One-on-One: Another side of a coin

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Stories, tales, rumours, suppositions… in the modern Vampire culture they are as inevitable as death and taxes. Which stories are true, which are accurate, which are complete, well, that all rather depends on who you talk to and when.

Different variations of different interpretations of the same event often make it seem as though the same tale has different endings, or no ending at all.

In a great many cases you will find that the stories are based on part of a tale from one source, part from another source and yet another part from an entirely different quarter so how is the “innocent bystander” to make sense of it all? How do we unravel the different strands and get to the kernels of truth? Many’s the time when we might be tempted to sit back and say to ourselves, “Hmmm, where there’s smoke there’s fire, right?” Is that always true, or is the smoke being blown from another place entirely?

Our guest this evening has been, in the past, controversial, outspoken and firmly in a different corner to many and one has to wonder why, where did the controversy stem from? Where did it begin and what’s the newest initiative that he is involved in?

RVL is pleased to present a One-on-One with Michael Vachmiel.

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RVL: Good evening Michael, it is a great pleasure to welcome you to RVL, and we would like to thank you for sparing us a little of your time today.

MV: It is a pleasure to speak with you.

RVL: The first question, in fact probably the one that our audience likes to see quite early on, do you identify as a modern living Vampire?

MV: Yes I do.

RVL: …and since this is our “first contact”, so to speak, would you share with us a little of your own history, when did you first become aware of your true nature and when did you first come to the modern Vampire culture?

MV: I began my journey like so many others of my era did. We were just trying to survive what it was like growing up in the late 1980’s. Trying to find a place to belong, trying to find ourselves. It was in 1985 that I found an odd assortment of people from various occult traditions that were willing to share their knowledge. It was being around this energy and people that that my cravings and hungers for both energy and blood rose. Instead of being looked at like a freak, I was shown occult, spiritual, and religious texts showing similar hungers and desires. It was not until some former Temple of Set people came to play with us that the term vampire, and what being a living vampire meant, came to light in our lives.

RVL: Prior to realising the truth about yourself, were you always “taken” by the concept of the Vampire? Did you watch and read much material early on?

MV:  Beforehand no. I was this rather beat up, shy, timid shell of a person that was just trying to understand his own nature. The total muggle! Then after 85 I devoured everything I could get my hands on! I am lucky that my awakening took place in the late 1980’s and early 90’s when the height of music and fashion took place.

Mr. Michael Vachmiel

RVL: When you first arrived in the wild and wonderful world of the internet culture what were your first impressions?

MV:  The Bulletin Boards were marvellous! I remember dial up on 300 baud modems and those early days! Then the CompuServe rooms along with the invention of Windows added more tools to play with. It was not until Windows evolved, AOL chat rooms and IRC that the Vampire Culture could get a solid foothold in the web. Then the user groups, followed by Yahoo Groups, then Friends Space. We could finally share photos and music. LiveJournal, and then Myspace changed the game completely! They both came at the right place and time in history to lay the solid foundations of what we call the Online Vampire Community. From there we have all seen how Vampire have adapted technology to meet the ever evolving needs of our community. Technology is a wonderful thing!

RVL: …and have your impressions changed greatly with the passage of time?

MV:  In the 33 years of being awakened I would have to say no. More mature and more refined of course. More knowledgeable most certainly! Over all, the human, in this case vampire, heart and soul does not change. The same personality archetypes, the same hungers, the same cravings always repeat themselves.  Age, knowledge and experience has made managing these cycles less stressful.

 

RVL: Now, you have “cut your teeth” so to speak, in Texas which is widely known for its modern Vampire presence. Can you share a little with us about the Vampire Court of Houston, how and when it formed?

MV:  The Vampire Court of Houston came about four years ago when there was a rapid succession of other vampire monarchs in Houston that had to step down for various reasons. Some because of illness, others because they chose to abdicate the throne. As nature abhors a vacuum I stepped up. We quickly organized a council, set up a community vote to see of the Houston VC was willing to go along with this. So I took my years of experience and began to task of governing. We reached out to other courts, we began to communicate with others. We set up regular meetings and events. We broke new ground in the vampire community. We publicly recognized the importance of Black Swans!  Yes, that was us! We treated being a vampire court seriously and DBA the name so no other group can take it! We were the first to live cast our meetings! We had Television and other media spots talking about Vampire and Swan relationships. These videos went viral and still continue to generate views. We created a powerful and energetic foundation that many others follow!

