Saturday, November 05, 2011

Items of Interest, 5 November 2011

Phillip Blond in Washington by Mark Stricherz

Video of Mr. Blond's appearance with Mr. Philip K. Howard in NYC last month is not available yet.

Peter Hitchens, We have failed to keep faith with the men who died for us and Mr Belisha’s Beacons, and the Passing of the Zebra crossing

Robert Araujo, SJ, Equality and the Rule of Law

Christian Manning Up

Novaseeker on the Only Game(s) in Town
First, it should be clear that much of what constitutes the “traditionalist right” can never be the ally of either Game or MRA — their goal is not to help men, but rather to erect a social/moral/political system that reflects their traditionalist ideologies, and make men confirm to their vision. This is the case both for religious traditionalists as well as secularists who may long for more societal traditionalism. “Helping men”, as men, is not really one of their key goals, as such. To the degree that they sympathize with men and men’s issues, it is only to call into question the entirety of the current socio-political system in an effort to convince one to support an alternative total system — it is not to assist men in the current system, at least not in any significant way that would contradict what the utopian traditionalist version of reality would look like. This does not mean that individual Gamers or MRAs cannot, or do not, hold some views that could be characterized as “traditionalist”. It simply means that the traditionalist movements, as a whole, cannot be seen as allies, in any meaningful way, of anything in the MRA or Game movements. They are, in fact, more of a hindrance to MRA and Game goals than they are anything else.

India Gate

Tried India Gate in Santa Clara today; the naan was definitely better than Bombay Garden's - usually not burnt, though the last batch did has some dark brown crispy spots. The chicken in creamy sauce was decent. My mom has been recommending the place to various people because of the goat meat. The goat meat was not available today for the buffet; there was a spicy fish dish instead. However, the owner(?) specially ordered some goat for our mom since she had inquired about it with the waitress. It was soft, but I note that the lamb at Bombay Garden had improved for my last visit there several weeks ago. The mango pudding at India Gate was a pleasant treat, though it did make use of canned fruit pieces. The daily lunch buffet is $10.99 but it does have less of a selection than Bombay Garden - only 4 meat dishes. I didn't try any of the vegetarian dishes. They should put the salad in a tray instead of one of the buffet pots. It is difficult to get the lettuce at the bottom of the pot. My mom thinks the tandoori chicken at India Gate is better since it is not as salty. The bathroom needs to be cleaned up more, and unfortunately the interior of the restaurant is typical of a restaurant you find in the lobby of a hotel. I don't know how much of that could be improved.

Would I go there again? I am not sure -- I'm rather tired of buffets...

There were several birthday parties happening there. I heard someone leading the (Indian) children in the hokey pokey and heads, shoulders, knees, and toes. I am thinking that it was a young white woman who was directing the children.

PBS Arts: Give Me the Banjo

The Banjo Project

Local repeats:
9.1 & 54. 2 Saturday, November 05 at 03:00am

54.3 Monday, November 07 at 09:30pm and Tuesday, November 08 at 03:30am

Friday, November 04, 2011

Solemn Requiem Mass according to the Dominican Rite

Solemn Requiem Mass according to the Dominican Rite from Jesson, The Urban Monk on Vimeo.

Next Sunday at St. Albert the Great Priory: Mass in Chant November 6

The Barbarian Syndrome
Does the author not take the differences in liturgical preferences seriously enough, as reflecting differences of opinion on the nature of worship and Christian spirituality? Refined aesthetic taste grounded in a proper orientation towards God versus shallow Uhmerican sentimentalism? Should music elevate our awareness of the Transcendent or should it make us feel good (what you hear at the typical Uhmerican NO liturgy)?

Items of Interest, 4 November 2011

Clyde Wilson, A Little Rebellion

Patrick Buchanan, Arrivederci, Roma

Elinor Ostrom Outlines Best Strategies for Managing the Commons by Jay Walljasper (EB)

Helena Norberg-Hodge: The Economics of Happiness
As she analyzed the problem further, Norberg-Hodge realized that the basic problem was rooted in the fundamentals of Western economics. “What economics has become as a discipline is a really disgraceful set of myths that were essentially formulated at the time of slavery and colonialism,” she said. “One of the fundamentals that was set in stone was that it’s in everybody’s interests to specialize for export, instead of providing a range of things for their own region or their own people. These theories were put in place at the same time that very wealthy merchants and emerging industrialists were benefiting from turning entire diversified economies into monocultures that produced just cotton, gold or copper, as the whole world was sort of coming under this one umbrella from Europe.
The bolded part makes for a good sound bite, but is it a good history of the discipline? Or bad genealogy?

