Saturday, September 17, 2011

Canon Moreau leaving

A piece of news via Rorate Caeli: a Pontifical Solemn Mass will be celebrated tomorrow by Bishop Cordileone at 12:30, on occasion of Canon Jean Marie Moreau's transfer. He will be replaced by Canon Henry Fragelli.

The impact of demographic changes upon Christianity

The Rise Of Anti-Western Christianity by Matthew Roberts (via Mere Comments)

The tension between inculturation and upholding orthodoxy and orthopraxis: what can be a counter for the rise of "charismatic" Christianity and a form of piety that is dominated by emotions? Have the Latin Christians lost the opportunity to be effective? Is it time for the other apostolic Churches to take over, having a more tradition liturgy and a better sense of liturgical piety? The Eastern Churches may be different from the Latin Churches, but I think they share more in common with the traditional Latin Catholicism in their understanding of theology, liturgy, and spirituality than with the charismatics (and modern Protestants).

Items of Interest, 17 September 2011

Rorate Caeli: You Report: Una Voce Conference in Thomas Aquinas College
Audio of the lectures will become available through Una Voce Ventura.

Winslow T. Wheeler, The Not So Super Committee

Tenth Amendment Center: Constitution Day is this Saturday! and Tenther Radio Episode 13: Downsize DC!
Cafeteria Constitutionalists by W. James Antle, III

Dr. Gutzman recommends Richard E. Ellis's The Union at Risk: Jacksonian Democracy, States' Rights and the Nullification Crisis

The social-democratic illusion by Immanuel Wallerstein (EB)
Something Catholic Democrats should read, in their desire to appropriate CST to support their platform. It's not just about financial sustainability but economic sustainability as a whole, taking into consideration ecology and the environment.

Lindsay Curran reviews John Michael Greer's The Wealth of Nature: Adam Smith got it way, way wrong! (EB)

An alternate view of war:
The Moral Equivalent of War by William James

Andrew B. Watt, The Memory Palace

Pop Culture:
Rod Dreher on Contagion.
Hitfix: Watch the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Meets the Muppes in New Trailer; MSNBC
Trailer for GWDT - Apple

Who will be watching the Muppets parody but adults? - SureFire Bonus Footage: Political Correctness vs. Public Protection

Also from NRALifeofDuty: The Special Forces of ODA 574

MDA: The Unconquerable Dave: Still Unconquerable
Jimmy Moore: Low-Carb Conversations Podcast (Episode 23): Joe Lindley And Pam Howell Chime In On Stephan Guyenet’s Take On Carbohydrate Hypothesis

Review of the ZT 0301.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival 2011

Archived video here.
It would seem that Indian movies are more likely to be playing at local movie theaters (the big chains) than Chinese movies. I think I've only seen posters for a Chinese movies a few times, and I rarely see them in the listings. Indian movies are advertised locally on channel 26 (KTSF) during Indian programming. I suspect the difference is not due to disparity in the populations of the respective groups; Indians may be more willing to pay for the theater experience to catch a Bollywood movie while Chinese are content to watch Chinese movies at home.

American Third Position

Something germane to the last post. A3P is a White Nationalist group. The Republican Party Is Doomed

Video: An Introduction to the American Third Position

A post over at CHT when the party was first announced.
The American Third Position, America’s BNP?

Wiki: Third Position

Friday, September 16, 2011

An alternative traditional conservatism for a post-Christian world?

In the minds of some. I think I'd rather read Adam Webb...

Brett Stevens reviews The Radical Tradition, edited by Troy Southgate.

Primordial Traditions

Not surprisingly, an excerpt appears at Alternative Right. Info about the book at Attack the System

When does "ethnonationalism" become racism? Where is the balance between fringe white nationalist groups and the self-loathing white multiculturalists?

Other reviews:

FB page for one of the contributors, Gwendolyn Toynton.

More by or on the editor, Troy Southgate:
Extreme Politics
The Occidental Quarterly
New Right
The Case for National-Anarchist Entryism (National-Anarchist Movement)
Tradition and Revolution

‘Co-opting the Counter Culture: Troy Southgate and the National Revolutionary Faction’ by Graham D. Macklin

Tagged posts at Patheos.

National Front

Other "nationalist" groups:
England First Party

European National Front
The English Democrats

AK Chesterton

How would one learn of these without the Internet?

