ATTN UATV subscribers

The new site is now at UNAUTHORIZED.TV.

To subscribe, or to manage or change a subscription, go to SUBSCRIBE.UNAUTHORIZED.TV and hit the blue SUBSCRIBE button. Or use the link on the right sidebar.

Also, on the Arkhaven front, Episode 9 of Chuck Dixon’s Avalon, FILTHY CASH, is now live on Webtoons.

An Unauthorized transition


We have removed all videos from the old system and will be shutting down the apps this week. We will keep the site there for the purposes of the subscription system – so until further notice, please keep subscribing there – but all video watching should be done via the new site. We will also move the UNAUTHORIZED.TV URL to the new site this week and change the existing one to something else indicative of its current function.

We will start working with those having invite and login issues tomorrow in a methodical and systematic way. We will also begin work on the new apps this coming week.


Owen’s Livestream 849, which explains psychological spells, how to identify and break them, and how they are connected to rhetoric and dialectic, is arguably one of his most important streams to date. What he’s doing here is extending one of the more important elements of Aristotle’s Rhetoric, in which the great Greek philosopher observed that despite there being no information content in rhetoric, it is most effective when it is based on the truth.

The best rhetoric is true. And the most convincing dialectic sounds like rhetoric. Which is why it is fascinating to observe that despite 2,400 years of comprehensive, in-depth analyses of Aristotle’s philosophy by some of history’s finest minds, we still have no word to identify a useful, important, tremendously effective intellectual concept.

verpunkt = the intersection where Aristotelian rhetoric and dialectic meet and become one.

Lest you think I exaggerate the general failure to utilize the important concepts Aristotle explicates, or happen to be ignorant of any relevant analyses, contemplate the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s summary of Aristotle’s Rhetoric:

Aristotle’s Rhetoric has had an enormous influence on the development of the art of rhetoric. Not only authors writing in the peripatetic tradition, but also the famous Roman teachers of rhetoric, such as Cicero and Quintilian, frequently used elements stemming from the Aristotelian doctrine. Nevertheless, these authors were interested neither in an authentic interpretation of the Aristotelian works nor in the philosophical sources and backgrounds of the vocabulary that Aristotle had introduced to rhetorical theory. Thus, for two millennia the interpretation of Aristotelian rhetoric has become a matter of the history of rhetoric, not of philosophy. In the most influential manuscripts and editions, Aristotle’s Rhetoric was surrounded by rhetorical works and even written speeches of other Greek and Latin authors, and was seldom interpreted in the context of the whole Corpus Aristotelicum. It was not until the last few decades that the philosophically salient features of the Aristotelian rhetoric were rediscovered: in construing a general theory of the persuasive, Aristotle applies numerous concepts and arguments that are also treated in his logical, ethical, and psychological writings.


The cultural offensive in the comics world continues! Episode 6 of Alt★Hero is live on Webtoons with F=MA. The number three position on the Superhero chart is now within reach! It’s very easy to support, just download the app on your device and subscribe to the comic.

And in Unauthorized news, Medieval History episodes I – VII are now live on the new UATV site, as are three extended audiobook samples from Corporate Cancer, Corrosion, and A Throne of Bones. We also expect to extend invites to all of the Feed the Bear subscribers, as well as to subscribers to David the Good, the Legend, and Wranglerstar later today.

We now have 163 videos/MP3s on the new site, with more being uploaded every day. Once all the subscribers have access to the new site, we will begin the process of transferring the domain name and the Google and Roku apps to it.

UPDATE: All the Bears and Legend subscribers have been invited.

For the benefit of those who don’t understand that this is an entirely new web site that has nothing to do with mobile or device apps of any kind yet, please try to grasp that YOU CANNOT USE THE GOOGLE AND ROKU APPS. They are linked to an entirely different site that has nothing to do with this one yet.

UPDATE: Login bug alert. There was a hash error that is keeping some new accounts from logging in. FFS… I’ll post here when it’s fixed and you can try again.

UPDATE: All right, the login bug has been fixed. If you had the login failure where the two fields just clear after you hit enter and you’re not logged in, try it again now. And if you’re technical, there is no need to state the obvious. We know and will deal with it soon. One thing at a time.

Big Bear banned by Podbean

Dear podcaster:

We have received several complaints about your podcast episodes for violating Podbean’s terms with offensive and racist language. You can see in our terms of use that this is not permitted on our platform.

You will not submit any User Content that may be deemed as pornography, defamatory, libelous, obscene, harassing, threatening, incendiary, abusive, racist, offensive, deceptive or fraudulent, encouraging criminal or harmful conduct, or which otherwise violates the rights of the Company or any third party (including any intellectual property rights, privacy rights, contractual or fiduciary rights).

Accordingly, we have locked your account and refunded the annual payment to your card ending in 2379. You will see the refund as a credit approximately 5-10 business days later, depending upon the bank.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

The Podbean Team

My first reaction: WTF is a Podbean? UPDATE: Apparently I have 780,147 Darkstream downloads from Podbean.

My second reaction: it’s a good thing UATV subscribers can listen to and download mp3 files directly from the new UATV site.

I am aware the Darkstreams are still available on Podbean. I plan to remove them, but not yet. We’ll remove them all when we give MP3 access to the Darkstream on UATV to non-subscribers.

The Ride Never Ends.

She turned me into a newt!

Episode 3 of Hypergamouse is now live on Webtoons. Don’t forget to subscribe to it, as that is the primary metric there and it will alert you when a new episode is uploaded. As you can see from the screencap taken this morning on the left, the more subscribers, the more the algorithm favors the comic, and the virtuous cycle continues. What is remarkable about that #4 ranking is that the number of episodes for the other top 5 comics range from 95 to 220. AH is on Episode 5.

Also, if you are a UATV Basic subscriber, please check your email. You have been cordially invited to check out the brand new site! We had a minor issue earlier this morning which prevented video playback, but it’s been resolved, so please login, change your password, and watch/listen to a video or two. Then let me know how the performance worked for you. Please note this is not an invitation to sperg about nonexist features or demonstrate your awesome technical knowledge; the site is still in Alpha and we’re bringing in people gradually to see how well it handles the increasing bandwidth load.

Once we’ve got all the subscribers invited and using it successfully, we’ll move the URL pointers and start transitioning the apps. Iterative design, iterative development.

UPDATE: No Darkstream tonight as I spent the time fixing my streaming software and getting rid of the delay that cropped up recently. Turned out the Nvidea driver needed an update.

You won’t want to miss this

Unauthorized meets Unauthorized as the Big Bear hosts The Legend Chuck Dixon on his livestream at 9:30 AM Pacific. I am reliably informed they will be discussing Batman, among other things.

In honor of The Legend’s appearance, Arkhaven Comics has published the second episode of Chuck Dixon’s Avalon #1 The Street Rules: Temptation. You can read it on your computer or your mobile device.

Medieval History 101: Episode XII

Dr. Rachel Fulton Brown presents the Unauthorized community with a Christmas present that is also a harbinger of things to come next spring.

Once upon a time, the people of England had a mythology rich in symbolism and metaphor pointing to the ultimate truth. There was one story in particular which captured the imagination of poets, the story of a star that entered into time and lifted the people of the world out of darkness. The star’s name was Earendel—but what did his name mean? Who among men was so wise that he could unravel the riddle and make clear the mystery? J.R.R. Tolkien believed he knew! O come, O come, and learn the story of the star!

The episode guide is here.