Saturday, February 12, 2011

Dorothy Day on the Christoper Closeup

I posted links to this interview earlier this week, but I found an embeddable video at

Le BARROUX~Nuns/Consecration of new ALTAR.2005


I just found out St. Francis de Sales is the patron saint of those suffering from hearing loss.

A novena to St. Francis. Another. Pamphlet.

First Lamentation for Maundy Thursday by Victoria

The timing is off, but since it was recently uploaded onto Youtube, I decided to post it now rather than later.

San Francisco Beer Week 2011


More on the Royal Wedding Preparations

Gieves and Hawkes bespoke under cutter Richard Lawson poses for photographs with a 1920s RAF uniform as worn by Britain's King George VI at his wedding in 1923, at the tailor's premises on Saville Row in London, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. The fashion world, and beyond, has gone fairly berserk over Kate Middleton as people try to predict the style of her wedding dress, but Prince William's fashion choices for their April 29 nuptials at Westminster Abbey have received scant attention. (AP/Daylife)

He will be wearing some sort of military uniform, no?

Gieves and Hawkes

Not designed for the Royal Family, but I like the color nonetheless:

SELKIRK, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Wattie Inglis, a weaver at Lochcarron Weavers, overseas the first bails of Royal Pride tartan, being produced for McCalls Highland wear on February 1, 2011 in Selkirk, Scotland. The new tartan has been designed to mark the forthcoming Royal Wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The Royal Wedding is to take place at Westminster Abbey on Friday April 29, 2011. (Getty/Daylife)

Royal Pride Tartan Ideal For Royal Wedding!
Feb 7, 2011
Kate Middleton's engagement dress and sapphire ring inspires Lochcarron of Scotland's 'Royal Pride' Tartan

Lochcarron Weavers : Scottish Knitwear and Tartan Gifts
Lochcarron of Scotland Tartans


Commemorative royal wedding memorabilia is displayed at Caverswall China Company in Stoke-on-Trent, central England, on February 3, 2011. Thousands of collectable souvenirs are being produced at the ceramics factory to celebrate the marriage of Prince Willam and Catherine Middleton later this year. Prince William, the second in line to the throne, and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in November after a seven-year romance that began at university. The wedding, at Westminster Abbey on April 29 in London, is set to be Britain's biggest royal wedding since William's parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, married in 1981. April 29 has been made a public holiday throughout the kingdom. (Getty/Daylife)

Episcopal Consecration of Savio Hon Tai-Fai

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing during a ceremony to ordain new bishops, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011. Benedict XVI insisted Saturday on his exclusive right to ordain bishops as he consecrated a Chinese prelate in an implicit challenge to attempts by China's official church to ordain bishops without his approval. (AP/Daylife)

Monsignor Savio Hon Tai-Fai, (R), a 60-year-old Salesian prelate from Hong Kong receives the ordination from Pope Benedict XVI (L) during the holy mass and rite of Episcopal ordination celebrated by in St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican on February 5, 2011. Monsignor Savio Hon Tai-Fai was one of the five bishops ordained today by Pope Benedict XVI. (Getty/Daylife)

Chinese new bishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai attends a ceremony in which Pope Benedict XVI ordained five new bishops at the Vatican February 5, 2011. (Reuters/Daylife)

Monsignor Savio Hon Tai-Fai, a 60-year-old Salesian prelate from Hong Kong, gestures during the holy mass and rite of Episcopal ordination celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican on February 5, 2011. Monsignor Savio Hon Tai-Fai was one of the five bishops ordained today by Pope Benedict XVI. (Getty/Daylife)

Monsignor Savio Hon Tai-Fai, a 60-year-old Salesian prelate from Hong Kong, looks on during the holy mass and rite of Episcopal ordination celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican on February 5, 2011. Monsignor Savio Hon Tai-Fai was one of the five bishops ordained today by Pope Benedict XVI. (Getty/Daylife)

