February 7, 2018
February 7, 2018
February 7, 2018
LIKE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the movie The Shape of Water — playing now at a theater near you — romanticizes sexual love between a human being and an animal. In this case, a deaf woman who works as a janitor falls in love with a creature taken from a South American river and kept in the government lab where she is working. Their affair is eventually consummated.
The Sexual Revolution finds new territory to conquer. Read More »
February 7, 2018
BRITISH feminists celebrated the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage this week. Well, they sort of celebrated — if saying how oppressed women remain and perpetuating outrageous myths about the female vote constitute celebration. If stumping for socialism, promoting myths about “democracy” and disdaining men is celebration, then, yes, it was a big party.
What these jubilant heiresses of the often ugly suffrage movement never mention is that for most of British history, the vast majority of men didn’t have the national vote either and that women had long had the vote on the local level.
Not until 1910 — eight years before women — did a majority (not all, by any means) of British men have the right to vote. Many, however, were effectively disenfranchised by cumbersome rules. Feminists also do not mention that many women in Britain (and America) were uneasy about giving women the vote, given that men were the ones responsible for paying taxes and dying in wars. The suffrage movement was taken over by bullying militants, predecessors of the socialist resentment freaks of today.
Beginning around 1910, their tactics became quite violent, including arson attacks and the bombing of the house belonging to the chancellor of the Exchequer, David Lloyd George.
One suffragist, Mary Richardson, slashed a painting at the National Gallery in London with a meat cleaver. A Sikh princess, Sophia Duleep Singh, threw herself in front of the prime minister’s car.
Those actions have stoked a debate lately over whether the women should be considered “terrorists.” The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed that issue on Tuesday, pledging to pardon them posthumously if he ever claims the prime ministership. [Source]
Another myth about the movement is that the women’s war effort justified the female vote. Steve Moxon writes in his book The Woman Racket: the New Science Explaining How the Sexes Relate at Work, at Play and in Society:
The supposed contribution by women in general to World War One is mostly a myth. War work for women was voluntary, and even by the last year of the war only one in ten adult women had signed up. Less than half of these worked in engineering/munitions, where most chose (as they could do) to do nothing much different to the factory work they had done or might have done before wartime. Production was possible only because of the then new automised working techniques that allowed complete de-skilling, which itself was possible only with the continuous production that war demanded. The sheer volume of production and the dispensability of the lives of soldiers hid the appallingly low quality of output (shells insufficiently filled fell short on our own troops, and shells with faulty fuses failed to explode or blew up on firing). There was no question of keeping on these women for the entirely different skilled and semi-skilled work that resumed after the war. The much smaller numbers who replaced farm workers accounted for the precipitous fall in agricultural production. All-in-all, women’s war work was hardly an advertisement for women as workers
In any case, there was a more profound basis for exclusive male enfranchisement than economics. Buried by the passage of time, but obvious to everyone at the time, was the grounding of worldly political power in the separate world of the male. The national vote was and was seen to be all about ‘imperial’ issues—law and order and the like—and therefore clearly the province of men (only men being required to take up arms and only men having an appetite to do so). Helen Kendrick Johnson, writing in 1913 (A Survey of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States and a Discussion of the Claims and Arguments of Its Foremost Advocates) explains:
Democratic government is at an end when those who issue decrees are not identical with those who can enforce those decrees.…Upon this depended stability, and without stability there is nothing. Stability required a majority of men.…Woman’s only relation to this defence is that of beneficiary, and therefore her relation to the laws with which that defence is associated must be one of advice and not of control.
This argument could be broadened to an economic one in moving from the issue of providing physical security to taxation. Women voting nationally was considered undemocratic, because very few women paid tax.
Underpinning these arguments was the near universally-held attitude that the world was and should be divided into two spheres of influence: that of children, morality, and the future of the human race (where woman held sway), and that of politics, which was not only much less important, but also much less high-minded (where men held sway).
