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Not feeling I own my property

4 années vécues au Liban. En sus de mon dû à l’État, j’achetais mon électricité mensuellement, et mon Eau à la semaine.

Au quotidien, les frais annexes de mon appartement (dont j’étais propriétaire ) me faisaient dire qu’au Liban , vous avez beau être proprio, tout se passe comme si vous y seriez éternels locataires !

Et si on parlait de l’EAU au Liban. Une citerne par semaine et par famille .
À qui profite cette histoire d’Ô ?

Tout le monde sait que les villes ont 3 ou 4 rendez-vous annuels avec leurs rues devenues pataugeoires sous l’effet des précipitations dont on parle symptomatiquement alors que tous les ans les pouvoirs publics auraient pu en amont faire un travail de canalisation de cet or blanc pour les besoins des Libanais aux saisons sèches .

Hiberner … ou Citerner

N.B . mon IPad me conteste le mot citerner . Je l’amènerai avec moi au Liban en novembre, il comprendra …

Note: We dread the first rain in Lebanon after 7 months of dry weather: Every street is flooded because nothing is prevented before it rains. We should prefer one of those cyclones, devastating those shores stolen by private profiteers and denying us free clean beaches. i

“Facts” on Left-hand people?

Left-handers are the strange ones.  While they make up 10% of the population, it seems like society has forgotten about them.

According to many old wives tales, these people are a gift from the universe. (Probably from Indian tribes? Who attributed special qualities for the minorities?)

While the exact reason behind this phenomenon is still unclear, recent research shows that there might be a link between human genes and the environment and our surrounding. (Wow. Any other factors to add?)

It is also believed that most left-handers come from a family in which some of the members are already ‘lefty’.

The team of researchers found that the brain doesn’t function the same in right-handed and left-handed individuals.

Hence, left-handers are more independent as they are forced to deal with the majority of right-handed world? (Since designs target the vastest portion of population?)

Here are 24 facts about left-handers that you were probably unaware of:

1. It is estimated that 5-10 percent of the world population is left-handed

2. The word ‘left’ dates back to Anglo-Saxon era and it derives from the word ‘lyft”, which means weak or broken

3. Left-handers use the right part of their brain

4. Left-handed people are great in many sports, particularly tennis, baseball, boxing, and swimming

5. More than 40% of the most famous tennis players are left-handed (disturb the play of the right-handed methods?)

6. Left-handers are better in seeing clearly underwater compared to right-handed individuals

7. In fact, left-handers are at 3% higher of being addicted to alcohol intake.

8. left-handed college graduates eventually become richer by 26% more than right-handed ones.

9. Left-handers are late-bloomers, which means that they reach puberty five months later than right-handers.

10. Animals can also be left-handed (left-pawed).

11. In the U.S, 4 out 7 states are left-handed (Meaning they are in majority?)

12. Some of the longest words can be written with the left-hand include sweater, dresses, and tesserae decades.

13. In the past, left-handedness has been associated with criminal, homosexuality, and neurosis. Interestingly enough, it has been linked to musicality and creativity, too.

14. Left-handers are more prone to insomnia compared to right-handers.

15. Currently, there are more than 30 million left-handers in the U.S.

16. Statistics show that women who give birth in their 40s are at 128% higher chance of giving birth to a left-handed child.

17. Left-handers have their special day! August 13th is the International Left-Hander`s Day.

18. Due to their ability to process information more rapidly, left-handers experience emotions differently than right-handers.

19. Left-handed individuals are great in mathematics, spatial awareness, and architecture.

20. Medical experts claim that when a left-handed individual injures their dominant hand, they learn to use the right one very fast. This is much more difficult for right-handers.

21. Left-handers are more prone to allergies and asthma compared to right-handers.

22. left-handedness is a characteristic which runs in the family. For instance, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Mother, and Prince Charles are/were left-handed.

23. Out of the four Apollo astronauts, one of them was left-handed.

24. One of the most notorious killers in human history were left-handers. For instance, Jack the Ripper, Osama bin Laden, and Boston Stranglers were all left-handed.


