For the appreciation of aesthetic beauty…
While I have a scheduled item or two going up, I am traveling out of town with very limited computer access this weekend. Hope you all are well, I’ll pick back up Monday.
Peter Grant references an article by David Hunt on the impact of offshoring. In it, I saw this little comment by Vox (italics for emphasis): And while I can, on an intellectual basis, appreciate the economic arguments in favor of offshoring – like the one put forth by scholar Walter E. Williams, a man whose views I generally admire, here, – I will counter that the greatest global economic good does not necessarily equal the greatest American good. Nor does it take into account other factors like national security concerns. Now, this is a pet peeve of mine, where efficiency, Read more »
Background: On January 22nd, 1879, a British force of nearly 2000 men fought a force of nearly 20,000 Zulu warriors in the battle of Isandlwana, and despite the technological advantages, was nearly totally destroyed. 4000 warriors of the reserve broke off near the end of the battle to cut off some of the British forces, and ended up marching onto a small garrison of roughly 150 men called Rorke’s Drift. Burdened down with hospital patients, they could not retreat, and decided to stand, and fight. They fortified the grounds and buildings. After eleven hours of fighting – often hand to Read more »
Vox Day takes a look at Tom Howard’s journey from religion, and back, adding this tidbit: And it occurs to me that one of the keys to the success of the Alt-West is going to be a) Christians realizing that Churchianity is not Christianity and driving it out of their institutions and places of worship combined with b) non-Christians realizing that Christianity is, far from being a societal negative, a societal necessity for any Western civilization. I had never thought of it as necessary before, but damn if it doesn’t make sense. First, one of the reasons why, despite Hoyt’s Read more »
Loki’s Child reads like the unholy offspring of Robert Anton Wilson’s Shroedinger’s Cat trilogy, and This is Spinal Tap. Some of you – especially those who’ve delved into the surreal alternate history / worlds next door of the Illuminatus and Shroedinger books, will justifiably see that as high praise. Those familiar with Spinal Tap will wonder if anyone can capture the insider knowledge and sheer ludicrousness of the music biz. It does. If anything, Spinal Tap demonstrated that there are things in reality as weird and surreal as a RAW novel. Loki’s child takes that, and dials it up to 11. Read more »
Background: On October 2 of 1918, near the end of WWI, American forces of the 77th division led by Major Charles White Whittlesey advanced into the Argonne forest as part of a planned offensive. They advanced, reaching their objective at Hill 198, a defensible position, but, the French forces expected on their left flank and the other American forces on their right were stalled, driven back by a counterattack, and so at the end of the day, the 77th discovered it was alone, surrounded, beyond allied lines. The 77th spent the next day trying to re-establish contact, but could not. Read more »
No buildings in this one, but ice.
Scott Adams, of Dilbert Fame, had for quite some time now been endorsing Hillary for President. As most of you know, I had been endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, for my personal safety, because I live in California. It isn’t safe to be a Trump supporter where I live. And it’s bad for business too. But that has changed. Lets look into the reasons. First, he flat out admits he doesn’t know enough about event current issues, much less issues that have not yet arisen, to pick either one on the basis of their expertise. Hell – the only reason he Read more »
During the relatively short – lived show “Rocket City Rednecks” – Travis Taylor explained why their philosophy was “safety third”. To wit, if safety is your first concern, they you won’t do anything fun, and second, that the expression “safety first” is so overused that people simply filter it out. In those lines, it’s worth also watching Mike Rowe at one of the few TED talks worth a damn – especially where he relates being on an Alaskan crab boat in a storm. But what brings me here today is stumbling into one of my favorite scenes from the late Read more »