Saturday, August 13, 2011

Anima Mundi trailer


iirc, the creator of the film, Peter Charles Downey, will be on The Lifeboat Hour this weekend.

Interview with G. Edward Griffin @ Ron Paul Bay Area Rally

From 2007.

St. Luke Orthodox Mission

The Anniston Star: Old-school Christianity: St. Luke Orthodox preserves the ways of the ancient church by Eddie Burkhalter


Plus: Mother Thekla
Mother Thekla, who died on August 7 aged 93, was the last surviving nun to have occupied the enclosed Orthodox Monastery of the Assumption in North Yorkshire, but became better known to the wider world as the spiritual muse of the composer Sir John Tavener.

From 2002: And then there were two

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Missed today's programming... will try to watch some of it tomorrow. UStream and schedule.
Team No Limits auditions for Expedition Impossible

Friday, August 12, 2011

Right communitarianism

Good discussion for this piece by James Matthew Wilson: Libertarian Solutions to Communal Difficulties.

Country Dude

NPR: Jeff Bridges: An On-Screen Country Singer Enters The Studio (includes clips of ""Maybe I Missed The Point" and "Tumbling Vine")

No, I haven't seen Crazy Heart..

From that movie's soundtrack:

Finding the causes of the riots in the UK

Peter Osborne, The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom

A leftist piece recommended by someone over at FPR: Feral Capitalism Hits the Streets
by David Harvey

Discussion at Oz Conservative.

Items of Interest, 12 August 2011

Japan's Silent Anger By RÓNÁN MacDUBHGHAILL
Disenchantment With Nuclear Power

Making a living for ourselves by Dave Pollard (EB)
Until millions of Natural Enterprises exist as models that we can visit and learn from to create our own enterprises, we need extensive programs for online and in-community study and for young people to learn hands-on in secondary school. These programs need to be developed cooperatively with local Natural Enterprises in each community -- because this learning needs to take place in the community, not in the classroom. - local manufacturing in San Francisco (via Creating jobs by revitalizing local manufacturing by Jessica Reeder [EB])

Licking inflation the homestead way by Gene Logsdon (EB)
Even when manufacturers purportedly “hold the line” on prices, inflation wins. The hoe you buy today for nearly the same price as the one you bought fifteen years ago will need repair or replacement twice as soon which means that the inflation occurs not only in your wallet but in the increasing height of the landfill. Or, what is very prevalent right now, the manufacturer holds the line on the price, but when you check the package, it holds somewhat less than it did previously.

The ELP Plan: Economize; localize & produce by Jeffery Brown (EB)
I have been advising anyone who would listen to voluntarily cut back on their consumption, based on the premise that we were probably headed, in a post-Peak Oil environment, for a prolonged period of deflation in the auto/housing/finance sectors and inflation in food and energy prices.

John Médaille, Playing Poker with Obama

Lauds/Le Barroux Abbey/Sunday morning (via NLM)

Jesuit Hypertext Pioneer Dies at 97

TAC: Defending the Truth on NPR: Dr. Pia de Solenni (’93)

An unexpected source of truth

Guyism has this post: On Masculinity: Why Men Need to Hang Out (Thanks to Jack Donovan, who posted the link to his FB page.)

Hanging out: fulfilling at the most basic level the social good...
It is in this way that hanging out takes on its symbolic value as a ritual. Rather than displacing masculinity onto a set of actions, hanging out frees men from purpose and allows them to experience an elementary and fundamental sense of togetherness. Hanging out converts a profound sense of absence into a pure connection, without any obligation to move to action, words, or “feelings,” and that takes pleasure simply by existing in shared space.

Any purpose other than being together. Man is a social animal...

Damo OST

Hulu keeps expanding its collection of Korean damas; it also has some oldies, like Damo.

