Tuesday, January 31, 2006
It's just that I'm insanely busy, and my computer is limited right now, which is why I'm not doing, say,
the really interesting post on polygamy I'm thinking about. Soon.
Like RenReb's thing on men being scum.
Things I'm thinking about:
1. Polygamy (not as an option, just as an interesting thing.)
Monday, January 30, 2006
Michele Malkin the champion of beauty!
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Why the West will attack Iran
Why did French President Jacques Chirac last week threaten to use non-conventional - that is, nuclear - weapons against terrorist states?
Iran's oil exports will shrink to zero in 20 years, just at the demographic inflection point when the costs of maintaining an aged population will crush its state finances, as I reported in Demographics and Iran's imperial design (September 13, 2005).
Saturday, January 28, 2006
the only white man who appreciates the beauty of a black woman, so it must be that black women don't care for white men .....
Must read for long discussion about black white yellow pink blue women men sex and attraction
Friday, January 27, 2006
whether there is enough copper available to make a developed standard of living available to all the world's people. The short answer is: no.
the world will require 1.7 billion metric tons of copper by that date--more than even the most generous estimate of available resources.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
http://nucleus.med.upatras.gr/~alex/visions_time.html#Will We Still Need to Have Sex?
One is that males are necessary to combat disease: without sexual reproduction, a clonal species is vulnerable to increasing parasitic attack. The other theory holds that sex helps purge the species of genetic mutations by shuffling the genes in each generation.
even if sex proved to be genetically unnecessary, it still wouldn't be a total waste of energy.
It is to sex, after all, that we owe most of the things we consider aesthetically appealing in nature.
If it were not for sex, there would be no blossoms and no birdsong. A flower-filled meadow resounding with the dawn chorus of songbirds is actually a scene of frenzied sexual competition.
everything extravagant about human life, from poetry to fast cars, is rooted in sexual one-upmanship.
The author states:
First, the good news: people will still be trying to get each other into bed in 2025, ....
Having sex is too much fun for us ....
, it will be more for recreation than procreation.
AS FAR AS I CAN SEE FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS IT WAS ALWAYS FOR FUN.
IT IS STILL THAT FOR BILLIONS OF PEOPLE TODAY!
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
But, honestly, what did I know about real life back then?
In those days, the pencil dropped.
Full text in comment
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
With half the annual births it had in the 1950s and a population on the brink of falling below five million, Scotland has become a minor member of the axis of extinction: Germany, Japan, Russia - once great nations now recording net population loss. In its general approach to economic reality, not to mention the physical health of its population, Scotland is closer to the Russian end of the picture than to the German-Japanese end.
Where are the immigrants going to come from? The birth rate is falling everywhere but the pre-modern world, ie, Africa and large swaths of Islam. Assuming that a talented Indian wished to leave his own land, which has the fastest-growing middle class in the world, why would he eschew America or Australia in order to go to Aberdeen and spend his working life supporting the elderly unsackable hordes of superfluous primary-school teachers?
Monday, January 23, 2006
see: The Edge
"Do Men and Women Differ Psychologically?"
The question 'Do men and women differ psychologically?' has been replaced with more interesting questions. In what ways do these sex differences create conflict between men and women?
The past three decades of empirical research has resolved this issue, at least in delimited domains.
Although women and men show great psychological similarity, they also differ in profound ways.
They diverge in the sexual desires they express and mating strategies they pursue.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
"What about polygamy?" an audience member inevitably asks Eyer, executive director of the ACLU of Utah. "Will gay marriage lead to legalized group weddings?"
Each time, Eyer answers affirmatively.
"The ACLU of Utah has traditionally advocated that personal relationships between consenting adults are protected by the Constitution, and that freedom of religion and freedom of expression are fundamental rights," Eyer says, citing the her ACLU chapter's official stance on polygamy since 1989.
"Criminal and civil laws prohibiting the advocacy or practice of plural marriage are constitutionally defective," she adds. "Neither the polygamists nor the proponents of same-sex marriage are wild about the analogy, but we do see the two as similar concepts." . . .
