Saturday, April 13, 2013

To the Wonder

On Terrence Malick's most recent movie - To the Wonder: Terrence Malick and the Fecundity of Commitment

DOCUMENTARY: The Making of 'To The Wonder' Directed by Terrence Malick [FULL VERSION].
Terrence Malick's To The Wonder [Making Of]
To the Wonder - Terrence Malick - director
WATCH: The Little-Known History of Asian Takeout in America

Korean fusion food trucks...

Psy, "Gentleman"

I don't think it will be as popular in the U.S. as "Gangnam Style" - that's the way fads are...


Chris Nelder on Peak Oil

Peak oil isn’t dead: An interview with Chris Nelder by Brad Plumer
The point is that the net energy available to society has been declining radically. Researchers have done a number of papers on this. If you want to run a society, your net energy for oil production has to be at least 5. And if you want to run a modern complex society, with televisions, iPads, highly advanced medicine, etc., then you probably need an EROI closer to 10. So it’s reaching the point where we’re in the danger zone.
Tried Broadway Bistro in Millbrae; the porridge there isn't as good as Cafe Salina, and the fried noodles definitely is not as good.
Cafe Salina > Broadway Bistro > Fat Wong's Kitchen. There is, supposedly, a Cooking Papa somewhere close by.

Will this study group lead to concrete results?

Rorate Caeli: BREAKING: Pope establishes committee to counsel him in the Government of the universal Church and to study reform of the Roman Curia

Shakespeare Adaptations

First up, Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing -

Joss Whedon annoys me, but Amy Acker is in it, along with some others who have been in his TV shows. Still, that it is a "modern retelling" does not excite me.

JoBlo: The Trailer for the New Romeo and Juliet Features Haillee Steinfeld, Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, and Stellan Skarsgard

This time the name that causes some concern is that of Julian Fellowes. Downton Abbey did not make me a fan.

Coming to Northern California

The second week of May - the Carolina Chocolate Drops - FB.

May 12 SF Jazz Center in San Francisco, CA

(The next stop after CA will be TX.)

(more from bluegoatcrew)

From 2012: Full Session, via LiveSet
robbobblues - Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise 19.

Also, Béla Fleck will also be performing at the SF Jazz Center, Miner Auditorium, May 16 to May 19.

What Are Catholics to Do?

Part 2 of Jim Kalb's essay (via Insight Scoop)

It’s a difficult question, especially when the state and other centralized forms of social organization are as pervasive as they are today. What we obviously can’t do, though, is support the realization of the progressive vision. The egalitarian, bureaucratic, and centrally-administered conception of social justice on which it is based is something we can’t cooperate with. When we support it, as the case of Obamacare illustrates, we are strengthening what will crush us. We might as well support the construction of a universal caliphate.

Instead, we must insistently, in season and out, in every possible setting, assert, argue for, and act on our own contrary understanding of human life. When there is a fundamental misconception the answer is not to join in the projects of the people who suffer from the misconception. It is to do whatever is needed to correct it. Today the Catholic view is simply not a presence in public life, and at best is misunderstood as an eccentric variation on some other view. Our most important political task is to change that.

But we can only change that through evangelization and bringing others to Christ.

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Reality of China: Prostitution and Such

One more kind of prostituting: It’s Only Natural

Some Music Humor

Bluegrass Nation: The Difference between Bluegrass, Old Time and Celtic bands, now finally explained!

Forget Planking and Owling

Or milking (milking?) or batmanning or whatever else...

Japanese teenagers embrace 'Kamehameha' craze
Japanese schoolgirls' Makankosappo, Kamehameha energy attack meme
Japanese Schoolgirls Have Mastered The Kamehameha, Rest Of World Seethes With Jealousy

Just saw a photo yesterday of a tuba blast. The fads using cell phones and such because we have too much energy to use... will today's Japanese teens (or their American counterparts and the 20-somethings) miss all of this when Japan loses its fossil fuel and nuclear energy?

Hitting Home: Stories From the Frontlines of Our Energy Revolution

Rick Aschmann on North American English Dialects

North American English Dialects, Based on Pronunciation Patterns - large map

American Tongues

Agrarianism and the Promoting of Community

Room to Grow

And Adam DeVille reminds me of the PBS documentary on the Amish - watch online. Chapter 1 below:

To the Wonder: Terrence Malick and the Fecundity of Commitment
Jack Donovan on same-sex marriage.