Google launched an initiative to improve how users work with artificial intelligence

  • The research initiative will involve collaborations with people in multiple Google product groups, as well as professors from Harvard and MIT.
  • More informative explanations of recommendations could result from the research over time.
| Monday, 10 Jul 2017 | 12:00 PM ET

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during Google I/O 2016 at Shoreline Amphitheatre

Justin Sullivan | Getty Images

Alphabet on Monday said it has kicked off a new research initiative aimed at improving human interaction with artificial intelligence systems.

The People + AI Research (PAIR) program currently encompasses a dozen people who will collaborate with Googlers in various product groups — as well as outsiders like Harvard University professor Brendan Meade and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Hal Abelson.

The research could eventually lead to refinements in the interfaces of the smarter components of some of the world’s most popular apps. And Google’s efforts here could inspire other companies to adjust their software, too.

“One of the things we’re going to be looking into is this notion of explanation — what might be a useful on-time, on-demand explanation about why a recommendation system did something it did,” Google Brain senior staff research scientist Fernanda Viegas told CNBC in an interview.

The PAIR program takes inspiration from the concept of design thinking, which highly prioritizes the needs of people who will use the products being developed.

While end users — such as YouTube’s 1.5 billion monthly users — can be the target of that, the research is also meant to improve the experience of working with AI systems for AI researchers, software engineers and domain experts as well, Google Brain senior staff research scientist Martin Wattenberg told CNBC.

The new initiative fits in well with Google’s increasing focus on AI.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has repeatedly said the world is transitioning from being mobile-first to AI-first, and the company has been taking many steps around that thesis.

Recently, for example, Google formed a venture capital group to invest in AI start-ups.

Meanwhile Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft have been active in AI in the past few years as well.

The company implemented a redesign for several of its apps in 2011 and in more recent years has been sprucing up many of its properties with its material design principles.

in 2016 John Maeda, then the design partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, pointed out in his annual report on design in technology that Google had been perceived as improving the most in design.

What is new is that Googlers are trying to figure out how to improve design specifically for AI components. And that’s important because AI is used in a whole lot of places around Google apps, even if you might not always realize it.

Video recommendations in YouTube, translations in Google Translate, article suggestions in the Google mobile app and even Google search results are all enhanced with AI.

Note: with no specific examples to understand what Justin is talking about, consider this article as free propaganda to Google

Selling confusion

Over the last few decades, there’s been a consistent campaign to sow confusion around evolution, vaccines and climate change.

Confusion doesn’t need to be right to be confusing

In all three areas, we all have access to far more data, far more certainty and endless amounts of proof that the original theories have held up.

The data is more accurate than it’s ever been.

Evolution is the best way to explain and predict the origin and change of species. (Adaptation to nature?)

Vaccines are not the cause of autism and save millions of kids’ (and parents’) lives.

And the world is, in fact, getting dangerously warmer.

And yet…

Poll after poll in many parts of the world show that people are equivocating or outright denying all three.

Unlike the increasingly asymptotic consistency in scientific explanations, the deniers have an endless list of reasons for their confusion, many of which contradict each other.

Worth noting that this response doesn’t happen around things that are far more complicated or scientifically controversial (like gravity and dark matter). It’s the combination of visceral impact and tribal cohesion that drives the desire to deny.

Cigarette companies were among the original denialists (they claimed that cigarettes were unrelated to lung cancer, but that didn’t work out very well for them), and much of their confusion playbook is being used on these new topics..

To what end? Confusion might help some industries or causes in the short run, but where does it lead?

Working to turn facts into political issues doesn’t make them any less true. (Unless the power-to-be manages to sustain the false claims?)

If this growing cohort ‘wins’, what do they get?

In a post-science world, where physics and testable facts are always open to the layman’s opinion in the moment, how are things better? How does one develop a new antibiotic without an understanding of speciation and disease resistance?

I know what the science p.o.v. gets us if it prevails, if evolution is taught in schools, if vaccines become ever safer and widespread, if governments and corporations begin to ameliorate and prepare for worldwide weather change.

