Thursday, September 30, 2010
Bembeya Jazz National Perform Tama Tama, N'gnamakoro & Petit Sekou
"Red Clay Halo" & "Caleb Meyer" Performed by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
The Man Who Led Me Back Toward Christ
Charlotte Alston on the giant whose tome, The Kingdom of God Is Within You, I stumbled upon at the 1988 Anarchist Survival Gathering in Toronto, after which I was never quite the same — Tolstoy's Guiding Light:
- The philosophy that became known as ‘Tolstoyism’ was outlined in the body of work the writer produced from the late 1870s onwards. It was essentially a form of Christian anarchism based on the doctrine of non-resistance. Tolstoy rejected the state (because it could only exist on the basis of physical force) and all institutions derived from it: the police, law courts, the army and the Russian Orthodox Church. He condemned private property and money and advocated living by one’s own physical labour. He also came to believe in vegetarianism, complete chastity and abstinence from tobacco and alcohol.
"Midwife at Auschwitz"
That Iranian Adulteress
"What's interesting is that Penrose's criticisms of Hawking are not driven by any faith position," commented Premier Christian Radio's Justin Brierley. "Instead he simply recognises that the science does not justify making statements about God's non-existence, which is a much more honest position than other well-known scientists, such as Dawkins, who want to equate science with atheism."
"Los Angeles" Performed by X
Bringing this classic back to mind is the post immediately prior of a composition of the same title — Arvo Pärt's Symphony No. 4, Los Angeles, Performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra Directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Did you know Exene Cervenka was two years older than Esa-Pekka Salonen and that John Doe is two years older still?
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Arvo Pärt's Symphony No. 4, Los Angeles, Performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra Directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen
Runnymede, June 15, 1215
Andrew Roberts on how the document signed there and then "has grown from a thirteenth-century peace-making document to a foundation for, and influence on, modern liberty, the supremacy of law, habeas corpus, and the common law" — Magna Carta's Lasting Significance for American Freedom.
BHL Defends B16
U.S. War on Potential Filipinos
After all, Washington has been trying to de-Catholicize the country since William McKinley's disastrous régime. His opponent, William Jennings Bryan, and his predecessor, Grover Cleveland, both ardent anti-imperialists, would have set the precedent of letting Filipinos be Filipinos.
Seoul Denies Korean Citizenship to "Anchor Babies" Born in America
These new rules would have applied to a good proportion of the kids in my neighborhood (it's a unique neighborhood). There are a lot of a little "Americans" running around who are in no way, shape, or form American, and neither they or their parents would disagree with that statement. If citizenship is nothing but a piece of paper it's not worth much. Hats off to the Korean government for recognizing that fact.
How Catholics Confront Abortion... in Fargo
With monstrances, holy water, vestments, strangely medieval uniforms, banners, and reason — North Dakota bishop leads procession at abortion clinic amid protests: "Even reason and science would point to the truth that life begins at the moment of conception," said His Excellency Bishop Samuel Joseph Aquila. "For those who are unbelievers, they can come to know the truth of the dignity of human life through both reason and science."
"Maria Solinha" Performed by Luar Na Lubre
I heard a version of the above song on Korean radio while driving with my daughter and thought it was Irish (at 1:55 it starts sounding Irish), until I heard the singing which I thought was Castilian, but since I couldn't quite understand it, I put two and two together and guessed correctly it was Galician, spoken by the Celtiberians in their part of the peninsula.
Hearing "María" I thought it might be a Marian folksong, but my daughter, 7, rightly said it sounded sad, and how could a Marian folksong be sad? To my disappointment, I found it was about a woman "[a]cusada de practicar bruxería pola Inquisición."
Korean Ladies' Fashions
I saw the above ad over at The Marmot's Hole and clicked on it, not because I have any knowledge of, or interest in, fashion, but because I find myself ogling (my uncle taught me that word when he caught me doing it at age twelve in a supermarket) pretty women as much as the next guy.
Such styles have been in fashion as long as I have lived in Korea (thirteen years, a full third of my life). There's a certain healthy timelessness to fashion here, it seems (though not as much as North Korea). Also healthy is the fact that the styles avoid the extremes of frumpiness and sluttiness. They are alluring (I've always been embarrassed by the word "sexy"), although I realize that the Catholic traditionalists who dress their women as what one renowned commenter here called "prairie muffins" will find the pictures pornagraphic.
