Beating Golden Compass Like A Dirty Rug

Posted October 27, 2014 By John C Wright

My beautiful and talented wife and accomplice is outselling Pullman’s rotted book. Hoo-hah!

I vaunt. I jig with unseemly glee, making antic gyrations of my knees as I do so.

 

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Breitbart on Gamergate (with Garrulous Digression)

Posted October 25, 2014 By John C Wright

An article by one Noah Dulis at Breitbart’s Big Journalism too startling not to share:

Supporters of the GamerGate movement have been working tirelessly to hunt down those who would use their banner to cause personal harm—all while the media continues to claim that GamerGate members are either participating in or indifferent to the harassment of women in the gaming industry.

On Thursday, Salon published a column titled, “#Gamergate is really about terrorism: Why Bill Maher should be vilifying the gaming community, too.” In the article, the author correlates GamerGate to the actions of fundamentalist Islamist terrorists: “putting statements from your garden-variety Islamic extremist side by side with the kinds of threats Sarkeesian and others have received, it’s clear these two groups share some similar attitudes toward women.”

While the thrust of the article is focused more on what the author perceives to be a double standard in the treatment of the Muslim community as a result of the actions of jihadists, it furthers the idea that GamerGate is a hate movement with no place in any discussion of transparency and ethics in the gaming industry and press. In doing so, it shows how the media is so invested in demonizing GamerGate that it is silencing the best ally in combating online harassment: GamerGate supporters themselves.

Meet Margaret Gel.

Margaret is an avid GamerGate supporter and has been working along with others since the movement’s inception to protect both supporters and critics of GamerGate from harassment and abuse online. Margaret credits Twitter user @LetsSailHatan for coming up with the platform that has allowed anyone concerned with online threats, doxxing (the revealing of personally identifying information), and harassment to identify and shut down such trolls on Twitter: the #GamerGate Harassment Patrol.

“You show us who’s harassing, attach the words ‘#GamerGate Harassment Patrol’ to the tweet, and we in #GamerGate all report them at once,” Margaret explained. “We’ve gotten accounts suspended in less than 15 seconds this way: it’s VERY helpful for erasing dox that people post of others.”

“Anyone sending threats is not welcome in #GamerGate,” she continued. “We have random people come in and use the tag to send death threats. We don’t want them, we don’t need them, and we are watching to make sure that their crimes are reported to the proper authorities.”

“If you report harassment and include the exact words ‘#GamerGate Harassment Patrol’ in your tweet, it shows up here, and many of us see it,” Margaret explained. “As long as I’m at my desk, I keep a window showing the tag open. All it takes is one retweet and even more people see it, more people report it, and the account gets suspended.”

Margaret herself has been a victim of harassment, having received “two rape threats and two death threats.” She has also been doxxed, but she noted that when it happened on the image board 8chan, the community responded quickly to protect her: “No one else in the thread wanted anything to do with the person posting the dox: they didn’t approve of the posting of dox; they swore at the person who posted my dox.”

“The staff of /gg/, the ones who moderate it, protected me, removing the dox in record time. They deleted my dox in FIVE MINUTES,” she stressed.

Margaret’s experience is hardly unique as a GamerGate supporter. She provided me with extensive documentation of death threats, doxxing, and harassment committed against GamerGate supporters, all of which can be found in a growing catalog at the Twitter account @TheBattleAngel. The point of doing so isn’t to justify a never-ending back and forth of attacks between supporters and critics of GamerGate but to highlight the discrepancy between the media’s attempts to mischaracterize GamerGate based on the actions of extremists while ignoring critics of GamerGate engaging in the same type of behavior. “I’m more infuriated that there are so many people who keep getting death threats, and yet the media keeps on saying that THEY are the terrorists,” she said.

