Saturday, September 03, 2011

A libertarian reviews The Morality of Every Day Life

For The Freeman.

When you openly celebrate a jumbled, particularistic moral philosophy not based in rationality, but in tradition, you’ll end up inconsistent. Fleming is against foreign aid, condemned as a way for the state to benefit others at the expense of yourself and your family. But he is for tariffs that benefit other producers at the expense of your and your family’s consumption. [And so we have here an instance of the liberal preoccupation with rights. Tariffs are bad because they interfere with my rights as a consumer. What about the obligations of the consumer as consumer to his community? He has none.]

Fleming presumes the self-evident value of small, localized cultural traditions over those of the global, commercial modern West. While one might share this as an aesthetic value, he doesn’t do much to convince the skeptical that this is a matter of moral philosophy. But the sort of rationalism that would involve “convincing” has no role in Fleming’s moral vision. He ultimately presents an intellectual defense of nonintellectual localized preference and prejudice, a love of tribalism as an intellectual construct while showing mostly contempt for his own “tribe,” contemporary fellow Americans. [One can be critical of the failings of one's fellow Americans in order to illustrate a general moral point while being loyal to them at the same time.]

Ultimately, the localism and tribalism that Fleming celebrates, the families and small communities that he insists are the proper grounds for human well-being, have their best chance of surviving and thriving in a libertarian polity—if the individuals that are part of the localities and tribes and families and communities want them to. [The individual trumps all.] Certainly, the “globalism” that a universal free market allows can corrode old ways—but not by force. [And so it's acceptable, because no force is involved, rather it involves free decisions on the part of the individuals. What about the corporations?] As Fleming skillfully points out, it’s the contemporary state that wars against local values and uniqueness, on many fronts. [Again, what about the corporations?]

Fleming’s moral vision needs libertarianism. Once you grant that the state has the right or the obligation to interfere with others for the sake of some greater good, all smaller communities and interests are in danger of being crushed. [Dr. Fleming does not do this, with respect to the Federal Government.] Libertarian political philosophy may be universal and rational, but only it allows room for the widest play of local and individual variance and seemingly irrational attachments. The only catch is—and this should be morally bearable, even for those skeptical of universal, rational moral philosophy—they have to be freely adhered to, personally chosen. [I must be free to choose and consent to my moral system for it to be valid. If I don't acknowledge duties to my parents, then they don't exist and I should not be punished for this.]

Should I be disappointed when a libertarian thinks as a libertarian?

Page 8

Peter Hitchens, Why just stop at nurses? We could give those tabards to our police, politicians, immigration staff, teachers...:

Rubbish dressed up as TV ‘Culture’

When a nation goes rotten from the top down, it has some curious effects. One of them was on view last week when the BBC showed an expensive and slick drama, Page Eight. The camerawork, the production and the editing were of the best.

The actors, especially, were superb. Bill Nighy played every Left-wing Oxbridge graduate’s fantasy of himself, haggardly handsome, effortlessly attractive to women, lived-in, witty, successful yet still rebellious. Michael Gambon was a wonderful old geezer. Rachel Weisz was the new Thinking Man’s Crumpet. Ralph Fiennes was more believable as Prime Minister than any of the past four real ones. He was also the only character in the entire drama who didn’t smoke roll-ups.

I watched it with enjoyment, until I realised that it was rubbish. The plot didn’t make sense. Does a man on the run from a villainous state go to visit his ex-wife? Most of the scenes were wholly unbelievable, made bearable only by the quality of the acting. There were cliches as lumpy and wooden as tree stumps.

This would have been for¬giveable in an episode of Spooks, which everyone knows is tosh. But this is supposed to be ‘Culture’ with a capital ‘C’, the work of the immensely grand liberal-elite playwright Sir David Hare.

Like Alan Bennett and Stephen Fry, other Leftist Corporation favourites, Sir David can do no wrong. And so the best broadcasting skills in the country are recruited to make it look good. But it isn’t.
It will be shown on Masterpiece Theater Contemporary.

Rachel Weisz Leads Star-Studded Cast for BBC2′s ‘Page 8′
Page Eight: New Cambridge spy film in city
‘Page Eight’ Teaser Trailer: Rachel Weisz and Bill Nighy Spar in a Spy Thriller
Rachel Weisz Online


Energy infrastructure of the post-carbon future by Warren Weisman

In 2008, The New York Times reported 56% of the energy generated in the United States was wasted. In electricity generation, 66% was lost as heat out the smoke stacks of remote power plants and another ten percent lost during transmission. Of transportation energy, 71% was lost from heavy, idling vehicles and cars carrying only a driver. Meaning, in a time when fossil fuel resources are declining around the world, over half the 100 Quadrillion BTU’s generated in the US consumed fuel without doing any work.