Originalism and Events in Dearborn
But what if we look at the events in light of Originalism, i.e. viewing the United States Constitution under "the principle of interpretation that tries to find out the original meaning or intent and not impose new interpretations foreign to the original intention of the authors"? The First Amendment to the United States Constitution only bound the Federal Government. Thus, it was not until the 1818 Constitution of the State of Connecticut that Congregationalism was disestablished as the state religion of the "Constitution State."
Perhaps the local authorities in Dearborn should be free to give Muslims protection from proselytization at their festivals. The local authorities in Dearborn certainly had no say in the immigration policies that made their city home to so many Muslims. Perhaps local authorities in Manhattan and Tennessee should likewise be free to decide whether or not mosques go up in their communities.
Malaysia's Christian Sea Gypsies
The Orang Laut (Sea Nomads) seem to be to whom the author is referring as the "People of the Straits" rather than the various Negrito peoples among the Orang Asli that inhabit the peninsula. (The Malay word "orang" means man, as in "orang utan," man of the forest.)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Claudio Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610 Performed by the Monteverdi Choir
The Republic of West Florida
Two hundred-years and some days ago it was established, and was to last seventy-four days — St. Tammany marks bicentennial of West Florida Republic. "The area that is now known as the Florida Parishes, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, and West Feliciana, is now part of Louisiana but for a brief period in history, this area was part of its own country, the Republic of West Florida." A brief history of the republic's brief history:
- In September 1810, settlers in the Spanish territory of West Florida, which includes what is now St. Tammany Parish, revolted against the Spanish government and proclaimed an independent republic.
On Sept. 23, 1810, rebels stormed the Spanish fort near Baton Rouge, overwhelmed the Spanish and raised their own flag – the Bonnie Blue, a blue flag with one white star.
The West Florida Assembly dispatched its own army, commanded by General Phiemon Thomas and forcibly annexed the territory from the Mississippi River to the Pearl River. Residents proclaimed St. Francisville as its capital and elected Fulwar Skipwirth as its president.
However, its rule was short-lived.
On Dec. 6, 1810, under the order of then President James Madison, West Florida was forcibly annexed by the United States and the republic ceased to exist, after a life of 74 days.
Admiral Cheng Ho's Voyage to Africa
Antoaneta Becker on the "Muslim eunuch from the Ming Dynasty who the Chinese claim reached East Africa 80 years before the Portuguese seafarer Vasco da Gama" — China dives deep for African roots. "He is said to have reached the coast of Kenya as early as 1418 loaded with goods and gifts from the Chinese emperor."
Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the report informs us, "says that 'no breakthrough has been made,' on the theme of the meeting, that of the role of the bishop of Rome in the first millennium, and moreover challenges the very foundation of the meeting, denying that the pope ever had jurisdiction over the Eastern Churches." This counters previous calls by Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon "[f]or the Orthodox" to "recogniz[e] that a universal Christian Church is at a higher level than their national churches and the bishop of Rome is the traditional leader" and at the same time "[f]or Catholics" a "strengthening [of] the principle of collegiality, that is the role of the synods of bishops in decision-making."
(An example of this "principle of collegiality" is mentioned in the article describing "the previous meeting of the Commission... at which the Moscow Patriarchate did not participate due to the presence of the Estonian Orthodox Church, which it does not recognize" [emphasis mine].
Said Metroplotan Hilarion, "The Bishop of Rome had no direct jurisdiction over the East, despite the fact that in some cases, the Eastern bishops have called upon him as a arbitrator in theological discussions" [emphasis mine]. Roma locuta est. Causa finita est.
The Examined Life in Gotham
"This possibly greatest work of philosophy begins not in an ivory tower, but amongst the people" and "not with a vainglorious statement or slogan, as so many murderous modern ideologies have (i.e. 'All men are born free . . .' , 'A spectre is haunting Europe . . .' ), but rather is couched in religious liturgy and social festivity and an open-mindedness to 'something new.'"
