Let’s Answer Questions That No Atheist Can Answer

An pro-Islam YouTube channel has decided to make a series of questions that no atheist can answer.  I figured that since I haven’t done anything atheist in forever, I would take on these questions.  Here’s a link to the video, now let’s do this.

How did existence emerge out of no-space and no-time?

How do you know there was no-space and no-time before reality as we understand it?  The truth is that we don’t know how exactly the universe came into being.  There are a number of theories, but all of those could be proven wrong.  Meanwhile, your religious book says that Allah somehow always existed outside space and time and magically made everything.  Yeah, I’ll take actual science over sky wizard magic.

How can an atheist assume his atheism is valid?

I am an atheist, therefore my atheism is valid.  Given what I’ve seen of modern science and the various religious texts I have read, I have concluded that their beliefs in a divine being are absurd, so I do not believe in them.  Boom, that was easy.  Aren’t these questions supposed to be so hard that no atheist can answer them?

When the moment of the start of existence is stark proof on the creativity of the creator and his ability to originate existence?

Oh, I jumped the gun there.  Well, I can answer this too.  There is NO proof that the universe was created by a magical sky-wizard.  None.  You all talk about sunrises and rainbows and a nice ass on a sexy lady, but then decide to just ignore the fact that most of reality cannot support life, because it exists in a massive void called space.  That there are a TON of things that are not beautifully made on this world, such as birth defects, evil people, and the fact that our planet is one giant asteroid away from humanity being dead.  I can see my atheism as valid because I can see that there is ZERO proof of your creator, and your pathetic supposition about the beauty of existence.  Again, wasn’t this supposed to be hard?

How did no life transform into life?

We don’t know.  See, once-again, this is something science has that religions does not.  We have the humility to acknowledge when we don’t have all the answers.  Meanwhile, ancient books written by primitive savages are what you hold up as absolute truth.  But please, tell me again how you are so enlightened.  There are a lot of theories about the origin of life on Earth.  Eventually, we will be able to create rudimentary life in a laboratory, and on that day, I will smugly look at your retarded morons and say “where is your Allah now?”

How did matter mutate from lifelessness into living cells?

Again, we don’t know for sure, but there are a number of theories.  Science is looking for the answer.  Meanwhile, I haven’t seen your bullshit religion figuring anything out.  Given that your religion has a bad habit of being shit on by actual science.  Like how the Quran says that night is as a cover over day, when we know that is patently untrue.  Or how you can somehow transmute mud into man.  I’ll take science over that stupid shit any day.

With all our techniques and advances, we cannot originate the simplest form of life, so how can we explain the origination of life in the dead matter?

What a weird phrasing.  Matter isn’t dead or alive.  It is.  Living cells are dead or alive.  As I said, we currently haven’t gained the ability to create life in a laboratory, but the day is coming.  And when it does, I cannot wait to watch you eat those words.  Not to mention, isn’t this a tacit admission that it takes magic to do it?  So you do believe in magic.  Good to know.

Wouldn’t we, at least, be able to originate a form of life that supersedes the one that originated in the dead matter by at least a million times?

Someday we will be able to create rudimentary life, but complex life forms grow over millions of years of evolution.  They aren’t just made in a factory.  That’s your religious bias talking.  You don’t just make complicated organisms.  We will no doubt be able to clone current life, but creating organisms that are (as you put it) at least a million times more complicated than current life is asinine.  Genetic modification through gene therapy is one way we can alter genetics of an organism, but creating all that from scratch is ridiculous.  Because you think that life is created, you have this bias.  Sorry that reality doesn’t work the way you want it in your head.

How can the atheist argue against the annihilation of all mankind?

Because I was born with empathy I don’t want to kill my fellow human being en masse.  I joke around that human needs to die, but there is some part of me in the dark recesses of my little black heart that hopes that somehow, some way, humanity figures out how to save itself from its own stupidity.

What is the rational, substantial, scientific evidence an atheist can present to prove the annihilation of all mankind is a mistake?

Easy, the human brain has the capacity for empathy.  We see looking after our fellow human being as a goal to aspire to.  We want to improve the world we live in.  Meanwhile, let’s take a look at your holy book.  It calls for death for those who leave the faith, or to kill non-believers, unless they convert to Islam.  Your religious text condones more murder than atheist secularism EVER will.  But please, tell me again how I believe in genocide.  You then decide to ditch the questions and tell us that we must naturally assume that genocide is rational to save the species.  Um, no.  I believe that sexual education and access to contraception will do more to stop overpopulation than your retarded book.

Atheism assumes that human beings are just animals who came into existence after a long and slow sequence of evolution from meaner beings, so what if a higher being came into existence?

There is a LOT to unpack here.  Atheism doesn’t believe that we came into existence from really mean beings.  We came from less evolved forms of life.  But since human history is a litany of violence (so is your religion, both post and current times), saying that we came from “meaner beings” is a really strange way to phrase things.  I believe we came from less evolved forms.  Sure, they were violent, but nature is violent.  Humanity is violent.  Violence is a part of life.  One that, unfortunately, humanity can’t get away from.

As for your second question, what would happen if a higher being came into existence?  Well, if the Q shows up one day, I can’t stop it from choosing to destroy humanity.  If we meet some hyper-evolved intelligent being that has figured out the right way to live, I guess we can sit back and realize how bad we fucked up and feel sad.  This is such a strange question.

Will it have the right to put us in cages and use us as lab rats?

