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Vore Tournament 2.0.1 bugfix release plan

Wow: The release of Vore Tournament 2.0.0 has been a blast! I could barely reply to all of the feedback and questions you guys had, which even now continue to flow. Thank you all for showing so much interest in this project! It really helps to know that it was a success.

Unfortunately a lot of comments also included bug reports. There are quite a few problems I had missed and other players noticed... nothing too bad or game-breaking, but they are still issues that will need to be dealt with. Currently I've noted up to 8 bugs of various natures, which you can read through over on our bug tracker:

https://gitlab.com/voretournament/data_voretournament/issues

As such I've taken the decision to make a 2.0.1 bugfix release, before I start working on the things planned for 2.1.0. There is no specific date planned for this release, but it should happen within the following months. I don't know whether I will be able to fix all of the currently noted issues in it, but I will be trying to crack each one.

If you have a Gitlab account, you are encouraged to report any bugs you notice at the link mentioned above, in case you're not seeing them listed there already. If you're familiar with the Vore Tournament code, you may also make a pull request in case you come up with your own solution! I will give the 2.0.1 release additional pause, to make sure others have enough time to notice other potential issues that can be addressed in this update.

Vore Tournament 2.0.0 & Net Neutrality day

First of all, I will begin with an unrelated but never the less essential reminder: As many of you likely know, today (12 July 2017) is Net Neutrality day. If you enjoy the games and animations I make, you likely enjoy the free and open internet I use to offer them to you... and if you enjoy that, then Net Neutrality is something you MUST stand up for! Please take a minute to check out the following links on the subject:

https://www.eff.org/issues/net-neutrality
https://www.battleforthenet.com/july12

For whose of you who follow me and my projects, 12 July is an important day for another reason as well: Today is the day Vore Tournament 2.0.0 is finally released! After months of work on porting the base features, fixing the essential bugs, and setting up a default balance and configuration... we now have an official release, which is easy to download and run on top of any recent Xonotic installation. For those who haven't seen the announcement submission in my gallery, VT 2.0.0 for Xonotic 0.8.2 can be installed by following the following steps:

  1. Download and install the latest version of Xonotic from http://xonotic.org You might want to try a vanilla game first, to make sure the base game is working properly.

  2. Download the archive of the latest Vore Tournament release from this repository using the download button provided.

  3. Unpack this archive inside the base Xonotic directory, so that the "data_voretournament-*" directory is sitting next to the "data" directory.

  4. Rename "data_voretournament-*" to "data_voretournament", deleting the extra names and numbers from the directory name.

  5. Launch the Xonotic executable with the parameters "-customgamedirname2 data_voretournament" from the command prompt or a modified shortcut. Example: "xonotic.exe -customgamedirname2 data_voretournament".

If you want to enjoy yourself to a fun little video before giving it a try, here's the official release clip I put together last week, which briefly shows footage from both the old and new game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JYxtPYltYM
https://vid.me/rxgAW

On the boring and annoying side of things, I must remind everyone that if you enjoy Vore Tournament, you might want to consider patronizing me through Patreon; Your support is what made the project possible thus far, and what will make future plans as well as similar game projects happen! Keep VT as well as other games and animations going at:

https://www.patreon.com/MirceaKitsune
As we enter the last week of June, I once again call upon fans of VT for their help: The $400 Patreon goal is only $50 away from being met. If 5 people were to pledge $10 each, Vore Tournament 2.0.0 Alpha could be released next month! Help make this happen: Support the project if you can, and spread the word to friends or communities whom you believe would enjoy the game! My existence and thus my ability to continue its development relies on reaching this target. Think you can chip in?

VT remains in feature freeze mode until 2.0.0 is out. Once that happens and 2.1.0 is on the radar, attention will primarily shift to the artistic aspect; More Xonotic stock assets will be replaced with VT relevant art, there will be new music, as well as proper bots and potentially an original campaign! Some great new features are also planned, most of which I'm currently keeping a secret until I decide how I will actually approach them.