The first step to eliminating such enormous waste is of course compact, car-free, 3D eco-cities composed of mid-rise, mixed use buildings that incorporate urban farming and local agriculture. Cities themselves save energy by shortening transportation and energy transmission distances, trading horizontal movement snarled in traffic for moving people vertically in elevators. In New York City, for example, 75% of families do not own automobiles. Eco-cities take this a step further, seeking balance between the density necessary to walk or cycle to home, work, school, cultural attractions and entertainment and open green spaces for aesthetic beauty and urban farming to lure people away from sprawling suburbs by making cities highly desirable places to live.

I don't know if I can take future the the Chinese eco-cities projects seriously.

More from Warren Weisman:
Gas from the Past: Biogas 101

Maureen O'Hara interviewed by Pat Troy

From last year

Anarcho-tyranny, according to PCR

In America the Rule of Law Is Vacated by Paul Craig Roberts. (And a piece for Labor Day: Labor's Demise As A Countervailing Power.)

Godzdogz: The Angelicum

Ganesha in Santa Clara

Tried Ganesha today because we had a coupon for $2 off buffet lunch. The normal price for buffet is $8.95, and there are about 8-10 dishes, along with salad and a couple of desserts and naan. They serve garlic naan to the tables. The chicken dishes was somewhat dry and tough because they use white meat, unlike Bombay Garden which uses dark meat. The tandoori chicken was good; it didn't taste as strong as Bombay Garden's. The regular naan was good, not burnt; I liked the garlic naan initially but found the garlic to be a bit much on the third piece. I didn't mind trying the place once, but I don't think it is good enough to warrant a trip without a coupon.

Twin BCM 11.5" SBRs Comparison

Bravo Company USA

Derrick Jensen on industrial civilization

Peak Moment 200: How the West has won (with transcript) by Yuba Gals Independent Media (EB): Video of the interview. His website.

Paleo Fried Chicken

Nom Nom Paleo demonstrates with a recipe from Paleo Comfort Foods. (video)

Over at MDA: Spicy and Sour Kimchi

Chris Thile interview

Chris Thile talks about traditional bluegrass project with Michael Daves, upcoming date at The Ark

Their Tiny Desk Concert, which I posted a while ago.

Stile Antico concert at the 2011 Savannah Music Festival

credit: Frank Stewart/courtesy of Savannah Music Festival

NPR: Stile Antico Asks: A Different Kind Of Love?
From The 2011 Savannah Music Festival
by Anastasia Tsioulcas

Future appearances in the states:
Saturday 3 December 2011, 8pm                                                                                         Puer natus est
St James' Cathedral, Seattle, WA                                                 Tudor Music for Advent and Christmas
Seattle Early Music Guild                                                                                     Ticket information here

Monday 5 December 2011, 8pm                                                                                          Puer natus est
Chan Centre at UBC, Vancouver, BC                                         Tudor Music for Advent and Christmas
Early Music Vancouver                                                                                        Ticket information here

Wednesday 7 December, 7.30pm                                                                                        Puer natus est
St Andrew's Episcopal, Ann Arbor, MI                                     Tudor Music for Advent and Christmas
University Musical Society                                                                                 Ticket information here

Saturday 10 December 2011, 7.30pm                                                                                  Puer natus est
Cathedral of St John, Milwaukee, WI                                         Tudor Music for Advent and Christmas
Early Music Now Milwaukee                                                                               Ticket information here

Tuesday 13 December 2011, 7.30pm                                                                                   Puer natus est
Davidson UMC, Davidson, NC                                                  Tudor Music for Advent and Christmas

Wednesday 14 December, 7.30pm                                                                                       Puer natus est
Camp Concert Hall, University of Richmond, VA                      Tudor Music for Advent and Christmas
Modlin Center for the Arts                                                                                   Ticket information here

Friday 16 December 2011, 7.30pm                                                                                     Puer natus est
Johnson Theater, Durham, NH                                                   Tudor Music for Advent and Christmas
Paul Creative Arts Center, UNH

Saturday 17 December 2011, 8pm                                                                                      Puer natus est
St Paul Church, Harvard Sq, Cambridge, MA                            Tudor Music for Advent and Christmas
Boston Early Music Festival                                                                                        Ticket details here

Sunday 18 December 2011, 4pm                                                                                        Puer natus est
Corpus Christi Church, New York City                                     Tudor Music for Advent and Christmas
Music Before 1800                                                                                         Tickets from MB1800 site

Canons Offer New Way of Life for American Priests

Part Two and Part One (to which I linked yesterday) - news relevant to this post, Priests on their own.

Augustinian Canons
The American Project
Facebook group

East and West need to evangelise boldly, says Pope by Cindy Wooden

Free Filettino

Italian town prints its own currency – and wants to declare independence (via LS Rebellion)
Principato di Filettino: A step on the road to Hoppe World?

Website; the city's website; the tourism website; Commune di Filettino.

The people's principality of Filettino defies Rome by euronews-en

Rosamund Pike at the programme launch for the 2011 Birds Eye View Film Festival

Lissa Schneckenburger, singing with fiddle accompaniment

Friday, September 02, 2011

From the good old days of the BBC

Uptown Downstairs Abbey

A parody of Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey, of course.

