Saturday, March 24, 2012

Casting pearls...

There doesn't seem to be much use in continuing to use a certain free online dating website. My profile or my comments may be too beta, or it may be I lack sufficient physical attractiveness. Why put so much effort into it when it is unlikely that I'll find someone "equally yoked"? Or with the same sort of moral, intellectual, and cultural education? To think that I deserve to not go on dates or have a "relationship" because of past and present sins is probably just a temptation. There are plenty who have less moral scruples who are more successful. So if some women cannot appreciate virtus, why waste any energy on them?
Today there was a short memorial service at the cemetary for Mrs. W. It was raining, but the service was short, maybe 10 minutes long. Afterwards all were invited to have dinner over at New Port. I have to say that the food there tonight was only average, which is rather surprising since the quality is usually better. (In fact I think that the restaurant tends to be one of the better ones in the area.) Carb overload...

Minimalist Running

The Key To Successful Minimalist Running
by Danny Abshire and Brian Metzler

Online Shoes
NaturalFootGear intoduces some new shoes.

Vancouver Running Symposium

Items of Interest, 24 March 2012

Joe Sobran, Jefferson was Right

The Christian Humanists Challenge the Machine
by Bradley J. Birzer, TIC co-Editor
Patrick Deneen, Birzer Against the Machine

The White Savior Industrial Complex

Srdja Trifkovic, Just a Regular French Youth
PJB, Tolouse: The Dark Side of Diversity

Rod Dreher, Race and the "Important Conversation"

Gl Piggy, Ditch the Hoodie
The hoodie: comfortable and versatile, eliminating the need for separate headgear on cold nights. But too much association with the "bad elements" of society?

Robert Bales: Lone Nut or Scapegoat?

A WSJ review of Kevin Gutzman's book on Madison: A President Oft-Overshadowed.

Obama Administration Releasing New Rules To Expand Ability To Hold Citizens' Data

Former Navy SEAL: “Cold Civil War, but for how long?”


Three New Books from League of the South

The Automatic Earth: To Where Our Oppositional Culture Takes Us

Egypt's next pope

Their Pope Dead, Egypt’s Copts Fear Worse Times by Patrick Cockburn
Occupy World Street! by Thomas H. Naylor
Alexander Cockburn, The Myth of the Knowledge Economy
Dave Lindorff, Evidence Homeland Security Coordinated Occupy Crackdown
Ralph Nader, CEOs Contemplate the Occupy Movement

Center for a New American Dream

Why the end of economic growth can bring more happiness

A review of The End of Growth by Richard Heinberg.

Farmers of Forty Centuries: Organic Farming in China, Korea and Japan
by Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

NLM: Scholarly Liturgical Articles, Antiphon, 2010
The Adoption of Christianity by the Irish and Anglo-Saxons: The Creation of Two Different Christian Societies
(I'm not impressed by the first paragraph.)
Cheeky Complaints Monks Scribbled in the Margins of Manuscripts

The Spearhead: Chivalry—Whether or not it’s dead, it’s not for us regular men.
How feminists define gender traits
Vox Day, Sl_tgate and Society
Temptation and Redemption: A Monastic Life in Stone

Diet and Health:
Ask The Low-Carb Experts (Episode 10): ‘All Things Thyroid (Thyroid 101)’ | Chris Kresser (mp3)
The People of PaleoFX
9 Food Cures You Can Grow at Home

The 5th MovNat Principle: Vital
I think there is something to what MovNat is trying to teach with respect to human mobility and strength development. This week the founder says something like this on his FB: "Matriarchal societies are wiser."
Roussea taken to an extreme, with the noble savage replaced by the noble savage woman. He has not experienced the misandry that follows feminism taking over a society yet? How many hunter-gatherer groups could be properly said to have been matriarchies? Has he not done research into that point? He doesn't claim to be recovering that sort of ancestral fitness, but it is close. Too much reaction against "civilization" for his own good?

SDG reviews October Baby.

Movie review: Rachel Weisz a passionate force in 'Deep Blue Sea'
More emotional porn for women?


Mad Men Returns, Cocky and Confident As Ever

More crap coming to television! Hooray!

New neighbors coming...

One of the houses on the street is being sold, and despite the rain today, there are many interested buyers going to the open house. As I expected, many of them are Indians, and the rest are E. Asian (probably Chinese).

Lee Young Ae's twins

Ad campaign:

Scythian raising money for a new album

Scythian makes a new album!


Tonight in Mountain View!

Haas and Rioux: Redwood Bluegrass Association performance

I'll hear them tomorrow at Don Quioxte's.

Lester Flatt Folsom Prison Blues

World Over - 03-22-12 - Andy Garcia discusses religious freedom, Cuba and the Pope Benedict visit.

Bluegrass Today: Rhonda turns 'em loose

With some videos of their appearance on WAMU's Bluegrass Country.

A medley:

I think I posted this before:
Overheard at a local track and field:

Boy running at the end of soccer practice: "I'm so COLD!"
Girl attending a separate soccer practice, walking in the opposite direction but near the boy: "Shut up!"
Boy: "Calm down, princess."

I don't know if the two know one another; maybe it's something typical of elementary school students, but they were both in middle school. Someone's overdue for learning some basic manners? How rude would it be to say, "Shut up," to a stranger? Girl power: aggressiveness and rudeness? Are their coaches doing them any favors by promoting team sports for girls, if it's at the expense of femininity?

Friday, March 23, 2012

5 hours of John Taylor Gatto

(via Complementarian Loners)

The Ultimate History Lesson_ A Weekend with John Taylor Gatto

Parts 2, 3, 4, 5

Plus there are the following:

John Taylor Gatto on Compulsary Education and Permanent Childhood

Charlotte Thompson Iserbyt: The Secret History of Western Education - alt

Angelus ex machina


*spoiler warning*

Andrea Beaton and Troy MacGillivray in Davis tomorrow night

More info.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Paul Hébert - Le printemps

Noel Bairey Merz: The single biggest health threat women face

How much of this is linked to obesity in women or bad diet?

The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom in Cantonese

I should have checked the date of the UCA article.

Uh, girl altar servers. Normal in the Roman rite in Hong Kong; still...

The music is interesting, even if it doesn't sound Greek/Near Eastern. I don't know what the source is.

I hope Fr. B. will be in attendance

Crosscut Tout: Tallis Scholars in a fine new venue

Items of Interest, 22 March 2012

John Michael Greer, America Crossing the Line

Thaddeus Kozinski, Sacred Ambivalence: A Reflection on Remi Brague’s “Are Non-Theocratic Regimes Possible”

Fabius Maximus: America enters the dreamland, part of our culture of defeat

Joseph G. Trabbic interviews Raymond Dennehy on two recently republished books by Jacques Maritain: The Return of Thomistic Political Philosophy, Part I and Part II

Jordan Bloom, If the Individual Mandate is Constitutional, the Commerce Clause has No Limits

John Médaille, The Music of The Spheres and The Terminally Tone-Deaf

Paul Gottfried, Tea Party Constitutionalism

James Antle, Weak Tea

Gay marriage is now the issue through which the elite advertises its superiority over the redneck masses

Réunion du Pape Shenouda III-21.04.2010:Le péché de langue

pathways radio: The Economics of Happiness (mp3)

Tom Murphy Interview: Resource depletion is a bigger threat than climate change by James Stafford (EB)

In Defense of Bells: Their Use and History in the Roman Liturgy
Byzantine liturgy in Chinese ‘a success’
I wish that some audio or video were available.

Mgr Lefebvre + s'abandonner à Dieu

No Long Ladies
Trampling the Nag
St. Birgitta: The Disjunction Between Women and Ecclesiastical Power
The Vulgate Genesis and St. Jerome’s Attitudes to Women

Cultivating the Affections by Dr. Peter Vande Brake

Steve Sailer reviews Whit Stillman's latest.

Performing in the Bay Area this weekend: Brittany Haas and Lauren Rioux
Two rising stars in the Appalachian fiddle world come together for a mini 'fiddle festival'

Pat's Product Review: Benchmade CSK II - Combat/Survival Knife

AH-64 Apache mishap caught on video

A Southron gives his point of view

on the Constitution and such; Mr. R. M. Peters at "Patriotism vs. American Exceptionalism" - see, for example, this and this.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Items of Interest, 21 March 2012

Almost got run over tonight! That ------- is lucky that I didn't trust his driving or visual skills.