Newly ordained bishop Monsignor Savio Hon Tai-Fai, a 60-year-old Salesian prelate from Hong Kong, looks on after being ordained by Pope Benedict XVI during a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011. Benedict XVI insisted Saturday on his exclusive right to ordain bishops as he consecrated a Chinese prelate in an implicit challenge to attempts by China's official church to ordain bishops without his approval. (AP/Daylife)

Monsignor Savio Hon Tai-Fai, a 60-year-old Salesian prelate from Hong Kong, blesses the audience during the holy mass and rite of Episcopal ordination celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican on February 5, 2011. Monsignor Savio Hon Tai-Fai was one of the five bishops ordained today by Pope Benedict XVI. (Getty/Daylife)

Newly ordained bishop Monsignor Savio Hon Tai-Fai, a 60-year-old Salesian prelate from Hong Kong, blesses faithful after being ordained by Pope Benedict XVI during a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011. Benedict XVI insisted Saturday on his exclusive right to ordain bishops as he consecrated a Chinese prelate in an implicit challenge to attempts by China's official church to ordain bishops without his approval. (AP/Daylife)

Daniel Larison on Egypt

Daniel Larison, The Egyptian Military Regime and On Pessimism Concerning Egypt

(Philip Giraldi on the Raymond Davis Affair: Perils in Pakistan.)

The Archive for Modern Age Has Been Updated

The archive. Some items of interest--

From Volume 52, Number 2 Spring 2010:
The Origins of Social Justice: Taparelli d’Azeglio
Thomas Patrick Burke

Two Treatises on the Acquisition and Use of Power
Jude P. Dougherty

Why Modern, Liberal, Pluralistic, Secularist Democracies Cannot Educate Themselves
Thaddeus J. Kozinski

Volume 52, Number 3 Summer 2010
The War of the Three Humanisms: Irving Babbitt and the Recovery of Classical Learning
Robert C. Koons

Christianity and the Cultivation of Global Citizens
Jeffrey Polet

The Liberal Arts and the Loss of Cultural Memory
R. V. Young

And Volume 51, Number 2 Spring 2009:
Divine Law and the Modern Project
Mark Shiffman

Science and the Shaping of Modernity
Jude P. Dougherty

Becoming Children of Modernity
Thaddeus J. Kozinski

The Drama of the Right in Spain
Antonio Arcones

Joel Salatin and Kaiser Permanente Dr. Preston Maring Discuss Sustainable Food, Farmers Markets

January 21, 2011 in Oakland:

Another Critical Look at The King's Speech

Regal Radical Chic
All the King's Clichés
By Andy Nowicki

Anamnesis Journal

A Journal for the Study of Tradition, Place, and 'Things Divine'

David Hume and the Republican Tradition of Human Scale
Written by Donald W. Livingston

FPR: Call for Papers

Gary Taubes, Again

Gary Taubes, "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It "

San Josemaría Escrivá Church

Prompted by this post at Rorate Caeli, I had to look up San Josemaría Escrivá Church / Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas.

ME Design Mag
World Buildings Directory

I am assuming that this is a church for a diocesan parish? Are there any supporters of modernist architecture in the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross?

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Army to Have Its Own Reality Show?

The show would be following "young people" as they consider joining the Army. Apparently this is the blog for vets who are interested in being featured: Army Alumni Casting. In a federation of republics, men should be willing to defend their communities. But using a reality show to snooker young people into fighting needless wars abroad, wars that do nothing to defend the United States (except in the minds of those supporting them)? It seems rather low.
The Thinking Housewife: A Southerner's Reply

Why can't...

NLM: Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of the Assumption in Moscow

Also from NLM: New Abbot of Heiligenkreuz Abbey

Friday plans

One of those rare Friday nights when I actually "go out." It's back to Freight and Salvage tonight for a performance by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas...

