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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Yeats the Baptist

Greg Johnson writes of what he considers to be the hopeful message of Yeats's Second Coming:
And the poem seems to indicate a reversal of that flight, and a reversal of the birth of Christ. Could Mary, resting on the flight into Egypt, rocking Jesus cradled between the paws of a sphinx, have vexed the stony beast to nightmare? Could it have finally stirred from its troubled sleep, its womb heavy with the prophet of a new age, and begun the search for an appropriate place to give birth? “And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?” And what better place than Bethlehem, not to repeat but to reverse the birth of Christ and inaugurate a post-Christian age.

One can ask, however, if the poem ends on a note of horror or of hope. As I read it, there are three distinct stages to Yeats’ narrative. The first is the age when Christian values were the unchallenged core of Western civilization. This was a vital, flourishing civilization, but now it is over. The second stage is nihilism, both active and passive, occasioned by the loss of these core values. This is the present-day for Yeats and ourselves.

The third stage, which is yet to come, will follow the birth of the “rough beast.” Just as the birth of Jesus inaugurated Christian civilization, the rough beast will inaugurate a new pagan civilization. Its core values will be different than Christian values, which, of course, horrifies Christians, who hope to revive their religion. But the new pagan values, unlike Christian ones, will actually be believed, bringing the reign of nihilism to its end and creating a new, vital civilization. For pagans, this is a message of hope.
I think his interpretation of the three distinct stages is correct. Which is why it is really going to be fascinating to see what Greg makes of Jordanetics, which I understand he plans to review. Because, despite the best efforts of fools, false prophets, and philosophers, no Man has been able to coherently conceive, let alone construct, a viable post-Christian civilization.

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Darkstream: Rethinking capitalism



From the transcript of the Darkstream:

Something that I said the other night I think is more important than I had initially thought it was, it was an answer to a question that Alex Jones had when he asked, "what should we do, what's the one thing we should do on the Right? What I realized that we need to do is we need to fundamentally question our assumptions and ideals, because part of what has gotten us here, part of what has gotten us into these very difficult situations and challenging circumstances is our ideals and assumptions.

I'm talking about our ideals and assumptions on the Right. We cannot blame everything on the Left. You know if you look at the people who do nothing but bitch about the Left that's that's what the Ben Shapiros do, that's what the Dennis Pragers do,  that's what the William F. Buckley types did. You know, they're constantly pointing their fingers at the Democrats, at the leftists, and they're never looking at their own assumptions. Now, we've begun to do that. You know, those of us who are on the Nationalist Right have begun to do that, we've begun to question things like free trade, we've begun to question things like legal immigration. Think about how all the Republicans and the conservatives who have said for decade, "the problem isn't the immigration the problem is the illegal immigration."  As we are learning, the problem is actually the legal immigration, you know, legal immigration is just another word for slow invasion, especially in a democracy.

Okay, any time you catch yourself thinking in that the problem is not the pure ideal, the problem is the application of the ideal, that's been used to try to rescue everything from communism to feminism to civil rights. I want to quote this guy here because it's important. Patriot 95 says "crony capitalism is what's wrong with capitalism, capitalism untouched and not corrupted it works well, it's what grew America early on," Well, no, that's not true. Here's the the problem with these false dichotomies, these false dichotomies lend themselves to that sort of misleading formula. Crony capitalism is a problem but the fact that crony capitalism is bad does not mean that capitalism is necessarily intrinsically and always good.

I was thinking about Murray Rothbard's economic history he's got a very large two-volume history of of economics, it's from the Austrian perspective, it's very interesting it's very, very well-founded in economic history, but what I realized about it is that from the  Rothbardian perspective, modern economics is simply the acceptance of debt. Everything that he writes about - it's kind of shocking when you think about it - he devotes an incredible amount of time in this very long book to address the question of usury and it's really remarkable how much space he devotes to Christian theology because he's focused on how getting rid of the prohibitions on usury was necessary for economic development and the modern economic system.

I started thinking more and more about the conceptual problems of capitalism because obviously the issue of debt is a massive problem, and I've demonstrated this, I've dealt with this before. You know, the biggest single problem with debt is that it completely warps the supply-demand curves, and this is without even getting into Steve Keen's mathematical demonstration that there is no such thing as a collective supply-demand curve, that you cannot create a supply-demand curve by adding multiple supply-demand curves together so we're still working within the concept of conventional economics, we're still in the world of Adam Smith here. But once you add debt into the equation, then what you start seeing is people whose demand is lower than someone else's suddenly have the ability to outbid those who have a higher level of demand and a greater ability to pay, and so this turns into a absolute warp of the demand process that completely eliminates the efficiencies of capitalism.

We're not talking about crony capitalism here. We're not talking about the fact that there are favored parties and disfavored parties and that sort thing. We're simply talking about the fact that you have the ability to spend resources you don't have to outbid people who have more resources than you today is intrinsically introducing a level of inefficiency and a level of market misinformation that did not exist before.

Let me back up for a second. One of the problems with communism was the fact that it destroyed the information that is provided to everyone by the market, it destroyed the pricing mechanism, but if you think about it, debt does exactly the same thing! It destroys the pricing information,  and if you look at the situation that we're in now where you have the elimination of contract law and you have the elimination of accountability and contracts and the basic ability to reliably buy and sell - you know you can be working with Pay Pal one day and the very next day, even though you've met your obligations and you've paid what you're supposed to pay and then suddenly it's gone - well how can you build a business based on that kind of unreliable information foundation? You can't....

What is our economy fundamentally built on? It's not debt, if you think about it. What is our economy fundamentally built on? We know it's not built on labor. What do we spend all kinds of money on trying to convince people to do? What our entire economy is built on is sales and contracts. It is entirely built upon talking somebody into agreeing to something, the whole concept of exchange. Rational capitalism is based on the idea that all exchanges are to the benefit of the person exchanging, but we know that's not true, we know that's false.

