A Discussion On The Impact Of Personal Financial Stability On The Vampire Community

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VOICES OF THE VAMPIRE COMMUNITY (VVC)
Global Vampire Community Discussion – May 1, 2018

A Discussion On The Impact Of Personal Financial Stability On The Vampire Community + Poll:

(a) Is your level of involvement (time to participate, attending or hosting offline events, maintaining access to communication/internet, et al.) within the Vampire Community directly affected by your personal economic situation? If yes, how so? Additionally, how has this changed over the past decade for you or those you know?
(b) In your opinion, does or should, the Vampire Community provide adequate resources to assist those experiencing economic hardships? If so, should these resources consist of financial literacy instruction, occupational resources, resume editing, and professional networking?
(c) Have you ever personally participated in a charity-drive/fundraiser or philanthropic event hosted by a participant of the Vampire Community for the direct benefit of someone in the Vampire Community?
(d) Does or should the Vampire Community have a vested interest, ethical obligation, or silent mandate to assist those who are discovered to be in genuine need of assistance?
(e) How concerned are you about recent changes in society, industry, technology, and government and any effect those changes have had on your personal ability to sustain basic standards of living and/or grow personal wealth for goals or retirement?

Based on you own level of financial ability and desire to participate in offline (in-person) gatherings hosted by the Vampire Community in your area, or areas you can readily travel to, please select the choice below that BEST describes your particular situation MOST often during the PAST YEAR. Responses are anonymous and this poll will not be duplicated via VCN Facebook for this reason.

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The Opening Of Doors…

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As many of you are aware, I took a year off from active involvement in the Vampire Community to focus on personal and professional development, to curb operating costs, and because I was satisfied that I had accomplished the goals of fostering academic and institutional research coupled with tempered public education about the Vampire Community. In other words, I ‘retired’. This sounded like a perfectly reasonable explanation and one that would not be met with skepticism.

Unfortunately this was not entirely accurate… you see I traveled to Moscow in June 2016 ahead of the U.S. election to meet with ***** of the Russian Vampire Community where we discussed and laid the framework… oops wrong audience!

My level of hyper-involvement in this community both visible and unseen gave rise to a profoundly isolating existence. I found myself staring past the rich diversity of participants and collectives and into the depths of the dark underbelly of this subculture. I received death threats, was physically stalked, felt as though I had to look over my shoulder at dinners, asked to consult with attorneys and law enforcement on cases directly and tangentially connected to self-identified vampires and other subcultures, ironically was on the receiving end of targeted hacking attempts, instructed to mind my own business about the affairs of others if I wished to avoid unpleasant consequences, contacted on a weekly basis by the psychologically unhinged who thrived on wallowing in despair and destructive behavior, witnessed numerous persons in positions of influence advocating dangerous viewpoints, pressured by journalists for intimate (and in some cases completely disingenuous) interviews while trying to accurately represent more voices than just my own, and locked in a perpetual state of hyper-vigilance at safeguarding my privacy by censoring my activities and words online and offline. I become intensely conflicted and reached an impasse of what I felt comfortable sharing with even my closest confidants. Nothing about me signaled for others to think;

“Oh I should speak with Merticus, he’s such an approachable and friendly fellow – so warm and fuzzy he is.”

At some point in late 2016 I awoke, had my morning cup of single-origin coffee, and said screw this bullshit. I could either fully deploy my passive aggressive personality and subversive set of skills to tear down certain ‘illusions’ brick-by-brick or simply leave on my terms and reorder my priorities. With this particular community I chose the latter.

As many of you have recently noticed, I’m lurking back around the Vampire Community. I’m not here this time around to implement grand-scale research projects, grant interviews to every journalist who comes knocking, post monthly news recaps, invest countless and precious hours trying to wrangle a bunch of misbehaving bats, or discuss what ‘vampirism’ means ad nauseam. I’m not here to solidify power structures or engage in vampire politics with novices. I’m not here to declare myself ‘Lord Merticus’, demand loyalty, and build a secret harem of followers – that would so be ’99 of me. I’m not here to stand in the way of progress by the younger generation or to scoff at the notion of unity or designs for grand apotheosis. I’m not here to be vindictive against those I know have stood against, spread false rumors, plagiarized, or otherwise been power-obsessed assholes towards me – we can start anew if you’re brave enough to take that step. I’m not here to rail against your narcissism, elitism, or dishonor your traditions – we’re vampires and it comes with the territory. I’m not here find myself, seek enlightenment, make apologies, or enable your fantasies.