"If you convert marriage to merely the placing of a license on consenting adults that are in a committed relationship, or who love each other, then there is no logical line that can be drawn between gay marriage and polygamy," [Matt] Staver says. "Gay marriage clearly opens the door to polygamy."
Saturday, January 21, 2006
...... His wife was never very stoked on the idea, and there is some discussion about the extent to which she knew what was going on with it.
.........It is ...overly taxing for the men and confusing for the children.
MORE in Comments
I just heard an interview on NPR's "This American Life"
with Elizabeth Joseph, a polygamist.
She's wife number 5 of 8. She said it's the ultimate in feminism --
she got to go to law school, and most of the women work and one of the wives watches all the kids. They have the most fun, she says, when the husband goes out of town and they have margarita night.
Margarita night and Mormonism. Check it OUT.
Friday, January 20, 2006
Arkive: petulant woman-child unwilling or incapable of accepting responsibility for her own happiness and success
you STILL have no idea of the anger, the hatred, the vengeance and the pain so many otherwise attractive and available women are afflicted with. It is an epidemic of conflict and self-distortion that begins and ends with an impenetrable sense of entitlement, based on a false sense of victimhood, and for which not just any man but every man must pay forever for the restoration that's never good enough. The "feminist" demand runs from fathers to brothers to sons and husbands, to their friends and acquaintances and chance encounters; it is endless. "I am woman, hear me roar" has produced a psychological wasteland
Arkive: petulant woman-child unwilling or incapable of accepting responsibility for her own happiness and success
InstaPundit: An online magazine of opinion!
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Dutch MPs to decide on burqa ban
By Mark Mardell Europe editor,
BBC News, Brussels
The Dutch government will announce over the next few weeks whether it will make it a crime to wear traditional Islamic dress which covers the face apart from the eyes. The Dutch parliament has already voted in favour of a proposal to ban the burqa outside the home, and some in the government have thrown their weight behind it.
There are only about 50 women in all of the Netherlands who do cover up entirely - but soon they could be breaking the law.
see all of it
All of it in Comments below for Arkive purposes
At althouse.blog many good comments
1-Deciding which Blogging Provider
*-Blogger, (Google owns this personal publishing tool.)
2) simple to use,
3) less flexible,
4) no statistics.
*-TypePad, (SixApart owns TypePad, LiveJournal and Movable Type.)
a) more flexible,
b) as easy to use as Blogger ,
c) supports categories.
FUN FACT: Some personal ads are getting good traffic.
Blogs onAOLlare called JOURNAL.
*-Easy and with all standard features,
*-Limited in size,
*AOLl Journal are for everybody, such as
in french http://pageperso.aol.fr/
NOTE: Many teens and young adults suppose that only friends will ever see their blogs. Peer pressure and instant rewards generate some revealing / outrageous content.
2-Slow pain or Big Bang (maybe combined?)
It is ugly to read a blog that is getting the kinks worked out. (this one is a good example).
Test your blog with 20-25 post and then go live. (I am not live yet-this is just an emanation of the future that travelled back in time)
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
It refers to that fervent infatuation that one heterosexual woman develops for another woman who may seem impossibly sophisticated, gifted, beautiful or accomplished.
And while a girl crush is, by its informal definition, not sexual in nature, the feelings that it triggers - excitement, nervousness, a sense of novelty - are very much like those that accompany a new romance.
This is not a new phenomenon. Women, especially young women, have always had such feelings of adoration for each other.
Social scientists suspect such emotions are part of women's nature, feelings that evolution may have favored because they helped women bond with one another and work cooperatively.
See that I also wrote :
> See that I also wrote :
Must give her pict of big horse
Perfect... and ... (Removed)
on her blog:
...quiet in the dark as you lay there next to me ....
minds .: Missy Higgins
.........snip.....tomorrow is date two.
this was his first date in 4 years, i told him 2 and a half for mine.
Not too long ago
........some people want us to fail - but we never will. hate to burst your bubble but we are madly in love we are perfect for each other. we're great. stop hating.
