2020/04/07

Pell Acquitted

George Cardinal Pell

The Australian High Court has acquitted George Cardinal Pell, the former Archbishop of Melbourne, of twenty-year-old sex abuse allegations, overturning an earlier guilty verdict which in turn had overturned a prior trial outcome.
After an ordeal that began nearly four years ago, and more than 13 months of imprisonment, Cardinal George Pell is expected to be released from prison imminently, after his conviction for five alleged counts of sexual abuse was overturned unanimously Tuesday by Australia’s High Court.
Pell is expected to be released from prison within two hours.
The court ordered that "the appellant's convictions be quashed and judgments of acquittal be entered in their place," in its April 7 decision.
“The High Court found that the jury, acting rationally on the whole of the evidence, ought to have entertained a doubt as to the applicant's guilt with respect to each of the offences for which he was convicted, and ordered that the convictions be quashed and that verdicts of acquittal be entered in their place,” the court said in a judgment summary April 7.
After a March hearing at the High Court in Canberra, which Pell was not permitted to attend, the cardinal will soon be released from HM Prison Barwon, a maximum-security facility southwest of Melbourne. Pell is expected to celebrate with a private Mass of thanksgiving, the first he will celebrate since his incarceration in February 2019.
Now, this blog has never shied away from calling out members of the Church's hierarchy when they betray Jesus' command to tend His sheep. That said, digging deeper into Pell's case turned up pretty strong evidence that his conviction was a miscarriage of justice prompted by the Enemy's attack on a sincere servant of Christ.
The facts of the case have been hard to come by, owing to a media gag order issued by the trial judge. A journalistic feeding frenzy has long surrounded Pell, the former Catholic archbishop of Melbourne and Sydney and later the Vatican’s chief ­financial officer.
The trial judge was rightly concerned that opening the proceedings would make it impossible for Pell to get a fair trial on charges he forcefully denies. That order has left Australians largely in the dark. But certain facts are known, and others can be reasonably inferred.
The cardinal’s first trial ended in a hung jury, with 10 of 12 jurors in favor of acquittal.
In the retrial, the defense again demonstrated that it was physically impossible for the alleged abuse of two choirboys (one now deceased) to have occurred, given the layout and security ­arrangements of Melbourne’s Catholic cathedral and the fact that the choir and Pell were in two different places when the abuse was alleged to have occurred.
Pell, moreover, was always surrounded by others at the cathedral that day in 1996. Why the Melbourne police never took the trouble to investigate these exculpatory facts is one of several mysteries in this sordid ­affair.
More damning to the prosecution's case than the extremely high physical unlikelihood that the sexual assaults could have taken place as the accusers described is the simple dearth of evidence. Based on the sole accuser's claims, Pell would have perpetrated the crimes in a crowded church while wearing restrictive episcopal regalia and in the company of attendants. An alleged second victim privately recanted in 2001 but died before he could give testimony.

I haven't followed Pell's episcopate closely, but trustworthy people have told me that he's doctrinally solid. And if he was afflicted with any degree of worldly decadence, he's had thirteen months of hard prison time to cure him of those attachments.

On the weight of the evidence, this looks like a much-needed win for the good guys. Bonus: Pell is now 78 and will likely be eligible to vote at the next papal conclave. I'd offer good odds that his recent ordeal has wonderfully focused his thoughts on both clerical corruption and the folly of trying to accommodate the world.

Praise God for victory.

Captivating theological horror!

2020/04/06

It's a Great Time to Be in Publishing

... If you're actually in publishing and not lumber distribution.

Hat tip to author Rawle Nyanzi for documenting this frank admission from Tor Books editor Beth Meacham:

Publishing in trouble

For years, I've called out legacy New York publishers for being in the lumber business instead of the story business.

A book isn't reducible to bound wood pulp pages. It's the story written on the pages.

Yet oldpub apologists doubled down on equating their paper-pushing cartel with "The Publishing Industry."

Now, as predicted, the paper distribution monopoly that was oldpub's lifeline is crumbling under assault from Corona-chan.

Real publishers connect readers with stories they'll enjoy. Newpub authors--including me--have seen increased sales while officers of RMS Oldpub scurry for the lifeboats.

