Monday, September 29, 2014

Study: Violent Crime Rates Unrelated to Violent Video Games

Study: Violent Crime Rates Unrelated to Violent Video Games: ""Contrary to the claims that violent video games are linked to aggressive assaults and homicides, no evidence was found to suggest that this medium was positively related to real-world violence in the United States," researchers wrote. "

Friday, September 26, 2014

A GamerGate testimony by a former SJW

#GamerGate: You Can Call Me Shield | Mindless Zombie Studios

No, this is the best article yet on GamerGate

 I left this comment at #GamerGate – An Issue With Two Sides | TechCrunch:

Speaking as someone who has studied the social
justice warrior phenomenon since 2005, I must say this is the best
article I've seen yet on GamerGate. This is especially nice: "The
problem with this narrative is that it mistakes opposition to culture
warriors with opposition to diversity." Bravo!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The first sentence at the HeForShe site is false

The first sentence at HeForShe: "The movement for gender equality was originally conceived as a struggle led by women for women."

Someone's lying or ignorant. The word "feminism" was coined by a man, the utopian socialist Charles Fourier. First and second wave feminism could have better been called egalitarian or equalist or, as Dora Montefiore argued in 1901, humanist movements. Feminism was simply about equality, and that has always been an issue which crosses lines of social identity. Feminism would never have had its first great victory if men had not voted to give women the vote.

Feminism only became a movement "by women for women" with the birth of identitarian feminism in the late '60s, when some feminists changed their focus from sex and society to gender and society.

PS. For anyone confused by the difference between sex and gender, I like WHO's explanation:
  1. "Sex" refers to the biological and physiological characteristics that define men and women. "Gender" refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviours, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women.
ETA: Though I wish Emma Watson had talked about egalitarianism instead of feminism, I liked her speech for the same reasons MRAs and SJWs are criticizing it—she was basically arguing for egalitarianism under the name of feminism, so gender partisans hated it. Here's an example from a professional SJW (note her bio's link to how to pay her to educate you): Why I’m Not Really Here For Emma Watson’s Feminism Speech At the U.N.

ETA 2: The site includes a nice quote from the speech:

Anti-slavery exhibit shut down by anti-racists

Barbican criticises protesters who forced Exhibit B cancellation | Culture |

Orwell sighs. Do they want history to be forgotten, or only rewritten in a way that ignores, you know, history?

Why I liked Emma Watson's feminism speech at the U.N.

Updated here: The first sentence at the HeForShe site is false

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hawkeye Initiative vs ComicGate: Is it sexist if a woman's pose is the same as a man's, or different?

Milo Manara did this:


It was mocked as sexist, and someone created this to show how wrong it was:

And then people noticed the cover of a comic published long ago:

And a more ethical or a more competent 3D artist did this:

So, my question: Is the Hawkeye Initiative right that it's sexist to put women in poses that you don't put men in, or are the current group of SJWs right that it's sexist to put a woman in the same pose as a man?

Did SJWs get a black man fired for promoting #notyourshield?

Jason Miller is a black man who claimed credit for creating #notyourshield, then announced that it seemed to have been a case of simultaneous creation, because someone used it a few hours before him. There's no reason to doubt that—the internet's full of examples of simultaneous creation. Here's one of his early tweets:
And then there's this:

There doesn't seem to be much follow-up, which may be intentional. The poor guy has to find a job, and SJWs are always happy to use financial pressure to silence their critics.

A useful site for examples of SJWs harassing supporters of GamerGate: Gamer Gate Harassment.

For anyone who thinks the SJWs' critics are only white men:

On memory, alcohol, and the suspicion of rape

The role of alcohol induced memory blackouts in unremembered sexual encounters. | thestrawkinsreport:
“I spent New Year’s Day with my best friend in bed. After breakfast, she put on the video from the party. I was afraid that I would see myself embarrassingly drunk, vomiting, and then unconscious. Instead, I saw myself happy, social, talkative and brilliant all the way to midnight. I had even celebrated the New Year. I saw that the neighbor and I had been flirting in the early evening. Actually, I had been more interested in his friend, but one can’t have everything. No one could have seen that I was so drunk that I wouldn’t remember anything. I could well have been capable of crashing the neighbor’s place and asking him to have sex with me.”
In other words, the video shows her to be lucid during a time in which she has no memories.

