Saturday, November 19, 2011

Had an early Thanksgiving dinner tonight for my paternal grandparents - I prepped and cooked the turkey. I should have checked the turkey at the 3-hour mark. I think it was overcooked since the breast meat was rather dry but the dark meat was very moist, thanks to Mr. C's technique of cooking it breast-side down. I think there more grease and water being secreted from the turkey this time - was this due to the higher baking temperature?

Emotional porn

How many negligent and iressponsible parents are letting their tweens watch this movie? (Even teenagers shouldn't watch this movie, but how many of them are actually interested, in comparison with middle-aged women?)
Box Office: 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1' keeps pace with 'New Moon' with $72 million opening day

When to flee like Lot

In response to my post on traditional conservatism, Jeff Culbreath offers some reflections of his own: Tradition and Community. He brings up some good points, and I'm a bit too tired to add much now. I'll just say that the Catholic Church(es) in the United States are handicapped for various reasons - a Church that has a mostly immigrant heritage and whose life is shaped by the host cultures: excessive mobility and insufficient economic freedom, which contribute to the inability of lay people to cultivate strong parish communities. (Many are to blame for their own choice of lifestyle/priorities as well.)

One should attend to one's duties to one's clan, neighbors, community as long as one can without his salvation (and that of his family) being threatened. But if he is surrounded by those who refuse to give up grave sin, what can he do but separate himself from them? He must leave not only to save himself, but for the sake of giving some measure of protest.
Balanced Bites Podcast: Episode #12 - a report on the 12th Annual Weston A. Price Foundation Wise Traditions Conference. (mp3)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Items of Interest, 18 November 2011

Catholic:
Adam DeVille, Not Clerical Celibacy Again
A piece by Robert Stove on Evelyn Waugh: A Grief Unobserved
Usury Revisited
An article on Holy Resurrection Monastery.

Distributism:
Rod Dreher, Smirking at Distributism
Ruin of the Small Store Owner
Occupy the Future

Relocalization:
The Need to Relocalize Our Economies
The Post-Carbon Institute issues a statement of purpose: What we are for  by Richard Heinberg (EB)
It's fine until you get to the part about family planning.

Home-grown food in schools for a green economy by Kei Otsuki (EB)
John Robb, Productive Landscaping and RC JOURNAL: Reclaiming Dead Soil through Hugelkultur

OWS:
Occupy Educated

Economy:
1 through 30 - The Coming US Financial Crisis by the Numbers
‘Going Galt’: Hedge Broker Shuts Down Firm With Chilling Letter About the Market (Vox Populi, VFR)
  
Leviathan:
Ron Paul on Politics and Freedom
An interview by Alberto Mingardi and Carlo Stagnaro
What A Little-Known Colonial Pamphlet Tells Us About the Constitution
LoS: Why Do You Hate America (via Rebellion)

Texas Medical Board again tries to destroy Dr. Burzynski with new lawsuit to revoke his medical license


Diet and Health:
I Went To Wise Traditions 2011 And Got a T-Shirt
Cold Hands and Feet
The LLVLC Show (Episode 516): Chris Kresser’s ‘Healthy Baby Code’ And The Indefinable Castle Grok (mp3)

Education:
Matt Bianco Interviews David Hicks (author of Norms and Nobility)- mp3
Literacy's Last Hurrah by Linda Schrock Taylor

Misc:
URI AVNERY, Weimar Revisited

Jean Reno is still popular in Japan

Tokyo Hive: French Actor Jean Reno Becomes Doraemon for New Toyota CM
Saw this commercial for the first time yesterday; I did find it humorous, though it did nothing to make me want to buy Toshiba products. But at least I remembered it was a Toshiba commercial, right?



Edit. I wonder if this commercial is aired during "family hour" or what remains of it here in the U.S. In other countries I could imagine it being banned from broadcast until later at night, even though by U.S. standards it is not that violent.

Pope Benedict XVi in Benin


Pope Benedict XVI arrives at Notre Dame cathedral in Benin's main city Cotonou, November 18, 2011. Africa is the Roman Catholic Church's fastest-growing region despite revelations of sex abuse and corruption scandals that have shaken followers in Europe. (Reuters/Daylife)

Pope Benedict XVI (C) steps out from Notre Dame Cathedral after a benediction service in Cotonou on November 18, 2011. Enthusiastic Catholic faithfuls gathered to receive Pope Benedict XVI during a benediction service held at Notre Dame Cathedral in Cotonou to mark the Papal three-day visit to the West African nation. (Getty/Daylife)

Outrageous, if true.

