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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Super Bowl L

Let's revisit what I said on Championship Weekend:

New School NFL over Old School NFL for the 50th Anniversary Super Bowl, thereby symbolically denoting the transformation of America into the New America. Predictive programming calls for Carolina.

It's Peyton's Last Ride rather than the Dynamic Duo's Last Hurrah, but the symbolic narrative remains the same. Ergo, Carolina.

This happens to be supported by the football analysis: great defense plus good offense beats great defense plus mediocre offense. Considering that Denver couldn't beat Seattle when Peyton Manning was just as wily but his arm was still good, I don't see how Denver is going to beat Carolina.

I expect a reasonably comfortable Carolina win, and because I am an old school NFC fan, I would welcome that. But regardless, this is your Super Bowl 50 thread.

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Mailvox: a woman's take on female suffrage

It's nice to see a woman actually reflect upon the issue rather than reacting emotionally to it. Ironically, only women who could most likely be trusted with the vote are able to do so. I've yet to run into a woman who is able to even try to defend female suffrage on any basis beyond a) personal feelings, b) "fairness", and c) an appeal to the Unicorn of Equality.
I read “Mailvox: Stampeding the Sheep” with great interest.  The first time I ever heard someone suggest that women should not vote was my mother when I was a child.  I am 47 years old so it was some years ago.  The second time I heard this was from you.  I use to think my mom was just nuts, but her words left me wondering.  Here’s why:
  • Invincible:  I believed I could do everything a man could.  I graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, served as an intel and targeting officer for 7 years before realizing my true vocation was wife and mother.  Although my mom despised women in general, she hated the idea that I married (right after graduating) and started to have kids.  She was terrified I would be completely dependent on a man like she was.  Why is this important?  Simply because the feminists have ingrained in my generation a complete (and unreasonable) fear of male dominance.
  • Vote:  Why should women not vote?  I thought about this for years.  I consider myself more intelligent, more politically astute, and more educated/well-read than most men.  However, that does not outweigh one important limitation:  emotion.  This is what you brought up in your post.  Unlike men, women must be TAUGHT not to act on their emotions.  For us, this is an immediate response to whatever happens around us (perhaps this is one of the reasons we immediately bond with our babies so it’s not a bad thing if used correctly).  Men, on the other hand, hold back their emotions, but if they do not eventually act, they explode.  My experience tells me women explode immediately without thought and men explode later with thought.  Most women vote because of how they FEEL.  Bad move.  It has destroyed our societies and made us completely dependent on government.
  • Need: Women also have an innate need to be cared for, protected, and loved.  This is why the male European inaction regarding the Muslim invasion is so appalling.  The problem is the Baby Boomers are responsible for two generations (Gen X and the Millennials) that are incapable of doing anything (Yes, I blame the Baby Boomers, but I also blame the so called Greatest Generation who coddled, spoiled, and raised them).  Women just replaced their men with a colder, harsher, less faithful spouse, the government.  Unfortunately, while men are neutered, women think they are Black Widow.
  • Black Widow:  I really believed I could be as strong, as fast, and as fierce as any man.  I just had to work hard.  Why?  Because the feminists who indoctrinated me said so.  I’m ex military, dabbled in martial arts, love cross-fit, and keep a personal trainer.  No matter what I try to do physically, I CANNOT compete with a man (OK, I can compete with the young teenage boys).  The only thing that evens out this playing field is a gun (arm up feminists because men aren’t going to help you).  The feminists set their little darling daughters up for complete failure.  We could not compete in this way, but our mom’s insisted our self-worth must be measured against a man’s.  What did that mean?  ALL women are failures by this standard.  That reality hit me hard because it meant women are useless (this kind of supports the Muslim teachings doesn’t it?  Thanks, feminists.  No wonder you are silent with Islamic FGM)
  • Baby Making:  Yep.  This is what completes a woman.  It is not to say that some women cannot succeed in careers.  Many have exceptional skills and should pursue their God given talent.  However, the feminists told us making babies is for stupid women (you know, the surrogates they pay to have their babies for them).  That’s NOT true.  The first time I felt that I actually accomplished something, was the day I first held my daughter. 
  • Men:  My fear of only men having the vote was unfounded.  My man would NEVER vote against his family’s best interest.  Neither would any man I know.  There is a trade off, however.  Men, you need to man up and demand your rights.  That means putting women in their place which, according to my Catholic teaching, is above you. This is what distinguishes the Christian West from the rest of the world.  As life-bearers, women continue life, nurture it, and sustain it.  We pass on culture, tradition, and history.  This is why Islam cannot coincide with Christians:  they hate, despise, and denigrate women.  I believe the primary reason the Islamic world is such a hellhole is because the proper role of women was annihilated.  Well, the West has also harmed the proper role of women, just not to the same degree as Islam (Islam also has the benefit of more than 1000 years to make their brain damage permanent).  Men must reassert their proper place and women need to climb back onto their pedestal. 
I have so much more to say, but I am grateful if you read this.  Mr. Day, you are right and if more men stand up, women will be much happier.  Most of my generation don’t even know what happened because we never saw what the Baby Boomers had (their moms in their proper and much happier roles in the home).  I’ve seen both sides of this issue.  The feminists built a very dark place for their daughters.  Will we recognize what they did before it comes crashing down?  I doubt it.  Perhaps Islam will open women’s eyes to what they have and thank God everyday for Christianity.  If we want men to protect us, we cannot vote against them.  They alone must have this power.
The reality is that female suffrage can only be eliminated through despotism, most likely of the sort that comes about through societal collapse. The one possible non-catastrophic solution, which is probably already too late now that Obama and Mutti Merkel have combined to unleash a Muslim invasion of the West, is direct democracy.

And that is why I am an advocate of direct democracy with full female suffrage: it is both possible as well as an improvement on a system that is clearly incompatible with societal survival and Western civilization.

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Bring the 3rd World, become the 3rd World

Western civilization is contracting before our eyes in France:
From the air it appears as an urban sprawl, fanning in all directions, gobbling up every available scrap of land.

With its schools, theatre, nightclub, shops and restaurants, the migrants’ camp known as the Jungle has now become a thriving Calais suburb, albeit a ramshackle one.

As our aerial pictures show, the camp on the edge of the French port has expanded beyond recognition in six months.

Last summer it was home to about 3,000 people awaiting their chance of a new life across the Channel in the UK. Now its population, made up of 22 nationalities, edges towards 7,000. But while there are some vestiges of basic infrastructure, conditions in the camp remain dangerous and unsanitary.
Civilization is not land or buildings. It is not technology or infrastructure. It is people. The Greeks understood this. The Romans understood this. Import enough uncivilized people, allow enough barbarians entry, and your society will become uncivilized.