Hmm... Eerdmans is putting a series called Radical Traditions.

Perennial Philosophy or Primordial Tradition?: Huston Smith, Aldous Huxley and Ken Wilber – a view by James Baquet

Hugh Laurie, "The Whale Has Swallowed Me"

Hugh Laurie Gets Bluesy in 'The Whale Has Swallowed Me' -- Video Premiere

Hugh Laurie Gets Bluesy in 'The Whale Has Swallowed Me'

Items of Interest, 16 September 2011

NLM: Cardinal Burke at Notre-Dame de Fontgombault (via Fr. Z)

Obamacare, the Constitution, and the Original Meaning of the Commerce Clause by William J. Watkins Jr.

A new view of work by Christian Williams (EB)

Cassandra's curse: how "The Limits to Growth" was demonized by Ugo Bardi (EB)

HPV Vaccine: A Parent's Horrid Nightmare: Coming Soon to YOUR State?

Where There is No Doctor and Dentist – Free Download

Who's Storing Food Now?

Robb Wolf: Paleo Comfort Foods: It’s ON!

Fast Paleo: Kung Pao Chicken

So, It's Your Fault... Your Kid's a Picky Eater

NPR: Jeff Bridges on World Cafe

Peter Hitchens prefers the book.

Just as in the case of Master and Commander, so too with respect to the Alec Guinness adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy:

Smiley’s life is best told by the book

The BBC version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was so good it made me get a TV, after years of not having one in my home. Yet when I watched it again a few years ago I found it oddly slow and quiet, not as thrilling as the first time round. I had changed completely in the 25 years between, as we all have.

This is because I am used to more and more of my thinking and feeling being done for me by the TV or the cinema, thanks to music, special effects and fast, clever editing.

I’ll be interested to see how the new film version compares, but in the end they can’t beat the book, drawn from life by a wonderful observer. Unlike the TV series, which starred Alec Guinness as Smiley, it gets better every time.
Incidentally, his brother agreed with him regarding the Peter Weir adaptation.

I have the Alec Guinness TV series on DVD; need a long day when I can watch it guilt-free.

The new movie opens today over in the UK.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Interviews

official site
Le Carré: Oldman brings 'more sex' to Tinker, Tailor role than Guinness

The Arts Desk
The Guardian; another.
Huffington Post

Roger's Rangers Standing Orders

The well-known list enumerated here: How the Army Rangers Work

But, they're not the original orders.

Unlawful orders? Rangers' "Standing Orders" historically inaccurate
By Sgt. Kyle J. Cosner, U.S. Army Special Operations Command
(Original no longer available? An excerpt at Shadow Spear)

See the Wiki entry, The 28 "Rules of Ranging"

I posted this video before, no? Another video - US Army Rangers Airborne Assault.

What does this mean for Ave Maria University?

10 USA Housing Markets That Will Collapse This Year - top of the list is Naples, Florida.

20th Annual San Jose Mexican Heritage and Mariachi Festival

Starts this Sunday, and ends with the outdoor feria on the Sunday after, September 25. They're charging $25 for admission to the feria. No thanks...

Screenings of Farmageddon in SF

From the official website:

Opening Night Party at Dalva, Movie, Panel Discussion (Friday, Sept 23, prior to 7pm show)
A Taste of the Season, Movie, Panel Discussion (Saturday before the 7:00pm and 9:15pm shows)
Food Freedom for our Families Gala Event (Monday, Sept. 26, prior to 7:00pm show)
Bone Broth and a Movie Benefit for (Tuesday, Sept 27, prior to 7:00pm show)

NOTE: Tickets for all shows in S.F. are ONLY available online until the day of the show, seating is limited, and we recommend you buy your tickets in advance. Link to buy tix:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Over at St. Anselm College

Tonight: National Security and America’s Energy Future

"Former commander of Air Combat Command, General Ronald E. Keys (USAF, ret), will lead an energy forum that addresses the economic, energy, and national security risks of America’s over-reliance on fossil fuels, as well as opportunities for New Hampshire and the nation as a whole to benefit from action on climate and clean energy. New Hampshire political, business, and community leaders, including co-hosts State Senator Gary Lambert (R) and State Representative Stephen Shurtleff (D), will participate in the forum. Members of the audience also will have time to ask questions of General Keys and other forum participants."

