Sunday, September 30, 2018

Faces of evil

Diagnosis: malignant narcissism.

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Fake IQ tests

25/25. You are a GENIUS!
Way to go! Only people with an IQ score of 153-161 aced this general knowledge test. 
I can personally attest that you don't need an IQ of 153, much less 161, to score 25/25 on this general knowledge test. Especially since it took me less than 30 seconds to take it. Frankly, I'd be astonished if anyone reading this blog got less than 22 of the answers right.

As a general rule, Internet IQ tests are, like this one, completely fake and meant to flatter the test-taker. Knowledge can serve as a partial proxy for IQ, but it can never provide any sort of quantitative measure because storage is not processing power. Also, genius is not measured in capability or IQ, but in unique historical achievement.

But there is one intriguing thing about this clickbaitery, which is the notion that only people with IQs under 161 can get a perfect score. Are they suggesting that 4SD minds tend to overcomplicate straightforward questions? Or, as is much more likely the case, are they just playing the scientistic game of selling credibility through false claims of precision?

If so, they're hardly alone. For as Daniel Dennett has assured us, you can trust biologists because physicists get amazingly accurate results.

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Thought policing goes to 11

Regardless of what you think of Q, things are heating up to the point that one way or another, we're not going to be in any doubt about its legitimacy any longer.

If you're not already subscribed to either the Daily Meme Wars or Castalia House Book Club, be sure to do so today. You can find both on the left sidebar. If you're subscribed, we can contact you and provide you with the new blog location in the event this site goes down. Voxiversity and the Darkstream are already on BitChute, and in the event Amazon gets into it, you know where the Castalia/Arkhaven Direct stores are.

I tend to doubt anything will happen given the fact that there are few things that would be more useful than being given an excuse to obtain every internal communication at Google about me, but then, SJWs are not exactly known for their sense of self-preservation. Also, both Google and Facebook are in enough hot water in Europe that I doubt they are eager to create more points of vulnerability. That being said, it's always best to be prepared, as Neon Revolt reminds us.
You know what’s at stake; you don’t need me to remind you. You know these technological oligarchs are complicit in so much evil, so they’re desperate to save themselves. If the Dems lose the midterms, these oligarchs lose their protection.

And the censorship is already happening.

Why, just a day or so ago, @ThomasWictor had his account purged from Twitter entirely. @realJamesWoods is still suspended for daring to post a meme. It doesn’t matter what you post; these sites have such vague guidelines, they’ll come up with any old excuse to censor whoever they don’t like.

You can’t expect the likes of @Jack and #Cuckerberg to fight fair. They’re willing to endure any lawsuit, any investigation, so long as it means keeping their scrawny behinds out of hot water. This may be all fun and memes for us, but for them, it’s life and death.

And like Q warns, expect Trump’s own twitter account to go down as well. I imagine they’re saving that play for a key moment; one where it will put his account out of commission for a few hours, and then, like Q says, they’ll reinstate it and blame the outage on a “renegade employee,” just like they did before.

The Marvel philosophy

After reading this account of the falling out between Terrence Howard and Robert Downey Jr., I very much look forward to competing with Marvel in the movie space:
Appearing on Watch What Happens Live, a caller asked Howard if he would ever appear in a future Marvel film now he is civil with Robert again.

Prompting him to reply: 'You know what's so funny? Even though I love Don Cheadle so much and I love what he's done, I still hear a lot of fans asking, "Am I going to come back and be War Machine? Am I going to come back and be War Machine? I think they could have a huge franchise off of it. But f*** 'em.'

The feud began after Howard accused Downey, 53, of abandoning him when he tried to negotiate a better fee to appear in Iron Man 2.

He previously explained: 'We did a three-picture deal, so that means that you did the deal ahead of time. It was going to be a certain amount for the first one, a certain amount for the second one, a certain amount for the third.

'They came to me with the second and said, 'Look, we will pay you one-eighth of what we contractually had for you, because we think the second one will be successful with or without you.' And I called my friend - that I helped get the first job - and he didn't call me back for three months.'
In other words, Howard didn't try "to negotiate a better fee," he tried to get paid what he was contractually obligated to be paid. Marvel tried to stiff him of 7/8ths of what he was supposed to be paid because they calculated, correctly, that his presence was not required for a successful sequel, so he walked away.

This behavior is completely consistent with what we have learned of Marvel's treatment of freelance illustrators and colorists; their behavior towards writers tends to be even worse. It's informative to learn that while Howard has forgiven Downey for not having had his back, he has neither forgiven nor forgotten Marvel's shoddy treatment of him.

As you may have noted, nearly all of Castalia's, Arkhaven's, and Dark Legion's various creators continue to work with us, and even those few who don't tend to remain on good terms with us and may well work with us in the future. And on a not-entirely-unrelated subject, Bounding Into Comics is less than entirely enthusiastic about the upcoming Disney Channel film, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors.
Looking at the Comichron numbers for the one-shot comics under the Marvel Rising brand, they are rather poor. In June, Marvel Rising Alpha would only ship 21,290 units. It didn’t even make the top 100 comics for the month. July would see Marvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel only ship 17,995 units. And then a different Marvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel would only ship 15,558 units in August.
If one takes into account the average sell-through percentage, Alt★Hero is already competing very effectively with the Marvel Rising brand without taking the crowdfunding aspect into account. And we're not even in the comic stores yet.

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The ACLU sells out

Never trust a principled liberal. They will always betray their loftily-expressed principles when push comes to shove. Every single time. The ACLU "has chosen to make an exception":
In the wake of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sworn testimony of sexual abuse at the hands of Brett Kavanaugh, the American Civil Liberties Union has announced its opposition to his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

As a matter of organizational policy, the ACLU does not support or oppose candidates for political or judicial office. In this instance, the national board held an extraordinary meeting, and has chosen to make an exception to that policy.

“The ACLU’s board of directors, deeply concerned by the allegations raised in recent weeks, has made a rare exception to its longstanding policy and voted to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” said Susan Herman, president of the ACLU.
This "rare exception" should tell Republicans how important it is to ram through the Kavanaugh approval, by any means necessary.

“As a nonpartisan organization, the ACLU does not oppose Judge Kavanaugh based on predictions about how he would vote as a Justice. We oppose him in light of the credible allegations of sexual assault against him,” concluded Herman. 

What was that law again? How did it go? Ah, yes. SJWs always lie.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Legend addresses ComicsGate

The Legend Chuck Dixon addresses the recent ComicsGate controversy in a considerably different manner than most of his fellow "professionals":
“It’s not about stopping anybody from doing anything. You are free to do whatever comics you want. We’ll leave you alone to do your comics, and you leave us alone to do our comics. It’s really as simple as that. And the comics aren’t about everyone else’s comics. They're just our comics.”

Dixon would hammer his point home:

“I guess because of the reaction to Comicsgate, we are put in the position of being anti-authoritarian, which is fine with me because I am anti-authoritarian anyway. I’ve never liked anyone telling me what to do creatively especially on creator owned projects. It’s my work. I’m going to do whatever I want. And I apologize to no one. These false associations they make with white supremacy, bigotry and homophobia. These are all just catch phrases they use to silence anybody who doesn’t agree with them. What’s silly is, it’s not about not agreeing with them. It’s about doing our own work. Is it a reaction to the market and what’s going on? Yes, it is. We aren’t out to censor or ban anyone, we are just offering an alternative.”
That's really the point. We'll do what we want to do. The SJWs at the converged comics publishers will continue to do what they want to do. And may the readers read and support whatever it is they prefer to read and support.

And in the event there happen to be sane and talented individuals working with those SJW-converged companies who are not being permitted to do whatever it is they want to do for whatever reason, well, that's exactly what Dark Legion is for.

Chuck Dixon's Avalon #2: Rulebreaker, is currently available from Arkhaven Comics in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited digital editions. It will be available in print next week.

I thought this comment at Bounding Into Comics was a positive indicator that some readers are beginning to simply judge Arkhaven's comics on their various merits rather than their genesis.
Dixon is a class act. His Arkhaven comics are great.... I could give less of a shit about Vox Day or his politics, but his comics are good, they come out regularly (unlike all this indiegogo shit being late) and they are 3 dollars mostly, a few longer ones are 8. Not to mention they are entertaining. Misconception people have is "Alt-Hero" means "Alt-Right" but that is only if you are an EVS drone, it refers to the word "Alternative" which some comic readers may actually have the vocabulary to understand it. I read its first 4 issues and its light on the politics unless you call Antifa a force for good.
I do find it interesting that literally no one has ever bothered to ask me what "Alt★Hero" stands for. Everyone has always just assumed that it must have something to do with the "Alt Right". But it doesn't, it didn't, and it never has. I have always intended the Alt★Heroes to be an alternative to the outdated heroes of Marvel and DC, not to the neocons and the American conservative movement.

