Saturday, February 09, 2013

Roma v. Sina

Sort of...

Warner Bros preps epic Roman Empire vs. Han Dynasty flick THE LOST LEGION

I'd like to see a movie made for adults, with good combat sequences and characters, and not another comic book action movie. Guess which we will get?

The Uhmerican Dragon Lady

Lucy Liu captures the stereotypical tone of voice and, more importantly, the demeanor in Elementary:

Behind the Scenes

A better example would have her upbraiding Sherlock, but I couldn't find one online. I wouldn't say she talks like the typical ABC - but she did grow up in New York and I would not be surprised if her character and personality were shaped by feminism. At least Watson in BBC's Sherlock, Watson is a male - I have not seen enough of the show to know what the exact dynamic between the two characters is, but they do become friends apparently. But Liu's Watson seems to be more of the maternal type, there to make sure Sherlock does not do anything to harm himself or the case that he is pursuing. It has been a long time since I read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, but I never imagined Sherlock Holmes to be anything other than alpha and normal, even if he was more "intelligent" than those around him. All the characterizations of Holmes this century have to make him out to be psychologically abnormal in one way or another - the only one I find tolerable is Robert Downey Jr.'s version in the Guy Ritchie movies, though even his character is rather stunted in his handling of relationships. Apparently the modern audience can't handle a man who excels others in every way - he must be flawed in order to counterbalance his intelligence, and what better flaw than extreme "social awkwardness" or lack of social skills. The envy of those who take themselves to be the cultural elites? Small wonder that mass culture earns the derision of those in the alt right. Sure, some social impairment accompanies high intelligence in certain areas in various developmental disabilities and disorders. But the point is, we are not allowed to have a hero who is better than us, someone we can admire and wish to emulate.

Guy Ritchie 'signs for Sherlock Holmes 3, wants to film in Hollywood'
Why is there no trace of forensic action in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes?

Friday, February 08, 2013

Part 2 of Ryan Grant's Review of Liberty, The God That Failed

The Distributist Review

Also, an interview with Richard Aleman.

"She Was Never Really One of Us."

A closet Republican?

Michelle Rhee: My Break With the Democrats

Ostensibly school vouchers and charter schools are measures that some conservatives would favor, but would they allow for single-sex schools? Schools that are more oriented towards vocational training? A repudiation of the higher-ed scam?

Joel Salatin Interview with Edible Schoolyard


The Westminster Cathedral Choir at the 11th International Festival of Sacred Music and Art

and the Sistine Chapel Choir, via NLM.

Ask Fr. Barron: What impact does music make on our piety?

The Thomas Aquinas College Prayer Book
Alumnus Sees “Encouraging Sign” in Sacred Architecture

Crisis Magazine Links

Fr. Rutler: Hanging Concentrates the Mind
Bruce Frohnen, A Conservative Response to Popular Culture
Regis Martin: In Defense of Disgust

When the Sheep Are in Charge and Fear Passes for Reason

You get this: List of Proposed California Gun Control Measures — 500 Round Max, No Grandfathering, No Detachable Mags, Mandatory License

The Democrats are determined to make California an undesirable place for anyone with a pair.

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Spring Situation

March 15 and 16 - schedule.

The 14th Annual San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival started yesterday - schedule.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Went to the American Meat showing/panel discussion tonight at Stanford. Not sure if I will write my "observations" of the SWPLs, libs, and leftists in attendance tonight, but I will note that the panel discussion was disrupted by an unidentified group of animal rights protestors. I found it rather comical, as did some others, but understandably many in the audience were upset by the interruption. I should make a point about the lack of security response, but I'll pursue it tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

John Michael Greer on the Negative Consequences of Relocalization

From last week, there should be a new post later tdoay - We Don't Live In Neverland.

There are more points that can be made in favor of relocalization schemes, and you can find them rehashed endlessly on pro-relocalization websites all over the internet. For our present purposes, though, this fast tour of the upside will do, because each of these arguments comes with its own downside, which by and large you won’t find mentioned anywhere on those same websites.

The downside to the first argument? When you step out of the global economy, you cut yourself off from the imperial wealth pump that provides people in America with the kind of abundance they take for granted, and the lifestyles that are available in the absence of that wealth pump are far more restricted, and far more impoverished, than most would-be relocalizers like to think. Peasant cultures around the world are by and large cultures of poverty, and there’s a good reason for that: by the time you, your family, and the other people of your village have provided food on the table, thatch on the roof, a few necessary possessions, and enough of the local equivalent of cash to cover payments to the powers that be, whether those happen to be feudal magnates or the local property tax collector, you’ve just accounted for every minute of labor you can squeeze out of a day.

