Friday, December 06, 2013

The Pittsford Perennialist has some thoughts on NBC's Sound of Music after watching it last night. Reading the FB newsfeed this morning, I was taken aback that nuns were featured in the updated production, though their songs were apparently bad. Worthy of a post-Vatican II Uhmerican Mass? Maybe. I suppose the producers can only go so far in updating the story - taking out the nuns and Maria's difficulty in discerning her vocation would probably outrage fans of the musical and movie, or of the von Trapp family.

Von Trapp family snubs NBC casting, Suhay family concurs

You don't say?

The upward lilt, noticed by Dr. Wilson? Valley Girl talk. "What is wrong with American men?" Mainstream TV and media? Their mothers and teachers? Why do they no longer talk like men?

American men have started to talk like WOMEN: Californian study finds that males are rising in pitch at the end of sentences

“Reflections on the Political Right and Left,” By Paul Gottfried

Nomocracy in Politics

Tonight in SF

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Sacramento News & Review - Fiddler in the groove - Music Feature - Music - December 5, 2013

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Having seen posts of obituaries for Nelson Mandela, the secular canonizations on Facebook (and undoubtedly Twitter) from those on the left, celebrities, and those who have been assimilated to modern PC group-think or are seeking to ingratiate themselves with the mainstream (Catholics included) were not far off.

Will it be a travesty?

NBC's live performance of The Sound of Music will probably resemble the musical more than the movie. The musical and the original movie could be considered products intended for mass consumption as well, and one could question
how much 'religion' was present in the real-life story (though the family was Catholic). NBC is desperate for viewers and trying to capitalize on Carrie Underwood as a country-pop star, but the producers probably feel the itch to update the musical in some way. I expect there to be very little religious references.

NBC's 'Sound of Music' Producers on Live Show Fears and Big Expectations (Q&A)

120 Martyr Saints of China

CWR: New Book on China’s Saints Published in Chinese

Hong Kong’s Salesians of Don Bosco mark the conclusion of the Year of Faith with a book celebrating the 120 martyr saints of Mainland China

Srdja Trifkovic on the Demonstrations in Ukraine

Ukraine: Orange Revolution Redux?
Trifkovic on RTTV News, Tuesday, December 3, 2013

With the Advancement of Neurophysiology, Radical Egalitarianism Falls

Independent: The Hardwired Difference Between Male and Female Brains Could Explain Why Men Are Better at Map Reading (Vox)

A good reminder that the accepted distinction between right and left brain could be erroneous:
Part of the problem here is that too many of the science media, and too many people commenting here, are assuming that the initial findings of Roger Sperry remain correct: that the left cerebral hemisphere deals with verbal phenomena, while the right deals with non-verbal phenomena. A good layman's presentation of this material can be found in Iain McGilchrist's The Master and His Emissary

A more accurate view, or at least one which is closer to current findings, is that the left hemisphere addresses close-focus processes (e.g., attention to detail, semantics, melody, etc.), while the right hemisphere deals with broad-attention processes (e.g. observation of background, syntactics, background sounds, etc.). As verbal behavior is a complex of integrated right and left brained functions, it should not be surprising from the recent study now cited that women would be better at verbalizing than men.

On the other hand, I think that several conclusions can be drawn from the recent study:

1. It would appear that men tend to work with two parallel tracks: close attention and far attention, simultaneously. This would make them better hunters and warriors.

2. This dual processing system in men would appear to integrate more in the way of executive, motor, and pan-sensory functions. This, by the bye, would explain why men are more quickly able to exercise their common sense or sensus communis than women. (I suggest that argumentative readers go through the wikipedia article on 'common sense' before beginning their disputations on this point).

3. This dual process involving a deeper integration of pan-cerebral functions could explain the reason why the creative process in men (as related by Koestler) involves intense study of a problem, prolonged contemplation, and then sudden insight: that process of cogitation has gone from the left to the right hemisphere, and then back again. It would also explain why the overwhelming majority of scientific, artistic, and literary creative breakthroughs have been (and will continue to be) accomplished by men.

4. The study would also explain why verbal instruction in childhood education works better with girls than with boys. Further, if McGilchrist is correct, a sole focus on semantic and close attention processes would tend to make worse the tendency for left brain activity to suppress right brain activity in males. A more pan-sensory and pan-motor activity approach (i.e. games and sports) would therefore be needed for boys, if people were actually interested in educating them.

