Thursday, 31 December 2015

The party post

And now, in accordance with a tradition stretching back to... well, a year ago, and in the company of... um, whoever's bothered to show up, here is a list of 7 really hot women, and a few great heavy metal tracks, to help you get the NYE party started.

The Ladies

(Yeah, I know, this is a flagrant gratuitously stupid display of T&A. So?)

1. Sophia Loren (from the 1950s)
The first time I saw a movie with Sophia Loren in it, my jaw just dropped. I didn't think it was possible for women to be that beautiful. And back then, women had a level of class that they simply don't today. Look at this, and think about what we've lost. And then drink, a lot.



2. Tao Okamoto
Looked and sounded amazing in The Wolverine. That's about all I can say about her.



3. Rachael Taylor
Australian actress and model. Starred in the first Transformers movie. Looks great in a dress and exudes a nice "girl next door" sort of vibe. Beyond that, I have no idea who she is.



4. Blake Lively
Her acting skills are... questionable, at best. (The Age of Adaline wasn't terrible, as movies go, I'll give her that much.) But she is one very classy young lady. Got married in her mid-twenties, has a little girl with a loving husband, seems to be the happiest woman on Earth (in public, at least).


5. Mercedes Carrera
One of #Gamergate's best friends, and an avowed enemy of radical feminists everywhere. Looks like... well, that. Lots of brains to go along with those epic breasts too- she has a background in aeronautical engineering, apparently. And she not only has no problem with girl-on-girl, she enjoys doing it. What's not to like?


6. Tania Mer
Some model from Russia who has absolutely no problem spending a LOT of time rolling around topless in bed while someone takes photographs. And then loads them all onto Instagram. I have no clue what she's like beyond that, but... does it matter?


7. Bipasha Basu
Apparently some sort of horror-film actress in Bollywood. No idea what she does beyond that, and I don't really care.


Oh, all right, fine, one more.

8. Cortana
Dude. You knew this was coming.


The Music

Headbang away, boys and girls.













ONWARD TO 2016!!!!!

The Didact's Top 10 Posts of 2015

Not surprisingly, this assclown's face is among the top image search results for "narcissism"
Yes, I know, this is navel-gazing of the worst kind. Fortunately I only get one chance a year to do it.

The list below is in descending order, and is compiled not on the basis of page views or numbers of comments, but on my own personal assessment of the quality of the writing contained therein. Since I had a pretty productive year in terms of output (over 360 at this point), and since quite a lot of that writing was of a higher standard that what I've done in the previous couple of years, it was an interesting exercise to try to narrow them all down.

Without further messing about, here are the ten best posts that I think I wrote this year:

The King of Kings would have stood, fearless and mighty in His terrible splendour, before those who believe in the blasphemous and twisted parodies of His teachings that Islam claims to be. He would have urged His followers to stand firm, with their faith in Him and in the Father to sustain them, in the face of unspeakable evil. He would have told us not to despair, not to fear, because for those who stand fast and who believe, the reward is eternal salvation and the release from the terror of death that has, at some point, defined the life of every man who has ever lived- except one.

A masculine man is not fawning, or sycophantic, or overly accommodating. He is polite. He greets the world with dignity and composure. He refuses to let the little things overwhelm him. He treats people with dignity and grace, but he never panders to them. He treats women with gentleness and kindness, but he never subordinates his needs to theirs. He refuses to compromise on the things that are most important to him, whatever those might be. He is independent, reliable, honourable, honest, courageous, strong, and respectful.

Islam is not merely a religion. It is a totalitarian political ideology wrapped up in the mantle of religion. I use the word "totalitarian" in its most literal sense; Islam provides extremely precise, pedantic, and even OCD laws and prescriptions about almost every possible aspect of Man's moral, physical, and spiritual existence through a truly bewildering array of commands, laws, and examples. Even the Hindu faith, with its impossible convolutions and contortions and offshoots and millions of Vedic gods, is not so prescriptive.

More than this, though, Islam is a violently supremacist ideology that preaches eternal war against unbelievers, "protective" slavery for Jews and Christians, and mass slaughter for idolaters. Its entire history has been one of intolerance, brutality, mass murder, pillaging, anti-intellectual closed-mindedness (and the exceptions are precisely that- exceptions), and extreme suffering for those unlucky enough to find themselves under an Islamic regime.

There are many of us "red pill" or "neomasculine" types- far too many- who reject faith as shackles that bind Man to superstition and fear. They reject the Lord and His wonders in favour of an equally irrational devotion to "science" and the scientific process. While I do not question the great power and virtue of that process, I also note that the scientific method is and has always been subject to human error- the difference between scientage, scientody, and scientistry is one that too few of us truly understand and appreciate, and when we confuse scientage and scientistry for scientody, we run the very real danger of mistaking the biased result for the unbiased method.

I have come to a very different conclusion over the last few years. There is no inherent contradiction between reason and faith. They need not be in opposition to each other. Instead, reason must be informed and strengthened by faith, while faith must be constantly tested by reason.

