2018/08/31

Doomed to Repeat It

It was only a matter of time before the SJW hive turned its full venom against the lovable upstarts of #ComicsGate. Richard Meyer, Ethan Van Sciver, and the movement's other independent comic book creators have dared to point out that the emperor has no clothes. Adding insult to injury, they've made over $1.5 million in the process.

The SJWs who've converged legacy comics stake their identities on controlling the industry. They can't abide dissent, and being made to confront their waning influence is giving them fits. That's how you get paranoid hit pieces like this. The Left's shock troops are convinced they're fighting a holy crusade against pure evil where there are no means that aren't justified by the ends. The enemy--us--deserves no mercy, so all bets are off and no holds are barred. SJWs have no compunctions against using slander and outright lies.

This attitude is immediately familiar to veterans of the previous anti-SJW revolts. We saw Law & Order smearing GamerGaters as criminals and Wired dismissing Sad Puppies as a bunch of angry white men. SJWs have one playbook, and anyone who's been paying attention should have it memorized by now.

That's why it's been frustrating to see #ComicsGate repeating all the same mistakes that #GamerGate and Sad Puppies made. Intelligence is learning from your own errors. Wisdom is learning from the errors of others. The thought leaders of #ComicsGate are smart enough to make a killing in the cutthroat publishing world. If their handling of SJWs is any indication, they're one prime requisite ability score short of a cleric.

Consider this video EVS produced in response to comics SJWs running the angry straight white male script.


Crowdsourcing a highlight reel of minorities who support your movement is undeniably cute, and it gives Conservatives the warm fuzzies. It also allows for some audience participation, which I'm a fan of. On the other hand, pseudo-dialectical appeals like this are utterly useless at achieving their primary purpose. No SJW is going to watch this video and come away saying, "I was wrong about the other side being a bunch of crackers with fragile egos. Looks like I've got some major soul-searching to do."

Case in point:

no interest

Again, GG vets will recognize this gambit as a replay of #NotYourShield. It didn't work then. It won't work now.

Well-meaning Conservatives fail to understand the implications of the Left's outcome-based view of equality. If you start from the premise that differing outcomes between various demographics can only be a result of white racism, when fifty years of government policies and billions of dollars fail to erase those differences, the only explanation is that whites are inherently, incurably racist.

SJWs embrace that conclusion as an article of faith. If you're white, you simply cannot convince someone on the Left that you're not racist. Nor will any amount of evidence prove to a Leftist that nonwhites are capable of racism. Such concepts are as ontologically impossible to an SJW as polytheism is to a Christian.

Not only is trying to prove to an SJW that you're not racist a waste of time, it a priori concedes the Left's outcome-based view of equality. Instead, it should be reinforced that SJWs have no moral authority whatsoever.

OG GamerGater @TheQuQu sums it up well:

lesson for #ComicsGate

Ground You Cede

Don't accept the enemy's frame. Don't try to make them like you. Do focus on achieving concrete victories.

Those who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. Word to the wise.

2018/08/30

The Virtual Wall

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Reader Man of the Atom comments:
My bet is on a balkanization of the Internet, with major powers setting up their own ICANN and YP master servers (ICANN is nothing special or unique). Smaller nations would align under the larger nations -- an Internet NATO, Warsaw Pact, and Sino-Soviet Bloc of nations that communicate. Communication between these blocs would likely be heavily regulated and monitored.
The UN would likely be minimized by any significant downturn in economic fortunes rather than elevated, and it's losing mind share daily under the GE's presidency.
That's a timely forecast in light of the censorship craze that's taken hold of Big Social. Also of note is that European governments are leading the pack in taking the tech oligarchs to task. The EU fined Google $5 billion a while back, and they're poised to fine them again. Meanwhile, American pundits and politicians let social media monopolies violate our privacy and steal our content in the name of free enterprise. That's another useful reminder that freedom is worth no more or less than the value of the objective goods you can get with it.

Could we really see the Worldwide Web split into regional walled gardens? Nations east of the Hajnal Line are building border walls to keep out invaders. It's not a big leap from there to building virtual walls to keep out the poz.

Who knows? By 2030 all the cool kids who like anonymity and retaining ownership of their financial information might be surfing a walled web based in Hungary or Poland while leaving the old web to the festering Leftoid hivemind.

While you're waiting for Orban to build his own internet with blackjack and hookers--just kidding; he's a nice Christian boy--put your John Hancock on this petition calling for Trump to take action against Big Social. The GE has clearly telegraphed his intention to act, but it couldn't hurt to encourage him.

2018/08/29

Who Killed Jim's Accounts?

Banned

This post was originally planned for yesterday, but circumstances conspired to prevent me from doing the necessary research. It's probably for the best, though, because the story of Mister "Jim" Metokur's near-simultaneous YouTube and Twitter suspensions has taken a different direction than I'd initially suspected. Which I should have suspected.

If you don't follow Jim's exploits, you should. He is to the internet what Bill Murray was to Punxsutawney, PA in Groundhog Day: not God, but he's been around so long he knows everything.

Jim was there at the start of #GamerGate under the aegis of the Internet Aristocrat. His video series on the Five Guys scandal led Adam Baldwin to coin the hashtag, and he quit when the consumer revolt filled up with e-celebs. His main racket, though, is documenting and ruthlessly mocking the dregs of the web like a current year Robert Ripley with a mean streak. It's important work. If any vestige of our age survives, future historians will cite Jim's videos in their papers--almost certainly as warnings.

Based on that description, you're probably not surprised that Jim got the Alex Jones treatment the other day. What makes this story noteworthy is the air of shenanigans surrounding the whole business. First, Jim's YouTube channel was yanked after he published a scathing video about the Jacksonville shooter.


Google long ago abandoned their "Don't be evil" motto, but it would be quiet a leap, even for them, to ban a video producer in the name of a dead murderer. Also anomalous: Jim only received two strikes before being banned from YouTube instead of the normally requisite three.

Just before 1 PM the next day, Jim's Twitter account was suspended. It's OK, though. You can follow his good friend @MisterAntiBully instead.

Jim's YouTube mystery has a happy ending, though. Keemstar, co-MVP with Zidan of the Killstream's pantsing of the Quarry King, managed to get Metokur's channel restored and the strikes removed. But the question remains: Who falsely flagged Jim's video for spam, harassment, and bullying?

Mister Metokur presented a list of likely perps on his most recent lives stream. The suspects range from disgruntled furries to a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Remember when that set of possibilities would have been considered beyond the pale?

Listen to the stream and weigh the evidence for yourself. Who do you think killed Jim's account?


