Monday, January 27, 2020

Bernie brings it

I knew that the Democrats were going to throw a sacrificial lamb at the feet of the god-emperor, but I assumed it would be a woman of color, not an elderly socialist jew.
One week before the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is growing in strength and increasingly looks like the favorite to win the Democratic nomination.

Polling in Iowa is still tight and shows a four-candidate race between Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, making it clear the first-in-the-nation caucus battle remains anyone’s game.

Yet it is also clear that Sanders has a strong chance of coming out on top in Iowa, as well as in New Hampshire, which will vote just a week later. Such a result would make him the clear front-runner, and would likely unnerve parts of the Democratic Party uneasy about the progressive independent being their standard-bearer in the fall.
No wonder the Democrats are getting increasingly desperate. If Sanders is their candidate, President Trump might win both the Black and Hispanic votes.

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Portrait of a Bravo

Peter King interviews recently retired Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees:
Pees, 70, retired last week after finishing his 47th year of coaching at the high school, college and NFL level. It’s one of the most interesting careers in coaching history. Not only because he got to coach under two legends, Nick Saban and Bill Belichick, but he also got to coach under two coaches he coached as players—John Harbaugh (Miami of Ohio, then the Ravens) and Mike Vrabel (the Patriots, then the Titans). Thirteen jobs in 47 years, and . . .

“I’ve never applied for a job. I never got fired from a job. I never really sought another job. I never said, ‘I’m going to climb the ladder.’ I just did the job I had at the time, did the best I could. And I was lucky: I loved every job I had.”

Starting in Bloomingdale, Ohio (pop: 754), at little Elmwood High School.

“I played in a winter basketball league in [northwest] Ohio after college, when I met the principal at Elmwood High School. I was running a men’s clothing store in Bowling Green, Ohio. They had some openings on the football staff at Elmwood and he asked me if I wanted to coach. I said sure. I was hired to coach the secondary and be the track coach. But at our first meeting, the head coach made me the defensive coordinator. I did that two years, then became the head coach for four. Then I went to Findlay College as defensive coordinator and head track coach in 1979. After my first year, I went to Miami of Ohio to learn about their defense—which was the same defense we ran—from their coordinator, Tim Rose. In 1983, he got the head job there and hired me to be his defensive coordinator. Stayed there four years, and then Elliott Uzelac, the coach at Navy, called and hired me to coach the secondary. He got my name from Lloyd Carr, who I’d done some clinics with.

“After the ’89 season, Nick Saban called me. He was the secondary coach with the Oilers then, but he’d just been hired as the Toledo coach. He asked me to fly down to Houston, just to talk. He got my name from [longtime Navy assistant] Steve Belichick. So I flew down, and he offered me the defensive coordinator job at Toledo. Loved working with Nick—so good to me and my family. He left to coach with Bill [Belichick] and the Browns after one year, but Gary Pinkell was hired by Toledo and he kept the staff. I stayed three more years. After signing day [in 1994], Gary said to me one day, ‘[Notre Dame coach] Lou Holtz is on the phone. He’s gonna offer you a job.’ I picked up the phone, and Lou offered me the linebacker job. Then he said, ‘I hate to ask you this, but can you be here this afternoon?’ I said sure, I’ll call my wife on the way. So I was at Notre Dame one year. Then Nick takes the Michigan State job, and he hires me as his defensive coordinator. I was there from ‘95 to ’97. Kent State fires their coach after the ’97 season, and their AD flies up to meet me. We have breakfast, and I guess you could call that an interview, but it basically was a conversation—he just wanted to get to know me. He offered me the job over the phone.

“I’m at Kent six years. One day I had a question about defense for Bill Belichick, and I called him. He called me back and said, ‘I’m losing a linebacker coach. Ever thought about leaving college?’ We met at the scouting combine. He offered me the linebacker job. Great experience, with [Tedy] Bruschi, [Willie] McGinest, [Mike] Vrabel. In 2006, he made me the coordinator. Just a great experience, to see how the very best do it. But after four years as the coordinator, I needed a break. I made a smooth exit from New England. Then John Harbaugh offered me the linebacker job in Baltimore, which is what I needed at the time. How great that was, coaching Ray Lewis. Then John named me the coordinator in 2012. After ’16, I’m thinking of retiring. John said, ‘How about one more year?’ But after the ’17 season, that was it. I retired.

