Sunday, April 30, 2023
Saturday, April 29, 2023
No wonder this lonely man, adrift amid the chilly beauties of Bern, was so easily seduced by His Majesty’s Unmentionables, as proper diplomats once referred to the disreputable, deniable spies who lurked in the back parts of British embassies across the world.
Friday, April 28, 2023
Thursday, April 27, 2023
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
I get why it doesn’t work for a lot of people. Passion is an intensely personal vision, and the person having the vision is, you know, Mel Gibson. If you were revolted by it, I think you’re reacting to things that are also really there in the movie. Below are some thoughts on specific aspects of the film.
I saw a preview of it when it first came out. It seemed to me to an ecceliastical snuff movie,
The typical intellectual suffers from hypertrophy of the critical faculty, and in consequence, he suffers the blockage of the channels of intuition. He hones his intellect on the whetstone of discursivity, and if he is not careful, he may hone it away to nothing, or else perfect the power of slicing while losing the power of splicing.
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Monday, April 24, 2023
Sunday, April 23, 2023
In evaluating Warnie as a man; I believe that King has done a good job. Warnie's great character flaw was his alcoholism - he was of an archetypical Irish type of an intermittent but very extreme binger; periods of moderation or teetotalism, punctuated by drinking constantly and in large amounts for several days until he required hospital admission.
Saturday, April 22, 2023
Friday, April 21, 2023
… rather than adding even more thermal energy to the atmosphere, as previously thought, methane’s solar absorption sets off a cascade of events that reduces its overall warming effect by about 30 percent, researchers report March 16 in Nature Geoscience.
Thursday, April 20, 2023
I postulated this just a few weeks into the pandemic, having been a medical editor (which enabled me to go to serious medical and science sites) and having worked for quite a few years in the field of arms control and disarmament.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Much more than escapism or diverting entertainment, the great Broadway musicals, though almost never radical in their perspective, went much further than Hollywood in wrestling with race (in Porgy and Bess), racial prejudice (Showboat, South Pacific), family tensions (Gypsy), ethnic conflict (West Side Story), ethnic identity (Funny Girl, Fiddler on the Roof), social class (My Fair Lady), fascism (Cabaret) and AIDS (Rent)—as well as the sleazy, seedy, salacious underbelly of American life displayed in Pal Joey.
Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Monday, April 17, 2023
Sunday, April 16, 2023
… Jeeves and Wooster stories censored to avoid offending modern readers. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
Well, they have their work cut out for them. A lot of thought and writing has accumulated over the Millenia. And yes the people back were different from us. How dare they
… including 'weeping' statues of the Virgin Mary, stigmata and ghost sightings under plans for a new dedicated observatory.
Saturday, April 15, 2023
Friday, April 14, 2023
Rodriguez is unafraid, too, to challenge the orthodoxies of public opinion, and staunchly refused to fall in with a tribe. His views on affirmative action have made him “notorious among certain leaders of America’s Ethnic Left”, who consider him “a dupe, an ass, the fool – Tom Brown, the brown Uncle Tom, interpreting the writing on the wall to a bunch of cigar-smoking pharaohs”. It is not as a contrarian or devil’s advocate that he writes, however, but in pursuit of the truth about himself and the society in which he lives.
Thursday, April 13, 2023
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
My tech advisor will be by shortly to improve security on my computer, etc. Laye yesterday I got a call telling me I had been charged with a crime and to call a certain number. I was also given a case number. Luckily, my son-in-law is a Wall Street lawyer. So I sent him the phone number and case number. He immediately war=ned me me never to call such a number. It's a scam. Welcome to the information age.
This information is outrageous and reinforces the Committee’s need for all FBI records about the domain perspective document. Accordingly, and because Director Wray has not fully responded to the Committee’s earlier voluntary requests, Chairman Jordan is issuing a subpoena to the FBI for all records about the FBI’s January 23 domain perspective document.
Monday, April 10, 2023
Sunday, April 09, 2023
The distinction is that the Shroud of Turin turns out to be a precise photographic negative, which is mysteriously imprinted on cloth material that does not accept photographic impressions.
Note this as well:
- The energy it took to produce the image would be equal to all the electrical power generated in the world today
Saturday, April 08, 2023
Experts fear the technology could hasten an erosion of trust in media, in government and in society. If any image can be manufactured — and manipulated — how can we believe anything we see?
Methinks the media is doing enough on its to hasten that erosion of trust.
Friday, April 07, 2023
Thursday, April 06, 2023
With a new study guide, Endow is offering women a chance to truly get to know this great Saint. Acknowledging that many find Therese difficult (it’s not just me!), this study guide helps women to see how her somewhat over the top femininity deepens and strengthens her spirituality, helping both men and women to find a path to Sainthood.
Wednesday, April 05, 2023
I stopped watching “The Chosen” because I suddenly realized, in a deep and visceral way, that television was robbing me of what the hard work of imaginatively constructing biblical scenes in prayer affords me. The problem was not the content or the quality of the production, but the very medium itself.
Tuesday, April 04, 2023
I seem to have a talent for friendship. When my friend of nearly years, the composer Harold Boatrite, died, I sat beside and recited Gerard Manley Hopkins’s “Felix Randall.” I just felt he could hear it and be comforted. I could give more examples, but I’ll spare everyone.
Consider the media coverage surrounding this latest event, the shooting of six unarmed Christians, including three nine-year-old children, by an enraged member of the transgender community. How cleverly our news outlets have managed to spin the story, insinuating somehow into the narrative the notion, wholly preposterous on its face, that the killer was no less a victim than the six human beings left dead on the floor of that small Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee.
I certainly believe in individual rights. If someone wants to change the sex they were born with, that’s their choice. My first wife met Christine Jorgensen and had an autographed photo of her.
Among Waugh’s targets in was the English community in Hollywood, personified by the character Sir Ambrose Abercrombie, who was modeled on the English character actor C. Aubrey Smith, a dictator of behavior on all matters English. The community is portrayed in stiff-upper-lip style, determined not to lose face before the decadent Americans. The protagonist, Dennis Barlow, has done that by being sacked at the studio (for failing to complete a screenplay of the life of the English poet Shelley), and, to make matters worse, he now works at an animal cemetery, the Happier Hunting Grounds.
I didn’t find it especially funny. It’s my least favorite Waugh novel.
Monday, April 03, 2023
Sunday, April 02, 2023
Now you know why the violent despot Fidel Castro had a soft spot in his heart for John Lennon. If Cuban communism is a Disney-like park, “Imagine” is its theme, the counterpart to the annoying “It’s a Small World” that some people can never get out of their heads.
They are geographically (and culturally) isolated from the vast majority of Americans. They are highly credentialed, prone to "egotism and self-absorption," loath to admit mistakes and correct them. They're just as lazy and incompetent as the rest of us, increasingly susceptible to perverse financial incentives. They've been absorbed into The Establishment, grown too cozy and incestually involved with the powerful figures they're supposed to be scrutinizing, too aloof and even hostile toward the public they're supposed to serve.