Whoever the culprit turns out to be--and Metokur will find him out--this tawdry episode proves Jim's lament from the stream. The internet used to be a Wild West barroom where anything was fair game. Thin-skinned snowflakes have spoiled the fun.

Big tech's monopolistic power to deplatform anyone to the right of Jerry Brown isn't helping matters, either. Which is why it's yugely encouraging that the GE said this:


As for Twitter, don't be surprised if the Trump Organization just buys it when Jack Dorsey drives the stock price low enough.

2018/08/28

Promise Breakers Inc.

Apologies to my readers for the lateness of this post. circumstances beyond my control deprived me of internet access this morning. As a result, my planned post about Big Social going all Alex Jones on Mister Metokur will have to wait. That situation still seems to be developing, so it's probably best to hold off till all the facts come in, anyway.

Instead of adding my two cents to the Metokur affair, tonight I'll share my insights into a subject on which I have a more informed opinion: storytelling.

I haven't followed legacy television for at least five years now. The cultural decay may have infected other media sooner, but it first became widely apparent in TV. Talk to guys in the #PulpRev, and a common complaint you'll hear about post-1980 storytelling is that nobody knows how to write an ending anymore. This lament encompasses epic fantasy and sci-fi series that bloat due to scope creep with no end in sight, but also writers' general inability to bring closure without prompting the reader to make toast in the bathtub.

It's fair to bring up the deleterious effects of Postmodernism, SocJus convergence, and the Futurians. All stand over SFF's corpse holding bloody knives. One consequence of the barbarians, commies, and purse puppies who've been running amok in the genre for most of our lifetimes is that authors have forgotten a vital rule of storytelling: Don't break promises to the reader.

Currently it's not only common, but expected, for TV shows, comic books, and novels to jerk the reader around. This disastrous trend may date back to JJ Abrams' Lost, but I wouldn't be surprised if it started sooner. The Walking Dead was the last "event" TV series I remember being excited about. I checked out after the season one finale made it clear the writers had no intention of following through on the show's implied promises.

The mass audience defection from Star Wars is largely a result of Abrams pulling his usual shtick of laying out a trail of breadcrumbs that goes nowhere and Rian Johnson spewing radical Leftist agitprop into the breach. No one likes to be made ridiculous, yet making fools of its audience has become a cornerstone of Lucasfilm's corporate culture. That statement holds true for every major pop culture operation. Lefties are whining about the death of Star Wars, mainstream comics, legacy publishing, and the NFL, but the fallout was entirely predictable.

How do you avoid the miserable fate of Disney, Tor Books, and Marvel Comics? Tell a story with a definite beginning, middle, and end. Revise with an eye to finding implicit promises you made to the reader, and make sure you keep those promises in satisfying ways. Follow that plan consistently, and you'll build an audience.

For an example of a space opera action series with a satisfying conclusion, check out The Ophian Rising, the final book of my award-winning Soul Cycle.

The Ophian Rising - Brian Niemeier

2018/08/27

Combat Frame Data: YCR-015-1


YCR-015-1 Zwei Dolph Custom
  

Technical Data

Model number: YCR-015-1
Code name: Zwei Dolph Custom
Nickname: Dolph
Classification: custom high mobility, energy weapon optimized combat frame
Manufacturer: Seed Corporation
Operator: Systems Overterrestrial Coalition
First deployment: CY 1
Crew: 1 pilot in cockpit in chest
Height: 19.5 meters
Weight: 45 metric tons
Armor type: palladium glass microalloy/aeorgraphene/ceramic composite
Powerplant: cold fusion reactor, max output 1935 KW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 4x 36,615 kg, 4x 15,785 kg; top speed 2808 kph; maneuvering thrusters: 14, 180° turn time 0.83 seconds; legs: top ground speed 190 kph
Sensors: radar, thermal, optical array; main binocular cameras mounted behind visor in head
Fixed armaments: none
Hand armaments: shield, attaches to left forearm, mounts double plasma cannon, power rated at 1.75 MW total (2x 0.875 MW); double plasma fork, power rated at 0.60 MW per head (2x 0.30 MW each), wielded one or two-handed in use.

General Notes

Aware of design flaws in the CF-014 Ein Dolph, Seed Corp lead engineer Tesla Browning began development of the CF-015 Zwei Dolph before the first CF-014s entered service. A select few elite Coalition pilots received Zwei Dolph prototypes to collect live combat data on Browning's design concepts. The most infamous of these early test pilots was CSC ace Eiyu Masz.

A favorite of CSC Driector Sanzen's aide Sekaino Megami, Masz was granted carte blanche to customize his personal Zwei Dolph. The performance and specifications of Masz's unit compelled Browning to reclassify the YCF-015 prototype they'd started with as the YCR-015-1 Zwei Dolph Custom.

Masz's approach to personalizing his CF proved crude but highly effective. He began by stripping off all fixed weapon systems and replacing the titanium layer of the Zwei Dolph's armor with stronger yet lighter palladium glass. This streamlining gave the YCR-015-1 a lighter full weight than a standard Zwei Dolph while providing greater protection.

Next, Masz took advantage of this weight reduction to pack his combat frame with high-performance drive and maneuvering thrusters powered by Seed Corp's highest output CF reactor to date. This combination produced one of the fastest and most agile combat frames in existence.

With his custom Zwei Dolph's defenses enhanced to his liking, Masz turned his attention to the CF's offensive capability. He first had Seed Corp design a new shield to his specifications. Though it featured additional reinforcement, the shield's main advantage was the double plasma cannon Masz ordered mounted inside. The firepower both barrels discharged from the shield's tip surpassed that of the XCF-08D-1 Dead Drop's plasma cannon. Housed within his shield, Masz's double plasma cannon enjoyed more protection and concealment than standard-issue Dolph rifles, which could explode violently when hit. This precaution anticipated enemy combatants taking advantage of the Dolph rifles' vulnerability and gave the Zwei Dolph Custom a significant edge in combat.

Masz applied and amplified this doubling principle with his CF's close combat weapon. A high-output plasma emitter was mounted on either end of a carbyne-reinforced staff containing multiple capacitors. The plasma emitters could split on command, forming parallel energy blades or "plasma forks" capable of disarming enemy CFs or simply visiting incredible destructive force upon up to two targets at once.

The Zwei Dolph Custom proved to be an unholy terror on the battlefield. Its combat performance rivaled or even exceeded the exploits of its progenitor, the XCF-08D-1 Dead Drop. However, due consideration must be given to the vicious intensity and merciless savagery of the YCR-015-1's dreaded pilot.
Update: While working on this post, it came to my attention that author Bradford Walker's Indiegogo campaign for his first Star Knight book concluded to rousing success. Congratulations are in order for Bradford, who not only met his initial funding requirement but also completed a successful victory lap by raising over 200% of his goal. Thanks are due to the backers who cast votes of confidence with their wallets for Reavers of the Void.

