Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Hungary shows the way

This is what a truly nationalist government that puts the interests of the people first looks like:
Hungary's parliament on Wednesday approved a package of bills that criminalises some help given to illegal immigrants, defying the European Union and human rights groups and narrowing the scope for action by non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been a vocal critic of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door migrant policy and has led eastern European opposition to EU quotas that aimed to distribute asylum seekers around the bloc.

Orban's right-wing Fidesz party tightened its grip on parliament in an April election fought on a fiercely anti-immigration platform that demonised U.S. billionaire George Soros and liberal NGOs he backs. Orban accuses Soros of encouraging mass immigration to undermine Europe, a charge Soros denies.

Under the new law, officially called "STOP Soros", individuals or groups who help migrants not entitled to protection to submit requests for asylum or who help illegal migrants gain status to stay in Hungary will be liable to prison terms.

"The Hungarian people rightfully expects the government to use all means necessary to combat illegal immigration and the activities that aid it," Interior Minister Sandor Pinter wrote in a justification attached to the draft legislation.

"The STOP Soros package of bills serves that goal, making the organisation of illegal immigration a criminal offence. We want to use the bills to stop Hungary from becoming a country of immigrants," he said.

Parliament, where Fidesz has a two-thirds majority, also passed on Wednesday a constitutional amendment to state that an "alien population" cannot be settled in Hungary - a swipe at Brussels over its quota plan.
Americans should not be content with the mealy-mouthed civic nationalism that passes for the actual interests of the genuine people. Because a nation of immigrants is not a nation at all.

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Trump's way or the highway

The God-Emperor informs the GOP that it's his party now:
There will likely be a TON of leaks coming out of the just-concluded meeting between President Trump and Republicans in Congress. The main reason is this: Donald Trump let them have it with both barrels. Apparently, it was Trump unleashed like the D.C. Swamp hadn’t yet seen.

“You really want to try and win your election in November without me? I don’t think so.”

 “I’m following the law as it’s written. If you don’t like the law then Congress needs to change it. It’s simple. Simple. I’m with you but if you don’t like it you need to do something about it…It looks bad. Sure. Really bad. If you want to change that then change the law. DO SOMETHING. You people have to change it. That’s how it has to be done.”

“We all know what it is. It’s fake. Fake news. CNN…it’s fake. The pictures…that was Obama’s, during his administration, not mine. You can’t let it scare you. That’s what they want. That’s why they do it. This law, you just need to change it if you don’t like it. And that’s the way it is. I’m not here to save you. I’m here to let you know I’ll support you but you have to do something. Or not. But if you don’t do something don’t come crying to me about it okay? Right?”
Of course, that would require them to take a risk and actually do something themselves. We'll see if they have the backbone or not. The good news is that this suggests Trump isn't going to be intimidated by the media campaign or back down.

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The infiltrated evangelicals

This fake evangelical minister is an excellent example of why it is time to Make Inquisition Great Again. He's what they used to call a "marrano" in Spain. Notice how what he is preaching just happens to produce exactly the same sort of self-derailing consequences as a) the political Mark Levins preaching atomic individualism, b) the psychiatric Jordan Petersons preaching atomic individualism, and c) the conservative Ben Shapiros preaching atomic individualism.
Rev. Rob Schenck, a prominent evangelical minister and founding president of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, said Tuesday that evangelical Christians "sold" their principles in supporting President Trump and called for a return to the message of the Gospel.

"The justification for support of Trump is he is seen as Cyrus, a megalomaniac mass murderer, so I guess that qualifies," said Schenck at a luncheon in Washington, D.C., for his new book Costly Grace. "It’s the ends justifying the means. We support this ungodly character with massive flaws so we can get what he’s giving us. We did a deal with Donald Trump. We sold our principles if not our souls to get a laundry list of promises."

In his book, Schenck discusses his 1970s conversion from nominal Judaism to Christianity and his subsequent 1980s political activism as a "leader of the most extreme wing of the anti-abortion movement."

In the preface to Costly Grace, Schenck writes about rediscovering the life and writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an evangelical German pastor and spy who was hanged in an extermination camp near the end of World War II because of his opposition to Adolf Hitler. Schenck writes that he felt Bonhoeffer's time reflects our own.

"My thesis was simple: For American evangelicals, the lines between theology and politics have become blurred, eroding the boundaries that distinguish the spiritual from the temporal, generating confusion among many believers about their Christian and political identities, exposing them to the temptation of political idolatry," he said. "What had happened to the German Christians was happening to us."

Schenck now leads the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute, a nonprofit institution that seeks to apply Bonhoeffer's theological and ethical insights to the social concerns of modern times, through lectures, discussions, and published material. Since his discovery of Bonhoeffer, he now tries to "liberate the evangelical community from a politicized gospel and to urge partisan conservatives to move beyond social battles and forsake the politics of hate, fear, and violence," according to his book. Describing his current political views during the meeting, he said, “I have far more in common with my mainline brothers and the Episcopal bishop of Washington."
I have no doubt at all that Schenck has everything in common with them. It's much more likely that this prominent guy, this eminent personage, is a Satan-worshipping globalist than a genuine Christian. Literally everything these infiltrators do is focused on convincing Christians, conservatives, Americans, nationalists, and whites to unilaterally disarm so they can be conquered by their enemies.
Schenck also spoke out against American evangelicals' "embrace of the popular gun culture." To illustrate his point, he pulled out a Bible that doubled as a gun holster, as gasps erupted from the crowd. "How did we go for our reverence for the Second Commandment and replace that with reverence for the Second Amendment?" Schenck said.
Literally EVERYTHING. Hey, the God-Emperor has already promised us Space Marines, so it can't be too much longer until he gives us Inquisition and Crusade as well.

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Heretics now in audio

Bishop Thomas Cranberry finds himself at a loss when he is confronted by a thief and realizes some disturbing truths about himself. The experience sends him in search of the men who are increasingly absent from the Church, who find themselves at a loss in a world that has gone increasingly feral, and who feel that they have nowhere to go and no one to whom they can turn for support. In listening to them and attempting to understand their plight, he finds an unexpected mission.

The Heretics of St. Possenti is for listeners who want the backstory of the story and for those who want to know how one inspired man can make a difference in a fallen world. It is a novel for those who need inspiration to get them though the day and those who look for unusual ways to accomplish the mission. It is for people who understand and respect the old ways but know that sometimes a seed cannot grow without splitting the pavement.

Narrated by Wade Schoenemann The Heretics of St. Possenti is 12 hours and 2 minutes long.

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Attacks coordinated

The guard-dog media is ramping up its attacks on Qanon, just like they did on Pizzagate once the heat began to reach the guilty parties.

Who or what is QAnon? Just asking that question sucks you into a world that's like Pizzagate on bath salts, a galaxy-brained, 4chan-bred conspiracy theory that has apparently convinced an alarming number of adults that all kinds of preposterous things are true.

The whole mess started on October 28, when an anonymous user going by the handle “Q” started a thread on 4chan’s /pol board titled “The Calm Before the Storm.” In a series of posts, Q claimed to be a high-level government employee with Department of Energy Q clearance and access to Top Secret–level information about Donald Trump, the Democrats, and the hidden big-picture machinations of the US government. 