“So we [Pees and wife Melody] went up to our lake house in Michigan. It’s a Thursday night in January. We went out to dinner with our financial adviser, and we’re figuring out the NFL pension and how we’re going to live. Melody was planning this river cruise in Europe. The next morning, the phone rang. I said, ‘Hi Mike,’ and she knew. Mike Vrabel. He’d just gotten the Tennessee head-coaching job. He needed someone with experience to run the defense. He wanted me to be the coordinator.”

Pees’ only son, Matt Pees, was a high school coach in Denver. Dean Pees might have taken the Titans job anyway, but he asked Vrabel if he could bring Matt as defensive quality control coach. Vrabel checked, called the next day to say Matt was welcome on the staff, and the deal got done. Father and son coached together in 2018 and 2019.

“Of course losing at Kansas City was disappointing. But winning at New England and winning at Baltimore in the playoffs, against two coaches I have so much respect for, was an incredible way to go out. That goal-line stand in the second quarter at New England is a career highlight. But this time, I’m done coaching. Forty-seven years is enough. Not saying I’d never do some other job in football, but not coaching.

“It’s been a great career. Very, very blessed. My wife’s been fantastic. My kids have been fantastic—their whole lives, they just take off one jersey and put on another. I’m looking at my grandson right now—he’s 8, and he’s wearing a Titans cap.

“People ask me, ‘What’s your favorite place you coached?’ All of ‘em. They ask, ‘Who’s your favorite player?’ All of ‘em.

“In this football business, who can say they never got fired? Who can say they loved every job they had? For 47 years!”
That is the very quintessence of Bravo. Competent, hard-working, loyal, and valued by every Alpha he encountered. Limited ambition combined with incredible success. This is why it is so valuable for a man to know and understand his place in the hierarchy. Hierarchical fit is one of the key components of long-term success.


The Post polices the narrative

It's fascinating to see the way the mainstream media ruthlessly polices the narrative du jour:
A Washington Post journalist has been suspended by the newspaper after she tweeted a link on Sunday to a years-old story about the Kobe Bryant rape case just hours after the basketball legend and his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash.

Felicia Sonmez, who covers national politics for the Post, took to Twitter shortly after the world learned of Bryant’s death along with eight others aboard his private helicopter which crashed outside of Los Angeles.

She posted a link to an April 2016 story from the news site The Daily Beast which carried the headline: ‘Kobe Bryant’s Disturbing Rape Case: The DNA Evidence, the Accuser’s Story, and the Half-Confession.’

Tracy Grant, managing editor of The Washington Post, told on Sunday: 'National political reporter Felicia Sonmez was placed on administrative leave while The Post reviews whether tweets about the death of Kobe Bryant violated The Post newsroom’s social media policy.

"The tweets displayed poor judgment that undermined the work of her colleagues."
That quote is an interesting confession. What, exactly, is "the work of her colleagues" that is "undermined" by a simple link to a four-year-old news article? In context, that "work" would appear to be whitewashing Kobe Bryant's sordid historical behavior in order to establish a narrative that portrays him as a much-loved black celebrity whose untimely death will be mourned by Americans of all colors.

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

RIP Kobe Bryant

After a weekend that began with Lebron James surpassing him on the all-time scoring chart, Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash at the age of 41:
Kobe Bryant died in a helicoper crash in Calabasas Sunday morning ... TMZ Sports has confirmed. Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. 
Why does anyone who isn't in the military ever fly on those things?


The Secret King of ComicsGate

It would appear the armistice for which he sued is over. Ethan van Sciver has revealed himself to be a two-faced, shameless, and unrepentant liar. Again. In January 2019, five days after I posted about his two-facedness and historical revisionism, he emailed me out of the blue

An excerpt: Suing for peace.  This is stupid.  SJWs ALWAYS DOUBLE DOWN is too important for me to be in a fight with you.

I accepted, because for all his flaws and idiosyncracies, 2VS is not the enemy. Even now, he's not the enemy. He's not a friend, he's not an ally, but he's not actually trying to deplatform or disemploy anyone. So, he's not an enemy, he's just another anklebiter looking to catch a wave from someone else's motorboat. So be it. It is what it is.
One of his goals which was to fight the culture war in comics on his own terms he was going to answer the social justice way comics with books like what was that book that he had with Daisy Duke... oh he was gonna fight it on on that level and here we come we here we come we swoop in and go know the way to fight SJWs is to simply succeed it's not to fight with them on their own terms it's to actually do good business and make money by being apolitical.

