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Wonder Woman

July 1, 2017

J.S. writes:

From “The Problems with Wonder Woman” by Danusha V. Goska at Frontpage Mag:

Let’s finally admit that women discriminate in favor of pretty women just as surely as men do. Women reject big-boned, dowdy, nerdy females, as high school friends, as potential hires, when buying dolls, as heroines of novels and main characters of films every bit as much as men do. So-called feminists castigate and lecture men for participating in evolution’s inevitable preference for the pretty and the powerful, but women do it themselves, to themselves and each other. I remember a “feminist” friend practically ululating about what a thrill it was to see Gloria Steinem speak in person. I drilled this feminist about what Steinem actually said in her talk that was so inspirational. All she could say was that Steinem was over sixty and still could “rock” tight, black leather pants. We women forge our own chains.

 

Offended by Bikinis

July 1, 2017

STEPHEN IPPOLITO writes from Australia:

Your recent point that modes of female dress and the depiction of female physicality carry potent symbolic power and reflect a society’s health took me back to a certain desk at a Christian Brothers school at Bondi Beach years ago when the same point was made to my classmates and me by a Brother who had, in the ’60’s, established a school in tribal Papua New Guinea.

He related that one evening he screened a film for the boys and their parents where all of the mothers, quite in keeping with their  societal custom, were either topless or almost so.

All was well until a scene appeared around a pool where Western women were shown in what were, for those days, somewhat revealing bikinis, but which of course would be considered quite modest nowadays.

The native mothers did not hesitate but rose as one and ushered their husbands and sons out of the room. Read More »

 

Artists at the Beach

June 30, 2017

 

The Young Botanist, Paul Peel; The Young Botanist 1888-90

JUDGING from the artistic record, it is possible to enjoy the beach with clothes on.

See more beach paintings here.

 

The Beach, Laura Knight; 1908

 

Too Timid, Edward Henry Potthast (1857-1927)

 

Girl with a Sailboat, Edward Charles Tarbell (1862-1938)

 

Anxiety

June 30, 2017

 

Study of a Sparrow, Giovanni Di Udine

ANXIETY is not a virtue. Worry is not virtuous. To the contrary, anxiety and worry are crushers of souls.

Sometimes people ask, “What can I do? What can I do about the state of the world?”

Here’s what you can do. Banish anxiety from your existence now. You don’t need a doctor to do this. You don’t need intensive counseling. You don’t need a pharmaceutical prescription. You don’t need yoga. You need a few basic premises upon which to build your life. And most of all you need a spirit of trusting, childlike surrender to divine Providence. You need to give up the willful, stubborn pretension that you are in charge.

To focus soberly on the tasks and sufferings before us, our shortcomings, our sins and the problems we face, is necessary. But the picking at scabs, the roaming in the fog, the confinement in the cage of worry is positively harmful. 

Are you worried about the state of the world? Stop!

Are you worried about poverty or illness? Stop!

Are you worried about finding a spouse? Stop!

Are you worried that you will be stuck in a job you hate forever? Stop!

Are you worried about the future of your children? Stop!

Are you worried about old age and death? Stop!

Anxiety is excessive focus on the past or future. We should focus on the present. We have much work to do, we have many steps to take on the arduous path to perfection, but we are less able to work effectively if we are anxious. Read More »

 

Woman in Bikini Destroys her Country

June 30, 2017

 

WARNING: graphic, lewd content. In this video, German Chancellor Angela Merkel dances in Greece in the 1990s. This reinforces my point that female immodesty is a symptom and cause of social collapse. Read More »

 

Northern Lights

June 29, 2017

 

Watercolor by unknown artist

A CHORAL rendering of the Northern Lights by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, performed here by the University Singers at the University of Minnesota, captures the pulsing drama and beauty of these magnificent atmospheric events.

Pulchra es, amica mea,
suavis et decora filia Ierusalem.
Pulchra es, amica mea,
suavis et decora sicut Ierusalem,
terribilis ut castrorum acies ordinata.
Averte oculos tuos a me
quia ipsi me avolare fecerunt.

