Saturday, May 05, 2012

Items of Interest, 5 May 2012

Libertas et Memoria: Mel Bradford on the Founders, religious establishment and the First Amendment

Nicholas C. Lund-Molfese, Peter Maurin, The Distributists and the Nature of Work

Driving Britain to ‘Popular Capitalism’ with the Social Franchising Co-operative Model

Global civil society and the rise of the civil economy by Robin Murray (EB)

Mish: China's Population Poised to Crash in Perfect Demographic Storm

From Republic to Empire - a leftist perspective

6 People You Need to Start a Revolution
Farmers markets move online by Katherine Gustafson (EB)
Food, Inc. Chicken Farmer has a New Humane Farm

Pope: 'Sound education in faith' is 'most urgent challenge' of the Church in America
Our Lady of Atonement Parish Withdraws Request to Enter Ordinariate

Archbishop Sheehan of Santa Fe: recovering Catholic identity
Does he go far enough in diagnosing the problem?

Chant Before and After the Solesmes Revolution

Obama Campaign: Women are Helpless
The same line of attack that Michelle Malkin takes, grounded in feminist strength and autonomy?

Army opens combat positions to women
Men in the military are being thrown into the meat grinder, and when invariably bad incidents happen when men and women are thrown together in stressful (or boring) situations, men will be thrown under the bus. The Pentagon is a bunch of perfumed princesses seeking to appease the feminists in control. What more evidence do men in the military need that their leadership hates them? After all, if there is a serious lack of qualified men for these positions, then maybe we can make military service more popular by limiting imperial misadventures overseas. And if there isn't a lack of qualified men, then how can we justify their displacement by women in the name of facilitating their career advancement and a better representation of women in the military? What a joke. Soon any true patriot will have to avoid anything to do with the National Government, which does not serve the common good but actively seeks to subvert it for private interests.

Roanoke found? N.C., British researchers find clue to location of Lost Colony

Why All The Fuss About the Body: A Medievalist's Perspective

Popular Ethics:
Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything

Doc Watson & Earl Scruggs Play At Doc's Home

Jim Caviezel on Person of Interest

Larry Vickers:
Speed is Fine, Accuracy is Final

Rob Fraser's Welcome to San Francisco

Affirmative action or fair representation?

Should a police deparment be composed of officers who are representative of the demographics of its community? Is it likely that people are more likely to be abusive towards members of another ethnic group? Would having officers of the same ethnicity assist in the answering of a call help safeguard against abuse?

All things being equal, why shouldn't someone of a specific ethnic background be given "preference" over a white in order to better reflect the demographics of the city? If the deparment reflects the ethnic make-up of a city, is it less likely to be seen as being staffed by outsiders, thus inspiring greater confidence and preserving a better appearance of impartiality?

In megacities are the police more like mercenaries than fellow citizens, since they do not inhabit the areas they patrol? What if the deparment has to hire outsiders in order to meet an ethnic quota, because there isn't enough interest in that city? Doesn't the lack of real connection remain the same, unless there is some sort of natural affection between people of the same ethnic group? Natural affection may help LEOs of a certain ethnicity prevent abuse of his co-ethnics by other LEOs who do not share that ethnicity. But what positive motivation exists to prevent abuse and misconduct?

What if a certain ethnic community cannot police itself, nor produce qualified recruits for the department because it lacks the "moral resources" to do so? Can a police deparment of a big city ever get away from being a form of outsourced help?

Can one be motivated purely by economic/contractual justice to do a good job as a LEO? (I don't doubt that there are many who work as police officers in California merely for the big paycheck and because the job is "fun," despite the paperwork.) What is the foundation that undergirds commutative justice (and prevents abuse), if legal justice or civic friendship is lacking? (1. The officer lives elsewhere. 2. The city in which he works is too large or community does not actually exist there.) If there is no community, then neither virtue cannot exist.

Chris Martenson for Climate One

His appearance at the Commonwealth Club last month as a part of its Climate One series; Tom Van Dyck was also a guest.


Even though I would disagree with Mr. (Dr.) Martenson on "social issues," he, like many of those who talk about Peak Oil, walks the walk. He quit his corporate job, simplified his life - he has a smaller house, grows a garden, installed solar, and so on. And he sought out a community in which to live.

Still, he was able to do this in part because he already had a supportive family and wife. How many Uhmerican women today would acquiesce to marrying a confident guy who had no real financial future but wanted to have a simple life? They might be willing to be bedded by him for the short-term, but most princesses like their things and want someone who can provide them.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Some letters from NOR

April 2012:

Decoding Casual Dress

Frederick Marks (“The Rush to Radical Informality,” Jan.-Feb.) uncovers a point rarely considered as a cultural phenomenon: the way a narcissistic generation dresses only out of self-regard for comfort. The way people dress in any generation certainly says something about what they think they are, or want to be, but it also indicates a regard for others. In a demoralized culture, neglect of dress expresses moral lethargy. In some New York firms that instituted “casual Fridays,” leisure clothing resulted in leisurely job performance.

