A Poem:

Sep. 12th, 2012 02:37 pm
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The wind howls over the field,
wailing, crying, hailing,
the wind howls and in it one hears
 the future's echoes do yield
to the past's ailing
before the new years.

Shadows rise in the night,
echoes, phantoms, bellows,
darkness's gloom speaks true,
but scatters it does before a candlelight,
fear becomes anew mellow,
and spectres friends in the light.

The wind howls over the field,
saying, pleading, wailing,
the wind howls and in it one hears,
the future's voice does shield
the past's ailing
and the present's new fears.
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          Take this kiss upon the brow!
          And, in parting from you now,
          Thus much let me avow-
          You are not wrong, who deem
          That my days have been a dream;
          Yet if hope has flown away
          In a night, or in a day,
          In a vision, or in none,
          Is it therefore the less gone?
          All that we see or seem
          Is but a dream within a dream.

          I stand amid the roar
          Of a surf-tormented shore,
          And I hold within my hand
          Grains of the golden sand-
          How few! yet how they creep
          Through my fingers to the deep,
          While I weep- while I weep!
          O God! can I not grasp
          Them with a tighter clasp?
          O God! can I not save
          One from the pitiless wave?
          Is all that we see or seem
          But a dream within a dream?
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Currently in round II of a set of discussions with a certain person on LJ who has a track record of distorting other people's words and also with some strongly a-historical arguments. In this case this person wants to argue that Baby Boomers made the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s happen. I can simply and effectively debunk this with a simple matter of chronology: assuming the Boomers start in 1945/6 (which is the timeframe my father was born in, incidentally), then for them to be active in the Little Rock and Montgomery era would mean a mass white Children's Crusade happened out of thin air and was covered up. The claim that the Freedom Riders and likeminded groups were the start of that movement is an obnoxious part of white progressive rhetoric that never made sense to me even when I was actually in high school. As someone working on a Master's in history, if I'm going to be lectured by some person who's in the Boomer generation about how the 1960s movements happened out of a vacuum and that 1955 was led by children, I do not have any respect for said person's credibility.

It's about as bad as seeing David Neiwert and Sara Robinson argue against fascism on the one hand and then dedicate an entire post to explaining how Woodrow Wilson, a dogmatic, authoritarian asshole at home was not in actual fact a dogmatic, racist, authoritarian asshole of the very sort that site claims to condemn on a regular basis. Under L does not like being treated as a kid by someone who lived through a movement who doesn't understand the iron logic of chronology.
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And as of now Egypt's reverted to an indefinite closure of the border with the Gaza Strip and there were even joint IDF-Egyptian military patrols after this. I think that may actually be a first in terms of official collaboration: Israel working with an Islamist-ruled Arab state to crack down on terrorists. Depending on how you see it this is either very, very good or the prelude to things getting even worse than they already are. So far there is no direct proof that Hamas was behind this one, though my personal opinion is that it's Islamic Jihad which may qualify for Biggest Dumbasses in the region at this point.

As of now the whole Israeli-Egyptian border issue just got very interesting indeed:

http://news.yahoo.com/islamists-kill-15-egyptians-israel-strikes-attackers-003156951.html

Israel, at least according to the Jerusalem Post, is also considering an enhanced Egyptian presence in the Sinai as justfiable. That may also be a first, especially when we remember just which party is controlling Egypt and authorizing both the crackdowns and the closing of the border. It seems the Muslim Brotherhood doesn't like Hamas and Islamic Jihad very much, though both in their usual Baghdad Bob fashion give Israel's government rather more credit than it deserves at this point:

http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=280330

This should be interesting........
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The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood government that won the Egyptian election has picked a Christian woman as his Vice-President:

http://www.smh.com.au/world/mursi-picks-woman-copt-as-vicepresidents-20120627-212wd.html

Needless to say this isn't the Mk. I iteration of the Muslim Brotherhood, and it will piss off the Salafists as surely as the Sun will rise in the morning and water will be wet. Both of which are good things.

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In response to a gunwank  (Ow, that sounds like it'd be painful and probably lethal) thread on LJ: 

I see. So they're made to fire bullets to kill things, but the bullets don't kill things. The idea that a bullet is lethal is nothing but a conspiracy invented by elves in nuclear reactors peeling potatoes with backup plans?

For those not initiated into the joke: this is from an AH.com troll named ElevenEleven who claimed that nuclear reactors worked from Jews peeling potatoes in nuclear reactors, with meltdowns being a backup plan in case the reactors failed. It's about the same level of idiocy, that's for sure. I replaced "Jew" with "Elf" to make it funnier.

As for my view of the kind of sense that the whole argument in discussion makes, well:

(For non-sighted, this is Godzilla and Gamera dancing with a hat and cane):



^It makes just as much or as little sense as this picture.

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I might note that the Omniverse is a generic catch-all term referring to a broad number of series. My timelines on AH.com are the Hard Sci-Fi element (well, aside from the Godzillaverse which is also published there). I wish to emphasize, however, that for all that the universe of the Up With the Star timeline and others is generic alternate history in terms of science fiction, that these universes still occur in the broader Omniverse where Pandaemonium and the Universal Empire wage their contest for Cosmic Evil and Cosmic Good. The Cosmic entities just have bigger issues on their hand than a timeline where one guy becoming Vice-President leads to another guy surviving to be the missing link with a particular empire derailing history as we knew it.

I should emphasize that while in the Up With the Star universe and its fellow alternate histories none of the sword and sorcery/urban fantasy and space opera elements show up, they're still reflecting the same cosmology. The difference is just that one set of universes is very strongly veiled from the cosmic horrors that lurk through the Omniverse, the others either are their playgrounds/cat's paws or so exposed to them that they turn into sci-fi universes by mere contact.

