Saturday, January 19, 2013

Fr. Lombardi Speaks

Lombardi editorial: Against arms

When does incessant lecturing become mommying?

Despite Appearing Demure

Are Japanese women ball-busters? Or do they exhibit some other feminine flaw? Or is the problem with Japanese men as well? Increasing number of Japanese men opt for bachelorhood

Lisa Saracco on The Courtier by Baldassar Castiglione Defining the gentleman and the gentlewoman in the Italian Renaissance

Defining the gentleman and the gentlewoman in the Italian Renaissance by Lisa Saracco

Political Systems and Definitions of Gender Roles, edited by Ann Katherine Isaacs (University of Pisa, 2001)

Karen De Coster Interview

Al Korelin Show Interview
Last night I did a short radio (taped) interview with Jeff Deist, Ron Paul’s Chief of Staff, for the Al Korelin Show. Jeff noted this has traditionally been a hard money show, but that he and Al are crossing over into other topics every now and then. The interview was on paleo-primal, the industrial food machine, and how libertarianism is a natural fit with paleo-primal principles and the rejection of politicized conventional wisdom. Jeff, as many of Ron Paul’s staffers, has a great passion for this topic from a free market perspective.

Mark Sisson Interviews

Underground Wellness: It’s Not About the Food: Reconnecting with Mark Sisson. (Blogtalk Radio - mp3)

The LLVLC Show (Episode 645): Mark Sisson Gives You ‘The Primal Connection’ To A Happy And Healthy Life (mp3)

Friday, January 18, 2013

CUESA Interview with Wenonah Hauter

Breaking Up the Foodopoly

She will be at Book Passage at the SF Ferry Building next Tuesday to promote her book.

Good News for Janeites

BBC to recreate Netherfield Ball for 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice

Will they have professional dancers or amateur reenactors dancing?

If Only They Had Something About Which to Worry

Peter Haworth on a Washington Times article - Statists worry about the rise of Anti-Federalism

(see Mr. Peters's comment to another FPR piece)

They Don't Know When to Quit

Chronicles of Higher Ed: Wanted: Female Philosophers, in the Classroom and in the Canon (From October 2009 but featured on the front page this week)

Sex differences? What sex differences?

American higher education - an industry that deserves to collapse.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Growth and Degrowth

Chris Martenson, The Really Really Big Picture
Dave Lindorff, What is Wrong with America
Richard Heinberg, Why is the Economy Shrinking?

The Extraenvironmentalist: Episode 55 - Degrowth (hi - low)
'In this epic length episode #55 of The Extraenvironmentalist we cover the Montreal Degrowth Conference from May 2013[sic]. We hear from a number of degrowth academics and activists about the ideas in the movement. Through more than twelve interviews we speak with Peter Brown, Michael M’Gonigle, Josh Farley, David Suzuki, Bill Rees, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Janice Harvey, Charles Hall, Gail Tverberg, Juliet Schor, Joan Martinez-Alier and Erik Assadourian. Then, we recap 2012 by hearing from Gregor MacDonald about the IEA’s headline grabbing scenario for a United States that produces more oil than Saudi Arabia and Jeremy Grantham’s recent eyebrow raising report on resource scarcity. We close out with a preview of our 2013 interviews."

Something from Norcia - a lecture given at Wyoming Catholic College - The Great Divorce.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Kirkpatrick Sale Lectures

Parts 2, 3, 4, 5

On Secession

Parts 2, 3, 4, 5

The Ideal Size of a Nation: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4

More interesting videos from Matthew Cory.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Solidarity Hall

New website for CST and such, started by various people, including those associated with Respublica America. Currently there is a feature on Ivan Illich. Some of the contributors think like ex-Democrats; I hope it will become better than VN in that regard.

The Consequences of Being Protestant and Democrat

What sort of southern Democrat? And has Wendell Berry evolved in his thinking about homosexuality and same-sex marriage?

