When You Know Not Your Enemy

Propaganda is hard; particularly when you’re a smug semi-Marxist douchebag who’s trapped in a social media echo chamber and who has no day-to-day contact with average working people.

Also it seems that no-one at Ubisoft has learnt anything from GamerGate as the recent poster for Farcry 5 shows; one of the truly great double downs in recent memory.

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The message here is clear: If you want to fight against men like that continue to buy an overpriced AAA title that won’t be properly patched until six months after release.

But on the other hand if you would rather fight alongside men like that…

Repent for your sins and get your kilted Heathen arse over to Men of The West

Seriously do people not understand why For Honor was such a hit? The culture as a whole is beginning to shift rightward and you see this very clearly in the lands of videogames; the last refuge of the young male outcast. What do the newest batch of annoying teen gamers want? Hmmm it turns out that they want to retake Constantinople, while singing along to the latest Sabaton song.

Brave Faithful Knights. Strong Metal as Fuck Vikings. Cool Edgy Samurai. Toxic Masculinity Everywhere! For Honor was the perfect storm to welcome a new generation of boys, searching for themselves and on the verge of becoming men. Of course this was no doubt merely a chance as no major gaming publisher would make such divinely-timed a game on purpose but God does tend to work in mysterious ways.

My main point however is the Modern Left simply does not understand the Right (and the Alt-Right in particular) they have no idea what drives us so occasionally their attempt to demoralise or mock us backfire hilariously and wind up motivating us, instead.

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The ‘Basket of Deplorables’ remark being the most famous of these examples.

After all how many journalists, marketing execs and Hollywood power couples will actually talk to anyone from “flyover country?” The Right’s main advantage in the Culture War is that the Left is fighting completely blind. They simply have to idea what motivates their enemies to dare to disagree with THE MOST HOLY NARRATIVE!!!

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Another example; I believe this was from a LA newspaper and was intended to mock Trump supporters. Unfortunately for Cuckbro we consider masculinity a virtue not a vice.

A third example is this.

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This ad was supposed to shock the viewer with OMG! NAZIS! but instead make them hungry for 1950’s America. The ad was quickly pulled once the comrades recognized their failure.

When You Know Not Your Enemy

Courageously Covering the Catastrophic Comicbook Collapse.

I’ve stated before that I’m not really any sort of comic book fan but that I find it necessary to keep at least one eye on comic related news simply so that I can hold basic geek conversations with friends (and readers.)

Just like with Gamergate it’s the Culture War aspect between the SJW converged industry figures (usually mid to bottom level) and the common fan than I find deeply, deeply fascinating.

So it was with much joy that I stumbled upon a relatively new youtube channel Diversity and Comics that is covering comics from an anti-SJW stance while still being approachable and normie friendly.

How Captain Marvel is the perfect icon of SJW Marvel

 

Questioning the Narrative that 40% of comic readers are female.

What is the first rule of the SJW?

We should have asked this question earlier.

Keep in mind that some genres of gaming are 99%+ Male

Why do Marvel Creators hate the fans?

Reminds me a lot of what Brian Niemeier said a while back about Hollywood hating it’s own audience.

http://www.brianniemeier.com/2016/01/hollywoods-hate-mail-to-its-own-audience.html

And the comments are worth digging around in (just wear gloves as it is still Youtube.)

The current crew at Marvel ARE awful; they’re rude, egotistical and they lack the creative juice that inspired a lot of artist back in the day. They’re all trend riders, their ‘inspiration’ only coming from what can make them seem like heroes. This isn’t what the writers and artist of years past did. They were not in it to be seen as political commentators which the current crew are and usually label themselves as. Even if the older artist and writers felt strongly in their political feelings they were always artists first.

The new crew ARE NOT. They are political and social obsessives FIRST, social media addicts second, glory riders third and at the very, very last, if at all, they’re ‘creatives’.”

Anyway I thought that was a discovery worth sharing. Marvel (and to some extent DC) has reached a state where they are completely dependant on recycling characters that were created forty or fifty years ago. This is beyond creative bankruptcy. The fear now is that the comic book medium itself will die out completely in the West… this would be a bad thing for all of Geekdom.

While I’m not a huge fan of the Alt-Hero project it’s definitely a step in the right direction and should be good for a laugh if nothing else.

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They had to go back and one man decided to help them along on that journey.

Besides the idea here is to inspire others. Isn’t that what superheroes are all about?

Courageously Covering the Catastrophic Comicbook Collapse.

