Saturday, December 03, 2011

Alison Krauss feat. Dan Tyminski/Sierra Hull - When You Say Nothing at All [Live]


Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski - When You Say Nothing at All/Down To The River To Pray [Live]

Whit Stillman interview

Whit Stillman of 'Damsels in Distress' at the Toronto Film Festival 2011

'Damsels in Distress' - Analeigh Tipton at the TIFF 2011

More videos.
Analeigh Tipton of 'Damsels in Distress' at the TIFF 2011
Greta Gerwig of 'Damsels in Distress' at the Toronto Film Festival 2011
68th Venice Film Festival

No trailer yet...

Blond on Neoliberalism

Phillip Blond - ISCC Conference @MSU

It's almost two months later; have I changed my mind about whether it was worth it to pay $100 for the reunion? I did meet one of my classmates for lunch the same month, and may try to do so again next month, if "I'm feeling like it." The disappointment isn't solely related to Uther's drive from Excalibur. I made some new FB contacts after the reunion but I don't really "communicate" with most of them. Ah well. If there is a 25-yr reunion I probably won't go.
I'm at the point that I am suspicious of anything written by an American Catholic regarding the lay vocation and Catholic spirituality -- they're usually too embedded in the present political (dis-)order to offer any "radical witness" to Christ that is what our sick society really requires.

Papal Pedastalizing

From the closing of Vatican II, the address of Pope Paul VI to women:

But the hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of woman is being achieved in its fullness, the hour in which woman acquires in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at this moment when the human race is under-going so deep a transformation, women impregnated with the spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid mankind in not falling.

Impregnated? Really? Perhaps he thought it was an apt metaphor but it does sound a bit creepy, doesn't it? Maybe it's different in Italian. Despite the exaggerated rhetoric, though, Pope Paul VI does not seem to be embracing a form of feminism here. But this sort of wide-eyed optimism, like so much else that was present in the council and its documents, has been shown to be mistaken? If Western women are allowed to exert an increaseing influence on a wider scale, it has rather been rather baneful, tools for those who actually hold power.

(Can there be a "non-radical" feminism? I read this brief citation in Extreme Makeover. More on these in a bit.)

Jackie Evancho, "All I ask of You"

To be published in December 2012

The Founding of the American Republic by H. Lee Cheek and Sean R. Busick (via The Imaginative Conservative)

Will Continuum be around by then? I would say, probably...

Friday, December 02, 2011

Items of Interest, 2 December 2011

Solitude and Political Friendship by Anthony Esolen
Bill Kauffman on Robert Redford's The Conspirator: Redford Goes Ron Paul
Rod Dreher, ‘The courage to be culturally irrelevant’
The Greatest Generation? What Malarkey! by Stephen Masty - a  reply by Jeff Culbreath.

Chuck Spinney, The China Threat Rises Again
Michael Hudson, Debt Slavery – Why It Destroyed Rome, Why It Will Destroy Us Unless It’s Stopped
Alan Nasser, Outsourcing Jobs, Offshoring Markets
Mike Whitney, One Bank to Rule Them All
James Bovard, Dying to Corrupt Afghanistan

Distributism: On Joe Carter on Distributism
Two Difficulties

Education panel at ASPO-USA conference
De-constructing the WSJ's front page story, “U.S. nears milestone: net fuel exporter”

Lindsay Curren, Getting it together. Review: The Empowerment Manual and World made by hand (EB)

What's the paleo/traditionalist version of this?

How to Plan an Awesome Holiday Party: Choosing a Party Theme
by Brett & Kate McKay
"Open House/Buffet Supper

While a cocktail party typically has a two hour time span, an open house lasts longer, and guests can come and go whenever they’d like. The drinks are self-serve – beer and soda on ice, and a bowl of punch or egg nog.
The food and set-up are described well by 1953's Esquire Etiquette..."
AoM: Stuck in the 50s?

