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Saving Private Ryan … and Derek Wee

Posted by inspir3d on January 19, 2007

Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” is a tour-de-force in the way Pavarotti is to Opera. The first half an hour is undoubtedly one of the strongest set pieces in cinematic history – a visceral depiction of men at war, caught amid the carnage, confusion and utter hopelessness of combat as they charge up Omaha beach against a hail of bullets; it’s so powerful that no one who sees it, not even someone suffering from chronic amnesia, will ever be able to forget it. It just burns a part of the brain and leaves a bitter sweet impression. I couldn’t help shaking my head and repeating the words, “the waste, the waste, the waste,” again and again as I watched on.

The film is one of the first to deploy revolutionary filming techniques to heighten the experience of combat by placing the viewer in the shoes of the combatants with a point of view camera perspective: fixed 50mm period lenses, speed framing and muted colors all culminate seamlessly to heighten the fly on the wall experience. The result is nothing short of riveting!

Although this was not Tom Hanks’ highest-profile role, it was one of his best performances. His portrayal of John Miller, the middle American teacher-turned-rambo comes complete with the shakes and a tinge of melancholic tragedy. We are told during a confession that his only umbilical cord to sanity amid the senselessness of war is the image of his wife pruning rose bushes. And his greatest worry is that she will not recognize him when he returns, because, “With every man I kill, the farther away from home I feel.”

The theme revolves around a public relations mission to find Private James Ryan and take him home to his mama, who is shortly to learn that three of her sons have died. Although the producers insist that the film is based on a true story, I really wonder how this could have been accomplished before computers were invented. All we are told in the film is via a booming narrative that sounds a bit like what God would sound, moralizing on how such a travesty to human justice can never be allowed to happen, and that the State will do everything in its power to step in and do the right thing for poor Mrs Ryan.

We are told that the Ryan’s are hardly like the Kennedy’s, that the only surviving Ryan is merely a lowly private, hardly designer genetic material (not that I believe in the notion of superior genes for one moment judging from how many Kennedy’s have either overdosed or flown into the sea).

How plausible is it that the Army high command would pick out the anomaly of three Ryans dying at about the same time? Well, it’s a million to one if you asked me. And even if the Army did pick it up would they really send a platoon just to find and bring back a lowly private? (Whatever happened to the practical necessities of military decision making: cost and benefit loss calculations?)

For me this is the fly in the ointment that spoils an otherwise perfect and great film. It’s a bit like watching a Western only to spot faint tyre tracks or a distant vapor trail left by a jet. Most people would dismiss it and just move on quite happily to another scene, but not me: I admit that I have long been a crank when it comes to authenticity.

At any rate, I have reached an age where one’s personality is almost entirely composed of various tics, syndromes, rank prejudices, and microscopic coquetries. Barring a serious fall on my mountain bike, in a few years this presently jarring and off putting compendium of afflictions will start to be enfeebled along with the rest of me, and will mellow into what many mistakenly call “character.” But really, I am digressing.

How credible is it – the whole idea of Saving Private Ryan? It’s probably as remote as any politician deciding to save Derek Wee. Or is it such a preposterous notion?

Well to answer the question one really needs to consider the ideal of what politics really represents or entails. What is politics? And what are politicians supposed to do? I know they are supposed to serve the people and so on, but this hardly translates into something tangible, into something you and I can touch and feel. Beyond the superficial card board speeches, baby hugging and clammy handshakes – I am dwelling deeper into the real meaning of what politics really entails for the sort of political will it takes to save the likes of Private Ryan and Derek Wee – you know the stuff that just says, hey this is real, that’s what they are supposed to do!

It is something that really hits home because if we are really going to make any progress, we need to ask jugular questions as to what the raison d’etre of politics and the role of politicians is. Otherwise, it’s going to be one long endless litany of “we have no choice, no choice and no choice,” and though that may make a whole lot of sense to some, to me that’s as much logic as it takes to fill up a space in a postage stamp. It just doesn’t make the grade.

I really want to know whether the whole notion of saving Private Ryan and the likes of Derek Wee is actually so preposterous.

