Thursday, October 06, 2011

Going out of town for a few day; I'll be back on Monday. My post on Steve Jobs will have to wait. It should have some comments about this particular celebrity death. I had wanted to finish some posts before leaving, but they'll have to wait a bit longer.

Trailer for The Lady. (Luc Besson!)

L'Angelus Live on Belfast Television

L'Angelus Live on Belfast Television from langelus on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

A busy news day for Cupertino

ABC News: Steve Jobs, ex-Apple CEO dies

Kyrie eleison.

Bill Monroe and Bluegrass

Daniel Mullins, Bluegrass – America’s music?

Bluegrass World Celebrates Monroe Centennial

More on the new Heiligenkreuz CD

From FB:

Neue CD "CHANT - Amor et Passio"
Ab 04.November im Handel!
Nach dem großen Erfolg der CD "Chant - Music for Paradise" waren wir erschöpft. Zugleich haben wir gesehen, wieviele Menschen sich über die geistlichen Gesänge freuen. Jetzt sind wir wieder soweit. Es macht uns sogar große Freude: Wir Mönche werden demnächst eine 2. CD mit unserem Gregorianischen Choral aufnehmen, sie wird den Titel tragen: "Chant - Amor et Passio". Es geht darin um die Liebe und die Leidenschaft Gottes.

Fr. Phillips, Some Thoughts about the Ordinariate Liturgy

The Anglo-Catholic
Unarresting the Arrested:FBI Profiler John Douglas on Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito (via VFR)

Update on Operation Fast and Furious

CBS News: ATF Fast and Furious: New documents show Attorney General Eric Holder was briefed in July 2010

More updates at Drudge.
Received the important emergency call from the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department about an armed black suspect, 5'11", 260 lbs, wearing a black hat, large brown jacket and blue sweatpants. Later I saw this: Manhunt after 2 die in Calif. workplace shooting (via VFR)

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

I guess some will be getting a view of the county SWAT team today.

Kyrie eleison.

SJ Mercury

Items of Interest, 5 October 2011

Andrew Bacevich, Family Man: Christopher Lasch and the Populist Imperative (via Rod Dreher)

Who’s Afraid of Peter Van Buren’s Book? by Kelley B. Vlahos

Was Awlaki an American? by Patrick J. Buchanan

Steve Sailer, Sailer on Unz: Immigration, The Minimum Wage, And The Rule Of Law, Would raising the minimum wage deter low-skilled immigration?, On the minimum wage and immigration

Discussion of the minimum wage at Chronicles.

Young farmers: Anybody want to be a serf? by Erik Curren (EB)

Front Porch Republic and the Communion of Saints

Kevin Carson, Occupy Wall Street: Will the Other Shoe Drop?

Orion Magazine: The Reign of the One Percenters by Christopher Ketcham
Income inequality and the death of culture in New York City

How State Banks Bring the Money Home by Stacy Mitchell
Big banks freeze out small business, but North Dakota’s state bank supports local jobs. The idea is catching on.

The Spearhead: Reader Responses to Bill Bennett’s “Man Up” Piece

Susan Walsh, Marcotte’s Boxers Are In a Twist Over Nice Guys®

Diet and Health:
Kurt Harris - Jimmy Moore inquires about "safe starches" and I, Caveman (More on I, Caveman: Robb Wolf and Curiosity)

Laurie Lewis and Bill Monroe

Travis Hayley, formerly of Magpul Dynamics, has produced an instructional video on his own - I don't think I've posted this before:

Handgun Grip

TV: In 'Homeland,' It's Hard To Know Whom To Trust

Movies: A new trailer for War Horse -- AICN and JoBlo and Apple
I think it reveals a rather major spoiler.
The stage production on Broadway.

Holy Resurrection Monastery update

Eastern Catholic Monks Moving to St. Nazianz, WI

Thomas Morley Hark, jolly shepherds, John Wilbye Adew sweet Amarillis

Bach Consort

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Items of Interest, 4 October, 2011

Rome Reports: Jaime Rodriguez, new secretary general of the Legionaries of Christ

The Lifeboat Hour - 09/18/11
September 16, 2011
Mike welcomes Carolyn Stayton and Trathen Heckman of Transition US to discuss the predicament humanity finds itself in and the importance of rapidly deployed collaboration of like-minded individuals and organizations. (mp3)

Tactical culture: Porchfest

The 10 Commandments - Guidelines to Surviving in a Post Peak Oil World by Chris Rhodes

Slow Money:
Edible Radio: Episode 102 Kitchen Sync with Woody Tasch

Peter Hitchens, Still Useless After All These Years – the Tory Party’s amazing survival

Seminar Slams Folly of Perpetual Economic Growth

David Korten: Why I'm in Solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS, The Day America Died (LRC)
JOHN FEFFER, Why 2012 Will Shake Up Asia and the World
THOMAS H. NAYLOR, Is the Jig Up on Wall Street?

American Council on Exercise Evaluates Benefits of Vibram FiveFingers® Shoes for Barefoot Runners

Army Times: New SOCOM boss touts ‘indirect’ action forces

The “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of Open Carry Part I by Roger Phillips


One Day in a Monastery

I had copied the url for this trailer somewhere, but came across the trailer again today through Byzantine, Texas.