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[personal profile] king_bishop_of_hataria . May yours be a happy and prosperous one. ^.^

-Vishori-

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http://www.amazon.com/Mughal-Empire-Cambridge-History-India/dp/0521566037

http://www.amazon.com/The-Mughal-Throne-Indias-Emperors/dp/0753817586

These two books chronicle the history of the great Gunpowder Empire founded by the sons of Timur, specifically his descendant Babur. Babur invaded what is now Northern India and would build the foundations of the Mughal/Mogul system at the Battle of Panipat, a battle that ultimately proved decisive in beginning the process of installing the latest, apogee, and culmination of the Indo-Muslim imperial dynasties. However when Babur died his son Humayun was nearly overthrown by the rising power of Sher Khan, whose Suri Empire died without issue due to his short-lived son not even living to a ripe old age.

His grandson, Akbar, would be the one that fully built the Mughal system as a syncretism of Hindu and Islamic influence, backing this up by a continued string of military victories. Each Mughal faced a crisis of their reign, but it would be under Akbar that the empire found a great weakness. The power of the Mughals might become unshakeable in a sense due to careful establishment of a religious taboo, but this came at the price of alienating the influential Muslim elite, which might well lead an unscrupulous future heir to back this.

Jahangir's reign was the golden age of the Mughals, it was his sons that saw the destabilizing pattern emerge. Aurangzeb conquers but does so by appealing to the ulema, and becomes the most reactionary and zealous of all Muslim rulers of the Mughal state, in the process tying his regime right back to the Ulema, creating a further problem in fostering a Hindu cultural-military revival under the Marathas, a Deccan state where the continual wars and fighting between the Great Mughals and the Marathas helped pave the way for the start of the establishment of the Nawabates, where individual provinces became in practical reality self-governing, and furthering additionally the ultimate path to the Battle of Plassey and from there the Raj.

The Mughals represent IMHO the apogee of a particular cultural pattern, the growth of an imperial Indo-Muslim civilization based on the more intellectual-autocratic tradition of Perso-Islam, but this creates a problem for them they never overcome of basing power on the might of their legions, while trying to balance rule of a Muslim dynasty over a predominantly Hindu subject mass. The attempts to integrate Hindu nobles such as Rajputs worked only partially at an ultimately unsustainable cost, and the Mughal Empire's disintegration in this regard was indeed furthered by the British, but in practice they simply deepened already-existing problems to a degree Mughal Emperors never had chances to find ways around them.

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The next chapters of The Bloodworm are coming up next week. A warning for anyone that sees Vampires and thinks Twilight or True Blood.....the Omniverse versions of mythological monsters are the mythological ones. This is a straightforward urban fantasy tale of a necromancer putting a hit on someone that thinks he can stiff her for "street cred" and the necromancer's sister and her sister's boyfriend wind up having to put a halt to it before the vampire gets too far into what it's doing. The existence of independent vampires as villains is rather uncommon but when they do exist they are very powerful and very dangerous.

The Bloodworm can be summarized as an Urban Fantasy equivalent of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner meets http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Terminator meets http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drag_me_to_hell.

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/science/120203/alien-lake-vostok-russia-science-exploration-antarctica

I mean really, this is the kind of thing that sounds like bad viral marketing for some cheap sci-fi film. >.<

Well:

Nov. 9th, 2011 11:09 am
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Revvy's got a meeting of the Chalae University Athletic Committee, where she represents Liberal Arts at 7:20 PM Central time so she'll not be in Front this evening as she has been on others. I'm reading in-body about the fighting around Leningrad during WWII, as part of my reading for our WWII class (albeit this is Crew-reading, not class-mandated reading, that's a book by Orwell). It's sounding a lot more like trench warfare with updated weaponry than what one expects from the Axis-Soviet War.
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The TL;DR version is that I felt posting there in my personal account, as opposed to our group one, might wind up missing the point of the new idea with the community. At least with our quasi-singlet account it's easier to post singlet-style, and I'm also leery of potential wank that might come from the new members, given the way the new community's set up. I figure if anyone can make it work and lay a sufficient smackdown on idiot damn fool stupid bastards the two current moderators are those people. ^.^

Leaving this public.

-Vi-
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Ensue ritual last-post-of-night music video: 




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Melvin appears to really hate my guts right about now. I might note that here: 

This ridiculous scumbag continues to screech this, what he thinks is a 'gotcha' comment. There are many problems with it, all of which he ignores when they are pointed out to him. After all, Big Lies rely upon the mindless repetition of the Leftist to stick on the other sheep. Personally I think it's a great idea if the federal government stops taking in ANY money from ANY state beyond an equal share for the common defense and a very small federal government. You'll find this disingenuous scumbag likely would rebel against such an idea. In other words this is a meaningless gotcha and he knows it.

^This is in response to this:

"Yes, let's start by taking the fiscal conservatives at their word and ending all Federal money used in the states which take more from the Federal government than they pay into it. If their ideology works, those states will be paradise."

I really expected a response of more "We will bury you liberal Commie hyena-Jew-vermin and you will sell us the shovels you Untermenschen rats."

More like the response to this statement:

"The problem is that the blue states subsidize red states who demonize the people who they mooch off of. If someone's taking my money and calling me a subhuman traitorous wretch, my idea will eventually become 'root hog, or die.'"

This subhuman traitorous wretch continues to repeat this disingenuous mantra because repetition = truth to the Left.

My personal favorite is this numbered list:

1) Apparently this liar or imbecile has not heard of Paul Ryan, nor does he care that Democrats haven't done a budget (their main responsibility) in TWO YEARS. How fair minded.
Also, notice below how fellow LIBERALS mention the Ryan plan, but NOT ONE OF THEM corrected this guy. Integrity!
2) Seriously? No Republican has ever explained how tax cuts raise prosperity or fix deficits? Is this persona utterly irrational, stupid or dishonest?
3) Apparently this scumbag is unaware of the Clinton caused recession, 9/11 or two wars. You see, everything Liberals decide exists in a vacuum does.
4) Do I need to comment on the sick, unnecessary hatemongering of this vile human being?
5) Apparently this loon or liar continues their delusion, as they seem to fail to notice Obama has carried on EVERY SINGLE ONE of these "Bush" policies, but that apparently doesn't count. Astounding.

