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UN’OCCASIONE AI BAMBINI D’AMERICA



IL TENEMENT MUSEUM, nel Lower East Side a Manhattan, è uno dei posti che amo di più a New York. Si tratta di un edificio che risale alla guerra civile, e che nel corso degli anni ha accolto varie ondate di immigrati: molti suoi appartamenti sono stati restaurati e riportati all’aspetto originario che avevano nelle varie epoche, dal 1860 agli anni Trenta (quando l’edificio fu dichiarato inagibile).

Dopo aver visitato il museo, se ne esce con un’intensa sensazione sull’immigrazione, esperienza umana che — malgrado momenti bui — nel complesso è stata di gran lunga positiva. Sono rimasto colpito dall’appartamento dei Baldizzi risalente al 1941. Quando l’ho descritto ai miei genitori, entrambi hanno esclamato: «Sono cresciuto in quell’appartamento!». Gli immigrati di oggi, infatti, sono uguali, nelle aspirazioni e nel comportamento, a come erano i miei nonni: persone alla ricerca di una vita migliore che in linea generale hanno finito col trovare.

Continua…

È per questo motivo che sono entusiasta e favorevole nei confronti della nuova iniziativa del presidente Barack Obama per l’immigrazione. È una questione di dignità umana. E nient’altro. Con ciò non intendo dire di essere favorevole alle frontiere aperte, né che lo sia la maggior parte dei progressisti.


Una delle motivazioni più importanti la si scopre proprio nell’appartamento dei Baldizzi: è la foto di Franklin Delano Roosevelt appesa a una parete. Il New Deal rese l’America una terra migliore, ma è probabile che non sarebbe stato così, in mancanza delle restrizioni all’immigrazione entrate in vigore dopo la Prima guerra mondiale. Senza tali restrizioni, infatti, prima di tutto ci sarebbero state (legittime o meno) contestazioni contro la marea di persone in arrivo in America. Libertà totale di immigrazione avrebbe significato per i lavoratori peggio retribuiti in America non essere cittadini a tutti gli effetti e non poter votare. Una volta entrate in vigore le restrizioni all’immigrazione, e ottenuta la cittadinanza, questa categoria di immigrati senza diritto di voto e in fondo alla piramide sociale si è rimpicciolita, invece, contribuendo a creare le premesse politiche necessarie a dar vita a una rete di sicurezza sociale più forte.

È vero: l’immigrazione di persone con basse qualifiche ha qualche effetto al ribasso sui salari, ma le prove disponibili al momento suggeriscono che si tratta di un effetto contenuto. Ci sono dunque questioni difficili da affrontare in tema di politica migratoria. Amo ripetere che se non vi sentite in conflitto con queste tematiche, in voi ci deve essere qualcosa di sbagliato. Ma riguardo a una cosa non dovete sentirvi in conflitto: l’affermazione secondo cui dovremmo offrire un trattamento dignitoso ai bambini che sono già qui e che sono americani sotto tutti i punti di vista. Ed è proprio su questo punto che si concentra l’iniziativa di Obama.

Di chi stiamo parlando? Prima di tutto in questo Paese c’è oltre un milione di giovani arrivati qui — sì, illegalmente — nell’infanzia e che qui hanno sempre vissuto da allora. In secondo luogo, ci sono molti bambini nati qui, e ciò li rende automaticamente cittadini statunitensi, con i medesimi diritti di cui godete voi e godo io, ma i loro genitori sono entrati da clandestini e possono esserne legalmente espulsi. Che cosa dovremmo fare di queste persone e delle loro famiglie?

In politica ci sono forze che vorrebbero farci utilizzare il pugno di ferro, stanare i clandestini ed espellere i giovani residenti non nati in America, ma che non hanno mai avuto altra casa al di fuori dell’America. Vorrebbero che espellessimo i genitori privi di documenti di bambini americani e costringessimo i bambini ad andarsene o a restare e cavarsela da soli.

Tutto ciò non accadrà. In parte perché come nazione non siamo crudeli. Perché questo giro di vite esigerebbe direttive da stato di polizia. E, mi duole dirlo, perché il Congresso non intende spendere i soldi necessari a un simile piano. In pratica, i bambini senza documenti e i genitori senza documenti di bambini che hanno diritto di restare in America non andranno da nessuna parte. La vera domanda da porci, quindi, è in che modo intendiamo trattarli. Continueremo con l’attuale sistema, negando loro i comuni diritti e lasciando che vivano sotto la minaccia dell’espulsione? O li tratteremo invece come compatrioti, come americani quali già sono?

