|Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) partners with Mumbai Dabbawala Association (MDA)|
Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) partners with Mumbai Dabbawala Association (MDA)
~A culturally enriching and riveting morning hosted by Malaysian Palm Oil Council with the Dabbawalas of Mumbai~
by Shrutee K/DNS
Mumbai, August 8, 2017 : In April 2017 in conjunction with the visit to India of the Hon. Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato Sriâ Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) signed a MoU with Mumbai Dabbawala Association (MDA). Taking this MoU forward, on the morning of August 8th, MPOC and Mumbai Dabbawalas flagged off an event to create awareness for Malaysian Palm Oil and its benefits.
The event took place at the Lower Parel Bridge, where Dabbawalas wore the T-shirts and topis branded with MPOC message. They then delivered the dabbas carrying a booklet of recipes of dishes that can be cooked in palm oil and the benefits of using palm oil. The Dabbawalas are in a unique position to promote MPOC and raise awareness to the positive nutritional attributes of Malaysian Palm Oil. This becomes particularly useful in Indian cuisine as most dishes are cooked in oil. Substituting for a healthier oil can do no harm, besides besides providing the added bonus of eating delicious food cooked in a healthy oil that is nutritious for the body.
To kick off this event, Dr. Kalyana Sundaram, CEO of MPOC, was present, encouraging the use of palm oil and showing appreciation to our Dabbawalas for their exceptional work. The morning was most enjoyable, entertaining and culturally riveting as some of Maharashtraâs best dancers performed the traditional Lezim Dance, a true delight to have watched! For those unaware of the Lezim Dance, it is a Maharashtrian folk dance performed to the beat of the Dholki, a percussion instrument.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Kalyan Sundaram, CEO, MPOC, said, âIt gives me immense pleasure to be here this morning. Dabbawalas have been an integral part of this city and they define what Indians stand for: hardworking, responsible and efficient. They work relentlessly with a smile on their face, be it rain or storm. Malaysian Palm Oil has been a very important part of the Indian diet and with this unique initiative we wish to create awareness for this wonderful oil and its several health benefits. Our association with the Mumbai Dabbawalas allows us to spread the message of healthy cooking to a large number of households and encourages a healthier cooking lifestyleâ
Mr. Subhash Talekar, Association Spokesperson of Mumbai Dabbawala Association said âWe Dabbawalas unfailingly deliver thousands of dabbas to hungry people daily, they are undoubtedly the best people to directly reach out to households and create awareness about palm oil and the health benefits of using it. This is a very exciting new chapter, and we are glad to be partnering with MPOC.â
India is the worldâs largest importer of cooking oils. Palm oil constitutes about two-thirds of Indiaâs steadily increasing vegetable oil import. The price, in comparison to competing oils and the proximity of origin, Malaysia, has made Malayisan Palm Oil a highly preferred oil. Now the Dabawallas have taken it upon themselves, with the help of MPOC, to inform families about the benefits of palm oil and how exquisite food can be cooked in palm oil in alternative to other vegetable oils.
Amongst some of the benefits we came to learn about during the event was that palm oil is rich in natural chemical compounds essential for health and nutrition. It has a rich source of carotenoids that are rich in Vitamin A, a potent natural antioxidant, Vitamins D, E, K, fatty acids, and other important fat-soluble micronutrients that boost the human immune system. The health benefits from using palm oil are tremendous - it reduces chances of Cancer, protects against heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, and helps children with Vitamin A deficiency.
The oil is great for cooking; it is of vegetable origin, making it free of cholesterol and apt for vegetarians, vegans, and Jains. Furthermore, the oil has a neutral flavor - you neednât worry about changing tastes, it does not oxidize easily â making it perfect for frying food, and produces less gummy materials and helps in the cooking area maintaining a non-greasy surface; so, most bakers prefer to use a palm-based margarine for baking goods.
With people now more conscious about their health and food habits, palm oil is definitely the healthier choice to make whilst cooking and a step towards healthier bodies and practices. What better way to create awareness than directly reaching out to the households through our Dabbawalas.
Note to Editors:
MPOC is a Council under the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities of Malaysia. Its role is to promote the market expansion of Malaysian palm oil and its products by enhancing the image of palm oil and creating better acceptance of palm oil through awareness of various technological and economic advantages (techno-economic advantages) and environmental sustainability.
The Council has set up a network of ten offices all over the world, mainly in China (Shanghai), India (Mumbai), Pakistan (Lahore), Bangladesh (Dhaka), Middle East (Istanbul and Cairo), Europe (Brussels and Russia), Africa (Durban) and Americas (Washington DC) to support, promote and venture into new areas for the industry.
The plantation industry, particularly palm oil, is one of the main pillars of the Malaysian economy. The palm oil sector has contributed significantly towards providing a continuous inflow of export earnings through the export of raw commodity and valued-added products to the global market. In 2016, palm oil contributed USD 9 billion in export earnings for Malaysia and accounted for 33% of the worldâs palm oil production and 39% of total palm oil exports.
|Sull'"Elogio dei riformisti" di Roberto Saviano||1. AffinitÃ e divergenze fra Saviano e noi. Considero Gomorra uno fra i libri letterariamente piÃ¹ importanti di questi anni nonchÃ© fra i capolavori del giornalismo d'inchiesta italiano. Ammiro e rispetto Roberto Saviano, anche se a volte non sono stato d'accordo con lui su alcune delle sue prese di posizione (ad es. sulla politica dei governi israeliani, oppure sugli scontri di piazza che hanno contrassegnato l'ultima fase del governo Berlusconi).|
Ho trovato molto superficiale e semplicistico l'articolo di Saviano uscito su "La Repubblica" del 28 febbraio, dedicato all'elogio del riformismo.
Prendendo spunto da un recente libro di Alessandro Orsini sulla storia della sinistra italiana, libro che contrappone Turati a Gramsci, Saviano traccia una riga sulla lavagna, mettendo da una parte i riformisti e dall'altra i comunisti. I primi sarebbero pacati, realisti, tolleranti e liberali, i secondi sarebbero fanatici, violenti, malati di dogmatismo e d'ideologia.
Scrive Saviano: "i comunisti hanno educato generazioni di militanti a definire gli avversari politici dei pericolosi nemici, ad insultarli ed irriderli. Fa un certo effetto rileggere le parole con cui un intellettuale raffinato come Gramsci definiva un avversario, non importa quale: 'La sua personalitÃ ha per noi, in confronto della storia, la stessa importanza di uno straccio mestruato'. Invitava i suoi lettori a ricorrere alle parolacce e all'insulto personale contro gli avversari che si lamentavano delle offese ricevute [...]. ArrivÃ² persino a tessere l'elogio del 'cazzotto in faccia' contro i deputati liberali. I pugni, diceva, dovevano essere un 'programma politico' e non un episodio isolato".
Viceversa, sempre secondo Saviano:
"in quegli stessi anni Filippo Turati, dimenticato pensatore e leader del partito socialista, conduceva una tenacissima battaglia per educare al rispetto degli avversari politici nel tentativo di coniugare socialismo e liberalismo".
Questa contrapposizione fra estremisti e riformisti, dice Saviano, si protrae fino ad oggi:
"Naturalmente, oggi, nel Pd erede del Pci, non c'Ã¨ piÃ¹ traccia di quel massimalismo verboso e violento, e anche il linguaggio della Sel di Vendola Ã¨ molto meno acceso. Ma c'Ã¨ invece, fuori dal Parlamento, una certa sinistra che vive di dogmi. Sono i sopravvissuti di un estremismo massimalista che sostiene di avere la veritÃ unica tra le mani", sono quei "pacifisti talmente violenti da usare la pace come strumento di aggressione per chiunque la pensi diversamente". Eccetera.
Quindi tutto lineare, nello schema di Saviano. Tutto semplice. Riformisti, buoni, in parlamento; comunisti, fuori dal parlamento, cattivi. Chiaro, no?
E perÃ², se si va a verificare nel dettaglio gli esempi storici addotti da Saviano, ecco che le cose si complicano.
2. Cosa c'era prima degli assorbenti. Vediamo ad esempio la prima frase "incriminata". Di un suo avversario politico ("non importa quale", dice Saviano), Gramsci scrisse: "La sua personalitÃ ha per noi, in confronto della storia, la stessa importanza di uno straccio mestruato".
La similitudine usata da Gramsci, al nostro orecchio di contemporanei, suona senza dubbio molto sgradevole. Intollerabilmente sessista, fra l'altro. Proviamo perÃ² a collocarla nel suo contesto. La frase Ã¨ tratta da un articolo di Gramsci, allora venticinquenne, pubblicato sull'edizione torinese dell'"Avanti!" il 19 aprile 1916. In quel periodo la redazione di Torino dell'"Avanti!", di cui Gramsci era giornalista, stava conducendo una campagna di stampa sugli sprechi e sulle ruberie di cui si erano resi responsabili i promotori dell'Esposizione Universale di Torino del 1911. Come spesso succede in Italia quando si tratta di "grandi opere", anche questa era stata accompagnata da malversazioni, che Gramsci e i giornalisti dell'"Avanti!" avevano puntualmente denunciato.
Fra i bersagli di questa campagna di stampa c'era il conte Delfino Orsi, che all'epoca faceva parte della direzione della "Gazzetta del Popolo", un giornale monarchico, filogovernativo e interventista. L'articolo di Gramsci del 19 aprile 1916 Ã¨ appunto una risposta ad un altro giornalista che aveva accusato l'"Avanti!" di aver attaccato Delfino Orsi non per il ruolo di quest'ultimo nello scandalo dell'Esposizione Universale, bensÃ¬ invece perchÃ© Orsi era "una delle piÃ¹ influenti figure dell'interventismo subalpino".
Teniamo sempre presente il contesto storico. In Italia, nel 1916, lo scontro politico fra governo e opposizione era polarizzato sul problema della guerra. Era soprattutto lo scontro fra interventisti e pacifisti. Era in corso la Prima guerra mondiale, un conflitto che oggi praticamente tutti gli storici valutano come un'orrenda ecatombe, una catastrofe che segnÃ² l'inizio del declino della civiltÃ europea, e che, in Italia, aprÃ¬ la via al fascismo. In Italia il bilancio della guerra fu di circa 680.000 morti e quasi 500.000 invalidi permanenti. Il Partito Socialista Italiano, nel quale all'epoca militavano sia Gramsci sia Turati, era su posizioni pacifiste, e si opponeva compattamente alla guerra. A favore della guerra erano invece i nazionalisti, i liberali e il Partito Socialista Riformista Italiano, composto perlopiÃ¹ da riformisti, come Bonomi e Bissolati, che erano stati espulsi dal P.S.I. giÃ nel 1912 per il loro appoggio alla guerra di Libia.
Tale era il contesto della polemica fra l'"Avanti!" di Gramsci da una parte, e la "Gazzetta del Popolo" di Delfino Orsi dall'altra.
Quando, nell'agosto 1917, a Torino la popolazione diede vita ad una rivolta spontanea contro la guerra e contro la mancanza di pane (rivolta che fu ovviamente repressa nel sangue, con circa 50 morti e 200 feriti fra gli operai e le loro famiglie), la "Gazzetta del Popolo" di Delfino Orsi fu tra gli organi di stampa che giustificarono la repressione.
PiÃ¹ tardi, coerentemente, Delfino Orsi fu deputato nel Parlamento fascista, ed era ancora tale quando morÃ¬ nel 1929 (mentre Gramsci era in carcere). Il gerarca Federzoni, nel suo elogio funebre pronunciato alla Camera dei Deputati l'11 dicembre 1929, disse di Orsi fra l'altro: "egli potÃ© rinverdire i fasti patriottici della Gazzetta del Popolo, levando ancora la gloriosa bandiera del Risorgimento per le nuove battaglie dell'intervento nella grande guerra, della difesa delle aspirazioni nazionali, della rivoluzione fascista".
Delfino Orsi era appunto l'uomo che Gramsci paragonÃ² ad uno "straccio mestruato". Un epiteto certamente poco gentile. Ma possiamo veramente dire, con Saviano, che "non importa quale" individuo egli fosse, nÃ© in quale periodo storico fosse situata la polemica fra lui e Gramsci?
Che diremmo di un giornalista il quale scrivesse, di alcuni suoi concittadini (non importa quali, direbbe Saviano), che essi sono "vigliacchi, in realtÃ ", un "manipolo di killer", "abbrutiti e strafatti", un "branco di assassini" che "vivono come bestie"? Sono insulti pesanti e hanno ben poco di mite e di liberale. Ma se collochiamo questi epiteti nel contesto dell'articolo da cui sono tratti, scopriamo che si riferiscono ad una banda di camorristi responsabili di svariati omicidi, e che l'autore del pezzo Ã¨ Roberto Saviano ("la Repubblica", 22 settembre 2008). Dobbiamo condannare il giornalista per la sua eccessiva violenza verbale? O non dobbiamo piuttosto ritenere che l'indignazione di Saviano, seppure si esprima in termini poco urbani, sia alquanto giustificata dalle circostanze?
3. La nobile arte. Vediamo, ancora, un altro passo gramsciano cui si riferisce Roberto Saviano. Si tratta dell'articolo intitolato "Elogio del cazzotto", uscito sempre sull'"Avanti!" il 12 giugno 1916. L'episodio cui si riferiva Gramsci in questo articolo era il seguente. Dei deputati socialisti, come gesto dimostrativo, avevano lanciato nell'aula di Montecitorio alcune cartoline con l'effige di parlamentari russi che erano stati deportati in Siberia a causa della loro opposizione alla guerra (c'era ancora il regime assolutista dello zar, e la Russia era alleata in guerra con le potenze della Triplice Intesa, con l'Italia, e contro la Germania e l'Impero asburgico). Un deputato interventista, Giuseppe Bevione, in quell'occasione accusÃ² i socialisti di essere al soldo del nemico. Ne nacque un tafferuglio, durante il quale il socialista Nino Mazzoni colpÃ¬ Bevione con un pugno. Questo, nello specifico, fu il "cazzotto" cui si riferisce GramscÃ¬ nel suo articolo, scrivendo fra l'altro:
"Non siamo entusiastici ammiratori del diritto del pugno; eppure quei pugni vibrati robustamente sul ceffo di Bevione ci riempiono di giubilo e di ammirazione".
Anche qui: possiamo dire che sia davvero ininfluente collocare la citazione di Gramsci nel suo contesto?
4. Vota Antonio. Veniamo ora ad un'altra delle dicotomie che Roberto Saviano delinea nel suo pezzo: quella fra opposizione parlamentare Vs. opposizione extraparlamentare. La prima riformista e "buona", la seconda estremista e "cattiva". E confrontiamo questa dicotomia con un esempio storico.
Nel giugno 1924, dopo il rapimento di Giacomo Matteotti, i parlamentari dell'opposizione antifascista decisero di disertare le aule del Parlamento, dando cosÃ¬ luogo a quella forma di protesta extraparlamentare che passÃ² alla storia come "secessione dell'Aventino". Fra loro c'era Filippo Turati, assieme a tutti i socialisti riformisti. C'era anche la piccola pattuglia dei deputati comunisti, che perÃ², nel novembre 1924, verificata l'inefficacia della protesta aventiniana, decisero di rientrare in Parlamento, dove rimasero a contrastare la maggioranza fascista, praticamente da soli, per altri due anni, fino a quando il partito comunista non fu messo fuori legge. (A che tipo di pacifica dialettica parlamentare fossero avvezzi i deputati fascisti lo si puÃ² vedere consultando la voce di Wikipedia dedicata a Francesco Misiano).
Quindi, ricapitolando. Nel 1925 abbiamo il socialista riformista Turati fuori dal parlamento. In parlamento c'Ã¨ una maggioranza parlamentare "estremista" fascista e una minoranza comunista (parimenti "estremista" secondo Saviano) di cui Gramsci fa parte. Comunque si voglia giudicare la situazione, si tratta di un caso in cui la realtÃ storica si rivela piÃ¹ complessa dei rigidi schematismi delineati da Saviano.
5. Conclusione. Con tutto questo discorso non voglio dire, naturalmente, che la violenza verbale nella lotta politica va sempre bene, che Ã¨ sempre giustificata. Sono d'accordo con Saviano nel condannare certe forme di settarismo inutile e controproducente (di cui Ã¨ un esempio il giudizio su Turati espresso da un Togliatti al peggio del suo stalinismo, citato da Saviano nel suo articolo). NÃ© intendo affrontare discorsi astratti sul punto se sia meglio la lotta extraparlamentare o quella parlamentare.
Dico che ogni situazione fa storia a sÃ©, che occorre giudicare caso per caso, e che generalizzazioni astratte e astoriche, come quella proposta da Saviano nell'articolo in questione, non hanno alcun significato.
|Una pagina che Thomas Mann non ha mai scritto||"Gli occidentali hanno forma, ma non hanno profonditÃ ", sentenziÃ² Deutschlin. "I russi hanno profonditÃ , ma non hanno forma. L'una e l'altra le abbiamo soltanto noi tedeschi".|
"Bella frase, Deutschlin", disse Adrian. "Dovresti ripeterla domattina durante la lezione di ginnastica: il professore ne sarÃ contentissimo".
Deutschlin rise nervosamente. Era sempre difficile capire se Adrian parlasse sul serio o celiasse e, nel secondo caso, se avesse o meno l'intenzione di burlarsi del suo interlocutore.
"LeverkÃ¼hn!" - lo interruppi. "E' orribile! Forse ho capito a quale popolo ti riferisci. Ma sei molto ingiusto. In nessun luogo si potrebbe vivere cosÃ¬. Stai descrivendo l'Inferno in terra".
"Credi, Zeitblom?" rispose Adrian lentamente. "Ma questo Ã¨ ciÃ² che pare a te, da bravo studente prussiano quale tu sei. Invece, a quanto ne so, quello che ti ho appena descritto Ã¨ uno dei popoli piÃ¹ felici. O almeno, Ã¨ il popolo che sembra il meno disposto a cambiare la propria situazione. Se li vedessi, come ridono e scherzano tutto il giorno..."
"Ah, basta cosÃ¬" intervenne ancora Deutschlin. "Finitela con le vostre chiacchiere cupe e confuse! Io so soltanto che il secolo ventesimo, iniziato or ora, sarÃ un'epoca di progresso e di pace, e che noi tedeschi saremo chiamati a guidare l'Europa verso un avvenire luminoso. Gli altri popoli dovranno solo riconoscere la nostra indubbia superioritÃ morale, e lo faranno certamente. In un modo o nell'altro".
Adrian non lo ascoltÃ² nemmeno. Sdraiato sulla paglia come noialtri, sembrava assorto in una sua visione, le mani dietro la nuca e lo sguardo fisso in un punto sul soffitto del fienile. "L'inferno, hai detto? Interessante..."
Mentre rientravamo verso la cittÃ , lo presi da parte e gli posi una domanda. "Dimmi, LeverkÃ¼hn" gli chiesi, "ma tu cosa vorresti fare dopo il diploma?"
"Non te l'ho mai detto, Serenus?" Per la prima volta mi aveva chiamato per nome. "FarÃ² il musicista".
Pubblicato il 3 ottobre 2011 su Evulon.
|Stella rossa sull'Europa||"Buongiorno, Anne. Buon anno".|
"Buongiorno, Valentin. Buon anno anche a te. NovitÃ ?"
"SÃ¬. Un nuovo arrivo. Sabato notte. Hai il colloquio giÃ fissato per le undici. Trovi tutti i dettagli in agenda".
Anne Dupont, psicologa del Centro di Prima Accoglienza di Calais, entrÃ² nel suo ufficio, accese il terminale e consultÃ² la sua agenda elettronica.
LunedÃ¬ 5 gennaio 2011, ore 11,00. Colloquio con Monsieur Philip Brasser. Cittadino britannico. EtÃ 38. Celibe. Operazione di salvataggio in mare, Canale della Manica, acque internazionali, 3 gennaio u.s. Condizioni fisiche buone. Non parla francese. Attribuzione provvisoria: codice blu.
Bene, pensÃ² Anne. Un rifugiato politico. Iniziare l'anno nuovo con un codice blu era di buon auspicio. Il colloquio era di lÃ¬ a due ore. Non c'erano altri impegni per la giornata. CompletÃ² con calma alcuni referti clinici iniziati la settimana precedente, fece una partita a Tetris, chattÃ² con alcuni amici in Internet. Quando fu il momento, si aggiustÃ² il make-up e si recÃ² in sala colloqui.
Era una stanza non troppo ampia, arredata come un normale studio specialistico ma con qualche accorgimento per mettere gli ospiti a proprio agio: colori pastello, luci soffuse, lettino basso, comoda poltrona. Su quest'ultima, di fronte alla scrivania della dottoressa, era giÃ seduto il signor Brasser.
"Good morning, Mr. Brasser. Prima di tutto, come sta?"
La domanda non era solo formale. L'uomo appariva molto provato. I tanti capelli bianchi, la pelle del viso magro solcata da numerose rughe, le profonde occhiaie dietro le lenti spesse, lo facevano sembrare piÃ¹ vecchio di dieci anni rispetto alla sua etÃ anagrafica. Al posto degli abiti che indossava al momento del suo salvataggio, fradici e inservibili, gli avevano fornito un nuovo completo, che era tuttavia di due numeri piÃ¹ largo e accentuava la gracilitÃ del suo fisico. Gli tremavano le mani.
Quegli scafisti maledetti, pensÃ² Anne.
"Adesso sto meglio, grazie. Certo, suppongo che la notte passata all'addiaccio su quel canotto non abbia migliorato granchÃ© la mia cera. Ma ho fatto una buona dormita, qui da voi, e la vostra cucina Ã¨ ottima". La sua voce era ferma, con una sfumatura d'ironia. "Solamente, non sono riuscito a procurarmi neppure una sigaretta, dottoressa..."
"Dupont. Ma puÃ² chiamarmi Anne. Temo che non ne troverÃ neppure in futuro. Nell'Unione non se ne producono piÃ¹. Fino a qualche tempo fa, le importavamo dal suo paese".
"Oh, giÃ , ora ricordo. Le esportazioni cessarono sei anni fa. Troppo pochi fumatori, qui da voi. Non c'era abbastanza profitto. Lo so perchÃ© all'epoca lavoravo in un'agenzia di rating".
"Lei Ã¨ analista finanziario?"
Il signor Brasser rise. "No. Laureato in agraria. Da Troody's ero operatore al call center. Ogni grande compagnia ha il suo. E' la mansione che ho sempre svolto, durante tutta la mia carriera. Ho lavorato per almeno trenta societÃ diverse, ogni volta per non piÃ¹ di sei mesi. Si imparano tante cose, sa?"
"Non ho dubbi. Ma veniamo al punto. Lei ha chiesto lo status di rifugiato politico. Data la sua provenienza, certamente la sua richiesta sarÃ accettata. Lei diventerÃ fra breve, a tutti gli effetti, cittadino dell'Unione delle Repubbliche Socialiste d'Europa. GiÃ adesso, comunque, lei Ã¨ libero di circolare in tutto il territorio dell'Unione, ed eventualmente anche di tornare da dove Ã¨ venuto..."
"No grazie! Non ci tengo affatto".
"Dicevo per dire. In genere, qui da noi i rifugiati si integrano abbastanza in fretta. Tuttavia, non si puÃ² escludere che, all'inizio, lei si trovi un po' spaesato. Il nostro sistema sociale Ã¨ molto diverso da quello da cui lei proviene. A sua richiesta, lei puÃ² fruire di adeguata assistenza psicologica e culturale, per superare eventuali difficoltÃ di adattamento. In questa fase iniziale, se vuole, mi consideri pure come suo referente".
"Oh. E quanto dura questa... fase iniziale?"
"PuÃ² finire anche subito, se crede. L'unico suo obbligo, se intende rimanere nell'Unione, Ã¨ di iscriversi nelle liste di collocamento e nelle graduatorie per gli alloggi. Non credo che le sarÃ difficile trovare un lavoro e una casa. Se lei non ha esigenze particolari, penso che troverÃ una sistemazione accettabile nel giro di un paio di settimane. Fino ad allora, comunque, puÃ² rimanere qui, o spostarsi in una delle altre strutture di prima accoglienza nel territorio dell'Unione".
"Sembra magnifico. Dov'Ã¨ la fregatura?"
"Ecco. Era proprio ciÃ² che intendevo. Non c'Ã¨ nessuna fregatura, per quanto lei sia abituato a pensare che debba per forza esserci. Non pretendo che lei mi creda. Presto se ne accorgerÃ da sÃ©".
Non c'erano straordinari da fare, quel giorno. Alle tredici, Anne spense il computer, salutÃ² i colleghi che arrivavano per il turno pomeridiano e, senza passare dalla mensa, prese l'elio-tram che, serpeggiando silenziosamente lungo la costa, la portÃ² a casa sua in dieci minuti. Era una magnifica giornata di sole. Il mare era inusualmente calmo, in quei giorni. Una fortuna, per Brasser. Aveva evitato il triste destino di tanti boat-people che partivano clandestinamente dalla riva inglese ma non riuscivano a raggiungere i nostri mezzi di soccorso nelle acque internazionali.
Anne abitava da sola. Si preparÃ² un leggero pranzo macrobiotico, poi un caffÃ© d'orzo. Accese la radio; la spense. Si guardÃ² nello specchio del soggiorno. Sorrise. Tutto sommato, si piaceva. Si chiese come sarebbe stato il suo sembiante, alla sua etÃ , se anzichÃ© in Europa continentale fosse vissuta in quell'inferno che doveva essere Londra. I profughi le avevano raccontato storie orribili. Inquinamento, degrado. Se andava bene, orari lavorativi di dieci o dodici ore. Altrimenti, la disoccupazione, l'emarginazione e la pazzia. Oppure, per una ristretta minoranza, la ricchezza e il potere, ma a costo di rinunciare a qualsiasi barlume d'umanitÃ . Un'altra forma di follia, in fondo.
MercoledÃ¬ 7 gennaio, ore 10,00. Secondo colloquio con Monsieur Brasser.
Quella mattina l'aspetto di Mr. Brasser era molto migliorato. Anne glielo disse.
"Grazie, Dottoressa. Lei Ã¨ gentile quanto bella".
Anne Dupont ignorÃ² il complimento.
"Se ho chiesto un nuovo colloquio" continuÃ² Brasser, "non Ã¨ per ottenere assistenza psicologica".
"Davvero? E perchÃ©, allora?"
"Ho due domande da porle".
"Le risponderÃ², se posso. Ma prima, permetta che le faccia io una domanda. Cosa sa, lei, dell'Unione?"
"Poco, in realtÃ . So che dapprima ci fu la Rivoluzione d'Ottobre, in Russia, nel 1917. Poi, tra il '18 e il '20, il capitalismo fu abbattuto in Germania, in Ungheria e in Italia. In rapida successione, tutte le colonie europee in Asia e in Africa conquistarono l'indipendenza. L'India nel 1925, la Cina nel '27, e cosÃ¬ via. Poco dopo fu la volta dell'Algeria e del Marocco, e a quel punto la rivoluzione scoppiÃ² anche in Francia e in Spagna. Alla fine degli anni '30, tutta l'Europa continentale era socialista.
Frattanto, il crollo di Wall Street nel 1929 aveva gettato l'America nella crisi piÃ¹ nera. Le elezioni presidenziali del 1940 furono vinte da Charles Lindbergh, un fanatico antisemita che instaurÃ² negli U.S.A. una dittatura razzista, appoggiata dal grande capitale. Presto quel regime si circondÃ² di una serie di stati-satellite che coprivano tutta l'America del Sud e del Nord.
Negli anni '80, quelle dittature iniziarono ad implodere, dapprima in America Latina e poi in Canada. Quando nel 1989 cadde il Muro di Tijuana, finalmente il capitalismo crollÃ² negli stessi Stati Uniti. Da allora, secondo la nostra propaganda, il Regno Unito di Gran Bretagna Ã¨ rimasto l'ultimo baluardo del libero mercato e della civiltÃ , contro la barbarie socialista che ha travolto tutto il resto del globo. Questo Ã¨ quanto".
"Bene - disse la dottoressa - a parte la faccenda del baluardo, il quadro storico Ã¨ corretto. Non le sarÃ stato facile ricostruirlo..."
"No, infatti. Da noi, formalmente, la cultura Ã¨ libera, e ognuno puÃ² leggere ciÃ² che vuole. Si possono prendere in prestito, nelle poche biblioteche rimaste, anche testi di Marx o di Lenin, e persino di Fabio Volo. Non Ã¨ vietato. Di fatto, perÃ², ci sono materie che non conviene approfondire troppo. Se si viene a sapere che lei fa certe letture e che ha determinate idee (e si viene a sapere sempre), non speri di trovare lavoro tanto facilmente. Io me la sono cavata con i call center, solo perchÃ© le mie origini non sono troppo umili. Quando avevo vent'anni, i miei riuscirono persino a mandarmi all'universitÃ . Certo, oggi non potrei piÃ¹ frequentarla. Da allora le rette sono decuplicate."
"Ah, lei ha letto Fabio Volo? Complimenti. Da noi, molti lo considerano un autore troppo difficile".
"SÃ¬, Ã¨ molto rigoroso e denso, ma se si ha tempo da dedicargli, Ã¨ un pensatore affascinante. Le consiglio la Critica del tempo unidimensionale, se non l'ha ancora letta. A me ha aperto la mente. In realtÃ , uno dei motivi per cui mi sono deciso ad espatriare Ã¨ che anche studiare per conto proprio da noi Ã¨ diventato impossibile. Troppo costoso, da quando il dizionario Ã¨ stato privatizzato".
"SÃ¬. Tutti i sostantivi che iniziano per vocale appartengono alla Mircosoft. Quelli che iniziano per consonante sono del gruppo Murdogh. Gli avverbi sono di Merdaset, e cosÃ¬ via. Per leggere o per usare comunque le parole bisogna pagare il noleggio ai legittimi proprietari. Quando lei scrive una e-mail, oppure quando chatta o quando telefona, un sistema di contatori automatici calcola la cifra e l'addebita sul suo conto. Ottimo sistema, fra l'altro, per controllare i contenuti della comunicazione. Io, per esempio, ho fatto quindici giorni di carcere per uso illecito di marchio registrato, la volta che in una mia mail ho scritto che la Cocca Colla mi faceva schifo".
"Senta, Mr. Brasser. Quali sono i suoi progetti? Cosa intende fare, ora che Ã¨ venuto qui da noi?"
"Primo, togliermi una curiositÃ che mi ha tormentato a lungo. Ed Ã¨ la prima delle due domande che volevo farle, si ricorda?"
La dottoressa Dupont sbuffÃ². "Va bene. Spari".
"La domanda Ã¨: perchÃ© non ci avete invaso? Come avete potuto lasciarci a mollo in quella fogna?"
Anne si appoggiÃ² sullo schienale della sedia. "Beh, alcuni partiti in seno all'Internazionale erano per dichiarare guerra. Ma infine prevalse l'idea che il socialismo non puÃ² essere imposto con i carri armati. Se ci avessero attaccato, ci saremmo difesi. Per fortuna non accadde. Oggi, poi, molti sostengono che una pluralitÃ di sistemi sociali diversi non Ã¨ necessariamente un male. In India, in Giappone e in Sud America, dove la transizione al comunismo Ã¨ molto avanzata, stanno giÃ smantellando le strutture dello Stato, per sostituirle con vari tipi di organizzazione non statuale. In Europa e in Africa ci troviamo ancora nella fase socialista, in vari stadi di sviluppo a seconda dei territori. Forse Ã¨ bene che ci siano delle zone dove ancora vige il capitalismo."
"SarÃ un bene per voi, che ci osservate dall'esterno come se fossimo allo zoo! Ma per noi che siamo in gabbia Ã¨ un altro discorso".
"Lei ora non Ã¨ piÃ¹ in gabbia. Comunque, mi sembra che il suo atteggiamento nei confronti del suo paese d'origine sia un po' troppo negativo, non crede?"
"Mi dica lei cosa ci vede di bello, in quel letamaio", ribattÃ© Brasser.
"Beh, che so... Avete una scena musicale molto vivace. Un sacco di gruppi pop, rock, punk, post-punk... Wim Wenders ci ha fatto anche un film. Poi, comunque, il vostro sistema ha ancora una base di consenso popolare".
"Si riferisce a West End London Social Club, vero? Quel film mi dÃ la nausea! Le televisioni del regime lo replicano senza tregua. L'unico film d'autore trasmesso in prima serata, e senza interruzioni pubblicitarie."
"Ecco, ad esempio - lo interruppe la dottoressa - PerchÃ© lei parla di televisioni di regime? Da voi ci sono sei o sette canali, se non sbaglio, tutti privati e in concorrenza fra loro..."
"... e trasmettono tutti le stesse schifezze. Non si distinguono l'uno dall'altro. Anne, lei non ha capito: da noi l'economia Ã¨ allo sfascio, la societÃ Ã¨ in piena decadenza, la cultura Ã¨ morta e sepolta. L'unica attivitÃ che va a gonfie vele Ã¨ la manipolazione del consenso per mezzo dei mass-media. Quella Ã¨ l'unica industria che non conosce crisi!"
"Non volevo farla arrabbiare. Si calmi. Lei ora Ã¨ al sicuro. AndrÃ tutto bene. Respiri profondamente, e mi faccia la seconda domanda che voleva pormi".
"Mi scusi. La domanda Ã¨ questa. Lei Ã¨ libera stasera? Ho letto sul giornale che in un cinema d'essai a Dunkerque proiettano L'Atalante di Jean Vigo. E' una vita che desidero vedere quel film, e mi chiedevo se... lei volesse venire con me a vederlo, ecco."
Pubblicato su Evulon in due puntate: la prima il 7 gennaio 2011 qui, e la seconda il 12 gennaio 2011, qui.
|La rivoluzione russa||La mattina del 20 settembre 1871, il Maestro Franz Liszt si esercitava al pianoforte nello studio della sua sontuosa magione di campagna vicino Budapest, quando fu interrotto da un confuso e concitato vociare proveniente dal portone d'ingresso.|
"Che succede, Pierre?" chiese mentre raggiungeva il suo maggiordomo, il quale, bloccando con il suo corpo l'accesso alla casa, stava palesemente cercando di convincere un ospite indesiderato ad andarsene.
Quando Liszt, avvicinatosi dietro le spalle del suo domestico, potÃ© scorgere l'aspetto dell'intruso (un uomo sui sessant'anni, calvo, barbuto, che sembrava assai malmesso, ma parlava un francese forbito con marcato accento parigino), quest'ultimo troncÃ² subito, lasciando una frase a metÃ , il suo litigio con Pierre e, volgendo speranzoso lo sguardo al padrone di casa, cosÃ¬ lo apostrofÃ²:
"Maestro Liszt! Maestro! Vi prego, degnatevi di concedere udienza ad un vostro grande ammiratore, giunto or ora dalla Francia solo per avere l'inestimabile onore di fare la Vostra conoscenza!"
"Padrone!" diceva intanto il maggiordomo, "lasciate che cacci via a calci nel sedere questo vagabondo che pretende di farsi ricevere da Voi! E' inaudito! Come se qualsiasi pitocco potesse..."
"Va bene, Pierre, lascia pure entrare Monsieur... di grazia, come vi chiamate?"
Il viso dello strano ospite si rasserenÃ². "Mi chiamo EugÃ¨ne Pottier. Da Parigi. Poeta. Per servirvi. Sapevo che avreste... oh, grazie, mille grazie, Maestro!"
"Potete chiamarmi semplicemente Padre. Come forse saprete, non sono che un umile servitore di Santa Romana Chiesa... Ma accomodatevi nel mio studio, ve ne prego, e raccontatemi di voi..." diceva Liszt mentre accompagnava il suo ammiratore lungo il corridoio. "Venite da Parigi, avete detto?", qui il musicista scoccÃ² uno sguardo sospettoso sul suo interlocutore. "E dove siete diretto, se posso..."
Mentre Liszt tornava a sedersi al suo pianoforte, Pottier si accomodÃ² su un'ampia poltrona disposta in modo da fronteggiare il lato destro dello strumento. Come in una sala da concerto, pensÃ² Pottier un po' a disagio. "Maestro, cioÃ¨ scusatemi, Padre. Avete giÃ capito. Sono un combattente della Comune. Sono in esilio, ramingo per l'Europa, da ormai quattro mesi. Ma non voglio annoiarvi con il racconto delle mie tribolazioni. Sono venuto qui, attratto dalla vostra fama di grande artista e di uomo giÃ attento alla questione sociale, perchÃ© ho un testo, da me composto, che vorrei chiedervi di porre in musica".
Ci furono alcuni secondi di silenzio, durante i quali le palpebre di Liszt si aprirono e si chiusero spasmodicamente per una ventina di volte. "Monsieur Pottier... vi rendete conto, spero, del rischio a cui state esponendo voi stesso e me. Mi Ã¨ difficile comprendere come siate potuto giungere fin qui dalla Francia. Ma, che la vostra sia stata fortuna o incoscienza, sappiate che la polizia asburgica non Ã¨ affatto indulgente con quelli come voi, nÃ© con chi dÃ loro rifugio."
Pottier si raddrizzÃ² sulla poltrona. "NÃ© fortuna, nÃ© incoscienza, Monsieur Liszt. Siamo stati sconfitti, Ã¨ vero. Ma abbiamo compagni ovunque, pronti a dare il loro silenzioso contributo alla Causa. E' grazie alla loro solidarietÃ che sono riuscito a sopravvivere e ad arrivare a voi. La musica che porto con me" - a questo punto Pottier tirÃ² fuori da una tasca della giacca un fascicolo spiegazzato, ingiallito e sgualcito, e lo tese a Liszt - "mi induce a confidare anche nella vostra solidarietÃ ".
Sempre piÃ¹ stupito, ma senza offuscare la politezza dei suoi modi da gentiluomo, il musicista prese l'opuscolo che lo strano visitatore gli porgeva. Era uno spartito a stampa che recava sopra il pentagramma il titolo Lyon e il motto: Vivre en travaillant, ou mourir en combattant. Che si potrebbe tradurre, a un dipresso: Vivere del proprio lavoro, o morire combattendo.