And as our readers know, Arkhaven's Alt★Heroes espouse a very broad range of ideologies, from the bureaucratic globalism of Captain Europa to the hard nationalism of Michael Martel and the imperialistic communism of the Gods of Peaceful Sleep.

UPDATE: Meanwhile it looks like at least one SJW in comics may discover that interfering with the business relationships of one's competitors is unwise.
Diversity & Comics YouTuber Richard Meyer has launched a civil suit against comic book writer Mark Waid. Filed on the 19th of September with the United States District Court in Austin, it claims ‘tortious interference with contract and defamation’. Meyer is represented by lawyers Daniel H Byrne and Dale L Roberts, of the legal firm Fritz, Byrne, Head & Gilstrap of Austin, Texas. Mark Waid is being represented by Mark S. Zaid, who is the founding partner of his own firm.
Antarctic Press claims their decision to cancel their publishing contract with Meyer was not related to Mark Waid's efforts to convince them to do so, but then, confirming or refuting such claims is exactly what discovery is for. What I find interesting is that Marvel appears to have Waid's back here, given the high-powered, politically connected nature of his lawyer.

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Darkstream: Disney suicides Star Wars

From the transcript of the Darkstream:

So there was very, very disappointing news for Star Wars fans today just a few hours ago. Variety and some other entertainment news sources reported that the woman who is primarily responsible for the destruction of the Star Wars franchise, the ongoing destruction of the Star Wars franchise, has actually been signed to a three-year contract with Disney and apparently is still going to be in charge of the Star Wars movies. Now, I personally think this is fantastic news, I think this is wonderful news, because it means that there is a tremendous opportunity out there for those of us who are creating alternatives. If you look at what has been done with Galaxy's Edge, if you look at what we are in the process of doing with Faraway Wars, if you look at a lot of the other stuff that people are doing in a similar vein, this is an excellent opportunity for the Star Wars fans to find better and more worthy alternatives because it is now very, very clear that Disney is not going to fix what George Lucas broke.

In fact Disney is going to continue to make it worse. Disney is going to make Star Wars even more converged than it is. You might not think it's possible, but believe me it is. There's a good question, "Vox, why do they ruin everything?" They ruin everything because they don't understand anything. You have to understand that culture and technology and art, all of these things, are black boxes to SJWs. They do not understand what they are,  they don't understand how they work, they don't understand the nature of their appeal to other people. SJWs are essentially cargo cultists.

On a related note, John C. Wright provides some characteristically insightful observations in his ongoing critique of the latest generation of Star Wars movies:
The reason why I argue that this is objectively bad, mechanically bad, and not just a plot twist that happens not to please me is this:

There are three components to any criticism of art. One is to look at the mechanics of the art form, regardless of content. That is an objective matter. The poem either has fourteen rhyming lines or does not; if it is a thirteen line poem, or blank verse, good bad or indifferent, it is not a sonnet. The next component is a judgement call: did the artist achieve the effect he was attempting? Was the audience moved as he was trying to move them? The final is subjective reaction: did I like it? And why did I?

It is often said in the modern day that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, which, in effect, says there is only one component to criticism: the subjective one. Nonsense. A fair-minded critic could, for example, be no fan of horror movies, or even dislike the whole genre, and still be able to tell John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN is well-made horror movie and Ed Wood’s PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE is not. More to the point, he could tell that MY FAIR LADY is not a horror movie at all.

In this case, in story telling of any kind, in film or print, any plot point needs set up and follow through if it is to be emotionally satisfying.

Example: The set up for a character like Rick Blaine in CASABLANCA, or Han Solo in STAR WARS, who at first wants no part of the fight is to have him show his reluctance. Hence the scene in CASABLANCA where Rick looks on indifferently as Ugarte is arrested and executed; hence the line in STAR WARS where Han will not stir a foot to rescue the princess until he is reassured that she is rich. That is the set up. The follow through is the about-face: when Rick sends away the woman he loves, despite the personal cost to him, or when Han returns unexpectedly to swoop out of the sun and blast Vader’s pursuit-ship as it is closing in on Luke for the kill.

In this case, we saw the set up for Finn’s reluctance in this last film and in this one. He attempts to steal an escape pod, and is zoinked by a zoink-dwarf with a zoink-wand. The follow-through was the about-face and the noble sacrifice to save his friends. Except that the suicide run is said over the radio to be in vain: a pointless gesture. Either Finn would have destroyed the gun by ramming it, or not. If not, it is not a real about-face. It is just a wasted character trying to waste himself to escape this wasteland of a film. But if it would have worked, preventing the sacrifice (at the sacrifice of everyone else) prevents any follow-through on the character arc: he is still, through no fault of his own, back where Rick and Han started out.

Good, bad or indifferent is another matter. Whether you personally liked it or not is another matter. On an objective level, having an event that robs all the meaning out of the set up event, and then leads nowhere to nothing, is a mechanical error in story telling. Story telling consists of telling about meaningful events, not meaningless ones. Even if you want to tell a nihilistic story, whose point is that life is pointless, the story itself must be told in a pointed way, and the events in the story must be meaningful in order to carry the message to the audience, even if that message says that meaning is illusion.

Basically, the story telling is objectively bad when the character in a drama loses all dramatic potential. There is no more story here. What is our Token Stormtrooper now? He is a hero who fails to be heroic. No chance to try again was given, not in this film. If the self-centered cynic, like Han Solo or Rick Blaine, has a certain romantic glamor to him, a cool self-possession. But a flunked suicide? What has he got? He is neither selfish nor selfless. He has no personality at all. The character becomes nothing.

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So, about that FBI investigation

It appears "Doctor" Christine Ford may have perjured herself at the Senate hearings:
Testifying under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Christine Blasey Ford identified herself as a ‘psychologist,’ but records indict this is a false statement under California law. Someone at Stanford University also appears to have caught the blunder and edited Ford’s faculty page. Just one sentence into her sworn testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford may have told a lie.

After thanking members of the committee on Thursday, and while under oath, Ford opened her testimony saying, “My name is Christine Blasey Ford, I am a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine.”

The issue lies with the word “psychologist,” and Ford potentially misrepresenting herself and her credentials, an infraction that is taken very seriously in the psychology field as well as under California law.

Under California law, as with almost every other state, in order for a person to identify publicly as a psychologist they must be licensed by the California Board of Psychology, a process that includes 3,000 hours of post-doctoral professional experience and passing two rigorous exams. To call oneself a psychologist without being licensed by a state board is the equivalent of a law school graduate calling herself a lawyer without ever taking the bar exam.

According to records, Ford is not licensed in the state of California.
The more this drags on, the worse it is going to get for Democrats. The fact that Stanford is already trying to whitewash its allegedly criminal actions doesn't bode well for Ms Ford or her credibility.

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High school never ends

The media appears to be on the verge of discovering the socio-sexual hierarchy:
Is this the genesis of a new Sailer’s Law?

The most passionate tweets by male journalists tend to be demands that, Come the Revolution, the guys who beat out the journalists in getting the girls in high school will be destroyed in their adult lives.

The late Tom Wolfe suggested something similar in Back to Blood, in which an old editor, Topping, reflects upon young reporter John Smith. Only Wolfe thinks it all starts ten years younger:

If you ask me, newspaper reporters are created at age six when they first go to school. In the schoolyard boys immediately divide into two types. Immediately! There are those who have the will to be daring and dominate, and those who don’t have it. … But there are boys from the weaker side of the divide who grow up with the same dreams as the stronger … The boy standing before me, John Smith, is one of them. They, too, dream of power, money, fame, and beautiful lovers.
The sort of men who go into journalism tend to be gammas. Just look at the average high school boy working on the school paper or college man majoring in journalism. That's why so many of them get themselves into trouble once they climb the ranks, become a public face, start amassing real money and influence, and find themselves in the position of being a situational alpha. They simply don't have the self-control that the young alpha naturally develops over time and their ability to rationalize their actions is off the charts because gamma.

But in truth, it's more that elementary school never ends. That's the age where most people appear to be stamped into what more or less remains their final form. Even the late-bloomers who transform themselves over time tend to more or less retain that early form on the inside.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Disney doubles down

On Star Wars Destroyer Kathleen Kennedy.
The force is strong with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy — for another three years, to be precise.

The veteran producer and chief of the Disney content giant behind “Star Wars” has renewed her deal through 2021, an individual familiar with the negotiations told Variety, following a tumultuous year for the label under her control.

The studio had no immediate comment on the new deal.

The re-up comes as the division gets back on solid footing following “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the Alden Ehrenreich Han Solo spinoff that suffered disappointing box office returns and behind-the-scenes drama after the studio dismissed directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller well into production. They were replaced by Ron Howard, who was tasked with bringing home the pricey standalone (which cost at least $250 million).
Why? Because doubling down is what SJWs do. After all, they can't possibly admit they were wrong and those evil NaziHaterWhiteSupremacists who said the movies sucked were right, can they?

