Kay Fielden & Jocelynne A. Scutt, “New frontiers or Old Recycled? New Reproductive Technologies as Primary Industry” in The Baby Machine: Commercialisation of Motherhood, ed. Jocelynne A. Scutt (1988), p.78.
Here’s some more translations and a few scans from the Psycho-Pass Official Profiling book! These are all from Phase 2: World Affairs, in the pages after the World Chronicle timeline - holos, geography/population, politics/law, diplomacy/the international stage, economy/industry, education, life/culture, medical care, and the Sibyl System.
There are also blatant reveals for season one, so…go away if you haven’t finished it yet. Seriously, go away.
(The sections I skipped for now were on the Dominators, cymatic scan, MWPSB stuff, memory extraction, etc, since they really don’t offer much that we don’t already know (aka, vague is the order of the day). …I only skimmed it a long time ago while focusing on the cymatic scan info, though, so maybe I’ll go back to it, just in case. …Some…day.)
San Vito Lo Capo (Sicilian: San Vitu) is a town in Sicily and part of the province of Trapani. It’s a small town, located in a valley between spectacular mountains, and is home to a public beach popular with local vacationers. The town’s primary industries are tourism and agriculture, particularly olive groves owned by small farmers. The mountain is popular with local climbers, and a logbook is provided at the cross for climbers to record their adventures. The mountain is also home to numerous caves, most of which are inaccessible without professional gear. Since 1998, the town hosts the “Cous Cous Fest”, an international festival of culture and gastronomy of the Mediterranean. In the month of May there’s an International Kite Festival at the beach. In July, there’s a big Summer Music Festival.
In Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay, one man’s trash is not just another man’s treasure. It’s also his children’s playground – at least if you live in the village of Cateura, which has the honor of being built directly on top of Asuncion’s main landfill. As one might expect of a place erected on a massive pile of trash, Cateura’s residents lived in poverty. The primary industry was picking through the landfill for sellable items, a career which you might recognize from the sci-fi dystopia Elysium, or just, y'know, depressing old reality.
Music teacher Favio Chavez decided to change that by getting the local kids interested in classical music. The only problem is that there are no instruments in Cateura – a genuine violin would be worth more than their average house. They do, however, have a shitload of garbage. So Chavez decided to make lemons into lemonade. Or rather, garbageade. He built their instruments out of trash.
At a vast dumpsite in the west of Ghana’s capital Accra, small fires burn among piles of old computers, television screens and laptops, throwing plumes of thick black smoke into the air. Around them workers pick out motherboards, valuable metals and copper wires, burning away the plastic casings as they go - filling the air with toxic fumes. This is one of the biggest dumps for electronic waste in the world, and among the most polluted places on earth. Every year hundreds of thousands of tonnes of e-waste find their way here from Europe and North America, where they are stripped of their valuable metals in the crudest form of recycling. For many it’s a lucrative business in a country where nearly a quarter of people live below the poverty line. “It’s an instant job,” said Sam Sandu, a scrap dealer who works on the site. “Today you work on it, and you can get your money the same day.” But experts warn the toxins present in the waste are slowing poisoning the workers, as well as spreading pollution into the soil and atmosphere.
The BBC’s Ed Butler looks around Ghana’s massive electronic waste dump. “Mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic - these are the four most toxic substances [in the world], and these are found in e-waste residues in very large quantities,” explains Atiemo Sampson, an environmental researcher at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, who has conducted several studies of the Agbogbloshie site. Range of illnesses According to the International Labour Organisation, long-term health studies on e-waste workers have yet to be conducted, so there is little data on the numbers of people who have fallen ill or even died as a result of working with e-waste. But exposure to these toxins are known to cause a whole range of illnesses from cancers to heart disease to respiratory illnesses. “The consequences are already quite apparent,” says Atiemo Sampson. “We are not waiting for 10 years or 20 years, the effects are already happening within the Ghanaian community.” Analysts estimate the world will produce 93 million tonnes of e-waste this year alone - an ever-growing volume that is the result of the built-in obsolescence of many high-end electronic products.
Much of it will find its way to a handful of e-waste dumps in Africa and Asia, rather than being recycled in the country in which it was sold. Manufacturers’ role Campaigners in Ghana say some of these exports are simply illegal - infringing EU regulations that ban the export of broken electronic goods to developing countries for dumping. However, the majority are believed to be legal imports of working second-hand goods, sent over to fuel the surging demand for cheap electronics in developing economies like Ghana. Yet regardless of how it got here, Atiemo Sampson believes electronics producers have a responsibility to help clean up the mess their products helped create. “I agree that we have a technology gap that must be filled,” he says. “But across the world there is a growing acceptance that the producer of the equipment must bear responsibility for ‘end of life’ management. "They should be investing in collections systems, in recycling systems in Africa. It is morally right and legally right.” So why aren’t the electronics manufacturers doing more? Walter Alcorn is the vice president of environmental affairs at the Consumer Technology Association - the trade body for tech firms in the US. He says “take-back” programmes are in place to encourage consumers to return their old gadgets for recycling and prevent them from becoming waste or finding their way to developing countries.
But he says the real difference will be made as producers phase out the use of dangerous chemicals and heavy metals. “We’re working through a legacy period, with legacy products that are 10 or 20 years old,” he says. “Ultimately over the next 10 or 20 years we’ll see this thing go away. "Our primary responsibility as an industry is to produce products that are environmentally safe and do not cause these problems down stream.” 'Enormous problem’ But in the short-term at least, the e-waste at sites like Agbogbloshie continues to pile up. And experts like materials scientist Hywel Jones of Sheffield Hallam University in the UK says the solution to the e-waste problem has to be multi-faceted.
His 'What’s In My Stuff?’ project aims to educate the public about the materials found in a typical smartphone, a move that he hopes will create more ethically-minded customers. But he says companies and governments need to be engaged too. “Two billion mobile phones are manufactured every year - more than 15 billion manufactured since 1994, and that’s not counting cameras, laptops and televisions,” he says. “We have an enormous problem and we’re starting very late in the day to fix it. Science and technology will get us there, but alongside consumer and human behaviour.”
Picked this little guy up last night on behalf of Sydney Fox Rescue. This years theme for names has been Harry Potter, so meet Diggory! He’s now on his way to the shelter in Sydney for all his vet work and life as a rehomed fox to begin.
Let’s hope he’s not the last ever fox to be rescued in this country. Don’t forget to sign the petition: