Good Riddance

The Alberta election is over. Goodbye NDP (their wins are in orange). Go here and zoom in on Edmonton and Calgary, you’ll see they won over twenty ridings. To be fair, they may win Banff-Kananaskis east of Calgary…but it won’t matter.

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I’ve got my reasons for not liking the NDP. If you guess it has something to do with “Left just gotta left”, you’re close enough. For Ms. Notley, I think Mr. Kipling said it best (with necessary pronoun changes):

A Servant When [She] Reigneth

For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear. For a servant when he reigneth and a fool when he is filled with meat; for an odious woman when she is married, and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.

Prov. xxx. 21–23.

THREE things make earth unquiet

And four she cannot brook

The godly Agur counted them

And put them in a book—

Those Four Tremendous Curses

With which mankind is cursed

But a Servant when She Reigneth

Old Agur entered first.

 

An Handmaid that is Mistress

We need not call upon,

A Fool when he is full of Meat

Will fall asleep anon.

An Odious Woman Married

May bear a babe and mend,

But a Servant when She Reigneth

Is Confusion to the end.

 

Her feet are swift to tumult,

Her hands are slow to toil,

Her ears are deaf to reason,

Her lips are loud in broil.

She knows no use for power

Except to show her might.

She gives no heed to judgment

Unless it prove her right.

 

Because she served a master

Before her Queenship came,

And hid in all disaster

Behind her master’s name,

So, when her Folly opens

The unnecessary hells,

A Servant when She Reigneth

Throws the blame on some one else.

 

Her vows are lightly spoken,

Her faith is hard to bind,

Her trust is easy broken,

She fears her fellow-kind.

The nearest mob will move her

To break the pledge she gave—

Oh a Servant when She Reigneth

Is more than ever — slave!

Rudyard Kipling

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Cantandum in Ezkhaton 04/14/19

Applause! Mr. Tucker on leftist immigration hypocrisy:

William Briggs begins the week with Summary Against Modern Thought. Some clarity for Mr. Buttigieg: What exactly has God made? Notes on the beliefs of the intellectual dark web. Intellectual maybe…but certainly not dark, or even dissenting. They’re smart people, but in the face of the lunacy of Progressives, they are calling for a time out. They seem to be thinking that things will go back to normal if everyone calms down. I don’t think that’s coming anytime soon. On woke Teacher/Student evaluations. He asks and answers the question: Why Government & Corporations Grow Bigger? (Spoiler: positive feedback loop, caused by regulation.) A request: please share diversity statements with him.

The Orthosphere on the Primacy of Freedom, in part as an alternate to nihilism. A clarification of high art and its purpose. On Berdyaev: Why God and Personality Must Be the Highest Ideal. Also, From Judgement You Should Not Refrain. I liked this part:

For a man who is perfectly non-judgmental must also be perfectly apathetic. He will have anesthetized his will, and will therefore look upon every eventuality with perfect equanimity and indifference. If a scapegoating mob wishes to stone an adulteress, who is he to judge them? And if this scapegoating mob should turn and brandish its stones in his face, the non-judgmental man can only shrug, for he cannot say that an ignominious and painful death is less desirable than other alternative.

But from judgment you should not refrain. Your Christian duty is to rectify your will, not anesthetize it. Your duty is to judge justly, to temper your judgments with mercy, and to judge your neighbor only after you have judged yourself.

 

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Gratuitous Finnish Girl Picture

Z Man blog finishes his trip to Finland, and The Journey Home. An analysis of the recent Congressional hearings on White Supremacy. On HBD: A New Ape in the Tree. His weekly podcast: April Grab Bag.

Evolutionist X with Trump, Mueller and concerns. Also, can one reliably distinguish low IQ and insanity (read the comments too). A comment on why desegregation is a bad idea.

Setting the Record Straight with all the Game Advice you’ll ever need.

Alf gives some advice on how to be happy.

Throne, Altar, Liberty looks at the Liberal Party of Canada’s troubles. Schadenfreude results:

The Liberal Party of Canada has, over the years, made itself odious to all sorts of Canadians but most consistently to two distinct groups who despise them for very different reasons. The old Tories of the kind frequently but erroneously called “Red,” (1) i.e., the ones who prize Canada’s British and Loyalist history, traditions, and heritage, her constitutional monarchy, Westminster parliamentary system of government, and Common Law, her ongoing ties to the British Commonwealth and who associate all of this with an older, more organic, more rooted, vision of society than modern, individualistic, commercialism see the Liberals, quite correctly, as a party of rootless, modernizers who can conceive of value in no terms other than those of a price tag and whose goal is to sell out the Dominion and everything for which she once stood to Yankee capitalism for a quick buck. On the other hand, the rugged, rural, inhabitants of the prairie provinces of the Canadian West whom the Liberals and their academic and media fellow travelers dismiss with “redneck” and other, worse, epithets, have long loathed the Grits [old name for Liberals] as being a party of totalitarian socialists who a) tax them to death, b) ignore, or worse, aggravate, their economic difficulties, and c) display the same arrogant contempt towards them that the Obama/Clinton Democrats display towards middle and working class red state Americans. Both of these negative views of the Liberals are entirely valid. (2) Someone like myself, who has belonged to both groups simultaneously for all of his life – a Redneck Tory, would be one way of putting it, I suppose – has particularly good reason to look upon the Liberal Party with utter abhorrence.

