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Notes and comments on FB and Twitter. Part 42

US and Russia set up a trap to Bashar: Their “intelligence services” guided Syria airforce to target a house claiming that Al Nusra leaders are meeting in. It turned out this house was a depot of chemical weapons.

No fighter planes over Syria for an indeterminate period: No Russian, US, Turkish, Israeli or Syrian planes over Syria’s skies. For how long? and why? Syrian army reduced to advance slowly until a “political” resolution is agreed upon by the superpowers

Des yeux gris-bleu, sans beauté. Les pleurs dilatant les pupils de l’adolescente sans seins et sans hanche. Et ses yeux apparaissent beaux par leur manque de beauté quand tout le visage s’éclaire. La petite devient belle.

Le geographe: Je dois essayer d’aller en ligne droite, pour faire une coupe du terrain, pour étudier la terre

Raphael: Tu ne pourras pas rencontrer des gens en allant en ligne droite. Comment peut-on étudier la terre sans les gens qui habitant dessus?

The military airfield in Sho3ayraat (Syria) was supposedly vacated from its fighter jets and modern weapons before the 59 tomahawk missiles strike. Another cowboy USA short-term benefit decision to satisfy all these baskets of deplorables in the USA, Saudi Kingdom, Netanyahu of Israel, and Erdogan of Turkey.

With age, the morning becomes a struggle: going through the process of getting functional, physically and mentally, to confront the waking hours

My Twitter account was hacked twice in 6 months. Apparently, when you confront serious issues, the number 200 followers becomes a threatening magic number.

59 tomahawks missiles launched on Syria? 29 reached destination with no serious damages since the airfield Al Sho3airaat was functional within the day. The first missiles crossed Lebanon airspace without permission. Where the 0ther 30 missiles landed? If they crossed Syria airspace in the north west part, they were destroyed and redirected by the Russian electronic system Krasuha-4 and by Russia defences.

Lebanese engineers finally elected a non-party chief Jad Tabeth, against vast coalition of traditional political parties. The popular movement is checking these rotten parties

Probably, this one-time missile attack on Syria was meant to free several attack ships to converge toward Korea?

Since we can grow cells, let’s grow skin stem cells and look younger: and engage in more wars

J’ai de bonnes raisons de croire que tu es hypocrite: ce sont les preuves tangibles qui me manquent

How could we see the darkness of the universe if Not for those few stars twinkling in the sky?

After focusing on the Knowledge, the wiser person senses when it is time to start the process of forgetting what we learned

Your skin can imprint the drawing of the stars locations in the sky: just lay down still for a very long time looking up

Hide the Queen of bees in one of your pocket then dance and bang slowly on a pan, or whatever in your place, and bees will converge and cover your body. Tricks are the miracles among the living.

Quand la folie persiste, on retourne vers le lieu d’ óu on est venu. Closure is the trademark of crazy people

Pope of Rome was to visit Egypt this April. Are the bombing of the 2 churches in Alexandria and Tanta meant to delay the visit?

C’est l’atmosphere invisible qui decide du sort des cultures et des batailles? Le sort de l’homme depend de l’atmosphere tangible de la femme

Quand on vit seul dans la montagne ou le desert pendant une année et qu’on ne rencontre personne, il est inevitable qu’un Dieu vous apparait dans un rêve comme une vision et qui pronounce: “Maintenant, tu peux retourner chez toi”

Credibility is key factor in cultured States for getting elected.

On blanchit tous les economies illegals: The foundation of US and British capitalist financial system

If developed States focus more on their internal markets, the external monetary fluctuation will stabilize

US State Tellerson: We are still dead serious to maintain our Manifest Destiny of remaining the policeman of the world

Her smile exhibited the beauty of her eyes

No civil war in current developed nations ended without a military Victor

The US wants Turkey and Israel to encroach on Syria territory up north and south to retain enclaves for the terrorists mercenaries

Does the US sincerely believe that it can maintain eastern Syria under its control in order to prevent a land highway among Iran, Iraq and Syria? And prevent a gas pipeline crossing these States?