Now you know Vox Day took a real shot, Vox Day took a shot at taking over comicsgate. He took a shot because he tried to start an imprint called comicsgate and he invited people to come his way. I said everybody if your comics say come to me I'll publish you. That was Vox Day trying to take control. Now we reacted to that a certain way didn't wait if you remember back to 2018, comicsgate panicked and I invested eight thousand dollars of my own money in a lawyer to cease and desist and to claim ownership over the word comicsgate because I monetized it in my comic see livestreams.

Now that sent Vox Day away but he's been pouting this entire time. I will reveal to you the Vox Day calls me constantly. I haven't taken a phone call from him in months, probably a year but he still calls me and leaves messages on my machine. He's watching comics gate very very closely and he's using John del Arroz, who has a passing interest in comics.
Allow me to set the record straight:
  1. I have not been pouting about anything, least of all ComicsGate. I don't care in the slightest about ComicsGate and I never did. I was dragged into that pointless, idiotic conflict by Will Caligan, and I no longer have anything to do with either ComicsGate or Caligan beyond continuing to publish Gun Ghoul.
  2. I have no interest in working with or talking to Ethan van Sciver.
  3. I did not drop the ComicsGate imprint as a result of 2VS's trademark filing, I dropped it because I did not wish to be associated with the inept and incompetent individuals who identified themselves with it.
  4. I called Ethan van Sciver several times after the resolution of the Indiegogo situation. I thought, as someone with a vested interest in it, he might like to know that it was satisfactorily resolved. As I was incorrect and he did not return my calls, I stopped calling him several months ago.
  5. I do not follow ComicsGate at all. I have no idea what is going on in that little cesspool of the comics industry. John Del Arroz and I do talk about our mutual projects, but I never talk to him about 2VS or ComicsGate.
I don't know why 2VS felt the need to start talking about me again; perhaps he is upset by the total irrelevance of Cyberfrog when Arkhaven is moving forward steadily on all fronts. Or perhaps the fact that ComicsGate collectively raised one-third the funds it did in 2019 that it did in 2018 has him rattled and looking for me to reprise my villain du jour role.

The problem is that other than setting the record straight, I simply don't care what he does or says. And now that he has confirmed what we originally believed him to be, there is no need to pay any attention to the Secret King of ComicsGate.

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Whose authority would that be?

The Kurgan addresses John Salza's The Errors of Sedevacantism and Ecclesiastical Law in detail:
As a result of Vox Day mentioning my earlier blog post challenge to nominal Catholics concerning the fact that we have only had antipopes since 1958, one of the commenters there brought up some supposed studied theologians who claim to have fully refuted the position they call Sedevacantism (but I call SedePrivationism for precision, since words matter). My post on the antipopes and the legal reasoning why is here and it is rooted in the fact that we, as obedient catholics, must believe the fake Popes are fake, and have been at the very least since 1963, for certain, because that is what the Code of Canon Law of 1917 necessarily states, which being put together by the Magisterium of the Church, we, as Catholics could never and should never had ignored when Vatican 2 raised its evil and apostate head from the darkness. Nor can we ignore it now. Remember that the only current and valid code of canon law is the one of 1917, since the one of 1983 was put together by the same impostors, non-clerics and non-catholics that usurped the Chair of Peter in the first place, and it was also specifically designed to try and invalidate the truth of the code of 1917 and obfuscate its clarity and precision.

Not having read or known anything about the two individuals mentioned by the commenter at VP calling himself MisesMat, who later emailed me and assured me both these gentlemen would be happy to debate me, in writing, I did a quick search for one the names that he mentioned and found Salza’s document online, which I reproduce below with my commentary. His words are in black and mine in red.
Not being Roman Catholic, I only scanned both documents in passing. So, I won't pass any judgement on either man's case, except to say that I am extremely dubious of anyone who, in light of the observable misrule of the present Fake Pope, could possibly reach the following conclusion.

Restoring the Church will be furthered by recognizing the authority of the current Pope.

Extremely dubious is, of course, a significant understatement.

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Romulans are the new Muslims

It's not really possible to ruin Star Trek, in my opinion, but according to the Dark Herald, to the extent it is possible to ruin it, Bad Robot appears to have successfully done so with Picard:
The blitheringly incompetent Bad Robot productions is producing Picard, so it takes place in the Kelvin timeline, because everyone wanted more of that! Kurtzman is running it so you know it was born as a festering boil covered abomination. And he has admitted that Picard is NOT a canonical sequel to Star Trek: The Next Generation.

