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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Mailvox: converged medicine

SJWs in Canada are attempting to play the "Code of Conduct" game in the medical field:
I am a physician in a Canadian province, and unbeknownst to most of the lay public, there is currently some infighting amongst the physician community here, centred on a physician's organization. In short: some autocrats within the organization have taken it upon themselves to try and impose a "Code of Conduct" on all members. This "Code" includes provisions placing limits on what members may speak or write in public, subject to the whims of unelected, unaccountable busybodies.

There is no reason or need for this Code. No provincial physician's group in the country has a similar Code. But, being familiar with your work, the phrase "Code of Conduct" sets alarm bells crashing in my head, and I recognize it for what it can only be: an SJW-style attempt to impose absurd and capricious rules on successful people.

I belong to an organization which is fighting all of this. Periodically they send out mass emails, and in the most recent one, they say this about the proposed Code: Most of the words used within the policy have no legal definitions and are so vague that they could be arbitrarily and subjectively applied to ANY words or actions of members; serving to silence voices through fear and suppression of free speech.

All of this may only be semi-interesting to someone outside the province and outside the profession, but I felt it to be yet another example of the "Code of Conduct" strategy currently being deployed by SJWs across the English-speaking nations. And Jordan Peterson recently predicted this, in a video in December - he's been involved with a fight over similar issues with the Law Society of Ontario, and he predicted that it would be coming to all professions, soon.

Well, he was right; it's here. Luckily some of us have read your books.
Personally, I think adopting a Code of Conduct is brilliant. Just suggest the following:

  • No telling lies.
  • No committing adultery.
  • No stealing or engaging in financial fraud.
  • No performing acts of euthanasia.
  • No performing abortions
  • No blaspheming the names of God or Jesus Christ.


    Anyone guilty of violating the code will lose their medical license. Any questions? 

    Agreeing and amplifying may actually be a better defense against SJW-imposed codes of conduct than trying to argue that one is unnecessary. Once they realize it will be turned against them, they'll stop pushing for it.

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    Tango 2 is down


    We've added three new rewards and one new stretch goal at the Will Caligan campaign. If you've already backed, you can now add on an additional paperback, hardcover, or the works for Book #2.

    UPDATE: Megan Fox has posted a story about the campaign at PJ Media. Apparently the SJWs have launched a counter-campaign of sorts.

    And the following exchange should suffice to demonstrate why the campaign really matters. Ethan van Sciver interviews Marvel artist Jon Malin about increased convergence in the comics industry:
    JM: I've got editors going behind my back and changing stuff because they're bowing down to other freaking ideologues that are out there. And then my books are coming out changed? This is not good. This is not cool. We're castrating a book like Cable because some social justice warrior can't handle a boob on a cover? Is that person the audience for Cable? Are they the one whose going to be going out there and grabbing the muscle-bound white male patriarchy? No! But we're bowing down to them, we're letting them affect our sales, we're letting everything tumble away and nobody wants to say anything anymore. Everyone is afraid because people on the far left, they're lying silent, they're vipers in the grass. They don't have to fire me, they just don't have to hire me back again.

    I'm glad you're in. I'm glad that you got in at a time when you were able to build that career. But the next guy like me, it's just going to be even harder. Because these people are getting further and further into control of these companies.

    When they find out you're a Trump supporter, you're gone. Because they said it. They said they're going to do it. If you vote for Trump, whether he wins or loses, we will remember who you are. This is straight from an editor at one of the Big Two.

    How do we fight against that?

    EVS: Well, look, this is your fight, Jon.

    I don't want it to be my fight. I want it to be the comics journalists fight. Where are these assholes at? It's so disgusting that this industry has gotten so low in sales. Everyone is ignoring it. And fans are being ignored, they're being told off, not only by editorial but by creators.

    This isn't Jon's fight. It certainly isn't the comics journalists' fight; they are on the other side. This is a fight for everyone, of the Left and of the Right, who doesn't want to be totally controlled by the social justice warriors. This is for everyone who wants to be able to write what he wants to write, to draw what he wants to draw, and to tell the stories that he wants to tell without facing immediate disemployment and permanent blackballing from the industry.

    This is the GamerGate situation on steroids. It is as if all the game developers teamed up with the game journos against the gamers rather than quietly siding with the gamers.

    Everyone to the left of me desperately wants to believe that a line will somehow be drawn between them and the evil crimethinkers of the extreme right. But Chuck Dixon, Will Caligan, and Jon Malin all demonstrate that the line will always and continuously move leftward until every individual and organization in the comics industry are forced to converge to the highest abstract standard of social and distributive justice in the utmost degree.

    That is the goal. Since 1861, that has always been the goal.

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    Daily Meme Wars

    I've been a bit sporadic about the meme wars lately, since not being on Twitter has tended to make me forget about social media entirely, but now that the holidays are over I'm getting back to the meme factory and will be sending memes like these out again on a daily basis.


    Put them on Twitter, put them on Facebook, just put them out there, period. It's a great way of effectively countering the constant propaganda pressure on ordinary news consumers. To get your daily meme wars in your morning email, sign up here. Because it's easy to ignore an argument, especially if you're a rhetoric-speaker, it's much harder to ignore images such as the one below popping up in your timeline. Especially if you don't know what it means.

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    The "secret society"

    Seditious parties in the FBI may be hiding text messages, but they won't be able to keep the FISA memo under wraps:
    There is serious talk on Capitol Hill about the appointment of a second special counsel amid several new bombshell revelations swirling around the Trump/Russia probe. First, there are the allegations of shocking and substantial government surveillance abuses under President Obama outlined in the FISA abuse memo. Secondly, the FBI lost five months of key text messages between the anti-Trump/pro-Clinton FBI officials Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page. And now there's talk of a "secret society" of officials within the FBI that apparently met the day after the election of Donald J. Trump to plot against the president-elect....

    According to Fox News, Nunes, Gowdy and Goodlatte are in the process of going through the steps necessary to release the four-page FISA memo and intend to see it released to the public by early February.

    The FBI has demanded to see a copy of the memo, but so far -- understandably --  the Intelligence Committee has declined to show them their hand. Republicans believe that publishing the memo will but pressure on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a second special counsel, Fox News reported.

    Reps Gowdy and Ratcliffe (R-TX) were on Fox News' "The Story with Martha MacCallum" Monday night to talk about the latest developments.

    Rep. Ratcliffe said that former FBI director James Comey needs to come back to Capitol Hill to testify again under oath on the question of when the decision to exonerate former secretary of State Hillary Clinton was made. The latest batch of text messages between Strzok and Page suggests that Comey was coordinating with Attorney General Lynch on the decision well ahead of his July 5 press conference.

    "It's really clear to me that the decision was made in May of 2016 -- two months before the press conference," Gowdy said. "Of course Loretta Lynch knew he wasn't going to be charged. Everyone except the public knew that she was not going to be charged."

    "We knew that Strzok and Page had an intense anti-Trump bias and that's okay so long as they check it at the door and do their job," Ratcliffe said. "But we learned today in the thousands of text messages that we reviewed that perhaps they may not have done that."

    Ratcliffe went on to mention one particular text message that referenced a "secret society" at the Bureau. "We know about this insurance policy that was referenced in trying to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president," he began. "We learned today about information in the immediate aftermath of his election that there may have been a 'secret society' of folks within the Department of Justice and the FBI to include Page and Strzok that would be working against him."
    This goes well beyond basic criminality. We're getting into serious sedition, high crimes, and treason territory here. And yes, this is definitely Storm-related. The FBI and NSA aren't "accidentally losing" hundreds of text messages and emails because nothing is at stake.

