Saturday, April 18, 2020

부활절 예식, 성찬예배(2020년4월 18-19일)

The Holy Fire

Paschal Vigil (Holy Saturday 2020)

"Пасхальная История" - песочная анимация Ксении Симоновой | Easter Sand Story by Kseniya Simonova

Not Exactly a Pro-Natalist Message

Фабрика - Мама молодая

SJWs may be offended by images of white women having presumably white babies. But the song is about a young woman (maybe even a teenager) who is abandoned by the man who impregnated her and is left with a baby to love. Not exactly endorsing strong family values, but at least the woman did not have an abortion.

The UNFAIRNESS Economy (Matt Taibbi and Chris Martenson)


A justified critique or not? If the orthodox or ultra-orthodox are not the best representatives of the religion, then who?

Not to be confused with the documentary of the same title.

David Goggins

Friday, April 17, 2020

Habits Are Culture-Specific

Peoples of different cultures do raise children with certain patterns of behavior that differ from other peoples. And the education may differ not only with the virtues that are produced but also with respect to how it is handled. But this does not justify some sort of moral relativistic claim that these habits are "equal" -- the habits may serve the good of the individuals, or the people, or the state, but that doesn't entail that the ends they satisfy are fulfilled in a proper (or reasonable) way, or that the ends they satisfy are necessarily the right ones. Only now is our generation understanding what happens to children when the father has very little involvement with paideia.

許靖韻 Angela Hui《別為我好》[Official MV]

No Clapping

Netflix's Free Propaganda

They couldn't get paying subscribers to watch this so they've made it available online for free? Or they think they're doing Americans a service by making it available.

Micro Trauma Kit

The Iron Law of Oligarchy

The "Iron Law" Of Oligarchy - Always Pick The Policy-Makers (ZeroHedge)

“The iron law of oligarchy" is a political theory, first developed by the German sociologist Robert Michels in his 1911 book, Political Parties. 
It asserts that rule by an elite, or oligarchy, is inevitable as an "iron law" within any democratic organization as part of the "tactical and technical necessities" of an organization.

Michels' theory states that all complex organizations, regardless of how democratic they are when started, eventually develop into oligarchies. Michels observed that since no sufficiently large and complex organization can function purely as a direct democracy, power within an organization will always get delegated to individuals within that group, elected or otherwise.

Michels argues that democratic attempts to hold leadership positions accountable are prone to fail, since with power comes the ability to reward loyalty, the ability to control information about the organization, and the ability to control what procedures the organization follows when making decisions.

All of these mechanisms can be used to strongly influence the outcome of any decisions made 'democratically' by members.

Michels stated that the official goal of representative democracy of eliminating elite rule was impossible, that representative democracy is a façade legitimizing the rule of a particular elite, and that elite rule, which he refers to as oligarchy, is inevitable.” (sourced from Wikipedia)

Search Out 서치 아웃 Movie Trailer 3


Jerusalem Matins

In the Land of the Blind...

Jessica Lahey, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

The Latins Need Ivan Illich

They did not deserve him while he was alive; probably they still do not deserve him now. His critiques are applicable to many of the Orthodox jurisdictions as well.

Ivan Illich, a Philosopher For Our Times by Mark Sunwall

Illich was aware that there are indeed institutions which are primarily dedicated to their functions, however he pointed out that beyond certain levels of scale and entrenchment, whatever remains of their functionality becomes secondary to the enhancement of power, wealth, and status. As a Catholic Christian Illich was probably aware of Acton’s saying that “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”, but regardless, the principle itself was a touchstone of his own understanding of institutions. Illich was and is a helpful thinker since he understood that the injustices of modern institutions were seldom carried out as extensions of naked tyranny. Rather they are typically cloaked with the trappings of benevolence and progress, the toxic effects of which only become observable in the long run.
The clerical sex scandal and its fallout should have been a revelation of how out of touch many of the bishops are, and how there is a manifest lack of accountability to their flocks. After 1800 years of the ecclesial status quo, will it be possible for Latins to reconsider their ecclesiological presuppositions? When the gap between how things are now and how they are should be are so large, can there be any sort of reform that seems "gradual"? Having individual parishes incorporate as separate entities may be one measure, but it does not go far enough.
Surely few of Illich’s original fans would ever consider In the Vinyard of the Text the apex of his work.  After all, in the revolutionary ’60s it would not have been considered “relevant.”   Yet in taking up themes from the middle ages and Scholasticism (granted the many limitations of the latter) Illich was expanding “conviviality” from a social bond limited to the present, to a mystical conversation binding together the present, past, and future.  In other words, he was coming out in favor of tradition and the inheritance which the present receives from the past.  If that isn’t the earmark of a conservative thinker I don’t know what is.  Moreover I doubt that this was a novel turn in Illich’s thought, but rather the public revelation of a deep strata of his mind which had long been obscured by his active engagement with the hot-button issues of his times.