The right?  No.  It might have the power to do that.  But if there is a being who has evolved and grown to the point that they realize the nature of reality and that we have to look after each other, they aren’t going to want to do so.  Western society evolved socially to see slavery as wrong.  Here in America, we had a big old war over that belief.  It’s telling about your view on reality when you think a higher being has barbarous intentions.  Islam at work?  You then once-again go out of the mode of asking questions to give your answer – the “darwinist” answer is “Yes!”  For one, Darwinism is a bullshit term that I have only ever heard creationists use.  For another, find me all the biologists who want to enslave people.

Oh, but we can look at your religion and see people enslaving people.  Like how ISIS has taken women all over the Middle East as sex slaves.  Like that?  I love that a Muslim is telling me about how immoral I am, when the immorality of Islam is everywhere to be found.

So, what is the purpose from protecting mankind or providing them with meaning or purpose when it comes to atheism?

Atheism tells people that meaning and purpose is what you make of it.  There is no higher being to give us purpose.  We have to find it in our own lives through our own values systems that are unique to every individual.  I’m sorry that our belief structure is all about freedom while yours tells you to accept easy answers from a sky-wizard despot.  Oh, but you decide to answer your own question again, with the propaganda that you approve of.  Wasn’t this supposed to be questions that atheists like me are supposed to answer?  I’m feeling really gypped here.

What if, according to evolution, we proved that one race is higher than the other?

Higher how?  We have proven that the Asian community tends to favor intelligence in their genes.  We’ve shown that black people tend to have much bigger cocks than white people.  What is your metric for “higher”?

Will the higher race be allowed to transform the lesser race into used matter: as we do with the insects or animals?

You haven’t even defined what the “higher race” is.  I suppose this is to be about eugenics.  Well, since we are all part of the same species, there is no “higher race.”  We are all human.  Different humans have different genetic traits, we we share a same species.  This ties in with that creationist bullshit you hear about “kinds” and shit like that.  But since we know that not all evolution is done by “survival of the fittest,” the argument that only the strongest organism will survive is no longer valid.  We now know that weaker organisms evolve defenses against the stronger organisms.  Or they will go to other areas and once they no longer have that predator, they evolve in different ways.  That’s called genetic drift.  Your whole argument is based on a bullshit analogy of what evolution teaches. Muslim creationists, go figure.

Then you decide to once-again answer your own question and say that your “brilliant” argument is enough to demolish atheism from the mind of anyone that uses common sense.  I just refuted it, so yeah, didn’t do shit to me.

After this he goes into a long diatribe about how atheism says that morals are relative, but that atheists then say that morals are absolute when shit hits the fan in our own lives.  A statement that is blatantly not true.  Citation needed, moron.  I’m gonna try and figure out if I can put into words what this dude is trying to ask here, since there is no question.  It’s just a sermon from this guy for a long stretch of time.

If morals are relative, how can you claim there is immorality for the bad things that happen?

Okay, let’s play a little game with that.  Your holy book tells you to murder people who leave the faith.  It’s a fact.  It also tells you that men are stronger than women and to use that strength over women.  So, when was the last apostate that you killed?  Or the last woman you beat?  Both are fine according the moral precepts of your book?  Meanwhile, in Christianity, it says that you shouldn’t beat women, but you should silence them in church, because they should ask their husband whatever they are confused about.  What Christians tell their bitch to shut up in church?

Morality is relative.  The morals of ISIS are not the morals of contemporary Islam, correct?  However, in places like the UK, it was found that the vast majority of Muslims there would not report to the police if they knew a terrorist attach was coming by a Muslim.  What is the correct thing to do?  The moral thing to do in that instance changes.

Meanwhile, atheism says that morals are relative, and instead of following some moral code set out by some ayatollah or religious leader, to follow empathy and try and be an empathetic person.  That is as close to actual objective morality as we will ever get.

How did the amazing constants of physics emerge?

Stephen Hawking wrote a book about how the universe could easily have come into existence, physics and all, without the need for a God.  I hate to be accused of the argument from authority argument, but this guy was one of the smartest people to ever live.  I think his source trumps your ancient desert tomes.

You then decide to go into the Cosmological Argument.  For those who want my beautiful destruction of that stupid-ass argument, here’s a link.  One thing you make is the argument that if things were even the slightest bit different, reality would collapse.  How do you know this?  How do you know that instead, it would just be another reality where there are new laws of physics?  It’s why Neil DeGrasse Tyson said if we ever do find a door to other words, best to send a probe first, because it may have laws of physics that don’t interact with our reality.

How did the genome emerge within the living cells?

This ties into the emergence of life.  Even the most basic bacteria cells have DNA.  You answer the story of the origin of life on Earth, you answer that question.  Idiot.  But you make the argument of “there had to be writer for it.”  So dumb.  We’ve seen how natural processes can change DNA, through forces like mutation, where the DNA of one cell mutates.  Cancer is a mutation of healthy cells into cancerous ones.  Did Allah decide to just go into all those cells and change things?  Neat fact – cancer cells don’t age, so long as the host organism survives.  In theory, cancer could live forever.

Where do morality and values come from, when it comes to atheism?

I’ve already answered this question.  Next!  Oh, wait, there is nothing next.  You just summarize your bullshit.

Well, that was…not fun at all.  I hate it.  Never doing this again.  I’m tired of answering stupid questions.  I have a headache.  This was beating a dead horse.