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Slandered by the Secret King

Two-Face van Sciver is clearly shaken by something, as he's now emotionally projecting worse than the average SJW and resorting to outright slander. Perhaps Nick Rekeita informed him that IndieGoGo is going to be required to turn over all of their communications with him to Arkhaven as part of the discovery process permitted by the required arbitration system. Or perhaps it's just the strain of Cyberfrog being late and 2VS feeling the pressure to deliver something capable of justifying more than half a million dollars' worth of hype. This is from the transcript of his November 15th video called The FUTURE of the CG Movement.
You know about John Del Arroz, and I'll tell you guys here, you know John Del Arroz, basically, I'm not sure what his whole thing with white nationalism was. He says "I was just explaining what it is that's not how I feel." That's not what I remember him saying when I heard him say it, but I'll take his word for it. Uh, the problem is, and I told him privately, I said, "yeah you know, listen, even if it's true that everyone's smearing you as a white nationalist and you're not, we all misheard, you everyone knows you an apology because that's a serious thing." But the next thing you know, when Vox Day tried to take over ComicsGate and I fought back, he sided with Vox Day in a really snake-like way, and then what he did after we had kind of, after we had sort of, it seemed, made up, um, he started to he started to mess with me on behalf of Vox Day, like he became Vox Day's little toady.

Vox Day said, "you think that you can stop me with, you think you can stop me with,  with your copyright trademark stuff, I'll show you what trademark, you know what I can do with trademark, I'll play with you with that. So what he did was he went on Amazon.com and he launched a parody kind of, of CyberFrog, but spelled with a P like PsyberFrog, and he put it up for sale on, on Amazon.com. Now I never would have known about this because I don't talk to Vox Day so he wouldn't, I wouldn't have found out, so who was the one who was assigned to let me know that this troll had happened?  John Del Arroz! And he shows up immediately and goes, "hey man, I just wanted to let you know about this, like what do you think of this, like that's wrong," and I was like, I got it, so you guys are just gonna do this, what what's next, it's gonna be like cyber frog but spelled like TSyberfrog, I mean like, are you guys just gonna do this just to show that you can get around? I get it, I get it, it's funny, now stop it!

So after that,  like, I just kind of said, all right this guy is there's something up with him. I don't know what his thing is. I don't know what what his thing is, but like if he's gonna be Vox Day's toady and troll me on behalf of Vox, like, I just, get away from me. Kind of, you know, like, just get away from me! But me saying get away from me, like, that's apparently, you're not allowed to just tell people to go away. You used to be able to tell people to go away, now when you tell people to go away,  they go "he's harassing me by telling me to go away, how dare he told me to go away, this guy,  and he's turned everyone against me and he's telling me to go away!" No, I just, I don't, I don't like you, I think you're a snake, you've proven yourself to be a snake over and over again. I don't know what's up with the white nationalism thing, but you know it seemed to me that you know that's what you said, and then you're gonna do this on behalf of Vox Day? You, you know, it's, it's just two-faced! Get away, you're trouble.
First of all, as you might expect, 2VS is shamelessly and blatantly lying. And he knows he is lying. I did nothing of the sort. I didn't say that and I didn't do that. I had absolutely nothing to do with this Psyberfrog parody. I didn't create it, I didn't launch it, I didn't put it on Amazon, I didn't tell anyone to do it and I didn't suggest the idea to anyone do. This is straightforward slander and I can easily prove it by providing a court with the complete list of all of our products in our Amazon accounts.

Second, Jon Del Arroz is not my toady. He's not one of my 535 Vile Faceless Minions. He's not Dread Ilk. Nor is he two-faced or snake-like; 2VS is clearly projecting. Jon is, of course, one of our Dark Legion and Castalia House authors, as we will be publishing his Flying Sparks as well as his Alt-Hero novel, and he was an outspoken figure within ComicsGate who refused to denounce and disavow me, which is probably why 2VS is attacking him and attempting to imply that Jon is a white nationalist despite being one of the leading Hispanic science fiction authors. And speaking of Jon Del Arroz, here is his take on why ComicsGate fell apart.

Third, I never tried to take over ComicsGate and 2VS knows that better than anyone. Again, he is projecting his own behavior onto others and repeatedly lying to cover the fact that he had no objection to my acquisition of the imprint and creation of a logo until others reacted badly to it.

And fourth, everyone here knows that if I were to launch a parody of something, it would be high-quality and quite likely better than the original. Read The Corroding Empire Book One: Corrosion and The Collapsing Empire, if you harbor any doubts about that. If I were to do a parody of a 2VS comic, I would hire a good illustrator and a good colorist, then publish a comic called Rainbow Brutus in January which would almost certainly be considerably more entertaining than whatever hapless story 2VS will end up cobbling together when Rainbow Brute finally appears in April 2021.

2VS is a good example of what happens when Gammas find themselves in positions of leadership. It never ends well.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Darkstream: Decision time for Donald Trump


From the transcript of the Darkstream:

Not stick not stay that bag STATCOM and Amy's to shake the happy a finish big medics begin my humanity is biggest angle. He started haven't been I didn't birthday last couple days I've been a little busy trying to get away it has a book on pre-order heels it for a while. Maybe I do? Big Mike Patton okay hang on and it she yeah let me see that I can give you okay hmm seems to be going in and out okay are we doing any better yeah it looks like oh it's fixed okay, all right.

Seriously, that's the actual transcript. I appear to have had a mic issue there at the start. But doesn't it remind you of Jordan Peterson's lectures, at least just a little? Perhaps I should do them all that way. Anyhow, it's been disappointing to be reminded that not everyone is capable of grasping the basic idea that seeds planted in the spring face different prospects than those planted in the fall or winter.

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A portrait of a hero


Reluctant or not, Jim Acosta really is a hero to us all. So inspirational!

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The cooling climate

I give it another six years before the incessant warnings about "global warming" become warnings about "the next Ice Age". Again.
The trend for fall snow across the northern hemisphere has been increasing, defying the forecasts over the last two decades for snows becoming an increasingly rare event. The 10-year running mean of the Boston area snowfall has skyrocketed to the highest level since snow records were kept and that goes back about 145 years! Fluctuations in the temperature regime and annual snowfalls are a function of about 25 global factors including changing oceanic oscillations mainly sea-surface temperature anomaly locations which impact atmospheric conditions creating certain jet stream configurations plus others such as solar activity and irradiance, geomagnetic activity, volcanism, etc.