Beyond civilian dress, uniforms dispose people to the service of others. This is why priests and judges do not wear whatever they want. And when vesture in churches and courts is slovenly, you can be pretty sure that the officials are more concerned about themselves than about what they represent. If I dress better for a cocktail party than I do when I commune in God’s house, which is my real sanctuary? On the other hand, if I wear a T-shirt in a restaurant, I am clothing myself in the sartorial equivalent of a belch. And if I am in shirtsleeves while the waiter wears a jacket, I am pulling reverse rank on him.

In the prosperous suburbs people dress down for Mass. The best-dressed people in church on Sundays in New York are the poorest: hats and gloves in Harlem and in the neighborhoods populated by immigrants from Haiti and the Caribbean islands. People dress best in storefront churches and worst in the cathedral.

Clothes do not make the man, but they indicate what a man has made of himself. Forms of dress do matter. The baptismal rites refer to the candidate’s white garment (and the candidate is called such precisely because the garment is white, candida) and the Elect before the Throne wear white garments. Christ told a parable about wearing the proper wedding garment and, while it symbolizes baptismal grace, it nonetheless refers to visible raiment as well. The Lord’s garment was seamless, and I suppose it may have been made with devotion by His mother.

What it boils down to is this: God’s inscrutable providence can make slobs into saints, but saints are not slobs.

Fr. George W. Rutler, Pastor
Church of Our Savior
New York, New York

One more:
Frederick Marks makes an excellent point about “radical informality” (Jan.-Feb.): It has spread like a contagious disease in our society. In the old films from the 1930s and 1940s, people getting on and off the subway in New York’s Times Square were well dressed. The men wore a suit, tie, and hat, and the women wore long dresses, a hat, and gloves. That was at a time when most people were poor. Now the dress code there seems to demand, for men, jeans or shorts, a T-shirt, and a baseball cap. The same tendency to “dress down” is apparent in many Catholic churches on Sunday.

When I lived in New York a few years ago, I noticed that the men and women going to the local synagogue on the West Side were well and formally dressed. The same thing was true of those attending Baptist churches in the Bronx or Brooklyn. Proper dress at church shows respect for God. Those with an appointment to meet the governor of a state or the president of the U.S. dress accordingly, as Dr. Marks notes. They dress up for man but not for God.

Radical informality is an assault on form. Form in our culture has taken a big hit since the 17th century. Jay Richards, in his book God and Evolution, points out that Des­cartes identified quantity with essence and thereby eliminated form. We know from Aristotle that there are four causes: material, formal, efficient, and final. Since Descartes, science has discarded formal and final causality; for modern science, the only real causes are material and efficient. One result is that, if there is no form to make a thing be what it is, then each thing is just an accumulation of atoms and molecules that can be arranged in any way. According to this thinking, there is no formal difference between a dog and a cat. And if there is no formal or final cause, then nothing really makes any sense — and you can do or dress as you will.

This metaphysical error is at the root of the fraudulent error of materialistic evolution. It is also, in my opinion, the root of the dominance of the philosophy of relativism in our culture today, or what Pope Benedict XVI has called the “dictatorship of relativism.”

The culture of informality has also influenced priests and religious men and women. It is very common today that priests and religious do not wear their religious garb either in public or in private, contrary to many exhortations from Rome. One reason they give is that it makes it easier for them to associate with the laity. But it seems to me that it is hard for them to influence others as imitators of Christ if no one knows who or what they are.

Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.
Editor Emeritus, Homiletic & Pastoral Review
Tacoma, Washington

There is a problem here with an equivocation on the word form? The shape/pattern/design of the clothing may be dictated by some convention, yes. What about casual? Are some designs intrinsically better than others?

The full article to which the letters respond is available to subscribers.

Items of Interest, 4 May 2012

M.E. Bradford' s Constitutional Theory: A Southern Conservative's Affirmation of The Rule of Law by Marshall DeRosa

PJB, A Decade of War for What?
Obama's 2024 Afghan 'Transition' Deal Not Convincing Everyone
What Is the Proper Role of Military Power

H. L. Mencken: The Joyous Libertarian by Murray N. Rothbard

The Panderer-in-Chief's Pitch for the Female Vote: The Life of Julia
Welmer: Meet Julia
The Men in Julia's Life
Jack Welch, Julia and the fallacy of working women ‘having it all’

False autonomy and empowerment disguised as radical equality, false because it is only possible through the government (and the enslavement of men to pay for it) - evil. (D/d)emocrats should be despised - their policies destroy family and community by destroying female responsibility.

