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    Monday
    September 23, 2019

    Note: A death in the family has derailed TWE temporarily. Give me a few days . . .

    Baptisms at Practice

    Dabo Swinney’s faith has aided in the recruiting that’s made Clemson a college football powerhouse, while drawing the ire of groups that say he runs afoul of the First Amendment

    Satire

    Family Gonna Be Sorry When They Want Some Trail Mix From Dad’s Cargo Shorts They Just Made Fun Of

    The Athlete’s Jezebel

    The same people who years ago entrusted her with millions—from Ricky Williams to Dennis Rodman to Travis Best—wince today at the mention of her name. They’ll tell you how she left them broke. How she’s a “chameleon ghost witch.” How she’s a forgery of the American Dream. And every athlete’s worst nightmare.

    Reading in the Family

    I never claimed to be the world’s greatest dad or anything, but I certainly didn’t fail my kids on this front:

    [W]hy some people grow up to derive great pleasure from reading, while others don’t. That why is consequential—leisure reading has been linked to a range of good academic and professional outcomes—as well as difficult to fully explain. But a chief factor seems to be the household one is born into, and the culture of reading that parents create within it. . . .

    Studies looking at “family scholarly culture” have found that children who grew up surrounded by books tend to attain higher levels of education and to be better readers than those who didn’t, even after controlling for their parents’ education.

    The mere presence of books is not magically transformative. “The question is, I take a child who’s not doing very well in school, and I put 300 books in their house—now what happens?,” Willingham said. “Almost certainly the answer is, not a lot. So what is it? Either what are people doing with those books, or is this sort of a temperature read of a much broader complex of attitudes and behaviors and priorities that you find in that home?”

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    Thursday/Friday
    September 19, 2019

    Family matters are taking me out of commission for a few days. Enjoy this mix of regular stories and drinking stories.

    Priests Spray Drunks with Holy Water from Plane

    I’m absolutely fascinated by this ongoing tornado born of Holy Mother Russia’s wrestling match with the social wrecking ball that was Communism.

    Russian Orthodox priests in the Central Russian city of Tver took to the skies in a small airplane to save citizens from “drunkenness and fornication,” reported a Russian local media outlet.

    On Sept. 11, Sobriety Day, an unofficial Russian holiday, the priests carried 70 liters (about 18 gallons) of holy water onto the aircraft.

    Once the plane reached an altitude of 200 to 300 meters (approximately 800 feet) the blessings began. Clergymen held a prayer service before pouring the holy water out of the plane’s open door.

    A Guide to a Shorter Bourbon Trail

    I spent an evening in Bardstown last June. Lovely town.

    As whiskey pilgrimages go, it’s hard to beat the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. What started 20 years ago with a handful of producers opening their doors to a public thirsty for brown spirits has slowly grown into one of the biggest attractions in the Bluegrass State. The official route packs in 36 distilleries, representing some of the oldest and newest whiskey makers in America. It would take weeks to properly tour each one, and if you have the time and liver function, you should do precisely that. In the meantime, however, find yourself a shortcut. From Lexington to Bardstown, Loretto to Louisville, these are the 13 best distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

    Anarchism, Farming, and Climate

    I offer it for what it’s worth.

    If Desert’s diagnosis rang true, so too did its prognosis. The text’s author suggests that while the consequences of climate change are unavoidable, anarchists may yet prevail against both capitalism and the state. Positing that desertification will cause both markets and governments to retract, Desert argues that in their absence, anarchists could thrive—if only they could first survive.

    “In this metaphor of the desert, where does life emerge?” Holland wondered. “If we end up unable to create some mass movement to overthrow the government, what does it look like to build a material force capable of sustaining itself, capable of struggle, capable of being the grounds that make government obsolete?”

    In Brunswick, Holland is beginning the search for answers. These days, Holland commits much of his time to gardening, but doesn’t see it as a step away from his anarchist politics. Rather, he sees it as a step forward.

    Political Correctness at Stand-Up

    Bill Burr thinks it’s coming to an end. He likens it to the end of McCarythism: all its proponents will scurry like rats shortly.

