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Monday, February 29, 2016

Thank you for coming

Mike Cernovich says that one ought to thank ten different people every day. So, I thought I'd get a few months out of the way all at once and thank each and every one of you for taking the time to visit here, read here, and comment here this month.

The reason is that I was rather pleased to observe that the blogs passed the two-million-monthly pageview mark today; Google reported 2,041,464 for February 2016. It's more than a little surprising to finally crack two million on a short month, but apparently this Leap Year was propitious. I always enjoy surpassing the traffic levels McRapey used to lie to the media about having. Truth is so much more satisfying than fiction and one big advantage of simply telling the truth and not exaggerating is never having to worry about being caught out or keeping your various stories straight.

Strangely, despite having more than four times his site traffic, neither the New York Times nor the science fiction media ever describes me as "popular", or calls this blog "influential". I wonder why that might be?

In unrelated news, this was a pleasant surprise. I was at the gym, reading Do We Need God To Be Good, by anthropologist C.R. Hallpike, between sets, when I came across this passage.

It is surely rather naive, then, to think that religion is uniquely prone to generate mass slaughter and violent persecution, rather than being just one among a number of such factors that also include politics, race, social class, language, and nationality. It was these, not religion, which produced the wars of the last century, the most violent in history, and the belief that if we removed religion we could remove the main cause of human conflict is clearly incorrect. Indeed, many wars in history have had nothing to do with group hatreds at all, but have simply been the result of kingly ambition and the desire for territory, power, and plunder. Religion has actually been calculated to have been the primary cause of only about 7 per cent of the wars in recorded history, half of which involved Islam (Day 2008:105).

The main thing is for the ideas to circulate, of course, but it's still nice to see that Dr. Hallpike got the citation correct. I'm about one-third of the way in and it's a pretty good book, complete with a ruthless beatdown of evolutionary psychology from an anthropological perspective that borders on the epic. One might almost characterize it as Post-New Atheist, as the author takes a firmly secular approach while recognizing that science and religion may not always be in harmony, but are also very far from enemies, let alone opposites.

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130 Comments:

Blogger Jack Aubrey February 29, 2016 3:03 PM  

Thanks for making it worth coming here.

Blogger Alexander February 29, 2016 3:06 PM  

What Jack said.

Blogger J Melcher February 29, 2016 3:07 PM  

"science and religion may not always be in harmony, but are also very far from enemies, let alone opposites"

It seems to me that Hoyt and Day began February in much the same sort of relationship as here ascribed to science and religion. No telling what April Fools' may bring, of course.

Blogger J Melcher February 29, 2016 3:07 PM  

"science and religion may not always be in harmony, but are also very far from enemies, let alone opposites"

It seems to me that Hoyt and Day began February in much the same sort of relationship as here ascribed to science and religion. No telling what April Fools' may bring, of course.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr February 29, 2016 3:09 PM  

If anything, I'd argue that religion moderates wars. Faith restricts what one believer can do to another.

As opposed to modern ideologies, which have no such constraints.

Anonymous Michael Maier February 29, 2016 3:11 PM  

I second Jack's notion.

I will always be grateful for having clicked on your crazy mohawk pic at WND.

Eternal and Bountiful Blessings upon the Day family and the Dread Ilk!

Blogger Scott February 29, 2016 3:13 PM  

No, Vox, you are wrong. Religion is the top dog as war catalysts go... if you count the left's religion, which is politics. ;)

Blogger Dave February 29, 2016 3:16 PM  

Congrats to you and an assist to your readers for surpassing 2M monthly page views. Kudos to the author and yourself for the citation.

Blogger Dave February 29, 2016 3:19 PM  

Now to address those annoying double posts...

Blogger Fatherless February 29, 2016 3:22 PM  

Id be curious in a critique of evolutionary psychology, since I tend to overrely on it.

Anonymous patrick kelly February 29, 2016 3:25 PM  

Congratulations and many millions more views for you !!

Blogger Old Ez February 29, 2016 3:27 PM  

I've been a very occasional reader for several years, but ever since SJWAL im a total addict. I stop by twice a day usually.

Anonymous tdm February 29, 2016 3:29 PM  

Thanks VD for the blog.

Anonymous drnick February 29, 2016 3:29 PM  

May I in turn thank you for a very interesting place to comment.

