Recently everyone saw the spectacle of Alex Jones being outlawed from YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Apple Apps, etc., etc., etc. Vox Day posted that Indiegogo has reneged on his recent crowdfunding foray for one of his comic books. Without a doubt our Tech Masters are intent on purging the sinners from their midst. Now this isn’t a surprise especially to Vox who preaches the good word of building our own platforms. But the hardest things to replace are financial institutions. Things like PayPal, Stripe and the various crowdfunding companies are currently irreplaceable for net businesses and they know it. The Trump Administration has made the first rumblings against the Techs for persecuting the Right on-line. But it will probably be a long time before any legal relief is possible. This makes it more important than ever for alternatives to be established. But who has the wherewithal? It’s one thing to open a store on Amazon (which is also a risk to right wing individuals and businesses) but it’s quite another to open a bank. So right now, there’s no good answer for this. Hopefully some of the bigger players on the right side of the aisle will see this as an opportunity and jump in to service an under-served market. That’s right Peter Thiel I’m talking to you.
Vox has linked to a study that was done to test what level of shoddy research and what amount of left wing gobbledygook would get an academic paper in one of the social sciences rejected. The answer apparently is that any amount of nonsense is acceptable in those fields. In fact, the crazier the paper, the more likely it will be received favorably. Remarkable. Here’s Vox’s link.
Here’s the article he links to.
Dragon Award for Best Alternate History Novel went to “Uncharted” by Kevin J. Anderson, KJA and Sarah A. Hoyt.
As one of the Sad Puppies, Sarah sacrificed a great deal of her status and probably a good chunk of her friends in science fiction circles along with some significant measure of her peace of mind by bucking the CHORFs of the science fiction SJWs. Thanks to the Sad Puppies a goodly number of people were reintroduced to readable science fiction long after they believed it had all been reduced to boring unreadable marxist, intersectionalist, message fiction, drivel. Thanks to the Puppies and especially Larry Correia the Dragon Awards were founded and have provided a sane alternative to the self-parody that the Hugo Awards have devolved into. Requiescat in pace.
So good for them and if you are looking for good stuff to read check to see who was nominated for the Dragons http://awards.dragoncon.org/2018-ballot/ . But for pity’s sake don’t even glance at the list of Hugo nominees. No man can hope to look into the gorgon’s face and survive!
How can you blame him for taking the victory lap and congratulating his minions on a job well done?
Maybe next year the winning book will be a time travel adventure where a brave trans-gendered woman goes back in time and warns Hillary not to set up the server in her bathroom and also stops John Podesta from using the password “password” on the DNC e-mail system. And then she wins the Miss America pageant, marries George Clooney and cures breast cancer but not prostate cancer. Grand Slam!
I’ve never been a comic book guy. My thing was always science fiction books. My closest approach to comics was the Marvel and DC tv shows I saw as a kid. So, I never really had a reason to buy any. But my policy on right wing artistic and commercial endeavors is to always give them the benefit of the doubt when they compete on the Left’s turf. I decided to pick up Avalon #1 to see if I could understand what it was all about. A comic book is like a book chapter with pictures. You tell a piece of a story and try to hook the reader in for the next installment. The story and the art work are of equal importance. Well, to me they are. I guess if you’re really more of an art lover then the pictures might be the main attraction. But I don’t think that would work for me. There’s got to be a story I want to hear.
I’ll make this short because I don’t have the background to talk any nuance about comic books. The story is introducing a world where people with superpowers are a fact of life and not all of them are good and not all of them are heroes. We meet a small cross section as we are primarily introduced to King Ace and Fazer. They are close to the classic vigilante super hero like Batman or Superman. They fight crime outside of the prescribed legal framework that superheroes adhere to in this world. They do it according to their code. Well, for the most part. Some hints of a less selfless motive do show up in the book. The story is good. It’s set up as Fazer telling his story to a reporter but the action bounces back and forth between narrated action and other events that give additional information on other characters and other plot lines. I like the art work but I will not claim I know much or even anything about the state of the art in comic book aesthetics.
