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  West Virginia DNR - West Virginia Nature Notes, Rare Species Fact Sheets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Due to its recent decline in West Virginia and elsewhere the cerulean warbler is listed by the West Virginia Partners in Flight Working Group as a high priority species of concern.
Even though the cerulean warbler is in decline, it still occurs at such high densities in the state that birds nesting in West Virginia serve to provide a source population to the surrounding region.
In West Virginia this species occurs mainly west of the Allegheny Mountains in the Ohio Hills Physiographic Region, with the highest numbers inhabiting the southwestern portions of the state.
www.wvdnr.gov /Wildlife/Cerulean.shtm   (888 words)

 The Decline of the West - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Decline of the West (German: Der Untergang des Abendlandes) is a two-volume work by Oswald Spengler, the first volume of which was published in the summer of 1918.
Decline was conceived and begun before the outbreak of World War I, and deliberately looks beyond the fate of Germany to include the fate of the West as a whole.
Scholars now agree that the word "decline" more accurately renders Spengler's intended meaning, as opposed to the original German word "Untergang." Spengler would explain that he did not mean to describe a catastrophic occurrence, but rather a protracted fall—a twilight or sunset.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Decline_of_the_West   (4072 words)

 Spengler decline of the west
His work The Decline of the West argues that the development of civilizations follows a recognizable series of repetitive rises and falls.
Spengler, a man of wide education with a PhD in philosophy, conceived the idea for "The Decline of the West" during the Agadir Crisis of 1911, when he formed the opinion that a general European war was inevitable.
Based on such a comparison of historical situation Spengler considered that the West was entering a period of two centuries of wars for world power, like that between the Battles of Cannae (216 B.C.) and Actium (31 B.C.).
www.age-of-the-sage.org /philosophy/history/spengler_decline_west.html   (403 words)

 Modern History Sourcebook: Oswald Spengler: The Decline of The West, 1922   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The future of the West is not a limitless tending upwards and onwards for all time towards our presents ideals, but a single phenomenon of history, strictly limited and defined as to form and duration, which covers a few centuries nd can be viewed and, in essentials, calculated from available precedents.
The last century [the 19th] was the winter of the West, the victory of materialism and scepticism, of socialism, parliamentarianism, and money.
From: Oswald Spengler, The Decline of the West, 2 Vols., trans.
www.fordham.edu /halsall/mod/spengler-decline.html   (560 words)

 Amazon.com: Decline of the West: Volume I, Form and Actuality: Books: Oswald Spengler,Charles Francis Atkinson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The Decline of the West is the magnum opus of Oswald Spengler (1880-1936), a German historian and philosopher.
The Decline of the West was originally published as two books, and it is a deep and erudite philosophical look at the history of the world, so any small summary is bound to be insufficient to do it justice.
Spengler's style in elucidating a history of the west, and developing an hypothesis of universal and collective human behavior, is punctuated by the era in which he wrote: the early 20th century.
www.amazon.com /Decline-West-I-Form-Actuality/dp/0394421795   (3098 words)

 The decline of the West | The Agonist
There never was a "West" politically before 1945: just countries inhabited mostly by people of European descent, sharing the same broad cultural and religious heritage, who fought one another regularly and built competing empires around the planet.
The alliance thrived for almost half a century, but it was bound to go into a slow decline once its reason for being, the Soviet threat, ceased to exist at the beginning of the 1990s.
The West, as a coherent political and military influence in the world, is breaking apart and this is not necessarily a tragedy.
agonist.org /20060303/the_decline_of_the_west   (905 words)

 CIDRAP >> After 2004 decline, West Nile cases rose this year
Dec 16, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The number of West Nile virus (WNV) cases in the United States rebounded slightly this year after a sharp drop in 2004, signaling that the disease is here to stay, according to figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Of this year's cases, 42.5%, or 1,165, were West Nile neuroinvasive disease (WNND) (meningitis, encephalitis, or acute flaccid paralysis), the CDC said.
Pearson couldn't give a specific assessment of the hurricanes' effects on case counts, but she said the numbers in the Gulf states in the relevant period "were consistent with typical late summer activity" for WNV.
www.cidrap.umn.edu /cidrap/content/other/wnv/news/dec1605wnv.html   (718 words)

 The Crisis of the modern World, the New World Order and Kali Yuga
Static times were described as "natural pauses," it was called "decline" when some great art in reality died, and "renaissance" where an eye really free from prepossessions would have seen another art being born in another landscape to express another humanity.
That the sever esoteric of the Baroque age is felt now as a burden, is a symptom of sinking strength and of the dulling of that distance-sense confesed the limitation with humility.
Gothic and Baroque are simply the youth and age of one and the same vessel of forms, the style of the West as ripening and ripened.
www.geocities.com /integral_tradition/decline.html   (7498 words)