But not unexpected -- it is the Union Army we are talking about... See what happened to an Army Captain who failed to suck up - no Medal of Honor nomination until a Marine stepped in.

At Medal of Honor event, the story left untold
Is Army Playing Politics With Medals?
Report: Ganjgal hero recommended for MoH
Second Ganjgal Medal of Honor case alive
William Swenson’s valor at Ganjgal not recognized
Outspoken Army Captain Denied a Decoration, Now Considered for Medal of Honor
Army Captain Will Swenson Belatedly Recommended for Medal of Honor
MilitaryCorruption.com

The Union Army: Afflicted with a micromanaging 2GW mindset.

The 'U.S. military’s marathon, 30-year, single-elimination, suck-up tournament'
OR 'How America selects its generals'

More from John Reed: U.S. military has become a pension/health care operation 1st.
Ranger School


Does the state have separate quotas for different regents? SoCal having more difficulty finding volunteers for the NG?

Some short clips of Ranger school from that episode of Surviving the Cut.

I Won't Miss It

Alan Speinwall: Requiem for a dead cop show: Why I'll miss 'Prime Suspect'


(Yahoo TV)
It's great NBC is driving itself into a hole with shows like Prime Suspect.

The other week I catched a couple of minutes of the first(?) episode of The Closer, with Kyra Sedgwick doing her tough woman (i.e. quasi-b****) act. That show just had its final season on TNT. Good riddance. Unfortunately, it spawned a spin-off, another feminist fantasy posing as a cop show.



(Yahoo TV)
The second promo shot is just unreal. Propaganda undermining itself - the high heels and the mini skirt... a woman trying to do a man's job, and femininity is reduced to an exaggerated appearance.


It's too easy (and boring) criticizing network TV, but the networks deserve it. The death of TV can't come quickly enough.

"Don't go, Regis"

Today his last episode is being broadcast. I don't think I've watched an episode all the way through, even during that period when I had plenty of time in the morning. I didn't like Kelly Ripa replacing Kathy Lee Gifford, who at least acts like a lady on TV. Maybe Mr. Philbin can go do something for Notre Dame now.

From last month: Regis Philbin says contract squabbles pushed him out at 'Live!', eyes return to primetime

Thursday, November 17, 2011

An alternative strategy

The right of disassociation as a form of punishment or self-protection or for the sake of integrity is something I should expand upon when I've collected my thoughts...

Some advocate MGTOW as a solution to Marriage 2.0. I think that families with traditional men should be preserving their strength, so that even if one is unable to find a decent woman to marry, he can contribute his resources to the extended family/clan and protect the children being raised in traditional marriages.

Items of Interest 17 November 2011

Catholic:
Zenit: On Psalm 110, to Christ the King
NLM: Pope: Pray the Divine Office

Book Notice: The Latin Clerk: The Life, Work and Travels of Adrian Fortescue (by Fr. Aidan Nichols)

Rorate Caeli: Quaerere Deum
It links to the trailer for a documentary about the Benedictine monastery at Norcia.


John Zmirak, The Devil Never Wore Diapers

Conservatism:
Wendell Berry on Agriculture and Work


Peter Hitchens, Change is sometimes bad, sometimes good. How do we tell?
F. Roger Devlin, The Impossibility of Higher Education Reform

The New Right & What It Can Offer the Rest of the World by Siryako Akda (posted first at Alt Right)

An excellent discussion in the combox for "Debating Conservatism."

OWS:
Ralph Nader, Repression expands resistance

Joel Salatin:
10 Minutes with Joel Salatin
He was featured on Robert Scott Bell's Raw Milk Freedom Riders, which has been archived.
Inside Polyface Farm, Mecca of Sustainable Agriculture

But the enterprise is not wholly sustainable, because of the chickens: How big is a chicken's footprint?

Diet and Health:
Weston A. Price “Wise Traditions 2011″
CrossFit NYC, Kindle Edition, Obesity and Bipolar, Dr Mercola, and Wise Traditions 2011

Music:
Anonymous 4: The healing joy of singing 13th-century girl-group music
The ensemble will be at the Community School for Music and Arts in Mountain View this Saturday for an informance at 11:00 A.M. (Stanford Lively Arts)

New Early Music Series from Edition Peters

Feist, How Come You Never Go There


The Province
Hitfix

Live Performance

Not so easy

How to Restore a Culture in One Easy Step by Joe Carter

Someone recently spoke or wrote about treating the Bible as literature... who was it? Anyway, how are you going to motivate people to read Sacred Scripture if they are not already Christian? And what of the rule of faith? After all, if sola scriptura sine traditione is the principle by which one reads the bible, even if you could get a non-Christian to read the bible, what is to prevent him from loosing interest once he has interpreted it according to his desires?