There are good arguments indeed for giving women the vote, but there is no defense for the one-sided discussion. And at the end of the day, a vote ain’t much. That’s the brutal truth. The women’s suffrage movement is just one more development in the tired and sorry process of convincing the public that modern democracy is for the people when it is most definitely against the people. After all, the Powers That Be in our intensely stratified world, where the one percent control far more of world’s resources than ever before, don’t make a big deal of this anniversary because it disenfranchised them. Women have less power, if power be measured by the ability to act in one’s own best interests, today than they did before the days of Emmeline Pankhurst when they at least had an exclusive and healthy realm of independence and autonomy little controlled by government and politics. Elections are a brilliant means by which the people are enticed to submit willingly and enthusiastically. In that light, the enfranchisement, and subsequent politicization, of women have been regressive historical events. There was something to be said for the non-partisan voice.
Below is a bitter product of the resentment many of the suffragists fueled. Why does such a crank, someone who clearly despises half of the human population and implicitly disdains even her own father, who gave her life, have a voice in one of the most influential publicity organs in the world? Ha! The division she represents is all for the good.
February 6, 2018
“As it was during the days of poor old President Herbert Hoover, the stock jobbers of the New World Order …. are demonstrating that they can pop a bubble just as easily as they can inflate one. The fact that last Friday’s crash coincided with the release of “the memo” ™ exposing the whole “Russian collusion” ™ fiasco as a criminal conspiracy against Trump is, as they say in poker parlance, an obvious “tell” of what is taking place here. And the “666” points lost on Friday (the 33rd day of the year) was an especially twisted Satanic touch.” — The Anti-New York Times
Read about the occult symbolism behind last week’s stock market crash here.
February 6, 2018
FEMINIST and lawyer Catherine MacKinnon has worked tirelessly to undermine principles of legal justice, including the presumption of innocence, in the name of righting wrongs against women.
Scott H. Greenfield writes:
She’s proven remarkably capable of asserting her narrative as reality, inexplicably managing to simultaneously promote two facially inconsistent beliefs without the slightest hint of cognitive dissonance.
Women are strong and smart. They can be and do anything.
Women are weak and afraid. They need special protections and lesser demands of the law.
To note this inconsistency isn’t to be fair, to believe in equality, but to be a tool of the Patriarchy, and thus attacked with ad hominems under the guise of having a discussion. And it was the law that failed women, which is why any comparison of accuser and accused was a false equivalency.
He sums up:
It’s taken MacKinnon a lifetime to undermine the legal system, to create a narrative that eliminates all reason, all principle, from the rage of the mob. She was the high priestess of a religion, and she managed to get people to believe in her god. Now the god demands sacrifices.
February 6, 2018
CLIFFORD HUGH DOUGLAS (1879-1952) was one of the most important economic thinkers of modern times, and yet his plan for reform known as Social Credit is little known. The British engineer discovered a fundamental problem in industrialized, capitalist economies and he believed modern wars were caused by this “irritant,” which was the inability to provide enough paying jobs and income to citizens, who could thus not afford to buy the products produced. His discovery is as timely today as it was when he was alive — in fact, it is more relevant than while he was alive.
This monopoly gradually transfers more and more wealth, privilege and power into fewer and fewer hands by taking advantage of a chronic gap between consumer prices and consumer incomes. The only means for consumers to acquire additional and much needed purchasing power is to borrow money from the private banks, which these same banks also create out of nothing. The aforementioned price and income gap is a recent phenomenon and is the result of the increasing displacement of human labour by technological developments resulting in fewer jobs and thus less money in wages, salaries, and dividends being distributed to consumers. There is therefore a constant need for economic “growth” for the sake of growth to fill this gap and by any means possible. … [T]his is most often being achieved by maintaining imprudently high net immigration flows into the country to provide more consumers and also the selling off resources, production, farmland and property to foreign companies and investors to pay down bank loans and fill the credit gap.
