Month: November 2018

Friday

Brews You Can Use

I made my annual trip to Trader Joe’s last weekend to buy “unique” products for client baskets and office presents. I saw for the first time wine in a can: Simpler Wines. I haven’t tried any yet, but the packaging made me thirsty.

I guess the market for the innovation has exploded. From a December 2017 article:

Wine in cans still represents only a few percentage points of the market, but sales have exploded in the past few years, from about $2 million in sales in 2012 to nearly $15 million in 2016, according to Business Insider magazine. Last summer, Trader Joe’s offered an inexpensive canned bubbly called Simpler Wines, which sold out as fast as they could restock the shelves.

Yikes, I like tonic drinks but I think this takes it a bit too far: the tequila and tonic.

‘T&Ts are G&Ts for the cool kids,’ said Ben Alcock of Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Filthy Thirteen. ‘It’s very in fashion at the moment, even if it doesn’t have the pull of gin just yet. Now and again we get groups ordering them, and then they seem to fly out, but it seems to need an introduction. I think the Fever-Tree and Patrón pairing is going to do wonders for tequila in general, opening it up to new drinkers who may have been a little intimidated by tequila before – and having a shiny new tonic for people to try is awesome.’

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Thursday

misc-rambling-picMidweek Rambling

AMAZON LINK.

misc-rambling-picThe business conference I attended two weeks ago said the entire Internet is going video: no one reads any more or, if they do, they won’t be shortly. In order to get your content noticed, it must be on video. So, with dread, I bought video-editing software last Sunday and started working on cobbling together something, video-wise, for The Weekly Eudemon. There’s a learning curve, to be sure. My first effort is pasted below or you can click this link. It’s awful, but if you really like something, anything, visual when you listen to a presentation, there’s stuff there. I fully expect to get better at this as time goes on. We’ll see.

misc-rambling-picI’m really digging my Spotify subscription. Yesterday, I found an entire playlist devoted to Bossa Nova Christmas music. It’s some of the mellowest holiday music you’ll find without being borderline morbid. It relaxes me as fast as a stiff vodka tonic.

misc-rambling-picThaddeus Russell makes an interesting argument in this podcast. He argues that Google, Facebook, and Twitter have become, through subsidies funded by taxpayers, huge propaganda arms of the federal government and, therefore, shouldn’t be exempt from First Amendment restrictions. I don’t know if he’s right, but I suspect he’s onto something. The legal test, btw, is a thing called “state actor.” Is the organization or person in question, in effect, a “state actor.”

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Wednesday

Midweek Rambling

Thanks for the Amazon support. Please continue to access Amazon through TDE. It’s not a big deal to me, but the thought and extra beer money is appreciated.

Speaking of Amazon, a lot of “uncontacted peoples” in the world live in the Amazon Rainforest. Here’s a list of all those radical nonconformists who live off the grid.

Great Christmas present idea: Anno Domini 2019: The St. James Calendar of the Christian Year. Marie normally gets me one for Christmas. I consult it at least fifty times during the year. $15.95 is a reasonable price for this unique product. Plus, you’ll be supporting a fine organization . . . and the first one to publish me as a young, aspiring writer back in 1999.

For my homosexual readers and me: Fifteen of the Best Vegan Restaurants in America. The Wynn in Las Vegas, incidentally, offers vegan options in all its restaurants (all of which are superb and receive four-star ratings). Steve Wynn “converted” to veganism awhile back, so I suspect that has something to do with it.

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Tuesday

Miscellaneous Rambling

I was stunned/shocked to hear Bishop Morlino died. I only spent one evening with him, but I considered him a friend . . . and a fellow traveler. Needless to say, the Church lost a stalwart who was willing to call things like they are. It’s a terrible blow.

Ceiling. TrastevereIn case you missed it: Young people are having less sex. The MSM is calling it a “sex recession” (gotta put a negative spin on it). Excerpt:

From 1991 to 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey finds, the percentage of high-school students who’d had intercourse dropped from 54 to 40 percent. In other words, in the space of a generation, sex has gone from something most high-school students have experienced to something most haven’t. (And no, they aren’t having oral sex instead—that rate hasn’t changed much.)

Meanwhile, the U.S. teen pregnancy rate has plummeted to a third of its modern high.