Dovremmo procedere con senso di umanità anche solo per interesse personale. I figli degli immigrati di oggi sono i lavoratori, i contribuenti e i vicini di casa che avremo in futuro. Condannarli a vivere nell’ombra significa che avranno vite meno stabili e sicure; non avranno l’opportunità di acquisire competenze e istruzione, e quindi di contribuire all’economia e rivestire un ruolo positivo nella società. Evitare di intervenire è autolesionistico.

Per quanto mi riguarda, i soldi non mi interessano e neppure gli aspetti sociali. Ciò che interessa davvero è il senso di umanità. I miei genitori hanno potuto avere la vita che hanno avuto perché l’America, malgrado tutti i pregiudizi dell’epoca, fu disposta a trattarli come esseri umani. Offrire quel medesimo tipo di trattamento ai bambini degli immigrati dei nostri tempi è una decisione pragmatica, ma è altresì — in modo sostanziale — la cosa giusta da fare. Plaudiamo dunque al presidente che ha deciso di farlo.
PAUL KRUGMAN Repubblica 22 novembre 2014
©New York Times News Service Traduzione di Anna Bissanti
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So…. this is how I think he talks.

Raiden has no larynx, lower jaw, or tongue. Inherently he isn't able to speak. In all likelyhood, he has some thought-to voice device that can relate deliberate, specific brain wave input into speech. 

He would need to carefully shape his thoughts into words that can be appropriately interpreted by the device that gives him his voice, whilst avoiding both similar sounding words, and also ideas similar in nature. 

In MGS4, his speech pattern was slow and deliberate, with some delay in his responses. It makes perfect sense, that it would take him a second or so to get his next sentence ready.

But the thing is, he still mouths his words,…. why? 

I think a possible theory, is that the remains of the muscle that created lip movements, may be embedded with sensors that give finer detail input to his speaking device. 

The muscle that produces lip movements, Oribicularis Oris is ring shaped, running all the way around the mouth. Raiden would be missing the bottom half. However, if you look carefully, the corner of his mouth is still anchored inside his metal jaw, meaning that the end of the muscle is attached inside. 

Taking into account changes in the direction and angle of the muscle as he talks would probably give a more detailed and useful input to his speech device.

It makes more sense that he’s still mouth his words to assist in speaking, rather than out of habit, or to maintain an image of normalcy. 

Can you even imagine Raiden roughhousing at home with his son? (In that rough and tumble way Dad’s play with young boys.)

Playing tag inside the house… wrestling each other or just running around. Especially when John was younger. 

I mean, you have a 5 year old, who is inherently prone to breaking things, and an incredibly strong dad that can throw a metal gear RAY with his bare hands. 

God, they must break so much stuff. 

I’d imagine that any given piece of furniture must last a few months at most…. carpet replacement will cost them a minor fortune.  

The MGR OFFICIAL Survey....

Okay, for those of you who didnt know, there is a official survey that is asking players for feedback on MGR, and asking for input on sequels. 

It’s right here:

https://survey.blicx.com/facebook/survey.aspx?s=76dc611d6ebaafc66cc0879c71b5db5c

There’s some really important questions posed here and you should take this seriously.

One of the questions asks in fan generated content is just was important as promotional material in the eyes of fans. The fact that this question is being asked at all, is a big step in recognizing the impact of fan creativity and fan generated content on sales.

Another question asks for HONEST CRITIQUE. There’s a recognition here that fan critique is important, not just game reviews or ratings, but what fans actually think. 

The fact that they picked these points to query the fans on, means that these things mattered enough to be specifically pointed out.  

They’re asking fans what parts are successful, and what characters and fights were liked. Those of you wanting a Sam game or more Monsoon, let them know that these characters matter to you. People wanting more dynamic between Raiden and the Mavericks, there’s a specific question for that. 

GUYS…. THEY’RE ASKING ABOUT WHAT YOU THOUGHT ABOUT CHARACTERIZATION. What matters to you about his characterization, and how did he come across to the fans. 

(also .. this character is lonely……awwwww…..)

Guys…. I don’t even care what our fan differences are… look at all the stuff they’re considering for the next game!

Use this opportunity to show them what REALLY matters.

PLEASE TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY…. 

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I’d like to posit this theory if you will.

If you look at the VR training sessions, they’re all the same regardless of who is running them. They have the same textures, same models…etc… this means that they’re made and run by the same developer. 

