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Thursday, 3/05
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January 1, 2009


Since my main subject of study is America, I'm going out to do some urban, suburban, and rural anthropology for a bit. Posting will be a sometime thing.

In the meantime, here's a selection of traveling music. Take it away, Bob.

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On the Road Again. Turn the Page.


Since my main subject of study is America, I'm going out to do some urban, suburban, and rural anthropology for a bit. Posting will be a sometime thing.

In the meantime, here's a selection of traveling music. Take it away, Bob.

Now the rainman gave me two cures,
Then he said, "Jump right in."
The one was Texas medicine,
The other was just railroad gin.
An' like a fool I mixed them
An' it strangled up my mind,
An' now people just get uglier
An' I have no sense of time.
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end,
To be stuck inside of Mobile
With the Memphis blues again.

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Wednesday, December 31 (Updated)


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Tuesday, December 30 (Updated)


  • Financial organizations to track: Vulture funds VIA Archinect

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  • Monday, December 29 (Updated)


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  • Just in Time is Out of Time: Contrary Brin: Suggestion #5: Avoid a crisis caused by "just-in-time"

    I refer to a brittle weakness in our economy, courtesy of the same smartaleck caste of MBAs who brought us derivatives and hyper-leveraged finance. A frailty that could, potentially, turn some short-term crisis into full-scale disaster -- and all because of a good theory that窶冱 been taken way too far.

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  • Friday, December 26


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    Thursday, Christmas

    Giotto, The Nativity, 1304-1306 (Detail)

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    Wednesday, December 24


    In principio erat Verbum et Verbum erat apud Deum et Deus erat Verbum.

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    Tuesday, December 23 (Updated)


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    Friday, December 18 (Updated)


    The Burning of the Bull: An Emblem for the Year of Our Lord, 2008 -- A bull sarcophagus in which a member of the Ubud royal family was cremated burns during the funeral ceremony Tuesday July 15, 2008 in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. - 2008 in photographs @ The Big Picture

    • Against Assisted Suicide: "What manner of sentient being seeks to facilitate its own demise, only to perpetuate the illusion that they control their own lives?"
      Physician-assisted suicide is not at all about “death with dignity”, but rather about actively enlisting the culture in support of radical individual autonomy. Not only must we exert full control over the time and manner of our death — which we have always been able to do, by simply killing ourselves — but we demand that society support, honor, and praise this decision, without the faintest whiff of criticism or condemnation. It is not sufficient that we be able to kill ourselves. Rather, it is necessary that we actively kill those societal sensibilities and strictures which condemn such a choice as morally misguided and potentially destructive to our human dignity and our social fabric. - The Doctor Is In [This entire essay is a powerful argument against our secular society of perpetual indulgence which I commend to all.]

    • The 40-Year Scam Continues: Climate science has come to this: We are now being told, in effect, to ignore the data and believe the hypothesis. - American Thinker: Climate Crisis = Logic Crisis

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    Thursday, December 18 (Updated)


    • Your tax dollars not working: Another reason to loathe the EPA -- EPA Goes Man-Hunting VIA JunkScience: "The list’s creation seems a furtherance of the Greens’ larger campaign to plant the idea within the public’s mind that all environmental “transgressions” fall along a criminal continuum."

    • Beautiful and moving: Laundry and Life: A Solstice Meditation @ The Task at Hand "When I was a child, helping to hang summer laundry was all taste and smell and sound - the rough woody dryness of clothespins in my mouth, the sweetness of clover crushed by bare feet, freshening breezes snapping towels to warn of building afternoon storms."

    Posted by Vanderleun at Dec 17, 2008 10:26 PM |  Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Wednesday, December 17 (Updated)

    "It was Orville’s turn. At 10:34 on the windy morning of December 17, he piloted Flyer for a distance of 120 feet in 12 seconds." -- Humankind Takes Flight: The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, 105 Years Ago Today

    Posted by Vanderleun at Dec 16, 2008 11:56 PM |  Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Tuesday, December 16 (UPDATED)


    VIA Indexed: Time to look busy.

    Posted by Vanderleun at Dec 15, 2008 4:17 PM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Monday, December 15 (UPDATED)


    Fewless numbering, more better grammer please. [VIA: Art and Installations from Money | WebUrbanist]

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    Friday, December 12 (Updated w/ Video of the MKV)



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    Thursday, December 11 (Updated)



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    Wednesday, December 10 (Updated)


    • Fantasyland Bill Comes Due:
      Americans spent the 1990s in a fantasy world, where technological change supposedly would transform the human condition, taking as their intellectual guide science-fiction writers like William Gibson. There was nothing wrong with the market mechanism as such; what went haywire was the childish imaginings of the American public.
      Underlying the crisis is the Western world's repudiation of life, through a hedonism that puts consumption or "self-realization" ahead of child-rearing. The developed world is shifting from a demographic profile in which the very young (children four years and under) outnumbered the elderly (65 and older), to a profile with 10 times as many retirees as children aged four or younger. Economics simply never has had to confront a situation in which the next generation simply failed turn up. - Spengler @ Asia Times Online

    • On Gay Out Day, gays need to expand protest locations: "Get your ass down to those "other" parts of town where you don`t brunch – and give those blacks and Mexicans a piece of your mind. And when you`re done with that – confront the Muslims, who cling to a religion that`s not only against you marrying – but living too!" -The Daily Gut

    • Liberal Bigots United: A Commonplace Blog: Why the university is dominated by the Left
      The more interesting question is why the Left dominates the social sciences and humanities. To answer that question might produce the reason there are so few conservatives in the academy. (Could it possbily be that the Leftists in charge of hiring decisions won’t hire them?)
      Do ya think?