But Mr. Carter is addressing his post to believers, and Catholics should do more to read the Bible. But that isn't the only thing they need to improve their spiritual lives, and even if Christians became more fervent and leaven, the culture would not be restored so quickly.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Trailer for the Extended Versions of Gods and Generals and Gettysburg

David Harvey

Someone I know from Soompi, DN, asked if I had read his works. He seems to be a true Marxist. His blog, Reading Marx's Capital with David Harvey. He may have some decent arguments against globalization.

Items of Interest, 16 November 2011

Catholic:
Pope Benedict: Everyone should pray the psalms, Liturgy of the Hours

Sandro Magister, Married and Ordained. The Minor Leagues of the Catholic Clergy

A new book from Zaccheus Press: Christianus: The Christian Life by Abbot Vonier. Special sale prices until December 31.

Ordinariate Evensong, Los Angeles, November 20
If I ever go to LA again, I should drop by St. Mary of the Angels.

Conservatism:
Republicans and Christians: A Marriage of Convenience?

What is Wrong with Capitalism? by Thomas Storck

Victims of Mammon by Dr. Thaddeus Kozinski

Mark Henrie, Russell Kirk and the Conservative Heart

David B. Hart, Anarcho-Monarchism

Peter Hitchens, War War, and Jaw Jaw

OWS:
Nathan Schneider, After the eviction: What's next for Occupy Wall Street? (EB)
Kevin Carson, The Stigmergic Revolution and To the So-Called 53%: Stop Embarrassing Yourselves
Ten Ways the Occupy Movement Changes Everything
Love Those Occupiers? by MICHAEL NEUMANN

Rod Dreher, The public turns on OWS

Transitioners debate how to engage Occupy movement
Corporations fracking US tax code
So how do we keep corporations in the U.S. while making them pay their "fair share"? I have read conflicting views on this from people I trust. I am more inclined to drastic action with respect to corporations.

America isn’t broke just yet

Relocalization:
Making money for business: Currencies, profit, and long-term thinking (EB)
Lindsay Curren, Occupy Parenting - the website
Food hubs: restoring historical practice
Chris Martenson, The Future of Work

Economic awakening: Corn can’t grow like money grows
by Gene Logsdon (EB)

Energy:
Pump Up the Storage by Tom Murphy (EB)

Diet and Health:
Jimmy Moore, 70 New Paleo, Low-Carb & Health Blogs For November 2011

History:
Medievalists.net: The Image of the Oriental: Western and Byzantine Perceptions

How wonderful it is to be a Westerner

whose government ensures access to cheap energy, propping up a dying post-industrial political economy. One doesn't have to slave away in an office, but can have the glamour job of editing, while raising a family at the same time!

Rachel Motte, All the Married Ladies: A Response to Kate Bolick (via Joe Carter)

As Ms. Bolick agonizes over whether to center the rest of her life on her career or her relationships, I’m enjoying both. I watched my daughter take her first steps from my perch at the kitchen table, where I sat with my laptop editing a New York Times bestselling book. My daughter is older now, and she often sits beside me at the kitchen table where I still work. I write op-eds and book chapters in between math and reading lessons, and I answer my email in between meetings at the local home-schooling co-op.


If anything, my career has benefitted from my decision to raise a family, because I’ve had the freedom to take advantage of educational and career opportunities that would not have come up if I’d been locked in an office all day. If I can manage to make this work, so can other women.

What of the women who don't have the same opportunities? The same political economy that enables Rachel Motte to do what she thinks is right for her family prevents other women from doing so. Is she willing to sacrifice what she has for the common good?

A cynic would say that this is just another female display of status to other females.

Girl power movies are not new to Disney

But they are new to Pixar (unless you count the mom and sister in The Incredibles) - but I don't think the blame is wholly Disney's. Pixar management is probably "progressive" as well. The heroine reminds me of the Lady Downstairs. Didn't think I'd be calling Pixar a cultural parasite so soon.

Brave. Apple.