A hosting solution for the VT release is currently being thought of, and I will likely make an announcement in this regard on my Patreon within the following days. In the meantime, other projects are being worked on which the community will surely find to their liking... including a CGI reminiscent of the animations I did many years ago, for which early previews will be available to the $5 Patreon tier soon.

https://www.patreon.com/MirceaKitsune
https://www.patreon.com/MirceaKitsune
https://www.patreon.com/MirceaKitsune
https://www.patreon.com/MirceaKitsune

A sad day for civilization

Usually I try to keep my quota of political journals to a minimum. However the unfortunate events of today prompt what is perhaps one of the harshest journals I've written in this regard. I imagine I'll face quite a bit of criticism for it... both because many will see it as an exaggeration, and because I'm reacting strongly to something happening in the UK despite not being British myself. I will explain both of those things below.

On 08-June-2017 (yesterday as of the date of this posting), a once important member of the modern world (Britain) has left our ranks, by legitimating the war against modern society. An act committed by allowing an enemy of the civilized world to return to power, after its unprecedented attacks against every good achievement mankind has ever had within the last decades. That enemy is the UK's prime minister, Theresa May, the leader of the Conservative party.

For those not familiar with this monstrous woman, and why in my view she embodies the end of modern times, I will refresh everyone on who this bitch is and what she has done thus far:

- Theresa May promised the outright destruction of the internet as we know it, and its replacement with a national intranet under strict ideological control by the UK government (even more tightly than China). Her plans go to the point where every citizen must ask for exclusive permission to post anything online (even journals like this one) and no kind of content may be hosted on any server without the government's explicit approval, meaning literally every website we know today would have to be banned.

- Her battle against technology has already begun with the war on encryption; The UK plans to force companies like Facebook to remove security from messaging apps, so that her cult may spy on everyone and see who is an enemy of its ideology. She asked for encryption to be entirely outlawed if possible, despite attempts to explain to her that this is plain mathematics and simply cannot be stopped. Such would mean banning every secure piece of software on the planet and making it a crime for developers to program such (including open-source programmers like me and places like Sourceforge / Github), plus as criminalizing the https protocol and more.

- She is the author of a piece of medieval ideology, recently revived and distorted to match the 21th century, called the war on porn; Her purist sect believes that indecent content on the internet is responsible for terrorism, while of course promoting the despicable myth of children under the age of 18 needing protection from pixels on a screen to avoid being scarred for life. Needless to say, any website containing any kind of porn is to be banned under her theocracy and illegal to possess within her modern inquisition (same as in North Korea). Already the Digital Economy Bill was passed into law, and it's rumored that people might need to sign up at their local post office for permission to access any NSFW website at home... I am god damn serious.

- Under her caricature of a dictatorship, the UK is set to become a surveillance state with a harsher authoritarian regime than many 3rd world nations. Not only should every single online communication be actively monitored by the government, but even public services workers (such as ambulances and firefighters) must have access to everyone's browsing history and private lives. The UK also maintains a list of potential enemies of the state using unknown criteria, which was recently revealed to contain broad categories of people including goth teenagers who suffer from depression. Along with this they also plan on creating computer programs (perversely dubbed Artificial Intelligence) which use patterns to automatically decide if and when someone should be arrested and give the order to the police!

- She has blatantly manipulated the recent terror attacks (the Manchester bombing and the London stabbings) for her sick political agenda. In less than a few hours since those attacks, she outright stepped out and used the lives of those killed to leverage her own schemes, saying it was all the internet's fault and even implying that online pornography is why those people lost their lives!

- She has publicly and explicitly stated that human rights are an issue that is getting in her way, and need to be dealt with so that her plans may be accomplished.