At the same time, since they are accessible from a variety of places, I’d expect that they are not specifically affiliated with Desparado or any PMC, and is instead accessible world wide, like world of warcraft. 

So basically….. it’s an MMO

Now, PMC’s probably have their own servers, but I’d like to see a situation where Raiden is forced to train on a public server. (perhaps the maverick server went offline)

  • I’d imagine that he’d complain liberally about griefers and trolls. Some cyborg asshole that stunning him at his spawn point, and stealing all his nanopaste.
  • There are TONS of creep guys that bomb Raiden with “ASL?” He zandatsu’s them all.
  • There would be crafting and trading in the VR store. Raiden zandatsus 9 cyborgs, offering the trade the 10th one, all the spines for some EM grenades.
  • It’s possible that he might run into Bladewolf and Sam at some point. This might be a logical way for them to meet on non-enemy terms.
  • Achievements and collectibles are compared. Raiden is indescribibly jealous at all of Sam’s bladewolf related achievements. Paw shake = Cyborg’s best friend achievement.
  • What happens in VR stays in VR. 

 

I dub thee VR!verse…..Post moar achievements. 

Headcanon: Sam and Raiden Brofest Masterpost.

Last night, a discussion ensued on “What if Sam won against Armstrong and became friends with Raiden.”

A FANTASTIC discussion ensued. 

I’m archiving everyone's responses here linked to the original poster, because this is too great to lose. 

HypocriticalAsshole:

I fantasize about this quite a bit too. They’d go on missions together and travel the world as mercenaries. Sam would constantly troll Raiden, and Raiden would TAKE THIS MISSION EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY….YES SIR… I’M ON IT SIR……

Sam would just give him random shit all the time, run off and force him to carry all the equipemnt, grab the electrolytes out of Raiden’s zandatsus, make fun of his tie….etc

Raiden hates it, but has a grudging respect for him as a fighter and they have each other’s backs. 

They could even both work for Maverick. Raiden would stand behind prime ministers and heads of state in his suit and tie, and Sam would slouch around in a wifebeater with a week of stubble. 

Off duty, when the Maverick HQ is parked in New Zealand, Raiden lets Sam stay over and they couch potato all day on terrible movies. 

When off duty elsewhere, they go out and hit the town getting into drunken bar fights and random hilarity. 

Cause… Raiden really needs a manfriend/enabler of terrible ideas/Trollbro

WildCrisis:

Raiden totally needs Sam as his trollbro. I imagine Sam would make fun of his horrible choice in tie color, and then show up in a shirt of the exact same color going, “At least I make it look good, eh?”

HypocriticalAsshole:

And Sam would CONSTANTLY mock Raiden’s Spanish and wander off during mission briefings. Sam is the bestest troll bro. Why did he have to die. 

PrecariousSauce:

Those times Raiden lets Sam stay over, he lies awake and wondersDOES JOHN THINK SAM’S COOLER THAN ME,Rose doesn’t know how to feel about Sam’s influence on her husbandon the one hand it’s been forever since Jack’s had friendson the other handhe’s Sam

HypocriticalAsshole:

When they go out in public together, Raiden would cover up all his artificial skin with the high collared coat and try to be as discreet as possible, and Sam wouldn’t even try to hide his arm. He’d be like “come at me bro.” 

Raiden really has no friends that he can relate to as a warrior and a cyborg. Sam is perfect… he’s even a sword user like Raiden. I can totally see him showing Raiden “how it’s done” and constant ragging Raiden that he “fights like a girl” even though he has great respect for Raiden’s ability. 

I get the feeling that Sam would be an even worse influence on John. John would LOVE him of course, he’s the awesome uncle that comes by occasionally and sets off fire crackers with him in the house, lets him try grown-up things like beer, takes him on motorcycle rides and lets him wave around high-frequency blade around just like a REAL Ninja. Someday, he wants to be a cool cyborg Samurai just like Sam…….

WildCrisis:

Always calling Raiden “blondie”. Making private jokes with Wolf that they’d laugh about whenever Raiden rounded the corner.

But, always reminding Raiden why he’s the best trollbro when he shows up with a six pack, a ton of terrible movies, and two terribly created “sick day” passes so they can just bum around and be lazy-ass dudes for the day.

Not to mention some cool toy for John, because for some reason, kids always love the trollbro friend and I will never understand this. 

HypocriticalAsshole:

Raiden would RESENT that since bladewolf never finds him funny. 