    The Conservative Treehouse explains the strategy called "the Big Ugly", of which the aforementioned FISA memo is a key part of informing the public in a manner it can digest:
    Nunes, Grassley and Goodlatte are working in concert, each with a specific attack strategy that targets the larger swamp defense. This week they began the three-pronged attack we call “THE BIG UGLY“.

    The Big Ugly is the wrecking ball that will shatter the front line swamp defenses and allow the draining to begin. The plan for this strategy was developed almost a year ago after Nunes realized how the compartmented intelligence would be used to block sunlight.

    ODNI Dan Coats, the man who declassified the original FISA court opinion, NSA Director Mike Rogers, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Asst. AG Rod Rosenstein have each played a significant role in preparing the landscape and armory for this conflict.

    Congressional allies like Jim Jordan and Ron DeSantis will be working toward messaging and clearing the fog from the media.

    It is not accidental that Ron DeSantis has asked Speaker Ryan to declassify everything…. only a week before Devin Nunes announces his request for the full house to see everything declassified and without redaction. These are Big Ugly cannon shots into the heart of deception.  The summary of the classified FISA-702 abuse, and the subsequent unmasking therein, lies at the heart of the strategy to use a four-page summary memo to inform the public of the historic issues.

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    Monday, January 22, 2018

    So what comes next?

    Bruce Charlton recommends calling out the liars:
    As Vox Day has accurately stated, and as we all ought to know by now, SJWs Always Lie: which means that the mass media, government, bureaucracies and all large mainstream institutions Always Lie.

    And Liars cannot be trusted: should not be trusted.

    So when you believe that they are lying, you should say, preferably out-loud and clear, that you do not believe them.

    This is the next step.

    This is what the public, what people-in-general need to hear. They need to hear people saying what they know in their hearts to be true. In private, in public - this needs to be said.

    When They lie, say it out-loud and in something as clear and simple as these words: I Don't Believe It (or I Don't Believe You).
    It's customary to remain silent and expect your silence to somehow convey a lack of agreement. But silence is what they are counting on! What discombobulates them is being forced to defend themselves, because SJWs have no ability to do so. Which, of course, is why they will usually resort to an attack, and everyone knows it, which is why most people remain silent.

    But that is a mistake. All it does is convince them that you are a pushover and are incapable of resistance. Worse, they will use your silence to convince others that you agree with them when you are not around.

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    The revolution will be in color


    Thanks, everyone. Once more, you are exceeding expectations. And dramatically so. People in the comics industry are astonished by this.

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    Another oopsie: NSA edition

    It's really remarkable how these Federal agencies keep accidentally erasing data that might prove incriminating.
    Surveillance data the National Security Agency vowed to preserve related to pending lawsuits has been erased, and the agency did not take several precautions it told a federal court it would take to ensure the data did not get deleted, court filings reveal.

    Court orders from 2007 have required the NSA to maintain the data related to certain surveillance efforts that were under scrutiny, after it was revealed President George W. Bush directed warrantless wiretapping among international communications following the 9/11 attacks. The NSA has provided updates to the court regarding how it has followed the orders.

    But the NSA informed U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White that the agency did not keep content of internet communications seized from 2001 to 2007 under the Bush administration in a filing Thursday night, and in a submission last year, according to Politico. Additionally, the NSA said backup tapes were deleted in 2009, 2011, and 2016.

    “The NSA sincerely regrets its failure to prevent the deletion of this data,” NSA’s deputy director of capabilities, referenced as “Elizabeth B.,” said in a declaration filed in the fall. “NSA senior management is fully aware of this failure, and the Agency is committed to taking swift action to respond to the loss of this data.”

    Another NSA official revealed on Thursday the data had been erased during a large effort to create more space for new information.
    They sincerely regret it. Sure they do. Sure they do. These jokers have absolutely no credibility anymore. I've always known that the US government was as corrupt as the average banana republic, but they used to do a better job of hiding that fact.

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    The instruction of Jordan Peterson


    In which Dr. Jordan Peterson remembers that SJWs always lie and that white-knighting for an SJW is a very bad, self-destructive idea.

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    KABOOM!

    Wow, you guys are unbelievable. Incredible. And generous. Will Cadigan's Comic hit its $7,500 initial goal in just 149 minutes. Now let's see who wants color....

    Let's take a non-binding poll. Which book do you favor?
    • Nick Cole (The End of the World as We Knew It)
    • Peter Grant (Rocky Mountain Retribution)
    • Lawdog (The Lawdog Files)
    • Rolf Nelson (The Stars Came Back)
    • Kai Wai Cheah (Flashpoint: Titan)
    • Rawle Nyanzi (Sword and Flower)
    • John C. Wright (Swan Knight’s Son)
    Only express an opinion if you've backed, please.

    UPDATE: The campaign passed 10k in three hours, eleven minutes. Looks like I'd better talk to the colorists.

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    Will Caligan's Comic


    This is an announcement for a special one-week campaign designed to provide work for Will Caligan, a military veteran, a Christian, and a comic artist who was swarmed by SJWs and lost his publishing arrangement due to his willingness to stand up for his beliefs about right and wrong. All of the funds raised will go to paying for the production of one or more comics illustrated by Will that will be published by Arkhaven. The graphic novel – or novels – will be based on novels chosen by the backers that have been contributed by various authors, and comics legend Chuck Dixon will be providing the adapted scripts for free. A Gold-rate team of colorists, Arklight Studios, will provide the colors for the cover at a steep discount.

    50 percent of the revenues from any subsequent sale of the comics and graphic novels will go to Will and to the direct contributors to producing the comic. (The author whose work is selected, the colorists, etc.) This does not include me or the Arkhaven team. For more details about the campaign and to view the backing options, please visit Freestartr. And please spread the word, especially on Twitter.

    Thanks to everyone who put this campaign together on very short notice.
    • Jon Del Arroz
    • Freestartr
    • Arklight Studios
    • Chuck Dixon
    • Nick Cole
    • John C. Wright
    • Peter Grant
    • Lawdog
    • Rolf Nelson
    • Kai Wai Cheah
    • Rawle Nyanzi
    • Team Arkhaven
    And as a bonus, if you visit the campaign page, you can see one of the new Alt★Hero covers illustrated by Cliff Cosmic and colored by Arklight Studios.

    Peter Grant shares his thoughts.

    The press release from Short Fuse Media Group concerning the matter.
    Short Fuse Media Group, LLC. was founded on the principles of uniting all PEOPLE and embracing diversity.

    In order to maintain those principles, the decision has been made from our senior staff to sever ties with Will Caligan and Alpha Dog Studios, effective immediately as a result of comments that were made by Will that were deemed to be offensive by members of the indie comic book community as well as the LGBT Community.

    Short Fuse Media Group, LLC. would like to formally apologize to the members of the indie comic book community, the LGBT Community and especially the current (and prior) members/talent of our roster who are also a part of the LGBT community for the length of time that it took to fully understand the scope of what had taken place and act on this accordingly as again, we support and respect all PEOPLE from ALL walks of life.
    Sure they do. Sure they do.

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    That sounds convincing

    The FBI resorts to an old police standby. "Gee, turns out that all the body cams and car cameras mysteriously failed simultaneously when our officers shot that unarmed little girl 37 times":
    The Justice Department has turned over to Congress additional text messages involving an FBI agent who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team following the discovery of derogatory comments about President Donald Trump.

    But the department also said in a letter to lawmakers that its record of messages sent to and from the agent, Peter Strzok, was incomplete because the FBI, for technical reasons, had been unable to preserve and retrieve about five months' worth of communications.