Gerry falls a bit short. Sir Wilfrid Laurier, a Liberal, oversaw the creation of Alberta and Saskatchewan from territory the Canadian government already held. He and his fellow Liberals have treated AB and SK as colonies ever since. And engage in plunder and rapine when it suits their ends. We always do better when ignored by Ottawa.

Audacious Epigone on Guess Who Is Interested in White Supremacy?

Filed under “then they came for the for the milquetoast”, Sir Roger Scruton gets sacked as Chair of the Building Beautiful Architecture Commission. He’s one of the few who might be called an actual conservative, but he’s also mostly harmless. His removal shows the fist of progressivism tightening in the UK.

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American Sun on racial IQ differences. Also, on Joseph Biden (it’s brilliant). The false premise under the Benedict option: parallel polis. Ending the week: Five Friday Reads, with extra Lovecraft.

The Big Scene is the Anthropological Basis for Anarchist Ontology, on GA Blog.

Malcolm on creating white nationalism: How to Start a Fire. Also, on selective censorship: Slavery, Abortion, Heresy. Plus, his thoughts on the seasons.

Clarissa on Trump’s Betrayal.

Al fin on Murder Near and Far.

PA Blog with a link to Murdoch Murdoch’s latest: What do you want to be when you grow up? Plus, his thoughts on Songs About the City at Night.

The AntiGnostic asks Why Are We Still In Afghanistan?

Lastly, from Mr. Briggs, a particularly terrifying This Week In Doom – Big Sister’s Hate List Edition.

I’m wondering how long before the sex-reassignment of children is revealed to be based on, well…nothing good. Further, some parents mentioned in the news seem to be finding having a transgender child fashionable.

What are the ‘reassigned’ kids going to do when it turns out they were sold lies? Now, these kids are called “regretters”, because, you know, mutilating them is perfectly normal, so they’re not victims, but simply unhappy with their decision.

In a common law country like Canada, a child is presumed not to have capacity to enter into a contract, and unable to consent to sex before a certain age. A child cannot make an informed decision to change their sex. It appears they are being led down this path by deluded parents and experts.

Future peoples will look back at this era, and in spite of our technology they will say that we were spiraling downward towards savagery, committed to a doomsday cult, sacrificing our children in more and more sadistic ways, all to status-signal. “They had the best lives of any humans that had ever existed”, they will say, “but they wasted it all through some collective derangement.” I understand that a civilization in decline is likely to keep on declining until it is done, in the same ways all the others before it did. But I bet we could at least get a Marcus Aurelius type respite going for several dozen years.

Keep on reactin’

Señor Blanco

Tick Tock Rachel

This showed up in my mail box today (my mailbox marked ‘No Junk Mail’):

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It’s funny how no other political parties propaganda has shown up in my mail box. I guess Rachel’s volunteers have issues respecting private property. Lefties gotta left, I suppose.

Seriously, all the things she claims to stand for are things no politician would ever argue against, except the pipelines. (She’s got no control over pipelines, though.) The attribution of all she claims to have done by herself borders on megalomaniacy.

All the mud slung at Kenney is of course a mix of projection and scaremongering.  Again, Lefties gotta left.

The election is Tuesday. Edmonton will likely stay mostly NDP in the core, so I’ll be an island of redpill in a sea of orange. For the rest of Alberta, please send the NDP back to single digits, if not to a loss of party status. I just want their bullshit to stop.

Senor Blañco

Cantandum In Ezkhaton 04/07/19

Time for some house keeping.

I’ve tried to put more Canadian content in here, but it’s kind of sparse up North. Having a population one-tenth of the United States is certainly one cause. It might also be that we are too polite to be reactionary, I have not looked hard enough, that Canada is not experiencing the degree of conflict over race and immigration that the US is, or that our media is so tightly controlled that reactionary voices have a much harder time. Or some combination of these causes. If you are aware of some Canadian sources that are not appearing here, let me know by comment below.

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I also noticed that Polish readers are about to overtake second place Canadians by number of views. (The largest audience is from the United States.) We have a large Polish population where I live, so I’m glad my Polish friends are interested: Dzięki, and twoje zdrowie!

Onwards and upwards…The Orthosphere on problems of incorporation. An in-depth review of the death and life of Dominique Venner, long but worth it. On heterodoxy as a sign of decay, and the Muddy Sloughs of Trouble. Does Form Follow Function? Lastly, on the Fallacy of Inapt Abstraction.

