Wednesday, January 16, 2019

There will not be war with China

That's my assessment. I anticipate that the USA is going to back down and abandon Taiwan to the People's Republic of China within five years due to the combination of carrier-killing technology and the absence of Neo-Palestinian interests in the South Pacific:
A rare and under-reported tense exchange occurred between US and Chinese military commanders in Beijing on Tuesday. A high level Chinese military official, General Li Zuocheng, told the head of the United States Navy, Admiral John Richardson, in a face to face meeting that Beijing would defend its claim to Taiwan "at any cost".

"The Taiwan issue is an internal matter of China, concerns China's fundamental interests and the national feelings of the Chinese people, and no outside interference will be tolerated," Li Zuocheng said in a statement released by the Ministry of Defense, cited by the AFP.

Admiral John Richardson traveled to China for talks aimed at reducing "risk and miscalculation".
After a series of recent instances involving US Navy warships making provocative passages through the Taiwan Strait — which the US says is its right according to freedom to navigate international waters, it appears China is going "gloves off" in direct statements challenging US military commanders.

Gen. Zuocheng, who is a powerful member of the Central Military Commission further told the US Navy chief: If anyone wants to separate Taiwan from China, the Chinese army will defend the unity of the motherland at any cost.

Alarmingly this comes after President Xi Jinping provoked an angry rebuke from Taiwan's pro-independence president when he demanded during a landmark speech on Jan. 2  that Taiwan submit to "reunification" with Beijing.

And in a follow-up speech days after this before military officials, Xi took his belligerent rhetoric one step further by issuing his first military command of 2019: that "all military units must correctly understand major national security and development trends, and strengthen their sense of unexpected hardship, crisis and battle." Xi had essentially ordered the Chinese military to prepare for war as his first act of 2019.
By contrast, the first act of 2019 on the part of the US Senate was to attempt to pass a law violating the civil rights of the American people to not engage in commerce with Israel. China clearly grasps that the USA is no longer an independent actor capable of defending its own interests, let alone upholding its erstwhile global hegemony, and will not be hesitant to exploit the situation.


Should have brought them home

The USA needs to get its troops out of the Middle East, out of Africa, and out of Europe immediately:
U.S. troops were among those killed in an attack in northern Syria Wednesday -- the same day that Vice President Mike Pence claimed ISIS, which claimed responsibility for the attack, "has been defeated."

The U.S.-led coalition in Syria, Operation Inherent Resolve, said a tweet that "U.S. service members were killed during an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria today." A U.S. military official also confirmed to CBS News senior national defense correspondent David Martin reports by Kurdish media outlets that at least two Americans were among the dead in the city of Manbij, not far from the Turkish border, after an explosion hit a coalition convoy.

The U.S. military has not said how many Americans were among the bombing victims, but at least one report said as many as four U.S. service members were killed. If true, Martin notes that it would be the single largest loss of U.S. life in Syria since American forces were deployed there in 2015.

The attack comes just weeks after President Trump declared ISIS defeated and said U.S. troops were coming home.
I've been reading the history of what many military historians consider the first true guerilla war, the Peninsular War between the occupied Spanish and Portugeuese and the French empire of Napoleon. And one of the remarkable synchronicities between that war and the US wars on Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria is the way in which the imperial power kept thinking that because it was winning all the battles, it was winning the war.

From A History of the Peninsular War, Vol. II by Charles Oman.

The net result of Heudelet’s operations was that the Marshal, at the cost of immobilizing one of his four infantry divisions, obtained a somewhat precarious hold upon the flat country of Entre-Douro-e-Minho. The towns were in his hands, but the Ordenanza had only retired to the hills, and perpetually descended to worry Heudelet’s detachments, and to murder couriers and foraging parties. Meanwhile 4,000 men were wasted for all purposes of offensive action. Vigo, Tuy, and Valenza had all been abandoned, and touch with the army of Galicia had been completely lost.

Even this modest amount of success had been denied to Soult’s second expedition, that which he had sent under Loison towards the Tras-os-Montes. The enemy with whom the French had to deal in this region was Silveira, the same officer who had been defeated between Monterey and Chaves in the early days of March, when the 2nd Corps crossed the Portuguese frontier. He had fled with the wrecks of his force towards Villa Real, at the moment when Soult marched on Braga, and the Marshal had fondly hoped that he was now a negligible quantity in the campaign. This was far from being the case: the moment that Silveira heard that the French had crossed the mountains and marched on Braga, he had rallied his two regular regiments and his masses of Ordenanza, and pounced down on the detachment under Commandant Messager, which Soult had left in garrison at Chaves.

Over and over again, the French armies would defeat the Spanish and Portugeuese armies, only to find themselves under constant low-level attack on the peripheries, as their messengers were murdered, their supplies stolen, and their outposts overrun. The USA can literally never win the wars it is trying to fight, and it is a complete waste of time, men, and material to try and prove otherwise. Because victory requires the acceptance of US rule on the part of the defeated, and that is simply never going to happen in Afghanistan, Iraq, or Syria.

 Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

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An onslaught of audiobooks

The good news is that Audible graciously granted our request to make ALL of our audiobooks nonexclusive with them, which means that we can start offering them for sale on the Arkhaven store. This is great because we can sell them in a much higher-quality DRM-free MP4 format, which is both 4x better in audio terms and considerably more flexible in terms of the audiobook readers and audio players that can handle it.

For example, you can simply copy the file onto a USB stick and listen to it in your car.

However, since we have more than 40 audiobooks to convert to our preferred format and our Audio Editor is very busy editing the massive A Throne of Bones audiobook, we could use three volunteer audio interns to help us mass-convert the original audio files into the correct format. If you are a) interested, b) modestly competent technically and c) in possession of a reasonably modern Macintosh computer, please shoot me an email letting me know. If you're on Windows or Linux, please do not volunteer, as the necessary software is Mac-only.

UPDATE: we now have more volunteers than we required. Thanks to everyone who contacted us. The Audio Editor will be in touch with you shortly.

One problem with the new format that we are currently sorting out is the way in which the iPhone's walled garden attempts to prevent iPhone users from putting MP4 files on their iPhones. So far, the best alternative we have found is Bookmobile for iOS, which costs $4 in the App Store.

On Android we recommend Voice Audiobook Player, which is free in the Google Play Store. But we recommend that you read our complete post concerning instructions for audio books on the various platforms
Here’s what you need to do in order to play our .mp4 format audio books on different platforms. But first of all: On any platform, do not simply click the link and start listening to it in the browser’s internal player that will launch when you do. It will begin playing the file correctly, but eventually it will choke due to the very large length of the audiobook file. In all platforms, you need to download the file in one way or the other. Remember that the links will expire in a month. You will want to have the file in your own storage by that time.
UPDATE: SJWs Always Lie is now available in audiobook at the Arkhaven store.


Mailvox: the inevitability of Brexit

This is an email from a British reader who wants to put the situation in perspective for non-British readers. And remember, the British mainstream media is every bit as unreliable when it comes to reporting the truth as the US mainstream media.

Anyone thinking that we’re inconsistent, or giving up, or will ever give up, is kidding themselves.

We would have been out of the EU a decade ago, but Blair and Cameron broke the principle of candidate selection by local party management, and imposed shortlists of approved candidates from the central party offices. This was an attempt to prevent infighting and create a consistent message to make the parties electable after the disasters of the Foot and Kinnock election attempts in the 80’s and 90’s (Labour Party), and Hague, Duncan-Smith and Howard in the 00’s (Conservative Party). The Burkean ideal was shattered by this and therefore the MPs simply do not even reflect the views of the ordinary party members of the Labour Party or the Conservative Party, let alone then ordinary voters. This is why there is a huge disconnect between the referendum result and the views in Westminster.

However, the EU issue, which had resulted in the defenestration of Thatcher to enable the Maastricht Treaty, simply wouldn’t go away – precisely because there was such an establishment consensus on staying in the EU. The party leaders on both sides took the view that they could ignore it because, “where else are our voters going to go?” Well, eventually, after trying almost every other option first to make the traditional Burkean arrangement work, the voters decided to go elsewhere.

May 2014: We voted UKIP as the largest party in the EU elections. Cameron realised the Tories were toast in the general election unless he offered the UKIP voters a reason to return. (Kippers are 2/3 Conservative and 1/3 Labour.) He thought he could promise a referendum and then bargain it away in negotiations with the Liberal Democrats.

May 2015: We voted Cameron a majority so that he couldn’t bargain away the manifesto commitment to an EU referendum. The Remain campaign’s pollsters told them they were going to lose at the start of the campaign by 52-48: “You do have a positive case for staying in the EU, don’t you?”, “Err... no.” Seriously, that’s what the pollster said they replied when he asked them!

