Saturday, January 21, 2012

Australian Peak Oil Report

Transport energy futures: long-term oil supply trends and projections (Australian peak oil report) by Dr David Gargett
Australian Peaky Leaks goes mainstream by Matt Mushalik

Mark Richardson on Civic Nationalism

Part 1 (See also his chapter on nation and ethny.)

In a comment he writes:

A people is not just a culture. There are Americans who think that all that matters is if the Anglo or Euro culture survives - it doesn't matter if actual Anglos/Euros disappear from view.

This assumes, first, that you can have a culture minus the people who created it.

Can there be long-lasting assimilation without a significant rate of intermarriage between members of the "majority" and the immigrant "minority"?
With the addition of Noah Millman's blog to The American Conservative, Rod Dreher asks the question that may have been on the minds of some TAC readers: Has TAC gone liberal? (Millman used to be at The American Scene.) Is this supposed to give TAC greater credibility as being "open-minded" among those not associated with any form of conservatism? Rod Dreher writes: "To the extent that in Noah, we have a thoughtful critic of conservatism, one who understands and respects conservatism, even though he doesn’t share all our values, it can only make us more thoughtful and, ultimately, more persuasive." Maybe MacIntyre would appreciate that sort of defense. If this were a discussion of what is prudentially best by those with authority, I could understand why differing opinions might be needed. But TAC should be devoted first to the defense of American laws and customs in so far as they instantiate natural law precepts. Not everything can be put up for debate.

We can't pretend that any sort of discussion at a website with a rather limited readership will lead to some sort of political change. The progressive usurpers who like to troll the website for their amusement or to demonstrate their moral superiority remain unpersuaded; what basis do we have for thinking that other committed idealogues will have a moral conversion by reading the website, if they even bother to do so? "Read TAC because we now have Noah Millman writing for us!"

For the dissemination of tradition and to articulate a defense of that tradition, that is the limit to what most conservative websites (e.g. Chronicles) can aspire intellectually. These websites can also provide a place for like-minded people to meet and converse, and diminish some of that loneliness we may feel. But in the end we have to turn our attention to our role and duties, rather than mobilizing opinion on the internet in hope of enacting wide-scale change. Rather, we must form and conslidate real relationships if we are to effect change.

I haven't seen anything by Daniel McCarthy on the new addition.
Lunar New Year's dinner at New Port tonight, as my mother will be going out of town to visit family members and KK and her family will be leaving later next week for vacation in HK. While I was there I saw that one of the TVs in the restaurant had CNN coverage of Newt Gingrich's campaign. I wasn't sure what the reason was, though the coverage did last a long time, and the anchors even talked a bit with his daughters. Turns out he won SC so the coverage was probably of his victory speech. The results will give some semblance that the nomination is still in play, but it is inevitable that the Grand Oligarchy Party will nominate someone unsatisfactory to traditional conservatives.

Daniel Larison, Gingrich Wins South Carolina, But He Will Not Be The Nominee

SHOT Show 2012 videos

Daniel Defense:

Shakespeare: Original pronunciation

Tafelmusik Media


Ron Paul Talks About SOPA And The NDAA Bill At N.H Airport Hanger Rally

December 2009 interview of Paolo Pandolfo

His website. MS and FB.

Items of Interest, 21 January 2012

Leon Hadar, Another War That Nobody Wants
Patrick J. Buchanan, Who Wants War with Iran
Daniel Larison, The Complete Folly of an Iranian War

Playing Our Strength - Why COIN Doesn't Work
Foreign Internal Defense in Iraq

Philip Giraldi, Creating American Terrorists

Defending corpse urination begs the question: who’s the racist? by Kelley Vlahos

The Military-Industrial Complex: The Enemy from Within by John W. Whitehead

Daniel Larison, Murray’s Proposal for Reducing Cultural Inequality

Elite and Underclass
A review by F. Roger Devlin of Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010 by Charles Murray