The Contraception Mandate and Secular Discourse by R. J. Snell

How Patriarchy Crubmled: Silent Assent

Everything But Sex, Everything But Divorce

Liberalism Is Bad for Literature by Mark Bauerlein (marriage and courtship)

Democracy's Arc by John Michael Greer

Fred Reed, Enstupidation

Liberals will interpret things their way:
Five Lessons in Human Goodness from “The Hunger Games”
By Jeremy Adam Smith

Kevin Gutzman:
James Madison and the Making of America
The Virginians

Ethical Labor

Is It Possible To Build An Economy Without Jobs? by Frank Joyce

Why are we striking? Or to put it another way – what’s wrong with the world?

On Being a Worthy Heir of the Agrarian Contrarians (makes mention of Gene Logsdon)
Wendell Berry, Hater and Idealogue

Beyond Fossilized Paradigms: Futureconomics of Food
The economics of the future is based on people and biodiversity - not fossil fuels, toxic chemicals and monocultures.
by Vandana Shiva
In the Rain, Alice Waters Visits School Gardens to Celebrate Hard Work and Edible Education
Full Circle Farm: A New Level of Community

Factory Food is Making Us Dumber and Dumber

Shannon Hayes, One Chicken, Three Meals: The Best Bargain at the Farmers’ Market

Peak Oil and Energy:
Seven myths used to debunk peak oil, debunked by Andrew McKay (EB)

Living for free: a community thriving by recycling other people's waste

Diet and Health:
The 4-Hour Work Week

MovNat N. Am. Workshops


Benedict XVI, On the Prayer of the First Christian Martyr

Relics of 6 Martyred Priests Tour US

From Pagan Cosmos to Christian Creation: A Historical Path from Late Antique Priscillianus to Medieval Hildegard

"Svenskaya" (Kiev Caves) Icon

F. Roger Devlin reviews Jack Donovan's book: The Origins of Manliness

How Chemicals Affect UsBy NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

The Stark Truth: Andy Nowicki in Defense of Squares (mp3)

Cappella Artemisia

Jubal's Kin, Boy Blue

Delta Goodrem:

How to build a better trebuchet

NPR with Steven Moffat

Gear Blog: Interview with an Arc'teryx Designer

College Dropout Jason Padgett Becomes Accidental Mathematical Geniusu After Brutal Mugging
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen Sponsors the 2012 Napa Institute

The conference is July 26 to 29. I haven't finished that post on a couple of last year's lectures on the topic of immigration. So what is the current financial state of Magdalen College like now? (How long before the enterprise tanks? It probably has more money than the St. Anthony of Padua Institute.)

Creating a new political party in California

Someone tried to get me involved with the Citizens Party. While I agree with the economic part of its platform (detailed version) and its stand on immigration, I can't agree with its position on "social" issues. Being against outlawing abortion might be appropriate at the Federal level - somewhat similar to the position of Ron Paul. But at the state level, such legislation is valid even if not popular. What other parties in California, though, have anything close to the economic platform of the Citizens Party? How likely is a party oriented towards relocalization/sustainability/Peak oil to succeed if it is also against abortion, same-sex marriage, and the like? Could it be possible for such a party to not have a stand on such questions, serving only to expedite relocalization and preparing for the post-carbon future? Would the citizens of California agree to setting aside social questions until more "pressing" matters had been resolved? Could the party also advocate a possible splitting of the state, facilitating the movement of conservatives and liberals into their own region of the state so that they could go their separate ways?

林憶蓮 - 情人

Sandy Lam's cover of the Beyond classic.

Thursday, May 03, 2012


CEB told me that her sister was to be confirmed tomorrow; she was excited to be going to church, since she doesn't go often (or at all). She seems to have mellowed out a bit this year; last year she had more of an attitude. Bad influences by some of her friends, perhaps; they are gone this year. Still, she was having problems getting along with CN. "I don't like her." She insulted her by saying she was still a kid, and CN was crying. "She's being mean to me." I didn't do much except to keep them apart and to console CN a bit. It's somewhat sad, since they were rather good friends in 3rd grade. What happened in the following three years?
I was in Berkeley headed to the Ron Paul ralley when I passed by someone handing out advertisements for the International Academy of Wing Chun, located in Berkeley. What is the lineage of the founder? Some of the uniforms remind me of the uniforms associated with Leung Ting, and the alternative English translitteration of 永春 does not necessarily mean that it isn't linked to LT. Having some knowledge of WC, I was not given much confidence in the school by the photos on the card.

KK is thinking of having nephew #1 learn some WC when he gets older. Too many Yip Man movies...

A video with Leung Ting:

Tim Kennedy at it again

Fr. McCloskey on some lessons from Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs and the New Evangelization by Fr. C. J. McCloskey

Fr. McCloskey's archive at CatholiCity has this review of a book by Michael Novak and William Simon on the lay vocation. Where's the meat of the political theology that is needed after discussion of the spiritua life?