Star Knight Victory Lap

#AGundam4Us is already marching from victory to victory. And we're just getting started. Dedicated authors are toiling at their keyboards to bring you fun, exciting mech adventures. The Indiegogo campaign for Combat Frame XSeed launches next. Stay tuned for updates!

And if you can't wait for XSeed, dig into my award-winning Soul Cycle weird space opera series to tide you over.

The Soul Cycle - Brian Niemeier

2018/08/25

Combat Frame Data: CF-015


CF-015 Zwei Dolph
  
CF-015 Zwei Dolph

Technical Data

Model number: CF-015
Code name: Zwei Dolph
Nickname: Dolph
Classification: mass production, energy weapon optimized combat frame
Manufacturer: Seed Corporation
Operator: Systems Overterrestrial Coalition
First deployment: CY 1
Crew: 1 pilot in cockpit in chest
Height: 19.2 meters
Weight: Dry weight 40 metric tons, full weight 50 metric tons
Armor type: titanium alloy/aeorgraphene/ceramic composite
Powerplant: cold fusion reactor, max output 1342 KW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 2x 40,000 kg, 2x 31,750 kg, 2x 23,500 kg; top speed 1728 kph; maneuvering thrusters: 15, 180° turn time 0.95 seconds; legs: top ground speed 185 kph
Sensors: radar, thermal, optical array; main binocular cameras mounted behind visor in head
Fixed armaments: Plasma sword, power rated at 0.40 MW, stored in recharge rack on back, hand-carried in use.
Hand armaments: Dolph 2 plasma rifle, power rated at 1.5 MW, 10 shots per magazine; shield, attaches to left forearm

General Notes

Ordered to roll out an energy weapon-compatible combat frame ASAP, Seed Corp head engineer Tesla Browning rushed the CF-014 Ein Dolph into production. Though the Ein Dolph far outclassed all contemporary CFs, Browning was acutely aware of the unit's flaws. He continued his research into further refining technology copied from Zane Dellister's XCF-08D-1 Dead Drop during the Ein Dolph design process. As a result, plans for the CF-014's successor were finalized before the first Dolph rolled off the assembly line. Browning considered the resulting CF-015 Zwei Dolph his true mass-produced version of the XCF-08D-1.

Despite the Ein Dolph's impressive field trial scores, Browning considered the CF-014 something of a glass cannon. The first Dolph plasma rifle, though powerful, suffered from a dearth of ammunition. The grenade launcher affixed to the rifle as a stopgap measure proved less effective than the standard 115mm Grento machine gun. Simulations also revealed critical gaps in the Ein Dolph's defenses.

Browning adopted a two-pronged approach to address these shortcomings. First, he addressed the Ein Dolph's offensive limitations by equipping the Zwei Dolph with a dedicated version of Dellister's plasma sword. Thanks to refinements in capacitor technology, Browning was also able to produce a second-generation Dolph rifle whose output equaled Dead Drop's plasma cannon while boasting greater ammo capacity. These improvements obviated the rather awkward grenade launcher.

Second, Browning enhanced the Zwei Dolph's defenses with thicker armor supplemented by a versatile, hand-carried shield. The shield featured improved insulation against energy attacks and could double as bashing weapon in close combat. Since the best way to survive a shot from a plasma weapon was to not be there when it fired, Browning gave the Zwei Dolph additional drive and maneuvering thrusters fed by a more powerful reactor.

The Zwei Dolph's first deployment came late in the CY 1 conflict. A handful of elite Coalition pilots received Zwei Dolph prototypes before the official rollout, and their outright spectacular combat victories served as chilling hints of what might have been had Sanzen heeded Browning's advice to pass over the Ein Dolph and fast-track Zwei Dolph development.


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2018/08/24

We're Not Worthy

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Every day, more people are waking up to the true nature of the culture war. The ranks of self-styled moderates are thinning as the Left has made clear that the only options are total submission to their psychotic demands or being branded a Nazi. Even your Boomer aunt on Facebook is starting to realize that SJWs want war to the knife and the knife to the hilt.

Most discussions of the current cold Civil War focus on the stakes. That focus makes sense, because what's at stake is our survival. Fear is a great way to motivate people.

What often goes unremarked upon in these discussions is the matter of who deserves to win. It's also not surprising that people avoid this topic. Both sides like to think of themselves as the forces of light locked in mortal struggle against the servants of darkness. It's just assumed that our side is inherently worthy to inherit the earth while the other side is irredeemably reprobate.

Some might say that calling our side's worthiness into question is counterproductive. Raising doubts is bad for morale. They have a point. Just look at any of the accounts that subsist on peddling black pills. You won't have to look hard. Some people get a kick out of spreading misery around. Nobody likes those guys.

I'm not talking about blackpilling, though. Blackpillers make a show of explaining why a proposed plan won't work, announcing for the Nth time that Trump is finished, or lamenting that the Left's final victory is assured. I'm suggesting that we engage in a healthy activity that the Left is notorious for avoiding: self-examination.

If you rush headlong into no-man's land without giving a thought to your situation or the enemy's, you might win, but it will mean you got lucky. Knowing your enemy and yourself is a prescription for victory. It's Sun Tzu 101.

We already know the other side pretty well. The contemporary Left have revealed themselves as bloodthirsty death cultists operating in a state of unreality. They want us banished to the wilderness to lick slime of rocks and be hunted for sport while they brainwash our children to hate us. Historical fact and their ever-changing Narrative are mutually exclusive, so we know that the Left's victory would mean the death or history. Every achievement of Western civilization for two thousand years would be erased. Future generations would know us only as vanquished enemies of Progress, if they learned of us at all.

The Left is full of hysterical liars and would-be (for now) murderers. They don't deserve to win.

But now we must face an uncomfortable truth. The Left did win. Their hundred-year march through the West's institutions succeeded. They control every cultural organ from the academy to Hollywood. The Left are the Establishment, and we are the counter-revolutionaries fighting to take back their ill-gotten gains.

Yet the fact remains: For generations, we let these subversives and antichrists get the better of us. Our elders--and some of us reading this--were there when the Left came to converge the financial sector and big tech. They saw the takeover happening and did nothing. Or worse, they actively sold out. They inherited the richest cultural and material legacy in human history, and they gave it away to a horde of evil fucks.

What does that say about our side?