Wielding the plausible-enough-sounding details and sprawling shadow government plot of a lesser Dan Brown novel, Q began slowly painting a picture of a reality far different from the one we live in. The resulting QAnon conspiracy theory states that Trump is not under investigation by Robert Mueller. Instead, Trump is merely playing the part of hapless conspiratorial criminal while covertly helping the special counsel pursue their true quarry: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, and all the other liberal boogeymen. (It gets a LOT crazier than that, but that's the core plot.)

All of this was spelled out through cryptic hints, which seems to be half the fun for people who get into it. Before long, there were countless YouTube channels, subreddits, and message boards dedicated to collectively piecing his hints together with digital red string. One QAnon-based subreddit has more than 31,000 subscribers. On YouTube, QAnon-themed videos can have tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of views. It's even bled out into the real world, with conspiracy theorists claiming they had found pedophile camps in the Arizona desert. So this nonsense isn't likely to go away any time soon.

The reality is that while not everything related to Pizzagate and Qanon is true - there are false trails and erroneous connections that are being drawn due to the incomplete nature of the information being uncovered - the general gist of it is true and there is far more that has yet to be uncovered due to the wide-ranging nature of the situation. Even those who have come into contact with an aspect of the sprawling evil that is the elite globalist network have no sense of its scope, much less a holistic grasp of the whole series of enterprises.

For example, science fiction fans know about the arrest of David Asimov, Isaac Asimov's son, who possessed what police described as the biggest child porn collection that they'd ever seen as well as production and distribution equipment. But they don't know that the U.S. attorney responsible for letting Asimov off with "six months' home detention with electronic monitoring and three years federal probation" was Robert Mueller, the current Special Counsel currently investigating Russiagate or whatever he is actually doing.

That's just one of what are now hundreds of "coincidences" that few believe are coincidences anymore, the media's attempts to ridicule those drawing the connections between them notwithstanding. But the truth will come out eventually, and the historical misbehavior of corrupt elites strongly suggests it will be a lot closer to Pizzagate and Qanon than the whitewashed, noble image presented by the corrupt, leashed, and well-indoctrinated media. Indeed, the conspiracy theory of history is the only coherent and consistent theory of history.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hollywood values in DC

CDAN appears to tie this arrest yesterday:
Geoffrey S. Berman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today that JOSHUA ADAM SCHULTE was charged in a 13-count Superseding Indictment (the “Indictment”) in connection with his alleged theft of classified national defense information from the Central Intelligence Agency (“CIA”) and the transmission of that material to an organization that purports to publicly disseminate classified, sensitive, and confidential information (“Organization-1”).  The Indictment also charges SCHULTE with the receipt, possession, and transportation of child pornography, as well as criminal copyright infringement.  SCHULTE, who is presently detained on the child pornography charges, will be arraigned by U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Joshua Schulte, a former employee of the CIA, allegedly used his access at the agency to transmit classified material to an outside organization.  During the course of this investigation, federal agents also discovered alleged child pornography in Schulte’s New York City residence.  We and our law enforcement partners are committed to protecting national security information and ensuring that those trusted to handle it honor their important responsibilities.  Unlawful disclosure of classified intelligence can pose a grave threat to our national security, potentially endangering the safety of Americans.”
To the murder of the convicted actor from Glee.
The shoe drop yesterday was one of the names our actor had. He didn't get to give his testimony but he did drop the name and it sent a lot of shock waves. Apparently the name that went down yesterday was protecting and sending information to that foreign born business person who had previously been convicted of the same type thing. Because of his position, the name who got dropped yesterday was able to provide cover and the networks that could be used for all this child porn. Everyone assumed they were safe because of what he did.
Translation: if the connection CDAN is drawing is correct, then the pedos in Hollywood and elsewhere were being shielded by fellow travelers in the CIA, and, most likely, the FBI and DOJ as well. Which would explain why Team Trump is being so circumspect and thorough. This may well get every bit as ugly as Q has been hinting for months.

And, of course, the fact that this potentially key arrest has not only taken place, but been made public will make it clear to everyone he's been protecting that they are going to be exposed sooner or later.

On the other hand, there have been claims that Schulte was Vault 7, the conduit to WikiLeaks, and that the whole thing was trumped up. And his background doesn't appear to suggest a key Deep State guy either. So, who knows?

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Freestartr-Stripe update

I've spoken to several of the individuals involved and I have been told that Freestartr expects to have the situation resolved within a week or so. My understanding - and it is only that - is that they started working on a replacement since they were originally informed there was going to be a problem, but Stripe suddenly moved up the timing on them without warning. Freestartr was also informed that the action was at the insistence of a certain financial partner, but the claim was subsequently determined to be false.

So, there appears to be no reason to alter anything in order to ensure the continued support for Voxiversity and the Darkstream. But if my information is incorrect and we need to do something different, I already have a backup plan lined up. Regardless, if you're a backer and you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.


Mailvox: converging Total War

AR observes some unnecessary updates to one of the dogs of the Total War series.
I decided to try replaying Total War: Rome 2 recently. After a mandatory update from Steam, I noticed a bunch of... peculiar updates. Nothing has changed except the following:
  • They added female Generals / Leaders. This includes voices and skins (graphics) for female characters both on the strategic map and the battlefield.
  • They added feminist propaganda in the loading screens. This goes for graphics and copy.
Zenobia is perhaps the only female whose superior genius broke through the servile indolence imposed on her sex by the climate and manners of Asia.
- Edward Gibbon, English historian (1734-1794)

Why would they put all this work into a 5-year-old video game that flopped upon release? Do you think a blue-haired androgyne fatty take over that project?
It sounds to me as if an SJW was named a first-time producer on a minor project and decided that the game could be updated by bringing its politics up to date.

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Alt-Hero #1 available in print again

Just to note that the print edition of AH#1 Crackdown is available again at Castalia Books Direct, Amazon, and your local bookseller. We did NOT end up changing the margins since we determined that would have made matters worse, so we only made a minor change to properly center the image on the back cover. You'll see how we're addressing the problem of trim variation on the margins in AH#2, as we're going to a full-bleed slash pseudo full-bleed approach that effectively eliminates it.

Amazon is sold out, so it will take a few days for them to restock. The fastest way to buy it is from Castalia Books Direct.

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Startup = sellout

Megan Fox covers the Stripe 180 on PJ Media:
Every time reports of conservatives being silenced on social media platforms come out, a large percentage of libertarians shout, "but private companies can serve whoever they want! Build your own platforms." It is a constant criticism of anyone saying that social media and Silicon Valley need regulation or that political viewpoints need protection under the law. But when marginalized voices create their own platforms, the puppet masters of Silicon Valley who control all the infrastructure shut them down.

Vox Day, a contributor at BitChute and popular author of SJWs Always Double Down, told PJM, "The denial of payment services on ideological grounds is a significant blow to the libertarian idea that private companies can be permitted to operate without government oversight." Day has significant experience being deplatformed on the major social media sites....