Something I had to slip into the blog before I forgot: New Mosaic, Old Technique by David Clayton

Dom Alcuin Reid on Sacra Liturgia 2013

Zenit: Getting to the Bottom of Liturgical Reform
Rome Conference to Gather Experts, Serve as Tribute to Benedict XVI

Sacra Liturgia 2013

The Forgotten Eucharistic Vision of Virgil Michel by Roland Millare

The Centrality of "Roles" to Moral Agency

(and by extension, to ethics)

Motherhood role no longer a source of value?

What Mr. Richardson refers to as a transcendent social role (and the institutional commitment to it) I would explain as an [humble] acceptance of one's roles/offices/duties&responsibilities - it's not about me, and not all such duties&responsibilities are "voluntary" or binding only if I "consent." That we owe love and car to others is the way out of narcissism, disordered self-love. "To diffuse the good" is necessity and obligatory (commanded through natural law) because I cannot be happy otherwise. I am not created to be self-sufficient, or for the world to revolve around me and my needs. (We may be naturally inclined to act in such a way, but in reason we realize that it is imperative for us to act thusly.)

Sunshinemary is back; no archived posts from the old blog though.
I had seen his name on the Byzantine Catholic forum while reading some old threads, and recently I did a search on his name to see if
there was anything written by him; I did not know that he had passed away recently. (Well, fairly recently...)

More on +Archimandrite Serge Keleher

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dominicans Playing Bluegrass

via First Things:

Putting the "Equal" Back in Justice

Dr. Helen brings to our attention a new book by Thane Rosenbaum, Payback: The Case for Revenge. The part of the book description that caught my eye:

Revenge, Rosenbaum argues, is not the problem. It is, in fact, a perfectly healthy emotion. Instead, the problem is the inadequacy of lawful outlets through which to express it. He mounts a case for legal systems to punish the guilty commensurate with their crimes as part of a societal moral duty to satisfy the needs of victims to feel avenged. Indeed, the legal system would better serve the public if it gave victims the sense that vengeance was being done on their behalf. Drawing on a wide range of support, from recent studies in behavioral psychology and neuroeconomics, to stories of vengeance and justice denied, to revenge practices from around the world, to the way in which revenge tales have permeated popular culture—including Hamlet, The Godfather, and Braveheart—Rosenbaum demonstrates that vengeance needs to be more openly and honestly discussed and lawfully practiced.

University of Chicago Press

Aquinas does list a virtue whose name is translated as "vengeance."

I don't expect liberals and others with mushy-headed ideas about "love" to accept Rosenbaum's case.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Where ‘An Eye for An Eye’ Should be the Letter of the Law

The New World

Today is the last day it will be shown at Cupertino AMC.

Well Go USA

Watch Choi Min-sik In Full Trailer For THE NEW WORLD
Korean NEW WORLD To Be Remade in U.S.
Rome Reports: Social Doctrine of the Church and the Economy: Centessimus Annus Foundation celebrates anniversary
Rome Reports: Pope gives 'papal hat' to American Couple

J. R. R. Tolkien's "Latest"

Edited by his son, Christopher - The Fall of Arthur

From last year: 'New' JRR Tolkien epic due out next year
J.R.R. Tolkien’s Previously Unpublished ‘The Fall of Arthur’ Coming Next Year
The rise of JRR Tolkien's fallen Arthur

The Tolkien Estate v. Warner Bros.
JRR Tolkien Estate
The Tolkien Estate Sues to Protect Their Precious
Warner Bros. Claims Tolkien Estate Breached 'Hobbit' Contract (Exclusive)
Tolkien Estate Challenges Warner Bros.' 'Patently Absurd' 'Hobbit' Countersuit

Douglas C. Minson Surveys the Secession Scene

Secession, the Humane Scale of Politics, and American Identity by Douglas C. Minson

James Howard Kunstler Interviews Dmitry Orlov

KunstlerCast #223: Rappin’ with Dmitry Orlov - mp3

John Médaille on Distributism

Manalive Radio Hour - mp3

(See also this piece by Daniel McInerny.)

