Thomas Cole's epic "The Course of Empire" 1833-1836.

These paintings hit close to home these days.

1. Savage State
2. The Arcadian State
3. The Consummation of Empire
4. The Destruction of Empire
5. Desolation

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12 Oct
Watching a wizened and weathered Noam Chomsky realize, at the age of 91, that woke liberals are absolutely batshit crazy has been one of my great intellectual pleasures of 2020.
See this and also his discussion about the Harper’s letter on intellectual freedom and cancel culture.
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12 Oct
GOAT. It's not even debatable anymore. Image
4 championships and 10 NBA finals. Unreal. 10.2 career playoff box plus/minus and an absurd 33.1 VORP.

Let the hate begin! Image
All the cope that LeBron haters are inhaling is delightful. Dude has absolutely conquered the league over the last seventeen seasons. He's still playing prime LBJ basketball.

Deal with it.
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11 Oct
The Great American films overwhelming affirm social conservatism. This is because there are deep truths about love, sacrifice, honor, loyalty, and family that social conservatism gets right. Even the classic slashers are filled with conservative themes. Image
Halloween: A film about the reality of existential evil and the inability of man to fathom or understand such evil. Dr. Loomis is a tragic character precisely because he realizes this truth while the milquetoast liberal adults of Haddonfield deny that such evil is a possibility.
Laurie Strode, played by J.L. Curtis, is a deeply conservative character. But note that she's not overly prudish or ridiculous: She does smoke marijuana with her teenaged friends. But she's a loving friend, daughter, and babysitter who takes her social obligations seriously.
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11 Oct
What’s depressing about families living in comfort and security while enjoying the American dream?
Human progress for the win! ImageImageImage
For the record, this is my ideal life. However, I know that it’s the suburbs and cities that makes my desire to live comfortably with nature possible. Image
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29 Aug
This is absolutely batshit. Vicky Osterweil defends looting in a book and gets an NPR interview where she has profound thoughts such as the following:

npr.org/sections/codes…
This has to be f**king parody:
I cannot believe this is real:
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9 Jan
I'm beginning my foray into books that are critical of "race science." First on my list: Gareth Evans' "Skin Deep." Unfortunately, it is not an accurate book--though it is breezy and well-written. His attacks on Jensen are especially malign and loaded. 1
Obviously, I have no issue with an individual criticizing or debunking empirical research. But good debunking requires actually immersing yourself in the literature and understanding the complexities and technical minutia. 2
Evans repeatedly engages in guilt by association and moralizing but offers very little of substance. Skin Deep is a tome that will only be enjoyed by those believe that HBD is a inherently racist enterprise. As noted, his handling of Jensen is particularly lamentable. 3
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