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  • Fuite du Covid-19 : des aveux scientifiques
    https://www.piecesetmaindoeuvre.com/necrotechnologies/fuite-du-covid-19-des-aveux-scientifiques

    Toujours en librairie : Le Règne machinal (la crise sanitaire et au-delà). Avertissement. Il ne sera pas question ici d’« écofascisme ». A moins d’entendre par là, à juste titre, le naufrage de la puiscience déchaînée, ayant tué des millions de gens et assigné à domicile pendant des mois, voici quatre ans de cela, une bonne partie de la population mondiale, à coup d’applis, de QR-code, de délations, de campagnes d’intox officielles, de contrôle, de surveillance, de contrainte et de (…) #Nécrotechnologies

    https://www.piecesetmaindoeuvre.com/IMG/pdf/fuite_du_covid_des_aveux_scientifiques.pdf

    • L’article du NYT :
      https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2024/06/03/opinion/covid-lab-leak.html

      La commission d’enquête encore en ligne jusqu’à demain à priori !
      https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/hearings/origins-of-covid-19-an-examination-of-available-evidence

      En ce qui nous concerne, nous avons publié notre mise à jour dans Le règne machinal (la crise sanitaire et au-delà) paru en 20211. Surprise : les derniers développements confirment pratiquement tout ce que nous avions écrit. Mais des détails méritent d’être rapportés pour ce qu’ils révèlent de la recherche scientifique réellement existante. Accessoirement, des monstres virologiques construits par la biologie synthétique attendent probablement dans des laboratoires d’où ils ne demandent qu’à s’échapper. Au cas où ça intéresse quelqu’un.

      […]

      Depuis des années, expliquons-nous en 2020, les équipes de Ralph Baric (université de Caroline du Nord), de Shi Zhengli (Institut de virologie de Wuhan) et de Peter Daszak (EcoHealth Alliance, organisme américain dédié à la prévention des maladies infectieuses, financé par l’administration fédérale), collaborent à la recherche scientifreak. En l’espèce, à la production in vitro de coronavirus trafiqués au niveau de la protéine spike, ces petites piques à la surface du virus qui lui permettent d’entrer dans les cellules infectées.

      Pour creuser le volet génétique de notre enquête, nous échangeons alors avec des spécialistes des coronavirus qui, dans leurs labos français, commencent à douter. Leurs microscopes détectent des anomalies trop grosses pour être naturelles. Surmontant son incrédulité mais non sa peur de passer pour complotiste, notre « comité scientifique » nous confie sa conclusion provisoire sous le sceau de l’anonymat :

      "Le virus de chauve-souris a été collecté dans des grottes du Yunnan. Ce virus étant peu infectieux, les Chinois l’ont modifié pour l’étudier et faire au passage une publication dans Nature. Ils l’ont rendu transmissible à l’homme en trafiquant la spike - la probabilité que la séquence de la spike soit d’origine naturelle est à̀ peu près égale à̀ zéro - et en insérant un site furine très visible et quasi impossible à̀ acquérir naturellement. On voit la main du correcteur et les bricolages moléculaires. Ils ont infecté des animaux pour voir. Un jour, un animal a toussé ou respiré près d’un chercheur, qui a ensuite contaminé les gens près du marché de Wuhan4."

      Enfin, notre enquête pointe de possibles conflits d’intérêt chez les auteurs d’un article publié dès mars 2020 dans la revue Nature Medicine, « The Proximal origin of Covid-19 », dont les conclusions péremptoires sur l’origine forcément naturelle du SARS-CoV2 contaminent le monde entier - scientifique, politique, médiatique. A partir de cet article, toute interrogation sur les causes de la pandémie devient suspecte de « conspirationnisme ». Fatalité : Donald Trump est de ceux qui s’interrogent. Non seulement la presse française s’avère incapable de produire un travail d’enquête honnête et sérieux, mais il faut endurer les remontrances d’un Rudy Reichstadt, détecteur de complotisme diplômé : « on sait que ce virus est le produit d’une mutation naturelle5 » - ou ceux d’un William Audureau, « Décodeur » du Monde, contre « l’étrange obsession d’un quart des Français pour la thèse d’un virus créé en laboratoire [alors que] le SARS-Cov2 est d’origine naturelle ». L’épidémie rappelle que la propagande technologiste fait fi de toute rationalité et de toute quête de vérité pour défendre la technoscience et les technocrates. Memento Tchernobyl et salut à Svetlana Alexievitch6.