Alexander Mosolov's The Iron Foundry Performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra Directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen
Victims of Totalitarianism
Egyptian State vs. Church
"This Cranky, Funny, Insightful, Stern, Kentucky Prophet"
Two Reasons Physicists Should Stick to Physics
Andrew Bacevich on Obama's Wars by Bob Woodward
- Why fight a war that even the general in charge says can’t be won? What will the perpetuation of this conflict cost? Who will it benefit? Does the ostensibly most powerful nation in the world have no choice but to wage permanent war? Are there no alternatives? Can Obama shut down an unwinnable war now about to enter its tenth year? Or is he — along with the rest of us — a prisoner of war?
How Koreans See the Church
Mentioned as reasons are "the Church’s high profile stance on social issues" and "the clean image of Catholic priests and Religious and the sacredness of the Church."
Sharia Banking in Korea
What "challenges" and "hurdles" are faced? The report informs us that "the committee has had problems finding Islamic investors, preferably from the Gulf region." Why? First, we learn that "one of the most prominent banks from the Middle East in operation here is Iran’s Bank Mellat, whose operations were recently suspended as part of Korea’s sanctions against Iran for its suspected nuclear weapons program." Also, "Korea has yet to approve proposed tax changes for the issuance of Islamic Sukuk bonds by Korean companies due to opposition from local Christian [read, Protestant] groups."
Healing the Great Schism of 1054
Monday, September 27, 2010
Jacob van Eyck's Preludium of Voorspel and Phantasia, Comagain, and Doen Daphne Performed by Erik Bosgraaf
Pure Land Buddhism and Atonement for Abortion
A visit to a nearby temple with "child monk statues made of stone dedicated to children that [sic] were aborted, paid for by the parents that [sic] killed them" — Destination: Manbulsa (Yeongcheon city, Gyeongsangbuk-do). Linked to is the above image and this description from the temple's English-language site — Manbul Temple in Korea:
- Sutra says, "Even you committed the terrible sin like killing your fetus, you would be saved when you confess your sins sincerely through Buddha's teaching and saying." As you follow Buddha's teaching, Youjayoungga would be guided to a gentle and easy death. The reason Manbul temple at Manbul Mountain is installed Youjayoungga is for guiding young death to gentle and easy death with defending on the power of Ksitigarbaha bodhisattva and offers parents place to confess their sin. On the surface of seating altar is carved the name of builder and the statue is wearing a beanie and a bib.
All Hail Maestro José Antonio Abreu Anselmi
Best Dystopian Alternative History of the Decade Made Into Film
'Twas from Amy Welborn I first learned about the novel; here's a review of hers of "a novel suffused with a sadness that is almost unbearable at times" — Never let me go. And here's another — Book Review: Never Let Me Go – Clones in Love.
First, They Came for the Peaceniks
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Antonio Vivaldi's L'autunno Perfomed by the Montpellier Strings Directed by Raymond Cohen
Inspector O, Taoist Existential Hero in a Kafkesque Dystopian Noir Set in North Korea
The book's setting, North Korea in 2003, would be a dystopia if it weren't for real. Still technologically and ideologically stuck in the 1950s, it is perhaps the only possible backdrop for a contemporary noir. Where else could a detective chat with a flirtatious switchboard operator? Politics, which we might expect to be at the center of a story set in North Korea, only serve as a backdrop. Inspector O's Ministry of People's Security, for reasons he only learns at the end, finds itself in a mortal struggle with Military Security.
Things like home searches, being sent to coal mines for infractions, and midnight knocks at the door are depicted as normal parts of life, as they are for the citizens of that long-suffering country. Inspector O's boss uses the weather as a code for the political situation, "blue skies" meaning all hell is going to break loose. Political power, like the weather, cannot be altered.
Inspector O has the "heart of a poet." His musings about sunrises and mists and leaves changing color far outweigh what he says about the case he is investigating. His approach to investigation is Taoist, as he explains to a foreign spy:
- ... knowing too much can only lead to trouble. You know what you need to know. I'm not talking about instincts. No, my instincts are fine. Sometimes they move sideways, like an ox stumbling across a muddy field, I let them move however they wish. People think instincts should be sharp, they should fly like arrows. I don't believe that. I think instincts should wander and meander, like streams coming down the mountain. An arrow can miss a target. A stream always knows where it is going, eventually.
