Saturday, June 12, 2010

Some reactions to Abby Sunderland (who, incidentally, has been found):

The Spearhead: Sailor Girl Fails in Solo Circumnavigation Attempt, Sparks Huge Rescue Response
VFR: Sixteen year old California girl, sailing alone around world, is missing at sea, What L-dotters think about girl sailing alone around world and
The rise of the “Just Do It” conservatives?

Has anyone asked the question about the influence of feminism upon Abby Sunderland? Some commentators at Spearhead have, but surprisingly the above posts have ignored it. Instead, the reactions have been largely paternalistic, asking whether 16 year-olds should be attempting such feats.

Without automation, would it be possible for young women (or men) to make such a trip around the world? The use of tools reliant on easily available energy deceives us as to the differences in the physical abilities of men and women. (What is the state of her navigation skills? Did she attempt the journey without the use of GPS or a computer?)

Gummy, "Amnesia"


ForaTV: 'The Perfect Storm' Author Sebastian Junger Discusses War

Video from his Commonwealth Club appearance.

Rod Dreher, Maybe you shouldn't own a house

The Honey Dewdrops - Petals

website, myspace, blog

Something from the Carolina Chocolate Drops:

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friendship, revisited

The Thinking Housewife: The Death of Hospitality (If you enjoy reading her blog, please consider making a donation.)

It's been a while since I've organized a bbq for my high school friends, and I was contemplating doing that again this summer. But seeing how difficult it is to arrange other social events given everyone's schedules, especially the schedules of married people with families, I am doubting that it is worth the effort. If I were to make the invitations more formal, would I be more likely to receive responses, prompt or otherwise? How far in advance should such an event be planned, in order to take into consideration the calendars of married people?

I was trying to organize a movie night for this weekend, but people either were busy or didn't respond. This includes the person who originally suggested watching a movie last weekend or this weekend. He should have consulted his wife first about his schedule. Another friend decided to drop out since too few people were going (it would be just he, his wife, and I). Either the time spent with me would be boring, or it wouldn't be worth the effort to go out. How is one not to take offense at that? He may be generous with money, but when it comes to giving up other things...

Some friends seem not to care too much about maintaining friendships, others don't want to put in the effort, one doesn't decide whether he is going or not until the last minute... a man puts a high premium on loyalty, but at some point even loyalty isn't enough to sustain a friendship -- when it becomes obvious that there is no reciprocity. If I were the type to "unfriend" people on FB, some people might be surprised to learn who was deleted first from my account.

People become bored if they do not have much to talk about besides the temporary pleasures they have in their lives... what can I really say to people who support Meg Whitman or the Republican brand of corporatism?

It's been almost 3 years since I moved back and I haven't met any new friends. Without money it is not easy. (Even going to an "orthodox" parish in order to socialize with young adults requires gas money at the very least.)

Today was the last day of school, and it might be the last day of work for me as a substitute teacher. (Although I have not yet heard anything from that potential employer.) I left wishing I could have given more and done more. One can only be content with what one has done, provided that he has lived up to his duties. I wish I had had more time with the kids.

During lunch, JM was disciplined when she only wanted to help -- she went back inside the cafeteria to see if she could help clean inside, and was benched for a few minutes because no one is allowed to go into the cafeteria except to pick up their food. She not in a good mood afterwards; I didn't see her after the end of the school day.

When I came home I felt a strong sense of emptiness -- without some real service to the community, I'd derive a very limited amount of satisfaction from work.

How many will "succeed"? How many will fail? If I were to meet them 10 years from now, what would my reaction be? One of the sweet girls that I've known since second grade seems to have fallen under the influence of a girl who gets in trouble often. (I also learned for the first time that she's the cousin of CR!) I am concerned when I see the six graders, and with the acceleration in the rate of physical development for girls, how many will get into boy trouble in middle school?

Niece #1: "Po po, bring me a dolly of kau kau. Or a picture."
Some endorsements for Soft Star Shoes at this thread at Mark's Daily Apple.

Evangelion 2.22

Yesterday at Kinokuniya I glanced at the current issue of Newtype and saw the cover art was related to Evangelion 2.22. The movie is out in Japan already?

The trailer features "Tsubasa Wo Kudasai" (翼をください) sung by Megumi Hayashibara, which will be on her forthcoming "Wings" CD?

wiki for Megumi Hayashibara

Hayley Westenra recently did a cover of "Tsubasa Wo Kudasai" in English.

Some other versions:

徳永英明  -翼をください-

翼をください 紙ふうせん
Previously I had thought that coeducation would be ok at the primary level, but I have been having doubts about this recently. Just this week a boy responded when I chastised some of the boys, "We're boys. We're not girls." Maybe he was attempting to justify his behavior, but he might have had a point. Adults should not think that children are so dumb that they cannot tell that they are being treated unfairly. If the object of classroom discipline is to maintain silence so that the students can learn (read, write, etc.) and to keep children on task, then boys will be more troublesome than girls. But what if the object of primary education were something else? What if the beginning of the acquisition of the the liberal arts were delayed until boys were 7 or 8 or 9?
Steve Sailer: The 2010 Bilderberg Conference

On a fashion note, the Guardian's series of 19 photos of big shots arriving suggests that the Obama Look -- a suit or a sports jacket and a dress shirt, but without a necktie -- has become the Bilderberg standard, unless you are an old coot like Volcker.

