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  • THE WEB OF TRUST [Bill Whittle on what makes the Western Civilization tick]

    02/15/2010 7:52:28 AM PST · by Tolik · 10 replies · 343+ views
    Eject! Eject! Eject! @ ^ | February 12, 2010 | Bill Whittle
    This is Whittle's own repost of one of his best essays. Long, but worth every second (IMHO of course) A note from Bill Whittle: I'm slowly trying to move the best of the old archives over here to the new. Mostly that consists of the SILENT AMERICA essays, but there were a number of pieces that I really liked, and this is one of them -- courtesy of a request by an old friend who was looking for it.In a month or two I'm going to be putting out two compilations of previously unpublished materials: SEEING THE UNSEEN: ADVENTURES IN...
  • Civilization’s Lies [Victor Davis Hanson on the West embracing noble lies not squaring with reality]

    02/08/2010 6:53:14 AM PST · by Tolik · 32 replies · 1,231+ views ^ | February 5, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    One of the sad characteristics of contemporary Western society is the tendency to embrace noble lies. These are assertions and acts that don’t square with reality, with what we see and hear—and are voiced for apparently noble social purposes. Here are a few politically-incorrect examples.1.  Debt and Deficits. At our current rate we will very soon pile up between $18 and $20 trillion in accumulated national debt. We use the euphemism “stimulus”, talk of massive borrowing in terms of percentages of GDP, and casually pontificate about “inflating” our way out of the debt. The  fact is that the borrowing is now...
  • Rules for Living in My Country

    02/02/2010 5:53:51 PM PST · by MarylousAmerica · 1 replies · 562+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 2-02-10 | Marylou Barry
    Dear Potential Immigrant: Now that you've decided to make your way to these treasured shores, ostensibly in search of freedom and the opportunity to build a better life, there are some things you need to know. I'd like to assume that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services filled you in on them, but I'm going to tell you myself anyway just to be sure.
  • The West Is Choked by Fear [Der Spiegel Editorial defends "the right to offend"]

    01/06/2010 10:11:47 AM PST · by Tolik · 16 replies · 958+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 04, 2010 | Henryk M. Broder
    ... It was like listening to the blind talk about art, the deaf about music or eunuchs discussing sex based on hearsay. Because with the exception of the left-wing Die Tageszeitung, the conservative Die Welt and the centrist Die Zeit, every German newspaper and magazine followed the advice of Green Party co-leader Claudia Roth, who said "de-escalation begins at home," and erred on the side of caution by not republishing the cartoons. Prominent German psychoanalyst advised: "The West should refrain from any provocations that produce feelings of debasement or humiliation." Of course, ... left open the question of whether "the...
  • Our Incompetent Civilization. Sometimes we have to choose between evils [Bret Stephens]

    01/05/2010 7:50:23 AM PST · by Tolik · 8 replies · 491+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | January 4, 2010 | Bret Stephens
    ... But a civilization becomes incompetent not only when it fails to learn the lessons of its past, but also when it becomes crippled by them. ... Our deeper incompetence stems from an inability to recognize the proper limits to our own virtues ...  Thus we reject profiling on the commendable grounds that human beings ought not to be treated as statistical probabilities. But at some point, the failure to profile puts innocent lives recklessly at risk. We also abhor waterboarding for the eminently decent reason that it borders on torture. But there are worse things than waterboarding—like allowing another...
  • Gold, Guns And The Process Of Civilisation

    01/02/2010 7:42:59 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 797+ views
    The Market Oracle ^ | 1-2-2009 | Douglas French
    Gold, Guns And The Process Of Civilisation Politics / Social Issues Jan 02, 2010 - 02:10 AM By: Douglas French In his extraordinary book Democracy: The God that Failed, Hans Hermann Hoppe points out that the process of civilization is stopped when government continually violates property rights. The natural process of civilization comes through delaying consumption, saving, and building capital. Undoing it leads to higher societal time preference. When natural disasters strike or a gunman robs you in an alley, "the effect of these on time preference is temporary and unsystematic," Hoppe explains. Victims are entitled to defend themselves against...
  • Sex Makes People Stupid

