Saturday, October 15, 2011

Denigrating the Extended Family and Tribalism

Some who try to capture the mean and be the voice of "moderation" or of "reason" warn about the dangers of tribalism or of putting too much emphasis on the importance of the extended family. I think they are being contrarian out of pride. (Again, a criticism that could be leveled against myself?)

Do they really expect the central government to produce cohesiveness among a fragmented populace, or to force people to stay together when they lack a common identity and solidarity? With what do they have to compare tribalism? The atomistic individualism of contemporary American society, in which there is little solidarity and most relations are based primarily on contractual justice? Even the word "society" needs to be used loosely when referring to many population centers in the United States. How is this state of affairs supposed to be an improvement over tribalism?

Some may believe that this represents the impartiality lauded by liberalism. But the lack of significant connections or a network grounded first of all on blood ties is not the same as having the virtue of being just towards everyone. One can be "tribal" and nonetheless do what justice (and the order of charity) require towards others, unless one holds to a liberal conception of justice, which equates preference (based upon natural inclination and reason) with (immoral) bias.

Having preferences for one's own group, based upon family and one's connections to a community, is right and proper. How can North American critics have any idea of what this actually entails when they do not truly live in community in the first place. Some think their associations, taken together in their mind as a form of an intentional community, is the proper substitute for a local community. They are wrong, especially when they expand the notion of community to encompass the relationships with near-strangers on the Internet.

Act Of Valor (2012) Official Movie Trailer HD Navy SEALS

Yahoo! Movies - trailer.

It's taken the US this long to realized this?

AFP: With new threats, US Army must reinvent itself: Panetta

Teaching about 3GW and 4GW and similar concepts has been around for a while, and yet the Military Industrial Complex shows no signs of adapting. After all, preempting high-tech weaponry and its counters probably doesn't require expensive measures for which the American taxpayer has to pay. Who will be surprised if it is found that a "smaller but agile force" still needs expensive high-tech equipment in order to maintain superiority on the information battlefield? Is anyone going to tell the secretary about the impact of too much information on the OODA loop and how decision-making should be at the lowest unit level as possible, in order to facilitate flexibility? Who's going to school him on 3GW and 4GW?

I think this sort of talk about streamlining the military and preparing it for "unconventional" warfare has been around for a while,not just in the wake of the second Iraq War. I don't see the Uhmerican Empire making any substantial changes in its war-fighting.

Another kinetic action? Uganda - An Overview

Hasn't he outgrown playing with toy soldiers? He probably didn't do that when he was a child and now he's making up for it. Let's draft his daughters and see how he likes it.

Amy Cortese also coming to Petaluma

She is the author of Locavesting. I blogged about her book here. (Google Books)

Alas, her appearance will be on Monday.
10/17/2011 6:00 pm
Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From It
Amy Cortese

Copperfields Books Sebastopol
138 North Main Street
United States

Interviews with Amy Cortese:
The Frank Peters Show (mp3)
Beyond the stock market, local investing — with Amy Cortese (the audio program - dl)

A website on locavesting.

Buddhist Economics?

From Helena Norberg-Hodge, featured in this week's Upaya newsletter: Buddhism in the Global Economy. (original source)

For a Schumacher fan, his essay (pdf) comes to mind.

Joel Salatin coming to CA

From SF Gate:
Joel Salatin
Tuesday, Oct 25 7:00p
"Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World"
Salatin, hailed by the "New York Times" as "Virginia's most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson and profiled in the Academy Award nominated documentary "Food, Inc.

A Tuesday night - I don't know if I'd be able to make it. Let me see if he is making any other appearances.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Bank
199 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA, 94952

Tickets are being sold through Copperfields Books

Phillip Blond advises David Cameron

But will Cameron listen? Dave must take the Red Tory turn

Friday, October 14, 2011

Steve Jobs

Begun on October 12.