For the feast of St. Benedict (on the old calendar of the Roman rite): Pax Inter Spinas by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P.
Suscipe Me, Domine

Paul Gottfried, German Sabotage and America’s Entry Into World War I

Kevin Gutzman on Jack Riccardi: "James Madison and the Making of America" (mp3)

The funeral of Pope Shenouda III - in pictures

(via Byzantine, Texas)

Juliet Schor on Consumption and the Environment

The great, invisible brain wave in the sky by Gene Logsdon (EB)

From January: Happy 130th Birthday, A. A. Milne: “Happiness” and the Origin of Winnie-the-Pooh

Building Businesses That Stand For Something

Preparing for the unimaginable by Dave Pollard (EB)

Peak Oil and Energy:
Behind Oil Price Rise: Peak Oil or Wall Street Speculation?
Peak oil, keeping reality in mind

Laziness by Any Other Name

Diet and Health:
Mark Nugent, Will Red Meat Really Kill You?
Gary Taubes, Science, Pseudoscience, Nutritional Epidemiology, and Meat

Garbage Generation
Life after RC: Pressing for an investigation
Brennan Pursell, How to Develop a Prayer Life that Transforms
Don Nicola Bux Personally Appeals to the SSPX: "This is the appropriate moment..."

Pretty Little Girl from Galax video

Whit Stillman Q & A: 'Damsels in Distress,' 13-Year Hiatus, Upcoming Ska Rocksteady Project

ARC'TERYX LEAF Urban Wolf from ARC'TERYX LEAF on Vimeo.

Chris Thile, E Major Prelude

Bach Project

For Greater Glory

Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss - Whiskey Lullaby

Podcasts links

Recent episodes of the Kunstler Cast:
KunstlerCast #198: Catherine Tumber on Small Cities – Part 2 (mp3)
KunstlerCast #197: Catherine Tumber on Small Cities – Part 1 (mp3)
KunstlerCast #196: JHK’s Veganism

I haven't listened to #196 yet, so I don't know if he was still on the vegan diet at that point but reconsidering it, or if he had already decided to quit.

Extraenvironmentalist #38 Hard Times (with Nicole Foss) - mp3

Finally, the link to the official Tonight Show episode with Ron Paul from Last night. (Ron Paul, pt 1)
Dr. Ron Paul, Frank Caliendo and The Wanted - Backstage

Ron Paul on Leno

Leno's been able to stick around after pushing out Conan. How's Conan doing on TNT?

From September of last year: Daily Show interview - part 1 and part 2

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Wealth Pumps

What happens as a result of political and economic centralization of power.

Damien Perrotin discusses the situation in France.

This is only made worse by the structure of the French state itself. France formed by amalgamating small feudal principalities during the middle-ages and by conquering border lands afterward. As a result, all its infrastructures are centered on the capital region, which works as a wealth and manpower pump, extracting resource from the provinces to fund the lifestyle of the Parisian aristocracy and the infrastructures it needs. The railroad network, for instance, is organized around the six big Parisian stations and most big corporations have their seat in Paris, as close as possible to the political power.

Theoretically, most regions receive more from the state than they contribute, but it is an illusion. A great part of the money that flows out from Paris is made of pensions, wages and touristic spending, what we call the residential economy. They increase, not alleviate dependency.

Public spending, notably in education, is aimed at providing the core with the skilled manpower it needs, triggering a permanent brain drain from the periphery toward the Parisian region, and of course, the economy of the periphery is organized according to the need and the interests of the core. Under the guise of “national solidarity”, wealth movements are organized and controlled by the state, which makes the poorest regions yet more dependent on the core and prevents independent accumulation of capital, either human or material.

The result has been a pattern of regional specialization, with the superior functions, and most of the national wealth, concentrated in Paris.

Items of Interest, 20 March 2012

Sights and Sounds from the Abbey of Le Barroux

Mark Mitchell, Patriotism vs. American Exceptionalism

Calhoun, Jefferson, and Popular Rule by Lee Cheek

Daniel Larison, The Short American Century: The Conservatism of George Kennan

Paul Gottfried, Leo Strauss, Immigration, And Israel

PJB, The Glaring Inequality of Obamaville

Fabius Maximus: With a stroke of his pen President Hope and Change erased much of America

America, Rome and the Moral Imagination by Cindy Rollins

The End of the New Deal Coalition and the Transformation of American Politics by Thomas Storck

Something with Dr. Marshner:
Contraception Mandate and Formal Cooperation
Christendom College Theology Professor Explains Moral Implications for Catholics

Some thoughts for John Breen from John O'Callaghan, Thomist, on "health", etc.

