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“Toutes les lettres d’amour sont ridicules”

Note:  Attached a video in 3 languages, including Portuguese (superbement) par Maria de Medeiros

By Gerard Dappelo, Feb, 15, 2018

Elles ne seraient pas des lettres d’amour si elles n’étaient pas Ridicules.
Moi aussi en mon temps j’ai écrit des lettres d’amour,
Comme les autres Ridicules.
Les lettres d’amour, si amour il y a,
Sont fatalement Ridicules.
Mais, tout bien compté,
Il n’y a guère que ceux qui jamais N’ont écrit de lettres d’amour
Qui sont Ridicules.
Ah, retrouver le temps où j’écrivais
A mon insu Des lettres d’amour
Ridicules …
La vérité c’est qu’aujourd’hui
Ce sont mes souvenirs
De ces lettres d’amour
Qui sont Ridicules.
(Tous les mots malaisément accentués, (proparoxytoniques*)
Comme les sentiments excessivement singuliers (paroxystiques)
Sont naturellement Ridicules.)
Álvaro de Campos, in “Poemas” . Hétéronyme de Fernando Pessoa

Sur Internet, il est facile de trouver des modèles tout prêts de lettres d’amour

Naturellement, elles sont ridicules. Parfois très ridicules !
Trois extraits :

En te voyant, mon cœur s’est emballé comme un moteur de course…

  • De t’avoir touché, mes mains tremblent comme des ailes de papillon de nuit dans la brise du soir…
  • Ma respiration est coupée, j’étouffe, je meurs, j’agonise. Un mot de toi et je ressuscite…

De beaux SMS anonymes sur le compte Instagram “Amours solitaires”

  • Si tu savais à quel point je t’aime, tu t’enfuirais
  • Déshabille-toi, j’ai à te parler.

Ahhhh, my country

Aaakh ya watani

How do you feel that you live in a nation?

How far are you willing to sacrifice in order that all the people in a Nation prosper within a system fair and equitable to all?

Can you support any political system tailor-made for a few elite classes?

Can you support any political system where the laws are tailor-made for the few and applied to harass and discriminate against all the remaining “citizens”?

الرفيق أبو لورانس كنت تقرأ زمننا الحالي ….. قائلاً :

الوطن : آه يا الوطن..
مو صيدة .. ولا صياد
لا أرمن ولا أكراد
مو ديري و ميداني
و لا آشوري أو حمصي
ولا بغدادي أو حموي
و تركماني

الوطن : كل ذول متحدين
الوطن : كل ذول ..
الوطن لو لان الصخر ما يلين.

الوطن : ساعد مشرّع ولمعاملنا
الوطن : نخوة و كرامة , مو رغيف العيش
الوطن: وحدة عقيدة للشعب و الجيش

الوطن: مو هذا.. أو ذاك
الوطن : مو جومة حياكة
الوطن : سدوة .. الوطن لــُحمة

الوطن : أرض وحبيبة, مسيجة بالنار
لا قصة , و لا اشعار
لا مشعوذ , و لا غدّار
لا مظلوم , ولا جزار

الوطن : إحنا , ونظل إحنا , الزوابع
للوطن زنـــــــــار

الوطن : سيف العدل هالقاطع و بتار
الوطن : سهل و جبل و شلال الماء انهار
الوطن رمل الجناح و وقفة الأبرار

الوطن : كل الوطن ,
هاليعرفون الشرف واليرفضون العار

الوطن : الجنوب , مو الجيوب
ولا هو القصيدة
على الورق مكتوب

الوطن : ونـــــــــّة
الوطن : جنــــــــة
الوطــــــــــــــــــن :

هالصّــــــــــــــاحوا بعالي الصّوت كل خاين
مهو منـــــــــــّا

I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him?

O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts,

William Shakespeare

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.

The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;

So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it.

Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest–
For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men

Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.

He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.

He hath brought many captives home to Rome
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?

When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.

You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.

I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.

You all did love him once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?

O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me.”

Mark Antony from “Julius Caesar” (Act III, Scene II).

Note: If judged according to International Court for crimes against humanity Julius Caesar would have been condemned as one of the worst cruel leader.

How can a layperson differentiate between Alzheimer and other more confusing loss of memories?

Maybe it is Not Alzheimer, but the memory confusion maybe worse to everyone concerned

Are you afraid of having Alzheimer’s?

