September 18, 2016

Notes from the Underground 16



Unusual Suspects:The back side of this ominous photo of Tim O’Brien includes a cryptic note about being “Taken out March 7,

Baking Bread in Hot Sand

A driving crew on the river wanted to move camp, but the cook objected as he had started to bake. One of the party suggested using a modified form of the method of baking in vogue more than a century ago, which was to place the dough in the hot earth where a fire had been burning. The Boy Mechanic Vol. 2 1000 Things for Boys to Do

If you are any sort of conservative

— and if you believe, as I and millions of others do, that the traditional American nation and its constitutional order are already near death, and that a Hillary Clinton presidency would surely be a fatal catastrophe — then you must vote for Mr. Trump. The man has many flaws, and there is good reason to be unsure of just what he will do, but there is no uncertainty whatsoever that Mrs. Clinton stands poised, and eager, to administer the death-blow. One Way — Or The Other

The Shape Of Emily’s Coffin
They lived together for most of their lives, broken up only by brief periods of school and (mostly for Anne) work as governesses. Legend tells us they wrote and edited their poetry and their novels together, pacing around the living room of the parsonage in Haworth where they lived, with their father, the widowed curate of the town. They submitted their manuscripts simultaneously to the same publishers.


The Illustrated Map of America's Worst Utopias | Atlas Obscura

Mike Rowe's Interview with Charles Koch « Profoundly Disconnected

He's proud that Koch Industries does not ask those applying for employment to "check the box" with regard to previous incarceration. He told me that once a debt is paid, the balance sheet should be clear. I was surprised, because the man I had read about seemed very much at odds with a crusader for the formerly incarcerated.

An Interview With Sam Dalton, Now In His Seventh Decade Of Criminal Defense Law

We’ve known for decades that eyewitness testimony is unreliable. Horribly so. There’s a mountain of research that says so. But until DNA testing starting exonerating people convicted based on testimony from witnesses — sometimes four, five, six of them — the courts treated eyewitness evidence as the best possible evidence. That should be terrifying to all of us.

Multiculturalism and Marxism November 1999 | American Renaissance

No successful society shows a spontaneous tendency towards multiculturalism or multiracialism. Successful and enduring societies show a high degree of homogeneity. Those who support multiculturalism either do not know this or, what is more likely, realize that if they are to transform Western societies into strictly regulated, racial-feminist bureaucracies they must first undermine those societies.

Vox Popoli: The incoherence of conservatism

Conservatism is not merely incoherent, it is now as entirely irrelevant as a biplane during the Battle of Britain. Neither a Balanced Budget Amendment nor pledging undying loyalty to AIPAC nor deciding to "rededicate ourselves to the notion of liberty for which generations of Americans fought and died" are going to even begin to address the implications of the post-Westphalian shift to identity politics, much less prevent the collapse of the USA.

Isaiah 45 18

For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.

Paralympics is testimony to parataste -- Alexander Boot

The whole thing smacks of Victorian county fairs, where people paid to look at bearded ladies or boys with two heads. Usually there were some tricks involved then: the beard was glued on, and the other head was made of papier-mâché. But the Paralympics is for real.

How to remove eleven million illegals. --Jim's Blog

In Australia an “unlawful person” (Aussie for illegal immigrant) is just administratively sent to Villawood Detention center. From there, they can get a ticket home. Or if they cannot get a ticket home, they are sent to an “Offshore processing center”. (Australia’s equivalent of Gitmo.) This tends to highly motivate them to get a ticket home.


10 Bars at the End of the World | Atlas Obscura

GALINDEZ ISLAND, ANTARCTICA The Bar at Vernadsky Research Base In addition to the standard libations, the bar also makes its own vodka using the surrounding glacial ice. The drink can be purchased for three dollars a glass or it is free with the donation of some women's undergarments to display behind the bar. Judging by the decor, there have been a number of free drinks. Essential drink: A glass of home-brewed vodka.

The Battle Over How Flat Kansas Is | Atlas Obscura

A few years ago, he and his colleague Joshua Campbell—a born and raised Kansan—undertook a project. They set out to measure the flatness of every state in the union, using an algorithm designed to calculate how flat each one looks from different points in its interior—what Campbell calls "that feeling of total flatness." When they got the results back, Kansas was in a respectable seventh, behind Delaware, North Dakota, and the clear winner, Florida.... "If Kansas is a sloped and hummocky lawn, Florida is a parking lot."



Wabi now connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects, or understated elegance. It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs.

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