Saturday, May 12, 2012

Herman Daly interview

The European:
"We Need A Crisis, And A Change of Values"
by Herman Daly

The European: Let us start with economic theory on the level of the individual. Has the ideology of the homo oeconomicus outlived the model upon which it was originally based? People concede that Smith or Hayek were partially mistaken, yet their credo is very much alive.
Daly: I would add one more aspect: Their ontological picture of man is flawed. Instead of conceiving of human beings as atomistic independent individuals that are connected through the nexus of the market and keen to maximize their own benefit and pleasure, we should really think of man as being constituted by the relationships with others. We are not only externally related to others, we are internally related to them as well. When you ask me: ‘Who are you?’ I would define myself as a husband, son, father, citizen, friend, or member. And in a more physical sense, I would be an air-breather and a water-drinker and a food-eater. The quality of these relationships by which we are constituted determines our welfare far more than the amount of commodities we consume. Economists nod at that criticism of their model and then just go back to doing what they have always been doing.
Tom Murphy: Time to Be Honest With Ourselves About Our Looming Energy Risks

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Gangster Squad trailer

Was the original LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division's "Hat Squad" ethnically diverse?

I hope Eastern Christians do not take offense at this suggestion, but if Christianity ever spreads in Japan, might it be possible that a manga/anime artist-convert or two might develop some form of Japanese iconography? A set of Japanese iconographic rules (which might be similar to but not completely the same as Byzantine rules) drawn from their preference for disproportionately big eyes, the deceptively "simple" representation of the face, and so on? (I'm not saying iconography is at the same level as comic art.)

Alan Jabbour and Ken Perlman House Concert in Mountain View

On Sunday at 7 P.M.


Mr. C has a lot of praise for him -- Make Ready with Bill Rogers: Reactive Carbine Shooting


I see a LMT upper.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A fifth grader, NV, posted a picture of two middle school girls kissing, and it had the following caption:
"LIKE if you suport Bisexual / Lesbian's people :D
SHARE if you know a bisexual / Lesbian's person :P"

Does she personally know someone who is bisexual or homosexual? Or is this something that she picked up through pop culture, her peers, or school? The indoctrination that pervades mass culture preys upon on the sensitivity of young girls and women, and any doubts they may have regarding their sexuality or an inclination to "experimentation" (the plasticity of female sexual attraction) - the confusion between like and lust, and so on. While some women may talk about "fairness" with regards to approving homosexual relationships, it is more an issue of being sufficiently compassionate or caring, I would think. Without a solid foundation in obedience and moral education, a girl's moral sense is destroyed by appealing to her emotions, which should be her strength when subordinated to the proper governing principle(s).
The Economics of Happiness conference videos are not only available on Vimeo but can be found on Youtube as well.
VMI Ratbook 2014 - Official Trailer [HD]

Today is the 149th anniversary of Stonewall Jackson's death. What would he think of today's VMI? Did they have initiation of the Rats, shaving of the head (and hazing practices) back in the day, or was this adopted as the U.S. Army (and West Point) were transformed into a military for the unitary nation-state?

Items of Interest, 10 May 2012, Part 2

Simplify, Simplify
At 96, Blessed John XXIII's secretary tells tales of his famous boss by Francis X. Rocca (plus some info about Thomas Merton's part in the pope's ecumenical outreach)
Video: John XXIII’s secretary on decision to call Vatican II

Al Sayyid: The Crusading Valor of Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar
by Brendan J. McGuire

Pope tells American colleges to strengthen Catholic identity

Benedict XVI Welcomes New Swiss Guards
Calls Them to Support Each Other in Their Service

The Courage and Fidelity of the Swiss Guard By H. Sergio Mora
Chaplain Gives Inside Look at Vatican Hallmark

Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit

Wilken on "The Catholic Roots of Religious Freedom"

Christendom College's Core Curriculum

Holy Trinity Monastery to open its doors to the public (May 19) (website)
The Challenges of the Priesthood in Today’s Russia
Overcoming Egoism: On the Sunday of the Paralytic Man by Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann

How Classical Education Shapes Us as God Intended by David Kern

Can Colleges Be Saved?