Koyote (코요태) - Return (리턴) [HD]

Lee Ki Chan ( 이기찬 ) - Beautiful Woman ( 미인 ) 美人 (Korean)

Items of Interest, 11 June 2010

Srdja Trifkovic , Israel, the West, and the Rest
Richard Spencer, Freedom, Property, and Hans-Hermann Hoppe
Daniel Larison, Mitt Romney, Micromanaging Demagogue

Winslow T. Wheeler, Budget Nightmare at the Pentagon
Franklin C. Spinney, Will Erdogan Blink?
Mike Whitney, Another Bank Bailout

Richard Heinberg - Are Americans Facing Reality?

Mark O'Connor - Midnight on the Water/Bonaparte's Retreat

(h/t to Jeff Culbreath)

His website. His youtube channel.

End of the Year of the Priest

Papal Homily at End of Year for Priests
"The Priesthood ... Is not Simply Office, but Sacrament"

Pope's Greetings to World's Priests
"Serve God and Your People With Holiness and Courage"
Rod Dreher: Taleb: 'World, prepare for austerity'

Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Home Page

Thursday, June 10, 2010

San Jose Mercury: Rescuers search for Southern California teen on solo world sail

Abby set sail from Los Angeles County's Marina del Rey in her 40-foot boat, Wild Eyes, on Jan. 23 in an attempt to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone without stopping. Her brother Zac briefly held the record at age 17.

On May 15, Australian 16-year-old Jessica Watson claimed the record after completing a 23,000-mile circumnavigation in 210 days.

So did her father have any role in fostering Abby Sunderland's interest in sailing? Like someone who left a comment, I was reminded of Jessica Dubroff, the 7-yr-old 'pilot' who was killed trying to fly across the United States. And what is Jessica Watson's story? (And when someone sails solo and unassisted, does that mean that no other ships can follow or accompany him? In case of emergency?)

Abby's Blog
I was intending to try the steak tostada salad at El Pollo Loco this afternoon, but the manager, who took my order, informed me that the steak was still frozen, and suggested I order the chicken instead. Now I don't know if the chicken and steak are precooked and then frozen, but I suspect that this is the case given the dryness of the chicken breast. I shouldn't be surprised that El Pollo Loco takes this cost-cutting shortcut, but I thought that maybe they would cook from scratch, since they do this with the grilled chicken. Next time I should stick to the grilled chicken. It's too bad the 3-piece meal is so expensive...

Items of Interest, 10 June 2010

Rod Dreher, The moral failure of BP & the feds
Michael Shedlock, BP's PR Campaign on Google; Obama Threatens to Kick Ass; Spill Takes Toll on Obama; Ideas Pour In

Jennifer Loewenstein, Obama, the ADC and the Gaza Flotilla
Robert Bryce, Winners and Losers in the Gulf
John Ross,
The World Cup as Maximum Weapon of Social Control

NLM: Architectural Design: Ukrainian Catholic Church of Our Loving Mother
Dr. Fleming responds to a piece by Hans Hoppe which touches upon the John Randolph Club and the split between paleoconservatives and paleolibertarians.

The Archdruid Report: Waiting for the Millennium

The Archdruid Report: Waiting for the Millennium

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Carolina Chocolate Drops Webcast

From the Carolina Chocolate Drops:

Our set will be part of the Bonnaroo webcast June 11th exclusively on YouTube at Our performance will be webcast at 1:45 central On Friday, June 11th.
Alas, I'll be working on that day... but I hope the video is available later.
Rod Dreher, Wendell Berry, American Confucius

A comment on this post tells me that the video for the Saint Anthony of Padua Institute lecture on Matteo Ricci is now online--

Conflict and Accommodation: Matteo Riccis Approach to Catholic Evangelization in China

(Part 1 of 10)
Philip Bess, Toward a Renewed Culture of Building (via FPR)

But what of your own lives as craftsmen and craftswomen? The future is unavoidably uncertain, but I think you can take comfort in the knowledge that good traditional building practices promote a number of inter-related goods: environmental, economic, moral, philosophical, urban, and spiritual. Allow me to elaborate.

There are environmental goods that follow from building traditionally. “Sustainability” is today’s buzz-word, but the most sustainable thing architects and builders can do is to make durable buildings that together make walkable, mixed-use towns and cities. Traditional buildings are durable in part owing to the quality of craftsmanship with which they are made, and in part owing to the materials out of which they are made—materials typically close to the condition in which they have been taken directly from the earth: stone, clay, wood, lime, sand, metals. These are the pre-modern low-embodied energy material elements of your respective crafts, and most people recognize that these materials—being from the earth and in something close to their natural material condition—when transformed and properly employed and maintained will both endure over time and will look good doing so. And when these building materials come from local rather than distant sources, the long-term sustainability of the built environment is enhanced even further.

