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Tidbits and notes. Part 410

The first priority of Lebanon mass demonstrators is to roam the streets and remove/tear all the portraits and banners of political figures. The politicians were supposed to remove themselves their portraits by law, and they failed to obey the law. This is good priority for the Iraqis, the Egyptians, the Tunisians, the Syrians…

An #Israeli soldier approached a 74-year-old #Palestinian woman Ghalya Abu-Rida. He gave her water, then took a photo with her and then he shot her in the head. And He watched her die

I say, every one must have his identity: Death has forced on us the I.

I say, what exists must be discovered: Death impressed on us to know.

I say, every feeling must be experienced: Death created stages for us to grow.

I say, there must be a meaning to life: Death did not leave us a choice in that.

I conjecture that all these frequent pre-emptive wars of USA overseas are meant to dissipate the prevalent racism spreading quickly and deeply, or manifesting itself too blatantly during the brief periods of US non-virulent active aggression on other countries.

I am reading “Mr. Gwyn” by Alessandro Baricco, a French translation. I don’t dare jump to the last chapter. Even if the ending is Not that satisfactory, I wouldn’t mind repeating the experiment, of creating portraits in words in the book, by changing the variables, in the timing, the luminosity, the music and the setting…

Aux moments difficiles, dire une connerie qui vient du coeur se pardonne volontier, mais pas un silence confortable

L’espoir fait surtout vivre ceux qui en tirent profit: les voyantes, les gourous…Des promesses qui n’engagent que ceux qui y croient.

Bournesh? In northern Albania, the tradition is to appoint a girl to become the head of the clan, given that the family could Not have a boy. Thus, the bournesh is to swear never to marry or have kids. The essential right is: “the bournesh will have the right to avenge the blood of a member of the clan...” Fortunately, this tradition is vanishing.

Quand on a mal, on ne trouve plus d’endroit pour se refugier: on est exproprie’.

Classification of pains, les douleurs. Celles qui rongent, qui dechirent, qui pressent, qui broient. La lancinante, l’ invasive, celle qui pulse, qui vous plie en deux, celles qui viennentt avec ses outilles d’ Inquisition, celle qui vous reveille, les viscerales, les osseuses, les nausees, essouflement, oppression, vertiges, les frissons, celle qui vous agacent comme une mouche, celles qui vous disloquent…

Wish a few houses open their salons to welcome functional elderly people, to meet for a couple of hours, to chat, re-group… before returning to their isolation at home. A paid administrator can coordinates the visits and the transport. And I am willing to contribute to that project.

It’s unclear if poor facial recognition causes introversion or if it’s the other way around. (Thus, AI facial recognition programs are certainly extroverts?)

Every demonstration, march… is a blessing. It keeps the government on tip toe, Not taking the citizens for granted.

In one longitudinal study, two brain areas associated with movement and learning were smaller in bullied teens. (Consequently, you could conjecture who was bullied, even if he refuses to admit it?)

Nazism adopted the USA racist classification that discriminated among the landing immigrants in the 1920’s. Even WWII didn’t change much in the rooted racism in the Silent Majority.

Actions speak louder: civil disobedience in Lebanon of driving private cars.

Let’s start a trend of stopping to drive to main cities one day in a week. Let’s select a Saturday. People might realize that taking taxis and service cars and sharing cars is much cheaper at all levels.

Let us promote this suggestion on social media. It will take some time for people to get moving, but persistence is key to any change

Comments and snippets posted on FB. Part 263

Pluie d’éte? Ayloul (September) tarafo mabloul?  It would be great to experience a cat and dog kinds of rain at this junction of 7 months of dry season

How do you evaluate the experience of this cinema Star? Why do you have to attach Star to actresses? So she won’t antagonize me. What? nowadays, the behinds of non-famous are Stars. (Late Youssef Shaheen)

If you have talent in attracting positive opinions and large audience, a few truthful positions may compensate for the dozens of lies you disseminate: No attraction of the public, no roots for any valuable position?

Faire la solde des lingeries Fines? Have you heart of lingerie epaisse, non-sexy, non-chic, couleur suspecte …? Et cet homme, accompagné par sa maitresse, tous les yeux des femmes le fusillant hainesement, marchant sur ses pieds, une bête traquee…

The nastiest of calamities during this confrontation on May 2008, Hezbollah against Seniora PM: the burning of the achieve of “Khaleek bil bayt“. Most TV interviews with cultured authors and poets were burned, such as Adonis, Youssef Shaheen…  Do you think those who burned the Old TV station of Al Moustakbal knew of the presence of the archive? Those who claim they are the bastion of our culture?

Et si il n’y avait pas de preuve de mort? Ca viendra tout de meme, la mort. Meme si la Court International de Justice (pour Rafic Hariri) durerait un siècle?

Titus a quitte Berenice, reine de Palestine, un siècle après JC. Titus a cesse d’aimer Berenice. Titus est mort, finalement. La question demeure: Pouquoi Titus a cesse d’aimer Berenice? Plus grave encore: Est-ce vrai que Berenice aimait toujours Titus, avant ou après la grande affaire? (As far as I can remember, it was Emperor Tiberius who dispatched Titus to tame the rebellion of extremist Jews and expelled Jews from Palestine in around year 70)

Today, my eyes got wet: I read beautiful passages. I don’t recall ever crying: lack of imagination or feelings? Better late than never: I think that I’m recapturing some of my lost capacity for imagination and feelings.

The children of Palestine and those living in shantytowns of refugee camps, are systematically denied the basic rights of happiness, and of enjoying periods of laziness and boredom. The occupiers made sure to rob these kids of the basic feelings and their innate innocence. They are more mature than other children, and yet, more receptive to all kinds of feelings and emotions.

Que fait l’Art pour nous? Il met en forme et rend visibles a nos senses nos emotions et appose ce cachet d’ éternite qui incarne l’universalite des affects humaines. L’Art immortel genere l’emotion sans le desir ou la convoitise.

Qu’est ce que cette histoire de centaines de noeuds que forment la psychologie des hommes? Vous croyez que les psychanalystes savent quelque chose a la topologie?

Les grands (princes and presidents…), que les moins grands dedaignent, sont poutant heureux s’ils deviennent leurs gendres.

Qu’il y a peu d’humains et que le monde est desert? Mais pouquoi les gens sont mechants? Ou pretend l’etre pour qu’on leur fiche la paix?

Vous avez une petites vessie qui t’envoie sans delai au petit coin après une tasse de thé? Votre autonomie est reduite quand vous etes en voyage et que l’illusion d’avoire une petite vessie vous tracasse? Peut-etre qu’il y a des vessies plus reduites que d’autre, mais pas a compares avec celles des chameaux. C’est pas la vessie: chercher d’autre causes plus raisonable qui excitent la vessie

Quoi? Toute invasion au nom d’ un Dieu prend une dimension inhumaine et sauvage? Et les invasions aux noms de la finance et l’ economie pour recuperer des dettes souvereignes, sont- ells classes comme humaine et rationelles?

Les homes de la Renaissance Europeenne? Mais durant l’ empire Arabe/islamic, la plupart des intellectuels etaient des hommes et des femmes de Renaissance dans la diversite’ de leur connaissance multiple et leur talents artistiques.

Je ne peut me resoudre a negliger les appels (les noms des eleves), surtout le matin. Le son que fait votre nom a des vibrations de diapason. Better, welcome your students as they enter the classroom (as in Protestant churches?) and imitate their responses, particularly the variations on “Present”.  Other teachers demand that the students wait in ordered line and in silence before the teacher opens the door of the classroom: Acquerir un peu de politesse  n’a jamais fait mal a personne. In the afternoon, let the exhausted students listen for a couple of minutes to the noise outside and compare it to the noise inside the classroom, and proceed to speak at a lower volume.

Existe-il la possibilite de devenir ce qu’on n’est pas encore? Saurai-je saisir cette possibilite et faire de ma vie un autre jardin que celui de mes peres?

On s’epuise vite des monos: On veut de la diversite d’adoration. Ils sont des menteurs endurcis et chevrons, ceux qui prechent le monotheism ou la loyaute sexuelle des couples.

Avec l’age, ce qui est adequat dans la societe s’oublie: on devient trop ferme et inebranlable dans nos idee-fixes.