    New text messages highlighted in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray by Sen. Ron Johnson, the Republican chairman of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, are from the spring and summer of 2016 and involve discussion of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. They reference Attorney General Loretta Lynch's decision to accept the FBI's conclusion in that case and a draft statement that former FBI Director James Comey had prepared in anticipation of closing out the Clinton investigation without criminal charges.

    The FBI declined to comment Sunday.

    Strzok, a veteran counterintelligence agent who also worked the Clinton email case, was reassigned last summer from the team investigating ties between Russia and Trump's Republican presidential campaign after Mueller learned he had exchanged politically charged text messages — many anti-Trump in nature — with an FBI lawyer also detailed to the group. The lawyer, Lisa Page, left Mueller's team before the text messages were discovered.

    The Justice Department last month produced for reporters and Congress hundreds of text messages that the two had traded before becoming part of the Mueller investigation. Many focused on their observations of the 2016 election and included discussions in often colorful language of their personal feelings about Trump, Clinton and other public figures. Some Republican lawmakers have contended the communication reveals the FBI and the Mueller team to be politically tainted and biased against Trump — assertions Wray has flatly rejected.

    In addition to the communications already made public, the Justice Department on Friday provided Johnson's committee with 384 pages of text messages, according to a letter from the Wisconsin lawmaker that was obtained by The Associated Press.

    But, according to the letter, the FBI told the department that its system for retaining text messages sent and received on bureau phones had failed to preserve communications between Strzok and Page over a five-month period between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017. May 17 was the date that Mueller was appointed as special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation.

    The explanation for the gap was "misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI's collection capabilities."
    I think I'm going to have to remember that excuse. Why don't you have any receipts for that deduction? Well, it was misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades. Hey, Windows 10, what are you going to do?

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    Sunday, January 21, 2018

    The fall of the academy

    How very embarrassing! The bitter little gamma that I repeatedly corrected back in 2016 concerning his inability to correctly grasp Aristotelian rhetoric turns out to be a philosophy professor. That certainly explains why "he seems to have a basic knowledge of the technical aspects without understanding their basic purpose or how they can be utilized."
    Long-time Mad Genius Club readers are familiar with Camestros — often dubbed Cameltoe, by those who’ve dickered with the man in the comments sections of various libertarian and conservative SF/F author blogs — mainly for his outsized ego, and a penchant for assuming he is several orders of magnitude more intelligent than not only the host(s) of the blogs he trolls, but also the comment participants to boot.

    Put simply, Felapton is the proverbial pouting basement genius — because the universe is not sufficiently moved by his Brobdingnagian intellect.

    Small wonder, then, that Camestros Felapton is actually Toby Meadows, a philosophy-slash-humanities PhD presently employed at the University of Queensland, Australia. Also, Toby Meadows is the spouse of Australian SF/F gadfly and left-wing political activist Foz Meadows.
    Foz Meadows is the woman who falsely accused me of being a National Socialist at Black Gate and then at Amazing Stories. Quite the pair of midwits, they are.

    Oh dear. In addition to violating Facebook's name policy, Camestros appears to have violated his university's code of conduct. "Staff must not engage in conduct that amounts to or may be perceived as harassment." He has certainly engaged in conduct that amounts to harassment with regards to me. Just look up his many, many references to "Vox Day" on either his blog or File 770. There are hundreds.

    Camestros claims he is not Toby Meadows. Unfortunately, he lies far too often to simply take his word for it. Fortunately, there is an easy way to determine whether he is or not, which is to let the university investigate the truth of the matter.

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    Don't smoke your own supply

    I regret to observe that Marvel decides to postpone its suicide.
    Every year, the LGBTQ+ advocacy group GLAAD recognizes and awards a selection of television shows, films, and books that feature powerful portrayals of queer people. This year, a number of Marvel’s comics were recognized for the contributions they’ve made to queer culture, but those nominations were bittersweet for one incredibly disappointing reason: They’ve all been cancelled.

    America (from Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones), Black Panther: World of Wakanda (Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey, Alitha E. Martinez, and Afua Richardson), and Iceman (Sina Grace, Alessandro Vitti, and Robert Gill) have each been nominated for GLAAD’s 2018 Outstanding Comic Book category, and with good reason. Over the course of their respective arcs, each series explored various parts of the queer experience in ways that, frankly, are new for comics. Iceman’s dug into Bobby Drake’s coming out as a gay man later in life; America’s focused on what it’s like to be a queer immigrant going to college for the first time; and World of Wakanda delved into the complicated intimate lives of the Dora Milaje.

    But all of these books recently met their ends, as so many new, progressive comic books do these days. Low sales led to their cancellation just as an entirely new audience was sure to hear about the books, specifically because of their being nominated for GLAAD awards and other honors.
    Note to self: in the unlikely event GLAAD offers to recognize or award any Arkhaven comic, decline the honor.

    The ridiculous thing about trying to appeal to the LGBLT-whatever crowd is that it simply isn't very big. And since the world of comics isn't all that big either, you're putting yourself in the unenviable position of selling to a fraction of a fraction. That might work for a small indy publisher, but it's not going to be viable for the market leaders.

    Argue about inclusiveness all you like, celebrate diversity and tolerance and progress if you are so inclined, but at the end of the day, your core market is always going to determine the extent of your sales potential. And since an ever-increasing number of people are sick to death of SJWs, that's why I'm quite confident that openly anti-SJW material is going to prove to be considerably more popular than anyone expects, be it a business book, a comic book, or a beer-holder.

    Fortunately, I'm confident that DC is going to more than make up for Marvel's halting baby steps away from the precipice.

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    Championship Sunday

    Sacksonville vs Tom Brady's Hand. Nick Foles, Backup QB vs The Team of Destiny. Discuss amongst yourselves. Also, SKOL!

    Haven't seen a defense hit like the Jags since the 2000 Ravens. Of course, the rules have changed since then, which could be a problem.

    UPDATE: 24-7 at the half. About all I can say is that if you can't stop the Foles-to-Ertz connection, you have no business trying to stop Brady-to-Gronkowski. So far, this game has all the flavor of a Denny Green playoff classic, where the coaching staff simply gets outprepared and outcoached by the opponent's coaches. It would be nice to see some serious adjustments demonstrating otherwise.

    UPDATE: 38-7. Game isn't over, but it's over. Outplayed, outcoached, there is simply nothing to complain about. I have the feeling that the defensive backs were told not to worry about double moves because Foles wouldn't be throwing deep. Coach Zim is going to have to up his game if he is going to succeed at this point in the season; my earlier impression of a Denny Green playoff classic would appear to have been correct. I am very impressed with the Philadelphia coaches, as they clearly had their team very well-prepared for this game.

    About the only silver linings to be found are that a) it will be cheaper to keep Case next year and b) the NFL ratings for the conference championships are promise to be abysmal.

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    SFWA rejects Jon Del Arroz

    So much for SFWA's increasingly ludicrous claim to represent the interests of professional science fiction writers. It's now an objectively racist organization of people who mostly don't write science fiction that doesn't accept American Indians or Hispanics who professionally publish science fiction.
    Statement from the SFWA Membership Credentials Committee
    Recently, a science fiction writer made a very public announcement of his application to join SFWA. SFWA Bylaws section VI.1.c.i gives discretion to the membership credentials committee “regardless of qualifications.” Based on the behavior of and online statements by this writer over the preceding year or so, which the credentials committee believes is inconsistent with the obligations that SFWA members have to one another, the committee has determined that it has good and sufficient cause to deny this membership.

