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The Radical Revolutionary? Noam Chomsky
“I do not feel that we should set up people as “models”; rather actions, thoughts, principles.”
Over time, as societies became freer and the resort to State violence more constrained, the urge to devise sophisticated methods of control of attitudes and opinion has only grown.
It is natural that the immense PR industry should have been created in the most free of societies, the United States and Great Britain.
The first modern propaganda agency was the British Ministry of Information a century ago, which secretly defined its task as “to direct the thought of most of the world
Targeting primarily progressive American intellectuals, who had to be mobilized to come to the aid of Britain during World War I.”

By @[465332896870200:274:The Radical Revolution]

“People can disrupt, make suggestions, but the same is true of a slave society.
People who aren’t owners and investors have nothing much to say about it. They can choose to rent their labor to the corporation, or to purchase the commodities or services that it produces, or to find a place in the chain of command, but that’s it.
That’s the totality of their control over the corporation.”

Part 5. Ten Myths on Israel: Not how a “Democratic State” behave (by Ian Pappe)

No, Israel Is Not a Democracy

The Occupation Is Not Democratic

By lan Pappe

From Ten Myths About Israel, out now from Verso Books.

June 12, 2018 “Information Clearing House” –  Israel is not the only democracy in the Middle East. In fact, it’s not a democracy at all.

In the eyes of many Israelis and their supporters worldwide — even those who might criticize some of its policies — Israel is, at the end of the day, a benign democratic state, seeking peace with its neighbors, and guaranteeing equality to all its citizens.

Those who do criticize Israel assume that, if anything went wrong in this democracy, then it was due to the 1967 war.

The Occupation Is Not Democratic

Given Israel attitude towards two Palestinian groups — the refugees and the community in Israel — the Jewish state cannot, by any stretch of the imagination, be assumed to be a democracy.

But the most obvious challenge to that assumption is the ruthless Israeli attitude towards a third Palestinian group: those who have lived under its direct and indirect rule since 1967, in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

From the legal infrastructure put in place at the outset of the war, through the unquestioned absolute power of the military inside the West Bank and outside the Gaza Strip, to the humiliation of millions of Palestinians as a daily routine, the “only democracy” in the Middle East behaves as a dictatorship of the worst kind.

The main Israeli response, diplomatic and academic, to the latter accusation is that all these measures are temporary — they will change if the Palestinians, wherever they are, behave “better.”

But if one researches, not to mention lives in, the occupied territories, one will understand how ridiculous these arguments are.

Israeli policy makers, as we have seen, are determined to keep the occupation alive for as long as the Jewish state remains intact.

It is part of what the Israeli political system regards as the status quo, which is always better than any change. Israel will control most of Palestine and, since it will always include a substantial Palestinian population, this can only be done by nondemocratic means.

In addition, despite all the evidence to the contrary, the Israeli state claims that the occupation is an enlightened one.

The myth here is that Israel came with good intentions to conduct a benevolent occupation but was forced to take a tougher attitude because of the Palestinian violence.

In 1967, the government treated the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as a natural part of “Eretz Israel,” the land of Israel, and this attitude has continued ever since.

When you look at the debate between the right- and left-wing parties in Israel on this issue, their disagreements have been about how to achieve this goal, not about its validity.

Among the wider public, however, there was a genuine debate between what one might call the “redeemers” and the “custodians.

The “redeemers” believed Israel had recovered the ancient heart of its homeland and could not survive in the future without it. In contrast, the “custodians” argued that the territories should be exchanged for peace with Jordan, in the case of the West Bank, and Egypt in the case of the Gaza Strip.

However, this public debate had little impact on the way the principal policy makers were figuring out how to rule the occupied territories.

The worst part of this supposed “enlightened occupation” has been the government’s methods for managing the territories. At first the area was divided into “Arab” and potential “Jewish” spaces. Those areas densely populated with Palestinians became autonomous, run by local collaborators under a military rule. This regime was only replaced with a civil administration in 1981.

The other areas, the “Jewish” spaces, were colonized with Jewish settlements and military bases. This policy was in the end to leave the population both in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in disconnected enclaves with neither green spaces nor any possibility for urban expansion.

Things only got worse when, very soon after the occupation, Gush Emunim started settling in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, claiming to be following a biblical map of colonization rather than the governmental one. As they penetrated the densely populated Palestinian areas, the space left for the locals was shrunk even further.

