Much ado about… well, everything really…

Planned (kinda) Written, Edited and (definitely) Perpetrated by

Tim

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HOLA…!!! ( Good job I ain’t in Montana right?) BOO…!!! Betcha thought I was gone didncha???
No such luck babies…

Where I’ve been is working my little booty off… kid you not, for all of you who thought I did nothing but hang around the office and Facebook… well, I’ve just finished day 9 straight and still a couple to go – reminds me of minesite work in Australia, two (weeks) on, one (week) off…

Soooooooo what have we got today then, last weekend, last week???

Oooooh, yeah, first up…

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

Well, we knew it wouldn’t take long didn’t we?

“He who shall not be named” (sorry Harry) The star of the piece ‘Persona non grata in effect‘ and the ‘VVC Global Statement of Warning‘ strikes again…

Firstly with this post in a local online group…
Yeah, that’s the way he operates… especially targeting the ladies…!!!

Then, this individual ignored the fact that he was NOT invited to a group meeting and ignored the fact that he has been declared Persona non Grata, thus flipping the bird at ALL of the signatories on that document, he gate-crashed, and so upset the meeting that the group in question is on the verge of dissolving because they feel unsafe with this person in proximity.

On behalf of the Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition we would like to make a strong, and urgent, appeal for anyone that can provide pertinent and verifiable information that can be used to curtail this individual’s activities here in Chicago.

Just a little help here folks, please…

Right yeah, moving right along… what can we drive you crazy with today…. hmmm… AH HAH… I know…

LMAO… remember that? Yeah?

Alrighty… c’mon DEEE-TROIT, yeah, “The Motor City” firing up on saturday June 9th when Lady Amari Noapte hosts 

A Detroit Vampire Community Gathering

…and how can we possibly pass up the chance at…

 

Isn’t it funny, if you sit and think about it for a minute… how so many songs fit situations that you find yourself in as you go along, what is it? are songwriters all, like, psychic? Is that a pre-requisite for being a songwriter? Do ya gotta go to “Music Psychic School” or something???

img. source: domica.info

Okey doke kids, let’s see what else my beautiful assistant found over the last week or so…

Bazza (that’s Australian for Barry) wants to know if you’ve seen any Vampires…! No, really, really really… I shit you not… check this tidbit out…

https://www.facebook.com/Seen-Any-Vampires-571066166611474/

Don’t really know what “Barry” is gonna do if you have but he’s sportin’ one hell of a mo…!!! Yoo go Bazza…!!! Oi, Oi, Oi…

img. source: stuyalumni.org

 

…aaaand, from across the pond… no, not the royal wedding, we discover that none other than that ubiquitous dastardly dandy Darren Demondaz has been swanning around on set of the upcoming feature, “Vampires of Soho”

And YES, our friend Mr. Demondaz is in the movie…!!!

img. source: Paranoid Android Films

While we’re on the “Events” beat, here’s another worthy of a mention…

img. source: Dark Side of the Con Convention (Vampirefreaks)

Time to get down and dark? You can find out more at http://darksideofthecon.com

 

Soooo much going on, if you have events coming along that you would a little more push with let us know via our Facebook Portal

J. Reason’s Real Vampire Life

What next, ummmm… wellll…. shuffle shuffle shuff…

Oooops, clicking finger slipped…

Jimmy says it’s better than air… my question is, how does Jimmy know???

And while we’re tripping the light fantastic… here’s one for ya… oh so sublime…

Okayyyyyyyyyy day-trippers… with that, and a reminder to check out the May writing assignments at Lady Sylvere’s,

 
Grumpy Vamp’s Guide to the GVC

“Welcome to Bite Club”

Get involved, it’s the one place where it’s cool to be grumpy…!!!

But don’t let your Mom find out…

 

Toodle Ooh for now…

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Over the hump…

img. source: Wallpaper Abyss/ Alpha Coders

Created, Written, Edited, Trashed & Presented by

Tim

HEY…!!! Whoa…!!! Can you believe it’s gone past “Hump Day” again… seems like we’ll be getting ready for Christmas 2018 if we don’t watch out. Speaking of which, our neck of the woods, over the last few days, we’ve gone from somewhere around 48 to 88 on the OMG… is that heat? index…and now we’ve got thundery showers and 80% humidity… HELL-OHHHH, what happened to “time to acclimatise?”

But hey, “–it happens yeah?”, like th’ man said…

Samuel L. Jackson as Mitch Henessey in “The Long Kiss Goodnight”, 1996.
Forge & New Line Cinema
in assoc. with The Steve Tisch Company.