There are economic goods that follow from building traditionally. Setting aside the macro-benefits of being an integral part of a complex society of production and exchange, simply at a micro-level both the skills and the work habits you possess will be always in demand in one way or another, at one scale or another. We may be facing economic hard times of indefinite length, but as traditional craftsmen, you are far better prepared than most to survive and even flourish in such an economic environment. This is no small point.

Here’s something you may not have thought about: there are moral goods that follow from practicing the traditional building arts. Practices such as yours are incubators of moral virtue, because they embody shared standards of excellence to which both practitioners and would-be practitioners aspire. As a novice being initiated into a practice, becoming a successful participant in that practice requires you to develop moral virtues such as honesty, courage, justice and prudential judgment. If you do not develop these character virtues, it will be impossible for you to succeed in your practice, not least because learning the requisite skills requires the exercise of such virtues. Don’t misunderstand: being a good person requires much more than being a good craftsman. But there is honor among craftsmen, and becoming a good craftsman necessarily entails acquiring certain virtues also essential to becoming a good person.

There are philosophical goods that follow from building traditionally, because when you fashion iron or carve stone, lay a foundation or plaster a wall, erect a timber frame or square up an opening, you have no time for and no interest in modern philosophy. Traditional builders instead naturally incline to Aristotelian metaphysical realism, and disincline to subjectivist notions of truth and beauty, which is the ideology of people unacquainted with craftsmanship and its full implications. You, however, know that matter is real; you know and respect its properties; you know what good work is. You know something true about the world.

There are urban goods that typically follow from building traditionally. As traditional builders in a world of slapdash construction, you few are a community unto yourselves. At the same time however, you are members of a larger community, for whom you are builders and makers of places. We call these built places towns and cities; and traditional builders typically come to acquire certain characteristics common to persons who live in towns and cities. The Greek word for city is polis, and Latin doubles down with the words civitas and urbs. Though the etymology is sometimes direct and sometimes indirect, it helps explain why those who live closely together in cities develop sophisticated divisions of labor that include not only builders and architects, but also police, why in their encounters with others city-dwellers are typically polite, why in both their shoes and manners residents of cities are polished, why city-dwellers are in fact civilized, and sometimes even urbane.

Finally, there are spiritual goods that follow from building traditionally. Notwithstanding the mundane purposes that good buildings satisfy, the highest purpose of the building arts is beauty. What can one say objectively about beauty in a culture where it is widely taken for granted that beauty is subjective? Whether painting or photography or music or sculpture or buildings, our encounter with something beautiful pleases us almost instantly. We have an intuitive understanding that beautiful things are well made; were they not, we would not understand them to be beautiful. Beautiful things somehow both embody clearly and reveal the essence of the thing they are. Beautiful things appear to us complete; we would never think of changing them, and they could not be altered but for the worse. Beautiful things not only attract us, they make us grateful. Beautiful things judge us; they change us, and make us want to be better than we are. Beautiful things elevate us.

Items of Interest, 9 June 2010

Daniel Larison, The West’s Irrational Fear of Iran

Energy Bulletin:
Dave Cohen, The Oil Drilling Moratorium (original)
Chris Clugston, The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) oil spew demonstrates that we just don’t get it

Esam Al-Amin, Obama's Doublespeak on Iran
Mike Whitney
, Strangulation Economics
Shamus Cooke, Is Obama BP's Poodle?
Alison Weir, The Outrage at Helen Thomas

Life after RC: Repackaging the Movement and What is this "methodology" of which you speak?

Jill Richardson, BP Controls the Message By Buying Google Search Terms

Gene Logsdon, Fast growing plants (original)

The storyteller usually concludes by saying, with all due solemnity, that this is how farmers in the good old days learned to put little sleds under their watermelons so that fast moving vines would not ruin the fruit while dragging it over the ground.

Mark Sisson, How to Quit Grains
VFR: Obama explains why he hasn’t spoken with the man in charge of stopping the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history

Hestia has some words for Uhmerican princesses

Marriage: It’s Not About YOU, It’s About US

Hayley Westenra, "Benedictus"

Not much recent activity from Miss Westenra? Is she working on another album?

Some discussion at the Thinking Housewife that could serve as a supplement to my post on the creation of tomboys -- The Pushy Feminist Father.
Sandro Magister, In a Church of Martyrs, the Patience of Benedict

In Cyprus, the pope saw up close the drama of the Christians of the East. Ecumenism is flourishing, but where Islam reigns there is no freedom of conscience or religion. The latest victim is Bishop Luigi Padovese, decapitated like Saint John

Zenit: On the Trip to Cyprus
"I Was Almost Able to Feel So Many Hearts Beating in Unison"

(See also: Pope's Presentation of Mideast Synod Document and Synthesis of Working Document for Mideast Synod.)

Interview with Fr. Goodwin

Zenit: Promoting Worship With the Traditional Mass
Interview With St. Peter's Fraternity Priest Calvin Goodwin
By Traci Osuna
Zenit: Pius XII Letter to Roosevelt Published for 1st Time and Pius XII's Letter to US President Roosevelt

It's the next day.