What every colonization project primarily needs is land — in the occupied territories this was achieved only through the massive expropriation of land, deporting people from where they had lived for generations, and confining them in enclaves with difficult habitats.

When you fly over the West Bank, you can see clearly the cartographic results of this policy: belts of settlements that divide the land and carve the Palestinian communities into small, isolated, and disconnected communities.

The Judaization belts separate villages from villages, villages from towns, and sometime bisect a single village.

This is what scholars call a geography of disaster, not least since these policies turned out to be an ecological disaster as well: drying up water sources and ruining some of the most beautiful parts of the Palestinian landscape.

Moreover, the settlements became hotbeds in which Jewish extremism grew uncontrollably — the principal victims of which were the Palestinians.

Thus, the settlement at Efrat has ruined the world heritage site of the Wallajah Valley near Bethlehem, and the village of Jafneh near Ramallah, which was famous for its freshwater canals, lost its identity as a tourist attraction.

These are just two small examples out of hundreds of similar cases.

Tidbits and notes posted on FB and Twitter. Part 213

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pa attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory

The best approach to explain the succession of civilizations and Empires in the Fertile Crescent (in Lebanon, Palestine and Syria or Phoenicia, Canaan, Aram) that raided and conquered the Near East civilizations is the analogy of survival among the lions and lionesses empires or warlike empires versus settled and wealthy empires.

Alan Greenspan, Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006, stated at the annual Dinner of Francis Boyer Lecture of The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research on December 5, 1996:

“Augmenting concerns about the Federal Reserve is the perception that we are a secretive organization, operating behind closed doors, not always in the interests of the nation as a whole. This is regrettable, and we continuously strive to alter this mis-perception.”

Quinoa, drought-resistant crop, contains a toxic compound called saponins, a bitter component that’s used by the plant to ward off predators. It isn’t actually a grain (it’s part of the goosefoot family, related to spinach and beets. Protein content of quinoa is 18% versus 8% in rice

Toxic compound called saponins in Quinoa needs to be removed before consumption, which can be accomplished by polishing or washing the grain, which makes processing it expensive. (The polishing process also reduces the fiber of the grain, lowering its protein, vitamin, and mineral levels).

“The Peter principle” applies to all public institutions when any employee in a hierarchy rises to the level of his or her own incompetence.

Ca ne vaut rien d’insister pour que quelqu’un voit la realite’ en face: l’important est d’avoir un sourire serain aux levres

Si notre imagination est puissante de se souvenir des bons moments, les mauvais ne formeront que de reperes et contrastes

Je passe le plus clair de mon temps a l’obscurcir

Quand on se prend pour quelqu’un, on oublit qu’on fond on est plusieurs.

Keef mouhemmet al majless badha tetghayyar, wa Nabih Berry 3ala ra2ssa? 60 naayeb ra7 ye fel, wa 60 naayeb jaayeen 3ala al akeed, baynaathom wlaad al “zou3ama”.

3am befteker bi yalli ra7ou: kaanou shabab bi waktha

Al khetyaar bi shouf jhannam: fa2ad al amal bil ta3afi

Is falling in love, the ultimate in masochism?

« L’amour est masochiste.

Ces cris, ces plaintes, ces douces alarmes, cet état d’angoisse des amants, cet état d’attente, cette souffrance latente, sous-entendue, à peine exprimée,

Ces mille inquiétudes au sujet de l’absence de l’être aimé, cette fuite du temps, ces susceptibilités, ces sautes d’humeur,

Ces rêvasseries, ces enfantillages, cette torture morale où la vanité et l’amour-propre sont en jeu, l’honneur, l’éducation, la pudeur,

Ces hauts et ces bas du tonus nerveux, ces écarts de l’imagination, ce fétichisme, cette précision cruelle des sens qui fouaillent et qui fouillent,

Cette chute, cette prostration, cette abdication, cet avilissement, cette perte et cette reprise perpétuelle de la personnalité, ces bégaiements, ces mots, ces phrases, cet emploi du diminutif, cette familiarité,

Ces hésitations dans les attouchements, ce tremblement épileptique, ces rechutes successives et multipliées, cette passion de plus en plus troublée, orageuse et dont les ravages vont progressant, jusqu’à la complète inhibition,

