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Friday, June 19, 2015

So very unconcerned

The First Law of the Social Justice Warrior: SJWs always lie.

The Second Law of the Social Justice Warrior: SJWs always double down.

As you'd expect, both of these things are seriously in effect in the Gallo affair. The latest SJW incoherence is this:
  1. Mocking the prospective boycott of Tor Books as being numerically trivial and ineffective.
  2. Declaring that they are buying books published by Tor Books today in order to preemptively counteract the effects of that trivial and ineffective boycott.
Based on their actions, the SJWs are just a little more concerned about it than they affect. Quelle surprise. The fact is that I don't know how effective a boycott of Tor Books will be. I don't know if it will inspire Macmillan to actually pay attention to the unprofessional behavior of the senior employees at their subsidiary. The point is that I am simply not going to support an organization that employs an individual who so openly hates me, my readers, and various authors that I support, and who publicly lies about us.

The organization is certainly free to ignore me and continue to not sell books to me. The organization is absolutely free to employ anyone they like, including ludicrously unprofessional people who can't even bother to disguise their hatred for all of their customers to the right of Bernie Sanders. I can't dictate anyone's actions but my own.

Even so, it appears there are either an awful lot of people who are interested in my actions today or just a few SJWs who are concerned enough to launch a DDOS attack to try to disrupt the anticipated announcement this afternoon. This is a screen shot of the current Sitemeter traffic at VP as of 10:15 AM this morning. I suppose it could be a Sitemeter bug, but I find the timing rather suspicious, especially considering that AG's sitemeter is operating normally and the Google traffic is indicating normal traffic of between 45-50k pageviews today. My guess is that it's an attack being deflected by Google somewhere between Sitemeter picking it up and it interfering with Blogger's operations. But regardless, UP TO ONE MILLION DAILY PAGEVIEWS isn't bad.


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74 Comments:

Blogger Ragin' Dave June 19, 2015 10:38 AM  

And this is why they accuse us of being bots. Because using bots to spam email and start DDOS attacks IS WHAT THEY DO. When they accuse us of being bots, it is PROJECTION of THEIR OWN BEHAVIOR onto us.

Fuck them all sideways with a chainsaw.

Blogger jayb June 19, 2015 10:41 AM  

Social Jutice Warrior

Second line. Just so you know.

Anonymous MrGreenMan June 19, 2015 10:42 AM  

Perhaps that one woman finally forgot to use the special no-credit link strategy and you got her 300 monthly viewers?

Blogger VD June 19, 2015 10:43 AM  

Corrected, thanks.

Anonymous zen0 June 19, 2015 10:43 AM  

I don't think anyone can argue that Whatever gets more traffic than VP anymore.

Anonymous FriarBob June 19, 2015 10:45 AM  

Third rule... they are even more stupid than they think we are.

Seriously, is anybody stupid enough to think you wouldn't know about the threat of a DDOS, or that you would've been totally unprepared for the possibility?

Guess so.

Anonymous Alexander, #10 June 19, 2015 10:45 AM  

Vox,

At the end of today, you should add "Up to viewers per day" as one of the rotating taglines.

Blogger jayb June 19, 2015 10:46 AM  

No, no. This is merely evidence that you are really really popular. Use today's stats to prove to JonnyCon that you get 400k+ pageviews per day!

Anonymous Alexander, #10 June 19, 2015 10:46 AM  

gah! I always use < and > for variable fields... blogger deletes.

Up to [x million] viewers per day...

Anonymous Alexander, #10 June 19, 2015 10:48 AM  

I look forward to the SJW rebuttal.

Look, Vox is lying! He only got that number of hits because we botswarmed him in order to launch a DDOS! He's an asshole who twists things!

Blogger VD June 19, 2015 10:50 AM  

I don't think anyone can argue that Whatever gets more traffic than VP anymore.

They haven't been able to do so for more than two years now. Scalzi has NEVER gotten as much monthly traffic as I have in the last 26 months. Hell, I now get more Sitemeter traffic in a DAY than he gets in a month.

Blogger Chris Scena June 19, 2015 10:53 AM  

Actually, I wouldn't put it past the SJWs to claim Vox spammed his site to push up his numbers.