Thou art beautiful, O my love,
sweet and comely as Jerusalem,
terrible as an army set in array.
Turn away thy eyes from me,
for they have made me flee away.

The composer wrote:

Looking out from an attic window one Christmas close to Oslo, over a wintry lake under the stars, I was thinking about how this ‘terrible’ beauty is so profoundly reflected in the northern lights, or aurora borealis, which, having grown up in the southern part of the country, I have only seen once or twice in my life. It is one of the most beautiful natural phenomena I’ve ever witnessed, and has such a powerful, electric quality that must have been both mesmerizing and terrifying to people in the past, when no one knew what it was and when much superstition was attached to these experiences.

 

How the Flag Became a T-Shirt

June 29, 2017

 

 

From “Mass Pop Culture and the Destruction of the Sacred”

by Lawrence Auster

An example of the process of desacralization (if I may use that word in connection with secular values) by which popular culture flattens every higher value is the use of the American flag as a clothing accessory. Up to the early 1960s, a period that already antedates the personal memory of most people alive today, the American flag was always treated with respect. There were strict rules on how to handle the flag, on the proper times for raising and lowering the flag, and so on, which were universally followed. Such respect was a sign of a deeply felt, yet moderate patriotism. The rules governing the use of flag placed a small but significant restraint on self. People weren’t free to handle the flag any way they liked–it represented a value higher than themselves.

When hippies and anti-war protesters began wearing the U.S. flag design on the seat of their blue jeans, it was understood by all Americans, and resented by most, as a flagrant sign of disrespect, but as the counterculture became mainstreamed in the Seventies and Eighties, so did appropriation of the U.S. flag as a personal emblem. Many police departments began wearing a flag decal on their uniforms, not understanding that they were cheapening the symbol they thought they were honoring. The flag was also exploited commercially, as in the display of huge American flags, visible for miles, in front of highway automobile dealerships. While patriotic in a “fun” kind of way, these gigantic flags were also turning the symbol of country into a tool of self-promotion.

The perversion of the U.S. flag reached its height at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, a vast media-scripted celebration of racial diversity, consumerism, and the liberated self. At this pop-culture extravaganza, the U.S. team in several events were dressed — literally — in the flag, their entire outfits designed in fanciful stars and stripes designs. The uniform of the U.S. wrestler’s team consisted of a skin-tight “super-hero” outfit covered by a jazzy U.S. flag pattern. The flag, once a symbol of patriotism and restraint of self, now symbolized comic-book self-assertion.

The use of the stars and stripes as a flashy costume design should have been extremely offensive to thoughtful Americans as well as to the Olympic teams from other countries, none of whom had the hubris and bad taste to advertise their national symbols on their persons. But not a complaint was heard about it, a sign that the American counterculture has become the dominant world culture. The counterculture has been so perfectly mainstreamed that people don’t realize anymore that it is a counterculture. If anyone questions the degradation of the U.S. flag, it is he who seems strange, rather than the people who have turned the flag into a wrestling costume. It’s not that contemporary Americans intend disrespect for a revered symbol, as the hippies of the 60’s did. It is that they have no concept of respect for anything. The typical member of the post-Sixties pop culture, whose soul has been formed by rock music, sexual liberation, and the irony of TV comedians, cannot conceive of anything higher than the liberated individual self–unless it be the massing of millions of such selves into orchestrated global celebrations such as the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Thus post-Sixties American culture undermines love of nation, not by attacking the nation outright (as the Sixties left did), but by appropriating the nation’s symbol for purposes of “fun.” In the same way, the post-Sixties American culture undercuts the honor and respect due to mothers and fathers, not by attacking parenthood outright (as the Sixties left did), but by virtually eliminating from our language the words “mother” and “father,” through which such respect is expressed, and replacing them with their informal, “fun” equivalents, “mom” and “dad.” Against this mainstream culture of subversion conservatives are helpless. Indeed, they barely notice the culture of subversion, since they are members of it.

