Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nicholas Sparks, Public Enemy #2?

Right after Oprah in peddling trash to women that caters to their weaknesses? I saw the trailer for The Lucky One today (before Act of Valor, too). What a joke.
I had planned to go to RSA this morning for another hike. By the time I woke up it was already dawn. (The sun was up at least 15 minutes earlier than the last time.) By the time I got there, just a little before 7, the parking lots were already full. So I drove off and took the car for a spin around Stevens Creek Reservoir and Saratoga. I don't know if it is worth it to get up early enough so that one can get a parking space. It would be nice if the open space preserves were more accessible by foot, or if the walking trails were extended down into suburbia. One can dream...

Friday, February 24, 2012

MovNat and Methode Naturelle items

MovNat Certification: A Personal Perspective from Founder Erwan Le Corre
The Roots of Methode Naturelle

Erwan Le Corre, MovNat, Methode Naturelle, Georges Hebert Link Repository
Georges Herbert's Method Naturelle
George Hébert and the Natural Method of Physical Culture
Methode Naturelle : Georges Hebert 1875-1957
Hébertism – Méthode Naturelle
A discussion thread at American Parkour Forums.
Translation of Methode Naturelle Book
MovNat Expansion Course: Physical Culture Reinvented

I wish I were in good enough shape to try it out, or parkour.

What is Parkour

Parkour Generations
Primitive Movement
Trying to cash in on parkour - Urban Freeflow clothing

Items of Interest, 24 February 2012

The Right vs. Conservatives vs. The Left By Paul Gottfried

Fabius Maximus: Realism and Realpolitik – Setting the Conditions for America’s Survival in the 21st Century

CPAC - The Jersey Shore-ification of Our Young People

101st Airborne's 'Strike' brigade first Army unit issued M26 shotgun
U.S. Troops to Start Training for ‘Hybrid’ War
But will it be with a 2GW mentality?

ANDREW COCKBURN, Pentagon as Lying Machine
GARETH PORTER, Iran, the IAEA and the Parchin Site

JOHN GRANT, The Glorification of Our Secret Killers
Discusses Act of Valor and US special forces - does it characterize their missions properly?

By the Numbers: The Myth of the Overtaxed Corporation
The Automatic Earth: Our Depraved Future of Debt Slavery (Part II)
Differentiating the Sharing Economy from the Anarchy Economy (EB)
Kevin Carson, Romney's "Free Enterprise System": As Statist as Stalin’s Five-Year Plan

Peak Oil and Energy:
Oil in Perpetuity No More
The Peak Oil Crisis: Technology Update
John Robb, Oil Disruption is Zooming and Global Panic Awaits
Chris Martenson, Dangerous Ideas
Peak Moment TV guest Bart Anderson

Diet and Health:
MDA: Mindful Eating: The Art of Being Present at the Dinner Table
Damn your low fat diet: How a reformed vegan gorges on all the foods his granny enjoyed... and has never felt better by John Nicholson
How a Gluten-Free, Paleo Diet Changed My Life
How to Make Bacon from Scratch
The First MovNat Principle: Evolutionary
Weight Loss and Health Lessons from Downton Abbey
The Perfect Way to Hold Your Baby
My Paleo Kids Are Hungry All the Time - Help
Poor Diet Linked to Teen Mental Health Problems
The Myth of 8 Hour Sleep

Why Study Latin and Greek? (via Insight Sccop)
How Lila Rose Became Pro-Life... and Catholic
James Schall, SJ: Political Withdrawal

Reward or Punishment. How Beijing Sanctions the Bishops by Sandro Magister
Reward for those who obey the regime, punishment for those who are faithful to the pope. The bishop invited to Munich by the Community of Saint Egidio belongs to the first category. Here is a profile of him, set alongside that of a bishop who instead has been punished

Boyhood at Risk, Part One and Part Two

Retroactive Heresy: The influence of early Christian heresies on the identification and reaction to heretical sects
The role of castles in the political and military history of the Crusader States and the Levant 1187 to 1380
The Myth of Parisian Scholars’ Opposition to the System of Papal Provision (1378–1418)

The Quebe Sisters are in the area for the Don't Fence Me In tour.
RBA To Present Chris Stuart & Janet Beazley, Brittany Haas & Lauren Rioux On March 24

The Chieftains have a new album.