Read the whole thing http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2014/10/25/While-the-Media-Slanders-Gamers-as-Terrorists-GamerGate-Is-Hunting-Trolls-and-Abusers

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A Parcel of Their Fortunes

Posted October 25, 2014 By John C Wright

Men’s judgments  are
A parcel of their fortunes; and things outward
Do draw the inward quality after them,
To suffer all alike.

–Antony and Cleopatra. Act iii. Sc. 13.

I want to draw something to your attention, my dear reader. I want you to do me a favor, and think. Think very carefully and very clearly. If you have an immediate emotional reaction, put the emotion aside and just concentrate on your facilities rationality, of judgement, of fairplay, of common sense.

The following clip was aired not on some webcast unseen by anyone, but by CNN, one of the most famed and prestigious of news media outlets. Ponder that for a moment. This does not represent the fringe, but the mainstream.

It is not unrehearsed, not ad lib. Someone wrote the lines for the newscaster, and placed them in the teleprompter. This is not one woman’s opinion, but the corporate opinion of CNN.

I have taken the trouble of finding the transcript, to make what is being said crystal clear. There is no room for evasion here, no place to hide, unless you yourself, my reader, create a hiding place in your head and use some unseemly excuse to distract yourself from the plain fact, to shift the blame, or drown out what your eyes and mind are telling you.

Look! Look at it!

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Feminism Sinks to a New Low

Posted October 24, 2014 By John C Wright

A comment by Jonah Goldberg, which represents my sentiments so exactly that I have nothing to add:

I know that sounds impossible, but I think it just may be true. I won’t embed the video, but you can find it here at Mediaite along with a fuller write-up. Someone thought it’d be really funny/bold/transgressive to dress a whole bunch of little girls as princesses and then have them shout feminist-approved slogans and lots and lots of f-bombs. I could rant for a while about the rich cocktail of stupidity and creepiness of all this, but it really speaks for itself.  And, besides, that’s what they’re going for. I will say that the parents of these little girls should be ashamed of themselves.

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Global Warming Hoax Finally Declared Dead

Posted October 24, 2014 By John C Wright

If the founder of the Weather Channel has no right to say this, no one does:

John Coleman, the founder of Weather Channel, has written an open letter to UCLA, in which he claims the theory of anthropogenic climate change is no longer scientifically credible.  The full text of the letter is as follows:
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Dear UCLA Hammer Forum officials,

There is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past and there is no reason to fear any in the future. Efforts to prove the theory that carbon dioxide is a significant “greenhouse” gas and pollutant causing significant warming or weather effects have failed. There has been no warming over 18 years. William Happer, Ph.D., Princeton University, Richard Lindzen, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Willie Soon, Ph.D., Harvard Smithsonian Observatory, John Christy, Ph.D., University of Alabama and 9,000 other Ph.D. scientists all agree with my opening two sentences.

Yet at your October 23 Hammer Forum on Climate Change you have scheduled as your only speakers two people who continue to present the failed science as though it is the final and complete story on global warming/climate change. This is major mistake.

I urge you to re-examine your plan. It is important to have those who attend know that there is no climate crisis. The ocean is not rising significantly. The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number. Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased. There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing). I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid.

I am the founder of The Weather Channel and a winner of the American Meteorological Society honor as Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year. I am not a wacko flat Earther. Nor am I a “paid shill” (as has been claimed) of the Koch Brothers. I am a serious Professional. I am strongly urging you to reconsider your plan.

I can be reached at xxx-xxxx (redacted) and will be pleased the discuss this matter with you and answer questions. I will be happy to provide links to all of the points I have made in this email. As a quick scientific reference you may wish to look at the website of the Non-governmental Panel on Climate Change. http://climatechangereconsidered.org/

My best regards,
John Coleman

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Saluting Gamergate

Posted October 24, 2014 By John C Wright

An exchange concerning Gamergate seen over at VoxDay’s website, I thought I must share. A comment was posted by one AESchool supporting Antigamergate:

The discussion has gone well beyond [Anita Sarkeesian] and her agenda. It’s well out of her hands. But her work is done here…just look around at the media coverage. It’s not very kind to the GG crew. She won. The reason we know is that she could bow out right now and her agenda would continue on.