 

Mothers and ‘Honour’ Crimes

June 28, 2017

 

Rachael Alpin says honour crimes are often committed by women

“HONOUR” crimes against Muslim and Hindu women — such as forced marriages, confinement, beatings and murders of adulterers —  are often aided and incited by women, a British police detective and researcher says.

Feminists often cite honour (“honor” in American English) killings and abuse as proof of innate misogyny. But the detective’s findings complicate this view.

The BBC reports:

“Honour” abuse is usually associated with women from Muslim, Sikh or Hindu backgrounds and happens when they are seen to have “shamed” their community. It can also affect men, with some charities saying male abuse is underreported.

In Mrs [Rachael] Aplin’s research, the abuse perpetrated by mothers included hitting, kicking and slapping, assault with household objects, cutting off daughters’ hair and deception in order to encourage a fleeing victim back home.

Other behaviours included threatening to kill the victim or throw them downstairs, bartering to sell them, false imprisonment, emotional blackmail, confiscation of passports, bank cards and mobile phones and emotional blackmail.

Mrs Alpin said: “The instinctive reaction from the public and from police officers and social workers is that mothers protect and nurture and love their children. But actually we need to rethink that.

“Mothers are the key perpetrators in abuse against daughters, and this is mostly abuse pre-marriage. So it’s not necessarily abuse against wives once they’ve been forced into marriage.”

 

The Bathing Suit

June 27, 2017

FEMINISTS claim that women are more fulfilled and happy when they are free to wear almost nothing.

Virtually the whole world has accepted their premises. Go to any beach, and you will be hard-pressed to find any woman covered up to the extent that these women — such ridiculous figures, huh? — were in 1906.

Are women better off? Are they better off now that the battle over the bikini has long passed and no one will think twice if you show up in a few threads?

Obviously, some say they are better off. But this is a lie — not a conscious lie necessarily, but a definite falsehood. Women are much worse off. They are less powerful. They are less happy. They are less fulfilled. (And they are less numerous. One of the ironies of “sexual freedom” is that procreative activity and oceans of lust produce fewer people. What philosophy can possibly be pro-woman when it is against their very existence, embattled against those not yet born?)

Who shall find a valiant woman? Far and
from the uttermost coasts
is the price of her .. She hath made
for herself clothing of tapestry:
fine linen, and purple is her covering …
Strength and beauty are her clothing, and
she shall laugh in the latter day …

Proverbs 31:10

These “ridiculous” figures on the beach were headed for a happier existence — both in this world and the next — than those in bikinis and thongs today. For one, they were much more likely to achieve what most women most want: the love of a man and a happy home, the foundation of which is the mysterious and ineradicable differences between the sexes. They were much less likely to face the tremendous existential crises women face today, which are placed under the heading of “depression” or other psychological diagnoses which do not begin to describe the depth of internal conflict feminism begets.

One of the common symptoms of insanity or dementia in an individual is a loss of modesty. The insane person does not care if he is covered up. We live in an insane society.

Immodesty undermines femininity. A woman’s greatest influence and dignity are not based in her body but in her personality and soul. When flesh is exposed, that’s what people see. The flesh, not the person. (Immodest dress is especially unkind to the woman who does not have an ideal body.)

Immodesty is a form of aggression.

This is because men are — by nature — highly sensitive to visual stimuli, much more than women, and cannot, except by emasculating themselves at some deep level, eradicate their responses to the female form. (And why would women want them to?) Most women are not conscious of this reality in an age where they are directed by powerful forces to dress in a certain way and to believe that the sexes are exactly the same (while at the same time hypocritically dressing as if they are not), but immodesty in women is a power trip over men in the same way physical aggression by men can be a power trip over women.

The male bully often dominates with his fist. The female bully dominates with her sexual power. That power is visual.

