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Friday, 28 February 2014
Freezing
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It's freezing again -- it's essentially zero what with the wind chill that blows nobody good, and I have no tolerance left -- zero tolerance -- for zero. This Mawson moment is lasting too long. O Westren wind when wilt thou blow? O zephyrs of spring, who are supposed to be on winter's traces, what in god's name is keeping you?
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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 28 February 2014
On The Road To Damascus
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Hezbollah, rebels claim, is having a bad day.

Here.

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Survival in Sodom by Magda Székely
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translated from the Hungarian and edited by Thomas Ország-Land (March 2014)

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Saving the Sodomites

I hold a solitary vigil

over this forsaken garden

of bones. The skulls have called my name.

It is my lot to guard them.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
A Doge by Rainer Maria Rilke
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translated by Len Krisak (March 2014)

Ambassadors could see the stingy way

they treated him and all he did.

While they were spurring him to greatness, they

hid spies about his golden throne, and bid  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Is This the Last Day of Autumn in Dhenkanal?
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by Bibhu Padhi (March 2014)


Someone whispers, winter

is already here.

From the south-facing hills,

a thin sheet of chill is stealing in

through the ill-fitting doors, but  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Kosti's Ambrose
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by Richard Kostelanetz (March 2014)


In memory of B(rian). S. Johnson (1933-1973).

Long an admirer of Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary, I’m here appropriating him, much as I’ve appropriated other literary heroes, in this case rewriting some of his entries to make them mine and adding a few of my own reflecting his influence, not just what I wish I wrote but what I rewrote. Humor I like to rewrite mostly to be mine. Some of my own entries, written in 1958, became the earliest text ever reprinted by me (in Skeptical Essays [2010]) and thus stands in retrospect as my first piece of serious writing. These appear here boldfaced. Other entries, some more personal, were written recently and distributed without my credits alphabetically. 

--Richard Kostelanetz, RidgeWood-SoHo, NY 11385-5751.

A thick Brtish accent, n. A prime prerequisite for a television appearance by a delegate to the U.N. from a newly created nation in Africa or Asia.

ABASEMENT, n.  A customary mental attitude in the presence of wealth or power that is peculiarly necessary for an underling whenever addressing an insecure superior.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Life in the Mind
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by Moshe Dann (March 2014)


The dark mahogany armchair in the waiting room reminds me of her soft arms. Rubbing the wood’s deep grain, I wonder if magically she would appear. But she is gone, and I am here, not there, and this is only a chair with sturdy legs and smooth unyielding back.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Review of Journal of Modern Wisdom Volumes I & II
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by Travis Dumsday (March 2014)


The Journal of Modern Wisdom is a newly founded venue for concise essays on culture, politics, and ethics, with most contributors writing from a broadly (very broadly) conservative perspective. Neither an academic peer-reviewed journal nor a popular magazine, the JMW occupies a space that overlaps to some extent such publications as First Things and City Journal,while possessing a distinctive voice of its own. In what follows I will summarize some of the highlights of the JMW’s first two volumes, and though I will venture some critical comments, my aim here is chiefly to give the reader an introduction to this welcome new entrant into the public square.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Letter to a Selfish Child
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by G. Murphy Donovan  (March 2014)


“The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.” - Ayn Rand

seldom talk to your folks about your behavior, no less what might be done about it. Parents circle the wagons when outsiders volunteer criticism or advice, especially when the subject is children. Love often smothers common sense. So let me talk to you directly, you the potential adult; surely a stretch at this point. Nonetheless, I’m going to give candor a chance. Sometimes, especially when all else has failed, only the truth will do.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Ecology vs. Social Justice: A Contrived Conflict
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by Lorna Salzman (March 2014)


Introduction

Though rumblings continue from social justice activists on why social justice should take precedence over ecological concerns, the notion that these are incompatible is quite mistaken, even dangerous. This arises primarily because American liberals and the left generally have emerged from and are motivated by the intense, overriding ideology of equality.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Engagement is Folly
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A review by Jerry Gordon  (March 2014)

Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engagement with Rogue Regimes
by Michael Rubin
Encounter Books ( Feb.18, 2014)
Hardcover: 384 pp.
ISBN: 978-1594037238