You heard that right. The much ballyhooed Picard is more J. J. Abrams fanfic!

And it’s been written by Avrika Goldman who wrote A Beautiful Mind (Wait! Stop! Don’t get your hopes up) as well as Batman and Robin, Batman Forever, plus the Lost in Space movie. When Goldman is only in it for a paycheck he is the living embodiment of phoning it in.

And phone it in he did!

Starting off a Star Trek series with a anti-Nationalist political rant was a bad enough start, but following that with an action scene let all of the Star Trek fans know upfront that this one is on the fast track to ST:D-ville.
I'm not even going to pretend to care since I am congenitally indifferent to all things Star Trek, but I post this here as a public service.

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Atheism is genetic

Or is, at the very least, a developmental disorder linked to genetic causes:
The largest genetic sequencing study of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ever conducted has found 102 genes associated with autism, a major step towards an eventual cure, which may involve genetic manipulation. Most of these 102 genes were expressed in the brain, and affect synapses or regulate other genes. This means they have important roles in switching other genes on and off.

Furthermore, 49 of these genes are also linked to other developmental disorders, underlining the fact that the neurobiology of many such conditions are likely to overlap.
I first postulated my hypothesis concerning a link between the autism spectrum and atheism back in  2007 in response to a post by PZ Myers at Pharyngula in which he and other atheists were bragging about their relatively high Asperger's Quotient scores. I wrote: "Obviously, more comprehensive and scientific tests would be advised before any definite conclusion can be reached, but these initial observations do appear to indicate a possibility that atheism could be nothing more than a minor mental disorder."

Since then, at least two scientific studies that were directly inspired by my hypothesis have found that there is a statistical correlation between atheism and the autism spectrum.

This new study indicates - it does not yet prove, but it indicates - that scientists will eventually be able to find a link between those 102 genes and atheism, which suggests that it is atheism, not religion, that will one day be cured by science. One should note that this genetic link also explains why atheism has never propagated very successfully from one generation to the next, as atheists tend to be very unfit in the evolutionary sense of natural and sexual selection.

So, don't be bothered by your shower-averse, science-loving, fedora-sporting acquaintance who insists on quoting Richard Dawkins at everyone apropos of nothing. Just assure him that he does well to trust in science, as one day science will cure his genetic developmental disorder.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

You're Doing Great Kid trailer two

We're getting closer to releasing the first Unauthorized documentary, You're Doing Great Kid.


No one cares

Everyone on both sides is perfectly aware that the impeachment is Fake News, which is why no one is interested in the "historic" event:
The Senate spectator gallery was at least half-empty throughout the first week of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial and senators serving as the jury in the marathon sessions are taking notice — some stunned that there aren’t more people watching history unfold, while others understand the public avoiding the repetitive proceedings.

“I’m really surprised at that because this is kind of historic and I would think this would be an opportunity for people to get in there regardless of whose side you are on,” Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told The Post Friday.
So, the Democrats lied about a lot of things, nothing is going to happen, and no one is going to pay any attention to stories about how you were there. And, on top of all that, it requires listening to a bunch of old people blathering on and on. There is literally nothing to appeal to anyone.

I'm surprised the gallery is anywhere close to being half-full.


Thank you, Corona-chan!

Corona-chan offers yet another powerful argument against globalization, open borders, and the free movement of peoples. Plus, a guide to ensure the good favor of Corona-chan:
  • Don’t worry much if you’re not a boomer – for now.
  • Once it lands in your region, try to minimize contacts with other people. Brush up on your hikikomori skills, they’ll finally come in handy.
  • Obviously no idiot-tier things, like going to restaurants, cafes, concerts. Minimize public transport usage.
  • Try to get a work-from-home arrangement.
  • Be aware that face masks offer minimal protection (and this Corona can spread through the eyes).
  • Keep hands away from face.
  • Do the usual prepper things: Get supplies of grains, meat in bulk for the freezer, water, coffee, etc. Even better, get to an isolated rural retreat, if it’s a realistic option.
  • Make sure any entertainment is strictly thematic:
      • Stephen King’s classic, The Stand.
      • Richard Preston on Corona-chan’s more bloodthirsty but stupider sister, The Hot Zone.
      • Russian cult classic video games Pathologic and the more recent Pathologic 2.
      • Plague Inc. video game.
      • Zombie movies
  • Maintain positive outlook. At least we’ll get a temporary reprieve from cheap Chinese tour groups.
All in all, it strikes me as a good time to get caught up on the writing. Back to Selenoth....

