Saturday, April 07, 2012

PDN Training Tour

Medal of Honor Warfighter Gameplay Preview

Items of Interest, 7 April 2012

A Conservatism of Hope? Still?

PJB, The Socialist and the Social Dawinist

Constitution Party Podcast on the Recent Supreme Court Decision on Body Cavity Searches
Fabius Maximus: Why should we care about the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing strip & cavity searches of prisoners?

7 Rules for Recording Police

Vox on John Derbyshire's PinC column: Profiles in Intellectual Courage

My own perspective should be perfectly clear, but I shall elucidate it anyhow. Due to past desegregation imposed by force of one kind or another, be it private action or government policy, rapid large scale segregation is going to take place because the vast majority of people on every possible side find it to be desirable. That future segregation is going to be either voluntary or involuntary, and will be either violent or non-violent. Therefore, government policies should, to the greatest extent possible, be strongly biased towards voluntary, non-violent, and gradual segregation in order to reduce the risk of rapidly destabilizing multi-ethnic and multi-racial societies.

Multiculturalism is dead. Desegregation is dead. MLK's dream is dead, and more importantly, it was never more than wishful thinking anyhow. Racial equality is the same failed myth as every other aspect of human equality, none of which have ever been shown to exist in any tangible form. And all that dropping weak-kneed to one's fainting couch or clinging to the oft-disproven canards of the racial equalitarians will achieve is to increase the level of violence and amount of involuntary cooperation that will eventually be required to recreate the historic balances that were originally brought about by the natural processes of group behavior. The American black/white situation is only one, and one of the smaller and less problematic, of the desegregations that should probably be anticipated in the medium term.

(See also Derbyshire's Multiculturalism: When Will the Sleeper Awake?)

Shelby Steele: The Exploitation of Trayvon Martin

John Michael Greer, The Eagle and the Lion

The debate over American Exceptionalism: We’ve finally hit bottom

China's Rapid Economic Growth Means Population Is 'Wealthier but Unhappier’

An interview with Archbishop Chaput: Ringing a Bell for Liberty

A Coptic Good Friday

Liberty, State, & Union: The Political Theory of Thomas Jefferson

Richard Heinberg, Talking Happiness

Dirt! The Movie (2009) - Documentary film online

Hatching Your Own Batch of Eggs

Peak Oil and Energy:
Peak eggs: Hubbert and the Easter Bunny
Chris Martenson's Crash Course

New Models in Old Bottles (mp3)
KMO, Olga, and Justin Ritchie, co-host of the Extraenvironmentalist Podcast, talk about how people are adapting to economic decline, particularly in the increasingly wide-spread realization that a college education has morphed from a entry into the middle class into the express route to debt slavery. In the second half of the podcast, Sally Erickson, the producer of the film What A Way To Go: Life at the End of Empire, asks KMO to account for his refusal to sacrifice his own happiness for the sake of a respectable seat at the grown-up’s table of traditional employment.

The Lowering of Higher Education in America

The War of the Three Humanisms: Irving Babbitt and the Recovery of Classical Learning
April 2012 Podcast: Cindy Rollins

Feminism and Misandry:
How feminism arrives at one of its contradictions
As Industrialization Devalued Male Labor, Automation will Devalue Female Labor
Obama Writes off Men in Presidential Campaign (Romney Appears to do Same) (CBS News on Romney)

Comment of the Week: A Life Not Worth Living

Diet and Health:
Ask The Low-Carb Experts (Episode 12): ‘The Fallacy Of Vegan/Vegetarian Diets’ | Denise Minger (mp3)
The 6th MovNat Principle: Unspecialized
Using sand to analyze your running form
Robb Wolf, Paleo Diet: How do I convince someone to try it?
Gary Taubes, Chocolate & Red Meat Can Be Bad for Your Science: Why Many Nutrition Studies Are All Wrong

NPR - Mountain Stage Event (April Verch Band clip will be available soon?)
Here's Bearfoot.

