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Fake News On Our Side

Fake News On Our Side

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Yeah, it’s a thing. Not as big a thing on the left, but it is a thing, unfortunately. I am sorry if it comes across as incendiary, but we can’t afford to peddle anything that comes close to being fake news.

So, the Gateway Pundit has this rather alarmist article about that stupid fucking idiot Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her ghastly Green New Deal.

Figures. Sandy Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Calls for End to Air Travel — Build Trains Over the Oceans -Duh.

This is how democracy dies. At the hands of a deranged idiot. Democrat darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released information on the Democrat Party’s Green New Deal. The radical Democrat-Socialist plan will destroy the country in months… if not days. The plan ends air travel with ocean bridges, ends traditional forms of energy and will kill millions, …

This post is based on a report from another site, Americans for Tax Reform (which seems to be inundated with horrible ads – thank God for uBlock Origin. Open it in a new tab, because it’ll clog up your history).

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So, based on GP’s hysterical headline, is she really calling for giant ocean bridges? Not exactly.

Americans for Tax Reform helpfully posted a link to the document in question, and you can look at it here. It’s a six-page PDF file.

So this is the headline by Jim Hoft:

Figures. Sandy Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Calls for End to Air Travel — Build Trains Over the Oceans -Duh.

Here’s a screencap, in case it changes.

Also, an archive link.

The headline at the Americans for Tax Reform website isn’t as sensational or crazy, but the assertion that the Green New Deal calls for giant ocean bridges came from that site. The document put forth by Ocasio-Cortez isn’t particularly well-written and it’s really, really vague on how any of this will be achieved short of government coercion, and how it’s all going to be paid for, beyond “let’s do it like World War 2” or something.

But, the document never mentions building bridges of any sort over oceans. Here’s what the Tax Reform site says:

Build trains across oceans and end all air travel!

“Build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary”.

Here is the full paragraph from the document itself:

“Totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electrical vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops being necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle”

It doesn’t explicitly state that they want to build bridges over the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans. That being said, looking at the wording of that part, one could logically conclude that eliminating air travel means eliminating international air travel as well, but no distinction is made. I took it to mean that they wanted high-speed rail available for the continental US. That’s something I’d actually love to have. I don’t like flying. The airline companies need competition, and we, the public, shouldn’t have to settle for cramped flying tin cans. Especially at the prices they’re charging for tickets now.

I can see how someone would read that and go, “oh my god, the bitch wants to build BRIDGES over the OCEANS!!!!!” but let’s not put words in her mouth. The shit coming from her is bad enough as it is. We don’t need to make her look worse, because that only hurts our cause.

Example: the document mentions wanting to get rid of “farting cows and airplanes.” I’m not kidding. It’s right there, and it’s cringey as fuck. The bitch doesn’t need our help in looking stupid. She does that quite well all on her own.

Also, how ragingly hypocritical is it for her to basically call for the extinction of COWS? Yeah, I look like I’m doing the same thing as Jim Hoft and the Tax Reform site, but hold on a second. Cows can’t help but fart. How are you going to stop them from farting, Occasional-Cortex? What if you can’t stop them from farting? They should have led with that. I couldn’t believe that they had actually written that in their document.

To Jim Hoft and the Americans for Tax Reform’s credit, they’re right about everything else. But that headline is obvious clickbait, and I really, REALLY wish bloggers on our side (I am also looking at you, Twitchy) would stop it with the bullshit clickbait post titles already. At best, it’s mega-cringey. At worst, it’s fake news.

I’ve mirrored the document at Scribd (alternate at DocDroid in case Scribd deletes it).

Green New Deal FAQ | Sustainability | Air Pollution

Overview  We will begin work immediately on Green New Deal bills to put the nuts and bolts on the plan described in this resolution (important to say so someone else can’t claim this mantle).  This is a massive transformation of our society with clear goals and a timeline.

Write What You Want

Write What You Want

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I have said this to myself over and over again – write what you want. You cannot please everyone. It is folly to even try.

Another thing that needs to be said is “don’t apologize to nutjobs.” However, that message just doesn’t resonate with someone who is absolutely sure they’re guilty.