    12/16/2009 6:51:02 PM PST · by Valpal1 · 67 replies · 2,270+ views
    The Manila Times ^ | Thursday, 17 December 2009 | Maggie Gallagher
    Girls, can we talk? I don’t really like piling on a man in the midst of a multi-million-dollar public and personal implosion, but here’s one big obvious lesson to be learned from Tiger Woods: Sex makes people stupid. And not just the men. How else do you explain the mistresses and semipros coming forward to say that a married Tiger betrayed their trust by sleeping with other women, too. Sex makes people stupid. This is why we need a little thing called “civilization” to intervene between people and sexual passion, so we don’t leave the young-uns to rely on their...
  • I, for one, believe the West will triumph

    12/09/2009 7:59:20 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 52 replies · 1,857+ views
    09/12/2009 | WesternCulture
    Every child, Muslim or not, KNOWS Islam hates what America stands for. As a European, I understand why many Americans wonder why we don't give more support to the US than we do. You, indeed, supported US, even in our darkest hour; at a point in history we Europeans didn't even support our own freedom. This was just some decades ago. One sort of answer to this question is that deep somewhere in the intrinsic soul of Europe, there is true resistence to evil and enslavement, but after having experienced so much of it, we are somewhat unable of expressing...
  • I believe Russia will fall

    10/18/2009 9:21:08 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 21 replies · 1,284+ views
    10/19/2009 | WesternCulture
    Russia is a very disorganized part of the World. In what way have they contributed to humanity? Russia simply isn't fit for life and furthermore lacks true a sense of leadership. How my country could contribute to getting rid of Russia:
  • Another Original LR Translation: Novodvorskaya on Sakhalin

    08/26/2009 11:46:44 AM PDT · by Vincent Jappi · 4 replies · 551+ views
    La Russophobe ^ | August 22, 2009 | Valeria Novodvorskaya
    While our greedy authorities, hungry for other country’s territories, passionately cling to some stolen Japanese islands, tiny pebbles in the ocean, the inhabitants of another island, a large and undoubtedly Russian one, are busy collecting signatures. I received a call from a certain local democrat. His name, address and appearance, I will not reveal for anything, lest some terrorist in Guantanamo Bay remember that said democrat, many years ago, equipped for their last mission the Boeings which crashed into the twin towers. Unbelievable, says you? Well, no more unbelievable than what happened to human rights defender Alexei Sokolov, when a...
  • Sakhalin Residents Petition to Join Japan

    08/19/2009 7:52:36 PM PDT · by Vincent Jappi · 15 replies · 652+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | 14 August 2009 | Paul Goble
    A group of Sakhalin residents, after a visit to Tokyo, are not only studying Japanese but also collecting signatures for a petition asking that Moscow hand over their island to Japan so that they can live and raise their children in a rich, modern country that is not at war with anyone. This remarkable action surfaced this week when radical Moscow commentator Valeriya Novodvorskaya reported in her column that one of the organizers, who she indicated had to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, had approached her to ask to whom he should forward their appeal. Novodvorskaya said she advised...
  • Review: How the Byzantines Saved Europe

    08/18/2009 6:27:29 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 42 replies · 1,786+ views ^ | AUGUST 17, 2009 | JOHN COURETAS
    Review: How the Byzantines Saved Europe Posted by JOHN COURETAS on MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2009 The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies. Edited by Elizabeth Jeffreys, John Haldon, Robin Cormack. Oxford University Press (2008)Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin. Princeton University Press (2008) Ask the average college student to identify the 1,100 year old empire that was, at various points in its history, the political, commercial, artistic and ecclesiastical center of Europe and, indeed, was responsible for the very survival and flourishing of what we know today as Europe and you’re not likely to get the...
  • Mediterranean Reflections on What Went Wrong [Victor Davis Hanson]

