Category Archives: Our World

Conrad Black: The West is a mess … but Europe is where the real troubles are

It is high summer and vacation time, including for me, as this will be my last column here until Labour Day. It is hard not to wonder what the political geography of the West will be like when we are all back at our workplaces like happy little elves in September. The other Western G7 countries, apart from Canada, are in the midst of fraught political landscapes and events.

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The prophetic Tom Wolfe

What Wolfe didn’t anticipate at the time – though many other people did, who weren’t literary or journalistic legends – was how quickly this culture of easy, apparently consequence-free sex among young people would sour. The hookup quickly led to the consent code, to charges that college campuses were fostering a “culture of rape,” and ultimately to the #MeToo moment when that generation of women who lived through the campus hookup arrived in the post-collegiate world to discover that powerful men had come to assume that their sexual acquiescence was a given, especially if they aspired to maintaining or escalating their position or status.

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Input needed… Cannabis based alternatives to opioids for Arthritis

Hi All,

Me Sainted Irish Mother is slowly being crippled by arthritis, its reached the point now where her sleep is severely disrupted and even cutting her own meat at dinner is too difficult.

She has been offered opioid based pain killers in the past when the bad bouts were a passing rather than ongoing issue but has complained of the constipation caused. ( I am told Miralax is good for this)

We’re off to see her cardiologist (recent halter results showed a very low heart rate) this morning and will ask what if anything we can use that won’t conflict with her heart medications and will follow up with both he and her GP.

I’ve heard 3rd hand that some cannabis based alternatives are very effective. Can anyone let me know of their experience with these?

We’re willing to try anything at this point as her quality of life has been so seriously affected.

Thank you.

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Digital Publishing and Why the YouTube Shooter Opened Fire

Nasim Aghdam is a 21st-century Willy Loman, the hapless protagonist of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

The eccentric vegan activist who shot up the headquarters of online video giant YouTube epitomized today’s forgotten man – or, perhaps, the forgotten woman, as is the more accurate case.

Not long after Aghdam’s shooting, which left none dead but herself, did her attempted murder spree drop from headlines. At a time when any crime involving a firearm is scrupulously deconstructed to establish a case for curtailing the Second Amendment, Aghdam’s was not. This, despite her easily purchasing a 9mm Smith and Wesson under her own name at a local dealer shortly before her fatal scheme.

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Poor children in Britain now fatter than wealthy in dramatic reversal

WWII London Blitz, East End Children

Poor children in Britain are now fatter than wealthy youngsters demonstrating a total reversal in the weight of the two social classes over the past 70 years.

Traditionally, poverty has been associated with malnutrition and thinnness. But a new study by University College London, which compared children today to those born in the 1940s, 50s and 70s, has found a dramatic switch.

In 1957, deprived 11-year-olds were on average 4.4lbs lighter than those from the upper classes as food shortages and gruelling lifestyles took their toll. But in 2015, the poorest children were 4.6lbs heavier than the richest.

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WE’RE AT WAR… But we’re not waging it.

“Most people think war is unusual and peace is the norm, but anyone who studies human history knows it’s the other way around. Mostly there’s war and the preparation for war, while peace, which is rare, only happens when someone wins a war and imposes conditions on the loser. Those conditions are usually codified in a “peace treaty,” and the parties resume preparation for the next war.”

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World’s biggest franchise: Who profits from the Olympic Games?

As the 23rd Winter Olympics get underway in PyeongChang, South Korea, let’s take a look at what the Romans (big fans of the ancient Olympics themselves) addressed as “Cui bono?” or “who stands to benefit?”

To make it more specific – whose money makes the Olympics roll?

There’s arguably no sleeker money-making machine in the world than the IOC currently is – selling its name & symbols for a major buck.

Can it be any clearer why the Olympics are such a farce? From Dopers to Trannies it’s one big scam.

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Is paganism replacing secular humanism?

From A. Castellitto at American Thinker, quoting Peter Jones, a PCA pastor, former professor at Westminster Seminary, and researcher into new age spirituality:

Secular humanism is in decline. We now live in a “post-secular” age which seeks to include in “sophisticated” 21st century thinking the claims of pagan spiritualities that secular intellectuals once considered pure superstition.