Jon Del Arroz wrote an excellent post about Keira Drake’s mini-essay for Carlos Slim’s shitty little blog, and this alerted me to the article below.

When Social Media Goes After Your Book, What’s the Right Response?

Two authors weigh in. The culture of internet book criticism is passionate and intense. Last week, Amélie Wen Zhao, a debut author, canceled her young adult fantasy novel after early readers accused her of racial insensitivity online. Here are two different perspectives from writers who have had similar experiences.

Two authors talk about surviving the insane critical onslaught from random nobodies on social media. Keira Drake, author of The Continent offered her story, and if you’re a regular reader of my blog (heh, there’s like, one or two people that read my blog regularly), you probably know what happened.

The other author, Jonah Winter, had a very interesting take and I hope more people pay attention to what he has to say. Maybe I’m biased…but people need to stand up for themselves.

So I just want to comment on a couple of things Keira said in her essay.

The fact was, though, that Vaela was a white savior type. One group did closely resemble Native Americans by physical description, and they were engaging in behavior that embraced negative stereotypes of First Nations people. The other group was based on an amalgam of Asian cultures, and most explicitly, the Japanese.

The critics were right.

I disagree. I don’t think the critics were right. Then again, I haven’t read the original manuscript, but based on what I’ve read about it, I don’t think any of that was racist or bad. Vaela, I guess, was originally a white girl. She encounters two “primitive” tribes, and one of them is aggressive and has dark skin. And, of course, the left decided that all of that was racist.

No, it isn’t. Furthermore, I don’t understand why depicting white people as violent savages is okay, but it’s racist to depict brown people as violent savages. If you have a group of villains that have dark skin, that’s not a condemnation of all brown people. And that certainly wasn’t what she intended when she wrote the book.

Unfortunately, she’s a leftist and she’s already internalized all of this nonsense. I expect Amelie Wen Zhao to be the same, if she actually chooses to publish her novel.

Stay with me, because once people hear “sensitivity reader” they often start getting nervous. They talk about “1984” and censorship and how free speech is dead in America.

Allow me to clarify that sensitivity readers are no different from any other editor. If a publisher or author wants to enlist the services of such an editor, they can do so, for a price. It is optional. If an author does not care to do it, a sensitivity read is not done. In any case, none of the suggestions provided by sensitivity readers are forced on an author. Which brings me to an important point: There is a material difference between criticism and censorship.

Yeah, but the pile-on was nowhere near constructive. They hounded you, called you names, said you were racist, called your work racist trash and denounced anyone that defended you as racist scum. No, that’s not constructive criticism. That’s what people like me were so pissed off at.

And as for sensitivity readers…yes, it is largely voluntary. I guess. But the whole thing is so Orwellian anyway. Furthermore, nobody bothers with sensitivity readers who will make sure your work isn’t insulting to Republicans, conservatives, Christians or libertarians. Or Catholics. Oh no, nobody cares if those people are defamed, but if you have a stereotypical black character…ooh, racist!

I can only take her word for it that sensitivity readers aren’t forced on authors, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some authors were forced into using sensitivity readers. You know, “use a sensitivity reader or else we won’t publish your book” or “use a sensitivity reader or else we won’t defend you if your book gets heavy criticism.”

Sensitivity readers are redundant anyway. A decent “regular” editor should be able to pick up on these things and point them out. You shouldn’t need five or six editors for a freaking young adult novel. Or even a novel for adults. That’s insane. No wonder hardcovers are so freaking expensive these days. Those fucking sensitivity readers gotta get paid. It’s a damn racket if you ask me.

Sensitivity readers are censorship by intimidation. Now authors have to hire what are essentially additional editors just to make sure that some random leftist isn’t offended by a character, setting or plot point.

It’s disgusting and nothing will convince me otherwise.

Censorship, on the other hand, is the suppression or prohibition of speech by a political or social authority.

Leftists love saying this now. They claim that hounding people like Keira Drake and Amelie Wen Zhao into postponing or outright cancelling their books isn’t censorship. At this point, I disagree. Intimidating someone into doing something is censorship, and the sooner everyone realizes this, the better.