My theory is that the enemy of religion is ideology. Nationalism can exist quite nicely with religion, and does so in many nations, and deeply held Christianity is the best way to moderate the excesses of Western nationalism. It's no coincidence that Naziism and communism were so murderously opposed to religious flourishing in their midst. Christianity is philosophically opposed to ideological claims of domination- including the Islamic one, which came into force before the concept of ideology did!

The globalist project will have to crack down harshly on religion. Arguably they have started already, and doing so risks open revolt, but it's much worse for the elites than waiting for the explosion.

Blogger James Dixon February 29, 2016 3:35 PM  

Vox, you know most of us wouldn't be here if it weren't educational and entertaining. :) Thanks for the blog and thanks for the work you do for Castalia House.

Anonymous Fran February 29, 2016 3:36 PM  

Congratulations, VD!

Blogger Old Ez February 29, 2016 3:38 PM  

Re: "religion" vs/as "ideology", anyone interested in this question must read Vilfredo Pareto's sociology, either the abridged "Compendium of General Sociology" or the unabridged 4-volume set translated as "Mind and Society". I am convinced that this material has the same potential to revolutionize modern politics and metapolitical theory that HBD and evolutionary psychology do. When you better understand the dynamic relationship that obtains between a given individual's ideology and their perceived interest(s), a whole world of political understanding (and potential political technologies) opens up. Highly recommended for all the Dread Ilk:

http://www.amazon.com/Compendium-General-Sociology-Vilfredo-Pareto/dp/0816609233/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456778205&sr=8-1&keywords=Compendium+of+general+sociology

http://www.amazon.com/Mind-Society-Vilfredo-Pareto/dp/0404169902/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1456778228&sr=8-6&keywords=The+Mind+and+Society

Anonymous Discard February 29, 2016 3:39 PM  

You're welcome, VD.

Blogger Polynices February 29, 2016 3:40 PM  

Pretty much everyone throughout history has been religious. Pretty much everyone throughout history has been fighting wars. Jeez, religion must cause wars!

OK, maybe not. But that seems to be about how sophisticated the thought process is.

Anonymous Jim Scrummy February 29, 2016 3:45 PM  

You post interesting content and that's why I come here. Thank you!

Anonymous DissidentRight February 29, 2016 3:46 PM  

It would be hard to exaggerate how beneficial this blog (and Alpha Game) have been to me.

Anonymous Frank B Luke February 29, 2016 3:56 PM  

@19

Pretty much everyone throughout history has been religious. Pretty much everyone throughout history has been fighting wars. Jeez, religion must cause wars!

OK, maybe not. But that seems to be about how sophisticated the thought process is.


That's not far off of the processing. Then point out to them how the death toll rose once atheist regimes took over and you can watch the cogs break. Their best answer is that "those men were statists, which is a religion. They weren't acting in the name of atheism."

That means that either atheists have religion and they have now committed the "no true Scotsman" fallacy.

Blogger Jeff Wood February 29, 2016 3:58 PM  

Perhaps a little over a year ago, I followed a reference to something called Gamergate, thought "What fresh Hell is this?" and came here to find out.

Now, I have even less working time, but have learned a few things I didn't know before. I even discovered what it was which put me off science fiction perhaps 35 years ago (Tor Delenda Est, though I don't know if they existed then).

It does disturb me that a fellow countryman posts links which prompt cries of horror across the known Galaxy. My apologies to all for that, along with my best wishes.

Blogger Alexamenos February 29, 2016 4:02 PM  

long long time reader, you're very welcome.

OpenID sigbouncer February 29, 2016 4:03 PM  

"Strangely, despite having more than four times his site traffic, neither the New York Times nor the science fiction media ever describes me as "popular", or calls this blog "influential". I wonder why that might be?"

Because you're not just another sheep in the heard. They fear independent thinkers with your intelligence and always will.

On the bright side... At least they are not talking about your assassination.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJUhlRoBL8M


Anonymous TheSmokingMan#3424 February 29, 2016 4:03 PM  

The VFM require no thanks, but enjoy it slightly more than cracklins made from the skins of SJWs and Cuckservitives.

Blogger LP9 Rin Integra S.I.G. February 29, 2016 4:05 PM  

Ha! Vox still has so many thinkers beat with The Irrational Atheist!

Wonderful stats.