Some more videos:
茶母 -チェオクの剣- MV参 OST:03.悲歌 HD
茶母 -チェオクの剣- MV弐 OST:11.哀心歌 HD

Yesterday's debate

Full Transcript

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Anti-Federalists, Federalists, and State Sovereignty by Joe Wolverton II

It should be well understood that federalist and anti-federalist alike favored limited government that acted according to the will of the people. The difference between these parties (although they would not have described themselves as partisans) was one of degree: The federalist favored a stronger, more dynamic national government while the anti-federalists desired a union where the states would be the dominant force in the federal configuration. Curiously, these differences became more marked in the years that followed the ratification of the Constitution and the resulting fissure that appeared eventually ripped the fabric of the union in two pieces: North and South.

But what did the states want? A national government or a federal government?

Debate tonight

I was reminded that there was a debate tonight for candidates of the Great Oligarchy Party. I've been busy with other things today, but even if I hadn't been, I probably wouldn't have bothered listening to it. Tomorrow I may look for a transcript or video. I see people praising Michele Bachmann. Middle America should not put its hope in that party.

Dalrock on the presence of female officers in riot gear

Dalrock, Affirmative action brigade meets a real life riot (cross-posted at his blog)

And a question on the conduct of a particular unit: Riot control tactics or too afraid to line up as ordered?

Would I want a woman backing me up, knowing that she is not physically as strong as the male police officers? Is there more possibility of abuse by others, because of white-knighting on the part of her colleagues? Or because more is required to subdue someone when female officers are involved, and they are less effective because of space limitations? Is it also more difficult to coordinate how much force is to be applied, even though it seems like if there are more people involved, less force is necessary on the part of each?

There are those who stick to the "meritocratic" argument -- as long as someone fulfills the requirements or can do they job, he or she should be allowed to do it. Or, conversely, height and weight are considerations should also disqualify some men. How about this as a reasonable standard --a woman be able to cope physically with a male opponent of the same height? (But then we have the problem of increased escalation, because physical means are not enough.)

Items of Interest, 11 August 2011

The Record: Country's New Guard Gets Back To Basics

Smashing the melon of American complacency with the mallet of Russian grit
Tom Whipple, The Peak Oil Crisis: Technology
A journey home – Seeking the essence of Transition in England

Power and The Professors

There are times, a philosopher said, when the wise man should just keep quiet and offer up prayers for his country's welfare.
(A review of The Forum and the Tower by Mary Ann Glendon.)

David Kern, Waiting For Superman: A Review for Christian Educators

August Issue: K-pop Star Turned Chef Remakes Southern BBQ

Robb Wolf: Big “Fat” Blog Post 2 (The first part)

Lee Young Ae update

From July: "Mother of twins?" Lee Young-ae's first commerciat... but the brand...

This week: Mother of twins Lee Young-ae ravishes perfect body and clear skin 6 months after birth

The Two Thomases

Archbishop Di Noia's talk on Aquinas and Thomas Jefferson has been published in First Things. (Via the Dominican Province of St. Joseph.)

Chinese aircraft carrier begins trials at sea

China Flexes Naval Muscle (via Drudge)

But serving and retired Chinese officers make no secret of their country's aspiration to develop up to four larger, indigenous carriers by around 2020.
Do they really need 4 aircraft carriers to carry out their "foreign policy goals"? Aren't there cheaper ways to counter the US Navy? And Taiwan is close enough that airstrikes can be launched from the Mainland, no? It might be more worrisome if they increased the size of their submarine fleet.

And now, some words from Peter Hitchens on the violence

Radio Silence (via David Lindsay)

Plus, Mike Freedman, Shopocalypse Now: British riots and consumerism.

More on the Ancestral Health Symposium 2011

Diet Doctor: AHS showdown: Gary Taubes vs Stephan Guyenet

I have some seen complaints about Mr. Taubes here and there; I haven't seen the video so I don't know if he was out of line or impolite. Richard Nikoley says he will post something about the debate itself.