I can think of more consequences from the underlying study, but this would appear to be enough to start with.

The Master and His Emissary

The Loss of the Immigrant Church

J.F. Powers and the missing Catholic subculture by Russell Shaw
Catholicism was once "a natural part of the cityscape" in Chicago and other U.S. cities

Until it was pushed out through a form of ethnic cleansing initiated by WASP elites, if we accept the thesis of E. Michael Jones.

There is a new immigrant Church now, but it's not white.

Two on Conservatism

Yuval Levin’s Must-Read Primer on America’s Ideological Faultline by Scott Galupo

Seven Conservative Minds by Bradley J. Birzer
Russell Kirk’s revisions trace the right’s evolution—and his own.

Cheap, Insensitive Moralism?

What can a socon post about a 'comedy' made to appeal to modern women and white knights teach us about social conservatism?

What Can Pornography Teach Us About Love? By Michael Bradley

Apple trailer

Is this sort of shaming helpful to betas and nice guys who use pornography? Let us be clear: the use of pornography and its attendant sins are contrary to reason and can become a vice, and heavy use of pornography and subsequent sins can lead to physical and emotional desensitization and other bad effects. But are these effects universal, or for only those who are heavily dependent, the "addicted"? Can pornography lead to unrealistic expectations about relationships and sex? Or is it possible for men to use pornography and be relatively unscathed when it comes to 'managing' their personal lives, treating it more as a relief or as an escape rather than as a substitute for a real relationship?

Often in popular moralism we see the heavy use of consequentialist argumentation to 'scare' people to avoid a certain action. Is this really an effective strategy? Or should we consider the reasons why men might be turning to pornography more (besides being hooked while young through early exposure) and address those as well? This kind of moralizing may seem like one-upmanship by those who've "got theirs" or are on their way to getting married at least.

The disordered desire for venereal gratification is a problem and a form of self-love but might it be possible that the natural psychic separation of sex and emotional intimacy in the male mind prevents many or most men from falling into the psychological pitfalls that conservative moralists always seem to discuss? (Even when men learn to associate sex with emotional intimacy and genuine love, they probably do not experience this association in the same way that women do, who do so 'naturally.')

If St. Paul is correct that it is "better to marry than to burn with passion," then what are conservatives or Christians doing to promote and facilitate early marriage in their communities? Do they acknowledge sex differences and what a healthy masculinity is like, or do they try to diminish it through a misguided ideology like TOB (which can be both sentimental and 'spiritualist' simultaneously)?

TOB lectures: EWTN
Christians Find Help for Porn, Masturbation Addiction Through 'NoFap' Community Started on Reddit by 24-Y-O Web Developer

Beware: Non-Celibates Writing about Celibacy by James Martin, SJ (via PBlosser)

50 Years After Sacrosanctum Concilium

The Liturgy, Fifty Years after Sacrosanctum Concilium by Dom Alcuin Reid
NLM: Is Your Liturgy Like What Vatican II Intended? by Peter Kwasniewski
Fr. Z: 50 years ago today: BUGNINICARE!
A Council Not Yet Fully Realized by Kathleen Pluth
Sacrosanctum Concilium Turns 50

Then you get the stuff over at a certain blog...
V2-50th Anniversary III: “A Reflection on the Ecumenical Impact of Sacrosanctum Concilium“
Pray Tell Live – Massimo Faggioli Interview

Sacrosanctum Concilium

Download it before it's gone for good

WinAmp is shutting down on December 20 - free version of the player.

When I first got the program through RHK, I thought it was a cool mp3 player and I was satisfied with it, not seeking any alternatives. I've simplified a bit since then, using vlc player as I don't listen to many mp3s while I'm using the computer - I'm more likely to listen to some online program. What killed WinAmp? Not enough people paying for the product?

The Devil's Path


Home (Ireland) Official Music Video - Marie Digby

What's Next for the Food Movement?

The Future of the Food Movement

With the requisite leftist cheerleading for women. That can be ignored without too much difficulty.

