Daybook.

I know this is late: it was published before Easter. As I know that this Easter the number of martyrs increased, yet again, for our Sri Lankan brothers did go to church on Sunday — where they were blown up. Before the Northern Europeans were converted, life was nasty, brutish, and short. The West was Christendom: however that mantle has been passed to those we converted. Locally, that means the Pacific people, and the woke post Christians hate their faith.

I went to church on Sunday. To worship. So should you. Our enemies are scared to say the name of Christ.

The timings are in line with the collective dropping away of church attendance in Australia. And now 30 years later a man is stripped of his livelihood for still actively worshiping that same faith while miserable journalists wring their hands and wail and wonder at why he will not just shut up and take all the money.
Such a stand is seen as outlandish precisely because it is now so uncommon.
This week the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris caught fire and was partially destroyed. Many other writers have already commented that it is a symbol for our time and for the desperate straits that Christianity now finds itself. But Christianity is also our Western nations. If Christianity falls then we also fall. We are intertwined, and that nation that you love so much will be no more if Christianity disappears entirely. We are not above religion and we are not better people than those who lived before us. On the contrary, we are much worse.
This holy Easter weekend is your individual opportunity to begin the process of setting things right. If we are going to win this battle then we must have skin in the game. You cannot say one thing and do something else entirely. The only thing that matters is actions. Words are useful but ultimately useless if they are not followed by deliberate steps. We must begin the process of regaining our nations from the people that we despise and we begin that process by believing once again in one of the bedrocks that founded our nation and which our parents turned away from so many years ago.
So this Easter Sunday we need to go back to church. Nothing else matters.

Adam Piggont, Pushing Rubber Downhill.
Still on the blogroll for The Other McCain.

One of the reasons I self host is that WordPress has been infected with that noxious habit that social media has of deplatforming. I have had to take blogs down in the past, but I prefer to be the one who makes that choice — and it appears that the large corporations are under pressure to remove what the government does not like — so we are safe. Safe for what Bruce Charlton calls the Globalist Left Materialist Conspiracy. There are shorter and more pungent names.

If the GLMC wanted to destroy Christianity, it would name the enemy and rally the troops to destroy them. It would – for example – make it clear that Christians are being systematically (by multiple proxies) being persecuted, maimed and killed all over the world, on a daily basis. It would be made clear that this was initiated and sustained by the GLMC – and its results would be specified, measured, specified and celebrated openly… Enemy casualties would be listed. 

Instead – what we see is GLMC providing covert/ deniable support; and a cover-up/ concealment of enemy casualties (who are not named as Christians).

The campaign is being conducted more like a secret police activity than a war. In other words, the GLMC works by totalitarian state terrorism not war – that is by inducing uncertainty, encouraging unfocused fear and suspicion – as a permanent state of affairs.

The GLMC have won the war, and are now engaged in the incremental pacification of the world. Christians are permeating the world; and the objective is to convert all Christians to the leftist-materialist ideology.

And, because leftist-materialism is a negative ideology, and ideology aimed at the destruction/ subversion/ inversion of Good – this ideology can be implemented simply by inducing an existential state of resentment, fear or despair – or reactive distraction/ hedonism.  

Bruce Charlton.

Besides, we may start to think of how the social contract is constructed. How grey is now missing, and we must be degraded, despoiled, to enable virtue signals. I should also note that most NZers don’t feel that we should be accountable for an Australian who moved to NZ (we have an open border with Australia) precisely so he could attack Muslims. Perhaps we should learn, and require that Aussies get visas.