"Dove l'avete trovata?" chiese subito Liszt. "Questa composizione non fa piÃ¹ parte della raccolta delle mie opere. Non viene piÃ¹ ristampata da..."
"Dal 1837" lo interruppe Pottier. "Me la regalÃ² mio padre, il giorno del mio ventunesimo compleanno. Mi spiegÃ² che un grande musicista l'aveva composta per celebrare il ricordo della rivolta degli operai disoccupati di Lione. Mi disse: se vuoi davvero fare l'artista, prendi esempio, figlio mio, e ricordati sempre da quale parte della barricata devi stare!"
Liszt guardÃ² fisso il suo ospite, che ricambiava lo sguardo con fermezza. Poi sospirÃ². "Monsieur Pottier, i tempi sono cambiati. Persino quella testa calda del mio amico Wagner se n'Ã¨ reso conto, ed Ã¨ passato (come direste voi) dall'altra parte della barricata. L'epoca delle rivoluzioni Ã¨ finita. Per sempre. Anche voialtri, col vostro folle tentativo laggiÃ¹ in Francia, lo avete dimostrato. Datemi retta: la vostra cosiddetta questione sociale non ha alcuna soluzione. Non su questa terra, almeno. La sola cosa che posso fare per voi Ã¨ scrivere due righe al priore del convento francescano che si trova a una lega da qui. E' mio amico. Vi darÃ ricetto e ospitalitÃ , fino al giorno in cui Dio, nella Sua infinita misericordia, illuminerÃ la vostra mente, come giÃ fece con la mia. Allora anche voi comprenderete, e vi rassegnerete alla Sua volontÃ ".
Pottier rimase in silenzio. Poi fece per rimettere in tasca l'altro foglio di carta che ne aveva tratto poco prima e che stava per consegnare al grande musicista. Ma gli tremava la mano e, senza che lui se ne accorgesse, il foglio cadde per terra. Infine disse: "Bene, Monsieur Liszt. Vi chiedo scusa per l'incomodo e per il rischio che vi ho fatto correre. Mi ero sbagliato sul vostro conto. Ora non vi importunerÃ² ulteriormente e, col vostro permesso, riprenderÃ² il mio viaggio."
Stava per uscire senz'altro dallo studio di Liszt, ma quest'ultimo lo richiamo: "Aspettate, Monsieur Pottier. Non fatemi il torto di rifiutare la mia ospitalitÃ , almeno sino a domattina... Tra poco sarÃ servita la colazione. Frattanto, accomodatevi, e siate cosÃ¬ gentile da attendere che abbia finito i miei esercizi. Fra l'altro, suono meglio quando ho un pubblico ad ascoltarmi. Posso chiedervi inoltre, nuovamente, qual Ã¨ la meta del vostro viaggio?"
EugÃ¨ne Pottier si risedette. "Credo che andrÃ² in Russia. C'Ã¨ molto lavoro da fare, laggiÃ¹".
"In Russia!?" esclamÃ² Liszt. Stava per aggiungere: voi siete pazzo, ma si trattenne. "Voi non sapete quel che dite! Ogni giorno, ogni giorno lo Zar incarcera, spedisce in Siberia o manda sul patibolo gente come voi! Ecco, guardate" - Liszt prese in fretta dallo scrittoio una rivista - "guardate questo giornale che mi Ã¨ arrivato ieri da San Pietroburgo. Sapete leggere il cirillico? Ecco l'elenco dei terroristi che sono stati impiccati il mese scorso per avere cospirato contro la monarchia: Rodion Raskolnikov, Nikolaj Stavrogin, Aleksandr Uljanov... Va avanti per un'intera pagina! E voi volete andare in Russia?"
Pottier ribattÃ© con calma: "Terroristi, avete detto? Uhm... no, non Ã¨ questa la strada. Noi vinceremo, ma seguendo un altro cammino."
"Ah, sÃ¬? E quale, se mi Ã¨ concesso chiederlo?
"Non lo so. Forse la strada non c'Ã¨. Ma so che c'Ã¨ da camminare".
Liszt sospirÃ². GuardÃ² Pottier. Poi guardÃ² il giornale russo. Poi guardÃ² il suo pianoforte. Infine ci si sedette e, senza dire niente, attaccÃ² a suonarlo.
Suonava giÃ da un quarto d'ora, e le tortuose armonie della Sonata in si minore si dipanavano con sicurezza sotto le sue dita, come un filo di lana in un labirinto, quando Liszt sentÃ¬ un suono inconfondibile provenire dalla poltrona del poeta. Liszt portÃ² a termine l'esecuzione della Sonata, poi si alzÃ² dal pianoforte e risistemÃ² delicatamente il poggiatesta imbottito sotto la tempia di Pottier. Quest'ultimo smise di russare, ma non si svegliÃ². Poi il musicista si chinÃ² a raccogliere il foglio di carta che era caduto dalla tasca di Pottier. Si risedÃ© al pianoforte e lo lesse. Era scritto in versi e iniziava cosÃ¬:
"Debout, les damnÃ©s de la terre
Debout, les forÃ§ats de la faim!
La raison tonne en son cratÃ¨re
C'est l'Ã©ruption de la fin.
Du passÃ© faisons table rase.
Foules, esclaves, debout, debout!
Le monde va changer de base.
Nous ne sommes rien, soyons tout!"
Il poema andava avanti su questo tono per un'altra decina di strofe. Liszt lo lesse con attenzione. Poi sbuffÃ² forte col naso, mise il foglio da parte e si rimise al piano. AttaccÃ² a suonare una sua composizione che s'intitolava FunÃ©railles. Si interruppe dopo poche battute. Poi, per la prima volta dopo decenni, dalla cassa armonica rintoccarono le possenti note iniziali di Lyon. Ma anche questa esecuzione fu lasciata a metÃ .
Liszt si prese la faccia tra le mani. Cosa gli stava succedendo?
Infine il musicista sembrÃ² distendersi. Riprese in mano il foglio con la poesia di Pottier e lo pose sul leggÃ¬o. IniziÃ² ad improvvisare. Si udÃ¬ una melodia piuttosto bella, allo stesso tempo vivace e solenne, in ritmo giambico. (Molto tempo dopo, qualcuno l'avrebbe descritta come una via di mezzo fra Oh, my darling Clementine e La cucaracha).
Subito iniziÃ² a variare. Mentre un ritmo lento, profondo e pauroso rombava nella parte sinistra della tastiera, la melodia si trasformÃ² in un canto popolare slavo che sembrava provenire dall'inizio dei tempi.
Poi il ritmo si fece piÃ¹ veloce, incalzante e sincopato, come di tamburi africani, mentre la melodia, stranamente deformata in semitoni, diede l'allucinante impressione di provenire non piÃ¹ da un pianoforte, ma da una tromba con sordina, o da qualche altro strano strumento a fiato non ancora inventato.
Poi ancora la stessa melodia, resa esile, sottile e tintinnante, si stagliÃ² nelle zone alte della tastiera, sullo sfondo di colpi molto distanziati, come di un gong, che provenivano dalla mano sinistra. Senza soluzione di continuitÃ , questo tintinnio si tramutÃ² nel canto di un muezzin. Poi fu come se, prodigiosamente, tutte queste versioni della stessa identica melodia risuonassero insieme. Pottier, che nel frattempo si era svegliato, non credeva ai propri occhi. Le mani di Liszt si muovevano ad una velocitÃ sovrumana, producendo una fittissima gragnuola di note di ogni altezza, che scemava e poi di nuovo s'intensificava, fino a scoppiare in un'onda di energia di terrificante violenza. Infine, mentre le ultime risonanze dell'esplosione ancora si dissolvevano, la melodia iniziale ritornÃ² piano, semplice ed infantile, lenta, simile ad un carillon che suonasse una ninna-nanna.
La straordinaria esibizione di Liszt aveva intanto richiamato tutta la sua servitÃ¹, che si era raccolta ad ascoltare in un piccolo drappello dietro la porta dello studio: erano anni che non lo sentivano suonare a quel modo. Fra di loro, c'era una famigliola composta da una giovane coppia con la loro bambina di tre anni.
"Hai sentito, Sandor?" disse la moglie. "Tu dicevi che il vecchio si era ormai completamente rincitrullito..."
"SÃ¬, Hannah, te lo confermo: il vecchio si Ã¨ totalmente rimbecillito. Ma per sua fortuna, le mani ce le ha ancora buone. Vieni, Milena!" prese in braccio la sua figlioletta, "ascolta. Un giorno anche tu dovrai suonare cosÃ¬".
Pubblicato il 7 ottobre 2010, qui: http://www.evulon.net/news.php?extend.3549
|(Banking Reform - Monetary Reform) - '..debt is our biggest security threat..' (no replies)|| |
'Now that he is president, Trump likes to tout the fact heâs listening to Americaâs generals. Perhaps he needs to talk to General Mike Millen, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Perhaps then he would see that the greatest threat America faces isnât from China, Russia, or North Korea â it is from the national debt. Until Trump reverses course on military spending, and gets tough on entitlements, his "America First" budget will only make the US worse off.'
'..a crippling national debt..'
'Under a Republican budget resolution, the national debt will explode by a third from an already staggering $19 billion to $29 trillion over the next ten years. Although counterintuitive, Democratic presidents, at least those after World War II, have reduced deficits as a portion of the value of the national economy (GDP) while Republican presidents have increased them â thus accumulating less public debt as a percentage of GDP. Yet neither political party has paid enough attention to this burgeoning national security problem.
'..World Debt Hits $152 Trillion.'
|'We have no experience in stopping a nuclear war.' - Sidney Drell (no replies)|| '..My greatest concern is the lack of public awareness about this existential threat, the absence of a vigorous public debate about the nuclear-war plans of Russia and the United States, the silent consent to the roughly fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in the world. These machines have been carefully and ingeniously designed to kill us. Complacency increases the odds that, some day, they will. The âTitanic Effectâ is a term used by software designers to explain how things can quietly go wrong in a complex technological system: the safer you assume the system to be, the more dangerous it is becoming.'|
'The harsh rhetoric on both sides increases the danger of miscalculations and mistakes, as do other factors. Close encounters between the military aircraft of the United States and Russia have become routine, creating the potential for an unintended conflict. Many of the nuclear-weapon systems on both sides are aging and obsolete. The personnel who operate those systems often suffer from poor morale and poor training. None of their senior officers has firsthand experience making decisions during an actual nuclear crisis. And todayâs command-and-control systems must contend with threats that barely existed during the Cold War: malware, spyware, worms, bugs, viruses, corrupted firmware, logic bombs, Trojan horses, and all the other modern tools of cyber warfare. The greatest danger is posed not by any technological innovation but by a dilemma that has haunted nuclear strategy since the first detonation of an atomic bomb: How do you prevent a nuclear attack while preserving the ability to launch one?
|The Christmas Truce of 1914 - '..what might have happened if the truce had spread and this had caused the war to end earlier..' (no replies)|| '.."What If," points out that he thinks â¦ and of course this is speculation, counterfactual history ... that if we had had no Russian Revolution, we wouldnât have gotten to that point where communism took over, no Lenin, no Stalin, there would be no Treaty of Versailles, mistreated Germany, therefore Hitler would not have had his cause to rise and no Hitler and Nazism and World War II..'|
'Deist: One thing thatâs so remarkable about the Christmas Truce is this whole question of what might have happened if the truce had spread and this had caused the war to end earlier or be somehow limited. Weintraub addresses this in his book. We may not have had the rise of communism, the Russian Revolution and Stalin and Lenin, we certainly would not have had Versailles. As a result, we might not have had Hitler or Nazism or maybe even FDR. I mean, itâs remarkable to think about, isnât it?
(Haptopraxeology) - '..We have lost three centuries as a result of ignoring our scholars!'
|'..Russia .. cyberpower proved the perfect weapon .. political sabotage..' (no replies)|| ' âWeâd have all these circular meetings,â one senior State Department official said, âin which everyone agreed you had to push back at the Russians and push back hard. But it didnât happen.â|
Mr. Putin, a student of martial arts, had turned two institutions at the core of American democracy â political campaigns and independent media â to his own ends..
..The Russians clearly had a more sophisticated understanding of American politics, and they were masters of âkompromat,â their term for compromising information.
..the hackings of the State Department, the White House and the Pentagon..
What seems clear is that Russian hacking, given its success, is not going to stop. Two weeks ago, the German intelligence chief, Bruno Kahl, warned that Russia might target elections in Germany next year. âThe perpetrators have an interest to delegitimize the democratic process as such,â Mr. Kahl said. Now, he added, âEurope is in the focus of these attempts of disturbance, and Germany to a particularly great extent.â '
'..the White Houseâs reluctance to respond forcefully meant the Russians have not paid a heavy price for their actions, a decision that could prove critical in deterring future cyberattacks.
Context '[Russia] may become a threat to the world. That is the worst thing that could happen to Russia.' - Yegor Gaidar
'..Russian strategy of hybrid influence and destabilization .. German Council on Foreign Relations.'
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ÐÑÐ¸Ð³Ð¸Ð½Ð°Ð»ÑÐ½Ð¾Ðµ Ð½Ð°Ð·Ð²Ð°Ð½Ð¸Ðµ: About Cherry
ÐÐ¾Ð´ Ð²ÑÑ Ð¾Ð´Ð°: 2012
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|European Football Podcast - Episode 113: 18th May||Sam Norris is joined by Alex Dunn on this edition of the European Football Podcast.
The pair preview games from Germany, Portugal and Russia this week.
#betting #EuropeanPodcast #football|
|Euros Punt Podcast: 20th June||The final placings in Group B will be decided on Monday evening, with England taking on Slovakia and Wales facing Russia.
Derek McGovern joins Mark Walton to look ahead to those games, with Derek offering up his best bets along the way.
|The Punt: Euros Podcast 15th June||Jack Critchley looks ahead to three games on Wednesday and is joined by Andrew Gibney on France v Albania, Alan Moore on Russia v Slovakia and Oliver Zesiger on Romania v Switzerland. |
|Euros Punt Podcast: Saturday 11 June||We have a jam-packed podcast with Robbie Savage, Sol Campbell, Derek McGovern and Lee Phelps all joining Dave Kelner to preview the day's games.
England start their campaign against Russia, while Wales are in action against Slovakia. Listen now for information on all six nations playing on day two.
#ThePunt #betting #football #Euro2016|
|The Euros - Group B Preview||Group B features England, Russia, Wales and Slovakia. Can both home nations progress?
Naz Premji, Pete Farries and Michael Casey answer that question and offer their best bets here.
|The Punt: Monday 4th April||Dave Kelner joins Mark Walton to look ahead to the Champions League quarter-finals and Liverpool's Europa League tie with Borussia Dortmund.
#UCL #UEL #MCFC #LFC #Betting
|Hey, cig moochers -- smoking makes a hangover worse|
If you only smoke when you're buzzed, you might want to reconsider: Those occasional late-night puffs could intensify your hangover in the morning, according to a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
|Dean Koontz's "Moonlight": how a commercially prolific suspense novelist remains relevant as technology and politics change|
During my first year of employment at USLICO in Arlington in 1990 (what would become my last main job, for 12 years and four owners), I read the Dean Koontz 1989 novel âMidnightâ, and shared it (paper, Putnam was original publisher) with a few people in production control in what would become a coffee break book club.
The novel is remarkable in its huge number of chapters, and organization into three parts each with its own chapter 1.
The novel starts with a jogger running in a California beach town (Moonlight Cove -- âIn the Moonlight, Do Meâ indeed) being attacked by a mysterious alien-like creature, and soon the mystery, somewhat in a âTwin Peaksâ -like fashion, is examined from the viewpoint of various characters, whose narratives gradually connect. (Irving Wallace had used this technique for building plots for Cold War spy novels back in the 1960s). It seems as though people are getting converted into hybrid creatures and that a sociopathic computer scientist Shaddock is involved.
I would have thought that this novel would make a good miniseries on a cable channel,, even today, as the premise has less dependence on political circumstances and even technology than most sci-fi suspense novels. Koontz sometimes gets into Shaddackâs head, anticipating the psyche of a modern terrorist, deflecting the social issues (like gay rights in one passage) in surprising ways.
I mention the novel because Koontz is often heralded in some circles as the ideal author who writes strictly to sell, and he indeed has a huge career of a long list of novels, divided into various subcategories of suspense. Literary agents love his approach, because it is so commercial. So do trade publishers.
One problem with developing suspense novels is that sometimes they become very vulnerable to changes in world politics, which can come suddenly and be largely unexpected by suspense authors, like the fall of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991. Today itâs not clear who is the biggest threat: North Korea, Iran, ISIS, Russia, China.
Iâve had that problem, and my own approach to fiction has to start with my own narrative first. I make no apologies, despite the disruptive advice and sales calls from others.
|Joseph Nye delivers major paper on cybersecurity, "Deterrence and Dissuasion in Cyberspace"|
Joseph S. Nye, the University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard, has a major paper in the MIT Press Journal, Winter 2016-2017, âDeterrence and Dissuasion in Cyberspaceâ, with access link to the 71-page PDF here (free).
Nye discusses for major strategies: (1) Punishment or retaliation (2) denial or defense (3) entanglement (4) taboos or norms. Some of his scenarios refer to LOAC, or the Laws of Armed Conflict.
Nye mentions the possibility of threats to power girds, and doubts that they can be fully prevented by âair gapsâ between grid or infrastructure pieces and the public Internet
He mentions the importance of rogue states or non-state actors. One of his concepts, of norms, would preclude attacks on targets that have civilian use only (this might include political parties). Yet that seems to be the point of attacks by entities like North Korea, or some hackers motivated by ransomware (often in Russia or former Soviet components), or radical Islamists who resent modernism. North Korea attacked a corporate entity outside its borders, Sony Pictures, in the US, for mocking its leader. It seems as though a sufficiently radical and nihilistic actor could be motivated by asymmetric targeting of individual speakers in the US or other western countries just to prove it could wreak havoc with all parties associated with a particularly provocative person or private business.
|Singing your praises||The generosity of supporters like you directly helps students achieve their goals. Scholarship recipient Michael Sinitsa (â16), grew up in a newly immigrated Russian family. He watched his parents work hard and live frugally in order to provide every opportunity for their children. Savoring the rare delicacy of fresh fruit and daily music lessons taught […]|
|BEHIND THE FENCE - IT IS FAIR GAME|
BEHIND THE FENCE - ITS FAIR GAME
Behind the fence hunts have been a controversial topic for many years and one of the primary targets of the anti-hunting organizations. And unfortunately they are also looked upon by some hunters and hunting organizations with disdain as well. I understand the objection by the antiâs but quite frankly I do not understand that of the hunters. But after talking with many of these hunters I have found that the majority of them do not totally understand exactly what takes place at these preserves and ranches. True, years ago there were fenced operations which literally offered and utilized unethical âboxedâ hunts. But these places are, and have been gone for many years, and todayâs hunting preserves offer a truly realistic and ethical hunt. And in this article that I will attempt to explain to the hunter, not the unreasonable anti-hunter, just what goes on âbehind the fenceâ and how these hunting preserves serve a very important purpose, not only to the hunter; but the future of our hunting tradition as well.
I think Ted Nugent summed it up perfectly in a recent Field & Stream interview when asked if high fence hunting degrades the heritage of American hunting and the rules of fair chase. Here is a recap of his answers. This is the Motor City Madman at his very best.
There will always be whiners and small-minded squawkers who overreact base on assumption and other unidentifiable presumptuous notions. To their way of thinking in-line muzzleloaders, scopes, treestands, compound and crossbows, deer drives, etc. degrade our American hunting heritage and our reputation. They are so divisive and unsophisticated and I pray that they become educated.
And when asked if he prefers to hunt in enclosures or in the wild he said, âI prefer to hunt, period, and shall more and more each year everyplace I possibly can. I am a hunter.â
Now letâs look at some the truths about hunting these enclosures; first from my own experiences.
Part of my job as an outdoor writer is to test, evaluate and report to the sportsmen/women on the latest new firearms, bows and even crossbows. These tests include extensive on the range accuracy and performance reviews and comparisons which I like to followed up by an actual hunting situation.
Hunting with these new firearms and bows are usually not a problem in NYS but it is with the crossbow due to strict disable-only hunter regulations. However these regulations do not apply to hunting preserves in NYS and therefore I am able to hunt with the Horton Crossbow at a preserve just a short distance from my home.
Actually my first harvest with a crossbow took place on a preserve. My choice of game - a 1700 pound bison that took me that I think covered almost every inch of the preserve and two full days of hunting before I was able to get clean kill shot. It was one of my greatest hunts that included some very anxious moments and a VERY dramatic and dangerous face to face encounter with a one ton herd bull who was not happy with my continued pursuit of him and his herd that I will never forget.
It was at this same preserve that I met two hunters who were both hunting their first Russian wild boar. And it was from these average hunters that I really learned what these preserves really offered the everyday hunter.
During dinner that evening at the lodge I asked them âwhy they chose a preserve to hunt.â Their answer was short and simple: time and money. âWe just do not have the time nor the money to go out of state to hunt boar. We priced the wild boar hunts in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and the average costs would have been close to $2000; and that did not include transportation and taking a week off from work. Here it is just $500, we donât need a license, we can pick our own season and it was just a 31/2 hour ride from our house.â Economics, convenience and the thrill of a good hunt - this is what any reputable preserve will offer you.
Now I would like to ask one questions for those of you hunters who look down upon those who hunt behind the fence: âWho gets hurt ?â If a man or woman has the desire to shoot a trophy or exotic animal not native to the area, but cannot ever hope to afford it, should he/she be denied the opportunity or right to do it, as long as it is done legally, ethically and within the confines of a preserve? I agree that it may not be for everyone, but you should not judge the intentions of those that do.
Fair chase is another term that often arises in conversations involving enclosure or behind the fence hunting. Boone and Crockett defines fair chase as the ethical, sportsmanlike and lawful pursuit and taking an any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals. Doesnât hunting legally over bait, using a ground blind or treestand, using a rifle scope, etc. also give the hunter an advantage?
In the past twenty years I have hunted in a number of preserves and do not consider myself any less of a hunter. I know that I would have probably never been able to afford or experience the thrills and excitement of hunting 9 wild boar, 2 fallow and sika deer, stags, bison, rams and 2 wild crossbow turkeys. And I can honestly say that my most memorable hunt took place last year behind a fence where I shot a magnificent bull elk. Let me share this elk hunt with you.
It was well before sunup when I met Dan Jennings, the manager of the Easton View Outfitters, a private preserve located in the Washington County town of Easton, New York. Dan was going to be my guide for my elk hunt and I must admit I was pumped. Joining me was Tim Blodgett, host of the local All Outdoors radio show, who would be taping the play-by-play of the hunt. He would also be doubling as my camera man.
The game plan was to circle the preserve and come in through the heavily wooded topside of the mountain and work our way down. Dan expected the elk would be bedded down in the valley, fields and swamp below us.
I remember standing on a ledge whispering how excited I was about the hunt and describing how pretty the sun was as it started to peek through the pines into Timâs tape recorder when we heard our first unsolicited bugle. A bull elk bugling in New York State - it gave me the chills followed shortly thereafter by a real adrenaline rush. I donât think I have felt this way since the first time I sighted in on a whitetail buck.
Quickly Dan had us moving down the steep slopes to a blow down about 200 yards below us. Once in place Dan hadnât even finished his first call when the bull responded. And each call he made the bull answered; but he didnât seem to be getting any closer. Then out of nowhere, there about 100 yards below was a young spike bull headed right for us. At one point he was less than 10 yards from where I was sitting.
For the next hour I had no less that four other bull elk in my scope at distances from 10 to 100yards; one of which was a beautiful 5 by 5 that had Dan given me the word, I would have ended my hunt right then. But he said, âNot that one; we can do better.â Easy for him to say, but I trusted his judgement and relaxed.
Another hour and a half of calling got distance responses but they just didnât seem to get any closer to us. Perhaps the bull already had his harem of cows and did not want to leave them. And when he stopped responding to the calls and we sat in silence for another 45 minutes I was beginning to get that, âI should have taken the 5 by 5 feeling.â But that ill-feeling quickly departed when Dan nudge me and smilingly whispered: âThereâs your bull; get ready.â
There just 200 yards below was a beautiful 6 by 6 bull elk raking his huge rack on several small scrub pines. Now he was talking again and each call Dan made was answered with a spine chilling response and he was coming closer. It was awesome to watch the bull as he lowered his head and responded to Danâs love-sick cow calls.
It took several deep breaths to settle my nerves and at about 75 yards I slowly raised the old Marlin 336SC towards him and placed the crosshairs of my scope on his massive body, following him as he moved through the heavy cover.
Each step brought him closer but there was really only one opening between two pines where I could get a clear shot; hopefully he would walk through it. He was about 50 yards slightly quartering away when I place the crosshairs just behind his front shoulder and unleashed the 200 grain Hornady LEVERevolution 200 grain FTX bullet.
Immediately I saw the fur fly through my scope and watched him stumble and fall; and all I could think of was âwhat a bull.â I guess I must have repeated it out loud because both Dan and Tim echoed their agreement. I just sat there staring at him when I heard Dan say we may have a little problem. About 100 yards below my fallen trophy was a huge 7 by 7 and he was headed towards the downed bull at a very quick pace.
He ignored our shouts and charged right in, head down and rammed my bull actually moving him along the ground several yards. Obviously these two must have had previous confrontations. It wasnât really until Dan continued to shout and threw a few rocks and branches at him that he finally backed off. There was one moment however when he turned and faced us shaking his head from side to side, that I thought he was going to charge, but he didnât, and finally we watched him disappear into the edge of the swamp.
High - 5s and photos were all a part of the after the hunt celebration as was the interview Tim taped of my feelings.
Absolutely the best hunt that I have ever had and it all occurred within 30 miles of my home.
But it wasnât really until I stood over my bull that I fully appreciated what I had just accomplished - he was huge. The tale of the tape and scale revealed just how magnificent he really was. He tipped the scale at 807 pounds and his antlers measured: 40 inch wide spread, 41 inch main beams, with 9 inch bases. In terms of record book score I never did get an official score but I do know that he scored ânumber oneâ in my book; and always will.
For information on Easton View Outfitters go to: eastonviewoutfitters.com or check out their ad in this issue of Outdoors Magazine. And by the way, that 7 by 7 is still there and a year older.
|Bless â Korean media confirms English server has been cancelled||According to various Korean gaming media, Neowiz and Aeria Games have officially cancelled the contract for Bless in North America and Europe. Neowiz will now concentrate on preparing the Japan server, which is set to launch later this year. Neowiz previously signed contracts as well with China, Russia, and Taiwan, but only the Russian server [&hellip|
|Steelmaker Starts Russiaâs First Tailor-Welding Line||
Severstal has started up a tailor-welding line for steel automotive panels, the first such line in Russia for automakers.
|Russian antitrust officials fine Google $6.8 million|
Earlier today, Google has been slapped with a $6.8 million fine by Russia’s Federation Antimonopoly Service after the antitrust body found that the search engine giant has unfairly abused its market position with Android, the world’s most popular mobile operating system. Google’s problems in Russia started last year when Yandex, the Russian search engine that […]
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|Ships fooled in GPS spoofing attack suggest Russian cyberweapon||A hack that manipulated the location of 20 ships in the Black Sea may be the first use of GPS spoofing, a form of cyberwarfare capable of widespread disruption|
|2016: 122 journalists killed globally, 5 in India|
New Delhi: As many as 122 journalists and media professionals were killed in 2016 globally, 93 of them in targeted killings and others in natural disasters and accidents, while India witnessed death of five scribes and was eighth on a list topped by Iraq, according to a new report.
The targeted killings, including murders, bomb attacks and crossfire incidents, span 23 countries in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East and Arab World regions, said International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in its annual report released Friday.
The IFJ said the number (93 targeted killings) was down from 112 targeted killings in 2015 while Iraq still had the largest number of media killings with 15, ahead of Afghanistan (13) and Mexico (11).
These were followed by Yemen (8), Guatemala (6), Syria (6), India and Pakistan (5 in both), according to the statistics published by the largest global federation of journalists' trade unions.
In addition to the 93 targeted killings, 20 Brazilian sports journalists perished in a plane crash over the city of Medellin in Colombia, a country where for the first time in many years no killing was recorded this year, against three in 2015. Nine Russian journalists were killed in a military plane crash.
Although the 2016 figures for targeted killings of media professionals are down from the previous year's, the IFJ has cautioned against complacency citing reports of rising threats, intimidation and self-censorship as evidence that attacks on freedom of expression remain at critical levels.
In India, Tarun Mishra, Bureau Chief of Jan Sandesh Times, died on 14 February; Indradev Yadav, Journalist with Taaza TV, on 16 May; Rajdeo Ranjan, Bureau Chief of Dainik Hindustan on 13 May; Kishore Dave, Bureau Chief of Jai Hind on 22 August and Dharmendra Singh, Correspondent of Dainik Bhaskar on 12 November, the report noted.
In 2015, India had reported targeted killings of six media professionals, including those from news channel Aaj Tak and Hindi daily Dainik Jagaran, the report states.
Noting that India along with Yemen, Pakistan and Syria form a group which saw little or no change in the numbers of killings from 2015, IFJ President Philippe Leruth said, "Any decrease in violence against journalists and media staff is always welcome but these statistics and the continued deliberate targeting of media workers in many incidents causing loss of life give little room for comfort nor ground for hope to see the end of the current media safety crisis."Â
The IFJ, which claims to represent more than 6,00,000 journalists in 140 countries, has recorded at least 2,297 killings of media professionals in targeted assassinations, cross-fire incidents and bomb attacks till 2015.
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|It's Spud Time|
The United Nations wants more people to appreciate the potato's potential to fight world hunger
Food for Thought
As 2007 winds down, thoughts naturally turn towards what might lie ahead. Meals rich in high-carb tubers, perhaps? That's what the United Nations would like everyone to contemplate throughout 2008, which it is designating the International Year of the Potato.
Farmers now harvest more than 300 million tons of potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) worldwide. That makes it the fourth biggest food crop, trailing only corn, wheat, and rice.
For 8,000 years, the humble potato has been a staple in the South American Andes, its homeland. Spanish adventurers encountered the New World crop roughly 500 years ago and brought various types back to Europe. Today, potatoes are cultivated not only throughout the Americas, but also from China's uplands to India's subtropical lowlandsâeven on Ukraine's arid steppes.
A testament to the potato's Western roots, production of this crop in the States and southward leads the world. Fully 40 percent of the 2006 potato harvest came from North America, with Latin American farmers contributing another 16 percent.
However, appreciation for this nutritious starch within developing countries outside of the Americasâespecially in Asiaâhas been growing steadily, with production of the crop in those regions climbing some 5 percent annually. Indeed, 2005 marked the first time in recent history that production of potatoes in the developing world exceeded that in developed nations.
Although most people think of potatoes as a commodity, in fact, more potatoes are processed to make fast foods, snacks, and convenience items than are sold fresh in the market place. Today, China is the leading producer of spuds, followed by the Russian states and India. International trade in potatoesâworth $6 billion annuallyâhas also been growing within developing nations.
You might then ask why, with all of this pre-existing global interest in potatoes, the UN feels compelled to devote a year of workshops, research contests, and other focused attention on this one particular food. And the reason, the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization argues, is that much of the spud's potential to feed the poor remains untapped.
For instance, although Asians eat nearly half of the world's potatoes, per capita consumption even in Asia remains modestâjust 25 kilograms per year, or roughly 45 percent of U.S. consumption and just 27 percent of what's typical in Europe.
Even were potatoes to win greater respect for their nutritional attributes and ability to serve as industrial feedstocks, they couldn't necessarily make a big contribution in new regions of the world without significantly more research. The tubers are vulnerable to a host of major diseasesâlike the one that set off Ireland's 1845 potato famine. Some varieties of potato are especially resistant to particular diseases, but may not grow well in new regions of the world or taste that yummy.
That's where potato scientists come in. They can identify the climate, soil types, day length, and native diseases with which any new potato crop would have to contend. Then they'll cross lines of wild or cultivated spuds to develop ones with traits that will allow them to thrive outside the Americas. The good news, the UN program notes: "The potato has the richest genetic diversity of any cultivated plant." So there's plenty of potential to tailor a new cultivar to meet the needs of farmers in most places on the globe.
But the potato's biggest advantage, according to the International Potato Center, based in Lima, Peru, is that it yields more food, more quickly, on less land, and in harsher climates than any other major crop. Up to 85 percent of the plant is edible, compared to only about 50 percent for cereal grains. Moreover, the Center notes, potatoes "are ideally suited to places where land is limited and labor is abundantâconditions in much of the developing world."
To help get this word out to agricultural agencies in parts of the world not already turned on to spuds, and from them to farmers, the International Potato Center will be sponsoring a March 2008 meeting: Potato Science for the PoorâChallenges for the New Millennium (http://www.cipotato.org/Cuzco_conference/). Those who attend will have the opportunity to explore the possibility of cooperating to fine tune existing potatoes into higher-yielding varieties.
The International Potato Center's gene bank safeguards the largest biodiversity of potatoesâ7,500 different varieties, of which 1,950 are not cultivated. Research on spuds, especially studies aimed at fostering food security and the alleviation of poverty, have become a focus for the center.
With all of this talk of potatoes, are you hungry yet? The UN program has so far identified 172,000 web pages containing recipes for using potatoes. Stay tuned, it says: "We will gather the best of them" and share them on the Year of the Potato website.
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|IRMÃOS SEPARADOS POR UMA COPA|
Kevin e JerÃ´me Boateng: irmÃ£os separados pela Copa
Ã normal dois irmÃ£os se enfrentarem em nÃvel de clubes, como jÃ¡ ocorreu com os holandeses Ronald e Frank de Boer, os dinamarqueses Michael e Brian Laudrup, aquio no Brasil entre o volante Fernando (ex-Flamengo) e o meia Carlos Alberto (ex-Vasco), entre muitos outros. Mas seria inimaginÃ¡vel dois irmÃ£os nascidos no mesmo paÃs, criados juntos, atuarem por duas seleÃ§Ãµes diferentes e se enfrentarem, concordam? Pois os irmÃ£os Kevin-Prince e JÃ©rÃ´me Boateng se tornaram pioneiros nesta prÃ¡tica numa Copa do Mundo..
Ambos sÃ£o nascidos em Wilmersdorf, vilarejo nos arredores da capital alemÃ£ Berlin, filhos de mÃ£e alemÃ£ e pai ganÃªs. Kevin-Prince nasceu em 6 de marÃ§o de 1987, enquanto JÃ©rÃ´me, em 3 de setembro de 1988. O primeiro, meia, comeÃ§ou a dar seus primeiros passos no futebol nas categorias de base do amador Reinickendorfer FÃ¼chse e logo apÃ³s ingressou nos juvenis do Hertha Berlin. JÃ¡ o segundo, que Ã© zagueiro, deu seus primeiros chutes no Tennis Borussia Berlin e logo depois juntou-se a Kevin nas escolinhas do Hertha.
A separaÃ§Ã£o dos irmÃ£os comeÃ§ou quando o mais velho foi contratado pelo inglÃªs Tottenham Hotspur em 2007 apÃ³s duas temporadas entre os profissionais do clube alemÃ£o. JÃ©rÃ´me permaneceu em Berlin por mais alguns meses atÃ© ser negociado com o Hamburgo. Pelo bom futebol apresentador pelos dois naturalmente foram convocados para a seleÃ§Ãµes de base da Alemanha. Kevin defendeu as cores sub-21 germÃ¢nicas atÃ© 2007, enquanto seu irmÃ£o atuou atÃ© 2009 e conseguiu o tÃtulo europeu na categoria.
JÃ©rÃ´me foi convocado para a seleÃ§Ã£o alemÃ£ principal pela primeira vez em outubro de 2009 para uma partida diante da RÃºssia - neste jogo foi expulso apÃ³s receber dois cartÃµes amarelos. JÃ¡ Kevin havia sido preterido devido Ã forte concorrÃªncia no setor de meio-campo alemÃ£o, que jÃ¡ contava com nomes de bastante qualidade como Ballack, Schweinsteiger, Trochowski, Khedira e etc.
Em 2009, mesmo apÃ³s conselhos de seu ex-treinador do Hertha Berlin Dieter HoeneÃ de optar por defender seu paÃs natal, Kevin-Prince comunicou ao atual tÃ©cnico do selecionado Joachim LÃ¶w que vestiria a camisa de Gana para disputar a Copa do Mundo de 2010 na Ãfrica do Sul. JÃ¡ seu irmÃ£o caÃ§ula, que Ã Ã©poca acertou sua ida para o Manchester City, continuava a disputar as partidas eliminatÃ³rias para o torneio pela Alemanha e foi convocado para a disputa da competiÃ§Ã£o, assim como Kevin. Curiosamente, este Ãºltimo, entÃ£o atleta do Portsmouth, foi responsÃ¡vel pelo corte do capitÃ£o alemÃ£o Michael Ballack do Mundial, quando atingiu de forma violenta o "conterrÃ¢neo" do Chelsea, que teve os ligamentos de seu tornozelo lesionados, na decisÃ£o da FA Cup inglesa.
Quis o destino que alemÃ£es e ganeses caÃssem no mesmo Grupo D da Copa e em 23 de junho de 2010, na cidade de Joannesburgo, pela primeira vez na histÃ³ria do futebol dois irmÃ£os se enfrentassem por duas seleÃ§Ãµes distintas. JÃ©rÃ´me Boateng se deu melhor que Kevin-Prince Boateng e os alemÃ£es venceram os ganeses por 1 a 0.
JerÃ´me defende as cores do Bayern de Munique desde 2011 e estÃ¡ novamente entre os 23 convocados por LÃ¶w para a disputa do Mundial aqui do Brasil. JÃ¡ Kevin-Prince deixou o Portsmouth logo apÃ³s a Copa de 2010 rumo ao italiano Genoa. Depois passou por Milan e hoje veste a camisa do alemÃ£o Schalke 04. Neste dia 21 de junho de 2014 em Fortaleza, apenas 2 dias antes de se completarem 4 anos exatos do primeiro embate histÃ³rico, irmÃ£os separados por uma Copa voltarÃ£o aos gramados defendendo suas naÃ§Ãµes, seja de nascimento ou de adoÃ§Ã£o.
