Saturday, May 19, 2007

"Japanese Tradition" videos

Range IMed me a youtube clip of one of the videos--they're not serious, but comic. Gameday has a bunch.

Caxton's Book of Curtesye

I couldn't find an online text of Erasmus's De Civilitate Morum Puerilium, but I was able to find Caxton's text.

Project Gutenberg
Google Books

On William Caxton:
wiki, BBC, CE, Renaissance Reflections
Early English Books Online intro to William Caxton

The book is in print: Caxton's Book of Curtesye and Caxton's Book of Curtesye

I think Giovanni Della Casa's Galateo is in print as well: Galateo (Letras Universales)
Plus this out-of-print edition: Galateo (Renaissance and Reformation Texts in Translation, 2) by Giovanni Della Casa and Konrad Eisenbichler

Found this while browsing: Geek Etiquette

Vid: Donnie Kennedy on states' rights

What is Real State's Rights - video

Walter D. (Donnie) Kennedy

SHG vids



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Old Time Music and Bluegrass

Old Time Music (wiki)
The Old-Time Music Home Page
Old Time Music on the Web
Old Time Music Ozark Heritage Festival
The Old Time Herald- A Magazine Dedicated to Old-Time Music
National Old Time Country & Bluegrass Festival

Bluegrass (wiki)
Bluegrass: We ARE Bluegrass Music
Bluegrass Music - Bluegrass World - Bluegrass Music News
Planet Bluegrass - Colorado Music Festivals
Bluegrass Unlimited
( ) Welcome Home.
International Bluegrass Music Association

Bluegrass Music: Bluegrass Festivals, Bands and Bluegrass Music ...

Vids: Sarah Connor Chronicles


It's slated to be a midseason replacement on Fox--that's probably where it belongs; I don't think the series will last too long.

Bill Maher take on the republican debates and Ron Paul

Bill Maher take on the republican debates and Ron Paul (extended)

Ok, I dislike Bill Maher and I'm not the only one, but this is a funny clip that he put together. While the other candidates had varying positions on torture and enhanced interrogation techniques. The clip does show how the other candidates play up the threat posed by "radical Muslims" a bit too much. Securing the border and decentralizing power and ensuring local self-sufficiency (and reducing American trade--after all, our mercantilist mindset has been replaced by a globalist mindset, and neither are really reasonable) would do more in the "war against terror" than fooling around overseas.

An interview of Dr. Ron Paul by Mr Maher:

(Great! Dr. Paul talks about the War against Southern Independence--then again, he's from Texas.)

Interview with Michael Scheuer

Republican cheerleaders who were not impressed by Scheuer when he was identified as the author of Imperial Hubris will probably think less of Paul because of Scheuer's agreement with him. Too bad for them--they need to be a little bit more open-minded. Scheuer may be an opportunist (and I'm not saying that he is), but that doesn't mean his analysis of AQ and the ME is wrong. wiki

Antiwar Radio: Scott Horton Interviews Michael Scheuer

Saturday, May 19th, 2007 in News, War on Terror, Antiwar Radio, Iraq, Ron Paul, 9/11, Afghanistan, al-Qaeda by Scott Horton

Michael Scheuer, the former head analyst at the CIA’s bin Laden unit, has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Republican Presidential debate held Tuesday May 15, when Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) stated that American foreign policy was a “contributing factor” in the 9/11 attacks.

“They attack us because we’ve been over there; we’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years.” Paul said. He was then denounced by former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani who said it was “absurd” and that he’d “never” heard such a thing before demanding a retraction.

In an interview with’s Antiwar Radio on May 18, Scheuer, who was the head analyst at the CIA’s bin Laden unit, Alec Station, and authored the books Through Our Enemies Eyes and Imperial Hubris, said “I thought Mr. Paul captured it the other night exactly correctly. This war is dangerous to America because it’s based, not on gender equality, as Mr. Giuliani suggested, or any other kind of freedom, but simply because of what we do in the Islamic World – because ‘we’re over there,’ basically, as Mr. Paul said in the debate.”

Scheuer also agreed with Dr. Paul’s statement in the debate that the war in Iraq was a diversion from capturing or killing Osama bin Laden and that bin Laden was “delighted” that the U.S. is occupying Iraq as it has become a training ground and recruiting tool for new jihadists joining the movement.

