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NPC meme is dehumanizing we are all unique and specialA funny and seemly harmless meme is driving the SJWs crazy:

How The ‘NPC’ Meme Tries To Dehumanize ‘SJWs’

From time to time, and especially if you’re a fan of science fiction, you may have had the thought that nobody around you is actually real. That sentiment has taken root in anti-progressive parts of the internet as a dehumanizing meme, and it borrows some familiar gaming terminology.

About a month ago, a meme along those lines took root on 4chan and among anti-progressive online communities. It’s called the NPC meme and it goes like this: Out there in the world, there are literal NPCs—the term for non-playable characters in video games—who have no internality whatsoever.

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What makes this marginal, stale meme built on edgelord logic worth half a thought is what the idea of an NPC speaks to. NPCs have no agency; NPCs don’t think for themselves; NPCs don’t perceive, process, or understand; NPCs arrive at the same worldview not because it’s authentic to their experiences, but automatically. As a descriptor, it suggests that those to whom it applies aren’t even human, but are rather, functionally, robots, or clusters of computer code. That this has resonated as widely as it has is funny, but also a little scary.

It’s one thing to claim that a person’s strongly-held views are informed by nothing at all, but entirely another to imply that they’re completely on auto-pilot. That is dehumanization, a way of reconceiving your enemies as objects, pawns, strawmen, tools. At best, dismissing large swaths of people you disagree with this way betrays a lack of empathy for people whose experiences differ from yours, and an unwillingness to consider that if a vast number of people happen to agree over something, it may be good to examine why; at best, it is a great utility for spreading bogus conspiracy theories.

Besides an array of related memes, a large number of NPC parody accounts popped up on Twitter, all saying stereotypical NPC things at each other and generally having a good time.  Twitter then banned them all.  Somebody’s a little peeved it seems?

What if I told you to change each letter in the word mob to the next letter in the alphabet

 

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A Short Guide on How to Talk to SJWs

Brian Niemeier knows how to do it:

Experience shows that the best advice on how to argue with SJWs is that you shouldn’t. You should mock them relentlessly instead.

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It bears repeating: Do not attempt to answer SJWs’ loaded questions or engage with them rationally. They do not want information and are only giving you enough rope to rhetorically hang yourself. Go on the offensive, and punch back twice as hard!

He provides an illustration on how it’s done in a twitter conversation with an SJW.

JD Cowan, in the comments, adds this:

It’s easy once you keep in mind that they’re being dishonest and have no desire to be rational about anything.

Turn every question against them. No matter what you answer it will be used as ammo against you, so twist it into being about them instead. They will soon get frustrated and wander off trying to “win” before usually coming back with one massively spergy comment to end on.

Keep in mind that they think you’re evil and they want to destroy you. Once you remember that it’s easy to see everything they do coming before it does.

This is gonna seem like harping on the subject, but people don’t get it.  I can’t turn around without tripping over another conservative trying to insist that if they just use facts and carefully answer and refute each point of the SJWs argument, then they’re going to win somehow.  It’s a waste of time; don’t do it.

Christendom Advocacy and Water Quality Coalition

You’d think that the Christendom Advocacy and Support Coalition would keep to the stated scope of pressuring Christendom College to implement Title IX and make the president resign but of course in addition to being sexual assault “allies” they’re also terribly concerned about the environment.

Under fire for a lack of meaningful action by past student victims of alleged sexual assaults and rapes by classmates over nearly two decades, Christendom College’s administration now finds itself under scrutiny from a different direction. Royal Examiner has received a copy of a complaint sent to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) alleging a failing wastewater system that has been dumping into a nearby creek feeding into the Shenandoah River for an unknown amount of time.

A passage from the April 6 e-mail to DEQ states that, “Christendom is located right on the Shenandoah River. Their wastewater system is leaking into the river. I urge your office to look into this environmental matter for the protection and preservation of our waterways … The overflow (there’s a lot) goes straight into the creek/river … The wastewater system is very badly in need of upgrading and/or enlarging … it is nowhere near able to handle the volume of water the students use.”

The sender of the complaint said she was approached about the college’s wastewater problem after her name became known as part of the support group – the Christendom Advocacy Support Coalition (CASC) – for student and alumni sexual assault victims. However, she asked to remain anonymous for this story, a request we will honor. (Archive)

Why on earth would anyone approach a group that’s all about rape victims and tell them about a faulty wastewater system?  Unless maybe the CASC was fishing for things like this?  Oh, but it’s a great look for these ladies.  This is simply harassment.  They can spin it anyway they like but that’s what it is.  If they want to come out of this looking petty and retarded, they’re well on their way.