Looks like narrow defeats of Props 16 and 17. As for many of the county and state offices, the Thinking Housewife's latest post is applicable: Victories for Womankind, Losses for Conservatism. (Whitman and Fiorina? Give me a break.)

I hope it is soon confirmed that Jeff Rosen defeated Dolores Carr. There will be a runoff for public school Superintendent. I couldn't vote for any of the candidates, since most of them accept the system and its goals, and are only pledging to reform the system so that it can meet those goals. I considered voting for Henry Williams, since he did offer some alternative thinking, but in the end I found him a bit too supportive of education in multicultural diversity, even if he backed parents' rights to educate their children.

Who is going to take on the system and criticize the public school system, while returning control to local boards? How many are ready to question the current political economy? Everyone seems to believe in a future for California of continued economic prosperity focused on technology; no one asks whether it is sustainable.

I should find some choice words for my high school friends who supported Whitman, but they're not ready to be MRAs.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

I've been looking at preliminary election results; with 18% of the precincts reporting, I see that many of the candidates I chose are losing. It appears that California Republicans will get the candidates they deserve this Fall. Measure J looks like it will pass -- Santa Clara will be on the hook for a new stadium for the 49ers. Will there be wailing and gnashing of the teeth if the economy fails to recover? The two propositions supported by the corporations, 16 and 17, appear to be passing. A dismal state of affairs.
Ah Fai treated me to a birthday dinner at The Counter (Santana Row) tonight. There were a lot of people at Santana Row tonight. It's been a while since I went to The Counter. The last time I was there... was late last year, when I had lunch with RHK, before we went to see The Hurt Locker. When the burgers are medium-well or well-done, there is not much difference in taste in comparison with the burgers from Fuddruckers (and I'm not talking about the Fuddruckers' Kobe beef patties, which I have not tried yet). The Fuddruckers patties might be a bit saltier.

One of the male waiters had earlobe stretching rings -- I was surprised that he would be hired at a restaurant. I avoided looking at him.

Ah Fai has a new car now -- the 328i convertible. He offered to drive me over to the parking lot where my car was, with the top down. I declined, since I really needed the walk for some exercise. But I did claim a raincheck on the ride. Riding in a convertible with the top down is pleasurable, and I won't have too many opportunities to do that. I wouldn't spend the $ to make it an everyday occurrence for myself, but I would think that it is ok to do it, even if I associate it with a lifestyle and other aspects of consumerist culture...

Knight and Day is a movie ah Fai might watch. I'll contact him once it is out. If I get a job I may try to plan a bbq for later in the summer. Still no call for an interview.
Daniel Larison, The Blockade Keeps “Working”

If Gazans haven’t overthrown Hamas yet, just wait a few more years and see what happens. A few more years becomes a decade, and then two decades, and in the end the blockade becomes essentially a permanent feature. Even if Hamas is eventually overthrown by people in Gaza, it will likely be by a more radical faction that comes to see Hamas as corrupt and ineffective, much as Hamas saw Fatah, and the rise of that faction will provide new justification for continuing the blockade.

There is a certain perverse logic to all of this. The misery, poverty and hopelessness created by a virtually stagnant private economy in a densely-populated, isolated enclave radicalizes the population even more, but more than that it deprives them of the incentive to turn against their own leadership and it makes them incapable of organizing effective resistance against the local regime. Everything about the blockade ensures that the political conditions in Gaza can only get worse, but lifting the blockade depends on the improvement of those conditions. Sometimes critics will refer to Gaza as an “open-air prison,” but the remarkable thing about the situation is that Israel and Hamas effectively collaborate as the jailors of the civilian population: Israel hems them in and controls their access to the outside world, and Hamas runs internal security to keep the population under their control. Officially, Israel claims that it wants a prison riot to break out, but by their actions the Israeli government seems satisfied to bring about a very different outcome.

The Liturgy of Benedict XVI according to Guido Marini

(via NLM)

Items of Interest, 8 June 2010

David Macaray, Labor Under Democrats: an Interview with Robert Reich

Dean Baker, How the Deficit Hawks are Robbing Jobs

Gary Leupp,
The Ambush of Helen Thomas

Harvey Wasserman, Apocalypse in the Gulf

Mike Whitney,
Paranoid, Resentful, Isolated

Michael Shedlock, Paul Krugman's Magic Keynesian Mirror

Chrissy Crowley interviews

20 minutes into the May 9th episode of "Highland Fling" (mp3)

Feature Web Recording of The Week - May 31/10

Her newest CD (Cape Breton Live). Her Myspace.

The Inverness Oran - The Departure: Chrissy Crowley releases new CD
The Departure ... Leave it to Crowley - Entertainment - Arts - The Cape Breton Post

YouTube: CeltFestCuba
I was thinking of holding my nose and voting for Poizner, but then I read the website for Robert C. Newman II.

It may be hard to take him seriously when you see what he is wearing in the video, but his platform is ok, in comparison to Poizner and Whitman. He is a farmer, and shows some awareness of the issue of sustainability.