    07/30/2009 7:45:43 AM PDT · by Tolik · 29 replies · 1,575+ views ^ | July 30, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Italy…I have been traveling as a lecturer on a Hillsdale College Byzantium Cruise (from Venice to Athens, with several stops in the Adriatic, Mediterranean, and Aegean) for the last few days, and here are some eccentric reflections on civilizations of the past. VeniceI spent yesterday in Venice—hot, humid, and crowded, as I had never quite seen it before. So much for the global recession that has supposedly curtailed world tourism.Venice was not a classical city, and one can see why. It was malarial, without natural harbors or any readily identifiable deep ports or surrounding cliffs. It is instead a conglomeration of...
  • Of Textbooks and Computer Games

    07/28/2009 3:51:27 PM PDT · by joey703 · 12 replies · 468+ views
    Breaking Down Borders: Korea ^ | 27th July 2009 | Han
    But anyways, for me, it wasn’t that great. At least, for playing “문명” (Civilization, if you don’t have a Korean font installed). But, you see, as an English teacher there I saw a parallel. The funny thing is that you would think that Korea would have the largest market for books teaching Koreans English from a Korean perspective. But, I cannot tell you how many times I came across expensive, no, very expensive textbooks published by large American or British companies that were published to teach the domestic market (Americans or the British) English. In America, the last time I...
  • Obama Flunks History at Cairo U

    06/07/2009 4:20:14 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 61 replies · 3,297+ views ^ | 6/7/2009 | Frank J. Tipler
    In his speech to the Muslim world in Cairo, President Barack Obama claimed: “As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam. It was Islam — at places like Al-Azhar University — that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing.” Obama is not much of a “student of history” if he believes this. Almost every advance he attributes to the Muslims was...
  • Saudi Intellectual: Western Civilization Has Liberated Mankind

    04/29/2009 2:17:21 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 26 replies · 997+ views
    MEMRI ^ | April 29 2009
    In an interview published April 23, 2009 in the Saudi Daily 'Okaz, reformist thinker Ibrahim Al-Buleihi expressed his admiration for Western civilization. The interview was posted on the same day on the Elaph website.(1) Al-Buleihi calls on the Arabs to acknowledge the greatness of Western civilization, and to admit the deficiencies of their own culture. He states that such self-criticism is a precondition to any change for the better. Ibrahim Al-Buleihi is a member of the Saudi Shura Council.(2) Following are excerpts from the interview: "If It Were Not for the Accomplishments of the West, Our Lives Would Have Been...
  • Biases of the Intellectual Classes

    04/18/2009 12:09:46 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 13 replies · 670+ views
    Mises Daily ^ | 11/15/2002 | Steven Yates
    Western civilization, having achieved the highest standard of living in the world, is almost alone in having created and nurtured a large intellectual class: a group of people whose professions consist of working with and expounding ideas. This class includes college and university professors, administrators, commentators, a few journalists, activists, writers, artists, cartoonists, and so on, including those of us who do the lion's share of our work in research institutes or "think tanks."  To what can we attribute the high standard of living that gives rise to an intellectual class?  To capitalism, of course. Even to the limited extent expansionist government...
  • Bill Whittle: The Workshops of Identity [brilliant! - tribute to America and scorn of Hollywood]

    04/14/2009 7:31:27 AM PDT · by Tolik · 22 replies · 1,087+ views ^ | April 10, 2009 | Bill Whittle
    (This first appeared on BIG HOLLYWOOD back in January. Andrew Breitbart asked if I would hold it for a week before posting it on Eject! Eject! Eject! — so I held it for three months out of love for the man.  Just something for the weekend; next week, my new favorite word: Thymos. See you then.)  I. The Heartbeat Step back with me for a minute. Back out of Hollywood, out of America, out of the Western Tradition. Sit in the middle of a darkened crater at the south pole of the Moon. Sit back, look down and back into time, and...
  • Myanmar finds more evidences on Bronze Age, Iron Age

    03/09/2009 7:14:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 1,193+ views
    ChinaView / Xinhua ^ | Monday, March 9, 2009 | Deng Shasha (editor)
    Recent excavations have found more evidences on both Bronze Age and Iron Age in Thazi township, central Mandalay division, Myanmar, proving that the country passed through both Bronze Age and Iron Age in the ancient time. The Archaeology, Natural Museum and Libraries Department under the Ministry of Culture, in cooperation with the CNRC of France, excavated the areas around Ywagongyi village in the township for 20 days from Jan. 10 to 30, finding out the site where 44 bodies were buried along with two small bundles of bronze sheets, two iron objects, 14 stone beads of different colors, a fine...
  • Natural disasters doomed early civilization (Supe Valley along the Peruvian coast)