My thanks goes to our host and everyone else.

Carry on!

Blogger James February 29, 2016 4:06 PM  

Thank you for having such a great website so much worth visiting regularly.
You should realize that most people who claim to believe that religion causes war and violence are LYING!!!! They are deliberately hypocritical. They do not believe that religion causes more war and violence that it restrains. They don't care what the truth is. They just have a bean up their ass about religion, Christianity in particular, but any morality based way of thinking gets in the way of them being able to practice whatever sick and sordid perversion they feel like practicing. That is what I believe about them.

Anonymous Jeffrey Johnson February 29, 2016 4:14 PM  

Thank you for your site. I've learned more from your site than anywhere else. You and Roissy are national treasures and when we restore America we will build statues of your two.

Anonymous PhillipGeorge©2016 February 29, 2016 4:18 PM  

I follow the no null set hypothesis. If it involves any untestable axiom philosophically preferred it's religion. I've never met anyone who isn't religious. Carl Sagan's preference for materialism for example. It defined him.

Picking sides can't be avoided. I think it has been designed this way. Two different men making mutually exclusive claims about being the true "prophet" of G_d.? A. they could both be wrong. B. One might be right. C. they can't both be right.

Trying to harmonize perfectly mutually exclusive claims into one broad church is deadly insane and has to end in tears, ruin, something annihilated. Courts don't work with mutually exclusive claims. Civilization doesn't/ hasn't/ can't.



Anonymous Soga February 29, 2016 4:28 PM  

@29

The statue will be of Vox shedding a single tear.

Blogger crazyivan498 February 29, 2016 4:29 PM  

The "Irrational Atheist" continues to to be used as a source for others. Dare I say the book and Vox Day will have a place in history after we are all dead and buried. That is pretty dare cool for you VD

Blogger crazyivan498 February 29, 2016 4:31 PM  

Aristotle, Aquinas, Mises, Rothbard, Vox Day.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr February 29, 2016 4:31 PM  

And it is I who thank you, Vox. It's been good to correspond not only with you, but also with Mr. Wright. I'd almost given up on new SF.

Anonymous JI February 29, 2016 4:32 PM  

I'd thought the NYT and sci-fi media do not refer to you as "influential among racists and other extremists", or something similar. I guess they feel even negative recognition by them would be worse than no recognition by them.

Blogger Josh February 29, 2016 4:35 PM  

Thanks for 13 years of thought provoking content and for the dread ilk.

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx February 29, 2016 4:35 PM  

Vox,

You are as welcome as a summer breeze.

Anonymous BluePony February 29, 2016 4:38 PM  

I think I just about know 10 people. :-\ Well, people who are friends or I at least talk to regularly.

But thanks for this site and others out there on the alt-right. I was feeling pretty alone and without an ally in the world the past few years.

My family and friends do fine and we all live in nice areas, but they all think they are in untouchable bubbles. They're frustratingly apathetic which is one of the big dangers. The meat from these sites have helped me make more focused arguments, but the wall of apathy is well constructed.

I've got my older sister on the Trump train and her husband is wavering. Four of my friends are apolitical, but they've always trust my judgement on who to vote for. Yes, I count as five votes. :)

Blogger Old Ez February 29, 2016 4:40 PM  

"Aristotle, Aquinas, Mises, Rothbard" reads like a parody. Sorry.

Blogger CarpeOro February 29, 2016 4:47 PM  

Thanks for a place to find intelligent discourse and the news the MSM won't bother to mention truthfully for at least a couple years (at which point it has become the distant past for most of their consumers). VFM 105

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 29, 2016 4:56 PM  

Thanks yourself.

It's been a hoot, so far.

Blogger JDC February 29, 2016 4:57 PM  

Quote: Thanks for 13 years of thought provoking content and for the dread ilk.

Yep

Anonymous Takin' a Look February 29, 2016 5:06 PM  

Thank you VD and fellow commenters.

Blogger Sentient Spud February 29, 2016 5:11 PM  

Not at all. Thank you (and the Ilk) for the content and discussions.

Blogger Mint February 29, 2016 5:15 PM  

Thank you for a decade of quality reading and conversation. This blog has shaped my mind and understanding even in the area I felt so sure about.

Anonymous JRL February 29, 2016 5:17 PM  

Group hug!

