Wednesday, January 31, 2018

American Pathology!

Opinion: What I’ve learnt from living in Switzerland - The Local

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Kate Winslet's 'bitter regrets' over 'poor decisions' - BBC News

Should we all write in Chinese? - BBC Ideas

But intermittent fasting with low-calorie days, or simply leaving long gaps between meals, is beneficial for your gut microbes.

How to feed your gut | Life and style | The Guardian: "But intermittent fasting with low-calorie days, or simply leaving long gaps between meals, is beneficial for your gut microbes."

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The Spheres’ three glass domes house some 40,000 plants of 400 species. Amazon, famous for its demanding work culture, hopes the Spheres’ lush environs will let employees reflect and have chance encounters, spawning new products or plans. YES, AND ALL FOR PROFIT! opens its own rainforest in Seattle: "The Spheres’ three glass domes house some 40,000 plants of 400 species. Amazon, famous for its demanding work culture, hopes the Spheres’ lush environs will let employees reflect and have chance encounters, spawning new products or plans."

'via Blog this' opens its own rainforest in Seattle

If you´re $, Sfrs. weathly, and like mountains, yes!

‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ Coming Jan. 31, 2018 | NASA

7-year-old Florida boy handcuffed at school after allegedly punching teacher - The Washington Post

This is how it will start, WWIII, something small, but then Russia, China, the U.S.´s miliarty just DYING to get into it!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Let her find a sexual partner. Simple.

Puer Enternus!

But, what if I don´t want more money?

“Blessed are the Shithole Countries, for they gave us the American Dream” #Grammys, U2

We live based on severa factors, the decisons we make, and whether the `Grime Reaper´ calls ´time out!´

Are Farmers Injecting Fruits and Vegetables with Oxytocin?

Capitalism Is Defined by Concepts of Property, Not the Free Market

People with guns kill. Guns don´t act alone! This is a people problem, what I call American Pathology!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Money is God in the world, what would you expect?

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American Pathology!

The growing danger of great-power conflict - The next war

The fossils add to a wave of discoveries that point to a new story of ancient Earth.

3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start | WIRED: "The fossils add to a wave of discoveries that point to a new story of ancient Earth. "

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'Our powerful voices are no longer silenced' - BBC News

Grammys 2018: Why stars wore white roses - BBC News

Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases | Technology | The Guardian

Bolivia wrestles with protecting child workers as young as 10 | Euronews

How to explore Switzerland by train -

Consuming Turmeric Daily May Boost Memory and Uplift Mood: 5 Reasons To Have Turmeric Milk Everyday

Consuming Turmeric Daily May Boost Memory and Uplift Mood: 5 Reasons To Have Turmeric Milk Everyday: "5. It also helps with fighting skin infections, disorders and allergies."

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American Pathology.

7 reasons to take the train instead of the plane in Europe - SFGate

How blockchain could kill both cable and Netflix | VentureBeat

How blockchain could kill both cable and Netflix | VentureBeat: "Blockchain technology, powered by nodes of peer-to-peer computers around the world, is on the rise. So can we expect decentralized entertainment applications built on blockchain to replace streaming services like Netflix or Amazon and be the final death knell for Cable?"

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American Pathollogy!

While people are starving to death! For shame!

The male ego, out of control!

Interesting that Israel has become what they hated, Nazi Germany!

A great example of enantiodromia, extremes attaching one another. From the horrow of Nazi Germany, to its opposite, now the pendulum swinging back to Fascism!

The future of war - The new battlegrounds

Women of the world unite!

They´re getting the MAYBE GATE!

I´m looking for a life´sized robot that can ride a bicycle. This for a video about Scotland.

Cultural pathology. Women and men as sexual objects.

Women of the world unite!

What brought Italy’s ‘dying town’ back from the edge of extinction? A tourist toll | World news | The Guardian

The hotel where women were raped and tortured | World news | The Guardian

Polish rescue team finds French climber on Pakistan's 'Killer Mountain'

Now they get to eat polluted fish. Karma for killing whales!

MONEY is GOD, what would you expect?

The best of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week | LivingIt

This after calling some countries in Africa, SHIT HOLES!

I´ve had two bouts with Asian flu, tough stuff!

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Galicia pay off its debt to Man, the hermit who died with the 'Prestige' | Spain | THE COUNTRY

Money is God, what would you expect?

Cities Offer Billions for Amazon Office. Is It Truly Worth It?

Many economists see deals offering tax breaks to attract corporate sites as inefficient, expensive and ultimately ineffective.

How Math Can Help Unravel the Weird Interactions of Microbes | WIRED

Vanity Fair gives Oprah and Reese Witherspoon extra limbs - BBC News

No doubt for free!