One way of answering this question is by looking deeper into the whole ideal of politics to gain an appreciation of the role of politicians.

As with Plato and the rest of the Greek intelligentsia, Aristotle did not see ethics as something different from politics, that is to say, the science of statecraft. The Greeks saw politics as the science of how to create a good society with the express intention of providing the best opportunities for its citizens to live the good life. And what is the good life?

Aristotle had a particular concept of happiness in mind that went beyond the dictionary meaning, which he described as eudaimonia. By this he meant an active kind of well-being. He was not talking about adding some medication into the water supply to induce a state of bliss. Neither was he referring to just jobs that manage to pay the bills and put food on the table. Sure, that is important, but what Aristotle refers to goes beyond the battery chicken sort of job: it means a flourishing state of the soul.

The English word happiness pales in comparison to what Aristotle meant. Eudamonia means being able to find a sense of place and belonging beyond just existing – it certainly doesn’t mean the scientific definition of work in the Frederick Taylor sense where work is a form of reductionism that dehumanizes people at the expense of output or productivity and doesn’t provide avenues to recruit the intellect or imagination of workers – Aristotle was referring to deep spirited work that nourishes the human soul.

This is especially cogent against the backdrop of globalization.

Jobs have changed dramatically since the advent of globalization – if you’re hungry for a horror story, just pop down to your local McDonalds where Ah Kong and Ah Mah are co-starring the life of the battery chickens, trying to keep up with job scopes designed by time and motion specialists who typically squeeze every hour, minute and second in the name of productivity to deliver greater value for you and me. You may say there is nothing wrong with businesses for optimizing resources because that is what they are supposed to do to remain competitive – but just look at the cost of remaining competitive.

The way these productivity savings are brought to us makes life hell for those who have to live the battery chicken life. They can’t even stop to scratch their backsides, because technology has a way of creeping up on the workplace, called function creep ( pls google it yourself). Computers tell us simply who and when to serve, but with the proliferation of technology permeating every feature of businesses, workers will be increasingly monitored till ultimately the situation will resemble an Orwellian panoptical landscape where workers are told to go from X to Y and Y to Z, where they will even have to ask permission to urinate. And with it we have the end of the age of respite, the cigarette time, the moment when one simply stares on a stop on the wall or simply whiles away the time doing absolutely nothing – the little slices of what makes an unbearable life bearable.

And if you are wondering, “Well if that is the case then they can resign and get another job, it’s a free market after all,” think again. People who live below the subsistence level don’t have skills sets that any head hunter would consider marketing. They are on their own. And if you have to work seven days a week with only one day off, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that you don’t have anything resembling anything close to a choice or to even maximize your opportunity cost to find another job. You don’t even have time to look for an alternative, you either have to throw in the towel or lump it and the odds are stacked against you when you age starts catching up with you.

Globalization simply means the free market economy rules. And if you’re past 40 your utility diminishes exponentially like the run out date on a automobile after 10 years. The sum total of your worth simply amounts to zero. And if it makes more sense for corporations to recruit younger workers, pray tell me, how are we going to save Derek Wee?

Retraining, someone said, if ever there was a get out of jail free card – retraining would roughly be one that has been marketed as a pill to cure all ills associated with the corrosive effects of the free market. But we all know retraining older workers can only produce results when there is work culture that rigorously sees the value in retraining older workers. Besides, the young may the retrained at a lesser cost only for their cost to be amortized for a longer period as opposed to someone like Derek Wee.

At the heart of the issue: why firms continue to discard older workers in preference for a younger workforce, lies our belief that the free market economy has the capacity or wisdom to smooth out these anomalies by finding what neoclassical economists such as Adam Smith referred too as equilibrium. It is only true if you believe that everything about life is all about prices and nothing else, not values. The daily decisions of hirers and jobseekers and other market participants depend on current and expected prices. If labor values were pertinent and good forecasters of future prices or price trends, they would have an important function; but they are not. They don’t even feature in the economic equation, and this highlights the corrosive effects of the free market system and why it will always continue to militate against the likes of Derek Wee. The chips, so to speak, are stacked against him. And if we are serious about saving the likes of Derek Wee, we need to consider a paradigm shift in how politicians need to craft a means of recognizing an intrinsic value which the current system is simply blind to.

