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Clear History

If your life on the web is running too s l o w, if your browsing and grazing at this site or that is just b o g g i n g   d o w n, what do you do?

Like any good cybernaut, you look for the “techno-fix.”

There are, of course, many fixes to find. New connections, new computers, new hard drives, new browsers, new plugins, and more. But the first thing everyone should do is to take the cure common to all cyberspace slowdowns. You click on your browser menus and tell it to “Clear History.”

“Clear History” works wonders for your cyberlife. As you move within the web, your History grows, and the more History you hold the slower your web brain, your browser, thinks and acts. Thinking slowly and acting slowly may be wise in life, but it takes the zip out of your online drive.

When you “Clear History” your browser forgets all the places it has been, all the things that it has seen, all of what it has learned. All that bitsludge is wiped away and your browser’s internal brain is made as smooth as a baby’s bottom, as blank as a goldfish’s brain. Things run faster, you get loaded more quickly and will probably stay loaded longer. You flash but you don’t crash. Why would you? You’ve “cleared your history.”

I probably didn’t have to tell you to “Clear History.” You knew it. Pretty much everyone knows it. But this better browsing tip seems, like many other dubious cyberspace insights, to have oozed out into the real world, into the world dimensional.

And when 2D goes 3D there’s always a problem.

Applying cyberspace notions to the world at large, like believing the GoogleMaps is the territory, is usually a mistake, but people, being people, are always eager to make new mistakes. After all, “cyberspace” explains so much, doesn’t it? Cyberspace has become the new paradigm and controlling metaphor of our age, supplanting the use of the computer as the controlling metaphor back in the last quarter of the 20th century, much as the idea of the “clockwork universe” caught on at the dawn of the Enlightenment as the Age of Reason was driven forward on the escapement of the highest tech of that time, the clock.

As humans, we prefer that our “things” define us. It is always easier to explain ourselves through things than to explain ourselves outright. If mistakes are made, well, “Things didn’t work out.”

Of course, during these intellectually eviscerated times we can look back on the clockwork universe of the Enlightenment as a time when giants walked Europe’s Cathedrals of Thought; Newton, Descartes, Voltaire, Montaigne, Kant, Hume, Jefferson…. the list is, as you know, still dominant though it be mainly male, all dead and very white. They all rose up in the age of clocks but they, in a real and metaphorical sense, wound the clocks. They “had” time and they would never “Clear History.”

As much as these founders of our world valued time, they valued History more. Out of that time and that History, the Enlightenment swept across the world. When that wave receded it left many gifts on these shores, not the least of which was “The Declaration of Independence” and “The Constitution of the United States.”

The Declaration and The Constitution: These two artifacts of history were the quintessence of the most revolutionary ideas to arise in the mind of man since …. not fire or the wheel, but previous… previous…. long before… since standing up on the hind legs.

Standing up happened before we began to become what we are now.

Standing up happened before the ancestors of who we are were what they were.

Standing up was, in that time long before the dream time, the most revolutionary idea life had had since the eye.

Standing up on the savannas of Africa gave you something the other animals didn’t have. On the flat plains it made you the high ground.

Standing up you could reach the low-hanging fruit and see down where the prey hid among the high grass. Standing up let you see other animals that saw you as prey. Standing up above the grasses let you see out across the plains of that savannah.

Standing up gave you the long view.

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Let’s Review 93: Guns and No Butter

Compact Defense Rifles For The Survivalist: Although the Keltec SU16C is a lightweight and capable rifle, I would relegate it to the “Truck Gun”, or “Get home Bag gun” and not give it the position of “Combat Rifle”. Empty, this rifle weighs right under six pounds with the optic and is 26.75 inches long. The only reason I still have this rifle is due to it’s super lightweight and compact size.

When Nemesis finally hit Clinton on November 8, 2016, she was stunned, unable to even extend a simple public gesture of concession on election night. From there, Nemesis took her on a downward spiral. Clinton descended from once polling as the most popular woman in the U.S. to a rather sad figure, scapegoating, weaving conspiracy theories, blame-gaming, and endlessly replaying the disaster of 2016—a sort of poor, blinded and dethroned Oedipus wandering in exile in the fashion of peripatetic former FBI Director James Comey, whose character and fate in some ways are similar to Clinton’s. Hillary’s Hamartia | Hoover Institution

Who is likely to be a creative? Who wants to see their vision broadcast to the world? Who wants to imprint their worldview on others? The field is a draw for the progressive coalition members. On top of this, as the nation becomes more diverse, more specific marketing can be cultivated for the niche customer. Global Hue is an advertising firm that specializes in advertising for minorities. They will win other advertising contracts, so creating campaigns now come with the automatic ‘see it through black/Hispanic/white eyes’ setting. These employees bring their progressivism and apply it to every situation for a thirty-second ad spot.