People basically jealous of Jewish people, for what they had. Now, however, Israel, has become what if hated, NAZI GERMANY! Interesting how the boot gets on the other´s foot!

All Of Europe Was Complicit In The Holocaust – The Forward

How the Far Right Is Rationalizing the Latest Mueller Bombshell | Vanity Fair

Trump Davos speech: 'America First policy is not America alone' - BBC News

Michael Moore Jokes He'll Televise Trump Impeachment Trial, Call It 'Live From the Apocalypse'

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Wow!  Good stuff, RICHARD, and why I share with the group.  Isn´t it that all of us on one path or another?  But, sharing important to me.
Important, YOUR sentence: 

`Maybe when we become "unlimited," then we shall know.  Meantime, it remains shrouded from our senses.´

The senses are, in fact, the shroud that prevents us from seeing the truth.  This is called Maya, the veil. Read H.P. Blavatsky´s THE SECRET DOCTRINE, anything by Rudolf Steiner.

The goal of Tantric Taoism is to dissolve the veil via a sexual metaphor.  Below the icon, the union of male compassion and female wisdom, begetting unconditional loving! 
And here´s something to try, to test, and you will begin to see the veil, in fact, a vibration.  Sit in a darkened room, preferably in the morning before too much modern energy interferes.  De or Un focus your eyes concentrating on nothing in particularl.  The material forms in vision will begin to dance, particles become waves.  Repeat:  DISSOLVING THE VEIL!  DISSOLVING THE VEIL!  DISSOLVING THE VEIL! 
I have had visions.  I have seen the BEYOND in the form of GOLDEN MOUNTAINS.  Note, would be for me, mountains, but probably something to do with the oceans (water) for Dick.
For others something entirely different!

Friday, January 26, 2018

"The great evil of this world is selfishness and profit," says Marchand.

The last turn of Marchand | Sports | THE COUNTRY: ""The great evil of this world is selfishness and profit," says Marchand"

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Without threat of prison, Oklahoma wonders how to encourage drug treatment -

Media desperate to write about anything!

Sotheby’s Wants to Use AI to Sell You Art - Bloomberg

The growing danger of great-power conflict - The next war

Free Speech, Tech Turmoil, and the New Censorship | WIRED

Yondr Wants to Neutralize Your Phone—and Un-change the World | WIRED

Yondr Wants to Neutralize Your Phone—and Un-change the World | WIRED

My leap into motherhood – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

James Turrell obliterates the senses in stunning new Mona wing | Art and design | The Guardian

Switzerland chosen as ‘best country in the world’: report | Euronews

Switzerland chosen as ‘best country in the world’: report | Euronews

Okinawa governor calls U.S. military 'crazy, 'out of control' -

Doomsday Clock: North Korea-Trump rhetoric, 'dire' nuclear situation cited in moving closer to the end of humanity - The Washington Post

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Meryl Streep appeared in - BBC News

Here´s a really important news item!

It´s coming, whether we like it or not. I think with such, and AI, and robots, we´re looking at the next generation of quasi human beings. And who knows, maybe egoless ones will save mankind from itself!

Simona Halep to meet Caroline Wozniacki in the Australian Open final | Sport | The Guardian

Sad days in U.S. history!

Such, Ka-ka!

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Oh, Lord, won´t you buy me a Mercedes Benz!  My friends all drive Porches, I must make amends!
What I want is to get back on Herr Fetes in Basel, and then Noordwolde, The Netherlands.  Sitting kills me!
And here I sit in my room at the IBIS Hotel, Nuremburger, waiting for my mobile to charge its battery.  I´m not very careful with such, as I don´t use my mobile much, only when travelling, when you need to connect with a host or guest.  Right now, I´m a guest, and have to be able to rendezvous with hosts, or basically what to do.  This very thing happened later, arriving in Zwolle, when my German PP card out of dinero, and couldn´t be recharged in Switzerland (go figure).  Luckily, people are kind, and a young man was going to call for me at the Zwolle RR Bahnhof, when we spied Anka (not Paul), my hostess in Zwolle waved.  
What supplaints for me travelling, is not a mobile tele., but guarding angels!  Melvin de Vries, being one, he´s gotten me a NEW Dutch SIM-# .  So, now I´m feeling more comfortable — a life line. 
Modern life, all about staying connected!

P.S.  I don´t do the social media, however.  No Facefuck, no Twibble-dribble, no Slowgram, or any of the rest.  I goal to disconnect entirely, communicating only with Nature. 

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Distant clouds
Subtitle the sky,
A moving movie!
The light fades from 
The Zwolle sky!
My smartele direct
Ram in the distance!