Abaixo, dados e estatÃsticas dos irmÃ£os em lados opostos na Copa do Mundo.
* Nome: JÃ©rÃ´me Boateng
* Nascimento: 3 de setembro de 1988 em Wilmersdorf/ALE
* PosiÃ§Ã£o: zagueiro
* Clubes (4): Hertha Berlin (2006/07), Hamburgo (2007 a 2010), Manchester City/ING (2010 a 2011) e Bayern de Munique (desde 2011)
* TÃtulos (10): Campeonato Europeu de SeleÃ§Ãµes sub-21 (2009), FA Cup (2011), Supercopa AlemÃ£ (2012), Liga dos CampeÃµes da Europa (2012/13), Supercopa da UEFA (2013), Mundial de Clubes (2013), Copa da Alemanha (2012/13 e 2013/14) e Campeonato AlemÃ£o (2012/13 e 2013/14)
* SeleÃ§Ã£o alemÃ£: 40 partidas e nenhum gol desde 2009
* Nome: Kevin-Prince Boateng
* Nascimento: 6 de marÃ§o de 1987 em Wilmersdorf/ALE
* PosiÃ§Ã£o: meio-campo
* Clubes (7): Hertha Berlin (2005 a 2007), Tottenham Hotspur/ING (2007 a 2009), Borussia Dortmund (2009), Portsmouth/ING (desde 2009), Genoa/ITA (2010), Milan/ITA (2010 a 2013) e Schalke 04 (desde 2013)
* TÃtulos (3): Copa da Liga inglesa (2007/08), Campeonato Italiano (2010/11) e Supercopa da ItÃ¡lia (2011)
* SeleÃ§Ã£o ganesa: 6 partidas e 2 gols desde 2010
Obs.: Dados atualizados atÃ© 20/06/2014
Foto 1: Alessandra Tarantino/AP
Foto 2: TheFA.com
|A COPA DA ALEMANHA|
Bayern de Munique: o maior campeÃ£o da DFB Pokal
Neste sÃ¡bado o Bayern de Munique entrou em campo novamente para mais uma decisÃ£o. Depois de ganhar o Campeonato AlemÃ£o e a Liga dos CampeÃµes da Europa, o time bÃ¡varo recheou ainda mais sua vasta galeria de trofÃ©us com a Copa da Alemanha e chegou Ã trÃplice coroa nesta temporada - o adversÃ¡rio foi o Stuttgart, tradicional clube germÃ¢nico, e o placar foi de 3 a 2.
A Copa, conhecida como DFB Pokal (Deutscher FuÃball-Bund Pokal), Ã© disputada desde 1935 e tem o lendÃ¡rio clube de Munique como seu maior vencedor com 16 conquistas. O primeiro campeÃ£o da histÃ³ria do torneio foi o 1. FC Nuremberg ao bater o Schalke 04 por 2 a 0 na decisÃ£o em DÃ¼sseldorf.
Em sua primeira ediÃ§Ã£o a Copa da Alemanha se chamava Tschammer-Pokal - ou Tschammer und Osten Pokal - em homenagem ao entÃ£o ReichssportfÃ¼hrer (Chefe do Gabinete de Esportes do 3Âº Reich) Hans von Tschammer und Oste. A disputa envolveu incrÃveis 4100 clubes desde a elite atÃ© as divisÃµes amadoras do futebol alemÃ£o no perÃodo preliminar. A fase principal se deu com 63 times em 6 rodadas de mata-mata, acabando, conforme jÃ¡ dito, com o tÃtulo do Nuremberg sobre o Schalke 04 na grande final em DÃ¼sseldorf com pÃºblico estimado em mais de 50 mil pessoas presentes.
Desde entÃ£o o formato sofreu poucas alteraÃ§Ãµes no que diz respeito ao original dos anos 30: vÃ¡rias equipes de todo o paÃs, das divisÃµes semi-profissionais e amadoras, comeÃ§am a disputa nas fases preliminares atÃ© chegar ao grupo principal que vai atÃ© a final no jÃ¡ conhecido sistema de mata-mata. Na atualidade 64 times entram nessa fase, na qual jÃ¡ estÃ£o qualificados automaticamente todos os clubes da Bundesliga, da 2. Bundesliga e os 4 melhores colocados da Ãºltima temporada da 3. Liga, respectivamente 1Âª, 2Âª e 3Âª divisÃµes. A tÃtulo de curiosidade a Alemanha possui 13 divisÃµes em sua pirÃ¢mide futebolÃstica, comportando mais de 30 mil equipes e mais de 2 mil grupos regionais.
A partir de 1953 a competiÃ§Ã£o passou a se chamar DFB Pokal. nome mantido atÃ© os dias atuais, em virtude do fim do nazismo. AliÃ¡s, entre 1943 e e 1952 nÃ£o houve disputa devido Ã Segunda Guerra Mundial.
Os confrontos sÃ£o definidos por sorteio, quando na fase principal os clubes sÃ£o divididos em dois potes: um contendo os times semi-profissionais e amadores e outro, os profissionais, sempre na obrigatoriedade de haver uma partida entre os de um recipiente contra o do outro atÃ© que um deles fique vazio e, assim, todos se juntem num Ãºnico pote. Desde 1985 a final Ã© disputada no Olympiastadion de Berlin e seu vencedor tem vaga garantida na prÃ³xima ediÃ§Ã£o da Liga Europa (antiga Copa da UEFA).
Poucos clubes de divisÃµes inferiores na DFB Pokal chegaram Ã s fases finais da competiÃ§Ã£o na histÃ³ria, dada a diferenÃ§a abissal de estrutura e financeira entre eles e os da elite. AtÃ© 1974 nenhum time da Bundesliga havia sido derrotado por um amador ou semi-profissional, quando o Hamburgo entrou para os registros histÃ³ricos ao ser o primeiro a sucumbir perante um adversÃ¡rio bem menos expressivo - o VfB Eppingen. Podemos citar mais alguns exemplos de surpresas ao longo do tempo como a derrota do Borussia Dortmund em 1990 para o nanico SpVgg FÃ¼rth, a chegada Ã final em 1993 do Hertha Berlin II (reserva do Hertha Berlin) - a primeira vez de um time da 3Âª divisÃ£o a chegar Ã decisÃ£o - e a surpreendente vitÃ³ria do desconhecido TSV Vestenbergsgreuth sobre o entÃ£o campeÃ£o nacional Bayern de Munique por 1 a 0 na 1Âª rodada na temporada 1994/95.
O maior vencedor da Copa, como jÃ¡ citado, Ã© o poderoso Bayern de Munique com 16 taÃ§as, seguido do Werder Bremen, que tem 6. O super artilheiro Gerd MÃ¼ller, como de costume, Ã© o artilheiro mÃ¡ximo da competiÃ§Ã£o com 78 gols. JÃ¡ o goleiro Oliver Kahn detem o recorde de 6 tÃtulos. Por fim o ex-meia tcheco Mirko Votava foi o atleta que mais vezes entrou em campo pelo certame: 79 vezes.
Outro dado digno de nota Ã© o fato de o torneio ter em sua histÃ³ria dois campeÃµes austrÃacos, o Rapid Wien (que tambÃ©m foi campeÃ£o alemÃ£o) em 1938 e o First Vienna em 1943 - tais fatos se deram pela anexaÃ§Ã£o da Ãustria por parte da Alemanha na Ã©poca do nazismo, fazendo com que as equipes austrÃacas disputassem os campeonatos em territÃ³rio alemÃ£o.
Para finalizar outra curiosidade: nesses 78 anos de Copa da Alemanha houve apenas um 0 a 0 em uma final - na temporada 1991/92 entre Hannover e Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach, com vitÃ³ria nos pÃªnaltis para o primeiro por 4 a 3.
Abaixo, dados, estatÃsticas e todos os campeÃµes e vices de cada ediÃ§Ã£o da DFB Pokal.
COPA DA ALEMANHA (DFB Pokal - Deutscher FuÃball-Bund Pokal)
* InÃcio: 1935 (como Tschammer-Pokal)
* Maior vencedor: Bayern de Munique (16 vezes)
* Maior placar: Stuttgart Kickers 17 x 0 VfB 05 Knielingen (1940/41)
* Maior pÃºblico: Borussia Dortmund 3 x 0 FC Carl Zeiss Jena (80708 pessoas em 18/08/2008 no Signal Iduna Park)
* Maior artilheiro: Gerd MÃ¼ller (78 gols)
* Mais gols em um Ãºnico jogo: Carsten JÃ¤ncker (6 gols na vitÃ³ria do Kaiserslautern por 15 a 0 contra o FC SchÃ¶nberg 95 em 21/08/2004)
* Jogador que mais venceu a competiÃ§Ã£o: Oliver Kahn (6 vezes)
* Jogador que mais autou na competiÃ§Ã£o: Mirko Votava/TCH (79 jogos)
* Finais (local):
1935 - 1. FC Nuremberg 2 x 0 Schalke 04 (DÃ¼sseldorf)
1936 - VfB Leipzig 2 x 1 Schalke 04 (Berlin)
1937 - Schalke 04 2 x 1 Fortuna DÃ¼sseldorf (KÃ¶ln)
1938 - Rapid Wien 3 x 1 FSV Frankfurt (Berlin)
1939 - 1. FC Nuremberg 2 x 0 Waldhof Mannheim (Berlin)
1940 - Dresdner SC 2 x 1 1. FC Nuremberg (Berlin)
1941 - Dresdner SC 2 x 1 Schalke 04 (Berlin)
1942 - 1860 Munique 2 x 0 Schalke 04 (Berlin)
1943 - First Vienna 3 x 2 Luftwaffen-SV Hamburg (Stuttgart)
1952/53 - Rot-Weiss Essen 2 x 1 Alemania Aachen (DÃ¼sseldorf)
1953/54 - Stuttgart 1 x 0 ColÃ´nia (Ludwigshafen)
1954/55 - Karlsruher 3 x 2 Schalke 04 (Braunschweig)
1955/56 - Karlsruher 3 x 1 Hamburgo (Karlshure)
1956/57 - Bayern de Munique 1 x 0 Fortuna DÃ¼sseldorf (Augsburg)
1957/58 - Stuttgart 4 x 3 Fortuna DÃ¼sseldorf (Kassel)
1958/59 - Schwarz-Weiss Essen 5 x 2 Borussia Neunkirchen (Kassel)
1959/60 - Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach 3 x 2 Karlsruher (DÃ¼sseldorf)
1960/61 - Werder Bremen 2 x 0 Kaiserslautern (Gelsenkirchen)
1961/62 - 1. FC Nuremberg 2 x 1 Fortuina DÃ¼sseldorf (Hannover)
1962/63 - Hamburgo 3 x 0 Borussia Dortmund (Hannover)
1963/64 - 1860 Munique 2 x 0 Eintracht Frankfurt (Stuttgart)
1964/65 - Borussia Dortmund 2 x 0 Alemania Aachen (Hannover)
1965/66 - Bayern de Munique 4 x 2 Meidericher SV (Frankfurt)
1966/67 - Bayern de Munique 4 x 0 Hamburgo (Stuttgart)
1967/68 - ColÃ´nia 4 x 1 Bochum (Ludwigshafen)
1968/69 - Bayern de Munique 2 x 1 Schalke 04 (Frankfurt)
1969/70 - Kickers Offenbach 2 x 1 ColÃ´nia (Hannover)
1970/71 - Bayern de Munique 2 x 1 ColÃ´nia (Stuttgart)
1971/72 - Schalke 5 x 0 Kaiserslautern (Hannover)
1972/73 - Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach 2 x 1 ColÃ´nia (DÃ¼sseldorf)
1973/74 - Eintracht Frankfurt 3 x 1 Hamburgo (DÃ¼sseldorf)
1974/75 - Eintracht Frankfurt 2 x 1 MSV Duisburg (Hannover)
1975/76 - Hamburgo 2 x 0 Kaiserslautern (Frankfurt)
1976/77 - ColÃ´nia 1 x 0 Hertha Berlin (Hannover)
1977/78 - ColÃ´nia 2 x 0 Fortuna DÃ¼sseldorf (Gelsenkirchen)
1978/79 - Fortuna DÃ¼sseldorf 1 x 0 Hertha Berlin (Hannover)
1979/80 - Fortuna DÃ¼sseldorf 2 x 1 ColÃ´nia (Gelsenkirchen)
1980/81 - Eintracht Frankfurt 3 x 1 Kaiserslautern (Stuttgart)
1981/82 - Bayern de Munique 4 x 2 1. FC Nuremberg (Frankfurt)
1982/83 - ColÃ´nia 1 x 0 Fortuna KÃ¶ln (ColÃ´nia)
1983/84 - Bayern de Munique 1 x 1 Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach - pen. 7 x 6 (Frankfurt)
1984/85 - Bayer Uerdingen 2 x 1 Bayern de Munique (Berlin)
1985/86 - Bayern de Munique 5 x 2 Stuttgart (Berlin)
1986/87 - Hamburgo 3 x 1 Stuttgarter Kickers (Berlin)
1987/88 - Eintracht Frankfurt 1 x 0 Bochum (Berlin)
1988/89 - Borussia Dortmund 4 x 1 Werder Bremen (Berlin)
1989/90 - Kaiserslautern 3 x 2 Werder Bremen (Berlin)
1990/91 - Werder Bremen 1 x 1 ColÃ´nia - pen. 4 x 3 (Berlin)
1991/92 - Hannover 0 x 0 Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach - pen. 4 x 3 (Berlin)
1992/93 - Bayer Leverkusen 1 x 0 Hertha Berlin II (Berlin)
1993/94 - Werder Bremen 3 x 1 Rot-Weiss Essen (Berlin)
1994/95 - Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach 3 x 0 Wolfsburg (Berlin)
1995/96 - Kaiserslautern 1 x 0 Kalrshurer (Berlin)
1996/97 - Stuttgart 2 x 0 Energie Cottbus (Berlin)
1997/98 - Bayern de Munique 2 x 1 MSV Duisburg (Berlin)
1998/99 - Werder Bremen 1 x 1 Bayern de Munique - pen. 5 x 4 (Berlin)
1999/2000 - Bayern de Munique 3 x 0 Werder Bremen (Berlin)
2000/01 - Schalke 04 2 x 0 Union Berlin (Berlin)
2001/02 - Schalke 4 x 2 Bayern Leverkusen (Berlin)
2002/03 - Bayern de Munique 3 x 1 Kaiserslautern (Berlin)
2003/04 - Werder Bremen 3 x 2 Alemania Aachen (Berlin)
2004/05 - Bayern de Munique 2 x 1 Schalke 04 (Berlin)
2005/06 - Bayern de Munique 1 x 0 Eintracht Frankfurt (Berlin)
2006/07 - 1. FC Nuremberg 3 x 2 Stuttgart (Berlin)
2007/08 - Bayern de Munique 2 x 1 Borussia Dortmund (Berlin)
2008/09 - Werder Bremen 1 x 0 Bayer Leverkusen (Berlin)
2009/10 - Bayern de Munique 4 x 0 Werder Bremen (Berlin)
2010/11 - Schalke 04 5 x 0 MSV Duisburg (Berlin)
2011/12 - Borussia Dortmund 5 x 2 Bayern de Munique (Berlin)
2012/13 - Bayern de Munique 3 x 2 Stuttgart (Berlin)
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|Europe Summit Aims to Revive Lost Momentum Toward Unity|
WITH public opinion soured on the merits of European unity, European Community leaders hope to ``relaunch Europe'' with a special summit tomorrow celebrating ratification of the long-awaited Maastricht Treaty.
``It's important to get the public thinking in terms of Europe again,'' says one Belgian Foreign Ministry official.
But the celebration risks being seen as irrelevant by much of the public it targets, as Europeans worry about record-high unemployment, challenges to their infant-to-elder social-welfare system, and instability on the continent's eastern borders.
``In Germany, at least, people are thinking about their job security, while published opinion is wondering about the future course of Russia, and neither one sees how the EC can have a major impact on those concerns,'' says Josef Janning, deputy director of the research group on Europe at the University of Mainz in Germany. ``People are seeing such issues less in European and more in national terms.''
The Maastricht Treaty, an ambitious blueprint for providing the EC with a monetary union and a common foreign and security policy by the latter part of the decade, was supposed to have been ratified and the process of its implementation begun in January 1992. That the treaty was not fully ratified until this month, when the German constitutional court finally approved it, provides a measure of the public doubt about Maastricht's goals.
In the two-year delay, Maastricht was battered by an initial outright rejection by Danish voters in a referendum, plus rough ratification battles in Britain and France. The European currency crises of October 1992 and this past summer mocked the monetary union goal, while the EC's weak and disjointed response to the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina posed deep questions about the feasibility of a common foreign policy. Operation `restore stature'
Tomorrow's summit, held in Brussels, is a German-French initiative to try to restore both Maastricht's and Europe's public stature. But even in France, where regard for the Community runs high, doubts are strong about what this summit can accomplish.
``No one should expect much of anything concrete out of this summit,'' says Phillipe Moreau-Defarges, an EC specialist at the French Institute of International Relations in Paris. ``There's too much division among the EC countries for decisions to be made.''
One possible area of action that Mr. Moreau-Defarges cites provides a good example of the Community's current lack of a common vision. The summit could give a new boost to earlier economic ``growth initiatives'' that have had trouble getting off the ground, he says.
Elsewhere in Europe, where public spending is already causing record debts, and where skepticism is strong over the actual impact of large public-works programs, enthusiasm for such proposals is slight.
``The German public is definitely not in favor of this kind of centralized program to rebuild Europe's economic strength,'' Dr. Janning says. ``People in Ireland or Portugal may see Brussels [EC headquarters] as a guarantor or creator of jobs,'' he adds, since those countries receive substantial EC development funds, ``but they certainly don't in Germany.''
Germany and France also had wanted to take up another issue at the summit: Community institutional reforms. The larger countries feel their power is too limited by the generally equal rights of smaller members, and concern is growing that the Community's enlargement to include three or four new small members by 1995 will further tilt the balance and generally render the Community more bureaucratic and plodding. Putting off reform
German proposals for streamlining the EC administration met with staunch resistance from small members, and reform will likely be put on hold until the next EC treaty review in 1996.
To demonstrate that Maastricht is now in force, EC leaders are expected to prepare the next stage of economic and monetary union by launching the European Monetary Institute, ``embryo'' of a future European central bank. The institute's location in Germany is likely to be approved, a move that could open the way for decisions on the placement of several other new EC institutions, including a patent office and environmental agency.
Still, there is a lingering feeling that Maastricht, negotiated in 1990, is a treaty already left behind by European events. ``By spring of next year we may very well have a new imperial Russia to contend with, something never imagined when Maastricht was written,'' Janning says. ``Economies are seen more in national terms. [Community] leaders will have to work hard,'' he adds, ``to demonstrate that Maastricht is relevant in these conditions.''
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|ALIRAN-ALIRAN DAN TOKOH UTAMA STRUKTURALISME HINGGA SEMIOTIK TEKS|| |
A. Strukturalisme, Posstrukturalisme, dan Neostrukturalisme
1. Strukturalisme dalam linguistik
Linguistik strukturalime memainkan peran patron general strukturalisme, suatu peran yang telah diprediksikan oleh Saussure bagi linguistik berkenaan dengan semilogi, dalam linguistik dibedakan dua strukturalisme, yaitu strukturalisme Eropa dan Amerika. Dasar-dasar strukturalisme Eropa dikemukakan oleh Saussure dan Hjemslev yaitu mengenai para ahli linguistik Praha.
Sebagai kelanjutan genealogi ini, strukturalis Perancis A. Martinet harus disebutkan disini tesisnya tentang pengartikulkasian bahasa secara ganda memainkan peran penting dalam perkembangan yang mengarah dari strukturalisme ke semiotik . Teori strukturalis bahasa yang dibawakan Jacobson membawa pengaruh perkembangan paling langsung pada perkembangan strukturalimse Perancis. Berbeda halnya dengan penganut strukturalisme yang murni, yakni Saussure dan Hjemslev, aliran Praha tetap menolak untuk menganggap bahwa sebagai suatu sistem sinkronis bentuk asli yang terpisah. Pendekatan mereka terhadap struktur bahasa didasarkan pada istilah-istilah kunci dan komunikasi.
Para ahli linguistik aliran praha seperti Vachek, Dudrot dan Todorof telah menetapkan pendekatan mereka sendiri sebagai strukturalisme fungsional. Inti kontribusi aliran praha terhadap linguistik terletak pada bidang fonologi. Penemuan ciri-ciri desain sebagai atom-atom bahasa dan prinsip-prinsip fungsional analisis fonologis memberikan kontribusi secara signifikan terhadap penelitian struktural sistem tanda, tetapi kontribusi aliran praha terhadap semiotik tidak terbatas pada lingusitik saja. Jacobsson, Mukadovsky, dan yang lain-lain merupakan orang-orang yang memberikan kontribusi yang berpengaruh terhadap estetika.
1.1 Fungsi, Komunikasi, dan Sistem
Diantara inovasi-inovasi progamatis para ahli linguistic aliran Praha merupakan upaya mereka untuk mengatasi perbedaan tajam antara statika dan dinamika dalam linguistik sinkronis dan diakronis. Bahasa dideskripsikan sebagai suatu sistem fungsional yang berguna untuk tujuan komunikasi. oleh karena itu, sistem bahasa tidak dapat tetap bersifat statis, tetapi harus mempertahanakan keseimbangan yang dinamis. Pendekatan dinamis terhadap bahasa juga diperluas untuk mengkaji sintaks (struktur kalimat) dan teks. Dalam teori perspektif kalimat fungsional, analisis dilakukan terhadap distribusi unsur-unsur informasi yang diberikan dan yang baru dalam kalimat dan teks. Dsitribusi dinamis dan kemajuan unsur-unsur dalam teks ini dideskripsikan sebagai dinamisme komunikasi.
1. 2Penemuan fonem
Penelitiannya dalam bidang fonologi, Turbetzkoy menjadi penemu struktur atom bahasa yang memperkenalkan perbedaan antara fonologi dan fonetik. Fonetik adalah kajian bunyi-bunyi materiil dan pengartikulasian dalam tuturan (parole) apapun sifat-sifat sistemiknya. Fonologi (para ahli linguistik Amerika lebih memilih fonemik) mengkaji bunyi-bunyi suatu bahasa sebagai unsur-unsur fungsional dalam sistem bentuk dan isi (langue). teori ini sependapat dengan Sasussure yang membedakan antara langue dan parole.
Dari sudut pandang fonetis, sejumlah perbedaan fonetis yang hamper tak terbatas dapat ditemukan dalam analisis terhadap bunyi-bunyi yang benar-benar diucapkan (yang kemudian yang disebut phone) fonologi mereduksi perbedan-perbedaan ini menjadi perbedaan-perbedaan yang memainkan peran fungsioanal dalam sistem tersebut, yakni apa yang disebut oposisi fonologis. Kriteria fungsionalitas merupakan efek perbedaan-perebedaan terhadap makna efek ini dites dengan menggunakan penggantian bunyi dalam konteksnya (tes komutasi) kelas-kelas bunyi yang komutasinya (saling bergantian) dalam kata-kata menyebabkan perbedaan makna disebut fonem, misalnya kata KUCING yaitu berasal dari fonem /K//U//C//I//N//G/ apabila fonem-fonem tersebut diubah akan menyebabkan perbedaan makna.
1. 3Prinsip kejituan analisis etik ke analisis emik
Kejituan (relevansi) mengacu pada ciri keberbedaan dalam suatu sistem. Prinsip ini menuntut pembedaan tingkat-tingkat analisis yang berbeda. Relevansi pada sistemik pada tataran fonem dapat diputuskan hanya dengan mengacu pada tataran struktur linguistik yang lebih tinggi pada tataran morfem (morfologi, dan semantik), karena hanya perbedaan semantik dalam komutasi membuktikan relevansi sistemik perbedaan fonetis.
Pike (1967) dalam buku semiotik memperkenalkan istilah etik dan emik, etik dari kata fonetik bersifat nonstruktural dan mengkaji fenomena-fenomena dalam struktur lahirnya, sedangkan emik berasal dari fonemik dan akhirnya dari kata sistemik. Pendekatan emik dalam fenomena semiotik menganggap unsur-unsur sistem tanda dalam kaitannya dengan fungsinya dalam kode.
1. 4Ciri-ciri yang berbeda dalam oposisi-oposisi biner
Jakobson mereduksi fonem-fonem menjadi sistem ciri-ciri yang berbeda dalam oposisi-oposisi biner. Di dalam sistem biner ciri-ciri yang berbeda, setiap fonem secara struktural dikarakterisasikan oleh ciri-ciri yang dimilikinya. Jakobson sendiri mengembangkan prinsip-prinsip analisis ciri yang berbeda terhadap morfologi.
Dasar-dasar strukturalisme Amerika telah dikemukakan oleh Bloomfield (1933) dan dengan Haris (1951) pada buku semiotic, metodologi strukturalis dalam linguistik Amerika mencapai puncaknya. Dua karakteristik utama pendekatan-pendekatan terhadap bahasa ini adalah deskriptivisme, antimentalistik dan distribusionalisme .
Aliran linguistik Bloomfield bersisat antimentalistik dan lebih memilih pendekatan behavioristik terhadap bahasa tidak ada fakta-fakta mental internal seperti gagasan, konsep, atau niat yang harus dipertimbangkan dalam analisis semiotik.
Merupakan pendekatan kaum strukturalis Amerika terhadap aspek-aspek system bahasa. Distribusi adalah kejadian unsur-unsur bahasa dalam lingkungan linguistiknya yang pas. Unsur-unsur ini ditentukan menurut tipe-tipe konteksnya.
Antropologi Struktural Levi Strauss
Fonologi sebagai paradigm ilmu manusia
Levi straus menemukan fonologi strucKtural dan menjadi yakin bahwa linguistik struktural harus menjadi patron general ilmu tentang manusia. Ia berpendapat bahwa sesungguhnya linguistik struktural dapat memainkan peran yang sama berkenaan dalam kaitannya dengan ilmu-ilmu sosial. Levi Strauss memperoleh keempat prinsip analisis berikut: (1) perubahan dari kajian terhadap fenomena-fenomena kesadaran ke kajian infrastruktur bawah sadar, (2) perubahan dari istilah-istilah tersebut ke hubungan-hubungan antara istilah-istilah tersebut, (3) kajian terhadap sistem tersebut secara keseluruhan, dan (4) penemuan hukum-hukum yang bersifat umum di dalam sistem. Levi Strauss menekankan karakter inovatif pendekatan struktural dalam berbagai ilmu pengetahuan tentang manusia. Tema yang selalu muncul dalam berbagai kajiannya adalah analogi struktural antara bahasa dan kebudayaan.
Sistem-sistem kekerabatan mengungkapkan aturan-aturan perkawinana terlarang. Dalam sistem-sistem ini, Levi staruss memisahkan unit-unit kekerabatan terkecil sebagai struktur-struktur dasar suatu masyarakat. Namun, struktur-struktur ini tidak diberikan secara biologis, tetapi mewakili simbolisme kulturalisme.
FORMALISME RUSIA, ALIRAN PRAHA DAN SEMIOTIK SOVIET
- Formalism Russia
Tujuan kalangan formalis adalah untuk mengembangkan suatu pendekatan ilmiah terhadap sastra dan seni. Para penentang kalangan Formalis menuduh aliran ini hanya menaruh perhatian terhadap bentuk dan mengabaikan dimensi isi. Seni dan puisi dikaji sebagai sistem-sistem yang otonom yang menarik perhatian terhadap dirinay sendiri dan tidak dapat direduksi pada isinya. Menurut Sklovskij (1916), piranti seni memiliki fungsi sentral untuk âmembuat anehâ, menyebabkan pembaruan persepsi terhadap latar belakang proses otomatisasi di mana kita menjadi terbiasa dengan tindakan-tindakan dan persepsi-persepsi sehari-hari. Berbagai pertimbangan pragmatis dan fungsional terhadap seni ini menunjukkan bahwa kalangan Formalisme mengembangkan analisis mereka di luar tataran ekspresi bentuk. Dalam kontribusi mereka terhadap narativitas, kalangan formalism bahkan tertarik pada struktur-struktur isi. Salah satu konsep yang paling berpengaruh dalam bidang ini adalah pembedaan antara cerita dan alur cerita yang diajukan Sklovkijj.
- Semiotik teks aliran praha
Para ilmuwan seperti B. Havranek, R. Jakobson, J. Veltrusky, F. Vodicka, dan sebagai tokoh utama, Jan Mukarovsky, mengembangkan sebuah teori estetika dan sastra dengan unsure-unsur semiotic khusus. Strukturalis Praha mengembangkan konsep struktur yang dinamis, struktualis praha menekankan pendekatan fungsional terhadap kebudayaan, Strukturalis Praha mengembangkan analisis mereka dari ekspresi linguistic ke struktur-struktur isi
- Semiotik Soviet
Dua pusat penelitian yang dominan di Soviet adalah Moskow dan Tartu, Estonia. Pusat-pusat penelitian ini juga dikenal sebagai Moscow-Tartu Semiotics School. Semiotik Soviet berkembang dari proyek-proyek sebelumnya dalam terjemahan mesin. Proyek ini terus mengembangkan semiotic dengan landasan yang kuat dalam informasi, komunikasi, dan teori system. Karakteristik penelitian semiotic Soviet adalah semantisasi bentuk ekspresi.
Semiotik Teks Barthes
Barthes (1957; 1964a; 1967b) mendefiniskan tanda sebagai suatu sistem yang terdiri atas hurf E, expression= ekspresi (atau signifier= penanda), in relation (R) to (dalam hubungannya dengan) C, content = isi (atau signified =petanda) : ERC. Sistem tanda primer semacam ini dapat menjadi unsur sistem tanda yang lebih komprehensif jika perluasan tersebut adalah perluasan isi, tanda primer (E1R1C1) menjadi ekspresi tanda sekunder: E2(=E1R1C1) R2C2 (Barthes 1964a: 89). Dalam hal ini, tanda premier tersebut adalah tanda semiotik denotatif sedangkan tanda sekundernya adalah tanda semiotik konotatif. (dalam Noth, 2006: 315)
Gambar B 3. Model metabahasa Barthes (1964a: 90) (dalam Noth, 2006: 315)
Dalam tanda-tanda metalinguistik (cf. Gambar B3 ), dimana sistem primernya adalah bahasa objek, dan sistem sekundernya terdiri atas metabahasa. (dalam Noth, 2006: 315)
Dalam Mythologies-nya (1957: 131), dia mendefinisikan sistem-sistem makna sekunder semacam ini sebagai mitos (q. V. 3.). kemudian, Barthes mendeskripsikan bidang konotasi ini sebagai bidang ideologi (q. V. 2. 1. 1). Media massa menciptakan mitologi-mitologi atau ideologi-ideologi sebagai sistem-sistem konotatif sekunder dengan berupaya memberikan landasan kepada pesan-pesan mereka dalam alam, yang dianggap sebagai sistem denotatif primer (cf. Ibid.) (dalam Noth, 2006: 316)
Dalam The Fashion System (1967b), Barthes melakukan usaha yang terperinci dan pada saat yang sama melakukan upaya yang dapat dicontoh untuk mengkaji sistem tanda di luar lingkup bahasa dan sastra. Objek kajian ini adalah mode (pakaian) di Prancis menurut dua majalah tahub 1958â1959. Ciri-ciri utama pendekatan strukturalis semiotiknya dapat dirangkum sebagai berikut:
1. Sesuai dengan prinsip-prinsip strukturalisme linguistik, Barthes memilih bentuk tertutup (yakni, majalah mode satu musim) agar dapat mengaitkannya dengan analisis sinkronis.
2. Metode-metode linguistik struktural, seperti analisis distribusional dan tes komutasi, diterapkan pada data-data analisis tersebut agar dapat menentukan ciri-ciri sistem mode yang selalu ada dan atau yang berbeda.
3. Analog dengan dikotomi Saussure antara langue dan parole, Barthes membedakan antara kode vestimenter (keagamaan), yakni sistem unsur-unsur dan kaidah-kaidah mode, aktualisasi individunya dalam garmen.
... . Mode adalah âsistem semantik yang tujuan satu-satunya adalah untuk merongrong makna yang diuraikannya begitu berlebihan. [...] Tanpa isi, mode [...] membuat sesuatu yang tidak signifikan menjadi berartiâ (Barthes 1967b: 269, 288). (Dalam Noth, 2006: 316â317)
Barthes berpendapat bahwa pakaian pada majalah mode dapat bermakna di luar tataran dasar tertentu hanya karena uraian-uraiannya mengarahkan perhatian pembaca pada ciri-ciri pakaian tertentu, dan penjelasan-penjelasannya hanya menghasilkan makna dengan âmengurangkan penanda-penandanyaâ dari objek-objeknya dan dengan âmenyebutkan petanda-petandanyaâ (Barthes 1967b: xi; 1964a: 10). (Dalam Noth, 2006: 317)
Barthes menyimpulkan bahwa â linguistik bukan bagian dari ilmu tanda secara umum, bahkan bukan merupakan bagian yang istimewa, ia merupakan semiologi yang merupakan bagian dari linguistikâ (1964a: 11). (Dalam Noth, 2006: 317)
Dengan membedakan antara âsemiologi [...] sebagai ilmu tanda yang positifâ dan âsemiologi sayaâ (ibid. : 471), dia mendeskripsikan bahasa sebagai sebuah sistem yang menindas, sastra sebagai pemberontakan terhadap bahasa, dan semiotika sebagai aktivitas kreatif:
Semiologi [...] tidak bertumpu pada âsemiofisis,â suatu kealamiahan tanda yang tak berdaya, dan ia juga bukan merupakan âsemioklastri,â yakni penghancuran terhadap tanda. Malahan, [...] ia merupakan semiotropi: yang berubah ke arah tanda, semiologi ini terperangkap oleh dan menerima tanda, memperlakukannya, dan jika perlu, menirukannya sebagai kacamata imajiner. Singkat kata, ahli semiologi adalah seorang seniman ... .(ibid.: 474â475). (Dalam Noth, 2006: 318)
Semantik Struktural Greimas dan proyek Semiotik Teks
1. Dari Strukturalis ke Semantik Struktural
Strukturalisme dalam inguistik dan dalam antropologi Levi-Strauss, serta dalam teori-teori tindakan formalis awal propp dan Souriau dalam naratif serta dalam drama telah memengaruhi semiotik Greimas. Titik tolaknya adalah berasal dari upayanya untuk menerapkan metode-metode penelitian mulai dari linguistik struktural (fonologi, semantik, dan sintaksis) hingga analisis teks, yang didefinisikan Greimas sebagai wacana. Kerangka linguitiknya ditentukan oleh konsep struktur Saussure sebagai perbedaan, prinsip perlawanan biner dsn keberbedaan fonologi fungsional, dan model tanda glosematikHjelmselve (cf. Greimas 1974a: 58). (Dalam Noth, 2006: 320)
2. Konsep Semiotik Greimas
Terhadap Pierce, Greimas & Courtes mengajukan keberatan terhadap konsep semiotik sebagai teori tanda. Menurut mereka, semiotik harus merupakan âteori penandaanâ yang âdapat beroperasi hanya bila ia menempatkan analisis-analisisnya pada tataran dan yang lebih rendah daripada tandaâ(1979: 287, 147). (Dalam Noth, 2006: 320)
1. Lintasan Generatif
Lintasan generatif mendeskripsikan pemroduksian wacana ekonomi sebagai sebuah proses yang berkembang dalam berbagai macam tahap, yang masing-masing memiliki subkomponen sintaksis dan semantik . ... . Seluruh lintasan mendeskripsikan struktur-struktur âyang mengaturpengorganisasian wacana sebelum terwujud dalam bahasa alam tertentu (atau dalam sistem semiotik non-linguistik): Greimas & Courtes 1979: 85). (Dalam Noth, 2006: 320)
2. Struktur-struktur Semio-Naratif
Struktur semio-naratif mendeskripsikan kompetensi
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JANUARY 28, 2017 FROM 5:05 TO 5:29 P.M. EST.
Mr. Prime Minister, how are you?
I am doing very well.
And I guess our friend Greg Norman, he is doing very well?
He is a great mutual friend yes.
Well you say hello to him. He is a very good friend. By the way thank you very much for taking the call. I really appreciate it. It is really nice.
Thank you very much. Everything is going very well. I want to congratulate you and Mike Pence on being sworn in now. I have spoken to you both now as you know. I know we are both looking to make our relationship which is very strong and intimate, stronger than ever â which I believe we can do.
I believe you and I have similar backgrounds, unusual for politicians, more businessman but I look forward to working together.
That is exactly right. We do have similar backgrounds and it seems to be working in this climate â it is a crazy climate. Let me tell you this, it is an evil time but it is a complex time because we do not have uniforms standing in front of us. Instead, we have people in disguise. It is brutal. This ISIS thing â it is something we are going to devote a lot of energy to it. I think we are going to be very successful.
Absolutely. We have, as you know, taken a very strong line on national security and border protection here and when I was speaking with Jared Kushner just the other day and one of your immigration advisors in the White House we reflected on how our policies have helped to inform your approach. We are very much of the same mind. It is very interesting to know how you prioritize the minorities in your Executive Order. This is exactly what we have done with the program to bring in 12,000 Syrian refugees, 90% of which will be Christians. It will be quite deliberate and the position I have taken â I have been very open about it â is that it is a tragic fact of life that when the situation in the Middle East settles down â the people that are going to be most unlikely to have a continuing home are those Christian minorities. We have seen that in Iraq and so from our point of view, as a final destination for refugees, that is why we prioritize. It is not a sectarian thing. It is recognition of the practical political realities. We have a similar perspective in that respect.