William Briggs has a full week, beginning with his Summary Against Modern Thought. He then asks: What did you do to celebrate White Male Privilege Week? On AI versus Statistics, and related, Ending the Tyranny of Parameters. Mr. Briggs also ponders: Maybe angels work this way. Our Statistician to the Stars ends the week, kind of bleakly (but I think accurately) with This Week In Doom – White Anti-White Edition.

Jim on the Origin of Cuckservatism. RTWT.

Audacious Epigone on Genetic Privilege.

Filed under ‘Cool!

Heartiste with the best idea for April 1st.

Lord Black of Crossharbour on the Dem’s presidential candidates, specifically Biden:

And now, he is being sandbagged because he allegedly touched two or more women many years ago, perfectly legally, with no discreditable intent, out of affection with no claimed sexual aspect. It is to this unimaginable depth of idiocy that the American Left’s pursuit of victimhood to be lionized and avenged, and its lust to degrade the straight, adult, white male has descended.

Also, I had no idea what a Gandarene Stampede was, but I think it would be suitable way to deal with the Progressives.

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It’s been a while.

Malcolm on Russiagate, a Most Dangerous Game. Also, as a pilgrim contemplating the universe, What Should I Do? Plus, I remember the moon base we were promised by Kubrick/Clarke for 2001: what happened?

PA Blog with three views on Who Owns America? GA Blog on Exteriorizing the Interior.

Clarissa has a book review of Byung-Chul Han’s Psychopolitics: Neoliberaism and New Technologies of Power in many parts, well worth RTWTs. From Part 6:

By the way, our socialist friends, what are you going to nationalize now when there’s neither a nation nor a means of production?

All parts are here: one, two, three, four, five, six, and eight. (Seven seems to be a no-show.)

Al fin’s discussion of freedom of assembly by conference. Also, a Messiah to replace Obama.

Evolutionist X with How To Raise a Genius. She has also started a new blog on home schooling and children’s books. On the ubiquity of violence and what reduces it. A discussion of music, including Rammstein’s latest, Deutschland (lyrics here with translation).

In this video, ‘Germania’ is played by a black actress, at many stages of history. She is surrounded by thugs, monks, astronauts, politicians, Stasi, Roman soldiers, politicians, Nazis, concentration camp prisoners, all played by the band members. She simultaneously exploits them while she herself is exploited (symbolically cannibalized in one scene), driving acts of depravity in her honour, while being subject to the depravity herself. At the end, she has given birth to a litter of big puppies…perhaps mutts?

I’ve been a fan of Rammstein for a while, and I always feel like they’re trolling a bit. Their videos always seem more about taking mundane lyrics and going over the top visually to provoke a reaction. (For example, fat suits in Keine Lust, the fun surf-crowd in Mein Land, and the cumshots in Pussy (not mundane but banal; you’ll have to go to PornHub or torrents to get that one).) Not so with this song. The lyrics come from the heartbroken.

I think the point of the video is that Germany has risen to great heights many times in its history. But with that rise, also follows a tendency to consume itself internally, leading to its fall. Its strength is always its discipline, tidiness, industriousness, and intelligence. But that is always in tension with a tendency to eat itself through consumption, decadence, and internal wasting of its institutions, traditions, peoples and resources. For a German, seeing this tendency play out (lately, the million migrant problem), repeating recent and distant history, must be frustrating. And I don’t think Germany is the only nation with this problem, at present.

I’ll say that Rammstein has managed to make lamenting and mourning the loss of a western state by its own self-cannibalism semi-tolerable in the mainstream. Inch by inch…

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Ich fühle deinen Schmerz, Deutschland.

VDH on the end of the Trump collusion investigation. Counterpoint to Malcolm, on the fall out from the Left’s recent missteps…likely, none. Clarissa wonders.

Z Man discusses the need for horizontal and vertical social hierarchies. An interesting recap of his recent layover at Heathrow. Helsinki sounds lovely. Tallinn, not so much. But do read about Saint Petersburg. Also, the trip back to Finland.

American Sun on Trump’s record looking familiar. A review of the movie Dragged Across Concrete. The Globalist case for UBI. Part II of Lifting: Group Fitness. Finishing with Five Friday Reads.

Alf with a black pill of sorts, but I think he is right: “Yes, well what did you expect.” We’re having a provincial election up here in Albertastan. Currently, we’ve got Rachel Notley’s NDP (the popular Left party in Canada) as incumbent, versus Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party (UCP), which is a cobbling of Right parties after they spectacularly self-destructed in the lead up to our last provincial election.

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Rachel, then.

In Ms. Notley’s four years she has implemented leftist policies (some SJW like) in order to confirm that indeed, Ms. Notley is the only person who can protect the rights of [insert ‘disadvantaged group’ here]. Most of what she has done has been off the mark, or unenforceable, or backfired, or with potential consequences of billions of dollars in the future. She never fails, however, to shamelessly self-promote while setting up these time bombs. For instance, putting in place economic policies which mirror those of New Zealand during the Great Depression in response to a recession, and getting the same result, an extended recession. No one could have seen that coming.