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There´s more than one world!  There are many worlds! 
And finally proof of such with the definite sighting of a UFO, by a U.S. Navy fighter pilot,  southwest of San Diego, California, U.S.A., some months ago.  Released and available via as the pilot recorded the encounter with, as he described, SOMETHING FROM ANOTHER WORLD! 
THEY checking us out, have decided not to make contact as we´re too undeveloped, nee violent!  Although, they may want us for their zoos! 


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I wonder why so few have written about the sexual metaphor the asts. and schs. call THE BIG BANG!  Tis God´s own ORGASM, shooting out cosmic sperm to enliven the void!  Ejaculating, inseminating the cosmos, nee duality (material-form reality).
And life, born of such, first ether, then gradually over eons, many different elements solidifying, creating many different kinds of life forms, humanity the most seemingly developed — yet not emotionally. 
Humanity, with little consciousness, now self-destructing, as a failed species.  Our problem, the ego, particularly, the male ego!
But, rejoice, as THE AGE OF KALKI has begun, and with such comes the subduing of the male ego.  The Guan Yin, female energy, RISING!  The phenom., METOO, an example -- even in China!
Let us hope that, in addition to the above,  egoless robots save us from ourselves!

The Intrepretor, on how democracy seems to be on the ropes around the world!

BBC - Culture - What is the ‘ideal’ female body shape?

Dubai Wolfi Video Page | My Dubai | BBC StoryWorks

I like the photograph of the LITTLE GIRLS... About the text, yes, journalists have to write about something. I think the point about METOO, and I´m male, is that the over-reaction is commiserate with the oppression in the past. Sexual harrassment is rampant in business, anywhere men control women´s promotions. You should have seen what went on the 28th fl., 1330 Sixth Avenue, New York City, in the 1960s!

Maybe not a madman...

One cigarette a day 'increases heart disease and stroke risk' - BBC News

What a stupid question! Show´s just how far we´ve been dumbed down!

American Pathology!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Far-right German politician converts to Islam | World news | The Guardian

Protectionism is not the answer, Angela Merkel warns US | Business | The Guardian

‘Big question mark’ remains over Tiger Woods’ future, says Sergio García | Sport | The Guardian

Julian Assange's health in 'dangerous' condition, say doctors | Media | The Guardian

Alcatraz inmates survived infamous 1962 escape, letter suggests - CBS News

American Pathology!

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I stare out at the Zwolle, TN, skies on 190018, gress what?  It´s just what I expected, overcast, and gray, the Freideriches Storm still moving through the area — some wind, some rain! 
I head to Starbucks to oggle pretty girls, a muffin and a Latte Macciatto grande.  This a treat for accomplishing many tasks. 
There´s something beautiful about ths sky, although dreary, its flatness, smoke coming out of a rooftop chimmey. 
The sky becomes lighter with time, the day on the move.  Yet, this vista a stillness, a subtely, of a female nature.   Maybe why so many painters lived in The Netherlands, the sunlight through a series of neutral censity filters.  
My favorite. H. Bosch:
Hieronymus Bosch, Dutch: born Jheronimus van Aken, 1450 – 9 August 1516) was a Dutch/Netherlandish draughtsman and painter from Brabant. He is widely considered one of the most notable representatives of Early Netherlandish painting school. His work is known for its fantastic imagery, detailed landscapes, and illustrations of religious concepts and narratives.[5] Within his lifetime his work was collected in the Netherlands, Austria, and Spain, and widely copied, especially his macabre and nightmarish depictions of hell.
Little is known of Bosch's life, though there are some records. He spent most of it in the town of 's-Hertogenbosch, where he was born in his grandfather's house. The roots of his forefathers are in Nijmegen and Aachen (which is visible in his surname: Van Aken). His pessimistic and fantastical style cast a wide influence on northern art of the 16th century, with Pieter Bruegel the Elder being his best-known follower. His paintings have been difficult to translate from a modern point of view; attempts to associate instances of modern sexual imagery with fringe sects or the occult have largely failed. Today he is seen as a hugely individualistic painter with deep insight into humanity's desires and deepest fears. Attribution has been especially difficult; today only about 25 paintings are confidently given to his hand[6] along with 8 drawings. Approximately another half dozen paintings are confidently attributed to his workshop. His most acclaimed works consist of a few triptych altarpieces, the most outstanding of which is The Garden of Earthly Delights.´
No doubt Mr. Bosch was on LSD, as his mythology, sometimes difficult to understand.  OH, HIERONYMOUS, ENLIGHTEN US!   He responds:
`I saw the Light and painted it!  The Cosmos opened up and showed me the way. Little did I know the price for such revelations!!  The Mystery of existence, too sublime to imagine!   But, I did my best to express the feelings of such! 