What’s a mystery is what the anti-science comfounders get if they prevail. What happens when we don’t raise the next generation of scientists, when vaccines become politically and economically untenable, when we close our eyes and simply rebuild houses on the floodplain again?

Gravity doesn’t care if you believe in it, neither does lung cancer.

Ask a confusor that the next time he offers a short term smoke screen. If this is a race to be the most uninformed, and the most passive, what if we win?

This dumb hobby: Bruising your knuckles

On beating yourself up

Almost everyone does it. I’m not sure why.

After the fact (or even during it) all the blame, second-guessing and paralysis. We say things to ourselves that we’d never permit anyone else to say. Why?

  1. It leaves us bruised and battered, unlikely to do our best work while we’re recovering.
  2. It hurts our knuckles.
  3. It distracts us from the work at hand.

Perhaps there’s a more humane and productive way to instill positive forward motion. I’m sure there is.

At the very least, this is a dumb hobby.

How death has changed over 100 years in Britain

Childhood was once perilous and adult lives were often cut short – but life expectancy now tops 80 years

Benjamin Franklin once wrote that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”, but just how – and at what age – we are likely to exit the world has changed dramatically over the past 100 years, thanks to changing social structures and advances in medicine and technology.

While once childhood was a perilous period and adult lives were often cut short, life expectancy at birth now tops 80 years in the UK.

The data collated by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) encompasses all causes of death, labelled according to the World Health Organization’s international classification of diseases – hence cancer is split into different types, rather than grouped together. The labels for causes of death are those used at the time the records were made.

Infant mortality and measles

“The oldest inhabitants recollected no period at which measles had been so prevalent, or so fatal to infant existence; and many were the mournful processions which little Oliver headed, in a hat-band reaching down to his knees, to the indescribable admiration and emotion of all the mothers in the town,” writes Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist, capturing the devastation measles could bring.

Measles was the leading cause of death in children in 1915

Number of deaths per 10,000 deaths


1. Measles
2. Broncho-pneumonia
3. Diphtheria
4. Whooping cough
5. Tuberculous meningitis
6. Bronchitis (other)
7. Pneumonia (type not stated)
8. Meningitis, other forms
9. Scarlet fever
10. Pulmonary tuberculosis

Yet even before the introduction of a vaccine against measles in 1968, and subsequently the MMR vaccine in 1988, the rate of deaths attributed to the infection had begun to fall.

The trend has been used by some as evidence of the virus becoming less deadly. But experts say in reality it is down to other factors including better nutrition, improved health services – such as the development of antibiotics, preventing death from secondary infections – and, crucially, reduced overcrowding due to better housing. “Measles is incredibly infectious so if you have got overcrowding it spreads like wildfire,” said Helen Bedford, professor of children’s health at University College London.

Even so, as of 1955 measles was still the eighth leading cause of death in those under 15.

Deaths from measles only became a rarity with the introduction of vaccines – a move that could also have helped to drive a drop in childhood deaths from other diseases, given that measles can leave the immune system weakened for more than two years.

But measles remains a deadly disease. Between January 2016 and July 2017, 35 deaths were reported in Europe, primarily among unvaccinated individuals – a situation that has been blamed, at least in part, on the impact of anti-vaccination campaigns.

“In 2015 [worldwide] there were 134,000 deaths from measles. That’s 15 deaths every hour,” Bedford added.

Andrew Pollard, professor of paediatrics at the University of Oxford, agreed that vaccination was a priority. “The thing we can do today [in vaccination] that would make the biggest difference to child mortality in the world would be to get the extra 20% of children vaccinated against measles who are not currently vaccinated.”

War and traffic

Diseases, whether acute infections or chronic illnesses, account for the vast majority of deaths, regardless of decade. But data for 1945 reveals the impact of another deadly outbreak: war.

In the year the second world war drew to a close, it was the seventh leading cause of death for those aged 14 or under, and the 10th leading cause of death for those aged 15-49. The figures only relate to those who died in England and Wales and do not include deaths abroad, so those who died in world wars overseas are not in the data.

