Saturday, January 19, 2019


From The Art Newspaper:
Sotheby’s announced today (10 January) the full line up of the Female Triumphant, a selection of masterworks by 14 female artists from the 16th through the 19th centuries, which will headline its Masters Week sales this January in New York. While anticipation for the sale has been high since the auction house announced the all-female component last November, the works included reveal there is more than socially conscious marketing to the hype. 
Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun’s monumental Portrait of Muhammad Dervish Khan, Full Length, Holding His Sword in a Landscape (1788) will be the star lot of the evening sale on 30 January. The portrait painter to Marie Antoinette, Le Brun's life-sized painting is one of the most significant paintings in her body of work to hit the auction block and is estimated to sell for $4-$6m. Calvine Harvey, a specialist in Sotheby’s Old Master paintings department, says “the condition of the work is far and above what we’ve ever seen before”. 
A student of Le Brun, Marie-Victoire Lemoine’s Still Life of Spring Flowers in a Basket (1807) is estimated at $80,000-$120,000 and is the only known still life by the artist. A female-centric scene of Saint Sebastian’s rehabilitation recently re-attributed to Baroque “proto-feminist” painter Artemisia Gentileschi is expected to fetch between $600,000 and $800,000. (Read more.)

Robert Mueller and the Russia Collusion Delusion

From Dr. Gorka:
What evidence did the intelligence community have to rely on to initiate such investigations? According to the New York Times, the FBI launched a counterintelligence investigation based on the “dossier” compiled by former British MI6 operative, Christopher Steele. The details of this dossier were never fully vetted by the intelligence community and were accepted at face-value by most of the leaders of the Obama-era intelligence community. The Steele dossier asserted that Russian intelligence had compromising materials on Donald Trump that were of an embarrassing sexual nature. It concluded that the Russians were using this compromising material–kompromat—to blackmail Trump into being an agent of influence.
Yet, never once did the U.S. intelligence services independently verify these claims. And, for the record, the memo was commissioned by Trump’s Republican primary opponents in 2016. It was then disseminated to the office of virulent “Never-Trumper,” the now-deceased Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who, in turn, passed the dossier onto the James Comey-led FBI. In effect, the dossier was the poisoned source from which so many investigators used to justify investigating Donald J. Trump.
For his part, Christopher Steele had become a noted anti-Trump zealot–even offering to come on and work directly for the FBI after the Republican primary ended in a Trump victory. Steele’s British nationality should not be overlooked, either. An international thread has run throughout the murky Russian collusion-delusion “investigation” since its inception. Not only was former MI6 operative, Steele, involved, but, so too was an Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer. (Read more.)

Grown Men Are the Solution

From The National Review:
We are in the middle of an intense culture war focused around men, dominated at times by two kinds of men-as-victim narratives. On the populist right, you’ll get those voices — such as Tucker Carlson — who see these trends and rightly decry them, but then wrongly ascribe an immense share of the negative results of immense social, economic, and cultural changes to the malice or indifference of elites, with solutions wrongly centered around government action. 
Carlson has triggered a critical debate on the right, but then — just in time to remind us that well-meaning people from all sides of the political spectrum can propose solutions worse than the disease — along comes the American Psychological Association with its first-ever “Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men.” The APA sees the challenges facing young men and rightly seeks to overcome those challenges, but then diagnoses the wrong cause. As Stephanie Pappas notes on the APA website, the new guidelines conclude that “traditional masculinity — marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance, and aggression — is, on the whole, harmful.” 
The guidelines themselves argue that “traditional masculinity ideology” — defined as socializing boys toward “anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure, risk, and violence” — has been shown to “limit males’ psychological development, constrain their behavior, result in gender role strain and gender role conflict,” and negatively influence mental and physical health. (Read more.)

More HERE.

From The American Thinker:
The time has come for all good people to wake up to the long dormant virus of misandry – prejudice or contempt for males. It is lurking in our closets and under our beds and has proliferated and made itself glaringly public in a most obnoxious way. The Kavanaugh hearings exposed this virulent menace that has been hiding in plain sight when Senator Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, took the platform and in a no-holds-barred blast of venom and hate told the men of this country they need to "shut up and step up."

Amid a reaction of shock and awe, the cat was out of the bag, the genie out of the bottle, the Jack-in-the-Box sprung; she had just given a loud, strident voice to a vile temperament growing in this country. Misandry has been kept under wraps but proliferates more every day – women openly hating men. (Read more.)


Friday, January 18, 2019

Norse-Viking Symbols & Meanings

From Ancient History:
The symbols used in Norse mythology had to do not only with supernatural entities but also with the challenges of everyday life and the mystery of what awaited after death. Some of these symbols can definitely be dated to the Viking Age (c. 790 - c. 1100 CE) but were no doubt in use much earlier. Other symbols seem to have developed later (between c. 1100 - c. 1300 CE) after Christianity had established itself in Scandinavia.
There were many powerful symbols from the Norse-Viking period ranging from the wolf (for protection), to the horse (protection in travel), the troll cross (an amulet that protected one from trolls), the image of the Vegvisir ('way guide', a late Icelandic symbol which helped one find one’s way) and the Web of Wyrd (web of fate), as well as the runes which were thought to evoke mystical powers. Generally, however, ten symbols were the most popular; these appear most often in stories, images, and as amulets:
Yggdrasil – the World Tree
The Valknut – Odin’s Knot
The Swastika/Sun-Wheel
The Aegishjalmur – Helm of Awe
Mjolnir – Thor’s Hammer
The Sventhorn – Sleep Thorn
Gungnir – Odin’s Spear
The Ship
Huginn and Muninn – Odin’s Ravens
The Triskelion – Odin’s Horns 
These symbols sometimes are found in the form of amulets (such as Thor’s hammer), sometimes in depictions of the afterlife (as with the ship) and often in images concerning the journey of life (the swastika/sun-wheel and ship). In whatever context they appear, it is clear they were considered important evocations of powerful supernatural elements. (Read more.)