June 2016: We voted to leave, by... exactly what was predicted the previous year. The EU is like Hillary – everyone’s opinion was already formed, and publicity campaigns were never going to change anyone’s mind.

June 2017: Theresa May wanted a huge majority, and projections were that she would have had easily enough Conservatives to win last night’s vote. But she got arrogant and blew it by stepping on the 3rd rail of British politics: The Alzheimer’s Tax, as it was dubbed. She demonstrated she couldn’t be trusted and so we ensured that she was hamstrung; precisely to achieve exactly the result of last night.

Of course Brexit was always going to be this way. It was always going to be trench warfare to get out. It was obvious from the EU’s negotiating position on 28 March 2017, the day before Article 50, that there could never be an agreement with the EU. We could never accept those terms. Even if the quisling politicians accepted them, we would simply repudiate them later using the 1970 Treaty of Vienna.

The EU seems to persistently operate under the fantasy that any British government can make commitments about the future. It can’t. The most fundamental principle of the British constitution is that no parliament may bind a future parliament. The EU keeps want us to be bound to unchanging commitments, which is an axiomatic impossibility, because we would later unbind ourselves.

On the matter of EU citizens saying that they don’t trust the British government in the future, well “Why are you even here if you don’t trust us? Because you are indeed talking about a future government that the British would choose.” The EU citizens are a bit like the Brits that move to the USA, and can’t cope with the fact that they do things differently there. We’re not Europe. We have a common law system with fundamentally different concepts of law and the relationship between the citizen and the state. And we drive on the correct side of the road.

If there is another referendum, we’ll vote to get out of the EU in exactly the same numbers. Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow went to Leeds to interview 18-20 year olds who hadn’t voted in 2016, and was astonished to discover they were more adamant about Brexit than the older voters. It is always a false conceit of the left that they are the future, which I guess is why they are now run the world over by a gerontocracy that looks like the Chernenko regime overseeing the May Day parade, such as Pelosi and Corbyn.

Theresa May won’t authorise another referendum. It would open the door to referendums on other topics the progressives want to avoid. How about a referendum on the death penalty, abortion, abolition of the concept of asylum, or any other deplorable topic? How about another Scottish referendum? Sturgeon certainly wants it. That could open the way to an English independence referendum. The Welsh are terrified of that idea. How about a 3rd Brexit referendum? There isn’t going to be another referendum on anything, ever, if the establishment can prevent it.

Even if they manage to stop Brexit for the moment, it will remain the central issue of British politics until we are out of the EU. Nothing else is getting done in government. Brexit occupies 100 percent of government CPU capacity. They can’t wish Brexit away, much as they would like to. If this attempt to leave is stopped, then the electorate will do precisely what Cameron was trying to prevent and abandon the two main parties in order to achieve Brexit.

A prospect that I think would be really hilarious is if we are prevented from leaving, and then a Salvini-Orban grouping takes control of the EU parliament and selection of Junker’s replacement. There will be new commissioners nominated by the governments that have taken power since 2014. I can see British Remain supporters suddenly horrified: “We didn’t mean to stay in THIS EU, we meant to stay in the Merkel-Macron version!”

On a grander level, this is like the 1945 C.S. Lewis novel That Hideous Strength where Britain is covertly conquered by an apparently benign European bureaucracy. But the fact is that the problems are really caused by the Franco-German addiction to empire building on the European continent. We only went to war against Napoleon, the Kaiser, and Hitler because they went empire building in Europe, not because of any unpleasant domestic activities they may have engaged in. Establishing the empire peacefully is still an empire and people are still going to resist. Nationalism is sticking within your own borders. It is the Westphalian solution. It stopped the Thirty Years war. It is the path to peace, stability and prosperity.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Brexit betrayal goes down to defeat

The ever-treasonous Theresa May's fake Brexit deal went down to historic defeat.
Theresa May suffered an historic landslide defeat in the Commons tonight, losing her Brexit deal by 432 to 202 - a huge majority of 230. She suffered a rebellion of 118 of her MPs - with the group including a raft of former ministers. Tom Pursglove and Eddie Hughes quit as ministerial aides tonight to join the rebels.

It was the biggest Tory rebellion for decades - worse than anything faced by David Cameron, John Major or Margaret Thatcher. The revolt includes more than a third of her entire 317-strong party and was led by ringleaders Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg.
What May should do is resign now and allow a strong Brexiteer lead Great Britain into a no-deal Brexit. But the EU is trying to sell the idea of a false dichotomy between the rejection of a fake deal and a nonexistent rejection of the referendum.

The EU was built upon the practice of making countries vote until they reached a result that the EU wanted, so this is the exact opposite of a surprise.
The EU has hinted that Brexit should be cancelled after Theresa May's deal was voted down in the biggest defeat suffered by a Prime Minister in over 100 years. EU Council President Donald Tusk suggested if MPs cannot agree a deal and don't want to crash out without one, they should consider reversing the historic vote.

While EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that 'time is almost up' as he announced no deal planning will be ramped up in the wake of the defeat.

He made a dash back to Brussels for emergency Brexit meetings as the deal was voted down by 432 votes to 202 - meaning a staggering 230 MPs voted against her.

Mr Tusk said: 'If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is?'
The truth is that many Brits want a no-deal Brexit, because it will save them billions of dollars. It was the second-most popular option in a recent poll. No one gives a damn about clarity. The important thing is to get out of the EU and reclaim British sovereignty. Everything else can be sorted from there.

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SJWs kill Derbycon

Even people who desperately want to be considered tolerant, equalitarian, progressive, inclusive, and diverse simply can't take the constant barrage of pressure to converge more completely anymore.
What we have had to deal with on the back-end the past few years is more than just running a conference and sharing with friends. The conference scene in general changed drastically and small pocket groups focus on outrage and disruption where there is no right answer (regardless of how you respond, it’s wrong), instead of coming together, or making the industry better. There is a small, yet vocal group of people creating negativity, polarization, and disruption, with the primary intent of self-promotion to advance a career, for personal gain, or for more social media followers. Individuals that would have us be judge, jury, and executioner for people they have had issues with outside of the conference that has nothing to do with the conference itself.

Instead of working hard in research, being a positive force in the industry, or sharing their own unique experiences (which makes us better as a whole), they tear others down in order to promote themselves. This isn’t just about DerbyCon, it is present at other conferences as well and it’s getting worse each year. We’ve spoken with a number of conference organizers, and each year it becomes substantially more difficult to host a conference where people can come together in large group settings. It’s not just conferences either. This behavior is happening all over the place on social media, in our industry, targeting people trying to do good. As a community, we add fuel to fire, attack others, and give them a platform in one massive toxic environment. We do this all in fear of repercussions from upsetting others. Until this pattern changes, it will continue to get worse.

This shouldn’t detract from real issues, and believe us, there are _real_ issues that happen. Issues that need to be dealt with when people get in large group settings. As a whole, DerbyCon has far fewer incidents than other conferences that post their statistics, and where conference safety is paramount and the #1 priority. We do listen, we do respond, and we always look to improve and get better.

This year, we had to handle issues that honestly, as an adult, we would never expect to have to handle from other adults. Conferences in general have shifted focus to not upsetting individuals and having to police people’s beliefs, politics, and feelings. Instead of coming to a conference to learn and share, it’s about how loud of a message a person can make about a specific topic, regardless of who they tear down or attempt to destroy. To put it in perspective, we had to deal with an individual that was verbally and mentally abusive to a number of our volunteer staff and security to the point where they were in tears.

This is not what we signed up for.

Admittedly, we had no idea how to handle this person, and in fear of repercussion of removing this person, allowed them to stay at the conference in order to “not upset the masses”. The best we could do was just apologize, for other apologies, and apologize more for another’s actions. This is just one example of many we have had to deal with over the past few years, and each year it becomes increasingly harder for us to handle. We do everything as a conference to ensure the safety, security, and go above and beyond that of others. Maybe that puts us on a different level where something that would normally not be an issue explodes into a catastrophic situation on social media.

Who knows? What we do know is each year it gets harder and harder.

2019 will be our last year of DerbyCon. Please know that this decision was not done in haste, and it was one of the most difficult decisions we have ever had to make in our lives. We looked at hiring third-party crisis management companies to deal with people directly, we looked at having entire companies run the conference where we would become more of the direction and vision, but at the end of the day, that is not why we started DerbyCon. It’s taken a personal toll on our lives, our businesses, and our friends, and it has gotten to the point where we don’t want to manage it anymore.
This is how we win. We are the only ones willing to actually take action against the SJWs. Everyone else is going to simply submit or quit. All these people needed to do was announce a strong anti-SJW policy, throw out the Code of Conduct and the updated Code of Conduct, and carry on with their business. But, they didn't want to take what they knew would be the inevitable heat.