Other societal changes are also reflected in the data. Probably down to both reductions in deaths from infectious diseases and an increase in traffic, in 1945 deaths linked to motor vehicles entered the top 10 causes for the first time, being the second most common cause of death in under 15s with more than 1,050 cases.

Motor vehicles were the second highest cause of death among under 15s in 1945

From 1955 to 1995, “motor vehicle traffic accident involving collision with pedestrian” was the leading cause of death among children under 15, albeit with declining figures. By 2015 it had fallen out of the top 10 causes altogether.

Nick Lloyd, road safety manager at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said the decline in deaths was probably down to a number of factors, including the use of child car seats – keeping children inside cars safe – changing car design to reduce the chances of a pedestrian being killed in a collision, better road safety education, the introduction of traffic calming measures and even a reduction in the number of children who walk or cycle to school.

Suicide on the rise

According to the ONS, suicide encompasses deaths that are known to have been down to intentional self-harm and death by injuries where the intent was undetermined.

However, the latter does not apply for those under the age of 15 since such deaths could, for example, be down to abuse or neglect – so although suicide can be recorded as a cause of death for those aged 10 and over, the figures presented here only encompass those for individuals over the age of 14.

Trends in those taking their own life are far from simple – with changes in rates over the last century showing different patterns for different age groups, sexes and even methods.

“The risks for different groups of people are quite different,” said Elizabeth Scowcroft, research manager at the Samaritans.

Taken together, one thing is clear: in recent decades suicide has become one of the leading causes of death among those aged 15-49 – and men are about three times more likely than women to take their own life.

In 2015, suicide was one of the leading causes of death among people aged 15-49

1. Suicide (specific methods)
2. Accidental poisoning by narcotics and psycho-dysleptics
3. Alcoholic liver disease
4. Breast cancer
5. Chronic ischaemic heart disease
6. Acute myocardial infarction
7. Cancer of lung, bronchus and trachea
8. Brain cancer
9. Pneumonia
10. Accidental poisoning by other drugs, medicaments and biological substances

Older population

In 2015 Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and unspecified dementia all made it into the top 10 causes of death for the first time.

It’s far from a straightforward shift and probably down to a combination of factors including longer life expectancy, as more people reach the oldest ages, and better survival of other illnesses.

But this is not the full story. Improvements in diagnosis and changes in the ways in which deaths are recorded or classified have probably also played a role.

Searching all deaths from 1945, for example, there is no mention of dementia or anything similar – yet it is unlikely that there were no deaths at all from diseases that cause dementia.

Dementia was one of the leading causes of death for the over 85s in 2015

1. Chronic ischaemic heart disease
2. Dementia
3. Cancer of lung, bronchus and trachea
4. Pneumonia
5. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (other)
6. Acute myocardial infarction
7. Stroke not specified as hemorrhage or infarction
8. Alzheimer’s disease
9. Vascular dementia
10. Prostate cancer

One possible clue might lie in the number of deaths in the early to mid 20th century that are classified as “senile decay” or simply “old age”. Since what are now known as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease were once considered a natural part of the ageing process, it is possible that such deaths were, at least in part, swept up under these catch-all labels. The labelling system used in 1965 offers further insights with the appearance of “senile psychosis” and, in 1985, “other cerebral degenerations” – a label which included Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. It could also be that some deaths now counted as dementia might have been attributed to other illnesses present in an individual.

In the UK the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at


The data was collated by the Office for National Statistics from the general register officer and reflects the causes of death as reported at that time. It’s not possible to accurately draw trends from changes in the specific causes of death as definitions vary over time. No children under the age of one are included in the data.

Death rates are based on the number of deaths attributable to any given cause across all age groups. All the classifications are taken from the international classification of diseases, which is currently managed by the World Health Organization

Notes and tidbits on FB and Twitter. Part 65

Two US navy ships arrived to Qatar, supposedly to train Qatari marine

Aunt Therese lived with us for 3 years since I was  12. She treated me like her younger brother. She bought me books: collection Rose and Verte. We upgraded to Balzac, Flaubert, Stendhal, Alexandre Dumas (Pére et Fils)…She took me to see foreign movies My Fair lady, Songs of Music…If you are reading my notes, comments and articles, it is because of her very silent encouragement.