    01/19/2009 7:57:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,710+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/19/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON – Nature turned against one of America's early civilizations 3,600 years ago, when researchers say earthquakes and floods, followed by blowing sand, drove away residents of an area that is now in Peru. "This maritime farming community had been successful for over 2,000 years, they had no incentive to change, and then all of a sudden, boom, they just got the props knocked out from under them," anthropologist Mike Moseley of the University of Florida said in a statement. Moseley and colleagues were studying civilization of the Supe Valley along the Peruvian coast, which was established up to 5,800...
  • Overcoming ethnicity[Spengler]

    01/05/2009 7:18:18 AM PST · by BGHater · 8 replies · 698+ views
    The Asia Times Online ^ | 05 Jan 2009 | Spengler
    Never have things been better for one half of humankind, and never have things been worse for the other.An old joke divides the world into two kinds of people:those who divide the world into two kinds of people, and those who don't. The decisive divide in today's world lies between nations that have a future, and nations that don't. Contrary to the prevailing pragmatism,which demands that we take every society on its own terms,an objective criteria has emerged that does not easily fade in the wash, namely the desire to live. Samuel Huntington, who died last December 27, did the...
  • Opposition to proposition 8 brings out demonstrators in Kentucky

    11/17/2008 11:22:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 796+ views
    WHAS-TV ^ | November 16, 2008
    Despite the rain, wind and cold weather, several hundred people took to the streets of downtown Louisville on Saturday to demonstrate. They were demonstrating about something that happened on Election Day in California, the passage of proposition 8 which revoked the rights of same sex couples to marry. Even though it’s not an issue that has come to voters in Kentucky, those demonstrating today said it is just a matter of time. Local activist Curtis Morrison used Facebook, e-mails and word of mouth to get straight and gay Louisvillians to the demonstration. “All we want is equality. We don’t want...
  • Buried in each other's arms:Scientists discover remains of world's most ancient nuclear family

    11/17/2008 9:03:13 AM PST · by BGHater · 25 replies · 890+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 Nov 2008 | Daily Mail
    Scientists have uncovered the earliest evidence that Stone Age man lived in nuclear families. An international team of researchers, including experts from the University of Bristol, used DNA testing to date the remains from four burial sites discovered in Germany in 2005. The 4,600-year-old graves contained groups of adults and children buried facing each other, which was an unusual practice in Neolithic culture. A group burial of a 4,600-year-old nuclear family, was discovered in Germany One of the graves contained a female, a male and two children and the analysis revealed the researchers were a mother, father and their two...
  • This isn't ze 20th century anymore..

    10/25/2008 9:41:31 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 11 replies · 656+ views
    10/26/2008 | WesternCulture
    Hello, I'm Arnold. I teach history - and a bit of das future too, as I view things.. In ze 20th century, America was big. Ja. But not as big and important as you "yanks" seem zu think. SHUT UP!! By now, wir find our selbst in ein totally different world. GM, Ford and America are bancrupt and every sane person today putsch their trust in ze €uro and God bless my grandmutter's überundunterundschwishendieheimatpatriotischen unterwear für that, like I use to say! Ze reason we Europeans decided to break your financial backbone, namely ze dollar (monopoly money manufactured by illegal...
  • Barack Obama and Slavery

    09/26/2008 7:09:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 1,123+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 26, 2008 | Bill Warner
    Slavery still stalks the American consciousness, its wounds yet festering in many hearts. If Barack Obama were to set his mind to it, he could heal much of the damage this peculiar institution wrought on our national soul. This great and tragic error that must be given justice. Obama is the best person in the world who can recognize, remember and honor the deaths of 125 million and the enslavement of tens of millions of people. His unique qualifications can be found in his names. Until he was 20 years old, he went by the first name Barry. Then he...
  • Bill Whittle: The Undefended City. No despair