Stripe claimed in their notice of cancellation to Bitchute founder Ray Vahey that it was their "financial partners" who objected to Bitchute's business model. "We are politically neutral, and have many creators from across the political spectrum," Vahey told PJM. "Our site is still operational in terms of video streaming, but we have not been able to accept money since the Stripe termination," he explained. "They gave us only 5 days notice, even though our account was in good standing and we had not broken any of their rules or laws or even had any customer complaints."

The notice he received from Stripe was strange, filled with rambling excuses for termination with no specifics. Stripe employee "Gus" wrote:

Unfortunately, we won't be able to overturn our decision regarding your account. Our financial partners have some fairly strict limitations on the type of businesses we can work with, and sadly your business type falls into a category which our financial partners consider to be high-risk. I'm truly sorry about that... this is a restriction imposed upon us directly from our financial partners, who use have [sic] an archaic and frankly antiquated view of non-traditional businesses.

Stripe refuses to say who the "financial partners" are. PJM also reached out to Stripe but received no response.
This tends to indicate the situation is as I suspected. Stripe is looking to cash in, so they are doing whatever their investors and prospective buyers want them to do. Which, in this case, is shutting down the services that allow people to bypass both the ideological gatekeepers as well as the financial gatekeepers.

It's not an accident that they are attempting to shut down the crowdfunding sites, beginning with the alternative ones. That's primarily what this is about. Rest assured, they have their sights on Kickstarter and Indie-Go-Go too.

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The eurocrumble continues

The Sweden Democrats want out:
The leader of the far-right anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats is calling for a referendum on EU membership, hoping for a 'Swexit' result. Jimmie Åkesson, 39, branded the EU 'a large web of corruption', and said Sweden should hold a referendum after the general elections this September. 'We pay an enormous amount of money and get overwhelmingly little back. But the main reason is ideological: we should not be in an ideological union.'

The Sweden Democrats is currently the second biggest party in the Scandinavian nation, boosted by the European migrant crisis which saw Sweden take in more refugees per capita than any other EU country. 
Meanwhile, Matteo Salvini remains staunchly opposed to the invasion by sea:
Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Saturday warned another migrant rescue mission off the Libyan coast that it would not be allowed to land its "human cargo" at an Italian port.

The new rightwing and anti-immigrant Italian government last week banned the French NGO operated vessel the Aquarius, with more than 600 rescued migrants on board, from docking in Italy, causing uproar and a sharp spat with France.
Spain subsequently offered to take the Aquarius and it is expected at the port of Valencia on Sunday.

Salvini showed no sign Saturday of softening his position.
"While the Aquarius is sailing towards Spain, two other Dutch NGO operated vessels (Lifeline and Seefuchs) have arrived off the Libyan coast, to wait for their human cargos once the people smugglers abandon them," Salvini said in a Facebook post.
"These people should know that Italy no longer wants to be any part of this business of clandestine immigration and they will have to look for other ports to go to," he said.
"As minister and as a father, I take this action for the benefit of all," he added.
After Rome's decision to ban the Aquarius, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte met on Friday and agreed that the EU should set up asylum processing centres in Africa to prevent "voyages of death."

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Cucks complain about media SJWs

Specifically, they complain about the media SJWs treating them and the moderate leftists they admire the way that they treat everyone to their Right.
Jordan Peterson has become so effective a messenger—and not just in Canada—that it was inevitable that the MSM, the left, and academics (but I repeat myself) would put forth effort to discredit and discount him. So if you’ve been paying attention you’ll have noticed a recent spate of articles and statements saying just where he went so grievously wrong, how he draws his support from bigots and alt-righters (and/or is one himself), and fails to understand this or that or the other thing on which the critic/writer is an expert. Here’s a recent example of the latter (hat tip commenter Artfldgr), and there are plenty more of the former as well such as this one from NBC.

Watch that last video; it’s less than two minutes long, and it’s instructive—not about Peterson, but about the way the MSM approaches the topic of “explaining” him. Most of these hit pieces are relatively subtle, as is this one (“Who is Jordan Peterson, favorite figure of the alt-right”), which hardly talks about what Peterson actually says, gets some of that wrong when it does (beginning with saying he refuses to be pigeonholed and then offering as an example of that him speaking about an entirely different subject, his refusal to automatically use left-dictated pronouns for transgendered people), but quickly delivers its main message of “bigots love him, therefore he’s tainted.”

The goal is quite clearly to make him persona non grata to people who’ve never watched a video of his or read anything he’s written, making him so toxic that they will pigeonhole him (“alt-right bigot”) and never indulge whatever curiosity they might have by going to the source, Peterson. These pieces are not meant to actually inform; they’re meant to block any desire the listener might have to inform him/herself. After all, life is short, we have a finite amount of time here, and why waste it listening to a bigot or a figure beloved by bigots?
It's particularly funny to see how the readers of this "neo-neocon" promptly make use of the very same tactics to try to make me persona non grata when someone points out that I have shown Jordan Peterson to be an evil left-wing globalist charlatan.
Johnny Ray:
Vox Day a true altrighty debunks JP on his blog as a fraud

Oh noes, not Vox Day! As if Jordon Peterson has ever claimed to be of the alt-right. The left says it over and over, but saying a thing doesn’t make it so.

Vox Day’s extreme jealousy of Peterson is transparent, vile and disgusting. He shows his true colors as an envious mental midget who is in love with only his own vapors. Basically, like the rotted pulp stuff he cranks out, he’s a comic book.
First, the point isn't that Jordan Peterson isn't of the alt-right. He's not. The point is that he's not of the Right at all, his philosophy is evil, his logic is incoherent, and his advice is bad. As for the constant accusations of envy, I am no more jealous of the haunted, suicidal, godless, mentally unbalanced Peterson than I was of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, PZ Myers, or that little doughball Scalzi. Those who believe all criticism is rooted in jealousy always reveal more than they realize about themselves.
I was lucky enough to see JBP in Nashville at the Ryman last week, and luckier still to meet him (I couldn't afford a VIP ticket, but waiting outside the theater for a long time afterwards paid off!). He really IS everything that you would hope and expect him to be. His gaze is so intense when he makes eye contact with you, and you can really see the genuine warmth and compassion in his eyes. Truly a great man.
These idiots genuinely deserve everything they are going to eventually experience. Sweet St. Darwin, but they are dumber than the dodos were. Because greatness truly depends upon the perception of compassion in one's eyes.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Facebook stalking

If this freelance reporter working with Rolling Stone and NPR stalks you on social media, just ignore her request for other people's contact information, let us know that she contacted you and tell us on what form of social media you were contacted. We want to know exactly how many people are being stalked and where they are being stalked.

Remember, no means no!


Twitter suspends Spacebunny

Or rather, "suspends her account". Of course, "suspension" is Twitter-speak for banning.
Hello Spacebunny Day,

Your account, Spacebunnyday has been suspended for violating the Twitter Rules.

Specifically, for:

Violating our rules against abusive behavior.
You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. We consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice.

