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WEEKLY MIND FOOD 11/28/12 Print E-mail
Written by Joe Katzman   
Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Weekly Mind Food aims to show you what TTPers without a regular column, but with deep expertise in key fields, are paying attention to. We call ourselves TTP's Team B. Note the "Weekly Mind Food" category in the left side-bar now, which will have all our issues. They're Free Access, as are all the linked articles, so feel free to read them at your leisure - and to mail the article's URL to your friends!

Thanks to dkemp, edd7, hardcharger, Mae, mrapp, and of course prosenberg for their contributions this week.

To simplify your scans, I've divided the links into sections: Economos (global economy), Techne Logos (tech), Polis (domestic politics), Stratiootika (geopolitics & military), plus 1 Useful Web Resource and 1 Good News This Week item to brighten your week and/or make you better. Enjoy!


Three, actually.

I think there's a major flaw in Bill Whittle's core "non-politics" proposal, which is his belief that a leftist state with no real rule of law would leave him alone to do what he proposes. Two words: charter schools. Having said that, there are always cracks in the facade, and trends we can ride. Bill gives you a ton of good stuff here to make you laugh and think, and some of it may echo a bit for Rendezvous participants who heard "Conservative Hope and Change." I'll add that Bill's "virtual President" press conference (click Q&A video after) is worth your time all by itself. Thanks to Mae for the tip.

Newt Gingrich remains the brains of the Republican Party, and the intellectual honesty and sharp points in his speech to Horowitz' Restoration 2012 conference demonstrate why. Blip.TV doesn't embed here, so you'll have to follow the link.


If you want something even sharper, the outside view of former Democrat pollster Pat Caddell is hard to argue with - incl. his point about the Xinhua media. I'm impressed by the applause he got from the conservative audience as he ripped the way the GOP did business, but they recognized the quality of his argument.


  • Don't Give up (Daniel Greenfield, Nov 24/12). jkatzman: "There will be as much room for a real or virtual conservative enclave in 2035 as there was for one in the USSR in 1932 or as there is for one today in Cuba. If the left consolidates its control, then the only place to go will be underground, alive or dead.... Right now we can still fight and win, but the window is closing on that. If we accept the premise that change is no longer possible, then it really will be all over."

  • Metamorphosis (Belmont Club, Nov 25/12). "One of the hottest news stories in Britain was a decision by a local government unit to take away foster children from members of the UK Independence Party on the grounds that the adoptive parents were ipso facto 'racist'..."

  • Poll: Nearly One Third Of Americans Would Accept 'TSA Body Cavity Search' in Order to Fly (InfoWars, Nov 8/12). prosenberg: My reaction to this news is "that cannot be true!" But, given other recent events, maybe it really is? (JK solution: poll people at the airport. Everyone who says "yes", gets one.)

  • Texas Prepares to Ban the NDAA and TSA Pat Downs (Mike Krieg, Nov 14/12). jkatzman: Awesomeness, because you know they'll follow through.

  • Breaking: Prepper Put on No-Fly List, Stranded in Hawaii (InfoWars, Oct 17/12). jkatzman: One more reason to begin publicly-supported local organizations that give people like this a title, a role, and political protection. While laying infrastructure for hard times.

  • ...And Then a Miracle Occurs. (American Thinker, Nov 21/12). From edd7, a good set of action priorities. "I'm not a believer in miracles, but I believe that the Obamanistas have no idea how to run a domestic or a foreign policy. Conservative ideas must spread and spread through the web, and our first big battle will be to preserve the liberty of the web."


Techne Logos


Some of you have asked me about Pamela "Atlas Shrugged" Geller. For those of you wondering, this video is probably the best summation of where she stands.

  • War is the Answer (Nov 21/12). dkemp: Not a news item, but an interesting exposition on the whole concept of war and peace in the 21st century.

  • Qatar is more active than you know (Israpundit, Oct 30/12). jkatzman: In ways that go far beyond al-Jazeera, and tie directly to the recent Israel-Hamas fight. Step 1 in understanding our world is knowing the real players.

  • Op-Ed: EXPOSE: Qatar's takeover of Europe (Israel's Arutz Sheva, Nov 12/12).

  • Middle East Burning (Frontpage, Nov 21/12). "This reserve of fighters, funded by oil money, is the single biggest development in the region. Each war inflates their totals and their availability starts new wars."

  • Oh What a Tangled Web (National Review, Nov 20/12). From hardcharger. Victor Davis Hanson discusses Benghazi's lingering questions.

  • On Respecting Muslim Culture (American Thinker, Nov 25/12). edd7: An article not steeped in hand-wringing Political Correctness, National Stockholm Syndrome b***! "One might argue that "courtesy" can be demanded, but to demand "respect" and "trust" is insulting to those from whom the fulfillment of the demand is required."

  • A Passing Advantage - The Kurdish/Iraq Confrontation (Montrose Toast, Nov 22/12). jkatzman: Iraq and the Kurds are making military moves toward a possible clash, and oil contracts to firms like Exxon are a trigger point. Pay attention.

Over The Hump: Good News This Week

We begin with a wry bit sent in by hardcharger, and shown on Rev. Donald Sensing's site (formerly Col. Donald Sensing). And then, for Something Completely Different... we pair Kevin "Hillbuzz" duJan and Chuck Norris.


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