Murray Bookchin, 'Urbanization Against Cities' - 1993

Parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

More videos at FreiheitXXI and EcologieSoc.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Emerson Knives

A HS classmate recommended the company, commenting on how quickly he could open the knives because of the wave-shaped opening feature. And they're supposedly made in the USA...

Some videos after the jump.


The 20-year anniversary was held at a restaurant/bar in San Francisco near AT&T Park. Fortunately baseball season is over for the Giants, so it was not difficult to find parking. When I first arrived, I had second thoughts about attending, and it didn't help that I did not know (or recognize) anyone there after I signed in. I had decided to go for various reasons, but I did not have high expectations.

Items of Interest, 3 October 2011

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Pope Benedict XVI

Transition: BBC2′s ‘Town’ programme about Totnes now online!

Shifting the Suburban Paradigm by Allison Arieff

Three strikes and you are out? - commentary
[on Daniel Yergin's latest]
by Jeffrey J. Brown (EB)

Mark Mitchell, On Power (the subject of the post - On Power: The Natural History of its Growth by Bertrand de Jouvenel)

MARSHALL AUERBACK, Are Trade Deficits Really That Bad?
Has he looked at the problem of unmployment in connection to the supply of cheap energy and its displacement of human energy?

The new recession by Barath Raghavan (EB)

The real recession never ended
Anthony Mirhaydari, MSN Money

We're well into a recovery, so why does it still feel so bleak? Here's why: The crunch we’re in is rooted in stagnant paychecks and payrolls, and it’s more than a decade old.

Why an understanding of money creation is essential to financial reform by Josh Ryan-Collins

Redesigning business by Justin Ritchie (EB)

VIJAY PRASHAD, De-Colonize Wall Street

99% Wrong
by Jim Goad

Jeffrey Polet, Plutonomics (he links to this article in Atlantic: "Can the Middle Class Be Saved?"

Reflections of a Questioner: The Palmetto Freedom Forum Revisited by Robert P. George
The importance of the Fourteenth Amendment for Robert George.

Fr. Z: Video interview with the Secretary of the Pont. Comm. “Ecclesia Dei”. Link to the video.

PATRICK COCKBURN, The Deadly Costs of Muslim Sectarianism

Yang Lan: The generation that's remaking China

Did you have any doubts that it would be have some sentimental nonsense?

It is a movie made by Americans. From An enlightened chat allows Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez to show Capone THE WAY!!!:

I'll have more to say about the movie in my review later in the week, but my point is that it was a no-brainer for me on agreeing to interview the father and son responsible for this story about a Tom (Sheen), a dentist who must go to Europe to retrieve the body of his son (Estevez), who died early on the "El camino de Santiago" pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Tom decides to have his son cremated and walk the path himself, scattering the ashes at different inspirational points along the way. This is a film about the journey and the small band of travelers that join up with Tom along the road.

Imagine that, a movie that is centered on a Catholic pilgrimage route, and yet not only is one of the characters cremated (acceptable only in certain circumstances), but his ashes are scattered (absolutely forbidden by the Church). Will there be any mention of St. James, Christ, or the Christian God in this movie? Or does it just offer a poor American substitute for true spirituality?

Ayako Sono 曽野 綾子

At the Oktoberfest party, Mr. P recommended her novels. She is a Japanese Catholic author. (The Japanese wiki article.)

Murray Bookchin

Apparently he was influenced by Leopold Kohr, who is not mentioned in the wiki article. While he believed that the scale of the polity should be small, he is also a believer in democracy. He was the co-founder of the Institute for Social Ecology.

The Forms of Freedom:
pt 1, 2, 3, 4
Q&A: 1, 2, 3

Bookchin archive
What is Social Ecology
Murray Bookchin on Growth and Consumerism
Libertarian Municipalism: An Overview
The ecology of freedom: the emergence and dissolution of hierarchy
murray bookchin: social anarchism, ecology and education

Withered Anarchism: A Surrebuttal to Murray Bookchin--Bob Black

"Belief Systems" are as flexible as the set of premises being held by someone.

A Crisis of Bigness

This economic collapse is a 'crisis of bigness' by Paul Kingsnorth
Leopold Kohr warned 50 years ago that the gigantist global system would grow until it imploded. We should have listened

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Good bye, Sweden, and good...

The Thinking Housewife: In Sweden, Feminist Utopianism Falters

They Say Virginia Is For Lovers - The Sweetback Sisters

The Sweetback Sisters: MS and FB

Elusive Wapiti, Man-Bashing On The Road to Serfdom

At his blog and at The Spearhead.

Items of Interest, 2 October 2011

Why Did The American Colonists Revolt? by Thomas Ash

Is the War on Terror a Hoax? by Paul Craig Roberts

Dr. Steve Keen on debunking economics by Aaron Wissner (EB)

Vanity Fair: California and Bust (via Rod Dreher)

Prophets Of Doom: 12 Shocking Quotes From Insiders About The Horrific Economic Crisis That Is Almost Here

Defeating the Deficit - David Stockman

Peak Oil:
Crisscrossing the Rubicon of peak oil by Kurt Cobb (EB)

"Drilling Down": Tainter and Patzek tell the energy-complexity story by Gail Tverberg (EB)

Tough Oil: Five public health challenges of petroleum scarcity
by Mike Field (EB)

Food Matters

First 8 Minutes


Discussion about the future of Bluegrass:
Death of Traditional Bluegrass? by Travers Chandler
They’re Changing MY Music by Cliff Abbott