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It is ANZAC day here in New Zealand, the annual public "holiday" to commemorate and honor those who died fighting in "our" name in military service. In practice this means primarily World Wars I and II with in recent years the occasional nod creeping in to Vietnam or more recent actions in the Middle East.

There are links I have shared on FB over the past few years that this year I am going to round up here before putting down more of my thoughts


Cliffs of Gallipoli [Sabaton]
"There is no enemy, there is no victory
Only boys who lost their lives in the sand
Young men were sacrificed their name are carved in stone and kept alive
And forever we will honour the memory of them""

19 things you need to know about ANZAC Day (that we should not be proud of)

The Pencilsword remembers the Maori Land Wars - arguably more important to NZs history and identity but often forgotten

The Making of Gallipoli into a Marketable Memory

I was only 19 [Redgum]
"And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can't get to sleep?
And night time's just a jungle dark and a barking M.16?
And what's this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means?
God help me - I was only nineteen"

"Lest we forget" means different things to different people. For some it is about the family who went to war whether by choice or otherwise and didn't come back. For some it is about the need to be prepared to go to war "for the right reasons" (these reasons vary).

For me it means
a. Being aware that
-- wars past and present are not times of glory and righteousness as presented by the media and spin doctors, but of horror and death

-- that the amounts spent on military adventurism by western economies would go a long way to giving the oft-struggling citizens of those countries(arguably the losers and casualties of a form of civil /economic/ warfare which has taken place of the intervening decades) a decent standard of living. Food, healthcare, accommodation, the freedom to be productive rather than just trying to survive.

b. Saying #notinmyname when my government continues to choose to hire out our military "defence forces" especially in a time when modern military conflict often seems to mean
-- a technologically superior force operating on behalf of interests who are posed no significant threat by the other side
-- sowing death with machines which doe not need to have human compassion or judgement drilled out of them, dissociation of their operators enabled by a safe distance
-- inflicting civilian casualties and recording them as "enemy combatants" for simply being present

c. That the best way to not become involved in a war against a nation with a "morally bankrupt" government is for people to stand up, be critical and questioning, and prevent their government from becoming that sort of institution.

Every. Day.

War (What is it good for?) [Edwin Starr]
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So at the weekend I was introduced to Van Canto, a "Heavy Metal A Capella" / "Hero Metal" group from Germany. Among other stuff they did a cover to a song called Kings of Metal (originally by Manowar). The chorus I initially heard (and still prefer to hear) as
"Some men slay, men of war kill" (Some bands play, Manowar kill)
Which gives me a great idea for the foundation of a Lawful fighter/knight type character's personality and code of conduct. In the business of war and killing, but not indiscriminate slaughter. They type of character that targets the biggest threat on the battlefield or the opposing commander, cutting through the ranks if he has to and preferring to let the enemy flee rather than wipe them out to a man (or goblin, or whatever).

On the flip side, I could run entire campaigns based on some of the other songs/videos in Van Canto's repertoire. Youtube channel
Kings of Metal

Last Night of the Kings

Speed of Light
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Weapon of Choice by Fatboy Slim feat. Christopher Walken [pesky embed disabling]
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Hurts - Wonderful Life


Oct. 30th, 2010 09:31 am
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(via Public Address)
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Ok, so I only actually know one of their songs...

cum on feel the noize )
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