Watch: Punch Brothers Perform "This Girl" on "Late Show with David Letterman"

(The Late Show)

US Army Special Forces:
Special Forces Regimental Day marks 50 years of history with the green beret

Marie Digby - Update

Marie Digby - Update Vlog !! =)

(via Digbyholics) Yay, she's back in California!

Ron Paul at CAL

another (in 3 parts)

So I went to see a politician instead of attending Maundy Thursday Mass. The organizers had to move the rally from Zellerbach to Memorial Glade because of the number of people expected to attend. A typical campaign speech for the good doctor? The beginning was federalist in its rhetoric, which would appeal to those who believe that the Federal Government no longer complies with it and that the power of the Federal Government needs to be curbed in accordance with that document. But he shifted to his libertarian message, which dominated the rest of the speech. He was, after all, introduced by the founder of one of the campus libertarian student group. Talk about freedom and liberty would appeal to many; the crowd was rather diverse, and there were some Muslim students. Talk about liberty may appeal to those who want to be left alone so they can do their thing, but it does't advance a program for redirecting society towards the good. Dr. Paul does believe in state sovereignty and that states have the right to regulate morals, so how should we understand his unabashed espousal of (paleo)libertarianism and his pitch to the youth? Does he think that it would be better if the states themselves become more "libertarian"? It would seem so.

Ron Paul is Right (as Usual) about Judicial Review and the Commerce Clause
Ron Paul Addresses Government Controlled Health Care, the Dangers of Judicial Review and America’s “Intellectual Revolution”

Healthcare for all in the U.S? by Mary Logan (EB)
The Supreme Court and Obamacare

The Meaning of Liberty During the American Revolution (Part II) by Bradley J. Birzer

Jeremiah Bannister on why he is no longer Christian

One man's story - Paleocrat on Rejecting Christianity

At the beginning there is the problem of subjectivism (and hence interpretation or hemeneutics). At the end, there is the problem of evil. No more contributions to Distributist Review?

RD Extra: Interview with Jeremiah Banister

Paleocrat Radio; YT

Friday, April 06, 2012

O Vos Omnes (Casals) - King's College, Cambridge
Long day, work then a short reunion with the family, followed by the tail end of Byz-rite Vespers.

Thomas Fleming, Good Friday Sermon

Parts 2, 3, 4, and 5

Media Vita

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Larry Vickers

More videos:

The frailties of men

Could Byzantium have been saved?

The First Crusade, the true story

Why was there a sudden need to recover the city where Jesus Christ lived and was crucified? The answer, writes Peter Frankopan, lies in the imperial capital of Constantinople.
By Peter Frankopan *

Harvard University Press & Random House UK

A review in The Tablet.

Maundy Thursday

Mandatum Novum by Luke Mayernik

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Items of Interest, 4 April 2012

Mark Signorelli, A Burke for our Times, Part 3

Thomas Fleming, The Nerve of the Turks

Chris Hedges Challenges NDAA in Court

A Conversation with Wendell Berry

Peter Hitchens, Do this in Remembrance

Florida's Self-Defense Laws (contrast with the combox ford Dreher's post)
Patrick J. Buchanan, A Nation Arms Itself — For What?

James Antle, Obama's Preemptive Strike on the Supreme Court

Judge Napolitano Blasts Back at Obama Predicting of the Uphold of ObamaCare Says “He Know This is Our System”

The Supreme Court and Obamacare

Paul Gottfried, Obama Mobilizes His Leftist Base

Jim Bovard, 95th Anniversary of Horrendous American Wrong Turn: World War One

Subsidiarity and Libertarian “Small Government” by James Baresal

Chinese women are killing themselves at astronomical rates: is the one-child policy to blame?