The entertainment industry, more than any other, has always displayed remarkable resilience in the face of economic downturns. Not even the Great Depression could take down Hollywood--though the Death Cult will.

Yet survival is predicated on an entertainment enterprise actually producing entertainment people want in an easily accessible form. That's why newpub, with our fast, lean production and delivery systems, is poised to redefine "The Publishing Industry."

Aloof Manhattan editors once smugly referred to themselves as the industry.

If newpub authors keep providing readers with entertaining stories they like, the industry will be us.

In that vein, here's a little glimpse of newpub's future:

Combat Frame XSeed: S - Brian Niemeier

Newpub authors and readers--you know what to do!

Pulse-pounding mech action in a brutal post-future!

2020/04/03

XCD-103 + XCD-102 Heavy Armor Eisenpferd

XCD-103 + XCD-102 Heavy Armor Eisenpferd
  
XCD-103+XCD-102 Heavy Armor Eisenpferd

Technical Data

Model number: XCD-103 + XCD-102
Code name: Heavy Armor Eisenpferd
Nickname: Heavy Armor Iron Horse
Classification: high mobility assault heavy armor
Manufacturer: Lunar Underground modification of Browning Engineering Corporation designs
Operator: HALO, Wehrbund Bavaria
First deployment: CY 40
Crew: 1 pilot in cockpit in chest + 1 copilot and 1 gunner/navigator in secondary cockpit on back
Height: 21 meters, 25 meters with wings
Weight: dry weight 210 metric tons, full weight 270 metric tons
Armor type: “1D” carbyne laminar armor
Powerplant: x2 cold fusion reactor, max output 2950 KW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 4x 44,730 kg, 4x 23,970 kg, 5x 16,800 kg, 2x 32,600 kg, 4x 35,200 kg; top speed 3000 kph; maneuvering thrusters: 62, 180° turn time 0.88 seconds; legs: top ground speed 175 kph
Sensors: x2 radar, thermal, optical array; main binocular cameras mounted in head; x2 Vercingetorix laser targeting system
Fixed armaments: x2 80mm Vulcan cannon, mounted on shoulders; x2 3-tube missile launchers, carry graphene cap warheads, pop up from backpack in use;  x2 plasma cannons, power rated at 1.3 MW, mounted on skirt armor, detach to form plasma carbines, hand-carried in use, barrels detach to form plasma swords rated at 0.45 MW, hand-carried in use; x2 30mm Vulcan cannon, mounted in head cowling
Optional ranged armaments: x2 3-tube missile pod, attach to pauldrons, can load high explosive, anti-armor, and other specialized ordnance; x2 3-tube micro missile pod, attach to legs, carry spray missiles, anti-beam cloud missiles, and ECM “chaff” missiles
Optional hand armaments: heat greataxe, stored in charging rack on backpack, carried two-handed in use; carbyne shield, attaches to left arm
Special Equipment: A.I. operating system, docking system for use with XCD-102.

General Notes

The hulking XCD-103 Eisenpferd quickly gained a fearsome reputation as the bruiser of HALO's XSeed force. Its dazzling arsenal easily pulverized all conventional opposition. But as the HALO Conflict progressed, new Coalition units like the AZC-104 Grand Dolph began to eat away at the the one-series XSeeds' edge. But it would take the alien Harvester to finally best stalwart Eisenpferd.

Its relatively low mobility had always been Eisenpferd's Achilles' heel. Lunar Underground technicians took the occasion to correct this problem while making repairs to the battered XSeed. In an ingenious case of killing two birds with one stone, they corrected the XCD-102 Emancipator's relative lack of firepower in the bargain.

The Lunar Underground techs' solution to both XSeeds' problems was simple. One CF wielded enormous destructive power but suffered from sluggish mobility, while the other boasted blistering speed with insufficient fire support. The LU team installed revolutionary new docking systems in both XSeeds, enabling them to merge into a single Heavy Armor unit.

In its first combat engagement, the XCD-103 + XCD-102 Heavy Armor Eisenpferd eradicated an entire Grand Dolph squad while covering the Lunar Underground transport's escape. Combat data recorded during the battle revealed a combat frame with speed and maneuverability superior to that of the XCD-101-2 Eliseus with unparalleled defenses and firepower rivaling the AZZ-003 Heavy Armor Z.