The Use and Abuse of the Bible In the Immigration Debate (a repost, I believe, this time prompted by CHT)

Lectio Divina: A Year-Long Cycle According to the Traditional Roman Liturgy
The Indispensable Role of the Family in the New Liturgical Movement
Can the Church Ban Capital Punishment? by Christopher A. Ferrara

Circe Institute: Announcing the 2012 Paideia Prize Winner: Mr. Wendell Berry
Yes, My Grown Homeschooled Children Are Odd — And Yours Will Be Too!

Feminism, Finance and the Future of #Occupy - An interview with Silvia Federici (via EB)

BBC: God's Composer

Bizarre Chinese Old-folks Choir Covers Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" (via JZ)

The U.S. Army’s Next Carbine: Hello Gas Piston/Op-Rod “Enhanced M4/M4A1 Carbine”-Type AR (AR-15), Goodbye Direct Gas Impingement (DGI) Operation?

The making of USASOC Soldiers

Defense allies
British Gen. Sir David Julian Richards, Chief of the Defense and his American Counterpart U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in London, England, Nov. 28, 2011. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen (flickr)
Green Berets
Special Forces Green Beret soldiers from each of the Army’s seven Special Forces Groups stand silent watch during the wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of President John F. Kennedy, Nov. 17, 2011, at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony marked a time-honored tradition to honor Kennedy for his support and advocacy of the soldiers who would be known simply as “Green Berets.” (flickr)

Travis Hayley is at it again...
Dr. Fleming confirms a suspicious about the settling of America:

The first American thanksgiving was held at Jamestown and similar thanksgivings were celebrated in several colonies. The official establishment of Thanksgiving Day was, therefore, not an act of unitarians or deists to replace Christmas but an extension of something that had already been going on.

America was never a Calvinist project until the War between the States. That is just a typical Yankee lie. The Puritans had never liked Christmas to begin with. There are no American founders because there was no American founding--the Articles of Confederation and Constitution were documents solidifying a confederation of sovereign states and therefore any references to God, religion, the family, marriage, would have been entirely out of order. The First Amendment was not a defense against deism--it was more or less drafted by Madison!--but against any infringement into the rights of the states in religious matters. The Yankees had been alarmed by the Quebec Act, which granted religious freedom to Catholics not only in Quebec but in NW territories partly claimed by Connecticut. They also feared, or said they did, the imposition of the Cof E on the colonies. The First Amendment, like the other provisions in the Bill of Rights, were not statements of lofty principles but responses to some of the crises that brought on the Revolution and to current circumstances. It should be pointed out that no one in America much liked the Yankee Puritans, not even the decent folk of New York and Pennsylvania which were being overrun by Yankee rabble. Read Cooper's Satanstoe novels or The American Democrat.

There was a wide variety of religious establishment in the states, ranging from requirements that office-holders believe in God to using tax money to support the clergy--but in a mobile and complex population, establishments were no more practical than monarchy or aristocracy.
America was "founded" either as a religious country or a secular country, and if one can prove it was not a religious foundation, then it must be secular. But the dichotomy itself is false and puerile. There is no American founding, no American ideology, only a vague set of assumptions that varied by region. As a number of historians have shown (David Hackett Fisher, M.E. Bradford), there was no uniform America in the 19th century but a set of regions with differing cultures derived from the different parts of Britain for which the predominant elements came. A single state like South Carolina was home to several cultures--SW England by way of Barbados, Scoth-Irish, Huguenon, Catholic Irish.

M. E. Bradford, Founding Fathers
Looks like Professor Deneen's short post on distributism has been deleted. Not sure if it was because of the charge of anti-semitism implied by a certain PoMoCon against the author of a different essay and subsequent comments, or because of the accused's response, if there was one.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Brittany Haas and Lauren Rioux have a new website.

Here it is. FB.

They will be performing in Mountain View next year on March 24.