Pronoms adverbiales? Comme ces y, en, ca, tout… Comme dans: Je m’en moque, ca me gonfle, je m’en batte les coquille, je n’y arriverai jamais… Ces pronoms adverbiables sont utilise comme des planques que nous ne revisitons jamais, des poisons a long term. Savoir si l’ecole est faite pour les etudents ou pour retenir les profs. je n’y arriverai jamais? Mais vour arrivez quand meme: vous frimez,  vous deprimez, vous derivez, vous gueulez, vous cognez… Des nuls fourvoyes dans un univer absurd.

Si on ne peut pas concevoir un future radieux, on ne s’installe pas non plus dans un present frais, enjoue et fructueux

Vous vous fiez a l’ordre actuel de la societe sans songer que cet ordre peut etre boulverser? Qui peut vous repondre de ce que vous deviendrez alors? Vous, vos enfants, votre famille…

Vous n’étes rien du tout sauf a etre Roi? Gloire aux rois dechus qui remonte a l’etat d’homme, que si peu d’hommes savent remplir

Avant le peché on etait un diamant, et après on est devenu un charbon? Alons, le temps qu’on apprenne ce qu’est le vrai peche’ qui nous ronge la vie. Il faut apprendre a conquerir les petits peches pour faire face et confronter le plus villain des peches.

On jout a l’alchimiste: traiter le charbon tout au long de notre vie pour obtenir un petit diamant: Ca vaut la peine.

Couturiers du Liban: Elie Saab, Rbi3 Kayrouz, Abed Mahfouz, Zuhair Murad, George Hobeika, George Chakra, Reem Acra, Basil Soda

Lebanese bands:  Mashrou3 Layla, The Incompetents, Who killed Bruce Lee, Pindoll, Jammit the Band, Wanton Bishop

Lebanese Caricaturists: Armand Homsi (Al Nahar), Rene Najjar (Revue du Liban), Stavro Jabra, Antoine Kassabian (Darius), Klimos and Carali, Zo d’Axa, Izzat Khourchid, Diran Ajamian, Moustafa Farroukh, Khalil Achkar, Pierre sadek, Jean Mish3alani, Ma7moud Ka7eel, Mel7em Imad, Niyazi Jalloul, Imad She7adeh, Mohamed Kobeissi, Pol Mall, Nabil Kaddou7, Habib 7addad, Elie Saliba, Naji 3ali (Palestine), Ali Farzaat (Syria)

Ideas are processes at work: No relentless work, no pragmatic ideas

You have the right to leave, if your society fails to convince you to the contrary

Commencer vite, en bas age, a memoriser des textes et des poems que tu aime. A l’heur ou la memoire se compte en gigas et au bout de l’index, point necessaire de memoriser des passages lumineuses de la literature? Voyons, ce que nous aimons on le memorise, que le prof nous le demande ou pas. Surtout les poems chantes (des chemins varies aux differents parties de la memoire.

Correction d’une dictee: Acces au sens exact du texte? Et la poesie: Doit-elle avoir un sens exacte pour etre corrigee?  Et que vaut un zero en orthographe si la dictee fut sentie belle par l’éleve et qu’elle fonde comme un bonbon acidule?

Dinayk baddon tosh meet. Yey yey… hal neswan shou bte7keh. Shou? Shou 7ekyet. Baddi a3ref hal bint elle eletlek enno… dinayyeh 7assassat

Ces yeux ne lui suffisaient pas pour lire a haute voix: Elle a besoin de macher l’air. Ce contact permanent de l’air et la chair les levres.

Le supermarche du chagrin d’amour (Racine)

The basketball team of Beit-Chabab need bostat to accompany it: You cannot win if you have no audience to clap and cheer you up, shou makan el le3b. The mothers and dads of the players byeste7o yessa2fo

C’est une loi invariable:La diplomacie echoue toujours quand le rapport de force est equilibré. Dans le cas de la Syrie, il parait que la diplomacie entre (Russie et USA) serait infructueuse pour la duree

Douce insomnia? Ca n éxiste pas. Sinon, pouquoi dormir?

Massare7 Beirut toukkarress wa la toukkaddess? Shou? The pieces of theatre btetkaress min meen? There are a couple of thousands who can afford to attend theaters: Half of them are enfants a maman. The other Half of them are considered VIP, to be admitted free of charge, which raise the ticket prices. They are the same and see them everywhere you go. Beirut for them is movable feast.

A country where the foreign workers transfer $4.5 billion while the immigrants pump in barely $7 billion… must have a sharp deficit in its social structure

Le jeu est la respiration de l’effort: il ne nuit pas au serieux de l’apprentissage. Sauter a la corde peut avoir des resultats avantageux: on peut devenir un boxeur. Mieux, adept a des sports plus meritant a une vie prolongee et epanouie

Exercice d’Ennui: pour s’installer dans la duree de 20 minutes et apprendre a échappe a la pensee magique que le present est perpetual. Ne rien faire, rien de rien. Pas de conversation. Pas de music a entendre. Pas de iPhone ou TV, rien manger ou boire. Rien de rien. N’addressez pas la aparole a personne, pas de visite aux cafés, on ne reconnait pas les copains, on entre notre chamber, on s’ assoit sur le coin du lit, on n’ouvre pas le cartable, pas de Walkman… Attender, l’oeil dans le vide.

Comment apprendre a finir des zeros en series, la fatigue de rester tapi au fond de la nullite, romper le sort, sortir du rond… Apprendre a échappe a la pensee magique que le present est perpetual et qu’il n’y aurait jamais de future… et commencer a comprendre que nous ne sommes pas victims d’un charme, et que chaque cours doit sonner l’heure du reveil

“I don’t drink alcohol”. Excellent, you exposed your personal choice. Just don’t impose your life-style and harass your neighbour, the one sitting next to you on the airplane, the restaurant… Simply because your religion forbid it. Live and let live. Everything in due time: you might revert to drinking and your neighbour might quit his addiction. Mind you that smoking is of a different nature: It pollute the enclosed environment and affect many non-smokers.

“Elle n’y a droit qu’une fois, alors elle en use 15″(La reine des abeilles). Chaque faux bourdon qui remplit la poche spermatique de la reine doit mourire: il laisse son organe genitale (emputer). Le second boudon doit extraire l’organe de son predecesseur avant de laisser aussi sa peau. Au moins 15 boudons doivent perir durant la journee pour que la reine ponde 200,000 oeufs chaque annee durant les 5 ans a venir. Ca valait la peine. Si la reine des humains faisait de meme? Mais non, elle doit massacre des milliers chaque annee pour ne ponder qu’un cretin, unique au monde.

L’Absurde: Sinus a sur sinus b. Je simplifie. J’elimine le sinus et il me reste a sur b. Noter comme fausse une reponse absurd et y attacher un zero, sert le cancre qui se vautre a observer les zeros alignes. Le problem de differencier entre une reponse fausse et l’absurde cher l’eleve est de le faire resonner, patiemment. Une tentative après une autre a la raison, en refusant de leguer un zero, peut aboutir a une percee. Gardez-vous de traiter l’eleve comme sujet hors sujet. Il faudrait changer la regle du jeu: On ne repond pas pour repondre a une question. Tan7er, a7ssan. Keep your silence if you ignore the answer

Est-ce que je lui en pose, ce prof, des questions moi? Pouquoi doit-il me casser les pieds, tous les jours, avec ses questions absurdes qui n’ont que des reponses absurdes?

L’ecole, l’armee, le system politique au Liban… une sale prison. Tout le monde tourney en rond, soucieux de chercher des coupables que de trouver des solutions

Ce n’est pas une ardeur dans mes veines cachee, C’est Venus tout entire a sa proie attachee

La reciprocite dans l’amour? Ca ne marche pas. C’est le cas de la diplomacie quand les forces sont egales.  L’amour ca revient a une personne dans le couple. L’autre “moitier” lui doit le respect d’avoir consenti a etre l’esclave de l’ amour. N’abuser pas de l’un l’autre: laisser un espace pour la diplomacie (Not from Jubran)

Le poison est l’autre nom de la verite? Mais le poison est reel et peut tuer en grande quantite. De meme, la verite qui persiste a defier le reel, tue aussi, á n’importe quelle dose.

Les virage ont souvent l’impulsion des retours? Souvent, des retours a la con, qui n’ont aucune valeur legitime.