I believe this should be enough to explain why I oppose this devil with my entire being... which seems to spread more panic than ISIS, who it's ironically vowed so hard to fight (by firing the London police or sending them after Julian Assange apparently). Since I'm aware the next predominant question will be "but you're not even British, why do you care", I will also explain why the things that happened in the UK are so personal to me:

- At this point, what's happening is not just a win or loss for the nation Britain; It is a win or a loss for modern society worldwide. The fact that this psychopath was allowed to be prime minister again, instead of being sent to seek treatment at the nearest mental ward for patients with serious psychiatric issues, is a legitimization for this kind of madness here in the free world! The message is literally "in 1st world nations in the year 2017, it might be okay for a president or prime minister to actively work on banning the internet or reviving medieval bans on porn or shamelessly distorting terrorist attacks to push any legislation". Authoritarianism spreads like a disease among the circles of power, and even in Europe or America this sort of thing is like the taste of blood in the water for a shark.

- She is actively trying to spread many of her demented ideas beyond Britain, and has a certain degree of power to do so. Since the UK would remain close to the EU even after brexit, they will be pushing Europe to adapt to her clique's skewed ideologies. The insane copyright proposals already circulating here (censorship machine, link tax, hate speech fines for social media) are said to be the doing of Theresa May and Angela Merkel (another authoritarian piece of shit). During the last attack she has also instigated other nations governments to "stop social media".

- The internet is a global entity, and many of the companies that offer services (Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc) also activate there. Most of their evil plans (such as backdoors in encryption) cannot be done "only for UK citizens"... if they're implemented they will exist for all users worldwide and put everyone at risk! Such companies might have to choose between leaving the UK entirely or giving in to those demands, whereas sites hosting NSFW content might have to decide between being banned at ISP level across Britain or implementing disgusting and unacceptable age verification systems (online identity theft). Worse than that, in an act of total delusion, Theresa May or Amber Rudd already expressed hopes that the worldwide internet will itself conform to their model and "let the UK be the gatekeeper of the internet", meaning they hoped we would all just bow down and embrace their new "internet" as a replacement. We do not want this cancer spreading here, keep it in your Orwellian hellhole far away from the rest of us!

- I have friends in Britain... and even if I didn't, I know that the people living there are citizens of a (once) modern society who wish to live their lives in peace. It's unacceptable that they they are being terrorized by a mad person that's out of control and has lost touch with reality! And yes... I know: Far worse happens in places like Syria or China, where people are killed on a daily basis or starve to death or what not. The difference is that there, it's been this way for ages, whereas here it's new: Most 3rd world countries are places that are evolving slowly, but Britain is a modern nation that's devolving into them instead! People living in those areas are also used to it, they never had human rights or internet so they don't actually lose anything... people in Britain are being raped of fundamental rights they've had for a lifetime, which are granted and unquestionable in any civilized society!

So there you have it. The worst thing about this all is that, I wish I could say it's the fault of some sort of coup; Yesterday's elections got hacked, people with AK47's broke in and put Theresa back in power, so on. Unfortunately it was not: More than half of the British population deliberately voted for this abomination, after she has openly made it clear that she will destroy the modern world as we know it. This... is what people in what's considered a top democracy wanted. I'm struggling not to generalize and discriminate against all elderly people right now... granted that old farts are supposedly at fault for all this, whereas youngsters are the ones who struggled to avoid the disaster. Part of me wants to say "they're fucking 90 already, why can't they just hit the bucket and take their 1940 ideologies with them to the grave"... which is sad because my own grandparents died in the recent years, yet what happened is so wrong that it gets you places you wouldn't want to be.

After this alongside other events, my view of humanity as a whole has been altered beyond repair once more, and I wish I could never see an ape again in my existence. I expect no more safety nor the hope of a decent life even where I live, because I realize no freedom or right is ever basic enough to not be put into discussion decades after everyone has had it. Any breed of fanatic can just rise to power at any moment, and attempt to do whatever the hell they want. I wish the error known as humanity could be wiped out by some natural event already, though its own stupidity will probably do the job for it. I'm sorry that I had to be born here and witness the easily avoidable history of this species. If there's anything close to a god or gatekeeper of conscious minds out there, I will not forgive them for having been forced to live this miserable experience... that I can promise.

