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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

Refs:
https://dictionary.cambridge.org/

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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/

 

NB: Where used, quoted portions of other works are reproduced by permission, or under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, wherein allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.

The views and opinions presented in this article are the opinions of the author and/or contributors and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of The Owner/s of RVL, their officers, assigns or agents. RVL and its officers do not personally, individually, or jointly necessarily recommend or condone any of the activities or practices represented.

For further information please see the RVL Website Disclaimer

 

 

A real “Mix” up in Chicago…

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

Researched, Written, edited and Presented by

Tim

Foreword

Good evening ladies and gentlemen,
This “Crossroads” editorial is published under my bye-line, it is one of the perks of working for J. that if something really, really important to one of his staff comes up they have individual spaces to write as they will, spaces that are, by and large, set aside from the main RVL stream.

This editorial reflects the opinions of a number of Chicago Vampires, real Vampires, it represents the point of view of some lifelong resident Chicago Vamps who are very proud of their city and the Vampire enclave in it.


 

In a culture such as ours it is often inevitable that things become magnified, sometimes out of proportion, sometimes the smallest issues seem to take on a life of their own… and grow, and grow and grow without any real feeding…

THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE TIMES

Let me ask you a question, have you ever been on the north side with around four or five hundred Irish lads at a Dropkicks gig? Ever been on a CTA at one am, alone? Ever been in a Westside parking structure at midnight? Ever been wandering around alone in Englewood at two a.m.? No? Why?

Chicago is a tough town, it can get real hard, real quick for a stranger who doesn’t know the city and that’s why people don’t generally march in here and start “laying down the law”… except for maybe one stranger that is…

This situation is real, it is now and it poses a real threat, a “clear and present danger” and a crisis for the Vampire community in Chicago and surrounding areas.

Recently RVL made reports in two publications, “A flamin’ good flipper and a new dance in Chicago” and “VVC Global Statement of Warning” regarding the establishment of a new Vampire Court in Chicago. We have, following on from the latter article, been conducting our own inquiries into events that are unfolding in Chicago.

The first thing that strikes us as curious is that a post, made by Loren Vargo (a.k.a. Jonathan Michael Butkovsky, Mix Tabal Bouda-Lycaon, Mix Bouda, “King” Lycaon) let’s not go with the King bit just yet eh? That stated, “Join us or die trying” disappeared after being captured by observers. This seemed to be in keeping with the “challenge” to a “fight to the death” that Butkovsky (as Loren Vargo) issued to Dr. Rev. Lord Aramond VanRahamdalph of Houston.

“Tombstone”
Hollywood Pictures
Cinergi Pictures
Entertainment, 1993

This is a very serious issue, it points both to the mental instability of this so-called “King” but also seems to be inciting or invoking criminal activity. That, readers, is NOT the manner of a well-balanced and normal operating person, be they were, vamp or whatever he is claiming to be these days. He has, we find, already been exiled and excommunicated from San Antonio, Austin, Houston and I am awaiting information from Denver as to his presence and time there.

I have obtained, and been given full permission to reproduce, the following comments from recent conversations and information available by the goodwill of Lord Aramond of Clan Rahamdalph.

Please see:

Clan Rahamdalph’s Community Offenders Registry and Archives of Evidence.

Reproduced by permission

 

In addition, we have ascertained, by direct contact with the venue, that the event that is claimed to be booked for the July 4th, this “Black Ball” has NOT been booked and the event Co-ordinators office there has no knowledge of this organisation nor anyone connected with it…

Why would someone lie about such a matter? Is this “Vampire Court” trying to lure people to a particular location for some purpose? If you attempt to buy a ticket for the event you end up being directed to a page for “King Lycaon” which informs you that you have to contact him, and it provides a telephone number. Again… WHY?

 

I know that hundreds of people, the “management” of RVL included, tuned in last week to listen to King Maven Lore of the Vampire Court of New Orleans broadcast the “telephone message” that he received from Butkovsky. Personally I found it difficult to make out anything coherent in between the swearing and cursing… real class eh? For those who missed it…

Special Re”Mix” Edition Broadcast

 

However you read and/or choose to interpret things we are, I would suggest, facing a real crisis here. Are we going to allow this person into our city, into our clubs, into our presence based on the fact that he “hasn’t done anything here”?