Gamergate Ruined Everything

How the U.S. became Troll Nation: From Gamergate to the rise of Trump

The sad truth is that Trump owes his victory to a very dark turn in American conservatism. Unlike right wing ideologues of old, who at least tried to portray themselves as stabilizing and constructive, the right in the era of Trump is a movement of annihilation. They are bigoted, sexist, and mean, and often don’t even try to dress these destructive impulses up in the garb of tra­dition or religion.

They delight in cruelty for its own sake. Building something positive has no real value in this new right wing. Pissing off per­ceived enemies, such as feminists and liberals, is the only real political goal worth fighting for.

They are, in other words, a nation of trolls.

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Trump’s election had the strangest of bellwethers: the world of video games.

It’s hard to believe it now, but in 2014, a storm of controversy raged for months in the online world of video gamers and became the template for what has been deemed “Trumpism.” Before there was Trump, there was “Gamergate,” where the smaller but equally American community of video game players was torn apart as the same bitter white guys (and their sad suck-up female supporters) lost their minds because some women had opinions about video games.

To most people who witnessed it at the time, Gamergate seemed like one of those incomprehensible internet wars that fades as quickly as it erupts, but in retrospect, it was an alarming portend of the rise of Trump, the alt-right and an America that now has torch-wielding white supremacists starting street fights in the name of fascism. It foretold a country where the American right has devolved into a nihilistic movement, prepared to tear down the country rather than share it fairly with women, LGBT people and people of color.

Like many historical calamities, Gamergate began because a young man did not accept it when a woman told him no.

What it all boils down to, folks, is that Eron Gjoni, a young man who was attracted to such feminine traits as colorful hair and an interest in social justice, destroyed America.  He did so by complaining about his girlfriend cheating on him.  Gjoni must be some kind of Bond villain to pull that one off.

The article is of course a bunch of hysterical gibbering about the evils of Trump, Gamergate, and machinations of the nefarious Milo.  Unfortunately, the author failed to do their due diligence and actually identify the true villain, the real monster who created Gamergate and thus created Trump and all the terror he has brought on America:

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The Skin Carcass

From SJWs Always Double Down:

The Skin Carcass: Identify a respected institution.  Kill it.  Gut it.  Wear its carcass as a skin suit, demanding respect….

Speaking of The Skin Carcass, a reader sent in an anecdote from a friend who, while on a recent pilgrimage, had a conversation with someone who is very close to some of the liberal religious orders in the Roman Catholic Church.  His acquaintance told him, in no uncertain terms, that many members of the religious orders in serious decline are actually happy that their orders are dying out because they hate the Church and their own orders because they believe them to be unjust.  These aging SJW infiltrators not only do not lament that their orders have few individuals with vocations to replace them, but they actively, consciously, drive away any young people who come inquiring, because they consider joining a religious order of any kind to be a waste of time.  They literally want the Roman Catholic Church to die with them.

That won’t be much of a surprise for any orthodox or traditionally minded Catholic.  The old fashioned, habit wearing orders are more likely to be growing and the “spirit of Vatican II” types are slowly getting grayer and grayer.

A young woman once told me about a well intentioned, old busybody who was pestering her with the “you don’t have boyfriend; maybe you’ve got a vocation to be a nun” line.  The busybody even had a particular convent picked out.  She’d been on retreat there so she knew it was great.  The nuns didn’t wear habits and they could do this pseudo-cloister thing but it wasn’t permanent so they could still come out and so on.  The busybody admitted that there really weren’t any young women there and the convent was getting kind of old demographically but she’d thought it was so nice there.

I wonder what happens when the last couple nuns turn 80 and can’t take care of each other.

It’s been completely and totally obvious for a very long time that the changes made to religious orders in the 60s were a disaster.  If any of these orders cared or wanted to survive, they’d go back to how it used to be.

The Church is in the unfortunate position that its structures make it hard to converge but once converged make it hard to unconverge.  The younger generations have to wait and wait for everybody to croak and then have to go about fixing the shambles left behind.  The Church will survive; it’s just annoying waiting for the point when she can be restored.

Rebrand and Expand

The Christendom Advocacy and Support Coalition is now an “initiative” of something called Dinah’s Voice.

WHAT WE DO

Empowering students and holding Catholic institutions to a higher standard

Dinah’s Voice is a student-focused, survivor-driven organization whose mission is to raise awareness about sexual assault on Catholic high school and college campuses and ensure accountability from academic administrators. We firmly believe in St. Pope John Paul II’s teachings on Theology of the Body and in maintaining the dignity of all human persons.

How did the CASC get to be part of it this?

Dinah’s Voice is currently in the process of expanding our executive board & advisory council.

Executive Board:
Adele Chapline Smith, Founder & President

Donna Provencher, VP of Communications

Bridget Randolph, Interim VP of Public Policy

Advisory Council:
Greggory Gassman, Treasurer

Of course.  It’s just exactly the same people.  Christendom is too small.  They can’t get as much attention if they only focus on that.