I will be visiting What the Book? soon for the other novels in the Inspector O series:
More of Bill Kauffman's (& Robert Frost's) "Insubordinate Americans"
In it, we are introduced to everyone from the folks behind the Hartford Convention "during the War of 1812 in which New England's opposition to the war reached the point where secession from the United States was discussed" to the contemporary Second Vermont Republic movement. We meet the restless natives trying to restore the Kingdom of Hawaii and the culturally conservative Catholics like Pedro Albizu Campos at the founding of the Puerto Rican Independence Party, not to mention those who've attempted to liberate West Kansas from Topeka, Upstate New York from Downstate (and vice versa), and Brooklyn from New York City.
As in all of Mr. Kauffman's books, countered is the dictum that "might makes right." The losers in political debates of the past, those relegated to the footnotes of history, deserve a hearing, and often they make more sense than the winners. (Why is California one state not three?) Also, we learn our history with belly laughs; about mutual hero Grover Cleveland he interjects: "Just another three-hundred-pound lardass from Buffalo sitting on a barstool and cursing the Bills? I don't think so."
I'm happy to have added this great book to my Kauffman library:
Labels: America the Beautiful, American History, Secession, The Caribbean, The Catholic Faith, The City of Good Neighbors, The Empire State, The Kingdom of Hawai'i, The Republic of California, The Second Vermont Republic
Saturday, September 25, 2010
M.A. Charpentier's Conserva Me, Domine Performed by Le Parlement de Musique Directed by Martin Gester
The Next Existential Threat
America's Invincible Ignorance
Friday, September 24, 2010
M.A. Charpentier's Messe des Morts Performed by the Ricercar Consort Directed by Philippe Pierlot
Russell Kirk on the Great Charter
- For the first stirrings of representation in national politics, we turn to the Great Charter, Magna Carta, extracted from King John by the barons of his realm, in the year 1215. John, though clever and an able soldier, was so grasping and evil a monarch that no later English king took the name of John. The king had arbitrarily imprisoned barons, knights, and burgesses, to extort large sums of money from them for carrying on his wars. With most of the barons in arms against him, and the menace of a French invasion imminent, John was forced to grant a guarantee of royal good conduct, which he signed at Runnymede, between London and Windsor. This we call Magna Carta.
Most of the many articles of the Great Charter have lost their significance with the passing of the feudal age. But a fundamental principle of Magna Carta, though not expressed in so many words in that document itself, endures to our day. This principle entered into the developing common law of the thirteenth century, and appeared in later royal charters and statutes. It became the rock upon which the English constitution was built. It is the principle of the supremacy of law: the idea that an enduring law exists, which all men must obey. The king himself is one of those men under the law. Along with this principle ran a corollary principle—that if the king breaks the law, and invades the rights of his vassals, then barons and the people may deprive him of his powers.
"Japanese and Chinese respondents were also less likely than others to say that they trust scientific explanations of the origins of the Universe," we read. "And almost one-third of scientifically literate Chinese people say that scientists should not get involved in politics, compared with around 10% of respondents in most of the rest of the world."
Why? Possible reasons mentioned are "a recognition of complexity in nature" and "a greater appreciation among east Asians for the limitations of knowledge."
"The Church of Spontaneous Creation"
Papal Mission to Britain
The "Recovered Memory" Racket
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Dieterich Buxtehude's Das Neugeborne Kindelein Performed by the Ricercar Consort Directed by Philippe Pierlot
A Profile in Cowardice?
And here I thought the President was the commander-in-chief of the United States military. To be fair, these "military advisers" likely play a role not unlike that of those sent to the puppets that nominally serve as heads of state of various banana republics. To be even fairer, Mr. Obama has, like the rest of us I'm sure, has seen the Zapruder film.
Two on the Demise of Our English Tongue
"Just how debased can the English language become and still be called English?" asks the former. "The English language, which arose from humble Anglo-Saxon roots to become the lingua franca of 600 million people worldwide and the dominant lexicon of international discourse, is dead," answers the latter. "It is survived by an ignominiously diminished form of itself."
David B. Hart on the Greatest Nation
Return of the Old Atheists
"The picture of religion that emerges from New Atheism is a caricature and both misrepresents and underestimates its real character," Mr. Melville writes, arguing for "a mode of inquiry into religion, faith, belief and non-belief, more consistent with William than with Jesse James."
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" Performed by Cassandra Wilson
Free James Willie Jones!
- As a dad, my No. 1 priority is providing for and protecting my children. Since the school year started, my wife and I noticed that our daughter had become increasingly distraught about school and riding the school bus, but she wouldn’t tell us exactly why.