UPDATE: Doesn't evacuating people from a hot zone tend to violate the primary objective of a quarantine?
The US, which has around 1,000 citizens in the city, is set to evacuate those it knows about - including diplomats - on a 230 seater charter flight tomorrow. 
Why not simply declare those 1,000 citizens to be New Chinese, every bit as Chinese as the other residents of Wuhan, and leave them to bravely face the Mandate of Heaven with their fellow Chinese. 

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2021 is 2008

Another financial crash will likely begin later this year, and for much the same reason as 2008
It might sound like a risky strategy at a time when millions of Americans are drowning in debt: keep raising the limit on people’s credit cards, even if they don’t ask. But that’s exactly what big banks have been doing lately to turbocharge their profits, leaving customers with the potential to rack up even bigger monthly bills.

For years after the financial crisis, Capital One Financial Corp. resisted that step for customers who looked vulnerable to getting in over their heads. In internal conversations, Chief Executive Officer Richard Fairbank characterized the restraint as a radical theology, in part because it went beyond post-crisis requirements, according to a person with direct knowledge of the discussions.

But then Capital One -- known for its “What’s in Your Wallet?” slogan -- reversed course in 2018, after the bank came under pressure to keep revenue growing. The company’s revenue reached a record last year.

The same reversal is playing out across U.S. banking, as more customers get unsolicited access to additional credit, in what’s becoming a new golden age of plastic. The goal: to get consumers to borrow more. The question, just like in the heady 2000s, is how it will end for lenders and borrowers alike. Research shows many consumers turn higher limits into debt. And the greater the debt, the harder it is to dig out.... Outstanding card borrowing has surpassed its pre-crisis peak, reaching a record of $880 billion at the end of September, according to the latest data from the New York Fed’s consumer credit panel. 
Unfortunately, it's not possible to correctly compare the amount of total debt to the situation in 2008, because the series that dated back to WWII and proved so informative was significantly modified and rendered considerably less useful by serious revisions to the state and local government sector.

Even so, the modified version shows that total credit market debt outstanding is now at the same level that it was in the third quarter of 2007. The intervening 12 years have been a period of debt disinflation, essentially a period of treading water with debt growing too slowly to artificially grow the economy but also not being cleared. For the inflationistas, this was the attempt to print their way out of the situation.

As I said back in 2008, it didn't work because it can't work. You can print paper, but you cannot print debtors or debt. Sooner or later, a lot of the debt will be written off, because mathematics dictates that the interest payments will eventually become unsupportable.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Russia bans dual-citizens

No wonder the neoclowns have been clamoring incessantly for war with Russia. They recognized, before anyone else did, that their "hello, fellow Russians" jig was up:
Dual citizens and holders of foreign residency permits will now be barred from holding official positions within the Russian Federation. In addition, 25 years of Russian residency will be required of anyone running for President instead of the current 10. This may seem like a minor change, but it is causing Russia’s fifth-columnists and members of the liberal opposition to tear their hair out while gnashing their teeth because most of the current ones will be automatically disqualified from holding office while any future ones will be forced to choose between serving Russia and having a bug-out plan.

More specifically, given their new outsider status, their Western masters will consider them useless and will no longer funnel funds to them or offer them free regime change training. This approach is sure to be more effective than the current, more labor-intensive one of playing whack-a-mole with foreign-financed NGOs and foreign agents attempting to infiltrate Russia’s government.
The United States and other Western governments desperately need to enact a similar law. Ideally, even being eligible for dual-citizenship would disqualify a citizen from holding office or working for the national government.

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Never going to happen

Not on the god-emperor's watch:
President Donald Trump has sent a clear message to lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled state of Virginia, warning that he will not allow them to undermine the Second Amendment rights of American citizens while he's in office. Speaking during an interview with Fox News Wednesday, President Trump warned Democrats that a gun grab "will never happen as long as I’m here."Virginia's state Assembly and Senate came under Democratic control following wins in the 2019 elections.

In conjunction with the Democrats who control the state’s executive offices, Dem officials immediately pushed forward with plans to legislatively impose strict gun control measures upon law-abiding gun-owners in the state. Virginians have been rising up in response, and on Monday, tens of thousands of gun owners and Second Amendment supporters marched on the state capitol in Richmond in opposition to the coming gun-control measures.
No wonder the Swamp is desperate to try to get him out of office. But while it's good to see that so many Virginians are willing to demonstrate and work within the political system to defend their Second Amendment rights, it's important to remember that if those efforts fail, those guns will have to be used to defend the unalienable rights of their owners.

