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    Archive for July, 2005

    On Used Books

    Sunday, July 31st, 2005

    The New York Times printed an interesting piece about the economics of used books. Link. According to the article, used books probably help increase the sale of new books. Excerpt: When used books are substituted for new ones, the seller faces competition from the secondhand market, reducing the price it can set for new books. [...]

    CSL’s Paganism

    Sunday, July 31st, 2005

    C.S. Lewis’s vision assumed “that pagan wisdom and mythology may furnish us with some very significant clues to things. Spenser, in his Christian epic on Charity, The Faerie Queen, takes us to such pagan haunts as the Cave of Morpheus and the Garden of Adonis. Milton calls Christ Pan in his hymn for the Nativity. [...]

    Hooligans Need Love, Too

    Sunday, July 31st, 2005

    Germany’s determination to provide 24/7 sex continues: A German company is looking to cash in on an expected boom in the sex trade during next year’s soccer World Cup with a 60-room brothel a walk away from Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, German media reported Friday. Named after the virgin huntress of Greek mythology, the “Artemis” complex [...]

    Did They Cast Susan Sarandon?

    Sunday, July 31st, 2005

    The evil which is abroad in Narnia when we first come into the land takes the form of a white witch. We learn from Mr. Beaver that she is of the race of Lilith, Adam’s first wife, according to an old and persistent legend. Because of dissatisfaction and disobedience on her part, she was driven [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, July 31st, 2005

    The Father of Mysticism, Gregory of Nyssa, illustrated the problem of weakness with a story about a trained monkey who danced for money. The monkey’s owner put a mask on the monkey, so the spectators thought he was a boy dancing with remarkable agility and would throw money onto the stage. It was a clever, [...]

    Is There Good Foreign Aid?

    Saturday, July 30th, 2005

    We believe in international charity. In America, our “poor” are rich, by comparison to third world countries, so we’re more inclined to ship our donations across seas. Yet, we gotta wonder: Does our money do more harm than good? We’ve generally resisted foreign aid through the federal government. Such aid just props up dictators. Private [...]

    Library of Modern Thinkers

    Saturday, July 30th, 2005

    We’ve started ISI Books’ Bertrand de Jouvenel. It promises to be another great offering. We’ve read the other four books in the series (Ludwig von Mises, Wilhelm Roepke, Eric Voegelin, and Robert Nisbet) and have immensely enjoyed all of them. In a world strained for time, these books provide quick yet massive doses of intellectual [...]

    King of the Dung Hill

    Saturday, July 30th, 2005

    Over the last decade, [David Hans] Schmidt has emerged as one of the nation’s leading purveyors of celebrity porn, the man who brokered the sale of Tonya Harding’s wedding-night sex video; arranged for Paula Jones, the former Arkansas state employee who sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment, to pose in the buff in Penthouse magazine; [...]

    The Married State

    Saturday, July 30th, 2005

    Both the U.S. marriage and divorce rates are dropping while the number of unwed couples living together is rising, according to an annual study of marriage released Monday. The numbers show a gradual trend in the United States toward the lifestyles in Scandinavia, particularly Sweden, where unmarried cohabitation with children is far more common, said [...]

    Just the Beginning?

    Saturday, July 30th, 2005

    About 30 children, some as young as 3 months old, were left without their parents after immigration agents raided a poultry plant and took the parents away to face possible deportation. While some of the arrested workers were able to call and arrange care for their children, others were not and a local church had [...]

    Kiosk RSS Feed

    Saturday, July 30th, 2005

    If any of you computer-savvy folks want to monitor the Kiosk, you can use this RSS Feed.

    The Weekend Eudemon

    Saturday, July 30th, 2005

    Blogging from the shores of Lake Huron, about 100 miles south of the Straits of Mackinac (pronounced, mak-in-awe, with accent on first syllable), near Alpena, Michigan. Eric is spending a week at his family’s cottage. Known as “Sandcrest,” it has been in his family since the 1940s. Eric’s immigrant grandfather left Russia in 1914, learned [...]

     


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