Do you know four years ago Malcom, I was with a man who does this for a living. He was telling me, before the migration, that if you were a Christian from Syria, you had no chance of coming to the United States. Zero. They were the ones being persecuted. When I say persecuted, I mean their heads were being chopped off. If you were a Muslim we have nothing against Muslims, but if you were a Muslim you were not persecuted at least to the extent â but if you were a Muslim from Syria that was the number one place to get into the United States from. That was the easiest thing. But if you were a Christian from Syria you have no chance of getting into the United States. I just thought it was an incredible statistic. Totally true â and you have seen the same thing. It is incredible.
Well, yes. Mr. President, can I return to the issue of the resettlement agreement that we had with the Obama administration with respect to some people on Nauru and Manus Island. I have written to you about this and Mike Pence and General Flynn spoke with Julie Bishop and my National Security Advisor yesterday. This is a very big issue for us, particularly domestically, and I do understand you are inclined to a different point of view than the Vice President.
Well, actually I just called for a total ban on Syria and from many different countries from where there is terror, and extreme vetting for everyone else â and somebody told me yesterday that close to 2,000 people are coming who are really probably troublesome. And I am saying, boy that will make us look awfully bad. Here I am calling for a ban where I am not letting anybody in and we take 2,000 people. Really it looks like 2,000 people that Australia does not want and I do not blame you by the way, but the United States has become like a dumping ground. You know Malcom, anybody that has a problem â you remember the Mariel boat lift, where Castro let everyone out of prison and Jimmy Carter accepted them with open arms. These were brutal people. Nobody said Castro was stupid, but now what are we talking about is 2,000 people that are actually imprisoned and that would actually come into the United States. I heard about this â I have to say I love Australia; I love the people of Australia. I have so many friends from Australia, but I said â geez that is a big ask, especially in light of the fact that we are so heavily in favor, not in favor, but we have no choice but to stop things. We have to stop. We have allowed so many people into our country that should not be here. We have our San Bernardinoâs, we have had the World Trade Center come down because of people that should not have been in our country, and now we are supposed to take 2,000. It sends such a bad signal. You have no idea. It is such a bad thing.
Can you hear me out Mr. President?
Yeah, go ahead.
Yes, the agreement, which the Vice President just called the Foreign Minister about less than 24 hours ago and said your Administration would be continuing, does not require you to take 2,000 people. It does not require you to take any. It requires, in return, for us to do a number of things for the United States â this is a big deal, I think we should respect deals.
Who made the deal? Obama?
Yes, but let me describe what it is. I think it is quite consistent. I think you can comply with it. It is absolutely consistent with your Executive Order so please just hear me out. The obligation is for the United States to look and examine and take up to and only if they so choose â 1,250 to 2,000. Every individual is subject to your vetting. You can decide to take them or to not take them after vetting. You can decide to take 1,000 or 100. It is entirely up to you. The obligation is to only go through the process. So that is the first thing. Secondly, the people â none of these people are from the conflict zone. They are basically economic refugees from Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. That is the vast bulk of them. They have been under our supervision for over three years now and we know exactly everything about them.
Why havenât you let them out? Why have you not let them into your society?
Okay, I will explain why. It is not because they are bad people. It is because in order to stop people smugglers, we had to deprive them of the product. So we said if you try to come to Australia by boat, even if we think you are the best person in the world, even if you are a Noble [sic] Prize winning genius, we will not let you in. Because the problem with the people â
That is a good idea. We should do that too. You are worse than I am.
This is our experience.
Because you do not want to destroy your country. Look at what has happened in Germany. Look at what is happening in these countries. These people are crazy to let this happen. I spoke to Merkel today, and believe me, she wishes she did not do it. Germany is a mess because of what happened.
I agree with you, letting one million Syrians walk into their country. It was one of the big factors in the Brexit vote, frankly.
Well, there could be two million people coming in Germany. Two million people. Can you believe it? It will never be the same.
I stood up at the UN in September and set up what our immigration policy was. I said that you cannot maintain popular support for immigration policy, multiculturalism, unless you can control your borders. The bottom line is that we got here. I am asking you as a very good friend. This is a big deal. It is really, really important to us that we maintain it. It does not oblige you to take one person that you do not want. As I have said, your homeland officials have visited and they have already interviewed these people. You can decide. It is at your discretion. So you have the wording in the Executive Order that enables the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State to admit people on a case by case basis in order to conform with an existing agreement. I do believe that you will never find a better friend to the United States than Australia. I say this to you sincerely that it is in the mutual interest of the United States to say, âyes, we can conform with that deal â we are not obliged to take anybody we do not want, we will go through extreme vettingâ and that way you are seen to show the respect that a trusted ally wants and deserves. We will then hold up our end of the bargain by taking in our country 31 [inaudible] that you need to move on from.
Malcom [sic], why is this so important? I do not understand. This is going to kill me. I am the worldâs greatest person that does not want to let people into the country. And now I am agreeing to take 2,000 people and I agree I can vet them, but that puts me in a bad position. It makes me look so bad and I have only been here a week.
With great respect, that is not right â It is not 2,000.
Well, it is close. I have also heard like 5,000 as well.
The given number in the agreement is 1,250 and it is entirely a matter of your vetting. I think that what you could say is that the Australian government is consistent with the principles set out in the Executive Order.
No, I do not want say that. I will just have to say that unfortunately I will have to live with what was said by Obama. I will say I hate it. Look, I spoke to Putin, Merkel, Abe of Japan, to France today, and this was my most unpleasant call because I will be honest with you. I hate taking these people. I guarantee you they are bad. That is why they are in prison right now. They are not going to be wonderful people who go on to work for the local milk people.
I would not be so sure about that. They are basically â
Well, maybe you should let them out of prison. I am doing this because Obama made a bad deal. I am not doing this because it fits into my Executive Order. I am taking 2,000 people from Australia who are in prison and the day before I signed an Executive Order saying that we are not taking anybody in. We are not taking anybody in, those days are over.
But can I say to you, there is nothing more important in business or politics than a deal is a deal. Look, you and I have a lot of mutual friends.
Look, I do not know how you got them to sign a deal like this, but that is how they lost the election. They said I had no way to 270 and I got 306. That is why they lost the election, because of stupid deals like this. You have brokered many a stupid deal in business and I respect you, but I guarantee that you broke many a stupid deal. This is a stupid deal. This deal will make me look terrible.
Mr. President, I think this will make you look like a man who stands by the commitments of the United States. It shows that you are a committed â
Okay, this shows me to be a dope. I am not like this but, if I have to do it, I will do it but I do not like this at all. I will be honest with you. Not even a little bit. I think it is ridiculous and Obama should have never signed it. The only reason I will take them is because I have to honor a deal signed by my predecessor and it was a rotten deal. I say that it was a stupid deal like all the other deals that this country signed. You have to see what I am doing. I am unlocking deals that were made by people, these people were incompetent. I am not going to say that it fits within the realm of my Executive Order. We are going to allow 2,000 prisoners to come into our country and it is within the realm of my Executive Order? If that is the case my Executive Order does not mean anything Malcom [sic]. I look like a dope. The only way that I can do this is to say that my predecessor made a deal and I have no option then to honor the deal. I hate having to do it, but I am still going to vet them very closely. Suppose I vet them closely and I do not take any?
That is the point I have been trying to make.
How does that help you?
Well, we assume that we will act in good faith.
Does anybody know who these people are? Who are they? Where do they come from? Are they going to become the Boston bomber in five years? Or two years? Who are these people?
Let me explain. We know exactly who they are. They have been on Nauru or Manus for over three years and the only reason we cannot let them into Australia is because of our commitment to not allow people to come by boat. Otherwise we would have let them in. If they had arrived by airplane and with a tourist visa then they would be here.
Malcom [sic], but they are arrived on a boat?
Correct, we have stopped the boats.
Give them to the United States. We are like a dumping ground for the rest of the world. I have been here for a period of time, I just want this to stop. I look so foolish doing this. It [sic] know it is good for you but it is bad for me. It is horrible for me. This is what I am trying to stop. I do not want to have more San Bernardinoâs or World Trade Centers. I could name 30 others, but I do not have enough time.
These guys are not in that league. They are economic refugees.
Okay, good. Can Australia give me a guarantee that if we have any problems â you know that is what they said about the Boston bombers. They said they were wonderful young men.
They were Russians. They were not from any of these countries.
They were from wherever they were.
Please, if we can agree to stick to the deal, you have complete discretion in terms of a security assessment. The numbers are not 2,000 but 1,250 to start. Basically, we are taking people from the previous administration that they were very keen on getting out of the United States. We will take more. We will take anyone that you want us to take. The only people that we do not take are people who come by boat. So we would rather take a not very attractive guy that help you out then to take a Noble [sic] Peace Prize winner that comes by boat. That is the point.
What is the thing with boats? Why do you discriminate against boats? No, I know, they come from certain regions. I get it.
No, let me explain why. The problem with the boats it that you are basically outsourcing your immigration program to people smugglers and also you get thousands of people drowning at sea. So what we say is, we will decide which people get to come to Australia who are refugees, economic migrants, businessmen, whatever. We decide. That is our decision. We are a generous multicultural immigration nation like the United States but the government decides, the peopleâs representatives decides. So that is the point. I am a highly transactional businessman like you and I know the deal has to work for both sides. Now Obama thought this deal worked for him and he drove a hard bargain with us â that it was agreed with Obama more than a year ago in the Oval Office, long before the election. The principles of the deal were agreed to.
I do not know what he got out of it. We never get anything out of it â START Treaty, the Iran deal. I do not know where they find these people to make these stupid deals. I am going to get killed on this thing.
You will not.
Yes, I will be seen as a weak and ineffective leader in my first week by these people. This is a killer.
You can certainly say that it was not a deal that you would have done, but you are going to stick with it.
I have no choice to say that about it. Malcom [sic], I am going to say that I have no choice but to honor my predecessorâs deal. I think it is a horrible deal, a disgusting deal that I would have never made. It is an embarrassment to the United States of America and you can say it just the way I said it. I will say it just that way. As far as I am concerned that is enough Malcom [sic]. I have had it. I have been making these calls all day and this is the most unpleasant call all day. Putin was a pleasant call. This is ridiculous.
Do you want to talk about Syria and DPRK?
[inaudible] this is crazy.
Thank you for your commitment. It is very important to us.
It is important to you and it is embarrassing to me. It is an embarrassment to me, but at least I got you off the hook. So you put me back on the hook.
You can count on me. I will be there again and again.
I hope so. Okay, thank you Malcolm.
Okay, thank you.
END OF CALL
* My yellow highlighting.
|A crucial week for justice||On Tuesday we'll see if our elected political representatives yet again undo the good work of our unelected representatives as the Legal Aid Bill returns to the Commons for MPs to consider the Lords' amendments.|
Peers made changes to the Bill that would mean that the worst of the legal aid cuts in the legislation would be removed. Access to legal aid and the way that it is delivered would be protected for those who have suffered domestic violence, for vulnerable children and for disabled people.
The government will be no doubt keen to use financial privilege as an excuse to overturn these changes like they did recently to reverse changes to their controversial welfare reforms. However, if costs are to be used as an excuse as removing access to free legal advice to hundreds of thousands of people when they need it most, perhaps Ministers should consider the Â£43 million spent on consultants by the MoJ in the last year and the Â£12m that's been wasted an an e-Working system that is years behind schedule and has virtually collapsed.
What's really happening to our legal system here of course is that it is becoming increasingly the preserve of those who are able to pay for it. As Heather Brooke pointed out last week, while 140 local courts have been closed and legal aid is cut, Â£300m has been invested in the Rolls Building (home of the failed e-Working system) which is to handle high-end commercial disputes for a mostly foreign clientele.
It's not just Russian Oligarchs that are benefiting from changes to our justice system. The Association of British Insurers has admitted it will profit from the legal aid cuts. Last year it was revealed that the Justice Minister responsible for driving through these reforms, Jonathan Djanogly will personally profit from the plans as he has a personal stake in the insurance industry. Now that's what I call financial privilege.
Possibly the best hope of amendments - like Baroness Scotland's that ensures victims of domestic violence have access to legal aid and former Paralympian Tanya Grey Thompson's that ensures those who are eligible aren't forced to phone a call centre for advice - surviving the glare of the coalition is the lack of time Parliament has been able to afford to the legislation between the Easter break and the end of this parliamentary session. Who says MPs having long holidays is a bad thing!
If you'd like to contact your MP to ensure we don't lose out on legal aid when we need it most visit the 38 degrees site ahead of Tuesday's vote.
|New Details On Single-Player Campaign|
We know. It's the multiplayer portion of the Battlefield series that keeps you coming back for more. For those of you who do like diving into the scripted scenario, there's some new information that EA and DICE have revealed about Battlefield 4.
Players will step into the boots of Sergeant Daniel Recker. He and Tombstone squad are in China on the verge of coup. Should Admiral Cheng make his move, the Russian government will back him up, possibly sending the entire world into turmoil.
Accompanying Recker are Marine Combat Lifesaver Clayton "PAC" Pakowski and Staff Seargeant Kimble "Irish" Graves. As we saw in the E3 trailer, Battlefield is looking stunning, with the kind of destructible environments that fans of the series crave.
Battlefield 4 arrives on October 25, 2013, on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will be coming later.
[Source: Battlefield Blog]
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|Venezuela is Socialism's Last Nail in the Coffin|
From a so-called âeconomic miracleâ to a human rights disaster, Venezuela has followed in the footsteps of literally every single socialist or communist country ever with its country in complete collapse. Crime is on the rise, the people are starving, protests are going all throughout the country, and unconfirmed rumors are coming out that President Nicolas Maduro is considering leaving.
In the never ending desire to achieve an impossible utopia, Venezuela is living in a nightmare that may serve as the best evidence against government mismanagement.
It is not just food that Venezuelans seem to be running out of at the moment. The country is lacking medicine, toilet paper, and even goods for religious sacraments as well. All sorts of goods are disappearing from the country faster and faster.
Meanwhile, their economy is in complete shambles. At the start of the year, inflation had hit 800 percent while their GDP had shrunk by 19 percent. To make matters worse, 2016 marked its third year of recession.
Of course, the elite of the country have not seemed to notice the problems their citizens are facing. Accusations fly of the leaders of Venezuela living luxurious lifestyles despite the recession. Unsurprisingly, reports have the daughter of Venezuelaâs last President Hugo Chavez at a networth of $4.2 billion.
So the big question is: why is Venezuela falling apart? The simplest answer is government mismanagement as it started taking over the economy. Under the watch of Socialists Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolas Maduro, the socialist leadership in the country has greatly increased its influence in economic affairs, resulting in decreased investment, business failures, and scarcity.
Over the past decade and a half, the Venezuelan government has nationalized multiple industries, including oil, agriculture, finance, steel, electricity, and telecommunications. Unsurprisingly, this led to significant ruin in the various industries it controlled, especially oil. Case in point, the Chavez regime largely underfunded the investment necessary to bring about increased oil production.
Large portions of oil revenues were transferred to generous social programs but there was lackluster reinvestment to make sure that more oil was produced to keep revenue flowing. As a result, oil production starting dropping consistently after 2007 which saw a major decline in revenue (and helped lead to the debt that caused hyper inflation). Additionally, Chavez demanded more money from oil companies investing in the country and the ones that refused saw their assets seized. With such a clear lack of respect for human rights, it should come as no surprise that foreign investment has been on the decline recently in the country which is also hurting business and revenue.
To make matters worse, many workers were fired and replaced with government loyalists. In one case, a company that had never created an oil well was hired to create several since it had ties to the government. The lack of experienced workers unsurprisingly has also added to the decline of the oil industry that was a huge part of the governmentâs revenue.
Just about every industry the government has touched has fallen apart. Steel production was reduced by 70 percent after it was nationalized, food production has been on the decline while the government redistributed farmland for the production of food the land was not suited for, and the Venezuelan government is instituting blackouts to reduce consumption to reduce electricity use due to decreased supply. Overall, it seems Venezuela is in the process of running its economy into the ground.
Venezuela has also added newer regulations and laws to improve the economic situation of its country that had the opposite effect. Case in point, the minimum wage was increased recently by 50 percent despite the fact overall wages still decreased by 17 percent. Other reports have increased labor protections actually hurting business while price controls that were implemented to reduce profits and keep prices low also helped to reduce food productions which also helped cause the food crisis. With all this in mind, it should come as no surprise that the number of businesses in Venezuela has gone down from 800,000 in 1998 to 230,000 in 2016, a decline of 570,000.
It is important to remember though that none of this should even be looked at as being done as a love for the people from the state. As was noted by a former education minister, the goal of the people reforms is âânot to take the people out of poverty so they become middle class and then turn into escuÃ¡lidosâ (a derogatory term to denote opposition members).â Translation: itâs not for their benefit but to create a dependent class of supporters.
For more evidence of how the government does not care about its people, look no further than its human rights records. The Maduro government has been seizing power by stacking the courts with supportive justices and then met the protests against that with violent crackdowns on dissenters. Meanwhile, accusations of sham elections are now flying in the wake of an election referendum to give him the power to rewrite the countryâs constitution. In the end, the increase in power has come to the detriment of the people backed by phony promises.
As is always the case, the promise of helping the people through government intervention completely falls apart. Just like with China and Russia, the result is always economic ruin with the well connected few reaping the benefits. Unfortunately, the US is not free from these mistakes as states like Connecticut or cities like Seattle implementing their own interventions in the economy that results in disaster. If the US wants to head down the path same economic path as Venezuela that leads to destruction and corruption, it will inevitably end there.
|Capitol Hill Update: July 24, 2017|
The House and Senate are in session this week.
There are five (5) legislative days remaining for the House before the August recess and 53 legislative days remaining in the year. The Senate will supposedly work through the first two weeks of the August recess.
The FY 2018 budget resolution, dubbed "Building a Better America," was marked up and approved by the Budget Committee on Thursday in a party-line vote. The budget would reduce the budget deficit by $6.5 trillion over the ten-year budget window and eventually come into balance in FY 2027, creating a $9 billion surplus.
Perhaps one of the most important components of the budget is that it begins the reconciliation process for fundamental tax reform. There are also reconciliation instructions for 11 House committees to find roughly $200 billion savings or reforms in mandatory spending.
The FY 2018 budget resolution isn't on the calendar for the week. It's unclear if House Republican leaders will bring it to the floor.
Additionally, the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, H.R. 2997, introduced by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) could come to the floor for a vote this week. The bill reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and reforms the United States' out of date air traffic control (ATC) system. FreedomWorks has released a key vote in support of the 21st AIRR Act.
On Monday, the House will consider 17 bills on the suspension calendar. Most of the bills on the suspension calendar related to veterans or active military issues. There are three bills on the suspension calendar that relate to small businesses and investment. The House will also consider the Intelligence Authorization Act, H.R. 3180, sponsored by Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on suspension.
There are three bills on the suspension calendar for Tuesday, including the Medicare Part B Improvement Act, H.R. 3178, sponsored by Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), and a yet-to-be-numbered resolution that will impose sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
The House will also consider H.J.Res. 111, a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, to cancel the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) giveaway to trial lawyers. The rule put restrictions on the use of arbitration to settle disputes over consumer products. This would lead to more class-action lawsuits, benefiting trial lawyers and hurting consumers. FreedomWorks has signed a coalition letter in support of H.J.Res. 111 and will likely include the vote on our 2017 Congressional Scorecard.
For the balance of the week, the House will consider at least four more bills on the suspension calendar. The Make America Secure Appropriations Act, H.R. 3219, will also come to the floor. This is the consolidated appropriations bill, or "minibus," for the Department of Defense, the Legislative Branch, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Energy and Water. Like virtually every other bill to come to the floor this year under "regular order," the Make America Secure Appropriations Act is subject to a rule to limit or prevent amendments from the floor.
On Thursday at 10:00 am, the Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled "The Need for the Balanced Budget Amendment." The witness list for the hearing has not yet been announced. Twelve constitutional amendments have been introduced in the House that would require a balanced budget. Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is the sponsor of two of them, H.J.Res. 1 and H.J.Res. 2. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), the primary sponsor of H.J.Res. 15, is among the House conservatives who have introduced a balanced budget amendment.
The committee and subcommittee schedule for the week can be found here.
Presumably, the Senate will vote this week on the motion to proceed to the House-passed version of H.R. 1628. It's still unclear on what happens next. A vote to proceed to the House-passed version has always been the first step. The next step will be for an amendment to the bill that will substitute the language of either the Better Care Reconciliation Act or language similar to the 2015 ObamaCare repeal bill, now called the ObamaCare Repeal Reconciliation Act. FreedomWorks' key vote on the motion to proceed applies only if the base text that will be substituted is similar to the 2015 ObamaCare repeal bill.
At least a few Senate Republicans have backed away from their votes for the 2015 ObamaCare repeal bill, which was passed in December 2015 with the support of all but two Republicans, including Sen. Susan Collins. Moderate Republicans who refuse to vote for the 2015 ObamaCare repeal bill have demanded $200 billion in Medicaid funding offered by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to get them to support the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
Some parts of the Better Care Reconciliation Act are in limbo, however, as the Senate parliamentarian has apparently ruled that provisions limiting funding for Planned Parenthood and tax credits for plans that cover abortion will require 60 votes. Other provisions that may require 60 votes include the State Innovation Waivers. Many of these provisions can be altered to make them withstand a Byrd rule challenge, as was done in 2015.
The Senate still has several nominees to consider and, on the legislative front, the FDA Reauthorization Act, S. 934; the National Defense Reauthorization Act; and the debt ceiling are among the items awaiting action.
Separately, Senate Democrats are rolling out their "better deal" economic agenda today, which is a rehashing and repackaging of virtually every leftist policy proposal in recent years. The agenda is Democrats' attempt to find a message after a string of special election losses around the country.
The full committee schedule for the week can be found here.
|Lyric Opera Announces its 2017-18 Resident Artists|
General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler has announced the selection of the artists for the Resident Artists Program for the 2017-2018 season. They include: soprano Marlen Nahhas, mezzo-soprano Lauren Auge, tenor Martin Luther Clark, baritone Tim Murray and coach/accompanist James Maverick. Led by Vinson Cole, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance faculty member and one of the leading artists of his generation, they will perform in various roles throughout the 2017-2018 season on the mainstage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts as well as at community outreach and education events. The artists were selected after a rigorous national audition of more than 350 singers.
During their Residency, in addition to appearing in mainstage roles, the Resident Artists will work with visiting guest artists, conductors and directors, participate in master classes, receive career coaching, study leading roles, make musical appearances in the community, and appear in their own intimate musical performances as a part of Lyric Opera of Kansas City's Explorations Series, which will focus on intimate gems of the vocal music repertoire. The Resident Artists have completed their post-graduate education and have some professional experience. The Resident Artists will have a full time 8-month contract for one to two years.
Meet the Resident Artists
Sun., Sept. 24, 2p
Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building
Lyric Opera audiences will have an opportunity to meet the Resident Artists on Sunday, September 24 at 2p at the Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building for an informal afternoon 'salon'. Through conversation and musical selections including arias, art songs and show tunes, audiences are invited to sneak a first peek at the quartet and pianist who will grace the main stage and our Explorations Series presentations throughout the season. The event is FREE. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required. For ticket information, visit kcopera.org or contact Lyric Opera Ticketing & Patron Services at (816) 471-7344.
"We launched the Resident Artists Program last year and it has been an unqualified success," stated Sandler. "We join the international opera community in the training of talented, emerging professional young artists. This professional development program involves performance experience and the ability to work with our field's leading conductors, directors and principal artists. Our audiences have embraced our young artists and have been touched by them in a surprising number of ways. I look forward to another season of productive and engaged experiences."
The program was made possible by a generous donation from the Estate of Richard Hill, Charter Sponsor of the Resident Artist Program.
About the Resident Artists
Lebanese-Mexican soprano Marlen Nahhas has been an apprentice artist at Central City Opera for the last two summers where she was awarded the coveted young artist scholarship. The year prior, she was a festival artist at Utah Festival Opera where she won first place in the Michael Ballam International Opera Competition. Ms. Nahhas has been a two-time regional finalist in the Midwest region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. She received her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and musical theatre at Oklahoma City University and her Masters and Performance diploma from Indiana University under the tutelage of Carol Vaness. Recent roles include the title role in Tosca, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and Mimi in La bohème.
As a Resident Artist for the 2017- 2018 season, Ms. Nahhas will perform the roles of The Page in Rigoletto and Berta in The Barber of Seville.
Lauren Auge, mezzo-soprano, is described as "offering something transformative to the audience" in her work on the stage. Most recently, Ms. Auge was seen as Jennie in Kurt Weill's Down in the Valley and Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte. Making her mark on the competition scene, Ms. Auge was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Bel Canto Foundation competition, the 2014 winner of Sinfonietta Bel Canto Voice Competition, a finalist in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition and a first place winner in the 2013 Pantazelos Performing Artists Foundation Vocal Competition. Recently Ms. Auge was also a Danis Wilson Apprentice Artist at the Sugar Creek Symphony and Song Festival. Previous operatic roles have included Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, The Duchess in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta The Gondoliers, Thelma in Cold Sassy Tree and The Wife in Darius Milhaud's dark opera Le pauvre matelot.
As a Resident Artist for the 2017- 2018 season, Ms. Auge will perform the role of Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto.
Tenor Martin Luther Clark is an alumnus at the University of North Texas holding a Graduate Artist Certificate and Bachelor of Music degree, both in Vocal Performance. While at UNT, Mr. Clark studied voice with Dr. Stephen F. Austin and Professor William Joyner. He recently made his Charlottesville Opera debut as a Young Artist singing the role of Borsa (Rigoletto) and covering Curly (Oklahoma!). In May of 2017, he covered the role of Arjuna (Arjuna's Dilemma) with the Dallas Opera. For the 2016 season, Mr. Clark performed roles including Tonio (La fille du regiment) with Opera North, Bastien (Bastien and Bastienne) with the Dallas Opera Outreach, Mozart (Mozart and Salieri) with Opera in Concert, and several others. Also in 2016, he was selected as a semi-finalist in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition where he was the youngest competitor by two years. Throughout his college career at UNT, he performed numerous roles including Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Count Almaviva (IL Barbiere di Siviglia), Camille (The Merry Widow), and Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance) to name a few. Making his debut at Wolf Trap Opera, he sang the role of Le Fils (Les mamelles de Tirésias) as a Studio Artist.
As a Resident Artist for the 2017- 2018 season, Mr. Clark will perform the roles of The Peasant in Eugene Onegin and Borsa in Rigoletto.
Lauded for his "...consistent, attractive baritone" (Opera News) and "...?rm, ?exible baritone" (The New York Times), Wisconsin-born baritone Tim Murray makes his Lyric Opera of Kansas City debut this season as a member of the 2017-2018 Resident Artist Program. Mr. Murray's 2016-2017 season included a return to the Oratorio Society of New York to cover the baritone soloist in Britten's War Requiem, a short-notice Silvio in I pagliacci with Cedar Rapids Opera, Dandini in La Cenerentola with ARE Opera, NYC, and Moralès in Carmen and Ananias in Britten's The Burning Fiery Furnace with Central City Opera as a member of the Apprentice Artist program. Previous credits include the baritone soloist in both Berlioz's Lélio with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Mahler's 8th Symphony with the Oratorio Society of New York. While a student at Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Murray recorded the role of Le Vicomte de Valmont in Susa's The Dangerous Liaisons with Albany Records.
As a Resident Artist for the 2017- 2018 season, Mr. Murray will perform the roles of Zaretsky/Captain in Eugene Onegin, Guy Cotter in Everest, Marullo in Rigoletto and The Officer in The Barber of Seville.
Coach and accompanist James Maverick is from Bloomington, Indiana. Most recently, he was Apprentice Coach at San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program and the Coach Accompanist for Indiana University Opera Theater where he worked on productions of La fillé du régiment and Peter Grimes. Mr. Maverick is a graduate of Indiana University.
About Vinson Cole
American tenor Vinson Cole is internationally recognized as one of the leading artists of his generation. His career has taken him to all the major opera houses across the globe including the Metropolitan Opera, Opera National de Paris Bastille, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie, Brussels, Berlin State Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Munich State Opera, San Francisco Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Opera Australia, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Seattle Opera and many more. Equally celebrated for his concert appearances, Mr. Cole has been a frequent guest of the most prestigious orchestras throughout the world and has collaborated with the greatest conductors of this era including Christoph Eschenbach, Claudio Abbado, Carlo Maria Giulini, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Gerard Schwarz as well as Sir Georg Solti and Giuseppe Sinopoli. Mr. Cole had an especially close working relationship with the late Herbert von Karajan, who brought the artist to the Salzburg Festival to sing the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier - the first of many performances there together. Their collaboration went on to include works such as Verdi's Requiem, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. Mozart's Requiem and Bruckner's Te Deum. Many of these were issued on recordings on Deutsche Grammaphon. He was the performer on the soundtrack for the film Immortal Beloved.
As a teacher, he has taught at the University of Washington School of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Aspen Music Festival and School, Glimmerglass Opera, and the Santa Fe Opera. He has conducted master classes for San Francisco Opera's Merola Program and the Canadian Opera Company. Currently, Cole is a faculty member at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Mr. Cole, born in Kansas City, studied at the University of Missouri, Kansas City before attending the Philadelphia Musical Academy and the Curtis Institute of Music. In 1977, he won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, the WGN Competition, and was awarded both the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Opera Institute grants. His career took off from there as he went on to perform principal roles with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opèra National de Paris, Paris Opera-Bastille, Teatro alla Scala, and many more. Mr. Cole became well known for his interpretation of French repertoire after singing in the Manon centennial performances with Paris's Opera Comique in 1984. Since then, he has performed singular interpretations in such roles for Lakmè, Carmen, Don Carlos, and Faust. He has been honored with numerous awards including special invitations to perform with the Harriman-Jewell Series recitals and received an honorary doctorate from William Jewell College. He also received the Alumni Award from the Conservatory at UMKC, plus the Seattle Mayor's Arts Award for outstanding individual achievement and commitment to the arts.
2017-2018 Season at a Glance:
* Lyric Opera debut
Pyotr Tchaikovsky, 1897
Sung in Russian with English subtitles
Saturday, September 30, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 6, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 8, 2017 2:00 p.m.
Director: Tomer Zvulun
Conductor: Ari Pelto*
Scenery Designer: Erhard Rom
Lighting Designer: Robert Wierzel
Onegin: Morgan Smith *
Tatyana: Joyce El-Khoury
Olga: Megan Marino
Gremin: Paul Whelan *
Filipievna: Jane Bunnell
Monsieur Triquet: Steven Cole
Zaretsky/Captain: Tim Murray*
KANSAS CITY PREMIERE
Composer: Joby Talbot, 2015
Librettist: Gene Scheer
Sung in English with English subtitles
Saturday, November 11, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 17, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 19, 2017 2:00 p.m.
Director: Leonard Foglia *
Conductor: Nicole Paiement *
Beck Weathers: Michael Mayes *
Jan Arnold: Sarah Larsen *
Rob Hall: Andrew Bidlack *
Doug Hansen: Craig Verm *
Mike Groom: Mark McCrory
Guy Cotter: Tim Murray
Giuseppe Verdi, 1851
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Saturday, March 3, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 9, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 11, 2018 2:00 p.m.
Director: David Gately
Conductor: David Charles Abell
Rigoletto: Leo An *
Gilda: Nicole Haslett *
Count Monterone: Andrew Gangestad
Duke: Scott Quinn
Maddalena: Zanda Šv?de
Sparafucile: Peixin Chen *
Marullo: Tim Murray
Giovanna: Alice Chung
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The Barber of Seville
Gioachino Rossini, 1816
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Saturday, April 28, 2018 7:30 p.m.
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Berta: Marlen Nahhas
Fiorello: Armando Contreras
Officer: Tim Murray
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HÃ¡ um certo tempo minha vida se tornou uma espiral de responsabilidades cada vez mais frequentes, fruto de recompensas e desafios com relaÃ§Ã£o Ã minha carreira e vida pessoal. Se por um lado, isso Ã© muito compensador. Por outro lado, atualmente tive que fazer escolhas. Uma delas Ã© dizer, de forma oficial, atÃ© logo!
Confesso que nÃ£o consigo fazer as coisas de qualquer jeito e tudo tem que ter tempo e qualidade, principalmente com relaÃ§Ã£o ao Perfume da Rosa Negra, um espaÃ§o virtual apaixonante sobre perfumaria que me proporcionou conhecer muita gente apaixonada por perfume e muita gente que Ã© referÃªncia em Perfumaria , que respeitou o meu conhecimento e minha paixÃ£o, alÃ©m de ter me proporcionado projetos de muito valor.
Sou grata aos leitores e a todas as pessoas que acreditaram em mim. TambÃ©m agradeÃ§o a Deus o tempo a que me dediquei intensamente ao Perfume da Rosa Negra. Fiz tudo isso com muito amor. Tive muitas alegrias mas tambÃ©m muitas decepÃ§Ãµes e tudo isso faz parte da jornada. A experiÃªncia foi sempre divina, a cada perfume e tudo estÃ¡ guardado: cada sentimento com relaÃ§Ã£o Ã s fragrancias e, cada sensaÃ§Ã£o Ãºnica atravÃ©s do olfato que eternaliza os momentos perfumados na alma. O melhor de tudo Ã© que, onde coloquei a minha marca, as pessoas passaram a conhecer mais sobre as fragrancias e o valor disso Ã© imensurÃ¡vel.
NÃ£o retorno tÃ£o logo e, por estranho que pareÃ§a, digo um atÃ© logo feliz. Sei que nÃ£o serei a primeira blogueira de fragrancias que se afasta por um tempo. Muita gente boa, de excepcional talento em perfumaria, tambÃ©m disse adeus por um perÃodo. Durante esse tempo, alÃ©m de todas as novas jornadas, quero repensar a prÃ³pria perfumaria. O Perfume da Rosa Negra nÃ£o deixa de existir. Como diria Flaubert, Perfume da Rosa Negra c'est moi. Eu sou Rosa Negra e ela vai exalar um perfume em outros cantos desse mundo.
DespeÃ§o-me feliz. Preciso levar algumas responsabilidades e projetos adiante, dentre eles estÃ¡ a perfumaria. Certamente eu voltarei e o blog sÃ³ serÃ¡ a extensÃ£o de algo muito maior porque a perfumaria estÃ¡ no meu DNA. Voltarei com mais forÃ§a e com ideias grandiosas que hÃ¡ muito tempo estÃ£o na minha mente e que sÃ³ essa bela Arte merece.
Enquanto isso, deixo-lhes o meu legado perfumado , de coraÃ§Ã£o!
Cris Rosa Negra
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|Weight Inward into Lightness: A Reading of Canoe Repair||
âCanoe Repairâ takes place at a transitional time for the main character. Zanes moves from New York City to a New Hampshire town and has to adapt to a new life and a new job, running a Laundromat, as well as to his sonâs new hang-gliding activity and his wifeâs new TV job. Thus, âCanoe Repairâ occurs at a moment when rural and urban worlds are put in âconnection and disconnection at the same timeâ (âMidcourse Correctionsâ 50). While we learn more about Zanesâ occupations, we also read a portrait of the townâs life. We discover a picture of America and its smell of âcoffee richly dripping and poppy-seed-blue corn muffinsâ (69). We read Zanesâ discussions with âSeemyon Stitching â¦ a spring immigrant from Byelorussia and a trained marathon runnerâ (62), and find out about the âpresidentâs eight oâclock message to the nationâ they listen to when âno one among the machine-users seemed to be waiting for the presidentâs speechâ (72). The story deals with the movements of people from the town who use the Laundromat and the movements of the canoe on the lake, as well as the hang-gliding and the weather.
One might describe the events in these terms. But the story is also a reflection on time and on strange, everyday moments in oneâs life. âCanoe Repairâ presents a section of a manâs life, also a canoeâs, since its repair is at the center of the storyâs multiple directions, its focus on space and movement. The story is a space where different tensions meet. It shows the strain between two worlds, two generations, between different experiences of time and perception, and between two voices telling the story. âBetweennessâ is central in McElroyâs writing. In âCanoe Repair,â âââBetweennessâ isâ¦ the crumbling edge of the interface of worlds, selves, and situationsâ (Saltzman 100). Betweenness is also at stake when we consider âMidcourse Corrections,â an unusual autobiographical interview/essay ended by âCanoe Repair.â
âIs a canoe too beautiful to be funny unless somebody falls out of it?â asks Joseph McElroy in âMidcourse Correctionsâ - âfalls out, tipping it over? Put two people in it facing forward. Whatâs the stern paddler see? Whatâs the bow paddler feel? - for the stern paddler?â(42).
These questions about canoe uses are put into practice in McElroyâs short story, independent but part of the essay, as he explains. âSome of the material in âMidcourse Correctionsâ could be said to turn into âCanoe Repairââ¦ I wanted to use âCanoe Repairâ to fulfill âMidcourse Corrections,â that peculiar interview memoir â¦ that should turn into fiction at the end.â Personal correspondence with the author, June 16, 2001.
âCorrectionsâ is itself an experiment in literary form that in many ways epitomizes the body of McElroyâs writing. âWith its inserted interviews, its odd proportions, and its highly colored perspectives of me,â McElroy writes in a letter, â[âCorrectionsâ] is a hybrid fiction, I suppose. A daydream posing as a document.â (cited in Tabbi 156)
The thematic and structural research of this âhybrid fictionâ turns into practical experience in âCanoe Repair.â The authorâs reflections upon space, motion, and perception connect to the movement of the boat on water because the âcanoe becomes an occasion to think.â Personal correspondence with the author, February 6, 2003. We can approach the story from different angles due to the openness of its particular structure linking it to the essay, of which it is also the unusual closing part. Nevertheless, it would be unfair to consider the story strictly as a conclusion to âMidcourse Corrections;â it has its own structure, dynamics, and meaning. It is a complex and intense story because of the multiple tensions we can feel in its narration.
To understand âCanoe Repair,â we have to focus on the transient aspect of Zanesâ life and its relation to tensions that appear both thematically and structurally. The text is literally at the end of the âMidcourse Correctionsâ but metaphorically âin between.â It connects to âMidcourse Correctionsâ but is autonomous. Moreover, it plays strangely with the readerâs expectations. It is organized around a double voice that disturbs the readerâs traditional way of reading. The reading, because of structural devices that put us âin between,â becomes the experience of the transition moment Zanes goes through, his shift from one world to another, his perception of the world.
