It’s Back to the 1960’s and 1970’s for Urban Decay, but Some Have Had Enough

Including this now ex-Washingtonian: During the last night in my condo in DC, I had to walk my dog an extra lap around the block because a crazy person was outside screaming obscenities. I wasn’t afraid. I just didn’t feel like getting into it with him or having to listen to his story—his “Let me …

Dollar Hegemony Will End, But Not Voluntarily

Wishful thinking from Foreign Affairs: Dollar hegemony isn’t foreordained. For years, analysts have warned that China and other powers might decide to abandon the dollar and diversify their currency reserves for economic or strategic reasons. To date, there is little reason to think that global demand for dollars is drying up. But there is another …

From Covid to crime: how media hype distorts risk, or the creek water will get you every time

We all rely on the news to give us information about the world. That information lets us make decisions: whether it’s safe to fly to Spain, whether red wine causes cancer, whether we’re likely to lose our job for tweeting something. We use the media to help us understand the risks that surround us. The… via …

Two months since the riots, and still no “National Conversation”

We are now approaching the two-month mark since the riots that erupted across the United States in late May and early June. There is a reasonable argument to be made that these riots were unprecedented in U.S. history — or at the very least, since the 1960s. Yet if one surveyed the national media today, …

A Lesson From the Middle East About Useless Jobs

Many jobs is our so-called capitalist economy aren't worth much: What’s going on? Surprisingly, one of the more convincing explanations comes from an anthropologist who has looked beyond narrow economic reasoning to examine the actual social or psychological functions served by many of the jobs in today’s service and knowledge economy. David Graeber of the …

Review – Prolegomena: A Defense of the Scholastic Method by Jordan Cooper — The North American Anglican

Prolegomena: A Defense of the Scholastic Method. By Jordan Cooper. A Contemporary Protestant Scholastic Theology. The Weidner Institute: A Division of Just and Sinner, 2020. 358 pp. $21.60 (paperback) Whether you realize it or not, a heated debate has been taking place in Protestant circles these past few decades, over the usefulness or even compatibility… via …

Those Elusive Free Speech Rights

In wandering through some old posts, found this one from 2010, with certainly bears repeating, on free speech: Americans have always considered their rights–especially the one of free speech–as “inalienable.” And why not: after all, it’s in our fundamental national document, isn’t it? Isn’t that why we make such a big deal of “rights?” Because …

China’s Historic Houston Consulate Gets the Boot, Goes Up in Flames — vulcanhammer.info

In the midst of the souring relationship between the two countries: Beijing vowed to retaliate after it said that the United States ordered its Houston consulate to be closed within 72 hours, calling it an “outrageous and unjustified move,” marking a serious escalation in the quickly deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and China… The announcement […] …

What the woke movement shares with communism — UnHerd

“In the summer of 1921 luck broke my way in the shape of the great Russian famine which then threatened to cost about 30,000,000 lives, and probably did cost 5,000,000 or 6,000,000 including deaths from disease.”1 For Walter Duranty, who as the Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for the New York Times led the cover-up of the… …

The Sad Case of COVID and the Westmore Church of God

The reality of COVID 19--instead of just a dreary recitation of statistics--came home when an outbreak took place at the Westmore Church of God in Cleveland, TN.  Things haven't gotten any better, with the passing of two of its members.  All of this led to this message from its pastor, Kelvin Page:   We are …

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