At some point, sooner or later, the Democrats are going to call what they believe to be a bluff. And that's when we'll find out if the Tree of Liberty will survive or not.


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Dr. Who has the cancer

Whoever could have seen this ratings collapse coming?
Doctor Who is the need of a defibrillator as the show continues to have one foot in the grave as its latest episode is the worst viewed in 31 years of its 57-year history.

Sunday's episode, "Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror," was only watched by 4.04 million viewers in the UK.

We have to go way back to Season 23 of September, 1986 to see a lesser amount of viewers as "The Mysterious Planet" Part Four only had 3.7 million viewers tuning in.

Sunday's episode of Doctor Who is also the eighth least-watched episode of the entire run which kicked off in 1963, and the lowest watched of the new series.

The numbers for Doctor Who have gone down consistently with each new episode as the series has lost near one million viewers since the debut episode for Season 12 on New Year's Day.
As usual, everyone and everything will be blamed except the true culprit: the corporate cancer of convergence. Note that the usual drop of 20 percent in the first year has been achieved.

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A challenge to Catholics

The Kurgan lays out a logical case for Sede Privationism for nominal Roman Catholics:
In order to make this very simple and to show that there is literally not a single valid refutation to the position of Sede Privationism, I have constructed the below logical argument.

Please note there are several resources at the end of the post to find legitimate Mass Centers and clerics

Axiom: The Catholic Church is the true and Valid Church instituted by Jesus Christ on Earth. This is the assumed starting axiomatic point. That is, regardless of if you personally agree or not with it, for the purposes of this argument it is assumed to be true and correct as our starting point.

Question 1. Is the Pio-Benedictine code of canon law of 1917 the legitimate code of Catholic Canon Law that was legitimately and correctly put together by the Church?

If Yes, go on to question 2.

If No, demonstrate this with specificity and exhaustive proof.

Question 2. The Vatican II documents are 16 documents produced between 1963 and 1965. Do you agree that in every case these documents contain heresy that is not in keeping with the doctrine of the Catholic Church from the start to at least 1958?
Reference:The Heresies of Vatican II

If Yes, go on to question 3.

If No, you’re probably a vile heretic yourself, but go, on, try and refute even just the linked reference document IN DETAIL and specifics. Honestly, you can’t because facts are facts and objective truth exists.
Those are just the first two questions. There are four in all. Read the whole thing there, if it is a matter of concern to you. Being a non-denominational Christian, I'm not particularly interested one way or the other; it seems readily apparent to me that the current so-called "Pope Francis" is about as genuinely a legitimate Christian bishop as I am the President of the Milky Way Galaxy.

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This is the time to strike back

The media is already reeling. There is no reason not to pile on and add to their financial struggles when they attack, either directly or indirectly through weaponized defamation.
At the end of 2019, McClatchy, the media conglomerate that owns the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, announced it would stop printing Saturday editions of the newspaper and run extended "weekend editions" instead.

As it turns out, beginning April 26, those newspapers will also no longer be printed in Miami-Dade County or by Miami Herald employees. Herald publisher and executive editor Aminda "Mindy" Marqués González last night announced in a companywide memo that the Herald is closing its Doral-based production plant and will instead print six days' worth of newspapers at the Sun Sentinel's press in Deerfield Beach. The Herald built its Doral printing plant eight years ago after McClatchy sold the daily's longtime headquarters overlooking Biscayne Bay to the Malaysian gambling company Genting, which then demolished the building.

Yesterday's decision also means the Herald will cut a staggering 70 jobs — 34 full-time and 36 part-time printing press and packaging employees.
With a very few exceptions, such as the Jeff Bezos blog aka Washington Post, the media cannot afford to fight. This is the perfect time to counterattack.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Superversive Press shutters

Joshua Young, one of the Superversive stalwarts, announces the closing of Superversive Press:
It is with great sadness that I bring you the announcement that the owner of Superversive Press has made the decision to shutter the press. His reasons are his own and personal, and I understand that running even a small company is a large amount of work.
It's much harder to run a small independent press than most people, even most writers, understand. And doing so since the advent of Kindle Unlimited, which reduced the ebook market by about 80 percent, has made it next to impossible.

That doesn't apply to Castalia House, however. We intentionally set it up as a zero-risk structure that will keep running, more or less automatically, regardless of what just about anyone, including us, does in the future. And, of course, we have been aggressively exploring other markets, which has tended to strengthen our core business. But our biggest strength is our modestly-sized, but fiercely loyal base of our regular readers.