Zanesâ visions can sometimes be confusing. Hence, some aspects of the story can be destabilizing to the reader. The story starts with a family scene: Zanes and his son are watching the river. A strange canoe used by a black man and a blond woman catches their attention. Zanesâ neighbor calls him afterward to fix the canoe for the blond womanâs son; the canoe captures Zanesâ attention throughout the rest of the story. Parallel to Zanesâ work on the canoe, we learn about his arguments with his son regarding the latterâs hang-gliding practice. We also get to know more about the life that goes on at the Laundromat where Zanes meets with Seemyon Stytchin and a group of young punks that disturb the community. Zanes starts a friendship with Lung, a member of this group. However, this summary contradicts the storyâs original presentation of Zanesâ world because it reassembles what is purposefully fragmented in âCanoe Repair.â We only achieve this vision of the story retrospectively because it is not told linearly.
Our expectations as readers are challenged, as David Porush notes when associating the technique of âde-automatizationâ provoked by the unsettling language of McElroyâs novel Plus. Plus â main character Imp Plus is a brain detached from its body and put in orbit to communicate with earth during a scientific experiment. When relearning ways to communicate, Imp Plus uses language unusually. Therefore, the reader is forced to see words in a different way. Imp Plus presents a new use of words that questions the systems we automatically refer to when using language. In âCanoe Repair,â the challenge to our automatisms lies in the distortions that affect the structure of the story. The compact paragraphs of âCanoe Repairâ are juxtaposed without transitions. When turning to a dialogue, McElroy does not use rules of quotation to let the reader know that the viewpoint is changing. Tabbi claims that for McElroy âthe mental text â¦ does not precede the work at all but exists instead in the work, where the reader might imaginatively participate in the compositional or self-creative effort that went into the life/workâs compositionâ (158). The activity of the reader is thus part of the structure of the short story. Disjunction calls up the readerâs activity of representation. It asks us to create a coherent image of the narrative, a coherent text. Omitting the relation between two events leaves room for the reader to fill in the blanks. This crafted incompleteness creates the structure of âCanoe Repair.â Facts have more than one logical order; the reader coordinates elements by analyzing fragments.
Thus, the reader organizes the very space of the text. We shift, for example, from âWhen he took his canoe out, Zanes also thought,â to âThe ideas knew how to get away sometimesâ in the next paragraph (59). Reading âZanes also thought,â the reader does not expect the sentence to stop at this point. S/he expects a complement to the verb âthought.â Therefore, reading âCanoe Repairâ can be somewhat frustrating; the author even ironically refers to our unsatisfied expectation when we lack a transition between the two sentences. That is why, as Wolfgang Iser notes in The Implied Reader, we have to use imagination to compensate for the gaps. The context created by the sentence: âWhen he took his canoe out, Zanes also thought,â is destroyed so that the reader steps back and reflects upon the narrative as a work of art. âThe artwork itself is represented as an artworkâ (McHale 30). The reader finds metafictional allusions that suggest a fiction conscious of its fictionality, which makes the reader understand the story at another level of representation. These metafictional moments create a disjunction in addition to the fragmenting of the plot itself.
Each blank invites interpretation and coordination. Do the gaps become the theme of the narrative? When analyzing Modern texts such as Ulysses, Iser engages the issue of semantic richness and incoherence of gaps, moments of inconsistency, disruption, or omission. He sees reading as a process the reader undergoes to synthesize fragmented elements; the reader creates meaning.
The unconnected allusions and the abrupt alternation of stylistic devices disclose a large number of gaps â¦ [that give] rise to the stimulating quality of the text. On the one hand, the density of allusions and the continual segmentation of style involve an incessant changing of perspectives, which seems to go out of control whenever the reader tries to pin them down; on the other hand, the gaps resulting from the cuts and abbreviations tempt the reader to fill them in. (Iser 213)
The structural breaks in âCanoe Repairâ might be less extreme than those in Ulysses but, similarly, the gaps and omissions become part of the storyâs theme, possibly denying thematic synthesis itself. Zanesâ fragmented thinking and his way of experiencing life are present in the style the author uses. The medium is often the message. The construction of sentences that might make us insecure reminds us that reading âCanoe Repairâ is a special experience that enables us to coordinate elements of the story and thus penetrate Zanesâ mind and his somewhat eccentric thinking. The reader, by grasping multiplicity, references, and rambling elements, maps out what is happening in Zanesâ mind. The way things get originally connected structurally mirrors Zanesâ experience of the world that also reaches for unusual connections.
How do we find our bearings reading âCanoe Repair?â The narration resists linear order. It seems laminated into different sequences of the characterâs life. Flashes are exposed with neither explanation nor transition. Joseph McElroy ânever hid the gapsâ (âNeural Neighborhoodsâ 204). Chronology is not respected; events follow a pattern of shifts from one subject to another, from one point of view to another, and everything seems important and unimportant at the same time. There is sometimes no link between consecutive sentences: âWas it my time device operating again?â and âA canoe is what makes you doâ (77). Here, gaps interfere with our sense of the evolution of the story and the progression in the characterâs life, if there is one. These gaps are caused mostly by the double narration of the story, and they are even more challenging to the reader. When we shift from, âWas it my time device operating again?â to âA canoe is what makes you doâ (77), we shift from an âIâ to an omniscient narrator. Zanesâ own perspective on his life is balanced by the omniscient narrator. To understand Zanesâ life, we need to be inside him and outside him. We need to know the world exterior to Zanesâ subjectivity to understand his reactions, hence the role of the omniscient voice.
The embedded structure of the story told by two narrators juxtaposes two sources of information. This construction enables the insertion of one perspective within another and it leads us to see Zanesâ life as an accumulation of fragments. Different perspectives provide distinct information about and approaches to the same life. Can the story be seen as a dialogue between these two poles? Unlike traditional narrations where the reader faces a set of events exposed in a linear way, âCanoe Repairâ makes the reader feel the duality of life.
McElroy constructs a dynamic that can be paralleled with the theme of the double, often present in gothic stories. In these stories, the narrator and the character are the same person, although it is usually not clearly stated in the text. In âCanoe Repair,â there is, to some extent, a renewal of the theme of the double since our character has a double voice. The schizophrenic tensions represented by the strange vision of the double in the gothic stories appear in âCanoe Repairâ in a somewhat different way. The strain between two voices can be understood as the representation of power over the development of the story.
First, the omniscient exterior narrator controls the story. Progressively, âIâ becomes dominant. At the end, rapid shifts of viewpoint break up the story. The evolution of each viewpoint implicitly lets us gather details about the context of each narratorâs intervention. The constant shift form âIâ to âheâ changes the readerâs relation to the narrator because it implies a nonlinear way to gather information. Each narrator puts the reader into a frame of mind that influences interpretation. The shifting of frames makes the readerâs activity intense. When we change frames, we have to change our interpretation. How to base our understanding of the story on a specific context when the latter is always denatured?
The two narrators fragment the story, and they produce a repetitive pattern. Each of the narrators gives us details on the same moments of Zanesâ life. The double narration is thus based on the repetition of similar life sequences. The double narration allows repetition to penetrate the narrative. It is thanks to repetition that the reader can make sense of the storyâs disconnected elements. The gaps that we apparently cannot coordinate - such as âIs there somebody over there? Zanes said. Probably, his son saidâ and âAll but one of the machines were in use that eveningâ(72) - are so large that the only way the reader can assemble the fragments of the story is by focusing on the repetitive patterns that connect these partial perspectives. We constantly come across the same moments: the observation of the canoe, meetings between Zanesâ wife and the producer of her cooking show, scenes with Lung, discussions with Seemyon, and so on. The plot offers not so much progress as recurrence, duplication, and reiteration.
In our mind, those terms are usually connected to something monotonous. Yet in âCanoe Repair,â the iteration of words, ideas, and/or themes does not result in a redundant effect on reading. The first reference to âsunsetâ (56) is echoed by â[o]ne of them materialized at sunsetâ and âat sunset a window beamedâ (57). Through repetition, meaning emerges. Repetition is not used to stop the progression of the plot: the elements of Zanesâ life are never told twice in exactly the same terms. The accumulation of repetitions creates an unusual meaning, a meaning understood through indirect means. Zanes refers to his own time: âmy time deviceâ (58), âanother timeâ (61) as opposed to âmy wifeâs cookbook, my time machineâ (69). Zanesâ experience of life does not rely on a chronological structure. When we accept repetition, we understand that time does not need to be seen as a linear progression.
Repetition lets us understand how Zanes organizes his life. The first and last moments of the story present similar scenes. âIt was sunset and the boy was angry and wanted to be somewhere elseâ (56). Zanes and his son are outside watching the canoe for the first time. The first words of the story put the reader in the middle of a situation. The first character we meet is not Zanes but his son referred to as a âboy.â He could be anybody. In that sense, the story can be considered a statement about any family life, its structure, its implicit rules, and its repetitive patterns. The reference to âsomewhere elseâ also puzzles the reader at the beginning of a story; we do not even know where the character is. At the end, we have circled back: âAbove me, I felt the presence of my son at his window. If I didnât take down the screens, it would soon be summer againâ (78).
The end is paradoxical since it does not explain the story but at the same time concludes it through indirect means. The story ends on âagain,â which alludes to an opening, a repetition of what we have read, maybe an allusion to the beginning if we think of the circularity of the repetitive pattern of the narration. On the other hand, the allusion to the coming summer ends with a period. Spring will soon be finished. We note here again the parallel between the first scene and the last one since the story opens on the ending of something, of a day. We are at a time when Zanes makes a pause in his life. His work on the canoe is what âmakes [him] doâ (77). His crafting the canoe changes aspects of his life, his relationship with his family and his community. The end of spring makes a kind of conclusion to the story but, at the same time, it opens the story toward a new time period. The conclusion and the opening lead us to different interpretations. We face some conflicting perception of time and closure. Depending on the type of time framework one has in mind, things can be open or closed; that is where the tension originates. The last and first scenes teach us to pay attention to how things are repeated in variation in the story. Both scenes point to a double direction. By examining this process, one understands that repetition is used to let one access Zanesâ subjective knowledge.
In the two scenes, the son and the father are both watching another place, an outsider place. They disagree on the hang-gliding activity. But this tension gets somewhat resolved at the end when they both look again in the same direction. An open conversation about this issue never appears in the story. Tensions are solved indirectly: âIs the leak like worry, no more than worry?â (75). The boat becomes the center of our attention; it is a place where Zanesâ concerns are to be projected and fixed too. The leak of the boat is associated with Zanesâ life: âWhen you left your job last year you were taking what you had and making it flow into a new system rather than holding onto what had been used. It would have leaked away if you had not made it move into a new systemâ (63). The canoe becomes a system of reference we share with Zanes to understand his life. The changes he goes through are projected into the repairing of the canoe, and thanks to the details of the crafting we understand the adjustments of his own life.
Connection is hidden where we cannot see it at first sight, where we do not expect it. For instance, a paragraph describing Zanes canoeing ends, âA wind was coming up, and I heard a breathing sound of paddlingâ (65). The next paragraph begins, âHe treaded water and in his mind smelled fish scales. A wind came up. Zanes felt a wash against his domeâ (65). The wind coming up appears twice, but the repetition is not identical because it lets us collect different details about Zanes canoeing. The first time, the wind relates to sound, while the second time it is linked to smell and then touch because of the sensation of âwash.â The different senses are connected to the same moment of Zanesâ life, and we gather this general image as well as its fragmented aspect thanks to repetition. Zanesâ sense of the world is not constructed upon a close frontier between things. Wind and breath become one; canoe and lake become one. To Zanes, âthe beautiful canoe could loosen in your mindâ (73). The different parts of his life (his relationship to Lung, his son, his wife, the canoe, the neighbor) are permeable. They communicate in an unusual way because they get to influence one another without ever being purposely or directly connected. The apparently rambling progression of the content of the story mirrors Zanesâ vision of life. As a result, the nonlinearity guides us.
The relationship between âCanoe Repairâ and âMidcourse Correctionsâ emphasizes the reflections on moments of ârepairâ or âcorrectionâ in oneâs life. The two works present pauses at a transitional time. The reading of âCanoe Repairâ is the reading of images and themes mapped out in a paradigm linking scattered elements from the story, âMidcourse Corrections,â and the readerâs world. McElroyâs variation on themes common to both âMidcourse Correctionsâ and âCanoe Repairâ is close to Andy Warholâs technique in a series such as Marilyn. Like the painter, the author chooses a theme and modulates it. This project changes the narrative framework and our reaction to it. We can consider âMidcourse Correctionsâ and âCanoe Repairâ to be doublings on a similar project: both pieces give different perspectives on the same thing, the way âCanoe Repairâ also gives partial perspectives on the same plot. When reading âCanoe Repair,â the reader may have âMidcourse Correctionsâ in mind. Both pieces are meant to add to each other.
In that sense, McElroy ârepeat[s] something now to make you remember something then and set[s] you up for something laterâ (Kawin 34). The reiterations linking the two pieces can be understood as emphases on moments that create echoes in the readerâs network of references. In âMidcourse Corrections,â McElroy writes that his essay is written to âinterrupt, interleave, break diverse kinds of documentsâ (10). âCanoe Repairâ can be read as the application of such a project to fiction. The gaps are motivated by a wish to mix disconnected âdocuments.â Tabbi notes that the interviews âare like a fictionâ (160). In that sense, the frontiers between the essay and fiction are blurred because of their connections. Tabbi also claims, âMcElroy locates his compositional self in the space between plural subjectivitiesâ (160). The double narration of the story pluralizes Zanesâ subjectivity in a parallel way.
Structurally, the two pieces are surprisingly close. âMidcourse Correctionsâ is a combination of three interviews interrupted by the authorâs reflections, âINSERTS,â and â workpoints.â The short story and the autobiographical essay display a structure that accepts gaps and emphasizes echoes that connect the two texts. The substance of the canoeâs texture is mirrored by other parts of the essay:
INSERT: hinge turning: remember those trick hinged pieces of wood that were really constructed with curiously attached canvas strips?
An essay like that. An interview. A sentence fly-by that manufactures its own canvas in the space it also generates out of a music its thought spun off. (âCorrectionsâ 20)
The crafting activity of canoe repair is paralleled by the composition of writing. The textsâ themes and images branch into one another. As McElroy expresses it, the âmixed metaphor of [his] work extends a fluid trial. Like a mixed metabolism and through the pulmonary winding also unfolding and exfoliation of the sentenceâs plot it holds exchanges even between incompatiblesâ (âCorrectionsâ 15). A paradigm of images is used to progressively construct the original way Zanes conceives his world. We understand how in the story, incompatibles such as âweightâ and âlightnessâ can correlate. In the canoe, âthe noble forcing of the ribs into this oval narrow form turned the weight inward into lightnessâ (67). In oneâs life âcorrectionsâ and ârepairâ bring âweightâ and âlightnessâ in contact. Traditional oppositions are reconciled in âCanoe Repair.â
The Laundromat is a place where clothes are washed, but it also becomes a place to meet, a place where life is concentrated. In addition, when Zanes thinks ârowing looks like workâ (58), we see how things can serve different purposes. For Zanes, things do not have a unique meaning. Commonly, a Laundromat is used for washing. The rowing activity is meant to move a boat. However, experience changes the use of things. Zanes gives them a power to influence the world indirectly. His time influences the âreal time;â his vision of space dialogues with the âreal space.â
The reader adapts, concentrating on the unsettling aspects of Zanesâ representation of the world, and it participates in the creation of a simultaneous immobility and movement as when âthe canoe [is] moving but â¦ [is] stillâ (56). The apparent contradiction of this statement is illustrated by the structure of the story, which is partly why we may wonder if the canoe or the landscape is moving. Referring to a similar moment of immobility and movement in Hindâs Kidnap, Tony Tanner explains that âwe are all familiar with such optic illusion pictures which can be read in more than one way, often as focus shifts so that figure and ground seem to change placesâ (219). This optic effect is rendered by the way the story is told. The process of perception alters the representation of time and space: â[t]he lake was part of the canoeâ (58).
When reading the description of the canoe, we have an example of a moment when âthe eye following the line of something creates motion.â Personal correspondence with the author, June 16, 2001.
Its grand lines flared to a beam so wide it seemed low and was. Which end was which? Ribs curved with a beautiful singleness up to the gunwales, and, out of the bent tension in which they seemed to grip and bow the ribs, as you ran your eyes over it and felt it the canoe developed a force of tightness and actual lift, as if the noble forcing of the ribs into this oval narrow form turned the weight inward into lightness. (67)
The passage describes the canoe precisely and technically - âribs,â âgunwales.â We are so close to the ribs of the boat that we get an impression of immensity. The sentences saturated with commas and information prevent us from picturing a full image of the canoe. Each small detail gets enlarged so that each part seems to expand itself infinitely. The movements are underlined: âflared,â âcurved,â âbent,â âgrip,â âbow,â âlift,â âturned.â The canoe is still but its description creates motion.
This passage can be seen as a micro-structural template for the way the story evolves. The story is the combination of different lines gathered into a unique moment. Indeed, there is a network of words that refer to either abstract images or other words linked to the movement of the boat in the story. The circuitry of words and their relation to other words is as important as what the words refer to. The formal fragmentation and disconnection lets us experience literally what happens in Zanesâ mind. The narrator explains Zanes has a ârestless mindâ (60) but never explicitly explains what it means. He never gives a full description of the way Zanes orders his thoughts. We access the definition of Zanesâ ârestless mindâ through the organization of the story. The tensions inviting for ârepairâ in Zanesâ life are present at any level of the text without ever being clearly expressed. The slow paths of the narration, its fragmentation, and its echoes are images of the canoe which itself reflects the tensions at stake in Zanesâ life.
These descriptions let us experience a different sense of space but also reveal the storyâs sensual approach to the world. Zanesâ readjustments orient and transform his vision. Things are examined, and their perception is detailed when Zanes describes his wife swimming, for instance: âHe imagined her, and he knew her words had reached some reservoir in his brain, where she was swimming at night, the luminous things like tiny muscular wakes lit up her thighs and the curve of her backâ (60). The âluminous things like tiny muscular wakesâ are observed with attention, and remind us of a vision of a sculpted body where forms and relief are emphasized. Narration zooms in on details of surfaces, and the intense observation of body parts and of the canoe makes a paradigm of sensual representations. The story pays attention to the concrete surface of things: the canoe looks like a âdeer swimmingâ (56). Things and people are described minutely, and the scale used is so close that the images of the story appear as details of a painting. The details Zanesâ vision focuses on remind us of the indirectness of his actions. Zanes pays attention to things in their details and cannot always see the overall framework of these things. Similarly, he cannot perceive the outcomes of all his actions.
McElroy refers to ââ[a]ttentionâ [as] a rather cold word [he] use[s] to suggest that the ways in which we embrace the world and embrace other people can be more precise and clear than we think sometimesâ (Anything 248). Zanesâ attention to the canoe and to his breath, for instance, as he feels the âair filling the space of [his] chest to be measured by another timeâ (60), is his way to âembrace the world.â His attention to the world indirectly penetrates his relationships. Zanesâ precise description of the exterior world lets us access his interior world. We understand, when paying attention to the depiction of his environment, why âthe lake [is] part of the canoeâ (58). Peopleâs lives are permeable, their energies travel into one another. Zanesâ activities involuntarily connect to other areas of his life. The clearer vision of life that appears when Zanes repairs the canoe gets transferred in mysterious ways to the other parts of his life. Different aspects of Zanesâ life influence one another, although it is not clear to him or us how they connect.
The flashes and fragments emphasized in the sequences of the story are used to represent the world: âit is the very abundance of perspectives that conveys abundance of the world under observationâ (Iser 226). The canoe is personified by Zanesâ interest in it: âA body was what it wasâ (73). Zanesâ observations change our perception of the canoe. It is compared to a lover, an animal, and a body: âhe almost loved the canoeâ (67), â[t]he canoe attracted others to it, they were in its futureâ (75), and â[a] canoe is what makes you doâ (77). Intensity changes the characterâs visions of the world.
This intensity also affects the way time is represented in the story. Perception is altered. Likewise, time is distorted. McElroy refers to âthe arranging of things in space, the motion of things and persons in space. Time dissolved into spatial relations.â Personal correspondence with the author, June 16, 2001. When Zanes asks, âwhat if space was time?â (72), his question could be considered as a comment on the devices used by the author. In âCanoe Repair,â time is peculiar since it is fragmented and does not follow a plain progression. McElroy writes in âMidcourse Correctionsâ that his writing is to be understood as âmodifications of language editing the rhetoric of whatâs inside and not disclaiming faith that the words really rendered things and motions outside - and outside, somehow, consciousnessâ (13). The subjective experience of Zanesâ time is spatialized in the story. âOutsideâ and âconsciousness,â connected in âMidcourse Corrections,â become the pivot of âCanoe Repair.â
The story covers approximately seven months (âOne bright mid-September afternoonâ  to âsummer soonâ ), but the vision we have is the vision of an infinite time without bearings or perhaps a very short time so dense that the notion of its temporality is not valid. The sentences are constructed in order to convey the circuits and canals of Zanesâ stream of consciousness and even his perception process sometimes. Time is altered by perception and becomes spatialized in the story. We think about the witty reference to the Times and the âtwo Timeses for the price of oneâ (âCorrectionsâ 19) that could ironically summarize the treatment of time in the short story where subjective time is juxtaposed to seasonal time. When reading âCanoe Repair,â we face two experiences of time: one that is subjective and distorted by experience, and the other that is universal and related to the seasons referred to in the story. The original structure of the story, its fragmentation, and connections to âMidcourse Corrections,â is a means for the author to present a subjective system of perception.
When allowing the defamiliarizing elements of the story to change our reading, we penetrate a new experience of the world, of perception, and of time. For example, the image of the canoe passing is a recurrent pattern in the short story: âIt came out of a cove as quiet as a deer swimmingâ (56), â[t]he canoeâs animal flanks and low length absorbed the two paddlersâ (57), â[t]he lake was part of the canoeâ (58), â[t]reading water, my hand upon the overturned canoeâ (65), and so on. These allusions create a network of references to the symbolical meaning of the slow movement characteristic of an infinite moment. The personal experience of Zanesâ time transforms the time of the story: âBut he wondered what the long bark canoe felt like. Its length and strong delicacy. Its secret speed. Its timeâ (64). The canoe has its particular pace, its own time. Reading âCanoe Repairâ is experiencing canoe(ing) time.
Culler, Jonathan. On Deconstruction. Theory and Criticism after Structuralism. London: Routledge, 1983.
Kawin, Bruce. Telling it Again and Again. Repetition in Literature and Film. Ithaca and London: Cornell UP, 1972
Iser, Wolfgang. The Implied Reader. Patterns of Communication in Prose Fiction from Bunyan to Beckett. Baltimore and London: John Hopkins UP, 1974.
McHale, Brian. Postmodernist Fiction. London: Routledge, 1996.
McElroy, Joseph. âCanoe Repair.â The Review of Contemporary Fiction 10. 1. (Spring 1990): 56-79.
_____ âMidcourse Corrections.â The Review of Contemporary Fiction 10. 1. (Spring 1990): 9-56.
_____ âNeural Neighborhoods and Other Concrete Abstracts.â Tri Quarterly 34 (Fall 1975): 201-17.
LeClair, Tom and Larry McCaffery. Anything Can Happen: Interviews with Contemporary American Novelists. Urbana: University of Illinois P,1983.
Porush, David. The Soft Machine: Cybernetic Fiction. New York: Methuen, 1985.
Saltzman, Arthur. The Novel in the Balance. Columbia: U of South Carolina, 1993.
Tabbi, Joseph. Postmodern Sublime. Technology and American Writing from Mailer to Cyberpunk. Ithaca and London: Cornell UP, 1995.
Tanner, Tonny. Scenes of Nature, Signs of Men. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge UP, 1987.
|U.S. Department of Justice Indicts Russian National and Bitcoin Exchange||
|Happy Independence Day, Finland!||Good thing we got out of Russia when we did. Russia sucks. Lately more than usual.|
|Israel revisited||Back from the trip to Israel. Here are some observations (some of them just for myself, some could be useful for other tourists).|
It was a somewhat overwhelmingly social holiday, but it was awesome to see everyone we managed to see, and in fact we didn't even manage to see everyone who was there. Next time, I guess, or maybe they'll visit me here in sunny Finland.
Not surprisingly, there were a lot of historical sites, good restaurants, and awesome beaches.
I wasn't sure if the early November was a bit too late in the year, but it wasn't. The temperature varied from 16 (Jerusalem) to 32 (Ein Bokek), and there was just one rainy day. The water was warm (25 or so) both in the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea.
November is off-season, most national parks close early, like at 3pm.
Jerusalem is full of tourists, and Tel Aviv and the Dead Sea have quite a few, but the national parks are almost empty apart from some school groups.
There are a lot of public toilets, almost all of them free. The ones in the restaurants are often unisex. Although pretty much anywhere I've been in Asia, from Turkey to Japan, they had more public toilets than pretty much anywhere in Europe.
The public transportation doesn't work from Friday sunset till Saturday sunset. If you are not in a religious area, some restaurants and convenience stores will be open.
The stores appear to stop selling beer by 11pm. Not sure if it's a law, company policy, or Tel Aviv city ordinance.
They are building and renovating a lot.
Almost everyone speaks very good English, and a lot of people speak very good Russian as well, but most of the written stuff is written only in Hebrew, so unless you read Hebrew you will feel a bit lost while shopping for groceries. I generally asked some friendly local people for help, and they always helped.
The places we stayed at were Tel Aviv - Jerusalem - Ein Bokek - Haifa - Tel Aviv. Did day trips to Herodion, Sorek cave, Masada, Ein Gedi, Mamshit, Ein Avdat, Avdat, Beit Guvrin, Akko, Tel Megiddo, Beit She'an and Tsippori.
Here's place by place, with links to the pictures:
Tel Aviv: a big city with a lot of restaurants and the greatest beach ever. Lots of Bauhaus buildings but they didn't impress me. Some nice markets. Yafo old city. A very nice area in the old port.
Jerusalem: I am sure even a bad tourist guide will have more details than I can describe here. One thing that a bad tourist book might not mention: the Western Wall tunnels.
Herodion: Herod's palace. You can go up the mountain, and then down inside the mountain.
Haifa: many residential neighborhoods are on the mountain, which makes for pretty cool views on the city. The main tourist attraction is the Bahai shrine gardens. The area around Sderot Ben Gurion has a lot of nice cafes.
Akko: a very pretty Arab town reminiscent of a few medieval places in Southern Europe. An undeground tunnel, a pretty mosque, and the underground crusader city in the citadel. Don't miss the genuine crusader toilet seat.
Ein Bokek: a touristy place on the Dead Sea shore. There is nothing there, really, except some Russian tourists (not many, because it's out of season) and one decent restaurant, but the sea looks lovely at sunrise, and it's a good base for visiting a lot of sites. The biggest minus: the pool and the beach closed at 5pm. WTF is that?
Sorek (Soreq, Avshalom, whatever) cave: a little but beautiful cave with stalactites, beautifully lit. In a way you've seen one of them, you've seen all, but I still enjoyed it. Quite a way down from the parking lot. The tour was supposed to be guided and photography forbidden, but the guide didn't mind us wandering around and taking pictures without flash.
Masada: the famous fortress on a high hill. If your map app is showing you two entrances you really want to use the one from direction of the Dead Sea. This one has a cable car, the other ones doesn't.
Ein Gedi: we came there late and didn't see much besides the rock hyraxes. Loved watching the rock hyraxes though.
Mamshit and Avdat: old Nabatean towns. Very interesting. There are two more, but we didn't have time for that. If you have even less time, Avdat is the biggest of the four.
Ein Avdat, aka Avdat canyon, not to be confused with Avdat. A canyon right next to Avdat. Also a national park, with a separate ticket. The entrance about 4 kilometers north from Avdat (the only one Google Maps currently show) is the top entrance, from where you can look at the canyon from above, and are not allowed to go down (falling in is also forbidden). If you want to come in from below (that's where all the really nice pictures are taken) and climb up, use the entrance near Ben Gurion university (may the road signs be with you).
Beit Guvrin: that's a really big and great park, and when the park rangers tell you what to see in what order they really know what they are talking about. Bell caves (beautiful, unusual and easily accessible), Sidonian burial caves with paintings, the ruins of Maresha and much more.
Tel Megiddo: not really that much to see, except that you get to tell your friends that you've seen the real Armageddon site. If you do get up there, don't miss the Hellmouth, aka the water system. you can go down there. It's right on the way from Haifa to Beit She'an, so if you are going there you might as well.
Beit She'an: a huge and awesome Roman ruin. Don't miss.
Tsippori/Zippori: beautiful mosaics and lots of cactuses.
|Happy Independence Day, Finland!||Good thing we got out of Russia when we did. Russia sucks. Lately more than usual.|
|The truth is sometimes stranger than a teenage boy's sarcasm||As I have mentioned before, our geography teacher (in the USSR) once gave us the following speech:|
"Many people complain that we don't have enough trousers. Trousers, however, are not important. They, like all the other textiles, are light industry. What's really important is the heavy industry, like iron and coal, so that we can produce enough tanks and win in Afghanistan."
"I think trousers are a lot more useful than Afghanistan," said one kid who didn't have much sense of self-preservation. "Why did we invade Afghanistan anyway? Do they," he added hopefully, "maybe have trousers?"
Anyway, today I started reading Svetlana Alexievich's Zinc Boys - a collection of interviews with soldiers and civilian employees who were sent to Afghanistan in the eighties, and the family members of the ones who didn't make it back. And yes, it turns out that they did in fact have trousers, in a much greater variety than Russians at the time, and that people who were returning to the USSR were bringing with them lots of clothes and electronics (such as tape recorders and VCRs) that they couldn't get in the USSR. A couple of interviewees specifically mentioned the shortage of swimming trunks in the USSR at the time, and how they just had to bring them from Afghanistan.
I still suspect that it would have been more efficient to produce trousers instead of tanks under the circumstances.
|Happy Independence Day, Finland!||Good thing we got out of Russia when we did. Russia sucks.|
|Dear Lord,||If you have any sense of justice at all, please make a 10-meter saguaro cactus grow out of Putin's chair, and right up his ass, right as he speaks to the Russian parliament. This will be a most impressive display of your might, much better than burning bushes. Besides, a burning bush is not very well visible through the pants.|
|Dear Russian leaders||I am not your citizen. I have never even seen your country since its establishment in 1991, and I would like to keep it that way. However, I do speak the same language, and intend to continue doing so, and I am starting to feel your undying love for me. Again.|
I was born in the USSR, lived there for 16 years, and, like all the citizens, was very much loved by the authorities. This love was expressed in not allowing people to leave, or allowing it only with great difficulty. I think that if you express such a love for your partner in a civilized country, it is called unlawful restraint and punished by several years of imprisonment; the Soviet authorities, however, wrote their own laws and had nobody who could put them in prison where they so obviously belonged.
Eventually we did manage to leave, and the Soviet authorities had better things to do that loving us at a distance - after all, they had all of Eastern Europe to love.
In 1989 the Eastern block started disintegrating, and in 1991 the Soviet Union fell apart, and all the citizens held in the country by authorities' love finally had the opportunity to leave. For a while Russia had other things to do than to express forcible unrequited love to people beyond its borders. Now, however, you are at it again.
Your president just said that you consider it your right to protect the Russian-speaking people beyond your borders. Yes, that means me. Now face it: every single Russian speaker who left Russia and lives as a member of a minority beyond your borders is there because he or she, for one reason or another, chose not to live as member of the majority within your borders. And every single Russian speaker who was born outside of Russia in the other parts of the former Soviet Union and would actually prefer to live as a part of a Russian majority, is still outside Russia because you did not make him or her welcome. It's your country, of course, and you don't have to make them welcome unless you want to, but you appear to have a disturbing tendency to only welcome them when they come with their own land - or somebody else's.
You, of course, are not the only ones to have wanted to love and protect me when I had absolutely no desire to be loved or protected. Several times in my life I have encountered men who wanted to love and protect me in the same way. They had to be convinced otherwise, usually with the help of heavy or sharp objects. When a guy comes up to me in a street at night, saying things like "nice tits" or "wanna fuck" or "I have a huge dick", I am not particularly concerned, because they usually just annoy me for a while and go away. When a strange man comes up to me and says that he would like to walk me home and protect me, I immediately start looking for something heavy, because these situations have always ended in violence.
There are two key differences here. First of all, those men were strangers, and you are publicly known. Unfortunately whatever is known about you does not work in your favor at all. Second, those men's expressed desire to protect me makes me look for an empty bottle or suchlike. When you say you want to protect me, I feel like looking for a good-sized nuclear arsenal.
Anyway - on some level I wish I could really share my feelings, but for that I would need the aforementioned nuclear arsenal, which I don't currently have, and besides it would hurt a lot of innocent civilians who haven't even voted for you. So, could you just please bugger off together with your love, and leave us in peace? Preferably before somebody's feelings get expressed by weapons.
|Peter Wegner (1932-2017)||passed away yesterday morning at the age of 84. As a child he escaped Stalinist Russia and Nazi-occupied Austria the latter via the Kindertransport to England. Wegner would go on to be an important computer scientist at Brown working on CS research and education.|
With Dina Goldin, Peter Wegner developed a notion of interactive computation and used it to argue for the incompleteness of the Church-Turing thesis. While I didn't agree with this interpretation, I appreciated Wegner's efforts to understanding the basic nature of computing. Peter Wegner later organized an ACM Ubiquity Symposium What is Computation? where he sought many view on the question, including my own.
Peter Wegner said "In computer science we work with possibilities and hope weâll someday be able to solve them." Here's to all things possible.
|Best way to travel across Canada||Canada is the second largest country in the world by size, bested only by Russia. With a country this large, you can imagine it has some of the best tourist attraction sites for its travelers. People love Canada for its rich and stable economy, which often compares to its neighbouring country America, but its the […]|
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|What do you mean, "They cut the power"? How could they cut the power, man? They're animals!||It was a gorgeous weekend in Rickeyâs neck of the woods and he rose to the occasion by making good on his pledge to get working on his garden. Is there anything better than spending a sunny afternoon ferrying to-and-fro from Home Depot and nailing together pieces of wood in the back yard? Rickey suspects not. Thereâs no way you can help but to feel like an alpha male when doing this sort of thing. Behold, an engineering marvel second only to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon: What youâre looking are several 3âx6âraised beds filled with a mixture of garden soil and manure. (After spending a day watching Rickey handling cow dung, Mrs. Henderson has taken to refer to him as her âshitty husband.â) Rickey fully expects that this rich black dirt, darker than the volcanic ashes of Mt. Vesuvius, will yield a bountiful harvest this year. â¦Well, thatâs assuming the local fauna decide to leave anything for Rickey.|
See, the very first night after Rickey sowed a bed with cucumber and spinach seeds, ravenous animals descended under cover of darkness to root up Rickeyâs labors.
AND SO IT BEGINS.
Sure, these critters were here well before Rickey moved in, but they donât pay the taxes, and must therefore be subjugated to the will of man. Was the culprit the rabbit that Mrs. Henderson saw bounding under the shed out back, his hunger undeterred by her foolish Neville Chamberlainesque peace offering of baby carrots? Weâre thinking yes, but other potential suspects include chipmunks, possums, and raccoons.
Rickey was considering arming himself against this menace, but purchasing a gun probably isnât the best move here. Rickey has already bought a lot of fertilizer and is exploring the possibility of picking up high powered growlights as well. Add a firearm to that list, and well, weâve got to believe that thereâs some sort of FBI watch list that Rickey would be popping up in. So Rickey did the next best thing he could doâhe installed chicken wire over the bed. Look at what Rickey hath wrought with his hands!
Now these babies are on LOCKDOWN. As impenetrable as a Russian gulag. Thereâs even a power outlet right next to the beds should Rickey feel the inclination to electrify them!
After this grueling work, Rickey celebrated with a BBQ. We think weâll just let these pictures speak for themselves.
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|The ECB Gave Cyprus Its Gun To Play Russian Roulette||Cyprus is now holding the ECBâs gun to its own head. Either way, in the end, it will pull the trigger.|
|Sonia Rykiel, Designer Known As The 'Queen Of Knitwear,' Dies||If fashion is art, Sonia Rykiel is considered a master. Women's Wear Daily dubbed her the "queen of knitwear" â though she was the first to admit she didn't know how to knit â and her designs have been shown in museums . Rykiel, who had Parkinson's disease, died Thursday morning at her home in Paris. She was 86. Artistic, independent, rebellious, Rykiel embodied the intellectual chic and feminism of Paris in the late 1960s. She wanted women to look both powerful and sexy. Above all, she wanted to give them complete freedom of movement. Knitwear wasn't new when she started making clothes, but Rykiel made it fashionable. With vibrant stripes or simple black, her clothes hugged a woman's body. "She rejected linings and embraced exposed seams, defiantly decreeing that the sweater should be worn against the naked skin," according to her website . The famously redheaded Rykiel was born to Russian and Romanian parents just outside Paris in 1930. She once said that having Slavic roots meant|
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|Day of the Zombie Repack Version|
Day of the Zombie Repack Version
Release Date: 2009
Language: Russian | English
Mirrors: PutLocker | UPaFile | BillionUploads
Free download PC Game Day of the Zombie Full Version - This game made by Groove Games. Basically the exact same thing as Land of the Dead but with a new single player and a few new features.
story mode is funner and set up better than lotd too, though the story is kinda weak and stupid. you play as 3 different people: a college student looking for his lady, a college janitor trying to save his school (thinks it's all student pranks), and an army soldier (trying to find civilians i guess).
Minimum System Requirements
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2. Mount or burn
4. Play the game
Note: If you want to change the language, you must find zombie.ini in system folder and change line language=rus to language=int
|Post Apocalyptic Mayhem-PROPHET|
Post Apocalyptic Mayhem-PROPHET
Release Date: 04-2014
Language: English | French | German | Italian | Spanish
Polish | Russian | Japanese
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Free download PC game Post Apocalyptic Mayhem Full Version - lets you race and battle heavily-modified vehicles through numerous breathtaking tracks and lay waste to other racers in over-the-top vehicular mayhem. You can use special vehicle abilities to cause spectacular destruction to enemy cars as you fight and speed to victory. Youâll experience remarkable speeds, hilarious and violent weapons, reinforced vehicles and various exhilarating tracks.