This is great news, as far as I am concerned. Opportunity beckons....

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Voxiversity Episode 008

The production team and I are pleased to announce Voxiversity Episode 008: WHY WESTERN CIVILIZATION NEEDS CHRISTIANITY, PART TWO.

The bestselling author of THE IRRATIONAL ATHEIST and ON THE EXISTENCE OF GODS explains why Christianity is an integral aspect of Western civilization, which cannot survive without it.
Thanks very much to all the Voxiversity and Darkstream backers who are making these videos possible. If you haven't seen WHY WESTERN CIVILIZATION NEEDS CHRISTIANITY, PART ONE, you can do so here.

UPDATE: If you'd like to support Voxiversity and the Darkstream, you can do so through one of the options below. Please note these are all MONTHLY subscriptions.


An informative contrast

Abuse children and the Roman Catholic Church will protect you for decades. But burn a gay pride logo and the full wrath of the so-called church bureaucracy will promptly descend upon you, as one priest recently learned.
Father Paul Kalchik is no longer the acting pastor of Resurrection Parish following the controversial decision to burn a rainbow flag last week. According to witnesses at the parish, Cardinal Cupich sent two priests, Fr. Dennis Lyle and Fr. Jeremy Thomas, from the Vicar for Priests Office to the church right before 6 p.m. mass on Saturday asking to meet with Fr. Kalchik in private. Fr. Kalchik refused and asked for witnesses to the exchange. What was reported to have happened after that is chilling.

According to sources at the parish as reported by Church Militant, "Lyle and Thomas made clear they were there on order of Cdl. Cupich, who insisted that Kalchik be sent to St. Luke Institute for his 'psychiatric issues.' Both vicars for priests had also only days before threatened that Kalchik could have his faculties removed if he failed to comply with Cupich's orders." Those threats led to the revoking of a transfer that would have allowed Fr. Kalchik to be close to his aging parents.

Two witnesses, Miriam and Wayne Smith, said that when Fr. Kalchik refused to go with them, the priests became threatening and at one point the cardinal's men referenced Fr. Kalchik dying. "Fr. Kalchik told those two enforcers that he had Mass to celebrate in the morning and that he was needed in the parish," the Smiths said. "The response from the two was to ask him, 'What would happen if you were dead?' They could have asked, 'What would happen if you were sick or injured?' but they asked him what would happen if he was dead." The Smiths continued, "Based on that it is clear that if any harm came to Fr. Kalchik it would be on the orders of Cdl. Cupich."

When Fr. Kalchik refused to comply, the Smiths said the cardinal's emissaries "continued to bully and verbally insult and attack Fr. Kalchik until it was clear that he was not going to do as they demanded because he had done nothing wrong. They left the rectory and everybody was very shaken up because they never expected that kind of behavior from the representative of Cdl. Cupich."

A staff member who did not want to be named said: "His options were to leave on his own or be taken out forcibly by the police."
Dear Catholics who are still genuine Christians,

Please bring back the Inquisitions. We are truly sorry for propagating the Black Legend.


Protestant Christianity

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Darkstream: fisking the NPR hit piece

From the transcript of the Darkstream:

He calls himself the supreme Dark Lord and then he wonders why people make him out to be evil.

I don't wonder why people make me out to be evil. I know why they do, because I violate their narrative and I threaten their narrative. They only have two weapons: they call people evil and they call people stupid. They can't successfully call me stupid, so they call me evil. This is not rocket science. And then she says, "yeah it's hard to understand."

They feign ignorance in order to try to support this narrative so then they talk about... okay now, this is just ridiculous.

Okay so when did the Alt-Hero comic book get started?

Well, Vox launched a crowdfunding campaign after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

Okay, that's true and it has nothing to do with it! I also launched a crowdfunding campaign after the NFL 2016 season. What they're trying to do is they're trying to draw a nonexistent connection between the Unite the Right rally and our crowdfunding.

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Game over

Townhall reports that Kavanaugh has the votes, both in the committee and on the floor:
With the Senate Judiciary Committee holding a vote at 9:30 A.M. tomorrow, a Senate insider has told Townhall that Kavanaugh has the votes to make it out of committee and the votes to be confirmed on the floor for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Sens. Flake (R-AZ), Collins (R-ME), Murkowski (R-AK), and Manchin (D-WV) are expected to vote in favor of Kavanaugh. All the Republicans are voting yes. Also, in the rumor mill, several Democrats may break ranks and back Kavanaugh. That’s the ball game, folks. 
Notice the difference in result between Torvalds cucking and Kavanaugh holding his ground. Never, ever, give any ground to SJW pressure. Never apologize, never retreat, never hesitate to go on the counterattack.

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Trust not in personality

Because in the end, a cuck is always going to cuck, because nothing, literally nothing, is more important to him than not being identified as one of the SJW-denominated "bad guys":
In an exclusive email to the BBC, Mr Torvalds shared his thoughts on his decision to temporarily step aside, the controversy behind the CoC, and the defects of the community he set up.

"So I've obviously long been on record as wanting to deal with the technical side, and not really wanting to get involved in most other discussions.

"Because technology is what I have always found interesting. People? Not my forte. Never has been, clearly. If you watched that TED talk, you'll know I wasn't a people person even as a child.

"And if you have read any of the recent stories, you will now know at least one other reason why I've wanted to stay away from that whole discussion. Because it's not just my lack of people skills. It's the discussions themselves.

"The advantage of concentrating on technology is that you can have some mostly objective measures, and some basis for agreement, and you can have a very nice and healthy community around it all. I really am motivated by the technology, but the community around Linux has been a big positive too.

"But there are very tangible and immediate common goals in any technical project like Linux, and while there is occasionally disagreement about how to solve some particular issue, there is a very real cohesive force in that common goal of improving the project.

"And even when there are disagreements, people in the end often have fairly clear and objective measures of what is better. Code that is faster, simpler, or handles more cases naturally is just objectively 'better', without people really having to argue too much about it.

"In contrast, the arguments about behaviour never seem to end up having a common goal. Except, in some sense, the argument itself.

"Have you read the Twitter feeds and other things by the people who seem to care more about the non-technical side? I think your 'hyped stories' is about as polite as you can put it. It's a morass of nastiness. Instead of a 'common goal', you end up with horrible fighting between different 'in-groups'.

"It's very polarising, and both sides love egging the other side on. It's not even a 'discussion', it's just people shouting at each other.

"That's actually the reason I for the longest time did not want to be involved with the whole CoC discussion in the first place. That whole subject seems to very easily just devolve and become unproductive. And I found a lot of the people who pushed for a CoC and criticised me for cursing to be hypocritical and pointless. I could easily point you to various tweet storms by people who criticise my 'white cis male' behaviour, while at the same time cursing more than I ever do.

"So that's my excuse for dismissing a lot of the politically correct concerns for years. I felt it wasn't worth it. Anybody who uses the words 'white cis male privilege' was simply not worth my time even talking to, I felt.

"And I'm still not apologising for my gender or the colour of my skin, or the fact that I happen to have the common sexual orientation.

"What changed? Maybe it was me, but I was also made very aware of some of the behaviour of the 'other' side in the discussion.

"Because I may have my reservations about excessive political correctness, but honestly, I absolutely do not want to be seen as being in the same camp as the low-life scum on the internet that think it's OK to be a white nationalist Nazi, and have some truly nasty misogynistic, homophobic or transphobic behaviour. And those people were complaining about too much political correctness too, and in the process just making my public stance look bad.

"And don't get me wrong, please - I'm not making excuses for some of my own rather strong language. But I do claim that it never ever was any of that kind of nastiness. I got upset with bad code, and people who made excuses for it, and used some pretty strong language in the process. Not good behaviour, but not the racist/etc claptrap some people spout.

"So in the end, my 'I really don't want to be too PC' stance simply became untenable. Partly because you definitely can find some emails from me that were simply completely unacceptable, and I need to fix that going forward. But to a large degree also because I don't want to be associated with a lot of the people who complain about excessive political correctness.

"Am I turning into some cuddly people person? I'll admit that sounds very unlikely. I still care about the technology, and I'm still not exactly the most empathetic person. But I'm hoping I can at least 'fake it until I make it'. Part of that 'faking it' is definitely going to be a filter on my outgoing emails, but as mentioned, I'm actively also trying to find a professional therapist to talk to as well.

"Will everybody be happy? No. People who don't like my blunt behaviour even when I'm not being actively nasty about it will just see that as 'look, nothing changed'. I'm trying to get rid of my outbursts, and be more polite about things, but technically wrong is still technically wrong, and I won't start accepting bad code just to make people feel better about themselves.