So don't worry about Castalia. I can't say for certain that things have never been better, as we did have a really good moment there in 2017 before the bottom dropped out of the ebook market, but things have definitely never looked more promising.

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The return of Santo Matteo

He may have miscalculated when he broke with Movimento 5 Stelle last year in pushing for an election that never happened, but Matteo Salvini is still the most popular politician in Italy and La Lega is a ruling party in waiting:
Luigi Di Maio has resigned as leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement in a step that will shake up Italian politics and prompt fears of a snap election after months of internal party dissent and coalition infighting.

“It is time to rebuild,” Di Maio said in a speech in Rome confirming his departure as M5s leader. He added that he had worked to grow the movement “and protect it from the profiteers and traps along the way,” but “I have completed my task” and others must now step in to take on the role.

Despite his resignation, Di Maio insisted he remains fully committed to the party, and said the government “must go on” and have time to fix “the mess made by those who governed for 30 years before.”

Earlier, ministers of the co-governing Five Star Movement (M5S) met to discuss strategy ahead of crucial regional elections in Emilia Romagna and Calabria, where the party is expected to face defeat to the right-wing League party led by Matteo Salvini. The 33-year-old insurgent politician is expected to remain on as foreign minister for the coalition government which looks to be on increasingly shaky ground. 
The nationalist forces are rising and are stronger than ever. That's why the global imperialists, from Scotland to Lampedusa, are desperately trying to avoid elections by hook, crook, or previously unthinkable political alliances.

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It's just the kuru

The authors of a book about the god-emperor believe there is something seriously wrong with Robert Mueller:
The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig, who is the co-author of the new book A Very Stable Genius about President Trump, described on Tuesday how difficult it was for some of Mueller's close family friends to watch his shaky testimony before Congress last summer.

“Phil [Rucker] and I, my co-author, we are not medical professionals, but over and over again, John, we heard from people who are very close to Bob Mueller who found him a different person, a changed person, after two years of this investigation,” Leonnig told CNN host John Berman.

“They don’t know what that’s about,” Leonnig continued. “Some of them do and haven’t shared that with us. But they know that something happened. He’s a different person. He was stumbling over his words. You saw him in July in his testimony before Congress, there were people that I spoke to who are very, very good family friends of his who said, ‘I couldn’t watch the television anymore, I had to turn it off. It wasn’t the Bob I knew.'"

After a 22-month investigation, Mueller's team did not find sufficient evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy took place between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. He also declined to make a determination about whether Trump may have obstructed justice but did lay out 10 instances of possible obstruction that Democrats viewed as a road map to continue investigating and possibly seek impeachment. Trump is now facing two articles of impeachment stemming from his dealings with Ukraine.

Speculation about Mueller's health began to swirl when the former FBI director, known for being sharp and competent, appeared to have difficulty hearing lawmakers' questions and failed to recall key facts from his report when he testified before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees in July.

In their book, Leonnig and Rucker wrote that when Attorney General William Barr met Mueller before his report was released, Mueller read from his notes, and his "hands shook as he held the paper. His voice was shaky, too." Barr and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, "couldn’t help but worry about Mueller’s health.”
Remember, Mueller is the one who let off Isaac Asimov's son, the convicted pedophile, with the gentlest of wrist slaps. He's been in the Swamp for decades and it's starting to show.


RIP Sir Bedivere

Another Python has left the building. RIP Terry Jones:
'We are deeply saddened to have to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones.

'Terry passed away on the evening of 21 January 2020 at the age of 77 with his wife Anna Soderstrom by his side after a long, extremely brave but always good humoured battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD. Over the past few days his wife, children, extended family and many close friends have been constantly with Terry as he gently slipped away at his home in North London.

We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man whose uncompromising individuality, relentless intellect and extraordinary humour has given pleasure to countless millions across six decades.'
With Terry Gilliam, Jones wrote and directed what is almost certainly the funniest movie ever filmed, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The mere fact that it is still being quoted on a daily basis around the world despite having been released 45 years ago is astonishing, as is the fact that young men today find it every bit as funny as young men did twenty and thirty years ago. The humor is truly timeless.

Monty Python never again reached such heights, but then, no one else ever did either. And while people will point to the mother in Life of Brian, Cardinal Biggles of the Spanish Inquisition sketch, or Mr. Creosote from the famous "wafer thin" sketch, for my money, his greatest character was Sir Bedivere and his most unforgettable line was from the Holy Grail.