In January 1954, during a White House visit, Britain’s redoubtable Prime Minister Winston Churchill said that “To jaw jaw is always better than to war war.”  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
The Peril of Engaging Rogue States: An Interview with Dr. Michael Rubin
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by Jerry Gordon (March 2014)


Michael Rubin, former Bush era Pentagon official who is currently a Resident Scholar at the Washington, DC –based American Enterprise Institute (AEI), has been engaged in intense media interviews since the launch of his new book, Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimeswhich covers Rubin’s research on fifty years of US and Western experience with rogue regimes and terrorist groups.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Obama’s Pen, Phone and Scissors
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by Norman Berdichevsky (March 2014)


The recent arrogant remarks by the President that he does not have to wait for Congress to act because he has a pen and phone are nothing less than throwing down a gauntlet to both humiliate and deprecate not just the Congress, but eventually the Supreme Court and ultimately the Constitution itself through a series of unprecedented Executive Orders. These amount to nothing less than utilizing his third handy (but unmentioned) tool – a pair of scissors to eviscerate the Constitution.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Minneapolis Fire Investigation Reveals Money Launderer for Al Shabaab
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by Jerry Gordon (March 2014)

On January 1, 2014 a spectacular explosion and fire occurred at a building in the predominately Somali émigré area of Minneapolis located in Congressional district of US Rep. Keith EllisonA Gates of Vienna (GOV) report noted what occurred:

At 8:16am a catastrophic fire broke out at 514 Cedar Avenue South in a predominantly Somali neighborhood of Minneapolis.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Why Islam is a Cult
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by Richard Hobbs (March 2014)


A recent article on cults identified the 15 separate traits that the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) identifies as common among cults. According to Michael D. Langone, Ph.D., concerted efforts at influence and control lie at the core of cultic groups, programs, and relationships.  Many members and supporters of cults are not fully aware of the extent to which members may have been manipulated, exploited, even abused – some would say brainwashed. The list of social-structural, social-psychological, and interpersonal behavioral patterns commonly found in cultic environments may be helpful in assessing a particular group to help determine if it is in fact a cult. Langone states that this list is not a definitive checklist but is an analytical tool to determine if a specific group is a cult.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
When Is Harassment Not Harassment? When It’s Via Twitter
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by Catstrangler101 (March 2014)


This week I've been thinking about the whole concept of "harassment" as it applies to communications sent via Twitter. I have to declare an interest, of course, since someone not a million miles away from me is currently due up before the beak in Birmingham Magistrates Court on Tuesday 08 April to face a charge of Racially Aggravated Harassment for allegedly calling that mendacious grievance-mongering taqiyya-artist - Fiyaz Mughal OBE of TellMamaUK notoriety - a "Lying Muslim Scumbag."  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Harry Browne, and the Hypocrisy of the Irish ‘Academics for Palestine’ Boycott
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by Robert Harris (March 2014)

Journal.ie recently published a piece by Harry Browne, entitled ‘I’m supporting a boycott of Israeli academic institutions – here’s why’.

Journal.ie innocently describes Browne as ‘a lecturer in journalism in DIT’. However, this statement doesn’t begin to qualify as the journalistic disclosure of an interested party, a failure perhaps fitting for Journal.ie, given the highly-prejudicial slant of its coverage on the Arab-Israel conflict.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Has Iran Developed Nuclear Weapons in North Korea?
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by Jerry Gordon (March 2014)


During his State of the Union Address on January 28th, President Obama told a joint Session of Congress he saw no need for strengthened standby sanction authorities against Iran in pending legislation, the Nuclear Weapons Free Iran Act (NWFIA), S-1881. Instead he suggested that pursuit of the diplomatic process under the P5+1 agreement and Joint Plan of Action offered the best hope of avoiding a military action.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
A Cinematic Musical Interlude: From An Odessa Lock-Up (Leonid Utyosov)
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Watch, and listen, here.
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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Small Latin and Lesse Greek – a Theory No Longer Fit for Purpose?
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by Keith Hopkins (March 2014)