Quel est mon avenir? Il reste le champ de l’âme et du rêve. Tu en occupe l’essentiel

Savoir prendre son temps: c’est un point qui peut tout, surtout en matiére de l’amour

Tu vois que je raisonne comme si tu avais envie de me retrouver. Moi, j’aimerais tant

Je vois dans ma vie embrouillée une clarté: Hors de toi tout s’obscurcit

After meeting you my love, there will be no longer absolute nights for me now: The solitude of death will be less of a solitude

Biology of our best and worst selves?

How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic, and so brutal and violent?

To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they occurred.

Robert Sapolsky. Neuroscientist, primatologist, writer
A leading neuroscientists in the world, studying stress in primates (including humans). Full bio
Filmed in Apr. 2017

Chris Anderson: So Robert spent the last few years think about how weird human behavior is, and how inadequate most of our language trying to explain it is. And it’s very exciting to hear him explain some of the thinking behind it in public for the first time. Over to you now, Robert Sapolsky.

0:34 Robert Sapolsky:  The fantasy always runs something like this. I’ve overpowered his elite guard, burst into his secret bunker with my machine gun ready. He lunges for his Luger. I knock it out of his hand. He lunges for his cyanide pill. I knock that out of his hand. He snarls, comes at me with otherworldly strength. We grapple, we fight, I manage to pin him down and put on handcuffs. “Adolf Hitler,” I say, “I arrest you for crimes against humanity.”

Here’s where the Medal of Honor version of the fantasy ends and the imagery darkens.

What would I do if I had Hitler? It’s not hard to imagine once I allow myself. Sever his spine at the neck. Take out his eyes with a blunt instrument. Puncture his eardrums. Cut out his tongue. Leave him alive on a respirator, tube-fed, not able to speak or move or see or hear, just to feel, and then inject him with something cancerous that’s going to fester and pustulate until every cell in his body is screaming in agony, until every second feels like an eternity in hell. That’s what I would do to Hitler.

I’ve had this fantasy since I was a kid, still do sometimes, and when I do, my heart speeds up — all these plans for the most evil, wicked soul in history. (Stalin is more wicked. Bush Jr. too…) But there’s a problem, which is I don’t actually believe in souls or evil, and I think wicked belongs in a musical.

But there’s some people I would like to see killed, but I’m against the death penalty. But I like schlocky violent movies, but I’m for strict gun control. But then there was a time I was at a laser tag place, and I had such a good time hiding in a corner shooting at people. In other words, I’m your basic confused human when it comes to violence.

as a species, we obviously have problems with violence. We use shower heads to deliver poison gas, letters with anthrax, airplanes as weapons, mass rape as a military strategy.

We’re a miserably violent species. But there’s a complication, which is we don’t hate violence, we hate the wrong kind.

And when it’s the right kind, we cheer it on, we hand out medals, we vote for, we mate with our champions of it. When it’s the right kind of violence, we love it. And there’s another complication, which is, in addition to us being this miserably violent species, we’re also this extraordinarily altruistic, compassionate one.

 how do you make sense of the biology of our best behaviors, our worst ones and all of those ambiguously in between?

for starters, what’s totally boring is understanding the motoric aspects of the behavior. Your brain tells your spine, tells your muscles to do something or other, and hooray, you’ve behaved.

What’s hard is understanding the meaning of the behavior, because in some settings, pulling a trigger is an appalling act; in others, it’s heroically self-sacrificial. In some settings, putting your hand one someone else’s is deeply compassionate. In others, it’s a deep betrayal. The challenge is to understand the biology of the context of our behaviors, and that’s real tough.

One thing that’s clear, though, is you’re not going to get anywhere if you think there’s going to be the brain region or the hormone or the gene or the childhood experience or the evolutionary mechanism that explains everything. Instead, every bit of behavior has multiple levels of causality.

4:17 Let’s look at an example. You have a gun. There’s a crisis going on: rioting, violence, people running around. A stranger is running at you in an agitated state — you can’t quite tell if the expression is frightened, threatening, angry — holding something that kind of looks like a handgun. You’re not sure. The stranger comes running at you and you pull the trigger. And it turns out that thing in this person’s hand was a cell phone.

4:47 So we asked this biological question: what was going on that caused this behavior? What caused this behavior? And this is a multitude of questions.

4:56 We start. What was going on in your brain one second before you pulled that trigger? And this brings us into the realm of a brain region called the amygdala. The amygdala, which is central to violence, central to fear, initiates volleys of cascades that produce pulling of a trigger. What was the level of activity in your amygdala one second before?