      […]

      Ces dernières semaines, l’enquête s’élargit du côté américain. N’espérez rien de la Chine, même si la journaliste Zhang Zhan, arrêtée après ses reportages sur les hôpitaux de Wuhan au début de
      l’épidémie, vient d’être libérée (sous surveillance) après quatre ans de prison. L’Europe, elle, semble avoir tourné la page sans souci des origines. Si vous n’êtes pas anglophone et curieux, aucune chance de connaître les derniers développements.

      […]
      Et la fin :

      Au risque de sembler insistants, voici une dernière information. Elle nous vient de Steven Quay, chercheur en médecine et biotechnologie, expert en enquêtes sur les fraudes scientifiques. Il l’a livrée lors de son audition du 18 juin dernier devant le Sénat américain :
      « En décembre 2019 nous avons trouvé des expériences en biologie synthétique sur le virus Nipah à l’Institut de virologie de Wuhan. Ils avaient créé un vecteur clonant avec un virus que les CDC américains définissent comme un "agent bioterroriste". Le virus Nipah est l’un des virus les plus mortels de la planète, avec une létalité
      supérieure à 75 %. Soit 60 fois plus mortel que le SARS2. Pourquoi menaient-ils des recherches en biologie synthétique sur le virus Nipah au WIV en décembre 2019 ? Je ne peux pas spéculer. Mais une infection en laboratoire avec, par exemple, un Nipah modifié aéroporté, ferait ressembler la pandémie de Covid-19 à une
      promenade au parc22. »

      #covid #santé #recherche_scientifique #recherche #scientifreak #critique_techno #virus #Chine #France #États-Unis et #in_retrospect bien sûr

  • Ukraine-Russia Peace Is as Elusive as Ever. But in 2022 They Were Talking. - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2024/06/15/world/europe/ukraine-russia-ceasefire-deal.html

    […]

    The draft included limits on the size of the Ukrainian armed forces and the number of tanks, artillery batteries, warships and combat aircraft the country could have in its arsenal. The Ukrainians were prepared to accept such caps, but sought much higher limits.

    A former senior U.S. official who was briefed on the negotiations, noting how Russian forces were being repelled across northern Ukraine, said Mr. Putin seemed to be “salivating” at the deal.

    American officials were alarmed at the terms. In meetings with their Ukrainian counterparts, the senior official recalled, “We quietly said, ‘You understand this is unilateral disarmament, right?’”

    Leaders in Poland — early and strong supporters of Ukraine — feared that Germany or France might try to persuade the Ukrainians to accept Russia’s terms, according to a European diplomat, and wanted to prevent that from happening.

    To that end, when Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, met with NATO leaders in Brussels on March 24, he held up the March 17 text, said the diplomat, who was present.

    “Which of you would sign it?” Mr. Duda asked his counterparts, the diplomat said.

    None of the NATO leaders spoke up.

    […]

  • Test Yourself : Which Faces Were Made by A.I.? - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2024/01/19/technology/artificial-intelligence-image-generators-faces-quiz.html

    Faites le test (j’ai seulement eu 40% de bonnes réponses !!!).

    Distinguishing between a real versus an A.I.-generated face has proved especially confounding.

    Research published across multiple studies found that faces of white people created by A.I. systems were perceived as more realistic than genuine photographs of white people, a phenomenon called hyper-realism.

    Researchers believe A.I. tools excel at producing hyper-realistic faces because they were trained on tens of thousands of images of real people. Those training datasets contained images of mostly white people, resulting in hyper-realistic white faces. (The over-reliance on images of white people to train A.I. is a known problem in the tech industry.)

    The confusion among participants was less apparent among nonwhite faces, researchers found.

    Participants were also asked to indicate how sure they were in their selections, and researchers found that higher confidence correlated with a higher chance of being wrong.

    “We were very surprised to see the level of over-confidence that was coming through,” said Dr. Amy Dawel, an associate professor at Australian National University, who was an author on two of the studies.

    “It points to the thinking styles that make us more vulnerable on the internet and more vulnerable to misinformation,” she added.

    #Intelligence_artificielle #faux_portraits

  • Some Israeli civilians caught in crossfire on 7 October, finds NYT report 24 December 2023 12:47 GMT | Middle East Eye
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/live-blog/live-blog-update/civilians-caught-crossfire-between-israeli-troops-and-hamas-7-october

    An investigation published by the New York Times on Saturday outlined in-depth details of Hamas’ attack on Kibbutz Be’eri on 7 October, a community in southern Israel.