Or Someone close to be afflicted with Alzheimer?

Those who really suffer from a memory disease, like in Alzheimer, they do Not realize what is happening or that they forgot to do something or forgot a name…

Probably your perception of memory loss is Not due to Alzheimer’s?

If anyone is aware of his memory problems, he doesn’t have Alzheimer’s.

It often happens in people aged 60 and over that they complain that their memory is lacking: Like the information is still in the brain, but it is the ” Processor ” that is missing., or failing to function properly.. It is labeled “temporary oblivion“.

My memory difficulties with names of persons and objects and fruits and vegetables… is worrying me.

The instances that I am excited and talkative, I feel that I can be a stand up comic and all words are fluent and coming quickly.

My mother condition is much worse: She cannot form an entire sentence and she get terribly frustrated and start to cry.

Yes, mother is aware of the deteriorating condition of her memory.

Lately, the TV has become a live and living scenes: People on TV are actually talking to her, and any procession on TV is converging to her house. And she get busy arranging coffee cups… waiting for the arrival of the visitors.

Mother confuses names: her own daughter receives the name of her late oldest sister. Many times she calls me Georges, the name of my late father.

 Elie Bashour posted this following article on July 27, 2018 and I am re-editing it.

”There are times when I speak, I can stop and don’t know what I was talking about…
I was afraid it was a start of Alzheimer’s… but today, reading this article, I’m reassured.”

In the following analysis, French Professor Bruno Dubois Director of the institute of memory and Alzheimer’s disease (Imma) at mercy-Salpêtrière – Paris Hospitals / addresses the subject in a rather reassuring way:

”If anyone is aware of his memory problems, he doesn’t have Alzheimer’s. ” “

1. I forget family names…
2. I don’t remember where I tidied up some things…

Half of the people aged 60 and over present some symptoms that are rather due to age than to disease.

The most common cases are:
– Oblivion of a person’s name,
– the fact that we went to a room in the house and never remember why we were going…
– a white memory for a movie title or an actor, an actress,
– a waste of time looking where we left his glasses or keys…

After 60 years most people have such difficulty.

This indicates that this is not a disease but rather a characteristic due to the passage of the years…

Many people are concerned about these omissions and the importance of the following statement:

” those who are aware of these omissions have no serious problem of memory.

Professor Bruno Dubois, director of Imma, reassures the majority of people concerned by their omissions:

” the more you complain about memory loss, the less likely it is you suffer from a memory disease. ” ”

– Now a little neurological test.
Only use your eyes!

1-find the c in the table below!


2-if you already found the c, then find the 6 in the table below.


3-now find the n in the table below. Careful, it’s a little harder!


If you pass these three tests without problems:

– you can cancel your annual visit to the neurologist.
– your brain is in perfect shape!
– you’re far from having any relationship with Alzheimer’s.

So, circulate. Be reassure…

And why am I not reassured?

The consequences are as bad. Better Not know what’s going around me.

Tidbits #59

Not every member in a political/ideological movement who read all the works of His leader/founder necessarily comprehend the entire principles and conjectures/assumption behind the “dogma”.

If you didn’t do your due diligence to acquire vast general knowledge and the causes of current marches/demonstrations… around the world, and didn’t confront injustices and indignities heaped on minorities…, you implicitly sided with the Silent Majority and are basically a racist in one way or another.

Too much outflow of cash in US and Europe in a dwindling market consumption and decrease in internal market expansion means future steep inflation. The Lebanese currency no longer correlate with $, and is irrelevant to how the $ fluctuate

There’s a playbook in Washington that Presidents are supposed to follow. It’s a playbook that comes out of the foreign-policy establishment. And the playbook prescribes responses to different events, and these responses tend to be militarized responses.

I looked at detailed map of the Silk Road and connecting rail transport. Turkey and Iran are mightily in. Syria and Iraq are totally out of it. So why USA, France and England had to destroy and ruin Iraq and Syria? No economic benefit to be generated from this destruction.

A Palestinian kid girl slapped a soldier for invading her home and killing her brother. She is in jail.
A Jewish settler made a Palestinian kid swallow kerosene and burned him alive. He is walking free. Why?

L’ Amérique Blanche est un syndicat, déployé’ pour protéger son pouvoir exclusif de domination et de control sur les corps Noirs et Latine. Sinon, les Blancs cesseraient d’ exister.