Until next time, a quote,

“When the black plague swept the land, people killed cats, mistakenly thinking they spread the disease. In actuality, the plague was spread by rats–and we had done them a favor by genociding their natural predator. We haven’t gotten smarter since.” – TJ Kirk

Peace out,

Maverick

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It’s Confirmed, You Are the World’s Greatest Con Artist (A response to Anita Sarkeesian)

I know what you’re thinking – why are you giving this woman more publicity?  Who even cares about her anymore?  Honestly, this isn’t me looking to yell at her.  Because the truth is that I am in genuine awe of this woman.  It blows my freaking mind how she is able to bilk people out of massive amounts of cash for her “non-profit,” all while being paid a king’s ransom to go to universities and do speaking engagements.  Schools basically pay this bimbo to go there and to proselytize to them.  It’s one big feminist circle-jerk.  It never ceases to amaze.

First, way back in 2012, she was able to bilk the masses out of money on Kickstarter for a series of videos to be done within the space of a year all about “Tropes vs Women in Video Games.”  Over five years later, she gets the series of videos finished, within keeping a SINGLE ONE of her Kickstarter backer rewards that she promised.  It was proven that her videos saw no noticeable uptake in quality, her talk about needing money for “research” was bullshit because she was stealing other people’s gameplay footage, and the only thing in any of the videos that looks like it would have taken any budget at all was an animated spoof on a video game that no one would want to play.  She raised $158,000 for that.  But we’re only just getting started.

After bilking the feminist culture once, she decided to do it again.  Except this time she was much more honest about being a money-grubbing demagogue.  She asked for $250,000 for a new video series – “Ordinary Women: Daring to Defy History.”  What did she say she needed the money for?  Well, for things like costumes, and sets for skits and the like.  Once-again, the Internet sleuths immediately pointed out that all the shit she claimed to need this money for, she already had.  TJ Kirk, aka The Amazing Atheist, decided to make his own stand against this by starting up a fund-raising effort to go to an actual charity that does actual good for women – the International Women’s Health Coalition.  As that campaign was building more traction than her own campaign, Anita spun it to it all being a big harassment campaign against her.  She has a gift at condemning the damsel in distress trope, all while embodying it down to the rank and file.

Keep in mind – all of this is being done while she is being paid tens of thousands of dollars for her speaking engagements.  Her non-profit group, that literally exists only to fatten her wallet, as there is no discernible evidence of what they do for women aside from their shitty videos, is making hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.  But it doesn’t end.

News reached me this morning that the money-grubbing charlatan has asked for even more money.  This time, it’s to start a Discord server.  Are you kidding me?!  Something that I know for a fact is free and takes a minute.  At max.  How?  Because I’ve done it.  I have a Discord server for a few choice people.  Unbelievable.  Of course, I know who she’s bilking this money from – stupid people.  People who aren’t actually tech people.  They don’t know any better.  Or her sycophantic followers like Wil Wheaton (shut up, Wesley!), who as we saw for that article he penned for Time magazine, has his head buried firmly up her ass, giving her a metaphorical rimjob.

I genuinely am impressed about how good this woman is at parting morons and their money.  Long have I held the contention that this woman is not some brainwashed idiot.  She is a strategic, manipulative con artist.  The best that has ever been.  Nobody can make people believe their bullshit the way that Anita does.  It’s a genuine talent.  One that I whole-heartedly respect.  Because you know that she doesn’t believe this bullshit that she spews.  There’s a REALLY old video floating around of her being interviewed as a seminar held by a guy who basically was doing a kind of ponzi scheme.  There you can hear Anita talking about how much she learned.  That and the video she made about how much she hates video games are probably the only two things she’s ever made that I think she’s being genuine.  The rest is all performance art.  Terrible, terrible performance art.  But because she slaps the feminism label on it, she gets a shit-ton of views.

The people who give money to this woman are either too stupid to understand that a Discord server costs nothing to set up and nothing to run, or they just want their feminist good boy/good girl badges so they can say that they are part of the solution.  Because the people who care about that shit are the ones who their image is all that matters to them.  The worst kinds of people, if you ask me.  All the while, Anita takes it all to the bank.  Making buckets of money.  It might as well be falling from the sky like the leaves in Peter Griffin’s terrible short film.

It always catches me off-guard when I see people like Kat Blaque or Franchesca Ramsey bitching about how the people who are anti-sjw are in it for the money, almost as if lamenting how much money these people could make (before ad-pocalypse and YouTube fucking the algorithm ten ways to Sunday) versus how much they are making.  Which strikes me as odd, given how much the feminist queen rakes in.  Maybe these people just aren’t as good of con artists.

That does make sense, when you see the people who try to play at Anita’s game and fail.  People like Crypt Keeper Wu.  Oh, I’m sorry.  That was rude.  It’s potential Congresswoman Crypt Keeper Wu.  When you look at how Brianna has tried and failed to sell her victimhood, it really makes you appreciate just how good Anita is at cultivating her bullshit.  It’s not an understatement to say that I genuinely respect the talent Sarkeesian has in manipulating people

Does make you wonder, though, if the SJWs are so openly jealous of the anti-SJWs for making money, what do they say about Anita Sarkeesian (who is making money hand over fist while on their side of the fence) behind closed doors?