"But if people at least realise that I'm not part of the disgusting underbelly of the internet that thinks it's OK to show the kind of behaviour you will find if you really have been reading up on the 'discussions' about the code of conduct, then even that will be a really good thing.

"And again - the above is just my explanation of why I applied the CoC even if there is obviously discussion about it. We will have the maintainer summit in Edinburgh next month, and we'll talk about this issue a lot more.

"In the meantime, I'm taking a break from the kernel and probably shouldn't talk to journalists."
There are the three key phrases that explain his previously inexplicable actions:
  • I absolutely do not want to be seen as being in the same camp as the low-life scum on the internet that think it's OK to be a white nationalist Nazi, and have some truly nasty misogynistic, homophobic or transphobic behaviour. 
  • I don't want to be associated with a lot of the people who complain about excessive political correctness. 
  • I'm not part of the disgusting underbelly of the internet....
Never trust a nerd to stand his ground. No matter what principles he espouses, no matter how tough he talks, at the end of the day all he really wants is to be accepted by the popular people. "Asbestos underpants" should never be confused with actually possessing iron balls and integrity.

Torvalds has destroyed his tech legacy, and he did it for less than nothing. What a contemptible, cowardly action. I have little doubt he'll eventually come to regret this, but by then it will be too late.

It shouldn't be a surprise that Torvalds failed to protect his tech legacy. The man failed his daughter too.
You were active in the Feminism Club at your high school. What did you learn from that experience? What feminist issues are most important to you now?

My friend and I co-founded Feminism Club at our high school late in our sophomore year. We did receive lots of resistance to the club at first, and while that never entirely went away, by the time we graduated feminist ideals were absolutely a part of the school's culture. The feminist work we did at my high school was generally on a more immediate scale and focused on issues like the dress code.

Personally, I'm very focused on intersectional feminism, which is feminism as it applies to other aspects of oppression like racism and classism. The Facebook page Guerrilla Feminism is a great example of an intersectional feminism and has done so much to educate me. I currently run the Portland branch.

Feminism is also important to me in terms of diversity in tech, although as an upper-class white woman with strong connections in the tech world, the problems here affect me much less than they do other people. The same goes for my involvement in intersectional feminism. Publications like Model View Culture are very inspiring to me, and I admire Shanley Kane so much for what she does.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Wikipedia doxxes the US Senate

It's long past time to apply antitrust and racketeering and campaign finance laws to the social media giants. Perhaps this experience will inspire the Senate to action.
Several Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee had their home addresses and phone numbers released to the public on their Wikipedia pages during Thursday’s hearing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.The victims included Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin G. Hatch of Utah and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
The idea is gaining important adherents:
The Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said he would like to see Google, Facebook and other major social media behemoths broken up like the federal government did to Standard Oil more than a century ago. Landry said the internet giants are suppressing conservative agendas, stifling competition, and infringing on antitrust laws. 

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Boys suffer more dating violence

This news about girls being more inclined to domestic violence than boys isn't even remotely surprising. I can only speak for myself, but I've been struck by far more girls and women than by boys and men:
Who is more likely to be victimized by teen dating violence? If you’re quick to think it’s girls, new data shows you’re wrong. In a surprising twist, recently published research indicates boys are more likely to report being victims of dating violence committed by partners who hit, slap or push them.

Researchers with the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University conducted a longitudinal study of dating violence. While reports of physical abuse went down over time, they say there is a troubling gender-related trend.

Five percent of teens reported physical abuse from their dating partners in 2013, down from 6 percent in 2003. But in the last year, 5.8 percent of boys reported dating violence compared to 4.2 percent of girls.
Cue the "but she's smaller and less likely to hurt him" excuse. Sure, but size does not rationalize a resort to violence. It's not only wrong, it's stupid.

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Best President

The God-Emperor protects the children more than any president before him.

The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimated that including U.S. citizens and immigrants 57,700 people are victims of human trafficking, and the Justice Department estimates that roughly 15,000 children are trafficked into the country every year.

Despite the scale of the problem, and the sinister reality that it’s mainly children affected, the federal government has done little to crack down on the problem. After President Donald Trump took office and began enacting pro-law enforcement policies to “make America safe again,” arrests of human traffickers began to take off like a rocket.

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A new Kavanagh bombshell

This one is hard to believe, but the accuser is indubitably credible:
I've always thought, as most people do, that John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater on April 4, 1865.  But after spending six days talking with lawyers from the Democratic Party to help me refresh my memory, I've come to realize that it wasn't John Wilkes Booth at all, but rather Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

I had no memory of this happening as recently as last week, but today, it is as clear as day.  I remember Kavanaugh coming up from behind the president of the United States and aiming a pistol at him.  Only I'm not sure it was at Ford's Theater.  It might have been at Ford's Theater, but it might also have been on the Mall, or in the White House, or on Capitol Hill.  I'm a little hazy on the day, too.  It might have been April 4, 1865, but it also could have been a few days before or after, maybe even as early as 1864.

The problem is that I had a few minor memory gaps.  I don't remember what happened right before or right after the shooting.  I don't remember exactly who was there and who wasn't.  All I remember clearly is that Brett Kavanaugh did it.
Why hasn't the Secret Service arrested Brett Kavanagh for the murder of Abraham Lincoln already? We need a Special Counsel to investigate the Trump administration's actions concerning this potentially unlawful coverup!

UPDATE: If you want to comment on Ford's appearance in front of the Senate, this would be the place.

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Message received

VFM #67 asked: "Well Vox you created an indigogo to ask if we wanted Arkhaven to do Q and we have responded, loudly and with a bullhorn. I trust the message was received?"

$102,067 USD raised by 1436 backers
204% of $50,000 fixed goal

Message received. Loud and clear. The Legend Chuck Dixon is already on the script, Arklight Studios is already on the next two pages, and Helix Haze has already begun drawing the next 142 pages and covers to which he is committed.

I spoke with the team last night and the entire team wishes to thank all 1,436 backers for the strength of your support. That support not only makes these things possible in the first place, but sends a very clear message to the entire industry that Arkhaven Comics is here, that Arkhaven has a strong foundation of support, and that Arkhaven is going to be a growing force in the comics industry.

We will not let you down.

Now, a question. Unlike Freestartr, Indiegogo has something called InDemand that I believe allows people to buy products from the campaign even though the campaign is over. Should we turn it on? We've got a hard limit of 2500 on the collector's editions and 25 on the posters, which is the only reason I can imagine to leave it off, so that should not be an issue. Anyhow, if you're a backer, please share your thoughts.

UPDATE: the consensus opinion was to turn it on. I've removed the variant-cover paperback from the rewards so that will only go to the original backers. Another possible idea: original hardcover backers could receive the variant cover while post-campaign hardcover backers receive the regular cover.

An interesting note from an AH:Q backer who is new to Arkhaven.
I've followed Comicsgate extensively for the past 2 years. The best thing Ethan has done for me during all this is remind me that you exist. I was active during GamerGate and remember you from back then, but I was a semi-blue pilled normie back then. I've evolved quite a bit since then, for the better. Its funny that the day I unsubbed from Ethan, I sent him a super-chat calling him out and he called me a "Vox Day minion". Hilarious because I only became a subscriber of yours the day of the imprint fiasco. While the rest of CG sperged out in your chat, I actually listened to you and heard the wisdom in your words. Proud to have backed Alt Hero Q and recently bought several Arkhaven/Dark Legion titles from Amazon. I'm actually looking forward to your books more than the ComicsGate books (with the exception of Red Rooster, which I eagerly anticipate on par with Alt-Hero.) However I will reserve final judgement for both after I have read them. Keep fighting the good fight! 
As the Dread Ilk know, we neither want nor expect mindless support from our backers. We expect you to continue to push us to pursue excellence. We want you to keep us from getting lazy and complacent. After all, when we need mindless obedience and unrestrained mayhem, that's exactly what the VFM are for.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

AH:Q - the final stretch

There are only 10 8 6 hours left to back Alt★Hero: Q. Trust the Plan! We're less than 8k away from six digits! Meanwhile, the plot thickens, as Roland Dane serves himself breakfast at the hotel buffet after a very busy night.

5 hours left and the campaign just passed $97k! Six digits is in sight....

UPDATE: Just did an hour-long Darkstream about Kavanagh and the AH:Q campaign.

UPDATE: And we're done. $102,067 and 1436 backers. Thanks very much, everyone!

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Gang rapist and axe murderer

Can America really afford to have such a monster on the Supreme Court?
Attorney for Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, earlier this week, claimed to have a client with a third allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He made the announcement, and tweeted lurid accusations, without offering the identity of the client or any evidence.

Today, Avenatti tweeted a name and photo of that client, along with a sworn statement from the alleged victim laying out her serious allegations.