Part 2

Part 2 of James Howard Kunstler's interview with Richard Heinberg

Kunstler Cast: Part 2 (Part 1)

Whit Stillman interview

From 2009: The Last Days of Disco on DVD (mp3)

The Gothamist interview

Fr. Boland reviews Beauty for Truth's Sake

Fruits of Study 3: Re-enchanting Education

More with the author of the book, Stratford Caldecott:
A Conversation with Stratford Caldecott
What role does beauty play in the search for truth?

An interview with Stratford and Leonie Caldecott at the Centre for Faith & Culture, Oxford

Beauty in Education (blog)

Will GodSpy ever be updated?

Corelli Violin Sonata with Shunske Sato and Richard Egarr

Lissa Schneckenburger Concert

Vancouver, BC 2009

Parts 2 and 3.

Her website.

Items of Interest, 2 September 2011

Iconography: David Clayton, Should Theology Govern the Process of Painting as well the Product?

The Augustinian Canons come to America: Canons Offer New Way of Life for American Priests, Part One

Political Issues:
Martin reviews Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt by Paul Edward Gottfried

I Voted for Obama, Now I'm Voting for Ron Paul

His forthcoming book: Folks, This Ain't Normal

Economics and Economy:
The Great Bank Robbery - Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Mark Spitznagel - Project Syndicate

Michael Shedlock, Global Recession, Right Here, Right Now: Japan's Capital Spending Plummets; Eurozone PMI, UK PMI, US ISM ex-Inventory, China Exports in Contraction

North Dakota’s Economic “Miracle”—It’s Not Oil

Food insecurity and the conflict trap by Mark Notaras (EB)

A report on Prince Charles's speech at Georgetown: Princely Advice by Chad Hellwinckel (EB)

Coming round the dark mountain part 2: the shaman and the village by Charlotte Du Cann (EB)

Bruce S. Thorton, The Other California
How the San Joaquin Valley makes modern life possible

California AB 889 — the State climbs further into your home

Bored UCLA Student Joins Libyan Rebels
It's a TOTAL war, monsieur by Pepe Escobar
WILLIAM BLUM, Libya and the World We Live In

Rugby World Cup to make US network TV debut

Health and Diet:
Hank's Journey: Chris Masterjohn Interview | LCJ Podcast #38 (mp3)
The LLVLC Show (Episode 493): The LCHF Revolution Led By Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt In Sweden And Dr. Sofie Hexeberg In Norway (mp3)

High LDL on Paleo Revisited: Low Carb & the Thyroid

Someone has created minimalist sandals:
Branca Barefoot Running Sandals Review (Minimalist Sandals)

NPR:   A Graceful Search For 'Higher Ground' by David Edelstein
"Vera Farmiga's Higher Ground centers on a woman who joins and, after a decade, flees a fundamentalist religious order, but the tone isn't irreverent."
What is a fundamentalist religious order? How about sect?


Clothing: A new product from TAD: Spartan Pant

Identity and the National Military

Watching the ridge line
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Neil Nunez from San Pedro, Calif., of Task Force Black Knight, Co. A, 3-66th Armor Reg., 172nd Inf. Bde., watches the ridge line behind the platoon to make sure that no one is following them near the village of Sar Howza, Paktika province, Afghanistan, Aug. 10, 2011. U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Jacob Kohrs

Begun on June 8.

Adding some more thoughts to the footnote in this post. Nothing really new here, I've written bits and pieces elsewhere, but google search for the blog does not seem to be working. (Problem with the browser?)

Are those serving in the national military, especially the lifers, prone to accepting the "proposition nation" as what explains what it means to be American? The lack of roots or ties to their home community and to their host communities (the civilian community surrounding their base), the mobility that is necessitated by transfers and change in assignments would be contributing factors in the weakening of identity. Given the way units are manned, they are from all over the country, probably lacking a cohesive regional or state identity.

How about ethnic identity? Is this strong, within the military? Some would claim that it is not, but it depends on the unit and the specialty. There may be more racial integration within combat units than within support units, because of the demands of combat. The bonds of affection based on the brotherhood of arms and what soldiers do for one another are primary.

The institutional culture of the military appears to dominates everything else, as there is very little participation in local culture. (Particularly in the South? A disdain of the natives as backwards and uneducated seems to be common.) The military cannot but take Americans as they are, and they are mostly consumers of mass entertainment. Base life does very little to change this.

Lacking a local or regional identity, what are they left with except a national identity? It's the only constant despite all of their moving and changes of personnel. It does seem that most of those who are in the military (at least those in combat arms) are Republicans, embracing small-government conservatism, fiscal conservatism, and defense and upholding of the Constitution-- but this is all compatible with the proposition nation.