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I´m moving along on a sheet of green ice.
It´s a slice, and oh so nice! 
I wake up and shiver
As I think I´m writing this,
What a twist, as
It´s not me,
Not my hand,
Not my land!
How could this be?


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Electricity is the greatest example of enantiodromia!   Positve seeks negative, and vice versa.  These positive and negative charges create electrical energy.  Without the concept of enantiodromia we have no way to capture or deliver this energy.  
Some explanation about electricity via Wikipedia:  `The presence of an electric charge, which can be either positive or negative, produces an electric field. The movement of electric charges is an electric current and produces a magnetic field.
We live in a world of opposites, positive and negative only one of millions!   The attraction between the two extremes, creates a vibration, a frequency, a cycle.  Some cycles are slow, some fast, depending from where you observe them.  Yes, I´m afraid we live in a relative existence. 
The trick is to get beyond while still in body!
Tantric Taoism 


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Human beings are masters of material things, yet bereft of Spirituality!
We´re so smart we´re committing suicide as a species!
Now, how smart is that?


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I´m in Starbucks across from the Zwolle RR Station.  It´s packed this afternoon, hardly a vacant space to be had.  I order my usual blueberry muffin and Latte Macciatto grande.  My name, HUTCH.
Then I have to find a place, as not wanting to stand.  As my GAs would have someone gets up right in front of me, offering their chair.  I sit down, between two women both engrossed in their small screens. I remember asking the woman on my left something, and she replying, but what?  Some small talk, that could barely be heard over the din.  I decide to bid a hasty retreat, back out in it, the storm still blowing through Zwolle.  The wind has been gusting to 64KMPH. / 40MPH) — strong enough to prune the trees.  Of course, strong wind in your face on a bicycle, daunting! 
Of course, I´m out in it, looking for various places, for a variety of reasons.  When travelling on a bicycle, with limited weight and space, you´re always shopping for something you need.  
We pulled trailers across Australia, because no water for such long stretches on the Nullabar Plain, for one example.  Here in Dutch civilization, there are good food supermarkets every 100mts.  But, this means shopping practically every day, for me at least.
There´s always a tradeoff in our dual reality.  You get something, you give something, how it goes. Usually, this is in the form of money, but what abuot your time, effort, etc.?  Modern life is daunting in unexpected ways, as we illude that the digital age better.  Well, maybe, I say as we loose something, but gain something else. A tradeoff!
We used to have to make a trip to the nearest public library to get a book, or research something.  Now, via Google, you can find out about just about anything within micros seconds.  What took so long?  But, maybe not taking a break, riding to a library, something good to have gone by the way side, mouse! 
The Long Ranger rides again!…
looking for a map.  Then maybe a secluded, protected spot. 

in Zwolle, The Netherlans

How Alibaba's Jack Ma Went From KFC Reject to Asia's Richest Man – Bloomberg

Japanese women leading the way

Madfouna: Morocco’s surprising take on pizza

BBC - Culture - A brave new world of theatre design

Khanyi's matric dance: a South African student's rite of passage – photo essay | World news | The Guardian

Shame on Seattle for using bike racks to block rough sleepers | Cities | The Guardian

Is this the end of civilisation? We could take a different path | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

Ah, Laddie!

More Ka, ka, from Davos...

American Pathology!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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We love to create, and
To watch
The winter light,
What a site!
This January day
When we make spiritual hay
Such what we have to say,
Breathing in and
I want to shout,
Our heads our fifes,
Our hearts our drums! 
Tweedle dee and
Tweedlem dumb,
Look at your screen,
Gee you´re dumb,
Swiping with your thumb!
Out my EC window, the world!
I love to watch
On a larger screen! 


I have a degree in Economics. While I was studying such at the University of Arizona, I would as my professors the following. Capitalism is based on growth. What happens when we can´t grow anymore? They never had an answer!

We in the U.S., we love to kill things!

Who cares about people, money is God!