David Walker:

Making 9 Million Jobless "Vanish": How The Government Manipulates Unemployment Statistics by Daniel R. Amerman, CFA

Land Rent - the Genesis of the British Class System

Relocalization and Sustainability:
Why the Church needs to return to its pastoral roots: permaculture visions of a rural minster by Reverend Rob Brown |

Ralph Nader, How Greece threatens you and how going local offers the only refuge

The Roots of Sprawl: Why We Don't Live Where We Work

This Is The Lexicon Of Sustainability - Douglas Gayeton At Work

This Is The Lexicon Of Sustainability - Douglas Gayeton At Work from lexicon of sustainability on Vimeo.

The Future of Food

Toward Energy Literacy

Mathematics Education: Being Outwitted by Stupidity
In long-expected move - legislators, school districts outlaw the children

Diet and Health:
MDA: Dear Mark: Excess Skin After Major Weight Loss?
The LLVLC Show (Episode 557): GAPS Diet Creator Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride Uses Nutrition To Heal Gut Health (mp3)
The LLVLC Show (Episode 558): Matt And Stacy From ‘Paleo Parents’ Encourage Kids To ‘Eat Like A Dinosaur’ (mp3)

Guest Post by Dr. Stephen Gangemi: MovNat and Kids
7 MovNat Lessons from an Uncoordinated Stay-at-Home Mom

NPR: Cameras Follow World's Greatest Sushi Chef

CMT: Sierra Hull, "Easy Come, Easy Go"

See more from this live performance here:

An Anonymous 4 Retrospective

BBC Four to broadcast Angelic Voices

Watch the New Josh Turner Video, 'Time Is Love' by Hunter Hauk

Why I Hate The 'Goldberg Variations'

Less turn and burn for special operators
SOCOM task force looks at dwell time, quality of life

The Vespers - 'Got No Friends' ~ Live from New York City

From the Eugene Police Department:

Would the paleolibs have something to say in response?
Today, the father one of one of the students was sporting a "Wing Tsun" shirt. Affiliated with this school?


An explanation offered by a reader of VFR:

Hypergamy means that women are attracted to men who are "above" them--superior to themselves and, ideally, to other men as well. This can be either social dominance, in the form of wealth or social status, or personal dominance, in the form of physical strength or force of personality. The social dominance of men over women, being a function of traditional patriarchy, has been negated by female empowerment. With women more or less equal to men in socioeconomic terms, only those few men who are of much richer or higher status than the common run of men are perceived by women as socially dominant.
This leaves personal dominance as the weightier factor influencing the modern woman's choice in men. As for physical strength, modern man has little opportunity to display his superiority in this area outside of sports. Not long ago, even the lowliest manual laborer could establish and reestablish his virility daily by performing tasks beyond the ability of most any woman, and thus partially offset the disadvantage incurred by his lower social status relative to other men. Mechanization has largely neutralized this male advantage as well. The other venue in which brute physical strength was displayed was fighting, which was once tolerated if not outright encouraged but is now so severely sanctioned (at least for white men) that the only ones who can afford to engage in it are those with nothing left to lose. Once upon a time, even good men were occasionally violent. Nowadays only bad men are violent. If violence is outlawed, only outlaws will be violent.

Which brings us to the final point. The only way that an increasing number of men can distinguish themselves is by resorting to the one type of dominance remaining to them: dominant personality. This covers a wide range of qualities: leadership, decisiveness, confidence, determination, independence, resourcefulness, risk-taking, charisma, intelligence, wit, etc. What needs to be noted about all these is that, while they initially appear to be unreservedly positive qualities, they are in fact morally neutral (as are all the other forms of dominance mentioned above--a physically strong man is not necessarily good, nor a rich man, nor a high-status man, despite the fact that we would all prefer to be strong, rich and powerful). A personally dominant, "manly" man may be either good or bad. We could just as easily re-word the above list as: domineering, impulsive, arrogant, pig-headed, selfish, inconsiderate, irresponsible, reckless, devious, and yes, violent. Whether we choose positive or negative terms to describe them, these are the "alpha" traits that women subconsciously associate with high-status men. Of course, the "alpha" qualities they crave are really epiphenomenal, merely superficial markers of the things they really need, not the things themselves. Thus, to a woman judging men in the raw, unmediated by any societal evaluation, a man who puts on a convincing act of being confident and charismatic is as good as a man who is confident and charismatic and has the accomplishments to prove it. And when this act is accompanied by the brute physical violence forbidden to men who play by the rules, the combined effect is intoxicating. Women are attracted at the visceral level to the raw masculinity, which they in turn interpret at the conscious level in the most hopeful light possible, taking wishful thinking to heights unimaginable to us men. A temple built atop a sewer indeed. "But to the girdle do the gods inherit, beneath is all the fiend's." There is thus no contradiction in a woman imagining herself to be seeking safety from a "strong" man who excites her and ends up abusing her.

