Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Secular Europe and more

  • Steve Sailer on Russian bad guys in the movies. They're a stock villain now but weren't in the Cold War. Figures, since Hollywood was riddled with Communists. We helped the USSR win WWII.
  • Somebody needs to publish a Pokemon-style table of Power Points for all combinations of various Victimist statuses so you can instantly calculate who gets over on whom. Oddly enough, there seems to be a pretty high correlation between how victimized your groups are perceived to be in the media and how powerful your groups are behind the scenes in the media.
  • Today's intention in the Chair of Unity Octave is the conversion of European Protestants, which mostly means Lutheran Germany. Sounds like what it is: from 100 years ago. Hard to imagine a religious Protestant Europe now, when the Catholic countries like Italy, Spain, and Ireland are iffy. Are northern Germany, the Netherlands, and the Nordic countries the most secular places on the continent? (Most of the old Soviet empire in Eastern Europe is non-practicing Orthodox, different from secularists.) We're not talking about Lutherans and Dutch Reformed anymore but atheists. Yesterday was about the submission of Anglicans, imagining the conversion of the British Empire/Anglosphere: today, write off Britain and work on ecumenism with the Global South in Africa, so they remember what the church really teaches and know that the door is always open. (Ditto tomorrow's intention, American Christians: the evangelicals.) Anglicans' would-be Catholics, who taught me pre-conciliar Catholic practice when the American church wanted nothing to do with it, are now Catholic so we're done. By the way I like confessional Lutherans (the Missouri Synod), our semi-Catholic cousins.
  • Our capital ought not be Tel Aviv. I don't like the Fed but still, a foreigner shouldn't be its vice chairman.
  • From Roissy: With names like “Bullrun” and “Manassas” for these programs, NSA is now (inadvertently) telling us they consider themselves to be battling a civil war… with the citizens of the United States. Some would call this the result of mass scale managerialism run amok. I’d use a less innocuous-sounding term: Tyranny.
  • The Henry Higgins of North American English. Many of the accents are subtle, not that different from newscaster American. Dick Clark from upstate New York for example. I knew about the difference between the old Southern accents that dropped post-vocalic r's, and the hard r's of Appalachia and Texas, the dominant Southern voice now. (England vs. Scotland?) This man calls that old sound Classic Southern, and distinguishes between Lowland and Inland Southern now, Inland apparently sounding more "country." This test, based mostly on word choice, is amazingly accurate. (My big marker, "hoagie," is something I don't eat.)

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