If my statements qualify for hatemongering, Mr. Udall has evidently never played in the rougher corners of the Internet.

I am also known as Comic Book Guy to his groupies. Now that I *am* offended by. I much prefer being Sideshow Bob, thank you very much.

And as I see it this is what is:



For non-sighted: An image that says "Arguing on an Internet thread. Yeah it's this kind of smart" with a snake eating its tail.
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And safe and sound. Day II tomorrow with Mere in Front. Brain is ded. Too much minivan.

-Vishori-
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My birthday has been awesome. I enjoy all the gifts I've gotten and Ta'eris's very much are wonderful. :-). My wife fixed an awesome set of meals today and the party was utter win. My sister and father and aunt and nieces and nephews and many, many other people (besides obviously my wife and kids) were there. I got to spend some time with my aunt, who's been a mother figure and mentor to me. As a clone I do not have a physical one, but Aunt Keshri's kind of filled that void. :-). So her being there today was completely and utterly awesome. :-). I was born in the Gregorian year 1878 and have been here 132 years now.

I am also these days blessed with a wonderful wife, blood-family, and extended family who help make it all worthwhile. :-). So....today is very much win and thank you to those who help make it so. <333333.
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One thing that may surprise people about this list is that none of the Civil War generals, Grant included, are on it. In fact I would not include them on a Top 20 list. The reason is that General Grant was extremely competent and able to use both common sense and what in the 20th Century counted as basic tactics, and most generals on the Union and Confederate sides weren't even able to do *that*. Putting Grant on a top 20 list for all history for doing the military version of 1 +1 = 2 just ain't right.

Now, this is a Top 15 Greatest Generals of all history, meaning the 6,000 years that have elapsed since people in Mesoamerica and Mesopotamia discovered writing.

The list is divided into three sections, Ancient (defined as Sumer/Norte Chico to the rise of the Achaemenids), Classical (defined as Classical Mayans/Hellenistic era to the rise of the Abbasids), and  Medieval/Modern (from the Abbasids to the 21st Century).

As far as *the* greatest general of the Ancient World, I'd have to go with this guy:

1) Cyrus the Great of the House of Achaemenes. Under his rule, the Persians were the first to create a pan-Mediterranean Empire. It looks a lot less impressive after him, but prior to his ascension to power the Persian Empire extended to the Indus and most of present-day Iran. After his ascension it ruled all of Anatolia (a degree of conquest not seen after him, as conquering it thereafter was slow for *everybody*), and the Middle East to the Levant. To do this, he had to conquer a previous Empire under the Babylonians that was at its *peak* (it's more impressive to beat an empire at the height of its power than it is to pick up the pieces, IMHO) and he did this to such a degree that even Herodotus, as Xenophobic as he was, admitted he was a magnificent bastard.

2) I'd also include in this Sarru-Urrukin of Agade, the guy who pretty much pioneered most of the innovations of the imperial way of waging war. Less detail on him because he became a mythical figure (inspiring the motif of the Great Man found in the bullrushes) and it's pretty much impossible to separate Sargon the Man from Sargon the Legend. The degree of that legend can be seen in his being the inspiration for Nimrod of the book of Genesis.

For the Classical World:

3) Qin Shi Huang, previously known as Zheng of Qin. Why does he count? Well, he was the first Chinese Emperor which makes him a different kind of magnificent bastard, but to get there, he had to conquer six rival, independent states. This is akin to a Napoleon or Hitler who succeeded. Zheng was one very skilled warlord, and he managed to outfox and outmaneuver the other six rivals, and in the aftermath turned a place of six independent, closely-related countries (think a Far Eastern HREGN) into a singular Empire to such a degree that even the Chinese have never gotten to like the idea of multiple countries there.

4) Alexander of Macedon, Qin's earlier Western counterpart in the 4th Century BCE. One of the only Generals to have never lost a battle he commanded. The man took down the vast Persian Empire led by Cyrus's successor Darius, and his conquests in one lifetime extended from Egypt to the Indus Valley. He was a piss-poor administrator but like Qin he was one supremely good warlord.

5) Ashoka Maurya, one of the only rulers in the Indian subcontinent to do in one lifetime what took the Mughals three and the British centuries: he unified all of the Indian subcontinent that mattered under a single leader, creating a large empire. Interestingly his precursor had converted to Jainism but that religion remained a marginal, puritanical mutation of Hinduism. Where Ashoka converted to Buddhism and was the Ur-Example of a Constantine.

6) Diocletian. His persecution of the Christians has overshadowed the extent to which this particular magnificent bastard took a Roman Empire that had seen a Forever Civil War for the last century and put a stop to it. He was so successful at it that his battles are both named and he's considered one of the most influential Roman Emperors of his time, his program left intact by Constantine.

7) Count Theodosius, the last Roman Emperor to rule the entirety of the Empire. Given the time at which he took control, that in itself qualifies him for this list. Yes, he actually conquered all of it back and kept administering it as one unit.....

8) Belisarius. The single greatest general of the Medieval Roman Empire. 'Nuff said.

9) Khalid Ibn Al-Walid. The Muslim version of Alexander the Great.

Medieval to Modern:

10) Genghis Khan. Another Magnificent Bastard who never lost a battle in his entire career. The name alone is pretty significant. Has been romanticized a wee bit more than he should have been.