This doesn't mean civilization is dying, as some would have it. Such barbarization is not merely reversible, it is easily reversed. It merely requires changing the authorities that presently rule the West, which will happen. The only question is when.

And before any Americans complacently predict the end of France, I suggest having a look at what southern and central California look like now, or reading Victor Davis Hanson's mournful dirges for the land of his youth.

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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Roosh's press conference

Roosh prison-rapes the media at his press conference.

Roosh: "What happened in Cologne on New Years Eve? What happened in Cologne? Who can tell me what happened there?"

Media: silence

Roosh: "When a real rape happens, that goes against the agenda of your boss, you guys hide it."

Media: silence

Roosh: "Not only are you guys not honest... when real harm takes place, you guys don't say anything. And that is not fair. That is not right."
Let me know when a transcript is available and I'll put it up here in its entirety.

Reporter: Do you consider yourself a victim in this scenario?

Roosh: No.... but if you did something wrong, I get to call you out on it.

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The curation challenge

This is an excellent article that underlines the importance of what we are presently doing with Castalia House and REDACTED. It's not about production or distribution anymore, but curation. And while the SJWs in possession of the cultural high ground understand this, they fortunately do not understand how to properly utilize it in a manner that will permit them to hold onto it.
For thousands of years, media was a privilege of the elite, concentrated in cities and confined to a single moment in time. With Edison’s phonograph, music had become non-rivalrous, infinitely replicable and indefinite. Yes, it took decades until the average family could afford a record player or radio, but the dawn of democratized consumption had arrived.

Unfortunately, however, this same trend led to an ossification in content creation and distribution. Records, after all, cost money. Production was expensive – as was distribution, marketing and promotion. So expensive, in fact, that almost every artist lacked the capital required to actually release their music – a need that paved the way for record labels (or TV studios, film studios, publishers etc.) that would finance said efforts in exchange for hefty royalty fees and content rights. These money men though wouldn’t and couldn’t afford to invest in every artist with a dream. Given the upfront cost of talent development and distribution, labels invested in “Arts & Repertoire” men, whose job it was to sift through countless musicians in order to identify the select few with “commercial viability”. Potential artists were then further cut down in number when it came time to actually distributing their content – and then again via marketing/promotional support. Underlying this fact was an unavoidable truth: content publishers had scale-related disincentives to support more than a handful of artists. Why record, distribute, market and promote 15 albums if you can achieve the same unit sales with 10?

Though this system was far from ideal, it was the inevitable outcome of a market in which talent was abundant, capital limited, distribution bandwidth (e.g. shelf-space, broadcast spectrum, print layouts) scarce, barriers high, and the cost of failure significant. But as a result, the content industry slowly shaped itself around a mysterious cabal of financiers and executive tastemakers that essentially programmed the national media identity. And anyone who wanted in had to move to New York, LA or Nashville, pay their dues and hope to work their way up until they could call the shots.

Of course, the music business was far from alone. The more expensive the medium, the more constrained the supply, the smaller the community and more homogenous the content. Local disc jockeys, newspapers and TV affiliates did have the opportunity to repackage and reprogram – to imprint their personality or take, if you will – but this was limited in scope, drew upon only the content that was already distributed, had to fit within an existing corporate identity and, again, depended on access to capital or infrastructure.

Over time, however, technology did what it does best: production costs fell, quality went up and distribution bandwidth increased. Economics, in turn, improved, as did the industry’s carrying capacity – the number of artists, titles, and pieces of content that could be supported. The media business was beginning to loosen up.

But it took until the late 2000s – more than a century after the phonograph – for creation and distribution to truly democratize. With the Internet, distribution became free and truly non-rival (if a bit non-excludable), while the proliferation of low-cost media equipment, mobile devices, and powerful editing software dramatically lowered the costs of production. The rise of creator-based consumption platforms and crowd-funding platforms, meanwhile, eliminated many of the remaining barriers hindering independent content creation. This meant that content could not only be created by those outside the business, but that commercializing this content became significantly less expensive and risky. This led to a massive increase in available, indexed and distributed content.

While the media business benefited from many of these changes, the consequences have been fundamentally destabilizing. The television industry has experienced such a surge in original content that annual cancellation rates have quintupled over the past 15 years (twice as many original scripted series were cancelled last year than even aired in 2000). Since 1985, the indie film industry has seen a nearly twentyfold increase in the number of theatrical releases even though ticket sales have remained flat (in 2014, the Head of SXSW’s film festival decried that “the impulse to make a film had far outrun the impulse to go out and watch one”). Plummeting music sales and unprecedented competition have made launching a new artist so expensive that catalogue sales now make up more than 200% of major label profits (in 2014, David Goldberg privately encouraged Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton to essentially halt A&R efforts, as well as investments in actually making new music). With the democratization of media creation, it’s easier than ever to make content but harder than ever to make a hit.

Ironically, the increasing difficulty in creating hits has not bolstered the “hit maker” system but rather further weakened it instead. In 2013, Macklemore became the first unsigned artist since 1994 to have a number-one single in the United States – a feat he repeated just three months later. Mega-star Taylor Swift has been with an independent label since her debut album and multi-platinum groups such as The Eagles and Radiohead have left the majors to start their own. The struggles of print publishing are well-known, but the uniqueness of some of “print’s” recent successes are worth mentioning. The 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, which has outsold The Harry Potter septet on Amazon in the United Kingdom and made author E.L. James 2012’s highest-earning author, became a viral hit on FanFiction.net long before it was picked up in print (and it’s unlikely a publisher would have bought the rights upfront). Andy Weir’s The Martian is another self-publishing success story.

This metamorphosis is about far more than ever increasing amounts of content and a handful of stars existing outside the traditional media ecosystem. The entire media business is inverting. For decades, scarce capital and constrained distribution capacity meant that the media’s industry bottlenecks sat in the middle of the value chain. Today, however, the bottleneck has moved to the very end: consumer attention. This shifts the balance of power from determining what should be made to finding a way to convince people what to watch, listen to or read in a world of infinitely abundant content.