The case for a paradigm shift in how we need to profile a means to capture and ascribe a real economic index to values has never been more urgent. Against the reality of an aging population and with it, the shrinking labor pool, alongside the reality that people are living longer and healthier lives, and that the birthrate is at a historical low, we face nothing short of a demographic apocalypse. The problem won’t just be a lack of bodies, skills, knowledge, and experience walking out of the door every time some one like Derek Wee is sidelined; assets which traditional free market economic theories are simply blind too.

There needs to be a real paradigm shift in the way organizations define value. They need to move away from the traditional price focus to find ways and means to recognize the intrinsic value in what older workers have to offer. Implicit within this equation is the need to recognize the concept of flexibility to accommodate multiple commitments, such as caring for children and elderly parents at the same time. Job role matching takes into account the strengths and weaknesses of older workers and delineating jobs which may allow them to flourish and even excel in.

Above all, when politicians are prepared to do all these things, they simply tell us that they care enough to walk the extra mile for us. It’s the same spirit of saving Private Ryan that gives the rest of us hope that at least we all tried to live the good life and in so doing, we gave others the permission to do the same.

(By Harphoon / The Brotherhood Press / Econs / Sociology / R:88362992E/P/ 2007)


41 Responses to “Saving Private Ryan … and Derek Wee”

  1. Astroboy said

    Thks inspirid for helping harphy.

    Omaha beach, here it comes……take cover boys…….incoming!!!!

  2. Harphoon said

    Second dat! Inspirid did an excellent job, its definitely his article!

  3. Chronicler said


    Navigation Guild.

    Darkness wants to know whether the Federation Fleet can fold space?

    You will reply ASAP!

  4. oskar said

    On ‘Eudamonia’ in relation to society, see John Ball’s ‘Patterns in Utopias’.

    On what politicians are supposed to do, here’s an excerpt from Don Watson’s ‘Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM’, (Vintage, 2002), pp. 84-85. (Don Watson was Paul Keating’s speechwriter):

    Politics and history are alike and inseparable in that the craft of both is storytelling. Masters of both juggle past and present to create coherent narratives, the historian to make the past knowable, the politician to do this with the present. They are similar, if not sometimes identical, in both substance and methodology. The unceasing conflict at the centre of politics is essentially epistemological: What happened? What is happening? What is likely to happen? And how do we know? How much can be learned from observation, what is a priori, what axiomatic and what mythical? What is the status of imagination and intuition? At the core of every conversation in a political office, including the conversations politicians have with themselves, are the questions: What will happen? Why should I believe you? Politics is the art of the knowable. The protagonists usually divide between the empirical and statistical and the psychological and anthropological. There is the science of polling, the wisdom of experience and the hunch or instinct. There is the world of Treasury and Finance and there is Giambattista Vico’s conception of historical knowledge, his ‘fantasia’ which is not like ‘knowledge of how to ride a bicycle or engage in statistical research or win a battle … [but] more like knowing what it is to be poor, to belong to a nation, to be converted to a religion, to fall in love, to be seized by nameless terror, to be delighted by a work of art’.

    Great musicians seem to draw music from their instruments as if their genius is to discover what has always been there. The cello and the cellist become as one. Politics knows no such perfection and political systems which attempt it are invariably grotesque. Treasury officials have no business imagining other people’s worlds and couldn’t if they tried. Yet, while generally they know that the perfect blend of invisible technique and spiritual empathy is beyond their powers, political leaders are nevertheless impelled towards it. De Tocqueville’s imperative still points the way: ‘If you do not connect the notion of right with private interest, which is the only immutable point in the human heart, what means will you have of governing the world except by fear?’ When in policy and rhetoric governments and their leaders do connect what is right and good with what is wanted, they achieve something like a state of grace. It is like the blessing of providence: one good work seems to lead to another; everything connects, including the press. Government has a glow about it. As the cellist finds the music in the cello, when the political finds harmony in the chaos we might be tempted to believe that a genius has tapped something in the natural order. It never lasts, of course, and no-one expects it to. But consciously or not, advisers to government and leaders are always looking for the harmony.