Note that if you attempt to evade a permanent suspension by creating new accounts, we will suspend your new accounts.
Her thoughtcrime was to tell a very stupid woman who had been harassing her that she was stupid. Strange, I don't remember anyone ever being permanently suspended for telling me that.

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QUANTUM MORTIS A Man Disrupted #2

Arkhaven Comics is very pleased to be able to announce that QUANTUM MORTIS A Man Disrupted #2: Zero Zero Tango is now available for Kindle and Kindle Select.

Chief Warrant Officer Graven Tower is a ruggedly handsome military policeman who hates aliens. Fortunately, as a member of His Grace's Military Crimes Investigation Division - Xenocriminology and Alien Relations, he gets to arrest a lot of them. Sometimes he even gets to shoot them.

Chief Tower and Detector Derin Hildreth of the Trans Paradis Police Department are investigating the murder of the Crown Prince of Morchard on the shadowed streets of Trans Paradis City, but the alien government-in-exile is less than entirely helpful. The royal house of Morchard appears to be considerably more interested in seeking revenge than seeing justice done. But there is no way that Tower or MCID are going to let any vengeful xenos start another war in their house!

QUANTUM MORTIS A Man Disrupted #2: Zero Zero Tango is 27 pages, retails for $2.99, and is available via Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. Matvei Daniilovich is still the illustrator, but starting with this issue, we arranged to get him a professional colorist in order to move from a bi-monthly release schedule to what we hope will be a monthly one, so you may note that the colors are a bit more vibrant in this issue. UPDATE: Look Inside is now enabled, so you can see these for yourself.

From the reviews of Quantum Mortis A Man Disrupted #1: By the Book:
  • The plot is interesting, and the universe feels like it has actual history and depth. Instead of skipping over the richness of the original novel the comic gives you a lot to read rather than just pretty pictures which you quickly turn past to find out what happens next.
  • It's just the first issue, but the story is fantastic so far. I haven't read the book on which it is based, so it's totally new to me. I really love the look and slightly Blade Runner aesthetic and noir feel.
  • The story was good and got me interested in the characters. Dialog was snappy and smart. Hard to say what tech levels would be on a distant planet in the 3000s, after some big wars, but the tech-setting feels about right for a sci-fi crime-noir story.
  • Old school comic book. Cute girl, manly hero, robot comedy relief, dark conspiracy, gritty high tech future.
  • A fun start to an intriguing story, excellent retro artwork (I suspect that at some point in this storyline, a rocket-ship will land upright on a plume of flame, as God and Robert Heinlein intended), good banter, and the shadow of a prince's corpse burnt into the ground as foreshadowing of things to come. This is going to be a fun series, count me in for more!
A print edition of issue #2 will be available in a few weeks in a gold logo edition.

UPDATE: Off to a good start:

#1 in Kindle Store > Comics & Graphic Novels > Military
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 45 minutes (22-32 pages) > Comics & Graphic Novels
#3 in Kindle Store > Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

ARKHAVEN UPDATE: the gold logo print edition of ALT-HERO #1 CRACKDOWN is now available again from the Castalia Books Direct store. Backorders should be shipping tomorrow. It should be live on Amazon again by the end of the week.

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Darkstream: Stripe and Operation Chokepoint

From the transcript of the Darkstream.

There's a lot of folks, especially on the Right, who would have a tendency to say, "well you know, what's the problem with that? I mean everybody has a right to sell to whoever they want to etc etc etc." Right, and that's true if you're looking at it from a theoretical point of view, but the reality is we don't live in a free economy, we don't live in a society where you are simply allowed to go and set up a bank with 200 dollars and begin payment processing and issuing credit and all that sort of thing anymore.

I don't think it was even a hundred years ago - somebody mentioned this on the blog - barely a hundred years ago it was possible to set up a bank for 200 bucks, start making loans, and that was how Regions Bank was founded originally. But you can't do that now because the banks - just like the hairdressers and just like every other self-interested group of people - have arranged to set up tremendous regulatory barriers, huge barriers to entry. For example, in, I believe it was Georgia, you needed to have 1,500 hours of training in order to be allowed to braid hair professionally!

Now this is ridiculous, as anyone who has been around junior high school girls for more than about 20 minutes will know. They sit around braiding each other's hair all the time, they don't need to spend fifteen hundred hours to be able to do it, and so what we are seeing is a private version of what was described as Operation Chokepoint by the Obama administration. Operation Chokepoint was a plan to deny banking and financial services to companies that were selling guns. If you're in the gun industry in any way, they were planning to target those companies, and in fact they are actually still doing so, but again on a private level because Hillary Clinton is not President, and so that's why you're seeing companies like Intuit, which owns Quicken, Intuit targeted I believe it was a gun retailer and possibly some gun manufacturers as well, and they're simply not working with them now.

You know, this is absolutely ridiculous considering that we have been indoctrinated for the past however many years, it's been 58 years or so, that you have no right to deny service to anyone for any reason. Suddenly now that the Left has completed its long march through the institutions, suddenly they are going to deny all that, they're going to attempt to deny the financial oxygen to all the  companies and all the people they don't like now. I'm not shocked by this. I'm not alarmed by this, you know, I'm a Christian and  we've been we've been told about the Mark of the Beast and and being
denied the ability to buy things, that that sort of persecution would happen since I was a kid at Sunday school. Now I have to admit I didn't expect to see it taking this kind of form, but it is.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

EVS reviews Alt-Hero #1

Ethan Van Sciver live-reviewed Alt-Hero #1: Crackdown, on his ComicArtistPro Secrets YouTube channel with his father on Father's Day. He gave it a C+, unsurprisingly preferring the story to the artwork. Also, you should probably note that the actual review doesn't begin until about the 38th minute.

If the reaction of most of his viewers is any guide, it will take a little while to win them over. They seem to think that blindly mimicking the way things are done in a rapidly collapsing industry, only excising the social justice, is the path to success. But that's fine. We have gotten further, and we are making headway faster, than I ever imagined possible when we launched the initial campaign.

Anyhow, I very much appreciate EVS keeping his word and bringing this to the attention of his subscribers. I suspect AH #2 is going to be a big surprise to him and a lot of people.

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Stripe cuts off Freestartr and Bitchute

So much for Stripe as a Paypal alternative.
I thought I might share a few thoughts with you on what I regard as the biggest issue of our time: tech apartheid.

Silicon Valley wants you to believe that it is a force for good but the evidence of its bias and fraudulent dealings couldn’t be more obvious even to a fair, impartial observer.

Most recently this duplicity concerns payment processing, namely the fraudulent company Stripe which canceled FreeStartr’s account despite record low chargebacks. FreeStartr wasn’t alone. All of those companies who had their accounts suspended — Bitchute (a YouTube competitor), MakerSupport (a Patreon competitor), and (a Patreon, Kickstarter competitor)– were created by Trump supporters.

This canceling of our business was done for political reasons by Edwin Wee, a Democratic political operative turned Stripe employee, and it exposes the libertarian lie that one can simply just go and create a competitor if one dislikes Silicon Valley ventures. You can’t. We need to get over that canard.