HitFix, AICN, Twitch.
E.D. Kain, New Full-Length Trailer for Pixar's 'Brave' Arrives
Take a Look at the Cast of Characters from Pixar's Brave

A day in the life of John Lasseter
Esquire: Father of the Year

From last year: Director Brenda Chapman replaced on Pixar's 'Brave' while animation insiders buzz
As the first woman to helm a Pixar movie steps aside, what does this mean for the studio?

Edit. Something from Ms. on the current fairy tale shows on network TV, Once upon a Time and Grimm: What a Difference a Strong Snow White Makes

What or whose tradition?

This post at Patriactionary caused me to reconsider to whom I am referring with the label "traditional conservative": An Ethos or a Script?  Novaseeker was criticizing people I would call social or religious conservatives, who are not necessarily traditional and usually supporters of the Republican Party, and defenders of "free market capitalism" as it exists in the United States.

"Traditional conservative" could refer to Southern agrarians and Southern conservatives. Or to Russell Kirk and those who have been influenced by him (and Burke), including various people affiliated with ISI (though some of them are also "capitalists"). Rarely do I use it in such a way as to include traditionalist Catholics. Paleos are usually reckoned traditional conservatives too; I can't think of any exceptions at the moment. Here are explanations of traditional conservatism by Harry Beadle, James Kalb, James Matthew Wilson.

It is reasonable for those who look to tradition to look to the pedigree of the tenets or to the number of adherents, pointing to something that stretches into the past. Tradition (or true opinion) may be sufficient for the many, but to defend the tradition and render it more intelligible one must be able to articulate the reasons supporting its content. As an Aristotelian, I believe this is accomplished through the appropriate scientiae, especially ethics and politics. A tradition will contain precepts of the natural law, but some (most?) of these will be transmitted through custom or positive law. The use of ethics and politics can explain those precepts. (I'm ignoring at this time those precepts related to God.) Catholics will also make use of the Church's teachings on the natural law.

So is there one tradition that unifies American traditional conservatives? This is a question I have been pondering. It would seem that there may be a split between nationalists (or unitarians) and federalists, and the second group might be divided by the question of the Constitution into Federalists and Anti-Federalists. Southern conservatives are more Anti-Federalist than Federalist, harboring some suspicion of the letter of the Constitution being sufficient to constrain the "Federal" Government

Do we "pick and choose" our tradition? Or do we have to adopt what is lived by a community, with ties to the past, some history, and kept alive by the succession of generations? Or do we just have to accept what we have received from our family and from others? It would seem that tradition only exists where it is shared and lived and passed on to one's children.

However, how strict should we be in our use of the name tradition? We are primarily concerned with the tradition that guides and shapes community life, and not just anything that is handed down from one's predecessors. This tradition is not a substantial unity, and is composed of many parts, the beliefs, customs and laws, language, material culture, and so on. Certain communities may share the same language and revered texts while differing in their music and so on. (I was thinking about songs and how they are kept alive in a community during the April Verch concert last weekend. I think the "professionalization" of music has distorted our understanding of music as an important component of communal life, and professional musicians are not the same as wandering minstrels.) But the high arts of a community will still embody the values of their community, for example the lyrics of the songs or the aesthetic judgment of the community regarding older forms of visual art. Still, the arts are the products of a people, but the beliefs and customs are the more integral part of their identity. (The work of an artist or artisan may be integral to his identity as an artist or artisan, but not as a member of that people or community?)

Tradition can be acquired through the reading of texts. (Dr. Fleming, for instance, recommends that we read Aristotle and Cicero.) It is not the case that tradition must always be passed on orally. But how much can the study of texts be separated from life within a concrete community? Many Americans conservatives have an appreciation of the classics and yet I would hesitate to group them together as one people.

What can be done about the "ugly duckling syndrome"? What if one is born into one community but is converted to the values and ideals of another? The obvious example is of a religious conversion, but there are "secular" analogues. The Chinese atheist who wants to become more "Western" in his consumption habits and familiarity with technology and mass culture is not the same as the Latin-rite Catholic who wants to learn more about his religious patrimony.  Or how about Californians who reject the life of the Uhmerican megapolis and yearn for something more agrarian? The Latin-rite Chinese Catholic at least has his local parish which is also a part of the Latin rite. Is the Californian who is doing his own thing apart from others really living a tradition, even if he is doing it with his family? Invariably the ugly duckling will want to be with his own kind. Learning a tradition is not the same as following or sharing it, and I don't think families can function as islands of civilization in the long run--the psychological cost is too high for that sort of social isolation. For Catholics, some Ghettoization (or some form of "tribalism") will have to occur to some degree, because the laity are not called to evangelize to non-believers all of the time.



