Friday, November 25, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Going to try to catch a flight to Arizona. If I'm successful, I won't be back for a few days.

Sung Si Kyung, Even Now

The Quebe Sisters, who will be in Monterey in 2 weekends:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Today I was "welcomed" in my own neighborhood by three Indians at a house down the street, who glared at me as I drove by. No friendly smile, no wave - just a long stare. Maybe they don't mean anything by it, but it is rather offensive. Were they doing something suspicious next to their car? (A BMW.)

Items of Interest, 23 November 2011

Octopus crawls out of water and walks on dry land

Learning from the Politics of Secession (Another reference to The Road to Disunion, Vol. II: Secessionists Triumphant by William W. Freehling.)

Federal agents say 88-year-old Saratoga man's invention is being used by meth labs

Joel Pointdexter, Let’s Nullify War

Peter Hitchens, The Salford debate about Cannabis, now on YouTube

Buy Nothing Day 2011 offers a chance to kick back and relax

Distributist Review: Toward Social Thinking

Sweatshops and Social Justice: Can Compassionate Libertarians Agree?
"The argument in favor of sweatshops, as laid out by libertarians like Matt Zwolinski and Ben Powell (as well as neo-liberals like Paul Krugman and Nicholas Kristof), is essentially an economic argument. Sweatshop labor, they argue, is often the best (or only) option individuals in the developing world have for improving their lot in life. Therefore, it would be immoral to oppose sweatshops because their absence would take away a crucial option for economic improvement."

Economics and Energy:
European banks in the United States by Stuart Staniford (EB)

Patten: Is Progress an Idea That Has Passed?

The commies know it, but we have a fair idea of what agenda to which leftists will couple sustainability: Growth is not the solution

Leave the algae alone

A Solar-Powered Car? by Tom Murphy (EB)

Gene Logsdon, Harvest Crops in Mud and Snow (EB)

Diet and Health:
Jack Hunter on the Primal Blueprint
Wise Traditions: Weston A. Price Would LOVE This Conference

Oz Conservative on the Snow White movie.

William Shatner takes you through the recovery steps for being UnFriended

Monserrat Figueras, RIP

Monserrat Figueras, the wife of Jordi Savall, has passed away.

An interview from earlier this year:

A libertarian responds to Amitai Etzion

Aeon J. Skoble, The Individual and the Community

Mr. Skoble refers to this discussion held by the Cato Institute: The Moral Implications of Deficits, Debt, and the Budget Battles Ahead (video and mp3)

Classroom discipline

"greyghost" responds to this inquiry about his wife, who is a teacher: "I’m curious – how does she handle the true behavior problems then? And how does she handle normal energetic boys?"

Believe it or not the leadership principles my wife uses in the classroom are the same ones i learned and used in the marine corp. Most of the ideas and the explainations behind them come from a deployment on an aircraft carrier. First thing people (men and children. A lot of this stuff doesn’t seem work the same with woman) will play It almost seemed just natural. It may be just young men because at 27 i was an old guy. They will get in their fuck off time it doesn’t matter how hard and assholish you try to be. What marines will do is hide out by taking longer than normal to finish task, argue about all of the stuff they have to do and generally have to be looked for. Kids are the same way what kids do is act out. they become noisey. make jokes, and seem to misbehave ,for the hell of it. Another source for discipline problems and was something I learned from talking with my wife was masking from low academic ability or from high ability. Another factor is the majoriity of the kids are black kids and the social bagage that comes with racial politics

So what she does is teach all of the kids at a high level and with high standards. She uses a lot of out of your seat up and about in classroom involvement. Also very important to constantly teach no sit still and be quiet stuff. By her style of teaching it allows her to notice issues the high functioning kids are discipline problems and the the poor teaching style of the sit still be quiet and do your work will create kids that can’t read that are pushed to keep up appearances. What I have found is black kids in general culturally do not sit still and be quiet very well and will quickly become “bad kids” It was funny how her “bad kids” with actual teaching turned out to be some of her highest scoring students. due to the universal nature of testing in Texas. I was happy but not surprised to see that “at risk” black kids can score as well on standized testing as any kids reguardless of who they are and where they come from.