SEEMS TO ME YOU ARE LYING TO YOUSELF
But you write so well and you make your life so interesting that you deserve a Medal.
I really do like your style, one feel like we are there . It is all so real.
When you're 18 with a belly full of baby, no family, no money, and no job, things look rightfully dire.
When he's 28, hot as hell, owns his home, and wants you in his bed, you go, and you don't get out of that bed until you are kicked out.
That's what I did, and I would have done anything just to have him love me. I was convinced from the 48th hour on that he would stay with me. I was in full man catching mode at the time, considering my situation.
I Have one Question or more:
Is that real or story
HERE is more data:
Name: Nikol, Koli
MSN Username: firstname.lastname@example.org
can keep tabs on her by reading this journal or
checking in at www.wastelandpoets.com.
She is also a mother, a trouble maker and a collector of Pez dispensers and people.
A terrible story. If that is the real life of Nikol I want to do something to help.
If it is invented it is very good ! We believe in it.
I am going to write to her to find out .
blog, then realized that you might not check back with the
comments. thus, i will paste those comments here:
|yeah, sure! it's always nice to have a fan! and of course, this makes me interested in your blog, fellow pcv.|
forgot to answer the how part of that question. see, the thing is, i've
gotten a bit of unwanted attention via email. after that, i took off my
email address and screenname. I guess i should email this stuff to you,
in case you don't check these comments again, huh?
i'll do that now.
.there ya go! thanks for commenting! and thanks for complimenting!! i love getting new online friends!
"La Cruda Lizis not working" is quite polular:
bring to diana's house tonight. diana is my language trainer. she's about 30, and she's GREAT.
Monday, January 16, 2006
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A. MAUDE ROYDEN
ASSISTANT PREACHER AT THE CITY TEMPLE, LONDON
THE NOBILITY OF THE SEX PROBLEM
Of all the problems which the alert and curious mind of modern man isconsidering, none occupies him more than that of the relations of thesexes.
In the last chapter I tried to deal with the actual problem created inthis country by the disproportion of the sexes......
... to stating the problem,.....
which, to my mind, is very greatly intensified by the fact, generally ignored, that the
sex needs of a woman are just as imperative, ......
SHE DOES NOT RECOMMEND POLYGAMY Þ
Has anybody brought emergency contraception (plan-B or what have you) with them to the PC? Would you just go to the gyno and say "I don't really need it now, but I might later..." and they write you the prescription? And does anybody by any chance know how long the medicine would stay good?
Also, does the PC offer EC while in service?
Wow, it sounds like I'm planning on having a lot of unprotected sex ;-). I'm not, really, but I just like to be prepared.
SEEMS THAT THEY HAVE EMERGENCY KITS Ø
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Dr. Eduardo Gomez de Diego, CEO of Andromedical, a men’s medical company, decided it was time to confirm or deny the myths about the penis size around the world ...........
....biggest averages were registered in
France 16 cm (6.2 in),
Italy 15 cm (5.9 in),
Mexico 14.9 cm (5.8 in) and
Spain 14 cm (5.5 in).
In the United States, the average is 12.9 cm (5 in) while in
Venezuela is 12,7 cm (4.9 in), and in
Brazil is 12.4 cm (4.8 in).
The smallest averages were found in
India 10.2 cm (3.9 in) and
South Korea 9,6 cm (3.7 in).
I remember that years ago a company selling "Breast Augmentation devices" writing that the method would not apply to penises.
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Lucyna posted about polygamy at Sir Humphreys. Specifically whether it should be de-criminalised in Canada. I happened to read the post in a sleep-deprived and alcohol-enhanced state.
Oh, and since legalizing polygamy would be discriminatory, I expect to see further challenges in the future if this goes through. (Why can'ta woman have multiple husbands -- and what about a community of gay lovers? ...
Solution for lonely women: polygamy
The polygamy trend is catching on around the world. In an interview with a Russian radio station, Ramzan Kadyrov, a militia leader and Deputy Prime Minister of the Chechen Republic, said that the depopulation of Chechnya by war ...
