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American Birthrates at an All-time Low

August 15th, 2016 by G.

For several years, every year the birthrate has reached new lows.

Ho-hum, no big deal.

 

What are the best observable criteria for a successful country, society or culture? Three suggestions…

1. Religion: A vigorous, pervasive, personally-engaged, positively-inflected religious life.

2. Love: Above-replacement fertility rates; loving families are valued and usual.

3. Soul: Individuals who are acting-from their own souls (not passively-controlled by the external environment). This means relationships are deep and valid; and also means that what people do is expressive of their real selves.

thus Bruce Charlton.  He goes on to say that prosperity and power are fleeting if Religion, Love, and Soul are vanished.
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August 15th, 2016 10:00:53

Most wrenching news story of the day

August 11th, 2016 by Vader

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August 11th, 2016 10:44:10

Put on the whole armor of …

August 07th, 2016 by Bookslinger

whatever.

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August 07th, 2016 21:55:23

States without Texting Bans

August 05th, 2016 by John Mansfield

I’m looking at a recent traffic safety newsletter produced by Cape Fox, a company that does driver training programs for the military. An article on texting while parking (instead of driving) lists the U.S. states and territories where texting while driving is illegal. Six states are not on the list.

Which six states are they? Please restrict yourself to two states per hour in the comments.

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August 05th, 2016 07:13:45

God Incarnate

August 02nd, 2016 by G.

 the Christian fact of the divine Jesus becoming incarnate, dying and then being resurrected in a perfected but human body – strongly implies that incarnation is a higher state than immaterial spirit life.

Yet the fact of incarnation and resurrection has been, for most of Christian history, confused by the dogmatic assertion that God the Father was disembodied, an immaterial spirit – despite multiple scriptural references which seem to imply the  opposite.

-thus Bruce Charlton. Read the whole thing.

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August 02nd, 2016 04:28:44

Brother Brigham Gets His Tweet On

August 01st, 2016 by G.

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August 01st, 2016 07:10:33

Angina Monologue 31

July 29th, 2016 by Vader

His Majesty got back from a long campaign tour last night.

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July 29th, 2016 22:51:41

Only people with morals can be hypocrites

July 29th, 2016 by Zen

I noticed this passage from Neal Stephenson’s Diamond Age, and I thought it related remarkably well with Adam’s Virtue with no name.

“You know, when I was a young man, hypocrisy was deemed the worst of vices,” Finkle-McGraw said. “It was all because of moral relativism. You see, in that sort of a climate, you are not allowed to criticize others—after all, if there is no absolute right and wrong, then what grounds is there for criticism?”

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July 29th, 2016 12:17:25

How Many Decapitated Heads?

July 26th, 2016 by Man SL

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July 26th, 2016 15:52:32

Voter Anger, Citizen Distress

July 26th, 2016 by G.

Haunting this year’s presidential contest is the sense that the U.S. government no longer belongs to the people and no longer represents them. And this uneasy feeling is not misplaced. It reflects the real state of affairs.

thus Myron Magnet, boss at City Journal.

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July 26th, 2016 10:20:18

Militant Openmindedness

July 21st, 2016 by G.

=severely punishing deviations from accepted schools of thought.

Irony is dead.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Home for Exhausted Cynics.

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July 21st, 2016 12:08:35

Prescott’s Conquest of Mexico

July 14th, 2016 by Patrick Henry

I just finished reading Prescott’s Conquest of Mexico (1842).  Free or at least very cheap on the Kindle.  Superior writing, highly recommended.
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July 14th, 2016 07:24:38

The Work of Devils

July 08th, 2016 by G.

What do our friends think of this account of a psychiatrist who believes that some small fraction of the mentally ill are straightforwardly haunted by devils?

I am by constitution a materialist skeptic.  But the extension of my skepticism to science also and my own experience in the gospel has probably left me an agnostic about such things.  Certainly the gospel accounts are clear.

But it still seems to me that in the diabolic economy, the Lowerarchy is content to let fear and rumor and sin do most of their work for them.  Presumably direct action enables direct responses.

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July 08th, 2016 07:18:57

Birth Order Stats

July 08th, 2016 by John Mansfield

From “Table 2. Births, by age of mother, live-birth order, and race of mother: United States, 2014” in “Births: Final Data for 2014,” National Vital Statistics Reports, Volume 64, Number 12 are the following number of first-borns, second-borns, etc.:

1st: 1,550,475; 2nd: 1,267,334; 3rd: 667,446; 4th: 283,953; 5th; 110,565; 6th: 46,045; 7th: 20,771; 8th and over: 21,589; not stated: 19,898; total: 3,988,076.

That makes for the following ratios:

1st/2nd: 1.22; 2nd/3rd: 1.90; 3rd/4th: 2.35; 4th/5th: 2.57; 5th/6th: 2.40; 6th/7th: 2.22.

I wonder what my six children would make of this, particularly the youngest. The ratios correspond somewhat with my own experience as a potential parent: The choice to have a second child was never pondered independently—it was part of the choice to marry. After that, conception was a consciously considered matter, and considered one child at a time. The last two were on exception, though. Before conceiving a fifth child, we decided to also have a sixth if we could and then retire from getting and bearing. After the sixth was born, that seemed to be a good decision and we stayed with it.

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July 08th, 2016 06:17:58

Trouble and Anxiety, like Chaff in the Wind

July 06th, 2016 by Man SL

 Another June, another birthday. Would the kids remember to call? Mom and Dad have a strict and binding agreement not to prompt them.

They both called, bless them.

Better than that, in fact. My son, after wishing me a happy birthday, said: “I bought you a present, Dad.”

Me: “Hey, thanks! You going to mail it or bring it?” (He lives on the other side of the country but will be home for a couple of weeks in July.)

He: “Neither. Go upstairs to my room. [I went.] My clothes closet … second shelf from top … about eye level. Reach towards the back. You’ll feel some tissue paper …”

It was a beautiful, rather expensive, silk tie.  Junior, thinking ahead, had purchased it last time he was home, six months ago, and secreted it in his closet for my birthday.

At such moments all the troubles and anxiety of child-raising, all the storm and stress, blow away like chaff in the wind, leaving in plain sight the core things, the things that really matter.

-thus John Derbyshire.

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