Crossroads 2018: The PROOF of the pudding…

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

Written, Edited and Presented by
Tim

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

You know, there’s a simple phrase that resounds, and echoes, throughout the modern culture on a VERY, annoyingly, regular basis – “Prove it…!”

Usually it’s in reference to a person claiming this, that, or the other about their Vampirism but there’s a place, and time, when it should be used and it should be used properly.

Accusations of misconduct, or misdeeds, are part and parcel of the modern Vampire culture and I guess we have to expect that when somebody gets upset with someone else. Calling people names like “paedophile”, “child molester”, “sexual predator”, “rapist”…well, that’s all well and good and, if there is evidence of conviction in a nationally, or State based, Sex Offenders Registry then it is justified and warranted BUT, and here’s the big “but”, if you have no proof for making said accusation, if you can’t support the claim with rock solid, incontrovertible and legally sound proof then you are committing an offence under the law and that, dear reader, gets you a black mark in the culture.

What’s the black mark? Well, you may get the title “Drama Queen”, you may get a name for yourself as a troublemaker and end up getting ignored, or shunned, by the mainstream culture. What’s worse, in this writer’s opinion, is the clear indication that you have no self-respect or dignity and therefore are clearly indicating that you should not be taken too seriously.

If you do it once you might get away with it by claiming you were in a bad mood, claiming your pet guppy passed away, claiming you had a bad day at work but if you persist and spread the poison far and wide then you will get a name as a douche and no one will take you seriously anymore. Now, you can sit back and say, “I don’t give a rat’s…” That’s fine, that’s your prerogative but the very fact that you don’t give a damn about anyone else reflects very poorly on YOU and, worse still, it reflects badly on people you call friends.

Take a look at this;

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A most enlightening meme indeed and one that shows, step by step, how to avoid falling into the “Idiot” hole as you mingle.

Perhaps I could add another, “Never try and support your insupportable argument by yelling louder and getting other people to yell with you.” (Empty vessel syndrome)

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We all like to think that we are reasonable, educated, socially aware creatures and if we’re going to call ourselves that then we really ought to act like it. Let common sense and conscience guide you, apply critical thinking to things, question things, see if they make sense or they are backed by proof and evidence before you form an opinion, grab the pitchfork and brand and charge at somebody’s castle walls. You might just save yourself a whole lot of embarrassment and avoid the “Moron” label being plastered across your picture and name. That alone should make it worthwhile to you if for no other reason.

Proof and the burden of proof 

Burden of proof n. the requirement that the plaintiff (the party bringing a civil lawsuit) show by a “preponderance of evidence” or “weight of evidence” that all the facts necessary to win a judgment are presented and are probably true. In a criminal trial the burden of proof required of the prosecutor is to prove the guilt of the accused “beyond a reasonable doubt,” a much more difficult task. Unless there is a complete failure to present substantial evidence of a vital fact (usually called an “element of the cause of action”), the ultimate decision as to whether the plaintiff has met his/her burden of proof rests with the jury or the judge if there is no jury. However, the burden of proof is not always on the plaintiff. In some issues it may shift to the defendant if he/she raises a factual issue in defense, such as a claim that he/she was not the registered owner of the car that hit the plaintiff, so the defendant has the burden to prove that defense. If at the close of the plaintiff’s presentation he/she has not produced any evidence on a necessary fact (e.g. any evidence of damage) then the case may be dismissed without the defendant having to put on any evidence.

(Ref: https://dictionary.law.com/Default.aspx?selected=109)

Proof n. confirmation of a fact by evidence. In a trial, proof is what the trier of the fact (jury or judge without a jury) needs to become satisfied that there is “a preponderance of the evidence” in civil (non-criminal) cases and the defendant is guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt” in criminal prosecutions. However, each alleged fact must be proved separately, as must all the facts necessary to reach a judgment for the plaintiff (the person filing a lawsuit) or for the prosecution (the “people” or “state” represented by the prosecutor). The defendants in both civil suits and criminal trials need not provide absolute “proof” of non-responsibility in a civil case or innocence (in a criminal case), since the burden is on the plaintiff or prosecution to prove their cases (or prove the person guilty).