Katie Melua's latest at YouTube

The Cranberries: '90s Icons Return With 'Roses,' Not Politics (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

FX's Justified: The Podcast talks Raylan, Winona, Quarles, and more (DL)
Sandro Magister, Legionaries. The Young Vicar and the Restless Virgins
A new man at the top of the congregation: the German Heereman. Meanwhile, however, many consecrated women are leaving. The torment of their leader, Malén Oriol. The silent revolution of Cardinal De Paolis

Life After RC: New directors for Third Degree

Christopher Mannion, The Coming Age of the Laity

Crisis (via Patriactionary)

I believe Mr. Mannion is a paleolibertarian, or leans in that direction. He quotes Pope Benedict XVI, who has adopted the proposition nation understanding of the United States, which holds the Declaration of Independence to be primarily a statement of natural law and a key by which the Constitution is to be interpreted:
At the heart of every culture, whether perceived or not, is a consensus about the nature of reality and the moral good, and thus about the conditions for human flourishing. In America, that consensus, as enshrined in your nation’s founding documents, was grounded in a worldview shaped not only by faith but a commitment to certain ethical principles deriving from nature and nature’s God. Today that consensus has eroded significantly in the face of powerful new cultural currents which are not only directly opposed to core moral teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition, but increasingly hostile to Christianity as such.

While the bishops do need to man up and deal with politicians who are Catholic in name only, I think Mr. Mannion underestimates the gravity of the problems confronting the laity if they seek to strengthen their families and parishes. But it is the beginning of a response to "Catholics" like Rick Santorum who claim to be conservative.

Helena Norberg-Hodge - Economics of Happiness on with Cary Harrison

A leftist on the state of the nation

Orion Magazine: America the Possible: A Manifesto, Part I by James Gustave Speth
From decline to rebirth

A misdiagnosis of the problem... He doesn't get everything wrong, but he does have a nationalistic conception of the union, and he is ignorant of all of the moral/spiritual problems. Would he support the use of the Federal Government to stamp out tradition in the name of progressive liberalism and equality? I don't doubt it.

Where do Uhmericans who share his perspective live? Is it more likely that they live in a megapolis rather than in "fly-over" country? Those who want to conserve a traditional community must gather together now and work for this.

Stuff from TED

Stephen Coleman, The Moral Dangers of Non-Lethal Weapons

How do we make safe surgery part of the global health agenda?

Garth Lenz: The true cost of oil

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Archdruid Report: The Structure of Empires

The Archdruid Report: The Structure of Empires: Empires, as last week’s post noted, have been around for a long time. The evidence of history suggests that they show up fairly promptly onc...

Daniel Larison is also writing some reflections on empire, spurred on by Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World (Bloomsbury).

'Ghosts Of Empire': Britain's Lasting Imperial Legacy
Mercator review
WSJ review

The day the empire died in shame by Lindsay Murdoch.

Pray for Japan


Where Do We Go Now

Rotten Tomatoes

Somehow the enlightened women are able to stay above the fray. "Because we are mothers"? And yet women with children can be more tribal than any man, even turning on those within their own community if they deem it necessary. But in this story they form an alliance because they wish to secure the future safety (and happiness) of their children, while the men squabble (over something minor?). If only women were in charge - then we'd have peace. Isn't that the message, an endorsement of matriarchy against the foolishness of men (including those who have religious authority)? Who would have thought that feminism would be making inroads in Lebanon.


Enough to turn NBC's performance around, somewhat in accordance with Whiskey's suggestions?

Collider interview
Alan Sepinwall

Jason Isaacs... foreign actors doing the job that Uhmericans can't -- appearing manly.

A special preview of the first episode is up at Hulu:

Also on Youtube.

I can only hope that it will be a commercial failure.

But who can count upon the judgment of adultlescents?

J.K. Rowling has deal for new novel for adults
Bottesini Gran Duo for double bass and violin

Giovanni Bottesini Concerto for Double Bass No 2 in B Minor

Act of Valor - The Making of

(You will need to confirm your age.)

