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Signal to Noise With Richard Fernandez

Signal to Noise With Richard Fernandez
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Rather than using social media as a notebook, it seemed better to establish a separate optionally accessible site: Signal to Noise. The benefit of a members-only site is it reduces trolling. The Belmont Club will remain open and free, as usual. To keep the length manageable, I will start a new notebook every week or so. Sign up here to become a VIP member.

Speaking of eternity

“The danger to her own soul she is risking”. The mainstream media assumption is that no one could seriously believe in things like that in the post-modern world.
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone@ArchCordileone After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, an the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion.
But doctrinally the archbishop’s teaching is traditional. Most Abrahamic religions (including Islam) view deceased infants as straight to God, without agency and innocent of sin. It is their unjust killers who are in danger, religiously speaking. Limbo.

Our betters have no self-awareness

At least China understands it’s in trouble, in contrast to those who argue that the US is in a Biden Boom, but doesn’t know it. ‘Do whatever it takes’: Beijing urged to act as China’s economy falters.
There is no sense of having erred in ruling circles. But then their Communists have usually been smarter than our Communists. I’ll know we’ve turned the corner when CSPAN televises politicians saying ‘mea culpa, mea culpa’ instead of ‘same old, same old’.

In the early days of COVID, the phrase “Build Back Better” was almost as pervasive as “UltraMAGA” is today. Have we grown more resigned or just moved on?

Political fatigue

“The Biden administration canceled one of the most high-profile oil and gas lease sales pending before the Department of the Interior Wednesday, as Americans face record-high prices at the pump,” according to MSN. Govt has the idea that investments will flourish in an atmosphere of caprice. One day investors stop showing up.

The post-bipolar world

Macron is obviously positioning the post-EU for the post-bipolar world he reckons will come after the war. He says ‘don’t humiliate Putin, let Ukraine wait decades to join Europe, UK welcome to rejoin ASAP.’

The UK has its own ideas about the future, guaranteeing Finland and Sweden. Formally termed “A Political Declaration of Solidarity,” the treaty pledges that the UK – a nuclear-armed state and NATO founding member – will intervene to defend Sweden if it “suffers disaster or an attack”… and is expected to sign an identical instrument in Helsinki later today, during his bilateral meetings with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and PM Sanna Martin.