Meanwhile, Ancestra Health Symposium has started to upload videos from the big event this past weekend at Vimeo--first up, Mathieu Lalonde and Robert Lustig.

Free the Animal: The Great Ancestral Health Symposium Blog Post Roundup #AHS11

Ancestral Health Symposium: My Experience By Diana Hsieh

Dalrymple on the riots and the UK government

British rioters the spawn of a bankrupt ruling elite (via VFR)

Caleb Stegall links to this piece by a "leftist/marxist at Spiked Magazine," which is worthy of consideration as well.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI defends WYD

Patrick Madrid links to Sandro Magister.

But where would WYD be without cheap energy?

Cia Cherryholmes and Stetson Adkisson, "To Make You Feel My Love"

Items of Interest, 10 August 2011

Angelina Stanford, What is Woman?: A Re-examination of Feminism & the Church

The First Conservative, by Donald W. Livingston (on Hume, of course)

Winslow T. Wheeler, Defense Budget Hysteria
Franklin Spinney, Americans Have the Clock, But the Taliban Have the Time

Richard Heinberg, GDP is dead: Will the world be happier without it? (EB)

Doug French, The Higher-Education Bubble Has Popped

Check out the Chelsea Green's author blogs.

FPR at Notre Dame

Place. Limits. Grottos. FPR at Notre Dame

For the possibly last Fall Conference? Mr. Wilson alludes to the trials besetting Notre Dame and the Center for Ethics and Culture, referring to this article in the NCR: Saving Notre Dame's Soul. From the article:

The future of Project Guadalupe is in jeopardy, isn’t it? How could that be, and how can there be a solution? Peace talks between the fund and the administration?

I am so glad you came to Notre Dame to see just part of our overall Project Guadalupe. You came to the very successful Notre Dame Vita Institute, which is an intensive two-week summer academic program dedicated to educating participants about fundamental human-life issues. The 25 initial participants were terrific, as you saw, and we trust that what they gained at the Vita Institute will aid them in their respective and important work. The Vita Institute is a key stage of the overall project, but it is linked to pro-life curriculum development and (we hope) an interdisciplinary master’s program.
These efforts aim to ensure that Notre Dame plays a crucial role in forming the next generation of pro-life leaders. This endeavor is off and running, and yet the administration seems determined to choke it in infancy by forcing out the person who has designed it and brought it into being — namely David Solomon.
You ask, “How can there be a solution?” The answer is rather simple. There is no need for “peace talks.” Instead, the administration should give this effort its enthusiastic support, including allowing the employment of appropriate staff. That is what an “unambiguously pro-life institution” should and must do. How the administration acts on this matter over the coming year will reveal much about the kind of institution Notre Dame is and plans to be. 

Has David Solomon been the victim of retaliation? Can that be fixed?
David Solomon had the courage to speak in opposition to Notre Dame’s honoring of President Obama. This stance certainly seems to have led to recriminations against him. Already, one effort was made to oust him from his directorship of the Center for Ethics and Culture (CEC), but this was foiled because of fear of bad publicity for Notre Dame. But the administration seems determined to move him on without any concern for the damage that would do to the important work of the CEC. In doing so, the administration is removing the person whose great pro-life work was recently recognized by the national University Faculty for Life organization with its annual Smith Award. The administration seems to want to neuter the person who has been the leader of our pro-life efforts at Notre Dame. It is little short of a disgrace.
We need a firm statement from the administration that David Solomon will continue in his duties until all stages of Project Guadalupe are up and running. Notre Dame should be a place that appreciates and celebrates all that he has done and is doing.

No reprieve for Professor Solomon?

CBC Radio 2: The Barra MacNeils

Concerts On Demand: The Barra MacNeils live in Halifax
Jimmy Moore: Must-Hear Podcast Interviews After Attending The 2011 Ancestral Health Symposium
Kevin Carson, We’re All “Social Democrats” Now
You know what real socialism would be? A genuinely freed market without the state-enforced artificial scarcities, subsidies and privileges that big business currently enjoys. In a freed market, all the benefits of increased productivity from technological progress would be socialized through market competition. In a freed market, competition would flush the embedded rents on artificial property and artificial scarcity out of the price of goods, and drive price down to production cost. In a freed market, labor would receive its full product instead of paying tribute to the rentier classes. In other words, socialism.

