Saturday, February 26, 2011

Permaculture: Is The Future of Sustainable, Healthy Food Just Organic?
Eliza Pearson | Friday, 25th February 2011

TED: Ahn Trio: A modern take on piano, violin, cello

The Emergence and Formation of the Second Estate as the Knightly Class in France, 814-1230 By Christopher Connor (via

Mark Vernon on Virtue Ethics

Big Questions Online: The Return of Virtue Ethics
What is the good life? How can we know?

Reposting the Link to This Essay on Marriage

What is Marriage?

Sherif Girgis
Princeton University Department of Philosophy

Robert George
Princeton University - Department of Politics

Ryan T. Anderson
University of Notre Dame Department of Political Science

Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 245-287, Winter 2010

(from this FB note)

OP Vocations Blog

Order of Preachers Vocations

Bluegrass Blog: New banjo book from Berklee

New banjo book from Berklee

David Hollender
His website.
Southbound Again

VIDEO: Berklee College of Music (Sierra Hull, David Hollender, Joe Walsh, Courtney Hartman) perform “Somehow Tonight”

TAD's New Pathfinder Jacket

An addition to this post?

A video for the Ranger Hoodie LT:
My mom had to go to the ER last night -- she was admitted to the hospital today. If she continues to improve she will be discharged tomorrow.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Time to Try Some New Korean Restaurants

The quality of the lunch buffet at Korea House hasn't improved; next time I get a craving for kalbi, I'll have to go to Palace BBQ. Or I could try Korea BBQ Buffet.

Not sure if I'll be able to visit Espestus before this special offer expires.

Medieval Muslim Polities

Medieval Myths by Fjordman (via Elusive Wapiti)

Ignatius Press Publicizing the Second Volume of Jesus of Nazareth

Insight Scoop: Website, Facebook page for Pope Benedict XVI's "Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week"

FB page

바보야, Documentary About Stephen Cardinal Kim Soo-Hwan

(via Han Cinema)

Yes Asia

Apparently, KBS has a documentary about him.

Bluegrass Blog on Sierra Hull

The Bluegrass Blog: Sierra Hull in 2011

Sandro Magister With the Christian Critique of the Society of the Spectacle

Thespian, Throw Away the Mask!
From the Fathers of the Church to Benedict XVI, the Christian critique of the society of the spectacle. The new risks of the digital age. How to exalt or destroy a person by image manipulation
AllKPop: LPG to advance into Japan as enka singers

Daniel Defense Factory SBR

Michael Pollan at the Marin Center

Marin Center: An Evening With Michael Pollan
The Sun Food Agenda
Thursday, March 24, 2011
8 pm
Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
NLM: Dominican Rite On-Line Tutorials (Dominican Liturgy)
Once I Was a Clever Boy: Women in early sixteenth century households (via Tea at Trianon)

The Coming Night: The Whys of Food Security

The Coming Night: The Whys of Food Security

Jennifer Lawrence!

The Oscars are coming up, you say?

Why Winter's Bone should win the best picture Oscar - video
Why Jennifer Lawrence Deserves to Win the Best Actress Oscar
Jennifer Lawrence: 'I Was Pessimistic' About My Oscar Chances
Jennifer Lawrence on what she's learning from her Oscar experience

I am.

the film's website

"I AM is an utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better?"

Does the director answer the question in the same way that Chesteron purportedly did in response to "What's wrong with the world?" "I am."

Thursday, February 24, 2011

From 2009: Robert Baer and Victor Davis Hanson on Iran

Uncommon Knowledge: Robert Baer and Victor Davis Hanson

Raw Milk

The Livin' La Vida Low Carb Show (Episode 446): David Gumpert Says The Battle Over Raw Milk Goes Much Deeper Than Milk (mp3)

official podcast page

David E. Gumpert
The Raw Milk Revolution (Google Books)
Grist profile
Why We Must Seek to Understand Those Who Oppose Raw Milk
Collapsenet Interview (mp3)

From November last year: New study says raw milk not panacea for the lactose intolerant

Kay Hymowitz Doesn't Understand the Problem; She is (Part of) the Problem.

