01/13/23 – Send In The Troops Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, January 13, 2023. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/01/2023-01-13-spacetrawler3.mp3 Previous | Next 1st Series | 2nd Series | 3rd Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next 1st Series | 2nd Series | 3rd Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Some slippery slopes end up being frictionless, and all that’s left is to wait for the bottom. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 01/11/23 – More Self Defense 01/16/23 – Roll Call 22 Comments Coyoty January 13, 2023 at 12:36 am 11 months ago Humane means treating others like they’re human. Should they think that’s a good thing? The Shadow January 13, 2023 at 1:19 am 11 months ago Beat me to it. Thorfinn January 13, 2023 at 12:49 pm 11 months ago So they should be… mmm, aliene? (except to them humans are the aliens) Garth Hill January 13, 2023 at 7:41 am 11 months ago just have to say — i completely love the creative and imaginative character designs on these last few pages. it’s a thrill to get to see you stretch yourself a bit with a whole new roster of disposable characters. rock on, man. Rex Vivat January 13, 2023 at 11:19 am 11 months ago I’m failing to see how they’d be more effective with lasers set to kill rather than stun? If you stun someone (except Dimitri) you drop them as much as if you shoot to kill, you still disable them in one shot. This is the kind of logic I’d except of them, but not from her. Christopher Baldwin January 13, 2023 at 11:30 am 11 months ago @Rex, I’m trying to parse this. My intention was not that Halip is suggesting the troops set their guns to kill. I’m guessing it’s the line “I’d rather they die than you.” But not implying that the militia or invaders would die by the troops setting guns to “kill” but rather that they’d be busy killing each other. I’ll try to think of a way to easily clarify this. Maybe “I’d rather THEY die killing each other than YOU die trying to stop them.” Efogoto January 13, 2023 at 8:52 pm 11 months ago I also had taken Halip’s statement to mean the troops should shoot to kill. Thanks for the clarification. Rex Vivat January 14, 2023 at 12:06 am 11 months ago Ah, that makes more sense. Thanks. rws January 13, 2023 at 6:21 pm 11 months ago If you know that the weapons the other side is using kill, you will almost certainly be reluctant to stick you head up and aim. Christopher Baldwin January 14, 2023 at 10:58 am 11 months ago @Rex and @Efogoto, fixed! 🙂 tlhonmey January 18, 2023 at 7:39 pm 10 months ago It changes the tactics. If the other side is definitely shooting to stun, then you can afford to take bigger risks because as long as your side wins you’ll be fine. If they’re shooting to kill you’ll want to fight much more defensively. Same reason a gun does a much better job of deterring a mugger than a can of pepper spray. The stakes are higher and so playing the game is significantly dumber. Pete Rogan January 13, 2023 at 3:45 pm 11 months ago You don’t have to be wielding nuclear weapons to run into the quandary of Mutual Assured Destruction. Any escalation of violence, when not met by overwhelming force, results in further escalation until one side or the other, or both, is unable to respond — incapacitated, dead, looking for more weapons, trying to get aid to the fallen, doesn’t matter. We’ve rarely seen situations where combat continues until all the combatants are dead or incapacitated, but we’ve come close. The Pacific War assaults on well-defended Iwo Jima and Okinawa, for example. Both battles were won through overwhelming American force. If not for that, neither action would have ended conclusively. We’ll see if Haslip’s GOB troops have to go that final mile to restore the peace. Which might still require them to simply extinguish all combatants. You know– Kill them all; let GOB sort it out. TB January 13, 2023 at 5:15 pm 11 months ago Entire rooms or corridors with large stun emitters might be useful here. TB January 13, 2023 at 5:15 pm 11 months ago And seriously, who routinely carries around a gas mask? rws January 13, 2023 at 6:22 pm 11 months ago Anyone going into combat when gas is an option. tlhonmey January 18, 2023 at 7:42 pm 10 months ago I mean… I have one because they’re useful when painting or when something happens such that the air quality is terrible… If, for some reason, I found myself heading into a massive firefight/melee I’d definitely take it along because tear gas and pepper spray are really common things. Demarquis January 13, 2023 at 5:56 pm 11 months ago One side in that firefight are the invading aggressors, the other side are her own citizens, to whom I would think she owes a duty of protection. Treating them as morally equivalent seems very shaky to me. rws January 13, 2023 at 6:24 pm 11 months ago At some point, “kill them all and let god sort them out” becomes your only option. A gas variant that penetrates gas masks would be useful. Effects you through the skin for example. VINCENT GOUDREAULT January 14, 2023 at 4:30 am 11 months ago When someone dies from being blasted to smithereens, shouldn’t there be some “SPLUBT!” sound effects besides the “GAHHH!”? Christopher Baldwin January 14, 2023 at 10:58 am 11 months ago @Vincent, well dang, you’re right. Um. I’ll add it to the list of things to go back in and fix. This series is going to have a PILE of them. 🙂 totematika January 14, 2023 at 4:21 pm 11 months ago Btw, I think your SSL certificate has expired. Pete Rogan January 15, 2023 at 6:01 pm 11 months ago Yesterday the entire site was unviewable, marked as ‘dangerous’. I couldn’t even access your email to let you know, Christopher. Seems to be working now. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.