Long story, short I think it’s good. I look forward to the next installment. I won’t say I’m hooked but I’m interested enough to want to see where this all goes. Bravo Chuck Dixon and good for Vox Day for venturing into enemy territory.
Vox Linked to a Really Interesting Article About Vice Magazine and Sarah Jeong Harming a Chinese Woman With Dangerous Publicity
Vox Day is always saying nevr talk to the media. Here he highlights the plight of a female DYI techie in China whose lifestyle could put her in legal hazard with the regime if a western publication blabs her social details on-line. And who shows up to turn the knife? Sarah Jeong! Here’s Vox’s link http://voxday.blogspot.com/2018/08/dont-ever-talk-to-media.html
These people are ruthlessly stupid and can’t even help hurting their own friends and allies.
I was born in 1957. My father and uncles fought in World War II and the Korean War. I was raised to believe that Americans were the good guys. And then Walter Cronkite and John Kerry said we were the bad guys in Vietnam. A few years later Lyndon Johnson told us we were racists. A decade later Jimmy Carter told us to let the enemies of the United States do as they pleased because we had sinned against them. And every day the Media and the Left did everything they could to tear down our country and our spirit. We had stagflation (stagnant economy and 20% inflation), the Iran Hostage Crisis and the Carter Malaise. That was a low point.
And then a miracle happened. Ronald Reagan told us we weren’t the problem and that we really were the good guys. And it was like a cloud drifted past and the sun was shining on us again. And like magic, everything got better. And Americans were proud and happy again. And even the lousy leftists seem to remember they were Americans a little and it was morning in America again.
And George H. W. Bush said it was his turn to be President and he had learned his lesson and he would be just like Reagan only smarter and kinder. And we wanted to believe him and compared to Mike Dukakis he could have been John Wayne. So he got his turn. And we got a New World Order complete with higher taxes, NAFTA, shuttered factories, high unemployment, recession and Middle East War.
And that got us Bill Clinton and Hillary, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Monica, Dot Com Bubble, Al Gore, more shuttered factories, Chinese trade imbalance and moral rot.
Everything was a muddle and a mess. When George W Bush said he was a Christian Conservative from Texas we hoped that he would right the ship. Avoiding Al Gore seemed like dodging a huge bullet. We hoped that we could start to repair some of the damage from his father and the Clintons. And the 9-11 happened. And that was like a punch to the throat. And W did a lot of things right. He joined the country in a crusade to crush Al Qaeda and the Taliban. And the young men of that generation answered the call and went to Afghanistan and crushed our enemies. And there was hope that we could subdue the Muslim extremists and end the Middle Eastern threats once and for all. But a unfunny thing happened. W had his own vision of a New world Order. And it involved draining off the blood and treasure of our country to turn the Middle East into Kansas. And he squandered both of those precious commodities until there was nothing left. And when he was finished Iraq wasn’t Kansas and the Democrats took the Congress and the Presidency. All W accomplished was killing and maiming a generation of young Americans, bankrupting the country and making Barack Hussein Obama president.
Obama’s presidency was like a foreign occupation. It was hard to decide which was worse, the injury or the insult. He took every opportunity to belittle and shame Americans and he did whatever damage he could do. Permanent double digit unemployment and wage stagnation had robbed a generation of the American dream and beggared their parents. Obamacare was the biggest legislative victory he scored against us but it also seemed to galvanize the country against him. The worst damage he did was the BLM activism that he aided and abetted. The other mischief he sponsored was spreading alien refugees wherever he could. And one other thing that he got behind was the whole gay marriage, transgender movement. He discovered that he had “evolved” to recognize a constitutional right to gay marriage and this dove-tailed with the lunacy that drove Justice Anthony Kennedy to inflict a Supreme Court decision forcing another insane assault on the American family.
And so, in 2015 we had hit bottom. It didn’t seem that anything could be done to save America from poverty and degradation. Our choices, such as they were, were Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Jeb! Bush. And we all knew neither of those two could beat Hillary. After all Bernie was supposed to lose and the super delegate system would make sure of that. Jeb was much too much of a gentleman to consider doing anything more than weakly protest at the unfair campaign attacks that Hillary’s machine would unleash and then good naturedly concede defeat. And when Antonin Scalia died suddenly during the election year it seemed as if nothing could save us from the dismantling of the First and second Amendments. This truly was the political low point of my entire life.