And though thou hadst small Latin and lesse Greek
From thence to honour thee, I would not seeke
For names, but call forth thund’ring Aeschilus,
Euripedes, and Sophocles to us……


What did Shakespeare know? Why is that important? This is not an epistemological, or rhetorical question, far less an enquiry into the meaning of meaning, as it were, or the what and the why of things. Shakespeare raises many deep issues about who we are, or, more accurately, who we like to think we are. But he does not do this by entering the Academy to give us all a lecture. There is a home-spun quality to the nature of even the greatest of Shakespeare’s plays that will always defeat the system builders. And it’s always nice to feel at home. But the huge enigma remains. Just how did he know what he gives every appearance of knowing in the plays? Where did all this learning come from? And perhaps of equal force, how is this reconcilable, if at all, with the notion of the Stratford grammar school lad of cherished tradition?  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
"Dost Know This Water-fly?" - Effeminacy in Shakespeare
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by David P. Gontar (March 2014)


1.  Introduction

Unlike his predecessor, Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), many of whose works reflect affirmative interest in male sexual irregularity, the writings attributed to William Shakespeare are consistently orthosexual, treating deviations as unsalutary and symptomatic of social necrosis. In an age in which sexual "ambiguity" is celebrated and promoted by a veritable orgy of sensationalist journalists, psycho-babbling critics, and "queer theorists," it's not surprising that many are anxious to enlist the prestigious "William Shakespeare" in the cause. Unfortunately, such efforts are vain and doomed to failure, for they must always be conducted at the expense of content. In what follows we examine several Shakespeare plays to reveal his negative assessment of effeminacy and male intimacy.1 We will find that readings of Shakespeare which allege same-sex promotion are doctrinaire and intellectually transgressive.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Last Days in the Garden of Eden-Among the Pygmies of the Central African Republic
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by Geoffrey Clarfield (March 2014)


Introduction- Jihad in the Central African Republic

Most African historians and historians of Africa write about the Muslim Arab conquest of North Africa or the Muslim conversion of the peoples of the Sahel, as if it was driven by some natural historical force. They use words like the “spread of Islam” or the “triumph of Islam” and describe it as though it was a civilizing mission that came to bring light to previously pagan, polytheistic, African peoples who are or were, living in a state of “tribalism” or as the Islamic theologians would like to argue, in a state of “jahaliyya,” a state of ignorance of Islam. And as an added insult to the conquered, the historians often fail to mention that the goal of these conquests was also gold, plunder, booty and especially slaves.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Life's a Swindle
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by Theodore Dalrymple (March 2014)


In my career as a doctor in prison, I met a few swindlers in my time and on the whole I liked them. They had charm and intelligence, which perhaps is unsurprising. It isn’t easy to imagine a charmless swindler, after all; it is almost a sine qua non of the trade. Whether their charm preceded their swindling or they developed it in order to practice their swindling is hard to say, though the former is more likely. Be that as it may, their charm was their stock-in-trade and human gullibility the market in which they sold their wares.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Justice Tempered With Mercy
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by Conrad Black (March 2014)


Because of my well-publicized experiences with and criticism of the criminal justice system, I was invited to one of a series of law reform public meetings that occurs more or less monthly through the winter at St. George's United Church in Toronto, and attended a session last week addressed by Roy McMurtry, former attorney general and chief justice of Ontario. It was a most convivial and informative occasion, and although I have had my disagreements with Roy in the 40 years we have known each other, our relations have generally been cordial and certainly are now.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2014 12:00 AM by NER
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Friday, 28 February 2014
Can We Withstand the Divine Gaze?
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by Rebecca Bynum (March 2014)


I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.
                                                                     – John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11)

Those who were baptized by John were not doing it for themselves alone but for the Jewish nation as a whole. They believed that to repent of their own sins would help bring about the salvation of their people, that spiritual progress for all was dependant on the progress of each. Whether true or not, there is no doubt this manner of thinking animated the founding of America as well – a people spiritually cleansed, who could perceive and follow the divine leading and thus bless the whole world by example – this too was the animating spirit of the early settlers. Americans once commonly thought of themselves as a nation of repentant sinners, but also a nation which welcomed divine scrutiny.  more>>>

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