MP3 here.

Michael Scheuer is a 22-year veteran of the CIA and the author ofThrough Our Enemies Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America and Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror.

(Via Thomas Woods)

More from Mr Scheuer:
Is There a Role for Reality in US Foreign Policy? - by Michael Scheuer

Are we Winning the War on Terror? An Interview with Michael Scheuer

One of many amateur commentators on Ron Paul

There are plenty of people posting videos of themselves talking about the last Republican debate and about Ron Paul over at Youtube.

Here is one lady, Gina:

Ron Paul video update - Other ideas too

Review: South Carolina Debates

Ron Paul was right!!

Her Philo-sophia profile on Myspace. (Profile on

Perhaps this would be the Philosopher's kind of girl, but I don't think the Philosopher is ready to accept Ron Paul yet. There's always Conservative Match.

Vids: Miss Honey Lee

Miss Korea Universe 2007 in Mexico


Miss Korea Lee Honey in the Airport, the trip to Mexico

Fashion Show

Lee Ha-Nee Miss Korea Universe 2006 Interview


Friday, May 18, 2007

Southern Manners

A Handbook on Southern Manners: TOC
Proper Southern Manners

Manners, Morals, Customs, and Public Perception
Judge Paul Heath Till

How I envy those who are brought up with Southern manners... do I need to say much about the way California is?

Ah... humility.

This website is rather interesting: What Southern Women Know

Gary North on debt

Most recent article first:

How To Think About Debt Gary North on personal, business, and federal debt, and trust vs. distrust.

Central Banking and Debt Gary North on a two-headed monster.

Government Debt Gary North on why we should fear and oppose it.

Business Debt Gary North on the Fed and financing.

Personal Debt Gary North on how to handle it.

Debt Is Inescapable It is just a question of what kind of debt, owed to whom, when, says Gary North.

The Killer Wave and the Banking System Gary North on the unmentionable threat from fractional-reserves, deposit insurance, and central banking.

Articles I'll have to read carefully when I get a chance.

Father Cantalamessa on Witness

Father Cantalamessa on Witness

Pontifical Household Preacher Comments on Sunday's Readings

ROME, MAY 18, 2007 ( Here is a translation of a commentary by the Pontifical Household preacher, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, on the readings from this Sunday's liturgy.

* * *

You Will Be My Witnesses
Ascension of the Lord
Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:17-23; Luke 24:46-53

If we do not want the Ascension to be a sad "farewell," but rather a true feast, then we must understand the radical difference between a disappearance and a departure. With the ascension, Jesus has not departed, he has not become absent; he has only disappeared from our sight. Those who leave are no longer here; those who only go out of our sight, however, can still be near us -- it is only that something prevents our seeing them. Jesus does disappear from the apostles' sight at the ascension but he does so to be present in another more intimate way.

He is no longer outside them but within them. This is similar to the Eucharist. So long as the host is outside of us we see it, we adore it; when we receive the host we no longer see it, it has disappeared, but it has disappeared to be within us. It is present in a new, more powerful way.

But it will be asked: If Jesus is no longer visible, how will men come to know of his presence? The answer is that he wants to make himself present through his disciples! In his Gospel and in the Acts of the Apostles, the Evangelist Luke closely links the Ascension with the theme of testimony: "You are witnesses of these things" (Luke 24:48).

The "you" indicates in the first place the apostles who were with Jesus. After the apostles, this "official" testimony -- official because it is connected to their office -- passes to their successors, the bishops and priests. But the "you" also regards all the baptized and believers in Christ. "Each individual layman," says a document of the Second Vatican Council, "must stand before the world as a witness to the resurrection and life of the Lord Jesus and a symbol of the living God" ("Lumen Gentium," 38).

Pope Paul VI has famously said that "the world needs witnesses more than it needs teachers." It is relatively easy to be a teacher. It is much less easy to be a witness. In fact, the world is full of both true and false teachers, but has few witnesses. Between the two roles there is the same difference as that between saying and doing. "Actions," an English proverb says, "speak louder than words."