Globalize or Localize? Beyond the Post-American World by Carl L. Bankston III

Tradition and Critique: On Wanting to Know by R. J. Snell

Decline and Fall by Thomas F. Bertonneau

(A review of At the End of an Age by John Lukacs. Another review)

John Médaille, The Content of ‘Business Ethics’ Isn’t Ethics, or, The Hangman and the State

Link to a Nicole Foss interview at Automatic Earth: Infinite Rehypothecation

Allan Carlson, Röpke’s Conundrums Over the Natural Family

From last November, Richard Heinberg's appearance at the Commonwealth Club: The Great Disruption

Peak Oil:
Why Oil Prices Will Stay High
The Happy Hoarder: Fire in the belly

Men's Earnings Haven't Just Stagnated Over Past 40 Years--They've Fallen

Jack Donovan interview (Dunbar's Number)

Dunbar's Number:
The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes
NPR: Don't Believe Facebook; You Have Only 150 Friends
Why Dunbar's Number is Irrelevant
Robin Dunbar: we can only ever have 150 friends at most…

Robin Dunbar: How Many Friends Does One Person Need? from The RSA on

Robin Dunbar: How Many Friends Does One Person Need?

Is Feminism a Heresy? by Donna Steichen

Diet and Health:
Understand the calcium myth; here's what really makes healthy bones
Aloe Vera Gel
All Things Leptin - Leptin 101

Office Hours with Eric Westman:

A Gut Check for Many Ailments

The Daily Lipid: My Interview with Dave Asprey and Armi Legge

The Other Successors of Peter: The Patriarchs of Antioch

Père Abbé du Barroux sur Direct8/Dieu merci !

Fontgombault: Claude Pateau interviewé par l’Homme nouveau

John Hunwicke preaching in Latin - Anniversary Sermon in Newman's Pulpit

Something recent with Jero.

Chris Costa!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Trailer for I Am Bruce Lee


Innovation in the name of plurality?

Rorate Caeli: Neocatechumenal Rite approved?
Let us call it the New Liturgical Way

"How can we prevent the work of the Holy Spirit?"

The traditionalists and conservatives got Summorum Pontificum and the Anglican Ordinariate, so why can't liturgies at the other "extreme" be sanctioned, so that all may be appeased? This goes beyond Pius V, who at least allowed for the maintenance of rites that had been in existence for over 2 centuries. Maybe a more firm critique of ecclesial movements has to be written, in order to rid ourselves of the dangerous notion that because the Holy Spirit is at work we must approve of all that results. After all, isn't it too early to judge the fruits of the movement? Increase in membership and "vocations" aren't sufficient in themselves. Remember the dangers of cults?
FERFRANS NEW SOACR .308 Semi-Auto Rifle

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss (and Union Station) on 'The Talk'

The uploaded episode of the Tavis Smiley Show doesn't include her performance, so here is a clip--


Jason Falla

Website; blog. FB. He also has links to Grey Group.

Increase your push-up potential

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Items of Interest, 18 January 2012

The Archdruid Report: Waking Up, Walking Away

It so happens that I don’t own or drive a car, and indeed I never have. Among its other benefits, that’s a good way to see the limits on the alleged freedom of choice that the consumer economy provides its inmates. In today’s America, you can live without a car, but most other choices you make are going to be sharply curtailed by that decision. When my wife and I decided a few years back to leave the west coast and settle in the Rust Belt, scores of pleasant towns we might otherwise have chosen were ruled out in advance because the only way to go from there to anywhere else was to drive a car, and our options for buying a house were just as tightly constrained by the need to be within walking distance of groceries and other necessary services. All those choices the propagandists of the consumer economy prattle about? They exist, but only if you give up your right to make any of the decisions that matter.

Peter Hitchens, One Reason Why I hate Cars, and a brief note on Lifestyle Choices

Ron Paul only GOP candidate to publicly denounce SOPA; What is SOPA and Why Won't it Work?

Fabius Maximus: Is Killing Iranian Nuclear Scientists Terrorism?
Is Killing Iranian Nuclear Scientists Terrorism?

