[Mail Call/Blog?] 2017/11/08 – Generic Controversial Question #1

Our site has been experiencing frequent outages in the last couple of days. So, instead of getting posts out regularly, we’ll try to figure out what’s wrong.

Since I haven’t actually posted mail calls in a while (I still on average a couple of questions from long to semi-long term readers at day in my inbox…), and today’s the election day’s anniversary, I figure I’ll probably answer some of the more loaded questions that I’ve gotten, just so you know where I stand.

As usual, these questions tend to represent how I think as a person. It does not in any way reflect upon the team’s viewpoints at large. In 2017 we’re still very diverse on every axis – a bit like the actual world of Pacific, heh.

Generally they tend to address some of our more partisan reader’s queries. Since it doesn’t fall under the typical Pacific design notes, it goes under mail call instead.

Why haven’t you made any more 2016-related posts?

I have. Just not here. Don’t think I’ve been sitting still in real life or in the virtual space. The internet offers a degree of anonymity that is tremendously valuable. It allows people to be judged solely on the merits of the argument.

Though, of course, some of our dual-language readers know exactly where to find me. However, that’s beside the point. 😉

Part of this is because there’s not much that needs to be said. I’m a Trump supporter. Still is. If anything I’ve only became more appreciative of how corrupt our government is. That alone is enough to get me banned on some parts of the internet and ostracized or worse at work. The woman card only goes so far as a saving throw, you know.

While politics and the ethical values that lies underneath play a big part in our daily lives, it’s really not quite the central piece of what we’re about. We’re really more on the “do” rather than “preach” side.

Part of this is because I work in a specific way. One year later after the election, I still read the assorted ultra-liberal press for my daily dose of news. The bias is becoming increasingly self-evident, and I believe – given that we are a democracy – that in the end we deserve the country that we get.

So if something as simple as Abe and Trump throwing fish bait can be twisted into an attack piece…

I’ve attached the original footage in gif form. Look at it and decide for yourself if he’s really so dumb as he can’t feed fish.

See. This is how I believe things should be done. You get the evidence for what it is. Obviously there will be biases and perspectives, but so long as you’re aware of the rationale and reasoning behind it, I believe you are more than capable of examining the evidence.

In other words, I am inherently wary of anyone telling you exactly what, when, and how to think. With graduation on the horizon, I don’t need that MD next to my name to tell you that it is far more effective for someone to reach a conclusion on their own based on what evidence is present. After all, we shouldn’t just walk up to a patient and tell them BECAUSE OF MY AUTHORITY you should believe in this diagnosis. Rather, the better way to do things is to explain, in as simple terms as possible, why the diagnosis occurs. Our credentials play a big part of it, sure. It’s what we’ve earned. However, the credentials come with an actual set of skills. To put it another way. I’m a doctor because I learned a set of skills in medical school. If need be, I can prove my credentials in a case of emergency. I am therefore a doctor not because of the letters by themselves, but the letters symbolize a set of things that I am qualified to do.

Here’s the kicker. I think pretty much anyone can do the things we do, so long as they’re willing to put time and effort into it. If even something as complex as medicine can be accomplished, I think the ballpark for journalists (just as an example) is even lower.

Does the journalist report the whole truth? That’s easy to find out. Head to your red and your blue sites and figure out which bits ended up getting omitted. If you can’t see it and decide for yourself (and I’ve also had this asked as a curious question – mostly from our East Asian readers), consider this.

What politics ultimately boils down to is a set of values. Anyone has the ability to formulate those. People just have to be asking themselves a lot of questions. Good ones to ask would be: who is he/she getting paid by? What is his/her personal opinion on a number of simple to measure yardstick issues? Given the culture of each publication, what is the overall atmosphere/tone of the publication? The Federalist is pretty different from say, FOX. CNN is pretty different from say, Bloomberg.

I follow contemporary events and politics because it’s my duty as an American citizen to be in the know. I think it was a great privilege to be able to document the election last year – you’ve got the entire 2016 timeline that Zero’s organized to see how I’ve reached where I am today.

In fact, for what sort of an America I want? You’ve got our circle’s track record that speaks for itself. You’ve got the values embedded in Pacific, which speaks for itself. You’ve got all my commentary over there on WW2, which speaks for itself.

But that’s me. That’s who I am. I’m not asking you to become me. Not asking you to have the same conclusions as me. I’m not going to go out of my way to make any further arguments on behalf of my “side.” I merely seek for my readers to understand what my “side” is.

Therein lies the third part.

I don’t need you to hear my “side” or my arguments from Morgane. The argument itself is sufficient and you can hear that from anyone.

Look at the strength of the argument and the quality of the argument, not the person. The truth speaks for itself. The messenger in this case doesn’t matter.

I hate internet celebritism with a passion you probably won’t believe. I hate the cults of personalities that inevitably springs up, and I hate how – in matters of things pertaining to moral or ethical value – people invoke personal authority or charisma. This personal attitude is actually reflected in how I do things.