What does it say that we, the embattled descendants of those who sold our birthright for false promises of not being called racist, cannot muster effective cooperation? Cannot produce leaders who don't turn out to be fame whores and grifters on the make for a fast buck?

The truth is, we are not worthy heirs of Jefferson, of Marcus Aurelius, of Christ.

Western civilization and all its fruits was a priceless gift that was never dreamed of before and, once it fades, will never be seen again. We don't deserve it.

On the other hand, being undeserved is the essence of what it means to be a gift. We don't have to be worthy, because no one ever could be. Perpetually flagellating ourselves for past sins real and imagined is a behavior the Left tricked us into performing.

Deserving to win is neither here nor there. All have fallen short of the glory of God. The question is whether or not we will allow His great gift to vanish forever from the earth.

It's not a matter of being worthy. It's a matter of winning or losing. Now let's get out there and win.

2018/08/23

We Must Not Allow a Mech Gap

KCW

Reader D.J. Schreffler has alerted me that the Russians recently unveiled the world's first combat walker at the Army-2018 expo near Moscow. The bipedal mech, which bears more than a passing resemblance to ED-209, was exhibited by Kalashnikov. We're not dealing with a bunch of weebs messing around in their garage. We're talking about a world-renowned arms manufacturer with a serious military pedigree.
Looking like a giant egg on legs, Kalashnikov's “controlled bipedal walker” was introduced at this week’s Army-2018 defense expo near Moscow. Kalashnikov says the “development of technologies” behind the walker will be demonstrated next year.
The walker features a cockpit for a human pilot, a pair of arms ending in pinchers, and enormous metal legs ending in ski-like feet. It has no obvious signs of weapons nor does it appear to be anything more than a nonworking mockup. Important details such as power plant, carrying capacity, and armor are all left unexplained.
Combat walkers, or just 'mechs,' have been a part of science fiction for decades. The most famous examples are the AT-ST scout walker from Star Wars, the Amplified Mobility Platform from Avatar, and the L5 Riesig from the game Battlefield 2142. Non-combat versions include the the Caterpillar P-5000 Powered Work Loader from Aliens.
Those are the most famous examples of mecha? Granting the AT-ST, Avatar may have shattered records, but it failed to make a lasting cultural impact. Ripley's power loader from Aliens is popular, but it's more like powered armor than a mech.

Have the Popular Mechanics staff never played Battletech? Have they never seen the world's single most popular mecha franchise?

We must not allow a mech gap. Now, more than ever, we need #AGundam4Us.

NB: I note with some satisfaction that Kalashnikov's mech is following the initial weaponless engineering template of the Work Frames from Combat Frame XSeed.

2018/08/22

Tumblr: The Anime

Tumblr Anime

If you're an up-and-coming indie author who's a Millennial, a member of Generation Y, or even a Gen Xer, your dream scenario for publishing success probably includes getting your IP optioned as an anime series. For years the common refrain anytime an American voiced such hopes was, "Anime studios don't work with Americans."

Still, many forged ahead undaunted, striving to break the culture barrier and be among the first to get a TV deal in Japan. Well, in this Year of Our Lord 2018, the barrier is coming down. Unfortunately, it's not honest indies dedicated to producing content audiences want who are getting their visions turned into anime series. It's SocJus propagandists like the Tumblrinas in the header image.
Otter Media’s Ellation is launching Ellation Studios, a new division devoted to original content.
Margaret Dean has been named head of studio for the new division, which will create content for Ellation’s Crunchyroll and VRV brands. Dean previously had been general manager of Stoopid Buddy Studios and is president of Women in Animation.
You don't say.
The first item on Ellation Studios’ slate is High Guardian Spice, an anime-inspired series under the new Crunchyroll Originals banner.
“Crunchyroll Originals aims to elevate animation as a medium for storytelling, as most animated series in western culture is geared towards kids or comedy," said Kun Gao, founder and general manager of Crunchyroll. "Our fans grew up watching anime, and today anime inspires creators from around the world and influences so much of broader pop culture. We look to tell distinct, impactful stories best executed in the medium of animation from a global creative community who is inspired by anime. With this in mind, we are excited to introduce more shows and announce the rest of our slate in the coming weeks.”
But a picture speaks a thousand words. Let's take a look at this "impactful" series that "elevates animation as a medium".

High Guardian Spice

Aaaand it's CalArts in Diversitopia. Admit it. This is exactly what you imagined when you got a glimpse of the series' creators above.

What you're not imagining is fun, which I note Crunchyroll and Ellation's press releases make no mention of. Word to the wise: "Making an impact" and "elevating the material" are SJW ritual cant for "pushing hamfisted agitprop." Watch the preview video if you haven't eaten in the last hour.


To spare you the long-term retinal damage that comes from staring at this eclipse of a once-beloved art form, let me summarize the video:
Everybody grew up watching anime...Blah blah blah...mah diversitah...Blah blah..."women" creators...Blah.
Let's cut through the bullshit. Neither Crunchyroll nor Ellation expect normal people to watch this abomination. The whole point of this multimillion dollar production is to humiliate and demoralize the normal people these freaks hate.

Yet another reason why we need #AGundam4Us.

Update: The Tumblr self-insert fanfic made canon marches on in the latest news from the slow-motion blimp crash that is the new She-Ra.

She-Ra D&D

Pray that we've reached peak Clown World. There aren't enough Asuka body pillows and opioids to cope with further degeneration.

Reminder: Every dollar spent backing author Bradford Walker's Star Knight Saga is a dollar forever deducted from Ellation's problem glasses budget.

2018/08/21

Unimaginative CHORFs

The 2018 Hugo Award winners were announced on Sunday night at World Con in San Jose. Frequent readers will recall that I made a prediction regarding the Best Novel Award.

The Tor Award

Let's see how my prediction of a Jemisin triple crown panned out.

Hugo 3peat
Those are the Best Novel Hugo Award results from 2016, 2017, and 2018 respectively. Besides Jemisin's sweep, note the declining voter participation. Both data points tell a story about World Con's fortunes that runs counter to the SF SJW narrative.

Simon and Schuster author Catherynne Valente--calling it now: child of lapsed Catholic Boomers who wanted to give their daughter a "unique" name without realizing people can't hear the wonky spelling--sparked a Twitter tussle with indie author Robert Kroese over Sad Puppies. Despite the marked absence of a 2018 Sad Puppies campaign.

Let's unpack this

Total lack of imagination confirmed. Even the CHORFs' tweets are derivative. I can unpack Valente's TwitSpasm in one image.