I met him once, over at Christendom.

From July of last year:

JP2, Theology of The Body
Should men take the initiative
I want to marry a virgin
More clips.

George Marlin writes on Bad Religion

Ross Douthat's book - Traditional Christianity versus Christian Heresies by George J. Marlin

Douthat, however, disagrees and argues that the onset of Christianity’s locust years was more complicated. In his judgment, there were five major catalysts:

•Political Polarization – Vietnam war, civil rights movement;
•Revolution in Social Mores – Birth control, promiscuity, abortion;
•Global Perspectives – People seeking spirituality without rules turned to Buddhism and Transcendental Meditation;
•Ever-growing Wealth – America’s new Gilded Age confirmed John Wesley’s observation: “Wherever riches have increased, the essence of religion has decreased in the same proportion;”
•Decline of establishment ties to Christian religions – Elitist institutions, newspapers, networks, universities, law schools, and major foundations dismissed Christianity as déclassé.

Douthat points out that religious bodies that fought these trends, particularly the Catholic Church, have been accused of being out of touch, authoritarian, close-minded, and responsible for turning many of their members into neurotic, repressed bigots.

On the other hand, accommodating Christian sects (i.e., mainline churches) have only hastened moral decline. For their followers, religion “has become a license for egotism and selfishness,” the result being a society “where pride becomes ‘healthy self-esteem,’ vanity becomes ‘self-improvement,’ adultery becomes ‘following your heart,’ greed and gluttony becomes ‘living the American dream.’”

The decline of traditional Christianity, Douthat concludes, has not led to surging atheism, rather it has led to the spread of Christian heresies that hold the Kingdom of God is built in this life not the hereafter.

The replacement of Christianity by one [secular] heresy or another is plausible. But I think his explanation of the decline is incomplete. Then again, he's more of a Yankee conservative than one who is rooted in a more solid intellectual tradition? In my view, the decline of Christianity is linked to the growth of the modern American state and the accompanying economic changes which lead to the loss of community. The 60s only hastened the collapse of Christianity that had been brought upon by other social changes (and its replacement by the American creed?).

Interview: Ross Douthat on Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Christian Nationalism and His Charismatic Roots

Douthat's talk for the Augustine Institute:


Been away from Boston for a while

So I had not been aware that Harry Christophers (of The Sixteen) had replaced Grant Llewellyn (who is now with the NC Symphony) as artistic director of the Handel and Hadyn Society.

From several years ago:

H&H YT channel

Marié Digby, "I Won't Give Up"


Helena Norberg-Hodge: an overview of localization


Toward a new Bretton Woods and a sustainable civilization (EB)

Artists or political activists?

Or both. The CCD protesting against North Carolina Amendment One (GA bill), which limits the kinds of legally recognized domestic unions and the rights of its members, giving privilege to marriage between a man and a woman:

Musicians are citizens too, and hence they have a right to be political advocates. But should those who supposedly have a vocation to bring beauty to the community not also respect the mores of that community? Are they subject to tradition or are they privileged, by reason of their celebrity, as moral innovators?

A first response would be to boycott entertainers with whom one disagrees on moral/social/political issues and are rather vocal about it. Why subsidize their living which also enables them to undermine the community? If musicians (or actors) had to work a real job, would they have time to make such political statements? What would the argument for continuing to patronize them be?

Folk Alley Sessions: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band, "Ashokan Farewell"

Folk Alley

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Music at Stanford

From the calendar for the Stanford Music Deparment:

Saturday, May 26
8:00 pm
Campbell Recital Hall

Stanford Gu-Zheng Ensemble
The Stanford Gu-zheng Ensemble is a group of Stanford students from all disciplines that have been drawn together by their interest in gu-zheng (Chinese harp). This instrument is considered the ancestor of other Asian zither instruments, such as the Japanese koto. Performances are given each quarter, demonstrating the ensemble members’ talents and their appreciation for classical Chinese music. Led by renowned gu-zheng player Daisy You, the group explores both traditional and contemporary pieces for gu-zheng and occasionally incorporates other Chinese instruments as well.

Wednesday, June 6
8:00 pm
Memorial Church

Early Music Singers
William Mahrt directs

Items of Interest, 2 May 2012

‘Obscure Scribblers’ of the World, Unite!
Dr William Partlett reflects on the best way of overcoming the right-left divide

The Manhunt to Capture Osama Bin Laden

Why the Loyalty Day Declaration is a Good Thing
Vox Day

Judge Napolitano: Eric Holder Could Be Held In Contempt For Non-Response On Fast & Furious

DAVE LINDORFF, The Constitutional Crimes of Barack Obama
RUSSELL MOKHIBER, Bribery as a Business Model

Economics and Relocalization:
5 Questions for Woody Tasch

Meet Your Food Chain

USDA Publishes "Regional Food Hub Guide"
USDA? What's its hidden agenda?

