Un homme de 20 ans a été interpellé puis hospitalisé d'office jeudi au Blanc-Mesnil (Seine-Saint-Denis), après avoir porté plusieurs coups à son neveu de quatre ans à l'aide d'un hachoir, rapporte Le Parisien. L'enfant, blessé à la joue et à la bouche, a été emmené à l'hôpital Necker à Paris entre la vie et la mort. Dans l'après-midi, son pronostic vital n'était plus engagé. La grand-mère blessée aussi Le drame a eu lieu au domicile de la mère de l'agresseur, qui a elle aussi été blessée légèrement à la main et à l'oreille. Elle a été hospitalisée à Tremblay-en-France. Dans la cuisine, le jeune homme de 20 ans s'est attaqué à son neveu, à qui il a infligé deux coups profonds à l'aide du hachoir, avant de s'enfuir. Sa mère a alors demandé aux voisins de prévenir les secours. L'homme est finalement revenu en voiture deux heures plus tard, et a été interpellé par les policiers, arrivés entre temps.L'agresseur est un déséquilibré Placé en garde à vue, l'homme a ensuite été hospitalisé d'office. Il souffrirait de schizophrénie et aurait été "en proie à des hallucinations" au moment de son acte de violence. Il aurait confié par téléphone à un proche qu'il souhaitait se suicider. Une enquête a été confiée à la sûreté territoriale.
(période critique septennale des 21 ans - rythmes courts à voir)
          Weight Inward into Lightness: A Reading of Canoe Repair        
Flore Chevaillier

“Canoe Repair” takes place at a transitional time for the main character. Zanes moves from New York City to a New Hampshire town and has to adapt to a new life and a new job, running a Laundromat, as well as to his son’s new hang-gliding activity and his wife’s new TV job. Thus, “Canoe Repair” occurs at a moment when rural and urban worlds are put in “connection and disconnection at the same time” (“Midcourse Corrections” 50). While we learn more about Zanes’ occupations, we also read a portrait of the town’s life. We discover a picture of America and its smell of “coffee richly dripping and poppy-seed-blue corn muffins” (69). We read Zanes’ discussions with “Seemyon Stitching … a spring immigrant from Byelorussia and a trained marathon runner” (62), and find out about the “president’s eight o’clock message to the nation” they listen to when “no one among the machine-users seemed to be waiting for the president’s speech” (72). The story deals with the movements of people from the town who use the Laundromat and the movements of the canoe on the lake, as well as the hang-gliding and the weather.

One might describe the events in these terms. But the story is also a reflection on time and on strange, everyday moments in one’s life. “Canoe Repair” presents a section of a man’s life, also a canoe’s, since its repair is at the center of the story’s multiple directions, its focus on space and movement. The story is a space where different tensions meet. It shows the strain between two worlds, two generations, between different experiences of time and perception, and between two voices telling the story. “Betweenness” is central in McElroy’s writing. In “Canoe Repair,” “ ‘Betweenness’ is… the crumbling edge of the interface of worlds, selves, and situations” (Saltzman 100). Betweenness is also at stake when we consider “Midcourse Corrections,” an unusual autobiographical interview/essay ended by “Canoe Repair.”

“Is a canoe too beautiful to be funny unless somebody falls out of it?” asks Joseph McElroy in “Midcourse Corrections” - “falls out, tipping it over? Put two people in it facing forward. What’s the stern paddler see? What’s the bow paddler feel? - for the stern paddler?”(42).

These questions about canoe uses are put into practice in McElroy’s short story, independent but part of the essay, as he explains. “Some of the material in ‘Midcourse Corrections’ could be said to turn into ‘Canoe Repair’… I wanted to use ‘Canoe Repair’ to fulfill ‘Midcourse Corrections,’ that peculiar interview memoir … that should turn into fiction at the end.” Personal correspondence with the author, June 16, 2001.

“Corrections” is itself an experiment in literary form that in many ways epitomizes the body of McElroy’s writing. “With its inserted interviews, its odd proportions, and its highly colored perspectives of me,” McElroy writes in a letter, “[‘Corrections’] is a hybrid fiction, I suppose. A daydream posing as a document.” (cited in Tabbi 156)

The thematic and structural research of this “hybrid fiction” turns into practical experience in “Canoe Repair.” The author’s reflections upon space, motion, and perception connect to the movement of the boat on water because the “canoe becomes an occasion to think.” Personal correspondence with the author, February 6, 2003. We can approach the story from different angles due to the openness of its particular structure linking it to the essay, of which it is also the unusual closing part. Nevertheless, it would be unfair to consider the story strictly as a conclusion to “Midcourse Corrections;” it has its own structure, dynamics, and meaning. It is a complex and intense story because of the multiple tensions we can feel in its narration.

To understand “Canoe Repair,” we have to focus on the transient aspect of Zanes’ life and its relation to tensions that appear both thematically and structurally. The text is literally at the end of the “Midcourse Corrections” but metaphorically “in between.” It connects to “Midcourse Corrections” but is autonomous. Moreover, it plays strangely with the reader’s expectations. It is organized around a double voice that disturbs the reader’s traditional way of reading. The reading, because of structural devices that put us “in between,” becomes the experience of the transition moment Zanes goes through, his shift from one world to another, his perception of the world.

Zanes’ visions can sometimes be confusing. Hence, some aspects of the story can be destabilizing to the reader. The story starts with a family scene: Zanes and his son are watching the river. A strange canoe used by a black man and a blond woman catches their attention. Zanes’ neighbor calls him afterward to fix the canoe for the blond woman’s son; the canoe captures Zanes’ attention throughout the rest of the story. Parallel to Zanes’ work on the canoe, we learn about his arguments with his son regarding the latter’s hang-gliding practice. We also get to know more about the life that goes on at the Laundromat where Zanes meets with Seemyon Stytchin and a group of young punks that disturb the community. Zanes starts a friendship with Lung, a member of this group. However, this summary contradicts the story’s original presentation of Zanes’ world because it reassembles what is purposefully fragmented in “Canoe Repair.” We only achieve this vision of the story retrospectively because it is not told linearly.

Our expectations as readers are challenged, as David Porush notes when associating the technique of “de-automatization” provoked by the unsettling language of McElroy’s novel Plus. Plus ’ main character Imp Plus is a brain detached from its body and put in orbit to communicate with earth during a scientific experiment. When relearning ways to communicate, Imp Plus uses language unusually. Therefore, the reader is forced to see words in a different way. Imp Plus presents a new use of words that questions the systems we automatically refer to when using language. In “Canoe Repair,” the challenge to our automatisms lies in the distortions that affect the structure of the story. The compact paragraphs of “Canoe Repair” are juxtaposed without transitions. When turning to a dialogue, McElroy does not use rules of quotation to let the reader know that the viewpoint is changing. Tabbi claims that for McElroy “the mental text … does not precede the work at all but exists instead in the work, where the reader might imaginatively participate in the compositional or self-creative effort that went into the life/work’s composition” (158). The activity of the reader is thus part of the structure of the short story. Disjunction calls up the reader’s activity of representation. It asks us to create a coherent image of the narrative, a coherent text. Omitting the relation between two events leaves room for the reader to fill in the blanks. This crafted incompleteness creates the structure of “Canoe Repair.” Facts have more than one logical order; the reader coordinates elements by analyzing fragments.

Thus, the reader organizes the very space of the text. We shift, for example, from “When he took his canoe out, Zanes also thought,” to “The ideas knew how to get away sometimes” in the next paragraph (59). Reading “Zanes also thought,” the reader does not expect the sentence to stop at this point. S/he expects a complement to the verb “thought.” Therefore, reading “Canoe Repair” can be somewhat frustrating; the author even ironically refers to our unsatisfied expectation when we lack a transition between the two sentences. That is why, as Wolfgang Iser notes in The Implied Reader, we have to use imagination to compensate for the gaps. The context created by the sentence: “When he took his canoe out, Zanes also thought,” is destroyed so that the reader steps back and reflects upon the narrative as a work of art. “The artwork itself is represented as an artwork” (McHale 30). The reader finds metafictional allusions that suggest a fiction conscious of its fictionality, which makes the reader understand the story at another level of representation. These metafictional moments create a disjunction in addition to the fragmenting of the plot itself.

Each blank invites interpretation and coordination. Do the gaps become the theme of the narrative? When analyzing Modern texts such as Ulysses, Iser engages the issue of semantic richness and incoherence of gaps, moments of inconsistency, disruption, or omission. He sees reading as a process the reader undergoes to synthesize fragmented elements; the reader creates meaning.

The unconnected allusions and the abrupt alternation of stylistic devices disclose a large number of gaps … [that give] rise to the stimulating quality of the text. On the one hand, the density of allusions and the continual segmentation of style involve an incessant changing of perspectives, which seems to go out of control whenever the reader tries to pin them down; on the other hand, the gaps resulting from the cuts and abbreviations tempt the reader to fill them in. (Iser 213)

The structural breaks in “Canoe Repair” might be less extreme than those in Ulysses but, similarly, the gaps and omissions become part of the story’s theme, possibly denying thematic synthesis itself. Zanes’ fragmented thinking and his way of experiencing life are present in the style the author uses. The medium is often the message. The construction of sentences that might make us insecure reminds us that reading “Canoe Repair” is a special experience that enables us to coordinate elements of the story and thus penetrate Zanes’ mind and his somewhat eccentric thinking. The reader, by grasping multiplicity, references, and rambling elements, maps out what is happening in Zanes’ mind. The way things get originally connected structurally mirrors Zanes’ experience of the world that also reaches for unusual connections.

How do we find our bearings reading “Canoe Repair?” The narration resists linear order. It seems laminated into different sequences of the character’s life. Flashes are exposed with neither explanation nor transition. Joseph McElroy “never hid the gaps” (“Neural Neighborhoods” 204). Chronology is not respected; events follow a pattern of shifts from one subject to another, from one point of view to another, and everything seems important and unimportant at the same time. There is sometimes no link between consecutive sentences: “Was it my time device operating again?” and “A canoe is what makes you do” (77). Here, gaps interfere with our sense of the evolution of the story and the progression in the character’s life, if there is one. These gaps are caused mostly by the double narration of the story, and they are even more challenging to the reader. When we shift from, “Was it my time device operating again?” to “A canoe is what makes you do” (77), we shift from an “I” to an omniscient narrator. Zanes’ own perspective on his life is balanced by the omniscient narrator. To understand Zanes’ life, we need to be inside him and outside him. We need to know the world exterior to Zanes’ subjectivity to understand his reactions, hence the role of the omniscient voice.

The embedded structure of the story told by two narrators juxtaposes two sources of information. This construction enables the insertion of one perspective within another and it leads us to see Zanes’ life as an accumulation of fragments. Different perspectives provide distinct information about and approaches to the same life. Can the story be seen as a dialogue between these two poles? Unlike traditional narrations where the reader faces a set of events exposed in a linear way, “Canoe Repair” makes the reader feel the duality of life.

McElroy constructs a dynamic that can be paralleled with the theme of the double, often present in gothic stories. In these stories, the narrator and the character are the same person, although it is usually not clearly stated in the text. In “Canoe Repair,” there is, to some extent, a renewal of the theme of the double since our character has a double voice. The schizophrenic tensions represented by the strange vision of the double in the gothic stories appear in “Canoe Repair” in a somewhat different way. The strain between two voices can be understood as the representation of power over the development of the story.

First, the omniscient exterior narrator controls the story. Progressively, “I” becomes dominant. At the end, rapid shifts of viewpoint break up the story. The evolution of each viewpoint implicitly lets us gather details about the context of each narrator’s intervention. The constant shift form “I” to “he” changes the reader’s relation to the narrator because it implies a nonlinear way to gather information. Each narrator puts the reader into a frame of mind that influences interpretation. The shifting of frames makes the reader’s activity intense. When we change frames, we have to change our interpretation. How to base our understanding of the story on a specific context when the latter is always denatured?

The two narrators fragment the story, and they produce a repetitive pattern. Each of the narrators gives us details on the same moments of Zanes’ life. The double narration is thus based on the repetition of similar life sequences. The double narration allows repetition to penetrate the narrative. It is thanks to repetition that the reader can make sense of the story’s disconnected elements. The gaps that we apparently cannot coordinate - such as “Is there somebody over there? Zanes said. Probably, his son said” and “All but one of the machines were in use that evening”(72) - are so large that the only way the reader can assemble the fragments of the story is by focusing on the repetitive patterns that connect these partial perspectives. We constantly come across the same moments: the observation of the canoe, meetings between Zanes’ wife and the producer of her cooking show, scenes with Lung, discussions with Seemyon, and so on. The plot offers not so much progress as recurrence, duplication, and reiteration.

In our mind, those terms are usually connected to something monotonous. Yet in “Canoe Repair,” the iteration of words, ideas, and/or themes does not result in a redundant effect on reading. The first reference to “sunset” (56) is echoed by “[o]ne of them materialized at sunset” and “at sunset a window beamed” (57). Through repetition, meaning emerges. Repetition is not used to stop the progression of the plot: the elements of Zanes’ life are never told twice in exactly the same terms. The accumulation of repetitions creates an unusual meaning, a meaning understood through indirect means. Zanes refers to his own time: “my time device” (58), “another time” (61) as opposed to “my wife’s cookbook, my time machine” (69). Zanes’ experience of life does not rely on a chronological structure. When we accept repetition, we understand that time does not need to be seen as a linear progression.

Repetition lets us understand how Zanes organizes his life. The first and last moments of the story present similar scenes. “It was sunset and the boy was angry and wanted to be somewhere else” (56). Zanes and his son are outside watching the canoe for the first time. The first words of the story put the reader in the middle of a situation. The first character we meet is not Zanes but his son referred to as a “boy.” He could be anybody. In that sense, the story can be considered a statement about any family life, its structure, its implicit rules, and its repetitive patterns. The reference to “somewhere else” also puzzles the reader at the beginning of a story; we do not even know where the character is. At the end, we have circled back: “Above me, I felt the presence of my son at his window. If I didn’t take down the screens, it would soon be summer again” (78).

The end is paradoxical since it does not explain the story but at the same time concludes it through indirect means. The story ends on “again,” which alludes to an opening, a repetition of what we have read, maybe an allusion to the beginning if we think of the circularity of the repetitive pattern of the narration. On the other hand, the allusion to the coming summer ends with a period. Spring will soon be finished. We note here again the parallel between the first scene and the last one since the story opens on the ending of something, of a day. We are at a time when Zanes makes a pause in his life. His work on the canoe is what “makes [him] do” (77). His crafting the canoe changes aspects of his life, his relationship with his family and his community. The end of spring makes a kind of conclusion to the story but, at the same time, it opens the story toward a new time period. The conclusion and the opening lead us to different interpretations. We face some conflicting perception of time and closure. Depending on the type of time framework one has in mind, things can be open or closed; that is where the tension originates. The last and first scenes teach us to pay attention to how things are repeated in variation in the story. Both scenes point to a double direction. By examining this process, one understands that repetition is used to let one access Zanes’ subjective knowledge.

In the two scenes, the son and the father are both watching another place, an outsider place. They disagree on the hang-gliding activity. But this tension gets somewhat resolved at the end when they both look again in the same direction. An open conversation about this issue never appears in the story. Tensions are solved indirectly: “Is the leak like worry, no more than worry?” (75). The boat becomes the center of our attention; it is a place where Zanes’ concerns are to be projected and fixed too. The leak of the boat is associated with Zanes’ life: “When you left your job last year you were taking what you had and making it flow into a new system rather than holding onto what had been used. It would have leaked away if you had not made it move into a new system” (63). The canoe becomes a system of reference we share with Zanes to understand his life. The changes he goes through are projected into the repairing of the canoe, and thanks to the details of the crafting we understand the adjustments of his own life.

Connection is hidden where we cannot see it at first sight, where we do not expect it. For instance, a paragraph describing Zanes canoeing ends, “A wind was coming up, and I heard a breathing sound of paddling” (65). The next paragraph begins, “He treaded water and in his mind smelled fish scales. A wind came up. Zanes felt a wash against his dome” (65). The wind coming up appears twice, but the repetition is not identical because it lets us collect different details about Zanes canoeing. The first time, the wind relates to sound, while the second time it is linked to smell and then touch because of the sensation of “wash.” The different senses are connected to the same moment of Zanes’ life, and we gather this general image as well as its fragmented aspect thanks to repetition. Zanes’ sense of the world is not constructed upon a close frontier between things. Wind and breath become one; canoe and lake become one. To Zanes, “the beautiful canoe could loosen in your mind” (73). The different parts of his life (his relationship to Lung, his son, his wife, the canoe, the neighbor) are permeable. They communicate in an unusual way because they get to influence one another without ever being purposely or directly connected. The apparently rambling progression of the content of the story mirrors Zanes’ vision of life. As a result, the nonlinearity guides us.

The relationship between “Canoe Repair” and “Midcourse Corrections” emphasizes the reflections on moments of “repair” or “correction” in one’s life. The two works present pauses at a transitional time. The reading of “Canoe Repair” is the reading of images and themes mapped out in a paradigm linking scattered elements from the story, “Midcourse Corrections,” and the reader’s world. McElroy’s variation on themes common to both “Midcourse Corrections” and “Canoe Repair” is close to Andy Warhol’s technique in a series such as Marilyn. Like the painter, the author chooses a theme and modulates it. This project changes the narrative framework and our reaction to it. We can consider “Midcourse Corrections” and “Canoe Repair” to be doublings on a similar project: both pieces give different perspectives on the same thing, the way “Canoe Repair” also gives partial perspectives on the same plot. When reading “Canoe Repair,” the reader may have “Midcourse Corrections” in mind. Both pieces are meant to add to each other.

In that sense, McElroy “repeat[s] something now to make you remember something then and set[s] you up for something later” (Kawin 34). The reiterations linking the two pieces can be understood as emphases on moments that create echoes in the reader’s network of references. In “Midcourse Corrections,” McElroy writes that his essay is written to “interrupt, interleave, break diverse kinds of documents” (10). “Canoe Repair” can be read as the application of such a project to fiction. The gaps are motivated by a wish to mix disconnected “documents.” Tabbi notes that the interviews “are like a fiction” (160). In that sense, the frontiers between the essay and fiction are blurred because of their connections. Tabbi also claims, “McElroy locates his compositional self in the space between plural subjectivities” (160). The double narration of the story pluralizes Zanes’ subjectivity in a parallel way.

Structurally, the two pieces are surprisingly close. “Midcourse Corrections” is a combination of three interviews interrupted by the author’s reflections, “INSERTS,” and ” workpoints.” The short story and the autobiographical essay display a structure that accepts gaps and emphasizes echoes that connect the two texts. The substance of the canoe’s texture is mirrored by other parts of the essay:

INSERT: hinge turning: remember those trick hinged pieces of wood that were really constructed with curiously attached canvas strips?

An essay like that. An interview. A sentence fly-by that manufactures its own canvas in the space it also generates out of a music its thought spun off. (“Corrections” 20)

The crafting activity of canoe repair is paralleled by the composition of writing. The texts’ themes and images branch into one another. As McElroy expresses it, the “mixed metaphor of [his] work extends a fluid trial. Like a mixed metabolism and through the pulmonary winding also unfolding and exfoliation of the sentence’s plot it holds exchanges even between incompatibles” (“Corrections” 15). A paradigm of images is used to progressively construct the original way Zanes conceives his world. We understand how in the story, incompatibles such as “weight” and “lightness” can correlate. In the canoe, “the noble forcing of the ribs into this oval narrow form turned the weight inward into lightness” (67). In one’s life “corrections” and “repair” bring “weight” and “lightness” in contact. Traditional oppositions are reconciled in “Canoe Repair.”

The Laundromat is a place where clothes are washed, but it also becomes a place to meet, a place where life is concentrated. In addition, when Zanes thinks “rowing looks like work” (58), we see how things can serve different purposes. For Zanes, things do not have a unique meaning. Commonly, a Laundromat is used for washing. The rowing activity is meant to move a boat. However, experience changes the use of things. Zanes gives them a power to influence the world indirectly. His time influences the “real time;” his vision of space dialogues with the “real space.”

The reader adapts, concentrating on the unsettling aspects of Zanes’ representation of the world, and it participates in the creation of a simultaneous immobility and movement as when “the canoe [is] moving but … [is] still” (56). The apparent contradiction of this statement is illustrated by the structure of the story, which is partly why we may wonder if the canoe or the landscape is moving. Referring to a similar moment of immobility and movement in Hind’s Kidnap, Tony Tanner explains that “we are all familiar with such optic illusion pictures which can be read in more than one way, often as focus shifts so that figure and ground seem to change places” (219). This optic effect is rendered by the way the story is told. The process of perception alters the representation of time and space: “[t]he lake was part of the canoe” (58).

When reading the description of the canoe, we have an example of a moment when “the eye following the line of something creates motion.” Personal correspondence with the author, June 16, 2001.

Its grand lines flared to a beam so wide it seemed low and was. Which end was which? Ribs curved with a beautiful singleness up to the gunwales, and, out of the bent tension in which they seemed to grip and bow the ribs, as you ran your eyes over it and felt it the canoe developed a force of tightness and actual lift, as if the noble forcing of the ribs into this oval narrow form turned the weight inward into lightness. (67)

The passage describes the canoe precisely and technically - “ribs,” “gunwales.” We are so close to the ribs of the boat that we get an impression of immensity. The sentences saturated with commas and information prevent us from picturing a full image of the canoe. Each small detail gets enlarged so that each part seems to expand itself infinitely. The movements are underlined: “flared,” “curved,” “bent,” “grip,” “bow,” “lift,” “turned.” The canoe is still but its description creates motion.

This passage can be seen as a micro-structural template for the way the story evolves. The story is the combination of different lines gathered into a unique moment. Indeed, there is a network of words that refer to either abstract images or other words linked to the movement of the boat in the story. The circuitry of words and their relation to other words is as important as what the words refer to. The formal fragmentation and disconnection lets us experience literally what happens in Zanes’ mind. The narrator explains Zanes has a “restless mind” (60) but never explicitly explains what it means. He never gives a full description of the way Zanes orders his thoughts. We access the definition of Zanes’ “restless mind” through the organization of the story. The tensions inviting for “repair” in Zanes’ life are present at any level of the text without ever being clearly expressed. The slow paths of the narration, its fragmentation, and its echoes are images of the canoe which itself reflects the tensions at stake in Zanes’ life.

These descriptions let us experience a different sense of space but also reveal the story’s sensual approach to the world. Zanes’ readjustments orient and transform his vision. Things are examined, and their perception is detailed when Zanes describes his wife swimming, for instance: “He imagined her, and he knew her words had reached some reservoir in his brain, where she was swimming at night, the luminous things like tiny muscular wakes lit up her thighs and the curve of her back” (60). The “luminous things like tiny muscular wakes” are observed with attention, and remind us of a vision of a sculpted body where forms and relief are emphasized. Narration zooms in on details of surfaces, and the intense observation of body parts and of the canoe makes a paradigm of sensual representations. The story pays attention to the concrete surface of things: the canoe looks like a “deer swimming” (56). Things and people are described minutely, and the scale used is so close that the images of the story appear as details of a painting. The details Zanes’ vision focuses on remind us of the indirectness of his actions. Zanes pays attention to things in their details and cannot always see the overall framework of these things. Similarly, he cannot perceive the outcomes of all his actions.

McElroy refers to “’[a]ttention’ [as] a rather cold word [he] use[s] to suggest that the ways in which we embrace the world and embrace other people can be more precise and clear than we think sometimes” (Anything 248). Zanes’ attention to the canoe and to his breath, for instance, as he feels the “air filling the space of [his] chest to be measured by another time” (60), is his way to “embrace the world.” His attention to the world indirectly penetrates his relationships. Zanes’ precise description of the exterior world lets us access his interior world. We understand, when paying attention to the depiction of his environment, why “the lake [is] part of the canoe” (58). People’s lives are permeable, their energies travel into one another. Zanes’ activities involuntarily connect to other areas of his life. The clearer vision of life that appears when Zanes repairs the canoe gets transferred in mysterious ways to the other parts of his life. Different aspects of Zanes’ life influence one another, although it is not clear to him or us how they connect.

The flashes and fragments emphasized in the sequences of the story are used to represent the world: “it is the very abundance of perspectives that conveys abundance of the world under observation” (Iser 226). The canoe is personified by Zanes’ interest in it: “A body was what it was” (73). Zanes’ observations change our perception of the canoe. It is compared to a lover, an animal, and a body: “he almost loved the canoe” (67), “[t]he canoe attracted others to it, they were in its future” (75), and “[a] canoe is what makes you do” (77). Intensity changes the character’s visions of the world.

This intensity also affects the way time is represented in the story. Perception is altered. Likewise, time is distorted. McElroy refers to “the arranging of things in space, the motion of things and persons in space. Time dissolved into spatial relations.” Personal correspondence with the author, June 16, 2001. When Zanes asks, “what if space was time?” (72), his question could be considered as a comment on the devices used by the author. In “Canoe Repair,” time is peculiar since it is fragmented and does not follow a plain progression. McElroy writes in “Midcourse Corrections” that his writing is to be understood as “modifications of language editing the rhetoric of what’s inside and not disclaiming faith that the words really rendered things and motions outside - and outside, somehow, consciousness” (13). The subjective experience of Zanes’ time is spatialized in the story. “Outside” and “consciousness,” connected in “Midcourse Corrections,” become the pivot of “Canoe Repair.”

The story covers approximately seven months (“One bright mid-September afternoon” [65] to “summer soon” [77]), but the vision we have is the vision of an infinite time without bearings or perhaps a very short time so dense that the notion of its temporality is not valid. The sentences are constructed in order to convey the circuits and canals of Zanes’ stream of consciousness and even his perception process sometimes. Time is altered by perception and becomes spatialized in the story. We think about the witty reference to the Times and the “two Timeses for the price of one” (“Corrections” 19) that could ironically summarize the treatment of time in the short story where subjective time is juxtaposed to seasonal time. When reading “Canoe Repair,” we face two experiences of time: one that is subjective and distorted by experience, and the other that is universal and related to the seasons referred to in the story. The original structure of the story, its fragmentation, and connections to “Midcourse Corrections,” is a means for the author to present a subjective system of perception.

When allowing the defamiliarizing elements of the story to change our reading, we penetrate a new experience of the world, of perception, and of time. For example, the image of the canoe passing is a recurrent pattern in the short story: “It came out of a cove as quiet as a deer swimming” (56), “[t]he canoe’s animal flanks and low length absorbed the two paddlers” (57), “[t]he lake was part of the canoe” (58), “[t]reading water, my hand upon the overturned canoe” (65), and so on. These allusions create a network of references to the symbolical meaning of the slow movement characteristic of an infinite moment. The personal experience of Zanes’ time transforms the time of the story: “But he wondered what the long bark canoe felt like. Its length and strong delicacy. Its secret speed. Its time” (64). The canoe has its particular pace, its own time. Reading “Canoe Repair” is experiencing canoe(ing) time.

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Holly Schindler is the author of A Blue So Dark.

Sypnosis of A Blue So Dark:
Fifteen-year-old Aura Ambrose has been hiding a secret. Her mother, a talented artist and art teacher, is slowly being consumed by schizophrenia, and Aura has been her sole caretaker ever since Aura's dad left them. Convinced that “creative” equals crazy, Aura shuns her own artistic talent. But as her mother sinks deeper into the darkness of mental illness, the hunger for a creative outlet draws Aura toward the depths of her imagination. Just as desperation threatens to swallow her whole, Aura discovers that art, love, and family are profoundly linked—and together may offer an escape from her fears.

Today, I have a guest blog, on a very fitting topic, by Holly.

Getting Out Of A (Reading OR Writing) Slump

It can happen to any of us…our once-insatiable appetite for literature drops, with no explanation. Whether it’s a reading or writing passion, if it disappears, it can leave you feeling…kind of…guilty. Like you’re completely slacking.

I say, get RID of the guilt. In my book, a slump is a sign that you’ve grown.

Yup, that’s right. You’ve grown—because you’re no longer challenged. You’re stagnating. A slump means it’s time to expand those borders.

Do not—I repeat—do NOT decide you need a break. Instead, get yourself to the library. And head STRAIGHT for the genre section you never approached before. Maybe romance. Or sci-fi. Or literary classics. Whatever you once avoided like the plague, ATTACK it. Immerse yourself. You’ll soon find yourself rejuvenated. I promise. Because a new genre means you’ve been thrown into a brand-new world.

And if you’re a writer, the same applies—finding it hard to get motivated? Put aside your current project—not for forever, just for a while. Again, do NOT take a break. Stay in the rhythm of writing…but write something (say, a short story) in a genre you once thought you’d never master. (Even try your hand at poetry!) Once you’ve written a short piece—just for fun—you’ll find yourself ready to head back to tackle your current WIP.

This bit of advice actually helped me find my way to the subject of my sophomore novel, PLAYING HURT, due out in 2011…My debut (A BLUE SO DARK) is a literary problem novel. PLAYING HURT is a romance.

Yep, genre hopping. I’m pretty sure it’s the spice of life…

If you would like to find out more about Holly or her books, you can visit her website or her blog!
          Garbage In, Garbage Out - IDOS-opiniepeilingen        

Paramaribo - Geliefd en verguisd. Dat is het beste om John Krishnadath te typeren. Zijn opiniepeilingen spelen deze verkiezingen een belangrijke rol. Vooral een psychologische. Hoe betrouwbaar zijn de IDOS-peilingen? "Ik had niet eens iets onderzocht en toch werd het IDOS verdacht gemaakt."

Tekst Iwan Brave/dWTfoto Werner Simons - de Ware Tijd, 10 mei 2005

Menig politicus zegt: "De ware peilingen zijn op 25 mei." Een waarheid als een koe en toch wishfull thinking tegelijk. Voor wie het uitkomt, zijn de DWT/IDOS-peilingen een dankbare houvast. Voor wie er bekaaid afkomt, zijn ze ‘onbetrouwbaar'. Neem bijvoorbeeld Desi Bouterse, die in februari de peilingen nog prees, toen zijn NDP als grootste uit de bus kwam in Paramaribo. Maar het kan verkeren. Vorige week, tijdens de afgelopen massameeting in Ocer, insinueerde Bouterse dat ‘niet-integere' wetenschappers de peilingen uitvoerden. Na de Amerikaanse verklaring was de NDP in Paramaribo flink teruggevallen. Maar Bouterse is niet de enige die zulk ambivalent, of misschien wel beter gezegd schizofreen gedrag toont ten aan zien van de DWT/IDOS- peilingen. Zelfs de doorgaans ingetogen Marten Schalkwijk werd het te gortig. Die besloot zelf maar over te gaan tot een opiniepeiling via zijn Nikos in opdracht van Dagblad Suriname.
In 2001 was Pertjajah Luhur-voorzitter Paul Somohardjo, toen minister van Sociale Zaken en Volkshuisvesting, ook al niet te spreken over het resultaat van een IDOS- opiniepeiling, toen bleek dat 80 procent van de kiezers in Paramaribo wilde dat Somohardjo, Rakieb Khudabux van Volksgezondheid, Dewanand Balesar van Openbare Werken en Siegfried Gilds van Justitie en Politie wegens ‘gebrek aan daadkracht' het veld moesten ruimen. Volgens Somohardjo is Krishnadath "gefrustreerd zijn omdat hij geen ministerspost heeft gekregen".
Leuk is anders, maar echt raken doet het Krishnadath al lang niet meer. "Ik ben al vijftien jaar bezig. Er is nog geen enkele politicus of partij geweest de me nog niet heeft uitgescholden, maar er is ook geen enkele die me nog niet de hemel heeft ingeprezen, als een peiling ze uitkomt."
De reden waarom Krishnadath met zijn peilingen begon, is ‘dienstverlening en service' naar de samenleving toe, en uit ‘dankbaarheid'. IDOS is namelijk een bureau voor marketingresearch. Grote klanten willen informatie hebben over het koopgedrag van de consumenten, en zonder hun antwoorden en medewerking kan IDOS zijn product niet leveren en dus niet verdienen. Vandaar dus die dankbaarheid. "Ik verdien er niets aan, behalve door de een uitgescholden en de ander geprezen te worden", zegt Krishnadath over de peilingen. "Toen we in 1990 startten, was dat ten ondersteuning van het democratisch proces. Opiniepeilingen is toch wel een van de eerste dingen die je ziet als een maatschappij de overgang maakt van dictatuur naar democratie."

Stank voor dank
Maar het is stank voor dank, gezien de reacties van politieke partijen en hun leiders. Maar Krishnadath is er de laatste die ermee zit. Hij moet zelfs een beetje lachen, om die commotie. Als het hem enigszins stoort dan is het wel van mensen, "van wie je zegt dat ze beter moeten weten; van mensen die weten dat ik niet rommel", vertelt hij. "Soms denk je dan wel: ik stop er maar mee. Want je doet de politiek een genoegen met de peilingen en je krijgt er vervelende opmerkingen voor terug. Maar als je niet uitkomt met een peiling is het ook niet goed, dan klagen de politici ook. Een keer toen de komende halfjaarlijkse peiling door omstandigheden langer uitbleef, werd er gezegd: ‘omdat het slecht uitkomt voor de regeringspartijen, durft hij de resultaten niet te publiceren'. Ik had niet eens iets onderzocht en toch werd het IDOS verdacht gemaakt."
Overigens vindt hij dat elke partij het recht heeft om zijn peilingen te becommentariëren. "Je moet goed gek zijn als politicus om te zeggen dat het IDOS gelijk heeft als uit een peiling blijkt dat haast niemand op je partij zal stemmen. Als je dat bevestigt kan je direct ophouden" Hij heeft vrij lang geduurd – bijna een half jaar – voordat hij een besluit nam om over te gaan tot de DWT-IDOS-peilingen. Normaal werden de peilingen alleen in Groot-Paramaribo verricht en geheel zelfstandig door het IDOS gefinancierd. Maar in samenwerking met DWT zou er ook landelijk gepeild kunnen worden. Er worden geen winsten gemaakt met deze peilingen. Voor IDOS was het al aantrekkelijk genoeg dat de directe kosten door de opdrachtgever werden gedekt en een voorwaarde was dat DWT ook de gegevens aan de andere media ter beschikking zou stellen. "Verder was het zo dat DWT ons volledig onze gang laat gaan zoals altijd het geval is geweest", vertelt Krishnadath. "De krant bemoeit zich dus niet met de te stellen vragen of wat wij neerschrijven. Het werkt heel goed."
Eigenlijk bevreemdt het Krishnadath een beetje, alle commotie die is ontstaan over de kiezerslijsten. Hij had reeds in een vroeg stadium in een artikel geschreven dat steekproefsgewijs bleek, dat het in Paramaribo om 4 procent ging om lege percelen, onbewoonde huizen of niet bestaande straatnummers bleken te zijn. "Dan praat ik nog niet eens over de adressen waar wordt gezegd: ‘die mensen wonen hier niet'." Als meest idiote voorval vindt hij een adres van een kiezer aan dr. Sophie Redmondstraat. Het bleek dat het bijkantoor van het CBB er staat, niemand die daar woont.


Omwille van neutraliteit maakt het IDOS bewust geen analyse van de peilingen en volstaat Krishnadath met te vermelden wat er in het veld door de enquêteurs is gesignaleerd. "Je zal mij nooit zien schrijven wat ik denk of wat ik uit de gegevens haal, of wat de reden is een van bepaalde stijging of daling van de percentages. Maar als je het mij persoonlijk vraagt, dan heeft bijvoorbeeld de recente terugval van de NDP te maken met het zware offensief van de VS en de Nederlandse politiek. Het gehele Nederlandse politieke spectrum heeft zich de afgelopen twee weken uitgesproken over wat de gevolgen kunnen zijn met Bouterse als president. Anderhalve week lang het BVN-nieuws met de uitgesproken meningen van de Nederlandse politici via diverse media in de samenleving gepompt. Hoewel gezegd werd dat het Surinaamse volk vrij is om te kiezen, heeft het wel degelijk zijn invloed gehad. En de NDP is een partij waarin je bij uitstek de weerspiegeling vindt van de etnische verhouding van onze samenleving. En als er één groep is die bang is voor isolement, dan zijn het de Hindoestanen. Een creool laat zich in dat opzicht iets moeilijker intimideren. Je kan ook stellen dat Hindoestaan nu al de eventuele sociale en economische gevolgen overdenkt."
Ook Krishnadath plaats vraagtekens achter het officiële aantal kiesgerechtigden van ruim 335.000 op de kiezerslijsten. Hij plaatst dit aantal tegen het voorlopige cijfer van de laatste volkstelling, dat uitkwam op ruim 480.000 inwoners. Daarvan zou tweederde deel 18 jaar en ouder zijn, dus zouden er ongeveer 310.000 kiesgerechtigde moeten zijn. Krishnadath: "Maar als het CBB beweert dat er 335.000 kiezers zijn – wat nog altijd tweederde deel van de bevolking is – dan zou 3/3 deel ongeveer van 520.000 personen zijn. Dus of het ABS heeft verkeerd geteld of bij het CBB is er iets niet goed. Maar ik ben verplicht mijn calculaties voor DNA-zetels te maken aan de hand van de CBB-cijfers. Het is dus: ‘garbage in, garbage out' als er iets niet goed is aan de cijfers. Ik heb toen ook gezegd dat de politieke partijen later ermee geconfronteerd zullen worden en dat je dan dyugu dyugu zal krijgen. En dat gebeurt nu."

Brandende vraag
Een brandende vraag is dan toch wel: hoe betrouwbaar zijn die peilingen? "Als het om percentages gaat, zullen de peilingen er niet veel naast zitten", zegt Krishnadath. "Het enige wat ik nu achterwege zou moeten laten, is het berekenen van het aantal zetels per partij. Bij de vorige verkiezingen zou, bijvoorbeeld, A1 met 4.200 stemmen in Paramaribo genoeg hebben voor een zetel. Maar op basis van de huidige kiezersaantallen voor Paramaribo – als je ervan uitgaat de kiezeropkomst net als voor heen 70 procent is – zal het A1 vijf tot zesduizend stemmen nodig hebben voor een zetel."
Maar nu al durft Krishnadath op basis van de fouten in de kiezerslijst, die het IDOS door middel van de steekproeven achterhaalt, te stellen dat het aantal kiesgerechtigden veel lager zal blijken. "De opkomst bij de verkiezingen zal dus veel lager uitkomen dan normaal het geval is en dan haalt A1 in Paramaribo misschien ineens wel voldoende stemmen om een zetel binnen te halen. Voor de grotere partijen maakt dat niet zoveel uit omdat de verhoudingen min of meer gelijk blijven."
Hoe betrouwbaar de kiezers de peilingen acht, wilde Krishnadath zelf ook weten: doorgaan of niet? Deze vraag werd meteen meegenomen in een peiling. Negentig procent zei: ‘doorgaan'. "Maar dat kan ruis zijn omdat het het IDOS zelf is die de vraag heeft voorgelegd", zegt Krishnadath. Vijftien procent vond de peilingen onbetrouwbaar. Een deel van deze personen vertelde ook waarom. Niet zozeer het IDOS of de enquêteurs werden onbetrouwbaar bevonden, maar het antwoord van de mensen die geinterviewd werden, deze zouden vaak niet de waarheid spreken. Er is nu sprake van een grote groep zwevers, zo'n 30 procent. "Vroeger was dit percentage een maand voor de verkiezingen in de districten laag en in de stad hoog", zegt Krishnadath. "Vermoedelijk bij deze verkiezingen, met name in Coronie, zal je een heel erg emotionele uitgebrachte stem hebben bij een belangrijk deel van de kiezers. Dus als iemand met de verkeerde been uit bed stapt, zal hij op partij A stemmen en als hij met het goede uit bed stapt op partij C. Of de mensen wachten een excuus om helemaal niet te gaan stemmen. Het niet hebben ontvangen van een kaart zou dan een goed excuus zijn. Nu zijn velen teleurgesteld. De reden laat ik buiten beschouwen. Maar in principe kan je niet stemmen voor iets waarin je teleurgesteld bent. Dan kan 30 procent veel uitmaken."

Brand switching
De enquêteurs van het IDOS gaan te werk met een hand held-computer, waarin alle vragen en mogelijke antwoorden geprogrammeerd zijn. Het antwoord van de ondervraagde bepaalt de volgende vraag. Met een pen wordt het antwoord aangestipt en meteen elektronisch opgeslagen. Dus van enige invloed van enquêteurs die subjectieve vragen stellen, is geen sprake. Krishnadath demonstreert dat handzame apparaatje. Ook de vraag op welke andere partij men zou stemmen indien zijn of haar partij niet zou meedoen, was geprogrammeerd. En die vraag werd aan een ieder gesteld; ook als je de NDP of de NPS als voorkeurpartij opgaf. Het was Shailendra Girjasing van UPS-DOE die er gewag van maakte dat er in Commewijne een enquêteur ‘gekleurd' zou hebben gevraagd: ‘Nee, maar als UPS-DOE niet meedoet, op welke partij zou u dan stemmen?'
"In marktonderzoek praat je over brand switching; wat ga je roken als Morello niet meer verkrijgbaar is", licht Krishnadath deze vraag toe. "Als je dat weet, dan weet ook waar mobilisatie van een bepaalde stem naar toe kan plaatsvinden. Die vraag – wat is uw alternatief? – hebben we aan een ieder gesteld. Ik moest erom lachen, omdat die opmerking van iemand kwam die uit de zakenwereld is; iemand die producten aan de consument wil slijten Voor zo iemand is het belangrijk om te weten waar een klant op overstapt als zijn product om een of andere reden even niet te krijgen is. Een opiniepeiling is in feite niets anders dan een marktonderzoek voor politici, alleen weten we hier niet voldoende wat we ermee moeten en kunnen doen."

          Eliminating Spiritual Toxins        

Consider a person who exercises fastidiously and holds to a strict diet but also abuses alcohol and drugs. That kind of schizophrenic behavior would raise a lot of questions, and rightly so.

The same goes for Christians who carefully guard their spiritual diet but make no effort to avoid or eliminate sinful, spiritual toxins from their lives. Faithfully studying God’s Word is vital to our growth, but it’s not the only factor. We need to recognize sinful attitudes and motivations as carcinogens that can wreak havoc in our spiritual lives.

Right now, these sinful toxins could be poisoning your life, eating away at your usefulness, and causing all sorts of decay and destruction. Peter recognized the threat these sins pose to our spiritual health and commanded his readers to “[put] aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander” (1 Peter 2:1).

The King James translation of 1 Peter 2:1 tells us to “lay aside” all of these negative things. The Greek word used here actually means to “strip off your clothes.” It’s the same thing that is meant in Hebrews 12:1 where we are told to “lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us.” Peter highlights five specific toxins we should strip out of our lives for the sake of our spiritual health: malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, slander.

Strip out the malice. In biblical times, malice meant “wickedness” or “heathen evil”—the characteristic evil of the world surrounding the young Christian church. Peter doesn’t advise laying aside some malice; he wants all of it gone. Today’s Christians are no different than those in the first century. Many of us like to play at Christianity while dabbling in worldly practices. But there is no place in the Christian’s life for the garbage of the world.

A young man once approached a great Bible teacher and said to him, “Sir, I’d give the world to know the Bible as you do.” The teacher looked him in the eye and said, “And that’s exactly what it will cost you!” If we want to grow and develop as Christians, we need to examine ourselves and identify those worldly remnants and scraps that we are hanging on to.

Strip out the deceit. Peter also instructs us that all deceit (or guile) has to be jettisoned from our lives. Impure motives lie at the root of deceit and this always leads to the conscious deception of others. But deceit never offers any long-term payoff—it’s always exposed eventually.

This is a hard lesson to teach children. I used to tell my own children, “It’s really a lot more expensive to lie, because every time I catch you in a lie you are going to be punished much more severely than if you told me the truth.” I had to prove this on occasion, and it was always a hard lesson for everyone—for me to teach and for them to learn—but it was worth it.

Strip out the hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is a natural outgrowth of deceitfulness. Non-Christians always like to point out that the church is full of hypocrites, and unfortunately they are right.

Christians sometimes reply to this charge by rightly observing that the church—where people can hear the gospel and be taught the Bible in the right way—is the best place for hypocrites to be. Nonetheless, as Peter plainly shows us, we can’t be content with that as the status quo. Hypocrisy, once uncovered, needs to be repented of. There is no place for it in the life of a sincere Christian. If the believer glibly excuses his hypocrisy, he is taking advantage of God’s grace and is a bigger hypocrite than ever.

Strip out the envy. Reduced to its basic components, envy is simply self-centeredness. Envy is always the last thing to die, because it only dies when the self dies. But as most Christians know, the self is hard to kill.

How many churches have been wrecked, how many missionary organizations have been riddled with dissension, how many families have been destroyed—all by envy? In his letter, James joins with Peter in warning Christians about the demonic influence of envy:

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. (James 3:14–16)

Strip out the slander. Simply stated, Peter is telling us to quit gossiping. Gossip just might be the most attractive sin for Christians. We may nod vigorously when the preacher warns about it from the pulpit, but on the way home or even while walking to the car we engage in it in any number of ways. We are very clever, of course, to mask it behind words like, “I’m so concerned about Mary” or “Can you fill me in a little so I can pray about it?” Far too much gossip goes on under the guise of prayer and feigned piety.

It is worthwhile to note how all of these five sins are interconnected. Malice (worldliness) inevitably fans the flames of deceit or guile. And deceit and guile lead to hypocrisy, which produces the envy. And the fruit of envy often leads to evil speaking—slanderous gossip.

As deadly as these toxins are, we still gravitate to them. In order to break their hold on our lives, we must develop a taste for what Peter calls the milk of God’s Word. He says, “Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord” (1 Peter 2:2–3). Peter is telling his readers they have tasted God’s grace by taking that first step into salvation. The imperishable seed has sprouted and now they need to feed the new life they have within. For the new Christian especially, God’s Word is like milk. Milk is crucial to the growth of any baby and God’s Word is crucial to the growth of the new Christian.

Paul had the same idea when he wrote to the Christians at Thessalonica and said, “But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children” (1 Thessalonians 2:7, NKJV). Paul passed on the same idea to Timothy, encouraging him to stand fast in the face of apostasy. He reminded Timothy that, if he is faithful in instructing the brethren in the truth of God’s Word, “You will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed” (1 Timothy 4:6, NKJV).

As important as milk is, however, the human body needs other foods to gain all its proper nutrition. While some Christians are doing pretty well with laying off spiritual junk food, they are perhaps too content with a weekly bottle fed to them by their preacher. They are failing to get into the Word of God for themselves where they can chew on more solid food.

True spiritual nourishment for the believer is God’s Word. However, as Paul told the Corinthians, there is more to God’s Word than just milk (see 1 Corinthians 3:1–2). The milk provides a good start for our spiritual growth but we must also desire meat, the rich spiritual truths that God wants us to have if we are to truly change and become what He wants us to be.

(Adapted from Why Believe the Bible.


          UC Davis Researchers Identify the Source of the Debilitating Memory Loss in People with Psychosis        

Finding pinpoints target for drug development in individuals with schizophrenia

(PRWeb July 22, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/07/prweb12864467.htm

          Drugs used less often in treating dementia        

Hazel Eng, 89, who lives at the Ecumen nursing home in North Branch, Minn., shares a laugh with her daughter, Jane Lynch. As part of the facility's "Awakenings" program, Eng was taken off the powerful antipsychotics she was taking, and now beams as she ambles the hallways, reads the newspaper, tells stories and constantly laughs.Antipsychotics are meant primarily to help control symptoms from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but they're also given to hundreds of thousands of elderly nursing home patients in the U.S. to pacify aggressive and paranoid behavior related to dementia.

          Google attackiert die Meinungsfreiheit, deutsche Medien üben den Gleichschritt – News zum 9. August 2017        
1. Der "Economist" berichtet über die Entlassung James Damores bei Google, nachdem Damore in einem Memo Kritik an seinem Arbeitgeber geäußert hatte:

"This isn’t a question of legality or policy. This is a question of virtue-signalling," says the boss of a prominent tech startup, reflecting the view of many in the Valley.

Einer meiner Leser schreibt mir zu diesem Fall:

Der Google-Mitarbeiter der sich kritisch zur Diversity-Politik seines Arbeitgebers äußerte, hat es soeben in die Nachrichten geschafft (N24, 8.8.17, ca. 11:30 Uhr):

Der Bericht hatte sinngemäß den Tenor, dass ein Google-Mitarbeiter gefeuert worden sei, weil er Frauen (aufgrund ihrer Biologie) generell ungeeignet für technische Berufe halte. Was für eine krasse Verkürzung und Falschdarstellung! Das macht mich echt fassungslos. Nicht mal eine Nachrichtensendung erfüllt noch meine Mindeststandards für eine halbwegs ehrliche Berichterstattung. Was mich vor allem ärgert ist, dass nach einer solch falschen Berichterstattung niemand, nicht einmal pure, nackte Opportunisten, eine Lehre aus der Geschichte ziehen könn(t)en. Selbst wenn sie wollten.

Ein normaler Zuschauer wird sich denken, dass der Mensch wohl zu Recht entlassen wurde. Denn: Jemanden allein aufgrund seines Geschlechts im Vorfeld für ungeeignet zu erklären, wäre zweifelsohne und unbestritten sexistisch. Welcher heute noch ernst zu nehmende Mensch würde das Gegenteil behaupten? Dieselben Leute aber, die nach dieser Nachrichtenmeldung dann zur Tagesordnung übergehen, gucken später dann vermutlich sehr verduzt, wenn sie ihren Job verlieren, weil sie in irgendeinem Kontext die Biologie als einen möglichen Faktor für eine unterschiedliche Gewichtung bei der Berufswahl als Argument anführen.

Ich hoffe inständig, dass sich die Entscheidung, Damore zu feuern, noch als Rohrkrepierer erweisen wird.

Bemerkenswert ist, dass die deutschsprachigen Leitmedien fast durchgehend schon in ihren Schlagzeilen die feministische Perspektive als Tatsache ausgeben. Nur einige Beispiele von mehreren Dutzend Artikeln: "Google entlässt Mitarbeiter wegen sexistischem Text" titelt die "Zeit", "Google feuert Mitarbeiter wegen sexistischen Manifests" Österreichs "Presse", von einem "sexistischen Pamphlet" spricht Spiegel-Online, und "Google feuert Mitarbeiter nach sexistischem Manifest" titelt die "Frankfurter Allgemeine". Sogar der Wortlaut dieser Schlagzeilen ist weitgehend derselbe.

Ich weiß es nicht, warum in unseren Medien immer noch eine derart unstillbare Sehnsucht danach herrscht, im Gleichschritt zu marschieren. Die angelsächsischen Medien haben allen Grund, sich bis heute über den "German goosestep" lustig zu machen. Ich habe KEINEN deutschsprachigen Artikel gefunden, in dem Google dafür kritisiert wurde, eine bestimmte Ideologie durchzusetzen, indem der Konzern unbotmäßige Untergebene schlicht entfernte. Das ist im angelsächsischen Sprachraum anders. Sicher, auch dort überschlagen sich die Leitmedien mit Falschdarstellungen. Im Gegensatz zu Deutschland geben dort aber zahlreiche Magazine Widerworte und verteidigen in ihren Artikeln die Meinungsfreiheit.

Ein paar Beispiele. Das Magazin Quilette schreibt über James Damores Essay:

This essay may not get everything 100% right, but it is certainly not a rant. And it stands in sharp contrast to most of the comments, which are little more than snarky modern slurs. The arrogance of most of the comments reflects exactly the type of smug self-appointed superiority that has led to widespread resentment of the left among reasonable people. To the extent that such views correspond to those at Google, they vindicate the essayist’s claims about the authoritarian and repressive atmosphere there. Even the response by Google’s new VP in charge of diversity simply ignores all of the author’s arguments, and vacuously affirms Google’s commitment to diversity. The essay is vastly more thoughtful, linked to the science, and well-reasoned than nearly all of the comments. If I had one recommendation, it would be this: That, before commenting on these issues, Google executives read two books: John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty and Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind."

Das sind auch zwei Bücher, die man in deutschen Redaktionsstuben großflächig verteilen sollte.

Das linksliberale Magazin "The Atlantic" stellt klar, dass Damores Manifest keineswegs "anti-diversity" sei:

Its author, who was later fired, began, "I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes. When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions. If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem."

The balance of his memo argues that he is not against pursuing greater gender diversity at Google; he says it is against the current means Google is using to pursue that end and the way the company conceives of tradeoffs between the good of diversity and other goods.

(...) The author specifically objects to using what his memo calls discriminatory means to achieve greater gender diversity, then adds that he has concrete suggestions for changes at Google that would “increase women’s representation in tech and without resorting to discrimination.” In his telling, this could be achieved by making software engineering “more people-oriented with pair programming and more collaboration” and changes that would “allow those exhibiting cooperative behavior to thrive,” as well as offering more opportunities for employees to work part time.

Whether one regards those suggestions as brilliant, rooted in pernicious gender stereotypes, or anywhere in between, they are clearly and explicitly suggestions to increase diversity in a manner the author regards as having a stronger chance of actually working than some of the tactics that he is critiquing.

Was davon kommt bei den selbsterklärten Bannerträgern des deutschen Qualitätsjournalismus an? "Sexistisches Manifest".

Das Magazin Quartz kommentiert:

By getting fired, Damore proved his own point — that many of Silicon Valley’s leaders remain unwilling to engage with socio-political views different from their own.

Der "National Review" titelt "Lena Dunham and Google Demonstrate Why Our Free Speech Culture Is Slipping Away" und berichtet wie folgt:

An anonymous employee penned a multi-page memo addressing why there are fewer women than men in key fields in the tech industry. In the memo, he noted that Google values gender and racial diversity but has created an "ideological echo chamber where some ideas are too sacred to be honestly discussed." This means that Google responds to gender imbalances with "extreme and authoritarian" measures. At the extreme, it views all gender disparities as "due to oppression." Its authoritarian response is to "discriminate to correct this oppression." The writer than explores at length cultural and biological differences between men and women and then proposes some measures to increase female representation in the field without resorting to discrimination.

(...) The primary victims of this new culture of groupthink are social conservatives and other dissenters from identity politics. In field after field and company after company, conservatives understand that the price of their employment is silence. Double standards abound, and companies intentionally try to keep work environments "safe" from disagreement. Radical sexual and racial politics are given free rein. Disagree — and lose your job. It takes a person of rare constitution and moral courage to speak up. And that’s precisely how the far Left likes it.

In einem weiteren Artikel stellt auch der "National Review" klar, dass es sich NICHT um einen frauenfeindlichen Text handelte:

The author (...) states repeatedly that he believes in diversity, and there’s no reason to doubt his self-description as a classical liberal. His exclamation-point-free memo is hardly a rant. He expresses the hope that "open and honest discussion with those who disagree can highlight our blind spots and help us grow."

How naïve. The witless and inflamed reaction to his document instead underlines his point about "a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence."

It is one thing to disagree with the memo; it is another thing to believe the views therein should be forbidden. Former Google engineer Yonatan Zunger says that if it were up to him, the author would be summarily fired and escorted from the building immediately by security (you can’t take a chance with such a danger). Entrepreneur Elissa Shevinsky believes that the memo could run afoul of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act — i.e., it might be illegal. Google’s diversity officer, Danielle Brown, didn’t quite go that far. She offered a pro forma assurance that different views are welcome at Google. Nevertheless, she stipulated that the opinions of the author are "incorrect" and added, ominously, that any discussion needs to be in accord with "our Code of Conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws." Her case would have been much stronger if she had actually rebutted any of the author’s statements about sex differences — assuming that she could.

A line in the memo about women being more prone to anxiety has drawn particular ire — as if the author made this up. As the publication Stanford Medicine notes, "Women are twice as likely as men to experience clinical depression in their lifetimes; likewise for post-traumatic stress disorder." An article in the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews likewise says that "female-biased conditions include depression, anxiety disorder, and anorexia nervosa." This doesn’t mean that men are superior, just that they are different and more prone to other problems — among them, alcohol- and drug-dependency, schizophrenia, dyslexia, autism, Tourette syndrome, and attention-deficit disorder. It’s not bias against men, or in favor of women, to note these tendencies.

Für die deutschen Leitmedien ist das schon längst viel zu differenziert und kompliziert. "Sexistisches Manifest" muss genügen. Es will sich ja auch keiner in irgendwelche Nesseln setzen. Wer weiß schon, wann der grüne Pranger wieder online geht.

Der "Daily Wire" spricht von Firmenfaschismus :

James Damore, the author of the memo, told Bloomberg he had indeed been fired on grounds of "perpetuating gender stereotypes." Which is weird, since gender stereotypes are the basis for Google’s "diversity policy," which suggests that more women must be hired in order to enrich the workplace. If men and women are identical, no such diversity policy would be necessary or praiseworthy.

All of this proves that Damore was absolutely right that Google has a blindered view of politics that hinders their capacity to engage in business. Google has been accused in the past of biasing search results toward the Left, and they’ve long been accused of promoting political leftism as opposed to a free and open diversity of thought.

CNBC berichtet in einem Artikel darüber, warum die Entlassung James Damores illegal sein könnte, folgendes:

In a reply to the initial outcry over his memo, the engineer added to his memo: "Despite what the public response seems to have been, I've gotten many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude for bringing up these very important issues which they agree with but would never have the courage to say or defend because of our shaming culture and the possibility of being fired." The law protects that kind of "concerted activity."

Second, the engineer's memo largely is a statement of his political views as they apply to workplace policies. The memo is styled as a lament to "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber." California law prohibits employers from threatening to fire employees to get them to adopt or refrain from adopting a particular political course of action.

(...) Third, the engineer complained in parts of his memo about company policies that he believes violate employment discrimination laws. Those policies include support programs limited by race or gender and promotional and hiring scoring policies that consider race and gender. It is unlawful for an employer to discipline an employee for challenging conduct that the employee reasonably believed to be discriminatory, even when a court later determines the conduct was not actually prohibited by the discrimination laws. In other words, the engineer doesn't have to be right that some of Google's diversity initiatives are unlawful, only that he reasonably believes that they are.

Diskriminierung von Männern? In den meisten deutschen Leitmedien selbst heute noch nicht der Rede wert.

Der "Federalist" sieht James Damores als Opfer eines politisch korrekten Mobs und kommentiert:

One of the problems with this kerfuffle was that the vast majority of the histrionic reactions on social media and elsewhere have misrepresented not only what the memo says but also its purpose. The memo was neither a screed nor anti-diversity. It was the kind of unvarnished, dispassionate, and meticulous case that I imagine many engineers offer. It’s difficult to believe anyone who read through it with an open mind could interpret the author’s notions as an attempt to consolidate the patriarchy or to make life less diverse in his field.

The other, bigger problem is that the reaction to it demonstrates that the author is completely right about the lack of ideological diversity and its consequences.

The unnamed engineer’s contentions about the bias at Google is a near-perfect summation of the dangers manifest in all close-minded institutions, including most of the news media and many universities. He points out that conflating "freedom from offense with psychological safety" shames people into silence. Further, he argues that these monocultures foster unhealthy environments where people can no longer honestly debate important topics. Finally, and most destructively, he says these bubbles then promote "extreme and authoritarian elements."

"Breitbart", aus Sicht deutscher Leitmedien und einem befreundeten Grünen unter den Genderama-Lesern eine Website, die auf keinen Fall zitiert oder verlinkt werden darf, wenn der Verlinkende nichts als rechtsextrem beschimpft werden möchte, hat sogar eine eigene Interviewserie "Die Rebellen von Google" begonnen, in der Google-Mitarbeiter berichten, wie in diesem Konzern Hexenjagden und Intoleranz regieren. Lesen Sie NICHT, ich wiederhole, lesen Sie NICHT das soeben verlinkte Interview. Sie fangen an, plötzlich unkontrolliert "Heil Hitler!" zu schreien, sobald Sie das tun. Klatschen Sie lieber brav mit, wenn Google einen Mitarbeiter "wegen Sexismus" entlässt.

(Hadmut Danisch hat mit der Verlinkung des "Breitbart"-Beitrags übrigens gerade dasselbe Problem, wie ich bei der Recherche zu dieser Debatte sehe. Man macht es nicht gerne, aber der leitmediale Einheitsbrei bringt einen derart zur Verzweiflung ...)

Falls Sie in den nächsten Tagen irgendwo in den deutschen Medien einen Artikel finden, der ähnlich wie die zitierten angelsächsischen Medien aus dem Gleichschritt ausbricht und pro Meinungsfreiheit argumentiert, freue ich mich über den Link. Ich rechne nicht damit. Stattdessen bekommen wir etwa von Angela Gruber Spiegel-Online folgendes serviert:

Es wäre wünschenswert gewesen, dass ein solches Schreiben ohne Reaktionen im Google-Intranet versandet. Einfach, weil niemand über solche Thesen diskutieren will.

Autoritäres und freiheitliches Denken prallen hier frontal aufeinander. Und wieder einmal ist die Kluft zwischen Redaktionsmeinung und Leserkommentaren unter dem Artikel riesig. Unter vergleichbaren Artikeln sieht es nicht anders aus.

Dezidierte Technik-Magazine ticken übrigens ähnlich, was die journalistische Gesprächsbereitschaft mit Menschen anderer Meinung betrifft. So erklärt Jessica Tomala bei "Giga":

Ich bin zwar keine Programmiererin, sondern Redakteurin, aber würde ich mit James Damore, dem Verfasser des zehnseitigen internen Manifests bei Google, zusammenarbeiten: Ich hätte meinen morgendlichen Kaffeebecher wohl einfach über seinem Kopf ausgeleert.

Damit hätte sie es James Damore einmal so richtig gezeigt. Von wegen, Frauen wären neurotisch. Ha!

Ach ja: Was macht eigentlich Deutschlands Linke, wenn ein marktbeherrschender Konzern Arbeitnehmer feuert, weil diese Arbeitnehmer missliebige Ansichten äußern und Diskriminierung beklagen? Auch von dort höre ich gerade nicht sehr viel.

Julian Assange immerhin hat James Damore inzwischen einen Job bei Wikileaks angeboten. Eingeleitet wurde dieses Angebot von einem klaren Statement Assanges: "Censorship is for losers".

2. Leider ist der deutsche Hang zum Gleichschritt nicht einmal das einzige gravierende Problem in unseren Medien. Um ein weiteres Problem zu beleuchten, legen Hanna Herbst und Nora Kolhoff im Magazin "Vice" einen geradezu maskulistischen Text vor: "Versaute Klassenfahrt" und "Sex-Lehrerin": Wie Medien über Missbrauch durch Frauen reden.

3. In der Printausgabe der "Frankfurter Allgemeinen" von morgen findet sich auf Seite 8 der Artikel "Die Grenzen der Frauenförderung" von Reiner Burger. Der Untertitel des ausführlichen Beitrags, der leider nicht online steht, lautet "Die nordrhein-westfälische Polizei darf Männer im Bewerbungsverfahren nicht benachteiligen".

Der Artikel handelt von einem Gerichtsurteil, nach dem drei junge Frauen vor dem Verwaltungsgericht Düsseldorf geklagt hatten, wegen ihrer geringen Größe nicht als Polizistinnen eingestellt worden zu sein. In dem Artikel heißt es:

Die 2. Kammer des Gerichts nutzte die Gelegenheit allerdings, um sich grundsätzlich mit der Sache auseinanderzusetzen und um zum wiederholten Mal die Grenzen der Frauenförderung aufzuzeigen. Ganz allgemein gebe es "einen Trend", die Frauenförderung über alles andere zu stellen, monierte der Vorsitzende Richter Andreas Müller.

Der Hintergrund: Um bei der nordrheinwestfälischen Polizei eingestellt zu werden, müssen Frauen mindestens 1,63 Meter und Männer mindestens 1,68 Meter groß sein. An Männer wird ein strengerer Maßstab angelegt, damit sich das Verhältnis der Polizeibeamten zugnsten der Frauen verschiebt.

Die zwischen 1,63 und 1,68 Meter großen Männer werden also im Namen der Frauenförderung systematisch aussortiert, ohne dass sie im Bewerbungsverfahren zeigen können, ob sie nicht doch objektiv besser geeignet sind als andere Bewerber. Diese Regelung ist nach Auffassung des Gerichts verfassungswidrig. Nach dem im Grundgesetz verankerten Prinzip der Bestenauslese dürfe der Zugang zum Beamtenverhältnis nur von Eignung, Befähigung und fachlicher Leistung abhängig gemacht werden. "Die Frauenförderung hat zwar Verfassungsrang, doch sie steht nicht über allem anderen", sagte Müller in der mündlichen Verhandlung. Vielmehr gelte es, die beiden widerstreitenden Interessen von Verfassungsrang – die Gleichberechtigung und das Prinzip der Bestenauslese – miteinander in Einklang zu bringen. Durch den Erlass des Ministeriums würden jedoch schlechtere Frauen besseren männlichen Bewerbern vorgezogen.

Das allerdings war das Ziel der rot-grünen Landesregierung unter Hannelore Kraft gewesen. Frauen bekamen im Aufstiegswettbewerb einen Bonus gewährt. Das OVG allerdings hatte in dieser regelung einen Verstoß gegen das Grundgesetz gesehen. (Genderama berichtete.) Dieser Auffassung schloss sich jetzt das Verwaltungsgericht Düsseldorf bei seinem aktuellen Urteil an. In der "Frankfurter Allgemeinen" heißt es hierzu:

Damit ist die Entscheidung des Düsseldorfer Verwaltungsgerichts zwar im Kern ein Männerschutz-Urteil. Wird es rechtskräftig (...), werden aber drei Frauen als Erste von ihm profitieren. Denn hätte das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen eine rechtskonforme Mindestgrößenregelung gehabt, dann hätten die jeweils knapp unter 1,63 Meter großen Klägerinnen wohl nie eine Chance bekommen, am Bewerbungsverfahren der Polizei teilzunehmen.

Putzig ist mal wieder, was deutsche Medien aus dem Urteil machen: Gericht kippt Mindestgröße für Polizistinnen. Der Artikel unter der Schlagzeile, natürlich die "Brigitte", erweckt den Eindruck, es sei die Diskriminierung von Frauen unterbunden worden. Noch irrer ist die Darstellung des Sachverhalts beim SWR. Dort heißt es:

Die Mindestgröße für Polizistinnen in Nordrhein-Westfalen ist verfassungswidrig. Die Richter am Verwaltungsgericht in Düsseldorf gaben einer Klägerin aus Oberhausen recht. Sie hatte sich bei der Polizei beworben und war nicht zum Auswahlverfahren zugelassen worden, weil sie anderthalb Zentimeter kleiner als die erforderlichen 1,63 Meter ist. Die Düsseldorfer Richter entschieden, die Körpergröße habe wenig mit der Eignung von Polizeianwärterinnen zu tun. Sie verwiesen unter anderem auf die Bundespolizei, die auch ohne eine Mindestgröße auskomme. Die Bewerberin müsse jetzt zum Auswahlverfahren zugelassen werden.

Immerhin gelingt es auch der "Zeit" den Fall korrekt darzustellen und u erklären, dass es um eine Diskriminierung von Männern geht. Irreführend ist hier nur die Überschrift: "Polizei muss kleine Frau als Bewerberin akzeptieren."

4. Ebenfalls in der Printausgabe der "Frankfurter Allgemeinen" von morgen findet sich ein Beitrag von Rainer Meyer ("Don Alphonso"), betitelt mit "Das Vermächtnis der schwarzen Liste". Der Artikel bezieht sich auf den grünen Online-Pranger und stellt dazu zunächst einmal Andreas Kemper vor, dem Beitrag zufolge ein "54 Jahre alter Aktivist und Soziologiedoktorand aus Münster, der seit mehr als zehn Jahren im Internet einen erbitterten, privaten Kleinkrieg gegen Männerrechtler und Gegner der Genderideologie führt."

Hey, Kemper hat einen neuen Abschnitt für den Wikipedia-Eintrag über sich, sogar aus einem anerkannten Leitmedium. Ich hoffe, er freut sich ein bisschen.

Der FAZ-Artikel führt aus, was die meisten Genderama-Leser ohnehin schon über den grünen Pranger wissen. In einer Passage erfährt man folgendes:

Wer bei diesem Portal wen beschuldigte, war nicht offensichtlich. Zwar basiert Agent*In auf jener Wikimedia-Software, auf der auch die deutsche Wikipedia aufgebaut ist, wo Kemper und andere Aktivisten teils offen, teils anonym ihren Feldzug für ihre Vorstellungen von Sozial- und Geschlechterpolitik führen. Während aber bei Wikipedia die Versionsgeschichte, die Diskussionen und die Autoren gesehen und recherchiert werden können, ist Agent*In um diese Funktionen beraubt. (...) Auf die Frage, wie viel Geld die hauptsächlich durch Steuergeld finanzierte Böll-Stiftung für Agent*In ausgibt, verweigerte von Bargen die Auskunft.

Diese intransparente Konstruktion und ihre erkennbare Ausrichtung, die zur Rufschädigung von Biologen, Journalisten, Bloggern und vielen weiteren genannten Gruppen beitragen sollte, zogen in den Medien von rechts bis links viel Kritik auf sich.