Items of Interest, 1 December 2011

Proxy War With Iran by Philip Giraldi
Rod Dreher, Attention, Copts: Time to pack
William Lind, Reshaping the Pentagon for an Age of Austerity
Alexander Boot — Author, Critic, Polemicist, and Blogger
Daniel Larison, The Useless Moralizing of Hawkish Interventionists

Thaddeus Kozinski, Ivory Tower Capitalism (via Patrick Deneen)
Pre-order Hound of Distributism Today
Two New Books for Distributists

How Rising Education Costs Can Lead to Incest

DIANA JOHNSTONE, Here’s the Key Question in the Libyan War
RALPH NADER, L. L. Bean and the Myth of “Made in America”
GARETH PORTER, Pak Border Post Attack a Big Loss for U.S. War Policy

Diet and Health:
Rod Dreher, Medicare fatheads
More promotion of the CW by the government, I suspect.

Low Carb Explained
Kitchen table talk. Review: Farmstead Chef
Are You Part of the Global Middle Class? Let me see your Smile......
MDA: How to Eat More Fat

Towards ecological literacy: A Permaculture approach for junior secondary science
The Thinking Housewife: Do impersonal settings prepare children for real life
"Impersonal care impedes self-restraint and the ability to form healthy relationships."
Rod Dreher, How fantasy helps us think historically

Holy Resurrection Monastery: Eastern rite monastery opens doors
The Family Celebration of the Divine Office by Shawn Tribe
Rorate Caeli: The Roman Rite: Old and New - VIII
The New Mass destroyed centuries of propers
Captivated by Death by Rabbi Daniel Lapin

The Pedestal Breaks

History: Customary law before the conquest (pdf)

First Image From Chilean Abortion Social Horror Movie APIO VERDE (AITH)
I can't tell if the filmmaker supports the ban or opposes it.
The other day I read the license plate frame of the car in front of mine. It said, "Watch out Asian Female Driver." (I may have gotten the order of Asian and Female reversed.) Was she driving like one? She was rather slow.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Items of Interest, 30 November 2011

Gene Logsdon, Sanctuary (EB)

Thomas Fleming, Celebrity Politics and Home of the Free, Land of the Jerk

Rod Dreher, Senate smacks civil liberties. Hard.

Peter Hitchens, Time to leave the EU – the debate


John Robb, WAR with IRAN? It's closer than you think....
Fabius Maximus, We can only watch as the nation of Israel slowly commits suicide

JMG, Pepperspraying the Future

An article by Richard Heinberg in the Guardian.

Alas, if only it were so: EF Schumacher: Cameron's choice

Death of Sprawl: Past and Future by Warren Karlenzig (EB)

The Localizer: If We End Corporate Personhood We Can Define the Terms of a New Economy

Making Local Food Real By MARK BITTMAN

Adrian Pabst, The Resurgence of the Civic

96 hours to the stone age: How quickly our connected lives crumble when the power goes out via

MPG of a human by Tom Murphy (EB)

THOMAS H. NAYLOR, Man, God and Secession at Yale
DAVID MACARAY, We Need to Hire George Clooney

Oz Conservative: The unhappiest award goes to...

Welmer, Why is Anglo Feminism so Virulent?

Should it matter if a female fighter is hot?
It turns out that female MMA fighters are like other female athletes - not interesting enough for men to watch. Boo hoo, life is so unfair!