    There used to be a foolproof standard for anything said on the stage:

    If they laugh, you can say it.

    And it’s a pretty good rule because it eliminates all discussion about good taste, bad taste, off-limits topics, and it puts the comedian in the position of having to constantly outmaneuver the audience’s expectations, which is sort of the definition of comedy. Daniel Tosh has a whole section of his act in which he deconstructs the frequent battle cry of the moral crusader: “But there are some topics that can never be funny. There are matters that are beyond joking.” He then proceeds to tell jokes about rape, dead babies, and other topics that he gets away with because…the audience laughs in spite of itself.

    PBR Hard Coffee

    I wept bitterly when I saw this.

    Earlier this month, Pabst Blue Ribbon (otherwise known as PBR) turned heads when it announced its latest product—not a new lager, but hard coffee. With 5 percent ABV, Pabst said that the drink is “among the first of its kind in the industry,” combining Arabica and Robusta coffee beans, milk, and malt beverage to create a boozy version of your morning cup of joe. It’s meant to taste like “vanilla infused premium iced coffee,” and we’ve also seen comparisons to Yoo-hoo, the popular creamy chocolate milk drink.

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    Wednesday
    September 18, 2019

    Abortion Mysticism

    Douthat is the man . . .

    The unapologetic grisliness of a Klopfer, or a Kermit Gosnell before him, haunts a Buttigiegian abortion politics more than it does a “safe, legal, rare” triangulation, because it establishes the most visceral of contrasts — between the mysticism required to believe that the right to life begins at birth and the cold and obvious reality that what our laws call a nonperson can still become a corpse.

    Early History of the Potato

    The author draws a parallel between early attitudes toward potatoes and current attitudes toward insects, implying that, just as we’re grossed out by insects now, we might change our minds. It’s possible, but man, potatoes don’t buzz and they don’t move and they don’t sting. It’s a stretched comparison.

    Spanish conquistadores were the first Europeans to encounter potatoes, in South America in the 1530s. It took botanists years to breed varieties that grew well in Europe, but it was worth it. Potatoes produced two to four times as many calories per acre as cereal crops – and they grew far faster, and in most kinds of soil. Potatoes were an efficient, reliable foodstuff.

    Many ordinary folk were unconvinced. Clergymen warned that since the Bible didn’t mention potatoes, God hadn’t meant people to eat them. Herbalists believed that potatoes’ resemblance to a leper’s gnarled hands suggested that they caused leprosy. But attitudes began to change when Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, a French scientist, promoted the potato in a series of publicity stunts.

    The Farce that is Snopes

    Snopes is the most-overrated and partisan “fact checking” service since the fact checkers at Pravda under Stalin. This is fitting satire.

    Snopes: ‘The Claim That Trump Is Hitler Lacks Concrete Evidence But Alludes To A Deeper Truth’

    U.S. and Rome

    This is one reason why I find it disturbing that Mike Duncan, of the excellent “History of Rome” podcast, leans left (hard left? I’m not sure.) He can’t see the disturbing parallels to the things that helped bring down Rome: circus and bread? Unbridled immigration? Monetary policy? An over-extended empire? Just to name a few.

    In 509 B.C., leading citizens in Rome overthrew a monarchy and created a republic that slowly took over the Mediterranean. For 500 years, this republic dazzled the world with its hard-working farmers, good laws, shrewd diplomacy and indomitable citizen armies.

    The Founders knew this history well. They had read Roman historians like Sallust and Livy, reveled in the biographies of Roman statesmen by Plutarch, and were steeped in the orations of Cicero. Thomas Jefferson even tweaked the poems of Horace celebrating Roman farms to describe Virginia agricultural life.

    Not surprisingly, then, Rome inspired many features of our own Constitution, including its checks and balances, bicameral legislature, term limits and age requirements. In some cases, the Founders copied terms straight out of the Roman constitution: words like senate, capitol and committee. They named places in honor of Rome like Tiber Creek and Cincinnati. American coinage and civic architecture are also strikingly Roman.