La complète annihilation de l’âme, jusqu’à l’atonie des sens, jusqu’à l’épuisement de la moelle, au vide du cerveau, jusqu’à la sécheresse du cœur, ce besoin d’anéantissement, de destruction, de mutilation, ce besoin d’effusion, d’adoration, de mysticisme,

Cet inassouvissement qui a recours à l’hyperirritabilité des muqueuses, aux errances du goût, aux désordres vaso-moteurs ou périphériques et qui fait appel à la jalousie et à la vengeance, aux crimes, aux mensonges, aux trahisons, cette idolâtrie, cette mélancolie incurable, cette apathie,

Cette profonde misère morale, ce doute définitif et navrant, ce désespoir, tous ces stigmates ne sont-ils point les symptômes mêmes de l’amour d’après lesquels on peut diagnostiquer, puis tracer d’une main sûre le tableau clinique du masochisme ? »

Blaise Cendrars – Moravagine

Financial data, and Emails showing what Obama Admin and Hillary planned and executed

Note 1: I believe many of these statements: have been common news in the Middle-East. What the US media posted were Not current at the time. Whether this article is primarily meant to support the other crazy Trump is another subject matter

A few facts I have proof of that will finally set the record straight regarding Hillary Clinton and her coming death sentence. I am the Source.

I have the financial data, and the Emails that shows the Obama Admin planned and executed all of this.

1. Hillary took $1.2 Billion in cash, in laundered Russian money to approve Uranium One deal. Treason! 

2. She started the Libyan war, and executed Benghazi Embassy murders. War Crimes

3. She had Qaddafi assassinated  and planned to take out Assad next! War Crimes.

4. Hillary stole Libyan Oil wells and split them between UK and France as a bribe to join forces Bribes and war crimes

5. Took all the cash and Gold in the Palace.  War crimes (About $2bn in gold that Qaddafi amassed to counter liquidity shortages in dollars in the African countries)

6. Hillary ordered Libyan Sarin Gas to use in Syrians and blame Assad so they could start a war in 2011War Crimes, Human rights violations! 

7. Because of these wars in Libya and Syria and Yemen there is no working Government in these countries. War Crimes

8. Because of these wars started by Hillary and Obama, Millions have died and millions have become homeless and misplaced in other countries around the world. War Crimes, Human Rights violations.

9. She paid cash laundered money to the gang members of MS 13 to kill SETH RICH and over 110 other people who were about to testify against her in various court cases.

10. She is ring leader of various Child Sex Crimes and murder over the last 30 years. 5 cases on going !

11. She paid over $84 million in campaign funds to RIG the 2016 election and still failed. 

12. Proof of Election fraud from Obama, Podesta, DNC emails show over 5 million fake votes for HRC.  Voter Fraud many states!

13. Bernie Sander Votes were never counted by the DNC. All votes went to Hillary! Voter fraud!

14. Because of at least 5 million fraud votes counted for Hillary, once corrected and removes proves Donald Trump Won the Popular Vote also and will win again in 2020! Voter Fraud!

15. HRC took in illegal contributions from 18 foreign countries that amounted to millions paid to play moneys that she had to return in some cases, 18 Billion to Qatar, Millions to Saudi Arabia, and others listed in the DNC and HRC campaign contributions. Treason!

16. HRC has over 52 Law Suits against her in courts today across the Nation. 

If you aren’t yet made enough to kill, please seek professional help.

Alert the firing squad, She doesn’t deserve prison! 

This list is double this size, it’s 1 Am and need to sleep. more later. 
#HRC #Obama #Clinton #Libya #Syria #Yemen #VoterFraud#ChildsexCrimes #ChildTrafficking #ClintonGuilty #Treason

Note 2: The author of this post claims that Hillary declined the current plans to transfer Palestinians to Jordan, and thus the “Christian” Evangelical Zionists (The Deplorable ones) failed her in her Presidency.

I conjecture that the deplorable would have convinced her, but she would have taken more time.

At least would Not open several fronts in the same time: economic taxation on EU and China trades, getting out of the climate deal, the Iran nuclear deal, the Mexican trouble, the trade with Canada and Mexico, taking Mexican children hostage, getting out of UN Human rights commission, or even pronouncing Jerusalem Capital of Israel.

