“Men are the original feminists. Female men’s rights activist Karen Straughan talks about this a lot, and points out that before women could vote, it was men who wanted to bring back the whipping post to punish guys who hit their wives. A man sees a woman getting abused and thinks ‘Beat him!’—whereas a woman would be more likely to want to work it out. I no longer believe the suffragette movement was made up of women who were mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. I now think it was men pushing them from behind while saying, ‘Aren’t you mad as hell? You shouldn’t take this anymore.'”
“When The Times asked a number of writers for essays on the topic “What’s Wrong with the World?” Chesterton sent in the reply shortest and most to the point:
G. K. Chesterton”
“Does anyone find it odd how the media can use Europe, or Japan for that matter, as either a positive or a negative depending upon which buttons they are wanting to push on the American people?
For example, when they want Americans to meekly accept immigration, they give us these articles about a ‘dying Japan’ or a ‘Europe that can’t get up’. Immigration is presented as a solution, and while Japan accepts none and Europe can’t or won’t assimilate them, good old America just keeps on taking ‘em in, thus our economy is performing better than theirs.
But when the media wants to squash any sentiment against small government, or gun ownership, etc., they paint a picture of a wealthy Japan or EU with their minuscule murder rates, generous national health care systems, workers compensation, unemployment benefits, maternity leaves, etc., etc. Why the streets and infrastructure in those nations are gleaming, modern marvels compared to the crumbling structures in America. If only we’d tax ourselves like those guys.”
Los Angeles in the 90s was an interesting place, it had everything we have now but bigger and better. Their Hip Hop stars were more controversial and their race riots lasted longer and destroyed more businesses. Paradise it was not, but Los Angelenos remember that time fondly. Deep-voiced DJ Theo had a successful radio show on LA’s 92.3 The Beat and the station hit #1 in the ratings multiple times.
LA is known for its large Black population and its large Asian population. The Beat had the slogan “No Color Lines”. Theodore Mizuhara was an American sansei (a third-generation Japanese-American) and his ethnicity was kept a secret for his first year of broadcasting. As a DJ on an Urban Contemporary station, his deep voice led most to assume he was black. The legend goes that his position became untenable once it got out that smooth DJ Theo was an Asian.
I cannot find anything to say that this is either true or untrue. What I do know is that DJ Theo had a massively successful Hip Hop show in a place where, considering all the homegrown talent, listeners tend to be more discerning with that genre. I can find references to him being added to the lineup “quietly” at 93.5 KDAY in Redondo Beach and also, from 2001, at 106.1 KMEL in San Francisco, but that seems to have been short-lived. Since he lost or gave up his show on 92.3 The Beat, DJ Theo has sunk to complete obscurity. Some digging reveals an address on Mulholland Drive, which could mean he still lives among most of his fans.
Dom Kennedy raps “What happen to The Beat? Damn I miss Theo” in 2011 and there are many people asking what happened to DJ Theo on abandoned fora and sites like Yelp. DJ Theo certainly has not been forgotten.
“Listening to the Gospel on Palm Sunday, it struck me that many people criticise Pontius Pilate for his role in the affair while letting the multitude go scot free. Pilate did what little he could to dissuade them from the extremely unpleasant course of action on which they were set, but the multitude kept shouting for a crucifixion. Pilate could not have done more without provoking a riot. The crucifixion when it happened was a victory for direct democracy against the effete, liberal paternalism of Pilate.
If I am right, and the crucifixion be seen as an early victory for the principle of direct democracy, then it must follow…that good men should struggle to confound and frustrate the multitude whenever possible.”
“Time hath his revolutions: there must be a period and an end to all temporal things—finis rerum—an end of names and dignities, and whatsoever is terrene;—and why not of De Vere?—for where is Bohun? Where is Mowbray? Where is Mortimer? Nay, which is more, and most of all, where is Plantagenet?”
Many years ago, I read this quote in a book of names and it has haunted me since.
“[The Arab world] has produced essentially no technology, medicine or anything else in the world of science. It has almost no contributions to world literature, art or to intellectual development.
According to the most recent United Nations Arab Human Development Reports (2003-2005), written by Arab intellectuals, Greece, with a population of 11 million, annually translates five times more books from English than the entire Arab world, population 370 million. Nor is this a new development. The total number of books translated into Arabic during the last 1,000 years is less than Spain translates into Spanish in one year.
ArabianBusiness.com reports that about 100 million people in the Arab world are illiterate; and three quarters of them are between the ages of 15 and 45.”
“More and more, workers can no longer be exploited because they offer nothing worth exploiting. There will be no need for labour, and thus no need to exploit it. In a not-too-distant dystopian future where machines have supplanted labourers, the great bulk of humanity will be left idle and abjectly dependent—parasites who can only take because they have nothing to give.”