    The Vapors

    I honestly don’t know how anyone could’ve watched the orchestrated sudden destruction of vaping over past month–through a relentless barrage of media coverage, scientific studies, stories, and legal bans–and deny that there is some sort of elite cabal that pulls the strings from behind the curtain. I don’t think it can be doubted. The only question is, how is it orchestrated and to what degree is it orchestrated? I’ll plan on flushing it out on an upcoming podcast.

    The war on nicotine vaping has reached a new level of absurdity. It was bad enough when public health officials, politicians, and the press reacted to the recent outbreak of respiratory illness among vapers of marijuana by failing to warn the public in a clear manner. Instead of explaining the specific danger from vaping a certain kind of THC-infused oil, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and politicians like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told the public to stop using any kind of electronic cigarette—which is like responding to an outbreak of food poisoning by telling people to stop eating.

    ‘Ad Astra’ Review

    To be honest, space films leave me cold, but Rolling Stone is praising this one.

    In essence, Ad Astra is a father-son story told on a cosmic scale. It’s not just Roy’s cool-under-pressure reputation that gets him picked for a top-secret mission to Neptune. It’s the fact that his famous-astronaut father, Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) went missing there three decades ago after heading the Lima Project on a search for intelligent life in the universe. But here’s the thing: Daddy might not be dead. He might, in fact, be somewhere on that remote planet playing Zeus by aiming power surges at Earth in an effort to destroy us. Clifford needs to be stopped and who better to do it than his son, setting up an Apocalypse Now in space as junior attempts to save or destroy his nutjob old man.

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    Tuesday
    September 17, 2019

    Catholic Intelligentsia Waging War

    Let’s be a part of the Catholic Dark Web that must emerge in order for this to succeed.

    As Deneen was speaking, blueberry pie was served to an audience that included Rod Dreher, the well-known American Conservative blogger and author of The Benedict Option; Matthew Schmitz, an editor of the ecumenical religious journal First Things; and Bria Sandford, editorial director of Penguin’s right-of-center Sentinel book division. The next morning, the New York Times columnist Ross Douthat arrived.

    In the year and a half since the conference, other writers who have staked out public positions on the nonliberal right include the Harvard law professor Adrian Vermeule, the First Things editor R.R. Reno, the former Washington Examiner managing editor Helen Andrews, and the University of Dallas assistant professor of political science — and deputy editor of the journal American Affairs — Gladden Pappin. One might add Mary Ann Glendon, the Harvard law professor and former ambassador to the Vatican, who in July was named the head of President Trump’s Commission on Unalienable Rights

    The Devil and Mr. Seinfeld

    Damn. Seinfeld reruns are still my “go to” when I’m too tired to go to anything new.

    Netflix will hold the global streaming rights to “Seinfeld” for five years starting in 2021, according to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the deal. The contract will commence once Hulu’s contract ends with Sony in June of that year.

    Another (Social Justice) War Casualty

    Amen to the casualty’s observation that, as a comedian, he must take risks.

    Live from New York, it… won’t be Shane Gillis. The comedian, one of three new cast members recently announced for Saturday Night Live‘s upcoming 45th season, has been fired over a series of racist and homophobic comments that resurfaced online.

    Another episode found Gillis referring to Judd Apatow and Chris Gethard as “white f—got comics,” calling them “f—ing gayer than ISIS.” As if it wasn’t bad enough that Gillis made these racist and homophobic comments, one of SNL‘s other new hires for Season 45 is Bowen Yang, an openly gay Asian-American.

    Burr with Tom Papa

    Video.

    History of Country Music

    Across 16 hours and eight episodes, Burns traces the banjo’s path from Africa to America to the “Big Bang” of country music when Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family (the genre’s first stars as it became an industry) recorded their initial records within the same week at the same studio as each other. He continues all the way through Garth Brooks finding a new stratosphere of stardom in the Nineties and it ends with Roseanne Cash—as the daughter of June Carter, a descendant of country music’s First Family—talking about the death of her father, Johnny Cash. The first installment premieres tonight on PBS.

    50 Great Cities

    And it’s a great list. Lots of small cities, including St. Joseph, Michigan, which isn’t far from me.