Je suis fascine par l’abnegation dont nous sommes capables de consacrer une enorme energy a la quete du rien, et au brassage de pensees inutiles et absurdes. On aspire a un sens qui va au-dela des pulsions? Mais la quete absurd, n’est-elle pas la plus sublime des pulsions? La pulsion qui n’aboutie a rien qu’a se charger de graves illusions. Quelque chose qui nous sauve de l’eternelle tristesse des destins biologiques. (Une version editee d’un passage de L’Elegance du Herisson de Muriel Barbery)

Et pourtant, tant de gens beneficient de ces travailles absurdes: secretaries, employees, fonctionnaires, chauffeirs, concierges, coursiers…

L’Eternite, cet invisible que nous regardons tacitement, et qu’on s’efforce a categoriser tous les singularites qui peuvent etre assembles

Le prof soigne une cure de depression nerveuse. L’eleve cancre explique: Ce prof manquait d’autorite

Matra7 ma brou7 wa bejeh, ma3arefeh, mattat aw 3am bit mout (wa al ma3rife kaman) Al 7ayat zaa2elat? wa 3am netsallah. wa khod ba2a: Tfarrajo 3al 3ounfouwaan keef byetsallah.

She likes to repeat her stories and expand on them each time she tells them. She starts and I do the disappearing act: Out of sight but still hearing her telling the story. I finish the first task, out of sight, and she is at the story. I finish the second task until I can’t hear her talking. I try Not to come into her sight, fearing the broke record might restart.

Raye7 jeeb bnatleen 3am 2asserhat. Afdal t2ajel hal to2ssir. Ba3dak 3am to2ssar, enta aw al mouda.

“Ce n’est pas faute si tant de pesanteurs empechent mon genie reformateur” repond le minister: A chaque nouvel arrivant, les fonctionnaires du Ministere annoncent: “De toute facon, monsieur le minister, on n’y peut rien”. Ecrit moi ca au tableau, monsieur le minister. “On y peut rien”. Ajoute un “n” devant le “y”. Il faut absolument qu’on trouve ce que “y”veut dire. Sinon, nous sommes tous foutus. (Daniel Pennac dans Chagrin d’ecole)

J’etais comme un chiot, je courrais derriere ma truffe. Les profs croyaient que je le faisais exprés, etre un cancre, et j’ai quitte l’ecole. J’aurais pu devenir un aptron dirigeant un multinational. J’aurais envoye le tout par le fond et partirais avec un gros cheque et les felicitations du President aussi.

“Tu le fait exprés”: La vedette est l’adverbe exprés, qui est directement associe a Tu. Comme Tu exprés. Faire est secondaire, auxilliaire a la phrase et le pronon “le” est incolore. Tu exprés est visualiser par un index tendu a l’accusé. Tu exprés? Non, “je pas”

“Tlateh bi wa7ad” growled Abu Saleem, as he received ther Murex d’Or, accompanied by Fehman and Ass3ad at the podium

L’insu en matiere de concept est bien plus puissant que tous les desseins conscients? Faut-il ramener tout a une puissance absolue d’un Dieu?

Les privileges des elites donnent de vrais devoirs? Devoir server a la mesure de la gloire et la fluidite financiere? Perpetuer une scolastique universelle a l’auto-reproduction de steriles elites?

Ma 7ada ajdarr men al mousika al 3azbat fi estidafat al 3assafeer? 7otto al tofl 3ala jeneb, hal moussika 3azbeh 3endha shaghleh tanniyeh 3ind al enssan?

Question: Si la vie avait un sens, croiyez- vous quelle serait aussi compliquee et complex

Always the pragmatic: It’ s up to you. You ether simplify or complicate your life. The more you simplify, the more meanings life acquire

The more the living gets complicated, the more striking is the corollary: Life has no meaning

Governments that need to spread the concept that life has meanings among its citizens: reduce, simply and make laws more general in nature. Otherwise, all kinds of phobias will mushroom in the social fabrics.

The municipality planted a road sign: “Allowed to park here“. The lady parked and was issued a parking ticket. The officers quipped: nsabnelek kameen. (A line of Filimone Wehbeh in one of the Rahbani’s brothers scenes)

Government issue secret ordinances: for you to learn by paying the price at your expenses

Ne pas laisser sortir le chat et ne pas laisser entrer la concierge est l’ adage de base des dames socialistes

“3al baal” was a TV show related to the issues of prisoners and presented by Najwa Kassem. Any other shows currently in any Lebanese TV? An hour per week dedicated to all kinds of prisoners, political, criminal, administrative, financial… criminals of freedom of expressions, in words, films, songs, marches, demonstrations, civil disobedience… in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Kingdom…?

“Khaleek bil bayt” hosted and interviewed many former prisoners who were released by Israel and occupiers, such as 3abd Kareem 3obeid, Khadija 7arz, Souha Bishara, Anwar Yassin (and his mother Jamila Jawdat Nasser), A7mad Isma3eel, Nabih 3awadat, Mila Sofonji, Kifa7 3afifi, Mohamad Ramadan, Samir Kontar…

“You sentenced me to be executed? Are you aware that you are also sentencing the tradition of Freedom in your own country? And yet, you will be unable to prevent Algeria from snatching its independence and become free” (Jamilat Bou 7ayrad). The brothers ra7bani composed “Ta7iyat ila Jamila” and sang by Fayrouz

The colonial French refused to teach Arabic in Algeria, but they gave the Jews living in Algeria the French nationality since 1870.

A child, born from two parents who were deaf and mute (abkam). He learned to speak at age 7 and communicated in signs. Said Maarouk still knows how to sign and created the video clip “E7sass Jadeed” for Nancy Ajram who is communicating by sign with the one she fell in love with. Said used to accompany his shoe-shine father to Sa7at al Borj. “The camera 3allamatni tekaniyyat wa 3allamtaha al e7sass”

Hal moustashfat mdaye3ni: yaom mneih, yaom 3am naze3. Raddan 3a sou2alek: Al yaom mneiz, reja3i bokra (Min banaat moukhayalti. 7atta esh3aren aakhar)

I am doing basket shoots from near the hoop. I take the fool position and shoot. Jad said: “It is illegal to jump in this position”. I do my best Not to jump. “How am I doing?” Jad quipped: “Fine. ballet shooting is allowed” as I tip toe to shoot for better leverage. This is my story with rules: Each time I bow to rules bentekess: My right shoulder hurt. Train your kids to ballet: It might come handy, later, at an older age.

Ya Sami. Hal she77ed maghroom bi 3aynak. Baddak esfilak 3anynak? Ya Rita, jibeh 2otneh. Wa shou baddak ta3mel bil 2otneh? Baddi fanter 3aliha. 3abdallah: min emmatta betfanter 3a osba3 majrou7? Bardo, jibeh hal 2otneh Rita. Sami: wa hal marra shou? Khalleh 3abdallah yezarzeb 3aliha. Sami: ayreh bi hal 2otneh wa bi fnateerkom. Tarriha hal layleh ya Sami. Ma baddeh tarriha. Basita, kebab? Kebb shou? Hal 2otneh.

Mon ami, tire-moi de danger; Tu feras après ta harangue (La Fontaine dans L’ Enfant et le maître d’ ecole, le Magister)

On n’ a plus l’ habitude, sauf comme receptionist, de dire: “Qu’ est ce que je peux faire pour vous?”. Bien que toutes les demandes sont interessees, quand quelqu’ un prend la peine de vous visitez, prend les devants: “Comment puis-je vous aider?”. A vous de repondre a la demande qui t’ interesse.

Le mot deviant gros quand il est ecrit dans un livre. A l’ oral, les mots ne sont pas si gros: on s’en branle, on nique ta mere, on bat les coquilles… Meme celles ecritent sur les murs des toilettes. C’ est que, meme si on ne lit plus, on donne toujours au livre un status sacre: sa place est dans le department d’ archive, un tresor national.

Est-ce que l’ innocence s’ oxide en un rien? Et qui veut de cette innocence, cache du monde du reel? On a besoin de tout l’ oxygene pour infiltrer les mondes clos hermetiquement.

The people in our region manzoureen lel mawt wa al shahada? A decade ago, it was the subjugated Iraqis who had to write their history in blood, from Sumer, to samera2, Falluja, Anbar to Mosul.  Today, it is the turn of the Syrians to do the same: From Dar3a, darayya, Tadmor to Aleppo…

JAMMOUL? balsho 3ala zgheer. Ma fikon tefshkho kbeer ba3d 20 senneh of inaction

The pair of shoes that Montazar Zaydi projected toward Bush Jr.: From the Iraqi widows, orphans and million of civilians that you humiliated and left behind… You are the sole responsible of those thousands of criminals against humanity. After 8 years in the Black/White House, I dare Obama to come down here and give another one of those lame speeches on democracy, liberty, the new world and freedom of expressions. Manna bahdaleh. Shou khallah le Trump or Hillary min ma3assi?

