Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Oxford Review

While it is tempting to align with the Copperheads, the Northern anti-war and anti-Lincoln Democrats who sympathized with the South, by doing so one runs headlong into true detestation of slavery. A similar contradiction manifests itself when one is attracted by the antebellum South, by the culture of the South, by the very idea of the South — but with an important difference. Notwithstanding the South’s sin of slavery, the antebellum South represented noble virtues and aspirations like tradition, manners, honor, hospitality, and duty far better than its eventual conqueror ever did. For a traditional Catholic, the antebellum South — its very ethos — is far more resonant and familiar than any other American subculture or time period. Thus, one must bring a fair amount of suspicion to any Lincoln hagiography or demonization of the South. In our time, knowledgeable haters of the South are, perhaps just beneath the surface, people who likely hate the Catholic Church as well.

via www.newoxfordreview.org


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40-year old meat confiscated in China: Weird business news - Yahoo Finance

Who doesn’t love a well-aged Porterhouse steak or an 18-month aged slice of prosciutto? Perhaps that’s what Chinese smugglers who were caught selling 40-year old frozen meat were thinking. Chinese officials found and confiscated 800 tons of contraband meat this week, and some of it dated back to the 1970s. The frozen meat that had been around since the end of the Vietnam War was headed towards restaurants, supermarkets and retailers.

via finance.yahoo.com

They get our confidential records, we get their old meat.

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Planetary Pas de Deux: See Venus and Jupiter Dance in the Evening Sky - NBC News

The celestial highlight of the month is actually a drama that has been building all through June: The two brightest planets in our sky — Venus and Jupiter — have been slowly approaching each other.

via www.nbcnews.com

I saw it last night. It was cool.

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‘I Don’t Believe in God, but I Believe in Lithium’ - The New York Times

Despite the fact that people have benefited from its use for millenniums, how lithium works upon brains is largely unknown. ‘‘It has so-called trophic or fertilizing activity on the brain — that is, it stabilizes membranes,’’ says James Kocsis, a professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and an expert on lithium. But the actual mechanics are a mystery. One way to think about its effect, though, is suggested by a 2007 U.C.L.A. study that found that bipolar patients taking lithium had significantly more gray matter than their counterparts, especially in the region associated with a person’s capacity to maintain attention and emotional control.

via www.nytimes.com

Very interesting.

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That clown crank is something | San Diego Reader

Witnesses then alerted authorities to a vehicle that was seen fleeing the area "at a high rate of speed." Deputies tracked the car to the 8700 block of Rockview Drive (nearby), where two more unidentified adult males were detained after the discovery of methamphetamine and a clown mask in their vehicle.

An investigation revealed that the men had arrived at the Limon address seeking to collect a debt from the homeowner, who had armed himself with a shotgun. After the men forced their way into his garage, at least one shot was fired, striking one of his assailants, all three of whom were eventually arrested.

Animal control services also provided aid to one of the occupants' three dogs that suffered minor injuries during the altercation. Detectives say their investigation is ongoing.

via www.sandiegoreader.com

Another day in paradise.

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Gay Marriages Are Better Than Straight Marriages - POLITICO Magazine

Now that the Supreme Court has decided that gay marriages deserve the same rights as straight ones, it’s worth keeping in mind the findings of psychologists John and Julie Gottman, arguably the world’s leading experts on what makes relationships work. They are finding that gay and heterosexual marriages share a lot in common in terms of why they thrive or fail, but on one of the biggest determinants of marital success—how couples fight—gay couples have an edge.

“They are,” John Gottman told me, “a lot nicer to each other during fights.”

via www.politico.com

Some marriages are more equal than others. It's Science!

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It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy - Fredrik deBoer - POLITICO Magazine

The question presents itself: Where does the next advance come? The answer is going to make nearly everyone uncomfortable: Now that we’ve defined that love and devotion and family isn’t driven by gender alone, why should it be limited to just two individuals? The most natural advance next for marriage lies in legalized polygamy—yet many of the same people who pressed for marriage equality for gay couples oppose it.

via www.politico.com

O heck, it's past time! Not sure LWJ would go for it though. I certainly don't like the idea of sharing her, and I suppose that would be part of the deal. Also, good Lord, think of the expense.

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Supreme Court justices stop playing nice - POLITICO

And two, the gloves came off, with the justices hurling especially nasty words at each other, shattering the illusion that they are all good friends.

via www.politico.com

I was wondering about this.

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How I created the languages of Dothraki and Valyrian for Game of Thrones | OxfordWords blog

Before crafting the tales of Middle-Earth, J. R. R. Tolkien was a conlanger. Unlike the many known to history who came before him, though, Tolkien created languages for the pure joy of it. Professionally, he became a philologist, but he continued to work on his own languages, eventually creating his famous Lord of the Rings series as an extension of the linguistic legendarium he’d been crafting for many years. Though his written works would become more famous than his linguistic creations, his conlangs, in particular Sindarin and Quenya, would go on to inspire new generations of conlangers throughout the rest of the 20th century.

via blog.oxforddictionaries.com

This guy visited Cal and my son, who is an extreme Game of Thrones fan, went to see him. He said he was very interesting.

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New Oxford Review-- gender fluid scouts

In a first for the Utah Girl Scouts, a new local troop is now accepting boys — at least those who identify as girls (KUTV.com, Apr. 14). “As long as a youth identifies as a girl or with girls, even if they are genderfluid on the day that they registered, then they can become a Girl Scout,” said Shari Solomon-Klebba, outreach coordinator for the Girl Scouts of Utah. The troop held its first meeting at the Utah Pride Center in Salt Lake City, which, according to director Sheila Raboy, opened its doors to the troop to offer a safe space for children and those grappling with gender identity. The meeting was held in a game room that had a box of condoms on a table and signage that read, “Some boys have vaginas.” Leaving the items in the room was an oversight, Raboy said, noting they would be removed for future meetings. The troop’s first meeting included five girls, ages 6-10 years old, all of whom were born female. No boys who identify as girls attended.

via www.newoxfordreview.org

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