Blogger Josh February 29, 2016 5:19 PM  

Re: post title

That's what she said.

Blogger Nick S February 29, 2016 5:20 PM  

Thanks for the memories, Vox...and the hope.

Anonymous Pope Cleophus I February 29, 2016 5:28 PM  

You are most welcome dear sir. I've been reading here and your now defunct WND column since 2001. I come here not because I entirely agree with you. Nor do I disagree with. I come here because what you write gives me pause to think.

Congratulations on beating Johnny Con once again.

Blogger Right Republican February 29, 2016 5:48 PM  

If your thanks makes me feel good, does that mean I'm a gamma?

Blogger frenchy February 29, 2016 5:51 PM  

Vox,

Thanks...and I finally got off my butt and now have several ASL Starter Kits, and other scenarios, in my possession.

Godspeed.

Blogger BunE22 February 29, 2016 6:04 PM  

I'm relatively new here, and wish I'd found this place sooner. Thanks Vox, and Ilk, for the continued education.

James wrote:They just have a bean up their ass about religion, Christianity in particular, but any morality based way of thinking gets in the way of them being able to practice whatever sick and sordid perversion they feel like practicing. That is what I believe about them.

My take is that since our rights come from God and not the men in government, the government needs to destroy God in order to take away all of our rights.

Blogger lowercaseb February 29, 2016 6:04 PM  

All of the right in San Francisco (both of us) give you our thanks right back. With your challenging and optimism, this year we will turn around this country and finally see an end to "Gamma World."

Anonymous redsash February 29, 2016 6:10 PM  

Thank YOU for your wisdom, your cruelty, and giving us peasants voice.

Anonymous Ray Kinsella February 29, 2016 6:12 PM  

VD: "The reason is that I was rather pleased to observe that the blogs passed the two-million-monthly pageview mark today"

If you build it, they will come.

Blogger SirHamster February 29, 2016 6:19 PM  

Thank you Vox for this blog. I have been educated and inspired by your posts and this community that you attracted and built up.

Blogger Iowahine February 29, 2016 6:21 PM  

You're welcome and thank you for showing up here with thought-provoking and informative commentary several times a day.

Blogger Phunctor February 29, 2016 6:34 PM  

@Fatherless
EvPsych is hard to distinguish from unfalsifiable Just So Stories. So, better as hypothesis generator than validator.

Anonymous Jeremy February 29, 2016 6:35 PM  

I came here after the Puppies brouhaha hit (I like to find things out for myself rather than trust the media, particularly when it's shrieking so insistently) and have seen no reason whatsoever to leave.

Thank you for being sharp, incisive, fearless (to the point of terrifying at times), thought-provoking and tremendously entertaining. Oh, and funny. Very very funny.

Onwards and upwards!

Anonymous Jay Will February 29, 2016 6:43 PM  

Thank you for writing the blog, and writing so much. Good luck.

Anonymous bbtp February 29, 2016 6:49 PM  

Thank you, VD!

Anonymous Cheddarman of Christendom February 29, 2016 7:05 PM  

Who loves ya baby? (Cheddarman channeling Telly Savalas)

Blogger Christopher February 29, 2016 7:07 PM  

Thank you and congratulations.

Blogger SciVo February 29, 2016 7:09 PM  

Thank you for creating a fight club for ideas. It's been fun.

Anonymous BGKB February 29, 2016 7:10 PM  

Thank you ,there really is no other place like this where even the comments give ideas worth saving like the Schadenfreude song, T-shirts that poke leftists in the eye or finding out Riker was offered his own ship.

Blogger Coyotewise February 29, 2016 7:11 PM  

I came here in 2007 via a link from a Derbeshire post in the NR Corner and I've been hooked ever since.
Because of posts here I walked away from the mortgage industry and two overleveraged houses.
My first Kindle purchase was RGD.
While reading insights on the publishing industry here I wrote a novel just to get it out of my system.
I have a much improved psyche thanks to being introduced to Game here.
Now I'm looking for a spot off of the sidelines in the war that was declared on us regardless of what we've done or said.
So, yeah, your welcome Vox. De Nada.

Anonymous Difster February 29, 2016 7:15 PM  

Thank you Vox! 13 years and counting and I've read nearly every thing you've posted on this blog. Some would say that it's a waste of time. I've been told that I should blog less, comment less and focus more on other things.