Ekelund goes on to address how treating men and women differently when they have been drinking is itself a sexist action.
“If a man in such a position says he’s horny and wants to fuck, no one would doubt it. But on the other hand, a girl say the same thing? I do not want to hear “Girl, I’m not going to fuck you because what if you’re drunk and unreliable. You do not want really.” In my world, this is a denigration of women. A person’s responsibility for their actions does not apply to that one is under the influence of alcohol or another. This applies very much to both sexes.
So next time a girl wakes up next to one or more, more or less unknown guys, she might not be correct to immediately conclude that she had been sexually abused. The possibility exists that she has asked for sex and that her wishes have been respected.”

SJWs love false flag operations

The latest example:  How serial hoaxers duped the Internet with fake 4Chan threats against Emma Watson - The Washington Post

Even when a lie is corrected, many people miss the correction and remember the lie. Some liars expect that; even in failure, there's some victory for them.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Believe the woman? Believe the man? Believe the dog?

Partisans always think people should believe members of their group. The rest of us know that real victims need support, not belief. In seeking the truth, you have to stay open to the possibility that any one, everyone, or no one may be telling the true story. People don't have to be lying to be wrong; humans make mistakes. That's why the presumption of innocence should be given to the accuser as well as the accused.

ETA: The most recent example of presumed guilty: University of Chicago Gets Its Own 'Rapist List'

If you truly always believe the woman: hoax hate crimes.

ETA 2: If someone tells you to believe automatically, hide your wallet.

The difference between H. P. Lovecraft and the I.W.W.

The Old Racist from Providence |: "The workers of the I.W.W. were equally as ‘of their time’ as HPL and yet they did not express such vile opinions of people."

You just gotta love the I.W.W.

As for Lovecraft, I think anyone who's seriously interested in fantasy or supernatural horror should read at least one story by him, but that's no reason for him to be the face of the World Fantasy Award.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Two useful articles about false rape accusations, and my take

My take on false rape accusations: Most people lie sometimes, and some people lie often, so if you believe women are people (as I do), you have to assume they lie about as often as men do.

I'll quote bits from two articles, but neither's long, so do read them.

False rape accusations: Why must we pretend they never happen?: "We don’t know whether Temkin is the victim of a false allegation; we also don’t know whether “Magz” is a victim of rape. We don’t know—and will probably never know, barring a confession from him or a recantation from her. But the rush to condemn Temkin and support “Magz” starkly illustrates both the power and the peril of unproven accusations."

How Many Rape Reports Are False? - Bloomberg View: "Here’s what we do know: The 2 percent number is very bad and should never be cited. It apparently traces its lineage back to Susan Brownmiller’s legendary "Against Our Will," and her citation for this figure is a single speech by an appellate judge before a small group of lawyers. His source for this statistic was a single area of New York that started having policewomen conduct all rape interviews. This is not data. It is an anecdote about an anecdote."

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The best article I've seen about #GamerGate, and the most damning fact from it

James Fenner's #GamerGate, Anita Sarkeesian and Video Game Journalism:
Two of the biggest gaming-centric websites, Kotaku and Polygon, revised their policies on how staffers could intermingle with  developers. The move was seemingly made after concrete evidence surfaced on reddit, revealing affiliations between Kotaku and Polygon writers and the developers whose products they were reviewing.
 You don't change things that don't need improving.

Today, Twitter, tomorrow, the world!