Illich may have seemed like a radical thinker, but he may have seemed radical because his calls for reform were inline with the requirements of preaching and living the Gospel, and his critics failed to realize this.

R4R 43: Anarcho-Distributism: Is It Different From Free Enterprise?

R4R 43: Anarcho-Distributism: Is It Different From Free Enterprise?

Holy Saturday - Vespers & Divine Liturgy of St Basil - 18th April 2020 - St Spyridon Church, Sydney

Vespers with the carryout of the Plashchanytsia (Great and Holy Friday 2020)

Handel's Xerxes

Despite the name, Accademia Bizantina does not specialize in Byzantine music.

Navy Seal Instructor Now K9 Dog Trainer- Mike Ritland

But he concedes that women can and should have combat roles, and that there may be a place for all-women special operations groups: Women as Navy SEALS - Good or Bad idea?

Some Extras for The Grandmaster

THE GRANDMASTER | From Ip Man to Bruce Lee

THE GRANDMASTER | A Conversation with Shannon Lee

THE GRANDMASTER | Recreating Imperial China


THE GRANDMASTER | Daughter Of The Master

The Women's Balcony

from 2017...

JTA article

Stereotypes Are Bad!

After #MeToo

Academic Imprints


Irish Examiner
The Spectator

Thursday, April 16, 2020


SOG Gear

HKers Shan't Forget

The More You Cry About It

The more you will be rejected. I'm guessing he probably didn't have to undergo any communal initiation rituals.

Yet Another

Steve Sailer

Another Piece on Taleb

Yves Smith summarizes the piece at Automatic Earth, before republishing it.

Twelve Passion Gospels

I Think I'll Still Pass...

But we'll see how long the lockdown lasts...

Karate and Not TKD?

I would think that the use of karate might make some Korean nationalists upset. Justice High 공수도 is like a Korean Karate Kid, though this is like the new youtube series--lots of girl power.

Hollywood's Propaganda Piece Against Phyllis Schlafly

Trailer 2

"Servant of God"

The Energy Transition Show: Open and Answered Questions

Episode 118 (Resilience)



Gruesome Newsom

Mark Bauerlein on the Novel Wolf Hall

First Things:

But here is what my Catholic tutor, an expert on St. Thomas More, says of Mantel: “She's dangerous! She just makes things up!” He can't believe that this fabricator of anti-More calumnies should enjoy so much success. Or rather, he believes it and understands it. As he confessed to me, Mantel is a brilliant re-creator of time and place and personages, and that counts for more than historical accuracy. After all, it's only a novel.
And then read commentaries in our own First Things pages: Patricia Snow's “The Devil and Hilary Mantel,” George Weigel's “‘Wolf Hall' and Up-Market anti-Catholicism,” and Mark Movsesian's “Thomas More, Villain.”

There is also the BBC adaptation from a few years ago.

The Only Man Who Has a Clue?

The Only Man Who Has a Clue by Raul Ilargi Meijer (ZeroHedge)

Spotlight on Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University


AmConMag: A College That Can Endure The Storm by Rod Dreher

David Whidden:

For the last several years higher education leaders have been talking about the demographic cliff that was set to arrive in 2025 – we knew there was going to be a lot of institutions that would struggle to stay open when that hit, but I think this pandemic has sped up the timeline.  Even big universities are financially struggling due to returning room and boarding fees, losing international tuition (international students tend to pay full tuition, so are cash cows for universities), losing athletic revenue while keeping coaches and support staff on the payroll, etc.  Marquette, for instance, has lost $15 million in revenue and the University of Wisconsin is going to lose $100 million (which is a small part of their budget, but still!).  If students stay at home next fall, small tuition driven institutions that were already dangerously on the brink of insolvency may not make it.

So, as a small, Catholic, 100% commuter school, in a small state, with a very small endowment you would think that we’d be one of the first colleges to fall off the cliff, but I am much more hopeful about our future than I am of other colleges.  All the things that used to be disadvantages for us are suddenly advantages.  We have no dorms, no Greek life, no sports, and not even a cafeteria, so we haven’t had to return any money to students.  And let me add that while the lack of those things might have seemed like a disadvantage before the pandemic, I never considered them to be a disadvantage, because when I walked into a classroom I knew my students had only one reason to be there, which was for an education (for instance, the day after the national championship game I had my first class of the semester at 7:45 am and only had two out of 29 students absent).  Most of our budget is spent on what is supposed to be the main mission of higher education, which is to teach and support students, not on things that are secondary to the university.  And it keeps our prices low compared to private Catholic colleges at around $10,000 a year for undergraduates, before TOPS (or to put it another way, a lot of our students who went to private high schools in the area pay less for college than they did for high school).