La solitude: Ceux qui se sent exclus, confronte a ceux qui le sont vraiment, (people of old age)

Vos opinions deviennet acceptable quand l’ auditeur sent que vous n’ avez rien a vendre

L’ orateur: Il sait polir le reel au point de le render lisible et rassurant. Plus on apprend a enjoliver le mensonge, plus on devient expert a polir le reel.

La ferocité du puissant quand il joue les victims. La feroce candour des majorities de pouvoir devant l’incomprehension du people des varieties de norms: Elles croient toujours a un complot universel. La ferocite du nanti quand la pauvrete campe a sa porte. La feroce complication de vivre de l’enracite flairant le diasporique (les noveaux immigres des guerres). Et ca vaut pour le petit caid de banlieu suspectant l’ennemi sur le trotoire d’en face. La disparite dans la comprehension des codes deviant trop dangereuse. (Daniel Pennac)

Le sabir du pauvre (son parle) est l’argot du pauvre d’hier: Pour faire croire au riche qu’il a quelque chose a lui cacher? Et pourtant, le pauvre n’a rien d’important a cacher a qui que se soit. Mais il peut inventer son argot, un monde a lui tout seul et qu’on aurait besoin de toute une langue pour l’exprimer. En cherchant mollement, je n’ai trouve que meuf, keuf, et teuf dans la derniere edition du dictionnaire. La force de l’argot est dans le ton: le meme mot passé d’une connotation a un autre, de l’insulte a la caresse, de la violence a la tendresse.

Ne pas laisser sortir le chat et ne pas laisser entrer la concierge est l’adage de base des dames socialistes

What kills the elderly people is their loneliness and total exclusion from the community.
No one shows up at their doors
No one to pay them a short visit
No one to invite them for a short trip, tour, journey
Wa la bosta twa2eff wa tzammer

History retains the stories of warrior empires, that conquered and occupied other tiny empires.
Tiny empires who created culture and civilizations are ignored.
The tiny empires who were robbed of their civilization and heaped on the warrior empires
Current archaeologists job is to uncover the Big lies, one leaf at a time.
Mostly in documentaries.

The municipality planted a road sign: “Allowed to park here”.
The lady parked and was issued a parking ticket.
The officers quipped: nsabnelek kameen. (A line of Filimone Wehbeh in one of the Rahbani’s brothers scenes)

What is this? LAU charges $750 for the graduate to get this piece of paper called diploma? Why? is that a fee (zemmat) for the USA to recognize LAU degrees?

In 1713, Louis 14 of France decided to completely erase the sanctuary of Port Royal. He displaced 3,000 of the dead remains to unknown locations. Pascale, Racine… and their families were buried  in that gravesite, in a valley, 20 km from Versailles. Louis 14 didn’t want this sanctuary to become a pilgrimage place for all the Jansenistes and Calvinists of the world.  This sect welcomed people and small poor girls who decided to retreat from the external world and considered music and dancing as the work of the devil.

Mont Lebanon was famous to attract all people in the Levant desiring to be cloistered in grottos, away from the external world. For many centuries, the Maronite monks and the soufi Moslems spent extended time in these reclusive corners of high altitude for prayer. These Moslems are no longer converging to Mount Lebanon: Not for this purpose.

Bless the community who respect the simple in the mind, who can creates meanings to life.

C’est aussi vrai aujourd’hui: vivent les forts et meurent les faibles, dans des jouissance et des souffences, proportionnees a leurs places hierarchiques. Ca veut dire que la proportion des souffrances est nettement plus elevee chez les pauvres.

La main de fer du destin qui donne aux mort-nes des meres mortes, des beautés profanées, d’avoir voulu renaitre. Il semble qu ‘il soit possible de changer de destin?

Pouvons-nous etre si semblable dans la solitude et vivre dans des univers si lointains?

Quelle est cette guerre que nous menons chaque jour pour survivre la solitude et l’isolement? Dans l’evidence de notre defaite, un peut retardee?

Un oeil qui percoit mais ne scrute, croit mais ne questionne, recoit mais ne cherche… Comment peut-on dire adieu au desir, sans faim ni croisade?

No. Not for this ending, generations of the civil war donned the mourrakat, wrote articles and poems, left behind mothers and sisters and dropped into Beirut and fell in love with Beirut. They have since withered away in silence and shunning their old friends of the struggle and hopes.

Un “toujours”dans le “jamais”. C’est beau de traquer les  “toujours”dans les “jamais” de la vir. Ces moments ephemeres de beaute ou le temps n’est plus le meme. Et plus ces moments sont frequent, plus on est heureux.

Someone commented on an article of the oldest languages still alive. He was wondering why Arabic was excluded. Arabic is Not such an old language: It is a version of Aramaic and Syriac. The local Arabic slangs in various communities do Not match the formal Arabic, in States that claim that Arabic is the official language. Abu Nuwwass spent time among tribes of beddouins in the desert in order to learn the real spoken Arabic. Besides the shades of naming the night, moon, camel, horses and the desert environment…You cannot find in his urban setting poems any relation to this rough culture, but how a camel pisses

I don’t want to be buried in a jarrour. It is unconscionable that any municipality would Not consecrate a piece of land to be an open cemetery. Every parcel of land of churches is transformed into concrete: salon, car parking lot… Even the symbols for the dead are being obliterated. Why? Are the living feeling more alive than the dead in this period?

When I suggest a small open air cemetery, I have in mind temporary burial for a month, before moving the remains to the box (jarour). Why Not build half a dozen of prefabricated burial tombs, deep in the dirt, where the cover is easily removed after throwing some dirt on top? After the families and friends pay visits to this cemetery during that month, pray and even eat together, the remains can be transported into the jarrour. In the meantime, the families and friends of the dead can spend quality time with the departed and plant a few flowers and roses, and pray for all who passed away that month.

Les Jansenistes et Calvinistes separaient les garcon des filles, meme les adultes cloisonés dans des sanctuaires etaient separes. La music, la dance, planter des fleurs et gouter aux sucreries… etaient defendus. Les nonnes Catholique sequestrer souffraient plus que ces moniales vierges: ells avaient goutees aux plaisirs et beautes de l’exterieur. Elles pouvaient chanter, planter des fleurs and occasionellement avoir des gateaux…

Si la lecture est une dissection, le commantaire ne peut etre qu’une cicatrice. Il faudrait relire plus tard nos commentaires pour decouvrire celles des cicatrices qui ne s’est pas encore cicatrises.

Asl al fata ma kad 7assal, fa3al… Wa asl al fatat? 7assalat, fa3alat. Shi tabi3i, ma badda falsafeh wala ash3ar. No. Badda wa noss

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Ba3d fi diyya3, baydatah mawdara. Over 200 cars pass you by, and nobody dare stop to give you a lift. The list of excuses can fill pages. One of them is that women drivers surpass men drivers. As if women are forbidden to give lifts to a member of the community. It is clear in my mind: the bottom line is that the community has become faint-hearted. The community has lost any hope that it is worth salvaging or sustaining the community: Let it die its natural death.

Les profs nous prennent la tete? Ta tete est deja prise. Par les marques de consommations que vous ne savaient de nom que la Marque: vos chassures, les blousons, les lunettes, les casquettes, les cellulaires, les baladeurs. Ces produits vous coutent trop cheres: Les enfants clients, ils coutent trop cheres. Ils ne veulent que le dernier cris, le plus neuf. Est-ce que l’ecole doit aussi s’ouvrire a des cours de consummation comme une categorie d’information et d’identité? Ta tete est deja prise et les profs essayent de te le render, par liberer les mots de leurs marques, les Nike et semblabe…

Le cancre supreme de la classe est visible immediatement: le regard bienveillant du prof quand le cancre prend la parole, les sourires anticipes de leurs camarades, un ton déxcuse, une vehemence vacillante… Le cancre oscille entre l’excuse d’etre et le desir d’exister, de trouver sa place et de l’imposer par tous les moyens. Et quand il echoue a la fin the l’annee: “Mais prof je ne suis pas ce que tu penses. Les eleves m’ont designes comme leur bouffon. Mon pere est un paysan et sa sueur m’envoie a l’ecole”

When Al Mannar channel of Hezbullah allows women to be shown without 7ijab, I start to believe that freedom of expressions could be possible in Lebanon in the future.