Ron Paul: Killing of Iranian nuke scientist "an act of terrorism"
Ron Paul may have gone to an extreme claiming Michele Bachmann "hates Muslims," but those who are leaving comments at JW (and the one who operates the website?) may be irrational in their fear of them. How much of a threat do they really pose to the West, when we are armed with nuclear weapons?

Patent Nonsense
Intellectual property enforces a monopoly over the mind.

Are Intellectual Property Rights Bad for Innovation?
By Jordan Bloom

BRIAN J. TRAUTMAN, Why the NDAA is Unconstitutional

Taking Action to Fix our Debt

The High Achievement of Christopher Dawson

Heinrich Pesch on Solidarist Economics
What Happens When a City Girl Reads Wendell Berry

Gene Logsdon, Can a godless farmer be a good steward of the soil? (EB)

Basking in the sun by Tom Murphy (EB)
Why Biofuels Are Not a Good Idea (EB)
Technological Progress for Dummies Part II (EB)

Training Leaders in Christian Virtue
Franciscan University’s Center for Leadership Has Global Outlook but Focuses on the Local
According to the director, the center’s program will promote authentic Catholic social teaching as well as an understanding of the principles of America’s founding: “The goal is toward a healthy patriotism with gratitude for all the gifts we enjoy in this country, but also with the idea to build upon what’s good in our nation and work to improve where we need to improve.”
Emm... I'd need more information to attempt an evaluation...

From last year: Center for Leadership Launched

Yo-Yo Ma on Tavis Smiley

From November.

Watch Cellist Yo-Yo Ma on PBS. See more from Tavis Smiley.

Rick Santorum, clueless about the Constitution

Daniel Larison, Santorum’s Muddled Constitutional Theory

How many American bishops join Santorum in his views on the relationship between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, appealing to the former as a theistic Christian statement of natural law by which the Constitution is to be interpreted?

"This Is Why"

Via the Daniel Defense FB page:

Mark A. Signorelli contributes to the FPR/Joe Carter debate

Democracy and Coercion

As I mentioned in a comment on Mr. Salyer’s article, to govern simply means to coerce, in some form or other. This is just a definitional truth.

In the state of fallen nature, governing may require coercing, the threat of punishment, but to govern is merely to order the community with respect to the common good. I am not sure about how good the essay is; certainly  it doesn't address Mr. Carter's presuppositions about the ordering of the economy. Mr. Carter attributes wrongly his freedom to choose and pursue a certain lifestyle to liberalism, when it is actually due to the type of economy that we have and his relative wealth. Liberalism may be used to defend the  marriage of ["democratic"] government and big business, but it is not the cause.

I don't think much progress will be made with respect to convincing Mr. Carter.
Someone posted this on FB, and since I had just recently written on the topic of make-up, I thought I'd share it...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mutually Dependent

I think Alasdair MacIntyre would be pleased:To Build Community, an Economy of Gifts by Charles Eisenstein- For a multitude of reasons, we need to need each other. (EB)

I think this is off:
More directly posed: community is nearly impossible in a highly monetized society like our own. That is because community is woven from gifts, which is ultimately why poor people often have stronger communities than rich people. If you are financially independent, then you really don't depend on your neighbors—or indeed on any specific person—for anything. You can just pay someone to do it, or pay someone else to do it.

Community was lost as a result of cultural priorities manifested in individual choices and economic and political pressures. The use of money may foster a psychological blindness to our need for others, that is true, as well as a false sense of self-sufficiency. Getting rid of money in our economic exchanges may force us to evaluate how we can be useful to one another, that is true. As a community-building exercise, its usefulness is rather limited. Of course, progressive liberals presume that everyone else is the right-thinking sort, and that there are no big obstacles to community. We just need to be forced to interact with one another, and everything will turn out fine.

Community is woven from gifts. Unlike today's market system, whose built-in scarcity compels competition in which more for me is less for you, in a gift economy the opposite holds. Because people in gift culture pass on their surplus rather than accumulating it, your good fortune is my good fortune: more for you is more for me. Wealth circulates, gravitating toward the greatest need. In a gift community, people know that their gifts will eventually come back to them, albeit often in a new form. Such a community might be called a "circle of the gift."