Until next time, a quote,

“People that support me, mixed in with, more people that support me and say nice things.  Rainbows all around me, there is no shame in my safe space.” – South Park

Peace out,

Maverick

You Are a Flying Monkey (A response to ESA President Mike Gallagher)

I just love when we have those who are supposed to at least tangentially represent the protection of consumers coming right out and admitting that they are full of shit.  It’s kind of cathartic.  Like when you are completely vindicated on a food that you thought you wouldn’t like because it smells bad, and then tastes worse.  Your friend was so insistent that it is much better than it smells, but then you get the confirmation of how right you are, and it is a fulfilling little moment.  That’s what we have here.  Only difference is, it’s ESA President Mike Gallagher trying to get us to eat bullshit and like it.

In an article for Games Industry, he lays out why regulation of predatory loot boxes is bad, and how gamers are overreacting about the predatory nature of this stuff.  It’s capital bullshit, and I felt like responding to it.  Here’s a link to the article, now let’s get started.

This is something that our industry is really, really good at,” he said. “It’s one of the hallmarks of our success: how we engage consumers, and build a business model around our products that is dynamic, exciting and, at the end of the day, profitable. But it’s done in a way where the gamers are pleased with how we interact with them.

Yeah, let’s ask EA how that’s going.  Like when the Battlefront 2 mess exploded in their face, and how they tried desperately to play it off on Reddit, only for the whole mess to blow up even more in their faces.

I just love the bullshit corporate speak here.  The way that this guy is just sucking off the corporate industry as hard as he possibly can.  No surprise, since the ESA has been lobbied HARD after US politicians tried to go after lootboxes on legislation.  No doubt the corporate tools of EA and other publishers were on the phone with them that afternoon telling them they need as much cock-sucking as possible for their predatory practices.  Every time I heard language like this, my senses immediately go off that every word out of this person’s mouth is bullshit.  Language like this is used by somebody who has nothing true to say.  Not once in the history of anything I’ve ever read with substantive points has been done in corporate speak.  Trust me, you are going to see more.

But today, one particular business model, loot boxes, has come under intense scrutiny, and it has come under that scrutiny because of these forces I’ve shared with you: intense cultural engagement, relevance, the economic connection; all of these forces, when you align them together, lead to the interest of government.

No, it didn’t.  What happened was that the predatory nature of microtransactions has been under scrutiny by gamers for years.  We’ve NEVER liked it.  Ever.  But when EA decided to lock all the content of a new game in a big IP behind lootboxes, and made their big game pretty much pay-to-win, then people decided they had had enough.  It was genuinely encouraging to see gamers come together to unite against this kind of predatory bullshit.

Activision didn’t make it better when they were trying to patent an algorithm that would make the buying of lootboxes even more enticing.  It’s become all too clear that predatory lootboxes are what the games industry sees as the future, along with “games as a service.”  The latter can only be fought by gamers speaking with their wallets that we don’t want games that are just Destiny or The Division clones.  The former, however, is gambling.  And when players decided that we had enough, and you had corporations like Disney desperate to not have their corporate image or brand name associated with this bullshit, that’s when government took notice.

Today, though, several governments around the world are seeking to classify loot boxes as gambling, taking power away from the industry. This, Gallagher said, “challenges our industry’s freedom to innovate, and impairs our ability to continuously test new business models, which drive creativity and engagement with our audience.”

Yeah, clearly that’s bullshit too.  The audiences said “NO!” to lootboxes.  They said that we don’t want them, and we are tired of game companies nickel-and-diming gamers to death with this shit.  See what I mean about corporate speak only ever being bullshit?  This man is trying to weave this fanciful narrative of companies like EA being so restricted when governments in the EU decide to rightly call these lootbox practices what they are – gambling.  Wants us to believe that the poor companies are all about fixing things and responding to what the gamers want.  Oh really?  Then after gamers came out loud and proud saying that we don’t want this, why is EA saying that they don’t give a fuck and are staying the course?  Funny how that works, Mike, you fucking corporate tool.

One common aspect between each of the challenges Gallagher laid out was a lack of understanding or education to the opposition view. This is the case with the would-be regulators of loot boxes, he said, who don’t understand that similar mechanisms and tools have existed in games for “a long time” – upon saying this, Gallagher elongated the “o” in “long” for effect.

Yeah, Mike, it has, and gamers have hated it for that amount of time.  The only difference in this case was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  Companies like EA have been bilking the consumers for years, but this was the first time that consumers came together and voted with their wallets and their complaints got too loud to ignore.  That and Disney stepped in.  In all honestly, it’s probably just because of that that this issue reached the point it did, but hey, at least SOMEBODY took notice of gamers.  Clearly EA doesn’t give a flying fuck what we have to say.  Neither do you, it seems.

“Most importantly, these in-game transactions are not gambling,” Gallagher continued. “Video games never take money from a player and leave them with nothing. They never do. Players always receive an in-game feature that aids in customising their experience… When you look at the definitions of gambling throughout the world, and how this is done and how it’s regulated in places like Las Vegas and the US, it’s quite different to the mechanism with loot boxes in games.

There are two examples to show that you’re wrong on this, Mike.  For starters, in Counterstrike GO, there are mechanisms to be able to trade in-game perks for real-world cash.  Second, look at pachinko machines in Japan.  Those don’t pay you real money either.  What they do is pay out tickets that you redeem prizes with.  The difference is that because gambling is illegal in Japan, they can’t give you actual money.  Instead, you trade in prizes and get money.  But the idea is that same.  You pay real-world money for something you can use for the game, and then get something for your money, depending on the odds of play.

