Saturday, November 20, 2010

Alte has a new blog, Traditional Catholicism. (Complementarian Marriage is still up.)

Evolution and the fall of Adam

Some would claim that the propensity of men to cheat is only natural -- men have evolved to couple with as many fertile women as possible. What would a Christian theologian have to say about this? With Adam's sin, the preternatural gifts have been lost, and sense appetite is no longer subordinate to reason. This must be remedied through virtue and grace.

The male sex appetite can be stimulated by the presence of an appropriate object--that is the way appetite operates. But that does not legitimate license, or the desire or graspingness of men who want to sleep with as many women as possible. (We can describe the moral disorder in various ways: there is the role of the ego, the pride and desire to use others for self-gratification.) Just because a man may be turned on by many women does not mean that it is natural and hence moral for him to have relations with all of them.

Another example of using bad science to justify bad morals? This is the creation of a different sort of "natural" law--any desire is seen as good solely because it is a desire (and some sort of pseudo-scientific rationale can be found for it).

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Mark O'Connor in the Bay Area

From his FB fanpage:
My schedule this week for concerts in the San Fran Bay area!
Thurs - Berkley First Congregational Church (8:00)
Friday - Palo Alto First United Methodist Church (8:00)
Saturday - San Fran Herbst Theatre (8:00)
Sunday - San Rafael Osher Marin Jewish Comm Center (5:00)

His official page.
Saw Fr. Oppenheimer in attendance at the Becoming One gathering at Our Lady of Atonement. That was a bit of a surprise -- at first we thought he was a Dominican when we saw him on Tuesday night for Compline. However, this morning I saw his face and recognized him.
Zenit: Doctrinal Congregation's Note on Opus Angelorum [2010-11-05]
Association Is in Good Standing, Be Vigilant With Regard to Ex-Members
Corn Crazy
Gene Logsdon,

If there is anything rational about this market, food prices, especially meat, must go up significantly. I sure don’t want to be a representative of the people when Americans have to start paying double what they do now for a steak.
EB: Fridley, Heinberg discuss 'peak coal' in NATURE journal
Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute
The idea that coal is cheap and plentiful drives much thinking about future world energy consumption. It can explain the resistance of the United States and China to carbon-cutting policies — both countries have lots of coal, and they don’t plan to stop using it anytime soon. But is it a reasonable assumption? Richard Heinberg and David Fridley argue in this week’s Nature that coal prices are likely to start rising much sooner than everyone thinks — perhaps by the end of this decade.

Robb Wolf Interview at the Paleolithic Solution Seminar in Brooklyn New York

Jack LaLanne at Age 95

His website.
Zenit: Papal Words to Members of Christian Unity Council
"The Unity of Christians Is and Remains Prayer" [2010-11-18]
Pope's Message to Health Care Conference
"The Bond Between Justice and Charity ... Is Very Close" [2010-11-18]
On a Saint of the Feast of Corpus Christi
"Today in the Church There Is a 'Eucharistic Springtime'" [2010-11-17]

Tomas Luis de Victoria - O lux et decus hispaniae

An example of why NPR should be defunded and put out of business

 Fresh Air with Terry Goss: 'Franklin And Eleanor': A Marriage Ahead Of Its Time : NPR

The Roosevelts' unorthodox marriage was equitable, sexually open -- and spanned four decades. Hazel Rowley profiles the uncommon union of a four-term president and his first lady in Franklin And Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage.

Behind the times?

Zenit: Prelate Calls for Equitable, Human Health Care
CNS: Pope, church leaders call for guaranteed health care for all people

Reasoning based on an unsustainable economic paradigm.

PCI: Straight Talk with James Howard Kunstler: "The World is Going to Get Rounder and Bigger Again"
The peak oil crisis: Did we vote ourselves to extinction?

I don't expect clerics to be politicians or political economists or theorists; I do expect them to defend the Natural Law. At least there is no reiteration of the claim that health care is a right? Still, the Vatican needs someone studying peak oil and its impact on global society and writing a report for those who still assume that the modern welfare state can be continued indefinitely.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Still on vacation, continued light blogging...

Some links:

Gareth Porter, The Unending Occupation of Iraq
Thomas H. Naylor, Shattering the Myth of Vermont
Pam Martens, How the Fed and the Treasury Stonewalled Mark Pittman to His Dying Breath
Franklin Lamb, Is the American Public About to Toss Israel?
Richard Forno, TSA and America's Zero Risk Culture
Michael Hudson, Obama's Greatest Betrayal
Paul Craig Roberts, Eyes Only on Burma
Gareth Porter, Intel Failure in Yemen
Mike Whitney, Erin Go Broke
Bill Hatch,  Jerry Brown's Parable of the Rocking Boat
Jonathan Cook, Re-Unifying the Palestinian Nation
David Swanson, Tall Tillman Tales
Kim Nicolini, An Intimate Look at How Things are Made in China
Paul Craig Roberts, Licensed to Kill

The limits of ownership
Andrew Curry, thenextwave
Market-based ownership models have damaged the public and social interest. Innovation is inevitable.

Monday, November 15, 2010

USA TODAY: Surviving the Wild
TV explorer Bear Grylls shares the good and the bad
Mark Sisson weighs in on the Twinkie diet.
ABC News: Prince William Surprises Troops in Afghanistan
A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save it – A review of Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed’s latest book
Jeff Vail, The Oil Drum: Campfire 
Frank Kaminski, Mud City Press
Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, New Statesman
We are now inhabiting a 'post-peak' world. That is the implication of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) new report, World Energy Outlook 2010. There is no time for denial. Governments and communities need to start adapting now.

Sunday, November 14, 2010