Pope Forgets the Lake of Fire ... instead you get….  Nothingness. Jean-Paul Sartre without having to sit through a play. Alzheimer’s from the age of 2. You pick any highlight moment out of your life—like the time you climbed Machu Picchu with a Peruvian babe and chewed coca leaves so you could have sex for three days—and that whole event doesn’t exist anymore. You’re not just separated from God, you’re separated from yourself. [click to continue…]

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Possible the Best Music Video Ever Made

Yes, it is 24 minutes long. But the best 24 minutes you’ve spent online this month. Stick with it.

“I had a dream in the 60s. My mum, who was dead, came to me in that dream and said, “It’ll be all right. Let it be.”

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Long Read of the Day: Snakebit

Today’s top essay a chilling and yet very informative read called A Rattle with Death in Yosemite

The drt around me had long since soaked up the liquid that had been in my body. I was pale and sweating, moaning in pain. My blood, unable to clot, wept from the puncture wounds on my ankle, and bruising, a sign of internal hemorrhaging, had bloomed to above my knee.

Around the time Yardley and Garrett arrived, my mom noticed patches of blood in my bile but didn’t mention it. “Why scare anybody worse?” she said later…..

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Still Hayes keeps a collection of snakebite kits in a display case outside his Loma Linda office. There are dozens. Some contain razors to cut the wound, to milk the venom out. Others have pumps to suck a bite dry, or sulfide to sterilize it. That day in Yosemite, we didn’t have one of these kits, which is probably just as well. None of them work. Nor do any of the folk treatments people still try today, which call for everything from freezing the wound to slathering it with motor oil, silver nitrate, or a poultice made from the snake’s crushed head. “Antivenom—that’s the only cure,” Hayes told me.

Today’s antivenom isn’t so different from the stuff developed in the 1890s by French scientist Albert Calmette. After a flood pushed water-averse cobras into the Vietnamese village where he was studying, 40 people were bitten, and four died. Calmette, who was a protégé of Louis Pasteur, applied the same techniques his mentor was using to produce vaccines for rabies and anthrax. He milked cobras and injected tiny amounts of venom into horses. After a few weeks, Calmette extracted the horse blood and spun out antibodies that targeted cobra venom.

RTWT AT A Rattle with Death in Yosemite

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Krauthammer


MOTUS A.D.: Things That Matter: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles Krauthammer

To understand the workings of American politics you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.

Obama: In the course of his presidency, Obama has gone from an almost magical charismatic figure to an ordinary politician. Ordinary. Average.

One World Order: The international community lies at the center of the Obama foreign policy. Unfortunately, it is a fiction. There is no such thing. Different countries have different histories, geographies, necessities, and interests. There’s no natural, inherent, or enduring international community.

Liberals: What’s the definition of a liberal? Someone who doesn’t care what you do as long as it’s mandatory.

The tyranny of the left: The left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition. The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian. It declares certain controversies over and visits serious consequences from social ostracism to vocational defenestration upon those who refuse to be silenced.

Great leaders are willing to retire unloved and unpopular as the price for great exertion.

Multiculturalism: History has blessed us with all the freedom and advantages of multiculturalism. But it has also blessed us, because of the accident of our origins, with the linguistic unity that brings a critically needed cohesion to a nation as diverse, multiracial and multiethnic as America. Why gratuitously throw away that priceless asset? How mindless to call the desire to retain it ‘racist.

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If the media keeps this up — if they keep up generating this hysteria — somebody’s gonna get killed. I think we’re pretty close to somebody getting killed already, and I’m not being hyperbolic, and I’m not trying to call attention to myself. I’m genuinely worried about the out-of-control aspect of this. The news media’s fanning the flames. The news media is leading the way on this. It’s again an oxymoron. News media? There is no media, and none of this is news. – – Rush Limbaugh Show

Advertising Is Downstream Of Power And Progressivism    The troubling trend is how ubiquitous the diversity casting and highly unlikely combinations are (Asian father with black mom) because these situations are presented in the most basic of products. Parity products like toilet paper, beer, or basic necessities use this casting. These goods and services have no edge to snag customers. Many industries have also switched from healthy market competition to price-rigged oligarchies, or even worse, industry-wide adoption of thelow-cost provider model. Air travel has also reached this point.


