Why I Hate Economists

That it is basically impossible for middle-class people to raise large families in New York and Washington, D.C., is no secret. These metropolitan areas are designed as playgrounds for 20-, 30-, and 40-something manchildren like Darlin, people who like brunch and tapas and dogs and (sterile) fornication and have opinions about prestige cable dramas;

http://freebeacon.com/blog/why-i-hate-economists/

—No, creo que va mejorando un poco [Roma]. Ya miramos atrás a los tiempos de la persecución como si hubiera sido una era heroica, pero, ¿ha pensado alguna vez en cuán poquísimos fueron los mártires, en comparación con los muchos que debieron haber sido? La Iglesia no es un culto sólo para unos cuantos héroes. Es la redención de toda la humanidad caída. Naturalmente, en este momento vienen a nosotros muchas personas turbias, nada más que para ponerse al lado del ganador.

Evelyn Waugh, Elena.

Se trata de una nueva clase de antibióticos que se produce a partir de una bacteria,Staphylococcus lugdunensis, y que tiene una potente actividad antimicrobiana frente a las bacterias Gram-positivas, entre las que se encuentra MRSA, y además parece ser que no produce resistencias en Staphylococcus aureus, por lo que puede convertirse en una buena opción para tratar estas infecciones.

Tengo algunos recuerdos, no muy felices, del Staphylococcus lugdunensis. Por fortuna todo salió bien. Desde entonces han pasado cinco años.

Origen.

Nikon | Feel Nikon | Universcale

In this presentation, you can see the relative sizes of objects arranged on a single scale. This lets you grasp the sizes of things that you cannot compare side by side in the real world. Today’s electron microscopes and astronomical telescopes reveal objects that were invisible to people of the past. How is your grasp of the sizes of such things?

Origen: Nikon | Feel Nikon | Universcale

Weaver acknowledged at the beginning of Ideas that lamentation about “the decadence of a present age is one of the permanent illusions of mankind.” But that was a pro forma rider. At the center of his analysis was the insistence that modern man, “like Macbeth,” had made an evil decision to trade allegiance to transcendent principles for present gain. From this Faustian bargain all manner of bad things flow. Weaver warns about “the insolence of material success,” the “technification of the world,” the obliteration of distinctions that make living “strenuously, or romantically” possible. “Presentism,” the effort to begin each day, as Allen Tate put it, as if there were no yesterday, has robbed man of his history and therefore his identity as a moral agent. Weaver is particularly harsh on what he regards as the tepid ambitions of the middle class: “loving comfort, risking little, terrified by the thought of change, its aim is to establish a materialistic civilization which will banish threats to its complacency.”

Me doy cuenta de que Las ideas tienen consecuencias, de Richard Weaver, ha sido descatalogado recientemente, si bien sigue disponible en formato electrónico; vendí mi Kindle, al que nunca saqué el menor partido y del que abominé casi tan rápido como lo compré, hace cosa de dos meses a través de eBay. No lo echo de menos. En fin, siempre cabe la posibilidad de encontrar un ejemplar en el mercado de segunda mano:

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Vía The consequences of Richard Weaver.

All the East is Moving

The assumption that the conflict between medieval Christendom and its Arab and Turkish adversaries was merely an expression of inveterate European racism, rather than what it truly was—a desperate, see-sawing struggle for survival—was enshrined as a new orthodoxy.

Tengo costumbre de escribir con mayúsculas las iniciales de las dos últimas palabras. Y también de emplear el artículo determinado para referirme a la Nueva Ortodoxia™, aunque sólo sea con el fin de mostrar mis respetos al monstruo desencadenado. Dicho de otro modo, observo cierta conveniencia en el hecho de familiarizarme con el ente conjurado, ya me entendéis.

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Elites who had once delighted in proclaiming the supremacy of their own culture now pat themselves on the back for scorning it. A continent that had come to pride itself on transcending history had no wish to dwell on the more embarrassing aspects of its own past. In 2003, when the first draft of a putative E.U. constitution was drawn up, its authors were happy to acknowledge Europe’s debt to ancient Greece and Rome, and to salute the achievements of the Enlightenment—but of the Christian roots of European civilization not a mention was made. The implication was obvious: Everything between Marcus Aurelius and Voltaire ranked as backwardness and superstition. Europe’s values had to be reckoned not sectarian, but universal—or they were nothing.

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2016/08/all-the-east-is-moving