I'll have to give this some more thought.

Sister Margherita Marchione on Pope Pius XII

Zenit: Personal Memories of Pius XII
Interview With Sister Margherita Marchione

ZENIT: Can you tell us about this Pope's personality?

Sister Marchione: He had the gifts of the Holy Spirit to a heroic degree, with all the virtues, theological and cardinal. He was prayerful -- a serene, tranquil person dedicated to every duty as Pontiff. By nature he was a timid person, and preferred tranquil environments. Gentleness as opposed to severity, persuasion as opposed to imposition. He was very humble and sincere, for him everyone was equal. I remember him as a saint, that's all.

Expert on Pius XII gives Benedict XVI bronze bust of WWII Pope
Orbis Catholicus Secundus: Rome Beach of Santa Marinella

More texts from the Cyprus trip


Benedict XVI's Words En Route to Cyprus
"There Is a Great and Ancient Christianity in the Middle East" [2010-06-06]

Pontiff's Farewell Address in Cyprus Airport
"Let Us All Redouble Our Efforts to Build a Real and Lasting Peace" [2010-06-06]

Papal Greeting at Maronite Cathedral in Cyprus
"Moved by a Father's Care, I Am Close to All the Faithful" [2010-06-06]

On Mary's Example of Hope [2010-06-06]
"We, Her Children, Live in the Same Confident Hope"

Homily of Pontiff at Mass With Priests, Religious [2010-06-05]
"The Cross ... Represents the Definitive Triumph of God's Love"

Benedict XVI's Homily at Eleftheria Sports Centre [2010-06-06]
"Christ Is Alive in Us, His Body, the Church"

Monday, June 07, 2010

More photos of the Pope in Cyprus

Pope Benedict XVI prays during his visit to Church of Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa in the coastal town of Paphos June 4, 2010. Pope Benedict said on Friday the killing of a leading Catholic bishop in Turkey should not be allowed to hurt dialogue with Islam or stain the image of Turkey and its people. Picture taken June 4, 2010. (Reuters/Daylife)

Pope Benedict XVI receives a gift from a Maronite cleric during a ceremony at Saint Maron's School in Nicosia June 5, 2010. The Pope on Friday said the brutal killing of a leading Catholic bishop in Turkey should not be allowed to hurt dialogue with Islam or stain the image of Turkey and its people. (Reuters/Daylife)

Orthodox priests wait for Pope Benedict XVI to arrive at the Cathedral of Aghios Ioannis in Nicosia June 5, 2010. (Reuters/Daylife)

Orthodox priests wait for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI at the residence of the Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II in Nicosia on June 5, 2010 on the second day of the pontiff's visit to the mainly Greek Orthodox Mediterranean island. (Getty/Daylife)

Pope Benedict shakes hands with Cyprus' Orthodox Archbishop Chrysostomos (R) at the island's Archbishopric in Nicosia June 5, 2010. Benedict is on a three-day visit to the Mediterranean island, where St. Paul preached 2,000 years ago. (Reuters/Daylife)

Pope Benedict XVI sits with Orthodox Archbishop Chrysostomos II during their meeting at the Greek Orthodox Archbishopric in Nicosia June 5, 2010. (Reuters/Daylife)

Pope Benedict XVI and Cypriot Archbishop Chrysostomos II (R) attend a ceremony in the Cathedral of Aghios Ioannis in Nicosia June 5, 2010. Pope Benedict on Friday said the brutal killing of a leading Catholic bishop in Turkey should not be allowed to hurt dialogue with Islam or stain the image of Turkey and its people. (Reuters/Daylife)

Pope Benedict XVI and Cypriot Archbishop Chrysostomos II attend a ceremony in Cathedral of Aghios Ioannis in Nicosia June 5, 2010. Pope Benedict on Friday said the brutal killing of a leading Catholic bishop in Turkey should not be allowed to hurt dialogue with Islam or stain the image of Turkey and its people. (Reuters/Daylife)

Pope Benedict XVI observes a moment of silence after laying a wreath on the statue of the first president of the Republic of Cyprus Archbishop Makarios in the Presidential Palace in Nicosia June 5, 2010. Cyprus on Saturday told Pope Benedict its Christian heritage was under threat from its decades-old division, a conflict harming Turkey's bid to join the European Union. (Reuters/Daylife)

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a mass at the Eleftheria Sport Palace in Nicosia June 6, 2010. (Reuters/Daylife)

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a mass at the Eleftheria Sport Palace in Nicosia June 6, 2010. (Reuters/Daylife)

Bishops attend a mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI at the Eleftheria Sport Palace in Nicosia June 6, 2010. (Reuters/Daylife)

Representatives of the Middle Eastern Episcopacy sit next to Pope Benedict XVI, unseen, as he celebrates a mass in the Arena Eleftheria in Nicosia, on the island of Cyprus, Sunday, June 6, 2010. The pontiff is in this Mediterranean Island for a three-day visit. (AP/Daylife)

A general view during the mass by Pope Benedict XVI's (R) at Eleftheria stadium in Nicosia on June 6, 2010 on the third and last day of his visit to Cyprus, a mostly Greek Orthodox Christian Mediterranean island. (Getty/Daylife)

A reminder of the work that still needs to be done...