5:19 But to understand that, we have to step back a little bit. What was going on in the environment seconds to minutes before that impacted the amygdala? Now, obviously, the sights, the sounds of the rioting, that was pertinent. But in addition, you’re more likely to mistake a cell phone for a handgun if that stranger was male and large and of a different race. Furthermore, if you’re in pain, if you’re hungry, if you’re exhausted, your frontal cortex is not going to work as well, part of the brain whose job it is to get to the amygdala in time saying, “Are you really sure that’s a gun there?”

5:57 But we need to step further back. Now we have to look at hours to days before, and with this, we have entered the realm of hormones. For example, testosterone, where regardless of your sex, if you have elevated testosterone levels in your blood, you’re more likely to think a face with a neutral expression is instead looking threatening. Elevated testosterone levels, elevated levels of stress hormones, and your amygdala is going to be more active and your frontal cortex will be more sluggish.

6:28 Pushing back further, weeks to months before, where’s the relevance there? This is the realm of neural plasticity, the fact that your brain can change in response to experience, and if your previous months have been filled with stress and trauma, your amygdala will have enlarged. The neurons will have become more excitable, your frontal cortex would have atrophied, all relevant to what happens in that one second.

6:53 But we push back even more, back years, back, for example, to your adolescence. Now, the central fact of the adolescent brain is all of it is going full blast except the frontal cortex, which is still half-baked. It doesn’t fully mature until you’re around 25. And thus, adolescence and early adulthood are the years where environment and experience sculpt your frontal cortex into the version you’re going to have as an adult in that critical moment.

7:23 But pushing back even further, even further back to childhood and fetal life and all the different versions that that could come in. Now, obviously, that’s the time that your brain is being constructed, and that’s important, but in addition, experience during those times produce what are called epigenetic changes, permanent, in some cases, permanently activating certain genes, turning off others. And as an example of this, if as a fetus you were exposed to a lot of stress hormones through your mother, epigenetics is going to produce your amygdala in adulthood as a more excitable form, and you’re going to have elevated stress hormone levels.

8:03 But pushing even further back, back to when you were just a fetus, back to when all you were was a collection of genes. Now, genes are really important to all of this, but critically, genes don’t determine anything, because genes work differently in different environments. Key example here: there’s a variant of a gene called MAO-A, and if you have that variant, you are far more likely to commit antisocial violence if, and only if, you were abused as a child. Genes and environment interact, and what’s happening in that one second before you pull that trigger reflects your lifetime of those gene-environment interactions.

8:45 Now, remarkably enough, we’ve got to push even further back now, back centuries. What were your ancestors up to. And if, for example, they were nomadic pastoralists, they were pastoralists, people living in deserts or grasslands with their herds of camels, cows, goats, odds are they would have invented what’s called a culture of honor filled with warrior classes, retributive violence, clan vendettas, and amazingly, centuries later, that would still be influencing the values with which you were raised.

9:18 But we’ve got to push even further back, back millions of years, because if we’re talking about genes, implicitly we’re now talking about the evolution of genes. And what you see is, for example, patterns across different primate species. Some of them have evolved for extremely low levels of aggression, others have evolved in the opposite direction, and floating there in between by every measure are humans, once again this confused, barely defined species that has all these potentials to go one way or the other.

9:52 So what has this gotten us to? Basically, what we’re seeing here is, if you want to understand a behavior, whether it’s an appalling one, a wondrous one, or confusedly in between, if you want to understand that, you’ve got take into account what happened a second before to a million years before, everything in between.

10:11 So what can we conclude at this point? Officially, it’s complicated. Wow, that’s really helpful. It’s complicated, and you’d better be real careful, real cautious before you conclude you know what causes a behavior, especially if it’s a behavior you’re judging harshly.

10:29 Now, to me, the single most important point about all of this is one having to do with change. Every bit of biology I have mentioned here can change in different circumstances. For example, ecosystems change. Thousands of years ago, the Sahara was a lush grassland. Cultures change. In the 17th century, the most terrifying people in Europe were the Swedes, rampaging all over the place. This is what the Swedish military does now. They haven’t had a war in 200 years. Most importantly, brains change. Neurons grow new processes. Circuits disconnect. Everything in the brain changes, and out of this come extraordinary examples of human change.