Maybe. Maybe not. Is there anyone there assisting the women with realistic life coaching/planning? Or do they not raise the issue of a "vocation" to be a wife and mother? The school may be safe from the higher ed bubble popping, but what's going to happen to the school and its graduates when the health care bubble pops and collapse proceeds?

Ad Multos Annos!

CNA/CWR: Benedict XVI celebrates his 93rd birthday during coronavirus lockdown

Oh Noes!

Not an AWFL But a AWFC?

Anonymous is a Red State cuckservative

Mom in Charge

Peter Turchin, "Coronavirus and Our Age of Discord"

At his blog.

Referenced at AmConMag: We Live In Dangerous Times by Rod Dreher

Clueless Roman Catholic Academics

MOJ: The Constitution, Kulturkampf, Friedlander, and Vermeule by Kevin C. Walsh

Perhaps of most relevance to the recent wrangling over Adrian Vermeule's anti-originalist Atlantic essay is Friedlander's description of cultural conservatives engaged in the cultural warfare that encompasses but exceeds "the longstanding jurisprudential debates between origirialism and non-originalism or between natural law and positivism." These cultural conservatives, Friedlander contends, are "largely constrained by their positivism, if not by their originalism." 

If Friedlander is correct, then one can understand part of the alarm sounded in response to Vermeule's essay. If the jurisprudential debates are but one component of a broader kulturkampf in which what is at stake is "the survival or abandonment of the moral authority in the Constitution that is derived from Judaism, Christianity, or any other religion," then the cultural conservatives' removal of their self-imposed constraint of legal positivism should be of concern to those on the other side from them of this kulturkampf.

Contrary to the framing of both Vermeule's essay and the responses to it, more fundamental than the debate between originalism and nonoriginalism (whatever that is) is a debate between legal positivism and natural law as each is taken to undergird our constitutional order. The problem may be not that we're all originalists now, but that we're all legal positivists now. If that's right, then we can't begin to have the debate we ought to be having.

The "other side" is not worried about cultural conservatives, even if they are pointing and shrieking at Vermeule as a fascist; that's what SJWs do. Cultural conservatives have very little political power, and the Establishment will do its best to prevent anyone close to being like Trump from gaining the White House again. (And let's be clear, Trump is not the ideal but he's probably the best election winner possible.)

Too many Catholic intellectuals are stuck in the 20th ce and don't realize that their debates about the Natural Law don't matter to the changing the system.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Out of Shadows


Is It Back on Amazon Yet?

Bong Joon-ho Should Make a Movie


We Need New Elites

AmConMag: How To Build A New Leadership Class by John A. Burtka IV
A guide to replacing our failed elites.

His analysis, building upon Röpke, Lasch, and Berry is ok.As for his recommendations:

How does this all relate to the goal of building a new leadership class in America? Because of these entrenched social and economic interests—not to mention the challenges posed by the media, higher education, and administrative state—it will be nearly impossible to create a new elite that is as dominant as the progressive ones in power today. That does not mean, however, that there aren’t ways to mitigate their influence, check their power, and redirect their energies towards less pernicious ends.

We can and should build new and parallel educational institutions while simultaneously strengthening small conservative groups and professors at legacy institutions. Trusting the judgement of the American people, politicians should continue to expose the failures of our country’s dominant political class in Washington, D.C, especially in foreign and economic policy. Social media influencers should leverage the power of humor and sarcasm to undermine the opponents of traditional values. To the extent that it’s possible and prudent, financial incentives for American companies should be aligned with national interests, especially as it relates to producing vital military equipment, technology, and medical supplies. And finally, communities can strengthen their defense against the encroachments of big government and big business by deepening their civic, familial and spiritual roots.

Some of his ideas are shared by members of the alt right, such as the use of social media to counter the revolutionaries. I don't think we can rely on capital to create brick-and-mortar institutions, even secondary schools, but it may be worth trying in some places. And while the advice about communities is true, we must first ask whether we have a community or if we need to create one. If we need to create one, then while some members may be more talented and virtuous than others, it is not clear to me that at the local level, promoting some form of aristocracy is always preferable to promoting genuine republicanism. A mixed form of political governance, which the author may not be excluding, is probably the optimum.

A Small Deflation fo the Higher Ed Bubble or a Bursting?