    St. Joseph is a small city of just over 8,000 in southwestern Michigan along the shore of Lake Michigan. Area residents have access to a far greater than typical concentration of bars, restaurants, recreation centers, and museums. The area’s high quality of life is further supported by the relative scarcity of property and violent crimes and a healthy job market. Just 2.6% of the city’s labor force is out of a job, well below the 4.1% national unemployment rate.

    For all it has to offer, St. Joseph is also affordable. The typical home in the city is worth about three times the median income. Nationwide, the median home value is 3.4 times greater than the annual median household income.

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    Monday

    Paid to be a Jerk

    Gunderson survived what many might consider the worst job in professional sports: playing for the Washington Generals. He was the team captain and starting point guard for a team whose sole existence is to lose to the Harlem Globetrotters.

    Soccer Concussions

    Well, maybe you can stop heading the ball? That’s one thing I’ve never understood: How can a sport turn a blind eye to such a brazenly dangerous play, when the play itself isn’t very important to the game?

    Yet, we know that female athletes have endured repetitive blows to the head, too. Girls soccer players, in particular, have been found to be about as likely to suffer concussions as boys football players—and three times more likely than boys soccer players. But very little is known about what that means for the future, because researchers are hardly studying the long-term consequences of repetitive hits over time in women.

    CIA Unmasked

    I would write more about the CIA, but the very nature of its role makes all writing and analysis based on speculation. When you get even the smallest glimpse, it’s fascinating.

    Decades later, however, spectacular revelations cast Olson’s death in a completely new light. First, the CIA admitted that, shortly before he died, Olson’s colleagues had lured him to a retreat and fed him LSD without his knowledge. Then it turned out that Olson had talked about leaving the CIA – and told his wife that he had made “a terrible mistake”. Slowly, a counter-narrative emerged: Olson was disturbed about his work and wanted to quit, leading his comrades to consider him a security risk. All of this led him to room 1018A.

    Chappelle

    Satire

    A new, leftist-approved stand-up comic will simply come on stage and say, “Everything you believe is correct” over and over again for a full two hours, sources confirmed Tuesday.

    Progressives demanded someone come up with a solution after they noticed many stand-up comics were saying things they did not agree with. This was a real problem, they said, because that means they have to think about their beliefs or even lighten up about them a little bit.

    Toxic Positivity

    I didn’t know this was “a thing,” but it makes sense. There’s something in me that finds the half-baked cliche responses repugnant. I often just opt for an awkward silence instead of saying anything at all.

    Responding to negative emotions with glass-half-full thinking is known as toxic positivity (or dismissive positivity), a term that recently made the rounds online in an Instagram post by Miami-based psychotherapist Whitney Goodman.

    When someone immediately responds to less-than-pleasant news with platitudes like “You’ll get over it!” it can make you feel like your emotions aren’t valid, or that by not moving on immediately, there’s something wrong with you.

    Think about it: If you’re talking about a problem that doesn’t have a clear-cut solution—say, fertility struggles, a health issue, a complicated family relationship—do you want someone to gloss over your experience with a phrase they could’ve pulled off an inspirational poster? Or do you want someone to listen to you and acknowledge that what you’re going through is tough?

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    The Weekend Eudemon
    September 14, 2019

    Marco . . . Polo

    Western civilization’s first secular bestseller.

    The world-famous explorer Marco Polo is credited with many things, but perhaps the greatest is compiling one of the world’s first best-selling travelogues. Published around 1300, the book chronicles his experiences during a 24-year odyssey from Venice to Asia and back again.

    Polo did not write down his adventures himself. Shortly after his return to Venice in 1295, Polo was imprisoned by the Genoese, enemies of the Venetians, when he met a fellow prisoner, a writer from Pisa named Rusticiano. Polo told his stories to his new friend, who wrote them down and published them in a medieval language known as Franco-Italian.

    Lining Up to Get Raped

    The article says, “And fans have no choice.” Well, um, yes they do.

    It’s not your imagination: Concert ticket prices are going through the roof.

    And not just for the super wealthy who pay thousands of dollars to see the best acts from the front row. Fans of all types are paying more to see their favorite musicians.