David S. D'Amato: Don’t Worry About Occupy

Here's Why Google and Facebook Might Completely Disappear in the Next 5 Years
Looking solely at meeting market demand; not at the deeper question of whether they are sustainable without a consumer base to generate advertising revenue for anyone.

Celebrate International Permaculture Day
Why permaculture needs accurate data and measurement to persuade the mainstream

Richard Heinberg, Top 11 FAQs (EB)
Moving towards ethical energy by Ian Westmoreland (EB)
My Neighbors Use Too Much Energy by Tom Murphy (EB)

Chant Cafe links to this: Four Kinds of Chant
Chant Inspires the Blogosphere
It Is Time to Get Serious About Catholic Social Doctrine

CWR review of Beauty Will Save the World
Rod Dreher, On Beauty Saving the World

The Case for Catholic Teaching: Seminar on Women, Sexuality & The Church
the book
Authentic Freedom and Equality in Difference

An introduction to the investigation into the mental health of female medieval mystics

Diet and Health:
From 2010: Art DeVany on the New Evolution Diet and Exercise Program

MDA: 5 Primal Superfoods for Fertility and Pregnancy

5 Tips to Keep Your Baby's Feet Healthy

Why Do I Wear Five Fingers

Women, Weights, and Bone Density

NewFound Road - MS

Merlefest 2012 in Pictures

Katie Melua - Moonshine (Live) - Smooth Radio

Sequentia: Thes habet er ubar woroltring - Jaroslaw, 2009

Interview: Violinist Rachel Podger’s sunshine lights up this week’s Tafelmusik concerts

BBC to screen four Shakespeare history plays after 30-year gap

Sherlock: A Character Who's More than Elementary

Business Casual

Dr. McArthur addresses the Students of Thomas Aquinas College

mp3 available

Making of Hilary Hahn & Hauschka's "Bounce Bounce"


Hilary Hahn & Hauschka

Steep Canyon Rangers coming to SF

They will be performing on May 4, 9 P.M. ar Slim's.

Carrie Rodriguez will also be there. She has a concert at Don Quioxte on Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 P.M.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society May 2012 Calendar
The Drifter Sisters will be playing at the Spring Situation, May 12.

Obama in Afghanistan

Obama in Afghanistan by Srdja Trifkovic

Obama in Afghanistan to Sign Deal to Continue War Through 2024
President Sneaks Into Country to Sign Document, Bypasses Congress
by Jason Ditz

Video of the Liar-in-Chief: Obama: "New day" on horizon for Afghanistan (+video)

Scythian - "Girl Named You" with Jim Lauderdale

Western Orthodoxy

Catholic Church Conservation: Western Rites in the Eastern Church

I learned of Western-rite Orthodoxy being developed while I was in Boston, but I have never attended a liturgy . According to my fallible memory, many (all?) of the first converts to Western-rite Orthodoxy in the U.S. were associated with the Antiochians? Here is a parish directory. The Fraternity of Saint Gregory the Great is associated with ROCOR.

The Liturgy of St. Gregory
Western Orthodox
Occidentalis - the Western rite in the Orthodox Church
Another website
Western Orthodox History
The "Western Rite": Is It Right for the Orthodox?

St. Gregory
Holy Incarnation Antiochian Orthodox Church
Christ the Saviour (a Western-rite Orthodox Benedictine community)

Some chant:
Feast of All Saints Day - Thrice Happy are ye, all ye Saints and elect of God (Beati Estis)

Sarum Use?

This might be of interest to Sarge:

"It is a Western Orthodox Church, using the Hispanic Mozarabic rite. I, personally, had never previously heard of Western Orthodox, much less Spanish Orthodox, Christians."

Sacred Music Colloquium movie

(via The Hermeneutic of Continuity - see also this NLM post and Chant Cafe)


Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Two more from the Imaginative Conservative

A Little Rebellion by Clyde N. Wilson

Inspired by Liberty & Virtue: The Education of the Founders of the American Republic (video)

"A slightly revised text version of this address can be found here."

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Spring Situation

Satruday, May 12 from 12-4 P.M.

"A free afternoon of old-time stringband picking, singing and dancing, including a family dance, cabaret-style concert sets, jam sessions and workshops galore on all manner of making music with people."

The night before, there is a square dance for the BOTMC at the Ashkenaz. (I still haven't ventured into the local ECD/contra dance scene.)