A policeman stands in front of anti-Pope banners during a demonstration by Greek Orthodox Cypriots to protest the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, outside the Eleftheria Sports Centre in Nicosia as the pontiff holds a mass inside on the third and final day of his visit to the mostly Greek Orthodox Mediterranean island of Cyprus on June 6, 2010. (Getty/Daylife)

A couple of more shots from the Cathedral of St. John:

Pope Benedict XVI and Cypriot Archbishop Chrysostomos II attend a ceremony in Cathedral of Aghios Ioannis in Nicosia June 5, 2010. (Reuters/Daylife)

The Distributist Review: Light in Darkness: Mondragon and the Global Economic Meltdown

The Distributist Review: Light in Darkness: Mondragon and the Global Economic Meltdown

John Médaille on our debt

Doing God’s Work at Goldman’s

Johnson points to the obvious (which is always difficult to see), namely, that the country is formally an oligarchy, with a government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich. Partisan fights are beside the point. As Obama amply demonstrates, “change” means more of the same, for the same people fund both sides. As entertaining as our political process is, it is meaningless, full of the sound and the fury, no doubt, but signifying nothing. The real power lay elsewhere. The president and the congress seek office to run the country, only to find that the country runs them. Or rather that part of the country in and around Wall Street.

We are now in a trap from which we cannot escape. As Nouriel Roubini notes, the transferring of private liabilities to the public balance sheet has meant high government debts. To pay the debts, there will have to be higher taxes and/or lower government expenditures. But the government has been, for that last 60 years, since a large part of the economy that lower expenditures (or higher taxes) would lower output and make it impossible to pay off the debt. There is no way out, this side of collapse. The situation is worse in countries like the United States that have dismantled so much of their productive capabilities. Because in the end, countries get prosperous by making things. It is in the fields, farms, factories, fisheries, and mines that wealth is first created, and the rest of us must eat what they produce, must wear what they make. This is where our efforts to rebuild the economy must focus, and hence this is what finance must support, and if it doesn’t support these things, then it can only be a destroyer of the economy, however much it may benefit the bankers and politicians. We can get along without synthetic CDOs, but we do need to eat.
CalCatholicDaily: “United, but not absorbed”
Traditional Anglicans in California a step closer to full communion with Rome

Sharon Astyk answers the question of when one should move

When You Should Not Adapt in Place by Sharon Astyk (EB archive)

I think the following is the beginning of any impulse to relocalize:
2. If you have young children or are elderly and have close ties somewhere but are living far away from them in a community that you are not invested in. Not everyone has people (family biological or chosen) who will give you a place at the table, thin the soup to make it stretch, let you sleep on their couch and otherwise cover your back. But if you do, recognize that these people are the beginnings of your tribe. Not all of us have tribes in one place - and some of us have multiple tribes. But if you aren't rooted where you are in some deep way, if you live there primarily for a job, and you can get back to your people think about it seriously.

The people who will most need the support of their family are young families themselves struggling to make do and older people who may need some help. Sometimes these people are even usefully related to one another . Not all family is good, not every friendship can go this far, but if you have these ties, they matter, and they are essential.

3. If you have children or parents you need to care for far away. Again, this is ymmv, but if you are going to be dealing with your parents' decline, or if you don't have custody of your kids but want to spend time on them, you need to set it up in a way that doesn't make anyone rely on airline or other expensive long distance travel. That means that if they don't come to you, you go to them. It was once perfectly viable to live across the country from your kids, and say, have them spend summers with you - it may no longer be viable. I realize this will be enormously painful and disruptive to families, but if you are the resource for people very far away over the longer term, you need to find a way to be closer to one another, or accept that you may not be able to take on that role.

Given Uhmerican mobility, it may be that one's parents have left "home" for a retirement state with more pleasant weather. It may still be a good idea nonetheless to move close to them. Besides, one's links to one's hometown and the community there may be rather weak, if everyone else is moving instead of staying. Re-establishing the extended family seems to be the "natural" first step of relocalizing.

Patrick Deneen reviews Radical Homemakers


Professor Deneen writes:

The only major shortcoming of the book that I have so far detected is a confusion of categories – throughout the book, Hayes claims that her argument in defense of the home is essentially “progressive.” What she calls “progressive” is, in fact, profoundly conservative, reaching back to the arguments at the heart of Catholic distributist theory at least since the 19th-century. Unfortunately, it appears that she has read neither Chesterton nor Belloc, nor has had any exposure to Christopher Lasch, all of whom are absent in her bibliography, and could have offered her a healthy corrective to this confusion. I think it’s more than a verbal mistake to call her argument “progressive,” for at the heart of her excellent case against modern organization is a rejection of nearly every aspect of what is today called “progress.” Hayes rejects growth, autonomy, expansion of human dominion, and wealth as what are purported to be the central goals of modern humanity (though, to be fair, hers is also a strong argument against much of what today passes for “conservatism,” in its “progressive” embrace of a corporate society aimed at “equal opportunity,” social mobility, and wealth expansion based on maximal extraction from and degradation of the natural world). Instead, Hayes would put the family, the household, and the community at the heart of our activities, and asks not how those forms of human association can serve the economy, but how the economy best can serve our shared lives. But for some philosophical confusion, it’s an excellent book, and one that points to a promising coalition of new feminism and traditionalism.