Families are torn apart by financial woes. Automation is replacing more and more jobs. Average people’s buying power just shrinks by the year and yet few people, if any, seem to know why or how all this is really happening. To further exacerbate this crisis, both parents are being forced to take on work outside the home at the expense of the children who must be placed in the care of commercial day care providers. And this pressure is further intensified by the decreasing availability of stable jobs, thus leading to the spoliation of family life and leisure and the economic and social destitution of men and women. Once upon a time about fifty years ago, a father could provide for the whole of his family with just one income, i.e., without the mother having to work outside the home.
Douglas came to his theory during World War I:
It was while he was reorganising the work of the Royal Aircraft Establishment during World War I that Douglas noticed that the weekly total costs of goods produced was greater than the sums paid to workers for wages, salaries and dividends. This seemed to contradict the theory of classic Ricardian economics, that all costs are distributed simultaneously as purchasing power. Read More »
February 5, 2018
AMERICA has a great folk music tradition (see an example below) — and thousands of musicians out there still perform it and are starved for attention. America has outstanding college choirs, high school choirs, children’s choirs which play inspiring and happy music that comes from the soul of our country. Marching bands can still get crowds going with the music of celebration for a crowd.
Then why at a major sporting event such as the Super Bowl do we get rock spectacles with megastars who already get tons of visibility?
The answer is, the rock spectacle is a form of political, economic and spiritual control, like feeding drugs to people you want to buy your products, do your bidding and sell their souls. That’s not to say that many millions of people don’t enjoy it; they clearly do, just as drug users like the substances that get them high. Rock is the music of revolution and desire. In the crowd at a mass spectacle, the nation and individual vanish in an ocean of throbbing, tribalistic percussion, light wizardry and unleashed desire.
It’s control through the unleashing of desire. Those enslaved to passion cannot easily act for themselves or think clearly. E. Michael Jones, in his book Dionysos Rising: The Birth of the Cultural Revolution Out of the Spirit of Music, wrote:
Inordinate desires are constantly interfering with the harmonious ordering of parts essential to music. When reason does not recognize and respect degree, there is no harmony in nature. Reason is replaced by will as the guide to human action, and chaos on the personal, political, and cosmic levels follows as a result. Inordinate desires held and nurtured by the individual will spread to the body politic and bring ruin. In each instance, the times “will be out of tune.”
Order lacking in one area will make itself felt in another. Because political harmony will begin in the well-ordered soul and radiate out to encompass the body politic, music has an especially important part to play in society. Music acts directly on the soul. Disordered music leads to disordered lives, which lead to disorder in the state. Plato, sensing the importance of order in the soul, banned the playing of certain modes in his ideal republic in the certainty that the disorder this music into the soul would soon put the state in jeopardy of insurrection.
In America, rock spectacles are not so much about insurrection by the people as insurrection against the people.
“The rock revolution,” wrote Fr. Jean-Paul Régimbal, “makes young people lose their sense of belonging to this group or that country. Instead, they have the feeling of being citizens of a world without faith, law or obligations to others …”
Rock always seems new, but it’s actually as old as the Fall of Man.
February 4, 2018
HERE’S my contribution to the all-encompassing coverage of today’s football game:
When the Super Bowl started in 1967, tickets averaged $10, which is about $75 in today’s dollar.
This year, they will average more than $4,000. Adjusted for inflation, that’s about a 47-fold increase. That’s a pretty good markup. The total revenue for ticket sales will exceed $250 million.
You can still, by the way, purchase a seat for the game in Minnesota, with tickets at this late point ranging from $3,200 to $30,000.
At the ’67 game, the Grambling State marching band performed during the halftime show:
It’s gotten progressively creepier ever since:
The Super Bowl triggers deep-seated cravings for bad food. Domino’s expects to sell 13 million slices today.
February 1, 2018
FROM Maxim Nikolenko at Global Research:
The Yemeni people are under blockade, enforced intentionally, with an aim to starve them into submission.