Fortunately, the monetization of life has reached its peak in our time, and is beginning a long and permanent receding (of which economic "recession" is an aspect). Both out of desire and necessity, we are poised at a critical moment of opportunity to reclaim gift culture, and therefore to build true community. The reclamation is part of a larger shift of human consciousness, a larger reunion with nature, earth, each other, and lost parts of ourselves. Our alienation from gift culture is an aberration and our independence an illusion. We are not actually independent or "financially secure" – we are just as dependent as before, only on strangers and impersonal institutions, and, as we are likely to soon discover, these institutions are quite fragile.

The diffusion of the good -- first of all in our desires and choices and through them, the passing on of our actions and material things. This is a more holistic vision of communal life with which the wise and Catholics can agree and have built upon in their teachings. After all, the diffusion of the good is proper to love.

Recognizing our dependence and reliance upon on another for satisfying certain material needs is important, but it is not as important having a common vision of [communal] life which is necessary for solidarity (along with identity, a common culture, and so on). A community is a group of people who want to live with one another, not just because they depend on each other but also because they desire to live with them. Commercial relationships or friendships are important, but they are not the same as civic friendship (the mistaken opinion of liberals reading Aristotle).

Finally, the circle can do a third round in which people express gratitude for the things they received since the last meeting. This round is extremely important because in community, the witnessing of others' generosity inspires generosity in those who witness it. It confirms that this group is giving to each other, that gifts are recognized, and that my own gifts will be recognized, appreciated, and reciprocated as well.

The community-building exercises do sound hokey and rather forced. Should we not be expressing gratitude to one another in our exchanges? Moreover, there is a danger inherent to turning generosity and gratitude into a spectacle - it can become an occasion for competition and vice. Finally, we need to realize that each person is a gift to the community (as well as the role he exercises), with the ultimate source of good being God. Another sentimental version of secular humanism (or some alternate spirituality) will be inadequate to deal with the reality of sin and human imperfection (especially with the devil and his ilk seeking to trip people up).

Alasdair MacIntyre's Political Liberalism
Thaddeus J. Kozinski

Grumpy old white men would have something to say about the following movies.

Safe House (Apple)

I'm a Denzel Washington fan, but was putting him in the role of a former CIA agent gone rogue a PC casting choice? Soft Ryan Reynolds plays the CIA newbie who has to prove himself.

This Means War (Apple

Modern liberated woman who has the attention of two alpha males who in turn have to literally fight each other for her affection. (The trailer doesn't show what she really has to offer to either.)

Man on a Ledge (Apple)

Elizabeth Banks as a tough police psychologist/negotiator, with Pooja Kumar in an action role as a friend of the main character who is trying to prove his innocence.

Why Do Catholics Feel the Need to Appropriate Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Fr. Barron comments on Why Dr. King Still Matters

Matthew Schmitz, Who Gets to Use MLK’s Legacy?

Some use his authority to persuade others on questions like abortion. But it goes beyond that, when they accept his civil rights activism as the correct means for dealing with the problem of racism and injustice and see in him someone to admire and emulate. It is one thing to let non-Catholics have their heroes and figures; it is another to embrace those heroes and figures as one's own, even if only to try to facilitate dialogue and to be able to better identify with them. Maybe the division between groups is so great that this sort of cultural appeasement is necessary. But will it be successful in the long run? There are plenty who say the right things on race and engage in other PC grandstanding, but nonetheless will not accept "ractial integration" for themselves or their families. Can national myths and exaggerated sense of identity ever be wiped away, so that people can begin anew and deal with others as they are?

Paul Gottfried, The Cult Of St. Martin Luther King—A Loyalty Test For Careerist Conservatives?
(A reaction by Lawrence Auster to a talk Mr. Gottfried gave in NYC, based on second-hand info.)