Bekanntlich nutzte das Versteckspiel wenig:

Erste Tarn- und Klarnamen, darunter der von Andreas Kemper, konnten durch eine simple Suchabfrage eruiert werden. Offensichtlich hatten die Böll-Techniker die Tücken der Wikisoftware unterschätzt. Erst nach der Darstellung des Lecks bei FAZ.net wurde die Lücke geschlossen. Mit reiner Spielerei an den URLs der Beiträge war es nicht nur möglich, die Veränderungen der Beiträge aufzurufen. Die Versionsgeschichte des Projekts vom 15. Dezember 2015 bis zu den letzten Änderungen stand offen im Netz. Über 7000 Seiten konnten erfasst und minutengenau erfasst werden. Obendrein zeigte sich nicht nur jede Änderung, sondern auch jeder Name der Autorenschaft. Ein kleines Team hatte Agent*In gepflegt, ergänzt und juristisch weniger angreifbar gemacht. Personen, deren Namen genannt wurden, konnten zudem ihre "Akten" herunterladen und erkennen, was einem umfassenden Redigat im Frühjahr 2017 zum Opfer gefallen war. Kemper hatte Anfang 2016 den größten Teil der Beiträge angelegt, und teilweise Formulierungen verwendet, die datenschutz- und persönlichkeitsrechtlich problematisch waren.

Wiewohl die Verantwortlichen für dieses Projekt mit einer baldigen Rückkehr drohten, wird das von Sicherheitsexperten bezweifelt:

Auch Bereiche, die mit Passwörtern gesichert waren, stellten kein großes Hindernis dar, zumal Benutzernamen tagelang bekannt waren. Ob sich weitere Zuträger finden, die bei einem derartig unsicheren Projekt mitwirken wollen, ist fraglich: Die fast durchweg negative Resonanz zeigt, wie kritisch das Anlegen von schwarzen Listen mit "Feinden" durch eine mit Steuergeld finanzierte Parteienstiftung gesehen wird. Nur radikalfeministische Websites, linke Aktivisten und Genderforscher stellten sich vorbehaltlos hinter das Projekt.

5. Die Schwarzen Listen wiederum haben grundsätzliche Fragen zur "Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung" ausgelöst. Was ist das eigentlich für ein Verein? Handelt es sich wirklich um eine Stiftung? Warum gibt es innerhalb dieses ohnehin schon feministischen Vereins noch einmal ein eigenes feministisches Institut? Warum spielen Männer dort nur eine Rolle, solange sie Frauen dienen? Und wieso werden Menschen, die für die Rechte von Jungen und Männern eintreten, dort als Feinde behandelt, mit denen es keinen Dialog geben kann? Das Blog Man in the Middle hat seine Rechercheergebnisse über die Böll-Stiftung zusammengetragen und gelangt zu dem Urteil: Faktisch handelt es sich um ein Matriarchat.

6. Die Brigitte versucht, den Leuten endlich einzubläuen, dass der Feminismus nicht männerfeindlich ist.

7. Vor ein paar Monaten noch haben sich etliche Feministinnen vor Lachen auf dem Boden gekugelt, als sie hörten, dass tatsächlich Männer gegen Filmvorführungen nur für Frauen wegen Diskriminierung klagten. Die verantwortliche Kinokette hatte den Spott online angeheizt und zusätzliche Veranstaltungen dieser Art angesetzt. Inzwischen hat sie im Rahmen gerichtlicher Vergleichsverhandlungen ihr Fehlverhalten eingestanden:

In a settlement offer July 18, Missy Reynolds, director of real estate and development for the Drafthouse, called that decree a 2tongue in cheek moniker" and said the theater wouldn’t actually have denied men admission if any had purchased tickets.

The theater admitted it made two mistakes: underestimating the hubbub the screenings would create and advertising them as women-only. "Respondent did not realize that advertising a ‘women’s-only’ screening was a violation of discrimination laws," the movie theater’s offer to the city says.

(...) City records indicate one of the men with a complaint pending offered to settle in exchange for the theater changing its discrimination policies and publicly apologizing on Facebook. The other complainant asked the Drafthouse to pay him $8,892 — roughly three times the estimated value of tickets and concessions for the women-only screenings.

The Drafthouse responded to both with the counteroffer saying it would update its company discrimination policies using "Wonder Woman" as a case study, share letters describing the men’s points of view with employees and send each man a "Wonder Woman" DVD.

An agreement has not yet been reached and negotiations are ongoing.

8. Die US-Marines ließen durchgehend männliche Einheiten gegen gemischtgeschlechtliche Einheiten antreten und gelangten zu einem Ergebnis, dass die deutschen Leitmedien wohl als zutiefst sexistisch bezeichnen würden:

Overall, the report says, all-male teams and crews outperformed mixed-gender ones on 93 out of 134 tasks evaluated. All-male teams were universally faster "in each tactical movement."

Wenn das US-Militär sich an Google orientieren würde, hätte man dort die Verantwortlichen für diesen Bericht längst entlassen. Nachdem man sie mit Kaffee begossen hätte natürlich. Das Magazin Quartz hingegen stellt dreist in Frage, dass das Ideal der Gleichstellung tatsächlich Menschenleben wert ist:

Risking the lives of a military unit in combat to provide career opportunities or accommodate the personal desires or interests of an individual, or group of individuals, is more than bad military judgment. It is morally wrong.

          Schizophrenia May Be Caused By Genetic Mutations        

“Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair.” The Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing’s words are as apt as they are succinct. 20% to 40% of men and women diagnosed with schizophrenia are so tortured by their condition, that they attempt suicide. ... Read More

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          Viewing Log #84: So rid of all your stories [9/9/11 - 9/18/11]        
by Ryland Walker Knight


  • Breaking Bad Season 1, [Vince Gilligan, 2008] So far, I'm a fan of the farcical elements that sharpen the edges of the drama and elevate the show past one of the stupidest (or most roll-your-eyes) pitches you can imagine. Oh, a failed chemist now teaches high school and has cancer and, get this, to pay for his chemo he starts selling the purest crystal meth ever thanks to his skills in and knowledge of chemistry? Yeah, that sounds like a party—when does it air? That train of thought is why I never watched. But my friend told me it was funny, actually, and since the first three seasons are all on Netflix Instant at present I thought I'd give it a shot. Turns out she was right and I was wrong! It's not dumb, it's funny. But it's dark, a black comedy. However, I can imagine things only get heavier as Walter White turns into more of a heavy. For now, I'm enjoying all the play on that line we draw between right and wrong, legal and not, good and evil. Plus, it's about money in the late oughts and that's bonus points right there.

  • Drive [N.W.Refn, 2011] # I gave it a second chance and I'm still unimpressed. It simply doesn't add up. For a while, after I read the Sallis book a couple times, I thought it might be interesting to write an article all about adaptation using this as an intriguing example (as part of the pitch, too, I'll be honest). But the adaptation's strengths are lost in the haze of what Refn's after, which I think can be simplified to one of the weirdest ways to say, "I love you," to his wife (1). Even disregarding that mostly useless extrapolation of projection-as-interpretation, the object itself is rather basic, though pretty, and altogether empty—a film of integers arrayed, not added up, instead of the matrix of significance it seems to pose as in all those extra beats and drawn out googly eyes scenes. That is, there are a lot of "symbols" that don't add up to any kind of meaning. The most interesting motif—the satin scorpio jacket—is ruined, near the close, with that line of dialog that acts like a "looky here!" instead of letting the images and editing reinforce that the jacket is his armor, what keeps him alive, if not a second skin. He's not wearing it at all times, but when he's not wearing it, he's holding it across an arm. Or he's draping it on the kid, which is both an everyday gesture (keep the kid warm) and a gesture of protection (shielding the boy) (2). After all (spoiler), our "real hero" is stabbed in the gut while he's wearing this "trademark" and he doesn't die; that gratuitous act of violence just bloodies him, and the festishistic camera glides up his stoic face to reify this guy as alone, like so many "heroes" before. What Danny calls soulless, I call boring. I might even call it rote. But I must cop to the fact that I spent a lot of time anticipating the movie, and gabbing with my friends about it afterwards, but more in SF than Cannes because I felt I had to explain myself a lot more. Point is, there's obviously things there (Refn knows how to compose shots, if not film action) if it spawned this many words, this many hours of thinking and talking. Thing is, I still want more to warrant it all.

  • The Driver [Walter Hill, 1978] # Hoberman called it schematic in his review of the Refn picture. I think it's great. My favorite scene might be the one where he trashes their orange Benz to prove his skills behind the wheel. And Isabelle Adjani is super hot. Total score. I've got "deeper thoughts" but this is all you get here.

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm "Larry vs Michael J. Fox" [Alec Berg, 2011 "Thank God he didn't hand you his dick, you know what I mean? He coulda been shaking and shook that dick up, hand you the dick and the dick shot sperm in your face." Finally, a few truly great Leon moments and lines. And what an amazing guest spot: so awesome MJF can make fun of himself like that. And what about that "Paris" set? Priceless.
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm "Mister Softee" [Larry Charles, 2011] A weaker link, but, granted, this one had some good Leon moments, too, to spice up the rather "predictable" convergence of threads.

  • Contagion [Steven Soderbergh, 2011] American movie of the year? Maybe. Truly digital, truly D-G capitalism-as-schizophrenia, truly mosaic. A cheap shot of a human villain in Law, but it's the filmmaking (moviemaking? it's digital, after all...) that elevates the often obvious script. That and the actors. But more later. UPDATE: Here's more.

  • The Runaways [Floria Sigismondi, 2011] It starts well, with all that messy sex stuff and Michael Shannon doing something flamboyant instead of all nervous everywhere, but it sure hits a wall when they get famous and it tries to slow down to get serious as if those two things were dependent on one another. Was really ready for this to join Whip It as this fall's grrl movie I have a place for in my heart but this one just isn't that one.

the man
—The real star of the picture

(1) Refn basically said as much to Durga during their interview.

(2) Cambomb gave me this reading.

          11.11.17 20:00 Uhr - Zirndorf - Dirk Rohrbach - Mitten durch Amerika        
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Er sattelt sein Rad und durchquert Amerika: Vom Atlantik zum Pazifik, immer auf der Suche nach spannenden Geschichten und außergewöhnlichen Menschen. Über versteckte Täler in den mystischen Appalachen erreicht Dirk Crossville, Tennessee, wo seit mehr als einem Jahrzehnt das größte Baumhaus der Welt entsteht. In Nashville - dem musikalischen Zentrum - besucht er das CMA Music Festival, die größte und spektakulärste Country-Party des Jahres. Träumer, Rednecks und Freigeister. Monotone Weizenfelder, endlose Prärie und steile Berge. Dirk Rohrbach erfährt sich sein Amerika. Er nimmt Sie mit auf eine Reise durch ein Land, an dessen Schizophrenie er hin und wieder verzweifelt, und das ihn jedes Mal aufs Neue inspiriert.

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 07-27-2017 with Rett Rogers        

Hawkwind- You Shouldnt Do That Live At The Roundhouse London 1996 Digital Remaster - Space Ritual Recorded Live At Liverpool Stadium And Brixton Sundown
Venom- In League With Satan - Welcome To Hell
Motrhead- Ace Of Spades - Ace Of Spades
Black Sabbath- The Writ - Sabotage
Charles Bradley- Changes - Changes
Charles Mingus- Hobo Ho - Let My Children Hear Music
Miles Davis- Miles Runs The Voodoo Down - Bitches Brew Bonus Track Version
Betty Davis- Walkin Up The Road - Betty Davis
Fred Wesley The JBs- Doing It To Death Pt 1 - Pass The Peas The Best Of The JBs
BT Express- This House Is Smokin - Do It Til Youre Satisfied
The Isley Brothers- Testify Pts 1 2 - West Coast Seattle Boy The Jimi Hendrix Anthology
Colfax Speed Queen- Intergalactic Love Song - Paper Cuts
Ned Garthe- Easy On The Eyes - Paper Cuts
Dirty Few- Sinnin And Winnin - Sinnin And Winnin Single
Natalie Tate- The Letting Go - Broken Open
The Other Black- Soundcheck - Soundcheck
Joe Sampson- Paper Dolls - Songs Of Delay EP
The Still Tide- Field Of Bells - Half Empty Rooms EP
Flaural- Nonnie - Over Imaginary Cigarettes EP
The Impressions- People Get Ready - Curtis Mayfield The Impressions The Anthology 19611977
Freddie Scott- You Got What I Need - Cry To Me The Best Of Freddie Scott
Joe Cocker- Delta Lady - Mad Dogs Englishmen Live At The Fillmore East1970
The Texas Gentlemen- Habbie Doobie - TX Jelly
Speedy West Jimmy Bryant- Boogie Man - For The Last Time
Jack Scott- The Way I Walk - Jack Scotts Greatest Hits
Hasil Adkins- She Said - Out To Hunch
The Cramps- Garbageman - Songs The Lord Taught Us
The Jim Carroll Band- People Who Died - Catholic Boy
Cock Sparrer- Were Coming Back - Shock Troops
Caravan Martyn Ford The New Symphonia- For Richard Live At The Theatre Royal Drury Lane October 28th 1973 - The World Is Yours The Anthology 19681976
King Crimson- 21st Century Schizoid Man Including Mirrors - In The Court Of The Crimson King Expanded Edition
The Jaynettes- Sally Go Round The Roses - Dancing Around The World Vol 2
Ramsey Lewis- Les Fleur - Maiden Voyage And More

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          14.10.17 20:00 Uhr - Zirndorf - Kabarett mit Michael Eller: - Ahoi, die Kreuzfahrer kommen! Captain Comedy packt aus        
Tickets erhältlich unter: http://www.frankentipps.de/veranstaltung203294-tickets

Seit über 10 Jahren ist er ein fester Bestandteil der deutschen Comedy- und Kabarett-Szene. Zuschauer des Quatsch Comedy Clubs, der Schmidt Mitternachtsshow, der komischen Nächte und NightWash sowie etliche tausend Gäste auf den AIDA Kreuzfahrtschiffen erleben ihn regelmäßig – den Meister der Dialektik. Er ist ein Biker, ein Rocker mit Harley! Aber auf der Bühne bricht der Vollblutkomiker aus ihm heraus. Eller beobachtet das Leben um sich herum und sieht die komplette Bandbreite sozialen Elends. Und er erkennt: „Hier muss ich helfen! Das kann aber wehtun!“ Zwischen Gags zum laut Mitlachen und scharfzüngiger Real-Satire liegt oft nur ein Atemzug. Ein Roadtrip der Schizophrenie.
Der Einlass ist ab 18:00 und Sie haben die Möglichkeit vor Ort Ihren Sitzplatz zu belegen.

Früher kommen, länger essen! Unser Bistro bietet Ihnen ab 18 Uhr Leckereien für den kleinen und großen Hunger sowie Getränke an.
          Successful Despite Schizophrenia        
Some people consider schizophrenia the most debilitating of mental disorders, and indeed, if you ask almost any unaffected person to describe the disorder, they will probably rattle off symptoms like paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, bizarre outbursts and the like. However, when diagnosed, the symptoms of schizophrenia can be kept at arms length with support from family … Continue reading "Successful Despite Schizophrenia"
          Life in a False World of Schizophrenic Delusions        
I love to pop some popcorn and watch an unassuming protagonist discover that his friends, his family, his whole life is not quite what it seems, and then go about the dangerous business of solving the mystery that has become his reality. Others may try to convince the hero that he’s confused or delusional, but … Continue reading "Life in a False World of Schizophrenic Delusions"
          Web Tweak: Tucson CVB        
The Tucson CVB can be found at two websites: one named VisitTucson.org, apparently to catch the Web-browsing tourist, and the other named TucsonCVB.com.  Once you get past the name, it's the same site.  I visited the sites and rummaged through the linked pages.  Here's what I found.

PRO: Simplicity.  The page is dominated by a picture of a bright green golf course set against the rugged, purple beauty of the desert mountains.  This picture is worth a thousand words.
PRO: The linked ("daughter") pages go deep and offer tons of information and links.

CON: The only place it plainly says "Come" is in Spanish.
CON: Like so many CVB sites, this one suffers from the schizophrenia of trying to serve both visitors and conventions.  True, a site built to attract conventions would need to tout the area's wonders as it would for potential tourists, but not so prominently.  Also true, a tourist-focused site should include a link to the convention-focused site, but only a simple link.  The two types of readers are very distinct.  Why not use the two separate Web addresses for two distinct sites?
CON: The small print under the topic headings is really small.  Better to just put a few teaser words and invite the reader to click through the image or link to learn more.
          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 02-06-2015 with 99 & Barry        

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Bobby Hughes Experience- Upper Mansion Suite - Fusa Riot
Dengue Fever- Cardboard Castles - The Deepest Lake
Tony Allen- Ire Omo feat Adunni Nefretiti - Film Of Life Deluxe Edition
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MiRthkon- Nocturne Op 33 - SnackS
Robotmonkeyarm- Titoli - Robot Senza Nome
Messer Chups- Rockin Zombie - Church Of Reverb
Ergo Phizmiz People Like Us- Aquapalypse - The Keystone Cut Ups
Skeletons- Tania Head - People Bonus Track Version
AMY DENIO- Waltzing Tongues - TONGUES
Yamataka Eye- Smokin At The Lobby Your Turn - Reremix
Telegraph Avenue- Sungaligali - Peru Bravo Funk Soul Psych From Perus Radical Decade
Secret Chiefs 3 Ishraqiyun- Saptarshi - Perichoresis
Pascal Comelade Les Liminanas- Youre Never Alone With A Schizo - Traite Des Guitarres Triolectiques
The Stooges- Real Cool Time - The Stooges
ZS- Corps - Xe
Thrangh- Camadogi - Erzefilisch
LEnsemble Ray- Course Pattes Course Pieds From BelliouLaFumee - Thtre De La Poudrire
Les Claypools Duo De Twang- Battle Of New Orleans - Four Foot Shack
Karl Hector The Malcouns- Irtijal - Coomassi
Vakula Planet Lindela- 10 Henry Nxumalo Street feat Afurakan - Ten Cities
David Moss Catherine Jauniaux Phil Minton Frank Schulte Koichi Makigami- Chronicles Der Junge Mann - Time Stories
Animal Collective- Prospect Hummer - Prospect Hummer
Tim Bernes Snakeoil- Socket - Shadow Man
La 1919- Fate Fagotto - Jouer Spielen To Play with Charles Hayward Christ Cutler Roberto Zorzi
Bob Marley The Wailers- Sun Is Shining - Remixed And Unmixed
ITom Lab- Transmission 2012 feat Bashar Terrence Mckenna Gregg Braden Alberto Vilolldo - Atomic Consciousness
Yadana Myit Taung Dwin U Kyawt- Son Nant Tha Myaing Sha Pon Gyi - Longing For The Past The 78 Rpm Era In Southeast Asia
Marlene Dietrich- Black Market - Lili Marlene
After Dinner- A Walnut - Paradise Of Replica

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          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 02-27-2014         

Leonard Bernstein New York Philharmonic- Rodeo IV HoeDown Allegro - Bernstein Century Copland Appalachian Spring Rodeo Billy The Kid Fanfare For The Common Man Billy The Kid
King Crimson- 21st Century Schizod Man - In The Court Of The Crimson King
Pink Floyd- Heart BEat Pig MEat - Zabriskie Point
Can- Vitamin C - Ege Bamyasi Remastered
Sam Gopal- Cold Embrace - Sam Gopals Dream
The Gun Club- Sex Beat - Death Party
Thee Oh Sees- The River Rushes To Screw MD Over - Dog Poison
Fuzz- Sleigh Ride - Fuzz
The Gris Gris- Raygun - The Gris Gris
Ministry- You Know What You Are - Land Of Rape And Honey
Skinny Puppy- 200 Years - Mind The Perpetual Intercourse
Faust- Meer - 71 Minutes Of Faust
Beck- Blue Moon - Morning Phase
Harumi- Hunters Of Heaven - Harumi
Melanie- Lay Down Candles In The Rain - Beautiful People The Greatest Hits Of Melanie
Canned Heat- Poor Moon - The Very Best Of Canned Heat
Gong- Fohat Digs Hole In Space - Camembert Electrique
Wooden Shjips- Flight - West Deluxe Version
Amanaz- Khala My Friend - Music From The Comedy A Film By Rick Alverson
Exuma- Exuma The Obeah Man - Exuma Vol 1 And 2
Bob Marley- Dont Ever Leave Me Pt 2 - Destiny
Victor Olaiya- Everybody Needs Love - All Stars Soul International
Tinariwen- Toumast Tincha - Emmaar Deluxe Edition
Black Lips- Throw It Away - Black Lips
Bob Dylan- Meet Me In The Morning - Blood On The Tracks
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club- Spread Your Love - BRMC
The Rolling Stones- Memo From Turner - The Rolling Stones Singles Collection The London Years
The Beta Band- Dry The Rain - Music The Best Of The Beta Band
Soledad Brothers- Sons Of Dogs - Voice Of Treason
The Sonics- Night Time Is The Right Time - Here Are The Sonics
Compilation- Hong Kong Garden - Marie Antoinette Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various Artists- Kamal Ahmed Feat Noor Jehan I Am Very Sorry - The Sound Of Wonder
Kashmere Stage Band- Burning Spear - Texas Thunder Soul 19681974
King Curtis The Kingpins- Memphis Soul Stew - King Size Soul
Lee Fields- Clap Your Hands - Problems
Compilation- My Babe - The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection Little Walter His Best
- Little Girl - The Cobra Records Singles Collection
Lloyd Price- Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price Greatest Hits The Original ABCParamount Recordings

playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/50/playlistDate/2014-02-27
          Podcast "Bonus" N°18 : Interviews à Eclipse 14        

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La Convention Eclipse 14 s'est une nouvelle fois illustrée par son excellente organisation et son florilège de jeux de rôle nouveaux, amateurs ou indépendants. Comme d'habitude, je me suis rendu avec mon micro sur les stands des indés ou des amateurs présents sur place. 

Interview de Gaël Sacré pour Happy Together et Imaginarium. Avec Gaël, nous évoquons également la création du forum Courants Alternatifs. Vous pouvez retrouver les créations de Gaël Sacré sur son site internet : Maître-Bois. http://www.maitrebois.com/

Interview de Gabriel Jean pour Doxa le jeu de rôle de Gabriel et de Ephraïm Beillet. Gabriel nous présente brièvement l'univers de Doxa et son système de résolution. Retrouvez les créateurs et les actualité du jeu sur la page facebook de Doxa.

Interview de Manuel Bedouet pour Les Marches du Pouvoir, un spin-off de Sur Les Frontières. Ce jeu de rôle en format A1 se présente sous la forme d'une grande carte. Manuel utilise des dominos pour son système de résolution. Un financement participatif est en cours sur Ulule !

Carte de sur Les Marches du Pouvoir

Interview de Patrick Delemotte pour Les Jeux dont vous êtes le Héros. Il s'agit de livres/jeux dont la lecture nous amène doucement vers le jeu de rôle papier. Patrick nous parle notamment des Rois de New-York, son dernier ouvrage. Il s'agit ici d'un jeu de rôle avec pour thème la mafia. Son système de résolution est basé sur les règles du poker. Retrouvez les jeux de rôle de Patrick sur : http://www.the-way-of-frogeaters.com/

Interview de Sébastien "Garrik" Martinez pour Complots. Dans ce jeu de rôle, le meneur va laisser les joueurs prendre le contrôle de la narration en temps réel pour résoudre des conflits. Les personnages réalisent des missions et complotent eux-mêmes pour résoudre des complots de personnes qui complotent pour d'autres comploteurs... Complots-jdr.fr

Illustration de Complots

Interview de L.ch et An, pour Seeds of Darkness. Schizophrène et fier de l'être, ce véritable personnage fait des jeux de rôle aussi originaux que foisonnants. Dans Seeds of Darkness, le jeu de rôle que certains membres de La Cellule ont testé, chaque joueur incarnent trois personnages qui se trouvent chacun dans l'une des trois dimensions du jeu... Ce jeu m'a l'air aussi fou que son auteur... 

Dark Seed, jeu source de Seeds of Darkness

A Jeudi prochain pour notre podcast hebdomadaire, d'ici là, portez vous bien et surtout jouez-bien !
          Mental heath treatment in Africa        
Bookmarked for later reading.

Get religion discusses a Harper's piece on mental health problems and hospitals in Ghana (which alas is only readable if you are subscriber).

when I was in Africa, the joke was that all of our schizophrenics spoke English: Many had stress related psychoses from the culture changes.

But we also saw a lot of "conversion" reactions.

How many are demon related? Probably few. However, this is not a Pentecostal belief, because traditionally some people were affected by a spirit at puberty.

Conversion reactions will respond to suggestion and hypnosis, which is why prayer (or the traditional treatment by the local Nganga) works.

But there is also vitamin related problem, infection related problems, post concussion related problems, etc.

In the old days, if you had a spirit you might be revered, but if you were crazy, you would be beaten and thrown out on your own to live (reminds me of the man in the cemetary in the bible). Or you might be poisoned, either accidentally (by giving them herbal medicine to treat the problem.. we had lots of death from accidental poisoning to treat illness), or even deliberately.

This is what people did in the good old days to those who threatened them, before police and the court systems.

My friend in Africa had one of her nieces develop mental problems in puberty, perhaps from the stress of loving her dad to HIV and from school.

My friend cured her by taking her on a pilgrimage to the grave of John Bradburne, where she was healed, although she only lived a few more years. What did she die of? HIV? Infection? I have no idea.

Bradburne was gentle guy, a veteran with PTSS, who found God and who later worked at a leper colony and was martyred. Now, at least 30 of my collegues there were martyred, but the Africans only spontaneously saw him as a saint... I presume because the rest of us were bossy do gooders, and he only was known for his love.

          Nowoczesne technologie medyczne to nowa szansa na skuteczniejsze leczenie        
Nowoczesne osobiste pompy insulinowe, urządzenia do perfuzji wątroby, nowe objawy zwiastujące wystąpienie schizofrenii, czy innowacyjny program zdalnej opieki nad pacjentami z mechanicznym wspomaganiem serca, to tylko niektóre przykłady rozwoju myśli technologicznej, które nie pozostają bez wpływu na skuteczność współczesnych terapii medycznych.
          Snowvigate/Kim Chinquee/Paula Bomer/Flash Fiction Review        
Nominating Editor: Doug Martin

Snowvigate was started on Mother’s Day 2006 as an attempt to join the online community of writers. Now it has branched out into a press. Entitled Online Writing: The Best of the First Ten Years, our first printed book is due out in January 2009, and includes 112 writers from 55 online journals.

We are interested in publishing poetry, flash fiction and drama, non-fiction, short essays on critical theory, prosody, and poetics. We want to see genres coming together and huddling in a blizzard to keep warm. We want to see verbs slapping the hell out of lazy nouns. We want work that soothes the bones like calcium. We want to see God's syntax in snow.

“Down the Road,” by Kim Chinquee, which appeared in our first issue, Spring 2006, was perfect for Snowvigate. In the flash, Kim’s speaker is an odd bird of a person, dealing with the daily surrealism of someone on the edge. Also, I think this story is much different than most of Chinquee’s work. As with any of Kim's work, we were more than happy to snap it up and post in our debut issue.

Nominated Flash Fiction: “Down the Road” - Kim Chinquee

Reviewed: by Paula Bomer

Language is an ever evolving tool, and like anything–a hammer, for instance–it can be used for many things. Chinquee’s use of dream-like imagery and surrealistic visions are grounded in a few ways: firstly, there are linear motions to her events; secondly, she often says things plainly and simply as in; “My dad got schizophrenic and my mom left him.” (In my mind, this is the most important sentence in this 500 word flash). But most refreshingly, she uses disturbing imagery–a cow in a trunk, vomit, humans so enormous one can’t see past them–to deepen the very strong emotional core to the story. This is no small feat, when often explorations in language seem to be used to obfuscate emotional centers, rather than strengthen them, in contemporary writing.

Chinquee’s first person narrator also contrasts nicely with the fantasy elements in that a first person account often feels “closer” to a reader. It is this constant juxtaposing of the various uses of language–to pull in or push away a reader–that are one of the pleasures of reading this story. And in such a short time, Chinquee covers quite a bit of ground and says so much. The sadness of this woman’s life–her schizophrenic dad, some shady men when she was younger, the loss of the farm, where she repeats “they sold everything” three times–stand out in relief against the bits of innocence and joy, as in, when talking of her sister; “ she and I would run in snow, then fall to make angels.” And it is to a similar image that she returns for a beautiful ending, an ending with hope, and one that shows the narrator has moved on as she brings her past with her.

Reviewer's Bio:

Paula Bomer grew up in South Bend, Indiana and now lives in New York. Impetus Press will publish her collection of stories, BABY, in 2009. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Mississippi Review, Fiction, Open City, Storyglossia, Word Riot, juked, Sub-Lit, The First City Review, X: The Erotic Treasury (Chronicle Books), Night Train and elsewhere. You can find links to her work or reach her at http://www.paulabomer.com.

Thanks for visiting Five Star Literary Stories and reading about this flash fiction.
          Five Reasons to Consider the HP TouchPad        

Five Reasons to Consider the HP TouchPad is a post by Warner Crocker from Gotta Be Mobile.

I posted a sister post that some might find schizophrenic to this one that contains Five Reasons to Avoid the HP TouchPad. Here, I’ll lay out some of the reasons I remain eternally optimistic about the webOS fueled TouchPad. (Although eternally is a long time in mobile tech years.) Before I get to those five …

Five Reasons to Consider the HP TouchPad is a post by Warner Crocker from Gotta Be Mobile.

          Why are women the fastest-growing prison population?        

In the last 25 years, women have been the fastest growing prison population in the United States and in California. Between the ‘70s and the 2000s, the number of female inmates in state prisons serving a sentence of over a year has grown by 757%.

Between 1985 and 2007, the number of women in prison increased by nearly double the rate of men. At the height of California’s prison boom, in the late 1990s, Theresa Martinez was shipped to a brand new prison in Chowchilla.

The two prisons in Chowchilla were built to house the ballooning population of women, incarcerated mostly for drug-related crimes.

THERESA MARTINEZ: And as the population grew, they were bringing busloads and busloads of women and we were filling up the rooms. At first we started with four bunks. And then more bunks got put in there, that was six. And then eight. Which is past the fire laws. Which they don’t care about the fire laws, somehow they got past that too. And there’s eight in a room now. And basically you’re told when to eat. Each unit goes at a time to eat. You have to wait in line for canteen. You have to wait in line for medical. Don’t catch the flu and have to put in a co-pay, because you’ll have to wait two days anyway.

Martinez is one of 13 women featured in the new book, Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons.

The book’s editors Robin Levi and Ayelet Waldman joined KALW’s Holly Kernan for this interview.            

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HOLLY KERNAN: A lot of people, women in particular, are caught up in the system because of drugs. Let’s hear a little bit more of Theresa Martinez’s on how she eventually ended up spending a long, long time behind bars.

THERESA MARTINEZ: By the time I was five, I used to self-inflict pain on myself. I remember hitting the back of my head against walls, or pulling my hair, even biting myself, out of just pure anger because I didn’t know how … I didn’t know why things were the way they were – I was too little to understand. But I wanted to know why my friends had a mother and a father and brothers and sisters, and I didn’t have any of that.

I started running away from my grandparents’ house at the age of 12, and I got into PCP, smoking PCP. At age 15 I got pregnant with my daughter. My daughter was born with 9.8 phencyclidine in her system. I was charged for that – got sent to youth authority. From youth authority I graduated straight into the prison system, adult prison system, and I’ve been on parole for the past 26 years of my life.

So you can pretty much imagine, I’m very much used to institutions; I consider them my home. I had no other way of knowing there was a better life for me. I just knew that’s what I deserved and that’s where I had to be. And I kind of adapted to the prison system to where I would come out for 90 days and it was like a vacation. Coming out to the free world was a vacation and I had to go right back in again to where what I knew, and it became my comfort zone – prison.

KERNAN: Martinez is now 45, and she’s recently gotten off of parole. How common is a story like Theresa’s?

ROBIN LEVI: It’s ubiquitous. The story of incarceration, particularly of incarceration of women in this country, is an artifact of the war on drugs. When we decided to increase the penalties for drug use, for drug sale, so astronomically – we began pouring hundreds of thousands of people in the prison system. We now in this country incarcerate more people than any other country in the world, certainly more than any other western country.

KERNAN: And why is it that women are the fastest growing prison population? That’s really happened over the last two decades.

LEVI: And that is the war on drugs. So women are being caught with mandatory minimums, and judges have less discretion in terms of sentencing. In addition women are often the lowest on the totem pole; they have very little to offer in terms of a deal. So they again end up being caught and being put on a mandatory minimum on a required sentence.

AYELET WALDMAN: Let me give you two scenarios. Let’s say before we had these mandatory minimum sentences – and what a mandatory minimum sentence says is the judge has no discretion, for this weight of drugs, you are sentenced to 10 years – doesn’t matter where you are in the conspiracy, doesn’t matter if you’re the kingpin or the lowest person on the totem pole…

KERNAN: Or if you just lived in the house…

WALDMAN: If you happened to have carried a box from point A to point B, all you have to do is know about the conspiracy and commit one overt act in furtherance of it that doesn’t even have to be an illegal act.

So it used to be – let’s take it back 30 or 40 years – a woman would come before the court whose husband was a drug dealer. She is a mother of three, and was nominally involved – took a phone message. The judge would look at that woman and the judge would say, “There are three children dependent on you. It’s ridiculous to incarcerate you. You have no history of criminal offense. Your husband was the person involved. I’m going to give you probation so you can take care of your children. I’m going to give you some kind of home-monitoring. I’m going to give you drug treatment if you’re addicted to drugs.”

Fast forward post the mandatory minimum sentencing, and what happens is that judge has no choice. One of the things you cannot take into consideration are ordinary family circumstances. We had a case where a woman had five foster children who were dependent on her, and it doesn’t matter if you have five foster children who are going to go back into the system whose lives are going to be ruined. You can’t take that into consideration. Doesn’t matter if your husband was the drug dealer and you weren’t. Nothing matters except one thing: whether you can barter information for a lower sentence.

So who barters? The person higher up on the totem pole. The higher up you are, the more you know, the more people you can rat, and the more likely you are to get a lower sentence. So we have this reverse system now where the drug kingpins are going for very little time if at all and the people who are serving the longest sentence are the lowest on the totem pole. And women are invariably the lowest on the totem pole.

KERNAN: And you touched upon the fact that there are these ripple effects which is that women are often the caretakers of children – what’s happening to all of these children who are left essentially without a mom?

LEVI: More than 66%, more than two-thirds of the women in prison are primary caretakers of children under 18. And so what’s happening is that many of these children are going into the foster care system, which is not supportive in pretty much any way, and certainly not to older children coming in. And so you can try and get your child set up with a guardian, but there’s a lot of restrictions as to who can be a guardian. So if you have any violent felony on your history, whether it’s five years ago or 10, you can’t become a guardian to that child. If you have someone else living in your house who was maybe on parole, you can’t become a guardian of that child. So like I said, these children go into the foster care system.

In addition, what the Adoption and Families Act which was passed in around 1994, they’ve really accelerated the rate at which you can get your parental rights terminated. And so if you’ve got a child under three, in California, within six months your parental rights can be terminated.

WALDMAN: So effectively, your punishment for possessing drugs is losing your child forever.

KERNAN: And what I’ve heard people say is, “Well, then why did that mother make that choice?”

LEVI: Well it’s not a choice in many ways. Many of the stories in our book … we’re talking with people who before they’ve gone to prison have experienced an enormous amount of abuses in terms of a huge level of child sexual abuse, other forms of physical abuse. Their families may have experienced drug use. And they have not been given an opportunity to get over that.

KERNAN: And a lot of women from very low-income backgrounds…

LEVI: …very low-income backgrounds who are self-medicating with drugs.

WALDMAN: We don’t have a healthcare system in this country that allows people to get drug treatment. If you’re depressed, it’s a lot easier to get drugs than it is to get SSRIs. And that’s what they do.

KERNAN: California’s prison system has been under federal receivership, essentially for not providing good enough medical and mental healthcare to inmates. Let’s hear from Theresa Martinez again who really experienced a healthcare debacle when she was in prison.

MARTINEZ: So in 1997 I was diagnosed with HIV. I was tested, I was counseled by public health, I was seeing doctors. I have lab results showing HIV viral load inside my blood. So I was treated for HIV with three different types of therapies … come to find out now, there was no actual HIV virus inside my body for these medications to treat.

So I don’t know how much damage it caused me, me being on nine years of HIV therapy, and having no HIV for a target. I’ve had my gall bladder removed. I have severe liver damage. Now I’m Hepatitis C and I have viral loads sky-high. I have this question in the back of my head that just doesn’t go away: Is it true? Do I really not have it? Do I have this special strain they don’t know about that’s going to pop up later, full-blown?

I have all these doubts and these questions still in my head, and to this day I take mental health medication for paranoia and schizophrenia because I was severely damaged behind this misdiagnosis.

WALDMAN: So this prison system was using an incompetent lab that has since gone out of business. They misdiagnosed her, how many times, Robin?

LEVI: They misdiagnosed her at least several times.

WALDMAN: They kept verifying the misdiagnosis over and over and over again. I mean she can’t even sue the lab because the lab is bankrupt and gone out of business.

LEVI: And once she got told that she was not positive, the prison denied responsibility for the diagnosis on any level, even though they had told her that she had been HIV positive.

KERNAN: And that’s another through-line in this book, which is that a lot of the women have sort of barbaric experiences with healthcare, being shackled during pregnancy…

WALDMAN: Governor Jerry Brown – progressive governor, great governor – just refused to sign a law that would have precluded the shackling of pregnant prisoners. Now it’s interesting because there’s no explanation for this beyond the fact that perhaps he’s running for reelection and has to keep on his side the single most powerful political force in the California political system, which is the prison guards’ union. But to shackle a pregnant woman is so utterly barbaric that we are among the only place in the world that does this. And any woman has ever been pregnant, who has ever experienced labor – try to imagine laboring in ankle shackles.

LEVI: And actually the veto is more shocking because they’ve actually passed a law a few years ago in California in which you can’t shackle women in prison going in to give birth. This law was actually to expand it to jails. So we’ve had it in place for a few years without any trouble whatsoever, and they’re asking to expand to jails, and then the sheriffs association, which apparently is not as powerful as the California prison guards, but one notch down, went to oppose it. And Governor Brown vetoed it. And this is the second time it’s been vetoed, and they’re going to try to put it up again.

WALDMAN: It just beggars the imagination to think that a woman who is in an act of labor would what – try to escape? Would try to do physical harm? The explanation given by the organizations that oppose this law are so patently absurd. And let’s be clear: There are many, many states that have wisely and humanely banned the shackling of pregnant women. And California is … we have in the prison system, but in the jails, where most people are, and most people giving birth are, you can’t do it.

KERNAN: Women are the fastest growing prison population in the U.S. and most people listening to this have probably never been inside of a prison. I'd like to have Theresa Martinez give us a snapshot of what it's like inside of the California Women's Prison in Chowchilla.

MARTINEZ: So as you come into the unit, you've got these really big glass windows, right? Each cell has a window in front, the door is made of glass. So you see everything: the big area, the bathroom area, the shower area. The only thing covering the bathroom is the middle of the door. You have an open environment, a big open top. So you can see the person sitting on the toilet near you. It's the same thing in the shower. You can see all of your legs. Some women are short – you might be able to see their whole bodies.

There is absolutely no privacy in prison. There is nowhere you can go to change your top or go in privacy. The male officers do walkthroughs down the halls all day. It's part of their jobs – I understand that. But it's very degrading. Many times I've been sitting on the toilet and I've said, "Excuse me, can you shut the door, I'm using the bathroom please?" and they say, "I'm not trying to look at you!" They'll call you a prostitute or a bitch or say, "I'm not trying to look at your hood street ass, you're in prison, nobody is trying to look at you!" But the whole time they really are.

WALDMAN: And one of the things to understand is that more than two-thirds of these women have experienced some kind of childhood sexual abuse. So they are routinely exposed to these men watching them in the most intimate of circumstances, watching them go to the bathroom, watching them undress, stripping them. And for any woman, that experience is unpleasant. But for these women who have experienced child sexual abuse? It's traumatizing. It's re-traumatizing them every day.

KERNAN: And you're completely vulnerable because you're behind bars, no power whatsoever.

WALDMAN: And you have lots of instances of sexual abuse.

KERNAN: Sexual abuse, by who?

WALDMAN: Well here's the thing: Everyone always assumes that when you go to prison, the other prisoners are going to rape you or do something to you. For women, the truth of the matter is that when sexual abuse occurs, as it does so frequently, it is the guards, the medical officials, the wardens. Those are the people that are abusing women in prison. Not, by and large, the other women.

KERNAN: Do you think it's common? I'm worried there is a tendency to demonize the correctional officers.

LEVI: I have two things to say to that. In my experience of doing this work in the California prison system for more than 14 years, I've maybe, at most, heard of one case of a woman inside the prison sexually abusing another female prisoner. And I'm saying that to leave that open to possibility – I can't think of a specific case. I have stumbled upon dozens and dozens and dozens of situations of staff abusing women, because of the power differential in a variety of ways. Sometimes you'll hear of a basic forced rape situation. You'll have the privacy violations.

Very often you'll have sexual exchanges for favors. And these are favors like an extra phone call, or hairbrush, or shampoo. Or favors to maintain visits with your child, because guards can restrict visits with your children. And that's what you hear so, so often. I don't think we are demonizing the prison officials because that's the reality of what we've seen.

KERNAN: And you're both lawyers so you've dealt with this issue for a long time and have access and understanding of the judicial system that most people don't. What's being done to correct some of this? Is realignment the system whereby we’re going to start putting non-violent offenders in county programs or jails? What is being done to address some of this?

WALDMAN: So first of all, I want to make you understand that realignment isn't happening because there has been a realization on behalf of the government that the system we have is unfair and abusive. Realignment is not a solution to this terrible problem. Realignment is financial imperative.

But the one positive outcome of the economic disaster this country finds itself in is that this prison system that we have ourselves in is terribly inefficient financially. We spent $20,000-30,000 a year to imprison someone who committed no violent offense. And the collateral damage of having to send their kids through the foster system, and the effects of the foster system on their children. All these cascading economic consequences.

Now, with governments so strapped for cash, there's this realization like, "You know what? Now we might have an improved system that improves public safety that actually saves us money.”

LEVI: This is an opportunity to encourage governments to put their money in more effective ways. And realignment can hopefully be that. It's important to keep our eye on that to make sure that realignment doesn't send people from the California prison system to the county jail system.

WALDMAN: And that's also an overcrowded, underfunded and terrible system, collapsing under the weight of its own overpopulation.

LEVI: Also, there's far less oversight in county jail than the California prison system. And it's way more difficult to try to address abuse in the county jail system.

What we want to do is send people back into their communities, and to do it in a way that's much more cost effective, that allows them to reunite and rebuild their families. That's something that Justice Now is working on, and the ACLU of Northern California has been very active in saying that it's a great first step. And that's something that we, too, as citizens here need to make sure that we are having our voice heard at county levels. We don't want to expand the jail system; we want to put people into alternative living arrangements that allows them to be closer to their families, get the parenting skill sets they need, the drug rehabilitation they need, the therapy to deal with the sexual abuse and domestic violence they have experienced. If we don't address any of those things we aren't going to have any long-term change.

KERNAN: This is a really hard book to read. It's hard to see this stuff, to know what's happening, to hear the voices of these women. What do you want listeners to know?

LEVI: I think the most important thing to realize is that people in prison, mean and women, are not a kind of "other" that need to terrify you. I think every time I leave the prison from visiting someone, I have this overwhelming sensation of, “There but for the grace of good fortune and economic security, go I.”

The people in prison are just people. They aren't terrifying. The majority of them are not dangerous.

I think it's almost a truism to say that you can judge a society by the way it treats the most powerless. We as a society have chosen to abuse so profoundly the people who have the least power. A woman who was sexually abused as a child, who committed a non-violent offense, who lost her children, who's incarcerated now for decades, like Theresa. Theresa entered the prison system in her late teens and she's now getting out in her 40's and she never, ever committed a violent crime. She committed property offenses and prostitution offenses, but this is someone we've chosen to incarcerate under horribly abusive circumstances for over 20 years.

I don't recommend reading the book in one night. I recommend reading the stories one by one. I think that if your compassion is not awakened by it, there is something deeply wrong with you.

          Introduction to Megan Rahm, Author of ‘Recovering from Mental Illness’        
I’m Megan Rahm and I’m a new co-author for the blog Recovering from Mental Illness. I live in Toledo, Ohio with my husband and 14-month-old daughter. I have struggled with mental health symptoms most of my life, and in my early 20s I was diagnosed with bulimia and schizoaffective disorder. Early Mental Illness Symptoms My … Continue reading "Introduction to Megan Rahm, Author of ‘Recovering from Mental Illness’"
          What It’s Like to Hear Voices        
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to hear voices? Hearing voices is a classic symptom of schizophrenia. The bad news is, they’re sheer torture. The good news is, medication can help–I haven’t heard voices in several years. But for those of you who wonder, here’s what it’s like to hear voices. Hearing Voices Is Like … Continue reading "What It’s Like to Hear Voices"
          Pack attack. By Alicia Pyke.        
Call me schizo-fash-ic but I have an entirely new wardrobe worry this week: Packing Paranoia.In a little over a month I’ll be relaxing on a remote island in the South Pacific with my favourite person in the world and nothing but snorkelling excursions, sunset cocktails, seafood feasts and trashy novels to consider. Mmmm, I can almost see it now.But for one major detail – what I’m wearing. Yes, I

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          Gabriel's City: A Tale of Fables and Fortunes        
Gabriel's City: A Tale of Fables and Fortunes
author: Laylah Hunter
name: Gretchen
average rating: 3.90
book published: 2014
rating: 5
read at: 2014/06/17
date added: 2016/11/15
shelves: adventure, fantasy, glbt, romance, edited
This a a beautiful, multi-layered tale that truly has a little bit of everything: action, adventure, mystery, and romance. But more than anything, it is Gabriel and his characterization that gripped me and made me fall in love with this story.

**Contains spoilers**

Too often mental disorders--like schizophrenia--are romanticized or villainized in stories, the characters who have those traits never elevated beyond a set of stereotypes and troupes. This is NOT the case in Gabriel's City. Gabriel's condition is never specifically named, and it wouldn't be in the language or thinking of the time and world in which the story is set. Everyone thinks him mad or, if they are more compassionate towards him, "touched" and prone to flights of fantasy. But his portrayal is so wonderfully nuanced that he is presented as a fully realized character who happens to be schizophrenic, not a schizophrenic character. The difference may seem slight, but it is very important. Because Gabriel is a fully realized character and not a caricature of his disorder, the story as a whole speaks to the importance of perspective in understanding, and how even "flawed" perspectives hold truth and value. How perspective can change the world around you and the way you interact with it; the way others interact with it.

Watching Colin grow and change from a spoiled, entitled brat who was really rather unlikeable into a strong, intelligent man who thinks of more than just his own pleasure is satisfying, and he would not have undergone this transformation if not for his relationship with Gabriel. Gabriel, in both his moments of clarity and his moments of "madness," drives the story forward even though it is really Colin's journey.

Gabriel's City kept me on the edge of my seat, flipping pages and desperate to learn how it ended. There is a lot of action--theft and violence and knife play (so much knife play) and jail breaks--but there is also heart. It is engaging on so many levels, and will stick with you long after the end.

          Choosing late season food plants for wildlife        

This year I’m going to put in more herbaceous perennial plants to extend the food season for wildlife. There are already late-flowering plants in the garden – Hesperantha coccinea (previously called Schizostylis coccinea) flowers reliably in late summer and autumn, while Sedum spp were still going strong in mid-September. In a mild autumn, Calendula will flower until the first frosts and Penstemons in sheltered areas can keep going till late. This year, however, I want to reliably fill in the gap between late flowering perennials and winter flowering plants – they must provide pollen and nectar, then go on and provide seed for birds and they must pretty much look after themselves apart from being watered sometimes and divided every few years. It would be pleasing if they’re attractive to humans as well. Not that much to ask, really. Looking back at the photographs I’ve taken during the last several years, combined with giving other people’s gardens a good look over late in the year, I’ve got a list of five plants that I hope will extend the season for as long as possible. Two of them have been in the garden for some time, but this year I’ll bulk them up for a larger display. One of the two is tall, wiry Verbena bonariensis with its clusters of tiny purple flowers. Bees and butterflies love the flowers and after flowering the seedheads attract Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) who pick out the seeds with their sharp beaks. The other plant already here is Common Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) with its big yellow flowers that often open late in the day. It provides large amounts of pollen and attracts, amongst others, hoverflies. Once flowering is done, the seed capsule is broken open by birds who eat the seeds. Interestingly both plants are more scented after dark than during daylight.

 A female hoverfly, possibly Criorhina asilica, on Evening Primrose.

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          Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQB: LXRP) Technology Set to Benefit as Study Shows More Benefits of Cannabidiol        
Cannabidiol (CBD) combats anxiety, inflammation, nausea and vomiting Low side-effect profile means high doses of cannabidiol can be used for treatment of schizophrenia, dementia, diabetes and nausea Lower doses promote and maintain health with anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects Lexaria Bioscience Corp. set to benefit from increasing interest in CBD as patented technology improves taste, […]
          Episode 150: Sweat        

Today we continue the three-part series Blood, Sweat, and Tears. First the history of deodorants; then experiments on how perspiration might diagnose diseases like schizophrenia.


00:00 Opening Credits

00:43 Introduction

01:54 Antiperspirants

07:48 Sweat Diagnostics

15:40 Closing Credits


Special thanks to Gretchen Cuda-Kroen and Anne Fredrickson for researching this show. A Distillations Explainer produced by Josh Kurz. Additional credits available at chemheritage.org/distillations.

          Interview with Donna Sabella, author of the article, “When Caring for the Body Isn’t Enough” (February, 2012)        
In this interview, Karen Roush talks with Donna Sabella about her new column in AJN, Mental Health Matters. Sabella always knew she wanted to specialize in mental health and she shares her enthusiasm for this often maligned area of nursing. Sabella talks about the important role nurses have in providing mental health care and some of the rewards and challenges it presents. All nurses need to be able to recognize and respond to mental health needs, whether for a grief-stricken family member in the ICU or a patient with decompensated schizophrenia in the Emergency Department.
          Marijuana: Risk or Remedy?        
Cannabis is as controversial as it is complicated. Does smoking it cause schizophrenia, and can chemicals from the plant cure cancer? Plus in the news, the new breed of chemicals that are putting our ozone layer at risk and why teenage sperms are more likely to be mutants.
          Voices in the Dark        
We all have an inner voice. Most of us know they're not real. But, for up to 15% of the population at some points in their lives, they can take on a different tone, as a terrifying experience that cannot be distinguished from reality. Where do they come from, and what do they say to sufferers? And how can the symptoms be treated? In this special guest episode, the Wellcome Trust's Chris Chapman hears the stories of schizophrenics affected by voices and explores a new approach to giving sufferers control over their experiences...
          The Science of Schizophrenia        
What do sufferers of schizophrenia experience, and why? Might the immune system be to blame? And could an avatar be the answer to treatment? This week we delve deep into the brain circuitry behind this psychiatric condition to uncover the causes, hear what drugs like ketamine can reveal about hallucinations and how a cartoon representation of the voices plaguing patients can block the symptoms. Plus, chemically induced pluripotent stem cells, a gene that leads carriers into snacking temptation and why babies can tolerate extended periods upside down inside their mothers...?
          Shedding light on LEDs        
The next generation of LEDs, how LED lighting affects health, a new way to fight flu, treating schizophrenia with avatars and bringing 400-year-old frozen plants back to life.
          Can a Mobile Phone Compromise your Sperm Count?        
What's the point of earwax? Does WiFi damage the brain? Can a mobile phone in a trouser pocket dent a man's fertility? In this week's science Q and A show we also brush up on how they get the stripes in toothpaste, discover whether dropped food follows the 5 second rule and shed light on why some forms of EM radiation more damaging than others. Plus, news of a new microscopic MRI machine for molecules, how computer games can alleviate the symptoms of schizophrenia and why what a woman eats, even before becoming pregnant, can have a lifelong genetic legacy for her offspring...
          DNA-away Disease: Gene Therapy at Work        
Two pioneers in the field of gene therapy join us to discuss how they're developing modified viruses to deliver healthy copies of genes to save patients afflicted by lethal genetic diseases. We also hear how energy can be harvested from footsteps and heartbeats to power nanodevices, and how a new SWARM of satellites is about to be deployed to study the Earth's magnetic field from space. Plus, in the news, how "ums" and "ahs" can boost a baby's learning power, how mankind talked his way out of Africa and how scientists are recreating schizophrenia in a Petri dish...
          Questions and Answers        
This week, we find out how a giant parachute could help avoid satellite collisions, why the schizophrenic brain can't see a popular optical illusion and discover that all octopodes (or octopuses?) are poisonous! Plus, we take on your science questions, discussing cycling on the moon, electric fences and couples getting tazered together. In Kitchen Science, we make a sprinkler from a spinning straw!
          A Punt down the Cam        
Science on the River - A Punt Down the Cam. The river Cam runs through Cambridge, past the colleges that have been home to influential scientists for hundreds of years. This week, we drift down the river, picking up key scientists as we go. We discover how petals attract pollinators, how carbon sequestration could call a halt to climate change and how ketamine could help us find the root of schizophrenic delusions. Also, we explore how evolved enzymes could make chemical reactions billions of times faster, and learn of the ultimate fate of the universe with Astronomer Royal, Professor Martin Rees. Plus, in Kitchen Science we see how sunlight can start a fire and mirrors can cause explosions!
          BSE, Cervical Cancer and Toxoplasmosis        
As the ten-year ban on British beef is lifted, Tony Minson joins us to discuss what causes BSE, how it is spread and why it is such a problem, and with another example of how animal diseases pass to humans is Joanne Webster, who describes the life cycle of Toxoplasma gondii and its possible link to schizophrenia. Margaret Stanley provides some happier news and reveals the astounding success of a cervical cancer vaccine in clinical trials, and Derek Thorne has fun with food colouring in Kitchen Science.
          07 Loving-kindness in all directions and Q&A        

In this session Alan introduces the practice of loving-kindness extended in all directions.
The meditation starts at 9:34
QA starts at 34:40:
1. Why is the question "what would make us happy" instead of "what would make us happier"?
2. Meditating with eyes open vs eyes closed
3. How to overcome the "fuzzy" quality of attention
4. Can the meditator know the difference between the different degrees of laxity?
5. Perceiving one's heartbeat while meditating
6. If the large flame of effort depicted in the image of the stages of shamatha does not mean trying so hard, what does it actually represent?
7. Where do the pictures in my mind come from?
8. How do you spell "alaya"?
9. Images coming up just before falling asleep
10. If you dissolve your mind into the substrate, is there some similarity to schizophrenia or psychosis?

           Re: Favorite JC style period? *a few more pics added*         
I loved the early days the best because he dressed semi-normal. Hair wise, the Kitty-JC was the best. I just hated the pink and the flip-flops. I also couldn't stand the excessive jewelry during Schizo-times. Now he dresses more "normal" ag...
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           Re: Favorite JC style period? *a few more pics added*         
Okay aside from the fact that i know someone is going to tell me that i'm wierd. What is it about Jc that i find that much sexier when he's got an armband on? http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e238/ShazzSchizo/JC/JC127.jpg
          Leif Holmstrands alldeles egna sprÃ¥k        

Vad händer med skrivandet om språket går sönder? Och vad händer med lyssningen och läsandet om orden inte riktar sig utåt längre? Poeten Leif Holmstrand fick diagnosen schizofreni för tio år sedan och har sedan dess gett ut tio lyriksamlingar och han beskriver språkets upplösning som en revolt mot dramaturgin.

          Den onde, den fule, den galne        
Kulturradions älskingar: Den onde, gode den fule. 4/11 2010 Varför är de vetvilligaste mördarna i Hollywoodfilmen alltid just psykiskt sjuka? Och varför är den psykiskt sjuke på film nästan alltid vettvillig mördare? I ”Den onde, den gode, den galne” från 2004 berättar Jenny Teleman hur ondska och skadat psyke på film hör ihop, om hur trettiotalets galne och kreative vetenskapsman förvandlats till samtidens trasiga, blodtörstiga och alltid ensamme skräckfilmspsykopat. Det grekiska psykitriförbundet sägs ha protesterat när remaken på filmen "Motorsågsmassakern" skulle döpas om till ”Den schizofrena massmördaren.” Förbundets medlemmar tog illa upp. Kulturradions älsklingar och Jenny Teleman vill trösta dem med att säga: allt är inte vad det verkar.
          Books that "capture the acute pleasures and pains of being human"        
The Wellcome Book Prize announced its 2017 shortlist, recognizing the best books--across all genres of non-fiction and fiction--actively engaged with the life-defining forces of medicine, health, and illness. Commenting on the books honored this year, Chair of Judges Val McDermid says, "What these six challenging, diverse and enriching titles have in common is their insight into what it means to be human. Together they form a mosaic that illuminates our relationship with health and medicine. It spans our origins, our deaths and much that lies between, from activism to acts of human kindness." The winner will be announced 24 April and receive a £30,000 prize. The shortlisted books: How to Survive a Plague by David France "How AIDS was transformed from a killer plague to a viral infection that can be treated with considerable success is one of the most extraordinary narratives in modern medicine, demonstrating a ground-breaking collaboration between activists and researchers. This is a profoundly human story of persistence, determination and innovation – and sometimes intense frustration – that could never have happened without fierce commitment." (Judge Val McDermid)
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi "Mortality faces us all, and its contemplation is a key part of our humanity; few books pack in as many diverse insights as this. First comes the gripping dissection of the demands and satisfactions of a career in neurosurgery. Then the disastrous diagnosis of terminal lung cancer. Intensely moving but remarkably unsentimental, this is an intellectually, revelatory and emotionally devastating read." (Judge Val McDermid)
Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal (translated by Jessica Moore) "Mend the Living is a brave book, a highly original and ambitious novel which traces the medical drama and emotional turmoil of a heart transplant in daring, lyrical prose. Concentrated across the span of a single day, Maylis de Kerangal succeeds in telling a gripping, cinematic story while revealing the intricate care, the tensions and the heartbreak of life-saving medical science." (Judge Di Speirs)
The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss "In The Tidal Zone, Sarah Moss poses big questions about life, mortality, recovery, parenthood and love as the Goldschmidt family anxiously surround their teenage daughter Miriam in hospital. With intelligent characterisation and quiet observations, harsh notes on reality, Moss creates a moving and poetic investigation of modern family life at a time of personal tragedy. It's a stunning and different novel by an immensely talented writer." (Judge Gemma Cairney)
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee "How can one write about the field of genetics in an intimate way? Mukherjee achieves this by beautifully weaving together his own family history of schizophrenia, in his homeland of India, with the history of the gene: its discovery, its horrific abuse during Nazi eugenics, and the rapid change in technology such that we can now read a person's complete genome for $1,000. Compelling reading." (Judge Simon Baron-Cohen)
I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong "Ed Yong's magnificent book shows us that microbes need not be malevolent: they play crucial roles in maintaining us in health as well as in bringing sickness. Microbes are teaching us that every individual organism is an ecosystem in its own right, and Yong explores the profound consequences this has for traditional pictures of evolution, ecology and ultimately for identity." (Judge Tim Lewens)
Additionally, on the Guardian's Science Weekly podcast, Hannah Devlin talks with three of the shortlisted authors (Sarah Moss, David France, and Ed Yong) about what makes a successful science book.
          One Plus One: Fay Jackson        
Fay Jackson is a deputy commissioner with the NSW Mental Health Commission. Diagnosed with bipolar schizoaffective disorder at the age of 37, she’s faced challenges and stigma for as long as she can remember.
          FDR2096 Freedomain Radio Sunday Show 19 Feb 2012        
Freedomain Radio Sunday Show Feb 19 2012 - The Philosophy of Weight Loss, Ending the TSA, Dating a Schizophrenic, Biology vs Anarchism, and Taking State Unemployment Benefits.

          The Double        
The Double
author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
name: Marcus
average rating: 3.72
book published: 1846
rating: 2
read at: 2012/02/17
date added: 2012/02/18
shelves: russian, fiction, overrated
This book is awful. The language is unbelievably repetitive and the narrative style is as schizophrenic as the main character. Dostoyevsky calls the protagonist "our hero" 191 times and if that wasn't enough, just about every time he refers to him he also feels it necessary to say "the good Golyadkin, not the bad Golyadkin" or "the old Golyadkin and not the new Golyadkin." It's so mind numbingly tedious that I could hardly get past it to take in the story.

I've always had a hard time with books that have no sympathetic characters, and this one definitely falls into that category. There's not a single character I could, or wanted to, identify with. It may be that you can write a story from the perspective of a schizophrenic and still have it turn out good, but Dostoyevsky certainly failed to do it here. It is painful for me to trash the book since Dostoyevsky is one of my all-time favorites, but the fact is, this book without such a famous author, would have have long been forgotten.


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          Recap of TED 2013         
TED is an organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, mainly through the free distribution of 8-to-18-minute TED Talks - originally about technology, entertainment and design, but now TED covers heftier global topics such as climate change, poverty and education reform. TED hosts hundreds of events around the world but the main event is an annual invitation-only conference that attracts the most accomplished scientists, academics, politicians, writers, artists, inventors, entrepreneurs and entertainers.

TED 2013, which took place last week in Long Beach, CA, was my eighth TED. My best TED moments were conversations with Julia Sweeney, Michael Shermer, Sam Harris, Jill Bolte Taylor and Amanda Palmer.

As in prior years I have ranked the TED Talks below so that you can quickly decide which ones to watch. If you disagree with my rankings, please comment! For those of you who have pointed out my tardiness in publishing this year's list, I apologize. On the bright side, my review is so late that many of the talks are already available to watch on TED.com as you read this, so I have linked to those talks below.

This year the TED staff followed a new process for selecting TED speakers. Rather than simply invite interesting people, they attended TEDx events and selected the best speakers from those. The result was a set of TED Talks that were consistently more engaging and entertaining than in all prior years (especially compared to last year). The only downside is that fewer talks conveyed novel and important news or developments - many offered more form than substance.

So here are almost all of this year's TED Talks in order from best to worst (measured by TED Balloons even though the giant TED Balloon was mysteriously missing this year):

10 TED Balloons

Anas Aremeyaw Anas This undercover journalist exposes horrible crimes in Africa, by inserting himself into prisons, hospitals, and other hotspots of abuse. He has exposed enough powerful bad guys that he had to wear a mask on the TED stage.

Lawrence LessigLessig is such a strong, experienced lecturer that he has an unfair advantage being compared to other speakers! Lessig's talk on the need for legislative reform in Washington is riveting and compelling.

Jack Andraka 15 years old, Jack invented a fast $3 method to detect pancreatic cancer, at a Johns Hopkins lab. He won the Intel Science Fair so I'm presuming it's real!

John McWhorterThis linguist presents a compelling argument on why we should all stop worrying about the decay of English skills among texting teenagers. He reviews the successful adaptation of language to other technologies, and considers how English still evolves today.
Eleanor LongdenDiagnosed with schizophrenia, Eleanor's life was "shattered" with medical treatments, discrimination and isolation. But Eleanor overcame the terror, talked to the voices, and began to understand them. She still hears the voices (even during her TED Talk), but she feels recovered, working as a psychologist herself and counseling people who hear voices.

Adam SpencerAdam shares his enthusiasm for numbers. With lots of self-effacing nerd humor, he gets the audience laughing about math!

9 TED Balloons

Hyonseo Lee A South Korean activist tells the story of her family's escape from North Korea.


Elon Musk interview
Elon needs no introduction from me. What a hero, and humble, too.
Taylor WilsonAt 14 he produced fusion, and now he's a Peter Thiel fellow. Taylor came to tell us about his new inventions. This talk is especially inspiring for teens. 

Phil Hansen
This talk is a great life lesson from an artist who had to leave his comfort zone when his hand developed a shake. He embraced the challenge, and even set new limitations on himself to see how he might embrace those as well! For example, what if he could paint only on his own body, or use less than a dollar of supplies, or be forced to destroy whatever he creates?

Freeman Hrabowski
Freeman, President of the University of Maryland, has a mission to help underprivileged minority students graduate in the sciences.  His talk has no real point, but it's stirring and entertaining, with some good stories from his days with Martin Luther King Jr.
"Plant some shit," is the message of this South Central resident. Frustrated with the lack of fresh produce in this low-income part of LA County, Ron began a movement to plant fruit and vegetable gardens on the small grassy areas between sidewalks and streets. First he had to get the police off his back, but now his phone rings off the (proverbial) hook as neighborhoods everywhere want to emulate it. Coincidentally I happened to brunch with Ron at a mutual friend's house two weeks after TED, and he is a riot. 

Hear the inspiring story of a 9 year old Masai boy from Nairobi who took apart a radio and then invented a way to protect his cows from the lions.

Stuart Firestein 
Chairman of the Biology Department at Columbia spoke on Ignorance. As Maxwell said, "Thoroughly conscious ignorance is the prelude to every advance in science." There were 1.5m scientific papers published last year - 3 per minute. Every answer we find raises 10 questions, and so our ignorance expands! This talk was intelligent and entertaining, even if it did lack any real practical point.

Ajit Narayanan
Ajit describes an impressive system for language translation.

The singer-songwriter tells a great story of a Wesleyan coed turned rocker and describes her unusually personal relationship with her fans.

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A famous environmentalist explains how he and some others are preserving DNA of extinct species in order to one day to restore those animals to Earth, "undoing harm that humans have caused in the past." He expects the Passenger Pigeon to be their first return guest. (Really?)

This Beijing-based artist is now known as The Invisible Man for his series of politically motivated paintings in which he disappears into various backgrounds.

I normally don't rate the 3-minute audience talks, but this one was great. According to some studies ragarding back pain and heart disease, sitting is the new smoking. So Nilofer adopted "walking meetings" in her job. I have since adopted this practice myself; I love it, as do my meeting guests.

Watch this very funny presentation on how this duck expert won an Ignobel Prize. Warning: includes homosexual animal necrophilia!

Dan makes a compelling case that philanthropies would be far more beneficial if they set aside their obsession with efficiency. Just as for-profits do, charities should be willing to spend money to attract the best and brightest people, and to market their mission to donors. 

Edith gives a great account of how she and two others got the first video ever of giant deep sea squid. Attract the animals - dont scare them.

Beardyman, Champion Beatboxer. 
If TED posts this talk, watch the first five minutes (it's amazing) and skip the rest.

BLACK is the world champion at Yo-yo, which he has now elevated to a performance art.

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Miranda Wans and Jeanny Yao
Continuing the theme of teenage inventors, these girls presented their science fair project on how they found bacteria that can break down plastic garbage.

This is an interesting and important talk on the sorry state of sanitation around the world today.

Lisa gives a fun talk on how books have helped her throughout life.

How can we best help our fellow human beings? Princeton Ethics Professor thinks analytically about this question, challenging us to step up our contributions.

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Erik Brynjolfsson, MIT Professor
Tech progress is accelerating, and productivity has increased more in the 2000-2010 decade than the prior three decades. It is the New Machine Age where computers enable many other productivity advances, just as prior revolutions did. The internet is digital, exponential, and combinatorial. Today the  growth in productivity comes not from machines themselves but from novel ways to use them. The world's chess champ today is neither the best player nor the best computer - it is a team of good players playing with common computers.

Also when economists measure economic growth, they miss a lot of economic value, such as the $300 billion of free internet content. Incorporating those gains indicates a higher standard of living.

But it's not all sunshine and rose. The tech boom does displace a lot of jobs, so people have to embrace the tech changes and adapt to it.

Later on Erik and I debated as to whether the tech boom of the last decade will ultimately be a net creator or detractor of jobs. Erik says detractor.

Denise Herzing
Denise is the Jane Goodall of Dolphin studies. She studies these self-aware, tool-wileding animals who, next to humans, have the highest ratio of brain-to-body volume.

Rodney Brooks, roboticist
Rodney presented Baxter, a safe friendly industrial robot. Rather than build cold robots that displace people, he believes robots need to be easy, safe and friendly so that workers and consumers embrace them in every part of their home and work life. Baxter is porgrammable simply by moving his arms around as you want him to do.

James Lyne
The founder of Sophos surveys today's cybersecurity threats.

Meg Jay, therapist 
Meg counsels 20-somethings to take life more seriously - not to waste away their decade. (This is the Republican counterpart to Steve Jobs' advice to explore, not worry.) Bad advice, but well delivered!

Disappointing talk by an impressive scientist/engineer/author/inventor.

Alex Laskey
The CEO of Opower gave a well delivered talk. He reported that the best way to get utility customers to conserve energy is to show them how they compare to their neighbors.

Dong Woo Jang
Fun story of a boy's fascination's with bows and arrows. 

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Allan discovered that despite common knowledge, animal grazing actually prevents desertification.

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Orly Wahba
Orly passes out cards to people reminding them to be kind.

Leyla Acaroglu
Better design can promote conservation.

Neil Gershenfeld, Peter Gabriel, Vint Cerf
This all-star team hopes to extend the internet to species beyond human beings, and not just terrestrial species! Their videos of animals "using the internet" were not compelling.