Oh, and one more thing: You are free to redistribute the contents of this journal as you please. It would bring some comfort if people could better spread the word about what's happening, so we can all be ready to defend ourselves from the emerging threats against the modern way of life... threats not created by terrorist groups elsewhere, but our own governments copying their tactics and behaviors.

Happy bunny worship day!

Today is an important day for Christians and furries alike: Christians because they celebrate worshiping a man named Jesus, furries because they celebrate worshiping various bunny goddesses... who knew we had so much in common? While I'm not a member of the first fandom, I decided to do my part in the later one today... hailing our recent bunny overlord, Judy Hopps. If you haven't seen it already, here are the links to the renders... and obviously, happy bunny worship day everyone!

https://mirceakitsune.tumblr.com/post/159637406388/lo-and-behold-my-submission-for-this-years
https://mirceakitsune.tumblr.com/post/159650600808/landscape-only-render-of-her-chocolate-bunny
Alright... this is a journal I'll be writing with a very heavy heart. It's a decision which I know will disappoint a lot of people, as it goes against the things I've promised to do toward the community, not to mention those who are watching and have been supporting me thus far. However I believe it is the only right approach at this stage, and will not be changing my mind about it. Below is an in-depth explanation of my decision... please read the entire post before judging and jumping to conclusions. Thank you.

I have decided that I will no longer be publishing my art or animations under a free license. In fact, I'm looking into how I may retract this license from my existing works altogether, and switch to the classic copyright system used by other artists. My game projects (such as Vore Tournament) will also become proprietary and close-sourced soon, while I'll be looking into integrating DRM for further protection against piracy.

This decision comes after an incident on another art site which I will not name here, involving a person I'd rather keep anonymous for now. About two weeks ago, this person decided to re-upload all of my works to their own gallery on another website... some of them modified in ways I do not approve of (eg: vore bellies removed) and with my signature stripped and therefore no credit given. I've went through various procedures trying to resolve the problem peacefully, which I will dive into in more detail below... for what it's worth, none of them had any success. After this experience, I realize why copyright is important for artists, and what a mistake I've made by allowing others to use my artwork freely... one I will not repeat again. These are the steps I went through since the whole thing began, in an attempt to resolve the issue as sanely as possible:

1 - Like every artist who deals with this sort of thing, I first contacted the person responsible for editing and leaking my art. I asked them to take it down, but as expected they refused. I then threatened them with legal action, and surprisingly they refused again. Because I was out of options and already frustrated at this point, I lastly resorted to threatening that I would find out where they live come after them... however the thief had the nerve to fear for their safety and blocked me! Wow.

2 - I next contacted the website on which my works were posted, and told them I have a case of copyright infringement to report. Someone took a look at the incident, but said that because my stuff was released under a CC license there is nothing they can do. I explained that I no longer felt like my art being openly licensed, and free licenses have a clause allowing them to be revoked based on the personal mood and regrets of an author... however they outright said I was wrong, the nerve to say such a thing to me! I proceeded to throw a stream of insults and threats at the admins... yet to my shock, I was ignored and this did not make the problem go away!

3 - With the first two options exhausted, I went ahead and did the third thing an artist does in this situation: I contacted authorities. The local police and interpol wouldn't do much, stating that only pedophile art is special enough to offend them into being motivated to do their job on the internet... so I ultimately made the big step of calling the CIA. I pointed them to the website, then showed them every piece of vore porn I've created over the years, alongside my identity documents and address so they'd know how to find me. The agents sounded very confused and uncomfortable from what I could tell, except for that one agency where I think I could hear fapping noises coming from one corner... anyway they said that in the name of copyright enforcement, they'd send a man in the field to question the locals and investigate the crime, using American taxpayers money to fund the operation. I felt like I achieved something big in my life at that moment, and that democracy has truly done it... kinda like the power an oil corporation feels when they first strip people of their land and send the police to beat them up for objecting. However a week has passed ever since, and government agents have still not captured the enemy art thief! How is this possible, what world are we living in?!