Paul Gottfried, The Minicon Mind and MLK as Twentieth-Century Jesus
Marcus Epstein, Myths of Martin Luther King

Whiskey: Martin Luther King: The Return of Otto von Bismarck

Items of Interest, 17 January 2012

John Zmirak, Ron Paul and Pius IX

The Crash-and-Burn Future of Robot Warfare

Is the United States Still the Land of the Free

The Problem With Citizens United Is Not Corporate Personhood

Dave Pollard, Gangsters and Bankster (EB)

Transition Voice: What’s really in and out for 2012

Janelle Orsi: Sharing Economy (EB)

How farms are using permaculture design to survive and prosper

Jason Bradford, One acre feeds a person (EB)

Your Prius Won’t Save You: Questions for David Owen, Author of The Conundrum

GARETH PORTER AND JIM LOBE, Obama Delays U.S.-Israeli War Exercise
THOMAS H. NAYLOR, The End of Something
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS, America’s Last Chance

Diet and Health:
Cherries for Gout and Arthritis

The LLVLC Show (Episode 533): ‘Minding Your Mitochondria’ TEDx Viral YouTube Sensation Dr. Terry Wahls (mp3)

Low Carb Mistakes

BBC3: Daniel Hope, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Julian Marshall (expires in 7 days)

2012 SHOT Show - Media Day at the Range

Paul Howe: Advanced Tac Pistol/Rifle Operator
The daughter of my mom's friend is dating someone who had pursued her before, but in whom she wasn't interested - because she couldn't respect him - tai dak m hei. She had gotten divorced from someone else, who was probably more successful and intelligent, but probably catered to her demands too much at first. Because of that, it is possible that he might have had enough before he went looking for love elsewhere, not that bad behavior on her part, if it happened, exculpates him completely from his decision to do so.

So is she settling now, in order to avoid loneliness? From what the mom says, it seems like he is a "nice guy," no doubt a genuine beta.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Fathom Events is presenting a live performance by Yo Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and Stuart Duncan of the Goat Rodeo Sessions on January 31.

East Asian standards of male beauty

East Asian idol singers tend to be rather effeminate in appearance; even non-Asians have remarked about this - shouldn't this be a source of embarrassment to those who like to tout Asian pride? Are the entertainment companies simply meeting the expectations of [young and not-so-young] female consumers? Does this show the inability of female fans to deal with males as males? Their lack of familiarity with what constitutes "authentic masculinity? Is this a symptom of their immaturity which will ave an impact on expectations for romance and marriage?

The standard has tended towards the soft, fair and good skin, fancy hair that was done in a beauty salon. It wasn't always this bad in East Asian pop music, although singers have always been careful about their appearance and spent time taking care of it. East Asian actors still maintain some appearance of masculinity, but that may be going away as the popular actors age and will eventually be replaced. The Korean and Japanese pop music industries seem to value tall, lanky young men. They may work out and be mascular, but in general they are closer to looking like ectomorphs. Does being thin in that way make their height stand out more? Maybe 2 years of military service isn't enough to toughen the idols up.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Your face is an illusion

There are some comments about Katy Perry's "natural face" over at Traditional Christianity. I like how some have described the removal of makeup for certain women as "removing their face" as the difference is so stark. I was thus reminded how much Asian women rely upon makeup. In an episode of a Taiwanese show (Queen, with 藍心湄), a makeup artist was demonstrating how to create the illusion of a bigger eye through the application of makeup and colors. Walking through Kinokuniya the other day I was looking at the women's fashion magazines, searching for the ones that discuss makeup techniques as they usually include before and after photos. It's enough to make one swear off looking at women, lest one be beguiled by feminine deception. At the very least one can attempt to withhold making a judgment about beauty until one has seen the natural face? Yeah, good luck.

A double helping of Girl Power next weekend...

Underworld Awakening and Haywire:



Related: Gina Carano fan site

Gina Carano Haywire Interview from gina carano on Vimeo.

Sarge should check this out:

Special Operations Advisor Haywire Interview from gina carano on Vimeo.