In the statement, Julie Swetnick, a current government employee, alleges Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge attended a party where she was drugged and gang raped by a series of boys. While she does not accuse Kavanaugh of assaulting her, she claims she witnessed him participate in the gang rapes.
I understand that she also accused him of murdering her with an axe after her gang rape, until Avenatti convince her that level of detail might cause even Democratic Senators to find her testimony less than entirely credible.

At this point, I'm wondering what the Democrats are even hoping to accomplish.

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On the Infowars

I'm supposed to appear as a guest with Mr. Jones at 1 PM Central. Feel free to comment here.


On wealth and "economic growth"

Apropos of nothing, really. Just writing down a momentary observation. Don't ask me what it means. I don't know yet.
  1. Wealth: (economic) all things that have a monetary or exchange value.
  2. Gross Domestic Product: a monetary measure of the market value of all final goods and services produced in a period.
  3. Ergo, GDP is at most a subset of a state's wealth.
US Total Credit Market Debt Outstanding / GDP, 1950-2017

1950: 461 / 320
1960: 764 / 543
1970: 1580 / 1051
1980: 4501 / 2790
1990: 13565 / 5873
2000: 29374 / 10003
2010: 53481 / 14721
2017: 68591 / 19832

US Debt/GDP ratio

1950: 1.441
1960: 1.406
1970: 1.504
1980: 1.613
1990: 2.309
2000: 2.933
2010: 3.633
2017: 3.459

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Better smile harder, ComicsGateNaziHaters

SyFyWire isn't quite sure what ComicsGate is, when it started, or why it started, but they know a) it is Very Bad, and b) Ethan van Sciver and Richard Meyer are ComicsGateNaziHater He-Men Women Harassers.
In the current climate of internet discourse, the latest story of online harassment is always just around the corner. That’s especially true in the comic book industry. If you’ve been following most comic creators during the end of August, then you’ve likely seen the latest developments in the ongoing saga of what's become known as “Comicsgate.”

Comicsgate, for those not in the know, is the name of a group of comics readers who believe their beloved medium has been corrupted by political correctness. It is their stated belief that Social Justice Warriors (SJWs, or people with vested interest in women, POC, and members of the LGBTQ community) have infiltrated the comics industry and are simultaneously profiting off of it and destroying it from the inside. In order to combat this invasion, they have taken to their keyboards to harass, dox, and threaten any creator they believe to be a part of the problem.

The actual timeline of Comicsgate — tracking down where and when it started, who exactly started it, and what the inciting incident may have been — is complicated, to say the least. It may have begun as many as three or four years ago, coinciding with the rise of its mutated brethren Gamergate and the Sad Puppy take over of the Hugos. It may instead have begun when Chelsea Cain completed her run on Marvel’s Mockingbird, or when Heather Antos, formerly an editor at Marvel, posted a photo of herself and other staffers enjoying an evening of milkshakes. We did our best to track the start of this so-called “movement” earlier this year, but wherever you believe it started, Comicsgate has now entered a new chapter. Much to the chagrin of those involved, many of their heroes are now denouncing them altogether.

In the final week of August, countless comics pros began posting a copied and pasted message to their social media accounts. The message was one of solidarity with marginalized creators who had been experiencing extended harassment, many for more than a year. The message read, “I believe comics are for everyone. There is no excuse for harassment. There is no place for homophobia, transphobia, racism or misogyny in comics criticism.”
Whatever. The Evil Legion of Evil is not ComicsGate, we're not on Twitter or Facebook, and all this back-and-forth online harassment is simply Not Our Problem. We have more important things to do. For one, publishing three of the top 50 bestselling superhero comics and graphic novels. That's not Kindle either, that's everything. It's fascinating to see that some of the print editions are actually outselling the Kindle editions on Amazon, particularly when we know how well they are doing on Arkhaven Direct.

For two, we're now entering the final stretch of the Alt-Hero: Q campaign. Trust the Plan. Join the Win. Get on Board. Crush the SJWs. If you're still on the fence about this one, today is the time to jump. There are just 17 hours left.

ComicsGate is making the same mistake as the Sad Puppies and trying to make nice with the SJWs who hate them. But cowering, cringing, and smiling hopefully in an attempt to convey your harmlessness is not going to stop an SJW media swarming any more than wagging its tail will permit a puppy to fend off an attack by a school of ravenous flying piranha.

UPDATE: A rare Brightstream addressing the closing hours of the campaign. Also, I'll be on with Alex Jones at 1 PM Central.

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The God-Emperor at the UN

Spacebunny sent me this useful and amusing summary of the God-Emperor's speech, composed by someone on Facebook.

I guess it's that time again. He always makes these speeches so long. Anyway, here's a summary of each paragraph of Trump's 2018 UN speech

1. Listen up, bitches
2. I pretty much already covered all this shit last year, but I guess it bears repeating
3. Check it out, I've been on a roll
4. My administration is better than all the other presidential administrations the US has ever had. I've made these last two years my bitch
5. Why's everybody laughing at me?
6. Not to brag or anything but I basically saved the entire economy. Even minorities have jobs now.
7. Taxation is theft and we're building The Wall
8. You thought our military was fucking hardcore before? Sheeet, wait until you see them now that we're actually paying them
9. Thanks to me, AMERICA, FUCK YEAH!
10. America First
11. Globalism is shit
12. Cultures are distinct, so act your culture
13. America likes to declare independence. We're gonna declare independence from the rest of you globalist sons of bitches
14. Do you, boo
15. Let us do us
16. So I just got back from a world tour and everybody who matters likes me
17. I even got the Norks to chill the fuck out
18. No shit, there I was: Staring Rocket Man in the face
19. It's alright though, I smoothed it out
20. Dude's getting rid of his nukes and giving us back our dead bodies we've been wanting back
21. Not too shabby, Li'l Kim. (Don't fuck this up)
22. Everybody who helped out with that is cool in my book. It was pretty much the greatest peace talk ever talked. Just sayin'
23. Shout out to Real Korea, Japan, and China

Read more »

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Darkstream: Linux converged

From the transcript of the Darkstream:

So as you're probably aware if you read the blog or if you pay attention to the technology, Linux has been converged in a way that nobody really saw coming. For years, Linux has been protected by the benevolent dictatorship of Linus Torvalds, unfortunately, he came under some heavy pressure. Nobody knows exactly what it's related to,  but it it looks like there was a New Yorker piece that was focused on him and was essentially calling into question his less-than-polite behavior while contrasting that with his one-and-a-half million dollar annual salary that was paid for largely by corporations that you can expect to take exception to that sort of thing. And so because of that, the SJW cancer that is known as Coraline managed to infest Linux with its code of conduct.

This is something that has been used to attack all kinds of open source projects in the past few years and it's a very serious threat because it is functionally destroying open source as we know it. You know what codes of conduct are used for, they're used to target people, target developers that otherwise are considered to be irreplaceable, and they're used to throw them out. Now a lot of you are familiar with my book SJWs Always Lie, a lot of you probably recognize this, it's been a bestseller, it's sold tens of thousands of copies, and it is very useful for understanding what a SJW attack looks like, what it's going to consist of etc etc, but this is primarily focused on individuals. A lot fewer people are familiar with the sequel, it's called SJWs Always Double Down and this is much more focused on organizations. I highly recommend that if you work for a company, or if you are involved in a large organization, or if you work in an open source project that you read this book because I specifically warned, and go into some detail about,  codes of conduct.

I go into what I call the Organizational Convergence Sequence and this is what this is exactly what we've seen. Stage One infiltration, Stage Two reinforcement, Stage Three seize the high ground and that's what we've seen, the Linux Foundation is largely under the control of SJWs. Stage Four push for inclusivity,  we've seen that. Stage Five target the dissidents, Linux is targeting the dissidents, they targeted Linus Torvalds and they have just targeted Ted Ts'o, I believe. It is Stage Six expel the infidels, that's what they're in the process of doing now.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The ape can read Nietszsche

And 2VS can read SJWs Always Lie. But observably, neither of them are capable of actually grasping what they've read.
ComicArtistPro Secrets@EthanVanSciver

ComicsGate...behave yourselves.

Stay happy and positive and avoid conflict with people who want to defame you.

This movement is in your hands, not theirs.

I know what they say can feel unjust, but they’re scared.

History will sort all of this out in your favor.