By definition a vicious war crime, it is not a newsworthy subject across the Western media sphere. Silence is particularly well kept at the U.S. news network MSNBC, found a study conducted by an investigative team of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR). The leading liberal channel did not air a “single segment devoted specifically to Yemen in the second half of 2017.”
Unfortunately, there is a reason for this. Serving increasingly as a mere agent of power, the media implies silence when it protects and justifies the interests of our mighty “masters of mankind”, to borrow the words of Adam Smith. Therefore, the crimes committed by the forces we label as our ‘adversaries’, are there to be amplified and condemned. Atrocities committed by us and our allies are there to be overlooked, ignored. Consequently, this conventional practice divides victims into worthy and unworthy. If this phenomenon was to be rated, then Yemenis would perhaps represent the most unworthy victims. Read More »
January 31, 2018
“To be forbidden to discriminate is to be forbidden to think.”
When writing this summer about the old drugstore in St. Louis where I once worked, I neglected to mention that its owners were criminals. To wit:
While reading microfilmed newspapers in connection with that essay, I discovered that the owners of that store had placed numerous “Help Wanted” ads in St. Louis newspapers over a span of many years. Sometimes they wanted a pharmacist to work the midnight shift. Most often they wanted male cashiers or women to work at the soda fountain/lunch counter, with “uniforms furnished.”
One “Help Wanted” ad read in part: “Cashier. White, night work…..” That was in 1960.
Isn’t that simple and straightforward? They placed an ad, the ad was printed, and people responded to the ad. What could be a better expression of the liberty that Americans once understood and valued? Yet Americans today — “Liberals” and “Conservatives” alike—would tell us that that was a crime. By that standard, I worked for criminals. If you accept such claims, you are beyond hope; you have gone through the looking glass into a nether world where left is right, dark is bright, and evil is good.
The genius of a totalitarian regime is to suffocate people in a miasma of laws and regulations while telling them at the same time how lucky they are to enjoy “freedom” and pointing to the wide variety of choices in toys, TV screens, and motor vehicles as proof. Americans today live under such a regime. Read More »
January 31, 2018
“A GRATEFUL READER” writes:
Architect and author Peter Blake, who died at age 86 in 2006, was a modern designer who had moments of repentance — almost.
Born in Berlin in 1920 to Jewish parents, educated in war-torn England, and divorced three times, Blake easily succumbed to the modernist movement and became a prominent writer and advocate for the movement. While he came to regret some of the fruits of the “modern movement,” he never recognised that the ultimate flaw of modernism lay in its rejection of tradition. In a 1977 People-Magazine interview, Blake admitted:
“Every magazine I edited folded, and my books did absolutely no good; America is uglier than ever.”
While he remained somewhat attracted to ugliness, he recognised some of modernism’s failings: Read More »
January 30, 2018
AMERICAN composer Randall Thompson’s “Frostiana,” a choral version of six poems by Robert Frost, was composed in 1959 for the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Amherst, Massachusetts. This is the most famous of the poems.
“Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening”
— by Robert Frost, as performed by Turtle Creek Chorale
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Don’t like it? How about this one by Eric Whitacre?
January 30, 2018
“‘White privilege’ is the most bizarre phenomenon in human history. Never before has an ‘oppressed’ class of people fled in huge numbers to countries controlled by the people [they] claim are their oppressors.”