Also, Evie Ladin will be on the radio the days after:
May 13| Sunday
Live on the Air
KPFA | Berkeley, CA
With Larry Kelp sometime 4-5pm

May 14| Monday
Live on the Air
KKUP | Cupertino, CA
With Mike Russell, 6:30pm

North Bay Country Dance Society
Pacific Region links
Hayward Contra Dance
Down Home Dancing

San Francisco Scottish Country Dance
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society - SF Branch

Items of Interest, 1 May 2012

Gianna Jessen Abortion Survivor in Australia (full)

Balancing the Universal and the Particular in American History
by Bradley J. Birzer, TIC Co-editor

White House: Drone Strikes Ethical and Legal
U.S. Doesn't Need To Know A Person's Name to Kill Him in a Drone Strike

Socratic and Secular Irony
A review of A Case for Irony by Jonathan Lear.

Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, American Dystopia, Fiction or Reality?

America the Possible: A Manifesto, Part II
by James Gustave Speth

This is fine as far as it goes, but it is a leftist communitarian vision and incomplete, as a result. It is missing that aspect of the natural law which pertains to family and community formation, and everything ordered to it (such as sexual morality).

Rod Dreher, What Can I Know? Should I Know?

Former CIA Official Seeking to Confirm Efficacy of Torture Does The Opposite

Hrm... May Day March for Dignity and Resistance—Press Release

Open House at Tara Firma Farms, Saturday, May 5, 1-5 P.M.

The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations

Lights Out for the Territory by Charlotte Du Cann (EB)

Rob Hopkins: My TEDxExeter talk: ‘My town in Transition’

Erik Curren, Today, I’m running for city council

A Traditional Western Icon - From the Rheinau Psalter

Statement on China Commission Meeting
Laity "are called to participate with apostolic zeal in the evangelization of the Chinese people"
Al Mohler's Interview of Ross Douthat

Charity is not an emotion. Is the "ethics of care" dominated by compassion and emotion? And can compassion replace the order of charity? I find the study to be junk designed to make the less or non-religious look better than their "religious" peers.
Highly religious people are less motivated by compassion than are non-believers

EWTN interview on Fr. Joseph's Cause of Canonization
On Wednesday May 2, at 8 p.m. Eastern time, EWTN will broadcast a one-hour interview about Fr. Joseph Muzquiz, a priest of Opus Dei whose cause of canonization has begun in Boston.

Cistercian Spirituality and Emergence of the Coronation of the Virgin in the Late Middle Ages

Financial Return Of Medical Degree Negative For Women?

Kay Hymnowitz on Morning Joe, discussing the supposed "pay gap"

Diet and Health:
Quantum Nutrition Series: Is there a perfect diet?

What is Paleo?

MDA: Why Don't We Walk Anymore
Forgot the video from Mark Sisson's Primal Resource Guide:

Robb Wolf: Strength Training for BJJ – Episode 130 (mp3)

Fewer carbs short-term gets rid of liver fat

A healthy gut is the hidden key to weight loss

Robert Lustig: The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 3): Hunger and Hormones- A Vicious Cycle

The Physical Challenge

‘He contents the people wherever he goes’ Richard III: His Parliament and Government
The Participation of Women in the Anglo-Saxon World: Judith and The Wife’s Lament
Women’s Rights in Early England
From Other Worldly to Worldly: Materialism, Anomie, and the Decline of Catharism’s Charismatic Appeal
'The inordinate excess in apparel’: Sumptuary Legislation in Tudor England
In the Wake of the Treaty of Windsor: A Tale of Two Ladies

Rare Footage of Civil War Veterans Doing the Rebel Yell

Bill Monroe's Mandolin

11th Annual Independent Music Awards

A Spotlight On William Christie by Laura Osterlund

There's A New Sheriff In Town: 'Longmire'

NYC 22: How Long Before It’s Cancelled?

Park Min Young Reveals Photo from Set of "Dr. Jin"
Is the Japanese drama Jin (DramaWiki) based on the same source material? Seems like it. The Japanese drama was too fantastical, though subtitles would have helped my comprehension more; more thoughts on it here.

Mel Gibson Calls Joe Eszterhas’ Anti-Semitic Accusations ‘Utter Fabrications’

Something with Tim Ferris: Japan: Fun in Tokyo & Kyoto

Legion Firearms LF-15d

John McGann

A local obituary: John McGann, 52, Berklee professor, mandolinist

I learned of his passing through a local radio show (KKUP). (MS and faculty page)

Lady Antebellum - Dancin' Away With My Heart


Katie Melua - Moonshine - Live at Ronnie Scotts

Energy Bulletin: SLOW MONEY: Making local economies work (VIDEO CHAT)


The Localization Reader

MIT Press

A review by by Aidan McKeown (EB)

a blog by one of the authors; his faculty page - Rethink & Relocalize - Raymond De Young - high-quality and low - EcoShock post and mp3

It's Hot In Here interview (mp3)

Ivan Illich, Energy and Equity

his essay - link from this article on energy slaves

Monday, April 30, 2012

Items of Interest, 30 April 2012

PJB, Is Europe Sailing on the Titanic
Thomas Fleming, Obama's War on Business (Walmart and Mexico)
Paul Gottfried, Tea Party vs. Occupy: Which is Winning?