But Mike doesn’t get that.  In his ethnocentric view of the world, he doesn’t see it as gambling like in Vegas.  Because that’s the only kind of gambling, right?  Fucking idiot.  This man is so out of touch, all so he can try and play down what lootboxes are.  It’s fucking bullshit and it pisses me off that this man is the head of an agency who is supposed to at least tangentially represent gaming consumers and instead just sucks corporate cock all day.

“IARC, and the parental tools in video game hardware, they represent our industry’s commitment to children, and to getting it right with policymakers,” Gallagher said. “We do this ourselves, we do it proactively and voluntarily, because we know it’s how we’re going to grow our market responsibly.”

Yeah, we’d like to believe that, Mike, but it’s pretty damn clear that you’re an absolute tool for the corporations whose predatory business models are taking advantage of gullible adults and gullible kids.  After all, it isn’t M-rated games that are doing this.  FIFA and Battlefront 2 weren’t.  These are games either for teens or all consumers.  And since grandma isn’t going to be paying attention to this sort of stuff, and you want to slide it all under the rug or try and put some meaningless label on the game box that the aforementioned grandma isn’t going to read, SOMEBODY has to actually be looking out for consumers.

The short answer is that we DO NOT trust you and yours to be in the best interest of the consumers.  The rest of this interview was you pissing on governments in the EU, knowing full-well that if the EU cracks down on this shit, your company is going to have to alter your business model.  Because those countries are too big a market to ignore.  And the corporations that you are OBVIOUSLY a flying monkey for would have to take notice.

You are a tool, Mike.  This entire interview served that up on a platter.

Until next time, a quote,

“My step-douche has a bunch of stuff in the garage, and he is a tiny tool.” – Chloe Price, Life is Strange

Peace out,

Maverick

Bad PR 115: Mike Jungbluth, Bioware, and More Total Biscuit Hate

There is a lesson in my last post literally yesterday that Bioware either can’t or won’t take, and it is going to fuck up their company if they don’t learn it fast.  Really fast.  Like sending an office memo with a strict understanding for all employees that if they fuck up again, they get fired fast.  Because after David Crooks, we have another, still-current Bioware employee who felt the need to run his mouth about the death of someone and making them out to be a bad person.  Oh, he tried to do his best to pay lip service to the nice things he saw, but then had to let his actual thoughts seep out.  This person is Mike Jungbluth.

In his own Twitter diatribe (why is it always on Twitter with these people?  I swear, that’s where all the butthurt of humanity lives anymore), Jungbluth decided to go into his own rant saying that while TB might have done some thing that he approved of, it’s totally good to throw shade at him and we have some obligation to do so.  Naturally, the backlash against this was just as swift and just as vicious as it was against David Crooks.  And because Jungbluth is such a brave man, he has decided to make his profile private and delete the Tweets.  Again, class acts working for that company.  Nice to see that the gutless coward waited until the dude was dead and couldn’t respond to these attacks before launching his assault on TB’s character.  Real backbone you got there, Mike.

To any corporation who is going to employ butthurt millennials, you need to get a handle on your employees.  If they have your company represented by their social media, what they say reflects on you.  I don’t agree with that, but it’s how the world is.  I sometimes have to take the world for how it is, not how I want it.  There are now three major PR stories about people working for your company and their inability to keep their social media under control.  Manveer Heir, David Crooks, and now this guy.  You want the social justice sphere represented, for whatever reason, in your company.  I get that.  But these people are butthurt, angry little bitches and if you can’t keep these idiots from running their mouths online, it might be time for some training.

There is a YouTube personality I follow who is a game developer and has made some very reasonable video criticizing the politicization of games by the SJW media.  But he did this outside of his position as a game developer, when he wasn’t actively working on any projects for a company.  He has recently started working again, so he’s gone quiet.  That makes sense.  Since the SJW mentality is so pervasive in millennial culture, he has to be careful what he says when he is working for a company in an official capacity.  Again, since I like his content I wish my perfect world existed, but since it doesn’t, that’s how it goes.  He’s what I call smart.  Mike Jungbluth is a fucking idiot who needs to learn to think before he runs his mouth.

The PR lesson here isn’t very complicated.  If you can’t stop your developers from running their stupid mouths, it is going to sink your company.  Their actions reflect on you, because your name is in their bios.  More and more, this is what Bioware has become associated with.  It’s not a good look, especially when you are in a precarious position with your next big game project either making or breaking your status in the industry.

Casey Hudson was fast to clamp down on David Crooks and give him the boot, but they are very silent on this guy.  Could it be because this dude has connection to Anthem as a developer?  Huh, makes you wonder.  And that’s not good.  Not at this pivotal juncture of Anthem being only months away since EA has lost a lot of patience with them.

After all, it’s not like EA destroys companies left and right because they don’t make enough profit for them anymore, right…?

Until next time, a quote,

“You advance because you serve me, and the way in which you serve me reflects upon me!” – Lord Charles Cornwallis, The Patriot

Peace out,

Maverick

Bad PR 114: David Crooks, Bioware, and Total Biscuit (RIP, John Bain)

I’ve been wanting to talk about the passing of the YouTube gaming personality Total Biscuit for a bit now, but I couldn’t find an angle to go after it on.  He was an interesting personality with some good videos.  His video on school shootings and the alleged connection to video games is in my Favorites list on YouTube.  Now, I wasn’t a super huge fan of his.  He made no secret of having the focus of his channel be PC gaming, and I am a console gamer.  I just want something that I can plop a game into and play, and anybody who has played on the PC knows that that is not how that works.  At all.  Still, was an interesting personality and my condolences go out to his family.  My grandfather and one of my best girly-mates’ mother died of cancer, so I know how ugly that can be.