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What is it, this trusting…?  Can you trust another person, yourself?  What is trust?  The BIG DIC. says: `A firm belief in the reliability of someone or something.´ The BIG DIC. goes on to explain adinfinitum, as if doubting  its own understanding of such.   Understandably!
Certainly, if we ever had trust, it´s no longer in existence by 2017 C.E.  — generally speaking! 
Money has become God and people will lie, cheat, steal, even murder to acquire money (power) or profit.
No one trusts any other person they don´t know.  Most mothers trusted, yet I came across a Bolivian man who told me he DOESN´T EVEN TRUST HIS OWN MOTHER!  Wow!  I think I could trust mine!   Sad yes, if you can´t trust your own birth mother!  
What to do about this sad state of affairs?  I have no solution, except for my own self — greater conscoiusness! 
Most people now robotic consumers, strutting and fretting their hour upon the stage!   They do whatever the tele. tells them to do, to buy!  Sell, sell, sell, everything we stand for — oh god!   And what do we stand for, but little beyond material wealth and comfort.   
Where did humanity go wrong?, or WHEN, maybe a better question?  When the first few beings cheated on one another, to get some advantage, in the competition for life.   Darwin is partially right.  This might be called the result of ego consciousness, symbolized in the GARDEN OF EDEN myth.  When Eve entinced Adam to partake of the Tree of Knowledge!  And then the recognition:  OH, YOU´RE DIFFERENT!  YOU´RE THE ONES THAT GIVE BIRTH!  YOU´RE THE ONES THAT GO OUT AND BRING HOME THE BACON!   I like my mammoth meat well done, by the way! 
There´s a legend that trust was lost when women kept the secret how babies were made.  Seems they knew before their mates, When mankind found out, they were angry at the females, as untrustworthy.  Of course, this apocraphal maybe, quien sabe?¿ 
So, why can´t we trust each other? We can, some people, others no, we can´t trust.  We can rely on people we know, a shared interest involved.  However, this is transactional, as little unconditional giving in the world.   You have to prove trust!  How?  By being a responsible adult, sharing the planet earth!   And even it this causes you some pain! 
The more difficult is the road less travelled, the character annealed along the way.  Chafllenges make you, not only stronger, but more compassionate!
The Talmud, the ancient book of Jewish wisdom, suggests a solution.  After hundreds of years studying this tome, scholars reduced the meaning down to four (4) English words:
Practicing such is the only way to live a successful-meaningful life!   You have to forgive yourself first, for being fallible, then others one by one.  How does the song go:
`There are no good guys, there are no bad guys, there's only you and me and we just disagree!´ 
But, the solution IS IN COMPROMISING!
If we don´t learn this lesson, we´re going to become extinct as a species!


Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures - Bloomberg

Who cares about people, it´s profit-money that´s God!

Repression in Kyrgyzstan is eroding Central Asia’s only democracy - Kyrgyz autumn

Opera’s awful role models and the #MeToo moment - Confessions of an opera dad

If drier, I would have stayed and lived on the So. Island, of N.Z.

Satellite Eye on Earth: November and December 2017 - in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

Soon our event, IN PRAISE OF FEMALE AUTHORS, honoring Elif Shafak.

(1) Davos 2018: Narendra Modi, Justin Trudeau and Cate Blanchett speak - Day 1 live! | Business | The Guardian

Media ‘least-trusted’ institution in global attitudes survey | Euronews

Women of the world unite!

14 Photos That Prove Switzerland Is a Winter Wonderland - Condé Nast Traveler

American Pathology!

Fake News is very old, as old as the hills!

American Pathology!

Monday, January 22, 2018

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We love to create, and
The only way,
Our going back 
And forth
To watch
The winter light
What a site!
This January day
When we make spiritual hay
Such what we have to say,
Breathing in and
I want to shout,
Our heads our fifes,
Our hearts our drums! 
Tweedle dee and
Tweedlem dumb,
Look at your screen,
Gee you´re dumb,
Swiping with your thumb!
Out my EC window, the world!
I love to watch
On a larger screen! 


Alienation 2.0 & the Commodification of the Soul in Late-Stage Capitalism

Uyghur Muslims: Victims of the World’s Largest Ethnic Cleansing.

Why the Dutch Gave Up Manhattan for Nutmeg – Extra Newsfeed

Why the Dutch Gave Up Manhattan for Nutmeg – Extra Newsfeed

American Pathology!

Amaerican Pathology!

One place WWIII might start, the South China Sea!

Women of the world unite!

The Top Astrologer in Asia Will Forecast Your Financial Future - Bloomberg

Croatia bedtime stories feature same-sex families for first time - BBC News

Amy Tan: ‘Writing it was exhilarating, but I wish it hadn’t been published’ | Books | The Guardian


Thousands flock to Lyon food hall to honour chef Paul Bocuse | Euronews

Women of the world unite!


It´s beginning to make love to you!

We should send Lady Liberty, back to France, as we´ve lost ours!

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Beyond Orgasm!
Orgasm, by-ond
Supreme bliss!
The feeling 
Beyond feeling! 
Unconditional lov

If you keep going, and we encourage it, as 
The Light is with you!
The Light is withIN you!
The Lotus Flower has penetrated the jewel,
Beyond, nothingness

Tantric Taoism

P.S. From Friedrich Ruckert:  THE MOMENT NOT LOVED, NOT LIVED!  