This reaction at The Art of Manliness to Kay Hymowitz's "Where Have the Good Men Gone?" may not be critical enough. There has been a lot of commentary in the manosphere to the article; see, for example, this post by Elusive Wapiti.

Oz Conservative. (A subsequent post.)

Dr. Helen has a review of her book, Manning Up. The title might lead one to think that she is writing against feminism, but she really isn't.

Manhattan Institute
Perseus Academic
Google Books
Someone posted a link to this article over at The Spearhead... Teenage bull rider dies after being thrown off and kicked in the chest at an amateur rodeo.

Another young woman who thought she had to prove herself to be the same as young men? Or was she raised with the idea that there are no natural limits to abilities?

The New Carolina Chocolate Drops

A couple of videos of the CCD after the changes.

Parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.

WSM: Ricky Skaggs on Coffee, Country, and Cody (mp3)

I was looking for archived audio for WSM @ Work – Guest Artist Rhonda Vincent featuring special guest – Earl Scruggs, but I couldn't find anything in the archive...

Bishop Paul Etienne Visits the Wyoming Carmelites

His blog entry (via Fr. Z.).

Benedict XVI's 2011 Lenten Message

Zenit: Benedict XVI's 2011 Lenten Message
"God Created Men and Women for Resurrection and Life"

Pope Benedict XVI (C) blesses the faithful in front of the statue of St. Maron (R) before his weekly general audience in Vatican City February 23, 2011. (Reuters/Daylife)

Lebanese's faithful fly their national flags in front of the statue of St. Maron as Pope Benedict XVI leads a blessing ceremony in Vatican City February 23, 2011. (Reuters/Daylife)
Beyond Affluenza and into the “New Normal”: Carolyn Baker interviews David Wann
by Carolyn Baker (EB)

I don't agree with his recommendations 100%, but his facts should make one think about our way of life.

Ashley MacIsaac & His Dad's Favourite Tune

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Teaser for The Thorn Bush Bird"

Han Cinema:

Liberty's Exiles by Maya Jasanoff

Random House:
On November 25, 1783, the last British troops pulled out of New York City, bringing the American Revolution to an end. Patriots celebrated their departure and the confirmation of U.S. independence. But for tens of thousands of American loyalists, the British evacuation spelled worry, not jubilation. What would happen to them in the new United States? Would they and their families be safe? Facing grave doubts about their futures, some sixty thousand loyalists—one in forty members of the American population—decided to leave their homes and become refugees elsewhere in the British Empire. They sailed for Britain, for Canada, for Jamaica, and for the Bahamas; some ventured as far as Sierra Leone and India. Wherever they went, the voyage out of America was a fresh beginning, and it carried them into a dynamic if uncertain new world.

A groundbreaking history of the revolutionary era, Liberty’s Exiles tells the story of this remarkable global diaspora. Through painstaking archival research and vivid storytelling, award-winning historian Maya Jasanoff re-creates the journeys of ordinary individuals whose lives were overturned by extraordinary events. She tells of refugees like Elizabeth Johnston, a young mother from Georgia, who spent nearly thirty years as a migrant, searching for a home in Britain, Jamaica, and Canada. And of David George, a black preacher born into slavery, who found freedom and faith in the British Empire, and eventually led his followers to seek a new Jerusalem in Sierra Leone. Mohawk leader Joseph Brant resettled his people under British protection in Ontario, while the adventurer William Augustus Bowles tried to shape a loyalist Creek state in Florida. For all these people and more, it was the British Empire—not the United States—that held the promise of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Yet as they dispersed across the empire, the loyalists also carried things from their former homes, revealing an enduring American influence on the wider British world.

