Any Writer Who Does Not Value Free Speech

is an unthinking puppet. This should be axiomatic. Regardless of your political sensitivities elsewhere, a writer is an artist. One who expresses ideas in words. One who thus lives by the necessity of free speech. If not that, then your art becomes propaganda, directed by the imperative of the State, your Class, or whatever other unthinking assumptions you are not allowed to articulate or question.

So whenever I hear people who make their living with WORDS, SPEAKING, blabber about, “Of course you have free speech, but…” I say they are self-deluding fools aiming the gun of censorship at their own head. Joss Whedon has learned this the hard way this week. And as much as I’m bemused at the REASON for his exile from the herd–what, he dared to make a cliche HUMAN, how dare he!–I have little pity for a man who attacked his own audience in the Social Media Shaming circus during #Gamersgate, and will assuredly do so again to regain his status in the Social Justice Herd. As an artist, he should KNOW better. Censorship and shaming, once employed, spread like napalm. Friendly fire is inevitable.

I am no friend of Pam Gellar, her attacks on people I *do* respect annoyed me. That said, she has absolute protection of Free Speech. Folks, we do not get to choose which speech we protect with the First Amendment and which is ‘personal’ to be shamed. To do this is to deny freedom, enable tyrants, and destroy our OWN calling to art. We support free speech against would-be murderers, whether the leftists of Charlie Hedbo, or Pam Gellar (and do note, they make no nice distinctions about OUR ideological spheres. They would kill left and right alike.) Or you side with the murderers and tyrants in returning our world to a Fifth Century Theocratic system. Personally, I would think the one thing everyone making their living with words would agree on is NOT wanting to side with the murderers who would put us all out of work. Self-preservation and all. Apparently, the Social Justice Herd doesn’t think through consequences that clearly.

Free Speech is an absolute, unalterable right. Or it does not exist at all. Every link of censorship forges our own chains.

Time for a SHAMEFUL Admission

My real-life work’s been crazy the last few weeks, and it’s really crimped my writing. As in, left me too drained most days to look at my notes, which I don’t have nearly as many of, since I haven’t had time to think about it during the times I normally do. I’m going to sit down this weekend and rework my writing schedule to match what my new realities at work and home.

I don’t believe in writer’s block. I firmly believe that writers write, even when “We don’t feel like it.” On the other hand, I’m a fairly schedule-driven person. And when my schedule gets disrupted on a routine basis, I start making white knuckles around my coffee cup. That leads to having precisely 1 page of notes in the last week, and a whole lot of time hiding from Scrivener in Football Manager 15–but hey, I’m running away with the Serie A title!

Erm…no excuse, Mr Cole. Time to come out and write. Besides, this isn’t the first time I’ve had my schedule changed since I picked up the penname. I’ll get it sorted. Or this will stay up here taunting me. đŸ˜›

Hey Remember That Net Neutrality You Said Was So Awesome?

Did you know you’re now eligible to be TAXED on your BROADBAND SERVICE? 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:×308.jpg

Two Days Without Internet?!


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.

Just What the World Needs

More vague language about “just and reasonable” decision-making from a government regulatory agency.

And here, you thought Net Neutrality was just about making sure someone didn’t throttle speeds. Silly rabbit, tricks are for lawyers. *EVERY* ISP innovation is now subject to Government approval. The FCC has just made itself the FDA of the Internet, and no one voted to allow them to do it.

Buy hey, a Bit is a Bit, right? You get to wait three times as long for internet speeds to improve because you didn’t want a private company negotiating privately with Netflix. Yeah, this is soooo much better. Throttle ALL speeds instead.

Just a reminder:

Think Something Might Be a Bad Idea?

Check “The People’s Cube” to see if they’re mocking it. Generally speaking, anything that you can put Stalin next to is bad:

and this:

Because someone, somewhere, might decide paying more for their internet is OK with them, now we ALL are going to pay more. For inferior service. Using a scheme twice declare illegal by the courts and a model whose regulations helped create the largest TelCom monopoly in the world. One that had to be broken by the Courts because its stranglehold was so pervasive no one could compete with it. Yeah, Ma Bell for the Internet sounds like a good idea.

Oh, but this will keep corporations from raising rates and throttling speed on providers! Yeah…about that. If that’s the case, why are they all onboard supporting this? ALL the Big Corporations campaigned for this–because it WASN’T good for them? Somehow, I don’t think so.

Just once, I’d love it if someone would realize that maybe life is better when the government isn’t trying to control your choices.

Second principle: Anytime someone suggests the government impose “Neutrality” or “Fairness?” Run Like Hell.

Of course, the problem with Internet Radio is

that the least common denominator runs it. You know, the 50+% of the American Populace who couldn’t tell you which party controlled the Senate in 2012? Yeah, those people.

Evidence? This, the list of Pandora’s 10 most-liked songs. Not surprisingly, the #1 song is also one on the Classic Rock Overplayed list…a rather prominent offender.

The Clear-Channeling of Radio

Has resulted in this:

I have to admit, that list makes me glad for Pandora and Spotify. I can agree with most songs on there, and probably add a few more. Even a diehard Rush-geek like myself can say there are a few dozen songs from the Master Power Trio I would want to hear more often to bring “Tom Sawyer” into a moderation allowing all people to appreciate its magnificence. Ditto “Back in Black,” really why not “Flick of the Switch” or “Ride On”?

Variety? Spice of Life? Not on Classic Rock Radio stations.

Happy New Year

And thank you for taking the time this year to peruse my gear-driven corner of the web. I’ve had a little trouble shaking off a particularly undesired Christmas gift I received from family. But once I have, I hope to get back to a regular posting schedule.

I think my concerns for the ‘rules’ of NaNoWriMo got the better of my judgment. Or maybe the Fantasy is back to clawing at my mind and demanding that I return to it. Either way, I’m going to take the long weekend to reread it and then get back to work on it. I have a nice new fountain pen to write with. Though it needs some better ink.

Even though Inquisition won’t run on my laptop, Civ 5: Beyond Earth will. Hopefully I can avoid having that, and bowl games, consume ALL my time this weekend. đŸ˜‰

Whelp. It seems that

My month long Dragon Age spree wasn’t entirely necessary. Yes, I received Dragon Age: Inquisition for Christmas. Yes, my computer SAYS it meets the minimum specs. But erm…no. It doesn’t really ‘run’ the game. It just sorta chugs along. Laptop lag.