4 - Realizing that the law will not help me and I must take matters into my own left hand, I decided to take the next step: Hiring an assassin to kill this homeboy! So I installed TOR browser and went on the deep web. After a few hours of browsing through drug stores for no suspicious reason, I found a forum where assassin types hang out. I met some wonderful people on there... including poor serial killers who had a very hard life, and philanthropists who wanted to murder others solely to cheer up our dark lord Satan. Yet I was unable to find anyone that could help me in my epic quest: Most hitmen already had a very busy schedule, and said they're on assassination tours across the world for the next couple of months... I couldn't wait that long, I want my satisfaction and I want it now! The funny thing was, most killers were hired for the exact same reason as my own, which is to go after art thieves who stole furry art and posted it on the internet... yet they were all apparently working for one person, supposedly someone who goes by the initials "FAF".

5 - Being out of options, I'm now resorting to the last solution available: Doing it myself. Yesterday I sold my lifelong belonging, my mother's house which left her homeless, as well as my cat to a Chinese butcher... in order to get the money needed to fly to every country where I suspect the art thief might be hiding. Once there, I plan to knock at random doors of random houses in random cities... statistically speaking I'm bound to find the perpetrator this way, as well as recognize them even if I've never seen their face! I've also contacted important weapon dealers, and paid them a handsome sum of money for big guns that I can totally take on a plane without raising suspicion. I managed to get my hands on some pretty rare equipment in the process... including a new generation of bombs developed by terrorists which use Allah's shaved pubic hair for gunpowder, and a new generation of rocket launchers called the U.N.C.L.E. Exploder V69 developed by Kim Jong Un in person! At last... I can show the world just how serious copyright infringement is, and give these heretics the punishment they deserve for copying a drawing on the internet. Brace yourselves evildoers, for the modern world has come... and it's come up the walls.

Oh, yeah... and happy April Fools everyone! Remind me to come up with better and less scary fanfiction for this sort of thing next year.

Digital Economy Bill artist challenge

Some might have seen my recent posts regarding the Digital Economy Bill, or heard about it from other sources. For those of you who haven't, it's an extreme censorship law proposed in Britain aiming to "purify" the internet of porn. As a means of protest, I have created an artist challenge and a template to go with it. I dare everyone to complete it and / or pass it on to other artists!

The rule is simple: Draw every sex act that would be prohibited on the internet if the bill were to pass. This includes a variety of kinky stuff which I condensed into 9 panels, each panel representing a specific theme. If you don't want to draw something, skip it altogether or just scribble something crazy instead... the point of the challenge is both to be fun and to spread the word about this medieval age crap. Be mindful of each sites rules when uploading your result, as some might take issue with a few of the themes listed here. Also the template itself is licensed Public Domain / CC0, do whatever your heart pleases with it!

I guess I'll include my own completed version in the same post, which is CC-BY-SA so feel free to share it too just please credit. It must be the craziest thing I've ever drawn in my life, but damn it I have no regrets!


Template: https://mirceakitsune.tumblr.com/post/157944018533

My version (very NSFW!): https://mirceakitsune.tumblr.com/post/157944987588
Three journals in three days... that's a new record for me! Apparently I have to rant about yet another thing, happening in the always restless and never too complex world we have today.

There's been some drama circulating around the fandom recently, regarding a few Youtubers who make music slideshows with vore drawings taken from art galleries. The whole thing sparked up after an artist contacted such a channel to request a takedown, the user didn't agree to removing the video, and a whole riot erupted over the subject of art theft. I already expressed my view on most of these journals... which in short is that the video creator did wrong to not take down the video when requested, even if I also feel that artists going after such videos may qualify as copyright trolling, although both legally and morally they of course have every right to do so.