May I remind you of certain “tenets” of the new “Chicago Law”… according to this VCC…

The Chicago Law

Vampire progeny must be approved through the Vampire Council if the childe has not awakened themselves. Turning is forbidden until approval is gained.

All Vampires within the territories of Chicago are subject to this court’s laws and rulings.

All Vampires within the Chicago territories are expected to make formal introductions to the court through contact with a council member.

This self-proclaimed “King” set up shop here and the first thing that happens is we are TOLD that we are ALL subject to his Laws and Rulings… not sure how that made you feel fellow Chicagoans.

“Dead in Tombstone”
Universal 1440 Entertainment
Capital Arts Entertainment
Rebel Entertainment, 2013.

Seriously, in the main, we don’t even really like rival sport teams coming into our city – why would we allow an “outsider” to set himself up as “King”?

If the allegations and reports from Houston, Austin, NOLA, Denver and other ports are to be given credence; if the VVC’s Global Warning is to be given any credence – with all the proof which that organisation, among others, has amassed, then what we have here is a vicious and stealthy predator who is here to prey on both the community in Chicago and, heavens forbid, innocents outside the control, and therefore protection, of our Chicago enclaves.

 

Question is, what can be done about it?

As we know, and must recognise, legally, until he commits a crime the police will do nothing. That much has already been ascertained through personal experience of yours truly… (in two countries.)

What about a good old fashioned Chicago style welcome…?

“The Godfather”
Paramount Pictures &
Alfran Productions, 1972

Probably wouldn’t register the significance…

What about we just ignore and block everything that he and/or the VCC comes out with? Persona non Grata perhaps?

Now, whether he chooses to acknowledge, remember or recall, or not, some years back now I engaged with Mr. Butkovsky when he was neck deep in trouble in Texas, I spoke with people in the culture down there, I listened to ALL the sides of the matter and then I tried to help Mr. Butkovsky to see where he was, possibly, in error and by what measure he might recover the situation. My advice was refused, outright, until it came to the point where I could see absolutely no way forward. Today I am sitting here faced with the self-same situation and I realise that there has been NO learning from the mistakes of the past and that, in point of fact, the same mistakes are now being repeated in a different city. So, if you’re going to try and criticise me for speaking about something I don’t know about, don’t bother, this ain’t my first rodeo.

Mr. Butkovsky has, in my opinion, made the following critical errors of judgment;

1) He has waltzed into one of the toughest cities in the United States and started laying down “Rules” for us to follow while carrying the burden of a “Global Community Warning” issued against him.

2) If he had followed the advice his own Court has posted, in entering a new area respectfully, introducing oneself and abiding by the societal rules already in place, this whole thing might not have blown up in his face.

3) When faced with the knowledge of such mistakes, rather than attempt to correct them, he has continued to maintain an air at once both combative and disrespectful to the Vampires residing in this area.

“How much you can learn when you fail determines how far you will go into achieving your goals.” ― Roy Bennett

Thanks Roy but…ahhhh… what if you learn nothing?

Whatever path we in Chicago decide to take, individually, I believe that it is important that we, collectively, send out a strong message that no one gets to waltz in here and “TELL” us how things are gonna be, by posting a proclamation of “RULES”…

Quote: “The Vampire Court will govern the Vampire law for all of Chicago’s Vampires.”…

Uh… Chicago Vamps govern Chicago Vamps – END OF STORY MISTER BUTKOVSKY.

 

As an addendum to this report I made contact, once again, with Rev. Dr. Aramond VanRahamdalph, in Houston, and posed a few questions to get a better feel for what has been going on since I was in contact with Butkovsky.

RVL: My dear Rev. Dr. Aramond Sebastian Van Rahamdalph, welcome back to RVL, we appreciate, as always, you sharing a little of your valuable time with us. We would also like to thank you for assisting us in investigating the extraordinary, and quite bizarre, business going on in Chicago at present.

LA: You’re most welcome, It’s a pleasure to be back, and I will help as much as I can with any problems our community faces.