But one thing I know, that without this blog, I never would have met such a fine group of people and forged and forged friendships, the likes of which are rarely found in life.

And because of all of these pieces put together over time, I am, along with some of my fellow Dread Ilk, are building some things that will cause our enemies to shriek and hiss and spit and ultimately retreat back in to the sick, black swamp they slithered out of.

Blogger Noah B February 29, 2016 7:17 PM  

The feeling is mutual to Vox & the many Ilk who make this such a great place. Thank you all.

Blogger praetorian February 29, 2016 7:22 PM  

Thank you, Vox.

Blogger rumpole5 February 29, 2016 7:24 PM  

You are most welcome. I am delighted also that you are such a young pup (although that fact does contribute to the tiresome Boomers rants) because your youth makes it more likely that I will be able to enjoy your blog entries and the D-ilks' comments for the rest of my life!

Blogger Bard February 29, 2016 7:29 PM  

Your welcome. I come here for words like propitious.

Blogger Bard February 29, 2016 7:31 PM  

And the fact that you are tearing down walls while building alternative fortresses.

Blogger Bard February 29, 2016 7:31 PM  

Inspiring!

Blogger JACIII February 29, 2016 7:47 PM  

Prego!

Blogger Tiago Paolini February 29, 2016 7:55 PM  

You are welcome! And thank you for taking your time to write!

Anonymous VFM 8934281342 February 29, 2016 8:00 PM  

You are most welcome. And no, I am NOT a robot, dammit!

Blogger Ben Cohen February 29, 2016 8:14 PM  

This is the Donald Trump of blogs.

Anonymous Ezekiel Cassandros February 29, 2016 8:19 PM  

Complacency is a deadly sin.

Thank you for daring to speak the truth.

Anonymous Donald Trump February 29, 2016 8:27 PM  

This is yuuge!

Blogger BassmanCO February 29, 2016 8:33 PM  

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Blogger BassmanCO February 29, 2016 8:33 PM  

Thank you for your blogs, written word and the recommendations on the side bars. All very illuminating.

Anonymous I Am A Hat February 29, 2016 8:51 PM  

Thanks for writing a consistently engaging blog. I've been reading this site for 8-9 years.

Now, Vox, the next step is to become Donald Trump's VP.

Blogger Neal February 29, 2016 9:03 PM  

I don't know you and I don't read fiction but I keep checking in. How do I join your anti-SJW army?

Anonymous Toby Temple February 29, 2016 9:20 PM  

Thank you so much for this blog, Vox. And more thanks to you for writing The Irrational Atheist.

Blogger dfordoom February 29, 2016 9:23 PM  

@5. Napoleon 12pdr

As opposed to modern ideologies, which have no such constraints.

Agreed.

But that includes all modern ideologies, including "liberal democracy" as well.

Democracies tend to be very nasty when it comes to waging wars. The only nation to use nuclear weapons against civilian targets was a democracy. The terror-bombing of Germany and Japan - that's how democracies wage war. The British naval blockade of Germany in the First World War which caused untold suffering to the civilian population - democracy at war.

Anonymous 5343 February 29, 2016 9:48 PM  

Over eight years for me. I probably spend more time here than anywhere else on the web. Bravo, Vox.

Blogger Sir Thermite February 29, 2016 9:50 PM  

Congratulations Vox, and thank you! It's been an absolute pleasure.

OpenID denektenorsk February 29, 2016 10:02 PM  

All of the right in San Francisco (both of us) give you our thanks right back. With your challenging and optimism, this year we will turn around this country and finally see an end to "Gamma World."

What do you have against Gamma World? It was one of TSRs unappreciated gems! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma_World

Blogger newanubis February 29, 2016 10:06 PM  

I shall complete my Bo Derek (that's a reference to 10 for you young folks) as follows:

Thank you Vox and 9 others Herr on this forum for the sage advice and wisdom shared.

Anonymous BGKB February 29, 2016 10:22 PM  

OT: No safe space for Christian colleges, at the same site as the petition for no supreme court appointees until after the election
http://libertycounselaction.org/content/home/37741/this_major_lgbt_group_wants_christian_colleges_exposed_then_changed

Anonymous Hezekiah Garrett February 29, 2016 10:27 PM  

Thank God for VD!