And in this regard, those of us who abandon faith and pursue reason blindly are making, in my opinion, a terrible mistake.

Faith is not something that we can impose upon each other. It is something that has to come from within. It cannot really be explained- I could no more explain my faith in the Lord than you could explain the concept of "green" to a man born colour-blind. But it is there nonetheless, as real as real can be.

The iron teaches you far more than how to be strong. It teaches you self-respect in a way that almost nothing else can. I have never met a man that I thought was strong, who also lacked self-respect. I truly believe that a strong man must have strength in all areas, not merely physical or mental, but both together. All of the truly great men that I have known have been phenomenally strong physically- many of them make me look like a weakling by comparison- but they all also have unshakable self-confidence, resolve, and mental fortitude.

6. The Didact's actual, long-form (and slightly more coherent) review ofHALO 5: Guardians

More importantly, the voice acting, especially for Blue Team, is (for the most part) excellent. You really get the feeling that the SPARTAN-IIs that fight alongside Master Chief are family- there is even a bit toward the end where, as the Chief fights his own emotions to find and stop the source of the mayhem that is killing so many humans across the Galaxy as the Guardians awaken, each member of Blue Team vocally affirms his or her support for the Chief, as their comrade, their friend, their leader... their brother. They serve as his in-game emotional anchor after Cortana's death, and help him deal with the fallout from the plotline, and that emotional bond makes the Blue Team missions in particular a real joy to play.

7. A warrior's soul

It is the OODA Loop that helped John Boyd develop his theories of manoeuvre warfare- a set of ideas that are so revolutionary compared to the way that most militaries fight, that they might as well have come from a different planet.

In order to understand why, you have to understand that the US military's way of fighting is still basically identical to what the French did a hundred years ago in the trenches of WWI. The instruments of war have changed, but the tactics remain essentially the same. The entire philosophy effectively comes down to attrition: you bump into the enemy, you call in massive artillery strikes and fire support, you slog it out and trade body blows and the guy who wins is the one who kills the most of the other guy's troops. There is no subtlety, no finesse, no charm to such a method. It is brutal, gritty, blood-and-guts fighting.

Manouevre warfare, used by the truly great generals of history, such as Belisarius and Guderian, basically gives the French method of warfare the bird and focuses instead on probing for enemy weak points. When one is found, everything is committed to the effort of penetrating it, then swinging around and "rolling the enemy up from the rear".

8. You don't DESERVE to get married

The fastest and easiest way for a man to screw up a marriage is if he stops trying to improve himself. If he simply becomes content to sit in the same old rut every day, refuses to maintain his strength, his health, his fitness, his status in the household as the unquestioned patriarch and leader, then his family life will suffer in turn.

Don't be entitled about marriage. You're not entitled to a damn thing that you haven't earned. You have to prove that you're worth a good woman- and once you've proven it, that woman has to prove that she is worthy of you. If either side of that balance is disrupted, the relationship won't last long- or, worse, it'll last for decades but will be bitterly unhappy.

9. Three good reasons to study muay thai

There are few martial arts as physically demanding and as filled with full-contact badassitude as muay thai. By training yourself to endure discomfort and pain, by becoming mentally tough and resilient, and by pushing yourself as hard as you can to be the best striker that you can be, muay thai, like Krav Maga, confers upon its students the benefits of understanding the ancient laws of martial prowess that governed and tempered great warriors of the past.

Muay thai will teach you respect for yourself, respect for your opponent, and respect for the nature of battle. You will begin to understand the importance of never underestimating your opponent, of ending a fight quickly and with minimal fuss, and of the virtues of mercy. These are things that wider society can no longer teach you as a man, because that same society is sick and deranged.

Muay thai, like all warrior arts, lets you rediscover masculine virtues that the rest of society seems to wish we could bury.

10. "We might have been a great and free people"

I have lived in America for nearly 9 years now. I consider every day that I have been allowed to stay in this God-blessed country to be a gift. I love this country and its people as I love and admire no others on Earth. I firmly believe in the principles upon which it was founded- the principles that it has lost, irretrievably. I watch with growing sadness and dismay as each new abuse heaped upon the dying wreck of this once-great and beautiful land by its own people and government forces it ever closer to dissolution and civil war.

If I had the ability, I would see its glory restored, its government put back in its proper place, its people free and sovereign once again to live their own lives as they see fit, and its borders secure from enemies both foreign and domestic.

But that is not to be. America has forgotten what freedom means, and why this most wonderful of gifts comes with the most terrible of costs.

The Didact's Best Albums of 2015

As I did with books, so I will do with albums that I listened to and purchased this year. In descending order, here are my 5 favourite albums that I listened to this year. Note that one of the albums listed below was actually released in 2013, not 2015; the rest, however, are quite current.


