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Weekend links

  • Kevin D. Williamson on “The Inquisitor’s Heirs” and the left’s hatred of science while claiming a love of Science.
  • While we’re on the subject, here’s Jim Goad on Bill Nye’s fake science.
  • Revival of American masculinity starts at home. (Directed at men, this is more about independence and personal agency than it is about masculinity vs femininity.)
  • I’m a few days late picking up on this news, but both Springfield and Rock River are claiming to oppose the ghastly licensing bill in Illinois that’s being supported with their funding. Got that?
  • A mother informs her daughter’s school that the 10-year-old girl is so very done with endless homework. Next step? Homeschooling — or unschooling.
  • I live in a part of the country that’s loaded with Finnish-Hyphen-Americans. They boast, and rightly, of their untranslatable cultural trait of “sisu.” But few of them have had to show it as proudly as their cousins did during the Winter War. (A primer on guerrilla tactics.)
  • Hm. 10 best free spy apps for your Android phone. (H/T MJ)
  • In this crazy world, it sometimes happens that the much-scorned “magical thinking” actually works, and can even be backed by scientific data.
  • Stressed-out dog? Turns out they like reggae — though it’s really certain musical elements that count. A young musician sets out to create a de-stressing composition for his pissy poodle.
  • Pets that don’t care about your private space.


  1. Joel
    Joel May 6, 2017 10:12 am

    I have had a cat who did that; wanting to cradle in my pants while they were at half-mast and I was on the throne. She resisted efforts to get her to leave, too. Seemed weird. Always thought it was just that one cat. Now I know different.

  2. larryarnold
    larryarnold May 6, 2017 11:51 am

    Are you sure it’s about privacy? Or are the pets bummed that you’re doing your business in the watering hole?

    Our cat just hates closed doors. If he gets into the garage the quickest way to get him out is to close the door into the house. Moments later he’s standing there wanting through.

    Sisu certainly played a big role in the Winter War, but one really decisive factor was the terrain, in that Finland is anti-tank/mechanized country. Switzerland, in the Alps, had a similar advantage. We found ourselves on the wrong side of such in Korea.

    The other factor was Russian gross incompetence. Only an idiot would invade Finland in the winter. Russia’s military should have learned that several times over, notably from Napoleon.

  3. Comrade X
    Comrade X May 6, 2017 4:47 pm

    Virtue comes from the Latin word virtus. In Rome virtus meant manliness.

    IMHO the lost of manliness in some man can also be related to their lost of virtue.

  4. E. Garrett Perry
    E. Garrett Perry May 7, 2017 1:33 am

    Another factor in the Finns favour was the fact that the Soviet officer corps, including the entire General Staff and every logistical wonk above the rank of Lt. Colonel, were dead or in prison. Armoured divisions were being commanded by Generals who had been Majors or Sergeants-Major three weeks before. With Beria still breathing down their wives and daughters’ necks, Newly Minted General Chonkin certainly isn’t going to deviate from The Plan, even if The Plan was cooked up by someone he knows to be even dumber than he is. And so all those poor starving Sovs got fed to the Maxim guns by the tens of thousands.

    Finland is only beginning to come to the end of a truly horrible amphetamine addiction problem, stemming from the Winter and Continuation wars. Machine-gunners were known to be especially prone to it, from a combination of very long stretches without sleep and the psychological trauma of mowing down hundreds of teenagers every day for weeks at a time. I once read a heartbreaking account of a Finnish gunner on the Kolää front, who described feeling the tears freeze on his cheeks as he and his crew scythed through eighteen hours of continuous Soviet human wave attacks, crying like a child and screaming “No! No! Go back! Turn back you poor brave bastards! Go back!” as they mowed those poor starving Russians down like grass.

    The Finnish government was, understandably, unwilling to round up the survivors of a generation of soldiery who had saved their nation (minus Karelia) at such an horriffic cost, and the amphetamine problem was an open secret until quite recently.

    And the poor bloody Russians? I’ll let Marshal Timoshenko summarise their position. “We have won just enough ground to bury our dead.”

  5. Claire
    Claire May 7, 2017 5:24 am

    That’s really amazingly creepy, Shel. And ominous.

    Yet so far these anti-fascist fascists seem stunningly ineffective and timid outside of a handful of college campuses and blue-blue cities. When it comes to actual confrontations, they don’t seem to step outside their own self-reinforcing territories. And they seem to be no match for anyone willing to stand up and oppose them.

  6. Pat
    Pat May 7, 2017 6:00 am

    Because they really don’t know what fascism is, or what they themselves believe. In fact they “believe” in nothing, they are merely *against* whatever and whoever they think they detest.

    And they can’t see the irony in acting out the very ideology they complain about. (They are so seriously negative, they may even not know what irony is. This applies to the post-election Democrats as well.)

  7. Shel
    Shel May 7, 2017 8:58 pm

    I believe the leaders of the Antifada (probably includes Obama) are limited only by what they can get away with. Their useful idiots are extremely useful in experimenting with what works and what doesn’t. EGP’s very good synopsis of the Finnish situation makes me think of how Obama, like Stalin, removed a record number of generals; he was just much more drastically limited by our form of government. And the deaths on the DNC also likely show they have no hesitation in culling their own.

    I knew nothing of the Finn’s amphetamine problem, but generational troubles after wars seem not uncommon. We suffered roughly 50,000 deaths in Vietnam and roughly 150,000 suicides afterwards. The WWI French veterans had such difficulties they became known as the “Lost Generation.”

    Regarding thinking, it looks like it helps to be a little bit crazy, but we already knew that.

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