The gaming sphere as a whole seemed to come out in solidarity of the mourning of TB, but there had to be somebody out there who decided to be a prick about it.  And it was somebody who, up until this instance, had represented a company who is not in a good place.  I’m of course talking about the now-former Bioware developer David Crooks.

Crooks decided to celebrate and mock the death of TB.  He went into a huge, long diatribe about TB and how he didn’t like him.  Why?  Because he was critical of two games that Crooks worked on.  No wonder he worked at Bioware.  He’s a fucking whiny crybaby.  I’m sure he fit right in.  Go figure.  After Tweet after Tweet about it, he concluded by saying “Fuck that guy nine ways to Sunday, good riddance to bad rubbish.”  Wow.  Class act, this one.  It doesn’t sound at all like he has some insane insecurities about the things he has made that he needs to work out.  Nope, not at all.

Of course, you can expect that the backlash against him was immediate and vicious.  Rightfully so.  This pussy had it coming.  He couldn’t take someone disagreeing with him, so he had to make a big public spectacle of it.  Once the full force of the backlash it, he decided to delete the Tweets and put his account on Protected.  Strong man, David Crooks.  He can dish it out, but can’t take it.  Mind you, he couldn’t dish it out while TB was still alive.  Like most in the SJW-approved gaming sphere (his tirade was all about saying TB was silent on GamerGate and Anita Sarkeesian, so I think I’m right to call this spade a spade), he was too pussy to step to somebody’s face, deciding instead to (as he outright said) piss on their grave.

Casey Hudson came out on Bioware’s behalf to condemn Crooks and extend his condolences to TB and his family, saying that Bioware has nothing to do with this, along with Crooks no longer being with the company.  Probably as a result of his little tirade, but I don’t know.

The PR side of this is two-fold.  First, Bioware REALLY needs to get a reign on their people and their posting while on their accounts that are representing Bioware in their bios.  We saw how this can go with Manveer Heir, who decided to be public about his hatred of white people, and now we’re seeing it again with this.  Now, do I think that an entire company should be judged negatively due to the actions of one loud-mouthed moron?  Absolutely not.  I am a huge proponent of free speech and I believe people should have the right to speak their minds how they want.  But here’s the thing – that’s not how the public reads shit like this.  The public reads it as “wow, this person bad-mouthed a personality who died and who is being mourned by many people.  Fuck that company.”

PR is an art of maintaining brand loyalty.  And the thing about brand loyalty is – she’s a fickle bitch with a very short attention span.  Like Sander Cohen’s muse.  At a time when Bioware is having bad PR all around them, this is not what they needed.  First it was the colossal failure of Mass Effect: Andromeda, which happened because a studio not capable of tackling the project was given it, and EA got involved.  They fuck up a lot of things for Bioware.  Most people don’t know that it’s their fault that the ending to Mass Effect 3 sucked.  They were rushing it out to launch, so they went with the first draft ending they had.  The rest is really unfortunate crashing and burning history.

It doesn’t help that they are attached with EA, who has been trying to put out PR fires left and right due to their predatory business practices, and some might say that we shouldn’t judge a company for who they are associated with, it’s a fact that “tone at the top” is a real thing.  EA is a predatory evil mega-corporation, so of course that attitude is gonna seep down into their subsidiary companies.  It doesn’t help that they also have a reputation of sacking any company that isn’t making them a shit-ton of money.  Some have speculated that if Anthem fails, Bioware is next.  It’s part of why so many of the best talent there has jumped ship.

Speaking of, Anthem is not in a good place.  After all the madness with EA, they are suffering even more with story after story of big names associated with the game up and leaving.  They have tried to calm that down, but since we have already seen how this played out with Mass Effect: Andromeda, fans expectations are being tempered more and more.  We have also learned that EA is running out of patience and looking to rush this out the door, which doesn’t bode well either.  They need some good press right about now, and to have Crooks be the centerpiece of more bad press is not helping them in any way.

The second angle is that David Crooks is an idiot.  Not only has he made his now-former employer look bad, but does he just not realize that this is going to hurt him finding work?  TB was a pretty big name in the gaming industry.  Going on a massive tired that a TON of people have archived and any potential employer can and will easily find just doesn’t make you look better.  If you are looking for work, you don’t want to have someone able to find out that you ripped open someone who gave you legitimate criticism for your work.  Having your neuroses hanging out for all to see is not a good look for anybody.

Again, I’m not saying that I approve of the fact that Bioware is going to look bad because of this.  I think it should reflect on Crooks alone.  But that’s not how public perception works.  It’s a bummer, but it’s true.  Casey Hudson clamping down on this so fast is a good sign, but Bioware needs some good press, soon.  If Anthem does indeed fail, as many are thinking it will, the critics are probably right about them being the next on the chopping block.

Here’s my lesson – if you are going to be representing your employer with your online accounts, learn to watch your mouth about who you bash.  It’s bad business to be liberal with your shit-talking.