11:16 First one: this is a man named John Newton, a British theologian who played a central role in the abolition of slavery from the British Empire in the early 1800s. And amazingly, this man spent decades as a younger man as the captain of a slave ship, and then as an investor in slavery, growing rich from this. And then something changed. Something changed in him, something that Newton himself celebrated in the thing that he’s most famous for, a hymn that he wrote: “Amazing Grace.”

11:54 This is a man named Zenji Abe on the morning of December 6, 1941, about to lead a squadron of Japanese bombers to attack Pearl Harbor. And this is the same man 50 years later to the day hugging a man who survived the attack on the ground. And as an old man, Zenji Abe came to a collection of Pearl Harbor survivors at a ceremony there and in halting English apologized for what he had done as a young man.

12:23 Now, it doesn’t always require decades. Sometimes, extraordinary change could happen in just hours. Consider the World War I Christmas truce of 1914. The powers that be had negotiated a brief truce so that soldiers could go out, collect bodies from no-man’s-land in between the trench lines. And soon British and German soldiers were doing that, and then helping each other carry bodies, and then helping each other dig graves in the frozen ground, and then praying together, and then having Christmas together and exchanging gifts, and by the next day, they were playing soccer together and exchanging addresses so they could meet after the war. That truce kept going until the officers had to arrive and said, “We will shoot you unless you go back to trying to kill each other.” And all it took here was hours for these men to develop a completely new category of “us,” all of us in the trenches here on both sides, dying for no damn reason, and who is a “them,” those faceless powers behind the lines who were using them as pawns.

13:29 And sometimes, change can occur in seconds. Probably the most horrifying event in the Vietnam War was the My Lai Massacre. A brigade of American soldiers went into an undefended village full of civilians and killed between 350 and 500 of them, mass-raped women and children, mutilated bodies. It was appalling. It was appalling because it occurred, because the government denied it, because the US government eventually did nothing more than a slap on the wrist, and appalling because it almost certainly was not a singular event. This man, Hugh Thompson, this is the man who stopped the My Lai Massacre. He was piloting a helicopter gunship, landed there, got out and saw American soldiers shooting babies, shooting old women, figured out what was going on, and he then took his helicopter and did something that undid his lifetime of conditioning as to who is an “us” and who is a “them.” He landed his helicopter in between some surviving villagers and American soldiers and he trained his machine guns on his fellow Americans, and said, “If you don’t stop the killing, I will mow you down.”

14:45 Now, these people are no more special than any of us. Same neurons, same neurochemicals, same biology. What we’re left with here is this inevitable cliche: “Those who don’t study history are destined to repeat it.” What we have here is the opposite of it. Those who don’t study the history of extraordinary human change, those who don’t study the biology of what can transform us from our worst to our best behaviors, those who don’t do this are destined not to be able to repeat these incandescent, magnificent moments.

15:19 So thank you.

15:21 (Applause)

15:31 CA: Talks that really give you a new mental model about something, those are some of my favorite TED Talks, and we just got one. Robert, thank you so much for that. Good luck with the book. That was amazing, and we’re going to try and get you to come here in person one year. Thank you so much.

Patsy Z and TEDxSKE shared a link.
How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic — and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they occurred. In this fascinating talk, he share…
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Nous sommes un peuple de mer(de)

Finally, an ire Lebanese woman blowing her top and describing our status.


Un peuple minable. Un peuple composé de criminels, de voyous, de lâches, d’inconscients, d’anarchistes, de fourbes.

Un peuple qui ne mérite pas son appartenance Libanaise (ou aucune autre appurtenance?). Nous sommes un peuple indigne (de quoi? d’être citoyen?). Un peuple honteux.

Mon Dieu, que nous sommes honteux. Nous, les complices de la République. Complices de l’immense crime écologique qui a détruit à jamais nos côtes et notre mer.

Complices des crimes commis dans la rue par des ordures aux veines shootées, au cerveau atrophié, appuyés par des hommes véreux.

Nous sommes complices des bûcherons-bouchers qui abattent les arbres de nos forêts pour en faire des carrières.

Complices des hommes qui bafouent inlassablement les droits des femmes. Complices de tous ceux qui augmentent leurs prix allègrement C’est-à-dire tout le monde.

Complices des politiciens qui nous volent. Des députés qui s’autoprorogent un nouveau mandat.