The preeminence of this challenge has given to the rise of a new type of aggregator-distributor, including news content sites like Gawker, the Huffington Post and BuzzFeed; video and music aggregation services like Netflix, YouTube and Pandora; and even physical products subscription offerings like Birchbox and Lootcrate. What’s more, it enabled the major social networks to use their customer data to build massive stickiness, launch their own publishing platforms and become traffic kingmakers. More broadly, this shift has swung the balance of power from programmers with the ability to greenlight content to curators with the ability to get that content heard, seen or read. Of course, the old programming and financing guard remain important, but with the democratization of production and the explosion of content creation, the power of 1st party programming is quickly being eclipsed by the ascendance of 3rd party content curation. The gatekeepers are still manning their posts, but the city outgrew the walls and the barbarians circumvented the gates entirely.
Content is still king, but distribution is no longer the gate at which the gatekeepers can control it. That doesn't mean there will be no more gates or gatekeepers, but content will now be influenced rather than controlled, and the influencers will be different people with very different skill sets.

It's easy to produce content now. It's easy to distribute now too. But how do you reach the consumers, let them know your content exists, and convince them to try it instead of the myriad other options? That's the curation challenge.

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The Third Law at work

Oliver Keyes of the Wikimedia Foundation doesn't like the fact that people have noticed his attempt to enforce SJW thought-policing on the R Foundation:
In which Oliver Keyes Sciences the Shit Out of the Arseholes on his Blog.

Every time you make a web request (with some exceptions we won't get into here) browsers send along to the new page or server the place you're coming from. If you click from here to this Wikipedia link, the Wikipedia request logs will show you came from my website.

Similarly, if you come from another site to my website, most of the time I can work out where that other site is. So I took the referers for people leaving comments. Then I turned them into human-readable text, stripped out those referers with fewer than 5 distinct users, and the results look a little something like:

suck it, MRAs

Unsurprisingly, Vox Day's readers are arseholes. Not just some of them, but all of them: every one of them who managed to painfully peck at their keyboard and hit save was a pillock of the highest calibre, contributing absolutely nothing of value to to the conversation.
But given that it is Mr. Keyes who is speaking of "arseholes", one should probably consider the source:
In a shocking decision today, the English Wikipedia's highest volunteer governing body, the Arbitration Committee, has defrocked a Wikimedia Foundation paid contract staff member, Oliver Keyes, for "conduct unbecoming an administrator, and for bringing the project into disrepute".

This morning, August 12th, the seventh straight unopposed vote to remove the administrator tools from Mr. Keyes was leveled by Scottish arbitrator, AGK. Recall, that Examiner reported several weeks ago that Keyes had uttered some rather crude and offensive remarks on Wikimedia Foundation discussion channels -- including a suggestion that another Wikipedia editor should be set on fire, and a recommendation that someone should stab a particular woman in the throat with a pen, then look on "as her attempts to wave for help got increasingly feeble".
This brings the Third Law of SJW to mind: SJWs always project. Which raises the obvious question: why is this guy still working at the Wikimedia Foundation? Does the Wikimedia Foundation endorse stabbing women in the throat?

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Rabid Puppies 2016: Best Semiprozine

The preliminary recommendations for Best Semiprozine category:
  • Abyss & Apex
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Daily Science Fiction
  • Sci-Phi Journal
  • Strange Horizons
On a related note, Mike Glyer of File 770 replies to demands that he repudiate my recommendation of his site for Best Fanzine.
People I respect have suggested I publicly demand that Vox Day remove File770 from the Rabid Puppies slate. Then having done so, if Day fails to comply and I ultimately receive a Hugo nomination, they feel I can accept it with a clear conscience.

If I understand Steve Davidson correctly, he wants everyone to make a public statement repudiating slates. I don’t think people are unclear on how I feel about slates, thus it really becomes a question whether — by modeling that behavior — I want to encourage Steve to go around hammering people who don’t post the equivalent of an oath. I don’t.

Consider this point. I have been planning to nominate Black Gate because I’ve been reading it since last year’s Hugo contretemps brought it to my attention, and think they do a terrific job. What if they don’t make a public declaration? Should I leave them off my ballot? And thereby fail to do what I tell every other Hugo voter to do, nominate the stuff they think is the best?

I’m not voting for Black Gate because of a slate, and I don’t intend to be prevented from voting for it by a factor that has nothing to do with what I think about the quality of its work. That’s also why I’m choosing not to follow the advice I received about handling File 770’s appearance on the slate, though the advice is well intended.
As I have repeatedly stated, what I recommend is no one else's concern or responsibility, regardless of why I chose to recommend it. Mike is doing the right thing by simply playing it straight, letting the cards fall where they may, and not worrying about how many people happen to share my preferences.


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Mailvox: stampeding the sheep

It's amazing to see how the media was able to whip up a fearstorm on the basis of absolutely nothing, not even a dubious accusation.
I'm a long time lurker at your site. Today i got a panicked call from my daughter who goes to Boston University. The rumor on campus is that a dangerous group of men were planning to form a mob and rape women this evening. She wanted to know what to do to be safe. She sent me this link from facebook

I assured her that it was a hoax and that she had nothing to worry about from Roosh and company.

I thought that you might be interested to see this going around social media and that students are genuinely concerned.
This may be the most cogent argument against female suffrage ever presented. Especially considering that many, if not most, of the same young women will blithely insist that importing one million Muslim migrants can't possibly cause any problems.

One would think these easily stampeded young women would be far more concerned about a man who has written about his own stalkerish tendencies. And remember, we have been reliably informed that "writing something that shows you're a horrible person and then proclaiming "it's satire!" neither makes it satire or excuses you."


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Friday, February 05, 2016

An SJW has a point

It's time to fork OSS. Not just one project, the entire community needs to be forked so we can let the SJWs see if they can develop software by doing nothing but policing one another's behavior. After all, we're told that this is the most important part of software development.

Storm Henry ‏@hnrysmth
I see the Gamergate people getting more involved in this CoC debate and I see the dev community members welcoming & signal boosting them

Storm Henry ‏@hnrysmth
I want to make it super clear how messed up this is. When that circus comes to town bad things happen.

Storm Henry ‏@hnrysmth
I also see developers, especially in the PHP community, who are just openly Gamergaters on their main accounts under their real names

Storm Henry ‏@hnrysmth
Defo wanna see consequences for the guys bringing GG into the OSS community. Wanna see some Lanyrd speaker profiles abruptly stop at 2015.

Storm Henry ‏@hnrysmt
an easy thing you can personally do to help if you're a developer is unfollow/block the guys who you know are buddying up with gamergate etc

Storm Henry ‏@hnrysmt
precedent needs to be set: you can have full access to the OSS community, or you can chill with the organised harassment community. not both

Supreme Dark Lord ‏@voxday
You're absolutely right. It's time to fork the entire OSS community.