And now there is a hole in the market for anyone in that particular market to exploit. It's not my area in any sense of the word, so I'm not interested, but if it's in your metaphorical neck of the woods, you might want to look into it.

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Portrait of a Sigma

People often ask me to provide historical examples of the various ranks in the socio-sexual hierarchy. Alphas are always very easy to find, because history is largely a written account of the doings of the greater Alphas of society. Deltas are too common to escape notice, and Gammas frequently show up wherever disasters have taken place. Sigmas, on the other hand, tend to be much more difficult to notice and identify by virtue of their discomfort and disdain for the trappings of the social hierarchy as well as for the hierarchy itself.

But this example, taken from Volume II of A History of the Peninsular War by Charles Oman, is about as clear-cut as one can hope to find.
The officer who wrecked this part of Napoleon’s plan for the invasion of Portugal was Sir Robert Wilson, one of the most active and capable men in the English army, and one who might have made a great name for himself, had fortune been propitious. But though he served with distinction throughout the Napoleonic war, and won golden opinions in Belgium and Egypt, in Prussia and Poland, no less than in Spain, he never obtained that command on a large scale which would have enabled him to show his full powers. It may seem singular that a man who won love and admiration wherever he went, who was decorated by two emperors for brilliant feats of arms done under their eyes, who was equally popular in the Russian, the Austrian, or the Portuguese camp, who had displayed on a hundred fields his chivalrous daring, his ready ingenuity, and his keen military insight, should fail to achieve greatness.

But Wilson, unhappily for himself, had the defects of his qualities. When acting as a subordinate his independent and self-reliant character was always getting him into trouble with his hierarchical superiors. He was not the man to obey orders which he believed to be dangerous or mistaken: he so frequently ‘thought for himself’ and carried out plans quite different from those which had been imposed upon him, that no commander-in-chief could tolerate him for long. His moves were always clever and generally fortunate, but mere success did not atone for his disobedience in the eyes of his various chiefs, and he never remained for long in the same post. All generals, good and bad, agree in disliking lieutenants who disregard their orders and carry out other schemes—even if they be ingenious and successful ones.

But when trusted with any independent command, and allowed a free hand, Wilson always did well. Not only had he all the talents of an excellent partisan chief, but he was one of those genial leaders who have the power to inspire confidence and enthusiasm in their followers, and are able to get out of them double the work that an ordinary commander can extort. He was in short one of those men who if left to themselves achieve great things, but who when placed in a subordinate position quarrel with their superiors and get sent home in disgrace. From the moment when Beresford assumed command of the Portuguese army his relations with Wilson were one long story of friction and controversy, and Wellesley (though acknowledging his brilliant services) made no attempt to keep him in the Peninsula. He wanted officers who would obey orders, even when they did not understand or approve them, and would not tolerate lieutenants who wished to argue with him.
Notice that the very successful Alpha did not want the Sigma around potentially interfering with his own plans. This was actually a correct decision and demonstrates Wellesley's excellent management instincts, although ideally he would have kept Wilson on hand for special operations where independent free-lancing was required. And speaking of special operations, notice that the Sigma was not merely independent, but also the innovator on the scene.
It was Wilson who first showed that the new levies of Portugal could do good service in the field. While Silveira and Eben were meeting with nothing but disaster in the Tras-os-Montes and the Entre-Douro-e-Minho, he was conducting a thoroughly successful campaign on the borders of Leon. From January to April, 1809, he, and he alone, protected the eastern frontier of Portugal, and with a mere handful of men kept the enemy at a distance, and finally induced him to draw off and leave Salamanca, just at the moment when Soult’s operations on the Douro were becoming most dangerous. The force at his disposal in January, 1809, consisted of nothing more than his own celebrated ‘Loyal Lusitanian Legion.’ 
 "But couldn't he have been a gamma," one can anticipate the inevitable objection. No, most certainly not.
Wilson received from Sir John Cradock the news that he had ordered the British garrison to evacuate Almeida, and to retire on Lisbon, as the whole remaining force in Portugal would probably have to embark in a few days. The new commander-in-chief added that he should advise Wilson to bring off his British officers and depart with the rest, as the Portuguese would be unable to make any head against Bonaparte, and it would be a useless sacrifice to linger in their company and be overwhelmed. This pusillanimous counsel shocked and disgusted Wilson: he called together his subordinates, and found that they agreed with him in considering Cradock’s advice disgraceful. They resolved that they could not desert their Portuguese comrades, and were in honour bound to see the campaign to an end, however black the present outlook might appear.

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Losing the next war

I have absolutely no doubt that the US Navy is going to lose the next War in the South Pacific to the Chinese Navy. The Fort investigative report is yet another indicator of this eminently predictable defeat.
Their report documents the routine, almost casual, violations of standing orders on a Fitz bridge that often lacked skippers and executive officers, even during potentially dangerous voyages at night through busy waterways.

The probe exposes how personal distrust led the officer of the deck, Lt. j.g. Sarah Coppock, to avoid communicating with the destroyer’s electronic nerve center — the combat information center, or CIC — while the Fitzgerald tried to cross a shipping superhighway.

When Fort walked into the trash-strewn CIC in the wake of the disaster, he was hit with the acrid smell of urine. He saw kettlebells on the floor and bottles filled with pee. Some radar controls didn’t work and he soon discovered crew members who didn’t know how to use them anyway.

Fort found a Voyage Management System that generated more “trouble calls” than any other key piece of electronic navigational equipment. Designed to help watchstanders navigate without paper charts, the VMS station in the skipper’s quarters was broken so sailors cannibalized it for parts to help keep the rickety system working.

Since 2015, the Fitz had lacked a quartermaster chief petty officer, a crucial leader who helps safely navigate a warship and trains its sailors — a shortcoming known to both the destroyer’s squadron and Navy officials in the United States, Fort wrote.

Fort determined that Fitz’s crew was plagued by low morale; overseen by a dysfunctional chiefs mess; and dogged by a bruising tempo of operations in the Japan-based 7th Fleet that left exhausted sailors with little time to train or complete critical certifications.
All the Chinese admirals have to do is wait and allow the political, demographic, and institutional rot to continue to eat away at the USN's military capabilities until they deem the time right to strike. And they are far from the only observers capable of understanding this; don't be surprised when Japan and other US allies begin to distance themselves from the declining USA and begin to increasingly turn towards the growing regional power.


Jordan Peterson's 13th Rule

We discussed Jordan Peterson's 12 additional rules for life on the Darkstream last night, complete with dual-streaming dual-chats. The Darkstream is now available as a podcast on iTunes as well.

Meanwhile, the cultural war on Western civilization continues apace. Actual headlines from comics media site Bleeding Cool.
  • Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet Get Sexy and Satanic in Faithless This April
  • Natasha Alterici’s Lesbian Viking Comic Heathen Returns in June with New Artist
  • Activision Blizzard Awards New CFO with 15 Million Simply for Taking the Job
  • Ten Years Ago Today – Marvel Put President Obama in a Spider-Man Comic
  • Marvel’s Age Of X-Man and a Brief History Of Utopian/Dystopian Sexuality 

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Advertisement as diversity lecture

Why is Gillette lecturing white American men about social justice and the evils of masculinity?
Gillette is learning most people don’t want moral lessons from their razors after experiencing a colossal backlash against an ad they ran condemning “toxic masculinity.” As of Monday evening, the clip had over 122,000 dislikes and counting on YouTube (a 1:10 like:dislike ratio), with negative comments accumulating faster than they can be removed.
Diversity would be why:
Gillette is “aiming to inspire change by acknowledging that the old saying ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ is not an excuse,” Gillette’s North American brand director Pankaj Bhalla told the Wall Street Journal. “We want to hold ourselves to a higher standard, and hope all the men we serve will come along on that journey to find our ‘best’ together.”
Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans prove, as if yet another proof was needed, that Republicans are the Stupid Party:
House GOP leaders moved Monday to remove Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) from all of his committee assignments following a firestorm over remarks considered racist. King faced bipartisan criticism after telling The New York Times in an interview published last week, "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

King had been a member of the House Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business committees. He had also served as chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice in the last Congress, and could have stood to serve as its ranking member under the Democratic majority.
Do the House GOP leaders truly not understand that whites are the only people who vote for Republicans in large numbers? Do they seriously not understand that Republicans are NEVER, EVER going to win the La Razan, the Vibrancy, the Diversity, or the Neo-Palestinian votes, no matter how many anti-white self-flagellating theatrics they put on display?

The fact is that Rep. King is absolutely right. No civilization can be restored with another people's children. Immigration is invasion and diversity is the death of Western civilization. Without the European peoples, without Christianity, or without the Greco-Roman philosophical tradition, Western civilization cannot and will not survive.

However, Rep. King was also criminally stupid to sit down for an interview with The New York Times. What did he think was going to happen? DO NOT TALK TO THE MEDIA! How hard is that? How many times do stupidly vain men and women of the Right need to learn that they simply should not talk to the media UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES whatsoever.