But what is the author's unspoken assumptions about how family life is structured, other than her recommending that both husband and wife be working out of the house? If traditionalism includes any sort of patriarchy, how can a coalition be formed? Some American women may be satisfied with a beta and holding power over him, but it would seem to go against the instinct of most women toward hypergamy.

How much of a modern woman's fear of inequality or exploitation is justified? And how much of these fears, and the resentment, anger, and hostility they cause, are due to the ways original sin affects women? (Or a failure to understand, or to at least accept men?)

Radical Homemaking’s Relation to Feminism
Radical Homemakers: redefining feminism and the good life
On "radical" homemakers + the femivore dilemma
Poultry is a Feminist Issue?

The author's website. The book's website. A webpage.
5 Minutes for Books

More with Shannon Hayes:
Yes! Magazine
Christine Escobar, "Radical Homemakers" Review and Interview with Author Shannon Hayes
The City Greens
Radical Homemaker Shannon Hayes Asks “The Kid Question” (which links to this article in Yes!)
Meet some of Portland's radical homemakers
The Grassfarmer Meets the Radical Homemaker
Radical Homemaker Shannon Hayes Makes the Case for Sustainable Meat
Edible Authors

Rod Dreher, Chicken keeping as a feminist act
'Femivores' and Food Ethics
Rise of the Femivores and Radical Homemakers and The Rise (and Fall) of That Whole Femivore Thing

Sharon Astyk, Food for Thought

JHK on the American Way of Life

Which Horizon?:

So far, also, the US has done nothing in the way of holding a serious national political discussion about the the most important part of the story: our pathological dependency on cars. I don't know if this will ever happen, even right up to the moment when the lines form at the filling stations. For years, anyway, the few public figures such as Boone Pickens who give the appearance of concern about our oil problem, end up down the rabbit hole of denial when they get behind schemes to run the whole US car-and-truck fleet on something besides gasoline.

This unfortunate techno-narcissism shows that almost nobody wants to think about living with fewer cars driving fewer miles. We're going to be dragged there kicking and screaming, but that's our destination, like it or not. All the effort now going into developing alt-fuels and "green" cars is just a form of "bargaining" on the Kubler-Ross transect of grief.

Traveling around the US, it's easy to understand our failure to come to grips with reality. The nation is fully outfitted for extreme car dependency. You go to places like Atlanta and Minneapolis and you understand how deep we're into this. We spent all our collective national treasure -- and quite a bit beyond that in the form of debt -- building the roadway systems and the suburban furnishings for that mode of existence. We incorporated it into our national identity as the American Way of Life. Now, we don't know what else to do except defend it at all costs, especially by waving the talismanic magic wand of techno-innovation.

The obvious remedy for the oil-and-car problem would be to live in walkable towns and neighborhoods served by the kind of public transit that people are not ashamed to ride in. But it may be too late for that. We're going to be a much poorer society from now on. We squandered the financial resources for that transition on too many other things. We're stuck with our investments in houses and their commercial accessories, built where they were built, and no Jolly Green Giant is going to pick them up and move them closer together in an artful way that adds up to real towns. A reorganization of American life will occur, but now it will be on much less deliberate terms, a much messier and more destructive operation, a default to the smaller scale by extreme necessity, with a lot of losses along the way. The Deepwater Horizon incident only hastens the process.
Arizona's New Law: The Old America vs. The New America, by Chilton Williamson, Jr. (via CHT)

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Watching Deathwatch on Hulu last week, I was reminded of my like of British army uniforms in World Wars I and II. (Though I'd still prefer the uniforms of the Wehrmacht.)

Some photos of poet Wilfred Owen:

Poet Siegfried Sasson:

The movie Behind the Lines (aka Regeneration) is about Sasson and Owen.
Vdare Blog: So Long, Father Pat…

See this post for more on Fr. Bascio.

The deanglicization of California?

Accomplished primarily through white flight.

Steve Sailer cites the SF Chronicle:

California's white population has declined since 2000 at an unprecedented rate, hastening the day when Hispanics will be the state's largest population group, according to newly released state figures.
I have a post in the works that touches upon this and questions of identity...

If California becomes a failed state, one would think that more whites will leave the suburban areas for jobs elsewhere, if they exist. But what about members of other ethnic groups, e.g. the Chinese?