Bin Laden: Forgotten But Not Gone

Forrest McDonald, George Washington: Today's Indispensable Man

Justin Raimondo, China's Reformist Crooks

Another review of The Way of Men.

Self-Made Men, Debunked

Attack of the Drones

The Last Man Standing by W. James Antle, III
Ron Paul's under-the-radar delegate pickups are the last obstacle on Romney's road to the nomination.
Questioning Growth Assumptions (EB)
Can we expect the economy to keep growing? by Gail Tverberg (EB)
David S. D'Amato, Musings on May Day

The Extraenvironmentalist, Ep. 40: The Corporate Influence (low/high)

Msgr. Luigi Ligutti and Distributism
Practical Distributism: Innovation

John Médaille, Be Not Afraid, Even of Zombies
Expanding Urban Agriculture in San Francisco
Techcrunch interview with John Robb (via his blog)
AoM: 9 Ways to Start a Fire Without Matches

Best Permaculture Homesteading Books
Free permaculture eBook: The Farmers' Handbook Volume Two - Near the House I (the original)
Why Every Permaculturalist Should Own a Scythe

Peak Oil and Energy:
Post Carbon Newsletter - The REAL oil story

NLM: Great New Pictures from Our Lady of Walsingham
Can Beauty Save the World? | Dr. Eric Cunningham
Sandro Magister: Vatican Diary / The Holy Office puts the American sisters in the corner and After Seven Years, the Secret of Pope Ratzinger

Fr. James Schall, SJ: The Pope on tourism and on man as traveler
Zenit: Cardinal Vegliò's Opening Address at Tourism Conference [2012-04-24]
"We are convinced that tourism humanizes"
Papal Message to Tourism Conference [2012-04-23]
"Traveling, which offers us the possibility of admiring the beauty of peoples, cultures and nature, can lead to God"
Too much accomodation to the affluent and their frivolous activities by the Bishop of Rome? When will the Church confront the limitations of a system made possible by cheap energy? What happened to encouraging the faithful to humble simplicity?

Freedom Complex
On the Road to Emmaus: The Catholic Dialogue with America and Modernity by Glenn W. Olsen.

The FSSP's Roman Pastor on Tradition in the Modern Church

Written by Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P. - Francis of Assisi: A New Biography

Why Human Fetuses Are "Human": Some Thoughts

Robert McCain, The Million Ugly Women March
Dr. Helen comments on Kay Hymnowitz - No, Women Are Not the Second Sex Because They Choose to Work Less

Diet and Health:
MDA: Primal Resource Guide - on barefooting and VFFs
Jimmy Moore, Aren’t You Going To Respond To The Negative Attacks Against You?
9th MovNat Principle: Adaptive

Limerock by Mark O'Connor and Yo-Yo Ma

Apparently it is also a traditional Sottish and Irish tune. The SF Scottish Fiddlers played it on Sat. at the Freight.

First Listen, Sara Watkins, 'Sun Midnight Sun' (her website/MS)
NC Times article

The Vespers, "Better Now"

AICN: Mr. Beaks And Whit Stillman Discuss The Delightful DAMSELS IN DISTRESS!

BCM Mid-Length Carbines

with Travis Haley and Pat Rogers

see also Great Scout
Catching Up With Dawn Eden

(see also her blog)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Romantic Fantasies of the Gentleman of Yesteryear

I watched the recent adaptation of Great Expectations (not as faithful as the one with Justine Waddell and Ioan Gruffudd, though my memory of the novel by Dickens is rather hazy). While men may not dream about being Victorian (or Regency) gentlemen as much as women do about being a lady of that time, no one aspires to be a member of the 19th century working classes. And yet can the gentlemen of the rising bourgeois class and the disappearing landed class be dissociated from the imperial order, and all that is represented by it, especially the exploitation of the time? Is it so wrong for Austen readers to have guilt-free fantasies of the time? We should instead try to correct our understanding and moderate our desires for outward extravagance.

What about the clothing of the gentlemen? Can we dissociate the modern Western suit from its origins disassociate it from its origins with the moneyed and ruling elites? Even if the suit was designed by clothing-makers serving the elites, it was adopted by them as a uniform of sorts, symbolizing their position in society. It is because of this prestige that others sought to wear it as well, in order to identify with those elites as a member of their group. (Pip desires to be a gentleman, despite his ignoble origins.) Is it too late to recover the clothing of the working classes. (The were already wearing clothing of similar patterns, just made of coarser material and dirtier?) There may be something to the Amish desire for simplicity and retention of older standards for clothing, but dressing like a medieval peasant would not garner us much respect. We are stuck with the modern Western suit and shirt, however much some of us may dislike them.

