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Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Rorschach Test

A reader relates a time that he failed it. If you refuse to allow people to be held accountable to their own decisions and actions, they are never going to learn from their mistakes or change their behavior:

When I was in grad school, there was a female grad student who gave a presentation on “toxic, white masculinity” in the library. Well, it was extremely late at night, and I was leaving the library, when I saw her. This was in one of America’s most dangerous cities. It’s normal for us to walk female students and professors to their cars at this university. Especially for me, being 6’10”. Well, her car was a good bit away, and to get there, she would have had to cross two different groups of negroes, in darkness, aside from two, weak streetlights. She asked me to walk her to her car. I said, “you don’t need me too. I’m not seeing any toxic white males over there.” She looked confused, then shocked, then upset, because there were no other people nearby, and she knew instantly that I was angry at her treason. She would have to walk to her car alone, unless she was willing to wait an hour for the campus police to finish up arresting criminal negroes elsewhere. She asked “please,” a couple of times, and I agreed to walk her to her car, if she would listen to what I had to say, and I gave her an earful about how rotten and treasonous she was being, and how the real world is out there, waiting to chew us up. That she needed to bring white children into the world. I hope it had an impact. I doubt it. Not as much of one as letting her get assaulted and robbed would have had, but I lacked the strength and resolve to let that happen. I didn’t have the heart to standby while she got clocked and had her laptop stolen.

If you don't have the heart to permit people to experience the inevitable consequences of their choices, you are an enabler. You are, quite literally, part of the problem. You are helping destroy civilization.

Hence the importance of the Rorschach Test and accepting the teachable moment.

This city's afraid of me. I've seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood. When the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up around their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout: 'save us.'

And I'll whisper, no.

There is a place for mercy and forgiveness, but only in response to genuine repentance, not momentary uncertainty and fear. In the absence of repentance, never stand between Justice and her lawful prey.

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ASCENDANT on Arktoons

As promised yesterday, for the next six days leading up to Impact Day, we're going to announce two of the launch comics every day. We're very pleased to be able to announce that the first of the lead Thursday comics will be ASCENDANT: Star-Spangled Squadron from Autarch.

Ascendant is inspired by comics like Watchmen, The Boys, Squadron Supreme, The Authority, and Invincible. The world of Ascendant  doesn't begin to diverge from that of our real world until 2012, and the first superheroes did not go public until the Battle of Atlanta in 2018, creating a new and original superhero universe. It features heroes such as Aurora, Stiletto, Helen Killer, Warp, and the world's first ascended manitee, Levitee.

To back the Ascendant superhero RPG, go here. To subscribe to Arktoons, go here.

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Alone, you will fall

They're not going to let you pass unnoticed and unhindered anymore.

For the last 20 years, I've been hearing from people who read my work and secretly agree with me, but keep silent in public for fear of endangering their jobs, their social position, or their professional contracts. They've operated, successfully for the most part, in a stealth mode where they pretend to go along to get along, and in the past they were generally able to presever whatever it was they were trying to preserve. But it is increasingly obvious that the days of free silence are now over thanks to the fake election of 2020, BLM, the Covid Flu, and the various organizational witchhunts that have followed in their wake:

Former Virginia Tech soccer player Kiersten Hening has filed a federal lawsuit against Hokies coach Charles “Chugger” Adair, claiming the coach benched her and “subjected her to verbal abuse” and ultimately forced her off the women’s soccer team because she refused to kneel before soccer matches.

According to the lawsuit first reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Hening, a junior out of Midlothian, Va., was a “talented defender” who started her freshman and sophomore seasons and played the third-most minutes on the team in 2019. As she began her junior season in 2020, the suit alleges, Hening had the most minutes played on the roster and she was even selected to talk to the media before the season began.

The lawsuit alleges that on September 1, 2020, a student-athlete advisory committee discussed proposals for student-athletes to wear BLM COVID masks, BLM wristbands, armbands and BLM shirts during warmups. The soccer team discussed the proposal and “most” players supported the idea. Hening claims Adair supported the proposals and went even further with an idea to replace “Hokies” on the back of the team uniform with the names of alleged victims of police misconduct....

Hening states in her suit that at a September 12 game against Virginia, Adair made her the subject of a tirade because she wouldn’t take a knee with the rest of the starters before the match. The “campaign of abuse,” as Hening calls it in court documents, continued until she ultimately left the program on September 20.

There are several problems with this strategy, not least of all the psychological stress it imposes upon the individual who adopts it. First, it's not honest and living a lie is always difficult. Second, it requires one to remain alone and without allies in the event of trouble. Third, it prevents others from knowing that they are not alone. Fourth, it renders one useless and hors de combat.

And then, of course, there is the problem that it simply can't be relied upon to work anymore. 

You might say, with Theoden, that you will not risk open war. But I reply, with Aragorn, that open war is upon you whether you would risk it or not. Embrace the conflict. Join forces with your allies. Because neither neutrality nor invisibility is an option, and you will either stand with them or you will fall alone.

One of the reasons I will always have great respect for John C. Wright is that he did not hesitate to stand with Castalia House when we first raised the anti-SJW banner in science fiction. It is the first ally that is so very important, because it is that first ally who opens one's eyes to the realization that one is not alone, that there are others who will not bend the knee to the wickedness, and that there is someone who will guard your back.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Post-Christian USA

It shouldn't be a surprise that most US citizens lack a Biblical worldview. Relatively few of them, including many self-identified Christians and self-identified Jews, have any idea what the Bible actually says.