Complices de ces meurtres insensés de notre pays, que nous commettons jour après jour. Nous sommes nuls et abjects.

3 200 tonnes de déchets se déversent chaque jour dans la mer à Bourj Hammoud, Jdeidé et Dbayé, à la demande de notre ministre de l’Environnement. Chaque p*** de jour. « Ah bon ? Yay quelle horreur, c’est inadmissible. Il faut faire quelque chose… Mais dis-moi, tu vas à Enfeh demain ? Il paraît que c’est propre là-bas. »

L’aveuglement à son paroxysme. Nouvelle loi électorale, prorogation d’une année, cartes magnétiques à 35 millions de dollars. « Ma32oul ! Ce n’est pas permis. On n’a pas besoin de ces cartes, ce sont les mêmes qui vont revenir. Ils ne savent plus quoi faire pour continuer à piller le pays… Dakhlik, tu vas voter pour qui ? » La connerie à l’état pur.

Augmentation des prix. Des prix hallucinants pour tout. Les restaurants, la bouffe, les bars, les plages, les fringues, les cafés, les billets d’avion, internet, les forfaits de mobile. « Tu te rends compte que ma journée à la plage en Grèce – aller-retour en bateau, location des transats, espressos, cafés frappés, petites bouteilles d’eau, Caïpirinha sous le parasol, déjeuner – m’a coûté le prix de l’entrée de n’importe quelle plage au Liban. Si ce n’est moins… L’été prochain, je vais deux mois à Mykonos, Skiathos, Sifnos, Poros… » Bref, partout où ça finit en os.

Le mépris dans toute sa splendeur. (Someone told me that renting a condo in Tyr cost $250 per day, just to enjoy the beach)

L’électricité sera enfin donnée 24h/24 et les prix vont probablement augmenter. « Yi, c’est génial. » C’est vrai que c’est extraordinaire que l’un des services fondamentaux auxquels un citoyen (qui paye ses impôts, aussi minimes soient-ils) puisse accéder soit enfin disponible 24 heures sur 24.

C’est donc normal que ça soit plus cher. La bêtise comme on n’en fait plus. Roy Hamouche meurt assassiné, d’une balle dans la tête, logée par un monstre, après une altercation routière.

Le parquet requiert des poursuites contre les meurtriers présumés, et le crime ne restera pas impuni. « Walla, c’est bien. » Bien ? Bien de condamner un meurtrier ? C’est normal, bordel, de condamner un meurtrier. D’ailleurs, a-t-on appris quelque chose de nouveau sur l’affaire depuis le 15 juin ? La naïveté à son summum.

Un mec nous insulte alors qu’il est en sens interdit, on klaxonne, rouspète et on cède le chemin. On ne sait jamais, peut-être qu’il a une arme. On paye 300 dollars une salade, une viande et un verre de vin. Légitime, c’est un Black Angus Premium élevé dans les pâturages d’Aberdeen, croisé avec un Wagyu de Fujiyoshi et ramené à Beyrouth par DHL… « Je te jure, c’est le meilleur resto du Liban. »

Mais bien sûr. À New York, c’est combien ? Et à Tokyo ? Tokyo, où si l’on y passe ses vacances, coûterait moins cher qu’un week-end dans le Chouf. Et la plage à 125$ la journée, pour nager dans une piscine chaude (la mer étant impraticable, à moins qu’on ait des pulsions suicidaires), s’éclater les tympans sur de la très mauvaise musique, manger une glace fondue et reglacée, coincé sur un bed (à 50$) entre deux mecs bedonnants à cigare… C’est normal ?

Normal qu’on soit le pays le plus cher de la région ? Celui qui a le taux de cancer le plus élevé de la MENA ? Normal que l’on croule sous une dette indécente au profit de quelques hommes et de leurs payrollers ?

Normal qu’on fonce droit dans le mur et qu’on le fasse le sourire aux lèvres en clamant à n’importe quel sourd qui voudrait l’entendre : « Mais noooon, la qualité de vie est top au Liban. Et la nightlife aussi. Et les services (pas ceux avec la plaque rouge évidemment). »

Et c’est normal que nous ne fassions rien ?
Effectivement, c’est tout à fait normal. Parce que, même si nous applaudissons quelques (très) belles initiatives par-ci, par-là, ce que nous savons faire de mieux tient en un mot : rien.