Now although there were both points I agree with and points I don't agree with, what bothered me in some people's reactions was something else: I'm noticing that a lot of folks are acting as if websites like Youtube and Facebook are supposed to be these heavenly places full of people that agree with each other, where a bunch of virtual police officers are ready to bring justice and solve any beef a user has with another user, and where censorship should be as harsh as national television. This is referring to a few comments which are collectively saying "how dare Youtube not immediately act against such cruel copyright infringement"... which is at least a legitimate point compared to comments like "won't you please think of the children seeing this on the free and open internet"! So allow me to blow my fucking brains off, regrow a new head, and vomit out my thoughts:

I will begin by stressing out the essential: Youtube is not Furaffinity! A website the size of Facebook cannot be moderated like a website the size of Eka's Portal! If someone steals someone else's art on here, a moderator will be dispatched. This moderator will assess the situation, say "oh yeah, I know this guy", and ban or warn the offending user. Youtube is a place used by millions... from ordinary people to media companies and celebrities. There is no one on Youtube who has the time and resources to investigate every single issue in the world. Heck they can't even find any competent coders, who can stop the website from glitching and breaking all the time... and it's Google we're speaking of here! They tried fixing their lack of moderators with an initiative called Youtube Heroes, whose purpose was allowing users to moderate the platform themselves... needles to say everyone was at Google's neck (myself included) as the program was basically going to empower internet trolls and SJW's with the right to carry out personal vendettas. So until an artificial intelligence program capable of human intelligence is researched, don't expect that to change anytime soon.

Now obviously, anyone can report an offending video. Bad news however: The system is mostly intended for the entertainment industry and popular online celebrities, who have verified websites and a mass of people that can vouch for them! You need to fill out a form containing proof that you're the author, which is also not very safe for your privacy granted they ask your real data for it. Agent Smith knows who you are, and agent Smith knows what you've been drawing. Some artists have done this still, and there are reports of it even working a couple of times, although I must say it's surprising. The person checking the complaint needs to somehow verify the data, including looking at... your... art gallery... hmmmmm.

You see, we're talking about furry vore artwork here. This basically means that when you file a copyright complaint with Youtube, you basically tell them the following: "There's this video that stole some of my art, you have to look through it and find out where it is... also here's a link to my gallery, you'll have to go through that as well and see that it matches". The moderator proceeds to watch an entire video showing all sorts of wonderful critters gobbling up each other... after which they need to enter the website furaffinity.net and open up your gallery, only to look at more of them lovely arts until they find at least one that matches. Obviously they don't even have proof that your FA gallery is truly you, though by this point they've probably taken the window rather than the elevator. I'd like to let readers picture the reaction of a Google employee, as they're drinking their coffee at the top of a skyscraper as multi-million dollar deals happen in the next office, going ahead and doing all that... because I'm legitimately having a blast every time I think about it.

Which brings us to the last issue some users brought up: *takes a deep breath of air* "At least make it age restricted! Won't anyone just think of the children, who might come across all this vore art on the free internet? What will happen when they see those images, which are almost as bad what they're seeing on Cartoon Network"? For those who believe this is a concern, there's a video I'd highly recommend watching, which explains in great detail thoughts I don't feel like typing a whole paragraph about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umDr0mPuyQc

Conclusions and disclaimers: Before you grab your pitchtorch and fork, I am not supporting art theft! As I said a million times, if an artist asks you to remove their works from something you posted, do so out of respect for that artist. Beyond that however, and beyond the sole issue of wronging another artist by disrespecting their requests... please, let us stop making pointless drama out of things that don't require it. Also understand that as much as it sucks for some, copyright cannot be enforced everywhere on the internet: Attempting to do so usually takes more resources than possible, and punishing people over any case of copyright infringement would lead to total tirany... unless kids posting an image on Facebook should have the cops show up at their door, in which case we'd need more prisons than residential buildings. Thank you also if you stuck around to read all this, which apparently went on for longer than I thought.
I believe at this very hour, I'm finally able to gather my thoughts on certain matters enough to write a coherent journal about them. Something I wouldn't have been able to do during the rest of the day, after having come across the shit I was about to witness. As usual I will be cross-posting this on all of my profiles, in hopes that people will be able to offer some insight that might snap me back to sanity.

