Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Theory about rap, plus the sexes and the faith

  • How to kill a community: lessons from mediocre rappers. Interesting ideas. Rebuttal: maybe the answer's not to blame capitalism or whitey the way the white left does. I don't hate rap per se. It's not music, which has a tune; the best of it is street poetry.
  • The secret dual lives of people living with mental illness.
  • Quoted by Sunshine Mary: Women want to enter male spaces and make the space feminine, as a power play, not out of any interest in the things of value in that male space, which they inevitably destroy. This is a key issue in gamergate, where feminists demand that the games should be no fun and no one should play them. Women want to rule, even though it makes them unhappy — it is a fitness test. They are looking for men that can defeat them, master them, and put them in their proper place. Bob Wallace denies there are sh*t tests but this makes sense.
  • Quoted by Roissy: Nor does the sexual promiscuity of Brave New World seem so very distant. There are already certain American cities in which the number of divorces is equal to the number of marriages. In a few years, no doubt, marriage licenses will be sold like dog licenses, good for a period of twelve months, with no law against changing dogs or keeping more than one animal at a time. As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase. And the dictator (unless he needs cannon fodder and families with which to colonize empty or conquered territories) will do well to encourage that freedom. In conjunction with the freedom to daydream under the influence of dope and movies and the radio, it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate. — Aldous Huxley, 1947
  • The separated brethren: the Queen gives approval for women bishops. Gone: a certain image of England. Elizabeth II has a lot of admirable qualities but she's not necessarily conservative. Or chances are she's bound by the unwritten "constitution," long-standing custom: she rubber-stamps what the government approves.
  • Apparently in the Church of England, "traditional Anglo-Catholic" now only means "doesn't like women, nudge, wink," so such have no real problem with their leader doing this: Bishop Jonathan Baker gets OK to divorce and remarry... with the divorced wife of a priest. The same church whose mainstream (the Archbishop of Canterbury) as recently as 1936 refused to marry the King to Mrs. Simpson. Does anybody else see a Forward in Faith/Affirming Catholic merger on the horizon? (The gays don't like the girls, but the girls back the gays, so the gays owe them one.) Baker was also, until becoming a bishop, a Freemason. This thing isn't Catholic; the congregationalism won't work in the long run. But if you grew up in that "Catholic" setting, that takes a while to figure out.
  • The traditional Mass cannot be stage-managed. This is the heart of the opposition to it among bishops, especially in Europe. It is Tradition itself that manages the Mass of the Ages, and whoever celebrates this Mass, cardinal, bishop or priest, must submit himself to the Mass, must submit himself to the Sacrifice that he is offering, and in that submission realizes his ministry as a priest of God. — Fr. Richard G. Cipolla, D.Phil.
  • SS. Simon and Jude.

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