I’m simply here to revel in the embrace of friends, bring people together to break bread and focus on what’s important in life, to advocate personal refinement that’s not dependent on one’s identity as a lifestyler, sanguinarian, med-sang, psychic, tantric, magickal, donor, otherkin et al. because you’re all the same to me, to encourage tolerance and not shy away from calling out hypocrisy, and most importantly to have more fun than should be allowed. Our society is changing and so are our established communities – not everyone will be able to come to terms with this and their resistance will only magnify their bitterness. Now’s the time to bring close to you those who matter and who share your vision. You can either join me or ignore me; but know if you intentionally peddle your drama in my direction or attempt to throw shade on the warmth of my happiness you will be met with unpleasant consequences.

I’m back my fellow vampires and misfits – time to begin again!

MERTICUS
Atlanta, GA USA
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PS: This isn’t an April Fools’ Day joke.

A Discussion On The Prevalence Of Nationalism, Racism, Misogyny & Extremism In The Vampire Community

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VOICES OF THE VAMPIRE COMMUNITY (VVC)
Global Vampire Community Discussion – March 14, 2018

(I.) Nationalism Steeped In White Supremacy, Misogyny & Other Extremist Ideologies Among Participants In The Vampire Community (VC) + Poll:

(a) As a community how do we identify individuals who embrace what the majority of society would consider to be toxic beliefs?
(b) What steps can or should we take to isolate or remove these individuals from participating in our space?
(c) At what point does the acceptance of the right to hold personal beliefs impinge upon our ability to provide support and guidance to those seeking our help or wishing to attend our events?
(d) Does passive tolerance or indifference potentially taint the charitable and philanthropic actions by groups and individuals in the VC?
(e) Does it serve to enable the ‘hidden’ or ‘silent’ spread of these beliefs?
(f) What steps, if any, should Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC), Dark Nations (DN), The Unity Project (Blood Nations), The Sanguinarium, Temple of the Vampire (TOV), Kemetic Order of Aset Ka, New Orleans Vampire Association, Vampire Court of Austin, South African Vampire Association, Temple House Sahjaza, House Kheperu, Iron Garden, Order of the Black Marble, Atlanta Vampire Alliance, the Vampire Courts in the United States or abroad, and all the other established Houses and Orders take to address this issue among their ranks or with those they influence?

Based on your experience and participation in the Vampire Community please answer the following questions. You may choose more than one response.

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See Also:

https://kiwifarms.net/threads/satanic-vampire-neo-nazis-atomwaffen-division-siegeculture.38120/

https://www.thedailybeast.com/satanism-drama-is-tearing-apart-the-murderous-neo-nazi-group-atomwaffen

https://medium.com/@eggfordinner/nazi-satanist-cults-want-your-blood-2a89c1578a65

https://www.propublica.org/article/atomwaffen-division-inside-white-hate-group

https://www.scribd.com/document/69804685/Satanic-Articles-and-Essays-Lucie-Elizabeth-Lovato

 

December 2016 In Review

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Vampire Community News (VCN) – December 2016 In Review

Woman Charged In Stabbing Of Boyfriend Who Drank Her Blood After ‘Talking About Vampires’
December 2, 2016
https://www.rt.com/usa/368938-woman-stabs-boyfriend-drank-blood-vampire/

Psychic Vampires And The Use Of Etheric Energy – Sateen C.
December 2, 2016
http://www.ascensionwithearth.com/2016/12/psychic-vampires-and-use-of-etheric.html

Another Step Closer To Artificial Blood – CBS News
December 5, 2016
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/another-step-closer-to-artificial-blood/

Notice From The Russian Vampire Community Regarding Completion Of Research Project
December 6, 2016
https://www.facebook.com/groups/vampirecommunitynews/permalink/1354627304576865/

Self-Identified Vampirism & Risk For False Positives: A Case Example Of Team Homicide & Implications For Forensic Behavioral Science – DJ Williams, PhD
December 6, 2016
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1556-4029.13338/full

When Criminals Lurk Among Us – By Damien Ferguson
December 8, 2016
http://www.theshadowsage.com/?p=2477

