Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Park Ae-ri Sings Pomnarŭn Kanda

Bookmark and Share

Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity for the New Year


The Chinese Orion's Belt is regarded by the Chinese as "the three gods of fortune, prosperity and longevity," and "When the three stars shine highly at the southern sky after sunset, that means it’s time for the spring festival" — Orion and the Chinese New Year.

Indeed, last night through the city-lights of Ulsan, this was the only constellation I could make out, and the waxing crescent moon reminded me we were in the first days of the new year.

Labels: , , ,

Bookmark and Share

In a High I.Q. Country

"Smart Koreans" was the title of a post I wrote a decade back after a decade living in that country "second only to tiny Hong Kong" in terms of average intelligence." Now, after having returned for a visit after a half-decade's absence, I can really see the difference this makes, not so much in the high end of the bell-curve, but in the absence of huge populations in the low-end.

My last impression of the U.S.A. was the T.S.A., minimum wage room temperature I.Q. incompetents with badges; my first impression of Korea was her competent, efficient, polite immigration officials. And that competency, efficiency, and politeness is found in all of the service-workers one encounters in this largely homogeneous society.

To get married and thus reproduce in this country, the bar has always been set much higher than it has been back home, where there now is no bar. Centuries of this kind of human husbandry have paid off.

Labels: , ,

Bookmark and Share

A Gift to the Parents-in-Law

Turns out it was even better than I had thought — This is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat Pink Himalayan Salt.

Labels: ,

Bookmark and Share

Live Free or Die!

on "that mysterious pro-'outsider' phenomenon that has the political class in a panic" — New Hampshire: The Triumph of Populism. An exceprt:
    What the twin victories of these two protest movements prefigure is the rise of a new nationalism in America. Not the outward-looking aggressive militaristic nationalism of pre-World War II Europe, but the introspective insulating “return to normalcy” nationalism of prewar America: wary of foreign adventurism, almost exclusively concerned with bread-and-butter issues, resentful of a “meritocracy” that rewards anything but genuine merit, and in search of a lost greatness they may never have experienced but only heard about.

Labels: ,

Bookmark and Share

The Two Paths for the Two Sexes


Château Heartiste posts the left image of "what looks to be a late 19th Century pamphlet advising women to heed the approach of The Wall and to abstain from the life of a dissolute party girl," although it looks more early 20th Century to me — The Two Paths. The right image I believe I have seen at The Art of Manliness.

Labels: , ,

Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Oh Ji-chong's Ssuktaemŏri Performed by Park Ae-ri & Gugak Hanmadang

Bookmark and Share

The Bodhisattva of Mercy


The above image of Guanyin (Avalokiteśvara) at Gilsangsa Temple in Seoul "was sculpted by a Catholic sculptor Choi Jong-tae, who modeled the statue after Virgin Mary in hopes of religious reconciliation in Korean society."

The Bodhisattva of Mercy has long been of interest to me. Similarity to the Virgin Mary has been noted for centuries. The Kakure Kirishitan ("Hidden Christians") of Japan venerated the Maria Kannon when the True Faith was punishable by death.

I am in the land of my in-laws now. For three days in a row, I have been hiking up the mountain behind their apartment building in Ulsan. One of my stops is a small mountain Buddhist temple. Today I approached it from a different path and, to my surprise and delight, learned it was dedicated to Gwaneum Bosal, and found her image inside. Nor a coincidence, I think.

Labels: , ,

Bookmark and Share

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Camper Van Beethoven Perform "The Poppies of Balmorhea," "All Her Favorite Fruit" & "Mao Reminisces About His Days In Southern China"

Bookmark and Share

Building Trades in Rochester

In a post titled "My Pick for Rochester Race Relations" I wrote of my choice in the Unite Rochester Challenge Ballot to be in the running for a $5000 grant; turned out among the 89 "ideas to address the racial and socioeconomic divide that plagues the Rochester area" my pick was selected — Top 10 vote getters of Unite Rochester Challenge named:
    Neighbors Project: This project will provide training to young men, equipping them with skills and experience to gain employment in the building trades and property management, while also improving downtrodden neighborhoods. We will recruit students from city neighborhoods and rehabilitate a city-owned property scheduled for auction.
As I wrote, "This one aims to help real people learn real skills to solve real problems; the others were mostly about fostering white ethnomasochism." Fortunately, none of the overtly ethnomaochistic entries made it to the top ten, but most were like this one:
    Rochester's Kindergarten to College: Modeled after a successful initiative in San Francisco, we will work with the city of Rochester, city schools and community-minded financial institutions to provide every incoming kindergarten student with a college savings account. While the initial deposit will be publicly funded, students and families will be given financial literacy training and incentives to keep saving. In San Francisco, the program has also helped adults by helping them establish a relationship with a bank.
While the "publicly funded" part is problematic, offering "financial literacy training and incentives to keep saving," if funded by banks' own enlightened self-interest makes sense. Of course the black linguist and self-described "cranky liberal Democrat" John McWhorter pointed out, there is a fatal flaw with the basic premise of this second proposal — The curse of ‘college for all’. In fact, Prof. McWhorter would likely agree with my proposal pick, as the fourth of his four ideas on "how African-Americans can and will play the same game everyone else is, even if the rules are stacked against them," wich got a mention on Radio Derb yesterday, suggests — Black People Should Stop Expecting White America to ‘Wake Up’ to Racism. Here's the ides:
    We must revise the notion that attending a four-year college is the mark of being a legitimate American, and return to truly valuing working-class jobs. Attending four years of college is a tough, expensive, and even unappealing proposition for many poor people (as well as middle-class and rich ones). Yet poor people can, with up to two years’ training at a vocational institution, make solid livings as electricians, plumbers, hospital technicians, cable television installers, and many other jobs. Across America, we must instill a sense that vocational school—not “college” in the traditional sense—is a valued option for people who want to get beyond what they grew up in.