1. IRON MAIDEN - The Book of Souls
It should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that my favourite album of the year was one made by the greatest band of all time. This album is easily the best that the band has released for 25 years. It has everything- the fast and furious rock tracks, the epic proggy tracks, real experimentation with MAIDEN's hugely successful time-tested formula, incredible musicianship, terrific songwriting, and a monumental display of vocal pyrotechnics from Bruce Dickinson. The last track on this album, "Empire of the Clouds", is to my mind the finest song the band has ever composed. I cannot wait to hear them play songs from this magnum opus live in 2016.

2. DETHKLOK - Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem
This album doubles as the biggest surprise that I came across in 2015. The first time I tried to listen to it, I thought it was completely naff and gave up after the first two tracks. But then I gave it an honest listen, all the way through, and was stunned to discover that it is brilliant. Everything about it is extraordinary- the storytelling, the songwriting, the musicianship, the production values.





3. HELLOWEEN - My God Given Right

Without question the best album that HELLOWEEN has released since Keeper Pt. 3, waaaaaaaay back in 2004 or thereabouts. This album sticks to the formula of 7 Sinners and Straight Out of Hell, but adds tighter songwriting, better musicianship, and an age-defying sense of fun. This is the album that declares to the world that German power metal simply cannot be done better by anyone else.



4. BLIND GUARDIAN - Beyond the Red Mirror
BG have come a very long way since Battalions of Fear from way back in the 80s. Their signature sound, which involves many layers of overdubbing to make it sound as though you're listening to an entire army of guitarists and singers, has been updated to include orchestral stylings and choruses in the modern era. While this album is still nowhere near as brilliant as the legendary A Night at the Opera, it is still a fantastic piece of work with several truly great songs. The album never feels tired or bloated, and while the songwriting suffers a little toward the end of the album, it is still a work of undeniable and remarkable excellence.


5. KAZUMA JUNNOUCHI - HALO 5: Guardians OST
A new HALO game must, by definition, come with a phenomenal soundtrack. The two concepts are so closely tied together that the lack of an epic and brilliant soundtrack will easily destroy a HALO game's reputation. Thus far, every HALO game ever released has lived up to that requirement. HALO 5: Guardians is no exception. I had feared that the loss of Neil Davidge as the primary composer of HALO music after H4 would be a serious blow for the quality of H5, but my fears were misplaced. Kazuma Junnouchi was clearly up to the task, and then some, of composing memorable, moving, and epic music that would perfectly blend both the classic HALO soundtracks of Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori and the newer, electronica-heavy direction of Neil Davidge. I did not expect this soundtrack to be as good and as forward-looking as it is, but I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.

Honourable Mentions


The Didact's Best Books of 2015

With the New Year just around the corner, I thought it worth putting together a list of the best books that I've read this year. Readers- all 2.3 of you- can take or leave my opinion, of course, but the selections below have certainly entertained as well as enlightened me; I have no doubt that they will do the same for others.

You can find my ratings for all of the books that I've read through here. As I had stated at the beginning of the year, any book that merits a 3/5 or higher will get a link to its Amazon purchase page. Note that I am not- at present- an Amazon Affiliate of any kind, so I have no financial incentive of any kind to try to get you to click on those links.

The Didact's Top 5 Non-Fiction Books of 2015


1. Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy by Emmet C. Scott
Quite possibly the most revolutionary book about history that you will ever read. This book completely upends everything most of us were taught in school about the so-called "Dark Ages", and has the additional and very considerable benefit of destroying a great many simple and naive illusions that we might have about the origins and impact of Islam.





An absolute must-read for any masculine man (and feminine woman) living and working in the SJW-infested West today. This indispensable guide does not bother with telling you what an SJW is- there are other works for doing this. Instead, it tells you how an SJW works, why SJWs are so dangerous, and gives you a clear strategy for first dealing with, and then fighting back against, them and their devious ways. This is one that must be read repeatedly as a reference guide.



3. The Transformation of War by Martin Van Creveld
This book is nearly a quarter-century old, yet its message about the fundamental changes of the art of war remains as urgent, and as brilliantly articulated, today as it was on the day it was published. This book is the first, and probably easiest to read, of William S. Lind's 7 books that form the "4GW canon"; having read three out of those seven books now, I am very much looking forward to reading through the rest as I struggle to understand and come to grips with the theory and practice of 4th-Generation Warfare. Exceptional, essential reading. 




John Boyd is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a household name. Yet his impact has been far-reaching and profound. He was one of the best fighter pilots that the USA has ever produced- indeed, quite possibly the best, ever, despite never having a single aerial kill to his name. He was obsessed by the quest to synthesise knowledge, to solve problems that crossed disciplines and subjects. He played an instrumental role in designing the three greatest warplanes that the USA has ever made. He profoundly influenced, and indeed fundamentally re-shaped, the way that the US Army and Marine Corps fight. He was, quite simply, a legend- but a poorly understood and appreciated one. Robert Coram's masterful biography does a very great deal to shed some much-deserved light upon one of the greatest thinkers and doers of his, and any other, age.