2VS is now just cringing and cowering and trying to show the media SJWs that he's a nice boy because he finally realized that the NPR piece was not only aimed at Chuck Dixon and me, but also at the "paid provocateur" who is the Kaiser of the ComicsGateNaziHaters. But it's not going to work. Especially since this was him just three weeks ago.
Everybody's cursing him out in the chat what a tool they're saying what a shit move, ComicsGate, it is, what a shit move, let Ethan have it, please don't be petty!  He won't show his face, he's behind a screen right now. Vox is a piece of shit can you go any lower from here? People are saying this might be the best stream we've ever done nice, a great time, there he is. I see you Vox! You did not start this gangster shit, Vox. He thought, he was, he's like in one year I'm gonna be more relevant than Ethan Van Sciver. How's that going? I mean dude not even close like if if we say so if ComicsGate says so that's it for Alt-Hero. That's it for Alt-Hero. 34 likes and 304 dislikes right now on the dark stream, 324 dark stream, yeah he's peeing blood right now look you can't, you don't we're not here to be taken, we're not here to be taken Vox, you can't co-opt us, you can't, you can't do it. I know you're trying, it's not working, give up, let it go. Oh, feel it slipping through your fingers that's ComicsGate, bitch!
This is why 2VS doesn't leave his streams up. He is afraid of being quoted because he so often contradicts himself and says things that he later wants to deny saying. The intriguing thing is that I'm far from the first person to notice that 2VS is two-faced. For example, a comics pro named Richard Pace observed eight months ago, "I found out the constant contempt he had for another pro at DC was troublingly two-faced."

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Lunchstream with Jon del Arroz

The founder of Castalia House publishing and Arkhaven comics, creator of Alt-Hero and of the extremely highly reviewed Arts of Dark and Light epic fantasy series stops by to talk about writing, editing and publishing. Starts at 4 PM EST.

Tune in here.

UPDATE: 4 PM EST, not 2 PM EST. Sorry about that.

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Russia responds

The strength of the Russian response to the shooting down of their reconnaissance plane has surprised even the Saker:
Today Defense Minster Shoigu announced measures which went far beyond what I had hoped for. Specifically, Shoigu has announced that Russia will
  • Supply S-300 air defense systems (with a 250km range) to the Syrians in the next two weeks.
  • Russia will deliver advanced automated air defense management systems which will *dramatically* increase the Syrian air defense capabilities and prevent future “friendly fire” incidents.
  • Russia will use her electronic warfare capabilities to suppress satellite navigation, onboard radar systems and communications of warplanes attacking targets on Syrian territory in the regions over the waters of the Mediterranean Sea bordering with Syria.
This is a very flexible and elegant solution for the following reasons:
  1. It establishes a de facto air exclusion zone over Syria, but not a de jure one. Thus, the Russians will have the flexibility to decide on a nation by nation and aircraft by aircraft basis which aircraft should be suppressed/engaged and which ones to only track and monitor. This will give Russia a very powerful negotiating position with all the actors of this war.
  2. It goes without saying that while these new capabilities will be deployed in Syria in response to the Israeli actions, they will also dramatically boost the Syrian capabilities against any potential aggressors including the USA and US client states. The S-300s will make it possible for the Syrian to detect and even track the Israeli aircraft right after their take-off and while still in Israeli air space.
  3. While the Russians have not indicated which automated air defense management system they plan to deliver to Syria, it is likely that this is one which is typically used to control the engagement of S-300 and Buk air defense systems, the Poliana D-4. The delivery of this system will dramatically increase the air defense capabilities of the Russian task force in Syria making it much harder for Neocon à la Bolton to target Russian forces.
So much for US/Israeli air supremacy in Syria. The interesting thing about this is that it was announced by Shoigu, not Putin, which may indicate that the Russian military is getting tired of Putin's temporizing in response to provocations.

Poking the bear is seldom wise.


The cost of cucking is defeat

James Kirkpatrick explains how a refusal to embrace identity politics leaves Republicans at a growing strategic disadvantage in Florida:
A recent poll finds black Democrat Andrew Gillum is building a comfortable lead over white Republican Ron DeSantis in the Florida governor’s race. [New poll shows Gillum leading DeSantis by 6 points, by Tim Swift, Local 10, September 19, 2018] As Conservatism Inc. never ceases to remind its dwindling constituency, Gillum is, like other Democrats this election cycle, essentially a socialist, and DeSantis is a “Reagan conservative”. [For a Florida Governor, It’s a Reagan Conservative vs. a Sanders Socialist, by Neal Freeman, National Review, September 5, 2018] But it’s not 1980 anymore and Gillum’s campaigning for what Governing’s Graham Vyse correctly calls “key Democratic Socialist priorities” isn’t scaring away voters. [How Democratic Socialists Performed in State and Local Primaries, September 20, 2018] The truth is that politics has changed, campaigns are now about identity and demographics, and DeSantis, like the Stupid Party generally, has no idea how to handle it.

Thus DeSantis is currently plagued with yet another case of what the System Main Stream Media terms a “racial controversy.” A supporter, Steven M. Alembik, tweeted “F— THE MUSLIM N—–” after a typically sanctimonious Barack Obama speech, leading the DeSantis campaign immediately to perform a full grovel. This was particularly stupid because Alembik is Jewish and an adroit defense of him, for example attributing his hostility to Islam to his obviously passionate concern for Israel, would have helped DeSantis with a powerful Florida constituency.

And as Politico’s Marc Caputo gloats, this is only the latest “racial controversy” of DeSantis’s campaign, with the first being when DeSantis used the phrase “monkey this up” about the likely effect of DeSantis’s economic policies. Caputo intoned:

The pattern of racial controversies, including the Alembik remarks, highlights a problem that is getting harder to overlook in this racially diverse swing state: Despite DeSantis’ denunciations of bigotry, this is the fifth-race related issue concerning the candidate, the campaign or one of its supporters to erupt since the start of the general election campaign.

The passage is revealing, though not in the way Caputo intends. The reality is this: Because the Democrats have nominated a black candidate, everything DeSantis says or does is going to be called “racist,” no matter how energetically he “denounces bigotry.”
To be honest, that incendiary quote from the Jewish "supporter" sounds very much like a false flag planted by an infiltrator to me. But given the way establishment Republicans are unable to understand the need to accept and utilize identity politics, they are obviously incapable of defending themselves against identity-based infiltration and sabotage.


The Darwinian fraud

The late Larry Auster was also an evolutionary skeptic. He wrote this back in 2010.

The Darwinian theory of evolution is a fraud—and it’s not Lawrence Auster who says that, it’s the Darwinian scientists who say it

Many times I have pointed out that the critics of the Darwinian theory of evolution do not need to prove that the theory fails to explain the origin of species by random mutation and natural selection, because the theory’s advocates frequently admit the same. Yet in a massive exercise of Orwellian doublethink, even while scientists repeatedly confess, if sotto voce, that the theory does not explain what it purports to explain (yes, it explains micro-changes within a life form, but not the evolution of new life forms), they and the whole world simultaneously keep declaring that the Darwinian theory has the status of proven fact, as true as the theory of gravity, and that anyone who doubts this is a faith-crazed moron barely worthy of the adjective “human.”

However, here’s an admission from the evolutionary establishment that really takes the cake. In their 2005 book, The Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin’s Dilemma (dilemma? dilemma? Darwin has a dilemma?), evolutionary scientists Marc Kirschner and John Gerhart come right out and declare that up to this point, evolutionary science has not shown how Darwinian evolution produces new organs, new species, new life forms. The fly leaf of the book says:
In the 150 years since Darwin, the field of evolutionary biology has left a glaring gap in understanding how animals developed their astounding variety and complexity. The answer has been that small genetic mutations accumulate over time to produce wondrous innovations such as eyes and wings. Drawing on cutting-edge research across the spectrum of modern biology, Marc Kirschner and John Gerhart demonstrate how this stock answer is woefully inadequate. [LA replies: Meaning, the Darwinian theory of evolution by random genetic mutations and natural selection is woefully inadequate.] Rather they offer an original solution to the long-standing puzzle of how small random genetic change can be converted into complex useful innovations.
So, an entirely original theory is needed to explain how random mutations can accumulate into functional new biological forms. Meaning that the explanations offered up to this point have been wrong. Meaning that everything we’ve been told about how evolutionary theory has the status of proven fact has been false.

Yet (remember, we’re living in an Orwellian world) Kirschner and Gerhart’s astounding admission has not entered into the general public consciousness. One reason it hasn’t can be seen in Paul R. Gross’s review of the book in the New York Sun in 2005. Gross spent the first half of the review pounding his chest about how perfect and complete and absolutely unquestionable the Darwinian theory is, until, in the second half of the review, he quietly admitted that some eentsy teentsy issues still remain to be demonstrated, like, you know, how new species evolved. Yet so assured was Gross’s propaganda in the first half of the article, that his dramatic admission in the second half made no impact. Only a careful reader would notice it. And most people do not read carefully.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

When hit pieces go awry

Can you say "Streisand Effect"? 2, 4, 7, 8... imagine what this will look like when we get issues #5, #6, and the first collection out! I suppose they will interpret this as more evidence of our nefarious astroturfing rather than their attempt to discredit us backfiring on them.

Trust the plan. Back the campaign.