 Never Yet Melted » Decline of the West   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The West’s history is rich with traditions of honor, and equally rich with examples of its dangers and follies, among them the duel that killed the most brilliant of America’s Founders.
Population Decline, Immigration, and the Islamization of Europe
I think myself that the case of the immigration of Roman Catholic Latin Americans of primarily European descent to the United States is a very different thing from the Islamization of Europe, but Fjordman’s pessimistic essay attacking Third World immigration Trans-Atlantically is, as usual, an insightful contribution to the debate.
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 Borzoi Reader | Catalog | The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler
The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler
A sweeping account of Western culture by a historian of legendary intellect, it is an astonishingly informed, forcefully eloquent, thrillingly controversial work that advances a world view based on the cyclical rise and fall of civilizations.
Except for his doctor’s thesis on Heraclitus, he published nothing before the first volume of The Decline of the West, which appeared when he was thirty-eight.
www.randomhouse.com /knopf/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781400097005   (338 words)

 Cornell News: FeederWatch 2003-04
Despite this decline, the continentwide abundance of crows continued to be stable.
Further evidence against a WNV connection is that the declines were not sudden, but rather follow a trend that began in 1998 and hit low points in 2001 and 2003.
This decline follows a decade-long fall that can be tracked to a bacterial infection that began affecting house finches in the early 1990s.
www.news.cornell.edu /releases/Oct03/FeederWatch%2703-04.amw.html   (734 words)

 Decadence (state of decline)
In modern use, decadence is often defined as a decline in or loss of excellence, obstructing the pursuit of ideals.
The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, a major literary achievement of Eighteenth Century, was written by the British historian, Edward Gibbon.
The Decline of the West (1918-1923) - Oswald Spengler
www.jahsonic.com /Decadence.html   (1423 words)

 Decline of the West - Commentary - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Right now the West's leaders seem to be lining up to explain how horrified they are at the tastelessness and worse of these cartoons -- as if one could have liberty without tolerating license.
But instead of pointing out all that, much of the West just hunkers down and hopes this storm, too, will pass.
The moral disarmament of the West continues apace.
www.washtimes.com /commentary/20060214-102147-4238r.htm   (650 words)

 JWSR - Volume I - Article
Thus, the European powers took their place behind the US as number two and were startled when, due to the hegemonic decline of the USA, the usual stability of the world economic structure was no longer guaranteed.
The concept of the transition of societal models - in hegemonic social practices - offers us the possibility of explaining the recasting of the EC as a move towards a vision of a renewed social contract in Western Europe, and therefore the beginning of the articulation of a new societal model.
Neither the West European states nor the EU are following the socially regressive American deregulation model of Reagan and Bush.
jwsr.ucr.edu /archive/vol1/v1_n5.php   (9075 words)

 Home > Publications > Decline of the West?
Poor old West: succumbing feebly, day by day, to its own decadence, sliding into debility on the slime of its own self-indulgent permissiveness...
It does seem to me that the West cannot win in terms of either of your scenarios.
Moreover, I would infer from the moral thrust of your reasoning that your tacit message is not only that the West cannot win, but that it doesn’t deserve to win.
www.eppc.org /publications/bookID.55/book_detail.asp   (1346 words)

 The New York Review of Books: Decline of the West?
First, he is persuaded, without showing us quite why, that the decline of the West has begun.
Further modernization then alters the civilizational balance of power between the West and the non-Western society, bolsters the power and self-confidence of that society, and strengthens commitment to the indigenous culture.
Huntington's gloomy perception of the decline of the West may merely mistake growing pains for death throes.
www.nybooks.com /articles/1300   (4335 words)

 Decline of the West
True West (1980) presents dual nature in the characters of Lee, a burglar living off the land in the Mojave Desert, and his brother, Austin, an Ivy League-educated screenwriter.
True West, the third play of Shepard's so-called family trilogy (following Curse of the Starving Class), is also about family secrets and the impossibility of fleeing one's origins.
Ridiculing his brother's idea of "the real West," which has seduced his producer (and placed his own love-story pitch in jeopardy), Hoffman gleefully mocks the producer's preference for a script about "grown men acting like little boys," turning the phrase into a maniacal singsong.
www.thenation.com /doc/20000424/yaffe   (1136 words)

