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  • A Winning Trifecta for Climate Science and Rationality

    06/27/2020 6:41:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | June 27, 2020 | Charles Battig
    First there was Michael Moore’s Planet of the Humans, then came Bjorn Lomborg’s False Alarm, and now Michael Schellenberger’s Apocalypse Never. All three authors sound the common theme that the hyper-green environmental activists who have captured, politicized, and monetized the concern for the environment have, as Lomborg explains, created a false climate alarm which has “costs us trillions, hurts the poor, and fails to fix the planet.” To varying degrees, all three authors come from a strong environmental activist background, which observation makes their public revelations even more noteworthy. Planet of the Humans, the recent film produced by Michael Moore,...
  • The Disgraceful Howard Zinn

    06/08/2020 1:55:19 PM PDT · by OddLane · 11 replies
    Claremont Review of books ^ | Spring 2020 | Michael Burlingame
    Despite many serious scholars’ denunciations, Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States has enjoyed phenomenal success since its publication in 1980: 2.6 million (!) copies sold, incorporation into the curricula of innumerable schools, and the achievement of almost iconic status in popular culture. Mary Grabar’s Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America performs a valuable service by examining Zinn’s polemical volume and revealing “just how distorted, manipulative, and plain dishonest” it truly is. A tireless left-wing activist with a Ph.D. in history, Zinn (1922–2010) urged fellow historians, as Grabar relates, to eschew...
  • Minneapolis Rioters Burned One Of America’s Most Beloved Independent Bookstores To The Ground

    06/01/2020 5:26:07 AM PDT · by gattaca · 105 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 1, 2020 | Tony Daniel
    Uncle Hugo's and Uncle Edgar's were legendary among the community of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery readers—and now they're gone. Venerable Minneapolis science fiction and fantasy bookstore Uncle Hugo’s and its sister store in the same building, Uncle Edgar’s, which specialized in mysteries, were both burned to ruins last Friday night by rioters. The store took its name from two major awards in the genre fields, science fiction’s Hugo awards, and mysteries Edgar’s. Independent bookstores are a threatened American institution, and Uncle Hugo’s was considered a flagship operation. Owner Don Blyly was noted for his ability to adapt to modern...
  • Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics: Introduction

    05/05/2020 1:27:02 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 31 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | June 2012 | Cheryl Lowe
    The power of the word classic cannot be underestimated, communicating as it does the idea of excellence, truth, order, discipline, and beauty. The word “classic” brings to mind something that has withstood the test of time, and by virtue of this fact, participates in some way in the timeless and the eternal. And what is the only thing we know of with these attributes but God and His Eternal Word? When looked at this way, every Christian should want a classical education for their children: It has everything we instinctively want. But when we examine this word “classic,” we find...
  • Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics Reason #1: Architecture

    05/06/2020 2:53:05 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 13 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Summer 2012 | Cheryl Lowe
    REASON #1: ARCHITECTURE Of all of the points that I will make, this is the easiest to understand because it is so visible: we see its evidence every day. The power and beauty of classical architecture is everywhere, from grand buildings like our Supreme Court to our humble everyday homes. The Greeks discovered the proportions that are most pleasing to the human eye which, they tell us, are based on nature’s greatest work of art: the human body. Scale, mass, proportion, and symmetry—the principles of classical architecture—were worked out by the Greeks in great detail and built upon in succeeding...
  • Why Should Christians Read the Pagan Classics Reason #2: Virtue

    05/07/2020 1:49:56 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 33 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Summer 2012 | Cheryl Lowe
    REASON #2: VIRTUE In the last article, we learned that the Greeks established the first principles of architecture by studying nature. The proportions that are most pleasing to the human eye are those of nature’s greatest work of art—the human body. We learned that God gave man reason and the desire to know, but he did not leave us without guides. He gave us the Greeks, the world’s first systematic, abstract thinkers. And so we study and honor the Greeks because they teach us how to use reason to explore and understand our world, a world that is material and...
  • Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics Reason #3: Science