More:
Jim Kalb, Understanding Conservatism and Tradition
wiki: traditionalist conservatism

The Paleoconservatives: New Voices of the Old Right
Joseph A. Scotchie, Editor

Revolt from the Heartland: The Struggle for an Authentic Conservatism
Joseph A. Scotchie

Bearfoot - Kill the Rooster

"The Classics Will Never Die"

The Imaginative Conservative: Resurrection of the Classics? by Robert M. Woods

A good companion piece to the lecture by E. Christian Kopff.

A show for old people

but do they imbibe the ideology being transmitted through it? NCIS. Last night the second part of "Engagement" was aired.


(Yahoo TV)

The majority of Boomers are probably already believers in feminism. It may be time for me to quit the show--it may be a decent procedural but it's also an effective propaganda tool for girl power.

In the first part of the story, a new character was introduced, a Navy chaplain, and who was surprised that it was a female character? The actress is a cute redhead, Jaime Ray Newman, but the character was a subtle repudiation of St. Paul, as she offered spiritual guidance both to a grieving father and to  Tony Dinozzo. Those who push for women being pastors and priests might argue that women make for better counselors and therapists. I call BS. And even if this were true, being a chaplain (or a shepherd) is much more than counseling.

Meanwhile, Gibbs reminisces about a love interest from the past, a fellow Marine, most of whose lines consisted of her desire to one up the males and the like. She was out to prove that she is as good or better than the guys, and it seems that Gibbs admired her for that spirit. Gibbs may act like an alpha but he is beholden to feminism. Things may have been bad under Donald Bellasario, but they've gotten worse with the new show-runners (one of whom is Mark Harmon, who plays Gibbs). Dinozzo remains a "child-man" and his banter with Ziva David is starting to really annoy. Their relationship has stalled and it doesn't look like they will "get together" this season. Meanwhile, McGee is the beta nice guy. The only staunch anti-feminist character is Mike Franks, Gibbs' mentor who was killed off last season, and it was clear that he was being depicted as a dinosaur who refused to get with the times, even though the times (i.e. the various female characters on the show) had proved his attitudes were incorrect.

In the second part we also saw Ziva go on a special mission to rescue a captured marine (another gung-ho female, who caused Gibbs to remember his love interest). Even though the character is supposed to be a former Israeli Mossad agent, the actress could barely hold her M4 up. Another instance of straining the viewer's credulity.

NCIS is continuing to do well in the ratings, and the network or the producers won't care if they lose one viewer.

Btw, Sean Murray's voice seems to have gotten weaker ever since his substantial weight loss happened. Are the two linked?

Mary Rose Somarriba on Kay Hymnowitz

Woman Up (via a comment at Dalrock)

The author accepts Ms. Hymnowitz's claims about the American "child-man" without asking if there are other reasons why men might be avoiding marriage other than immaturity.

The author concludes:
But Hymowitz isn’t saying women shouldn’t work. Instead, she provides a book full of evidence to suggest tactfully that to embrace womanhood more fully, young women should embrace its blessings together with its limitations.

So, in a way, Kelly Ripa hit the issue on the head. No doubt she’s one of the most successful working women today. But she didn’t reach professional success at the expense of forgetting a fundamental part of womanhood: “We give birth.”

The author is associated with the Catholic Information Center -- is she also associated with Opus Dei then? She goes beyond a tolerance of wage slavery because of contemporary exigencies to an advocacy of careerism. Isn't this just a Catholic version of "You can have it all"?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Items of Interest, 15 November 2011

ECONOMY: Money and Energy by Richard Douthwaite (who just passed away, RIP)

Selling the Oil Illusion, American Style by Gregor Macdonald (EB)

Health, resilience, and a locavore diet by Adrienne Campbell (EB)

Four billion new reasons why food will become a local government issue by Wayne Roberts (EB)

John Robb's links for today.

It’s A Myth That 47% Of Americans Pay No Taxes, In Truth 86% Pay Taxes
by Jason Easley
Hmmm...