Celebrated the progress being made in fighting extreme poverty in the world. He promised to give a fact based talk but there was a lot of literal hand-waving and aimless rambling.

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Lesley Perkes
Lesley perpetrates a hybrid of art and vandalism in Johannesburg.

This reputable professor came to argue that the secular pattern of economic growth is over, but his presentation was surprisingly lame.

Gordon observed that we saw big advances in the twentieth century due to electricity, plumbing and computers. But now there doesn't seem to be anything on the horizon to drive as much growth in the standard of living and economic growth. He echoed the patent officer who in 1899 declared that everything that can be invented has already been invented, and Lord Kalvin who deemed it impossible to ever again make discoveries in physics. His evidence that innovation is done is that he himself can't figure out what those innovations will be!

Gordon argued that the long term 2% growth rate will be diminished by headwinds of debt and inequality. As if there were never any headwinds in the past, such as war, disease, inequality and recession!

Gordon piled on with ridiculous, grumpy Grandpa comments, like "How does Twitter help an unemployed auto worker?" and "How can there be progress when airplanes go no faster today than they did in the 70's?"

After, he and Erik Brynjolffson debated as to whether things will get better or worse. Erik was respectful and Robert was downright rude and petulant. When Chris polled the audience, Robert blurted out "You cheated!" and then "I saw at least ten hands go up for me that weren't there before!"

Photojournalist showed stunning photos of human suffering, then told how he restored the rainforest to his family land in Brazil, planting 2 million trees. After, his photo journalism became much more upbeat, showing the success of local species including humans.

Michael Green
Michael thinks wooden skyscrapers would be ecologically better than steel, and not fall down, go boom.

Jinsop Lee
Jinsop is an industrial designer who believes that you can improve customer satisfaction by incorporating more senses into every product experience.

Saki Mafundikwa
Saki opened a school of graphics art design in Zimbabwe.

Kate Stone
Kate presents the extraordinary invention of interactive paper. Would have been interesting in 1998.

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Yu Jordy Fu
Yu presents photos of her sculptures and interior designs, telling us how beautiful they are. "Wouldn't everyone want this?" Well, no.

Wang Li
Performs "music" on a ukeke and a calabash.

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Saskia Sassen
Saskia talks about city development.

          Am I a Psychopath?        
Question: I am concerned that I might be a psychopath. I'm not a criminal though. At least, I don't steal or commit violent acts. Actually that's not entirely true. I have committed violent acts in the past and I have stolen from corporations but never individuals. I am really more concerned about my apparent lack of emotion. I don't have a normal fear response, and I am unable to make emotional connections with people, including my own family. I have had many people in my life describe me as being soulless, or unfazable. I think I know the difference between right and wrong, and I believe myself to be a moral person, but I will admit that I do not believe that this has anything to do with a concern for other people's feelings. Rather, i think I am just following a set of rules that I have put in place for myself based on my own definitions of integrity and honor. This is where I start to have doubts. From what I have read, true psychopaths have no comprehension or regard for these concepts. Also, I am not a pathological liar. In fact, I am usually honest to a fault. I don't see myself as being manipulative either, but some of my friends tend to disagree with me on that point. I guess what I want to know is: How can I know for sure, and is it something that I should really be concerned about? From what I understand, if I really am a psychopath, there is no treatment for it. Could there be a better explanation for my specific apparent condition?

Answer: Because this is so concerning to you, and you have strong feelings about the kind of person you want to be, I don't think you are a sociopath. Sometimes, when we are little kids, our parents are unable to show us empathy and love and then we don't learn how to relate to other's feelings. I do worry about the past crimes and violence. You may have some character traits of antisocial personality disorder. And, you may have schizoid personality traits as well. Schizoid personality disorder is a pattern of detachment from social relationships including family, appears indifferent, lacks close friends, shows emotional coldness, does not find pleasure in social activities.  So maybe how you grew up and how your parents taught you how to interact and feel has a part in this and maybe you have some schizoid traits. With some therapy, you can learn how to relate more effectively with people. I encourage you to get therapy. And...no more crimes ok!
          Do I Have Schizophrenia?        

Question: Hello I really need help to overcome my anxiety, depression,  insomnia or  as I think the first signs of schizophrenia.  I was with very good mental health but last year everything came down and now I have illusions, insomnia, and sometime I think that I am hallucinating even though I know that my fear is doing all of this. Please tell me what to do to relieve me from this pain.
PS: My father is suffering from Schizophrenia, I am very afraid.

Answer:  Sometimes mental illness is genetic. It is possible you have inherited this disease. It is also possible that you are so worried about having schizophrenia, that you are convincing yourself you have symptoms.  No matter which scenario it is, I would encourage you to see a psychiatric clinician to perform a complete history and physical exam to determine the cause of your symptoms.  Don't wait to have an exam, it sounds as if you are suffering. There are medications that may help with your symptoms.  You spoke about feeling as if your fear of mental illness is causing some symptoms.  This may be anxiety. The mind is our guardian and can convince our brain and body of anything. Although I truly believe you need a full evaluation, you certainly can start to reframe some of your thoughts.  Remember, your feelings and actions are a consequence of your beliefs. Tell yourself and believe that everything will be alright. Tell yourself and believe that whatever challenge comes your way you will handle it.  Please have an exam as soon as possible. There is help with medications and therapy.

          UFOs in Andalucia: Lights, Vessels and Humanoids Since the Spanish Civil War        

Source: Planeta UFO and Diario ABC Andalucia
Date: 05/20/2017
Article by Leo Rama Granada

UFOs in Andalucia: Lights, Vessels and Humanoids Since the Spanish Civil War

It would seem that UFOs are a forgotten subject, stunted in the 20th century, buried by its own controversial and absurd narrative. Despite the disbelief it continues to produce, it is also true that the UFO phenomenon remains alive and is real, at least to thousands of witnesses of the unexplained, ranging from uneducated peasants to airline pilots with thousands of hours of flying time, rank and much prestige to lose, whose stories in the few existing unclassified reports are of extraordinary value. The phenomenon's nature is an entirely different thing, and cannot be reduced to a single source: outbreaks of schizophrenia? weather phenomena? military maneuvers? Or could aliens be behind it all.

It's a likelihood. More than a few scientists consider the extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH) to be a valid one based on their latest research, as Jose Manuel Nieves has been telling us in the most empirical pages of this newspaper. It was precisely Diario ABC de Sevilla that decided to publish a series of UFO sightings a few decades ago. Those stories told by Manuel Ramirez, preserved in the ever-helpful newspaper library, have provided the inspiration for the recently published book Ovnis en Andalucia by José Manuel García Bautista, the journalist from Seville.

A hundred of these cases, arranged by chronological order, comprise Garcia Bautista's research. He is convinced that there is life out there, that we have always been visited, even though some of the artifacts may prove to be terrestrial. "The universe is so large that it is hard not to imagine that some distant star has planets with life on them," says the enthusiastic researcher from Seville, trying to lend dignity to the the scorned subject of UFOs, as if the eyewitness accounts of those who sincerely discuss what they saw had no value whatsoever.

Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War

Although the UFO phenomenon as such did not emerge until 1947 in the United States, it is possible to find stories in Spain that describe strange lights in the southern skies since Medieval times. But it is necessary to go back to the Spanish Civil War to find the first reliable accounts of UFOs over Andalucia.

It occurred at the front, and this is what Diario ABC had to say about it: "The sun was already out that morning of 5 February 1938 as the soldiers defending the position at Peñón de la Mata (north of the province of Granada) endured the cold as best they could while keeping a watch over their position. The sky was completely clear and our witness - a fighter with the 76th Brigade - soon noticed something odd in the heavens.

The soldier defined it as something resembling "a Mexican hat" in the distance, flat aluminum in color. The slow-flying metal artifact placed itself over the witness, who was able to see the craft's underside, resembling "a cartwheel" with a lens similar to a camera at its core, giving a sense of depth." It rotated counterclockwise and vanished from the field of vision of the troops without further incident.

Dionisio, The Entities and The Star

One of the best-known cases involves the first-person experience of Dionisio Avila, an elderly and respected resident of Los Villares in Jaen. It was 1996 and Dionisio was walking his dog through the endless olive groves when a shining device appeared before him. After surveying their device, two slender beings, clad in tight-fitting silver suits, tossed him what he described as a star. As he picked it up, it proved to be a spherical stone. "It summarizes the entire absurd nature of the UFO phenomenon," writes García Bautista.

The nut-sized stone bore a curious inscription, similar to the symbols appearing in on the craft: IOI - the famous "stick zero stick" that prompted pioneering UFO researcher Juan José Benítez to launch his investigation on "El anillo de plata" (The Silver Ring), presented on Spanish television's "Planeta Encantado" broadcast.

Dionisio never again made contact with the humanoids who, according to him, healed him of his maladies, as testified by the residents of his small municipality. Other witnesses fared less well in similar incidents, such as the attack experienced by a Seville resident on the cold night of 28 January 1976.

Once more, it was the Andalusian issue of the ABC newspaper - with the byline of Benigno Gonzalez - that collected the mind-bending account of Miguel Fernandez Carrasco, who was returning to Benacazón after having spent time with his girlfriend in Sanlucar la Mayor. Feeling blessed, he saw a pair of shooting stars as he returned home. Shortly after, a "flying telephone booth" shooting red and white lights landed before him. Two tall humanoids emerged. Fear gripped the witness, who broke into a frantic run down the train tracks.

The vehicle took off and chased the witnessed, terrified by the prospect of being hunted down before he could cover the 1.5 kilometers remaining before he could reach his home. He wasn't wrong. The device fired what Garcia Bautista defines as a nearly lethal "beam of light, a luminous weapon" at Miguel Fernandez. The man was badly injured on the ground, practically unconscious, "bereft of breath and strength, burned, singed and toasted" by something unknown to him.

Taken to the San Lázaro Hospital, the farmer gave his testimony and the 6th Court of Instruction in Seville initiated transactions to look into an alleged UFO attack on a human for the first time ever in Spain. The case was dismissed two weeks later due to inability to find a culprit for the crime reported by Fernandez Carrasco.

These are only some of the cases compiled by José Manuel García Bautista. Ovnis en Andalucía compiles many other stories regarding an apparently senseless phenomenon, one that has changed over the years: humanoids in Fuengirola, in Algeciras, the harrassing UFO of La Antilla, the one of Benaldmaádena, the one of Morón...even USOs - unidentified submarine objects - seen in the Bay of Cádiz!

"If we published all of the UFO incidents in Spain that resulted in intercept missions, we would be providing a sense of tremendous insecurity," a military friend told García Bautista. The military has much material to declassify, contained in boxes in damp basements, waiting to see the much needed light of day.

[Translation (c) 2017 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]

NOTE: José Manuel García Bautista is a good friend of INEXPLICATA and his work has been featured in many of our articles, including translations of his ghost and paranormal stories for FATE Magazine in the 2000's. For more information on humanoids, please consult INEXPLICATA's The Humanoid Agenda at scribd.com]
          L'échec mémorable du Parti Socialiste aux législatives de 2017        
Laurent Lafaye, candidat battu, 1er secrétaire fédéral du P.S. de la Haute-Vienne, vice-président du Conseil départemental
(c) Le populaire du Centre
La Haute-Vienne - de même que Limoges - n'est plus une "terre socialiste". Les trois circonscriptions, jusqu'alors tenues par Catherine Beaubatie (depuis l'éviction de Monique Boulestin en 2012), Alain Rodet et Daniel Boisserie, ont été perdues lors des élections législatives de 2017. Y compris donc dans la circonscription d'Alain Rodet, réputée "imperdable", où se présentait Laurent Lafaye, candidat malheureux aux précédentes sénatoriales. Vice-président du Conseil départemental il est toujours, à ce jour, à la tête du P.S. haut-viennois. 
En parcourant les archives de ce blog, on lira des articles commentant la décrépitude progressive et annoncée du P.S. local (y compris notre billet précédent sur les apparatchiks), dont la première et retentissante défaite a été celle des municipales à Limoges. Nous n'y reviendrons pas pour expliquer la défaite aux législatives, mais il faut les garder en mémoire. De même le livre de Robert Savy, Le crépuscule des socialistes, chez Geste Editions, qui portait un titre prophétique. Pourtant, tout le bilan socialiste à Limoges, en Haute-Vienne, en Limousin, n'était pas à jeter, loin de là! Ce sont sans doute les pratiques qui ont d'abord été sanctionnées.
Si les perdants ont pris pour "excuse" la déferlante "En marche" pour expliquer leur cuisant échec, cela ne saurait suffire car des éléments locaux et nationaux sont intervenus. Il est évident que la calamiteuse présidence de François Hollande, sa déplorable communication, la politique mise en oeuvre par son gouvernement et soutenue par la majorité des députés sortants, a grandement contribué au tsunami macronien. Beaucoup d'élus socialistes limousins, semble-t-il, n'ont pas saisi combien la population était loin d'être enchantée par la réforme territoriale imposée par surprise, non annoncée lors de la campagne présidentielle, et si mal préparée (le Limousin passant du Centre à l'Aquitaine en peu de temps...). Elle est toujours impopulaire auprès de ceux qui commencent à en comprendre les effets néfastes. De même que les errements calamiteux concernant le train, la dégradation de la ligne historique Paris-Limoges-Toulouse (Limoges-Bénédictins va-t-elle se transformer en musée dans un jour prochain?), au profit de projets plus qu'incertains d'une L.G.V. inutile entre Limoges et Poitiers, fantasme mollement défendu par Hollande et définitivement remisé par l'actuel président. Il est vraisemblable que la modification des rythmes scolaires aura joué un rôle et, plus encore, l'inepte réforme du collège de Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (battue elle-même aux législatives) qui aura vraisemblablement privé le P.S. d'une part non négligeable de son électorat enseignant traditionnel. Bien entendu, la politique sociale-libérale menée en particulier par Hollande-Valls-Macron plutôt que l'aide aux plus fragiles attendue d'un exécutif "de gauche", la volonté d'imposer la "loi travail" et l'idée de la déchéance de la nationalité, ont entraîné le rejet que l'on sait, parfois violent. Néanmoins, tous les "grands élus" socialistes de la Haute-Vienne ont soutenu la candidature de Manuel Valls aux primaires. Or, c'est Hamon qui a gagné, dans le département, comme nationalement. En février 2017, Laurent Lafaye répondait aux questions de Françoise Pain, de France Bleu Limousin; par exemple à celle-ci: "Mais comment défendre l'abrogation de la loi travail alors que vous l'avez soutenue ? Je ne vais pas tomber dans la schizophrénie ! J'assume toujours. Je n'oublie pas et Benoît Hamon non plus n'oublie pas que dans la loi travail, il y a aussi des avancées, comme la garantie jeunes, et je pense qu'il en tiendra compte." Pourtant, il y avait bien un peu de schizophrénie. Et lorsque le responsable du P.S. déclarait, à propos de François Fillon, qu'il éprouvait à son égard "le sentiment d'une déconnexion (...) C'est révélateur de la distance qu'il y a entre certains politiques et la population", il ne semblait pas se rendre compte lui-même, comme les socialistes en général, y compris le président de la République qui avait quand-même été empêché de se représenter (!), que les Français, dans les usines, les bureaux, les salles des professeurs, sur les marchés, reprochaient la même chose à tous les partis politiques traditionnels, en particulier au Parti Socialiste (qui a perdu son nom jusqu'à l'Assemblée Nationale!). Déconnexion totale, en effet! 
On a eu l'impression, pendant cinq ans, que François Hollande et le P.S. naviguaient "à vue"; comme si, pendant les longues années passées dans l'opposition n'avaient pas servi à préparer un projet, mais uniquement ces fameuses "synthèses" mixant un peu tout et n'importe quoi, au gré des écuries de tel ou tel. Une pauvreté intellectuelle, en quelque sorte. Lorsque l'on va sur le site du P.S. de la Haute-Vienne, on ne trouve en page d'accueil qu'un billet du 15 mai annonçant les réunions publiques des candidats, mais aucun "bilan", deux mois après, de l'élection. De même lorsque l'on clique sur "Les publications" dans la "Tribune du premier secrétaire", on ne trouve que deux billets de 2013, dont un intitulé "Mobilisons-nous pour l'enquête publique LGV". Lorsque l'on suit ce lien, on obtient: "Erreur 404 La page que vous recherchiez n'existe pas"... Quant au dernier numéro de L'espoir en ligne, c'est celui de décembre 2016, où l'on pouvait lire notamment: "A l’image du gouvernement, nos parlementaires Haut-Viennois ont su porter des réformes de progrès tout en faisant remonter les problématiques locales grâce à une action de proximité auprès des citoyens de leur circonscription. Oui la gauche au pouvoir a réalisé de grandes réformes, adaptées à la réalité du pays et en adéquation avec son idéal." Il semble bien que les électeurs n'aient pas été convaincus. 
Alors, quel avenir pour ce parti, dont les quelques députés élus ont abandonné le mot socialiste pour se transformer en "nouvelle gauche"? Sans doute serait-il souhaitable qu'une prise de conscience ait lieu et qu'elle soit exprimée, une auto-critique, si l'on veut. Sans doute faudrait-il qu'un profond renouvellement ait lieu, des responsables et des idées. Le groupe Nouvelle Gauche a déclaré: "Attachés à reconstruire une alternative, c'est-à-dire une capacité à assumer demain la responsabilité de l'Etat, les députés du groupe Nouvelle Gauche  participeront activement à l'indispensable réinvention de la gauche. En ce sens, toutes les propositions, tous les amendements du groupe porteront la double marque de la crédibilité et de la volonté maintenue de transformer durablement notre société." Quant à la direction collégiale du P.S., dont Hamon est parti, elle déclare s’atteler à établir une « feuille de route de la rénovation Â» qu’elle devrait présenter à la fin août, avant de la soumettre  au vote des militants. Le tout avant l’organisation d’un congrès, prévu pour le début de l’année 2018. Mais repartir sur les mêmes pratiques, les mêmes jeux d'appareils locaux et nationaux serait mortel. Il faudrait ouvrir les fenêtres en grand pour changer d'air. Pas certain que cela se fasse sans résistances, ici comme ailleurs. La rénovation complète est pourtant le gage de la reconquête, surtout qu'en Limousin comme nationalement, le P.S. est face à la France Insoumise qui incarne aujourd'hui - quoi que l'on pense d'elle - une gauche combattive, au macronisme (qu'il a réchauffé en son sein au gouvernement), aux Républicains et au Front National, qui progresse et devient même électarelement dangereux dans l'ex-capitale régionale limousine.

          It’s Official – Colorado’s Weed is Getting Stronger…MUCH Stronger         

It was always going to be a bit of a no-brainer that as soon as weed was made legal in Colorado, growers would begin refining their craft and coming up with bigger, better buds. And so it proved, as here we are at the doorstep of spring 2015 and the one thing we know about the pot doing the rounds in Colorado is that it is strong…very, VERY strong.


In order to gain a better understanding of how things are progressing for both the medicinal marijuana industries in the state and the everyday smoker on the ground, a study was carried out by one Andy LaFrate, founder of the Charas Scientific laboratory. He released the findings this week at the American Chemical Society meeting in Denver, where he told those in attendance that things are getting a hell of a lot more potent for the pot-people of Colorado.


“This stuff is strong,” he said.


“There’s a lot of homogeneity whether you’re talking medical or retail level,”


“One plant might have green leaves and another purple, and the absolute amount of cannabinoids might change, which relates to strength. But the ratio of THC to CBD to other cannabinoids isn’t changing a whole lot.”


In order to illustrate the point of how much things are changing, he highlighted the difference between samples taken in the 80s and those doing the rounds now. Around 30 years ago, the average THC concentration in standard weed wasn’t even close to the 10% mark. By contrast, he took into account a full 600 samples for the new study and found that the average was closer to 19%, while some even went as high as 30%. In addition, his research shows that the ration of THC to CBD in the samples was actually pretty low – about 150:1. This didn’t go down too well with the medical community as a whole as it is of course CBD that’s been linked with potentially positive effects in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, schizophrenia and anxiety.


So, in essence the conclusion appears to be a pretty simple one – those that are growing new strains of marijuana in Colorado are doing so almost entirely for the purposes of getting their customers higher than ever before, as opposed to in any way benefiting/contributing to essential medical research. But this is something that’s disputed by some as there are those that suggest there to be a very clear divide between the two types of pot in circulation – that sold at ‘street’ level and the weed that’s grown solely for research purposes. As such, hitting out at the community in general for being rather too focused on getting high is counterproductive as it only addresses half of the story.


Of course this isn't strictly news, just confirmation of a general trend in the world of marijuana that has been reported for years. This doesn't mean that MMJ as a concept is over, there is plenty of research and breeding focussed on enhancing levels of CBD and other cannibinoids. In fact, separate reports from outside Colorado have suggested that recent years have brought about the cultivation of several new strains of weed which have displayed superb therapeutic properties while at the same time having almost no psychoactive effects at all.





          Rock N Roll Manifesto 72        
Rock N Roll Manifesto #72 is ready to scorch your ear holes! Another schizophrenic episode going from hardcore punk to psychobilly, to soul and back to hardcore, then venturing off into power pop and all kinds of other stuff that … Continue reading
          Rock N Roll Manifesto 34        
Greg Lonesome is back to his old format, but this time, mixing things up even more than normal, putting songs from totally different genres back to back and throwing caution to the wind. If you have a schizophrenic record collection, … Continue reading
          Pricing Projects        

Pricing Projects

I see the topic of pricing work come up over and over again, so I thought I would share my thoughts on the matter. By no means am I a guru of pricing or anything, but I have come up with a decent system that seems to work for me. I am currently a “full time” woodworker, but haven’t been for long. There are many more experienced folks on LJ’s, so take this with a grain of salt.

I start with the same master excel spreadsheet for every project. The spreadsheet has three separate sections – Labor, Materials, and Overhead.

I begin with labor. The first step is to pick an hourly rate for yourself. This can be hard, but I believe that in any for-profit situation (not a favor for a family member or anything like that) your hourly wage rate needs to be at least in the $15 range. For reference, I am in Fort Worth, Texas if you want to know what region I am basing that wage rate off of. I charge more than that now, but on my first few projects, I didn’t. It is really hard picking this rate for yourself because you feel like you are grading your own test. But remember, you are the guy with the tools and the knowledge. They came to you for a reason. It is because you possess skills and knowledge that they don’t have. That is worth money. Try as hard as you can not to short yourself.

The second step of the labor estimate is to painstakingly think through the entire build process, activity by activity. This usually takes me 2 hours or so. When I start thinking through my build sequence, I literally talk through how I am going to build the entire project. This is how the conversation with myself goes, this gets a little schizophrenic, but hang with me:

“Self, first you are going to have to go to the lumberyard. That will take you about 4 hours total, if you include driving and picking through lumber.”
- Punch in 4 hours for material pickup
“Self, after that, you will have to unload at the shop. That’ll take an hour”
- Punch in 1 hour for unloading
“Self, next you will have to do all of the milling. You can probably do that in 8 hours”
“No you can’t, idiot.”
“Ok, 10.”
“Get real, doofus”
“Ok , let’s just go with 12.”
“That’s better”
- Punch in 12 hours for milling

And so on. Now, as you are punching in numbers for hours and thinking through your build process, you should also be considering all of the materials you will be using for each step and putting them over in your material section. At the end of the labor section you should have a good idea not only of how long this is going to take, but also how you are going to do it. Once I am done with labor, I usually work through the build sequence once more, this time really focusing on materials. After the second time through the build process, you should have a very good labor and material estimate. 2 tips for the manhour estimate
1) Don’t skip small stuff like material purchase, clean up, delivery, etc. That stuff adds up. And despite the fact that you don’t feel like you are working when you are doing it, you are.
2) Don’t overestimate your speed. I did that once and got obliterated on a price. Underestimate if you need to. Be realistic.

Overhead is a smaller chunk of the pie, especially for someone who doesn’t do much volume per year. Over the past year, I have done a decent amount and will be claiming my profits on my personal tax forms, so I factor in taxes, profit (10%ish depending), electricity, and gas in this section. I know taxes aren’t something that come up with a lot of you, but if you neglect state and income tax and then end up having to pay them in the end, you will likely lose 30%ish of your revenue, not just your profit. That is why I try to keep that stuff in order and build in a buffer so that when I get a serious negative tax return, I have money in the bank to pay for it (just don’t spend that money on go-karts and stuff ).

At the end, I just add up all labor, material, and overhead. That is my final price. I look at it every time and think it is astronomical. I tell myself that I have to lower my hourly rate. Or I have to do without some of the materials. Anything to bring the price down. But then I realize that despite my own reservations about how good I am and what I am worth, I am still probably better at woodworking than at least 99.5% of the population. And a lot of you likely are too. Not many people know as much about woodworking as us dorks, and we have to use that to our advantage. Our knowledge base, accrued skills, and time are worth something. So don’t screw yourself over.

In my opinion, you HAVE to be systematic when pricing projects. Shooting from the hip works sometimes, but I would advise against it. For example, just doubling or tripling material cost will murder you on a very labor-intensive job with small amounts of wood. If you work through the entire process every time, you are much less likely to get burned.

I’d be happy to send my excel spreadsheet to you for your use, but I don’t think we can attach things onto blog posts. No guarantees that it is a flawless financial document or anything, but it is a decent place to start. PM me if you are interested in that.

Hope you enjoyed the read. Comments and criticism welcome.

          MARSHALL PRESENTS: #SESSIONS:055 – METAL        

NYC black metalers Yellow Eyes have let go of fantastic full length ’Sick with Bloom’. It is harsh with raging guitars not unlike a thunderstorm and it is undoubtedly far their best work so far. Listen to the title track here!

Arc is here! And it’s a highly personal one for vocalist Kat Katz. Katz told Noisey: “I began writing lyrics for it when I was providing her hospice care. My mother developed schizophrenia, a severe neuropsychiatric illness, when I was a child. When she was dying of cancer, her schizophrenia worsened, which made caring for her extremely difficult mentally, emotionally, and physically. At the time, I couldn’t have written about anything else”. Here’s 'Deathbed'!

And so the Abbath album has arrived. Despite going solo Abbath stays true what he has built over the years. There’s definitely an appeal for new listeners and for all the Immortal fans out there, it does not disappoint. Check out ’Winter Bane’ one of quite a few highlights!

Hello Pinoy Forex Trading World!

I am back and a I am hot!

I am trading again. I just cannot kick the habit of forex trading. It has been a good run for me since I last funded my account. It was probably 6 months or so I cannot remember but definitely not last year.

So far my NZDUSD trades have been going pretty well. I say trades meaning I already have like 9 open trades and I am still riding it. I am riding the bull wave.

I do not want to sound schizophrenic but I am starting to worry about the string of trades I did because everything is up and green that I am already thinking about when it will end and will it end with a bang. Some people do not get satisfied after all, I am winning but I am still worried.

We cant have it all.

          After Math: Do you see?        

It was an illustrative week for machine vision. Sony's high-speed eyes allow robots to see at 1000 FPS, IBM trained a neural network to spot schizophrenia, and MIT's AI knows what's in your meal just by looking at it. Numbers, because how else do you measure your myopia?

          IBM's AI can predict schizophrenia by looking at the brain's blood flow        

Schizophrenia is not a particularly common mental health disorder in America, affecting just 1.2 percent of the population (around 3.2 million people), but its effects can be debilitating. However, pioneering research conducted by IBM and the University of Alberta could soon help doctors diagnose the onset of the disease and the severity of its symptoms using a simple MRI scan and a neural network built to look at blood flow within the brain.

          John Wray: Lowboy        
John Wray reads a passage from LOWBOY, the story of a sixteen-year-old paranoid schizophrenic who believes he alone holds the key to the planet's salvation.
          Ekspert: psychiatra odróżni chorego na schizofrenię od symulanta        
Symulowanie na dłuższą metę choroby psychiatrycznej - schizofrenii - okazuje się zbyt trudne nawet dla błyskotliwego przestępcy - ocenia w rozmowie z Głosem Wielkopolski prof. Andrzej Rajewski, prezes Polskiego Towarzystwa Psychiatrycznego.
          back to the village        
Oggi ho letto una frase bellissima (di Vittorio Zucconi):
"L'Italia produce il solito, doppio, contraddittorio e schizofrenico sentimento, un desiderio cocente di restare, ignorando il miserabile orrore che la impregna, e un desiderio bruciante di andarsene, per non assistere più al miserabile spettacolo che ogni giorno chi la dovrebbe rappresentare offre, direttamente o indirettamente."

Forse la sparo grossa e fuori luogo, certo è che la morte di Cossiga (mi impietosisco e ne parlo giusto politicamente) mi lascia totalmente indifferente.
Oggi se ne va, con tutte le sue verità non dette (e quelle prontamente smentite), uno dei personaggi più oscuri ed ambigui della storia d'Italia.


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          Great weekend to be a baseball fan        

Give the MLB schedulers a big pat on the back this year. With all but three playoff races now all but decided (I am leaving out the NL Wild Card, since I expect the schizophrenic Phillies to fold like a cheap tent this weekend, letting Houston escape), we get two three-game winner take all series to decide the final three spots in the AL (the Angels are already in as AL West champs).

The Yankees and Red Sox will square off at Fenway. Going into tonight, the Yanks have a 1-game lead over the Sox as they finish up their respective penultimate series (Yanks against Baltimore, Sox against Toronto). The pitching matchups are all very compelling, as Chien-Ming Wang goes against David Wells Friday, Randy Johnson faces white-hot Tim Wakefield Saturday and Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling lock up Sunday. If both teams win tonight, a playoff is possible. If the Yanks open a 2-game lead, they will need only 1 win in the series to wrap it up. If they are tied after tonight, it's a best-of three.

The White Sox (who should have NEVER been in this spot) will face the Indians in Cleveland. Each will wrap a series tonight (Sox face Detroit, Indians have T-Bay (who have already won the first two games of the series)) and, assuming the Indians win, they will play for the division title. If the Indians lose tonight and the Sox win, it's all over. Pitching matchups are: Mark Buerhle v. Kevin Millwood, Jon Garland v. Jake Westbrook and Brandon McCarthy v. Scott Elarton. The lead is 3 as of this morning and the White Sox are definitely in the driver's seat, and an 11-5 record head-to-head against the Indians certainly looks favourable, but you better believe the Sox will be looking to wrap things up tonight. A Sox win tonight means they clinch at least a share of first place and, even if the Sox lose tonight and the Indians win (cutting the lead to 2 games), the Indians are still faced with the daunting task of sweeping the Sox to catch/pass them.

However, Cleveland is also playing for the wild card. With a 92-66 record, the Indians are tied with Boston. There are many ways things can play out here, so lets look at the math:

Update: Well, as expected, everyone won last night. I also was, apparently, on something when I did my math yesterday, as there a few inconsistencies in the original post, so I'm replacing that mess with this section. Let's do it again:

As of today, the Yankees (94-65) lead the AL East by one game over Boston (93-66). Cleveland is also 93-66, tied for the wild card with Boston. Chicago is now in, as is LA. The Yankees need two wins over Boston this weekend to clinch the AL East.

Playoff scenarios for Boston:

  • If Boston wins once, they can only make the wild card. For that to happen, Cleveland must lose to Chicago twice or be swept. A Sox sweep puts Cleveland out. One Cleveland win forces a one-game playoff on Monday between the Sox and the Indians.
  • If Boston sweeps the Yankees, they win the East outright.
  • If Boston wins twice (tying the Yanks), it gets muddy. If Cleveland is swept by Chicago, or loses two of three, there will be no AL East playoff. Since the Yankees win the season series with Boston 10-9, the Yankees would win the AL East and the Sox are the wild card. If Cleveland wins two games against Chicago and Boston two against NY, Boston and Cleveland meet in a one-game playoff for the wild card Monday while the Yankees (again based on head-to-head) are the AL East champs. If Cleveland sweeps Chicago, Boston is out.

Playoff scenarios for NY are a bit simpler.

  • Win once and they are guaranteed a tie for the AL East. If Cleveland sweeps the Sox, then the Indians (at 96-66) win the wild card and Boston and NY (each at 95-67) have a one-game playoff for the AL East title. Otherwise, the Yanks win the East and Boston drops into the third scenario outlined above.
  • Win twice or more, they win the AL East.
  • If the Yankees are swept, it depends on Cleveland. If Cleveland wins once, the Yankees and Cleveland play off on Monday for the wild card. If Cleveland wins twice or more, the Yankees are out.

And finally, for Cleveland:

  • Sweep the White Sox, win the wild card.
  • Win twice, they win the wild card if Boston loses twice or the Red Sox sweep the Yankees. If the Red Sox win twice, the Indians and Red Sox play off for the wild card.
  • Win once, they win the wild card ONLY if the Yankees sweep the Sox. If the Red Sox win once, the Indians and Red Sox play off. If the Red Sox sweep, the Indians and Yankees play off.

NL is really easy. If the Astros take two of three from the Cubs or the Phils drop two of three to Washington (or the 'Stros win once and the Phils lose once) the Astros take the NL Wild Card.

Any way you slice it, though, it should be a very exciting weekend of baseball and, hopefully, these games can be found on TV this weekend. Playoff predictions and season-end award predictions coming Monday.

          Roshni battling many battles including living with a schizophrenic mum        
This is a story that shows life can be hard on some people in what it has to offer for them in their path. Meet [...]
          How Norway’s government made electric cars irresistible        

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WILLIAM BRANGHAM: But first: President Trump announced over the weekend that he will decide this week whether the U.S. will remain part of the Paris climate accord.

That accord, signed last year by 195 countries, commits those nations to significantly reduce their carbon emissions to combat climate change. But President Trump has long argued that environmental regulations cost American jobs, and he’s vowed to undo them, and he’s also described climate change itself as a hoax. European leaders last week urged the president not walk away from the accord.

In Scandinavia, which is a world leader in green technology, politicians and environmentalists want the president to follow their lead, and increase investment in environmentally friendly technologies like electric cars.

Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports from Norway, the world’s fastest growing electric car market.

MALCOLM BRABANT: Norway prides itself on being one of the world’s most pristine countries. Yet, amid the stunning scenery, there are reminders that its vast wealth comes from decades of gas and oil production.

But Norwegians are turning their backs on fossil fuels and embracing electric cars like nowhere else.

Ann Kunish, who moved from Wisconsin 30 years ago, is one of the new converts.

ANN KUNISH, Music Librarian: This car is a no-brainer. There’s no question about it. It’s very, very easy to choose electric cars. The Norwegian government has made it much more financially feasible to buy them. They don’t have the same fees, free parking in municipal spots. More and more charging stations are being built, lower yearly fee to use the roads, no tolls.

MALCOLM BRABANT: New electric car sales in Norway have now passed 100,000, giving it the highest per capita ownership level in the world. In comparison, there are over half-a-million electric cars in the U.S. To have the same percentage as Norway, America would require 6.25 million electric cars on the road.

This is Oslo’s rush hour, as electric car drivers hunt a parking spot at the city’s biggest charging station. The energy is almost completely renewable energy, as 98 percent of the country’s power comes from hydroelectric plants.

Norwegians endure some of the world’s heaviest taxes, and removing sales tariffs from electric cars has been irresistible. The government aims to end sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2025.

PETTER HAUGNELAND, Industry Advocate: There has to be a big difference if you choose a zero emission car or a polluting car when you buy it on the tax system.

MALCOLM BRABANT: Industry advocate Petter Haugneland argues taxes on fossil fuel vehicles should be increased to speed up the process.

PETTER HAUGNELAND: In Norway, transport sector is a key element to lower the emissions. We need to cut our emissions very fast if we’re going to do something about the climate problem.

MALCOLM BRABANT: In March, President Trump canceled a fuel economy ruling put in place by the Obama administration requiring automakers to achieve 54 miles a gallon by 2025, double the present level. Environmentalists claimed higher standards would boost sales of hybrid and electric cars.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: The assault on the America auto industry, believe me, is over. It’s over.

MALCOLM BRABANT: Norway’s environment minister, Vidar Helgesen, belongs to a center-right party that once aligned with the Republicans. It now has more in common with the Democrats. Helgesen didn’t criticize President Trump directly, but sent a clear message not to turn back the clock.

VIDAR HELGESEN, Foreign Minister, Norway: Our position is very much that we very much need to build competitiveness for the future. We also need to care about the jobs that don’t exist today that need to exist in the future. We know that the Chinese are investing massively in renewable energy. We know the Chinese and other major up coming economies are investing a lot in electric vehicles. I think they’re building green competitiveness for the future.

MALCOLM BRABANT: And this is precisely what the minister is talking about: an electric car start-up in southern Sweden which is reinventing the steering wheel to be more like a game console.

LEWIS HORNE, CEO, Uniti: This is not how we will mechanically achieve it in the car, because this is not very nice for the user. There are different ways we will mechanically achieve it, which will be unveiled later this year.

MALCOLM BRABANT: The CEO, Lewis Horne, has taken on 30 engineers and hopes to employ 1,000 people once production begins in early 2019 on a compact car that’s still under wraps.

LEWIS HORNE: So, you can see a little hint of two models which are the result of a lot of research and design. In the future, the jobs are just different. Historically, when we have had an industry that’s so damaging to our health now, that’s not a place where you should be creating more jobs. We should be creating more jobs in the future of these industries.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: There is no more beautiful sight than an American-made car.

MALCOLM BRABANT: The owner of this ’56 Chevy Bel Air couldn’t agree more. Henning Kjensli works for the American Car Club of Norway.

But while he’s sympathetic to the need for job creation, he’s also in favor of going green.

HENNING KJENSLI, Commercial Manager, AMCAR: Developing and researching new technology costs tons of money. And right now, the best earnings in the American automobile market is in the full-size pickup and SUV segment.

They should still make those cars and sell them and make money off of them, but they need to sort of reinvest the profits from those cars into new and modern technology.

MALCOLM BRABANT: Fuel prices are the crucial difference between the U.S. and Norway. Norwegians pay about $7 a gallon. Gas is roughly five dollars cheaper in America, reducing the financial incentive to drive electric.

This is a partially American-made electric car, the $35,000 Ampera-e. It’s a collaboration between General Motors and South Korea’s L.G. GM’s European arm, Opel, launched the car in Norway in May.

Impressed by its range of more than 300 miles on a single charge, so many Norwegians have been ordering the Ampera-e, that there’s now a 15-month waiting list.

MAN: We are not going back. We are heading into the future. I think, in 10 years, we will see that at least half of the sale from Opel is electric, if things are moving in the direction we are seeing right now.

MALCOLM BRABANT: Norway may be a world leader when it comes to electric cars, but its environmental record is far from perfect. Its greenhouse gas emissions are increasing. Most of those are coming from oil and gas production, which provides Norway with its wealth.

And critics are very unhappy that Norway is pushing to expand fossil fuel production in the Arctic and believe that its climate change policies are inconsistent.

FREDERIC HAUGE, Bellona Foundation: It’s schizophrenic, because Norway is a nice little country of petroholics.

MALCOLM BRABANT: This top-of-the-range electric SUV is the pride and joy of Frederic Hauge, a veteran eco-warrior who was a pioneer of electric cars in Norway.

FREDERIC HAUGE: You can say maybe that the electric car is a Trojan horse towards the Norwegian oil industry. The battery revolution will bring down the oil price to $20 to $25 a barrel before 2030. And then the stupid things Norway is doing in the Arctic, the oil drilling, will also be stopped because of economic reasons.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We’re setting up a task force in every federal agency to identify and remove any regulation that undermines American auto production and any other kind of production.

MALCOLM BRABANT: Such statements alarm environmentalists in Denmark 300 miles to the south. Denmark generates about 40 percent of its electricity from wind power and is on track to hit its target of 50 percent by 2020. But these and other renewable energy efforts need to be increased, according to Danish climate scientist Sebastian Mernild.

SEBASTIAN MERNILD, Nansen Environmental Center: Regarding this green development, we can hardly see any impact so far, because the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is increasing year by year. We are for sure helping the environment, but not enough. And we need to speed up this green development.

MALCOLM BRABANT: The European Union, whose environment agency is based in Copenhagen, is fully committed to the Paris climate agreement, which requires signatories to tighten up emissions by 2020 and beyond. Its dismayed that the president may leave the accord.

Climate change specialist Magda Jozwicka.

MAGDA JOZWICKA, Europe Environment Agency: It is, of course, very important that countries around the world stick to the Paris agreement, because, overall, we need to work on our long-term de-carbonization goals and the long-term well-being.

MALCOLM BRABANT: The Scandinavians doubt that environmental arguments will change the president’s mind, but they hope the economic case for electric cars will have more success.

For the PBS NewsHour, I’m Malcolm Brabant in Norway.

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          Ah si j'étais...        
La chanson dit "si j'étais riche". Mais au fond, si on vous posait la question, qu'est ce que vous aimeriez vraiment vraiment être? Un micro phénomène assez drôle sur la "fashion blogosphère" (traduction= l'ensemble de tout ces petits blogueurs qui ne font que parler fringues à longueur de temps...soulant!), c'est l'émergence de blogs "droit au but". Ici, on ne dit pas qu'on "aime le style" de... qu'on "admire" untel, qu'on "voudrait aller aux mêmes soirées" que...ou qu'on se "damnerait pour connaitre le nom du chirurgien/dealer/nutritionniste" de... Non, non, fini de tourner autour du pot, on assume sa schizophrénie modesque et on proclame haut et fort le fait de simplement vouloir ÊTRE.

Si vous voulez être Alexa Chung (bon, ok, je parle de moi là), allez sur I want to be Alexa Chung

Si vous voulez être un membre de la famille Roitfeld (fonctionne donc pour filles, garçons et personnes âgées), allez sur I want to be a Roitfeld

Si vous voulez être un magicien, allez sur I want to become a wizzard with magic powers

mais dans ce cas, non seulement vous n'avez rien à faire sur mon blog, mais en plus vous avez des hobbies très ringards.

          Downfall “Punishment For The Infidels” (Memorial Records – 2017)        
Downfall “Punishment For The Infidels” (Memorial Records – 2017) Riffing schizofrenico, urla a squarciagola dal primo all’ultimo istante, jeans strappati, birra e capelli lunghi. Questo è l’immagine che ho dei...
          How Tightly is Your Front Door Shut? The Preservation of Identity and Self-Esteem versus the Mature Need to be Known.        
We all have a front door to our personality, and for some of us it is bolted shut.  For others of us, we open it up from time to time.  We can let others see in, or even come in for a visit.  And for still others of us, it swings open too easily. 

All counselors have had patients who seemed to use a high degree of defensiveness and denial.  This shows up on psychological tests as a high degree of defensiveness.  It can get in the way of counseling when people are overly defensive, and it can be very frustrating.  For example, I might administer a 175 question personality inventory and find that a patient has answered false on every single symptom question.  Even the healthiest of persons has some kind of symptom.  The patient is not identifying problems to work on, and they are not identifying any of their own coping mechanisms which need to be worked on.  Sessions in this case can be quite stilted, slow, and uncomfortable.  The patient may "throw a bone" to the therapist, some little problem to work on, but nothing significant.  Sometimes that changes later in the therapy process when the client is more comfortable to open up.

However, there can also be a problem when a person has an overly wide open front door.  Imagine the following scenario:  "Hello, my name is Ed.  What's your name?  I just got out of Griffin Memorial Hospital, but my schizophrenia is under control. I'm not suicidal anymore, and my medication is working just fine.  I'm going home for some pizza right now; would you like some?  It would not be wise for us to be totally transparent and let the world see everything about us; and it would not be wise for us to expose our "inner DNA"--our identity and self-esteem--for just anyone to influence or experiment with, since this is a precious commodity.

We all keep a front door closed so that the outside world does not see too much. Jung drew a distinction between the persona and the ego and the self. Normally we just let the world see our persona.

I try to be sympathetic with my patients and to realize that there is a reason whey they are the way they are, and to that end, I have come up with an explanation that makes sense to me of why some people are so defensive.

Traditionally, patient defensiveness in therapy would be seen as either a result of anxiety about opening up, or a result of low psychological mindedness.  These would remain possible reasons in my mind, and I won't discuss them here, but what also makes sense to me, is that  psychological defensiveness is protecting something very precious.

Think of a cell and its DNA.  There is one thing in a cell which it absolutely must protect.  It is right at the center.  It is the code, the DNA.  Without it, it dies.  People have a kind of DNA.  Cell DNA gives a map for the how the cell will function.  A person's identity and self esteem also tells them their path and how they will function.  Without identity a person would be lost and drifting.  Without a sense of identity it would be harder to have a sense of self-esteem.  And without self esteem the person might feel that there would no reason to even try to function.

Using this model, the resistance of some people to opening up in psychotherapy is at least somewhat logical.  The resistance to letting others see one's DNA is similar to not letting others try to change one's DNA.  The organism may be programmed to protect that core.  Just as the cell is programmed to protect its DNA core, the human being, especially after reaching the late teen years, is probably programmed to protect their identity core:  "I belong to the nation of A and the religion of B.  My clan is C.  And I will defend them to my death."  This is an identity core.  If I let you see into my core too closely, however, you may see my uncertainties, and then you may want to change me.  That threatens what I have been taught.  Moreover, if I did change my identity it would require a great deal of energy. 

Teenagers are often loathe to open up in counseling about their problems and about their identity.  They particularly don't seem to want to open up about their problems to adults, and again, I think this makes sense.  They have finally started to have a clear sense of identity, and they don't want to start over.  Of course, they are not necessarily thinking in these exact terms.  I suspect that what they are actually thinking is, "Why is this shrink talking nonsense?  I'll just go along with him to the extent I have to, to get him and my parents off my back."  But his organism and genetic code may be thinking (not really "thinking," but sort of), "I have to preserve the important formative experiences of my identity.  I've got the truth now about who I am, and even if I am not totally sure it all makes sense, I can't start over now."

Here is a second analogy.  Imagine a sci-fi thriller movie in which the crew is in hibernation.  They wake up and find reason to suspect that their computer guidance system software has become corrupted.  The spatial coordinates in the computer are not quite right.  But on the other hand, those coordinates are all they have.  They can't call home, especially if they don't know which direction to point the antenna.  Even though the information in the computer is not quite right, the crew would fight to preserve that flight computer and its coordinates, because it is all they have.  Now, in the same way, we are probably programmed to defend our inner identity because it is all we have.

It takes a very mature person to be able to select the right therapist, open up their front door just the right amount, and then allow dialogue with their therapist with the aim of changing their internal identity and sense of direction.  Then, after a correction, the front door has to be closed once again.  The therapist has to be told goodbye in a mature fashion (see my blog on saying goodbye to the therapist), and the person goes on with their new set of inertial coordinates, their slightly altered sense of identity and coping abilities.

Some people are never ever able to open the door and let see someone else see in. They are never able to open the window shades and let a therapist have a chance to help them alter their inner DNA so as to feel better, have a happier and more productive life and so on.

Finding the balance between adequate self-protectiveness and reasonable openness to correction is difficult.  It can be hard to find a balance between protecting our inner DNA code and being mature enough and strong enough that we can let someone else see in and help us with some of our internal issues. 
           Neuropsychological functioning in first-episode schizophrenia         
Kravariti, Eugenia, Morgan, Kevin D., Fearon, Paul, Zanelli, Jolanta, Lappin, Julia M., Dazzan, Paola, Morgan, Craig, Doody, Gillian A., Harrison, Glynn, Jones, Peter B., Murray, Robin M. and Reichenberg, Abraham (2009) Neuropsychological functioning in first-episode schizophrenia. British Journal of Psychiatry, 195 (4). pp. 336-345. ISSN 0007-1250
           Linear and non-linear associations of symptom dimensions and cognitive function in first-onset psychosis         
Kravariti, Eugenia, Russo, Manuela, Vassos, Evangelos, Morgan, Kevin D., Fearon, Paul, Zanelli, Jolanta, Demjaha, Arsime, Lappin, Julia M., Tsakanikos, Elias, Dazzan, Paola, Morgan, Craig, Doody, Gillian A., Harrison, Glynn, Jones, Peter B., Murray, Robin M. and Reichenberg, Abraham (2012) Linear and non-linear associations of symptom dimensions and cognitive function in first-onset psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 140 (1-3). pp. 221-231. ISSN 0920-9964
           Reliability and comparability of psychosis patients' retrospective reports of childhood abuse         
Fisher, Helen L., Craig, Thomas K., Fearon, Paul, Morgan, Kevin D., Dazzan, Paola, Lappin, Julia M., Hutchinson, Gerard, Doody, Gillian A., Jones, Peter B., McGuffin, Peter, Murray, Robin M., Leff, Julian and Morgan, Craig (2011) Reliability and comparability of psychosis patients' retrospective reports of childhood abuse. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 37 (3). pp. 546-553. ISSN 0586-7614
          Expert team launches ground-breaking guidelines for schizophrenia treatment in CNS Spectrums        

Available in the latest issue of CNS Spectrums, the journal of the Neuroscience Education Institute, “‘Meta-guidelines’ for the management of patients with schizophrenia” provides the first set of guidelines that align many competing worldwide standards.

(PRWeb April 24, 2013)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/4/prweb10657660.htm

          Inside Out        
Inside Out
author: Terry Trueman
name: Tiffany
average rating: 3.86
book published: 2003
rating: 5
read at:
date added: 2009/06/14
shelves: 2008-2009-reading-list
The novel Inside Out by Terry Trueman is about a boy call Zach who has schizophrenia. He hears strange sounds and people talking to him in his head. I like the novel a lot because its very touching and sad. He does not making the story predictable so it keeps the reader interested and keeps the reader want to continue reading the book.
I would recommend the book to everyone because its very interesting and good. Also we can learn a bit about people with schizophrenia and relate to them too.

          Elevator Control Switch        
Chip and Dan Heath, professors, researchers, authors, entrepreneurs, and contributors to Fast Company magazine, have recently released a second book called Switch that claims to help folks manage or initiate change in their lives, businesses, etc. Dan recorded a video about the book for a group of VA Senior Executives to be played during last year’s Senior Management Conference, and his speech is available via VA’s Training Management System (TMS), but no one can find it there because the system’s search engine is about as useful as the following procedure:
1. Set up a manual typewriter next to a cactus in the desert

2. Type the question “what is Switch”

3. Swing the carriage return

4. Stare at the cactus

(but that’s another post)
Dan’s video boils down the message in the book which is essentially: people don’t actually resist change, they resist ambiguity, vagary, lack of direction. Dan points out that folks regularly go willingly toward some of the most massive changes a person can experience by simply breaking them down into manageable next steps. We voluntarily join the military, get married, have kids. Those are some pretty massive changes and humans seem to embrace them, not run from them.

He tells that story to explain this one: we like to think change is hard because we’re all schizophrenic. We have a rational side that fully understands why we shouldn’t spend so much time blogging or Facebooking, why we should drop 10 pounds, or why we should get up early tomorrow. Humans also have an emotional side that ignores the rational side and tells us things like one more drink before last call won’t hurt, or we deserve that donut, or hitting snooze one more time is the right decision. The Heath brothers describe this situation (actually they cite the psychologist who described it) as a rational human rider on the back of an emotional elephant. In a battle, the elephant will obviously win. So, the Heath brothers explain, any call for, or attempt to change anything must come with a rational appeal for the rider and an emotional appeal for the elephant. The rider must break down what it wants the elephant to do into easily manageable key steps and then provide the motivation to make those steps appealing to the elephant. Read the book, or, if by some miracle you can find it in TMS, watch the videos. They’re way better at explaining it than I am.

I told you that story to tell you this one: I was in New Orleans last week for the program in which I played that Switch video for a small group of VHA employees in a leadership training program. The hotel where I stayed, gorgeous though it was, had the strangest elevator control system I’ve ever encountered. Before I go on to describe it I should emphasize that I’m one of the folks who don’t need to read Switch in order to be convinced that humans embrace change. I’ve always enjoyed change. I get bored easily. I’d much rather be involved with creating or implementing or revising the new than with maintaining old. It’s just the way I’m wired. I tell you this so you’ll better understand, and perhaps better be able to help with my dilemma.

Back to the elevator control system. I vaguely recall as I checked in to this hotel, the clerk mentioning that I had to go up two floors (via escalators) to the main elevators in order to get to the guest rooms. Like most big city hotels, the first few floors were conference space, public areas, bars, restaurants, Starbucks, and FedEx store. The clerk also said something about swiping my room keycard in order to use the elevator. That seemed odd from a main floor. As a regular traveler, I belong to several of the major chain’s “preferred customer” groups and so I assumed she referred to those floors or areas reserved for card carrying preferred customers, like a top floor lounge, or the floor with just suites or something like that. I was too busy trying to remember her directions for how to even get up to the elevators to think much more about how my key card might be necessary to operate them. It was a good concern to have cuz it turns out I could have walked to another hotel (with my luggage) in less time than it took to get to these damned elevators.

As I approached them, I realized I should have paid more attention to what she said about how to operate them. Unlike every elevator I’ve ever been in, this bank of four cars had a touch screen on the wall between each pair of cars right where you normally find the simple “up/down” buttons you usually associate with elevator operation. I watched as another guest swiped a key card under the touch screen and walked into the car that opened behind us. My past experience with elevators told me to just follow her rather than fish through pockets for my keycard, and so I dragged my roller suitcase into her car, smiled politely, and then turned to press the button for the 7th floor.

“First day here?” she said from behind me as I began to realize the mistake I’d made. This elevator had no buttons inside it save for the alarm bell, and door open/close buttons.
“You’ll have to ride with me to 15, get out, and swipe your card again to get to your floor. Watch the touchscreen to see which car will take you to 7.”

Her instructions seemed about as clear as the ones I’d already ignored at the front desk – they in no way meshed with my four decades of elevator riding experience - but I smiled and thanked her and then rode quietly to 15 with her. I was silently debating whether I would actually get off at 15 until it dawned on me that staying in an elevator with no buttons on the inside was not a useful activity, so when we arrived at 15, I followed her out. I dug my keycard out of my pocket and swiped it under the touch screen. A keypad similar to the one on my iPhone appeared with the “3” and the “7” “keys” highlighted and flashing. I was a tad confused, but I intuitively tapped the “7” and the screen changed to instructions that said something like “take car A to the 7th floor.” And right about then, the door I’d just exited – car A as it turned out – opened. I stepped in and was whisked back down to the 7th floor.

I felt fairly confident with my success. I had passed the first lesson even if, you might argue, I had failed on my first try ending up on the 15th floor. I was now on floor 7 and could now go back to a more familiar process: searching for an indication of which of the four hallways I should follow to find room 725. I pulled my suitcase along while scanning the walls ahead of me and had far less difficulty finding my room than I had controlling the elevators. But the entire time I walked to my room, entered it, hung up my clothes, drank a glass of water, and headed back out to meet with our conference hosts in the building next door, my thoughts were on that elevator control experience.

Was this touchscreen thing that automatically offered me options a better system than the ones I was used to? It didn’t seem like it. It seemed overly complicated, but did I only think that because it was so new and different from well-established prior experience? More importantly, would I be able to work the system to get myself to the second floor – a floor I previously only set foot on between escalators on my way to the guest room elevators on the third floor – in order to meet with my host? I was about to find out. The elevator bank on the 7th floor was rapidly approaching. I had my keycard out and was ready to scan, but I paused to observe for a moment before I jumped right back into this new game. There were two sets of four elevators. Cars A-D were on the far end of the crossing hallway, and cars E-H; on the end nearest the hallway to my room. I had stopped at the E-H touch pad.

I swiped my card and a message on the touchscreen offered the iPhone-looking keypad again, this time with the “3” highlighted, but right below the keypad grid was another box that said, “lower floors.” I tapped it. At that point a new, less complicated grid popped up that offered “2,” “lobby,” and ”upper floors.” I tapped “2.” The screen then flashed “take car A to the 2nd floor.” I headed over from the E-F bank to the A-D bank, and as you can probably guess by now, got to car A just as the doors were closing. I swiped my keycard again, calling up the increasingly familiar iPhone keypad with the “3” highlighted again and the “lower floors” box below the grid. (Apparently, everyone from every upper floor rides to three and then hikes or escalates to 1 or 2??) I tapped the “lower floors” button again, selected “2” again and read “take car B to the 2nd floor.” I glanced up at the two cars I was facing: A & C. I turned around in time to see the doors to car B closing. (did I mention I had an ear infection, and couldn’t hear the doors opening - or jets taking off, or small arms fire - since my plane landed at Louis Armstrong Airport?) I swiped my card again. Tapped “lower floors” again. Tapped “2” again, and braced myself to launch at the first open door. The screen read “take car B to the 2nd floor.”

I tried that once! I thought, loudly.

This time I was ready though, and I managed to enter car B as the doors were closing. Out of habit, I still looked for buttons to push as the car descended to the 2nd floor. I got out, located the skybridge to the connected federal building next door, and made my way over to my host’s office building’s second floor lobby. I passed a bank of elevators marked “Levels 1-4,” a security desk where a friendly guard told me to have a good afternoon, another bank of elevators marked “Levels 5-9,” and finally, just as I was beginning to wonder what problems folks in New Orleans must have had with just plain old elevators in the past, a bank of elevators marked “Levels 9-15.” To my great relief, the elevators to floors 9-15 were operated by the old standard “up arrow/down arrow” buttons. I pushed the up arrow button and climbed on the first car that opened up. Inside, I found the standard panel of buttons (and in answer to the newly forming question in my head, I could actually choose any floor from 1 through 15 in spite of the signage that forced me to walk all the way past two other banks of perfectly good elevators to get to this one. I guessed that the others would have provided the same selection of floors no matter what the signs said!)

I arrived at floor 10, and in typical government fashion, saw absolutely no signage that would confirm nor deny that I was in the right place. To my left was an opening to a hallway. To my right was a set of decorative glass doors with an empty reception desk behind them bearing a Department of Veterans Affairs seal, but no further hierarchical identification indicating it was in the fact the Human Resources and Recruiting Office headquarters. (there are actually a LOT of Department of Veterans Affairs offices)
I walked through the glass doors until I found someone who instantly recognized me as someone who didn’t really belong. I introduced myself, explained why I was intruding, who I was looking for, and discovered I was in fact in the right place. The meeting (and the entire trip) went well from that point on (except for the cabin pressurization/depressurization effects on my ears on the flight home) but the issue of the hotel elevator controls either nagged or intrigued me, and continues to do so.

Each trip I made to and from my room reminded me that I had yet to decide whether or not this change was an improvement. The elevator touch pad was definitely a cool, Star Trek-like, high tech, futuristic kind of toy, and its inconspicuous, brushed stainless steel frame surrounding the glowing blue screen fit nicely with the newly redecorated hotel interior. There was no doubt that the hardware involved was sexy. These touchpads were sleek, slim, cool looking.
There is also no doubt that they worked, once a new user got the hang of them. No doubt that the inside of the elevator was “cleaner,” sleeker looking without all those buttons cluttering it up. No doubt there are fewer moving parts without a button for each floor plus the buttons outside, etc. I can certainly come up with a list of positive things to say about this new elevator GUI, if I may. But the question remains, is it better. If I could become used to it, does it make my elevator experience better than it was in the past?
I’m not sure I’m ready to make that Switch.

So, my dilemma: Do I suspect this new system is not better only because it is so new? Will I grow to love it once it becomes second nature? Or is it sufficiently overly complex and just the latest failure in a line of attempts to replace what is actually a solid existing system that will require more time and effort (and something WAY better than this) to replace it? And how do you ever know?
          The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears: The Penguin Library of American Indian History series        
The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears: The Penguin Library of American Indian History series
author: Theda Perdue
name: Mark
average rating: 3.67
book published: 2007
rating: 3
read at: 2016/12/06
date added: 2016/12/06
The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears
Author: Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published In: New York City, NY
Date: 2007
Pgs: 189



The forced Native American diaspora which came to be known as The Trail of Tears brought an irreparable injustice onto the Cherokee Nation. The US government forcibly drove 17,000 Cherokee from their ancestral homeland in the southern Appalachians. Trauma, tragedy, hardship, and betrayal, these and blood paved The Trail of Tears.

The determined survival of the Cherokee people represents a resilience of the human spirit.

A Cherokee tragedy. An Indian tragedy. An American tragedy.

Why this book:
Human will to survive amidst man’s inhumanity to man.

Favorite Character:
Secretary of War Henry Knox. He seems to have tried. But the post-Revolutionary War white settler engaging in continual confiscatory invasions of Indian lands made his job impossible. While the Feds were supposed to remove white settlers from Indian lands this may never have happened. There are no examples of confiscatory squatters being removed from Indian land by the Feds. Knox stood at the crux between his own Enlightenment fueled principles and the expansionist policies of the states. He tried to drive respect for territorial rights and Indian culture. This was one of those moments in history that gave truth to the axiom, ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”the white settlers ant-mounded themselves westward, invading Indian land, fighting and killing Indians, and then, expecting state militias and the Federal government to protect them. Knox believed that the Indians would not surrender short of a long and bloody war that would give the United States a reputation for rapacity that would stain the future with blood.

The Ridges and Boudinot caught in the middle, acting in good faith for the survival of their people. Would there be a Cherokee people today if they had continued to stay in Georgia after the state had dispossessed them of their property and were trying to ethnically cleanse them from their state. The signatories of the treaty that set the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears were described as good men doing a bad thing for the love of their people. They and their allies in the Nation became known as the Treaty Party.

Least Favorite Character:
Andrew Jackson and the Georgian Legislature of this era were real SOBs. The term hadn’t been coined yet, but what they did was ethnic cleansing. The reputation that Henry Knox feared came to fruition during this time. Jackson purporting that he was saving the Indians by forcing removal on them is one of the most two-faced ideas I’ve ever read.

Character I Most Identified With:
John Ridge. What was the poor bastard supposed to do? Sit still and watch Georgia give all that the Cherokee Nation had away to the white settlers piecemeal and destroy their culture besides. I fear that if Ross’s hand hadn’t been forced by the Treaty of New Echota, that may be exactly what happened to the Cherokee.

The Feel:
Depressed the hell out of me, but damned good book.

Favorite Scene / Quote:
The chiefs of the Cherokee Nation wanted the education for their children that came with civilization. They weren’t much interested in the Christianity that was parceled out with it. I see this through the stained glass of the push to force children in our modern world out of public school into the indoctrination webs of charter schools.

Plot Holes/Out of Character:
I expected more about the Trail. This was very heavy on the politics and the money, the land, and Georgia being a son of a bitch.

Hmm Moments:
Next time a Christian scientist pushes Adam and Eve as something that should be taught in school, I’m bringing the Cherokee genesis story where the first humans were a brother and sister and, when he struck her with a fish, she started giving birth to another child every seven days until the world was full.

The Cherokee history in relation to the English is fraught with betrayals and backsliding. Why did they ever trust the Federal government?

Rage Against the Machine’s Bulls on Parade came on while I was reading about the Georgia Legislature’s moves to screw over the Cherokee Nation and accelerate the ethnic cleansing of northwestern Georgia.

Reading the SCOTUS rulings in the Cherokee Nation-Georgia chapters with the question of sovereignty and jurisdiction, and the way they were worded, I’m left to wonder what the result would have been if the Cherokee had sued for statehood instead of staying the course in the treaty-jurisdiction vein. I believe the result would have pissed Georgia off.

If the Treaty Party hadn’t signed the Treaty of New Echota, Georgia would have still taken the Cherokee land in the lottery for white settlers. Then, Georgia and the Army would have still dragged the Cherokee out of the southern Appalachians and set them on the Trail of Tears in even worse shape.

It’s surprising with the way that history portrays Ross and the National Party having thorns in their sides in the persons of the Old Settlers and the Treaty Party that following Ross’s passing in 1866, political parties in the Cherokee Nation began to develop along new lines and the animosity between groups began to moderate.

WTF Moments:
Despite treaties claiming that the Cherokee had freedom of choice in matters of commerce, too often, they found themselves in fait accompli deals involving land sales.

Thomas Jefferson was of two minds. In one instance, he wanted to trade with and “civilize” the Indians. While in the other, he believed that America’s future depended on land acquisition and expansion. Due to deer herd depletion, some of the civilizing elements acting on the Cherokee came internally, instead of from the encroaching Americans. The federal government’s agents were rather schizophrenic in their actions; while one agent acts from a position of fairness, the next acts in conjunction with pro-land grab governors and state governments.

The Georgia murder case against George Corn Tassell for an act taking place in the Cherokee Nation, the way Georgia used it to subvert Cherokee law, and the Georgia Legislature, Governor, and courts ignoring of a Supreme Court stay and subpoena in the case is one more slip on the long slow slide toward Civil War. Showed that the Feds only had the power that the states decided they had at that time instead of it codified and spelled out. After Tassell’s initial arrest, the judge in the case tossed it to an appellate tribunal who confirmed Georgia’s jurisdiction despite the Cherokee Nation having a treaty right of self jurisprudence. Tassell was convicted and sentenced to hang on December 24, 1830. Tassell’s lawyer appealed to SCOTUS. The court issued their stay and subpoena on Georgia’s governor. The governor and legislature chose to ignore SCOTUS and hanged him on Christmas Eve.

The separation of families, the leaving behind of old people, the arresting and imprisoning, the gathering into forts/prisons/internment camps/concentration camps as a middle step in the ethnic cleansing of Georgia and the southern Appalachians; measles, cholera, dysentery, and whooping cough. Rare were the removal expeditions that made the trip without casualties. Rape was rampant in the camps.

Seen as traitors because of they signed and because of the words of John Ross and the National Party, the Treaty Party leaders, after the Cherokee began to settle in Indian Territory and the Treaty Party began to ally itself with the Old Settlers who preceded the Cherokee Nation to Indian Territory, were dragged from their new homes and killed. This was done after a convocation about the future of the tribe. The convocation featured debate between the Old Settlers, the Treaty Party and their followers, and the Cherokee Nation group lead by John Ross. A secret meeting of the Cherokee Nation rulers after the bigger convocation rubberstamped the actions to be taken against the Treaty Party leaders. John Ross wasn’t at the secret meeting. His son was. The idea that John Ross didn’t know what was going on is crap. This was a historical example of plausible deniability.

Meh / PFFT Moments:
The United States, post-revolution, used a confiscatory policy in Indian lands despite signing concurrent treaties that presupposed the purchase of lands.

Despite Knox’s high ideals, he pushed prerequisites that the Indians give up hunting and gathering on their lands and become more analogous to the settlers who were invading their lands, learn English, become civilized, etc. Though even in instances where the Indians did this, the settlers continued to advance and the governments of the states and those lawmakers in the Federal capital rubberstamped and money whipped the problems. The states paid lip service to the civilization policy and if/when Indians followed the policy, they found themselves not equal to the white settler, but more equal to the freed Black slave.

Andrew Jackson’s beloved Old Hickory nickname in context of his actions vis-a-vis Georgia and the Trail of Tears is inappropriate. In light of his hiding in his hypocrisy, the name given him by Ridge in the Cherokee Phoenix is much more appropriate, Chicken Snake.

Despite a later victory before SCOTUS that recognized the Cherokee Nation, Jackson forbore execution of the Court’s decree. The Cherokee’s allies in Washington started to advise the Cherokee to prepare for removal. They feared a Constitutional crisis. Ridge and Boudinot came home convinced. John Ross and the Council opposed them despite the writing becoming plainer on the wall.

The reason we mainly hear John Ross’s version is because the opposition party’s leaders were killed before they got down, collectively, to forming a new government in Indian Territory. The National Party, following the killings, legislated that there should be no revenge and that the killers were granted amnesty if they publically apologized. Ross’s brother and son were part of the group which set the ball in motion that placed targets on the leaders of the Treaty Party. The Treaty Party were pragmatists, better alive in Indian Territory and still Cherokee, than dead on Georgia’s bayonets.

The National Party’s refusal to arrest and prosecute those who murdered the leaders of the Treaty Party eventually lead to reprisals and revenge slayings.

Last Page Sound:
The book was more about the internal and external political strife than about the Trail; was more about money than the suffering. This painted a picture of the impossible position the Cherokee were in in Georgia. If they had stayed and resisted I wonder if there would be a Cherokee Nation today. The abuse of authority inside Indian Territory is a story rarely told. The revenge brigandage is though. This did make me view the history through a different lens; Old Hickory vs Chicken Snake, Georgia’s actions and how their flaunting of Federal power was a waystation on the way to Civil War, the conflict between the Rosses, the Treaty Party, and the Old Settlers. There’s very much a cult of personality aspect to John Ross that I had never noticed before.

Author Assessment:
Very well written.

Editorial Assessment:
Well edited.

Knee Jerk Reaction:
glad I read it

Disposition of Book:
Irving Public Library
South Campus

Dewey Decimal System:

Would recommend to:
genre fans

          Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon's Children, #1)        
Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon's Children, #1)
author: Alastair Reynolds
name: Mark
average rating: 3.87
book published: 2012
rating: 3
read at: 2016/01/10
date added: 2016/01/12
Blue Remembered Earth
Author: Alastair Reynolds
Publisher: Ace / Berkeley / Penguin Books
Published In: New York
Date: 2012
Pgs: 512


Ten thousand years of future history tracing the Akinya family from Africa across the solar system into interstellar space and the dawn of galactic society. Africa has become an economic and technological superpower 150 years in our future. Geoffrey Akinya is being drawn into the secrets that his grandmother Eunice kept prior to her death, the secrets that could shatter the utopian world that many Earthlings are living in. Secrets hidden in the glove of an old astronaut’s glove kept in a safe deposit box at a bank on the Moon. Secrets that could fracture family and society. Secrets that may be the key to the future of Man.