Though Clinton has become a firm Islamophobic and hate “Arabs”.

The Other Side of the Wall

The Other Side of the Wall is my new book that recounts my experiences with the International Solidarity Movement in Palestine. It has recently been published by Cune Press and is now available at Amazon and Cune Press.

You can find a free sample from the book here.


Robert FantinaMiddle East Eye.

Jim Miles, Palestine Chronicle.

Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor.

Paul LarudeeInternational Solidarity Movement.



  • “A brave, poignant, and invaluable exposure to the daily suffering and dangers endured by the Palestinian people living under a cruel occupation that has lasted for 50 years with no end in sight.
  • Richard Hardigan is no spectator of this ordeal, writing as one who has for some months stood shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with the Palestinians, inspired by their extraordinary resolve, resilience, and above all by their loving hospitality.  Every American should be forced to read this illuminating book!”

Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. Professor Falk has written 20 books, the latest of which is Palestine’s Horizon: Towards a Just Peace.

  • “The Other Side of the Wall is a wrenching and revealing account that can only be conveyed by someone who has lived its exasperating and at times heartbreaking details. Richard Hardigan tells the story of the occupation of Palestine with utmost integrity. It is a powerful experience that is neither intended to be ‘balanced nor neutral’ but dauntingly real and unapologetically honest. A strongly recommended read.”

– Ramzy Baroud, scholar and author of several books, the latest of which is My Father was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story.

  • “In The Other Side of the Wall, Richard Hardigan not only takes you onto the ground in occupied Palestine, but into his shoes as a member of the International Solidarity Movement operating in the West Bank to try to bring the world’s attention to the suffering the Israeli occupation regime is inflicting upon the Palestinians. As the words flow off the page, candidly laying bare the thoughts and emotions that accompanied him on his journey, you feel the fear of confronting armed Israeli soldiers at demonstrations against the occupation.
  • You feel the sense of surrealism as you watch Palestinian youths get shot and carried away, bleeding. You feel the anticipation of wanting to do something to make a difference, followed by the sense of helplessness that comes with the realization that, even if the outside world, beyond that wall, was aware of the reality of life under Israeli occupation, too few would care enough to do anything about it.
  • You struggle with the sense of guilt knowing that, in the end, you, too, will be returning to a life of relative luxury and comfort, while the Palestinians you’ve gotten to know, who’ve opened their homes to you, will remain trapped in that nightmarish existence.
  • The Other Side of the Wall is the next closest thing to doing what he has done and actually traveling into the West Bank to enter that reality for oneself. Hardigan does a tremendous job of bringing that reality to you and, in doing so, conveying the message that, for the sake of our own humanity, we must not avert our eyes and look away, but each in our own capacity join in solidarity with the oppressed.”

Jeremy Hammond, award-winning political analyst, author and founding editor of Foreign Policy Journal. His latest book is Obstacle to Peace: The US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

  • This is an important book. As Palestine has become a human rights cause, and large segments of the land turned into virtual prisons, a call has gone out to foreigners of conscience to help Palestinians and many have responded. Richard Hardigan is one and he has written what we have been waiting for for years: a measured, you-are-there account of volunteering for the International Solidarity Movement, a vivid journal that takes us past slogans and ideologies.
  • Hardigan is a fine, mature writer. He tells us only what he saw and how he felt when he saw it, in a supreme effort to compensate those who gave him great hospitality with the only thing they sought from him in return: recognition in the eyes of the world.
  • Hardigan’s record is marked by endless imprisonments, tear gassings, shootings, but also moments of comedy and weakness that show Palestinians to be human beings very much like others in political stories that last. The moral questions that haunt Hardigan will haunt his readers. What made one group of humans do this to another group of humans? How can these people go on like this?

Philip Weiss, journalist and author. He co-edited The GoldStone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict, and he is the founder of Mondoweiss.

  • “In this informative and disturbing book, Richard Hardigan brings the reader into the stark, brutal reality of Palestinian suffering. From personal accounts of the suffering of people who quickly became close friends, to the biased reporting in the western media, the reader is brought face-to-face with the harsh truths of the Israeli occupation. A must-read for anyone wanting to be fully informed about this timely issue.”

– Robert Fantina, activist, journalist and author of numerous books. His latest is Empire, Racism and Genocide: A History of U.S. Foreign Policy.

