Friday, April 3, 2020

My Life As A Gamer: RESET THE CLOCK!

It keeps happening!

Months after leading an SJW against the OSR in general and me in particular for "Toxic Masculinity", Adam Koebel (Storygamer, Male Feminist, and creator of Dungeonworld) did a bad bad thing, proving yet again what kind of masculinity is REALLY toxic.

Koebel is a Dangerhair SJW Death Cultist. That he'd demonstrate by his behavior that he's projecting hard enough to be a viable launch vehicle for NASA should surprise no one, and I fully expect some ritual displays of contrition that are as fake as he is before this is all swept under the rug and everyone pretends that it never happened whether they want to or not. Why? He's a Somebody in the Tabletop RPG cell of the Death Cult Network, and Somebodies get their indiscretions papered over until the power dynamic shifts and they're pushed down the ladder or expelled from the Party. (e.g. Weinstein) Granted, not much of a Somebody, but still Somebody.

Once again, quoting one of the video comments: "Physiognomy turns out to be real yet again, Koebel was always sickening to look upon, I had a weird feeling about that guy from the first time I saw him."

Reset the clock!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

My Life In Fandom: When Your Beloved Turns Pale

Friend of the Retreat Brian Niemeier has a post today about SJW infiltration into anime production, taking the approach we all suspected: getting on the production committees. Head over there and read that before continuing.

I'm not mad about this as such. They'd already been executing a containment strategy, but actual pozzing was always the goal and this is the means to do it. The problem I see is that it may be too little and too late, for them and us, as forces beyond anyone's control have made this development moot.

No, not just Corona-chan, though that will play a role. No, not just the ChiComs, though they are exerting pressure. The problem is what's coming out.

Since the high-water mark of the late 90s--there's that marker again--the entire field crashed creatively and technically. 2000-2010 was a decade more or less lost to both the changeover to CGI-dominated production, with its own learning curves and growing pains as well as talent turnover. The genres that made anime popular worldwide fell into disuse overnight, with so few good original works coming out that when one finally hit like the old days (Gurren Lagann) it was treated like the Second Coming. The majority of the embarassing output that marks typical production today began here, but there's another trend to address.

Like Western pop culture, Japanese pop culture stagnated. More and more reliance on fewer and fewer franchises. More and more remakes, retreads, side-stories, and nostalgia works--more plays into the Nostalgia Trap--and fewer original works outside of a couple of commercially viable genres. More of the works that do get made focus more and more on childhood and high school life and not on adult life or feature adult protagonists; more works are contemporary in setting and not exhibiting imagination or speculation. The fanfic phenomenon afflicting the West is abundant in the East also, with all of the consequences to go with it.

In short, what we're now seeing here is that--as with the Western experience--the SJW push into anime is no different a chase of corpse-eating grubs finding more to eat than it was previously. The anime business is over-reliant on so few genres that you can count on one hand and have digits left over, and about as many remain present enough to retain an overall illusion of variety; the result is an increasingly freakish audience, and freakish r-selected audiences are breeding grounds for SJW pozzing.

As much as I enjoy the remakes and revisits of late--they are very well done--you can't rely on them forever. As much as the anime industry have finally recovered in technical competency from the CGI turnover 20 years ago, they remain creatively bankrupt and the practices are not conducive to making the healthy cultural works of the previous heyday; it's no surprise that few new works compare favorably to those of that past era anymore than Mouse Wars compares favorably to Uncle George's films.

In short, consider the possibility that this is necessary to fix a persistent problem, and it is unlikely that anything within the present context will solve it.

And if you get the idea that I'm fine with this, you haven't been paying attention. It may be necessary, but that doesn't mean I want the pain to happen. I just want there to be an anime industry clean of this poz once this is over.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

My Life As A Historian: Japan's Greatest Actor Born 100 Years Ago Today

Toshiro Mifune, one of the greatest actors that ever lived, was born on this day 100 years ago.

Yes, there is a documentary about the man, released in 2016.

I don't admire many entertainers, but two of them are Japanese and Mifune is one of them. Whatever his flaws, as an actor--and an icon of manliness--he was one of the best and he has few peers, only one of which is still alive. (That would be Clint Eastwood.) Such a figure deserves to be remembered and celebrated. While famous for his samurai films, his dramatic turns in more contemporary pieces are what drives home the fact of his mastery of the craft- often directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa. You are not wasting your time by watching his films; hit up his filmography and start watching.