    09/22/2008 8:43:26 AM PDT · by Tolik · 30 replies · 814+ views
    NRO ^ | September 19, 2008 | Bill Whittle
    When I first got to college, back in the last few weeks of the Seventies, I finally got a chance to see an ordinary game of Dungeons and Dragons. My immediate inclination was to play as a Paladin: the pinnacle of Lawful Good, a character required to dash in and fight overwhelmingly powerful evil forces anywhere and at whatever odds. These contests were short, depressing and hilarious, but all D&D really came down to in the end was slaying small monsters, taking their gold, buying slightly better gear and then slaying slightly larger monsters. Why not just save some time...
  • Are America and Europe by and by developing into two giant, immigrant ghettos?

    09/08/2008 6:22:21 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 22 replies · 234+ views
    09/09/2008 | WesternCulture
    While self confident debaters, politicians and other sorts of experts argue over which country in the world actually is the best example of a guiding light to humanity there ever was (GWB would say it is the US of today, Obama would claim it's the UN, while a proud European like my fellow countryman Hans Blix probably would say it is Saddam Hussein), evidence of the rapid decline of Western civilization is everywhere. Yes, there are still parts of the West that function very well and where most people are well educated and well off, but for how long? An...
  • In Praise of Sweetness

    08/30/2008 1:15:26 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 2 replies · 173+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 29 Aug 2008 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I thought of “Sweetness” last week. He was the Drum Major of the Yale Band, back when ice covered the Earth and I was in college. I’m not saying that the Yale Band was inadequate. But they did run onto the field like a rabble, rather than march. The Co-op Book Store did have a card which said on the front, “Today, in your honor, the Yale Band will play....” Inside, it said, “... in tune.” But one part of that organization was absolutely perfect. That was George Levendis, a 6-foot 4-inch Drum Major who bent over backwards until the...
  • Could the Western World of today develop anything resembling a new renaissance?

    08/22/2008 9:38:37 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 47 replies · 299+ views
    08/22/2008 | WesternCulture
    - YES! To begin with, let's try and fully understand what Renaissance Florence actually has accomplished, apart from making tourists feel like this: "I was in a sort of ecstasy, from the idea of being in Florence, close to the great men whose tombs I had seen. Absorbed in the contemplation of sublime beauty ... I reached the point where one encounters celestial sensations ... Everything spoke so vividly to my soul. Ah, if I could only forget. I had palpitations of the heart, what in Berlin they call 'nerves.' Life was drained from me. I walked with the fear...
  • Cooking Stimulated Big Leap In Human Cognition

    08/12/2008 4:23:21 PM PDT · by Soliton · 56 replies · 96+ views
    Slashdot ^ | August 12, @06:09PM | Hugh Pickens
    "For a long time, humans were pretty dumb, doing little but make 'the same very boring stone tools for almost 2 million years,' says Philipp Khaitovich of the Partner Institute for Computational Biology in Shanghai. Then, 150,000 years ago, our big brains suddenly got smart. We started innovating. We tried different materials. We started creating art and maybe even religion. To understand what caused the cognitive spurt, researchers examined chemical brain processes known to have changed in the past 200,000 years.
  • Western Civilization isn't endangered - put first gear in!

    08/03/2008 9:30:59 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 25 replies · 174+ views
    08/03/2008 | WesternCulture
    The building of true civilization has always been exposed to various difficulties. But in the end, periods of unemployment, war and political turboil is nothing but small potatoes. Personally speaking, I'll turn 39 years old soon and one of the things that make me get out of bed and drive off to work each morning - a part from the luxury of driving a wonderful Volvo V70 to the place - is the magnificence of toiling in the company of certain younger Swedish work mates who I daily encounter there; people in their 20s who believe in hard work and...
  • The Struggle for Civilization

    07/06/2008 1:29:19 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 201+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 06, 2008 | Jack Lott
    The "War on Terror" is over, even as combat with terrorists continues. Like the "Wars" on Drugs and Poverty, it lingers on the back pages and the TV equivalent, the highbrow channels like Discovery and History. Meanwhile, the Department of Defense quietly gears up for the "long war" that is essential to countering the enemy.  The gulf between public perception and the grim reality couldn't be greater or more important to bridge. Public boredom with the combat should not displace the importance of understanding and dealing with conflict within the Muslim world. Seven years is a long time for the...
  • America's 3,320th Birthday? HAPPY FOURTH FRIENDS!