Sam would be such a terrible influence on John. And John would get all excited when he comes over with a box of firecrackers and a potato gun, cause that was what they played with when he was a kid.

And Raiden wouldn’t be able to drink those beers, so he’d bring over a cooler of electrolytes that he zandatsu’d on his way back from the video rental. 

Boris thinks Sam is a huge pain in the ass and hates him, but is forced to keep him around since he’s so good,

WildCrisis:

The addition of Wolf just makes things all the better for Sam, and worse for Raiden. Wolf loves Sam and no matter what Raiden does, he doesn’t get in on those little inside jokes between the two. Those dicks. That or Wolf occasionally butts in with his “wife” complex he had going on during their fight in MGR. “Must you two really fight?” Wolf is shaking his little doggy finger at you boys, put your swords down before he gets all cranky. 

I bet Sam would spoil the hell out of John. Kids love toys from “back in the day”, and now instead of just having a cyborg ninja dad, he’s got a cyborg ninja dad and a cyborg samurai uncle! The only comfort Raiden has in this is that Rose doesn’t approve of Sam, so finally, there’s someone on his side. And he punches Sam when Sam gives a flower to Rose all like “A beautiful rose, for a beautiful Rose.”

Flattery only gets you so far in some company, Sam. Other times, people try to shank you.

Buruaisu-doragon:

Also Rose would be so annoyed by Sam. Bad influence on son AND husband! And Sam would bring her flowers then and call on her birthdays (also reminding Raiden to buy her something) and she would eventually warm up to the samurai.

Also Sam would probably flirt with Rose just to annoy his buddy.

Metalgear-rants

I never realised how badly I wanted this until I saw it in front of me and uguu.

Because Raiden needs another friendly cyborg in his life, and they can complain about cyborg things together and get it, like

“goddamnit I got another tear in my muscle fibers today and Dok scolded me for it”

“Holy shit dude I did that just the other day and Monsoon kept giving me crap about it, it was the worst. By the way have you tried this new oil for your armor? It coats on and pretty much repels EVERYTHING”

;o; Like please I need all the bro cyborgs because they could actually relate in a way and better than anyone else and seriously Raiden needs someone to relate to LOOK AT HIM HE’S ALL ALONE IN HIS CYBORGNESS.

WHY DID SAM HAVE TO DIE THAT WAS SO POINTLESS AAAGHGH.

Themolotovmind

Or they can go shop for blades, knives and deadly weapons together…

And Sam would be a total sword snob with his ancient japanese master blade and point out Raiden’s blade is piece of mass produced, crude and unrefined. 

Raiden thinks the same about Sam’s tastes in movies. 

WildCrisis:

Sam will defend his taste in terrible, terrible movies to the death. Raiden just has no good sense of humor. Two cyborgs walk into an arms store together … It’s a miracle if Raiden and Sam don’t end up tearing the place down in an argument over who’s better at what, with what, and what they should get. Maverick learns not to let them shop together unless they’re being supervised. 

HypocriticalAsshole:

And they’d totally have to go, since Raiden’s sword was broken at the end of MGR, and Sam would insist on his own expertise and tag along. 

Much to the shopkeeper’s chagrin, Raiden is both indecisive and insistent on demonstrations of all available options. 

I get the feeling that with Sam around, Boris would be hard pressed NOT to supervise their missions. Sam would drive Boris and Kevin up the wall,  and Courtney would be smitten by his exotic accent and rugged looks, and would blush and giggle girlishly every time she saved for him. 

WildCrisis:

Oh good god, and Kevin thought that he got angry at Raiden a lot. At least Raiden actually presses and argues back. Sam would give them a shit-eating grin, make a joke, and continue doing whatever he was doing that they didn’t approve of. And Sam offers to take Courtney out for some authentic Brazilian food until Raiden drags him away. Though, I am reminded again how much Raiden needs a cyborg buddy for more than just all the humorous situations they would obviously be involved in. Sam is someone to bounce thoughts and ideals and experiences off of. They speak and realize so much while they’re fighting, they would probably spar often. Bad day? I’m sure they have plenty of those. Raiden and Sam can take those frustrations out on each other safely, and well.. fulfill that need for conflict. Fight and fight and fight until they’re exhausted, fall over, and just stare at the sky in companionable silence.Sam bby, stop being dead.

HypocriticalAsshole:

They would ABSOLUTELY spar and fight ALL THE TIME.