This version includes the vehicles: Kitty, Nucloid and the Veteran and tracks: Death Area 8, Airplane Cemetery and Abandoned Sawmill. Also it includes the Chaos Pack DLC. Game version is 1.03.272.
Minimum System Requirements
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1. Unpack, burn or mount
2. Install the game
3. Copy the cracked content from PROPHET dir
4. Go To Hell!
1. PL, UPa, FW, BU Interchangeable Links
2. Total part: 4 / 250 MB
3. Total file : 864 MB
Release Date: 04-2013
Language: English | German | French | Italian | Spanish | Russian
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God Mode combines non-linear gameplay, fast and frantic shooting, hordes of on-screen enemies, and a fully functional online coop mode. Matches rarely ever play out the same, as dozens of in-game modifiers can significantly alter the gameplay on the fly. Characters are fully customizable, both in appearance and equipment, which continually evolve. Gold and experience is constantly accrued and used to unlock new satisfying weaponry and unique powerful abilities, both of which can be further upgraded.
Minimum System Requirements
Recommended System Requirements
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4. Copy over the cracked content from the /Crack directory on the image to your game install directory.
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from going online.
6. Play the game, change party settings to LAN.
7. Support the software developers. If you like this game, BUY IT!
1. PL, UPa, BU Interchangeable Links
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|THE ART OF THE (TRUMP AND PUTIN) DEALSay youâre Vladimir Putin,...|
THE ART OF THE (TRUMP AND PUTIN) DEAL
Say youâre Vladimir Putin, and you did a deal with Trump last year. Whether there was such a deal isÂ being investigated.Â But if you are Putin and you did do a deal, what might Trump have agreed to do for you?Â
1. Repudiate NATO. NATO is the biggest thorn in your side â the alliance that both humiliates you and stymies your ambitions. Trump seemed intent to deliver on this during his recent European trip by bullying members about payments and seemingly not reaffirming Article 5 of the pact, which states that any attack on one NATO ally is an attack on all. (Heâs backtracked on this since then, under pressure from Congress.)
2. Antagonize Europe, especially Angela Merkel. Sheâs the strongest leader in the West other than Trump, and youâd love to drive a wedge between the United States and Germany. Your larger goal is for Europe to no longer depend on the United States, so you can increase your influence in Europe. Trump has almost delivered on this, too. Merkel is already saying Europe can no longer depend on America.
3. Take the United States out of the Paris accord on the environment. This will anger Americaâs other allies around the world and produce a wave of anti-Americanism â all to your advantage. Youâd also love for the whole Paris accord to unravel because you want the world to remain dependent on fossil fuels. Russia is the worldâs second-largest exporter of oil after Saudi Arabia, and biggest exporter of natural gas. And the oil and gas industry contributes about half the revenues to your domestic budget. And, hey, thereâs also all those Arctic ports that are opening up now that the earth is warming.Â Trump has delivered on this.Â
4. Embark on a new era of protectionism. Or at least anti-trade rhetoric. This will threaten the Westâs economic interdependence and loosen Americaâs economic grip on the rest of the world. Trump is on the way to delivering on this one.
5. End the economic sanctions on Russia, imposed by the United States in 2014. Oil production on land is falling so you want to tap the vast petroleum and gas reserves offshore in the Arctic. In 2011, you and ExxonMobilâs Rex Tillerson, signed a $500 billion deal to do this. But the sanctions stopped it cold. Trump has promised to lift them, but he hasnât delivered on this yet, because he has got to cope with all the suspicions in America about his deal with you. Once it dies down, heâll end the sanctions. In the meantime, heâll give you back the two compounds that were seized by the Obama administration when the U.S. intelligence discovered youâd interfered in the election.
And what might you have agreed to do for Trump in return?Â
Two things: First, youâd help him win the presidency, by hacking into Democratic Party servers, leaking the results, sending millions of fake news stories about Hillary to targeted voters, and tapping into voter lists.Â
Second, after he was elected, youâd shut up about your help so Trump wouldnât be impeached and convicted of treason.
In other words, if you did a deal, you both still have every incentive to fulfill your side of it. Thatâs the art of the deal.
|THE CASE FOR OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICEObstruction of justice was...|
THE CASE FOR OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
Obstruction of justice was among the articles of impeachment drafted against both Presidents Nixon and Clinton. The parallel between Nixon and Trump is almost exact. White House tapes revealed Nixon giving instructions to pressure the acting FBI director into halting the Watergate investigation.
Two weeks after Trump told Comey privately âI need loyalty. I expect loyalty,â he had another private meeting with Comey in the Oval Office. After shooing out his advisers â all of whom had top security clearance â Trump said to Comey, according to Comeyâs memo written shortly after the meeting, âI hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.â
Then on May 9, Trump fired Comey. In a subsequent interview with NBC Trump said he planned to fire Comey âregardless of [the] recommendationâ of the Attorney and Deputy Attorney General, partly because of âthis Russia thing.â Trump also revealed in the interview that he had had several conversations with Comey about the Russia investigation, and had asked Comey if he was under investigation.
The federal crime of obstruction of justice applies to â[w]hoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication influences, obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the lawâ in a proceeding or investigation by a government department or agency or Congress.
As in Nixonâs case, a decision to support an âinquiry of impeachmentâ resolution in the Houseâto start an impeachment investigationâdoesnât depend on sufficient evidence to convict a person of obstruction of justice, but simply probable cause to believe a president may have obstructed justice.
Thereâs already more than enough evidence of probable cause to begin that impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump.
|Live Video of Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing||The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Wednesday morning about foreign agents and attempts to influence the U.S. election. The panel is among the bodies investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Senators had requested Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, to appear as witnesses. Instead, they are in closed-door discussions for now.|
|Live Video Stream: Senate Confirmation Hearing of New FBI Director||Christopher Wray, President Trumpâs nominee for FBI Director, faces the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday for his confirmation hearing. Wray would replace James Comey , whom Trump fired in May. Wray served in the Justice Department under President George W. Bush and currently works on white-collar crime at an international law firm. Given Comey's dismissal and ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. election and potential ties to the Trump campaign, senators are expected to press Wray on his independence and integrity.|
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|Daytona 24 Hours (VTR iRacing stream)|| It's been 5 and half years since Vaderâ¢ Trophy Racing closed the doors of its successful GTP endurance racing programme, but for one race only WE'RE BACK*!|
There's been thoughts of a reunion race of some sort for a couple of months now, and as iRacing's Road Warrior Series kicks off with the Daytona 24 hours later today, we thought it the ideal opportunity to make it happen.
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The race itself kicks off today at 1pm GMT, and I've set up a Twitch account to stream the bits where I'm awake (even when I'm not driving). For those interested in tuning in:
Team: Vader Trophy Racing
Time: 1pm start until around 5pm, then 1:30am until chequered flag (GMT)
Notes: Teamspeak on, language warning, British humour possible
iRacing's 24 Hour promo video:
* There may be other races if we felt this one was more fun than pain. ;)
** Some may have tuned in to our radio broadcast the last time we raced at Daytona, around 8 years ago. Dave and I shared a car, and together with our other car, spent the entire race taking the proverbial out of the newly formed and rubbish Russian 36 Team, who, it later turned out, had been listening to our radio all along...
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Thursday, August 12, 2004
The following is a sampling of my top ten "urls" for the past week or so. By signing up with Furl (it's free), anyone can subscribe to an e-mail feed of ALL my urls (about 100-250 per week) -- AND limit by subject (e.g., ITO) and/or rating (e.g., articles rated "Very Good" or "Excellent"). It's also possible to receive new urls as an RSS feed. However, if you'd like to receive a daily feed of my urls but do NOT want to sign up with Furl, I can manually add your name to my daily Furl distribution list. (And if you want off, I'll promptly remove your e-mail address.)
* Build a Better Enterprise Application (on Web services and SOA; great review of all the pertinent issues)
Other best new selections (in no particular order):
* Adaptive Document Layout via Manifold Content (PDF) (another hit for Microsoft, this article proposes a user interface for authoring and editing Web content for different form factors; think formatting for ubiquitous devices and pervasive computing)
* A New View on Intelligence (on XML & EII, et al) (thoroughly enjoyable -- so good, I almost blogged it; insightful perspective)
* InfoWorld Special Report: Has desktop Linux come of age? (IMHO, a resounding "No!!" But there are other perspectives worth considering. I still think it's a lot of wishful thinking.)
* Negotiating in Service-Oriented Environments (PDF) (A slightly annotated excerpt: "The concept of delivering software as a service is relatively simply: 'do not buy software, simply use it as and when you need it'. Putting such a concept into practice, however, is far more complex and involves many issues. In this article, we address the question: What are the characteristics of a market for software services?" Hot topic, good paper.)
* Real Time Means Real Change (so much talk about the so-called "Real Time Enterprise"; this article takes a look at the realities behind the hype of the "RTE")
* Information Scent on the Web (PDF) (Courtesy of PARC, you need to read this for yourself; Google as The Matrix idea -- worse yet, The Time Machine Reloaded In reality, useful perspectives for Web designers.)
* Offshoring/Outsourcing: Fragile - Handle With Care (a brief but rather comprehensive overview; points to the various aspects of ITO and BPO along the IT value chain)
* IT Spending For Comprehensive Compliance (original article linked; good review of the various opportunities "thanks" mostly to SOX)
* The Executive's Guide to Utility Computing - ROI of Utility Computing (a broad perspective on utility computing, different from what is usually published)
Examples of urls that didn't make my "Top Ten List":
> Benchmarking Study Shows 75 Percent of Enterprises Deploying Web Services (need I say more?; includes stats on ebXML and grid computing, too)
> Probabilistic Model for Contextual Retrieval (PDF) (a sneak peek at Microsoft's emerging search technology?) See also Block-based Web Search, courtesy of Microsoft Research Asia (Beijing) and Tsinghua University, arguably China's best (the latter article is not urled; from the recent SIGIR conference). If you think Google is the last word in search, think again.
> Where To Find New Growth Prospects And What Challenges Need To Be Overcome (necessary action items and preferred geographic regions; China <not Russia, Brazil or the Czech Republic> comes in the number two slot after North America)
> CIO Magazine: Are We Happy Yet? (on ITO and BPO) (dumb article title, but smart content; good metrics to consider, including a take on SLAs)
> Developing Killer Apps for Industrial Augmented Reality (restricted access) (this page provides some complimentary information to the restricted access selection, although it's not urled). I just noticed something: The apps section of IEEE CG&A is edited by two mil guys, one from the (U.S.) Office of Naval Research and the other from the U.S. Army simulation and training office. Hey, who says all the good engineering jobs are outsourced!? Frankly, I believe that the best American engineers can always find jobs within DoD or the intelligence community. Besides, they do all the truly fun computing stuff!! Trust me, there isn't so much fun stuff done at Oracle.
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Monday, July 12, 2004
In this posting, I'd like to address something that is seemingly a bit mundane: ERP in China.
Two articles in the current issue of the Communications of the ACM (CACM) caught my eye. The first, titled "Why Western Vendors Don't Dominate China's ERP Market" is a good read. (See http://tinyurl.com/27w9d .) After reading this article, it's safe to say that Bamboo Networks (especially with their .NET ERP solution, which is something even Microsoft doesn't have), Kingdee, UFSoft and a few other domestic ERP vendors don't have much to fear from the "globals" -- although SAP and Oracle collectively hold about 25% of the market, which isn't bad. Textbook blunders on the part of (mostly American) software vendors. To request a copy of this article click on http://tinyurl.com/28eat .
The other article is titled, "ERP in China: One Package, Two Profiles." (See http://tinyurl.com/2r45p .) According to this paper, more than 1,000 Chinese sites had an ERP system by the end of 2001, costing billions of dollars. Nearly 300 were on SAP. (The figures differ slightly from the above cited CACM paper.) ERP sales in China are projected to triple in five years from a US$1 billion base in 2002. (Note: I'm not sure if the author meant through 2007 or 2009.) A good quote regarding partnering opportunities: "With China's accession to the World Trade Organization, many multinational enterprises are rushing to establish operations in China and/or interact with Chinese business partners." (My emphasis.) For those on this list attempting to attract foreign direct investment, read the part which says, "establish operations in China."
The paper noted that although ERP projects in China rarely hit even ECO/ECN-adjusted delivery schedules, they rarely exceed the planned budget. (In contrast to the States where ERP is almost always late AND over budget. In the States, taking on an ERP project is akin to playing Russian Roulette.) The article goes on to mention eight differences between ERP projects in state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and private ventures. The findings demonstrate that when it comes to ERP projects, private ventures in China are very similar to private ventures in the States. SOEs act like, well, SOEs: Bureaucratic nightmares galore. To request a copy of this article click on http://tinyurl.com/2eve2 .
There is another good article in the July issue of CACM: "Demystifying Integration," which includes a listing of and brief take on dozens of domain-independent and -dependent standards and specifications for application integration. Good stuff for a systems integrator. To request a copy of this article click on http://tinyurl.com/3ysvx .
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What does the CEO of a systems integrator dream about? How about being one of the first companies to partner with a BEA or Siebel? (When I thought about this, all choices seemed rather awful!! )
Need some help finding the next BEA? Turn to the AlwaysOn Network 100. For perspective, see http://tinyurl.com/23p3u . Last year's winners included several companies that IPO'd (including Salesforce.com, Opera), companies in line to IPO (including Google, RightNow) and several other hot companies. Frankly, their record so far is the best I've seen (albeit it's still a bit too early to draw any firm conclusions). For a listing of this year's winners (to be announced this upcoming week at Stanford -- Go Cardinal!), see http://tinyurl.com/25j9s . If I had the time (which I don't), I'd go through this list with a fine-tooth comb. IMHO, it's better than the listing of presenters at Enterprise Outlook or DEMO ... although the DEMO companies are a lot more fun!!.
Another list worth reviewing is Forrester's selection of the best Web design firms. (See http://tinyurl.com/3bq5z .) Critical Mass, AGENCY.COM and SBI.Razorfish take top honors. Everyone tends to look toward the top 500 systems integrators in the States for partnering opportunities. However, don't discount the elite among the U.S. Web design firms. Many compete in an extremely cost conscious environment where much less expensive Java programming from a partner in China could be a win-win for all three parties: The SI in China, the Web design firm in the States, and the U.S. client.
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'Sparkling Burgundy' eucomis, surrounded by a swirl of foliage.
With the wedding just past, and the honeymoon--plus an all day volleyball tournament--looming on the horizon... the eucomis isn't the only thing surrounded by a swirl of activity! I'm writing this GBBD post on Saturday the 11th, and setting it to auto-post on the 15th... so if anyone has questions about the plants in the picture above, I'll answer them next week. :-)
What's in bloom in my garden today:
Lonicera sempervirens, the native honeysuckle - 'Black and Blue' salvia - 'Paprika' yarrow - 'Rotstrahlbusch' panicum virgatum - New Guinea impatiens - Dragonwing begonia - Russian sage - red snapdragons - 'Hameln' pennisetum - red pennisetum - lantana - 'Blue Daze' convolvulus - burgundy salvia - all three dahlias - plumeria - Brazilian verbena - various hosta
To see what's blooming around the world today, check out the GBBD post from Carol at May Dreams Gardens!
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I think I'm in denial about this month's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Because if it's REALLY July 15th, then it's really less than 3 weeks until my wedding day... and I feel like there's so much to be done between now and then!
But I like to keep the GBBD records each month for my own knowledge, so here's a quickie post to show what's in bloom in my yard:
Other things that are in bloom - July 2012
Annuals: 'Bonfire' begonia, 'Vista Burgundy' salvia, unnamed coral/orange portulaca, 2 different red New Guinea impatiens, red begonias, 'Hopi Red Dye' amaranth, ruby orach, red pennisetum, orange snapdragons, verbena bonariensis, stephanotis, 'Black and Blue' salvia gauranitica
(Holy RED, Batman! I didn't realize I had planted so much hot-colored stuff this year!)
Perennials & Shrubs: Blue globe thistle, 'Caradonna' salvia, the deep wine yarrow whose name I can never remember, the red sedums, blue shrub clematis, Russian sage, 'Purple Dragon' lamium, catmint, 'Albury Purple' St John's wort, bronze fennel, 'Grosso' lavender
Herbs and Veggies: All of the tomatoes, 'African Blue' basil, Thai basil, lemon verbena, all of the peppers. Noticeably absent: No flowers yet at all on my tomatillo!
As always... For more of what's in bloom around the world, check out Carol's July Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post over at May Dreams Gardens. :-)
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|ibiza, spain|| although ibiza is most renowned for its all-night-dionysian-techno-hump-fests it also affords some amazing meditarranean moments, not to mention, being the supposed home of christopher columbus as well as a muse for many artists including brian eno, jimmy page, albert camus, and bob dylan (who spent a summer in a windmill writing in these islands). of course, as luck would have it...actually, let's call it 'mercy' - a dear friend of mine, elliot moore (the most open dude i know), gave me his aunt's info who happens to live on ibiza (she deserves her own posting, of which i will write later). nonetheless, we got in touch and she told me to come on out. i left my russian friends and headed south determined to find the most epic and cheapest way to get to the islands. upon arriving in the port town of Denia, i made my way to the private docks to ask folks if i could get passage on their boat in exchange for work. this did not work - at least this particular time. so, i decided to spend my last euros on ferry. but i was too late and the faux-hawked british girl in front of me in line at the ticket office got the last available space on the night ferry. "ok, no worries...you are living life as an adventure to be lived, not a problem to be figured out" i say to myself as i leave the office and head into the shipping yard. sitting on my flybar, i watched the movements of another docked ferry for about 15 minutes and decided to sneak onto it as a stowaway (long story for the southern sun in boulder). mission accomplished only to find out in the early morning that it wasn't going to ibiza, rather a repair yard (thank God i got caught) - thus, leaving me no other option than to sleep on a park bench and catch the next morning's ferry at 6am. which i did.|
other tramps and trampings...
after connecting with the lovely, johnnis lunow (elliot's aunt), i wandered into the metropolitan areas of eivissa town whereupon i met some kindred hearted travelers waiting out the sun's midday heat under some shade in the plaza del parque. we got jugglers, musicians, poi-fire dancers, magicians...basically a bunch of cool looking girls and guys who look like they were all braveheart extras. the dreadlock mullet is humming over here...
anyway, i meet pablo and maru...two kids in their early twenties from the canerie islands on their summer break. they are beautiful together and totally in love. over the course of the next few days everytime i looked at them i would hear the guitar seagulls from don henley's classic song, "boys of summer". turns out, pablo is a rockclimber. we share jubilation for a few seconds and then he drops mad science on me about some great spots to climb here in abiza...
atlantis y es vedra
over the next few days we organize a camping and climbing trip with a few other transients from ibiza's beach squatting summer sub-culture. the excitement brewing during the bus ride away from the noisy city, and the hike into another part of the island quickly turned to gasping amazement as we arrived at the zenith of our trail to see these epic land masses rising out of the ocean.
this is es vedra and people talk about the "energy being really good here" - nostradomas purportedly talked about it, too...something about this being the place to be when the end of world comes. no shit, sherlock. who wouldn't want to be?
anyway, we find an amazing place to call home for next several days underneath a giant boulder on the edge of the land and sea.it is here where we sleep in til 10, prepare humble potpurri meals of rice and anything else we can find to mix in, scratch ourselves like cavemen, and of course, conduct spanish/english lessons like a pack of oxford dons. this is all interrupted by occasional exploratory excursions, swims, siestas, scratching faces and figures into sand cliffs, and fantastic ocean bouldering - of which the pictures speak for themselves.
alex finds his way while tio pibo coaches from the drink
pablo is very laid back...except when he's climbing. then he's more like a pissed off lion.
pay it forward
a few days into our trip, we ran out of water and tio pibo and i volunteered to hitch hike back to the nearest town to obtain el jugo de vida. liquid gold, man. enter, david and laura from valencia, spain...another couple sojourning and laughing their way through life.david just returned from 6 months in india where he was studying reiki, yoga, and thai massage.
he has an old converted van/home. it was very comfortable to go to the store in. i am putting a picture of them here b/c they are real live examples of people who are kind, happy, and loving life without having much money at all. also, because they embody a musing of one of their fellow spainards -pablo picasso, when he said, "i am constantly doing that which i cannot do, in order that i may learn to do it." amen. not only did david and laura give pibo and i a ride to the store, they turned around and gave us a lift back to trail into atlantis...which was totally out of their way and totally a blessing to us as the sun was in a bad mood that day. keep learning, guys...keep loving.
a few more pics...
|note to self|
ok, so the farm thing was not a good idea...note to self: lonely middle-aged german women running farms = unnecessary drama
cool digs, though - eh?
my mother gave me a book a few years ago by parker palmer - let your life speak - in it, palmer drops mad science about how to live well, but my favorite piece of advice for when encountering tough situations is: "if you canÂ´t get out of it, get into it".
this has been mantra time for me (traveling always is) and these recent days have been the only recent time that i have reminded myself of palmerÂ´s words and used the escape hatch. ha! when someone projects victimhood vibes onto you and starts yelling at you for not sharing the load (in the capacity that maybe a co-owner of a farm might), and in conversation they vascillate between manic exuberance and grief, then it is time to go. even if the sun is setting and you donÂ´t know where you are headed - just that anywhere is better than here.
so, as i pack my bags i remind myself of napoleonÂ´s advice to his soldiers, "On sÂ´engage et puis on voit" (jump in and then figure it out). i leave a note for the woman encouraging her to sell her overrun farm and get into community, clean my area, say a prayer of thanks and blessing, hulk the flybar over shoulder and head for the highway. first dude i see: road construction worker
"disculpe, senor...ustedes van a amposta ( name of the nearest town)?"
" no, pero vamos a tortossa."
" ok, esta bien si mevoy con ustedes?"
"si. no problema...esperate por alli (wait over there - near a construction shed)."
boom. ride secured. three moroccan homies cranking out an immigrant living in the unrelenting spanish heat, concrete dust in their ears, hair, and encrusted around their mouths. itÂ´s 8:00 pm, their hands calloused but hearts softened, and they welcome me into their car. they take me back the way i had hitchhiked three days earlier and dropped me off near a river. i am on my last 20 euros. i remind myself that i did everything i could have to make peace with pyscho farm woman and that there is no guilt available for me to own, and i walk into town to get some ice cream. it tastes damn good. costs 2 euro - i need the remaining 18 for food (8) and travel(10) over the next two days. i meet 8 or so high schoolers who want to see me jump on the flybar. salta! salta! salta! they love it... i help them do it, and then watch this - the give me 10 euro. what? "no, es gratis!", i say. they wouldnÂ´t have it - a truck load of more friends pulls up and we are all jumping, laughing and they want to give me this gift of money for my travels. que amable. how kind.
heart full of wonder, i head to nearest pub to watch germany v. italy and drink a celebratory beer in honor of my countryÂ´s independence from england (july 4th) and as well, for my independence from the creeping illusion of comfort and security at the farm - which was beginning to break the rhthym of trust that i had going. after the first half i go for a walk and find a different place to watch the game. better vibe, young people, families, "regulars". upon entering, i receive weird looks (customary when carrying around flybar, or perhaps b/c i kind of look like charles manson right now) - and then, "hey! hey! de donde eres tu?" i retort back my original coordinates, and this spunky, fit, overly- bronzed russian woman invites me to sit down with her husband and 8 others gathered around the table. itÂ´s noisy, the game is blaring, plates of food being passed back nÂ´forth. these people have known each other a long time.
after answering a barrage of questions i begin to ascertain that these folks are all neighbors and that it is one of their birthdays. a huge plate of potatoes, onions and the leg of some animal are generously slopped down in front of me. "eat! eat!" i am floored with surprise. an hour ago i was pinching pennies and now iÂ´m eating a free meal with a table full of loud, beautiful russian immigrants and their neighbors. it gets better...
i was planning on sleeping in the local park and then making my way south in the morning. change of plans. this is why: nathalie explains to me that her neighbor, igor, needs to call australia in the morning for business, but cannot speak or understand english. " you stay at his house tonight and help him in the morning! ok?" i laugh. accept. throw back another shot of birthday vodka for igor.
italy wins in overtime, we shut the place down with the owners (who began drinking with us), jump on the flybar outside, and then head home to igorÂ´s house on foot. i get into a conversation about franco (spainÂ´s former fascist dictator), el che, and fidel with a kind-eyed spainard and we all say our two-kiss farewells. igorÂ´s wife is over the top. she insists on taking all of my clothes and washing them (even the clean ones), shows me the shower and then makes a bed for me on their couch. that is where iÂ´ll leave you, b/c that is where i am.
faith. hope. love. -donnie
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|The Beckoning of Nuclear War|
SUBHEAD: A glimpse of sanity, or simple pragmatism, is anathema to our "national security" managers.
By John Pilger on 4 August 2017 for JohnPilger.com -
[IB Publisher's note: As much as Trump may not wish a nuclear exchange with Russia, he seems quite amenable to turning North Korea into an ashtray. World War III may begin in Guam and relay to Hawaii on its way to the US mainland. Here in Hawaii it may mean Duck and Cover!]
Image above: Detail of original paperback cover of Nevil Shute's 1957 novel "On the Beach". From (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/267542034087528868).
In Nevil Shute's book "On the Beach" the US submarine captain says;
"We've all got to die one day, some sooner and some later. The trouble always has been that you're never ready, because you don't know when it's coming. Well, now we do know and there's nothing to be done about it."
He says he will be dead by September. It will take about a week to die, though no one can be sure. Animals live the longest.
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper
These two lines from T.S. Eliot's poem The Hollow Men appear at the beginning of Nevil Shute's novel On the Beach, which left me close to tears. The endorsements on the cover said the same.
Published in 1957 at the height of the Cold War when too many writers were silent or cowed, it is a masterpiece. At first the language suggests a genteel relic; yet nothing I have read on nuclear war is as unyielding in its warning. No book is more urgent.
Some readers will remember the black and white Hollywood film starring Gregory Peck as the US Navy commander who takes his submarine to Australia to await the silent, formless spectre descending on the last of the living world.
I read On the Beach for the first time the other day, finishing it as the US Congress passed a law to wage economic war on Russia, the world's second most lethal nuclear power. There was no justification for this insane vote, except the promise of plunder.
The "sanctions" are aimed at Europe, too, mainly Germany, which depends on Russian natural gas and on European companies that do legitimate business with Russia. In what passed for debate on Capitol Hill, the more garrulous senators left no doubt that the embargo was designed to force Europe to import expensive American gas.
Their main aim seems to be war - real war. No provocation as extreme can suggest anything else. They seem to crave it, even though Americans have little idea what war is. The Civil War of 1861-5 was the last on their mainland. War is what the United States does to others.
The only nation to have used nuclear weapons against human beings, they have since destroyed scores of governments, many of them democracies, and laid to waste whole societies - the million deaths in Iraq were a fraction of the carnage in Indo-China, which President Reagan called "a noble cause" and President Obama revised as the tragedy of an "exceptional people"He was not referring to the Vietnamese.
Filming last year at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, I overheard a National Parks Service guide lecturing a school party of young teenagers. "Listen up," he said. "We lost 58,000 young soldiers in Vietnam, and they died defending your freedom."
At a stroke, the truth was inverted. No freedom was defended. Freedom was destroyed. A peasant country was invaded and millions of its people were killed, maimed, dispossessed, poisoned; 60,000 of the invaders took their own lives. Listen up, indeed.
A lobotomy is performed on each generation. Facts are removed. History is excised and replaced by what Time magazine calls "an eternal present".
Harold Pinter described this as "manipulation of power worldwide, while masquerading as a force for universal good, a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis [which meant] that it never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest."
Those who call themselves liberals or tendentiously "the left" are eager participants in this manipulation, and its brainwashing, which today revert to one name: Trump.
Trump is mad, a fascist, a dupe of Russia. He is also a gift for "liberal brains pickled in the formaldehyde of identity politics", wrote Luciana Bohne memorably. The obsession with Trump the man - not Trump as a symptom and caricature of an enduring system - beckons great danger for all of us.
While they pursue their fossilised anti-Russia agendas, narcissistic media such as the Washington Post, the BBC and the Guardian suppress the essence of the most important political story of our time as they warmonger on a scale I cannot remember in my lifetime.
On 3 August, in contrast to the acreage the Guardian has given to drivel that the Russians conspired with Trump (reminiscent of the far-right smearing of John Kennedy as a "Soviet agent"), the paper buried, on page 16, news that the President of the United States was forced to sign a Congressional bill declaring economic war on Russia. Unlike every other Trump signing, this was conducted in virtual secrecy and attached with a caveat from Trump himself that it was "clearly unconstitutional".
A coup against the man in the White House is under way. This is not because he is an odious human being, but because he has consistently made clear he does not want war with Russia.
This glimpse of sanity, or simple pragmatism, is anathema to the "national security" managers who guard a system based on war, surveillance, armaments, threats and extreme capitalism. Martin Luther King called them "the greatest purveyors of violence in the world today".
They have encircled Russia and China with missiles and a nuclear arsenal. They have used neo-Nazis to instal an unstable, aggressive regime on Russia's "borderland" - the way through which Hitler invaded, causing the deaths of 27 million people. Their goal is to dismember the modern Russian Federation.
In response, "partnership" is a word used incessantly by Vladimir Putin - anything, it seems, that might halt an evangelical drive to war in the United States. Incredulity in Russia may have now turned to fear and perhaps a certain resolution. The Russians almost certainly have war-gamed nuclear counter strikes. Air-raid drills are not uncommon. Their history tells them to get ready.
The threat is simultaneous. Russia is first, China is next. The US has just completed a huge military exercise with Australia known as Talisman Sabre. They rehearsed a blockade of the Malacca Straits and the South China Sea, through which pass China's economic lifelines.
The admiral commanding the US Pacific fleet said that, "if required", he would nuke China. That he would say such a thing publicly in the current perfidious atmosphere begins to make fact of Nevil Shute's fiction.
None of this is considered news. No connection is made as the bloodfest of Passchendaele a century ago is remembered. Honest reporting is no longer welcome in much of the media. Windbags, known as pundits, dominate: editors are infotainment or party line managers. Where there was once sub-editing, there is the liberation of axe-grinding clichÃ©s. Those journalists who do not comply are defenestrated.
The urgency has plenty of precedents. In my film, The Coming War on China, John Bordne, a member of a US Air Force missile combat crew based in Okinawa, Japan, describes how in 1962 - during the Cuban missile crisis - he and his colleagues were "told to launch all the missiles" from their silos.
Nuclear armed, the missiles were aimed at both China and Russia. A junior officer questioned this, and the order was eventually rescinded - but only after they were issued with service revolvers and ordered to shoot at others in a missile crew if they did not "stand down".
At the height of the Cold War, the anti-communist hysteria in the United States was such that US officials who were on official business in China were accused of treason and sacked. In 1957 - the year Shute wrote On the Beach - no official in the State Department could speak the language of the world's most populous nation. Mandarin speakers were purged under strictures now echoed in the Congressional bill that has just passed, aimed at Russia.
The bill was bipartisan. There is no fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans. The terms "left" and "right" are meaningless. Most of America's modern wars were started not by conservatives, but by liberal Democrats.
When Obama left office, he presided over a record seven wars, including America's longest war and an unprecedented campaign of extrajudicial killings - murder - by drones.
In his last year, according to a Council on Foreign Relations study, Obama, the "reluctant liberal warrior", dropped 26,171 bombs - three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day. Having pledged to help "rid the world" of nuclear weapons, the Nobel Peace Laureate built more nuclear warheads than any president since the Cold War.
Trump is a wimp by comparison. It was Obama - with his secretary of state Hillary Clinton at his side - who destroyed Libya as a modern state and launched the human stampede to Europe. At home, immigration groups knew him as the "deporter-in-chief".
One of Obama's last acts as president was to sign a bill that handed a record $618billion to the Pentagon, reflecting the soaring ascendancy of fascist militarism in the governance of the United States. Trump has endorsed this.
Buried in the detail was the establishment of a "Center for Information Analysis and Response". This is a ministry of truth. It is tasked with providing an "official narrative of facts" that will prepare us for the real possibility of nuclear war - if we allow it.
Video above: "On the Beach" the complete 1959 movie from Nevil Shute's novel. From (https://youtu.be/Ue8hC5qqMt4).
|Just wait a little while|
SUBHEAD: Youâll have to earn everything worth having, including self-respect and your next meal.
By James Kunstler on 7 August 2017 for Kunstler.com -
Image above: Aarly 20th century Russian painting of "A Peasant Leaving His Landlord on Yuri's Day" by Sergei V. Ivanov. From (https://www.kp.ru/radio/26511/3430500/).
The trouble, of course, is that even after the Deep State (a.k.a. âThe Swampâ) succeeds in quicksanding President Trump, America will be left with itself â adrift among the cypress stumps, drained of purpose, spirit, hope, credibility, and, worst of all, a collective grasp on reality, lost in the fog of collapse.
Hereâs what you need to know about whatâs going on and where weâre headed.
The United States is comprehensively bankrupt. The government is broke and the citizenry is trapped under inescapable debt burdens. We are never again going to generate the kinds and volumes of âgrowthâ associated with techno-industrial expansion.
That growth came out of energy flows, mainly fossil fuels, that paid for themselves and furnished a surplus for doing other useful things. Itâs over.
Shale oil, for instance, doesnât pay for itself and the companies engaged in it will eventually run out of accounting hocus-pocus for pretending that it does, and they will go out of business.
The self-evident absence of growth means the end of borrowing money at all levels. When you canât pay back old loans, itâs unlikely that you will be able to arrange new loans.
The nation could pretend to be able to borrow more, since it can supposedly âcreateâ money (loan it into existence, print it, add keystrokes to computer records), but eventually those tricks fail, too.
Either the ânon-performingâ loans (loans not being paid off) cause money to disappear, or the authorities âcreateâ so much new money from thin air (money not associated with real things of value like land, food, manufactured goods) that the âmoneyâ loses its mojo as a medium of exchange (for real things), as a store of value (over time), and as a reliable index of pricing â which is to say all the functions of money.
In other words, there are two ways of going broke in this situation: money can become scarce as it disappears so that few people have any; or everybody can have plenty of money that has no value and no credibility.
I mention these monetary matters because the system of finance is the unifying link between all the systems we depend on for modern life, and none of them can run without it.
So thatâs where the real trouble is apt to start. Thatâs why I write about markets and banks on this blog.
The authorities in this nation, including government, business, and academia, routinely lie about our national financial operations for a couple of reasons.
One is that they know the situation is hopeless but the consequences are so awful to contemplate that resorting to accounting fraud and pretense is preferable to facing reality.
Secondarily, they do it to protect their jobs and reputations â which they will lose anyway as collapse proceeds and their record of feckless dishonesty reveals itself naturally.
The underlying issue is the scale of human activity in our time. It has exceeded its limits and we have to tune back a lot of what we do. Anything organized at the giant scale is headed for failure, so it comes down to a choice between outright collapse or severe re-scaling, which you might think of as managed contraction.
That goes for government programs, military adventures, corporate enterprise, education, transportation, health care, agriculture, urban design, basically everything. There is an unfortunate human inclination to not reform, revise, or re-scale familiar activities.
Weâll use every kind of duct tape and baling wire we can find to keep the current systems operating, and we have, but weâre close to the point where that sort of cob-job maintenance wonât work anymore, especially where money is concerned.
Why this is so has been attributed to intrinsic human brain programming that supposedly evolved optimally for short-term planning. But obviously many people and institutions dedicate themselves to long-term thinking.
So there must be a big emotional over-ride represented by the fear of letting go of what used to work that tends to disable long-term thinking. Itâs hard to accept that our set-up is about to stop working â especially something as marvelous as techno-industrial society.
But thatâs exactly whatâs happening. If you want a chance at keeping on keeping on, youâll have to get with realityâs program. Start by choosing a place to live that has some prospect of remaining civilized. This probably doesnât include our big cities.
But there are plenty of small cities and small towns out in America that are scaled for the resource realities of the future, waiting to be reinhabited and reactivated.
A lot of these lie along the countryâs inland waterways â the Ohio, Mississippi, Missouri river system, the Great Lakes, the Hudson and St. Lawrence corridors â and they also exist in regions of the country were food can be grown.
Youâll have to shift your energies into a trade or vocation that makes you useful to other people. This probably precludes jobs like developing phone apps, day-trading, and teaching gender studies.
Think: carpentry, blacksmithing, basic medicine, mule-breeding, simplified small retail, and especially farming, along with the value-added activities entailed in farm production.
The entire digital economy is going to fade away like a drug-induced hallucination, so beware the current narcissistic blandishments of computer technology.
Keep in mind that being in this world actually entitles you to nothing. One way or another, youâll have to earn everything worth having, including self-respect and your next meal.
Now, just wait a little while.
|South Korea's stubborn peace effort|
SUBHEAD: Peace movement refusing to give up is taking the long view of its campaign.
By Jon Letman on 4 August 2017 for Truth Out -
Image above: Jeong Young-hee is a Korean tangerine farmer in Gangjeong village on Jeju island. Like many residents, she strongly opposes the newly built South Korean naval base just two miles from her farm. Photo by Jon Letman. From original article.
In August, 1945, as Japan smoldered in the ruins of war, the question of what would become of the Korean peninsula after 35 years of Japanese occupation and a Soviet army advancing southward spurred the hasty selection of an artificial division along the 38th parallel drawn by two American officials as a border between US and Soviet "zones of occupation."
That line, never intended to be permanent, hardened like stubborn mud before the newly liberated Korea ever had the chance to form an independent, unified and democratic nation. Today 38Â°N still marks a potentially catastrophic flashpoint between North and South Korea.
The DMZ -- demilitarized zone -- despite its name, is one of the most militarized places on the planet. This hyper-militarization, in fact, extends south across the peninsula and today, 64 years after an armistice halted (but never formally ended) the Korean war, South Korea remains peppered with scores of US military installations -- at least 80 by the Pentagon's own count.