While I was in Manhattan I passed by the Apple store on 5th Ave. and saw the post-it notes people had left after his death. Scott Richert's article on Apple for the most recent issues of Chronicle has become available online: Success(ion). See the comments by Dr. Fleming, especially on Mr. Jobs's legacy.

There have been plenty of secular eulogies, even from Catholics who have benefited from Apple products, especially those for desktop publishing. I think it is undeniable that there is some celebrity worship taking place, especially among technogeeks and Apple fans and consumers. A lot of people posted this video on Facebook:

(with intro by the university president)

From the address
I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.

Does it take much for a pagan to recognize the finality of death and to praise the impulse to live well? But how is one to live? Following one's dreams and aspirations and being content that he did things "his way"? This doesn't even begin to approach the best of pagan morality. Life is not something to be conquered; rather we are to be humble and submit to Divine Providence and to struggle with the trials of life, given to us so that we might grow in charity and holiness. Becoming a free-thinker that does not live on dogma created by other people may be useful for inventors and scientists, but it is a lousy goal for one who wishes to live a moral and upright life.

He may have succeeded in the system, but is that really that praiseworthy? If we were to map the history of Apple in relation to other trends in the American economy and manufacturing, what would we see? (Especially since Apple products are manufactured primarily in China?) Did he not help promote the false idea of a "knowledge economy"? Can we really say that Steve Jobs did not help multiply unnecessary desires, with the creation of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad? He may have been a good American entrepreneur or businessman, but was he a good human being? Too many Uhmericans focus on the toys and not on the questions of social justice.

The prepared text for the 2005 Commencement Address at Stanford.
Wozniak Remembers Steve Jobs

Top Gun sequel still in the works

An update at Twitch.

The F-18
just isn't as sexy as the F-14 Tomcat. The Cold War is over and we have no useful third-world proxies to fight. So the pilots are going to learn how to shoot up and bomb civilians instead? Or will the script-writers work an incident with an East Asian country into the plot?

Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (wiki)
NAS Fallon

Meet the Candidates for Cupertino City Council

Videos on the city's youtube channel.

Given state sovereignty, can there be any effective legislation for relocalization at the municipal or county level? Do the candidates really differ from one another? Not that I can tell -- 5 of the 6 talk about the schools, the Cupertino economy (Vallco and retail stores), and protecting the environment.

The candidates:
Donna Austin
Marty Miller
Rod Sinks
Homer Tong
Gilbert Wong
Chris Zhang

Hitfix's list of best Westerns

The Lists: In Contention's Top 10 Westerns of All Time
With 'Blackthorn' in theaters, an excuse to assess the genre
by Kristopher Tapley

I got my copy of the novel True Grit this week. Should start reading it soon...

Music for the Weekend

The 2011 Americana Music Association Awards
Celtic Colours: Watch 'A Ceilidh for Alice' Tonight! (7:30 PM Atlantic Time)

Red Tory: Phillip Blond on the Civic State and a New Conservatism

Slow TV

Downloads: m4v, flv, mp3

Items of Interest, 14 October 2011

An Introduction to Distributism
Joel Salatin in Time.
Slow Money Town Hall Meeting

Rod Dreher, Phillip Blond, Red Toryism, and power in America
Cars, Individualism, and the Paradox of Freedom in a Mass Society by Ted V. McAllister

My Advice to the Occupy Wall Street Protesters | Politics News | Rolling Stone
Making sense of the protests through a post-growth lens by James Johnston (EB)
Jack Hunter, What the tea party movement has that the Occupy movement lacks
Kevin Carson, Which Side Are You On (same as this CP article)
Tomgram: Steve Fraser, The Street of Torments

From Alte:
I Stand with the Protesters
Student Loan Racket Complete Infographic
Occupying Wall Street: The Start of a New American Movement
A Dose of Financial Reality

There is a lively discussion at Traditional Christianity about the movement and its participants -- one may fault some of the protesters for the bad choices they've made, but that doesn't later the fact that the political economy needs to be reformed in accordance with justice.