The future direction of America and the West in general is towards a so-called “non-binary” egalitarian future utopia, where all distinctions are eliminated and all-is-one “non-binary” peace will reign. This utopian vision involves in particular a decided pagan influence upon both sexuality and spirituality which together express the essence of human existence. In sexuality, every day we hear of the importance of the elimination of the “gender binary,” even taught in our primary schools calling for the elimination of disruptive terms like “boy” and “girl” and normalizing both homosexuality and transgenderism as civil rights and acceptable behavior. This is a “coordinated agenda” because it is possible to speak of the power of “sexual politics” which denies to traditional sexuality any acceptable voice or social place. In the same way, but on a different level, non-dual or non-binary spirituality seeks to eliminate the essential idea of the Creator/creature distinction and our distinction from God our Maker and Redeemer which is the essence of the Christian faith, a faith which is more and more under attack. Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung, in particular, was essential in the development of this so-called new spirituality. He espoused a pagan ideology that emphasized the joining of opposites, and thus relativized right and wrong, male and female, and other relationships. More.

Reality check: Jones is onto something there. Secular humanism is hard work. Paganism can simply be crazy until it all collapses. The barista, hopelessly in debt for four years of Victimhood Studies, will be much more attracted to paganism. That’s bad news for rational thinking about civil liberties.

See also: Occult gaining ground among “sciencey liberals”

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Does post-modern naturalism lead to a rise in superstition? Millennials are ditching monotheism for witchcraft. But then post-modern naturalism holds that whatever you evolved to believe in is the ultimate Cool for you.

Can science survive long in a post-modern world? It’s not clear.

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A Glass Half-Full of Delusion

Our parents’ generation, inferior to that of our grandparents, brought forth ourselves who are more worthless still and are destined to have children yet more corrupt
— Horace, 65 – 8 BC

Clearly Horace was pessimistic about progress. So was Malcolm Muggeridge, who Paul Phillips in Contesting the Moral High Ground quotes from an address to a Catholic assembly. Muggeridge, he wrote, went on, rightly or wrongly, to assume that “no notion of such a ridiculous thing as progress has ever been put in your heads. If it has, dismiss it at once. There are various things that human beings can do; but there is one thing they can’t do, and that is progress.”

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Threats of 2017 – Mideast, Terror, Weapons – Will Linger in the New Year

Domestically and internationally, President Trump finished 2017 in dramatic fashion. Obtaining the most sweeping tax cuts in 30-plus years (and repealing ObamaCare’s most philosophically oppressive aspect, the individual mandate) was a landmark achievement. And, by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, then suggesting major changes in U.S. funding of the United Nations, he disrupted foreign-policy conventional wisdom on both the Middle East and “global governance.”

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Meghan Markle must not get royal title – petition

I give the marriage 3 years before she gets bored and goes looking for the next sucker.

Meghan Markle is “unsuitable” for royalty, according to angry petitioners. They insist she must not get an official title when she marries Prince Harry.

Furious royalists say Markle would bring shame on the royal family as a divorcee who has been outspoken on issues like Trump and Brexit, as well as appearing on TV with little clothing on.

Markle appears to have the backing of the entire royal family, and was the first unmarried partner to receive an invite to Sandringham for Christmas this year.

However, some members of the public are not so taken with her. An online petition is circulating as hundreds try to stop Markle getting a title.

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The Premature ‘End of History’: the Fall of Soviet Union in 1991 and the Rise of China in 2017

…From the writings of Fukuyama and Krauthammer, joined by many other like-minded foreign policy gurus, we can gain a mental context for U.S. foreign policy in the Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama administrations. Most obviously, the belief that the U.S., and its ideas, could remake the world for the better led to the military interventions in Somalia, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and other countries.

Today, of course, we can see that these interventions were mostly failures that cost us dearly in blood and treasure. It was easier to “nation build” on a chalkboard in Washington, D.C., than it was actually do it on the ground. The victory of Donald Trump in 2016 thus stands as the voters’ rebuke to the globalist grandiosity of the D.C. grandees who sent the sons and daughters of the Deplorables to fight these wars without end.

Now we know that not everyone around the world was, or is, eager to embrace Western liberal democracy. In fact, just about every other country has its own ideas as to how it should operate, and these ideas have little, if anything, to do with the theorizing of American savants.

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Beaming Prince Harry says he is ‘thrilled’ to announce engagement to Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said today he is ‘thrilled’ to be marrying the Suits star and knew she was ‘the one’ from ‘the first day we met’ as they posed in his mother’s favourite garden.

Meghan, 36, also showed the world her engagement ring designed by Harry himself containing two diamonds from Princess Diana’s own personal collection set in a gold band.

The royal looked nervous but happy and his fiancee stroked his arm lovingly as they spoke to reporters, who asked him: ‘When did you know she was the one?’ and he replied: ‘From the very first time we met’.

I give it a couple of years.

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