While the combined unit could be controlled by one pilot, a full crew including a copilot and gunner stationed in Emancipator's cockpit greatly aided in deploying the heavy armor's vast complement of weaponry.

The Heavy Armor Eisenpferd would serve both HALO and Wehrbund Bavaria throughout the rest of the war. Its offensive and defensive capabilities would only be surpassed near the conflict's end with the appearance of the XCDS-00M0 Metatron.


Combat Frame XSeed

Brutal mech action! Buy it now!

2020/04/02

Anime Has Fallen

Anime Train Wreck

Contrary to many anime fans' hopes, the fanatical, totalitarian Cult that's usurped pop culture isn't letting a little thing like an ocean get in the way of their conquest.

Funimation, the American dubbing and distribution house that made news last year thanks to a defamation lawsuit brought against them by voice actor Vic Mignogna, now has a seat on the production committee of three anime series slated for 2020.
Funimation is listed on the production committee for three titles during the Winter 2020 season: Hatena Illusion, ID: INVADED and Plunderer. They’ve also been on the anime production committee for titles like Fruits Basket (2019), Fire Force and Dimension W.
Due to the work they’ve done and the strong relationships the company has built with Japanese partners in licensing shows from them, they were invited to participate on these committees to help fund these productions directly.
Instead of simply licensing the rights to a finished show (as companies usually do), Funimation is now able to take part ownership of some titles directly when bringing them to the rest of the world. There’s no fear about losing the rights to these shows either; they are here to stay in the Funimation library in perpetuity. Conversely, Funimation is trusted by the rest of the committee to use their international expertise to better market the show to foreign viewers and provide more detailed input to the other Japanese companies regarding what fans abroad would like to see. It’s a win-win.
For fans, this kind of access means the ability for international partners to collaborate with creators on things like key visuals, PVs and exclusive behind-the-scenes content. For example, co-productions between Funimation and KADOKAWA have led to new key visuals for titles like ID: INVADED and Plunderer. This access can also sometimes allow for faster subtitling and dubbing production, leading to an increase in the number of “day and date” simulcasts/SimulDubs which air within 24 hours of Japan’s initial TV broadcast.
Anime is no longer focused solely on the Japanese market. Japanese companies are looking to foreign fans’ interest in titles more than ever before to increase the financial return on their investment as well as allow them to reinvest that money into new productions of ever higher animation quality. This means that subscriptions to Funimation and purchases of home video releases, digital downloads, and merchandise supervised by Funimation will help creators in Japan more directly than having a finished title licensed as-is would.
And while it’s only been a handful of titles in the past, there’s a future where Funimation and companies like it are on the production committee for more and more shows. The more involved they get in helping these shows resonate around the world, the stronger these relationships grow, and the more people get to experience the brilliance of anime. That’s a future we’re here for!
It's not exaggerating to say that anime's fortunes are now tied to overseas markets. The industry has been stagnating in Japan as foreign markets, including the US, increasingly account for the lion's share of anime studios' business.

Anime Contracts

This chart pretty much means that bringing foreign collaborators in on the anime production process was inevitable. Unfortunately, the American collaborators the anime studios chose are infamous for injecting Death Cult agitprop into the series they handle. And if the Mignogna affair is any indication, they've got a major hate on for Christians.

Non-Cultist anime fans are well advised to learn from the fall of print sci fi, comics, movies, TV, and games. Skip the first four stages of grieving and go straight to acceptance. Dodge the nostalgia trap. Understand that the hobby you loved in your youth is gone, and it isn't coming back anytime soon. Ripping the band-aid off will spare you the long-term pain and humiliation of getting jerked around by the Pop Cult.

There are thousands upon thousands of hours of unpozzed entertainment at your fingertips--including classic anime, plus new indie movies, music, and books. Many of them are available for free or at bargain prices.

Don't Give Money to People Who Hate You - Brian Niemeier

2020/04/01

Q I.D.?

Sid Bowdidge Q?