Saturday, January 20, 2018

BBC - Culture - The Rubaiyat: History’s most luxurious book of poetry?

Nigel Slater’s haggis recipes | Life and style | The Guardian

I agree. Always with a social epiphany, it goes to its extreme before gaining balance.

Go Romanians!

It´s starting...

They´re all the same! We have met the enemy...

Basel: Switzerland's art and culture capital |

Mapping the cosmos with Cepheid stars |

Women of the world unite!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Women of the world unite!

War coming!

Ain't no sunshine: winter is one of darkest ever for parts of Europe | World news | The Guardian

Ain't no sunshine: winter is one of darkest ever for parts of Europe | World news | The Guardian: "
Ain't no sunshine: winter is one of darkest ever for parts of Europe"

'via Blog this'

Oscar winner Dorothy Malone, mom on Peyton Place, has died | Television & radio | The Guardian

10 things you need to know about European Capitals of Culture | LivingIt

Accuse! Deny! Accuse! Deny! Accuse! Deny! How politicians don´t work!

It already has eroded!

Women of the world unite!

The Pope doesn´t want them to speak up!

We´re all Bi-polar!

Disfunctional Government! Democracy not working!

War the Father of all things!

Chelsea Manning: 'I'm a very different person than I was 10 years ago' | US news | The Guardian

‘Deathbed photo’ of war photographer Gerda Taro discovered | World news | The Guardian

My timing is great!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

AI Beat Humans at Reading! Maybe Not | WIRED

I lived in the Big Bend, Texas area for three years. One night on the Stillwell Ranch road I encountered a Marfa light.

Elena Ferrante to become Guardian Weekend's new columnist | Books | The Guardian

How I fell in love with a song called Delia | Gareth Hutchens | Opinion | The Guardian

American Pathology!

I´m looking for a robot that can ride a bicycle.

Dance bars and mobile phones: changing face of Bhutan | The Wider Image | Reuters

Adelie Penguin drops by Antarctic research dinghy | Euronews

In a first lifeguard's drone saves swimmers in Australia | Euronews

Francis is a PR wizard, why selected to be Pope.

Igloo-Village Zermatt in Switzerland is built entirely from snow - and you can even build you own igloo

I traveled through this area one day early, missed the problems -- fortunate.

Here's how a tiny, uninhabited Scottish island is rocking the Winter Olympics | Euronews

Signalling Crash!

We don´t need academic inquiry! What we need is greater consciousness coming from examining ourselves. KNOW THYSELF!

I´ve been there in the winter. Depressing.

Phillip Roth on writing.... Scroll down to get article from the NYTimes.