It doesn't matter if you very cleverly record the interview. It doesn't matter what the nominal topic is. It doesn't matter if you are a freaking CONGRESSMAN and you release an official statement from your office to set the record straight, a statement that makes it clear you did not ever say what the media falsely claims you said.

This is precisely why I never, ever, talk to the media about anything anymore. Not even about completely apolitical subjects relating to books I have written, games I have designed, or comics I have published. Since November, I have probably turned down over 50 media and new media requests for interviews about Jordanetics alone, and about a dozen more concerning our claims and the class-action claims against Indiegogo. Stefan Molyneux had it right all along.


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Monday, January 14, 2019

Post-meritocratic ballet

It doesn't matter if you can dance anymore. What's most important is that you can avoid badthink:
The Paris Opera Ballet has sacked ballet-dancing bad-boy Sergei Polunin from a production of ‘Swan Lake,’ after Polunin took to Instagram to apparently attack gay dancers.

The world of ballet – all pumps and pirouettes – might not seem like the most macho one, but Sergei Polunin disagrees. The Ukrainian-born hotshot was fired by the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet last weekend for a social-media rant, in which he called his effeminate male colleagues an “embarrassment” and told them to “man up.”

Polunin did not directly address the dancers’ sexuality, instead attacking “weak” men uninterested in their female co-stars. Nevertheless, the Paris Opera Ballet dropped Polunin from its upcoming production of ‘Swan Lake,’ AFP reported. Artistic director Aurelie Dupont called  Polunin a “talented artist,” but said his Instagram pontifications went against the company’s values.
As I have pointed out previously, it's time to start enforcing the actual blasphemy laws across the West, given the way in which these nonexistent "values" are now being imposed.


Cernovich vs Arnold

Mike Cernovich is going to box Tom Arnold in a charity boxing match:
Tom Arnold Challenged Me to a Charity Boxing Match. I Accept. This is completely absurd as he has never trained and is too old for such nonsense, but for charity, I’ll do it.
I know Mike. Mike's a powerful man and he actually has some boxing experience. I have no shortage of experience taking hard punches and kicks, but I would not want to take a direct headshot from him. I do not like Tom Arnold's odds here. I don't even like Tom Arnold's odds of getting out of the first round.

An emailer asked me for an estimate of the odds:

10-1 Cerno and 3-1 Cerno in the first round.

It's much more likely that Arnold doesn't show than Arnold shows and wins.

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Marvel continues to implode

Bounding Into Comics reports on Marvel's introduction of its first "drag queen superhero".

Marvel Comics introduced a mutant drag queen superhero in Iceman #4 written by Sina Grace with art by Nathan Stockman.

The new drag queen superhero named Shade debuts in one panel in the issue where she is the emcee of a Mutant Pride event in Manhattan.

If you want to stop this sort of cultural abomination in its tracks, support Arkhaven Comics, which has great stories and features precisely zero mutant drag queen superheroes.

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How Google covered its tracks

An alleged Googler describes this "How Google Screwed Over James Damore" but it really explains how Google covered its tracks and manipulated both the media, the legal system, and even a government agency as part of its coverup.
I was involved in the internal decisions involving James Damore's memo, and it's terrible what we did to him.

First of all, we knew about the memo a month before it went viral. HR sent it up the reporting chain when he gave it as internal feedback, but we did nothing. There wasn't anything we could do, except admit to wrongdoing and lying to our employees. We just hoped that no one else would see his document.

Unfortunately, the memo started spreading within the company. The floodgates opened and previously silent employees started talking. To quell dissent, we: told executives to write to their employees condemning the memo; manipulated our internal Memegen to bias the ratings towards anti-Damore posts (the head of Memegen is an "ally" to the diversity cause); and gave every manager talking points on what to tell their reports about the memo. In all our communications, we concentrated on how hurt employees purportedly were and diverted attention from Google's discriminatory employment practices and political hegemony, never mind the science.

We needed to make an example of Damore. Looking for some excuse to fire him, we spied on his phone and computer. We didn't find anything, although our spying probably made his devices unusably slow, preventing him from organizing support within the company. When we did fire him, our reputation and integrity took a hit, but at least other employees were now afraid to speak up.

Firing him without an NDA was a huge risk though. He was a top performer and knew too many compromising secrets, like Dragonfly, the secret censored search project in China. He had also reported several legally dubious practices in Search that still exist. Only God knows why he never leaked Dragonfly or the other issues, but I think it's because he actually cared about Google.

Our response after we fired him was equally disgraceful. We were supposed to have a Town Hall TGIF to answer employees' questions about the controversy. However, after questions started coming in that we couldn't reasonably answer, we had to cancel it. We shifted the blame onto "alt-right trolls" and have avoided talking about it openly since then.

To control the narrative, we planted stories with journalists and flexed Google's muscles where necessary. In exchange for insider access and preferential treatment, all we ask for is their loyalty. For online media, Google's ads pay their paycheck and our search brings their customers, so our influence shouldn't be underestimated.

We dealt with his NLRB case in a similar way. People are ultimately lazy, so we found a sympathetic lawyer in the NLRB and wrote the internal NLRB memo for her. No one wanted to spend the effort to oppose it, despite it being laughably weak. Then, after Damore dropped his NLRB case and filed a class action lawsuit, we had the NLRB publicly release their memo. Our PR firms sent press releases saying "the NLRB ruled the firing legal", which was, of course, manufactured bullshit.

All of our scheming was over the phone, in deleted emails, or through an external PR firm, so we can deny all of it. Now that we've forced him into arbitration, we're close to screwing him over completely.
The connection here is that Sundar Pichai blamed the canceled Town Hall TGIF on this very blog, due to my exposure of various internal communications during the Damore defenestration. It's intriguing to learn that was merely a diversion and the real reason was that the executives simply wanted to avoid answering questions from the employees. It also shows that the mainstream news narrative can NEVER be trusted. Never. Not even if they report that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow.

However, this attempt to sweep their evil and illegal doings under the rug may yet fall apart, as James Damore has already begun looking into verifying the redditor's claims. And while I don't know what arbitration system they are using, I know the major ones all have a broad range of options for discovery.
Whoah, this would explain a lot. I can't verify its authenticity, but the OP is correct that I was one of about 100 employees that knew about Dragonfly. I also did report several legal issues in Search that they probably haven't fixed. My phone and computer were also extremely slow after the document went viral. Other parts of the post include knowledge that only a Googler would know.
One ex-Googler finds the charges legitimate, if not necessarily true.
Even though this is obviously written by either a current or ex-Googler, strictly speaking that's not a guarantee that any of it actually happened.

That said, as a former Googler myself I find this account believable. The internal atmosphere for anyone who disagrees with any aspect of the current liberal dogma is quite suffocating, and there are significant numbers of very vocal people who just post SJW bullshit on internal Google+ and seemingly do little else. The list of grievances and positions labeled as wrongthink grows more and more ridiculous by the day. Attacks on people who disagree intensify. Because manufactured outrage culture is rewarded by making a person essentially non-fireable (especially if they're female and/or black and/or LGBTQ), offense is taken liberally, with lots of histrionics, and at the slightest provocation.

People deadass come into the office expecting to wage social justice war against their co-workers, who on the whole are quite sympathetic to the cause already, but may have slight disagreements along the more extreme margins, like James did. And no, as an employee you don't get a chance to ignore all of this BS. It's a constant, unending barrage that only gets worse over time.

I also don't doubt for a second that the response to the Damore incident was strictly coordinated, especially after his memo became public, and so was his firing. Anyone who thinks otherwise is naive beyond belief.
It's true. I have seen hundreds of examples of absolutely outrageous behavior that would get people fired at any normal corporation. What I posted here last year was just the tip of a very large and ugly iceberg. And if you're wondering why I haven't posted all of it already, well, you really just don't know me at all.

It's worth noting that the SJW who headed up Trust & Safety at Indiegogo is now at Google.

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A sick and failing society

We've been told that woe will be visited upon those who call good evil and evil good. Which is exactly what the American Psychological Association is doing in declaring masculinity to be bad and homosexuality to be good.
The American Psychological Association has issued its first official warning against toxic masculinity. The new “Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men,” marks the first-ever report published by the association aimed at helping practitioners care for their male patients “despite social forces that can harm mental health.”

Citing more than 40 years of research, the APA warns against the “masculinity ideology,” which it defines as “a particular constellation of standards that have held sway over large segments of the population, including: anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure risk and violence.”

“Traditional masculinity ideology has been shown to limit males’ psychological development, constrain their behavior, result in gender role strain and gender role conflict and negatively influence mental health and physical health,” according to the 36-page report, featured in January’s issue of Monitor on Psychology.