(Ref: https://dictionary.law.com/Default.aspx?selected=1642)

Even though these are the definitions drawn from a legal dictionary it doesn’t matter what situation you are applying them to, it doesn’t matter whether you are in an official Court of Law or in The Court of Public Opinion, if you present yourself with noting but a wild accusation you won’t achieve anything except annoying people, in a Court of Law, that will get you a contempt citation, in the Court of Public Opinion that will get you a general contempt.

Respect yourself when you want to make assertions, accusations or public statements… get the facts, get the truth, or truth’s (there’s always more than one side to every story) form your opinions and then get the evidence and proof to back them up before you shoot your mouth off or let your fingers do the talking without having the brain involved and just maybe we’ll be able to enjoy more of the TRUTH and less of the B.S.

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A midsummer night’s ponderings…

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S.O.S. Canada, S.O.S. Canada… can you please, for the love of all the gods, saints and angels, muster your forces and send us a winter jetstream… URGENTLY… Texas is trying to kill us…!!!

We need to box this stuff up and shove it back south where it flamin’ well belongs… tell ya what, 30 years downunder and I know heat, I can deal with the heat but this ‘humidity’ bull…WHAT??? J.C. wept on a salty cracker, where are we, bloody Singapore…!!!

If I wanted heat index in the 105 plus range I’d have stayed in the Gibson… at least it ain’t humid there for Pete’s sakes… I mean really? get a load of this…
Summer solstice 2018 in Northern Hemisphere was at 5:07 AM on Thursday, June 21

(For 6/30)…

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT

SUNDAY…

* TEMPERATURES…Afternoon highs in the mid 90s today and low to mid Sunday, with tonight`s lows only around 80 degrees.

* HEAT INDICES…Peak afternoon heat indices in the 105 to 110 degree range. Heat indices are unlikely to drop below 90 in the core of the city, even late tonight.

* IMPACTS…Oppressive heat and humidity combined with ample sunshine will lead to hazardous conditions, particularly for the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions. Stifling heat is likely to linger well into the evening hours with very little nighttime relief from the heat. This will exacerbate the potential health impacts during this intense heat wave. Residents of the City of Chicago can call 3…1…1… to request well being checks for elderly friends or family members, or for information on finding the nearest cooling center.

 

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Okay, okay… firstly, standard pre-blurb disclaimer…

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So, parents, send the kids over the neighbours to play, give them twenty bucks and send them to a fast food joint to contribute to the National childhood obesity epidemic, put ’em in a cupboard with some magazines… it’s “big kids time” again…

What has my lovely assistant been cooking up and working with this week, except for yummy food for me… LOL

Remember this from the “June bug” editorial?

Well, RVL’s own Lady M was invited to read a pre-release of the book… she has read and her review is pending – providing we are allowed to share that with everyone here (permissions needed methinks) we’ll bring you that soon. 

 

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Annnnnd speaking of the Lone Star stuff…

“Hey Everyone, so The Best of The Best of Austin is out! It would be really cool if you guys could nominate The Glass Coffin: Vampire Parlour for best Antique Store, Boutique and Local Tourist Attraction 🖤 “

The Glass Coffin – Best of the Best in Austin

GO AHEAD… make their day…!!!

(Ed. note: follow the link, click on the “Shopping” tab and from the list on the left side of the screen select “Antique”… C’mon Austin, get behind the Coffin…!!!)

So let’s keep rolling with the whole Texas Tea thing shall we…

 

Y’know… been thinking a lot this week, been thinking about languages, the uses and abuses thereof… got some writing coming which will be up soon, courtesy of my friend Lady Sylvere, at the Grumpy Vamp on WordPress.

The lady shared a thought recently, something along the lines of, “You’re not entitled to an opinion just because you had a thought.”

