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Sunday, October 22, 2017

#VotaSI

Twin proto-independence referendums in Italy today:
ITALY is facing its own referendum crisis as two regions, Lombardy and Veneto, engage in a bid for more power from Rome, buoyed by the Catalonia independence campaign in Spain. The wealthy Italian regions account for at least 30 per cent of the country’s GDP and they will ask voters to take to the polls today to gain greater autonomy from Rome.

Analysts have likened the Italian referendum vote as being similar to that of Scotland’s independence vote from Britain, the UK's decision to leave the European Union, and Catalonia's quest for independence from Spain.

The votes were called by the two regional leaders, Roberto Maroni of Lombardy and Luca Zaia of Veneto. In Italy, the twin referendums are non-binding, but a resounding "yes" vote would give the presidents of the neighbouring regions more powers.
Forza la Lega Nord! And let's bring back La Serenissima while we're at it.

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Trump stands by the truth

There is no legitimate reason the JFK assassination files should not be released to the public. None at all.
US President Donald Trump said Saturday he will allow long blocked secret files on the assassination of John F Kennedy to be opened to the public for the first time.

The November 22, 1963 assassination -- an epochal event in modern US history -- has spawned multiple theories challenging the official version that Kennedy was killed a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald.

So the release of all the secret documents has been eagerly anticipated by historians and conspiracy theorists alike. Trump's announcement followed reports that not all the files would be released, possibly to protect still relevant intelligence sources and methods.

But Trump appears to have decided otherwise.

"Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened," he said in a tweet.
Translation: Sayonara, Deep State. Dire and nebulous warnings of cats and dogs living together are no longer sufficient to compel presidential obedience. Everyone understands now that they protect no one's interests but their own.

Drain the Swamp + Build the Wall = Trumpslide 2020.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Alt★Hero site

Since there is a fair amount of interest in an Alt★Hero site, I'm considering moving down the goal to 135k and adding a new goal at 150k. To increase the chances the campaign gets there, I'm also thinking of adding a site-related Reward for those specifically backing a site.

What should the amount be and what are some of the possible site-related rewards we could give that would be of interest?

Discuss amongst yourselves.


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So much for civic Christianity

Evangelicals are discovering that racial identity trumps religious identity:
It is critical to note that the issues for which they left the immigrant churches weren’t doctrinal or theological, but cultural.

Today, it seems like a “Reverse Exodus” is taking place for very similar reasons. Like Lecrae, people of color are finding that white evangelical churches and institutions fail to truly embrace them. After doing their best to carve out a space for themselves within white evangelicalism, give it a fair shot (or multiple shots), and even endure through the challenges for decades, there is a growing number of people of color who are seeking places where they can finally feel at home, while still yearning for the greater eternal home....

Well, the solutions are actually quite simple. This does not mean the solutions aren’t costly or difficult, but they are simple: at every layer of evangelical leadership, allow for a solid concentration of evangelicals of color to occupy culture-shaping positions of authority. Again, the problem wasn’t theology, but culture.

We need to be aware of how we bring unconscious biases to our own litmus tests of whether people of color are theologically correct enough based on their emphasis on justice issues. Often times, people of color are viewed with greater scrutiny simply because of their skin tone. We need to be concerned with the ways our political commitments co-opt our faith commitments. The fact that people equate Christians with a particular political party is problematic, especially if we consider how both parties are deeply flawed. We need to redefine our understanding of organizational fit. This means we need to reconsider what it means to be equipped. For example, is someone equipped for the pastorate if they have racist tendencies or beliefs? And who gets to decide if they do, white people or the people they disparage?
Isn't it remarkable that the solution is always More Magic People of Color no matter whether the problem concerns football coaches, technology companies, or Christianity? I wonder what the common factor might possibly be?

SJWs Always Double Down addresses what is happening here. This is exhortation by an infiltrator, appealing to an extremely amenable authority.

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Superconvergence

How converged does a commenting service have to be to refuse service to modestly controversial site anyway?
On Monday evening, I received an email from tos@disqus.com stating that they are suspending all Disqus services to Return Of Kings starting on October 20, 2017. Here is the full email:

Hi there,

We wanted to reach out to inform you that your site has been found to be in conflict with the terms of use of Disqus. Because of this, Disqus is unable to offer your site continued discussion services past the end of this week.

I replied asking what specific terms were violated but have not yet received a response. I’m guessing we were terminated because of their vague “hate speech” clause, which really means “speech our liberal employees disagree with.”
The amazing thing here is that without some disagreement, people have literally nothing to discuss. Disqus isn't just elevating social justice above its primary purpose, it is actually eliminating its primary purpose for existing in the first place.

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Smart people are crazy

In fairness, it may be that it is only having to be around stupid people that makes us that way:
The stereotype of a tortured genius may have a basis in reality after a new study found that people with higher IQs are more at risk of developing mental illness.

A team of US researchers surveyed 3,715 members of American Mensa with an IQ higher than 130. An “average IQ score” or “normal IQ score” can be defined as a score between 85 and 115.

The team asked the Mensa members to report whether they had been diagnoses with mental illnesses, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

They were also asked to report mood and anxiety disorders, or whether the suspected they suffered from any mental illnesses that had yet to be diagnosed, as well as physiological diseases, like food allergies and asthma. After comparing this with the statistical national average for each illness they found that those in the Mensa community had considerably higher rates of varying disorders.
In my experience, the more highly intelligent people are, the more unstable they tend to be, particularly if they are women. The problem, I suspect, is that smart people are more able to rationalize their aberrant behaviors and justify their departures from observable reality, thereby leading to a vicious circle where their disorders are reinforced.