    07/03/2008 9:56:58 AM PDT · by Jo Nuvark · 18 replies · 167+ views
    CONTACT COMMUNITY ^ | 7-3-08 | Rabbi Daniel Lapin
    Tomorrow is our nation’s 232nd birthday. Two months ago Israel celebrated its 60th birthday. I feel that more honest arithmetic would have had the small beleaguered country actually celebrating its 3,320th birthday. What happened three millennia ago which brought the people of Israel into existence? Ancient Israel became a nation with an eternal destiny when it received its constitution, the Torah, from God on Mount Sinai and formally adopted it. “And (Moses) took the Book of the Covenant, and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said...
  • Who Were the Hurrians?

    06/25/2008 6:23:45 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 595+ views
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | July/August 2008 | Andrew Lawler
    Who Were the Hurrians? Volume 61 Number 4, July/August 2008 New discoveries in Syria suggest a little-known people fueled the rise of civilization Excavations at the 3rd millennium city of Urkesh in Syria are revealing new information about the mysterious people who lived there, known as the Hurrians. This view of the city's royal palace shows the service area (left) and living quarters (right). (Ken Garrett) With its vast plaza and impressive stone stairway leading up to a temple complex, Urkesh was designed to last. And for well over a millennium, this city on the dusty plains of what is...
  • Nobility of Spirit

    06/10/2008 9:44:36 AM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 1 replies · 314+ views
    The Wall Street Journal: Bookshelf ^ | June 10, 2008 | Darrin M. McMahon
    [Book review] Excerpt: Mr. Riemen's Nobility of Spirit is intended as a meditation on the forces that threaten civilization and, no less important, on the forces that are desperately needed to sustain it... The originality of Mr. Riemen's argument resides less in its defense of universal values than in its analysis of the assault they have suffered for so long. If so many intellectuals today find it difficult to utter words like "truth," "beauty," "piety" or "goodness" without mockery or ironic derision, the cause may be traced, in large part, to the abuse of those terms by philosophers and social...
  • Mr. Sammler’s City (70's-80's NYC almost collapsed under crime and nihilism. But it was saved.)

    05/20/2008 8:17:01 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 20 replies · 332+ views
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2008 | Myron Magnet
    Saul Bellow’s prophetic 1970 novel captured New York’s unraveling and remains a cautionary tale. As Bellow understood, the “anything goes” culture of the 1960s produced an “anything goes” city, where disorder and crime flourished, as in the Times Square of that era.Fear was a New Yorker’s constant companion in the 1970s and ’80s. We lived behind doors with triple locks, some like engines of medieval ironmongery. We barred our ground-floor and fire-escape windows with steel grates that made us feel imprisoned. I was thankful for mine, though, when a hatchet turned up on my fire escape, origin unknown. Nearing our...
  • And Now What?

    05/15/2008 6:38:09 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 26 replies · 67+ views ^ | 2008.05.14 | George Ure
    A couple of ... readers got together for dinner this week -- both well-educated types -- and chatted about the world for a few hours and what's ahead when present trends are projected and barring some miraculous change for the better. Afterwards, an email:Bottom line we got to, after all was said: OK, so we fortunate oddball ones have advance warning of a coming, indeed impending, broad scale societal collapse/restructuring - on multiple fronts - economic cycles, energy, K-wave, solar energy downturn (sunspot cycles). We can, and have, to the extent of our limited abilities, positioned ourselves individually to survive...
  • Are Europeans and Americans letting true Civilization down by childish, internal quarrels?

