Do Yourself a Favor

Read these articles. IMHO, Winston Spencer Churchill was the greatest man of the 20th century. And his biography makes any life richer. But the lessons from it are all the better. BECOME the person you wish to be. None of us are born that person whole cloth like Athena. Rather, like Michelangelo’s David, we are revealed as such in steps and stages. It is a lifelong journey. And it is only failed if one lives the cowardly, craven life of the perpetually adolescent. Those who neither dream of success, plan to make it happen, nor take responsibility for their failures and family.

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/12/01/the-winston-churchill-school-of-adulthood-is-now-in-session/

h/t Ace of Spades

Tribalism is as tribalism does

tariencole:

Well stated, and very true. And the bad part is, not all tribalism is bad. It stems from a very deep part of our psyche that recognizes that sometimes, ‘the other’ is very much out to get us. And if we aren’t on our guard, they’re likely to punish our lax attentiveness.

That said, we jump far too easily in fandom into these camps of ‘extreme otherness.’ Where our disagreements over politics (ideological and personal) become reasons to doubt the intent of others, and pile all sorts of vitriol upon them.

I can remember when all of us dreamed of having a BIG sci-fi/fantasy tent. Well, here we go. Can we check ideology at the door enough to keep it a big tent? I would like to think so. Note, I’m not saying don’t read or write anything ideological. I’m just saying I would love it if we didn’t go down the road of so-called ‘lit-fic’ which has become nothing BUT ideological shilling at the expense of all pretense of story. Because the tent will get very small then. No matter ‘whose’ ideology wins the shouting war.

Originally posted on Brad R. Torgersen:

I told George R. R. Martin I’d be writing this post — as a result of some of the polite dialogue we had at his LiveJournal page. His basic question to me was, “How can you, as a guy in an interracial marriage, put up with some of the racist and sexist stuff (a certain person) writes on his blog?” I thought this a valid question. How indeed? I didn’t have the space on LiveJournal to unpack all of my thoughts and feelings on the dread ism topic, so I thought I would do it here.

When I was a teenager, concepts like racism and sexism seemed easy to understand. People who are sexist, think the opposite gender are inferior human beings. People who are racist, think people of opposite ethnicities are inferior human beings. Both concepts are morally wrong. What seemed obvious, was obvious. I’d had this idea spoon-fed…

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Hey Remember That Net Neutrality You Said Was So Awesome?

Did you know you’re now eligible to be TAXED on your BROADBAND SERVICE? http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-broadband-fees-20150409-story.html#page=1 Congratulations!

Wow! Isn’t that what you wanted? So not only do you not have the right to see new innovation without FCC approval. Not only are ALL internet speeds throttled to whatever the FCC decides will be the highest rate ‘everyone’ can receive, because there are no permissible ‘fast lanes’ anymore. BUT, you get to pay a TAX to receive the very same service you already received, because the Federal Government had so much involvement in the creation of it.

Now, you may ask what did they do? Shut up Rube. Yep. This is the Federal Government, taking credit for private innovation and then taxing it until it cannot move. Reagan’s old punch line can now be invoked: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.

I suspect it will be some time before the latter part comes into play. But that is, of course, the part of the equation that Google and the Crony Socialist Corporations were counting on when they supported this assault on our freedom of information.

Once again, I present to you the reality of Net Neutrality: http://megynkelly.us/a0k-content/uploads/2015/03/because-500×308.jpg

Hoisting the Black Flag

tariencole:

And there’s no way this was not deliberate. They took the most hysterical objections on Twitter–hardly a NEWS source–and promoted it as fact. Tor is hopping mad because it won’t get to claim a slate sweep for their ‘agenda’ authors. Though I’m quite certain that on the 4th or 5th ballot, the leftists in attendance will get together behind Leckie and squeak out a win over Skin Game. Because it’s–literary. Cause promoting. And dull as a root canal.

Originally posted on Otherwhere Gazette:

“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”

― H.L. Mencken

black flagAs a journalist I have long been appalled at the state of the industry and particularly what passes for “journalism” within the entertainment industry and gaming. As we found out with GamerGate, journalists were being paid for favorable reviews, which is a gross breach of ethics.

Fast forward to today when Entertainment Weekly published what can only be termed a hit piece on Sad Puppies, and founder Larry Correia and Sad Puppies 3 show runner Brad Torgerson accusing them of every PC sin short of miscegenation with a goat, which would probably be considered an alternative sexuality by this bunch.

This complete load of horse tripe was written by Isabella Biedenharn (@Isabella324) and while EW has attempted to walk back their statements since the original article was…

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COMMENTARY: The Art World’s Self-Serving Lies

tariencole:

Well-stated. And the problem of ‘just turning away’ is that unless it is actively negated, the practitioners of this facade will think themselves justified. And they will use their media megaphones to convince people they’re right. Just as they have in so-called ‘literary fiction,’ which they can’t accept has contributed strongly to the death of reading.

Originally posted on THE REMODERN REVIEW:

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BEING SMOTHERED IN THEIR OWN TANGLED WEBS: BBC News Roger Scruton’s “How Modern Art Became Trapped by its Urge to Shock”

Key quote from the article, a summary of how the contemporary art world conspires to inflate inferior productions and specious reputations:

“Originality requires learning, hard work, the mastery of a medium and – most of all – the refined sensibility and openness to experience that have suffering and solitude as their normal cost.