I find narcissists of the non-malignant variety to be some of the most stable smart people I know, presumably because their lack of interest in other people tends to render their social interactions less confusing and angst-inducing. The more sensitive and insecure an intelligent person is, the more likely that he is going to find himself regularly buffeted by social pressures that he simply cannot understand.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Everyone knew

Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg admits that everyone in Hollywood knew about Harvey Weinstein:
Let’s be perfectly clear about one thing:

Everybody-fucking-knew.

Not that he was raping.
No, that we never heard.
But we were aware of a certain pattern of overly-aggressive behavior that was rather dreadful.
We knew about the man’s hunger; his fervor; his appetite.
There was nothing secret about this voracious rapacity; like a gluttonous ogre out of the Brothers Grimm.
All couched in vague promises of potential movie roles.
(and, it should be noted: there were many who actually succumbed to his bulky charms. Willingly. Which surely must have only impelled him to cast his fetid net even wider).

But like I said: everybody-fucking-knew.

And to me, if Harvey’s behavior is the most reprehensible thing one can imagine, a not-so-distant second is the current flood of sanctimonious denial and condemnation that now crashes upon these shores of rectitude in gloppy tides of bullshit righteousness.

Because everybody-fucking-knew.

And do you know how I am sure this is true?
Because I was there.
And I saw you.
And I talked about it with you.
You, the big producers; you, the big directors; you, the big agents; you, the big financiers.
And you, the big rival studio chiefs; you, the big actors; you, the big actresses; you, the big models.
You, the big journalists; you, the big screenwriters; you, the big rock stars; you, the big restaurateurs; you, the big politicians.

I saw you.
All of you.
God help me, I was there with you.
There is one problem with condemning the Scott Rosenberg's of the world. If the women didn't speak up, and if so many of them were willing to make that trade, why was anyone else obligated to do so? It's not as if Harvey Weinstein had any less power over the careers of the Rosenbergs of the world.

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Liberalism: the dying faith

Pat Buchanan rightly observes that Europe is awakening to fact that liberalism is a societally suicidal lie:
Asked to name the defining attributes of the America we wish to become, many liberals would answer that we must realize our manifest destiny since 1776, by becoming more equal, more diverse and more democratic — and the model for mankind’s future.

Equality, diversity, democracy — this is the holy trinity of the post-Christian secular state at whose altars Liberal Man worships.

To traditionalist Europeans, our heaven looks like their hell.

But the congregation worshiping these gods is shrinking. And even Europe seems to be rejecting what America has on offer... Europe is rejecting, resisting, recoiling from “diversity,” the multiracial, multicultural, multiethnic and multilingual future that, say U.S. elites, is America’s preordained mission to bring about for all mankind.
This is the dilemma facing conservatives now. For sixty years, their tango with liberals was a simple matter of saying "yes, but not so fast". Now, like the liberals, they are being forced to confront the ugly reality that the end game of their ideology is the end of their society and their civilization. Not only has conservatism conserved nothing, it has aided and abetted the destruction of that which it purported to be defending.

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Alt★Hero FREESTARTR is back in business

Freestartr has fixed the system that I broke and you can now safely back the campaign and make additions again. If you are one of the six or seven people who backed the project in the last 12 hours since the last database backup, you will be contacted to confirm that the amount of your backing is correct. Both of the new Rewards, for the Rebel Figurine alone and for a single Poster, are now functional, although you'll need to scroll down to the bottom of the Rewards until they get them arranged in order later today.

In other news, we have decided to remove the 150k Stretch Goal of the 15-minute video and replace it with the creation of an Alt★Hero web site, complete with forums. I spoke with the producer, and we decided that rather than do a small video now, we'd prefer to concentrate on building a strong foundation for the series, then crowdfund a more ambitious video project next year that will be written by Chuck Dixon and me. This means that we can spend more of the resources that the backers are providing us on actual comic art and books rather than on a single video that is too short to serve as much more than an expensive marketing tool.

In the meantime, by popular demand, here is another image of Rebel. She does not cuck or cower.


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Another bite of the apple

SJWs are attempting to further converge the evangelical church in the name of "racial unity":
The willingness of evangelicals of color to remain will likely change when they begin to realize that they too are the token/mascot/poster child for white evangelical churches or institutions. Unless white evangelicalism wakes up to the realities that it’s unwillingness to sufficiently change keeps it behind the culture, instead of leading prophetically with a clear vision of the Kingdom of God, the exodus will ensue.

My hope is we can work towards an equitable unity where all people mutually submit to and honor each other.

But how do we do this?

Well, the solutions are actually quite simple. This does not mean the solutions aren’t costly or difficult, but they are simple: at every layer of evangelical leadership, allow for a solid concentration of evangelicals of color to occupy culture-shaping positions of authority. Again, the problem wasn’t theology, but culture.

We need to be aware of how we bring unconscious biases to our own litmus tests of whether people of color are theologically correct enough based on their emphasis on justice issues. Often times, people of color are viewed with greater scrutiny simply because of their skin tone. We need to be concerned with the ways our political commitments co-opt our faith commitments. The fact that people equate Christians with a particular political party is problematic, especially if we consider how both parties are deeply flawed. We need to redefine our understanding of organizational fit. This means we need to reconsider what it means to be equipped. For example, is someone equipped for the pastorate if they have racist tendencies or beliefs? And who gets to decide if they do, white people or the people they disparage?