11) Gustavus Adolphus. He's on the list because it is he, the Swede, who re-introduced combined arms tactics to northern Europe, where at this point they were mainly an Ottoman innovation.

12) Alexander Suvorov. Another general who never lost a battle, even against Napoleon Bonaparte.

13) Napoleon. His career can be summed up in one phrase: He actually got to Moscow after a seemingly endless string of victories. However his position is here mainly because he, rightly or wrongly, became inspirational for tactics. He did, after all, lose the Napoleonic Wars.

14) Marshal Georgi Zhukov. The WWII general with the best claim to have been the "man that destroyed Nazism." His abilities were as much that Stalin trusted him and let him live even when he bungled as his actual battlefield achievements, though Khalkin Ghol, Leningrad, Moscow, and Bagration are pretty much enough to get him on this list for that alone.

15) Marshal Josip Broz/Tito. His career can also be summed up pithily thus: He came, he saw, he conquered, he flipped Stalin the bird, and he lived to die of old age.

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Inspired by here: 

http://neonvincent.dreamwidth.org/1304.html

Stalingrad, the WWII version of Verdun and the Somme, is one of the most famous battles of WWII. It has attracted the most attention of any of the individual Axis-Soviet War battles because it marked the true end of German power to win the war (not to get a stalemate, note, just to win). The battle has some of those simultaneously awe-inspiring and sinister moments that mark the Axis-Soviet War taken to a key point, such as Rodimstev's group, and the terrible fighting around Mamayev Kurgan. And it ended with the success of Operation Uranus, and with the southern USSR cleared of German invaders.

Yet what is truly interesting from a historical point of view is that Uranus was the smaller of two simultaneous, planned offensives. The larger one, Mars, was to be essentially Bagration, targeting a salient near the city of Rhzev. Where Stalingrad became a smashing success, Mars was a complete and utter clusterfuck.

The whole clusterfuck is summarized here:

http://fmso.leavenworth.army.mil/documents/countrpt/countrpt.htm


The simplest explanation of Mars's failure is that at Stalingrad complete tactical and strategic surprise was achieved. While with Mars, Soviet troops were attacking head-long into built-up defensive positions with the same superiority of numbers locally that they enjoyed in most theaters of the war (in another irony after the bloodbath of 1941 across the whole front Nazi and Soviet numbers were until the final days of the war equal). This simple explanation, however, ignores that while in the end the Axis-Soviet War's history was written from self-serving personal memoirs of German generals and the Soviet history was rewritten whenever convenient, the bloodbath near Rhzev was ignored by Germans and Soviets alike. Like at Fredericksburg in the US Civil War, Rhzev showed that superiority of numbers and materiel could not on its own have won the war for the Soviet Union any more than it would have for the North.

However in the Soviet historiography, Stalingrad accumulated a just and deserved focus that vastly overshadowed this failed bloodbath, while the German needed to ignore it because it pointed out that their excuses to avoid facing the reality that the Soviets kicked their asses from Kalinin and Kaluga to Berlin were self-serving lies. Ironically Western historians have only found out about Rhzev since the Soviet archives were opened in 1991. This is one of the most fascinating examples of how history, written by the losers, can also be selectively written by the victors.

I intend to restart the Long Dark Night (my world wars series) again either tonight or tomorrow, and in that series when I get to WWII I'll be pointing out the Curious Case of Andrei Vlasov, another example of how history written by the loser was also ignored by the victor........

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Part XIV: Battles about Atlanta:

cut for FLs )
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The day after his re-election, in a momentous occasion, Abraham Lincoln greets Alexander Stephens on the White House Lawn. The two retire to a drawing room, where Stephens, with a great, grave solemnity to his voice says "President Davis has asked me to surrender on whatever terms you offer." Lincoln sees the deep pain in his old friend's face as he says this. Sees it and lets him down easy by saying nothing, not even by smiling or cheering, as indeed the main feeling in the mind of Abraham Lincoln right now is a strong, stirring, overpowering feeling of Relief, of Culmination.

Lincoln bows his head in thought. The long, terrible war has ended. It has been all that he could have hoped when Grant had said "there is no turning back now, Mr. President." Setting a pen to paper, Lincoln begins to pen the words of the Columbia Agreement........

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And so there you have the end of Part I of Up With the Star. The Civil War has ended ITTL in November of 1864, with the Confederate President surrendering when his resistance further on had hoped mainly that Confederate armies would be able to maintain their military power and try to reverse the onrushing tide of Northern armies. Yet the fall of Richmond triggered mass re-enlistment and Confederate victories, while still won,  never so much even as slowed down the advancing armies of the North.

A significant point for TTL is that the Confederacy has been spared the Georgia and Carolinas Campaigns targeted at infrastructure and the Shenandoah Valley remains a major granary in Virginia itself. But while Southern infrastructure is intact to a greater degree, the Union armies have won a much more decisive military victory that unraveled the Confederacy in a few months. The POD, after all, is sometime in March 1864 where the USA has been preparing its grand offensive, but that grand offensive knocks the wheels off of the Confederate wagon, so to speak, by the middle of May and from there the Confederacy steadily disintegrates militiarily, politically, and economically where the OTL manpower crisis in Northern numbers never happens for the good and simple reason that Richmond falls in a month.

I might note as this timeline shows, I believe very strongly that the absence of a mere Horseshoe Nail can radically alter everything in a short amount of time, historically speaking. So to go into my view of how Alternate history works, in my timeline the absence of the horseshoe nail can mean the horse that would send a vital courier is never sent, thus a battle is altered and in a century the world can be overall recognizable but only superficially so.