William S. Lind's arguments about 4th-Generation Warfare are unquestionably controversial. They are deeply unpopular in many circles. Yet there can be no question that he is on to something critically important and fundamental to our understanding of the ways in which war will be fought in the future. His collection of columns can be dry and technical at times, but his writing is generally superb, and his predictions about the disastrous Wilsonian "Syracuse Expedition" that America undertook in Iraq were uncannily and disturbingly accurate.



The Didact's Top 5 Fiction Books of 2015


1. One Bright Star to Guide Them by John C. Wright
One could argue that this novella isn't actually all that original, being essentially a sort of "remix" of C. S. Lewis's Narnia stories written by a grown-up version of the young child who read those stories and loved them. Yet I challenge anyone to read through this wonderful little book, get to the end, and not find himself deeply moved by the magnificent ending, which captures perfectly the spirit of love and Christian devotion that guided Lewis himself and now guides Mr. Wright. This book was nominated for a Hugo Award during the classless spectacle that was the 2015 awards process- a nomination that, I am delighted to say, came about as a direct result of the Sad/Rabid Puppies movements. It was, of course, denied such an award because those awards long ago descended into mutual back-scratching and fart-sniffing between the Torlocks and their allies- so we helped them nuke their own ceremony. Despite that hilarious disaster, this novella remains a superb example of Mr. Wright's sublime skills as a writer.


The second and best book of the Broken Empire trilogy, this book sees the anti-hero, Jorg Ancrath, become a king through means both fair and very, very foul. The writing is superb, the characters are a delight to read, and the story is absolutely gripping. The only bad thing about it is that the final book in the series, Emperor of Thorns, rather lets down the side because of its pretty limp-wristed ending.




This is the book that more or less wraps up the "main" part of the Posleen War storyline. It is also the funniest, best written, and most memorable book in the entire series. The characters are both believable and hysterically funny; the pop-culture references are brilliantly done; and John Ringo's signature style finds full expression in this book. The only downside is that you have to read through the previous 4 books in order to fully appreciate how good this one is- which is no bad thing, necessarily, it's just that those books are of varying quality compared to this one.


4. The Tuloriad (Legacy of the Aldenata Book 12) by John Ringo and Tom Kratman
I'm a big fan of John Ringo's work (obviously). I'm also a big fan of LTC Kratman's writing. This book is a truly rare treat; you get to see two masters of military science fiction at their peaks, writing a superbly crafted story that blends the narrative style of Greek epic poetry with the demands of modern sci-fi, and combines both with the unique characteristics of both writers. Thus, you get John Ringo's uproarious sense of humour mixed in with Tom Kratman's rather more bloodthirsty narrative style, and you get the full benefit of both men's deep understanding of the art of war.



5. Darkship Thieves by Sarah A. Hoyt
I have read other fiction books that I liked better than this one. But they're all by the same authors- Jay Allan, John Ringo, Tom Kratman, and Mark Lawrence, mostly. And those books were all very good, to be sure. Sarah Hoyt, however, is unique because- for the first time in a very long time, I was able to read a book by a female author, with a female protagonist, that didn't have a complete Mary Sue as the heroine. In this particular case, in fact, the main character of the book actually starts off being a bit hard to handle, and grows considerably throughout the story as she comes to love and cherish the genetically altered man that rescues her at the very beginning. Excellent writing and characterisation round out this superb work of space-opera sci-fi.


Hall of Fame


Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
It simply does not matter how many times I read this book. I learn something new from it every time. No book has ever been so influential upon my thinking. This is the book that completely changed the way I thought about and understood politics, civic duty, and of the vitally important trinity of family, faith, and flag that it has become so fashionable to ignore. This book is the greatest military sci-fi novel ever written- nothing and no one has ever managed to top it. And yet, the brilliance of this book is that it manages to be that brilliant a "juvenile" novel, while simultaneously being the most thought-provoking and important self-contained civics textbook that you will ever read.

That's it for 2015. The book list page for 2015 will be taken down and turned into a standalone post, so you'll be able to check it out anytime you want. In its place will be a new page for 2016. (The same things will be done with my albums page.)

One of the greatest pleasures for any introvert, however, is the fact that there is no such thing as "too much reading". And I am very much looking forward to reading much, much more in the coming year.

SJW delenda est, Pt. 2: Strategy

As I pointed out earlier, the fact is that we are now at war for our culture. This is true whether you like it or not, and it is time to pick a side- the SJWs, or the rest of us.

It is not pleasant to see the world in such Manichean terms, but that is the reality with which we are currently faced. And if we don't fight back, they will do everything in their power to destroy us.

Fortunately, it turns out that fighting back is not quite as hard as it might sound.

I do not claim to be any kind of strategic mastermind who can tell you exactly how to do this. I can, however, tell you that if you don't take steps to protect yourself, they WILL come after YOU.

So in order to win, you have to make yourself resilient against their attacks. You have to make yourself, to borrow a phrase, antifragile.

Here are a few basic things that you need to do in order to ensure that you and the people you care about are safe. In the process, you will also help inoculate your organisations and employers from the corrosive influence of SJWs.