How true is that? A thought is a random, often fleeting, concept that zips through the old brainbox and doesn’t really have any substance, logic or definition… it’s a thought, will-o-the-wisp stuff, really… NO, an opinion requires some thought, some research, a little reading to form properly, logically, sensibly and to be able to present it credibly in an open or public forum… I’ve often thought we’d be a lot better off if people separated the two concepts, don’t you think??? Peddling out random-access thoughts as bona fide opinions, NOPE, doesn’t fly… just makes you look like an idiot – you don’t what to look like an idiot, do you?

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” ~Unknown~

Oh, yeah, btw… speaking of “Dracul” an’ stuff…

Img. source: Whitby Gothic Weekend 2018/2019

Whitby Goth Weekend
Oct 26 – 28 2018

See… fleeting thoughts… LMAO
I seem to be permanently playing catch up with myself…

What else, what else, what else indeed…

Img. source: The Leathur Lair of The Brat Prince of Chicago

Yes…yes…yes… Friday nights are TLL nights… a special blend of mayhem and madness from our friend D.

Haven’t you got the urge to grab a six pack and hang with a delightfully and lovably crazy dude…???

The Leathur Lair 

Be there or be square…!!!

WHOA…! That rhymes, I wonder if he thought that when he made up the name…??? Ummmm… Nahhhhh…!!!

Here’s one for you Maestro…

 

Where can we go after that bit of sheer class???

YES... over to another bit of sheer class…
Our mate Dave has been working his tail off with interviews and profiles at AEA, slip on over to check out the latest with the inestimable Mr. Dave Wolff himself…

“Autoeroticasphyxium zine (since 1997) supports and endorses underground metal of all genres (black, death, doom, thrash, NWOBHM), punk rock, grind, crust, hardcore, goth, horror rock, occult rock, stoner rock, electronic, ambient, industrial, experimental, synthpop, darkwave, world, independent net radio, independent film, horror fiction, art and sculpture, poetry, performance art, photography, vampire lore, subjects related to the occult, the paranormal and witchcraft. Visit AEA on the internet and contact me if interested in being interviewed or contributing to the zine.”

We have it on good authority that Dave is in the market for contributors and is also looking for music reviewers, reliable genre oriented people who can work with a little discipline to be a part of one of the most well established sources on the net for Music reviews and indie/underground interviews… as the man said, contact him for further details…

Speaking of which… RAAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH….!!!!

Oh, wah, hooooooo…!!!

So we gotta flip the burgers to this one now…

Well, that’s about as steamy and summery as we can get for the moment…

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Yeah, so, roll on Summer… QUICK DAMMIT…!!!

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A June bug…

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Somehow scraped together by, edited by, wrangled by and sweated over by

Tim

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Yeah, sweated over… I tell you what, I’d rather be working the edge of the Gibson in Australia than here at the moment…!!!

Just what in tarnation is this stuff called??? 104 plus heat index, humidity around 90 plus… flick me… I keep expectin’ to see a troupe of Congolese Gorillas wander past… maybe I shoulda signed on for one of those “expeditionary groups” in Soldier of Fortune…!!!

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DAMN…!!! Folks here tell me, “If you don’t like the weather in Illinois come back in ten minutes” – IT’S BEEN LIKE THIS FOR A FREAKIN’ WEEK… never mind no “ten minutes…!!!”

Annnnnnd, having put in one full week, plus one Monday, I can tell ya, once again, with full conviction, I agree with Sir Bob…


 

Nyuk… nyuk… nyuk… Couldn’t resist that one now could I…

Soooo…what has my beautiful assistant been up to lately? Hmmmm, uh huh, Yep…Yep… Oh? Really? Mmmmmmm… that’s curious… well, let’s see what we can make out of this lot then…

First up… Bad Things, who wants to be a Bad Thing?

Well, your chance is at hand…

Jun 24 at 9 PM to Jun 25 at 12 AM

2106 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116-2028, United States

Bad Thingz Beach Party

 

HAH…!!! YEEEEAHSSSS…!!! A Beach Party… hey guys, large hint…

YOU NEED VAMPIRE BEACH BABES

BWAHAHAHAHAHAAA… can you believe they left it wide open fer that one…!!!!