Wendell Berry’s Grampa Simpson Moment by Rod Dreher

I suppose that if he is to be classified, Wendell Berry is a "left" communitarian, in so far as he accepts the "progressive" position on SSM. Opposition to SSM is not "homophobia," but Berry seems to be embracing the "modernist" notion that there is no Christian moral value (or precept) except "love."

Interview with Mitrophan Chin

From 2005: The Revival of the Orthodox Church in China is in the Hands of our Lord (via Journey to Orthodoxy)

From 2004: Chinese Translation Project - Mitrophan Chin

Betas in the Church

Or perhaps they are even worse than betas...

Vox: The feminized Church is anti-Christ

How many of our seminarians are Mr. Nice Guys, having little or no experience with women and having been indoctrinated since they were young in feminism? (The "Catholic" version of feminism is still feminism at its core.) They may be more "orthodox" with respect to doctrines pertaining to God and Christ, but how useful will they be when it comes to teaching about the married vocation, politics, or practical living? Will they be relying on some version of theology of the body, combined with pop psych and certain modern marriage counselling beliefs? The only
only resistance to feminism is prohibition against women being ordained and "life issues." But those who are being ordained have been imbibing feminism for quite some time; will they do anything to restore patriarchy or to reform the dioceses so that feminism is not promoted in example, if not word? (e.g. co-ed schools that cater to the higher education bubble, careerism, and consumerism, having lay women as bureaucrats and in charge of parish ministries - I would not call those "leadership" positions).

Will feminism and its practical correlaries be declared a heresy by the Church? I don't see the Latins doing this; as far as I am concerned the Roman-rite churches in the United States are dying and deserve to die off, despite the desire of some bishops to infuse new blood with immigrants from the south. We do not need more priests who avoid confrontation and the exercise of authority, seeking instead to suppress men in the name of "peace." The first church or ecclesial community to address the problems men face and feminism will probably win in the numbers game, but if it is not apostolic Christianity, then its cause may be set back for quite some time.

While I was on my vacation, I had a rental car for the weekend. A relative was asking questions about that. It became obvious that she wanted me to be her chauffeur, presumably to take her to the casino, as she had no vehicle or transportation. Soon she was stating that I would be giving her a ride, rather than asking. I told her I was going to drop her off at her house. Initially she may have presumed I would eventually give in. But she became sad because I seemed firm that I would not be driving her around. While I was driving, I was feeling bad about not taking her, though I knew I shouldn't. She shouldn't be gambling and I wanted to spend time with her grandkids instead. The effects of being a people-pleaser for too long. To an extent this flaw might be ok with respect to elders and relatives, but it is a counterfeit virtue. She didn't press the issue as we left for her house or while we were in her car, recognizing her limits or thinking that I had made mine clear? I don't know what my reaction would have been if she had applied more pressure.

She probably needs Gamblers Anonymous.

In Defense of Matchmaking

Matchmaking and Imagined Sentiments: Jane Austen's Emma by Mitchell Kalpakgian
What do matchmakers know that eludes the common man? What does the common man know that escapes the matchmakers? Austen’s novel shows that true romance originates from equality of social background and education, compatibility of temperaments, similarity of moral ideals and manners, natural attraction based on reason and feeling, and mutual admiration. Matchmaking ignores these facts and truths on which good marriages are founded, exaggerating the role of the feelings and ignoring the importance of the mind, moral character, and the virtue of prudence in marital choices. Matchmaking imagines sentiments that do not exist and does not let love follow its natural course in which like is attracted to like.
Is Emma an argument against matchmaking? Or are her attempts marked by her lack of wisdom and lofty, perhaps even romantic expectations? The problem is not matchmaking, but the one doing it (and her principles of judgment). Could it even be said that Emma is fortunate to be saved from herself by an older, wiser man? I don't think that would be an exaggeration. The equality of education that is needed is not in book-learning (though it may be important for some men), but in moral formation and culture. In  the androsphere it is said that the current situation is the result of women being left to their fallen nature and their own judgment about what is best for them. They might actually benefit from the services of a matchmaker, an older person situated in a social network, if they had the humility to admit that their judgment may not be that good. They'd also need the beginnings of a good character which would aid in governing or diminishing their more wild or base impulses.