As a market anarchist, I want both totally free markets and genuine socialism — not a choice between fake “socialism” and fake “free markets.”

Studies in Mutualist Political Economy

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Robb Wolf on the paleo diet


Baby's Palate And Food Memories Shaped Before Birth
by Gretchen Cuda-Kroen

The breakdown of civilization in the UK

The tagline for this article at Empire Magazine's FB page:
"The PR behind the release of this new Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol image must be eating her fists right now..."

The UK has not gone the way of past empires yet, but quite a few people have been saying the UK is dead, culturally and spiritually, and it is difficult not to agree with that, given the faint-hearted response by those in charge. So far Theodore Dalrymple and Peter Hitchens have not written anything yet about the "social disturbances." There is this piece by Srdja Trifkovic for Chronicles: London's Postmodern Riots. It's time for the chavs-nots to get their piece of the pie.

Leopold Kohr and his sucessors would look first of all (only?) at the size of the metropolitan area. It is simply just too large to be governed well. There is the lack of accountability for the governments, and the failure of politics to be practiced well when too many people are involved. There is also the loss of paideia -- not just with respect to the modern school system but also the system of laws and punishments, both the "formal" judicial system and the informal social practices and the power of intermediate social entities. Paleos would add that having ethnic diversity (different identities and allegiances) only compounds the problem. Who is at fault for the lack of integration? Of course it is the white people. If only they would go along with the program of the elites in creating a multicultural Britain.

Of course, the professional therapeutic state has its apologists who seek to rationalize the behavior of those rioting and looting. And we hear liberals in government and the mass media who are unable to call evil, evil -- this is just "something that is happening to us" like a tornado or tsunami. (A point made by Lawrence Auster with reference to other crimes.)

I read something yesterday about how a policewoman in the UK sued because she felt discriminated against when she couldn't pass the physical requirements to be in riot gear. She won. That is the state of the United Kingdom, where ideology has triumphed over common sense. How many female officers shirked their duty the past few days because of cowardice, refusing to confront malefactors and staying at a safe distance? How many are "manning" the police lines only because of the shame and ostracization they would experience if they ran? Alte has some pictures illustrating the laughable presence of women police officers in facing disorder of this sort.

Will there be a fourth night of rioting and mayhem?


Here in the States, NPR has this piece: Who's Behind The Movement To Ban Shariah Law?. Does NPR secretly have a lust for Islam?

Two Perspectives on Crazy Stupid Love

Steve Carrell does come off more beta than alpha in the trailer, and one gets the impression that the ex-wife's contribution to the problems remain unaddressed.

(1) Alpha Game Plan
(2) Rozann Carter's contribution to Word on Fire: Crazy, Stupid (Movies about) Love.
Wherein does the problem lie? In the same problem-wandering wasteland of most of Catholic spirituality and our interior lives: between what we perceive to be the impossible ideal and what we indiscriminately accept to be reality. Both of these poles often go unexamined, unquestioned, and either untried or unchallenged. In terms of the view of love provided by the romantic comedy genre, the ideal falls short insofar as it is wrapped up in the expectation of romantic gestures and emotional love feelings separate from the after-the-credits, stark daily beauty of the “will” to sacrifice when feelings fade. It leaves the viewer with the perception of love that stops short at the flutter of butterflies, and it incites some serious re-thinking of commitments when the concept of soulmates loses its catchy intrigue and sparkly, shiny transcendentalism. On the other hand, though, the “realistic” is also insufficient to the degree that it makes acceptable any subjective action taken to satisfy a love that expresses “who I am” and “what I need” and “what no one should tell me about how to live my life.” It is the deal-with-it mentality that leaves no room for a conversation about a productive attempt at shaping, refining, progressing, or becoming something more by means of the mutual firing of relational true love.