With the death of Richard Wilbur in October, Philip Roth became the longest-serving member in the literature department of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, that august Hall of Fame on Audubon Terrace in northern Manhattan, which is to the arts what Cooperstown is to baseball. He’s been a member so long he can recall when the academy included now all-but-forgotten figures like Malcolm Cowley and Glenway Wescott — white-haired luminaries from another era. Just recently Roth joined William Faulkner, Henry James and Jack London as one of very few Americans to be included in the French Pleiades editions (the model for our own Library of America), and the Italian publisher Mondadori is also bringing out his work in its Meridiani series of classic authors. All this late-life eminence — which also includes the Spanish Prince of Asturias Award in 2012 and being named a commander in the Légion d’Honneur of France in 2013 — seems both to gratify and to amuse him. “Just look at this,” he said to me last month, holding up the ornately bound Mondadori volume, as thick as a Bible and comprising titles like “Lamento di Portnoy” and “Zuckerman Scatenato.” “Who reads books like this?”
In 2012, as he approached 80, Roth famously announced that he had retired from writing. (He actually stopped two years earlier.) In the years since, he has spent a certain amount of time setting the record straight. He wrote a lengthy and impassioned letter to Wikipedia, for example, challenging the online encyclopedia’s preposterous contention that he was not a credible witness to his own life. (Eventually, Wikipedia backed down and redid the Roth entry in its entirety.) Roth is also in regular touch with Blake Bailey, whom he appointed as his official biographer and who has already amassed 1,900 pages of notes for a book expected to be half that length. And just recently, he supervised the publication of “Why Write?,” the 10th and last volume in the Library of America edition of his work. A sort of final sweeping up, a polishing of the legacy, it includes a selection of literary essays from the 1960s and ’70s; the full text of “Shop Talk,” his 2001 collection of conversations and interviews with other writers, many of them European; and a section of valedictory essays and addresses, several published here for the first time. Not accidentally, the book ends with the three-word sentence “Here I am” — between hard covers, that is.
But mostly now Roth leads the quiet life of an Upper West Side retiree. (His house in Connecticut, where he used to seclude himself for extended bouts of writing, he now uses only in the summer.) He sees friends, goes to concerts, checks his email, watches old movies on FilmStruck. Not long ago he had a visit from David Simon, the creator of “The Wire,” who is making a six-part mini-series of “The Plot Against America,” and afterward he said he was sure his novel was in good hands. Roth’s health is good, though he has had several surgeries for a recurring back problem, and he seems cheerful and contented. He’s thoughtful but still, when he wants to be, very funny.
I have interviewed Roth on several occasions over the years, and last month I asked if we could talk again. Like a lot of his readers, I wondered what the author of “American Pastoral,” “I Married a Communist” and “The Plot Against America” made of this strange period we are living in now. And I was curious about how he spent his time. Sudoku? Daytime TV? He agreed to be interviewed but only if it could be done via email. He needed to take some time, he said, and think about what he wanted to say.
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C.M. In a few months you’ll turn 85. Do you feel like an elder? What has growing old been like?
P.R. Yes, in just a matter of months I’ll depart old age to enter deep old age — easing ever deeper daily into the redoubtable Valley of the Shadow. Right now it is astonishing to find myself still here at the end of each day. Getting into bed at night I smile and think, “I lived another day.” And then it’s astonishing again to awaken eight hours later and to see that it is morning of the next day and that I continue to be here. “I survived another night,” which thought causes me to smile once more. I go to sleep smiling and I wake up smiling. I’m very pleased that I’m still alive. Moreover, when this happens, as it has, week after week and month after month since I began drawing Social Security, it produces the illusion that this thing is just never going to end, though of course I know that it can stop on a dime. It’s something like playing a game, day in and day out, a high-stakes game that for now, even against the odds, I just keep winning. We will see how long my luck holds out.
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Philip Roth at home in New York City in January 2018. CreditPhilip Montgomery for The New York Times
C.M. Now that you’ve retired as a novelist, do you ever miss writing, or think about un-retiring?
P.R. No, I don’t. That’s because the conditions that prompted me to stop writing fiction seven years ago haven’t changed. As I say in “Why Write?,” by 2010 I had “a strong suspicion that I’d done my best work and anything more would be inferior. I was by this time no longer in possession of the mental vitality or the verbal energy or the physical fitness needed to mount and sustain a large creative attack of any duration on a complex structure as demanding as a novel.... Every talent has its terms — its nature, its scope, its force; also its term, a tenure, a life span.... Not everyone can be fruitful forever.”
C.M. Looking back, how do you recall your 50-plus years as a writer?
P.R. Exhilaration and groaning. Frustration and freedom. Inspiration and uncertainty. Abundance and emptiness. Blazing forth and muddling through. The day-by-day repertoire of oscillating dualities that any talent withstands — and tremendous solitude, too. And the silence: 50 years in a room silent as the bottom of a pool, eking out, when all went well, my minimum daily allowance of usable prose.
C.M. In “Why Write?” you reprint your famous essay “Writing American Fiction,” which argues that American reality is so crazy that it almost outstrips the writer’s imagination. It was 1960 when you said that. What about now? Did you ever foresee an America like the one we live in today?
P.R. No one I know of has foreseen an America like the one we live in today. No one (except perhaps the acidic H. L. Mencken, who famously described American democracy as “the worship of jackals by jackasses”) could have imagined that the 21st-century catastrophe to befall the U.S.A., the most debasing of disasters, would appear not, say, in the terrifying guise of an Orwellian Big Brother but in the ominously ridiculous commedia dell’arte figure of the boastful buffoon. How naïve I was in 1960 to think that I was an American living in preposterous times! How quaint! But then what could I know in 1960 of 1963 or 1968 or 1974 or 2001 or 2016?