Interestingly, some scientists have stated that increasing snow is consistent with climate change because warmer air holds more moisture, more water vapor and this can result in more storms with heavy precipitation. The trick, of course, is having sufficient cold air to produce that snow. But note that 93% of the years with more than 60″ of snow in Boston were colder than average years. The reality is cooling, not warming, increases snowfall. Note the graph depicting declining January through March temperatures for 20 years at a rate of 1.5 degrees F. per decade in the Northeast!

The lesson, as always, is pay no attention to politically-motivated science that is used as an excuse to further centralize the economy and society.

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A reckoning cometh

From the Introduction to Jordanetics: A Journey Into the Mind of Humanity's Greatest Thinker, which is now complete and will be published on Amazon on Monday. It also features a Foreword by Milo Yiannopoulos that is a real barnburner. The final draft has been turned in, it's the #1 New Release in Political Philosophy three days prior to publication, and you can still preorder it.

I also discussed the forthcoming book during my recent appearance with Alex Jones.

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Introduction: The Meandering Fog of Meaning

Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.
—Sun Tzu

I decided to begin looking more deeply into this popular professor who was being so widely hailed as a formidable thinker, a thoughtful philosopher, a courageous defender of free speech, and a champion of young men. But almost immediately, I discovered that his reputation was at variance with his actions, as in the case of his deeply ironic decision to ban investigative journalist Faith Goldy from participating in an August 2017 event at Ryerson University called The Stifling of Free Speech on University Campuses. The event was cancelled, and with Peterson’s approval, Goldy was barred from participating in the rescheduled event.

When he was subsequently asked about his decision in public, Peterson responded with what I eventually came to recognize was his characteristic bafflegarble, the word-smog he habitually utilizes to conceal his actual meaning.
QUESTION: I understand that Faith Goldy was removed from the original August panel because of her podcast with the controversial Daily Stormer after Charlottesville…. This strategy appears to parallel the SJWs, who wish to deny platforms to conservative speakers. I want to understand why Faithy Goldy was removed from the event simply for associating with identitarians, and if each of the panelists agree with that decision.

JORDAN PETERSON: That’s an excellent question. So, the first thing I should say is that it’s not like we’re unaware of the irony. Number one. Ryerson cancelled a panel about the cancellation of panels about free speech. That’s irony number one. And then irony number two was the panelists removed a speaker for arguably engaging in the act of free speech. Okay, we got that, believe me.

All right, so why did we come to this decision? I sat down personally—the other people can say what they have to say—I sat down with my son and we went through Faith’s interview. I know Faith, I don’t believe that she is a reprehensible person. I think that Charlottesville was very shocking to her and I think that she put herself in a very difficult position. And I think some of that was brave, that she went down there to cover it.

However, I listened very carefully to her podcast, the one that got her in trouble. And my sense was that she wasn’t, she didn’t, she was associating with people whose views she should have questioned. It was her journalistic, um, responsibility to question them. She had to ask at least one hard question. At least one. Three would have been better. You know, and I understand she had to toe a careful line. She was on the podcast, they had invited her on, it’s much more difficult than you might think when you’re facing people, even when you don’t believe them, to be rude enough to challenge them, right? That’s not so easy, especially if you’re an agreeable person and she is a rather agreeable person.

But I believe she, she failed in her journalistic responsibility. And as a consequence of that, she became too hot a property for us. And not just for us. And, well, that was, that was the reason for the decision. That was, that was my reasoning.
Now, this was manifestly not the correct behavior of a highly principled man or even a reasonably honest one. Jordan Peterson did something he clearly knew to be wrong, he did something he clearly knew to be hypocritical, but instead of simply owning up to his obvious failure when called on it in public, he attempted to concoct a ridiculous ex post facto excuse to justify it. Again.

He had to know that he was going to have to face the question sooner or later. He even appears to have prepared for it, and yet this response was the best that he could manage. If you watch the video, you can even see that Jordan Peterson has, he has, a reliable tell that warns the viewer when he’s about to say something that he knows is not true. He also betrays another tell that indicates when he is going to very carefully attempt to conceal the weakness of one of his assertions or conclusions.

Just watch for the repetitions and the adverbs. Once you learn to recognize them, you can identify when Jordan Peterson is trying to pull a fast one on his audience even when you don’t know what he’s talking about.

And the obvious question Peterson’s response raises is this: according to what theory of human rights or journalism does one’s own right to free speech rely upon one’s correct performance of nonexistent journalistic responsibilities?

There is no such theory. It’s a nonsensical assertion. It’s classic Petersonian bafflegarble. But it requires a high level of mental focus to penetrate the fog of Peterson’s word-salad and see what he is literally saying.

After twice seeing Peterson’s shameless dishonesty in action, I decided that it was time to delve deeper into the man’s actual work. Being a writer myself, I was aware that men express themselves differently in different media. Many eloquent speakers reveal themselves to be superficial thinkers in writing, and no few writers—myself included—are unable to express their genuinely profound thoughts in a facile manner in front of a microphone or a camera. Perhaps Peterson was much better in print than he was on video or on the Internet; after all, he was the bestselling author on the planet at the time.

So, I read his bestseller, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. I read his would-be magnum opus, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief. I even read his contribution to the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Sustainable Development of which he was a member, Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A future worth choosing.

And this book is the result of what I learned from reading the three published works of Jordan Peterson.

UPDATE: Now the #1 New Release in Spiritual Self-Help too!

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

On with Alex

I'll be discussing the caravan and the response to it with Alex Jones at 2 PM EST. You can watch the stream here.

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Just do it already

The way that Leave Tories have pussyfooted around taking down the EU puppet Theresa May was always bound to fail. All the talk about "a good deal" and so forth was nonsense, as Hard Brexit with no agreement and no payout was always the ideal path to independence. They should stop issuing threats, eject the Puppet Minister, and get on with it.
Fury is growing over Mrs May’s deal which has been slammed by both sides of the debate after she pushed it through last night’s five hour sessions at Number 10. The Prime Minister is reportedly facing rebellion within her own party as backbench MPs begin to file votes of no confidence against Mrs May.