Blogger automatthew June 19, 2015 10:57 AM  

It would be fairly easy for someone to screw up your sitemeter stats, simply by [description of method redacted]. Given that your other stats trackers aren't showing shenanigans, this seems likely to me.

Blogger Douglas Wardell June 19, 2015 11:00 AM  

Congratulations on becoming a blog which gets up to 400k daily views!

Anonymous DJJ June 19, 2015 11:04 AM  

I'm done with them irregardless.

I was looking on Amazon this morning, and saw a few of their books in the Kindle store. $14.99 for an e-book!! If I really want something of theirs, it's either going to be from a used book store, or a dollar store where the unsold hardcovers go.

Anonymous Samson J. June 19, 2015 11:07 AM  

My understanding was that almost all boycotts are ineffective, because there just aren't that many people who care about anything.

Blogger JartStar June 19, 2015 11:13 AM  

Hell, I now get more Sitemeter traffic in a DAY than he gets in a month.

But... but... but... Twitter! (Looks for some more goalposts)

Blogger Russell (106) June 19, 2015 11:14 AM  

"$14.99 for an e-book!! If I really want something of theirs, it's either going to be from a used book store, or a dollar store where the unsold hardcovers go."

But, but, price is determined by labor! Tor put a lot of effort into the ebook, what with the Starbucks buying and the 2 minutes of loving correction meetings and the ribbon wearing for today's oh so important cause, so it should cost more than you are willing to pay,

Jeez, you keep talking like that and you'l start to sound like an Austrian economist, and we all know that's a too small of country to matter.

Blogger borderwalker June 19, 2015 11:17 AM  

OT: An offhand comment in another thread reminded me that it's been a while since we've heard from a certain dimwitted, but extraordinarily persistent, uh, commenter. (I will not name it, in case it still has access to a computer, and is vanity Googling.)

What finally became of it?

Blogger Corvinus June 19, 2015 11:17 AM  

And this is why they accuse us of being bots. Because using bots to spam email and start DDOS attacks IS WHAT THEY DO. When they accuse us of being bots, it is PROJECTION of THEIR OWN BEHAVIOR onto us.

Fuck them all sideways with a chainsaw.


The Third Law of the Social Justice Warrior: SJWs always project.

Anonymous Freddy June 19, 2015 11:18 AM  

http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/131517-political-implications-of-the-charleston-church-shooting/


Interesting discussion

Blogger Cail Corishev June 19, 2015 11:19 AM  

It's interesting that it's showing almost 2 pages/visit. That's not a pattern I'd expect to see from a DOS attack, but maybe there's more than one going on.

Anonymous Tom June 19, 2015 11:24 AM  

Yeah, John C. Wright's Countdown to the Eschaton finale will be a sad book to miss. Maybe if it's at the library down the road I'll pick it up. Honestly, there haven't been many good Tor books that I have even wanted to buy lately. All six of mine from the last many years have been John C. Wright books. And though they were good, his Castalia House productions have been even better.

Blogger Salt June 19, 2015 11:27 AM  

Ain't no DDOS. It's the HUGO rocket finally being freed from SJW restraint, aiming for the stars.

Anonymous daddynichol #126 June 19, 2015 11:28 AM  

Up until 20 minutes ago, your sight was flickering and dancing faster than the cast of River Dance. It's stable now.

Anonymous Not-So-Merry zen0 June 19, 2015 11:34 AM  

18 borderwalker

> What finally became of it?

It is a serial misbehaver and monomaniac. It earned Eternal Chastisement

Anonymous Hong Hu Shi June 19, 2015 11:36 AM  

your sight was flickering and dancing faster than the cast of River Dance

2/10, would not read simile again

Anonymous Donn #0114 June 19, 2015 11:40 AM  

Do the people who launch these DDOS attacks ever get caught?

Anonymous BGS June 19, 2015 11:43 AM  

Interesting discussion

Even more interesting is why lame stream is editing out the part of the shooter talking about blacks raping. A minor news story from the same city of Charleston 10 days prior involves a 5yo white girl Allison Griffor killed by 4 black which if races got reversed would be national news. http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150605/PC16/150609589 What lame stream choses to edit out is more important than what it says, just like when the White guy was killing random blacks in Tulsa it turned out to be an Indian (feather not dot) killing members of the gang that killed his dad. If he was simply ranting about blacks raping it would have been included.