Labels: ,

Bookmark and Share

Whither the Language of Cervantes?

While waiting to pick my daughter up from her friend's Bat Mitzvah, I turned on the radio only to find one of the most annoying programs, Latino USA, on air, and immediately turned the dial, but with nothing else to listen to I turned it back. Here's what I learned:
  • If your thought languages with grammatical gender (the only real kind) would be resistant to "gender-neutralization" you were wrong — Latinx: The Ungendering of the Spanish Language. My experience in both Chile and among Nuyoricans is that transvestism is more far more common among latinos (or latinx, now) that it is among anglos.
  • We are supposed to find heartwarming this story of a gay Guatemalan illegal migrant who gets "asylum" and becomes the country's only Mam language court interpreter, whom tax-payers now fly around the country to make defendents feel happy to hear their own language spoken in American courts of law — The Accidental Interpreter.
  • A editor suggests that American pop songs sing about being wronged while Spanish-language pop songs sing about saying sorry — Before 'Sorry' There Was 'Perdón:' The Definitive Theory on Latino Apology Anthems. The author also suggests that latino boyfriends do not follow John Wayne counsel, "Never apologize, mister, it's a sign of weakness," but rather are in a constant state of apology. Machismo, I've long believed, whether partcied by the Hispanics who gave us the term or attempted by Mohammedans or even East Asians, is in reality a mask for a diseased mama-boy deeply beta culture.
My relation with the Castilian is complex. I studied it in middle and high school, along with the language of my Germanic forebears. (I believe I was the only student in my school to study two languages.) I went on to major in it after testing the waters (but not drinking them) for a couple of months south-of-the-border in anticipation of a possible draft during George Bush père's war. I later studied literature much further south in Chile.

Now that my kids are of an age to choose a foreign language, I have guided them towards more culturally prestigious languages, that of neighboring Quebec for my daughter and that of Ancient Rome for my son. While Nuyoricans have contributed nothing lasting to world culture, even the brightest lights of the Hispanosphere like Miguel de Cervantes and Pedro Calderón de la Barca are mere footnotes. See this — Charles Murray's Human Accomplishment Database Goes Public.

Labels: , , ,

Bookmark and Share

Saturday, January 30, 2016

EL VY Perform "No Time To Crank The Sun," "Careless" & "Need A Friend"

Bookmark and Share

An Old Left Defense of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin

"All this baloney about Putin having expansionist aims is an attempt to throw a smokescreen over the West’s own expansionist agenda in Eastern Europe with the goal of throwing a cordon sanitaire around Russia in pursuit of a cold war agenda," write CounterPunch's John Wight— The Demonization of Vladimir Putin.

Labels: , ,

Bookmark and Share

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Didier François & Phillipe Malfeyt Perform "I Gold Generation"


"This is a modern composition on barok [sic] instruments." Such music will not be composed in Eurabia.

Labels: , , , ,

Bookmark and Share

White Man Shot Dead by Police

    Well, there is already a fairly full-blown conspiracy theory saying - or claiming that he was shot to death while his hands were up. We've had conflicting witness reports. One person essentially told a story to that effect. Another one said that wasn't true at all, that what he did was jump out of his car and charge police after he was pulled over - or rather got stuck in the snow fleeing from them, so we don't know.
So claims a representative of the sinister Southern Poverty Law Center interviewed here — Monitoring The Anti-Government Cause In Oregon.

Does the SPLC call it a "full-blown conspiracy theory" that Michael Brown is remembered as getting shot with his hands up even if black witnesses testified that he was trying to take a cop's gun, a story that has caused much violence across the country?

LaVoy Finnucum, rest in peace.

Labels: , , , , ,

Bookmark and Share

Saturday, January 23, 2016

River Whyless Performs "Life Crisis," "Sailing Away" & "Baby Brother"


A delightful band from Asheville, North Carolina, a delightful town I visited a few years ago and reported on here — The Cesspool of Sin in the Great Blue Hills of God.

Labels: , , ,

Bookmark and Share

Charlotte Rampling for Best Actress!


Steve Sailer reports, "After an Oscar nominationless half century career of playing Mean Girls who don’t give a damn, 69-year-old Charlotte Rampling refuses to be White Guilted over her first-ever nomination" — Oscar Whiteness Crisis: Charlotte Rampling Says Oscars ‘Boycott’ Is ‘Racist Against Whites’. "Until recently, it would have been considered a compliment to say that only Charlotte Rampling has the courage to say what other are thinking, but we’re well past all considerations of individual character."

Labels: , ,

Bookmark and Share

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sóley Performs "Smashed Birds," "While I Sleep," "Scary Adventures," "The Sun Is Going Down II," "Pretty Face" & "Dreamers"


Again, why does a tiny, isolated country with a third of the population of the Rochester, New York metropolitan area produce so much good music?

Labels: , ,

Bookmark and Share

Donald J. Trump for Republican Nominee!


The candidate's "remarkably coherent and consistent worldview," which "is also a worldview that makes a great leap backward in history," as described by Politico.com's Thomas Wright, in an article linked to by Lew Rockwell's Political Theatre, has earned him this blog's primary endorsement — Trump’s 19th Century Foreign Policy:
    In sum, Trump believes that America gets a raw deal from the liberal international order it helped to create and has led since World War II. He has three key arguments that he returns to time and again over the past 30 years. He is deeply unhappy with America’s military alliances and feels the United States is overcommitted around the world. He feels that America is disadvantaged by the global economy. And he is sympathetic to authoritarian strongmen. Trump seeks nothing less than ending the U.S.-led liberal order and freeing America from its international commitments.

Labels: , , ,

Bookmark and Share