RVL: …and all-in-all we would have to agree, I think, that last year was quite controversial as far as you and your Court were concerned… indeed it almost seemed at one point as though you were out to “take on the world”… have you considered that time since then and changed direction at all?

MV:  Not at all!   When I took the step to DBA and protect the name, Vampire Court of Houston, which set off a firestorm. For the first time, someone said to certain parts of the vampire culture, no, you simply can’t take someone’s intellectual property by popularity vote! Then I said that Black Swans are EQUAL to vampires, for without our swans and donors, our culture would be less overall. That set off another firestorm. The response that saw the “food” and “slaves” as equals made me a poser, a fake and a fraud!  It was the beginning of the ugliness of 2017. So I responded with a cult awareness checklist, warning others not to allow people to think for them, and to think for themselves. So to be clear, I am not out to take on the world.  I am out to take on the part of the world that is cruel and vile.

RVL: How do you, personally, define the importance and value of formal and organised groups, be they Houses, Havens, Courts, Orders or Other?

MV: Organization is key to growth. An organized people have strength in numbers, achieving what an individual can not. Organizations have more resources and thus can achieve wondrous things. The current trend in the global vampire community to work with charities demonstrates the power of group achievement in a most positive and healthy way.

RVL: Within the Vampire Court of Houston there are two distinct levels we believe, that is, the “Inner” and “Outer” court, how do the two parts differ while being under the overall header of the VCH?

MV: The first thing I should point out is that there are no members of the VCH that are under 18.  Each member must fill out an application to formally join the court and I have stated clearly that joining the on line groups is not the same as joining the courts. The Inner Court is for those individuals, residing both in Houston and around the world, who are willing to donate time and energy to growing the court.

The Outer Court is for those individuals who wish to join the VCH, but simply do not have a lot of time or energy to contribute on a regular basis.

While the “age restriction” is something that has been played upon by our opponents, the real issue is our criminal background check.  The VCH does not allow people with violent felony backgrounds of a sexual nature such as rape, or crimes involving children to join.

img. source: Vampire Court of Houston

 

RVL: You are well known for your hitherto unwavering stance of, “You’re either with me or against me,” is that a standpoint you still favour?

MV: That you for allowing me to dispel this rather common, yet false notion about me.   I, along with the Vampire Court of Houston, has a small set of minimal behavioral standards. No trolling. No bullying. No stalking. We do not allow those with violent criminal offenses of a sexual nature or crimes involving children into our ranks. These guidelines four years ago were seen as Vachmiel dictating who can be in and out of the vampire community. This was then altered into a “with me or against me” position. So for clarification, the “with me or against me” was never a hard line mind-set.   On some things, I simply cannot compromise. The health and safety of myself, my swans and those who choose to be part of the court. With everything else, negations are the only sane and rational way forward.  That is the hallmark of any successful individual.

RVL: …and on that note, do you find a great difference in ethic and aesthetic from that which you may have been formerly used to?

MV:   Not really. As I mentioned about the ethics are solid while we are always guarding and improving the aesthetics of our public image.

RVL: Where do you see Michael Vachmiel in, say, five or ten years?

MV:   I am working with a publisher to create a series of metaphysical books. I see myself documenting this three and half decade journey in the world of the vampire in the written form, sharing my experience and knowledge with the world.

img. source: VCH/ M. Vachmiel

 

RVL: From your point of view, what are the best and worst things about being an “information age” modern Vampire? Do you think social media is a benefit or a curse?

MV: No longer does a “baby bat” have to suffer from an information drought. Knowledge of how to feed, shield, where to buy spiritual supplies, how to apply Goth makeup, where to buy clothing, so forth and so on. No one is isolated any longer! No one is alone any longer! This is the blessing the information age and social media.

The curse is the lack of accountability and responsibility for poor behavior. In 2017, I was harassed 24/7 for an entire year by a group of people. The situation escalated to death threats. I had to talk to Houston Police Department and the District Attorney on how to evaluate, monitor and record death threats. No one should have to have a lawyer and contacts with legal just to exist online peacefully, but that is the curse and reality of people popular on line in the 21st century.

RVL: If we can, now, I’d like to focus on the new undertaking that you have recently unveiled, namely the Vampire Society… and the reaching out to other mainstream community groups, what is the main purpose behind the society?