We also need to be mindful of how networks and credibility is established. Consider who is promoted within evangelicalism through publishing deals. If a Christian publisher looks through their catalogues and white people overwhelmingly occupy the authorial space, it is likely because the people they have come across were developed through their white evangelical network. Consider who speaks at conferences like The Gospel Coalition and Together for the Gospel and you’ll see how people who had local or regional platforms, now have national or international ones. Whether you are aware of it or not, we normalize whiteness in evangelicalism by having an overwhelming majority of white speakers and only one or two plenary speakers of color. Consider the ways in which people get mentored. There are tremendous barriers to mentorship felt by Christians of color who would say they hold the same faith commitments and convictions as evangelicals do, but don’t either know or have an entry point into these networks (I fortunately, had people who helped me navigate in, but I am a part of the exception, not the rule). Consider who is appointed the most senior level leadership roles and how they are found and determined upon. It cannot be true that only white people are “called” to these positions of authority and influence and people of color are not.

If white evangelicalism is serious about representing the unity Christ calls us to in this world, this means you cannot find successors who preach like you do, see the world like you do, and share the same skin tone as you. This means Thabiti Anyabwile or Bryan Lorritts (or any of the small handful of others) cannot be the only black preachers in your conferences (despite their wonderful gifts). This means that conferences need to provide substantial opportunities for Asians and Latinos and Native Americans to speak as well. This means that senior leadership at churches cannot be satisfied with a disproportionate percentage of white pastors/elders to non-white pastors/elders.

Further, we need to look deeply into the reasons why leaders of color who occupy the top spots in Christian (evangelical) organizations and churches do not last. This means we need to have the humility to listen, but not just listen, and act upon the problems we see. This also means evangelicalism needs to allow people of color to speak for themselves and on their own terms. We also need to create pipelines for evangelicals of color to grow in leadership opportunities (see what Intervarsity did with the Daniel Project) because we know that leadership matters and that leadership shapes organizations.
Is there any problem that more Magic People of Color can't solve? It's rather remarkable how the solution to every "problem" identified by SJWs is the same, no matter whether the institution is a technology company, a position on the football team, or the evangelical church.

How do Christians not see the evil in this? How do they not smell the sulferous stink of Babylon?

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There is no black extremism

Steve Sailer points out that the New York Times has claimed that there is no such thing as racist black extremism:
Wait, what exactly is black identity extremism? The answer is: nothing. It’s a fiction, as others have powerfully argued, including Andrew Cohen, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice.

But that doesn’t make the report any less sinister. As Cohen pointed out, the F.B.I. has a “history of surveillance and intimidation of black Americans that frequently goes beyond legitimate law enforcement into paranoia, racism, and political expediency.”

The F.B.I. document takes pains to say that the mere exercise of constitutional rights to protest and even the “rhetorical embrace” of violent tactics “may not” constitute extremism. But the danger — or even the aim — is that the entire racial justice movement gets painted with the brush of terrorism.

The next time there is an act of violence by an African-American against police officers, brace yourself for the right-wing media or the attorney general or the tweeter in chief to seize on the phrase “black identity extremists.”
 Neither Mr. Rosenthal nor Mr. Sailer appears to have noticed that the inevitable conclusion of this line of reasoning is that murderous violence and other criminal behavior is simply normal black behavior.

Is that really the position the New York Times wishes to publicly assert?

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Cucktriotika

I suspect that more than a few of those who backed the Patriotika kickstarter are going to regret having done so. Apparently the gentleman responsible for it is considerably more of a cuck than he is a patriot.

However, it is very illuminating to observe that the comics industry is so converged that not only are the SJWs at Marvel and DC intent on banishing all badthink from the industry, but so are those professing to offer an alternative to them. A false alternative, as it turns out.

It should be readily apparent that Patriotika is not "A SJW's Worst Nightmare" or "what SJW Marvel loathes", as had been previously claimed. Is there any doubt that the part-time goddess, part-time college student would be majoring in Women's Studies and dating a black football player by issue #3?

I wonder how these delicate cucks would have reacted to The Dukes of Hazzard? In any event, we will be more than happy to utilize more of Tim's work, and were in fact discussing that with him even before he was informed that his work on the Alt★Hero project rendered his previous work for Mount Olympus Comics unusable.

UPDATE: It would appear that I was correct. Patriotika backers are, to put it mildly, displeased by Ron Z's decision to sit in for Marvel in playing thought police for the comics industry. The caption accompanying the picture below: "Blacklisting is not cool. Never another dime."


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Paper nationalists

If you weren't certain that civic nationalism is intrinsically cuckservative, you know better now.

"We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil," McCain said. "We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don't. We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent. We wouldn't deserve to."

Do you know where a land made of ideals can be found? In Plato's Theory of Forms. Do you know where it cannot be found? On this planet.

Bush’s version: “Our identity as a nation, and unlike many other nations, is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood. Being an American involves the embrace of high ideals and civic responsibility.”

How very strange, then, that so many US citizens do not embrace those ideals or accept any civic responsibility. Doesn't that mean they are not Americans? If a nation's identity is not determined by geography, ethnicity, soil, or blood, that does not make it special, it makes it nonexistent.

"Bigotry in any form is blasphemy."
- George W. Bush

"The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth."
- God

One wonders what god, exactly, is being blasphemed by bigotry.

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Boom!


SJWs Always Double Down is now available in audiobook. Narrated by Bob Allen, it is 6 hours and 34 minutes. Truly an astonishing performance from the Castalia House audio department; I've never seen an audio book completed and approved this quickly.