Jeff Culbreath, The Social Credit Movement
Paul J. Cella, Monetarism has a conservative pedigree

Paul Craig Roberts, On Western Democracy
Andrew Cockburn, Assassination Blowback
Franklin Lamb, Libya’s Liberation Front Organizing in the Sahel
Ismael Hossein-Zadeh, Keynesian Myths and Illusions

The Grand Oligarchy Party:
Kelley Vlahos, No Party for Smart Men

Thomas Fleming, High-Tech Lynchings

Occupy Wall Street: An Addendum

Rod Dreher, OWS: The liturgy of Moralistic Therapeutic Progressivism

Local Banking for Global Change
Move Your Money Project

David Walker, Solving the Nation's Deficit

Peak Oil:
New Dept. of Energy Priority-Setting Analysis Seriously Flawed

CNA military advisory board: cut US oil use 30% to reduce "grave national security risks"
Release, CNA (EB)

Transition Voice: Live blogging from ASPO-USA Conference

Dmitry Orlov on Fast Collapse & Alex Goldmark on Crowdfunding (EB) (mp3)

Jack Donovan, Is Masculinity a Matter of Money?

Fabius Maximus, Attritionist Letter #10 – Commanders today are too busy to develop subordinates!

Insight Scoop: "It’s not often that a historical novel comes along that is ...

Researcher thinks Pius XII went undercover to save Jews by David Kerr

MoJ: Coptic Christian student beaten to death, by teacher and classmates, in school

Diet and Health:
Does High Circulating Insulin Drive Body Fat Accumulation? Answers from Genetically Modified Mice

Two from Stift Heiligenkreuz, the second a commercial for their new CD:

(Spem in Alium Productions)

David Ianni

I don't understand why they thought the piano accompaniment was necessary. Trying to be different?

Susan Boyle An Unlikely Superstar

On TLC... a preview

Today in K-2 there was a Vietnamese girl, sharing the same name as a 4th grader I know at the same school, KN. Sometimes she is cross-eyed; she is also very quiet. But she was smiling... there was another girl, Hispanic, who has a lazy eye. She reminded me of a couple of other Hispanic girls with the same physical problem.

The class was rather well-behaved, but the parent volunteers did try to keep them quiet--they know what their teacher expects. I tend to be a bit easier-going; I can't find sufficient reason to cooperate so well with the system in that regard.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

More items of interest, 3 November 2011

Welmer, Bill Bennet Responds to Feedback, Ignores Men, Bashes them Again
Elusive Wapiti, The Lost Boys

Urban Farming:
'Farming' doesn't always mean 'rural' (SCUFI & a video)

Rod Dreher:
Why the table matters and Gopnik, French food, joy

Higher Ed:
The China Conundrum
American colleges find the Chinese-student boom a tricky fit
"It's a business and there are a lot of willing customers overseas."

On the Cultural Affairs Units attached to SF:
CNN: Women Special Forces
Washington Post: In new elite army unit, women serve alongside special forces but first they must make the cut

More Music:
Aisslinn Nosky - Tradition with Attitude - Tafelmusik and H&H Society

Jeff Bridges on Austin City Limits - preview.

Angela Gheorghiu: L'amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle (Habanera) from Carmen - video

Your Love Official Video - duet Sam Milby & Marie Digby

Items of Interest, 3 November 2011

James Kirkpatrick, Diversity Is Strength! It's Also The End Of Southern Civility… And The South (via Rebellion)
and there is the influx of Northerners and Yankees who do not share the values, culture, or history of Southrons...

The Merchants of Death and Me by Philip Giraldi

Mother AND Teacher: The Church, Financial Reform, and Realism by John Médaille

John Robb, QUOTE: The Summum Bonum (Highest Good) of Social Capitalism

Why the Rich are Getting Richer

Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies

Transition Voice: Take shelter by Gerri Williams (on the movie Take Shelter - trailer - FB, Apple)

Something on Richard Heinberg's new book - A windfall would beat QE hands down
by Anthony Hilton

VoxDay: Millenials vs Baby Boomers
Welcome to the Occupation

Nuclear Energy:
Sixty Years of Orwellian Nukespeak

NPR: The War Between Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple
I wish this Mexican standoff would end with all of them in the dirt.