So as my watchers know, I frequently make journals discussing emerging threats against online freedom, namely when big censorship initiatives are launched by governments and corporations. I broadly discussed SOPA around 5 years ago when it almost happened, I talked about issues like art being criminalized as a means of gun safety, and more. What I want to discuss today however, makes the famous SOPA / ACTA look like an absolute joke, as they were nothing compared to something that's happening right in our days.

http://theregister.co.uk/2017/01/20/lords_slam_untrammelled_data_sharing_powers_in_digital_economy_bill
http://independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/porn-digital-economy-bill-age-verification-law-house-of-commons-parliament-a7445086.html
http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2017/01/digital-economy-bill-govt-seeks-to-bypass-eu-law-with-porn-blocking-filters/
http://edri.org/the-uk-digital-economy-bill-threat-to-free-speech-and-privacy/

Meet the only legal initiative in a democracy capable of rivaling China's internet censorship system: The UK's Digital Economy Bill. This piece of dystopian science fiction brought to life, which literally feels like reading a news terminal in a game of DeusEx, is a plan to censor the internet unlike anything we've seen here in Europe and America. I'm not even sure where I can begin with it, but I guess the starting point would be as follows:

The UK government wants complete control over what kinds of websites its citizens may visit. ISP's will be forced to block any website in the world that's deemed bad by the regime, including all overseas websites that don't obey to its new program (Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, etc). Now I know what you might be thinking: "Yeah, we know... copyright and all that". Nope... this is not about copyright at all! Hold on to your computer chairs, because here comes the real reason behind this entire madness: Porn. Yep... the biggest censorship scheme ever seen in the occident is about to unfold for the purpose of blocking god damn internet porn! There will be two categories: Porn deemed indecent by the state, which is to be blocked for all citizens... as well as any kind of porn, which is to be blocked exclusively to the mentally apartheid (also known as "everyone under the age of 18"). An institution that handles ratings for DVD's will be given the responsibility of being the 21th century's religious police, deciding what kind of media is moral and who should be arrested for watching heretic content... similarly to China which has an institution tasked with video game and film censorship, in case something might be bothering the CCP and spreading occidental values.

Before I continue with this trainwreck, there are a few things I want to clarify regarding my stance: First I know that certain people out there want to say "Aaaahaha you're pissed that the government might be banning the sick porn you watch, serves you right". If by any chance someone reading this journal is one of those idiots, though even I doubt it, I'm complaining about the idea the approach and the precedent being created. I couldn't care less whether it's about porn or anything else... and by the way the law also contains much of SOPA, such as criminalizing websites that even talk about copyright infringement in a manner deemed as "aiding the enemy" (such as speaking about links or IP addresses). What's happening is a variety of abuses:

1. A gruesome attack on people's freedoms and liberties in general.

2. An unprecedented attempt at internet control and censorship over the last two decades, as far as any country considered the 1st world goes.

3. A call for going back to the medieval age, relatable to when people were arrested and chained for allegedly promoting ideas deemed ungodly by the religious police.

4. Bone-chilling ignorance and lack of understanding of how the internet works, and what side effects this initiative might have worldwide.

5. Shocking ignorance about the importance of privacy and data security on the internet, granted they want some sort of internet-wide age verification system.

6. What strongly looks like the imposition of a fanatical purist ideology. I'll take the liberty of comparing this to the Chinese cultural revolution, when books promoting undesired ideas were burnt and artists dragged away in chains. Once again, using porn as an excuse makes absolutely zero difference in this regard, grow out of your bubble if this is how dense you are!