Gillian Welch And David Rawlings On World Cafe

NPR: WORLD CAFE'S SENSE OF PLACE: NASHVILLE - Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Something Pete T. might appreciate: CIA agents look better in Harris tweed: how Argo revived a Scottish classic

Daniel McCarthy

In Hong Kong and Mainland China...

GL Piggy: Hypergamy in Hong Kong

Two with Nora Jane Struthers

Bluegrass Today

Tom Pauken Interview



No, really?

Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?

"What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose."

Someone might complain that this resonates more with male psychology.

Concerns About the Pope Emeritus's Health

Damian Thompson: Fears for the health of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Failing to Observe the Order of Charity and Justice

Unpatriotic Priests Fronting Treason Lobby's March On Washington

The Russian Patriarch Capitulates

Truly, a KGB plant?

To be serious: one could say that he does not wish to alienate those potential converts who have been estranged from Christianity, because of their upbringing, indoctrination, and so on. But have women not been in positions of power, etc. since the Communists took over? How has that really helped Russian society? If there is a problem is it the failure of the political economy to provide meaningful work for men? How is the displacement of men by women supposed to solve this problem? Women may need to work to provide a living for themselves and their families, but should they be directly competing with men? What of the loss of an agrarian economy? Should the government not be encouraged to work for that, instead of counting on continued revenue from the sale of fossil fuels? As for conceding that women can have a role in politics (bureaucrats or elected officials), I think the patriarch has accepted the status quo as the norm, not realizing that it is counter to the natural exercise and transfer of political authority.

Russian Patriarch Kirill Criticizes Feminism

"The head of the Russian Orthodox Church on Tuesday criticized extreme forms of feminism but said women may well build a career, be involved in business activities and politics if those occupations are not in conflict with family values."


"Patriarch Kirill said women fare well in many professions today, which, he said, means they can be good wives and mothers and at the same time work “for common good” if “their priorities are set in the right way.”"

S&P 500 May Fall More Than 40% By Fall: Chris Martenson

Yahoo (via Michael Shedlock)

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The Foundation for Bluegrass Music


Eamon Duffy on the Protestant Reformation in England

The story of the Reformation needs reforming
The destruction of most of the libraries, music and art of England was not a religious breakthrough but a cultural calamity

Daniel McCarthy, Is a Multicultural England a Catholic England?

Could there be a valid kind of multiculturalism in the UK? I do not think so; there may be some sort of pluralism (the existence of separate distinct cultures) but unless this multiculturalism was united in some form of apostolic Christianity (from which the "Church" of England continues to drift farther away), the reigning secular "liberal" establishment will continue to remain hostile against apostolic Christianity. The Catholic Church, as elsewhere, can only seek renewal and the conversion of souls, instead of endorsing some sort of political programme serving the public good.

What would have happened if England had not become Protestant? Would the English Church have been a sufficient check on nationalism, capitalism, and empire-building? (It seems to have failed to do so in countries that remained nominally Catholic.)

Human Scale and Humane Politics

via Mark T. Mitchell, video of his lecture at Villanova on the theme of his recent book:

Monday, April 08, 2013

Which Interpretation of the Constitution?

CWR: The American Republic: The Vision and the Transformations
A review of "The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic" by Stephen M. Krason

It seems more like a nationalist view than anything else...

The Society of Catholic Social Scientists

A New Book from Russell Shaw

I am curious as to how Russell Shaw understands American identity and relates it to the assimilation of Catholic immigrants in his new book American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America, but I don't think there will be any surprises for me.

New: "American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America"
Is the problem with American Catholics - America?
Back from AZ, finally. Saw family because of a sad occasion, met some other family members, not sure if it was for the first time or not. May try to keep contact with "the other family."

No Conservative Legacy?

R.I.P. Lady Thatcher
Peter Hitchens - Daniel Larison comments
David Lindsay


Sunday, April 07, 2013

April Verch at Freight and Salvage

April 17 - Her only appearance in Northern California for this tour. Her new CD should have been released on April 2 - I hope she will bring copies to Berkeley.

The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, with Alasdair Fraser, will be performing their spring concerts the weekend of April 26. The concert at the Freight and Salvage is on April 27.