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- "Extreme solar storms could be more common than expected"--Ars Technica. Earth struck by large solar storms--several times stronger than the 1859 Carrington Event--in 774 A.D. and 993 A.D. Reminds me of Rev. 16:8-9:
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
- Bare Naked Islam has collected posts from Europeans about their personal experiences with the refugee invasion.
- "THE WALKING DEAD And Katrina: The “Zombie Apocalypse” Already Happened—And Can Happen Again"--V Dare. Raises some early reports of events in New Orleans after Katrina, including gun battles and riots. See also "Remembering (Or Reinventing) Katrina."
- "Freedom and the Family: The Family Crisis and the Future of Western Civilization" (PDF)--by Stephen Baskerville, Humanitas,Volume XXII, Nos. 1 and 2 (2009).
- "Age of Exhaustion"--American Interest.
... The democratic age ends, neither with robust Liberals striving in a forever imperfect world, nor with defiant anti-Liberals striving to perfect the world, but rather with The Great Exhaustion. Striving, uncertainty, risk, labor, suffering, insult—these become too much for our fragile constitutions to bear. Above all, in the time of The Great Exhaustion, no one wants to “feel uncomfortable” and, so, we conspire to organize the world so that it is without duress or hardship. The 1 percent political and commercial classes are happy to oblige.
- "Religion in the ‘Great Exhaustion’"--Rod Dreher, American Conservative:
... Carle C. Zimmerman, the Harvard historian and sociologist, was not a religious man, but in his book Family and Civilization, which examining the history of the decline and fall of ancient Greece and Rome, and looking at medieval and modern European history, Zimmerman found that the presence of 11 factors preceded the dissolution of those civilizations — factors relating to the atomization and fragmentation of what he calls the “domestic family” (one man + one woman, exclusively). Those factors include widespread divorce, the loss of a sense that the domestic family is normative, and the general acceptance of sexual diversity (called “perversity” by Zimmerman, but he wrote in 1947).
In Zimmerman’s view, the family is the basis for civilization, and “familism” — an ideology that in general puts the family’s needs above the needs of the individual — is necessary for a healthy, stable society. A society that has lost familism will follow customs and impose public policies that work against the domestic family, thereby eating its seed corn. Fertility declines, and with it, the civilization’s ability to thrive.
- "China to allow two children for all couples"--Xinhuanet. Too little, too late.