Molding of a New Label
... opens the door to every whim of the people, crazy and sane alike, so long as the Constitution does not specifically prohibit such whims like polygamy, incest, abhorrent employment conditions, gay marriage, and unregulated extremes. ...
The Illicit Sex Sweepstakes2
Canada tries to get in front of The Netherlands and Scandinavians: A new study for the federal Justice Department says Canada should get rid of its law banning polygamy, and change other legislation to help women and children living in ...
The Slippery Slope in Canada for Marriage Just Got More
No sooner than Canada legalized gender-neutral marriage than a new study commissioned by their Justice Department has concluded that the government should repeal the criminalization of polygamy.
Slippery Slope Proven to be Pure Myth
It appears as though same-sex marriage has opened the door to a possible Charter challenge for polygamy. It seems some religions allow it, so it's a religious right. What's next? Perhaps the once joked about "same-person" marriage. ...
Craig Westover v Captain Ed Captain Ed gives the ...
Polygamy does none of that. It complicates the legal system. Unlike incorporating same-sex couples into the existing marriage construct, polygamous marriage forms a whole new construct. Recognizing that the legislature has the sole
Study recommends repealing law that bans polygamy
The research paper is part of a controversial $150000 polygamy project, launched a year ago and paid for by the Justice Department ... 293 of the Criminal Code banning polygamy serves no useful purpose and in any case is rarely prosecuted.
wiccanweb.ca - http://www.wiccanweb.ca/
Polygamy proposal for Chechen men
Mr Zhirinovsky, who is the leader of the ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR), said polygamy should be applied across Russia “because we have 10 million unmarried women”.
Polgamy in Canada. We're not making this up.
It recommends Canada decriminalize polygamy, and predicts that the courts might strike down laws against polygamy on religious freedom grounds. Read more here and here. Read reaction from the Institute for Canadian Values here. ...
We don't see any connection, I repeat, any connection between the issue of polygamy and the issue of same-sex marriage. . . . Any attempt to make that kind of connection is simply a way of confusing distinguishable issues in every ...
Lifting the ban on polygamy?
In this way, these women in the case of abuse from their husband, cannot contact the law enforcement due to the fear of getting caught for being involved in polygamy. Therefore, I think the government should allow these women to come ...
Polygamy, Polyandry, Polygyny, Polyamory
First, let's change the word "polygamy" to "polyamory" and what happens? ... Polygamy is defined as one man with several wives, and popular myth is that he is ... Canada does not recognise polygamy or polyandry (one woman with several ...
Burkhas and Polygamy They're Not Bad, Just Differe...
When Western (or Muslim) feminists attack polygamy, Abu-Lughod defends it, and complains that “companionate marriage” is overrated while in the privacy of the polygamous women’s quarters, so much fun is to be had that Western women ...
Malaysia, A Warning to the West
One was passage of an Islamic family law, opposed by feminists and moderate Muslims. ... The latest is a new Islamic family law that makes divorce and polygamy easy and allows husbands to lay claim to a wife's property, ...
Does Islam Allow Polygami?
It is clear, moreover, that scholarly feminists attempt to dispel the Western misconception about polygamy in Islam. They, therefore, try to devise a method of Quranic interpretation and rationalisation of religious dogma that enables ...
Polygamy Rights - The Next Civil Rights Battle??
The article goes on to say "Liberals and feminists have to be pro-polygamy because of their tolerance doctrine and belief in a woman's right to choose, which certainly includes "the right to choose polygamy," Mr. Henkel says." ...
IT IS WORSE THAN YOU THINK
... that any kind of sex trade and human trafficking should be forbidden; that polygamy must be illegal. ... Even feminists have come to believe that the “occupation of Palestine” is far more important than the occupation and ...
Washington Times runs special report on polygamy
Liberals and feminists have to be pro-polygamy because of their tolerance doctrine and belief in a woman's right to choose, which certainly includes "the right to choose polygamy," [Christian pro-polygamy organization www. ...