1. Make yourself as income-independent as possible
This blog, among others, offers clear and useful general advice for building up your investments and savings. I plan to continue to do this in the future with general ideas and tips for helping you build your wealth over a long-term time horizon. (Note, however, that since I am NOT a qualified investment advisor, I will NEVER make recommendations about specific financial products that you should buy or sell, and I DO NOT provide any performance guarantees.)

Make sure that you have at least  6 months' worth of living expenses saved up in your bank account. Cut down your expenses by getting rid of what you don't need, until you can live a simple yet comfortable life.

If the SJWs can't immediately impoverish you by getting you fired, then you immediately make yourself a hardened target.

2. Find alternative sources of decentralised income
Even if you do what I advised above, it's still not enough. If you're tied down to a single source of income, you're vulnerable.

The fact is, being tied to a single employer blows, even if you love your job. You're always taking someone else's orders. You're always stuck doing what someone else wants you to do. You're always dependent upon someone else's good graces.

Break out of that dependence. Become an Amazon affiliate. Create T-shirt designs, get them made in China or India and shipped to you directly, and sell them at a decent mark-up. If you are a good writer, write for sites that pay you for your work. Use Fiverr to get paid for simple little jobs that require little time. Launch your own online consulting business. Sell crap that you have lying around the house on eBay- you might be surprised at how valuable some of that random junk is.

If you can do so without falling afoul of domestic regulations, think about opening up an international bank account. This is much harder for American residents and citizens now due to the insanity of FATCA, but it's worth exploring because there is no reason to believe that Western governments will not confiscate private savings to fund government extravagances.

Use your imagination to secure new, decentralised sources of funding- so that when (not if) the SJWs come knocking, they can't hurt you by attacking your income or your wealth.

3. De-fund the SJWs
Money is the single most effective angle of attack that SJWs have. Make no mistake- they can destroy anyone they choose if they try hard enough, because they are backed by massive corporate interests.

But, though they can dish it out, they can't take it in return.

Cut your subscriptions to cable and satellite TV- most of what they show these days is pure garbage anyway, it is cultural Marxist trash streamed straight into your living room and is designed specifically to turn you into an unthinking zombie. You might be surprised at how few of us have to do this before it hits them like a baseball bat in the nuts. Find alternative, cheaper, simpler sources of entertainment that you directly control, via Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

Refuse to use SJW-infested resources like Google and Wikipedia, to the extent that you can. Google, for instance, is eyeballs-deep in SJWs- but they depend on ad revenue derived from tracking your search results and data-mining the same to deliver targeted ads to your eyeballs. Alternative search engines like DuckDuckGo do NOT track your searches.

4. Attack their funding sources
Turnabout is fair play. They attack us and try to get us kicked out of our jobs. It's only fair that we return the favour.

Operation Disrespectful Nod showed us how this can work. Gaming "journalism" outlets like KotakuRock Paper Shotgun, and Gizmodo, depended heavily on ad revenue and sponsorships from big companies like Intel, Amazon, IBM, and others. By writing respectful and polite emails to those sponsors and asking them to consider ceasing their patronage of these SJW-led institutions, we were able to dramatically change the nature of the battle. The massive hits to their funding drove rapid changes within the gaming media establishment and forced several key SJWs out of positions of power.

Don't for a moment think that this tactic cannot be re-used. It can, to tremendous effect. It was used against Tor Books and Tor.com earlier this year- the boycott of which is still in place and which I am still observing. If you come across an SJW whose employer or source of funding depends heavily on corporate sources, write to the PR departments of those sources- politely, carefully, and respectfully- and let those sources know that until and unless they cease supporting those SJWs, you will no longer buy their products.

It doesn't take very many of us to hop on that particular bandwagon before corporate sponsors start noticing.

5. Refuse to hire SJWs
Precisely how and where to spot an SJW is still something of an art, not necessarily a science. They are VERY VERY GOOD at disguising themselves. There are, however, a few tells.

Vox's book shows you how to spot them. If you have even the faintest hint of a suspicion that you are dealing with an SJW who is interviewing for a job, next that candidate, fast. Don't let them gain one single inch of foothold into your organisation.

If this sounds ruthless and cruel, that's because it is. Make no mistake- they will do the same, and worse, to you, with no remorse. I'm going to keep saying this as often as I need to: this is WAR, and there is no room for limp-wristed mumblings about how mean we're being to people on the other side.

6. Friends don't let friends hire SJWs either
One of the most delicious examples of schadenfreude that came from "Donglegate" was the fact that Adria Richards, the SJW who got a man fired from his job for telling an off-colour joke, was herself fired from her job.

The PyCon attendee who got fired, found a new job pretty quickly- good for him too, as he has a wife and three kids to support.

Adria Richards? As of February this year, apparently still unemployed- and now, unemployable by any self-respecting tech firm that is interested in keeping its best employees.