    05/08/2020 2:21:35 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 15 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Summer 2012 | Cheryl Lowe
    Reason #3: SCIENCE Because we live in the aftermath of what has been called the “scientific revolution,” we modern people consider ourselves quite superior to the ancients in regard to the study of the natural world. We are polished practitioners of what C.S. Lewis called “chronological snobbery.” We think ancient people were ignorant of the natural world and that we, with all our advanced scientitic knowledge, have little to learn from them. But one of the problems with having your nose so high in the air is that you can miss the thing right in front of you. Science, as...
  • Why Should Christians Read the Pagan Classics? – Reason 4: EDUCATION

    05/11/2020 2:04:05 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Summer 2012 | Cheryl Lowe
    REASON 4: EDUCATION A classical education focuses on the study of the classical languages, Latin and Greek, and on the study of the classical civilization of Greece and Rome. But why is the word classical reserved only for the languages of the Greeks and Romans and only for their civilization? What really is so special about the Greeks and Romans and why should Christians study them? After all they were not Christians, they were pagans. Some have objected to the word pagan and misunderstood its meaning. Pagan is a word Christians coined in the later Roman Empire to refer to...
  • Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics - Reason 5: NATURAL LAW

    05/13/2020 2:31:18 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Summer 2012 | Cheryl Lowe
    REASON #5: NATURAL LAW What did the first Continental Congress mean when it appealed to “the immutable laws of nature,” or Thomas Jefferson when he referred to the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God and the unalienable rights of man”? Natural law. The principle of natural law is embedded in Western civilization, the Declaration of Independence, and our whole history as a nation. The concept of natural law was first articulated by Aristotle in Rhetoric, where Aristotle notes that, aside from the “particular” laws that each people has set up for itself, there is a “common” law that is...
  • Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics Reason 6: GOVERNMENT

    05/14/2020 2:06:08 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Aug 2013 | Cheryl Lowe
    American government and political science will come alive when you read the Greeks and Romans, the same way that words come alive when you study Latin and Greek. There were many influences on the Founding Fathers, and certainly the modern philosophers—Locke and Hume—were important along with the tradition of English liberty. But separation of powers, mixed government, and checks and balances are the principles that first come to my mind when I think of the genius of the American political system; and where did these concepts come from? Plato in the Republic describes five types of government and says they...
  • Why Should Christians Read the Pagan Classics Reason 7: RELIGION

    05/15/2020 3:08:48 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Dec 2013 | Cheryl Lowe
    Reason #7: RELIGION Saint Augustine in his Confessions tells us that after many years of wandering in the desert of indecision, it was Cicero who led him to Christ. Cicero’s Hortensius set him on the path to Christian conversion by implanting in him a longing for the immortality of wisdom. The text of Hortensius did not make it to the modern world and thus is probably the most famous lost treatise in world literature. Wouldn’t we all love to read this work that St. Augustine praises so highly? Well, I have read a lot of Cicero and, like most writers,...
  • Why Christians Should Read The Pagan Classics Reason 8: PHILOSOPHY

    05/18/2020 2:29:43 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Mar 2014 | Cheryl Lowe
    REASON #8: PHILOSOPHY PHILOSOPHY IS A DEEP SUBJECT THAT CAN BE QUITE INTIMIDATING. MODERN PHILOSOPHY IS SO ESOTERIC THAT FEW CAN UNDERSTAND OR RELATE TO IT, BUT CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHY IS DIFFERENT. As with so many things, if you go back to the beginning and learn first principles, you can develop a deep and satisfying understanding of a subject that is baffling in its modern form. While philosophy may seem abstract and unrelated to the real world, quite the opposite is true. In fact, we are all philosophers; we all have a view of reality, a worldview, as we say today....
  • Why Should Christians Read the Pagan Classics? Reason 9: THE HUMAN CONDITION

    05/20/2020 2:45:45 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Summer 2014 | Cheryl Lowe
    Reason #9: HUMAN CONDITION When it comes to the human condition, we may think that Scripture is all we need. After all, Scripture does show us our true human condition in a way that the Greeks did not and could not: our relationship to God, that we are sinners, that we are a fallen race in need of redemption, that sin separates us from God, that God loves us and offers us grace and salvation. This is the good news that has been revealed by God in Scripture and in the person of Jesus Christ and nowhere else. Indeed, the...
  • Why Should Christians Read The Pagan Classics? Reason 10: LITERATURE