Prompting this comment from cailcorishev:

And in the TV era, the media coverage is all that matters, and since you’ve owned that, you’ve always won, right?

So what happens if that chain breaks? What happens if you take on a group of people and then find out they can’t be shamed by your media?

Prompting this counter from AESchool:

It’s a case of the bubble you live in just becoming a tiny bit bigger. That’s all.

If you don’t think culture is changed by media, ask yourself why the anti-gay contingent in the U.S. is so much smaller today. Ask yourself why blatant racism is no longer casually accepted today. Ask yourself why President Obama is president today. Ask yourself society is no longer based on patriarchy. Ask yourself America is much less stridently religious today.

The tiny gang behind GamerGate is so outmatched it’s not even worth trying to measure. What I’m finding interesting is watching the dynamic play out that motivates the GamerGate people to declare they are winning. That’s the interesting part.

However, please note that the Morlock admits something Brietbart used to say, and which I repeat: the Media is the enemy.  The press and the entertainment industry is where we must carry the fight. We must supervert, if I may use that term, what they have subverted.

The above prompted this reply, adroit and clear, and the comment I wanted to emphasize and underscore was from Jack Amok:

It’s funny to read leftists like this AESchool troll. They think they are the inevitable victors, but they don’t realize how fragile the castle they’ve build really is. Their victories are those of bullies with time on their hands to harass and vandalize people who can’t spend all day defending themselves. Nobody respects them. Nobody likes them. Nobody thinks they ought to be making decisions or be given much of a voice on any substantive matter. They’re only allowed to do what they do because people with jobs and lives and responsibilities are unwilling to risk all that against the howling mob, so people duck their heads and try not to be noticed.

One crack that erodes their ability to siphon resources, and suddenly they don’t have the time to target and harass. One successful Black Knighting operation and suddenly they don’t have quite the number of vocal foot soldiers, as their side starts to ponder the costs of being visible, of being a target.

Because nobody likes them. Nobody respects them. Nobody – not even their own side – trusts them. And many hate them, despise them. They have squandered all their goodwill, they have no reserves of social capital to draw on if they suffer a reverse.

And so it’s all very fragile. One crack, one demonstration of weakness, of the inability to hurt someone who stands up to them, and it can all crumble. The whole, rotten, Potemkin façade, steam-rolled to dust in a frenzy of pissed-off retribution. Or, maybe just shrugged off and ignored as irrelevant to a society trying to feed itself and fight off the banditos and jihadis.

One crack that they can’t contain and they’re toast. Which is why they’re so afraid of #GamerGate. When you rule your empire as a Mafioso, you can’t afford to ever lose.

But sooner or later, everybody does lose. Nobody can win forever, and they’ve set themselves up to be slaughtered when they do lose.

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Gamer Credentials

Posted October 24, 2014 By John C Wright

In the interests of full disclosure regards the Gamergate scandals, I should mention that the only games I have ever played are, obsessively, the long lost and dolorously lamented City of Heroes; I played DC Universe Online briefly, as an insufficient rebound-substitute for City of Heroes when it folded; Doom and its sequels, and, very briefly, despite my bone fides as a macho misogynist, the saccharine-sweet and slyly pro-gay yet strangely obsession-inducing Long Live the Queen. Darn! I should not have eaten the chocolates! Next time I must study history and magic while in a woeful yet obedient mood!

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Gamergate and Morlockery

Posted October 23, 2014 By John C Wright

This is not my world; I know nothing of it and have no curiosity about it.

But I recognize the spoor and fewmets of the Morlocks, who are the same in the Gamer world as they are in the Science Fiction world, in law, in journalism, and in academia, which are worlds of mine where I know the landscape, each rock and tree.