MV: The purpose of the Vampire Society is to allow Courts, Covens, Houses, Orders, and Ronin to ally and benefit from being part of a large group of people while maintaining their uniqueness.

RVL: …and where can people go to find out more about The Society?

MV:  People are free to join the discussion at

The Vampire Society Forum on Facebook

RVL: Are you concerned, at all, that reaching into areas that are not local to you will cause friction with already established organisations in those areas?

MV: That was a worry. That is still a worry and we are always listening to constructive feedback on how to improve our message. So far our message of be an ally but be yourself.  Keep your style of governance, keep your members ‘your members’, and run your area the way you see fit has been well received.   We make it clear we want allies, not minions! Looking at the mistakes made by others with similar projects we have learned what not to do when approaching people and organizations.

RVL: As I’m sure you are aware there are those that recall, perhaps unkindly to some degree, some controversial and adversarial comments that you made last year… is the Vampire Society a recognition that cooperation is much better than conflict?

MV: Sadly, when others choose to be aggressive, sometimes to the point of criminality, conflict occurs. Social media tends to spin things out of control. Cooperation and negotiation is always preferable to the wasted energy of conflict. Our success with the media and other professional third parties, along with the rapid growth of the Vampire Court of Houston and the Vampire Society demonstrates this solidly.

RVL: Do you regret, perhaps, some of the comments that you have made in the past, even though in that you would be no different to many, many others in the history of the modern culture?

MV:  We all have regrets. When our videos and other media went viral, I was not expecting the level of hate, stalking, and other criminal behavior. It took me by surprise and in the early days it stung me deeply. Having talked to other media types, lawyers, and getting solid advice from professionals I have learned just to “let it go”.

img. source: Freepik.com

RVL: …and if we were to ask you for one piece of advice for those either in, or just coming into, the modern VC, what would that advice be?

MV: Let things go. Ignore the haters. Be true to yourself. Read everything by everyone and keep what is of value to you, discard what does not work for you. If possible, get out and meet people! Be active! In order for a culture to grow, we need people! We need you! You are our future!

RVL: Michael Vachmiel, it has been a pleasure to spend a bit of time with you today, we will be very interested to see how the Society develops and we would like to check in with you, down the road a bit, and see what’s what if that’s okay?

MV: Of course!

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Have you ever heard the saying “Truth is stranger than fiction“? Perhaps, in this case the truth is just that, perhaps it’s a truth that has been obscured and it’s entirely possible that, with the formation of the Vampire Society, the “truth” is going to become apparent.

For any effort toward a unity state it’s not always necessary that groups, Houses, Havens or Courts formally come together under one banner, indeed one only need look to the recently formed Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition to realise that independent bodies are able to form a working coalition and it will be extremely interesting to watch how the Vampire Society grows and blossoms.

Any move toward uniting scattered groups must be a step in the right direction and once headed in that direction it will become easier for the larger formed bodies to enter into cooperative circles with one common goal in mind… but only so long as we realise, and recognise, that there are indeed two sides to every coin.

 

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A new “world” order?

Presented by
Tim

Good morning ladies and gentlemen,
We hope this finds you well?

This item comes in the form of “breaking news” and it is something that we at RVL will be attempting to follow up on and get further information about.

The map shown above relates to the states that have either been “taken over” or are in the process of being “taken over” by a group called Bloodnations.

It is, at once, both an intriguing and somewhat disquieting turn of events that does bear closer inspection. We will be attempting to make contact with the owners of Bloodnations to determine why this has come about and whether it is to include ALL modern Vampires resident in any particular area.

It is believed that this project is aimed at promoting unity within the modern culture and, while that may seem to be an admirable goal to many, it also begs the question, as always, “Unity under what rules?”

We at RVL look forward to being able to bring you more on this shortly dear reader.

To Be Continued

Crossroads 2016

 

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Tim

Dissertatio de solutione huius civitatis

Good evening,
Welcome to 2016. For some weeks I have been mulling over how to write this first Crossroads article for this year, mulling over not only how to write it but also why. How can we describe the sub-culture of 2015? How can we assess the impact and the efficacy of the construct? What can we learn from last year, a year that was, by any measure, a tough one.

I started by looking back over 2015, looking back over what has actually happened, looking over the commentaries, some of the opinions, some of the discussions that were held at the RVL Social Group. I suppose you might call it a sort of, “2015 – The year that was” exercise, and then the mind automatically jumps to the obvious question, “Was what?”