Science fiction
Space opera

Why this book:
I love Reynolds work. This was sitting there taunting me at a dollar store, so it had to come home with me.

Favorite Character:
Geoffrey Akinya. He’s the central and main character. The majority of what does happen in the book flows through him and his perspective. He seems sort of milquetoast through most of the story. The bravest thing he does is when he goes against the cousins wishes and tells Sunday about the astronaut glove that he recovered from Eunice’s safety deposit box at the bank on the Moon. Up until, he takes a swing at one of the cousins. At that point, another whole level of his character is revealed. He takes on an added dimension that I wish he had had throughout the story.

The Feel:
The novel feels big. Big future history. Big Africa. Big space. Big future. Big science fiction.

Favorite Scene:
The railgun to orbit under Kilimanjaro firing at Eunice’s funeral.

The chase across East Africa as the Mechanism and the Family chase Geoffrey for his daring to attack another human being, justifiably or not.

The run across the Evolvarium in search of the next of Eunice’s clues. And the machine intelligences that run rampant across that region scavenging and “living” out their lives.

The rapprochement scenes between Geoffrey and Hector on the Winter Queen and Sunday and Lucas, via proxy telepresence, on Mars. This also fed into the flowering of Geoffrey’s character.

Memphis’ funeral on the snows of Kilimanjaro.

The denouement.

The pacing is glacial. Nothing happens for large swaths of text. Luckily the mystery and future history of the novel are so well done. Good prose makes up for a lot. The pace does pick up after they get beyond Earth. Read more in episodic chunks like it was a television series instead of a movie, it flows much better.

Hmm Moments:
I like that this represents a post-climate change world with humanity taking responsibility and trying to live in harmony with her damaged homeworld.

The settings are great. Tiamat, the Indian Ocean subsea habitat filled with altered humans who have made themselves into fully aquatic lifeforms. The Evolvarium on Mars, a survival of the fittest arena a couple thousand miles across where machine intelligences battle for survival and scavenge for bits and pieces to improve themselves and occasionally create something unique that human scavengers swoop in and appropriate for the “greater good”.

The intellectual soap operatic family elements of the story would normally have turned me off, but played against the big sci fi background of this novel and with the well apportioned action that slips and slides through the story and the awesome special effects of the worlds that the story moves through, the story makes me smile.

The Pans flipping back and forth gives them a schizo aspect that considering how the rest of the culture looks up on them makes sense. But it leaves you wondering if there are factions within the Pans. Large groups of people, even ones following the same causes, won’t always act in unison. Now take and spread those people across the light minutes and light hours of the solar system and let a extraterrestrial game of telephone grow between those factions and maybe this is what you would get. Though, it remains to be seen if there are different factions within the Pans. I could see Truro and Arethusa falling onto different paths and leading factions at odds with each other.

Why isn’t there a screenplay?
They would have to butcher it between novel, screenplay, and the screen, possibly beyond recognition. Though as I’m reading it, I could see this as a television series.

Casting call:
Sam Jackson as Memphis, the Akinya’s Alfred, would be great casting.

Whoopi Goldberg as Eunice, the matriarch of the Akinya family.

John Boyega as Geoffrey Akinya.

Last Page Sound:
That was awesome.

Author Assessment:
Totally read something else by Reynolds.

Editorial Assessment:
Could’ve been encouraged to put his foot on the gas a bit here and there. On second thought, this was excellent told in just this way.

Knee Jerk Reaction:
instant classic

Disposition of Book:

Would recommend to:
genre fans

          Comment on Did something really dumb last night for the first time in a while... by kennycalhoo        
Dammit. You're all correct. I have failed you all once again. I did once have a large, 300 pound schizophrenic man masturbate in front of me and my roommates. We all wanted to stop him, but nobody was going to because he was 150 pounds bigger than us. There was also the time we all got drunk and exploded a grocery bag worth of fireworks inside of our living room.
          "Long Gone"--A Tribute to Syd Barrett (1946-2006)        
Syd Barrett died last Friday, though it wasn't announced until today. Why am I posting about a rock icon on Poetry Snark? Because Syd Barrett was the true mad poet-genius of the 60s, and I have to say something. His music has meant too much to me to remain silent. If you care about Syd Barrett, please read on.

Syd Barrett was born in 1946 in Cambridge, the son of a famous pathologist who encouraged young Roger's musical inclinations. He acquired the nickname "Syd" at age 15 and kept it until his retirement as a recluse, when he reverted back to Roger to avoid publicity. Barrett's Pink Floyd was a different and far more interesting thing than Roger Waters's. The original Floyd was conceptual and truly experimental, sometimes edging into Duchamp-like challenges to what the art form was and could be. In one infamous session, for example, he brought in a new song called "Have You Got It, Yet?" and asked the band to learn it. Here's what happened (from Wikipedia) :

"The song seemed simple enough when he first presented it to his bandmates, but it soon became impossibly difficult to learn: as they were practicing it, Barrett kept changing the arrangement. He would then play it again, with the arbitrary changes, and sing "Have you got it yet?" After more than an hour of trying to "get it," they realized they never would."

Syd was also a stunningly original guitar player, though few today would know it, because according to those who heard it, his best performances were live (luckily, we hear hints on the albums). According to many, his sonic experiments exceeded even Hendrix's in pure strangeness, as Barrett explored the possibilities of dissonance, distortion, feedback, and the echo machine against the backdrop of light shows that set the standard for psychedelia in their day.

Syd Barrett's passing is currently being memorialized by countless repetitions of "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" on classic rock FM stations across the country, but it is in Barrett's own music--not Pink Floyd's--that we find the most fitting tribute to this great artist. Of course, Barrett did found Pink Floyd and wrote most of the songs on their first album, 1967's Piper at the Gates of Dawn (along with a song on Saucerful of Secrets). Some of these tunes are classics such as the terrific, funny, and ultimately pretty scary song, "Bike." But his greatest achievements were the songs on his two independent releases, Barrett and The Madcap Laughs.

Barrett created these two masterpieces shortly after his first major mental breakdown and subsequent departure from Floyd in 1968. People who are familiar only with Floyd's grandiose post-Meddle era work will be shocked to hear Syd's own music--it's the opposite of the over-produced often pretentious late Floyd. These songs--lyrical, raw, sparsely arranged, and incredibly vulnerable sounding--are immediately recognizable as genius, and have influenced musicians and bands as diverse as David Bowie, Blur, Peter Townsend, This Mortal Coil, Phish, R.E.M., and the Flaming Lips. The songs were recorded in scattershot sessions from '68 to '71, and Barrett--whether through intent or mental illness--never played a song the same way twice. Each version was a completely new experience for him, and this spontaneity surely helps account for the tunes' immediacy and freshness.

His lyrics are among my favorites by any artist ever. Alternately tragic and playful, heavy and childish, Barrett wrote songs of intense nuance and allusiveness. What appears to be a generally happy number like "Wined and Dined" reveals depths of profound sadness and futility upon repeated listening. Some songs, like "Birdy Hop" and "Effervescing Elephant" are pure whimsy, while others, like "Late Night," are heartbreaking in their immediate simplicity:

Inside me I feel
alone and unreal,
and the way you kiss will always be
a very special thing to me...

Although it's never fair to force song lyrics to stand on their own without accompaniment, Barrett's are among the few that hold poetic interest irrespective of melody or sound. I suppose this shouldn't be a surprise, since Barrett was a serious reader, and once even set to music a poem by James Joyce ("Golden Hair").

From "Baby Lemonade":

You're nice to me like ice
in the clock they sent through a washing machine.

Or from the astonishing song, "Dark Globe":

Please lift the hand.
I'm only a person.
With Eskimo chain,
I tattooed my brain all the way...

Won't you miss me?
Wouldn't you miss me at all?

I could go on. Or you can go read all of his lyrics at this site.

Like many artists so ahead of their times, Barrett suffered from mental illness. Although never professionally diagnosed (Barrett shunned psychiatrists), it has been speculated that he suffered from schizophrenia and/or Asperger Syndrome (a form of autism). Others have speculated that the sudden death of his father when Syd was eleven left indelible scars. Many have assumed his excessive use of LSD caused his insanity, but most who knew him agree that the problems with Syd went deeper. David Gilmour said in a 2006 interview: "In my opinion, his breakdown would have happened anyway. It was a deep-rooted thing. But I'll say the psychedelic experience might well have acted as a catalyst."

It's unclear at the time of this writing what caused Barrett's death. I've read that it was due to his diabetes and also that it was cancer-related. Since Barrett has been a complete recluse for over 30 years, living with his mother and spending his time gardening and painting, many have believed he died long ago. A mystery until the end, there is no one who influenced recent music so much about whom we know so little.

Although he has been mythologized by countless fans, there was nothing glamorous about his retreat. It was not a "statement" or a plea for help. According to his own statements, Barrett was someone who couldn't cope with the world as it is and felt incapable of communication with other individuals--someone who both enjoyed and was tortured by his necessary solitude. His madness may have led to some of his artistic triumphs, but it also robbed us of his talent far too soon. He left this world in 2006, but he left his fans in 1971, taking his mystery and genius first to his bedroom--and now to his grave.

(The photograph is of Barrett in 2002.)
          â€œReince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic…” says Scaramucci, but what is paranoid schizophrenia, anyways?        
Etymologically, schizophrenia comes from Greek skhizein and phren mind, so literally means split mind, and in colloquial speech, the term ‘schizophrenic,’ is often is used to refer to someone with multiple personalities. (A condition now referred to as dissociative identity disorder, which has itself become controversial.) In reality, schizophrenia is a severe chronic mental health […]
          Christian Bale: Moses was barbaric and schizophrenic | Film | The Guardian        
Oh, come on. Christian Bale has a point. If Moses were around today — “hearing voices” and acting out — he’d probably be diagnosable as schizophrenic. After all, when people “hear voices” today, they end up as mental health patients, … Continue reading
          Comment on The Descent by curiosity        
Carl Jung was born in Kesswill Switzerland in 1875. From his childhood he was attracted in history, archaeology and philosophy. He learned medication at the University of Basel and exposed he had a passion for psychiatry. He became psychiatrist as it provide him the chance to examine together the spiritual and factual dimension of the world. He was an associate physician at a psychiatric hospital. He learned Schizophrenia broadly.
          By: Joe        
The history of Christian Europe should clear things up: in each country, the priests invoked holy war fighting another Christian nation. Unless God is seriously schizophrenic (and thus unlikely to be omnipotent), it's unlikely that they represented Him. However it's quite likely that they valued their own skins and were representing their own interests. By Ockham's razor... And the same goes for "All of which suggests a possible absence of an omnipotent deity". Without evidence, the only rational probability to assign to each of the infinite number of possibilities is 1 divided by infinity, which is zero. Not possible absence, but highly unlikely presence. There is however a valid basis for religion: the recognition that it is amazing and incredibly improbable that we live on a planet teaming with life... (so much so that we think nothing of destroying it). Although evolution is the most likely mechanism, it is still a wonder. I wish more fellow scientists would state this, but I suppose they fear to bolster creationists, even if only rhetorically not rationally.
           Abc1: A new ABC transporter from the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe         
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           Characterisation of a phospholipase C delta from Schizosaccharomyces pombe         
UNSPECIFIED. (1997) Characterisation of a phospholipase C delta from Schizosaccharomyces pombe. BIOCHEMICAL SOCIETY TRANSACTIONS, 25 (2). S225-S225. ISSN 0300-5127
           Genes encoding farnesyl cysteine carboxyl methyltransferase in Schizosaccharomyces pombe and Xenopus laevis         
UNSPECIFIED. (1997) Genes encoding farnesyl cysteine carboxyl methyltransferase in Schizosaccharomyces pombe and Xenopus laevis. MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY, 17 (3). pp. 1543-1551. ISSN 0270-7306
           Identification of a putative G protein-coupled receptor kinase in Schizosaccharomyces pombe         
UNSPECIFIED. (1997) Identification of a putative G protein-coupled receptor kinase in Schizosaccharomyces pombe. BIOCHEMICAL SOCIETY TRANSACTIONS, 25 (2). S226-S226. ISSN 0300-5127
          Efficacy of Task Centered Group Work Intervention in Schizophrenia Patients        
Pankaj Kumar Verma and Suprakash Chaudhury
           Loss of Prk1 leads to cell aggregation in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe.         
UNSPECIFIED (1997) Loss of Prk1 leads to cell aggregation in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. In: 662nd Meeting of the Biochemical-Society, UNIV DUNDEE, DUNDEE, SCOTLAND, JUL 20-31, 1997. Published in: BIOCHEMICAL SOCIETY TRANSACTIONS, 25 (4). S601-S601.
           The Schizosaccharomyces pombe mam1 gene encodes an ABC transporter mediating secretion of M-factor         
UNSPECIFIED. (1997) The Schizosaccharomyces pombe mam1 gene encodes an ABC transporter mediating secretion of M-factor. MOLECULAR & GENERAL GENETICS, 255 (2). pp. 226-236. ISSN 0026-8925
           The role of sxa1 in pheromone recovery in Schizosaccharomyces pombe         
UNSPECIFIED. (1997) The role of sxa1 in pheromone recovery in Schizosaccharomyces pombe. BIOCHEMICAL SOCIETY TRANSACTIONS, 25 (2). S229-S229. ISSN 0300-5127
           Anterior cingulate gyrus dysfunction and selective attention deficits in schizophrenia: [15O]H2O PET study during single-trial stroop task performance         
Carter, Cameron S., Mintun, Mark A., Nichols, Thomas E. and Cohen, Jonathan D.. (1997) Anterior cingulate gyrus dysfunction and selective attention deficits in schizophrenia: [15O]H2O PET study during single-trial stroop task performance. The American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol.154 . pp. 1670-1675. ISSN 1535-7228
           PET brain mapping study of auditory verbal supraspan memory versus visual fixation in schizophrenia         
Ganguli, Rohan, Carter, Cameron S., Mintun, Mark A., Brar, Jaspreet, Becker, James T., Sarma, Raj, Nichols, Thomas E. and Bennington, Elizabeth. (1997) PET brain mapping study of auditory verbal supraspan memory versus visual fixation in schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, Vol. 41 (No. 1). pp. 33-42. ISSN 00063223
          Comment on #GCS 17.5.17 Pt3 by I just cannot believe        
You speak of genocide, but have no idea what it means. Go ask Nathan, he is a genocide denialist. He'll explain what it is and is not. To your other points. That "SHAMAN" he was defending, was another instant noodle shaman, who has lied about his training, claimed 20+ years experience in the field. When I know for a FACT, he is a con artist and a fraud. He has hurt substantially more people than Nathan, and is also shown to be put money before the safety of others. But they are one in the same. When they leave people broken, the excuses are the same. "I've never had anyone have issues before, it is all you" and shirks responsibility, because they have no idea what they are doing. The question the caller asked, was more to find out why he let her drink, if she was in such a bad way. I can't confirm, but have it on good authority that Nathan doesn't do in interviews of people's mental state, so it was possible, the Ayahuasca and his lack of training was a factor. I'm taking it that you've never been to another practitioner and seen the difference. I know people that have experienced both sides, and been to one of his ceremonies. They won't go back. But the psychonauts, drug seekers, yes-men and weak love his woo woo new age drivel. I'm also willing to bet, you've never seen someone get infested with entities, or develop schizophrenia from taking Ayahuasca given by a hack like Nathan? I have, it isn't pretty. A trained shaman gets taught how to navigate these challenges, how to protect a space. And you lambasting Iggy for speaking out, well...If I was a server, and Nathan phoned me and asked me for the ingredients of the brew, and couldn't even name the plants that are in the brew. It kinda points to a drug dealer looking to score stash and not a healer passionate about his craft. I would also take exception to him. What is astonishing, is the blind following he has. If he is so good and his work is so beyond reproach, no one would have a bad thing to say (never heard a bad thing about the shaman I work with) or if his work was so good, you yes-men wouldn't come here trying to defend the indefensible. You'd just ignore it and carry on. (Testing, cause last night this comment was "moderated" i.e. read, censored. Which begs the question, why censor free speech?
          It's a journey--it's yours if you want it        
The Best Songs of 2010

I've compiled a list of my favorite "singles" of 2010. I use the word singles a little loosely here, since many of the bands and artists I like don't really release radio singles, but in most cases, the songs were either released with videos or released as "advance singles." Sometimes, however, I'm a little more loose with the definition. For example, "Sprawl II" by Arcade Fire has not really been a single (with video, etc.), but since the band played it on SNL, I'm going with it.

The reason I've decided to confine myself to "singles" is to narrow down the field. Instead of leaving every excellent song from every great album of the year open for the choosing, I've been a bit more selective. In some cases the best "single" from an album is not the best song from that album, but that's just how it goes.

Also, though several artists here had more than one great single this year, I've also limited my list to one song per album.

Now, a word about some of my selections. Most people who know me expect the list to be indie heavy, and it is. But I also liked a great many pop songs this year. So I guess some people might be surprised by one or two songs here.

Anyway, on with it, in alphabetical order.

  • All to All - Broken Social Scene. A gorgeous, slightly spacey, kind of ethereal song that is simply a joy to listen to.
  • Animal Arithmetic - Jónsi. Insanely uplifting song on which Jónsi rattles off carpe diem imagery over a strangely springlike industrial cacophony of rhythm.
  • Another World - Chemical Brothers. Bouncy, propelling. If I could go back in time to when I was a DJ, I'd end my set with this song.
  • Bird 1 - Underworld. A classic-sounding song from my all-time favorite electronic group. Full of strange images and awesome beats.
  • Bloodbuzz Ohio - The National. This is a strong contender for best song of the year. Everything about this song works for me, from the drum and piano line to the economic downturn-inspired lyrics. And as I said in my review of the album, the line "I was carried to Ohio in a swarm of bees" is the best single line of the year.
  • Boyfriend - Best Coast. If Liz Phair made lo-fi high school girl songs with a Beach Boys touch, it might sound like Best Coast.
  • Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris. So this might be the first surprise on the list. Here's the thing: this song has a great beat and a catchy chorus, and when I hear it, it gets stuck in my head for hours.
  • Cooler than Me - Mike Posner. Another pop song! I love everything about this song, especially the beat. It's a silly pop song, but I crank it when it comes on the radio.
  • Dancing On My Own - Robyn. Robyn should be huge in this country, but instead she's huge everywhere else. "Dancing on My Own" is a danceable little rejection number that just sounds great. "Stilettos and broken bottles . . . "
  • Dog Days are Over - Florence and the Machine. This song was everywhere this year, and I fell in love with it after watching a performance on the MTV VMAs. I love the sound of Florence's voice, and I am also intrigued by the song's structure.
  • Fire with Fire - Scissor Sisters. This song is perhaps the most mainstream-sounding Scissor Sisters song, and in fact reminds me a lot of The Killers. But Jake Shears' voice is spectacular as always, and this upbeat song has a great sound.
  • Fuck You -- Cee-lo Green. What else needs to be said? Brilliant.
  • Giving Up the Gun - Vampire Weekend. This song is Vampire Weekend's most electronic song, with its dancey drum machines, but it is also their best song. Their new album showed a lot of range, and "Giving Up the Gun" is a standout.
  • Heirloom - Sufjan Stevens. I'm cheating a little by having two Sufjan Stevens songs on my list, but that is because this one comes from the All Delighted People EP, released a month before his new album. "Heirloom" is a gorgeous piece of acoustic artistry, and it would fit right on Seven Swans, and it has some great Simon and Garfunkel-esque harmonies added.
  • I Can Change - LCD Soundsystem. The actual best song of the year.
  • I Died So I Could Haunt You - Stars. With a title like that how could it not be great?
  • I Want the World to Stop - Belle and Sebastian. The new album has taken a little while to grow on me, and I don't think that this song is the best song on the album, but it was an actual single, and I really like it quite a lot. The really cool bass line makes want to dance around the apartment a bit.
  • Invent it All Again - Faded Paper Figures. This electronic indie pop band has produced some nice little songs, and their single "Invent it all Again" is another gem. It is pop silliness in the Owl City vein, but with much more interesting lyrics and imagery.
  • Little Lion Man - Mumford and Sons. This is the best song on a stellar album. The acoustic strum propels the verses forward to the thumping drums of the chorus, and the heartfelt lyrics tug at the soul a bit.
  • Love and Leave - Scattered Trees. Did I just say something about tugging at the soul? On this single from the forthcoming album Sympathy, singer Nate Eiesland's voice gorgeously channels a little Chris Martin, while he sings a heartbreaking dirge of lost love. Even knowing the song is about the death of a father, we can still read it as a song about a heart broken by romantic love. That's a brilliant aspect of the song: the way it can express the universal in the private.
  • Magic - B.o.B. feat. Rivers Cuomo. A huge guilty pleasure. I know that Rivers Cuomo from Weezer has fallen from the graces of most indie rock fans, and obviously this collaboration with rapper B.oB. doesn't help that image. But I don't care--I think "Magic" is big fun, and finds B.oB. at his most Outkasty.
  • The Man - Eels. The new Eels album is their best in years, and "The Man" is a remarkably catchy song. Simple drum machine beats under Mark Everett's uncharacteristically upbeat lyrics make for a delightful combination.
  • Monster - Kanye West. The best rap song I've heard in a long time. The song opens brilliantly with some fuzzed-up Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) lines, and then proceeds as a series of brilliant performances over an amazingly simple but throbbing beat. Rick Ross, Kanye, Jay-Z -- all excellent here. But the showstopper is Nicki Minaj, whose strange schizophrenic verse takes on a wild ride, culminating in the best use of speak-growling ever used in a song. "Monster" is phenomenal.
  • Rocket - Goldfrapp. Silly, dirty, very dancey. I love it.
  • Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) - Arcade Fire. This might be Arcade Fire's best song. Regine Chassagne sings of suburban angst over a disco-like beat. What could be wrong with that?
  • Too Much - Sufjan Stevens. As I said, I cheated a little with two Sufjan songs, but oh well. Two different albums. The Age of Adz represents a huge sonic departure for Sufjan, and "Too Much," while not my favorite song on the album, really showcases the "new" Sufjan. It has lush background voices, it has repeated movements, it has odd but gorgeous horns. This is weird and different, but we should not be so surprised by it.
  • Undercover Martyn - Two Door Cinema Club. Brit pop, straight up. Awesome beats, great vocals, great Irish indie fun.
  • Where I'm Going - Cut Copy. When I saw Cut Copy play at Lollapalooza, I loved all the songs from their first album, but I was really intrigued by their new single. While still embracing the 80s sounds of their other songs, "Where I'm Going" is a bit of a departure. A great departure. And I just love the "Yeah, yeah, yeah, whooo!" chorus.
So there you have it. Judge me if you want. But if you want to hear these songs, you can download a zip file of all of them! And then you can trash the songs you don't like! And it's all free! Click here!

          Comment on “Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic…” says Scaramucci, but what is paranoid schizophrenia, anyways? by Michelle        
Thank you very much for taking the time to post this article. When the news of this horrible accusation came on TV, my son and I were at a restaurant listening to the news. I felt sick hearing horribly insensitive comment. My son suffers from schizophrenia and has made great progress in accepting his diagnosis. I have worked as a Registered Nurse in Psychiatry for the past 34 years. Scaramucci should be fired for making such a horrible comparison. People like him fuel the attitude of stigma toward those recovering from a mental illness.
          Si Les Porcs Avaient Des Ailes        
(... on les appellerait des aéroporcs ?)
Porci Con Le Ali
Paolo Pietrangeli, Italie, 1977

Film vu complètement au hasard à la Cinémathèque, sur la seule foi de son pitch.

Nous sommes en Italie à la fin des années 70 et nous suivons les tribulations d'un jeune couple d'étudiants, Antonia et Rocco. Ils s'aiment un peu, font l'amour, se disputent, se séparent, se parlent à nouveau - le tout dans un contexte universitaire associatif fortement politisé (et très à gauche).

Comme toujours lorsque je ne suis pas emballé par un film, je cherche d'autres œuvres qui lui ressemblent. Là, j'ai donc trouvé un mélange de La Maman et la Putain, pour le côté post-68 désenchanté, et de Je Suis Curieuse (ce film suédois dont j'avais parlé ici), pour sa description d'un couple rendu intenable en raison de l'utopisme de ses protagonistes. Tout comme Je Suis Curieuse, le film est assez explicite dans son traitement de la sexualité : les mots sont crus, les plans frontaux. Et assez rapidement, le propos politique s'efface devant le constat que les idéaux sociétales et sexuels de "cette" jeunesse sont incompatibles avec une histoire d'amour exclusive et passionnée.

Antonia revendique une vraie décontraction dans l'approche de sexualité mais, assez vite, elle se plaindra de n'être "qu'un trou, un orifice, un entonnoir" pour Rocco. Celui-ci vit par ailleurs une intéressante schizophrénie ; belle scène où il répond à ses propres questions, via un magnétophone, seul sur son lit avec ce miroir entêtant et qui ne cesse de le regarder. On trouve d'ailleurs ici et là de beaux moments de mise en scène : les filles discutant sur des fauteuils dans un camion, Rocco s'imaginant qu'Antonia le trompe avec son mentor devant toute une assemblée, Rocco et une fille marchant le long d'immenses baies vitrées dans un entrepôt désaffecté. L'atmosphère ultra-urbaine du film est assez esthétique.

Mais au final, c'est un vrai désenchantement que nous montre ce film, pour lequel il est donc difficile de s'enthousiasmer. Paolo Pietrangeli semble nous dire : vous aurez beau rêver, vous resterez des porcs et de toutes façons, à l'image du sexe de Rocco (que l'on voit beaucoup dans le film), la chair est triste et flasque.

Chocolate is a psychoactive food. It is made from the seeds of the tropical cacao tree. The cacao tree was named by the 17th century Swedish naturalist, Linnaeus. The Greek term theobroma means literally "food of the gods". Chocolate has also been called the food of the devil; but the theological basis of this claim is obscure.
        Cacao beans were used by the Aztecs to prepare a hot, frothy beverage with stimulant and restorative properties. Chocolate itself was reserved for warriors, nobility and priests. The Aztecs esteemed its reputed ability to confer wisdom and vitality. Taken fermented as a drink, chocolate was also used in religious ceremonies. The sacred concoction was associated with Xochiquetzal, the goddess of fertility. Emperor Montezuma allegedly drank 50 goblets a day. Aztec taxation was levied in cacao beans. 100 cacao beans could buy a slave. 12 cacao beans bought the services of courtesan.
        The celebrated Italian libertine Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) took chocolate before bedding his conquests on account of chocolate's reputation as a subtle aphrodisiac. More recently, a study of 8000 male Harvard graduates showed that chocoholics lived longer than abstainers. Their longevity may be explained by the high polyphenol levels in chocolate. Polyphenols reduce the oxidation of low-density lipoproteins and thereby protect against heart disease. Such theories are still speculative.
        Placebo-controlled trials suggest chocolate consumption may subtly enhance cognitive performance. As reported by Dr Bryan Raudenbush (2006), scores for verbal and visual memory are raised by eating chocolate. Impulse-control and reaction-time are also improved. This study needs replicating.
         A symposium at the 2007 American Association for the Advancement of Science - hyped as a potentially "mind-altering experience" - presented evidence that chocolate consumption can be good for the brain. Experiments with chocolate-fed mice suggest that flavanol-rich cocoa stimulates neurovascular activity, enhancing memory and alertness. This research was partly funded by Mars, Inc.
        Coincidentally or otherwise, many of the worlds oldest supercentenarians, e.g. Jeanne Calment (1875-1997) and Sarah Knauss (1880-1999), were passionately fond of chocolate. Jeanne Calment habitually ate two pounds of chocolate per week until her physician induced her to give up sweets at the age of 119 - three years before her death aged 122. Life-extensionists are best advised to eat dark chocolate rather than the kinds of calorie-rich confectionery popular in America.
        In the UK, chocolate bars laced with cannabis are popular with many victims of multiple sclerosis. This brand of psychoactive confectionery remains unlicensed.
         Chocolate as we know it today dates to the inspired addition of triglyceride cocoa butter by Swiss confectioner Rodolphe Lindt in 1879. The advantage of cocoa butter is that its addition to chocolate sets a bar so that it will readily snap and then melt on the tongue. Cocoa butter begins to soften at around 75 F; it melts at around 97 F.
         Today, chocolates of every description are legal, unscheduled and readily available over the counter. Some 50% of women reportedly claim to prefer chocolate to sex, though this response may depend on the attributes of the interviewer.
        In 2007, a UK study suggested that eating dark chocolate was more rewarding than passionate kissing. More research is needed to replicate this result.
        More than 300 different constituent compounds in chocolate have been identified. Chocolate clearly delivers far more than a brief sugar high. Yet its cocktail of psychochemical effects in the central nervous system are poorly understood. So how does it work?

CHOCOLATE : the Psychoactive Cocktail

        Chocolate contains small quantities of anandamide, an endogenouscannabinoid found in the brain. Sceptics claim one would need to consume several pounds of chocolate to gain any very noticeable psychoactive effects; and eat a lot more to get fully stoned. Yet it's worth noting that N-oleolethanolamine and N-linoleoylethanolamine, two structural cousins of anandamide present in chocolate, both inhibit the metabolism of anandamide. It has been speculated that they promote and prolong the feeling of well-being induced by anandamide.
        Chocolate contains caffeine. But the caffeine is present only in modest quantities. It is easily obtained from other sources. Indeed a whole ounce of milk chocolate contains no more caffeine than a typical cup of "decaffeinated" coffee.
        Chocolate's theobromine content may contribute to - but seems unlikely to determine - its subtle but distinctive psychoactive profile. Surprisingly, perhaps, recent research suggests that pure theobromine may be superior to opiates as a cough medicine due to its action on the vagus nerve.
        Chocolate also contains tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid. It is the rate-limiting step in the production of the mood-modulating neurotransmitter serotonin. Enhanced serotonin function typically diminishes anxiety. Yet tryptophan can normally be obtained from other sources as well; and only an unusually low-protein, high-carbohydrate meal will significantly increase its rate of intake into the brain.
        Like other palatable sweet foods, consumption of chocolate triggers the release of endorphins, the body's endogenous opiates. Enhanced endorphin-release reduces the chocolate-eater's sensitivity to pain. Endorphins probably contribute to the warm inner glow induced in susceptible chocoholics. This sensation explains why chocolate gifts are a great way to bring joy to a loved one.
        Acute monthly cravings for chocolate amongst pre-menstrual women may be partly explained by its rich magnesium content. Magnesium deficiency exacerbates PMT. Before menstruation, too, levels of the hormone progesterone are high. Progesterone promotes fat storage, preventing its use as fuel; elevated pre-menstrual levels of progesterone may cause a periodic craving for fatty foods. One study reported that 91% of chocolate-cravings associated with the menstrual cycle occurred between ovulation and the start of menstruation. Chocolate cravings are admitted by 15% of men and around 40% of women. Cravings are usually most intense in the late afternoon and early evening.
        Cacao and chocolate bars contain a group of neuroactive alkaloids known astetrahydro-beta-carbolines. Tetrahydro-beta-carbolines are also found in beer, wine and liquor; they have been linked to alcoholism. But the possible role of these chemicals in chocolate addiction remains unclear.
        One UK study of the human electroencephalographic (EEG) response to chocolate suggests that the odour of chocolate significantly reduces theta activityin the brain. Reduced theta activity is associated with enhanced relaxation. This study needs replication.
        Perhaps chocolate's key ingredient is its phenylethylamine (PEA) "love-chemical". Yet the role of the "chocolate amphetamine" is disputed. Most if not all chocolate-derived phenylethylamine is metabolised before it reaches the CNS. Some people may be sensitive to its effects in very small quantities.
        Phenylethylamine is itself a naturally occurring trace amine in the brain. Phenylethylamine releases dopamine in the mesolimbic pleasure-centres; it peaks during orgasm. Taken in unnaturally high doses, phenylethylamine can produce stereotyped behaviour more prominently even than amphetamine. Phenylethylamine has distinct binding sites but no specific neurons. It helps mediate feelings of attraction, excitement, giddiness, apprehension and euphoria; but confusingly, phenylethylamine has also been described as an endogenous anxiogen. One of its metabolites is unusually high in subjects with paranoid schizophrenia.
        There is even a phenylethylamine theory of depression. Monoamine oxidase type-b has been described as phenylethylaminase; and taking a selective MAO-b inhibitor, such as selegiline (l-deprenyl, Eldepryl) or rasagiline (Azilect) can accentuate chocolate's effects. Some subjects report that bupropion (Wellbutrin, Zyban) reduces their chocolate-cravings; but other chocoholics dispute this.

          Il profumo della signora in nero        
The Perfume of the Lady in Black
Francesco Barilli, 1974

(film pas sorti en France en salles ou en DVD, mais j'imagine qu'on peut traduire ce titre par Le parfum de la dame en noir)

Pitch : Le jeune et belle Silvia (Mimsy Farmer) mène une existence bien remplie et apparemment bien réglée. Son travail de chercheuse en laboratoire ne lui laisse que peu de temps pour voir Roberto, son fringant petit ami. Lors d'un banal dîner, un mystérieux invité évoque des rites occultes de magie noire et sème le trouble chez notre héroïne. Et petit à petit, son existence va se dérégler. De pénibles souvenirs d'enfance remontent à la surface : la villa abandonnée et pleine de secrets, la vision de son beau-père faisant brutalement l'amour avec sa mère, la mort (accidentelle ?) de celle-ci. Pour la pauvre Silvia, ces souvenirs envahissent tellement son esprit qu'elle ne sait (pas plus que le spectateur) si ces évènements qu'elle revit sont réels ou non. A grands coups de hachoir, tout cela va très mal se finir, jusqu'à une épouvantable scène de cannibalisme à vous glacer le sang.

Je ne suis d'habitude pas très friand des films qui louvoient en permanence aux frontières de l'onirisme. Je préfère toujours savoir si ce que je vois à l'écran est dans le domaine du rêve ou du réel (enfin réel je m'entends, je sais bien que tout cela est pour de faux mais j'essaie de l'oublier au maximum). Je n'aime pas tellement ces scènes où l'on voit un personnage, qui après avoir subi mille tourments, se réveille subitement en disant "Ah mon Dieu, heureusement tout cela (i.e. la dernière demi-heure de film) n'était qu'un rêve !". J'ai alors l'impression d'avoir été trompé et qu'on m'a volé cette demi-heure justement. Souvent, après avoir été dupé de la sorte, je ne crois plus à rien de ce que je vois à l'écran, j'ai trop conscience que tout ceci n'est que du cinéma et arrive alors la pire chose qui puisse se produire entre un spectateur et le film : la rupture du contrat narratif, l'adieu à la magie du cinéma.

Shining et surtout - avant tout - Mulholland Drive, sont d'excellents contre-exemples à cet écueil et sont deux preuves éclatantes qu'on peut manipuler le spectateur sur la notion de réel vs imaginaire sans l'exclure du film qui est montré. Il profumo della signora in nero en est une autre, bien qu'un cran en dessous de ces chefs-d'oeuvre.

Belle image de l'exubérant appartemment de Francesca, l'amie de Silvia

De prime abord, on constate que Il profumo della signora in nero utilise les codes formels et un certain nombre de ressorts dramaturgiques propres au giallo : jeune fille seule, perdue et menacée, meurtres montrés comme des mises à mort, utilisation exclusive d'armes blanches, effusions d'hémoglobine, figures récurrentes et flippantes d'enfants etc, (j'ai du voir une quinzaine de gialli depuis un mois et j'essaierai d'en faire prochainement une espèce de synthèse). Francesco Barilli s''affranchit toutefois assez vite des limites du giallo, introduisant, à l'instar de Dario Argento dans Suspiria, des éléments fantastiques, ou en tous cas psychanalytiques et schizophréniques.

Dans Il profumo della signora in nero, Barilli réussit fort bien, et de manière très progressive, sans hiatus brutal ou coup de théâtre, à nous faire rentrer dans la tête malade de Silvia. La symbolique et le propos sont certes assez lourds (refus de l'âge adulte, Oedipe refoulé, sexualité torturée) mais, d'une part, tout cela est illustré par de superbes images qui sont de plus en plus cauchemardesques au fur et à mesure que le film avance, et d'autre part, ces artifices de forme parviennent à insuffler une atmosphère franchement angoissante : on retrouve cette idée très lynchienne que derrière une apparente banalité de la vie quotidienne, se cache au fond de nous d'indicibles horreurs. Par bien des aspects (cadre restreint à un appartement, focalisation sur une femme en plein perdition psychologique) ce film m'a également fait fortement penser à Rosemary's Baby de Roman Polanski (en mieux ! j'avoue m'être un peu ennuyé devant ce dernier et n'avoir pas tellement "marché", malgré toute la beauté de ce film).

Enfin, il faut souligner l'impressionnante performance de Mimsy Farmer, qui est de tous les plans, et qui, bien que cette expression soit un peu galvaudée, porte le film sur ses épaules. Elle m'avait séduit dans Quatre mouches de velours gris du maestro Dario Argento ; elle m'a subjugué dans Il profumo della signora in nero.

Elle est blonde, elle est belle et elle est incroyablement expressive sans jamais en rajouter : d'un pincement de lèvres ou d'un regard oblique, elle arrive à nous communiquer son angoisse, sa folie et, pour finir, sa démence.

Silvia confrontée à ses trauma d'enfance
Motif récurrent de la petite-fille-flippante-en-robe-blanche

Ca devient de plus en plus sanglant
Et cette scène me fait bigrement penser à Shining

Le cauchemar de Silvia se termine par une incroyable (et insoutenable) scène d'anthropophagie

          Peace Revolution episode 006: The Intellectual Elite vs. You / The Resurrection of Critical Thinking        
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104 Statements which reveal the New World Order:

The Intellectual Elite vs. You / The Resurrection of Critical Thinking

Raw Footage audio / Interview Clips from the film Believers Beware: Contrary Conditioning by Paul Verge


Richard Grove, filmed 12.10.2009

1) The idea of a NEW WORLD ORDER. Plato's Republic. The suppression of consciousness. A comprehensive endeavor. Seeking to subjugate the masses thru a watered down education. HG Wells, "NWO", subliminals

2) Agatha Christie's novel/movie "Murder on the Orient Express" too much evidence. cant be just one culprit. creating plausible deniability. each party plays 2 parts. an actual part, and the plausible denial. Interchangeable parts.

3) Ego worshippers, using the hidden knowledge to help perpetuate this "new world order". Intellectual elite dumbing down the masses. More on Plato's Republic.

4) Plato's allegory of the cave. Good description. How the illusion works. Same as now as it was 2500 years ago. Pullout of Afghanistan by sending in more people. Doublethink and Schizophrenia.

5) Reading books vs. internet only research Eustace Mullins - "Secrets of the Federal Reserve." His other book "The World Order"

6) "Superclass" using Rhetoric, Fallacy arguments, and dumbing us down.

7) News agencies lying to help protect their advertisers. How the NWO is fed by  that relationship.

8) "With No Apologies" by Senator Barry M. Goldwater Chapter 33 - The Non Elected

Rulers, Col. Edward Mandell House CFR, House, JP Morgan. Trilateral Commission.

Council on Foreign Relations. Surrendering Sovereignty, Merger and Consolidation.

9) More from "With No Apologies" from Barry M. Goldwater

10) Right Leg and Left Leg stepping towards goal. Part of same torso (CFR, TC, Bilderberg.) More on Trilaterals Subverted groups, Zbigniew Brzezinski. Controlling groups invisibly thru Bait & Switch.  Goldwater on the Trilateral Commission. Global Warming, etc.

11) "Superclass", David Rothkopf CFR Member - Cover says, We've got the world on our

key chain, ready to take it for a ride. - Fareed Zacharia, CFR "The Post-American World"

 12) The Last Will and Testament of Cecil John Rhodes. forming Working Groups from his fortune left behind to those who undermine state sovereignty. Plan laid out. Why are we not taught this in schools?

13) Lewis Lapham's film, "The American Ruling Class" CFR members, all sorts of people exposed in the film. Read books, learn things, they rule because we are willfully ignorant. "The American Public just doesn't read." (Allen Dulles) Buy old good books instead of self help mumbo jumbo & LEARN.

14) Lisa on Albert Einstein Learning our way out of  the insanity by evolving our consciousness.

15) Lisa on John Taylor Gatto, and "Dumbing Us Down" ie: ridding us of effective Critical Thinking skills.

16) John Taylor Gatto's 7 things he really Teaches








17) Other selected passages from "Dumbing Us Down"

18) John Taylor Gatto's 7 things he really Teaches (RE-CAP)

19) Gene Odening's concern. The harm being brought to the current generation of students.

20) Gene Odening on the Trivium

21) Dan Brown's Lost Symbol


22) Cecil John Rhodes

23) William T. Stead, The Interview, Titanic, Last Will and Testament of  Cecil John Rhodes.

24) ALTERNATE ON William T. Stead, The Interview, Titanic, Last Will and Testament of Cecil John Rhodes.

25) Last Will and Testament of Cecil John Rhodes. How to find books... "The Review of Reviews"

26) William T. Stead, Last Will and Testament of Cecil John Rhodes. ACTUAL BOOK UNVEILING

27) Last Will and Testament of Cecil John Rhodes.  Quotes from the Book. plus Rich's elucidations

28) Last Will and Testament of Cecil John Rhodes. Quotes from p. 73 of book plus Rich's elucidations

29) Removing doubts that the NWO exists..  About Carroll Quigley

30) Quote from Quigley

31) Quote from Quigley on Internalization of Controls

32) Hemp, Oil, Carbon emissions 500 largest ships put out more crap than all vehicles' Global warming Realities. Pollution done by corporations, not the people. not by accident

33) Quote from Quigley's Evolution of Civilizations Old way of war, vs. New form of war - subversion thru commerce.

34) Good analogy of the monetary system as an invisible control system you can't see until you are out of it.

35) On Quigley's "The Anglo- American Establishment", and "Tragedy and Hope", and Quigley's credibility.

36) On John Taylor Gatto's book Dumbing Us Down, real society vs. what we are taught.

Suppression of education. Tax-Exempt Foundations, Norman Dodd, Reece Committee, Rick Malchow & Mrs. Tichy

37) Norman Dodd, Reece Committee, Robert Hutchens, Rene Wormser, Assembling evidence that the Foundations were up to no good. Kathryn Casey reads the Carnegie Endowment which are shocking.. Who to bring the US into war.

38) Tax Exempt Foundation book The point - Dumbing Us Down so that we perpetuate a loss of critical thinking and become non-thinking followers. Frank Kapra's WHY WE FIGHT

39) Why War is waged, and how to continue the consume- produce cycle by removing critical thinking to make the propaganda more effective. Why loss of critical thinking is a bad thing. Easily groomed to be servants. Empty minded consumers who take instructions without question.

40) The Great Conversation - Robert Maynard Hutchins - The 500 families who own the copies of these books.

41) The importance of these books and the Liberal Education..  In 1952 Hutchins was saying

42) Liberal Education had been gone for 90 years!

43) What would America look like after 150 years of watered down critical thinking ability? Anything like today? Understanding the NWO education.

44) What exactly is the Liberal Education? The Great Conversation? Plato's Allegory of the Cave

45) Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Sophicles, Plutarch, Dark Ages, Middle Ages, Renaissance. History Repeating itself.. Recognize patterns, and  change it up! Breaking the Status Quo/Honoring Tradition

46) Civic Responsibility to Learn and understand things. Consent, Government, Deception

Rights, Privileges, Responsibility    

47) NWO Ideology Political -Fabian Socialism, getting paid to argue persuasively. Religious -Theosophy William T. Stead, HG Wells, Cecil Rhodes, Rudyard Kipling, Mason, Swastika, Round Table Workgroups RIIA, CFR, Tavistock, Versailles Treaty

48) Fabian Socialists, Fabius the Roman Dictator, Wolf in Sheep’s clothing, Hammering the World into their image.

49) Propaganda, Propagating ideas. Media is Propaganda. Is it helping to expand or suppress your consciousness.

50) Trivium and Quadrivium Thinking Critically and Creatively, Dorothy Sayers, Lost Tools of Learning, Autodidactic Learning

51) Quote from Dorothy Sayers, "The Lost Tools of Learning"

52) Trivium and the 3,4,5 Triangle. 3 Trivium 4 Quadrivium 5 Senses

53) Trivium - Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric.. How and Why the Trivium works.. The effect of  taking them out.

54) Why learn the Trivium- Seeing thru the fallacies, figuring out hard facts, and transferring that understanding. Having a Virus Scanner for your mind. Follow money exposing the Fallacy Rhetoric 1886 - Supreme Court Justice Morrison R. Waite Gives CORPORATIONS the rights of Humans. Socio-Psychopath Corporations Charters, Profit Monsters

55) Externalization of Costs, Why things aren't as cheap as you think. Passing the cost on to other poor folk. Connecting Emotions to Advertising. Taking News & Ads as truth. Mass Media Public Relations (pre TV)

56) War is a Racket, Smedley Butler , the 1934-1935  Business Plot - Gerald MacGuire

57) Quotes from War is a Racket,  Smedley Butler ,   

58) Who was Smedley Butler?

59) Propaganda, 1928 Edward Bernays, (Sigmund Freud's nephew).  Chapter 1 - Organizing Chaos (quote from HH)

60) More quote from Propaganda by Edward Bernays

61) The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. Bringing America into war against Germany by using Propaganda and Demonization

62) After Treaty of Versailles 1919 Invention fo Credit leads to the Roaring 20's.  Bernays & Lippmann  start sexing up ads. Public Opinion - Walter Lippmann, Plato's Allegory of the Cave

63) Bernays’ 1928 Propaganda, builds on Lippmann's P.O., Tavistock, using mass media to fool the public en masse. Tying it all together... Bankers funding these Ideologies as a Hegelian Dialectic.

64) The END result? The Planned Obsolescence of America

65) Lawyer from Skadden Arps, adding 26 words to Corporations Act   

66) Earning profit responsibly, Cartel Capitalism VS. Compassionate Capitalism, Pollution, Corps Externalizing Costs

67) Using the Hegelian Dialectic to fool us into fixing their dirty work. Where the hole in the system is. Environmentalism Agenda 21 and Depopulation Coralling us into a False dilemma

68) The Club of Rome, "The First Global Revolution" how to make Humanity the enemy of Humanity by Blaming us for pollution, global warming, and over popluation. Planned Obsolesence

69) When the working groups and think tanks and societies all got together to make US pay for their crap, and to control us. The Carbon Tax Scam Blood and Gore Trading Firm Taxing the Problem instead of Solving. Avoiding REAL solutions like Hemp.

70) Similar scam to US economy. Robert Rubin removing Glass/Steagall laws of regulation. Tyco, Enron, Worldcom result. Sarbanes-Oxley supposed to tighten it up, but doesn't really. SEC bad, ref. 20-20 Hindsight. Goldman Sachs COO 29 year old  

71) Whistleblowing, and Rich's experiences. If the public knew what Rich knew, all these

financial scams could have been avoided.  The irony of paying institutions and magazines

to lie to you. Conceal and Reveal

72) Education and Religion do 2 things with information- They provide it and conceal it.

Which information is more valuable?

73) Prisoner VS Slave mentality - Hoping for a better master, a better system of obeying.

Prisoners want to break out and think for themselves. Offering info to the slaves can upset them into trying to stop the prisoners from leaving

74) The Root of the Problem. The Suppression of Consciousness. Artificial boundaries.

Einstein - You cant solve a problem from the same mindset that created it. Question everything.

75) Freedom, Being a Slave vs. Prisoner

76) Explaining the Game to children and empowering them.

77) The Reality of the True Problem. Rejecting the Status Quo

78) What corporations want you to do VS what you should be doing.. How they profit from our ignorance.  Reading VS Violence

79) Learning our way out of the Problem. Sharing the wisdom.  Popping the illusion bubble.

80) Treating Root causes instead of Symptoms in society, our lives, and our health. Avoiding the cycle.

81) Actually listening and realizing REAL solutions vs. looking to Corporate Authorities for solutions (they can't profit from)

82) Learning, Understanding, disarming the fear with Knowledge. Not showing you what to think, but teaching you How to think.

83) All the little chains attached to us to prevent our full self-expression. Disinfo agents  drawing peoples energy and attention.

84) Purposeful complication 

85) Words, Propaganda, making choices to react Emotionally instead of Critically.

86) High Vs. Low Vibrations, Tone, From SD to HD

87) Synchronicity, Carl Jung, Legitimate Suffering,

88) Fear, Manifestation, Religion, the Middle man, Suppressing Consciousness and Hell

89) Believing VS. Really Knowing.  Some GREAT easy solutions.

90) Running it Their Way: Corporate Pollution and externalizing Blame with their Scams (Global Warming, War on Terror)

91) Not knowing Frees you to actually Learn, Fear Free, when you let go of the pre-conditioning. Why churches hide things occultism (hidden). Vaccination of Info

92) The common Realization - Finding Solutions through changing our habits first. then collaborating resisting advertising taking back our time

93) Solving Problems with Words and Understanding and Cooperation. Logic and Reason

94) Spending our time like we spend our money. Get to know your REAL self. Noticing the Corporate Conditioning, and being constructive against it. Taking Steps to Action.

95) Acting Vs. Reacting and Asking the Right Questions about our habits

96) Who are you? What is important? Do you like what your doing? What are you doing to change it?

97) The multi-pronged onslaught against us. Connecting the dots and bringing things back to something good. Corporate Media Bad.

98) Neil Postman "Amusing our Selves to Death" Suppression of Consciousness. Learning our way out of the game with good decisions.

99) Consumerism/Slavery, Understanding motives and intentions. Threat and Fear Culture. Love. The Frequency opposed to Fear.

100) Our adversaries are our greatest teachers.

101) Learn the lessons! They fear the awakening

102) Selective Genocide, Homosexuality as a control mechanism. Setting the boundaries.

103) Overcome Fear, Learn our way Free, Achieve Happiness, don't avoid fear and pain. Confront and defeat it! Take your Life Back!

104) Rich's final message. Does our Propaganda help or suppress your consciousness?

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          Snow Country        
Snow Country
author: Yasunari Kawabata
name: Joe
average rating: 3.75
book published: 1937
rating: 4
read at: 2009/11/01
date added: 2013/10/22
shelves: nobel-prize-laureates, 2009
Most of this book is a close character study of two people. An older, idle gentleman of wealth falls for a young geisha in a mountain village. There interactions are both subtle and schizophrenic, and I was often catching up to the characters' thoughts. Their interactions read more like the screenplay - one with many full silences - than a novel.

For the last 20 pages, we're torn out of the fragmented dialogue and shown a huge, flowing metaphor. The novel's final action suddenly shows the entire picture we've been missing, and the effect is one of looking for the first time at the village you've lived in your entire life from the air.

I gave this book four stars because the translation seems clunky at many points. There are just too many awkward clauses. It's obvious that they could not handle both the sparsity of Kawabata's writing and the expansive vista of his thought at the same time. Add this to many cultural misalignments (you need to know all about Geishas and Japanese mountain life), I was left wondering what I was missing.

          Hugo & Rose        
Hugo & Rose
author: Bridget Foley
name: Chrissy
average rating: 3.07
book published: 2015
rating: 5
read at: 2016/06/02
date added: 2016/06/02
shelves: favorites, read-in-2016
When Rose was a little girl, a tragic biking accident left her in a coma, fighting for her life -- but this was the event that truly changed her life forever... or at least the parts that happened while she was asleep...

She remembers the dream vividly; not only because it was spectacular, but because it would be the same dream that she would revisit every single night, even throughout her adult life. It was just Rose and Hugo, the cute, sweet little boy who would be her guide every night on a magical island in which the duo had one goal -- to reach the mystical castle at the end of an eternally long path in order to free the victims who were awaiting their help.

Every single night, Rose and Hugo fought monsters, overcame obstacles, reconciled young emotions, and reached a tiny step further towards their ultimate goal. Hugo remained Rose's hero -- and the man of her dreams -- from childhood, throughout her perilous teenage years, and into her life as a wife and mother of two young boys.

And although Rose has told her husband and her children about Hugo... in enough detail that her children recreate the world from her dreams in order to play Hugo and Rose through their crayons and Lego maps, there is something that is intensely personal about Hugo that causes Rose to withdraw from her real life a little more each day. But, of course, Rose can maintain a working divide between her dreams and her reality, because (after all) nothing about Hugo or her feelings for him can ever be as real as the relationship that she has with her real life husband or her children....

....except, that is, for that one hectic day when Rose came face-to-face with Hugo, alive in the flesh, working the drive-thru at a small town restaurant where her kids have demanded to stop for kids' meals. He's older and balder and rounder than the Hugo in her dreams, but Rose is more positive than anything she's known in her life so far that this is truly her childhood hero, free from her dream world, living and breathing in a place that Rose would never expect.

But, that was just a dream, and there's no way that any of these fantasies could really become reality... right?

Soon Rose's life... her family ... her identity... and her sanity are all brought into question by a chance encounter with a man that she should have never had the chance to meet.

And suddenly, the lines between reality and fantasy become so blurred, stretched, and confused that Rose finds herself unable to find her place in a world that contains her husband, her children.... and.... her Hugo....

I had so much fun with Hugo and Rose, not only because the plot was so engaging and interesting, but also because the whole premise of dreams seeping into a reality left me curious about the direction the story could ultimately take as either an alluring fantasy story or a perplexing psychological drama. Is Rose having an identity crisis or a schizophrenic break? There were just so many possibilities that kept me wrapped up in the characters and their struggles, right up to the very last page.

And yes, there were times that the character of Rose was frustratingly selfish, unrelateable, and obnoxious... and it's undeniable that the character of Hugo tended to be ridiculously useless... and terrible... but, at least for me, the flaws of the characters worked to make their overlying struggles seem a little more relateable and realistic overall. And then the conclusion --which I definitely won't spoil -- felt a little silly to me at first, I could still appreciate the way that everything tied together and rounded out the story without really sacrificing my entertainment from start to finish.

While no story can be perfect, I really and truly did love reading Hugo & Rose and I recommend it to anyone who appreciates a story of domestic self-discovery with a bit of a backdrop of magical imagination.

          Comment on Open Dialogue by Satu Beverley        
Hi Daniel, I have watched your video several times and also shown it to others or told others to get a copy since 2011 when I visited Jaakko Seikkula at Jyvskyla University and spent four days at Keroputaa Hospital in Tornio, Finland as a visiting psychologist from Australia. That's when I first saw your video which catches Open Dialogue very well . It gives hope to people who are either struggling with mental illness or are their carers and friends. It is also an eye opener to clinicians. I have been advocating for Open Dialogue since my visit to Finland when I became 100 % convinced that this is how people with mental illness should be treated. Lumi Winterson wrote a book " The Girl in the Mirror" about her life with schizophrenia, self harming and suicide attempts, biomedical model of treatment and diagnosis changing from one psychiatrist to another pushing her down the gurgle to hell for years and years. Now two decades later she has finally stepped on the road leading towards.recovery. It required a move from public to private mental health services and eventually adaptation of key Open Dialogue principles to her treatment. Over the last few years she has managed to develop a trusting relationship with her treatment team, continuity of clinical personnel, mother, long- distance relatives and a circle of friends as her social supportnetwork and treatment team. Last year she was well enough to write her story and had it self published by Xlibris Publishing Company. It is available from Online bookshops including Xlibris in soft and hard cover as well as an e-book. Fiona Orr of University of Technology Sydney "The Girl in the Mirror" to be "very honest, poignant and hope inspiring account of the author’s experiences of living with schizophrenia and its effects, including the use of health services and stigma by others". She considered the book to be an important contribution to the understanding of schizophrenia from an expert by experience. She had books ordered for the university library and listed it as a reference book for two third year mental health subjects due to "the insights this book provides of living with schizophrenia". The book has received excellent recommendations and reviews from professionals such as professor Niels Boos who is conducting research to Open Dialogue here in Australia, psychiatrists, GPs, psychologist, nurses, teachers, occupational therapists, social workers as well as people living with mental illness and their carers. I recommend the book for anybody who wants to learn more about mental illness and its treatment. I hope like Lumi that people have an opportunity to learn from her extensive experience and inside knowledge so they may not need to walk the same journey as Lumi did. It would be great to get it placed as recommended reading on reference lists for appropriate university courses to give a human face to the theories. I am a carer, retired psychologist and strong advocate for Open Dialogue.
          S.C. Supreme Court issues opinion of duty of counsel to present mitigation evidence        
In Council v. State, the South Carolina Supreme Court affirmed relief in a death penalty PCR case. Council was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman and forcing her to ingest cleaning fluids. At trial, Council’s lawyer argued that he was not the murderer, but rather an accomplice at the scene actually did the killing. In the penalty phase, trial counsel only called the defendant’s mother as a mitigation witness. She testified about Council's mental health between the ages of 7 and 14 and that he had been teased while a child at school. Not surprisingly, a jury returned a verdict of guilt and recommended a sentence of death.

The death sentence was overturned because trial counsel fails to present voluminous mitigation evidence. For example, no social history was compiled. Had a social history been compiled evidence could have been presented to the jury that several of Council’s family members suffered from mental illness, that his father was an alcoholic and extremely violate, that Council lived in several homes which did not have running water and indoor plumbing, that he did very poorly in school, and that he had attempted suicide at a young age. Had trial counsel obtained a forensic psychiatrist, testimony could have been presented that respondent was an undifferentiated schizophrenic, which began in early adolescents for childhood.

In summary, the Supreme Court agreed with the PCR court that the mitigation evidence would have been powerful and that that trial counsel was ineffective for failing to present such evidence. Accordingly, the sentence of death was reversed.
          The Truth About Pre-Existing Conditions Under the GOP Bill        

Coming to a Unicef collection box near you, the fly dotted faces of the uninsured and the sad, vacant stares of those with pre-existing conditions who are going to be cornholed by the GOP healthcare plan.  If you were to have read or watched any news on Thursday, or even worse, read Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown's Twatter page, you'd believe that people with heartburn, acne and gout are going to be left to perish on the doorsteps of doctors' offices around the country.  Democrats call the proposed healthcare bill (THAT HAS NOT YET PASSED THE SENATE, BTW) a death warrant for sick women and children.  I guess sick men are all set.  They showed their true colors after the House vote was final when they sang and waved, "Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye." to the other side of the aisle.  Seriously... are these the leaders of our country or the student section at a fukin' high school basketball game?

The top alarmist of them all, Senator Brown, took to Twitter hours after the House vote and gave us his alphabetical list of "pre-existing conditions" that would cause people to pay more money under the new plan.  The list was exhaustive and I seriously doubt Brown even has basic knowledge about half of these conditions.

Example:  Brown put autism on his list.  I would love someone to challenge this dumbass and ask him how exactly is autism treated medically.  In the interest of making the list extra long, he also repeats conditions with different names - i.e. epilepsy and seizures, heartburn and acid reflux.  And what the fuk does he mean by "disabilities?"

Here is his list; the list that the Left is clinging to so as to raise panic in the streets over the new bill.  My snide commentary in red!

AIDS/HIV, acid reflux, acne, ADD, addiction, Alzheimer's/dementia, anemia, aneurysm, angioplasty, anorexia, anxiety, arrhythmia, arthritis, asthma, atrial fibrillation, autism (is not a medical condition, you moron!), bariatric surgery, basal cell carcinoma, bipolar disorder, blood clot, breast cancer, bulimia, bypass surgery, celiac disease, cerebral aneurysm, cerebral embolism (how is the sudden blockage of an artery a pre-existing condition?), cerebral palsy, cerebral thrombosis, cervical cancer, colon cancer, colon polyps, congestive heart failure, COPD, Crohn's disease, cystic fibrosis, DMD, depression, diabetes, disabilities (what the fuk is this???), Down syndrome (again, not a medical diagnosis), eating disorder (bulimia, anorexia?  didn't he already list them), enlarged prostate, epilepsy (see "seizures" later), glaucoma, gout, heart disease, heart murmur, heartburn (ain't covered now, asshole - buy some Tums), hemophilia, hepatitis C, herpes, high cholesterol, hypertension, hysterectomy, kidney disease, kidney stones, kidney transplant (is this different than "organ transplant" - see below), leukemia, lung cancer, lupus, lymphoma, mental health issues (you mean like bipolar, anxiety, depression, OCD, panic disorder, schizophrenia, seasonal affecitve, all of which you already listed?), migraines, MS, muscular dystrophy, narcolepsy, nasal polyps, obesity (???), OCD, organ transplant, osteoporosis, pacemaker, panic disorder, paralysis, paraplegia, Parkinson's disease, pregnancy, restless leg syndrome, schizophrenia, seasonal affective disorder, seizures, sickle cell disease, skin cancer, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, stent, stroke, thyroid issues, tooth disease, tuberculosis, ulcers.

So do you want to know what's REALLY in the bill regarding pre-existing conditions?  Are you interested at all in the layers of protection for people with pre-existing conditions?  Or would you rather just watch Saturday Night Live and listen to Nancy "We Have To Pass It Before We Read It" Pelosi?

1)  The first layer of protection is the Guaranteed Issue - insurers are REQUIRED to sell plans to all eligible applicants, regardless of pre-existing condition.  The 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act addresses that in its creditable coverage section.  So, NO, the new law will not allow people to be denied coverage, regardless of health status.

2)  Yes, the new bill would allow insurers to charge higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions, something that was prohibited through Obamacare.  But states will have to seek an optional "community rating" waiver of that AHCA regulation in order for insurers in that state to charge higher premiums. Those states would need to satisfy certain criteria, including development of a reinsurance program and explain how the waiver would improve that state's health insurance market.  So, if you have a pre-existing condition and live in a state that has not obtained the waiver, you CANNOT be charged more than other people for a new plan when you seek to purchase one.  So take it up with your state, if need be.

3)  Also, if you are insured now and remain continuously insured, you CANNOT be dropped from your plan due to a pre-existing condition.  AND you CANNOT be charged more after developing one.  If you have been covered and want to switch plans, either with a new job or annual enrollment, carriers MUST sell you the plan of your choice at the same price as everyone else, REGARDLESS of your health status.  By the way, this does not matter if you live in a waiver or non-waiver state.

4)  The final layer of protection is for those who are uninsured now AND have a pre-existing condition AND live in a waiver state.  Yep, you can be charged more for your coverage in this instance ONLY.  BUT, the state is required to give you access to their "high risk pool" fund to help you pay for your higher premiums.  At this point, there is $130 billion dollars earmarked for high risk pool funds.

The number of people who fall into this final category of high risk pool protection represents a sliver of the overall population.  When Obamacare was implemented in 2010, it included a 3 year bridge plan that allowed the previously un-insurable with pre-existing conditions to get coverage.  At it's peak, 115,000 people were able to get coverage who previously could not.  Those people needed the help and they got the help.  I am not denying that.  But... given those statistics, it highlights the small percentage of our population.  AND as long as those 115,000 continued with their coverage, they will not be affected by the new bill.

I'm sure this law is not perfect and needs some tweaking.  Afterall, it was written by a bunch of lifer hacks who don't know their ass from their elbow.  BUT....  you should at least know ALL of the facts before you start a GoFundMe page for your acne medication.

          Kraków: naukowcy z politechniki pracują nad nowymi lekami na depresję        
Naukowcy z Politechniki Krakowskiej pracują nad stworzeniem nowych leków do stosowania w depresji. Być może związki, które opracowują, będą skuteczne także w leczeniu schizofrenii i choroby Alzheimera.
          Analytical Exposition        

Purpose: To reveal the readers that something is the important case
Generic Structure:
1. Thesis
2. Arguments
3. Reiteration/Conclusion

Dominant Language Features:
1. Using modals
2. Using action verbs
3. Using thinking verbs
4. Using adverbs
5. Using adjective
6. Using technical terms
7. Using general and abstract noun
8. Using connectives/transition

Tujuan: Untuk mengungkap pembaca bahwa sesuatu adalah hal yang sangat penting

Generic Struktur:
1. Tesis
2. Argumen
3. Pengulangan / Kesimpulan

Bahasa dominan Fitur:
1. Menggunakan kata modal
2. Menggunakan kata kerja
3. Menggunakan kata kerja berpikir
4. Menggunakan kata keterangan
5. Menggunakan kata sifat
6. Menggunakan istilah-istilah teknis
7. Menggunakan kata benda umum dan abstrak
8. Menggunakan connectives / transisi

The Dangerous of Using Drugs

Everybody must pay attention of drugs. Drugs are very dangerous for us. Why it is very dangerous for us? Because its can caused harm to our body.

In terms of health, many organs in our body can be harm because using drug. In general, the impact of using drug are can unconscious, make us hallucinate, can harm our nerve, and cause addictive effect. Beside that, using drugs can make the users depressed, liver disease, schizophrenia, blockage of blood vessels, dehydration, optic nerve damage, brain damage, and finally it can cause DEATH!

When viewed in terms of Islamic law, drugs are forbidden. Because it is cause badness, self harm, debilitate. And Islam proscribes all that can cause badness, self harm because it is included zhalim. Also if we using drugs, it means we already do the forbidden things in Islam, it means we sin. So, in terms of Islamic law, using drugs also dangerous.

Furthermore, if the users of drugs are teenagers, it can endanger their future, and endanger their homeland, their country. From the data, 32 percent of drugs users in Indonesia are teenagers, so, if many teenagers –in this case Indonesia- use drugs, it can be endanger this country, harm youth generation, whereas youths are nation expectation. If the youth using drugs, our nation can be destroy!

So, from now on we must pay attention of drugs, because it’s very dangerous, both in terms of health, religion (Islam), nationality and state.

          La Chiesa post-sessuale (II parte)        

(qui la prima parte)

di Marco Sambruna


Per soppesare i fenomeni della storia, compresa la storia della Chiesa, vale sempre la Parola di Cristo il quale ci ha suggerito un metodo infallibile per valutare la bontà del decorso materiale e spirituale di una realtà: occorre osservare la qualità degli effetti per comprendere la qualità delle cause. Questo è il significato più trasparente della frase evangelica “dai loro frutti dunque li riconoscerete”.
Noi tentiamo qui di percorrere il medesimo itinerario proponendoci di osservare e valutare la qualità della causa a partire dagli effetti che ne sono scaturiti: ne risulta infine come l’iter di sterilizzazione indotta e spacciato da una parte della leadership cattolica come percorso di maturazione cristiana sia la causa scatenante dell’attuale impotenza e infecondità cattolica allo stesso modo in cui un albero infetto produce frutti atrofizzati.

L’analisi degli effetti prodotti dalla realtà cattolica attuale ci rivela dunque le seguenti evidenze tutte o quasi riconducibili a un cammino di depotenziamento in materia dottrinale, teologica, etica e devozionale:

- Sentimentalizzazione del Cristo, gradualmente disinnescato fino alla sua riduzione al rango di un buonista qualsiasi desideroso di andare d'accordo con tutti per non dispiacere a nessuno nell’oblio degli episodi evangelici che ne manifestano invece la virilità come le invettive contro i mercanti del tempio, contro gli scribi e farisei ossia i radical chic dell'epoca e perfino contro qualche apostolo. Riduzione del Cristo da Colui che non è venuto a portare la pace, ma la spada a colui che non è venuto a portare la spada, ma la pace anche a costo di compromessi secolarizzanti;

- Dissoluzione dell’aura solenne che circondava i sacramenti e loro progressiva banalizzazione e riduzione a prodotti di consumo che non necessitano più di alcuna evoluzione personale prima di essere accostati; desacralizzazione, dissacrazione e infine derisione del sacro e sua mercificazione a livello di un articolo commerciale low cost il cui conseguimento non è più frutto di un’impegnativa conquista, ma di un preteso diritto;

- Denigrazione e colpevolizzazione della civiltà europea e della storia occidentale contrabbandata come una sequela di soprusi priva di qualsiasi connotazione positiva da scontare tramite una resa incondizionata alla penetrazione di altre culture e visioni del mondo;

- Psichiatrizzazione della fede tradizionale cioè della fede tout court tramite sua squalifica al rango di residuo archeologico degno di una mente mineralizzata dai connotati nevrotici;

- Confortevole rinuncia all’evangelizzazione perché incompatibile con la narcosi laicista spacciata per pace che gode anche in seno alla chiesa di priorità assoluta. Divulgazione della errata credenza per cui il proselitismo ha connotati negativi laddove invece il proselita è colui che diventa cristiano in seguito all’evangelizzazione. Ne esce inficiata la dimensione missionaria tipica dell’appartenenza cristiana e rinforzata la fondazione di una fede privatizzata e intimistica dalle sfumature ereticali;

- Estinzione dello spirito di profezia, dell’escatologia e della soteriologia come capacità da parte della Chiesa di indicare scenari futuri terreni e ultraterreni e loro sostituzione con calcoli previsionali di corto respiro, ad esempio sullo stato di salute del pianeta, fondati talvolta su concezioni scientifiche tuttora dibattute e mai definitivamente chiarificate peraltro mutuate da agende laiciste affette da manipolazioni ideologiche.

