Archive for May 2014

Whisky Tales

“In a full bottle of whisky are all the aspirations of mankind, and in an empty one are all the failures of man.” Mike Drury As we emerge into adulthood, some of us develop a taste for whisky. The word originates from the Gaelic usquebaugh ...

Trying to Be Like Them

“It is for you to try to be like them.” Pericles’ Funeral Oration I have to admit a problem that I’ve had with Memorial Day. I’ve often let my thoughts move too easily to the fact that some fallen warriors are not the best examples of what ...

Localist Roundup: The Week’s Weakness

This piece describes the alienating aspects of technology. Meanwhile, the author of this ambitious article would have the seven-day week abolished. This article speculates as to the impact of food tracking in the public’s perception o...

Academy of Philosophy and Letters

The Academy of Philosophy and Letters will be holding its annual conference on the topic “Civil Religion and American Self-Understanding” next weekend at the BWI Doubletree in Baltimore. There are still spaces available for thos...

Philanthrolocalism vs. Effective Altruism

William Schambra has a piece at Philanthropy Daily that describes the coming showdown between two competing conceptions of philanthropic giving. Here’s a taste: Community-embeddedness versus detached godliness: not a bad summary of th...

Localist Roundup: Localism vs. Climate Change

In political news, Congress continues its attempt to restrict NSA bulk data collection. At the same time, this article describes Facebook’s hopes to use phone microphones for data collection of its own. Meanwhile, the USDA continues t...