The absence of Ben Butler leads to a Union army that moves immediately to brush aside barely-there Confederate resistance, which leads Lee to first in the belief Grant would be like every other Yankee and go north to decide to go down south only to end up fighting a large-scale skirmish near Spotsylvania, and gets drawn into six days around Hanover Junction that end the Army of Northern Virginia by capturing Lee, not by its surrender. This, however, is just something that affects the Army of Northern Virginia (and in event enough of it escapes the Hanover Junction defeat to provide a diehard core of Confederate military power in Virginia and the East for a time), and the Union still bungles the Valley and Red River campaigns, which are not affected by the butterflies due to their faults being endemic to those situations, not affected by the campaign against Lee's army directly.

As a result of that Richmond falls by June of 1864, and as a result of *that* the military scenario is very different. The Confederacy's only hope is to preserve its armies and exploit Union mistakes. Unfortunately for the Confederacy Grant is not one to make very big ones, especially when freed up to fight large-scale maneuver campaigns in finest Donelson-VIcksburg style. And as a result of the horseshoe nail (Vice-President, as opposed to General, Ben Butler) the Confederacy falls apart by November of 1864 and the Union wins the war in less than a year.

Here I am:

Feb. 27th, 2011 08:37 pm
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The work that I was doing in-Bizjarra proved to be shorter and simpler resolved than I expected it to be. What happened was file X that was to be sent to location Y was sent to location A-2 so Mere and I had to chase it to where it was in fact sent, but as it was sent that was pretty simple to do. Longer update tomorrow morning.

-Vi-
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Unless the weather leads to the opposite conclusion. Yah never know, though.

-Vishori-
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I believe that a great deal of the idea that women are more down-to-earth and peace-minded than men in politics is due to the reality that male privilege has made men the main beneficiaries and people in position to exercise high office. Women, who thus often break the glass ceiling, are required thus also have a moral integrity and squeaky-cleanness far beyond that applied to men in politics. It should say something that the oldest US branch of government, so far as people in the Federal government are concerned, is the House of Representatives with Representative http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeannette_Rankin who was elected as one of the Republican Representatives from Montana (and yes, she was in the Theodore Roosevelt wing of the party). Congresswoman Rankin, I might note, was also the only Congresscritter to ever vote against entry into both World War I and World War II. Yes, at one point people voted on war declarations and could even (gasp) vote against them.

Where was I? Oh yes. There are certain ideas that recur where men are in some ways seen as more violent and more corrupt and in general the root of most of the evils of the established political system. This of course is because the established political system has been overwhelmingly in control of men across the world ever since Stone Age man began to grow crops instead of following nomadic wandering paths after them. This idea, ironically, occurs in both some strands of feminism and in the Anglosphere ideas of the separate spheres that showed up after the industrial revolution (which, BTW, didn't exist prior to that due to limits on the agriculture and infrastructure of older societies).

Yet as male privilege slowly and painfully erodes in favor of equality under the law for both men and women, I believe it will become apparent that instead of being morally superior to men, women are very much equal to men in capacity for corruption, thuggery, and authoritarian politics. For most of the last 6,000 years they've never had a serious opportunity to do anything on par with men. However I also believe that the SRY gene is after all merely a biological trait that differentiates different bodies from each other. Women (including transwomen) will certainly be no more and no less corrupt, thuggish, and authoritarian than men are.

However I will also note that this is what I believe the future *will* hold and that for the present I am perfectly content to support women's rights and key ones at that like the right to choose and believe also that educating women across the world is perhaps the most likely route to eliminating a lot of the problems in the poor countries in the long term. With the enormous caveat applied to that that people do not as a rule *live* in the long term. And most of the ones who advocate thus are the ones who also would not be having to *wait* long term for what they're talking about and already have it.

songsofemelnuvi: The second Silk Spectre, Watchmen. Yellow jumpsuit with black thigh-highs (fighting stuff)
I have been reading about General H'ven Martashur, one of the great generals of the War of the Interregnum. The guy was immensely interesting because he altered tactics and logistics in a sense that Kanari herself says predated the Restorationist army, mobile, hard-hitting, excellent use of firepower to enhance the effects of maneuver. I was browsing through some A-M-131-er Generals on a lark to see if there were any comparable generals, and found ironically two recent ones in the 19th and 20th Centuries, respectively: Nathan Bedford Forrest (because the ability to mass-produce General Gerigstandgros's weapons did not exist then, the functional effect of what he did, however, was so like it that it was in truth the Low-Tech version of same) and General Yamashita of the IJA, who outmaneuvered and outfought an Imperial British force with larger numbers in a terrain that European armies would have had trouble with, with less-high tech equipment and in general Magnificent Bastardy.

The really interesting bit is that H'ven Martashur fought on the winning side, but his lower-tech Restorationist strategic-logistical-tactical combination delivered the same results Felagund's did with only 1/4 the total casualties. Given my experiences serving under Felagund.........I will say after the Third Bizjarran Campaign he learned very, very rapidly and by the end of the war was as good with the new technology and tactics as any of the other Restorationists of the time were.

-Vishori-
songsofemelnuvi: The second Silk Spectre, Watchmen. Yellow jumpsuit with black thigh-highs (fighting stuff)
It was about the Third Bizjarran Campaign, the one I was one of several dozens of millions of conscripts raised by General Felagund against the Statatavinite General Varzhil, one which was not one of Felagund's better-conducted campaigns. If anything it was more like the Third Battle of Ypres at first, eventually turning into Stalingrad. I got about a third of the way through it and then they showed a few scenes of the actual battle and I got too triggery to finish it. I don't talk about much of what I saw/experienced in the battle. I've tried to do so in my PSTD-therapy for the other things that happened the last two years and the first thing I remember when trying is a flashback and next thing I know I've teleported into my drawing-room and am curled up in a fetal position.