Immodesty in women induces men to sin — in their thoughts or actions (unless they have been thoroughly emasculated). All sin is a form of slavery, and thus when immodesty is not aggression, it is at the very least thoughtlessness and inconsideration. It is selfish and unloving to men (I realize that many men would prefer that kind of selfishness), and to those women who do not possess the same sexual power either because of age or lesser beauty. Women (and it was women primarily who enforced standards of modesty) once acted as a sort of trade union — to protect the higher interests of all women. Now they regularly display this inconsideration toward each other.

For much of history, in many cultures, the world was wiser than it is today and would be scandalized by the scene on an American beach or at a swim club today.

The Greeks and Romans had separate bathing houses for swimming for men and women. Can one accuse those of such advanced civilizations as these of barbaric attitudes? [See correction below.] Colleen Hammond writes in her book Dressing with Dignity:

Separate bathing houses for men and women continued in one form or another through the centuries. By the 1400’s, mixed swimming occurred in some establishments, and these places were known for their promiscuity. Mixed bathing houses were considered hotbeds of vice, as only women with loose morals would swim in mixed company. Actually, the word “stew” originally meant bath house but came to be another name for a brothel.

Over the centuries, respectable bath houses continued to be separate. Before the mid-18th century, mixed swimming was condemned by Catholics, Protestants, Jews and Muslims as an occasion for vice. From the latter half of the 1800’s, women who went bathing — usually outdoors — wore an elaborate bathing outfit which included sleeves, a skirt, and loose pantaloons to below the knee. The fabric used was basically the same heavy fabric used in other clothing — so today we would hardly consider such an outfit a “real” bathing suit. [Dressing with Dignity, Tan Books, p. 45)

Interestingly, the bathing suit for women changed — and coed swimming became popular — just around the time when women were being used for more menial roles in the workplace, in factories and offices.

The bikini, named after the island where the atomic bomb was tested, was introduced in 1946, when many women were tired from their work in wartime factories and offices. The more sexually “free” women became, the more they were economically exploited, as if Satan said, “Here, I will give you this apple — this power unleashed. And in return you will have drudgery for the rest of your days.”

The Victorian swimming outfits such as those above (I’m not saying they are the only way to go or the best way) might seem relatively uncomfortable, but one of the paradoxes of semi-nudity is that it really isn’t all that comfortable. In fact, it can be uncomfortable. A woman has to keep whatever little she is wearing from falling off or exposing the tiny zones that do, even today, cause embarrassment.

She is often conscious of what she is exposing. She is less free when bound in this prison of flesh. The spirit roams farther than the body.

Don’t take for granted what you see on a beach today. It will not last.

Civilization demands clothes. Slavery demands nudity. Read More »

 

Sound Shadows

June 26, 2017

 

The lime tree (Yarra River from Kensington Road, South Yarra) by Frederick McCubbin (1917)

TREES are among the greatest works of art. They are so clearly designed for human enjoyment. This guitar piece, “The Old Lime Tree,” by the Russian composer Sergei Rudnev, played here by Stefan Schmitz, translates the serene shade of an old tree into sound.
 
 

 

Media Ignores Trump Criticism of Wars

June 26, 2017

“As of a few months ago, our country has spent $6 trillion in the Middle East, wasted. And the lives, the lives, thousands and thousands and thousands of lives. $6 trillion and thousands of young, beautiful lives.

“We started 16 years ago and it’s in far worse shape than it was 16 years ago by many times over. So, we spent all of this money, all of these lives.

“And let me tell you, I came in and took over a very, very difficult hand. But we’re going to get it fixed. That’s what you put me here for. We’re going to get it fixed.”

– President Donald Trump, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, June 21, 2017

CHRISTOPHER BOLLYN writes at his site:

What is most significant about Trump’s common-sense comment on the money and lives wasted on the post-9/11 wars in the Middle East is that the media completely ignored this comment. The same media that spins articles from every Trump tweet concerning Russian “interference” in the election ignored this important comment made by the commander-in-chief about the wars in the Middle East and delivered in a speech on June 21. This fact says a great deal about who is deceiving the people about the War on Terror – and who is not. The controlled media has, after all, consistently supported the deception of 9/11 and the fraudulent War on Terror.