Never thought I'd say that!

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau February 29, 2016 10:34 PM  

Thanks for having us.

Blogger Chiva February 29, 2016 10:43 PM  

Thank you for letting us share in your journey.

Anonymous Wind-up February 29, 2016 11:04 PM  

Thanks. Been reading for ~4-5 years.

Blogger Doom February 29, 2016 11:23 PM  

"...science and religion may not always be in harmony, but are also very far from enemies, let alone opposites."

I'll buy that. However, any backstepping on that and I'll clobber science. I consider science to be a child of religion, and it needs to know it's place and respect it's elders. Of the two, only one has a strong reason to be taught and studied. The other is just... a hobby that may or may not pay out in economic growth, though just as (or really more) likely it will be used directly for genocide on larger and larger scales.

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau February 29, 2016 11:28 PM  

Thanks for having us.

Anonymous Passinthough February 29, 2016 11:29 PM  

You are welcome. It is a pleasure to come here and listen to the ideas. I have learned many things.

Blogger weka February 29, 2016 11:30 PM  

Congratulations. Keep it up. You and the ilk are the reading and blog fuel of choice.

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx February 29, 2016 11:48 PM  

Doom wrote:"...science and religion may not always be in harmony, but are also very far from enemies, let alone opposites."

I consider science to be a child of religion, and it needs to know it's place and respect it's elders. Of the two, only one has a strong reason to be taught and studied. The other is just... a hobby that may or may not pay out in economic growth, though just as (or really more) likely it will be used directly for genocide on larger and larger scales.


There are over 7 billion hominids of various descriptions alive right now because Science applied. Religion didn't do that. But to appear agreeable, if there weren't all those hominids present die* to science, it would not even be possible to have genocide on larger scales due to science. Back to being disagreeable, I suppose Marx could call stone axe -> global internet a simple case of evil capitalistic economic growth. No big deal./sarc

*started its life cycle as a typo, left it in: Vulcanized Rubber!

Science and religion spring from the same source. Neither is child of the other.

Blogger Dawid van Coller March 01, 2016 12:05 AM  

Long time lurker. Thank you Vox for your wit and insight, and thanks to the Ilk for keeping him on the straight and narrow.

Blogger Bosefus March 01, 2016 12:11 AM  

I also found Vox on WND with his funny hairdoo...
He said he was pretty smart and proved it with The Irrational Athiest.
But beware....
Vox is the highway to the danger zone....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58QOBqAWNzE

Who among you will run with his hunt...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDQbQAc82YE&list=PL1k770Nj4HYAOlm-GV-YifEGkqmIEw384

He no longer has skin in this game.

Blogger weka March 01, 2016 12:12 AM  

Off topic: looks like the French are starting to burn the refugee jungles. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/12177718/Calais-jungle-Migrants-set-tents-on-fire-as-riot-police-attempt-to-evict-them.htm

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx March 01, 2016 12:49 AM  

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/12177718/Calais-jungle-Migrants-set-tents-on-fire-as-riot-police-attempt-to-evict-them.html

Helmeted workers in orange overalls pulled down makeshift structures where migrants had been sleeping in the muddy, rat-infested settlement of wooden shacks and tents that is home to several thousand people.
"That was my home," said one man, a 17-year-old Afghan...
He said his tent had been set ablaze when a police tear gas grenade fell on it.

Other migrants had set fire to their makeshift homes in protest at the eviction.


Sounds like the Hugo Awards ceremony.

Blogger kh123 March 01, 2016 1:27 AM  

The host thanks those that have shown up to the banquet he's (continually) prepared for us.

It's much appreciated from the guests, rest assured.

Blogger Shimshon March 01, 2016 1:27 AM  

This does seem like a kumbaya moment. Also been around since the beginning. Was a daily reader of WND at the time, but most of the columnists even then leaned mainstream. You (sob) had me at hello.

Blogger Shimshon March 01, 2016 1:27 AM  

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Blogger KRW March 01, 2016 1:31 AM  

In the beginning, it started with WND years and years ago. The VD column caught my attention more and more as WND in general began to degrade. Finally, VD was the only thing on read on WND....but....VD disappeared. I tracked him down to this place and a whole nuther' world opened before my eyes...kinda like those old Texas tourism adverts. Got hooked. Line, sinker, bobber, rod, and fisherman's arm and all. It was pretty much an immediate thing. However, it was not VD himself on his blog that brings me back each day. It is the Dread Ilk and VFMs that do so. That being said, IMHO they can not exist apart. A rare well working symbiotic relationship. I admire all of you and wish everyone, including the silly trolls ballzy enough to venture here, well being and satisfaction in life.

