Saturday, July 23, 2016

Simply amazing music




Evidence that musical masterpieces are not confined to the dustbins of the past.

When I first heard this piece, the first thing that came to mind was "Johannes Sebastian Bach" - especially his organ works.

Such a great film

The Horror



















Misc.


I don't understand. Conservatives say that Britain voted for independence from the EU. I was wondering if maybe they could try and be more clear and specific, and less obfuscating in their choice of words. Don't count on it.

What they actually mean is that the United Kingdom voted, and Ireland and Scotland voted differently from Britain, otherwise known as England (note that these conservative cheerleaders don't use the word "England" in this case, but rather "Britain"; they are also very careful not to use the words "United Kingdom"). But the vote results in Britain overrode by majority (marginally) the vote results in Ireland and Scotland, and, whether for good or ill, Ireland and Scotland have to go along with Britain (because it's a democracy, right?). Leave aside whether that is going to be good or bad for them. The point is that your claiming some kind of victory against tyrannical unions is based on - yeah, that's right - a damn overriding union. Not a union in the sense that the states of America are a union, but countries that had long previously been their own countries which were formed into a union under the imperialistic Union Jack. You are eating crow, you hypocrites. Are these conservative cheerleaders engaging in "Orwellian" "Doublethink"? Seems that way.

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I don't understand the American male infatuation with the classic female supermodel. Maybe they're all just faking it? Like the way people at a party laugh at some dumb joke that isn't actually funny because they all just want to fall in line and not look awkward? I've never been remotely attracted to this ideal. I'm entirely heterosexual with a healthy libido, but the female supermodel, ala the American idyll, as presented on television and magazines has never done anything for me. The perfectly lashed eyes and sculpted cheeks; that skin glow so lustred that it's already a kind of death mask of artificiality; the honing eyes so convincing they're a lie, conveying nothing but cold death and the lust of life - I don't get it.

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I don't understand the conservative crisis with regards to Pope Francis. Maybe stop circling the wagons around your one, singular, well-lit idea? Or rather, stop circling the wagons around your disjointed multitude of doctrines? Try giving alms? You know, actually going out there, in the streets, and giving alms? That might help you. Oh, but they might use the money for drugs, like coffee - ohmygosh! Have you read the Book of Tobit? Have you read the Bible and what it says time and again about what you deride as "a social justice thing" being a sin that cries to heaven for vengeance? Usury - the pre-set, fabricated means by which an elite circle of men transfer wealth to themselves through the prior begetting of money from money to which real production is servile, impoverishing people - is the elephant in the room that conservatives have relativized, denied, or outright befriended, settling for a deeply erroneous compromisation at the foundations of their thinking that they can't even see in themselves. For some reason, conservatives have got it in their minds that the oppression of the poor - systematic and viral - is some kind of fuzzy glitch due entirely to "bad personal choices" and addressing it is intrinsically socialist (unless you snap your fingers thrice, click the heels of your ruby slippers while repeating some formulae about the dangers of creating dependence) and that it can be self-corrected by simply guzzling more free market magic kool-aid from the plush funded Acton boys, and that it's not a grave sin demanding repentance. I don't get it.

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I especially don't get it when they claim to be champions of justice. Justice does not "choose its battles". It connects everything with everything.

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I don't understand the mania surrounding Trump. Vapour and nothingness. Illusions fixing like parasites on a sick host and overwhelming it.

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God bless Ted Cruz for refusing to sacrifice his wife's honour at the altar of the god king Immorten Don. God bless him. Good show.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

We on our own cannot handle it

Good video from Bishop Barron on the strangeness of the cross.





Making Christianity respectable is not a prerogative, nor a commission.

Always remember that the authorities arrested him, but not before falling on their faces before him. He became sin for us; there was nothing in his countenance that we should regard him. Yet he was completely in charge, the one who went before and led the way.


Aside: I tend to align with the tradition that says that Mother Mary used her veil to protect the modesty of her son after he was stripped. Could be historically otherwise of course.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Hipsters are the best,
their jeans are real skinny,
they listen to Mariah
and smoke from a hookah.

Hipsters are swell,
in scarf and horn rims.
Intravenous latte?
Sure - between yerba mate.

Hipsters are Greasers
in some Hollywood musical,
but without the comb, leather coat, switchblade,
parental disassociation, snapping fingers, tough guy antics,
and without the theatrical music.

Hipsters are Navy Seals
shouting we are the best of the best of the best -- sir,
only through a passive emoticon silence
ironically quoted
in outmoded clothes.

Hipsters make the cool uncool
and the uncool cool;
that is so cool.
Hipsters just rule.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Why didn't Britain vote to declare independence from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, before voting to declare independence from the EU?


Then they could fly St. George's Cross from parliament instead of the imperialistic Union Jack.

Then they would have independence.

Then they would be known as England.

Then they would begin again to be Merrie.

You would think "independence" would refer to a country, and not a union of countries, three of which are not sovereign, being bound to Britain (London).

The "U.K." voted for sovereignty when it has three countries within itself that are not sovereign, but are part of Britain, and those countries had different vote results from Britain. So a victory against the European Union, and tough shit to the countries bound by Union to Britain who voted otherwise.

So maybe Britain should vote to declare independence from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

Then you wouldn't have the situation in which conservatives say "tough shit" to those countries called Ireland, Scotland, and Wales who have no sovereignty because they are part of the union known as the United Kingdom (Union Jack) and who voted against leaving the EU.


"Exactly, Mr. Stilwell, exactly."