    The investigation was based on testimonies, text messages, video footage and phone recordings.

    The report found that 97 civilians were killed during the attack, constituting around one in ten people living in the kibbutz.

    It recounts an incident in which a number of Israeli captives being held by Palestinian fighters in Be’eri were killed during crossfire with Israel’s military, in what was described by the report as “a delayed and chaotic military response”.

    The Israeli military launched a rocket-propelled grenade at the house, according to witnesses.

    Barak Hiram, an Israeli general in charge of recapturing the kibbutz from Hamas fighters, recalled telling his men: “Break in, even at the cost of civilian casualties.”

    Shrapnel from an Israeli tank which fired shells at the house killed at least one Israeli civilian, according to his wife who was interviewed in the report. Only two of the fourteen Israeli captives in the house survived.

    Around 1,200 Israelis were killed in total during Hamas’ attack on 7 October, the majority of whom were civilians.

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/12/22/world/europe/beeri-massacre.html

    • Les gens ne comprennent pas du tout ce risque.
      C’est ce qui me fout les jetons depuis pratiquement le début. En gros, au bout de quelques mois, on savait qu’en dehors des morts dégueulasses avec un tuyau dans la gorge, il y avait aussi des symptômes débilitants dont on avait aucune idée de la durée, mais qui persistaient des mois. Et que ça tapait sur tous les organes.

      Et c’est ça qui m’a vraiment foutu les jetons. Pas juste d’avoir potentiellement un gros syndrome grippal tous les… 3-4-6 mois (ce qui est déjà beaucoup, beaucoup à supporter), mais de se retrouver à 50 balais dans le corps de quelqu’un de 80 ans.

      Je sais que mes chances d’expérimenter la vie dans un corps de 80 ans augmentent avec le temps, mais je n’envisage pas d’avoir cette expérience dès maintenant et jusqu’à possiblement la fin de mes jours, sachant que la proba est forte que de vivre dans cet état en permanence est très probablement de nature à bien réduire l’espérance de vie totale.

      Et c’est d’autant plus insupportable que je suis certaine que les décideurs ont parfaitement conscience de cette réalité, mais qu’ils laissent faire parce qu’il ont tout à y gagner :
      – la variété des symptômes fait que le lien donc la causalité, donc les responsabilités, est pratiquement impossible à établir.
      – agir serait extrêmement couteux (financement massif de l’amélioration de la qualité de l’air intérieur comme on a investi des sommes colossales il y a plus d’un siècle dans la qualité de l’eau)
      – ce serait aussi très couteux d’un point de vue politique, après avoir encouragé les gens à se surexposer (et à exposer leur proches) à l’agent pathologique.
      – cela permet d’accélérer le plan de liquidation de la santé publique (par engorgement permanent) au profit exclusif de la santé privée.
      – pour retarder l’implosion sociale sous le poids des malades, suffit de les blâmer et de sanctionner les médecins qui vaudraient les empêcher de trimer au-delà de leurs forces.
      – Ça touche plus fortement les prolos
      – Ça raccourcit plus fortement la vie des prolos, ce qui est bien pour récupérer du fric sur les retraites.

  • Bombardements à Gaza

    Les #bombardements de civils par l’#armée_israélienne se concentrent sur le sud de #Gaza, où les habitants du nord ont été « déplacés ».

    Avec une concentration de bombes à l’endroit où l’aide est supposée rentrer…

    –—

    Maps: Tracking the Attacks in Israeland Gaza (pour les cartes du 26 octobre)

    An analysis of satellite imagery shows the tremendous structural damage that northern Gaza has sustained since Oct. 17, adding to already significant damage from the preceding 11 days. The Israeli military said Wednesday that it had struck more than 7,000 targets inside Gaza.


    Photographs taken in Gaza show the enormous range of buildings damaged by strikes in the past week, which include bakeries, a supermarket, a restaurant and many houses and residential buildings. The 19-day bombing campaign has become one of the most intense of the 21st century.

    The area around Gaza City has been hit particularly hard. On the morning of Oct. 23, smoke blanketed much of that region. A soft drink manufacturing facility in an eastern area of the city, its roof covered with solar panels, was burning.

    Over the past two weeks, Israel has ramped up airstrikes in southern Gaza even after demanding the relocation of hundreds of thousands of residents of northern Gaza to the south. The increase in strikes in the south also coincides with the arrival of aid convoys through the Rafah crossing on the border with Egypt. These maps do not capture strikes that did not result in damage to manmade structures.