Overall she is like the the character in bad teacher opposite Diaz’s character combined with ‘major Pane’ sprinkled with all of the observed and discussed female nature from attention whoring to childish competition (never stops)

Part of his comment which sparked the inquiry:
I’ve been really spending a lot of time coaching my wife In her new career as an elementary school teacher. Most of my game knowkedge is spent explaining the behavior of her fellow teachers and how she is just as dumb as they are. The status competition among grown college educated women is unbelievable. I spent the first year on leadership and explaining to her how to lead her class room without having to spend effort on disciplining. make classroom discipline a no factor. She has done wonders and has had a lot of success.
One of the things i went over with her was a concept i had no word for but came up with for her was the essence of who you are. Some people learn things as part of culture or invironment and it becomes part of who they are. reguardless of how illogical or painful it is. Because to change is like admitting your life and not just a concept or idea was wrong. Some people find it more comfortable to live a lie than to live the truth when the essence of who they are is questioned or shown to be a lie.

Recovering history

I tend to have a negative opinion of frivolous scrapbooking done as a hobby (another hobby made possible by cheap energy and resources, possible for the bored affluent few). But having a scrapbook for the sake of passing one's history onto one's children, that seems to be a reasonable and easy-to-do project, one that can even be an educational (as well as creative) experience for the children. It would be better than a time capsule.

Such a scrapbook would be filled with less than the typical family photo album (well, our family photo albums at least), and may even have small keepsakes and mementos, too. Perhaps we are too dependent upon photos, but why not make use of them while we have them? Being able to see and identify one's family members (and knowing where they come from and where they are buried). It might be better to be able to pass stories about family down orally, but oral history can also supplement written history, can't it? A photo with a detailed caption recording the occasion of the photo, or some memory that doesn't necessarily have to be associated with the photo in any way, or in only a weak way. (And yes, we should recover story-telling as well, of which a participant over at Chronicles, Mr. Robert Peters, is a noteworthy example.)

We should go beyond genealogy as much as possible, learning about our family members while they are alive and from others. This may be difficult if you no longer live where they were born or used to live, or have lost those personal networks that they developed. This is probably a problem for many Uhmericans. But a small effort is better than nothing, and it can strengthen a real identity over the false, mass-marketed nationalist identity given through our "public" institutions.

Jeffrey Tucker: The Mistakes of Historians

More on Thanksgiving

Going to try to catch a flight to AZ tomorrow to spend part of Thanksgiving weekend with the relatives. I have a few words to add to this post I wrote several years ago on Thanksgiving. On Facebook I was reminded that George Washington himself issued a proclamation of a general thanksgiving. Bill Kauffman remarks on the reaction of other early presidents to this idea.

Yesterday my class watched the movie version of Who's that Stepping on Plymouth Rock? A bit of Yankee triumphalism, focused on the significance of the Pilgrims' arrival in Massachusetts, though  the New England Calvinism had been replaced by a secularized ethos. Why should Virginians remember the Pilgrims instead of those who had come to Jamestown? History should first of all be the story of one's forefathers and leading men of one's people, not of some other group's forefathers. Why shouldn't Virginians commemorate the first thanksgiving celebration in the colony instead? Alas, many have been influenced by the nationalist myth which maintains that America is just one people, even though this is not sustainable, especially as non-white immigrants enter the country and do not assimilate except superficially.

While I watched the video I wondered how quickly the Calvinists of Massachusetts were overrun and supplanted by subsequent waves of immigrants in the two centuries following the landing at Plymouth Rock. (Or am I getting my Massachussetts history wrong?) How many of the newcomers identified with the Calvinists and their religious ideals? How many were actually assimilated into the cohesive communities that pre-existed their arrival, and how many of these Calvinist enclaves remained after the Revolution? (Let's keep the Calvinist culture and identity separate from the Yankee culture and identity, even though the second may be derivative from the first? What's a decent history of Massachusetts/New England that examines the shifts in [elite] culture?)

Again, a comparison between the American colonies and the Greek colonies of the classical world may yield some causes of why the American "experiment" was bound to fail. Did Greek colonies welcome Greeks from cities other than the mother city, or was did further influxes of settlers primarily come from the mother city? Were they automatically granted citizenship? And did they maintain the culture and identity of the mother city, or was it a pan-Hellenic identity first and foremost? What links were maintained with the mother city?

What pockets of community and culture existed before the Revolution and survived? And how much of Uhmerican atomism can be traced to the cultural fragmentation that existed within the original colonies (as opposed to a cultural tendency towards excessive mobility)?

I still think that Thanksgiving should be kept local and linked explicitly with a harvest, rather than being a part of the nationalist/unitarian mythos.

