Saturday, October 30, 2010

The places that food saves: Evaluating local food infrastructures
by Sharon Astyk

NLM: Compendium of the Reforms of the Roman Breviary, 1568 - 1961: Part 9.2 - An Assessment of the 1955 Simplified Rubrics

John Plaster and SOG

Secret Army: The True Story of SOG
Paladin Press
Ultimate Sniper (hrm)

Part 2


Stringing thoughts together

Xbox. vs. Wikileaks By JOHN GRANT

Removing our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan may be a complicated and somewhat ignoble task, but who’s to blame for the carnage when we’re occupying a place is a no-brainer.

Our military occupations rely on a steady stream of kids fueled to serve, many of them working class kids with dim prospects for college and careers in the current high-unemployment climate. The dismal economy is good for recruitment.

Thanks to propaganda, a massive public relations effort and poor analytical coverage of the wars, the military looks good to many kids. It’s sold as a right of passage to manhood – now also to womanhood. You will face danger and your own mortality. You’ll be part of a team. Once you’re in, all worries about finding a job will evaporate. And the military does all your thinking for you.

At first glance, the author seems to be bringing disparate elements together for his essay. Is he more than anti-war, being critical of American militarism? Or is he instead anti-military?

Then there’s Medal Of Honor, an Xbox game that features a special ops warrior who looked to me more like a Hell’s Angel biker than the clean-cut guys in John Wayne’s movie version of The Green Berets. The Special Ops fantasy look has changed.

The sanitized image of the Green Berets in John Wayne's movie probably doesn't reflect what they actually looked liked in Vietnam, those who weren't serving merely in the capacity of advisors and trainers. As for those who are currently in Afghanistan and Iraq -- the characters in the Medal of Honor game get their look from them. The beard and everything else is supposed to help SF soldiers go "native." The author would know this if he had taken the time to talk to SF soldiers.

Video games help recruit young men for the U.S. military. They are also used by the military for training and also for psychological conditioning.

It’s a natural progression from these video games to the highly computerized military system that now features drones piloted by former teen computer-game geeks. Start out blasting fictional video people and today's military will make it a short trip to blasting video people who happen to be real, thousands of miles away.

Some of the military piloting games, not the first-person shooters. Aren't soldiers supposed to kill? If so, then who is to say that video games aren't doing their job when used by the military. But as a recruiting tool -- we can blame the U.S. military for games being used in such a way, or we can blame the civilian leadership that has control of the military. Will the author write a letter to Obama to express his concerns?

Ultimately, the author wants to claim that WikiLeaks and those who give military secrets are needed to counterbalance the influence the military has in shaping our minds about the war. Even if such leaks provide information about crimes such as torture and U.S. failures, can they convince the American people that our wars are wrong on any basis other than consequentialism?

The use of video games to promote the military and enlistment is wrong, but is the U.S. military and government behind this? Or is it another example of the cooperation that exists between the government and the corporate world? I do think that video games cannot teach the virtue that is needed for the citizen-soldier, and while such games are at best morally-neutral (and they might not be), without such a moral formation, the young gamer may be corrupted by his gaming experience, acquiring an unrealistic view about military life and war.

Would allowing teenagers to participate in a militia be an acceptable alternative to the author?

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Medal Of Honor Tier One

Part 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Stanley Fishman, Tender Grassfed Meat

official site

Cheeseslave: Stanley Fishman Talks About Tender Grassfed Meat
Living La Vida Lowcarb Show (mp3)
Cooking for the Holidays with Stan Fishman, Author of Tender Grassfed Meats
Weston A. Price, East Bay Area profile
Counterpunch Weekend: Mike Whitney, Bernanke Gets His Pink Slip
Dave Lindorff, America's Happy News Media

Zor Ka Jhatka "Full Video Song"

An open letter to medicine, nursing, and public health upon reaching the limits to growth
Dan Bednarz, PhD, J. Mac Crawford, PhD, RN and Nancy Lee Wood, PhD, Energy Bulletin
Mainstream health policy analysis is in an intellectual cul-de-sac due to its paradigmatic premise that the economy will continue to expand and thereby allow the government to provide more and more funding for health
Time for a new theory of money
Ellen Brown, Yes! Magazine 
By understanding that money is simply credit, we unleash it as a powerful tool for our communities. The reason our financial system has routinely gotten into trouble, with periodic waves of depression like the one we’re battling now, may be due to a flawed perception not just of the roles of banking and credit but of the nature of money itself.
David W. Cooney, Distributism and Health Care Reform V
(Continued from Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

America's Jobs Losses are Permanent By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Globalism Comes Home to Roost

Kirkpatrick Sale, Getting Back to the Real Constitution?