Ms. Carter does not explicitly address women, but she should since they are the primary audience for romantic comedies and the consumers of emotional porn.

Meanwhile on FB I came across a recommendation for this relationships book by Edward Sri based on Love and Responsibility/Theology of the Body: Men, Women and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John Paul II's Love and Responsibility.

official website
Yahoo Movies
Rotten Tomatoes

Lecture by by Bradley J. Birzer

One Nation under Bigger Government: The Civil War

Alison Krauss on The View

"Miles to Go"

Not on the youtube channel yet.
Alt channel?

Christians for a Sustainable Economy (via Mere Comments)

The organization's letter to President Obama. No concrete solutions for the reform of the polical economy, as far as I can see.
M1A Socom 2

Monday, August 08, 2011

Priests on their own

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby posts a piece by an Irish priest layman, Rob Fuller, about the possible need for diocesan priests to live in community: Should diocesan priests live in community?

MB has made this point in conversation as well, offering this suggestion with the purpose of mitigating temptation and giving some oversight/accountability to brother priests. It's the model of life that the FSSP strives to observe in its apostolates; FSSP, and part of the rule of groups like the Oratorians - the societies of apostolic life.

There is a failure of masculinity within the Church, but more on the part of the bishops than of the priests. But there is something to the criticism of the "cowboy priest" who enjoys living like a hermit?
Diocesan priests do maintain some of their friendships - most likely friendships with other priests, so why not carry this over to living with them? Granted, it may be difficult to get along with some priests, especially if they have different beliefs. But there may be something wrong with secular priests living like perpetual [American] bachelors.

Without a solid education, such an arrangement would reinforce ingrained and erroneous opinions about what it is to live in community, instead of challenging them (and enabling them to challenge the souls under their care) to discover what it is to live in community and its necessity for the perfection of Christian charity (as well as the development of the common good). Some hermit priests may labor heroically and effectively as spiritual fathers without living in community and have a good grasp of communal life such that they can teach their flocks. But wouldn't they benefit from being able to "talk shop" with other priests?

There may also be some other benefits to living in community -- with some measure of division of labor, priests could split some of the domestic tasks that need to be done, such as cooking, instead of relying upon paid help. It can also shore up defenses against consumerism, as communal life may provide for better forms of recreation and entertainment than watching TV. Last, but not least, there is the opportunity to develop a fuller form of liturgical spirituality, if they can pray the divine office together.

Items of Interest, 8 August 2011

NPR: In '1493,' Columbus Shaped A World To Be

Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities

Alex Steffen sees a sustainable future

The Ninth Amendment

The Lost Original Meaning of the Ninth Amendment by Kurt Lash; an excerpt at the Tenth Amendment Center.

His book: The Lost History of the Ninth Amendment

Seattle Farm Bill Principles

Ancestral Health: The King of Local Food Joel Salatin and The Seattle Farm Bill Principles: Local Food Heavyweights Exchange Thoughts During Conference Call
The Principles are as follows:

1. Health-centered Food System

The driving principle of the Farm Bill must be the relationship of food and ecologically sound agriculture to public health. Food that promotes health includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, dairy, and lean protein. Improving the health of the nation’s residents must be a priority in developing policies, programs, and funding.

2. Sustainable Agricultural Practices

Promote farming systems and agricultural techniques that prioritize the protection of the environment so that the soil, air, and water will be able to continue producing food long into the future. Integral to both domestic and global agricultural policies should be agricultural techniques and farming practices that enhance environmental quality, build soil and soil fertility, protect natural resources and ecosystem diversity, improve food safety, and increase the quality of life of communities, farmers and farm workers.