Is he an optimist with respect to peak oil?

Bear Grylls on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon


Full Episode
Man v. Wild

Hilary Hahn!

New release! Hilary Hahn Ives Sonatas, with Valentina Lisitsa

Items of Interest, 15 September 2011

HL Mencken Club: 2011 Conference, November 4-5, 2011
Canon Wars: Rethinking the Conservative Canon

‘Fast and Furious’ Explodes: Brian Terry Cover-Up, White House Emails Revealed

Patrick Buchanan, Democracy Worshippers

Too Much Higher Education by Walter E. Williams

America and Oil: Declining together? by Michael Klare (EB)
Ralph Nader, How Not to Stop a Pipeline

KBOO: The End Of Growth - An Interview with Richard Heinberg (mp3)

The most recent issue of The Nation is on the food movement, and includes articles by Raj Patel, Eric Schlosser, and Michael Pollan.

Robb Wolf, Framework Matters
Latst in Paleo: Ep 30 Gary Taubes (mp3)

Barefoot Running and Minimalist Footware:
Toe Shoes, Toe Strength, and the Power of Bare Feet

Béla Fleck to premiere Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra with Nashville Symphony

Karen L. Cox: You Don’t Know Dixie—And If You Do, You Should Be Paying Attention to Pop Culture


Dr. Peter Chojnowski reviews Economics for Helen

Distributist Review

Brittany Haas and Lauren Rioux

The Great Grimpen Mire/C Tune

"Britt's A Tune", Brittany Haas & Lauren Rioux
NLM: Book Review: The Restoration and Organic Development of the Roman Rite

A review written for Usus Antiquior by Fr. Thomas Kocik. How is that journal doing? Is it ok to patronize the journal now, despite how Dr. Alcuin Reid was treated?

Also from NLM: Mozarabic Liturgy, In Exaltatione S. Crucis
From Modern Age: Federal Control of Public Schools and the Decline of Community
by Carl L. Bankston III
Kevin R.C. Gutzman reviews The Disappearance of Constitutionalism The Age of Strict Construction: A History of the Growth of Federal Power, 1789-1861 by Peter Zavodnyik.

I've been trying to find out what certain Southron patriots think of the work of William Freehling, but nothing has turned up so far. (I asked Professor Gutzman through FB and he recommends volume 1 as being very good; volume 2 offers a "standard account.")

The Goat Rodeo Sessions - Teaser Two

The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

PCR, The Critics of 9/11 Truth: Do They Have A Case?

Former Sen. Bob Graham calls for new 9/11 investigation
From 2002: Clyde Wilson's response to Alan Nolan's essay, "The Anatomy of the Myth," in The myth of the lost cause and Civil War history (IU Press): My Myth or Yours? Nolan's 'Lost Cause'.

The Abbeville Institute: A LIBRARY OF SOUTHERN LITERATURE — Clyde Wilson, 2010
Emperor of What? by KMO (EB)

"KMO welcomes Charles Eisenstein back to the C-Realm Podcast to discuss his new book, Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition. Charles talks about interest and the economic imperatives that it fosters. If the value of money decreased over time rather than growing via interest, then it would be clear to everyone that the best thing one can do with one's money is to spend it quickly and close to home. In times of chaos and potential collapse, the best way to preserve wealth is to give your money away to those in need. Music by Inspired Flight."

Korean movies...

HanCinema: The 5 Most Anticipated Korean Movies in Second Half of 2011

Sector 7, I doubt I'll see that, but the other movies are rather appealing, either because of the stars or because they are war movies. Still, the lowering of the quality of Korean movies seems to be continuing. I was looking through movies for 2010 that have been released on DVD, and I wasn't interested in too many of them. I don't think it was solely because my tastes have changed or because of my mood. I read through reviews for many of them...

Hayley Westenra - Paradiso - Behind The Scenes Pt. Two

Ennio Morricone

Cowboys and Indians on Meek's Cutoff

Meek's Cutoff by Wendy Wilkinson

I think the movie was just released on DVD. No plans to watch it. The post I wrote earlier this year has links for the movie (trailer; YT).