This blog now has a twitter feed: SJ War (sjwdne) | Twitter. It'll auto-tweet whenever there's a new post here, and I'll use it for sharing links now and then.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My favorite movies: Strictly Ballroom

Just saw Strictly Ballroom again. Afterward, Emma said, "It's the best arts movie and the best sports movie ever." IMDB only gives it 7.3 out of 10, but Rotten Tomatoes rates it at 95%, which seems about right to me. Baz Luhrman's one of those great directors who can create an artificial world that's emotionally real, and this is my favorite movie of his. Though I think we'll be rewatching Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet sometime soon.

Doxxing, civility, and the SJW desire to "change the system" by hurting individuals

I'd been thinking about making a post about SJW hypocrisy regarding civility and doxxing. I realized they were related when I saw this, from Ben Kuchera of Polygon:

I found that at Ben Kuchera starts twitter smear campagin against Eric Kain because I was googling to see how Kuchera fit into Gamergate. In this case, it's not the example I'm interested in; it's the attitude: "At the very least it's going to hurt his career, which is a step in the right direction."

It reminded me of SJWs saying doxxing is bad, yet happily doxxing Zathlazip, Igor Sanchez, Violentacrez, and others for doing things that I also disapprove of, but are legal. In every case, the doxxers' justification was that hurting people who did not follow their code of behavior was good—even when, in Violentacrez's case, the outer, Adrien Chen of Gawker, knew the doxxing would lead to Violentzcrez losing his job and his disabled wife losing her healthcare.

As for how the SJW desire to see people suffer connects to civility, SJWs reject "tone policing" or any suggestion that they should try to treat their targets with respect, yet the usual sin of the people they attack is behaving uncivilly. SJWs defend their calls for word-policing and censorship as being simple requests for politeness and common decency—yet common decency must be too common for them, because they reject the idea that they should practice what they preach.

Mind you, hypocrisy is not unique to SJWs, even on issues like doxxing. Popehat pointed out that Reddit has a double-standard there: Reddit's Doxxing Paradox. News flash: partisans are partisan. When they call for fairness, they're only demanding preference—or, to use the SJWs' favorite term, privilege.

Actual social justice workers have a very different idea about how to change the world. Martin Luther King said, “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

Daniele Watts goes on the list of hoaxers who cried racism

Civil Rights Leaders Denounce ‘Django Unchained’ Actress, Demand Apology To LAPD « CBS Los Angeles

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ad Hominem is a natural consequence of identitarianism; or Tweeting with Jamelle Bouie

A recent bit of tweeting with Jamelle Bouie included this from him:
But I’m happy to stop the conversation, since you strike me as one of those folks who loves to pontificate… 
…on how black people should think of themselves, but probably doesn’t know any black people.
I replied:
Sigh. I've lived in racially-mixed nieghborhoods for most of my life. 
On implicit association tests, I show a bias for black folks, prob'ly because I've had black friends all my life.
But that's not really relevant to the validity of the identitarian model.
His assumption that I don't know any black people suggests several things:

1. He assumes all black people think alike.

2. He thinks that for me to have an opinion, I must have a connection to it that's based on identity.

Regarding point number one, the tweeting included this from him:
So, a statement like “I am a member of the black community” is validating racists?
I asked
Which black community are you part of? 40% of blacks don't think it makes sense to speak of a single black race.
He asked for a citation, so I added:
37% of blacks no longer see blacks as a single race:
Identitarians tend to be part of the black community that believes black people are a single race with a single understanding of racism. I hope Bouie will interview Adolph Reed Jr. someday.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Secret of the Incas

Just saw Secret of the Incas, the main inspiration for the Indiana Jones movies. I liked it more than I should've, given the erratic script, but I had fun mapping the characters on Casablanca and imagining the 1940s black-and-white version:

Humphrey Bogart as the lead.
Ingrid Bergman as the romantic sidekick.
Peter Lorre as the commie diplomat.
The main antagonist could've been played by Sydney Greenstreet, but given the character, would've been better played by Claude Rains.