  5. wbg said

    Don’t you realise?

    The eye sees worthiness as he sees fit.

    To preserve life is but a cheap excuse to justify personal morality.

    The Angel of Death takes whoever he desires.

    Who but actors can stop him?

  6. 3rd stage navigator said


    We do not have sufficient bandwidth to enable a sector to sector light jump.

    We will be operational within 72 hours / evac @ 1430 GMT / Primus Date 77-02-00-023 / RDV: Zulu (903)

  7. Interesting parallel that you’ve tried to draw between Private Ryan and Derek Wee. There is however a minor point that the KTM would like to clarify.

    In the case of Private Ryan, it’s at least relatively clear how the job should be accomplished, i.e. you send a platoon in after the fella.

    In the case of Derek Wee, even if the Government/politicians is committed to saving him, how is it going to be accomplished against a backdrop globalization and a rapidly changing global economy? How much control do we think the Government has over the hiring/firing decisions of the MNCs, or perhaps the SMEs? Or are you suggesting that the Civil Service or GLCs should soak up the Derek Wees? 🙂

  8. Rowen said

    This is an interesting parallel.
    However, 2 points are very clear.
    first saving private ryan mission in itself is a flawed one. Although the spirit is to recover a son for a family who has lost all other sons is commendable, the cost involved is great
    From the movie, the cost of saving a private ryan, it costed the lives of the entire platoon including that of the officer in charge (Tom Hanks).
    This entire platoon of well trained soldiers could contribute more to the war effort and take on more important missions than to risk their lives to save 1 individual.

    Would the government spend resources and craft laws, which would save a portion of the society, which in turn may turn away from the free market concept?

    2nd point. True even if the government were to craft laws to avoid discrimination against age into the employment act or to craft more forms of training to the aged. In a free market or a society of choice, the employers still have the last say in employing or not employing.

    Hence still a dead end case.

    In reality, Talk is still cheap. Politicians can say a 101 things yet nothing results in action. Even when there is action, the politician will think of themselves and their benefits first and foremost.

    Bottom line of the entire case is for the individual to save oneself.
    Gather experience and ability which no matter what technology advance or ingenuity in the world could do one would still be employable.

  9. Harphoon said

    Hi KTM and Rowen,

    I do agree in drawing analogies between fiction and reality, I may have over simplified the entire equation of how to save the likes of Mr Derek Wee. However, I believe globalization is still very much in its infancy and though the technocrats may have successfully fleshed out the economic nuts and bolts – what remains a perennial problem is implementation and this underscores the pressing need to craft just arrangements to tackle the issue of an aging workforce along with other issues such as environmental degradation – without these complimentary philosophies sitting happily beside the mechanics, I really don’t see how globalization can possibly enhance the prospects of peace and harmony – this may in fact retard globalization as Astroboy has mentioned in the form of deglobalization.

    What needs to be recognized is the entire premise which allows globalization to work is predicated on peace and harmony i.e stability and it is to the interest of both governments and firms to pursue the development of a coherent set of philosophy as a matter of strategic priority, if they seriously desire to be successful actors in globalizing.

    What is rapidly emerging in the globalization debate is the need for moral and ethical coherency and though this may suggest governments would be the proponents to spearhead these changes. But I don’t buy into this ideal simply because governments are by nature sclerotic and the last to initiate change. I believe the impetus will emerge from the private sector, namely the MNC’s as they are the primary stakeholders in the process of globalization, they will make sense of the situation and provide the framework of moral and ethical coherency in an age of uncertainty.

    In a nutshell it makes good business sense to allay the fears associated with globalization. So I really see this as a logical development, though it will take time – every age needs to define its sense of purpose alongside community, culture and what it means to be part of the human race. I don’t see this age being any different from past generations.