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Premier Notley, now.

After four years of her self-promoting nonsense, the UCP looked like it would finally end the insanity. But no, the current election campaign makes it clear the UCP stands for United Clown Posse, who think ‘conservative’ means the progressive agenda on cruise control, rather than putting the pedal the metal as Ms. Notley did.

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Lake Louise, and the Spirit of Alberta

The Alberta I grew up in was a place where the provincial government did not act unless there was an interest at stake that ACTUALLY needed protecting, whether for the populace or the Crown. It was not perfect, but it sure was stable. The province stayed out of people’s lives, and the attitude was that most people could handle their troubles. The best thing the Crown could do was provide a safe and secure province with commercial certainty. We did well.

That’s all gone. Rachel Notley now campaigns on the idea that Albertans are not capable of handling even the most mundane problems in their lives, and the only solution is intervention by HER state. The UCP preaches a milder form of the same. I saw this happen in other provinces and nationwide in Canada decades ago. Alberta was a last bastion of sanity. The NDP/UCP (and to be fair, it’s predecessors) have turned it into a morass of lunacy. This has been coming for a while now, ever since Alison Redford took power back in 2012. ‘What did I expect?’ indeed. Conservatives conserve nothing.

I think this is the year I take Moldbug’s advice and stop participating in the charade that is democracy.

It took this Z Man podcast to cheer me back up.

Keep on reactin’

Señor Blanco

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 03/31/19

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Bronze Age Pervert makes a guest appearance at American Sun: Old and New Paganism. RTWT. Also, interesting thoughts on UBI and Amazon dorms. Always an excellent way to end the week: Five Friday Reads. Further, the real estate woes of Boomers.

Jussie Smollet > SNC Lavalin – prosecutors let him off the hook. Steve Sailer: Jussie Smollet walks. Some perps are more equal than others. Although, I’ll offer this translation of Leftese: “getting on with my/his/her life” means “I/he/she would really like to avoid any icky consequences.” Second City Cop asks: Who Benefits? Audacious Epigone on Candace Owen’s response.

Z-Man on the sources of the decline of social trust. To quote:

In the 1980’s, people generally thought most Democrats wanted to improve the lives of the working class and most Republicans wanted to protect the middle class. The media, while biased, had lots of people trying hard to get the facts to the public. Big business may have been motivated by greed, but most people in business were decent people. People who doubted everything were conspiracy nuts, who wore aluminum foil hats. 1980’s man would be astonished to see that only total fools trust anything in the public domain.

I remember those days…what the hell happened? Were we able to discuss things publicly without filtering it through ideology? Or has nothing changed, and the Internet has just shown us all how very deluded we are?

GA Blog with the Central Imaginary…on the concept of this central authority who should fix everything.

Mr. Briggs commences with his weekly Summary Against Modern Thought. Also, on the incoherence of the NYT’s ‘God is incoherent’ argument. How to confirm theories non-empirically. Followed up by an argument against the multiverse. A way to cure the higher education blues: Independent Ratings of University Degrees. Plus, some much needed good news: The Spirit World Is Alive and Well and Surrounds Us. He finishes the week with This Week In Doom – Fly the Woke Skies Edition.

Nightsongs, Part 2 of 2 from PA Blog. Also, a great post about being tested – and readiness for battle.

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Obligatory CUTE Asian girl picture. That’s right, I went there.

Steve Sailer asks us all to stop saying Asian girls are cute! Also, his take on the SPLC’s recent issues.

Malcolm also presents words as living fossils. Followed up by Racist Thing #107, which I think makes mayonnaise a microaggression.

Jim analyzes a Chinese TV show.

Alf on the difficulties of starting a new religion. Also, thoughts on what we offer: the RedWhite Pill.

Z-Man on the fountain of conspiracy theories from the Left. His podcast for the week — a grab bag. Also, why dissident political movements are failing. An excellent case for bringing back the hangman. Also, on how to dissent: Welcome to the Resistance.

Evolutionist X starts with a quick note on jobs and education. Onto a discussion, What Happens To a Nation Defeated, in particular, the Comanches. Also, society and how our perception of it has changed in What is a Society?

The Orthosphere on that Fellaheen Feeling, a grand disregard for the grandeur or decadance of civilization.

Clarissa…filed under ‘hmmm’.

On Estonian efforts to put AI in their legal system. I’d advise against that, given those colluding Russians. Oh, wait…

Lastly, Malcolm on the Mueller Report, and Andrew McCarthy’s reactions, with a follow up. No surprises for me, either in the report or the Dem/Left reaction. They’ve got way too much invested in that hoax to just let it go. Clarissa’s thoughts on the matter. Lord Black of Crossharbour offers his take, and also chides Canada for buying in. Newfoundland’s Rex Murphy opines with outrage. Z-Man on the end of the cult of Russia-Trump collusion. Al Fin on Spygate, underlying the hoax. Is this Schadenfreude, a victory march, or both:

Keep on reactin’

Señor Blanco.