Counterpunch: Getting Back to the Real Constitution?
Tea Partiers, Tenthers and Original Intent


There’s much talk these days, particularly by the Tea Party types, about getting back to the “real” Constitution, forcing the Obama government to honor the “original intent” of the Founding Fathers, and “understanding the Constitution through the eyes of its creators,” as one contributor to the Tenth Amendment Center recently put it. That center, in fact, is dedicated to, and attracting a growing following for, a rigid interpretation of that amendment reserving to the states the powers not expressly given to the Federal government.

And along with it in the last few years has grown up a Constitution Party that has the idea that the nation’s problems can be solved by “a renewed allegiance” to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and hence a return to “limited government.” The problem with current officials of both parties, as the CP see it, is that they “ignore their oaths to uphold the Constitution,” that is to say, the Constitution as originally written and used in the 18th century.

This would be a far different country, of course, if it paid an allegiance to the document of 1787 that the renegade Congress had come up with, in secret, that summer in Philadelphia, even along with its first ten amendments. But what all the critics who believe that going back to the original Constitution would forestall the kinds of forces that have led to the present bloated, overstretched, intrusive, and unwieldy government do not realize is that this is what it almost inevitably had to lead to.

Let’s wake up these “real Constitution” die-hards and the ardent “Tenthers” and tell them that it’s a waste of time to try to resurrect that document in order to save the nation ---because because the growth of government and the centralization of power is inherent in its original provisions. As the anti-Federalists were trying to say all along from the very beginning of the ratification process. Only when we get people today off this understandable but ill-fated track can we begin to open their eyes to the reality of our present peril: we have a big overgrown government because that’s what the Founding Fathers founded, and we won’t escape from it until we take the idea of secession as seriously as it must be taken.
The Lonely Hickories
Gene Logsdon,

Along the one lane country roads in our county, the traveler encounters an occasional roadside tree, all by itself at the edge of the endless fields of corn and soybeans. They stand as monuments commemorating the passing agrarian life we cherish.
Peak oil — Where do we stand?
Dave Cohen, Decline of the Empire

The question thus becomes: did world conventional oil production peak in mid-2008 or are we looking at a local maxima (high point) in production that may be surpassed in the future? To answer this question, we must first understand what this production graph is telling us.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Living Tradition: Dom Guéranger's Influence on the Liturgy of the 20th Century;
Especially Regarding Gregorian Chant

by Daniel M. Clough

True Grit trailer

I haven't seen the John Wayne movie (or read the novel);
Pete Takeshi is a fan of the Coen Brothers. I still haven't seen Miller's Crossing. But their adaptation may not be too bad, and I'd probably prefer to see it than No Country for Old Men.

The King's Speech


official page

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Zenit: On the Synod of the New Evangelization"The Church Exists to Evangelize"

Monday, October 25, 2010

NLM: Compendium of the Reforms of the Roman Breviary, 1568 - 1961: Part 9.1 - The Simplified Rubrics of 1955

Carmelite Ordinations.)

Sandro Magister on the second letter from the papal delegate to the LCs

Legionaries. The Past That Doesn't Want to Go Away
The heirs and trustees of the disgraced founder Maciel are not agreeing to leave their positions of command. But papal delegate De Paolis is issuing an ultimatum: either they change, or it will be "disaster" for all. The complete text of his letter

(h/t to Ignatius Insight)

Leave it to Beaver TRIBUTE to Ward Cleaver and Fathers 1983

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Trailer for The Rite

JoBlo gives the link to Apple. Apparently names have been changed. What else is fiction? I haven't seen the trailer yet, but it looks like the movie is a product of Hollywood that sensationalizes too much.

JoBlo video player

Something Sarge recommended