I am thinking of a more comprehensive respect; an essential dignity that all people possess or should be encouraged to possess.
When you talk to the poor, the aged, the infirm, what do they want? An end to suffering, of course–but also dignity.
Our desire for dignity explains a variety of otherwise inexplicable political phenomena. Why do whites focus more on the actions of a New Zealander who kills Muslims than a Nigerian who kills Muslims, for example? Because whites feel that the misbehavior of the New Zealander reflects badly on them; their collective dignity has been lowered. The actions of a Muslim or a Nigerian don’t reflect on non-Muslims or non-Nigerians; whites feel no collective shame or guilt over these incidents.
(Note: “white” and “Muslim” are not exclusive categories and plenty of Muslims have pale skin, but I lack better terminology.)
Similarly, much of the liberal opposition to Trump probably stems from a perception that he is undignified.
People don’t need to be at the top of the hierarchy to be treated with dignity; good social norms, I suspect, can help people respond to and treat people lower than themselves with respect, as well.
Our society seems to be engaged in an absurd dance where people fight for honor and respect by demanding it from people significantly lower than themselves on the social totem pole. For example, a female professor complains about a university janitor who assumed she was merely the wife of a male professor; a black woman complains that the minimum wage shop employees didn’t let her into the shop after closing time; another professor harasses road crew laborers over a “men at work” sign. These absurd cases all involve women trying to assert power over people who have far less power than themselves in the first place, like a prince having a peasant executed for getting mud on his boots.
Of course, our system doesn’t simply content itself with declaring divine right; it insults us by also claiming that these peasants are the ones with the real power.
Since these folks are not actually princes, though, they probably aren’t just on run-away power trips; I suspect instead that they feel a mis-match between the level of respect they want from society vs the level they get. Since they can’t get any more respect from normal avenues/their peers, they’ve turned instead to targeting the weak, like a D&D player pouring boiling water on an anthill to grind XP. 
Such behavior should be called out for the undignified farce that it is.
That said, much of modern life feels designed to humiliate and degrade; the Cabrini Green housing projects were so ugly they seem intentionally soul-crushing.

Evolutionist X

The lack of dignity, which, as a woman, Evo X is very aware of — in my experience women are more sensitive to aesthetics (or men can more easily ignore them) — leads not to conversion, but disgust. This is why the internet must he censored. Demographics is destiny, and they are running scared.

But in the time between then and now, we’ve seen what’s been referred to as the large-scale empirical falsification of the secularization hypothesis. Not only has the world not become less religious, but the world actually seems to be becoming more religious. So at the moment, if we look at the best projections from now until 2060, we see that Christianity will continue to be the world’s largest global worldview.

Currently, about 31% of the world identifies as Christian and it looks like that will be slightly up to 32%. Islam is set to grow quite dramatically from about 25% to 31% in that time and become a very close competitor with Christianity. Hinduism and Buddhism are set to decline slightly, by 1% or 2%.
When we go back to that initial secularization hypothesis and re-examine it, we realize that not only was it wrong, but it was wrongly founded. . .

The thing that’s really shocking to the secular system is that the proportion of people around the world who will say that they don’t affiliate with any particular religion is set to decline from 16% to 13%. So the question is: What’s going on here?

Part of the answer is that people who believe in God seem to have more children than people who don’t. I’m pregnant at the moment with my third child which puts me on the exact average birth rate for Christians globally (2.7%).

Muslims also have a substantially larger number of children, also Jews. But people of no religious belief have a lower birth rate. But that’s not the whole story. China—which is currently the global center of atheism—is experiencing a rate of growth in the church that is unexpected, unprecedented, and looks set to change the world.

Rebecca McLaughlan, Crossway.

I cannot repeat this enough. This time will end. Our elite will fall. Do not be them. Do not he like them.

Daybook: Loose lips sink ships.

We have a security problem in the West. No, it is not Trump. Nor whoever Q is. Or the deep state. It is coalition parties who get their candidates from shallow talent pools. It is not Julian Assange or Bradley Manning. Who do not understand that at times you do things for good reasons you cannot disclose. Via Whaleoil, this screenshot says it all.

My son sent me the first meme of the picture nasa has released about seeing an event horizon. Morphing into the firefox logo.

He said that the meme appeared within a couple of hour of the image being tweeted by nasa. Speaking of fun, I enjoy, with all the advertisements in lent for bunnies (but none dare name the season or mention Christ) this godzilla image.

Daybook.

Some administration: I have made statcounter summary counts public, added a privacy page, and will soon add a commenting page. The theme currently does not allow for extracts only. This means the page is long. I am adding google analytics.

The theme is now Twenty eleven light, with the correct licence up.

FInally, the lectionary is going up most days apart from other things. I do have sermon notes, and need to review and study them: that will end up being an occasional series.

Hardware News.

I’m using a five year old Mac Pro at work, and windows laptops with Manjaro and Fedora installed on them at home, which are older. I don’t want to spend a lot on laptops: I want one that I can travel with, abuse and when it dies I can get another one… though, to be fair, I don’t break these things.

The pinebook is a cool plinking laptop. You can play with it: I have one, and I’ve even managed to get NetBSD running on it, but you would not try to do anything serious on it. But the makers know this, and are making a more powerful device.

Current Pinebook, Pinetab, and Pinebook Pro (on right) From FOSDEM report, Pinebook.

We’ve heard you. Many of you want a high-performance 64-bit ARM laptop that is strictly designed with FOSS in mind and can be used as a day-to-day Linux laptop. Premium materials, great manufacture quality and performance. We’re making it happen this year.