For those of you not familiar with my quirky personal jargon, those I call ‘Morlocks’ are the vehement and zealous evangelists of Political Correctness. Science anticipates that by the year AD 802701, they will devolve into the perfect expression of their philosophy, retreating from the abhorred sunlight into the sewers, chasms and crannies of troglodytes, and emerging only on moonless midnights to savage the weak, feasting on flesh and bathing in blood. However, in the current year, the Morlocks hide their true nature, but form the backbone of the press, the entertainment, academic and legal community, the political elite, and of the loudest voices on social media. 

Those of you who have taken pains never to understand what Political Correctness means, should be made aware: The Political Correctors have no defined cause or viewpoint to defend, but instead form a scattered mob or cloud gathered around the viewpoints they oppose: they are foes of the Church and friends to whatever can oppose or harm her, from Islam to New Age to Socialism to Gnosticism; they call all moral codes are relative, all aesthetic judgments subjective. They oppose chastity, romance, marriage, family life, as well as masculine and feminine roles. They despise Christendom with ghastly bigotry and hate Caucasians with appalling race-hatred. They support the inversion of all normal ethics, and the reversal of all the normal meanings of normal words.

In economics, they are socialist; in politics, totalitarian; in speech, Orwellian; in thought, nihilist; in psychopathology, they are sadists.

The Morlocks never seek to persuade but only to bully, browbeat, and (ironically) play the victim card. The method is called ‘White Blackmail’ where you use your opponent’s own moral scruples of courtesy and compassion against him, scruples who not only do not share, but mock. They never, ever debate an opponent, but only accuse, accuse, and accuse.

The accusations rarely are sensible or proportionate, but, instead, the accusations form the script of the Two Minute Hate.

In sum, the even the girls of our side talk like gentlemen: honest, straightforward, bold, rational, humble, honorable. Their side, even the men talk like mean girls, termagants and slatterns: simpering and sniping by turns, self-righteous, sarcastic, backbiting, craven, arch, vain, venomous, vicious, vacuous.

One Mangotron, assuming an admirable stance of reconciliation and neutrality, posted an article interviewing a Gamergate and a Morlock. Mangotron, however, pulled the article, citing that Gamergate partisans had publicized his name and address on Twitter, causing him fear for his own safety.

This is a shame, because the difference between the two interviewees could not be more clear. I do not know what criteria were used to select the interviewees, but unless Magnotron went out of his way to select the most coherent and polite Gamergater and the most morlockian of Morlocks, the difference is damning.

As a public service, so that it not fade from the memory of my readers, I post the whole thing here, without comment. The thing speaks for itself louder than trumpets.

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The Christian Magicians

Posted October 23, 2014 By John C Wright

L. Jagi Lamplighter over at Arhyelon pens a significant and seminal column on the point and the spirit of the Superversive literary movement.

The movement is about the magic of the sacred. We Christians are forbidden to monkey with occult things not merely because such things are snares for the unwary, but also because it is the Sin of Onan before the wedding night: the false thing blocks and forestalls the much richer and more glorious reality it mocks.

The Deep Magic from the Dawn of Time, the magic of the witch, is mysterious and majestic and surely the Sons of Adam have always lusted for such powers: yet we were meant for more, much more. The dreams of witches are small and shabby compared to the visions of prophets. We baptized Sons of God are meant for the Deeper Magic from Before the Dawn of Time.

http://www.ljagilamplighter.com/2014/10/22/superversive-literary-blog-deeper-magic-from-before-the-dawn-of-time/

 

For decades, there has been a large gap between traditional fantasy stories and Christian stories—fantastic or otherwise. This gap is growing smaller, especially with the existence of such things as Enclave Publishing, which specializes in Christian fantasy and science fiction. However, if the gap has been crossed successfully, more than possibly a few times, I have not yet heard about it.

What is this gap?

It is the gap between the wondrous and the pious.

The traditional fantasy stories include very little reference to Christianity. Many are overtly anti-Christian. The Christian stories, on the other hand, tend to be overtly pious, with no ambiguity or deviation from the particular strict doctrine.