Avant de connaitre le Christ, beaucoup d’ auteurs etaient indecents? Ce qui ne les empechaient pas d’etre grands (Virgile, Ovide, Ciceron…). Et Avant Mohasmmad? Les auteurs Johhals (non-croyant a un Dieu unique) etaient aussi grands. Qu’on y croit a un Dieu unique ou multiple, tacitement multiple par tout le monde: “Pale d’une mort prochaine?”

I can understand that it is easier to wear all white or all black for washing purposes. Why the dead are Not permitted to wear colored garments? Do you think what they donned would ever be washed again? At least, let the dead enjoy a moment of revolt to suit his eternity.

De quell mal souffre la reine Didon? Son sang qui coule comme une lave? D’un mal qui n’existe plus, depuis que le Seigneur s’est revelé. And for those that Christ never was revealed to them? Of  what sickness suffered Didon? (Didon, Allissar, from Virgile)

On deviant sage quand les noms ne sont plus aussi puissants que les choses. Et pourtant, c’est la revolte des jeunes qui rend ce monde plus vivable et interessant: les noms sont plus important, surtout les noms des marques commerciales. Tentation d’exister en tant qu’image.

A Calamity for a child is an existential knowledge. For the adult: simply existential, and No questions asked. And they mourn the suffering of the child, instead of the apathy of the adult. Allah yer7amo. Tawwel bi 3omrak. 3awwed bi salamtak.

Des symbols incompatibles? Ecarteler entre des cultures differentes? Comment exister si on ne sait pas ou on est? Alors, on brule des voitures. La misère et le chomages ne sont que des corollaires a une identite brumeuse, voire obscure. On vit avec des croyamces magiques qu’on ne peut pas assumer.

And the collateral victims of  shouhada2? The many who succumbed to suicide bombings of whatever leader or mosque or church or wedding ceremonies… Don’they have names? Didn’t they have a story to tell? Shouhada2 al sodfat? They woke up and died and their illusions faded away.

The game petanques, boules, batchi.. is hilarious. You learn to acquire a sense of humor, 7ess al foukaha. Ma3koul? You’re holding 2 boules (baydaat) and you wait for your turn

If the wind is soft and fresh, that’s perfect “iza nassam al hawa, mnee7”. And years pass by like an instant “Al 3omr ghaflat”. The responses of an 128-year old woman from south Lebanon

Comment savoir si notre phase est entendue comme bonne (grammaticalement), si on n’a pas navigué dans des cercles cultives? Ou avoir lu les livres de valeur?

L’Histoire des WC sert-il a bien faire pipi et caca?

Que le jour recommence et que le jour finisse. Sans que jamais Titus puisse voir Berenice (Racine)

La personne n’incarne pas le violence: il est le messager? Il filme toutes les scenes violentes comme son devoir d’informer?

Toutes une categorie d’adolescents ait mis au coin, un bonnet d’ane vissé a la tete. La meme chose avec les nouveaux immigres: le bonnet d’ane et au coin.

The first grip of the new-born on the finger of dad: Is dad now his slave?

When all blows feel to be on the nail, we lose our dignity

It used to be: darbeh 3al 7afer, darbeh 3al mesmaar. It is dizzying: This high rate of “3al mesmaar”

Le sense de l’humour ne prend son elan que quand on decide de s’integrer dans une communaute de jeunes eduqués.

Il semble que toutes les vies aient besoin de se disposer autour d’un centre?

Trop de fidelité conduit a confondre le mort du vivant

Une traduction litteraire separe la langue du corps se celle de l’ame.

Dead rats and cameleons: Not picked up. They blend in and mash with the asphalt.

Le plus traumatisant, c’est que je suis aussi un malade mental de plus que ceux qui m’entourent et que je n’ai pas la competence de les guerrires. Je ne peux pas me soigner en punissant ceux que je ne peux pas guerrir.

Les ecoles sont un system social, une chaine industrielle sociale, pour cristaliser les divisions de classe, au plus profound de ses raciness. Cette amalgam d’eleves qui se rassemblent, sont deja formes avant d’entrer a l’ecole. L’ecole ouvre la voie libre de se rassembler en groups: les gangs, les serieux, les faibles, les endurcis… Ceux qui ont des potentiels divers, ceux qui entreront dans les institutions publiques, les armees, les prives… Les ecoles trillent cette amalgam de jeunes gens et les distribuent dans divers branches sociales.

Et puis j’ai compris: Je souffrais pareceque je croyais que je ne pouvais faire de bien a personne autour de moi. Que je suis incapable d’etre utile a ceux qui n’ont vraiment pas interes a me nuire ou a m’ humilier. On peut surmonter une mort dans la famille, mais on a beaucoup de mal a surmonter la mise en scene de son proper chatiment. Quand la mort d’un bien-aime est infligee par une classe sociale differente de la notre, une classe qu’on ne connait que par les contes des tiers, et qu’on n’a pas frequentee serieusement. (Edited from a passage of “L’elegance du herisson” by Muriel Barbery)

Qui seme les desires (opportuninités et potentiels mal assouvis) recolte l’oppression

It requires more reflection to discriminate among the tacit oppressions in the developed nations.

La difference entre un outil et un mauvaix prof? Ce derinier n’est pas reparable.

“The Capital” of Marx? Not that hard to read, just so boring to finish. I read it many decades ago, and at every new chapter, I hoped a new idea or a new equation might pop up: Nothing new. Plain regurgitation on the same equation. This fundamental unique equation must be outdated with more complicated variables. It is the chapter describing countrymen converging to urban setting and joining the masses of the work force that is catching. It turned out that Ibn Khladoun described the same phenomena 6 centuries ago. The power of Marx is in his articles, describing in details the fundamental economic and social underlying of the successive revolts and upheavals in Europe 19th century.

Time to give credit to all teachers who made a difference in your live: name them and say something about them.

William 7asswani? How he managed to juggle so many talents and commitments, and concentrate so much energy and dedication in everything he undertook? He had a great voice too. After a long day teaching in Notre Dame of Furn el Shebbak, he practiced and played in almost all of the Rahbani’s Brothers pieces of theatre and movies. He was the main or sole lead during the morning mass, perched on a high choir. He taught math and blackened the board with neat calligraphically hand writing and perfect geometric circles and graphs. He published a wonderful poem book, kind of imitating La Fontaine.

On apprend qu’il faut devenir trop bon pour l’etre assez et etre accepter par un group de jeunes qui apprennet a avoir le sense de l’humour

I got the sense that the syndicate of engineers in Lebanon adopt the Madoff pyramid game to pay for the retreat of the old members. Rich and poor and homeless engineers are treated the same on the basis that it lacks an investigative branch to check on the veracity of the claims. Meaning: they all pay the same amount (zimma) before processing the claims and hopefully receive the same monthly amount.  The basic idea is that 95% of the lebanese are cheaters and the remaining 5% have to adjust to that precept and pay for the rich guys

I had a brethren  teaching me physics in my last year matheleme at Sacres Coeurs Gemmayzeh. He wasting old, tall, strong, and standing like an arrow. He filled the blackboard on the process Einstein managed mathematically to get E=MC2 by considering mass as another variable in E=mv2. I had copied the entire thing and lost the notebook. Anyone stumbled on a link to refresh my memory?

Ce Bonheur  d’ enseigner sa matiere etait si convaincant et efferent d’ innocence que les eleves eloignes cette envie de chahuter ou de se moquer de lui

La passion communicative de certain profs de leur matiere a enseigner: ils creaient l’ evenement. Ils patageaient le desir meme du savoir.

There was this young teacher of modern math in my class de seconde. I scored 20/20 on the first lengthy and exhaustive homework (these group circles that intersects…), The bright math minds scored way far behind. The prof. concluded that I was a math genius. And then my mind went blank with the algebraic concepts and notations. The prof was confused why I failed to give the best of my potentials. My apology: my brain neuro network was Not that adapted. I wish I can recall his name.

“La vie a un sens que les grandes personnes detiennet?” Qui sone ces grandes personnes? Quel sens detiennent -ells? Do your due diligence. Create your sense of life: Efforts, study, cooperation, engagement

La langue figuré est celui des maitresses de maison: “Il a un appetite d’ oiseau”… l’oiseau mange leur poids une fois par jour. La langue proper est celui des meres: “Tais-toi, essuie-toi la bouche…)

Les eleves friandise: ces rare eleves brillants et concentres… Plus rare encore, ceux qui sont dediques a apprendre avec un sens de l’humour

Apprendre pour respire, ouvrire les fenetres. Apprendre pour apprendre a m’envoler. Apprendre pour avoir une competance pour pouvoire aider… de l’air, de l’air

Je dois tout a cette ecole, ce maître, ce leader…? Quand meme. Reflechisser avant de prononcer Tout, Rien, Zero, 100 pour 100, akeed, la shakk…ces superlatifs a volonte.