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Microcosm and harbinger

Migrants are lowering Germany's average intelligence, to say nothing of their educational standards:
According to a detailed report in Sueddeutsche, more and more German families are switching their child’s schooling because of the presence of more and more migrant children who often disrupt class and bully native Germans.

The article tells the story of a typical German family (names have been changed) and a typical German father who like many is eager to prove how tolerant and multicultural he and his family are. His daughter is placed in a school with a majority of the pupils being non-Germans.

Yet by the end of his daughter's first year in the school the father starts getting concerned the school is giving his daughter special treatment. It is not until he investigates that he realizes she is special because she is the last native German left, the others having one by one transferred to different schools....

German Federal Interior Minister Thomas Maiziere did nothing to calm these fears when back in November he said current school standards would need to be dropped to help integrate more migrants.
As Red Eagle and I showed in Cuckservative, immigration is increasingly reducing the West's IQ as well as its collective capabilities. If you want to know why society seems to be getting dumber, it's because it actually is.

The terrible thing about this article is the way in which the father of the beleaguered daughter is still trying to virtue-signal; he's fine with multiculturalism, just not too much multiculturalism.

But multicultures always become monocultures in the end, as is already the case with his daughter's school.

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Rabid Puppies 2016: Best Fanzine

This appears to be one of those increasingly misnamed and outdated categories, but based on the previous nominees, it has apparently become the functional equivalent of "best SF-related site". Using that as a guideline while keeping the eligibility rules in mind, here are the preliminary recommendations for Best Fanzine:
Black Gate succumbed to the genetic fallacy in turning down last year's nomination; regardless of whether John O'Neill will do the same or not again this year, it remained the best SF-related site in 2015. That being said, the Castalia House blog, now under the leadership of the Hugo-nominated Jeffro Johnson, is rapidly gaining on it with the addition of excellent Castalians from the SF/F wargaming, computer gaming, and RPG worlds.

File 770, for all that it has been said to be a "wretched hive of scum and villainy" and features some of the least intelligent commenters on the Internet, does an excellent job of chronicling events in the SF/F world across the ideological spectrum. Mike Glyer's fan-flagship site continues to be a must-read for anyone even remotely interested in science fiction.

Tangent Online, as one of the very few places that reviews short fiction, is one of the few sites helping keep SF short fiction alive. Mad Genius Club can be hit or miss, but contains everything from writing advice and industry analysis to Hugo history, short stories, and meandering streams-of-consciousness. You never know what you're going to get from the 12 unsettled prodigies who make up the madhouse, but it's interesting and even educational more often than not.

And like these five fanzines or not, ideologically approve of their contributors or not, they are the sites that were most influential in driving the discussion in the SF world in 2015.


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The global debt threat

I've been warning about the danger of the massive debt overhanging the global economy since 2002 to absolutely no avail. 
The problem is the giant, stagnant pool of loans that companies and people around the world are struggling to pay back. Bad debts have been a drag on economic activity ever since the financial crisis of 2008, but in recent months, the threat posed by an overhang of bad loans appears to be rising. China is the biggest source of worry. Some analysts estimate that China’s troubled credit could exceed $5 trillion, a staggering number that is equivalent to half the size of the country’s annual economic output.

Official figures show that Chinese banks pulled back on their lending in December. If such trends persist, China’s economy, the second-largest in the world behind the United States’, may then slow even more than it has, further harming the many countries that have for years relied on China for their growth.

But it’s not just China. Wherever governments and central banks unleashed aggressive stimulus policies in recent years, a toxic debt hangover has followed. In the United States, it took many months for mortgage defaults to fall after the most recent housing bust — and energy companies are struggling to pay off the cheap money that they borrowed to pile into the shale boom.

In Europe, analysts say bad loans total more than $1 trillion. Many large European banks are still burdened with defaulted loans, complicating policy makers’ efforts to revive the Continent’s economy. Italy, for instance, announced a plan last week to clean out bad loans from its plodding banking industry. Elsewhere, bad loans are on the rise at Brazil’s biggest banks, as the country grapples with the effects of an enormous credit binge.
2008 was the first stage, but instead of doing as I recommended, permitting the bad loans to default, and allowing the banks and other credit holders to go bankrupt, Ben Bernanke and the Republicans "saved the economy" by kicking the can down the road just as Alan Greenspan did in 1987.

Granted, they kicked it further than I would have believed possible in 2009, but nevertheless, we've now reached it again, and it is bigger and heavier than it was 7 years ago. And the Fed's metaphorical foot is broken.

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Confessions of a sociopath

Either John Scalzi gets a little forgetful when he's virtue-signaling or he is even more openly sociopathic than his stone cold "give no fucks" mentality would indicate:
John Scalzi Verified account ‏@scalzi 4 February 2016
Related, writing something that shows you're a horrible person and then proclaiming "it's satire!" neither makes it satire or excuses you.
Apparently this is neither satire nor excusable:
"I’m a rapist. I’m one of those men who likes to force myself on women without their consent or desire and then batter them sexually. The details of how I do this are not particularly important at the moment — although I love when you try to make distinctions about “forcible rape” or “legitimate rape” because that gives me all sorts of wiggle room — but I will tell you one of the details about why I do it: I like to control women and, also and independently, I like to remind them how little control they have." - John Scalzi, 25 October 2012 
So, which is it, Johnny? Are you a rapist? Or is it satire?

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Musings on Immigration IV

This is the final section of the four-part guest post.