January 30, 2018
MANY people on the Internet, in the wake of multiculturalism and national decline, sadly admire Adolf Hitler and National Socialism. I am not prepared to write an extended critique of Hitler’s extreme racial consciousness (and hasn’t enough been said?), but I offer this one quote from Mein Kampf as an example of where he goes disastrously wrong, without implying that this is the only problem:
IT [the National Socialist state] must see to it that only the healthy beget children; that there is only one disgrace: despite one’s own sickness and deficiencies, to bring children into the world; and one highest honor: to renounce doing so. And conversely it must be considered reprehensible to withhold healthy children from the nation. Here the state must act as the guardian of a millennial future in the face of which the wishes and selfishness of the individual must appear as nothing and submit. . . . Those who are not physically and mentally healthy and worthy must not perpetuate their defects in the bodies of their children. In this the National Socialist state must perform the most gigantic educational task. And someday this will seem to be a greater deed than the most victorious wars of our present mediocre era. . . . In the National Socialist state, finally, the National Socialist philosophy of life must succeed in bringing about that nobler age in which men no longer are concerned with breeding dogs, horses, and cats, but in elevating man himself.
January 30, 2018
WWLTV reports some astounding data:
By the end of 2016, the opioid prescribing rate in Louisiana had declined almost 11 percent since 2007.
But even with that marked progress, there were still almost enough opioid prescriptions dispensed for every resident in Louisiana to have one, according to the latest data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
With a rate of 98.1 opioid prescriptions distributed per 100 people in 2016, Louisiana was still well above the national rate of 66.5. Only four states [only four?!]— Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee — had higher prescribing rates.
“Obviously, as an administration, we acknowledge it is a crisis here in Louisiana,” said Michelle Alletto, deputy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health. [emphasis added]
Read here about the family that made a fortune on Oxycontin, the most popular prescription opioid.
January 30, 2018
On June 9, 1972, Elvis Presley held a press conference at the New York Hilton for an upcoming concert tour. During the conference a reporter tried to lure Presley into soliciting his personal views on war protesters and the Vietnam War, a subject which he wisely elected to decline, stating, “I’d just as soon keep those views to myself, I’m just an entertainer and I’d rather not say.” At the time of this press conference, Presley was one of, if not the most, popular entertainer in the world. He held fame and influence that no mortal person can handle, and because of that, he could’ve given his honest opinion and gotten away with it. He chose to stay in his own lane.
On January 28, 2018, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony featured over three-hours of “musical performers” denigrating Donald Trump, men and conservatives with some music mixed in.
In one bizarre segment, a parade of celebrities read excerpts from Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” hit piece. Hillary Clinton appeared on screen reading a snippet from the book that mocks Trump’s love for McDonald’s. U2 performed their newest immigration-themed single in front of a Statue of Liberty backdrop (their latest music video portrays the KKK marching outside the Oval Office window). Another segment featured a stage full of female vocalists clothed in white, “Kesha & the Resistance Revival Chorus” (note the ‘resistance’ moniker). Singer Janelle Monae marched to the microphone and proceeded to tongue-lash men in the typical leftist, passive aggressive tone: Read More »
January 29, 2018
THE Mass is the greatest event in the history of mankind, the one holy act that keeps the wrath of God from a sinful world. For it holds the Cross between heaven and earth. No wonder a priest remarked at the changes which slipped the Cross from its socket, that the earth tilted in its axis that day — a catastrophe which plunged us into the cold and darkness of year-round spiritual winter. Read More »
January 29, 2018
THIS IS an Italian family eating out in a restaurant in Rome last week. It appeared to be a mother with her three adolescent sons (one of them had walked away briefly) and her daughter. In between the primi and secundi courses for this midweek meal, they all communed with their cell phones. The mother is the one in the far left, tired, her elbow on the table, hunched over her phone. The Italian matriarch is not what she once was.
In a few years, these children will be gone from home. Is their time together, time together? It’s easy to blame cell phone technology here, but there is, I think, a deeper problem and cell phones can’t be entirely blamed.
To be fair, the formless family dinner, which is the norm today (the norm, that is, when families eat together), can lead to problems, especially when family members are exhausted. It’s not surprising that people would try to escape it. Bickering or irritableness or the hogging of conversation can make family dinner an unpleasant experience, especially with teenagers.
On the other hand, to be detached from each other in this way — no, there has to be a better way. Read More »