Senior MPs from the Brexit-supporting European Research Group (ERG) – chaired by Jacob Rees-Mogg – are reportedly readying to trigger a vote of no confidence against the PM.

Brexit-supporting MPs unhappy with Mrs May’s draft withdrawal agreement have already been vocal in suggestions she could resign.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said last night “Brexiteer anger” is driving backbenchers to take matters into their own hands – and this morning three Cabinet ministers have resigned, including Brexit secretary Dominic Raab.
They know, they absolutely know, that a majority of the British people favor Brexit. So stop worrying about Jeremy Corbyn and get the job done. Do that, and Corbyn's Labour won't be a problem.

UPDATE: Why is anyone surprised that Theresa May did what she was always expected to do, and sell out Britain's interests at the last minute?
Theresa May is fighting for her political life today after Brexiteers effectively declared war - with Cabinet ministers quitting and an all-out bid to oust her. The Prime Minister is braced for a Tory no-confidence vote to be triggered potentially within hours after she vowed to push on with her controversial Brexit plan despite Dominic Raab and Esther McVey quitting accusing her of bowing to EU 'blackmail'.
The EU negotiations gameplan is always the same. Posture, posture, posture, then give just a little bit at the very end to their puppet on the other side in order to allow said puppet to pull a rabbit out of the hat for maximum dramatic effect. It's not working this time because everyone has learned to anticipate it.

And the idea that May is appealing to the loyalty of her cabinet members to try to salvage her position as Puppet Minister is simply absurd. What about loyalty to Her Majesty the Queen? What about loyalty to Great Britain.

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Smiling in defeat

In fairness, losing graciously is exactly what a good Republican is supposed to do:
Are you disgusted like I am that Martha McSally capitulated -- smiling on her couch with her dog, conceding the election to a lying, cheating code-pink pinko who deceived the voters into thinking she was a moderate when, in fact, she is about as far to the left as Medea Benjamin?  McSally not only let down supporters who stuffed envelopes, volunteered for and made contributions to her during the campaign, but people like me who made a last minute tiny donation to help her fight the recount only to see that money swirl down the toilet two days later when she gave up the recount fight she didn’t even fight.

Meanwhile, we have rabid leftists in Florida and Georgia trying to wrest Republican victories from the jaws of defeat in their own technicolor moment.

Well, color me red — and not for conservatism and the GOP, but for seething anger.
I'd actually prefer to see a Democrat in the Senate than a Never-Trumper like McSally. This election was lost at the primary stage.

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Jordan Peterson, Trilateralist

On the off-chance you still doubted that Jordan Peterson is a globalist sell-out, he is currently attending the 42nd European Meeting of the Trilateral Commission, which is entitled Liberal Democracy in the Age of Political and Technological Disruption.
From February to Sunday more than 200 most influential individuals will be literally from all over the world in Ljubljana. This will be the annual European Meeting of the Trilateral Commission, which has nearly 400 members. The host is the head of the European section Trilaterale Jean-Claude Trichet, together with the host, the first husband of Gorenje, Franjo Bobincom, who is the Slovenian trilateral at the invitation of the first member of Trilaterala from Slovenia, former chairman of the NLB Board, Marko Voljc , who then went to the Belgian bank group KBC. The young guard of the successful and successful are Trilateral Slovenians Žiga Vavpotič , Chairman of the Board of Directors Outfit7 and co-organizer of the Ljubljana meeting, and Mark Boris Andrijanič from Uber Warsaw.

Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Brother's, which was the beginning of the global economic crisis, one of the worst in the last hundred years, the economic future of Europe will be discussed in Ljubljana. Former President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso , former President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy , three former heads of state, and six former presidents of the government come from many distinguished thinkers and businessmen from all over the world, including Nigel Higgins of the Rothschild & Co of London, Jacob Frenkel , JPMorgan Chase International, head of Munich Security Conference Wolfgang Ischinger , former Secretary General of NATO Jaap de Hoop Scheffer , star globally-sold psychologist Jordan Peterson, Internet starter from Israel Yossi Vardi , former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti , KBC Bank Group Thomas Leysen , former head of EBRD Jean Lemierre , Franz Fischler , Forum Alpbach, Lionel Barber of The Financial Times, President of the Atlantic Grupa Group of Companies Emil Tedeschi , Stanford's Jure Leskovec and so on and so on. Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, the last moment of cancellation of the arrival due to urgent obligations in Brussels, is one of the candidates for the future President of the European Commission. The president of the Republic Borut Pahor is taking over the trilateral on Friday in the presidential palace, and on Saturday he is hosting a gala dinner at the National Gallery.
How fortunate that upon his arrival home the next day, the globally-sold one will be able to pick up a copy of the forthcoming Jordanetics: A Journey Into the Mind of Humanity's Greatest Thinker, which is currently on preorder for release on November 19th.

Now what could the Commission's interest in Jordan Peterson possibly be? He is post-ideological, right? Are we not reliably informed that he has no interest in politics? And we are told he doesn't do philosophy either, right? So, are we to assume that a few of these global leaders are simply in need of a therapy session or two?

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Paypal deplatforms BitChute

It doesn't matter how neutral or moderate you attempt to present yourself, if you have not submitted to the SJW narrative, you WILL be targeted and deplatformed:
A few hours ago BitChute received a notice that our PayPal account has been permanently limited, with immediate effect, and that we will no longer be able to accept or send payments.

The notice included the following information: “The User Agreement for PayPal Service states that PayPal, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to limit an account for any violation of the User Agreement, including the Acceptable Use Policy.” This decision seems to be final although we will try to appeal.

BitChute has had a Paypal account since 2016, we have used it to settle payments and to receive subscription payments from supporters along with other discretionary payments. It’s our belief that it is our stand against the current trend in censorship that has resulted in this action.
I suspect that BitChute was deplatformed because they offer an alternative to Paypal's SJW ally YouTube. In the end, everyone to the right of CNN will be deplatformed by Paypal. You must take the Mark of the Beast if you wish to buy or sell, after all.