“To gain the status of an original artist is therefore not easy. But in a society where art is revered as the highest cultural achievement, the rewards are enormous. Hence there is a motive to fake it. Artists and critics get together in order to take themselves in, the artists posing as the originators of astonishing breakthroughs, the critics posing as the penetrating judges of the true avant-garde.

“In this way Duchamp’s famous urinal…

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And Let The Popcorn Eating Commence.

The Hugo Nominees came out, and after months of being told the Sad Puppies were a minority that didn’t matter. That last year proved the award belong to the CHORFs and TrueFen, the truth comes out.

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/04/04/hugo-awards-nominations-swept-by-anti-sjw-anti-authoritarian-authors/

Tor is in an uproar, if you ever needed proof they long ago left the majority of their genre’s fans behind, you see it here from Moshe Feder of the aforementioned publisher’s FB feed:

It’s most unfortunate that right-wing fans with a warped, paranoid vision of how the Hugo Awards have successfully functioned for decades, confabulated scenarios in which they imagined their favorite works had been kept off the ballot, or from winning, by non-existent left-wing conspirators. Sadly, they chose to respond with an _actual_ conspiracy of their own, and have, as a result, succeeded in demeaning and devaluing the awards. The fact that their conspiracy was open rather than secret makes it no less nefarious. I don’t know whether to shake my head or my fist.
The Hugo Awards are not supposed to be political elections, but popular judgments of absolute quality. To bring organized campaigning into the awards’ process is to render them all but meaningless. I feel sorry for those authors whose stories deserved recognition but whose nominations have now been sullied by association with the conspiracy.
I have to give this some thought, but I may have to conclude that an ethical fan with traditional fannish values has no choice but to only consider nominees _not_ backed by the slates and, if not satisfied that those deserve to win, to then vote No Award in as many categories as necessary. No Award is our last bastion against corruption. Unfortunately, to vote for any of the slate-backed nominees, no matter how worthy in the abstract, would be to implicitly endorse the cynical and unfannish way they got on the ballot.

Folks, we’ve danced this dance last year. Even Scalzi admitted that the only thing SP did different from before was make their bloc voting transparent. When feminists swept the Nebulas and pranced around Twitter chanting they would never read a white, male, heterosexual author, no one at Tor called them out for their matriarchal dance. And those of us who called that just as sexist as if I said I’d never read a lesbian female author–which would be untrue, as I have–were called backwards right-wingers and not-true fans.

What’s more, the SP slate deliberately culled itself to not overemphasize it’s own triumph. If you needed proof Larry Correia is class, here it is: http://monsterhunternation.com/2015/04/04/sad-puppies-update-the-nominees-announced-and-why-i-refused-my-nomination/. Now I can hope without reservation that Jim Butcher–criminally overlooked for the Hugos for over a decade–come on, not ONE nomination? Did you not read Dead Beat or Changes?–will get an award he justly deserves. And while Butcher *may* have snuck a couple of political statements into his later Dresden novels, none of them are overt table pounding. And the one that annoyed the Left the most was said by a Faye the reader isn’t supposed to empathize with ANYWAY, as Dresden says the exact opposite–tolerant–statement. But that isn’t good enough. Not to mention, it wasn’t in Skin Game anyway, which is nothing if not a back-to-Dead Beat recapitulation of everything that made the Files DresdenCrack to begin with.

So I’m not sorry that Sad Puppies crashed the party. We were told for years we didn’t matter, and wouldn’t change the award.

We did. We have. And if you think it’s for the worse, then ask yourself what does it mean to be ‘inclusive’? Or is only ‘Inclusive of the people we like’? The Evil League of Evil is here to stay, and I proudly wear my Overlord-in-Waiting tag.

All The Scarlet Letters

tariencole:

One of the things I am more than a tad suspicious of is that my past activism in *gasp* conservative circles had an adverse effect on the search for an agent. That, and my books did not carry any obvious check marks for the Diversity Celebrants to claim me as one of their own.

Oh well. Color me an old-fashioned reactionary, and I’ll go Indie.

Originally posted on According To Hoyt:

One of the most interesting things – and by interesting I mean scary – about the reaction to Sad Puppies 3 is that many people who are anti-puppy (always wanted to write that) were mad at Brad for “not telling people you were putting them on the slate.”

Okay. The accusation is not true. Brad actually told people, except for a couple he legitimately forgot to contact.

But let’s not defend Brad on that front, because when we are defending him on that front, we’re already swallowing whole a pretty bizarre assumption of the other side.

Instead, let’s step back and take a deep breath.

What are the Hugos?

They’re awards, right? They’re awards given, supposedly, for the best science fiction and fantasy of the year, right?

In theory, theoretically as it were, who is supposed to nominate: why, Lord love a duck, right? Any reader of science fiction who…

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Two Days Without Internet?!

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How did I survive?

It was difficult, truth be told. The phone’s data plan is somewhat plundered at the moment. But thankfully, Steam lets me do stuff in offline mode. If Football Manager had been on Origen, there might have been blood.

And I return to the net to get sucked into an argument I don’t need, about a topic people don’t want to understand my thoughts on, with people who end up resorting to personal attacks. Oh well, Social Justice Warriors will always demonstrate the lie beneath their claimed title.