Avez-vous vu un éléphanteau mourant, couché sur le flanc, sa petite trompe inerte, vous regardant des yeux óu semblent s’être réfugiées toutes les qualities humaine et don’t l’humanité est si dépourvue?

L’éléphante, cherchant son petit, surgit devant moi avec toute la légereté d’une montagne s’apprétant á me tomber dessus.

Our ID has a bar code if you want to run the election electronically. Why this magnetic election card?

Le Saint Esprit fut crée pour offrir l’immunité totale a Dieu. A kind of Moral Entity?

Le venin du racism et de l’aparteid des societies occidentales, forcées de l’enfouire publiquement, s’épanche á volonté dans la sociéte Israelienne. 

L’age ravageuse se rend compte lorsequ’on n’a plus les moyens de rêver d’un lendemain meilleur

Les gens ont besoin d’amitié. S’ils ne la trouvent que chez les chiens, chats et canaris… c’est que la civilization a échouée

Ce “bandit d’honneur” qui place la sauveguarde de la faune sauvage au-dessus des hommes mesquins qui cherchent le plaisir á abattre tout animal en vue.

Ce que le progress demande est de rompre avec les mystéres, de renoncer aux coutumes qui sont enracinées dans les splendeurs de la nature

Le gouvernement central est convaincu qu’une colonisation qui n’aboutit pas á un movement sédicieux et á des massacres n’est pas une colonisation réussie

L’amie prodigieuse” d’Elena Ferrante. A lire.

Seules, les femmes savent raconteur leur enfance

La plébe c’est nous: on se dispute pour la nourriture, contre ceux qui sont mieux servis durant les fêtes, les rancunes qui durent des années après chaque noce et fête

The girl in the book: she had character and she lived in her shadow for 15 years

Les Francais: on s’en fout d’une opposition au parlement. 57% n’ont pas voté au second tour.

La France se mobilise pour quoi faire? Endiguer le chomage?

Hollande a fait la guerre et a ruiné la Syrie et n’a rien fait pour les émigrés et le Liban

Who is the normal person? The one affected by his childhood. Or the one who came out, as if in coma of feelings?

Elle avait des yeux gris qui ont tout vu, et victorieusement

J’ai une grande experience de la solitude: Je sais qu’une présence sympathique peut vous faire du bien, même de loin.

Je redoublais de gentillesse en publique á l’égard de cet homme qui me dégoutait, pour éviter le reproche d’ hypocrisie que l’on nous fait si facilement, á nous autres Anglais (Great irony)

Elle ne cachait pas ses sentiments avec moi: Elle savait qu’elle ne risquait rien, puisque le gentleman en moi ne comprendrait pas

La décence: une qualité sans grandes ambitions, sans genie…et pourtant, un rameau, une pousse devant lequel l’humanité eût dû hésiter plus qu’elle ne l’avait fait

L’indécence a les mêmes characteristiques que la décence : une nulité.

Sans les peines qu’on fait subir á autrui

L’humour: l’arme par excellence pour lutter contre soi-même. One ne forge pas cette arme facilement

Il est désagréable pour un homme d’être traité comme un pére par une jeune jolie femme. (Elle doit être jolie pour avoir cet effet)

Il est aussi désagréable de se sentir á 16 ans considéré comme un enfant. La même chose pour les jolies femmes.

Saudi monarchy has lost its war in Yemen

Its illusory power purchased in malignant medias and with sectarian alliances:

Hassan Nasr Allah (General Secretary of Hezbollah of Lebanon) has manhandled this obscurantist monarchy’s “worthless pride“.

And this Wahhabi monarchy is reacting with virulent counter attacks on any media disseminating the free expressions of Nasr Allah, opinions based on facts that most reasonable person understand and had witnessed for decades, starting in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon, Bahrain, Syria and Iraq.

Saudi Kingdom started sanctions on Lebanon and a series of internal meddling after the heart felt speech of Al Sayyed

The Arab world most serious descent into ignorance was not during the ottoman Empire dominion, but when the Saudi monarchy acceded to wealth to wreck havoc in the Arabic societies since 1925.