This is wrong, of course. But from an economic point of view, it is disastrous. Far from being the pathway to the future, the Internet economy has become an unpredictable, unreliable Third World economy.

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Global superpower no more

The USA is no longer capable of imposing its will on a global basis due to the relative erosion of US military power vis-a-vis the regional powers of China and Russia.
The United States has lost its military edge to a dangerous degree and could potentially lose a war against China or Russia, according to a report released Wednesday by a bipartisan commission that Congress created to evaluate the Trump administration's defense strategy.

The National Defense Strategy Commission, comprised of former top Republican and Democratic officials selected by Congress, evaluated the Trump administration's 2018 National Defense Strategy, which ordered a vast reshaping of the U.S. military to compete with Beijing and Moscow in an era of renewed great-power competition.

While endorsing the strategy's aims, the commission warned that Washington isn't moving fast enough or investing sufficiently to put the vision into practice, risking a further erosion of American military dominance that could become a national security emergency.

At the same time, according to the commission, China and Russia are seeking dominance in their regions and the ability to project military power globally, as their authoritarian governments pursue defense buildups aimed squarely at the United States.

"There is a strong fear of complacency, that people have become so used to the United States achieving what it wants in the world, to include militarily, that it isn't heeding the warning signs," said Kathleen Hicks, a former top Pentagon official during the Obama administration and one of the commissioners. "It's the flashing red that we are trying to relay."

The picture of the national security landscape that the 12-person commission sketched is a bleak one, in which an American military that has enjoyed undisputed dominance for decades is failing to receive the resources, innovation and prioritization its leaders need to outmuscle China and Russia in a race for military might reminiscent of the Cold War.

The military balance has shifted adversely for the United States in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, undermining the confidence of American allies and increasing the likelihood of military conflict, the commission found, after reviewing classified documents, receiving Pentagon briefings and interviewing top defense officials.

"The U.S. military could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict. It might struggle to win, or perhaps lose, a war against China or Russia," the report said. "The United States is particularly at risk of being overwhelmed should its military be forced to fight on two or more fronts simultaneously."
Those who confidently proclaim the superiority of the US military power simply don't recognize that the USA no longer possesses ANY of the five advantages that allowed it to become a global superpower after World War II.

  1. Monopoly on nuclear weapons
  2. Limited geographic accessibility by enemies
  3. Dominant industrial infrastructure
  4. High-average-IQ European population
  5. High-trust, high-moral Christian society

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Why would you do that?

The question really answers itself. From the comments on the recent Voxiversity video on the Socio-Sexual hierarchy:
Captain Memo: Why reverse gamma and delta though? gamma comes before delta in the alphabet.

Scott Birch: Delta signifies change. Deltas are mostly like to shift socio-sexual profiles in their journey through life. This is mentioned in the video.

Captain Memo: Still why not describe gammas first since that makes alphabetical sense? And how does Delta signify change? It's a letter.

Scott Birch: Google is your friend, "Captain".

Captain Memo: I did that. It signifies difference between quantities in a mathematical sense. I guess you could steelman voxday and say that it's about change. But why reverse the two letters in the presentation? It seems to me that he doesn't know the correct order. Or maybe he did this because he wanted to shit on Peterson last for more effect.

VD: Because a) the labels are irrelevant and b) it serves as useful Gamma bait. You can always count on the Gammas to sperg out on the irrelevant details just to show what Smart Boys they are. The hierarchy is what it is. The behaviors exist. It's not a freaking test of your knowledge of the alphabet, FFS.
You can always, Always, ALWAYS count on a Gamma to completely miss the point in search of a way to publicly demonstrate that he is a Smart Boy. If the Gamma is not arguing that the Alpha-Beta hierarchy has been disproven due to new research on wolf packs, he is obsessing over whether an alphabet that not one percent of the English-speaking population knows is being correctly cited in order.

I couldn't help but laugh at the additional Gamma tell, as if it was needed. "It seems...."

Every single time.

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They dread the day

There's no Cultural Marxism here, avows the Cultural Marxist:
At the chilling climax of William S. Lind’s 2014 novel “Victoria,” knights wearing crusader’s crosses and singing Christian hymns brutally slay the politically correct faculty at Dartmouth College, the main character’s (and Mr. Lind’s) alma mater. “The work of slaughter went quickly,” the narrator says. “In less than five minutes of screams, shrieks and howls, it was all over. The floor ran deep with the bowels of cultural Marxism.”

What is “cultural Marxism”? And why does Mr. Lind fantasize about its slaughter?

Nothing of the kind actually exists. But it is increasingly popular to indict cultural Marxism’s baleful effects on society — and to dream of its violent extermination. With a spate of recent violence in the United States and elsewhere, calling out the runaway alt-right imagination is more urgent than ever.
Talk about projection. The Left so dreads the Day of Deus Vult that they are no longer content with merely policing speech, now they seek to police dreams and imagination.

If you want to see what has the New York Times more frightened than a teenage girl alone in the house reading a Stephen King novel, you can pick up the paperback here.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

POP KULT WARLORD now in print!

POP KULT WARLORD

PerfectQuestion is back! He's running and gunning his way across an incredible civilization-building game set on Mars. But this time he's employed as an online ringer for a corrupt dictatorship and trying to avoid getting "disappeared" in a reckless world of intrigue, epic parties, sports cars, and women who are as dangerous as they are beautiful.

Five million in gold says he can do it and put the next Sultan on the throne by leading a rag-tag clan of gaming jihadis to victory, but revolution and revolt are afoot. The long knives are out in Calistan for the hero of Soda Pop Soldier and anyone else who gets in a murderous prince's way.

Paperback. 396 pages. Available for $19.99 from Castalia House Direct.

Also available from Nick Cole: Soda Pop Soldier and Ctrl-Alt-Revolt!

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Bring it, Democrats

The strategery is astonishing in its subtle read of the electorate:
Several incoming House Democrats plan to introduce gun control measures when their party regains the majority next year. Gun control proponents are buoyed by the takeover of the House. Democrats ousted at least 15 House Republicans who had an “A” rating with the National Rifle Association with candidates who received an “F” rating, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., told the Journal on Friday that he plans to introduce legislation that will mandate universal background checks. Thompson is chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.
Clearly they only won due to their support for gun control. The American people LOVE gun control.  Run, Democrats, run!