RVL: As you are aware the subject of our inquiries, one Loren Vargo (a.k.a Mix Tabal Bouda-Lycaon) has set up a “Vampire Court”, proclaimed himself King and posted the Court Rules for our city… can we ask, what is, or was, your immediate reaction to this event?

LA: It’s a disgrace to our community.
It’s a slap in the face of every leader that has ever worked hard bringing their community together, a slap in the face of all the new leaders who have started out doing things with the right goals and ideals, and a slap in the face of every community member in the Chicago & surrounding areas who wants a real organization to unite the local community.

RVL: Now, you, within Clan Rahamadalph, already issued, prior to the VVC’s Global Warning, a declaration of “Persona non Grata” against this person, can you give us a little insight into what prompted that action?

LA: Yes, Mix’s/Loren’s Excommunication/Exile was issued throughout the Greater Houston Area originally about four years ago when I was still the elected King of the Houston Court, and it was reissued about two years ago by my clan after I stepped down as the king to rebuild the Houston council with the other local leaders; most of whom (if not all) still uphold it to this day.
The initial decision for the Excommunication/Exile came after the fact that he had contacted, harassed, and either threatened or attacked many of our community’s female members. The second and final decision was made after the fact of after many months of mild threats towards myself and court members Mix/Loren decided to take it even further and make actual death threats towards myself, my family, my lovers/SOs, and the entire court and Houston community that he had any contact with him in the past.

RVL: Quite aside from the fact of the “challenge to fight to the death” you recently received from him, and the recent alliance with the notorious Michael Vachmiel, do you have any opinions as to the motives for the actions that are taking place up here?

LA: His motives are as clear as day, he created the court with the intention of securing a place in that city’s community so his actions there with community members could not get him removed even if he was excommunicated/exiled there as well.
You could say – he pulled a Vach.
His other intention (and main reason) is to use his new title to goad Logan, Maven, Myself and any other leaders within the community that dislike him. He wants revenge, and he found a small way to get it through this new “court”.

RVL: Yesterday, in making telephone inquiries, we, among others, ascertained that the July 4th “Black Ball” booking of venue that has been announced by the “Court” is a complete fabrication. Why, in your opinion, would any organization make such claims?

LA: I heard about that.
I honestly could not fathom any respectable organization making such false claims. Yet considering the individual we’re dealing with in this case, I would probably hate to know his real reasons for doing it.

RVL:…are you aware, at this time Lord Aramond, of any past or pending criminal proceedings or judgments involving Mix in Texas or any other State?

LA: I know of a warrant he has in Austin, though I don’t know what it’s for. Other than that, I don’t know of anything since he left Texas.

RVL: In closing, without wishing to put you on the spot, what advice would you give to Chicago’s Vampire community, and their friends, at this time?

LA: I would say to steer clear of Mix/Loren, come together and build something for the community that has real meaning to you and yours. Do not let him or his “friends/allies” intimidate you, or threaten you. Stand together, and stand tall. 

RVL: Rev. Dr. Lord Aramond van Rahamadalph we thank you for being here today, thank you for your concern for the real living Vampires in our area. We will, if you do not mind, continue to stay in touch with you as this crisis unfolds.

LA: You are most welcome, please do stay in touch, and I will let you know if/when I find out anything new.

It would seem, very much, as though we are not dealing with a one off flash in the pan situation here but the latest in a long line of anti-Vampire culture misdeeds by a serial troublemaker… LET’S NOT GIVE HIM THE ROOM ON OUR PLAYING FIELD CHICAGO…!!!

 

Copyright TB 2018

Ref: Clan Rahamdalph’s Community Offenders Registry and Archives of Evidence

NB: Where used, quoted portions of other works are reproduced by permission, or under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, wherein allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.

This article may be linked to but may not be copied or reproduced, nor redistributed in any manner, including electronic without the express permission of the copyright owners.

The views and opinions presented in this article are the opinions of the author and/or contributors and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of The Owner/s of RVL, their officers, assigns or agents. RVL and its officers do not personally, individually, or jointly necessarily recommend or condone any of the activities or practices represented.

For further information please see the RVL Website Disclaimer