The witness is one who speaks with his life. A believing father and mother must be "the first witnesses of faith" for their children. (The Church asks this for them from God in the blessing that follows the rite of matrimony).

Let us give a specific example. At this time of year many children are preparing for first Communion and confirmation. A believing mother or father can help the child review the catechism, explain the meaning of the words to him, and help him memorize the responses. Such parents are doing a beautiful thing and if only there were more who did this!

But what would a child think if after all that his parents said and did for his first Communion, they never go to Mass on Sunday, they never make the sign of the cross and never pray? They have been teachers, but they haven't been witnesses.

Naturally, the testimony of the parents must not limit itself to the time of the first Communion or confirmation of their children. With the way they correct and forgive the child and forgive each other, with the way they speak with respect of those who are not present, with the way they conduct themselves before a poor person begging for alms, with the comments they make in the presence of the children when they are listening to the news, parents have the possibility of bearing witness to their faith every day.

The souls of children are like sheets of photographic film: Everything they see and hear in the years of childhood leaves a trace and one day the "film" will be "developed" and will bear its fruits -- for good or for bad.

Photos: Song Hye Gyo

Update on Dragonskin

Unbelievable. NBC Nightly News reports: 3 Democrats called for an investigation, and the GAO may also look into it...

Where are the Republicans?

More on Chant Interpretation

From the thread The Rhythm of Gregorian Chant at NLM.

Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P. writes:
In reply to the question about chant practice in the Solesmes congregation--this second-hand from a Dominican who studied chant in France and a monk of the congregation who was an old friend.

The congregation is divided as to what method is used. Fontgombault and its daughter houses follow the old Mocquereau method. Solesmes and the other houses follow a modified version of Cardine's method. The problem with Cardine (as noted above) is that it involves certain practices that are hard to learn and very hard to execute properly in choro. Reprecussing together is one of these things.

I might add that Bill Mahrt (of CMAA and Stanford's Music Dept., known to many here), does not follow either method. He considers the Mocquereau's ideas on rhythem and the expressive neumes probably anachronistic for the middle ages and Cardine's method too difficult for ordinary monks to have sung day in and day out. The results he gets with the St. Ann Chapel Choir are very impressive and do not sound as "mannered" as some executions you hear on recordings following either method. I have a suspicion that Bill's ideas are related to his first encounter with chant at Univ. of Washington--where it was the Dominican version, which never used either of the Benedictine methods. He does now have his choir execute the quilisma, which is absent from the Dominican tradition, but I can forgive him that. He has them execute it with a kind of vibrato.

Dom Christopher responds:
Since I am a monk, I have a particular approach to chant that may be useful. So here are a few thoughts.

Fr. Thompson's quick sketch of chant methods in the Congregation of Solesmes is broadly correct. However, Solesmes never used Dom Mocquereau's method in an absolute way; they never lost sight of the fundamental importance of verbal rhythm, Dom Guéranger's original intuition at the base of the whole movement of restoration of Gregorian chant. We at St-Wandrille never used Dom Mocquereau's ideas at all, but remained faithful to the tradition of our abbot Dom Pothier, who was himself a faithful disciple of Dom Guéranger. And St. Pius X asked Dom Pothier to undertake the revision of the official books of chant of the Roman Church, not, despite the strenuous effort of Abbot Delatte of Solesmes, Dom Mocquereau!

Father Thompson raised the difficulty of repercussing. That is one place where counting is actually useful.

Is an interpretation based on Dom Cardine's ideas really too difficult? Well, here, we have a few good musicians, a number of middling ones, and a few brothers with tin ears and voices I will not attempt to describe. Yet our chant is, I think, good. So it can be done. It is true that we have one great advantage over any secular schola: we spend at least 3 1/2 hours a day singing Gregorian chant, in all its forms, and it is the only thing we sing. I would guess that most of us know most of the repertoire by heart, as did our fathers in the Middle Ages. While it is highly unlikely that you'll find this outside a monastery, there is one means of approach that is available to everybody. Most of the time we spend singing is spent on psalmody, which is the basis of everything else.

