RVL meets real life: What’s in a word?

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Tim

I’m going to open up a whole family sized can of worms here and I know it, has that ever stopped me before? Nah…

We all spend a great deal of time on Facebook, we mill around in all sorts of groups, chats, discussions and forums and we type pretty much whatever we feel like typing, regardless of what it looks like. That, under the laws of the United States of America, and most other countries too, can become problematic.

“A 1964 case, New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, however, radically changed the nature of libel law in the United States by establishing that public officials could win a suit for libel only when they could prove the media outlet in question knew either that the information was wholly and patently false or that it was published “with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not”. Later Supreme Court cases barred strict liability for libel and forbid libel claims for statements that are so ridiculous as to be patently false. Recent cases have added precedent on defamation law and the Internet.” [1]

“Defamation law in the United States is much less plaintiff-friendly than its counterparts in European and the Commonwealth countries, due to the enforcement of the First Amendment. One very important distinction today is that European and Commonwealth jurisdictions adhere to a theory that every publication of a defamation gives rise to a separate claim, so that a defamation on the Internet could be sued on in any country in which it was read, while American law only allows one claim for the primary publication.” [1]

Now, you might be thinking “Oh, but that doesn’t matter because of the First Amendment” (in the United States)

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Think again…

“Freedom of expression is recognized as a human right under article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 19 of the UDHR states that “everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference” and “everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice”. The version of Article 19 in the ICCPR later amends this by stating that the exercise of these rights carries “special duties and responsibilities” and may “therefore be subject to certain restrictions” when necessary “[f]or respect of the rights or reputation of others” or “[f]or the protection of national security or of public order (order public), or of public health or morals.

Freedom of speech and expression, therefore, may not be recognized as being absolute, and common limitations to freedom of speech relate to libel, slander, obscenity, pornography, sedition, incitement, fighting words, classified information, copyright violation, trade secrets, food labelling, non-disclosure agreements, the right to privacy, the right to be forgotten, public security, and perjury. Justifications for such include the harm principle, proposed by John Stuart Mill in On Liberty, which suggests that: “the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.” [2]


…and what happens if we look to laws regarding libel?

Libel
Noun [C or U] UK   /ˈlaɪ.bəl/ US   /ˈlaɪ.bəl/

A piece of writing that contains bad and false things about a person:

What is Libel?

“Libel is a common law tort, governed by state law, in which an individual makes a written “publication” of a defamatory statement of and concerning the plaintiff that damages the reputation of the plaintiff.

What are the elements of a cause of action for libel?

The elements of a libel suit are:

  1. A defamatory statement;
  2. Published to a third party;
  3. Which the speaker knew or should have known was false;
  4. That causes injury to the subject of the communication” [3]

 

Keyboard Warriors are nicknamed that because they either can’t, or won’t, step up and represent themselves in person, in real life situations – that could result in Slander, or worse right? No, they take advantage of the fact that they believe there is anonymity on their side of the monitor, this is not the case. Internet servers and social media are, in particular, starting to pay much closer attention to the rights of people to remain free of harassment and “injurious behaviour” on the internet, indeed, even Facebook – following the “secret Facebook group Drugs and Guns for sale” fiasco, has vowed to work much more closely with law enforcement bodies now. Naturally there is, and will continue to be, a follow the leader effect. Pretty much every country and most states in the U.S. now have laws against “social media” bullying which makes it a felony.

The times, dear reader, they are a changin’ and the people who refuse to recognise that and whom continue on their merry way posting messages without thought to public arenas, or even semi-private ones, are going to find it getting increasingly uncomfortable and even legally uncomfortable in order to enjoy their so-called “Freedom of Speech”

As I’ve said before, with Freedom of Speech comes with responsibility, you can’t have one without the other.

You might be thinking that, “Hey, everybody knows what Facebook is, everybody knows what the internet is… if you don’t like it, turn it off…!”DOESN’T WASH…

The “Internet” belongs to everyone who pays a fee to use it. The internet is a public construct and service, as such, and despite arguments to the contrary, a place where all users have the expectation to go about their business free from harassment and harm – EXACTLY the same thing as the rest of society and for the same reasons we have laws against criminal behaviour that govern society there are, and will increasingly be, laws of criminal conduct on the internet… so, all I can suggest is suck it in and get with the real world.

Copyright TB, 2018

  1. United States defamation law
  2. Freedom of Speech
  3. What you must know about Libel

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https://dictionary.cambridge.org/

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Welllllllll… it’s Sat’dy night an’ I jus’ got paid…!!!

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John Travolta cuts it up in “Saturday Night Fever”
Robert Stigwood Organization (RSO), 1977.