If you have friends and you regularly pass them candidates to interview and hire- we all do this, networking being what it is- then use your judgement, and the wisdom of others, to sort out SJWs from the rest. With any candidate that goes into the SJW pile, his or her CV goes straight into the shredder. And then you tell your friends and contacts to avoid those candidates as if they have actual bubonic plague.

That is how you deal with SJWs- efficiently, ruthlessly, and utterly without remorse.

7. Purge the unclean!
If you run your own business, and it's large enough to have an HR department, it's better than even money that you've got a serious SJW problem.

HR's power in large corporations these days is astonishing. A single complaint to HR can result in the destruction of an employee's career prospects with no hope of salvage. (I would know.) And that is because HR departments have been handed authority without responsibility- and wield it accordingly.

The problem is that HR departments are the most SJW-friendly environments because it doesn't actually take a whole lot by way of skill to do what Human Resources does. Most of it, in point of fact, can be automated. As a result, companies with large HR departments are usually dramatically overstaffed- and such companies always tend to be the most bureaucratic, hidebound, and inflexible.

If you want to SJW-proof a company, you have to start with the HR department.

Make hiring decisions yourself- cut HR out of the process entirely except for the form-filling, drug tests, and payroll routines that can mostly be automated in this day and age anyway. Any employee review system must be under your direct control, never the HR department's. Familiarise yourself with all of the pertinent employment laws for your state or jurisdiction- if you don't know this already, you're not going to survive long in business anyway.

Outsource just as much of the HR grunt-work as you can, and automate as many of the back-end business processes as possible. Do NOT, under any circumstances, given HR the power to enforce any kind of nonsensical SJW-written "Code of Conduct" or "Statement of Values and Beliefs" unless you directly wrote it yourself and gave all of your employees a chance to have his or her say about it.

And if an SJW is found- fire him or her. Do not apologise for it. Do not make excuses. Do not attempt to sugarcoat the language. It is strictly a business decision, and must be treated as such- because sooner or later, that SJW is going to seriously hurt your organisation, and therefore your bottom line.

8. Avoid friendly fire
You cannot win a war like this fighting alone. None of us can. Figuring out who your friends and allies are is even more important than figuring out who your enemies are.

First, moderates are not your friends. The problem these days is that "moderates", especially of the cuckservative stripe, are more interested in reining in us "wackoes" and "extremists" than they are in actually, y'know, saving the culture. Those who plead for "civility" and "moderation" in the discourse are basically just providing cover for the SJWs.

Second, DO NOT attack those declare themselves to be neutral. The single greatest weapon that both we and the SJWs have at our disposal is public opinion. SJWs use the mainstream media to influence it; we counter that by systematically destroying every one of the lies that they throw at us. Those who have not yet picked a side simply don't recognise the threat yet, and that is their failing- but you cannot force them to do it. Lead by example, and let them make up their own minds.

This is why #Gamergate succeeded and continues to succeed; when The Escapist changed its tune about the movement and became much more even-handed in its treatment, we left them alone, which showed that we really were about ethics in gaming journalism and preserved for us the moral level of war.

Third, never fail to appreciate your allies. Give respect and honour to those fighting by your side, no matter what your disagreements with their lifestyles and opinions might be. They are still fighting against the same people you are.

9. Limit your exposure
SJWs will attack you through any avenue you give them. Social media is the most useful because it leaves you the most vulnerable.

If you work for someone else and you have any common sense, you will already have scrubbed your FaceBorg, Twatter, and InstaGroupie accounts of any embarrassing photos, status updates, "tweets" (whatever the hell those are), and links that might be counted as Badthink by current and prospective employers. If you have a blog, you should be blogging under a pseudonym (as I do); only if you are sufficiently secure and independent and antifragile should you consider writing under your own name.

I would recommend, however, that you go a step further and simply cut out ALL unnecessary social media exposure in your life. I gave up using Facebook years ago. I have never had an Instagram or Twitter account. Back in my sad-sack beta-orbiter days, I used to use a sort of knockoff version of MySpace called "Where Are You Now" (WAYN) in order to keep up with this one girl; I haven't used it in nearly 10 years. I don't use WhatsApp and will only consider Tinder as a dating app, nothing else.

This has a number of rather useful benefits.

First, it denies the SJWs their single most important avenue of attack. Anything you say, do, or write down on paper can be used against you. It's a weapon that we use against them all the time- because they, being often quite narcissistic, can't help but give us all the ammunition we need via Twitter updates and public Facebook posts.

Second, getting rid of social media greatly frees up your time. You are no longer a slave to your smartphone or phablet. You are free to spend the time you would have committed to mindlessly scrolling through a lot of nonsense, on actual productive activities. Lifting heavy stuff, for example- or kicking other people in the face.

Third, and most importantly, by removing your exposure to social media, you make yourself invisible to your enemies. And the most effective attacks are always the ones they never see coming.

Onward and Upward

My friends, we can win this war. The road ahead is long and filled with hardships. We will suffer along the way. The prize, though, is worth the effort: a culture that we can once again be proud of, that will allow us to live our lives free of the micromanaging cultural Marxist tyranny that has enslaved us for so long, and that will let us raise our children into masculine men and feminine women.