Fellay: “We cannot accept the Preamble as it is”
Rorate Caeli
Pertinacious Papist

BBC3 Choral Evensong: Vespers at London Oratory

Expires in less than a week.(via NLM)
GroAction: The upcoming transition away from a fossil-fuel based society: David Holmgren talks strategy (mp3)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Army Special Forces observe 50 years of wearing the green beret


Observing Saints' Feast Days

Fr. Michael Monshau, O.P.: Keeping Saints' Days: Formation for Christian Life

Items of Interest, 28 November 2011

Srjda Trifkovic, Multicultural vs. Stereotypical

Plato’s Euthyphro: Introduction by Thomas Fleming

Justin Raimondo, The Price of Empire

FBI Adds Preppers to Potential Terrorists List

Shannon Hayes, Toilet Paper: Preparedness or True Resilience

Sharon Astyk, How to Eat Cheap (EB)

Don't Panic! by Catriona Ross (EB)

The new Story of Stuff: Can we consume less? by Fred Pearce (EB)

"Demand-Side Economics" and the Liberal Denial of Reality by Erik Lindberg (EB)

A mindful path to a steady state economy by Rick Heller (EB)
Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy

Why is economic growth so popular? by Ugo Bardi (EB)

VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM: Land Tenure and Anarchic Common Law

The Energy Return on Investment threshold by David Murphy (EB)

Ralph Nader, Let Them In

On Black Friday: A Look at the Occupy Movement and Buy Nothing Day

Franklin Spinney, AF-Pak SITREP
Brian McKenna, Student Loan Fury in the Occupy Movement
Paul Craig Roberts, The Roads to War and Economic Collapse and Just Another Goldman Sachs Take-over

A pathetic piece by a pedestaller on a book written by another pedestaller: Women Are Better at Almost Everything

November 28 2011: Are we there yet?

Don't go back to school: An interview with author Kio Stark by Paul M. Davis (EB)

Diet and Health:
How to Eliminate Tooth Decay

A Chivalrous Man is not a Gentleman: A Look at Chivalry in the Age of Chaucer
Childhood in Medieval England, c.500-1500

More from Extraenvironmentalist

I listened to episode #28 today, the interview with Richard Heinberg. Here is today's post from James Howard Kunstler, Your new American Dream. which makes some of the same points.

Episode #29 of the Extraenvironmentalist (on Creating Wealth: Growing Local Economies with Local Currencies): (mp3)

More: Episode #26 The Four Horsemen (mp3)

Episode #19 Chris Martenson (mp3)

Episode #18 John Michael Greer (mp3)

Episode #17 Economics of Sustainability with Richard Douthwaite (mp3)

Episode #9 The Economics of Happiness (mp3)

Episode #6 Peak Oil Blues (mp3)

Episode #5
Phantom Wealth with David Korten (mp3)

Other episodes.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Single-sex secondary schools

Started on Oct. 29.

What sort of pitch should one make to a Catholic girls high school in order to be interviewed for a job? I don't doubt that most American Catholic schools are infected with feminism, which has distorted their understanding of the lay vocation for women and hence their mission. Some may try to nuance it by embracing some form of Catholic feminism, but despite talk about the importance of motherhood there is still an acceptance of the paradigm of pursuing a career in an industrial or post-industrial economy. What about teaching young Catholic women about what is necessary for nurturing marriages and taking care of husbands?

It is proper that the chaplaincy be supervised by the bishop, especially if the school is a diocesan one. It is charged with strengthening the spiritual lives of the young women who attend the school after all. But it should also provide support with respect to what the school teaches about the lay vocation and feminism. Otherwise, the dissonance between the school and the chaplaincy, coupled with the pressure of the outside world which embraces feminism and radical egalitarianism, will diminish the authority of the school and its message. But what American bishop is willing to take all of feminism on and re-establish patriarchy in the domestic sphere? If the bishop is ultimately unwilling to take a stand against feminism, what can an teacher or administrator do? Someone could argue that unless you have a foot in the door, you can't reform education, but what chance can there be if there is no support from the diocese for such reform?

What about preparing the students for college so that they can "earn a living" until they get married? What sort of college/career planning advice are they receiving currently? I am sure it is the same sort of advertising for college that is peddled at non-Catholic schools. Are they being prepared to become workers in the knowledge economy? What sort of majors are being encouraged? Are students advised about student debt and the likelihood of finding an office job? Defenders of the school's current direction may say that this is what can Catholic schools do, that's the way the system is. "We're just doing our best to prepare Catholics to inhabit the society in which they live," and that means that in order for the education to be "practical" it must help them go to college. Women need the income that a college education provides to support a family, etc., especially when the school is located in an area that has a high standard of living.