  • “In this searing first-person account, Hardigan describes the murder, theft, desecration and destruction regularly visited on Palestinians by their Israeli tormentors with near-perfect impunity. He also chronicles systemic injustices such as the Wall that swallows land, water, and hope and a ‘justice’ system that regularly beats, incarcerates, and interrogates childen as young as twelve without due process. Any human who reads this account and is not furious enough to be spurred into action should check his or her pulse.”

– Pamela Olson, author of  Fast Times in Palestine.

  • “Following his experiences of the Tahrir Square uprising, in the summer of 2014 Richard Hardigan volunteered with the International Solidarity Movement to join in and to document the resistance to the brutal Israeli occupation of Palestine.
  • THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL reveals his own personal awakening to the realities of the apartheid wall, the deadly struggles in Palestinian villages, and the level of violence of Israeli forces and right wing settlers. Set in a backdrop culminating in the devastating seven week assault on Gaza, Hardigan’s voice moves from innocence to a deep seated rage as he bears witness to the brutality of Israeli policies, politicians, and the soldiers tasked with committing a long list of atrocities. 
  • In the tradition of Rachel Corrie, this book joins a growing collection of voices from the ground, calling out the endless grief and loss, and making it more difficult for anyone to say they didn’t know.”

 – Alice Rothchild, physician, author, filmmaker and social justice activist. Her films include the award-winning documentary Voices Across the Divide. Her latest book is Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine.

Myths of profiles of the gun-toting students in USA


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Students often communicate their plans before attacks.
Kip Kinkel wrote in his journal, “Hate drives me. … I am so full of rage. … Everyone is against me. … As soon as my hope is gone, people die.”
After he was expelled for bringing a gun to school in Springfield, Ore., the 15-year-old killed his parents, then two students in the school cafeteria, on May 21, 1998.

By Bill Dedman. Investigative reporter. updated 10/10/2007 3:44:58 PM ET

    The profile of the gun-toting student in a trench coat is just one of the myths about the rare but murderous attacks in the nation’s schools.

    Here are 10 myths about school shootings, compiled by from a 2002 study by the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education.

    The researchers studied case files and other primary sources for 37 attacks by current or former students, and also interviewed 10 of the perpetrators.

    Myth No. 1. “He didn’t fit the profile.”

    In fact, there is no profile. “There is no accurate or useful ‘profile’ of students who engaged in targeted school violence,” the researchers found.

    The stereotypes of teens in Goth makeup or other types of dress are not useful in preventing attacks. Just as in other areas of security — workplace violence, airplane hijacking, even presidential assassination — too many innocent students will fit any profile you can come up with, and too many attackers will not.

    “The demographic, personality, school history, and social characteristics of the attackers varied substantially,” the report said.

    Attackers were of all races and family situations, with academic achievement ranging from failing to excellent.

    Most, but not all, have been male, though that fact alone doesn’t help an adult rule in or out someone as dangerous.

    Myth No. 2. “He just snapped.”

    Rarely were incidents of school violence sudden, impulsive acts.

    Attackers do not “just snap,” but progress from forming an idea, to planning an attack, to gathering weapons. This process can happen quickly, but sometimes the planning or gathering weapons are discoverable.

    Although the researchers point out that there is no “type of student” who is likely to commit such violence, there are “types of behaviors” that are common to planning or carrying out the attacks. This pattern, they say, gives some hope of intervening before an attack.

    Myth No. 3. “No one knew.”

    Before most of the attacks, someone else knew about the idea or the plan.

    “In most cases, those who knew were other kids: friends, schoolmates, siblings and others. However, this information rarely made its way to an adult.”

    Most attackers engaged in some behavior prior to the incident that caused concern or indicated a need for help.

    Myth No. 4. “He hadn’t threatened anyone.”

    Too much emphasis is placed on threats. Most attackers did not threaten anyone explicitly (“I’m going to kill the principal”), and most threateners don’t ever attack anyone.

    But less explicit words can reveal an intention, the researchers say. A child who talks of bringing a gun to school, or being angry at teachers or classmates, can pose a threat, whether or not an explicit threat is made.

    Myth No. 5. “He was a loner.”

    In many cases, students were considered in the mainstream of the student population and were active in sports, school clubs or other activities.