Cinemablend review
The Observer
Total Film
Slate: Meek's Cutoff
A stripped-down feminist Western from director Kelly Reichardt.
Meek's Cutoff Movie Review: A Feisty Womenfolk Feminist Western

Still have to go to Trueburger

Check, Please! Bay Area: Patxi's Pizza, Mercury Lounge, Trueburger

The segment for Trueburger only.


Article on Benchmade

Knife maker hires amid U.S. economic woes

A job at Benchmade would be nice.

Review of the Triage 915 at USConcealedCarry.

Angela Gheorghiu - "Homage to Maria Callas" BTS

Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Mozart Violin Concertos

Caution about Warren Farrell

A comment at IMF:

The only thing I have really opposed you on about them is when you claim that the MRM doesn’t even exist. It certainly does, albeit ineffectively. And my reference to your claims were in regard to a comment thread at the Spearhead a while back where people were claiming that men’s issues were increasing in regularity on MSM websites and such… and then you piped in and tried to claim that this was in part because of your Urinal Campaign. I am merely pointing out that on this thread, you are claiming that the MRM is a complete and utter disaster, and on other threads, you point out that increased awareness of Men’s Issues is due, in part, to your urinal campaign. I think that is called having your cake and eating it too. You are doing it again in this last comment as well. At first there were no victories, but no you are claiming your campaign is successful. (One wonders then, what sets it apart from all the other URL at Urinal Campaigns that have happened over the past decades?)

As for Paul Elam, who cares? I quite disagree with Paul Elam – and according to your stated politics, so should you, and so should everyone who believes in the original MGTOW philosophy, which was to instill masculinity in men, restore femininity in women and work for limited government. Elam attacked Jack Donovan, openly in blog post, because Donovan questioned the validity of Male Studies headed up by Warren Farrell. Elam also openly threatened to undermine anyone who was opposed to Male Studies. Well, I am very opposed to a Male Studies headed up by Warren Farrell. For five or six years now, I have been writing about the dangers of getting what we say we want – and “Male Studies” is the culmination of this. First off, they want government and NGO styled funding, or in other words, they will start up a “studies” department that will become big-government’s little bitch boy – just like Feminism. Second of all, while Warren Farrell gets quite a few things right in his evaluations, his ultimate solution is for more androgyny – in other words, more feminism, but from a male point of view. Paul Elam, as well as Farrell, states he wants to end gender roles. You, TFH, as well as any original MGTOW’rs, ought to be opposed to this. If you believe in game, as well as instilling masculinity in men and restoring femininity in women as per MGTOW, then one ought to be restoring gender roles rather than further tearing them down.

Warren Farrell has worried me for a long time now because of these views, and his willing affiliation with government. And, if the MRM gets its wish and becomes a greater force in society, I can foresee great danger in people like him, because Farrell, along with his colleagues like Strauss, always seem to think the answer is more equality and more government intrusion into personal life. And, of course, as the most famous of MRA’s, they are “naturals” for becoming spokespersons for “the cause” after everyone else has done the groundwork for raising awareness about the issues. There is great danger in that. Strauss, for example, at the end of his studies showing female violence that is equal to male violence, recommends more funding and more intrusions into our lives.

If MRM “victories” are more androgyny and bigger government and further intrusion into our personal lives, then I hope the MRM stays ineffective for a long time to come, and I won’t touch it with a barge pole.

This sheds some light on his participation in the Good Men Project.

No Ma'am
Fathers and Families
WF's The Myth of Male Power and Father and Child Reunion

For how much longer will I have to bear with California?

Three Anti-Gun Bills Awaiting California Governor's Signature
California bill which would mandate STD vaccine for sixth grade girls moves forward

A premature judgment about the favor of the judges to their case? Too much optimism? Thank You for Supporting Prop 8!