US bases, and the 28,500 US troops and joint military exercises they support, are not only opposed by North Korea; many South Koreans see them as a problematic construct that perpetuates the likelihood of war.
Despite frequent media coverage of North Korea's highly choreographed military parades, increasing missile launches, and Kim Jong-un's threats to turn Seoul into a "sea of fire," far less attention is paid to South Korea's tireless, well-organized peace movement opposed to militarism on both sides of the DMZ.
South Korean civil groups and NGOs like People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy and the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions are skilled at forming coalitions with peace activists and religious groups opposed to a military buildup, which they see as increasing tensions with the North and militarization across Northeast Asia.
Your Old Farm Is Our New Base
Image above: Candle light protests have been held outside the Seongju County office nightly since the deployment of the THAAD antimissile defense system was announced in July 2016. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
With the bulk of US bases concentrated in and around Seoul and within range of North Korean artillery, the US is in the middle of a major realignment of its forces as it consolidates bases, moving tens of thousands of troops, their families and civilian contractors to US Army Garrison Humphreys in the city of Pyeongtaek, 40 miles south of Seoul.
In 2002, when the US announced its plan to triple Humphreys in size, Pyeongtaek residents living around the base organized fierce protests that raged for five years.
Thousands of police were deployed, citizens were arrested and villages were demolished. In the end, however, the base's walls were pushed outward, and Camp Humphreys grew from just over 1,000 acres to more than 3,400 acres, making it the US's largest overseas military base in the world.
Now in the final years of construction, US Army Garrison Humphreys is equipped to serve as the new headquarters for the Eighth US Army and US Forces Korea command center.
Image above: A representative of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions holds an anti-THAAD banner at a demonstration in Soseong-ri, Seongju County, South Korea. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
The Humphreys expansion is slated for completion by 2020 and will eventually be home to up to 46,000 military and civilian personnel living and working behind razor wire-topped walls and gates.
The $10.7 billion expansion, the US's largest-ever peacetime military construction project, is being paid for overwhelmingly (around 90 percent) by the South Korean government. In 2016, Gen. Vincent Brooks (now head of US Forces Korea) publicly stated that it's cheaper to station US troops in South Korea than in the United States.
The Humphreys expansion does have supporters in the community, and many businesses have come to depend on the US military's presence.
Pyeongtaek's city government, unable to refuse the influx of thousands of US forces, has done its best to promote Humphreys' expansion as an opportunity to court non-military business and infrastructure investment and push for internationalization through increased cultural exchanges with military personnel and their families.
Still, many residents view the base as an unwelcome intrusion on Korean sovereignty and a source of crime, pollution and noise from military aircraft like F-16s, A-10 Thunderbolts, Chinook and Apache helicopters.
Image above: Demonstrators march toward the former golf course in Seongju County where the controversial THAAD antimissile defense system is being deployed by the US. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
Since 2002, Kang Song-won of the Pyeongtaek Peace Center has been working closely with residents from communities affected by Humphreys, particularly those who were forcibly relocated from the villages of Daechu-ri and Dodu-ri. Kang works with volunteers to monitor military incidents and accidents around the base.
Beyond the noise and inherent danger, he told Truthout the most harmful impact of Humphreys' expansion has been the deep divisions sown in the community between base supporters and opponents.
Giving up, however, is not an option. "Even though we lost the fight against the US military, I think it is still necessary to keep fighting ... against the problems of the US military base," Kang said.
Island of Peace, Tides of War
Image above: US Army Garrison Humphreys is a helicopter base in what will soon be the the United States' largest overseas military base. Just beyond the fence are small farming villages. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
An hour's flight south of Seoul is sub-tropical Jeju island. Home to nine UNESCO Global Geoparks and a World Heritage site, the volcanic island is renowned for its natural beauty and biodiversity both on land and sea. Jeju has also been heavily developed for tourism. On the south coast, in Gangjeong village, is the site of a new Korean naval base.
Muddying its primary purpose, the base is sometimes called the Jeju Multipurpose Port Complex and is touted as having a (future) dual civilian-military function, but for now it's strictly a Korean naval base and headquarters for the South Korean Navy's Mobile Task Force Flotilla-7, which includes Aegis warfare destroyers, KDX III helicopter destroyers and a submarine force command.
Like the expansion of Camp Humphreys, the 2007 announcement of the Jeju naval base sparked widespread outcry from residents opposed to the militarization of what was dubbed "Island of Peace" in recognition of Jeju's horrific April 3 massacre (1947-54).
In that massacre, as many as 30,000 island residents were killed by Korean forces over a seven-year period beginning in 1947 during the US military administration that occupied the southern part of the Korean peninsula immediately after the August 1945 defeat of Japan.
As in Pyeongtaek, Jeju base protesters clashed with the police for years. Base opponents, including the former mayor, were arrested and heavily fined but in the end, the base was built.
Image above: Many of the residents protesting against the deployment of the THAAD antimissile defense system are elderly farmers who don't want their remote mountain village to be militarized. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
Tangerine farmers Jeong Young-hee and her husband Kang Sung-won have been growing Jeju's famous citrus varieties for 30 years in greenhouses less than two miles from the base. Young-hee and Sung-won are concerned about the environmental impact of the base, especially the effects on the sea -- including soft corals, sea urchins, abalone and other marine life -- and the destruction of what was a sacred lava rock coastal field called Gureombi.
Construction on the base is not yet complete. Young-hee and Sung-won worry that as it grows, if a future exclusion zone (a zone that would restrict new construction) is declared, it would surround their farm, almost certainly driving down land values.
Peeling one of her sweet hallabong oranges, Young-hee explains how the base has caused a rift between friends and family members. The base has also divided many citrus farmers and Jeju's famous Haenyeo free divers. "Our relationship was destroyed," says Young-hee, who joined her male counterparts in shaving her head as a gesture of protest against the base.
Image above: Retired Catholic priest Father Mun Jeong-hyeon holds a daily mass along along a roadside site that doubles as a protest against the Jeju naval base in Gangjeong village, Jeju island. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
In the early days of the struggle, when base opponents pointed fingers at the US accusing it of pressuring South Korea (also known as the Republic of Korea), South Korean officials denied that the base would permanently host US warships.
This year, in March and June, US warships made their first visits to the Jeju base with short, inconspicuous port calls similar to what was recommended in a 2013 US Army War College strategy research project. Last January, US Pacific Command's Adm. Harry Harris suggested the possibility of deploying the US's newest, most lethal stealth destroyer, the USS Zumwalt to Jeju waters.
The Jeju navy base became operational in February 2016. Resistance continues daily, with activists gathering each morning in front of the entry gate to perform one hundred bows as a nonviolent, meditative protest.
Nearby, in a roadside tent chapel, retired Catholic priest Father Mun Jeong-hyeon leads a daily mass, before joining protesters who gather with flags and banners playing raucous music outside the base.
The mood of the protesters is defiant and the message is serious: they want a shift away from militarization of the Korean peninsula and northeast Asia.
This week (July 30-August 5), for the eighth year since 2008, apeace march is underway, in which activists are walking from the Jeju naval base around the island to raise awareness of the continuing struggle and to call for peace.
In Defense of Who?
Image above: Guards look out from behind a razor wire fence surrounded the new South Korean naval base on Jeju island, South Korea. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
South Korea's latest struggle against militarization began in July 2016 in rural, traditionally conservative Seongju County 135 miles south of Seoul.
Residents of Seongju and neighboring Gimcheon were caught off guard when the central government, under deposed President Park Geun-hye, offered Seongju to the US as a location for the US antimissile defense Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.
For more than a year since that announcement, daily protests have been taking place in Seongju and elsewhere around the country. In June, an anti-THAAD protest of several thousand people briefly and peacefully surrounded the US embassy in Seoul.
THAAD manufacturer Lockheed Martin says the system is intended to defend "US troops, allied forces, population centers and critical infrastructure against short and medium range ballistic missiles."
Seongju residents and Koreans across the country, however, recite a litany of reasons they are opposed to THAAD, from environmental and health concerns to the lack of a democratic process to ever-increasing deployment of foreign weapons, as well as economic repercussions and tension with its neighbors China and Russia.
Image above: Korean Army personnel stand guard at the Demilitarized Zone/Joint Security Area outside the Military Armistice Commission buildings along the tense border. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
Two weeks before South Korea's snap election on May 9 this year, the US, citing North Korean threats, hurriedly began the deployment of THAAD in what had been a golf course outside a small village called Soseong-ri.
When South Korea's newly elected President Moon Jae-in learned that his own Ministry of Defense had failed to notify him of the presence of an additional four THAAD launchers, Moon called for a temporary suspension of THAAD to conduct an environmental assessment.
That suspension, however, is being reevaluated now as South Korea considers deploying additional launchers in response to a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test last week.
Like other aspects of the military alliance between the US and South Korea, THAAD is supported by some South Koreans and reviled by others. And like the communities in Gangjeong village on Jeju and Pyeongtaek near Seoul, the people of Seongju and Gimcheon are divided.
Speaking at a candlelight vigil outside the Seongju County government office on May 30, three local women were eager to share their thoughts with Americans.
On this 310th day of consecutive protests, the women told Truthout they wanted their lives back the way they were before THAAD.
They said their community was being torn apart -- even relations between parents and children were being strained by strong disagreements over THAAD.
Some of their neighbors have given up opposition to THAAD, either accepting it as unavoidable or simply focusing on other matters.
These women, however, refuse to give up and say they feel a responsibility to attend nightly demonstrations against THAAD. They also admit feeling a growing resentment toward what they see as an unequal alliance.
"We are starting to have anti-American sentiments even though we don't hate Americans," a woman who identified herself as Mrs. Kim said.
"To be honest, I want the US military to go home," said a second woman, who also goes by the name Mrs. Kim, adding the English phrase, "Yankee, go home."
The Truth Is Very Powerful
Image above: Demonstrators perform 100 bows for peace six days a week as a protest against the South Korean Jeju naval base in Gangjeong village, Jeju island. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
Even as new bases are built, old bases expanded and more weapons imported, what fuels South Korean peace movements in the face of overwhelming power?
In Seoul, Jungmin Choi who works with Durebang (My Sister's Place), an NGO that provides counseling to foreign women working in bars and clubs near US bases, says those women are living witnesses to the impact of military bases.
Choi calls the impacts of the bases "indescribably huge" and both tangible and intangible, but insists, "we believe this fight cannot be defeated â¦ we will fight in a creative way with a long-term view."
On the other side of the country, Jeju base opponent Choi Sung-hee says that even though the Jeju base is operational and US warships have started visiting, the protests must continue.
Not only does the military know it is being watched, but protests build solidarity with other anti-base movements across South Korea and internationally, in places like Okinawa, Guam, the Philippines and Hawaii, particularly among women.
Image above: A protester is blocked by a security guard as he sits in silent protest outside the entry to the South Korean naval base on Jeju island. Photo by John Letman. From original article.
"That's the role of people ... we should constantly demand: we do not need arms, we do not need THAAD, we do not need more military bases," Choi says. "If the people's movement is strong, I think it can also influence the decisions of the South Korean president."
Nearby, in the St. Francis Peace Center, Father Mun carves messages of peace into wooden boards after each morning's protest. Nearly 80 years old, Father Mun has been a peace activist for decades in Pyeongtaek, on Jeju and elsewhere acting, in his words, as "a witness for truth."
When asked why he continues to resist in the face of overwhelming power, Father Mun declared, "The truth cannot be thrown away. The truth will stand up some day. The truth is very powerful. So, I believe the truth is going to win all enemies."
|Sinclair Broadcasting is Trump TV|
SUBHEAD: The owner of the most TV stations dumps Fox News to become Trump's mouthpiece.with Jared Kushner for âgoodâ coverage of the Trump Administration, which seems to have paid off.
By Staff on 30 July 2017 for Common Dreams -
Image above: The Sinclair Broadcasting cut a biased deal with Jared Kushner and the Trump campaign. Now the Trump FCC is paying back the favor. From original article.
âItâs unheard of to have one company pushing one specific agenda reaching so many people and doing it in a way designed to evade local inputâ
During the 2016 Presidential campaign, the Sinclair Broadcasting group cut a deal
Politico reported last December:
Sinclair would broadcast their Trump interviews across the country without commentary, Kushner said. Kushner highlighted that Sinclair, in states like Ohio, reaches a much wider audienceâââaround 250,000 viewers[sic]â than networks like CNN, which reach somewhere around 30,000.
With Fox News suffering several major setbacks in the past year, Sinclair Broadcasting is making moves to become the new giant of right-wing media. Many are now calling Sinclair 'Trump TV.'
David D. Smith built Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. into the largest owner of television stations in the U.S. after taking over his father's television company (with his brothers) in the late 1980's.
With David as president and CEO, the Sinclair Broadcast Group blossomed to 59 stations in less than a decade. By 2014, that number had nearly tripled to 162. Smith stepped down earlier this year and became executive chairman.
The Smith family has heavily funded conservative Republican candidates. David Smith's Cape Elizabeth, Maine summer home, just 5 miles down the coast from Common Dreams' Portland office, regularly serves as a meeting place for right-wing politicians like Trump's HUD Secretary Ben Carson and conservative commentator Armstrong Williams.
Journalist David Zurawik, who has covered local television for roughly thirty years, is speaking out against Sinclair Broadcasting Group. In a recent segment on CNN on Sunday, Zurawik said:
âThey come as close to classic propaganda as I think Iâve seen in thirty years of covering local television or national television. Theyâre outrageous! Whatever the White House says, you know, President Trump believes there was voter fraud and he sets up this commission to get data from the states and the states rightfully push back because itâs very intrusive data â Boris Ephsteynâs piece on it ends with, the states should cooperate with President Trump.âAnd John Oliver took aim at the Sinclair Broadcasting group earlier this month, examining the far right stationâs ownership of many local TV news stations:
âNational cable news gets a lot of attention with their big budgets and their fancy graphics packages. Meanwhile, local news often has to do a lot more with a lot less.âThe Sinclair Broadcasting group has close ties to the Trump administration and is forcing local stations to air pro-Trump news segments. Trumpâs FCC chairman, Ajit Pai rolled back a key Obama administration regulation that had prevented Sinclair from further expansion. The green light from the Trump administration allowed Sinclair to purchase 42 more local stations from the Tribune Media company, extending its reach to 72 percent of American households.
Oliver went on to show clips of broadcaster Mark Hyman railing against âpolitical correctness and multiculturalismâ.
âHyman is a commentator and former executive at Sinclair Broadcast Group, and Sinclair may be the most influential media company youâve never heard of. Not only are they the largest owner of local TV stations in the country, they could soon get even bigger.âOliver's footage then showed multiple Sinclair broadcasters in different locales introduce a report about Michael Flynn, Trumpâs former national security adviser, by downplaying the investigation as just a âpersonal vendettaâ against Flynn.
They are called âmust-runs,â and they are sent every day to all the local stations owned by Sinclair Broadcasting â video reports that are centrally produced by the company. Station managers around the country must work them into the broadcast over a period of 24 or 48 hours.
Today, the Portland Press Herald (Maine) reported:
Marc McCutcheon of South Portland was watching WGMEâs evening newscast as he has for half a century when something came on that shocked him..
|Fascism and the Denial of Truth|
SUBHEAD: Party polarization and gridlock in the US have created unsolved issues amenable to a Trump demagogue.
By Thomas Scott on 30 July 2017 for Truth Out -
Image above: Cover art for song release of "Demagogue" by Franz Ferdinand. From (https://rateyourmusic.com/release/single/franz-ferdinand/demagogue/).
What is a fascist? How many fascists have we? How dangerous are they? These are the questions that the New York Times posed to Henry A. Wallace, Franklin Roosevelt's vice president, in April 1944.
In response, Wallace wrote "The Danger of American Fascism," an essay in which he suggested that the number of American fascists and the threat they posed were directly connected to how fascism was defined.
Wallace pointed out that several personality traits characterized fascist belief, arguing that a fascist is;
"one whose lust for money and power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends."Wallace also claimed that fascists "always and everywhere can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power."
Fascists are "easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact" (my italics), he contended.
Moreover, Wallace noted that fascists "pay lip service to democracy and the common welfare" and they "surreptitiously evade the laws designed to safeguard the public from monopolistic extortion."
Finally, Wallace identified that fascists' primary objective was to "capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they keep the common man in eternal subjection."
Wallace was writing in the context of an existential threat to democracy posed by Nazi Germany, Italy and Japan.
However, his essay is prescient in that he identified the existence of a domestic form of American fascism that emerged from the political context of enlightened thought, rule of law and limited government. Wallace drew a clear distinction between European fascism and the kind of fascism found in the United States.
Rather than resort to overt violence, American fascists would "poison the channels of public information," Wallace reasoned. Likewise, he argued that American fascism was generally inert, not having reached the level of overt threat that it had reached in Europe.
Despite this, Wallace argued that American fascism had the potential to become dangerous to democracy under that appropriate context; one in which a "purposeful coalition" emerges based on "demagoguery."
British historian Karl Polanyi has written in his seminal book, The Great Transformation, that fascism can emerge in a society in reaction to "unsolved national issues."
Party polarization and gridlock in the US have created unsolved issues concerning health care, immigration reform and the "war on terror." These volatile issues, in turn, have created the perfect political context for a demagogue to emerge in the United States.
With the election of Donald Trump, the purposeful coalition Wallace feared may have evolved. Trump is the first US president who has been seriously associated with fascist ideology.
His coalition of white supremacists, xenophobes, plutocratic oligarchs and disaffected members of the working class have aligned with the mainstream Republican Party.
The coalition's political philosophy, rooted in reactionary populism and "American First" sloganeering, has quickly led to the United States' systematic withdrawal from global leadership.
Coupled with a disdain for multilateral collaboration, a rejection of globalization, and a focus on militarism and economic nationalism, Trumpism has taken the country down the perilous path of national chauvinism reminiscent of previous fascist states like Spain under Franco, Portugal under Salazar, or Peronist Argentina.
Unlike past Republican and Democratic presidents, Trump has disregarded long-standing traditions related to political protocol and decorum in the realm of political communication. He routinely makes unsubstantiated claims about political rivals, questioning their veracity and ethics.
Trump's claim that the Obama administration wiretapped his phones during the 2016 campaign and that Obama refused to take action regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as well as Trump's incendiary tweets about federal judges who ruled against his executive orders on immigration, suggest a sense of paranoia commonly associated with autocrats.
Trump has demonstrated a fundamental ignorance of democratic institutions associated with the rule of law, checks and balances, and the separation of powers.
Common to autocratic leaders, Trump sees executive power as absolute and seems confounded when the legislative or judicial branches of government question his decisions.
Trump has seemed willing to ignore norms that are fundamentally aligned with US democracy: equality before the law, freedom of the press, individual rights, due process and inclusiveness.
Typical of all autocratic leaders, Trump has a deep-seated distrust of the media. Calling journalists "enemies of the people," Trump's incessant claims that media outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post create "fake news" is a common attribute of authoritarian regimes.
In response to investigative reports that are critical of his administration, Trump engages in systematic tactics of disinformation. Trump has refined the art of evasion through communicating a multiplicity of falsehoods as a means of obfuscating charges of abuse of power and political misconduct.
The biggest dilemma for an autocrat is confronting the truth. Systematic strategies to implant misinformation have historically provided significant political dividends for demagogues.
From Trump's earliest forays in national politics, the truth was his biggest enemy.
Trump discovered in the 2016 campaign that the perpetuation of lies and deceit could be converted into political capital. Lying on issues actually generated support from Trump's political base, many of whom were low-information voters.
The hope by many that Trump would conform to traditional political norms once elected proved to be a chimera. Trump has obliterated the Orwellian dictum that lies are truth; in Trump's worldview, truth does not exist. It is seen as a political liability.
As president, the debasement of truth has become an important political strategy shaping much of his communication to the American public.
Purposeful deceit has become one of the primary means by which Trump energizes and excites his supporters. It is the catalyst that drives their emotional connection to Trump, who is insistent on "telling it like it is" and fighting for "the people" as a challenge to the political elite.
For Trump, facts mean nothing. They are contrary to the desires of his political base. Connecting to his base is visceral; intellectualism is the antithesis of Trump's immediate political objectives.
By denying the existence of truth-based politics, Trump solidifies his populist vision and perpetuates one of fascism's greatest mechanisms for acquiring absolute power: the force of emotion conquering the force of reason.
As Timothy Snyder states in his insightful book On Tyranny, "To abandon facts is to abandon freedom.
If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so."
Seen in this light, empirical evidence based on scientific investigation is superfluous; public policy is only useful when it is connected to human emotion and desire.
This is all that matters in Trump's vision for the US. As such, facts and scientific research are a ruse, a tool of the elite designed to consolidate power over "the people" and discredit Trump's "America First" policies.
Truth is a necessity for democracy because citizens depend on truth-based decision-making to achieve reasoned judgments about public policy. In the Trump administration, the eradication of fact-based communication has normalized the denial of truth.
As a result, democracy is clearly under siege. Henry Giroux makes an excellent argument when he writes, "normalization is code for retreat from any sense of moral or political responsibility, and it should be viewed as an act of political complicity with authoritarianism and condemned outright."
All Americans should take heed of this point. History has provided ample evidence of how institutional and civic complicity with autocratic rule erodes democracy.
However, history has also demonstrated how engaged citizens can mobilize to resist this erosion.
]As Snyder argues, in order to confront autocracy, citizens need to become aware that democracy can disappear and mobilize to stop such a disastrous turn of events. In the age of Trump, there is no time for complacency.
|Is A Capitalist Meltdown Upon Us?||I'll only be 53 on my next birthday in late July, yet it already seems like I've lived a tiring amount of history. Only 20 years ago, the world saw the meltdown of Soviet-style communism -- and many observers, largely neo-conservatives, interpreted that as an ideological culmination, "the end of history." There was even an influential book written with that title. (Does anyone remember that author now? And, does he want to remember that book? Yeah, I know -- Francis Fukuyama.)|
It appears that reversals of fortune can happen quickly. Now it looks like the allegedly venerable ideology of "free-market" capitalism is on the ropes, and in serious danger of going down. Who would have thought it?
Die-hard Marxists did. I've never been one of them, even as a long-ago radical all of 23 years old. I still know three people who have continued to call themselves Marxists in total defiance of dismissal or ridicule, and they are probably gloating a lot now. The economic train wreck they kept dogmatically predicting finally seems to be in front of us.
But even as America sleepwalked through our Second Gilded Age (circa 1981-2005), I grew skeptical of the Marxist vision. "Historical inevitability" always sounded like a religious tenet, without the pure superstition; and Marxism itself, a sort of quasi-religion for embittered atheists.
We should be as cautious about awarding hard-line socialists a victory here, as much as "we" (in the editorial sense) should have checked for our wallets the minute Reagan started talking about trickle-down and Phil Gramm started talking about deregulation. The past century should have taught us that the answer lies in between.
Starting with the excesses of laissez-faire: America has, for the past 30-ish years, seen the roller-coaster ride that happens with that sort of economic policy. An elite grows very rich, a minority near the bottom slips much further down, and most people tend to stagnate in the middle.
There are cycles of boom and bust. The booms are good for most people, but especially good for a few. The latter group inevitably forms a "Why Should I Have To Pay Taxes?" lobby and gets bonanzas from lawmakers eager to please. And since these are the people of ostentation and material success, their influence is great among fashionable "thinkers" of the day.
Now the big bust is upon us. It's a bit like 1933 all over again -- not as grim or total in devastation, but it's likely to get worse. President Barack Obama has warned us that this is so.
But history, with its entire lesson, should be heeded, and it seems like Obama is one who will do so.
There were very good reasons for the meltdown of the Soviet empire 20 years ago. Contrary to right-wing mythology, Reagan and his military buildup had little to do with it. Post-Soviet Russian economists recall the problems as internal, and any intellectually honest person knew what they were. There's no need for me to recite the litany here -- Americans heard it all for decades.
But, let's face it, die-hard socialists out there -- state-run enterprises have a poor track record. The employees seem to lack incentives to produce. Cooperatives tend to degenerate into personal conflict, power struggles and chaos. And as for the concentration of power in the hands of "vanguard revolutionaries" -- the horrors and enormities of that have been abundant just in the past century.
I don't think it's hard to argue for a sense of balance and measure. In America, it seems like the compromising wheeler-dealers -- the FDRs, the Trumans, the LBJs, the Ted Kennedys -- got more done for working Americans than any of our homegrown radicals ever did.
But there is little doubt that there's been a sea change, and it's been back toward socialist thinking. The Nobel Prize committees have not been known for their sympathy toward socialist-leaning economists, yet Nobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz has more or less come out in favor of the nationalization of U.S. banks. That would be a major step toward socialism of some fashion. Why not? We've just given the bastards $700 billion in taxpayer money to keep them in business. Here's a link to the interview with Stiglitz.
And, it appears that such state power would be the only thing to force the shameless swine who run these enterprises to behave themselves. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., made a speech on the Senate floor about the Wall Street oinkers who had themselves awarded $18.4 billion in bonuses while their enterprises got in on the aforementioned $700 billion, because of reckless and disastrous mismanagement. Here's another link to reports on this issue, and to a video of McCaskill's speech. Be patient, the video seems very rough.
So, what should be the ultimate American destination, in an era of "capitalist" meltdown? The Swedes, with a hybrid socialist-capitalist system, don't seem to do badly, with avowed Socialists predominantly in power since 1929. Their booms are smaller, but so are their busts. Their people don't live in fear of homelessness or inability to afford basic health care. Right-wing humorist P.J. O'Rourke, when asked about the Swedes' seeming happiness with their stable system, said that they are all insane -- but that their insanity is distributed equally among the people.
It's a funny line. But there's nothing funny about facing a mortgage foreclosure, or about the welfare rolls shrinking even as joblessness is rapidly expanding. With a growing U.S. underclass, it may be time to take a second look at the socialist mind-set -- despite the old Marxist baggage. Nobody requires us to go to extremes.
Crossposted at Manifesto Joe.
|Hoffenheim-Trainingslager||Ja, auch heuer wieder gibt es einen Bericht aus dem Trainingslager eines Profi-Klubs. Nachdem eine Konzeptfussball-Abordnung vor zwei Jahren Borussia Dortmund nach Bad Ragaz begleitete und wir vergangenen Sommer mit dem Genoa CFC im Stubaital... Continue reading|
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|Parking Like a Jerk-Face - What to do?||Driving a car can't always be a pleasurable experience. I know, it's a shock to have to admit it but it's true. Most of the time though, the things that take away from would-be great car moments are out of our control. Construction, congestion and bad drivers ruin what would otherwise be an amazing afternoon cruise or pleasant commute to work. There is also one other frustrating aspect of driving, parking lots. And the only thing worse than not being able to find a space is discovering that someone else took two. |
Parking is one of the many necessary evils of using a vehicle. Most people can't take their car into the office with them, so you gotta leave it somewhere when you're not using it. Most of the time, the only problem with having to park somewhere is not being able to find a space. This can cause a prominent build up of rage within the poor driver who has to constantly circle the lot looking for a free space so they can continue with their day.
This rage becomes compounded to critical levels when that already frustrated driver comes across a vehicle that has been carelessly strewn across two or more spaces. This car is usually a German sports sedan such as a BMW (see below) or Audi. Unfortunately, this results in stereotypes being established about the owners of such cars. No longer are these vehicles seen as the chariots of individuals who appreciate well balanced handling, sleek styling and efficient power. Instead they become cocks. Inconsiderate jerks who are too self obsessed to even take notice that perhaps their actions are actually affecting others. Then again, they may be fully aware and don't care... or even enjoy it. Those are a special kind of scum.
Here are some things I found on the internet relating to the issue of bad parking. They shed some light on how to deal with the offending party:
1. Inform the Jerk-Face that they are being a Jerk-Face
Have you ever walked past a bad park job that filled you with an overpowering urge to chew out the person who committed the offending effort (or lack thereof)? Since we all don't have the time or physical where-with-all to hang around for the purpose of an educational confrontation, youparklikeanasshole.com will let you take the coward's way out. Just print off the form and leave it under the perpetrator's windshield wiper parking ticket style. You get to speak your mind and avoid a potentially life threatening situation. Satisfying? You bet!
Alternatively, you can visit iparklikeanass.com. Pretty much the same idea as the previous site. Bad parking theme? Check! Ass related URL? Double check! (One for each cheek)
2. Take pity on their lack of skills... or have a good laugh.
Of course, maybe these people that are parking like jerks aren't jerks at all. Maybe they're just lacking in skills. Deep down they want to be able to get their car between the lines, parallel park and judge the distance between their car and a neighboring vehicle. They just don't have the capability to do it.
Case in point - here's a short compilation of bad parking.
If you loved that, here's a longer video with even more carnage and shame.
3. Completely lose your $#!@
And when all else fails, you can always do like this P.O.'d fellow did and torch the offending vehicle. Props for this guy for doing what he believed to be the right thing. After all, this jerk was parking on a children's playground! Then again, he did light a car on fire in a children's playground. I'd say this one evens out in the wash.
For those of you wondering, yes, this did take place in Russia. And unless you've been living under a rock, Russia is well known for its automotive hijinks. And if you have been making your abode beneath a geological formation, just punch Russian drivers into the search field on YouTube and I'm sure you'll find countless examples (I am assuming that since you are reading this blog, you will have access to the internet at your rock house... unless a friend printed this off for you).
On that toasty note, I'll have my leave. But before you go, if you know of any awesome bad parking examples that you've come across on the internet, feel free to post some links in the comment section or on the Official Automophiliac Facebook Page. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
|A Muslim's Top 10 Wishes for 2016|
This post originally appeared in the Huffington Post on January 3, 2015. You can find the original article by clicking here or on the title.
|10 Questions on the Conflict in Syria||A potential military strike by Western powers on Syria now appears to be a fait accompli and is being touted as long overdue. Given the spiralling humanitarian disaster that has overtaken the country during the last two years of conflict, continued inaction appears to be an untenable reality. The death toll is now well over 100,000 (although the proportion of civilians to combatants is unclear). There are 2 million refugees, half of whom are children, and over 4 million more internally displaced persons (IDPs), amounting to a quarter of the country's overall population. Yet, it was the apparent chemical weapons attack in the suburbs around Damascus known as Ghouta last week that has served as the impetus for international military intervention into the conflict. Amidst the rhetoric and war rehearsals, clarity on what is really happening seems to be cast aside in the media, in favor of faux-spontaneous leaks, retired generals, and trumpeters of past wars. Here are ten questions to try to set the record straight.|
1. Were chemical weapons used in Syria?
When the initial attack unfolded last Wednesday, August 21 in the suburbs in Damascus known as Ghouta (near the town/suburb of Jobar), news quickly spread to local, regional and international media. Claims were made of hundreds of deaths, with some activists claiming the death toll was 1,300. Moreover, the Government of Syria immediately denied responsibility and has continued to do so. However, the attack did unfold amidst a series of army strikes on Jobar, which is a rebel-held area, and has been for quite some time. The Government conversely claimed to find chemical weapons supplies in tunnels in the same area, and it is alleged that some Hezbollah fighters were also exposed to chemical toxins.
A week on, it appears incontrovertible that chemical weapons were used, not just from YouTube videos but also from visits by independent journalists, and of course by a report by MÃ©decins Sans FrontiÃ¨res that has documented at least 355 deaths from local hospitals. It is likely that the chemical agent used was a neurotoxin or nerve gas, most likely sarin gas. What is still not clear, is how they were delivered (i.e. in what form and carried on what type of weapon) and from where.
It should also be kept in mind that this was not the first attack that has been alleged. There have been numerous claims by rebels, and counter-claims by the government on the use of chemical weapons in the conflict. Here's a map of those events. In fact, this is precisely why the team of UN inspectors had arrived in the country, the day before this latest incident (and massacre) took place. In fact, what is interesting is that their investigation of other sites has now been put on the back-burner due to the latest developments.
2. Do we know who actually used the chemical weapons?
The United States, United Kingdom, and France have all stated they are certain that the Government of Syria has undertaken the attack last week. On the U.S. side, at the forefront of the rhetoric has been Vice President Biden - who has said there is 'no doubt' - and Secretary of State John Kerry, who made an evocative plea for action several days ago. Of course, the next speech is the most important, and it would be one made by President Barack Obama. In light of this certainty, it would be difficult to question the attribution of blame. A leak from the US government also claims to have intercepted a murky call between commanders in the Syrian army that supposedly is evidence of culpability on the Syrian side.
There is tremendous reason to doubt U.S. claims. Firstly, it should not be forgotten that then Secretary of State Colin Powell presented ironclad evidence to the United Nations Security Council of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) that Saddam Hussein possessed, a finding that was later proven to be utterly false, but which was the basis of a war that continues until today. Secondly, the U.S. claimed that there was incontrovertible proof that the Government of Syria was responsible for earlier chemical attacks this year, but that finding has been contested, and some experts apportioned blame to the rebels fighting the government. And finally, in this case, no evidence has been presented, as of yet to make such a determination, at least not conclusively.
Does that mean the Assad and his regime are not responsible? No. It is very likely given the ongoing military operations in the same area that the Syrian government launched such an attack. Yet, more evidence needs to be presented to make a definitive conclusion. The other scenarios that could be possible are:
- Extremists groups like Jubhat al-Nusra, who have previously seized advanced weaponry and possibly chemical weapons from Syrian army bases and positions, were attempting to use them on Syrian soldiers (or conversely to cast blame on the Syrian army);
- The Government of Syria inadvertently hit a stockpile of sarin gas releasing the toxins (although unclear if this would lead to the effects that we've seen); or
- Rogue elements within the chain of command used chemical weapons intentionally or inadvertently.
Russia, Iran and China have of course cast doubt on western claims but that is to be expected.
3. What would be the basis or justification for US intervention?
The U.S. intervention would likely be on the basis of Obama's previously stated red line on Syria, which would be the mass use/movement of chemical weapons. It is not in fact about humanitarian intervention and the Responsibility to Protect framework, developed in the 1990s to prevent genocide and mass civilian deaths. If it was, then the humanitarian case for intervention has been present for some time, and other massacres by the Syrian regime, such as in Houla in 2012, would have provided sufficient pretext. Obviously, the U.S. and other Western powers, and regional countries, have their own interests at play that are much more geopolitical in nature, but the justification or casus belli being offered is around the issue of chemical weapons, and chemical weapons alone.
4. Will anybody else be involved in the military strikes besides the US and will this affect whether they are 'legal'?
Given Russian and Chinese opposition, and a likely veto of any resolution by the United Nations Security Council supporting such a military strike on Syria - especially in light of the intervention in Libya, which Russia regretted supporting - a 'coalition of the willing' will need to be developed. This coalition would be broader than the Iraq War in 2003, and would be similar to the coalition carrying out the strikes against Serb positions vis-a-vis Kosovo in 1999. While the U.S., U.K. and France will likely lead an effort, Turkey would also be critical as a staging ground (as it borders Syria from the North), and thus there will be an attempt to launch such an attack under the auspices of NATO. Despite its reluctance, Jordan, given its reliance on the U.S. and Saudi Arabia politically and economically, will have no choice but to support . The two other neighbours of Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are squarely against any military strike. And of course, the other neighbor - Israel - would sit this one out but would provide intelligence to the U.S. and other parties on Syrian positions, given that it has already undertaken a number of air strikes on Syria in the past two years.
Further afield, it is likely the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) will support military intervention, with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates possibly sending fighter jets to participate in a strike to give it regional cover and credibility. Finally, while many groups within the Arab and Muslim world, and the 'left' of the West, will oppose military intervention, many others will support it, because of the spiralling humanitarian situation in Syria.
Technically speaking if the military intervention is not sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council, and there is no imminent threat that the U.S. and other parties can point to towards its own territory or its assets, it would be illegal under international law. However, that has not stopped NATO or other countries (i.e. Russia in Georgia) form undertaking military action in the past. And before the Iraq War, some scholars claimed that while such an attack would be illegal it would be legitimate, and demonstrated retroactively to be legal. Given the state of world affairs, 'legality' is likely not a determining factor for a strike on Syria.
5. Are we seeing a repeat of Iraq in 2003?
No. The situation today with Syria is different than it was in 2003 in Iraq, for many reasons, despite some passing similarities. In Iraq, the U.S. claimed that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction while in Syria, we already know Bashar al-Assad possesses chemical weapons, and the question is whether he used them (small aside, it was released this week that thirty years ago, the U.S. obstructed a UN investigation when it knew Saddam Hussein had used chemical weapons). In Iraq, the U.S. alleged that Saddam Hussein had links with Al Qaeda (and related groups), while in Syria, Bashar al Assad is widely acknowledged to be fighting Al Qaeda (and related groups) in addition to the 'Free Syrian Army' (and in addition to crushing peaceful demonstrators). In Iraq, there was no active state of conflict that was leading to a spiralling humanitarian catastrophe (and the potential use of WMDs), while in Syria there is not just a violent conflict, but also WMDs have been used by somebody (even if the culprit is not yet clear).
What should be noted, however, is that both Iraq in 2003 and Syria in 2013, are in complex environments, and any removal of government or sustained military intervention would have dramatic unforeseen consequences. It seems like the media debate in the U.S. is also similarly anaemic (but slightly better) this time around.
6. What is the real motivation for the United States and other powers?
As with all things in this world when it comes to international relations, the primary interest is not humanitarian but geopolitical. This is not absolute, however, and it could be argued that Turkey has been insisting on humanitarian intervention from an early stage. However, the regimes (not peoples) in the Gulf, most notably Saudi Arabia, are exclusively concerned with dislodging Syria from the Iranian orbit, and severing connections between Syria and Hezbollah. Humanitarian concerns are a by-product. And for the United States, something similar is at play. As noted above, if this was about humanitarian concerns, action would have been taken long before 100,000 deaths had occurred.
For the U.S. it has been looking for regime change in Syria for a while. However, these strikes if they occur, will be about sending a message and asserting America's position in the Middle East, given the red line that Obama drew. Ultimately, it may tip the scales in the rebels favour or improve the U.S.'s negotiating position vis-a-vis Iran. The chemical weapons attack in a morbid way, opened a door of opportunity for Western powers (with GCC support) to do something limited without a full-scale intervention.