‘Vampire’ Victim Accused Of Being A Drunk Liar
December 12, 2016
http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/vampire-victim-accused-of-being-a-drunk-liar-7159927

Models Of Reality, Framework Of Reference… Logic And Emotion In The Vampire Community
December 14, 2016
https://amadorvampyre.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/models-of-reality-framework-of-reference-logic-and-emotion-in-the-vampire-community/

State Of The VC 2016 Year End – The Shadow Sage
December 17, 2016
http://www.theshadowsage.com/?p=2479

TVN (TheVampireNetwork) Interview – The Shadow Sage
December 18, 2016
http://www.theshadowsage.com/?p=2508

Modern Vampires And How They Practice The Ancient Art Of Drinking Blood
December 21, 2016
http://www.ranker.com/list/modern-vampires-drinking-blood/lisa-a-flowers

“Vampires” Who Must Drink Human Blood To Survive
December 23, 2016
http://vntinnhanh.vn/the-gioi/kinh-ngac-voi-the-gioi-ngam-nhung-nguoi-phai-uong-mau-nguoi-de-song-sot-142974

Your Feelings And The Holidays
December 24, 2016
https://beyondchaosmagickblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/24/your-feelings-and-the-holidays/

Vampires Live Among Us
December 27, 2016
http://www.sasapost.com/vampires-live-among-us/

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November 2016 In Review

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Vampire Community News (VCN) – November 2016 In Review

Title Hoarders
November 2, 2016
https://onlinevampirecommunityfacebook.wordpress.com/2016/11/02/title-hoarders/

United States Of Vampires – U.S. Presidential Election 2016
November 2, 2016
http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2016/11/02/united-states-of-vampires-presidential-election-2016/

Some Random Notes For People Who Are Sincerely Wondering If They Are Vampires… – Amador Vampyre
November 3, 2016
https://amadorvampyre.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/some-random-advice-for-people-who-are-sincerely-wondering-if-they-are-vampires-or-a-little-something-about-our-version-of-realistic-expectations/

House Of The Dreaming – Atlanta, GA Meetup
November 7, 2016
https://www.facebook.com/events/1163302100419825/

Police: ‘Vampire’ Attacks Woman In Concord
November 8, 2016
http://www.unionleader.com/crime/Police-say-Vampire-attacks-woman-in-Concord-11082016

New Hampshire Woman Attacked By Man Claiming To Be Vampire, Cops Say
November 9, 2016
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/11/09/nh-woman-attacked-by-man-claiming-to-be-vampire-cops-say.html

New Orleans Vampire Association – Homeless Outreach Program
Thanksgiving & Christmas – Please Donate
http://www.neworleansvampireassociation.org/donate.html

Darkened Mirror Project – Smoke & Mirrors – Lady CG
November 14, 2016
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1504114742948970/

How To Deal With Your Energy Vampires
November 18, 2016
https://goodmenproject.com/sex-relationships/deal-energy-vampires-snsw/

Why The Sinister Approach Might Not Be The Best For All Personality Types – Amador Vampyre
November 19, 2016
https://amadorvampyre.wordpress.com/2016/11/19/why-the-sinister-approach-might-not-be-the-best-for-all-personality-types/

Creativity Vampire
November 20, 2016
https://katescreation.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/creativity-vampire/

Real-Life Vampire (Georgina Condon) Gets ‘Aroused’ By Drinking Her Boyfriend’s BLOOD And Has Avoided The Sunlight For 20 Years
November 21, 2016
https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/2230763/real-life-vampire-gets-aroused-by-drinking-her-boyfriends-blood-and-has-avoided-the-sunlight-for-20-years/

The Iron Garden Gathering – Safety & Self Defense
November 25, 2016
https://www.facebook.com/events/337558479945400/

Are Vampires Real, Do They Really Drink Human Blood And How Many Are There In The UK?
November 30, 2016
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2297862/vampires-real-drink-blood/

Sexual Vampires: Myths And Motivations
Journal Of Positive Sexuality
Volume 2, November 2016
By Suzanne Carre, Hesperus, And Deacon Gray
http://journalofpositivesexuality.org/volumes/

United States Of Vampires – Presidential Election 2016

Vampire AmericanA Question For American Vampi(y)res:

If you’re a United States vampire and have already voted or plan to vote in the November 8, 2016 Presidential Election which candidate will receive your support?