I have not yet watched the extended cut of The New World.

America's Historic Triangle
Historic Jamestowne Museum

Thanksgiving Homily, Catholic Style
The Proletarian Mind

The Early Music Show: William Byrd

A Hidden Faith - Expires in 4 days.

I think Catherine Bott exaggerates a bit when she says, "Today his sacred music has escaped the confines of the small, hidden spaces for which it is written, and is heard in mighty cathedrals all over the world." A typical perfunctory concluding statement. If it is heard in cathedrals at all, it's not a part of the liturgy but a concert performance probably.

(written for the occasion of the death of St. Edmund Campion)

Review of Music for a Hidden Chapel.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Items of Interest, 22 November 2011

Someone from the 3/4 combo: "I saw you eating at Costco on Sunday." Apparently she goes to St. Justin Martyr? A bit far from Alviso. A refugee from OLP?

Someone at Vox Populi is impressed by Col. Douglas MacGregor.

Peter Hitchens, SPECIAL REPORT: The overthrow of Egypt's despotic ruler was hailed a success but nine months on, Peter Hitchens reports on a fearful and violent land

Srdja Trifkovic, Angela Merkel’s Bid for a Tighter European Union

Russell Kirk, Three Pillars of Order: Edmund Burke, Samuel Johnson, Adam Smith

Brett Stevens interview on Voice of Reason Radio

STEVEN HIGGS, The Decline and Fall of American Labor

David Bosworth, Compensation: The Cultural Contradictions of Philanthrocapitalism

The End of Growth with Richard Heinberg (mp3) (EB)

Rob Hopkins, Community resilience, Transition, and why government thinking needs both (EB). His response to John Michael Greer.

Peak Oil:
Erik Curren, Peak oil gets pepper sprayed
The Peak Oil Crisis, A Report to Remember (EB)

Dalrock, She Felt Unloved
The Fungible Wife

It reminds me, I still have to complete that post on the pastoral acceptability of civil divorce for Catholics. What about putting one's wife away or sending her home to her parents if she is an unfit wife?

Wiki on BPD.

Diet and Health:
Fat: The misunderstood ingredient

The LLVLC Show (Episode 517): Premier Personal Trainer Drew Baye Explains Why Not All Activity Is ‘Exercise’ (mp3)

Circe Institute: Podcast 11/22: Ask Andrew

In this edition of the Podcast, CiRCE President Andrew Kern discusses why the study of Latin and Greek (and even Hebrew) is an important part of the search for wisdom. He answers the questions, “do we really need to study Latin to cultivate wisdom and virtue when we have the Scriptures?” and “if Latin truly promotes wisdom and virtue, then why wasn’t Rome full of virtuous people?”. And much more… (mp3)

Marié Digby, "Nobody"

(via Digbyholics)

Monday, November 21, 2011

American Folk Hero

American Conservative: Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World

He is featured in Give Me the Banjo (video).

Sunny 써니

Kang Sora is in a daily drama that I'm currently watching on KBS America. (It has already ended in Korea.) She is in this movie, which was very successful at the box office - I think it is rather clean and innocent, though I have not watched it, and appeals to older Koreans' sense of nostalgia.

Sung Si Kyung - Reality

Sung Si Kyung 성시경 - Desperado 데스페라도


Items of Interest, 21 November 2011

Peter Hitchens, The Hidden Persuaders and the Menace of TV
Gareth Porter, Ex-Inspector Rejects IAEA Iran Bomb Test Chamber Claim
Patrick Cockburn, Huge Stakes in Syria
Spanish Conservatives Win Majority
Richard Heinberg: Islands in an Expanding Sea

Rupert Ederer, Oinkonomics
I think his objection to distributism is rather flimsy, and partly a strawman argument in so far as he identifies distributism solely with agrarianism.

Catholic neo-liberalism under the guise of "personalism"? The Need for Economic Personalism (archive) - the Acton Institute, of course.

The primary error of distributism lay in its understanding of the economy as a zero-sum game, where wealth was seen as a static, non-reproducible entity. Therefore the main problem was not the production of wealth but its distribution: How is the static pie of wealth most equitably sliced up? Distributism hindered the emergence of an adequate understanding of human capital and productivity. The distributivists saw economic development only in terms of the cultural dangers of industrialization and as a threat to the family unit. They did not agree that economic growth would generate wealth that would raise living conditions and be "redistributed" by market mechanisms and through charitable organizations. Such economic naivete blinded them to market realities and the basic laws of economics. By the end of the 1920s, however, distributism began to wane and was soon eclipsed by the New Deal Catholics of the Roosevelt era.
What is the author missing? Is It Really Possible to Decouple GDP Growth from Energy Growth?
He could also read John Michael Greer on the primary economy. (In a similar vein to the above, The Economic Personalism of John Paul II: Neither Right Nor Left.)

