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The E.A.R.: A Game of Binge

 

Dear Game of Thrones newcomers,

I’ve noticed quite a few of you attempting to get into GoT but are getting overwhelmed by the large number of characters that are getting thrown at you at once. As someone who has both read the books and watched the show I will admit that as awesome as the show is, they do a terrible job of introducing you to characters and explaining their origins and their purpose.

To dumb it down as best as I can Game of Thrones is exactly what implies, it is a political game of chess, war, murder, rape, regicide, and even incest all for the right to control the seven kingdoms of Westoros (about three of those kingdoms are introduced to you at the beginning with the rest to follow in subsequent seasons). The place shown in the first five minutes of the show is called “The Wall” and those men are called the “Night’s Watch”. Their job is to keep things like what you saw in the beginning from getting into Westeros.

That gets explained in more detail later as well. It seems really confusing at first but it all makes sense in due time. My advice to you is to either read the books–which I highly recommend because they’re nothing short of fantastic–or watch that first episode again.

Also, DO NOT CHOOSE ANY FAVORITE CHARACTERS. Seriously, don’t do it to yourself. A lot of people will die in this show. This show has a way of getting you emotionally drawn to a character followed by ripping your heart into a million pieces.

Stay Classy…

 

Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90s.

 

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The E.A.R: American Terrorists

 

So, every now and then the subject of terrorism comes up and when it does, people are quick to mention those of Middle Eastern descent (specifically Muslims). When a person of Middle Eastern descent commits a mass shooting or bombing, we’re quick to nonchalantly throw around the T Word. We’ll constantly run the whole damn thing to the ground like a baseball player sliding for home plate.

The problem, however, manifests itself when a white person commits similar crimes and people aren’t willing to call the crimes for what they are. Even going as far as defending/justifying the said crime.

Let me throw two definitions at you that will help you follow the rest of this article.

Extremist: A person who holds extreme or fanatical political or religious views, especially one who resorts to or advocates extreme action.

Terrorism: The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.

Now with these being said, if the media and authorities are going to label any mass murder committed by a person of Middle Eastern descent an act of terrorism and call these people extremists because it perfectly fits their agenda, then I need to list a few others who fit this description.

Robert Dear: Recently, this guy went on a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in the name of his religious beliefs. Now this guy was a hardcore evangelical which would easily put him in the extremist category but since he’s white and Christian, no one will ever call him for what he is, an extremist and a terrorist.

Dylan Roof: You may remember this lovely little shit bag from a few summers ago; you know, the one that went into a church and opened fire on a group of people of color who were in the middle of bible study? Dylan Roof is a hardcore racist and even had a manifesto of his hatred for people of color. Dylan Roof is a hardcore confederate supporter and can be seen in many photos with a confederate flag. Dylan Roof murdered those parishioners in the name of his extreme political beliefs but no one’s calling him an extremist or a terrorist because guess what, he’s white.

Timothy McVeigh: Some of you are too young to remember the Oklahoma City Bombing. Timothy McVeigh committed these attacks based on extreme political disgust he had with our government with how they handled two raids that happened within that time frame. Now though this guy is labeled as a terrorist, he’s not often in the conversation about home grown terrorism. As a matter of fact, this guy seldom ever comes up in the conversation of acts of terrorism on US soil. None the less, extreme political views drove these attacks in the early 90s.

Do you wanna know what all these guys have in common other than the fact that they carried out attacks in the name of their extreme views? They’re all white. None of these three guys are Muslim or of Middle Eastern descent, yet they all fit the definition of terrorists and extremists.

My point is this: y’all have no business magically labeling only Muslims as terrorists and extremists when people born and raised in this country who are not Muslim have committed acts that fit those above descriptions. Not many people were calling Dylan Roof an Extremist or a Terrorist when he opened fire in that church. No one’s been calling Robert Dear an Extremist or a Terrorist for his acts on people near a Planned Parenthood clinic in the name of his Christian beliefs. They’ve both been labeled as disturbed and troubled.