7. Will military intervention solve the Syrian conflict?
No. Military intervention no matter how small or how big will not solve the Syrian conflict. In fact, it could very much exacerbate the situation on the ground even further (if that can be imagined). What is being reported currently is that the U.S. and allies will undertake a series of 'surgical strikes', a euphemism for a large-scale assault on key military and strategic installations, such as army positions, air bases, radar installations, communications infrastructure, supply routes, and, where appropriate, power stations (among other targets). More than anything this will be intended to send a message to the regime and weaken its capabilities. Yet, it would not be a fatal blow. And it would not necessarily tip the scales in favor of the rebels. It may in fact mobilize certain parties to support the regime, if there are civilian casualties from the intervention.
The solution to the Syrian situation has to be political, if it is going to lead to stability or peace. Yet, if the military intervention escalated and led to the removal of the Syrian regime, that would still not be the end of the conflict. After the Soviets were booted out of Afghanistan, the country devolved into a civil war for five years until the rise of the Taliban in 1996. Somalia has only recently stabilised (somewhat), more than 20 years after the assassination of its leader, President Siad Barre. And neighboring Lebanon, took 15 years of conflict (1975-1990) to reach an end, which was brought about by ironically Syrian military intervention (which committed its own crimes), that produced a - audible gasp - political settlement.
8. What could potentially go wrong?
Everything. The potential for disaster following military intervention in any country is great (see Black Hawk Down, Iraq, Afghanistan and the list goes on). Yet, in Syria it could be apocalyptic. Here is a list of what that could entail:
- Chemical weapons are used by Syria against its neighbors such as Jordan and Turkey, or U.S. military positions in those countries;
- U.S. planes/helicopters are shot down leading to an escalation of U.S. involvement requiring boots on the ground;
- Syria sends a volley of missiles into Tel Aviv and other places in Israel, leading to a regional war;
- Proxy forces of Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, launch a sustained campaign against Israel/U.S. interests, including attacks embassies within Lebanon/Palestine/Israel but also in other countries, in the short and medium-term;
- Al Qaeda forces in the region, while opposing the Assad regime, oppose U.S. intervention especially if there are masses of civilian casualties, and use it as a pretext for attacks in places such as Yemen;
- Russia objects to the U.S. strike, and mobilizes warships to the Mediterranean, leading to a standoff with Europe and the U.S.;
- Negotiations with Iran, still in embryonic stages are suspended irrevocably;
- Six party talks with North Korea are suspended by Russia, China, and North Korea irrevocably;
- The Syrian regime goes all out in its conflict and begins to bomb with even more abandon civilian areas controlled by rebels, leading to thousands of casualties, and counter-massacres by enraged rebel fighters;
- The Syrian regime is removed by force from power by the intervention, leading to a power vacuum sinking the country further into civil war for over a decade of even more violent strife and a possible Al Qaeda style government;
- Tensions rise in the Middle East, especially in places of sectarian division (i.e. Lebanon, Yemen, Bahrain, Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia, and Iraq) leading to civil strife and attacks on governments, and counter-attacks on populations; and
- World War 3.
9. What could potentially go right?
It may seem that what is written above is slightly alarmist and that's true. Many things can go wrong (most of which, to be honest, are hard to predict as they will be unforeseen consequences or as Donald Rumsfeld, ironically calls them, unknown unknowns). However, the U.S.-led strikes could be quite effective. Firstly, if they are limited in scope, they can be completed in one day, reducing the risk for a military entanglement and civilian casualties. Secondly, if they are from the air, there is limited risk for casualties on the side of the intervening forces. Thirdly, an attack that is forceful and hits Syrian military positions, will send a message to Assad that there is a limit to what he can do, which thus far has not been the case, and may entice him to reach a political settlement. Fourthly, it is unlikely that the Syrian regime would retaliate, for a short strike on positions, against Israel, knowing that they cannot afford to fight a war on so many fronts (and thus far they have yet to retaliate to any Israel air strike). Finally, the systematic destruction of Assad's air capabilities could be instrumental in limiting civilian casualties by the regime in the future.
All of this is one possibility of what could occur.
10. Let's cut to the chase - should I support or not support military intervention?
There is no clearcut answer. Ultimately, military intervention should not be supported as a solution to the Syrian conflict. It is not, and whether we like it or not, a political solution/settlement is the only way the current situation moves towards peace and stability. The U.S. is negotiating with the Taliban. The Vietnamese negotiated with the U.S. The Lebanese negotiated with each other. The Dayton Accords to end the Bosnian War were signed with Slobodan Milosevic. It may not be easy, it may be unlikely, and it will not work perfectly, but political discussions involving all parties is the only way to find a real solution.
That being said, if a case is made with overwhelming evidence by independent parties (not U.S. conjecture) that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian regime, then military intervention on a limited scale, and for a period of 1-2 days only, should be undertaken, ideally with UN support - and if not with broad support of half of the members, i.e. 90, of the UN General Assembly to demonstrate legitimacy - against military targets only, which will both send a message about the use of these weapons and damage the capabilities of Assad.
What is clear is that whatever happens, there are no clear answers with regards to the conflict in Syria.
|Why Dubai is the best (biggest, tallest, and coolest) candidate for Expo 2020||Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid) and the ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, agreed to form a federation of what were then then The Trucial States, a British protectorate, hardly anyone could have envisioned what the United Arab Emirates would have become today, nearly 45 years after that historic meeting [eventually seven of the nine 'sheikhdoms' joined the union]. For all intents and purposes, at inception in 1971, the United Arab Emirates could be described as a desolate backwater, despite a strong history of local traditions, and legacy as a trading post. Today, Dubai and the UAE bring forth images of economic strength and progress in an increasingly volatile and definitively confused region. Dubai's development, specifically, is a once-in-a-generation global phenomenon, and the city is unique like no other. As the bid committee for Expo 2020 look to decide on the host city for the world event seven years from now, there really is no other choice but Dubai - and let me tell you why.|
1. The other candidate cities are Izmir, Sao Paulo, Yekaterinburg, and Ayutthaya...
There is nothing wrong with Izmir, Sao Paulo, Yekaterinburg, and Ayutthaya but do they really measure up to Dubai? Now before anyone gets in a tizzy or their 'socks' in a twist, they are all great cities! Izmir is Turkey's third-largest city and home to a great literary tradition. Sao Paulo is one of the five largest metropolitan areas on the planet. Yekaterinburg (in Russia), well it's Yekaterinburg and they have a monument to Michael Jackson. And Ayutthaya was the historical capital of the Kingdom of Siam. Let's just say the final three are likely Izmir, Sao Paulo and Dubai. Izmir is certainly a great city but does not have the global resonance of Dubai. And Sao Paulo...well Brazil has both the Olympics (2016) and the World Cup (2014); are you telling me that they really need the pesky Expo 2020 as well!?
2. The Expo needs a city of significance to make the event significant
Do you remember where the last Expo was held (or even that there is an Expo!)? You could be forgiven for not recalling that it was Yeosu, South Korea. Where was the one in 2010? That's right Shanghai. The Expo 2010 attracted a staggering 73 million visitors and was the most visited exhibition of its kind and brought together 189 different expositions from around the world. While in 2015 the Expo will be held in Milan and in 2017 in Astana (Kazakhstan) it is likely that it would take the Expo 2020 in Dubai to bring the event back to the international spotlight (the governing body regards the Expos held every 5 years to be 'World' Expos). In fact, it normally requires an emerging or new city of a transformative nature to inspire the type of attention that Shanghai in 2010 did (or Osaka in 1970 etc).
3. The entire ethos of Dubai is synonymous with what Expo 2020 would be about
Dubai is a global city by its very nature. It is home to over 2 million residents - and growing - from all over the world and from every socio-economic background, representing over 200 nationalities. The city is at once a home to and meeting-ground for people from the the Middle East, Subcontinent, Central Asia, Africa (especially East Africa) and Europe, North America, and Australia. There are even an estimated 180,000 Chinese residents in Dubai. With the tourist profile of the city, Dubai has in fact become the 8th most visited city in the world (in 2012). It's cultural diversity is on constant display with a burgeoning arts scene (that is driven at the grassroots level), international film festivals, culinary celebrations, and so much more that you might as well just visit Timeout magazine.
4. Dubai inspires the imagination as the Expo event is meant to do
The landmark World Expo (or Great Exhibition) was organized under the auspices of Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, all the way back in 1851, in Hyde Park. It was an inspiring event that showcased the burgeoning city of London - the world's city at the time - and the promise of a future driven by technology and industrialization. In a region too full of dark pessimism and cynicism, Dubai represents optimism and opportunity. And it will represent that even more so in 2020, as the city, albeit far along the way, is only at the beginning of its journey in my view of what it will become. Think about it. Who would have said twenty years ago that the world's tallest building would be built in the (Arabian) Gulf? Who would have said only several years ago after the 9/11 attacks that the world's leading airline would be from an Arab country? Who would have thought that the 3rd largest ports operator in the world, handling over 33 million containers annually, would be from Dubai? Today, when you look at the volatile, unstable, and stagnant Middle East, there is one destination for entrepreneurs and innovators to go to - and that is Dubai.
5. Expo 2020 would drive Dubai and the UAE to improve
Before I even write this sentence, I'm sure several of London's finest are in a huff-and-puff that I have not yet mentioned jailed Islamists or tourists having sex in a taxi. Better yet, given the refusal-of-entry for a scholar from LSE this past week, shouldn't I be talking about the closure of the academic environment (I mean I masquerade as an intellectual from time to time as well)? Whether or not I believe in liberal democracy (I do - shock!), is it really a matter of discussion for Expo 2020? Well, in that case, we should reject Izmir's candidacy because of Turkey's campaign against Kurdish militants, Ayutthaya's candidacy because of Thailand's campaign in Malay Pattani, Yekaterinburg's candidacy because of Russia's crackdown on political opposition, and Sao Paulo's candidacy because of Brazil's anti-slum raids. Such nullification would leave no one left to host the event! Now beyond the two issues I mentioned above there are a number of continuing issues of concern in the UAE, allow me to list some of them: labor rights (even though this is improving); integration of stateless residents (i.e. bidoons); and increased confusion around cyber surveillance. Hosting the Expo 2020 would not exacerbate but more than likely shed more light on and ameliorate these challenges. In fact, the event would serve as a target-date for when Dubai and the UAE will be (even more so) on the world stage, and that attention would drive improvements on areas of concern.
There are more reasons than the five I've listed here on why Dubai should be the host for Expo 2020, but I like the number 5 (it's the former consultant in me - I almost went with three). Whether you live here or plan to visit, I look forward to seeing you in Dubai in 2020! Until then:
|Assessing Syria: Seeking a Way Forward||Today there was a pivotal meeting of the so-called 'Friends of Syria' group held in Marrakech, Morocco. At the meeting and just ahead of it, a number of countries recognized the Syrian National Coalition (the abbreviated name of the opposition group by consensus formed in Doha several weeks back) as the 'legitimate representatives of Syria.' Yet, this recognition and perhaps an approved tranche of funding, will certainly not be enough to end the despair and difficult situation in Syria right now. There are no easy solutions. I am reposting below a piece from a month-and-a-half ago that I wrote on a simple basis for a way forward.|
This article was originally published on Syria Deeply, on October 29, 2012.
|Movie review: Charlize Theronâs âAtomic Blondeâ implodes where it should explode||Based on the graphic novel series “The Coldest City,” “Atomic Blonde” latches onto and never lets go of the comic book sensibility it sets up from the get-go.Set in Berlin in November 1989 — history buffs will know that was when the Wall came down — there’s a terrific opening, with a British MI6 agent being “tagged” (spy talk for killed) by a Russian KGB agent. Fans of other brands of international espionage will be happy to [...]|
|A watchful eye on UK sea and airspace||
The Royal Navy’s fleet ready escort tracked and met up with the Russian destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov as it transited past the UK.
HMS Dragon, a Type 45 destroyer, pinpointed and monitored the movement of the Russian vessel as she approached British waters in a well-established and standard response to such events.
Dragon deployed from Portsmouth last week to pre-position well north of Scotland in good time to respond to the Udaloy Class destroyer’s deployment. She made c...|
|This is the Russian version of a fresh strawberry stand on the side of the road.||
|Saudi Mulai Berubah soal Bashar Al-Assad||Televisi al-Alam mengutip Russia al-Yaum menyatakan, Menteri Luar Negeri Arab Saudi Adel al-Jubeir mendadak berubah sikap terkait Presiden Suriah Bashar al-Assad.|
|1868 Illustrated European maps.|
Holland and Belgium
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|10 Most Unintentionally Terrifying Statues|
#5. The Hare -- Nuremberg, Germany
#4. Floralis Generica -- Buenos Aires, Argentina
#3. Transi de Rene de Chalon -- Bar-le-Duc, France
#2. Genghis Khan -- Mongolia
|Weights From Russia: Chudinov 159.6, Bouadla 159.4||none|
|Russian launch services operator eyes lunar mission in early 2020s|
While several private companies are vying to claim their share of the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP) by landing a spacecraft on the Moon before 2017 ends, they aren't the only ones with a focus on Earth's natural satellite. Glavkosmos, a subsidiary of Russia's Roscosmos, has announced their intention of launching small vehicles as co-manifested payloads on larger Moon-bound missions.
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|A Look At Trump's Day At The G-20||Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: Hard to remember the last time a meeting between two world leaders drew quite so much attention as the one set for today in Hamburg, Germany, when Donald Trump sits down with Vladimir Putin. Now, we don't know what these two men plan to say to each other, but we maybe got a hint yesterday of the U.S. position. President Trump was giving a speech in Warsaw, Poland, and among other things, he said this. (SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH) PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes, including Syria and Iran, and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and in defense of civilization itself. KELLY: NPR's Scott Horsley is traveling with the president. He is on the line from Hamburg. Scott, President Trump often says he doesn't like to tip his hand, he doesn't like to telegraph what he's going to do.|
|Amid Gathering Of World Leaders, Trump's Meeting With Putin Stands Out||President Trump arrives in Poland on Wednesday afternoon. Over the next few days, he'll be attending a Group of 20 summit and meeting with a wide array of world leaders. It's likely none of those meetings will be more closely scrutinized than Trump's first face-to-face sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump has often said he would like to see closer ties between the U.S. and Russia. But that has been complicated by Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Throughout the campaign, Trump routinely praised Putin as a strong leader, often contrasting him with then-President Barack Obama. "I think in terms of leadership, he's getting an A, and our president is not doing so well," Trump told Bill O'Reilly of Fox News in 2015. Now that Trump is in office, national security adviser H.R. McMaster says, he has pursued a two-track approach with Russia: looking for areas in which the two countries can cooperate, while confronting the Russians for their bad behavior|
|Chinese quantum satellite sends "unbreakable" code|| BEIJING - China has sent an "unbreakable" code from a satellite to the Earth, marking the first time space-to-ground quantum key distribution technology has been realised, state media said on Thursday.|
China launched the world's first quantum satellite last August, to help establish "hack proof" communications, a development the Pentagon has called a "notable advance".
The official Xinhua news agency said the latest experiment was published in the journal Nature on Thursday, where reviewers called it a "milestone".
The satellite sent quantum keys to ground stations in China between 645 km (400 miles) and 1,200 km (745 miles) away at a transmission rate up to 20 orders of magnitude more efficient than an optical fibre, Xinhua cited Pan Jianwei, lead scientist on the experiment from the state-run Chinese Academy of Sciences, as saying.
"That, for instance, can meet the demand of making an absolute safe phone call or transmitting a large amount of bank data," Pan said.
Any attempt to eavesdrop on the quantum channel would introduce detectable disturbances to the system, Pan said.
"Once intercepted or measured, the quantum state of the key will change, and the information being intercepted will self-destruct," Xinhua said.
The news agency said there were "enormous prospects" for applying this new generation of communications in defence and finance.
China still lags behind the United States and Russia in space technology, although President Xi Jinping has prioritised advancing its space programme, citing national security and defence.
China insists its space programme is for peaceful purposes, but the U.S. Defense Department has highlighted its increasing space capabilities, saying it was pursuing activities aimed at preventing adversaries from using space-based assets in a crisis.
|The world's most public toilet in Russia with great views||
On the side of a mountain in south Russia is what's deemed to be the world's worst public toilet by locals. It is located in the popular ski resort of Mount Elbrus.
|Mount Elbrus climbed by Sadie Whitlocks||
MailOnline Travel's Sadie Whitelocks embarked on an 11-day expedition to Europe's highest mountain in south Russia with Cumbria-based company Adventure Peaks.
|Where is Ukraine?||And how did it get here? Here is a decent analysis of the current situation in Ukraine, tracing back through the squandered opportunities to move the country into a positive direction. The only complaint I have it the title of the piece "Did West Pull Up Stakes Too Soon?" The title implies that the west is responsible but that really doesn't reflect the conclusion reached. |
Yushenko ultimately bears the blame for the fiasco since he clearly failed to exploit the massive outpouring of support, failed to use his political capital to push through needed legislation, failed to effectively build working coalitions and failed to maintain the appearance of a level of incorruptability that a person in his position has to have. He failed so completely that the comically corrupt Prime Minister Yanakovich has a piece in the Financial Times about the importance of the Rule of Law!
I don't see how Yanukovich, attempted thief of the 2004 election, was able to pound out the words without destroying his keyboard from convulsions of laughter. Actually, from every impression I've ever gotten of Yanukovich, I don't understand how he was able to actually find the keyboard or the power switch to the computer. Maybe he consulted with his coalition. That's what coalitions are for!
And of course, Yanukovich is demanding the President abide by the law in order that Yanukovich can continue his process of literally buying members of the Rada to create a super majority coalition.
If I sound cynical, see if you can read this passage about protesters in Kiev without a twinge of it yourself:
They pay 40 hryvna a day and 100 hryvna a night, - confesses an elder man
from Zhytomyr camping in the Mariinsky Park next to the Parliament. - I can
make my monthly salary here within a week".
But a group of young people who observe the political show in the Maydan are
divided in their opinion. "I wouldn't have ever accepted any money from
these guys", - says Yurko, a student of Mohyla Academy. But his friend
Alexander, who lives in a student dormitory, says: "Why not? They return
back to the people the money they stole from them.
Their recruiters offer 40 hryvna for just two hours to stay here with
blue-and-white flag. I don't support Yanukovych but my stipend is 350 hryvna
and I get no extra allowance from my parents. I feel it would be actually
better if we take these money ourselves and pay them lip-service. Otherwise,
they would bring their real supporters from Donbas who may make a lot of
Unfortunately, this comes from an op-ed by Mykola Rjabtschuk in a German publication (Berliner Zeitung, No.86) that I don't have a link to. The English translation is available at the Action Ukraine Report, a nationalist oriented newsletter maintained by the ex-pat (or diaspora) community in the US. The opinion piece is very slanted in favor of Yushenko but I have known people that took payment for protesting. It is commonly known. If you are interested in receiving the newsletters, you can sign up at the link above.
I've always enjoyed the Action Ukraine Report and actually had the opportunity to meet Morgan Williams, the publisher, who is a very nice man. I don't share his partisanship but I think his heart is in the right place. It just takes a careful reader to understand what is news and what is political opinion.
Finally, no day is complete without visiting the always interesting Neeka's Backlog where Veronica mentions yet more talk of a potential split of Ukraine. I've always thought that kind of talk was silly and hope it still is...silly rather than frightening. Veronica seems to travel a lot and I think she is currently in Russia but she brings a passion and real anger to her posts that captures the heart of somebody who truly cares.
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|By: Administrator||Thanks Barry and Miriam!
Everything is clear in hindsight! I'm sure both of you are correct! Perhaps I should start preparing a glossary of the Latin terms and abbreviations I find in these records from Poland. I haven't been able to find a good reference to help translate these records.
Jonathan D. Shea and William F. Hoffman are preparing a volume of
"In their Words: A Genealogist's Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin and Russian Documents" to address documents in Latin, but I don't know when it is scheduled for publication.|
|Dahsyatnya Letusan Gunung Tambora|
Sebagian dari kita tentu belum tahu kalau Gunung Tambora pernah tercatat sebagai gunung api tertinggi di Indonesia. Itu terjadi sebelum gunung tersebut meletus dahsyat pada April 1815.
Ketika itu puncak Gunung Tambora mencapai ketinggian sekitar 4.300 meter di atas permukaan laut (dpl). Bandingkan dengan daratan tertinggi di Indonesia saat ini, yakni Puncak Jayawijaya, Papua, yang berketinggian sekitar 3.050 m dpl.
Usai Tambora meletus hebat, daratan di bagian puncak itu dimuntahkan ke berbagai arah. Akibatnya, ketinggian gunung api yang masih tersisa tinggal setengahnya, yakni sekitar 2.851 m dpl.
Letusan yang amat mengerikan itu juga menyisakan sebuah kaldera yang sangat besar. Bahkan, menurut catatan, ukuran kaldera tersebut paling luas di Indonesia. Bayangkan, kaldera tersebut memiliki diameter sekitar 7 km, panjang maksimal 16 km, dan kedalaman 1,5 km.
Kini, gunung api yang secara administratif berada di dua kabupaten; Dompu dan Bima, Provinsi Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) itu meninggalkan kisah ajaib, bukan saja di Indonesia namun juga berdampak hingga ke berbagai penjuru dunia.
Tragedi itu bermula pada awal April 1815. Ketika itu kawasan di sekitar Gunung Tambora mulai bergetar. Getaran itu semakin menguat pada 10 April 1815, pukul 19.00 waktu setempat. Sejak saat itu hingga lima hari, ledakan Gunung Tambora mencapai klimaksnya.
Pada malam hari, dari kejauhan Tambora memang benar-benar terang benderang lantaran api yang terus memancar dari puncak gunung tersebut. Suasananya sangat mencekam. Gunung itu seolah berubah menjadi aliran api yang sangat besar.
Pada saat bersamaan, letusan itu juga memuntahkan gas panas, abu vulkanik, dan batu-batu ke arah bawah sejauh 20 km hingga ke laut. Desa-desa di sekitar Tambora pun musnah dilalap aliran piroklastik tersebut.
Menurut Haris Firdaus dalam bukunya berjudul Misteri-misteri Terbesar Indonesia (2008), tiga kerajaan kecil hangus dan hancur terkena lahar dan material letusan Gunung Tambora. Ketiga kerajaan itu adalah Pekat yang berjarak sekitar 30 km sebelah barat dari Tambora. Lalu, Kerajaan Sanggar berjarak 35 km sebelah timur Tambora, dan Kerajaan Tambora berjarak 25 km dari gunung tersebut.
Hampir semua penghuni di tiga kerajaan tersebut tewas. Hanya dua orang yang berhasil selamat. Padahal, lokasi ketiga kerajaan itu tadinya sudah diusahakan cukup aman dari dampak letusan gunung api.
Letusan Gunung Tambora juga membawa material longsoran yang sangat besar ke laut. Longsoran itu menimbulkan tsunami di berbagai pantai di Indonesia seperti Bima, Jawa Timur, dan Maluku. Ketinggian tsunami tersebut ditaksir mencapai 4 meter.
Bukan hanya itu, ledakan dahsyat tersebut juga menebarkan abu vulkanik hingga ke Jawa Barat dan Sulawesi Selatan. Bahkan bau nitrat juga tercium hingga ke Batavia (kini Jakarta). Hujan besar disertai jatuhnya abu juga terjadi.
Menurut para geolog, letusan itu merupakan bencana alam terbesar sepanjang sejarah. Bayangkan, dibandingkan dengan letusan Gunung Krakatau yang terjadi pada Agustus 1883, ledakan Gunung Tambora lebih dahsat empat kali lipatnya.
Letusan Gunung Tambora itu terdengar hingga ke Pulau Sumatera, Makassar, dan Ternate sejauh 2.600 km. Abunya juga diterbangkan sejauh 1.300 km dengan ketinggian 44 km dari permukaan tanah. Volume debu ditaksir mencapai 400 km3.
Saking tebalnya debu-debu yang berterbangan di langit, sepanjang daerah dengan radius 600 km dari gunung tersebut terlihat gelap gulita selama dua hari. Maklum, sinar matahari tak mampu menembus tebalnya abu-abu tadi.
Daerah paling menderita tentu saja yang berdekatan dengan lokasi Gunung Tambora. Menurut ahli botani Swis, Heinrich Zollinger, dalam seketika letusan ini menewaskan sekitar 10.000 orang.
Setelah itu, jumlah kematian karena kelaparan di Sumbawa mencapai 38.000 orang dan di Lombok 10.000 orang. Sumber lain menyebutkan, letusan itu telah menyusutkan populasi penduduk Sumbawa hingga tersisa hanya 85.000 orang.
Jumlah Korban Meluas
Bukan hanya itu. Jumlah korban tewas juga meluas hingga ke Pulau Bali, yakni mencapai 10.000 orang. Dampak berikutnya, sebanyak 49.000 orang tewas karena penyakit dan kelaparan.
Mengapa terjadi bencana kelaparan yang berkepanjangan? Ada beberapa alasan. Pertama, semua tumbuhan di Pulau Sumbawa ketika itu hancur total akibat tertutup abu tebal dan dilalap api.
Kedua, selama dua minggu awan tebal masih menyelimuti daerah-daerah di sekitar Gunung Tambora, termasuk Bali. Dampaknya, banyak tanaman budidaya hancur dan gagal panen.
Ketiga, partikel-partikel abu itu dalam jangka waktu lama masih berada di atmofer dengan ketinggian 10 â 30 km. Akibatnya, siklus iklim menjadi tak menentu dan petani pun tidak bisa memanen tanaman budidayanya.
Kekacauan iklim juga melanda kawasan Eropa, Amerika Serikat, dan Kanada. Setahun setelah letusan itu, pada 1816, kawasan tersebut mengalami tahun tanpa musim panas. Cuaca di kawasan tersebut berubah total. Maklum, partikel abu tadi masih membungkus atmosfer bumi sehingga menghalangi sinar matahari menerobos ke permukaan tanah.
Paceklik pun melanda Kanada, AS, Inggris, dan lain-lain. Udara beku yang terjadi di negara-negara tersebut menghapuskan impian para petani. Penduduk pun kekurangan bahan makanan.
Dampak terparah dialami Irlandia. Di sana curah hujan dingin terjadi hampir sepanjang musim panas. Sekitar 65.000 orang mati kelaparan dan terkena wabah tipus. Wabah ini lalu menyebar ke Eropa dan menewaskan 200.000 orang.
Letusan Gunung Tambora memang tragis. Letusan itu melenyapkan ratusan ribu manusia, baik mereka yang terkena dampak langsung maupun tak langsung. Kisah memilukan ini sesuai dengan nama Tambora yang berasal dari dua kata; ta dan mbora yang berarti ajakan menghilang.
Menurut mitos yang berkembang, masyarakat di sekitar gunung percaya, kabarnya ada sekitar 4.500 pendaki, pemburu, dan penjelajah yang hilang. Mereka itu tak pernah ditemukan di Gunung Tambora yang kini diselimuti hutan dengan aneka bunga anggrek yang sangat mempesona.
NAPOLEON, RAFFLES, dan TAMBORA
Letusan hebat Gunung Tambora pada April 1815 bukan saja melumat dan meluluhlantakkan tiga kerajaan kecil di Pulau Sumbawa. Lebih dari itu, nun jauh di daratan Eropa, tepatnya di Belgia, pasukan tentara di bawah komando penguasa Prancis, Jenderal Napoleon Bonaparte harus bertekuk lutut di tangan Inggris dan Prussia.
Ya, tiga hari setelah Tambora meletus dahsyat, tepatnya pada 18 Juni 1815, pasukan Napolean terjebak musuh. Pasalnya, di sepanjang hari itu cuaca memburuk. Hujan terus mengguyur kawasan tersebut. Padahal, tentara Prancis itu sedang menuju laga pertempuran.
Akibat cuaca buruk, roda kereta penghela meriam terjebak lumpur. Semua kendaraan tak bisa melaju dengan mulus. Tanahnya licin, berselimutkan salju. Maklum, abu tebal dari letusan Gunung Tambora masih bertebaran di atmosfer sehingga menghalangi sinar matahari yang jatuh ke bumi.
Perang Waterloo itu menjadi kisah tragis bagi Napoleon. Kehebatan Napoleon dalam menundukkan musuh-musuhnya berakhir sudah. Ia pun menyerah kalah. Jenderal itu lalu dibuang ke Pulau Saint Helena, sebuah pulau kecil di selatan Samudra Atlantik. Di pulau terpencil itulah ia menghabiskan waktunya hingga meninggal dunia pada 1821 akibat serangan kanker.
Kenneth Spink, seorang pakar geologi berteori, bahwa cuaca buruk akibat letusan Gunung Tambora menjadi salah satu pemicu kekalahan Napoleon. Pada pertemuan ilmiah tentang Applied Geosciences di Warwick, Inggris (1996), Spink mengatakan bahwa letusan Gunung Tambora telah berdampak besar terhadap tatanan iklim dunia kala itu, termasuk cuaca buruk di Waterloo pada Juni 1815.
Di Yogyakarta, letusan Tambora mengagetkan Thomas Stamford Raffles. Gubernur Jenderal Britania Raya di Jawa yang berkuasa pada tahun 1811-1816 itu tadinya mengira ledakan itu berasal dari suara tembakan meriam musuh. Wajar saja demikian karena ketika itu teknologi komunikasi (telegram) memang belum tercipta sehingga letusan itu tak bisa disampaikan ke berbagai penjuru daerah dalam waktu yang relatif cepat.
Takut diserang musuh, Raffles pun lalu mengirim tentara ke pos-pos jaga di sepanjang pesisir untuk siap siaga. Perahu-perahu pun disiagakan. Apa boleh buat, dugaan Raffles keliru. Tak ada serangan musuh.
source: http://jakarta45.wordpress.com/2009/09/13/lintasan-sejarah-napoleon-takluk-akibat-tragedi-gunung-tambora/ http://www.taukahkamu.com/2010/10/sejarah-meletusnya-gunung-tambora-dan.html
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Geography was always a subject of disinterest for me. Except for some amount of "Australia - Flora and Fauna" and "The South West Monsoon", I don't remember much from the geography classes of school. But God has been great in working out my travel calendar and has provided a good bit of opportunity to see places. This has increased my interest in the world and the different cultures. Of late this interest has still been increased by.... a game! The Travelers IQ challenge game has been interesting and educating to me. It hasn't thought me too many new things, but has served as a refresher, a sort of catalyst that helped fill the void.
My increased inquisitiveness made me research a bit on things that have confused me for years. Here are few things I learnt in geography recently, but which had known earlier
1) Crotia is a country that came out of the erstwhile Yugoslavia. I had somehow thought that it came from USSR. Frederick Forsyth's "Avenger" helped me understand that Yugoslavia split into Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia
2) West Indies is not a country! It is an ensemble of countries like Jamaica and Barbados that play as a single cricket team
3) If someone had asked me for the countries in the Australian continent, I would have probably said Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania and Papa New Guinea. Well, I am not sure of New Zealand anymore. Wiki says that New Zealand belongs to a continent called Zealandia. I get a bit confused in these kinds of trivia since I studied in school that there were only 7 continents and Zealandia is not one of them.
4) There are several countries that belong to multiple continents. My ex-colleagues from Alcatel who have traveled to Turkey have told me that Turkey is transcontinental. But I got to know of few more countries like Indonesia, Russia (though we all associate it with Europe, it is actually 71% in Asia!) and Egypt. Did you know that a part of Italy, Spain and Portugal are in Africa?
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|Foi desvendado o mistÃ©rio da cidade onde moradores caem no sono de repente|
"Os 582 habitantes da aldeia de Kalachi chegaram a pensar que estavam amaldiÃ§oados. Durante cinco anos olharam desconfiados para o cÃ©u, o ar, a Ã¡gua que bebiam. Suspeitaram atÃ© da vodca.
Uma doenÃ§a estranha comeÃ§ou a tomar conta dessas pessoas: sem motivo aparente, caÃam no sono de forma fulminante. E podiam passar vÃ¡rios dias assim.
Ao menos 120 moradores foram afetados. Os primeiros casos foram registrados em 2010, e se intensificaram a partir de 2013. O problema vinha em ondas: seis crianÃ§as dormiram em setembro de 2014 - no Ãºltimo inverno (no hemisfÃ©rio norte) foram 60 pessoas.
O sono chegava repentinamente, de forma irresistÃvel. "Dirigia minha moto em 28 de agosto e de repente caÃ no sono", afirmou um morador ao site EurasiaNet.org. Foi acordar apenas em 2 de setembro. Como tambÃ©m ocorreu com o restante dos moradores, os mÃ©dicos nÃ£o souberam dizer o que ocorria.
Mas o mistÃ©rio dessa aldeia do norte do CazaquistÃ£o agora foi desvendado: uma combinaÃ§Ã£o de monÃ³xido de carbono e de partÃculas de hidrocarburetos na atmosfera Ã© a culpada.
"Depois de fazer exames em todos os habitantes, recebemos a confirmaÃ§Ã£o dos laboratÃ³rios (â¦), a causa principal Ã© o monÃ³xido de carbono", explicou o vice-primeiro-ministro do paÃs, Berdybeck Saparbayev, em entrevista coletiva.
"Quando o monÃ³xido de carbono (CO) e os nÃveis de hidrocarbonetos (CH) aumentam, o oxigÃªnio baixa e produz esses desmaios", afirmou.
Leia TambÃ©m: Paralisia do Sono
Minas de urÃ¢nio
O quebra-cabeÃ§a estava no fato de as mediÃ§Ãµes desses componentes serem normais, conforme explicou Sergey Lukashenko, um dos cientistas responsÃ¡veis pela investigaÃ§Ã£o, ao jornal local The Astana Times.
"O interessante Ã© que a doenÃ§a do sono sÃ³ se manifesta com a combinaÃ§Ã£o de falta de oxigÃªnio e excesso de CO e CH", disse Lukashenko, que Ã© diretor do Centro Nuclear do CazaquistÃ£o.
Em Kalachi, o fenÃ´meno sÃ³ ocorria mediante certas condiÃ§Ãµes atmosfÃ©ricas. "Cada um desses trÃªs componentes separadamente se encontrava dentro do nÃvel normal e nenhum deles parecia causar suspeitas; portanto, durante muito tempo nÃ£o foi possÃvel verificar a causa verdadeira", disse.
O cientista afirma que a origem dessa contaminaÃ§Ã£o estÃ¡ em Krasnogorsk, um vilarejo fantasma perto de Kalachi e que abriga uma grande mina de urÃ¢nio.
A mina estÃ¡ fechada desde a queda da UniÃ£o SoviÃ©tica, e Lukashenko deixou claro que o urÃ¢nio ou qualquer radiaÃ§Ã£o associada ao elemento nÃ£o estÃ£o ligados Ã s sonolÃªncias profundas.
"O urÃ¢nio nÃ£o tem nada a ver com isso. Usaram um monte de estruturas de madeira quando a mina estava em funcionamento. Depois a mina foi fechada e se encheu de Ã¡gua, e quando a madeira entra em contato com a Ã¡gua se produz monÃ³xido de carbono", afirmou.
O monÃ³xido de carbono comeÃ§ou a se infiltrar pouco a pouco atÃ© a superfÃcie.
As famÃlias da aldeia estÃ£o sendo realocadas pelo governo.
Parece, entÃ£o, que termina aqui a lenda de um povoado que jÃ¡ comeÃ§ava a ser conhecido no paÃs como "Sleepy Hollow" (algo como buraco sonolento, em traduÃ§Ã£o livre), numa alusÃ£o ao clÃ¡ssico conto americano de terror."
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|Columbus Native Discovered By Hometown Blue Jackets||
The first time Kole Sherwood stepped foot on the ice at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, he was a 7-year-old skating in a 3-on-3 cross-ice game during an intermission of the U.S. vs. Russia exhibition contest prior to the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
There’s a good chance it won’t be the last.
The New Albany, Ohio, native grew up with a dream of one day wearing the hometown colors of his beloved Blue Jackets, and thanks to an impressive showing at the club’s development camp in July he’s taken a giant step closer to turning that into a reality.
Sherwood signed a three-year entry-level deal, becoming the first Columbus native to ink a deal with the Blue Jackets. The signing triggered a series of life-changing events for the product of the Ohio Blue Jackets AAA program.
“It’s been a whirlwind,” Sherwood said. “It’s a dream come true to play for your hometown team. I had no clue about this happening until the last few days.”
Originally slated to attend Boston University, Sherwood did an about face after signing the deal and accepted an offer to play for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. Still, leaving behind one of the preeminent programs in college hockey was not an easy decision.
“It was hard [to decommit] because they’ve been so good to me,” Sherwood said of the Terriers’ coaching staff.
Things couldn’t have turned out better after he was passed over at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Several teams still thought enough of him to extend an invitation to their development camps, along with his 20-year-old brother Keifer.
“I was disappointed,” Sherwood said of the draft snub. “I knew I was going to go to the development camp, so I made the best of the opportunity and just put my head down and tried to prove myself.”
He definitely did enough to impress the Blue Jackets staff, including general manager Jarmo Kekalainen.
The signing came on the heels of Jack Roslovic becoming the first Columbus-born player to be drafted in the first round by the Winnipeg Jets. It’s just another example of how hockey has grown in central Ohio since the Blue Jackets arrived in 2000.
“We’re very excited for him,” said Ed Gingher, coach of the Ohio Blue Jackets.
Gingher mentioned that Sherwood is the perfect example of a player who probably wasn’t the best at age 12 or 13, but with a sudden growth spurt and strong work ethic he shot through the roof. He finished last season with 22 goals and 26 assists in 31 games with the Tier I program.
“He continued to get better and better,” Gingher said. “I see that trend continuing for him.”
After hearing that Sherwood had signed with the Blue Jackets, Gingher sent the 18-year-old a congratulatory text asking if it had sank in yet. And then, in typical coach fashion, Gingher said it was time to get back to work.
He received a response at 11 o’clock that night. It was a photo of Sherwood shooting pucks at his house with a message that read, “Back to work, coach.”