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PJ Media on Alt★Hero

PJ Media's Megan Fox interviewed me and several others about the unexpected appeal of Alt★Hero:
PJ Media reached out to Vox Day to find out more about his overnight hit.

"I was astonished, actually. I knew that people were angry about the way social justice warriors have destroyed traditional superheroes, but I didn't realize just how eager they were for an alternative," he said. "Of course, the way the SJWs on Twitter completely freaked out over Rebel and the existence of the project didn't exactly hurt."

Rebel has become the stand out hero of the upcoming series who seems to resonate the most with fans. She is beautifully drawn in the classic superhero style but seems to always be losing part of her costume.

"Being a good Southern girl, Rebel made her own costume, and the straps are supposed to be tied. However, considering how often they seem to come undone, she is giving some serious thought to having someone design her a more practical outfit," Day explained. The stars and bars are an unmistakable tweak to the SJW's who get triggered at the very thought of a confederate flag. (Remember this lunatic?) Obviously, Day isn't shrinking away from politics in these stories.

"The idea that there can be politics-free comics when everything from going to the ladies room to playing video games has been politicized is utterly absurd," he quipped. "It would be like ignoring the existence of Nazis during World War II or of Soviets during the Cold War," he argued. "The problem with Marvel and DC is not so much that they have injected politics into comics, but that they ruthlessly sacrifice the stories and even the traditional superheroes on the altar of their social justice agenda."
We also debuted a new image of Rebel, exclusive to the article.

 UPDATE: They changed the link because the star in the title was causing problems for some browsers. The link above is updated, complete with new art featuring Ghostdancer and Captain Europa.

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Convergence in a nutshell

The NFL is discovering that social justice convergence comes at a price:
“If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period.”

Those words from Jerry Jones on Oct. 8 were widely taken as a salvo delivered from an owner to all the players using the national anthem as a platform for protest.

But as I see it, that was no declaration of war on guys kneeling. I don’t think the Cowboys boss was even talking to players. My feeling: he was talking through the players, and hoping his message would land in living rooms from El Paso to Wichita Falls.

And to explain why, I’ll give you the three words that should serve as your guidepost in explaining almost everything NFL: Follow the money.

The Cowboys need those people in West Texas and on the Oklahoma border to watch. The NFL needs those people tune in too. And the proof came in the ratings not that you read about this week, but rather the ones that were privately presented to the owners over the league’s two-day meetings in lower Manhattan.

The focus Tuesday and Wednesday was on the players’ desire to have a stage to address social causes, and the associated protests during the anthem that resulted. But in the background loomed the reality that the discord of the past few weeks wasn’t good for anyone’s bottom line, and the ratings might just be the first proof.

“There’s no question this had an impact on the business,” said Giants owner John Mara. “But this is an important social issue. And sometimes you have to put the interests of the business behind the interest of issues that are more important than that.”
That sounds very noble. But there is ALWAYS an important social issue for which the interests of the business must be sacrificed. These owners would benefit greatly from someone in their inner circle reading SJWs Always Double Down, because they clearly do not realize that the SJWs will never be content no matter what concessions are made to them.

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She is unimpressed



Ryu no Seishin is observably unimpressed by the shamefully unsuper SJW-heroes of Marvel and DC. She would eviscerate the "unbeatable" Squirrel Girl with a flick of the wrist and have her skin turned into gloves without so much as blinking an eye.

A well-known conservative site has confirmed that they will be running an article about Alt★Hero later today, complete with an interview with me and exclusive new Rebel artwork. I also really like where Chuck Dixon is going with the city of Avalon, which is beginning to come to life.

To help make this happen, join the campaign. I think you'll be glad you did.

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Article 155

The Spanish government has announced that it will meet on Saturday to take the first step in suspending the autonomy of Catalonia, and the suspension will then be ratified by the Senate on Monday.

After discussing the matter in some depth with several Catalans, my impression is that they don't really want independence, which explains why they would be quite happy to remain under EU rule even if they were able to become "independent". A lot of this appears to be belated fallout from the scars of the Franco regime's suppression of Catalan language and culture, and an expression of a feeling of a general lack of respect from the rest of Spain.

One American married to a Catalan woman talked about how, despite being warned to rent a car instead of taking their car with plates indicating its Barcelona registration, he drove it to Madrid. And, as she warned him would happen, the car got keyed. He cited this as a microcosm of the general disdain that the rest of Spain holds for the Catalans.

Whether that is true or not, it does seem to reflect the general sense of the population. The problem is that while Spain has attempted to legally grant the Catalans the sense of respect they crave, and then some, by giving them a great deal of political autonomy, it's not simply possible to do so through the mechanism of government and politics.

It may be that what the Catalans really want is just impossible. You can't be simultaneously equal and special. You just can't.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Startup basics

I finally got the White Bull himself to launch a Periscope. It went pretty well for his first time, and he's putting together a plan to cover a lot of the basics that the average entrepreneur simply doesn't know. You can watch the first one here.

One thing that is definitely going to be needed is a glossary. It was kind of funny when he suddenly realized that most people simply aren't familiar with a fair number of words that one tends to take for granted in that world.

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They never learn

Supreme Dark Lord‏ @voxday
It's only a matter of time before the rest of the #FakeRight AKA Dicky Spencer's Dance Party is outed as gay Jews.

Eli Mosley‏ @ThatEliMosley
Don't be jealous because @RichardBSpencer owns the rights to a book you want to publish you greedy book merchant. Stick to vyda and comics.

Supreme Dark Lord‏ @voxday
We are helping an author whose own publisher won't even RESPOND TO HIS EMAILS.  As we have done for other authors with other publishers.