The U.S. Army is not like the National Guard in this respect. But even the National Guard is affected by the mobility of its members. How much loyalty to the state is there among NG members? I have read that most of those serving in the military are from the South. Is this true especially of combat units in the Army? How do the demographics differ among the various branches of the U.S. military?

Something of interest to Sarge?
A former Lt. Colonel in SF is running for Congress in Virginia.

Gen. David H. Petraeus retirement
U.S. Army General David H. Petraeus reviews troops at his retirement ceremony and Armed Forces Farewell, Joint Base Meyer-Henderson Hall, Va., August 31, 2011. Petraeus is retiring after a 37-year career to become the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)

Tomás Luis de Victoria - Letaniae de Beata Virgine

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Susan Boyle debuts new song on 'America's Got Talent'

Why be so unoriginal?

It is a rip-off of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. With all the money that was spent, couldn't they have hired an artist to create something new (and perhaps smaller). Better yet, how about funding the construction of a church with traditional architecture?

Telegraph: Giant statue of Jesus Christ unveiled in Peru (alt)
Giant Jesus Graces Hilltop in Peru, Sparks debate
Cristo del Pacifico draws criticism from several fronts

Fox News: Back to School for Navy SEALs


Allison Barrie's column, War Games. Too much cheerleading? And her column focuses too much on research in technology -- what the Pentagon and MIC loves, but its usefulness and necessity is questionable.

A Daniel Defense product:

The Navy SEALs movie Act of Valor to be released next February.

Gillian Welch talks about the South

Mother Jones: Gillian Welch's Long Way Home
GW: We were coming out to L.A. a lot, and the very act of leaving made us think more about Nashville and about the South. At this point, I've lived in Nashville longer than I've ever lived anywhere, and this certain Southern-ness was coming through. The new songs all seemed to circle around ideas of place and time, things having to do with the passing of time and its effect on friendship, the people in your life—when things don't go the way you want them to. Which is a great way of summarizing why so much time went by [since the last CD]. At one point there was talk of a double record, but as you focus the vision, it kind of draws its own boundaries.

The A.V. Club interview
Uncut: Part 1, Part 2

Paleos doing paleo?

Old Rebel may not qualify as a paleo, just a traditional Southron, but he writes:
One of the ways a Southerner can rebel is to live in a way that's compatible with who we are, and that includes a traditional, or "paleo" diet. It certainly works for me, and this article in The American Conservative is a good introduction. 

The article is primarily a review of Gary Taubes's Why We Get Fat.

Do men need superheroes?

(source: Yahoo Movies)

Edward Feser has something on comic book movies and the original source material: Movies, comic books, and sequential art.

Despite the gore and the rather let-down after the climax, I think I might have enjoyed re-watching Raiders of the Lost Ark more than Captain America. Marvel Studios may have found success with males by sticking to the formula and avoiding alterations to suit the SWPL crowd (even though the movies are still infected by liberal culture and ideals). Still, is it a good thing that superhero comic book movies are so popular? Or is the trend an indication that Americans are stuck in perpetual adultlescence? The problem goes beyond the nerds and the comic book geeks, extending to the video game-playing men in their 20s and 30s. (Even those in the military play video games, especially first-person shooters, to pass the time, whether in their barracks at home or overseas.)

There may be some frustrated males who are unable to do something that they can take pride in and therefore seek escapist fantasy in comic book movies, but there are plenty of "well-adjusted," employed males watching them. They may be ignorant of how they have been raised to be sheeple, subservient to those who have power and the system they maintain. A similar mentality exists among our servicemen as well. After all, they are not being formed as citizen-soldiers.

Why do we associate superhero comic books and comic book movies with the young? It is not because of the heroics or the courage or the simplistic depiction of good vs. evil, but the lack of realism which goes with the unbounded imagination of youth. The Bourne trilogy and similar action movies may not be much better with respect to the action sequences and stunts, but they at least pretend to be grounded in reality. Men cannot be inspired to do the impossible; their moral ideal must be something to which they can relate. (One can point to the exercise of the virtues in the abstract in comic book movies, but the imagination relies upon their concrete actions.)

Wuxia movies tend to be like more comic book movies than regular action movies. How about the Lord of the Rings trilogy? With whom does one identify, Gandalf or Aragorn? Or the hobbits? An objection could be that it is not the content of the story of the problem but the corruption of the moral imagination into fantasy and escapism. 2 hours of escape isn't bad; it's only a problem if one daydreams all the time about being a superhero or if more serious stories are being ignored or neglected. How much of an interest in comic book heroes is ok, then? Does "everything in moderation" apply?

Someone could say that it is silly to make such distinctions with regards to consumer culture. But that might be a rather extreme position to take, condemning all products only on that basis. The transformation of leisure into consumption certainly is a problem; on the other hand, the moral imagination does require story-telling for it to be developed. I think we can accept movies as a form of story-telling without approving of them wholly. It still seems proper, then, to link superhero comic book stories more with children than with mature adults, to be critical of them for that reason, and to cite their popularity among adults as a symptom of cultural and moral decline. (Is the inclusion of friendship and romance in comic book and wuxia movies a saving grace?)