Anonymous Forrest Bishop VFM #0167 June 19, 2015 11:46 AM  

This is a screen shot of the current Sitemeter traffic at VP as of 10:15 AM this morning.-VD

No link available.

Blogger Felix Bellator June 19, 2015 12:06 PM  

"or just a few SJWs who are concerned enough to launch a DDOS attack to try to disrupt the anticipated announcement this afternoon."

Which anticipated announcement is this? I have missed the lead in to it.....

Anonymous Hobart Floyt June 19, 2015 12:23 PM  

Re: Count to the Eschaton, you might be surpassed how quickly hardcovers become available used on Amazon...

At least that's how I plan to finish owning the series.

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 19, 2015 12:24 PM  

@Felix Bellator

Peter Grant is going to announce a boycott of Tor Books today.

Or at least he said he would if Irene Gallo was still working there as of Friday the 19th.

Which she is.

Blogger Thucydides June 19, 2015 12:25 PM  

Let's use some basic economics against them. If they are going to start buying Tor books to make up for the loss of "other" customers, then start flooding the used book market with the Tor books that are cluttering your collection.

As the price of Tor books is driven down on the open market and people start getting their fix through used book stores and Amazon, even more people (who don't even know about the behaviour of Tor employees or the Hugo kerfuffle) will move away from Tor and buy where they can get the best prices. Like the best 4GW warriors, we will leverage existing social and economic structures against the enemy.

I will enjoy the scene as Tor employees are desperately running to used book stores and spending hours on Amazon trying to buy up the used copies of the books in order to sustain the price point of their brand. Perhaps they will also rush out to libraries to steal copies of their catalogue to take them out of the public domain as well.

Anonymous Dave June 19, 2015 12:26 PM  

Yes do tell

Blogger HalibetLector June 19, 2015 12:26 PM  

@forrest Do you have uBlock? Mine blocks the linked image because it comes from sitemeter.com.

Anonymous Dave June 19, 2015 12:29 PM  

That's it? Isn't that pretty much the default position already

Blogger JaimeInTexas June 19, 2015 12:32 PM  

Lew Rockwell has an article on the Torpidities. Maybe a cause of some of the increase in traffic.

The High Church of Science Fiction and Tor
https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/06/allan-davis/the-sci-fi-establishment/

Blogger njartist June 19, 2015 12:35 PM  

@27. BGS June 19, 2015 11:43 AM
The murder was excused as a botched home invasion.
Would that make the church murders a botched evangelical outreach?

Blogger overcaffeinated June 19, 2015 12:40 PM  

Good luck DDOSing Google, geniuses.

Anonymous Rolf June 19, 2015 12:43 PM  

Tor goes under, assets get spun off by Macmillan, the good stuff gets picked up by Castalia House, nobody picks up Scalzi's contract so he's back to hustling as an indie....

That's an outcome I can live with.

Anonymous Red Comet June 19, 2015 12:44 PM  

And in other SJW censorship news, voat had their hosting cancelled by their German provider for "political incorrectness."

Blogger Joshua Dyal June 19, 2015 12:50 PM  

Perhaps they will also rush out to libraries to steal copies of their catalogue to take them out of the public domain as well.

I've got to think that library sales have been keeping SJW fiction afloat for years as it is.

Blogger totenhenchen June 19, 2015 12:52 PM  

Straight from the Alinsky playbook, always accuse your opponents of doing what you're already doing.

Anonymous Book_Girl June 19, 2015 12:59 PM  

I will boycott Tor. I will buy John C. Wright's book when (and if) the boycott ends however, in hardcover. I would buy Sanderson's third book in the Stormlight Archive too when it comes out, although I was underwhelmed by Words of Radiance...

I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but I am a bit that TOR appears to be circling the wagons around Gallo. Her behavior was so appalling that I don't see how any company defends it and keeps her on the payroll.