LaughCrying

One almost feels pity for Valente and her fellow travelers. They know that their part of the industry is in a nosedive. They know the SJW freak show that's overrun their conventions is driving fans away in droves. They know tradpub is dying, and they know they can't replicate their success on the level playing field of indie without the NY cartel to prop up their careers.

Sure, a few tradpub darlings will get to be among the lucky few whose books are still peddled at Costco. Judging by the way Tor unceremoniously dumped their former golden boy Scalzi in favor of the unimpeachably diverse N.K. Jemisin, Valente had better declare she used to be a dude if she wants a piece of that Costco action.

Indie is the industry. Newpub authors releasing tons of quality books through Amazon are doing more damage to the Big Five than the Puppies ever managed. Sure, taunting the defeated SF SJWs is fun. I've been known to indulge in a nice triggering from time to time. Still, indie authors are well advised to remember that poking the CHORF hive, while fun, ultimately accomplishes little. Sales are the only awards that matter. Winning the sales award means working the KDP algorithm. It means giving your audience the books they want to read--and fast.

Author Bradford Walker is running the race to win. Help his amazing Star Knight Saga complete its victory lap by backing Reavers of the Void today!

2018/08/20

Combat Frame Data: CF-014


CF-014 Ein Dolph
  
CF-014 Ein Dolph

Technical Data

Model number: CF-014
Code name: Ein Dolph
Nickname: Dolph
Classification: mass production, energy weapon optimized combat frame
Manufacturer: Seed Corporation
Operator: Systems Overterrestrial Coalition
First deployment: CY 1
Crew: 1 pilot in cockpit in chest
Height: 19.2 meters
Weight: 35 metric tons
Armor type: titanium alloy/aeorgraphene/ceramic composite
Powerplant: cold fusion reactor, max output 940 KW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 2x 40,000 kg, 2x 23,500 kg; top speed 1225 kph; maneuvering thrusters: 10, 180° turn time 1.0 seconds; legs: top ground speed 185 kph
Sensors: radar, thermal, optical array; main binocular cameras mounted behind visor in head
Fixed armaments: none
Hand armaments: Dolph plasma rifle, power rated at 1.25 MW, with mounted grenade launcher, holds 6 grenades.

General Notes

Fresh off his success with the CF-06 Grenzmark II, Seed Corp head combat frame engineer Tesla Browning found himself painted into a technological corner. The breakthrough he needed to advance CF technology beyond the dead end it had evolved to came in the unlikely form of Zane Dellister's custom Dead Drop combat frame.

Upon Dellister's arrest, Dead Drop was confiscated by the Coalition Security Corps and transferred to Seed Corp for study. Dellister refused to cooperate with the CSC, forcing Browning and his team to reverse-engineer Dead Drop on their own. Their analysis yielded advancements in directed energy weapon technology sufficient to mass produce CF-scale plasma weapons. Presented with these findings, CSC Director Sanzen Kaimora ordered Browning to design a mass production combat frame optimized for energy weapon use.

Browning and his team quickly determined that developing a mass-produced version of Dead Drop would be faster and more cost-effective than designing a new combat frame from the ground up. To that end, the Seed Corp team greatly simplified Dellister's design. They devised a handheld plasma rifle to replace Dead Drop's popup plasma cannon/sword and augmented its already considerable firepower by mounting a grenade launcher under the barrel.

In terms of defense, titanium was substituted for costly and difficult to manufacture palladium glass, while a thin layer of aerographene was retained between the armor's ceramic layers to insulate against EM and thermal blowback. The resulting composite material gave better protection than Grenzmark II armor at a substantial reduction in weight.

Two prototypes were constructed before the third iteration was approved for combat use. Dubbed the CF-014 Ein Dolph, the first mass production CF to carry plasma weapons boasted a 1.25 MW rifle approaching the power of a capital ship gun. Though no match for Dead Drop's speed, the Ein Dolph captured the record for fastest mass-produced CF with a top speed of Mach 1. The Dolph's total lack of fixed weapons and relatively modest ground speed let it get by with a much smaller and less expensive generator than Dead Drop's massively powerful reactor.

Though undeniably superior to any other mass-produced CF of the time, the Ein Dolph possessed one serious drawback. Its rifle's integrated capacitor gave the weapon only eight shots before needing to be recharged, forcing the pilot to rely on the underslung grenade launcher. Though the launcher could be reloaded, its standard six-grenade magazine limited the weapon's utility. When all plasma charges and grenades were spent, the Dolph was effectively disarmed.

Browning set out to correct the design flaws caused by the Ein Dolph's rushed production. His efforts would come to fruition in the CF-015 Zwei Dolph.


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2018/08/18

Star Fox Style

Star Fox Barrel Roll

A reader left a trenchant comment on my Sky King post that deserves to be showcased here.
My dad and I talked about this guy for about 3 hours yesterday. I don't think there's anything more emblematic of the plight of the western man in the 21st century than what Rich did. 
When we hear about suicides in the MSM, I couldn't have given a shit about Anthony Bourdain or Kate Spade (world-famous boomer multimillionaires living in high rises who have had children) but when I heard about this story, it struck me deeply. Another thing insulting about the way the MSM portrays this story is that they portray it as a news story of mental health and airport security when it's so much deeper than that. They're blissfully unaware and ignorant of the deeply profound and tragic story of manhood and the modern age that fell right into their lap. Or did they just choose to ignore it? 
Ed.: They chose to ignore it. The mainstream press are willing bag men for the international corporatist elite who want to turn us all into tech serfs.
In the modern age, we have all our premordial desires taken care of (food available anywhere, limitless pornography, social media, tinder, etc), but at the end of the day, tradition, fraternity, and the nuclear family are not venerated in the ethos of the modern west, and thus, modern man is left with a feeling of perpetual emptiness that can't be filled. Not only that, but hierarchical structures based on meritocracy in the modern age are hard and rare to come by, so you're perpetually this cog in a corporate machine, being milked for all you're worth without any share of the bigger pot, making money for old men who are higher than you in the corporate dominance hierarchy, where the only means of breaking free from it is indentured servitude by a means of a university education, which, most of the time, is worthless once you get out. It's impossible with a minimum wage job with no chance of climbing the ladder to get a house (that isn't in the suburbs and surrounded with boomers), to raise children, to fulfill a man's dream of ultimate meaning and responsibility. 
We have this guy subsisting on minimum wage, joking around with the ATC, knowing he was loved, apologizing if he ruined their day, not wanting to hurt anyone, and taking to the skies to break free from the chains of 21st century life. He stole a $36 million aircraft complete GTA style, did a barrel roll and loopty loop Star Fox style. He soared to the skies like Icarus and paid for the cost of freedom with his life. 
He's a folk hero of the modern world. And the reason he's venerated as such and it strikes us in such a way is because of the fact that there's a bit of Rich In all of us.
Indeed there is. And that's all you need to know to understand the constant chorus of straight, white, Christian male bashing from Leftist politicians, corporate advertising drones, and the #FakeNews media. They have systematically created a world where the innate potential of young white men has been stifled for four generations now. Sky King provided a sobering reminder of what happens when one of us goes off the reservation. Nothing terrifies the globalist elite more.

