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    Archive for August, 2013

    Saturday, August 31st, 2013

    I just watched the first ten minutes of the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s warmongering. I had to click it off. Unbelievable. Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

    Friday

    Friday, August 30th, 2013

    BYCU Five years ago, the warehouse of Woodland beverage distributor V. Santoni & Co. was stocked with fewer than 300 varieties of beer. Today the company’s inventory contains 1,800 brews, a change that reflects the exploding number of mostly small companies making craft beer. Link. I guess I’m kind of surprised that the big brewers […]

    James and Rothbard

    Thursday, August 29th, 2013

    As of this writing, I haven’t finished James’ Pragmatism, but I found this statement in Lecture Two that, I believe, summarizes James’ opinion regarding how religion fits into the philosophy of pragmatism. The italics are his: If theological ideas prove to have a value for concrete life, they will be true, for pragmatism, in the […]

    Economics and War

    Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

    There is a definite correlation between economic troubles and war: the former leads to the latter. Now, does economic trouble lead to war naturally, like clashing cold and warm fronts contribute to tornadoes? Or does economic trouble lead to war artificially, like a caught thief who gets away because, at the moment of his apprehension, […]

    A Three-fer

    Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

    Three largely un-related items that could’ve blossomed into full-blown essays/posts, but for whatever reason, didn’t: 1. “Some people have fallen for the naïve turkey-style belief that the world is getting safer and safer, and of course they naively attribute it to the holy ‘state’ (though bottom-up Switzerland has about the lowest rate of violence of […]

    Why Things are Fragile

    Monday, August 26th, 2013

    I really like this observation by Nassim Taleb. It might be called the “paradox of scientific progress”: the more we understand and control, the more we unleash that we don’t understand or control. Here’s Taleb (emphasis mine): “Man-made complex systems tend to develop cascades and runaway chains of reactions that decrease, even eliminate, predictability and […]

    Friday

    Friday, August 23rd, 2013

    BYCU The new Gatorade: You can now get drunk while exercising. They’ve added electrolytes to beer. * * * * * * * This might be the most interesting drinking story of the year: Wine and Catholicism among the Tibetans of China’s Yunnan Province. Here’s a generous excerpt: The Society of Foreign Missions of Paris […]

    The Magnanimous Man

    Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

    What does a secular substitute for a saint look like? If you’ve ever known a good person who has no religious proclivities, you probably know what he looks like: a person infused with virtues even though he doesn’t believe in infusion. Jacques Barzun describes the secular saint well in his description of William James: [T]olerant, […]

    G.K. Wednesday

    Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

    Background: When I was the editor of Gilbert Magazine, I was responsible for the “Tremendous Trifles” column. It was occasionally hard to find a sufficient amount of interesting GKC material to fill the page, so John Peterson sent me a file full of Chesterton ancedotes. They were idiosyncratic, historical, and Chestertonian. He gave me permission […]

    Stark Young

    Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

    “[T]he core of our humanity lies in the belief that the essence of the soul is its mockery of death.” Stark Young, “Not in Memoriam, But in Defense,” I’ll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition. I’ll Take My Stand is one of the greatest collection of essays of all time, and that […]

    Monday

    Monday, August 19th, 2013

    Autobiographical Corner and Random Well, my vermicomposting isn’t going well. I’ve now killed three batches of worms. The first batch of worms was pretty sickly, so I don’t really fault myself for that one, but the next two batches that came from the nationally-acclaimed Worm Woman were fine . . . until I got my […]

    Something for the Weekend

    Saturday, August 17th, 2013

    Sainthood on the Horizon for G.K. Chesterton?: An investigation has begun into whether to open the cause for canonization of the English writer and convert. Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

     


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