How do you spell 2020? T-R-U-M-P-S-L-I-D-E.

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Darkstream: 2VS betrays ComicsGate


This Darkstream is already demonstrating the accuracy of the "2VS" appellation on the meta level. It seems Ethan van Sciver can't even maintain a consistent position for 48 hours.
Unranked Chevron: Apparently he's taken the hashtag back up.

Vox Day: And they wonder why we call him Two-Face....

crazy chameleon: Does he multiple personality disorder?  This is too absurd to believe.

Another comment by Unranked Chevron tends to indicate that despite my repeated explanations, some ComicsGaters still don't entirely grasp what was going on with the entire affair or why it happened. So, I will again attempt to clarify the matter.
Unranked Chevron: It's not too much of an assumption to say that someone who makes a logo called 'comicsgate comics' wants to take over comicsgate. Everybody in the industry was going to know that 'comicsgate comics' was owned by Vox Day, and that was likely going to limit their future prospects. Just calling it Dark Legion or something from the start and being very sly what it was actually used for would have avoided that whole fiasco.

Vox Day: I don't think you understood the sequence of events. Our imprint for other creators was called Dark Legion from the start. Our imprint is Arkhaven. We had already published 5 comics under the Dark Legion imprint: Chicago Typewriter and the Rebel Dead Revenge series.We continue to publish comics under that imprint.

The whole point of creating a ComicsGate imprint, complete with logo, was to permit ComicsGate creators to use our publishing infrastructure without forcing them to publicly accept our brand. It was about THEM publishing comics with the ComicsGate brand, not us doing so. Now, if you want to use our infrastructure, you will either accept our brand or you won't get access to it.

All anyone ever had to do to know my intentions was ask me. "Vox, do you want to take over ComicsGate?" To which my answer has always been: "No, I neither want it nor need it."

Instead, many ComicsGaters chose to believe 2VS's lies, sperged out, and torched their chance to have a public brand that many of them are now saying would be desirable.
By the end of the year, Arkhaven will have at least begun addressing every aspect of the modern comics business, from a crowdfunding engine to film and television production to merchandise to a comics-focused blog and forums to retail sales of our own comics and others. And, of course, game development. As I pointed out last night, we already have the ability to deliver comics readers in the USA all of the graphics novels from Marvel, DC, Image, and anyone else they want, and we will provide the same to readers in Europe, the UK, and Australia next year. Just tell us which ones you want to be able to buy at discounts that range from 15-25 percent.

ComicsGate can work with and support Arkhaven, they can ignore us, or they can follow the SJW-lite lead of 2VS and continue to publicly attack us. While I would prefer for ComicsGate and other independents to work with us, to utilize the infrastructure we are building, and to support our efforts, it really makes very little difference to me or to the long-term success of our plans. Because, as it presently stands, we are already well ahead of the rosiest scenario I had ever envisioned at the start. Arkhaven is already selling tens of thousands of comics - unit sales, not dollars - and that is not counting our record-setting crowdfunding campaigns. And we have published more comics, and more pages of comics, than all of ComicsGate and ex-ComicsGate combined.

Now, I will admit that ComicsGate never asked for my assistance in any way. That was my mistake. That was my error. And I have learned my lesson. In the future I will refrain from offering unrequested support for anyone in the comics industry, and even if requested I will not call upon the Arkhaven community or allow the Arkhaven infrastructure to be utilized to support anyone who is not already a part of the Arkhaven team. We have more than enough to do without getting entangled in the affairs of others. As for those who believe that working with me is "likely going to limit their future prospects," perhaps they should consider the possibility that they have it entirely backwards.


UPDATE: On the subject of Arkhaven comics, Bounding Into Comics has a preview of some of the pretty art from Right Ho, Jeeves #6.
Chuck Dixon and Gary Kwapisz’s Right Ho, Jeeves comic book adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s novel will be wrapping up with Right Ho, Jeeves #6.... Following the release of the digital edition of Right Ho, Jeeves #6 there will be a 10×7 omnibus edition that will collect all six issues of the series.

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The John Scalzi of Metal

Or is Scalzi the Jered Threatin of Science Fiction?
Talking up your own band a little bit to make it appear that you’re more popular than you are is a rite of passage for young acts. We’ve heard of plenty of bands that’ve exaggerated sales or live show numbers to land a gig or two, or talked themselves up to national media for some press attention. It comes with the territory, and it’s usually harmless.

But the Los Angeles band Threatin have taken that idea to a level previously thought unimaginable: the band was able to book an entire tour of Europe despite having no fanbase whatsoever, and it’s all in the process of crashing down around them.

To do it, the band’s frontman and leader, Jered Threatin, posed as a nonexistent booking agent / promoter to land the gigs, used faked live footage of allegedly packed shows in L.A., bought Facebook likes, event RSVPs and YouTube views and lied about ticket sales numbers to swindle venue owners and talent buyers into taking on the shows.
He of the "more than two million monthly page views" pulled off his con considerably more successfully than the musician, but then Threatin didn't have a real record company helping him do it the way Scalzi had Tor Books.

There’s more to John Scalzi and his writing than meets the eye. For one thing, his blog gets an extraordinary amount of traffic for a writer’s website–Scalzi himself quotes it at over 45,000 unique visitors daily and more than two million page views monthly.
- The New York Times

It just never gets old, even as Scalzi's blog fades into oblivion. Will 2018 be the year he finally stops reporting his blog statistics? Will he even reach two million pageviews for the entire year? By comparison, it looks like this year will be relatively flat at VP, with between 32-33 million pageviews.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Bestselling graphic novels

For those of you who are not new to comics, but might like an inexpensive place to buy the bestselling graphic novels of the month and perhaps pick up an Arkhaven comic or two, you may wish to note that we now have the ability to sell them, and to do so at less than full retail price.

Batman: White Knight from DC is currently the bestselling graphic novel out there, and with the amount you save from the $19.99 list price, you can pick up a copy of the latest Alt★Hero or Right Ho, Jeeves.