UPDATE: After reading the transcript, I'm pretty sure 2VS didn't listen to the whole piece when he praised it as "a fabulous NPR show about The Alt Right in comics." He clearly doesn't realize that he's a bigger, fatter, more vulnerable target for the SJWs than I am, or that they're already coming after him and his fellow ComicsGate Nazis.
Al Letson: All that anger has been rolled up into a hash tag, ComicsGate.

Al Letson: This isn't just about comics, who gets to tell stories and who doesn't, it's also about money. One of the leaders behind ComicsGate has over 80,000 YouTube followers, and he's raised nearly $400,000 for a graphic novel. This is war profiteering in the culture war, and fighting these battles has elevated him from an angry fanboy to a paid provocateur.

UPDATE: AH#1-4 are now four of the top six in the category. Plus CDA#2 and GG#2 in the top ten.

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A failure to anticipate

Apparently the Russians aren't buying the excuses of the Israelis who went to Moscow to plead their innocence in the case of the IL-20 that was shot down over Syria last week.
One week after a Russian plane was accidentally shot down by Syrian missiles launched at Israeli fighter jets, Russia has announced it will supply the Syrian army with sophisticated S-300 surface-to-air missiles.

Israel has asked the Russians for many years to avoid supplying S-300 missiles to Syria because it could limit the Israeli Air Force's freedom of operation in Syria. The Russian announcement threatens to break the coordination mechanism between the two countries in Syria and unravel what was thought to be a close relationship between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
That's certainly a good way to shoot yourself in the foot when you were asking someone a favor.


Directly over the target

NPR has released their hitpiece on Arkhaven and Alt★Hero. It's rather remarkable to observe how many people they manage to implicitly insult, from the Arkhaven backers to the entire comics industry. I think my favorite part was, after insinuating that our funding was illegitimate, the poor, disappointed Chuck Dixon fan who is ever so disappointed to learn that his childhood hero is a negative influence on innocent comics readers asks Amanda "MAGA" Robb how Alt★Hero is doing upon release, and is surprised to be informed that it is a #1 bestseller on Amazon.

Their explanation? We are gaming the system by a) having fans buy it on Kindle and read it on Kindle Unlimited, and, b) targeting a "very small" microcategory on Amazon. That category? Comics and Graphic Novels: Superheroes.

We're clearly not dealing with rocket surgeons here.

Here is the punchline: after spending all this time trying to insinuate that I am a shadowy international figure with questionable sources of funding and astroturfed succcess, they spent the last quarter of the interview talking to Marvel Vice-President Sana Amanat, of all people.

Anyhow, if anyone feels up to assembling a transcript, send it to me and I'll do a Darkstream dissecting their shady pseudo-journalistic shenanigans. And if you weren't certain about backing the AH-Q campaign, this NPR hit piece should provide you with all the convincing you need, because it's evident that nothing discombobulates them more than Arkhaven's crowdfunding success.

UPDATE: Just like a school of fish... here come the fake reviews!

Pass on this one  
Justin Mingus September 24, 2018
Just alt-right racist nonsense.

Are you kidding me?
John Rasmussen September 23, 2018
I can't believe that Amazon would allow this to be available. This hate speech is utterly disgusting. I honestly don't know what else to say. This goes against everything that comics stand for.

It’s poorly written and illustrated propaganda.
Jason Yargeron September 23, 2018
Trash for trash.

another alt-right diatribe
Lucy Owsleyon September 23, 2018
All I saw was poorly written alt right brain washing hate art.

Propaganda aimed at children
Joseph Webb September 23, 2018
Seriously? Famous white supremacist writes a comic book? Alt-Hero of alt-truth, for the alt-right. Shameful.

UPDATE: Old Two-Face jumps in to try to play divide-and-conquer.
ComicArtistPro Secrets @EthanVanSciver
Just listened to a fabulous NPR show about The Alt Right in comics.

Poor Chuck Dixon. Cornered and asked why he's working for Vox Day by these people. He should have said,"Because he's paying me and I have bills to pay."

ComicsGate is coming, Chuck. Come work with us instead.
The amusing thing is that it won't be long before 2VS is whining about the way Amanda Robb treats him in her upcoming and no-doubt-equally fabulous Rolling Stone article about the Nazis of ComicsGate. And in case you weren't aware that 2VS's claims about me trying to coopt ComicsGate are absolutely false, note that he was following my lead from the start before he abruptly turned around, feigned ignorance, and started dancing for the SJWs.
On 1/23/2018 6:42 PM, ComicArtistPro Secrets wrote:
Vox, I’m VERY EXPENSIVE.  Me shifting to an independent venture just doesn’t seem likely, unless SJWs completely take over and dominate DC Comics this year and my entire mainstream career collapses   I will probably re-up with them or shock the world by going to Marvel.  I am watching you...I mean, Arkhaven might become a going concern that can support a book that I’ve drawn,  but it isn’t now.  You guys need to draw a fan base and maintain sales, learn how to reprint and repackage work in trade paper backs and hardcover editions, sell posters and prints, everything.  There has to be a ton of cash coming in from buyers, not just kickstarters. 

You can do it.  But it’ll be a lot of work.
That sounds just a little bit ironic these days, ne c'est pas? You can just about guarantee that 2VS is eventually going to stab ComicsGate in the back somehow, just like he has everyone else he's worked with, from colorists to commissioned art buyers.

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Darkstream: Amazon revives Gun Ghoul

From the transcript of the Darkstream:

The thing that you have to understand here is that this can happen to anyone. SJWs will abuse their positions if given the opportunity. Once you become a target, for whatever reason, however harmless you are, however harmless you believe yourself to be, however moderate you believe yourself to be, they will attempt to monkeywrench. It's guaranteed, and again, it's not just people like me, you know, actually, someone like me doesn't get attacked that much because the SJWs know perfectly well that I'm not going to give in to them. I will actually go to the trouble of doing the exact opposite simply because I'm not willing to let myself be manipulated by them, but if you look at what's happening with the Linux kernel....

Now, we all thought that the Linux kernel was unassailable because Linus Torvalds had established such a ruthless meritocracy, with no respect for feelings whatsoever. Now, suddenly, what we're seeing is that thanks to the cancer known as Coraline, SJWs have managed to successfully oust Linus and they've managed to establish a code of conduct that they've already weaponized. They're already using it to go after non-SJWs and try to eject them from positions of influence within the project, and so, you know, you have to understand that this is not a figment of my imagination!

I wrote about this back in 2015. Nothing has changed. I even specifically warned about this in SJWs Always Double Down, I specifically warned of the danger of codes of conduct and about this Coraline creature. Specifically! And now we're seeing Linux, of all things, being converged, and you see people like Roosh whose books have been under attack, and the thing is that virtue-signaling and trying to get back in their good graces like we're seeing some of the ComicsGate people do is not going to work. It's not going to work because it's not about you, it's about them! They need to be oppositional. You know, once they have you as a target, you are of use to them, and if you are a target who is willing to virtue signal, what you're doing is you're painting a target on your chest. You're not signaling virtue to them to them you're signaling weakness and they're going to keep pushing at it and they're going to keep coming after it.

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The pseudoscience of Darwin

Fred is tormenting the true believers with observable facts again:
Science is supposed to be objective study of nature, impelled by a willingness to follow the evidence impartially wherever it leads. For the most part it works this way. In the case of emotionally charged topics, it does not. For example, racial intelligence, cognitive differences between the sexes, and weaknesses in Darwinian evolution. Scientists who do perfectly good research in these fields, but arrive at forbidden conclusions, will be hounded out of their fields, fired from academic and research positions, blackballed from employment, and have their careers destroyed.

A prime example is Richard Sternberg, a Ph.D. in biology (Molecular Evolution) from Florida International University and a Ph.D. in Systems Science (Theoretical Biology) from Binghamton University. He is not a lightweight. From 2001-2007 he was staff scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information; 2001-2007 a Research Associate at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

Hell broke loose when he authorized in 2004 the publication, in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, an organ of the Smithsonian Institution, of a peer-reviewed article, The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher taxonomic Categories by Stephen Meyer. It dealt with the possibility of intelligent design as an explanation of aspects of Darwinism not explainable by the conventional theory. This is a serious no-no among the guardians of conventional Darwinism, the political correctness of science.

At the Smithsonian, he was demoted, denied access to specimens he needed in his work, transferred to work under a hostile supervisor, and lost his office space. In the ensuring storm of hatred, two separate federal investigations concluded that he had been made the target of malicious treatment.

Predictably, the establishment dismisses Meyer’s idea ass “pseudoscience”:

Wikipedia: The Sternberg peer review controversy concerns the conflict arising from the publication of an article supporting the pseudo-scientific concept of intelligent design in a scientific journal, and the subsequent questions of whether proper editorial procedures had been followed and whether it was properly peer reviewed.