Supreme Dark Lord‏ @voxday
Richard Spencer has not responded to repeated requests for arbitration specified by the contract by the author. You know this, Eli.

Ember Wolf  🍂‏ @EmberWolfTMNM
Have you and Concernovich been drinking from the same glass in the past day? There's something in that water.

Eli Mosley‏ @ThatEliMosley
If you're asking if they collude because they are saddened by their shrinking relevance compared to us, then yea. Same shit.

Supreme Dark Lord‏ @voxday
And that was after TWO FREAKING YEARS of no royalty statements or payments. Totally irresponsible and incompetent.

Eli Mosley‏ @ThatEliMosley
So you're admitting that you're attacking him purely because of business reasons and not because you actually believe your own BS? Got it.

Supreme Dark Lord‏ @voxday
No, the way he runs his business merely confirms his lack of integrity, which I had suspected on the basis of his political actions.

Supreme Dark Lord‏ @voxday
You told me yourself that he is a complete fuck-up when it comes to details and organizational matters. Weren't you supposed to fix that?

Keep in mind that the book in question came out in 2013 and currently stands at  #684,934 in Books and #651,423 in Kindle. These Fake Right clowns literally do not understand the concept of acting on principle or helping people simply because it is the right thing to do.

Which tends to lead one to suspect that when they accuse everyone else of being shills and merchants, they are projecting on that score too. What I can't understand is what benefit they can possibly derive from clinging to the rights to the author's book when they're barely selling any copies anyhow.

And how is Richard Spencer going to accomplish anything at all when he can't even successfully run a tiny publishing house that is a fraction of the size of Castalia House? It's absolutely no surprise to me that his little marches and demonstrations have turned out to be debacles in light of what I've learned about his organizational capabilities.

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Deck the walls



$45.00
Add-On: Three-Poster Set

This is to receive a three-poster set that will consist of the backer’s choices of a) the map of the city of Avalon, b) the logo poster, c) the logo poster featuring various characters, d) Rebel Poster #1, e) Dynamique Poster #1, or d) Posters to be named later, but which likely include alternate Rebel and Dynamique posters at a bare minimum. All posters are 17″ x 21″. Most posters will be vertically oriented; the map poster will most likely be horizontal. Shipping is included.

The Alt★Hero campaign continues to advance. I just answered some questions for a large conservative site, so awareness of the series is beginning to percolate into the conservative media.

If you want to revise your backing, just email Freestartr support and tell them exactly what you want to do. This all gets sorted out when the campaign ends, so don't worry if your precise combination of things you want are not available on a single Reward or Add-on. This is just part of life on the leading edge.

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Scientists can't do science

One of the signs of a society in decline is the way in which its institutions are increasingly incapable of performing their primary functions. SJW convergence is one reason for decline, but declining intelligence and capability is another one. I suspect the latter may be the root cause of the latest scientific debacle.
Researchers warn that large parts of biomedical science could be invalid due to a cascading history of flawed data in a systemic failure going back decades. A new investigation reveals more than 30,000 published scientific studies could be compromised by their use of misidentified cell lines, owing to so-called immortal cells contaminating other research cultures in the lab.

The problem is as serious as it is simple: researchers studying lung cancer publish a new paper, only it turns out the tissue they were actually using in the lab were liver cells. Or what they thought were human cells were mice cells, or vice versa, or something else entirely.

If you think that sounds bad, you're right, as it means the findings of each piece of affected research may be flawed, and could even be completely unreliable.

"Most scientists don't intentionally publish findings on the wrong cells," explains one of the researchers, Serge Horbach from Radboud University in the Netherlands.

"It's an honest mistake. The more concerning problem is that the research data is potentially invalid and impossible to reproduce."
Science is not, and should never be, considered any sort of truth-metric. It can only be judged by its actual real-world results, which is to say, science that has not advanced to the state of being transformed into engineering can NEVER be relied upon.

This also demonstrates why it is so vital to construct a solid and reliable foundation, because building upon intellectual sand means the entire edifice is eventually bound to collapse.

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Dicky Spencer's Dance Party

The Fake Right are complete phonies and they always have been:
After a lifetime of involvement with the far-right Kevin Wilshaw announces on Channel 4 News that he is leaving the movement – at the same time publicly coming out as gay. The well known National Front organiser in the 1980s was still active in white supremacist groups earlier this year – including speaking at events. But tonight on Channel 4 News he explains for the very first time why he is publicly disavowing the movement – sharing his secrets, explaining how he was both a Neo-Nazi and of Jewish heritage.

“You have other members leading National Front who are overtly gay.... “I want to do some damage as well, not to ordinary people but the people who are propagating this kind of rubbish – want to hurt them, show what it’s like for those who are living a lie and be on the receiving end of this type of propaganda, I want to hurt them.”
We should have known this, on the principle that a) SJWs always project and b) SJWs always seek to infiltrate.

I remember being surprised when I interviewed Richard Spencer and discovered him to be to the Left of the entire Brainstorm community and surprisingly vague about anything that was policy related. This was the great extremist, the outlaw intellectual? My initial assumption was that he simply had poor judgment and hadn't really formulated his political philosophy, especially when he went from one public relations debacle to the next without ever managing to accomplish anything substantial or do anything useful.

But it wasn't until I discovered that Spencer had opposed Brexit and supported the European Union that I began to conclude that he, and at least a portion of what I called the Alt White, were not even of the ideological Right at all. I soon got confirmation from Greg Johnson, Andrew Anglin, and their fellow travellers, as they tried to simultaneously - and dishonestly - argue that a) they were the most extreme right of the right-wing, b) any criticism of them was "punching right", and c) the terms of left and right were outdated and meaningless.