I faut reussir pour comprendre? Ou pour communiquer avec plus de conviction ta reussite?

Peut-etre qu’il ya une correlation entre aptitudes et vertus: meme 100 de correlation positive ne prouvera jamais la source de tes vertus.

Que sont nos reves de jeuness devenus? Mais vos reves d’objets de consummation sont nulls. Vous etes devenu une mouche qui se cogne a la meme vitre.

L’eleve qui oppose le moin de resistance a l’enseignement est consideré comme Normal. C’est ce normal qui est la plague de tout réforme.

La vie n’est pas ce que l’on croit? Elle doit changer avec nos nouvaux croyances? Est-ce que l’arbre peut devenir un animal? Pouquoi pas? Dans une autre vie.

Les poetes doivent s’exprimer dans leur langue proper, maternelle? Si vous ecrivez dans une autre langue, probablement vous n’exprimer pas l’esprit de votre langue. Et si c’est cette esprit qui vous choque et vous force a aquerrir une autre langue?

La suffisance (l’arrogance) attrape les gens comme du miel. Qaund ces gens lechent totallement ce miel, de quelle maniere doit-tu augmenter ta suffisance? Avant quelle n’écoeur tout le monde?

Hommage aux bons maîtres? Voltaire a Tournemine et Poree; Rimbaud a Izambard; Camus a Martin; Julien Green a Lesellier; SimoneWeil a Alain; et Alain a Jules Lagneau…

Et les profs  de seplaindre de n’avoir pas ete forms pour enseigner (le ca qui ne se fait jamais cerner): Commnet communiquer l’empathie aux eleves, comment se concentrer Durant les classes, et après les classes, comment se concentrer aux autres choses qui nous donnent du plaisir a faire? Comment transmettre le savoir? Que les eleves apprennent quelque chose durant les classes?

It appears that non-productive institutions and syndicates must tacitly adopt versions of Madoff pyramid schemes: The new members subsidize the retirement of the older ones

Going about your daily routine pressure the worries to circulate around your tasks and delay devouring you whole, as in a tornado.

I have a problem: The Ordre des Ingenieurs (Beirut) ka7alletneh bi 4 million LP (bara2et Zemmeh) before it starts paying my monthly retirement rights. It refuses any kinds of instalments. Ma bterda ella check bancaire aw cash

A quoi sert de mourir si ce n’est a ne pas souffrir? Tant qu’on ne souffre pas physiquement et mentallement, Prend la vie a plein dents. Tous ces sans dent. La souffrance viendra sans cogner a ta porte.

Hokku (3 vers), tanka (5 vers), manga (bande dessinee), seppuku (se suicide sans souffrance)

Il faut se donner plus de mal pour se faire plus bête qu’on n’est: Ca demande plus d’effort qu’un cancre a ratrapper les annees perdues

C’est beau de pousuivre les etoiles et naviguer parmi elles. Apprennez comment ne pas finir comme des poisons rouges dans un bocal? C’est tout le probleme

Comment poursuivre ses reves, s’il y a une de valuable? Do your due diligence and be resilient on the side of the lures.

Un cave, un loquedu, un blaireau, un bolos… un eleve client des marques commercialles qui veut ressembler a sa tribue de classe et n’a pas les moyens d’en acquerir.

Si on croyait que l’existence est absurde, notre reussite aurait plus de valeur. La lucidite amer vaut plus qu’une mediocrite dans les illusions.

Les enfants sont instrumentalisés: l’ enfants client qui va a l’ecole, L’Enfant producteur dans les champs et les sweat shops, L’Enfant soldat, L’Enfant prostitute, L’Enfant dans des bateaux d’immigres, L’Enfant qui meure de faim, de maladie et de guerre civiles..

La dette d’amour sans fond: substituer le temps consacre a L’Enfant par acheter ses desir d’objets de consummation, les plus neufs, les plus cheres…La difference entre L’Enfant desiré et L’Enfant collateral. La difference entre education et instruction, entre apprendre a raisonner et appliquer les regles, regulations et cette vorace envie des biens de consummation.

Gratuite et obligatoire: Savoir lire, ecrire et compter. On ne doit pas payer pour memoriser et appliquer machinallement des equations et formules. Quand a raisonner et reflechir, on doit payer le prix fort. Combien de familles sont pretes a payer pour que leurs enfants apprennent a reflechir? 

La difference majeure entre les eleves d’aujourdhui et ceux d’hier: Ils ne portent pas les vieux pulls et livres de leurs grands frères et soeurs. Les vetements n’avaient pas les etiquttes de marques. Et c’est maman qui les reveiller, meme les plus “normaux” des éleves

Vous pouvez zigzaguer le monde par avion, voire les montagnes et vallees.  Vous pouvez atterir et prendre des taxis, des bus, des trains…La traverse des oceans par bateau, seulement peut donner un sens a “L’autre bout du monde doit etre different”. La traverse des deserts a dos de chameaux et mules, pour des semaines, genere la meme sensation. A l’exception des vues magiques des ports. Les cruise touristiques ne compte pas: manque le facteur d’immigration pour donner le ton de changement.

L’entretient de la douleur d’etre un cancre l’occupe advantage que le desir de la guerrir. Le cancre ne se considere pas un ignorant: Il ne veut pas de tes lessons

Recruit teachers who were bad students to handle handicapped learners: They might recollect their painful situations

Patience: Taking courses in ignorance to recall how ignorant can your students be?

Une vague promesse d’avenir contre l’exercice solitaire de la reflexion?

Les profs ne sont pas prepares a la collision entre le savoir et l’ignorance? Ils etaient de bons eleves et ne conprennent pas l’etat d’ignorance oú mijotent les cancres de la classe?

Si vous croyait que l’education coute cher, essay l’ignorance. C’est beau mais ne resout pas le problem: Comment eveiller les besoins de s’instruire au detriment des desirs urgents de l’adolescence? Quelle sorte d’education? Pour quelle societe? Pour faire quoi?

Abraham Lincoln s’est eduquer par lui-meme et avec perseverance pour un future plus dure que l’ignorant

Il n’est point une necessite qu’il y ait du sang et des morts dans une tragedie. Il suffit qu’on y ressente les tristesses majestueuses et les passions excitées.

Racine, the Jansenist/Calvinist, is probably the best tragedian and poet of the French literature. He died at 56 of cancer and was a year younger than king Louis 14 who demolished Port-Royal in 1713 and transferred 3000 dead body in its cemetery so that it won’t become a pilgrimage destination. Racine and Pascal and their family members were buried there.

Moliere, un sinister qui ecrit des choses droles

Les riches partagent avec les pauvres des intestins nauseabonds: Personne ne se rendrait compte de cette verité si les riches prennent en charge la maintenance de leurs domiciles

Another couple of months to wait: for a glimmer of light at the end of the horrendous dark labyrinth

We are never aware of this Red Line, Not to cross. Where we start refusing any trade-offs. And our subconscious dictates to us that there is No chance to backtrack

Traquer la poussiere? La belle affaire quand on doit ramasser le vomi des animaux domestiques

Un jour je serais un nom: A glamorous person. How glorious a name? As much as you are willing to degrade your health

Just a tiny open-air cemetery. For temporary dwelling, so that the families and friends feel welcomed to vent their sorrows.

Avec les annees, on apprend de ne s’infliger que ce que peut adoucir notre peine

L’acharnement au business rend un talent renumerant.

A migratory bird hits the window. I reanimate it and let it rest. I let it continue its long journey. That’s just what an immigrant from a civil war expect: To be cared long enough before going free.

Comment ecrire sur ce qu’on n’a jamais vécu? Vit pleinement, si ta vocation est d’ecrire, de peindre, de composer de la music…

La communaute des “Vétements Blancs”, precursseurs des Anabaptists/Calvinist, ces amalgams de juif/Chretiens, vivaient en 200 AC pres du fleuve Tigre (Iraq) pres de la ville de Ctesiphon dans l’Empire Perse des Sassanides. Ils etaient persecutes par l’empire Byzantine (Ouest de  l’Euphrates) comme des heretiques. Cette communaute recluse and sectaire invoquait Jean-Baptiste, le Nazareen, Thomas et baptiser par immersion dans le fleuve a 3 reprise. Chant, dance, eouvre d’art… etaient prohibés. Elle etait vegetarian aussi

La punctuation juste? Je m’en fous: J’ecris comme je lis. De la facon que je comprend: je lis lentement

Did you pay your “dolores” today? Not the bill, the daily headache. Great to discriminate among the pains

Chaque passion suit sa logique. Faut apprendre des versions du raisonnement logique.