Of course, at the end of the day, you can still choose to heed the screeching of batshit insane SJWs, but having that choice – take what they say to heart and act accordingly or go tell them to fuck themselves and deal with the consequences – is still kind of disturbing. I only say that because these people are so successful at bullying people into censoring themselves.

There’s another author I’m thinking of right now, one that, after being hounded by leftists for getting spicy on Twitter, has completely and utterly disappeared. Her name is Raychel Rose, and she wrote a book called The Rose Master. She also wrote a short story called The Sea of Ghosts and both were on sale at Amazon…but neither are for sale anymore. Her Twitter account is gone, her self-hosted website is gone, and I can’t even find her Gab account.

She was self-published, and her career was destroyed before it even began, and to this day it makes me angry. This bullshit harassment of authors has to fucking stop.

While I chose to embrace the criticisms I received, and to rewrite my book, many authors choose to do otherwise, and that is their prerogative. Either way, a Twitter pile-on of the sort I experienced is not the appropriate way for criticism to be delivered. The hateful messages, the maligning of my character in tweets and articles across the internet, an organized campaign to find, attack and harass online anyone who had ever given my book a good review: None of this is acceptable. Authors, bloggers, readers, editors — these are real people, and this kind of behavior can have devastating consequences not only professionally but psychologically.

I still defend Keira Drake, and she’s absolutely right about this – the Twitter pile-on was wrong. At least she acknowledged that. I didn’t think the criticisms of her original manuscript were valid or right, but I do respect her for at least accepting the criticism. Like, despite all that happened, she was still able to handle it. That’s admirable.

Now, Jonah Winter is pretty cool. He wrote a children’s book that was accused of “erasing” and “misrepresenting” Native Americans.

Uh, “erasing”? Are you fucking serious? How could one lone children’s book “erase” ANYONE? Jesus, the Bible couldn’t even fucking do that! These people are absolutely INSANE. But yeah, if you don’t properly acknowledge one of the many victim classes, you’re “erasing” people.

Unless it’s a Christian or something…it’s okay to “erase” people the left doesn’t like.

However, the illustrator of “A Fine Dessert,” Sophie Blackall, defended the book, writing on her blog: “I cannot ensure my images will be read the way I intended, I can only approach each illustration with as much research, thoughtfulness, empathy and imagination as I can muster.” Evidently, her career as an illustrator (and author) has not suffered. One year after “A Fine Dessert” appeared, she won a Caldecott for a different book. And this year she won another.

Jonah Winter goes on to say that he wishes he had defended his book the way Sophie Blackall defended her illustrations. As you can see, she didn’t suffer for it. You see, it’s okay. You don’t have to buckle under the pressure put on you by these psychotic monsters.

There is bitter irony in the fact that Zhao is a Chinese immigrant who grew up in a country known for its censorship, and now finds herself being told in America that her debut novel is offensive. In China, the government shuts down art it deems offensive. Here in America, we use social media.

I agree. We don’t need the government to censor us. Moralizing busybodies on the left are doing it for them.

Oh, and I loved this paragraph:

That social media critics would expect that she, a Chinese immigrant, frame the depiction of slavery in her book to reflect an American narrative is the height of cultural solipsism and American arrogance.

Normally I roll my eyes at anyone talking about American “arrogance” but here, it’s obvious that leftists can be “ugly Americans” right along with the rest of us. The left’s obsession with slavery being an exclusively “black American” thing is an excellent example of American arrogance, and it’s also an excellent example of how utterly shitty our public schools are. Only a public school kid would be this fucking ignorant of world history. Yeah, yeah, I know a lot of you went to public school – I’ll admit, I went to a public school for most of my education, but I was also lucky to go to a private school for four years. I know I sound like an elitist asshole when I say this, but honestly…our public schools are dominated by the left – the exact people that have no problem harassing anyone they deem right-wing.

Public schools are Democrat indoctrination camps, and it is there that kids learn that slavery began in the US, and that the US was built by slavery, and that only white people owned slaves, and that the Civil War was fought by noble Northerners to free the slaves, and no other reason, and that Robert E. Lee was an evil asshole (even though he abhorred the practice of slavery) and blah blah blah.