    Deadliest period for Palestinians in the West Bank in 15 years

    More Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli-occupied West Bank in the past few weeks than in any similar period in at least the past 15 years, according to Palestinian health authorities and historical data from the United Nations.

    Israeli forces and settlers have killed 95 Palestinians in the Israeli- occupied West Bank since the Hamas attacks on Oct. 7, health officials said, a surge in violence in what was already a particularly deadly year in the West Bank. One Israeli soldier was also killed in clashes.

    Most of the Palestinian deaths in the West Bank have been in clashes with Israeli forces, while others were the result of settler attacks

    Masked settlers shot and killed three Palestinians in the village of Qusra on Oct. 11, according to Palestinian health officials. At a funeral procession for the victims the next day, settlers attacked again, killing two more Palestinians, a father and son.

    The Israeli military carried out a rare airstrike in the West Bank on a mosque in Jenin on Saturday night, killing two. Israel’s military said it was targeting a “terror compound” beneath the mosque that it said was being used to organize an attack.

    A raid by Israeli forces on the Nur Shams refugee camp on Thursday ended in the deaths of 13 Palestinians, including five children, as well as an Israeli soldier. The soldier was the first Israeli to have died in the West Bank since Oct. 7, according to U.N. data.

    “We are extremely alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in the occupied West Bank and the increase in unlawful use of lethal force,” said Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the U.N. human rights chief, Volker Türk.

    –—

    21 octobre 2023

    First aid trucks move through Rafah crossing as southern Gaza is pummeled by strikes

    The first convoy of aid trucks moved through the Rafah crossing on Saturday at Gaza’s southern border with Egypt. The convoy of 20 trucks came after days of intense negotiations.

    Satellite imagery from Tuesday showed crowds in Gaza waiting at the gate, aid trucks stuck in Egypt and several craters where U.N. officials said Israeli strikes had damaged the road.

    The convoy of aid, which the World Health Organization warned would “barely begin to address the escalating health needs” in Gaza, comes as conditions have further deteriorated in southern Gaza. With clean drinking water in short supply, many Gazans have resorted to drinking polluted water.

    The Israeli military has intensified strikes throughout the region over the past week, despite ordering the entire population of northern Gaza to relocate to the south last Friday.

    Israel has hit dozens of targets in the south since Oct. 13, according to The Times’s reporting, news imagery and WAFA, the official news agency of the Palestinian Authority — a rival of Hamas that administers parts of the Israel-occupied West Bank. The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said on Thursday that at least 81 Palestinians had been killed in southern Gaza in the previous 24 hours.

    Gazan authorities also reported Israeli airstrikes throughout the week in the southern areas of Khan Younis and Rafah, as well as Deir al Balah in central Gaza, which also falls below the evacuation zone. In photos and videos, many children appeared to be among those killed. Gazan authorities have also reported that at least 21 members of the same family died in one Israeli strike.

    About one million Gazans have been displaced from their homes since the beginning of the conflict, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, some 367,500 in central and southern Gaza. While the exact number and location of internally displaced people who evacuated from the north is unclear, satellite imagery and photos show that, in at least one instance, tents were erected in the past week in the courtyard of a U.N.-run vocational training center.

    Scores of U.S. citizens and Palestinians with foreign passports have been waiting at the border with suitcases, trash bags and other belongings in the hope of receiving permission to leave Gaza. It remains unclear if or when they will be permitted to do so.

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/10/07/world/middleeast/israel-gaza-maps.html

    https://piaille.fr/@Pr_Logos/111305663632352757

    #Palestine #Israël #cartographie #visualisation

  • How to Cool Down a City - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/09/18/world/asia/singapore-heat.html

    Widely planting street-level trees along sidewalks across the city is the most effective solution to reduce temperature, according to researchers at the Urban Climate Lab.

    “We can’t rely on a centralized, intense clustering of urban forests or microforest to provide cooling for the whole city. We really have to disperse,” said Dr. Stone from the Urban Climate Lab.

    Can Singapore’s efforts to reduce urban heat islands actually outpace rising global temperatures? Probably not, local officials acknowledge. But holding temperatures steady would be a huge victory.

    “I think we’re just trying to not see the increases that we anticipate if we don’t do anything,” said Adele Tan, deputy chief executive of Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority.

    Urban planners and policymakers are recognizing that inventions to cool down cities also help in other ways. Green corridors and large green spaces support biodiversity, provide recreational spaces for residents and aid flood prevention.