3. Community and Regional Prosperity and Resilience

Enhance food security by strengthening the viability of small and mid-scale farms, and increasing appropriately scaled processing facilities, distribution networks, and direct marketing. Develop strategies that foster resiliency, local innovation, interdependence, and community development in both rural and urban economies. Opportunities that create fair wage jobs are key to a strong economy.

4. Equitable Access to Healthy Food

Identify opportunities and reduce barriers by developing policies and programs that increase the availability of and improve the proximity of healthy, affordable, and culturally-relevant food to urban, suburban, and rural populations. Protect the nation’s core programs that fight food insecurity and hunger while promoting vibrant, sustainable agriculture.

5. Social Justice and Equity

The policies reflected in the Farm Bill impact the lives and livelihoods of many people, both in the U.S. as well as abroad. Develop policies, programs, and strategies that support social justice, worker’s rights, equal opportunity, and promote community self-reliance.

6. Systems Approach to Policymaking

It is essential to reduce compartmentalization of policies and programs, and to approach policy decisions by assessing their impact on all aspects of the food system including production, processing, distribution, marketing, consumption, and waste management. Consider the interrelated effects of policies and align expected outcomes to meet the goal of a comprehensive healthfocused food system.

Seattle Farm Bill Principles
Supporting Healthy Farms, Food and People: Guidance for the 2012 Farm Bill

More of Anita Lee

Parts 2 and 3.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Invisible to me

Moving through the parking lot, up the stairs to the food court, I rapidly made my way between the cars, looking for oncoming traffic but not interested in meeting the other people going to Costco.

We have become accustomed to looking past those in our physical proximity when we are on the streets, people who could be could our neighbors, avoiding making eye contact. We are aware of their presence and yet we ignore it. Wouldn't some sort of acknowledgment of their presence be a part of being civil? I was conscious of this at Costco yesterday because of the crowds there. It was a Saturday afternoon, and a lot of people shop at Costco on the weekends. Finding a parking space was not easy; the space I used was at the other end of the lot, near Sweet Tomatoes. I exited the car and I wanted to get in line quickly, so I could find a seat after I received my food. Thinking about it now... at school if I have to move place to place, I usually will say hi to those whom I know. If I don't have time to though, it doesn't bother me too much if I don't take the time to do so.

But it felt different at Costco yesterday, probably because I was trying to avoid people as much as possible. Nonetheless, isn't it normal for us who live in the suburbs or a megapolis to be about our business and to avoid those who are around us? Anonymous living. I don't think this sort of culture is limited to American megapoleis; you can witness and experience it in large cities around the world: Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, Paris, Rome. Even in those European cities which we might consider as being more humane (the classical architecture, the pedestrian-friendly streets, the street markets, and so on) there seems to be some element of anonymous living. How many European cities still have vibrant and stable neighborhood communities (the vicus of On Kingship)?

Has anyone coined a fancy name for this alienation from others and alienation from the self (as one is consumed by fleeting pleasures)? Social atomism doesn't seem to go far enough. Can it really be termed "bourgeois" ennui? The ennui of those who live off of cheap energy and without many strong friendships. We are preoccupied but think ourselves "busy" - busy with "work," which for many of us is labor without meaning but is for the sake of promoting consumption by others; busy with our forms of "entertainment," the passive consumption of products from media companies.

Kirkpatrick Sale in The Human Scale talks about the natural limit to the number of people with whom we can become familiar. I don't remember the exact number, but it is rather small. This number is used by some as the upper limit of an immediate political community. When you are surrounded by strangers, how much politeness is necessary? Should one greet only those with whom one is acquainted? In a megapolis, how can you greet everyone you meet on the street? The environment and the culture enforces anonymous living; you can't really go against that without appearing abnormal, and it may be impracticable to do so.