Harry Stein, Chronicle of Servile Education
A respected publication caves to racial bullying.
GL Piggy: Dust, Meet Another One and It Starts
How Black Studies Avoids Studying Blacks

Why Feminism is a Fraud
Thoughts on female suffrage and in vindication of woman's true rights
Feminism, New World Order and Rockefeller's New War

The Thinking Housewife: Gaving at My Navel and My Empty Womb and The Vitalist Woman Returns to Work

Study of the Day: Gender Gap in College Leads Women to Prioritize Work

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

Roland C. Warren, Octomom: Her Children, Her Choice and Our Responsibility

Marines Moving Women Toward the Front Lines

Diet and Health:
The Hawaiian Libertarian: Paleo Toddler
MDA: Why We Don't Sprint Anymore and a Primal Health Challenge, Is it Primal? 8 Foods Scrutinized
Chris Kresser, Can You Be Healthy if You Don't Eat a Paleo Diet (mp3)
Grass-Fed Beef Health Diet

Paleo Physicians Network and Primal Docs

MovNat LLC Announces the Global Launch of Their Trainer Certification Events for the MovNat© True Nature Fitness System

HBO: The Weight of the Nation

Gary Taubes responds: Why the Campaign to Stop America's Obesity Crisis Keeps Failing
The nation’s most powerful anti-obesity groups are teaming up for a new HBO documentary—but it pushes the same tired advice. Gary Taubes on the research they're ignoring.

Plantar Fasciitis & Tight Hams

9 Food Cures You Can Grow at Home

Was the Union Army's Invasion of the Confederate States a Lawful Act? | James Ostrowski

Has the article been published yet? From December - Sodom and Gomorrah Excavated. Guess How They Were Wiped Out.

Sounds Familiar? Accents and Dialects of the UK

Whit Stillman:
The Decline of Decadence (via Insight Scoop)
A review of Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress, a film depicting the search to be rescued from the rampant boorishness of contemporary culture.
Christopher S. Morrissey

Whit Stillman and the art of the courteous comedy

Damsels in Distress BTS Video

Laurie Lewis Interview

The Vespers - TFW CD Release show ~ 'Instrument for You'

13 Year Old Robbie Mizzone - Lee Highway Blues - Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

Josef Gabriel Rheinberger - Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen

A Fine Frenzy - Almost Lover

Owensboro, Ky., a must-visit place, shows a town taxing and spending with vision

Alan Lomax: Major US Folk Music Archive Makes Online Debut

Barra MacNeils to celebrate 25th anniversay at their alma mater

The NST at the USPSA Multi Gun Nationals 2012

Ranger Up Presents: The Secret of Tim Kennedy's Success

The Gear Locker: Podcast #6: Interview with the CEO of Haley Strategic Partners (mp3)

Items of Interest, 10 May 2012, Part 1

Conservative? by Stratford Caldecott

A Teaching for [r]epublicans: Roman History and the Nation’s First Identity by M. E. Bradford

The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson by James W. Ely, Jr.

PJB, Is This the End of One Europe

The Right’s False Prophet
Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America, Paul Gottfried, Cambridge University Press, 182 pages
By Kenneth B. McIntyre

Thomas Fleming, Mrs. Warren's Professions and Obama's Dramatic Revelation

Obama, Marriage, and the “Anti-Gay” Theme by Matthew J. Franck
Marriage and Procreation: The Intrinsic Connection by Patrick Lee, Robert P. George and Gerard V. Bradley
We the People and Homosexual Marriage
Two Steps from Reasonable About Marriage by Stephen J. Heaney
PJB, The Antietam of the Culture War
Orson Scott Card, What Right is Really at Stake (Was it removed? Republished here.)