    “It’s a pleasant surprise to be here at this moment in climate change, realizing that our number one intervention has all these other benefits,” Dr. Stone said.

    #climat #arbres

  • Opinion | The 25 Tweets That Show How Twitter Changed the World - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/02/10/opinion/twitter-all-time-tweets.html

    On Wednesday, Twitter announced that users who pay extra will be able to send their thoughts into the world in tweets of up to 4,000 characters, instead of 280 or less. A few hours later, the site glitched. Users couldn’t tweet; they couldn’t DM; #TwitterDown began trending. All of it — the muddled sense of identity, the breakdown of basic function — confirmed the sense that Twitter, a site that has hosted the global conversation for almost two decades, had become a rickety shell of itself, that its best days were behind it and that it would never be as significant again.

    But what, exactly, is being lost? We wanted to capture the ways that Twitter — a platform used by a tiny percentage of the world’s population — changed how we protest, consume news, joke and, of course, argue. So we set ourselves to the task of sorting through the trillions of tweets sent since 2006 to determine which were just noise and which deserved a place in the history books. And then we asked: Could we maybe even … rank them?

    What you see below is our list, compiled with the help of experts, of the 25 most important tweets. Like all such rankings, we hope it can serve as a starting point for discussions and arguments, both on Twitter and off. What was ranked too high? Too low? What did we leave off?

    Yes, we know: There’s something a little absurd about this exercise. Twitter contains such a wide range of humanity: How do you rank the tweet that got Justine Sacco canceled against the tweet that ignited #MeToo?

    And yet this list tells a bigger story about how 17 years of messy, vibrant, sometimes ugly, always lively conversation has shaped the world. Just where did “Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” land compared with “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet”? You’ll have to scroll to find out.

    How We Did It: To compile this ranking, Times Opinion rounded up a group of panelists with widely varied backgrounds but one thing in common: They know a lot about Twitter. (The full list of panelists is at the bottom of the article.) We asked them to submit tweets they thought were good candidates for the most important of all time, with the only criterion being that the tweets had to be in English. We used these to create a list, then sent that list back out to our panelists with instructions to rank the tweets in order of importance and to share their insights about them: why they thought a tweet was important or why it wasn’t. We then crunched the numbers and compiled their insights, edited for content and clarity, into the list you see here.

    #Twitter #Histoire_numerique

  • How Putin’s War in Ukraine Became a Catastrophe for Russia - The New York Times

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/12/16/world/europe/russia-putin-war-failures-ukraine.html

    « They use maps like this one, an old soviet topo from the 1960s, or even no map at all »

    Fumbling blindly through cratered farms, the troops from Russia’s 155th Naval Infantry Brigade had no maps, medical kits or working walkie-talkies, they said. Just a few weeks earlier, they had been factory workers and truck drivers, watching an endless showcase of supposed Russian military victories at home on state television before being drafted in September. One medic was a former barista who had never had any medical training.

    Now, they were piled onto the tops of overcrowded armored vehicles, lumbering through fallow autumn fields with Kalashnikov rifles from half a century ago and virtually nothing to eat, they said. Russia had been at war most of the year, yet its army seemed less prepared than ever. In interviews, members of the brigade said some of them had barely fired a gun before and described having almost no bullets anyway, let alone air cover or artillery. But it didn’t frighten them too much, they said. They would never see combat, their commanders had promised.

    #ukraine #agression_russe

  • Comment l’insatiable Chine, qui a aujourd’hui la plus énorme flotte de pêche de tous les temps, a vidé ses mers, et comment elle écume désormais les océans du monde -Anglais New York Times (cité par A Bellanger sur France Inter ce matin)- en violant les lois internationales, en violant le code maritime, et en esclavagisant les pêcheurs du tiers monde embarqués sur ses abattoirs industriels flottants.

    La chine arme un énorme vaisseau mère, sorte d’abattoir et congélateur flottant, suivi par des flottilles de chalutiers pêchant en eaux profondes raclant le sol marin, détruisant tout sur leur passage. Les chinois qui mangent tout ce qui bouge sous le nom de yewei (goût sauvage), ont un appétit prononcé pour la pieuvre ;((

    Leurs flottes de bateaux éteignent leurs transpondeurs, ces mouchards électroniques dont sont équipés avions et bateaux, pour évidemment ne pas être détectés et pratiquer la pêche illégale : géographique et espèces protégées.