    We did not take this step lightly, and we are sensitive to suggestions that this action is due to the writer’s political opinions: it is not. SFWA does not, and will not, impose a political test or political standard for membership. We strive to be welcoming to all SFF writers of good will, whatever their personal beliefs or opinions. However, the membership credentials committee, comprised by the sitting Board of Directors, believes that admitting this writer would not be in keeping with our obligations to our membership.
    SFWA is a heavily converged organization. As per the Impossibility of Social Justice Convergence, they are increasingly unable to perform their core function, which originally concerned representing the interests of professional science fiction writers.

    Instead, they defend sex criminals, celebrate pedophiles and child molesters, accept members with literally ZERO science fiction publications, are largely comprised of amateurs who publish the occasional short story in short-lived amateur publications, and reject genuine science fiction professionals because of "obligational inconsistency." It is no wonder that the vast majority of bestselling science fiction authors don't bother to join the organization, since it has nothing positive to offer them.

    SFWA is functionally dead. It serves literally no professional purpose anymore. As the lead editor at a mid-sized science fiction publisher, I can attest that it has absolutely no influence with science fiction publishers, distributors, and retailers whatsoever.

    The most amusing aspect of this is that SFWA isn't even trying to hide that it is no longer a professional writers' organization anymore. The small print they cited from the new bylaws means that they can literally accept anyone the committee likes as a member, whether the applicant has ever written anything or not, whether the applicant is even human or not. Thanks to the short-sighted fools who gave in to Ann McCaffrey's threat to quit if they did not let fantasy writers join, SFWA is now an organization for racist cat ladies and their cats, not science fiction writers.

    Important lesson: whenever someone threatens to quit unless you do x, the only correct response is to say: "We are not doing x. We accept your resignation. Goodbye."

    Now, as always, the SFWA statement hides its true justifications behind a nebulous fog. What are the actual justifications that supposedly provide "good and sufficient cause"?
    Dear Mr. Del Arroz,

    SFWA Bylaws section VI.1.c.i gives discretion to the membership credentials committee "regardless of qualifications." Based on online statements and your behavior from the past year, the membership credentials committee believes it has good and sufficient cause to deny your membership in order to keep SFWA virtual and physical spaces harassment-free and has done so.

    Examples of behavior from the past year:
    • Threatening to film people without their consent at private SFWA functions.
    • Soliciting people on social media, including Facebook, Gab, and Twitter, in order to "troll" and harass other professional authors, including SFWA members and board officers.
    • Accusing SFWA of "doxxing" your children, supporting pedophiles, racism, among other attacks.
    Sincerely,

    The Membership Credentials Committee

    SFWA, Inc.
    Of course, if they were to hold the existing membership to the standard they are claiming, they'd have to expel half the leadership, past and present.

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    Release the memo!

    More sound and fury signifying nothing? Or is the government shutdown, combined with what appears to be the imminent release of the FISA court abuse memo, the first thunderclap of the much-anticipated Storm?
    All hell is breaking loose in Washington D.C. after a four-page memo detailing extensive FISA court abuse was made available to the entire House of Representatives Thursday. The contents of the memo are so explosive, says Journalist Sara Carter, that it could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and the Department of Justice and the end of Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation.

    These sources say the report is “explosive,” stating they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates.

    A source close to the matter tells Fox News that "the memo details the Intelligence Committee's oversight work for the FBI and Justice, including the controversy over unmasking and FISA surveillance." An educated guess by anyone who's been paying attention for the last year leads to the obvious conclusion that the report reveals extensive abuse of power and highly illegal collusion between the Obama administration, the FBI, the DOJ and the Clinton Campaign against Donald Trump and his team during and after the 2016 presidential election.

    Lawmakers who have seen the memo are calling for its immediate release, while the phrases "explosive," "shocking," "troubling," and "alarming" have all been used in all sincerity. One congressman even likened the report's details to KGB activity in Russia.
    Now we know why the Democrats have been so stupidly intransigent in shutting down the government over a few illegal aliens. They're just trying to shift the media narrative away from the expected fallout from the release of the memo.

    It's important to keep in mind that all of these things - all of them - are interconnected. It's sometimes hard to remember that since the media covers every story as if it appeared ex nihilo even when the same people are involved from one story to the next, but there is absolutely no chance that the Democrats just happened to dig in their heels over nothing at this particular point in time.

    After all, no one expected the Swamp not to resist its draining. And right now, the illegal collusion between the Obama administration, the Clinton campaign, the FBI, and the DOJ is its weakest and most vulnerable point.

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    Saturday, January 20, 2018

    Dreamers are not Americans

    As the God-Emperor reminds everyone:
    When I became your president one year ago today, I took an oath to protect, serve, and lead ALL Americans.

    Democrats have since shown our country that they could never do the same.

    They chose to use our U.S. military as a bargaining chip to fight for amnesty for non-citizen illegal immigrants. But a good many patriots and I REFUSED to accept their ransom.

    Now American voters need to remind Democrats that we will NEVER forget their reckless decision.

    Tell Senate Democrats that YOU -- the American voter -- will ALWAYS remember the day that Democrats put illegal immigrants before American citizens.
    One hopes Trump has the wisdom to ignore the example of his predecessors and simply ignore the government shutdown until the Democrats cave completely. No party that supports smaller government should EVER back down over a government shutdown. That's the problem for the big government party... wait a minute!

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    Convergence: swimsuit edition

    The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is not totally converged. They still manage to perform their core function of taking pictures of pretty women in swimsuits, after all. However, the fact that some of the pretty women are beginning to resemble overinflated beach balls shows that they are in the process of converging, however slowly.



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    Appendix N in audio

    Appendix N: The Literary History of Dungeons & Dragons is a detailed and comprehensive investigation of the various works of science fiction and fantasy that game designer Gary Gygax declared to be the primary influences on his seminal role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. It is a deep intellectual dive into the literature of SF/F's past that will fascinate any serious role-playing gamer or fan of classic science fiction and fantasy.

    Author Jeffro Johnson, an expert role-playing gamer, accomplished dungeon master, and three-time Hugo Award finalist, critically reviews all 43 works and authors listed by Gygax in the famous appendix. In doing so, he draws a series of intelligent conclusions about the literary gap between past and present that is surprisingly relevant to current events, not only in the fantastic world of role-playing, but the real world in which the players live.

    Appendix N: The Literary History of Dungeons & Dragons is narrated by Brandon Porter and is 10 hours and 22 minutes long. This is a deep and fascinating dive into the fantasy and science fiction literature behind the landmark role-playing game.

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    The heroes of Avalon: FAZER

    Now that we've got several scripts done, it is clear that CHUCK DIXON'S AVALON is really going to be very different than the Alt★Hero comics proper. Whereas I like to focus on worldbuilding and city-level events of international significance, Chuck prefers to go street. He's focused on citybuilding, crime-fighting, and street-level events, and while the city of Avalon is an integral part of the universe of Alt★Hero, it is a small, detailed, and distinct part of it.

    FAZER is one of the first new characters created by Chuck and he will be appearing in both the first and second issues. The description: FAZER is King Ace’s crime fighting partner. He’s the brains of the pair and resents being referred to as a sidekick. The guy has a very short fuse. He’s much slighter and shorter than King Ace. His power is the ability to phase through solid objects. He can maintain the phasing stage only through tremendous concentration. Fazer wears an all-over suit that hides his face entirely. The suit is made of leather as Fazer can only phase organic materials. Fazer is Hapa, with a white father and a Filipino mother. 



    The amazing thing to me is how, in just two issues, Chuck has already managed to create intriguing characters with distinct individuality and complex personal relationships. It is no wonder he is considered a comics legend. And yes, if you think you recognize the artist's signature, it is indeed the gentleman you have in mind. He is illustrating CHUCK DIXON'S AVALON #1.

