Monthly Archives: April 2014

Putin’s Church

The Aviationist reports: A Tupolev Tu-214SR, used as a communication relay aircraft often dispatched by the Russian Air Force to accompany Putin’s presidential aircraft or other Moscow’s VIPs on their trips, has departed from St. Petersburg and it is currently … Continue reading

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“Rank Humility”

Writing in The Spectator, Tom Hodgkinson reviews John Cornwell’s history of the Roman Catholic ritual of confession. I haven’t read the book, and Cornwell can sometimes go too far in his criticism of the Catholic church, but this caught my … Continue reading

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Happy Easter!

I’m not entirely sure that this card from 1915 (“thundering Easter greetings”) is in keeping with the spirit of the season, but Happy Easter nonetheless… H/t: GERArmyResearch

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The (Re)birth of Ivan Ilyin

Cross-posted on the Corner. Here’s a thought-provoking take on, if you like, “Vladimir Putin, conservative”, from John Schindler. The piece covers too much ground to be summarized in a few excerpts, so I’ll focus on just one aspect of it, … Continue reading

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As We Await the End Times

Cross-posted on Ricochet. The art of writing a first paragraph is said to lie in the ability to draw the reader in. I would say that Lily Lynch’s remarkable new piece in The Balkanist passes that test very well indeed: … Continue reading

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Superstition, Updated

There’s nothing new about the notion of wrapping food in myth or taboo, but our species can be inventive when it comes to finding new ways to do it: The Copenhagen Post reports: Diets low in fat, carbohydrates and sugar … Continue reading

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Leftist blasphemies

Oberlin has had to walk back its policies about “trigger warnings.” An op-ed defending the old policy highlights what’s really going on here: Trigger warnings exist in order to warn readers about sensitive subjects, like sexual violence or war, that … Continue reading

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Two Faiths

While there are perfectly good scientific reasons for accepting the theory of AGW, the certainty, the fervor and the moralizing displayed by some in the climate change crusade look very much like a form of religious belief. Under the circumstances … Continue reading

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Apocalypse Now?

Here’s a happy reminder that the Middle Ages, as that old crank Carl Jung once wrote, “live on… merrily”. The Washington Post has the glorious details: Could a series of “blood moon” events be connected to Jesus’ return? Some Christians … Continue reading

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The end of liberal universalism

Ross Douthat nails it in his most recent column, Diversity and Dishonesty: It would be a far, far better thing if Harvard and Brandeis and Mozilla would simply say, explicitly, that they are as ideologically progressive as Notre Dame is … Continue reading

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