Conclusion
If there is one thing that can be said in faint praise of Barrack Obama, it is his unerring capability to escape the consequences of gaffes that would have destroyed a lesser politician. Most recently, his comparison of Syrian refugees to the pilgrims on the Mayflower provoked derision and disbelief in equal measure. By welcoming the Europeans to their shores and helping them to survive the first hellish winter, the Native Americans signed their own death warrants. There was no mass resistance to the immigration/invasion until it was far too late.
Seriously, if you happened to be a Native American with access to a time machine, what advice would you give the Indians? Help the settlers or kill every last one of the white devils?
And that is the problem facing Europe now.
The lesson we have failed to learn, time and time again, is that introducing large numbers of people who THINK differently from us to our nations is asking for trouble. These people are not blank slates. Young men raised in a society where women are regarded as chattel, as little more than property, are unlikely to adjust well to Western society. Nor do they understand the concept of the ‘iron fist in the velvet glove,’ coming as they do from a society which functions on the concept of ‘iron fist in the iron glove.’ Such people regard such concepts as a sign of weakness, a sign that they can (and should) go further. Arab society, in many ways, is based on bullying. One is either the bully or the bullied.
Getting through to these people requires - demands - stern measures. Gentle rebukes are meaningless because they don’t use gentle rebukes themselves. Forbearance and tolerance is nothing more than a sign of weakness.
There is an old saying that insists that fish have no word for water, because they swim in it. That is certainly true of European Culture. It is all around Europeans such as myself, yet it goes unnoticed because we are too used to it. But because we are unaware of our culture, we fail to comprehend that others might have a different culture - or that defending our culture means not submitting to their culture. Tolerance of what one may do in private, among consenting adults, is one thing; tolerating the intolerable is quite another.
For all its flaws, and it has many, I LIKE Western Civilization. Life is good here. We do not oppress women in any systematic manner. Homosexuals can be homosexual without anyone giving a damn; they are certainly not hunted down and thrown off tall buildings. People can change their religion without being brutally murdered. There is a great deal of freedom of choice, from everything like movies to online porn! None of this is true of Arab counties. Women are slaves, homosexuals are thrown off buildings, converts are killed ...
The West has forgotten that it needs to draw lines. There is a strong difference between anything done by consenting adults in private and anything forced on an individual who does not consent. The West has lost its ability to see that these lines exist, instead making excuses for people who are ‘different.’ Pre-1945 Europe was a harsh and intolerant place in a great many ways, but post-Cold War Europe is far too permissive. And, in not standing up for its values, it has displayed a weakness that merely attracts bullies. It has become far too permissive for its own good.
Above all, perhaps, the West has forgotten that the world is a cold and brutal place. The years of peace enjoyed by Western Europe, held in place by the nuclear deterrent and the American security guarantee, was not a natural condition. If one happens to truly desire peace, then prepare for war.
There are many arguments put forward by people who don’t see the situation the way I do.
One chain of thought suggests that Germany needs younger immigrants; the German population is growing older and the replacement babies are not there. This argument hangs on the assumption that Mohammad will be willing to work his ass off to keep Fritz in the retirement home, a very dangerous assumption. Why should he? And even if Mohammad is willing to work, can he? The vast majority of migrants have very little in the way of useful skills.
Seriously, if Germany had wanted migrants, it would have been better to pick and chose from people who could actually work.
Another suggests that the birth-rate among migrants is falling too, that the nightmare of being overwhelmed by hordes of barbarians is never going to materialise. I do not have any data, but I suspect this isn't particularly accurate. Arabs take pride in large families. It will take at least two generations of assimilation, assuming that it happens at all, before birth-rates start to fall significantly. That will be more than long enough to tip the demographic balance squarely in their favor.
Indeed, given what tends to happen if there are large numbers of migrants, I would be very surprised if the birth-rates fell at all.
A third argument suggests that we - Europe - have a duty, in line with international law, to take refugees.
I am not an expert on international law, but it is, quite simply, unenforceable. No one can do more than wag their fingers at Merkel if she decided to refuse sanctuary to any further migrants, then start deporting the ones already in Germany. International agreements were designed to prevent another Holocaust, the destruction of a largely-inoffensive minority, not force states to commit suicide by accepting large numbers of people from a very offensive culture. There are times when keeping one’s agreements is a good thing - a reputation for breaking them makes it harder to make agreements in future - but this is not one of them. If Merkel is unwilling or unable to recognise this, the next government certainly will.
It is perhaps the greatest irony of the whole affair that agreements made in the recognition that we - the West - failed to prevent a genocide on a truly staggering scale may lead directly to another genocide.
I am not sanguine about the future. Europe is facing a major crisis at precisely the moment when it is psychologically, and perhaps physically, unfit to handle it. Governments are increasingly under siege by their own populations, who are demanding change, and facing the threat of the EU coming apart once and for all. Fringe parties that may want a more final solution to the migrant crisis ate gaining in power as people lose faith in the elites. The rule of law is crumbling. Violence is rising on the streets as people strive to defend themselves against the migrant threat. Britain leaving the EU in 2016 might merely be the first nail in its coffin.
Winter is coming.

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Mailvox: SJW attacks

This sort of thing is precisely why I have been advising everyone to a) get the hell of Facebook, b) utilize anonymous callsigns when commenting, c) create alternative social media accounts, and d) practice sound operational security. The cultural war on social media only going to get worse as the SJWs, and perhaps even the cuckservatives, get more and more frantic about the growing popularity of the Alt-Right, the Mil-Right, and the nationalist Left:
I have a business page on Facebook, which I have used for collecting reviews and event promotion. This morning the following post was present on it. I went through the group of this particular SJW attacker, and he posted a picture of himself to gloat. He mentions you, Roosh, and Milo by name and is apparently trying to attack all of their Twitter followers.

If the other VFM could find out who this guy is and put pressure back on him, it may dissuade his efforts. I can't imagine I'm the only one this guy has gone after.
Needless to say, active and vigorous reprisals are in order. Get on it, VFM. See if you can beat the current record of 57 minutes to ID him.

SJWs always forget that the social media sword cuts both ways. One formerly mouthy gentleman stopped yapping the moment I sent him a link to the harassment reporting page of his organization, observed that he was very clearly in violation of several of the employee guidelines, and mentioned that if his attacks continued, I would be sending the archived links to his employer. He's been very well-behaved since.

First, archive everything related to the attack at archive.today. Second, go through the links for all identifying information. Third, contact me and send me what you have; I will send it out to the VFM. Fourth, shut the hell up about slander, libel, suing, and the courts. You're not going to do it in the USA because you won't win, so stop posturing.  Fifth, learn the cyberstalking statutes in your state. Sixth, aim for antifragility.

Start nothing, finish everything.

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Rabid Puppies 2016: Best Fancast

The preliminary recommendations for the Best Fancast category.









Other 2016 Hugo categories

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"The embodiment of white nerd privilege"

Wil Wheaton has been called out for going against the SJW Narrative. It was inevitable, of course. After all, we have been reliably informed that as a white man, he is playing on the Easiest Difficulty Level:
Like many of you, I've been aware of Wil Wheaton's outspoken position as a Bro-Feminist for quite some time. Occasionally, he'll retweet or even say something that might seem profound. But I'm also not alone in suspecting that, beneath his "yay, feminism!" facade, lies deep-rooted misogyny. Recently, he proved my suspicions correct when he attempted to brand Clinton supporters a rather disgusting sexist slur that I will not repeat.