    I would have tweeted this link out, but Twitter suspended the ArkhavenComics account as soon as it was created, before we'd even had the chance to upload a logo for the profile. So, we'll be posting our regular social media announcements on the AltHeroComic Facebook page and leaving any Twitter repostings up to the fans.

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    How to be in charge

    Without actually being in charge. Google's Sundar Pichai demonstrates what it means for a CEO to serve at the will and pleasure of the SJWs nominally under his authority:
    Google CEO Sundar Pichai responded today to the firing of employee James Damore over his controversial memo on workplace diversity, stating that while he does not regret the decision, he regrets that people misunderstood it as a politically motivated event. Speaking in a live conversation with journalist and Recode co-founder Kara Swisher, MSNBC host Ari Melber, and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki in San Francisco, Pichai said that the decision to fire Damore was about ensuring women at Google felt like the company was committed to creating a welcoming environment.

    “I regret that people misunderstand that we may have made this for a political belief one way or another,” Pichai said. “It’s important for the women at Google, and all the people at Google, that we want to make an inclusive environment.” When pressed by Swisher on the issue of regret, Pichai stated more definitively, “I don’t regret it.” Wojcicki, who has spoken publicly about how Damore’s memo affected her personally, followed up with, “I think it was the right decision.”
    It's not political, it's just about women's feelings. Apparently this walking, talking corporate debacle has never heard of either a) feminism or b) the feminist mantra "the personal is the political".

    I had an interesting conversation with Nitasha Tiku, a senior writer at Wired, last night. She's working on a story about how the poor, powerless executives and managers at Google feel frightened, intimidated, and harassed because James Damore, Charles Johnson, and others have exposed how they harass, intimidate, and blacklist their coworkers, how they hate everyone who voted for Donald Trump, and how they can get away with openly threatening their colleagues with violence and unemployment without suffering any consequences for their behavior.

    Poor, poor Googlers. Why can't they harass their victims with impunity in secret?

    As I pointed out to Ms Tiku, I and a number of other outsiders have known about what has been taking place behind the scenes at Google for years. I even wrote about it after the election, nine months before the Damore memo was leaked to the public by SJWs.

    Internal pressure is pushing for the expansion of hate speech to include everything and everyone that fails to submit to the SJW narrative, for more intense action against so-called "fake news", and even broader definitions of "fake news". So far, they are only cracking down on genuinely fake news, but there is some belief that this is the proverbial dipping the toe in the water, to see what they can do without provoking a backlash.

    The victory of the God-Emperor Ascendant was a massive blow to the SJWs inside Google, and like most SJWs, they have completely lost the plot post-election. They were openly calling other Googlers racists, sexists, and homophobes just for voting for Trump. Those are firing offenses at Google. Google has insane civility requirements imposed on anyone talking to a member of a protected group, but apparently calling for all Republicans to be fired is perfectly acceptable.

    Everyone ignored this. Then James Damore and I provided incontrovertible proof that Googlers were, in fact, behaving every bit as badly as I had said they were. So now, having been accused, exposed, and caught red-handed, they're trying to spin documented proof of their own misbehavior as some sort of harassment, and they are attempting to enlist the media as their ad hoc defense attorneys in order to change the subject.

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    Yeah, because THAT'S the problem

    Someone who may or may not be Robert Downey Jr. speculates on a coming action by a company that may or may not be Warner/DC:
    This studio has admitted internally that it has failed in its efforts at emulating the success of the one that now owns the world.  Their new secret plan? To "split" the properties into two divisions.  One for "kids", basically carrying on with the universe-multiverse they've already created under the disastrous helm of _____________.  And the other division for "adults", to create more realistic-themed movies of the same properties, like their most successful versions.  How do they plan to make this happen? They proposed to hire this family, give them first-dollar gross revenues on EVERY PROJECT; and give them carte blanche and full control over that second division.  At this point, the studio has nothing to lose in that contest.
    Warner Bros. would do better to split their DC film properties into two divisions, one for SJWs and one for everyone else. But because they are literally run by SJWs, complete with major Hillary fundraisers and Bill Clinton's former press secretary, there is zero chance that the convergence will not continue to get worse.

    And at this point, I really don't have a problem with that.

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    Friday, January 19, 2018

    Interview with the legend

    Ethan Van Sciver interviews Chuck Dixon. From the section where they discussed Chuck's involvement with Arkhaven.
    CD: I don't mind being edited, but I mostly want to be left alone on the creative end. I wasn't interested in books that were political, they weren't going to be screeds, but they would reflect my life view. They wouldn't tell anybody what to think. And [Vox] was fine with that.

    I wanted to be free of the kind of concerns I would have working for another company where I would have to be politically correct, where I would have to be diverse for the sake of diversity, that kind of thing. He said no, that's fine, that's what he was looking for. Basically, he was doing the book that would take all the slings and arrows, but if I wanted to do straight-ahead superhero adventure set in the universe he created that was fine.

    That's where we started, and then it turned into more books, and more involvement, and that's where we stand. The first artist is working on the second book now, the first book is going to the colorist.

    A few weeks ago, he thought of the idea of adapting PG Wodehouse into comic book form, not knowing that I'm a longtime Wodehouse fan. He teamed me with Gary Kwapisz, who I've worked with for 30 years and never knew was a Wodehouse fan. We're adapting Right Ho, Jeeves, which should have a huge audience overseas.

    Like all the editors I used to like working with, he has faith in me and he's letting me do what I want. So, it's kind of irresistible.

    And he's paying on time!

    EVS: He is?

    CD: Yes, he is, he is paying on time. It's a reduced rate against participation and backend, but I've been doing that for years.

    EVS: So what do you think? Do you think he's going to succeed?

    CD: I think project by project, we'll have to see what happens. He's certainly got different ideas, he's got ideas that don't come from comics which is a good thing, sometimes. He seeks my guidance all the time. He's always picking my brain.

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    The costs of convergence

    The NFL has gone from bleeding viewers to outright gushing them.
    Every single game was down, no matter how good the games were. And, remember, three of these games were highly competitive in the divisional round this year. Whereas last year only two of the games were competitive. Hell, three of the four windows even feature one of the same teams from last year. And yes, I know, the Cowboys and the Packers played last year and those are the two biggest fan base draws in the NFL, but even if you pull that game out the numbers for the other three games also declined double digits.

    Adding all these numbers up 120.8 million viewers watched the NFL divisional round playoffs in 2018 vs. 144.1 million who watched in 2017, a decline of 23.3 million total viewers.

    That’s an overall viewership decline of over 16%, even steeper than last week’s 13% playoff decline.
    What a pity it doesn't occur to corporate executives to consult with the kind of experts who could tell them how to avoid these sorts of self-mutilations.

    Clearly the NFL needs a New England vs Minnesota Super Bowl. Desperately. Is that... is that THE NARRATIVE'S music?

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    Sweden running out of patience

    Let's face it, we all know where this is going to end, sooner or later:
    Sweden will do whatever it takes, including sending in the army, to end a wave of gang violence that has seen a string of deadly shootings, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in Wednesday. Law and order is likely to be a major issue in a parliamentary election scheduled for September with the populist, opposition Sweden Democrats linking public concern about the rising crime rate to a large increase in the numbers of immigrants. …

    “People are shot to death in pizza restaurants, people are killed by hand grenades they find on the street,” Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Akesson said in parliament on Wednesday.

    “This is the new Sweden; the new, exciting dynamic, multicultural paradise that so many here in this assembly … have fought to create for so many years,” he said sarcastically.
    Forget "ending gang violence." End the invasion. That's actually what the army is for, after all.

    And immigration is war.