 

The Amazing Falling Baby

June 26, 2017

 

THE Grenfell Tower high rise apartment flat in West London allegedly burst into a raging conflagration within minutes on June 14 — after a fire reportedly broke out in a faulty freezer in one apartment. (A fire in a freezer?) Seventy-nine people were reportedly killed in the blaze. This number and speculation of many more victims have been widely reported, but as of last week authorities said only nine people were identified as victims.

There are numerous strange elements to this story, including the unusual nature of the fire itself which spread so quickly and appeared to consume the outside of the building. New exterior cladding is being blamed. Is it possible that a highly flammable substance was used in an age of strict building codes? Civil unrest is brewing with reports of similar substances in other buildings.

News reports, however, of the fire included what appear to be staged tales, such as the story — reported as fact — that a baby was dropped by a distraught mother on the tenth floor and caught by a bystander below. A fanatic nun was also on the scene, lending drama to the event. After questions emerged about her status as a nun (the Church has no such record of this Sr. Ruth), it was proved she is a nut and an “anti-Semite.”

In an interview, one oft-cited witness broke out laughing when describing residents fleeing from the fire. The reporter reaches in to hug him, apparently to disguise the fact that he had lost control.

Notice a man in this interview (standing next to the interviewee) cannot contain himself from smiling and almost breaking out into laughter while the interviewee is describing the death of his relative.

What’s the bottom line? Obviously a fire occurred. But there is as yet no hard evidence that many people were killed. There are also numerous suggestions of staging and what appears to be deliberate fanning of public unrest. (The Muslim woman in this interview strikes me as an actress and paid agitator; in any event she says many things that could not possibly be true.) Muslims are being encouraged to believe they were deliberately targeted, and blacks are being encouraged to believe that hundreds were killed at the prompting of social conservatives and some are saying the government murdered the poor (more here.)

It’s a raging inferno, folks.

Engineered social chaos serves a purpose.

 

 

Heart to Heart

June 23, 2017

 

Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame University

“1 VOICE of Jesus: My Child, thou art created for happiness. This experience affirms, this reason proves, this faith teaches.

Thou seekest incessantly for happiness, and thou dost well. But leave off seeking thy happiness in things created: in them thou shalt not find it.

No object of this world can satisfy the longings of thy heart; even shouldst thou alone possess at once all things created, thy heart should still be empty and wretched.

Things of this earth awaken the thirst of the heart, they cannot allay it: yea, the more thou dost possess, the more eagerly shalt thou thirst. How canst thou find in creatures that which exists not in them? Can any one give what he does not possess?

2. Shalt thou obtain what no mortal was ever able to obtain? Behold, the wisest of men abounded in all good things, he was affluent with ever-fresh delights, he astonished nations with his boundless wealth, he had filled the uttermost lands with the renown of his glory.

Yet, on account of the void of his heart, he is forced to exclaim: Vanity of vanities, and all is vanity.

Grant that thou possess whatever thy heart may long for in this world: that thou be lord of the whole earth: that all men do thee honor: try all things; and thou shalt find that thou hast as yet found nothing, except vanity and affliction of spirit.

3. Do not wonder at this, My Child: thy heart is not made for this world. Therefore, whatever this world contains is unworthy of thy noble destiny and of thy heart’s affection.

Thou art created for greater things, thou art born for things everlasting, thou art destined to things without limit. Do not then give thyself up to what is low and mean, since thou art made to rule forever.

What could it avail thee to gain the whole world, if thou shouldst lose thy soul? Surely, thou wouldst be twice unhappy: here, on account of the wicked state of thy conscience, thou wouldst suffer a torturing agony; hereafter, thou wouldst have to undergo misery everlasting.

Blessed, therefore, is he who spurns whatever may mislead the heart; who nobly casts aside every obstacle to true felicity ; who, mindful of his noble destiny, seeks happiness above all in his Creator.”

   — From The Imitation of the Sacred Heart (J.P. Walsh, 1865) by Peter J. Arnoudt and J.M. Fastre, a manual of practical truths and divine wisdom pertaining to the devotion to the Sacred Heart.