Le Bonheur est un moment fulgurant: et on commence a detester le temps qui use ce qui est beau.

Nous ne parlions pas en famille. Chacun vaquait dans sa solitude interieure, ses chimeres et ses conjectures

Tidbits and notes posted on FB and Twitter. Part 212

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pay 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 name “Federal Reserve Bank” is totally misleading: It is Not federal, nor is it owned by the government. It is privately owned. Its employees are not in the civil service. Its physical property is held under private deeds, and is subject to local taxation.

And yet, US Federal Reserve Bank controls the times, dictates business, affects Americans’ homes and practically everything in which Americans are interested.

US Federal Reserve Bank is an engine that has created private wealth that is unimaginable, even to the most financially sophisticated. It has enabled an imperial elite to manipulate US economy for its own agenda and enlisted the US government itself as its enforcer.

Obama speech in Jerusalem, sucking up to Israeli youth: the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and justice must also be recognized. 

Put yourself in their shoes Obama – look at the world through their eyes. It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of his own, and lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements of their parents every single day.

It is not legal when settler violence against Palestinians goes unpunished.  It is not right to prevent Palestinians from farming their lands; to restrict a student’s ability to move around the West Bank; or to displace Palestinian families from their home.

Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer. Just as Israelis built a state, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land.

Question: Since when Palestine was ever a homeland to the Jews from every corner of the world?

Major civilizations built empires and cities along major rivers such as the Nile, Euphrates, Tiger, Indus (Pakistan), Ganges (India), and the Yellow River in China.

The best approach to explain the succession of civilizations and Empires in the Fertile Crescent (Near-East Levant region) is its topography (Rivers, plains and once the mountain chains on its borders are crossed, armies can advance easily)

The hospital in Beit-Chabab (Lebanon) decided to release mother: For 3 days and nights, mother couldn’t eat or swallow. And they didn’t even attempt to make her walk. Serum is about the best they are willing to provide with acute staff shortage. Mother returned rej3et la min idat wa la min ijrat. As if I am a physician and the house a dispensary to take on the slacks

Since I have no opinion while I’m the one who is taking care of mother full-time, next time anyone claims mother needs to check on a hospital, they’ll have to handle the entire problem from A to Z: I am in travel.

ليست المرة الاولى التي تستخدم الرياض سلاح المال كوسيلة لمعاقبة لبنان على خلفيّة سياسته الخارجية. فقبل أن تلغي المملكةُ «الهِبة» المكرّسةَ لتسليح الجيش اللبنانيّ، وقبل وجود تنظيمٍ اسمه «حزبُ الله» (1982)، بل قبل انتصار «الثورة الإسلاميّة» في إيران (1979)، وقبل مشروع «تصدير» الثورة الإسلاميّة إلى «المحيط العربيّ السنّيّ،» قبل ذلك كلّه، قامت جهاتٌ سعوديةٌ مقرّبة من العائلة المالكة بسحوباتٍ ماليّةٍ ضخمةٍ من الجهاز المصرفيّ.

Soltat safakaat bil $milliards, tawato2 ma3 zo3amaa2 militia.

Soltat “faakidad shar3iyyat”, wa toz tozzayn. Hal al mashaane2 btestarje3 ba3d el shar3iyyat lel sha3b?

Za7leh Madinati, B3albak Madinati, Beirut Madinati, Saida Madinati… 7erak Madani aw Madinati? Tasgheer Loubnan lal madinat ma byebneh watan

Balwarat khiyaar siyasi 3ala shakelat khodrat al khiyyar? Kanoun nesbi, aktari, taa2ifi, e7tikari… wa kol 7aleef saar 3adou “moufaddal” . Al tabakat al siyasiyyat min azka mann tafalsafat pragmatikiyyan. Rational Western States cannot assimilate our complex political mind.

Among these clichés: What your personal experience Disprove?

1. Good things happen to who can wait…

2. Love can conquer all difficulties…

3. Follow your strong passions…

4. Man is a rational specie…

5. Genes/Nature account for most personal characteristics and life achievement…

6. Timing is everything…

7. Success is the result of consecutive failures…

8. Practice has nothing to do with theory…

9. Formal Education should not be an official obligation…

10. Critical moments Completely change your world view model…

How a steady, sustained resistance kicked Israel out of Lebanon (1982-2000)

Journalist British correspondent Robert Fisk wrote a book “Affliction of Nation” and I have been summarizing chapters of the Arabic version.

Fisk covered the civil war in Lebanon for 9 years and investigated on the ground.   Fisk wrote:

“As the invasion of Israel to Lebanon in June 1982 progressed, fear and apprehension of Israel military vanished.

Israel might was not in its soldiers, but its destructive fire power and air superiority. In this invasion, Israel emptied its last shot at scaring its neighboring States:  Israeli soldiers were hunkering down in their bunkers.

An Israeli war analysts wrote: “Illusion was the basis of this preemptive war and its motivation was concealed. This war was doomed to end in catastrophe”

I met the Israeli reservist soldier Dany (18 of age) on the Awwali River Bridge on Aug. 16, 1984.  Dany was born in Washington and is currently living in the kibbutz Ain Smorian. He was to serve for 9 months and resume his education in political sciences. Dany pointed to a Lebanese peasant in Saida and said: “He sees everything around him.  Soon, they will ambush us again. I understand their reactions: our antagonistic activities are not to be peaceful.  They have the right to hate us.  I wish I could speak Arabic and say: “Please, I am sorry…” All that I was taught of Arabic is “Do that, Go there, Hurry up…”

A beautiful girl waved to an Israeli soldier at a check-point in the town of Kfarfalous on Aug. 17, 1984.  The soldier said “Hi”. The girl smiled and cursed in Arabic: “Are you still alive? Curse of God on your people…”

Apparently, Israel failed to spread anything civilized in this region, much less democracy: Israel has succumbed to the mentality and customs of the Near-East.

Note: The Lebanese resistance started as Israel troops entered Beirut. Many Kamikaze suicide attacks on Israel headquarters, center of commands and gathering of soldiers increased between in 1983-1986, until Syria gave Hezbollah the exclusive “resistance right” against Israel occupation that lasted till May 24, 2000

Cases of Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya…

Are secular and national concepts anathema to Arab/Islamic spirit?

The successive “freer election” processes in the Arab/Islamic States that overturned dictator regimes are bringing in to power Islamic political parties, with almost landslides. 

In Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, where parliamentary elections have proceeded, the Islamic “Muslim Brotherhood” parties called “Party of Justice”, in emulation of the Turkish Islamic party in power, have captured no less than 40% of the votes. 

In Egypt, even the ultra-conservative Islam (the Wahhabi Saudi Arabia brand of extreme obscurantism) has come second to the “Muslim Brotherhood” party with about 25% of the votes…

The election laws and procedures are very complicated, favoring the political parties with heavy financial funding from foreign States such as Saudi Monarchy/ Arab Gulf Emirate States/USA..

.The Islamic parties are the best organized and have invested in rural areas for decades: Such as local schools, health services (dispensaries, hospitals…), social services for the poorer communities..

.Basically, filling the vacuum that regimes failed to cover and care for…

Religions in all States have the basic power of rallying the poorer classes and downtrodden around mythical concept that play on the hope of better life, if Not on earth, at least in heaven.

Islam is one of the religion that through daily praying practices assemble millions in specific location. These assemblies are perfect for propagating coded orders to elect specific candidates

Leaders without commitments frantically bounce like balls in pinball machines with no clear direction. Commitments are stabilizing stakes in the ground that guide behaviors and inform decisions.

Commitments are decisions you don’t reconsider.