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen Brothers

NPR: On Becoming Llewyn Davis, A Hero Who Excels At Failing


Showtime - premiering Dec. 13
American Songwriter

$35.95 to access

Economic vulnerability to Peak Oil by Christian Kerschner, Christina Prell, Kuishuang Feng, Klaus Hubacek

Imminent peak oil could burst US, global economic bubble - study
Major industrial sectors are at risk without a swift transition to a more resilient, post-carbon economy

Tara Firma Farms Special


Just Another Day in Middle-earth

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

A Quibble Over Words?

Or does antifragile really mean something different (and better) than resilient?

AoM: Beyond “Sissy” Resilience: On Becoming Antifragile

Civil War Photogaphers

Civil War Photographers Captured, Created History
Wonder Woman in the Superman/Batman movie now? Setting the movie up for failure by increasing fan expectations?

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Kurt Cobb on Sustainability

The single most important principle for sustainability (Resilience)
NLM: Dominican Rite Masses in the SF Bay Area this Week

One Benefit of Living in L.A.

One has the opportunity to attend this event on Friday.

Corporate Censorship

Watch the Pro-Gun Commercial Americans Apparently Aren’t Allowed to See During the 2014 Super Bowl
with the CEO of Daniel Defense: NFL bans Super Bowl gun commercial

Karen De Coster on Women in Combat Roles

Equal Opportunity Killing by Karen DeCoster

Prince of Peace in Taylors, SC

CWR: Traditional Liturgy Flourishing in the Bible Belt

Another Book I Have But Haven't Read Yet

A Noble Imagination: Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley Novels by James P. Bernens

Monday, December 02, 2013

Statists, Feminists, and Homosexualists Killed It

Whatever Happened to Male Friendship? by Brandon McGinley

McGinley's post is inspired by the recent Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey ad. I posted a video of the commercial here.

Daily Mail: To be a happy chap, see your pals twice a week: Men's wellbeing depends on meeting up with friends and 'doing stuff'


A comment at Vox Day: "North Vietnam Sodomized the invading PLA in 1979. The PLA suffered more dead and wounded in 6 weeks than the US suffered in the entire Vietnam war. As a side affect it also proved to the PLA leadership that women, who made up 20% of the invading army, should not be in combat. This toned down any belief they may have had in the PLA being a competent instrument of foreign policy."

The Dominant Value of California Culture is Comfort?

I have not seen any evidence of tool-sharing or skill-sharing groups popping up in this part of the Bay Area - I had thought that if this is reality, then this part of the Bay Area may be doing well despite the Recession Depression. But then I thought about another possibility, mentioned in recent articles about Silicon Valley and I was reminded of it as a cousin mentioned that there are many California transplants moving into his town in AZ, having moved there for work opportunities.

In the survival of the financially fittest, those wage slaves who become employed or would be in need of tool-sharing group or other solutions may not be able to stay to use such solutions. They may have been pushed out of the state already because they can no longer afford to live here, having lost their jobs or they are no longer able to make payments on the banks' houses.

Who's left? Those who still have decent-paying jobs or those who are being subsidized by the public, or live in poor, undesirable areas (bad school districts).

Many of the immigrants who come here do so because of high-paying jobs and good school districts (which they believe will enable their children to have high-paying jobs as well). Those whites (geeks) who are employed at the various tech companies can't be said to be different in this regard. (Besides, both the whites and non-whites who live here are predominantly 'liberal' in their politics and mores. Do the Indians excuse fornication, so long as it is with white women? I wonder.)

Middle-class and upper middle-class people move to California for the "good" jobs, the pleasant weather, the possibility of road trips to spectacular natural areas... the nice life. For the sake of joining a community, of being part of a people? No.

Hedonism and self-gratification. It doesn't have to be in the form of drugs or rock n' roll.

Are there any gray market alternatives? What a hotbed of cultural insanity California is, and the people who live in the blue areas are ignorant of their own sickness.

Something I read at Vox Day which was appropriate to this post:
"The Chinese are generally entrepreneurial , hard-working, family oriented, social conservatives."

That's just dandy, but none of those thing make them or anyone citizens of a nation. Is the qualification for citizenship: must be hard-working, family oriented, and conservative?

Also, they may work hard, but it's to benefit themselves, not the community. They may be family oriented, but they are oriented not around their communal families, but their nation i.e. Chinese families. And like we need more people to vote Republican.

All my Chinese expat friends are moving to Houston. There, they will move out the indigenous population and take over schools and businesses. They will not assimilate or work to improve Texas as a whole. This is all textbook Putnam.