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Boomer Anthems: Rhiannon

The Iconic Stevie Nicks in 1976 at Peak Diva-Babe: Big hair, big hips, big pipes, hot lips, and (alas) the brain of a singer. But when she turned it on she could blow up the entire building and leave everyone charred and cheering in the rubble…..
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In the comments to A 63-year-old rap song. Noel Coward asks “What’s going to happen to the children when there aren’t any more grown-ups?” a discussion over the relative merits and/or demerits of homosexuality in art emerged. While a number of commenters were on point on either side of this issue, the central discussion concerned DeWitt and Barnhardt. Both are encouraged to reply in the comments here, but all are welcome as always.

UPDATE: Barnhardt begins at her page with Art Created By Homosexuals: A Tandem Post and Discussion at American Digest Blog | Barnhardt

“I am pleased to point one and all to a €œtandem post€ between Barnhardt.biz and Gerard VanderLeun’€™s blog, AmericanDigest.org .  This post and conversation came about a couple of days ago in a comment thread under a post GvL made of a Noel Coward song.  I actually linked to another Noel Coward song, “€œLet’€™s Don’t Be Beastly to the Germans”€ in the show notes of Barnhardt Podcast #051, and then GvL posted “What’€™s Going to happen to the children when there aren’€™t any more grown-ups?”€  –€“ certainly an incredibly prescient question and diddy from some 60 years ago.

“I leave comments on blogs hardly ever, but I did leave a quick comment making the point that it is quite a commentary on today’€™s culture when a flamboyant sodomite ==€“ as Noel Coward was ==€“ displays the kind of virile moral leadership in calling out the descent of western culture that we can only FANTASIZE about today.  Put another way, things said by queeny, British fags of 60 years ago are now so far to the “right” socially that they would be characterized by the howling moonbat SJW€™s as “fascist”€ or “€œNazi”€ or whatever the non-sensical pejorative du jour is.”

The key question is this: Is it morally licit to consume art (music, painting, dance) that we know, after the fact, was made by sodomites? My thesis is this:

Consuming art created by sodomites is permissible so long as the art in question does not have a “sodomite aesthetic”, and does not point to nor glorify sexual perversion.

FROM THE COMMENTS:

ANNE BARNHARDT June 21, 2018, 1:32 PM

(Cross-posted at Barnhardt.biz with video citations)

The first point that needs to be addressed is the notion that almost no art today is produced without the involvement of sodomites or other sex perverts, whether it be in production, set building, backing or orchestral musicians, etc.  My answer goes directly back to my original thesis:  the issue is whether or not the art itself projects an aesthetic of sexual perversion, or points to or is perverse and obscene.  Can I promise you that every contractor or laborer that worked on the building or remodeling of the house I live in was sexually normal and pure?  Of course not.  If the man who installed the bathroom tile were a sex pervert, how could I know that, and even if I somehow did, does that mean I should move out of my house?  Well, not unless he arranged the bathroom tiles in the shape of a phallus.  In exactly the same way, we can’t know who every orchestral musician or set builder was, but what we can know is whether or not the ART ITSELF points to or glorifies sodomy.

And, as an aside, this is why you get your house blessed by a priest early and often – at least once per year at either Epiphany or Easter.  Not only is the sacramental a conduit of grace, but it also gives one peace of mind.  And, may I just ask, have you ever slept in a hotel?  At this point, every hotel room in the western world is pretty much guaranteed to be a crime scene – because remember, sodomy is a crime.

This reminds me of the heresy of Donatism, which is a MASSIVE problem in The Church today.  Many very pious people are tempted to believe that the interior state of the soul of the priest determines whether or not the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered.  Hence, many people fall into the heretical trap that all Masses and sacraments performed by sodomite priests (or heterosexual fornicator priests, etc.) are invalid, and that any priest in the state of mortal sin is incapable of confecting the Eucharist.  This is, of course, TOTALLY WRONG.  Considering that it is, by definition, impossible for any of us to know the state of the soul of anyone else, much less a priest, how IN THE WORLD could Jesus Christ hold us responsible for that, and how could Jesus Christ establish His Church and His Sacraments such that they would be not just illicit, but INVALID a non-trivial percentage of the time with it literally impossible for the faithful to know either way?  This argument maps closely to what we are talking about with art.  How could people be held responsible for what Tchaikovsky did, or whatever sodomite Renaissance painter?  Can one determine from the 1812 Overture that Tchaikovsky was a sodomite?  Of course not.  Nor can one determine from da Vinci’s Annunciation what da Vinci’s sins were.