Putin’s Philosophy by Paul Robinson

Interview with Jack Donovan (mp3)

Gene Logsdon, Nature's Promises Kept Again

Economics and Relocalization:
Commodification: the essence of our time by Colin Leys and Barbara Harriss-White

“The first question should always be “how are we going to work together?” rather than “what are we going to do?” by Rob Hopkins

Can There Be “Good” Corporations?
Collaboration is Key to Small Business Success

A new film from REconomy: The Totnes Local Entrepreneurs Forum

Back to the Land

Permaculture thinking on the farm: going beyond tradition by Rebecca Hosking

Energy and Sustainability:
Dealing with energy shock in Japan (mp3
Timeline: How We Learned to Love—and Hate—Natural Gas
Does the U.S. really have more oil than Saudi Arabia?
Tom Murphy, Heat those Feet!
Review of Lt. Col. Eggen’s thesis, Impact of the Peaking of World Oil Production on the Global Balance of Power by Rick Munroe
1970’s Study Predictions Are Still on Target for 2030’s Decline of Humanity
Expanding our moral universe by Joy Merwin Monteiro (EB)
True sustainability solutions by Gail Tverberg (EB)
Peak oil denial: How does this help? by Rich Turcotte (EB)

Diet and Health:
The LLVLC Show (Episode 564): Stefani ‘Paleo Pepper’ Ruper Brings A Refreshing Irreverence To The Paleo Community (mp3)

Ask The Low-Carb Experts (Episode 11): ‘Saturated Fat Is Good For You?’ | Dr. Jeff Volek (mp3)

How giving up sugar can take 20 years off your looks

MDA: Is Eating Meat Ethical?

Red meat has many benefits for athletes, magazine says

Robb Wolf, MovNat & Erwan LeCorre – Episode 126 (mp3)

First Chrism Mass of UK Ordinariate at St. James, Spanish Place (more photos)
Christendom: Va. Attorney General Cuccinelli Exhorts Students to Get Involved (lecture at itunes)
Contemporary Byzantine Icons Exhibition to be Presented in Trieste

Foundation of the Renaissance: The Civic Culture of Early Italian Humanism

Sex and the modern girl: Are we witnessing a new age of female sexual assertiveness?
I dated 50 men in six months (and STILL didn't find love)

Guys, 'Girls,' online porn and the younger generation

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Dalrock Responds to Darwin Catholic: What, Me Worry?

The Corruption of Christianity

Steve Sailer, Mortal Combat From a Feminine Perspective

Scruggs funeral audio available online - Eddie Stubbs’ On-Air Tribute to the late Earl Scruggs

Harmonia Time Capsule: 1618 by Laura Osterlund

Punch Brothers cover The Cars

Punch Brothers cover The Cars

Jef Costello, Breaking Bad: A Celebration

More weirdness from the master of weirdness?
David Lynch - "Crazy Clown Time" (Official Video)

5.11 Tactical Paragon Softshell Jacket

NRA American Warrior #7

The roots of Anglo-American notions of liberty

From this thread at Vox Populi: Mailvox: the benefits of immigration


I know this is from a prior thread, but it is relevant to the wider discussion this post entails.

I think you have made a minor mistake in your ascribing a completely different cultural heritage to the British than the Swedes, German, Dutch and Danish with regards to freedom and what one would call a propensity toward representative institutions. The elite of England have a large amount of German, Danish and some Viking blood in their lineage. The entire idea of a parliament or the “thing” was an import that came to England with the early German invaders around 410 AD. If you go back and read Tacitus, his description of the ruling patterns of the German tribes to the east of the Rhine describe the rule by a form of representative government, albeit crude by today’s standards. But it is very much in line with the cultural traditions of the English people.

Now it is true that in subsequent centuries this tradition lapsed in central Europe, but far less then one is lead to believe if you only read the popular poorly written histories written in the 20th century. One of the overriding themes in these histories was that England and the United States as crusading nations brings democratic institutions to the benighted peoples of central Europe. Go back a read a real history of the period, written before 1902. The English ascribed the root of their representative institutions to Germany, and if you read about the rise of the free cities in the 12th century in Germany, the Hansaectic league in the 13th and 14th century, the rise of constitutional monarchies in Danmark and Sweden, the peaceful split of Norway from Sweden rule, the rise of the Dutch constitutional monarchy after the ejection of the Spanish Hapsburgs in 1572, you will see a fairly consistent picture of some form of representative government being the preferred form of government among the Teutonic and Baltic peoples.