    China has built the world’s largest deep-water fishing fleet, by far, with nearly 3,000 ships. Having severely depleted stocks in its own coastal waters, China now fishes in any ocean in the world, and on a scale that dwarfs some countries’ entire fleets near their own waters.

    How China Targets the Global Fish Supply (en libre accès) https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/09/26/world/asia/china-fishing-south-america.html
    #pêche
    #surpêche

  • Manhattan’s Chinese Street Signs Are Disappearing

    As with many neighborhoods in New York City, Chinatown has a history that is legible in layers. Here in Lower Manhattan, Republic of China flags still flutter above the offices of family associations that were founded before the Communist Revolution. Job posting boards covered in slips of paper cater to recent immigrants. Instagrammable dessert shops serve young locals and tourists alike. “For Rent / 出租” signs are everywhere, alluding to the shrinking number of Chinese businesses and residents.

    And above a dwindling number of intersections hang signs declaring the names of the street in English and in Chinese.

    Bilingual street signs have hung over the bustling streets of the city’s oldest Chinatown for more than 50 years. They are the product of a program from the 1960s aimed at making navigating the neighborhood easier for those Chinese New Yorkers who might not read English.

    These signs represented a formal recognition of the growing influence of a neighborhood that for more than a century had largely been relegated to the margins of the city’s attention. But as the prominence of Manhattan’s Chinatown as the singular Chinese cultural center of the city has waned in the 21st century, this unique piece of infrastructure has begun to slowly disappear.

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/03/11/nyregion/nyc-chinatown-signs.html

    #toponymie #bilinguisme #Manhattan #Chinatown #USA #Etats-Unis #New_York #chinois #dialectes #panneau #cartographie #cartographie_narrative #NYC #visualisation #cartographie #langue #anglais

    via @fil

    • Sacrée modélisation.

      Because Omicron’s spike proteins are even more positively charged than Delta’s, it may build a better mucin shield in aerosols. And that may help make it even more transmissible.

  • Opinion | Tom Morello: The skies parted and my future was decided - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/11/10/opinion/tom-morello-guitarist.html

    By Tom Morello

    Mr. Morello has spent over three decades melding music and political activism as a power guitarist with Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, with the acoustic chords of the Nightwatchman and in protests around the country.

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    I didn’t choose to be a guitar player. It chose me.

    It was on an ordinary afternoon in the spring of ’83, my freshman year at Harvard, that I trudged down to a small basement rehearsal room between some vending machines and a foosball table. With the neon lights blazing overhead I was crunching power chords and wailing pedestrian solos when I unexpectedly slipped into a higher gear and felt a moment of transcendent improvisational bliss. The skies parted and my future was decided.

    I had received a calling. I had no choice in the matter. My other interests retreated. I would be a guitarist.

    Now, my great-uncle Carlo did play violin for 40 years in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and my grandfather was a talented pianist, but here I was, clad in spandex, with the prison notebooks of the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci in one hand and a Gibson Explorer in the other, just another radical leftist heavy-metal dreamer in an honors major at an Ivy League school.

    I started seriously playing late, at 17 years old. I had heard of only one guitarist who made records who began playing at such an advanced age. That was Robert Johnson, and he had to sell his soul to the devil to get good!

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    My Catholic upbringing precluded that option, and so there was only one way to fulfill my calling. Practice my ass off. First it was two hours a day, every day, without fail, noodling away in an empty campus stairwell. Then four hours, then six, then eight! Every day. Without fail. Fever of 102, exam in the morning. Eight hours. Not seven hours and 56 minutes.

    Two hours technique, two hours music theory, two hours learning songs, two hours freestyle jamming along with my favorite metal songs.

    I’ve often reflected on this maniacal, perhaps somewhat unhealthy, practice regimen. Perhaps in a world in which I felt I had control over very little in the way of romance and race relations, the guitar provided a clarity of purpose where my will, which was not lacking, would be the sole determiner of success or failure. And no one was going to stop me.

    Once saddled with this calling, though, I had to figure out how to use the damn thing to great purpose.

    I loved metal but it was silly. I loved punk but they couldn’t play their instruments very well. I loved the fledgling genre of hip-hop but those artists rarely used guitars.

    And was it possible to combine revolutionary politics with screaming electric guitar? Was it possible to make my guitar a divining rod for truth? An Excalibur of righteous fury? Well I sure as hell wasn’t going to find out in Harvard Yard.