I’d also like to revisit a point I made not too long ago, namely that up until just a few short decades ago, many people literally did not know about sodomy, homosexuality, transvestitism, pedophilia, bestiality – none of it.  At all.  Lots and lots of people in the Christian world went through life never knowing that there were people who engaged in same-sex sins.  I cited a clip from the 1980s sitcom “The Golden Girls”, in which the promiscuous, Jezebel character Blanche, confuses “Lesbian” for “Lebanese” and has to have it explained to her.  It got a huge laugh not because it was implausible, but because it WAS plausible.  THIS is why the flamboyantly gay pianist Liberace was as popular as he was, and with the demographic that he was popular with – old women.  When Liberace came mincing out out on stage in a pink sequined tuxedo, it literally NEVER OCCURRED to most of the elderly women in the audience that Liberace was a sodomite because a non-trivial percentage of them were totally unaware that sodomy existed on earth – and I’m not exaggerating.  And THIS ties back to the piece I just wrote on how Diabolical Narcissists (when all sex perverts, by definition, are to one degree or another) derive their greatest satisfaction from watching people watch them as they act out.  Liberace got his biggest rush from the fact that a bunch of old women who went to the United Methodist church every Sunday and probably taught Sunday school were his biggest fans, and that he was rubbing his sexual perversion in their faces, and they were too “stupid” and “unsophisticated” to even realize it.  Should they have at least been off-put by Liberace’s aesthetic, especially when he stopped wearing normal black tuxedos in the 1960s and started wearing the ridiculous outfits that he did?  It is hard to say.  Given how jaded and steeped in perversity we all are, it is pretty much impossible to revert back to a mindset innocent of all of the filth we now know.  This is a perfect example of how only Christ can judge the soul of man.
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Here Comes the Sun

“Today the Sun reaches its northernmost point in planet Earth’s sky. Called a solstice, the date astronomically marks a change of seasons — from spring to summer in Earth’s Northern Hemisphere and from fall to winter in Earth’s Southern Hemisphere. The featured image was taken during the week of the 2008 summer solstice at Stonehenge in the United Kingdom, and captures a picturesque sunrise involving fog, trees, clouds, stones placed about 4,500 years ago, and a 4.5 billion-year-old large glowing orb.”

Today:

“I don’t know about you but I can’t bear another day of the Left’s posturing, pirouetting and pouting over a border policy that’s been in place since the days of the false light bringer. Instead on this, the longest day of the year, let’s pause to celebrate the light. Wishing everyone an endless summer. And a chance to leave your paw prints on the beach. MOTUS A.D.: The Summer Solstice: Let There Be Light

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Boom! (As in “Lowering the…”)

BREAKING: Trump Just Tore Into Republican Leadership Over Children In Cages Hoax

Donald Trump let them have it with both barrels. Apparently, it was Trump unleashed like the D.C. Swamp hadn’t yet seen.

“You really want to try and win your election in November without me? I don’€™t think so.”

“I’m following the law as it’€™s written. If you don’€™t like the law then Congress needs to change it. It’€™s simple. Simple. I’€™m with you but if you don’t like it you need to do something about it! It looks bad. Sure. Really bad. If you want to change that then change the law. DO SOMETHING. You people (Congress) have to change it. That’s how it has to be done.

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“Mene, mene, tekel, parsin.”

For seventy years our American world order has sought to manage the world’s problems; and we have been weighed and found wanting. Not for lack of caring – for we are a generous people, as our giving shows. But for the lack of humility of our own elites and their understanding of humanity. The end of our world order will not be drawn in the shape of an apocalyptic mushroom cloud, which we all expected. The Medes and Persians are not razing our walls. There will be no theatrical return to the caves, to the farms. No, our end of history will be less dramatic and somehow more pathetic. Wars, rumors of wars. 60,000,000 refugees on the move, and growing every day fleeing barrel bombs in Syria and rape in the Congo. To say nothing of the migrants, looking for a better future. Incompetent government; schools which no longer instruct; universities no longer seeking right; justice unconcerned with the just; elections that no longer address that age-old problem of consent; rights which are no longer the bedrock of our societies, replaced in a bait-and-switch with “social justice”, a convention which seeks excuses and victims instead of equality and truth. ….

