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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! @ pajamasmedia.com ^ | 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by an old friend who was looking for it.In a month or two I'm going to be putting out two compilations of previously unpublished materials: SEEING THE UNSEEN: ADVENTURES IN...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
    pajamasmedia.com ^ | 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eENe0bBhvSM
  • 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 Grani.ru 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
    acton.org ^ | 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
    pajamasmedia.com ^ | 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
    PajamasMedia.com ^ | 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
    pajamasmedia.com/ejectejecteject ^ | 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...