Our unelected rulers' only solace is that so far, second-class citizens who've broken the conditioning have flamed out in spectacular but strategically ineffective theatrics. Imagine if the next Rich Russell played it smart and did something constructive. That scenario is nightmare fuel for our elites.

2018/08/17

Finding God

Creation of Adam

A commenter on yesterday's post writes:
I've lately felt something of a pull towards Christianity, Catholicism, in particular. (I've generally believed in the existence of a God but haven't gotten serious about it, in part due to my religious upbringing).
However, seeing things like this, as well as the general convergence of churches, while not making me hesitant to become Christian, DOES make me wonder how I can go about learning and finding my way to God and finding like-minded people.
A blog post about this, assuming you don't already have one, would be much appreciated.
Helping others clear away intellectual obstacles to faith in God and His Church is every theologian's solemn obligation. You have asked me to perform this spiritual work of mercy, and charity demand that I answer.

Defining God

The first obstacle that must be surmounted is the generally debased state of contemporary philosophy and language itself. Let's start by defining the key term God, as far as is possible for limited beings.

When Christians--and some theist philosophers like Aristotle--say God, we don't mean an old man on a mountaintop composing a global naughty/nice list when he's not conjuring boulders he can't lift. Such a being would fall into the category of a creature, albeit a powerful creature, existing within the material, temporal order.

What we mean by God is the uncreated, all-powerful, and absolute Being who transcends the created order.

Proving God's Existence

Anyone who says God's existence can't be proven is either ignorant or lying. The deception usually lies in moving the goalposts regarding what constitutes evidence. Materialists are fond of demanding physical proof of God while they themselves required no physical proof for materialism.

The claim that God's existence can't be proven contains another subtle a priori bias. It assumes that God exists in the same way that a hydrogen atom, a pencil, or an aardvark exists; that is, contingently within the order of creation. God does not have existence per se. It's more accurate to say that God is Being. The Bible sees eye to eye with Aristotle here. "I Am that I Am."

In truth, absolute, uncaused, necessary Being is self-explanatory. The physical universe is more in need of an explanation--both from its origins and at every moment--than the eternal, transcendent God.

Christians are sometimes accused of begging the question by positing a self-necessary Being from the start and declaring God's existence a fait accompli. That accusation gets the process backwards. Theologians and philosophers start from evidence gathered through observation, experience, and reason and conclude to absolute Being.

The most elegant and time-tested arguments for absolute Being are the cosmological arguments refined by St. Thomas Aquinas. Moderns and Postmoderns will glibly scoff that these arguments have long been discredited. But each attempt to refute the classical arguments from cosmology, such as David Hume's, is revealed as a straw man under scrutiny.

Here's a common cosmological argument. An apple ripens on a tree branch. That means the apple had the potential to move from unripeness to ripeness, and that potential was put into act. We can rightly ask where the impetus to actualize that potential came from. Apples aren't self-sufficient. They need water, sunlight, and a host of other conditions to grow. You can try locating the source of the apple's actualization in any or all of these contingencies, but that just kicks the can a little farther down the road since water, the sun, etc. all contain potentialities requiring external contingencies to actualize.

Positing that it's contingent beings all the way down doesn't do any good. That just gets you an infinite train of boxcars with no locomotive. Such a train would be incapable of motion. Similarly, an infinite chain of contingent causality could never move the apple from unripeness to ripeness.

We do see apples that ripen and myriad other examples of actualized potential, yet an infinite chain of contingent beings would be absurd. The only logical conclusion is that a being which is pure act with no unrealized potential is the ultimate source of all being. Since existing potentially instead of in actuality is a limitation on being, that which is pure act must be unlimited being and is therefore Being itself. And that is what Christians call God.

Finding God

Men of intellectual honesty and sound mind can conclude to God's existence through reason alone. But because God is transcendent, entering into a personal relationship with Him requires that He take the initiative. The means by which God has initiated relations with mankind is called divine revelation. There are three major revealed religions, but you expressed an attraction to Christianity, so I'll restrict myself to that subject.

Christians believe that God revealed Himself in stages, starting with His revelations to the Hebrew people and culminating in His Incarnation in the Lord Jesus Christ. No serious scholar denies that Jesus lived, and it is a matter of historical record that He founded a Church. St. Irenaeus, a student of St. Polycarp, who himself learned at the feet of the Apostle John, wrote in ca. AD 180:
Since, however, it would be very tedious, in such a volume as this, to reckon up the successions of all the Churches, we do put to confusion all those who, in whatever manner, whether by an evil self-pleasing, by vainglory, or by blindness and perverse opinion, assemble in unauthorized meetings; [we do this, I say,] by indicating that tradition derived from the apostles, of the very great, the very ancient, and universally known Church founded and organized at Rome by the two most glorious apostles, Peter and Paul; as also [by pointing out] the faith preached to men, which comes down to our time by means of the successions of the bishops. For it is a matter of necessity that every Church should agree with this Church, on account of its preeminent authority.
Irenaeus wrote those words within eighty years of the last Apostle's death. The same span of time separates us from Chamberlain's meeting with Hitler and Orson Wells' notorious War of the Worlds broadcast. In the life of the Church, eighty years isn't a day. It was five minutes ago.

Jesus founded a Church and clearly expressed His desire that men come to know God through its ministry. St. Irenaeus, writing too recently to have gotten confused, affirmed the succession of apostolic authority through the Church's bishops. Furthermore, he upheld the bishop of Rome's preeminent authority in the strongest terms.

In summation, God fully revealed Himself in Jesus Christ. Jesus founded a Church to bring people into personal relationship with Him. Scripture and history testify that the Church Jesus founded can be recognized by an episcopate with valid apostolic succession headed by the bishop of Rome.

Only one church existing today meets these criteria: the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. To reject her is to Reject Christ, and to reject Christ is to reject the One who sent Him.

Christian Fellowship

In all honesty, demonstrating God's existence and the doctrine of petrine primacy is easy compared to giving advice on Christian fellowship. The Church on earth is populated with human beings, and people are inevitably influenced by their environment. In the Postmodern world, our environment pressures us to be atomized, consumerist, individualists.