    Nationalism intensifies. The Sweden Democrats growing vote share:

    1998: 0.4%
    2002: 1.4%
    2006: 2.9%
    2010: 5.7%
    2014: 12.9%
    2018: I expect 30%+

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    Free Stupefication

    The Original Cyberpunk has an announcement:
    To celebrate the release of STUPEFYING STORIES #19, we’re giving away the Kindle editions of both our latest book (issue #19) and our oldest book that’s still on Amazon (issue #12) FREE for the cost of a click—but for today only.

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    STUPEFYING STORIES #19 features the remarkable cover story, “Communion,” by Fi Michell, along with  a terrific mix of fantasy, light horror, superheroes, alien invasions, space adventure, and I don’t know what to call “More Crackle Than Music” but I love it. The book ends with Harold Thompson’s dark but charming story, “Dogs and Monsters,” which I’m hereby going to go out on a limb and christen an entirely new sub-genre, “post-Human steampunk.” Clifford Simak would have loved it.

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    Who subsidizes whom?

    California politicians are worried about their taxpayers' new inability to offset against their Federal taxes:
    The Republican-backed federal tax bill flipped the tables on a never-ending question for California politicians: Will high taxes lead the state’s wealthiest residents to flee the Golden State for the comparable tax havens of Florida, Nevada and Texas?

    Republicans reliably raise that alarm when Democrats advocate for tax increases, like the 2012 and 2016 ballot initiatives that levied a new income tax on very high-earning residents.

    But now, with the federal tax bill cutting off deductions that benefited well-off Californians, the state’s Democrats suddenly are singing the GOP song about a potential millionaire exodus.

    “People with higher incomes pay a lot more money, and some of them may be tempted to leave,” Gov. Jerry Brown said when he unveiled his 2018-19 budget proposal last week. “This was an assault by the Republicans in Congress against California.”

    That fear animates Senate President pro tem Kevin de León’s bill that would allow California residents to write off their state taxes on their federal returns as a charitable deduction, as well as other proposals that Assembly leaders have hinted they’re preparing to offer. De Leon’s bill cleared a second committee this week and is on its way to a vote on the Senate floor. Trump administration officials say it won’t pass muster with the IRS.

    Democratic state lawmakers are worried because California relies so heavily on the income taxes it collects from high earners to fund government services. The state’s wealthiest 1 percent, for instance, pay 48 percent of its income tax, and the departure of just a few families could lead to a noticeable hit to state general fund revenue.

    “It is a genuine concern and that’s why the legislatures in high-tax states are swinging into action immediately,” said Katie Pratt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who specializes in taxes.

    The new federal tax law poses problems for high earners in the Golden State because it caps two deductions that Californians used to limit their federal income tax liability, restricting their ability to write off mortgage interest and their state and local taxes.
    Come now. Every time the issue gets raised in Minnesota, the newspapers produce one argument after another to explain why people don't move based on tax rates. Because great schools! And art! And people!

    Of course, since liberals and progressives are totally incapable of keeping two thoughts in their head at the same time, the fact that moving a bunch of Mexicans and Somalis might degrade the value of those competing factors never occurs to them.

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    Stealing their wind

    To the Point articulates how Trump systematically undermines the power and influence of the media:
    President Trump’s systematic thrashing of the leftist media is the example that illustrates the theory.  See his literal thrashing in the YouTube above.

    Conservatives complained about the media for a long time. Aristotle’s dialectic approach, against people uninterested in truth. Net effect? Very low. Sad!

    So let’s apply what we’ve learned.

    Why do the media have power? Because they have social status with ordinary people. Are we still hearing about Watergate — decades later? The Pentagon Papers? How many movies seem to exist just to show journalists as heroes?

    Or let’s take a different tack: What’s the attraction of such a low-paying profession? Status given by the profession, and status from rubbing shoulders with high-status people. Status by acting as a vector for status signals, which is what every women’s magazine is.

    Ditto publications like WIRED, which is just Cosmo for geeks.

    The media offers people clues about what things are high status within the areas they cover. People notice, and act accordingly. Yet most conservatives still don’t understand Trump’s response:

     If I lower the media’s status, I will wreck their power.

    So The Donald says that the media has “some of the most dishonest people” he has ever seen. Not an arm’s length complaint. A direct and personal status attack, rooted in truth.

    Trump also acts in ways that cause journalists to fulfill his pre-suasion labeling. He makes “outrageous” statements, which many people outside the Beltway Bubble agree with. Those statements receive over-the-top media attacks, which make his enemies look ridiculous.

    Then events swiftly show that Trump had a point. Trump rubs it in, using the media’s own “Fake News” term against them and pouncing on every sloppy and dishonest mistake. As a final topper, Trump makes the dishonest media a focus during every massive rally. Which strengthens his out-grouping effect among participants and viewers.

    He uses ridicule and lèse majesté, not bended knee and appeals — note that subordinating word — to logical argument.

    The result?

    American belief in the credibility of their news media is now at about 32 percent. That’s the lowest ever polled, and an 8 percent drop from the lowest point of the 2008-2015 period. The media has lost audience, and a lot of power.
    This is an extremely effective technique. And like all rhetoric, the more based in truth it is, the more powerful it is. The point about status-signaling is important too, because that is how SJWs decide who gets to determine the Narrative. It is also one more reason why giving them what they demand will never satisfy them, because the struggle for status continues regardless.

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    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    They all knew

    A woman's expose of Brian Epstein in Vanity Fair was whitewashed back in 2003:
    I got to work on all of it—and Epstein kept close tabs on me. He didn’t want to be seen to cooperate, but he’d do his best to control me. He phoned regularly. I wasn’t altogether surprised to be quickly summoned to the offices of the rich and powerful, sometimes before I’d even asked to meet with them.

    James “Jimmy” Cayne, then the cigar-chomping CEO of Bear Stearns, not only phoned me up, he found the time in his busy day to give me a tour of the office. He was on his best behavior, talking up Epstein’s alleged supposed great brain, his value to the bank—never mind the fact that Epstein had had to leave it quickly in 1981; this Cayne put down to Epstein’s ambition “outgrowing” the place.

    I also met with respected real estate developer Marshall Rose; the former Bear Stearns chairman Alan “Ace” Greenberg called me; so too did Leslie Wexner, the founder and CEO of The Limited, who trusted Epstein so much he had given Epstein carte blanche to insert himself into both Wexner’s family and business affairs, according to people who saw Epstein’s contract; they all chattered on about Epstein’s brilliantly creative mind, his intellectual prowess—a mental agility that, to put it bluntly, was simply not evident in the many phone conversations he had with me....

    I worked through December 2002 like a dog. I worked with three fact-checkers, the magazine’s lawyer; I sifted through everything Epstein threw at me and defused it. We were getting ready to go to press. And then the bullet came. “Graydon’s taking out the women from the piece,” Doug Stumpf, my editor, told me.

    I began to cry. It was so wrong. The family had been so brave. I thought about the mother, her fear of the dark, of the harm she feared might come to her daughters. And then I thought of all the rich, powerful men in suits ready to talk about Epstein’s “great mind.”

    “Why?” I asked Graydon. “He’s sensitive about the young women” was his answer. “And we still get to run most of the piece.”
    And then the guy got his wrist slapped four years later for multiple sex offenses that should have been enough to put him away for a long time.

    The thing is, if a man has a brilliantly creative mind, an intelligent woman is not merely going to notice it, she's going to be drawn to it. So, whatever it was that those very rich men saw in Epstein, I very much doubt that it was his intellect that made him so valuable to them.

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    Lawdog in audio

    LawDog had the honor of representing law and order in the Texas town of Bugscuffle as a sheriff's deputy, where he became notorious for, among other things, the famous Case of the Pink Gorilla Suit. In The LawDog Files, he chronicles his official encounters with everything from naked bikers, combative eco-warriors, suicidal drunks, respectful methheads, prison tattoo artists, and creepy children to six-foot chickens and lethal chihuahuas.