A new study by longtime evangelical Christian researcher George Barna finds that 94% of Americans do not hold a biblical worldview.

The study found that the most common worldview among Americans (88%) might best be termed syncretism, said Barna, describing it as a "disparate, irreconcilable collection of beliefs and behaviors that define people's lives."

Barna's American Worldview Inventory was conducted by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, which Barna directs.

The 2021 edition is the first of its kind to measure seven prominent worldviews: biblical theism, secular humanism, postmodernism, moralistic therapeutic deism, nihilism, Eastern Mysticism and Marxism, along with its offshoot, critical race theory.

But Barna found that no single worldview was embraced by a significant percentage of Americans.

"Syncretism is a cut-and-paste approach to making sense of life," he explained. "Rather than developing an internally consistent and philosophically coherent perspective, Americans embrace points of view or actions that feel comfortable or most convenient. Those beliefs and behaviors are often inconsistent, or even contradictory, but few Americans seemed troubled by that."

Syncretism is the only philosophy that is accessible to those whose minds are limited to rhetoric. This is why it's so completely useless to attempt to communicate with them using dialectic. One might as reasonably resort to Japanese or Pig Latin. 

And attempting to appeal to a syncretist's sense of right and wrong is pointless. They don't have any such sense.

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T Minus 7 and counting


Bounding Into Comics reports on the announcement of Arktoons, a new digital comics site that is free-to-read and will feature a copious amount of content from the moment that it launches in one week.

Vox Day and Arkhaven Comics announced a brand new initiative, Arktoons, that will be an alternative and competitor to the wildly popular Webtoons platform.

Arktoons is described as a “digital comics site featuring vertically-displayed comics panels in the Webtoons style that is particularly well-suited for reading on smartphones and tablets.”

A press release details that the platform will feature “the highest-resolution graphics currently available, with standard 1080 horizontal resolution that provides up to 1.9M pixels per comics panel, 82 percent more than the 1,024,000 pixels per panel provided by the industry-standard 800 resolution. 2160 resolution is also supported.”

When the platform launches a week from now on April 28th at Arkhaven.com, it will feature 32 original comics from Arkhaven Comics, Dark Legion Comics, Rislandia, and Superprumo.

Some of the titles include Alt-Hero, Midnight’s War, A Throne Of Bones, Chuck Dixon’s Avalon, Chicago Typewriter, Gun Ghoul, Flying Sparks, Deus Vault, The Awakener, and Hammer of Freedom.

The press release boasts that the site will “release more new comics content in the first month alone than was solicited by DC Comics in May.” In fact, each title will “run weekly episodes.” 

Read the whole article there. It features screenshots from the forthcoming site as well as vivid examples of what 1080-wide standard resolution looks like. This is a massive gamechanger, as will become apparent over the next six months as you'll see Marvel, DC, and the other established comics companies rapidly attempting to react to this seismic shift in the industry.

For those who don't want to wait for launch to start supporting Arktoons, the subscriptions are already set up, although we have not yet defined what the benefits for the higher levels of support will be. Their main purpose, of course, is to support the continuous creation of new content, as the fact that the design, development, and production have been a 100-percent community effort by two sets of volunteers. It would literally have been impossible to even start doing this otherwise.

I am extremely appreciative of the efforts of the development team and the production team, both of which are fortunate to have excellent leadership. Not only have they done an amazing job of creating an entire site and production system from scratch in a very short period of time, but their ambitions for the project actually managed to startle me. No one will believe what we're planning to do with the Arktoons system in the next 12 months; most would not even believe it to be possible.

Starting today, and for each of the next six days, I will announce two of the four comics that are scheduled to run episodes that day. As today is Wednesday, I am pleased to announce that the first two comics will be MIDNIGHT'S WAR from Arkhaven and THE HAMMER OF FREEDOM from Superprumo.


UPDATE: DC had an announcement today too. Superman: Son Of Kal-El. 22 pages. For $4.99. As a new ongoing monthly series. 22 pages of content amounts to around four Arktoons episodes. Since an Arktoons Basic Subscription is $5, and Arktoons will be providing at least four episodes per day from the start, Arktoons is already providing 30x the content for the same price.

Hence "Project Asteroid".

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The foundation of civilization

The Dark Herald explains why the cultural war places so much focus on what otherwise appears to be a fairly insignificant aspect of the entertainment industry at Arkhaven:

Comics are the foundation of civilization. No, seriously, they are.  Comics were how the whole business of moving out of caves, growing crops, and building cities got started. 

Without comics we would never have had a means of passing on our personal experiences to our descendants, or keep records, or count to a number that was higher than twenty. They are that important.

The Altamira cave paintings are nearly the oldest in the world at 35,000 years of age.  These images tell tales of mighty hunts, dangerous beasts, and swift-footed prey. When the paintings were first discovered in 1879, the quality of the art was so good that its discoverer was immediately accused of fraud.  Understandably so.

The Altamira drawings are clearly the end result of a long tradition of artwork.  Using only charcoal, iron ore, and ochre these artists of proto-Spain created images that used shading, contrast, and various intensities of color to create a rough three-dimensional effect.  

The cave paintings at Lascaux in France are even more impressive, having been painted over the course of several generations. And given the level of sophistication of the works, it couldn’t have been a first attempt.  This was an established school of art.

These frescoes gave us, their remote posterity the only images we will ever have extinct Steppe Bison in magnificent herds or the towering Megaloceros deer or the European Rhinoceros in all its power.