    05/03/2008 5:31:55 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 30 replies · 115+ views
    03052008 | WesternCulture
    I'd like to say so myself. It's time we realize we're actually in a war together and that all of us who do NOT participate at the front line have a special kind of obligation towards the brave men and women who ARE. I'm 38 years old and one thing I've learned from being alive this long is that a group of people who stand united, devoted to something of eternal value are, virtually, indestructable as such. Apart from being somewhat "old", I'm of Swedish stock (- like food a lot, but I'm not a Swedish chef in fact:D -)...
  • 'Naked nomad' who rejected civilization to wander the outback alone leaves a multi-million £ estate

    04/22/2008 12:20:10 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 29 replies · 115+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/14/08
    He walked naked through the Australian outback and died without clothes in a canoe in the jungle - but it was learned yesterday that the so-called 'Naked Nomad' had left behind a £2 million fortune. Eccentric Victor Flanagan wandered the sun-scorched roads of Australia without a stitch of clothing, slipping on a simple sarong when he entered towns, a curious figure with shoulder-length greying hair who had rejected civilisation. Everyone believed he was penniless, but it has now been revealed that Mr Flanagan had left behind land worth £2 million near Busselton, in Western Australia. He had inherited the property...
  • SEX IN DEPTH: When freaky-deaky equals hara-kiri (Japan dying for lack of real sex)

    03/07/2008 2:59:51 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 113 replies · 3,124+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | March 8, 2008 | William Sparrow
    The Japanese population is believed to have peaked at about 127.5 million in 2005. Since then the figure has declined, with some estimates suggesting the population could shrink to 105 million by 2050. The drop is feared to have negative impacts on the nation's labor force and grave social and economic consequences. Recent reports seem to indicate that the sexual proclivities of Japanese men are contributing adversely to the situation. More and more men, reports maintain, are turning to masturbation and sex toys rather than to their female counterparts. And further exacerbating an already declining birthrate of 1.29 children per...
  • WSU Researchers Study Fate of an Ancient American Southwest Civilization

    02/29/2008 6:33:25 AM PST · by blam · 25 replies · 133+ views ^ | 2-19-2008 | WSU
    WSU Researchers Study Fate of an Ancient American Southwest Civilization Evidence suggests that the Anasazi fled the region and joined related groups to the south and east. While the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde are easily the best known of these settlements, the region is dotted with some 4,000 known archaeological sites, including communities which supported as many as several hundred families. (PULLMAN, Wash.) - Using computer simulations to synthesize both new and earlier research, a team of scientists led by a Washington State University anthropology professor has given new perspective to the long-standing question of what happened more...
  • Centuries-old Maya Blue mystery finally solved

    02/26/2008 2:17:19 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 21 replies · 239+ views ^ | February 26, 2008.
    Anthropologists from Wheaton College (Illinois) and The Field Museum have discovered how the ancient Maya produced an unusual and widely studied blue pigment that was used in offerings, pottery, murals and other contexts across Mesoamerica from about A.D. 300 to 1500. First identified in 1931, this blue pigment (known as Maya Blue) has puzzled archaeologists, chemists and material scientists for years because of its unusual chemical stability, composition and persistent color in one of the world’s harshest climates. The anthropologists solved another old mystery, namely the presence of a 14-foot layer of blue precipitate found at the bottom of the...
  • Too much pleasure, too few children

    02/25/2008 1:13:10 PM PST · by Caleb1411 · 320 replies · 2,952+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 02/22/2008 | ROD DREHER
    Civilization depends on the health of the traditional family. That sentiment has become a truism among social conservatives, who typically can't explain what they mean by it. Which is why it sounds like right-wing boilerplate to many contemporary ears. The late Harvard sociologist Carle C. Zimmerman believed it was true, but he also knew why. In 1947, he wrote a massive book to explain why latter-day Western civilization was now living through the same family crisis that presaged the fall of classical Greece and Rome. His classic "Family and Civilization," which has just been republished in an edited version by...
  • Thus ends Western Civilization

    02/08/2008 7:42:05 AM PST · by kc8ukw · 27 replies · 87+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb. 8, 2008 | Joseph Farah
    The London Daily Mail reports this week that one in four Britons don't believe Prime Minister Winston Churchill actually existed. They suspect he is a mythical character, rather than a historical one. Likewise, they think historical figures such as Florence Nightingale, Sir Walter Raleigh, Mahatma Gandhi and Cleopatra were also fictional personalities created for literature or films.
  • The Clash