Liberals often to seek moral purity by disassociating themselves from anything "evil" in their family's or nation's past. Can they really be extricated from a bad system? After all, they are not living like the Amish.
Instead of a self-made identity should they not seek forgiveness from God for their actual sins, while working to improve things and keeping the memory of their ancestors, and of their works, both good and bad? More on this at another time.

Radicals often use language linked to destruction. (E.g. "tearing down the system." Even "revolution" is not such an innocuous word.) As conservatives we should be working to build up community, as that is what is truly missing. For this to be perfected it may require the passing of a political order, but the emphasis in language should be more positive than negative, if we are to gain the support of others. Even so, what is permissible to construct a new society? Violence or rebellion? Anarchists and others may dream of reacting violently to oppression and "punishing" the unjust. While defending one's family and community from those who seek to destroy them is an important duty, that of building community and civic friendships is more noble and difficult.

Gillian Anderson on ‘X-Files,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Great Expectations’
BBC One Great Expectations

Journey to the East

Begun on April 15, 2012.

Irina Kolbneva (source)

I decided not to attend the last liturgies of Our Lady of Fatima at their old location, which turned out to be the Easter services. I plan on attending a Sunday liturgy relatively soon at the new location, maybe next Sunday. I am close to switching over to the Byzantine-rite; would it be possible to register as a member of a parish without transferring rites? At this point in time, I get more out of participating at a Byzantine-rite liturgy than at a Roman-rite liturgy, regardless of whether it is OF in Latin or EF. (Do I need to comment about the Uhmerican OF?)

In contrast to the push for Latinizations in the Eastern rites that happened in previous centuries, I may be accused of having the attitude that the Roman Rite should be "orientalized." But would "degothicized" be more accurate? I need to re-read what Fr. Jungmann says about the fusion of the Gothic rite with the Roman rite. I do favor the greater use of mosaics, a return to a style of painting that existed before the impulse towards realism in the late medieval/Renaissance, bringing back the baldachin (with or without an additional veil), the rood screen or some Western version of the iconostasis. You may already know that I like Ensemble Organum. While I would not claim that its interpretation of Roman chant is the only valid one, I do think that there should be a place for it within the Roman-rite worship, if there is a place for chant in Latin at all.

In seeking this sort of "purification," am I guilty of the archeologism condemned by Pius XII in Mediator Dei? What about advocating a convergence with the Eastern liturgical traditions as a preparation to a restoration of ecclesial communion? After all, both the West and Rome were part of the Mediterranean world and shared many similarities in liturgical culture during the first millenium of Christianity? I am not denying the organic development of prayers, texts, and feasts. But what about liturgical gestures, sacred art, "minor" liturgical actions like processions? I've mentioned before the example of the sign of the cross - would it be so wrong for Romans to once again do it the way everyone used to do it, crossing from right to left rather than left to right? Or was the change to left to right also "organic"? Many have criticized the novelty of having the laity raise their hands in prayer during the Our Father, in imitation of the priest. The orans position is also from the Mediterranean world; could we not re-adopt it once the distinction between the ordained priesthood and the priesthood of the faithful was clarified for the poorly catechized? Or do we need to keep the Gothic prayer gesture (symbolizing the submission of a vassal) that was adopted in the fusion of the Roman and Gothic rites because it, too, is now part of our liturgical patrimony?

How many Roman-rite Catholics fell away because they were direct casualties of liturgical reform? How many associated this with perceived changes in doctrine? Is there a risk that many would fall away because of these changes? Or should we encourage Roman-rite Catholics to rediscover their classical heritage (especially as a counter to our Uhmerican attitudes and practices of worship)? Might it not help deepen liturgical piety, in combination with the restoration of a sung liturgy and a better  hieratic vernacular?

Can an American rite be created from scratch? To what can we turn for material? The Sarum rite? Modern Catholic Anglican rites, with their love of neo-Gothic? The Uhmerican NO? There is little doubt that the Roman rite has to be the basis of a new rite, given the liturgicla and cultural heritage of American Catholics. Given how much we have lost and abandoned, would not a "return to the sources" in thise case involve a new look at the entirety of the Church's liturgical history and not just the 20th century (or what passed for normal before Vatican 2)?

Fr. Aidan Nichols has written something on the thought and work of Fr. Adrian Fortescue: The Life, Work and Travels of Adrian Fortescue. (Apparently Michael Davies' The Wisdom of Adrian Fortescue is out of print.) Fr. Nichols also has another book on liturgy: Lost in Wonder.

NLM: On the Origins of the Iconostasis - parts 3 and 4