Until next time, a quote,

“Confidence is silent.  Insecurities are loud.” – Anonymous

Peace out,

Maverick

Florida Taxpayers Fund Pension for Coward Cop

Remember that shooting in Parkland?  Of course you do.  That was the shooting that got a lot of attention for a whole bunch of very sad reasons.  One of which being a cop who stood outside and did absolutely nothing while students and teachers inside were being killed.  Including a teacher who heroically went inside to get people out and to if need be take bullets so other people don’t have to.  He did indeed take them, and died from them.  A true hero who had no gun, no training, no badge, and no expected responsibility to protect and serve.  He went in and took bullets so others didn’t have to, saving lives and giving his in the process.

Then we have what I believed to be four deputy sheriffs who stood outside the school and did nothing.  Gutless cowards who are given a gun and a badge.  Meanwhile, there was at least one person who has been taken to task for it.  Scot Peterson was originally going to be suspended without pay for his lack of involvement in what happened, but decided to let his butthurt show and take resign instead.  Now he is getting a pension.  And it’s a pretty amazing pension.  He is being paid $104,000 per year, for the rest of his life.  All for not doing his duty when it was called for and protecting and serving the lives of the children in that school.

Florida taxpayers are going to help fund this man’s pension.  Your money gets to go to a gutless coward who stood outside and did nothing while children died.  Oh wait, his lawyer says we don’t have all the facts.  He says that he stayed outside because he believed the shooting was happening outside, so he took a “tactical position.”  Bullshit!  For starters, video cameras don’t show you doing that.  For second, we all know that’s a fucking lie.  At this point he isn’t getting punished for it so the fucking worm might as well come clean.  Finally, if he believed the shooting was outside, then he should have been inside helping the people to escape.  This is a farce that this pathetic, gutless maggot is spreading so he doesn’t have to become a pariah.  Well fuck that!  I want this man’s name to be known everywhere.  I want everywhere he goes to be a reminder to him that his is a pussy who was too cowardly to do his goddamn job.  I want every person he sees to be spitting at him and calling him a child-killer, because his lack of action in that event means that their blood is at least partly on his hands.  He was there, with his gun and badge and obligation to protect and serve, and did nothing.

I think back to all the shootings in schools, where you have teachers and aides and school employees being expected to help the children get to safety, away from the violence, and keep them as safe as you can.  I think of that teachers who gave his life to protect the lives of others, and how many others there are standing with him in the halls of REAL heroes.  Then I think about all the people who tell me that the cops are the best and bravest and are willing to put themselves in harm’s way.

How many stories are there are cops shooting family pets who pose no danger to them?  How many stories are there of cops like the one who shot a guy in the back seven times, then walked over and was planting his taser on him to make it look like he had taken it so his cowardly ass wouldn’t be punished for shooting a man as he ran away?  Story after story of pussy cops who are clearly scared of the people they are supposed to protect.  Their job is to protect and serve, and they can do neither.  All they can do is cower in fear.  Because the people who take up that mantle more often than not are either G.I. Joe wannabes or scum-fucks who are looking to have power over people.  We give them guns, badges, and virtually no oversight.  It doesn’t surprise me one bit that when a gunman who was actively killing people is in the area, this pussy-ass former deputy sheriff did nothing.  Now the taxpayers get to fund his pension for the rest of his worthless life.

This man should not get a goddamn cent from that pension!  You ask me, there should be a clause in there that if you are a gutless coward who hides while children die, you should lose that pension.  It should be some kind of contract with the government that if you are too weak to do the duty that you swore an oath to do, you lose the benefits that come with that job.  It pisses me off that this piece of shit gets to live a comfortable life on over $100,000 a year for the rest of his worthless life.  More than ANY teacher at that school, where they had at least one person prepared to give their life.

Scot Peterson – fuck you.  Fuck you, you gutless, worthless, spineless, lily-livered, timid, pusillanimous coward!  I hate that I have to breathe air on the same planet as you.  Because I am a suicidal asshole who hates children, and even I know that in your position, if I am too scared to confront this asshole directly, I’m going to be doing everything I can to get the children to safety.  What did you do?

Oh yeah, took a “tactical position.”

Until next time, a quote,

“I won’t have cowards in my Army.” – Gen. George S. Patton, Patton

Peace out,

Maverick

The Solution to Homeless Drug Use (and a lot of other problems)

There was an article on KTUU news about homelessness in the city of Anchorage.  It’s where I live.  As the recession has caught up with Alaska, homelessness, poverty, it’s hitting this state like a giant hammer.  Jobs that pay a living wage are more and more scarce every year.  More and more businesses are shutting down as their parent companies are downsizing and Alaska isn’t seen as a place where business can grow.  Downtown Anchorage has become a cesspool.  There isn’t a day that goes by where there aren’t stories of robberies, shootings, rape, or any number of criminal activities in downtown Anchorage.  This while some idiot believes that we can turn part of this area’s crumbling infrastructure into Anchorage’s version of Pike’s Place Market.

We all know what would happen to such a venture.  The homeless would immediately invade and it would become infested with people squatting there.  It’s funny, at work I talked about a story where the JCPenny parking lot was going to be demolished.  The reason was because the structure was no longer safe, and the idea was to turn it into housing or something else.  My coworker immediately chimed in with “where are the homeless gonna pee now?”  He’s got a point.  Anybody who has been unfortunate enough to step foot in the stairwell at that parking lot is greeted with the acrimonious odor of urine reeking out.  It’s foul beyond belief.