Ever wonder why I don’t show my face on the internet? Why I don’t jump onto the e-celebrity “political commentary” bandwagon?

I play a ton of RTS and other grand strategy type games. You don’t think there’s a market for some kinda “gamer gurl” streaming type thing in Asia, which is a big part of our audience, much less the US here?

Why don’t I monetize Pacific and (in our perspective) beg for donations at every turn?

Because I want people to listen to my words, and not listen because I’m another generic pretty face.

Because that’s not how I do things. We, as a whole, believe in hard work and set out to prove it. These are things I work on out of love. We aren’t averse to monetary compensation, but if that’s what we’re after we’d have shuttered down and sold our stuff to the wandering Mobo gaming companies years ago.

Because I’m not after personal fame or internet points. Enterprise-chan is basically a bot that automatically mirrors our site updates. She occasionally tweets random cute stuff but that’s it. I value personal interactions where there could be meaningful interaction.

Because I want people to think for themselves. I still do, even in the current year. *laugh*

Lastly, it’s because of how we run things. I’ve said it before. The way we run things is really more like a really big house party. The site’s our house. The readers are our house guests. The contents you get – articles, art, etc – is our hospitality. Some days it’s a feast. Some days it’s what I scrounge up in the kitchen.

All of it is what we made. The art’s homegrown. The words are coming from straight from the heart. The books are assembly locally (I mean, a lot of the team are Chinese nations) and made with local ingredients.

We’re pretty comfy in terms of how we do things. Sure, the house is undergoing renovations and clean-ups right now, but if we’re happy with what we’re doing, why would we do things differently?

When I feel like I need to make a particularly pertinent point politically, I’ll do so. I’ll do it with personal honesty and rigor. Otherwise, just sit back and enjoy the ride. 🙂

(2016) A New Era Dawns!

(2016) A New Era Dawns!

Donald J. Trump was sworn in as President of the United States on Jan. 20th, 2016.


Unfortunately, I was not able to watch it live – I’ve got a job to do, after all, though the other members of our team did stay up and watch. Heard it was fine.


Just fine.


For what it’s worth, our little mini-series now come to a close. It’s been an amazing year, and you can just flip through this site’s archives or visit Sima’s Pixiv site to see how much we’ve done.


(Of course, I’ve spent a lot of time fixing my own writing, and Sima’s polishing his art too. Believe me, we’ll give you guys something even better than what you’ve seen out of us before.)


We’ve been working on this piece feverishly since last December, and well, let’s just say, the little book we’re working on, it’s finally getting there, too. In fact, this last piece has gotten so large, that we’re having trouble compressing it. So what you see here on the site is only a preview, but I hope you can feel what we’re feeling now. We’re excited. We want to show you what we’ve made, too.


(2016) A New Era Dawns!

Excitement. Inspiration. Hope.


Believe me, we span five different countries, each with very different social, political, and life experiences. But the one thing that we’re all encouraged by? You could say 2016.


And so, Mr. Trump? Mr. President. This one’s to you. Congratulations on your new job, and – for those of our readers who want to know why, simply read the man’s own words below. You don’t have to agree with everything, but remember that there are those that take his ideas seriously over his words, and those that take his words seriously over his ideas.

所以,特朗普先生?总统先生?This one’s to you. 祝贺你顺利赢得新的工作。我想,大家看看他的话,你就知道我为什么兴奋了。你不需要与他所有观点达成一致,但,别忘了。有些人很认真的对待他的概念以及意念,而有些人则只认真对待他的用词或者用语。

You decide which is for you.


As for me? We’ll do things as we’ve always have. I’ve got one last promise to fulfill on my end. I promised you all a book. I intend to make good on that promise.


Let’s all do our best in the coming year.


From Donald Trump’s Inauguration, 2017.

…Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.


For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.


Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.


The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.


That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you! It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.


What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.


The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.


Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.


Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.


These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public. But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.


This American carnage stops RIGHT HERE and stops RIGHT NOW. We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.


The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans. For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry. We’ve subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military; We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own, and spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.


We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.


One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.


The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.


But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.


We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.


From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.


From this moment on, it’s going to be America First. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.


I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.
America will start winning again, winning like never before. We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.


We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.


We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.


We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.


We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.


We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.


We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.


At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.


When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.


The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”


We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.

我们需要坦诚的说出我们的思想,诚实的讨论我们的区别,但一直追求齐心。美国齐心的时候是战无不胜的。我们不应该有任何惧怕 – 我们被保护,并且我们永远都会被保护。

We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.


Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.


We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.


The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.


Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.


We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again. We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.


A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions. It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag. And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.


So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.


Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.


We Will Make America Wealthy Again.


We Will Make America Proud Again.


We Will Make America Safe Again….


and Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again.


Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.


Donald J. Trump
45th President of the United States

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