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NB: I hope you don't find the opinions I express here (or have been known to express in talk page discussions) too off-putting. While this hasn't always been the case, I take my responsibility to edit in a neutral manner seriously, and believe I do a better job of it than many of my opponents.


"[The Japanese Red Army] had tortured a number of its own members to death in Japan. (One, for instance, was a young woman. They had buried her alive under the floorboards of the rooms in which the gang lived. Her crime had been to ask one of the comrades to pass her a paper handkerchief. The leader of the group, Fusako Shigenobu had seen this as proof that she was 'too bourgeois', for which she deserved to die. The murdered woman was pregnant at the time.)"-From Jillian Becker's 1984 classic The PLO: The Rise and Fall of the Palestine Liberation Organization, pg. 129. If I were still reading as many neo-reactionary blogs as I used to, I would probably include the caption "Leftism in a nutshell." From the fanaticism with which the Khmer Rouge set out to kill (after the most extravagant tortures) every Cambodian guilty of thinking insufficiently virtuous thoughts (or of wearing glasses—which could indicate intelligence—or having received a Western education, like the French-educated intellectual leaders of the Khmer Rouge themselves) in a massacre with few parallels in recorded history, to the censorious campus Left that threatens violence to block a feminist speaker due to her "transphobic" belief that a biological male cannot draw on the same reservoir of experience as an individual that has been female for their entire life, examples such as the above may merely be caricatures, but revealing caricatures nevertheless.

Hello, and welcome to my userpage. My name is Jake Murrin. I am an extreme introvert from Lombard, Illinois, whose primary interests are reading books and editing Wikipedia. (I wish there was more to me than that, but sadly, I live a rather unremarkable life.) As "TheTimesAreAChanging," I am best known for my work on Dreamcast and other articles about Sega gaming consoles, as well as articles on the modern history of the Middle East. Creating this account in October 2010 but not accomplishing much until 2012, I frequently indulged in absurdly over-the-top edit warring and POV-pushing (which I considered necessary at the time), but mellowed a bit and have been making more serious contributions since January 2014 (if not slightly earlier). In addition to being one of the major contributors to the GAs and FA listed under "Fast Facts," I reviewed Resident Evil (2002 video game) for GA.

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  • My love for Sega is rooted in a natural sympathy for the underdog, as well as the inimitable charm and appeal of Sega games.

Despite being an editor, I don't actually recommend that you take the vast majority of Wikipedia articles on politics or history remotely seriously. I'm not sure I'd even be here if I didn't think it necessary to minimize the harm Wikipedia can do. My brief experience editing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict convinced me that Wikipedia's anti-Israel bias is pervasive and probably insurmountable. You're certainly not going to learn the true history of the Reagan administration's Latin America policy from Wikipedia. (Yes, including Guatemala!) (For a biting analysis of why four more years of the Carter administration would have accidentally—or "accidentally" if you're on the "alt-right"—delivered all of Central America to Communist autocrats, see Jeane Kirkpatrick's exceptionally wise and still deeply relevant "Dictatorships and Double Standards." For Leftist academics rewriting history in real time, see Wikipedia articles such as List of authoritarian regimes supported by the United States.) I'm sure Moldbug would say that Wikipedia is merely the voice of "the Cathedral," and he might be right (though I have always been as allergic to Moldbug as I am to Chomsky, even when I closely identified with the neo-reactionaries). It may be worth noting, however, that some Wikipedia articles are more truthful than others: For example, 1954 Guatemalan coup d'état obscures the truth entirely, but 1953 Iranian coup d'état barely even tries to conceal the fact that Mossadegh was an authoritarian dictator whose ruinous policies had brought Iran to the brink of disaster.


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For your incredible research and editing at Sega Saturn, which I am sure will reach FA status soon. Indrian (talk) 18:11, 4 June 2014 (UTC)
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For your absolutely awesome work at Sega Saturn, one of the task force's most important articles.
this WikiAward was given to TheTimesAreAChanging by Red Phoenix let's talk... on 01:44, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

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