Conforming to the norms of the “masculinity ideology” can result in suppressing emotions and masking distress in young boys as well more risk-taking and aggressive behavior and a lack of willingness to seek out help. The report additionally contends this can lead to traits like homophobia and pave the way for sexual harassment, bullying and violence against others and themselves.
This is just more of the inversive wizardry that pervades a sick and failing society that has abandoned both God and the truth. It's going to get worse. You can count on that. You can absolutely count on that.

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Mailvox: 12 MORE rules for life

Because the first 12 obviously don't work very well. FU emails to let us know that Jordan Peterson has announced his next book:
I’m also working on my new book a lot actually, it’s tentatively titled: “Order twelve more rules for life”, or perhaps “beyond mere order”. I haven't decided on that yet. I can tell you what the rules are, maybe you would be interested in that. So I’ll give you a list of them.

The first one is: Do not carelessly degenerate social institutions or creative achievement.
Rule two: Imagine who you could be, and then aim single mindedly at that.
Rule three: Work as hard as you can, work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing, and see what happens.
Rule four: Do not hide unwanted things in the fog.
Rule five: Abandon ideology. Abandon ideology.
Rule six: Notice that opportunity lurks where responsibility have been abdicated.
Rule seven: Do not do things that you hate.
Rule eight: Try to make one room in your house as beautiful as possible.
Rule nine: If old memory make you cry, write them down carefully and completely.
Rule ten: Plan and work diligently to maintain the romance in your relationship.
Rule eleven: Be grateful in spite of your suffering.
Rule twelve: Do not allow yourself to become resentful, deceitful or arrogant.

In principle that book will be published in January 2020. So and I am supposed to have the manuscript in sometime within the next six months and I have a first draft done and I’m working hard on the repeated edits. It’s gonna be published simultaneously in the UK and the US and Canada. I’m working with three different editors. And so, that’s that part of the announcement. And so I’m hoping, I’m really hoping that I can make the next book better. It will be a pair, it will be a paired copy with the first one. I’m probably gonna publish it with a black cover to go with the white cover of twelve rules and I’m hoping that I can make it into a better book and that the two together will make a very compete set, so that’s the plan. We will see how it goes.
It will be interesting to see if these rules are actually what they appear to be or if, like the first 12 rules, they are merely vehicles for deeper esoteric principles. Based on what he's saying, I would assume the former, but we will see.

It's a good thing A Sea of Skulls will be done and out by then....

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Call of the World

This is what it looks like when God permits people to exercise their free will and respond to the call of the world to walk the broad and easy path to Hell.
In early January, Hoke designed a sign that read: "Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still a sin. The culture may change. The Bible does not."

Despite there being no outward sign of fracture within the church, on Saturday evening, Hoke published the following unexpected update on Facebook:

As of today, I am no longer the pastor of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church. After much prayer and counsel, I have decided that it is best to briefly communicate what has taken place.

1. I was informed by our other elder that he felt he could no longer follow my lead as Pastor of TBPC. 
2. I was informed that essentially all but one couple in membership would leave the church if I continued as pastor of TBPC.
3. Our other elder and the couple felt that those who left would likely return if I would leave.
4. Our other elder was agreeable to stay and assume the pastoral responsibilities.

Therefore it was determined that it would be in the best interest of the local body for us (TBPC and the Hoke family) to part ways.
It's a pity that Pastor Hoke left the church rather than informing the other elder and all but one couple in membership that they were welcome to leave. After all, they have already abandoned both God and the Bible in order to pursue the favor of the world.

The purpose of the church is not for non-Christians to feel good about how they are not [insert anti-Narrative badthink here]. What good does it do for anyone to return to a building that is now, at best, spiritually empty? The pastor said he left "in order to keep the church intact", but that church is not merely shattered, it is dead.

Never quit. Never, ever, quit. Make them kick you out. And then, make the rubble bounce.

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Analyzing the Unauthorized Right

This imaginative interpretation of the Unauthorized Right as The Godfather is more than a little amusing, even if it betrays a near-complete failure to understand me or my motivations. But the comparison of Richard Spencer to Carlo Rizzi alone makes it worth reading:
10. Voxday = Hyman Roth

Hyman Roth is nothing if not intelligent, and Vox Day claims to be high-IQ himself. (He does lack Roth’s modesty even if false.) Also, like Hyman Roth, Vox Day goes for the Big Picture. With background in science-fiction, his thought processes are more analytical than that of Richard Spencer. Spencer’s idea of Sci-Fi is STAR WARS, and he gets all excited like Captain Kirk on STAR TREK. Vox Day almost never shows his emotions even when he’s clearly upset about something. He has an air of Zen about him, sometimes talking like a robot or Dr. Spock. In the exasperating debate with Andrew Anglin, he kept his cool while Anglin's emotions were all over the map. Hyman Roth also almost never shows his emotions, though his fury surfaced momentarily when provoked by Michael Corleone.

Despite his calm demeanor, Roth is a fierce character who, upon forming a grudge, just can’t let it go. Despite his diplomatic ways with Michael Corleone, he can’t never let go of the fact that Moe Greene, almost like a son to him(and fellow Tribesman), was killed by the Corleones. So, Roth is sworn to the destruction of Michael Corleone no matter how long it takes and how much it costs.

This obsessive side of Roth can be seen in Vox Day too, especially in his near-maniacal agenda to destroy Jordan Peterson. Most people are take-it-or-leave-it on the matter of Peterson, but Vox Day reacted to Peterson as if the Canadian superstar violated some fundamental principle of the universe. Thus, Peterson isn’t just a bad guy or charlatan but an evil scientist or grand sorcerer of sci-fi or fantasy novels who must be utterly defeated. Vox Day’s war on Peterson isn’t merely over ideas or issues of character. Peterson obviously triggered Vox Day in a way that most people simply can’t fathom. Vox Day took it personally(even though the two men never met) because Vox Day has his own grand theory of the world. As Peterson’s worldview is so at odds with Vox Day’s own, it’s like a gangster turf war among philosophers.

Now, why would Vox Day be so upset with Peterson in particular when, surely, there are so many other thinkers Vox Day disagrees with? It’s because Jordan Peterson has been promoted by the media as a 'man of the right' who stands up to Political Correctness. Being Anti-PC is the battle flag of the Alt Right, and for Vox Day, that means only true Alt Rightists should carry the banner. But there is Jordan Peterson propped up by the powers-that-be as a courageous member of the 'Intellectual Dark Web' when, from Vox Day’s perspective, the man is nothing but just another Establishmentarian shill. Most people can just ignore Jordan Peterson and focus on something else, but Vox Day can’t let it go. He feels he must carry on with the anti-Peterson crusade until Peterson’s reputation is utterly destroyed(at least in Alt Right circles in which Vox Day has not insignificant influence).
The fact that I am a Christian and a nationalist while Jordan Peterson is a Fake Right globalist occultist playing Pied Piper would appear have escaped the author. I don't take Jordan Peterson's existence or his philosophy personally at all. And I get a little tired of the relentless attempts to discredit and disqualify with the "claims" game in reference to easily verified matters of fact. But it's a clever and entertaining article nevertheless.

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Bow down before the one you serve

Owen refuses to bow before demands that he disavow yours truly:
So, this is pretty funny. It's just crazy. "Hey Owen, I'm a big fan of your comedy. First saw you on Jay Leno years ago, and then on Crowder. I really want to write you because I want to make sure you have all the information. I know you're not a racist, but Vox Day is. I've read most of his work and he's trying to ride your coattails and in the process will damage you with misinformation and turn you against good people. Vox Day lies about not being racist because he knows everybody..."

Okay, so he writes me... dude, I'm telling you, it's like link... link... link. "This is Vox saying this! This is Vox saying that!" So, I write back:

And oh, by the way, he said, "I also wanted to respond, not really related to Vox Day, to a little thing you wrote regarding Jews and it not being possible to be a race and a religion. I'm Jewish, so let's explain...." Okay, so this is what I write to him.

"When I first did Crowder I got tons of letters just like this from other Jews about how Crowder was a Nazi and supports Palestinian genocide, and I'm better than associating myself with such a monster. My Jew agents HATED Crowder and freaked out when I did his show. And now I'm getting more Jews like you saying that Crowder is great and Vox is a real monster. Very curious what the next wave of Jews will tell me that I must do and who I must disavow."

And he wrote: "Except Crowder isn't actually Alt-Right. And there are lying leftists who really ddin't give any sources or context. I'm not demanding that you disavow...."

Leave me alone, Jews! I can make my own fucking decisions. Do you know how much shit I got when I first hung out with fucking Crowder? Do you have any idea? That was why it is so funny when people are now like, "is Crowder going to still let Owen in his circle?" Hollywood HATES Steven Crowder. Hollywood thinks STevne Crowder is a goose-stepping Nazi. And I'm like, no, he's a great guy, he's got a warm heart, he's fucking hilarious.