Before I let you in on all the details of the Pinebook Pro, let me assure you of two things. Firstly, the current Allwinner A64-based 11.6″ Pinebook isn’t going anywhere and secondly, there will be an upgrade path for owners of the 14″ regular Pinebook to a ‘Pro-like’ Pinebook (we’re exploring an upgrade path for existing 11.6″ users too – stay tuned).

The current Pinebook was never meant to be a daily driver – that is to say, it was never meant to replace the laptop you use for work or school. It was meant for tinkering, for learning Linux or *BSD, for development on A64 or ARM in general, as a terminal, a hackable device on-the-go, etc., In my first post on the Pinebook forum titled about the Pinebook – what to expect, I wrote ‘ (…)if you are looking for a device to replace your current work or school laptop then perhaps it’s wise to look elsewhere’. This is not the case with the Pinebook Pro.


The Pinebook Pro is meant to deliver solid day-to-day Linux or *BSD experience and to be a compelling alternative to mid-ranged Chromebooks that people convert into Linux laptops. In contrast to most mid-ranged Chromebooks however, the Pinebook Pro comes with an IPS 1080p 14″ LCD panel, a premium magnesium alloy shell, 64/128GB of eMMC storage* (more on this later – see asterisk below), a 10,000 mAh capacity battery and the modularity / hackability that only an open source project can deliver – such as the unpopulated PCIe m.2 NVMe slot (an optional feature which requires an optional  adapter). The USB-C port on the Pinebook Pro, apart from being able to transmit data and charge the unit,  is also capable of digital video output …

FOSDEM report, Pinebook

Around the traps.

Bruce Charlton argues that much of academic work is unfree, and the only way to do really good work is unpaid. Matt Briggs dips is pen in acid and writes about the politicization of student evaluation forms. Fortunately, all too often these forms are electronic and not filled in… sloth and disinterest are our allies against the woke cadre of this time. From LInkedin, the most sensible advice I’ve found about coping.

Back to technical stuff.

On the commercial side, those of us who take photos and process them have to watch Apple. They are going full 64 bit. My workflow is Linux based — primarily Darktable. I can and do install 32 bit libraries if required. Most professionals use Apples, and that will cause problems.

The Australians are trying to block Huawei from the pacific cable because they are concerned they make spyware, but the same company is getting contracts for networks here. To be fair, their equipment works… if it is spyware (and I wonder, in my more anxious moments, about the holes the five eyes — US, UK, Austalia, Canada and NZ — have built into routers for years) then ensuring it works matters. As it does to Amazon, who apparently are listening to us via Alexa.

It’s not quite enough to make me unplug: but rough drafts and important things should be on paper. That may be able to be stolen, but it cannot be hacked. Admittedly, something like the boring phone might help.

Two Poems.

Some Satire for Thursday. Shot:

A Happy Vicar I Might Have Been

A happy vicar I might have been
Two hundred years ago
To preach upon eternal doom
And watch my walnuts grow;


But born, alas, in an evil time,
I missed that pleasant haven,
For the hair has grown on my upper lip
And the clergy are all clean-shaven.


And later still the times were good,
We were so easy to please,
We rocked our troubled thoughts to sleep
On the bosoms of the trees.


All ignorant we dared to own
The joys we now dissemble;
The greenfinch on the apple bough
Could make my enemies tremble.


But girl’s bellies and apricots,
Roach in a shaded stream,
Horses, ducks in flight at dawn,
All these are a dream.


It is forbidden to dream again;
We maim our joys or hide them:
Horses are made of chromium steel
And little fat men shall ride them.


I am the worm who never turned,
The eunuch without a harem;
Between the priest and the commissar
I walk like Eugene Aram;


And the commissar is telling my fortune
While the radio plays,
But the priest has promised an Austin Seven,
For Duggie always pays.


I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls,
And woke to find it true;
I wasn’t born for an age like this;
Was Smith? Was Jones? Were you

George Orwell. Submitted to Adelphi magazine, later appeared in ‘Why I Write’. 1935

Chaser. We now have to be cruder, for progressivism makes men stupid, and they cannot see truth, or comprehend subtlety. I am not linking to this: it comes from social media, but it is cited correctly.

WE ARE THE VERY MODEL OF A MODERN UNIVERSITY

We are the very model of a modern university,
Demoting education and devoted to diversity
Indigenous ethnicity and gender multiplicity
And when we get offended how we generate publicity!


We’re cuddly Marxist-Leninists and Islamist apologists
And Helen Clarxist feminists and animist ecologists;
We have the NZUSA to help the LGBTQ
And when you’re brown and being put down we’ll stop the white man beating you!