Sometimes people wonder what they should start with, and when they do, they always seems to mean "which Mass setting". This seems to me to be completely wrong, like trying to dance before you can walk. So it's no wonder they need rhythmic crutches. Start with psalmody. Why? 1. It is the only way to get a proper feel of the natural rhythmn of liturgical Latin. 2. It is prayer. It is harder to pray in a recollected manner when singing more technically difficult compositions. I said harder, not impossible, and of course the effort of singing such works is itself a form of prayer. But to become accustomed to the idea that chant is first and foremost a school of prayer, to get to know this truth from experience, you need to start with what consitutes the staple of chant, psalmody. 3. You don't need co-operative clergy. Any group of people that wants to get together to chant the Office can. It is a practical way to get started. It is also a way to help reverse the tendancy to privatise the Office, that the efforts of the liturgical movement over the past century have yet to achieve.

Some (all? most?) of this may seem too idealistic. I really have no idea. It is just an attempt to transpose my own experience for Catholics who aren't monks or nuns in the hope that someone may get something out of it.

Fr. Thompson:
Dear Dom Christopher,

Yes, I remember the chant at Saint-Wandrille well from a visit there a number of years ago--I sat opposite Pere Louis Boyer (RIP) at lunch. The chant was lovely and not mannered at all. By the way, the Benedictine I quoted was Pere Harold Fisher, now of the Congregation de N. D. d'Esperance.

I agree completely that the first thing a choir should do is learn to sing the psalms. It gives a great sense for the rhythm and encourages recitation with a good legato. I does take lots of time to get used to how the varying accents require extra notes in the metrum and termination but that is good too for gets a sense of the flow of the language.

Doable or not, I still don't like repercussing (or quilismas and expressive neumes for that matter), but that is probably because I am used to Dominican execution, which had none of that--until the failed attempt to impose Solesmes methods of singing on us in 1965.

Perhaps the quick arrival of English was for the good--it put a quick end to this misguided "reform," and I don't know any friars that actually learned to sing using it. Some convents of nuns did, or so I understand.

pulsator organorum writes:
I am glad to hear from Dom Christopher, at St Wandrille. I have visited the Abbey for to attend the Mass or Office on a number of occasions over the last 29 years, and I made a short retreat there for the Epiphany last year. The chant on that occasion was simply beautiful, and my view from the retreatants' pew bears out completely what Dom Christopher says. The psalmody was the best I have heard: unanimous, intelligible and un-mannered. And the profound recollection of the choir (with many of the monks singing by heart) was extremely moving.

The other monastic choir which has impressed me in recent years is Le Barroux - and again the methods of chant used owe very little to (either of the!) Solesmes methods. The singing is virile and straightforward, with much less use of organ accompaniment than in (say) Fontgombault.

Mike O'Connor points out that there were and are large variations between national schools. There are also wide variations in chant singing due to the building and type of choir. Westminster Cathedral and Brompton Oratory, with small professional scholas singing in vast buildings, have developed their own styles, which emphasise clarity of the text and projection of the voices rather than dynamic shading (an important aspect of Dom Mocquereau's overall vision which no-one has commented on).

All of which proves ...? Well, not very much, probably. There are, even in these days when chant is the exception rather than the rule, many different approaches. What works in one building may not work in another. What worked in a 19th century monastery may not be appropriate in a 21st century one. The best school is the chant itself, and as Dom Christopher reminds us, the psalmody at its heart.

So Le Barroux is different? Is this the style Fr. Berger used? Or does he use a mix?

Gregorian schola, from Mark Klein (proponent of Cardine):
1. Schola gregoriana pragensis (director David Eben - CD Adoratio crucis) GR-Christus-SGP.mp3
2. Nova Schola Gregoriana (director Alberto Turco - CD In passione et morte DNJC) GR-Christus-NSG.mp3

More on the education racket

How College Costs Could Lead to a Market Crash
by Tamim Ansary

Carolyn Baker's website, Speak Truth to Power

Thought puzzle regarding consumption

For American consumers, how much is enough?
Jeffrey Shaffer, Christian Science Monitor

via EB

Plus: The Juggler's Lament, Ecological Collapse and Making Change, by Sharon Astyk, Casaubon's Blog

Robert Baer, Who is Stealing Iraq's Oil?

Who Is Stealing Iraq's Oil?
Robert Baer, TIME Magazine

via EB

On polities and warriors

(Or, an introduction to "patriarchy"... some beginning thoghts at least...)