Items of Interest, 14 September 2011

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Atonement Online: Litany of the Holy Cross

Catholic News
[Vatican] FSSPX : Communiqué de la Congrégation pour la Doctrine de la Foi
Rorate Caeli: Official Interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay (DICI)
Insight Scoop

Fr. Christopher Colven Reflects on Anglican Patrimony

Hieromonk Maximos: We all have work to do

Jeffrey Tucker, Sing the Liturgy of the Hours

To Be Free or Not to Be. Welsh Christianity at the Crossroads

Fr. Anthony Ho: CACCLC 2011

Truth, Goodness, Beauty: The Revolutionary Traditionalist
FB Page

The Spearhead: A Father Cannot Be a Mother And He Should Not Try

Distributist Review:
Distributism and Marxism
The Restoration

Transition Voice: Peak Oil Explained Graphically
Lester Brown, Learning from China: Why the Existing Model Will Fail (EB)
Small farms create more jobs by Gene Logsdon (EB)

Health and Diet:
Karen De Coster on the Lew Rockwell Show: 223. Government Hates Good Health (mp3)
Fast Plaeo: Bacon Jam
Paleo enthusiasts turn the "caveman diet" into a lifestyle
Paleo Diet, Part 1
CrossFit – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Kettlebell Swing…
The Internet's Low Carb Standard Setter, Jimmy Moore
Grassfed Fat, the Lost Delicacy

Barefoot Running and Minimalist Footwear:

DASH RunAmocs

Interview with Julian Fellowes
Inspector Lewis: Laurence Fox Takes Fan Questions

Anthony Bourdain on Joe Rogan Experience

JRE #138 - Anthony Bourdain from Brian Redban on Vimeo.

Tim Ferris is featured in the previous episode.

Bill Monroe

NPR: Bill Monroe: Celebrating The Father Of Bluegrass At 100 by Stephanie Coleman and Bradley Klein

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What sort of conservative?

Red Phillips expresses some reservations about Rod Dreher: Rod Dreher is Now Blogging at The American Conservative. It's a good thing I didn't attempt a defense, because today Mr. Dreher writes the following: Are we our brother’s keeper?, in which he makes judgments about members of the Tea Party based on their reaction to a question posed during the most recent Republican debate. Mr. Dreher makes Mr. Phillips's attitude warranted.

I still think Mr. Dreher is useful as a crunchy conservative and for taking on social and cultural questions: ‘Anti-bullying’ as a pro-gay wedge. But admonishing the Tea Party for supposed failures could take a better form than using a supposed flaw as fodder for a blog post. See some of the comments to the first post; some familiar names from the comments sections at FPR. While American Conservative does provide an alternative understanding of conservatism for Republicans, it's openness does allow for those who are hostile to Republicans and other conservatives to use the website to vent their spleen against the "other."

Mr. Dreher: "I favor a law compelling those who can afford it to buy some kind of basic health care policy — even if it’s only catastrophic care coverage. We are not the kind of country that’s going to allow anybody to die on the street because they can’t pay their hospital bill — and we must not become that kind of country."

By what sort of interpretation of the Constitution does Mr. Dreher abide? I haven't seen anything to lead me to believe that he is anything other than a nationalist.

So what about health costs? Are people paying a just price for services and treatment? Or are such calculation outside economics and considerations of justice? Should insurance only cover unforeseen injuries and illnesses, and not illnesses that are preventable by proper self-care? I have read some (Karen De Coster?) suggest that those who follow the paleo diet and lifestyle form their own insurance plan, so that they don't have to pay for the poor choices of others who embrace conventional wisdom concerning nutrition and exercise. How many of current health costs are due to conditions that are the fault of the sick, or could at least have been prevented through different choices? What about illnesses associated with aging? Should the elderly expect less?

How about the return of indentured servitude for vicious free-riders, those who are at fault for their medical conditions and cannot afford treatment, or illegal immigrants? (This would require a rightly-ordered political economy and stronger communities and security--all other injustices in the system would have to be rectified first.) The political economy is unsustainable because we do not recognize limits. But it is also so in part because of the lack of stability in the citizenry of many of the states. Reform cannot be attempted with the Union at large -- it is too large and there are too many local differences that preclude a uniform set of laws being imposed on everyone. Reform can only be implemented with the States (which are not subunits, but if you have to think of them as such then do so). Citizens have duties to people and concrete communities and they and the exercise of their duties must be protected; those entities that have too much power to manipulate the market, leading to injustice in pricing and so on, must be countered.

*As for those who have become obese because they naively followed the recommendations of the government or of their experts: the bureaucrats and experts who are guilty of malfeasance or corruption in making those recommendation (especially because they serve the interests of the corporations) must be punished.