Note: I demand that we get daily boats to take us to Cyprus. Why this is Not feasible in Lebanon?

Notes and comments on FB and Twitter. Part 47

Appraisal fraud: Hired  appraisers by banks inflate the value of the home that is being pledged as security for the loan. Honest appraisers are blacklisted and banks refuse to use them.

Liar’s loans: making loans without even checking what the borrower’s income is. 50% of all the loans called subprime were liar’s loans.

By 2007, a survey of appraisers found that 90% of them reported been subjected to coercion from the lenders trying to get them to inflate an appraisal

Once a loan start out fraudulent, it can only be sold to the secondary market through more frauds, lying about the reps and warrantees

People prefer to befriend me from afar, further from the longest pole. They are intuitively smart: from the first encounter they record this fact: mean person, la2eem

Smart move from Feldman (former ambassador to Lebanon and assistant to UN chief): He denied the Sunnis any alternatives but Saad Hariri. He set up 3 of them former prime ministers the trap of sending a letter to the Arab Summit

As for the 2 Maronite former Presidents, Feldman didn’t mind burning these 2 redundant persons

Je peux reconnaitre ceux qui veulent atteindre au mensonge absolu: Les écrivains

Le fantastique existe seulement dans un univers fantastique. Persuadez moi qu’un cheval peut discourir et je peux me persuader que les arbres et l’environ sont aussi fantastiques

C’est cruel et sadique de croire qu’il peut exister une réalité transcendante si on ne croit pas qu’on pourrait l’atteindre

A quoi sert un cocquillage? A voler toutes les couleurs pour s’en faire un manteaux de nacre?

Le sceau de la possession absolue? Même quand l’autre vous a quitté?

Je vous donne ces fleurs d’un même bouquet; je vous dois leur beauté

Eduquer des enfants? Menteur. Les enfants apprennent par observation. Est-ce que votre comportement au quotidian représente ce que l’enfant doit apprendre?

Béni la sagesse non-voulu de se sentir inept á éprouver de la compassion pour un enfant: si on pouvait accepter cette sagesse sans rechignier

L’expansionism d’Israel n’a rien a voir avec ses propres potentielles, mais son status de mercenaire des coloniaux occidentaux

Le dynamism expansionniste d’une nation résulte du surplus humain qualifiés qui ne trouve pas d’emplois stables dans la periode. Si l’Etat a des potentielles financiéres et militaires c’est une imperialism. Au cas contraire, c’est l’immigration volontaire (forcé economiquement). Si le surplus humain est non-qualifié, ce sont des réfugiés.

Les peuples, surtout leurs représentants, préferent les guerres de voluptés immédiates, á des paix ennuyeuses, grosses de difficultés internes et des diarrhées juridiques et électorales.

Le devoir de détruire l’idolaterie d’une souveraineté nationale fondée sur la race, le prejudice, la discrimination…Contraire á la diversification des cultures et l’ échange humaines

WWI cost 650 bn gold-francs to the allies and 350 bn to Germany. France, strongly hoping that Germany will pay war reparation, spent 650 bn during a decade disbursing on family allocations for killed and mutilated soldiers and repatriating displaced people to desolate war zones.

Germany infrastructure and industries in WWI were never damaged: All the war was done in Belgium and North France. Unlike WWII before Nazi surrender, where entire cities were wiped out by air carpet bombing, like Dresden

Une déclaration hostile, non assortie d’un ultimatum, comment peut elle être punie? Israel est devenu maître on ces déclarations, suivie par USA

The couple was so good and without malice. So good people couldn’t stand them.

People watching boules are better players: as is the case for audience of games

Potential Thatcherism won in France for lack of imagination in first round of election process: Macron is searching for a Falkland excuse

Day 22. 1,700 Palestinian prisoners still on hunger strike. Israel deny them salt for their drinking. Half a dozen Palestinian youths detained administratively today.

Le passé n’est jamais perdu: il est toujours notre obsession. Les moments passés, qui sont dense de signification dramatique, décident de notre present

Notes and comments on FB and Twitter. Part 45

L’ homme d’état se norrit du plankton de l’histoire du pays. L’inculte Macron finira par trahir son pays

Une journée salie par les cirvées, corrompue par la fatigue, sans heroism, sans passion, sans peril. Et si cette journée s’étend a une vie entiére?