Wooden Temples in Northern Russia

Photos by Richard Davies (via Byzantine, Texas)

S. Boyd Eaton at AHS12

S. Boyd Eaton, M.D. - Long-Term Paleo: What Happens if You Follow the Ancestral Health Protocol for Thirty Years?

S. Boyd Eaton, M.D. - Long-Term Paleo: What Happens if You Follow the Ancestral Health Protocol for Thirty Years? from Ancestral Health Society on Vimeo.

A Realistic Portrayal of Law Enforcement in the US?

‘COPS’ at 25 by Kelley Vlahos

Tribute to Eugene Genovese by Robert George

Monday, January 14, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty

Went to Winchester 21 on Saturday night, after having dinner with xiao Jimmy at Eastridge. It's been... maybe 10 years or more since I last sat in that theater. It wasn't so cold inside, but I was wearing a sweater and a coat over it, plus a hat. However, I don't know this is due to the project or to the reel they received, but the print seemed fuzzy and the resolution was not as good as something you'd see on a smaller screen over at AMC or nearby CinéArts.

I don't have much to say about the technical aspects of the movie, or the visual story-telling. Zero Dark Thirty seemed like it was done proficiently in those respects. But how can one's experience of the movie not be colored by his opinions about its truthfulness or the real-life events it claims to represent? How much artistic license taken in telling the story? I went to the movie more for the last half-hour, with its focus on ST6 and the mission to capture/kill Bin Laden, then the rest of it, which chronicled the efforts of the CIA to find him.

It is pro-American propaganda? We'll probably never know the true story or what really happened (or if we really killed OBL at that point in time). The movie is centered on a "tough" and persistent Uuhmerican female CIA agent, Maya (played by Jessica Chastain), who ultimately finds Osama Bin Laden. In the movie, there is some intra-agency conflict between Maya and the CIA station chief in Pakistan (played by Kyle Chandler). The station chief wants to allocate resources to preventing terror attacks in the U.S., and says that Bin Laden is not important. Maya says that he is still the one in charge. In their debate, there is no explicit mention of targeting Bin Laden because he was the chief mastermind behind 9/11, that this is a question of justice and punishing those who are responsible. Perhaps it is implied, but I thought it strange that it was omitted, as it would have been effective rhetorically. Maya appeals to their superiors at Langley, but it is not clear what priority was given to finding and killing Bin Laden by the CIA or the White House. The movie highlights the importance of HUMINT and how little of it we actually have for that region of the world. (See the book by Robert Baer for an explanation why.)

Might the movie rather be effective propaganda against Uhmerica? It depicts the torture of Muslims and the willingness of Americans to kill Muslims civilians in order to get at high-value targets. (Rf. Mya's comeback to the SEALs during their briefing that she preferred that a bomb be dropped on a house she knows is occupied by women and children over deploying a special ops team.) Moreover, the women seem to be in charge even if they are subordinates in name, and the men have no effective control over them, especially the ones at Langley, who seem whipped. If a man was petulant like that in the workplace, who would be able to tolerate his behavior or continue to respect him? But since Maya is a woman, she can get away with it. No doubt some will interpret her behavior as being of someone who is extremely dedicated and understandably upset that no action is being taken against OBL, even though his location has been ascertained. Her tantrums nonetheless strike me as being unprofessional and border on insubordination.

Indeed, the movie is not very successful in presenting the feminist case for women being in the CIA (even if they can be effective honey traps), despite the possible intention of the filmmakers. While Jessica Chastain can play the b*tch, on-screen she still seems like a vulnerable little girl who is trying to be a man in a man's world. Yet one cannot but help think that the movie makers are advocating that we put such women in charge.