    The average price of a ticket to the 100 most popular tours in North America has almost quadrupled over the past two decades, from $25.81 in 1996 to $91.86 through the first half of this year, according to researcher Pollstar. Along with pro sports and Broadway shows, concert prices have far outpaced inflation.

    Public Service Announcement

    15 things you should never put in a dishwasher. “Communist” isn’t one of them.

    4. Wooden Cutting Boards & Utensils
    Wood and dishwashers just don’t mix. The heat of the dishwasher can cause wood to warp, and the drying cycle can make it crack. So please, keep your wooden cutting boards and utensils out of the dishwasher.

    This is Bananas

    Without bananas and eggs, I’m not sure we could’ve afforded to feed our seven kids all those years. For a prolonged spell, we were going through 400 gallons of milk annually.

    A deadly fungus is spreading through banana plantations, and the cloned bananas we eat are defenseless. In labs around the world, scientists are trying to find ways to genetically alter the fruit to make it resistant.

    I know there’s a similar concern about tomatoes. I’m bracing myself for that fateful day. I try not to put tomatoes in my compost, and I grow all my tomatoes from seed I buy or harvest myself from the previous year. I want to be there with my field of 5,000 cherry tomatoes when they cost $1 apiece . . . as opposed to 3 cents apiece I currently get.

    For Your Sunday Meditations

    St. Josemaría’s message for us is that God wants all of us to become saints, and for most Catholics this will not involve leaving one’s state in life; it will not involve leaving the world. Spouses and professional occupations are not obstacles to sanctity, but become the very means, the hinge of sanctification. It will be precisely by learning to find God through our spouses, in family life, and in our daily work, that we can become saints. Moreover, these ordinary aspects of daily life become the occasions of apostolate, of helping those we encounter day in and day out draw closer to God. We won’t be able to do this, however, without frequent recourse to Jesus in the Eucharist, in Confession, and in set times of prayer.

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    Friday
    September 13, 2019

    IMG_3150Brews You Can Use

    Friday the 13th. Harvest Moon. You better drink heavily.

    E-Drunk

    I like the new e-scooters. I like drinking. I also like to combine them, but it’s not advised.

    Drinking and driving an electric scooter doesn’t mix, according to a new study.

    Researchers reported serious injuries like brain bleeding or fractures that have happened while riding an electric scooter (e-scooter). Alcohol and drugs were a factor in many of these crashes.

    Number One Drunks? The British

    I find it hard to believe they beat out the Scots. I suspect the Scots were included under “Brits.”

    BRITISH PEOPLE GET drunk more than any other people in the world, according to a new survey.

    The 2019 Global Drug Survey found that Brits get drunk more times per year than people of any of the other 36 nationalities surveyed. The average British person described themselves as getting drunk 51.1 times in a 12-month period, or about once per week.

    Antibiotics: Hangover Cure?

    The world’s first genetically engineered probiotic comes in a thumb-sized glass bottle, a Silicon Valley facsimile of Alice in Wonderland’s “drink me” potion. Designed to make you feel better after a night of drunken debauchery, it’s already been dubbed by some as a “hangover cure.”

    The truth is more complex.

    Unlike Lewis Carroll’s imagined drink, this bottle is full of living organisms bumping against one other. The trillions of microbes inside the vial have never existed on Earth before. Under a microscope, they look like tiny, pink pills.

    The fuzzballs in the potion, dubbed ZB183, are genetically modified bacteria, created by San Francisco startup ZBiotics and specially engineered to alleviate the awful after-effects of a big night out.

    Feel-Good Story of the Month

    Oh, oh. I hate Guineness and . . . . I think I have only a few hours to live.

    These 95-Year-Old Twins Say “No Sex And Plenty Of Guinness” Are Their Keys To A Long Life.

    Feel-Good Story of the Year

    I was never a Miller High Life fan, but it’s great to see that it’s back in style, albeit partly in a retro/nostalgic way.

    High Life is what my uncle who refuses to buy a smart phone or use email drinks. High Life is what some of my dad’s buddies used to bring to our summer BBQ’s in the 70s. And ok, fine, thanks to a recent rash of stories about craft brewers’ guilty-pleasure beers (guilty as charged), we now know that the makers of our favorite stouts and imperial IPAs drink MHL when they’re mountain biking or smoking a bowl.