'Speak your piece' and 'hold your peace'

William Freehling - Road to Disunion: Why the South Left

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The Road to Disunion, Volume II: Secessionists Triumphant, by William W. Freehling

Ethnonationalism? The book is featured at two websites focused on [white] ethnonationalism:
Faith and Heritage: Disunion, Slavery, and the Confederacy, Part One: A Southern Reflection (via Confederate Colonel) and Occidental Quarterly.

Going beyond John Zmirak...

Fred Reed recommeds home-schooling and avoiding the modern university: Disengagement

Disengagement from the system of universities, or as I should say, “universities,” is also advisable. This is true, first, because if you seek cultivation, to gain a grasp of such matters as history, literature, the arts and the sciences, you can do it better on your own. Professors serve little purpose other than to ensure that the student does his homework. If the student wants to study, he can do it by himself, and if he doesn't want to study, he has no business in a university.

Learning facts? Books can for substitute for teachers, so long as they are written by trusted authorities. Becoming acquainted with certain texts? Some commentary by a dependable scholar might be helpful. I could be in one of those lousy moods, but much of the coursework in the humanities could be done outside of the classroom. A possible exception? Learning how to write. But how many professors bother to teach their students good academic writing?

He recommends some sort of vocational training for jobs that will be in demand in the future. I can't disagree with him there. What can we do to promote farming in our communities, and to make it a possibility for our children? Given the still high price of real estate in California, something needs to done to bring the prices down. How can we destroy demand to the point that land becomes affordable for natives?

Mr. Reed has some words about consumerism, as well. His other recent writings are rather enjoyable.

(John Zmirak's column on college, which I posted here.)

The last debate that I will watch for some time?

Begun on September 8 at 9:50 PM.

Republican Presidential Debate at the Reagan Library
NYT transcript

Chris Cillizza

It is significant when voting for Ron Paul would be choosing the "least of the evils" among the Republican candidates. Listening to Ron Paul during the debate I was reminded why he can't win--despite having the correct answer for many questions, he just doesn't sound presidential and he does not do well speaking ex tempore. He'll get the votes of the true believers, but I don't think other women would vote for him. Perry and Romney may look the part and sound polished, but their smug smiles annoy me. Perhaps they are true representatives of the Great Oligarchy Party.

Romney was horrible on immigration; he talked about the need to attract talent from other countries. Is he not aware that we are arguably neglecting the talent we already have, through outsourcing and a poor education system? Moreover, there is a limit to technological progress, but all of the Republican candidates were terrible on energy and sustainability. Where's Roscoe Bartlett when you need him?

He also talked about how immigrants cause real estate prices, citing Vancouver as a good example. So Romney supports the displacing of native, less affluent whites and the creation of ethnic enclaves? What about the rights of natives to stay in their home communities and maintain their roots? And does he not know that the increase in the value of houses is not the same as the increase in true wealth? What an ignoramus. Let's see how he would feel if he were to actually live in an non-white neighborhood.

CULTURE AND BEHAVIOR: The Human Nature of Unsustainability

If the distinction between the three economies, as discussed by John Michael Greer, is so important then why were Aristotle and the medievals ignorant? Well, Aristotle and the medievals were ignorant of many things, so that does not mean that the distinction is not significant or that it does not mark a a ture advance in understanding of economics and its dependence on the natural world. Medieval farmers may have understood the need to replenish their soil. But scientific knowledge about ecology and natural cycles was not even being discovered at that time? Given the relatively small size of communities and the more significant causes of death at that time, it wouldn't be surprising if very few or no medieval communities collapsed because of ecological causes or resource depletion. Fortunately Catholics such as E. F. Schumacher have picked up on the importance of ecology and sustainability and integrated it into their economic and political thought. There is much we can learn from non-Catholics still, even if we do not accept their practical suggestions for dealing with environmental issues.

Edit. Last night CNN handled the Tea Party Debate for the candidates in Florida. I didn't bother to watch it. A transcript.

Items of Interest, 13 September 2011

The conversion story of Thomas Storck.