I’ll delve into the parochial issues concerning FreeStartr’s banning from Stripe later, but I am thoroughly convinced that if action isn’t taken in the very near future, our politics will be permanently titled to the far left for the foreseeable future. Ask your congressmen, your friends, to speak out on this issue and take necessary corrections.

We’ve had other discussions about the censorship and Google, Facebook, and Twitter, and yes, those trends are extremely worrisome. But what I’m talking about here as concerns Stripe and PayPal is far more dangerous both for politics and for our society writ large.

Every regime has scapegoats, and ours is no different. Whether you’ve participated in a Twitter mob and/or been its target, you know its power. Ours is a herd based species, and it is quite disturbing the speed with which mores can shift. What was once commonplace — big game hunting, smoking, corporal punishment, etc., — become frowned upon, then the province of cranks, and ultimately unthinkable. There is increasingly good social science evidence for how this process unfolds — where a small minority changes the standards of behavior in a population. Sometimes these changes are so abrupt as to be jarring and yes, even violent. Twitter mobs force you off of their platforms and begin the practice of targeting your employment, your spouse’s employment, etc. until you are ruined. There is no due process here.
One has to wonder what the people at Stripe are thinking. If they're just going to be another arm of SJW enforcement, there is simply no need for their services. One might as well not use Paypal as not use Stripe, after all....

Voxiversity supporters, I think the smart move is to wait and see how Freestartr handles this before we come up with any alternative plans in order to keep the video offensive going.

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Mondiale Day 4

What a bicycle shot that was by the Serbian player! Pity the goalie was right there to stop it. Interesting attack-oriented formation by Serbia, it seems to be working well against Costa Rica.

UPDATE: Massive upset of defending champions Germany by Mexico, 1-0. Mexico deserved it too; the German defense was shockingly bad and totally unable to deal with the Mexican counterattacks.

UPDATE: Great result for the Swiss, taking a point off the Brazilians. They have no scoring up front and Shaqiri is barely a net positive despite his skill due to his refusal to pass on the break, but they're rock-solid on defense and hard to beat.


The ostrich strategy

I don't think simply putting your hands over your ears and refusing to listen to your customers, users, and players is an effective customer service strategy. Or marketing strategy, for that matter.
The folks who are running the Battlefield V subreddit are done listening to your complaints about historical accuracy. This week, a new rule was put in place by the group running it where the discussions about the game not being accurate to what happened in World War II are over. Originally, the post said “No more bitching about historical accuracy, it’s a game, not a history book. Violations will have consequences.” But that text was then edited to a somewhat friendlier version below.

Edit: we get that y’all have valid criticism about battlefield V and the customisation options within the game. Sadly, this subreddit has proven to be unable to have a civil discussion about these things without devolving into name calling and slapfights. …

Reddit admins have confirmed brigading and the modteams of the subs in question are fully cooperating to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Hate us all you want but we’re done with this bullshit.
Of course, you know that Dice, EA, and the subredditors will proceed to claim that no one has any problem with their idiotic SJW historical revisionism because they haven't seen or heard any complaints about it.

They may be done with this bullshit, but I'm done with Battlefield. And I'm very far from the only high-level player to turn my back on the game.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Merkel muss weg

And then be arrested and put on trial for treason, one would hope. But regardless, one hopes Germany will soon see the last of worst German Chancellor since Hitler:
Angela Merkel could be ousted as Chancellor by next week if she doesn't come up with a plan for the migrant crisis, a German MP claims.

Kai Whittaker, a member of Ms Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, said infighting could weaken the ruling coalition and make her position untenable.

Ms Merkel is at war with her Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who wants Germany to send back migrants who have registered in other EU countries. Ms Merkel is sticking to her guns, maintaining an open-door migrant policy is crucial for keeping Europe united despite the political standoff with her Bavarian ally.

In her weekly podcast, three days before talks between Ms Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron outside Berlin, she hammered home her stance. 'This is a European challenge that also needs a European solution. And I view this issue as decisive for keeping Europe together,' she said.

Members said Mr Seehofer would defy Merkel on Monday if no compromise has been reached by then, and go ahead with the plans alone. Such an affront to Merkel could force her to fire Seehofer, and there is even talk of the end of the 70-year conservative parliamentary alliance between the two parties. Without the CSU, the CDU and Social Democrats, the third party in her 'grand coalition', would lack a majority.
It's astonishing that the outcome is even in doubt at this point.

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Mondiale Day 3

I didn't bother watching the France-Australia game. Argentina-Iceland has been a very good game between two very different teams. I can't believe Bjarnisson missed that sidefooted attempt at an open net, but Iceland made up for it only a few minutes later. Aguero's goal was a nicely placed, highly technical shot which gave the goalie no chance to block it, and I thought the ref's no-call on the inadvertant handball on the ground in the Icelandic box was an excellent one.

Argentine looked to overwhelm them for a little while after they scored, but Iceland is tough and didn't crack. It wouldn't shock me if they wore the Argentines down in the second half and pulled off yet another upset.


Steam tells SJWs to take a hike

This is the correct way to publicly respond to SJW demands and it is the right and reasonable attitude for companies in the game industry to take. It is encouraging to see Steam take the lead on this by comprehensively rejecting SJW demands.
Recently there's been a bunch of community discussion around what kind of games we're allowing onto the Steam Store. As is often the case, the discussion caused us to spend some time examining what we're doing, why we're doing it, and how we could be doing it better. Decision making in this space is particularly challenging, and one that we've really struggled with. Contrary to many assumptions, this isn't a space we've automated - humans at Valve are very involved, with groups of people looking at the contents of every controversial title submitted to us. Similarly, people have falsely assumed these decisions are heavily affected by our payment processors, or outside interest groups. Nope, it's just us grappling with a really hard problem.

Unfortunately, our struggling has resulted in a bunch of confusion among our customers, developer partners, and even our own employees. So we've spent some time thinking about where we want to be on this, and we'd like to talk about it now. But we also think it's critical to talk about how we've arrived at our position, so you can understand the trade-offs we're making.

The challenge is that this problem is not simply about whether or not the Steam Store should contain games with adult or violent content. Instead, it's about whether the Store contains games within an entire range of controversial topics - politics, sexuality, racism, gender, violence, identity, and so on. In addition, there are controversial topics that are particular to games - like what even constitutes a "game", or what level of quality is appropriate before something can be released.

Common questions we ask ourselves when trying to make decisions didn't help in this space. What do players wish we would do? What would make them most happy? What's considered acceptable discussion / behavior / imagery varies significantly around the world, socially and legally. Even when we pick a single country or state, the legal definitions around these topics can be too broad or vague to allow us to avoid making subjective and interpretive decisions. The harsh reality of this space, that lies at the root of our dilemma, is that there is absolutely no way we can navigate it without making some of our players really mad.

In addition, Valve is not a small company - we're not a homogeneous group. The online debates around these topics play out inside Valve as well. We don't all agree on what deserves to be on the Store. So when we say there's no way to avoid making a bunch of people mad when making decisions in this space, we're including our own employees, their families and their communities in that.