 "Decline of the West, and the Super Bowl Halftime Show" by Emmanuel Parenteau   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Decline of the West, and the Super Bowl Halftime Show
Yes, I believe the West is on the decline.
A decline which, were it complete in its descent, would almost surely lead to violent death thralls of imperialistic rage.
www.chronwatch.com /content/contentDisplay.asp?aid=5853   (734 words)

 Holy Sons | Decline of the West
The intimacy on Decline of the West seeps existential dread like an oily terror-sweat.
Often classified as lo-fi, this music may be at first deceptively minimal - plucked guitar, hushed organ, drum machine - but upon repeated listens one notices the intricacy and elaborateness of the arrangements, and every track is different enough to warrant praise for the album's diversity.
Holy Sons website describes this album thusly: "Decline of the West is named after and conceptually began with Oswald Spengler's pessimistic assessment signs of a societies' decay and end." - which would justify the paranoiac impression left on this listener.
sctas.com /2.0/HolyWest.html   (266 words)

 Asia Times Online :: Asian News, Business and Economy.
The spiritual tradition of the West, which begins with classic tragedy and continues through St Augustine's Confessions, tells us just the contrary, namely, that one's inner feelings are the problem, not the solution.
The West is a construct, the result of a millennium of war against the inner feelings of the barbarian invaders whom Christianity turned into Europeans.
We find tiresome the old religions of the West that preach repentance and redemption, and instead wish to hear reassurance that God loves us and that everything is all right.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Front_Page/GG20Aa01.html   (1395 words)

 Jim Ball's Webpage-The Left and the Decline of the West
Their strategy was twofold: To dull the West's fighting spirit and to undercut its military power….To render us ineffective militarily, they strenuously opposed any effort to increase our strength or preparedness.
Shaun Bailey was born on the west London estates that have been linked to investigations into the murder of WPC Sharon Beshenivsky.
How the West was lost by Melanie Phillips draws some thought provoking parallels between the liberal values of the assassinated Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn and Islamic activism…This is one of the most interesting reads in quite some time.
jimball.com.au /Left.htm   (5830 words)

 Olin Center, Lecture Series. The Decline of the West?
"The Decline of the West?" is the theme of the 1988-1989 lecture series presented by the the John M. Olin Center for Inquiry into the Theory and Practice of Democracy.
Allan Bloom and Nathan Tarcov, co-directors of the Olin Center, describe the lecture series as a study of whether the myriad recent assessments of the decline of the West are accurate and what visions of the future are available to us.
or on the Path to the Decline of the West?"
olincenter.uchicago.edu /declinewest.html   (260 words)

 Cyberwest - Western geology, plate tectonics
University of Colorado at Boulder geologist Craig Jones said sound-wave measurements of the 100-mile thick crust and upper mantle indicate the topography of the West has behaved like a "viscous fluid" over geologic time.
The surprising gravitational force inside the continent appears to be causing the landscape to "spread" in places, causing significant deformation in areas like the Great Basin of Nevada and western Utah and the Sierra Nevada in eastern California.
lthough the study provides evidence that deformation in the West and perhaps other continental regions are driven by topography, most scientists still believe deformation beneath the oceans is caused primarily by lateral movements of the huge, rigid plates beneath the continents and sea floor, he said.
www.cyberwest.com /cw08/v8scwst.html   (768 words)

 Oswald Spengler - the Decline of the West
Oswald Spengler - the Decline of the West
The spell of a "second religiousness" comes upon it, and Late-Classical man turns to the practice of the cults of Mithras, of Isis, of the Sun - those very cults into which a soul just born in the East has been pouring a new wine of dreams and fears and loneliness.
Spengler's Decline of the West has been out of print but is now available (in England) from the publisher's representative (the publisher is now Random House):
ermine.users.netlink.co.uk /spengler.html   (836 words)

 Open to Libs or Cons to Comment: Thoughts on Spengler's Decline of the West - Sean Hannity Discussion
Hell Ronin be more specific, it is a great work but I thought you cons disregarded it as echoing Marxist themes of the rise and decline, all missing the point but but I have had discussions.
Is there, beyond all the casual and incalculable elements of the separate elements of the separate events, something that we may call a metaphysical structure of historic humanity, something that is essentially independent of the outward forms - social, spiritual and political - which we see so clearly?
It is easy to see why Hitler and his ilk would latch onto it but on the other hand...
www.hannity.com /forum/showthread.php?t=13621   (677 words)

 Daimnation!: "The Decline of the West"
'With the nineteenth century begins the winter of the West.
Some of that has a ring of today's Canada about it.
Decline also seems to me related to the Western intelligentsia's increasing loathing of their own societies--an appreciation that has worked to undermine broadly our confidence in Western values and institutions.
www.damianpenny.com /archived/006671.html   (220 words)

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