Everybody, or very nearly everybody, is well aware of the history of the VC/OVC; the chronology of the formation and growth, the stages of growth that the fledgling society of modern living vampires navigated to arrive, ultimately, at last year.
1966 – Anne de Molay establishes the Order of Maidenfear.
1969 – Creation of ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet.
1975 – The Order of The Vampyre is founded by priests of the Church of Satan.
1976 – House Sahjaza is formed in New York City.
1989 – The secretive; international, Temple of The Vampire (ToV) is founded.
1993 – The Sanguinarium is founded by Father Sebastian Todd. This leads to the establishment of the Ordo Strigoi Vii.
1997 – The “Long Black Veil & the Vampyre Lounge” events began on the second Wednesday of each month at the legendary MOTHER nightclub in New York City. “The Black Veil” document is authored, it was written as a code of conduct for patrons of the vampyre haven, “Long Black Veil”, in New York City.
Also, in the Northern Spring of 1997 the first webpage of Sanguinarius.org appeared.
1999 – Sphynxcat’s Real Vampires Support Page is established on the internet and the website Vampire-church.com was first registered in April.
2000 – COVICA, a council of collected elders from different traditions, again revised the Black Veil. It was at this time that the publication gained widespread popularity and was translated into Portuguese, German and Spanish. It was also distributed as the “13 Rules of the Community”.

Thirty-four years to build into a much needed resource, a place of guidance and support, and an avenue of communications for the myriad scattered individuals who considered themselves to be markedly different from the ordinary human being but; in a great many cases, didn’t know why. The ideologies and the needs were recognized and the structures were put in place to provide a social framework for the human living vampyre population… a little over three decades of effort, growth, organization and “reaching out” to each other, so, looking back at 2015 I asked myself, “It took thirty-four years to develop, where have we arrived at in the intervening fifteen?”

Tell me something, do you sometimes lean back from the computer with a stricken expression, yell “medic” and wish you could be ‘medi-vacked’ away from the infernal machine?

img source: "Platoon" - Hemdale Film (presents) & Cinema 86 (uncredited)

img source: “Platoon” – Hemdale Film (presents) & Cinema 86 (uncredited)

Do you spend time at the computer and feel like one of those who DIDN’T make it out of the “Event Horizon”?

img source: "Event Horizon" - Golar Productions, Impact Pictures, Paramount Pictures

img source: “Event Horizon” – Golar Productions, Impact Pictures, Paramount Pictures

Do you often get the feeling that you’re in the cast of Mad Max 2?

img source: "Mad Max 2" (The Road Warrior 2) - Kennedy Miller Entertainment (made by) (as A KENNEDY MILLER ENTERTAINMENT Production also) Kennedy Miller Productions

img source: “Mad Max 2” (The Road Warrior 2) – Kennedy Miller Entertainment (made by) (as A KENNEDY MILLER ENTERTAINMENT Production also) Kennedy Miller Productions

Then I know what you’ve been doing, you’ve been hanging around the VC/OVC…

Any social or cultural entity needs to be able to rely on certain dynamics to become better, to become stronger and sustainable. At the April 2013 “Dialogue of Civilizations” in Guatemala City, Guatemala, representatives from the U.S., U.K., Egypt, India, China, Taiwan, and Guatemala met to discuss the patterns of establishment, development and eventual dissolution of civilisations. Indian delegate, and author, Sadashivan Nair noted;
“Strong cultural and religious growth play important role for a strong society, gives strong identity to one society which initiates other small societies to join or bigger population of same society who follow their ideology. Thus a large and strong society is established.”

I would venture to suggest that over the last fifteen years the modern living vampire sub-culture has not enjoyed such strength, has not enjoyed such growth and has not enjoyed the benefits of being able to develop into a, “large and strong society”, indeed, the whole seems to be more fragmented now than at any other time I can remember since coming to the web, the OVC and beginning to interact with, and observe, the VC at work in around 2002.