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Directors Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh Talk 'Act of Valor'
Dylan Ratigan - Act of Valor

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Katie Melua -- The Bit that I don`t get

Katie Melua -- The Bit that I don`t get - MyVideo

Items of Interest, 22 February 2012

Andrew Bacevich, The American Century is Over - Good Riddance (Scoring the Global War on Terror)

Daniel Larison, How Warmongers Keeping Shaping Foreign Policy Debates
Ghosts of Empire: Understanding the British Empire For What It Was

A Glimpse Inside Special Forces Training of Top Afghan Cops; Rule of Law Vs. Corruption by David Axe

Corruption? Or a failure on the part of the natives to meet the expectations of a nation-state when there is none?

GARETH PORTER AND SHAH NOORI, Karzai Demand on Night Raids Snags U.S.-Afghan Pact

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS, Silencing the Critics

Thomas Fleming, Ain't Freedom Grand

Daniel Larison on the comparison of Santorum to Savarnola: Abusing the Good Friar, II

Daniel McCarthy, Don't Blame the Courts

Crisis and the Creeping Militarization of American Society

Rod Dreher, What is Education For?

Eric Voegelin: Prophet to the Modern Academy by Robert Woods

T.S. Eliot's Ash Wednesday by Bradley J. Birzer

After Putin's Kiss, a Young Girl's Change of Heart
The alpha strikes again?

Stratford Caldecott, Religious Freedom

NPR: How Companies Are Defining Your Worth Online
MIKE WHITNEY, Why Hasn’t Anyone Gone to Jail?
How Greece could take down Wall Street by Ellen Brown
Our Depraved Future of Debt Slavery (Part I)

ALIA Institute: Resilience
The challenge of re-localisation by Graham Barnes
The happy hoarder: Waxing poetic
coming together in groups by Charlotte Du Cann
Co-ops are Big: Charles Gould on the Int'l Year of the Co-op by Jessica Reeder
Secret crying places by Gene Logsdon (EB)
Fine tuning the Great Transition: Why we made The Crisis of Civilization and what's next for Transition by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed (EB)

Energy and Peak Oil:
Peak oil, adapting for big changes ahead

'Fossil fuels are the new whale oil', says environmentalist Amory Lovins

What EROI tells us about ROI

Will Occupy Wall Street start drilling for peak oil?
Erik Curren, Transition Voice

Tom Murphy, The Way is Shut (EB)

Humanity's Growing Impact on the World's Freshwater

Preaching before Princes: A study of some sixteenth century sermons preached before the monarch during the Tudor era
Sandro Magister: "The Church does not exist for her own sake, but she has to point beyond herself, to the realms above..."
Interfaith Voices: The Inquisition, Then and Now

Diet and Health:
MDA: Safe and Effective Ways for Kids to Exercise
MovNat: Learning how to move as we were intended to
LLVLC 549: The LLVLC Show (Episode 549): ‘The Primal Parent’ Blogger Peggy Emch Beats Infertility With Primal Low-Carb (mp3)
Time to Stop Talking About Low-Fat, Say HSPH Nutrition Experts

New York Polyphony: A Vocal Quartet Takes On Death

Kathleen Edwards Rolling Stone Session

Del McCoury interview

The Sixteen Asia-Pacific Tour

Alisa Weilerstein Playing Bach with the Fishes

Harmonia: When in Rome...

Just released by Criterion on Blu-ray: Three Outlaw Samurai - Trailer

Korean TV:
Three dramas starting, who will be the 'goddess of victory'?

Ana Moura - Mapa do Coração

Rome Reports: Pope explains the significance of Lent and Ash Wednesday

Went to the noon Mass at OLP today; first time I've seen the new parking lot full of cars. People were parking in the parking lots of nearby tech companies. (A no no, I believe.) I sat next to an Asian woman who had 3 kids and was expecting a fourth. You don't see too many big Asian families around here. I don't know what her ethnicity was, since she spoke English with the children, and they didn't look mixed. (They did resemble one another, but the youngest was the cutest.)

William Byrd - Emendemus in melius. Deller

While on the way to church I saw a F-18 fly overhead; I don't know what variant but it was close to the ground. Where was it going? Yesterday there was a Navy helicopter in the sky.