Excuse of the Day

I’m currently nursing a rather embarrassing “lower body injury” which unfortunately has me in just enough pain to break my concentration. So once again there will be no writing on this here “writers blog.” Honestly I’m started to get rather frustrated and discouraged.

And then to add insult to injury some Random Torling declared this Space Opera Week. Space Opera Week was then IMMEDIATELY co-opted by friends of this blog (ie people who actually LIKE space opera.)

So for a least a few days I’m going to have to sit here and not write space opera during Space Opera Week. Hurrah!

The proposed battle anthem of the Viceroyal Breylandic Navy

 

Which bring me to another point I’ve identified a rather glaring flaw in the Breylandverse; the stories don’t seem to be very fun (too much serious business, like saving Breylandic civilization) and there really isn’t that much room for fun pulp Traveller-type adventures as the smallest civilian starship is a roughly eight hundred thousand ton tramp freighter with a crew of about three hundred.

So while I have no intention of abandoning my ridiculous collection of world building notes (I might start sharing a few here and there) I’ve also started playing around with something that for lack of a better term I’m calling the Nekoverse designed around TIE Fighter/Wing Commander dogfighting; MechWarrior style ground combat and genetically engineered catgirls fighting to liberate an enslaved humanity from evil pink space bunnies.

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It’s an idea so stupid it might actually work. Or at least it will be fun break from time to time.

So anyway I’ll get back to you guys once I can think straight and have stopped feeling sorry for myself.

Until the end. For Breyland and for Glory. Wolfman out.

Excuse of the Day

Damn I Missed That.

I wasn’t going to say anything about the Second Battle of Berkley (as by the time I get around to collecting my thoughts on current events all relevant points have usually been explored) but I do have to admit this was an excellent catch by Seattle4truth.

I’m sure that there are plenty of reasons to be carrying a glass bottle in the middle of a “totally peaceful protest” some sort of delicious hipster green tea for example… oh who are we kidding?

To paraphrase Stefan Molyneux “A Molotov cocktail is not an argument.”

But if we’re all going back to primitive combat then I suppose duels between champions are all well and good. Might I suggest Antifa girl and Lauren Southern wrestling in a oversized kiddy pool filled with chocolate pudding? Truly a battle for the ages. I wonder if we can get a kickstarter going for that?

RPGpundit gives his very well done summary of the story of the Battle of Berkeley. Always interesting to see these sort of things from people you wouldn’t expect it from.

I suppose I really should down sometime in the next week and expand on what I meant by The Six Stages of Civil Conflict which are for the record.

1 Protests

2 Riots

3 Street Battles

4 Paramilitary gun battles

5 De facto Civil War

6 Open Civil War

The contemporary Hard Left are strongest at Stage Two but as we can see as things start to move into Stage Three they are beginning to lose. If things get to Stage Four things are going to go very badly for the Left. Hopefully a few more Battle of Berkeley style beatdowns will be enough to push things back into Stage Two but sadly violence in more likely to escalate than de-escalate. After all SJWs always Double Down.

https://www.menofthewest.net/dont-force-hand/

As things are going the Hard Left will run into the Hard Right and I don’t think too many people are going to feel sorry for them when they do.

At Stage Five things go full Tom Kratman. Thankfully that’s not something I expect but it may still happen. I’m always a pessimist when it comes to these things. Anyway those are just my thoughts for the day.

 

Damn I Missed That.

Respect My Culture

Because I haven’t been posting a lot of content lately here’s a meme/image dump post to make up for it. One of the side effects of being a space opera fan is that I spend a lot of time thinking about and trying to wrap my head around various cultures real and fictional. So since I do tend to save the occasional meme I figured it was worth the time to go and dig through a few of them.

We start of course with this classic Paul Joseph Watson video.

 

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Yes, Columbus was an massive asshole (even by the standards of his day) but that’s no reason to ignore just how brutal and savage many of the native tribes were.

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Mostly true; but to be absolutely sure you’d better eat three strips of bacon.

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I’m actually running into the occasional problem reworking my Space Opera timeline because of this sort of thing.

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Remember you’re not a real cowboy unless you’re hanging out with drunken Indians.

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Kebab are happy cheerful people.

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Why drone operators have such high rates of PTSD? The answer will surprise you.

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A surprisingly functional household all things considered.

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I’ve seen better versions of this meme but this is the only one I bothered to save.

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A more and more reasonable response these days.

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Canada mostly has non-edible animals on our money… and a boat.

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For the future Alt-West woman in your life.

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Rare Scottish Medieval tapestry depicting the invention of the kilt. 

