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*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.”

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.

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.”

KA-CHING!: j-k-i-ng:“Untitled” by | Victoria YorePisa,…

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.

Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich Rebooted

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  • KCK June 2, 2022, 11:54 AM

    High quality post. My compliments.

    Art: all the same. That is spot on. You’d think we were China, now. The value of art is if it is as good as yesterdays’ stuff. Fuck that. Once you know how to do something, in your art, by all rights you must forget it and go onto the next bit of learning. Art is in the outlier – the heretofore unseen and the right-now unseeable.

    I’ll go further: the art of today is manipulative (photo editors) and derivative (stylistically from some other source).

    Gavin is more and more right all the time. My trouble with Uvalde is the way the information has been scattered to the 4 winds. You can’t know what happened, or what is happening. I’m even starting to wonder if the Uvalde cops didn’t get some Fed orders to stand down. Just a theory – not a rumor.

    Keep em coming, GvD. Please.

    • Tom Hyland June 2, 2022, 12:22 PM

      Tucker delivered the most potent 20 minutes in this June 1st broadcast. Trudeau’s gun grab and the applauding diaper-faced zombies standing behind him is thoroughly disgusting theater. Watch the whole 35 minutes but if you get to the 20 minute mark you’ve heard a lot.

      • ghostsniper June 2, 2022, 12:50 PM

        Better learn to live like an outlaw, cause soon you’ll be one.
        Or you’ll be a slave.

        • KCK June 2, 2022, 5:07 PM

          Turn your home into an armed camp anyway they want you
          That’s the way you’ll be.
          Bob Dylan

      • Tom Hyland June 2, 2022, 7:28 PM

        Youtube will not tolerate anyone speaking too much truth. They disappeared Tucker’s video from last night. I found it on bitchute. Check this out…

  • Bunny June 2, 2022, 12:11 PM

    How could someone do that to Clair de Lune? The ear-splitting high notes, the creepy novelty, the octopodal hands? Yikes.

    • ghostsniper June 2, 2022, 2:15 PM

      Yeah, it was borderline unbearable. I have a fondness for that song cause it was played at both my in laws funerals. Plus, Styx did a cool version of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qYL8kPAqls

  • gwbnyc June 2, 2022, 12:53 PM

    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.”

    …I’d applaud, howev-.

    -“a Ph.D. from an Ivy League university; a professorship at NYU, complete with a roomy office overlooking Washington Square Park”

    -and an apartment to match.

    • Vanderleun June 2, 2022, 1:00 PM

      You HAVE TO READ the linked article here. It’s about “The Turn” as in “the turning away from all that in search of the truth.”

      • gwbnyc June 2, 2022, 1:16 PM

        Unnecessarily admonished, yet reminded of my pedestrian standing (rimshot), I depart.

        • Vanderleun June 2, 2022, 2:44 PM

          Bada bing bada boom.

  • JustMe June 2, 2022, 12:53 PM

    I am a Democrat. I have been a registered Democrat for 60 years. I can only recall one Democrat I have ever voted for as I am a conservative. So why am I a Democrat? My parents were married in 1933 and went through the great depression. Lots of family stories and a lot of dinner time discussion of the great depression. But one stuck in my mind: My father tried to get hired on to one of the federal make work projects like the CCC. But in our state the leadership was all Democrat and he was not registered as a Democrat so they literally told him that was why he would not work and get paid and had to make do on his own. I realized at about age 16 that great depressions were cyclical and Democrats (even then) were corrupt and they only way to beat that system was to identify as one of them. Well I’m retired now, finally it does indeed look lie the great depression is going into re-runs. Probably after the entire economy crashes and we are all on the dole some government official will look at my application for food or health care and not deny me because I’m a registered Democrat. Time will tell.

    • Dirk June 2, 2022, 9:23 PM

      Just Me, “ Democrat “ I’ll pray for you tonight. I doubt it will help, won’t hurt to try.

  • DrTedNelson June 2, 2022, 2:53 PM

    I can hear that Trader Joe’s review in Werner Herzog’s voice.

    • John the River June 2, 2022, 6:09 PM

      Pshaw! Obviously the man was never in Filenes Basement.

  • Snakepit Kansas June 2, 2022, 8:47 PM

    Apparently, my good wife and I drove through the significant mountain pass on HW70 west of Denver on Monday and returned back over it on Tuesday. Sleet and snow both directions FFS. Fairly hairy drive at a peak of 11,000+ feet for this flatlander. Rowed the gear box on the old manual six speed Caddy as required. In my estimation, a person that has driven this Colorado pass in weather, as well as driven in metro-Manila on a payday Friday, can pretty much drive anywhere on the planet.

  • Get Off My Lawn June 2, 2022, 9:47 PM

    Family was watching a movie where comrade Cromwell had severe dementia in the life imitates “art” department.
    That painting is better than photography like a good Monet who is my fave besides Caravaggio.
    Ever notice how egalitarian workers utopias have no art or culture that isn’t drab and gray soul crushing.
    That is a feature and not a bug.
    Also a feature and not a bug is the total control hive sameness down to food ingredients and portions.
    Many comrades of the unity collective are in for a shock as muh individuality will be gone in the interest of the hive.

  • G706 June 3, 2022, 10:07 AM

    Took a road trip with the family in March from Oregon to Colorado. One thing that stood out to me was the sames choices everywhere. Hermiston, Ore., Delta, Utah, Grand Junction and Canon City, Colo. Doesn’t matter where it’s all the same fast food chains and retail stores. Eureka, Nevada was the exception, no McDonalds there. You have to look pretty hard somtimes to find a local place to eat. I reccomend the Tamarisk Restaurant in Green River, Utah. You have to leave the freeway and go into town to find it.