Free online showing for The Economics of Happines

Instructions for viewing: Starts at 6 PM PST, 9 PM EST tonight.

Monday, February 20, 2012

George Washington's Birthday

I have been reading Sam Francis in Shots Fired; he argues that the old holiday of celebrating Washington's birthday should be restored since we should not exalt one branch of the Federal Government, poiting out that we do not do the same for the two other branches. (Let's not give Congress any ideas.) Moreover, we should not celebrate the bad presidents. (And this would include Lincoln, who is usually linked to Washington on this day, even by "conservatives.") Paleos and traditional conservatives make it a point of defending the achievements of great American men such as the "Founding Fathers," while not forgetting their flaws. What identity can we have when we fail to honor those who came before us? Respect for the constitutional order of a polity is not the same as the venerating of ancestors, but part of the basis for honoring one's ancestors are their achievements for the community.

Leftists will talk about how the country was founded upon imperialism. While they may be right in some of their criticisms, how can white leftists hate their past or dissociate themselves from it, even when they raise themselves up for admiration as one way to compensate? Perhaps their narcissism is not so extreme -- they'll remember the radicals that came before them or look to them as role models. Still, it is more than likely that their predecessors viewed themselves as being "separate." Any natural basis of identity is slowly squeezed out in favor of sharing a common ideology, a new church as it were. (And Christianity does not even go so far as to blot out natural distinctions of identity. They may not be the most important aspect of a Christian's identity, but they do inform our roles and vocations.) What can be done to repair the disconnect between them and those who came before them, the discontinuity in history? Very little.

It irked me somewhat that many people were cheering when Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States was mentioned by one of the Stairwell Sisters during their performance, but what else should I expect from Berkeley. (They also talked about being part of the 99%.)

Nonetheless, how many of us are simply pretending to have an American identity, when we have very little connection to the United States of the late 18th century and 19th century either in our own family history or through the people with whom we associate? We hold on to the national myths because we identify with the "nation" in the abstract, possessing citizenship and consuming American mass marketed culture...

It is not just the leftists who disavow the founding fathers; some traditionalist Catholics also do the same in the name of combating liberalism. It would seem that a people can remain the same, for the most part, while the constitution of their polity changes. If we follow Aristotle: the formal element of the community is its constitution, the material element the people who compose it? Consequently, when the constitution is changed, the old community no longer exists and is replaced by another. Is it possible, though, to distinguish between the achievements of a community as such and that of a people?  

If the state of Virginia were to pass away and some Virginians remain in the area, would they need to adopt a new name for their people? Or could they [their tribe?] retain the name as a memory of what once was?

Fr. Rutler: The Father of Our Country
Out of Virtue, Greatness: Washington as Aristotle's Magnanimous Man by Dr. Jose Yulo (via Insight Scoop)
Face it Buchanan, America is Changing
The analysis probably doesn't go far enough for the manosphere: Why Men Are Slackers and Women Are Single by Suzanne Venker, at least with respect to characterizing men's behavior as "immaturity." Might men have reasons for avoiding marriage beyond "Why buy the cow..." After all, the same author also wrote Marriage: What's in It for Men?, which is somewhat better at identifying the nature of problem.

Items of Interest, 20 February 2012

State Capitalism by Yves Pernet

Andrew Bacevich, Scoring the Global War on Terror

Know Your Gnostics By Gene Callahan
Eric Voegelin diagnosed the neoconservatives' disease.

Daniel Larison, Ghosts of Empire

Oz Conservative: The Orthosphere - a new blog

PAM MARTENS, Occupy the SEC Pitches An Extreme Makeover of Wall Street

Creator of "The Story of Stuff" shows what's at stake with commons assets
Jay Walljasper, On the Commons (EB)

The Ooooby Local Economic Model by Pete Russell (EB)

Ideas to Reduce Your Trash Waste by 80%

Via EB:

The Entropy of Capitalism & Urban Ag: Interview with Robert Biel

Luke Miller Callahan, The Socio Capitalist, GroAction

The Entropy of Capitalism & Urban Ag: Interview with Robert Biel from GroAction on Vimeo.