That being said from my heart, I have noticed a significant amount heavy seriousness over the last couple of years and have the "feels" to speak in favor of just a touch more alacrity once in a while. We needs some more chili of the humorous brand. I am a stick in the mud about such things but I have noticed that the Ilk has the needed talent. I "feels" better now that I spoken.

Carry on.

Anonymous kfg March 01, 2016 2:17 AM  

You're welcome, Vox. And thank you for laying out the table that I am merely a guest at. If the fare were not superior I would find another.

Anonymous DK NKM March 01, 2016 4:22 AM  

Thank you Vox. Your nationalism gratifies us.

OpenID bc64a9f8-765e-11e3-8683-000bcdcb2996 March 01, 2016 5:06 AM  

I'm confused...
In addressing war, and "religion", does C.R. Hallpike address
the wholesale slaughter/imprisonment/extortion of "liabilities" within one's OWN borders of power, as war?
Is the Polici "sport" of population reduction in the face of dwindling "natural resources" ultimately the same as invasion of
"thy neighbors wife" (and other chattel/real estate)?
CaptDMO

OpenID bc64a9f8-765e-11e3-8683-000bcdcb2996 March 01, 2016 5:07 AM  

Aaaagh: Is the Poli Sci sport...

Blogger Ahazuerus March 01, 2016 6:54 AM  

Thanks, Vox. Both for the sentiments and for the reading recommendation. Just purchased a Kindle copy of Hallpike for me, and a paperback for a friend.

But especially, thanks for the glimpses into a new and different world to the one we were raised to believe in. That is worth a lot.

Blogger SciVo March 01, 2016 6:57 AM  

KRW wrote:That being said from my heart, I have noticed a significant amount heavy seriousness over the last couple of years and have the "feels" to speak in favor of just a touch more alacrity once in a while. We needs some more chili of the humorous brand. I am a stick in the mud about such things but I have noticed that the Ilk has the needed talent. I "feels" better now that I spoken.

I was at a bar the other day, as I often am. Portland is infamous for its shanghai tunnels and whatnot, so you shouldn't be surprised that it was a pirate bar. It was quaintly nostalgic with all the peg legs, hook hands, wooden eyes and whatnot. Those crazy hipsters! You never know what body mods they'll do. And then this one guy walks in with a ship's wheel sticking out of his pants. The bartender pauses polishing the bar, nods at the unusual prosthetic and says, "What's that for?"

Arrrr, it's drivin' me nuts!

Anonymous DarthWheatley #2415 March 01, 2016 7:04 AM  

Saw this and had to share:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/02/us/simon-newman-resigns-as-president-of-mount-st-marys.html

It said that the administration was planning to cull struggling freshmen as part of an effort to improve retention numbers — a major factor in rankings published in publications like U.S. News & World Report — and that Mr. Newman had used startling language to convince a skeptical professor last fall of the idea.

“This is hard for you because you think of the students as cuddly bunnies, but you can’t,” Mr. Newman is quoted as saying. “You just have to drown the bunnies.”

He added, “Put a Glock to their heads.”


Discouraging people unfit for college to be culled?

[sarcasm]
Noooooooo!
[/sarcasm]

Blogger SciVo March 01, 2016 7:48 AM  

What a monster! Obviously, you should use a SIG Sauer instead.

Anonymous Miso Hawny March 01, 2016 8:02 AM  

Found you on wnd 10? years ago. Thank you for all the great info over the years.

Blogger Mom March 01, 2016 8:36 AM  

Thank you for providing a blog worth looking at more than pnce a day. And for making me think.

Anonymous Sensei March 01, 2016 8:37 AM  

As many others I started at WND as well, as a typical conservative kid. I didn't know about about this blog and was simultaneously intrigued and horrified after wandering over (so much badthink! My entire generation across the political spectrum had been trained to think that way). But the idea that there was a "wild west" of unsafe ideas was very attractive, and I was forced to admit some of the supposed wrongthink going on was the only intellectually consistent game in town. It's been a crazy ride, and with multiple books and Castalia house on top of everything else, it is we who must thank our host for countless hours invested in making war on a skim milk age with outstanding chili.