Magic

I’ve recently come to see the practice of law in a different light. Lawyers are wizards. They say magic spells, and the truth is altered, the weight of facts changes, and circumstances otherwise fictional are magically deemed to exist. People must obey the resulting order.
Take for instance, matrimonial property law in Alberta. On divorce the couple’s property is deemed to be held equally by each partner (although this can be altered by agreement). Was this the agreement they signed up for? It depends, as the law in this area changes every once in a while, so the state of the law when you got married is likely not what it is when you get divorced. But somehow, we sign a few documents and (sometimes) say a few phrases before a judge (the meaning of which may as well be Latin for the clients hearing them), and the statute magically realigns property ownership in an instant. It’s like watching a Harry Potter movie (Harry Potter and the Praecipe to Note In Default gets my vote).
Not married? Don’t worry, most provinces have rules which apply to common law relationships as well. In Alberta, if you sleep with your room mate regularly, you may be magically deemed to be in a common law relationship.
Suppose you fall through the cracks. The Supreme Court of Canada came up with the remedy of Constructive Trust to make sure the disadvantaged (perhaps) spouse (deemed to be) gets their fair share (also deemed) of property held by the other partner. (The Australian High Court had very unkind words about Canadian Law on this particular point.)
The whole saying magic phrases does not bother me so much. English (and subsequently Canadian) common law became complicated with many abstract concepts, so I’m not surprised by the esoteric jargon. But I am concerned that the law seems to spend a great deal of time deeming things to be the case which otherwise, in fact, simply are not. And creating legal fictions which both sides to the dispute would never agree was the case.
See, in the old days, clients used to come to lawyers looking for a proper, fair and just determination. Now, the language has shifted, and clients come looking for what they can get. It used to be about redressing wrongs by common long-standing and well tested standards. Now it’s about what I can get (or get away with). More and more, what you can get is determined by statute, not common law. And so to me, (outside of pure contract disputes) the law has become about wealth redistribution at the behest of the state.
I’ve digressed, but I’m not sure where. This comes up because William Briggs had a post on an argument against the multiverse (put short, a consequence of some interpretations of quantum mechanics). I’m a big nerd when it comes to physics. But I’m troubled by the state of that science today. Loop quantum gravity or string theory, all the proponents sound like wizards to me. There are over a dozen different interpretations of quantum mechanics.

To the uninitiated, it would all sound fantastic, especially because there is no apparent way to prove what they are saying is true, even the more simple concepts. Who has a double slit experiment they can just whip out to demonstrate wave particle duality? How about a 280 character explanation of the measurement problem? Such things do not exist.

I think the problem of magicianship in physics is simply a sign they do not really understand quantum mechanics, and so they do not have an actual theory yet, and are floundering about in a sea of possible interpretations.

We likely need to wait for the next Einstein or Heisenberg to come along and sort it out (it might be a while…Newton’s Principia to Einstein’s general relativity took 219 years). But magicianship in law…that’s a problem. Law is supposed to be based in reality. Gather the facts, ascertain the issues, determine the applicable law, apply, and provide a conclusion. Rinse and repeat as needed on appeal. But what I see is predetermined conclusion…twist facts, issues and laws to accommodate.

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 03/24/19

I’m on the road and finishing this by mobile phone. Feedly was not behaving well with WordPress, so if any of the links are broken do me a favour and let me know by comment.

Malcolm starts the week, writing on support for nuclear energy — Renewable Energy: Fraud and Folly. Followed by a model of the world economy, based on migration restrictions. Plus, two takes on the Christchurch shootings, here and the other here.

Clarissa notes an NR article on parents using their children for political expression. In my practice, I’ve worked with lots of millennial students who are gifted and smart (the LSAT selects for that). They are all great kids. But they’ve got no ‘adulting’ skills. They avoid conflict like it was a school bus full of plague infested fleas. It’s clear the adults in their lives prepared them not at all to deal with real people in conflict. I suspect their parents wanted them to remain children (the article posits a reason for this). I think it’s a leading cause of why so many (50%ish) leave Law within 5 years. My posts last year on Law School Lessons not Taught were a first try to coherently explain what new law students need to learn, besides what’s on the syllabus, in the face of bad ‘adulting’ lessons.

The Orthosphere with an inspiring interpretation of Edmund Spencer’s The Faerie Queen.

VDH on Presidents he would not vote for.

PA blog on Trump’s Numbers. Also, Two Fine Things, with one being braids on the ladies. Just under the wire, Part I of Two Nightsongs.

Alf on the Fear in the Eyes of the Elite. Also, what is the Right, and how does it best deal with the left.