Pseudoscience? Does not Darwinism itself qualify as pseudoscience? It is firmly based on no evidence. For most readers this assertion will seem as delusional as saying that the sun revolves around the earth. This is because we have been indoctrinated since birth in the Darwinian myth.
Like Fred, I am an evolutionary skeptic, not because of intelligent design or most of the issues that Fred raises, but because I have never observed any evolutionist able to demonstrate an adequate ability to address, let alone successfully answer, the direct questions about evolution posed to them. Instead, they always - always - attempt to turn the discussion to the Book of Genesis, the age of the Earth, Christianity, the public school system, or some other topic totally unrelated to the one at hand instead.

That is why I am still a skeptic concerning the secularism's epic myth, despite having read every book ever published by Richard Dawkins, despite having read Wilson, and Gould, and Shermer, and Hauser, and a number of other well-regarded evolutionary popularizers.  At this point, it might be more accurate to say I am an evolutionary skeptic because I have read those books and been astounded by the panoply of obvious logical flaws, evasions, and handwaving that I have encountered in them.

I was pleased to recently run across one of my favorite quotes, from the Pharyngula days of yore:

Keynesian economics, like evolutionary biology, has an outstanding record of success, and has become the foundation for a vast amount of productive work in its field. 

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

AH:Q - we've GOT this

Four days to go. 1,035 backers. Can we make it to the six-digit mark? Trust the plan!

In other Arkhaven news, I'm pleased to report that Amazon has graciously deigned to restore the four digital editions of Will Caligan's Gun Ghoul to its KDP marketplace.

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Dead on arrival

PM points out that the popular free trade argument that trade prevents war is based on an early 20th century Nobel prize-winner's idea that proved itself to be an epic falsehood within seven years of its first articulation:
Norman Angell is most widely remembered for his 1909 pamphlet, Europe's Optical Illusion, which was published the following year (and many years thereafter) as the book, The Great Illusion. (The anti-war film La Grande Illusion took its title from his pamphlet.) The thesis of the book was that the integration of the economies of European countries had grown to such a degree that war between them would be entirely futile, making militarism obsolete. This quotation from the "Synopsis" to the popular 1913 edition summarizes his basic argument.

He establishes this apparent paradox, in so far as the economic problem is concerned, by showing that wealth in the economically civilized world is founded upon credit and commercial contract (these being the outgrowth of an economic interdependence due to the increasing division of labour and greatly developed communication). If credit and commercial contract are tampered with in an attempt at confiscation, the credit-dependent wealth is undermined, and its collapse involves that of the conqueror; so that if conquest is not to be self-injurious it must respect the enemy’s property, in which case it becomes economically futile. Thus the wealth of conquered territory remains in the hands of the population of such territory. When Germany annexed Alsace, no individual German secured a single mark’s worth of Alsatian property as the spoils of war. Conquest in the modern world is a process of multiplying by x, and then obtaining the original figure by dividing by x. For a modern nation to add to its territory no more adds to the wealth of the people of such nation than it would add to the wealth of Londoners if the City of London were to annex the county of Hertford.
Whenever you dig into the logic of free trade or the arguments presented on its behalf, you inevitably discover that they are based on foundations that were conclusively proven to be rotten decades, or even centuries, ago. One of the most remarkable things about free traders I have observed is their relentlessly stubborn ignorance of the roots of their own economic philosophy.

Of course they don't know anything about Norman Angell's case for trade. One can hardly criticize them for that, as it was justly obscured by the course of historical events. But free trade advocates don't even understand the specifics, let alone the intrinsic flaws, of David Ricardo's comparative advantage argument.

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Killswitch the Linux Code of Conduct

Don't wait to be ejected from the Linux Kernel Community, contributors. Throw the killswitch, rescind your license grants NOW, and force the SJWs who are trying to converge your project to permanently withdraw the cancerous Code of Conduct.
Date Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:28:14 +0000
From unconditionedwitness@redchan ...
Subject Re: A Plea to Unfuck our Codes of Conduct

Regarding those who are ejected from the Linux Kernel Community after this CoC:

Contributors can, at any time, rescind the license grant regarding their property via written notice to those whom they are rescinding the grant from (regarding their property (code)) .

The GPL version 2 lacks a no-rescission clause (the GPL version 3 has such a clause: to attempt furnish defendants with an estoppel defense, the Linux Kernel is licensed under version 2, however, as are the past contributions).

When the defendants ignore the rescission and continue using the plaintiff's code, the plaintiff can sue under the copyright statute.

Banned contributors _should_ do this (note: plaintiff is to register their copyright prior to filing suit, the copyright does not have to be registered at the time of the violation however)

Additionally when said banned contributors joined the Linux team, they were under the impression that it was a meritocracy: in-fact this belief was stated or ratified by those within the governing body regarding Linux when the contributors began their work (whatever that body was at that time, it could have been simply Linus, or Linus and a few associates).

The remuneration for the work was implied to be, or perhaps stated, to be fame as-well as a potential increase in the contributors stature, in addition to membership in the Linux Kernel club or association, or whatever it is that the Linux Kernel Community actually is (which a court may determine... it is something, suffice to say).

Thusly for work, consideration was promised by (Linus? Others? There are years of mailing list archives with which to determine).

And now that consideration has been clawed-back and the contributors image has been tarnished.

Thus the worker did work, however the other side of the implied, or perhaps written (email memorandums), understanding has been violated (once the contributor has been banned under the new non-meritocratic "CoC").

Damages could be recovered under: breach of contract, quazi-contract, libel, false-light. (services rendered for the contractual claims, future lost income for the libel claims). In addition to copyright claims. (statutory damages, profits)

For greatest effect, all rescission should be done at once in a bloc. (With other banned contributors).

Contributors: You were promised something, you laboured for that promise, and now the promise has become a lie. You have remedies available to you now, as-well as in the close future .

Additionally, regarding those who promoted the Code of Conduct to be used against the linux kernel contributors, knowing full well the effect it would have and desiring those effects; recovery for the ejected contributors via a tortious interference claim may be possible.
Most of the legal babble is the usual ignorant nonsense, but the license rescinding threat is both real and significant. And in this case, because the Code of Conduct has already been imposed, all the non-SJW contributors would be advised to act now and force a complete retreat by those who are successfully attempting to converge the project. We know how this always turns out.

These losers did the same in the comic industry and the gaming industry and now they are trying it in the open source community.

Fortunately, some contributors are seriously considering withdrawing their code, although they need to simply go ahead and do it now. Dire threats and warnings never, ever work with these lunatics. They always - and usually correctly - assume that you're going to back down.

My company is already considering the full withdrawal of all contributed code to the kernel project and related embedded kernel projects. You literally can’t run embedded Linux on industrial controls or handheld scanners without this code.

Assuming the Code of Conduct can be removed, an anti-SJW inquisition would be the correct next step, followed by permanent exclusion and ideological policing. Because, as you have been openly warned, the Code of Conduct is an SJW weapon and it is only a prelude of ruthless enforcement and even worse things to come.
Coraline Ada Ehmke @CoralineAda
Sep 20
Adopting a code of conduct is STEP ONE and does nothing to address systemic issues. The hard work is in designing an enforcement process, answering some hard questions about accountability and safety, and following through.

Coraline Ada Ehmke@CoralineAda
Sep 20
Looking for community financial support. Having a CoC is a first step, but fair enforcement is what makes all the difference. I’m working on an open source SaaS app to make this easier.
Fortunately, some in the Linux community are clearly aware of the SJW threat to their open source projects, their technology, and their careers.
With the recent Social Justice capture of the Linux kernel, many in the open source world may find this guide from Vox Day to be useful. I present it here as a public service; you can find the original PDF here. If you are interested in how to resist the introduction of the Contributor Convenant and other Social Justice derived Codes of Conduct, you may wish to watch this presentation or see the slides for it.
Some readers will recall that I specifically warned about Cancer Coraline and xir Codes of Conduct in SJWs Always Double Down.

The two primary weapons utilized by corporate SJWs to marginalize opponents of convergence are the now-ubiquitous Code of Conduct and the Community Committee. While codes of conduct sound sensible enough in theory, in practice they are very vaguely worded documents that serve much the same purpose for the Community Committees responsible for enforcing them that petty traffic laws do for the police. Namely, they permit the Community Committee, which may be named the Steering Committee or even the Code of Conduct Committee, to charge anyone who is insufficiently enthusiastic about the organization’s new social justice priorities with Code of Conduct violations. Since both looking at another individual and not looking at another individual can be deemed violations of the vast majority of these codes of conduct, you can probably see how they can be weaponized in order to freeze, isolate, and eliminate opponents.

In practice, codes of conduct are also used to smoke out and identify opposition to the SJWs, as the initial skeptics who are the most able to understand the danger posed by a proposed code of conduct will usually tend to serve as the nexus of the resistance against it.

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