GARETH PORTER, U.S. Night Raids Killed Over 1,500 Afghan Civilians in Ten Months
URI AVNERY, Why Israel Will Not Attack Iran
RALPH NADER, The Road to the 2012 Presidential Debates

Diet and Health:
Mark Sisson, Introducing the New Primbal Blueprint Food Pyramid
Another Simple Question: The Paleo Diet is Not The Way to a Healthy Future For Whom?
And Why Are You Paleo?
(RN visits Happy Hound in Los Gatos.)

Classical Education:

Full Interview with Robert P. George (via Mere Comments)

Two novels by women world famous for their literary works published by Ignatius Press (Sigrid Undset)

The Introduction to "A Bitter Trial: Evelyn Waugh and John Carmel Cardinal Heenan on the Liturgical Changes"

Rorate Caeli: The Roman Rite: Old and New - VI
The New Mass and the Church: the underlying theology of the New Rite is Protestant and motivated by Ecumenism
and A diocesan priest ordained according to the 1962 Pontifical

Once I Was a Clever Boy: Adjusting the Succession

A review of Secret Voices by Anonymous 4
The Sixteen: James MacMillan, Miserere
(I'm not a James MacMillan fan...)

More Susan Boyle

MV for Unchained Melody

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

More items of interest, 2 November 2011

Pie Ranch:

Share the Pie. from + M productions on Vimeo.

Local Food: No Elitist Plot by MARK BITTMAN

Christopher McDougall, The Once and Future Way to Run

One of Anthony Bourdain's favorites, Jacques Pépin --
Jacques Pépin: How to Make an Omelet

Baroque Band is coming to the Bay Area this weekend.

SFEMS: Meet Gerry Clarke

Susan Boyle - Enjoy The Silence

AllKpop: Invincible Youth 2 Preview Revealed

Missing the original cast already...

NPR: Bill Nighy: From Love Actually to Page Eight

Crooked Still

Coming to Freight and Salvage, Thursday, November 10.

official (FB, MS)

Who would have guessed?

That there'd be a men's group in South Korea? Why did its founders think that it was necessary? After all, the radical egalitarians would probably claim that South Korea is still too patriarchal. Hypersensitivity? Or do they know something about the trends in Korea that we are missing?

Soompi: Korean Men's Association Petitions Against Film "You're My Pet"
Use Strong Verbs: a Fairy Tale By Allan Metcalf

True strong verbs don’t change tense by wagging their little tails. No, strong verbs flex their interior muscles, changing vowels to show the change of tense, like this: I break (present tense), yesterday I broke (past tense), I have broken (past participle).

Who says this makes them strong? Jacob Grimm, that’s who. Yes, half of the Brothers Grimm of fairy tale fame. He was the first to call them strong—strong because they manage to change their shapes with their own interior strength rather than needing the help of a tacky little ending.

For a language composed of true strong verbs, you have to go way back in history, back even before our Anglo-Saxon linguistic ancestors came over from the continent of Europe and kicked around the poor Celts.

This is the story:

Once upon a time, thousands of years ago, the great-grandparent of the English language had nothing but strong verbs. In those days when Germanic (yes, English is a Germanic language) tribes roamed the forests primeval, there was no room for weaklings.

But then, still a long time ago, another kind of inflection infected the verbs. Somebody started adding the equivalent of did to form the past tense and past participle of verbs, putting a little tail on them rather than letting them flex their vowels. Get it? Walk + did = walked.

So most of the formerly strong verbs weakened. For example, help, holp, holpen became help, helped, helped, and laugh, lough, laughen became laugh, laughed, laughed.

Even today the weaklings continue to nibble away at the hundred or so verbs that still remain strong. Fly is an example. In the 19th century, when that verb was put into play for the new sport of baseball, it became weak: instead of He flew out or He has flown out, a broadcaster will say He flied out, He has flied out.