And of your right to speak your mind we’re infinitely tolerant
Unless you’re white or on the right or male or Jew or Protestant
Our studies fortify the fifth (that’s almost every) columnist
And how we love the Catholics now the Pontiff is a communist!


By our denomination we’re the true identitarians
And number in our congregation many Treatifarians;
We peer review our mates’ research and doctor methodology
As members of the Leftist Church of Climate Scientology!


We’re all about identity: not what you know, but who you are;
If you’ve the right parentity it’s going to take you very far;
As our preferred minority you’ve got an opportunity
As from the need that you succeed you’re guaranteed immunity!


Reforming to be sure that we’re performing in Humanities
We’ve gender studies, ethnic studies, studies in profanities;
We’ve got the most discriminating funders that we have to please
Or soon we may not be in full possession of our faculties!


We educate the teachers of your children how to lie to them:
“The Treaty is a partnership!” whenever they reply to them;
We have to keep pretending cos the tribes are quite fanatical
And I’m expecting tenure and I’m due for my sabbatical!


(A tribal-sovereign partnership is manifestly risible;
That treaty had no principles unless in ink invisible
And neither did the doctor who concocted the untenable:
He was the very model of a bad Attorney-General!)


Defending all the rights of those who demonstrate obedience,
Abusing the respected and excusing every deviance
We vilify conservatives and glorify perversity:
We are the very model of a modern university!

John Ansell (with nod to W S Gilbert).Published in the Martinborough Star, March 2019.

Daybook (I like doors I can close)

There is a tendency to move to open plan. The trouble with this is that if I am interrupted in the flow: of writing, interacting, or developing I lose the “stack” of aspects of the problem I need to consider. Getting into that head space takes time and effort. It only takes one person asking me to do “this one small thing” and I have to start again. Doors rock. For a researcher, programmer, or writer, closed doors are essential. Management, of course, does not know this.

But open plan offices are worse. Much worse. Why? Because they decrease rather than increase employee collaboration. As my colleague Jessica Stillman pointed out last week, a new study from Harvard showed that when employees move from a traditional office to an open plan office, it doesn’t cause them to interact more socially or more frequently. Instead, the opposite happens. They start using email and messaging with much greater frequency than before. In other words, even if collaboration were a great idea (it’s a questionable notion), open plan offices are the worst possible way to make it happen. Previous studies of open plan offices have shown that they make people less productive, but most of those studies gave lip service to the notion that open plan offices would increase collaboration, thereby offsetting the damage. The Harvard study, by contrast, undercuts the entire premise that justifies the fad. And that leaves companies with only one justification for moving to an open plan office: less floor space, and therefore a lower rent.

Jeffery James, Inc.com
From Gab.

The cure for an open office is simple: don’t be there. Work at home, in cafes (headphones on), the library, anywhere that you cannot be interrupted. Hide from your secretaries and Human Resources. If possible, avoid meetings. If you also shut off social medial and mute your phone, you will be more productive.

Which brings me to the other distraction of our time social media. Yes, I use it. But when I can’t think that well.

I absolutely detest modern “social media”—Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. It’s a disease. It seems to encourage bad behavior.
I think part of it is something that email shares too, and that I’ve said before: “On the internet, nobody can hear you being subtle”. When you’re not talking to somebody face to face, and you miss all the normal social cues, it’s easy to miss humor and sarcasm, but it’s also very easy to overlook the reaction of the recipient, so you get things like flame wars, etc., that might not happen as easily with face-to-face interaction.
But email still works. You still have to put in the effort to write it, and there’s generally some actual content (technical or otherwise). The whole “liking” and “sharing” model is just garbage. There is no effort and no quality control. In fact, it’s all geared to the reverse of quality control, with lowest common denominator targets, and click-bait, and things designed to generate an emotional response, often one of moral outrage.
Add in anonymity, and it’s just disgusting. When you don’t even put your real name on your garbage (or the garbage you share or like), it really doesn’t help.
I’m actually one of those people who thinks that anonymity is overrated. Some people confuse privacy and anonymity and think they go hand in hand, and that protecting privacy means that you need to protect anonymity. I think that’s wrong. Anonymity is important if you’re a whistle-blower, but if you cannot prove your identity, your crazy rant on some social-media platform shouldn’t be visible, and you shouldn’t be able to share it or like it.
Oh well. Rant over. I’m not on any social media

Linus Torvalds, Linux Journal.

Social Media are akin to open plan. When you really need to concentrate, switch them off.