Today is the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus — a symbol of divine love and an inducement to seek purity of heart and tranquility.

 

The Worship of Asians

June 22, 2017

FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF Lawrence Auster:

The factual, mathematical skills and lack of imagination [of Asians] feed them into the bureaucratic engineering mentality that is hurting us.

The worship of Asians is the worship, or gnostic deification, of engineered reality. That’s why liberals and neocons are so eager to have them.

Asians have never believed in a transcendent God. They worshipped the order of the cosmos, ancestors, ritual form. Today they worship materiality. They are not good for us.

(See the previous entry for affirmation of his point. Yoga is a denial of the transcendence of God. Note, Mr. Auster is talking about the worship of Asians, not healthy, normal relations, such as those he had with the owner of his neighborhood dry cleaners, an Asian man who was genuinely saddened by his illness before his death.) Read More »

 

Goats and Yoga

June 22, 2017

 

THE LATEST fad in yoga involves intimacy with goats.

Read More »

 

A Recipe for Revolution

June 22, 2017

 

Umbrella revolution in Hong Kong

WANT TO stage a fake people’s revolution in a country that refuses to submit to globalist rule? Most of the “people’s revolutions” of the last 100 years, including the Communist revolution, were sold as revolutions of the poor against the rich, but were really revolts of the rich against the rest of humanity.

The Anti-New York Times offers a recipe:

Ingredients:

A ton of American cash from the CIA and/or George Soros
Small army of undercover CIA agents
Controlled “Human Rights /Pro Democracy” groups
Idealistic “Western wannabee” college brats
Easily manipulated do-gooder “libtards”
Professional signs & banners written in English
Bribable / blackmailable journalists
Bribable / blackmailable politicians
Bribable / blackmailable academics
Corrupt Union bosses
Violent “Agent Provocatuers”

And:

Pick a catchy theme or color for your “revolution”. Examples include “Prague Spring” (Czechoslovakia, 1968), “Velvet Revolution” (Eastern Europe 1989), Saffron Revolution” (Myanmar), “Cedar Revolution” (Lebanon), “Rose Revolution” (Georgia), “Orange Revolution” (Ukraine), “Green Revolution” (Iran), “Arab Spring” (Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria etc) and Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution”. It’s all about marketing, baby!

 

The Kingfish

June 21, 2017

 

HUEY PIERCE LONG, JR., the famous politician from Louisiana, challenged the powers that now control our world and was assassinated. Would American have been different if he had lived and been elected president? Well, for one, we might not have entered World War II. He was an ardent isolationist and nationalist. We might also not be living through an historic concentration of wealth at the top. Long believed in “sharing the wealth.” He opposed the Federal Reserve and the central bank racket.

Why weep or slumber, America?
Land of brave and true,
With castles, clothing, and food for all
All belongs to you.
Ev’ry man a king, ev’ry man a king,
For you can be a millionaire;
But there’s something belonging to others,
There’s enough for all people to share.
When it’s sunny June and December, too,
Or in the wintertime or spring,
There’ll be peace without end,
Ev’ry neighbor a friend,
With ev’ry man a king.

— From “Every Man a King”
The theme song of Huey P. Long’s “Share the Wealth” movement
Lyrics by Huey P. Long

A little background:

“Huey Pierce Long Jr. (August 30, 1893 – September 10, 1935), self-nicknamed The Kingfish, was an American politician who served as the 40th governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 and as a member of the United States Senate from 1932 until his death by assassination in 1935. A Democrat, he was an outspoken populist who denounced the wealthy and the banks and called for a “Share Our Wealth” program. As the political leader of the state, he commanded wide networks of supporters and was willing to take forceful action. He established the long-term political prominence of the Long family. Read More »

 

Censorship

June 20, 2017

RICHARD EDMONDSEN at Fig Trees and Vineyards reports on the editing of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to remove Oliver Stone’s comments about Israel. The show was an anti-Russia hate fest.

 
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