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The sub-culture of the modern living vampire is reminiscent, now, of a veritable post-apocalyptic landscape in which leaders of small bands of outcasts, nomads and survivors have created camps to which the people who feel they can trust only a small number have gravitated. Maximum security measures are put in place for the safety and the peace of mind of the members of these “cyber-gypsy” camps but in the end analysis the entire construct has reverted to the “wasteland” from which it was born. Even the larger, almost iconic organisations of the modern VC/OVC struggle to maintain integrity and direction in the face of internal pressures. Groups that were established on high ideals and given hundreds of hours of tending and nurturing by their owners and officers have fallen prey to, and I quote, “bitching”, “in-fighting”, “sniping”, “back biting”, “B.S.” and “Drama” or they have, and again I quote, “stalled due to B.S. and drama.”

There are a couple of points I’d like to make here, firstly, B.S. and “drama” can only exist where they are permitted to exist. What’s the old saying, “As ye sow, so shall ye reap,” ~ rather apt I think, don’t you?
The second point, “drama” is “a composition in prose or verse presenting in dialogue or pantomime a story involving conflict or contrast of character, especially one intended to be acted on the stage, or, alternatively, the branch of literature having such compositions as its subject; dramatic art or representation.

What we have, by the bucket-load is NOT drama it is “stupidity”, plain and simple and until we can find an answer to “stupid” then we are going to keep following the same well-worn trails and pathways that keep us circulating between an ever growing number of camps with a finite number of credible people.

Some of the self-inflicted problems of 2015, in fact, beggared belief. We saw social media accounts being “hacked” and private messages taken away, commercial websites of people in the sub-culture hacked and torn down… websites that form part of their income and livelihood. Salacious reports of allegations of immoral and predatory, if not criminal, activities from New Orleans, drug addicted wannabe blackmailers hijacking websites and turning them into “hate sites”, sociopathic sycophantic mundanes trolling every single group or organization they could get near for the sole purpose of creating and spreading chaos and ill-feeling. Great Houses and Courts torn apart by internal intrigues and politics, personal betrayals by persons of not only ill-repute but dubious personal histories. We have witnessed death threats, including pictures of bullets with people’s names written on a piece of paper that the round was lying on posted…

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img source – en.wikipedia.org

Death threats? REALLY? Is that what we built this for? Is this what we come to it for?

Add to this the fact that on an ever expanding front we, as a sub-culture, have been exposed, whether we wanted to be or not. Media outlets ranging from ABC News & Radio, Anchorage Press (Alaska, USA) the BBC (U.K.) Buffalo News (New York, USA) The Christian Science Monitor, El Mundo (Spain) Excelsior (Mexico) The Express Tribune Magazine (Pakistan) FAST Online (Germany) FATE Magazine, FOX 8 News (Ohio, USA) the India Times, the Irish Examiner, Men’s Health Magazine, the Miami Herald, Newsweek, New York Daily News, Psychology Today, The Guardian, Urban Magazine (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and the Washington Post have carried commentaries about us.

Make no mistake, we have been “outed”, we have been made public property and have been held up to public scrutiny in an ever widening circle and you know what the funny thing is, I don’t recall anyone asking me if it was okay to do that for me… however, since it’s been, and is being, done wouldn’t it be interesting to get a real gauge of how people outside of, and not involved or in contact with, the sub-culture regard modern human living vampires? What do you suppose the reactions might be?

"La-push" copyright L Oburn

“La-push” copyright L Oburn

So, we must also weigh in the fact that along with all the dangerous and potentially harmful events that occurred during 2015, the fact that somewhere, in some place, someone, or a group of someone’s, has decided that their agenda; be it personal, commercial or whatever, supersedes the discretion required to keep the members of our sub-culture safe and “out of harm’s way”. Indeed, we only have to look to the continual flow of requests that we received at RVL, such as;

“To rvlmail@yahoo.com
Hello there,im from ******** ,Macedonia. i wanna turn into a vampire.How can i be one? just reply to my email,and we will discuss further”
Or, more disturbing,
“I would give up my life to become one of you, please tell me what to do?”

Let me pose the obvious question here, because you can be sure no one else will – what if someone does take their own life, or worse allow someone else to do so, in the false belief that they can actually become what we are? Who would be responsible?

Now, there are people who are going to cry “foul”, people who are going to bleat about “everything being fine”, people who are going to insist, “well, we’re no different to any other segment of society,” and beyond our borders people who think that “these people who say they are vampires are real, are crazy and dangerous”

Are we going to sleep easily at night? Telling ourselves that people who don’t or can’t understand, even after we have “advertised” our existence, are just plain nuts? – THAT, folks, IS B.S.