The main phases of western colonial powers wealth accumulation. 1) slave trades, 2) first industrial revolution and child labor, 3) second industrial revolution and mass infrastructure and transport and exploitation of their colonies, 4) the 30 years of China internal instability, famine and inequities, 5) The fall of Berlin Wall and invasion of multinationals of world markets. And what now? China is in the forefront at all levels. The colonial powers have to dig into its “reserves” of sovereign funds of centuries of looted wealth in order to fend off mass revolts of serious decrease in standard of living

How to contain Covid-19? Taiwan’s relative success was no accident—it began its journey with a functioning health-care system and fresh memories of SARS. Robust testing, contact tracing, and isolation methods were supported by an existing system that used centralized, real-time, electronic health data recorded on each individual’s health card. Holding steady with only 0.03 deaths per 100,000 people

England refuses to open its eyes and ears. Britain has reportedly given up on a US-UK trade deal this year. Officials blame the pandemic for the delay,. As if Barack Obama didn’t warn the British voters before the Brexit referendum Not to expect much from the US to cover Britain budget deficit or bolster any special dual trade deal if it withdrew from the EU. Now the EU has decided on a $800 bn package to alleviate Covid-19 meltdown, and Britain is Not part of the beneficiaries.

Bangladesh (160 million) goes digital, and more effectively delivers social services to those who need them. An accurate census was the first step to expand technology use across one of the world’s most populous countries.

What I have been doing in the last 18 years is considered by the community as “haram” for males to do. Like taking care of my old parents, changing their diapers, maintaining the house, cooking, washing, doing the dishes, moping… And yet, I’ m no longer young and Not even married. I have been shocking many in the silent majority who cannot perform anything if Not aided by “servants” and “professional” cleaners.

What? A great-looking ergonomic solution? Are we into fashion design or mainly into minimizing aches, pains, safety and health in bad design of products and environment?

When all the US liabilities are accounted for, US national debt amount to $135 trillion, Not the official $26 trillion. The US printed (balance sheet) over $10 trillion. Mind you that during the financial crisis  of 2007, US printed less than one trillion

China’s outsize banking losses reflect the sheer size of its mammoth banking sector which, in terms of customer loans, is as big as the US, Japanese, German, and UK systems combined, say S&P analysts.

On an average, India’s states and union territories collected about $2 billion in monthly taxes from the sale of liquor in 2019

Another shut down due to COVID-19: San Francisco Bay Area and Lebanon

Santa Clara County Executive Dr. Jeff Smith stated, “The only treatment we have now is shelter-in-place.”

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — As of Friday, COVID-19 cases rose in more than 40 states. The CDC is forecasting there could be 175,000 deaths by August 15.

For the second day in a row, California reported a record daily number of deaths.

The state has more than 435,000 cases and a 7-day test positivity average of 7.9- percent.
(Positive testing need to be brought down to less than 2% for any re-opening to normal life)

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Among the signatories is them, Dr. Travis Porco. He’s a professor with the Francis I. Proctor Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology at UCSF.

“I believe everybody that signed that, endorses that, and sees this crisis for what it is- a crisis that’s not gotten any better,” Porco explained. “It’s only gotten worse.”

The letter came with the warning, “If you don’t take these actions, the consequences will be measured in widespread suffering and death.”

Dr. Porco adding America’s struggle to contain the virus is evident on the world stage.

“I think we’ve already failed in comparison to many countries,” he explained. “We’ve seen many countries act swiftly and efficiently to crush the pandemic. They’re reopening and they’re doing fine. We didn’t. We couldn’t do that.”

Additionally, State Senator Steve Glazer recently introduced a proposal that would require residents to once again shelter-in-place. His vision would keep residents across the state doing so until the rate of positive tests over two weeks dips below two-percent.

“If our objective is to kill this virus, a shelter-in-place, as difficult as it will be- is the medicine we need to take,” Glazer told ABC7 News.

“Unfortunately, we reopened too soon, and people didn’t respect the need to create physical distancing in their regular conduct of life,” he continued. “That has meant that infection rates continue to go higher, and higher, and higher. Hospitalizations are at record levels. People who have died, record levels.”

San Jose was recently named as one of 12 cities being tracked by the feds as COVID-19 cases rise.

County Executive Dr. Jeff Smith addressing what it would take to stop the spread.