How to Make Multigenerational Homes Work
A rather provocative title: Transition plans and meetings a waste of time, says Greer
Michael Shuman, HOW BAMBI BEAT GODZILLA: A response to James Surowiecki

Guest Post: A Message To The SPLC From A Montana "Extremist"
From Liberty Fellowship’s relocation program, to James Rawles’ American Redoubt, Stewart Rhodes’ Operation Sleeping Giant, and my own Safe Haven Project through, the powers-that-be are noticeably perturbed at the very idea of Americans walking away from their computers, leaving their homes, talking to each other face-to-face, and forming mutual aid groups. God forbid…

Thomas Fleming, Otherwise Occupied
Occupy Wall Street Occupy Your Street
Jack Random, The Austerity Regime

Classical Homeschooling
In Defense of Poetry
Coleridge: The Education of Children
Respect the Classical Tradition

Diet and Health:
Chris Masterjohn: At the Intersection of Price and Paleo: My Second Interview with Cary Nosler (mp3)

Rorate Caeli: the new SSPX seminary

Orion Design Group (ODG) ODTDM-2 Arid-Environment/Multi-Environment/Multi-Terrain/Multispectral Military Combat Camo (Camouflage) Pattern/”Individual Signature Management” Technology Makes Cover of SureFire “Combat Tactics” Magazine Fall 2011 Issue (Photo!)

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Farewell to Nigg

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Multicultural hell

Note that I did not say multiethnic hell. For the some these two words are synonyms.

On Sunday afternoon, I wandered over (yeah right) to Costco Sunnyvale again after Mass. What do I see see and hear? Immigrants and their families from all over speaking tongues other than English. A polyglot paradise for the libs, who like vibrant diversity when it is convenient and nice, but it is a symbol of what is wrong with multiculturalism. There were quite a few Muslim wives in their head coverings. Who are the traitors executives at the American corporations who decided that their husbands should be considered for hiring?

It's as if after God's punishment at the tower of Babel the people decided to accept the new situation and keep to themselves. They should be bewildered or frightened at the loss of linguistic unity and it is understandable that they would wish to separate in order to restore coherence and intelligibility to social living. Instead, the people I saw are content; sure they can fall back on English to communicate with others if they have to. It is as if they are associating only so they can conduct commerce with one another. That's about it. The liberal idea of the purpose of society.

Jeff Culbreath writes:
Traditionalists often make the mistake of assuming that most everyone lacks community these days. That's true in certain respects, especially when compared to earlier generations, but I think most Americans still live among others who share their values and interests and cultural assumptions. They aren't really lonely. The average person has no shortage of relatives, friends, and neighbors with whom they share a fundamental worldview.

I think to say this is community is to use the word equivocally, as Mr. Culbreath seems to admit by the use of the word "among" rather than "with." They may share the same beliefs, but they don't really live together -- they live in proximity to one another.Maybe it's different in smaller population centers, but in suburbia and the megapoleis this seems to be the case.

Even in a modern megapolis inhabited by a ethnically homogeneous population there may be very little reaction among those who are walking past one another to do their shopping or some other activity. For example, how many people don't take the trouble to introduce themselves or learn names, because they believe that they may not have to see the other person ever again? But with a mixture of peoples, according to what standards are their daily interactions governed? What rules of etiquette do they follow? Is there a strong probability that etiquette is reduced to what works with as little effort or training as possible? Unless they are "highly cultivated" in American manners, they may adopt a lack of formality that shades into disrespect. There seems to be far too much blunt, "practical" communication between strangers of different ethnic groups (although they may observe the customs proper to a culture when communicating with members of their own group). Then again, they may just be adopting or emulating contemporary Uhmerican mores.