It really is a flawed script. I liked the first part best. The second part needed more bad guys. Still, it's an interesting attempt to fuse film noir with pulp adventure, and Lucas and Spielberg ought to be more forthright about their inspiration. Charlton Heston's Harry Steele is to Harrison Ford's Indy what Michael Keaton's Batman is to Christian Bale's.

If you share my interests, it's prob'ly 3.5 stars out of 5, not a must-see but not a must-avoid either. It's available on Netflix in 10 parts:

Warning: the Yma Sumac musical interludes are just bizarre.

It doesn't look like racism was the reason Daniele Watts was questioned about prostitution

'Django Unchained' Actress -- We Got the Pictures ... And It Looks Like Sex |

The audio of police questioning is worth a listen if you want to hear what entitlement sounds like. (Back in the day, I would've said "what a spoiled rich girl sounds like", but I agree that gender's irrelevant when talking of people who expect a combination of daddy, money, and fame to solve their problems.)

ETA: New audio of the moment Django Unchained Danielle Watts actress was handcuffed by the LAPD MailOnline reveals the officers who showed up are female, Hispanic and openly gay | Daily Mail Online

Morgan Freeman on wealth distribution and race

SJWs hate Morgan Freeman because he clearly knows nothing about what it's like to be black in the USA. (For anyone who wants a reality check, he grew up in the South and was the child of a teacher and a barber. Interesting fact of the day, via Wikipedia: "Freeman made his off-Broadway debut in 1967, opposite Viveca Lindfors in The Nigger Lovers[11][12] (about the civil rights era "Freedom Riders")".

How 'Consensual' Sex Got A Freshman Kicked Out Of College And Started A Huge Debate

Occidental Sexual Assault - Business Insider

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Are video games sexist?

Why We Hate-Read

Why We Hate-Read -- Science of Us: "Evidence from brain science — albeit evidence of an early, circumstantial variety — can offer the outlines of an answer. Take a 2008 PLOS ONE study led by the brain researchers Semir Zeki and John Paul Romaya, in which they tried to better understand the neural underpinnings of hate by scanning the brains of subjects while they viewed the faces of their enemies (one of the subjects, tellingly, chose a political figure rather than a personal enemy). They were surprised by one of their findings. “[M]ost intriguingly,” they wrote, “the network [associated with hate] involves regions of the putamen and the insula that are almost identical to the ones activated by passionate, romantic, love.” "

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tumblr, the mark of privilege: Tumblr’s Biggest Draw as a Marketing Platform Is Its Wealthier User Base

Tumblr’s Biggest Draw as a Marketing Platform Is Its Wealthier User Base | Adweek: "The median household income of Tumblr’s users is $80,075, ahead of Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook ($79,562, $78,967 and $70,124, respectively), according to data provided by Tumblr. (Meanwhile, LinkedIn claims its users achieve an average household yearly income of $83,000.)"

These five points about ISIL apply to online viciousness too

The science behind Isil's savagery - Telegraph

The point that should inspire some sympathy, or pity, is #1. Sometimes victims become victimizers. Healthy groups recognize that danger. Unhealthy ones encourage anger and attacks, and talk about justified anger and, in the case of SJWs, rejecting "tone policing". When you believe your cause is righteous, you're free to commit any evil.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Social Justice Warriors, the game by Nonadecimal

Social Justice Warriors by Nonadecimal: "Social Justice Warriors is a satirical role-playing game that transforms you into a crusader for online morality, a champion of internet justice, and the lone defender standing valiantly against the encroaching morass of willful human ignorance."

Check it out!

ETA: I haven't played the game, and probably won't, but the site amused me. Read the comments before you decide.

ETA 2: There's some discussion about whether the game is ultimately anti- or pro-SJW. I don't know, but I'm amused that the game's Hall of Champions for the SJWs are all white men. Irony, or subconscious racism?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The book based on this blog is only 99 cents!

I haven't decided if I'll leave it at 99 cents, so if the price matters, grab it now.

Two more Amazon reviews for my SJW book

First included for objectivity, second included because authors are pathetic when it comes to praise.