Those of you who are serious collectors or regular buyers should let us know what issues you would like us to carry. While we can't carry floppies, we do have access to pretty much all the graphic novels.

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Celebrity crackdown in China

This policy limiting celebrity compensation is very far from the worst idea I have ever heard, particularly in an increasingly post-scarcity environment.
Chinese broadcasters and online entertainment sites should curb the amount of screen time given to celebrities, the country's television regulator announced.

The new directive aims to crack down on celebrity hype, fake audience and click-through rates for a healthy growth of the industry, according to a statement issued by the National Radio and Television Administration on Friday. The statement by the radio and television watchdog also restated a commitment made by television and film companies that the salaries of all performers must not exceed 40 per cent of the total production cost while leading actors will have their pay capped at 70 per cent of total wages for the entire cast.
One of the reasons the shadowy evils of Hollywood are so powerful is their ability to gatekeep the money and fame they dole out to the desperate. Measures such as these being enacted by China will not eliminate the problem, but it will reduce some of its effects. And they're pretty tame considering that a headline star can still be paid more than a quarter of the total budget.

It's going to be interesting to see how China's growing influence in the film industry modifies its practices.

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RIP Stan Lee

Stan Lee (1922-2018)
We're told an ambulance rushed to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. We're told that's where he died.

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Who cares?

I'm just wondering, why on Earth should anyone give a fragment of a quantum of a damn for the fact that the poor moderate media whores are now being treated in public the way that many of us have been treated online for the last five years?
Kat Timpf@KatTimpf
 I was just ran out of an establishment because of where I work. Chewed out, abused. But I guess that’s the norm now.

And let’s be honest, Kat Timpf is really pretty moderate in the grand scheme of things so to attack her of all people at Fox? That’s just someone who doesn’t really pay attention. At this point, we are not sure where Kat was but we’re hoping she’ll post it soon so we can share …
Because those who are really pretty moderate don't deserve to be attacked, unlike those awful right-wing extremists, right? These people now looking for our sympathy and support are the very people who didn't lift a finger when hundreds of people, up to and including Alex Jones, were driven off Facebook, Twitter, GoDaddy, IndieGoGo, Paypal, and other platforms for their badthink, who didn't bother to denounce the culprits, let alone stop utilizing their services.

Now they're being driven out of restaurants. So my response is, sowhat? Especially given the fact that the likes of Kat Timpf are still far too moderate to so much as name the place where they were victimized, for fear that someone will actually do something besides cringe and cower.

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So much for those lofty principles

It took just over one year for Andrew Torba to climb down from his untenable high horse of "free speech uber alles":
Andrew Torba @a
This is unacceptable and we have taken action against this account. Targeting individuals with threatening language and behavior behind an anonymous account is cowardly and foolish. Users that do this will face accountability from Gab. 
Whatever happened to "suck it up, crybaby?" What a hypocritical moron. This is why Gab is doomed to failure. You simply can't expect an organization to succeed, let alone a startup, when it is run by someone as immature, hot-headed, and totally unable to anticipate the obvious as Torba.
Andrew Torba @a
I don’t want to hear it from the people who want to play semantic games about what is actually a threat and what isn’t. The intent here is very clear and aimed at a specific individual user. It’s malicious and designed to terrorize someone into silence. The person who recieved these (and many more,) did feel threatened and did contact us about it.
Of course he doesn't want to hear from everyone who is capable of remembering his oft-expressed previous position from all of six months ago. Gab is a train wreck in a dumpster fire and it will never be capable of becoming a genuine alternative to Twitter. My only regret is that I didn't continue to ignore Torba when he was lobbying Spacebunny to get me to pay attention to his emails.

Thanks to Oneway's brilliant ongoing developments, Infogalactic will soon be offering a Twitter alternative that will actually work in the not-very-distant future. And no, we will not be promising free speech to social rejects and retards, to the contrary, we promise to clamp down relentlessly and remorselessly on all social media jackassery, trollery, and bantz because we are more than happy to leave that time-wasting, mind-numbing gamma nonsense to Gab and whatever other sites wish to cater to the unpleasant and the unproductive.

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This is why you just ignore them

I don't bother arguing with women and gammas anymore, mostly because I have noticed that the participation of a second party is really not required for them to engage in a lengthy debate. All that is necessary is for them to notice something that triggers their emotions. This is the hilarious, but very informative response of one woman to the recent Voxiversity video.
FSP: I'm at the 12:54 mark and I have to kind of laugh (I mean I don't mean to be mean & all) but YOU (I think you're a man) but you're talking about what a woman wants?  (oh, this is rich... I'm going to keep watching).  "Write her poems"?  Did you just say that?   It's not that a man hasn't written me a poem, but that's what... this would take too long to explain to you. LOL

Now... would an "Omga" also produce a podcast (like this one)?  I'M JUST ASKING...  Now, you also said "do not put an attractive woman with an Alpha man" as of course, she can't control herself she's just gonna have to jump his bones!?   HA HA HA HA... shhhh okay I'll be quiet & listen some more.  

You have put men in only 5 social standings.  They don't grow or change, life situations don't kind of play a part in changes in his life?  So, to you, a man that has 2 or more of these qualities is... either non-existent or what... an oddball?

Do you want my take on this?  You really don't know people very deeply do you?  And, you don't like people very much do you?  Just guessing.

VD:  "Do you want my take on this?" Not even a little bit.

DAVE: Ha-ha-ha, Vox so cruel. But I think this is a woman, right? Only another woman knows what a woman wants, right? Shouldn't we ask for pics to verify her familiarity with Alpha men? I'm not really seeing any other evidence that leads me to believe she has any experience here.

FSP: Dear Dave, you think Voxster is "cruel"?  "Are you serious?  His response comes nowhere NEAR "cruel".   It was a matter of fact for him (and totally predictable).  As for my experience with your so-called "Alpha" men.  You want a resume?  I think it would blow you away.  Pretty gets me in the door, but (as my sister calls me) tenaciousness can bring you to your knees.