Adn they're like, you can never come back from associating yourself ...  I'm like.. WHO IS YOUR MASTER?

And this motherfucker is like, "Vox Day, he said that Norwegians blah blah blah."

Motherfucker, I don't fucking care who you think I should associate with or not.

Motherfucker, my Dad broke my heart. My Dad told me I should not talk about trans-kids, keep the money, and publish a book so I could get on the New York Times bestseller list. That was my hero for most of my childhood. He broke my heart. And I didn't kneel to my own father.

Do you think I'm going to kneel to you?
I find it more than a little ironic that when I criticize Jordan Peterson and Joe Rogan, I am accused of attempting to ride their coattails. And then, because I happen to speak well of Owen Benjamin, I am accused of attempting to ride his coattails. It seems to me that I should just do whatever I think best at all times, because no matter what I do, no matter what I say, I'm going to be attacked, accused, discredited, disqualified, and disavowed.

This is why I stand so strongly by Owen, by Milo, by Mike, by Stefan, and by other courageous individuals who flat-out refuse to accept being told what to think, what to say, and what to do by those who offer them the carrot and the stick. Because regardless of whether I agree with them on any given issue, and regardless of what they might happen to think of me at any given moment, they are men who are the masters of their own souls.

And that is not the easiest thing to do for public figures these days, when men are offered riches in return for selling their souls, and are threatened when they refuse to bow down before their self-proclaimed masters.

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Deeply treasonous parliamentarians

As incredible as it sounds, these are the sorts of machinations that could quite legitimately spark another civil war in Great Britain:
Theresa May is facing an all-out bid by Remainer rebels to stop Brexit going ahead by tearing up the Commons rulebook. The 'coup' could see the government stripped of control over business in Parliament - paralysing the PM and potentially allowing MPs to prevent the UK crashing out without a deal.

The move - which No10 believes is being orchestrated by former ministers Oliver Letwin and Dominic Grieve - could happen within hours of Mrs May's Brexit plan being heavily defeated on Tuesday, as seems inevitable.

The manoeuvring was only uncovered by Chief Whip Julian Smith when he overheard conspirators in the MPs' cloakroom. Ministers have been warned success for the plotters could make it impossible for the government to cling on. There are claims Speaker John Bercow is ready to help the backbench uprising, after he secretly met Mr Grieve last week.

The high-stakes battle emerged as Mrs May launched another desperate effort to salvage the package she has thrashed out with Brussels.
This is treason by literally every single measure. If either the Queen or the Prime Minister had any spine whatsoever, they would be ordering the arrest of all the conspirators. It also demonstrates the way in which those who are skeptical about "conspiracy theories" are not only ignorant of history, they are wilfully blind concerning current events.

Teresa May's feeble deal is going to be voted down, as it should be. No-Deal Brexit was always the right way to go, and the desperation of the traitorous continental conspirators is rendered obvious by the extreme tactics they are now contemplating. This is not merely an attack on British democracy and the British government, it is an attack on the very British concept of the rule of law.

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A Neocon guard for your mind

Now that Neocon control over the Republican Party and the alternative media has slipped despite their powerful grip on the mainstream media and talk radio, the liberal imperialist world revolutionaries who used to call themselves "neocons" are imitating the SJWs in utilizing a techno-political approach to controlling the narrative by policing what you see and hear:
The product which NewsGuard markets to the general public is a browser plugin which advises online media consumers whether a news media outlet is trustworthy or untrustworthy based on a formula with a very pro-establishment bias which sees outlets like Fox News and the US propaganda outlet Voice of America getting trustworthy ratings while outlets like RT get very low ratings for trustworthiness. This plugin dominates the bulk of what comes up when you start researching NewsGuard, but circulating a plugin which individual internet users can voluntarily download to help their rulers control their minds is not one of the more nefarious agendas being pursued by this company. The full MintPress article gives a thorough breakdown of the yucky things NewsGuard has its fingers in, but here’s a summary of five of its more disturbing revelations:

1. The company has created a service called BrandGuard, billed as a “brand safety tool aimed at helping advertisers keep their brands off of unreliable news and information sites while giving them the assurance they need to support thousands of Green-rated [i.e., Newsguard-approved] news and information sites, big and small.” Popularizing the use of this service will attack the advertising revenue of unapproved alternative media outlets which run ads. NewsGuard is aggressively marketing this service to “ad tech firms, leading agencies, and major advertisers”.

2. NewsGuard’s advisory board reads like the fellowships list of a neocon think tank, and indeed one of its CEOs, Louis Gordon Crovitz, is a Council on Foreign Relations member who has worked with the American Enterprise Institute and Heritage Foundation. Members of the advisory board include George W Bush’s Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, deep intelligence community insider Michael Hayden, and the Obama administration’s Richard Stengel, who once publicly supported the need for domestic propaganda in the US. All of these men have appeared in influential think tanks geared toward putting a public smiley face on sociopathic warmongering agendas.

3. Despite one of its criteria for trustworthy sources being whether or not they are transparent about their funding, the specifics of NewsGuard’s financing is kept secret.

4. NewsGuard is also planning to get its news-ranking system integrated into social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, pursuing a partnership which will make pro-establishment media consumption a part of your experience at those sites regardless of whether or not you download a NewsGuard app or plugin.

5. NewsGuard markets itself to state governments in order to get its plugin installed in all of that state’s public schools and libraries to keep internet users from consuming unauthorized narratives. It has already succeeded in accomplishing this in the state of Hawaii, with all of its library branches now running the NewsGuard plugin.
If they were more honest, they would have simply named the company NeoConGuard, because the entire purpose of NewsGuard is to police the internet on behalf of the Israel First lobby in the United States. That's why it is focused on upholding the Never-Trump Russia, Russia, Russia narrative and will almost certainly be used to push the state and federal anti-BDS laws as well as war in the Middle East and Ukraine, free trade, and unlimited immigration.

NeoConGuard is just a techno-political expansion of what Bill Kristol and Jon Podhoretz were trying to do with the now-failed Weekly Standard, which by Podhoretz's own admission was "to create a publication that would help guide and keep honest the hard-charging Republican party that had scored its stunning lopsided victory over Bill Clinton’s Democrats."

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Divisional playoffs: Saturday

The Chiefs are ROLLING over the Colts. The funny thing is that it wasn't until this weekend that I finally realized why the name Mahomes always sounded vaguely familiar to me. It's because the Chiefs' QB's father played for the Twins for a few years when I was still living in Minnesota. I'm not a baseball fan, but back in the day, when you read the daily newspapers, you picked up the general gist of what was going on with the local sports teams even if you didn't follow them.

Anyhow, this is the open thread for tonight's games. And if they're boring, feel free to join us at the Darkstream.


Fighting the last war

I don't disagree with what this guy is saying. But it's a little ironic that he talks about fighting the last war, because the author himself is focused on an outdated and increasingly irrelevant ideological struggle:
History and theory don’t matter to socialists because they imagine society can be engineered. The old arguments and historical examples simply don’t apply: even human nature is malleable, and whenever our stubborn tendencies don’t comport with socialism’s grand plans a “social construct” is to blame.

These most recent spasms of support for the deadly ideology of socialism remind us that progressives aren’t kidding. They may not fully understand what socialism means, but they fully intend to bring it about. Single-payer health care, “free” education, wealth redistribution schemes, highly progressive income taxes, wealth taxes, gun bans, and radical curbs on fossil fuels are all on the immediate agenda. They will do this quickly if possible, incrementally if they have to (see, again, the 20th century). They will do it with or without popular support, using legislatures, courts and judges, supranational agencies,university indoctrination, friendly media, or whatever political, economic, or social tools it takes (including de-platforming and hate speech laws). This is not paranoia; all of this is openly discussed. And say what you will about progressivism, it does have a central if false ethos: egalitarianism.

Conservatives, by contrast, are not serious. They have no animating spirit. They don’t much talk about liberty or property or markets or opportunity. They don’t mean what they say about the Constitution, they won’t do a thing to limit government, they won’t touch entitlements or defense spending, they won’t abolish the Department of Education or a single federal agency, they won’t touch abortion laws, and they sure won’t give up their own socialist impulses. Trumpism, though not conservative and thoroughly non-intellectual, drove a final stake through the barely beating heart of Right intellectualism, from the Weekly Standard to National Review. Conservatism today is incoherent, both ideologically and tactically incapable of countering the rising tide of socialism.
The real battle is not conservatism vs socialism. First, conservatism is dead because there is nothing left in the West to conserve. Second, the real battle is nationalism vs global imperialism. The most recent offensive of the neo-liberal world order has failed, but its armies have not left the field and its leaders are actively developing new strategies, new tactics, and new false oppositions in order to attempt to pick up where the last attempt left off.