In some respects, the society of Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers resembles the ideal polity of Aristotle; on Heinlein's future Earth, citizenship (and participation in political office) is limited to those who have served in the military. Someone has even compared that society to a modern-day Sparta. (Unfortunately, his account has been suspended.)

While Aristotle may not agree with the details (especially with the size of the political community), he does think that the polity that most societies can become is one built on the martial virtues, and courage will be the central virtue rather than prudence. ("Polity" can name any good constitution, but it also names that constitution where the many have a share in rule.)

The movie 300 has already been released; it is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Frank Miller. As to its historical accuracy, I leave that to someone else to judge and discuss. How many men were inspired by the movie to adopt a warrior ethos? Of those, how many understand it?

Though Aristotle sees some positive aspects of Spartan society, he also gives a critique of the Spartan constitution in his Politics. It is unfortunate that his collection of constitutions has mostly been lost. (Though when we think of a Greek democracy, we typically think of Athens, might it not also be said that Sparta was also a "democracy" in so far as all eligible males were able to elect the Ephors?)

(1) Participation in ruling is tied to defense of the political community. The men of the community should have a willingness to sacrifice their own lives in defense of their families and of their community. Because they may be called to do this, can they really trust someone who cannot or will not put his life on the line? Or someone who may be a liability in some other respect? Why should they allow a coward or someone who manifestly cares only for himself to have a share in political decision-making? Why should they accept the decision of someone who is not or had not served in combat, or whose family is "exempt" from such service? (As the Western Confucian points out, we can see the difference between the British Royal family or with Americans like Professor Bacevich and many of the American elites in this regard.) If there is a perception that the burden of military service is not being shared by those who command and those commanded, would not trust be undermined and order dissolved? Even in a society where the division of labor is rather great, in times of great need, all men are called to contribute to the defense of the city in some way; if not in battle then by support and so on.

(I don't know if such a great differentiation is ideal--certainly it is not possible without some measure of wealth, and how wealth is to be generated in a just manner is a question of great importance. I think there is something admirable about a society where all physically able males may be called to serve as warriors to defend the community; this is even required for smaller political communities. How does Aristotle solve the problem of factions for the polity? How is instability of government to be prevented? Is there something to be said for there being greater respect for law and order if everyone is armed, and not just the wealthy, and if all participate to some extent in the government and therefore know what is going on? Empires seem more peaceful because power has been centralized and mostly removed from the ordinary citizen, but what are the costs of empire? And do empires have intrinsic weaknesses which lead to their downfall?)

In warrior tribes, the elderly had presumably had served as warriors in the past and had already earned their right to rule. (How common was the exposure of the weak or handicapped babies in such societies? What happened to members of the tribe who became sick and could not be healed?) Presumably if the illness is not result of one's choices, being unable to make war would not be held against the man.

(We see in such tribes that the elderly are valued especially for the experience that is required for the acquisition and exercise of practical wisdom, and being a source of tradition that is to be passed on to succeeding generations.)

In an episode of The Outer Limits, "Lithia," women rule in a post-apocalyptic world, and all men have been killed off in the war and what followed. I've forgotten know the details, so I don't know how this society reproduced--perhaps through IVF, perhaps through cloning. Men are blamed for violence and wars, and the root of this? Anger, greed, and the desire to dominate; it is decided by the women that it is good that men are extinct. (Naturally, for radical feminist propaganda such as this what is taken to be a representative male is of course a sinful male, and not a virtuous one.)

[Is it too controversial to claim that if women were ruling that it would result in a greater partisanship that would be destructive of society--impartiality that is needed in the male's concern with "abstract" justice. While it women are oriented towards fostering familial and group bonds, what is the flip side of this? What sort of penalties would be exercised? Shunning, ostracization, and informal forms of punishment through gossip and so on, leading to the destruction of reputation and the alienation of individuals. If only women were in charge, would there necessarily be a decrease in war and violence? What does one make in the increase of teenage girl-on-girl violence, and the increasing number of female gangs?]