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Here’s a good response when some twatbar tells you Islam is good for diversity.

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The exact moment Bob and Debra begin to suspect that cultural relativism was indeed a flawed concept after all.

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Sven and Olaf really have no idea why this keeps happening, it just does. Good thing they were nearby to help out.

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Just make sure you got a wingman. This bunch looks like trouble.

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I seriously can’t remember where this is from… wait wasn’t there a movie like this?

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Chief Booga presents his best arguments for anarcho-capitalism. A representative of the Bank of England politely disagrees.

Respect My Culture

A War Story

Progress on my military sci-fi novel is going so slowly that I’m quite embarrassed about it. I just can’t shake the feeling that I’m letting my friends down. However any progress however small is still better than no progress at all. The curse right now that of “over worldbuilding” since this is my fifth or sixth attempt of writing a novel in this universe (Martyr’s Shadow from the previous post was I believe the second.) there is a truly autistic amount of backstory and background information that I CANNOT infodump on the reader. Picking and choosing what details to put in and leave out is going to be as much of a struggle as chipping away at what on the surface is a very modest goal.

One side effect of this is that I’ve been reading a lot of WWII and Vietnam War memoirs just trying to get the feel of how men act and think under fire. Brothers in the Dust is first and foremost a test to see how well I can write common soldiers in the line of duty. The big space opera stuff can come later.

The following is transcribed from the Vietnam war memoir Chickenhawk (1983) by helicopter pilot Robert Mason (highly recommended)

http://www.robertcmason.com/

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Both men had been hit in the head on the last lift. One had been shot from the front and the other from the side. Both were clutching their helmets, pointing at the holes. One guy had had a bullet hit the visor knob on the forehead portion of his flight helmet. The bullter had crushed his helmet and glanced off. His scalp was bleeding.

The other lucky soul walked around holding his helmet with a finger into the holes on each side of it. Dried blood matted his hair on each side of his head. It was a magician’s illusion. The bullet had to have gone through his head, from what we could see. We wanted to know the trick.

I figured it out on the way back.” he said. “I mean after I stopped feeling for the holes on each side of my head and asking Ernie if I was still alive!” He was still pale, but he laughed. “The bullet hit while we were on short final to X-ray. Luckily Ernie was flying. It felt like somebody had hit me on the head with a bat. It blurred my vision. First I thought that a bullet had hit me on the helmet and somehow bounced off. Ernie first noticed the blood. He turned to tell me about a round going through the canopy in front when he saw it.” I could imagine the guy seeing the jagged hole in the side of his friend’s flying helmet, blood dripping down his neck. “I reached up to feel my helmet and felt the hole on the right side, but Ernie said the blood was coming from the other side. I put my left hand up and felt that hole! I pulled both hands down quickly, and they were both bloody! I felt the helmet again. Two holes all right. One on each side of my head. I couldn’t believe I was still alive1” He passed the helmet around while he continued his story.” See, it hit here.” He pointed in front of his right ear. “The bullet hit this ridge of bone and deflected up between my scalp and inside of the helmet. Then —he shook his head in disbelief— “then it circled around inside the top of the helmet and hit this ridge of bone on my left side.” He pointed. “it was deflected out here, through the helmet and on through the canopy in front of Ernie!” He beamed. I saw the path the bullet made as it tore its way through the padding on the inside of the helmet and the wounds on each side of his head. I shook my head. God again?

Hell of a story isn’t it?

That is the standard I need to be reaching for in my writing. That level of drama and amazement. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intimidated as hell but the world really doesn’t need another werewolf Pegasus knight romance. Besides it’s better to have standards that are too high than no standards at all. Even if I can’t hit such a distant target… at least I’ll be firing in the right direction.

A War Story

Viking Metal: Music To Punch Monsters By

Hi there young man. I understand you have deep seated emotional issues but before you decide to permanently destroy your brain chemistry with anti-depressants I just thought that we should sit down and discuss an alternative treatment program.

-Do you feel completely emasculated by modern society?

-Are you suffering from lingering white guilt?

-Do you find yourself trapped in a victim mentality?

-Are you just not having enough FUN?

Well it just so happens that there is an entire musical sub-genre that addresses all four problems and fits almost perfectly into the developing Right Leaning Counterculture. Come to think of it the only music more Alt-Right than Viking metal would be… I don’t know? Crusader metal but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t exist*, (it will therefore have to be invented.)