Okay, Earth to Tim… Earth to Tim, come in, Over? What else we got here….

Ohhh… ooooh….ooooh…. YAH…!!!!

Our “darling of the West Coast” friend, Lady Shannon McCabe, has let slip the info on the 10th Anniversary Vampire Ball… WOOT…!!!

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Shannon McCabe’s Vampire Ball- 10th Anniversary- Nosferatu

Hosted by Shannon McCabe’s Vampire Ball and Vampire Ball

Saturday, October 27 at 8 PM – 1:30 AM PDT

Oct 27 at 8 PM to Oct 28 at 1:30 AM PDT

California Auto Museum 2200 Front Street, Sacramento, California 95818

Tickets @ www.eventbrite.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/2094086267583875/

NOT ONE TO BE MISSED… 

 

Red River Vampire Festival is growing and moving strong!

Just to catch you up on the behind the scenes happenings, we’re negotiating with a vampire burlesque troupe, stilt walkers (for the parade on Nov 3rd), lowrider car clubs, and talking to other special guest performers as well as a pretty badass dj spinning some of the best and darkly delicious beats and tunes for the VIP Party!

We still have room for a couple more artist for the New Blood Art Show, in case you know someone who fits our lineup…

Our logo is being proofed and finalized as we speak so thank you for your patience!!! Let’s rock this show like nothing before!!!

For accommodations and booking a place here for the dates of the event, call and let then know Jake sent you! STAY 2 DAYS GET THE 3RD FREE*

BOOK YOUR STAY TODAY

(*exclusively for this event)

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Ahhhhhhh…. now, here’s a thing… just learned today that we have a new classification of Vampires gracing our culture… that’s right, a whole new sub-sub-cultural facet…

I’m speaking, of course, of Eclectic Vampires

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Yeah, whoo boy… new one just outta the language grinder… gotta do a bit of research this end but I think I should really point out, from English Language 101… I trust we all remember that? The word “Eclectic” is an adjective, HOW DID IT SUDDENLY BECOME A NOUN? And… just what the pink-faery flapping frig is an “ECLECTIC” anyway…

I’ll tell ya…
eclectic adjective

UK  /ekˈlek.tɪk/ US  /ekˈlek.tɪk/ formal

[Ref: Cambridge English Dictionary  https://dictionary.cambridge.org]
HOLY CARP BATMAN…!!!

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Sooooo… now we’ve given ourselves permission not only to make up words “on the spur” and “as required” to fudge over something haven’t really thought out and we’ve developed a new flavour, like tutti-frutti, or bubblegum, or orange sorbet???

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This might be a real good time to promo my lovely friend, Lady Sylvere’s, “Grumpy Vamp’s Guide to the GVC on WordPress”

Keep a-watchin hombres…!!!

 

Yeah, yeahhhhh, yep…!!!

Here’s a chill pill for ya…

Okay, okay, okay… all systems check… hehehe…!!!

Where to now? Ah yes… Two places well worth a look, well worth following, visiting and joining in…

~ Lady CG ~

Our dear friend Lady CG’s Discord Channel for discussions, articles, editorials, chit-chat and just good times. You can find this new Darkened Mirror portal at –

https://discordapp.com/invite/HgPGprE

img: courtesy of LIRV, Italy

And, for our Italian speaking members, why not connect with Presidente Davide Santandrea’s Liga Italiana Real Vampires (LIRV) You can catch up with the latest news on the television and film project in Italy as well by going to –

The page of the national association on Facebook that is this one https://www.facebook.com/comunitalegaitalianarealvampires/   and the official website it’s here http://legaitalianarv.wixsite.com/lega-real-vampires  and our welcoming group that it’s this one on Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/groups/legaitalianarealvampires/  as well as the newest link,
https://plus.google.com/communities/111055630306788573994

Annnnnd with that, I think that’s enough brainwork for this Monday, don’t you??? ‘Sides, I’m hungry…

“Vampiro”
by Remedios Varo

I’ll leave you with an absolute gem tonight, au revoir…

 

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