Now if you take a closer look at England you will see how important this infusion of Teutonic peoples and concept were to what you see as a unique “English development”. I say that as compare the form of government that was adopted prior by the true Bretons, the Celtic peoples that lived in those islands. We have the examples of the Welsh from 455 to 1267, the Scots prior to 1600 and the Irish. Need I say more? The Welsh had no such similar example of representative self government, their lords spent most of their time fighting each other without any parliament which is why they were taken over by the English around 1267. The Irish, if you care to read a detailed history, responded to every attempt at offered self government by the English with complete disorder and promptly started to raid each other cattle pens (after killing as many English as they could). The Scotch had some good government, but did not seem to develop representative institutions on their own, but copied the more successful English institutions; at least that is my read of it. (I am not an expert on Scottish law and history, so perhaps a more educated chap could correct me).


Now let us look at the revolution and who made up the folks that did the fighting. While it is certainly true that the names of the leading lights were Englishmen, the Dutch of New York were instrumental in establishing the ideal of free speech and writing. The Germans of the Mohawk valley (New York) and Pennsylvania supplied a large amount of the troops that fought in the battles of between 1776 and 1781. Much of the frontier soldier class was made up of Germans (mostly from Rhine region) Scotch of course English and Dutch if they were from New Jersey or eastern New York. The loyalists were by enlarge completely English stock with the exception of some Scotch loyalist units that had sworn loyalty to the king back at the time of their transport after the failed rebellion of Bonnie prince Charles in 1746.

The fact was that the hard-headed “don’t tread on me” mindset, without which there would have been no soldiers to fight the great battles came out of an old concept of freedom that is not uniquely English, but has roots far back in to Teutonic blood. The idea of being free and armed was a concept as old as the original German invaders of the British isles between 410 and 455. I could go further but it would make this post too long.

Now you may have formed your ideal back in Minnesota during the 1980s and 1990s which is full of socialist Swedes that came over in the late 19th century. I do not know the area but I gather they came from a tradition of socialist moderate constitutional government. But it is representative government. That is very much of a different story and one worth discussing. But I live in PA and I can tell you the traditions of what you consider to be traditional English concepts of freedom have a very marked Teutonic bent to them here. After reading a lot of history, and the battlefields are right on my footsteps, the attitudes of the mixed English / German /Scotch settlers of the revolution are not far different in the descendents. I do not think what you ascribe the English stock alone is in any way representative of reality. I think that you are quite off on this assertion of yours.

Now I do not expect you to simply change your point of view. What I suggest is you go and read some of the older books on English history to see where they saw their traditions coming from. Here is a start: “A short History of The English People”, John Greens, 1887, 4 volumes read at least the first and the final volume. Then read Tacitus or any history on the cultural history of the Germanic people when the Roman encountered them. Read any pre 1902 book written about the rise of the Hanseactic league and the free cities of Germany prior to the disaster of the 30 years war. That will lead you to the next volumes you need to read. It is there you will find the cultural beginnings of the yearning for what you ascribe as “18th century English concepts of Freedom”

Was English scholarship in the late 20th century influenced by any contemporary movements to ally the British with the Germans? What about the Germanic conception of freedom?

The Bruce Lee Influence on Modern MMA. Featuring Paul Lazenby, Ralek Gracie and Eddie Bravo

Les Prêtres - Mon Vieux, Champs Elysées 26.11.2011

Someone thought a French version of The Priests was a good idea... will this really boost the Church in France?

Tim Kennedy performs "Part of Me" by Katy Perry

the original MV

In contrast to the MV, something closer to the reality?
U.S. Army Rangers Demonstrate Skills and Training

Spc. Shane Coley, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit

No worries. Army propaganda will eventually catch up as those in power continue their social engineering.