As the involved parent of a child who suffers from cerebral palsy, it broke my heart. When I walked my daughter to the bus that morning, she broke down in tears and finally told me about the bullies who had tormented her on the school bus. She was afraid.
In the heat of the moment, I wanted to confront the individuals who had bullied my daughter and the authority figure who failed to protect her. I sincerely apologize for my inappropriate use of language and for the way I handled the situation. As the protector of my daughter I could not stand by and helplessly watch her suffer.
Terry Eagleton's Reason, Faith, and Revolution
- In Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God debate -- the published and expanded version of his lectures -- Eagleton argues that the description of religion, and mainly Christian religion, offered by Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, largely consists of a 101 course on the Crusades, the persecution of Galileo, and the case of Pius XII during the Holocaust. For good measure they throw in the consequences of 9/11 -- just to show that they have some idea of the religion outside of the Christian context. Dawkins’s The God Delusion, Hitchens’s God Is Not Great, and Onfray’s The Atheist Manifesto, draw on some well worn clichés and straw men to show why we should shun religion.
Eagleton points out that such a view of religion is biased and unfair. The importance of religion for a great many people today and throughout history is excised in a view that narrows down to the controversies in its history. These atheist writers make little or no mention of the contributions made by religion to education, health, civil planning, and to the development of such institutions as the university where Dawkins himself is gainfully employed. Eagleton is right to pull these authors up on their unsophisticated analysis of what religion actually is, and he will have struck a chord with any informed religious person who has read the work of the new atheists and grimaced at their simplistic notions of religion, faith and churches.
Cardinal Newman's Book
"Rich Man's War and Poor Man's Fight"
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
J.S. Bach's Die Katze Läßt das Mausen Nicht Performed by Madeleine Vogt, Matthias Schubotz, Holger Krause, & Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
An earlier posting of the delightful "miniature comic opera" in its entirety — J.S. Bach's "Coffee Cantata" Performed by Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart and Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Directed by Helmuth Rilling.
Korea and Coffee
The Korean Martyrs
Above, a homily remembering Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and Companions.
Return to Normalcy?
Fringes vs. Vital Center
"The Same Man"
- Orwell defended "Brideshead Revisited" from a left-wing attack in the Times Literary Supplement by arguing that the reviewer missed the essential theme of the book, "the collision between ordinary decent behavior and the Catholic concept of good and evil." Or as Orwell put it in a final, unfinished essay, what Waugh was trying to do in his fiction was "to use the feverish, culture-less modern world as a set-off for his own conception of a good and stable way of life."
As much could be said for "1984" or "Animal Farm," and Waugh came close to saying it.
"I think it possible," he wrote to Orwell in 1950, "that in 1984 we shall be living in conditions rather like those you show."
The Miseducation of America
Giving Gauguin His Due
The Yellow Christ, pictured above, is a painting I grew up with, housed as it is at my local Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Blessed Father Gerhard Hirschfelder
- Gerhard Hirschfelder was born in 1907 in Glatz, Silesia, and was ordained a priest in 1932. His path to ordination was strewn with difficulties because Gerhard was an illegitimate child and, according to the rules of the day, needed special authorization to study theology and a dispensation for orders.
Despite difficult beginnings, the young priest showed himself a dedicated and effective minster to youth. Realizing the horrors of Nazi propaganda, he tried through closeness and spiritual direction to keep his young people from the ideology.
In his homilies, he denounced the excesses and violence of that period. The Gestapo reacted to this and arrested him in 1941, during a meeting of young people.
While in the Glatz prison, where he was for four months, he wrote an impressive Via Crucis and reflections on the priesthood, marriage and the family.
He was taken to Dachau on Dec. 15, 1941, where he died of hunger and acute pneumonia on Aug. 1, 1942.
