Weekend Reading #5

Over at The Lamp Magazine, Peter Hitchens reflects on the Christian background of the British (and European) monarchy and why it inevitably is a sign of contradiction to all moderns.

Mark Granza interviews Darren Beattie about the next stage of Populism in IM-1776.

Stone Age Herbalist discusses the metaphysics that underlay the Aztec’s justification of human sacrifice and war at Grey Goose Chronicles.

In light of the EU’s designation of Hungary as an ‘electoral autocracy’ and ‘no longer a democracy’, Sohrab Ahmari’s latest essay in Compact, Orbán’s warning for Europe, is timely.

Weed is the new black. Leighton Woodhouse discusses Big Pharma and Tobacco’s interest in THC products in The Tablet, while William Pecknold muses over the capacity of Conservative Inc. ability to resist either their libertarian habits or their donor interests in Compact.

Lastly, Elbridge A. Colby outlines the moral argument of The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict at First Things, while Dimitri Simes outlines how the Ukraine War has accelerated Russia’s pivot to the East in The American Conservative.

Weekday Reading #22

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Aris Roussinos discusses the mythic power of monarchy and the field of action available to King Charles III.

Michael Anton looks at the The Godfather with the eyes of The Prince.

Helen Andrews on Why Women Can’t Have it All.

Edward Feser reflects on the political disorder that is bashing at our door.

Lastly, Big Serge considers some of the possible outcomes of recent events in Kharkov for the Russo-Ukrainian War.

On doxing, pile-ons and trolls

The incident a little of a month ago now where commentor, Glycocalyx, published the private details of a another commentor, JC, was despicable. People commenting on this site occasionally meet on social occasions or pass on their details via me to other commentors, for a variety of reasons, and they should feel some confidence when doing so, or when responding, that those private details will not be made public at some future time.

As I’ve already made clear on the comments page, such conduct will not only immediately incur the deletion of the offending comments (incl. comments that repeat the offending material), but the commentor will also be banned. I will also remind people that doxing is illegal, not merely uncourteous and against the policy of New Cat.

New Cat, like the old Cat, is meant to be a place where people can discuss matters of politics and culture from a right perspective, without necessarily agreeing, and doing so in a friendly though robust manner, being both charitable and pointed as appropriate. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, some of the acrimony that accumulated on the old Cat has made its way here and, in some respects, intensified. I would like to see that reversed.  The occasional needling of commentors is perfectly fine, but persistent needling over time of non-trolls is entirely different and should be avoided.

One of the most welcome things to have occurred over the last few months is Lizzie’s return, and that has in no small part been successful because of conduct of her acquaintances, so to say. I’d like to see this replicated where applicable. This was at least the case until the previous weekend when I had began drafting this post. I’d like to return to the détente that existed before that weekend, and I’m sure many other Cats do as well. This is a relatively large forum with several commentors so it is not surprising that there are differences, not only of opinion, but of temper; consequently, people should comport themselves just as they do in other social situations and accommodate the diversity of personalities they encounter in public. How I specifically respond in future to any such pile-on I’m still thinking on, however, my disposition at present is to judge my earlier reluctance to intervene a mistake.

Lastly, my position re trolls is to ban them, but to be charitable in determining whether one is in fact a troll. C.L., in the last few days, over at his place, banned the commentor Prospero for reasons that what I think are essentially justified. Although trolls can on occasion provide some much needed commentary from a different standpoint, attention needs to be paid to what they typically provide to the forum and whether their contributions on the whole are in good faith or largely designed simply to provoke.

Rabz’ Radio Show September 2022: Live Performances

I’ve generally adopted a rule of thumb for live gigs – the bigger the crowd, the more disappointing the experience. The other golden rule is never expect your favourite tunes to be performed as you’d want to hear them – that way, you’ll never be disappointed.

Having said that, some of the most memorable live gigs I’ve seen have been by the following bands:

The Style Council (mainly because I’d “taken a trip” beforehand)

The Church (deafening – no wonder Kilbey has severe tinnitus)

The Cruel Sea

TISM (once, at the much loved Trade Union Club in 1989)

Blur

The Dandy Warhols

The Prodigy

Dr Feelgood (three times)

Honourable mentions – the Moffs, the Happy Hate Me Nots. Seen many times in pubs across good ol’ Surry Hills.  

Venues are often a very important factor in whether or not a gig is enjoyable. Don’t know how many of you ever had the pleasure of seeing a gig at Selina’s in Coogee, but my goodness, it was an experience and not necessarily in a good way. The Prodigy gig for example, was in January (’97?) and by the time we left, the auditorium would have been about 45 degrees, complemented by 93.1% humidity. We were so stuffed we actually blundered across to the beach and utilised the showers there (probably around midnight). There is nothing quite like catching a taxi from Coogee to Newtown at 12:30am on a Sunday morning wearing soaking wet black Levi’s drainpipes.

The most disappointing gig? Gil Scott-Heron, 1995. Did not play any of his signature tunes, instead he bemused the audience by solely playing the tracks from his latest album, none of which I (and presumably most of the audience) had ever heard before.   

The other side of live performances are studio gigs, where the songs will often most closely resemble their original recording. I thoroughly recommend Cats have a look through the catalogue of “Later … With Jools Holland” if you’re interested in catching some absolute classics performed live by just about any artist of any note since 1992.

Anyway, enough self-indulgence from me – here’s the two intro songs.  

Simple Minds – Glittering Prize, Newcastle 1982 (definitive line up)

INXS – Never tear us apart, Later Archive (1994)

Let’s see some interesting and obscure gigs posted in the comments, Cats!