The artists even signed their work.

This was art acting as (among other things) a means of communication, and it still works.  We were meant to understand the tales these earliest of comics were meant to convey. And we do.

A few thousand years later, art became not just a means of not only of storytelling but also record keeping.... The first system of Egyptian writing was found at Abydos.  Now I am using the term “writing” very loosely here. The proto-hieroglyphs found on tags there, were more like heraldry than a real attempt at formal communication.  It was just a series of pictures declaring that (for example) these twenty urns of grains were sent in tribute by the people who live in “the place with still water, rushes and Ibis birds,” or these forty urns of Beer are from the people who live on “the mountain with falcon birds.”

Read the whole thing there. You'll understand the particular significance of his choice of topics soon enough.

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People have the power

They killed the Super League despite the best efforts of the banks and the biggest European soccer clubs:

Plans for a European Super League have officially been suspended after all six Premier League clubs announced their intention to withdraw from the controversial £4.6bn scheme. 

On Sunday night, 12 European clubs pledged their support for the controversial breakaway competition that threatened to drastically change the football landscape in England and across the continent.

Six clubs from England - Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal - had agreed to join the league, while three teams from Spain and Italy apiece - Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan - made up the remaining six places.

However, just 48 hours after the monumental announcement did the European Super League begin to unravel, with England's participating clubs each releasing statements announcing their intention to step away from the competition. 

Imagine what would be possible if conservatives took their politics, and Christians took their faith, as seriously as European soccer fans take their sport. 

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

A verdict is in

The jury has come back with a verdict in the Chauvin murder trial, but it hasn't been announced yet. I'd assume it will be "not guilty", as that's the best way to assure the riots that the Minneapolis government appears to be seeking. But we'll see....

UPDATE: I was wrong. The jurors found him guilty on all three counts, second-degree unintentional murder, second-degree manslaughter, and third-degree murder. So, there's no need to riot now, right?

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Thank you for your service

Sooner or later, the Black Rider always throws his servants from his high horse:

Established in 1953, the Humanist of the Year Award is conferred annually by the American Humanist Association (AHA), recognizing the awardee as an exemplar of humanist values. Communication of scientific concepts to the public is an important aspect of advancing the cause of humanism. Richard Dawkins was honored in 1996 by the AHA as Humanist of the Year for his significant contributions in this area.

Regrettably, Richard Dawkins has over the past several years accumulated a history of making statements that use the guise of scientific discourse to demean marginalized groups, an approach antithetical to humanist values. His latest statement implies that the identities of transgender individuals are fraudulent, while also simultaneously attacking Black identity as one that can be assumed when convenient. His subsequent attempts at clarification are inadequate and convey neither sensitivity nor sincerity.

Consequently, the AHA Board has concluded that Richard Dawkins is no longer deserving of being honored by the AHA, and has voted to withdraw, effective immediately, the 1996 Humanist of the Year award.

The wicked may prosper for a season, but often the rewards for which they sold their souls don't even last a lifetime.

How do you like that post-Christian culture you sought to bring about now, Mr. Dawkins?

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Portland envy

Back in the day, the city that used to call itself "The Minneapple" had New York City envy. The local media wouldn't cover any local figure who hadn't proved himself on the big stage of the national scene, which in practical terms usually meant a mention somewhere in The New York Times. These days, however, Minneapolis has Portland envy, as the City Council and the Mayor are clearly hell-bent on obtaining more international publicity by allowing the city to burn later this week:

The Minneapolis City Council, in an unbelievable move, given the powder keg on their doorstep, voted 11-1 to oppose the use of tear gas and other non-lethal munitions in response to civil disorder. It would be fair to wonder if someone dropped these 11 elected leaders on their heads as children. In the last 48 hours, we have had a sitting member of Congress, Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), inciting violence if former officer Derek Chauvin is convicted of murder, and two National Guardsman injured in a drive-by shooting. The Chauvin trial is in closing arguments, and the jury is expected to begin deliberating with the threat of mob justice over their heads.

Luckily, this vote is, to some extent, worthless virtue signaling. Mayor Jacob Frey controls the Minneapolis Police Department, which he completely demoralized and ruined during last summer’s riots. Hopefully, he will ignore the insane members of the city council. 

The mayor isn't going to ignore the insane City Council. To the contrary, he's going to literally fan the flames of their lunacy. Frey doesn't give a fragment of a damn about Minneapolis or Minnesotans, being yet another Jew parachuted into the state from the East Coast in order to win his political spurs prior to a career on the national stage, like Senators Boschwitz, Wellstone, and Coleman before him. 

The point is that preventing a riot that would lead the international news for days doesn't serve Frey's political ambitions. Remember how he milked the moment when he put on that little show of sobbing before St. Floyd's golden coffin? Sure, he's a terrible actor, but there is no chance he's going to miss the moment to put himself on center stage again with the backdrop of a city in flames.

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Confirmed: Barrett took the ticket

What does it profit a woman to gain the US Supreme Court, but lose her soul?

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett sold a book advance for $2 million, according a Monday report. Barrett’s advance is the largest for a Supreme Court justice since Clarence Thomas and Sandra Day O’Connor wrote books, according to Politico. The book will discuss how judges should not bring their personal feelings and opinions into the courtroom, publishing sources told the outlet.

Big book advances are one of the most reliable guides to personal corruption that exist today, short of being put on the corporate boards of foreign corporations. As a publisher, I can attest to the extreme unlikelihood that Barret's book will ever come close to earning out its advance, especially not without the bulk buys by her paymasters.