People of Middle Eastern descent aren’t the ones with people within their population that pervert religion and politics for their own gain. Americans and Christians are just as capable of such carnage. Just read up on the Ku Klux Klan. If you think Muslims are the only people we should fear then y’all are part of the problem.

You should be just as afraid as the guy next door with the nice fence. We have no right to decide who gets called a terrorist or extremist and who we simply label as “disturbed” and “troubled.” EVERYONE OF ALL BACKGROUNDS ARE CAPABLE OF EVIL AS LONG AS IT EXISTS IN THEIR HEART.

Evil has no skin color and, it has no religion, evil has no race. Evil simply drives the heart of those willing to hand it the wheel.

Stay classy people…

 

Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90s.

 

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The E.A.R.: Fate It Seems…

 

As I sit and watch the first Matrix film for the hundreth time, there is a quote that constantly pops out at me. “Fate it seems isn’t without a sense of irony.” I ponder on this quote daily. I ponder on it while I sleep, I ponder on it while walking around, I pondered on it as Donald Trump signed a sloppily executed Executive order banning people from seven countries from traveling to the US.

Unfortunately this order also included people who already had Visas and Green
Cards creating a nightmare of epic proportions. Hundreds of people who already earned the right to be in this country were detained solely because of their country of origin. Many crowded airports and, the streets to protest a bizarre order which serves no purpose other than to discriminate with “protection of the American people” sprinkled on it to make a turd look like a five star dinner.

The problem however is that you can’t put lipstick on a pig. No matter how much mascara, lipstick, eyeliner and, eye shadow you put on a pig, it’s still a pig and that is what this executive order is, a fucking mess of epic proportions.

In the same week, Trump ordered the construction of a wall that he was stupid enough to think Mexico would be paying for, a wall that we as Americans will be paying for until we die.

As I sit watching all of America go up in flames like forests when you let Smokey the Bear down, I ponder constantly on how we got to this point in the first place.

Maybe it was when we turned a blind eye to a Republican candidate that spewed xenophobic rhetoric as his campaign platform.

Maybe it was when we turned a blind eye to rigging by the DNC.

Maybe it was when we turned a blind eye to the blatant acts of racially motivated police brutality.

Maybe it was when a gunman went into the Pulse night club, murdered over fifty members of the Latino LGBT community. That’s when we turned a blind eye to Republican candidates who never gave a fuck about that community using the act as a way to push a xenophobic agenda against Muslims.

The point is we’re here. A country built on immigration is now turning away
immigrants and refugees from seven regions our government deemed to be a
threat. As if we weren’t a threat when we first came to this country, or did you forget your history?

Allow me to remind you of our history. Your ancestors left Europe in order to flee persecution by a king who was stubborn to any sort of reform within his church. They arrived here in what we call Massachusetts, took advantage of the kindness of the indigenous peoples who lived there by murdering
them.

They took control of the region, eventually purchased more land from other
countries who forced their way here as well and then, called this land theirs.

This was never our land and yet, we fight for it like it is. We control who gets to enter this country. It’s almost as if we’re afraid of reaping the very seeds of betrayal and deceit we sowed. Y’all can make this look as pretty and as heroic as humanly possible, but its sheer cowardice if you ask me.

What disgusts me even more than the act of blocking people from entering this country is the discrimination of an entire religion because of the actions of a few. What disgusts me even more is that there are Christians in this country that would never take this shit lying down.

There are those who will defend this by saying that there is no religious test, but when you put a blanket ban on countries who religions are predominantly Muslim and give priority to Christians fleeing, then it’s pretty fucking obvious that there is in fact a religious test.

What have we become? A country of immigrants and refugees that thinks it can decide which countries we will and won’t accept people from?

I am ashamed at what we’ve turned into. Not that this country wasn’t already built on dishonesty to begin with. It’s just that I didn’t think we could sink lower than the Titanic on a bad day (too soon?).

I hope we can all look into our hearts, figure out where we went wrong and, try this shit again. Unlike a video game, you don’t get any extra men or a continue to redo this.

We made a mess and now we’ve gotta clean it.

Stay Classy…

 

Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90s.