'Feminine Genius'

Francis, women and clerical temptation. Andrea Tornielli
Most importantly, Francis writes that “the Church acknowledges the indispensable contribution which women make to society through the sensitivity, intuition and other distinctive skill sets which they, more than men, tend to possess. I think, for example, of the special concern which women show to others, which finds a particular, even if not exclusive, expression in motherhood.”

And yet...;
“I readily acknowledge,” the pope adds, “that many women share pastoral responsibilities with priests, helping to guide people, families and groups and offering new contributions to theological reflection. But we need to create still broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church. Because “the feminine genius is needed in all expressions in the life of society, the presence of women must also be guaranteed in the workplace” and in the various other settings where important decisions are made, both in the Church and in social structures.”
What Catholic feminist, liberal or conservative, would not cheer him for this? How will the Church mount a resistance to liberalism, statism, and social atomism if endorses the perpetuation of the social structures that are their manifestation?

Also saw this tonight: Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves, edited by Helen Alvaré, whose own contribution to the volume is on 'single motherhood.' (Does she endorse the restoration of patriarchy as a solution?) I think those who have power are quite content to continue having women become wage slaves.

One essay "Sex, Mating, and the Marriage Market" by Elise Italiano, whose credential (a M.A.) is listed after her name. The editor's decision? Or hers? One possible red flag. There is the common complaint, "Where are the good men?" How many chaste Catholic "nice" guys has she dated? If she were to be interrogated by a manosphere writer, what would her answers reveal about her and her actions? Does she think the description "Catholic professional woman in her late 20s who spent her 20s finding her identity) applies to herself as well? If so, more red flags?

Commonweal review
Washington Examiner interview with Alvaré.

None Dare Call It Treason?

The Roman Catholic recreation of the proposition nation.

Saw this book on display tonight.

Immigration and the Next America: Renewing the Soul of Our Nation by Archbishop José Gomez

What does Archbishop Gomez endorse specifically in this book? Any talk of assimilation and what is required to make it happen? Does he sound like an ethnonationalist who seeks benefits for his people at the expense of another group? Or at the minimum, without any duty to assimilate, being permitted to carve out their own place if they so wish?

Conquest by another name? He may deny that it is his intention to advocate it, but what of 'unintended' consequences? Is he that naive?

A Test for America

One man's mission to renew America's soul By looking at immigration’s past, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles conceives its future by Gretchen R. Crowe
Gomez's "Immigration and the Next America" by Michael Sean Winters
Immigration and the Soul of America by Elise Hilton
Read: Immigration and the Next America by Meinrad Scherer-Emunds
Immigration And the Next America: Renewing the Soul of Our Nation by Mark and Louise Zwick
The Catholic Spirit
Archbishop Gomez writes book on immigration, discusses America’s Catholic heritage
Archbishop Jose Gomez's vision of 'Immigration and the The Next America'

An endorsement from Archbishop Chaput.

I am reminded of Paul Gottfried:
Even more importantly, says Ryn, Catholics recognize in Straussians figures who share their own “alienation” about living in a predominantly Protestant country. As Canadian philosophy professor Grant Havers documents in a forthcoming book about the studied avoidance by Straussian interpreters of America’s Protestant heritage, Straussians provide a narrative about the American founding that make ethnic Catholics feel secure about their Americanness.

According to the Straussians, America was founded on secular, materialist and democratic principles, but in no way on Protestant ones. Thus, if the Straussians try to de-Christianize and de-ethnicize America, they also conveniently cover up the Protestant aspects of a specifically American tradition.

Catholic Straussians (of whom there are many in Conservatism, Inc.) feel safe living in a “propositional nation” and “global democracy” in which they don’t feel threatened by the real American Protestant (and/or Northern European) American past, extending back to the colonial period. It’s more convenient to jettison such associations for the vision of a constantly changing hybrid society that is held together by universal, egalitarian propositions.

28 Days of Christmas Music

That's the programming for at least two local radio channels. After Christmas Day it all stops.

Pertinacious Papist: Chesterton: "There is no more dangerous or disgusting habit than celebrating Christmas before it comes. - Fr. Rutler's Weekly Message (his new parish)
Curb Your Hunger - Archaeologists Officially Declare Collective Sigh Over Paleo Diet