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You opined, we listened

While we're not always able to be responsive to various peoples' ideas and requests, we do at least try to be amenable to suggestions for improvement. So, here is a partial list of some of the things the various teams have added lately.
  • You can now use Paypal at the Arkhaven store. Please note that we'd still prefer to have you use your credit card because Paypal's transaction cost is 2x higher, but if you're having problems with your card being accepted, Paypal is now a viable option.
  • Castalia House audiobooks sold from the Arkhaven store now come in a high-quality DRM-free single-file MP4 format. The audio quality is approximately 4x that of an Audible audiobook and you can use the file with a broad range of mobile and desktop readers and other media players. We've also added an AUDIOBOOKS link on the black bar on the main page to make them easier to find. We intend to eventually put our new audiobooks on Audible as well, but we are waiting to hear back from them about being able to make our 40+ existing audiobooks available on the Arkhaven store.
  • The Darkstream now accepts superchats. So, if you'd like to support it that way, it is now a viable option. We did an initial test last night and it was considerably more successful than I'd imagined.
  • The Darkstream will soon be available in podcast format on iTunes. You can find a few recent podcasts here.
  • The digital editions of Arkhaven and Dark Legion comics are now available in high-resolution CBZ format. Not all of the previously published comics have been converted yet, but all of the new releases will be.
There is a lot more to come in the near future, but this is what we have already implemented and can announce to date. On the Indiegogo front, things are proceeding according to the process, and there is nothing more to say at the present time except that we are aware of the way in which SJWs are putting pressure on Indiegogo to deplatform other creators of whom they do not approve.

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Who needs a federal government

The USA has enjoyed the longest government shutdown in its history without incident:
The partial government shutdown became the longest closure in U.S. history at when the clock ticked past midnight Friday as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to find a way out of the mess.

A solution couldn't come soon enough for federal workers who got pay statements Friday but no pay.

The House and Senate voted to give federal workers back pay whenever the federal government reopens and then left town for the weekend, leaving the shutdown on track to become one for the record books once the clock struck midnight and the closure entered its 22nd day.

And while Trump privately considered one dramatic escape route - declaring a national emergency to build the wall without a new stream of cash from Congress - members of his own party were fiercely debating that idea, and the president urged Congress to come up with another solution.

'What we're not looking to do right now is national emergency,' Trump said. He insisted that he had the authority to do that, adding that he's 'not going to do it so fast' because he'd still prefer to work a deal with Congress.
Even the black-pillers are beginning to understand that the God-Emperor is serious about building his Big Beautiful Wall. And he is serious about it because he understands that without it, there is no point in even running for re-election.

The Republican Establishment is serious about trying to primary him with Mitt Romney - last week 54 Republican Senators voted to directly attack unalienable American rights at the behest of AIPAC and other Neo-Palestinian interest groups - and President Trump will not be able to defeat that treacherous challenge if he does not deliver on his most important promise to his supporters.

Stand firm and inflexible, Mr. President. Build the Wall. Drain the Swamp. That is the road to victory in 2020.


Friday, January 11, 2019

He shot the sheriff

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has suspended the man who may arguably be the worst law enforcement officer in the country, Scott Israel:
Effective immediately, I am officially suspending Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for his repeated failures, incompetence and neglect of duty.

Reasons for the suspension span several pages but include this: “WHEREAS Sheriff Israel is responsible for inserting into the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Active Shooter Policy that a deputy ‘may’ enter the area or structure to engage an active shooter and preserve life.”
The reason he didn't actually fire Israel is because he can't. Only the State Senate can do that. No word on the fate of any deputies, though.


Jordan Peterson lays the smack down

Wow, just WOW! I had no idea Jordan Peterson was such a badass. I would NEVER have dared to write JORDANETICS if I had known he was so capable of bringing the noise like that.


Heuristics are not proof

And yet they remain useful when conclusive evidence is not available:
Faced with the 1854 cholera outbreak in London, John Snow had no idea what mechanism caused cholera, and his instruments could not reliably identify the contaminants in water supplies, but he noted what we would now call correlations: some water companies had more of their clients die than others, even though all of them supplied to rich and poor households alike. South of the river companies were more deadly, and they drew more contaminated water from the river rather than other sources, and filtered it less than other companies. Some neighbourhood pumps had more deaths nearby than did others. This was a geographic form of correlation (now called a Voronoi diagram) and it was on that correlational basis, without knowledge of the real mechanism, that he took the handle off the Broad Street pump, and stopped the epidemic.

That is the way we tell the story now, but Snow was a careful and clever man, and pointed out another explanation: the cholera outbreak was coming to an end anyway, as people ran away from areas where there were many deaths. The common folk who believed that correlation implied causation ran for their lives and lived to see another day.

Snow also had to cope with a major anomaly in his geographic correlational investigations. None of the brewery workers right next to the Broad Street water pump fell ill with cholera. It turned out that they received free beer, and the water for the beer was boiled so as to release the flavour of hops, thus inadvertently killing off the water-borne organisms.

Snow jumped to a conclusion because his mind was prepared to interpret associations in a particular way, intially by his doubts about the air transmission miasma theory and later by his own hypothesis of water-borne transmission. He jumped to the right conclusion, without proofs of the causal mechanism which were only available years later.
This is why you should NEVER try to dismiss any correlation with the idiot's refrain that "correlation is not causation". That is an astonishingly stupid thing to say, as it is tantamount to saying that "a clue is not a mathematical proof." Who claims that it is?

As Michael Woodley points out, there is never causation WITHOUT correlation. Which means that correlation is a necessary, but insufficient indicator of causation, it is not a synonym for it.

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Those nefarious Russians

First they got Drumpf elected and now they're messing with the magnetic North Pole:
Earth's magnetic fields are shifting - and scientists are unsure why.

Researchers say the magnetic North Pole is  'skittering' away from Canada, towards Siberia.

The problem has got so bad, researchers around the world are scrambling to update a global model of the fields.

Called the World Magnetic Model, it underlies all modern navigation, from the systems that steer ships at sea to Google Maps on smartphones. The most recent version of the model came out in 2015, and it was supposed to last until 2020.

However, researchers say the  magnetic field is changing so rapidly that they have to fix the model urgently.

It was due to be updated on the 15th January, but due to the US Government shutdown, that has already been delayed until the 30th.

The magnetic field is in a permanent state of flux.

Magnetic north wanders, and every few hundred thousand years the polarity flips so that a compass would point south instead of north.
Is it just me or is everything getting weirder faster these days?


Gamma philosophy

An exchange in the Darkstream comments:
Chunky Monkey
Vox has argued that what he calls uniquely high IQ people think holistically, and then turns around and tries to vaguely quantify everything while ironically using that as justification.

There is no quantification involved at all, vaguely or otherwise. You are confusing the concept of "categorization" with "quantification". They are two different things. As a general rule, don't try to correct your intellectual superiors, particularly using words you don't understand.
If you are a Gamma, or even have Gamma tendencies, you simply must learn to resist the urge to correct others, particularly those who are more intelligent than you are. Also, try to keep the adverbs to a minimum. Gammas love adverbs, because adverbs qualify verbs, which permits them to put themselves in the position of implicitly pronouncing judgment on the actions of others.

Categorical thinking is vital to understanding. In fact, categorical thinking is the foundation of Western philosophy, to such an extent that the Stanford Encyclopedia considers Aristotle's categorical system to be uniquely important.
Aristotle's Categories is a singularly important work of philosophy. It not only presents the backbone of Aristotle's own philosophical theorizing, but has exerted an unparalleled influence on the systems of many of the greatest philosophers in the western tradition. The set of doctrines in the Categories, which I will henceforth call categorialism, provides the framework of inquiry for a wide variety of Aristotle's philosophical investigations, ranging from his discussions of time and change in the Physics, to the science of being qua being in the Metaphysics, and even extending to his rejection of Platonic ethics in the Nicomachean Ethics. Looking beyond his own works, Aristotle's categorialism has engaged the attention of such diverse philosophers as Plotinus, Porphyry, Aquinas, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Brentano and Heidegger (to mention just a few), who have variously embraced, defended, modified or rejected its central contentions. All, in their different ways, have thought it necessary to come to terms with features of Aristotle's categorial scheme.
Speaking of irony, it is more than a little ironic, it is downright remarkable that Chunky Monkey would attempt to use such a fundamentally philosophical action as categorical observation as a means of trying to disqualify and discredit someone.

UPDATE: in case you had any doubts whatsoever:
Chunky Monkey
As a rule, don't try to control definitions and back it up with a mealy mouthed ad hominem attack.  It is unnecessary reductionism and you know that.  I understand you want a catch term to discount people you have no interest in debating, but don't think many people can't sense that is what that is.