James Matthew Wilson, Contraception and Signs of Contradiction: Part 2

Yia-Yia's Nagging Morals:
Last year a Greek food company produced a series of creative and wildly popular ads that juxtaposed modern young people doing what modern young people do—cohabiting, dressing immodestly, and being a stay-at-home dad...

Why hasn't the West already collapsed? Why the delay? Providence?

The Stark Truth: Interview with Virgil Goode (mp3)

Who the hell is "Julia," and why am I paying for her whole life? by David Harsanyi

Richard Spencer, The Future of Alternative Right

Bill Kauffman, How I Met Eldridge Cleaver

Tomgram: Ernest Callenbach, Last Words to an America in Decline

Peter Hitchens, Blood and Iron versus Bread and Wine, the Sad Fate of France in a German Europe

American Empire and Leviathan:
U.S. Military Taught Officers: Use ‘Hiroshima’ Tactics for ‘Total War’ on Islam

Daniel Larison, Obama's Foreign Policy Isn't Restrained or Prudent, Democratic Realists and Obama's Foreign Policy

The Hive and the Heterodoxy by Kelley B. Vlahos

The President’s Private War by Andrew P. Napolitano

Video Shocker:TSA Aggressively Pats Down Congressman

Surveillance State Democracy

Srdja Trifkovic, The Syrian Rebels and the KLA,
Srebrenica as Holocaust

Drores in US Flight Paths

Michael Hill, The False Idol of American Democracy

John Michael Greer, Descent into Stasis

Confederate Memorial Day

The Policeman's Your Friend - As Long as He Can Afford to Be

DAVE LINDORFF, The Subsidized Student Loan Scam
RALPH NADER, The Greediness of Brain Drain
KEVIN CARSON, The Crackdown on Occupy
THOMAS H. NAYLOR, Either Way, It’s Business as Usual (Naylor advocates the complete break-up of the "Federal" union.)
PATRICK COCKBURN, The Last Months of Osama bin Laden
HARVEY WASSERMAN, The Nuclear Industry Has Melted in Japan and France

Kevin Carson, ALEC’s Fake “Free Market” Apologists on the Right
New IMF working paper models impact of oil limits on the economy by Gail Tverberg (EB)

Distributist Review: A Review of Money as Debt

Bare Bones Biology 106 – Richard Heinberg (mp3)

The Age of Limits Conference: The Conversation I Would Like to Have by y Orren Whiddon

Water commons, water citizenship and water security (EB)
by Buenaventura Dargantes, Mary Ann Manahan, Daniel Moss, and V. Suresh

Killer Summary of Austrian Views of Money, Banking and the Fed — Delivered in Congressional Testimony!

Chris Martenson on TED letures: 'Cornucopians in Space' Deliver a Dangerously Misguided Message

America the Possible: A Discussion with James Gustave Speth, May 15 (essay also available at Yes! Magazine)

Mark T. Mitchell on Robert Nisbet, Multiply Your Associations and Be Free

A report on ‘Peak Money and Economic Resilience’, a Transition Network one-day conversation

A California Bestiary

Filipa Pimentel on Transition in Portugal: “we try to reduce money exchange in everything we do”
Peak cycling? Bikes are oil hungry beasts
Leveraging Their Localness: A New Piggly Wiggly Commercial All About Local

A New Kind of Corner Store: Healthy Local Food for All

Is Facebook Making us Lonely (FPR)

Permaculture and Farming:
Suburban Permaculture with Janet Barocco and Richard Heinberg

More on Tara Firma Farms

Planting and Mid-Life Crisis

6 Ideas for the Future of Food

Farming Future Despite What Neighbours Think

Peak Oil and Energy:
Tomgram: Michael Klare, Oil Wars on the Horizon
Visualize Gasoline by Richard Heinberg (EB)
The peak oil crisis: perspective by Tom Whipple (EB)