Thomas Fleming, Idling, Week 2

John Zmirak, College: How Not to Waste Your 4 Years

A guide for the perplexed energy policymaker by Kurt Cobb (EB)

This is the house Transition built
by Charlotte Du Cann (EB)
The Mondragon bank – an old model for a new type of finance by Oscar Kjellberg (EB)

States quietly throwing wrenches into health care implementation

NPR: An Interrogator Writes the Inside Story of 9-11

FRANKLIN SPINNEY, It’s Budgetary War, Bloody and Terrible
IAN HARRIS, Drone Warfare
HARVEY WASSERMAN, Ten Thousand Fukushimas
SHELDON RICHMAN, 9/11 and the National Security Scam
PATRICK COCKBURN, The Enemy That Barely Exists

Terri, Should Christians Kiss Dating Goodbye?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Wendell Berry, 17 Rules for a Sustainable Community

Wild Resiliency Blog
Sustainable Traditions
Another poster, available through Yes!

Linking to this again to point out something else -- while these are probably good suggestions for directing a community towards sustainability, they do not tell us what makes a community (or people) in the first place. Berry addresses this both in his essays and his novels, but maybe his admirers do not pay enough attention to this aspect of his thought? What community can be sustained when traditional [Christian] morals are being eroded?

Items of Interest, 12 September 2011

Corporate Taxes: How Low Can You Go?

Srdja Trifkovic, 9-11, Ten Years Later: Islam’s Unmitigated Success
Scott Horton Interviews Michael Scheuer
Clark Stooksbury, For Shame
GARETH PORTER, The Terrorism Issue That Wasn’t Discussed
PATRICK COCKBURN, The Enemy That Barely Exists

Transition Voice: Organic Matters
Another Joel Salatin interview.

Discovering limits to growth by Tom Murphy (EB)

There be 'Isms': Saturday Book Pick: John Zmirak's guide to navigating college ideologies.

Morning Air with Sean Herriott
Fr. Paul Keller on Relevant Radio

Chris Masterjohn, How to Do a Proper Self-Experiment, and Why Your "N" Doesn't Equal "1"

NLM: Obsequies of Professor László Dobszay
The Chant Cafe: The Brilliance of László Dobszay

Saturday: Happy Birthday Christopher Hogwood

Kimberly Fraser: More useful links about Cape Breton and its music

Feature story: Bluegrass by the bay

The band Windy Hill finds its place in the close-knit Bay Area bluegrass scene


AllKpop: A detailed explanation of ‘Chuseok’

Some Blanc de Chine news

Moda Cycle
Asian Magazine

The Princess' Man 공주의 남자

Just started on KBS America last week.


Bachelor Pad is such a white show, even whiter than Bachelor and Bachelorette, which will include on occasion a non-white cast member. And yet these individuals are supposed to be representative of white America? To what an abysmal state the portrayal of white America has been reduced. Perhaps the actors and actresses of the 70s and 80s shows of my memories were no different from the not-so-young men and women who appear on Bachelor Pad, but at least they tried to hide what they were really like. (Or entertainment news had not become gossipy, approaching the level of tabloid journalism yet?)

Would I have the same impression of the infamous Jersey Shore?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Madison Violet

It's All Good for Madison Violet

website and MS and FB

Beyond the Global Culture War

Google Books
profile for the author at the Center for Chinese and American studies

Gene Expression: 10 Questions for Adam K. Webb

4) My understanding is that the attitude of the Chinese mandarin class toward Xunzi, the early Confucian who most emphasized ritual as opposed to heart, was ambivalent because of the fact that it was his students who became the base for Legalism. On the other hand, some scholars contend that State Confucianism as it emerged under the Han dynasty owed a great deal to Xunzi and Legalism even though rhetorically it reviled them. What is your attitude toward Xunzi? Do ritual, heart and piety stand shoulder to shoulder, or do you emphasize one in your personal constellation of values?

I's true that some of Xunzi's students became the founders of Legalism. But I suspect he would have frowned on the path they took. The Legalists were hard-headed pragmatists who tended to scoff at ethics. (They're eerily modern-sounding....) Xunzi was no soft idealist, but he was deeply committed to Confucianism. He was much like Aristotle in appreciating that living an ethical life required being habituated to good practices first. People needed to learn how to be good, through ritual and custom and law, rather than just relying on an innate goodness to come out, as Mencius tended to stress. While the later Confucian high culture elevated Mencius over Xunzi, perhaps because he seemed more idealistic, all the stress on custom and study smacked of Xunzi. Premodern China spoke Mencius but lived Xunzi, and benefited from doing both.