In the age of declining cheap energy supplies, schools cannot help but offer an education that is more practical and sustainable in order to stay in business, if that is even possible in the long run. Has the school not been remiss in examining alternatives to the dominant post-industrial paradigm? A purely liberal education is affordable only for those who do not need to concern themselves with seeking a living. Still, it may include a decent beginning to a liberal education at the secondary level, maintaining high standards or even elevating them. But this should be coupled with training in practical life skills, including the domestic arts and child-raising, especially if the students' families do not have these skills to pass on to them.

Catholic education is usually advertised as a means of imparting lessons in Catholic spirituality/living to students. (This has been diluted to education about values or social justice in many schools.) What sort of communal participation and networking does such a high school have, which are oriented towards nurturing femininity, as opposed to career preparation and secular humanistic conceptions of "service"?

What of the quality of the education? American secondary education does not advance true learning, but indoctrination, and the religious education is suspect. How can one offer an alternative understanding of American history or citizenship, if the students are learning primarily from textbooks? As far as I can tell, the state standards do not mandate the nationalist interpretation of American history, but how many teachers would be willing to question it?

How much money do alumnae donate to the school? What are the stats like on divorces and so on? How many have two-income families? But how many of the alumnae will be returning to live in the area? Does the school offer a better understanding of what it means to live in a community than its secular counterparts? If the school is located in Sacramento, is there a better chance that it can help its students reclaim an agrarian way of life?

NYT article on St. John's College: Seeing Value in Ignorance, College Expects Its Physicists to Teach Poetry
Rod Dreher: Classical education? What can you do with that?

When men get a degree or go through a vocational program and then land a job, they’ve normally got 40+ years to contribute to increasing the wealth of society. Women “playing” career damage society:
1. They displace men for positions in college or vocational school.
2. Upon landing a job, they displace other men for the job position.
3. The increase in the labor pool drives down wages (supply & demand).
4. While in the labor pool, women are less effective and less productive than men.
5. Because they are in the labor pool and cannot compete with men, women support labor laws to enforce “equality” which burden businesses and can cause men to get fired due to some infringement or just to meet quotas.
6. When they leave the labor pool after becoming bored, there is now a hole than can be difficult to fill because the men who would normally fill it have been displaced for all the reasons above. There was recent discussion on some blog with a link to an article about this exact problem with physicians in the UK.

In some sense, I can agree with the comment that women were advised to pursue education and careers as the ONLY option. Women do NOT know what they want. They have to be guided. Most parents have so bought into feminism that they don’t see any other way. It’s a riot – or sad – talking to parents when they go into all the detail about choosing a college, going on campus visits, making sure she gets into the best school, etc., etc. You would think these parents would spend their time and energy on prepping their daughters for the most important life decision – choosing a man for marriage, how to make a husband happy and how to raise healthy children.

And yet, if parents were to advise their daughters to prep for marriage instead of a career, and there is a decent girl who truly wants to please her husband and raise a nice family,how would she find a man who’s in college? It would seem that the dating and courting scene would have to change as well and go back to earlier methods.
Paul Craig Roberts: GOP debate is an amazing collection of stupidity

Glam jobs

Fashion designer is one; another would be college professor or academic, since the work hours are much fewer in comparison to a regular office job and one can play the career feminist who has it all. There is also the issue of pride, having control over the minds of others.

Be Back Home Tonight-- The Sweetback Sisters (MUSIC VIDEO)

official (MS)
Peter Hitchens, Alec Guinness beats Gary Oldman, plus debating technique and Afghanistan

A second look at the miniseries from the LA Times.

I probably won't watch the Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy movie in the theaters. Will Gary Oldman get nominated for any awards for his acting?