The Church has been affected by these destructive social trends, but she also offers the antidote. Mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote about how people need communal ritual to apply the power of myth to their daily lives. As C.S. Lewis pointed out, Christianity is a myth that happens to be true.

Many have suggested that the changes to the Mass after Vatican II have impaired the power of Catholic ritual to build and maintain the relationship between God and man and the individual and the faith community.

In my experience, seeking out parishes that offer the traditional Latin Mass is a reliable first step toward finding communities of younger Catholics who are serious about their faith. Find a Latin Mass near you here.

Don't discount the importance of online communities, either. As you've seen, this blog is frequented by a smart group of based Catholics and similarly on-the-ball separated brethren. You are welcome here. And don't forget to check out Catholic Twitter*.

*Before it's purged.

2018/08/16

To Purify the Church, Build the Wall

Wall

Another round of damning revelations has been brought to light in the perpetual gay priest child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. In sum, the State of Pennsylvania investigated 70 years of clergy sex abuse claims and found that 300 priests had abused at least 1000 minors. The height of the abuse occurred over a span of years from the 60s to the 80s. Statutes of limitations prevent criminal charges from being filed in most of these cases, so the PA Attorney General released the grand jury report.

As is always the case when insular, aloof bishops are caught covering up for perverts in the clergy, the whole media circus rolls into town. The usual troupe of performers runs the gamut from Stockholm syndrome cases who make public excuses for the pervs and their benefactors to blue checkmark hustlers taking a break from decrying the Church's condemnation of pedophilia to scold it for harboring pedophiles.

Most people, scandalized by decades of garbage-tier catechesis on the Church's part, rightly call for the perps' heads to roll and take advantage of the zeitgeist to tell ribald priest jokes. The dwindling number of American Catholics breathe weary sighs, clench our fists, and break out our pocket Catechisms in anticipation of the inevitable haranguings in store at work and school.

Solving a problem requires understanding the causes. In this case, we're dealing with an episcopate that operates as if it's still the 1950s and the American Church rivals US Steel for clout. The numbers say otherwise. Let's take a look at the data.

About Half

You'd think the guys in charge of teaching, leading, and sanctifying the Church in America would know they're presiding over a flock with a 41% attrition rate. They sure don't act like it, though--probably because they're looking at this chart:

US Catholic Population

"Wait a minute," I can hear you ask, "how can the US Catholic population be rising that fast when about half of cradle Catholics go apostate?"

Here's your answer:

Comparative Catholic Population

Hispanics make up the largest Catholic demographic in all age groups from infancy to age 39. Those atrocious apostasy rates are being concealed by mass immigration.The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is living in a dream world because they have no skin in the game.

That's not to say they don't have money in the game.

40 percent apostasy

The US Catholic bishops have accepted the government's thirty pieces of silver to betray their own flocks. It's not just the money they take for refugee resettlement, either. Every Catholic institution from schools to hospitals has its snout buried deep in the federal trough. The bishops don't heed the cries of the American faithful because legions of foreign faithful are drowning us out.

Any American Catholic prelate who speaks against immigration reform is either making a cynical appeal to keep the government money flowing or is a tool of those who wish to keep lining their pockets from the federal coffers. The Catechism clearly affirms the right of nations to define themselves and to legally limit immigration for the sake of the common good. Placing a moratorium on immigration from Latin America will definitely be to the good of US bishops rendered oblivious to the meltdown occurring on their watch.

If you want to purify the Catholic Church in America, build the Wall.

2018/08/15

Sky King

Sky King

By now many of you will have heard the strange and tragic tale of Rich Russell, the Horizon Air baggage handler who perished after taking a stolen Bombardier Q400 for a joyride on Friday. He's gone now, leaving behind a bewildered wife and family, but the internet has dubbed him the Sky King.

In this post-9/11 world, Rich's story is noteworthy in large part because the only life lost on his misadventure was his own. But Sky King's last flight has lodged itself in the public consciousness due to the manifold mysteries surrounding the case. They still haven't figured out how Rich, a ground services worker making minimum wage, managed to steal a 76-seat passenger aircraft by himself. Never mind the matter of how a man with no known pilot training pulled off a barrel roll in a commercial prop plane.


Rich credited his piloting skills to video games. Airlines could probably save on training by picking up that simulator.

Listen to the audio of Rich's conversation with air traffic control, and you get the impression of an affable, goofy guy with poor impulse control. We've seen enough hijackings to know this was not a guy with an axe to grind out to make a statement. Ideologues with martyr complexes always make sure the world knows the motive for their deadly theatrics. Rich didn't leave a manifesto. No sinister agenda has surfaced in his wake. Friends and family all agree he was the original guy next door.

Rich Russell

That's not to say there was no reason for Rich's theft and crashing of his employers' plane. We live in a universe of cause and effect, and "randomness" is just statistical shorthand for "We don't know why," not "There is no why."

This clip of Rich's chat with the control tower contains a chilling hint at, if not his motive, at least one of the forces that influenced his suicide by joyride. Listen for yourself. What stands out?


One of Rich's comments that sent up red flags with many listeners, and which is extra conspicuous due to the mainstream media's deafening silence on it, occurred during this exchange at 2:47:

Nah, I'm a white guy

Most reports are calling Rich a Millennial. However, all list his age as 29 years old, which actually places him at the tail end of Generation Y.

Rich was born at the close of the 80s. He was old enough to have had memories of the real America's last days. He would have been 12 when 9/11 happened.

It's come to light that Rich and his wife owned a bakery for three years. Someone else has since taken over the company. It's unknown why the Russells stopped running their business. All we know is that Rich had been reduced to a minimum-wage employee of a large corporation before he died.

Mourn for Rich Russell. We'll never know exactly what got into his head that fateful evening. We do know he was born in America and died in a strange country--the country the rest of us a now living in.

Some call Sky King a hero. They're wrong. Rich displayed no heroic virtues. In the end, he succumbed to rashness or despair. His final act is not to be praised or imitated.

Sky King does have wisdom to teach us. He may have felt the truth at his fingertips but was unable to grasp it. If an otherwise normal twentysomething American, aware that modern society has failed in its duty to provide the setting wherein he might flourish, can go full GTA on a commercial plane, imagine what the rest of us could do if moved by charity and a thirst for justice instead of despair.

2018/08/14

#GamerGate Hoax?

Conspiracy Theory

A major bombshell was recently dropped on The Ralph Retort's Killstream, where YouTuber Mundane Matt was caught red-handed falsely flagging the channels of other YouTubers who'd criticized him. 