I don’t know about you, but my life is not like that.

My life is more like being behind enemies lines. All around me is the secular world, filled with its terrors, its sorrows, its terrible doubts. I find myself challenged from all directions—both by the difficulties of life and by the skepticism of mankind. Those who are not Christian question my reliance on God, and many who are want to argue with me about the particulars of how to worship.

Yet, in the midst of all this comes glimpses of brilliant light, as if the Hand of God itself reached down from Heaven and touched some aspect of my life.

Miracles occur.

Many of them would not convince a skeptic. They are too subtle to point at: a sudden release from dark thoughts, an unexpected change in a seemingly hopeless situation. But some are more obvious: poison ivy on a baby instantly healed, a baby with a high fever instantly healed, back pain instantly relieved, Lime’s disease, which had progressed to such a degree as to cause semi-paralysis, instantly healed. The list could go on and on.

To continue, however, would be to miss the point, which is that it was not the physical changes that made the events so amazing, but the spiritual uplift that came with them. The moment when there was no hope—and suddenly, hope was present after all.

Unexpected touches of grace.

That is what I find missing from most overtly Christian stories, that moment when something totally unexpected but totally real happens. How could they be there, if the religion is so obvious that no one could miss it?

Where are the stories about people who discover the wonder and majesty of God, the way cleaning maids come upon unicorns or farm boys discover that they are Jedi?

Where are the stories that are as amazing as what happens to Gideon in the Bible? Or to Elisha? Or to Jacob?

(And if you have forgotten how utterly amazing and unexpected it is when three hundred men route an army, or when chariots of fire appear on the mountain, or when an angry, betrayed man who is coming to kill his brother suddenly embraces him instead, you might enjoy rereading a few of these stories.)

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Today is my birthday, and I would like all well-wishers to give me the same birthday present, of going immediately to Amazon and buying a copy of my beautiful and talented wife’s latest and greatest novel, THE RAVEN THE ELF AND RACHEL by L. Jagi Lamplighter (her maiden name).

This is the big day! This is the roll out! Buy multiple copies and drive up the sales figures!

If asked, I describe the book as ‘Nancy Drew coming of age in the Roke of Sleepy Hollow hidden in the world from FRINGE hidden in the universe of Gaiman’s Sandman hidden in the multiverse of Zelazny’s Amber meets Aslan at Camp Halfblood: girl detective at magical boarding school uncovers figures from spooky New England folktales, secret weirdness and secret conspiracies, ghosts and elves and gods and greater powers beyond that, hellish and heavenly. And has a crush on a boy.’

Before coming to Roanoke Academy, Rachel Griffin had been an obedient girl—but it’s hard to obey the rules when the world is in danger, and no one will listen.

Now, she’s eavesdropping on Wisecraft Agents and breaking a lot of rules. Because if the adults will not believe her, then it is up to Rachel and her friends—crazy, orphan-boy Sigfried the Dragonslayer and Nastasia, the Princess of Magical Australia—to stop the insidious Mortimer Egg from destroying the world.

But first she must survive truth spells, fights with her brother, detention, Alchemy experiments, talking to elves, and conjuring class.

As if that were not bad enough, someone has turned the boy she likes into a sheep.

When someone tries to kill a fellow student, Rachel soon realizes that, in the same way her World of the Wise hides from mundane folk, there is another, more secret world hiding from everyone-which her perfect recall allows her to remember.  Rushing forward where others fear to tread, Rachel finds herself beset by wraiths, magical pranks, homework, a Raven said to bring the doom of worlds, love’s first blush, and at least one fire-breathing teacher.


Trade Paper:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Raven-Rachel-Jagi-Lamplighter/dp/1937051994

Kindle:
http://www.amazon.com/Raven-Rachel-Unexpected-Enlightenment-Book-ebook/dp/B00OM73EXC

 

! The Raven- the Elf- and Rachel finish

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