3.0 out of 5 stars
 not too bad July 18, 2014
Verified Purchase
Heavy on Shetterly's experiences getting into internet arguments; heavy on quotes from others who have won internet arguments; somewhat lighter on original analysis of the social justice warrior phenomenon, which is what I was hoping for. The book didn't quite meet my expectations but it will probably satisfy those looking for a capsule summary of many now famous internet kerfluffles. Quite witty in places too. 3/5.
5.0 out of 5 stars God love him, though August 26, 2014
Verified Purchase
This book made my blood boil. Every time he recounted an incidence of someone deliberately ignoring half of what he said, to latch onto the other half of what he'd said, but in a way that deliberately twisted his words into something completely different, I wanted to grab the assailant by the lapels and scream in their face.

God love him, though, Shetterly has the patience of Job. He carefully figures out the background of everyone who said something hateful to him, and teases out the reasons that they said the awful things they said. He patiently explains all of the context behind why they had the impressions they had, and carefully and gently explains where things went wrong for them. I would never have the patience he did--I would have gone crazy long before I could do that.

This book makes me incredibly angry, but it also makes so many things that much clearer to me.

Does Anita Sarkeesian lie?

Believing in always asking "who profits?", I've been a little skeptical of some of the things Anita Sarkeesian has done, but I also believe in giving people the benefit of the doubt, so, for example, while it struck me as odd that she should retweet the photoshopped child porn she was sent instead of instantly reporting it to the police, perhaps she was simply confused about her priorities.

But this claim is verifiable (and therefore I hope someone will verify it). From The Girl who cried wolf and the press that sold it to you:
After seeing how her fans reacted, I decided to find out exactly how the cops handled her call that night. If the cops really did just suggest that she should just stop talking about video games to stop the threats, then there would be a serious case of victim blaming and negligence, sparking a massive outcry towards the San Fransisco police department.  If the cops had a different story, then that would mean that these half deformed ghouls that are supposed to be professionals lack any sort of professional ethics. 
I reached out to the San Fransisco police department and asked them what happened on the night of the 26th, the night of infamy. I expected to hear a prepared blanket statement about how the San Fransisco police department takes all threats seriously, I was also ready to sift through forums requesting a record of the dispatch calls from the that night. I was not prepared to hear the dispatcher tell me that they never received a call from Anita Sarkeesian’s home address. I then informed dispatch of the comments Sarkeesian made about her call with the police department on a public forum and then that’s when she gave me the prepared statement on how serious the cops take these sorts of things.
There may be a perfectly reasonable explanation. If you know where it's to be found, please let me know so I can update this.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My question at io9 about the effect of popular entertainment on behavior

In The Secret Twist In the Bobo Doll Experiments That Turned Kids Mean, Esther Inglis-Arkell concluded, "We can all admit that what kids (and adults) read and consume probably does have some influence on their behavior."

I replied, "We can admit that's the argument of every censor. But it assumes we are nothing more than the product of what we read and consume. If this is true, slash fanfic involving children and young teens should worry everyone. Is that your belief?"

My comment is still "pending approval" and hasn't been answered. #NotHoldingBreath

Hoax hate crimes: Genesis Hernandez

EXCLUSIVE: Shocking discovery in hoax bias incident at Vassar College | The Daily Caller: "Reports of bias incidents at Vassar College that involved hateful messages left on students’ doors were actually elaborate hoaxes — and the perpetrator is none other than the student member of the Bias Incident Response Team."

ETA: This is from a year ago. I found it because I've been doing a little googling about false flag activism. In the war between SJWs and anti-SJWs, it's easy to find SJWs who've been exposed for pretending to be hateful anti-SJWs (see the tag below for a few examples). Have any anti-SJWs been caught pretending to be hateful SJWs?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

#NotYourShield is the best thing (yet?) to come from #GamerGate

I kind of want to become a gamer now. (I've never had a prejudice against computer games, mind you; I've just always been afraid I would become an even better procrastinator if I started gaming.)