Ambitious, original, and personality-filled, Liberty’s Exiles is at once an intimate narrative history and a provocative new analysis—a book that explores an unknown dimension of America’s founding to illuminate the meanings of liberty itself.
WSJ: The Refugees Who Built an Empire (via Tea at Trianon)

The author's faculty page. Harvard bioThe Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. The Center for European Studies. 15 Faculty Hot Shots.

The Daily Beast review
The Guardian
Harvard History Department news

Folly on a Colossal Scale

Worse than Dubai. And Now Presenting: Amazing Satellite Images Of The Ghost Cities Of China (via Michael Shedlock)

Greg Palast: We're Not Running Out of Oil, Just Cheap Oil

The Nation:

(via EB)

The Archdruid Report: Energy: Enbracing the Real Alternative

The Archdruid Report: Energy: Enbracing the Real Alternative: "Maybe it’s just me, but it seems as though the pace of events has picked up significantly over the last few weeks. As I write these words, ..."

Phantom Fighters

National Archives and Records Administration - ARC Identifier 2569708 / Local Identifier 111-TV-448 - Phantom Fighters - Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. U.S. Army Audiovisual Center. (ca. 1974 - 05/15/1984). Former secret military force shown for first time on "THE BIG PICTURE" -- "Phantom Fighters" (TV-448) is good strong film entertainment, worthy of the attention of every thoughtful viewer. It is a documentary about the Army's Tenth Special Forces Group in Europe, until recently a secret military force, now shown for the first time on THE BIG PICTURE. The story setting is in the vicinity of Bad Tolz which lies in an alpine valley near the German Swiss border. Resourcefully put together from film made in Germany by the Army Signal Corps, "Phantom Fighters" is a movingly meaningful television documentary about American soldiers trained to organize guerrilla resistance in enemy occupied territories. In a field training exercise, the many and varied skills of the Tenth are put to the test. They include a parachute jump, a mountain climb on skis, destruction of a bridge on the River Ammer, and a race to outdistance the enemy. It's a rugged, exciting life as evidenced on film and no soldier with Tenth Special Forces would have it any other way. Every man is a volunteer qualified to carry out hazardous and adventurous assignments. In no other branch of the United States military services is the standard of physical fitness higher than in Special Forces. Among the groups at Bad Tolz, a man's hand is as deadly a weapon as a rifle or hand grenade. Credit goes to the Tenth Special Forces for having accomplished the difficult task of staging a part of their mission before the motion picture cameras.

Waylon Jennings tribute album

The Music Inside A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings Volume 1
Cape Breton stars head for Unity

Plus: The American-English Country Dance Compendium: 1730-1825: Volume I
by Robert M. Keller

Colonel Allen West on "Radical Islam"

Still, a frank recognition of certain interpretations of Islam being valid does not mean that the GWOT is something we should be waging, at least in its current form. (I don't know what Col. West's recommendations are on that score.)

Allen West for Congress
Renew America

Edit. Best Defense By Justin Logan
Beltway brigadier Robert Kagan is all wrong.

A Preview of Zen

A Brit playing an Italian?

Watch the full episode. See more Masterpiece.

To be shown on Masterpiece Mystery! this Summer...

Fr. Aidan Nichols on the Second Volume of Joseph Ratzinger's Jesus of Nazareth

The Beauty of the Pope’s New Book – Aidan Nichols O. P

Interview with Lambert Wilson of the Movie Of Gods and Men

NYT: Worldly Actor Finds Method in a Monastery

official website
Fr wiki
Transition Culture: An update from TTandC: exploring how to build new local economies, and visiting Mondragon, Spain.
Tasty meat comes from the kitchen, not the field
Gene Logsdon,
In time I raised and cured my own hams on a diet including corn, acorns and all the food garbage our family generated. I followed my father-in-law’s instructions to the letter. I made good meat, but not as good as his hams after mother-in-law worked her magic on them in the kitchen.