- Sostituzione dell'autentica esperienza religiosa in quanto tale sempre personale e soggettiva con pratiche collettive di erogazione di servizi sociali grossolanamente confusi come autentici percorsi di fede e conseguente nefasta identificazione fra sviluppo umano e obblighi civili da adempiere per legge. La raccolta differenziata come nuova frontiera dello spirito;

- Omologazione del magistero cattolico all'agenda mondialista come dimostrano i notevoli cedimenti sulle questioni di bioetica e sugli ex “principi non negoziabili”;

- Scissione schizoide nella coscienza dei cattolici a causa del divergere fra le esigenze previste dal magistero tradizionale e le eterodossie personali di taluni vertici ecclesiastici tragicamente presentati come dogmi con conseguente caotizzazione e destabilizzazione delle certezze di fede che favoriscono il consolidarsi del relativismo etico di matrice protestante;

- Imborghesimento del credente medio la cui devozione è spesso ridotta alla ripetizione di gesti e formule di cui non conosce nemmeno il significato simbolico da cui deriva una narcosi esistenziale e una tranquillizzante anestesia morale che ottunde l’inquietudine necessaria a ogni ricerca;

- Retrocessione dell'estetica e solennità della liturgia cattolica a livelli di oggettivo squallore tanto da configurare tale sciatteria come un elemento distintivo della chiesa contemporanea da ostentare orgogliosamente;

- Avversione e atteggiamento di spocchiosa sufficienza verso la devozione popolare e in particolare verso il culto mariano percepito ormai come un ostacolo lungo il tragitto di protestantizzazione della chiesa. Disinnesco dei significati più urgenti e degli appelli più pressanti rivelati dalle apparizioni riconosciute e loro addomesticamento arcobalenizzante verso un generico appello alla pace e alla concordia universale

- Valorizzazione narcisistica dell'approssimazione teologica e filosofica in nome di un primato della prassi che segmenta e parcellizza l’impegno caritativo in una serie di operazioni caratterizzate da arido funzionalismo spesso non privo di elementi affaristici;

- Laida bruttezza e volgare anonimia degli edifici destinati al culto e sempre più frequente ricorso a rappresentazioni ai limiti dell'osceno nell'arte sacra;

- Induzione di papolatria idolatrica e forme devozionali verso i massimi rappresentanti del laicismo militante, del radicalismo libertario e del nichilismo materialista;

- Svenevole e infingarda arrendevolezza di fronte all'aggressività islamista di contro allo spietato cinismo adottato verso le realtà cattoliche più ortodosse;

Inoltre e infine la più tragica delle conseguenze: l'indebolimento o l'abolizione dall'orizzonte antropologico della speranza ultraterrena quale contributo decisivo alla formazione di un uomo più triste, disperato, solo.

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          L'eco della solidità. La nostalgia del richiamo tra antropologia liquida e postumanesimo        

di Giulia Bovassi

Quanto è “troppo”? Incalza il bisogno di trovare un equilibrio fra il quesito, la possibile risposta e il reale. Un mancato posizionamento è l’angosciante condizione liquida degli abitanti del possibile, in costante adattamento ad una identità dinamica come dinamico è il contesto tecnico-scientifico ormai pienamente omologato alla quotidianità. Ripudiata ogni radice, compresa la natura umana e la sua contingenza, restano corpi docili “biologicizzati” senza identità. Corpi manipolabili, non pensanti, devoti al possibile. Annichilendo l’origine e il senso legato al fine, da chi potrà alienarsi quest’uomo estraneo a se stesso che non torna in se stesso? La creazione di un nuovo mondo, totalmente padroneggiabile e disponibile quantitativamente, appare come inevitabile soluzione affinché l’uomo possa superare il senso di sé in seguito alla perdita di sé. Transumanesimo e Postumanesimo curano la schizofrenia identitaria endemica con la non-necessità dell’uomo, quindi la sua immortalità e perfettibilità. Quando la vulnerabilità cessa di essere occasione feconda, subentra l’Oltreuomo. Occorre chiedersi: calati nell’inevitabile scontro-incontro con la miseria umana, se frantumati, come ricomporci per annientarci? Ecco la spiritualità perduta, ecco la persona che ha bisogno di tornare al pensiero di sé.

Il libro parla di noi, di ciascuno. L’idea centrale è un nodo fra una condizione antropologica precedente, apparentemente attuale e quella in divenire, oggettivo dato di partenza per discutere sull’identità, sul pensiero di sé (la domanda filosofica e la ricerca di senso), sulla nostra natura umana, quindi grande e docile allo stesso tempo. Non sono pagine che vi consiglio di sfogliare al mattino (men che meno se vi svegliate di sabato o domenica, nella leggerezza di un weekend in famiglia!), vi consiglio però di tentarne la lettura perché lo scopo del lavoro non è di iniziarlo per finirlo, ma di iniziarlo per continuare. Prendetelo come una provocazione, una sfida contro voi stessi, così come lo è stato per me nel momento stesso in cui ho scoperto che per avere la vittoria occorre focalizzare dove e contro chi combattere la battaglia: in questo caso il nemico ero io, eravate voi, siamo noi, sono loro, l’essere umano diverso e l’essere umano che vuole essere uguale. Il nemico si è presentato chiedendomi “allora, dimmi un po’ chi sei” e, ovviamente, per aver qualcosa da dire di sé occorre conoscersi. Proprio qui il vuoto: socialmente siamo sospinti, senza dubbio trascinati, verso modelli adattabili ai quali tendiamo, modelli che incalzano desideri e allontano dall’intimità dei tratti specifici, grazie ai quali siamo mistero e bellezza per i nostri simili, sicché guardando lontano a qualche possibile che pizzica il mutamento, arrestiamo l’originale e con esso la definizione dei suoi contorni. Frustrati rifuggiamo ciò che tocchiamo, per sfiorare l’idea della perfezione, così arranchiamo, tra una delusione e l’altra, verso una vita senza debolezze, non-necessariamente-umana. L’identità frammentata e fluida lascia liberi di parlare di sé con termini rinnovabili secondo preferenze. Questo è l’unico terreno fertile per decostruire, poi fabbricare, sciolti da vincoli e, su questo spazio, questo deserto, affiora la giustificazione a molte delle problematiche, dall’origine alla morte, sulle quali inciampiamo. C’è tutto di noi nella posizione che prendiamo tra il tutto della Vita e il nulla della morte, due fatti che non sono eventi, non capitano senza un trascorso. Sono il nostro tempo qui, fatto a dimensione d’uomo, amico di chi torna a vederlo, nemico per chi si inganna rifiutandolo razionalmente. La mia speranza per questo contributo editoriale è che sia uno sforzo per il lettore, lo sforzo di alzarsi dall’apatia per, un domani, non solo saper rispondere alla domanda di partenza, “chi sei”, ma addirittura padroneggiarla con l’autorevolezza di colui che, facendosi beffe dell’indefinito, ha trovato i suoi ingredienti e può così rivolgerla al suo vicino, solleticandolo fino a smuovere il piacere di meravigliarsi del suo passaggio qui, tra i vivi.

«L’eco della solidità» ha inoltre il piacere di essere il volume di apertura ad una nuova collana filosofica “Laboratori di Filosofia. Collana di studi e ricerche filosofiche”, nata dalla medesima esigenza di cui vi ho sinteticamente reso partecipi. Detto ciò, non posso che augurarvi una piacevole lettura!


          On the question of infectious etiologies for multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia and the chronic fatigue syndrome and their treatment with antibiotics Source: Medical Hypotheses, Mar 5, 2009        
Two cases of chronic fatigue syndrome - included by serendipity in trial of extended antibiotic therapy for schizophrenia patients - showed improvement.
rory was at it again this week. looking for rattlers, that is! both those with a transmitter and those heretofore "undiscovered" by humanoid. found this one in the classic i'mawaitin'forarodent ambush position on a log. lookit the raindrops on his scales. been a wet humid, and hot, week, soakin' rory with sweat, makin' hiz pack stinky, his clothing feel as convenient as a jumpsuit made of warm wet wallpaper, and the damn chiggers consuming the flesh 'round his ankles even more irritating. but then, it's all worth it when you see a thing of beauty. and your sweat reminds you it's good to be alive. and to appreciate the simple things. like water.

I know. not everyone thinks rattlers in particular or snakes in general are things of beauty. for some the addition of legs to the critter makes all the difference. some who are repelled by snakes find lizards cute. while writing notes about a snake found near a proposed development area, rory saw this pretty adult five-lined skink darting about a nearby rock, seemingly foraging for insects or arachnids. see 'em frequently. hardly ever get a good shot at 'em with the camera. she's pretty rory thinkz:

maybe even more people like dragonflies. even people who hate insects generally. dragonfly jewelry. dragonfly prints. dragonflies in songs of ziggy marley. dragonflies are "pretty." I agree. just that I find alot of other insects beautiful, if not pretty, as well. but we'll get to that, kinda. so rory came upon this newly emerged dragonfly on a mossy trail. wings still wet and somewhat limp. helpless insect unable to escape rory's lens.

not to far from the dragonfly, rory came across this beetle. apparently a female stuffed with eggs to the point that her carapace looks like the shrunken vest of an obese biker, more bib than abdomen- or belly-cover. oh coleopterists out there: what species is this? my daughter advises it looks like a scarab ... of which there are thousands of species. scarabaeidae. dung eaters. coprophilous critters. oh female of distended abdomen walking the woodland floor, were you in search of "the right shit" when rory distracted you for a moment to record your image? a worthy quest as noble as any search for the holy grail.

is she not beautiful? roryz person on the street survey, however, had her physical beauty rated well below that of the dragonfly. should she consider cosmetic surgery? makeup? rory could have captured her and painted her with shiny metallic, colorful paints and photographed her. perhaps clothed her swollen abdomen with a lovely printed sarong. painted her mandibles ruby red. inserted some thorax implants? would she have been beautiful then? or is there more to beauty than the human-visual-culturally-constructed-vision-of-beauty-of-the-day? scarabs. dung collecters. holy rollers of the shitball. sacred to the egyptians. is this not beauty?

According the Corning Museum: "The scarab rolls dung into pills, buries them in the earth, and thereby provides nutrition for its larvae. The fact that something as inferior as dung gives life to this beautiful beetle made the scarab an ideal representation of Khepri, god of the rising sun, rebirth, and transformation. “Khepri” means both “scarab” and “he who becomes.”"

so the scarab beetle exhorts its young

better than the "EAT SHIT AND DIE!" motto of the bush administration. w the man who wanks while baghdad and beirut burn.

now a short digression on a side-loop trail that will return to the path of this post, kinda: you know the late pope actually believed that the reason his spine became parallel to the ground in his old age was that he had excessively pumped the pre-papal python as a youth? rory shitz you not. imagine a huge organization that has as one of its tenets a great deal of anti-masturbation rules, regulations, commentary, and scholarly works. laughable, yet scary. oh, yes, they take their bishop-bashing seriously. same organization along with others of its ilk is behind the anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment movement sweeping amerika. first of all why the fuck do people think this something for "legislative" action? second of all, why the fuck do people think this is something for a constitutional amendment? third of all why do people give a shit what other people do in the privacy of their bedrooms? ignurnce on so many frickin' levels. a constitution is an overarching, guidelining kinda document, ain't it? by frickin' definition. if every time some piece of legislation were declared unconstitutional, fuckwads in legislatures spent their time trying to come up with a specific amendment to overturn one ruling and enact one law, well, they wouldn't have time to entertain lobbyists or pass lameass idiotic jingoistic bush jerkin' resolutions in support of ill-fated ill-conceived wars ... uh, hmm ... okay ... so maybe we should encourage 'em to work on ridiculously specific constitutional amendments, like the anti-gay amendments, or the anti-flag burning amendments, or ... the anti-masturbation amendment. you know the one that reads just like the Vatican's law: "Sex is defined as the act of coitus between a man and a woman united in holy marriage for the sole purpose of producing more human offspring than the world can sustain. Masturbation has never been formally recognized as a legitimate form of sex under the judeo-christian traditon of America. Indeed masturbation has long been held to be harmful to the physical and moral being of humankind. Wherefore, any act of masturbation, or other manner of self-stimulation for purposes of sexual gratification, whether unilateral or mutual, is not constitutionally protected."

Oh, the Senators can get behind this one. Why, jerkin' the gherkin can be addicting, they might point out. "Let the heathens spill theirs on the dusty ground," we can almost hear them say. And to think that Father Hardon is a moderate on the subject of five-fingered solitaire, willing to at least mitigate culpability!

why the masturbation-cure industry could experience a renaissance! which reminds me of a page in an old book I found in a flea market in Kansas years ago. book is entitled "The People's Medical Advisor" and was published in 1918. worth at least a post in and of itself. even on the subject of weasel-workin' alone. gotta wonder since the catholic catechism is pretty much the same now as it was in 1918, how many people still believe this type of shit. you might have to click up the image to read that the nut on the right was "wasted by masturbation":

wait! what is it? poll results just in! 39% of the world's population believes that wanking can waste the balls! percentage higher among fundies of all stripes! rory's medical advisor states that twisted beliefs about self-play can result in excessive, uncontrollable nocturnal missile launches, suicide bombings, indifference to civilian deaths, and in extreme cases, rape of entire countries by overwhelming military force. (less has been written on the subject of the ill effects of female self-help it seems, again, the social and cultural ramifications of which are subject for a post itself, no doubt).

Oh, Dr. Jocelyn Elders, surgeon general under wild bill clinton, advocate of therapeutic self-stimulation, casualty of the amazingly powerful anti-selfpleasuring movement, would that your message had been spread rather than suppressed! Damnable casualty of wankgate! Oh, yes the anti-manual forces are powerful. powerful and dark. powerful, dark and ruthless. the surgeon general was purged from the clinton administration for the sin of open discussion of self-pleasuring and the denial that it is a sin or unhealthy or more dangerous than our constitutionally protected godgiven american right to bear arms and mindlessly blast the everlovin' crap out of beautiful creatures that do us no harm, such as coyotes, for frickin' example.

one can imagine the subsequent interviews of surgeons general. "Where do you stand on jacking off, self-diddling, solo dildo use, or lone rubbing? Will you sign this oath to never discuss, advocate, or suggest that masturbation does not cause grievous harm to the individual performing this pathological action? Do you agree with the teachings of Claude Lallemand, the 19th Century physician who maintained that autoerotic activity has these effects: "All sensations decrease, sight is endangered, and the mind is threatened, and the usual result is idiocy and death."

which brings me back to the other subject at hand. nature photos declared obscene, that is. well, here's the tie-in. A priest of germanic descent, I suppose, but a true american catholic, name of Irwin Spankmeister, rory shitz you not, whats-in-a-name-anyway, would lead wayward youths to his garden at the appropriate time of year, where a fungus would grow up. some call it dog penis or dog dick fungus. some say it's one of the stinkhorns, for it smells foul, attracting flies that spread its spores. oh, but father spankmeister used to call it by a variant of its more medieval name: "devil's dong." some say it's the devil's "doohickey." And he would tell lads that if they pleasured themselves the lord might render their thing like the devil's dong in color, size, overall appearance, smell, and attrativeness to flies. Oh what an educator of youth the priest was! well rory came across the infamous dog penis fungus during this week's woodland perambulations and got a couple of shots of it.

view from the right:

view from the left:

jesus christ on crutches spankmeister! it's just a fuckin' mushroom! it's not a visual aid in the war against wanking! and it's got a beautiful color. tweaks the mind when you come upon it in the woods. hey, flies like it. a thing of beauty in its own way even. rory also heard, from flyonthewall, that the secret service is still searching for a paranoid schizophrenic man who publicly put a curse on the firstfuckwad's dong shouting out his wishes that it turn into the infamous devil's doohickey! speakin' of which, whatever happened to that poor bastard who got arrested for wanting to lop the presidential marble bag? oh the world of nekked apes is indeed a funny one! and yet, given the news of the past year, none of this surprises rory in the least. and all of which confirms that the bush administration is a lot like the traditional catholic contentions regarding masturbation: the results are idiocy and death.


For those who might not remember threat-on-the-presidential-marble-pouch-incident here's a link to roryz post on it. bush's scrotum declared safe from wishes of indicted mental patient; elderly woman praying for cheney's pecker to fall off to be indicted next rory plans to attempt to locate and interview the alleged perpetrator of this insidious plot. if anyone has his current address, please advise.
          June 2017 Highlights        
Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the June issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover features four paintings by British artist Bryan Charnley, whose later work depicts his experience with schizophrenia. The authors of our first CE, “Original Research: The Experiences of Pregnant Smokers and Their Providers,” conducted focus groups of pregnant smokers and their providers, most of whom were RNs, to better understand their experiences and to gain insights to help providers best deliver the stop-smoking message. Our second CE, “Mental Health Matters: Antipsychotic Medications,” reviews the mechanisms of action, adverse effects, and contraindications of first-generation typical and second-generation atypical antipsychotics. Our next article, “Irritable Bowel Syndrome,” reviews the epidemiology and pathophysiology of IBS and recent developments in the field of IBS research, summarizes diagnostic and treatment strategies, and discusses implications for nursing practice. In “Perspectives on Palliative Care: Advance Care Planning: The Nurse’s Role,” the author discusses how nurses can promote the practice of advance care planning in their facility and overcome the challenges associated with its implementation. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
          Should I Say It Amazingly Odd        
I been told the major arcana in tarot deck matches up with the old Hebrew letters of there alphabet. They have 22 letters and there are 22 major arcana.
I took Liz to have a reading...(Since I don't use real names) It came up very interesting. So I can only give a quick run down.
Well he was spot on and nothing was every said. See Liz dad died was her everything and her life pretty much start to crumble.
See she had quite a bit of trouble with her two son. For some reason it was decided to a reading on her son Paul (Remember I don't use real names) and the STRENGTH and there is lion and it the relationship how we handle the beast in us...and Paul made the statement about the demon beast in him and he needs to drink to quite it down.
I'm not familiar with any of the eastern tarot deck. He did a three flip up and the schizophrenia came up. And also the reader said Paul had a horrible event happen to him when her was 14 and hasn't dealt with it.
Liz has never lied to me. Confession time...At first I wonder if all what she was saying was true. She consistent and I know she doesn't change her stories from one person to anther or time.
Well to find out Liz older son held his brother Paul down and shot him up with heroin.
Not sure if heroin or the act of someone agaist your will forcing something apon you, which had the bigger effect.
So she went home and a little later on told her son about the reading. Which I will post at later date.

I start to draw on anther tarot card this time I'm working on FOUR WANDS I have to ideal on how I sort of want to this.
One... I want to have a parade float and heading toward a castle.
Two...I want to draw an older rig leaving and old run down place and head to a beautiful flower garden .
For now I need to take a break and something more clearly will come.

This week I haven't been doing any part of fitday which I keep track of my calories. I been trying to keep a mental food journal. At the summer soltice and our up coming family reunion which will happen this weekend.
So eating been a little wack out. But for my work lunch I still eat four health choices and dinner still watch my portion size.
Once the reunion over I'm going back to using fitday.

Coffee is on

          [news] An "Olympic Gold" for Shenzhen + RMB 4,000,000,000: Easy Come, Easy Go ...        
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Dateline: China
Back in the blogging biz after a week in SH and HZ.  (Lots to say, albeit not until September.  See my "Casting a Wider Net" section which follows.)  Also encountered a "slight" computer problem upon my return to QD.  (More in "Entering the Twilight Zone".)  This posting may seem a bit schizophrenic:  I'm reading several trade articles, reviewing my Bloglines updates, scanning a few newly-published ACM proceedings, and writing this posting simultaneously, so don't be surprised when you see that my perspectives are all over the map.  I already have 51 items for my urls update, so I'll mostly focus on commenting on some of these items.
An "Olympic Gold" for SZ
I've been waiting for the right time to do a write-up on SZ.  Since the Zensar and Broadengate deal is now public knowledge, this is as good a time as any.  (BTW, I'll be providing much more in-depth coverage of SZ/GZ/HK in a future "Letter from China", including a take on Accenture's expansion plans in South China.)
The most interesting business model I have encountered during my visits with over fifty SIs (systems integrators) all throughout China is the Zensar and Broadengate model.  There has been a lot of press about the deal, although I didn't notice any in the American trades.  (However, articles about this announcement might still be scattered among my Bloglines subscriptions; as I stated in the opening paragraph, I'm still in the process of reviewing articles and postings published early last week since my Bloglines feeds are LIFO.)  Two of the better articles were published by Xinhuanet ( http://tinyurl.com/4y5xe ) and rediff.com ( http://tinyurl.com/48eo6 ).  I've been privy to this deal for a couple of months; I was even invited by an exec with the SZ Software Park to speak at their announcement, but it was a bit too rushed and I was in the final prep phase for my SH and HZ trip.
Here's what I can say on the record:  The deal between Zensar and Broadengate portends a fascinating future for those SIs with a "Golden Triangle" (U.S., India, China) strategy.  The Xinhuanet and rediff.com articles provide some details, but I'll cut to the chase.  What is most significant about this deal is NOT the way it is structured, but the way it is being implemented.  In fact, here's the scenario.
What China's SIs lack the most are experienced PMs.  Of course, they also have no clue how to sell into the U.S. market.  This deal solves both problems.  Zensar already generates sales in the States, something that virtually all SIs in China lack (and ALL domestic SIs do it poorly at best).  Looking beyond this particular deal, many SIs in India (and, of course, in the States) already sell to U.S. CIOs and LOB managers.  With this kind of deal, the sales channel problem is somewhat resolved.  (I say "somewhat" because I'm not convinced that the way sales are generated is optimal.  Alas, addressing this issue is best served in another posting.  I'm still not convinced that many Indian SIs -- and American SIs, for that matter -- really understand the difference between and the need for new business development AND global account management.)  The other problem is also solved, i.e., the lack of PMs.  And this is where the Zensar strategy shines brightest.  The "trick", so to speak, is to use experienced Indians as PMs and bright (but generally inexperienced) Chinese software engineers and programmers.  Over time, Zensar will train their Chinese engineers to be PMs; this is NOT an "Indian master, Chinese slave" relationship.  It simply addresses the short(er)-term need for experienced PMs in China ... and finding experienced PMs in China is next to impossible except at places like BearingPoint, IGS, ... (see a thread developing?).  And trust me, I know it's not easy for them, either.
I expect to see a lot more deals like the Zensar and Broadengate deal.  And what I hope to see are a lot of deals between American SIs and Chinese SIs, especially among the American SIs which have already ventured into India.  (Nat, are you reading this?)  I'm not convinced this will happen, but I'm hopeful that it will.  BTW, unless an American SI is one of the largest (e.g., a VARBusiness 100), I'd suggest a partnering strategy in China; don't try to copy IGS, Accenture and B'Point.  An interesting little twist on this was published earlier today in EE Times; see http://tinyurl.com/68ao8 .  BTW, another reason that the Zensar deal will shine rests with Zensar's CEO, Ashish Rahinj.  I have no doubt that he will turn the Zensar and Broadengate deal into a phenomenal success.  However, since he can't be cloned, a "Ashish Rahinj" strategy cannot be duplicated ... and, let's face it, stating the need for a superb CEO like Ashish is stating the obvious.  On a related note (and a bit higher on the food chain), also see an article published in The Star (Malaysia); http://tinyurl.com/6x3uh .
neoIT Slams China Again: The Philippines Takes The Number Two Slot After India
They must be comped at neoIT for slamming China.  (Actually, it's more like dissing China.)  A recent posting in Offshoring Digest ( http://tinyurl.com/6g2gg ) quotes neoIT's CEO stating that the Philippines is India's most formidable competitor and goes on to make a lot of claims, often citing ridiculous sources.  To be fair, I find no fault with Offshoring Digest; I'm simply attempting to correct some of the flaws in the posting.  First, the salaries quoted are NOT comparing apples to apples.  US$15,000 is true for Shanghai, but certainly not in most other cities in China.  Also, there's a skill set difference between the engineers in SH and in lower cost places in China.  The objective is to find an appropriate mix, which is what a lot of domestic SIs are attempting to do.  LCW (a Langchao company) is doing just this with a Shanghai op-center facing the U.S. market coupled with their largest development center in Jinan (and a smaller center in Qingdao).  Look at payroll figures and it becomes obvious why this makes a lot of sense.  When put in proper perspective, a software engineer in China does NOT make US$15,000 per year -- not even CLOSE!!
Computerworld Special Report on Web Services
Not much to say except, "READ IT!!"  Includes a couple of book excerpts, too.  The Table of Contents (of sorts) can be found at http://tinyurl.com/5s3e6 .  A glossary is at http://tinyurl.com/62d4v .  A book excerpt and introduction to Web services is at http://tinyurl.com/59skq .  Another book excerpt with a look at when to use Web services can be found at http://tinyurl.com/4laot .  Great stuff!!  Not part of the Special Report, but also from Computerworld, some Web services myths at http://tinyurl.com/5tbqh .  And a couple of other superb articles on a related topic, service-oriented architecture.  One was a cover story in CRN; see http://tinyurl.com/6rbsg ; the other, a feature in Portals Magazine; see http://tinyurl.com/4eg2k .
IT Tidbits
Wipro tells the truth:  It's not so much about GDMs (global delivery models), even if their press releases say so.  (See http://tinyurl.com/5jaqs .)  It's really about customer evangelists.  That's it, folks!!  See http://tinyurl.com/7xog9 .
"RIP" R.I.P.:  In other words, Russia-India-Philippines, your fate is at hand.  I was going to write a lengthy piece about this, but I'll capsulize instead.  Bottom line:  Not afraid of terrorism?  Then by all means, feel free to do your offshoring in the "RIP" countries.  Russia is having their own problems (see http://tinyurl.com/53l5m ) as is India -- and India's latest threat is from a political force (see http://tinyurl.com/6bj5f ).  Definitely, no outsourcing in Hyderabad or Delhi!!  Good 'ol political terrorism almost sounds like a relief, but it's certainly a serious issue.  And there's no need to talk about terrorism in the Philippines, is there?
Financial Services Not Leveragable:  Brief comment.  As firms in SH, HZ and even in QD have found, although the financial services sector is the hottest for ITO, the practices of financial institutions in China are too radically different from the practices of financial institutions in the States to be truly leveragable as a vertical market.  This may change over time, especially with WTO, but it's a hard sell right now.  Game over, NO; game delayed, YES.
RMB 4,000,000,000: Easy Come, Easy Go ...
EVERYBODY with a pulse knows about the Google IPO last week.  The real news, however, was the P2P decision.  But first I'm going to take a stroll down memory lane.  (Certainly feel free to stop reading here.  Except for a bit on the P2P legal decision, the balance of this posting is mostly personal stuff.)

Back in early 2000 I was interviewed by Google for a position which was ultimately filled by Omid Kordestani.  (Google was still on University Avenue, near Stanford and in downtown Palo Alto.)  At that time I had just started the interviewing process with the PSO group at McKinsey and I was pumped-up for a shot at a partnership with McKinsey (albeit starting as a Principal or Associate Principal).  Well, when I checked a couple of days ago, Omid's stock was worth RMB 4,000,000,000 (yes, nine zeros), that's US$500,000,000 (see http://tinyurl.com/3jeqq ).
Frankly, I was NOT (and I'm still not) enamored with the way Google does search; I've been a fan of specialized search engines and databases for over 25 years since I first learned to use Dialog, Orbit, BRS and DTIC.  However, I admit that a guy like me who enjoys reading SIGIR proceedings is not your average searcher.  I was also not too thrilled by their revenue model.  I have nothing against their model, but I couldn't see how I was able to add value in their game -- and I guess that they couldn't see it, either.  (I didn't have a second interview.) 
I'll never know how close I was.  Was I a close second ... or a distant 32nd?  (I certainly hope I wasn't a close second!!)  From what I best recollect, Google's VCs brought in their own hand-picked choice.  However, I also recall that Omid had much better qualifications than yours truly.  I even had a chance to read his CV; Larry and Sergey had it face-up on the table opposite of me.  But as a biz dev guy, I had long ago learned to read upside-down documents across a table.  Well, on to the truly important IT news for last week.  Not as exciting as Google's IPO, but much more significant to the industry as a whole.  (In reality, the Google IPO was a statistical outlier.)
The "big" news, IMHO, was the decision by the U.S. Appeals Court in favor of P2P vendors and providers.  The Industry Standard had one of the best features on this decision; see http://tinyurl.com/5dkoq .  Why is this so important?  Because P2P is key to the future of computing.  From search to grid computing, P2P provides a foundation for a host of solutions.  I'm been a P2P fan for a long time, although I don't use it much for consumer apps.  Matter of fact, I don't use it very much at all.  However, I see the potential -- and I've seen a lot of research in this area.  For example, it's hard to find an ACM magazine which has NOT had a special issue on P2P; P2P pervades many computing domains.  For those readers who haven't played with P2P, try using the Deepnet browser.  Matter of fact, if you use IE as your primary browser, I suspect that you'll like Deepnet a lot.  Deepnet features a Web browser (in essence, sitting on top of IE), an XML feed reader, and P2P file sharing.  See Deepnet at http://tinyurl.com/56gm7 .  BTW, it looks pretty safe, especially by the way they handle BHOs.  Your mileage may vary ...

Entering the Twilight Zone
I came back from SH & HZ only to find my computer in the CCU.  I guess the good news is that it wasn't in the ICU -- or the morgue!  I'm still getting it up and running.  Starting in early September, I'll be off to the US and BJ (and possibly SZ and HK) for much of the following six weeks.  Suffice it to say that this blog will be dark most of the next two months.  Too bad my smartphone is tied to Sprint's CDMA network in the States;  it's nothing more than an overpriced PDA in China.  Assuming I can get my hands on a new Explorer series Pocket PC when I get back to the States or in HK (the first PDA with VGA *and* '03 SE) and that I can find an unlimited cellular data access plan for nationwide use in China (probably with a S-E 900 series unit), at least I'll have a back-up if/when my PC goes into cardiac arrest.
Actually, I still hope to publish twice a week: One urls list (albeit with as few as five annotated selections) and a commentary culled from one of my Bloglines "MASTER" sources (e.g., Computerworld, <IEEE> Computer), each posted every ten or so days.  The twilight zone, allegorically and metaphorically.  To round out the publication schedule, there's something new on the horizon.
Casting a Wider Net
As of next month I will be writing a fortnightly/bi-weekly or monthly (TBD) column for the AlwaysOn Network, Silicon Valley's premier online executive network.   Specifically, I will be one of the two columnists for their "Letter from China" feature/e-newsletter.  Each column reaches several hundred readers through the AO Web site and an additional 16,000 newsletter subscribers, plus an estimated several thousand XML news feed subscribers.  Each AO column will also be distributed through my ITO blog and e-newsletter.
My first column will critique Shanghai -- from a myriad of perspectives:  A look at what's possible (and advisable) in contrast to what's merely wishful thinking.  The second (and possibly third) columns will examine Sino-American cultural differences, including differences which may be unique to the IT industry.
David Scott Lewis
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          PS : Parti Schizophrène        

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          Hacking Mr. Robot        

Slate and Future Tense are discussing Mr. Robot and the technological world it portrays throughout the show’s second season. You can follow this conversation on Future Tense, and Slate Plus members can also listen to Hacking Mr. Robot, a members-only podcast series featuring Lily Hay Newman and Fred Kaplan.

Mr. Robot, which returns Wednesday night for a second season on the USA Network, is a remarkable TV show: funny, edgy, suspenseful, subversive, and a piercing probe of the modern social fabric. In short, it’s about a world controlled by computers and the hackers—especially our anti-hero and narrator, a lonely hacker named Elliot Alderson (brilliantly played by Rami Malek), who finds himself the kingpin of a secret society of hackers—plotting to bring down that world, the mainsprings of which only they understand.

At Season 1’s fade-out, the hackers, who call themselves Fsociety, launch their massive cyberattack on E Corp., the evil megabank that seems to run the global economy (more on this later), wiping out all its data, erasing the debt of hundreds of millions of people, and thus fomenting revolution.

As the new season opens, the world is in chaos. In one scene, E Corp.’s general counsel walks into her smart home and, suddenly, all the Internet of Things runs amuck: the shower turns scalding hot, the stereo turns blaring loud, lights flash off and on, the burglar alarm’s pass code doesn’t work. Fsociety has hacked into her home’s main computer, and she doesn’t know what to do. “It’s all inside the walls!” she screams into the phone, when a tech-support staffer advises her to check the wiring. That’s the way her smart home was packaged.

What a metaphor for modern life—and only a slight extension of its reality. Nearly all the pieces of our critical infrastructure—banking, transportation, energy, waterworks, government, the military, and of course information technology—are wired into computer networks. With the Internet of Things, so, increasingly, are our appliances and cars. If these systems break down, whether due to a technical flaw or a hacker’s keystrokes, most of us don’t—and won’t—know what to do. In a DARPA-financed experiment last year, a pair of computer specialists, one of whom used to work at the National Security Agency and is now the security chief of Uber’s driverless-car program, hacked into a Jeep Cherokee and commandeered its steering wheel, accelerator, brakes, GPS receiver, windshield wipers—everything.

In other words, there’s more than a patina of authenticity to Mr. Robot.

Most shows that deal with technology lose their footing when they try to go deep or get detailed. The viewers who know the field roll their eyes in derision; those who don’t still sense that something’s off. The creators of Mr. Robot—showrunner Sam Esmail and his crew of consultants—get these things, small and large, right. When the characters type commands and codes on their laptops, what we see on their monitors is the real deal: no post-production green-screen gibberish here. In the early part of Season 1, before Elliot joins (or realizes that his schizoid self is leading) the revolution, he hacks his few friends, his boss, and his shrink, as well as a few miscreants (a child pornographer, a drug dealer, and his shrink’s philandering boyfriend) whom he blackmails or turns in to the authorities. The techniques he uses to crack their passwords or otherwise gain access to their files are real, time-tested tools. It’s so easy for Elliot (and for the many hackers in real life) and so shocking to his victims when they realize how wide-open they’ve left themselves.

These scenes capture a new power equation in the internet era—the control, by those who have mastered the technology, over the rest of us who blithely plaster everything about ourselves online. In one scene, Elliot phones one of his prey, pretending to be a bank officer (he’s already found out where the target banks), and asks, as part of a “security review,” for his address, favorite sports team, and pet’s name. From that information, Elliot pieces together the guy’s password.

It’s often as simple as that. When I was researching my book, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, Matt Devost, president and CEO of the cybersecurity firm FusionX, told me about his days running the “red team” in war games that tested the vulnerability of NATO communications systems. In one game, Devost was having a hard time cracking the commanding general’s password. So he looked up his biographical sketch on a military website, tried out some of the personal details it cited, and finally hit gold by combining “Rutgers,” where the general’s son was attending college, with a two-digit number, which a commercially available random-numbers generator guessed in less than a second.

But what about the show’s larger premise: Could a skilled hacker penetrate a megacorporation’s computer network; erase all its data; and, as a result, topple the capitalist system—or at least wipe out the debt of the masses? This is where the show goes too far and, in another sense, not far enough.

The irony is that, of all the critical sectors of the American economy, banking and finance are doing pretty well when it comes to cybersecurity. Their entire business, after all, relies on taking your money and earning your trust. They also have a lot of money, which allows them to hire the best engineers to secure their networks. Hackers try to get in all the time, but they rarely succeed, and when they do, they’re detected and ejected fairly quickly, and the hole is patched not long after. A major attack, of the sort portrayed in Mr. Robot, is plausible, but its results might not be enduring. (Even if the bank’s cybersecurity team couldn’t repair the damage, the Department of Homeland Security could send the NSA an official request for technical assistance. And I’m pretty sure that, whatever a backroom of anarchic hackers could do, the elite hackers of the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations office could trace and reverse.)

One other feature of the American economy: compared with other industrialized nations, it’s decentralized. The cyber-shutdown of a very large bank would send devastating shockwaves across the entire financial system (think Lehman Brothers in 2008), but it wouldn’t mean the shutdown of all banks or all bank transactions. Even if hackers jammed or erased Bank of America’s data (and its backup files), they wouldn’t have touched the data at J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, or the others. The liberation of every indebted citizen isn’t so plausible.

Finally, if there really was a firm as monolithic as E Corp., and if hackers really did freeze its data, the chaos would be a lot wilder. We do catch a glimpse of the disorder in one scene, where a woman, after waiting three days for an appointment, tells a banker that she’s paid off her mortgage and presents the papers to prove it; but the banker can’t get into the computer and doesn’t trust the paperwork because, so she says, a lot of counterfeit documents are out there. But in other scenes, we see normal street traffic, open bodegas, routine commerce—when I suspect that, in fact, there’d be rioting everywhere.

Maybe the larger breakdown will erupt in future episodes.

But the basic syllogism of contemporary life, Mr. Robot gets precisely right: Almost everything is hooked up to the internet; almost everything on the internet can be hacked and thus manipulated or destroyed; therefore, almost everything can be hacked and manipulated or destroyed. Should this dynamic take off, should the potential threats that we read about erupt into actual attacks and breakdowns, then up will be down, down up, and the line between madness and order—the line that Elliot walks more and more precariously as the show progresses—could blur into a haze of indistinction.

          MARSHALL PRESENTS: #SESSIONS:055 – METAL        

NYC black metalers Yellow Eyes have let go of fantastic full length ’Sick with Bloom’. It is harsh with raging guitars not unlike a thunderstorm and it is undoubtedly far their best work so far. Listen to the title track here!

Arc is here! And it’s a highly personal one for vocalist Kat Katz. Katz told Noisey: “I began writing lyrics for it when I was providing her hospice care. My mother developed schizophrenia, a severe neuropsychiatric illness, when I was a child. When she was dying of cancer, her schizophrenia worsened, which made caring for her extremely difficult mentally, emotionally, and physically. At the time, I couldn’t have written about anything else”. Here’s 'Deathbed'!

And so the Abbath album has arrived. Despite going solo Abbath stays true what he has built over the years. There’s definitely an appeal for new listeners and for all the Immortal fans out there, it does not disappoint. Check out ’Winter Bane’ one of quite a few highlights!

          Commentaires sur [lang_fr]Alpha Project:Biographie [/lang_fr][lang_en]Alpha Project:Biography[/lang_en] par Beus        
Alpha Project est un groupe qui peut avoir des effets secondaires sur un organisme insuffisamment préparé : ayant été rattrapé par des pulsions schizophrènes, ce n'est pas une mais deux chroniques que je me vois contraint de vous présenter ici : La chronique du gentil Beuss', chroniqueur imperturbable capable d'une abstraction quasi-totale : Le trio messin d'Alpha-Project (trio en studio puisque leur formation Live est récemment passée à 6 membres) nous présente un premier album aux qualités de production indiscutables. Au programme : fusion métal-machines efficace de type Linkin' Park. De manière générale les morceaux sont constitués de couplets basés principalement sur des sonorités electro sur lesquelles viennent se greffer les deux chants du groupe, l'un mélodique (malheureusement pas toujours très harmonieux), et l'autre rapé rappelant largement Clawfinger. Les refrains reposent quant à eux sur des gros lâchers d'accords de guitare en disto. Gravitant donc autour d'un concept très similaire à celui de Linkin' Park, Alpha-Project apporte tout de même des influences satellites plus diverses telles que Fear Factory, Machine Head, ou encore Paradise Lost. Au niveau du son, rien à redire, " Counter Reset " est un album impeccable. S'il est vrai que le manque de justesse du chant mélodique et le syndrome " Flic de Beverly Hills début des années 90 " qui frappe quelque peu les parties synthé utilisées peuvent finir par nuire à l'harmonie d'ensemble, Il n'en demeure pas moins que l'on est ici en présence d'un album soigné qui ravira à coup sûr les fans des groupes cités ici, surtout Linkin' Park et Fear Factory. La chronique du méchant Beuss', personnage égocentrique à la subjectivité exacerbée et se sentant investi d'une mission moraliste. Excédée par certains à-côtés et incapable d'en faire abstraction, cette entité maléfique et jalouse n'hésitera pas à émailler son texte de citations trouvées ça et là dans des interviews du groupe ou sur leur site internet : Californien de coeur, le groupe Alpha-Project a été forcé d'émigrer à Metz, ses textes évoquant " la complexité des relations humaines, qu'elles soient optimistes ou pessimistes, chaleureuses ou agressives " lui ayant valu d'être expulsé des Etats-Unis. Après avoir inventé le rock n'roll en 2000 à sa formation, Alpha-Project finit par se sentir trop à l'étroit dans les étiquettes conventionnelles. Ainsi, de l'aveu même du groupe : " De par sa formation spécifique, ALPHA-PROJECT peut être considéré comme l'instigateur d'un nouveau courant musical : l' ELECTRO-CORE. En effet, le groupe se démarque par l'utilisation de sampleurs, séquenceurs et enregistreurs multipistes numériques et par le mélange de divers genres musicaux actuels. ". Alors que personne jusqu'ici n'avait encore eu l'idée de mélanger rock et machines, Alpha-project ouvre en 2002 une nouvelle voie musicale et offre des perspectives inespérées à des milliers de groupes dans le monde. J'ai eu beau chercher une trace quelconque d'un tel mélange dans l'histoire de la musique avant 2002, je n'ai rien trouvé, mais peut-être étais-je trop occupé à inventer la banane et l'écriture, apportant ainsi également ma modeste contribution à l'humanité. Parvenu au sommet, Alpha-Project n'en oublie pas pour autant les nécessiteux : " On essaie d'aider les groupes moins reconnus à se faire connaître, on leur donne des contacts et des conseils pour pouvoir faire évoluer leur formation… Si tout le monde se bougeait un peu pour aider les groupes qui débutent au lieu de tout le temps critiquer, ça se passerait sûrement mieux en Lorraine. ". Merci pour eux. Les membres d'Alpha-Project pourraient très bien se la péter en émaillant le livret de leur album de photos d'eux en pose de bad boys méchants et ultra-cools. Ils pourraient très bien dédicacer leur album (en Anglais S.V.P) à la mémoire de leurs grand-mères parce que les groupes californiens le font et que ça le fait pas mal pour donner l'impression d'une vie pas toujours rose…seulement voilà, n'en déplaise à certaines mauvaises langues jalouses et aigries, chez Alpha Project on a érigé l'humilité et le recul en principe de vie. Adopter une attitude cool est le dernier des soucis et on se concentre uniquement sur l'essentiel : faire de la musique et créer de nouveaux courants, quitte à ce que ça paraisse complètement dingue. Beus
           The lack of association between catechol-O-methyl-transferase Val108/158Met polymorphism and smoking in schizophrenia and alcohol dependence.         
Nikolac, Matea and Šagud, Marina and Nedić, Gordana and Nenadić Šviglin, Korona and Mihaljević Peleš, Alma and Uzun, Suzana and Vuksan Ćusa, Bjanka and Kozumplik, Oliver and Živković, Maja and Mustapić, Maja and Jakovljević, Miro and Pavlović, Mladen and Muck-Šeler, Dorotea and Borovečki, Fran and Pivac, Nela (2013) The lack of association between catechol-O-methyl-transferase Val108/158Met polymorphism and smoking in schizophrenia and alcohol dependence. Psychiatry Research, 205 (1-2). pp. 179-80. ISSN 0165-1781
           The lack of effect of ziprasidone on platelet serotonin concentration in schizophrenic patients         
Šagud, Marina and Nikolac, Matea and Mihaljević-Peleš, Alma and Nedić, Gordana and Vuksan Ćusa, Bjanka and Mustapić, Maja and Jakovljević, Miro and Muck-Šeler, Dorotea and Pivac, Nela (2012) The lack of effect of ziprasidone on platelet serotonin concentration in schizophrenic patients. Psychopharmacology, 219 (4). pp. 1179-1181. ISSN 0033-3158
          Cours moins vite camarade, la fin du monde est devant toi         

Honoré est toujours le premier à venir chercher ses médicaments, à 6h30 tapantes. La Bible à la main, un crucifix en bois autour du cou, gros pull, lunettes et coupe au bol, on dirait Francis Heaulme en plus joufflu. Grand schizophrène d’ordinaire peu loquace, il est pour une fois en veine de conversation :

— Salut Honoré, ça va, bien dormi ?
— Fort bien, j’ai prié avec ferveur ce matin, mon esprit est tout entier tourné vers le Seigneur.
— Super ! Ça c’est une journée qui commence bien !

Il décortique avec application tous ces merveilleux cachetons qui rendent la vie un peu plus vivable en la vivant moins, les gobe, puis reprend :

— Vous avez vu Sarkozy à la télé, l’autre soir ?
— Non Honoré, vous savez, je n’ai pas la télé.
— Vous n’aimez pas la télé ?
— Pas trop, je trouve que c’est une perte de temps.
— Pour ma part je dirais même que c’est de la corruption mentale, une perversion de l’esprit.

Et il part tranquillement déjeuner après m’avoir conseillé l’oracle de la destruction de Babylone d’Esaïe.

Non je n’ai pas assisté au récital du président, mais je me suis rencardé, j’ai lu les commentaires de la presse, pas mourir idiot ! Si j’ai bien tout compris, il aurait reconnu avoir un tout petit peu loosé, sur la question du pouvoir d’achat notamment, mais c’est pas de sa faute, c’est à cause de la conjoncture internationale, les subprimes, tout ça... Il a hardiment vilipendé ce «capitalisme financier qui marche sur la tête» et entend même le moraliser. C’est courageux mais ça va pas être fastoche, sa ratification du traité de Lisbonne, au plus parfait mépris du résultat du référendum, entérine la libre circulation des capitaux. Je pensais que, fidèle à son esprit d’ouverture, il allait charger de mission Denis Robert, qui en connaît un bout sur le sujet, pour l’épauler dans cette tâche ardue, mais non, il a choisi une voie bien plus audacieuse, ne rien changer, accélérer les réformes.

C’est bien simple l’ultra libéralisme, sympa, raisonnable et indispensable nous sauvera de l’ultra libéralisme fou. Sempiternel procédé mafieux qui consiste à offrir la protection de sa force comme seul recours aux victimes de sa propre violence. Mobilisation générale sur le front de la croissance, celle qui fait fondre de plaisir ces fichus glaciers, produisons plus, consommons plus, brûlons plus de gas-oil, tous au travail qui rend libre de ne pas voir le cauchemar ou nous emmènent ces hallucinés.

Tant pis si l’ère du pétrole est achevée, tant pis si la place prise par les bio-carburants condamne tant de populations à la famine, les mêmes «experts», les mêmes pourceaux stipendiés continueront à traiter les rares scientifiques qui nous préviennent depuis si longtemps de talibans écolos, et puis nous avons bien assez de flics pour refouler les impudents crevards qui auraient l’audace de venir chercher de quoi bouffer chez nous. Tant pis si on délocalise, si on licencie à tour de bras, les mêmes «experts» continueront à affirmer que le chômage est en baisse.

De ces questions, l’unanimité des médias se contrefout, obsédée par les sondages, la performance d’acteur, la stratégie employée, reconnaissant ainsi implicitement que la recherche de la vérité ou du bien-être général n’ont plus rien à faire ici. Après avoir klaxonné «bling bling» à qui mieux mieux, les journalistes les plus subversifs cancanent aujourd’hui «couac couac» à la queue leu leu.

Je ne vois moi aucun couac mais au contraire une profonde cohérence, une logique parfaite guidant l’action de notre président et de ses employeurs, pardon de ses amis.

La misère et l’ignorance sont des armes politiques. On supprime 10 000 postes de profs mais on propose d’encabaner les minots de moins de treize ans. «Les enfants du bagne» chers à Marie Rouanet sont de retour, quelle régression. Là encore personne dans les médias pour se pencher sur les mécanismes qui transforment toujours plus de loupiots en gremlins déjantés.

Un peuple instruit, bénéficiant d’une relative aisance matérielle, d’acquis sociaux, de services publics gratuits et performants, c’est chiant, ça en veut toujours plus, ça connaît ses droits, ça revendique, ça se syndique, ça veut pas faire n’importe quel boulot pourri pour se payer ses surimis…

En revanche, la paupérisation accélérée de pans entiers de la population, l’écroulement des classes moyennes, l’éducation et la formation dispensée selon les moyens des parents, permettent de pérenniser le pouvoir de l’oligarchie et des castes qui la soutiennent.

Et si d’aventure, tout en bas, ça branle un peu trop dans le manche, la déculturation généralisée permet de détourner la colère sociale vers un bouc-émissaire consensuel, le musulman aujourd’hui, comme le juif avant-hier, les prétoriens n’auront pas trop à se fouler le tonfa.

A l’allure où va le monde, le «Talon de fer» de London sera bientôt notre quotidien, New York 1997 nous semblera une utopie néo-fourieriste, Spinrad un auteur de contes pour enfants, et encore si on a du bol, si ça tourne pas Mad Max et Malevil réunis.

Face aux timbrés du profit, en France la résistance s’organise. Au PS, on propose d’en causer un de ces quatre, une commission est chargée de débattre d’une date où pourraient commencer les débats, quant au facteur sympa, il a promis de créer un parti anticapitaliste super chanmé dès la rentrée, à son retour de la plage. Le Pen n’ayant pu s’empêcher, de dépit de s’être fait chouraver tous ses gimmicks, de refaire un peu de négationnisme sous lui, les antifascistes vont se défouler un brin, ça fera des vacances aux joyeux turlupins républicains de l’UMP qui ont bien du travail pour finir d’annihiler l’intégralité des acquis hérités du Conseil National de la Résistance.

Et moi je continue à me taper une heure de route pour distribuer depuis dix ans, les mêmes «remèdes» aux toxicos, aux SDF et aux handicapés, afin que tous ces ininsérables ne nous cassent pas trop les pieds, tout en me demandant comment je vais expliquer la situation à mes mômes d’ici quelques années.

Le spectacle du chef de l’Etat s’empêtrant dans ses contradictions, affirmant tout et son contraire avec le même aplomb, négatif exact du karcherisable racaillou paniqué, pris la main dans le sac à la dame, a quelque chose de terrifiant. Il nous oblige à comprendre une fois pour toutes qu’il n’y a pas de grandes personnes, d’homme providentiel. Il nous faut sortir du curieux rêve du citoyen confiant, du contribuable tranquille, il faut se réveiller. L’abbattement est profond.

A ce monde qui «n’irait pas si vite s’il n’était pas constamment menacé par la proximité de son effondrement» (L’insurrection qui vient, Comité invisible, La Fabrique éditions), il va nous falloir opposer notre lenteur, notre inertie, notre mauvaise volonté, la désobéissance, la désertion, tous les moyens qui permettent d’éviter le choc frontal, parce que «combattre l’Empire revient à être contaminé par sa déraison. Paradoxe : quiconque défait un fragment de l’Empire devient l’Empire ; l’Empire se propage comme un virus, il imprime sa forme sur ses ennemis».(Siva, Philippe K.Dick).

Finalement le passage que m’avait conseillé Honoré ne m’a pas emballé. En revanche, j’ai trouvé, en feuilletant la Bible au pif, ces extraits qui pourraient inspirer le chanoine de Latran :

«Celui qui aime l’argent n’est pas rassasié par l’argent et celui qui aime la richesse ne l’est pas par le revenu. Cela aussi est vanité... Le rassasiement du riche ne le laisse pas dormir.»
(Ecclésiaste 5,10,12)

«Que ferez-vous au jour de la destruction ? Vers qui fuirez-vous pour avoir du secours et où laisserez-vous votre gloire ?»
(Esaïe 10,3)

(Jesus-Christ Twist par Reverend Beat-Man)

• Thierry Pelletier •

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           The influence of daylight exposure on platelet 5-HT levels in patients with major depression and schizophrenia         
Ljubičić, Đulijano and Stipčević, Tamara and Pivac, Nela and Jakovljević, Miro and Muck-Šeler, Dorotea (2007) The influence of daylight exposure on platelet 5-HT levels in patients with major depression and schizophrenia. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 89 (2-3). pp. 63-69. ISSN 1011-1344
           The effects of olanzapine and fluphenazine on plasma cortisol, prolactin and muscle rigidity in schizophrenic patients: A double blind study         
Jakovljević, Miro and Pivac, Nela and Mihaljević-Peleš, Alma and Mustapić, Maja and Relja, Maja and Ljubičić, Đulijano and Marčinko, Darko and Muck-Šeler, Dorotea (2007) The effects of olanzapine and fluphenazine on plasma cortisol, prolactin and muscle rigidity in schizophrenic patients: A double blind study. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 31 (2). pp. 399-402. ISSN 0278-5846 (Print)
          Cane sotto sequestro        
Mi trovo in una situazione incresciosa. Mia sorella,affetta da una forma lieve di schizofrenia circa un mese fa ha buttato il proprio cane di quattro anni,simile volpino bianco,in un canale. Fortunatamente il cane é stato salvato. Mia sorella éscappata ma il microchip ha fatto risalire i vigili alla proprietaria. Lei non mi ha detto assolutamente niente e quando giorni fa le ho chhiechiesto del cane mi ha detto che era al canile. Io il giorno dopo vado al canile e mi dicono che il cane é sotto sequestro e raccontano la vicenda. Vorrei sapere se un ente tipo la lida può chiedere l'ffido temporaneo e se lei puó avere acconti di pena per la sua salute mentale. Dimenticavo, é sposata e suo marito éiperprotettivo.
          Sadik-Khan Blinks!        
In a rare victory for sanity, the Bloombergistas have apparently thrown in the towel on turning 34th Street into a vast pedestrian mall. The NY Post reports in a story aptly headlined, The Miracle on 34th Street" "City officials are walking away from their controversial plan to turn 34th Street between Herald Square and Fifth Avenue into a pedestrian plaza -- citing repeated criticism of a scheme that would have shut down yet another major Midtown intersection. "There isn't going to be a plaza . . . The changes we are talking about reflect what we have heard from the community," Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said yesterday."

So we are finally getting some push back on the Bloombergistas' Copenhagen modeling: "The city's decision to scrap the plaza was welcomed by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer as "a step in the right direction." "Clearly, discussions between the various stakeholders are having an impact," Stringer said. Residents and small-business owners in the neighborhood were outraged by the proposal, and said yesterday they were glad the city will let traffic keep flowing through the area. "It was a silly idea to start with. Why would you need to close it down?" said Sarah Mercer, 37. "It's a busy block. I'm glad they've come to their senses."

Sometimes people need to have sense knocked into them-and the WSJ chimes in: "Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan has attracted international attention with the city's pedestrian malls. But she ran into stiff opposition on 34th Street. Residents complained the pedestrian mall would snarl traffic; businesses said they would be unable to receive deliveries if the mall were created."

We expressed our view earlier on the NYC Sadik, and the decision to pull back doesn't mitigate that sentiment in the least-although we are pleased with the pull back. She is still ill-equipped to handle the transportation department-hampered as she is, both philosophically and temperamentally. The city's about face does not represent the commissioner's newly acquired sobriety-but rather the strength of the growing opposition to her arbitrary and capricious policy making.

The NY Times reporting gets the last word-but even the paper of record understands the role played by the NY post's Steve Cuozzo (and Andrea Peyser as well) in exposing the stupidity of the plan: "The decision to abandon the plaza plan is a stark contrast to the fate of previous unorthodox ideas put forward by Ms. Sadik-Khan, who has banned cars from parts of Times, Herald and Union Squares. The 34th Street plan came under sustained attack this week in The New York Post, where one columnist deemed the project a “budding Titanic.”

          Pursued by a Bear – episode 1        

This month’s endearingly ramshackle offerings: reviews of Little Light at Orange Tree Theatre, A Stab In The Dark at Lyric Hammersmith, The Eradication of Schizophrenia In Western Lapland at the Albany. Round the table are Catherine Love, Megan Vaughan, Annegret Marten and Tim Bano. Also, Brian Logan talks about his role at Camden People’s Theatre; … Continue reading Pursued by a Bear – episode 1

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          James D Watson        

In 2007 Professor James D Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA double helix, was due to give a talk in Bristol as part of the city's annual Festival of Ideas. Then the dear old thing said something slightly stupid: in an interview with The Sunday Times he was quoted as saying that he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours - whereas all the testing says not really". The resulting brouhaha caused his tour to be cancelled, but I was lucky enough to talk to him shortly before this happened, and found him engaging and refreshingly direct. Here is the complete transcript of that interview which, due to space constraints, was edited down to less than half its length for the final print version (Venue Magazine, October 2007).

Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962 for his part in the discovery of the structure of DNA, James D. Watson is one of the world’s greatest living scientists. Watson discovered the DNA molecule with Francis Crick in 1953 – a discovery which shook the world of science and revolutionised the study of biology and genetics.

In his new book, Avoid Boring People, James Watson looks back on his extraordinary career and considers the lessons he has learnt along the way. The result is an engaging, original memoir and an insightful compendium of lessons in life for aspiring scientists.

Visiting Bristol as part of the Festival of Ideas, this is rare opportunity to meet one of the greatest scientists of the twentieth century.

Q: By the age of 12 you were appearing on Quiz Kids - a popular radio show – and you enrolled in University at just 15. How did your family cope with having such a precocious talent in their midst?

A: I wasn’t considered a genius. The person who did the radio show lived next door: I was just fodder for the other kids, but I really liked learning and I just made it into University. I was never the sort of person who was pushed by his parents, but I learn fast.

Q: You initial interests at University were ornithology and zoology. Why the switch to genetics?

A: I saw myself as a naturalist. I was interested in the management of wildlife, that’s where I saw my career going, then I read Erwin Schrödinger's book - What Is Life - when I was 18 and that intrigued me. At the time physicists dominated the public impression of what scientists were, with the atom bomb and so on.

Q: In 1951 you relocated to the physics department of the University of Cambridge, where you met Francis Crick, a partnership that resulted in your discovery of the structure of DNA, the double helix, and being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. That must have been an exciting time. Do you still get excited by scientific discoveries?

A: Yes I do. Right now there’s the possibility that we could stop most cancers, or answer the argument between nature and nurture - why do the Greeks talk more than the Swedes, for example? Our opinion about these things is based on prejudice, we have no facts. I doubt that it will happen in my lifetime, but new discoveries are being made all of the time. I’m still as excited by science as I was when I went to Cambridge. Francis was an exciting person to be around, a larger than life character.

Q: You left the Human Genome Project (a project to understand genetic make-up by identifying all the genes in the human genome) because you disagreed with attempts to acquire patents on gene sequences. How do you feel about that now?

A: Technically I was fired. It taught me a lesson, and that’s to resign before you get fired if you’re incompatible with your boss! I’m uncomfortable with patents that slow down research; if you have a medicine that will cure me then that’s worthwhile, but the pace of cancer research has been slowed down by people owning patents. Using this for personal benefit is not a good thing; it belongs to the people of the world.

Q: You’re a strong proponent of genetically modified crops. Do you still believe that the arguments against genetically modified crops are unscientific or irrational?

A: My belief is that, unless something can harm you go ahead. I don’t think that anyone has gotten sick from genetically-modified crops, and just because something is natural doesn’t make it safe. The opposition comes from leftists who want to blame everything on capitalism. Monsanto made an enormous mistake by patenting crops; the argument should be against corporate ownership. Sometimes people just get a bad throw of the genetic dice: I have a son who suffers from schizophrenia; my family has been touched by genetic injustice.

Q: You’ve been variously described as a humanist and an atheist. Has your opinion on the existence of God or a higher being changed as you’ve got older?

A: No, not at all. I believe in reason, and there’s no reason for believing. I like church music, I like church interiors; I was brought up a Christian but I see no reason to think that there is a God. There are a lot of times when the Catholic Church totally irritates me, although my Mother was Irish Catholic.

Q: You’re not afraid of being controversial and provocative. In a 2003 documentary you said that low intelligence is an inherited disorder and that molecular biologists have a duty to devise screening tests to tackle stupidity. You were quoted by New Scientist as suggesting that the genes influencing beauty could also be engineered, saying “People say it would be terrible if we made all girls pretty: I think it would be great”, and your new book has been described as quirky, infuriating and engagingly eccentric. What can people attending your talk in Bristol expect?

A: Well, the book title has a double meaning, of course, and I think that I’m trying not to bore people, and anyway I’m so old now that I’ll soon stop! I like to write, but this will probably be my last book.

A rival in Cambridge changed my attitude to the world, and I always anticipated returning one day. I really look forward to being back in the UK and returning to places that I’ve visited before. I’ll be in constant motion, but I’ve not been to Bristol or Bath before and I’m looking forward to that.

          Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - The Mirror Man Sessions (1967 us, acid experimetal blues rock - FLAC)        

This album has a goddamn long history. All of these tracks were recorded by Beefheart and the 'Magic Band' in October/November 1967 and were intended for his second album, to be called Mirror Man. Naturally, though, they were sacked by the record company who sure didn't expect the guy to rev up in his ferocious eccentricity at such a high speed. Still later, in 1968, some of these tracks were patched up by a producer and released in far less 'offensive' form as the Cap'n's second official album, Strictly Personal (without Beefheart's consent either!).

Still later, some of the original sessions were taken up and issued in 1975 as Mirror Man, presumably with the aim of restoring Beefheart's spoiled reputation after the two 'disastrously commercial' 1974 albums. Finally, still later, as late as 1999, the entire sessions, or at least, a major part of them, were salvaged and put together on one CD to form this disc. So naturally, this is the one album to have if you're interested in the progressing schizophrenia of Monsieur Coeur-de-Boeuf.

What's out here? Nine tracks, spread over 76 minutes - a stark contrast with the short near-minimalism of Trout Mask Replica. As the album progresses, the average running time of the tracks grows shorter, but the first four of them easily break the ten/twelve/fifteen minute barrier and run even further. And these aren't really complex progressive epics taking you in all possible directions; nope, these are lengthy sprawling blues jams, with two guitars, a harmonica and a mean old (er, young) bearded guy shouting out senseless lyrics about riding on tarotplanes and reformed candy corn.

They are not even really 'defiant' as far as typical blues structures go. There's almost no dissonance, even if the guitars aren't exactly meant to easily coordinate with each other; there's a lot of memorable riffs all over the place, and there are no 'solos' in the traditional sense, if you don't count the harmonica.

But dammit, I like this stuff. Now let me see, of course 19 minutes for something as stripped-down as 'Tarotplane' is is a bit TOO long, and the same goes for 'Mirror Man' and '25th Century Quaker'. But they certainly have an aura to them ('kiss my aura, Dora', as ol' Frank would say!), a strange aura of mystery and evilness that can't be transcribed all too well. It certainly has a lot of Beefheart's deconstructive mystification going on - essentially, like on TMR, they're playing this stuff to befuddle and confuse the listener, but it actually works better on here because there's no better way to befuddle and confuse the listener than to entice him with a musical form (generic blues) he thinks he knows too well and then suddenly transform it into a launchpad for something that eccentric.

These lengthy jams are essentially grooves. What do we like about grooves? The rhythm. The energy. In a metaphoric sense, a groove is as good as a certain pattern of life. You take upon a groove in the same way as you go through a certain life experience, be it funny, brutal, or sad. And these grooves certainly have that 'pattern' approach to them - only where a typical blues jam can be associated with life as it is, a Beefheart groove should be associated with life as it could be.

If I don't make myself clear, let me just remind you that this is a Captain Beefheart review. What did you expect, some Bay City Rollers algorhythm? If that's the case, I could remind you that '25th Century Quaker' possesses a first-rate slide guitar riff, with a strange Eastern flavor to it, and is thus fit for meditating to it. The best of all these lengthy tracks, though, is 'Kandy Korn', which begins almost as a pop song, with a funny vocal melody and an upbeat poppy bassline, but then goes into this lengthy and very jangly instrumental passage which is downright uplifting after all the subtle evil of the preceding three blues jams.

Then there are five shorter songs which are all in the same vein (i.e., they could all be fifty minutes just as well). 'Safe As Milk', which never made it to the original album, certainly rules... what's that, something like a country-rocker crossed with hard rock patterns? Something like that, ending in a competition to determine the best 'string scraper' for miles around.

'Beatle Bones 'N' Smokin' Stones' is supposedly a sneering attack on the meaningless 'psychedelic' lyrics of the Beatles and the Stones circa 1967, although the very idea of a rambling beatnik poet deriding a rambling psychedelic poet might seem kinda queer. At the best, it's WAY subtler and more 'polite' than Zappa's derision of the entire hippie counter-culture. You gotta love the Cap'n singing 'strawberry fields forever', too.

'Moody Liz' and 'Gimme Dat Harp Boy' have their moments, too, and you know what? The mean old Cap'n knows how to attract your attention, because every now and then out of all the trippy jamming jumps out a little pretty riff, like you know, very pretty, the one you could have been waiting for all your life! Like on 'Moody Liz', at 2:15 into the song. And then it goes away and you're waiting for it to come back, and it does! It does!

I'm gonna bring you to a conclusion now, because this review isn't really getting anywhere at all. You might want to know why the album earns a 9 when it sounds nothing like Safe As Milk and is universally deemed inferior to TMR. My irrational answer will be short and will go like this: "because it pleases my inner organs just as much as Safe As Milk and much more than TMR". My rational answer will not be much longer and will go like this: "because it still manages to preserve a good balance between accessible understandable music and eccentric weirdness". That said, you have to grow yourself some tolerance towards long unterminable blues jams. Maybe getting yourself some live Cream albums wouldn't be a bad idea.
by George Starostin

1. Tarotplane - 19:06
2. 25th Century Quaker - 9:48
3. Mirror Man - 15:44
4. Kandy Korn - 8:04
5. Trust Us - 7:20
6. Safe as Milk - 4:12
7. Beatle Bones N' Smokin' Stones - 3:09
8. Moody Liz - 4:30
9. Gimme Dat Harp Boy - 3:31

Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
*Captain Beefheart – Vocals, Harmonica, Oboe
*Alex St. Clair Snouffer – Guitar
*Jeff Cotton – Guitar
*John French – Drums
*Jerry Handley – Bass

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          Scaramucci’s Mouth Leaks Expletives, Kill List, Who’s “C--k Blocking” Whom in the White House        

Newly minted Trump consigliere Anthony Scaramucci has brought a certain bull-in-a-china-shop aesthetic to a White House already accustomed to trampling things. Scaramucci’s first order of stomping business a week into his new gig: stop the leaks! The calling reporters and mouthing off about colleagues has got to stop, Scaramucci says, and he’s got a plan to stop it. What's the main thrust of the Scaramucci Doctrine on leaks so far? Scaramucci calling reporters and mouthing off about colleagues. The plan is brilliant in its unconvoluted simplicity. If that doesn’t work, he says he’ll fire everyone. And if that still doesn’t do the trick, he’ll kill everybody because you can’t talk to reporters if you’re dead.

Scaramucci put his strategic vision into action Wednesday night when, after news leaked he was having dinner at the White House with President Trump, the First Lady, Sean Hannity, and former Fox News executive Bill Shine, he called New Yorker Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza and his mouth began leaking phallus-themed expletives like an Atlantic City pit boss before geysering who’s doing what with their “cocks” in the White House gossip.

Scaramucci started the call playing it straight. “Who leaked that to you?” he asked Lizza. “You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.” When Lizza declined the invitation to hang his source out to dry, Scaramucci moved on to Plan B. Leak on the leakers!

The “Let's Fire Everybody!” Plan Leak

“Is it an assistant to the President?” [Scaramucci] asked [about the leak]... “O.K., I’m going to fire every one of them, and then you haven’t protected anybody, so the entire place will be fired over the next two weeks.”
“What I’m going to do is, I will eliminate everyone in the comms team and we’ll start over...”

The Reince Priebus Is a Mentally Unwell Habitual “Cock-Blocker” Leak

“I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I’ll fire tomorrow. I’ll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus—if you want to leak something—he’ll be asked to resign very shortly.”
“Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci said. He channelled Priebus as he spoke: “‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the fucking thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’ ” (Priebus did not respond to a request for comment.)

The People Are Going to Have to Go “Fuck Themselves” Leak

“The swamp will not defeat him,” [Scaramucci] said, breaking into the third person. “They’re trying to resist me, but it’s not going to work. I’ve done nothing wrong on my financial disclosures, so they’re going to have to go fuck themselves.”

The Steve Bannon Tries to “Suck His Own Cock” Leak

“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” [Scaramucci] said, speaking of Trump’s chief strategist. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.” (Bannon declined to comment.)

The Reince Priebus Is Out to Get Me Leak

“He didn’t get the hint that I was reporting directly to the President,” [Scaramucci] said. “And I said to the President here are the four or five things that he will do to me.” His list of allegations included leaking the Hannity dinner and the details from his financial-disclosure form.

The My Back Up Plan Is to Kill Everyone Leak

“What I want to do is I want to fucking kill all the leakers and I want to get the President’s agenda on track so we can succeed for the American people,” [Scaramucci said].

The I’ve Called the Cops on the Leakers Leak

“I’ve called the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice,” [Scaramucci said].
“O.K., the Mooch showed up a week ago,” he said. “This is going to get cleaned up very shortly, O.K.? Because I nailed these guys. I’ve got digital fingerprints on everything they’ve done through the F.B.I. and the fucking Department of Justice...”
“Well, the felony, they’re gonna get prosecuted, probably, for the felony.” He added, “The lie detector starts—” but then he changed the subject and returned to what he thought was the illegal leak of his financial-disclosure forms.

The I’ve Gotta Go, but It’s the Other Guy That’s Crazy Leak

Scaramucci said he had to get going. “Yeah, let me go, though, because I’ve gotta start tweeting some shit to make this guy crazy.”