Kickstarter: The Watt: An Energy 101 Primer

Silencing Communities: How the Fracking Industry Keeps Its Secrets

Can renewable energy sustain consumer societies? by Samuel Alexander

A tide of oil and greed by Erik Wallenberg

Keep On The Sunny Side - The Carter Family (1965)
Rome Reports: Pope names new Archbishop of Seoul, South Korea, now on fast track to become cardinal

Wednesday, May 09, 2012


Another example of a mainstream conservative being a feminist

I recall that a certain female "conservative" radio personality had adopted a child while being unmarried. I didn't know she had actually adopted three, the last two being boys. How do her actions not support the feminist claims that fathers are not necessary, or that parents are interchangeable? If an unmarried woman has the money and lifestyle (or time) to accomodate having children either through IVF or adoption, why shouldn't she do it? A housemate considered the possibility of doing this, but I had to argue against it, pointing out that her imaginary historical examples were probably justifiable for other reasons - family members adopted nieces and nephews when their parents died, and so on, and that this was only possible for women who were of means and did not have to work to support themselves. Adoption took place within families or communities, not in a culture of the single, autonomous individual. Adopting a child only to have that child raised by a  nanny or daycare is very stupid.

So what about deliberately depriving children of a father? How is she not passing on the message that fathers are not important to the raising and well-being of children, and having a husband and father for one's children is merely a "lifestyle preference"? Regardless of her criticisms of feminism in other areas (with regards to employment or affirmative action), how can such a woman then represent herself as a "conservative," when her own life decisions undermine her credibility as one? It isn't that difficult to make a living being a professional conservative, as there are plenty of Americans who will still listen. But does she live what she supposedly defends? If not, then rather than being a spokesperson spokeswoman for conservatism she undermines it. (Upholding tradition within a local community where personal flaws are balanced with one's achievements and friendships is different from capitalizing on the mass media and straining to have a national influence while pursuing a contemporary cosmopolitan lifestyle.)

Dalrock on Janine Turner: Godly unashamed unwed mothers

Punch Brothers - This Girl (Later with Jools Holland)

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

F. Roger Devlin:

Men do not have to prove their worthiness to anybody. They are the ones who bear the primary costs of marriage. It is a woman's responsibility to prove she is worthy of the privilege of becoming a man's helpmeet and bearing his children. It takes a strict upbringing to form a tiny female savage into such a lady. Today, that form of upbringing is mostly a thing of the past: marriageable women are becoming difficult to find, and the costs of searching for them are getting too high.

Carolina Chocolate Drops, Country Girl

I haven't made a decision to discontinue consuming their product because of their adherence to liberal progressivism and opposition to traditional values; meanwhile, Amendment One has apparently passed.

More Joel Salatin

Creating Sustainable Agriculture Without Government Subsidies
An interview with “Christian-conservative-libertarian-environmentalist-lunatic” Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin: Sustainable Farming – Animals Required

Monday, May 07, 2012

Age of Limits Conference

Memorial Day Weekend, in PA
Dedicated to the pioneering work of Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers & Dennis Meadows
and their epochal 1972 report "The Limits to Growth."

Conversations on the Collapse of The Global Industrial Model

Guests include:
John Michael Greer: Scholar and author of more than twenty books on a wide range of subjects, including The Long Descent: A User’s Guide to the End of the Industrial Age, The Ecotechnic Future: Exploring a Post-Peak World, and The Wealth of Nature: Economics As If Survival Mattered.

Carolyn Baker Ph.D.: Professor of history and psychology, psychotherapist and author of Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition and Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse.

Dmitry Orlov: Essayist, wry social commentator and author of the acclaimed Reinventing Collapse – The Soviet Experience and American Prospects.

Gail Tverberg: Professional Actuary and Mathematician, global limits analyst and writer.

Thomas Whipple: Retired senior analyst for the CIA and a well known researcher and writer on energy and oil issues, Chief Editor of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil-USA’s flagship publication, Peak Oil News and Review.