So we ended up going back to one of the principles in the forefront of our minds when we started Steam, and more recently as we worked on Steam Direct to open up the Store to many more developers: Valve shouldn't be the ones deciding this. If you're a player, we shouldn't be choosing for you what content you can or can't buy. If you're a developer, we shouldn't be choosing what content you're allowed to create. Those choices should be yours to make. Our role should be to provide systems and tools to support your efforts to make these choices for yourself, and to help you do it in a way that makes you feel comfortable.

With that principle in mind, we've decided that the right approach is to allow everything onto the Steam Store, except for things that we decide are illegal, or straight up trolling. Taking this approach allows us to focus less on trying to police what should be on Steam, and more on building those tools to give people control over what kinds of content they see.
Give people control over what they want to see, but otherwise stay out of it. That's the best approach for large corporations to take, although they're still going to have to get rid of their internal SJWs if they want to avoid eventual convergence. It's good to see the game industry refusing to back down despite the near-total convergence of the so-called games media.

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Secrets of the Nethercity

Our friends at Autarch are running a new Kickstarter campaign for an epic kilodungeon for the ACKS role-playing game system called The Secrets of the Nethercity. They do quality stuff. Full disclosure: I'm a backer.
For three thousand years, the secrets of the Nethercity have been hidden. Now the delving of man has breached the ruins, and the lore and treasures of the ancients wait in the darkness below for those bold enough to seize them. But an inhuman evil slumbers in that darkness, and the time of the Awakening is at hand....

We’re excited to announce Autarch’s eighth Kickstarter project: The Secrets of the Nethercity™, an immersive dungeon for the Adventurer Conqueror King System™ and other D20 fantasy role-playing games.

With Secrets of the Nethercity you get:
  • An epic "kilodungeon" with 240 location entries spread across 20 different dungeon sub-regions that can be explored in a nonlinear fashion over the course of your campaign 
  • 12 new monsters, including the chryselephantine statue, faewyrd, hydropian, and terror of death
  • 30 new magic items, including the bag of faerie seeds, the funerary barge of the cults, horn of the eagles, scepter of sacred power, and shadowcowl robe
  • 4 new character classes, including the elven cultist, hierophant, and warlord
  • A special appendix providing step-by-step worksheets to adapt the Nethercity to your favorite campaign setting
  • A home base (the city of Cyfaraun) for use by your adventurers in between dungeon delves. The city is presented in summary format in the adventure itself, and the city and the sewers below it are presented in more detail in a supplement called Capital of the Borderlands (available at $20 and above pledge level). With every bonus goal, we'll expand the city and sewer levels!
  • The Nethercity, the city, and the sewer level in between are all beautifully mapped by the incredible cartography of Dyson Logos and Simon Forster. You get maps of the city, sewers, and Nethercity, as well as zoomed-in sectional maps of each major area. With every bonus goal we hit, we'll add more maps.
As great as that sounds, I am even more excited about rumors that Autarch's next crowd-funding effort is going to be something on the wargaming front. The fantasy wargaming front.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Mailvox: fencing, converged

A swordsman comments on the convergence in the historical fencing community in Europe.
I practice historical European swordsmanship as a hobby. Recently, two of the most gifted and well-regarded fencers/teachers in our small community have been under attack, including calls to boycott merchandise bearing their names, because they are “Nazis”.  IOW, they publicly object to the ongoing invasion of their native Sweden. Also, in general the community is being “converged” and made unwelcoming to anyone right of Lenin, following your descriptions of the phenomenon to the letter.

Formerly politics was not a viciously divisive matter in our community. Heck, when I first started 15 years ago libertarianism was probably the most represented political persuasion.  It has gotten so bad that the vocal SJWism is likely keeping some Christians and conservatives from joining the community. The irony of SJWs trying to drive Christians and nationalists away from the study of an art which was originally practiced by Medieval knights cannot be overstated.

Enough men in the community recognize this as nonsense that there is something of a counter-movement coalescing, although it is still in the very early and informal stages. As the leading researcher on SJW convergence, is there any particular advice you could offer?  In any case, these events are yet more confirmation of theory.
There are two options. Either drive out all the SJWs by banning all reference to politics and attempts to thought-police the community or leave en masse, form a new organization, and be damned sure to keep all the SJWs out. Either make it an explicitly Christian or nationalist organization, and be sure that whoever is in charge is not overly eager to pursue female membership; those are the men who are primarily responsible for convergence happening in the first place because they will excuse literally anything so long as it gives them an opportunity to have some women around.

The most important thing is to lead by example. Don't argue, don't warn, and don't negotiate. If I were in this fencer's position, I would start a new organization with the two leading guys and refuse to have anything to do with any of the known SJWs while welcoming those willing to leave the old organization for the new one.

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Mondiale Day Two

I paid no attention to the first two games, but Spain-Portugal is proving even more entertaining that expected. 2-1 Portugal at halftime, with Ronaldo scoring both goals.

WOW! Love him or hate him, Cristiano Ronaldo is simply awesome. Portugal came very close to stealing that game from a superior Spanish team.


Delusion creates illusion

A comment thread at Bounding Into Comics about Alt★Hero #1 illustrates the core problem with tolerating gammas, even when one rides herd on them.
Considering how much of an asshole/sperg Vox Day is to everyone in his blog and his "my way or the highway" mentality, I'm surprised this isn't a massive disaster or that Vox didn't fire everybody midway through for not kissing his ass hard enough. That said, it seems this is fun and good enough, so I hope this does well and can keep going forward in the hands of other more capable people.
- Skullomaniac

Vox gets attacked constantly and doesn't tolerate it anymore. He is an excellent guy to work for, however, and allows a lot of creative leeway.
- David The Good

I have followed his blog for a couple of years now and I'm convinced he has a severe attitude problem with everyone who may dissent even 0.001% with him, and he often appears to demand complete obedience to his words.
- Skullomaniac

It's been an interesting process to watch. I started reading Vox Day's blog back in 2008 and the discussions were provocative and harsh at times, but they were also thoughtful and highly-intellectual. Stay on topic, but nothing was really off the table because it was by and large a self-policing community. No one was afraid to question anyone else, including the proprietor of the blog. It was still largely the same through the Sad Puppies situation. Then, as the Alt-Right started to become a thing and Vox Day became a figure within it, his blog readership increased very quickly and the community rapidly changed. When this happened, everything else changed with it, including the house rules and the attitude toward comments.
- Arcturus Rann
Notice the divorce between the guy who has followed the blog "for a couple of years now", the guy who has followed it for a long time and actually works with me, and the guy who has followed it for a decade.

Merely having to deal with gammas and the psychological trash they drag in with them has been sufficient to convince some casual observers that I am an oversensitive, incapable sperg who requires people to kiss my ass and doesn't allow any questioning of my opinion whatsoever. This, as those who work with me know, is almost the complete opposite of the truth; the most common criticism I receive from those who work with me is that I don't give them enough guidance and oversight.

Granted, I'm not given to much in the way of kumbaya and cuddles either, but if I have repeatedly erred, it has always been on the side of giving people excessive responsibility for which they were not truly ready.