    I do agree the entire operational premise of saving Private Ryan doesn’t make an ounce of common sense as I have mentioned no travesty no matter how grave could possibly justify the military mind to embark on such a cracked brained mission. Totally agreed, but having said that the mere proposition that such a mission was actually endorsed if we are to believe it is indeed a true story is telling.

    For one it is a moral tale of how, the sum of all hinges on the one and though this is diametrically opposed to the philosophical ideal, the sum of many out weights the needs of the one, it none the less demonstrates how man is still able to do the right thing despite going against the grain of logic – that in a nutshell is what I was trying to highlight, how globalization can be so logical that it actually veers away from the right to the domain of the immoral. What is logical can only be termed right or moral, if you define humanity as a simple matter of data processing can you ever believe that human being and machines.

    Juxtapose this against the construct of globalization and one really sees how the traditional formulaic approach may make perfect sense but hardly appeals to our sense of fairness or what it means to be a humanitarian.

    I guess that’s why we all find the theme of saving private Ryan so affecting, it doesn’t make the slightest sense, but in the strongest possible way, it reminds us all: what it really means to be a human.

    That in the wider scheme of things is regrettably what the globalization sorely lacks.

  10. Harphoon said

    Many Thanks Oskar. We meet again. How did you find the brotherhood this time?

  11. oskar said

    Many Thanks Harphoon. Thus, we meet again. I was never with the brotherhood; nor its Other. So I don’t think I’m that experienced; to comment.

  12. deep blue said

    Sorry, I think harphy thought you were Oskaradia – we all call him Oskar.

  13. Cleric said

    “I believe the impetus will emerge from the private sector, namely the MNC’s as they are the primary stakeholders in the process of globalization, they will make sense of the situation and provide the framework of moral and ethical coherency in an age of uncertainty.”

    extremely well observed and articulated however, your above explication maybe against a series of prophetic emergence.

    so on the contrary, your subjects are in fact anathema to eschatological development.

  14. oskar said

    Deep Blue:

    Exactly: ‘I was never with the brotherhood; nor its Other. So I don’t think I’m that experienced; to comment.’

    As in… I didn’t know why he said ‘we meet again’.


  15. huttington said

    This is a very creative approach. You mentioned specifically the need to develop a moral and ethical construct as a “matter of strategic priority” if globalization is to become a reality.

    Can I then ask, whose morality and ethics would it be based on? Is it even possible to prescribe a one size fits all solution to successfully address the various diversities of the world?

    I think not. Or perhaps, I am wrong. It is obvious to me alot of research has gone into this piece and I for one cannot see it being a product that can possibly emerge from one individual – if I were to hazard a guess, it probably emerged from a team. So I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt by not categorically stating you are wrong.

    Another question, you mentioned the success of globalization is predicated on “stability” – though I agree with you somewhat, may I ask how this could possibly be considered a precondition for success. Just in case you did not realize the world is currently battling islamic insurgency in the middle east, north korean has just up the ante on the nuclear proliferation treaty and China is considering the acquisition of an aircraft carrier – so are we to assume, we need the world to be more chaotic than it already is, for globalization to fail?

    Thank you very much nonetheless, a very well written article

  16. Harphoon said

    Hi Huttington,

    Yes, I see where you are coming from and I do recognize the hubris associated it profiling a universally acceptable and workable moral and ethical construct to effectively regulate the process of globalization.

    However, I believe the main reason why you find it difficult to buy into such a notion is because you assume as most people would normally do; any moral or ethical construct needs to emerge from the bed rock of faith, be it Islam, Christianity, Buddhist or the Mickey Mouse fan club.

    I do not believe that is necessarily so (this is where, we part waves), the world has in the past successfully profiled and administered apolitical and secular styled moral and ethical constructs. The Geneva Conventions is a good example which regulates the rules of engagement of combatants irrespective of race, creed, nationality or religion. Another is the European Court of Justice located in Brussels which frequently adjudicates over moral and ethical disputes concerning employment rights to protecting the interest of minority groups within member countries.