No, I don't use it much unless I have to.  Which is very seldom.  An "alpha" man as you like to believe in needs a good spanking from time to time.  AND those are the ones I do not like.  You see this guy Vox?  He'd LOVE a good spanking.  That's how much of an "alpha" he is LOL, but you'd have to know men, as well as I do to understand that at all.  They talk a good game but honey... well, let's just say their bark is worse than their bite.

My husband and my son are true "Alphas" however, they know when to use it and when it is very unwise to use it, especially in business and dealing with others.  Oh, and my daughter, well let's just say she's as sweet as pie until she's not.  Yes, dear, we taught them early.

FSP: Of COURSE, you don't want anyone's "take" on anything. You're terrified of any actual input that would correct your obvious errors.  I could be so cruel here, I feel like being cruel actually because I detest bullies and philistines such as yourself.

Your smug arrogance gave you away long ago.  Only lowbrow people of suspect character act the way you do.  Your "holier than thou" attitude smacks of lack of true character or empathy for your fellow man.  Your distaste for women is palpable, only overdone by your thinly veiled euphemisms towards men.

I bet children and puppies recoil at any wayward glance you would dully turn their way.  You want so desperately to be respected as some kind of know it all.  Instead, you are an aging bald man sitting in an old chair recovered in the cheapest of red velvet, surrounded by books you either haven't read or God forbid speak of the darker side of mankind.

So, you would ask me (I'm so sure of your limited thought process)... why then do you bother to write or listen?  Reason 1: I like to listen to people I disagree with because we can learn from them.  Reason 2: Because sometimes people just have to tell an ass hat, when they ARE an ass hat.  You, sir, are an ass hat.

and no, I won't be listening anymore you're what is commonly called a total waste of time.
What I found chiefly noteworthy was the way the woman's response is eerily similar to the way that an angry gamma responds when triggered, right down to the false avowal of disengagement. Whoever described the gamma as a female mindset in a male body definitely had it right.

I do wonder, however, what it was that happened to trigger her so.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Cruel fate, coincidence, or conspiracy?

Well, what ARE the odds?
In a cruel twist of fate, dozens of people who survived the Las Vegas shooting were inside the Borderline bar when Long opened fire.

'It's the second time in about a year and a month that this has happened,' Nick Champion told OnSceneTV. 'I was in the Las Vegas Route 91 mass shooting, as well as probably 50 or 60 others who were in the building at the same time as me tonight.'

Champion and his friends were inside country music bar Borderline Bar and Grill for student night Wednesday, when ex-marine Ian Long, 29, stormed in, shooting dead 11 before turning the gun on himself. He and other Las Vegas survivors considered Borderline a 'place of healing' and gathered at the same bar for a memorial on a student night earlier this year.
It could just be a coincidence. Of course, both Q and Fox Mulder have repeatedly informed us that there are no coincidences. Perhaps this is a matter for the Winchester brothers and there is a country-music hating demon haunting the music venues of the West.

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2VS is lying. Again.


So Ethan van Sciver is now swearing up and down that he's totally not at all connected to me or to ComicsGate, in any way, as he is desperately attempting to convince the SJWs at IndieGoGo not to shut down his account there.

Which, you will note, they already claim the right to do at any time, for any reason, no matter what, in their terms of use. They don't even need a justification. So, what they should probably know is that old Two-Face is blatantly lying to them as well. By way of example, here is one of his invitations to me, which I had assumed was going to be a debate between us.
Vox:

No, no, it’s just a conversation.  Google Hang Outs.  And it’s going to focus entirely on comic books and your relationship with them.  So I’ll ask you about when you discovered comics, maybe as a boy, if they were important to you and why, how superheroes influenced you to be who you are, maybe.  And then we’ll go into your current plans and ideas.  Talk about upcoming projects.

My audience will want you to prove to them that you respect and love comics.  That’s what they want to hear.  You can, of course, say anything you want and take the conversation wherever you’d like.  But I’ll be there with the goal of getting you to come off great to the crowd, and help you sell comic books to them.

After that there will be a Q and A from the viewers.

EVS
He was even a fan of the Darkstreams.
You’re bang on in your YouTube stuff.  I’m enjoying your Peterson insight.

Hope you’re well

E
Not only that, but Ethan occasionally forwarded me emails from his enemies in the industry, such as Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool, and not at my request either. Ironically, for all that he obviously disagrees with me and dislikes me, Rich Johnston has treated me more politely and considerably more honestly than Ethan has, which is why I will respect his confidence here.
Vox, here’s Bleeding Cool’s hit piece.  They sent me it in advance.  Probably hit tomorrow. What say you?

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:
From: Rich Johnston REDACTED

Date: February 1, 2018 at 11:47:23 AM EST

To: ComicArtistPro Secrets REDACTED

Subject: Re: Draft of Bleeding Cool article.
And lest you don't believe me when I told you that it was Ethan's idea that we should work together:
I’ll tell him but he likely won’t.  At this moment I do believe we should combine forces and resources/talents, tho.

Sent from my iPad

> On May 12, 2018, at 6:23 AM, Vox wrote:
>
> Hey Ethan,
>
> Tell Richard to get in touch if he needs a publisher. 
So, as you can plainly see, all of 2VS's current posturing and repositioning and public disavowing is simply more two-faced false talk meant to spin his self-serving and increasingly unconvincing narrative. And he is STILL actively lying about me.
"He thinks he owns ComicsGate."
- Ethan van Sciver, November 9, 2018
No, I don't and I never have. This should more than suffice to make it clear who has been lying all along and who has not. As for the claim that I con people, about comics or anything else, that is nothing but textbook emotional projection on Ethan's part.

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Civilization as cargo cult

They are not "reclaiming" America, they are replacing it with Not-America:
The idea is to recast Norman Rockwell paintings with Diversity. It’s a pathetically lame idea, but who cares about artistic taste anymore? What matters now is Representation. We need more pictures of the Good People and fewer pictures of the Bad People.
Even the idiot civic nationalists should be able to figure out by now that the end result of this ongoing transformation of the United States is not going to be something that has anything in common with the America that Norman Rockwell depicted; in the end they probably won't even keep the name.

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