Please make a selection below of the ticket you already have or plan to vote for in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

  • Hillary Clinton | Tim Kaine (40%, 65 Votes)
  • Donald Trump | Mike Pence (18%, 29 Votes)
  • Gary Johnson | Bill Weld (12%, 20 Votes)
  • Jill Stein | Ajamu Baraka (12%, 19 Votes)
  • Other (4%, 6 Votes)
  • I'm Eligible To Vote In This Election But I'm Abstaining (Not Voting) (14%, 23 Votes)

Total Voters: 162

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October 2016 In Review

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Vampire Community News (VCN) – October 2016 In Review

Well, I Like The Idea Of Community – Pagans, Vampires And Pagany Vampires – Amador Vampyre
October 3, 2016
https://amadorvampyre.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/well-i-like-the-idea-of-community-pagans-vampires-and-pagany-vampires/

Getting To The Heart Of The Matter… – Kinesia
October 5, 2016
https://theredcellar.com/2016/10/05/getting-to-the-heart-of-the-matter/

The Mean Girl Effect – OVC In The Eyes Of A Daycare Worker
October 6, 2016
https://onlinevampirecommunityfacebook.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/the-mean-girl-effect/

Jaden Smith Believes He Was A Vampire, Seriously
October 12, 2016
http://djbooth.net/news/entry/2016-10-12-jaden-smith-believes-he-was-a-vampire
http://www.numero.com/fr/modehomme/interview-jaden-smith-nathaniel-goldberg-louis-vuitton-the-get-down

Interactions With Non Vampires: The Meditations Of Marcus Aurelius
October 15, 2016
http://www.vampire.network/passion-and-purpose-the-meditations-of-marcus-aurelius/

A Guide To The Dangers Of The Online Vampire Community (OVC)
October 22, 2016
http://www.vampire.network/a-guide-to-the-dangers-of-the-online-vampire-community-ovc/

Blood Bond: Real Life Vampires And The ‘Black Swan’ Donors Who Feed Them
October 26, 2016
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/blood-bond-real-life-vampires-and-the-black-swan-donors-who-feed-them

OCTOBERSPLOITATION! (Or “I Am Not A Fucking Vampire.”) – By CJ!
October 28, 2016
https://theredcellar.com/2016/10/28/octobersploitation-or-i-am-not-a-fucking-vampire/

The Bloodlust Vampire Ball (New Orleans, LA USA)
October 30, 2016
https://www.facebook.com/events/1690229807860525/

The Closing Of Doors – A Letter To The Vampire Community From Merticus
http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2016/10/28/vampirecommunity2017/

The Closing Of Doors…

RedDoorsParisFranceVampire Community News (VCN) will continue to operate a monthly recap of articles with syndication via Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr through December 31, 2016.  Without the materialization of a MORE CONSISTENT support network it’s unlikely we’ll continue making the daily and monthly postings of vampire community related news and information in 2017.  I (Merticus) have continuously provided this service to the vampire community since 2008 and unfortunately my spare time is increasingly limited due to my professional career expanding on multiple fronts.

In August, the directors of Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC (parent company of VCN, AVA, VEWRS, VDTORS, VVC, etc.) met and discussed our present and future role with respect to the vampire community.  We collectively came to the unanimous decision that unless we’re breaking even on costs to provide websites, resources and other information that the time may have come to officially dissolve our operations.  In terms of the vampire community we believe we have accomplished the goals we set forth beginning in 2006.  It’s my fervent hope that progress is not stifled and that stagnation does not take hold of the community.  How the vampire community evolves has always been and will always be up to you.  Embrace new ideas and newcomers while continually challenging yourself to create and refine your passions!

We’ve no interest in crowdfunding or other revenue driving initiatives (we much prefer simply existing and never having to ask) but based on the level of support we receive between now and December 31st we will evaluate the logistical feasibility (and viability) of appointing vetted and responsible individuals to spearhead our ongoing projects and other initiatives so that they may continue and flourish in our absence.  If at all possible we wish to preserve the framework we’ve established, but we’ll respect the will of the vampire community if this isn’t the direction the majority wish to pursue.

Thank you for your support and it’s been our pleasure serving you throughout the past decade.  We hope all of you have a Happy Halloween | Blessed Samhain!

– Merticus & Zero

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Vampire Community News (VCN)
Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA]

28 October 2016