With all that is going on both in the United Kingdom and United States with governments which are openly blaming the immigrants for the woes of the country and calling those for no fault of their own are poor, disabled and mental ill scroungers, a drain on society even sub-human.

All this supported by a extreme right wing media and establishment who enforce these ideas with stories and propaganda which openly tell lies pushing aside the high ideals of media of being impartial especially in the case of the United Kingdom’s press including The Sun, The Times and the Daily Mail to name a few.

This is very much like Hitler’s 1930’s Germany during which his National Socialist Party did the exactly the same to the poor, disabled and mentally ill marginalising them as members of society. They also blamed the immigrants and Jews for all the ills for society and the economy, though now they target the Muslims rather than Jews.

Those who do not see the similarity are either blind or hiding their heads in the sand oping it is not happening again. All this regardless since the voting in of Mr Trump as President in the United Kingdom and Brexit vote here in the United Kingdom the extreme right wing parties, called Alt-Right in the United States, now openly state their xenophobic, homophobic and hate filled views openly on the media and started to be accepted by people who really should know better.

But the worse people of all in this process much as in 1930s Germany are those who say nothing when they know what is happening is wrong as by saying nothing when they could of done nothing they make themselves no better than people who are spreading hate.

In 1930’s there was a prominent Protestant pastor called Martin Niemöller who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps who is remembered for a famous quote which was valid then and it is now in our current situation.

The quotation goes as follows:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

This should be a sobering reminder to those both in the United Kingdom and United States who say nothing that saying nothing now is not the right thing do!

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Drawing a Line in the Sand!

Posted: 15 March, 2017 in Comment, Life

It has become a point in my life especially when dealing with people in the outside world to draw a line on compromising my principles including my honesty.

I have had to bend my own personal principles to function in society which frankly has never sat well as turning a blind eye to things has led us into the mess we are all in now.

It is time to say no to those who expect me to continue in the same vain as I know what I am doing is wrong and in the past could be a large contributor to the very thing I have to fight everyday my depression.

Add to this I rather live a more honest and open life in a more honest and open world as it may be an ideal but it would be an easier world to live in and I would not have to battle my depression everyday because of it.

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As Article 50 takes hold it is time we Remain Voters took a more pragmatic view of the whole situation rather than getting angry start to play the real long game which frankly the Brexit and Leave Voters are not playing.

Remember they are only looking at the short term and really never had any idea of what they are doing or where the country is going even now.

Remember they represent a group of people who are happy to look backwards and live in fear. In addition they are part of a world and system which is in the process of being replaced by newer way of doing things which the first evidence of which is already evident with advent of the Basic Wage and new ways of working over the internet.

Taking an analogy within the Computer Industry the current battle happening here within the United Kingdom between the Anti-EU and Pro-EU is much like the battle between Commercial and Open Source Software which still is far from over.

Anyone who has been paying attention could not of failed to notice the inroads Open Source Software has made into the Computer Industry despite the open hostility of the Commercial side of the Industry namely Microsoft and Apple.

Rather than Open Source getting angry, despairing or giving up they continued on and moved forward in big leaps and bounds while the Commercial side thinking they had won have grown complacent and stagnate really hoping on hope people will keep buying from them.

So now we have a situation where Open Source is now used everywhere and started to drive the Computer Industry forward again even put back life back into an industry which was dying on it’s feet.

So what I am saying those Pro-EU people who feel trapped, despair and angry should start to play the long game and start to find ways to move forward and forge new relationships with Europe and the World. That is out develop much as Open Source those people around you who look backwards and live in fear that is the average Leave Voter.

I know this is a hard and painful process but in the end by doing this the Remain Voters will be in a stronger position to face the future and they will have a better more open world view. The world will be our Oyster and we can leave those around us who fear the future and forge our own future.

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Since returning back to role-playing after a 5 year break it has become very apparent that I have moved on from the older and more traditional rule heavy role-playing rules which included such games as Advanced Dungeon & Dragons which were one first systems I played and ran.

I have moved since my early days towards the more story telling based games which are more rule light and background heavy which allow both myself and players to create more rounded games based more on role-playing than combat.

