Forerunners of things to come...

Has the left won?

Submitted by frlarry on Sun, 06/02/2013 - 03:28

I happen to have a long list of blogs and other opinion sites that I sample using Internet RSS feeds, though I'm sure lots of people wouldn't consider my lest to be particularly long. At any rate, one of the feeds I monitor is The Black Sphere. Evidently, Kevin Jackson, or a member of his blogging team, came across an interesting example of conservative "speculative journalism" on another site, RightVoice Media, entitled, "Surrender." Kevin's link to the piece is entitled, "Has the Left Won?"

Homeostasis in the American 2-Party System

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 10/29/2012 - 01:22

It takes a major social upheaval in the American political system, such as civil war, to cause a major political realignment that goes as far as the downfall of one political party and the rise of another. The Republican Party historically began as an anti-slavery activist party in 1854.

"I owe mah soul to the company stoh!"

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 16:43

Wikipedia refers to the company store economic model as the "truck system." The line in the title of this note is, of course, taken from the song "Sixteen Tons," composed by Merle Travis and popularized by Tennessee Ernie Ford. The song title refers to the tonnage of coal mined daily by a coal miner living in a camp owned and operated by the mine owner. The miners are, in effect, indentured servants or slaves because they have no possibility of working their way out of the system. This is because they are paid in scrip, rather than money, which can only be redeemed in the camp.

Neither a Hayekian nor a Marxist be...

Submitted by frlarry on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 08:05

Ralph E. Ancil (Prof. of Economics at the Franciscan University in Steubenville and President of the Wilhelm Roepke Institute), gave a clear critique of the pure market subjectivism of Friedrich Hayek in "Hayek’s Serfdom: Fifty Years Later." The title of the piece refers, of course, to Hayek's famous (or some would say infamous) The Road to Serfdom which, written while he was in England at the tail end of World War II (1944), is a prophesy of the mess we are in today and will most likely be in tomorrow.

Successful predictions. The stuff of movements for reform.

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 08/27/2012 - 11:44

Way back in the 60s there were two alarmist predictions that were made. There were the predictions of Pope Paul VI about the impact of the contraceptive mentality on the general decline of sexual mores and there were the predictions of Paul Ehrlich about the negative consequences of burgeoning world population. The world, of course, reviled the former and hailed the latter. As far as I can tell, it still does. Whose predictions turned out to be accurate and whose inaccurate? You would think that the accuracy of prediction would have some impact on people's attitudes toward the claims of the predictors, but apparently, for the vast majority of people, it didn't and doesn't.

Their predictions were even issued in the same year, 1968. How's that for a coincidence? How ironic that both have gone by the name of Paul. St. Paul, pray for us!

A reflection on the transcendent nature of man and the peril of the reductionist view

Submitted by frlarry on Sat, 08/18/2012 - 23:33

From Augusto Pessina, Department of Biomedical Surgical, Dental Sciences. University of Milan comes a serious reflection on the transcendent nature of the human person and the reductionist view of post-modern science and philosophy. See "By his nature man is related to the infinite."

The next killer app? How about voice recognition that works?

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 05/30/2011 - 09:43

iPhone5Release has been touting a growing connection between Apple and Nuance Communications. Apparently, Apple is already integrating Nuance voice recognition technology into its data centers. Soon, it may be integrating its voice recognition technology into iPhone, iOS 5. See "Apple chooses Nuance for iOS5 Voice Recognition."

Jesse Lee, fiend or footnote? You decide.

Submitted by frlarry on Sun, 05/29/2011 - 16:21

It's not easy to figure out what Google considers news, these days. When I heard (on Fox "News Watch") about the appointment of liberal blogger Jesse Lee to be the White House "director of progressive media and online response" I rushed to look for an official announcement on the Internet. Naturally, I turned to Google, plugging in 'jesse lee media online "director of progressive media"' under their News category. I could not find such an announcement in an accredited news report. The closed thing I came up with was a posting in the Washington Post by blogger Ed O'Keefe, "Press shop comings and goings," which mentions Jesse Lee's appointment in paragraph three.