Marié Digby, "Your Love"

Dolly Parton, "Jolene"

Rhonda Vincent--

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Michael Pollan on Genetically Modified Foods

The Brian Lehrer Show: Food Battles

"You are Unique."

Today in a third grade class, the unit for reading and ELD (the books have parallel content) focused on being unique, and using one's uniqueness to achieve (or be the first to do something). The ELD discussion centered on George Washington Carver, and the lesson was that scientists (and the students) seek to be the first to have original or unique "thoughts" which lead to discoveries. I read that and made a face, and one of the kids saw me. It is wrong on so many levels: (1) the promotion of an exaggerated sense of self-esteem, (2) the shoddy epistemology with its affinity to idealism. True scientific discovery does not happen in vacuo -- it is through being shaped in tradition by good teachers, and it is an increase in what we already know. It is not completely "new," but a reduction of potency to act. (This is something that would be covered in an intro philosophy class by our reading or Plato's dialogues, maybe St. Augustine, and Aristotle's Prior Analytics.)

How serious are these errors, and does it make a difference at what age students are being indoctrinated in them? Someone who objected to these parts of the texts could just skip them over and not tell anyone else that they did. (No one would be keeping track.) By themselves they may not be sufficient reasons for one to swear off the system and avoid a regular teaching job. But there are other problems as well...

Casti Connubii on the Vocation of a Wife and Mother

The encyclical:

The same false teachers who try to dim the luster of conjugal faith and purity do not scruple to do away with the honorable and trusting obedience which the woman owes to the man. Many of them even go further and assert that such a subjection of one party to the other is unworthy of human dignity, that the rights of husband and wife are equal; wherefore, they boldly proclaim the emancipation of women has been or ought to be effected. This emancipation in their ideas must be threefold, in the ruling of the domestic society, in the administration of family affairs and in the rearing of the children. It must be social, economic, physiological: – physiological, that is to say, the woman is to be freed at her own good pleasure from the burdensome duties properly belonging to a wife as companion and mother (We have already said that this is not an emancipation but a crime); social, inasmuch as the wife being freed from the cares of children and family, should, to the neglect of these, be able to follow her own bent and devote herself to business and even public affairs; finally economic, whereby the woman even without the knowledge and against the wish of her husband may be at liberty to conduct and administer her own affairs, giving her attention chiefly to these rather than to children, husband and family.

This, however, is not the true emancipation of woman, nor that rational and exalted liberty which belongs to the noble office of a Christian woman and wife; it is rather the debasing of the womanly character and the dignity of motherhood, and indeed of the whole family, as a result of which the husband suffers the loss of his wife, the children of their mother, and the home and the whole family of an ever watchful guardian. More than this, this false liberty and unnatural equality with the husband is to the detriment of the woman herself, for if the woman descends from her truly regal throne to which she has been raised within the walls of the home by means of the Gospel, she will soon be reduced to the old state of slavery (if not in appearance, certainly in reality) and become as amongst the pagans the mere instrument of man.

(via the Thinking Housewife)

Sometimes You Can't Blame Libertarians for an Allergic Reaction to the State

William Grigg, Parents: Do NOT Trust the Police!
Patrick McKinley Brennan, The Individual Mandate, Sovereignty, and the Ends of Good Government: A Reply to Professor Randy Barnett (pdf) (via MoJ)

At this point, while this deserves a response from a learned proponent of American federalism, I don't really have the drive to type anything... sovereignty may be a problematic notion (if Maritain is correct, but is Bodin's conception of sovereignty the only one that is operative in modern nation-states?); would it be wrong to say that Brennan is one more Catholic who has embraced a Nationalist understanding of the Constitution?

If a Catholic is going to subject the American political system to Natural Law and the science of politics in order to change it, then he would do well to look first at the basics and deal with the question of sustainability, before defending the welfare state as the ideal with respect to the size and scope of the "Federal" government.

A Libertarian's Take on Westerns

His perspective and interpretation of the Western differs from that of paleos like Drs. Fleming and Wilson.