Pope Benedict XVI in Cyprus

Pope Benedict XVI (R) greets faithful as he enters the Church of Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa in the coastal town of Paphos June 4, 2010. (Reuters/Daylife)

Pope Benedict XVI greets Orthodox Archbishop Chrysostomos II (R) of Cyprus at the church of Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa, known as the 'Church by St. Paul's Pillar', on June 4, 2010, in the southwestern Cypriot town of Paphos, where the pointiff is beginning his first visit to an Orthodox Christian country. (Getty/Daylife)

Pope Benedict XVI and Cyprus Arcbishop Chrystomos II arrive at ancient church of Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa in the southwestern Cypriot town of Paphos on June 4, 2010, at the start of the pointiff's first visit to an Orthodox country. (Getty/Daylife)

Pope Benedict XVI sits next to Orthodox Archbishop Chrysostomos II (R) of Cyprus who hands his cane to the Metropolitan Georgios of Paphos at the church of Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa, known as the 'Church by St. Paul's Pillar', on June 4, 2010, in the southwestern Cypriot town of Paphos, where the pointiff is beginning his first visit to an Orthodox Christian country. (Getty/Daylife)

Pope Benedict XVI (L) is accompanied by Cypriot Archbishop Chrysostomos (2nd L) during a ceremony at Church of Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa in the coastal town of Paphos June 4, 2010. (Reuters/Daylife)

Pope Benedict XVI (2nd L) prays at the church of Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa, in the southwestern town of Paphos of the mainly Greek Orthodox Mediterranean island of Cyprus, on June 4, 2010. (Getty/Daylife)

Zenit: Benedict XVI's Greeting at Paphos Airport [2010-06-04]
"Cyprus Stands at the Crossroads of Cultures and Religions"

Pope's Address at Ecumenical Celebration in Paphos [2010-06-04]
"Every Christian ... Is Set Apart to Bear Prophetic Witness to the Risen Lord"

Words of Cypriot Orthodox Archbishop to Pope
"It Is Here ... That the Christian Roots of Europe Took Seed" [2010-06-04]

Chrysostomos II's Words of Welcome to Benedict XVI
"The 21st Century ... Is the Century of Dialogue" [2010-06-05]

Holy Father's Greeting to Chrysostomos II
"Build ... a Society Distinguished by Respect for the Rights of All" [2010-06-05]

Papal Words at Meeting With Cypriot Catholics
"Be Strong in Your Faith, Joyful in God's Service and Generous" [2010-06-05]

Pope's Address to Politicians in Cyprus
"Public Service Enables Us to Grow in Wisdom, Integrity and Personal Fulfillment" [2010-06-05]

Cypriot President's Greeting to Pope [2010-06-05]
"We ... Are Fellow Travelers on the Road Toward Achieving Peace"

Catholic nuns wave as Pope Benedict XVI leaves the Church of Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa in the coastal town of Paphos June 4, 2010. The Pope said on Friday the killing of a leading Catholic bishop in Turkey should not be allowed to hurt dialogue with Islam or stain the image of Turkey and its people. (Reuters/Daylife)

Recognize them, Sarge?
Monastic Family of Bethlehem of the Assumption of the Virgin and of St. Bruno
Monastic Community of Bethlehem, The Assumption and St Bruno
The Monastic Family of Bethlehem and of the Assumption of the Virgin, Livingston Manor, NY

A nun peers from behind the curtain of the church of Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa, known as the 'Church by St. Paul's Pillar', as she records sounds of the ecumenical celebration during the first visit by Pope Benedict XVI (L) to Cyprus on June 4, 2010, in the southwestern town of Paphos. (Getty/Daylife)

And then there are your Knights of the Holy Sepulchre:

Roman Catholic members of the congregation of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre arrive at the ancient church of Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa during a visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Saint Paul's pillar in the southwestern Cypriot town of Paphos on June 4, 2010, at the start of the pointiff's first visit to an Orthodox country. (Getty/Daylife)

Catholic Christian members of the congregation of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre arrive at the ancient church of Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa during a visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Saint Paul's pillar in the southwestern Cypriot town of Paphos on June 4, 2010, at the start of the pointiff's first visit to an Orthodox country. (Getty/Daylife)

Begun on June 4.

More on the Sig Sauer 516

Asia News: Beijing: For the 21st anniversary of Tiananmen, thousands of tourists and (some) police
Security forces guard the area, but keep a low profile. The leaders of the Tiananmen Mothers promote a small memorial in memory of their children and other victims. Bao Tong: the massacre of June 4 has blocked the development of China.

In Hong Kong, 150,000 people remember the Tiananmen massacre
by Annie Lam
More than 700 young Catholics took part in the prayer that preceded the candlelight vigil in Victoria Park. For them, remembrance and faith are important values. Faith helps understand the importance of life and human dignity.

Tomas Luis de Victoria - Vidi speciosam a 6 (Cappella Victoria Jakarta)

Sung by a different group--
Tomas Luis de Victoria - Vidi speciosam sicut columbam

La Capella Reial - Hesperion XX dir. Jordi Savall
Defense Review: SIG Sauer SIG516 (5.56mm) and SIG716 (7.62mm) Short-Stroke Gas Piston/Op-Rod System Tactical AR Rifle/Carbine/SBR Series at SHOT Show 2010 (Photos!)