Friday, September 30, 2016

1st Corinthians

5:9-13, Paul says they are to drive out of the believing community sexually immoral folk, the greedy, idolaters, robbers, drunkards, and revilers.

6, Paul says righteous believers will judge the world, even angels, when the time comes.

So they should not take fellow believers to the courts but have disputes resolved by fellow believers, or better yet leave off suits altogether.

Better to be wronged and defrauded.

6:9-11, sinners will not be saved, he says.

7, Better to marry than burn up with desire, he says. Spouses may not deny one another sexual congress. Believers may not divorce, or remarry unless to each other. Nor may they divorce unbelieving spouses, though if the unbelieving spouse divorces them, that is an end to the marriage, the believer is no longer bound.

7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing; but obeying the commandments of God is everything.

7:25-31, Paul absolutely anticipates a prompt arrival of the end of the world.

8 Paul says believers may eat food sacrificed to idols in the temples of the idols, unless it leads others to fall out of their faith.

Why is this an issue?

Were the people invited into pagan temples to eat food sacrificed to the pagan gods?

Meat or other food?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

About men and women

On the whole, I have the impression that the chief difference between men and women, apart from the most obvious that men sire children while women bear and nurse them, is that men are more impulsive and violent than women.

And men are taller, heavier, and stronger, while women endure pain better and live longer.

These facts do not support notions of the superiority of men, overall.

Impulsiveness, by the way, is not a desirable feature in a chief executive.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A retreat to safety

Sick and tired of being cut to ribbons and scraped raw, I have retired the Edward London (I just got it !) and the Baili, adopting a rotation using a new blade for 6 days, 2 days each with the Feather, the Weishi, and the Merkur, in that order.

For how long?

We'll see.

How long will I appreciate excellent shaves that are also bloodless, burnless, and painless?

How long can one value privations of what is evil?

(Take that, St. Augustine.)


Hugo really likes him.

40 pages of blowhard, tendentious history through the June rebellion of 1832.

Literally, God is on the side of democracy, republicanism, and progress.

Revolution and progress are God's providential will controlling history.

After this 40 page digression, Hugo picks up the story where he dropped it, from the moment when Javert's raid has just missed capturing Valjean.

Les Miserables.

Update,  9/29/16.

Turns out Javert did not know the ambush victim was Valjean, but found it highly suspicious that he had slipped away.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Where it's been going all along

Call to topple Christopher Columbus statue from its Barcelona perch

Hey, hey.

Ho, ho.

They have more sympathy for Twain, To a Person Sitting in Darkness than for Kipling, The White Man's Burden.

None at all for the liberal imperialism of J S Mill.

But all of that concerns imperialism and the supposed civilizing mission that was cited in its justification, and justifies interventions today.

Colonialism, something quite different, is at issue in the attacks on the half millennium long white peopling of the Americas, of Oceania, and various other parts of the world.

As massive and destructive of indigenous societies and cultures as the Volkerwanderung was to the Roman world, but also its opposite because the European civilization that replaced utterly the native societies was so vastly and progressively their superior.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cops get a presumption of guilt, apparently

Charlotte NAACP President: ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter’ If Keith Lamont Scott Had a Gun

Of course, it's not so much about whether he had a gun as what he may have been doing with it.

Internet handover to an international body

Probably not a good idea.

Edward London long classic butterfly

Newly arrived from Amazon.

At a fall sale price of $14.85, they're selling it cheaper than the Edward London site that wants $17.95, on sale from a normal price of $28.95.

No case, no blades, though it does come in a nice box, mine rather dinged up by Amazon or by the delivery service.

It's quite hefty.

I'll try it tomorrow.

Update, 9/23/16, Friday. 

This is a very heavy razor. 

On one use, I say it seems aggressive, though perhaps less so than the Baili, than which it is much heavier - and longer. 

I used the same Dorco blade today that I used new in the Baili yesterday.  

Excellent shave, but more caution is required than by the milder razors. 

The same is true of the Baili.

No damage, though. 

Like the Baili, a bit harsher on the skin than the milder razors - the Feather, Merkur, and Weishi.

Excellent shave, but I question whether it's any better, or more easily achieved, than the shaves I get with the mild razors.

They do take more touching up, especially the Feather. 

But at less risk of bloodshed and less roughness to the skin or burn.



Used the same razor again.

Cut to pieces and burned raw.

As bad as the worst with the Long Feng.

A new low in race pandering by Hillary

Hillary Clinton: "We Have Two Names To Add To The Long List Of African Americans Killed By Police," "Unbearable"

Speaking at a campaign event in Orlando on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton called the recent shooting deaths of black men at the hands of police in Tulsa and Charlotte “unbearable."

"There is still much we don’t know about what happened in both incidents, but we do know we have two more names to add to a list of African-Americans killed by police officers in these encounters," she said. 

"It’s unbearable and it needs to become intolerable."

Hillary urges a new taboo: cops can't kill anybody who's black.

Still, she's not Barack Obama or his former AG.