"It Is the Right for Every Muslim to Interpret the Quran for ...
Don't you think that the Quran's permission for polygamy reflects the culture of seventh ... Secondly, as far as polygamy is concerned, it is very important to look at certain ... Many feminists condemn Islam as a patriarchal religion.
The women in these communities probably would "really appreciate" having polygamy rights, she tells The Times. "Not having a legal license [as a second or third wife] causes a lot of anxiety." Liberals and feminists have to be ...
WAIT UNTIL Pat Roberson hears of that Þ
Taxpayer-funded study recommends repealing law that bans polygamy in Canada
BY DEAN BEEBY
Thu Jan 12, 4:46 PM ET
OTTAWA (CP) - A new study for the federal Justice Department says Canada should get rid of its law banning polygamy, and change other legislation to help women and children living in such multiple-spouse relationships.
"Criminalization does not address the harms associated with valid foreign polygamous marriages and plural unions, in particular the harms to women," says the report, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act. "The report therefore recommends that this provision be repealed."
The research paper is part of a controversial $150,000 polygamy project, launched a year ago and paid for by the Justice Department and Status of Women Canada.
The paper by three law professors at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., argues that Sec. 293 of the Criminal Code banning polygamy serves no useful purpose and in any case is rarely prosecuted.
Instead, Canadian laws should be changed to better accommodate the problems of women in polygamous marriages, providing them clearer spousal support and inheritance rights.
The yahoo message board has more than 250 comments:
foreign polygamistsby: jfentoca2000 (32/M/at the arena)
01/12/06 06:56 pmMsg: 2 of 269 1 recommendation
I could see them protecting people from another country in plural marriages,but they need to word it clearly and precisely so that some left leaning activist judge can't " re interpret" the law. Lie they seem to do at the drop of a hat.
This one says that it is because of the feminists
What the hell...go for it?by: JasanoPovaCowano (30/M/ontario, canada)
01/13/06 12:40 amMsg: 122 of 269 1 recommendation
Bah, and I find your rhetoric equally vacuous. Since we've been pursuing this agenda, the number of correlations that spring to the fore are too numerous to list.We've seen divorce rising, morality falling, violent crime rising, sanity falling, breakups and breakdowns and an ever increasing relliance are bigger and more bloated government.I do not blame women for any of these things, however, and in this you are quite misguided. This is a concerted effort, from globalist forces, far greater than any room full of angry feminists. This is a United Nations depopulation plan, and to hell with the consequences.I find it interesting, that while feminism can be correlated so very strongly with child poverty, broken families, and runaway divorce rates, that someone, as educated as yourself, would not even at least consider what the longterm ramifications of this policy making have been. In fact, we seem, as a society, wholly unable and unwilling to do so.
MORE of the original text in arkive in in the following comments
Here is what I understand as of the writing of this missive.
1. The victim was not, as has been widely reported, raped numerous times over many years. The sex crimes involved genital touching or oral-genital contact on four occasions over 5 years...
AND HE GOES ON.
THIS IS ONE OF HIS LONGEST POST AND DESERVES YOUR TIME.
I only knew the story from the radio show Þ
Read all of it :
AND HE QUOTES:
The Burlington Free Press
.......... Judge Cashman deserves high praise for calling the game on this situation.
MAYBE THAT IS ONE MORE STORY LIKE THE ONE OF "BIG OIL COMPANIES GOUGING" WHERE Dear old Bill HAS GOT IT WRONG Þ
Friday, January 13, 2006
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Submitted by helen on January 11, 2006 - 8:23pm.
Talking 'boutAN Egyptian cleric's controversial
fatwa claiming that nudity during sexual intercourse invalidates a
has uncovered a rift among Islamic scholars.
According to the
issued by Rashad Hassan Khalil, a former dean of Al-Azhar
of Sharia (or Islamic law), "being completely naked
during the act of coitus
annuls the marriage"....For his part, Al-Azhar's
fatwa committee chairman
Abdullah Megawar argued that married couples could
see each other naked but
should not look at each other's genitalia and
suggested they cover up with a
blanket during sex.