The complete dereliction of duty by the US Supreme Court following the November 2020 elections wasn't surprising, but it did confirm that the last embers of the Republic that survived the establishment of Empire in 1865 had been extinguished.

UPDATE: Bill Barr and Mike Pence were also gifted book deals. Quite the collection of talented writers, it would seem:

While some veterans of Donald Trump’s administration are having a tough time selling memoirs about their time in power, others with ties to Trump who didn’t embrace his election conspiracy theories have sold book deals.

William Barr, Trump’s former attorney general who resigned two days before Christmas after disagreeing publicly with Trump’s voter fraud conspiracy theories, recently sold a book about his time at the Justice Department, according to three people familiar with the deal. This will be Barr’s first book and he started writing it within the last two months, according to one of the people.

Some Trump figures have made millions selling their books, including former Vice President Mike Pence, who Simon and Schuster bought the rights for two books for reportedly $3 to 4 million. 

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Monday, April 19, 2021

We're number 8

Not bad, considering that unlike its traffic peers, this is just a blog that doesn't even purport to be any sort of magazine or corporate endeavor. I'm a little surprised there are more visits here than to The Unz Review, given the higher pageviews there, but Ron features deeper and more varied content, so I suppose that makes sense. Anyhow, Ron is right to observe that while the converged social media companies can take a bite out of our traffic, they can't stop the greater part of the signal.

PublicationTotal PagesTotal VisitsTotal HoursBounce%Tm/VPgs/V
The Daily Caller15,464,4007,890,000339,708612:351.96
National Review14,721,0007,010,000286,242632:272.10
Alternet7,743,9003,110,000219,428484:142.49
The Intercept7,107,9005,510,000107,139821:101.29
Reason Magazine5,553,3003,210,000100,758721:531.73
Foreign Policy5,080,9003,410,00068,200761:121.49
The Unz Review4,857,4001,490,000115,889484:403.26
Vox Day4,306,5001,650,00097,167573:322.61
LewRockwell3,870,3001,330,000112,681425:052.91
The Nation3,440,2002,060,00038,339691:071.67

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Poking the Bear

As Patreon has learned, poking the big bear is never a good idea.

QUESTION: At present, there are roughly 40,000 US-NATO troops massed along the Russian border conducting military exercises while scores of Russian tanks, artillery and an estimated 85,000 Russian troops are now located about 25 miles from Ukraine’s eastern border. Both armies are on hair-trigger alert and prepared for any sudden provocation. If the Ukrainian Army invades the Russian-speaking region of Ukraine (Donbas), Moscow will likely respond.

So, will there be a conflagration in the Ukraine this spring and, if so, how will Putin respond? Will he limit the scope of his campaign to the Donbas or push onward to Kiev?

ISRAEL SHAMIR: If the Russian army crosses the Ukrainian border, it won’t stop in the Donbas. The war will be brief and the Ukraine will be split into pieces. But will it happen?

Russia’s totem animal, the Bear, is a strong and peaceful animal that is not easily aroused, but once provoked, it is unstoppable. Russian rulers have typically fit this image. They weren’t adventurous, but level-headed and prudent. Putin, who is the quintessential Russian ruler, is risk-averse. He won’t start a war he never wanted to begin with, but he will act decisively if he needs to do so. Consider 2014, after the Ukrainian coup: the lawful Ukrainian president Mr Yanukovich ran to Russia and asked Putin to help him regain power. At that time, the Ukrainian army was weak and Russia could have easily retaken the country without facing any significant resistance. But, surprisingly, Putin did not give the order to take Kiev.

Putin is unpredictable. He ordered the seizure of Crimea despite the counsel of his advisors. It was an unexpected move, and it worked like a charm. He also pummeled Georgia in 2008 after Saakashvili invaded South Ossetia. This was another surprise move that succeeded better than anyone could have imagined. If the Ukrainians try to retake Donbas, the Russian army will beat them badly and continue on to Kiev. The presence of NATO’s troops will not deter Putin.

As for the Democrats, they can push Kiev to attack, but they will end up losing the Ukraine in the process. If the point is to poison relations between Russia and Europe, they can try to do so, but if they think the Russo-Ukrainian war is going to drag on, they’re mistaken. And if they think Putin won’t defend the Donbas, they’ve made a serious miscalculation.

I think Shamir's perspective on the neoclowns is correct. Being bigtime bluffers themselves - literally everything they do is a bluff - they can't imagine that everyone else isn't bluffing. So, they assume that Putin is going to either back down, or at most, defend the Donbas in the same way South Ossetia was defended.

However, Putin and the Russian people now have considerably more experience of the neoclown foreign policy and better understand what Clownworld is. This was the key phrase of the interview, in my opinion: Russians think that a big war is unavoidable, so it’s probably better to have the Ukraine under Moscow’s control before that war breaks out. The US is an enemy; that is the feeling in Russia.  

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The market meltdown is coming

And it's probably going to make 2008 look like a walk in the park, if these valuations are any guide:

Hedge fund manager David Einhorn warned of dangers for retail investors that he sees in the market, and one of his main examples was a tiny New Jersey deli with a market capitalization of more than $100 million.

The Paulsboro, New Jersey-based Your Hometown Deli is the sole location for Hometown International, which has an eye-popping market value despite totaling $35,748 in sales in the last two years combined, according to securities filings.