Apparently it's someone's brithday this week--I think it might even be today. That coupled with a 3-day weekend (V-day is a day off)--what is she up to?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The Archdruid Report: Energy Funds, Energy Flows

The Archdruid Report: Energy Funds, Energy Flows: "It’s a safe bet that whenever I post something here discussing the limits to energy resources, one result will be a flurry of emails and att..."

Speculation at DR About What Might Replace the M4

Defense Review: U.S. Army Issues New “Individual Carbine” Draft RFP (Request For Proposal): How will the Army’s Next Carbine Improve on the Colt M4/M4A1 Carbine, and will it still be an AR? DR has some ideas…

CWR article on NaPro Technology

CWR: The State of NaProTechnology by Chuck Weber (via Insight Scoop)

See this post on Dr. Thomas Hilgers for more info.

Peter Hitchens on Never Let Me Go

His review of the movie.

Beatification process for Jacques and Raissa Maritain in the works

Beatification process for Jacques and Raissa Maritain in the works
The Thinking Housewife: Another University Cuts Male Athletes

No one should be bewildered that my old alma mater would be doing this.
Ecological Food Conference sold out again
Gene Logsdon,
The fact that record numbers of people are coming to the meetings of insurgent garden-farm groups all over is sweet music to those of us who have been part of this revolution from the beginning.

Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA)

Alan Jackson, "Wanted"

Too beta of a song?


More Hilary Hahn interviews

Parts 2, 3, 4, 5

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Good Debt, Bad Debt by David Korten

Good Debt, Bad Debt
David Korten explains the logic behind a debt-based money system—and why it isn't working in the United

Changes to Carolina Chocolate Drops

FB Note, Nonesuch:

The Grammy–nominated Carolina Chocolate Drops have added two new musicians to the band: human beatboxer Adam Matta and multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins. The two join the group as founding member Justin Robinson departs to take up new challenges.

Click on the links to read the rest of the announcement.

Parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

6th Annual San Diego Men’s Conference and SOLT

California Catholic Daily: A Call to Holiness

Information about one of the guests:
Father Santan Pinto, according to the conference flyers, joined the Jesuits in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1977. He worked in Calcutta, India with Mother Teresa. After a supernatural experience of Jesus, he entered the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in 1987. In 1992 he founded the Disciples of Jesus and Mary, a formation program for the laity.

FR. SANTAN PINTO, SOLT - Disciples of Jesus and Mary - Contemplation in Action

EWTN views know Fr. Corapi; recently on Catholic Answers live, Sr. Miriam James Heidland was a guest, talking about her order and the religious life in general (rm, mp3). Where do members of SOLT receive their theological education?

San Diego Men's Conference
Sharing the Treasures
Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity
Youth on Fire - with Sr. Miriam James

SOLT - Lay Formation Program
SOLT - Lay Formation and Training
Gareth Porter, Shattering the Myth of Taliban / Al Qaeda Ties

Last night was the premiere of The Chicago Code

The newest drama on Fox. Teresa Colvin, Jennifer Beals's character, rises quickly in the ranks, becoming superintendent of the Chicago Police Department after only 8 years pass [since she becomes detective?].  The show seems to be another blatant feminist fantasy being peddled to the masses, showing women can be just as tough and determined as men in the pursuit of criminals, and just as effective LEOs. Despite the "conservative" reputation of Fox News, it's all marketing for the sake of capturing audience share. Fox, like any other network, is content to wage feminism's war against men. Among the extras playing police officers, there are always a few women. American procedurals are not as bad as a Canadian cop show, but they're getting there. How many people base their support for women in law enforcement and the military on TV shows, movies, and their own imagination, rather than on reality?

Still, the series can't help but show how having women in the police undermines effectiveness. Relationships between partners is forbidden for a reason; it's not like any other interoffice romance. The same thing would happen in the military -- if someone you love is in trouble, would you jeopardize the mission or the objective or ignore procedure in order to help that person? Men can love their soldiers as comrades, but they acknowledge that emotions have to be subordinate to the mission. This will be more difficult if one's comrade is also a romantic interest. I also didn't expect the niece of Det. Jarek Wysocki, Officer Vonda Wysocki, to get overpowered by a suspect in an robbery. She was fortunate that her partner came to her rescue. (And another shocker--the villain of a network TV show is black!) Finally, it is hinted that Colvin attained the post not simply because she persuaded the city government that she was the best candidate, but because of the support (behind the scene maneuverings?) of the corrupt alderman. Affirmative action that backfired on the villain?