And then a miracle happened. Donald J. Trump. It seemed utterly impossible. But there were some voices that I followed who said he was the answer and our last hope. And interestingly they were on the Alt-Right (one specifically, Vox Day).
And they were right.
So twice in my adult life a leader has emerged who everyone said was crazy. And they said he was wrong and would cause disaster and maybe nuclear war. And both times he was the right man at the right time. And just as with Reagan it’s as if a cloud has drifted out of the way and the sun is shining down on us bright and warm.
And this is what I’ve learned. Don’t trust the elites, especially Republicans. Not in the Media, not in Academia, not in Industry and not in Washington. Don’t be mistaken into thinking that the Left are Americans even if they themselves are convinced they are. They’re not, they’re globalists. America is just an inconvenient stepping stone on the way to the global hive. Don’t trust anyone who has been in politics for his whole life and for pity’s sake don’t make him VP. Look for a courageous and confident leader who knows what the story is. Look for someone who is unafraid to speak the painful truth and hurt powerful people’s feelings. Look for someone who understands how the whole dirty business works and can’t be bought off. Look for someone who isn’t ashamed to be an American. And then back him to the Gates of Hell. We may still end up crushed by the Left. But at least we’ll know it is happening and we won’t be fooled again.
And remember, we got Reagan and Trump but there won’t be a third miracle, three strikes and you’re out.
Vox linked to this post http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/electoral-gold-for-the-stupid-party-the-anti-anti-white-vote/
in his post http://voxday.blogspot.com/2018/05/vote-right-vote-white.html
The Anti-Anti-White Vote. I think that’s me! Exactly right. If you’re against me then I have no choice but to be against you. Perfect.
But as Derbyshire states in his post, is the Stupid Party too stupid to reap the benefit? time will tell.
Vox had a couple of posts up about this but I figured it would be useful to have Larry’s first hand version. It does highlight what Vox says about SJWs using any means possible to destroy those who resist their demands. Larry truly is a moderate guy and the charges used to attack him are laughably untrue. And he is successful enough that this is more of an insult than an injury but it shows how they can destroy less successful people working anywhere near an SJW area of influence. A cautionary tale.
The ZMan has a post today ( The Narcotic of Minor Celebrity ), that should be of interest to most of us who are the audience for the right wing blogs and sites. All of these judgements are extremely subjective and it definitely matters whose ox is being gored but there are some good points being raised. It’s the nature of modern web commerce that drama increases web traffic and so we get a lot of drama. But attacking each other turns it into a zero sum game where someone wins and someone loses. That doesn’t build a community. I guess the question comes down to what the right wing web presence will look like in the future. And it’s an important question. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are shutting down conservative content providers and Google has demonstrated its willingness to selectively hide right wing content. Assuming that nothing changes another method for promoting right wing messages and businesses will be needed. With respect to this I have a little bit of interesting data. I tried out Google AdWords for about a year. I determined that the clicks from that source had an almost 100% bounce rate and almost never returned. So chances are they are click-farm zombie hits. And this highlights the necessity for growing our own stuff and supporting an ecosystem on the right. This will require a certain amount of cooperation and also a reasonable amount of tolerance for people with at least slightly different ideologies. I see the bickering and purity tests as counterproductive. I don’t espouse locking hands and singing kumbaya with the SJWs but I don’t think there is any danger of that anyway. I think that attacking people who are more or less on our side is slowing down the coalescing of a consensus that is occurring on the right. What seems to be missing is a framework that allows all these disparate elements to engage and allow for synergy. I imagine the Republican party should be that framework except it’s not. It’s part of the problem instead. It’s more or less occupied territory. I’d say we need a new party except that’s a recipe for disaster. What’s needed is a cultural/commercial enterprise to give the right a space to interact. The closest thing I can think of is a right wing version of Amazon. That’s a tall order. Maybe Peter Thiel could get to work on it. In the meantime we all should do our part to support anything that halfway looks like a step in the right direction. But boy it’s hard to find.