Is war a good thing? No. But it may be necessary in certain situations, and force may be necessary to enforce justice. It is a fallen world, and not all will choose to conform to the Divine Law. I've already written on why anger is needed, and that it is not an "evil" emotion in itself, but it bears repeating again, since some go so far as to claim that only men become angry. Who is more likely to bear a grudge and nurse a memory of an injury received, a man or a woman?

To maintain the community, there must be a fundamental concern for justice, executing justice and protecting it. The execution and protection of justice requires at times force and coercion, which is dependent upon strength. Even in our age where disparity of strength has been equalized through highly advanced arms, what of the natural reluctance of females to use force on others (while aggression is natural to males)? Is feminity destroyed if this natural reluctance is removed too much? I would not oppose teaching a woman how to defend herself, either with a gun or with her, but I wonder what sort of effects the psychological preparation mentioned in books like On Combat will have on a woman. Samurai wives were expected to be the last line of defense for the home or castle and were taught to use a Japanese halbred that was specifically designed for a woman, but I don't think we would say they were not feminine.

But sin and injustice are consequences of a fallen world, one might argue--in an ideal world where they did not exist, should ruling be limited to men only?

(2) This brings me to the more important point: the citizen who participates in the governing of the political community does so not as an individual, but as the head of a household, since a political community is not made up of individuals, but of households. The defense of the household, and by extension of the political community is function that is consequence of the authority of the husband in the home.

Single males are in training, not necessarily exercising full citizenship; iirc, in the Politics Aristotle thinks they should finish their military service and settle down first. They should be learning how to rule, but they are not ruling yet. But this does not necessarily mean they should be excluded from all political deliberation.

Catholic liberals like John Finnis dismiss the "sexism" of the past writers and thinkers (such as Aquinas) as being founded in erroneous generalizations about men and women, but I wonder if they have looked at papal writings which defend the authority of the husband. Not surprisingly, some appeal to the writings of Pope John Paul II (such as Mulieris Dignitatem) to claim that Tradition has been changed. (His writings can be interpreted in accordance with Tradition, but Catholic liberals do not take the trouble of doing this, since they have already rejected Tradition on this point.)

[Genesis 3:16 (Mulieri dixit:“Multiplicabo aerumnas tuas et conceptus tuos:in dolore paries filios, et ad virum tuum erit appetitus tuus, ipse autem dominabitur tui”.) has been interpreted as saying that headship is a consequence of the Fall, and hence is not "natural" nor would not be the state of affairs if the Fall had not taken place. However, the dominion that is spoken of here should not be understood as referring to the exercise of lawful authority, but tyranny. See Dilsaver on this point. Men should exercise headship not for their own private good, subordinating the good of others in the family to his own good as a tyrant would, but to lead for the benefit of all.]

Those who are in relationships can observe from their experience--who is inclined to lead, and who is inclined to be led? Such a male-female dynamic even exists between men and women who are "just" friends. In fact, it often happens that women consider men who are too solicitious of the needs and desires of others (and are rather indifferent to the various options) before making a decision to be "indecisive."

Some women who attempt to have "control" over the relationship and over the men do so because of very poor experiences with their fathers, and they try to compensate for a bad life at home by being the one in control, expecting to avoid a repeat of their childhood by making sure the male personality is suppressed is as much possible.

Perhaps others are controlling because of their character. And some simply because they are radical feminists. The feminist who is in denial about the dynamics between men and women should examine her relationships with men and see how often she lets the man make the decision, and what she really thinks of men who do not act "manly" in this way, and if she wants (I say want, and not "is attracted to" for a reason) such a man, what her reasons are for this desire.

Fathers are a major influence on their daughters and on their choice of a spouse. A husband replaces the father with respect to many of the functions that the father once fulfilled, and women who are honest with themselves will recognize this, even if the friendship that exists between a husband and wife is necessarily of a different sort than that between father and daughter because of the sexual aspect.

(3) Because the link between headship of the household and citizenship, and the headship residing in the husband, the conclusion as to who would ideally be exercising full citizenship in a polity is obvious.

(As far as I know, Aristotle does not deny women are citizens, he only denies that they should participate in ruling; they would have the benefits of citizenship.