Should we be watching more westerns, instead?

Items of Interest, 1 September 2011

Robb Wolf: Caring for the land: an interview with Joel Salatin (part 4 of 5)

Red Tory? by Roberta Bayer

Dr. Fleming on the Federalists and Anti-Federalists:
Is this really a black and white case? Were there no Federalists who believed in limited government? Were they all power-seeking monsters? Even John Randolph’s Federalist friend Fisher Ames? Why would Adams and Hamilton have wanted a type of government they had never experienced? It seems to me the real question on the table–apart from quite practical matters of dealing out favors–was how far to depart from the British model, which was almost universally viewed as the freest and most successful state in the world at the time. Outside of New England, the leaders of the Revolution had been proud to be English, and it was their mistaken belief that their rights as Englishmen were being threatened that led them to rebellion. George III exceeded the king’s traditional powers not by acting as a dictator or usurping authority he did not have. He got his powers honestly by bribing members of parliament. In the political struggles of the time, I generally support the anti-federalists, but that does not mean we have to pretend that the Federalists were, to a man, dirty scoundrels plotting tyranny. And, let us be candid. There are no Anti-Federalists today, not in any practical political sense. One might just as well say that in supporting, a party of law and order one is a confucianist or a fascist. The Anti-Federalists made excellent arguments, and when they elected more or less their man to the White House, they achieved something, but many (not all) turned against Jefferson, when he proved to be a practical statesman, doing his best for his country as he saw it, Constitution or no Constitution. I suppose we could begin the restoration of the old order by giving up the Louisiana Purchase and kicking out all states admitted after 1800. Perhaps we should give back to the states the right to issue their own paper money. They did such a good job of it in the past!

Anti-Federalism is an attitude, not a philosophy. As an attitude, it derives its strength from the great traditions of Aristotle, St. Thomas, and Althusius. If turned into a philosophy, however, it will become a strait-jacket.

Inkwell: Authors and Artists
Topic 417: John Robb on War, Peace, and Resilient Communities

Patrick Buchanan, Looking Back at “The Good War”

Part 3 of Why the History of Nationalism Matters in a Global Age by Lloyd Kramer

Vox Populi: All ur bikes are belong to us

Coming round the Dark Mountain Part 1: Uncivilisation by Charlotte Du Cann (EB)

Less Work, More Living
by Juliet Schor
Working fewer hours could save our economy, save our sanity, and help save our planet.

GARETH PORTER, Tribunal Concealed Evidence Al-Qaeda Cell Killed Hariri
RALPH NADER, The Empire is Eating Itself
THOMAS H. NAYLOR, Robots of the World Unite!

"Conservative" Archbishop Chaput

A short illustration of my characterization of him in this post, taken from the following piece in The Public Discourse: Nation of Faith, Nation of Immigrants by Charles J. Chaput.

He closes: "America, from its beginnings, has been a nation of faith and a nation of immigrants." Actually, there is a significant difference between colonists and immigrants. As for his approval of Alexander Hamilton as "one of America’s most revered Founding Fathers"... Certainly there is a problem with one's understanding of the United States and conservatism if Hamilton is representative of the Anglo-American tradition. His understanding of American identity seems to be consonant with the Proposition Nation, though he attempts to graft religion upon it.

Solyndra bankrupt

Michael Shedlock: Obama Spent $535 Million on Solyndra Solar Energy Firm in 2010; Firm Went Bankrupt Today; Pricetag $486,363 Per Job Saved for 18 Months
Solyndra Collapse a 'Waste' of Half a Billion By Obama, GOP Critics Say

Driving up 880, I would see the Solyndra building, well-lit and relatively young and think about what was actually going inside. So goes the rest of the green energy industry? What sort of excuses will be made for the failure of the company? Imagine how that half a billion could have been spent instead. Instead we have the National Government oppressing local food producers in the name of hygiene and consumer protection.

The Archdruid Report: The Way the Future Wasn't

The Archdruid Report: The Way the Future Wasn't: It’s a funny thing, this attempt to discuss the future in advance. Much of the time, like everyone else in the business, I talk about the future...

A good discussion of the relationship between science fiction and industrial civilization.

Concierto del Coro de la Paz de la Universidad de Hiroshima (Elisabeth University of Music)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Being Primal: Interview with Richard Nikoley: Unplugged and Uncensored-Part 1

First of 4 parts.

Those Near and Dear.

Begun on  July 15 at 10:40 A.M.
Generally I have come to detest making examples of blogs or mining articles at certain websites and  posts at other blogs for easy posts focused primarily upon criticism. There are a few that draw my ire or annoyance, and it would be too easy to pick on them for the sake of increasing "original" content on my blog. These days I try to maintain an apathetic attitude to most other blogs and refrain from commenting or responding: what do I have to do with you? I don't even know you.