Will you join the fight?

SJW delenda est, Pt. 1: Battle lines


The Wisdom of the Elder

Cato the Elder was and is remembered as one of the greatest of the "old Romans". He embodied all of the great virtues of the early Roman Republic. He was stern, patrician, conservative in manner, ascetic in lifestyle. Whether he was working his farms or fighting in battle, he lived as his men did, sharing their food, working directly with his hands, eschewing finery and indulgence of any kind.

His personal integrity was unquestionable; his public and private conduct, unimpeachable. He was the living embodiment of the ancient Sabine virtues that were dying out in the face of the increasing decadence of the Roman Republic by the 3rd Century BC.

He is, rightly, remembered as one of the last of the Old Romans.

A particular aspect of his character lay in his absolute loyalty to Rome's unique system of republican, patrician government- and his equally severe hatred of the ruling oligarchies of Rome's great ancient rival, Carthage. In his own experiences in combat with Carthaginian forces during the Second Punic War, he came to understand that Rome faced a mortal enemy whose values and ambitions stood in direct opposition to those of his beloved Republic.

And so, during his time in the Senate, regardless of what subject he was speaking upon- whether it be taxes, education, public welfare, military strategy, or foreign policy- he often ended his powerful speeches with a simple phrase:

"Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam"

This has been passed down to us today in its simplest and purest form:

"Carthage must be destroyed"

The Long War

As we look forward into the New Year, we must also heed the lessons of the past and apply them with care. And as 2015 has made clear, there is no longer any choice in the war for our culture.

Quite simply, it's us, or the SJWs. Those are the choices, and it is time to pick your side.

There are many parallels between what we face today and what the Roman Republic faced in the Punic Wars. In both cases, two mortal enemies faced each other in a very clear winner-takes-all fight. The prize in Rome's case was total economic and political dominance over southern Europe, northern Africa, and much of the Levant, but in our case, the prize is if anything even greater and more important: our culture, our values, our way of life.

Like us, Rome had faced a long and terrible string of setbacks and defeats- Trebia, Trasimene, Ager Falernus, Cannae- before finally marshaling all of its resources and pouring all of its energy to the singular task of defeating, and then destroying, its enemy.

And like us, when Rome's full wrath was unleashed, it was truly terrifying to behold- but it took a long time, and a lot of provocation, before that happened.

There are differences too, however. We cannot fight this war for our culture through top-down, command-and-control methods. These will fail, routinely and totally. We cannot lose the moral level of war- the most powerful, the most important, and the one that our enemies have been superbly talented at taking in the past.

Above all, we cannot initiate physical violence, under any circumstances, because this immediately loses the moral level of war for us. At the same time, if we are physically attacked by SJWs, the doctrine of "proportionality" does not hold. They will do everything in their power to destroy us- but they did not count on us being more than willing to return the favour.

And it must be remembered that their power lies in numbers. In reality, they are cowards- as has been proven repeatedly in a number of different skirmishes and battles throughout the last eighteen months. When faced with a real, concerted, and determined opposition, the SJWs simply fall apart- they are psychologically incapable of dealing with the stress of an actual threat.

We, on the other hand, thrive on competition and engagement. And so we must learn carefully the lessons of the two most successful anti-SJW campaigns of 2015, for they will serve us very well indeed.

The #Gamergate Template

What makes #Gamergate so special, and such a wonderful movement, is that it was the first successful large-scale attempt to take the fight directly to the SJWs, on their chosen ground. We beat them there, badly, and we continue to beat them. But it's worth asking how and why.

Consider how an SJW-led attack used to work before #Gamergate. Vox Day laid out the exact sequence of steps in his book on the subject. They find a target, preferably an individual with a lot to lose. They latch on to some transgression made by that target, whether real or imagined (usually the latter). They blow it out of all proportion. They point and shriek, they isolate and swarm, they disqualify with all of their might. They demand an apology as the price of peace- but then, when the apology is actually made, they use it to browbeat the victim and destroy his or its reputation for good. And finally, they mount a victory parade for good measure.

It becomes immediately obvious how this works the moment you start looking at this conflict through the paradigm of generational warfare. SJW tactics are, basically, 2nd-Generation Warfare in action. They are able to do this because they have access to the media equivalent of "massed firepower"- the mainstream media. 

It is no secret that the media is our enemy in this war. It is the facilitator and supporter of the SJW disease. And there is no doubt that the SJWs do control this vitally important strategic asset within the culture war. They use its influence to first squeeze out any possibility of dissent from the agreed-upon line, and then to capture the moral level of war by pretending that they are defending freedom and justice- when in reality they are perverting those very same things.

#Gamergate's success lies in the fact that it started as a direct reaction to massive, endemic, and absolutely evident corruption within gaming journalism. We reacted to that corruption by demanding structural reform within the gaming media. They responded by shrieking about "sexism" and "racism" and "homophobia"- the old SJW fall-backs. The SJWs used the same tactics that they have used before on individuals and corporations- single, weak, centralised, fragile targets. But this time, to their utter horror, they couldn't craft the narrative to suit their ends.