The life of the women was of concern to Aristotle. From the Politics: "For, a husband and wife being each a part of every family, the state may be considered as about equally divided into men and women; and, therefore, in those states in which the condition of the women is bad, half the city may be regarded as having no laws.")

Trailer for War

starring Jet Li, Jason Statham
trailer at Movies IGN


The movie looks like your typical Jet Li actioner from the late 90s and from this millenium.

What's this? 24: Day Zero

Pacino and De Niro to star in Righteous Kill

De Niro, Pacino Kill Again
Icons reteam for Righteous indie.
by Stax
May 17, 2007 - Heat co-stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are reteaming for the indie thriller Righteous Kill. The Millennium Films and Emmett/Furla Films co-production begins filming August 6th in Connecticut and New York City.

Jon Avnet will direct the $60 million pic. Russell Gewirtz (Inside Man) penned the screenplay, which Variety says follows "[two] cops chasing a serial killer." Additional casting is underway for the project, which was announced at the Cannes film festival.

Nu Image co-chief Randall Emmett said the project was generated by the two acting icons' desire to work together again. "They're friends, and this really all got started from that," Enmett said. "They were in two scenes in Heat. In this movie, they are in the whole thing together."

Righteous Kill will be produced by Avnet, Emmett, Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Georg Furla and Alexandra Milchan.

Fr. Jim Tucker on extravagant weddings

Bridezilla and the Multi-Billion Dollar Wedding Industry

How many couples would be content with the budget weddings featured on TLC's For Better or For Worse.

Veteran Korean Designer Enchants Smithsonian Museum

Veteran Korean Designer Enchants Smithsonian Museum

The Smithsonian Institution is poised to open its newest permanent exhibition, the Korea Gallery, at the National Museum of Natural History. The sixteen traditional Korean costume designs or hanbok on display are made by veteran designer Lee Young-hee.

¡°Dr. Paul Michael Taylor, the director of the Asian Cultural History Program and exhibition co-curator, asked me to donate traditional Korean costumes,¡± Lee says. ¡°I made 12 outfits at first and he asked me to make more -- this time formal ones. So, I presented four more including gwanboks (traditional outfits for high-ranking officers and ministers) and wonsams (formal dresses for women), making it 16 altogether."

One of the gwanboks, featured in photo 1 below, was embroidered on the front and the back; the cranes on the front, in particular, denote the official rank of the owner. In the Chosun Dynasty, ordinary people could also wear a gwanbok at their weddings. In the case of wonsams for brides, Lee says they were made with woven silk, plus a small bejeweled toque called jokduri on their head and a brooch decorated with gold and silver on the chest.

The jeogori or traditional coat for women with stripes of various colors, one of the most familiar images of traditional Korean culture, is also to be on display (photo 2). Lee made it by sewing the colorful fabrics together one by one. ¡°Silk dyed in the traditional natural manner will show Korea¡¯s unique beauty. I also stressed diversity and creativity in hanbok by using various materials including woolen yarn, raw silk and brocade.¡±

The museum promised her to display the hanbok for 100 years. ¡°They didn¡¯t promise it right away. I was in touch with them by e-mail and phone for a year,¡± she says. ¡°Last fall, I got an official confirmation to display them for the next 100 years. Actually, Dr. Taylor is one of the people who love hanbok very much. He says there is no other costume with such fantastic colors and texture of materials.¡±
Lee was the first Korean designer who took part in the Paris Pret-a-Porter show and introduced hanbok to Westerners in 1993. Her store in New York is also a great success, and celebrity customers include Michael Jackson, Hillary Rodham Clinton and even fashion designer Miuccia Prada.

Lee will present a fashion show at the Hyatt Regency in Washington D.C. on Saturday to celebrate the opening of the Korea Gallery at the Smithsonian. On the occasion, she is also planning to present a traditional shaman ritual for cleansing the souls of the Virginia Tech massacre victims. ¡°I want to pray for the repose of the deceased and extend my condolences to the families in a Korean way to offer words of comfort.¡±

Although over 70, Lee is still full of energy. After the fashion show in Washington, she will open the regular collection in New York on Tuesday.