“Someone pointed us to Hometown International (HWIN), which owns a single deli in rural New Jersey ... HWIN reached a market cap of $113 million on February 8. The largest shareholder is also the CEO/CFO/Treasurer and a Director, who also happens to be the wrestling coach of the high school next door to the deli. The pastrami must be amazing,” Einhorn said in a letter to clients published Thursday.

Hometown, which appears to have begun trading in 2019, according to FactSet, has shares that trade over the counter and rarely has more than a few hundred shares change hands per day. Often, there are no trades logged in an entire trading day.

Still, the company’s market cap is just over $100 million, according to FactSet.

If $18k in annual sales is worth $100 million, then I'm a multibillionaire. On paper. In Clownworld. Sadly, what passes for Clownworld's money is observably less legitimate than Zimbabwe's. And there are already numerous TV ads for stock-investing apps, which should send shivers down the spine of anyone even vaguely familiar with socionomic theory.

UPDATE: It appears a credit crunch is already underway. If the banks aren't extending consumer credit, particularly to consumers with excellent credit scores, it's usually because they are having trouble selling or servicing their own debts.

Outraged customers have hit out at Barclaycard after thousands had their credit card limits slashed - some by as much as 99 per cent.  One longstanding customer, who has never missed a payment, said his credit limit was cut from £11,000 to £300, another saw theirs drop from £11,800 to £250, and in the biggest cut seen yet a 62-year-old said his limit dived from £25,000 to £300.

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The corpocracy stacks the deck

A lot of California companies are observably paying attention to Patreon's legal shenanigans and are attempting to avoid being caught in a similar trap of their own device. Unfortunately, instead of taking an honest and legally valid approach, many of the scions of the Silicon Valley corpocracy are attempting to stack the deck even further in their Terms of Use, as can be seen in the example of Square's newly announced terms that mandate arbitration, but only after attempting to force the claimant to divulge anything and everything that Square can use against him.

Pre-Filing Requirement to Attempt to Resolve Disputes. Before an arbitration is commenced, you or Square agree to attempt to avoid the costs of formal dispute resolution by giving each other a full and fair opportunity to address and resolve a Dispute informally. Both parties recognize that this is an important requirement, and that breach of this requirement would be a material breach of the Terms. To provide this opportunity, before commencing any arbitration or suit, each party agrees to send to the other party a written Notice (“Notice”). Any Notice to Square should be sent by mail to Square, Inc., Attn: Arbitration Provision, PO Box 427069, San Francisco, CA 94142. Any Notice sent to you will be sent to the address on file for your account. The Notice must: (i) include your name and account number; (ii) provide detailed information sufficient to evaluate the merits of the claiming party’s individualized claim and for the other party to determine if an amicable resolution is possible; and (iii) set forth the specific relief sought, including whatever amount of money is demanded and the means by which the demanding party calculated the claimed damages. Both parties agree that they will attempt to resolve a dispute through an informal negotiation within sixty (60) days from the date the Notice is sent. After that sixty (60) day period and not before, either party may commence arbitration. Each party agrees that state courts in the City and County of San Francisco, California, or federal court for the Northern District of California, referenced below, may enter injunctive relief to enforce the pre-filing requirements of this paragraph, including an injunction to stay an arbitration that has been commenced in violation of this paragraph.

The purpose of this is to attempt to build an "extortion" case out of nothing to provide an excuse for playing the victim and establishing a false narrative. The correct thing to do is to tell the company absolutely nothing and to make no settlement demands, because anything you say can and will be folded, spindled, mutilated, and then used against you in front of an arbitrator who is sympathetic to the corporation. Just file the arbitration and do the absolute minimum required by the contract. Notice in particular that Square actually gives themselves the right to go to court in order to stop you from going to mandated arbitration. I doubt this requirement holds up in court.

Scope of Arbitration. If we are not able to resolve the Dispute by informal negotiation or, as provided below, in a small claims court, all Disputes will be resolved finally and exclusively by binding individual arbitration with a single arbitrator (the “Arbitrator”) administered by the American Arbitration Association (https://www.adr.org) according to this Section and the Commercial Arbitration Rules for that forum, except you and Square will have the right to file early or summary dispositive motions and to request that the AAA’s Expedited Procedures apply regardless of the claim amount. Except as set forth above, the Arbitrator shall be responsible for determining all threshold arbitrability issues, including issues relating to whether the General Terms and/or Additional Terms (or any aspect thereof) are enforceable, unconscionable or illusory and any defense to arbitration, including waiver, delay, laches, or estoppel.

This is flat-out illegal and will not even hold up in arbitration, let alone court. Square is shamelessly attempting to force the consumer to agree to the Commercial rules, instead of the Consumer rules that provide the consumer with some level of protection in order to level the playing field. This is completely illegal, as it directly violates both black-letter and California case law, but the vast majority of consumers won't know that.

Fortunately, the attempts of the corporations to work their way around the consumer protection laws won't work at all. The California legislature is very much aware of their shenanigans, as it is already in the process of passing laws to tighten up the terminology and eliminate the ambiguities in the existing laws to which companies like Patreon and Square are appealing in order to attempt to avoid being held accountable to their own contracts.

It's clear that some Silicon Valley executives are beginning to correctly perceive the legal positions of their organizations vis-a-vis their customers as an existential threat. But it is absolutely idiotic for them to turn to the very same inept lawyers who created the existential threat in the first place in the hopes of somehow escaping it.