    05/21/2020 2:10:53 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | July 2014 | Cheryl Lowe
    Reason #10: LITERATURE What is literature, and what is it for anyway? Have you ever wondered that? It’s not practical like science and math, so what is its purpose? Why do we include literature in our curriculum, how do we choose it, and what do we hope to achieve by reading literature? These are some of the questions that puzzled me most in my own education. The ancients thought about all of these questions too. Plato brings up the question of poetry, by which the ancients meant literature, and he famously bans the poets from his ideal Republic. Because, he...
  • Francis Bacon’s 400-year-old list of scientific foibles holds lessons for modern scientists

    05/24/2020 8:51:35 PM PDT · by Borges · 16 replies
    ScienceMag ^ | 3/17/2020 | Kevin P. Weinfurt
    In the early 17th century, the English philosopher and statesman Francis Bacon envisioned a bold, multiphase program to accumulate knowledge of the natural world. A critical part of this plan was Novum Organum, which celebrates its 400th anniversary this year. In this work, Bacon attempted to undo the centuries-old dominance of Aristotelian forms of inquiry, encouraging readers to instead apply inductive reasoning to carefully curated observations of the natural world. “Book One” of Novum Organum addressed why so little progress had thus far been made in understanding nature. Here, Bacon cautioned against “idols and false notions” that can interfere with...
  • Taking a Second Look at WWII with Victor Davis Hanson’s ‘The Second World Wars’

    05/15/2020 8:19:13 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 40 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 14 May 2020 | Ed Driscoll
    Most people today assume that our understanding of WWII is largely complete, thanks to the enormous quantity of books, TV series such as ITV’s classic 1970s documentary The World at War, the myriad of documentaries that aired in the early days of the History Channel cable TV network, and the unending series of movies produced by Hollywood, particularly when compared to its predecessor, WWI. But classicist historian and fellow PJM columnist Victor Davis Hanson does yeoman’s work unpacking the events of 1939-1945. Starting with the plurality in the title, Hanson’s 2017 book, The Second World Wars: How the First Global...
  • Media weren't fooled by Schiff's Russia 'hoax,' they were an 'essential part of it,' says author Lee Smith

    05/13/2020 10:36:04 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 12 2020 | Joshua Nelson
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff played “magician” by claiming there was Russian collusion without clear evidence, and the media helped push the narrative for three years, journalist and author Lee Smith argued on Tuesday. “The press played magician’s assistant, helping Schiff obscure what was going on for three years,” the author of "The Plot Against President Trump" told “Fox & Friends.” Smith said it was "sad" that Schiff’s Russia collusion narrative was pushed so heavily by the media. He also said that while a lot of “very important press institutions hold the same name, they no longer serve the...
  • What are you listening to / reading? [oh the huge vanatee]

    05/11/2020 11:39:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 119 replies
    YouTube (et al) ^ | Today and from now on | self et al
    This topic is inspired by the many what book / what music topics over the years, also by mairdie's cool vids of classical or jazz soundtracks over art montages.
  • Amity Shlaes’ ‘Great Society:’ How Poverty Won America’s War on Poverty

    04/20/2020 2:50:10 PM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 4/18/2020 | Ed Driscoll
    —Sargent Shriver, brother in law of JFK and the “architect” of the “War on Poverty,” to socialist Michael Harrington (who wanted much, much more of the American taxpayers’ dollars), 1964. Amity Shlaes’ newest book, Great Society: A New History is a sequel to her two studies of 1930s and 1920s, 2007’s The Forgotten Man, and 2013’s Coolidge. The eponymous Forgotten Man was the taxpayer, the man footing the bill to fund FDR’s New Deal. As a UCLA press release explained in 2004, “FDR’s policies prolonged Depression by 7 years, UCLA economists calculate.” Even socialist Roosevelt worshiper Paul Krugman has been...
  • New Book Reveals Explosive Details About Loretta Lynch-Bill Clinton Tarmac Meeting

    02/17/2020 9:29:57 AM PST · by blam · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-17-2020 | Joshua Nelson
    The author of “Secret on the Tarmac” revealed new details Monday about the secretly held 2016 meeting between former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch. “We knew something had occurred that was a bit unusual. It was a planned meeting. It was not a coincidence,” journalist Christopher Sign told “Fox & Friends" about the explosive meeting that cast a negative light over the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. At the time, then-candidate Donald Trump criticized Bill Clinton via Twitter for potentially trying to interfere with the...