    The LawDog Files range from the bittersweet to the explosively hilarious, as LawDog relates his unforgettable experiences in a laconic, self-deprecating manner that is funny in its own right. The audiobook is more than mere entertainment, it is an education in two English dialects, Police and Texas Country. And underlying the humor is an unmistakable sympathy for society's less fortunate - and in most cases, significantly less intelligent - whose encounters with the law are an all-too-frequent affair.

    Narrated by David. T. Williams, The Lawdog Files are 4 hours and 29 minutes of genuine Texas hilarity. You really have to listen to the audio sample. His voice is just about perfect for Lawdog.

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    Good sports

    Your feel-good story of the day. It probably doesn't hurt that he has what is very nearly a proper Minnesota name:
    It all started after the last play of Sunday’s game, following the touchdown that thrilled Vikings fans and broke the Saints’ hearts. By NFL rule, an point-after touchdown attempt must be played after a touchdown, even if it comes with no time left and with no chance of that attempt affecting the outcome of the game. So after the Saints had already gone to the locker room and the Vikings had already taken the field to celebrate, the officials went into the tunnel and informed the Saints that the game wasn’t over and they had to put 11 players on the field for the point after.

    Morstead, a punter, isn’t used to lining up on defense, but he was the first guy to volunteer to jog back onto the field. He wasn’t happy about it, but he had a job to do and he was going to do it. That impressed Vikings fans.

    So Vikings fans, appreciating Morstead’s professionalism, took to social media and encouraged donations to What You Give Will Grow, Morstead’s charity for kids battling cancer. When Morstead heard about that he said that if donations topped $100,000, the charity would use the money for programs at Children’s Minnesota hospital, and that he’d personally go to Minnesota to deliver the check. As of Wednesday night, the $100,000 goal had been reached.

    “Alright, Minnesota, you guys are officially ridiculous — $100,000 raised for the child life program at the children’s hospital in Minneapolis. I am totally blown away,” Morstead said in a Twitter video.
    Of course, the proper spelling is Morstad.... In any event, it is a good cause and a great hospital. I was more impressed that he kept punting so well despite being observably injured.

    It would have been funny, though, if Bill Belichick had been the coach. It wouldn't have mattered to him that the game was over. If he saw an injured punter playing goal line defense, you know he's going for two.

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    Winning: corporate tax edition

    Say what you will about the God-Emperor, but his policies actually work as designed:
    Apple just announced on Wednesday it will bring back hundreds of billions of dollars from overseas to fund investment in the U.S. and likely increase its capital returns.

    "Apple, already the largest US taxpayer, anticipates repatriation tax payments of approximately $38 billion as required by recent changes to the tax law. A payment of that size would likely be the largest of its kind ever made," the company said in the release.

    Using the new 15.5 percent repatriation tax rate, the $38 billion tax payment disclosed by Apple means they are planning a $245 billion repatriation.

    The tax overhaul, which President Donald Trump signed into law last month, also lowered the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent.

    After the repatriation tax payment, the company will have $207 billion left over from the move it can use for investments, acquisitions, stock buybacks or larger dividends. Apple said it plans more than $30 billion in capital expenditures in the U.S. during the next five years.

    Apple had $252.3 billion in overseas cash as of the end of September quarter, according to SEC filings, so that means the company is paying tax on nearly all of that foreign cash.
    $38 billion is a lot of money. And I note that it's considerably more than the $21.6 billion the Department of Homeland Security said it would cost to build a big beautiful wall on the southern border.

    Also, there are going to be some very sad European bankers and investment managers this morning. All those glorious fees gone in the blink of an eye. No wonder they hate the God-Emperor so much. It was very smart to make the repatriation fee even lower than the reduced corporate tax fee.

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    Cuckservative racists

    Why do cuckservatives who reflexively cringe in fear and wet themselves every time a man demands they call him a woman, and angrily denounce even the softest criticism of a Black as racist, a Jew as anti-semitic, and a woman as sexist somehow believe it is perfectly acceptable to mock and deny the ethnic heritage of American Indians?

    This behavior is really reprehensible on the part of Capn Cuckings, who is projecting as shamelessly as any SJW ever has.
    Fraek
    Vox is an American Indian. I'm sure he will be amused to learn that Capn Cummings thinks he is a white nationalist.

    Capn Cummings
    Yeah, he's 12% Cherokee
    You know, we really don't need proposed allies like these. No one does. First, that one comment would be enough to get him fired from Marvel or DC, or Short Fuse, for that matter, and I am reliably informed that there is No Place for such Behavior in the Comics Industry. Second, I am not Cherokee. Third, I am unquestionably an American Indian by both DNA and genealogy, as everyone who has ever met my family or even seen pictures of it can confirm. Have you ever noticed that absolutely none of my friends, family, or acquaintances have ever surfaced to contest anything I have ever said on the subject? Fourth, African-Americans are not pure Black and Ashkenazim are not pure Jews, so does he similarly deny their ethnic identities? And fifth, in what organization is this "Capn" a captain, the race police?

    We live in a very strange time when we are supposed to unquestionably accept that a man is a woman just because he wears a skirt, a human female is a Yellow-Scaled Wingless Dragonkin just because she says so, two men, three women, or six goldfish are "married" just because five justices say so, but nevertheless feel free to insist that a mixed-race American Indian is not an Indian at all even when all the genetic science, legal precedents and genealogical documents support the assertion.

    But it is more than reprehensible, it is downright tragic to see Americans mock mixed-race American Indians and deny the existence of their Indian heritage when their own country has been under mass invasion by the Third World for more than 50 years and is already not much more than half-white. Note that just three generations will be sufficient for Capn Cuckings's great-grandchildren to be as little "white" as he claims that I am "Cherokee".

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    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    The Fake News Award

    Congratulations, Paul Krugman! Well-merited indeed.

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    Disabled veteran fired by SJWs

    SJWs don't care who you are if you violate their narrative.
    Will Caligan, a Desert Shield and Desert Storm veteran suffering Gulf War Syndrome, is out of a job. What caused him to lose it is one more weight on the scale that is tipping America toward total insanity. Caligan is a talented comics artist who contracted with Short Fuse Media Group to produce comic books. If you have followed any of my investigations into #Comicsgate you would know that the comics industry has been completely taken over by rabid alt-left types who spent their days devising ways to destroy beloved characters by "diversifying" them into an approved SJW mold. Caligan, a conservative Christian, had little chance of survival in that environment. One hint of wrongthink could spell curtains for any artist, writer or producer in today's comics climate. In Caligan's case, he made the catastrophic mistake of voicing his opinion about a pop culture story about a straight man rebuffing a kiss from a transwoman....

    Caligan contacted Sean Mack, his boss at Short Fuse Media Group, who seemed to take the whole thing in stride at first, writing in a communication, "If it's not this, it would be for something else. Don't stress over it. I'm good and we're dealing with it head on. I have your back!" He quickly changed his tune with no explanation — presumably after being threatened by rabid SJWs and facing too much pressure by the lynch mob — and cut ties with Caligan. "I'm going to have to put some distance between us until you can change the perception people have of you," wrote Mack.
    I've been asked to see if there is anything we can do as a comics publisher to help the guy out, and I'm looking into the situation. I'll do a Periscope in half an hour if I manage to pull a few things together.