Million of kids are suffering from hunger in Yemen and thousands have succumbed to cholera that affected half a million.

Scores of Saudi reformists are being detained. Head chopping is still the regulation and increasing for other reasons Not mentioned in Shari3a.

Thousands of religious madrassat and mosques are still being erected everywhere, with Wahhabi clerics heading them and teaching extremist and terrorist behaviors to newer generations.

All enlightened leaders (Antoun Saadeh, Boumedian, Abdel Nasser …) have stated that as long as Saudi Kingdom (Wahhabi sect) is standing, there will be no peace or progress in the Arab World.

And this terror mentality (of considering every other belief system other than Wahhabi should be eradicated by death) is spreading all around the world communities via ISIS.

Mind you that the tomb of Prophet Mohammad was destroyed and Al Ka3ba was a target to be blown up until Britain pressured Saud to desist from this objective because its Moslem colonies were in upheaval.

Notes and tidbits on FB and Twitter. Part 64

Man-made designs barely consider the idiosyncrasies of users and the environment of the community and the designers lack the necessary knowledge, technically and the socio-psychological intricacies, of the users and community.

The diversity of users and environments will easily pinpoint the deficiencies in any man-made system. The proper functioning of any system in the medium term relies solely on the acceptance of the idiosyncrasy of the community, regardless of the level of performance the system is delivering, particularly in health and safety usage and applications

The plot is thickening in Lebanon. The sectarian political system is Not ready for any reform of the election law. Any reform means giving leverage to the civil society that is growing and growling.

If we have to comprehend Lebanon on sectarian divide, it is more likely that the Shi3a constitute 45%, the Sunnis (including the Druze who never were Sunnis by any long shot in their history) 35% and all the Christian sects barely 25%.

How can an election law be tailor-made to offer the Christians 50% of the seats on their own voting potentials (according to the implicit agreement since its independence and Not by the Constitution)? It is Not feasible.

A leap of faith that the Lebanese citizens have developed to adhere to a civil society is necessary from the Christian political parties.

The emotional labor of listening when we’d rather yell, of working with someone instead of firing him, of seeking out facts and insights that we don’t (yet) agree with. and of being prepared…

The tiny “Arabic” Gulf States will solely pay the heavy price from any confrontation with Iran, military or economic. They will be drastically destabilized and investment will evaporate in no time. They better stand fast against the onslaught of this crazy Saudi Kingdom geo-political orientation.

Historically, the so-called Arabic Empire was basically Islamic, where the Arabic language was adopted for doing sciences and philosophy.

The Omayyad Empire was Syrian-based civilization, the Abbasid was Persian-based culture, the Fatimid was Maghreb-based customs implanted in Egypt and Andalusia was pretty much North African traditions.

Saudi Kingdom is trying this illusion that it is renewing a dead Arabic dominion against Persia Iran.

One-time imitation learning: An algorithm allows for teaching a robot how to do something by first having a human being demonstrate it in a virtual reality setting. Developed by a team at OpenAI, backed by Elon Musk.

“Tu n’a pas encore appris á aimer que tu sais d’instinct l’amour qui exalte et ennoblit”

“C’est l âme qui désir les corps” sinon pourquoi tous nos efforts pour rester en bonne santé et apprendre á souffrire les petites malaises?

La justice est une fugitive du camps des vainqueurs. Ces réfugiés Syriens, en quels camps de vainqueurs ont-ils été incarcerés?

La caste des privilégiés ne tarde jamais á se reconstruire dans tous les systémes politiques: Follow the money trail as source of this perpetual reconstruction

On peut toujours faire régner un peu plus de justice du pouvoir et l’argent. Les autres injustices peuvent être remedies, plus ou moins, par l’argent.

L’injustice nous suit dés le début: á nous de récupérer les brins de justice qui nous sont dues, si on refuse de n’être plus indifferent.

Il y a 2 sortes d’imbéciles: ceux qui croient aux progrés, et les pires imbéciles qui ne voient aucun progrés.