The Voice of An Ignorant Generation

From Michael Knowles:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ignorance of economics and foreign affairs typifies her generation. Despite holding expensive degrees in both Economics and International Relations from Boston University, Ocasio-Cortez threw up her hands in exasperation during an interview on Margaret Hoover’s “Firing Line” program, laughing, “I’m not the expert on geopolitics.” Fortunately for her, in the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king; and among a blithely ignorant generation, the lightly educated activist is congresswoman. 
The seed of Millennial miseducation, which grew into the Tree of the Lack of Knowledge as activist educators substituted ideology for scholarship, is finally bearing its rotten fruit. According to one survey, one third of Millennials believe President George W. Bush killed more people than Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Over 40 percent of Millennials have never heard of Mao Zedong; another 40 percent and 30 percent, respectively, are unfamiliar with Vladimir Lenin and Che Guevara. Two-thirds of Millennials cannot identify Auschwitz, and 22 percent have never heard of the Holocaust, twice the percentage of American adults on average. Millennials might not know much, but according to a 2016 Harvard survey, they know they don’t support capitalism, with 51 percent of young adults rejecting economic freedom. (Read more.)

4,000-Year-Old Discovery in Egypt

From FSSPX News:
The tomb of a priest that dates back over 4 millennia – possibly to the time Joseph arrived in Egypt – has been discovered on the site of Saqqara, near Cairo, by an archaeological expedition, announced the Egyptian authorities on December 16, 2018. The tomb of the priest named “Wahtye,” dates back to the 5th dynasty (between 2500 and 2300 B.C.), under the reign of Neferirkare, according to the Ministry of Antiquities. The tomb is “exceptionally well preserved, colored, with sculptures on the inside” and “belongs to a high-ranking priest”, explained the Egyptian minister of Antiquities, Khaled el-Enany, to the AFP
The tomb contains “scenes depicting the tomb’s owner with his mother, his wife and family, and a number of alcoves with large colored statues of the deceased man and his family,” he added. In November, on the same site of Saqqara, the Egyptian authorities revealed the discovery of seven tombs, four of which dated back over 6,000 years, by the same Egyptian archaeological expedition. The scientists found mummified beetles and cats. The dates of the tomb are those of troubled times that historians on the Egypt of the Pharaohs call the First Intermediary Period and that marked the end of the Old Empire. (Read more.)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Chocolate For Coughs

From All Recipes:
Professor Alyn Morice, a respected authority on all things related to coughs and respiratory medicine, wrote in the Daily Mail that chocolate can soothe coughs better than codeine syrup by forming a sticky coating that protects the nerve endings in your throat that cause you to cough. The viscosity of the melted chocolate coating also allows cough-suppressing ingredients naturally present in cocoa to come into contact with your ravaged throat nerves and calm them down, says Professor Morice. Smother your cough with yummy chocolate without the sleepy side-effects of codeine? It's almost enough to make you welcome winter. (Read more.)

The Secret of Every Happy Family

From In Psalmus Spiritus:
Last week, we launched our new homily series for the New Year called, "Secrets of Every Happy Family." We all share, in common, the experience of a family because we've all come from a family and we have emotional attachment to family members. Words like mother, father, brother, sister are not emotionally neutral words. They bring a flood of memories and feelings.  We talked about three principles of a happy family that form the basis for this series. They're by no means meant to be a comprehensive, exhaustive list, just some of the principles on which we're focusing.

The first principle of a happy family is that they accept the messiness of family life with grace and flexibility. As we all know there are no perfect people, and as a result, there are no perfect families. When confronted with flaws and failures of family life in a family member, happy families choose consistently to accept their loved ones with all of their imperfections, and to forgive them. 

The Second secret of a happy family is mutual respect. This respect begins with respect and appreciation of God's authority over family life. But then it's about each spouse's mutual respect for one another, creating an environment, an atmosphere of respect in which children learn and grow, and ultimately practice in their families.

The third secret of a happy family is a commitment to a larger purpose beyond themselves. The family is the basic building block of society. And as family relationships grow in health, so grows the culture. And as family relationships are weakened, so is society. A family that exists only for itself will never be happy.

Well, today, we're going to look at a unique role in the family. It is the role of a father or a father figure. And in order to do it, we're going to take a look at Jesus’ relationship with his father, based upon a key moment in Jesus’ life.

This moment is described in the third chapter of Luke's Gospel, where Luke is telling us about John the Baptist, a great prophet, who prepared the way for the coming of Jesus. His preaching called people to fundamental change. And along with his preaching, he also baptized people as a sign or a symbol of that change. (Read more.)