Patriarchy valorizes qualities that men value in other men, dominant or not, "beta" qualities such as loyalty, honesty and industriousness, and converts these into a currency that women value: social status and the financial resources that accompany it. In this way male and female values become aligned. In the past, women's judgments of men were mediated by male authority. Nowadays, however, women are evaluating men on the basis of their own subjective, gut-level feelings, which, while accurate indicators of the thrills they can expect from the relationship, are poor indicators of their prospects for long-term happiness.

More at another blog.

See also: Deeper questions and Roissy tells Murray to "man up".

Monday, March 19, 2012

How long before James Howard Kunstler goes paleo?

Karen De Coster thinks he is already primal. I think he is progressing towards it, after being vegan for a while.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Items of Interest, 18 March 2012

Rod Dreher, Why Conservatism Can't Win

St. Calhoun, Part I by Bradley J. Birzer - Part II

Brig. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera to be deputy commanding general at USASOC

Intelligible Goods, Marriage, and Intellectual Conversion by R.J. Snell

Executive War Powers Have Strict Constitutional Limits

Galileo: Anti-Hero of Science

Paul Gottfried, Obama's Grievance Politics
“National Defense Resources Preparedness” executive order: Power grab or mere update?

Wisconsin Senate Passes Healthcare Freedom Act
Conservatives Slam House GOP For "Betrayal" of States' Rights
Free Sterilizations Must be Offered to All College Women, Says HHS

So will the American bishops and Catholic institutions work with states to block Obamacare so that at least the Church will be protected in some areas? Or will they just play along with the rules of the nationalist system so that they can act the martyr?

Because of the latest developments, it once again appears that it might be better to support the Grand Oligarchy Party even though it gives scraps to social conservatives, because it at least won't be as radical as Obama if it controls the executive. Though there is no reason to think that the party will resist changes coming from any of the branches of the National Government. It will undoubtedly continue to promote oligarchy and as a result, pave the way for further destruction of economic freedom and community.

Is there a way to get around the requirements of Obamacare by changing labor contracts, so that employees are more like contractors or consultants?

Church Not State by D.G. Hart
Christians must choose between faith or worldly relevance

Grit Artisan: The Other Side of Racism

Study Finds That Corn Insecticides Are to Blame for Deaths of Honeybees

Nations, Liberalism, and Science by Peter Augustine Lawler

Richard Heinberg, What is Sustainability
Alternative finance radicals: Infusing rebellion with entrepreneurial creativity
The Truth About “Free Trade” by David S. D'Amato
Big Oil, Big Government, and Big Hypocrisy by Kevin Carson

William Oddie, Bishop Davies of Shrewsbury says we need to face the reality of hell during Lent. It’s such an unusual thing for a bishop to say that it made a Herald headline

The Mystery of Monasticism: History, Spirituality and Vocation

E. Christian Kopff, Greek to US: The Death of Classical Education and Its Consequences
Shannon Hayes, From Homeschooling to Unschooling

Diet and Health:
The 4th MovNat principle: Practical
Triathlete’s paleo diet with bone broth dramatically reduces osteoarthritis pain

Watch Jason Aldean's 'Fly Over States' Video BY HUNTER HAUK

Heejun Han Performs Right Here Waiting on American Idol

Stile Antico "Tune thy Musicke to thy Hart" : Tudor & Jacobean music for private devotion

More poseuwear:
Glock Apparel

Larry Vickers:

Product Review Haley AK-74 Rifle

Person of Interest Renewed!

Can I get a job with Benchmade? Fed grant to help Oregon companies hiring & training .
Via MS: Men not marrying? How deep does "the problem" go?

Mark Raymond: Victims of the city

The Secret Sisters

From 2010:

official (MS and FB)