It turns out the actor playing Det. Wysocki, onstensibly a Polish-American is an Australian. The United States continues to import manly men from overseas to do the jobs that American actors can't do. Pathetic. (A counterexample: the actor who plays Liam Hennessey. Matt Lauria looks a bit more mature, but still has a boyish appearance. What do you expect when his last gag was for Friday Night Lights.)

Narcissus Regards a Book By Mark Edmundson

What was this thing called Western culture? Who created it? Who sanctioned it? Most important: What was so valuable about it? Why did it matter to study a poem by Blake, or ponder a Picasso, or comprehend the poetry latent in the religions of the world?

I'm not sure that teachers and scholars ever offered a good answer. The conservatives, protected by tenure, immersed in the minutiae of their fields, slammed the windows closed when the parade passed by. They went on with what they were doing. Those who concurred with the students bought mikes and drums and joined the march. They were much in demand in the news media—figures of great interest. The Washington Post was calling; the Times was on the other line. Was it true? Were the professors actually repudiating the works that they had purportedly been retained to preserve?

It was true—and there was more, the rebels yelled. They thought they would have the microphones in their hand all day and all of the night. They imagined that teaching Milton with an earring in one ear would never cease to fascinate the world.

But it did. The media—most inconstant of lovers—came and the media went, and the academy was left with its cultural authority in tatters. How could it be otherwise? The news outlets sell one thing above all else, and that is not so much the news as it is newness. What one buys when one buys a daily paper, what one purchases when one purchases a magazine, is the hypothesis that what is going on right now is amazing, unprecedented, stunning. Or at least worthy of intense concentration. What has happened in the past is of correspondingly less interest. In fact, it may be of barely any interest at all. Those who represented the claims of the past should never have imagined that the apostles of newness would give them a fair hearing, or a fair rendering, either.

Now the kids who were kids when the Western canon went on trial and received summary justice are working the levers of culture. They are the editors and the reviewers and the arts writers and the ones who interview the novelists and the poets (to the degree that anyone interviews the poets). Though the arts interest them, though they read this and they read that—there is one thing that makes them very nervous indeed about what they do. They are not comfortable with judgments of quality. They are not at ease with "the whole evaluation thing."

They may sense that Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience are in some manner more valuable, more worth pondering, more worth preserving than The Simpsons. They may sense as much. But they do not have the terminology to explain why. They never heard the arguments. The professors who should have been providing the arguments when the No More Western Culture marches were going on never made a significant peep. They never quoted Matthew Arnold on the best that's been thought and said—that would have been embarrassing. They never quoted Emerson on the right use of reading—that might have been silly. (It's to inspire.) They never told their students how Wordsworth had saved Mill's life by restoring to him his ability to feel. They never showed why difficult pleasures might be superior to easy ones. They never even cited Wilde on the value of pure and simple literary pleasure.

The academy failed and continues to fail to answer the question of value, or even to echo the best of the existing answers. But entertainment culture suffers no such difficulty. Its rationale is simple, clear, potent: The products of the culture industry are good because they make you feel good. They produce immediate and readily perceptible pleasure. Beat that, Alfred Lord Tennyson. Touch it if you can, Emily Dickinson.

So the arbiters of culture—our former students—went the logical way. They said: If it makes you feel good, it must be good. If Stephen King and John Grisham bring pleasure, why then, let us applaud them. Let's give them awards. Let's break down the walls of the old clubs and colleges and give them entry forthwith. The only really important question to pose about a novel by Stephen King, we now know, is whether it offers a vintage draught of the Stephen King experience. Does it deliver the spine-shaking chills of great King efforts past? Is the mayhem cranked to the desirable degree? Do homebody sadist and ordinary masochist get what they want and need from the product?

