Thursday 11 May 2023


"Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now take what's left and live it properly." Marcus Aurelius

"Culture is on the horns of this dilemma: if profound and noble, it must remain rare; if common, it must become mean." George Santayana

“The modern habit of doing ceremonial things unceremoniously is no proof of humility; rather it proves the offender’s inability to forget himself in the rite, and his readiness to spoil for every one else the proper pleasure of ritual.” C.S. Lewis

"If diversity is a good thing, then diversity of thought must be regarded as the greatest good of all." Douglas Murray

"It is given to none of us to see more than a fraction of a shadow of the truth." Stanley Baldwin

AJ (@iamnotshouting):
@rubyhamad I am a brown and like you from the ME. When I migrated here I attended schools, roads, hospitals that were built by the hard work and taxes of generations of white Australians. Yet I was treated equal. For that reason, I don't act like an insulting & uppity ingrate. How about you?

"There is the moral of all human tales;
‘Tis but the same rehearsal of the past.
First freedom and then Glory—when that fails,
Wealth, vice, corruption,--barbarism at last."
Lord Byron


  1. That’s what Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in 2022, our objective is to exhaust and degrade Russian forces so they cannot fight anywhere else. President Biden acknowledged that one of his objectives in the war was regime change in Russia and removing Vladimir Putin. If those are the objectives, that is the opposite of a humanitarian mission. That is a mission to maximize casualties to prolong the war. It’s essentially a war of attrition, and that’s what we are seeing, and the brunt of this is being paid by the flower of Ukrainian youth.…

    What we’re doing in Ukraine is not good for the Ukrainian people. We have killed 300,000 Ukrainian troops and 14,000 civilians in a neocon geopolitical machination - in our own plot to try to get rid of Putin and exhaust the Russian army - and we’re sacrificing the Ukrainian people in that vanity.

    RFK Jr

  2. The original text of the fourth-century Nicene Creed declared that the Holy Spirit proceeded “from the Father.” Yet, today, most Catholics would say that the Spirit proceeds “from the Father and the Son”—in Latin, qui ex Patre Filioque procedit.

    As far as we know, the Filioque was first added to the Nicene Creed in 589 A.D. by the Third Council of Toledo (a local council of the Church in Spain) as a safeguard against the Arian heresy. During the council, King Reccared I—who had himself converted from Arianism to Catholicism just two years prior—declared that “the Holy Spirit also should be confessed by us and taught to proceed from the Father and the Son”.

    In any event, use of the Filioque slowly spread from Spain to France, and from France to Germany. The rest of the Western Church continued to use the original form of the Creed, as did the whole of the Christian East. It wasn’t until the ninth century that supporters of the Filioque began lobbying Rome officially to adopt the clause. The court of Charlemagne in particular was a hub of pro-Filioque hardliners.

    In 808 A.D., Pope Leo III wrote to the Frankish king refusing to accept the Filioque. As it happens, Leo agreed wholeheartedly that the Spirit proceeds from the Son as well as the Father. Yet he balked at the idea of amending the Church’s official creeds. The council fathers—acting under the guidance of the same Holy Spirit—had said all they meant to say.

    It would be wrong to put words in their mouths, even if those words happened to be true.

    Roman—or Catholic?
    The Francis papacy at ten.
    Michael Warren Davis

  3. International Olympiad in Informatics
    All Time Medal Table
    As of 2022

    Rank Nation Total

    1 China 135
    2 Poland 123
    3 Romania 123
    4 Russia 120
    5 South Korea 119
    6 Bulgaria 119
    7 United States 115
    8 Iran 115
    9 Slovakia 103
    10 Japan 69

  4. Bachelorhood for Dummies
    There seems to be no corner of the Christian manosphere that caters to bachelors as bachelors. I think there are at least two good reasons for this: 1) Spheres don’t have corners; 2) Most counsel is geared toward achieving a state of matrimony rather than equipping bachelors with basic survival skills.

    Since bachelorhood is man’s native state, this seems like an oversight. So I have decided to rectify the situation by writing a series of essays designed to keep bachelors alive until they are passed along to eligible and unwitting women. I am calling this series, Bachelorhood for Dummies. Please forgive the redundancy.

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a bachelor is a man in want of a wife, but not in possession of a single pair of matching socks. Bachelorhood is man’s primitive condition. However, the state of bachelorhood is neither fixed nor static. It may be interrupted by matrimony and resumed by alimony.

    St. Paul was a confirmed bachelor, as was our Lord Jesus Christ during his earthly sojourn. Most of the popes were bachelors, and King Henry VIII kept trying to be. Sherlock Holmes was a bachelor, even though he didn’t exist. As was Friedrich Nietzsche, who unfortunately did exist.

    So if you’re one of those still in want of a wife, you are not alone. Well, I reckon you are, but you know what I mean. At any rate, this weekly series of essays is intended for you.

    By Nojesuittricks
    Telling Stories (While Poking the Zeitgeist with a Sharp Stick)

    1. Wonderful, Toma! You find such interesting things! This has become de facto our joint blog!