VCOVC_wasteland_color1Another interesting phenomena that rose to some prominence in 2015 was the concept of having an organization that went about collecting “evidence” of wrongdoing by members of the sub-culture. Collecting “evidence” and archiving each little bit to build, presumably, a case against particular persons. The problem becomes that when “gossip”, “rumour” and “conjecture” are melded together with personal animosities and snippets of conversations edited to provide the lynchpins in the “chain of evidence” then it ceases to become a “watchdog” and becomes more akin to a “hanging court” that has no mandate, no jurisdictional right and no authority; a hanging court that promotes allegations of ‘culpable negligence’ in the death of others and in the process it simply becomes a hate group ruled by personal bias and hidden agenda.

A relative latecomer to the scene may prove to be a good start in picking up on those, “few bad apples” that we are constantly hearing about. The formation of a new resource to provide, what the organization terms, “Community Wide Warnings” about individuals but being very new it is not yet clear how the mechanics of the process work. A representative of the resource says, of the project;
“The main objective of the Directory, which again is renamed. Real Vampyre Directory. Is to inform others of a location to find covens, groups, courts, houses, and events that take place in our side of the community. It is strictly to inform those listed of other communities. It also from time to time serves the purpose of warning those that are a threat to the communities in one form or another.”
The representative goes on to explain;
“This **** ***** has surfaced once, and so far no further information is being reported on. This could easily be a case of one lone individual who seems to know what is best in someone else’s eyes. Nothing more, unless more information is provided or worked upon, nothing will come of it. This also requires victims and survivors to come forward and speak about it in a private setting. To be ensured they are protected. The archive provides this in its settings. Unless survivors come forward and are willing to explain the details, much of it is personal in nature. We as a group cannot move forward, we are limited. One transgression is hardly anything more than a complaint. Unless others are willing to discuss such matters,”

img source: "Fallout" series by Interplay Entertainment

img source: “Fallout” series by Interplay Entertainment

An example of the standard “inertia”, or rather, “negative inertia”, has already been recognized some years back. The concept was very neatly summed up in the following statement;
“We’re generally growing older as a community faster than we’re replacing with new participants who are willing to stick around – that and they often perceive less areas where they can contribute so there is a net – negative matriculation effect.” [1]

It is a situation that can’t be avoided, it is, in fact, a situation that I had addressed some time back while I was still a member of the VCMB, and still trying to muster interest/care about the documented situation of declining activity.

At this juncture I’ll ask another two obvious questions, “Are we letting the RIGHT ones in?”, and, “Are we tending our own backyard in an acceptable manner that supports aiming for acceptance outside our sub-culture?”

In Conclusion:
2016 needs to be, in essence, a retrospective and introspective year. We need to step back and look at the whole picture. It’s all there before us in glorious living colour – mostly centered around social media.
Are we going to continue on the same path we have been travelling until the sub-culture becomes completely overwhelmed and dissolute?, what are positive things that have happened, within the sub-culture, during 2015?, can we look to a better quality of interaction, personal conduct and even personal effort in 2016?

Everything that I’ve put down in this editorial is verifiable, IT’S ALL OUT THERE – just do a bit of searching, a bit of looking around, talk to others… for every example I’ve used I’m sure you can come up with half a dozen others but I think, for me, a very recent single post that was made on Facebook; a post at once succinct and deeply indicative of the attitude that is spreading among a great many members of the sub-culture made me think long and hard. I quote;

“The VC it seems is crumbling. Fix your madness”

Can we? Can we fix the madness that seems to have taken root within the VC/OVC? Can we eradicate it? Limit it to a minor annoyance? Cure it? What do you think dear reader?

During this year at RVL we are going to continue being observers and commentators, we are going to be, as is our preference, neutral and unaffiliated presenters and interested onlookers. We are going to expand our operation and our new 2016 team members will be looking for events, happenings and occurrences which we will investigate, interview, evaluate and present commentary and editorials on, so, if you want to read about good stuff feel free to send in your suggestions, if you want to tell of nefarious goings on, go ahead, tell us about it and all-in-all perhaps we can paint the WHOLE picture, including, perhaps, the “Unicorns, rainbows and candy-floss version” that some would have us admiring.

The only thing I can possibly add to that is, as I wind up the writing of this editorial, I have been thinking long and hard about what song we could use as the “national anthem” for the VC/OVC in its present incarnation. The best one I could find was…

THIS ONE

 

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