Anyhow, being a game designer, I am putting on my design hat to address this problem. It's probably going to be based on letting the Dread Ilk decide who is, and who is not, allowed to comment here. What none of my critics realize is that I have actually been far more tolerant of the newcomers than most of the historical readership here prefers.

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Darkstream: success comes through force-multiplication

From the transcript:

These are ways that we can support each other, that we can work together, and you know that's how we not only survive but we thrive in this increasingly heated cultural war environment. And so you know, what I would encourage you to do is, in your own way, whether you're talking about work, whether you're talking about play, whether you're talking about politics, is start thinking about the objective and stop worrying about your status or whether you're getting as much credit as you feel you deserve. I'm not saying that those things are not important, I'm just saying that they are ultimately
less important then learning how to force-multiply your own efforts by working with other people.

Other people are always a force-multiplier, and that's something it took me a long, long time to learn. You know we have a lot of volunteers now, with Castalia, with Infogalactic, with Arkhaven, and you know all of their efforts are very much appreciated, but it took me until, I think it was until three years ago, that I allowed anybody to volunteer for anything because I was always trying to do it myself. I was always trying to do it alone, and when you're alone you are more easily isolated, obviously, you're more easily ignored. There's a reason why the first thing the SJWs do is to cut people out, to separate them from others, you know, freeze and isolate them as Alinsky wrote. They do that because it weakens you, they do that because it makes it easier to prevent you from having success, and so that's why you need to be willing to give up the idea that you're going be in charge, that you should be in charge, that you know best, etc.

If you want to be in charge of something, then you start something and people come to you, and they join you, and they force-multiply your efforts. What you cannot do, and you must not do, is to try to join somebody else's group, and then share your wisdom with them and try to tell them what to do. You know that is always a mistake, that is always intrinsically offensive, and you should not be surprised when people don't appreciate your efforts to help them. All right, if they ask for the help, great, but if you're just doing it out of the goodness of your heart or something, I mean, come on, let's be realistic with yourself, what you really want is you want the influence without the responsibility.

Don't do that. You can only really have influence if you're willing to take responsibility for yourself, and the person who is responsible is the person who has the skin in the game and as Talib correctly tells us - no this is not leading from the bottom it's not about leading at all, that's the whole point, to get over the drive to lead - if you want to lead, you have to have people who voluntarily follow you of their own free will. You need to start walking in a direction and if people follow you, then you're the leader, but what you cannot do is try to jump in and try to hijack the microphone, hijack the group, hijack the planning, hijack the strategy, that is all wrong! You're not helping people by doing that, you're actually creating problems. So, before you can be a good leader, you have to learn how to be a good and reliable follower.

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Gammas are not welcome here

I think it is now time to openly institute an anti-gamma policy. It's no secret that I detest them and their behavioral patterns, but I simply don't have the time or the patience to tolerate their antics any longer. The now-banned Pale Male's nonsense is a good example of why they simply aren't worth the effort required to put up with them.
You forgot the modifier:  Social science is not scientific. That's because "social" is a modifier meaning "not":  social science, social justice, social work.... Tell us, Vox:  have you ever taken a course in physics?  Did you pass?
This is classic gamma bullshit utilizing the four As of the gamma.
  1. Assume a superior, lecturing pose.
  2. Assert that the other party has made a mistake, and in doing so, demonstrate a complete failure to have understood what the other party said.
  3. Attack the other party instead of addressing the subject at hand.
  4. Attempt to disqualify and discredit the other party in lieu of demonstrating the errors of their position.
The whole point of the post, which was explicitly stated, was that scientistry (the scientific profession) is increasingly not utilizing scientody (the scientific method). That is what "science is not scientific" means and the observation applies to both the hard and the soft sciences, as has been chronicled here on several occasions. My having taken, or not taken, courses in physics at the high school and college levels has absolutely nothing to do with the accuracy of my observations concerning corruption in science. All aspects of science. After all, I haven't taken a single course in psychology, which would theoretically be even more relevant to the subject, and yet the gamma doesn't ask about that... because he knows perfectly well such questions aren't relevant.
You forgot that using the Stanford prison experiment to conclude anything whatsoever about physics is a non sequitur. Completely different people, methods, standards of evidence, reproducibility (institutional review boards would no doubt prohibit it today), everything.
I didn't forget anything. I'm literally the individual who coined the sarcastic expression "You can trust biologists. Because physicists get amazingly accurate results." As I pointed out in my response, that is like saying that because Charles Ponzi was a completely different person living at a completely different time and using completely different methods than Bernie Madoff, and operating under very different regulatory standards, it is a non sequitur to use his actions to conclude anything about Madoff's.

Physicists are people, subject to the same incentives and motives and character flaws as psychologists. They are corrupted in the same way and for the same reasons. And we already possess considerable evidence that some of them are behaving in exactly the same way, despite their various differences. Just ask Stickwick about how intellectually and scientifically pure academic physicists are these days.
Tell us, Vox: have you ever taken a course in physics? Did you pass? Your own rule: 2... If you are asked a direct question relevant to the topic, then you will be expected to answer it in a straightforward and non-evasive manner... I'd bet 10:1 I know the answer but I want it straight from you.
Notice that he is posturing as if he is confident, and yet he doesn't commit himself publicly to a position, for fear that he will be proven wrong. This is textbook gamma posturing. And he is still trying to make the subject about me, rather than about the big news concerning the scientific fraud underlying one of the most famous studies in social science, while trying to use my own rules against me.

Of course, being careless and obsessive like all gammas, he stopped reading once he found what he was looking for and failed to read the whole thing.

29. These Rules may in no case be interpreted contrary to the purposes and principles of Vox Day, as solely determined by Vox Day.
I'm still waiting for him to tell us if he's actually gone there in physics, and how far.
Notice how he's "still waiting" for an answer to a question he never even asked. That's because this is not a relevant question, it is an attempt to "win" the discussion through discrediting and disqualification; he's begun to fear that I have taken a course in physics and is preemptively laying the groundwork for moving the goalposts. Which, of course, is why I ignored the question in the first place. Whenever you successfully answer a gamma's initial attempt to discredit and disqualify you, he will simply respond with another question intended to do the same. This process never ends until a) you kick him out, b) he finally manages to come up with a question that allows him to say HA!, c) you have such impeccable credentials that he falls silent in embarrassment, or d) you ignore him so long that he finally gives up and goes away.

I wasn't the only one who noticed the flashing neon signs saying "warning: gamma at work ahead".
In what way is Vox's educational history relevant to the question? Are you always this dishonest, or only when challenged? This is a sneering, gamma-ish, and obviously false assertion of the appeal to authority, and you should know this.
And notice how the gamma always eventually brings the discussion back around to himself. Every single time. Note that literally no one asked about his credentials, his degrees, or what subjects he studied, but that didn't prevent him from telling everyone anyhow.
I stopped my formal study of chemistry in my freshman year of college, but I'm still working on it.  Autodidact, check.  I'm sketching hardware to do practical applications. 
After initially trying to ignore his antics to no avail, I opted for Option A and kicked Pale Male out. He's now banned from commenting on the blog, and I plan to similarly ban every single gamma who acts up and subjects us to similar antics. From now on, if anyone even addresses me in a personally challenging or passive-aggressive manner, I'm just going to delete their comments. I have learned over 15 years of daily blogging that it is always a waste of time to even answer such commenters; they add nothing to the discourse, they inevitably attempt to derail the discussion, they try to snarkily disqualify everyone who disagrees with them, and they inevitably start to talk about themselves instead of the subject at hand.