Anonymous Case June 19, 2015 1:09 PM  

I'd guess that a lot of the additional interest in your site today came as the result of the details being spelled out on Lew Rockwells site today.

You're probably going to pick up quite a few regulars as a result of it.

Blogger Doom June 19, 2015 1:09 PM  

Ahahaha! I'm not buying up to the boycott. I simply stopped buying when the gig was named. Which sort of pisses me off. I had a list of books a mile long I had planned to buy either this coming, or the following, month. I might have a few of those if I hadn't been dawdling. Oh, I figured a bunch of chumps with no willpower would buy before the ban, but after the snit.. Just not this one.

Hmm, trying to shut you down? Looks like they couldn't get it up. *grins* No matter to me, I already got it up, and harder. *boycott!* In their face! Could poke an eye out, not my problem.

Anonymous Frank B Luke June 19, 2015 1:10 PM  

I was http://www.castaliahouse.com yesterday and suddenly started getting 502 error pages with the message "nginx error." Was it under attack yesterday?

Blogger Chris Scena June 19, 2015 1:19 PM  

Peter Grant has formally called for a Tor boycott on his blog.

Blogger John Wright June 19, 2015 1:41 PM  

@ Tom

Concerning the last two Eschaton Sequence books, I will send you the uncorrected manuscripts free of charge, if you like, so that you can read them.

I cannot charge a fee for this, because Tor has that right, but I can show my work privately to friends of mine.

If you go to my website and scroll to the bottom my email is there. Send me a note.

Blogger pdwalker June 19, 2015 2:36 PM  

John,

You do realize you will be swamped for requests?

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 19, 2015 2:42 PM  

John C. Wright has a Tip Jar

Not saying anything guys.

I'm just saying

Anonymous Alexander June 19, 2015 2:50 PM  

Cataline Sergius,

For no particular reason at all, I'm sure.

Blogger maniacprovost June 19, 2015 2:56 PM  

I wish it were some other author discussing his work-in-progress with his friends. I would gladly proofread and edit a lesser talent's work. Oh well, I'll have to wait for the boycott to end. Maybe CH can pick up Tor's back catalog at the bankruptcy auction.

Blogger John Wright June 19, 2015 4:17 PM  

@ pdwalker

" John, You do realize you will be swamped for requests?"

You flatter me. Thank you. But as of now, only five of my readers have taken me up on the offer.

And four of them put money in the tip jar. I am out of work at the moment. My Day Job (I am a technical writer) just ended, and I am looking for a new one.

So, for me, the boycott comes at a bad time.

But I would rather my publisher learn the lessons I learned in kindergarten about not calling people names, and saying you are sorry when you are wrong, than I would be about lost sales to a boycott.

To this day, to this hour, I cannot even convince my own editor that the boycott will do any damage. He, of course, should be willing also to call for Irene Gallo's firing as a matter of principle. The boycott is merely a reminder.

Anonymous Forrest Bishop VFM #0167 June 19, 2015 4:23 PM  

36. HalibetLector
@forrest Do you have uBlock? Mine blocks the linked image because it comes from sitemeter.com.
----------------

Thank you, HL. I have a Bluehell firewall add-on in Firefox that is sort of a uBlock lite. The (very interesting) picture displays in Internet Explorer. Just when I thought this was yet another part of the vast, left-wing conspiracy, it turned out to be Bill. Again.

Anonymous Roundtine June 19, 2015 4:28 PM  

And in other SJW censorship news, voat had their hosting cancelled by their German provider for "political incorrectness."

It's their own fault for picking a German hosting company. Why didn't they pick a host in a country with free speech?

Anonymous LaTor June 19, 2015 4:34 PM  

Vox day is supporting the boycott of a competitor? Quelle Suprise!! The integrity just over flows.

Anonymous Donn #0114 June 19, 2015 5:55 PM  

Vox day is supporting the boycott of a competitor? Quelle Suprise!! The integrity just over flows.

Tor as it is now is no more a competitor of Castalia House than Harlequin Romance would be.

Blogger automatthew June 19, 2015 6:35 PM  

Vox day is supporting the boycott of a competitor? Quelle Suprise!! The integrity just over flows.