I Watch Westerns by Frank Chodorov

Westerns do in some way represent individualism, with a lone hero taking on the bad guys -- but I do not think this is self-seeking individualism, but the pursuit of justice and the common good. The author's idealization of the lack of the state (and civilization) is apparent. Private enterprise or private justice, without the cover of lawful authority? Even where there is a separate police force, citizens should be vigilant in defending themselves,their families, and their communities -- it's not just a republican ideal, but an ideal for men in general.

Waylon Jennings, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Man vs. Wild - Homemade Vehicle

Monday, February 21, 2011

War in Sci-Fi Movies

Seeing these photos and watching the trailer for Battle: Lost Angeles again,

The Hollywood depiction of war, especially in science-fiction movies, is very "linear," 1GW. It looks good on the screen maybe, but it's not "realistic." The most blatant example would be the Star Wars prequel trilogy, but other movies include Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, Independence Day, and Avatar. It's just a confrontation between two forces. It may be easier to portray war in this way to the audience. A force using a lot of maneuvering and bypassing the enemy would seem boring, in comparison, even if it is better warmaking.
(Even showing a realistic flanking maneuver in the 20th century might be difficult?)

In these movies it is presumed that a superior army would confront the weaker army head-on, especially if they are virtually invulnerable (force fields, better armor, etc.). Then with its superior firepower (energy weapons, ballistics) it would just annihilate the weaker force (usually the humans). This it would do instead of using its advantages in conjunction with exploiting the (other) weaknesses of the enemy. It is convenient for the plot that the aliens usually seek to eradicate all human life anyways, so they do not need to demoralize the enemy to induce a surrender. If they're going to wipe out all mankind, they might as well do it when the opportunity presents itself.

On the flip-side of this -- the humans never attempt sophisticated counters to the technologically superior aliens. (Who may not have superior numbers.) Instead of using guerilla tactics and such, they always charge at the enemy, usually in the open. I would hate to think that this is what the US military would do if we were actually confronted by an alien military force.

An exceptions to this might be District 9, when the PMC's security force tries to take out the alien power suit, but the mercenaries learn how to disable it at a terrible cost. (It is similar to the opening scene of Patlabor 2, when the guerillas hide themselves in the jungle and do not confront the UN military labors in the opening, drawing them into the jungle and then using RPGs and such to destroy the labors.)

Coming Friday, February 25th

to Mission City Coffee, as a part of the Fiddling Cricket Concert Series: Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack (MS).

Her Youtube channel.

Baroque Fiddling Concert featuring Rachel Jones
Music City Baroque

"Glory in the Meeting House" from COME TO THE RIVER - Apollo's Fire/Sorrell

Something else from Apollo's Fire/Sorrell

Victoria, Salve Regina

Novaseeker Responds to Christians Critical of the MRM

Christianity, Patriarchy and the MRM

An Agrarian vision

This is my farm: From the city to the country and back again (EB)
Sharon Astyk, Casaubon's Book
We may not be able to reverse the tide of urbanization, in the nearer term. We simply don't have enough land to allow every single person on earth an agrarian life on many acres. But how do we keep the link between city and country? It is a link that is important to both parties - the exploitation of farmers who are underpaid and disregarded is only possible when you don't know any farmers, when you don't care what they have to do to make your dinner. And urbanites who have lost touch with natural rhythyms need to get in touch with them, to have access to the best food on a reasonable budget, to have the knowledge to meet their own needs.

More Anarcho-Tyranny in the UK

Peter Hitchens, A brick in the face of a beautiful girl - and the system that allows a slouching youth to walk free

It is unlikely that a rich man will give the bride and groom wedding garments.

If they aren't related to him, that is...