Scaramucci should call the FBI on himself.


Schizophrenia adalah..

Kata Om Wiki, Schizophrenia atau Skizofrenia ( /ˌskɪtsɵˈfrɛniə/ atau /ˌskɪtsɵˈfriːniə/) adalah kelainan mental yang ditandai oleh gangguan proses berpikir dan respon emosi yang lemah. Keadaan ini pada umumnya dimanifestasikan dalam bentuk halusinasi pendengaran, paranoid atau waham yang ganjil, atau cara berbicara dan berpikir yang kacau, dan disertai dengan disfungsi sosial dan pekerjaan yang signifikan.

Singkatnya gini gan..
Schizophrenia adalah penyakit mental yang mengganggu kemampuan seseorang untuk memahami realitas atau menafsirkan kenyataan secara berbeda.

Orang dengan schizophrenia dapat mendengar suara yang tidak didengar orang lain atau mereka dapat percaya bahwa orang lain membaca pikiran mereka, mengendalikan pikiran mereka atau berencana menyakiti mereka. Pengalaman-pengalaman ini amat mengerikan dan dapat menyebabkan ketakutan, kecanduan atau kemarahan yang ekstrim. Orang dengan schizophrenia dapat berbicara yang tidak masuk akal, dapat duduk selama berjam-jam tanpa bergerak atau banyak bicara, atau dapat terlihat baik-baik saja sampai mereka mengatakan apa yang sebenarnya mereka pikirkan.

Schizophrenia yang dalam bahasa awam berarti sakit jiwa alias gila. Seseorang dikatakan terkena Schizophrenia jika limitasi dan judgement terhadap realitasnya berubah dengan kata lain kesadaran mereka berubah, bukan menurun seperti orang yang gegar otak.

Para pakar telah mengklasifikasikan Schizophrenia menjadi 5 subtipe, berdasarkan gejala yang dialami oleh penderitanya.Simak terus!

5 Tipe Schizophrenia :

1. Schizophrenia Paranoid

Adalah satu jenis schizophrenia di mana penderitanya mengalami delusi dan halusinasi pendengaran. Mereka percaya bahwa ada orang lain yang bersekongkol melawan mereka, atau orang-orang yang mengirim pesan kepada mereka melalui telvisi, radio, dsb. Mereka merasa sedang dimata-matai oleh orang yang mereka percaya. Mendengar suara-suara yang mengomentari perilaku mereka, berbicara dengan mereka, dan menyuruh mereka untuk melakukan sesuatu. Jenis schizophrenia ini dianggap paling mudah untuk diobati dibandingkan dengan jenis lainnya.

2. Schizophrenia Tidak Teratur

Mereka berperilaku seperti anak kecil, bicara tidak teratur, dan perilkau serta proses pemikiran yang tidak biasa. Mereka tidak mampu mengatur pikiran mereka dan berpikir dengan logis. Mereka juga cadel dalam berbicara, membuatnya sulit untuk dipahami atas apa yang mereka bicarakan. Memiliki suara yang monotn, ekspresi wajah kosong atau bergerak dan berperilkau tanpa arah. Mereka tidak bisa mengurus diri sendiri, seperti kebersihan diri. Hali ini membuat mereka merasa gelisah dan frustasi.

3. Schizophrenia Katatonik

Penderitanya tidak terkoordinasi, merasa canggung, dan memiliki perangai yang tidak biasa. Memliki gangguan dalam gerakan. Mereka cenderung untuk membuat gerakan berulang-ulang yang tidak biasa, seperti mengepakan tangan atau kaki mereka. Dalam beberapa kasus, penderita tipe ini akan duduk, berdiri, atau tinggal dalam posisi yang aneh selama berjam-jam bahkan berhari-hari. Mereka benar-benar tidak mampu mengurus diri sendiri karena perilaku mereka. Kadang orang tersebut mengulangi satu kata atau kalimat berulang-ulang.

4. Schizophrenia Residual

Penderita gangguan jenis ini menunjukan gejala seperti suara yang monoton, wajah kosong, kurangnya kebahagiaan, ketidakmampuan untuk melakukan suatu kegiatan yang direncanakan, kurangnya interaksi dengan orang lain. Orang ini membutuhkan bantuan dalam kegiatan sehari-hari karena mereka tidak bisa mengurus diri sendiri. 

5. Schizophrenia Tidak Terdiferensiasi

Schizophrenia ini adalah jenis yang menunjukan gejala yang tidak dapat dikategorikan  Ini berarti ada gejala yang berbeda dan menonjol dalam setiap jenis, tetapi tidak dapat dikelompokkan ke dalam salah satu dari jenis schizophrenia.

Penyebab Schizophrenia :

Beberapa peneliti percaya bahwa penyakit ini dapat terjadi akibat unsur kimia pada otak bermasalah, termasuk neurotransmiter dopamin dan glutamat. Hal ini telah dibuktikan dari sebuah studi neuroimaging yang menunjukkan perbedaan dalam struktur otak dan sistem saraf pusat dari penderita schizophrenia.

a. Genetika
Resiko terbesar timbulnya schizophrenia adalah adanya hubungan saudara tingkat pertama dengan penyakit (risikonya 6.5%); lebih dari 40% pada kembar monozigotik dari penderita schizophrenia juga terpengaruh.

b. Lingkungan
Faktor lingkungan berhubungan dengan timbulnya schizophrenia diantaranya adalah lingkungan tempat tinggal, penggunaan obat dan stres masa kehamilan.
Faktor lain yang memainkan peranan penting termasuk isolasi sosial dan imigrasi yang berhubungan dengan kesulitan sosial, diskriminasi rasial, dssfungsi keluarga, pengangguran, dan kondisi perumahan yang buruk.

c. Penyalahgunaan Obat
Sejumlah obat dihubungkan dengan timbulnya schizophrenia, termasuk kanabis, kokain, dan amfetamin. Meskipun tidak secara umum dipercaya sebagai satu sebab penyakit, penderita skizofrenia menggunakan nikotin dengan rerata yang jauh lebih besar dibandingkan populasi pada umumnya.

d. Faktor Perkembangan
Faktor-faktor seperti hipoksia dan infeksi, atau stres dan malnutrisi pada ibu di masa perkembangan janin, dapat mengakibatkan sedikit peningkatan resiko skizofrenia di kemudian hari.

Cara Mengobati Schizophrenia : 

Schizophrenia adalah kondisi kronis yang membutuhkan penanganan seumur hidup . Meskipun gejalanya sudah mereda, penderitanya memerlukan bantuan obat-obatan dan terapi. Gejala schizophrenia baru akan mereda setelah beberapa minggu pengobatan. Obat-obatan digunakan untuk mengontrol gejala schizophrenia yang muncul. Dokter mungkin akan memberikan jenis atau dosis obat yang berbeda-beda, bergantung pada perkembangan pasien  .

Terapi juga sangat dibutuhkan. Beberapa jenis terapi yang bisa dilakukan misalnya terapi keluarga, terapi individual, pelatihan kemampuan bersosialisasi, dan rehabilitasi kemampuan bekerja. Keluarga dan orang-orang di sekitar penderita schizophrenia juga harus aktif berperan. Mereka perlu mengetahui cara menangani stres, mencari informasi tentang schizophrenia, bergabung dengan support group, dan fokus terhadap keinginan untuk membaik 

          The Case of the Exploding Can of Sardines        

A former Australia Post mail officer who claimed an exploding can of sardines contributed to a work-related psychiatric condition has had his claim dismissed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

Dennis Borg worked as a mail officer. His employment was terminated in 2009 for ongoing absences. His work essentially involved processing mail. 

On 2 November 1997, Mr Borg was in a kitchen at work preparing his lunch when a can of sardines on the stove nearby exploded spraying hot oil onto his arm. He made a claim for compensation for burns to his arm and for anxiety.  Australia Post accepted liability for the burns but initially did not accept the claim for anxiety. Liability was subsequently accepted until 4 May 1998, after which time it was declined following a report from psychiatrist, Dr Leonard Lee.

Mr Borg sought reconsideration of the decision but was unsuccessful. He complained about what he considered to be an unsatisfactory response by Australia Post in investigating the circumstances of the exploding can.  His complaint was rejected by Australia Post’s board of reference but Borg continued with his complaints about the incident and in September 1998 Borg was referred to psychologist, Peter Jones, for assessment.

In the AAT, Mr Borg contended he sustained a psychiatric condition that was either caused or aggravated by his employment with Australia Post. He claimed Australia Post’s failure to accept his injuries were work related; the lack of support shown when he complained; that he had some underlying psychiatric problems that should have been identified and addressed, as far back as 2005; and the stress of Australia Post refusing to allow him to return to work in 2008 led to his psychosis in mid-2009. Australia Post argued Borg had underlying psychiatric conditions and there was no medical evidence Borg’s employment caused, or aggravated, them. Even if there was evidence on causation, liability was excluded by reasonable administrative action, it argued.

Dr Lee was of the opinion that Mr Borg “became resentful after he was splashed with hot oil as he felt that nobody took notice of him or attempted to investigate the matter. His main reaction was anger and I believe this caused him to express it through absenteeism”.  Dr Lee concluded Mr Borg “began to perceive management as aggressive and incompetent and took what I consider to be an excessive period of leave, from November 1997 to January 1998. I believe he was exaggerating or malingering anxiety when he was angry and resentful”.

The Tribunal said there was no dispute Mr Borg had a psychiatric condition, either schizophrenia or an underlying paranoid personality disorder, and the condition was stable when Mr Borg was medicated. But the “key issue in dispute” was whether Borg’s psychiatric condition was caused or contributed to by his employment with Australia Post.   The AAT found there was evidence Mr Borg suffered anxiety as a result of the work incident in November 1997, which escalated from 1998 until early 2001.  However ultimately, the AAT found there was insufficient evidence to support a finding Borg had an ongoing psychiatric condition. “Furthermore, the medical evidence and the employment records suggest any anxiety arising out of the November 1997 incident had resolved by at least 2001.” 

          Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): Role in the Body & Benefits        
Role in the Body
Thiamin is involved in the breakdown of carbohydrates for energy. It is also important for brain function, memory and mental performance, proper growth, appetite, and heart function.

Dietary Sources
Good sources of thiamin include: pork, beef liver, fish, fortified breads, cereals, flour, and pasta, wheat germ, whole grains, nuts, sunflower seeds, beans, and peas.

Who Is at Risk for Deficiency?
Alcoholics are the group most at risk. Thiamin deficiency is also more common in schizophrenics, long-term kidney-dialysis patients, diabetics and the elderly. You may need more thiamin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, take oral contraceptives, have an overactive thyroid or are on a high-carbohydrate diet. Large amounts of coffee and tea may also reduce the body's absorption of thiamin.

Thiamin may prevent canker sores.

There is no known toxicity.
          Transitioning to Transgender…................................Skeptic.        

Practicing my clickbait title….how’d I do?

So debate has been raging about transgender bathrooms, transgender pronouns, how we welcome transgender folks into society, etc.  I read an article on CNN about “gender fluidity,” which featured a story on a woman who sometimes felt like a man (confident, aggressive, etc.), and sometimes felt like a woman (vulnerable, passive).  It all got me thinkin’....

I understand society’s attempt to deal with a complicated issue that really hasn’t been relevant in the past, but I question whether we are asking the right questions.

I am of the opinion that if one can live their life in a way that makes them happy without harming others, then I take no issue.  Dress as a woman, have sex with balloons, hang yourself from nipple clamps from the ceiling, etc.  I see nothing morally problematic.

But I think it would be a mistake to group transgender people in with those who have different sexual preferences.  Not to make a large point based on the naturalistic fallacy here, but there are examples of homosexuality in nature.  There is no case yet, as far as I know, of an animal ripping its own genitals off and replacing it with the ripped off genitals of another species.

I see the mental state of a transgender person as existing on a spectrum, and this spectrum is divided arbitrarily between sexual preference and psychological disorder.  In society today, I am confident I would get a ton of blowback for suggesting transgender is a psychological disorder, but my goal isn’t to offend; rather, I am trying to drawn comparisons and distinctions between somebody who feels they are the wrong gender physically, and somebody who, for instance, believes that their arm isn’t their own and must have it amputated immediately (apotemnophilia).

Progressive podcast hosts like Dan Savage claim a distinction between gender identity and sexual orientation.  In the case of transgender folks, we have a situation where people have an overwhelming feeling that the external reality of their appearance doesn’t match with their mental identity of themselves.  What is the difference between a person who feels like a limb isn’t their own, and a person who feels like their genitals are not their own?  Is society calling for accessibility to procedures where people should voluntarily be permanently disabled (blinded, deafened) by a medical procedure offered by doctors?  A schizophrenic and a transgender person are the same in that in both cases, they have a mental model of the world that doesn’t match up with the external reality.  Yet, in one case, we actively pursue a medication to change the mental state, and in another, we seek medical procedures to edit the physical body.

Why is there such a stigma associated with the discussion around whether we can treat transgender as a mental hiccup?  On what philosophical basis could one make the case that it is ethically right to pursue long, painful, and expensive procedures to change one’s outward physical appearance, but ethically wrong to strive to change the mental state of such a person so that their mental projection of themselves matches the physical?  I understand that we may not have the medical or psychological treatments to do the latter; however, even approaching the subject is taboo. 

Again, not intentionally being offensive, but I would imagine that changing somebody’s mental state to make them identify as the gender they are born as would be way easier, less expensive, and overall less problematic than actually modifying the physical body.  Why has society not even considered pursuing this option?

          NAJJJJLEPÅ I GRAFITI...........        
Nisu baš grafiti ali su zanimljive doskočice! wink

* Due to a mixup in Urology, orange juice will not be served this morning.

* He who is still laughing hasn't yet heard the bad news.

* Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happines behind her.

* Time is nature's way of making sure that everything doesn't happen at once.

* If you survive death, you can probably survive anything.

* Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out of it alive.

* To err is human. To forgive is unusual.

* The one who says it can't be done should never interrupt the one doing it.

* Why bother building any more nuclear warheads until we use the ones we have?

* Always take both skis off before hanging them up.

* I don't have any solution, but I certainly admire the problem.

* Math is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated.

* Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.

* The shortest distance between two points is through hell.

* People who think they know everything greatly annoy those of us who do.

* Life is uncertain, so eat dessert first.

* Give a skeptic an inch and he'll measure it.

* If you have to travel on the Titanic, why not go first class?

* Telepathy: Knowing what people think when really they don't think at all.

* A theory is better than its explanation.

* Everyone needs belief in something. I believe I'll have another beer.

* All probabilities are really 50%. Either a thing will happen or it won't.

* Who cares about procreation, as long as it tickles?

* Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.

* I can't give you brains, but I can give you a diploma.

* Give me a sleeping pill and tell me your troubles.

* Paranoid schizophrenics outnumber their enemies at least two to one.

* Most people get lost in thought because it is unfamiliar territory.

* Technique: A trick that works.

* Laugh, and the world ignores you. Crying doesn't help either.

* Puritan: Someone who is deathly afraid that someone somewhere is having fun.

          Esteri di mer 17/05        
1-Emmanuel Macron presenta il suo governo...“ Sarà all'insegna del rinnovamento e della riconciliazione”..promette il nuovo Presidente francese. ( Francesco Giorgini) ..2-”Gli Stati Uniti sono vittime di una schizofrenia politica”: Vladmir Putin passa all'attacco dopo lo scoop del Washington Post. ..Il presidente russo si dice pronto a fornire al congresso ..americano la trascrizione del colloquio tra Trump e il suo ministro degli esteri Lavrov...3-Liberata Chelsea Manning la talpa di Wilikelaks. ..L'ex soldato, condannata per spionaggio, ha passato 7 anni in carcere e senza l'intervento di Obama sarebbe uscita nel 2045. ..( Riccardo Noury – Amnesty Italia) ..4-Presidenziali iraniane. Ultimo giorno della campagna elettorale...Oggi focus sulla condizione delle donne a Teheran. ..5-Indonesia. Copia gay sorpresa nella stessa stanza condannata a 85 frustate. ( Emanuele Valenti) ..6-Progetti sostenibili: nel New Jersey le vecchie fabbriche tessili trasformate in fattorie urbane. ( Fabio Fimiani)..7-Romanzo a fumetti: Morgan Lost, memorie di una telecamera. ..( Maurizio Principato)
          Naturally Nails: OPI Skyfall collection - Live and Let Die + Where to find Deborah Lippmann and Butter London in Singapore        

HEY EVERYONE! Hope everything's been fine. Big shoutout to all those in UNI with fast approaching exams. All the best to you! Speaking of school, I've just found a gem in NUS. Don't ask me why I'm so lag in knowing this but DID YOU KNOW that over at YIH (Yusof Ishak House) on the level of the kopital and toastbox, there lies a humble little carriage and within carries a seletion of all you can imagine polishes! Ok not that exaggerated but it sure does carry alot and pretty updated too. For all those looking for the OPI 18k carat gold flake top coat from the Skyfall collection, I'm proud to say that you may find it there. Fair warning, it is VERY EXPENSIVE. Even the owner himself admitted LOL $34. O.M.G. For those dying to get your hands on the top coat but are really put off by the price, you can check out this vid I stumbled across on YT - How to DIY 24k Gold foil polish (I forget the title LOL but it's something like that)
Anyway, other than the normal OPI, China etc etc, he also carries, believe or it. DEBORA LIPPMANN AND BUTTER LONDON POLISHES. Hallelujah! Ok, then comes the price deterrace. $32 and $22 respectively. Quality really aptly put comes with a price. $$$$$$. Boo =( Why in the world am I giving free advertisement to this guy? Don't know. Was too excited about my find that I just had to share it with you guys. I asked the dude how long he'd be at NUS for, he said, to the end of the year. He's trying to get the spot for next year as well but he is already an ex student and that spot is sadly given priority to students. So cross our fingers and hope that he'll still be there. If not, he'll disappear somewhere and it'll be another hide and seek.  
Ok that was a little too much rambling. Reminds me of Blaire (Juicystar 07). Her intros are always really long but I can undestand why. If I were to have a YT account, I would too be rambling HAHAHAH Like how I am now again!
Onward to the nail look. Here's what I had on for the week. 
OPI Live and Let Die (Skyfall 2012 collection)
As you keen eyed people have probably noticed, the polish has worn off the tips of my nails. This is because it's about hmms 4 days old and I do a lot of typing, excessive perhaps and I was studding my shorts so..... YUP. Wear and tear damage. Please forgive and ignore. 
Live and Let die is a blacked green with mainly gold shimmer plus random bits of green and ?red shimmer as well. It's a gorgeous colour. You could seroiusly get away with 1 coat of this baby but again I went with 2 and top coat just because. It's OPAQUE MAX in 1 coat. Check out how it looks with one coat. (vampy Varnish's post). Application was smooth as butter with zero streaks. L.O.V.E.L.Y

Here's a close up of the sparkles. PRETTY. Really pretty up close. 
I know I know, it looks BLACK. I won't deny that because it really does. Especially when there's poor lighting and ESP so if you are a guy. Just imagine that it's a little green? LOL pardon the generalisation but there was this joke on 9gag going aroiund about guys being irrtated that there are so many names for different shades of colours when all they see is one colour. Unfortunately I can't find that post. Anyways, my beloved boyfriend also couldn't really catch the green under poor lighting. It's really more of a subtle thing, like it's almost black but NOT. I love that. 
As much as I adore this gorgeous shade, TBH (to be honest) I'm a little disappointed. This had the potential to be SO MUCH MORE but it isn't. Really sad that the sparkle only shows up ever so slightly on the nails. You really have to look for it, it doesn't even really glitter in the sunlight like Edward Cullen does (yet another movie that I refused to chase but have heard too much about). It glissens so much more in the bottle. Am I being anal? Perhaps but this is supposed to be quality nail polish after all, every detail counts. Maybe I didn't shake the bottle enough. OMG maybe I didn't, ok I will try a coat now. Ok that got my hopes up too high, it's still the same intensity of shimmer. Oh well. =(
Here's another picture of the shimmer back when I had just finished painting my nails. LOOK no chip marks! 
See what I mean about the sparkle, kinda too little going on. Alll in all I'm really having a schizo time with this polish. As much as I love it, I dont because it's gorgeous but disaapointing. Does that make sense? Like it could have been better! You know the whole it's good but not great thing that gets on overy ALMOST dean's listers nerve MUAHAHAH. I envisioned it so much prettier as I've repeated quite a few times like a broken recorder. Will I still wear it though? YES I WILL. See what I mean. Schizo. 

We are mid way through November now. It's ALMOST XMAS! I love xmas despite the lack of snow in our tropical country. It's the whole festive thing that really excites me. Actually no wait, my family and I will be away for xmas, in the land of Seoul! That I really can't wait! Shopping (not for clothes) and EATING. Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE Korean cuisine. Spicy is right up my alley. Not to mention all the bbq meat and seafood. My salivary glands are really working now. 
Anyways, we're in monsson season now. It's been raining CATS AND DOGS HERE. Everyday the heavy raindroplets pour down relentlessly on every rooftop I'm under. Not to mention, my friend and I got HORRENDOUSLY DRENCHED in the crazy rain EVEN WITH AN UMBRELLA. It was the crazy wind, I was soaked from neck down, but I'm thankful my head wias dry and my hair didn't messed up. Also I thank god for jelly flats (from little things she needs), my shoes were immune to the wet water and little acidic rain WHOOO! My friend on the other hand had to unfortunately get a cheap pair of slippers because it would have been a real disaster if her marc jacobs horse hair shoes was soaked. Now we wouldn't want that would we. Just when I thought the whole rain saga was over and that I escaped kinda unscathed, I had to find something horrific when I looked at myself in the mirror. Now I didn't get struck by lightning but my white top got stained by my bag handle.... UGHHHHHHHH. Unfortunately, my damp white top (which was fortunately thick enough to prevent an awkward situation) kinda caused the colour to run =((( Now I have weird bag strap stains on my top =( Well, the plus side is that the weather's really cool and AWESOME FOR SNOOZING although bad if you have to drag yourself to work. UGHH. I guess this is our version of winter. 
Once again I am guilty of rambling. This is a disease I tell you but thanks for making it all the way down here =) LOVE YOU!
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          Preklad na striebornom jazere (mironov)        
Dnes by som sa rád podelil o svoje „best of" v nekonečnej rubrike hlúpych knižných a filmových prekladov. Vždy keď na nejaký natrafím, reagujem takmer schizofrenicky. Áno, väčšinou sa škodoradostne bavím... Ale  niekedy ma ide rozhodiť nad odfláknutou robotou a systémom, ktorý podobné prešľapy umožňuje servírovať širokej verejnosti ako na striebornom podnose.
          Watch: LeVar Burton In ‘Perception’ – New TNT Summer Drama From Trek Vets Sussman & Biller        
TNT has just announced their summer schedule which includes a new show called Perception from veteran Star Trek writer/producers Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman. Starring Eric McCormack, Perception is a different kind of procedural  and it will feature Star Trek: The Next Generation’s LeVar Burton in a recurring role. See video previews of the show below, along with behind the scenes video of LeVar.   LeVar Burton in ‘Perception’ from Trek vets Biller and Sussman Following their collaborating on the fantasy series Legend of the Seeker, Star Trek writer/producers Mike Sussman (w/ 33 writing credits for Enterprise & Voyager) and Kenneth Biller (with 35 Voyager writing credits, and two as director) created Perception for TNT. The show is a different kind of procedural, starring Eric McCormack (Will and Grace, Free Enterprise). Here is the official synopsis: In Perception, Eric McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Pierce has an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. He also has an uncanny ability to see patterns and look past people’s conscious emotions to see what lies beneath. Also on board is Star Trek: The Next Generation’s LeVar Burton, who has a recurring role as the long-time friend of Dr. Pierce and dean of his university. LeVar will be in 6 out of 10 episodes in the first season. The premiere is on Monday July 9 at 10 PM. Here are some preview videos about the show and with LeVar behind the scenes. Series overview LeVar on his puking/morgue scene:
          Psychotic Symptoms in Childhood Not Specific To Adult Schizophrenia        
Psychotic symptoms in children and adolescence, such as paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions, are relatively common and can be associated with a range of diagnoses.  Nevertheless, their presence understandably leads to tremendous concern on the part of patients, families, and clinicians about the possibility of an emerging thought disorder such as schizophrenia.  This article offers important […]
          Are big brains to blame for schizophrenia?        
Could mental illness be the price we pay for our bulging brains? The idea has been knocking around for some time now as an explanation for autism, depression and other diseases.

It's an attractive thought. Over the past two million years, the human brain has nearly doubled in size, perhaps birthing to consciousness, language and religious belief. Mental illness could be an unfortunate side effect of our overactive, over-wired and over-stimulated brains, the theory goes.

But the melding of two highly contentious and often speculative lines of research - the biology of mental illness and human evolution - demands we take any argument with a heaping pinch of salt.

The latest, published in Genome Biology, connects a big brain's energy demands to schizophrenia. It comes from Philipp Khaitovich, of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and his colleagues.

They looked at genes expressed in the brain that had been selected for in human evolution and compared them to genes that are turned excessively up or down in people with schizophrenia. Lo and behold, the researchers found some overlap, especially among genes involved in powering cells.

Next, Khaitovich's team compared the levels of 21 metabolic chemicals found in post-mortem brains of humans (both with and without schizophrenia) and chimpanzees. Nine of the chemicals - which come from the break-down of sugars, neurotransmitters and fats - showed different levels in people that had schizophrenia and other people.

When the researchers compared the levels of these 21 chemicals in the brains of humans and primates via a mathematical analysis, those same nine chemicals stuck out. Their levels were more likely to vary between humans and chimps than the other 12. In other words, some of the significant metabolic chemical differences between human and chimp brains are disrupted in people with schizophrenia.

However, post-mortem brain research is notoriously unreliable. A person's (or chimp's) age, sex, cause of death and post-mortem interval - the time between death and when the brain is preserved - can all muck up chemicals in the brain.

And schizophrenia genetics is notoriously fickle, with few studies implicating the same genes. Just last week, two teams revealed a host of genetic differences that seem to predispose some people to schizophrenia, but these mutations only account for half of 1% of all cases.

On the human evolution side, no one doubts that genetic change drove the development of bigger brains, and it follows that more cells with more connections demand more energy.

But Khaitovich's team notes that their analysis of the genetic changes that occurred during human evolution can only peer back 200,000 years, when some of the modern lineages of humans began to gel. Yet fossil records show that our ancestor's brains started swelling a full two million years ago.

So while it's interesting to ponder whether debilitating mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar syndrome are a product of our big brains, the evidence just isn't there yet.

Ewen Callaway, online reporter

          Hudební zázraky a propadáky II. plus ohlédnutí za Febiofestem        
Tož půlka roka je za námi, takže si uděláme malou rekapitulaci vyšlých novinek. K tomu přidám pár tipů z březnového Febiofestu a na nové seriály. A jako bonus pár knížek. A jo, žiju :D.

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Tenhle článek už mám rozepsaný někdy ze začátku června. Jen jaksi pořád nějaké změny, a to ještě nejsou u konci, v práci teprve začne frmol... Znovu. Ale to bych se k článkům nedostala snad už nikdy, tož nějak se začít musí.

Anastasia: Resurrection 7/10
Po více jak pěti letech (nepočítaje album coververzí z r. 2012) se Anastacia vrací tam, kde skončila. Album sice ukazuje, že se opět někam posunula, ale stále je to ona a její typický sprock. Na albu se opět texty nesou v duchu boje s nemocí (už po několikáté porazila rakovinu) a hudebně je to v podstatě to, na co jsme zvyklí. Jen by neškodilo trochu víc drajvu a pár kapek originality navíc. Ve sbírce mi album chybět nebude, ale když na ní dostanu chuť, asi si radši poslechnu bestofku Pieces of Dream. Tahle novinka je příjemná deska, ale žádné velké překvapení. Standard verze deset songů, deluxe pak patnáct. Tahle holka mi přirostla k srdci debutovým albem a hitovkou I'm Outta Love. I když třeba třetí řadovku Anastacia miluju a čtyřka mi přirostla k srdci hlavně díky pražskému koncertu, tak tenhle hit prostě nemá šanci nic překonat.

Paloma Faith: A Perfect Contradiction 6,5/10
Tahle Britka vtrhla do vod britského popu před dvěma lety s druhým albem Fall to Grace jako uragán a pro mě zůstává jednou z mých nejoblíbenějších desek. Třetí album je sice fajn, ale té skvělé kombinace svěžesti, různorodosti a zárověň konzistence sofomorního alba podle mě nedosáhlo. To už se mi zdá lepší debut. Album je konzistentní, ale chybí mu ta jiskra. Zatím mě moc nechytlo, ale šanci mu ještě dám. Zmíním Only Love Can Hurt Like This, která vám připomene Duffy (naprosto úžasný debut a s dvojkou, která tak nějak zašuměla, se po ní slehla zem), Just Can't Rely On You a z úžasné dvojky pak Agony, Picking Up The Pieces nebo 30 Minute Love Affair. Když si uvědomim, že jsem tuhle divnou pani šmahem odsoudila poté, co jsem ji viděla poprvé vystupovat jako totálně nudnou... Ach já bláznivá!

Sarah McLachlan: Shine On 8/10
Od téhle křehké víly jsme spíše zvyklí na melancholické nahrávky. Sarah vás zde však překvapí velkou dávkou hudebního optimismu, třeba v In Your Shoes. Ovšem z textů většinou dýchá smutno. Klasická Sarah, co vás dokáže zahřát na srdci, i kdyby zpívala o konci světa. Tady není nic moc co rozebírat. Sarah, i když spíše v pozitivnější podobě, i když spíše naoko :). Ze starší tvorby zkuste naprosto dokonalou Full Of Grace, pak třeba asi nejznámnějšího Angela nebo soundtrackovou hitovku Silence. Nevim proč, ale se Sarah se mi občas vybaví ještě tenhle song, který s ní nemá co dělat, ale mám ho s ní bůhví proč spojený. Alias to nej z filmového Sběratele kostí jsou závěrečné titulky s tímhle songem :).

Mariah CareyMe. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse 10/10
MC se po mateřské pauze zaplněné radostí z dvojčat vrací se čtrnáctou studiovkou a na tohle hodněkrát odložené album se čekat opravdu vyplatilo. Kombinuje tu nový zvuk, ale zároveň se i vrací ke kořenům, ať už k přelomovému Butterfly (1997) nebo k prvním albům. Nenajdete tu žádnou vatu, MC je ve své nejlepší hlasové kondici a to větší množství hostů vůbec nepůsobí rušivě. Najdete tu hodně R’n’B, nějaký ten pop, trochu hip-hopu, překrásnou cover verzi (od George Michaela) a jednu nádhernou gospelovku, která fanouškům přinese zimomriavky spojené se vzpomínkou na její začátky. Najdete tu balady i rádiové a klubové songy, prostě jedno z jejích nejlepších alb. A na deluxe verzi vás pak čekají bonusy v podobě Mary J. Blige a R. Kellyho. Jako velký fanoušek bez problémů napálím plný počet bodů, pokud se budu snažit být aspoň trochu objektivní, tak by to bylo devět. Nezlobte se na mě :).


Suzanne Vega: Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles 8/10
Suzanne vydala novou studiovku po sedmi letech a od trochu vzneÅ¡enějšího Beauty & Crime se na novém albu vrací ke svému typickému zvuku kytary, perkuse a bicích. Přináší nám folkrock, na který jsme zvyklí, ale zároveň dokazuje, že stále zůstává inovátorkou, o čemž nasamplování 50 Centa rozhodně svědčí. Tahle paní to stále umí a její tvorbu si vždy ráda vychutnám. Na její pohodový koncert v Kongresovém centru ráda vzpomínám dodnes. A když mám náladu, pustím si kterékoliv z jejích alb, i když teď mám nej asi tyhle poslední dvě a pak tenhle akustický kompilační set. A samozřejmě tuhle nestárnoucí klasiku.

Beyoncé: Beyoncé 9/10
Pamatujete, jak jsem v prosinci psala, že můžeme rok uzavřít, že už nás nic nečeká? Haha :). V prosinci Å¡okovala Beyoncé celý svět, když na iTunes vydala naprosto nečekaně a bez jakéhokoliv oznámení nové album. Toto album je výjimečné svou koncepcí i tím, že ke každému songu Beyoncé natočila videoklip. To už sice udělala u sofomorního alba B’day, ale k němu klipy natáčela a vydávala postupně, kdežto u této páté studiovky vychrlila do světa tento hudebně-vizuální umělecký počin, a nechala svět šílet. Ač hudebně album na první pohled nepřináší žádný vyčnívající hit, samo o sobě je velice konzistentní a spolu s doprovodnými videi je lahůdkou ve sbírce každého fajnÅ¡mekra. 

ABBA Gold (3CD) 8/10
Tahle švédská čtyřka slaví letos čtyřicet let od výhry v Eurovizi. Pokud toužíte po výběru toho nej, směle sáhněte po nově vydané bestofce, která nově vyfásla třetí cedlo s názvem B-Sides. Mně, jako pravověrnému fanouškovi tam pár songů chybí, ale já s kompletní diskografií můžu mlčet. Když si připlatíte dvě stovky, tak si můžete pořídit výběr The Albums, který obsahuje všech osm studiovek a devátou placku s bonusy.

ABBA: Waterloo (CD+DVD) 10/10
No a když jsme řekli A, musíme dodat i B. Všechny řadovky postupně vychází v deluxe verzi s dvdčky (už jsou venku všechny) a letos (díky výročí) došlo na jejich druhé album, na kterém si mimo bonusů v podobě hitovek ve švédštině, němčině nebo francouzštině, můžete vychutnat na bonusovém DVD i raritní vystoupení z různých TV show. Z těch na vás dýchne opravdová nostalgie sedmdesátých let. No a kdo ještě nezná mou souvislost s ABBOU, šup sem :).

OST: Only Lovers Left Alive 10/10
Tento skvěle mixnutý soundrack povyšuje Jarmuschův poslední melancholický kousek na naprosto úchvatný filmový skvost. Soundtrack dokáže obstát i bez filmu, ale s ním vám zážitek umocní. To se musí vidět, to se musí slyšet :).

Shakira: Shakira 8/10
Tahle kolumbijská stálice vydává své další anglické album po pětileté pauze a vrací se nám v plné síle. Její, eponymní, desátá řadovka je plná latinských rytmů, ale zároveň je směřovaná víc na mainstremové publikum. Občas tu slyšíte pop v jeho nejčistší možné podobě, něco málo country i disco hitů. Vše, po čem jen zatoužíte. Je to album zajímavé, i když na první pohled jsem ho šmahem odsoudila. Až delším poslechem, se mi dostalo pod kůži, ten potenciál je tam opravdu velký a Shakiru tu slyšíme v pozicích, na které jsme zvyklí u Suzanne Vegy nebo Alanis Morissette, ale vždy v kombinaci s někým jiným, napadá mě třeba Demi Lovato. Tohle album mě hodně překvapilo a ještě si ho hodlám pořádně vychutnat.

Kylie Minogue: Kiss Me Once 7,5/10
To australská diva si jede ve svém rytmu a její nové, dvanácté, album v podstatě navazuje na předchozí Aphrodite (2010). Je to příjemný dance-pop, ale Kylie své (pro mě) úžasné multiplatinové Fever (2001) nepřekonala. Ale album mi přijde různorodější, než bylo Aphrodite. Taková letní pohodovka s pár baladami, většinou s erotickým nádechem, jak je u Kylie zvykem. Pokud zatoužíte po ohromující Kylie, sáhněte po její orchestrální bestofce The Abbey Road Sessions (10/10)

Lily Allen - Sheezus 8/10
Rebelka Lily se vrací po dlouhé odmlce se třetím zářezem a ještě větším příklonem k popu, od původních rytmů ska, reggae a synthpopu. Tohle byste od ní asi nečekali. Ale rozhodně si nebere servítky a nahazuje jeden sarkasmus za druhým. Album je to rozjuchané, ale rozhodně ne bezduché. Tohle měla vydat Katy Perry místo té své průměrné nudy!

Tori Amos – Unrepetant Geraldines 9/10
Nezávislačka Tori se přichází se svěžím zářezem kombinujícím alternativní rock s barokním popem, klavírem a drobty muzikálových melodií. Zní to sice strašně, ale výsledekem je opravdu hodně povedené osobní album, na kterém se vrací k jádru své podstaty a přináší nám vybroušenou krásu, která ovšem nezní plánovitě.

Sice jsem jich pár nahodila na tlamoknize, ale jen tak povrchně, tak tady to máte s komentářem. Letošní Febiofest byl pro mě jako vždy jedinečným zážitkem, letos s příchutí rekordu shlédnutých filmů. Podělím se s vámi o své pocity a tipy na nejlepší filmy. Bohužel v některých případech nebude asi jednoduché DVDčka sehnat, ale jde to. Tenhle ročník se opravdu překonal, co do nabídky, variability, i počtu filmů… Už se těším na příští rok a ten opětovný týdenní maraton s minimem spánku přežiju. A ráda :).

Přežijí jen milenci - 10/10
Tohle byl můj třetí festivalový zářez a první Jarmusch. Z kina jsem odcházela naprosto oblouzněná, s naprosto nepopsatelnými pocity. Film hodně hluboký, ale zároveň vlastně i mělký. Buď si ho zamilujete, nebo ho prohlásíte za naprostou hovadinu. Tom s Hildou jsou dokonalou castingovou trefou a John Hurt je skvělou třešničkou na dortu. Moc filmů ve mně takhle silné pocity nezanechalo.

Nedospělí - 9/10
Italskou tvorbu vůbec nesleduju, ale tahle komedie mě pobavila, jako už dlouho nic. Aneb představte si, že vám přijde dopis, že maturitní zkouška celého vašeho ročníku nebyla uznána a vy ji musíte za pár týdnů složit znovu. Parta starých kamarádů se po letech setkává a zažívá nové zážitky na podkladě starých vzpomínek s inteligentním (ale i nedospělým) a zároveň svěžím humorem. Teprve teď, po dvaceti letech, začínají dospívat.

Život je úžasný - 10/10
Z tohohle filmu jsem měla pěkně oteklé oči a málem chytla rýmu. Atmosférou by se to dalo lehce přirovnat k Pelíškům, ale Poláci jsou víc sarkastičtí a zároveň veselejší. Příběh Mateusze, jemuž je chybně  diagnostikována mozková obrna a celý život je s ním zacházeno jako se "zeleninou", je natolik emotivní, že na něj asi do smrti nezapomenete. Přitom lehkost vyprávění očima Mateusze odbourává případnou těžkost a temnotu, která by vám nechala Å¡rámy na duÅ¡i.
Domov - 9/10
Tohle Å¡védské hořkosladké romantické (nečekejte slaďárnu, je to i pro chlapy) drama festival vyhrálo a ač já bych asi cenu dala předchozímu tipu, tak tahle chuÅ¥ovka by skončila minimálně v top pětce. Ona byla letos konkurence opravdu veliká. Příběh naprosto racionální, až asociální Lou, která zjistí, že její už dávno zesnulý dědeček právě zemřel a že má vlastně babičku a vydá se na pohřeb na venkov a poznává tam sebe samu, přinesl krásný zážitek nejen tomu Å¡védofilovi ve mně. Následné Q&A s debutujícím režisérem  Hultem byly už jen příjemným bonusem.

Život je snadný, když zavřete oči - 9/10
Španělská road movie posazená do šedesátých let, do doby, kdy John Lennon natáčí ve Španělsku film a jeho velký fanoušek, učitel angličtiny, se vydá přes celé Španělsko, aby se s ním setkal. To ovšem nebude tak snadné a zda toho dosáhne, s malou pomocí od nových přátel, to zjistěte sami :).

Dom Hemingway - 9/10
Jude Law je totální zvíře! To co předvedl v téhle klasické britské gangsterce, kde v herecké smršti střílí jednu hlášku za druhou, vtipné situace ani nepočítaje, nemá obdoby. Brilatní, vulgární, citlivý sviňák s obřím egem vás nenechá chvíli odpočinout. I když ostatní herci na plátně září, Jude zde přímo exceluje. Tohle je černá komedie par excelence!

Noe - 3/10
Prosím tohle opravdu ne! Předem upozorňuju, následují spoilery. Ale tohle opravdu vidět nechcete, takže to nevadí. Vidět tohle v kině za normální ranec peněz, profackuju se. Na Aronofského málo divné, celkově pěkně blbé. Magický těhotenský test, rodící Hermiona (jo, to možná byl jediný zajímavý zážitek), psychotický Noe dostrkávající vlastního syna do role otcovraha, andělé vystylizovaní jako kamenožrouti, Noe jako ožrala válící se na pláži a Anthony Hopkins juchající nad objevenou borůvkou a následně se stavícím smrti s blaženým úsměvem (ano, našel jsem borůvku, můžu umřít). Jo a závěrečný titulek "Podoba se skutečným příběhem nebo postavami je čistě náhodná." Tohle bych dokázala zopakovat jedině v notně posilněném stavu. Skvělý potenciál přišel naprosto vniveč.
Cupcakes - 8/10
Přijde vám Eurovize jako trapná soutěž plná patosu? Už se na ni nikdy nebudete dívat stejně! Tahle izraelská komediální satira lehce křísnutá rodinným dramatem, hýřící barvami a optimismem vás nepustí, stejně jako ten milý song, který z hlavy jen tak nedostanete. A budete přemýšlet, jak vlastně vznikla hebrejština. Možná že smícháním němčiny a holandštiny :).

Stoletý stařík, který vylezl z okna a zmizel - 10/10
Asi jste četli knížku. Mně ji trochu znechutila ta velká internetová masáž. Ale po shlédnutí filmu jsem pro ní hned druhý den běžela. No a zrovna tady nastal ten případ, kdy se výjimečně povedl lépe film, než kniha. Film je jeden nepřetržitý gag za druhým a vše dává smysl, nenudí a vy sotva popadáte dech. Kniha je hodně rozvláčná a řekla bych, že některé scény jsou i zbytečné. Ve filmu byly vypuštěny dvě velké pasáže a jedna byla úplně přepracovaná. Opravdu jeden z mála případů, kde neuškodilo filmové krácení, naopak. U knihy jsem se zasmála párkrát, u filmu neustále. Je to takový švédský Forrest Gump (šmrncnutý Švejkem). Akorát že lepší. V tomhle případě raději doporučím film. A pozor, momentálně běží v kinech :).

Moje překladatelská "kariéra" na Edně nabrala obrátky. Když už mám nějak od práce klid, tak jedu titulky. Yep, zavázala jsem se, tudíž mají přednost. Ale věřte, děsně mi chybíte!

Salem - 7/10
Další seriál, do něhož jsem se nechala zatáhnout :). A můj myslím první časovací počin. I když jsem měla před titulkáři vždy velký respekt, teprve teď plně chápu tu obětavost a klaním se před těmi, kteří tomu věnují roky. Přeložit titulky dokáže hodně lidí (ale zas opravdu dobře, to taky neumí každý), ale piplat se s nimi, to je teprve něco! Korekce vám může zabrat od cca dvou hodin do pěti (to už je ale extrém) a časování tak tři hodky až šest (jen FYI, korekce neznamená jen kontrolu pravopisu a časování jen tak zkusmo nahození, aby to nějak sedělo). Jeden díl tak trvá průměrně cca 8 hodin čistého času, ale záleží na míře vašeho OCD. A věřte, to moje se léty zvyšuje :D. Ale už k seriálu :). Hodně zajímavě pojaté téma salemských čarodějnických procesů. Díl od dílu se laťka zvedá a vy nepřestáváte zírat, s čím scénaristi dokáží přijít. Historické postavy na pozadí polofikce, skvělý casting a ty zvraty! Rozhodně mu dejte šanci. Ale upozorňuju, že bohužel ten velký potenciál se beze zbytku naplnit nepodařilo. Ale každopádně mám tohle svoje děťátko moc ráda :). A nejvíc asi interakce Johna Aldena s božím (vtípek :D) Cottonem Matherem.
Falling Skies - 9/10
No dobře, tohle není zrovna novinka, ale já se k ní dostala až koncem roku (aneb můj seriálový watch/wishlist stále nabobtnává a ne a ne splasknout; počítala jsem to nedávno, mam tam 100 (!!!) nových seriálů) a týdenní maraton třech sérií mě zanechal lačnou po dalších dílech. Těch se naštěstí už dočkali. Celkem reálný pohled na to, co by se stalo, pokud by tu přistáli mimozemšťani. Tahle postapokalyptická sci-fi nepatří mezi profláknuté trháky, ale rozhodně stojí za pozornost.

Dominion - 6,5/10
No dobře, tohle je tak trochu guilty pleasure. Je to taky moje dítě, ale přišla jsem k němu jak slepá k houslím. Tenhle seroš navazuje na film Legie, který moc dobré recenze tedy nesklidil. Ani jsem se k němu nedostala. Možná bych kvůli seriálu měla, ale na druhou stranu, nechce se mi :). Tahle letní minisérka má osm dílu a skončila minulý pátek, juchů! Mám volné pátky, na chvíli, než začnou zas Chirurgové :D.

Manhattan - 10/10
Tohle je moje nejnovější mimino :D. Tři díly a já jsem naprosto odvařená. No, i když to jsem byla i z prvního teaseru. A ty opening credits (od třetího dílu), ty jsou! Kdo máte rádi Mad Meny (jo, z těch jsem zatím viděla jen poslední sérku, z donucení :D, bo jsem je korektila, ale na ty další se chystám, ale bude to pěkná schizofrenie), zkuste to. Čtyřicátá léta, utajený projekt, lidská dramata a... fyzika! Ne, nebojte, moc tam toho neni. Kdyby mě teď viděli moji učitelé fyziky, urvali by mi ruce :D. Ale já si sehnala odborníka s věděckým vzděláním, takže žádný strach.

The Knick - 10/10
Tohle nám vyšlo teprve o víkendu. Ale! Clive Owen a Steven Soderbergh, to je už určitá záruka. Já toho snesu hodně, žádná krev mě nerozhází, Dextera miluju, ale tohle teda... Prvních pár minut a měla jsem z toho divnej pocit :D. Taková kombinace Boadwarlk Empire s príměsí Chirurgů :). Teda mínus ty vztahy :). Hodně zajímavé a možná vrchol sezóny, soupeří s Manhattanem.

Tom Clancy – Cílená hrozba
No spíš varování, než chuťovka. Clancyho smrt mě loni hodně zasáhla. Jeho série Ryanverse patří mezi mé nejoblíbenější knihy, možná absolutně nejoblíbenější. Teď můžou nastat dvě možnosti. Buď prodá rodina filmová práva studiu kvůli penězům bez ohledu na dohled nad nimi, nebo naopak vznikne kvalitní (nejlépe seriálová) série těchto úžasných knih. Že by práva zůstala jen tak ležet, tomu se mi moc nechce věřit. Co se týče knížek, tam se konce obávat (bohužel?) nemusíme. Clancy už předchozích pár titulů napsal se spoluautory a bylo to znát (další dvě knihy jsou na cestě). Sice jsou to stále stejné postavy, stále stejný příběh, ale nejsem si jistá, jestli to stálo za to. Tenhle, v pořadí už patnáctý, díl nebyl špatný, ale prostě mi tam nějak chyběl mezidíl mezi touhle a poslední knihou. Líbilo se mi to, ale dožít se toho, jak jdou některé postavy do důchodu... Jinak jsem sice počítačově hodně založená a třeba Deaverovu Modrou sféru miluju, ale tady mi to počítačové téma úplně nesedlo. Já vím, svět se vyvíjí, je to logické, ale... Clancy píše dlouhé knížky, takže by nevadilo sem tam něco přidat. Jasně, teď to musí psát už jen Greaney, ale chyběla mi tam trochu větší historie postav a ty interakce taky nebyly zrovna super. Spousta nových tváří a nic o nich. Pár řádků navíc by neuškodilo a příběhu by to naopak hodně pomohlo a fanoušky nadchlo. Prostě tam chybí ten mezidíl. I když zase tahle knížka mi přišla mnohem víc čtivá než ty dvě předchozí, víc si toho budu po prvním čtení pamatovat. Emoce mnou stále cloumají, i s odstupem. Jsem sice nadšená, ale na druhou stranu i vytočená. Ale tak co, pořád tady jsou předchozí knihy, které si vždy jednou za rok pěkně chronologicky zopakuju :D.

Tak a to pro dnešek stačí :). Které cédéčko, film, kniha, seriál vás letos nejvíc dostaly?

          Kosmetické delikatesy podruhé        
Loni v říjnu jsem se zamilovala do růže. Slibovala jsem si, že se do Madeleine brzy vrátím pro pudr od T.LeClerca. Povedlo se mi to až teď a při té příležitosti jsem vyzvěděla nějaké novinky. A neodešla jsem s prázdnou, to prostě nešlo.

Jedním z důvodů, proč jsem chtěla zajít na návÅ¡těvu je i nová Rosinka, Majalis. Řeknu vám ta směs růže taif se skořicí, lehkým nádechem černého a červeného pepře, koriandru, bergamotu a dalších lahůdek, to mě dostalo do kolen. První přiÅ¡el ten závan skořice, kterého jsem se maličko bála, bo skořici já sice můžu, ale třeba můj milovaný skořicový čaj Harneys už moc neslopu, bo mě po něm pálí žáha. Tahle skořice je díky té troÅ¡ce růže naprosto lahodná! A není tak těžká, jak byste se báli. Ano, je jemně orientální, ale zároveň květinová a její přízvisko Love Rose naprosto sedí. Je hřejivá, ale jemně.

No, co jsem si tak mohla odnést, že? Miluju to balení do papíru, pomponky na víčku a krásnou luxusní krabičku i taštičku.

Jarní/letní novinku Vive la Mariée jsem zkoušela už v létě. Sice je nádherná, ale něco mi tam jde na kůži do pudrova a není to zrovna to pravé ořechové. Ale na papírku vynikla nádherně. Kombinace oranžových květů, pralinky, vanilky, bergamotu, růže, neroli... Ideální třeba jako žádost o ruku :D. Taková něžnější varianta lanviňáckých Marry Me :).

Rosinky jsou prostě moje slabost a částečně za to mohou i ty krásné flakonky, vizuály, ale samozřejmě vedou vůně.

Moje momentální sbírka:

A někdy do budoucna mám v plánu pravděpodobně Pusinku a Pralinku. A nějak jsem zapomněla vyzkouÅ¡et novou Svěženku.

Ale u Madeleine nemají jen Rosinky, víme, že? Ke Goutalkám jsem stále ještě nepronikla, ale ono na něj jednou dojde. Prozatím jsem óchala na novou řadou s péčí. Ta obsahuje mízu z růže lisovanou za studena, vitamíny, A, B, C, E, vápník a hořčík. Tělový krém (2600 Kč, 200 ml) obsahuje kofein a odvodňuje, vyživuje, obnovuje, atd. Olej na obličej (i tělo; 1700 Kč, 100 ml) obsahuje arganový olej, vitamín E, muškátový růžový plej a mimo jiné zjemňuje, regeneruje a stimuluje obnovu buněk. Pak tu máme noční krém s výtažky mimózy (3500 Kč, 100 ml) na regeneraci, boj s vráskami, podporu kolagenu a rozzáření pleti. Denní krémy (3300 Kč, 60 ml) jsou ve verzi pro suchou pleť a pak pro smíšenou. Mě nejvíce zaujala růžová voda (1300 Kč, 50 ml), která přenádherně voní (po svěžích růžích) a obsahuje koncentrované aktivní růžové sérum, vitamíny, A, B5, F a C. K tomu obnovuje buňky a pomáhá neutralizovat diskolorace pleti.

Bohužel pro samý obdiv jsem zapomněla řadu vyfotit, tak vidíte jen kousky. Tož takhle:

K této řadě se ale hodlám brzy vrátit, tak možná budou i další fotky :). A když už jsme u těch Goutalek...

V sortimentu najdete i tyhle úžasné svíčky. Vůně jako ambra nebo fíky vám nebudou připadat zvláštní, ale co třeba vůně baget, uzeného, dětského pokojíčku, cupcaku nebo telefonní číslo ("... rtěnkou psané, protože neměla pero, tak ho napsala rtěnkou, co vždy nosí v kabelce"). A ano, ty vůně tak opravdu voní. Ne, nehodí se všude, některé (třeba to uzené) se hodí spíše do kamenných místností, napadá mě tak vinný sklípek... No každopádně mě to dostalo. Cenově patří do těch luxusnějších (2200 Kč), ale tak ne každý je cílová skupina.

T.LeClercu se budeme věnovat obšírněji někdy příště (ano, tentokráte jsem pořídila), ale chci vám aspoň ukázat současnou limitovanou kolekci Elixir. Ty barvy těch laků! Rtěnky jsou taky krásné, ale tam mě víc zaujaly stálé odstíny.

Minule jsem zjiÅ¡Å¥ovala jen ceny pudrů (1200 Kč, cena je skoro stejná jako v britských e-shopech), a tak mě velice mile překvapily ceny rtěnek a laků - 350 Kč. 

No a tohleto, není to nádhera! Rozjasňující pudr s jemým shimmerem, už se ale nevyrábí. Ale to balení!

Grossmith má hodně zajímavé parfémy, Saffron Rose je taková trochu schizoidní, ale v dobrém slova smyslu. Růže je sice trošku těžší, ale to dělá ten tabák, oud, dřevo a myrha. Je to unisex, ale více se hodí pro muže, i když si ji dokážu představit i na ženě, ale ne na každé, spíš na emancipované manažerce, není to vůně pro křehotinky. Golden Chypre je trochu víc svěží, ale zároveň to svěženka není. Kardamon, oříšek, ambra a pačuli dělají své. Ovšem bergamot, růže a pomeranč ji lehce zjemňují. To Amélie je asi nejženštější. Jemná elegance růže, pivoňky a jasmínu je podepřená teplem ambry, pačuli a dřeva. Tuhle bych si na sobě dokázela představit jako běžnou vůni (tzn. ne jen pro výjimečné příležitosti). A nakonec stálice Hasu-no-Hana z roku 1988. Je nadčasová, jemná, ale přesto neobyčejná svou směsí bergamotu, hořkého pomeranče, jasmínu, pačuli, vetiveru či růže. Těžko říct, zda se mi víc líbí Amélie nebo Hana.

Tohle zlobivé dítko jsem si na papírku zapomněla odnést, ale nos si moc dobře pamatuje tu neidentifikovatelnou, přesto zvláštní a neopakovatelnou vůni. Ne, necítím tam muÅ¡kátový oříšek, ani kmín či pomeranč a už vůbec ne cedr, santal či datle. Ale přesto měl můj nos svátek, tohle je tedy něco. 

Něco si necháme i na příště a než se vrhneme na soutěž, tak ještě něco málo na kochání...

Najít pod stromečkem nějakou Rosinku, to by bylo něco :).

Moji oblíbenci: Pousierre de Rose, Glam Rose a Lotus Rose.

Svíčky, mýdla, dárkové sady, ach, Ježíšku?

Dostala jsem pro vás vzorky a tentokráte se potěší i vaÅ¡e druhé polovičky. Vylosuju Å¡est výherců a každý získá po sadě Lily of The Valley a Rosissima. V komentáři zanechte e-mail (nemáte-li ho na profilu) a napiÅ¡te, co vás dnes v článku nadchlo (nebo alespoň zaujalo) a to do 31.12. včetně. 

Komentovat můžete i bez účasti a po novém roce se k delikatesám vrátíme a já vám ukážu mé další úlovky a dojde i na zbylé parfémy, na které se dnes nedostalo.

          Na návÅ¡těvě u Å eherezády aneb tisíc a jeden parfém        
Tož to máte tak, to mě někdy v říjnu na Interbeauty Mitsuuko dotáhla ke stánku, kde prý mají boží parfémy. No, ty lahvičky a flakónky mě okouzlily okamžitě a měla jsem chuť přivolat si džina z láhve. Hned jsme se tam daly do řeči a předběžně se dohodly s majitelkou na článek, bo tohle mě ohromně zajímalo. Já vzala na zkoušku jeden parfém, Mitsuuko si k současné sbírce koupila další. No a minulý týden nastal čas na výlet.

Z Lenky jsem vytáhla nějaké to malé info - probraly jsme, jak se Lenka k parfémům dostala (nestačila ji nabídka v Čechách a okouzlily ji arabky) a jak složité je řešit obchody s Araby (nejen clo, daně a tak) a to, že se musí kontrolovat každý parfém a každá krabička, jestli je tam správný flakón a taky správný parfém v něm, zda to je dobře utěsněné, nic nevyteklo (no mě by jeblo), ale pak jsme přešly k probírání kosmetiky a krafaly o všem možném, jak kdyby se sešly dvě kamarádky po letech. Neskutečně jsem si večer užila a nebyla jsem doufám u Lenky naposled. Já mám arabské parfémy spojené hlavně s Angelikou, ale je fakt, že se vlastně vyrábí už tisíce let. Jo první zmínky jsou už z doby z 4000 př.n.l. Za tu dobu se museli už Arabové něco naučit a vypilovat to k dokonalosti. Co se těchto parfémů týče, většina (aspoň jak to vnímám ve svém okolí) má arabské parfémy spojené s pižmem a hodně hodně těžkými vůněmi (tak mi třeba voní Rose Josephine). Jak je to doopravdy?

Řeknu vám, čekala jsem, že to bude zajímavé, bo jsem na veletrhu něco málo vyzkoušela, ale z tohohle přecházely oči i nos! A ne, neodcházela jsem pak s ucpaným nosem a bolavou hlavou. Vůně, ač některé těžší, rozhodně nebyly nepříjemné. Pár jsem si jich odnesla a na ty se mrkneme, ať máte inspiraci :)

Halima byla moje první arabka a úlovek z Interbeauty. Naprosto mě uchvátila, nejen proto, že mi připomíná benefití Carmellu. Její sladké tóny bourbonské vanilky, kokosu, medu a smítka taifské růže ve vás probudí něhu, romantiku a úsměv. Pětimililitrový flakónek oleje (momentálně v akci za 90 Kč) vám vydrží neskutečně dlouho, je vybaven kuličkovým aplikátorem. A díky ceně a velikosti si můžete kupovat a zkoušet další a další vůně :). A hodí se do kabelky, místo vám opravdu nezabere. Případně si můžete pořídit bytový parfém, 1 ml vzorek nebo 15 ml odstřik parfémové vody.

To Ameer už je troÅ¡ku více odvážnější, vůči něžné Halimě. Je to hlavně tou ambrou a pižmem. Dále tu na nás pokukuje vanilka a růže. Jinak ten popis sedí dokonale: "teplá zkaramelizovaná růže, či flambovaná růžová pralinka, či růže utopená ve vanilce. Sytá, kalorická, slastná, bohémská." Nejvíc zimní vůně, ale hodí se naopak i do horkého léta. Spíš než na den se mi hodí na večer a tipla bych ji spíš pro 25-30+. To Halima zas bude na 35- :). 

Delice D'Arabie by ve vás mohla evokovat delikátní jemnou vůni. To byste byli ale vedle, jak ta jedle. Tady najdete ovoce s trochou kytek. Z téhle jemné a jiskřivé vůně vyčnívají mandarinky, říznuté ostružinami a jak píše komentující: "...svěží, maličko multivitamínová (to ale není myšleno nijak pejorativně – multivitamín má v tomto případě podobu ovocné směsi). Ostružiny jsou drženy na uzdě květinami (hlavně růží) a pižmem. A kolem krouží podtón velmi podobný Lacoste pour Femme...". Vůně převážně podzimní a maličko ostřejší, jakoby s pepřem, ale to dělají ty ostružiny.

To Flower of Sudan je ovocná skrz naskrz. Ale přitom je stále hřejivá a trochu sladká. Pomeranč (moje čuchové já juchá!) v kombinaci s bergamotem, mandarinkou, citrónem tu svěží a santal s pačuli zas hřejí a umravňují :). Opět souhlasím s recenzí: "Kolínská po arabsku, zkrátka intenzívní podoba klasické kolínské (ostatně podoba s Eau de Guerlain a Eau de Guerlain Imperiale mě napadla hned při prvním přičichnutí), ale jako horká citrusová smršť s prohřátým dřevem není svěží a osvěžující, ale spíše zahřívací." Tenhle unisex (aneb jak říká Joye "Já jsem pro každej sex.") si ale na každém představit neumím. Na chlapovi spíš v obleku, na tvrďáka není. A vyloženě pro dámičky (v dobrém) asi taky nebude, tam spíš Ameer.

Black Mango mi Lenka podávala s tím, že mi buď mi sedne nebo absolutně ne, spíš ne. Na první nasátí jsem si řekla, zvláštní, ale asi ne. Ale po chvíli to bylo jednoznačné Ano! Přesně to sedí! Kdyby bylo mango černé, vonělo by takhle. V tomto případě to je mango a černé pižmo. Seženete ho i v 50 ml parfému za krásnou cenu. Ovocné, přitom ne vyloženě citrusové, lehce hřejivé, maličko sladké, špetka pepře. Takže, pokud nemáte rády citrusy, tohle byste si měly užít, ale na své si přijdou i milovníci citrusů :). Schizofrenie hadr :D.

Úplně nakonec návštěvy mě zaujal ještě jeden vystavený flakónek a že "prý to voní jako Guerlain Insolence. No, posoudit úplně nemůžu, bo tohohle Guerlaina jsem ještě netestovala, ale ingredience by odpovídaly. Byla jsem naprosto nadšená a odešla s 15 ml odstřikem. Ale teď si už jistá nejsem, bo ve flakónku voní božsky, ale na mě už tak ne. První hodinu jsem měla pocit, že okolí asi musim pěkně štvát, bo je to silný. A navečer jsem se pořád očuchávala s nakrčenym nosem a řikala si, že jsem asi tu halenku nechala v pračce nějak dlouho mokrou a vytáhla ji po několika hodinách. No ne, nešlo to. Ale dám mu šanci a vyzkouším to v různém počasí a při různých příležitostech, bo ty fialky jsou přímo skvostné. Stejně jako většina Nabilů voní pěkně dlouho, až do večera. Jen nějak nemůžu přijít na to, co mi tam vadí... to pižmo? Kruciš, to mě štve!

No není krásnej? No a teď se mrkneme na tu krásu, kterou jsem měla možnost vidět. Vyzkoušela jsem ještě hodně parfémů a olejů, ale myslím, že pro dnešek vám tohle na úvod stačilo, takže další vůně příště, dneska ještě nějaký ten fotoreport :).

Straka ve mě óchala. Samozřejmě, některé lahvičky jsou trochu přeplácané, ale tak vybere si každý :). Olej Banafsaj Night je luxusní vůně těch nejdražších růží z palácových zahrad. Složení: růže, liči, dřevo, bílé pižmo, jasmín. "Růžová růže – zpočátku svěží, čerstvě rozkvetlá v ranním chládku, ovocně nasládlá, postupně pak růže i s dřevitým stonkem a špetkou sladce pudrového pižma v poledním žáru. Na rozdíl od EdP je CPO méně ovocný, zato jemně dřevitý a více pudrový."

Tareekh Gold Ladies EdP - růže, gardénie, vanilka,ovocné tóny, jemný med, bílé pižmo.

Shumukh - svěží, orientální, květinovo-ovocná vůně. Složení: citrusy, květiny, zelené tóny, dřevité tóny-santál, velice jemný oud, pižmo. "Půvabná, velice luxusní a elegantní arabská vůně, svěží a přitom sytá a hřejivá, příjemně citrusová vůně, která se úžasně snoubí s květinami, jemně nahořklá a mírně nasládlá, intenzivní a zároveň jemná."

Shomoukh - exkluzivní orientální vůně evropského typu. Složení: broskev, pomerančové květy, růže, fialka, jasmín, kosatec, pižmo, citrusy - tohle musím příště zkusit!!! "Jemná, vzduÅ¡ná a elegantní kombinace těch nejvybranějších květinově ovocných vůní". Jeden z nejprodávanějších parfémů Arabian Oud.


Gelové parfémy jsou pro mě novinkou a nemůžu říct, že bych je jen tak přešla, moje vnitřní straka opět jásala.

Naprosto úžasný Fanan mě dostal jak těmi růžemi na uzávěru tak třpytkami přímo v parfému. Složení : mandarinka, sladký pomeranč, růže, frézie, bílé pižmo. Jedna z nejpopulárnějších vůní od Syed Junaid Alam Perfumes v krásném a originálním balení se třpytivou parfémovou vodou. "Svěže citrusový začátek s nádechem „vánočního“ koření se rozvoněl do svěží ovocně květinové pižmovky – jemné, tělové, přesto jiskřivé. Vůně ryze evropského charakteru.....a se skvělou výdrží." Zase ty pomeranče!

Tato sladká ovocná orientálka Maila má nejen krásnou ozdobu na flakonku, ale to složení: ananas, bílé pižmo, broskev, pačuli, vanilka, ambra. Je sytá, intenzivní, ženská, okouzlující a jedinečná. "Výrazně sladká ovocná vůně na vanilkovém základě – z ovoce dominují pocukrované bílé broskve. Po rozvonění jeÅ¡tě stopa suché sladké pačuli. Pro milovnice sladkých vůní."

Banafsaj EDP je spíše západního stylu a je "jemná svěží vůně orosených růžových a pivoňkových okvětních plátků v závoji křišťálového pižma. Typově podobná Euphoriii Blossom, popř. Stelle a některým jejím limitkám. A se skvělou výdrží." Banafsaj Night je mixem arabského a západního stylu. Složení: růže, liči, bílé pižmo, jasmín. "Orosená růže v časném letním ránu s příjemným sladším ovocným tónem. A výdrž dlouhá předlouhá.!


Arabian Nights Gold je unisexová hřejivá, orientální, kořeněná a citrusovo-dřevitá vůně. Složení: mandarinka, bergamot, zázvor, pelyněk, levandule, kadidlo, růžový pepř, růže, pižmo, vanilka, labdanum, pačuli. "Hřejivá sladce dřevitá vůně s množstvím koření – evokuje kořenku, v jejíž Å¡uplíčcích zůstaly zbytky uloženého koření. Po rozvonění uhlazená obláčkem teplého, sladce kouřového labdana. Je uváděna jako unisex, ale podle mého názoru má o malinko blíž spíš blíže k vůni pánské."

Parfémový olej Kashkha je typem elegantní, květinovo-dřevité a kořeněné orientální vůně. Složení: bergamot, jablko, skořice, divoká růže, šafrán, kardamom, oud, kosatec, vetiver, cedr, santál, ambra, pižmo. To je směska, co? Tenhle musím příště taky zkusit :). Stejně tak jako sametově sladkou vanilku v Hadharahu. Tahle intenzivní, sametově hebká a něžná ženská vůně s neuvěřitelnou výdrží obsahuje vanilku, bílé pižmo a růži.

Romance Murakkaz je luxusní, svůdnou, květinově orientální vůní vyzdvihující ženskou krásu. Sametová a smyslná kombinace vůní, které je těžké odolat. Složení: růže, jasmín, směs květin, koření a vzácných dřev, Å¡Å¥avnaté broskvové a meruňkové tóny, orientální dřevité tóny, ambra, pižmo. "Šťavnatě ovocná květinová vůně, výrazně nektarově nasládlá. Hladké dřevo a bílé pižmo ji obalují do „nadýchané“ podoby. Je hustá, je hladká, je hebce plyÅ¡ová, je luxusní.....je krásná tak, že to hraničí až s kýčem."

Tuhé parfémy vypadají opravdu nádherně. Tareekh Gold Ladies obsahuje růži, gardénii, vanilku, ovocné tóny, jemný med a bílé pižmo a je to výrazná, sladce vanilková vůně s jemným orientálním nádechem. "Hřejivá sladce vanilková vůně se stopou pečených jablek a kapkou medu…a přes vÅ¡echny ingredience, ze kterých sladkost přímo odkapává, není ulepená."

Taef patří mezi ovocně květinové vůně a jeho složení je následující: jahody, směs sladkého ovoce, vodní květiny, jasmín, růže, vanilka. Hřejivé tóny proslazeného ovoce se snoubí s růžemi a vytváří sladký oblak kolem své nositelky. Tohle budu muset zkusit! "Směs růžových růží a sladkého ovocného želé – vůně až skoro gurmánská, odlehčená svěže avivážovým koncem. Pro milovnice sladkých sytých vůní má velké plus – není ulepená ani syntetická."

Burj Al Haramain je pro vás tím pravým, chcete-li mít doma kousek Dubaje :). Tato orientální, sladce svěží květinovo-dřevitá vůně vás obklopí slastným závanem přepychu a je svou vznešeností obrazem luxusního sedmihvězdičkového hotelu Burj Dubai. Kouzelný mix květin, vanilky a vzácných dřev spolu s jemným, skoro neznatelným oudovým podtónem. Složení: jasmín, mimóza, vanilka, vzácné dřeviny, ambra, oud z Laosu.

Jsou-li vaším favoritem chyprovky, je tu pro vás tento exkluzivní parfémový olej Khaltat al Haram ve složení: lilie, neroli, ylang-ylang, lotosový květ, vzácné růže, mučenka, heliotrop, kadidlo, oud, kosatec, konvalinka, jantar, černá orchidej a bílé pižmo. Tato tajemně vášnivá, luxusní, decentní a svůdná vůně pochází z parfumerářského domu těch nejluxusnějších parfémů Abdul Samad al Quarashi.