Can Clarence Thomas curb the National Government?

New Blue Nightmare: Clarence Thomas and the Amendment of Doom by Walter Russell Mead (via VFR)

Another gem from Robert Peters on Ron Paul and the Constitution:
Mr. Paul’s big mistake and mine as well in my more misplaced hopeful moments is that one can “return to the Constitution.” That cannot be; that experiment has failed; the embryo of the failure was tucked into the Constitution itself in the “general welfare clause” and the “commerce clause.” The foul egg was nurtured by Hamilton, Marshal, Webster, Story and Clay. It hatched into the cockatrice of Lincoln and the Republican Party. What the Hobbesian state does not, disregarding all subsidiarity, subsume itself, it allows its corporate, for-profit and not-for-profit, allies to consume. The Fed is an important link between the state and its allies.

But what sort of Western?

ABC Buys Western From Ron Moore

Ron Moore has received credit for making DS9 interesting; I think BSG was ultimately a failure and I couldn't stand the soap opera of the later seasons. Apparently his isn't the only Western that might be appearing on TV in the near future. Will these Westerns be traditional enough to bring male viewers back?

Profile: Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings

Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings: Two Voices, 10 Kinds of Sad

Watch the full episode. See more PBS NewsHour.

An interview from 2 years ago.

No Romy, No Michele, No Grosse Pointe

Sitting at Costco Monday afternoon, I was thinking about the 20-year HS reunion. The deadline for discounted advance tickets is coming up [it's actually today]; after that date tickets will be $100 or so. I have been mulling over going to the reunion, while the friends with whom I maintain contact have no interest, as they're not interested in talking to anyone they might see at the reunion. I was feeling it might be nice to talk to some of our classmates and get an update on their lives.

But how many would reciprocate that sort of interest? Is it just going to turn out to be a gathering of the popular people? After all, despite networking with many of them on Facebook, I know how many of them actually respond to posts on their wall and the like. There are a few who do communicate, but the vast majority don't. (I haven't seen any indication that those who have been friendly will be attending the reunion.) Maybe it's too much to expect from a social networking website, but all the hype about networking with people from your past is rather bogus. Most people have moved on, and quite a few have done so physically as well. How many of our graduating class live within a 20 mile radius of the high school? A few have gone further, living in San Francisco, others have left the state.

There are limits to the number of people you can know, and people prioritize with their relationships. Typically their circles change as they get older. But shouldn't high school relationships have some sort of significance, if they are based upon a local community? We just don't have that.

It might be better just to save the ticket money for books than to go and end up not talking to too many people because they'd rather talk to someone else.

They finished repaving the street on Monday afternoon. The job was supposed to be completed on Friday; I heard that the crew knocked over a utilities pole in the morning. This was the cause of the brief power outage. How much did the city pay to contract the work out to a firm out in the peninsula? Even if it was a small amount, could it have been better spent on some sort of transition to the post-carbon age? Right in front of the house is evidence of the lunacy that Kunstler and others talk about -- the financing of an infrastructure (and auto-dependent way of life) that cannot be sustained.

Complete English translation of German military analysis of peak oil now available
Rick Munroe, Energy Bulletin

Recovering lost knowledge about exhaustion of the Earth’s resources (such as Peak Oil)
by Fabius Maximus

Also via EB: Aleklett's new book: "Peeking at Peak Oil"

A Localization Oprah Strategy by James Miller

Don't bother with

The Private Man: Hates Happy Relationships

I don't think Catholic Match is much better -- I don't see any evidence that the expectations of women using the service are being ameliorated by the website.

Mark Sisson asks some questions about fighting and violence

MDA: The Role of Fighting in a Primal Life and Violence: An Introduction to a Primal Instinct

Is the confidence- (and self-esteem) and character-building a by-product of learning how to do something well, so long as it reinforces the masculine identity? I also think the acquisition of fighting skills needs to be separated from employing them in competition, or even in sparring.

As an aside: Uncle thinks that deliberately getting hit in order to know what it is like is rather stupid and can lead to serious damage. But he speaks from the perspective of someone involved with Chinese medicine.


Review: Warrior

Watch Tom Hardy Beat some Ass in New WARRIOR Clip

Edit. Fast Paleo: Why Fighting is Paleo

Dr. O'Reilly's lecture on Catholic liberal education

TAC: Catholic Liberal Education by Dr. Paul O’Reilly (mp3)

Sicut lilium inter spinas

Alamire / David Skinner 29-08-2011 FOMU11
BBC3: Composer of the Week: Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) episodes available now on BBC iPlayer

Alas, access will be expiring soon.

Items of Interest, 31 August 2011

Joel Salatin: How to Prepare for A Future Increasingly Defined By Localized Food & Energy (mp3)

City Forest Farming
Gene Logsdon, The Contrary Farmer, Mulligan Books

Monsanto’s cotton strategy wears thin (EB)
April Davila, Our World 2.0

Facing the new reality (EB)
Various contributors including Sharon Astyk, Nate Hagens, Richard Heinberg, Dmitry Orlov..., Community Action Partnership
The full report (pdf).