 

To paraphrase the immortal Airman Adrian Cronauer…
“Gooooooooooooood morrrrrrrrrrrrrrning, Vee Ceeeeeeee! Hey, this is not a test. This is rock and roll. Time to rock it from the delta to the Vee eM Zee! Is that me, or does that sound like an Elvis Presley movie? Viva Vee-Cee Oh, viva…”[1]

Oh yes, it’s Saturday… a good day to review just WTF happened last week
For those of you at work this morning… sympathies, shame on those greedy corporate monsters for dragging you away from your nice warm beds and your loving families… SHAME ON YOU CORPORATE AMERICA, SHAME…!!!

For those of you not working, well, get those glad rags out, shine up that Glo-mesh and de-wrinkle ya dancin’ trousers cuz tonite it’s…

Bwaaaahahahahahahahaha…!!! Yep, that’s right, Britain had THE Idol first…!!!

Okayyyyyy, so, where are we….

Ahhh, yes, well the BIG news of last week came outta Chicago with the news that the recently self-proclaimed “King” of Chicago Vampires, He Who Shall Not Be Named, has, well, ummm… no kingdom left… just eight little followers in a small room someplace… eight little followers who will, hopefully, see the light and rejoin the RIGHT side of the force…!!!

Blessings to all who joined ChiTown Vamps on that one… I’ll see if I can get you VIP tickets or Keys to the City or something…

Y’know over the last couple of months we have seen an unprecedented level of cooperation between many of the highest profile organisations, respected Elders and Leaders of the modern Vampire Culture and a ground swell of support for the concept of unity… I will admit, freely, I have, for a couple of years now, avoided the use of the term “community”, I saw too many contradictions that just did not fit with the definition of community but the developments over the last few months have prompted me to dust off the old Cambridge and look the word up again…

Jus’ sayin’

What else, what else???

OOOOOOH, yes, I know… we have a very special and dear friend that is about to prove that dreams can come true

Here’s a special shout out to the lovely Lady Magdalena…

Now, here’s one straight out of left field…

Andrews (Brian Glover) in “Alien(3) Resurrection”
Twentieth Century Fox &
Brandywine Productions, 1992

“I am in the VVC they have an extensive library on everyone and most vampire political dances in the last 10 years.”

If that’s the case then are we looking at the VVCIA??? How many Federal laws would that contravene… maybe they’d better get some more chairs ready in The Capitol next to Mr. Zuckerberg eh?

Seriously, seems as though someone has a “hard on” for… a grudge, an axe to grind even with the VVC. Yeeeaaaaah… might wanna lay off the Koolaid for a bit possum…!!!

WORD UP kids, as much as you may not like the modus operandi of a group, as much as you might have personal feelings about any particular member, or members, of a group, if that group is ACTIVELY doing good things and helping to protect the people in the culture than I suggest you might want to think before your fingers hit the keyboard…!!!

Take another look at “The Warning”

Okay, nuff of that… what can we say about the “rumour” but…

“X-Files”
Ten Thirteen Productions,
20th Century Fox Television (in association with) X-F Productions

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One other item, if I may, IT’S HAPPY BIRTHDAY day to the venerable BratPrince of Chicago… you can share his crazy world at

The Leathur Lair

Hey, this is for you D…

Okay boys and girls… that’s enough outta me, think I’ll STFU now…
Have a great weekend and remember, whether you’re Psi, Sang or something else altogether, you were…

 

Copyright TB (except where noted) 2018

  1. Robin Williams as D.J. Airman Adrian Cronauer in “Good Morning Viet Nam”,
    Touchstone Pictures & Silver Screen Partners III, 1987.

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Crossroads 2018: Persona non grata in effect

“To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past.”
~ John F. Kennedy ~

Presented by

Tim

Editor-in-Chief & Senior Staff Writer

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen,
A number of years ago now I came across a piece authored by Zero & Merticus; Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA] & Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC entitled Real Vampire Community Personal Safety & Privacy Awareness, and it would be fair to say that it forever changed my perspective, and my feelings about safety in the online and offline Vampire and associated communities. We were permitted to reproduce by permission, the piece at RVL and it forms part of our “Information for new arrivals” section.

In both online and offline scenarios Real Vampire Life is committed, always, to the safety of the people who occupy the culture, who turn to us for advice, who come to us for recommendations. Recently we have been apprised of a new and important initiative in this arena, namely, Clan Rahamdalph’s Community Offenders Registry and Archive of Evidence. We will be speaking with the Rev. Dr. Lord Aramond about that initiative very soon.

In meantime, it is, for me, a solemn duty to make the following known;

Declaration of Persona non grata – Jonathan Michael Butkovsky

Vampires of Chicago,
Friends and Supporters Alliance

In addressing the matter of Jonathan Michael Butkovsky (a.k.a Loren Vargo/Mix Tabal Bouda-Lycaon/”King” Lycaon) and The Vampire Court of Chicago, its supporters and allies.