Gharam patří mezi orientální, květinovo-ovocné vůně a obsahuje: heliotrop, jasmín, frézii, ibiÅ¡ek, růži, maracuju, citronovou kůru, pižmo. Tato pohádkově krásná a elegantní ženská vůně od mistrů parfumerů luxusní značky Arabian Oud je luxusní kombinací těch nejvybranějších vonných složek. Exkluzivní flakon ze zlatavého kovu, který je zdoben květinovými ornamenty. "Nasládle květinová vůně s malou Å¡petkou ovoce (ve složení je uvedená maracuja, je to spíše zralé mango a šťáva z červených jablek), uhlazená nepatrně větrových pižmem. Vůně je svěží, třpytivá, plná energie......a s ryze evropským charakterem."

Parfémový olej Ghaidae je květinově ovocná vůně s orientálním nádechem. Tato luxusní a elegantní vůně je velice neobvyklá a hodí se pro výjimečné příležitosti. "Hebce sametová, trávově zelená, sladší ovocná vůně, doplněná ojíněnými květinovými plátky. Vůně pro harémovou tanečnici."

Night Dreams je unisex parfémový olej se složením: směs květin a vzácných dřevin, santal, růže, oud, cedr, zemité tóny, mech, pudr.

Exkluzivní, hřejivá a tajemná orientální vůně Shahrazad je luxusní vůní pro arabskou princeznu – pohádkově krásná a elegantní ženská vůně od mistrů parfumerů luxusní značky Arabian Oud. Složení: ambra, růže, brusinky, pačuli, santal, lotosový květ, ylang-ylang, dřevo Kyara, černé pižmo, Amarant, růžový vavřín. "Hřejivá kombinace květin (dominantní růže + velmi distingované bílé květiny, zvláště pak jasmín) na dřevitě ambrovém základě. Ale není nijak těžká ani sladká – průběžně se objevují vodní tóny v podobě nasládlého prohřátého zahradního jezírka, které ji odlehčují. Vůně působí opravdu luxusním dojmem – vyzařuje z ní klid a romantika pohádkových paláců."

Pretty Lady patří mezi intenzivní vůně růží a ovoce na sladším základu s velkou výdrží. Složení: růže, mandarinka, vanilka.

Hayati je vítězem prestižní soutěže organizace The Fragrance Foundation - FIFI Arabia Awards 2012 v kategorii "Nejprestižnější - nejluxusnější ženská vůně". Je to dřevitě hřejivá orientální vůně podobného ražení jako Shahrazad nebo Kalemat, ale bez těžkých orientálních tónů. Složení: tuberóza, ambra, skořice, vzácná dřeva, vetiver, kambodžský oud, kandované ovoce, kardamom. "Ambrovka – sladká, dřevitá, s úžasnou nesladkou skořicí a tóny kandovaného ovoce. Oud je ve spojení s vetiverem kouřově jemný a delikátní, spíš ve formě podkresu. Je sice vedena jako dámská, ale mohou ji bez problémů nosit i pánové – zejména pak milovníci sladkých dřevitě kořeněných vůní typu Kalemat či Kalemat Black."

Orientální květinová Oudh Ma’Al Wardh je silná kombinace oudu a růže pro silné nátury a oudové milovníky :). Složení: růže, santal, oud.

Waid Taifi - hřejivá, růžová a orientální. Složení: konvalinka, zelené tóny, růže z Taifu, čajová růže, damašská růže, heliotrop, santál, vanilka.

Přenádherný Jawan je orientálka s obsahem orientálních tónů, bylin, citrónu, květin, vzácných dřevin a ambry.


Hajar - oudová vůně. Složení : mandarinka, citrón, kardamom, santál, oud.

Z velmi elegantní, svěže sladké, květinové křehké vůně Hanako vyzařuje kouzlo rozkvetlé zahrady v prvních paprscích vycházejícího slunce. Složení: tuberóza, jasmín, bílé pižmo, růže. "Velká kytice bílých květin s velkou růžovou růží uprostřed, poprášená sladkým pudrem. Není to žádný úder kytkou do čenichu, ale vůně s puncem vysoké elegance a romantická zároveň. Tak nějak si představuju parfém pro nevěstu par excellence."

Sladká orientální Butterfly 3 se řadí mezi výrazné sladší ovocně květinové vůně. Složení: bazalka, fialky, levandule, citrusy, sladké tropické ovoce, pivoňka, lotosový květ, cukrové tóny. "Poté, co se tryskem přehnal avivážový začátek, rozvoněla se do podoby sladkého džusu z tropického ovoce s okvětními plátky květin. Právě díky květinovým tónům není nijak ulepená. A do horka může být pro milovnice sladkých vůní víc než zajímavá."

Nawaem je květinová, ovocná, jemně dřevitá, intenzivní, ženská a okouzlující. Složení: lotosový květ, hruška, jahody, jasmín, tuberoza, ylang-ylang, gardénie, konvalinka, pomerančový květ, santál, vanilka, pižmo. Tenhle mě taky láká ke zkoušení.

Noora Ah - jemně orientální, sladká a květinovo-kořeněná vůně. Složení: květiny, santál, vzácné dřeviny, oud, ambra.

JeÅ¡tě bych ráda zmínila akce, které v e-shopu Arabských parfémů teď najdete. 10% sleva při nákupu nad 700 Kč (platí do dneÅ¡ní půlnoci), 5ml roll-on je za 90 Kč a 1 ml vzorek za 30 Kč a 20% sleva naprosté větÅ¡iny parfémů/celých flakonů (platí do 23.12.)

No, to by pro dneÅ¡ek stačilo. Velké parfémy jsem nějak ani nezkouÅ¡ela, jen některé a jen k víčku. Kdyby ano, odcházela bych bůhví v kolik. Na ně se vrhnu příště, už teď mám několik favoritů. A abyste nepřiÅ¡li zkrátka ani vy, věnovala Lenka do soutěže pro vás tři el nabilky. Vybraly jsme pro vás Halimu (nejoblíbenější, sedne skoro každému), pro experimentátorky jsem si vynutila Black Mango a Lenka pak vybrala jasmínovo-pomerančovou Gold (africké slunce padající na kupu jasmínových a pomerančových květin. Opojná, radostná, autentická, bez indolických pachů. Báječné, slastné a pronikavé aroma. "Pomerančové a jasmínové květy s výrazným ovocným nádechem rozpálené poledním žárem. Postupně se ovoce částečně ztratilo, zato pomerančové květy, doplněné hladkým dřevem, nabraly na intenzitě.").

          Pour en finir avec la démocratie        
Maeki Maii par lui-même
La démocratie ressemble à s’y méprendre au cadavre de trois jours d’un chien errant qui pourrirait au bord d’une route de campagne à 13 kilomètres de Perpignan sous un soleil de plomb. Tous deux sont reconnaissables aux nombreuses mouches à merde qui voltigent autour et à la langue qui pendouille. La seule différence est que le chien a été en vie à un certain moment. Lui, au moins, il a marché durant son existence. La démocratie, non. Nous sommes régulièrement tentés de dire de la démocratie : « Qu’elle crève ! ». C’est évidemment vain : elle n’a jamais été vivante. Elle s’est contentée de n’être qu’un ersatz de liberté, un moyen d’expression populaire totalement fictif, de la merde en poudre aux yeux. Cessons de nous leurrer, nous avons toujours vécu dans une dictature ! Une dictature molle et visqueuse semblable à de la vase bien purulente qu’on appelle affectueusement « Société de consommation ». Le fonctionnement de notre société actuelle ne dépend pas du résultat d’un vote mais bel et bien du degré de consumérisme de la population. Les représentants de l’Etat ne sont là que pour veiller sur le taux de consommation des individus qu’ils régissent. Chaque président d’un pays n’est qu’un gouverneur provisoire d’une province du grand royaume de la consommation. Les mises en place successives des différents types de gouvernements dits « de droite » et « de gauche » ne servent au bout du compte qu’à donner l’impression au peuple qu’il y a un pouvoir et une opposition. Mais nous constatons que la mise en place de tel et tel gouvernement ne modifie
en rien le mode de vie de la masse, que les différentes réformes, qu’elles allègent ou durcissent ponctuellement les acteurs de la société tels que les chefs d’entreprises ou les ouvriers, dépendent avant tout de la conjoncture économique. Tout choix politique, toute réforme plus ou moins audacieuse voire risquée sera in fine irrémédiablement absorbée par « La société de consommation ». Cette ogresse puante distribue énormément de jouets à ses enfants pour qu’ils puissent se distraire et ainsi se détourner de toute révolte salvatrice qui nuirait à son existence infâme. La télévision est l’un des plus classiques, cette dernière étant à l’homme contemporain ce que la poupée est à la petite fille. Penser comme certaines personnes que faire jouer une petite fille aux petits soldats est une révolution, c’est ne pas comprendre que le petit soldat ou la poupée sont simplement vendus et achetés dans le même magasin, et le magasin c’est l’ennemi. Mais « la société de consommation » a trouvé un autre bon moyen pour donner une semblant de responsabilité à la foule, qui se satisfait finalement de peu, c’est le vote.

Si le magasin est l’ennemi physique alors le vote est l’ennemi moral de l’Homme. Il sert, non pas à choisir la personne qui nous gouvernera pendant une bribe d’années en se basant sur un document fallacieux appelé communément « programme », mais uniquement à faire valider au peuple ce régime mis en place. L’action du vote donne une légitimité populaire au système pour continuer à nous sodomiser. Une personne qui vote valide automatiquement celui qui sera choisi pour gouverner, même si elle a voté contre lui : voter, c’est promouvoir le candidat gagnant au nom de la sacro-sainte démocratie. Comme dans un match de foot, nous payons les tickets d’entrée au stade même si nous ne sommes pas d’accord avec le score, même si à la 84’ il y avait pénoche, obligatoirement, nous acceptons tous que c’est l’équipe désignée comme vainqueur par l’arbitre qui a gagné… en démocratie, toutes les équipes sont composées des mêmes ramassis de larves qui se foutent de leurs supporters et qui n’ont absolument pas l’amour du beau jeu. Voter c’est donc afficher son accord à introniser des ordures et accepter d’être à la merci de ces faussaires. C’est se soumettre au jeu truqué démocratique et à toutes les entourloupes qui en découlent. C’est valider le fonctionnement injuste de ce système puis se soumettre aux règles dictées par ces sous-hommes opportunistes et sans scrupules. Le « programme » présenté en période électorale comme le menu promis n’est constamment jamais respecté, mise à part pour les réformes les plus secondaires, les plus anecdotiques ou alors pour les réformes les plus douloureuses pour le peuple. Au restaurant quand on commande un steak cuit à point servi avec une sauce aux champignons, des frites et des légumes, si l’on sert uniquement la sauce aux champignons dans un bol, on gueule, on part du resto sans manger et sans payer bien sûr : c’est la réaction légitime à un tel foutage de gueule… en démocratie non ! On lape la sauce, avec du pain si on a de la chance, et on retourne au même resto pour répéter inlassablement le rituel sodomite perpétré par ce restaurateur véreux.

La démocratie, par son semblant de liberté offert au peuple, étouffe toute velléité de révolte. Il suffit de voir les manifestations d’aujourd’hui, aucun esprit de révolte ne s’y trouve : ils restent tous en rang bien dociles, ils craignent la moindre incartade et fustigent les casseurs, ça ne cesse de déblatérer des slogans ineptes dans un cortège de brebis galeuses. Pas assez galeuses pour crever, mais suffisamment pour infecter d’autres brebis qui paissaient tranquillement dans leur pré. Elles n’avaient pourtant rien demandé. Une manifestation est aussi révolutionnaire qu’un politicien bienveillant. C’est-à-dire zéro ! Il faudrait bien plus qu’un cortège du dimanche pour empêcher un gouvernement de faire passer ses reformes de lâches esclavagistes attardés. La démocratie est censée avoir pour but de servir la majorité : les plus précaires ainsi que la classe moyenne, contrairement à l’élite bourgeoise qui est largement minoritaire… Personne ne s’est jamais demandé pourquoi ce sont les reformes les moins optimales pour la population et les plus avantageuse pour la classe élitiste qui sont mises en place systématiquement par les gouvernements ? C’est simple, c’est parce que les politiciens font partie de cette élite purulente. Ils ne sont pas cons, ils pensent à servir leurs intérêts, même si ce n’est pas leur fonction, évidemment. Ils n’ont aucun intérêt à se tirer des balles dans le pied, donc ils alignent des reformes qui les avantagent eux et leurs familles. Puis ils placent leurs enfants, leurs femmes ou des amis dans des emplois fictifs, et quand certains se font attraper dans leurs saloperies, le schéma est très simple. Cela commence par un scandale relayé plusieurs jours dans les médias... la population se dit : « oh bon sang ! Tous des pourris ! » L’intéressé, lui, nie les faits, ensuite il les minimise, enfin il s’excuse. Les médias arrêtent d’en parler, l’intéressé va un gala pour montrer que c’est quand même un « type bien », la population se lasse, la Justice ne fait pas son travail, l’affaire est oubliée, l’intéressé souffle, la population vote pour lui. Bonjour, au revoir, ni vu, ni connu, j’t’embrouille.

Oeil torve d'un politicien
Il faut bien regarder l’œil torve d’un politicien pour comprendre la nécessité de l’abstention. Dans ce globe oculaire si glauque réside tout un festival de malversations, de corruptions, de traîtrises, d’hypocrisies, de mensonges, de détournements, d’opportunismes, de chantages, de manipulations en tout genre. Alors quand une telle ordure tance ses administrés en répétant en boucle le devoir crucial de voter, le raisonnement le plus élémentaire devrait déjà nous faire comprendre que voter, c’est plonger sa main dans une marmite rouillée pleine d’eau bouillante dans laquelle des crabes de gauche et des écrevisses de droite se débattent pour être sauvés du sort funeste qui les attend. Laissons-les cuire dans leur marmite toxique ! Nos mains méritent mieux qu’une urne électorale. Par ailleurs il faut aussi savoir que le rôle d’un politicien n’est pas d’être exemplaire, car l’honnêteté n’a absolument pas sa place dans ce milieu ignoble. Le mieux que nous pouvons leur demander serait au minimum que toutes leurs obscures magouilles soient au service de leur peuple et non pour leurs intérêts personnels, mais même ça ils n’arrivent pas à s’y tenir. De faire de la magouille son métier est une chose fréquente et cela existe depuis toujours, pourquoi pas ? C’est dans la nature civilisationnelle de l’Homme. Les Hommes ont toujours eu, au minimum, recours à des subterfuges pour survivre, c’est une chose que nous pouvons tolérer. Par contre le niveau maximum de machiavélisme se trouve évidemment dans la politique : portés par la soif de Pouvoir, les Hommes deviennent pires que les pires bestioles de l’Enfer. Soit ! Tant qu’ils ne sont pas tous achevés par un tir de kalachnikov dans la nuque, pendus à des tilleuls, décapités à la machette ou brûlés vifs dans une cage puis ensevelis sous des gravats, nous devons cohabiter avec cette espèce de sangsues parasites et nuisibles. C’est un fait. Alors que faire ? La solution la plus simple : Rien !

Il ne faut absolument rien faire pour ces lépreux-là, ni pour leur système sclérosé, ni pour leur gouvernement de porcs pestiférés agonisants dans une mare infecte débordante de déchets moisis et de vieilles casseroles. Tout ça n’est qu’un ramassis de vomi idéologique. Nous avons suffisamment d’énergie à dépenser pour nos propres problèmes pour ne pas en dépenser pour de telles personnes. L’indifférence est la meilleure arme face à ces détritus qui veulent absolument s’approprier les « voix » des gens. Ne rien leur offrir, surtout pas notre temps, nos idées, notre force, notre attention, nos rêves… Rien. Ils ne sauront que les pourrir et s’en servir à mauvais escient. Cette crapulerie doit absolument être jetée dans les cellules de l’oubli pour toujours, et concrètement le meilleur moyen de le leur faire comprendre est l’abstention. Dans n’importe quelle situation de la vie quotidienne, quand on ne sait pas comment faire, il vaut mieux s’abstenir plutôt que faire de la merde. Pour la démocratie, l’avantage, c’est qu’on sait déjà la chiasse que ça va être, il est donc évident que nous devons nous abstenir. L’abstention c’est se délivrer du mal, celui que les partis distillent depuis bien trop longtemps à coups de discours vicieux, d’élections abjectes et de campagnes immondes. Face à ça, l’abstention apparaît comme une délivrance. Un souffle d’air frais plein de liberté au milieu d’un marécage nauséabond. Qu’ils arrêtent de nous répéter que voter c’est choisir le moindre mal, c’est totalement faux, car tous les partis sont plongés dans le mal jusqu’au cou, sans exception. De l’extrême droite à l’extrême gauche en passant par l’extrême centre, il n’y a rien à conserver dans ces entreprises aux parois recouvertes de moisissures. Ils ruinent systématiquement les espoirs que les gens avaient placés en eux. Ils ont trahi, ils trahissent et ils trahiront encore. Pas un pour rattraper l’autre. Tous dans le même bain puant. Arrosons cette baignoire avec de l’acide sulfurique afin que leurs corps pustuleux se dissolvent complètement et n’obtenir, enfin !, qu’une minuscule flaque toute flasque d’os bouillis. Qu’on arrête de nous dire que l’abstention est irresponsable, c’est fini ! Désormais c’est le vote qui est irresponsable. Les politiciens nous ont maintes fois montré leur incompétence, leur malhonnêteté, leur fourberie, leur mépris du peuple et leur esprit belliqueux. Leur inutilité est flagrante et introniser l’un de ces incapables en tant que président est un acte masochiste. D’une certaine manière, voter c’est choisir la couleur de la bite en plastique qui nous défoncera le cul. Choisir une couleur, c’est accepter la sodomie en approuvant le gode parce qu’on préfère le rose au bleu. Quoi qu’il en soit, nous finirons bien enculés, alors faisons-leur au moins comprendre que nous ne voulons pas de ça, que ce n’est pas la couleur qui nous chiffonne, mais l’effraction pénétrante dans nos rectums récalcitrants. Mieux vaut mourir debout que de vivre à quatre pattes un bâton coloré dans le cul. C’est à ça désormais que doit tendre notre responsabilité d’individus libres et conscients.

Sextoys présidentiels
Qu’ils cessent aussi de dire que voter c’est important pour notre avenir et celui de nos enfants ! Quand on analyse les gueules vérolées des candidats à n’importe quelle élection, leur charisme de radis tuberculeux, leur volonté de bouteille en plastique coincée dans l’anus d’une baleine échouée, leur discours de charlatan édenté vendeur de lotion miracle périmée, leur sourire de vieille publicité suisse-allemande doublée en français, leur campagne électorale aussi atroce qu’une grosse verrue toute suintante à l’aine d’un geek obèse mort d’épilepsie depuis 9 jours dans son studio miteux, leur débat aussi stérile qu’un chat borgne castré plein de puces en fin de vie, leur copinage de film porno bulgare qui mettrait en scène un gang-bang d’amputés lépreux tourné dans une cave insalubre, leurs slogans de nostalgique du troisième Reich analphabète atteint de schizophrénie aiguë, on ne peut qu’éviter des personnages aussi tordus et néfastes à notre avenir et celui de nos enfants. Confier son avenir à un politicien c’est confier son enfant à un pédophile. Si on tient à son avenir, on évite tout devoir démocratique. L’avenir appartient à ceux qui ne votent pas. Qu’ils arrêtent aussi de nous marteler que des gens sont morts pour que nous ayons le droit de voter. Toutes les personnes qui ont eu le courage et la bravoure de combattre le Pouvoir d’antan afin d’obtenir des droits tel que celui de voter seraient aujourd’hui en train de combattre les fanatiques de la démocratie qui dénigrent et insultent les abstentionnistes. Soyez en sûr ! Les abstentionnistes sont surement la voix la plus raisonnablement combattive dans le monde politique actuel. Les héros de l’époque avaient bien compris que s’ils n’avaient pas le droit de voter, c’est qu’il fallait pouvoir le faire ! Mais dans le contexte actuel, désormais, pour s’opposer au Pouvoir, il ne faut pas voter, surtout pour la très bonne raison qu’on nous claironne partout que nous devons absolument le faire. C’est rendre hommage à ces combattants passés que de refuser le vote : ils détesteraient constater qu’ils sont morts pour que les plus grandes crapules accèdent au Pouvoir assis sur la légitimité de ce qu’est devenu le vote.

La politique est une grande famille de consanguins attardés, tous se connaissent depuis longtemps, ont fréquenté les mêmes écoles et les mêmes quartiers chics de la capitale, tous copulent entre eux, si ce n’est physiquement, au moins idéologiquement, tous se donnent des coups de pattes amicales ou des coups de griffes intéressées selon ce qui est bénéfique à leur petit business pourri. On peut être sûr qu’il n’existe aucune personne parmi ceux qui ont combattu à en mourir de rêve et d’espoir qui l’ait fait au nom de la promotion d’une grande famille consanguine de hyènes psychopathes et affairistes souffrant d’autisme chronique. Un jour peut-être on saluera les héros de l’abstentionnisme comme nous célébrons aujourd’hui les héros de la démocratie. Ce jour-là, et seulement ce jour-là, on pourra dire que l’abstention est devenue merdique. Nous en sommes loin ! A la mémoire des grands combattants défenseurs de la démocratie, ne votons pas ! Terminé les jérémiades sur le vote comme devoir citoyen ! Légitimer des personnes qui manquent à tous leurs devoirs de citoyens alors qu’ils devraient être nos modèles ? Ces résidus de pustules infectées du virus de l’Ebola ne font même pas le quart de ce pour quoi ils sont élus et surpayés… à nos frais de surcroît. Leur présence dans les assemblées sont anecdotiques, tellement furtives qu’ils passent plus de temps à la cafétéria à s’empiffrer en riant grassement qu’à se préoccuper des problèmes de leurs administrés. Ils s’amusent à se jeter des boules puantes durant leurs discussions de comptoir, mais pour contribuer au développement de leur pays, ils n’ont ni le sérieux, ni la rigueur et surtout pas la compétence pour le faire dignement et efficacement. Aucun d’entre eux n’a la carrure d’un chef d’Etat, ce qui serait la moindre des choses dans leur position, mais leurs carrures politiques sont plus proches des petits voyous de banlieue, sans la noblesse qu’on peut retrouver dans la débrouillardise des racailles qui galèrent dans leur cité fantôme et délabrée. Ils sont vautrés dans leurs grands hémicycles comme des porcs dans la fange et salissent, sans le moindre scrupule, leur tâche plus ou moins prestigieuse de gouverner un pays. Le vrai devoir de citoyen aujourd’hui est de ne pas cautionner ces crapules si fières d’être des moins que rien.

Même le vote blanc est encore trop bon pour eux, c’est encore se déplacer dans les locaux sans âme de l’Etat pour entendre un inconnu dire « A voté » après avoir glissé une enveloppe dans une urne électorale... tout ça pour un vote qui ne sera pas comptabilisé ! Peine perdue ! A ce niveau, ce ne sont plus des urnes électorales mais des urnes funéraires. Comme le veut la tradition, laissons les morts en paix. Il faut désormais apprendre à se détacher de cet univers gangréné par le vice. Rompre avec ce monde dégueulasse de la politique. Nous n’avons plus rien à attendre d’eux, nous leur avons laissé beaucoup trop de chances d’accomplir quelque chose pour le peuple, alors qu’une seule était déjà de trop. Laissons-les croupir pathétiquement dans leur geôle démoniaque pleine de moisissure qu’on appelle trop gentiment « les affaires politiques ». Posons notre main sur un arbre au lieu de la salir avec un vote. Regardons des enfants jouer au lieu de saloper nos yeux avec des émissions de débats politiques. Ecoutons notre chat miauler ou des oiseaux chanter au lieu de pourrir nos oreilles avec des discours pleins de mensonges. Abandonnons le système démocratique et adoptons plutôt le « système D » tout court, celui de la débrouille, de l’adaptation et de l’autonomie. Reprenons notre indépendance individuelle au lieu de nous enfermer dans un esclavagisme virtuellement collectif. Finissons-en avec la démocratie et laissons la vie reprendre tous ses droits. Elle, au moins, n’a pas besoin d’avocat pour se défendre, au contraire des politiciens plongés dans de si nombreux procès pour fraudes ou autres saloperies du genre. La vie n’a besoin de rien pour resplendir… et surtout pas d’un vote. Ni les arbres, ni les animaux, ni les enfants n’ont le pouvoir d’élire une personne dans une démocratie. Puisque ils ne votent pas, soyons sages, faisons confiance aux enfants !

Maeki Maii
          Sprzeczności między nauką a religią: 10 przykładów        


pope-309611_640Kościół twierdzi, że między nauką a religią katolicką nie ma sprzeczności. Są to zapewniania ogólnikowe. Liczne sprzeczności są faktem, podam 10 przykładów dotyczących chrześcijaństwa, przede wszystkim katolicyzmu. W przypadku innych religii przykłady pod różnymi względami musiałyby wyglądać inaczej. Trzeba jednak powiedzieć wyraźnie, że sprzeczne z nauką są wszystkie religie.

1. Religia katolicka stoi na stanowisku, że świat został stworzony przez osobowego Boga. Nauka nie może tego twierdzenia uznać. Nie ma wprawdzie dziś wystarczająco uzasadnionej naukowej teorii powstania świata, ale nie oznacza to, że prawdziwe są wyjaśnienia religijne. Twierdzenie o stworzeniu świata przez Boga jest pozbawione jakiegokolwiek uzasadnienia, które na gruncie nauki może być wzięte pod uwagę. Jest ono zaczerpnięte z Biblii i ma charakter mitologiczny (teolodzy za przenośnię uznali stworzenie świata w ciągu sześciu dni, ale biblijny mit o stworzeniu świata przez Boga obowiązuje w Kościele). Różne religie głoszą różne mity dotyczące powstania świata; starożytni Grecy uznawali, że jest wieczny. Między wyjaśnieniami mitologicznymi a wyjaśnieniami naukowymi istnieje nieprzekraczalna sprzeczność.

2. Sprzeczna z nauką jest teoria końca świata, której naucza Kościół. Jak w skrócie wygląda ta teoria? Według Kościoła Chrystus ponownie zstąpi na Ziemię, odbędzie się sąd ostateczny, po czym z woli Boga nastąpi koniec świata. Tak można przeczytać również w szkolnych podręcznikach religii.

Żadne naukowe teorie przyszłości świata nie przewidują takiej wersji wydarzeń. Badania naukowe wskazują na „koniec świata” - w niewyobrażalnie odległym czasie - w efekcie zjawiska rozszerzania się wszechświata (ucieczki galaktyk) lub ponownego zacieśniania się. Pojawiają się też hipotezy dotyczące cykliczności, tj. cyklicznego rozszerzania się i zacieśniania wszechświata.

Koncepcja końca świata, której naucza Kościół, opiera się na biblijnych mitach, a nie na badaniach naukowych. Między religią a nauką mamy tu ewidentną sprzeczność.

3. Kościół uznaje dziś fakt ewolucji w przyrodzie, ale nadal stoi na stanowisku, że człowiek powstał wskutek ingerencji Boga w proces ewolucji. Oto oficjalne stanowisko polskich biskupów w sprawie ewolucji (2006 r.): „Ewolucja wiedzie ku pojawieniu się człowieka jako istoty wolnej, odpowiedzialnej i świadomej. Ale sama z siebie tego progu nie pokonuje. W celu powołania do życia człowieka Bóg mógł posłużyć się jakąś istotą przygotowaną na planie cielesnym przez miliony lat ewolucji i tchnąć w nią duszę – na swój obraz i podobieństwo”.

Stanowisko Kościoła jest sprzeczne z nauką. Nauki biologiczne przedstawiają proces ewolucji dokonujący się bez bożej ingerencji. Bardzo dobrze pokazują, jak ewolucja „sama z siebie” pokonuje próg oddzielający człowieka od innych gatunków. Biologia na przykład bardzo dobrze dokumentuje, jak stopniowo w toku ewolucji kształtował się układ nerwowy i mózg - od form najprostszych, po bardzo złożone u ssaków i człowieka. Nauka nie uznaje ingerencji Boga w proces ewolucji, bo brak na to jakiegokolwiek uzasadnienia poza wiarą religijną.

4. Kościół stoi niezmiennie na stanowisku, że człowiek posiada duszę nieśmiertelną daną mu przez Boga i dzięki temu będzie mógł żyć wiecznie. Czekać go ma zbawienie, tj. stan wiecznej szczęśliwości, pokuta, albo potępienie. Żadne badania naukowe nie potwierdzają istnienia duszy i perspektywy wiecznego życia. Kościół powołuje się na Pismo Święte i twierdzi, że to prawda.

5. Kościół zupełnie poważnie twierdzi, że choroby i śmierć to skutek grzechu pierworodnego, tj. nieposłuszeństwa Bogu, jakiego mieli się dopuścić pierwsi ludzie. Podkreślmy, że to mitologiczne wyjaśnienie, zaczerpnięte z Biblii, nie jest uznane za przenośnię. Także szkolne podręczniki religii mówią o nim wyraźnie jako o wyjaśnieniu realnym, a nie w przenośni.

Nauka nie może tego wyjaśnienia uznać, gdyż opiera się ono wyłącznie na biblijnej opowieści o grzechu pierworodnym. Nie przeszkadza to teologom i religijnym naukowcom głosić, że między nauką a religią nie ma sprzeczności.

new-horizons-11634_6406. Nauka wymaga, by twierdzenia, które uznaje się za prawdziwe, były uzasadnione wynikami badań empirycznych, tj. obserwacji, doświadczeń, eksperymentów, analizy dostępnych materiałów (sposobami uzasadniania twierdzeń zajmuje się metodologia nauki). Twierdzenia naukowe mogą nie być pewne na 100%, ale ich bezpośrednie lub pośrednie empiryczne potwierdzenie jest konieczne.

Także hipotezy naukowe (przypuszczenia) muszą opierać się na analizach i badaniach naukowych. Nie mogą być dowolnymi fantazjami.

Podstawowe twierdzenia podawane przez Kościół, mówiące o istnieniu Boga, aniołów, szatana, duszy nieśmiertelnej, o objawieniu bożym zawartym w Piśmie Świętym i inne, nie są w żadnym stopniu uzasadnione empirycznie. Z tego powodu nie mogą być na gruncie nauki uznane, ani nawet potraktowane jako hipotezy. Natomiast władze kościelne twierdzą, że są prawdziwe. Stwarza to przepaść i sprzeczność między nauką a religią.

7. Sprzeczny z nauką jest sposób, w jaki Kościół dochodzi do swoich ustaleń.

Kościół twierdzi, że Pismo Święte zawiera prawdy objawione przez Boga. Dla Kościoła jest to wiarygodne źródło wiedzy o Bogu, człowieku i świecie. Teolodzy kościelni badają Pismo Święte, by zawarte tam prawdy poznać.

Nauka nie może uznać, że Pismo Święte rzeczywiście zawiera boże objawienie, bo brak jakichkolwiek argumentów, które by to przekonanie uzasadniały (nie ma też zresztą podstaw, by uznać istnienie Boga). Z punktu widzenia nauki Pismo Święte nie jest wiarygodnym źródłem wiedzy. Zawiera, obok niektórych historycznych i geograficznych faktów, masę zmyśleń i mitów. Poszukiwanie w Piśmie Świętym prawd objawionych przez Boga jest – z punktu widzenia współczesnej nauki – religijną fikcją, urojeniem. Nauka nie szuka w Biblii prawd objawionych.

8. Kościół twierdzi, że korzysta z nadprzyrodzonego sposobu poznawania prawdy o Bogu, świecie i człowieku. Ma to być poznawanie przy pomocy wiary, którą zawdzięcza łasce bożej. Pisze o tym także Jan Paweł II: „obok poznania właściwego ludzkiemu rozumowi ... istnieje poznanie właściwe wierze” (idzie o wiarę religijną); „w pierwszym przypadku poznajemy przy pomocy naturalnego rozumu, a w drugim przy pomocy wiary” (Encyklika „Wiara i rozum” 8-9).

Otóż nauka nie może uznać, że coś takiego, jak badanie/poznawanie „przy pomocy wiary” istnieje. Powód: brak uzasadnienia. Władze kościelne bez żadnego uzasadnienia głoszą, że taka metoda istnieje i każą w to wierzyć także w podręcznikach religii. Nie ma argumentów wskazujących, że Bóg rzeczywiście dał teologom katolickim czy komukolwiek dar poznawania wiarą.

Podsumujmy punkty 7 i 8: Nauka nie uznaje żadnych nadprzyrodzonych źródeł wiedzy - ani objawienia bożego, ani poznawania przy pomocy wiary. Konsekwencje tego są dla religii i Kościoła druzgocące. Nauka odmawia teologii i religii jakiegokolwiek udziału w poznawaniu świata i człowieka, a także w poznawaniu rzeczywistości nadprzyrodzonej (bo nawet jeśli przyjmie się, że rzeczywistość nadprzyrodzona nie jest tylko religijną fantazją, to teolodzy nie mają sposobu, by tę rzeczywistość badać).

Kościół nie chce się z tym werdyktem pogodzić, zgłasza roszczenia poznawcze i formułuje wiele twierdzeń dotyczących rzeczywistości nie tylko nadprzyrodzonej, ale także naturalnej (dotyczących świata, przyrody, człowieka, np. że człowiek posiada duszę nieśmiertelną, a choroby i śmierć są skutkiem grzechu pierworodnego). Z punktu widzenia nauki są to twierdzenia pozbawione uzasadnienia; nie są to nawet hipotezy.

9. Religia opiera się wyłącznie na wierze - zaś nauka opiera się na badaniach empirycznych. Są to praktyki sprzeczne, prowadzące do sprzecznych wyników. Religia przyjmuje, że istnieje Bóg, aniołowie, szatani, rzeczywistość nadprzyrodzona, dusza nieśmiertelna, objawienie boże zawarte w Piśmie Świętym - zaś nauka niczego takiego nie stwierdza i traktuje jako wierzenia religijne.

Czy mamy tu sprzeczność między nauką a religią? Sprzeczności by nie było, gdyby nauka chociaż w niewielkim stopniu potwierdziła istnienie rzeczywistości nadprzyrodzonej. Ale nie potwierdza.

universe-1044107_960_72010. Nauka współczesna stoi na stanowisku naturalizmu: w praktyce przyjmuje, że istnieje tylko jeden rodzaj rzeczywistości, tj. natura, czyli przyroda. Obejmuje ona makro i mikrokosmos, wszechświat i cząstki elementarne, przyrodę nieożywioną i organizmy żywe oraz ich pochodne, tj. doznania psychiczne i świadomość (są to pochodne funkcjonowania organizmów żywych, nie istnieją niezależnie od nich).

Dla nauki nie istnieje rzeczywistość nadnaturalna, nadprzyrodzona czy boska. Dlaczego? Bo jej istnienia nie stwierdzono. Dlatego nauka – w sprzeczności z religią - ignoruje rzeczywistość nadnaturalną, Boga, aniołów, szatana, podobnie jak ignoruje duchy leśne i niewidzialne krasnoludki pomagające ludziom lub psocące.

Naukowiec może osobiście wierzyć w Boga lub w jakąś formę rzeczywistości nadprzyrodzonej, ale jest to jego prywatny pogląd. Nauka nie bierze czegoś takiego pod uwagę.

Wbrew temu, co się czasami sądzi, naturalizm nauki nie jest założeniem, aksjomatem, dogmatem, filozofią, światopoglądem czy ideologią przyjmowaną przez naukowców. Wynika z praktyki badawczej. Gdyby istnienie rzeczywistości nadnaturalnej dało się stwierdzić chociażby w niewielkim stopniu, na gruncie nauki by to z pewnością uznano. Ale nie stwierdza się.

Rozróżnia się czasami naturalizm ontologiczny i metodologiczny. Jak mówią zwolennicy tego rozróżnienia, pierwszy uznaje, że istnieje tylko natura, przyroda. Zaś drugi przyjmuje jedynie, że w badaniach naukowych nie należy brać pod uwagę przyczyn nadnaturalnych. Rozróżnienie to wprowadzono dlatego, że są naukowcy, którzy wierzą w istnienie Boga, chociaż w badaniach naukowych tego nie uwzględniają.

Można zauważyć, że rozróżnienie to dotyczy poglądów naukowców, a nie nauki. W przypadku badań i teorii naukowych sprawa jest jednoznaczna: Boga i przyczyn nadprzyrodzonych pod uwagę się nie bierze, bowiem ich istnienia w żadnym stopniu nie stwierdza się. Oznacza to w konsekwencji, że pojęcie Boga i rzeczywistości nadprzyrodzonej zostaje przeniesione do dziedziny wierzeń religijnych lub fantastyki paranaukowej.

Na gruncie nauki rozróżnienie naturalizmu ontologicznego i metodologicznego jest nieistotne. Nauka stoi na stanowisku naturalizmu integralnie: nie bierze się pod uwagę bytów i przyczyn nadnaturalnych, przyjmując tym samym w praktyce, że istnieje tylko natura.

Inaczej religia. Na gruncie religii przyjmuje się, że Bóg, aniołowie i szatan istnieją realnie jako osoby duchowe i ingerują w sprawy świata i człowieka.

Oto zajmujący przykład. Kościół nie wstydzi się oficjalnie głosić, że szatan może realnie wstąpić w ludzkie ciało (nazwano to opętaniem). Biskupi powołują egzorcystów, którzy tego szatana mają wypędzić. W Polsce działa ponad stu egzorcystów. Obiektem ich zabiegów, często szokujących, stają się osoby doznające zaburzeń psychicznych polegających na poczuciu, że owładnął nimi szatan.

Według neurologii i psychiatrii to poważne zaburzenia psychiczne z kategorii schorzeń schizofrenicznych i paranoicznych. Wiara w opętania przez demony pochodzi z czasów starożytnych, ale Kościół z niej nie rezygnuje.

Podsumujmy 10 punktów:

Słyszy się, że między nauką a religią nie ma sprzeczności. Ale czy można uznać, że jeśli religia mówi o świecie i człowieku swoje, a nauka tego nie uznaje lub twierdzi na ten sam temat coś innego, religijne koncepcje traktuje jako mitologię, to sprzeczności nie ma? Sprzeczność jest, i to wyraźna.

Nawet jeśli się uzna, że Bóg istnieje, to trzeba powiedzieć, że wskazane wyżej sprzeczności są faktem. Najkrócej mówiąc:

Religia katolicka opiera się na starożytnej mitologii i na tej podstawie wyjaśnia powstanie i koniec świata, oraz głosi, że choroby i śmierć to skutek grzechu pierworodnego. Religia obiecuje człowiekowi wieczne życie. Broniąc starożytnych mitów o stworzeniu człowieka przez Boga, Kościół głosi, że Bóg ingerował w proces ewolucyjny i człowiek powstał w efekcie tchnięcia duszy nieśmiertelnej w przedludzką istotę. Wszystkie te wyobrażenia to mity pochodzące z Pisma Świętego, których nauka nie uznaje.

view600 (1)Katolicyzm i nauka różnią się stosunkiem do Pisma Świętego. Dla nauki Pismo Święte nie jest autorytetem ani źródłem wiedzy. Dla katolicyzmu jest autorytetem i źródłem najwyższym, bo nadprzyrodzonym.

Nauka nie uznaje nadprzyrodzonych źródeł i metod zdobywania wiedzy o świecie, człowieku i Bogu; nie uznaje objawienia bożego oraz poznawania przy pomocy wiary zawdzięczanej łasce bożej. Natomiast religia nadprzyrodzone źródła i sposoby zdobywania wiedzy uznaje jak najbardziej.

Nauka ignoruje istnienie rzeczywistości nadprzyrodzonej, bo na jej istnienie brak uzasadnienia. Religia wiarę w rzeczywistość nadprzyrodzoną kultywuje. Religia opiera się jedynie na wierze, nauka na badaniach empirycznych.

Faktem jest natomiast, że człowiek w swoim umyśle może łączyć zarówno religijne urojenia, jak i wiedzę naukową. Jak to wyjaśnić? Najkrócej mówiąc, mózg ludzki powstawał w toku przebiegającej dość chaotycznie ewolucji, wskutek czego tworzy on wewnętrznie niezborną całość. W efekcie poglądy ludzkie również bywają niezborne. Czasami dochodzą do tego zaburzenia psychiczne polegające na przykład na uznawaniu, obok poglądów racjonalnych, także poglądów ewidentnie dziwacznych. W grę mogą wchodzić także urojenia oraz tzw. objawienia, wizje i głosy, w przekonaniu doznającego pochodzące od boga, aniołów, świętych, duchów, szatana, kosmitów, obcych wywiadów, wrogów itp.

Relację nauki do religii sugestywnie charakteryzuje wypowiedź Alberta Einsteina: „Słowo Bóg jest dla mnie niczym więcej niż wyrazem i wytworem ludzkiej słabości, a Biblia zbiorem dostojnych, ale jednak prymitywnych legend, ponadto dość dziecinnych. Żadna interpretacja, niezależnie od tego, jak subtelna, nie może tego zmienić". W szerszym rozumieniu, nie ograniczającym się tylko do Biblii, odnosi się to także do innych religii. - Alvert Jann


Alvert Jann: Blog „Ćwiczenia z ateizmu” - http://polskiateista.pl/aktualnosci/blogi/cwiczenia-z-ateizmu/: Zapraszam licealistów, studentów i wszystkich zainteresowanych na ćwiczenia z ateizmu. Co miesiąc <pierwszego>, czasami częściej, będę zamieszczał krótki tekst, poważny ale pisany z odrobiną luzu. Nie widzę siebie w roli mentora czy wykładowcy, mam na myśli wspólne zastanawianie się. - Nauka nie wyjaśnia wszystkiego, religia nic nie wyjaśnia.

Na blogu znajduje się w tej chwili 45 artykułów, m.in.:

„Koniec świata według Kościoła” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/podreczniki-do-religii-koniec-swiata-wedlug-kosciola/ (religia i nauka o „końcu świata”)

„Ewolucja według Kościoła” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/podreczniki-religii-ewolucja-wedlug-kosciola/ (o stosunku Kościoła do ewolucji biologicznej)

„Grzech pierworodny” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/podreczniki-do-religii-grzech-pierworodny/ (o ukrytym sensie grzechu pierworodnego)

„Argumenty przeciw istnieniu Boga” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/argumenty-przeciw-istnieniu-boga-komentarz-podrecznikow-religii/ (tytuł mówi za siebie)

„Kim jest Bóg?” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/podreczniki-religii-bog/ (o pojęciu Boga)

"Ilu naukowców wierzy w Boga?” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/ilu-naukowcow-wierzy-w-boga/ (wyniki badań dotyczące religijności naukowców)


PS. Podaję link do cytowanej wypowiedź Alberta Einsteina: http://wyborcza.pl/1,75400,12641586,Czy_Albert_Einstein_wierzyl_w_Boga_.html 

Link do cytowanego oficjalnego stanowiska Kościoła w sprawie ewolucji: http://www.opoka.org.pl/biblioteka/W/WE/kep/kosciol_ewolucja_27112006.html


Post Sprzeczności między nauką a religią: 10 przykładów pojawił się poraz pierwszy w PolskiAteista.pl.

          Co zamiast religii?        

Papież -małe1

Papież -małe1Według konserwatywnych polityków i Kościoła, religia katolicka ma być podstawą etyki życia prywatnego i publicznego w Polsce. Dobitnie wyraził to Jarosław Kaczyński na Jasnej Górze w lipcu 2016: „nie ma w Polsce innej nauki moralnej niż ta, którą głosi Kościół (…) nie ma Polski bez Kościoła, nie ma Polski bez tego fundamentu, który trwa od przeszło tysiąca lat”.

To nieprawda. Najbardziej dynamiczną koncepcją etyczną, prawną i polityczną są we współczesnym świecie prawa człowieka. Politycy nie powinni zapominać, że obowiązują także w Polsce i mają charakter świecki. Czasy Mieszka I i średniowiecze dawno minęły.

Polskę i przekonania moralne Polaków trzeba budować na fundamencie praw człowieka. Nie na religii i Kościele.

A w życiu osobistym? W życiu osobistym drogowskazem lepszym od religii jest tak zwany zdrowy rozsądek. Dzięki niemu ludzie nie stają się marionetkami w rękach władz kościelnych.

Etyka praw człowieka

Współcześnie najdonioślejszą świecką etykę prezentują prawa człowieka. Nie są one tylko przepisami prawnymi – są to zasady etyczne i wartości przekładane na język przepisów prawa.

Główne zasady etyki praw człowieka to: zakaz dyskryminacji i równe traktowanie bez względu na narodowość, rasę, światopogląd, religię, płeć, orientację seksualną, majątek; wolność ograniczona tylko wolnością innych; wolność myśli, sumienia i wyznania; wolność słowa, zgromadzeń i stowarzyszeń; prawo do wolności osobistej i do sprawiedliwego procesu; prawo do regularnych wolnych wyborów; zakaz tortur; zakaz niewolnictwa; współcześnie bardzo wysoką rangę zyskują prawa socjalne.

Prawa człowieka mają regulować w pożądany etycznie sposób stosunki między ludźmi. Ograniczają władzę państwową i mają chronić przed jej nadużywaniem, ale mają chronić człowieka także przed kościołami, wspólnotami, organizacjami, przed społecznością lokalną, rodziną i innymi grupami, także tymi, do których należy się dobrowolnie. Można powiedzieć, że mają chronić człowieka przed człowiekiem. U podstaw etyki praw człowieka leży idea ograniczenia krzywd doświadczanych przez ludzi w życiu społecznym. Deklaracje i konwencje praw człowieka dotyczą właśnie powyższych spraw.

france-63022_960_720Podstawy etyki i polityki praw człowieka stworzyli w Europie w XVIII w. myśliciele okresu Oświecenia. Przyjęta w 1789 r. przez francuskie Zgromadzenie Narodowe „Deklaracja Praw Człowieka i Obywatela” stwierdza m.in.:

„Ludzie rodzą się i pozostają wolni i równi w swych prawach. Zróżnicowania społeczne mogą być oparte wyłącznie na pożytku powszechnym” (art.1).

„Wolność polega na możności czynienia wszystkiego, co nie szkodzi drugiemu (…) nie ma innych granic niż te, które zapewniają korzystanie z takich samych prawa innym członkom społeczeństwa” (art.4).

To nie kościelni teolodzy sformułowali zasadę równości wobec prawa i wolności ograniczonej tylko wolnością innych, w tym wolności słowa i wolności wyznania. Takich zasad nie ma w Piśmie Świętym i w katolickiej tradycji. Jeżeli są one tam odszukiwane, to teolodzy robią to w nierzetelny, naciągany sposób. Prześmiewczo można powiedzieć, że teolodzy nawet w działalności inkwizycji dopatrzyliby się genezy wolności słowa i wyznania. Do połowy XX w. władze kościelne otwarcie potępiały prawa człowieka.  

Kościelni autorzy oburzają się do dziś, że Kościół doznał krwawych represji w toku rewolucji francuskiej 1789 r., a rewolucja nie przestrzegała praw człowieka. Co najkrócej można odpowiedzieć? Że nie chcą dostrzegać, jak opresyjny był feudalny i stanowy ustrój, w którym Kościół był wielkim posiadaczem dóbr materialnych i wyzyskiwaczem. Że w historii jest też zasada: „gwałt niech się gwałtem odciska” (Adam Mickiewicz "Oda do młodości"). Że przeciw wolności i równości zbrojnie wystąpili arystokraci i europejscy monarchowie, a Kościół był po ich stronie. Zbrojne walki i wojny nie sprzyjają przestrzeganiu praw człowieka, sprzyjają za to okrucieństwu.

Zamiast religii

Deklaracja Praw Człowieka i Obywatela z 1789 r., jak i Powszechna Deklaracja Praw Człowieka przyjęta przez Zgromadzenie Ogólne ONZ w 1948 r. oraz późniejsze konwencje międzynarodowe i dokumenty takie jak Karta Praw Podstawowych Unii Europejskiej, nie powstały pod dyktando władz kościelnych, nie opierają się na religii, nie odwołują się do rzekomego bożego objawienia, do żadnych pism świętych, do żadnej religii, mają charakter świecki.

Można powiedzieć, że świeckie społeczeństwo wzięło sprawy etyki, prawa i polityki w swoje ręce, odrzucając roszczenie władz kościelnych do panowania nad umysłami i państwem. Stało się to nie bez powodu. Duchowieństwo ulegało i ulega dewiacjom, pazerności, korupcji, żądzy władzy. To dlatego powiedziano Kościołowi „dziękujemy, spadajcie”.

Społeczność księży nie potrafi bez nacisku z zewnątrz korygować własnych błędów i dewiacji. Jak diabeł święconej wody boi się wszelkiej kontroli. Np. zawzięcie broni się przed ujawnianiem i karaniem seksualnego wykorzystywania dzieci przez księży. Z trudem czasami udaje się to na Kościele wymusić.

Do drugiego soboru watykańskiego (1962-1965) Kościół zdecydowanie odrzucał prawa człowieka. Ale także dziś władze kościelne próbują stawiać się ponad prawem, powołują się na rzekomo znane im prawdy objawione i prawo boże. Prawa człowieka uznały tylko dlatego, że ich negowanie groziło Kościołowi marginalizacją. Próbują formułować je po swojemu i stawiać się ponad nimi. Zauważmy, że dla własnego dobra Kościół od początku nie powinien był praw człowieka negować.

Nie ma powodu, by polegać na uczciwości i mądrości władz kościelnych i duchowieństwa. Nic nie wskazuje, że zasługują na to. Już lepiej polegać na świeckiej etyce i polityce praw człowieka, niezależnej od jakichkolwiek kościołów i religii.

Nie widać, by papież Franciszek wprowadzał rzeczywiste zmiany. Rzucane luźno powiedzonka nie zmienią kościelnej rzeczywistości. A zapowiedziana większa niezależność kościołów krajowych od Watykanu może spowodować, że Kościół w Polsce będzie jeszcze większym zadupiem moralnym niż jest.

Katolicki fundamentalizm

Warto pamiętać, że katoliccy fundamentaliści ciągle praw człowieka nie uznają, czemu niedawno dał wyraz pisowski poseł Stanisław Pięta: „Są ludzie, do których ja siebie zaliczam, którzy uważają, że prawa człowieka nie istnieją. Istnieją obowiązki człowieka i lepiej definiować człowieka poprzez jego obowiązki".

Po 1989 r. działała zapomniana dziś partia Zjednoczenie Chrześcijańsko-Narodowe, hołdujące idei państwa chrześcijańskiego (w 1991 r. miała 49 posłów i senatorów). Dziś gdzieś w niszowych pismach i umysłach kołacze wizja Polski jako „republiki wyznaniowej”, będąca katolickim odpowiednikiem republiki islamskiej.

Nie tak dawno polscy biskupi uznali schizofreniczne wizje Rozalii Celakówny za rzeczywiste objawienia boże i uroczyście dokonali aktu intronizacji Jezusa na króla Polski. Twierdzą, że „Polska … uroczyście uznała królowanie Jezusa Chrystusa” (podkreślmy, według nich to Polska uznała, a nie ci, którzy ten akt ogłosili i uznali za swój). Biskupi nie wyzbyli się maniery mówienia za wszystkich Polaków, chociaż nie mają do tego żadnych podstaw; nie zostali wybrani ani przez ogół obywateli, ani nawet przez społeczność katolików. Biskupi przywołali też średniowieczną ideę panowania Jezusa nad wszystkimi narodami. Piszą, że Jezus jest jedynym prawowitym władcą wszystkich państw i narodów, co było i jest niedorzecznością.

revolution-30590_960_720Jak słychać, pisowski rząd przygotowuje wypowiedzenie "Konwencji Rady Europy o zapobieganiu i zwalczaniu przemocy wobec kobiet i przemocy domowej", zwanej konwencją antyprzemocową. W kościelnych głowach majaczy całkowity zakaz aborcji i karanie więzieniem kobiet za aborcję, zakaz używania środków antykoncepcyjnych (właśnie zakazano sprzedaży bez recepty tabletki „dzień po”), zakaz in vitro, zakaz badań prenatalnych (także USG), w nieco dalszej perspektywie karalność stosunków homoseksualnych oraz przed i pozamałżeńskch (tak jest w państwach islamistycznych, a najostrzejsze kary dotyczą kobiet), odrzucenie zasady równości kobiet i mężczyzn, zakaz rozwodów, klerykalizacja szkolnictwa, wprowadzenie w znacznym zakresie cenzury kościelno-państwowej.

To są wszystko śmieciowe koncepcje, wywlekane na światło dzienne, ale przegrywające z etyką i polityką praw człowieka. Również obecna fala demagogicznego radykalizmu w Polsce, Europie i Ameryce może odnosić tylko częściowe i chwilowe sukcesy. Nie ma powrotu do społeczeństwa, w którym władze kościelne dyktowały prawa i zasady moralne.

Słowo na zakończenie

Twierdzenie, że nie ma w Polsce innej nauki moralnej niż katolicka, jest propagandowym kłamstwem. Świecka etyka i polityka praw człowieka istnieje realnie; PiS, Kościół i kościelni fundamentaliści muszą się z nią liczyć. Czasy dominacji Kościoła w dziedzinie etyki i wartości dawno minęły.

Od epoki Oświecenia Kościół utracił w tych dziedzinach, a także w innych, inicjatywę. Cofa się, próbuje się dostosowywać, ale nie tworzy nowych wartości. Broni starożytnych wierzeń i mitów, którym brak wiarygodności. W najlepszym wypadku poprzestaje na głoszeniu, że chce, by ludzie byli uczciwi i dobrzy. Ale do tego nie jest potrzebna żadna religia ani Bóg.

Nakazy takie jak: bądź uczciwy, nie kradnij, nie rabuj, nie morduj, pomagaj potrzebującym, bądź przyjazny ludziom, to są zasady uniwersalne, starsze niż religie i niezależne od religii. Człowiek nie musi się tych zasad uczyć na lekcjach religii, uczy się ich w rodzinie, szkole i praktycznie w życiu społecznym. Nie trzeba korzystać z nauk kościelnych, by wiedzieć, że kradzież jest czymś złym.

W Polsce, tak jak w krajach zachodnich, zamiast etyki kościelnej wystarczy etyka praw człowieka, powszechne zasady etyczne (nie kradnij, pomagaj potrzebującym itp.) oraz zdrowy rozsądek. Zresztą w Polsce i tak większość ludzi nie kieruje się zasadami i naukami Kościoła. To, czy ktoś postępuje etycznie lub nieetycznie, nie zależy od tego, czy jest wierzącym katolikiem. Zaś społeczność księży sama nie potrafiła i nie potrafi leczyć się z błędów i wypaczeń. Za to skrupulatnie ukrywa zło we własnych szeregach.

Widać też, że w niereligijnych krajach Europy zachodniej żyje się przyjemniej niż w krajach religijnych. Akty terroryzmu są dziś dziełem przede wszystkim religijnych fanatyków.

costume mini-15816_960_720Na koniec muszę przywołać tezę ogłoszoną w pracy doktorskiej przez moją znajomą, niepokorną teolożkę Celestynę: „Olewanie jest najskuteczniejszą metodą obrony przed religią i Kościołem”. Olewajcie!! - Alvert Jann

PS. O pracy doktorskiej Celestyny piszę więcej w artykule „Złe skutki lekcji religii (część 1)” - link poniżej.


Alvert Jann: Blog „Ćwiczenia z ateizmu” - http://polskiateista.pl/aktualnosci/blogi/cwiczenia-z-ateizmu/: Zapraszam licealistów, studentów i wszystkich zainteresowanych na ćwiczenia z ateizmu. Co miesiąc <pierwszego>, czasami częściej, będę zamieszczał krótki tekst, poważny ale pisany z odrobiną luzu. Nie widzę siebie w roli mentora czy wykładowcy, mam na myśli wspólne zastanawianie się. - Nauka nie wyjaśnia wszystkiego, religia nic nie wyjaśnia.

Na blogu znajduje się w tej chwili 41 artykułów, m.in.:

„Złe skutki lekcji religii (część 1)”- http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/zle-skutki-lekcji-religii

„Intronizacji Chrystusa nie będzie …” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/intronizacji-chrystusa-bedzie/

„Chrześcijaństwo obłędu” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/chrzescijanstwo-obledu/

„Jan Paweł II bez taryfy ulgowej” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/jan-pawel-ii-bez-taryfy-ulgowej/

"Lekcje religii w szkołach wyższych” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/lekcje-religii-w-szkolach-wyzszych/

„Argumenty przeciw istnieniu Boga. Komentarz do podręczników religii” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/argumenty-przeciw-istnieniu-boga-komentarz-podrecznikow-religii/

„Kim jest Bóg?” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/podreczniki-religii-bog/


Post Co zamiast religii? pojawił się poraz pierwszy w PolskiAteista.pl.

          Jeszcze o intronizacji Chrystusa. Kim była mistyczka Rozalia Celakówna?        


bishops-1343063_960_720Episkopat polski wydał w czerwcu br. „Komentarz do Jubileuszowego Aktu Przyjęcia Jezusa za Króla i Pana”, w którym wyjaśnia sens całego przedsięwzięcia. Czytamy tam, że potrzeba intronizacji Chrystusa wynika z objawień, jakich doświadczyła około 1937 r. Rozalia Celakówna, krakowska pielęgniarka i mistyczka. W objawieniach tych, jak piszą biskupi, „Jezus domaga się m.in. aktu intronizacyjnego od narodu polskiego. Świadczy o tym choćby ten zapis (cytuje się fragment objawienia): >Jest ratunek dla Polski: jeżeli mnie uzna za swego Króla i Pana w zupełności przez intronizację, nie tylko w poszczególnych częściach kraju, ale w całym państwie z rządem na czele. To uznanie ma być potwierdzone porzuceniem grzechów i całkowitym zwrotem do Boga<”.

Dokument, który zacytowałem, został włączony do materiałów upowszechnianych przez episkopat z okazji uroczystości intronizacyjnych 19 listopada br. Ma więc wysoką rangę.

Warto bliżej przyjrzeć się Rozalii Celakównie i jej objawieniom (zamieszczam poniżej fragment artykułu „Intronizacji Chrystusa nie będzie ...” - link na końcu).

Kim była Rozalia Celakówna?

Sama Rozalia Celakówna jest najmniej winna całej tej aferze z intronizacją, chociaż to jej wizje stały się podstawą pomysłów intronizacyjnych.

Rozalia ZdjęcieByła pielęgniarką, zwykłą i uczciwą kobietą, ale nadmiernie przejmującą się religią i cierpiącą na poważne zaburzenia psychiczne. Miała wielokrotnie widzenia i słyszała głosy (częsty symptom zaburzeń psychicznych i schizofrenii), które pojmowała jako objawienia pochodzące od Jezusa. Zaburzenia te wpływały niekorzystnie na jej życie i powinno się jej z tego powodu współczuć.

Pretensję trzeba mieć do kościelnego otoczenia, które w dobrej lub złej wierze zaczęło żerować na jej przypadłości. Duchowni zachęcali ją do spisywania wizji, pobudzali zamiast uspokajać, umacniali wiarę w prawdziwość jej kontaktów z Jezusem. Atmosfera niepokoju przed 1939 r. stymulowała lęk przed wojenną katastrofą i apokaliptyczne nastroje. W 1937 i 1938 r. Rozalia doznawała objawień, dokładnie i obszernie przez nią spisanych, które stały się podstawą późniejszego ruchu intronizacyjnego.

Znalazł się lekarz, który na zlecenia władz kościelnych w 1938 r. wydał pozytywne orzeczenie o jej stanie psychicznym.

Sprawa objawień i intronizacji zaczęła żyć własnym życiem, machina kościelna produkująca cuda, objawienia i świętych, mełła powoli ale skutecznie. Rozalia zmarła w 1944 r., a po jej śmierci znajdowali się wpływowi ludzie zdolni nadawać jej objawieniu coraz większe znaczenie i rozgłos. Odpowiednie instancje kościelne, zamiast powiedzieć zdecydowane „nie”, uwiarygodniały prawdziwość jej rozmów z Chrystusem. W 1996 r. rozpoczął się proces beatyfikacyjny, zakończony pozytywnie na szczeblu diecezjalnym w 2007. Dokumenty zostały przekazane do watykańskiej Kongregacji Spraw Kanonizacyjnych.

Gwoli sprawiedliwości trzeba powiedzieć, że jeszcze przed wojną Rozalia spotykała czasami trzeźwych kapłanów. W jej notatkach czytamy: „Jedni spowiednicy mówili, że mam pomieszanie zmysłów, inni, że im Bóg nie dał zrozumienia mej duszy, a inni jeszcze mnie besztali, że opowiadam takie rzeczy, które się nie dzieją na świecie, a jeszcze inni wprost mówili, że to wszystko jest nienormalne”.


Jeśli starczy wam cierpliwości, przeczytajcie poniższe cytaty z obszernych notatek Rozalii. Warto przeczytać, bo inaczej trudno zrozumieć, jak wielkich nadużyć intelektualnych i moralnych dokonują pospołu episkopat, Kościół i ruchy intronizacyjne.

Pewnego razu Rozalia upadła zemdlona i tak opisuje swój stan:

"Odczuwałam ogień piekielny na sobie, który zdawał się palić me ciało. Ryk i wycie szatanów było tak przejmujące, że żaden rozum ludzki tego nie pojmie. Gdy Bóg w ten sposób duszę krzyżuje i zostawia w ciemności – wówczas człowiek nic nie może pomóc".

Inne widzenie:

"Zbliżył się do mnie Pan Jezus, ujął mnie za ramię i wyszedł z tej sali na korytarz ze mną. Był ubrany w suknię białą i płaszcz bordo. Nie mogę określić z czego względnie jaki był materiał. W boku Jezusowym była Rana. O z jakąż miłością i słodyczą przemówił do mnie, do tak ogromnie nędznej duszy (...): >Moje drogie dziecko popatrz, jak straszną boleść zadają mi grzechy nieczyste<".

Około 1937 r. pojawiają się widzenia coraz częściej mające za temat Polskę, świat, wojnę i intronizację. Oto Rozalia widzi postać i słyszy głos:

"Nastaną straszne czasy dla Polski. Burza z piorunami oznacza karę Bożą, która dotknie naród Polski za to, że ten naród odwrócił się od Pana Boga przez grzeszne życie. Naród Polski popełnia straszne grzechy i zbrodnie, a najstraszniejsze z nich są grzechy nieczyste i morderstwa, i wiele innych grzechów”.

,,Moje dziecko, za grzechy i zbrodnie (wymieniając zabójstwa i rozpustę) popełniane przez ludzkość na całym świecie ześle Pan Bóg straszne kary. Sprawiedliwość Boża nie może znieść dłużej tych występków. Ostoją się tylko te państwa, w których będzie Chrystus królował. Jeżeli chcecie ratować świat, trzeba przeprowadzić Intronizację Najświętszego Serca Jezusowego we wszystkich państwach i narodach na całym świecie. Tu i jedynie tu jest ratunek. Które państwa i narody jej nie przyjmą i nie poddadzą się pod panowanie słodkiej miłości Jezusowej, zginą bezpowrotnie z powierzchni ziemi i już nigdy nie powstaną".

,,Trzeba wszystko uczynić, by Intronizacja była przeprowadzona. Jest to ostatni wysiłek Miłości Jezusowej na te ostatnie czasy! Pytam z bojaźnią tej osoby, czy Polska się ostoi? Odpowiada mi, że Polska nie zginie, o ile przyjmie Chrystusa za Króla w całym tego słowa znaczeniu, jeżeli się podporządkuje pod prawo Boże, pod prawo Jego miłości; inaczej, moje dziecko, nie ostoi się. (...) W tej chwili powstał straszliwy huk – owa kula (glob ziemski) pękła. Z jej wnętrza wybuchnął ogromny ogień, za nim polała się obrzydliwa lawa jak z wulkanu, niszcząc doszczętnie wszystkie państwa, które nie uznały Chrystusa. Widziałam zniszczone Niemcy i inne zachodnie państwa Europy. Z przerażeniem uciekałam wprost do tej osoby – pytam – czy to koniec świata, a ten ogień i lawa czy to jest piekło – otrzymuję odpowiedź: to nie jest koniec świata ani piekło, tylko straszna wojna, która ma dopełnić dzieła zniszczenia. Granice Polski były nienaruszone – Polska ocalała. Ta osoba nieznana mówi jeszcze do mnie: >Państwa oddane pod panowanie Chrystusa i Jego Boskiemu Sercu dojdą do szczytu potęgi i będzie już jedna owczarnia i jeden pasterz<. Po tych słowach wszystko znikło".

I na koniec fragment, z którego pochodzi cytat eksponowany przez episkopat w „Komentarzu do Aktu Przyjęcia Jezusa za Króla" (tekst pogrubiony):

"Zdawało mi się, że ten ogień zniszczy całkowicie cały świat. Po pewnym czasie ten ogień ogarnął całe Niemcy niszcząc je doszczętnie tak, że ani śladu nie pozostało z dzisiejszej Trzeciej Rzeszy. Wtem usłyszałam w głębi duszy głos i równocześnie odczułam pewność niezwykłą, że tak się stanie, czego nie potrafię opisać: >Moje dziecko, będzie wojna straszna, która spowoduje takie zniszczenie. Niemcy upadną i już nigdy nie powstaną za karę, bo Mnie nie uznają jako Boga Króla i Pana swego. Wielkie i straszne są grzechy i zbrodnie Polski. Sprawiedliwość Boża chce ukarać ten naród za grzechy, a zwłaszcza za grzechy nieczyste, morderstwa i nienawiść. Jest jednak ratunek dla Polski, jeżeli Mnie uzna za swego Króla i Pana w zupełności przez Intronizację nie tylko poszczególnych części kraju, ale całego Państwa z Rządem na czele. To uznanie ma być potwierdzone porzuceniem grzechów i całkowitym zwrotem do Boga". (...)

Szerzej z objawieniami Rozalii Celakówny można zapoznać się w obszernej publikacji, przygotowanej w środowisku wspólnot intronizacyjnych: Ewa Wieczorek, Służebnica Boża Rozalia Celakówna. Życie i misja, Ustroń 2006. Stamtąd pochodzą przytoczone wyżej cytaty.

Ksiądz, duszpasterz wspólnot intronizacyjnych, w wymienionej przed chwilą publikacji z 2006 r., tak podsumowuje sens objawień: „Przesłanie Rozalii do Narodu Polskiego jest wyjątkowo alarmujące: na świat może nadejść kara, a jego losy w dużej mierze zależne są od nas, od tego, czy wypełnimy zleconą nam przez Boga misję Intronizacji.” (...)


">Na schizofrenię cierpi 1 proc. społeczeństwa. Ponad trzy czwarte z tych osób doświadcza w pewnym okresie choroby halucynacji słuchowych czy wzrokowych< - mówi w rozmowie z PAP psycholog dr Łukasz Gawęda z II Kliniki Psychiatrycznej Warszawskiego Uniwersytetu Medycznego i Uniwersytetu SWPS. (...)

Badacz podkreśla, że chorzy pochodzenie głosów mogą różnie wyjaśniać. >Niektórzy sądzą, że mówi do nich mafia z Moskwy. Innym wydaje się, że mówi do nich sąsiad przez ścianę. Niektórzy uważają, że ktoś przesyła im myśli przez nadajnik radiowy. A czasem ludzie są pewni, że słyszą głos Boga lub szatana. Mechanizm słyszenia halucynacji jest podobny, ale różne są przekonania co do pochodzenia tych głosów. Najprawdopodobniej znaczenie ma tutaj historia życia pacjentów, ich doświadczenia, związki z innymi i przekonania na temat ludzi i siebie w ogóle< (…).

Neuropsycholodzy omamy słuchowe wyjaśniać mogą pobudzeniem kory słuchowej. >Wiemy, że jak kora słuchowa jest pobudzona, zaczyna produkować doświadczenia słuchowe. Czasem - na razie nie wiemy dlaczego - ta część mózgu pobudza się spontanicznie. Oznacza to, że bez odpowiednich dźwięków, słów z otoczenia możemy słyszeć głosy< - mówi rozmówca PAP i zapewnia, że zdrowa osoba zaczęłaby słyszeć głosy lub dźwięki, gdyby wszczepiło się jej odpowiednią elektrodę do kory słuchowej. Pobudzenie pierwszorzędowej kory słuchowej sprawiłoby, że osoba ta słyszałaby trzaski i szumy, a przy pobudzeniu drugorzędowej kory słuchowej - bardziej złożone wrażenia słuchowe, np. głosy”.

Fragmenty artykułu: Osoby ze schizofrenią swój głos w głowie uznają za obcy. „Nauka w Polsce”, Servis PAP, 22.07.2015.

Od siebie dodam, że dopiero w klinice psychiatrycznej możemy zobaczyć, co potrafi ludzki mózg, co mogą widzieć i słyszeć ludzie. Objawienia Rozalii Celakówny to halucynacje typowe dla schizofrenii.