    Only one-quarter of the students hung out with a group of students considered to be part of a “fringe group.”

    Myth No. 6. “He was crazy.”

    Only one-third of the attackers had ever been seen by a mental health professional, and only one-fifth had been diagnosed with a mental disorder.

    Substance abuse problems were also not prevalent.

    “However, most attackers showed some history of suicidal attempts or thoughts, or a history of feeling extreme depression or desperation.”

    Most attackers had difficulty coping with significant losses or personal failures.

    (Students in Japan have much higher incidents of Not coping with feeling of failure, but they don’t go around and shoot  people: they just commit suicide. Weapons are Not for sale)

    Myth No. 7. “If only we’d had a SWAT team or metal detectors.”

    Despite prompt law enforcement responses, most shooting incidents were over well before a SWAT team could have arrived.  Metal detectors have not deterred students who were committed to killing themselves and others.

    Myth No. 8. “He’d never touched a gun.”

    Most attackers had access to weapons, and had used them prior to the attack. Most of the attackers acquired their guns from home. (One of their parents or close relatives initiated them to shoot)

    Myth No. 9. “We did everything we could to help him.”

    “Many attackers felt bullied, persecuted or injured by others prior to the attack,” and said they had tried without success to get someone to intervene. Administrators and teachers were targeted in more than half the incidents. (Responses were mostly lukewarm?)

    Myth No. 10. “School violence is rampant.”

    It may seem so, with media attention focused on a spate of school shootings. In fact, school shootings are extremely rare.

    Even including the more common violence that is gang-related or dispute-related, only 12 to 20 homicides a year occur in the 100,000 schools in the U.S.

    In general, school assaults and other violence have dropped by nearly half in the past decade. (Because many more are dropping out of school?

    Seth Godin posted “Thinking about money”

    Many marketers work overtime to confuse us about money.

    They take advantage of our misunderstanding of the time value of money, of our aversion to reading the fine print, of our childish need for instant gratification and most of all, our conflicted emotional connection to money.

    Confusing customers about money can be quite profitable if that’s the sort of work you’re willing to do.

    A few things to keep in mind:

    1. The amount of money you have has nothing to do with whether or not you’re a good person. Being good with money is a little like being good with cards. People who are good at playing cards aren’t better or worse than anyone else, they’re just better at playing crazy eights.
    2. Money spent on one thing is still the same as money spent on something else. A $500 needless fee on a million-dollar mortgage closing is just as much money as a $500 tip at McDonalds.
    3. If you borrow money to make money, you’ve done something magical. On the other hand, if you go into debt to pay your bills or buy something you want but don’t need, you’ve done something stupid. Stupid and short-sighted and ultimately life-changing for the worse.
    4. To go along with #3: getting out of debt as fast as you possibly can is the smartest thing you can do with your money. If you need proof to confirm this, ask anyone with money to show you the math. Hint: credit card companies make more profit than just about any other companies in the world.
    5. There’s no difference (in terms of the money you have) between spending money and not earning money, no difference between not-spending money and getting a raise (actually, because of taxes, you’re even better off not-spending). If you’ve got cable TV and a cell phone, you’re spending $4,000 a year. $6,000 before taxes.
    6. If money is an emotional issue for you, you’ve just put your finger on a big part of the problem. No one who is good at building houses has an emotional problem with hammers. Place your emotional problems where they belong, and focus on seeing money as a tool.
    7. Like many important, professional endeavors, money has its own vocabulary. It won’t take you long to learn what opportunity cost, investment, debt, leverage, basis points and sunk costs mean, but it’ll be worth your time.
    8. Never sign a contract or make an investment that you don’t understand, at least as well as the person on the other side of the transaction.
    9. If you’ve got a job, a steady day job, now’s the time to figure out a way to earn extra income in your spare time. Freelancing, selling items on Etsy, building a side business–two hundred extra dollars every week for the next twenty years can create peace of mind for a lifetime.
    10. The chances that a small-time investor will get lucky by timing the stock market or with other opaque investments are slim, fat and none.
    11. The way you feel about giving money to good causes has a lot to do with the way you feel about money.
    12. Don’t get caught confusing money with security. There are lots of ways to build a life that’s more secure, starting with the stories you tell yourself, the people you surround yourself with and the cost of living you embrace. Money is one way to feel more secure, but money alone won’t deliver this.
    13. Rich guys busted for insider trading weren’t risking everything to make more money for the security that money can bring. In fact, the very opposite is starkly shown here. The insatiable need for more money is directly (and ironically) related to Not being clear about what will ultimately bring security. Like many on this path, now they have neither money nor security.
    14. In our culture, making more money feels like winning, and winning feels like the point.
    15. Within very wide bands, more money doesn’t make people happier. Learning how to think about money, though, usually does.