I must admit that General Sherman defined war eloquently when he said "War is cruelty and you cannot refine it." On another level it's why I prefer warriors to soldiers........and if they'd find a natural explanation for all these mass bird and fish deaths soon that would be nice. >.> Crew-Body's on the verge of panic even though the only difference now is people are reporting on the mass fish-deaths. It doesn't help it that Lord H'vorxixnon mentioned the 15th Century in North America again and what happened with the Imperial Fronters in what he terms "the dying times." Da and Asha both believe it's affects of the BP Oil Spill in North America, a fishing trawler whose net was torn in New Zealand, and fireworks in Argentina. It's great they believe that, now if they could get CREWBODY to believe it......

-Vishori-
songsofemelnuvi: Sarasvati, Hindu goddess of learning (Default)
I am one of the more well-known Imperial polytheists among the SHC Fronters and I also am unusual in getting along better with Goddesses than I do Gods (most Crew-Fronters tend either equally well or poorly with both or with Gods). The House of Heshatani also is the most prominent polytheistic family bar the House of Gerigstandgros and the Elves. The House of Chaliel to a greater or lesser extent is made up of monotheists who follow a religion roughly identifiable with Eastern Orthodox Christianity as its closest Earth-analogue. The Silverbergs are the most prominent Jewish family, the Milligan crowd and the Molotov-Aurelius family the most prominent irreligious families. Nestis is the Goddess who is the patron deity of my wife and my marriage, Kali the Goddess to whom we dedicate our fighting, and Sarasvati my personal patron. My wife has as an A-M-131 personal patron Ares, of all the Gods. To me the term patron is both too shallow and too formal at the same time to adequately describe the kind of relationship that my family and I have with the Gods and Goddesses, moreso when the Imperial pantheon is factored in.

I consider the interactions with the Gods to be simultaneously too formal and too emotionally meaningful for the term to apply consistently because to me Patron sounds more an economic term than anything else. The term to me has a connotation of simple, emotionless aspects when that does not apply very well to the deities I interact with. I do not, however, know of a better English term to use WRT to it. The Gods and Goddesses to me are too complicated to be captured very well in tongues of mortals and hence I'm not sure there's any particular word that *would* summarize it up very well.

-Vishori-
songsofemelnuvi: Two parents hugging a child (fam damily)
First things first, I'd like to welcome [profile] nornoriel to my FL. :-).

Second things second, my wife had the quads yesterday. The pregnancy itself was difficult, but the labor was as smooth and simple as she could hope for. My main-location is with her, awake before she is, and stroking her head. My wife is beautiful and I am blessed to be married to her. To me I consider it a blessing also that this year Meremi's gotten comfortable with expressing her feminine side, and realizing like me that a real woman (in the Hoo-ah actiony sense) can both wear dresses and deal the asskickings. My wife and I are both feminine lesbians, but we are also both people who are good at fighting, and in this year we've come to understand that both these things are what they are, they are part of us.

Third things third, my kids and family are all doing well. The kids are spending the first days of Halomein visiting with their Aunt Keshri, they will be leaving this afternoon, and will be back about yea Wednesday. The last Standard Week of a Bizjarran Year is Halomein, which is a combination of Diwali, Yule, Saturnalia, and Carnival. It's a pan-Imperial festivity and even the monotheists like the Axhamani and Valuti participate, as the Ecumenical Patriarch made a ruling of "It's fun and as Suvaamush says "All things are permissible to us." Essentially Axhamanianar is what Christianity might have been had Jovinian's more sex-positive thinking taken over from Augustine's prudery.

So I wish you a Kurzalul Halomein and there will be festivities for the next 14 days, those who know our system, are able to travel, and are interested in joining the fun can do so at any time. :-).

-Vishori-

songsofemelnuvi: Two parents hugging a child (fam damily)
Meremi had the quads in a safe, ordinary, no-frightening things like what happened with Lady Anzaea labor. She's the proud mother of four daughters she's as yet not releasing the names of for fear it would draw in That One. I am very relieved that it was simple, given her fears of the entity that did this and his repeated attempts to hurt her via dreams that I frustrated with more than a little help from Falshakin and the Dreamer with, it's been a very hard pregnancy for her. The simple labor lessened that. :-). Rejoining main-location as soon as this post makes it through. The four babies are beautiful.

-Vishori-
songsofemelnuvi: A forest with the sunlight just right so as to cast shadows (environment)
Malzon and I had a wonderful conversation there. She enjoys talking to me, I think, and her move is going well, she's arranging it so as to prevent trouble with link-severing and to set up their responsibilities with the Net.

And when I came home and teleported in the house that evening, Mere was asleep in our bed. Then I gave her a little kiss and she woke up and said "Hey, wife. I'm glad you're home." Her pregnancy has gone very well and she is a very strong, very beautiful woman. I consider myself grateful a thousand times over to be on my first part of my second year of marriage to her. She spent 30 years away from her world, her family, and she's very much happy in our marriage as I am. She's become used to expressing her more tender side and my main-bilocation is currently snuggling her and she's very happy for that. I love her and things are awesome. :-).

-Vi-
songsofemelnuvi: A girl looking slightly frazzled with "eh heh" in big white letters (laughter mwahahahahahaha)
Yrvin evidently came by my wife and my house one day to visit Terezhan. I'd teleported out to get something in the grocery store and when I got back Mere's fur was standing on end and Terezhan had a mixture of rage and pleasure on his face. I asked what happened and evidently Yrvin had teleported in and reached for Mere to do......something....and Terezhan said "Oh no you don't" and teleported his father back from whence he came. I talked to Da about that and he swore up a storm because Yrvin was supposed to be on his transport.

