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Notes and tidbits on FB and Twitter. Part 74

Uninformed Dissent of the tribe? Voting on the emotional/cultural elements and think about the facts later: Brexit.
“Si la poesie ne sert pas a m’echauffer le sang, a m’ouvrir des fenétres sur le mystére, a m’aider a decouvrir le monde, a accompagner mon coeur affligé dans la solitude et dans l’amour… a quoi me sert la poesie?” Eduardo Carranza
This is asking one requirement too many from a poem. I thought mystery is uncovered by sciences? And discovering the world is done by traveling?
Si vous ne croiyez pas que les babouin ne sont pas des humains, observez comme ils malmenent les autres jeunes animaux qui vivent avec eux.
Si la poésie est l’unique preuve concrete de l’éxistance de l’homme, comment j’existe? I can’t feel many of the poems
Tout a été dit il y a longtemps sur tous les sujets. Ce qu’on oublie, c’est qu’on reportait en roman les rencontres avec les associations organisés
Moi, vu du monde dans lequel j’avais grandi, je ne me serais jamais excusé après une erreur. Je me crois toujours special.
C’était le paradis: un espace á moi, un lit á moi, un bureau, des livres, tous les gens autour de moi étudient et discutent volontiers, dans une ville différentes et plus modern
In cold blood: Israel assassination teams enter Palestinian camps and kill young Palestinians. Every day, dozens are detained administratively for months
In July 2006, I wrote for 25 days my diary on Israel pre-emptive war on Lebanon and the resistance of Hezbollah.
Israel devolved into a totally rotten State, with a major military industrial complex plagued with grafts and corruption at all levels. Pre-emptive wars are meant to sell weapons.
 Be a Man: women don’t want you to share her femininity. The problem is: How to be a man.
Women knows by nature and by training. Men have no acceptable role model to practice properly how to be gentle and understanding.
Most Jews don’t believe God exists.  US Christian fundamentalists God  and Lord Balfour convinced them that their God promised them Palestine.
Most of my brain power since I was born in West Baltimore (or Chicago west end) was directed to preserve my black body from being destroyed, annihilated, broken down… by police force, gang members, drug addicts.. in a fraction of a second.
Le dispositive idéologique et culturel de USA  est de faire croire qu’ils sont l’oeuvre de Dieu. Tous ces Noirs qui circulent encore prouvent que c’est la creation de l’homme.
Dans ce pays construit sur le racism, j’ai rejetté toute form de pensée magique et douté de la gloire predestine de USA. Non, ne prend pas pour acquis son innocence du mal fait partout.
Comment vivre avec un corps noir dans un pays perdu dans ses Rêves? Rêve de cabane dans les arbres, barbecue du Memorial Day, allées privées…
On rigolait de ceux qu’on craignaient leur fouet le plus: ceux qui nous aimaient le plus et avaient toujours peur, pour nous sauver de la destruction de nos corps noirs.
Black people in the USA live in constant fear since childhood, everyone of them, learning that their black body is meant to be destroyed by the white laws and the scared gang members on drugs.
The dynamic mindset for learning is to be convinced that the brain is another muscle to be trained.
Rewarding only the effort invested in learning a topic. One precondition for that learning process to get widespread is how to infuse the necessary passion to learn a topic “What is it for me to invest the effort?”. This is the skill that every “teacher” needs to master.
What is Not applied is Not knowledge. Teaching, preparing course materials, writing, explaining a topic is application. Whether what you applied is correct is another topic.
The borrowing mechanism of the expatriate contractor class of Lebanon who grabbed the political power is basically to get the State tightly linked to outside multinational financial institutions.
Same Institutions that the ruling class has invested in and wants to generate quick profit in this globalization era, at the expense of the people they claim to work for their benefit
“If you are Black in the USA, you were born in prisons” Malcolm X. If not literally in a prison, in a prison environment of constant fear and abandonment. Like Palestinians in Israel

Destroyed Ancient Library of Alexandria: Knwoledge went in fume too 

An enormous amount of knowledge and effort went to waste when the Library of Alexandria was destroyed

 Ian Harvey

The Royal Library of Alexandria in Egypt was one of the largest and most important centers of learning and discovery in the ancient world.

Its holdings were valuable resources to the Pharaoh and allowed him to show off the wealth of Egypt to foreign powers. The library was created by Demetrius of Phaleron, a former Athenian politician and adviser to King Ptolemy I, and Soter, a Macedonian nobleman and one of the successor kings of Alexander the Great.