Mark Edmundson
On the uses of a liberal education

I don't know what to make of the author yet. I've been trying to find a positive defense of the Western intellectual tradition by him, and his criteria for judging whether a book is a part of the "Western canon."

Why Read?
Under the Covers By Jonathan Yardley

"Good luck."

Today I headed over to the ER to get my sutures removed. I figured there wouldn't be too many patients during the day, but I still spent about an hour and a half there, even though the actual cleaning, removal, and dressing took only about 10 minutes. There was a long waiting period for the clerks to register me and to give the armband to me, which I needed before the ER doctor could take the sutures out.

After I had beeb "dischraged" by the nurse, she said, "Good luck," as I left. She wasn't the only one in the hospital who did this -- the plastic surgeon who put the sutures in, the PA, the admissions clerk, the RN at triage -- they all said this. Is this part of the employee's handbook at SCVM? It sounded rather odd to my ears -- I would expect something more on the lines of "Take care." What does luck have to do with my recovery? Either nature takes its course and my body heals itself, or some other part of nature interferes with it (infection due to bacteria, etc.). I am not sure if it is better to blame misfortune on the lack of luck rather than on the seeming indifference or absence of God. But without God or any sort of pagan religion, what are we left with when we wish to express our hopes for good fortune in our farewells?


is an oft-mentioned reason in defense of schools against homeschooling, but so much time and effort is spent by the teacher to stop students from talking to each other during the classroom. What are they left with? Recess, lunch, and maybe some "free time," such as during art. It sounds more like a desperate justification of schools than something serious, especially when homeschoolers usually do not educate on their own, but do so in local networks.

I remember talking to the children sitting near me during 4th grade, because I had changed classrooms and in search of new friends. I didn't get in trouble, probably because I wasn't being disruptive and I was known to be a good student by my teacher. But things changed in 5th and 6th grade, and I think I may have gotten in trouble not a few times for being talkative. I had changed to a new school and was still in search of friends--but this was never offered as an explanation for my behavior, not by my mother and not by my teachers. Now that I think of it, it is easy to become a little bit resentful, even if everyone was doing what was expected of them.

Children do have a natural instinct to socialize and talk with others -- should this be surpressed for so long during the school day? This is one advantage of homeschooling children up to a certain age -- less time is needed for formal instruction and work, and more time can be devoted to other activities which do incorporate socializing. You can't do this if you're attempting to teach a mass of children. This rarely comes out in parent-student conferences, even when I sat in on a few several years ago. Being silent is prized, and if students talk too much so that they prevent others from learning or are disruptive, then it is a problem. But children too are following their instincts, so is mass education supportive of natural development or is it counter to natural development?

Schools are not places to make up for the loss of community. In a true community, there would be plenty of opportunities for children to "socialize" with other children and also with other adults. In as much as schools work against the natural development of children then this is a legitimate criticism of their pedagogy, no matter what their defenders claim about the benefit of "socialization."

Dr. Fleming continues his series on jerks

Jerks on a Shopping Spree

Italian Iconographers

Website (via NLM)

don Gianluca Busi

Two Mendicant Orders

Godzdogz: Quodlibet 34 - The differences between Dominicans and Franciscans?

Qristina & Quinn Bachand - "Follow the Heron Home"

Official website; MySpace.

Not a surfeit of music posts today?

Hilary Hahn to Perform in SF


She will be playing at the Herbst Theater on February 19. (Her myspace.)

Hilary Hahn on CCTV (Chinese TV) Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

President Obama Speaks at National Prayer Breakfast

WWWTW: Randall Wallace at the National Prayer Breakfast...

Alison Krauss and Sierra Hull

Alison Krauss - I Know Who Holds Tomorrow [Live]

Alison Krauss - Abide with Me [Live]

Whose idea was it to invite them to the National Prayer Breakfast?