Items of Interest, 2 November 2011

John Médaille v. Robert Miller, again: Is Conservatism Incoherent? Or, Pogo Was Right

John Michael Greer, A Choice of Contemplations

Jim Antle, Rebooting the Republic

Distributist Review:
There Is No Such Thing as a Bank Loan by John Médaille

Move Your Money: Campaign grows to divest from "Too Big to Fail" banks to local banks, credit unions by Amy Goodman (EB)

In praise of non-debt-based money by Graham Barnes (EB)

Oikos and Logos: Chesterton's Vision of Distributism by Richard Gill (Logos)

The Human Situation 1935–1937
William McNeile Dixon (via Scott Lahti) - the lectures

The myth of the self-made yeoman by Gene Logsdon (EB)

Occupy Wall Street's Moral Ground by Kathleen Moore

Ralph Nader, The Speculator Tax

Peak oil perspective by Tom Murphy (EB)

Life without electricity by Kazuko Kojima (EB)

Classical Education:
Rush Limbaugh on Classical Studies and Latin by Dr. Christopher Perrin

An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents (pdf)

Higher Education:
Just Don’t Go, the Sequel? By Frank Donoghue

America's Most Overrated Product: Higher Education By Marty Nemko

Diet and Health:
Balanced Bites Podcast: Episode #10 with guest Robb Wolf (mp3)

LLVLC: Wise Traditions UK Conference 2011 DVD Features 14 Hours Of Lectures By Low-Carb, Real Food Activists

Gramophone: Parsons - Sacred Music
The Cardinall's Musick / Andrew Carwood

Exclusive - Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile - "Quarter Chicken Dark"
(the full episode)

Brittany Haas and Hanneke Casse

The majority of the videos were taken at the Mike Block String Camp 2010.

Hanneke Casse

Another performance of "Leila's Birthday"

Sierra Hull, Brittany Haas, Courtney Hartman, Road to Columbus, Grey Fox 2010

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Items of Interest, 1 November 2011

Today was a rather bad day, even though the student who was disruptive (though probably through very little fault of his own) was transferred to a SDC class yesterday. I was thinking of just applying for unemployment...

Insight Scoop: Saints are sealed by God, called to be sons of God, and saved by God

Kevin Carson, To Occupy Wall Street: A “General Strike” Producing for Ourselves

Small Thinking About Small Business

Peak Moment 204: Oil Puts the Squeeze on the Economy by Yuba Gals Independent Media

Seven Billion: What Does It Mean? by William Ryerson

Rob Hopkins, New from Transition Network! A guide to embedding diversity and inclusion in Transition
It's not absolute diversity if there has to be agreement that transition is necessary. All goods other than survival are negotiable?

Women Farmers Feed the World
In West Africa, women's resistance to the new Green Revolution shows that the question of agricultural sustainability is also a question of equality.
"On that land, it's the head of household—the man—who manages it." There can't really be quality, then?

Fatou Batta: First of all, it's a question of rights. Women are key in producing food. They are working on the farm, they're producing through labor, and when it comes to using food, they are the last ones to be able to eat it. It's important to make sure those who contribute to producing the food also have access to eat equitably. In the family, usually males have the right to eat first. I think it's unfair. It's discrimination. So if we're talking about the right to food, we have to be looking at the gender imbalance.
Are the men eating alone? Or are they eating with other men in the family? I have read about the division of meals between the sexes in other cultures, with the males of the family or community eating first and separately from the females.

Maybe this is not an instance of taqiyya, but a moderate Muslim trying to give a different interpretation of Islamic teachings. But what authority does he have? The Islamic Case for Religious Liberty

Rod Dreher, Are Southern Manners Turning Bad?
In the comments you will find more criticism of the South by non-Southerners. Pathetic.

Interrupting Violence with the Message Don't Shoot

Diet and Health:
The LLVLC Show (Episode 512): Must-See Health Documentaries From Kristin Canty And Eric Merola (Farmageddon and Burzynski)

Dominican Liturgy: Concede nobis: Responsory for All Saints Day

'Tinker, Tailor': The Greatest Spy Story Ever Told by John Powers

An Anonymous 4 Retrospective

5.11 Tactical Pant Fit Comparison

Monday, October 31, 2011

Items of Interest, 31 October 2011

Tom Piatak's review of Pat Buchanan's The Suicide of a Superpower: The Mob vs. the Statesman
Thomas Fleming, And the scary part is, one of these candidates will become President...
Peter Hitchens, Judas, the First Socialist, and other issues
VoxDay, A boomer confesses

Can states nullify Obamacare?

Escape routes: Fleeing Vesuvius – which way should we go? (EB)
The Lifeboat Hour (10/30/11) - mp3
Mike welcomes Charles Eisenstein back to the Lifeboat Hour for another great interview. They discuss the Occupy Movement, Transition Economics, and the accelerating Collapse of the Infinite Growth paradigm. Mike also shares insights from his overnight at Occupy Santa Rosa on Saturday 10/29. Santa Rosa PD had planned to raid the encampment that evening, so Mike joined the ranks to help deter them. Fortunately, such a strong show of support turned out that the raid was called off Saturday afternoon.