Rod Dreher: College in the Pandemic

His post includes a letter from one of his friends, who is a college professor, who includes this bit:
There will be lots of other impacts but one “positive” one may be this: an acceleration of folks with PhDs teaching in (usually private) secondary ed. In some specialties this was already the trend, but many folks coming off of PhD programs in the humanities may just decide the job market is so beyond prohibitive that they move straight into teaching in high schools, where they may find they enjoy the experience more anyways. If you’re looking to start a classical school with really top-notch humanities talent, there has never been a better time.

American Higher Ed is Headed Towards Austerity on a Gurney by Gilbert T. Sewall

Justifying Their Presence

[Italian] Re-enactors?

Fr. Stravinskas Responds to a NCR Op Piece by Mary Hunt

CWR Dispatch: Confusion Twice Confounded by Peter M.J. Stravinskas
Feminist theologian Mary Hunt’s recent essay in the National Catholic Reporter is all at once hateful, blasphemous, and sacrilegious.

NCR: Catholic progress in extremis by Mary E. Hunt

One important change is that no male priest is in sight, and no one seems to miss them. Whether they will ever be called again is an open question. I think I know the answer in many cases. This is change, progress. If and when it becomes more widespread, the whole community can move beyond the gender of sacramental leaders to the focus on pastoral needs.

A wholesale rethinking of Eucharist is all that prevents these groups, and many other local faith communities, from engaging in the customary celebration of Communion. The fact of being in extremis makes this conversation urgent as no one should be denied the Eucharist, especially at Easter. Just as teachers have learned to instruct online in short order, so too, can Catholics speed up their theological learning curve. As my undergraduate theology professor Jesuit Fr. Tad Guzie emphasized 50 years ago, "A Eucharist without a priest is a Eucharist without a priest."
If they believe that ordained ministers of the Church are not necessary for the Eucharist, they are free to create their own communities and religion. Just don't pretend to be Catholic, and those who are orthodox will not recognize them as such.

A good dose of humility is required for many.

When is the bishop of Kansas City going to lay sanctions on those who promote or write heresy for NCR?

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Masses at Basilique Notre-Dame de Fribourg

website and Youtube

A comparison:
La Vigile pascale est présidée par Mgr Michel Aupetit, archevêque de Paris. Vivez ce temps fort de la Semaine Sainte en direct de Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois, ce samedi 11 avril à partir de 21H.


From 2017


Trailer 1

Trailer 2

DUNE Stills

Don't like what they did with Kynes at all.

A First Look at Timothée Chalamet in Dune
These Dune Photos Still Don’t Have Enough Zendaya by Zoe Haylock
New Dune Remake Photos Reveal the Cast Including Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Josh Brolin
Dune Hi-Res Stills Released Online, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Fergusson, Jason Momoa and More

Another Tribute to Tomie dePaola

First Things: Tomie dePaola’s Icons by Sally Thomas

The Half of It

Love triangle but involving a lesbian attraction. So fresh! And of course the typical Asian-American stereotypes are nonetheless maintained!

Greg Hamilton on Start the World

Another Shot in the Culture War

Monday, April 13, 2020

MOS: 18A

Tactical Medicine

Andrea Bocelli: Music for Hope



When Will He Get Weinsteined?

Woody Allen: gamma?

The "Skinny" Trend Went This Far?

Occupy the Farm

Released in 2015: Occupy the Farm

Not Far Off From the Truth

More Cultural Marxist Propaganda

Multicam Face Masks

Another Line of EDC Shirts


Another Knife



Brass vs. Steel Case

LAV: The Way of the Gun

He's Not a Theologian

or a political scientist or an economist but he can continue to make recommendations such as this...

Vatican News: Pope calls for consideration of ‘universal basic wage’ for unprotected workers
Ignatian Solidarity Network: Pope Francis Suggests Universal Basic Wage As Possible Response Amid COVID-19
America: In Easter message, Pope Francis proposes universal basic income

The letter.

Popular Movements


Sunday, April 12, 2020

A Return to "Normalcy"

Steve Sailer:
You know what we’ve been missing? Right! Lately, we just haven’t had enough New York Times op-eds on the theme of How Evil Whites Are from self-promoting Asian women writers. But happy days are here again...

Venite Exultemus


Pascha with Pope Francis


Shalom World

Full text: Pope Francis’ Easter Urbi et Orbi Message 2020
Rome Reports

From last night:

Pope Francis's Easter Vigil Homily: Full Text

Related: Beauty, drama and pinpoint silence: Easter Triduum memories from Rome

A Different Pascha This Year...

Christos Anesti!