*Portrait of Charlotte du Val d’Ognes* (1801) “And indeed, juxtaposed with the couple at the painting’s vanishing point — heads canted in amorous engagement — it seems as if the artist’s solo absorption illuminates this artwork, her unseen canvas a spotlight bringing the world into focus.”
The most crippling defect of modern Western society is its lack of grandeur, its dearth of heroism, its miserable cravenness, its elevation of the basest male detritus, its alignment to suit the uncontrolled feminine desire for security and safety.
— QuintusCurtius (@QuintusCurtius) February 23, 2021
But real diversity is the last thing this new dispensation will tolerate. Instead, like all colonizing systems in all times and places, it is committed to destroying it wherever it is found. The rising system of universal values and universal control cannot tolerate genuine cultural diversity any more than its elites can tolerate dissent from reactionaries, anarchists, or anyone in between. All must be homogenized, from streetscapes to language to opinions. Everything must go nations, local economies, local communities, attachment to the past, dreams of a human future. All the Olds must burn so that something new can be born: something we can all feel rising around us, even as we bicker or squabble or turn our faces away, hoping we will be rescued from what is surely approaching. — Paul Kingsnorth, “Saturn’s Children”
The greatest part of mankind have no other reason for their opinions than that they are in fashion. — Samuel Johnson
Do In-N-Out Burger Food Containers Include Bible Verses? | The hamburger and cheeseburger wrappers point to Revelation 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
He said it would happen… and it is. | And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold. Et quoniam abundavit iniquitas, refrigescet caritas multorum.
The Stelvio Pass is a mountain pass in northern Italy bordering Switzerland. At 9,045 ft. above sea level, it’s the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps. pic.twitter.com/jYwzobVYjs
— Dr. Clayton Forrester (@DrClaytonForre1) June 2, 2022
TFor me, literature allows a common reference point for future discussions. Think of how many times George Orwell’s “1984” has been referenced, or Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” or Solzhenitsyn’s “Gulag Archipelago.” Among the patriots, it’s hard to have a conversation about substantive matters where “Enemies Foreign and Domestic,” “The Civil Defense Manual,” John Ross’ “Unintended Consequences” or Kurt Schlicter’s “Indian Country” aren’t mentioned or, at least, recalled mentally, during the conversation.
14 Warning Signs That You Are Living in a Society Without a Counterculture A sense of sameness pervades the creative world.
The dominant themes feel static and repetitive, not dynamic and impactful
Imitation of the conventional is rewarded
Movies, music, and other creative pursuits are increasingly evaluated on financial and corporate metrics, with all other considerations having little influence
Alternative voices exist—in fact, they are everywhere—but are rarely heard, and their cultural impact is negligible
Every year the same stories are retold, and this sameness is considered a plus
Creative work is increasingly embedded in genres that feel rigid, not flexible
Even avant-garde work often feels like a rehash of 50-60 years ago
Five Rules for Living Faithfully in the Digital Age | What humans need is embodied conversation. Our voices and facial expressions—even the dreaded “awkward silences”—connect us to each other in a way that texting, DMs, and a “Like” cannot. One way to make social media technology serve your analog values would be to call instead of comment when you see a friend’s post about significant news in her life. Build time in your week for lunches with other people rather than succumbing to the temptation of scrolling endlessly through your phone while you eat.
I embraced my people, and my people embraced me. They gave me everything I had always imagined I wanted: a Ph.D. from an Ivy League university; a professorship at NYU, complete with a roomy office overlooking Washington Square Park; book deals; columns in smart little publications; invitations to the sort of soirees where you could find yourself seated next to Salman Rushdie or Susan Sontag or any number of the men and women you grew up reading and admiring. The list goes on. Life was good. I was grateful. And then came The Turn.
Comments Gavin McInness said this… “ The left is determined to make Uvalde about race. OK, let’s try it: a Hispanic man was murdering Hispanic kids while Hispanic cops did nothing. Then, a white guy showed up and ended it.”
Consider the Stone Crab – “This is the only fishery where they don’t kill the animal. They just harvest the claw and put ‘em back.” Joe’s wasn’t the first eatery to offer stone crab, but it quickly became the best known. Keys Fisheries was founded in 1967 when a Joe’s representative showed up in the Keys in search of an ever-larger and steadier supply of stone crab. A small fleet out of this port has been supplying the restaurant with hundreds of thousands of pounds of stone-crab claws ever since. Joe’s Stone Crab is now a Miami institution and one of the highest-grossing privately-owned restaurants in the United States. None other than James Bond claims he had the best meal of his life at a fictionalized Joe’s in Goldfinger.
Mendocino County: Where You Could Find the Most Expensive Gallon of Gas in US History at $9.45 Per Gallon – Schlafer’s Auto Repair in the Mendocino County coastal village of Mendocino has become legendary for its gas prices often 60% more expensive than the national average.
Yesterday, if a driver was to fill up at Schlafer’s, they could find themselves paying the highest price for a regular gallon of gasoline ever documented in the history of the United States: $9.45.