End the "Good War"
"Durme, Durme" Performed by The Ark
The Power of the Handshake
- I read this and have to respond. I have prayed about this and want to be as Christian as possible. I am a white man who has successfully taught in the black community for several years. My students come from an impoverished background, over 90% receive free or reduced lunch. I will state I teach in the public schools, and my students are teenagers. They are also the best students in my community on all statewide tests. I am sorry but the above piece is not an indictment of children, but an indictment of adults. First, my students are always expected to use proper English, and enter my classroom in a dignified and scholarly way. I shake each of their hands before they come in the room. I do not accepted substandard performance, anything less than their best is graded accordingly. I call parents or guardians, and have almost always seen rapid response and correction. I even had a grandmother show up five minutes after I spoke with her so she could “impress” the importance of homework on her grandchild. Students perform for teachers who care and love them. I have never once loved a student into failure, and they have always strived to meet my expectations. My classroom is silent, well behaved, and hardworking, no exceptions. I am sorry but the above reads like an administration and teaching staff that does not care, which results in apathetic and criminal behavior, and honestly it would result in the same way in a poor school anywhere, regardless of the race of the children. There is more to this story, trust me. [Emphasis mine.]
Monday, September 20, 2010
Giuseppe Verdi's Ave Maria Performed by Renée Fleming and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Directed by Daniel Barenboim
Strangers in a Strange Land
Yes, nothing speaks of American freedom more than the regimentation of the Pledge. (But seriously, someone should have told them that one is only supposed to salute one's own flag, and merely stand respectfully for those of other countries, as I once told a compatriot here who insisted on putting his hand over his heart during the Korean national anthem.)
The students are from Guri, described accurately, if depressingly, as "a densely packed, tightly governed mass of buildings in the metropolitan area surrounding Seoul, the South Korean capital." We learn that "they snapped photos of stars, a rarity among the towers of Guri." The students were said to have "discovered a high school where even classwork felt like a vacation." Said one of them, "It's so hard [in Guri]. We have no time to rest."
Servant of God François Xavier Nguyễn Văn Thuận
Remembering a man of faith who "spent 13 years in prison under the communist government" and whose "life is an example of faith and holiness for Catholics in Vietnam and the world" — Eighth anniversary of the death of Card. Nguyen Van Thuan marked. "The cause for his beatification [is] underway." A biographical sketch:
- He was born April 17, 1928 in the parish of Phu Cam. At a very young age he entered the minor seminary of An Ninh, then studied philosophy and theology at the seminary of Phu Xuan. Ordained priest on June 11, 1953 by Bishop. Urrutia, from 1964 to 1967 he was vicar general in the Archdiocese of Hue. On April 13, 1967 Pope Paul VI appointed him bishop of Nha Trang and on April 24, 1975 auxiliary bishop of Saigon. Six days later, on April 30 the revolutionary army of the communist government "entered Saigon".
Some " nationalist, pro-Communist priests, spoke ill of him. Thus, the new Communist government immediately had him interned in a re-education camp, where he remained for 13 years from 1975 to 1988 without trial. While in prison, he was able to get messages to his followers, brief reflections very clear, written on scraps of paper. These messages were then hand-copied and circulated throughout the Catholic community. They were collected in the book "The Road of Hope." Another book, “Prayers of Hope, "contains the prayers he wrote in prison. He even made a small Bible on pieces of paper. Some jailers who sympathised with him, smuggled him a piece of wood and twine, for a small crucifix.
In 1991 he was forced to leave his country and was received with pleasure by Pope John Paul II into the Roman Curia. In 1998 he became president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. On February 21, 2001 Nguyen Van Thuan was made a cardinal. A few days after Vietnam loosened its restrictions and the Cardinal was able to return to his homeland with the normal immigration procedures and was granted the facilities normally accorded to foreign nationals.
He died September 16, 2002 of cancer, in a clinic in Rome. Before his death he had appeared in a list of possible successors to John Paul II. On September 16, 2007, on the fifth anniversary of his death, the Church opened the cause for his beatification. Benedict XVI expressed "profound joy" at the announcement. The news was also greeted with enthusiasm by the Catholics of Vietnam, who consider him "an example of holiness for the Catholics of Vietnam and the entire world."
"Verdi Cries" Performed by Natalie Merchant
Some local music, at least where I grew up. One of the most memorable performances of my youth was of the 10,000 Maniacs playing at Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto, New York. Miss Merchant, wearing a hippie dress, got off the stage and formed a big circle with the concert-goers all holding hands and led them around the park like a bunch of little kids. Reading fellow Western New Yorker Bill Kauffman's Bye Bye, Miss American Empire: Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels, and their Underdog Crusades to Redraw America's Political Map has me thinking locally.