That’s the rock on which the back-to-the-land movement of the Sixties broke; the life of a full-time peasant farmer scratching a living out of the soil is viable, and it may even be rewarding, but it’s not the kind of life that the pampered youth of the Baby Boom era was willing to put up with for more than a fairly brief interval. It may well be that economic relocalization is still the best available option for dealing with the ongoing unraveling of the industrial economy—in fact, I’d agree that this is the case—but I wonder how many of its proponents have grappled with the fact that what they’re proposing may amount to no more than a way to starve with dignity while many others are starving without it.
How many people, especially SWPLs and those who share their values, would balk at voluntary simplicity even if it's the right, green thing to do and will preserve a future for our children, etc.? Who can overcome their "addiction" to consumerism? How many women would be interested in a man making that pitch to them, before they're attracted to him? They love their shoes and purses too much.
The downside to the second argument is subtler, but in some ways even more revealing. The best way to grasp it is to imagine two relocalization projects, one in Massachusetts and the other in South Carolina. The people in both groups are enthusiastic about the prospect of regaining their personal autonomy from the faceless institutions of a centralized society, and just as eager to to bring back home to their own communities the power to make choices and pursue a better future. Now ask yourself this: what will these two groups do if they get that power? And what will the people in Massachusetts think about what the people in South Carolina will do once they get that power?

I’ve conducted a modest experiment of sorts along these lines, by reminding relocalization fans in blue states what people in red states are likely to do with the renewed local autonomy the people in the blue states want for themselves, and vice versa. Every so often, to be sure, I run across someone—more often on the red side of the line than on the blue one—whose response amounts to “let ‘em do what they want, so long as they let us do what we want.” Far more often, though, people on either side are horrified to realize that their opposite numbers on the other side of America’s widening cultural divide would use relocalization to enact their own ideals in their own communities.

If we admit that the Platonic role of philosopher-king, to rule over one's own group, is a burden, then why strive to rule over another? (Unless one attempts to justify conquest because the other community is some sort of "existential threat.") This is what it is to "mind one's business" at the political level. If you do not belong to some group, why would you wish to interfere in their affairs, or take responsibility for them, if they do not want you to? As some in the comments section point out, there may be some migration as people discover that they do not share a common culture with those around them and decide that they want to live with people who have the same or similar beliefs and values.

Andrew Bacevich's Counterculture Conservatism


He provides a "national" platform, but is it possible to inroduce it within the Republican Party? Why would either party go against the wishes of the oligarchy?


Another commercial aired during the Super Bowl - good, agrarian sentiment used to sell an automobile (and industrial agriculture, as well). Are they trying to sell trucks to farmers or to nostalgic Americans? If the company really wanted to help farmers, it would promote sustainability and localism, but then it would also have to acknowledge that the the days of the fossil-fuel dependent Uhmerican way of life are limited.

Farmers Tribute: So God Made A Farmer. Paul Harvey

Would Cain Drive a Dodge?

Mangina Central

"Madison Avenue," that is. This commercial was aired during the Super Bowl, that all-American male television event.

But the commercial is about a "good dad"! A man who has no self-respect and will do anything for his "princess."

Tu Weiming

Philosophy Now interview.

He is no longer director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute. I see that he was giving some public lectures last year at Stanford. I missed out... but some vidoes are available below.

Confucian Humanism as Spiritual Exercise
Confucian Humanism as Scholarly Inquiry

Marek Jeziorek has some more videos of Professor Tu.

In a documentary by Bill Moyers -

Parts 2 and 3.

Homi Bhabha hosts Tu Weiming (杜维明) on 2010-04-07 at Harvard Humanities Center

Monday, February 04, 2013

The Primal Blueprint for Busy Fathers

How to Incorporate the Primal Blueprint into a Busy Family and Work Life by Paul Attia

Divorce Preparation for Catholics?

From the Chaplain’s Laptop: Divorce Preparation
For the rest, those called to the married state, a lifetime of happy marriage awaits them. They have only to follow the rules. They prepare for marriage by learning to pray alone and together, by sharpening their minds and their bodies for the contests ahead, and by assimilating the patrimonies of art and science. No one expects perfect happiness in their marriages, and they know grave marriage problems are always possible. But the smiles and lightness of foot among these couples lift us all up.
No mention of sex differences or roles.

Learning Latin Through the Papal Tweets

Playing With Papal Tweets

Chris Kyle, RIP

A tribute from the company he started, The Craft.
Actors Dean Cain, Nick Lachey mourn the loss of hero Chris Kyle, ‘the real Superman’
Dean Cain pays tribute to tragic Stars Earn Stripes partner Chris Kyle

More Recent:
Chris Kyle on gun violence, gun control, veteran life and SHOT Show 2013
Eric Blehm & Chris Kyle - Livestream - 9/10/12

Sunday, February 03, 2013

The benefit of not winning the Super Bowl may be that those who live in SF and the Bay Area won't get swelled heads about their sports teams, mistakenly attributing to themselves the success of their professional teams. I had enough of that silliness in Boston. Will disgruntled 49er fans riot tonight? The half-time show with Beyonce, along with at least one of the commercials (Go Daddy) were emblematic of Uhmerican porn culture.

Hayley Westenra on Opera Star 2012

An interview in Singapore