Another example would be Jennifer Ehle's character, who is based on Jennifer Lynne Matthews. The movie seems to put the blame on her for the Camp Chapman attack. (In accordance with one of the official stories put forward by the CIA afterwards?) She is portrayed as an eager beaver seeking a lead to OBL's location and waving off proper security protocols in order for the meeting to go forward. So whose incompetence resulted in the success of the attack? The on-site supervisor? Or the superiors who failed to train their analysts as field operatives properly or placed results above safety?

If this is the reality of the CIA it is rather laughable - even more reason for our enemies to hold us in contempt. They may believe that we are superior not because of culture or character, but only because of technology, and even then our advantage is limited.

Would I recommend the movie? I am not sure why I would want to do so, but this is because I am skeptical of its accuracy. As a tribute to the men and women(?) who brought Osama Bin Laden "to justice"? As a engrossing procedural? I can't say that the portrayal of Operation Neptune Spear is worth the price of admission alone. Those who believe that the story is true may enjoy it more; no doubt there will be those who know very little and will leave the theater convinced that they've learned some real history.

James Howard Kunstler has a rather positive appraisal of the movie. Steve Sailer.

Zero Dark Thirty: Torturing the Facts by Marjorie Cohn
How 'Zero Dark Thirty' Reminds Americans How Much They Love Torture
Torture in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty
Former CIA officer Robert Baer offers an alternative to the White House story on bin Laden's death. (mp3)
Revealed: CIA agents envious of glamorous Hollywood treatment of Jessica Chastain's real-life relentless Bin Laden tracker 'Maya'
Peter Bergen and Robert Baer: Zero Dark Thirty Torture Controversy
FLASHBACK: Former CIA Operative: “Of Course Bin Laden is Dead” - Robert Baer: When Will Obama Give Up the Bin Laden Ghost Hunt?
What Awaits John Brennan at the CIA
ABC: Operation Neptune Spear
Zero Dark Thirty — Some Truth, Some Fiction

WATCH: Jennifer Ehle On 'Zero Dark Thirty's' Women 

Before the movie I strolled through Santana Row - what do the patrons there have to offer, besides their youthfulness? One perhaps should not begrudge those who are out enjoying a Saturday night with their intimates and friends, but one could do without the display of wealth and ease. Where else do the local singles go? There was some live music at El Jardin - in Spanish, and the audience was quite enthusiastic. Local Anglos? Or affluent visitors from Ibero-America? A reflection in some ways of the soon-to-be majority for the city of San Jose. The local young SWPLs care very little for traditional Anglo culture.

Making a Spectacle of Yourself

For an audience of one.

I paid a visit to the newest Five Guys in the area; a mom came in with her two kids, a 2yo filia and a 3yo filius? She was wearing athletic clothes - did she just get out of the gym, or was this idea of everyday casual? She also had a LV purse and earrings. I don't know if she was a SAHM or if she worked for pay outside the home. Was she feeding her children dinner at Five Guys out of convenience, or was it a special treat? I think they were too young to appreciate it, if the latter was true, though McDonald's might be something else entirely. (Yes, get rid of those toys!) Perhaps her husband (if she has one) had a work dinner or some such thing, and she decided that she didn't want to cook for the children and herself tonight. Still, I thought it a sad spectacle, and it would be ironic if she were one of those women who enjoys Downton Abbey for is ostentatious displays of opulence. It's easy for us to imagine living like that, doing so vicariously, when we don't have to make the effort to live in a more civilized manner in real life. We just have to believe that we are entitled to such an existence.

Probably no one else noticed or cared - this is the new norm for dress. And there are few places where you can avoid the evidence of Uhmerica's increasing obesity problem. If only engineers and techies cared more about being fit.

Coastal California the epitome of suburban banality?

At this store they had the new-fangled soda dispensers, with the touchscreen display that lets customers choose what soda they want. The machine can mix various artificial flavors together to create drinks that you would not see in the store - different flavors of Coke, for example. Such a machine makes it even more obvious that it is a dispenser of artificial chemicals.