Review: Life Without Oil by Steve Hallett With John Wright (EB)
Frank Kaminski, Mud City Press

Carson Rejoinder to Gregory

Lloyd Kramer: Why the History of Nationalism Matters in a Global Age, Part 1
Lloyd Kramer: Why the History of Nationalism Matters in a Global Age, Part 2

What about the problem of scale in relation to identity-formation? He does not seem to address this. (A proper scale enables one to make judgments about how much consolidation is necessary.)

Kelley B. Vlahos, Who Says Obama’s Bad for Business?

Lew Rockwell interviews Donald W. Miller, Jr. MD: Government Is Sending Us to Early Graves

The Paleo Solution – Episode 95 (mp3) - (an interview with William Davis MD, author of Wheat Belly)

The LLVLC Show (Episode 492): Dr. Ernest Curtis Exposes The ‘Cholesterol Delusion’ And Low-Carb Physician Dr. Steven Horvitz (mp3)

MAXIMILIAN C. FORTE, The Top Ten Myths in the War Against Libya
DIANA JOHNSTONE, Gaddafi’s Libya as Demon
PATRICK COCKBURN, Islamists at the Heart of the Libyan Rebellion

Reality TV and the soul

I thought 1 Night, 2 Days was ending, but it isn't, they're just replacing the cast now? I watched the Actresses and Actors specials, but haven't watched many of the episodes since then, though it is generally a funny show and I can understand its appeal and popularity. There is the interaction between the cast members and the guests, travel, the games/competition. If only the U.S. had more family-friendly reality shows like this. Still, what lack in Korean life is the show addressing? Is it an indicator that people need more leisure time, especially to enjoy it with their friends? (Or that they do not have enough friends to begin with?)

After all, despite being a good show, it is still television and an instrument that inhibits or destroys community life while posing as a cure for its loss.

Soompi on Invincible Youth, Season 2.

The Goat Rodeo Sessions - Teaser Two

Vox Populi:

What feminism is, in Gloria Steinem's own words:

“Feminism starts out being very simple. It starts out being the instinct of a little child who says ‘it’s not fair’ and ‘you are not the boss of me,’ and it ends up being a worldview that questions hierarchy altogether.”

In other words, it is an intrinsically childish ideology founded on an abstraction and defies empirical reality and the entire historical record of Man. That sounds about right.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gordon Ramsey hearts In and Out

Fox All Acess
Denver Post: Photos: Final Mass for Archbishop Charles Chaput in Denver

A lot of "conservative" Catholics are fans of the former archbishop of Denver. He may be among the better American bishops, but has he done enough with respect to liturgical orthopraxis? And then there is his seeming embrace of the proposition nation and "nationalist" conservatism. It would not be surprising if Yankee culture dominated late 20th century American Catholicism. How about in the early 20th and late 19th century?

ABC Final Mass from on Vimeo.

His installation Mass in Philadelphia will be September 8, 2011.

The Trouble with Girls

Hitfix: Listen: 'American Idol' Scotty McCreery's new single, 'The Trouble With Girls'

I Agree!

Down with Research Papers!
They rely on easily accessible sources and deference to conventional opinion; students should be assigned essays instead.

By Thomas Bertonneau

Sierra Hull - Tell Me Tomorrow

Items of Interest, 30 August 2011

Robb Wolf: Food independence or elitism? An interview with Joel Salatin (part 3 of 5)

High School Shortchanged Us, Students Report

Where the Action Is in School Reform

JOHN WALSH, Meet Professor Juan Cole, Consultant to the CIA
BRIAN MCKENNA, Medicine’s Complicity in the Cruelties of Capitalism

The Vilification Of Enoch Powell
Karen De Coster: A Cardiac Surgeon on the Glory of Saturated Fat
HanCinema: [Celebrity News Station] 2nd anniversary of the late actress Jang Jin-yeong

May she rest in peace.

"Tennessee Wagoner" by April Verch Band on Good Hope Island

Monday, August 29, 2011

Gillian Welch on Conan

here (via Front Porch Anarchist)

A leftist owns up

to failing in solidarity.

On the Riots and the Need for a New Commons by MATT WILDE
The Middle Class Optic
Plainly, the reverse is true. We live, in essence, segregated lives. As much as middle-class Londoners like to believe that they live in a multicultural and mixed city, most of us actually share precious little with those who face un- and underemployment, dependence on shrinking and strained public services and police harassment. Even those of us who live in ex-council properties do not, in truth, share much beyond the spaces we temporarily inhabit. In most cases we will move on and out, send our children to private schools or quiet comprehensives outside of the city and reproduce the distance over and over again.