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    BTW
    September 12, 2019

    TDE is now “simulcasted” at eudemonpodcast.com. Same content, different format.

    There are no plans to abandon this site, but I am struggling with how to make this site look better. TDE is one of the oldest blogs on the Internet, and it’s showing its age. In fact, it’s really, really showing its age: It can’t be made to look younger. It’s stuck in old templates and softwares. I asked one person for a quote to update and he was like, “Man, I don’t even want to. That whole site is set up old school. It’d be over a thousand dollars.”

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    Thursday

    Taki Thursday

    Gay Penguins?

    Yes, of course. This Daily Wire (Ben Shapiro) article is annoyed that the SJWs have misappropriated penguins to advance their alphabet cause (LGBTQUIA . . .), but I say, “The penguins be your poster child.” If the reasoning is, “Penguins do it, so it’s alright for humans to do it,” then let’s see penguin sexuality in all its gore. Caution: That link has very graphic sexual descriptions.

    A London aquarium has announced that two lesbian penguins will resist traditional sexual stereotypes while raising their adopted chick. Four-month-old baby Gentoo will be “the world’s first penguin to not have its gender assigned,” Sea Life London exulted.

    The Absurd Vaping Crisis

    When will Americans grow tired of getting duped by sudden “crises”? Every crisis, from war to vaping, is always an attempt by government to increase its reach. Always. That doesn’t mean its an insincere or even a bad reach (though I obviously incline toward the latter), but it is a reach. This is Matt Walsh:

    The media and politicians tell us there is a “crisis,” an “epidemic,” an “outbreak,” even a “catastrophe” gripping our country. Worse yet, our children — think of the children! — are caught in the middle of it. The disaster is so very disastrous that the White House is leaping into action.

    President Trump has announced that his administration will move for a ban on flavored e-cigarettes. Yes, vaping. Vaping is the crisis. Vaping is what threatens to bring about armageddon if we do not act.

    The Week that Perished

    Jim Goad’s column might be the best weekly column out there. Unfortunately, his humor is, ahem, aggressive. Click over at your own risk.

    What was once intended as a bold and sexually revolutionary movement empowering women to cast aside the rusty shackles of sexual slavery, unsavory male body odor, and inappropriate comments of a lascivious nature has now backfired and threatens to render women—especially the attractive ones—unemployed and turning tricks inside the dumpster behind the local Wendy’s.

    That’s right—a recent study from researchers at the University of Houston surveyed 152 men and 303 women about their feelings regarding workplace sexual harassment, which kind of makes you wonder if the researchers weren’t a little bit kinky themselves. It found that in the frigid aftermath of #MeToo, three out of five men said their fears of being falsely accused of sexual assault had increased. One in five men said they were now more reluctant to hire attractive women—especially for jobs involving close interaction, such as traveling together—and nearly one in three said they avoided one-on-one meetings with female coworkers. Great job, ladies. In the name of “progress,” you’ve created a world where everyone is horny and celibate and psychotic.

    A Country for Old Men

    Another article from Taki. Steve Sailer consistently unearths interesting angles and facts.

    Broadly speaking, sub-Saharan Africa tends toward gerontocratic cultures in which men are deemed to deserve to accumulate power, money, and wives by outliving their rivals.

    It’s no continent for young men.

    Why Africa is so biased against the young is uncertain. One theory is that in a region besieged by diseases such as malaria, the sexiest attribute in a husband is a strong immune system, which is most convincingly demonstrated by not dying.

    In any case, this leaves Africa an unappealing place for young men, of which, however, the continent is lavishly supplied.

    Not surprisingly, African young men sometimes run amok, such as the Boko Haram militia in the Sahel that kidnaps schoolgirls.

    Dalrymple on Vulgarity

    I think Dalrymple has lost a bit of his shine over the years, but he’s always worth reading . . . or at least skimming.

    Mr. Grant’s adoption of gutter language is in my view very significant, much more significant in the long term than Brexit or the actions of the current prime minister. It points to the complete cultural degeneration of a nation that, insofar as it has an ideology at all, has made vulgarity posing as egalitarianism its ideology.