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Time to Give Peter Fonda the Pink Mist Award

For writing this:

And this:

The Academy of Old Guys with Deer Rifles gives Peter Fonda this lifetime achievement award for levels of degeneracy previously unreached.

Inscription on the shell casing? “Pour encourager les autres.”

Alternatively one would think that the President would pick up the phone and tell the heads of the Secret Service and FBI to have Fonda arrested or to have their resignations on his desk by the end of the day.

Seriously, if the Justice Department doesn’t start handing out indictments and getting jail time for these increasingly unhinged leftists, regardless of their “celebrity” status, someone somewhere will start something and then it will be open season… and very difficult to control.

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Digital Art Transforms the Natural World Into Dreamlike Landscapes

As you’re clearing your home, it can be easy to get “target lock. You become so focused on clearing a corner or a doorway that you become unaware of what’s going on behind or to the side of you. As you clear different obstacles in your home, keep your head on a swivel. Don’t become so focused on one area that you become blind to everything else.

The irreparable damage has been done. The FBI knowingly and cynically betrayed the people’s trust and the Department of Justice covered for them. There’s no path back from this. Memo To DC: contempt works both ways.

 “Western man towers over the rest of the world in ways so large as to be almost inexpressible. It’s Western exploration, science, and conquest that have revealed the world to itself. Other races feel like subjects of Western power long after colonialism, imperialism, and slavery have disappeared. The charge of racism puzzles whites who feel not hostility, but only baffled good will, because they don’t grasp what it really means: humiliation. The white man presents an image of superiority even when he isn’t conscious of it. And, superiority excites envy. Destroying white civilization is the inmost desire of the league of designated victims we call minorities.” Joe Sobran, National Review, April 1997

The Reactionary Case For Dennis Rodman It is a right-wing cliché to say that the American ruling class does not deserve its status. A more precise statement might be that if we ever had a truly responsible government in this country, then all of the tech barons, court intellectuals, global bankers, €œforeign policy experts, € €œsocially conscious € CEOs, diversity consultants, Serious JournalistsTM, Vox-splainers, clickbait writers, Hollywood perverts, woke socialists, Bernie bros, Deep State bureaucrats, corporate PR specialists, corporate HR specialists, and every single member of the New York-DC managerial axis would have been identified as dangerous cranks fifteen years ago and banished to a volcanic rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, before they ever got the chance to become a real threat to society. [click to continue…]

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Medicare Part G Works for Me

If you are an older senior citizen and can no longer take care of yourself and need Long-Term Care, but the government says there is no nursing home care available for you, what do you do?

You may opt for Medicare Part G.

The plan gives anyone 70 or older, a gun (Part G) and one bullet.

You may then shoot one worthless politician.

This means you will be sent to prison for the rest of your life where you will receive three meals a day, a roof over your head, central heating and air conditioning, cable TV, a library, and all the healthcare you need.

Need new teeth? No problem. Need glasses? That’s great. Need a hearing aid, new hip, knees, kidney, lungs, sex change, or heart? They are all covered!

As an added bonus, your kids can come and visit you at least as often as they do now!

And, who will be paying for all of this? The same government that just told you they can’t afford for you to go into a nursing home. And you will get rid of a useless politician while you are at it. And now, because you are a prisoner, you don’t have to pay any more income taxes!

Is this a great country or what?

You have now solved your senior Long-Term Care problem.


Via email.

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HT: Claire Garcia at MOTUS 

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With a lantern that wouldn’t burn
In too frail a buggy we drove
Behind too heavy a horse
Through a pitch-dark limitless grove.

And a man came out of the trees
And took our horse by the head
And reaching back to his ribs
Deliberately stabbed him dead.

The ponderous beast went down
With a crack of a broken shaft.
And the night drew through the trees
In one long invidious draft.

The most unquestioning pair
That ever accepted fate
And the least disposed to ascribe
Any more than we had to to hate,

We assumed that the man himself
Or someone he had to obey
Wanted us to get down
And walk the rest of the way.

—Robert Frost

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