    So after graduation I packed my bags and moved to Hollywood. I brought my practice regimen with me, tirelessly running through scales and amassing technique. But to what end? I was technically proficient but sounded like every other million-notes-per-minute wannabe on the Sunset Strip.

    My playing transformed with Rage Against the Machine when I began to identify as the D.J. in the band. With the rise of hip-hop, music pundits at the time were saying that the guitar was obsolete, because D.J.’s could make any sound a guitar could make with samples. I took it upon myself to try to make D.J.’s obsolete by making any sound they could make with my bare hands. After all, the electric guitar is a relatively new instrument. It’s just wood and wire that can be manipulated in a variety of nontraditional ways. By deconstructing the possibilities of that wood and wire, I took the first tentative steps to be an artist. Simply being a musician requires technique. Being an artist requires ideas. Now my eight hours a day were spent practicing the eccentricities in my playing. Make a mistake? Repeat it 16 times and make it the cornerstone of the song.

    The toggle switch, the tuning pegs, the power jack, every inch of the guitar became fair game for creating sound and texture. And more and more I became inspired by sounds, and ideas, outside of rock ’n roll: police helicopters, animal noises, sci-fi films. I began to find my own voice on the instrument and began forging a sonic vocabulary that was uniquely my own. The guitar was squealing, beeping, mooing! My playing was one part R2-D2, one part Old McDonald’s Farm. You can hear it when you listen to “On the Shore of Eternity” from my new album.
    “On the Shore of Eternity” by Tom Morello feat. Sama’ Abdulhadi

    I found inspiration even farther afield. The standup of Richard Pryor, the bravado of Muhammad Ali, the moxie of Evel Knievel and Secretariat’s 1973 Belmont Stakes victory were on my mood board as I tried to create a new way to look at the instrument.

    I know, that Secretariat thing sounds crazy, but Secretariat was not just a great racehorse; there are plenty of those. That 31-length victory in the Belmont Stakes defied physics and biology. It was a supernatural performance that upended the sport and left everyone shaking their heads and marveling, “What the hell just happened?”

    That’s what I was aiming for in my guitar playing. The blinders were off. I was for the first time hearing riffs and sounds come out of my guitar that I never heard coming out of anybody’s guitar. The sonic horizon was wide open, and on tracks like “Suburban Guerilla” from my “Commandante” album I could soar.
    “Suburban Guerilla” by Tom Morello

    I wish I had a dime for every time some jackass complained about me, a musician, mouthing off about a political opinion. As if strapping on a guitar somehow triggers a First Amendment exemption. But I realized that even with my mouth shut, I might still be able to stir up a good deal of trouble.

    Music can be revolutionary even without lyrics. In the atonal glissando of John Coltrane, the cacophonic funk of Public Enemy, Hendrix feedback frenzy, the rhythm is the rebel.

    If an instrument can be utterly transformed by creativity and will, might society be utterly transformed by creativity and will as well? It’s worth finding out.

    #Tom_Morello #Guitare #Musique #Politique

  • Opinion | Tom Morello: Shadows of the Klan, the Ghost of Hendrix, and Fans Who Think I’m White - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/11/03/opinion/tom-morello-race-music.html

    By Tom Morello

    Mr. Morello has spent over three decades melding music and political activism as a power guitarist with Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, with the acoustic chords of the Nightwatchman and in protests around the country.

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    In 1965, I literally integrated the town of Libertyville, Ill., at least according to the real estate agent who helped my mom and me find our first apartment.

    My Irish-Italian mom had excellent teaching credentials, but the school boards in Northern Illinois made clear that while as a single mother she was welcome to teach in their town, we would have to live elsewhere because we were an interracial family.

    I was the interracial part, as my dad is from Kenya. Libertyville, however, was willing to give my mom a shot, with the caveat that the residents of the apartment complex across the street from the school approved. Our helpful real estate agent assured the neighbors that this was no ordinary 1-year-old “Negro” child entering their building, but rather an exotic East African princeling. This false tale haunted me throughout my youth, but it gave my mom and me a toehold among the locals.

    The ruse worked until I was old enough to date their daughters, and then every Midwestern dad in sight could have cared less if I was the King of Zambia, there was no way he was going to let me cross the welcome mat on Homecoming Night.

    The issue of race was omnipresent throughout my youth. My grounding in activism began not from reading Chomsky or Zinn but from mixing it up on the playground at age 5. In day care there was this much older kid who every day would attack me and call me all the names you might imagine one might call the only Black kid in town. So I’d go home looking sad, and one day, my mom asked, “What’s wrong?”

