Friday, November 15, 2013

E. H. Carr and Prophetic History
Moral Cretinism Part XI

E. H. Carr

The late writer and Historian Irving Howe wrote concerning the Historian and political ideologue Isaac Deutscher that: 
He never learned that unpredictable as human history may be, History is a bitch.1 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Danse Macabre
The Russian – German War 1941 – 1945, Part 3
Hitler’s “Fatal Error”

Operation Barbarossa
June 22 - December 1, 1941

In two previous postings I discussed aspects of what was probably the greatest war ever fought; The Russian German war on the Eastern Front. The huge size of the armies the horrific scale of the casualties and the almost unbelievable scale and wickedness of the atrocities. Certainly in terms of the scope of the battlefront and sheer scale no war in history could match it and very few wars could match it in terms of atrocity and horror.1

Monday, November 11, 2013

The “Dog-Marriage”

Crates and Hipparchia

In a previous posting I talked about the Greek thinker Diogenes, the founder of Cynicism.1 Here I will discuss an altogether different person or should I say persons. Has mentioned in the previous posting Diogenes was a dour, sullen, misanthropic unpleasant individual, and on top of that he practiced a very difficult, severe and hard way of life. This would of course make it rather difficult to attract followers, but Diogenes did indeed attract followers. This included the remarkable Crates and his wife Hipparchia.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Wrong Note

Title Card

The recent death of James Gandolfini1 reminded me of The Sopranos, 1999-2007;2 one of the best shows ever to appear on TV. Certainly in the wasteland that was and still is TV it was a gem.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Velikovsky Who?

The Surface of Venus

The following is a very brief review of the book Carl Sagan and Immanuel Velikovsky by Charles Ginenthal. This very brief review was originally at Amazon. I have only changed it very slightly here.1

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Sistine Chapel

The ceiling Frescoes of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo  are among the greatest works of art ever conceived of by anyone. Here are some pictures of the Frescoes.

Plan of Frescoes in the Sistine Chapel

Sunday, November 03, 2013

The English Civil War
The Money Background

Battle of Naseby 1645

The English Civil War (1642-1646) is perhaps one of the most discussed and debated subjects in the historiography of English history; it is also one of the areas most afflicted, yes that is the word, with myth. This includes myths of origin. Here I will discuss some of the background to the English Civil War.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Garden June 2013

Just some Garden pics of my garden from the late spring / early summer as we head into winter.