Yeah, so, I was thinking the other week, while I was writing up a l’il something for Lady Sylvere’s Grumpy Vamp’s Guide to the GVC, wouldn’t it be a hoot if we painted a target on our back and invited people to throw questions at us? Yep, probably the craziest idea in a long line of crazy ideas by Moi…

I figured that with around 4,000 site visits last month, over 1200 Twitterers following us and visits to our Facebook portal there must be some folks out there who have questions about what we do, how we do it and, more importantly, why. So, I’m going to preempt the first, most obvious question that people would probably throw at me, as the Editor-in-Chief, and it comes from Seymour Butz in Soggy Bottom Holler, Seymour would like to know…

img. source: Redneck Romance Writer on WordPress

Welllll… for the answer to that we’d have to go back to the early sixties in working class England…

So, with that one out of the way I would like to invite 10 people, first come first served, to send us answers to these…

  • If you could ask the Editor-in-Chief 1 question what would it be? (Be as forthcoming, straight shooting, intelligent, mildly obstreperous even lightly (intelligently) confrontational if you like)

and, tell us, if you would be so kind, What do you think of RVL E-Zine overall?

Send your entries to our email at giltine51@gmail.com,
send me a Facebook PM (it’ll go to my ‘Other’ folder) at https://www.facebook.com/CaptainNorthstar or,
alternatively, send a message through our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RealVampireLife/

img. source: pnd.typepad.com

 

So, apart from crazy, where are we going today? Been thinking just lately, about history and about origins and about where things come from and I’ve decided we’re gonna have a bit of a time warp… NO, not more of the sublime “Rocky Horror Picture Show”, go to your movie channel or rent the DVD… but, ummm, a bit of this…

Yup, going to throw a bit of Australiana at you today…

What’s news this last week… or so…

Well, one thing we have to report is that technical difficulties will prevent us from bringing you the second part of an interview we ran at the end of March, “Interview with The Goddess” – things change and “–it happens” yah?

However, in some sparkly good news we have become entangled with a new organisation in our very own, beloved, “Windy” City – now, I gotta explain something here… it’s a question that comes up frequently… The “Windy” City, Chicago, has nothing to do with those howling Canadian Nor-Westers that we get, it’s the politics, the politics in Illinois are definitely blow-hard… in fact, I was watching the last Governor Election debate on television, for about 1.5 minutes and the three candidates were yelling over each other simultaneously while the debate master was yelling for order and “one at a time please”… couldn’t make out a darn word…!!! Sooooo glad I don’t have to vote for one of the apes…

Hmmmm… reminds me of some other folks I know…

Alright, I digress, sorry…

img. courtesy of: The Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition

The Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition has opened it’s doors. Yes – RVL is fully and wholeheartedly supporting the Coalition, yes – the inaugural meeting of the founding members (charter members) was held remotely this past weekend. Yes, they have a website/group which is growing rapidly, even as we speak. I’m not going to let any cats out of bags except to say that we have put forward an invitation to the organisation to give us the lowdown on what’s goin’ down in Windy Town…

…anybody from Australia can tell you about this fella, and the band Cold Chisel… iconic in Australia, always find a song or two played at weddings, it’s mandatory at parties and pretty much mandatory that every red-blooded Aussie knows ALL the lyrics – and if you ever saw him live (raises hand – multiple times) you would really know what ‘goose bumps’ are… seriously…!!!

Incidentally, the guitarist in the blue shirt is Jimmy’s brother in law who goes by the stage name “Diesel”… so, if ya go see Jimmy you actually get two for the price of one…

img. source: Map Collection – WordPress.com

Back in the day… what a curious phrase, don’t you think? Well, back in someday past we used to hang out at the Uni Bars, and in the early part of their career these guys were regularly on the rounds…

Now, I got an invite and picked up on a developing trend this last week… anybody heard about Discord?

I got invited to a “channel” and I thought I’d take a peek. In essence the ‘Discord’ is similar to the older IRC Channels, it provides real-time online chat and from what I can see was primarily designed for gamers to natter back and forth while playing computer games… a social hub, so to speak. Like all things these days, however, it is readily adaptable to all sorts of fun shenanigans.

Privacy looks good, you have the capability of choosing who you want to be connected to, you can make a “friend list” if you want, you can upload links to favourite stuff and all the usual. The only drawback that I can see at this present time is “time zones” and schedules… trying to get to be there when your peeps are is somewhat problematic but no more so than any other place and you can leave messages for folks anyway.

Like I said, it looks fun and can be adapted to be useful in a variety of ways and its biggest hook? It’s free.

img. source: adapted from Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket”
R.I.P. R. Lee Ermey

Here’s another song that you may have heard from the “old country”…

Some of you might even empathise with the lyrical content…!!!

…and with that I’m going to wander off and think up some more crazy stuff… coz that’s one of the things I do ’round here… much to Lady M’s frustration sometimes I think…

img. source: domica.info

 

Leaving ya with this one… when folks think of Australia they think of Koala’s (They’re not bears btw, they’re marsupials) Possums and Kangaroos… oh, and Great White Sharks… but they also think of beaches and surfing an’ stuff…

Back from 1978… it’s Radio Birdman…

img. source: Radio Birdman/ YouTube

Aloha Steve and Danno

 

ALOHA dudes and dudettes…!!!

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

Img. source: The Age.com.au

Researched, Edited, Written and Presented by
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)

img. source: ccPixs.com

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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