Of course, there are plenty of explanations, including some disturbing ones:

From 1992 to 2014, the share of American men who reported masturbating in a given week doubled, to 54 percent, and the share of women more than tripled, to 26 percent. Easy access to porn is part of the story, of course; in 2014, 43 percent of men said they’d watched porn in the past week.

It might just be part of the dumbing down of western culture.

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Monday

ENTER AMAZON HERE FOR CYBER MONDAY DEALS. THANKS!

New podcast episode posted yesterday: Black Friday, Puritanizing Marijuana, Poustinia, Fools for Christ. I had to rush a bit, so it’s not my favorite episode, but neither am I embarrassed.

Here are the Show Notes:

Black Friday and the Gorillas: Are Black Friday shoppers near descendants of the gorillas? Albert Jay Nock would seem to think so. A sense of superiority is an unsettling trait of many libertarians.

Puritanizing Marijuana: The marijuana industry is booming, but there is a conscious effort to imbue it with the Puritan work ethic and otherwise mainstream it. Thaddeus Russell wouldn’t approve.

Lightning Segments: Eight Mile, a list of Great Men, other snippets.

Poustinia: My experience with the solitary Russian retreat.

Fools for Christ: A very unusual religious calling, but a compelling one in its own way.

Books Mentioned or Related to this Episode

Thaddeus Russell, A Renegade History of the United States

Robert M. Crunden, The Superfluous Men: Conservative Critics of American Culture, 1900-1945

Catherine Doherty, Poustinia

James Billington, Icon and Axe: An Interpretative History of Russian Culture

On top of my travel schedule crippling my podcast efforts, I started trying to learn video-editing. One of the software companies had a half-off Black Friday special that ended yesterday, so I bought the software and started working on it. Whew. It’s a lot of work. I’ll post my nascent effort later this week after it’s finished. … Read the rest

Saturday

Rambling

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The Amazon link in the upper-righthand corner doesn’t appear to be working on all browsers, so I’ll try to remember to provide an obvious Amazon link in every post for the rest of the holiday season. Thanks.

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I love the holidays, and I like getting our Christmas tree up so early . . . a week before Advent. I know, I know: “Scheske, you lousy hypocrite. You advise others to observe the liturgical seasons more closely, and then you not only put your tree up way before Christmas Eve, you now are putting it up before Advent even begins!” Guilty as charged, but I had no choice. All seven kids are home this weekend. It’s the only chance we’ll have to do our Christmas Tree Decorating Party. I guess we could have the party, then take the tree down for a few weeks, but that hardly makes sense, so I’ll just have to tough it out and enjoy the decorated tree for an extra week this year.

Wow: 28 percent of shoppers are entering this holiday season still paying off debt from last year’s festivities, according to NerdWallet. The complete lack of common financial sense (or, perhaps more accurately, basic financial responsibility) exhibited by a large segment of our populace stuns me. Absolutely stuns me. … Read the rest

Friday

On Black Friday

Welcome to Black Friday, an infamous day that I have long railed against but one that grows on me for three reasons:

1. The cynical side of me recalls Albert Jay Nock’s “revelation” that he shouldn’t be disgusted by the bum on the street any more than he should be disgusted by a dog digging through garbage: neither can help it; it’s just their nature. Nock’s “revelation,” of course, is scarcely Christian . . . charitable, in an odd way, but I believe theologically untenable from a Christian perspective.

He took the insight from Ralph Adams Cram (this essay in particular):

What kinship is there between St. Francis and John Calvin; the Earl of Strafford and Thomas Crumwell; Robert E. Lee and Trotsky; Edison and Capone? None except their human form. They of the great list behave like our ideal of the human being; they of the ignominious sub-stratum do not—because they are not. In other words, the just line of demarcation should be drawn, not between Neolithic Man and the anthropoid ape, but between the glorified and triumphant human being and the Neolithic mass which was, is now and ever shall be.

Cram’s position says we shouldn’t be shocked when people don’t behave like human beings because they are not human beings. I think he was trying to be overly paradoxical at the expense of accuracy, but he was basically saying, “If you look at great men like Marcus Aurelius and St. Francis as the exemplars of what is expected of men, you are holding men to an impossible standard, because most men are not great men. They are … Read the rest