On Power, from three of my favorite authors:

“All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.”

–Frank Herbert

“He who lusts for power over others is inherently evil. I trust this requires no great argument in its justification. The evil man, once he has some degree of power, will use it to acquire more, for power is a drug that doesn’t sate. However, the enjoyment of power requires that it be used.”

–Friedrich Hayek

“‘How does one man assert his power over another, Winston?’
Winston thought. ‘By making him suffer,’ he said.
‘Exactly. By making him suffer. Obedience is not enough. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.’”

–George Orwell, 1984


Today’s culture

When Earth’s last picture is painted and the tubes are twisted and dried,
When the oldest colours have faded, and the youngest critic has died,
We shall rest, and, faith, we shall need it — lie down for an aeon or two,
Till the Master of All Good Workmen shall put us to work anew.

And those that were good shall be happy; they shall sit in a golden chair;
They shall splash at a ten-league canvas with brushes of comets’ hair.
They shall find real saints to draw from — Magdalene, Peter, and Paul;
They shall work for an age at a sitting and never be tired at all!

And only The Master shall praise us, and only The Master shall blame;
Andd no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame,
But each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,
Shall draw the Thing as he sees It for the God of Things as They are!

–Rudyard Kipling


Coyote capture!

NYPD seems to be very proud of capturing “the” coyote recently seen running around lower Manhattan.

But I would bet that if there is one coyote on the island, there are many more that haven’t been seen. Coyotes are very adaptable creatures, and if they can find food and shelter in any environment, they will fill that niche.

Manhattan should, perhaps, welcome its new neighbors, considering the problem it seems to have with rats.


Deadly Earthquake strikes Nepal

A catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing thousands and destroying numerous houses and buildings.

More than 2,200 people are known to have died, and the death toll is expected to rise as officials dig through the rubble.

The quake struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said. Tremors were felt across the region, with further loss of life in India, Bangladesh and on Mount Everest.

Survivors will be living out in the open due to the danger of damaged buildings falling with the aftershocks of the earthquake. Food, safe drinking water, shelter, and medical care will be in short supply.

You can donate to help these people through Samaritans’ Purse here.


Heart attack claims life of Shreve coach Richard Lary

Prayers for the Captain Shreve and the Lary families.

Captain Shreve football coach Richard Lary, 49, has died from an apparent heart attack suffered on the school’s campus this afternoon.

Lary, who was set to turn 50 on May 7, is survived [by his] wife, Becky, and two daughters, Ally Grace, a freshman at Shreve, and Camryn. Larry fell ill while watching the Gators play baseball against Southwood.