Le châtiment qui precéde la faute, même sans preuves et sans indices. C’est le lot du tiers-monde: collateral damages and no one to face trial at la Hague International Court

Ces machos qui passent a coté de la femme de leur vie a cause d’une tache de naissance ou d’un orteil en marteau

La honte en ce premier tour de l’ élection en France c’est que Hamon et les petits candidats ont permi a Le Pen d’etre candidate au deuxieme tour. Si Le Pen etait un homme, ils seraient souvenus de Hitler et Mussolini… Et si Le Pen devient Presidente? Vous la congratulerez au nom de la democratie? Hitler a joui de la democratie et retint le pouvoir

The distinguishing feature of male human species is that he can go through the day denying reality. He can spend most of his life in a parallel life.

If, as a customer, you watch horror movies, murder and action movies… you are an accessary to crime 

Même tes descendants ne te resemblent pas. Jamais. Cesse de te chercher en L’ Autre. Apprecie Ta vie

On est tous semblable, les vivants, finalement: On se déméne pour survivre, on cavalcade et la fraternelle mort nous unie

Ce bref parcours: voyage de la vie, devenue Toi. Quel periple dont on n’ est pas conscient

Même s’ il ne se passait jamais rien ici, on n’ est pas a l’ abri d’ une catastrophe.

Brave, témerére, lâche, idiot, intelligent… La fraternelle mort n’ en n’ a cure. Ce sont les mots qui nous divisent

Quand on est mort, on voit tout mais on regarde trés peu. Ne vous en faite pas des regards des morts. Les politiques qui font la guerre pour la guerre sont plus a craindre

Ces descendants des hacendados ont toujours besoin du sang neuf, de la chair fraiche, sans se lasser, sans se repentir.

C’ est facile de tomber amoureux. On peut tomber amoureux de plusieurs hommes, femmes, animaux, plantes. Tous á la fois. Et c’ est parfois sans issue: c’ est doux et ca fait mal

On se sert du language pour mentir. Apprend les languages des gestes, postures, silence et les yeux pour débusquer les mots du Coeur

Les sentiments, comme la jalousie, sont de l’ herbe séche, justement apprecier par les vaches et les chévres

J’ ai vecu mon enfance dans des secrets et n’ avait pas eu la curiosité d’ en savoir plus. “Tu le sais bien. Il n’ ya pas de secret, pas de mystére” m’ a dit la belle et souple Hoatu de l’ ile Raiatea

It is too late, the cat is out: All those small-scale candidates let Le Pen reach the crucial second round. The programs of all the defeated candidates don’t match Macron’s

“Si tchas” means Tomorrow in Russian, as Come tomorrow. In Lebanon we are All Mr. Si tchas

Riga in 1921 (Lituania, Lettonie): Une bouche sans corps, pas viable pour être independante. Un folklore en voie de disparition. Une race de face aplatie, lourde carrure, esprit lent et rusé, cruels petits yeux. La police communiste choississe leurs bourreaux parmi les Lettons (Louise Weiss in Memoire d’une Européenne)

How Nazism spread? From 1919 to 1921,  les gens de droite assassinent un gauche tous les 2 jours. La Gauche un tous les 40 jours. La droite commit 345 meurtres contre 19. Les coupable de droite recoivent en totale 31 ans de prison. La gauche 8 peine capitales et 211 ans de prison. Injustice leads to insecurity followed by dictatorship

Même après les millions morts de WWI, il se trouvait encore des intellectuel survivants Francais qui s’apostrophiaient en Greque Ancient. Et c’est pouquoi la Grece fut inclue a L’EU

Apparemment, l’EU n’a pas compris grand chose de la faillite de la Société des Nations après WWI: paralysée par les impératifs majoritaires des systemes parlementaires de chaque Etat member pour ratifier chaque clause des traits

Des 7 “leaders” Libanais, lesquels vont au marché et reviennent avec leur vache? La plupart.

L’énumeration des taches quotidiennes s’allonge en épopée, bien qu’on n’ait pas lu Homer ou L’Illiade

Il y a des moments óu on se sent un lampadaire auprés duquel un chien s’arrête et léve la patte. Quand quelqu’un vous décrit comme un être normal.




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