Audacious Epigone on religious service attendance and happiness.

Missed from last week: Guillaume Durocher on woke immigration policy in Italy. Well worth an RTWT.

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Triumph of St. Thomas Aquinas over Averroes, Benozzo Gozzoli

Mr. Briggs starts the week with the ongoing translation of Summa Theologica, his Summary Against Modern Thought: God and Natural Effects. Also, when is a theory true? On the usefulness of trolley-car thought experiments in the Power To Kill Without Detection. He speaks on a distinction I did not appreciate before: There Are No Such Thing As Gays (Or Trannies). Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for Statistical Significance. Plus, a failed argument against free will. To finish his busy week: This Week In Doom – We Are All Seattle Now Edition.

A troubling report from a survivor of the non-binary trans-gender industry.

Steve Sailer on the anti-Semitism in the Enlightenment.

The Scholar’s Stage on Tolkien’s Heroes.

The Agenda is becoming clear (courtesy of Clarissa): on sovereignty, Part I and Part II, and on terrorism; further, on the One Party System, here and continued here.

In Canada, the Left eating its own devolves to cowbirding.

Spandrel on Acceleration by Yang. Please RTWT.

Evolutionist X on instinctual spring cleaning. Thoughts on the purpose of music: Feel Something (or someone). Also, on tribalism as a really ancient anti-predation mechanism.

“Bad” Billy Pratt at Kill to Party with Chasing Ghosts. The quote that matters: “The world has moved beyond sincerity.” Mein Herz Brennt.

Anatoly Karlin on Kazakhstan and Nazarbayev’s resignation. Not a bad article on how to implement nationalism. Also, excellent comment (#37) courtesy of the same:

I have often thought that Hitler was a strange psycho character who was out of place in his time. He was a vegetarian, fanatically committed to recycling, with an ambiguous gender identity, no kids, and he really hated Russia. Today he would fit right in with the liberal progressives marching around and yelling about the coming end of the world and how Russia has to be destroyed. Timing in life is everything, today’s Hitler might chain himself to a power plant to stop global warming, storm a farm that ‘abuses’ animals, change his gender at will, and – of course – start a war with Russia.

American Sun on American historiography of Russia. On why some massacres have more staying power than others. Foucault viewed from the Right. Also, a great article: Flight 98 Redux. A taste:

Most people would likely shake their heads at this point and argue that I am being dramatic, that things are not really that bad. America is wealthy and people are relatively safe. If such metrics are the measure of the goodness or badness of a nation, then I would not disagree. On the other hand, I flatly reject these stipulations. In fact, the measures used to gauge America’s modern success (GDP, market stability, inflation rate, employment rate) are merely the factors needed to maintain an economy of scale. We have all been convinced over time that spreadsheet economics is the measure of national health. So long as the average citizen gets a marginal crumb of the year over year growth, then the political climate will remain relatively stable.

Finishing the week: Five Friday Reads.

The Anti-Gnostic with an interesting post on the lack of scarcity and current politics.

Throne, Altar, Liberty on why you should repent for your good deeds. Bonus entry: What Came First, Gospel or Law?

Under ‘One I’ve Been Saving’ or ‘When YouTube Recommendations Actually Pay Off’: A great video from Sir Roger Scruton and the BBC on Why Beauty Matters.
Also, a highly recommended deep dive on the subject:

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Z-Man on the lie of democracy. His take on Esoteric Political Language. The Future of Media, which in Canada is heading towards appeasing [The Current Year] Party to survive. Plus, new technology, same old Oligopoly.

Also, politics as drama. I have to agree. From my perch here it seems as if the Left v. Right distinction is artificial and the outcomes of their battles largely determined. I say this because in my current career, I’ve noticed politics heats up whenever kids are in school. The moment the masses have time off, political controversies cease. I do understand that the politicians are also away, so there is little going on that might cause controversy. But a total vacuum? I strongly suspect that such controversies are reported because someone needs it to sell a story or papers, or get clicks. Such stories are not in demand during vacation/holiday times, so they don’t get made. The controversies are left in inventory for another market cycle. I already know such stories are selected to support a narrative. But I also feel like someone is metering the release of such stories so it keeps enough attention focused on the producers to maximize profits. In short, we get a supply of political conflict stories to keep us glued to the screen. I’m speaking of Canada here. Not sure if my readers notice the same.

Lastly, America, take a bow. Thanks, you make this possible after the worst winter in forty years:

Keep on reactin’ too.

Señor Blanco

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 03/17/19

I keep trying to write a quick one or two paragraphs on a weekly event to start off these posts. They’ve all been blossoming into their own posts. I think that is a good sign. I’ll be on the road for most of next week. I’m going to try and post using only my smartphone. We’ll see how it works out. (This might cause me to buy a tablet to make posting easier. Thoughts on which to buy? I’ve recently switched to Samsung Galaxy and thinking about a Samsung tablet.)