This is not a place for gammas to show the whole world what smart boys they are. This is not a place for anyone to attempt to work out their psychological issues. And above all, this is not a place to waste my time. Everyone is welcome to express THEIR OWN opinion about THE SUBJECT BEING DISCUSSED, they are not permitted to attempt to hijack the microphone or try to elevate their perceived status at my, or anyone else's, expense. If I tell you that you are wrong, you are welcome to try to prove that you were actually correct, but any attempt to attack, disqualify, or discredit me in lieu of an actual defense of your assertions will be nuked on sight.

And while you're welcome to try to correct me if you think I am wrong, you had damn well better cross your t's, dot your i's, and get all of your ducks in a row while you make your case for it, because there are few things I despise more than one of my intellectual inferiors wasting my time by erroneously attempting to "correct" me, especially by citing orthodox information with which I am obviously already familiar. If all you've got is a snarky passive-aggressive statement of opinion that is a prelude to the usual routine, just go away and don't come back. Or at the very least, keep it to yourself. I'm not even remotely interested in playing stupid gamma games.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Swamp still protecting itself

Does Inspector General Michael Horowitz think he's been employed as a defense attorney or something?
A bombshell report released Thursday by the Justice Department's inspector general includes new evidence that an FBI agent and an agency lawyer who were having an affair in 2016 were also plotting to keep President Donald Trump from winning the election.

In an email on August 8, 2016, Special Agent Peter Strzok reassured Page that she needn't worry about Trump winning the White House.

Trump is 'not ever going to become president, right? Right?!' Page texted Strzok. 

'No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it,' he responded.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote that '[s]everal FBI employees who played critical roles in the investigation sent political messages,' but concluded that 'the conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation.'

He declared that the IG's office 'did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed.'

The 500-page report also found that then-FBI Director James Comey 'deviated' from the standard practices of his agency when dealing with the probe into Hillary Clinton's classified emails.

But IG Michael Horowitz emphasized that Comey was more knuckleheaded than malicious.

'While we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey's part, we nevertheless concluded that by departing so clearly and dramatically from FBI and department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice,' the report reads.
I'm beginning to notice a certain pattern to the Swamp's ability to excuse itself from any and all culpability for criminal activity. Even when a crime has been committed, it's excused because the perpetrator didn't mean to commit it, they're just one of a bunch of knuckleheads who mean well and are good boys and are gwan to go to college.

It's remarkable how this so-called investigator sounds like a old black community activist lamenting how a few gang-banging knuckleheads ruin it for everyone.

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Science is not scientific

And as a result, it's mostly fake. That's the only conclusion that can be honestly reached in light of the fact that the single most famous experiment in social science turns out to have been a fraud:
One of the most famous and influential psychology studies of all time was based on lies and fakery, a new exposé reveals.

The Stanford prison experiment purported to show we are all naturally inclined to abuse positions of power - after volunteers randomly assigned to act as prison guards began abusing volunteer inmates in a mock prison.

But now a report from author and scientist Dr Ben Blum claims the research was all a sham. It points to recordings found in archives at Stanford University which show the study's author Professor Philip Zimbardo encouraged guards to treat inmates poorly.

Also, one volunteer prisoner has now admitted to faking a fit of madness that the study reported was driven by the prison's brutal conditions.

The revelations have sent scientists into uproar, with some calling for the experiment and its findings to be wiped from psychology textbooks worldwide.
We certainly live in interesting times. I knew that most "scientific" economics was a fraud, and I'd concluded that all "scientific" evolution was a fraud, but it is clear that the rot begins in physics and goes all the way down through the softest social sciences.

The central problem is simple enough, as it is the result of the gap between the theory of scientody and the reality of scientistry. Scientistry doesn't incentivize or require replication, so no one even bothers trying to replicate the vast majority of studies and experiments.

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World Cup Day 1

This is an open thread to discuss il Mondiale. Russia plays Saudi Arabia today.


Mailvox: righteousness and virtue

A reader asks about a distinction:
I have recently been reading Aristotle to get my head around many of the arguments you make against Jordan Peterson. As such, I am curious about what you see being the difference between acting righteously and virtuously, or are they one and the same to you.
Acting righteously: acting in accordance with God's Will. Only God can determine this, Man can only make the attempt without full knowledge of whether he is doing so successfully or not.

Acting virtuously: acting in accordance with a specified virtue. These are mostly defined and determined by Man, so one can behave virtuously and know that one is doing so, except in the cases where virtue and righteousness happen to overlap. But one can act in a virtuous manner that is unrighteous; not all Satanists are cowardly and even a murderous thief can be charitable with his ill-gotten gains.

Aristotelian moral virtue falls somewhere in between virtue and righteousness. It is more akin to what I would describe as eucivicism, or civic virtue. Due to his philosophy being pre-Christian, I tend to be more influenced by Aristotle's thinking on intellectual virtue than on moral virtue, although eucivicism is definitely desirable from both worldly and philosophical perspectives.

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June Brainstorm

Tonight we're having a Member's Only Brainstorm to discuss the latest developments in Alt-Movies. Invites have been sent out. I THINK I've finally got the time zone thing straight, but regardless, the event will be at 7 PM Eastern time.

For those of you who are interested in the subject, we'll be holding an event that is open to everyone interested in supporting the project next week. Tonight's meeting is to lay the groundwork for that one, so just be patient.

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Trying to create a martyr

If the UK Home Office is successful in getting Tommy Robinson killed in prison, I suspect they may be more than a little surprised at the consequences.
U.K. officials have moved political prisoner Tommy Robinson from the safety of Hull prison, where he was serving out a 13-month sentence, to Onley, near Birmingham. The move, which happened on June 12, effectively hurls Robinson into what supporters say is certain death.

Onley, a notoriously violent prison, is overrun by Muslim gangs and has a reputation for riots. A colleague of Robinson told InfoWars Robinson estimated the wing of his new cell was about 70 per cent Muslim.

InfoWars’ Paul Joseph Watson tweeted inmates were banging on Robinson’s cell all night chanting death threats. According to a press release, Robinson’s family confirms he has received numerous death threats from Muslim inmates who object to Robinson’s critique of radical Islam.

They’ve also reported he is sleeping in an unheated cell that has nothing but a thin mattress. The family believes the abrupt move, which happened without warning, was intended to disrupt a new legal appeal being put together in his defense.
This appears to be war by judiciary. If the UK authorities are willing to go this far - and the death of Kevin Creehan suggests that they may be - the British people are going to have to accept that they have entered glorious times and respond accordingly.

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