Alison Krauss & Union Station - Blessed Jesus Hold My Hand [Live]

Joe Conason, So George Washington was a socialist, too!
If the individual mandate is unconstitutional, how could our first president require every citizen to buy a gun?

The Militia Act

What would the penalty be for not complying with the Militia Act? Loss of citizenship?

As I made the point on FB, if there is a duty of the citizen to be in a militia, then requiring that he arm himself so that he can be effective isn't a stretch. If he "chooses" not to serve in the militia, then he should be stripped of his citizenship. This is one stop where the comparison fails.

Alan Jackson, "Hard Hat and a Hammer"

Monday, February 07, 2011

Some articles on 4GW I have not read yet...

World War IV As Fourth-Generation Warfare by Tony Corn
4th Generation Warfare by Captain John W. Bellflower, USAF
On Fourth Generation Warfare
Fourth Generation Warfare and the Moral Imperative
John Robb's summation
some more links
Fourth Generation Warfare and OODA Loop Implications of the Iraqi Insurgency
Lind's treatment now available at scribd

Does the Establishment feel threatened by 4GW theory?
The Problem with Fourth-Generation War
Fourth-Generation War and Other Myths
‘Self-Discovery’ or Just Slacking Off?
by Rita Koganzon

Not long ago, the impulse to drift aimlessly through one’s twenties, delaying marriage and gainful employment in order to “find yourself,” would have been seen as sloth. But some psychologists and self-help gurus are aiming to rebrand it as a crucial period in human development. Rita Koganzon explores “emerging adulthood” and its emerging celebrants.

The New Atlantis: The Rebranding of Indolence as ‘Emerging Adulthood’
Rita Koganzon

I'm finally going to commit to the BP?

As soon as this toe finishes healing... there is this post with a list of resources at Mark's Daily Apple regarding exercises. See also:

Primal Blueprint Workout Plan: The Basics
The Primal Stance on Exercise Equipment
Workout of the Week (WOW) Archive
Sprint Routine | Mark's Daily Apple
Bodyweight Workout | Mark's Daily Apple

Plus some videos from others:
Primal Workout Feral Fitness
Primal Blueprint Fitness: Overview
Primal Blueprint Fitness: Park Workout

I should note that any weight loss I've experienced up to this point has been due primarily to following the dietary advice of Mark Sisson and others -- exercise has been rather sporadic and irregular.

Anthony Esolen Should Post More Often at Mere Comments

Anthony Esolen, Of the Burning of Books

Plus, this post, Anthony Esolen: Lion Father, links to this Washington Post article discussing Dr. Esolen's book, Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child.
Small is beautiful. Big is necessary.
by Matt Styslinger (EB)

Poverty is often defined in purely economic terms, and almost always in terms of what poor people lack. But poverty is complex and woven into a larger social fabric. Small can be beautiful and small enterprise is essential for the world’s poorest people, particularly women, to earn a living. But BRAC believes big is necessary, and that the benefits of each small success can be amplified by a holistic, coordinated effort to connect them to a functioning, strengthening society.

It reminds me of the comments responding to this post a the Spearhead on micro-finance. Is the author a feminist? And who is going to do the coordinating? The government or some agency taking the place of the government? (How much of micro-finance should be the responsibility of the government?) I suppose the answer, in part, depends on the scale of the polity.

What bad influence?

Today one boy, someone who's had behavior problems ever since I first met him in 2nd grade, said something in class to me, I don't know why -- he gave that line some use when imitating an Asian prostitute, an offer for oral sex. I told him I would send him directly to the principal's office if I heard him say it again. Should I have just sent him there anyways? Last week when I was in a different classroom, I saw that one of the 3rd graders had been given a citation for saying aloud that he should get oral sex (not in those words, but "--- my private" -- I don't know if he really said his private or if that was edited by the woman on lunch duty. So where are children picking this stuff up? From the TV and movies? Other children? When I was in elementary school, no one talked about oral sex, though they might talk about sex and body parts. Have things gotten that much worse in 25 years?