Still, at the very least if you make eye contact, then you should also smile. Is that too much to ask? Too "nice" or beta? Without solidarity should we not be surprised that the trust level between people is low? I still think that if someone stares at me without a smile or greeting, then they are being unfriendly, if not hostile or belligerent. Even if this is not their intention... Staring is considered rude, at least in our culture. What is the difference between a long look and a stare? Does it matter, if it is terminated without a smile? I usually ignore the stare, but sometimes I will return a glare if I am sufficiently agitated. I may have to do that more often, although the better thing to do would be to greet that person. How many of them would be shamed by this response?

This afternoon I was at Whole Foods. At the meat counter there were no more numbered tickets in the dispenser. I decided to wait behind a woman who had been standing at the counter when I arrived. When another man came up to the dispenser, she commented that there should be a line since there were no numbers left. The man may have thought she was accusing him of cutting so he defended himself, saying he was just trying to get a ticket. She reassured him that she wasn't criticizing him; did she feel flustered by his reaction? They were both well-intentioned and being nice about it; they didn't intend to be confrontational. This woman after all did let the butcher know that I had been waiting a while too and should be next.

I can't really praise the elderly woman who was pushing her cart through people's space without an "excuse me." It is because of people like her that etiquette is dead.

Kay Hmnowitz on the myth of the gender gap in pay

Why the Gender Gap Won't Go Away. Ever.
Kay S. Hymowitz
Women prefer the mommy track.

Her podcast for the article.
Gillian Welch - Down Along The Dixie Line
Kevin Carson, Welfare State for the Rich

But genuine welfare for the poor, like TANF and food stamps, barely amounts to a CBO rounding error. Adding up the so-called "defense" budget, two unfunded wars, "national security" spending on DHS, CIA, DOE and NASA, and interest on debt from past wars, the bulk of the federal government's budget goes to welfare for the Military-Industrial Complex.

Indeed, the dominant feature of the American polity is welfare for big business and the rich. This welfare consists of a wide array of government interventions into the market to enforce artificial scarcities and artificial property rights.

These interventions include patents and copyrights. They include enforcement of absentee title to vacant and unimproved land, which has never been altered by human labor -- the only legitimate means of appropriating land in a free market (in fact, the government pays landowners tens of billions to hold land out of cultivation). They include enforcement of entry barriers to free competition in the supply of credit. And they include enforcement of regulatory cartels, mandated artificially high capital outlays, and all sorts of other entry barriers.

The cumulative effect is to make land and capital artificially scarce, impose overhead costs and other penalties on self-employment, and raise the price of the means of production and subsistence relative to the price of labor. As a result, government intervention shifts income from those who work to those who live off the rents of artificial property rights and artificial scarcity.

Confederational American Political Thought

Peter Haworth, Confederational American Political Thought in Seattle

The American Political Science Association 2011 Annual Meeting
The Hiroshima Myth by John V. Denson

"Every year during the first two weeks of August the mass news media and many politicians at the national level trot out the "patriotic" political myth that the dropping of the two atomic bombs on Japan in August of 1945 caused them to surrender, and thereby saved the lives of anywhere from five hundred thousand to one million American soldiers, who did not have to invade the islands. Opinion polls over the last fifty years show that American citizens overwhelmingly (between 80 and 90%) believe this false history which, of course, makes them feel better about killing hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians (mostly women and children) and saving American lives to accomplish the ending of the war."

The Decision to Bomb Hiroshima
Ike: "It Wasn't Necessary to Hit Them With That Awful Thing"

(via the Western Confucian)
The Guardian: Globe theatre to get sister building - with a roof
Plans announced for project which will allow year-round performances of William Shakespeare's plays


Ok, I'll use this as an excuse to put up a photo of Rosamund Pike, since I don't have much of a desire to put up a picture of the Globe:

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: (UK TABLOID Rosamund Pike poses in front of the winners boards at the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2011 held at The Royal Opera House on February 13, 2011 in London, England. (Getty/Daylife)

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Actress Rosamund Pike arrives for the 31st London Film Critics' Circle Awards at BFI Southbank on February 10, 2011 in London, England. (Getty/Daylife)