    It may be a diverse world, but this does not necessarily mean people cannot migrate intellectually, linguistically, socially and culturally to accept a set of common values and more importantly weave them within their respective country legislation, by-laws and conventions.

    Stability is a precondition simply because, if we look at how globalization works, it de-fragments the supply chain of good, services, human labor and materials. To further exacerbate the tenuous links between producers and purchasers these supply chains are extremely fragile and one reason accounting for this inherent systematic weakness arises from modern way the business process is currently managed.

    Take the case of Just-In-Time (JIT) inventory management which prescribes keeping inventory as low as possible to cut down on warehousing, labor, admin and all the cost associated with buffer inventory – though JIT is effective in boosting ROI (return on investment) it also means, if there is a labor strike in Chinese ports, shelves in Wall-Mart will be empty, production lines in Harley-Davison will also grind to standstill because all their “V” die-cast engines are outsourced to Chinese producers, Dell will call an extraordinary off day, because their inventory levels will be so low, they would not be able to sustain their business process – Hence stability will always remain key for globalization to effectively work.

    Currently the geo-political situation is hardly optimal, but it’s still manageable – the issue is what will the future hold? George Yeo has summarized quite succinctly the various push and pull factors which will be key determinants in modulating the eventual contour of the global landscape. I believe he has provided an eagles view on the various issues along with short snippets on the associated rationale. In my view he has done a very good job. I would seriously recommend you to read up on his latest post.

    As for me, what I have written are simply vignettes, offering suggested solutions rather than disquisitions; they are intended to prompt interest rather to explore the issues exhaustively, though I shall discuss with my associates to perhaps provide a more comprehensive account in the near future.

    Meanwhile the brotherhood wishes you: Happy Reading.

  17. 3rd stage navigator said

    This is Zulu (903) fleet will assemble at coordinates 780 -003-033 in the strangelands.

    We will commence light jump in 28 hours. All systems green.

    Your controller will be steamboy.

    All ships to magnetic dock at the Dimitri: 890-003-003.

    Joining us will be the Free French, Les enfant du Paradis and the English starcruiser, the Britiannia.

    Long live the brotherhood!

  18. Chronicler said

    The following will remain:

    Deep Blue

    Darkness bids you all farewell – we have to look for new worlds – it is our way.

  19. Chronicler said

    We are very sorry, this is our way – forgive me – darkness says.

  20. Astroboy said

    I want to go with darkness.

  21. atomic monkey said

    Its something like this ginnah:

    We need to retreat, if we miss the portal for a jump this time, we will certainly be trapped.

    We still require a outpost here nonetheless that is why darkness has ordered you all to stay.

    We will be back in 2.4 earth years.

    We dont even know where we are going.

    Good luck.

  22. Chronicler said

    You ppl jaga ok.

  23. 3rd stage Nav said

    FYI Harpoon,

    At Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
    Monday, 22 January 2007
    20:47:08 / 8:47:08 p.m.

    Primus time: 203/22/099

    Sector to sector light jump was enable one hour ago / a probe was deployed to sector 993 ECHO CHARLIE to determine jump locale / the report states all 47 ships crossed over successfully / except the Carphatia, a niberium C Class mineral heavy lift hybrid starcruiser is reported missing in deep and uncharted space, we believe complications may have arisen during the pre- jump sequence during launch commit stage at EPROM / we are currently conducting a re-run check on all sequencing to determine whether the crew managed to evac / we have informed the alliance to conduct a search and rescue operation asap /End of transmission.

    Navigation Guild

  24. wbg said

    I love Prince Rasler

  25. steamboy said


    You mean he went on a toilet break when all of them folded space?

    (1)How far is the RDV locale from jump launch?

    (2)Can we re-establish a RL to comsat with them?

    (3)How many of you stayed back?

  26. 3rd stage navigator said


    Thats a negative / we had the skipper and his crew on-line on cue / all systems were green prior to space fold / we suspect a malfunction.

    (1) 1,293.73 light years from where we are / roughly 30,004,993,002.992 Decimanetes / Its way out of the scoping, we have to inform the gamemaster to profile another board / they run clear out of the map.