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First Trains in 56 Years Cross Inter-Korean Border

North Korean train personnel are seen through the window of a train crossing the Demilitarized Zone for the first time in more than 50 years on Thursday. Two trains from North and South Korea crossed the heavily armed border, restoring arteries severed in the Korean War.
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Chosun Ilbo article on Tony Leung

Tony Leung Chiu Wai: Villain With the Sad Eyes

His eyes give him away. On the surface he may be smiling but his eyes speak of loneliness and desperation. Like a red light in a misty city, his dreaming face enchants moviegoers. He's Tony Leung Chiu Wai. In hit movies like "Infernal Affairs," "In The Mood For Love," and "Happy Together," he has played a gangster, a playboy, a homosexual and a detective. "I read the scripts thoroughly until I feel like I'm becoming my character," he once said. While he can utterly transform himself into any role, his eyes always remain lonely and uneasy.
So it can be said that his new movie "Confession of Pain" is a description of Tony Leung Chiu Wai himself. He's playing his first villain in 25 years but it's a sympathetic role. In the movie Tony is a cold-blooded detective who tries to cover up the truth about a murder case. Takeshi Kaneshiro stars opposite as a private investigator. Directors Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, who made "Infernal Affairs," -- the original version of the Academy-award winner "The Departed" -- also directed "Confession of Pain." Hollywood wants to remake this movie, too.

The Chosun Ilbo interviewed Tony at the premiere of the film in the Hong Kong Ritz Carlton Hotel on Sunday. A pink cardigan made his face appear pale. And while he smiled at me and the photographer, in person his eyes looked even sadder than on screen.

"I lived the life of Detective Lau Ching Hei while we were shooting the film. If I were a Korean, I could brainwash myself to feel the experiences of military service. By brainwashing myself, I can change my voice, the way I walk, even the sound of my breathing."

It seems as if he was in love with the role, and indeed, he confessed that after shooting a movie he becomes depressed, like breaking up with a girlfriend. "If it takes a year to build your muscles, then losing your muscles also takes a similar length of time. It takes a lot of time for me to erase the feelings and emotions of the character I played. This time, it was harder than ever." But relief is in sight, he said, with the shooting of John Woo's new Chinese epic, "Red Cliff."

For "Confession," Tony was originally offered the part of the private investigator that Takeshi Kaneshiro ended up playing. "I created the character of the private detective with Tony Leung Chiu Wai in mind, but I couldn't find an actor to play the villain," director Andrew Lau said. "I asked Tony to play him and he rejected it flat out. Two months later he called me and said he would do the part."

For Tony, immersing himself in another role was a very challenging task, but he knew exactly how it should be done. And how did it feel to play a villain? "I enjoyed it," he said briefly. Then he added, "But someday I'd like to play a cheerful role -- like sunshine." He ended the interview with a broad smile.

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Tony Leung on Being a Shy Movie Star

Photos: Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood holds the awards for top female vocalist, video of the year and album of the year for ?Some Hearts,? at the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Tuesday, May 15, 2007, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

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Carrie Underwood accepts the award for top female vocalist during the 42nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada May 15, 2007. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Carrie Underwood performs during the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Tuesday, May 15, 2007, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Carrie Underwood accepts the award for album of the year for ?Some Hearts? during the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Tuesday, May 15, 2007, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Carrie Underwood, nominated for top female vocalist, arrives with boyfriend, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, at the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Tuesday, May 15, 2007, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Carrie Underwood, nominated for top female vocalist, arrives at the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Tuesday, May 15, 2007, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae. C. Hong)

Multiple Grammy award winner Carrie Underwood arrives at the Sony BMG Music Entertainment after party in Beverly Hills, February 11, 2007. VP of digital media/general manager Martin Clayton said artists with youth appeal such as Underwood benefit from having fans that have grown up with computers. (Gus Ruelas/Reuters)

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

The peak oil crisis: Alarms are sounding

The peak oil crisis: Alarms are sounding (original)
by Tom Whipple

Across the world alarm bells are starting to clang. Above every gas station, a large sign is proclaiming that prices are on an unstoppable climb towards un-affordability. In Paris, the International Energy Agency has announced that the demand for oil is likely to exceed the supply later this year, unless, of course, OPEC steps up production. In the Middle East OPEC spokesmen reiterate time after time that all is well, there is plenty of oil, and there is no need to increase production.

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