Anonymous IncoherentM March 01, 2016 9:28 AM  

Thank-you, VD, been reading since around 2003. I don't comment much, but hope to keep checking in for another decade+.

Anonymous LastRedoubt March 01, 2016 10:01 AM  

I have not always agreed, not always been entertained, but that's why you're here. I have however always been informed, and it's always been interesting.

Thank you.

Also - to echo what Bluepony said - thank you for a place where we could meet.

Anonymous Philipp March 01, 2016 10:46 AM  

You are welcome, Vox. Keep up your great work!

Anonymous szIlk March 01, 2016 10:47 AM  

Siete i benvenuti, signore

Blogger James March 01, 2016 1:24 PM  

Hey, I'm using the term "cuckservative" in my blog comments and it sure does seem to enrage the cuckservatives, more than anything else I seem to do that enrages them. They get especially livid when I explain that I consider the term to apply to those phony balony plastic banana faux conservatives who support criminal invasion by illegal aliens and also support "free" trade policies that anyone with a brain could figure out weakens the nations and destroys national identities and screws over the middle class of the entire planet, not just America.

Anonymous My Take March 01, 2016 7:05 PM  

It has been an interesting ride to say the least. An opinionated realist, who is not afraid to write the truth no matter what. As an aside; the wrath provoked in the left leaning community of SJW freaks, self hating cucks, blind followers of the secular orthodoxy and just plain idiots has been a true sight to behold. One of the few blogs that cater to the intellect, regardless of the toes trod upon. I for one appreciate the insight, humor and self-effacing comments from both you and the ilk. Thank you and well done! May the winds be at your back, as your razor wit and rapier talons slowly but surely encircle the throats of your enemies. Show them no mercy at all!

Blogger Aeoli Pera March 01, 2016 8:35 PM  

So, I thought I'd get a few months out of the way all at once and thank each and every one of you for taking the time to visit here, read here, and comment here this month.

The reason is that I was rather pleased to observe that the blogs passed the two-million-monthly pageview mark today


Sheesh. Hey Vox, I found your twin.

Blogger Aeoli Pera March 01, 2016 8:45 PM  

Religion has actually been calculated to have been the primary cause of only about 7 per cent of the wars in recorded history, half of which involved Islam (Day 2008:105).

Atheist dogma 1: Religion evolved to promote social cohesion.

Atheist dogma 2: Religion is the primary cause of human fractiousness.

1 + 2 = Explosion principle

Blogger V March 01, 2016 11:26 PM  

Glad to be a minor Ilk. The nice thing for me is associating with alphas, sigmas or aspiring alphas is the freedom to disagree on a topic and not have turn into some fucking witch-hunt for bad-think. So thanks for having a hang out such as this.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit March 02, 2016 4:59 AM  

Strangely, despite having more than four times his site traffic, neither the New York Times nor the science fiction media ever describes me as "popular", or calls this blog "influential". I wonder why that might be?

That's because they use the synonyms "controversial" and "problematic" for non-conformist speech.

Speaking of which, here's my sincere request that you return to the VD tactical version of "the perfect is the enemy of the good"

One of selling points of Mr. Yianopolis' cultural libertarianism is that we have a common foe in the Stalinistas. They're the ones screaming Heresy! Raaaacisss! Sexiss! Homo- Trans- wrongthink! at any public deviation from The One True Way. We aren't in the business of heretic-hunting.

We have a common foe. I've posted here my disagreements with various Ilk, VFM and (assuming I understand them correctly) Mr. Beales' philosophy. Nonetheless, I count you as allies.

Nonetheless, we are a few, a small band, clinging to reason, objective truth and individual rights. May we not keep our guns pointed at a common foe rather than focussing on rooting out heretics?


Blogger VD March 02, 2016 7:16 AM  

Nonetheless, we are a few, a small band, clinging to reason, objective truth and individual rights. May we not keep our guns pointed at a common foe rather than focussing on rooting out heretics?

Who here is focused on rooting out heretics?

Anonymous The CronoLink March 04, 2016 12:14 AM  

Thanks for your insightful posts and commentary. (And for Spacebunny)

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