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Links of Possible Relevance, Part 26

Jay at 40
I recently turned 40, so like all beautiful young women I took a bad selfie with no filters or edits. Enjoy.

Over-40s most at risk in UK’s laziness epidemic, says PHE
Speaking of middle age…

Starbucks Invite-a-Friend Interstitial
Attn: Starbucks. I think you’re okay. Your Sumatra K-Cups, brewed at 6 oz and served black as night, has ruined me for other cups of coffee. Your online boardgame this summer is also neat, but I can’t make it past the first stage of incentives because I don’t belong to the hashtag and emoji cesspool called Twitter. What gives?

A Churlish Defense
“Marx was a wicked and short-sighted man who weaponized envy on a multinational and multigenerational scale, but nation states don’t set the world in order, either.”

NYT pulls book from best-seller list over suspicious sales
I’ve witnessed a similar kind of market gaming myself, first-hand, while working at music stores near major metro areas, where an artist touring through the area would send a rep to buy in bulk all or most of the artist CDs in the store. Sometimes the actual artist himself would come in and do it himself.

Vegetarians Don’t Live Longer
Via Jill. Keep in mind one can eat anything loaded with sugar, soy, white flour, or anything you’re not supposed to be eating, as a part of a vegetarian diet.

Footprint find on Crete may push back date humans walked upright

Time Cube
Remember the Time Cube site? Thank God someone had the foresight to mirror it. One of the best word salad manifestos I’ve come across.

LOST SPHEAR Gameplay Trailer
The top-down JRPG genre is probably my favorite in gaming, and this looks fun.

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Photo: Pittsburgh Protest, July 2016

Taken from the USX Tower on Grant Street.

A photo of a protest in Pittsburgh, taken from the USX tower

There was a protest against violence or jobs or birds. Something or other. I don’t know—just take your pick of Marxoid causes and it would fit right in. It wasn’t terribly large; what you see in the photo is the whole thing. It was very noisy and mobile, however.

There were a few props and nicely-printed signs (I have binoculars at my desk). You can kinda tell that from the photograph, which made me think the whole thing was well-funded.

Someone was yelling into a megaphone. The fact that I was a few hundred feet up made it mostly unclear, but if I heard his actual words I’d still be confused.

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Catholicism’s Social Teaching

Dropping in quickly again to mention Just Thomism’s post on the Catholic Church’s socio-economic policy, as stated in its catechism:

The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modem times with “communism” or “socialism.” She has likewise refused to accept, in the practice of “capitalism,” individualism and the absolute primacy of the law of the marketplace over human labor.

In other words, it rejects both Adam Smith and Karl Marx; both individualism and collectivism. In explaining this to the class, it became clear that this was, in effect, to reject the ideals of the left, right and center. The class ended with no one in the room having any idea what the Church thought a just regime would look like.

I’ll ignore the glaring error of separating “human labor” from market forces (it’s not…even non-free market economists know labor is lumped in with market forces, because it’s, uh, a market force).

The problem here is JT’s—and possibly the Church’s—presumption that a regime could be just in the first place. It’s my contention that there cannot be a just regime by definition of what the state is: an entity that reserves the exclusive right of the use of force as its defining characteristic should not be supported by any Christian. At least, not supported any more than one of the various forms of the mafia worldwide that we could find—or, to put it in a more microcosmic context: a crazed man walking around, door to door, pointing a gun at people and demanding money.

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