The sordid affair was duly chronicled by internet auriga Mister Metokur. His video serves as a dire warning against eCelebrity hubris.


Executive summary: A number of YouTubers complained of receiving strikes and even having their streaming privileges suspended after publishing videos critical of Matt. The affected accounts ranged from relatively obscure producers to #ComicsGate luminary Ethan Van Sciver.

Matt strongly denied accusations that he'd falsely flagged the videos for hate speech, adult content, and other offenses. He agreed to appear on the Killstream, ostensibly to prove his innocence. The stream took a strange and startling turn when co-host Zidan sent Matt a link whereby he could look up his YouTube flagging history. Matt stalled for fifteen minutes as others on the show and in the chat quickly disclosed their own flagging histories.

Special guest Keemstar, who has accused Matt of falsely blaming him for a 2016 swatting incident, finally ordered Matt to share his YouTube flagging history live on stream. The results proved that Matt had indeed flagged videos he'd denied reporting that same night, including uploads by user Dame Pesos.

#GamerGate Implications

Mundane Matt's fall is tragic enough, but as Mister Metokur has hinted, Matt's two-faced antics may merit a major revision of #GamerGate history.

For those who weren't involved in the infamous consumer revolt, the origins of #GamerGate go back almost exactly four years to a series posts by Eron Gjoni accusing his girlfriend Zoe Quinn of sleeping with five video game developers/journalists. A number of YouTubers produced videos on the scandal, which were pulled due to false DMCA claims.

Actor Adam Baldwin coined the hashtag #GamerGate after viewing a series of videos about the developing controversy by the Internet Aristocrat, AKA Mister Metokur. I.A.'s first Five Guys video opened with Mundane Matt's report that one of his videos had been falsely taken down due to having been falsely flagged by Zoe Quinn.

That incident rapidly precipitated the growth of Matt's channel, his rise to prominence in the new consumer revolt, and his friendship with Adam Baldwin. The following is speculative, yet bears consideration. Given that Matt has now been proven guilty of the same false flagging he accused Zoe Quinn of, and in light of hints arising from the Keemstar affair that Matt may have swatted himself, could the DMCA takedown incident that led I.A.'s video, which in turn inspired Adam Baldwin to create the #GamerGate hashtag, have been a hoax?

Only Mundane Matt and Zoe Quinn know the truth. But one truth that everyone in #GamerGate knows is that the ride never ends.

2018/08/13

Secrets of #AGundam4Us

Combat Frame XSeed Logo

Voice actor and author JimFear138 recently had authors Bradford Walker, Rawle Nyanzi, and myself on his show to talk about #AGundam4Us. If you're curious as to what the hashtag is all about, you get a detailed summary in this episode. In addition, all three of us lay out our plans for our own mecha novel series.

Bonus: I give an exclusive look into the world and technology of Combat Frame XSeed. I think my spiel on the potential military applications of carbyne blew Jim's mind. Get the inside scoop on my upcoming Mecha/Mil-SF series at the link!

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2018/08/11

Combat Frame Data: CFM-07

CFM-07 Mablung

CFM-07

Technical Data

Model number: CFM-07
Code name: Mablung
Nickname: Mab
Classification: mass production aquatic combat frame
Manufacturer: Seed Corporation
Operator: Systems Overterrestrial Coalition
First deployment: CY 1
Crew: 1 pilot in cockpit in chest
Height: 17.5 meters, 18 meters with fin
Weight: dry weight 48.1 metric tons, full weight 56.0 metric tons
Armor type: carbon nanotube-infused ceramic/titanium composite
Powerplant: cold fusion reactor, max output 922 KW
Propulsion: x4 hydrojets: top speed 40 knots, 180° turn time 1.85 seconds; legs: top ground speed 190 kph
Sensors: Seed Corporation Halo radar/optical target acquisition and identification system mounted under grilled radome "head", supplemental sonar package
Hand armaments: 3 kg railgun, fires saboted steel darts, 20 darts per magazine; heat sword, battery-powered, stored on skirt armor rack

General Notes

Fighting effectively in earth's varying environments posed a challenge to Coalition Security Corps pilots used to the man-made, climate-controlled space colonies. Perhaps the most daunting battlefields to master were the seas that covered seventy percent of the planet's surface.

To help Coalition personnel meet the challenge of conducting maritime warfare, Seed Corporation developed a marine combat frame based on the popular Grenzmark platform. Their ultimate result, the CFM-07 Mablung, was in actuality an aquatic variant of the highly adaptable Grenzmark II, distinguished by its blue paint scheme and fin-shaped crest.

Much more than a cosmetic modification, the Mab traded the Grento's rocket thrusters for hydrojets and expanded its sensor suite with a state-of-the-art sonar system. The Mab's structural integrity was enhanced to endure deep water operation, but its added durability gave the marine CF a marked combat advantage.

In terms of offensive capability, the Mablung was equipped with an entirely new weapons loadout. An advanced railgun capable of firing 3 kg steel darts at hypersonic speeds replaced the Grento machine gun and made up for the missile launcher hardpoints sacrificed for leg-mounted hydrojets. A heat sword representing the final refinement of heat weapon technology rounded out the Mab's standard hand armaments.

Mablungs were deployed in limited numbers in the Great Lakes, off the Pacifica and USNA coasts, and in the Mediterranean and Red seas. Some were even deployed on land to reinforce Grenzmark teams, and the Mabs soon gained a reputation for superior combat performance. Most Mablung pilots were drawn from the ranks of elite Grento squads.

In early tests and at least one documented battle, Mablungs proved capable of holding their own against the Coalition's next generation Ein Dolph combat frames. But the march of progress would not be forestalled, and CSC Director Sanzen officially cancelled Mablung production in the summer of CY 1.


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2018/08/10

Gab Is Next

We knew that Infowars wouldn't be the last dissident operation to run afoul of the big tech censors. Mere days after Facebook, Apple, Google, and Soundcloud banned Alex Jones, Microsoft has threatened to shut down free speech absolutist network Gab.

Here's the announcement from Gab co-founder Andrew Torba.

Torba Breaking

Building our own platforms is a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition to bypass the SJW gatekeepers in big tech and the mainstream media. As Gab and a litany of other independent dissenting platforms show, if the tech cartel wants you gone, they'll just exile you from the internet.

The President is well advised to break up the big tech monopolies, or he can wave goodbye to the alternative media that let him make an end run around the Fake News in 2016. It couldn't hurt to contact the White House and your Congressional representatives about busting the trusts.

Meanwhile, at least Gab is making the most of the situation.

Get bent.


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