Besides if you’re any kind of a gamer it’s just hard not to crack out laughing when you find a new Viking metal band. There’s more of them than you would think and it’s ‘toxic masculinity’ at it’s best. You find yourself first laughing at the sub-genre then intrigued by it. Finally you become inspired by it. Songs of adventure, great battles and brothers in arms standing together against mighty foes. Heroes, villains, giants, monsters and Gods of ancient past. Yes this is what you’ve been looking for. Here is what you need to strengthen your heart for the struggles ahead. Without tales of heroism to guide you can you be sure of your path? So raise your horn and drink in the glory. May we all meet in Valhalla.

If nothing else sometimes you just want to get away from the nihilism that infests so much of contemporary culture.

Manegarm- Odin owns ye all

Not too sure about the music but these guys sure got the aesthetic down perfectly. Hard to to watch this video and not crack an enormous smile. Also you will get the sudden urge to play Mount and Blade Warband. This is normal, do not be alarmed. Sudden beard growth has also been reported.

Falconer – Grimborg (English Lyrics)

This is a song about a Swedish folk hero. While I’m sure the Swedish lyrics make perfect sense I doubt they have the majesty and the sheer lulzy epicness of the English lyrics. So we’ll be going with that.

-The warriors meet on a mountain one night (taverns are for sissies.)

-Grimborg decides that tonight is the night to get a wife.

-One of Grimborg’s friends mentions offhand that her does know where to find a suitable maiden. However he dismisses the task as too difficult and dangerous to even attempt.

-Grimborg is not impressed. He convinces his friend to guide him to where the maiden can be found.

-His friend agrees as one does not argue with Grimborg.

-When they get to where the maiden is located they discover a solid iron fence topped with the severed heads of previous suitors.

-Grimborg is not impressed although we never hear about his friend again.

-Here a where a barbarian would break the locks. A thief would pick the locks but this is Grimborg he silently breaks the locks.

-The maiden is so impressed by this feat that she agrees to go with Grimborg.

-Grimborg like all Alt-Right heroes turns out to live with his mother.

-‘Maiden’ just so happens to a ‘princess’ and the King is not too pleased by this recent turn of events.

-After a night of “intense Viking romance” Grimborg is surprised and surrounded by the King’s men.

-The resulting battle is so intense that it cannot be expressed in English, Swedish or German. Only a Power metal guitar solo is suitable the mindnumbingly epic struggle that is this confrontation.

-Grimborg then rides out (alone) to challenge the King, or at least get some answers.

-When asked where the King’s men are. Grimborg just shrugs and says I killed them.

-Grimborg then wheels about to attack the King and his court. The Court scatters and cowers in terror.

-The King seeing his supporters cowering like dogs basically surrenders. He agrees to the marriage and makes Grimborg a noble.

-Grimborg rides off with his wife.

-They live happily ever after.

-THERE WILL BE NO SEQUELS.

-Happily ever after.

Heidevolk- Winter Woade

Okay I cheating a little here as I’m sure this counts as Old Germanic Pagan Metal rather than proper Viking Metal but I mean it’s almost the same thing. Besides Heidevolk is just too awesome to leave out of any list however short.

Which brings us to this music video where our protagonist finds himself in a what appears to be some sort of fairie realm or afterlife; perhaps combination of Valhalla and Purgatory? He seems to have arrived via explosion. An IED? Did he die in battle but not bravely enough to please the Gods? Yes I am reading way to much into this but we have officially reached the point where a four minute long heavy metal video often has a more complicated and comprehensive plot than your average two hour long Hollywood blockbuster. You could definitely work this into a TV series as not only as the setting mysterious but there seems to be some sort of Robin Hood scenario going on.

Vanir- Thyrfing

I have no idea what happening here either. There’s just something about the combination of bagpipes, drums and the crazy guy screaming in Danish that makes you want to headbutt a polar bear. Definitely one of the better drinking songs I’ve encountered.

Tyr- Blood of Heroes

I mentioned that Viking Metal can be very inspiring and this is a song about a man who finds himself inspired by the tales and legends of ancient heroes and is then driven to perform his own acts of heroism. How he fares is left to the listener’s imagination.

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*Update: Crusader Metal sort of exists. There are songs and at least one concept album that fits the bill. There doesn’t seem to be any bands doing the gimmick full time, though so it can’t really be considered a sub-genre until that happens. I’ll might have to do a follow up post on that once I’ve had time to dig around.

Related: An earlier semi-serious post about Viking themes working their way into popular culture and a few musing about the future implications.

https://wolvesandmen.wordpress.com/2016/10/12/so-why-vikings/

Viking Metal: Music To Punch Monsters By