I don't know about you, but anyone who has read SJWADD will recognize that form of rhetorical sophistry. It is ambiguity.

Arguments such as the following depend upon ambiguity. ‘Those learn who know: for it is those who know their letters who learn the letters dictated to them’. For to ‘learn’ is ambiguous; it signifies both ‘to understand’ by the use of knowledge, and also ‘to acquire knowledge’. 

And when I had the opportunity to see how Spencer had treated his authors, how he had not paid them or even reported book sales to them for literal years, how he had gone dark rather than respond to repeated telephone calls and emails, I understood that his character was very, very different than he sought to portray it to be.

Once I saw that the Fake Right was not only sophistical and dishonest, but was using its rhetoric in the interest of  pushing its knowing and intentional falsehoods, it became obvious why they were constantly accusing me and other married men of various non-Jewish backgrounds, of being gay and being Jewish. It was, of course, because they were projecting.

There is nothing right about the Fake Right in any sense of the term. They are not of the ideological Right. They are not straight; notice how few of them have wives, girlfriends, or children. And it is increasingly questionable how many of them are even white despite their clownish proclamations about white supremacy. They are no more genuine than the swastikas that so often appear on synagogue walls, the nooses that regularly appear on college campuses, and the date rapes that so often occur to outspoken feminists.

Don't be fooled. There is no truth in them. The Fake Right is The Pink Swastika 2: Iron Menorah.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Of possible interest


What's extremely exciting, at least to me, is that someone I very much respect recently informed me that he has picked up both books and intends to read them. I don't know what he'll make of them, but I do hope he'll at least find some of the information in them to be useful.

From the reviews of SJWs Always Double Down:
  • An improvement over the groundbreaking first. Where the examples in SJW's Always Lie were a little inside-baseball, these are literally ripped from today's headlines. Anyone who does not live in a cave who reads this book will instantly recognize the goings on. I have several people in organizations I'll be buying this book for instantly.
  • A worthy follow up to the first volume. After reading SJWs Always Lie I started noticing the patterns from the book in the news. I would not have noticed them without reading the book. Forewarned is forearmed. I recommend this book to individuals who may be attacked by SJWs and for executives who may be apolitical but who do not want to see their businesses ruined.
  • The insight into the SJW psychological breakdown is probably the most important part, something SJWs Always Lie did not cover. Once you know your enemy, you can better predict them.

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Mailvox: convergence in the churches

SC wonders where it starts:
In your chapter in SJWADD on the SJW convergence sequence, you talk mostly about corporations and how they can be slowly infiltrated. You do mention churches in places, particularly the saga of North Heights. I have one question about the infiltration/reinforcement stage as it applies to churches. You point to HR as the primary locus of SJW infiltration in companies. What do you think it is in a church? I would say the two best places would be children's ministry and a deaconess ministry (if a church already has one); basically, stuff that allows someone to have behind-the-scenes or administrative influence.
The first place it starts is the Sunday Schools, because it is always hard to find the teachers and women are much more inclined to take on the role of educating children. The second place is the administrative functions, because those are not traditionally considered to be subject to the various strictures relevant to the Biblical standards. After all, the Bible may limit pastoral duties and the Elders to men, but says nothing about accountants and secretaries.

The third place is the singles ministry. Because no one, least of all good Christians, wants to blame single mothers for their poor choices, and because too many of the men who attend the singles' groups tend to be low in socio-sexual status, there is a natural tendency to gravitate toward secular standards and feminism that provides an entry point for convergence. Be particularly wary of any pastor who moves into leadership from either the singles or women's ministry.

It would probably be very useful to research how the women who end up in the pulpit at converged churches began their careers in the church. That would provide a sound basis for what is merely casual observation and conjecture at this point. Where, for example, did Mindy Bak first begin her career at North Heights?

For more about this, read SJWS Always Double Down.

Mailvox: another reader notes that a female family member, my sister is a "minister" in a thoroughly converged church, got her start in the women's ministry in college.

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We win again!

Overheard:

VD: Did we win?
Vineyard shop employee #1: Win what?
VD: Did we buy the most bottles today?
VSE #1: What?
VD: Did we buy the most bottles of anyone who took the tour today?
VSE #1: Um... actually, yes.
VD & SB: (high-five)
E: So, what do we win?
VSE #1: What?
E: Don't we get a prize?
VSE #2: Hold on. (goes and retrieves a bottle, puts it in a gift bag.) Here you go!
Everyone: Hurray! (poses for a picture with both employees.)

All right, so there may have been an amount of wine-tasting involved. A considerable amount, as it happens. Actually, the best part was the five-star lunch at the restaurant owned by the vineyard, where we were the only diners today. Jose, our waiter, put on a truly professional show, complete with a freaking easel and cardboard posters, as well as an unforgettable explanation of how all of the animals who went into the meal were lovingly raised on the premises before being slaughtered. It was more than a meal, it was an education.

Jose: And the core of this next dish is the little lamb from our farm here, whom I raised myself and permitted to sleep in my own bed every night, until this very morning, when I strangled him in the most loving and humane manner you can imagine. We should all be so fortunate as to perish in a manner as quick and painless as little Pepe. (sniffs, brushes away a tear) He is served in a sauce of butternuts and rancid red wine, with potatoes, leeks, and chunks of jamon.

SB: So how did you kill the cuttlefish in the last dish?

Jose: What?

E: Who cuddles fish?

