Fascism loves nothing more than to exploit death to spread both fear and misinformation. The recent shooting at Fort Lauderdale has proven to be just such an occasion. The Daily Beast reports: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/06/inside-the-alt-right-s-florida-airport-shooter-esteban-santiago-hoax.html?via=desktop&source=twitter
Far rightwing figureheads immediately invented an elaborate and racist conspiracy theory that CNN had lightened a photo of alleged Fort Lauderdale airport shooter Esteban Santiago shortly after the Friday attack.
In reality, CNN had yet to air a picture of Santiago, let alone lightened a picture of him. The conspiracy also used a picture of an entirely different man named Esteban Santiago—not the alleged shooter.
Sure enough, over at Science Fictions own gloomy core of Alt-Right confusion, Vox Day is pushing the same line: http://web.archive.org/web/20170107052215/http://voxday.blogspot.com.au/2017/01/5-dead-in-ft-lauderdale-shooting.html [web archive link – live link here http://voxday.blogspot.com.au/2017/01/5-dead-in-ft-lauderdale-shooting.html%5D
Fake news, lies, propaganda? Not sure what the best word for it is. Malicious bullshit is probably the best description – I doubt Vox knew or cared whether the image was true.
In response to my last Voxopedia post, there has been a bit of a defensive reaction from VD and crew. At his main blog Vox has announced that the daily average page views are now rivalling his own blog. That’s a harder stat to confirm but it seems unlikely.
Meanwhile at the support blog Vox has added a hysterically funny fan mail letter: https://infogalactic.blogspot.com.au/2016/12/fan-mail.html
“Today, I did a quick internet search (Google) for “Shiva” to verify a detail or two. I clicked on the Wikipedia link. By the end of the second brief paragraph, I was already informed of “the goddess tradition of Hinduism called Shaktism” and how it considers Parvati to be “the equal complementary partner” of Shiva.
Hmm. Is Shaktism so prevalent or important that it must be introduced before we learn anything more of Shiva? Also, I can understand how Parvati may be “complementary”, but the addition of “equal” smelled too SJWish. I went to Infogalactic to see how its page differs.
On Infogalactic, the offending lines are absent, among other changes.
I am impressed. I am also encouraged. I don’t know where Infogalactic will lead or what all it will accomplish. I can only imagine what providing a more pure source of information may do, how it may affect all the minds searching for information. What if our youth become accustomed to the *lack* of SJW propaganda, and as a result become similarly skeptical when they meet it, as I did today? You are saving lives and securing the future.”
I think you can all guess the amusing twist. The ‘Shiva’ page on Voxopedia is just an old copy of the Wikipedia page from when the Voxopedia crew copied Wikipedia over. http://web.archive.org/web/20161219095859/https://infogalactic.com/w/index.php?title=Shiva&action=history It hasn’t been edited since and Voxopedia editors have made no contributions to it (as such).
I guess that is a kind of conservatism? Celebrating the more inherent rightness of a January Wikipedia page over the degenerate decadence of a December Wikipedia page.
Anyway…to cheer them up, here is a graph of their registered members:
It continues to attract members, its just that they don’t edit articles.
Oh, Voxopedia what have you been up to? To nobody’s surprise, the small cadre of editors have been obsessed a little about paedophilia in that special Alt-Right way which manages to combine self-righteous outrage with no actual commitment to child protection. Having said that their ‘Pizzagate’ article on the Alt-Right/neofascist’s campaign against a pizza restaurant that had the temerity to be mentioned in a hacked Democrat’s email *almost* helps justify the existence of something like Voxopedia. I say that because trying to make sense of that particular mess of whatever-that-was is nigh impossible from primary sources and so having the Voxopedia guys try and document what their canonical beliefs are on the matter could potentially be a useful reference.
Elsewhere, there has been some mild pushback on the Miles Mathis Pi=4 guy’s page, with another editor timidly suggesting that maybe pi might not actually be 4. Also Fenris (aka Vox Day) has dropped by to update the page on Vox Day (aka Fenris).
The graph is counting edits in the same way as a previous post and not all changes are included there. I think the shape may be misleading. It has a bit of an ogive/logistic curve look to it but I don’t think it is actually reaching an upper limit/asymptote there. It’s just slowing down.
New pages are plodding along in the same linear way as they were several weeks ago.
Little spurts (no, not my nickname for Voxopedia editors) of activity are when somebody makes a page and also makes some redirect pages as well with variations on the page name.
But the graph that shows best what is going on with Voxopedia is this one:
This is the same data as the first graph but the green curve is the number of edits with the top two editors removed. Yup, basically this is a two-person wiki for most intents and purposes. As with last time, one other editor is doing changes not caught by the data in the graph (‘Crew’ who manages new members) but the bulk of substantive edits are from one editor (‘Idris’).
Notice how, from mid-November, the two curves start moving in parallel? Basically, the two editors have reduced the amount of changes they make.
I don’t know if the Alt-Right has a disparaging term for people who run around doing all the work for everybody else, but I’m sure they must because they have disparaging terms for most things.
Lastly and leastly, the associated blog designed to keep Voxopedia’s massive base of users informed https://infogalactic.blogspot.com.au/ has not had a new post since October.
Speaking of the Alt-right, their house journal has been getting its knickers in a twist over global temperatures. Resident UK spreader of warming nonsense, James Delingpole got himself somewhat agitated about the fall in temperatures after the 2016 El Nino.
Global land temperatures have plummeted by one degree Celsius since the middle of this year – the biggest and steepest fall on record.