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Let them go

The love of money is the root of all evil. 70 years of success isn't enough to prevent Europe's biggest soccer teams from falling into the clutches of the bankers:

 A group made up of the biggest soccer clubs in Spain, England and Italy has agreed to join a breakaway league that has the potential to change the landscape of world soccer, according to The New York Times. 

So far, 12 teams have reportedly endorsed or signed up for the super league, including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid from Spain; Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham from England; and Juventus, A.C. Milan and Inter from Italy. 

The report suggested that each permanent member of the proposed breakaway league, which would begin in 2022, has been promised €350 million ($425 million) with JPMorgan Chase & Co. in discussions to help finance the league....

Under the proposals reviewed at the time, the super league, which would play its matches in the middle of the week, sought to secure 16 top soccer franchises as permanent members and to add four qualifiers from domestic competitions. The clubs would be split into two groups of 10, with the top four teams in each group qualifying for the knockout stages, culminating in a final that would take place on a weekend.

The event would, according to the documents, generate hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenue for the participating teams, which are already the richest clubs in the sport. (An alternative version of the plan proposed 15 permanent members and five qualification spots.) The group had entered into discussions with JPMorgan Chase & Co. to raise financing for the project, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The firm has so far declined to comment.

UEFA found a powerful ally in opposition to the plans in FIFA, soccer’s global governing body. FIFA warned that any player who took part in such an unsanctioned league would be banned from appearing in the World Cup. The statement came after UEFAs president, Aleksander Ceferin, demanded support from his FIFA counterpart, Gianni Infantino, amid mounting speculation that the breakaway would have FIFA’s backing.

European soccer leaders huddled on the telephone and in video conferences over the weekend to forge a counterattack. However, finding a solution to the potential loss of the biggest brands in soccer is not an easy task. The Premier League, for example, would lose much of its sheen — and almost certainly a lot of the commercial appeal that has turned it into the richest league in soccer — should it move to banish its top six teams.

My prediction is that severing the big teams from their domestic leagues is going to backfire, as the combination of foreign players and foreign competition, combined with the extreme convergence that will be imposed upon the new league, will cause them to be replaced by new domestic favorites.

I'm a longtime Arsenal and AC Milan supporter, but I can't even imagine having any interest in this super league. It's basically going to be like an All-Star game all season long. UEFA and FIFA are among the most corrupt organizations on the planet, but at least they have a genuine and substantial commitment to supporting the sport at all levels. This new league doesn't, won't, and can't, it's about nothing but TV money. Which is why kicking out every organization and player involved is the right response.

UEFA were strong in response, announcing that every club and player that takes part in the Super League will be banned from all competitions at both European and  international level - and extends to international level and competitions including the European Championship.... The new league represents the American takeover of elite European football, which will become a closed shop run by its founder members. It is bankrolled by US banking giant JP Morgan and is the brainchild of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and the American owners of three leading English clubs. 

In addition to being proof that too much money ruins everything, it will be an interesting test of nationalism vs financial capitalism. I won't be surprised if the top six English teams that leave for it eventually become less popular than the teams that stay in the Premier League. 

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Mailvox: no, I really don't

 A reminder: please do not EVER ask me for sources. I will not provide them and I will delete your comment requesting them. I am not interested in providing sources on demand, and I do not care in the slightest if you decide to ignore what I say because I will not provide sources to you on demand.

I've been doing this since 2003. And one thing I have observed over the years not one single person who didn't believe the facts I cited and demanded sources in order to confirm that I was relaying the information correctly has ever subsequently changed his position as a result of being provided with an accurate source that states precisely what I said it did. 

Furthermore, the instinctive demand for sources is a strong, though not reliable, indicator of gamma. Yes, there is occasionally the rare individual who actually intends to examine the source in order to do his own analysis, but such individuals are usually inclined to simply resort to a search engine rather than ask someone else for a hyperlink to a readily available URL or PDF file.

I don't provide sources for the same reason I don't provide explanations anymore: providing either is merely viewed as an invitation to argue over the source or the explanation. Since I'm not interested in doing that, I'm shutting down the whole process before it starts. This is a blog, not a science journal, what I write are opinions, hypotheses, and logical conclusions, not scientific papers, and I am under no obligation to undergo any peer review process here.

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The vaxx is more dangerous than guns

The reported number of US deaths from the Covid vaccine in Q1 2021 is 1,524. The average number of US gun-related murders reported per quarter is 3,679.

However, only 82.5 million people have been fully vaccinated for Covid, or 25.3 percent of the US population. Even if we ignore the fact that the vaccine deaths are almost certainly underreported, this means your chances of dying from being vaccinated for Covid are 63.7 percent greater than your chance of being shot dead, and 44 times greater than your chance of being shot dead by a police officer.

Perhaps that will help put things in perspective. If the government actually cared about lives, they would devote more effort to vaccine control than they do to gun control.

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Hell has a new demon

Some deaths should not be mourned. Some deaths should be celebrated, because they are just and fitting:
Spanish language media reported last Sunday that radical pro-abortion supporter Maria de Valle Gonzalez Lopez died during what she labeled her “dream” abortion operation. She was 23 years old and was the leader of the Radical Youth in the La Paz municipality in the province of Mendoza. Her death has sparked a fierce debate about abortion in Argentina and led for calls for women to know that the procedure can sometimes carry serious risks.

On April 11, the woman underwent a legal abortion procedure in a local hospital. The operation turned out to be fatal for her. This fact came as a shock to the public as this was the first recorded death following the approval of the country's controversial pro-abortion bill passed on December 30, 2020, which legalized abortion in some cases. Previously, abortion was illegal in the predominately Catholic country.

