Paleo Retiree writes:
- Is Sweden the most feminine country in the world?
- Ten things American men could learn from French men. I think it’s a genuinely useful list.
- Back at the old blog, I blogged enthusiastically about a Debra Ollivier book offering tips for American women from French women. I’m not wild about France generally but I agree that the French manage the “quality of life” question ‘way better than most Americans do.
- A nice introduction to the excellent American artist Rockwell Kent.
- How diverse are the staffs of the media outlets that so often lecture us about the greatness of Diversity?
- John Gray on the myth of progress. Great quote: “Our secular myths are just religious myths rebottled, but with most of the good things taken out.”
- A sympathetic look at the locavore food movement.
- At least a few of us here at the blog are big fans of Thaddeus Russell’s “A Renegade History of the United States.” (I’m going through it for a second time myself.) You can sample some of Thaddeus’ thoughts, approach and info for free on this page.
- Thaddeus is an exuberant, provocative and accessible user of Facebook.
- Steve Sailer has some fun at the expense of a certain “Demented Billionaire.”
- What topic does the biggest change in attitudes in a generation concern?
- Check out our NSFW Tumblr blog, where we share some of the kinky and peculiar things that give our libidos a boost.
From John Gray:
“The belief is that if you arrange your life in a certain way, then you’ll have a certain state of mind. But I think a more interesting, fulfilling way to live is to just do what interests you because you never know in advance whether you’ll be satisfied or not. ”
Which perfectly states my conclusion about things as well.
Mental states come and go.
I agree that American men could learn a thing or two from French men, but it would be a lot easier if American women were more like French women. Lots of French and Italian women are feminine in a way that American women under the age of forty seem to have forgotten. Even when younger American women are thin and pretty, they stand like sacks of cat litter and swear like Marine drill instructors, and a lot of them have (as Elmore Leonard put it) “those awful, erection-killing voices”.
Please don’t take offense, ladies, I’m sure American men are just as bad, in our own way, but still…
By the way, have you noticed that at least some of the things on that list were things that American men knew fifty or sixty years ago, and then forgot? Funny how that works, isn’t it?
Agree. They’re not very feminine.
The pretty ones tend to be very aggressive when you speak to them. Big turn off.
Perhaps it would be better if they didn’t speak.
Locavore-ism is deeply conservative, in the truest sense of that word (not, say, the John Boehner sense). It’s a natural meeting point for Left and Right, but our poisonous, manufactured Red/Blue political divide prevents that from happening. Which is a pity, because without that encumbrance people might realize that more wide spread locavore-ism and sustainability in general is overwhelmed and made impossible by relentless immigration. But the Left can’t oppose immigration (racism!!) and the Right can’t get away from pimping Big Farming or big business in general.
On the change in attitudes about gayness, what that really represents is a massive propaganda victory, and it shows that you can fool most of the people most of the time, and pretty much have them buy into anything if you force feed it long enough. Which is both encouraging and horrifying at the same time.