If we want to live in a society in which everyone feels they have a stake, we have to find a way of getting beyond the social othering that renders our ‘communities’ largely notional. Undisputedly, political struggle is vital if we are to challenge the gross inequities and that are foisted upon more and more people in our society. We should strive for political and economic systems – for social relationships – that are genuinely equitable and inclusive. But without a real community base underpinning it, any political movement will remain similarly notional, relying on moral impetus rather than lasting community structures that could genuinely offer an alternative. Thirty years of neoliberalism has eroded our capacity to generate social movements with an enduring social grounding.

Will he change his tune if he is mugged by reality?

Items of Interest, 29 August 2011

Discretion Is Advised by W. James Antle, III

How al-Qaeda got to rule in Tripoli By Pepe Escobar

The Economics of Happiness by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Commentary: When technical feasibility doesn’t matter by Sharon Astyk (EB)

The Seneca effect: why decline is faster than growth by Ugo Bardi (EB)

"Learning Styles" Debunked (Again) by Catherine Gewertz

Jimmy Moore, Thanks To #AHS11, I’ve Shifted My Diet To A Low-Carb Paleo Approach

New Sustainable Butcher Shop From a Chez Panisse Alum Opens in Berkeley

Preaching Friars

The Subdeacon in the Dominican Rite from Jesson, The Urban Monk on Vimeo.

James Howard Kunstler interviews Richard Heinberg

KunstlerCast: Part 1 (mp3)
At Jesuit Colleges, Lay Presidents Now Advance the Mission

Alas, full access is available for subscribers only. If you go to the website you can take a poll. Let them know what you think of the website and their subscription. News about an overrated industry that is doing more harm than good overall and opinions by those who have a vested interest in its well-being? Guess what I think about the relevance of the website and how much I am willing to pay for the news.

As for the Jesuit colleges and universities... I am waiting for them to fade away for betraying the legacy of St. Ignatius of Loyola. That punishment has been a long time coming.

The Remnant: And Then There Were None (Where have all the Jesuits gone?)

A contrast: Thomas More College Introduces the Usus Antiquior this Autumn -- And You Can Help Them

The season finale of No Reservations


Anthony Bourdain on Leonard Lopate: The Ten Best Quotes

Function over appearance

MovNat – “Le Methode Naturelle” Evolved

Friedman's Theory of Differentiated Leadership Made Simple

MB's wife recommends Edwin Friedman.

The Edwin Friedman Model of Family Systems Thinking
A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix by Edwin H. Friedman
Edwin Friedman on Leadership

Sunday, August 28, 2011

At the American Journal of Public Health, experts examine the risks posed by peak petroleum by Matthew C. Nisbet (EB)

"In a contrast to climate change, conservatives are the closest to experts in their risk perceptions while liberals tend to hold lower levels of concern. Our findings suggest that this issue might an important opening for engaging a broad spectrum of Americans on energy policy."
The New Scot would like this: Trebuchet – A Gravity-Operated Siege Engine: A Study in Experimental Archaeology

The New Omatics on Pig in a Pen

KPFA (available for 2 weeks)

Their website. They will be performing for the Family Square Dance of the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, Saturday, September 18.

More on Barefoot Running

NY Times video


Barefoot Ted
Harvard Professor Daniel Lieberman on Barefoot Running

Pretty Fair Maid

The debt bomb, net energy and ancient Greeks by Kurt Cobb (EB)

Father Raymond J. de Souza on WYD 2011

Giving the young something to believe in (via Insight Scoop)

Why is he using "she" for the generic third-person singular pronoun? An imposition by the editor(s?) (The website does appear to be Canadian.)
Those of us who work full-time with young adults know that even the highly privileged Canadian university student is at something of a loss in answering these questions. The Internet gives you plenty of data, but little wisdom. The seductive world of social media provides hundreds of friends, but little actual friendship. The modern university, devoted to endlessly celebrating the sheer magnificence of each individual student, is rather silent about who she really is, and what she ought to do. Talented young people have an almost infinite array of options, but a mission in life is hard to find. Consequently, without a strong identity and mission, so many young people feel very much alone.

But is what they received at WYD nonetheless too vague as to provide them insight into living the lay vocation? (Especially for those who come from "first-world" countries.)

Top Ten Monks

Anthony Bourdain explains the last episode of No Reservations this season

Anthony Bourdain, Southern Comfort

The show begins in New Orleans, a city I feel very connected to—and continues deep into the heart of Cajun country and culture. The South—particularly (but not exclusively) Louisiana, is where “American” food comes from. There are certainly other uniquely regional cuisines and specialties in this country—but creole and Cajun constitute uniquely American-born mutations. They could not have occurred anywhere else. Like the birth of jazz—they were created at bizarre yet magical intersections of cultures and circumstances—the end products of long journeys, much pain and simple pleasures.

A report of the local MovNat one-day workshop

At MDA: Worker Bee Field Trip: MovNat One-Day Fundamentals Workshop

James Vincent McMorrow: Tiny Desk Concert