This is only the latest example of the profound racism and sexism of identitarianism, which assumes all women, all darker hued folk, and everyone whose sexuality cannot be summed up as "straight" must think alike or be an identity-traitor. What's curious about the identitarian assumption is that if they were right, there would be no straight white men supporting anyone who's unlike them.

ETA: For those who say #NotYourShield was a way to "weaponize minorities", take a look at Ninouh90 claiming credit for the idea at the end of this video.

ETA 2: For a little more on this: #NotYourShield Video Shows All The Different Faces Behind #GamerGate

ETA 3: Okay, I may be falling into this hole, but here are a few more links:

Ninouh90 says in TwitLonger — When you talk too much for Twitter, "However the part of #notyourshield I always knew was coming were the dissenting cries from the social justice brigade. I mean, why wouldn't it? #notyourshield is a blatant spit in the face to their entire narrative, to see blacks, asians, latinos, women, and all sorts of other folk rally under the banner of a supposed oppressor? That sounds like some disturbing shit if you look at it from their perspective (no matter how ill in formed and daft their perspective may be). "

Gamer Gate Harassment is a tumblr for "Showing the often overlooked other side of this argument. If you have any evidence of SJW's attacking you for your opinion, then let me know. If you want anonimity, explicitly tell me."

On civility, disobedience, and yo mama

I left this as a comment at Corey Robin's The Reason I Don’t Believe in Civility is That I Do Believe in Civility:

Civility is not bourgeois. Working class people of all hues know the meaning of "Didn't your mama teach you any manners?" Bourgeois civility expects obeisance, but simple civility expects equality, and equals don't treat anyone as inferiors, which is the essence of incivility.

When I think of what's civil, I think of civitas and civil disobedience and the example set by the civil rights leaders, including Malcolm X, who said, "Respect everyone." He believed you should be prepared to send anyone who laid a hand on you to the graveyard, but he never suggested you should stop respecting others even then; he only said you should be prepared to stop them. If I had a time machine, I would arrange a meeting between Brother Malcolm and Citizen Tom Paine. I think they'd agree about a great deal, including the way we should treat each other.

ETA: Excellent advice for revolutionaries: “Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.” ―Thomas Paine

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Is "Social Justice Warrior" really the new way of saying "nigger " or " nigger lover"?

In the comments at About Milo Manara's Spider-woman cover, S8N shared this tweet:
I answered:
Well, since I was called a nigger lover a lot when I was young and therefore know this subject well, I can answer that one easily: No. It's much closer to Jesus saying the rich Jews of his time were hypocrites, because they mouthed pieties while enjoying their economic privilege. 
PS. No, not all SJWs are economically privileged. The exceptions tend to be people who went to the schools of the economically privileged or studied their work. Not all Sadduccees were rich.
To expand on this a touch, those of us who were called nigger-lovers back in the day believed in walking the walk as well as talking the talk. Has anyone ever been physically beaten for being a social justice warrior? I rather doubt it—unlike social justice workers, SJWs spend their time ranting online. I grant that SJWs have gotten death threats because, as I tweeted recently, death threats are the internet's way of saying, "I beg to differ". But the death threats of the 1960s were terrifying because civil rights workers were killed—in my family's case, our fire insurance was cancelled because the insurance company believed the threat. Death threats online tend to be bluster, which the SJWs who give death threats know very well. Has there ever been an SJW kerfuffle whose target didn't get death threats from SJWs?

I conclude that SJW is only a way of identifying the internet's angry identitarians. If there's another name for them that's more respectful or more accurate, please tell me, and I'll happily use it.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Understandiung SJWs: new conclusions about the Milgram experiment

Famous Milgram 'electric shocks' experiment drew wrong conclusions about evil, say psychologists - Science - News - The Independent: Alex Haslam said, “This provides new insight into the psychology of oppression and gels with other evidence that perpetrators are generally motivated, not by a desire to do evil, but by a sense that what they are doing is worthy and noble.”

Which many of us knew, of course, but more people need to know.