To quote F, you know it's going to be a great meal when a) there is literally no one else in the restaurant, and b) there are three wine glasses per setting on the table. As it turned out, they ended up bringing a fourth glass per person, thereby raising the level from epic to legendary. Four people, three bottles. And that was before the wine-tasting started.

Needless to say, they got straight 5s on the customer satisfaction ratings. Except for F's, who simply scrawled BEST TOUR EVER across his form.

Say what you will about Spacebunny and me, but we always win the wine tour. And if you're a Foundation-level Voxiversity backer, you can rest assured, your European experience is going to be epic. We've spent 20 years researching this sort of thing.

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Tick-tock

The latest rumor from the deeps: Julian Assange, Sean Hannity, and company are giving Robert Mueller until the 21st to act on DNC/Russia/GOPe collusion. Assange released the hashes to the media for the data dump on the 15th. Either Mueller can do his job and act on information he already has, and that he knows Trump knows he has, or he can try to explain why he didn't do anything with it when everyone learns what he has been sitting on.

This is NOT to be confused with Three Disclosures that have been separately mentioned and are believed to be of larger scope. It is believed to be possible that it may help lay the foundation for them, however.

For indications of confirmation, look for media reports claiming the Pakistani IT guy now in FBI custody, Awan, to be somehow tied to the murder of Seth Rich. Since he's already been taken, the guilty parties will attempt to blame as much as they can on him. In any event, this promises to be bigger than the previous Wikileaks release of the Podesta emails.

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Dreams of Avalon


This is genuinely exciting. It means that the author of the Alt★Hero series Avalon will be constructing a detailed city map of Avalon in cooperation with a highly skilled cartographer, bringing the fictional city to life in more ways than one. Later today, we will add a reward with various poster options, one of which is a full-color city map of Avalon. If you haven't done so yet, you can join the campaign here.

Speaking of Mr. Dixon, The Injustice Gamer is enthusiastic, not only about Mr. Dixon's involvement, but the specific way in which he is involved.
Chuck Dixon knows how to work in parallel with another writer. He also has been burned enough in the industry that if he trusts someone to put his name with a project, the deal is solid. What does his involvement with Alt*Hero mean? From what I've gathered from Vox's postings, Dixon's stories will be written in parallel, but entirely in a city called Avalon. In fact, that's the name of the book.

There's another well reputed book that features a city and its heroes. That's Astro City, written by very liberal Kurt Busiek. Now, Mr. Busiek hasn't sacrificed all his talent to preach SJW thought, but there's been more instances in recent volumes. So, I'm going to hope that in many ways, Avalon will end up being a response to Astro City.
My experience with city-focused fiction has been more literary than comics, but I'm familiar enough with the genre to be stoked about the possibilities this creates. And, by the way, in the event you are a very good illustrator, we've decided it would be a good idea to add one more to the Alt★Hero team. If you think you've got the necessary skills, please send me a link to your portfolio.

And in case you're interested, this is a concept illustration of one of our new heroes, Ryu no Seishin, also known as Spirit of the Dragon. She is another of our backer-designed heroes, and was designed by the very woman who will be cosplaying her.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Mailvox: successfully fighting SJWs

HS writes to tell how SJWADD helped her rout an SJW attempting to converge her neighborhood's site:
Just wanted to send my thanks for your great primer on fighting SJWs.  Today on a social networking site used in my neighborhood I saw an attempt at an SJW convergence.  I instantly recognized the technique from reading your book about SJWs, and used the methods you described to stop it.  Of course she used the SJW argument about “civility” and “inclusion” but I was able to predict and rebut her arguments, and those of her white knight.  My instant fighting back and strong rhetoric encouraged others neighbors to attack her, and she ended up leaving the site.  I’m glad I read your book because I would probably have argued in good faith and not been aggressive, and we may have lost a great tool my neighborhood uses for security, recommendations, and finding services.  It was really amazing to watch how she argued exactly as you said she would, it was like being psychic.  Thanks for your effort in fighting these people!
This stuff actually works because it's real and it is battle-tested. It's not all just theory and hypotheses.

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Because they haven't lost enough fans

ProFootballTalk, which should change its name to FlagFootballTalk, has an exceptionally bad idea:
The hit that broke Aaron Rodgers‘ collarbone on Sunday wasn’t illegal. Maybe it should be.

Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr hit Rodgers just after Rodgers released a pass, and the two of them tumbled to the turf with Barr on top of Rodgers. That rather ordinary hit broke Rodgers’ collarbone and dramatically affected the entire NFL season, possibly knocking Rodgers out until 2018 and in the process ending realistic Super Bowl hopes for the Packers.

I think it may be time for a radical rule change, one that makes hits like Barr’s illegal. It may be time for the NFL to consider dramatically expand the roughing the passer rules, and treat quarterbacks like kickers and punters: Basically, you can’t hit them at all once they’ve thrown a pass.

I know, I know, you’re going to tell me I’m soft and weak and ruining the game of football, and that we might as well just play flag football if we’re going to do that. And I’m here to tell you I’ve heard it all before.

I heard the same thing when the NFL changed the roughing the passer rules to prohibit low hits on quarterbacks after Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2008: “How can defensive players possibly be expected to avoid those hits?” But defensive players adjusted, and it’s now unremarkable that those hits are penalized.

And I heard the same thing when the NFL implemented the horse-collar tackle rule: “How can any defensive player ever catch a runner from behind?” But defensive players adjusted, and now the horse-collar tackle rule has been adopted at every level of football and is completely noncontroversial.