You own your level of freedom by the willful efforts you invest in retaining it, by continuing education and frequent active engagement in civil society

La claire vue du Bien entraine l’acte. Ce qui sous-entend que l’on n’est pas indifferent au cas presentés á nos choix

La vision distincte du Vrai entraine l’assentiment, meme si notre acte n’y adhere pas nécessairement.

Chacun invente son concept du Bien par les actes et les reactions qu’il produit.

Si vous ne pratiquez pas consciement le “Non” et le refus, personne ne distinguera ta volonté d’autonomie d’un être libre.

It is useless to comprehend philosophical works before you learned and developed your experimental mind.

The ideal pedagogical method is to focus on developing the experimental mind early on.

Apparently, Christian Lebanese applying to public posts are still under the illusion that they’ll outperform the “others” in the tests. Wrong. No mounasafa (50/50 share) for the less qualified.

Le monde est plein de choses tres belles. On passe sa vie sans les connaitre.

Sans un passport colonial, c’est difficile de voir toutes ces beautes: On doit se contenter des beautés locales

Women are the species. On the individual level, males observe the follies of women. On the scale of mass killing, women observe.

America’s vitriol towards Clinton reveals a nation mired in misogyny

Note: Hillary, Not only hate people in Middle-East and North Africa, she despise them since 9/11. She read the vitriolic book of Fallacy against Islam, made Bill read it, and carried on the her fury that never abated, regardless of how she tries to be rational and logical.

Hillary confirmed at several occasions that she and Obama created ISIS. They made use of the 1,000 Islamic extremists liberated by Syria President Bashar from jail in 2011 and rallied the Iraqi soldiers from the disbanded Saddam army by the US in 2004 to form a terrorist organization.

After Iraq Maleki PM denied the US permanent military presence in 2014, this duo orchestrated the invasion and control of ISIS of Mosul. This duo are ripe to stand trial at La Hague court for crimes against humanity.

Though, among the candidates in the last decade, she probably was the most qualified. (To be qualified is Not  a sufficient factor to be elected)

There has been much talk of late from professed fans of American history about how important it is to remember the major figures from the country’s political past.

Sure, those statues are celebrating confederate generals who were willing to die for the right to enslave black people.  (Actually, the American Revolution was carried out to defend right to keep slavery system against British abolition of it)

But still – we mustn’t forget our political legends, fellow Americans! So it’s rather intriguing that there’s one part of American history that many people are desperate to forget – to silence, tear down, steamroller and push out on an ice floe: Hillary Clinton. (Yeah, what a tragedy to democracy in developing countries)

Clinton’s memoir about the 2016 election, What Happened, was published this week and, boy, some people are not happy about it. It is too soon for her to be speaking, goes one complaint (reminder: Bernie Sanders published his book a week after the election and no one complained about that).

She is riling up her base and dividing the Democrats, cry others, an idea that is almost sweet in the faith it puts in a book that the vast majority of Americans won’t read, written by a woman who couldn’t even rile up enough people on a campaign trail that all Americans endured for two years.

She is still not accepting blame and that is repulsive, tut other people – when, in fact, she accepts quite a lot of blame in the book. “I’ve tried to learn from my mistakes. There are plenty, as you’ll see, and they are mine and mine alone,” she writes.

But because she points out that other factors played a part in her loss (guess what? They did!), and hasn’t nailed herself to a cross and thrown herself over Niagara Falls, she is a responsibility-shirking “neo-libtard”.

The most overwhelming sentiment about Clinton and her book is that she just needs to go away.

One poll this week had 61% of respondents saying Clinton needs “to retire”, but given that she pretty much has done, what they really mean is she needs to shut up.

Meanwhile, Amazon is having to weed out vicious reviews from people it reckons have yet to even read the book and are engaged in a coordinated campaign to rubbish it.

Obviously some of this anger has come from the right, because there are a lot of people who see no contradiction in defending statues commemorating racism while condemning memoirs by presidential candidates. But it has also come at least as much from the left.