Peak Oil and Energy:
2011 Peak Oil, Energy & the Economy Conference | November 3-5, 2011 | Washington, DC
Why not space? by Tom Murphy (EB)

RAY MCGOVERN, The CIA and the Iran Caper
GARETH PORTER, More Sting Than Plot
Is Obama Admin Fabricating Iranian Assassination Plot To Distract From Fast & Furious Investigation?
Daniel Larison, The Alleged Iranian Plot and The Alleged Iranian Plot (II)
Obama: ‘All Options on the Table’ Over Alleged Iran Plot

Unhappy Anniversary, Afghanistan

U.S. Constitution
The Petition of Right: Essential Part of American History | Nullify Now!

Careers for the Classically Educated : Circe Institute
Learning Latin: A Great Adventure (via CNS)

How a man can head off an impending storm

Diet and Health:
A Primal Take on Body Image | Mark's Daily Apple
Robb Wolf, I-CaveMan: After Party-Part 1 and What is the Paleo Diet?
Dr. Boyd Eaton (mp3)

Now That The Work is Done: October 14th at the Savoy Theatre
OUP Korea team - Everybody Up
Charlie Rose - Anna Netrebko, Peter Gelb and Stephen Costello
Martina McBride on Letterman.


House Says Goodbye: Sneak a Peek at Olivia Wilde's Final Episode - E! Online
Downton Abbey: The Script by Julian Fellowes, Masterpiece, PBS Video

Thursday, October 13, 2011

An op-ed piece injected into an article

Girl football player sits out game after foe threatens forfeit

And then there are the comments left by the feminists and egalitarians. They are allowed a vote -- you get the society you deserve, with all the consequences, intended and unintended.

Meanwhile... U.S. troops in Afghanistan discover the charms of eyebrow-shaping

Items of Interest, 13 October 2011

John Robb, How to Create an Occupy Tribe
Russell Arben Fox, George F. Will and the Decline of the Tory
Philip Giraldi, Republican Foreign Policy Follies
Paul Craig Roberts, Pat Buchanan’s SUICIDE OF A SUPERPOWER: The Suicide of Liberty

Peak Oil:
The peak oil crisis: contagion by Tom Whipple (EB)
Peak oil from the ivory tower[i] by Dan Bednarz, PhD (EB)

Thomas Fleming, Christians And/Or Mormons
Rod Dreher, What is a Christian Anyway?

Old Solesmes vs. the Rhetorical Method (Richard Llewellyn's comment)
Putinism and the Ukrainian Catholic Church (via HRM)

Downton Abbey:
Downton Abbey Cast Interview
Food of Downton Abbey

Mi Corazoncito Esta De Luto: Melancholy New Releases From Latin America (mp3)
The Sixteen on BBC3 (6 days left)

Katherine Jenkins - Daydream Out Now


Movies: This old gun rides again in 'Blackthorn'

Still waiting to see how the number for Rotten Tomatoes settles. Roger Ebert didn't care for the movie.

Cowboys and Indians: Westerns returning to airwaves? by Joe Leydon

More from the Michael Bublé Christmas album

Michael Bublé - "White Christmas" Recording with Shania Twain


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Items of Interest, 12 October 2011

The Occupation Movement:
Thomas Fleming, Occupied America
Why the metamovement will ultimately fail by Dave Pollard (EB)
Ralph Nader, Rumble from the people (Counterpunch)
Welmer, Occupy Wall Street Protests: Real Movement or More Party Politics?
The Occupation Movement: Grand Alliance or Anti-Tea Party?
John Robb, JOURNAL: A Capitalist Reformation?