So yeah, most of these shitstains think slavery was exclusive to the US, and that it ended here, and that it isn’t happening anywhere else. Any reference to slavery, according to them and their shitty “education” is a reference to slavery in the US.

The point is that books should not be canceled just because some readers find aspects of them offensive. If every book that might offend someone were canceled in advance of its publication date, few books would wind up on store shelves. A few bullying critics pressured Zhao into depriving me and thousands of other people of the opportunity to read her book and come to our own conclusions. That’s not fair. And it’s not right.

I am also pretty angry I can’t read Blood Heir in it’s original form. I’ve been trying to find eARCs of it on pirate sites, but nobody’s shared it. I saw one site selling a paperback ARC for thirty dollars, but I can’t afford that right now. Sigh. I like to make up my own mind about things. Now I fucking can’t, because the original manuscript will, in all likelihood, never see the light of day. THIS IS WHY WE CALL THIS SHIT CENSORSHIP. The people that whined and cried about the “racism” in this book have now effectively prevented me and Jonah Winter and thousands of people from reading this book, but somehow that’s no big deal because the government didn’t hound Ms. Zhao into postponing her book. Bullshit. Some dipshit feminazi on Twitter has no business deciding what gets published or what we get to fucking read. Period.

In her announcement online, Zhao apologized for the “pain” she has caused with her book. The only way her book could cause pain is if it were dropped from a high-story window onto somebody’s head. The notion that a book can cause pain is just one more example of the tyrannical coddling of overly sensitive readers that defines this era. Zhao did not cause any pain with her book. But by making the decision to cancel, she will indeed cause pain — to herself and to other authors. By caving to the social media critics, she sets a chilling template for the future, and reinforces the power of the online mob.

Oh my god, I am so sick and tired of people saying that books “cause pain” or “do harm”. No they fucking don’t. Besides, only a handful of people got to read it – how the hell is this book causing vast swaths of people pain? These leftist are such drama queens.

Contrast this silliness with Laurie Forest and Laura Moriarty. Both of them were pilloried for their less-than-perfect novels, but both soldiered on. Laurie Forest has already published a sequel to The Black Witch, called The Iron Flower and she’s also published a few novellas in the series. She’s doing fine. The Kirkus starred review for Laura Moriarty’s American Heart may have been removed, but she’s published it anyway. I’ve even seen it in bookstores. Anyway, American Heart was recently released in paperback.

These women didn’t back down. They didn’t go, “oh, let me revise the book and we can publish it next year.” They survived and both are doing fairly well.

Intent matters. None of these women intended to be racist or Islamophobic or homophobic or bigoted towards anyone, except for perhaps right-wingers, since it’s okay to treat us like shit. But these women wrote stories about issues they passionately believed in. They didn’t mean to hurt any minorities, and yet the leftist assholes on Twitter and GoodReads viciously attacked them anyway.

Keira Drake acknowledged that her apology and revised book didn’t silence or appease the critics, but doesn’t regret rewriting her book. These people will not be pleased by anything you do. Every victory emboldens them. They won’t stop. Their lust for destruction will never, ever be fulfilled. You should never, ever give in to them. You should never, ever apologize to them. Nothing they say is worth anything. The shit in my septic tank is literally worth far more than anything these blood-belching cunts have to say. Fuck them all. They’re worthless. Their deranged, demented ravings are of no consequence to anyone with two brain cells to rub together.

And as a non-white person, I don’t need these stupid fucking assholes to come to my damn rescue. I don’t get triggered and traumatized by reading about racist or bigoted people or racist situations or whatever. I’m fucking thirty-six years old. I can take care of myself, thankyouveryfuckingmuch.

So, don’t give in to them. Someday they’ll come for you.

Reactions on the Blood Heir Situation

Reactions on the Blood Heir Situation

Various bloggers and journalists, including the guy that initially tweeted about the issue, have written posts and articles on the whole Blood Heir delay/cancellation issue.