But the afternoon was not completely devoid of wondrous spectacle: in the distance to the south, the clouds above the foothills were majestic and beautiful. It had been raining earlier in the day, and the clouds were remnants of the storm? Later I spotted two figher planes flying towards the clouds - F15s? They had two tails, and I don't think F14s are in use. AF or Air NG? Where were they going?
Probably after my trip to Arizona next weekend I will attend the Byz. rite Sunday liturgy more regularly - it should become the normal. I'm just not in the frame of mind necessary for meditating upon polyphony, even if polyphonic settings of the Mass are not the norm in Palo Alto, but chant. I won't judge whether it is proper to liturgical spirituality or appropriate to have a division of roles to such an extreme that even the ordinary of the Mass is sung only by the schola/choir. (I know Pope Benedict XVI has written in the defense of such liturgies, holding that there is a place for the liturgical music of Mozart and the like.) Does it engender too much passivity for those who are not fluent in Latin and must rely upon translation? Perhaps not. But the Byzantine rite is more likely to keep me on my feet, literally and figuratively.

Items of Interest, 20 November 2011

Kurr Cobb, Emperor Vespasian has a solution for unemployment (EB)
Of course, much of the manual work which used to be performed in the United States is now done in the Far East, particularly China. And, the kind of work that most factory workers do there might very well be considered drudgery by many people. Hall's point, however, was two-fold. First, impending declines in available energy to society will likely force such work closer to the markets it serves. This is because rising transportation costs will diminish the advantage of worldwide manufacturing webs in favor of regional and local ones. Second, manual labor often requires skills that we in the United States do not teach as widely as we used to. We aren't ready to make the things we once made. And, all of this remains true even as the ranks of the unemployed swell and energy costs continue to climb.

Certainly, Vespasian's attitude would have prevented the immense advances in productivity of the modern age. But since those advances are largely premised on the growing availability of cheap energy inputs, we may need to re-examine our attitude as those energy inputs become constrained and thus are no longer cheap.

Moreover, continued policies that lessen opportunities for manual labor will, of necessity, doom an entire group of people to the unemployment rolls just because their intelligence shows through in what they make with their hands rather than what they say or write.

I am not here romanticizing backbreaking labor. The one place that mechanization has failed to progress very much in the last few decades is the picking of fruit. Researchers had been looking for ways to harvest fruit mechanically. But an onslaught of cheap immigrant labor into the United States from the 1980s onward pushed real wages down for farm labor so far that mechanized fruit picking did not seem worth the effort. Even in the exploitative world of farm labor the laws of supply and demand apply. An avalanche of new workers depressed wages and doomed the mechanization effort.

Biggest Find in Decades Becomes $39 Billion Cautionary Tale

Young Farmers Face Huge Obstacles to Getting Started

Outline of the "Transition Companion" by Rob Hopkins

via KG: The Coming Chinese Crash: Every Chinese Province is Like Greece

John Robb, OCCUPY NOTE 11/20/11: The HIDDEN logic of the Occupy Movement

Shikha Dalmia Gives Reason’s Game Away: Leftism Before Libertarianism!

Louis Daguerre and the pioneers of photography
The Importance of Tang Dynasty Mothers to the Family Education
Maimonides: an early but accurate view on the treatment of haemorrhoids
I did go to the Anonymous 4 informance yesterday, but 1 hour was too short. Maybe I'll get tickets for their April 2012 concert at Stanford, if I have money. It was mostly senior citizens in the audience, along with some families with children, who presumably take classes at the center. My own enjoyment was ruined because there was a little boy sitting next to me in his mother's lap, and he continued to , kick, fidget, play, and talk. What a distraction! But his Uhmerican mother didn't take him out or sit somewhere else (we were sitting in the front row, right in front of the ladies of Anonymous 4, actually 3, since one was sick) until 36 minutes into the program, when he started running around and jumping into her lap. She should have moved 20 minutes earlier. I can understand that there may be little to modify a little boy's behavior, but it was her responsibility to make sure he wasn't a distraction to anyone else rather than try to keep her energetic child with her and listen to the music. How inconsiderate.

Do I need to add that she was Uhmerican with respect to her weight as well? Does too much sugar in the diet create or exacerbate behavior problems in children?

NPR: Scythian On Mountain Stage

Link for audio here.
The Word on EWTN

Documentary on the new translation of the Roman Missal.

Feast of Christ the King

source: Christ Pantocrator

wiki: Christ Pantocrator and Christ in Majesty

QUAS PRIMAS (On the Feast of Christ the King)
Pope Pius XI

Saint Josemaria, The Feast of Christ the King

Jeffrey Tucker, Simple Motet for Christ the King
Chanted Propers for Christ the King

Michael Moreland, The Social Kingship of Christ: Metaphysical, not Political*