Dr. Luis Durand, an Argentinian surgeon, told ACI Prensa journalists that “while some believe that the death of the young woman could’ve occurred due to some misconduct, in reality abortion is not a medical practice. Just a few months ago, it was a crime under Argentinian law. In the case of abortion, the death of the child is always brutal. It is burned through injecting substances into the uterus, or it is removed through dismemberment, or it is subjected to extreme uterus spasms which asphyxiate it.”

Durand added that an infection or sepsis may appear in women who take the drug Misoprostol when doctors fail to complete extract the child and his or her remains linger in the woman's uterus.

“This is why it is false premise to believe that such a procedure is truly safe,” he said.

Don't ever forget that God hates the wicked with a passion and calls us to do the same. And this dead young woman was among the most wicked of her generation. The ramifications of her evil will resonate for at least a generation, and probably more. Her beautifully ironic death shouldn't lead for calls for women to know more about the negative effects of murdering their own children, it should lead for calls to restore the infanticide ban.

Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

- Psalm 97:10

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An adverse effect

Milo relates a recent adverse reaction to the not-vaxx yesterday:

My roommate just called me. He was at Kroger buying food. Said they had a place set up where people were offering the vaccine. My roommate watched a man get the jab and sit down, 3 minutes later the man says he can't breathe and falls over. They gave him CPR until the paramedics arrived but the man was already dead. He's fucking dead! Less than an hour ago, he was probably buying cookies for his children.

His wife was with him. She watched him die, as she screamed for someone to help.

The lesson: don't permit people to inject things in your body that are provided by lunatics who want to depopulate the Earth. Here is another eyewitness account of people collapsing within minutes of getting the Moderna mutative.

Tuesday morning between 8-10am I went to Spring Texas. I dropped someone off to get a shot and got stuck in the line. I couldn't leave because of where I was so ended up going through the process with him.

Right at the end they make you wait for 15 minutes before driving off. 5 minutes later, two cars down my left driver started shaking. We didn't know what happened but I heard them yell and you can hear it to in the video "he's having a seizure"

The  guy in the red car is like myself just confused at what's happening. Little did he know 2 minutes later boom he goes down even harder. Now my friend is panicking.

The damning thing is the way the administration system is set up with an enforced 15-minute post-injection waiting period and CPR-trained medics on hand. This proves those administering the mutatives know there is a not-insignificant chance of very serious adverse effects that don't involve developing superpowers.

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Red on Red

I think this has to be classified as a friendly fire incident:

Rioters in Portland, Oregon wreaked havoc on the city's downtown, smashing windows and setting an Apple store on fire. Though the city has seen nightly riots for nearly a year, the latest came after police shot a man dead.

Another night, another riot. Protesters assembled on Friday afternoon in Lents Park, where police had shot a man dead hours earlier. The man, who local media identified as “white” to ward off any potential “social unrest,” was carrying a replica firearm when he was killed.

“Social unrest” soon broke out anyway. Black-clad ‘Antifa’ protesters smashed the windows of banks, restaurants and a church, and spray-painted “no more history” on the shattered windows of the Oregon Historical Society. An Apple store was torched, and burned for ten minutes before firefighters could get the blaze under control. No injuries were reported by police.

It will be interesting to see what happens when Antifa shows up in Cupertino. Silicon Valley doesn't believe it's possible, but Frankenstein's name isn't known because he successfully kept his monster under control.

Africans have never hesitated to burn down their own neighborhoods, so there is no reason why white SJWs shouldn't follow the lead of their moral exemplars.

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Darkstream test tonight

If you are a UATV subscriber, check out SG sometime after 6 PM EST. I'll be posting a link at which you should be able to watch tonight's Darkstream on UATV proper. It's not possible to comment or do anything but watch the video there yet, but I'll be dualstreaming so you can watch it on DLive as well and comment there.

Perhaps it will work, perhaps it won't. That's the point of testing it.

In other UATV news, the MP3s now work on St. Efan's channel.

UPDATE: The test was a complete success. The video quality actually turned out to be higher than DLive, and the picture-in-picture even worked. There are still a number of features that need to be added before all the UATV creators will start streaming there, but I expect the Darkstream will be streaming live there going forward.

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Your papers, eh?

Ontario goes full Nazi:

Effective Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., police officers and other provincial offences officers will have the authority to require any individual to provide their home address and purpose for not being at their residence. In addition, police officers, special constables and First Nation Constables will have the authority to stop vehicles to inquire about an individual's reasons for leaving their home. This additional enforcement tool will only be in effect during the Stay-at-Home order and exclusively to enforce the Stay-at-Home order.

It's just a temporary measure. Short term, for the duration of the emergency. You know, like the income tax. Meanwhile, the Canadian government is actively encouraging people to leave their homes in India and China and move to Canada.

There is no doubt that certain US governors would like to pursue a similar approach, but the obvious success of less-restrictive states like Florida is preventing them from doing so.

UPDATE: It appears the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has gone missing. This is not a metaphor.

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Minneapolis schools close

The nice thing about Riot Days, as opposed to Snow Days, is that the school administrators can schedule them in advance. Like hurricanes, city riots are now relatively predictable:

Protests and riots have been happening in major cities across the country over the last week in response to the deaths of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo. Since the news broke of Wright’s death last Sunday, things have been progressively getting worse.

Now the city of Minneapolis is preparing for even more riots next week.

