In the Ark

  1. Not that interested in the first place
  2. Not that kind of girl
  3. Not so worthy of eye-rolling after all

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Shake the dust off your feet. The ark is here, within the Church. Turn your back on this culture, and run towards the ark of the Church. There you will not find relief from suffering, but rather the strength to endure it, to sanctify it, and by God’s grace, overcome it.

Rod Dreher, after reading the New York Times crypto-celebration of consensual adultery.

Dreher cites the sleazy Times puff piece as another instance of the Law Of Merited Impossibility (“That’s never going to happen, and when it does, you bigots will deserve it”), but failed to explain his allusion. I think he’s alluding to all the bullshit about how same-sex “marriage” was going to strengthen marriage, not undermine it (“That’s never going to happen”). The thinkers who see connections before I do predicted to the contrary that same-sex marriage wouldn’t make gay males more monogamous, but rather would license married couples (no scare quotes; I’m talking about real marriage) to become polygamous — that marriage would be “gayed,” in some versions.

Well, that certainly didn’t take very long to come true. They lied. Some people bought it. By now, the people who bought it are mostly minded to say “well, what’s wrong with polygamous relations?” — a variation on “You bigots deserve it. Screw your cribbed vision of marriage.”

Anyway, this celebration of perversity, even though it offered relief from the Trump-Comey-OMG! Chicken Little cycle, was the straw that, once again, broke the camel’s back (poor camel!). I’ve cancelled my digital subscription to the New York Times, which requires you to call (you can’t do it online) and speak to an agent. My agent, having already heard that this perverse story was my breaking point, offered me what amounted to a 47.5%, then an even deeper 62.5% discount.

It kind of reminded me of Winston Churchill:

“Churchill: “Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?”
Socialite: “My goodness, Mr. Churchill… Well, I suppose… we would have to discuss terms, of course… ”
Churchill: “Would you sleep with me for five pounds?”
Socialite: “Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!”
Churchill: “Madam, we’ve already established that. Now we are haggling about the price”

Oh, yeah: I did cancel despite an offer of $1.875 per week instead of $5.00. I’m not that kind of girl.

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Over the last 12-18 months, I’ve taken some high quality probiotics until they’re used up. Coinciding with the first round was a reduction of some labyrinthitis I’d been experiencing. When the labyrinthitis returned, I started another round and again got relief of the seemingly unrelated problem.

When I mentioned it to my doctor, he of did that kind of eye-rolling thing that doctors do at “anecdotal evidence.”

In fairness, the third round of probiotics didn’t seem to produce any dramatic decrease in labyrinthitis.

But look at this:

Researchers have traced the cause of a baffling brain disorder to a surprising source: a particular type of bacteria living in the gut.

Scientists increasingly suspect that the body’s vast community of bacteria — the microbiome — may play a role in the development of a wide variety of diseases, from obesity to perhaps even autism.

The new study, published on Wednesday in Nature, is among the first to suggest convincingly that these bacteria may initiate disease in seemingly unrelated organs, and in completely unexpected ways.

Researchers “need to be thinking more broadly about the indirect role of the microbiome” in influencing even diseases that have no obvious link to the gut, said Dr. David Relman, professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford.

I’d certainly prefer a microbiome etiology to Cerebral Small Vessel Disease, or so I think.

Fact is, I’m going to die, and that’s closer than my birth. About neither can I do much beyond making sure I’m in the Ark.

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Men are men before they are lawyers or physicians or manufacturers; and if you make them capable and sensible men they will make themselves capable and sensible lawyers and physicians. (John Stuart Mill, Inaugural Address at St. Andrew’s, 1867)

“Liberal education is concerned with the souls of men, and therefore has little or no use for machines … [it] consists in learning to listen to still and small voices and therefore in becoming deaf to loudspeakers.” (Leo Strauss)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.