Top leadership commitments include:

  1. Care.
  2. Serve.
  3. Clarify. Clarity drives success.
  4. Know where you’re going and tell others, often.
  5. Act. Step toward the future. Only look backward as it enables forward movement.
  6. Choose optimism or get out of leadership.
  7. Point out what isn’t working, quickly.
  8. Don’t whine.
  9. Set deadlines.
  10. Find celebration points every day.
  11. Act in harmony with your heart. Pleasing others always falls within your values.
  12. Pause. Stop doing and spend time in self-reflection, daily. Failure to reflect creates disconnected frantic lives.
  13. People before projects. It’s always about building people who become part of effective teams.
  14. Study people. Know and understand what makes them tick and wind their clocks.
  15. Ask hard questions.
  16. Stop giving answers; help others find them.
  17. Encourage all the time, even when correcting.
  18. Use mistakes as learning opportunities rather than blaming moments.
  19. Let others know they matter by explaining their contribution.
  20. Look people in the eye, gently.

Bonus: Say, “I don’t know. What do you think?”

Facebook contributors have started their own list of leadership commitments: Leadership Freak Coffee Shop

Which leadership commitments are most important?

What did I leave off this list?

The word I don’t hear much

“We have a crisis in leadership. Confidence in leaders continues to decline. At the same time, our current financial situation says we are in desperate need of leaders.”

“Would you trust your leaders to babysit your children?” John Baldoni.

Leadership begins with trust. Acting in the best interest of others builds trust. Self-interest, at the expense of others, destroys trust.

Leaders who think more about what they get than what they give can’t be trusted.

During my conversation with Baldoni, he said, “We need more sacrifice in leadership. Sacrifice is doing what’s right for others, first.” John Baldoni.

The power of sacrifice:

  1. Sacrifice builds trust, commitment, and loyalty.
  2. Great achievement always calls for sacrifice.
  3. Sacrifice reveals the heart. Calling others to sacrifice without self-sacrifice degrades others.
  4. Self-sacrifice enables leaders to call others to sacrifice.
  5. Sacrifice is the path to connecting with something bigger than you.
  6. Leaders willing to sacrifice take the long view.
  7. Ethics and integrity have meaning in tension between self-service and others-service.

Calling leaders to sacrifice is calling them to love others more than they love themselves.

Many topics in leadership are challenging and awkward; sacrifice tops the list. I don’t hear much about sacrifice. It’s time to bring it back.

Check out John Baldoni’s new book: The Leader’s Pocket Guide: 101 Indispensable Tools, Tips and Techniques for any Situation.

What does leadership-sacrifice look like from your perspective?

Don’t get so busy getting things done that you end up done yourself. Experience shows many leaders between 45 and 55 years old are so connected with business that they become disconnected with themselves.

Don’t get so lost in business that you lose yourself.

Gary Anzolone, CEO of CEO Clubs NYC, sat beside me for lunch yesterday at the Harvard Club. I asked Gary how he became interested in the CEO Club movement.

Gary said he remembered the first time he attended the CEO Club. It gave me a chance for self-reflection, to have conversations about business but not actually do business. As Gary talked, the words refreshed and encouraged came to mind.

Leaders are so busy doing business they seldom take care of themselves beyond distracting entertainments.

Leadership is who you are before it is what you do.

Most leaders most need focused time to care for invisible issues, matters of the heart.

Leader’s hearts are nourished
by authentic relationships with other leaders.


  1. Take the first step by opening up, authentically. Don’t spill your guts. Just toss a bit of your heart out.
  2. Cultivate relationships with those who reciprocate your openness.
  3. Look for courageous truth speakers who look you in the eye and say it like it is.
  4. Look for someone who affirms more than fixing or explaining. Fixers offer advice too quickly. Those who explain why you think or feel the way you do, devalue and minimize you. The world is filled with fixers and explainers; stop being one yourself.
  5. Brag to someone and see if they try to out-do you.
  6. Celebrate the success of others.
  7. Look for connections outside your business.

What are you doing to connect with other leaders? 

The effects of whaling and its end.
“Whales are the canaries of the ocean,” says Philip Hoare, “the measure of all that is healthy, and all that is sick on earth.”

An epic struggle for survival is unfolding in the pristine Arctic – as the planet gets warmer, the ice is melting and instead of governments finding a plan to save it, the US is allowing Shell to go in and drill for oil. It is insane, but this week, one woman can stop it, and it’s up to us to make sure that she does just that.

Lisa Jackson, Environmental Protection Agency head can right now withdraw the permit because Shell has violated the conditions and last week the company lost control of one of its rigs, narrowly avoiding disaster off Alaska. Environmental activists are raising the alarm, but unless we make it a global scandal, Shell — the biggest company in the world — will get their way and others will soon follow the charge.

Lisa Jackson stood up to Big Oil before, but Shell has invested billions and won’t be easily turned back. Let’s make this decision the line in the sand that protects this great wilderness from becoming an oil field. Click below to send Lisa Jackson a message and share this with everyone — let’s flood her with global encouragement to save the Arctic:

The Arctic is melting faster than even most scientists predicted. Climate change is driving dangerous temperature rises — just last week, a chunk of a glacier nearly 40 kilometres long broke off Greenland. Some estimates predict that in just 4 years, the arctic will be completely free of ice in the summer months, soaring temperatures even higher and leading to the melting the Greenland ice sheet which would raise sea levels by 6 metres.

Yet for some this planetary disaster is the 21st century gold rush. Companies and countries who hope to make billions are lining up to frantically grab their share of oil, gas, and minerals. To them the Arctic is not a home to whales and polar bears, it is a new frontier, and it’s one of the reasons why nations like the USA, Canada and Russia have spent years blocking global climate treaties.

This is a simple decision: the people and planet’s future or increasing Big Oil’s profits with a 40% possibility of a catastrophic oil spill. If Lisa Jackson gives Shell the permit now then Exxon, Chevron and the rest of Big Oil will cover these beautiful icy wastelands with dirty rigs, pumps and pipes. Let’s now urge Lisa Jackson to stop Shell before it’s too late. Click now to send a message and share this with everyone:

Arctic drilling has already been condemned by the British government, Insurance companies, the US Coast Guard, and in the last week, Greenpeace and others have been taking to the streets. But to stop this madness we all need to join together to target the one person that can stop it. Let’s ensure that the Arctic is saved from the danger of drilling and instead protected as a global treasure.

With hope,

Iain, Alice, Sam, David, Aldine, Diego, Ricken and the rest of the Avaaz team

The ugly genocide scapegoats: The real evil will not transpire

Ottoman Empire

New nascent German Empire colonial behind most of this century genocide.

Germany planned the Armenian genocide because they constantly supported zrussia expansion into the Ottoam empire and they were supporting the Tsar in this WWI war.

Germany was behind the famine in Mount Lebanon because they turned off the lights along the Emperor trip from Damascus to Beirut because they did Not appreciate Guillaum trampeling on The Virgin shrines in Palestine.

Germany committed extensive genocides in its African colonies, in Angola … and eastern Africa.

They supported the genocide in the Congo by Belgium monarch Leopold.

The other colonial powers, England, France and Italy did Not raise a finger and encourage Nazi Germany to go ahead in WWII…

The Cosmos, Acoustics…: Who is Pythagoras?

Pythagoras used a screen so that his students won’t see him and focus on his words, thus the Greek word acoustic.

”The Cosmos (ˈkɒzmoʊs)
Is the universe regarded as a complex and orderly system; the opposite of chaos.

The philosopher Pythagoras used the term cosmos (Ancient Greek: κόσμος) for the order of the universe.”

Pythagoras is originally from Tyre (current Lebanon) before his family moved to Athens.

has traveled to East and he got his most Study and Knowledge from the East . And we all know that Armenians were the Masters Astrologist .
”( Carahunge ) is the best proof ”
As by Dr. Setyan Vahan the Author of” Language as a FingerPrint ” ”Basques and Armenians ” ” Enigma of the Armenian Alphabet ” ….
Contrary to immediate assumptions of many, the term – COSMOS, is not an immediate reference to the stars or universe but of ORDER OF THINGS.

In Greek ‘Kosmos’ means ‘order’, but it lacks a root etymology or explanation and it is a language much younger than Armenian.

The Greek – OS ending is misleading and hides the root- Kozm or Kazm. We can define Kosmos or Cosmos in Armenian, with the words – (Kazm)el, (Kazm)vatsk, Kazmakerputyun and Kazmakerpum [կազմակերպում], all expressing [order, to contain and organization.]

Thus, Cosmos and Microcosm express order of things, from the very small to the very large. And since, we have a much older language that expresses the idea of ‘order’, we can point to a very old language that has begun to resurface from its dormant and neglected state.

I will speak more about this and psychological barriers that hinder conceptualizations and internalizations of new data in my upcoming Book 2.

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January 2023

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