On Friday night, Jack Posobiec said on Twitter that Minneapolis is closing all schools this upcoming Wednesday through Friday. The reason? The anticipation of the Derek Chauvin verdict, the police officer at the forefront of the death of George Floyd.

It seems the school administrators, at least, expect the jury to return with a "not guilty" verdict. 

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Scrabble converges

There is literally no activity or organization that will not be converged, unless it actively and aggressively resists convergence:

Expert Scrabble players have blasted the game's owner as 'virtue signalling' and 'woke' after it banned 400 derogatory terms as playable moves. 

Racial slurs including the 'n-word', insults against the elderly and homophobic terms were removed from Scrabble's official online words list following worldwide anti-racism protests in the wake of the death of American George Floyd.

Scrabble's owner Mattel said it made the change to make it more relevant culturally following global unrest last year.

But Scrabble grandmaster David Webb said the move has been interpreted as 'virtue signalling'.

Offensive terms including the 'n-word' were removed from Scrabble's official online words list following worldwide anti-racism protests in the wake of the death of American George Floyd. 

The exact list of banned words has not been released.

Of course it hasn't. The objective is to be able to administer the rules on a subjective basis, thereby granting the converged authority more power and flexibility while allowing them to avoid ever being held accountable to an objective standard.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

The USA breaks another agreement

I don't know why anyone bothers even trying to make agreements with the US government. They've been breaking them regularly since the 18th century:

Since President Biden is breaking the US-Taliban peace deal by pushing back the May 1st withdrawal deadline to September 11th, the Taliban said it is ready to attack US troops again and turn the final months of Washington’s almost twenty-year-old war into a “nightmare.”

Mullah Salih Khan, a Taliban commander in the Helmand Province, told The Daily Beast on Wednesday that the group is prepared to strike “very much prepared to strike” US and Afghan government forces, warning that the Taliban will turn Afghanistan “into a nightmare” for them.

Mullah Mujahid Rahman, a Taliban subcommander from the Ghazni province, also said the group was ready to fight the US. He said the US has “proven they can’t be trusted after retreating from the May 1st deadline” and that the Taliban is willing to “fight till the end” of the US occupation. “We have the pride of defeating about 100,000 invaders from [different] countries in Afghanistan. A few thousand won’t be a problem at all,” he said.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid delivered a warning via Twitter on Wednesday. “If the agreement is breached and foreign forces fail to exit our country on the specified date, problems will certainly be compounded and those whom failed to comply with the agreement will be held liable,” he said.

The USA wasn't always the Evil Empire. But it obviously is now. Although it's more of a Retarded Evil Clown Empire Wearing a Dress Without Bothering to Shave Its Legs.

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Masks and distancing work

Or so we are told:
Influenza cases in the USA, 2016-2021

2016-2017: 29 million
2017-2018: 45 million
2018-2019: 36 million
2019-2020: 38 million
2020-2021: 0.0015 million

Masks and distancing work.

Actually, they don't. Covid cases in the USA, 2020-2021

2020-2021: 32 million

Ignore the corrupt scientists. There is absolutely no question anymore. Covid is the freaking flu. 

Not only that, but it is considerably less lethal than historical flu viruses, including the 1889–1890 Russian flue pandemic, 1918-1919 Spanish flu pandemic, the 1957–1958 Asian flu pandemic, and the 1968-1969 Hong Kong flu pandemic.

UPDATE: It's cute that some of you have been saying that Covid is the flu for some time now. The difference is that it was nothing but your groundless opinion at the time, and there was no reason for anyone to pay attention to that. This is logic combined with statistics being publicly reported by the same authorities who are advocating the injected mutatives, and is thus considerably more credible, to such an extent, in fact, that anyone who does not pay attention to this should not be taken seriously.

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A flu by any other name

Is still the flu. The Pfizer whistleblower was correct and Pfizer's CEO has already declared a possible need for annual covid vaccines.

Pfizer Inc's CEO says he believes people will 'likely' need a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

During a panel discussion hosted by CNBC in conjunction with CVS Health that aired on Thursday, Albert Bourla said a potential booster shot would be administered six to 12 months of being fully vaccinated.  

Bourla added that he thinks it is possible that people will need to be immunized against coronavirus annually.    

'There are vaccines that are like polio that one dose is enough...and there are vaccines like flu than you need every year,' he said.

'The Covid virus looks more like the influenza virus than the polio virus.'  

Let's examine the evidence in the philosophical mode of St. Thomas Aquinas:

  • It is said by scientists that 85 percent of the matter in the universe is undetectable.
  • It is said by scientists that the Arctic has been completely ice-free since 2013.
  • It is said by scientists that covid is not the flu.
I answer that: published and peer-reviewed scientody has proven to be less accurate than a coin toss and scientistry is entirely unreliable due to the manner in which it is funded. Further:

  • The number of people who have died OF covid is within the normal range of the number of people who die of the flu every year.
  • The flu has mysteriously vanished while the number of people who got covid was within the normal range of the number of people who get the flu every year.
  • The advocates of the various covid vaccines have already begun to sell the idea of annual covid vaccines to replace annual flu vaccines.
  • The neo-liberal world order is showing definite signs of collapse.
  • The covid narrative permits governments to significantly expand their powers in a way the flu narrative does not.
Therefore, I conclude: Covid is the flu repackaged and exaggerated for the globalist narrative to provide the Prometheans the ability to more easily manage the transition to the post-neoliberal world order.

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