I believe the same thing would happen if the NFL dramatically changed the roughing the passer rule. Yes, at first it would seem wrong to see defensive players penalized for putting a shoulder in a quarterback’s chest after he throws a pass. But defensive players would get used to it, coaches would get used to it, and fans would get used to it.

And it would make the game safer for the quarterbacks, the most important players on the field. Is it really a good thing for the NFL that Aaron Rodgers might miss the entire season? Are hits like Barr’s really so fundamental to football that we can’t outlaw them for the health of quarterbacks and the good of the sport? I don’t think so.

The NFL already protects quarterbacks far more than it did when I was growing up as a football fan in the 1980s. But the league can do more. Roughing the passer needs to be expanded.
If they're going to further protect the quarterback, then they need to make it easier for the defensive players to sack them. Either go to two-hands-touch and he's down or give the quarterback two flags and tearing off one of them means he's down. As silly as those options sound, they are much better than pretending that it is still legal to tackle the quarterback, but banning most of the ways to actually tackle him.

But I have two better ideas that will fix nearly everything that is wrong with the NFL on the field.

  1. Weight limits determined by position. No more 280-pound steroid monsters running a 4.6 forty. Get too big, you won't play.
  2. Require quarterbacks to call all the plays with no more interference from the coaches and sidelines.
Of course, neither of these rules changes will fix the problem of convergence of the league's owners and office, but they would fix the main problem of the on-field product being increasingly boring.

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The promised rise of nationalism

It is here. It is now. You may recall that I was one of the very few observers of European politics who predicted this years ago. I said it would take two election cycles for the nationalists to come fully to power. We're still in the first one.

  • In a recent poll by the Czech Academy of Sciences, the ANO scored 30.9 percent, more than the two traditional heavyweights in Czech politics -- the Social Democrat CSSD and the right-wing ODS -- combined, who scored just 13.1 percent and 9.1 percent respectively.
  • The takeover of the OeVP in May by "Emperor Kurz" was as swift as it was radical. First he ended the decade-long unhappy coalition with the Social Democrats (SPOe). Then he rebranded the OeVP and its black party colour as a turquoise "movement" tough on migrants and easy on taxes. The strategy of "putting Austrians first" propelled the sluggish OeVP to pole position in opinion polls and Kurz to near-rock star status.
  • The People’s Party (OVP) got 31.6 per cent of the vote, according to exit polls from pollster SORA. Mr Kurz's party is tough on migration, easy on taxes and widely Eurosceptic after rebranding itself over the last few months to propel its popularity in the wealthy Alpine nation. The 31-year-old is expected to form a coalition with the right-wing populist Freedom Party (FPO), who got 26.9 per cent of the vote, according to the latest projections. 
Of course, as with Brexit, the nationalists still have to deliver and free their nations from both the migrant invasions and the chains of the European Union. But be that as it may, it is clear that they have the democratic mandate of their nations, as well as the duty, to do so.

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Taleb calls out Mary Beard

This online relationship between these two intellectuals continues to be highly entertaining:
NassimNicholasTaleb @nntaleb
1/ Many aggressive pseudolibs have smthg highly politically incorrect hidden in them.
-Weinstein demeans women
-Mary Beard is deeply racist
73 replies 83 retweets 299 likes

mary beard‏ @wmarybeard  3h3 hours ago
Could you please take this tweet down.
28 replies 10 retweets 262 likes

NassimNicholasTaleb‏ @nntaleb
Dear Prof. Beard,
I am aware of your attempts (direct & via an overactive mob) at constraining my rights of expression. The answer is no.
About the only way it could get better is if Beard is dumb enough to take Taleb, who never backs down from a fight, to court. I have no doubt that he'd be able to prove his case six different ways and end up with Beard being forced to pay for an official court determination of her own racism.

For crying out loud, all Taleb has to do is cite any of 500 different African-American scholars to conclusively prove that Mary Beard is white, therefore his assertion is true and cannot possibly be considered defamatory.

In fact, this may be an interesting new anti-SJW front in the cultural war.

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Kaepernick sues NFL for collusion

Colin Kaepernick confirms league-wide suspicions that he's more of a pain than he's worth:
Colin Kaepernick has been waiting patiently for his next NFL opportunity. His patience has now expired. PFT has confirmed that Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The grievance alleges that the NFL’s teams colluded in not signing him to a contract, presumably due to his decision to kneel during the national anthem in 2016.

Kaepernick has retained outside counsel to handle the claim. The NFL Players Association will remain in touch with Kaepernick as the grievance proceeds; however, Kaepernick’s private counsel will be spearheading the effort.

The filing of the grievance was first reported by Mike Freeman of BleacherReport.com.

Kaepernick became a free agent in March after opting out of the final year of his contract with the 49ers. (San Francisco G.M. John Lynch has said that the team would have cut Kaepernick if he hadn’t opted out.) The Seahawks brought Kaepernick in for a visit, but did not sign him. The Ravens were considering adding Kaepernick during training camp. Owner Steve Bisciotti publicly acknowledged that fans had expressed opposition to the possibility.

The last straw may have been the failure of the Titans to give Kaepernick a tryout after quarterback Marcus Mariota suffered an injured hamstring. The Titans instead brought in Brandon Weeden, Matt McGloin, Matt Barkley, and T.J. Yates, before signing Weeden.
The clever part is that if Kaepernick wins, the Collective Bargaining Agreement will be voided, so even players who don't support Kaepernick will have an incentive to hope he wins. The not-so-clever part is that it appears highly unlikely that he will win. The fact that nobody wants him on their roster is not indicative of collusion, it is merely a sign that no team wants to anger its season-ticket holders.

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