    UPDATE: All right, I talked to Will and a few others and here is what we're going to do. On Monday, we're going to launch a special one-week Freestartr. Freestartr has reduced their usual fee to support the campaign and all of the funds are going to be used to hire Will, a colorist, and a cover artist to do as many comics as their normal rates allow, and to cover the cost of printing them. The comics will be based on the books(s) of one of the Castalia authors, to be chosen by the backers from a list that will be made public on Monday. So far, Nick Cole, Peter Grant, Lawdog, Rolf Nelson, Kai Wai Cheah, and John C. Wright have all made books available at no charge; if you're a Castalia author who is interested in supporting this project, email me and let me know that you're in and with which books. The scripts will be adapted from the books for free by Chuck Dixon and me.

    Arkhaven will publish the comics in print and digital editions which will be provided to the backers as per the campaign rewards and 50 percent of any subsequent sales will be split between Will, the contributors, and the backer-selected author(s). Arkhaven will take care of all the setup and layout costs.

    More details to come this weekend. I don't know Will, but I agreed to pitch in because he is a Christian and a veteran and I think it is is important to demonstrate to the SJWs and those they have successfully intimidated know that their victims are not going to be forgotten or left behind.


    UPDATE: Moira Greyland also graciously offered her support for this project. GAH! (shudders uncontrollably for 15 seconds) While I appreciate her gesture, we will not even consider doing a graphic novel adaptation of The Last Closet, for reasons that anyone who has read it will understand.

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    Trump was right... again

    A Peace Corps volunteer confirms that the choice facing the West is a simple one between inside plumbing and shit in the streets:
    Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town.  Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health.  That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of the Peace Corps doctor, "a fecalized environment."

    In plain English: s--- is everywhere.  People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust – onto you, your clothes, your food, the water.  He warned us the first day of training: do not even touch water.  Human feces carries parasites that bore through your skin and cause organ failure.

    Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that a few decades later, liberals would be pushing the lie that Western civilization is no better than a third-world country.  Or would teach two generations of our kids that loving your own culture and wanting to preserve it are racism.

    Last time I was in Paris, I saw a beautiful African woman in a grand boubou have her child defecate on the sidewalk next to Notre Dame Cathedral.  The French police officer, ten steps from her, turned his head not to see.

    I have seen.  I am not turning my head and pretending unpleasant things are not true.

    Senegal was not a hellhole.  Very poor people can lead happy, meaningful lives in their own cultures' terms.  But they are not our terms.  The excrement is the least of it.  Our basic ideas of human relations, right and wrong, are incompatible.
    They have to go back. And we should send those who would welcome them along with them.

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    Mailvox: your mileage WILL vary

    Baseball Savant emails about his daughter's inarguably flawless taste in epic fantasy literature:
    I know I've e-mailed you this but my 14-year old daughter has read the Lord of the Rings trilogy 3x and the Hobbit countless times. She loves them. She basically has them memorized. She collects them if she sees copies with a different cover. It's crazy.

    She read Throne of Bones in a week. After, she read Lord of the Rings again. So I asked her, how does Vox compare to Tolkien.

    She hesitated and then said...."Hmmmm, I think Vox got him."

    What I really like about Throne of Bones is that it sucks you in so fast. The beginning pages with the painting! Whoa. Loved it.
    That's very flattering, of course, and I'm delighted to hear it, but honestly, it would be hard for me to disagree more. Here is how I rank some random authors on a broad and indistinct range of criteria I have not fully articulated. In some cases, it's based more on their peak, in others, on their average. There is no particular rhyme or reason in this regard; even the greatest novelists have their occasional clunkers.

    10/10: Immortals
    Tolkien, Eco, Tolstoy, Murakami, Hesse, Maupassant, Poe, Wodehouse

    9/10: First-Rate
    Lewis, Tanith Lee, Dostoevsky, Adams, Gibson, Herbert, Mieville, Stephenson, Balzac, Calvino, Douglas Adams, Lovecraft, Fitzgerald, Soseki

    8/10: Second-Rate
    Lloyd Alexander, Susan Cooper, Heinlein, Clarke, Barbara Hambly, Arthur C. Clarke, Pratchett, Keillor, Simmons, Zelazny, Howard

    7/10: Third-Rate
    Robert Anton Wilson, Katherine Kurtz, Ann McCaffrey, Raymond Feist, Eriksen, George RR Martin, Eddings, Card, Poul Anderson

    6/10: Fourth-Rate
    Gaiman, Asimov, Anthony, Bujold

    At my very best, which is to say with ARTS OF DARK AND LIGHT, I'd give myself an 8 to date. But I'd regard a 7 as perfectly reasonable, depending upon your tastes. And yes, I can explain each of these ratings in detail, but I'm not going to do so here.


    MAILVOX: Just read your recent posts on Gaiman, was curious which book or two you would recommend starting with China Mieville? I have read about his work here and there and it seemed intriguing but never got around to it, am interested now upon seeing that you admire his writing.

    I would read The City and the City, followed by Kraken, and then, assuming you enjoyed both of those, read his best, which is Embassytown.

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    Me-So was right!

    I stand corrected. Apparently Japan has had the ability to invade California all along:
    With its official operational date fast approaching, Japan’s first Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade kicked off the bilateral Iron Fist 2018 exercise on Friday with an opening ceremony alongside its Marine Corps hosts. It wasn’t a time for long speeches.

    Over the next month, 350 soldiers with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force will train closely with Marines to hone skills that will run the gamut from amphibious reconnaissance and fire-and-maneuver assaults to close-air support and staff planning. They will fire mortars and artillery, land on beaches aboard rubber boats and assault craft and attack and defend “friendly” land from foes in various training scenarios.

    The soldiers are members of Western Army Infantry Regiment, a light infantry force that Japan has tasked with creating the first brigade of sea soldiers – with the goal to be ready by April 1, 2018 – that can conduct amphibious operations ultimately as part of a broader “dynamic joint defense force.”

    This year’s Iron Fist exercise – it runs from Jan. 12 to Feb. 12 – marks the 13th iteration of the annual training that focuses on amphibious operations, with I Marine Expeditionary Force as a primary host.
    Time to dust off those old Japanese internment camps. Well done, Michelle!

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    West or Not-West

    The Northern League is finally confronting the mass invasion of Europe and the most important chart in the world:
    An Italian politician has called for his countrymen to decide whether they wish to preserve the 'white race' in the face of mass migration to Europe.

    Politician Attilio Fontana, from the Northern League, said Italy had a stark choice to make over immigration - propelling the contentious topic to the front and centre of the general election campaign.

    'We have to decide if our ethnicity, if our white race, if our society continues to exist or if it will be wiped out,' Fontana said, the League's candidate to govern the northern Lombardy region.

    It was 'not a question of being xenophobic or racist, but a question of being logical or rational,' he said in remarks made on Sunday.
    Unfortunately, Fontana backed down a bit under media pressure, which is always a mistake. People have to stop denying that their position is xenophobic, racist, or whatever else the globalist media calls it. The characterizations are purely rhetorical and are totally meaningless from a dialectical perspective. All that matters is that the statement is true. The defenders of the West need to stop apologizing for defending their civilization. The West cannot and will not survive if it is populated by the South or the East; it will no longer be the West. Stop allowing the critics to pretend otherwise.

    The correct response would have been: "Why do you wish to destroy Italy? Why do you wish to destroy the European nations? Why do you seek to destroy Western civilization?" Instead of constantly playing defense, force them to try to deny that they are doing what they are doing when the evidence is everywhere, right in front of everyone.

    If Congolese or Chinese or penguins from the South Pole can truly become Westerners and maintain Western civilization, let them prove that they can do so in their own countries first. Civilization is not a game and the entire world will suffer greatly from the transformation of the West into the Not-West. Because what we are presently enduring is the Great Retardation of the West and the literal dumbing-down of the entire planet.

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