Jack Donovan on Vanguard Radio

Project Mayhem - mp3.

(Vanguard Radio was started by Richard Spencer and is associated with Alternative Right, and can be considered WN in orientation.)

Brion McClanahan on James A. Bayard

A Lonely Opposition

His response to Seidman: Let’s Give Up on the (Unwritten) Constitution (see also A Limiting Document?)

AmCon Review of Forgotten Conservatives in American History

An earlier post on the book. The review: Better Jeffersonians Than Jefferson by Stephen M. Klugewicz

David Choi - "Always"

w/Marié Digby

Sunday, January 13, 2013

NRA Life of Duty: "To be an American"

Something from Travis Haley:

2013 SHOT Show this week. A friend recommends this study on gun control.

Love and Limits

Love, Justice, and God by Peter Lawler
Nature intends us, so to speak, to be social animals concerned with perpetuating ourselves, our genetic material. Genetic perpetuation, for animals such as ourselves, depend on experiencing ourselves as parts of wholes greater than ourselves. But such wholes can only be so big. There's no evolutionary reason to imagine that our empathy could or should expand to include billions of people. So "universal love" and "universal brotherhood" are impossible. All men and women are not, in fact, brothers and sisters.

Is he speaking for himself, or giving an argument? Empathy is not the same as love, nor is it identical to friendship. One should acknowledge that there is a limit to the number of close friends one can have, though this does not mean that we cannot love (an act of the will) all. (Though we are not required to do so equally.) If tribalism merely refers to the tribe as a form of social organization in preference to the modern nation-state, it does not entail hatred of the other, or injustice.

Dido's Newest Single

P over F or D

Pater or papa (or something with a b, like ba ba in Cantonese or Mandarin) rather than fater (vater) or "dad" ("de" in Cantonese).

Dr. Esolen's Word of the Day: Dad
I don’t find the word in English literature before 1600. The earliest use I’m aware of, in literature, appears in Tourneur’s The Atheist’s Tragedy (I think; it could be Webster’s The White Devil), when a mocking epicure blurts out, “O dead Dad!” My guess is that the word comes into English through Welsh: tad, father. In the novel How Green Was My Valley, grown sons call their patriarch father Dada, which for them was not baby-talk, but rather the affectionate way to address him: cf. Papa. Though the basic word is tad, Welsh alters the beginnings of nouns under many common conditions, so that my Father = fy Nhad, her Father = eu Thad, and your Father = dy Dad. Jesus, in the New Testament, addressing the Father in prayer, begins, O Dad! It’s strange but true, that of the four forms, the “lenited” or softened Dad is probably the most common, given the typical constructions of sentences. Our Father, in case you’re wondering, is ein Tad.

And yet, ultimately, the word does come from baby-talk, as does Mama. These words seem to be universal in human language. That’s not because they all spring from one identical ancient word. It’s rather that it is natural for babies to make certain sounds as they learn to speak. The easiest of all is the m, made by putting the lips together, like a baby at the breast, and exercising the vocal cords. That’s a sound that all languages seem to have, even Hawaiian, with its paucity of consonants (h, k, l, m, n, p, w). If we keep our lips there but block the air passage, suddenly letting go, we make a p sound, or a b if we use the vocal cords. Also easy for the baby to sound is d: da-da-da-da.
So we see in Hebrew, which is wholly unrelated to English and Latin and Greek and Welsh and German, that father is abba (ab, in ancient Hebrew), and mother is emme.

Children are not just receivers of language, but create language too; they are remarkably inventive, and many of their inventions “teach” their parents and enter the language for good. We’ll see this phenomenon again.

Roosh in a Story at Taki's Mag

That website is closer to aligning itself with the androsphere than other alt conservative outlets (other than Alt Right).

A Sex Tourist Swallows the Red Pill

So Roosh has a new website? Return of Kings

Alan Dershowitz / Steven Pinker Latke-Hamentaschen Debate (Harvard Hillel)

Authors @Google (a more recent appearance than this)