All this reflects a change what I want out of my role-playing since I started which is now a more creative environment in which I can weave a story using my own and player’s imaginations and creative sides. It makes role-playing a very enjoyable and satisfying experience for myself which feeds my own imagination and creativity something I need to do to keep my mind active as I grow older.

I still play a variant of Advanced Dungeon and Dragons and similar games and enjoy them though more as a traditional role-playing experience which is more centred around combat which reflects it origins within the war gaming community. Though I am finding personally this war gaming background detracts from the role-playing opportunities for both the players and games masters as it does not easily encourage players to get involved in the games themselves.

Do not get me wrong such role-playing systems still have their place as there are role-players out there who love this form of role-playing and they make a good introduction to role-playing especially those who have come from computer games backgrounds.

But I have moved on as most experienced game masters/storytellers and players do in search of a better role-playing experience which fires up their imaginations and creativity, all part of the journey of role-players like myself.

Though the biggest irony of all role-playing, especially story based role-playing games, are adult versions of lets pretend games of all our childhoods.

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It has been one of those months when I have been fighting my depression in the background which has been robbing of the confidence and inspiration I need in the next few weeks to create a memorable start to a Werewolf Role-Playing game. It is starting to frustrate me a little as I am finding other pointless things to do to avoid facing the issue.

As always when I finally find a way to settle myself back to some point of normality the ideas will start following again though the other thing which delaying me is how to write an idea down effectively so it can be run.

This is my life currently I know things could be better but there is something lacking inside me to go looking not helped by a world around me which certainly does inspire me to do anything new. Never helps when the world around us has gone insane because there are people out there who are afraid to move forward and open their minds to things new.

It is starting to effect me in a very negative way as been constantly fed by negative images within the media and people around you eventually has had a effect on myself. It is starting to make me despair and wonder why should I really bother any more as if people cannot be bothered so why should I be bothered or make the effort!

It is as always it is a vicious circle which is hard to break and my depression loves to feed upon regardless there are small positive things happening in my life currently.

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It seams that a growing number of people here in the United Kingdom have used the Brexit vote in last June as an excuse for intolerance, racism and all forms of bigotry against a wide range of people.

But Brexit is not and never was an excuse for such behaviour but it does reflect the darker side of our British society which until the Brexit vote was suppressed by our own sense of right and the fact as a country we looked outwards and forwards.

What has become increasing clear, especially with Mrs May’s concoction of saying Brexit has the mandate of all the people which is a lie, this intolerance, racism and bigotry is now coming from the top of society and government even to a point now it is sanctioned by Mrs May’s Government and the Conservative party itself.

The country I knew before Brexit which was tolerant, polite and embraced both the future and wider world is becoming a country of impolite, intolerant, racist and bigoted nation who think it is perfectly acceptable to be rude and demeaning about people around them.

In my view Brexit is not excuse for this behaviour and it is high time those of us who find this behaviour disgusting and offensive start to put these people in their places as they still do not represent the large majority of British people.

But sadly a vocal minority as always shout down the quiet majority much as modern way of things even if the vocal minority are wrong!

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In the end life settles down to the usual winter slow down where I avoid the windy, wet and cold outside world plus the ever depressing news of the outside world every start of the year always brings. All in the anticipation of Spring where the world wakes up yet again with longer days in which I actually feel like doing something.

This winter for first time in a long time has been a more comfortable winter as our house finally has central heating even with the increased gas bills it is worth it. It has made me feel much better inside as I am not constantly trying to keep warm and awake because I am constantly tired because of the cold.

I have caught the Role-Playing bug again with this year of running both a Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Wild West Role-Playing Games which will give me plenty of opportunity this year to hone my writing skills and imagination. Though I do need to do some reading again to get some ideas over the coming months.

My major plan this year is to create a new persona for myself beyond my virtual self Luther Spectre who will reflect my love for running story telling role-playing games which will involve me slowly changing my web sites and url address over this year. It will also give me a dam good excuse to dress up more in steampunk costume though who really needs an excuse as it good way to escape the dull world around me for a little while.

So by the end of this year The Steam Powered Story Teller will become yet another facet of myself which I could use to move my life is a whole new direction.

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