“The only treatment we have now is shelter-in-place,” he told ABC7 News.

“So, a very vigorous effort at social distancing on a statewide level would be very effective in knocking down the spread of the virus and decreasing the amount of the virus in the community.”

He continued, “It doesn’t have to mean closing down a bunch of businesses. There are lots of businesses that can operate with social distancing by using certain protocols. But it does mean getting people to wear masks, to prevent gatherings, to decrease the number of people indoors, and to make sure that there is monitoring and enforcement of the rules.”

If we don’t, health experts fear inconsistent messaging, unenforced policies and push back over mask wearing can be devastating.

“There’s nothing that’s ever been less political than the coronavirus,” Dr. Porco said. “I mean, the coronavirus doesn’t care if you’re a Democrat or Republican. Or what your religion is, or what your ethnicity is. We’re just food to that thing.”

The letter also implores lawmakers to listen to the experts.

“Public health professionals have made clear that even after we’ve contained the virus by staying at home, in order to reopen American cities and towns safely, we will need:

  • – Enough daily testing capacity to test everyone with flu-like symptoms plus anyone they have been in close contact with over the last 2 weeks (at least 10 additional tests per symptomatic person). We currently have only 35-percent of the testing capacity we need to meet that threshold. The more people get sick, the more testing is required.
  • – A workforce of contact tracers large enough to trace all current cases. That’s 210,000 more contact tracers than we had in April, but the number keeps going up as infections rise. Most states are far short of the number of contact tracers they need.

In addition, we need more personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep essential workers like health professionals, emergency responders, and grocery store clerks safe.”

VIDEO: Can coronavirus particles remain airborne longer than we thought?

Some doctors are suggesting coronavirus particles remain in the air for longer than we thought after an infectious person exhales.

Porco adding, without taking action, “We don’t want to see overwhelming healthcare institutions. We don’t want to see people running out of ventilators and the sort of death and economic disruption that that’s going to cause.”

Understanding a second shutdown would be devastating for many, he explained, “I think a lot of people would love to comply with the orders, but they need to put food on the table. A lot of small businesses need help. So I think as long as we support people that we’re asking sacrifices of, people will understand.”

“We need you to lead,” experts pleaded in the open letter. “We remind you that history has its eyes on you.”

To read the full letter, click here.

INTERACTIVE: Here’s the reopening status of every Bay Area county

If you have a question or comment about the coronavirus pandemic, submit yours via the form below or here.

Not a girl of Half Passions?

I translated from French

© Eve@w. posted this Sept. 3, 2013
I am not a girl of half passion.
I dive in the void as birds that still can’t fly do.
I fell in love and I suffered.
I didn’t despise enough…
Hate was never my master.
I preferred the beating to the blows.
I fell a thousand times.
Only to get up one more time.
When we learn to walk, this is how we do.
We advance, one step at a time.
This is a long road.
I chose the obsessions: They invade me.
It feels soft and round in the stomach.
And It palpitates.
I would like to be able to think in cycles.
I have never appreciated the lukewarm behaviors.
It is erased.
The red heat ravages all on its passage.
It whirls toward the sky.
I don’t like the halves: I want all.
I want it complete.
I want it grand.
I learned to keep my balance on a tightrope.
And I forget to prepare any safety nets

Turning a new leaf at 16?

Isn’t it too soon?

Was the boy quick also ?

Was Death too impatient?

Do you think it is feasible to turn a new leaf in your life, unless your deficient body forces upon you an alternative world view?

Is it possible to turn a new leaf without much effort and a change in a life style?

Do we turn a new leaf before we come to grip that life is Not forever?

Maggie Mae posted this poem:

“Oh young, on the day she turns over a new leaf,

Sun-damaged veins, shriveled death

Six-feet to go, to sleep, to walk in to her dreams,

Flat-lined sex, drawn out of virgin delirium

Strawberry fields in fast decay, on the day she turns,

Sixteen nights after the drunken man is fast asleep

On the edge, on metal terror pumping through her veins

This is the one, the hidden light, night fury flies past her eyes

Everything is tight, blood crushes blood,

Through lifeless young eyelids she cries, he is too fast,

A shrivelled raisin on black top

Oh young, that night, and what it means, the night takes,

The air rips open, stealing her lungs on the day she turns.

About Maggie Mae

“I write because I must”.  I am a poet of dark imagery.