I'm really envious of this debate. I mean, Christians never get to debate
about great stuff like this—"marriage is sacred and the bed is undefiled" pretty
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
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Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Monday, January 09, 2006
Like them we were serviceable, low maintenance, front loading, self-cleaning and (relatively) frost free.
Also like them we had warranties that had run out.
Our husbands sought sleeker models with features we lacked who could execute tasks we'd either never learned or couldn't perform without laughing.
.................."Canceled" is more like it. It began with my credit cards, then my health insurance and checkbook, .............
.............I could have amassed two doctorates using the time and energy I gave to charitable and community causes ................
............... I couldn't imagine writing a sequel. But my friend Elaine did come up with a perfect title: "Disregard First Book."
Could she not think ?
I have seen so many widows with young children trying to survive on next to nothing.
You can be sure that my daughter learned when very young that she must be ready to take charge if or when required.
A spouse is like chocolate: if you squeeze too much they are crushed, they can not take too much heat or they melt.
SOURCE OF MY DISCONTENT:
January 1, 2006 Modern Love Paradise Lost (Domestic Division) NYT
By TERRY MARTIN HEKKER
A WHILE back, at a baby shower for a niece, I overheard the expectant mother being asked if she intended to return to work after the baby was born. The answer, which rocked me, was,
"Yes, because I don't want to end up like Aunt Terry."
That would be me.
In the continuing case of Full-Time Homemaker vs. Working Mother, I offer myself as Exhibit A.
Because more than a quarter-century ago I wrote an Op-Ed article for The New York Times on the satisfaction of being a full-time housewife in the new age of the liberated woman.
I wrote it from my heart, thoroughly convinced that homemaking and raising my children was the most challenging and rewarding job I could ever want.
READ IT ALL.
Then go below for some more:
Meredith O'Brien - ... is a freelance journalist based in the Boston area.
She says in her blog
Martin Hekker stayed at home to raise her family and take care of all of the family’s business like children’s activities and schooling, birthdays, holidays, cleaning, cooking, clothing care, gift buying, home decorating and all the details necessary to forge a domestic home life.
She was a volunteer who helped take care of her community outside of her home as well. And then, at age 67, she said when she was divorced by her husband, she was stunned. ..............
Her readers say
1-The bigger issue for me is that we are all at risk of losing a partner to death and income due to dath of a partner, disability of partners or selves, layoffs, employer bankrupcies and/or end of business
2-What we need to ensure is that in either case we continue to grow as individuals and as a couple. You cannot stay home and stagnate or work all the time and neglect your relationship.
Sunday, January 08, 2006
No links are given to Q?xxo or KN**girl in order to ensure that no harm will come to innocent parties.
reader, surely you are familiar with quxxo, frequent commenter on both Cathy Young and Althouse (in fact, I think he posted the link to the Alpha-Squirrel photo...)
Friday, December 02, 2005 3:15:43 AM
Pooh, yeah, that was quxxo on topic for a change. Normally he'll post off-topic stuff. In Althouse's thread about the phallic Oscar poster, quxxo posted some lyrics from Goldfinger, which was fine. However, it was all linked to an article about Judge Alito's position on abortion during the Reagan administration. DELETED!
Friday, December 02, 2005 7:03:34 AM
No, no--I know who QUXXO is. Rather hard to miss, isn't he? I thought the squirrel pic was hilarious, though. Funny how he faithfully visits over there, given that it seems to make him want to pick fights, etc.My ?? was referring not the person, but the "missing the chance part." Wasn't sure at the time what you meant. But now I see you were referring XWL's initial comment ...
Friday, December 02, 2005 7:36:45 AM
Don't think that I didn't think about Quxxo-ing.I decided the post was long enough as is so I left out any additional 'comment thread party fouls'.My favorite from the commenters over at Mr. Adams' blog was the pick at a misspelling, or grammatical error and use that as evidence that someone's entire post is fallacious.But, reader_iam makes that virtually impossible since she rarely makes errors in comments and never on her own blog.
