Edited by: The Editor on 19/08/2003 01:10:27
I'll humour you Tyrra even though your lowly security rating indicates a somewhat skewed foundation:
Once upon a time there was a pirate called "Setec" and he was proud to be a highwayman and proud to state he would always stay true to his word.. and he did.
However, soon the day dawned where the entrie galaxy was in uproar over the hasty trigger fingers of other corporation, and Setec and his "Corp" called "Space Invaders" rapidly gained fans, followers and members.
Sadly those members were not as descerning as Setec had once been himself and soon it began to emrge that more and more people would criticise, complain or openly damn Space Invaders for failing to keep their word.
Now Space Invaders anturally "fought" these complaints verbally and with a largely succesful PR machine, but it has not dimed the memory of some.
Some remember , some dont, times change and things are forgotten that should not be, some remember Jade Constantine herself offering ISK fro teh cold body of Space Invaders member's, how the times do change.
The fact remains though:
When SI was Setec he had a sterling reputation, that reputation started taking a "hit" the moment the doors were opened to fresh members particularly around the "great m0o uprising" and continued to do so with other reports of other "less than honourable" tactics, deeds and broken words...amongst which, but not on its own, one may find, IF they bother to look words such as these:
...I had intended it to be informative in that SI and the Gang will still attack ships when payment is received, and therefore cannot be trusted. It was meant as a warning to anyone else who thought of paying them for passage
Now hear this:
That is not the only report
of dubious dealings from SI, we have received more, but that one example and its attendent "fest" shows clearly what I will not be dragged into: An arguemetn between the "single victim" and the counter of the "multiple pirates".
Neither, you should note, will others. Why not? Because it is fruitless and pointless and serves no purpose to the FACT.
And let me hit upon that fact, but please listen carefully to what i am saying, NOT to what you project onto my saying:
Their reputation no longer suggests that they keep their word, their offering safe passage should now be taken with a pinch of salt.
What is FACTUAL is that such reports exist and are added to and this impinges on their reputation. What is FACTUAL is that since the "solo" days of Setec they have changed as a corporation and become part of a militaristic empire stretching over 3 regions.
And as they ahve grown and moved and raided and plundered their reputation has slunk with their rising death toll.
Now if you, or anybody else, wants to bandy over "Who told teh truth of XYZ" take it up with the two sides: Space Invaders and "The Victims".
What we will do, what we HAVE done is publish an assessment of reports to us, the result?
"The reputation of Space Invaders no longer suggests they will honour their word and their offering safe passage should be taken with a pinch of salt."
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Now let me make something clear:
We are not here to humour pirates and i will NOT be drawn into the bickering "snapping at heals" type of Summit meeting that SI and others adore so much, and purely so that they can obfuscate the issue.I will not
be drawn to prove evey word or answer every queery, because we have work to do in producing a magazine, not
in humouring the ego of a pirate corporation.
Now then, I leave you to hear how all of this is untrue, that nobody has ever even suggested SI have fired on a ship after payment has been made and how SI are the undoubted champions of truth and honesty in the Galaxy.
I leave YOU to ehar it because WE are making a magazine and need THIS TIME to go out and find out if other people, giving us other information, are simply liers and cheats seeking too boost their own agenda or are telling us the truth.
WE, the entire staff at MDW, will NEVER know, be cause we are not omnipotent, but we do bloody well try... and, as this should clealry show, we do a bloody good job of it.
GUESS WHAT? SI don't like it, won't like and will argue the toss in anycase.
YOU make your mind up - we'll keep reporting it as WE see and when WE have made our minds up WE will report as such.
THAT, my dear Tyrrax is what MDW does, investigate, analyse and report. If you see it in our magazine then its because we've been convinced that its true.
I have a magazine to write.
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