Then look forward to seeing him appear, in spirit, cast in the role of a Star Knight.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Narrative Warfare: It Really Is A Magician's Trick

This is what you are witnessing play out in real time on the world stage.

What does a magician do? They perform illusions by seizing your attention, directing it where they want it to go, while they perform the sleight-of-hand required to execute the illusion. They make you focus on the form and not the function. Thus seemingly miraculous feats are performed before your unbelieving eyes. This same mindset is behind all confidence artists and other fraudsters; magicians just use it for the honest end of entertainment rather than theft.

What is going on right now is one of the largest illusions ever pulled.

No, the pandemic is real and it is as bad as is feared. The illusion here is the appearance of passivity by Trump. What you're not paying attention to is the following:

  • Trump has the emergency power to direct all spending as he sees fit. This is how he got the Wall going; he will do it again as he sees fit regardless of what Congress says.
  • Trump is using A/B testing constantly, leaning hard on the actual Federal structure to legitimize this, and thus using Push/Pull salesmanship to get governors and mayors to do the actual heavy lifting of addressing the pandemic in their territories. This simultaneously exposes the crooks beyond the Fake News' ability to contain, and gets the good ones the attention they deserve.
  • The stimulus package also puts the Federal Reserve under the Treasury, making Trump succeed where Ron Paul failed: he's ending the Fed. Not in style, but in substance; it is no longer an independent central bank, but instead under the control of the Federal Government. Long-time observers, both Deep State and enemies thereof, acknowledge this. What they have not said is that this will result in a global financial restructuring because the Fed is a lynchpin in the system; through its seizure, Trump can and will seize the International Monetary Fund, the Bank of International Settlements, and so on. The system of usury is about to end.
  • The Deep State actors will not be perpwalked until it's too late for anyone to do anything about it. Instead, Trump will focus upon turning Deep State actors; this maintains the illusion of normalcy, while accomplishing the substance of drainage.

In short, folks dissatisfied about Trump are not looking at the effects. They are focus on the seeming and not the substance. We have a man in the White House who doesn't care about how it looks. He only cares about what it does; he'll make it pretty after the fact. Metokur, Red Ice, and so on are all failing to observe the effects; it doesn't matter how the target goes down, so long as he does, and what I see emerging is a preference for hollowing out from within than boring out from without.

Which means he's hollowing out the Deep State and wearing it as a skinsuit- he's using their playbook against them AND WINNING. That's brilliance in action, and it has to be the most supreme humiliation to be subjected to a superior execution of your own methodology, down to the humiliation of having to pretend that he didn't do it to you. No wonder they're increasingly insane to the point of bad optics.

Remember this going forward: pay no attention to the trappings, and focus instead on the effects. It doesn't matter what you call it if the effect is what you want.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Narrative Warfare: The Truth of Your Currency Breaks Containment At Last

In 2014, the Bank of England explained how your currency--wherever you are--is actually created. The article--"Money Creation in the Modern Economy"--is here if you want to read it in its entirety.

One common misconception is that banks act simply as intermediaries, lending out the deposits that savers place with them. In this view deposits are typically ‘created’ by the saving decisions of households, and banks then ‘lend out’ those existing deposits to borrowers, for example to companies looking to finance investment or individuals wanting to purchase houses.... Another common misconception is that the central bank determines the quantity of loans and deposits in the economy by controlling the quantity of central bank money — the so-called ‘money multiplier’ approach....

Lending creates deposits — broad money determination at the aggregate level

As explained in ‘Money in the modern economy: an introduction’, broad money is a measure of the total amount of money held by households and companies in the economy.

Broad money is made up of bank deposits — which are essentially IOUs from commercial banks to households and companies — and currency — mostly IOUs from the central bank. Of the two types of broad money, bank deposits make up the vast majority — 97% of the amount currently in circulation. And in the modern economy, those bank deposits are mostly created by commercial banks themselves.

Commercial banks create money, in the form of bank deposits, by making new loans. When a bank makes a loan, for example to someone taking out a mortgage to buy a house, it does not typically do so by giving them thousands of pounds worth of banknotes. Instead, it credits their bank account with a bank deposit of the size of the mortgage. At that moment, new money is created. For this reason, some economists have referred to bank deposits as ‘fountain pen money’, created at the stroke of bankers’ pens when they approve loans.

