Project Aon: Lone Wolf…


Date: March 13, 2022

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“Joe Dever has most generously offered to allow some of his books to be published on the internet thereafter to be downloaded free-of-charge. Rob Adams, Paul Bonner, Gary Chalk, Melvyn Grant, Richard Hook, Peter Andrew Jones, Cyril Julien, Peter Lyon, Peter Parr, Graham Round, and Brian Williams have also generously offered similar permission for their contributions to the world of Magnamund. Project Aon is a volunteer group of fans dedicated to publishing these works.
“I would be especially pleased if my granting of the rights to distribute my books in this way was seen as my ‘millennium gift’ to all those devoted readers who have kept the Kai flag flying high, through all the good times, and the not-so-good. It would make me very proud indeed if this enterprise laid the foundations of a lasting legacy, securing the longevity of Lone Wolf by making my creation freely and readily accessible to current and future online generations. For them, for us, for Sommerlund and the Kai.…”
Joe Dever 1999

Q: What are the Lone Wolf books?
A: They are Joe Dever’s most popular series of gamebooks, set primarily in the mythical world of Magnamund in the universe of Aon (hence our name). You, the reader, play as Lone Wolf, a warrior-monk whose potential as a hero emerges from the tragic defeat of his teachers and kinsmen, known as the Kai Lords. These are solo adventures that can be read and interpreted at your leisure, bringing a unique experience to the reader. The most similar books to these that found a mainstream audience are the Choose Your Own Adventure and Fighting Fantasy series. In Lone Wolf, however, you do not only make key decisions in the text, but also choose your equipment and unique abilities, which may help you to survive through encounters that have both strategic and random elements. Lone Wolf books are also relatively unique in that the books can be read and played individually or as part of the larger series, where you can use skills and items gained from one book in another book.”


18 million excess deaths…


Date: March 13, 2022

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“Paper in the Lancet

Data set

Health metrics and evaluation

Jan 1, 2020, to Dec 31, 2021

Estimate excess mortality from the COVID-19 pandemic,

in 191 countries and territories,

including 31 locations in low-income and middle-income countries

12 states in India


Data collected for pandemic period and past 11 years

All-cause mortality reports

Excess mortality over time was calculated as observed mortality minus expected mortality

Excess mortality = observed mortality -expected mortality

Accounting for late registration,

Six models were used to estimate expected mortality

(statistical model for low data areas)

Findings, as measured by excess mortality

Reported worldwide COVID-19 deaths = 5·94 million,

We estimate 18·2 million

(17·1–19·6 million)

Global all-age rate of excess mortality due to the pandemic, 120·3 deaths per 100 000 of the population

Excess mortality rate exceeded 300 deaths per 100 000 of the population in 21 countries

Cumulative excess deaths due to COVID-19

India, 4·07 million

USA, 1·13 million

Russia, 1·07 million

Mexico, 798, 000

Brazil, 792, 000

Indonesia, 736, 000

Pakistan, 664, 000

Bangladesh, 413, 000

Peru, 349, 000

South Africa, 302, 000

Iran, 274, 000

Egypt, 265, 000

Italy, 259, 000

Australia – 18,100

NZ, – 827

Canada, 43,700

UK, 169,000

Excess mortality highest

Russia, 374·6 deaths per 100 000

Mexico, 433.6 per 100 000

Brazil, 186·9 per 100 000

USA, 179·3 per 100 000

UK, 126.8 per 100 000

Canada, 60.5 per 100 000

Australia, – 32.9 per 100 000

NZ, – 9.3 per 100 000

Ratio of excess mortality rate to reported COVID-19 mortality

A measurement of undercounting the true mortality impact of the pandemic

In high-income North America, the ratios were comparatively low

Morocco, 10

Egypt, 12·19

Sudan, 25·12

Afghanistan, 26·06

Yemen, 33·04

Canada, 1.44

US, 1.37

UK, 0.97


The full impact of the pandemic has been much greater than what is indicated by reported deaths due to COVID-19 alone.