So that turns out to have been caused by a scheduling FUBAR that left Yrvin's transportation delayed and to amuse himself without drawing the potential ire of Kanari he decided he'd go visit Meremi and perhaps try to piss me off by copping a feel from her as I got there to evidently try to stir up division between the two of us, the reason for *that* because he thought it would be a funny thing to do. So I went to visit *him* and gave him a kick in the 'nads for his troubles and went back. He's gone to his frontier post but by now paranoid Vi is paranoid. >.<

And now I'm even less likely to risk Meremi out of my sight, too, because Yrvin doing that triggered her very, very badly because Yrvin was showing off his Hebrew while so doing (and saying a vulgar sexual insult aimed at lesbians at that). >.< Did I mention I really, really hate my cousin? 
songsofemelnuvi: Sarasvati, Hindu goddess of learning (Default)
Awesome! My kids and family and I had an awesome-squee-win time. :-). I loved it, and so did Meremi. She was kind of the person around whom the festivity had revolved as I'd wanted it from yea September onward. She was so touched she's speechless still.

I love my wife so much and I am 10,000 times honored to be hers. 1 year already. *sighs contentendly.* Gods willing the first of many, many more. I love my wife and family so much. <333333.
songsofemelnuvi: A figurine of the DC supervillain Doomsday (CRUSH BURNFIREFLAMEDEATHSUFFER DESTROY)
Evidently during her breakout Zezhelanzunui sent both myself and Vic threatening letters about how she'd end up hurting Mere and Tam if she so much as got a piece of a chance to do it. She put a lot of thought into both letters and designed them both to irritate us by going into graphic detail about what she thought of our families. And evidently Vuhl's just come in and seen the looks on our faces and is talking to Lord Turugamvirakil. It confirms his suspicion about what the ultimate end goal of the breakout had been, and all three of us are enraged enough that she sent the letters while simultaneously grateful he put a lid on it before anything else happened beyond that.

Will be leaving Front now to talk with him and the rest of them, Abraxas re-takes it at this point.

-Vi-

RARL:

Nov. 24th, 2010 10:00 am
songsofemelnuvi: A figurine of the DC supervillain Doomsday (CRUSH BURNFIREFLAMEDEATHSUFFER DESTROY)
So yesterday Meremi and I had gone shopping. She was tired and wished to rest for a second or two, while I went in for what I expected would be a simple, quick purchase of some snacks for the two of us. Turns out what I expected would be three seconds was seven-eight minutes. When I got out of there with the food there was a creep who was grabbing onto her. Her face was one of fear and she was crying but was not able to do too much more for fear the guy would kill her. Insta-teleportation and I grabbed the knife he'd used to intimidate her into just staying there and dealt him a good beating for it.

That in turn triggered me about a week ago due to the same thing happening to me a year ago, and it was quite the unpleasant trigger at that. I managed to talk to a DUIC agent who discovered that this is essentially what some creeps consider a "game" to go harass pregnant women (and by harass I mean.....well, y'know what I mean) and that it had been a problem essentially because Gazalhuzin is essentially the size and height of a major metropolitan area in its own right, due to the scale of infrastructure needed for an empire this size. They managed to use the drones to discover the people responsible for what happened to me, to Mere, and about to 25 other people here (again, it's the size of a major metropolitan area, which is how they've gotten away with it) and they're currently in the slammer awaiting trial for it.

I had the odd circumstance of one of them, who used to be a childhood bully from when I was much newer to actually being treated like an intelligent lifeform (as in my father had adopted me 2 years prior to) actually hugging me and thanking me for it. Evidently when she was pregnant with her second child they'd done the same to *her* and she was grateful that someone finally put a lid on it. These guys are kind of like the ones on subways in Japan who got grab-happy, they just managed to have a huge space to disappear into after they did it. That they were "maintenance men" employed due to being connected to a well-connected person in the Ministry of Space was another reason they got away with it. Damn sinecures. >.<

And *that* is why the confused smiley appears below. It's been an odd week, and needless to say sending a bi-location to help a certain sister of mine with moving was quite calming.
songsofemelnuvi: The second Silk Spectre, Watchmen. Yellow jumpsuit with black thigh-highs (fighting stuff)
My wife during her exile worked on occasion as an assassin. She was selected for that kind of mission again, and when they found out she was on her second pregnancy of a single year, quads after twins they asked if I could go ahead for her. She nodded. So I did. My wife had some pretty.....involved...missions. The simplest word to be said is that. On the other hand, while the Architects of Fear designed the Omega Program to be equivalent to the Imperial military it also works very well for assassination. The combination of shapeshifting, knowledge of regular combat, and metanormal powers was nigh-invincible for the situation in question.

And the target had some 3,000 guards against a single assassin. The kind of shit my wife did on a regular basis for 30 years to have enough to eat/stay alive when unable to communicate with most species and in one of the more total kinds of isolation the Omniverse can throw at people. Needless to say much of who she is explainable after that. And needless to say they were expecting Mere's former ad hoc application of Metanormal powers, not an individual able to do things like instill hate plagues followed by spraying them with selective-fire VG-32 (the VG-series analogue to a selective fire assault rifle) and who simply shapeshifted into the chief of the guard and walked right in.

......

Yeah, my style often depends on Refuge In Audacity with the judicious knowledge that most species would not be able to seriously endanger me once I go Omega Program and to have dirty fighting tricks for the ones able to and who would try. All the same, I get the feeling this individual who recruited me had done some things with regards to impressing my wife into her work there that I do not approve of. 

Must investigate for the future.......

-Vi-
 


Glory be:

Nov. 15th, 2010 06:55 am
songsofemelnuvi: The second Silk Spectre, Watchmen. Yellow jumpsuit with black thigh-highs (fighting stuff)
The mission I got sent into I was told would be simple and had a simple exit strategy. It was espionage, not anything beyond that. The Veil in that world quite obviously has collapsed if I'm able to go around in my human shapeshifted mode. And it's been resolve simply and my wife was glad to see that after four days, when I returned and got her in a big ol' kiss. Compared to other missions this one was a nice, simple one. And being able to come back all in one piece to my beautiful wife made the mission worth it IMHO.