Make no mistake. Wheaton is the embodiment of white male nerd privilege. This "actor" had one role back in the 1980s that people actually remember, and somehow he's more famous than the trailblazing women who had more prominent roles than him in the same fucking series. He's parlayed his "I'm just like you!" nerd celebrity status into a recurring role as himself on a hit sitcom. He doesn't even have to act, he literally just shows up and gets paid just for being him. How much more privileged can a creepy white dude get?

No wonder he's loved so much by nerds. He's the epitome of what all nerds want to be - rewarded by everyone just for being their precious, nerdy selves. He even got a "hit" YouTube series where he gets to hang out and play board games with people who have actual accomplishments. He even drags his wife on the show every now and then, as if to prove to all his little nerdling fans that hot girls really do like him.

Speaking of which, how creepy is it that his YouTube show seems to be an excuse for him to spend time with women who wouldn't give him the time of day otherwise?

Anyway, back to my point. Wheaton has shown his true colours with his recent sexist campaign against Hillary Clinton.... Frankly, the man reminds me of the rapist Jian Ghomeshi. His espousing of progressive values is nothing more than a mask. And we've just seen his mask slip, giving a peek at the sexist evil hidden beneath.
Wait, hold on... okay, never mind. Wil Wheaton apologized. And as we all know, an apology always suffices to make the SJWs go away.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A dialogue with a Sanders voter

I can never decide whether it is more amusing or depressing that these are the sort of people who consider themselves to be better educated and more intelligent. Regardless, it is certainly ironic:

uraniumUmbra @bigbadelite
Not all are refugees. But the amount that are far outweigh those that aren't.

Supreme Dark Lord @voxday
You have it completely backwards. The vast majority are not refugees.

uraniumUmbra @bigbadelite
Proof?

Supreme Dark Lord @voxday
You made a false and baseless claim. Now you want proof? You're a moron.

uraniumUmbra @bigbadelite
You made a baseless claim then say I'm the one at fault.

Supreme Dark Lord @voxday
You made a totally false claim with zero support. You are wrong.

uraniumUmbra @bigbadelite
Well where the fuck is your proof? I'm open to being proven wrong

Supreme Dark Lord @voxday
You are wrong, you moron. You'll get as much "proof" as you cited.

uraniumUmbra @bigbadelite
You offered no support either. I guess we are both wrong.

Supreme Dark Lord ‏@voxday
See, that's why you are a moron. One of us HAS to be right. You're not.

uraniumUmbra @bigbadelite
Then prove I'm not. This is why you're a hypocrite.

uraniumUmbra @bigbadelite
If lack of a cited source makes me wrong then same standard to you.

Supreme Dark Lord @voxday
It's not the lack of a cited source that makes your claim wrong. Idiot.

uraniumUmbra @bigbadelite
Most are running from ISIS. And until Vox here proves me wrong I stand by my claim.

Space Bunnyopoulos @Spacebunnyday
Standing by your baseless and demonstrably wrong claim just makes you an idiot.
What I find fascinating about this exchange is the way in which UrineShadow or whatever his name is observably does not understand the concept of objective reality. And basic logic, specifically, the law of non-contradiction, is also beyond him.

He doesn't understand that due to the principium tertii exclusi, one of us has to be correct. Either most of the migrants are refugees or most of them are not refugees. The ability or inability of either of us to prove the case is totally irrelevant with regards to who is correct; the facts are what they are because the nature of the refugees is not dictated by our perception, definition, or knowledge of them.

But that is not the only problem. Note his accusation of hypocrisy, when in fact he is the only hypocrite here, demanding proof despite providing none in his original assertion. This is further proof of the Third Law of SJW: SJWs always project.

Contra the dictum of Saint Hitch, who was a witty man, but no logician, that which is asserted without proof cannot reasonably be dismissed without proof. For it is not proof, or evidence, or sources that matter, but truth, which is to say, a subjective opinion that is in line with observable objective reality.

The ability, or the willingness, to demonstrate this harmony is irrelevant with regards to the simple fact of its existence.

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Rand Paul drops out

Showing more sense than Jeb Bush and the other no-hopers, Sen. Rand Paul ends his presidential campaign:
Rand Paul on Wednesday dropped out of the race for president, saying he will now focus on his reelection to the U.S. Senate.

"It's been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House. Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty,” Paul said in a statement.
It's a pity, as his father's supporters were more than ready to support him, but Paul shot his presidential aspirations in the foot by moving to the center even as the center was moving to the nationalist right.

Despite being good on foreign policy, he got it hopelessly wrong on immigration and that rendered him moot in 2016. He's not bad, as politicians go, but he's simply not worthy of carrying his father's torch nor is he capable of doing so.

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Rabid Puppies 2016: Best Fan Writer

The preliminary recommendations for the Best Fan Writer category.  
Compare and contrast the impressive and substantial work of these fan writers with the lightweights and pro authors favored in recent years by the SF-SJWs. The difference is downright risible.

Other 2016 Hugo categories

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The news, converged

Oliver Campbell observes that SJWs, especially SJWs in the media, always lie. A staff reporter for The Intercept is busted impersonating his editor and fabricating quotes:
The Intercept recently discovered a pattern of deception in the actions of a staff member. The employee, Juan Thompson, was a staff reporter from November 2014 until last month. Thompson fabricated several quotes in his stories and created fake email accounts that he used to impersonate people, one of which was a Gmail account in my name.

An investigation into Thompson’s reporting turned up three instances in which quotes were attributed to people who said they had not been interviewed. In other instances, quotes were attributed to individuals we could not reach, who could not remember speaking with him, or whose identities could not be confirmed. In his reporting Thompson also used quotes that we cannot verify from unnamed people whom he claimed to have encountered at public events. Thompson went to great lengths to deceive his editors, creating an email account to impersonate a source and lying about his reporting methods.

We have published corrections and editor’s notes to the affected pieces, and we will publish further corrections if we identify additional problems. We are retracting one story in its entirety. We have decided not to remove the posts but have labeled them “Retracted” or “Corrected,” based on our findings. We have added notes to stories with unconfirmed quotes.

We apologize to the subjects of the stories; to the people who were falsely quoted; and to you, our readers. We are contacting news outlets that picked up the corrected stories to alert them to the problems.
What does convergence mean in an already SJW-infested media? It means that the news goes from being openly biased to entirely fictional. Remember, SJWism requires not only being delusional about reality, but relentlessly selling those delusions to the rest of the world, no matter how contradictory they are.

