Friday, October 24, 2014

#GamerGate #Asshole

Teddy Beale's GamerGate posts are increasingly hilarious. If you're a true believer in GamerGate, one of those folks who want their peers to stop the threats and hatred, then the last thing you want is Vox Day jumping on the bandwagon. You certainly don't want him becoming vocal to industry leaders on your behalf. His reputation is that of a misogynist, racist, and all-round bigot.

What's sad about this, is that there are some people interested opening a dialogue about game journalism. But #GamerGate is not their movement. They may think it is, but they need to open their eyes. All the media surrounding GamerGate is about death threats, misogyny, transphobia, and various other horrible things. If you want to talk about game journalism, you need to distance yourself from GamerGate immediately.

Vox's attempts to ruin careers are both futile and sick. The gentleman from Gawker was clearly writing an editorial. Is he suddenly not allowed to have opinions? What excuse would Gawker even have for firing him? Did they not hire him for editorials in the first place? Did the editors on staff not read his piece before it was published? That guy's not getting fired no matter how much Vox whines. Actually, Vox's name is such that the guy might get a raise.

The emails to Tor are equally hilarious. Of what we know about Patrick Nielsen Hayden does anyone expect him to anything but laugh and hit delete? Or maybe he shows them to a few people to share in the laughs?

Vox claims that Tor's best sellers are game tie-in books. But I don't think the GamerGate folks are much for reading. Not the ones involved in the nastiness, anyway. Anyone who plays those games and reads the tie-in novels are probably a little too mature to stoop to that sort of nonsense.

GamerGate really shot themselves in the foot by targeting Felicia Day. Their previous victims don't have the mainstream presence of Felicia Day. Anita Sarkeesian gets a few minutes on the news. Felicia Day might get her own primetime special.

Time for #GamerGate to become a #footnote in #history.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Twitter List

I made this convenient list of really terrible human beings on Twitter.

I will be adding new members all the time. Some folks block me from doing so. So far Nick Searcy has kept me from adding him to the list and he's one of the worst offenders.

Anywho, hit me up on twitter if you've got a suggestion for new members, or leave a comment.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

John C. Wrong

I knew John C. Wright had a stupid philosophy. I didn't know it was based on hallucinations. I mean, if you're in the hospital for a week and start having visions do you conclude logically that they are A) medicine-related hallucination, or B) visions from God?

Wright chose visions from God. But honestly I'm not even sure that's the stupidest thing he says in this video. It's chock full of stupid. To imagine this is Vox and Correia's intellectual hero, the man they look up to in the literary sense. Geez, what a doofus. If he wasn't a fellow bigot they wouldn't even talk to the guy.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Not Much To Say

Sorry for the lack of posting. Vox hasn't had much to say recently that I cared enough to argue. All he's been doing is posting about ebola, adding fuel to the paranoia across the nation. He's also mentioned GamerGate a couple of times which is just another way for him to get his misogynist views out there. If you don't think GamerGate is about misogyny then you're just crazy at this point. Whatever it started out as doesn't matter. The issue now is clearly misogyny.

Oh, and if you want to see what a serious death threat looks like (I'm looking at you Phoenician), just look at the things said to Briana Wu and Anita Sarkeesian.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Easy To Disprove

Here's a statement by vox that's easy to disprove: 
"There are male psychological freaks pretending to be women and female psychological ruins pretending to be men. That's it. Punto."

And here's something to disprove that statement:
Intersex, in humans and other animals, is a variation in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, or genitals that do not allow an individual to be distinctly identified as male or female. Such variation may involve genital ambiguity, and combinations of chromosomal genotype and sexual phenotype other than XY-male and XX-female.

Granted, that's from Wikipedia, but it's sourced and cited. Another caveat, intersex is not the same thing as transgender, which Vox's rant was about. But the fact that intersexed people do exist disproves this particular statement unequivocally.

Some people are born with both sex organs and surgically altered before they meet sexual maturity. The choice of gender is taken into the hands of doctors and parents. Then when those people mature they realize their guardians chose wrong. They end up being labeled as gay or transgendered/intergendered when really they're just victims of bad choices.

So how much of a leap does one have to take to get from genetically intersexed, to transgendered? Not much it seems to me. The expression of genes is not always understood. It seems completely possible to me that someone could be otherwise female though genetically expressed as a male and vice-versa. After all, if a person can express physical characteristics of both sexes then why can't a person express  characteristics of the wrong sex?

I'll admit, transgendered people are hard for me to understand. But, it's not my place to understand them. What someone feels is inherently personal and respecting their choices based on those feelings is all that's important. How could Vox, or anyone, who's not transgendered really claim to know anything about the subject? Therefore, let people be who they are and shut the fuck up about it.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Possible Book Burning And Other News

This post by Vox shows why he is a total loser. Best I can tell the woman in the photo is being facetious when she calls herself 'eye candy.' I looked her up. She's an atheist comedian. She also has a book. She seems very mid-level in terms of popularity.

So why is Vox posting only to make fun of her looks? I have no idea. That seems to be his go-to with people he doesn't like. Simply call them fat or ugly and move on as if he's won a great debate. Meanwhile he ignores the looks of all the folks who support him. Go figure.

Another women-hating post by Vox addresses the recent break-in at the White House. Once more he's using an anecdote to ineffectively make a point. Anyone who gets caught off-guard can be overtaken. Gender doesn't matter in that situation. Even if she was overpowered because of her gender, it doesn't mean she can't be an effective Secret Service agent. After all, it wasn't her who turned off alarms and let a crazy guy in the White House. He slipped by many men before he got to her.

This post from MMAJunkie shows that women aren't always overpowered. It also reminds me of Vox's claim that Ronda Rousey wouldn't stand a chance against Floyd Mayweather regardless of the discrepancy in grappling experience. Ediane Gomes beat an opponent who was a striking specialist with a fairly novice Jiu-Jitsu game. Rousey's an olympic-level judoka. She's got a fair chance against a striker of equal size regardless of what's between their legs.

And finally, I recently purchased a copy of John C. Wright's 'Null-A Continuum.' It cost me 50 cents. Since I don't plan on reading John C. Wright ever, I thought I might burn the book, video it and post it to youtube. Of course I'll post the video here also. What do you folks think?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Anti-Vox > Anti-Vax

Another anti-vax post by Vox today. In it he reposts a quack's lies about a certain HPV vaccine. At the end he points out that reported cervical cancer rates haven't dropped off. A valid point, but not necessarily an important one. Total rates reported don't account for a lot of things. For all we know, screenings have doubled in that same time frame and without the vaccine we'd be looking at twice the amount of cases.

But that's not the important part. The important part is whether or not the vaccine is safe. Vox puts a link at the end of his post that he characterizes as a character assassination. At first glance that's exactly what it looks like. Then there's this:
"Furthermore, Dr. Dalbergue’s comments show his absolute lack of knowledge or insight into the safety of HPV vaccines. There is no evidence of Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome (GBS) being associated with the HPV quadrivalent vaccine. In fact, two massive epidemiological studies, one that included over 300,000 girls, and another with over 500,000, showed no significant major adverse effects after receiving the HPV vaccine. And that includes GBS."

The facts show that HPV vaccines are safe. They say the same for MMR, Chickenpox, Whooping Cough, and Tetanus vaccines.

Don't believe the quacks. Don't believe Vox.