Incidentally, I’m reading SJWs Always Double Down by Vox Day.  SJWs are not, as he points out, particularly competent people and are therefore drawn towards jobs where they don’t actually have to do anything worth while.  This means that HR departments, anything volunteer based, and non-profits tend to be the most converged:

The fact that most open source contributors are unpaid and the projects don’t need to make any money in order to accomplish their objectives is the primary reason that open source has been so rapidly converged in comparison with for-profit corporations.  It is also why the absolute breeding ground for SJWs is in the not-for-profit organizations.

Social justice is not profitable, but advocating for social justice most certainly can be.  And for the individual of limited talents beyond a capacity for expressing outrage, it is arguably the most profitable profession there is.

The Coalition Voice has probably got as far as they can with one school.  Christendom only has a lousy 19 victims (allegedly).  That’s not enough.  A wider net allows for find more violations of the narrative.  They need more outrage.

And the outrage won’t be stopping any time soon.  If anyone thought that should Christendom cave on the Title IX issue that the Coalition would be satisfied, consider current goings on at Franciscan University.  From the National Catholic Heretic:

Franciscan University also accepts federal money in the form of loans and grants and is therefore required to follow Department of Education statutes including Title IX, the federal law that mandates procedures for handling complaints of sexual discrimination, harassment or violence.

On its website, Franciscan University outlines its anti-sexual harassment policies in detail: “Franciscan prohibits conduct which constitutes sexual misconduct such as sexual harassment, sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. …”

Since 2015, the university has required each student and staff member to watch a 53-minute video about Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.

That is the official line, but as current and former students share stories among themselves, they find anecdotal evidence that suggests the university’s official commitment to preventing sexual assault and harassment may not measure up in practice.
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Mary, a current graduate student, told NCR that over the course of a year, she and a number of other women had multiple complaints about a man in their department who asked “intimately personal questions,” demonstrated pestering behavior and hugged women despite repeated and firm requests to stop the touching. Mary said her supervisor requested written documentation of negative interactions.

Mary and other women submitted a written complaint to John Pizzuti, director of Campus Safety and Compliance, and to Pergi, the school’s human resources vice president in charge of Title IX. Neither Pizzuti nor Pergi asked to speak with the women, but one month later, they received a formal response from Pizzuti, stating that the university would be taking no further action.

“I have determined that there is no reasonable cause to believe that the University’s Policy on Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct may have been violated by [name redacted] at this time,” said the letter, a copy of which was shown to NCR.

But that’s not all.  There a good number of alleged rape cases where the students were “revictimized” by the school.  Title IX is only the first step.  No matter how it’s implemented it won’t be good enough.

Given that this new organization is the same people and that they’re SJWs, there isn’t going to be any real difference between the two.  As Vox says:

SJWs tend to utilize the exact same tactics over and over again, and even repeat the very same arguments, no matter with whom they are arguing or what the subject is.  They like to pose as if they are intelligent and well-educated, and they often possess academic credentials of one sort or another, but they are observably incompetent as well as dishonest and intentionally deceptive.

The Nonsense Coalition might morph to the Nonsense’s Voice but the nonsense part isn’t going to change.

Naivete and SJWs

It is somewhat understandable that people with little experience with SJWs and their tactics, people who are not internet dwellers and haven’t watched this play out again and again over the past ten years, people who are nice Christians, can’t quite wrap their heads around it when they or their organization gets attacked by SJWs.

A couple comments I’ve had privately from alumni of Christendom College illustrates this rather unfortunately. There is the idea that the CASC is genuine in their desires but have gone about it the wrong way, that they actually want to help people, that they think that Title IX does anything, or that they’re just crazy and not that much of a threat.

People like this can sure sound genuine. They can spout a good line about helping victims, about being victims. But they’re SJWs and SJWs always lie. Even if we were to believe them about being victims, there’s very little chance that their current campaign again this college has actually anything close to noble ambitions.

Nor does it matter what happened to these people in the past, whether they were victims or not. What matters now is what they’re doing now. To put too much emphasis on their victimhood as a cause is to deny them free will. It does not matter what happened to them. They’re choosing to be bad. They’re choosing to hurt people.

You might say that there’s a difference if, say, one of the people has admitted to being mentally ill. They can’t help themselves. But you wouldn’t let a mad dog run loose would you? If people are being hurt, we have an obligation to protect them regardless of the motivation or culpability of the party causing the injury.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions and people always choose evil under an aspect of the good so ignore how nice or honorable or hurt they’re claiming to be. Giving SJWs the benefit of the doubt will only give them more opportunities to cause harm.

The CASC are not a bunch of harmless cranks. They’re not a bunch of innocent victims lashing out in pain. They’re SJWs and they want to hurt you and destroy things that you love.