That's why any SJW in your organization should be Identified, Expelled, and Ignored. IEI. Where the president of the R Foundation failed was in not maintaining the second I; he apparently submitted to internal pressure and retracted. Don't ever give in to the entryists and activists no matter how much they whine, cry, and lobby; you will regret it.

I somehow doubt the editor of The Intercept will make the same mistake.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

SJW attempts to block Weir nomination

From File 770:
steve davidson on February 2, 2016 at 7:48 am said:
I asked Weir to publicly repudiate the slate inclusion. He has responded that he does not get involved with politics.
(laughs) They are a predictable lot, are they not? Especially when I've made it perfectly clear that there is no "slate" per se, there is simply a list of the sort of personal recommendations that many other individuals who read science fiction and fantasy are making. And since we are reliably informed that very few individuals read this blog, it seems strange that so many SJWs get so worked up over what I have read, and what I recommend.

It is hardly my fault that I have such exquisite taste that is so broadly echoed by hundreds of fellow science fiction and fantasy readers.

As for why I did not recommend Mr. Weir as Best New Writer last year, it was for a very simple and straightforward reason: I had not read his novel. Unlike so many of the SJWs, I do not recommend novels I have not read, writers whose books I have not read, or artists whose work I have not seen. Those who have not brought their works to my attention have only themselves, and their publishers, to blame if I remain unfamiliar with them. I am but a mere superintelligence; I am not omniscient.

It is perhaps worth noting, again, that I do not care in the least what a writer or an artist happens to think about being recommended; die Gedanken sind frei. People can recuse themselves, publicly repudiate, or virtue-signal, or perform interpretive dance to express the depth of their feelings about Rabid Puppies. It makes no difference to me.

That being said, it appears Marc Miller is not eligible for Best New Writer despite having published his debut novel in 2015. I shall have to revisit that category at a later date.

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How to eject an SJW

See, now, this is how you jettison the officious little creatures from your project:
I've done my best to create a more welcoming environment: I serve on the Scholarship Committee for UseR 2016 Stanford and the R Foundation Task Force on Women, have written a load of things in blog or twitter form about the need for a stronger community and a more representative Foundation, and helped Kara Woo and Gavin Simpson draft the open letter to the R Foundation that mandated a code of conduct for real-world events. With all of that I think it's fair to say that while I'm not a Hadley, I'm at least a moderately-useful member of the community.

Rewind a week, to last Monday: I'm wandering around Twitter seeing what everyone is up to, reading through, and spot a tweet that immediately makes me headdesk. It points to a line in the R source code containing a variable called, with all seriousness...

    iGiveHead

I don't think that this is an intentional sexual reference - far from it, I'm certain it's just due to an absence of familiarity with one particularly crass English idiom, and I have only ever known the developer who wrote the code (whose first language is not English) to be entirely proper, entirely reasonable, and the model of what a productive Core member should be.

But it needs to go anyway: it's exclusionary as all hell to have language like this in the core implementation and we can't expect people to instantly understand intentions.

So I grabbed the latest development version of R, generated a patch that changed the name, and submitted a bug report with the patch that made clear I didn't think this was anyone's fault and I was sure it was unintentional and there were no accusations of sexism or bad intent in play here....

Pretty quickly, two email threads kicked off. One involved a lot of members of core individually asking me to stop tapping people in (apparently every Bugzilla email bothers all of core) and explaining that my suspicion that it was unintentional was in fact correct.

The second - oh, the second.

The second was a set of emails from Duncan Murdoch, President of the R Foundation and an R Core member, in which he dismissed my "bug report" (note the skeptical scare quotes he put on it) "about some variable name that you find offensive is clearly an example of nothing more than shit-disturbing" and stated that myself, and those who had commented in favour of changing it, were no longer welcome to participate in R's bug-tracker.

I independently confirmed that our accounts had been banned and locked - as had the bug, and replied to Duncan explaining my thinking and motivation and asking in what capacity the ban had been made.

The variable name is still there. I never got any reply to my email.

The result

So: unintentionally offensive variable name leads to a patch and the indication that it is much more than one person finding it offensive, leads to the President of the R Foundation dismissing the concerns as "shit-disturbing" and punishing the people who surfaced said concern.

That's not an environment I want to be a part of. That's not an environment I want to contribute to. That's not an environment in which I can have any faith that there is a strong interest in creating a safe and inclusive space for computing.
Don't cut them any slack. Don't give them any second chances. Identify, eject, and ignore.

That's how you treat an SJW. Every single time. Duncan not only handled the situation Like. A. Boss. but he prevented the useless little SJW from wasting dozens of man-hours on pointless SJW-created drama. And he even used the situation to smoke out other would-be thought police.

I don't know if Duncan read SJWAL, but he's definitely going to be featured in SJWADD. The best part is the fact that Duncan not only ejected the initial SJW, but everyone who went along with the SJW's attempt at destructive virtue-signaling. And then refused to explain his action or engage with them. He knows damned well there is no benefit to doing so.

Don't hesitate. Do likewise.

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Just wait

There is a lot of anger boiling just beneath the surface all across Europe. A LOT of anger that is simply waiting for an excuse to unleash itself. And keep this incident in Sicily in mind if you think that age is the primary determinant of combat effectiveness.



You'll notice that no one on-board the bus lifted a finger to stop the driver, or even urge him to stop. That, in a microcosm, is what is the most likely outcome of the migrant crisis in Europe.

"That's how you handle these freaking illegals who wants to come over and think they going to come over and violate your rights!"

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Rabid Puppies 2016: Best Fan Artist

We'll continue with the preliminary recommendations for the Best Fan Artist category.

 






UPDATE: It appears Karezoid may be eligible for Best Professional Artist. If this proves to be the case, I will alter my recommendations for this category.


Other 2016 Hugo categories

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Iowa: Cruz 28, Trump 24, Rubio 23

First, congratulations to Farmer Tom, who got the order correct. Second, and unexpectedly, the big news isn't on the Republican side, but on the Democratic one, as Bernie Sanders shocked the Clinton campaign by effectively fighting Hillary to a draw.

Third, the real score is this: Cruz 8, Trump 7, Rubio 7, Carson 3. That's how many delegates were awarded.

The only real surprise on the Republican side is that Rubio did much better than anyone expected, including the pollsters. While the media narrative is that Trump is done and dusted, they've been saying the exact same thing since last August, so that's entirely irrelevant. Given that the headline two days ago was "Donald Trump reclaims lead in latest Iowa Poll", it should be obvious that he was never the favorite in Iowa, and indeed, it looks rather like the GOP and the media colluded to try to make a result that would have been considered beyond Trump's reach six months ago appear like a disappointing, campaign-destroying failure. As for the record turnout on the Republican side, I suspect it happened for much the same reason it did in the Hugos last year; to stop the interloper.