But the news has been greeted with an eerie silence by the world’s alarmist community. You’d almost imagine that when temperatures shoot up it’s catastrophic climate change which requires dramatic headlines across the mainstream media and demands for urgent action. But that when they fall even more precipitously it’s just a case of “nothing to see here”. http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/11/30/global-temperatures-plunge-icy-silence-climate-alarmists/
As happens so frequently, Delingpole reveals the stark evidence for global warming inadvertently in his critique. According to Delingpole, we are now in a chilly El Nino. But what do the actual temperatures show?
Dr Roy Spencer is himself a climate change ‘skeptic’ and the satellite temperature data has been lauded by Delingpole in the past.So what are the satellite data showing? http://www.drroyspencer.com/2016/12/uah-global-temperature-update-for-november-2016-0-45-deg-c/
Yes, temperature anomalies have dropped since the 2016 EL Nino peak but they are still high. Indeed November 2016 is substantially higher than most of the data points in the satellite record.
Taking Delingpole’s blather seriously would imply that his chilly La Nina is HOTTER than early 1980’s El Nino’s.
Discussions on the term ‘alt-right’ both among the left and in the media have got more sophisticated in the past week. For example here is the Associated Press’s Blog discussing the term: https://blog.ap.org/behind-the-news/writing-about-the-alt-right
“Alt-right” (quotation marks, hyphen and lower case) may be used in quotes or modified as in the “self-described” or “so-called alt-right” in stories discussing what the movement says about itself.
Avoid using the term generically and without definition, however, because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience. In the past we have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist.
That is a good move but I think it is still lacking. The problem is how to discuss differences without sounding like you are minimising some aspect of neo-Nazis or the alt-right.
Brianna Wu tweeted some criticism of the AP piece that highlighted the glaring omission in the AP’s description:
Nazis were misogynistic and the Alt-right are racist BUT the roles misogyny and racism play in those movements are different. It isn’t that somehow the misogyny of the Nazis was OK or a lesser evil or that the racism of the alt-right is not deeply disturbing – both movements are appalling in either dimension. However, the misogyny of the alt-right is more key to their identity and to their behaviour.
In addition, misogyny has been the gateway for the alt-right to recruit young men into a racist movement. The current alt-right has deep and continuing connections with misogynistic ‘men’s rights’ style movements as well as with the supposed pick-up artist groups and dodgy ‘self-improvement’ and pseudo-psychology. In each case, there is a strong element of the alt-right playing on sexual insecurities of young men.
At the same time, the alt-right have tended to prefer nationalism and racism to self-define their movement. For example, Vox Day’s 16 principles of the alt-right overtly includes a white-supremacist credo as point 14 (the number chosen to highlight the source). Yet women are the most consistent personal targets of Alt-right campaigns. Anti-women viewpoints (including views that promote or legitimise sexual assault) are central to their messaging. Even their anti-immigrant propaganda is centred on sexual fears – often phrased in terms that imply women are territory or property at risk of being stolen or violated that they see as properly belonging to white men.
In short, the alt-right seeks to exploit the sexual insecurities of men to recruit and promote an overtly racist agenda while targeting women and feminism for harassment.
The answer is probably not because a Puppy of one kind or another will read this post and insist that actually the boycott is going full strength and even now they have enlisted the power of the heat death of the universe to destroy Tor books using the inevitable outcomes of thermodynamics.
However, has it ended as a ‘thing’? Apparently so. There is no fixed date and I doubt we’ll be seeing any gushing reviews of a Tor published book or story from a major Puppy outlet anytime soon but it does seem like the Tor Boycott has been quietly retired.
For example: Look at the masthead here August13 2016 http://web.archive.org/web/20160813210211/https://voxday.blogspot.com/
and then here on August 26 : http://web.archive.org/web/20160826144457/https://voxday.blogspot.com/
The other major promoter of the Tor Boycott was Peter Grant, a Sad Puppy supporter and now Castalia House/Vox Day published author. His last mention of the Tor Boycott was in September while spruiking Declan Finn http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/sad-puppies-loud-giggles-and-new-book.html
Aside from that, it would seem that the mighty Tor boycott fell victim to a lack of steam and short attention spans. That isn’t news, of course. I think everybody but Peter Grant knew that it would fizzle away into nothing.
Where can one turn in these dark times for light relief without a foreboding sense of guilt that one is not doing enough to stop the forces of darkness from hijacking the USA? Luckily there is a tasks that is both funny and ticks the ‘keep an eye on what the alt right are doing’ in one handy website.
Since the last time I could actually get into the site, Idris (the Sisyphus of Voxopedia) has been busy renaming pages and re-importing Wikipedia updates in a vain attempt to stop Voxopedia lagging even further behind. He has also been busy sorting out the relative nomenclature of Xinjiang and East Turkestan. These are dueling terms for nearly commensurate regions and highly relevant to the Uyghur people. The Voxopedia change is one that favours the East Turkestan term over the Xinjiang in terms of a default – which is interesting.
I wonder if it is just the quirk of a given individual or whether there is some strategy here? Make changes that might generate some kind of partisan reaction from sides separate from US politics? Speaking of which there is also a big new page called “Scientology programs under David Miscavige”. It is not uncritical and is distinct from an existing page on Scientology – so maybe it is bait to get Scientologists into editing the wiki? Seems like an odd strategy, so probably just something some guy was interested in.
There has been a steady drip-drip of various kinds of more obvious far-right shit – including some nasty revisionism of the history of Jews in Spain (changed from ‘were forced into exile’ to ‘chose to migrate to the Muslim world’) Plus the same edits of 19th century artists/poets by Bassiano. Also the WTF page called Global warming propaganda exhibition page continues to make no sense.
More wacky stuff comes in the form of Rectified’s talk page, where he is planning more Miles Mathis themed stuff including the wonderful Pi=4 page. https://infogalactic.com/info/User:Rectified/Kinematic_Pi_%3D_4 which gives me hope that the supernatural forces continue to work for the side of all that is good and decent by making the alt-right look absurd.