Two links for Damsels in Distress

DP/30: Damsels in Distress, writer/director Whit Stillman

Damsels in Distress: How to Dance the Sambola

Damsels in Distress: How to Dance the Sambola from Gen Art on Vimeo.

Daniel Craig, useless modern white knight

How Long Will Daniel Craig Play James Bond??

"I know there'll be someone after me, and hopefully someone after them - I'm just trying to keep [the series] going."

Them? Did he forget about agreement in pronoun number? Or was he just trying to avoid saying "he" in order to be politically correct? Did he forget that the role in question is that of James Bond, who is a man, not the Doctor, who some may wish to regenerate as a woman. This is the same actor who dressed in drag to protest against violence against women. What an airhead.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

Read this book today; it's somewhat touching since it deals with contact between seniors and children, something that can be missing in many households in this country. It also alludes to the loss in war - World War 2? Probably not the Great War.

The characters are not ethnically diverse, either, but the book is originally from Australia.

The Story Behind the Tactical Duty Kilt

A note at FB by 5.11 Tactical. The product ad was so successful that the company is now offering limited quantities for sale. Get your tactical kilt now! (The video for the kilt is posted here.)

How will Christendom top this?

Not that the two colleges are competing to attract the attention of celebrities. Nonetheless..

Video: Sir Anthony Hopkins at Thomas Aquinas College

Monday, April 02, 2012


Fabius Maximus: Tribalism and racism are the 1%’s best friends, as we see in the shooting of Tryvon Martin

Who exploited the incident first? "Conservatives"? Or the MSM and those seeking to turn this into an instance of racism? Where has FM been?

Fr. Fortea the subject of a documentary

Twitch: Meet Real Life Exorcist José Antonio Fortea

Official website for the documentary.
José Antonio Fortea

Some videos.

An interivew:

Items of Interest, 2 April 2012

Dr. Fleming has read Philip K. Dick! I was surprised by this recent column: Alien Life Forms.

In the comments section, he writes:
To explore the concept of "cool" would require more space than a newspaper column, much less a comment section. The Magnificent Seven is not at all a bad movie, but it is not good either, especially when compared with Kurosawa's original. It may have been influenced by the apparent coolness of Kurosawa's heroes who are not, however, indifferent, but merely Stoically Japanese.
As for cool, it is largely though not exclusively a post World War II phenomenon that is a convergence of several tendencies. The French existentialists clearly have a strong influence--Camus' Meursault seems indifferent to everyone and everything including his own death. Cool people have few attachments. They can, of course, fall into love or lust or cherish a tender spot for something or someone or somewhere, but outwardly they seem indifferent to their fate. One of the predecessors of the cool film hero is the Bogart persona. Rick Blaine: "I don't stick out my neck for anyone." Film noir heroes and villains are often though not always cool, though Richard Widmark is too over-the-top, usually, to be cool. The Man With No Name and his enemies are ultra-cool, because they are nothing. Harry Callahan, by contrast, only seems cool. At bottom he is a moral and compassionate man who refuses to show what he feels--another thing, entirely. What you put your finger on in the Magnificent Seven is the obvious fact that the Western is not a genre, really, for cool people. In the mythology of the West, only Doc Holliday is cool and that is because he know he is dying.
To cut this short, let me just say that the tight-lipped hero who does not often show his feelings is a solid Anglo-American ideal, who stands in stark contrast with the cool hero who is subhuman. Steve McQueen is a repulsive character in virtually every film as are most cool actors/characters. Cool is also related to hip--the people with so much inside knowledge about the human condition that they are indifferent to it. Hipness is of course a gift from black Americans who cultivated this act. Some time in the future we should take this up at greater length in Chronicles.