When did “asylum seeker” appear in US culture? Audacious Epigone has your answer. In Canada, it was [the Current Year], when Justin Le Premier let all those Syrian refugees in. My son and I discussed this a while ago, and he said that this might have been something Le Dauphin has done that actually helps those vulnerable groups he’s always catechizing about. How are they doing these days? Not so well, it seems.

Victor Davis Hanson on the War Against the Dead, largely fought by destroying reminders of the past.

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Orthosphere has a really good essay on the Anthropology of Martian Romance: Part I and Part II. Also, on the usefulness of ‘talkers’, and a follow-up comment on not useful talkers. A great commentary on the problems with inclusivity statements and policies. On the various iterations of the right, including the CTRL-ALT-DEL Right.

Horrorterror!!! Malcom on Climate ChangeTM getting very scary. Further, on the man who has not grovelled. Why you should support Tucker Carlson. Filed under “Weren’t they supposed to learn to code already?”, Air be raycis! But don’t worry, Michigan is cracking down on wrongthink hate crimes, with help from the SPLC! Also, his take on the Christchurch massacre.

Audacious Epigone on marriage as bliss. Also, a quick lesson by example on what Blue Checkmarks and Frontlashing mean, in the Christchurch massacre context.

Alf on Anger.

American Sun with an introduction to Andrew Yang, candidate for President. A very interesting Five Friday Reads. Henry Delacroix on what it’s like at the Arnold Classic lifting festival. A thoughtful essay and review of Guillaume Faye’s Archeofuturism: European Visions of the Post-catastrophic Age. A taste:

The system is not broken, or the result of an evil cabal of elites – it is robust, and working precisely as it is meant to run. It is driven by the worst intents of all humanity, which is, at its beating heart, made up of people who imagine themselves to be individuals, and therefore given to doing harm to one another and multiplying evil for themselves. Modernity enables this tendency rather than controlling and suppressing it, as all traditional societies have done throughout the ages. Western Civilization has surrendered itself, it has not been conquered, and it is therefore the struggle against the weakness of the West which is the paramount struggle of the contemporary Dissident – a lesson Western Dissidents seem resolutely opposed to learning.

Plus,

This is a trap of the modern Faye seems unable to escape: that the superior can cease to be superior if they are deprived of their responsibility to the inferior; to breed men like cattle may produce the best genetic specimens, but without a spiritual goal, a higher purpose, provided by the care of the noblesse oblige of the aristocrat, one is left with a race of Eloi, a sham aristocracy, afflicted with its own sort of debilitating equality. Especially lacking the wisdom of a morality, one will find the result of the best eugenic project to be something slightly less than human.

From our Statistician to the Stars: this week’s installment of the continuing Summary Against Modern Thought. Mr. Briggs on upcoming changes in use of statistical significance. Ianto Watt’s Orthodoxy’s War: Part III. USA as a declared Catholic Nation State. A funny bit on men LARPing. Also, Mr. Brigg’s reads my mind! Finally, This Week In Doom.

Anatoly Karlin on the movement of the Overton window. Plus, what makes a bad investment. Also, giving college admissions a bloody nose. How Mussolini did nothing wrong.

Evolutionist X on Why People Believe in Conspiracy Theories, and why some are more equal than others. Also, how people are using ‘Social Construct’ incorrectly. What ‘Heritable’ actually means (well worth your time).

Courtesy of Clarissa, Budweiser gets woke. No wonder it is often cited as the most popular beer up here.

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Mormon Temple. Salt Lake City, Utah

History of Mormonism on Social Matter. (Links to Social Matter have been shaky of late. Wait a few minutes and try again if you get the database error.)

Lord Black of Crossharbour on Pelsosi’s recent surrender on the Trump ‘investigation’.

PA Blog on it takes three to start a movement. Also, his take on ethnic differences worth honouring in Micronations. Plus, time for a detox.

Word on Fire blog on Jordan Peterson and the Cross.

Keep on reactin’

Señor Blanco

Christchurch

In case you have been blissfully away from the media, you’re aware of a mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. I visited Christchurch years ago. It’s lovely. But like everything else of beauty in the west, it is being wasted in the name of ideology.

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It might be Yggdrasil. Christchurch Botanical Gardens.

Here is one Canadian media’s take if you want to go down the rabbit hole. Note how finding out the actual facts of the incident requires wading through many articles, most of which deal with “viewpoints” or “condemnations” or the next round of useless government action, by controlling guns or social media. It is this sideshow that insures more of this will happen, not less.

Should I get contrite at this point because I’m not expressing the Ministry of Love’s sanctioned two-minutes of outrage? Should I say “it is a tragedy that so many lost their lives…blah f—ing blah”. Of course it’s a tragedy. Regardless of whether I like their religion I can understand that the people who were killed died brutally and the survivors and families must be in anguish.