More on the Economy:
The FALL of Phantom Assets by Dr. Peter Chojnowski

Tomgram: Andy Kroll, America's Lost Decade

Transition Culture: “Communities are more important than individuals, and probably more important than states and nations”: An interview with Bill McKibben

Joel Salatin:
The Self-Sufficient Gardener: Episode 125 Interviews – Joel Salatin, Cheryl Long, Diane Ott Whealy (mp3)
Farmer And Philosopher Joel Salatin (mp3)
Joel Salatin, Part 1: “Folks, This Ain’t Normal”
Joel Salatin, Part 2: Food Regulation And The Little Guy
Mother Earth News (2008)
Making Food Friendly

Peak Oil:
How I prepared my family for peak oil - Nicole Foss (EB)

Papal Vespers in Carthusian Monastery

Solemn Ambrosian Vespers and Benediction (Usus Antiquior Ambrosianus)

Rob Vischer, Occupy Wall Street v. Tea Party: Should Catholic Identity Shape Our Preference?
Are we really talking about identity, as opposed to political preferences or the alliances that we form with others? Is there any movement that embodies CST? Would we not be better off pursuing concrete strategies of relocalization and living in accordance with the order of charity?

CD-Aufnahmen zur neuen CD "Chant - Amor et Passio": 1. Tag

Probe mit David Ianni für die CD "Chant - Amor et Passio"

Predigt von Kurt Kardinal Koch

Diet and Health:
Mark Sisson: How I'd Change Gym Class

NPR: A Final Gift From Steve Jobs, Plus New Music From First Aid Kit

Breathing New Life Into Hank Williams' Lyrics : NPR

Exclusive Interview: Scotty McCreery talks hitting No. 1, his 'no' list and prom

Mark Richardson on identity

Developing identity

He links to a blog post by an Eurasian.

Some of the commentators reduce culture to race/ethnicity, as if marrying a woman of another ethnicity is a betrayal of tradition. Maintaining "genetic purity" with respect to race in and of itself is not a moral obligation.

Now available on hulu

Man from Nowhere

Another post I haven't completed -- something on that movie.

"I'm Gonna Love You Through It"

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Dalrock's response to certain social conservatives

Why won’t these Peter Pan manboys man up and marry aging flighty selfish career gal sluts already?

See also: SMP searching costs and the unmourned death of courtship.

Michael Bublé - "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" [Studio Clip]

It's too early to be promoting Christmas albums. Mark O'Connor and Jackie Evancho have ones coming out as well.

Items of Interest, 11 October 2011

Daly's steady-state economics by Barath Raghavan (EB)
Ralph Nader, Masters of the Big Lie
Richard Aleman, The Immigrants Part II
On the cusp of collapse: Complexity, energy & the globalised economy by David Korowicz (EB)

A write-up on the FPR Conference: There's No Place Like Home
Russell Arben Fox, Global Warming, Local Farming, and Naomi Klein: A Trip to the Land Institute
Jane Jacobs: A Symposium

Different Perspectives on Occupy Wall Street (and similar events):
David Korten: Wall Street Occupiers, the Future Depends on You
Distributist Review: The Beginning
The Spearhead: Occupy Wall Street Is Just Another Vehicle For Misandry - The Spearhead
Heartiste: Occupy Cupertino

Peak Oil:
Destroying dreams the peak oil way by Kurt Cobb (EB)

U.S. Constitution:
What Constitutionalism Means
Kevin Gutzman: “Virginia's American Revolution" (mp3 and transcript) [tiny url]

Interview with Dr. Alcuin Reid in Deutsche Tagepost: The Council, Organic Development, Rupture and Continuity
Dom Mark Daniel Kirby on the Propers of the Mass - Council and Continuity Conference, Phoenix
William Oddie, A daring decision fulfils a Newman Prayer
Jeff Culbreath, "Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in ..."

Why Language Sets Us Free

Diet and Health:
HealthWatch: Doctors Warming To Caveman Diet Trend

How People Spoke: The Regency Era (via Tea at Trianon)

Song Premiere: First Aid Kit, 'The Lion's Roar'
(official and MySpace)

From Printed Page to Performance - Christopher Hogwood, Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg

Aequal Ensemble, 400 aniversario Tomas Luis de Victoria