To, że episkopat i ruchy przykościelne robią sobie polityczny i religijny spektakl, wykorzystując przeżycia kobiety doznającej halucynacji i słyszącej „głosy”, źle świadczy przede wszystkim o episkopacie. Wykorzystywanie zaburzeń psychicznych, doświadczanych przez wiernych i kapłanów, ma miejsce w Kościele od wieków. Nie znaczy to, że tak musi być nadal. Dziś przynosi to wstyd. (…) - Alvert Jann


Linki do artykułów o intronizacji Chrystusa na króla Polski:

„Intronizacja Chrystusa już 19 listopada!!” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/intronizacja-chrystusa-juz-19-listopada/

„Intronizacji Chrystusa nie będzie …” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/intronizacji-chrystusa-bedzie/

„Gra królem Chrystusem” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/gra-krolem-chrystusem/ . W artykule tym szerzej komentuję treść „Jubileuszowego Aktu Przyjęcia Jezusa Chrystusa za Króla i Pana” oraz zamieszczam pełny jego tekst.


Zdjęcie Rozalii Celakówny pochodzi z Oficjalnej Strony Biura Postulacji Służebnicy Bożej Rozalii Celakówny. Powyższe ogłoszenie - z oficjalnej strony Konferencji Episkopatu Polski. 

Post Jeszcze o intronizacji Chrystusa. Kim była mistyczka Rozalia Celakówna? pojawił się poraz pierwszy w PolskiAteista.pl.

          Podręczniki do religii. Co wyjaśnia teologia?        



W podręczniku czytamy, że duża część filozofii ostatnich trzystu lat to ataki na religię i „zastępowanie jej światopoglądem naturalistycznym, który całkowicie eliminuje wyjaśnienia teologiczne”. Tak jest rzeczywiście. Naturalizm to dziś bardzo ekspansywny światopogląd, a eliminowanie wyjaśnień teologicznych odbywa się nie bez powodu. Przyjrzyjmy się.

Cytuję podręcznik religii dla liceum i technikum „Drogi świadków Chrystusa w świecie”, jezuickiego Wydawnictwa WAM, płyta DVD i notes ucznia.

Co to jest naturalizm?

Naturalizm to stanowisko filozoficzne uznające, że istnieje tylko jeden rodzaj rzeczywistości – ta, w której żyjemy i której jesteśmy częścią. Nie istnieje jakaś inna rzeczywistość, nadprzyrodzona czy boska.

universe-1044107_960_720Jak nazwać tę jedyną istniejącą rzeczywistość? Najlepiej przyrodą, czyli naturą. Obejmuje ona makro i mikrokosmos, wszechświat i cząstki elementarne, giganty i kwanty; przyrodę nieożywioną i organizmy żywe, a także doznania psychiczne i świadomość, będące pochodnymi funkcjonowania organizmów biologicznych (nie istnieją niezależnie do organizmów żywych). Mówiąc najkrócej, naturalizm uznaje, że istnieje tylko przyroda i jej pochodne, psychika i świadomość.

Z punktu widzenia filozofii naturalizm jest monizmem ontologicznym (mono- jedno; onto- byt, istnienie). Ontologia to najogólniejsza teoria bytu, rzeczywistości, istnienia. Monizm ontologiczny przyjmuje, że istnieje tylko jeden rodzaj rzeczywistości. Według monizmu naturalistycznego istnieje tylko przyroda/natura. Według monizmu idealistycznego naprawdę istnieją tylko idee, bóg, duch, świadomość.

Odmiennym stanowiskiem jest dualizm/pluralizm ontologiczny. Przyjmuje istnienie wielu rodzajów rzeczywistości. Na stanowisku dualizmu ontologicznego stoi teologia chrześcijańska - przyjmuje, że istnieją dwa rodzaje rzeczywistość: nadnaturalna (nadprzyrodzona) i naturalna (przyrodzona/przyrodnicza).


Na czym polega wyjaśnianie? Wyjaśnić to uczynić coś zrozumiałym, podać powód, przyczynę, powiedzieć, dlaczego coś zaszło lub ma miejsce. Np. pytamy, skąd się biorą trzęsienia ziemi. Wszelkie klęski żywiołowe frapowały ludzi od zarania dziejów. Wyjaśnienia mogą być różne. W mitologii greckiej, tworzonej przez poetów, trzęsienia ziemi, wybuchy wulkanów, grzmoty i błyskawice przypisywano działalności i walkom bogów.


Wyjaśnienia teologiczne

Na czym polega wyjaśnianie teologiczne? Twierdzi się, że to lub owo sprawił Bóg. Wskazuje się na boże sprawstwo.

Warto zapytać, czy wyjaśnienia teologiczne cokolwiek wyjaśniają. Bo jeżeli nic nie wyjaśniają lub – inaczej mówiąc – dają wyjaśnienia pozorne, to nie ma się czemu dziwić, że są eliminowane i zastępowane przez światopogląd naturalistyczny.

W katechizmie i w podręcznikach mamy wiele przypadków wyjaśnień teologicznych. Ich źródłem jest przede wszystkim Stary i Nowy Testament, bardzo często cytowane. Warto pamiętać, że jeszcze w czasach Newtona (XVII/XVIII w.) Biblię traktowano jako wiarygodne źródło wiedzy o świecie. Np. Newton na podstawie Biblii obliczył wiek świata na kilka tysięcy lat i fundamentaliści biblijni do dziś powołują się na te ustalenia. We współczesnej nauce jest to nie do przyjęcia nawet jako hipoteza, bo hipoteza naukowa wymaga poważnego uzasadnienia, a tego brak.

Czego współcześnie dotyczą najczęściej wyjaśnienia teologiczne?

Bożym aktem stworzenia wyjaśnia się powstanie świata. Chociaż niektóre biblijne opisy traktowane są jako przenośnie, to samo stworzenie świata przez Boga podawane jest jako wiedza prawdziwa.

Czy wyjaśnienie to da się obronić? Nie, na jego poparcie brak wiarygodnej argumentacji. Równie dobrze można uznać (wierzono tak w starożytnej Grecji), że świat istniał wiecznie i nie został przez nikogo stworzony.

Opowieści o stworzeniu świata mamy w różnych religiach tysiące. Nie sposób uzasadnić, dlaczego właśnie wyjaśnienia podawane przez chrześcijańskich teologów miałoby być prawdziwe. Wyjaśnienia religijne nie opierają się na wartościowej wiedzy. Lepiej uczciwie powiedzieć, że nie wiemy, jak świat powstał, czy może w jakiejś postaci istniał wiecznie, niż przyjmować religijne interpretacje.

A teologiczne wyjaśnienia dotyczące końca świata, podawane w katechizmie i podręcznikach, to – chciałoby się powiedzieć – całkowity odlot, fantastyka. Chrystus ma ponownie zstąpić na Ziemię, osądzić ludzi, po czym z bożej woli świat na zawsze przestanie istnieć. Jak czytamy w podręczniku, będzie to „absolutnym zakończeniem ciągu wydarzeń historii i czasu”. Teolodzy i podręczniki nie traktują biblijnego opisu końca świata jako metafory. Wszystko ma nastąpić realnie. Starożytną mitologię religijną podaje się jako rzekomo prawdziwą wiedzę o świecie.

paradise-146120_960_720A oto inny przykład teologicznych wyjaśnień. To, że ludzie doświadczają cierpień, chorób i są śmiertelni, wyjaśnia się grzechem pierworodnym. Przypadłości te mają być skutkiem nieposłuszeństwa Bogu, jakiego dopuścili się pierwsi ludzie. „Grzech pierworodny spowodował – czytamy w podręczniku - że człowiek podlega fizycznemu cierpieniu, a jego życie kończy się śmiercią. Ograniczone zostały jego możliwości poznawcze”, nabrał „skłonności do grzechu”. Opowieści o grzechu pierworodnym nie są przedstawiane jako przenośnie, lecz jako rzeczywistość.

Nietrudno zauważyć, że teologiczne wyjaśnienia mają charakter mitologiczny, odwołują się do fantastycznych opowieści, w przypadku teologii chrześcijańskiej do opowieści biblijnych. Nie są oparte na jakiejkolwiek sprawdzonej wiedzy.

W wielu przypadkach teolodzy uciekają się do sofistycznych (tzn. naciąganych) reinterpretacji. Dobrego przykładu dostarcza stosunek teologów do ewolucji biologicznej. Władze Kościoła katolickiego pogodziły się z tym, że ewolucja jest faktem, a nie hipotezą. Ale nie rezygnują z wyjaśnień teologicznych w tej dziedzinie. Przyjmują, że Bóg w proces ewolucji ingeruje. W ważnym dokumencie kościelnym, cytowanym także w podręczniku, czytamy: „ewolucja wiedzie ku pojawieniu się człowieka jako istoty wolnej, odpowiedzialnej i świadomej. Ale sama z siebie tego progu nie pokonuje. W celu powołania do życia człowieka Bóg mógł posłużyć się jakąś istotą przygotowaną na planie cielesnym przez miliony lat ewolucji i tchnąć w nią duszę – na swój obraz i podobieństwo”.

Teolodzy nie są w stanie podać żadnych zadowalających argumentów świadczących, że Bóg tchnął duszę w istotę ukształtowaną w toku ewolucji. I że tylko dzięki bożej ingerencji człowiek stał się istotą o wyjątkowych zdolnościach umysłowych i wyjątkowo rozwiniętej świadomości.

Nie ma potrzeby przyjmowania „na wiarę” teologicznych wyjaśnień. Wiedza dotycząca ewolucji biologicznej pozwala zrozumieć, jak stopniowo kształtowały się układ nerwowy, mózg, psychika - od form najprostszych po charakterystyczne dla człowieka. Teologia oferuje mitologiczne wyjaśnienia, które nic nie wyjaśniają.


„Bóg luk”

Jeżeli nauka czegoś nie wyjaśnia, teolodzy i osoby religijne uznają, że mamy tam do czynienia z bożą ingerencją. Luki w wiedzy traktowane są jako dowody mające świadczyć o bożym sprawstwie. Można powiedzieć, że w lukę w wiedzy wstawia się boga. W tej roli nazwano go Bogiem luk (ang. God of the gaps). Jest to wnioskowanie błędne. Z tego, że nauka czegoś nie wyjaśnia, nie wynika, że mamy do czynienia z bożym sprawstwem. W grę mogą wchodzić przyczyny jak najbardziej naturalne, tyle że jeszcze niezbadane.

Współcześnie metodą „Boga luk” religijni autorzy próbują wyjaśniać na przykład powstanie życia, pierwszych organizmów żywych. Krótko o tej kwestii.

Nauce wytyka się, że nie wyjaśnia jak powstało życie. Wymaga się dokładnego opisania tego procesu (i słusznie), co na dziś nie jest możliwe. Wypada jednakowoż zapytać, czy powiedzenie, że życie stworzył Bóg, cokolwiek wyjaśnia? Teolodzy nie opisują procesu stwarzania, nie podają, jakie to reakcje chemiczne i procesy uruchomił Bóg. Ot, raz, dwa, trzy – i stworzył. Jak czarownik z bajki. Mamy tu do czynienia z Bogiem-Czarownikiem.

Powiedzmy wyraźnie, teologiczne wyjaśnienia nie wyjaśniają jak powstało życie. W podobnie nieprecyzyjny sposób może dziś wyjaśnić powstanie życia także nauka. Jak? Naukowiec może powiedzieć, że życie powstało w drodze procesów zachodzących w przyrodzie, nie podając szczegółów. Inaczej mówiąc: zostało stworzone przez przyrodę w drodze ewolucji.

Różnica między nauką a teologią jest jednak w tym punkcie wyraźna. Badania naukowe czynią olbrzymie postępy i zagadka powstania życia zostanie przypuszczalnie wyjaśniona. Natomiast teolodzy powtarzają mitologiczne wyjaśnienia, które niczego nie wyjaśniają i nie wyjaśnią. Nie zmieniają tego podejmowane przez religijnych autorów próby podawania wyjaśnień w filozoficznym i naukowy sosie, unowocześniania. Encykliki papieskie, kościelne dokumenty, a także publikacje religijnych naukowców, nie wnoszą nic nowego. Powtarza się tam stare religijne koncepcje, pochodzące najczęściej z czasów scholastyki, z czasów św. Tomasza z Akwinu (XIII w.).

Teolodzy i religijni autorzy mówią/powtarzają, że Bóg to i owo stworzył, wykorzystują luki w wiedzy naukowej, cytują dzieła teologiczne i Pismo Święte na przemian z publikacjami naukowymi. Powstaje przedziwny galimatias mający sprawiać wrażenie naukowości. Przedstawianie tego jako wyjaśnień jest intelektualnym nadużyciem. Nasuwa się przypuszczenie, że teolodzy i religijni filozofowie popełniają to nadużycie świadomie i każą wiernym żyć w kłamstwie.


Wyjaśnienia naturalistyczne

Zgodnie ze stanowiskiem naturalistycznym wszelkie zjawiska należy wyjaśniać przyczynami naturalnymi, a nie nadnaturalnymi (nadprzyrodzonymi). Jest to praktyka uznawana w nauce współczesnej powszechnie. Naukowcy w badaniach nie przyjmują wyjaśnień teologicznych. Dlaczego? Bo działania czynników nadprzyrodzonych nie stwierdzono. Nie idzie tu więc o „założenie” przyjmowane przez naukowców, ale o fakt, że przyczyn nadprzyrodzonych nie stwierdzono. Gdyby ktoś je odkrył w sposób spełniający wymogi obowiązujące w nauce, naturalizm w badaniach naukowych przestałby obowiązywać.

Rozróżnia się często naturalizm ontologiczny i naturalizm metodologiczny. Ten pierwszy uznaje, że istnieje tylko przyroda i jej pochodne. Ten drugi mówi, że w badaniach naukowych nie bierze się pod uwagę przyczyn i wyjaśnień nadnaturalnych.

Badacz może oczywiście wierzyć w istnienie sił nadprzyrodzonych. Wielu dawniejszych i współczesnych naukowców wierzyło w Boga (ciekawe badania na ten temat przedstawiam w innym artykule – link poniżej). Ale faktem jest, że nic z tej wiary dla badań nie wynika. Prowadząc badania religijny naukowiec zachowuje się jakby był naturalistą ontologicznym – w praktyce badawczej nie bierze pod uwagę przyczyn nadnaturalnych. Może domniemywać, że np. reakcje chemiczne zachodzą dzięki mocom bożym. Ale nic to do badań nie wnosi i nic tych domniemywań nie potwierdza. Sytuacja jest więc poniekąd - chciałoby się powiedzieć - schizofreniczna. To jakby rozdwojenie jaźni, świadomości. Religijny badacz wierzy, że przyczyny nadnaturalne działają, ale nie bierze ich pod uwagę i nie stwierdza ich istnienia. Postępuje, jakby przyczyn nadnaturalnych nie było.

Badacz stojący konsekwentnie na gruncie naturalizmu tego rozdwojenia nie doświadcza.

To, że badania naukowe nie potwierdzają obecności przyczyn nadprzyrodzonych, podważa wiarę w ich istnienie. Cokolwiek naukowcy odkryją, okazuje się zjawiskiem naturalnym. Nie tak dawno boską cząstką nazywano bozon Higgsa – ale była to tylko metafora. Nie odkryto prawdziwie boskiej cząstki. Również mechanika kwantowa dotyczy wyłącznie przyrody, nie stwierdza istnienia bytów nadprzyrodzonych. Tzw. obserwator, o którym mówi się w fizyce kwantowej, nie jest bogiem czy istotą nadnaturalną.

Naturalizm metodologiczny trzyma się mocno. Można powiedzieć, że dostarcza poważnych argumentów na rzecz naturalizmu ontologicznego. Bo skoro nauka nie stwierdza istnienia przyczyn naturalnych i nie wymaga, by brać je pod uwagę, to najpewniej nie istnieją. Naturalizm metodologiczny prowadzi w konsekwencji do naturalizmu ontologicznego. Więcej, jest w istocie z naturalizmem ontologicznym tożsamy, chociaż na pierwszy rzut oka trudno to uznać.

Wygląda na to, że wyjaśnienia teologiczne są i będą eliminowane z naszej wartościowej wiedzy o świecie i człowieku. Rozwój nauki sprawia, że tracą i będą tracić na znaczeniu. Nie ma czego żałować. Wyjaśnienia teologiczne nie oferują wartościowej poznawczo wiedzy.


Wyjaśnienia teologiczne – także te zawarte w podręcznikach - niczego nie wyjaśniają. Są to wyjaśnienia pozorne, oparte na mitologii biblijnej. Nie ratują ich próby podawania w filozoficznym i naukowym sosie. Nie można poważnie traktować wyjaśnienia chorób i śmierci grzechem pierworodnym. Podobnie jest z innymi wyjaśnieniami teologicznymi.

Co więcej, samo pojęcie Boga ma mitologiczne pochodzenie. W starożytnych mitologiach bogowie byli głównymi postaciami. W mitologii Izraelitów bóg Jahwe stworzył świat, wygnał ludzi z raju za nieposłuszeństwo, jest wszechmocny jak czarownik z bajki. Filozofowie starogreccy, a następnie chrześcijańscy, mitologiczne pojęcie boga zaczęli ubierać w filozoficzne szaty. Jest to jednak ta sama starożytna mitologia religijna, tylko podana w innej formie.

Wprawdzie nauka nie wyjaśnia wszystkiego, ale teologia nic nie wyjaśnia. Bardzo dobrze, że wyjaśnienia teologiczne są zastępowane przez wyjaśnienia naukowe.


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„Przed rozpoczęciem najbliższych obrad Sejmu, w sejmowej kaplicy zostanie odprawiona msza święta w intencji deszczu, zamówiona przez klub parlamentarny PiS. Komunikat odczytał sekretarz obrad. Sala zareagowała gromkim śmiechem. Marszałek Sejmu Marek Jurek podkreślił, że >kpina z liturgii razi bardzo wielu posłów na tej sali<. Zaapelował o >odrobinę kultury<" (Źródło: wiadomosci.wp.pl 19-07-2006). - Alvert Jann


Alvert Jann: Blog „Ćwiczenia z ateizmu” - http://polskiateista.pl/aktualnosci/blogi/cwiczenia-z-ateizmu/

Zapraszam licealistów, studentów i wszystkich zainteresowanych na ćwiczenia z ateizmu. Co miesiąc <pierwszego>, czasami częściej, będę zamieszczał krótki tekst, poważny ale pisany z odrobiną luzu. Nie widzę siebie w roli mentora czy wykładowcy, mam na myśli wspólne zastanawianie się. - Nauka nie wyjaśnia wszystkiego, religia nic nie wyjaśnia.

Na blogu znajduje się w tej chwili 28 artykułów, m.in.:

„Podręczniki do religii. Kim jest Bóg?” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/podreczniki-religii-bog/

„Podręczniki do religii. Ewolucja według Kościoła” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/podreczniki-religii-ewolucja-wedlug-kosciola/

„Podręczniki do religii. Grzech pierworodny” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/podreczniki-do-religii-grzech-pierworodny/

„Podręczniki do religii. Koniec świata według Kościoła” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/podreczniki-do-religii-koniec-swiata-wedlug-kosciola/

„Podręczniki do religii. Czy są wiarygodne? - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/podreczniki-do-religii-czy-sa-wiarygodne/

„Pismo Święte jakiego nie znacie” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/pismo-swiete-jakiego-nie-znacie/

„Ilu naukowców wierzy w Boga?”- http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/ilu-naukowcow-wierzy-w-boga/

Z okazji rozpoczęcia roku akademickiego mogę polecić:

"Lekcje religii w szkołach wyższych” - http://polskiateista.pl/cwiceniezateizmu/lekcje-religii-w-szkolach-wyzszych/



Post Podręczniki do religii. Co wyjaśnia teologia? pojawił się poraz pierwszy w PolskiAteista.pl.

          Protozoa MCQ        
1.) Protozoa can be divided into five groups: a.) amoebae, intestinal flagellates, blood and tissue flagellates, multicellular flagellates, ciliates b.) amoebae, intestinal flagellates, blood and tissue flagellates, sporozoa, ciliates c.) multicellular flagellates, unicellular flagellates, ciliates, sporozoa d.) coccidians, piroplasms, cytoplasms, haemosporidians

2.) Trypanosomes reproduce by: a.) gametocyte fusion b.) blebbing c.) schizogony d.) binary fission

3.) E. histolytica and E. coli can be distinguished: a.) morphologically b.) by antibody detection c.) geimsa staining d.) cannot be distinguished

4.) Giardiasis is spread through: a.) water supplies b.) food prep c.) sexual contact d. all of the above

5.) Protozoan cysts: a.) actively feed b.) are generally larger than trophozoites c.) are the primary cause of pathogenesis d.) can be infective after several weeks in the environment

6.) Excystment is triggered by: a.) pH changes b.) increased moisture c.) recognition of antigens d.) pepsinogen

7.) The "string test" is administered: a.) orally b.) endoscopically c.) in latrines d.) rectally

8.) Drugs such as metronidazole contain a nitro group that: a.) functions best in the presence of oxygen b.) forms a nitroradical in anoxic cells c.) does not act on anaerobic infective agents d.) has been banned by the WHO

9.) Solar water disinfectants: a.) do not reduce diarrhea b.) cost more than ozone treatment c.) are cost effective in developing countries d.) have 100% efficacy

10.) Maurer's clefts are formed by: a.) extensions of the parasitophorous vacuole b.) fusion of Schuffner's dots c.) Accole tensions d.) splenomegaly

          Suspect in VA murder wants transfer to mental health facility        

A 33-year-old Sedalia man charged with killing a fellow patient at a Columbia veterans' hospital wants a transfer from the Boone County Jail to a state mental health hospital in Fulton.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Rudy Perez Jr. is asking a judge to help provide treatment for psychotic symptoms. Defense attorney David Tyson Smith says Perez is schizophrenic.

          got schizophrenia?        
          In "suicide by cop" case, pull gun or Taser?        

Gun or Taser?

That was a choice two police officers had to make in what Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are calling an apparent “suicide-by-cop” attempt Tuesday night in northern Charlotte.

Police say the suicidal man, Fred Daye, claimed he was schizophrenic and told 911 dispatchers that he'd gone off his medication. When officers got there, Daye told the officers he wanted to die and that he wanted the officers to pull the trigger.

Officers told Daye to show his hands, but at some point, he reached into his jacket

What happened next will likely be mulled over by police officers and the general public for weeks, though officers point out that situations like this are almost always a split-second decision.

One officer shot his Taser at Daye and another fired his department-issued shotgun. The shotgun round struck Daye's left elbow, police said, but it's unclear whether he was struck by the pellet or the wadding from the round. Doctors described the man's injury as a "flesh wound."

Police are still investigating whether officers responded appropriately. “Those and other matters are being examined during these parallel investigations," CMPD spokesman Rob Tufano said. "We’re going to investigate this incident thoroughly before making any of those determinations.”

But, in a close reading of the police account, an officer could make a case for pulling either weapon. The police department has a use of force continuum, and officers are trained to respond with the appropriate amount of force for any given situation -- everything from verbal commands to firing a police-issued weapon.

CMPD's directives provide some insight into what an officer should do when faced with a threat. Often, using a particular type of force is not an "either-or" proposition. In fact, police say, an officer's professional presence and verbal commands are uses of force that are always present, even when other force is applied.

And one particular use of force, or weapon, can be used to de-escalate several types of conflicts. Pepper spray, for example, can be used to combat defensive resistance (like when a person won't move from a blocked sidewalk) or aggravated aggression (like when a suspect approaches an officer with a knife).

In a previous case where law enforcement officers applied different uses of force, one officer was fired. In 2008, Brian Howie was shot after he was confronted by officers at a gas station on Central Avenue. An officer reported he suspected Howie had been drinking and tried to hide drugs in his car, so the officer called for backup. Howie was also shocked with a Taser during the incident.

Jenny Curlee, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who shot Howie, was fired after a review board found the shooting was unjustified. -- Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

          It Could Be So Much Worse        
Yikes! Seven months since my last post. Well, I'm easing in again, with a committment to not only read, but actually write the posts for the From Left to Write book club. It's not that I need more in my life, but I think adding more variety will make my life a little more interesting.

School just started and this certainly seems like the easiest transition to day. My wiggly young son who likes school, but has spent his share of days in the principles office, has certainly calmed down. Of course his awesome teacher doesn't hurt. He's got the same teacher as last year (he was in a 2/3 combo then) and she is truly awesome - easy going, extraordinarily smart and dedicated, and creative. Last year she actually let him have his own desk, to prevent him from getting too distracted by the other kids. A few others then asked for their own desks.

We're having other issues now, one of which is when his knee, foot, arm, etc. hurts, which always seems to occur when he's aked to help with something low on the fun spectrum I guess is how we might put it. He plays a hard game of soccer, gets hurt and can't help with the equipment. He spent all weekend with no knee pain, only to have it spring up when it was time to unload the camping gear. I admit I was not as sympathetic as my husband. The guy has been through a lot - with knee surgery for a bone infection, when he was really in a lot of pain for a long time. But he manages to get well enough to play baseball after his brother has unloaded the dishwasher. I have no doubt the pain is real in his mind, but my husband has finally jumped on the frustration bandwagon, not letting him get away with avoiding work every time. It's hard to know what the right decision is, though. Of course I don't want my baby to suffer, but I want him to be more responsible.

Keegan started 5th grade this year, and as much as he complains it's boring, it's the easiest start yet to the year. I've promised to look into the math situation (a later post), but otherwise he's on his own. They swap between three teachers - math, english (where she uses sign language and acronyms instead of English :) and spanish. Bad part is they don't get their own desks, good part is Keegan now has his backpack for biking in and one for driving. He is sooo excited about learning the sax too. I feel, though, as they kids get older, the worries will get larger. Is he living up to his potential, is he striving to please everyone versus finding his own passion, learning what he loves, likes, tolerates, hates? is he going to find that one or two friends to spend all his time with? Is my working and traveling going to have a negative impact? I frankly don't care that much what others think of my parenting, and try not to judge others. Sometimes, though, when you realize your main interaction with the kids was asking them where their lunch bags are, whether they brushed their teeth and have any homework, you just might be missing something.
I am very lucky, though, and I know it, to have healthy kids who are happy most of the time. The book we read for the book club was about a family who had to overcome serious obstacles, one of which was a denial his daughter's condition was even real.

How far would you go to advocate for your child? In January First, father Michael Shofield and his family struggle to find the right treatment for his daughter Jani, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at six years old. Join From Left to Write on September as we discuss the Shofield's memoir January First. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

          El plano        
El plano de inmanencia es aquello conocido a través de la vida.
Todo aquello que se vive a partir de la potencia, de la creatividad y de la producción, es radicalmente inmanente.
El plano de inmanencia es un flujo germinal intensivo.
En lugar de La Vida, una vida y otra y otra que producen tejido vital conjuntivo.
La inmanencia es un mismo proceso de producción, para producto y productor.

La inmanencia es el acontecimiento en el que se comunican todos los acontecimientos.

          The Deepening Madness Of King Donald Trump: 'It's An Affliction, Not A Presidency'        
A funny thing happened on the way to King Donald's first six months on the throne. 
Impeaching him has gone from a liberal Democratic wet dream to an option that an increasing number of Republicans are discussing, albeit privately.  This, to be sure, is different than actually doing the deed because the GOP has its own wet dream in believing the regent can help their stalled legislative agenda (which sure worked out well with that Obamacare repeal-and-replace thing, didn't it?) but he actually is undermining that agenda at every turn. 
It is a measure of how unhinged King Donald has become that some of the people who could send him packing have tired of his unceasing bombast and finally seem to have noticed how destructive he has become to the Republican Party, not to mention the country.
They certainly had plenty of ammunition in the 27th week of the king's reign as he continued to fume and fulminate over the 2016 election, passive aggressively stroked and criticized his beleaguered attorney general over three consecutive days, flumoxed visiting Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, whose political partner is Hezbollah, by calling it a terrorist group, debased LGBT soldiers, went off script at the national Boy Scout jamboree to blast Hillary Clinton and then went way off script at a rally in Ohio where he asserted in luridly graphic detail how undocumented immigrant gang members "take a beautiful girl, 16, 15, and others and they slice them and dice them with a knife because they want them to go through excruciating pain before they die."   
And it was only Wedndesday. 
On Thursday, Senator Lindsay Graham declared that firing special counsel Robert Mueller would be the beginning of the end of what one pundit calls "an affliction, not a presidency."  The Pentagon said that it doesn't change its policies toward soldiers' sexual identities based on crazy tweets.  The chief Boy Scout executive apologized for the king's speech.  Sessions refused to resign while Senate Republican leaders asked the king to pretty please kindly knock off his demagoguing of the AG, while Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley flat out said that if Sessions is axed his committee will give him no chance to appoint a replacement.  Then entire Senate convening in the wee hours of Friday morning to pound the last nail into the replace-and-repeal coffin.   
And all this pushback was more or less overshadowed by a royal court at war with itself.  "The grass outside the White House is full of snakes," opined The New York Times, "And the person inside that office is no better."
Meanwhile, the king's new propaganda minister, Anthony Scaramucci, out-crazying the man who hand picked him, ranted that chief of staff Reince Priebus was a "f*cking paranoid schizophrenic" and said of the king's chief strategist, "I'm not Steve Bannon, I'm not trying to suck my own cock."  
Priebus was gone 24 hours later, fired in a typically cowardly manner as the king waited for him to deplane from Air Force One when they arrived in an appropriately rainy Washington from Long Island where the king had advocated using violence in a speech to police officers.  Once Priebus was off the plane and had been diverted to another SUV, the king boastfully tweeted that he had just loped off the head of a court loyalist.   
Scaramucci lasted 10 days.  
We of course found out a great deal more than we needed to know about King Donald when he bragged to the host of Access Hollywood in that infamous hot mic episode about grabbing a woman's private parts.   
And confirmed what we suspect that Congress now knows in another revealing hot mic episode, this one between Senators Jack Reed, the Rhode Island Democrat, and Susan Collins, the Maine Republican, during a lull last week in an Appropriations subcommittee hearing:
REED: I think he's crazy. 
COLLINS: I'm worried. 
REED: I don't say that lightly, as kind of, you know, a goofy guy.  The, uh, this thing, you know, if we don't get a budget deal done . . . "  
Reed's budget-deal reference was an allusion to the king's inability to grasp even the basics of governing, which includes his belief that the Blow Up Obamacare bill that was narrowly defeated in the Senate actually increased Medicare payments and did not radically slash them.    
As I have written over and over and freaking over again, the greatest danger King Donald poses is not nuking Lichtenstein because of a tiff over lace doily tariffs, but our becoming inured to his madness.    
This is something of a race for time, which is why we can take heart that there finally is some pushback (did you ever think Orrin Hatch would eloquently defend transgender people?).  It hypothetically moves the king's breaking point forward, or perhaps the point where the Republicans decide it finally is time to cut their losses since their leader seems unable to focus on anything beyond saving his and his family's asses from the Big Bad Mueller.
The blow to the king's colossal ego because of the defeat of repeal-and-replace, which in the end spectacularly crashed and burned because he was very good at intimidating people and very bad at lobbying them on the successive replacement bills' (plural) supposed virtues, will make him meaner and on the prowl for more people to hurt and new things to destroy as the special counsel's footsteps grow louder.  
The one constant is that it's never the king's fault.  
As the week mercifully ended, Congress passed with near unanimity and sent to the king a veto-proof bill strengthening Russia sanctions that effectively ties his small hands and infuriated Vlad the Impaler, and the king let out a mighty blast at Senator Lisa Murkowski, who along with Collins and John "He's No Hero" McCain, had spelled defeat for the final Obamacare replacement bill.  This was after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's crude blackmail attempt failed to move the Alaskan.  For good measure, the king scolded Congress in a Saturday tweet for looking "like fools" and being "total quitters" and threatened to cut their own insurance plans, which actually may be the first good idea he's had. 
Polls show a steady erosion of rank-and-file Republican support for the regent, although overall his numbers remain robust even if the GOP is a burned-out hulk that can barely rule and is utterly inept at governing.  But there may be no better indication that the fever swamp from which the king rules is under siege -- and that hiring more thugs won't do the trick -- than the growing number of right-wing and conservative commentators who enthusiastically rode his royal carriage and are now jumping off.   
Influential radio host and blogger Erick Erickson is typical:
The president told everyone that only he could do the job and he would drain the swamp.  Instead, he's dammed up the swamp, put a party boat in it, and has turned his attention to Twitter.
We are still a long way from a Barry Goldwater Watergate moment in which the Republican leadership hikes down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, bows to the king and tells him that he needs to put down his scepter and resign.   
The ignominious collapse of the centerpiece of the king's presidential campaign -- the quick repeal of Obamacare -- is being viewed by some pundits as the last straw.  Unfortunately, there will be more of them. 
But the tide finally is running out.

          LSD Might Revolutionize the Future of Psychotherapeutic Drugs Market        
Psychotherapeutic drugs are prescribed to treat mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety and depression. Common symptoms of mental illness are social withdrawal, extreme mood swings, confused thinking, long lasting depression, and suicidal thought. While schizophrenia is associated with unrecognized speech, hearing voices, and broken thoughts, depression is characterized by lack of interest, confidence, and pleasure.  The growing prevalence of mental illnesses has boosted the growth of the global psychotherapeutic drugs. The World Health Organization estimates that around 350 mn people are suffering from depression across the globe. Patent expiration of top selling psychotherapeutic drugs such as Geodon, Zyprexia, and Prozac has created growth opportunities for generic drug manufacturers. In the coming years, the generic drug segment is estimated to witness rapid growth and will lead to price competition in the market.  Effect of LSD on Brain Analyzed for First Time At the Imperial College of London, researchers have analyzed the effects of LSD on the brain with the help of various scans. The images have revealed significant neurological activity produced by the powerful drug. In partnership with the Beckley Foundation, the team of researchers took brain scan images of 20 volunteers who were given a dose of 75 micrograms of Lysergic acid diethylamide. The images taken with the help of fMRI and MEG revealed blood flow and electrical activity throughout the brain. To understand the real-life application of LSD’s psychotherapeutic potential in response to music, the research group also studied the drug’s effect on a volunteer’s experience of music. LSD is known to have a great impact on self-awareness in users. This might lead to greater implications for psychiatry in the coming days.

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          Rose Stradner (1913-1958)        
Rose Stradner
The Last Gangster (1937), which airs today on TCM, is one of only three films made in America by Rose Stradner. The Austrian actress, born Rosa Stradner, had a high strung presence and refined beauty in her role as hoodlum Edward G. Robinson's naive wife. The vulnerability she played in her portrayal of a woman who unwittingly marries a criminal seemed a bit more credible thanks to the steeliness she gave the character after discovering the true nature of her husband and her tenderness toward her son by him. Stradner caught my eye as quite a distinctive actress when I first saw her in this MGM film and I was puzzled that the studio did not use her in more movies.

A bit of research revealed that this beautiful, statuesque blonde had been among the more gifted stars of Max Reinhardt's theater in Vienna in the '30s. Among those who were influenced by her there were Peter Lorre, whom she encouraged to play Hamlet if he longed to, despite his physical limitations. In the audience, a  boyish Oskar Werner also knew her work and formed an adolescent crush on her that he later reported (in bluntest terms) to her younger son. Leaving her successful life behind, Rosa Stradner lost her father, who was killed by the Nazis and her brother, who became an SS officer who was executed by the Allies at the end of the war. The contrast between the tragedies of both a personal and continental scale must have seemed even more painful in contrast to the sumptuous, high-wire life she embarked on in America.

Above: Rose Stradner with James Stewart in The Last Gangster (1937).
After a blandly written role in the psychological drama Blind Alley (1939) as Ralph Bellamy's wife, Stradner's other, better known American film was The Keys of the Kingdom, (1944) in which she played an aristocratic nun languishing in China and taking a long time to learn a lesson in humility from noble priest, Gregory Peck. Frankly, I always found her portrayal of an educated, rather neurotic nun, quite realistic when compared to most Hollywood sisters, based on my own experiences with nuns who were trying to educate me and drub some piety into my pagan soul over the course of a 12 year stint in Catholic schools. In any case, Stradner created an interesting portrait of a highly disciplined figure who struggled to keep her soul in turmoil well hidden. The intelligence of the actress and her characterization of a person who refused to be simple or likable as she went about doing what she saw as her duty helped to give this story some dramatic depth.

Escaping from Europe just before the Anschluss might have made leaving impossible, the star of the Viennese stage and several German language movies had signed a contract with MGM to the delight of Louis B. Mayer. Working there, she also caught the eye of producer-writer Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who married the lady in 1939, with the couple becoming parents of Christopher and Thomas Mankiewicz eventually. Both of their sons enjoyed long careers in the entertainment industry as writers, producers and occasional actors.

Rose Stradner at MGM

Sadly, as eloquently described in the late Tom Mankiewicz's memoir, "My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider's Journey Through Hollywood" (University Press of Kentucky), her life as the spouse of one of the most talented individuals who ever made a movie was long on artistic frustration, guilt over her children, pain, illness and tragedy in the end. Rose Stradner, suffering from what now appears to have been a form of schizophrenia, killed herself in 1958.

Above: Tom Mankiewicz (center), age 11, with his mother, father and brother Christopher in 1953, the year his father, Joe (right), filmed 'The Barefoot Contessa.' Collection of Tom Mankiewicz
According to Tom Mankiewicz,  despite her problems, she did love her sons, and "Mother was an extremely intelligent woman and capable of great warmth. She had a unique ear for languages and spoke English and later Italian fluently, without a trace of accent. She was a tremendous help to Dad as an in-house critic of his screenplays. He routinely solicityed her opinion and acted on it." Given his father's drive to succeed and to conquer every aspect of Hollywood, her increasing illness in the '40s & '50s must have made life difficult for the family, despite occasional periods of relative peace and stability.

Finally, Tom Mankiewicz concluded, the "most lasting and life-altering effect [his mother] had on me, however, was putting me in an endless quest to find her again somewhere and cure her. I developed a strange form of radar that could immediately recognize a troubled woman (almost always an actress) and elicit an instant, receptive, silent reaction from her signifying that she recognized me too."

Another Hollywood tragedy or a victim of history and the slowness of medicine to help the mentally ill? Perhaps, but I can't help wishing things had been different for her.

A DVD-r from the Warner Archive of The Last Gangster (1937) is readily available for those who are interested in this movie. The Keys of the Kingdom (1944) DVD is available from 20th Century Fox.

Mankiewicz, Tom, My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider's Journey Through Hollywood, University Press of Kentucky, 2012.
Youngkin, Stephen, The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, The University Press of Kentucky, 2011.
           Ethnic identity, perceptions of disadvantage, and psychosis: findings from the ÆSOP study         
Reininghaus, Ulrich A., Craig, Thomas K.J., Fisher, Helen L., Hutchinson, Gerard, Fearon, Paul, Morgan, Kevin D., Dazzan, Paola, Doody, Gillian A., Jones, Peter B., Murray, Robin M. and Morgan, Craig (2010) Ethnic identity, perceptions of disadvantage, and psychosis: findings from the ÆSOP study. Schizophrenia Research, 124 (1-3). pp. 43-48. ISSN 0920-9964
           Childhood trauma and cognitive function in first-episode affective and non-affective psychosis         
Aas, Monica, Dazzan, Paola, Fisher, Helen L., Morgan, Craig, Morgan, Kevin D., Reichenberg, Abraham, Zanelli, Jolanta, Fearon, Paul, Jones, Peter B., Murray, Robin M. and Pariante, Carmine M. (2011) Childhood trauma and cognitive function in first-episode affective and non-affective psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 129 (1). pp. 12-19. ISSN 0920-9964
           Is there a link between childhood trauma, cognition, and amygdala and hippocampus volume in first-episode psychosis?         
Aas, Monica, Navari, Serena, Gibbs, Ayana A., Mondelli, Valeria, Fisher, Helen L., Morgan, Craig, Morgan, Kevin D., MacCabe, James, Reichenberg, Abraham, Zanelli, Jolanta, Fearon, Paul, Jones, Peter B., Murray, Robin M., Pariante, Carmine M. and Dazzan, Paola (2012) Is there a link between childhood trauma, cognition, and amygdala and hippocampus volume in first-episode psychosis? Schizophrenia Research, 137 (1-3). pp. 73-79. ISSN 0920-9964
           Differential relationship between neurological and cognitive dysfunction in first episode psychosis patients and in healthy individuals         
Mellacqua, Zefiro, Eyeson, Joanna, Orr, Ken D., Morgan, Kevin D., Zanelli, Jolanta, Lloyd, Tuhina, Morgan, Craig, Fearon, Paul, Hutchinson, Gerard, Doody, Gillian A., Chan, Raymond C.K., Harrison, Glynn, Jones, Peter B., Murray, Robin M., Reichenberg, Abraham and Dazzan, Paola (2012) Differential relationship between neurological and cognitive dysfunction in first episode psychosis patients and in healthy individuals. Schizophrenia Research, 142 (1-3). pp. 159-164. ISSN 0920-9964
          Odd Man Out        
Odd Man Out
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name: Sylvia
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Boy's schizophrenic dad leaves fascinating notebook at grandmother's house.

           Cognition and schizophrenia: improving real life function         
Morgan, Kevin D., David, Anthony S., Murray, Robin M. and Eberhard, Jonas, eds. (2006) Cognition and schizophrenia: improving real life function. Cambridge Medical Communication, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780955130212
           Insight and cognition         
Morgan, Kevin D. (2006) Insight and cognition. In: Cognition and schizophrenia: improving real life function. Cambridge Medical Communication, Cambridge, UK, pp. 37-43. ISBN 9780955130212
           Minor physical anomalies across ethnic groups in a first episode psychosis sample         
Dean, Kimberlie, Dazzan, Paola, Lloyd, Tuhina, Morgan, Craig, Morgan, Kevin D., Doody, Gillian A., Hutchinson, Gerard, Orr, Kenneth G., Jones, Peter B., Murray, Robin M. and Fearon, Paul (2007) Minor physical anomalies across ethnic groups in a first episode psychosis sample. Schizophrenia Research, 89 (1-3). pp. 86-90. ISSN 0920-9964
           Incidence of schizophrenia and other psychoses in ethnic minority groups: results from the MRC AESOP Study         
Fearon, Paul, Kirkbride, James B., Morgan, Craig, Dazzan, Paola, Morgan, Kevin D., Lloyd, Tuhina, Hutchinson, Gerard, Tarrant, Jane, Fung, Wai Lun Alan, Holloway, John, Mallett, Rosemarie M., Harrison, Glynn, Leff, Julian, Jones, Peter B. and Murray, Robin M. (2006) Incidence of schizophrenia and other psychoses in ethnic minority groups: results from the MRC AESOP Study. Psychological Medicine, 36 (11). pp. 1541-1550. ISSN 0033-2917
           Grey matter abnormalties in first episode schizophrenia and affective psychosis         
Morgan, Kevin D., Dazzan, Paola, Orr, Kenneth G., Hutchinson, Gerard, Chitnis, Xavier, Suckling, John, Lythgoe, David, Pollock, Sarah-Jane, Rossell, Susan, Shapleske, Jan, Fearon, Paul, Morgan, Craig, David, Anthony S., McGuire, Philip K., Jones, Peter B., Leff, Julian and Murray, Robin M. (2007) Grey matter abnormalties in first episode schizophrenia and affective psychosis. British Journal of Psychiatry, 191 (Supple). s111-s116. ISSN 0007-1250
           Neuropsychological studies of insight in psychosis         
Morgan, Kevin D. and David, Anthony S. (2004) Neuropsychological studies of insight in psychosis. In: Insight and psychosis: awareness of illness in schizophrenia and related disorders. 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 0198525680
           A study of hippocampal shape anomaly in schizophrenia and in families multiply affected by schizophrenia or bipolar disorder         
Connor, S.E.J., Ng, V., McDonald, Colm, Schulze, Katja, Morgan, Kevin D., Dazzan, Paola and Murray, Robin M. (2004) A study of hippocampal shape anomaly in schizophrenia and in families multiply affected by schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Neuroradiology, 46 (7). pp. 523-534. ISSN 0028-3940
           Normal cerebral asymmetry in familial and non-familial schizophrenic probands and their unaffected relatives         
Chapple, Ben, Grech, Anton, Sham, Pak, Toulopoulou, Timothea, Walshe, Murie, Schulze, Katja, Morgan, Kevin D., Murray, Robin M. and McDonald, Colm (2004) Normal cerebral asymmetry in familial and non-familial schizophrenic probands and their unaffected relatives. Schizophrenia Research, 67 (1). pp. 33-40. ISSN 0920-9964
          Scientists find eighty new genes that are connected to schizophrenia        
Schizophrenia is a condition, which affects over 24 million people all over the world for many years. Researchers from around 30 nations have analyzed the genes which are linked to schizophrenia. The research scientists were able to uncover around 80 previously unknown genes, which are able to put people at the risk of developing schizophrenia, according to the prestigious science journal Nature. The research team said that the world’s largest genetic study of disorders indicates that humans have biological causes, which is putting it on a par with many other medical conditions. The study was led by Cardiff University, and this international group thinks that this research could be a launch pad for many new treatments for these conditions. Also, charities stated that holistic approaches to disorders must be continued. Many scientists have debated over the relative role of genes in schizophrenia. Currently, a global consortium around 35 nations have examined the genetic structure of more than 37,000 people with this condition, and compared them with other 110,000 people who are free from this condition. Scientists have found that there are more than 100 genes, which make people more prone to schizophrenia and 83 of these genes have never been considered seriously as the reason behind the condition. Many of these genes were responsible for the relay of chemical messages in and around the brain, while others were known to be involved with the immune system. According to a professor at the University College London, this study places psychiatry in the category same to that of other parts of medicine.

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          Children Born to Older Fathers Could Face Higher Risk of Psychiatric Problems        
According to the findings of a new study that has been published in the JAMA Psychiatry journal, children born from elder fathers may face an added risk of having psychiatric problems as compared to children that are born to fathers that are younger in age. The study was carried out by a team of researchers working at the Indiana University in Bloomington. Previous studies have established that the factor of advancing paternal age (APA) during childbearing is linked with a higher risk of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, as well as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Other problems associated with APA are intellectual and academic problems. In the recent past, several other studies have also shown that the father’s age is associated with the likelihood of the development of ‘de novo mutations’ in their offspring. These mutations pertain to a gene becoming present for the first time in a family because of a mutation in either the egg or sperm from the parents. Previous studies have linked de novo mutations to ASDs.  However, there has been no attempt at carrying out a comprehensive study that looks at the overall links between APA and psychiatric problems. The latest study published in JAMA Psychiatry compared Swedish siblings spanning a period of 28 years, between 1973 and 2001. The study tested the influence of the father’s age on conception. The study compared children of older fathers with their own elder siblings born earlier to the same father earlier- at a younger age.  On comparing the siblings, researchers found that the risk of conditions such as psychosis, autism, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, suicide attempt and low academic attainment were higher among those children that were born among men who were older than 45 years. 

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Damaged beauties and sick fuckers come together in the dramatically deviant vignettes of John Stagliano's "Psychotic Behavior." Vivid visual storytelling presents top starlets in twisted scenarios of anal insanity. Abella Danger and Xander Corvus make a dead sexy couple despite their mutual hatred. Her porn camming session becomes a schizo food-fuck spiced with slapping, spitting, fuck-yous and I-hate-yous. Abella deep-throats dick through a whipped cream avalanche; her hungry ass consumes cock and foodstuffs like bananas and cucumbers! When voluptuous, bitchy Angela White orders skinny Owen Gray to do the laundry, he spends the day sniffing soiled lingerie and masturbating. But the naturally buxom, domineering broad succumbs to wailing delirium and face-sitting breath control in a power-exchange spectacle. Convinced that Markus Dupree is screwing every whore in town, Casey Calvert spews insecure viciousness. Markus makes her gash squirt girl juice and her bunghole gape widely. Creepy, radically tattooed Small Hands sneaks petite Angel Smalls into Buttman's studio for kinky toy play and an orgasmic anal carry-fuck. He departs as we learn why Buttman's been tied up.

          Comment on Limiting Antipsychotic Medications Shows Long-Term Benefits by ssteinga        
Thank you David for this excellent post. I am gratified to see that a child psychiatrist understands that this study has implications that go beyond the world of adult schizophrenia. For any who may be interested, I have written about this site in my own blog: http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/09/taking-anti-psychotics-psychotic/ and http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/07/a-paradox-revealed-again/ Sandy Steingard
I found a pdf of an old interview with Arnol Lobel. You don't see many of them around, so I figured I'd post it. I put it here cause I didn't want to put something this long on my tumblr, but I don't use this blog anymore - I'm still over at jonklassen.tumblr.com, whenever anything worth posting comes up.

Interview with Arnold Lobel by Lucy Rollin

Rollin: We talked yesterday about your illustrations of animals, and how you balance them between being human and being animal.

Lobel: My reason for that isn't all intellectual. It's a way of creating something that seems new. It's a very practical thing to do. In Piger- icks, for example, if I had made them people, someone would have thought that I had the audacity to imitate Lear. But sometimes it is a conscious process. Children's books today reach such a wide audi- ence that if you make your characters people, you have to make them some kind of people. If Frog and Toad were two gentlemen, for instance, think of the questions that would occur to you: How old are they? Where are their parents? How do they earn their money? What in fact is their relationship? They seem to have childish inter- ests, and yet they live alone as adults. If I made them two middle- aged gentlemen all of those things would occur to you. It's part of the suspension of disbelief, and it's a very, very tricky thing. I would never, for instance, have them pick up a telephone to talk to each other. That would cut into the world that I have created in some way that I cannot exactly articulate. But by making this little world with these two strange creatures in it, I bring them to everybody; all different kinds of people can enjoy that. I want my work to appeal to everybody. This is a conscious part of my thinking when I create my animal characters.

Rollin: Is there another Frog and Toad in the plans?

Lobel: No, I'm not going to do any more. I don't want them to become another commodity on the American scene. But it also occurred to me, when I was doing the last one, that there was a certain cruelty in the relationship, in Frog being the controlling one and Toad being controlled.

Rollin: It sounds as though they took on a life outside the books.

Lobel: Well, they did take on a life; lots of authors have said that about their characters. And Frog and Toad started to take on this life, and I perceived something there that I didn't want to continue.

Rollin: How many I Can Read books have you done now?

Lobel: I've written about twelve and illustrated many others: When I first began to illustrate, the I Can Read series was just beginning. I was terribly lucky to walk in the door of Harper's, and they were looking for illustrators for all these manuscripts. It could not have been more fortuitous.

Rollin: Is it easier to illustrate one or to write one?

Lobel: To illustrate somebody else's manuscript is an entirely differ- ent profession, whether it's an I Can Read book or something else. I want to keep doing both because I think both are very valuable. Every now and then some editor will say, "t have this wonderful manuscript but I didfft send it to you because I heard you weren't illustrating other people's manuscripts." And you know', [ say that's not true. For financial reasons I don't want to do it exclusively, but I certainly want to do it occasionally. It's good for my talent and for a kind of security. I can't always be a fountain of ideas. If I have several years where I don't conceive of anything original, I can always illustrate other people's work.

Rollin: When you do an I Can Read book, do the editors supply you with the limited vocabulary they expect you to use?

L o b e l: I understand there are some publishers who do that, but Harper's never would dream of that. I have total freedom, and t!he only harness is that I am aware as I work that I'm doing a reader. If there are words I can't find a comfortable substitute for, I'll put a big word in. I've used the word somersault, and the word nervous. There's one Christmas story where Toad "decorates" a tree. I thought I could find a simpler way of saying that, but I couldn't. You could "trim" the tree, but that's ambiguous. You could "put balls on" the tree, but that's even worse. So we left it at "decorate." My theory is, if the child is interested in the story he'll learn the words.

Rollin: Do you get letters from children often?

L o b e l: Oh, yes, it's getting to be a big problem, because I get lots of letters, and I answer them. I let them pile up, and then I just take two or three days off and answer. In the early days when I didn't get too many letters, I would write a long letter and draw a little picture. Now they get a great big picture and a little letter, sort of like Joan Crawford in Hollywood. A lot of teachers use it as a way to teach the letter format. The funniest letter I ever got was a very beautifully written letter that the teacher had obviously written the form for on the blackboard. It had the date in the right place and the salutation, and then the body: "Dear Mr. Lobel, I like your work very much," etc., a very sweet letter. Then it said, "Love, NAME." I couldn't answer that one! But why not use the letter that way? It used to bother me, but after all, the child went to the library and picked me. He could have written to any author.

Rollin: Do you try to read the published criticism of your work?

L o b e l: There isn't much published criticism about my work. Pub- lishers are not very good about getting journal material to the author. Reviewing of children's books is almost nonexistent in the popular media, except for Christmas. And I find that in the library organs, often the quality of the reviewing is appallingly superficial. I would prefer an intelligent bad review. The most obvious is missed. You've worked long to create something, and they say, "Mr. Lobel's watercolors are very charming." This is not reviewing.

Rollin: It seems to me sometimes that the most overused word in children's literature reviews is "delightful."

Lobel: Yes. And yet children's books, the best of them, are not delightful. My favorites, anyway, strike deep. The artists that do the best ones are able to make them delightful on one level, but that's just the whipped cream on top. Underneath there is something much more. William Steig, for instance, is a great favorite of mine. His drawings look so effortless, but his books deal with moral issues, moral decisions, that are really profound. And I think children sense this underpinning, and that the parents like the books too.

Rollin: Are there other artists whose work you admire?

Lobel: Beatrix Potter, for one, obviously. And Lear. And I learn a lot by looking not only at other children's book illustrators, but at, for example, Rembrandt. Right now I'm illustrating a book about Anton Van Leeuwenhoek, who invented the microscope. I wasn't enthusiastic at first, but then I discovered he was a contemporary of Rembrandt's, so I'm doing the book in the style of a Rembrandt etching. It won't look like a Rembrandt etching, I assure you. But I have my Rembrandt at my side as I'm working, and I look at it and I study it. I often do that if there is a particular art period or an artist that I like and feel is appropriate. I did that with As I Was Crossing Boston Common; it was based on those 19th century besti- aries. I call that a handle. It's a way of getting into something.

Rollin: Maurice Sendak has often spoken about the influence that Disney cartoons had on his work. Have you been influenced by cartoons?

Lobel: Well, in my early work, like Mister Muster, the whole style was influenced by watching television over the heads of my chil- dren. That's all I was able to do in those days. I was just beginning, and I was glad I could do that. I used to loathe my early books, but now they're so far removed from me that I can see the charm in them.

Rollin: Has your craft changed, or your vision? Or can we separate them?

Lobel: I think it's a little of both. I think I learned at some point to use myself. At the beginning, I was creating nice little stories for children, which may have been an offshoot of being a parent. I think that parenthood takes away from you some of whatever is creative. It is very difficult to have children and create at the same time. Those early stories were just written for children, and there's noth- ing wrong with them; they're funny and pleasant. But after about ten years, I realized that there was no reason w h y I couldn't stop writing for children and start writing more out of my own feelings. I think that's how Frog and Toad came to be. It was the first time I had turned inward. It's a rather schizophrenic thing. I cared about what the story would be for children, but at the same time I was aware that all of the things that happened in it were essentially very personal to me and had resonances in my own life. I don't think that had happened before. I think possibly it was because the children were getting older and I had more time to be introspective and study the work of other artists that I liked. And I realized that quality was missing in my own work. I tell groups I speak to now that there's probably nothing more important than t h a t - t o be able to create a children's book that's also important to you, that is a self-expression, that isn't just done to amuse the children. I won't be happy unless my books are amusing to adults as welt.

Rollin: Sometimes adults are made very uncomfortable about some children's books, though, Sendak's, for instance.

Lobel: Yes, I think children are more comfortable with Outside, Over There than a lot of adults. I try not to intellectualize about my work too much, though, as I think perhaps Sendak has in his inter- views. If I get into trouble, then it helps to construct it in my mind intellectually and start again. But I try to think of myself as an enter- tainer primarily.

Rollin: You mentioned in your speech yesterday the similarity between children's books and the movies.

Lobel: In a book, you are using pictures in a narrative way, and the turning of the page is like a cut in a movie. If a movie is well done and you're caught up in it, even if you know the plot backwards and forwards, you're still pulled along by a rhythm. Alfred Hitchcock movies are a good example. And in children's books, the pictures have a rhythm, from large to small, for instance. And sometimes really sequential pictures work, but I wouldn't force that on some- thing that I didn't think called for it.

Rollin: Your self-portraits in Pigerichs are so interesting, I t h i n k - showing yourself as an artist.

L o b e l: Well, I found that the children I talk to are absolutely fas- cinated by the creative process. They are not aware of other art forms particularly, but they see it in picture books. They know it's work, in some way. They see their parents go off to work, and they know this is my work; but their parents' work seems very distant from them, and what I'm doing is work, yet it's like play. If I go to a classroom and give a little talk, and then ask, "Is there a question?" every hand shoots up. And the questions are good questions, not dopey ones. They want to know how I do it, how long it takes, how many hours a day I work. So in Pigericks I felt if I just did forty pages of limericks, there would be no depth. So I used the self- portraits as a framework. I tried in a simple way to show that this was something that this person was creating, and then he had created it, finished it. In "Whiskers and Rhymes," I think this kind of thing is unnecessary because some of those rhymes have enough depth to carry themselves. You just deal with these things as they come along; there's no way to anticipate problems like that.

Rollin: We've talked mostly about your animal drawings. Do you think your drawings of people have changed, over the years?

Lobel: I think I feel more confident drawing animals. Maybe it's because I've done more of it. But also, I don't like drawing people in contemporary clothes. There was a time when I was getting all these manuscripts about Mommy and Daddy in the kitchen. They were like sitcoms on television. And I wouldn't illustrate them because I didn't grow up in a suburban atmosphere. I didn't have a Mommy and Daddy in the kitchen, and I don't know what Mommy and Daddy are like in the kitchen any more anyway. I think a book like that should be illustrated by somebody who has some kind of relationship to the material.

Rollin: What projects do you anticipate for the future?

Lobel: I'm going to do a big Mother Goose book for Random House.

Rollin: How do you feel about that? So many people have done Mother Goose.

Lobel: Yes, I do feel ambivalent. The other day I went into a book- store and there was a line of Mother Goose books fifteen miles long, so it'll be a challenge. I suppose the best thing that can happen is that I have to think, "Well, all those poor people will be wild with jealousy when they see my Mother Goose." That will be an incen- tive to try, anyway. And I'm the editor in this case; I get to pick the ones I like, like Humpty Dumpty.

Rollin: Those are good incentives.

Lobel: You know, I've been doing this for twenty years, and I'm continually dissatisfied. I make a religion of being dissatisfied. I don't think there is a point in doing a book and saying, "Isn't that wonderful?" Then you don't learn. When people ask what's the best book you ever did, there's no point in saying, "Oh, that was four years ago." That means everything since was worse, right? So I say, it's the next book. Then, you know, even though I've done the best book I think I can do, I know the book I'm going to do might be even better. It's all delusion, but it does keep one trying one's best.

          Your Favourite Movies (and other things) Backwards        
This is an ongoing thread on Reddit.com. If you watched movies backwards, how would they seem? Here's five of my favourites, but there's heaps more. Check 'em out.

"If you watch Heroes backwards you realise that it's been getting progressively better over time."

"If you watch the original Superman backwards, Superman was kind of dick."

"If you watch the entire series backwards, George Lucas develops into a brilliant writer."

"If you watch Fight Club backwards, it's about a terrorist schizophrenic getting his life back together and going to rehab"

"If you play Super Mario Bros backwards, you'll find that Mario is a true philanthropist and animal lover, throwing coins into the air and saving turtles. And he leaves that bitch the princess right at the beginning."
          Uno sciclitano scopre il segreto del multitasking        
Genova - Si nasconde nel cervello il segreto del multitasking: saper svolgere più attività contemporaneamente dipende dal gene chiamato COMT. La scoperta, pubblicata sulla rivista Molecular Psychiatry, si deve all’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Iit) di Genova e potrebbe avere applicazioni nella medicina personalizzata e nella cura di schizofrenia e sindrome da stress post-traumatico.   Dalla ricerca, coordinata da Francesco Papaleo, ricercatore nato a Scicli, e il cui primo autore è Diego Scheggia, entrambi dell’Iit, è stata condotta in... continua
          Book Report: A Thorn in My Pocket by Eustacia Cutler        

(This report was submitted for my General Psychology course last semester.)

Eustacia Cutler is the mother of Temple Grandin, probably the world’s best known "autism celebrity" today. In her memoir A Thorn in my Pocket: Temple Grandin’s Mother Tells the Family Story, Cutler explores the difficulties and challenges she faced raising an autistic child in the years immediately following WWII. She tells the story of Temple's life from birth, chronicles the misinformation they received and diagnosis they struggled to grasp, how the family coped (or didn't cope) and what pathways opened up for them all as a result.

When Temple's parents first sought assistance for their daughter, they were shuffled amongst skeptical doctors. Mental retardation and brain damage were the first terms used to describe Temple; autism and infant schizophrenia were eventually used to diagnosis her at the age of 3 (Cutler, pg. 30). The gravity of these words was enough to send Temple's father reeling and he firmly dug his trench in his war to have Temple institutionalized from the very beginning. Eustacia never allowed it and their marriage suffered for it, ultimately ending in divorce when Temple was a teenager.

Despite little societal support, Eustacia was adamant about Temple's therapies, social instruction and rigid behavioral rules. She sought all treatments on her own, worked them in to her family's life (Temple also has three younger siblings), and persisted in the notion that Temple could learn, all the while defending her first-born daughter from naysayers (including her own father) at every turn. And it worked. By all accounts, Temple succeeded (and is still succeeding) in her life against all early predictions. Today, Temple holds a Ph.D. in animal science, is a professor at Colorado State University, a world-renowned humane livestock facility designer and autism advocate/speaker.

Clearly, the intense conviction Eustacia demonstrated in her daughter's abilities is amazing. As a parent with a child on the autism spectrum, I can sympathize with her emotional reactions to Temple's diagnosis and commitment to "fix" her daughter, but I can’t even begin to imagine living in an era of such unbending social rules with a misunderstood child who doesn't match the norm.

What I find even more astounding is how the psychiatric institution as a whole dealt with autism. Eustacia's hindsight reveals that the experts she consulted didn't really know what they were doing after all, but needed to find a way to describe, catalog and deal with individuals displaying autistic traits. Some advanced doctors were willing to think outside of the box and acknowledge that they didn't understand the whole picture. One of Temple's earliest pediatricians ordered brain scans to rule out petit mal—absence seizures connected to epilepsy—and Eustacia later credited him for at least being willing to explore possible neurological differences in her daughter (pg. 209). But most were more than willing to institutionalize a child in the name of science (pg. 138). The pervasive belief that psychoanalysis was the only way to get to the root of autism held its grip on these professionals for decades, despite compelling early research showing a neurological basis for autism that couldn't be treated with "talk therapy" (pg. 208).

Temple was born in an era when most childhood afflictions were assumed to be the result of something the mother did wrong and autism was no exception. Bruno Bettelheim was an Austrian-born child psychologist whose theory—that autism originated from mothers withholding affection from their children—was just taking hold in popular culture during the time when the Grandins were exploring the nature of Temple's challenges (pg. 33-34). Bettelheim's ideas later faded from popularity, but they hovered as a dark shadow over Eustacia for decades. At one point, Eustacia believed that she might have caused her daughter's autism by creating some early psychosocial trauma in Temple (pg. 34). As a graduate of Harvard and lifelong learner herself, she kept doing her own research all the while. But she still succumbed to the popular notion of the times, at least a little.

What strikes me here is that Eustacia took on this misplaced blame yet persevered in championing her daughter as a valid human being and refrained from diving into the depths of depression herself (despite having a husband who tracked her every move in a handwritten notebook over a 3-year period in an attempt to have her proven insane in court [pg. 146]). Without a doubt, this represents strength of character that many of us can only hope to reach. Yet how many other families with autistic children did not fare so well during these experimental years of parental blame and institutionalization as a result of following "expert" advice?

Finally, in the 1980s, psychiatry started to come around as an institution and admit to the neurological basis for autism. In the last chapter of A Thorn in My Pocket, Eustacia states:
"When did the psychiatric world release autism from its psychosocial shackles and turn it over to the bioneurologists? And why, despite the 1964 research linking autism to epilepsy, did it take until 1985 for the neurological information to reach the family pediatricians who were examining autistic children and advising desperate parents?" (pg. 208)

Eustacia said she "would have liked an apology" for this erroneous oversight (pg. 209), but she would have to settle with this statement of appreciation from Temple's doctor regarding her commitment to her daughter’s therapies and education:

"…you have done a job that has put the entire staff of Children’s Hospital to shame. Do you realize that it is as rare as if Temple had recovered spontaneously from leukemia?" (pg. 147)     

Eustacia's reflections on Temple's ancestors and the unique traits they displayed added more pieces to the puzzle of her daughter's autism. She was able to see autistic traits on both sides of Temple's family tree, despite these relatives never having been diagnosed with autism (pg. 191-205). Much later, after his death, she was even able to finally connect the dots that Temple's father may have had autism/Asperger's (pg. 217).

Eustacia is now lecturing nationally and internationally with her daughter at autism conferences, offering her support for families through retelling her experiences and sharing her own extensive research. She writes on the inside jacket of her book:

"Think of me as your future. I am where you will be many years from now, when you know how it all played out and 'what will be' turned into 'what was.' And you will have come to terms with it, not perhaps in the way you thought you would, but you'll no longer feel trapped in a morass of angst and guilt. You will have resolved your child's future and your own. You'll know you've given full measure and the measure you've given has never been pointless. I offer you my story as a promise of that…"

I am personally grateful for her words and in awe of her story.

          The evolution of "autism": Comparing DSM-III and DSM-5        
It is of course common knowledge that autism rates have steadily increased over the years. The rise in diagnoses is often framed as an "epidemic" or "tidal wave". However, most researchers will tell you that in fact it's hard to know whether there is a real increase or not.

The reason for caution becomes clear if we compare the current diagnostic criteria with their historical counterparts.

Here's the 1980 definition of Infantile Autism as it appeared in DSM-III.
A. Onset before 30 months of age
B. Pervasive lack of responsiveness to other people 
C. Gross deficits in language development 
D. If speech is present, peculiar speech patterns such as immediate and delayed echolalia, metaphorical language, pronominal reversal 
E. Bizarre responses to various aspects of the environment, e.g., resistance to change, peculiar interest in or attachments to animate or inanimate objects 
F. Absence of delusions, hallucinations, loosening of associations, and incoherence as in Schizophrenia.

And here is how the equivalent items are phrased in the current version, DSM-5, under Autism Spectrum Disorder:
A. Symptoms must be present in the early developmental period (but may not become fully manifest until social demands exceed limited capacities or may be masked by learned strategies later in life). 
B. Deficits in social-emotional reciprocity must be present (or have been present earlier in development). However, these can range from abnormal social approach and failure of normal back and forth conversation through reduced sharing of interests, emotions, and affect and response to total lack of initiation of social interaction
C. ASD can be diagnosed with or without accompanying language impairment
D. "Peculiar speech patterns" are not required for a diagnosis. However, echolalia and idiosyncratic phrases are considered examples of Stereotyped or repetitive movements, use of objects, or speech - one of four nonsocial features (see E below) 
E.  Any two of the following must be present (currently or earlier in development): (1) Stereotyped use of objects; (2) Insistence on sameness, inflexible adherence to routines, or ritualized patterns of verbal or nonverbal behaviour; (3) Highly restricted, fixated interests that are abnormal in intensity or focus; (4) Hyper- or hypo-reactivity to sensory input or unusual interest in sensory aspects of the environment
F. Hallucinations and delusions, which are defining features of schizophrenia, are not features of ASD 
Arguably, item E is as non-specific in DSM-III as it is in DSM-5. In every other respect DSM-5 takes a far broader definition of autism's characteristics. Put another way, it's fair to say that the majority of people whom we would today think of as being "on the spectrum" would not have come close to a diagnosis in the 1980s.

Thanks to Michael Hunsaker for the suggestion:

          Check out GLAAD's guide to LGBTQ-inclusive programming at Comic-Con 2017!        

Each year, Comic-Con International: San Diego brings together comic book, film, and television fans together with creators and celebrities to engage with each other and discuss their favorite content in an assortment of panels, screenings, and workshops. This year’s programming schedule features an assortment of panels centered on issues of representation in comics and other forms of media, presentations from LGBTQ-inclusive shows, and conversations with LGBTQ creators.

Don't miss GLAAD's own Nick Adams, Director of Transgender Media & Representation, who will be on Thursday's "LGBTQ Geek Year in Review" panel talking about some of the biggest queer entertainment stories of the last year. Also on Thursday, Megan Townsend, GLAAD's Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis, will be part of the "It Gets Geekier: Why Queer Representation Matters" panel.

Follow @GLAAD on Twitter to hear more from their panels! Below, check out this year’s schedule of LGBTQ-inclusive programming at SDCC (descriptions taken from the official programming guide):

Thursday, July 20

Code Switch: Diversity Behind the Scenes

Jimmy Diggs (writer, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Voyager) and Gigi Edgley (Chiana on Farscape) lead a diverse panel of science fiction, fantasy, and gaming industry leaders as they share their perspectives