Speaking for myself, I tend to think heart is more important than ritual, as you put it. That's probably because I see rituals varying across cultures, while the bettering of the heart at which they aim is more universal. I’m interested in common ground, and that often seems the easiest place to look. That said, I'm very aware of how important habits, instilled by a culture, are in forming people and sustaining their better natures. It's very easy to talk about one's heart as the most important thing, and then slide into a kind of shapeless complacency, especially if a society on the whole is not very hospitable to virtue. Rituals can fortify. I imagine Xunzi would agree: rituals are important, but they're important because of where they lead, which is to the heart.

Adam K. Webb on Beyond the Global Culture War

A review by "Bonald."

The Importance of Place

The New Atlantis: Place and Placelessness in America (via Mark T. Mitchell)

GPS and the End of the Road

by Ari N. Schulman

Since the days of Jack Kerouac, the image of personal freedom has been the driver on the open road. What, then, should we make of the navigation revolution found in GPS and “location-awareness”? Do they expand our freedom, as they seem to promise? Ari N. Schulman looks to On the Road and Huckleberry Finn, asking why we aspire to travel, and what we expect to get out of it today.

Symposium: What ‘Place’ Means to Us Today

Sweden as the canary in the coal mine

Whiskey's Place: Why The West Collapsed: Case Study Sweden

David Walker on the Obama jobs plan


Other responses:

A panel which includes Jim Antle.

Why infrastructure spending won't work: A "progressive" perspective
by Erik Lindberg (EB)

The American Respublica project is coming. (via FPR)
Who’s Building the Do-It-Ourselves Economy?
Kevin Carson, Move Over, Lawrence O’Donnell

Hugh Laurie performing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

October 1: Live in San Francisco at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

Festival website.

His website. originated as a response to 9/11

An e-mail sent by

Fellow Meetuppers,

I don't write to our whole community often, but this week is
special because it's the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and many
people don't know that Meetup is a 9/11 baby.

Let me tell you the Meetup story. I was living a couple miles
from the Twin Towers, and I was the kind of person who thought
local community doesn't matter much if we've got the internet
and tv. The only time I thought about my neighbors was when I
hoped they wouldn't bother me.

When the towers fell, I found myself talking to more neighbors
in the days after 9/11 than ever before. People said hello to
neighbors (next-door and across the city) who they'd normally
ignore. People were looking after each other, helping each
other, and meeting up with each other. You know, being

A lot of people were thinking that maybe 9/11 could bring
people together in a lasting way. So the idea for Meetup was
born: Could we use the internet to get off the internet -- and
grow local communities?

We didn't know if it would work. Most people thought it was a
crazy idea -- especially because terrorism is designed to make
people distrust one another.

A small team came together, and we launched Meetup 9 months
after 9/11.

Today, almost 10 years and 10 million Meetuppers later, it's
working. Every day, thousands of Meetups happen. Moms Meetups,
Small Business Meetups, Fitness Meetups... a wild variety of
100,000 Meetup Groups with not much in common -- except one

Every Meetup starts with people simply saying hello to
neighbors. And what often happens next is still amazing to me.
They grow businesses and bands together, they teach and
motivate each other, they babysit each other's kids and find
other ways to work together. They have fun and find solace
together. They make friends and form powerful community. It's
powerful stuff.

It's a wonderful revolution in local community, and it's thanks
to everyone who shows up.

Meetups aren't about 9/11, but they may not be happening if it
weren't for 9/11.

9/11 didn't make us too scared to go outside or talk to
strangers. 9/11 didn't rip us apart. No, we're building new
community together!!!!

The towers fell, but we rise up. And we're just getting started
with these Meetups.

Scott Heiferman (on behalf of 80 people at Meetup HQ)
Co-Founder & CEO, Meetup
New York City
September 2011

A multiplication of friendships not quite approaching the level of intentional communities--what is the state of American civic friendship?

States' Rights vs. the Supreme Court

Over at VFR: How the tenth anniversary of Pearl Harbor was observed—or not observed

VFR focuses more on the holiday for the liberal, multicultural therapeutic state. A the same time it is also a holiday for the American Empire to remember the "martyrs" who died because of "freedom" and used to "bless" perpetual warfare. American civic religion exploiting and perverting Christianity to supplant it.

More propaganda for the new American order: F-16 pilot was ready to give her life on Sept. 11.