Last Sunday the New York Times asked “What’s to be done about Hillary Clinton, the woman who won’t go away?”. When Clinton appeared at an event back in May, one writer from New York’s liberal tabloid, the Daily News, implored, “Hey Hillary Clinton, shut the fuck up and go away.”

The following month, Vanity Fair, a decidedly anti-Republican publication, ran an article headlined, “Can Hillary Clinton Please Go Quietly Into the Night?”

It surely doesn’t need spelling out that no other failed presidential candidate – including the many who have written books about their disappointed hopes – has been on the receiving end of this kind of vitriol, this determined attempt to silence.

You don’t need to like Clinton to grasp that she is an important historical figure. As well as being at the centre of the weirdest and possibly most corrupted election in American history, she is the first female candidate from a major party in a US election, and the first candidate who was also a first lady.

These factors alone mean she absolutely should write a book, and even if she spent 500 pages writing “Not my fault! Not my fault!” it would still be a fascinating document.

Again, things she warned about on the campaign trail have proven correct, not least the dangers of putting the nuclear codes into the hands of a man “who you can bait with a tweet”.

And yet her book has been bracketed alongside Ivanka Trump’s over-privileged waffling by one columnist who proudly declared she hadn’t bothered to read it, and dismissed as spiteful “score-settling” and “blame-shifting” by others who say they have.

For the past 8 months people have talked obsessively about the factors that gave Trump the election – RussiaJames Comeyvoter suppressionsexismracism. But the one person who apparently shouldn’t contribute to the discussion is the one who was in the eye of the storm.

People have been telling Clinton to shut up for as long as she’s been in the public eye, then blaming her for their bad choices.

When she said in 1992 that she chose to work instead of staying home to bake cookies, voters were incensed. “If I ever entertained the idea of voting for Bill Clinton, the smug bitchiness of his wife’s comment nipped that in the bud,” one reader wrote to Time magazine.

When Clinton was made chair, by her husband, of the task force overseeing the 1993 plan to provide universal healthcare, she was derided as a meddling little woman and multiple news organisations insisted there wasn’t an healthcare crisis in the US anyway.

When she was elected to the Senate, Trent Lott, the then Republican leader, said he hoped she’d be struck by lightning before arriving.

She has made concessions to people’s fear of a smart woman: she submitted a cookie recipe to a women’s magazine in 1992 in penance for her earlier comment. In the Senate, she poured coffee with a smile for men who had openly said they loathed her.

A long-running justification for this loathing of Clinton, one that has been trotted out often since her election loss, and now again as an excuse to bash her book, is that she is uniquely unlikable. “She was a terrible candidate!” go the cries, ignoring the fact she was the most qualified candidate in a generation, who got more votes than any candidate ever, with the exception of Barack Obama in 2008.

What these people are really saying is: “Only white voters matter.” It is an inconvenient truth (to borrow a phrase from another losing candidate who won the popular vote, and yet was never told to clear off when he spoke afterwards), but the only voters who deemed Clinton insufficient were white ones, women included.

On the other hand, 95% of black women and 70% of Hispanic women voted for her. Clinton, we have been told repeatedly by writers such as Mark Lilla, failed because she indulged in “identity politics”, which never wins elections, as if white people don’t have an “identity” and Trump didn’t win by explicitly playing to it, such as by taunting a Muslim Gold Star family and characterising Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug-dealers.

Of course people can argue with Clinton’s ideas. But to dismiss her book without even reading it, with the demand that she “shut the fuck up” is yet more evidence of the misogyny that has always, obviously, been behind the outsized vitriol she attracts.

Worse, she is now an uncomfortable reminder for white liberals that the majority of white Americans would rather vote for a man with a long history of racism than a woman.

For all the talk about how Clinton lost because she neglected the working class, 88% of African Americans, who have endured far worse and longer economic hardship than white Americans, voted for her.

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in his new book, We Were Eight Years in Power: “Certainly not every Trump voter is a white supremacist. But every Trump voter felt it acceptable to hand the fate of the country over to one.”

There is no justification for that, no matter how much others try to blame Clinton. But national self-awareness is painful. How much easier just to burn the witch, and her book.




September 2017

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