    In the long run, doing work that’s important leads to more happiness than doing work that’s merely profitable.

    “Dear Barbara Low…” Lawrence ,D.H. ( Mai 1916)
    « Ma chère Barbara. Je vous écrirais plus souvent, mais cette vie que nous menons aujourd’hui nous dégoûte tellement, ne laisse rien à dire.
    La guerre, la conscription qui approche, le sens de totale inutilité et de vilenie chaotique dans cette vie, cela vous ôte vraiment toute envie de discourir.
    C’est très joli ici, avec les genêts tout jaunes et la mer d’un bleu pervenche, brumeuse, et les fleurs qui sortent sur le terrain communal.
    Le sentiment du péril gâche tout – le sentiment que l’on peut d’un jour à l’autre vous jeter dans la fosse à purin du monde, le danger d’être traîné dans ce répugnant conglomérat, le dégoût total et la nausée que vous inspirent l’humanité, les gens qui sentent le cafard,
    Ces masses sans fin, sans aucun relief: c’est si difficile à supporter.
    J’ai commencé la seconde partie de L’Arc-en-ciel. Mais déjà c’est au-delà de tout espoir que cela soit jamais publié, en raison des choses qui y sont dites.
    Et plus que cela, c’est au-delà de toute possibilité même de l’offrir à un monde, à une humanité en putréfaction comme la nôtre. J’ai le sentiment que je ne pourrais plus toucher l’humanité, même en pensée, je l’ai en horreur.
    Mais une œuvre d’art est un acte de foi, comme dit Michel Ange, et on continue d’écrire, pour les témoins invisibles.
    Il n’y a aucune aide, aucun espoir, rien de rien – y a-t-il jamais eu pareil puits sans fond?
    Et il n’y aura ni espoir ni aide. Il est très difficile de continuer à tenir, même à l’intérieur de soi.
    Mais la vérité va bien, elle. C’est simplement le sentiment d’être englouti au plus profond de la mer, avec l’horrible masse de l’humanité et l’universelle fausseté qui vous maintiennent au fond, à vous faire éclater les veines.
    J’étais très bien, mais j’ai été un peu mal fichu ces derniers jours – ce qui explique en partie cette lettre. Pourtant, c’est la vraie vérité de l’affaire.
    Nous serons très heureux de vous voir cet été, si nous sommes encore ici. J’espère que vous aimerez Brunswick Square. Saluti du cuore. »
    Lawrence ,D.H. – Lettre à Barbara Low ( Mai 1916)

    Are the slums of Egypt any worse than other slums in the world?

     posted on FB this July 25, 2013:

    I spent 15 days in Egypt during the month of June.

    I initially went to volunteer with Al Mawred in the slums of Cairo and more precisely in Istabl Antar and Ezbet khayrallah area!
    The kids! and the slums !
    when i first got there i couldn’t help but wonder if they were any worse than the Indian slums!
    oO the Brazilian ones!
    At least people in Istabl Antar are productive (something that is rare to find in other slums i visited)

    The kids! and the slums !

    On the way, from the mini bus window
    First picture i took upon my arrival
    They are all looking for a 2nd 3rd or 4th wife!  Anyone interested? they asked me to post their picture!!!!

    Then i started working with kids on different themes. mainly we focused a lot on animals! bodies, voices, attitudes etc…

    when we all met in the big theatre space, the only way to get their attention was to mime and clown around!
    and to tell them stories from the “flower’s garden” repertoire which they enjoyed very much!  pic by: Halim Al Chaarani
    These are candles that he would like to have so he can get rid of darkness at night when there’s no electricity and when his father is away!
    our goodbyes
    ClownMe In and Sabine Choucair shared a link.

    Are the slums of Egypt any worse than other slums in the world? | Sabine Choucair





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