Sunday, July 6, 2014

Open Thread

Here's a nice clean open thread for you guys to sully.

I haven't had much to say recently because not much has changed. Vox is still a brain-fried douchebag who thinks he's a genius because he can't see past his own dick.

These days it's a smear campaign. He wants to align all members of the SFWA with the few who have done horrible things. He rarely mentions that he was a member while Ed Kramer was a member and while MZB was a grandmaster. Likely he would be still if not for being booted. Of course, Kramer and Bradley did not violate SFWA rules like Vox did. I don't think being a felon is strictly prohibitive to being  a member. That's the way it is with most organizations. For instance, MENSA, which is Vox's security blanket whenever someone questions his intelligence, is likely home to many child molesters, thieves, murderers and rapists. I don't see him trying to cleanse that organization.

I used to think that Wright and Correia were only guilty by association. These days it seems they're just as guilty as Vox of being hatemongers. There's just no call for what these people say. It's either a publicity stunt, or they're evil. There's no in between.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Marital Rape

So the comments have been focusing on Marital Rape. Which Vox Day says doesn't exist. He says that consent is implied by the contract of marriage and the only way out of that consent is divorce.

Two thoughts about this:

1. It's bullshit. Show me where it's written that marriage implies consent. Don't use the Bible. Use the law. Because that's what we're talking about here. If a man rapes a woman he's not tried under Biblical law, he's tried under government law.

2. Bullshit or not, it's a dangerous idea. Allowing men who force themselves on their wives to escape rape charges gives them a power they should not have. It doesn't matter if Vox does this or not, his ideology allows for the crime to go unpunished and that's bad enough.

If a woman doesn't want sex, is fighting to avoid sex, and her husband holds her down and forces himself inside of her - what do you call that? That's rape. There is no further discussion to be had.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hugo-Nominated Asshole

So you've all read  "Opera Vita Aeterna" now, right? No? What are you waiting for? It's free on his site. If you're wondering, the title translates into King of Assholes. At least that's what Google told me.

A few thoughts about the nomination: I don't blame Vox. I blame Larry Correia. Vox has fans but they're mostly idiots. But Correia has an actual fanbase. He's got the kind of fanbase who will do anything he asks. Of course, many writers do, but they don't wield their fans like some weapon. Is there any question that George RR Martin, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King would win a Hugo every year if they used their fans like Correia?

Another thought on Mr. Monster Hunter. He's actually, in some ways, more despicable than Vox. In the same way that Sarah Hoyt and a few others are. Vox is openly hateful and dismissive of people. But Hoyt and Correia act a little more respectful. Not much, but a little. As if they're the voice of reason and only want to give everyone a fair shake. But what they really do is send their readers to Vox's blog, thereby endorsing those same hateful viewpoints. Then they can pretend as if their a little more moderate than Vox because after all, they never said they agreed with him. But that's bullshit. The difference between Vox and Correia is that Correia is a coward. He's every bit the hateful troglodyte that Vox is, but would lose fans if he had the balls to say so.

So, on to the story. I couldn't read it. I tried, though. I got through a few pages. What I found was a writer with a big vocabulary and absolutely no mastery of words. Sounds like an oxymoron, but it's not. Good writers can weave prose at any level of vocabulary. Weaker ones have to dig deep into a thesaurus to sound intelligent, but an experienced reader can see through that. The story may have been interesting, but the writing was so bland that it just didn't matter.

That's all for now, folks.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Abortion Open Thread

If you want to keep discussing abortion, do it here. Also, and this is the important part, do it respectfully. This is one of those issues that I'm split on. My gut instinct? I hate abortions. I want to see abortions greatly reduced, to the point of near elimination. BUT, I don't recognize the criminalization of abortion as a viable or moral solution.

And if one person believes that a fetus counts as life, then who am I correct them? Then again, how can they legislate their own moral convictions or enforce them on those with different convictions? It's a rough road and why there's so much anger in the debate. I'm asking that the topic be approached with some dignity on this site.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Worst Boycott Ever

Vox has switched browsers because Mozilla's CEO stepped down. It's great to see a super-intelligence calling for a boycott of something that's offered for free. From what I understand, Mozilla makes it's money from selling new technologies to bigger companies, something a boycott couldn't affect.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Comments, moderation, and spam

Apparently some of your comments have ended up in the spam folder. They were auto-sent there and I didn't realize how many until today. Since they're all out of date I'll probably just delete them. But I'll keep an eye on it from now on.

Other of you are just assholes and I deleted your comments. It was fun.