Just as taking out a new loan creates money, the repayment of bank loans destroys money. For example, suppose a consumer has spent money in the supermarket throughout the month by using a credit card. Each purchase made using the credit card will have increased the outstanding loans on the consumer’s balance sheet and the deposits on the supermarket’s balance sheet. If the consumer were then to pay their credit car bill in full at the end of the month, its bank would reduce the amount of deposits in the consumer’s account by the value of the credit card bill, thus destroying all of the newly created money.

Banks making loans and consumers repaying them are the most significant ways in which bank deposits are created and destroyed in the modern economy.

TL/DR: "Money" is debt. It's loaned into existence at interest by banks. Those banks never have the money on hand to cover all deposits, hence "fractional reserve", and therefore they have nothing of tangible value to consider (to lose) when making a loan contract. This makes ALL loans fraud because the "money" (currency; it has no inherent value, unlike gold or silver, which is what separates money from currency) literally does not exist until you agree to the loan; they literally make it up on the spot when they create the loan and then sucker you via interest into paying them more than you owe for the privilege.

Thanks to the God-Emperor, and his uncanny ability to get his enemies to reveal themselves Looney Tunes style in their attempts to destroy him, this is now reaching popular awareness. Bill Still and his cohort of dissidents are finally getting their day and their due for revealing this years ago.

And now the God-Emperor has control of the Federal Reserve, and through it the entire international central banking system. Ron Paul, once he runs the numbers, could not be happier- and neither is the ghost of Andrew Jackson, the man who destroyed the last major central bank in the U.S.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Narrative Warfare: Internet Archive Did Nothing Wrong

Today in "This is why OldPub deserves what it's getting", we see Mary Robinette Kowel and Chuck Wendig falsely call the Internet Archive a "pirate site".

Yes, that Internet Archive. The one recognized under law (thanks California) as a library.

What prompted this stupidity? This.

Go ahead, click through. Read the salty fuckwits crying about Muh Copyrights like they know what they're talking about. Yeah, even self-important organizations got in on this, ignoring that procedures exist if something is included in error.

Really, you OldPub faggots are embarrassing, and I cannot wait for this to blow up in your faces. You're shitting on a library and archive doing its mission, defaming it falsely as a pirate site. Eat a bag a dicks, all of you, and die in nuclear fire. The Internet Archive did nothing wrong.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

My Life As A Writer: Book Two WIP Excerpt 1

This I wrote for Book Two. WIP and all that.

Oslo at twilight, no matter the time of year, always held Vikuun Qis' attention. It did yet again one night months after the space pirate Red Eyes tried and failed to steal away his cousin Gabriela Robin at New Edinburgh. After the victory ceremonies, after the funerals with full honors, after the accounting of those slain and the materiel lost, came the questions and with it the whispers. Count Robin cut him off, but he didn't care; the Dukes, Archdukes, and Grand Dukes still held him favor for now. So he stood in his chambers at the family house in Oslo, looking out the window, as his assistant in Rome called.

His assistant appeared on his desk as a holographic miniature.

"My lord, the day's business is concluded."

Qis didn't look away from the sunset. "Are there any problems or other developments outside expectations?"

"Only this, my lord. Count Robin has departed from Second Salisbury late in the night during a blackout. He did not take the family yacht, or take an escort, but rather boarded one of the couriers to Earth."

"I see. And no one has seen my cousin since her return to her father?"

"There are no credible reports, my lord."

"Send the full report to me by the usual channels with full encryption immediately, and be ready for orders before breakfast. Dismissed."

"Very good, my lord. Sleep well, my lord."

The assistant's hologram disappeared, and as the last light of day faded over the horizon Qis looked into the window and saw the reflection of a painting behind him, a painting of an empty throne atop a tower, below which gathered an uncountable sea of pleading faces and outstretched hands.

"Soon that error will be rectified."

Qis turned away from the window and went to his closet instead, stepping inside and closing the door. Racks of clothes and accessories for every ocassion surrounded him, and a center island allowed him to lay them down, but he did not do so. Instead, he reached underneath and flipped a switch. The island's top opened to reveal a hidden chamber. Inside was a belt, a full mask like those of ancient Greek theater, and a beam sword all in the style of ancient Babylon.

"Count Vikuun Qis cannot address this change of events, but Master Nimrod can."

There will be more to come.