I use that to comment on althouse
But there was serious censorship going on
5:41 PM, January 08, 2006
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6:48 PM, January 08, 2006
Bruce Hayden said...
Jumping in where
So there it is as at
it's a fundamental rule of physics. Sad, but true.
Saturday, January 07, 2006
In some ways, parents see college as an anti-marriage market that will keep their daughters from making an immature choice of man too young.
Professional and grad schools are then seen as the real marriage markets.
This all ties into the popularity among upscale parents of pushing their daughters into team sports, even though some must at least suspect that team sports encourage lesbianism in girls.
But, then, they must reason, if our daughter is a Lesbian Until Graduation, at least she's not getting pregnant and marrying some doofus.
This is a follow-up on the post about
Too few males in college or too many females?
Friday, January 06, 2006
The point ... to avoid espousing the kinds of half-truths and outright untruths spouted mindlessly by so many along the entire political spectrum.
We have become a people who prefer our politics in microwavable form. Prepackaged and unoriginal.
You put a group of modern-day liberals in a room and their views on all the hot-button political issues of the day are going to be damn-near identical, veined with the exact same “truths” that are far from truthful. The same is true amongst many modern-day conservatives.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
No culture founded on a restricted ethnicity and its particular gods can help but fail.
SPENGLER+Socrates the destroyer
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Why are the conclusions about Alexander’s life and legacy so different? Fuller paints an image of a man committed to not only unifying all of Greece, but also unifying conquered territories into a single great empire, not as conquered peoples, but as citizens in Alexander’s greater Mideast empire. You called Alexander a wine bibber, yet Fuller claims he had so much self-control that he submitted all passions to his ultimate goals.
Hanson: I don’t think I said “wine bibber” though in his later years he apparently devolved into what we would call a chronic binge drinker, whose consumption of alcohol went way beyond what was considered sort of normal for the time.
Perhaps it is the age in which we write that explains our differences and our radically divergent approaches. He is a military man of the nineteenth and earlier twentieth centuries. So while he naturally is impressed with the genius shown at Alexander’s four triumphs on the battlefield, I see a more mixed picture of slaughtering tens of thousands of civilians (at Thebes and Granicus, as well as the sieges in the Middle East and the dirty wars in Bactria)—as well as killing more Greeks in a decade than did the Persians in a century and a half. All this is amply documented in Arrian, Plutarch, Diodorus, and Curtius, and ancients believed it was unusual even for the times.
Few believe Alexander had much self-control at the end of his life, thus his early demise. Whatever we think of him, he drank, caroused, and drove himself beyond the limits of what most others could have tolerated. I do believe he had a vision, but it was the old one of the conqueror who says ‘bear with me until I finish, then I will be good’—the same disease of a Caesar or Napoleon who likewise draped their slaughter in intellectual or philosophical pretension. I think scholars are beginning to see that the fearful Macedonian army was a creation of Philip’s alone, and that his 20-year subjugation of the city-states was almost as remarkable a military achievement as Alexander’s decade-long romp to the Indus.
Monday, January 02, 2006
Arab terrorists have been sending thousands of their cohorts to the almost inaccessible jungle and mountain region between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay (known as the TBA, Tri-Border Area or La Triple Frontera). Terror training camps and arsenals have been established, virtually out of the reach of local law enforcement or defense forces;
The large and growing Arab population of these states (in excess of 750,000 by local estimates)
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Cuteness is distinct from beauty, researchers say, emphasizing rounded over sculptured, soft over refined, clumsy over quick. Beauty attracts admiration and demands a pedestal; cuteness attracts affection and demands a lap.
Beauty is rare and brutal, despoiled by a single pimple.
Cuteness is commonplace and generous, content on occasion to cosegregate with homeliness.When do we want cuteness more than beauty?
Beauty's more serious and challenging. Cuteness is fun. Relaxing!
Yes, let's baby ourselves and love cuteness.