 

Know this, BY THE WILL OF THE SIGNATORIES HEREIN,

Let it be known throughout the Vampire, Therian, Otherkin, Pagan, and Kithani communities that Jonathan Michael Butkovsky (a.k.a. Loren Vargo/Mix Tabal Bouda-Lycaon/”King” Lycaon) has been declared “Persona non Grata” in Illinois and allied regions represented by the signatories. He is hereby EXCOMMUNICATED and EXILED from the Vampire, Therian, Otherkin, and Kithani Communities including all Clans, Tribes, Courts, Houses, Covens, Packs etc. represented by the signatories.

Let it also be known that Jonathan Michael Butkovsky (a.k.a. Loren Vargo/Mix Tabal Bouda-Lycaon/”King” Lycaon) has been:

Formally denounced, sanctioned and stripped of their recognition within the community by the leadership of the Vampire, Therian, Otherkin, and Kithani Communities in San Antonio, Houston and Austin.

Given the status of “invisible person”, his name is to be, and should be, avoided/ not used in conversation for any reason.

He is hereby denied the “Right of Sanctuary” from all private havens, private Vmadea, or any other such places that “Sanctuary” can be called upon or given as represented by the signatories to this document.

He shall be treated as “Invisible” at all public events and gatherings by all members of the Vampire, Therian, Otherkin, and Kithani Communities as represented by the signatories.

We, the undersigned, find that in the face of evidence and documents issued by Clan Rahamdalph of Houston and The Voices of the Vampire Community (V.V.C.) we have no recourse but to put the preservation, and safety, of our organisations, their members and our community first and foremost. This dictates that we must take action.

Jonathan Michael Butkovsky (a.k.a. Loren Vargo/Mix Tabal Bouda-Lycaon/”King” Lycaon) has demonstrated on multiple occasions, over a period of years, that he is incapable, or unwilling, to control his own actions and conduct. This is NOT the behaviour of a reasonable and responsible member of ANY society.

ALL attempts to find peaceful and fair resolutions have failed in several cities across the country thus further demonstrating a complete unwillingness to perceive any viewpoint, nor follow any course, other than his own, a viewpoint and course which, by posts made at the newly established Vampire Court of Chicago and threats of violent nature made against other members of the communities nationally, demonstrate his apparent instability.

It is also to be observed that he is making attempts to make contact with female members of the local culture whom appear to be underage and is promoting events as “child friendly”. Given history and observations from other states and persons we must question the motives behind these actions.

This has become a safety issue for ALL nightside creatures; therian, otherkin, & vampire alike. HE has made it clear that he has nothing but ill will towards the Vampire Community as a whole & that he will stop at nothing to try & bring us down by any means necessary. Even if it means the fall of the therian packs as well.

Unfortunately, his actions, both current and past, have taken any decision out of our hands and, as this has now become a community safety issue of his own making, it is felt that we must uphold a declaration of “Persona non Grata Sin Nominee” and the Excommunication & Exile of Jonathan Michael Butkovsky (a.k.a. Loren Vargo/Mix Tabal Bouda-Lycaon/”King” Lycaon) from our community, events, havens, gatherings, meetings & all members of the Vampire, Therian, & Otherkin communities.

From this point forward he and his supporters and associates stand alone and outside of the society of Vampire, Therian and Otherkin communities.

So mandated this 19th day of April, 2018.

Signatories, (in alphabetical order)

Casata Resurrectus Italia, Italy.
Dark Nations
House Nepenthe, Chicago.
House of The Dreaming
House Pride of Asura, NYC.
Iron Garden, Safe Haven for NJ Nightkind
Lady Danann DD., DAC., HPS. Founder Coven of the Northern Lights, MI.
Lady Lilith Pheonix, Ordo Daemonae, Detroit, MI.
Order of The Pheonix, Georgia.
Reaper Wolf, King of NOLA Wolfkin and Pack Alpha of the Zanval WP.
T&M Bey, RVL & Vampyres of Chicago.
The BratPrince of Chicago, VTOC Chicago.
Vampire Community of Detroit
Vampires, Therians & Otherkin of Chicago.

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Photo of Chicago at night (2012) by velgos.com

Chicago Strong…!

Grateful acknowledgement and many thanks go to all the persons and signatories who attended and assisted this matter, and in the preparation of this notice.

Copyright RVL, Clan Rahamdalph & ALL signatories named here, 2018

Please Note: As this is a Safety advisory – Any person, House, Organisation or other body within the Vampyre and associated culture and communities may copy and reproduce this article at their own website or web page for the reference of their members, guests and visitors.

Refs:
https://realvampirenews.com/breaking-news-a-flamin-good-flipper-a-new-dance-in-chicago/

https://realvampirenews.com/vvc-global-statement-of-warning/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ClanRahamdalph.RegistryandArchives/

 

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