Every time they called us racists, we showed that we were racially and politically diverse, and they were almost universally white.

Every time they called us misogynists, we showed that we were made up of both men and women, from across the political spectrum, who simply wanted to be left the hell ALONE to play the games that we want to play.

Every time they called us homophobic, all we needed to do was let Nero, and his epic hairdo, loose on them. (I'm not gonna lie, I disagree with the man's lifestyle choices, but he is a phenomenal asset. He is literally unbeatable in any debate with an SJW. And in this war, anyone firing at the enemy and not us is a valuable ally, so as far as I'm concerned, he is our brother.)

Every time they tried to find a single target to destroy, another ten or more would attack them from a completely unexpected and different direction. Operation Disrespectful Nod showed us exactly how to attack and destroy their equivalent of supply lines- the vitally important sources of funding and sponsorship that keep them alive. We do not depend on these sources, but they do.

We were able to become formless, decentralised, and nimble; they were fighting their side of the war with information that was a day or more old, and in the age of social media, that's about as useful as reading up on Cyrus the Great when you're being attacked by German Sturmtruppen on one front and panzer divisions on another.

In other words, we are fighting using 4th-Generation Warfare tactics against an enemy still stuck in 2nd-Generation mode.

Attack of the Puppies

If #Gamergate provided the template and early successes, it was the Puppies campaign for the Hugo Awards that proved conclusively what the conditions for victory are.

The SFWA and the Torlocks had long dominated the Hugo and John W. Campbell awards for (supposedly) the "best" sci-fi and fantasy works released each year. For the past twenty years, a long stream of mediocre works, authors, and editors had received plaudits that, frankly, they did not deserve.

Previous attempts by good and decent men and women like Larry Correia, Brad Torgersen, and Sarah Hoyt to reintroduce at least some actually good sci-fi works into the Hugo Awards process were shot down, in flames. This was predictable, but unfortunate nonetheless. Both men decided to keep trying to change the system from within; I sincerely wish them all the best with their efforts, they are profoundly worthy allies and as such are our blood brothers.

The problem is, they are good men trying to change an evil system. And evil cannot be "changed". It can only be destroyed.

In 2015, though, Vox Day dropped any and all pretence at civility and put forth the Rabid Puppies, a slate of nominees designed specifically to give the SJWs aneurysms, heart attacks, and explosive diarrhoea- simultaneously. I'm delighted to say that it succeeded brilliantly at doing precisely that.

And when time came to vote, well, we actively helped the SJWs nuke their own awards. Saints alive, but that was fun.

The SJWs reacted, grumpily, by arguing that we were pissed off because none of our crappy works won awards. Naturally, they completely missed the point.

We know the Hugo Awards are beyond saving. Our interest does not lie in rejuvenating the Hugo Awards. One could say that our basic plan of action involves nuking them, blasting the strike zone with a space-launched KEW, and then burning a giant laughing wolf's head into the ground using a Solar-powered laser array for good measure.

The Hugo Awards showed exactly how we can win the war for our culture. It turns out that, when confronted by an even halfway-effective and coordinated yet decentralised opposition, the SJWs have absolutely no ability to stand and fight, and the Hugo Awards proved this beyond any shadow of doubt.

Fighting to Win

These two examples demonstrate that we can win this war. We have fought on a number of different fronts against their attempts to take over the culture and impose rigid uniformity of thought and action. They failed to achieve that objective.

However, they are not gone, and they are not forgiving. It will take a very great deal more to remove the taint of Social Justice ideology from our books, movies, television, schools, workplaces, and homes. This will not be an easy fight; I don't even expect it to be won in my lifetime, which considering how young I am, should be profoundly depressing.

Yet I'm actually very optimistic. Having proven that we can fight and win on their ground and on their terms, we have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

The war, unfortunately, is not over. It hasn't even fairly begun. We have won and continue to win important victories in gaming and sci-fi literature. But our culture is still infested with SJWs. They must be rooted out and destroyed. At this point, it's literally us or them. We know how they operate, and we know they will stop at nothing to wipe us out. It's well past time we returned the favour.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Wookie-ookies

No, not the "food" from the STAR WARS Holiday Special- and this will be the first, and LAST, time anyone EVER mentions that abomination on this blog- but rather a very funny webcomic series from the same madcap geniuses who created the "Ensign Mary Sue" series:

Oh, so that's how Obi-Won...

Y'know, I never did understand what Ben meant when he said that... Space-ghosting around is not powerful, it's LAME
Dude, we've all seen the prequels, you had that coming

Some knucklehead in an X-wing, eh?

Too much boontaspice, I'm guessing?

Yeah, I'd hit that too

Not NOW, obviously, but back THEN, Carrie Fisher was hot

Sucks to be you, Fish-Face

Not the eyes, man...

All of these, and several more, to be found here.