The Fibershed Project

The Fibershed Project
Rebecca Burgess

The fibershed project- Living one year in locally grown clothes by Rebecca Burgess (EB) - mp3

Winter's Bone

Hollywood Reporter: Debra Granik and Anne Rossellini, 'Winter's Bone'
Jennifer Lawrence: The Making of an ‘It’ Actress

Steve Sailer's review of the movie.

I hope to see the movie soon.

Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show

Sunday, February 06, 2011

I forgot to check for the last part of this series.

Elusive Wapiti, Feminism in the Body - Part 3

Nicholas Carr at the Commonwealth Club

June 23, 2010
Nicholas Carr: Is Google Making Us Stupid?
Commonwealth Club

In his article in The Atlantic, Mr. Carr writes:
In Plato’s Phaedrus, Socrates bemoaned the development of writing. He feared that, as people came to rely on the written word as a substitute for the knowledge they used to carry inside their heads, they would, in the words of one of the dialogue’s characters, “cease to exercise their memory and become forgetful.” And because they would be able to “receive a quantity of information without proper instruction,” they would “be thought very knowledgeable when they are for the most part quite ignorant.” They would be “filled with the conceit of wisdom instead of real wisdom.” Socrates wasn’t wrong—the new technology did often have the effects he feared—but he was shortsighted. He couldn’t foresee the many ways that writing and reading would serve to spread information, spur fresh ideas, and expand human knowledge (if not wisdom).
Socrates might respond that Google (and the whole Encyclopediast project) has not served to spread knowledge and enlightenement, but merely confirmed people in their ignorance as they continue to be deluded in their belief that they have knowledge rather than opinion. It's all about definitions -- what Socrates (and the Socratics) meant by knowledge is probably different from what Nicholas Carr means. I suspect Carr follows certain moderns in understanding knowledge as justified belief.

On the 100th Anniversary of Ronald Regan's Birth

It is funny how certain people whom I thought were more "traditional" have written posts praising Ronald Reagan. That Republican faithful and mainstream conservatives do this is not surprising. Perhaps those in Europe remember Reagan fondly because of the Cold War and the supposed role he played in bringing down Eastern European Communism. I remember being a supporter when I was a child--in Kindergarten when we were asked about the election I proudly said we were voting for him, and told everyone else to vote for him too, because we were supported the Republican Party, which was obviously better than the Democratic Party. I continued to be a supporter throughout elementary school, even during the Iran-Contra scandal--we had to fight against Communism. In high school, though, I wasn't so interested in defending his legacy, and this continued throughout college. Even though I listened to "conservative" radio, I was more concerned with the principles than with the personalities.

Now, I just want to read some issues of Chronicles from that time, and see what the paleos had to say while Reagan was in office. I suspect that his record with respect to the defense of tradition and the Constitution while in office is not as spotless as some conservatives think. - Reagan's Centennial Celebration
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library | Home

Dr. Jane Orient on Barbara Simpson, January 23, 2011

Talking about Obamacare and health care reform.

Program Summary -- podcast (mp3)

Association of American Physicians & Surgeons
Statement of Jane M. Orient, M.D.
Dr. Jane Orient - Big Government

Ruger SR9

How is the SR9 doing, sales-wise? I haven't come across much about it recently.

From 2008:

Part 2
Whiskey's latest post, House Hunters International Egypt and the Romance of the Third World, and something I had written down on a piece of paper reminded me of this commercial (or some version of it) by Citibank:

Citi: The Istanbul Commercial (Mets Version)

Dorothy Day interviews

Dorothy Day on Christopher Closeup, part I; Part II.

Dorothy Day interviewed by Hubert Jessup, part I; Part II; Part III.

Dorothy Day: "Witness" (1964; UCSB archive) part I; Part II; Part III.

Dorothy Day: Don't Call Me a Saint

Website for the film.