Well, our daughter’s wedding happened this past Saturday, and it was a splendid event. We still have guests in town, and follow-on activities, but things are getting back to normal around the Pollack household, and I’ll soon be back in harness here at the blog. Thank you all for your patience.

Meanwhile, here are just a few links:

‣   A chronological collection of the famous first two chords of Beethoven’s “Eroica” symphony.

‣   NOAA and NASA’s temperature data “are not a valid representation of reality“.

‣   Rod Dreher on Venice.

‣   Yes, men and women ARE different. (Duh.)

Normal operations will resume shortly.

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  1. Whitewall says

    Malcolm, glad the wedding went well and that you will be hitching up the team soon!

    Posted July 25, 2017 at 7:29 pm | Permalink
  2. the one eyed man says

    Not surprisingly, #2 is fraudulent.

    Posted July 26, 2017 at 12:20 am | Permalink
  3. Whitewall says

    Snopes? Fraudulent and left wing biased and begging for money.

    Posted July 26, 2017 at 7:16 am | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Snopes started out dealing with “urban legends” and such, and for those things I suppose they are useful. But wherever there’s politics in the background, it is unwise to rely on them. Note the ad hominem on display: it was just a blog post, some of these people are just ordinary scientists, Joe D’Aleo never finished his PhD, etc., so the paper is rubbish. (This is why I linked to the paper itself, and not Delingpole or Breitbart.)

    Anyway, there it is. We are in a hot war for control of the narrative in nearly every aspect of public and academic life at the moment; I’m afraid readers will have to make up their own minds about whom to believe here.

    See also this related post from a while back.

    Posted July 26, 2017 at 12:03 pm | Permalink
  5. Epicaric says

    Dreher notes that Venice is spent. As a military power and state it is. But Venetians, of Venice and the greater Veneto still exist as a distinct people, and in some quarters continue to fight to remain so and to become again a distinct polity. They are bound by a commonality of typical surnames, a marked and easily identified accent when speaking Italian, and a dialect that has yet to be extinguished, and that can still be heard in the mouths of children. A Venetian today can sit and read without dictionary the 18th century commedie of Carlo Goldoni, in the shadows thrown by the Lion of St. Mark atop still standing columns in every former city of the Serenissima Republica. Not quite dead yet, and arguably more alive than Eisenhower´s mid-century America.
    Welcome back.

    Posted July 26, 2017 at 6:19 pm | Permalink
  6. Malcolm says


    …arguably more alive than Eisenhower´s mid-century America.

    Certainly in terms of cultural influence. But if you get out of the cities you realize that the spores are out there still, and may spring up again if conditions are right.

    Posted July 26, 2017 at 7:24 pm | Permalink