C.M. Your 2004 novel, “The Plot Against America,” seems eerily prescient today. When that novel came out, some people saw it as a commentary on the Bush administration, but there were nowhere near as many parallels then as there seem to be now.
P.R. However prescient “The Plot Against America” might seem to you, there is surely one enormous difference between the political circumstances I invent there for the U.S. in 1940 and the political calamity that dismays us so today. It’s the difference in stature between a President Lindbergh and a President Trump. Charles Lindbergh, in life as in my novel, may have been a genuine racist and an anti-Semite and a white supremacist sympathetic to Fascism, but he was also — because of the extraordinary feat of his solo trans-Atlantic flight at the age of 25 — an authentic American hero 13 years before I have him winning the presidency. Lindbergh, historically, was the courageous young pilot who in 1927, for the first time, flew nonstop across the Atlantic, from Long Island to Paris. He did it in 33.5 hours in a single-seat, single-engine monoplane, thus making him a kind of 20th-century Leif Ericson, an aeronautical Magellan, one of the earliest beacons of the age of aviation. Trump, by comparison, is a massive fraud, the evil sum of his deficiencies, devoid of everything but the hollow ideology of a megalomaniac.
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C.M. One of your recurrent themes has been male sexual desire — thwarted desire, as often as not — and its many manifestations. What do you make of the moment we seem to be in now, with so many women coming forth and accusing so many highly visible men of sexual harassment and abuse?
P.R. I am, as you indicate, no stranger as a novelist to the erotic furies. Men enveloped by sexual temptation is one of the aspects of men’s lives that I’ve written about in some of my books. Men responsive to the insistent call of sexual pleasure, beset by shameful desires and the undauntedness of obsessive lusts, beguiled even by the lure of the taboo — over the decades, I have imagined a small coterie of unsettled men possessed by just such inflammatory forces they must negotiate and contend with. I’ve tried to be uncompromising in depicting these men each as he is, each as he behaves, aroused, stimulated, hungry in the grip of carnal fervor and facing the array of psychological and ethical quandaries the exigencies of desire present. I haven’t shunned the hard facts in these fictions of why and how and when tumescent men do what they do, even when these have not been in harmony with the portrayal that a masculine public-relations campaign — if there were such a thing — might prefer. I’ve stepped not just inside the male head but into the reality of those urges whose obstinate pressure by its persistence can menace one’s rationality, urges sometimes so intense they may even be experienced as a form of lunacy. Consequently, none of the more extreme conduct I have been reading about in the newspapers lately has astonished me.
C.M. Before you were retired, you were famous for putting in long, long days. Now that you’ve stopped writing, what do you do with all that free time?
P.R. I read — strangely or not so strangely, very little fiction. I spent my whole working life reading fiction, teaching fiction, studying fiction and writing fiction. I thought of little else until about seven years ago. Since then I’ve spent a good part of each day reading history, mainly American history but also modern European history. Reading has taken the place of writing, and constitutes the major part, the stimulus, of my thinking life.
C.M. What have you been reading lately?
P.R. I seem to have veered off course lately and read a heterogeneous collection of books. I’ve read three books by Ta-Nehisi Coates, the most telling from a literary point of view, “The Beautiful Struggle,” his memoir of the boyhood challenge from his father. From reading Coates I learned about Nell Irvin Painter’s provocatively titled compendium “The History of White People.” Painter sent me back to American history, to Edmund Morgan’s “American Slavery, American Freedom,” a big scholarly history of what Morgan calls “the marriage of slavery and freedom” as it existed in early Virginia. Reading Morgan led me circuitously to reading the essays of Teju Cole, though not before my making a major swerve by reading Stephen Greenblatt’s “The Swerve,” about the circumstances of the 15th-century discovery of the manuscript of Lucretius’ subversive “On the Nature of Things.” This led to my tackling some of Lucretius’ long poem, written sometime in the first century B.C.E., in a prose translation by A. E. Stallings. From there I went on to read Greenblatt’s book about “how Shakespeare became Shakespeare,” “Will in the World.” How in the midst of all this I came to read and enjoy Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, “Born to Run,” I can’t explain other than to say that part of the pleasure of now having so much time at my disposal to read whatever comes my way invites unpremeditated surprises.
Pre-publication copies of books arrive regularly in the mail, and that’s how I discovered Steven Zipperstein’s “Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History.” Zipperstein pinpoints the moment at the start of the 20th century when the Jewish predicament in Europe turned deadly in a way that foretold the end of everything. “Pogrom” led me to find a recent book of interpretive history, Yuri Slezkine’s “The Jewish Century,” which argues that “the Modern Age is the Jewish Age, and the 20th century, in particular, is the Jewish Century.” I read Isaiah Berlin’s “Personal Impressions,” his essay-portraits of the cast of influential 20th-century figures he’d known or observed. There is a cameo of Virginia Woolf in all her terrifying genius and there are especially gripping pages about the initial evening meeting in badly bombarded Leningrad in 1945 with the magnificent Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, when she was in her 50s, isolated, lonely, despised and persecuted by the Soviet regime. Berlin writes, “Leningrad after the war was for her nothing but a vast cemetery, the graveyard of her friends. … The account of the unrelieved tragedy of her life went far beyond anything which anyone had ever described to me in spoken words.” They spoke until 3 or 4 in the morning. The scene is as moving as anything in Tolstoy.
Just in the past week, I read books by two friends, Edna O’Brien’s wise little biography of James Joyce and an engagingly eccentric autobiography, “Confessions of an Old Jewish Painter,” by one of my dearest dead friends, the great American artist R. B. Kitaj. I have many dear dead friends. A number were novelists. I miss finding their new books in the mail.