-Vishori-
songsofemelnuvi: A silhouette dancing (dancing & music)
I must admit my marriage with Meremi is everything I thought it'd be, better-even. :-). My life without her would be incomplete. To think in January 2009 I'd been told I had maybe six months to live, and now in 2010 I've my lovely wife and my awesome family. :-).

-Vi-
songsofemelnuvi: Two parents hugging a child (fam damily)
My wife and I get this afternoon, 30 October, at a football game to memorialize the month we were engaged a year ago. We intend both to watch the game and at the halftime to have a kind of Heshatani-family ceremony/celebration of it. The real irony? This is the homecoming game. Last year was my Mere's first year after 30 to return to her homeworld and home-timeline. Holy Crap. O.o The Gods have an ironic sense of humor.

-Vi-

So.......

Oct. 26th, 2010 10:26 am
songsofemelnuvi: Two parents hugging a child (fam damily)
My son was very rattled by that article he posted. So I ended up talking both to him and to his sister, Kashori, about it. I told them the truth, that their destinies are theirs to choose. Masadri and I are their parents, but it is in their hands to be and do whatever they should wish to. I told them that they also are not ordained by some flaw of flesh and blood and bone and hand to follow in their father's footsteps. In this too, I also told them the truth and emphasized the Ri-clan stripes on my face as I did so. To remind them that their mother has made her own life, not the life for which I was created.

They are my kids, to be certain, and I emphasized this to them both. Spent probably the better part of the morning cuddling with one, the other, or both of them to be certain that they do understand that. Shaltani was thus ending up working outside this morning for probably almost all of it. To me, my kids are my kids, but I only raise them. I do everything I can to ensure theirs is a good future, but I will not try to live their future for them. Even if that's the part of parenthood where my heart leaps up into my throat at the mere prospect.

By the same token, I also told them that I am proud of them, and that I am glad that they are together. I told them that I was created to be essentially a walking WMD arsenal but instead of ending up in that path I am Mere's wife and their mother, and told them also that I would not exchange being their mother for all the wealth across the countless stars in the infinite Omniverse. For them I would do anything, and I told them too that they are not like their father, and that when they were older they'd understand that their horrified reactions to the mere prospect when voiced in a blog in a society without the technology or the capacity to truly accomplish any of it would show them that they weren't like him.

Valzon and Kashori are good kids, and they are very much children who would never once consider the things Masadri's bloody vision ultimately did. And you know what else? As surely as the planets turn around the innumerable stars of the infinite Omniverse I am glad every day for that. For these kids of mine are in the end living testimony that the sins of the fathers are only sins of the fathers. And I, thanks to my father, my aunt, and my wife, that love can lead to joy and the happiness of family.

My father and aunt helped make me who I am, without my wife and kids I would very much be incomplete. And you know what else? I am grateful for this and love them all very much, not for what they've done for me, but because they are who they are. :-). My father, the stoic and determined survivor, my wife the emotional and far-sighted lover/wife/mother who offers to my life true completeness, true contentment, and my children who whatever their sires are in fact my children. That's what I have, and who I am is a woman blessed to know all these people, to love my father, and to be married to my wife.

So if my kids deal with these doubts, and they do, they need only look at the kind of life I live next to the one I was created to. Our destinies are ours to choose. And they are people who will choose good ones, to do right, and to do right for more than just themselves. That's what I've told them. They need not worry because their choices.....I told them both that the future is to them (and to all of my kids) like a long novel, the last chapters are yet even to be formed. And the author is themselves.

I'm going to kind of stop at this point because I chose to write this so they'd remember this talk. They're currently seated by their Mommy Mere and talking with her and playing a little word game. It's so cyoot. :-).

-Vishori-
songsofemelnuvi: A silhouette dancing (dancing & music)
So the other day Mere and I were thinking about how close the one-year anniversary is. We're already setting up our little family thing and a bigger party for the whole Heshatani clan (including our chosen-kin and Kana and her Square. By now I've come to see Kana as simply family like any other, which in its own right is a big change and a good one, to boot) that will also have Mere's parents and brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews there. I'd been exercising as after all the pregnancies of this year and last year I'd ended up with a bit of a belly left over from it. After several months of doing so I was able to fit into my wedding dress just like I did that day.

When my wife saw that she asked if she could take a picture. So she took one of my in that beautiful green wedding dress with one arm on top of our armoire (well, really mine. Mere's half-Khair/Autininir so she doesn't really need clothes due to her fur covering). She took the picture and it's just arrived fully developed. That is one beautiful dress. And you know, it having been almost a year, I would trade nothing of this year in the end. Despite all the suckfail I've a lovely wife and a wonderful family, I'm not only 100% healthy and cured of the cancer I had but in fact have been told I might live up to 1300 years (given that I was told in early 2009 I had the equivalent of six Gregorian months to live full-stop)....., I have Shezarae back, and Mere has Merehaza (and he is an awesome son lemme tellya) and our chosen-family is also win. :-).

I've even come to reconcile both with Kana and the Silver Walker, which is good because the two of us give Suvacel's kids and our own a family that's actually a pretty healthy one by contrast to what Suvacel's idea of "family" involved. :-). To be able to move past the hate, to see that it was in fact Shub-Niggurath's doing (and of course P did very much help spur this along, the reconciliation), and to be able to have myself, Kana, and our kids and Suvacel's also all as a family out on gatherings........the win it is strong. :-).

Those who remember that the dress was designed to fit perfectly and was not in fact altered will see why this matters. :-). It is awesome, squee, and win, and I would like to extend a hearty congrats to Kae and Ta'eris on renewing their vows. Life has a lot of win in it, and moments of win are IMHO to be savored. This is one of them. :-). My wife, when she saw that it did fit just like it did that day also had an epic squeeing moment, which was fun. Said I looked just as beautiful then as I do now. :-).

-Vi-

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