Peter Hitchens, Iron Fists, Islamic votes, general thoughts

The Distributist Review:
Thomas Storck, The Chief Question in Economics
Dr. Franciszek Stefczyk: Father of Polish Credit Unions

Jennifer Roback Morse, Privatizing Marriage Is Impossible

Bhutan leads the world to a new economy of happiness

KunstlerCast #199: Communications Wasteland (mp3)
Our Overcomplexity and Hyperdependence on Modern Technology

Healthcare for all in the U.S? by Mary Logan (EB)

"Debacle: Obama's War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future"

Fabius Maximus: We ask the mineshaft: should we be reasonable when arousing America? Perhaps reason plays no role in this battle.
What every American needs to know about the Federal Reserve System

Energy and Technology:
Tomgram: Michael Klare, Welcome to the New Third World of Energy, the U.S.

Are We Oppressed by Technology? by Jeffrey Tucker
Cluelessness which merits a considered response... if it is driven by the free-market then people should adapt right? Even if no real consideration is given to what is required for these practices, i.e. cheap energy. What about respecting people's choices for a simpler way of life? Would we be right to expect the use of contemporary technology by monasteries? As for faciltating communication and strengthening community -- that's bs, if you're still neglecting your neighbors.

Local Good Food - Melo Farms
How to Farm in Your Big City Apartment (Via CollapseNet)

Holy Shit: Managing Manure To Save Mankind by Gene Logsdon

Monk, He Shines
A Canonical Defense of Father Marcel Guarnizo - II
Father Anonymous Responds

The Pope Slipped One Word Into His Speech In Cuba That Makes The Castro Regime Shake
Tehachapi nuns break ground on new future
The Vatican Bank: Moneychangers In the Temple

He's wearing a nice chasuble in the picture, but should Timothy Cardinal Dolan be one of Time's top 100?

A Heart on Fire: Archbishop Chaput's meditation on secularism in the U.S.
Random House
More "power politics" in promotion of the nationalist system, as opposed to genuine community-building?

Feminism and Misandry:
Oz Conservative: You Couldn't Make This Stuff Up
Review: MIRROR MIRROR, Tarsem's Proto-Feminist, Family-Friendly Fairy Tale
Holding Out for a Hero: Katniss and the New (Female) Role Model

Law and Disorder: The End of Male Mentoring at Law Firms

Podcast: 3/28 Brian talks with Dr. Helen Smith, forensic psychologist, about the negative images of men in the media. (mp3) [via Dr. Helen]

From 2010: Kristin Scott Benson With The Grascals – Cutting The Grass Ceiling

Giving socons a bad name?
Dalrock mentions an internet controversy involving Darwin Catholic over the "manosphere."
Is there a possibility that those involved are talking past one another? Does DC really ignore the consequences of sexual sin on a woman's character, her ability to bond, and so on? One may be able to look past one or two "indiscretions" but how many mistakes are too many, and reflect upon her true character?

Blanket condemnations of the manosphere are rather useless. It would be better to respond to the concerns expressed there than to play the amateur therapist. So long as the manosphere helps men understand the reality in which they find themselves, I think it should continue. But it does have a limited usefuleness.

Update: Mr. Darwin Responds

Diet and Health:
Balanced Bites: Useful Guides
11 Natural Ways to Heal and Prevent Heartburn

What Eating Too Much Sugar Does to Your Brain

60 Minutes: Is Sugar Toxic?

Wait a Minute, Lustig. The Threat of Fructophobia. And the Opportunity.

Jerry Douglas Dobro solo - Little Rock, AR

Katie Melua - Better Than a Dream @ Kvelden er din (31.03.12)

Stars and Stripes: MMA Issue

April Verch live-streaming concert on April 27 - $3. Details.

Lubbockites step back in time for English country dance

5.11's April Fools gag:

Last week of Lent

Western Dominican Students: The Sounds of Lent

Rhonda Vincent's tribute to Earl Scruggs

Bluegrass Today

NYT: Remembering Earl Scruggs

A new book on the way from Dr. Rao

An interview with Dr. John Rao - The Remnant: Black Legends and the Light of the World (New Blockbuster History Book on the Horizon)