Monday, July 11, 2016



















Let's play Risk


How come you never see any of these sovereign citizen, freemen-on-the-land Libertarians staking claims way off in the wilds like the pioneers?

Instead you get incidents like the fella in Calgary (a city) who claimed some woman's basement suite as his sovereign state. Someone else built the house before him, and it uses water, plumbing, electricity, heating for the unbearably cold Calgary winters, and all the other amenities that come with government, solidarity, the common good. Not to mention the fact that the house belongs to the woman landlord. Interesting.

It's kind of the same with these Brexit cheerleaders waving their pom-poms on social media and saying, "Yes, they attained independence - I'm not a socialist!" Leaving aside the fact that none of them actually care about the really important stuff, like how they are going to transition into this independence, which will go to deciding everything about their so-called independence, they are sort of, kind of -- I repeat, sort of, kind of -- like the Imperial US invading a country, killing off its dictator, and then leaving them to the ensuing civil strife a hundred times worse off than they were before, the cheerleaders generally don't want to hear about actually instituting sovereignty. Responsibility? That's so passe. Better to fling "I told you so" in people's faces as some kind of "victory".

That's also leaving aside the interesting fact that Great Britain's democratic vote for independence was itself by decision of a union of countries which of themselves are not sovereign (with the exception of south Ireland) who themselves voted against leaving. That's so very English by the way. We want independence, but do not want to attain it independently; only will we do it with the force of our imperialism that made Scotland and Ireland part of our kingdom (the mecca called London). You mustn't give him bacon unless you give him beans. Great Britain wanted by democratic decision to be independent of the EU? Why do they not want also to be independent from the countries that have wanted independence from Britain (England) for ages (even though Scotland recently voted not to leave the U.K.)? The trouble with Scotland is that it's full of Scots. Very interesting. We want independence but we still want to be a "global force" (translation: please, other countries, be nice to our currency, alright?).

Like the sovereign citizen staking his freeman-on-the-land claims in some woman's basement suite where all the amenities are a given, the conservative culture-commentators' cries about how the media has been lying in order to scare people into remaining with the EU and how people are too stupid to read past the scaremongering headlines and study the subject - yeah, it strikes one as rather superficial itself. The method of superficial headlines and scary projections which they decry as globalist bullying to sway the distracted hordes suddenly becomes holy doctrine in their own hands the minute you mention Social Credit and getting off the debt-money private bank system.

Suddenly some scaremongering headlines are more equal than other scaremongering headlines. Oh inflation! Oh, government can't be trusted! Look at Venezuela! Independence? No way! LOL!!!

Yeah, those dumb sheeplings swayed by scaremongering headlines are too distracted on their twitter machines to actually delve into the subject -- eh, what's that you say -- social credit? Inflation! Me read no more!

And so Great Britain will not be independent. They will not be a sovereign nation. Not as long as the debt-money system is in place. The EU is not the face of tyrannical globalism. Tyrannical globalism does not have a face; rather, it has unseen tentacles. These tentacles are the private-banking debt-money system and free trade.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Is watching Game of Thrones a mortal sin?


From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

2354  Pornography consists in removing real or simulated sexual acts from the intimacy of the partners, in order to display them deliberately to third parties. It offends against chastity because it perverts the conjugal act, the intimate giving of spouses to each other. It does grave injury to the dignity of its participants (actors, vendors, the public), since each one becomes an object of base pleasure and illicit profit for others. It immerses all who are involved in the illusion of a fantasy world. It is a grave offense. Civil authorities should prevent the production and distribution of pornographic materials.


The pornography of Alessandro Serenelli's time was basically the sort of stuff that sailors would have pinned up beside their bunks. It was a major influence and corruption in his life. He lost his mind to it.

What would he say of the material in Game of Thrones? People call it "soft porn" because it gets compared to the "hardcore" stuff on the internet. Yet Game of Thrones is totally hardcore in comparison to the pornography of Serenelli's time (from what I've read in descriptions about the show).

Isn't it interesting, the relativistic sliding scales we use in order to immediately excuse ourselves?

I was thinking about this because I just read this article at StAR about Game of Thrones.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Seems the majority of Catholic news services,


be they a television network or some blog, are unreliable and untrustworthy - at least when it concerns Pope Francis. Kind of like the mainstream media. The commentators of these Catholic social media sites and networks sow confusion by their impromptu statements.

"Arroyo really should be sued for slander."

Exactly.

Catholic in Brooklyn has a most excellent post on the statements made by Pope Francis concerning marriage. Really, it's amazing to see the difference between what the Holy Father actually said and the cut and paste canards that the news outlets/blogs/apostolates feed their readers, listeners and viewers.

Update: here's another good article.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Such an alright film






"I'm your hucklebearer" -- love that line.


The Clothes


When by the sounds of moved grass
in its summer height, you know a bird
is near, a rabbit runs passage --
a public house of clothes at hand
vesting any animal -- then beings
are conveyed originally,
their bodies, the letters of agility
pronounced in freedom. Rooted peripheries
tune the inhabitants; when a property

has time to grow in silence
a year and two, untouched from
when it was last mowed and trimmed square,
snakes, rabbits, mice and shrews, weigh days since sound's
recession, then begin to seek the mantling grass;
weeds luxuriated into wood-spine bushes,
schedule of maintenance having passed.

Burrows of happenstance, woven homes of leaves
relay for their quiet occupation
invitations: cupped as squirrels in old roots
are ground eggs safe that hatchlings shake;
inland ease when chipmunks scatter comfort's hulls
and tree-cling for shield; even in flora's want
orange butterflies at mating games
are dressed in their own twining air-spiral.