I think the best explanation I saw came from Ramzpaul. I hope I’m not totally riffing off of him. I’ll say this: a primary purpose of a government is to provide a secure nation. When you start getting truck attacks, or mosque shootings, or other such acts (which if between nation states, would be war), then your government is clearly failing at doing its most basic job. Western democracies are failing to understand this basic premise.

We now have very different peoples living within one ostensible nation. Differences in culture cause friction, and the violence erupts. If you are a student of history at all, there are no surprises here. Western “democracies” now have a rote formula: condemn the attack, pretend we are better than that, and pass more laws and take more control over everyone’s life. All they are doing is tightening the lid on a pressure cooker. Eventually, explosions will happen.

 

Gratitude

I have a gratitude practice. Everyday, I pause for a moment and think about what I am grateful for. Some days it’s easy: my cat, my girlfriend, or the Grímnismál, for instance. Other days, it’s deeper: overcoming anxiety, the example of Christ on the Cross, or my seemingly inherent and innate purpose – to advance in confidence and faith towards the terrifying unknown.

Today I am grateful I have never had to see something like the caption below. You’ll understand why I get grouchy when similar forces start to appear in my country, or in my friends’ country to the south.

It was nearly noon, perhaps in November 1975, when my brothers, sisters, Mak, and I, among hundreds of other people, arrived at a place near Peth Preahneth Preah. It was a large, open ground studded with tall trees shielding us from the blazing heat of the day. Men, women, and children were gathered to witness a judgment on two people. Their crime, Angka said, was loving each other without Angka’s permission. Thus they were our enemies.

 

“When Angka catches enemies,” a leader had announced in the previous mandatory meeting, “Angka doesn’t keep them, Angka destroys them.”

 

One by one, the children, are picked from the crowd and told to stand near the two poles so they can see what Angka will do. It sounds as if we are about to see a play, an entertainment.

 

To the right of the poles are three wooden tables aligned from edge to edge to form one long table. Behind them, sitting on chairs, are Khmer Rouge dressed in black uniforms, perhaps in their forties and fifties, whom I have never seen before. Their necks, as usual, are decked out with red-and-white-and white-and-blue-checked scarves, draped over their shirts. They are well guarded by cadres standing with rifles behind and beside them. The cadres’ faces are grave. They stand still, straight like the poles. A few Khmer Rouge at the table whisper among themselves. At that moment I see a stash of spades, hoes, and shovels leaning against a pole planted firmly in the ground.

 

A one-horse buggy pulls up. Two cadres stride toward it. A blindfolded man, hands tied behind his back, is guided off it. Behind him emerges a blindfolded woman who is helped out of the buggy by another cadre. Her hands, too, are tied behind her back. Her stomach bulges out. Immediately she is tied to the pole near the buggy. Her arms first, then her ankles, with a rope about half the size of my wrist.

 

A woman in the crowd whispers, alarmed, “God, she’s pregnant.”

 

The blindfolded man’s arms are also bound to the pole. He’s calm, standing straight as his ankles are fastened to the bottom of the pole. Dressed in slacklike pants and a flannel shirt with long sleeves rolled up to his elbows, this man appears intelligent. He’s tall. His body build suggests he’s one of the “city people.” Like him, the pregnant woman looks smart, educated from the way she carries herself. She looks composed. Her collarless blouse with short sleeves reveals her smooth arms. Her once-refined face suggests a once-sheltered life.

 

Each of the Khmer Rouge rises from the table to speak. Their voices are fierce, full of hatred and anger as they denounce the couple. “These comrades have betrayed Angka. They’ve set a bad example. Therefore they need to be eradicated. Angka must wipe out this kind of people.”

 

Abruptly another Khmer Rouge at the table gets up, pulls the chair out of his way, strides to the front of the table, picks up a hoe, and tests its weight. Then he puts it back, lifts up a long, silver-colored spade, and tests its weight. He walks up to the blindfolded man.

 

“Bend your head now!” he commands, then raises the spade in the air.

 

The man obeys, lowering his head. The Khmer Rouge strikes the nape of his neck again and again. His body slumps, his knees sag. A muffled sound comes out of his mouth. His lover turns her head. The executioner strikes the man’s nape again. His body droops. The executioner scurries over to the pregnant woman. “Bend your head NOW!”

 

Her head bends. The spade strikes her nape. Her body becomes limp. No sound comes out of her mouth. Only two blows and she’s dead. The executioner walks away, his hand wiping the perspiration from his forehead. Suddenly a long choking sound is heard. The woman’s stomach moves, struggling. Everyone turns. Someone whispers that the baby is dying.

 

Oh…a cry from the crowd. The executioner runs back and strikes the body repeatedly until the struggle in it stops, still like the pole.

 

This was a brutal lesson. By now I know the Khmer Rouge’s dark side. I fear for Ra for avoiding Na, a defiant act against Angka. I am afraid her silent rebellion will carry a heavy price.