Imagine a farmer's market supporting the boycott of Monsanto.

Blogger automatthew June 19, 2015 6:36 PM  

It's their own fault for picking a German hosting company. Why didn't they pick a host in a country with free speech?

Is there one in Pellucidar?

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit June 19, 2015 6:39 PM  

To this day, to this hour, I cannot even convince my own editor that the boycott will do any damage. He, of course, should be willing also to call for Irene Gallo's firing as a matter of principle. The boycott is merely a reminder.

If Tor's collective goal is to become the MSNBC of SF publishing, the boycott will simply help the process.

The question is whether there's a large enough niche audience for this to keep them afloat.

If not, "I lost my job as a result of a right-wing boycott" is catnip to the New York publishing industry, so none of the Tor higher-ups likely care whether or not the company goes under.

We'll see.

Anonymous BigGaySteve June 19, 2015 7:01 PM  

Vox day is supporting the boycott of a competitor? Quelle Suprise!! The integrity just over flows.

One side sells dangerous visions, the other safe spaces for tranny were-seal romance & dinobestiality.

Blogger maniacprovost June 19, 2015 7:28 PM  

I don't understand how wishing death on a competitor is problematic. That's Fortune 500 policy. If Vox helped start a publisher, with article 4 of the mission statement saying "put Tor out of business," how is a boycott any worse? I stand to gain financially from lower taxes, so I support that, while obese feminist bloggers support Obamacare because they benefit financially from free condoms and xanax.

Blogger MendoScot June 19, 2015 8:28 PM  

FreeBSDGirl wrote a VPDDoS because we called her a landwhale? And managed to boost your site stats over 1M?

KFC should be so lucky.

Anonymous Not-So-Merry zen0 June 19, 2015 10:27 PM  

@ 45. Book Girl

I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but I am a bit that TOR appears to be circling the wagons around Gallo. Her behavior was so appalling that I don't see how any company defends it and keeps her on the payroll.

If I did not know better I would suspect she was blowing somebody. But obviously not so it boggles my mind. (boggle, boggle)

Does anybody smoke cigars over there?

Just curious.

Anonymous Ain June 19, 2015 11:41 PM  

"Actually, I wouldn't put it past the SJWs to claim Vox spammed his site to push up his numbers."


That's exactly the nonsense they do to themselves. When they accuse us of it, there's a chance they really believe it because it seems like a natural thing to them.

Anonymous LaTor June 20, 2015 12:39 AM  

"Imagine a farmer's market supporting the boycott of Monsanto."

No need to imagine anything. It's a straight up case of a publishing house supporting a boycott of a competitor. You don't see that kind of lack of integrity often. But it's Vox Day so....Well, Quelle Suprise! As with everything Vox Does....Follow the money.

Blogger Achillea June 20, 2015 1:35 AM  

And LaTor is doubling down on its ad hominem fail, I see.

Blogger pdwalker June 20, 2015 2:04 AM  

@ John Wright 55

I've sent you an email. I hope I've sent it to the correct address.

Blogger VD June 20, 2015 11:03 AM  

But it's Vox Day so....Well, Quelle Suprise! As with everything Vox Does....Follow the money.

She writes on my free blog that was a spin-off of my free op/ed column....

Blogger VD June 20, 2015 11:04 AM  

It's a straight up case of a publishing house supporting a boycott of a competitor

This is my personal blog. Castalia House has not released any statement about TOR Books or supported any boycotts of anyone. I am not Castalia House.

Anonymous LaTor June 20, 2015 2:59 PM  

"This is my personal blog. Castalia House has not released any statement about TOR Books or supported any boycotts of anyone. I am not Castalia House."

That's a bit like ignoring the fact that Ms. Gallo wrote on her personal Facebook page. What did you claim your IQ was?

Blogger SciVo June 21, 2015 1:33 AM  

That's a bit like ignoring the fact that Ms. Gallo wrote on her personal Facebook page.

No, it's really not.

You asserted that the publishing house had supported the boycott; that was false. It has been asserted that high-level employees of Tor have made offensive statements about their employer's products and customers; that is true.

The difference between "false" and "true" is not "a bit like."

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