The only serious candidate who is done now is Jeb, and it appears the establishment will be lining up behind Rubio in his place. Jeb himself will probably follow suit after New Hampshire. I think Cruz will ultimately be the real GOPe candidate as he is the more formidable of the two Cubans. It's now a three-man race; what would throw a real twist into it is if Trump can win Ben Carson's support. Forget Trump-Cruz, the most politically effective combination would be Trump-Carson.

Think about it. Trump's two main weaknesses with Republicans is religion and character. Besides being black, Carson's two greatest strengths are religion and character. And Trump is already popular among blacks due to his big-man swagger, so if I'm Trump, I'm getting together with Carson and working out a deal to be announced after New Hampshire, but before South Carolina.

And if I can see it, I expect Trump can see it too.

Now onto New Hampshire, where it's going to be interesting to see how the Iowa results affect the Democratic primary. Sanders is going to win, but how will it affect the race if he crushes Hillary there?

One last thing: say what you will about Trump, but he makes the campaign about 200 percent more interesting. I met him back in 1988 at the Republican convention in New Orleans and he's very likable. What seems blustery and over-the-top on camera comes off as more expansive and charming in person. Wherever he is, there is a lot of laughter, and not all of it is obsequious. The man is genuinely funny. I mean, who else would end a concession speech like this?

“I don’t know who’s going to win between Bernie and Hillary. I don’t know what’s going to happen with Hillary, she’s got other problems, maybe bigger than the problems she’s got, in terms of nominations, but we’ve had so many different indications, and polls that we beat her, and we beat her easily. And we will go on to get the Republican nomination, and we will go on to easily beat Hillary, or Bernie, or whoever the hell they throw up there. Iowa, we love you. We thank you. You’re special. We will be back many, many times. In fact, I think I might come here and buy a farm, I love it.”

And that's why the American public loves Trump and the establishment fears him. You just can't be entirely sure he won't actually go and do it.

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Monday, February 01, 2016

The Iowa caucuses

This is an open thread for discussing the results of the Iowa caucuses as they come in. Should be fun!

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"They said there was nothing they could do."

It appears there is nothing the German police can do about the invasion.
Shocking footage has surfaced online appearing to show a group of young migrants attacking two German pensioners after they stood up for a young women the men were harassing on a subway train.

Recorded on a mobile phone, the disgraceful video shows the men - of Eastern European or Arabic origin - holding one man by the arms as they verbally abuse him.

The second victim is seen grappling with one of the migrants, before he is held up by the neck and threatened....  The situation was brought under control. When the train reached the station I called the police. They said there was nothing they could do.
If there is no longer anything the police can do, I expect PEGIDA will be able to come up with a few ideas.

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Go home, boy!

German grandfathers are extremely unhappy with a local mayor telling them that their granddaughters should stay out of areas with migrants and try to avoid provoking them if they want to avoid being sexually harassed.



And since we're on the subject, don't miss the Breitbart Migrant Crisis Live wire, which reports on the latest events taking place in the ongoing invasion of Europe.

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Rabid Puppies 2016: Best New Writer


I'll be gradually making my preliminary recommendations for this year's Hugo Awards, after which I will collect them all in one complete summary post that is most certainly not a slate, much less a direct order by the Supreme Dark Lord to the Evil Legion of Evil, the Vile Faceless Minions, the Dread Ilk, the Ilk of Vox Popoli, and the Rabid Puppies.

To kick things off, we'll begin with the Campbell Award: Best New Writer category:
  • Pierce Brown
  • Cheah Kai Wai
  • Sebastien de Castell
  • Marc Miller
  • Andy Weir 
If anyone is aware of any eligibility issues that I might have missed, please let me know.

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A man ahead of his time

20 years ago, Sam Francis foresaw something akin to The Trumpening in America's political future:
What if you dropped all this leftover 19th-century piety about the free market and promised to fight the elites who were selling out American jobs? What if you just stopped talking about reforming Medicare and Social Security and instead said that the elites were failing to deliver better health care at a reasonable price? What if, instead of vainly talking about restoring the place of religion in society — something that appeals only to a narrow slice of Middle America — you simply promised to restore the Middle American core — the economic and cultural losers of globalization — to their rightful place in America? What if you said you would restore them as the chief clients of the American state under your watch, being mindful of their interests when regulating the economy or negotiating trade deals?

That's pretty much the advice that columnist Samuel Francis gave to Pat Buchanan in a 1996 essay, "From Household to Nation," in Chronicles magazine. Samuel Francis was a paleo-conservative intellectual who died in 2005. Earlier in his career he helped Senator East of North Carolina oppose the Martin Luther King holiday. He wrote a white paper recommending the Reagan White House use its law enforcement powers to break up and harass left-wing groups. He was an intellectual disciple of James Burnham's political realism, and Francis' political analysis always had a residue of Burnham's Marxist sociology about it. He argued that the political right needed to stop playing defense — the globalist left won the political and cultural war a long time ago — and should instead adopt the insurgent strategy of communist intellectual Antonio Gramsci. Francis eventually turned into a something resembling an all-out white nationalist, penning his most racist material under a pen name. Buchanan didn't take Francis' advice in 1996, not entirely. But 20 years later, "From Household to Nation," reads like a political manifesto from which the Trump campaign springs.

To simplify Francis' theory: There are a number of Americans who are losers from a process of economic globalization that enriches a transnational global elite. These Middle Americans see jobs disappearing to Asia and increased competition from immigrants. Most of them feel threatened by cultural liberalism, at least the type that sees Middle Americans as loathsome white bigots. But they are also threatened by conservatives who would take away their Medicare, hand their Social Security earnings to fund-managers in Connecticut, and cut off their unemployment too.
I myself have been writing about America's bi-factional ruling party for more than twelve years, but only recently has it seemed that people are beginning to wake up to the fact that neither the Republicans nor the Democrats are genuinely on the side of the average white Americans who comprise the genuine American nation.

Sooner or later, all politics inevitably becomes tribal, because the only scenario in which so-called post-tribal politics is possible is in a formerly homogeneous nation that is in the early stages of becoming heterogeneous. In other words, there is no such thing as "post-tribal" politics, there is only pre-tribal politics.

And tribal politics is the larval form of war.

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