QAnon skeptics may very well be eating crow thanks to new revelations unearthed on the chans that convincingly link early Q posts to a former Department of Energy official.
The IP address where Bowldidge's tweet originated matches one from poasts allegedly made by Q on 13 March & 8 April of 2017. Even if you think that the mantel has now been take up by LARPers, these posts were from early enough that few ppl new what they were about. Bowdidge was still new to the game & wouldn't of kown to use VPN or Tor browser to hide his location.
The whole thread is worth reading.

The man that anonymous redditor identifies as a candidate for Q is Sid Bowdidge, a Trump DOE appointee.
President Donald Trump appointed a massage therapist from New Hampshire with no apparent relevant experience to work at the Energy Department, but parted company with the employee Friday after a series of anti-Muslim social media posts came to light, current and former DOE employees tell POLITICO.
Sid Bowdidge had received a nameplate and taken up residence this week in the director’s office of the agency’s Office of Technology Transitions, a career DOE employee said, but it was not clear precisely when he started or what his job would be. OTT specializes in shepherding research developed at the national labs into the private sector, an area in which Bowdidge didn't seem to have any experience.
Before joining DOE, Bowdidge worked for the Trump campaign, according to Federal Election Commission records. An August 2015 NBC News report quoted Bowdidge attending a debate watch party in Trump’s New Hampshire campaign office, describing him as a “massage therapist from Bedford.”
DOE employees were unsettled by Bowdidge’s caustic Twitter account, on which he accused then-President Barack Obama of having terrorist "relatives" and spouted anti-Muslim views.
Here's the whole article. It's a typical MSM hit piece, but you can easily read between the lines. What clearly happened was that the Swamp whipped up an SJW hate mob against Bowdidge. Some pink-haired hall monitor dug through his social media history and waved his tweet around like a bloody shirt.

The smoking gun in this hit job is the converged media's cherry picking of Bowdidge's background. They'd have us believe that the God-Emperor would appoint an unqualified masseuse to a DOE post as a reward for serving his campaign. As always, look at actions, not words. The Deep State was clearly terrified of this guy, so they turned on the heat to get him axed. Sadly, their smear tactics worked.

Or did they?

Another key figure in the Q saga is former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Q foretold that Sessions would unleash the Storm, and his departure from the administration in November of 2018 shook some MAGApedes' faith in the Plan.

But Trump has recently made some plays that hint at continued under-the-table support for Sessions and the latter's ongoing role in the Storm. Though he initially endorsed Session's opponent for his old Senate seat, the President's emergency declaration over the coronavirus pandemic has now delayed Alabama's primary to July 14.
Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have just received a lifeline in his bid to regain the Senate seat that he held for 20 years.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday postponed the state’s scheduled March 31 primary runoff until July 14 because of the coronavirus. The early betting is that, however unintentionally, the postponement gives Sessions a greater chance to win his race against former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville.
Some Trump supporters have denounced Corona-chan as a media-generated panic devised to thwart the Trumpslide. But the timely boost to Sessions' Senate run suggests another motive behind Trump's quarantine.

You're an outsider politician elected to clean up a rotten system, but that system keeps leaning on your guys to drive them out of town. How long would it take you to get wise and use their predictable playbook against them? Probably not long, and Trump is smarter than the average bear.

If the bad guys keep taking your guys out of key positions, you bypass the system entirely and keep your people working behind the scenes while the enemy's preoccupied with the usual kabuki theater. Then you declare a national emergency to give your field guys cover, and BAM. The trap snaps shut.

"But Sessions is no longer law enforcement and has no official power!" If you thank such paltry technicalities can stop him, you're woefully ignorant of the law. Anyone can effect a citizen's arrest, and that includes Sessions. Don't be surprised to see him publicly cuffing Tom Hanks on July 13--just in time to secure a landslide primary victory. Then he's back in the Senate and back on the Judiciary Committee. New York, DC, and LA should be on National Guard lock down right on time for  those 10,000 indictments get unsealed.

That brings us back to Bowdidge. It's not beyond the pale to surmise that the whole "unqualified masseuse canned for inflammatory tweets" canard was classic 4D chess. Could it be a coincidence that the Q posts start three days after Bowdidge's "firing"? Possibly, but I wouldn't bet on those odds.

We are through the looking glass, and it shows a Storm on the horizon.

A brutal military thriller!