Occupy Wall Street: No demand is big enough by Charles Eisenstein (EB)
Occupy Demands: Let’s radicalize our analysis of empire, economics, ecology by Robert Jensen

Top 5 Ways to Occupy Big Oil
Commentary: Americans deserve the truth about potential oil crisis
Jim Baldauf and Jan Lars Mueller, ASPO-USA

How to feed 7 billion of us without ruining the planet
Urban planning and food by Michael Lardelli
The tyranny of comfort by Rob Dietz (EB)

Higher Education:
Bill Bonner, Misguided by Higher Education
A lefty: Casino Capitalism and Higher Education
Of course, it's only critical thinking if it rejects what we think should be rejected.

Kate Bolick:
Oz Conservative: Feminists for polygamy
Jeffrey Polet, Being in ones 20′s and single. Make that 30′s. Make that 40′s.
I think Dalrock and other similar bloggers generally have a better understanding of Kate Bolick...

This Slate writer is correct to warn writers against over-generalizing, but may be wrong to deny that a trend exists in a particular class of American women.


Conservatives and traditionalists may often be accused of being Romantics, but romanticism, a mix of sentimentality, nostalgia and ignorance can affect anyone looking for a better world that is more in line with tradition and right reason, a reaction against liberated reason that has gone wrong (or serves disordered appetites). The emotions, especially of attraction, associated with a group or institution because of its virtues or strengths may very well not be grounded in reality or in an incomplete understanding of reality. It is a version of utopianism, and sentimentality may feed the impulse to abandon our present circumstances to pursue something perceived to be an improvement.

There may be an element of romanticism in our appreciation and positive feelings towards small towns, blue collar workers, or Orthodoxy, but I think there these feelings are not based wholly on illusion. There are laudable aspects tothese instances of Christian religion, honest manly work, and community that are absent elsewhere, and we are right to recognize these elements, cherish, and defend them.

(Are the Greens are in some respects the heirs of Romanticism?)

Sam Bush, Bobby Hicks, Alison Brown, Sierra Hull, "Molly and Tenbrooks," Harvard U 2/6/2010

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Items of Interest, 30 October 2011

Dr. Fleming's appearance on the Paul Youngblood Show last Friday.

The Automatic Earth: Reviving the Department of Subsistence Homesteads

The future of energy and the interconnected challenges of the 21st century
by Francois Cellier (EB)
Not so much: Shale gas shows its limitations by Kurt Cobb (EB)
Tech Talk - The Niobrara, the Tuscaloosa and the Chattanooga Shales
Dmitry Orlov, Stages of Collapse Revised: “Joined at the Wallet”

Ron Paul on American Exceptionalism: Inspire Other Countries; Don't Threaten or Attack Them

Anthony Esolen on the new English translation: Restoring the Words
Fr. Greg's Take on Halloween
Scott Richert, The Exorcist, Horror, and Faith

Sarah McLachlan School of Music
A Friar Comments on the New Document From the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

Fr. Christian explained that there is a “a hierarchy of documents,” and also a hierarchy of bodies within the Roman Curia. Inside of the Curia, “congregations” are more significant than “pontifical councils,” which means that “in terms of pastoral authority the Secretariat of State is top and in terms of doctrinal authority the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is top.”

Another factor, he said, to take into consideration when assessing the significance of a “Vatican document” is whether it has been “reviewed by the Holy Father himself,” and also the number of Vatican departments involved in its creation.

He lamented that “unfortunately, the Church herself hasn’t actually explained that hierarchy very well.” Thus, he believes, it can be confusing for Catholics to understand what significance to give to different publications emanating from bodies within the Vatican.

As for this week’s document from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Fr. Christian has only read some of it but his initial analysis is that while it is appropriate for Vatican departments to speak out as part of the Church’s “social mission” they also have to be wary of straying beyond the limits of their competence.

“Is it the Church’s place to decry systems that seem to infringe on the dignity of peoples or to applaud those areas which seem to promote human dignity? Yes,” he said firmly.

“But is it the Church’s role to hypothesis concrete solutions to these things? Normally we would say ‘no.’ That’s what makes me a little nervous about a document which it seems may be promoting something rather more concrete than usual.”