Dr. Fleming has this to say about modern weddings:

Weddings, having lost all sacramental or even religious sense, are now commercial occasions. They are a cross between a football gam, complete with program, and a night in Vegas. The clothes that the groom and groomsmen wear belong to a circus and not to any decent social occasion, and, as you note, a marriage that begins with rented clothes is not a marriage planned to last. I refused to wear formal clothes for my own wedding and bought a tuxedo. To not very rich young men who will not need a tuxedo for a long time, I always suggest a decent dark suit.

Nora Jane Struthers and the Bootleggers on KPFA's America's Back 40

This episode is from Sunday afternoon, and the archived audio will be available until March 6.
Han Cinema: Lee Young-ae, delivers boy and girl twins... mother and children all healthy
Tokyo Hive: The late Honda Minako’s version of “Amazing Grace” to be released on CD

Abt Gregor Henckel Donnersmarck tritt ab

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Relic of St. Mary Magdalene Coming to St. Joe's Tomorrow

Parish website.

Schedule (from the flyer):
12:00 Noon -- Candlelight procession with Relic into the Church followed by a talk about the Life of Saint Mary Magdalene by François LeHégaret (French Dominican priest) 
1:30 pm -- Chaplet for St. Mary Magdalene 
3:00 pm -- Rosary - Sorrowful Mysteries - For God's light to be cast into the darkness of our hearts so that we may experience true conversion
Sorrowful Mysteries: 1st -- Agony in the Garden, 2nd -- The Scourging at the Pillar, 3rd -- Crowning with Thorns, 4th -- Carrying the Cross, 5th -- Crucifixion
5:30 pm -- Special Mass 
6:30 pm -- Veneration continues after Mass 
8:00 pm -- Departure of the Relic of Saint Mary Magdalene 
Tour Coordinator: Paula Lawlor (see flyer for contact info)

Tour sites and dates for California here.
More details on the CA tour.

Diocèse de Fréjus-Toulon

“Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect”

Pope Benedict XVI, On Christian Perfection
"He Who Welcomes the Lord in His Life ... Can Begin Again"

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the crowd gathered below in Saint Peter's square during his Sunday Angelus blessing at the Vatican February 20, 2011. (Daylife/Reuters)

Had to watch the trailer again...

More on President's Day tomorrow...

The Distributism Issue of Gilbert Magazine is Available for Purchase

Without a subscription -- details at The Distributist Review. Order here.

A Defense of the Necessity of the Marine Corps

Fabius Maximus: The Marine Corps Today, Tonight, and Tomorrow

I'm not persuaded -- see John T. Reed's short critique of having the USMC as a separate ground force.

Fleeces and Jackets

Although winter is almost over, I am still inclined to get a new fleece or jacket, if I can afford it. The grey one that I've had for a while is reliable and I've been able to wear it more often since I've lost some weight. But it would be nice to be able to have some new additions to my wardrobe.

TAD's Ranger Hoodie LT (There are 2 stores in SF; one is rather close to Espetus.)
Patagonia Men's Guide Jacket, Men's Simple Guide Jacket, Men's Windproof Fleece Jacket, Men's Lightweight R4® Jacket, Patagonia Men's Better Sweater Vest
Arc'Teryx: Gamma LT Jacket (Arc'teryx Leaf)
Cabela's MicroDown Soft Shell Jacket and Polartec® Classic 300 Hooded Jacket – Regular
Columbia: Men's Altitude Aspect™ Fleece Full Zip, Men's Full Suspension™ Full Zip

More with Helena Norberg-Hodge

The Economics Of Happiness
By Helena Norberg-Hodge
26 February, 2010

A talk given in 2009.
Helena Norberg-Hodge: Localization: Development without destruction and The Economics of Happiness, interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

I posted this video a couple of weeks ago; here is the BlipTV embed:

Coptic Bishop in Heiligenkreuz - The Monastic Channel - 31.01.2011

Sonata "La Follia" Op. 1 nº12 RV 63, (1705) - Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)

Richard Heinberg Continues to Spread the Message

Speaker tells Wofford crowd that energy is at forefront of 21st century issues

Energy Futures Symposium