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    Tuesday, December 9


    Six thousand years ago, a mother and two children died at the same time and were buried here holding hands. Someone obviously cared a great deal, as the scientist found that flowers were placed above and below the bodies. It is not yet known how they died. - Green Sahara - The Big Picture -

    • "When a ghost shows up, you don't ignore him because you don't like the clothes he's wearing." Sippican Cottage: Delmer's A Haunt, Still

    • Ze Varmink up ub der Globe:Ecomyths explains it all to you:
      Warming is evidence of global warming. Cooling does not mean that global warming is not happening, just that it hasn't yet...but it might, still..and then the theory will be right again...except if its not, and then it will be because something has temporarily interfered with the theory working, like cooling, but that doesn't mean the cooling has replaced the warming -- its just hiding it, for now. We know this because the models tell us. Can't be anything else happening like the sun, the oceans or any of that stuff. Why? Well, because that's why.

    • Who says there's no good news? Your daily digest of newspaper extinction news

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    Monday, December 8 (Updated)


    Gun’s N’ Girls "SPF-30? Check. Towel? Check. Sunglasses? Check? M-16? Check. Everything a girl needs for a day in the sun at Camp Victory, Baghdad." [VIA: Stop The ACLU + Morgan ]

    • Who says there's no good news?
      "Lawyers and financial advisers have reported a 50 per cent increase in the number of divorce inquiries since the financial markets collapsed in September.... Like a frog, the Toxic Wife needs to hop safely on to another lily pad, and a rich one, before leaving her husband. She won't stand on her own two feet. And finding a job is quite beneath her.... As the joke doing the rounds among City men goes: 'This credit crunch is worse than a divorce. I've lost half my net worth and I still have a wife.'" -- Recession: When the money goes, so does the toxic wife - Telegraph

    • Doing the jobs illegal aliens won't do: Picking apples with a robot "Two teams of researchers at CMU are developing automated farming robotic systems to help apple and orange growers."

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    Friday, December 5 (Updated)


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    Wednesday, December 3 (Updated)



    • ROFL MAO! R U SERIUS? A British doctor volunteering in DR Congo used text message instructions from a colleague to perform a life-saving amputation on a boy.

    • "Unfortunately the tourists can still smell the BS from the Congress." Reid: We won't smell the tourists anymore "My staff tells me not to say this, but I'm going to say it anyway," said Reid in his remarks. "In the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. It may be descriptive but it's true."

    • Bet on "stupid" and keep them that way: RIGHTWINGSPARKLE does the numbers on How Obama got elected. Moral: "Be informed and watch Fox News."

    Posted by Vanderleun at Dec 2, 2008 8:42 PM |  Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
    Tuesday, December 2 (Updated)


    "You can fool all of the people some of the time; you can fool some of the people all of the time; and that should be enough for most purposes." - From Minims by Tom Weller. [Note: Long ago I was the editor for this wonderful book. Glad to see it has survived being out of print and is still being pointed to today by distinguished pages such as Drawn. ]

    • "It is there we must go. Sooner or later, it is there we must go."
      We are going about this the wrong way. We treat symptoms rather than disease. We goafter men when we should be going after addresses. Behind every Islamic killer there is a nation. We have long known their names -- Syria, Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan. These dismal places are the factories of terror and blood. Wherever you find hordes of dead Westerners and slaughtered Jews you will find the footprints of one of these regimes. The Return of Scipio
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    Monday, December 1 (Updated)



    • Scipio notes: To eliminate rabies you kill dogs.

    • Who's Next?
      The likely targets would not at first be American. India was chosen for a reason. It was next door to Pakistan, it had poor security, and exiting to Pakistan was theoretically possible. Indeed if there were twenty not ten attackers, then ten have escaped. The Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Spain, France, Britain, are all convenient targets. All these nations lack any meaningful ways of killing the plotters, which to them is the only thing that matters in considering such attacks. -- Whiskey's Place: The Bombay World

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    Saturday, November 29



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    Friday, November 28 (Updated)



    Wednesday, November 26 (Updated)



    • Whenever I hear the word "art" I rack a shell into my shotgun:
      Liberal culture... hasn't produced any high art because it doesn't want to, doesn't know how to, and doesn't believe in it. What started out as an individual revolt against exhausted traditions... became enshrined as a Permanent Revolution against the crusty old bothersome past, the same big hunk of history that summed up the innumerable failures of the West, at least as the grave penseurs defined them. If we are the enlightened ones, then it stands to reason that the culture of the Dark Ages must reflect the sexism, imperialism, fascism, classism, and other myriad isms that stained the globe. But they'll still go see a traveling exhibit of old Masters, and they'll still pile in the halls to hear Beethoven, because those are still the gold standards for Taste, and Taste has long been their favorite, and most self-flattering, virtue." - LILEKS, (James) @ screedblog "I know what I like, too"

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    Tuesday, November 25 (Updated)



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    Monday, November 24

    Monday, November 24

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    Saturday, November 22

    Saturday, November 22

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    Friday, November 21

    Friday, November 21

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    Thursday, November 20

    Thursday, November 20

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    November 19
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