Jesse Singal, whose tweets pretty much revealed this issue to the public in general, has written an article at Tablet mag, and it’s really good. If you want to know what happened and don’t want to deal with my deranged rants, read it:

How a Twitter Mob Derailed an Immigrant Female Author’s Budding Career – Tablet Magazine

Months away from publishing her debut novel, Amélie Wen Zhao, a young Asian author and rising star of YA fiction, just killed her own book to appease a mob who condemned her work as racist despite the fact that they most likely hadn’t read it

Next, Kat Rosenfeld, the woman that wrote an article for Vulture about the toxic drama on YA Twitter offered her take:

The Latest YA Twitter Pile On Forces a Rising Star to Self-Cancel

The world of young-adult fiction is no stranger to controversy, whether it’s a weeks-long war against a problematic book or a whisper network accusing a badly behaved male author.

The toxic bitches on YA already hate her for her first article, so they’re already discrediting her article and the one by Jesse Singal.

Here’s an article on Carlos Slim’s shitty little blog, which you can read, I guess. I read through it as quickly as I could and it’s even-ish, I suppose. It incorporates commentary from Ms. Zhao’s critics, though, and even ending on how ‘brave’ she is for kowtowing to her ‘critics’.

Y.A. Author Pulls Her Debut After Pre-Publication Accusations of Racism

Books News Last January, Amélie Wen Zhao posted an ecstatic message on her website: Her debut young adult fantasy novel, “Blood Heir,” had sold to a major children’s publishing house in a three-book deal after a heated auction, and was scheduled to be released in summer 2019.

And now we come to Jon Del Arroz’s take on the issue, which is pretty good:

Even though Amelie Wen Zhao’s clearly a leftist who thinks whatever discrimination she got is Trump’s fault, I think we should defend her anyway. For now, the left is content to devour their own, but once every other leftist is scared into submission, they’ll focus on us next.

Larry Correia, however, has the absolute best take and he sounds angrier than me: To the Book Community: Go Fuck Yourself. An Anti-Apology.

Oh, and there’s some rumors that Ms. Zhao supposedly plagiarized parts of her book, taking material from The Hunger Games (the contentious part of some black slave girl singing to the main character as she dies), The Lord of the Rings and others. Nobody really offered any concrete evidence of plagiarism and I still haven’t read the book (although I requested a galley from NetGalley before she canceled its publication…they’ve probably taken it down by now). If she is guilty of plagiarism, then obviously the book will need to be fixed before it is published, but as I said…no concrete evidence.

I may have mentioned this in yesterday’s post, but regardless, I’ll say it again. This notion that slavery is exclusive and unique to black Americans is nonsense. Ms. Zhao was born in Paris, France and spent her formative years in China. The ‘slavery trope’ had nothing to do with US slavery, and had more to do with indentured servitude and human trafficking, both of which is still a problem in many parts of the world, including China. Yes, she got a book deal with an American publisher (and a UK publisher; the book was due to be published in the UK about a month before its US release…it’s probably canceled there too) and intended to debut as an American author, but still. There is a world beyond the US.

Funny, back during the Bush years the left constantly bitched about how xenophobic and US-centric we Americans were, and now here they are, viewing absolutely everything through an American lens. Oh, any mention of slavery is obviously a reference to US slavery, and any ‘throwaway’ character that happens to be black is obviously racist and anti-black. Oh, and we need some sanctimonious non-whites like Ellen Oh and lily-white leftists to point that out to stupid women of color like me who are too dumb to know better.

Excuse me while I roll my eyes. Listen up, leftist bitches…I don’t need you to ‘fight’ on my fucking behalf, and the vast majority of black people can take care of themselves. Go get a real hobby or something and fuck off.

Oh, and another thing, while I’m at it. I’ve been reading tweets and Reddit threads about this, and I am officially sick to death of the following terms:

  • POC (people of color)
  • WOC (women of color)
  • marginalized
  • cultural appropriation
  • do better
  • inclusive

How the hell is ‘people of color’ any better than ‘colored people’? Did some stupid Democrat dipshit decide ‘like, let’s use “people of color” instead, and use POC since we’re too lazy to type it out, and like, we can use this to describe black people and stuff cuz, like, it’s inclusive or something, like omg!!!”

Seriously, it’s enough to make me fucking vomit. UGH. So sick of this shit.

Anyway, fuck the left and their white knight syndrome and their bullshit censorship tactics.