    (3)Just 3 of us.

    This is the last transmission from the guild.

  27. I’m curious to how Harphoon will approach less mainstream, more obscure, (though not necessarily artier) films that have come out recently. Most notably, the Children of Men, Pan’s Labyrinth. Or better yet, Gaghan’s Syriana, or Inarritu’s Babel, since both those movies have much closer ties to the themes of globalization and the underdog.

    While I like that he takes mainstream movies and tries to fashion cogent philosophical insightful arguments, (your mileage may vary), I do wish he would take some time to approach films that actually have those themes informing their plot, storylines and characters. Rather, he seems to be investing undue amount of thought into films whose message and theme are superficially tacked on and poorly dealth with only in the most platitudinous manner.

  28. scholarman said


    Do you know who I represent? I am issuing you a direct ISG order.

    Find the “C” Class Mineral cruiser.

    I do not think you understand how serious the matter really is. If the re-supply ship didnt cross over, it simply means they dont have enough fuel to get back.

    Find it! I expect a daily report!

  29. 3rd stage Navigator said


    The calculations we made for space fold was perfection unto itself / I went through the whole series at least a hundred times! / pls do not throw your weight around, our cosca does not recognize the authority of the ISG / besides there are only a handful of us who have remained, what are you going to do, if I choose to disregard your “order.”

    I will continue searching but given the limited resources, I choose to remain realistically pessimistic abt the outcome.

    As for your request for a daily report, that will not be necessary / FYI, the Niberian Mineral cruiser wasnt transporting any fuel cells / All the cargo bay were empty!

    Long live the brotherhood!

  30. Harphoon said

    Nav, you are 100% certain the cargo bays were empty?

  31. 3rd stage navigator said


    110%, the C-Class cruiser differs from the previous Minerva class resupply space ships sir / it is capable of sub-orbit and atmospheric capabilities exceeding 21 atm’s.

    So we have to factor in diplacement weight prior to space fold / otherwise the computer doesnt log the entry / the program for the game is configured in that manner / I personally double and tripled checked it personally / the cargo bays on the Carphatia were empty.

  32. PSAscholar said

    Hi brotherhood,

    I would just like to add a very short note. I do so enjoy many of these post. I think they are terribly creative and entertaining especially the manner in which issues are teased and coaxed out. It is certainly a change from the staid diet which the rest of the net offers.

    All of us in the office find it very entertaining and definitely very different as well as educational and informative.

    However on a constructive note, we really hope, the brotherhood can be more consistent when it comes to postings – I am referring to the frequency of post. If the editors in the brotherhood press can buy into the idea of setting up a minimum number of post per week, this would be immeasurably helpful to both your mainstay and new readers.

    As it is, I have been checking this site for the last 3 days, at least 10 to 15 times a day. Surely there must be a more sensible way to do things.

    Besides the brotherhood has a very large repository and it would make sense to re-read many of those articles once posted. I hope many of you will take this feed back constructively.

    Many Thanks

  33. PSAscholar said

    I just one to add a small detail. I dont think we will be rechecking this site for further post again. We also have another suggestion. Pls post a weekly time table in advance to inform us when and what all of you will be planning to write abt.

    I believe darkness hand picked most of you because of your skills to organize, write and fulfill the needs of your loyal readers.

    Pls do not continue to let us down – its terribly sad when you can do so much, yet prefer to do so little.

    Do try to take this constructively for once. Many thanks

  34. Hellokity said

    Hello PSAscholar,

    “As it is, I have been checking this site for the last 3 days, at least 10 to 15 times a day. Surely there must be a more sensible way to do things.”

    Completely agree with you. We have also been checking regularly here for their next post and to be very honest with you, it is definitely a hassle.

    In my opinion, the whole idea of a TV guide format is a capital idea. At least, it will give us all a preview of what to expect that particular week in advance and it will definitely prove helpful to those who do not wish to waste their time constantly checking and re-checking this site.