    01/24/2008 12:23:54 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 27 replies · 97+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 6, 2008 | FOUAD AJAMI
    It would have been unlike Samuel P. Huntington to say “I told you so” after 9/11. He is too austere and serious a man, with a legendary career as arguably the most influential and original political scientist of the last half century — always swimming against the current of prevailing opinion. In the 1990s, first in an article in the magazine Foreign Affairs, then in a book published in 1996 under the title “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order,” he had come forth with a thesis that ran counter to the zeitgeist of the era and...
  • Did a Tsunami Wipe Out a Cradle of Western Civilization?

    01/15/2008 8:53:15 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 38 replies · 551+ views
    Discover Magazine ^ | 01.04.2008 | Evan Hadingham
    The effects of the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004 are only too well known: It knocked the hell out of Aceh Province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, leveling buildings, scattering palm trees, and wiping out entire villages. It killed more than 160,000 people in Aceh alone and displaced millions more. Similar scenes of destruction were repeated along the coasts of Southeast Asia, India, and as far west as Africa. The magnitude of the disaster shocked the world. What the world did not know was that the 2004 tsunami—seemingly so unprecedented in scale—would yield specific clues to one of...
  • ‘Renaissance Couldn’t Have Happened Without Muslim Input’

    01/15/2008 5:15:30 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 100 replies · 805+ views
    Arab News ^ | 15 January 2008 | Hassna’a Mokhtar
    JEDDAH, 15 January 2008 — The history of science and civilization, as taught by many institutions in the West, often fails to include more than 1,000 years of Islamic heritage and civilization, according to Dr. Salim Al-Hassani of the UK-based Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilization. “The Renaissance couldn’t have happened out of nothing,” said Al-Hassani while speaking at Dar Al-Hekma College here yesterday. “In the West, there’s total ignorance of the contributions of other civilizations. Did modern civilization really rise from nothing?” Al-Hassani explained how many Western discoveries are of Muslim origin. There was a lost age of Muslim...

    12/24/2007 6:16:40 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 52 replies · 262+ views
    12/24/2007 | WesternCulture
    Christmas, they say, is a time to be with your family. From my perspective, 'family' is, in one way, a wider community than most of us acknowledge. Personally, I view not only my parents, my brother and my relatives here in Sweden as 'my family'. 'My family' also includes all the hard working inhabitants of Gothenburg/Göteborg - the city where I live, it also includes the nation of Sweden, it includes Scandinavia, it encompasses Europe and at least to me, it is also the whole of the Western World. When I have visited other great Western nations, be it Italy,...
  • The true enemy: human tribalism

    12/18/2007 11:37:23 AM PST · by BGHater · 48 replies · 409+ views
    National Post ^ | 18 Dec 2007 | Jonathan Kay
    The clash of civilizations we're living through is widely seen as a battle between Islam and Christendom. I'm convinced it's more basic than that. The reason Iraq and Afghanistan remain unsettled battlefields isn't that our two civilizations can't agree on the nature of God. It's because we can't agree on the nature of man. In the West, we take it for granted that human beings are autonomous individuals. We decide for ourselves how we dress, where we work, whom we marry. Our political system is an atomized democracy, in which everyone is expected to vote according to their own idiosyncratic...
  • The Mother Of All Civilizations (Caral, Peru)

    12/16/2007 8:19:48 AM PST · by blam · 70 replies · 449+ views
    Times OF India ^ | 12-16-2007 | Shobhan Saxena
    The mother of all civilisations 16 Dec 2007, 0001 hrs IST,Shobhan Saxena,TNN The ruins were so magnificent and sprawling that some people believed that the aliens from a faraway galaxy had built the huge pyramids that stood in the desert across the Andes. Some historians believed that the complex society, which existed at that time, was born out of fear and war. They looked for the telltale signs of violence that they believed led to the creation of this civilisation. But, they could not find even a hint of any warfare. It was baffling. Even years after Ruth Shady Solis...