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I listened lately to a podcast at Clyde Rhoer's Theory from the Closet, which was an interview with David Wesley, retired US Army Major and the man Dave Arneson said originated the idea of roleplaying. Wesley was an active wargamer, both board and miniatures, who ran a formative game called Braunstein, a creative mixture of Diplomacy-like negotiation, LARP and seat of the pants free-forming.

The interview is long, over 1 hr 20 mins, but fascinating, as it ranges from the wargaming scene in 60's Minnesota, the creation of roleplaying in its nascent form, and the pitfalls of self-publishing back in the mimeograph era. A wonderful document from the days before D&D.
Music:: Midsomer Murders (I know, I know, it's on in the same room)
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I've just been listening to this podcast, at the IT Conversations site, in which Moira Gunn interviews Steven Miles, a Minnesota MD who has investigated military prison abuses in Afganistan and Iraq. It's a powerful piece, upsetting but very revealing, and one that drives home the compromises and shortcuts the US government and military have taken, abandoning norms of ethical behviour and tradition that have served so well in the past. Perhaps the most upsetting thing is the number of medical professionals who have worked with the military in attempted cover-ups of and complicity with these acts. I'm grateful to Dr Miles for bringing some of the truth to light.
Mood:: upset

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