    I suspect many of you have been giving harpyboy a hard time since Bambie skipped town. For one Harphyboy is hardly the type to rip off heads so those monkeys will undoubtedly climb on top of his head and crap all over it. And as for another whenever, he gives an order or tell the rest to do something, nothing happens, because they are simply not afraid of him as they were of darkness. Neither does he have the charisma to see it all through, unlike Bambie, who comes across as a street fighter cum philosopher / cool guy that no one will ever think of messing around with.I think all of you boys should stop mucking around and put your shoulders to the wheels and rally around your leader harphyboy, it will be a very long long time bfr the rest returns and your readers are a fickle lot, you may think they are with you, but once you fail to deliver, they will simply just go somewhere else and you lose them forever.

    The brotherhood press has always been good at doing one thing so very well – designing for ageless. articles are written with flair and considerable intellectual fiber, not too much to alienate, but with just the right balance of cerebral wit to appeal to those seeking a slightly higher quality read besides the ST or the normal run of mill produced by most blogs.

    I believe the standard was pretty much set by Bambie himself – we hope in the tradition of the brotherhood, this new generation of writers will do the same.

    long live the sisterhood!

  35. Trajan said


    Answer this question, why would the cargo bays be empty? If they are folding space?

    Every square inch needs to be utilized for long haul expeditions, thats the textbook approach – rite?

    So why was the cargo bay empty in the carphatia?

    Doesnt that seem odd to you?

    I see plans within plans brothers.

    Tell me who was the one who was oversaw the space fold during the final minutes?

  36. Trajan said


    I dont think you need to search for the carphatia – I know what happened!

    Tell me have the Altians and the confederation fleet jumped to engage them?

  37. Trajan said


    Pls be patient – I am sure the webmaster is just preoccupied with some private business.

    There is no need to threaten us all.

  38. 3rd stage navigator said


    I think a large part of the reason was practical strategic necessity, the Altians were moving in, they outnumber us 80/1 what did you expect darkness to do?

    80/1 means we will be wiped out father or no father of the game!

    The whole operation was fast forwarded (usually we have at least a whole month to prepare for a jump, in this case we did it in less than 72 hours, so I do not deny, they could have been a few technical oversights, but that doesnt still explain why they didnt see the need to fill up the loading and cargo bays in the Carphatia), we had 6 different teams working round the clock to prep the jump / there are a hundred billion things to do for a space fold! / so who is going to bother abt a re-supply ship?

    We still cant find her, one way to find out is cheat and just phone up darkness and ask him, but that is against the rules of the game? Or maybe we should change the rules.

  39. 3rd stage navigator said

    The problem with you boys is that none of you have any military appreciation of what is happening in the strangelands.

    I do not believe the true pic was communicated to any of you / the matter was kept top secret, right to the last moment / he just wayang, we have to go bc this is our way, bullshit la/ darkness wanted all of you to remain to establish an outpost in Singapore / all of us were told to say nothing about the visitors (that is what we call them)

    In all my years, I never seen a force this big, technologically superior or well disciplined before, they are professionals, I will not be suprise, if sony contracted them to hunt and destroy us once and for all! – each of their battlecruisers 20 times larger even the French class cruiser/ each powered by server class modules with multiple channels!

    This means one of their battlecruisers can take out and entire system! – only the Americans and Japanese have that sort of technology/ we are still trying to determine how they managed to creep into the game and who exactly they are/ what their command structure is like/ and who is behind this / even our best scholars cannot figure out who they are!!!!/ prior to spacefold 7 diplomatic missions were sent all 7 never returned/these aliens didnt come in peace, they are out to finish us off!

    So pls stop hounding me abt one stupid cargo ship/ I have very important work to do!

    This is my final transmission / over and out.

  40. 3rd stage navigator said

    You think I am bullshiting, go and ask harpoon – darkness would have told him the truth bfr he departed.

    He requested to see harpoon one hour bfr space fold on board the French cruiser

    “les enfants du paradis.”

    So now you all know the terrible truth.

  41. astroboy said

    For security reasons we shouldnt post any longer – they (the visitors) could be spying on us – I am going off line to the chat via comsat.

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