Month: October 2014

Secession Lagniappe 14

The Obama administration is abandoning plans to treat the OHA as a tribe, but is apparently still planning to screw over sovereignty supporters: Because of the overwhelming numbers of testifiers throughout Hawai`i as well as the US that stated they were against the DOI proposed plans, both in person at the hearings and online, the US Department […]

Real Revolution

Real Revolution

RUSSELL BRAND V. JOHN LYDON: WHAT’S A REAL REVOLUTION? I didn’t grow up listening to late 70s punk jams in my bedroom. So I never knew what made the Sex Pistols so iconic and edgy. As far as I could tell, the band’s music wasn’t so much the source of their success, but their message of […]

The Apparent Inability To Comprehend Incentives

GAMERGATE AND THE INCENTIVES OF THREATS The GamerGate fiasco has brought with it the ugly phenomenon of internet threats. If we are to take our assumptions from the media narrative, then the side that is correct at the end is the one that received the most threats, and has capitalized best on these threats. The incentives to make threats […]

Fiction And The Real

Fiction And The Real

“… It was agreed, that my endeavours should be directed to persons and characters supernatural, or at least romantic, yet so as to transfer from our inward nature a human interest and a semblance of truth sufficient to procure for these shadows of imagination that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic […]

How Many Presidents Of Republics Have Been Canonized

HOW MANY PRESIDENTS OF REPUBLICS HAVE BEEN CANONIZED

At Will’s suggestion, Rob and I went to the solemn high mass for Blessed Karl, Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary last night at Old St. Mary’s. It was very beautiful, many thanks to Fr. Bradley. Afterward we were treated to a speech from His Imperial and Royal Highness, Prince Bertrand of Orléans-Braganza  — apparently his first in […]

Two Dimensional Spectrum Of Political Media

two dimensional spectrum of political media

This is an effort to chart where media outfits fall not only in terms of left-right slant, but their how restrained or bombastic they are. Factors on the “Reasonable/Restrained – Insane/Bombastic” spectrum include: What they cover: Covering trivial/overcovered matters makes you negative and covering important things pushes you towards positive. Clickbait and listacles = negative. […]

No Panaceas Libertarian Challenges To Open Borders

No Panaceas Libertarian Challenges To Open Borders

NO PANACEAS: LIBERTARIAN CHALLENGES TO OPEN BORDERS Traditionally, libertarianism has welcomed a plurality of views on the immigration question. While nearly all free market proponents agree that current government policies restricting freedom of movement around the world are riddled with problems, we lack a consensus on what exactly these problems are and what should be done […]

Institutional Breakdown In A Time Of Ebola

Institutional Breakdown In A Time Of Ebola

So, how is everybody feeling about Ebola today? If exponential projections are to be believed (and the mealy-mouthed afterthoughts of our lizard authorities are not), then it looks like things could be shaping up to get pretty real. Or did you already know that? Personally, I vacillate between mindblind social scientific absorption and horrified disbelief. […]

American Beauty And False Liberation

American Beauty And False Liberation

I am pretty sure that behind American Beauty’s is an exercise in the Buddhist understanding of liberation. Lester Burnham, played by Kevin Spacey, is a jaded middle-aged suburban man, unhappy with his job and his marriage. At this point, the viewer might be led into thinking that American Beauty is typical Hollywood fare where the protagonist has to […]

You Should Have Listened Ayn Rand Left Behind Doom Paul And The Politics Of The End

You Should Have Listened Ayn Rand Left Behind Doom Paul And The Politics Of The End

‘You should have listened’: Ayn Rand, Left Behind, Doom Paul, and the politics of futili Hunter Baker wants Christians to get over their “deep ambivalence” about Ayn Rand and stop being so mean to her: Ayn Rand deserves some of the opposition she has received from Christians and many others. But she also deserves better. Personally, I’m not ambivalent at all about […]

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