Over the years, more and more businesses have fled downtown for South Side, where there are vastly fewer homeless and the natural aesthetic that Alaska is most known for is more prevalent.  This part of the city is dying a very slow, very ugly death.  Were it not for the state agencies that have made their home there, it probably already would be nothing but the 5th Avenue Mall, which is dealing with their own problems as more and more businesses close up shop because of either too little business, or crime becoming too prevalent.

Downtown Anchorage is infested with the homeless for a reason – because that’s where a major homeless shelter is.  The major one.  It’s a place that is both a refuge, and a symbol of all that is broken with this city and with an issue I am tying in to this.  There is an issue here in town where the police want to charge a fee for excessive calling of emergency services by the homeless shelter.  An asinine thing to do.  It’s not their fault that the place is overrun with the same crime that infests all of downtown Anchorage.

What is the problem?  Simple – where the homeless population gathers, drug culture follows.  Drug usage among the homeless in Alaska is astronomical.  With treatment centers being few and far between, not to mention woefully understaffed and unprepared for the sheer number of afflicted, the problem is only going to get worse.  Those out in the bush who find alcoholism or other addiction, they come to Anchorage.  There they find no place to live, very few stable jobs, and very few resources to get clean.  It’s tragic, to say the least.

The public is no help in any regard.  The law is not to give money to panhandlers, so the constant people holding signs at the corner of 15th and Gambell aren’t going to have much luck.  Anytime the homeless set up camps, because the drug culture that fuels crime culture immediately follows, we look to evict them.  Public parks become areas to avoid.  There’s nowhere for these people to go and people clearly don’t care so long as they don’t have to look at the problem.

Which brings us to the issue at hand – what’s the solution?  How can we combat a problem when it’s resounding clear that public couldn’t care less and the powers that be just don’t want an eyesore.  The first solution is – get the homeless out of downtown.  Well, where are they supposed to go?  No other part of town wants them.  Since downtown is so closely connected to Mountain View and Fairview, crime-ridden cesspools in their own right, it’s easy to just push them off to that part of town and look the other way.

I have a solution that could do real good, but that nobody in a position of authority would approve of.  Not one.  It’s radical, and flies in the face of a lot of conventions we are taught to believe, but the trade-off is that it would work.  That’s not my opinion.  It’s a fact.  The solution is – mass decriminalization and regulation of all narcotics.  Every single one.  From heroin to methamphetamine, legalize everything.

Before you go into a fury about how terrible that sounds to say, let me explain.  The drug war isn’t helping anybody.  There isn’t a single piece of evidence to show that it has provided any substantive victory in any regard.  Putting non-violent offender in jail whose only crime has been putting a substance into their body is a waste of taxpayer money.  And since Alaska has state-run prisons, your money is being spent to keep people who have hurt no one but themselves in jail.  Is that something you want?

It goes deeper than that.  Part of why the drug usage is so prevalent is that people are afraid to seek treatment for addiction.  They’re afraid of going to jail.  They’re afraid of social stigma.  But if it was no longer illegal, those looking to get clean could now seek out treatment.  They could even have treatment centers in the same place that sellers would distribute.

What’s more, with legalization and regulation, they could make the drugs less toxic.  Part of what makes narcotics so dangerous is that since there is no regulation to stop tampering with them, or use of dangerous chemicals in the creation process.  Not to mention, it could be regulated for how potent it is, which would make the drugs less addictive than they otherwise would be.  Some would say “if they water it down, people will just seek out the more potent underground market.”  Perhaps some, but it’s been shown that Americans will always seek out the cheaper, easier option instead.  It’s why we eat McDonald’s, even though their food is garbage.

The biggest reason, however, is the fact that legalizing narcotics would crush the illegal market, utterly and completely.  There is no way that they could compete with legal stores that could provide what people are looking for without having to worry about the police.  In a matter of weeks, street dealers would be out of business.  This would have a chain reaction all over the state.  Areas that were previously viewed as unsafe due to drug selling would no longer be.  Communities could repair and rebuild.  Areas that were previously seen as dangerous come start to have business come back.  Imagine what that would do for Mountain View, or Fairview, or Spenard.

Something has to be done.  The public can’t be bothered to care about the plight of their fellow human being.  After all, so many mass shootings per year, and there is still no sensible gun legislation.  Because the moment someone talks about that, they immediately jump to “you can’t take our guns!”  Not trying to.  Just making it so you have to have a license to own one, same as a car.  And that you have to register your guns, just like a car.

The crime problem isn’t staying in the decaying downtown area.  East Anchorage already has it in spades.  Ask anyone who lives in College View.  South Side is seeing itself getting hit.  Heck, even Hillside has had a growing share.

Anchorage is dying.  The state of Alaska is dying.  Since nobody in our government will do ANYTHING to try and build a new revenue source now that the oil is drying up, it’s just gonna keep decaying.  Another aspect in legalization is, and I am well-aware how tragic it is that we’ve come to this, but there is such a massive amount of money in the illegal drug market.  Millions upon millions of dollars in heroin, meth, and opiates that could be going to the state, instead of to criminals.  Since the government isn’t actually trying to help the people, maybe we can help ourselves, and make our streets safer, and our budget not such a desperate issue.

This plan isn’t perfect.  It would need a lot of ironing out.  But the drug war has failed.  By every conceivable metric, it has failed.  It is failing us right now, as I read story after story every single day of a shooting or a robbery.  This isn’t a perfect solution, but it is darn sure a step in the right direction.

Until next time, a quote,

“It’s not a war on drugs.  It’s a war on personal freedom.” – Bill Hicks

Peace out,

Maverick