Dedicated to the Muses, the 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne who were protectors of the arts, it thrived under the sponsorship of the Ptolemaic dynasty.

Constructed in 280 BC, it not only managed an extensive collection of books and scrolls, but it also included lecture halls, classrooms, banquet halls, and extensive gardens.

It was surrounded by Greek columns that still stand today, and featured a covered walkway and rooms for group dining. The 13 lecture halls had a capacity of about 380 people each. One chamber contained shelves of papyrus scrolls with an inscription above the shelves reading, The place of the cure of the soul.”

The library was just one part of the Museum of Alexandria and was primarily assigned to learning and research. Additionally, the Museum accommodated the study of astronomy, anatomy, and zoology, and even had a zoo of exotic animals.

The classical philosophers who studied and experimented at the Musaeum included prominent intellectuals such as Euclid, Archimedes, Ptolemy, Aedesia, Pappus, and Aristarchus of Samos.

There’s been little opportunity to determine the collection’s size with confidence. Papyrus scrolls constituted much of the collection and books started to be popular only after around the 4th century.

Just a few chapters could take up several scrolls and the material reproduced into books was part of the editorial work. It is believed King Ptolemy II Philadelphus (309–246 B.C.) set as a goal for the library that 500,000 scrolls would be copied. At its pinnacle, the library held, according to estimates, as many as 400,000 scrolls – a collection that required immense storage space.

The library acquired some of its collection by the painstaking copying of original scrolls. Unfortunately, copying eventually leads to errors and the libraries insisted upon caring for the originals.

According to Galen of Pergamon, a prominent Greek physician, surgeon, and philosopher in the Roman Empire, books found on incoming ships were taken to the library and listed as “books of the ships.

After official scribes had copied them, the originals were kept in the library, and the copies were given back to the owners.

Verified copies made for scholars, royalty, and wealthy patrons provided income for the library. In turn, the library attracted international scholars with travel, lodging, and stipends for their families.

This Latin inscription regarding Tiberius Claudius Balbilus of Rome (d. c. AD 79) mentions the “ALEXANDRINA BYBLIOTHECE” (line eight).

Galen wrote that Ptolemy III once asked the Athenians for permission to borrow some original scripts, most notably those of Euripides, Sophocles, and Aeschylus. The Athenians asked for a deposit of the large sum of fifteen talents (1,000 pounds) of a precious metal. Ptolemy III paid the deposit, but he kept the original scripts and gave the Athenians copies.

The editors at the Library of Alexandria were known for their work on Homeric texts.

Many famous editors held the title of head librarian, including Zenodotus, Apollonius of Rhodes, Eratosthenes, Aristophanes of Byzantium, and Aristarchus of Samothrace.

Needing to protect the scrolls and improve the patronage, Athenian scholars began looking for a more secure place for the library in the early 2nd century BC. In 145 BC Ptolemy VIII removed all foreign scholars from Alexandria.

Around 48 BC, Julius Caesar is said to have seized the city and set fire to enemy ships in the harbor. The fire spread and destroyed the buildings closest to the harbor, including the library.

The library remained viable to a degree until its contents were completely lost when Emperor Aurelian (270–275 AD) captured the city. During the battle, the area of the city in which the main library was located was ruined.

5th-century scroll which illustrates the destruction of the Serapeum by Theophilus

Pagan worship was outlawed by an edict of Emperor Theodosius I in 391 AD, and Patriarch Theophilus closed the temples of Alexandria.

Socrates describes how all pagan temples in Alexandria were destroyed, including the Serapeum, which at one time housed a part of the Great Library. (Which Socrates is this?)

After the library had been destroyed, scholars used a “daughter library” in the Serapeum temple in another part of the city. According to Socrates, Pope Theophilus of the Orthodox Christian church destroyed the Serapeum in 391 AD, but it is unknown if it contained any of the significant documents from the main library.

Note 1: Christian Rome of the 6th century ordered burning of scholar books and prohibited further copying of books by priests on account that since Faith is required only, then why to learn and know more?

Note 2: The Jewish Talmud was written and fabricated in Alexandria during the existence of the Library in around 200 BC in order to give credence and identity to their origin, kind of having a history. Most of the accounts were stories and customs of the Land (Phoenicia, Babylon, Syria…) and of Egypt. They were bedwin with no trace of civilization

Here is another story from us: The Greek engineer Ctesibius of Alexandria is credited with inventing the pipe organ in the 3rd century B.C. and improving the clepsydra, the most accurate clock for more than 1,800 years




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