(via Carolyn Baker and EB)

(a playlist of individual speeches; 5. Dennis Meadows - Perspectives on the Limits of Growth: It is too late for sustainable development)

Dennis Meadows - Economics and the Limits of Growth (parts 1, 2, 3)

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Items of Interest, 6 May 2012

Stephen M. Walt, What if realists were in charge of U.S. foreign policy?

John Lukacs, What is Happening to History

Pakistan: US Needs to Find ‘Alternative’ to Drone Strikes

David S. D'Amato, The Source of Structural Inequality

Artisanal pride: On Loving Japan

The Kind of Man Modernity Can Afford
Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist: How to Explain the World Without Becoming a Bore
by Peter L. Berger.

Peak Oil and Energy:
The oil industry's deceitful promise of American energy independence by Kurt Cobb (EB)

Women Policing Hierarchy

The "Who's Your Daddy?" Party: Ross Douthat, The Party of Julia

Hamatoura عذراء يا أم الإله

Romeiko Ensemble

Diet and Health:
Welcome to Our New MovNat International Instructor, Joseph Bartz

Contra Dance:
From April 28:

Yes, the location of the dance may be wanting, but couldn't some of the participants dressed up more for the occasion?

More PC stupidity at the Pentagon: SEALs Working Towards Improving Team Diversity

Some videos for International Permaculture Day

Rob Hopkins - International Permaculture Day 2012

One more from the The Economics of Happness conference

Gustavo Esteva: challenging the institutional production of truth
If you want to see how poor American public education is, try paying the cashier with cash and include a large number of coins.

Labelled Uhmericans not for the victims but for those who are part of the [mis]education bureaucracy.

Loafer's Glory

Another group which was introduced to me by KPFA (which is currently having it's triannual membership drive).

Loafer's Glory album on Arhoolie : Bluegrass Today

Tried to jam my feet into some VFFs at REI this afternoon. Now I know how Cinderella's stepsisters felt. But I didn't cut off any parts of my feet to make them fit. I need a personal cordwainer who specializes in minimalist footwarer. A job for the post-carbon era? VFFs and I were not meant to be, apparently. There are other Asians who can wear VFFs, but is the shoe more suitable for white people than Asians? The thing about VFFs is that they are at least wide enough to accomodate my feet. I do not think that is true of the other minimalist shoes that are currently available.

I also tried on some Arc'teryx jackets. Don't bother if you have a gut. My midsection was ok, but the sleeves fit poorly or there were other problems. Now will there be post-carbon tailors making fleeces and other such jackets?

Annie Leonard at the Economics of Happiness Conference

Annie Leonard: moving from consumer to citizen

The Story of Stuff

Vandana Shiva excerpts from The Economics of Happiness

Vandana Shiva talks about industrial agriculture, micro-credit, urbanization, economic localization, and hope

Her website and Navdanya.

The New Rules


This comment and the earlier posts made me think of an early Dalrock post:

Old Rules or New?

Generally the post is about the morality of pickup, Game, casual sex et al. Go read it to put the quote below in full context.

The Oracle of Dallas said:

“In the end I don’t know the right answer to this [questions of moral authority] until/unless we as a society decide which set of rules we will live by. I think from a practical perspective the best we can hope for from individuals for now is consistency. Pick one, old rules or new. *** I think the bigger problem we have today are those who choose one set of rules when it suits them and then switch to the other when it is to their benefit. Even worse are the churches which give those living under the new rules or blended rules false moral comfort. At any rate, none of this bodes well for our society. As Haley puts it in a recent comment on her blog:

“No society can survive, much less thrive, when the family unit goes kaput.”

I think that we as a society have made our collective choice. For their part, women as a whole have made theirs. Worse, Christians have allowed the society surrounding them to make the choice for them. And the choice they made or acquiesced to is clear:

New rules.

So be it.

So let’s recap: