Kipling ended the first war angry. This was the warmup. It is satire, it was written for that time, and the context matters. The report on the siege of Kut had been written, and the general staff were excoriated for their lack of logistic skill. Kipling was a journalist, a poet, and a defender of […]Read More → Satirical Kipling.
This morning I was doing an ECT list. Yes, I am one of those people the scientologists despise. The anesthesiologist consultant asked me if was wearing Crazy Socks. I did not know about the campaign. So she showed me some tweets and clued me in. She has had three close friends suicide. This is the […]Read More → Crazy socks for docs as Doctors are despairing .
Over the last few days two human rights commissioners (HRC) have resigned, primarily because the HRC has been found systematically bullying and harassing their staff. One of the commissioners wrote this in the Spinoff, a blog sponsored by the HRC. These people can make your lives hell. They want to regulate our speech. And they […]Read More → Human Rights Contempt.
Many of the bloggers that I follow don’t use their real names. I have been known to counsel younger people to not use their name. However, I do. I’m only a couple of years away from retirement. I am fairly sure I won’t get promoted, and I am hardened to the vexatious complaints of those […]Read More → There will be no shield
Three quotes: two on the problem, the third on the solution. For fixing things is better than inebreiation. Years ago while confronting a friend who was fast descending into alcoholism, I came up with an analogy I knew would force him to see the light. Every reason he was giving me to justify his drinking, […]Read More → Acting beats analysis.
One of the things we tend to forget in this life is that much of what we do ends in apparent failure. As far as the world is concerned, we are fools. We worry too much. Atheism and agnosticism (or lazy atheism) have a certain comfort. The idea that we are living in an uncaring […]Read More → We rely on an interventionist God.
I;ve said for some years that the structure of this economy is not sustainable. In NZ we have had three bailouts, and we simply have no money in the kitty — all the government’s spare caseh, and a fair amount of insurance money, is committed to rebuilding Christchurch, our second city, which was flattened two […]Read More → Our righteousness must include economic righteousness.
I like Gamaliel. He was an elder of the Jews, a Pharisee, quite zealous for Judaism, and he trained a certain Saul of Tarsus — to be an activist, to incarcerate Christians. But here he urges caution. His argument is that the messiahs are like waves, but if this is the Messiah it is Tsunami […]Read More → Wisdom in a time of tyrants.
Why link when you can quote? Kristor on why he has hope for the androsphere, since if you reject one form of politically correct propaganda you become open to rejecting other parts of this and rediscovering wisdom and sagicity. The supramundane man (called “the sage” in the traditional literature of all cultures) can understand his […]Read More → Teach wisdom (It’s not palagarism, it’s sharing).
One of the difficulties of this age is working our who should have what. To whom you should render honour, taxes. From whom should you be able to demand recompense, security, and income. And where any form of provision ceases in this world. and you have to put your spine back in, and do your […]Read More → Rendering honour.