Some New Links Over on the Right —>

You may have noticed that the links list has expanded. Admittedly, these aren’t all of the blogs I follow, but these are ones that have reached “ascendancy” to blogroll here at Cirsova.

The Belle Jar – While I often find myself either in disagreement or, at best, hesitant agreement with the author of this blog, her writing is always thought provoking.  I mean, that Strawman she’s attacking in her last post sounds like a real asshole!

The Book Wars – This is probably one of my new favorite blogs. Even if you’re like me and unfamiliar with today’s world of YA literature, these posts are always amusing and insightful, though I’d like to see their Covers Wars be a little more along the lines of Good Show, Sir.

Dyson’s Dodecahedron – I’ve been following Dyson forever but hadn’t linked. I don’t know how useful the maps he posts are, but they sure are neat to look at!

Swords & Dorkery – It’s almost a crime that I haven’t had this in my blogroll for how long I’ve been following it. It’s been long overdue, Mike.

A Toast to Dragons – Same with Swords & Dorkery, totally a crime that this hasn’t been added yet. Matt’s all over the place with his blog, reviewing books, reviewing movies, writing about setting and worldbuilding, and, of course, promoting his own published works, so somewhere in there you’re bound to find something of interest.

Thulean Perspective – I originally had been hesitant to add the link, as it was not gaming related, but this website has delivered a lot of traffic to Cirsova, so the least I can do is return the favor. Though Varg and I probably do not see eye to eye on a lot of things (and you may not either), I’ve found him to be incredibly affable, as most people who are fans of history and games are.

What’s Your Tag – I can’t always read this blog, since they limit post length shown in the reader and they’re blocked by my webfilter at work, but they’re the only video gaming blog I regularly follow. Imagine a smaller and less gross version of Penny Arcade with less baggage.

One thing that people forget or do not know about the Nation of Islam

is that not only is it a Black Nationalist Separatist movement…

Source: The Final Call

Source: The Final Call

…it is also a UFO Religion.

 

In retrospect, I can’t help but wonder if all of those “you/he/she needs to beam back up to the mothership” quips from the 90s were veiled anti-NOI dog-whistles.  I wonder if anyone accused people of that?  Because that would be hilarious.  I know I’ll never find that cereal commercial on youtube…

 

Thucydides Thursday

Could this not have been written yesterday?

(emphasis mine)

Words had to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which was now given them. Reckless audacity came to be considered the courage of a loyal ally; prudent hesitation, specious cowardice; moderation was held to be a cloak for unmanliness; ability to see all sides of a question, inaptness to act on any. Frantic violence became the attribute of manliness; cautious plotting, a justifiable means of self-defence. The advocate of extreme measures was always trustworthy; his opponent a man to be suspected. To succeed in a plot was to have a shrewd head, to divine a plot a still shrewder; but to try to provide against having to do either was to break up your party and to be afraid of your adversaries. In fine, to forestall an intending criminal, or to suggest the idea of a crime where it was wanting, was equally commended until even blood became a weaker tie than party, from the superior readiness of those united by the latter to dare everything without reserve; for such associations had not in view the blessings derivable from established institutions but were formed by ambition for their overthrow; and the confidence of their members in each other rested less on any religious sanction than upon complicity in crime. The fair proposals of an adversary were met with jealous precautions by the stronger of the two, and not with a generous confidence. Revenge also was held of more account than self-preservation. Oaths of reconciliation, being only proffered on either side to meet an immediate difficulty, only held good so long as no other weapon was at hand; but when opportunity offered, he who first ventured to seize it and to take his enemy off his guard, thought this perfidious vengeance sweeter than an open one, since, considerations of safety apart, success by treachery won him the palm of superior intelligence. Indeed it is generally the case that men are readier to call rogues clever than simpletons honest, and are as ashamed of being the second as they are proud of being the first. The cause of all these evils was the lust for power arising from greed and ambition; and from these passions proceeded the violence of parties once engaged in contention.

Book 3, The Peloponnesian War, (trans. Richard Crawley)

We’re living in a time where those in power are awash in scandal and so untouchable that nothing can be done to stop them.  Their ability to conduct scandal and get away unscathed is praised and hailed as brilliant.  They destroy their opponents with base accusations and twisting of words.  They have no regard for the old institutions: how’s that ‘fundamental transformation’ working out for us?  No reasonably proposed solutions are considered because solving problems are the last thing on the minds of those in power.

“Why bother reading history?”

“Because it gives us important insights into the constancy of human nature.”

“But if human nature doesn’t change, what’s the point of reading about it?”

“…I dunno… Maybe you’re right?

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