Pope Benedict XVI on Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman
Eleven Score and Seven Years Ago Today
Dawkins' Dumb Idea Dies
What caused her to change her mind? At a conference in which she "present[ed] the view from memetics that religions begin as by-products but then evolve and spread, like viruses, using humans to propagate themselves for their own benefit and to the detriment of the people they infect," a later presenter showed her "graph after convincing graph he showed that all over the world and in many different ages, religious people have had far more children than nonreligious people," something most of us non-Brights have known all along.
She also mentions a discussion of "whether secularists should be terrified of an impending world dominated by religion or not" and notes the "given data suggesting that religious people are happier and possibly even healthier than secularists" and "experimental data showing that religious people can be more generous, cheat less and co-operate more."
"So it seems I was wrong and the idea of religions as 'viruses of the mind' may have had its day," she writes, the adds smugly, "This is how science (unlike religion) works: in the end it's the data that counts." All I can say is that it took a lot more than a few graphs and a couple of presentations to alter my beliefs on my fourteen-year hegira from Religious Indifferentism to Catholicism.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thomas Tallis' Spem in Alium Performed by The King's Singers
Pope on the Limits of the Sciences
Poe on the Limits of the Sciences
Frank Furedi on the Papal Visit
"Someone is Wrong on the Internet"
William Byrd's Vigilate Performed by the Taipei Chamber Singers Directed by Bob Chilcott
Friday, September 17, 2010
William Byrd's Tristitia et Anxietas Perfromed by The Tallis Scholars
How Many Children Left Behind by Universal Education?
More children need to be left behind! Those Mr. Jackson describes as having "little conception of ordinary decorum" and "no interest in academic subjects" do not belong in the classroom. They are essentially robbing those who want to learn an education. Let states, local commmunities, and private groups and individuals offer the majority vocational training à la Booker T. Washington and offer W. E. B. Du Bois' "Talented Tenth" (the fraction may be greater or smaller) the classical education he wanted for them. The same goes for whites.
Of course, vocational training requires vocations, so somehow the deindustrialization the Federal Government has forced upon the country needs to be halted and reversed. A few days ago Steve Sailer showed us how deindustrialization is tied up with education — "Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?":
- For decades, American economic sages, such as Larry Summers, Tom Friedman, and Alan Greenspan, have implied that manufacturing stuff was more or less obsolete—that the building blocks of the economy of the future would be cheap labor and expensive finance. The Chinese will make everything, while Americans will get rich selling each other ever more sophisticated financial instruments.
You might ask: What about the 98 percent of Americans who aren’t cut out for working for Goldman Sachs?
Well, you see, all we have to do is fix the schools. Then everybody will work for Goldman!
- My black students had nothing but contempt for Hispanic immigrants. They would vent their feelings so crudely that our department strongly advised us never to talk about immigration in class in case the principal or some outsider might overhear.
- To those of the white race who look to the incoming of those of foreign birth and strange tongue and habits of the prosperity of the South, were I permitted I would repeat what I say to my own race: "Cast down your bucket where you are." Cast it down among the eight millions of Negroes whose habits you know, whose fidelity and love you have tested in days when to have proved treacherous meant the ruin of your firesides. Cast down your bucket among these people who have, without strikes and labour wars, tilled your fields, cleared your forests, builded your railroads and cities, and brought forth treasures from the bowels of the earth, and helped make possible this magnificent representation of the progress of the South. Casting down your bucket among my people, helping and encouraging them as you are doing on these grounds, and to education of head, hand, and heart, you will find that they will buy your surplus land, make blossom the waste places in your fields, and run your factories. While doing this, you can be sure in the future, as in the past, that you and your families will be surrounded by the most patient, faithful, law-abiding, and unresentful people that the world has seen. As we have proved our loyalty to you in the past, nursing your children, watching by the sick-bed of your mothers and fathers, and often following them with tear-dimmed eyes to their graves, so in the future, in our humble way, we shall stand by you with a devotion that no foreigner can approach, ready to lay down our lives, if need be, in defence of yours, interlacing our industrial, commercial, civil, and religious life with yours in a way that shall make the interests of both races one. In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.
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"Use of Atomic Bomb Assailed by Sheen"
The New York Times also carried the article — USE OF ATOM BOMB ASSAILED BY SHEEN; Only Effective Control Is by Moral Education, He Tells St. Patrick's Audience. And here's another from August 10, 1945 — CATHOLIC NEWSPAPER ASSAILS ATOMIC BOMB.