"Who are you, who are so wise in the ways of science?"

It still makes me laugh, every single time.


A THRONE OF BONES six-issue special

We have selected an illustrator for the six-issue A THRONE OF BONES comic special. It will be released in electronic and omnibus editions - no single print issues - and will cover the battle between Legio XVII of House Valerius and the Vakhuyu and Chalonu goblin tribes. The Legend Chuck Dixon is adapting the script from the novel and Arklight Studios will be coloring it.

This is not a scene from the comic, as those familiar with the novel will immediately recognize, it is just one of the samples that the illustrator provided us to demonstrate that he was capable of drawing the various fantasy elements required by the story.

And for those who are not unreasonably concerned this will have a negative effect on the release of our other comics, don't worry, other than helping select the illustrator(s), I don't have to do anything on this one.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Democrats upset by docket rocket

They were looking for a railroad, not a rocket:
'This isn't a trial - it's a COVER-UP!' Chuck Schumer rages against Mitch McConnell's rules for Donald Trump's impeachment trial as a 'national disgrace'

Republicans' plan for Senate trial of Donald Trump are revealed hours before it begins at 1pm Tuesday. Mitch McConnell wants each side given 24 hours spread over two days to make their case - the Democrats for impeaching and removing, Trump for acquittal. If he gets his way, Democrats could start spelling out why they want Trump removed at 1pm on Wednesday. Planned schedule could put 'docket rocket' trial on track to end before Trump delivers the State of the Union address. Nobody will be allowed to subpoena witnesses or documents until after each side has made their case and 16 hours of questions have been asked.

Minority leader Chuck Schumer took aim at the moves calling it a national disgrace and said it was not following the precedent in Bill Clinton's trial. Plans offer apparent victory for Donald Trump - but will not explicitly allow him to demand instant dismissal of the two articles of impeachment.
Apparently they don't have enough on enough Republican senators to slow down the Storm. Looks like everything is still under Qontrol.

UPDATE: It's not going well for the Senate Democrats.
Democrats LOSE their first three battles of Donald Trump's impeachment trial as Republicans block subpoena after subpoena - but Chuck Schumer vows to keep demanding witnesses long into the night.

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Gentlemen, start your downloads

The ebook version of CITY BEYOND TIME by John C. Wright is now available for Resistance Warriors and the audiobook+, narrated by Jeremy Daw, is now available for Resistance Leaders on the Replatforming.

Since we were a week late getting this out, we've added a week to the coupon expiration date. Please be sure to download your digital files before February 7th, as we will NOT send anyone the files after the time expires.

The paperbacks will be sent out starting the first week of February. It is still possible to sign up for any level, or upgrade to Hero of the Resistance, if you would like to obtain one of the editions.

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The sham continues

Democrats in the Senate are desperately pushing for a rigged process:
On the eve of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, the Senate leader proposed a compressed calendar for opening statements, White House lawyers argued for swift rejection of the “flimsy” charges and the Capitol braced for the contentious proceedings unfolding in an election year.

Final trial preparations were underway Monday on a tense day of plodding developments with Trump’s legacy — and the judgment of both parties in Congress — at stake.

The president’s legal team, in its first full filing for the impeachment court, argued that Trump did “absolutely nothing wrong” and urged the Senate to swiftly reject the “flawed″ case against him.

“All of this is a dangerous perversion of the Constitution that the Senate should swiftly and roundly condemn,” the president’s lawyers wrote. “The articles should be rejected and the president should immediately be acquitted.”

The brief from the White House, and the House Democratic response, comes as the Senate could be facing 12-hour sessions for the rare Senate trial, with some of the very senators running to replace Trump as president sitting as jurors.
It will be interesting to see if the Democrats still want to drag this out as it becomes clear that the whole effort is tending to work against them. But then, as the rumored leak about Adam Schiff tends to suggest, they may not have any choice in the matter as those identified by Q as criminals are desperate to stop the god-emperor's Storm.

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Cernovich smacks the gammas

Don't dither or debate. Just delete them without hesitation:
FYI asking “sources?” or other Reddit speak is an instant block.

I don’t post on that site of 115 IQ “secret kings.”

If you speaking like them, I’ll assume you’re one of them and reject you from our tribe.
Only gammas assume that a lack of citation is equivalent to an absence of sourcing. This is because they project their own tendency to simply invent "facts" out of thin air.

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