Film review: The Forgotten Space
Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine

The simpler way: a practical action plan for living more on less
Samuel Alexander, Simon Ussher and Ted Trainer, Simplicity Institute

Interview with Prior of Monastère Saint-Benoît, Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon by Shawn Tribe
There Never Was a ‘Catholic Moment’

Feminism and Misandry:
A Man Wants a Wife, Not a “Co-Worker”
At The Intersection of Racialism and Misandry

Diet and Health:
A roundup at Free the Animal includes a link to an audio file with Robert Lustig.

Moving Naturally? The 10 MovNat Principles©
MovNat Trainer Certification
Some local workshops coming up in March.

Mass Culture:
Elmore Leonard's Raylan -
People who get on marshal's bad side mess with wrong guy
By Sharon Galligar Chance

Apparently the first episode of the latest season of Survivor puts sex differences on display.

I missed an opportunity to see Pat Buchanan in person when he was campaigning at Boston College in 2000. Maybe I can show some support by purchasing a copy of Suicide of a Superpower.

Is Obama's America God's Country?

From Jim Antle: Crossfired.

Alamo Drafthouse theater in San Francisco?

A poor business opportunity?

The radical liberal democrat

One who has bought into the nationalist myth regarding the nature of the Federal Union - The War on Women by Jack Random.

With the adoption of a constitution replacing the Articles of Confederation, we announced to the world that we were one nation, united in principle and purpose. We became a union with a strong federal government that could defend our borders and guarantee the rights of our citizens enumerated in the Bill of Rights.

We reformed our democracy by empowering the people to elect not only our representatives in the lower house but also our senators in the upper chamber of congress. We expanded our franchise by eliminating property as a condition of voting. We survived a bloody civil war, abolishing slavery and eventually welcoming all races to the full rights of citizenship.

Count the # of errors...

Traditional family systems of Europe

A few questions I had regarding the information presented in Steve Sailer's "Was Beowulf an Empty Nester?" I find the adjectives used to describe the families unhelpful. I see Scotland, England, Wales is mostly characterized by the "absolute nuclear family," which some have touted as being the cause of Anglo-American civilization's "success." Even if the adult children did not live with the parents, how many of them moved to another village or region? I would imagine that they mostly stayed in close proximity to their parents, even if they did not live under the same roof, and there may be some psychological and moral advantages of this arrangement over all adult children living under the same roof or the eldest child (the son's?) family living with the parents.

Would "authoritarian" and "community" families have adult female children living in the home? Or would they be married into another family?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A not entirely good day. While I was in line at the car show I was listening to some podcasts, including many with James Howard Kunstler. What pointed remarks would he make about a car show? It was "hella ghetto" in the queue. A lot of people cutting in line; the show itself didn't seem to start on time. There was very bad planning either by those responsible for the show or by those in charge of security, who refused to police the barriers as they should have. The fear of the odds and what might happen was understandable but a disappointment nonetheless, and eventually the crowd took matters in its own hands, setting aside barriers so that those who had been waiting the longest might have a chance to take away some of the advantage gained by the cutters and enter the show sooner. A lot of people brought drinks and food to the line. Alas, some of them left their trash on the ground. But many were stayed in line as long as possible and displayed restraint. Those who didn't behave well spoiled the mood for everyone else.

When I left, I ended up having car trouble. I hate cars; a necessary evil but still burdensome.

Edit. Since they didn't have evaluation forms at the event, I should call out Wekfest for poor planning and preparations. Lucky because no one got hurt?

Too much accomodationism?

The Dangers of Anti-Sharia Laws by Robert K. Vischer

The author appeals to the First Amendment to defend a certain notion of religious liberty. Can his argument be harmonized with a correct understanding of the Constitution in which the First Amendment is seen as applying only to the Federal Government and not the states?

Agroinnovations interview with Rob Hopkins

(From 2009) Parts 1 and 2:
Episode 69 (mp3)
Episode 70 (mp3)

Related: Episode #127: Peak Moment Television (mp3)
Episode #124: Back in the Saddle (mp3)

John Plaster

How to Shoot Through Barricades & Cover: The Ultimate Sniper III: The Video

Paladin Press