Further research is warranted

To distinguish excess mortality that was directly caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection,

and the changes in causes of death as an indirect consequence of the pandemic.”


1978 Millennium Falcon Restoration – Water Damage Restoration…


Date: March 12, 2022

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“Today I’m working on a 1978 Millennium Falcon that appears to have water damage. The shell had yellowed with age from UV light exposure. I reversed the yellowing with a process known as RetroBright. If you submerge the plastic parts in hydrogen peroxide and add powerful UV lights, it will reverse the yellowing.

May the force be with you!”


The proposed removal of Human Rights in the UK for the Greater Good…

March 12, 2022

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Thanks to feinmann!

“The UK government is looking to reform human rights legislation after its divorce from the EU. They want to replace the Human Rights Act with a modern Bill of Rights, “one which reinforces our freedoms under the rule of law, but also provides a clearer demarcation of the separation of powers between the courts and Parliament”.


A further statement within the bill: “The idea that rights come alongside duties and responsibilities is steeped in the UK tradition of liberty, but is also reflected in the qualifications in the Convention and is explicit in Article 29 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights (‘Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible’). The increasing reliance on human rights claims over the years has, however, led to a culture of rights decoupled from our responsibilities as citizens, and a displacement of due consideration of the wider public interest”

Whether it comes in the guise of “wider society,” “wider public interest,” “society as a whole,” “the greater good,” or “public health,” “the common good” is always a euphemism for seizing individual rights to enhance tyrannical powers.”

The primary predators of this world are in government.

Why is it WE never get to choose, who and what constitutes “the greater good”?

WE only get to sacrafice, and live a life impoverished, in service of someone elses delusions of “the greater good”.


How Sandy Hook Ushered In A New Era Of Conspiracies…


Date: March 12, 2022

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“In the years since the Sandy Hook shooting, the victims’ families have endured relentless online abuse, stalking and personal threats. New York Times journalist Elizabeth Williamson examines how the conspiracy theories around the tragedy began — and how they changed America. Her book is Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth.”


Funimation VA Daman Mills Accused of Misconduct with a Minor…


Date: March 11, 2022

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“Funimation voice actor Daman Mills (Frieza in DragonBall Super, Kaworu in the Evangelion movies) has been accused of misconduct with a minor. And there ARE receipts. Coincidentally, Mills was one of the first VAs to publicly throw fellow voice actor Vic Mignogna under the bus despite there being no evidence of wrongdoing. Hmm.”

How interesting…

…And yes…I do take issue with how Geeky and Neon are framing a few things here.

Yeah, it’s true…there is a lot of hypocrisy, though.

A lot of finger pointing, attacking and sensationalizing, by people who are engaged in the same behaviors.

A lot of double standards, too…There is no consistency…no integrity.


Turning Red Critic BULLIED by Twitter Into Taking Down Movie Review!…


Date: March 11, 2022

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“A Turning Red review has Twitter seeing red. A CinemaBlend editor,
Sean O’Connell, gave his opinion that Turning Red was an OK movie but he clearly wasn’t the target demographic… and that lead to accusations of RACISM from Twitter and other bluecheck journos. And this includes some from rival Entertainment Weekly. This lead to CinemaBlend not only removing his review, but over-apologizing for it publicly. Yet Twitter is STILL demanding this dude’s head. What… the… actual… eff.”


Madison Cawthorn Faces 20 Days In Jail For Driving With Suspended License…


Date: March 11, 2022

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“Republican Representative Madison Cawthorn is apparently a danger on the roads, and he was recently busted for driving on a suspended license – for the second time. He was also pulled over twice in the past 6 months for speeding, and he now faces a May court date to determine if he’ll be prosecuted and faced with 20 days in jail on the new charge. Farron Cousins explains what’s happening.


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