7. All of the above is for an absolutely ridiculous reason, which makes it all the more hallucinating: Banning god damn porn on the internet... in year 2017 when no sane person gives a shit about this sort of thing! If a parent still cares about this crap, they can easily install censorship software on their kids device or request the service from their ISP... what the hell? It's as if a bunch of people were teleported from the victorian age, seized control of the state, and are about to bring back the papal government and the guillotine because no one's yet told them that times have changed and that would be stupid.

Now no, I'm not from the UK myself. If I was British, granted multiple things that are happening there right now... either I'd have fled the country and would be sleeping on the streets of a civilized EU city where I'd feel safe, either I'd be floating in a river with a note attached to my neck, either I'd be on the 6 o'clock news for opening fire on the government building and the Tories infesting it (the least likely of options). I will never the less offer condolences to everyone who lives there... because the fascism taking place back there is worthy of such, and I'm legitimately sorry for everyone there who has to deal with these psychopaths. Never the less, I too have reasons to be concerned about some things, as do all of us:

1. This is all happening in a place that was (and technically still is) part of the European Union, which is supposedly the 2nd beacon of democracy alongside America. This madness hasn't started in Africa or South Korea or the Philippines or some other developing country, where the news would be less of shock: The UK is considered a developed country and a world leader, like France or Germany or the US! If a world leading country threatens to take down a whole portion of the internet and endorse identity theft, literally over a fit of medieval rage... who's to say other governments won't lose their minds and start doing god knows what? This is a fail for humanity and progress as a whole, which in and of itself is despicable.

2. What they're doing may affect websites worldwide, not just those in the UK! Any site that has NSFW material can be demanded to adhere to their moral code and steal people's ID, otherwise it may be banned in the UK altogether. Places like Furaffinity for instance will either have to censor new types of art deemed immoral by the Tory cult, or the website will be blocked by the Great Firewall of the UK... in which case I hope it's the later, as much as I feel horrible for any UK furs who will wake up to find it and other art websites gone one morning.

3. Several groups I'm part of are targeted and affected. And no I don't feel that this applies just to things that may be considered of sexual nature: It can at face value, but in the long run it extends to more. Ideology filtering comes to mind, in terms of what might follow next... just thinking about the people who must have proposed such a thing makes the "A Brick in the Wall" music video pop to mind.

There was more I felt like going into, but I figure this is enough for one journal. Ironically I found out about the whole thing while searching for something comparatively less bad: I was looking at how US authorities now want to demand passwords for phones and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, etc) for non-citizens entering the country... another hallucinating violation of people's privacy, which I didn't even believe could be real until recently. I was actually going to complain about that instead, but after what I heard about the UK I realized that's nothing in comparison.

All I can add is that, I'm extremely worried about the future in general: A world just like the dark scifi movies is coming... where armed troop sit at every corner and point a rifle to your head as you walk by, cameras are on every pole and you're just waiting for a system error to cause a turret to shoot at you, whereas the internet is centralized through one institution and you need a pass from the government to even use it. The city we see in the beginning of Half-Life 2 (less for the aliens roaming the place) will probably be a reality soon... and if it will, it will likely start in the UK. Oh... and if I had the power to register extremist groups responsible for spreading terror among people, believe me the Tories would be officially on it right now.

Happy new year 2017

Despite wishes and doubts of various natures, 2017 is a number I'll be seeing in my calendar an hour from now. While I know it's just a number, it is that time of year when we all delude ourselves the future is going to be brighter than the past somehow. In my case, I hope that 2017 brings no more deaths to people around me, less borderline poverty, less angry politicians pushing for dumb laws and threatening our freedom worldwide, more social and scientific progression instead of more involution... oh yes, and more anthro vixens making me their lunch. Happy 2017 everyone!