As always, these are things that have caught my eye and stuck with me over the last few months.
What are the most rock and roll sounding classical pieces?
Advice For the Untenured Conservative Humanist: Some good advice and examples here
6 Famous Documentaries That Were Shockingly Full of Crap
The Onion: College Encourages Lively Exchange Of Idea: Students, Faculty Invited To Freely Express Single Viewpoint
Are You Planning A Cake Hoax? These 5 Tips Will Make Sure It’s A Success
*LANGUAGE & LITERATURE*
Aeneid book VI translated by Seamus Heaney
The history of English can be explained in five words
The Burning Ladder: a poem by Dana Gioia
The Secret History of One Hundred Years of Solitude
10 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Nevada Should Take
North Las Vegas jogging routes
46 photos of life at a Japanese internment camp, taken by Ansel Adams
I really want to stay at the Wild Rose Inn in Genoa, Nevada
“A Patriotic Wish,” by Edgar A. Guest
Donna Torres photography of Yellowstone
*POLITICS & SOCIETY*
I reflected at the lack of big families now and the derision that many people have for tight-knit families in general. Our society is now a culture of drifters who move place to place who seek solace in their hipster lifestyle and sense of social justice. Their sense of outrage is often a substitute for family or religion or both. There is less sense of community and human compassion for individuals now.
–Dr. Helen, “Love” — read the whole thing!
Jeannie Suk on transgender bathrooms
The Road to Serfdom in cartoons
Move over LGBTQ, the new acronym is LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM (No, this is not a joke)
The Culture War In One Graph: good discussion of values
And then there’s leftist religions.
Like a zealot or religious fanatic, leftist fanatics worship and use their made-up religions to fill the hole of nothingness that is otherwise known as their life. This is why you NEVER see the captain of the football team with a 3.8GPA join the “anarchist/marxist/minarchist” trench-coat wearing, movie-theater-shooting, nerd crowd. Or the studious Asian engineering major block the interstate near campus. They have lives. They have meaning. They have purpose. They have agency. They have value to the rest of society.
But again, those things require work, effort, rigor, math, and intellectual honesty.
Ergo, why do all that hard stuff when you can just claim a religion?
You’re a feminist!
You’re going green!
You eat only organic/non-GMO/gluten-free/whateverthefrickthey’llcomeupwithnextweek!
You’re fighting racism!
You’re helping the poor!
You’re a pacifist!
You have a ADDHDHHDH Autism or Aspergers are bi-polar or whatever you want to tell yourself.
You can claim allegiance to any one of an increasing number of bogus leftist religions and simply wear that trait on your sleeve like a badge of honor. And the best thing about it, so AWESOME in fact that leftists masturbate to it, is…
you didn’t have to expend one calorie of energy on work to get it. You simply “declared” you had this trait or believed this religion. And now, not only does your worthless life have faux-worth. You are a more intelligent, superior person to those troglodytes who don’t understand “intersectionality.”
Let’s play the ‘blame Israel game’ with The New York Times
It’s dangerous and wrong to tell all children they’re ‘gender fluid’
When I recently asked a class of undergraduates at Oglethorpe University if any of them thought there were “no meaningful differences between men and women,” two female students raised their hands. When I pointed to the obvious reproductive differences between males and females, which give young women the unique ability to conceive and bear children, they looked at me as if I had committed an act of hurtful bigotry.
L. Tom Perry, “A Meaningful Celebration”
Christianity is a religion of losers. To the weak and humble, it offers a stripped and humiliated Lord. To those without reason for optimism, it holds up the cross as a sign of hope. To anyone who does not win at life, it promises that whoever loses his life for Christ’s sake shall find it. At its center stands a truth that we are prone to forget. There are people who cannot be made into winners, no matter how positive their thinking. They need something more paradoxical and cruciform.
To The Mom Who Is Exhausted, Depressed, and Completely Overwhelmed…5 Lessons from the Prophet Elijah
Defending the Faith: ‘From Darkness unto Light’ takes a fresh look at recovery, publication of the Book of Mormon