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    September 11, 2019

    Happy 9/11 Day. Reminder to my right-leaning readers: “God Bless the U.S.A.” is not the national anthem.

    Rare Harvest Moon

    This Friday

    Before fall’s official arrival on September 23, a rare sighting of the Harvest Moon will happen on Friday, September 13th. That’s when a full moon occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. According to Farmers’ Almanac contributing astronomer, Joe Rao, this combination is a once-in-a-20-year occurrence, so your next chance to see one in the U.S. is August 13, 2049.

    Fear the (Inverted) Curve?

    Typically, long-term treasuries offer higher yields. Harvey though focused in particular on the rare times when the yield on the 10-year falls below that of the 2-year or the 3-month—creating an inverted yield curve. The research bore fruit. In those moments when the atypical occurred for a period of a quarter or longer, a recession followed.

    Distilling it down, he theorizes that when investors around the world sense incoming financial danger, they turn to the world’s safest asset—the U.S. 10-year treasury, a move that drives the yield of that product down relative to that its short-term brethren.

    Hillsdale College: Killing It

    Daughter Meg is a freshman.

    Once again, the incoming freshmen are the highest-performing class in Hillsdale College history. . . .

    The freshmen — 186 men and 178 women — have an average high school GPA of 3.91, up from last year’s 3.89. Their average ACT score, 31, was significantly higher than the previous record of 30.26 in 2017.

    As Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn said in his Freshman Convocation speech, the incoming class is full of “ambitious, active students.”

    But Arnn also reminded the freshmen that the Hillsdale experience is much different from — and harder than — other schooling.

    “It’s not practical to come here,” Arnn said. “You have to take yourself out of the world for four years. You have to make it with your whole heart, or else go somewhere easier.”

    The 364 members of the Class of 2023 fit in the college’s goal range of 360 – 380 students per class. The admission rate tied last year’s all-time low of 37%, a number which Senior Director of Admissions Zack Miller said can be attributed to the growing interest in Hillsdale from around the country.

    “We haven’t changed the type of student that we are recruiting,” Miller said. “What has changed is Hillsdale’s popularity across the country and the number of interested students in a classical liberal arts education. Because there are no other schools like Hillsdale out there, we’re seeing more students want to attend.”

    Although the percentage of students from Michigan was not as low as last year’s record 25%, it remained lower than percentages from the previous 7 years at just 29%. The remaining 71% of the class comes from 37 other states and 8 other countries.

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    The Surprising History of American College Dorms

    Residence halls were a feature of most early colleges, but a fair number of universities dispensed with them. State universities located in towns of any size frequently looked upon dormitories as an extravagance and students entirely capable of renting lodging elsewhere. The first dormitory at Rutgers was only built in 1890. The University of Wisconsin at Madison had some housing but then eliminated it for decades.

    Boardinghouses almost always existed on the outskirts of universities, but were generally viewed as fertile ground for immorality or even literal disease, and campus residences a better means of shaping the moral and educational lives of their students—which is all true to some extent. The sheer number of moral concerns affecting the lives of students receded as time went on, although stances on these questions have never gone away, and have risen again in prominence in the age of institutional social-justice claptrap.

    The notion of cultivating a seamless educational environment no doubt has considerable value. A University of Wisconsin pamphlet advertised new dormitories as “designed to bring into the life of every undergraduate the cultural inspiration and force of the university.”

    Simone Weil

    If it’s about Simone Weil, I’m reading it. The Jewish mystic who loved the Catholic Church but couldn’t bring herself to enter it..

    One needn’t have to write well about Weil, the supremely idiosyncratic mid-century French philosopher, mystic, and social theorist, for the gravity of her significance to pull both reader and writer beyond the event horizon of her thought. When a writer successfully conveys the heft of her ideas about attention and grace, it’s obvious. When a writer is able to effectively argue against the grain of her thought—her gnosticism, say—that’s useful also. And when a writer sort of falls on their face, totally failing to think either with or against Weil, that’s illuminating in its own way too. Sometimes examples of other people missing the mark are useful lessons in what not to do.

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