Raiden would be matched up with someone of much higher skill, that offer him a consistent challenge…. Sam would get an opponent that never gets tired, and enjoys fighting as much as he does. 

Codec would have an extra 15 hours of 3 way philosophy discussion between Raiden, Sam and Bladewolf on all manners of subjects ranging from the justification of killing, the ethics behind cyberization, whether or not men can enjoy crepes and still be manly, and different brands of hair products and their pros and cons. 

I can see them tackling each other without warning, just whenever they feel frustrated…Raiden especially. He’d come out of a frustrating briefing and run into Sam drinking a soda in the break room and just lay into him.

Despite the DLC, Sam would have very little exposure to VR training and would have previously taking all of his training hands on, fighting in his dojo, cartels…etc. Hence,Sam would prefer actual sparring and fighting to taking on VR enemies, and may even scoff on them as not real experiences.  

I can see them going into a VR training room, with Raiden patiently (but with barely suppressed excitement) introducing the protocols and procedure of his beloved VR training to Sam, and Sam looking distinctly unimpressed. When the session starts and virtual enemies start to appear, Sam take one look at the CG enemies, and just turns and tackles Raiden to the ground instead. 

WildCrisis:

Yes yes YES! I always thought VR Training would bore the hell out of Sam, who has had all of his experience IRL. Sam feels alive with another living being at the end of his blade; VR enemies would give him no satisfaction. Raiden and Sam are always ready and prepared for a good fight, no matter their mood, no matter their day, and probably no matter where the hell they are. 

Except at Raiden’s house. I’m sure Rose wouldn’t tolerate that. Especially if Sam offers to teach John some moves.

I’m pretty sure everyone at Maverick would get sick of the three amigos and their conversations, haha! They’re men who chat as much as they fight, and they’d never run out of meaningful discussions to have. They probably think all of their discussions are important, though. From ideals and philosophies, to who’s better at what, to why Raiden is a “pretty boy” and Sam is a “real man”. 

I imagine they give Dok a lot of work as well. With Raiden and Sam constantly beating up on each other until they fall over, lots of things are sure to be getting damaged all the time. Not that Dok probably minds, I’m sure he gets to test out new things every time a piece falls off of Raiden or Sam’s arm stops working. 

… Though, it must be a sobering moment if they  get carried away and Raiden nearly takes off a part of Sam that isn’t his cyborg arm. Not that losing another limb would hinder Sam at all. 

You guys are the best and I love all of you so much. Please add to this.

If anybody has additional ideas, please feel free to reblog and I’ll add you. 

  • Doktor:Raiden, the Mistral woman -- is she truly a full-body cyborg?
  • Raiden:That's what the intel says, at least. Why? You notice something?
  • Doktor:Indeed. Two somethings, in fact. Based on their movement, her chest region did not appear to be artificial.
  • Raiden:...You can tell that just by what I saw?
  • Doktor:Indeed! After some detailed image analysis, I am 80% certain that is her own natural torso. If it is indeed a cyborg chassis, it is the most advanced I have ever seen. Such technology would not come cheap. It would mean whoever is backing Desperado is quite wealthy.
  • Raiden:Probably. As far as Mistral goes, it really doesn't matter to me. Natural, synthetic, man, woman -- an enemy is an enemy.
  • Doktor:ah...Are you not even the least bit curious?
  • Raiden:....No.
  • Doktor:......perhaps we should consider re-adjusting your hormone levels.
  • Raiden:Thanks, but I'll pass.

This closeup is one of my favorite screencaps. 

Raiden does all his training via VR. He has no body, so what he’s actually training is his mind. When Raiden goes into VR, he’s honing his reaction times, combat decision making, the command and response time of his artificial body. His mechanical body, never fatigues, is automated and performs whatever move set he tells it to. 

His mind is all he has left to train. 

Sam…… VR does nothing for Sam. Sam has to PHYSICALLY train, to keep his muscles strong, his reflexes sharp, and his technique polished.

Out of all the desparado guys, He is the only one that actually physically trains outside of VR……. and that’s why if you look at the above screencap, his armor is worn.

By contrast if you look at Mistral or Monsoon, Their bodies are pristine, no worn off paint, no chips, no abrasions…..yet their seasoned fighters. It means they don’t do ANY training outside of VR.  

I really enjoy small details like this…..There’s a whole story buried in the details of this game (of every game btw)……..you have to look really carefully to read it.

(VR!Verse: This is probably why Sam is AFK all the time….. he’s off ACTUALLY training.)