ALAN NASSER, How The Oligarchy Gets Politicized

Mark Richardson, When Real Communities Aren't Allowed

Something on parenting:
Rod Dreher, The first two years, the rest of your life
So is there a mean (and is a mean necessary) between attachment parenting and neglect in order to get the child to be "independent"? See Mr. Dreher's questioning of the Ferber technique.

News on the Anglican Ordinariate:
The Anglo Catholic: USA Personal Ordinariate to be Erected on January 1, 2012 and Cardinal Wuerl's Remarks Add Little Additional Information… and Full Text of Cardinal Wuerl's Remarks
Rorate Caeli
Fr. Z

Feminism:
Dalrock, 40 years of ultimatums

Music:
Earthy Elizabethan Elegance From William Byrd

Bearfoot - Romance

Catholics should refrain from takling about the Founding?

A Nation with the Soul of a Church
Jason Jones

Even if they reject  liberalism, they have to salvage rights talk in some way.

Classical education and the Anglo-American political tradition

Inspired by Liberty & Virtue: The Education of the Founders of the American Republic
by E. Christian Kopff

Monday, November 14, 2011

Items of Interest, 14 November 2011

Andrew Bacevich, Big Change Whether We Like It or Not

Jack Hunter, Do We Have a Constitution or Not?

Roy Campbell: Knight-Errant of The Permanent Things by Stephen Masty

James Howard Kunstler, Rudderless
I don't have much to say about Penn St.-Joe Paterno-Jerry Sandusky. Rod Dreher has written a lot on this. I think Mr. Kunstler has nailed it with respect to college athletics and the state of American higher education.

Gary North, The Coming Break-Up of the Nation-State (via Rebellion)

Thomas Fleming, USA Comes to Defence of London

Once I Was a Clever Boy: God Bless the Prince of Wales


Localization:
FPR Conference Video Now Available (YT Channel for Mt. Saint Mary)

Here Is The Audacious 'Strong Towns' Essay That Called The Suburbs A Ponzi Scheme

Another interview with Richard Heinberg: At Growth's End by Justin Ritchie & Seth Moser-Katz (EB) - mp3

Rob Hopkins, The Introduction to ‘The Transition Companion’

Occupy your life by Joanne Poyourow (EB) - featuring Vandana Shiva.
Related: Navdanya

Rod Dreher, Young farmers: Hard row to hoe
Tell me about it! Can't break into farming without a substantial investment and something else to fall back on while you're learning...

John Robb, Resilient Community: Why You Need to Work Online
How long will this be an option?

Economy:
Down with the Eurozone by Nouriel Roubini

Fabius Maximus, Who caused the housing crisis? Why do people not believe all the studies?

The Automatic Earth: November 14 2011: The Growth Paradigm Has Become An Embarrassment

Learning to live like kings: The college students who live in MANSIONS (with pools and jacuzzis) for as little as $200-a-month

Size of the US underground economy by Stuart Staniford (EB)

WW2:
Peter Hitchens, All Hell Let Loose – Max Hastings on the ‘Good War’

(More from Peter Hitchens: This Government, like all before it, will only be happy when we have... The UK No Border Agency)

Feminism:
Gee, the life of a wage slave isn't that glamorous? What a bunch of whiners.
Why Millennial Women Are Burning Out At Work By 30
"Karma is a b*tch, but Mother Nature is an even bigger one."

Welmer, An Idea for Occupiers

F. Roger Devlin, Rotating Polyandra and Its Enforces, Parts 1 and 2

Music:
Your interview with Merle Haggard

How many adults will end up watching this?

WB greenlights its planned Lego universe movie

Hollywood continues to mine the past to make money off nostalgia. Sure, even now children play with legos, but how many Uhmericans will take their children to see this movie because they can relate? Trekkies aren't the only ones who need a life.

The Hunger Games
trailer came out today. The novels are popular, but the trailer is rather lousy -- not enough pathos. Should it have been more like Never Let Me Go. The protagonists aren't exactly helpless sacrifices, and it is only a trailer. As for the post-apocalyptic future? Still too clean and too much technology. And the age of the protagonists (actors?) may be a hindrance to enjoying the movie, as well.

Act of Valor website

Is up now, though all that is featured at the moment is the trailer.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Crash Course

I was listening to one of the audio files with Chris Martenson today, while I was down in SLO. I'm thinking about getting his book on his "Crash Course" now. His list of recommended books.

War of the Vendee Trailer

via Dr. P


Navis Pictures

Made with a bunch of kids and teens, with a rather low budget? But the French themselves probably wouldn't make such a movie.