Chunky Monkey I literally created that definition, which is what the honest observer does rather than pervert existing definitions. Nor is it an ad hominem attack, "mealy mouthed" or otherwise, to observe that you are exhibiting classic gamma behavior. That's not argumentum ad hominem, because that's not WHY you are wrong.  You're just wrong because you don't know the difference between "categorize" and "quantify". Your improper use of words you don't understand, your use of adverbs to try to spin the situation, and your inability to simply admit that you are wrong are all entirely predictable. Because IN ADDITION to being wrong, you are, observably, a gamma male.

Chunky Monkey
Really missing the point. I have seen hundreds of internet personalities create their own version of 'x'-male: it is a cheap attack, and means nothing. You may as well call me a racist. This is why I made an obvious mischaracterization: only SJWs get triggered over not being able to control definitions. You have spent so much time studying and talking about SJWs and jordan peterson that the abyss has become you. It happens to the best of us, please do not think that because you are smart you somehow transcend your human tendencies.
Every. Single. Time. Secret King wins again!

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Yellow Vest deplatformings

Big Social is apparently attempting to help the French government clamp down on the Gilets Jaunes. I've heard that they are getting deplatformed left and right by Twitter and Facebook. Fortunately, there are alternatives coming, and very soon.

Burn Unit, you're all going to be given the opportunity to alpha test Infogalactic's new Twitter alternative VERY soon. If there are features you would like to see, please share them here. And it will NOT be a free speech zone, we are going to clamp down ruthlessly on the Alt-Retards and adult content trolls who destroyed the Gab community. It's going to be a clean speech zone, so if you want to pass naked pictures back and forth or engage in bantz, you'll have to do it somewhere else.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Glad to be gone

Minnesota is institutionalizing diversity and equality:
The first official action of Gov. Tim Walz’s administration was to renew a promise the state will strive to be more equitable and inclusive and for the first time making geography a focus of those efforts.

“In Minnesota, we all know we are better off when we are in it together,” Walz said. “The state must be a leader in ensuring everyone has an opportunity to thrive.”

Walz signed an executive order creating the “One Minnesota Council on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity” on Wednesday at the Capitol. The governor will lead the council that Walz said builds on the work of former Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration.

“Disparities in Minnesota, including those based on race, geography (and) economic status keep our entire state from reaching its full potential,” Walz said. “As long as these inequities impact Minnesotans’ ability to be successful, we’ve got more work to do.”
I don't think everyone will be better off when they're all caught up in the coming Diversity Wars together. As I told the Original Cyberpunk, I can feel his quality of life improving from here.

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Training vs fighting

A karate black belt shares his thoughts on my recent observations concerning the distinction between training and fighting.
"Training is not fighting. Training is learning how to do things. Fighting is learning how to defeat the opponent who has a vote."
- Vox Day

 Everyone knows that training is important. Without training, success is a dice-roll, and failure is likely. Even if you get something right, it is easy to mis-attribute your success to one thing, when in reality something else entirely won the day. Only those with training know what to look for.

Through volume of repetition, training gives you the speed and instincts to do the right thing, whether that is resolving an argument, building a house, or coming out on top in a bar-fight.

But training isn't enough. All the training in the world isn't enough without experience.

In order to be confident in himself, a man has to know he can physically protect himself. It doesn't matter if this is rational in the modern age. It just is. If wealth, charisma, or social connections are the measure of power today, physical fitness and skill in fighting still dominate how men evaluate other men, and how they think of themselves. It's primordial.

Today's generation half-understands this. They've seen Fight Club. They understand the attraction of being dangerous. They sign up in herds for Karate, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the works. But they mistake training for fighting. They mistake the tools for the finished product. The finger for the moon.

I received my black-belt in Shudokan karate when I was sixteen years old. By the time I had received that supposed sign of mastery, I had heard three fight stories involving black-belts.
Read the whole thing there. And then reflect upon the confidence and resilience that I exhibit, that some people despise and others admire. Even if you believe the confidence is a sham, or that it is delusional, from whence does the resilience spring? Why is it that I am so able to bounce back so quickly, so automatically, from the sort of attacks, expulsions, and deplatformings that others find so debilitating?

It's just experience. It's from the certain knowledge that you can get up and get back into the fight after you get knocked down. And the only way to acquire that knowledge, the only way to acquire that resilience, the only way to acquire that confidence in yourself, is to take the shots and face that moment of truth that no amount of self-deception can ever disguise. It's a moment that observers can often see too.

That's why real fighters often admire each other even if they actively dislike each other. That's why boxers often hug with genuine affection after beating the hell out of each other. That's why two men who get into a fight not infrequently become friends. Because the nature of the combat relationship is such that it often gives a man a glimpse of his opponent's soul, and it is not uncommon to see something admirable there.

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His own private Alamo

President Trump is absolutely right to make a stand on the Wall. He's correct to believe that he will not be re-elected in 2020 if he does not deliver on his second-most important campaign promise, to Build the Wall.
President Donald Trump has boxed himself into a situation with no endgame in his government shutdown standoff over a border wall, a new report claims.

Citing an unnamed former White House official, Vanity Fair reported on Tuesday that Trump believes he will not be reelected in 2020 if the wall is not built, and has made the issue his 'personal Alamo'.

Trump reportedly told aides that he is prepared to make his 'last stand' on the wall issue, staking his entire presidency on constructing the border barrier that he called for forcefully in a Tuesday night address to the nation from the Oval Office.

'The president put himself in a box,' the former official in touch with the White House told the magazine. 'The problem is there's no endgame. Right now the White House is at a seven on the panic scale. If this thing goes on past the State of the Union they're going to be at an 11.'
Build the Wall. Drain the Swamp. Nothing else matters. Not the stock market, not North Korea, and not tax cuts. And certainly not ending the government "shutdown".

Build the Wall and win. Fail to build it and lose. This is not rocket science.


Darkstream: the magic cuddle puddlers

Unlike the Roganites and BJJ fanboys who were triggered by my observations, a number of actual grapplers and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners understood what I've been saying about grappling being, in most real-world situations, an impractical and dangerous approach to fighting. Especially these days. If Antifa is going to attack you, you can pretty much guarantee they will not do so 1v1.
  • Dean lister actually says a lot of the same things vox does. I mean, he talks about bar fights etc and how bjj is not optimal in those situations and the kinds of things that are effective in real fights.
  • Precisely. My experiences are the same as yours. Every serious fight I've been in ended up being me fighting more than four people. Last place you wanna be is the ground. There's a reason BJJ isn't taught for street defence.
  • I'm a BJJ instructor and have trained Shotokan for 7 years and Muay Thai for about 4. I've been in about 6 real world fights. Only 1 was 1 on 1. You should have knowledge of both standing and ground game. Being able to execute take downs and know how to get back up if you get down is very important. Vox made some good points. Grapplers stop being triggered. 1 on 1 the grappler will most likely win. Anything other than that you need to be as mobile as possible which means you need to stay standing.
  • I wrestled Division One on a team with a national champion and I can say Vox is more than correct in his assertions. A wrestler's only advantage is his strength and physical ability to take some abuse and crush a guy ONE ON ONE on the ground. But wrestling in a bar or street fight is a no-win situation. You have to strike and stay on your feet. You never want to end up on the ground.
  • I disagree with some of what Vox pushes, especially on religion etc (and on Kenpo.. depending on the style). He is absolutely correct on this. Having done martial arts for many years and been in many confrontations he is pretty much on point on this topic. Wrestling rarely puts forth real-world situations and realities.
  • He is correct. BJJ is "fake," that is,  it takes place within a structure and it is effective within that structure. The GIF shown early on proves that grappling on the ground in a real fight opens you up to being crushed by someones mother. There'a a reason Kano emphasized throws.
The strangest thing about this situation has been the way that triggered Roganites and Brazilian Cuddle Puddlers keep demanding that I prove the truth of my experiences and claiming that my observations are somehow invalid if I don't post a video of me physically harming people with my magical martial arts skills. Do they really not grasp the irony of the fact that they are fans of a UFC COMMENTATOR who talks about this subject all the time despite having no personal experience of either ring-fighting or real fighting?

My comments, observations, and opinions are either on point or they are not, regardless of whether you believe my colorful story about beating up 15 leprechauns who rode in together on a giant green-maned unicorn with an ancient Native American martial art I learned from the tribal shaman.

And this video of Sakuraba absolutely destroying the best that the Gracies had to offer demonstrates very clearly the fundamental weakness of building your attack plan around a ground game. Look how utterly stupid and helpless both Hoyce and Renzo Gracie are with Sakuraba standing over them, just deciding where he's going to stomp on them next.

This comment sums it up well:

how does that work then?
"I lay on the floor and get the shit kicked out of me."
not sure this bjj works to be honest.

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