Georg Philipp Telemann’s Quatuor en Suite from Nouveaux Quatuors en Six Suites: A une Flûte Traversiere, un Violon, une Basse de Viole, ou Violoncel, et Basse Continuë Performed by Bremer Barockorchester

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Crazytown, U.S.A.

The Z Man notes, “The American ruling class is littered with very bright people who fall for one hoax after another” — Everyday Lunacy.

“What explains these insanities that are insults to the American people’s intelligence?” Victor Davis Hanson asks, providing a list absurdities that “invoke almost no popular outrage from a somnolent public” — The Symptoms of Our Insanity.

Noting that “ours today is a world of cancel culture and QAnon” and that “the reality that the world today is not the world he might have imagined it would be a generation ago, as irrationalities and superstitions spread like ideological pandemics on social media,” Razib Khan reviews “[t]he psychologist[‘s] increasingly lonely battle against fanaticism” — How rational is Steven Pinker’s world?

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“Bodies With Vaginas” and Gnosticism

With that phrase, “transgender campaigner” Debbie Hayton writes, “The Lancet dehumanised the bodies of half the population” — What The Lancet gets wrong about women. More:

It is perhaps no wonder that [editor Richard Horton] has waded into one of the most charged political debates of our time: the material reality of flesh and blood. Yes, some people struggle with their bodies — for any number of reasons, but we can never be divorced from them.

The egregious quote might lead us to think that Horton believes otherwise. Does he really think that “bodies with vaginas” are as peripheral to humanity as, say, cars with a hatchback: mere perambulating devices that transport our metaphysical essence from place to place?

If so, he would be replacing modern science with Gnosticism, a heresy that stretches back much further than the founding of The Lancet in 1823. So ancient in fact, that it was first refuted by Ignatius of Antioch who died around 110 CE.

In the early second century, Gnostics separated the spiritual from the material. They held that matter was evil and the spirit good. Their focus was on the person of Jesus Christ — claims were made that he did not have a real body but only an apparent or phantom one — and a hope of salvation that came through esoteric knowledge, or gnosis.

There are strong parallels today in the debate over sex and gender. Adherents of what has become known as “gender ideology” might replace spirit with mind, but the schism between mind and body is much the same. Their entire belief system is constructed on esoteric knowledge. Even small children are understood to be able to discern their gender identity, a mysterious quality that supposedly trumps mere biology when demarcating men from women.

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Mens Intentus

Prof. Jamie Kreiner offers “some pretty quirky tricks to stay focused” — How to Reduce Digital Distractions: Advice From Medieval Monks.

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Defund and Disband the C.I.A.

Time to heed JFK’s call to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the wind” — Caitlin Johnstone: Now it’s been proved it considered assassinating or kidnapping Julian Assange, how is the CIA still a thing?

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Remember When Germans Were Falsely Accused of Killing Belgian Babies by the British in World War One?

Well, the Belgians and neighboring Dutch are doing the same to their own — Newborn babies are killed in Belgium, Netherlands — but most won’t call it infanticide.

“Infants determined by medical professionals to have ‘no hope of a bearable future’ are frequently killed by ‘deliberate euthanasia,’ affecting ‘10% of the neonates (0-1 year) who died in Flanders, between September 2016 and December 2017.’”

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Avian Resistance

More birds like this please — Watch a raven take out a Google drone mid-air as the tech giant is forced to ground its home delivery service due to bird attacks.

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Beloe Zlato Perform “Tarantass”

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Gioachino Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle Performed by Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Manuela Custer, Stefano Secco, Mirco Palazzi & Gewandhaus Orchestra, Directed by Riccardo Chailly

“Gioachino Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, in the orchestral version!” More:

Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle was composed in 1863; the last of his Péchés de vieillesse series – Sins of Old Age, as the composer named them. For its premiere iteration in 1864, Rossini had written a work purely for two pianos and a harmonium.

In 1866-67, partly in fear that it would be done after his death regardless, Rossini (1792-1868) discreetly scored the Petite Messe Solennelle for orchestra – without losing any of its candor or subtlety. The resultant arrangement received its first public performance on 28 February, 1869 – three months after the composer’s death.

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Pietro Antonio Locatelli’s Concerto à 4 in E-flat Major (“Il Pianto d’Arianna”) & Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer’s Concerto Armonico No. 6 in E-flat Major Performed by Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Directed by Ton Koopman

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