I write what I feel and how I see the world at given moments.

I love connecting with other writers and seeing life through their eyes, (in words).

If you like what you find here, please check out my chapbook, Some Things Ache In The Dark.

Note: I am Not sure I comprehended that story, though I have felt it. Send me a word of how you understood this poem: various cultures have varied alternative point of view

Are these the Covid-19 recommendations from Maryland University?

Most probably, we are set to live with the Covid-19 for a long time.

We have got to learn and train our daily habits to survive this pandemics without major health degradation.

Wear a mask made of 3 layers of different fabrics in enclosed environment

Frequently wash your hands with soap and Not with bacteria disinfectant liquids, as you touch objects

Learn to keep the distance of 2 meters, even inside your home

Frequently enjoy clean air outside spaces and let your system be contact with all kinds of outside bacteria to increase your immune system.

Fortifying your immune system is Not a cure for catching this virus

No, the visus does Not attach to your shoes, but learn to walk barefoot inside your home

Your skin is the best defense against all kinds of viruses and bacterias

بيان من عيادة الأمراض المعدية في جامعة ميريلاند الأمريكية:

1. قد نضطر إلى العيش مع C19 لشهور أو سنوات، دعونا لا ننكره أو نذعر، دعونا نتعلم كيف نتعايش مع هذه الحقيقة.

2. لا يمكنك تدمير فيروسات C19 التي اخترقت جدران الخلايا، حتى لو شربت غالونات من الماء الساخن؛ فقط ستذهب إلى الحمام كثيرا.

3. غسل اليدين والمحافظة على مسافة جسدية بطول مترين ( 2 m) هي أفضل طريقة لحمايتك.

4. إذا لم يكن لديك مريض C19 في المنزل ، فلا حاجة لتطهير الأسطح في منزلك.

5. البضائع المعبأة ومضخات الغاز وعربات التسوق وأجهزة الصراف الآلي لا تسبب العدوى، فقط اغسل يديك، وعش حياتك كالمعتاد.

6. إن C19 ليست عدوى غذائية، تترافق مع قطرات من العدوى مثل الانفلونزا، لا يوجد خطر واضح لانتقال C19 عن طريق طلب الطعام.

7. يمكن أن تفقد حاسة الشم مع الكثير من الحساسية والالتهابات الفيروسية، هذه ليست دائما أعراض تدل على إصابة بفيروس C19.

8. بمجرد أن تكون في المنزل لا تحتاج إلى تغيير ملابسك على وجه السرعة والاستحمام، الطهارة فضيلة، ولكن هوس الخوف ليس كذلك!

9. فيروس C19 لا يعلق في الهواء. هذه عدوى تنفسية تتطلب اتصالًا وثيقًا.

10. الهواء نظيف يمكنك المشي في الحدائق (فقط حافظ على مسافة الحماية المناسبة).

11. يكفي استخدام الصابون العادي ضد C19 ، وليس الصابون المضاد للبكتيريا.

12. لا داعي للقلق بشأن طلبات الطعام الخاصة بك، ولكن يمكنك تسخينها في الميكروويف، إذا كنت ترغب في ذلك.

13. فرصة إحضار C19 إلى المنزل مع أحذيتك غير صحيحة. أنا أعمل ضد الفيروسات منذُ 20 عامًا – فالعدوى لا تنتشر بهذه الطريقة!

14. لا يمكنك القضاء على الفيروس بأخذ الخل وعصير قصب السكر والزنجبيل! هذه لرفع مستوى الحصانة وليست علاجا.

15. ارتداء الكمامة لفترات طويلة يتعارض مع مستويات التنفس والأكسجين. ارتديه فقط في الأماكن المزدحمة.

16. ارتداء القفازات هو أيضا فكرة سيئة. يمكن أن يتراكم الفيروس في القفاز وينتقل بسهولة إذا لمست وجهك. الأفضل أن تغسل يديك بانتظام.

17- المناعة تضعف إلى حد كبير من خلال البقاء دائماً في بيئة معقمة. حتى إذا كنت تأكل أطعمة تعزز المناعة ،

يرجى الخروج من منزلك بانتظام إلى أي حديقة / شاطئ، فالمناعة تزيد من خلال التعرض للأمراض، وليس عن طريق الجلوس في المنزل وتناول الأطعمة المقلية / الحارة / والسكريات.




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