    “Well, there’s this kid at day care N-wording me. Hits me a lot.”

    “Well,” she said, “I’ll tell you what we are going to do. There’s this guy named Malcolm X, and he says whenever racism rears its head, you are the one who has to stop it.”

    I said, “Mom … I’m 5!” And she said, “Well, this is what you are going to do tomorrow.”

    She took my little brown hand and curled it into a little brown fist and kind of swung it through the air like a punch. And repeated, “This is what you are going to do tomorrow.”

    She then made me memorize some salty epithet as my battle cry. I didn’t know what any of the words meant. It was something like “deadbeat honkie.”

    So the next day I went into day care and this huge kid is on me and is triple N-wording me and attacking me. But that day, for the first time, I started to fight back to the best of my ability, shouting, “Take that, you … heat bat donkey!”

    I got pummeled. But it caused a big scrum in the day care and resulted in me standing by the side of the sink with smug satisfaction, watching the racist bully get his mouth washed out with soap.

    At the end of the day, I thought, perhaps there is something to be said for having the courage to stand up to racism.

    When I was 13, we found a noose in our garage. Apparently the K.K.K. was active in Libertyville in the ’70s and ’80s. The occasional cross was burned on a lawn. Racist slogans were scrawled on my mom’s blackboard. (I sang about some of this in my song “One Man Revolution”.)
    “One Man Revolution” by Tom Morello: the Nightwatchman

    At 15, I faced an especially menacing confrontation in the parking lot of Brown’s Chicken on Milwaukee Avenue, when two dudes swung a noose at me, opened the trunk of their car and invited me to get inside.

    At the time I was very much swayed by the nonviolent philosophy of Gandhi and Dr. King. After relating these incidents a few years later to a friend, he asked, “If the Klan were coming up your driveway with another noose tonight, would you rather turn the other cheek, or would you rather me and my friends were in the bushes with baseball bats?”

    Much of my career has been spent wrestling with and writing about that question, and questions of race in general.

    When I began performing, I was plagued by what I call the ghost of Jimi Hendrix. Jimi was the only African American rock guitar touchstone at the time, and so as much as I wanted to rip Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads riffs, at every single gig I ever played, some jackass would yell, “Play ‘Foxy Lady’! Play ‘Purple Haze,’ bro!” I mean, why can’t I shred “Eruption” or even “Hotel California,” for goodness sake!

    It’s crazy, though, that while my skin tone has always been the same, I’ve miraculously changed colors over the years. Growing up, everyone in Libertyville was crystal clear that I was Black. Kids touched my curly hair, marveled over the color of my gums and palms, openly questioned whether I was their intellectual equal. Cops occasionally cuffed me for walking down the sidewalk, and we’ve already discussed my rocky relationship with the local K.K.K.

    So, you see, I was Black.

    Then, later on, I played in a famous band whose music had many of the markers typically associated with white hard rock music. We appeared in magazines and on radio stations generally reserved for white artists. My speech and vocabulary in interviews were not stereotypically “urban.”

    So, behold, there is a segment of my audience that freaks out whenever I refer to being Black. To them, I must be white. Music that sounds like that must be made by people who look like them. This cognitive dissonance has haunted me throughout my career. There’s this mental discomfort triggered when their belief (“I’m a fan of Tom! Tom is white!”) clashes with the evidence (“Tom says he’s Black!”). These people don’t sleep well at night. And while I sincerely appreciate the good-hearted fans who chime in with, “I don’t see you as any color, Tom. I’m colorblind. I just enjoy the music” — thank you, but this is America, and you’re missing the whole damn point. And so over the course of 20 albums and three decades I’ve walked the tightrope of rock and race.

    And Libertyville? It’s still there. A few years ago I was asked to be the grand marshal of the Libertyville Days Parade, the highest honor afforded a past or current resident. I agreed as kind of a lark. There I was, sitting in the convertible with my family, rolling down Milwaukee Avenue, laughing. Flags waving. Kids chasing candy in the street. Fun.

    Then we drove past the Brown’s Chicken parking lot. And it all came flooding back. No dudes swinging a noose at me with an open trunk this time, though. Just residents in lawn chairs … cheering. “We’re proud of ya, Tommy! Rock on, Tommy! Don’t always agree with ya, but I loved ya in Guitar Hero, Tommy!”

    One fella had the candor to snicker, “Hey, Tommy, just shut up and play guitar!”

    Shut up and play guitar? Oh, I’m gonna play my guitar, all right. But when I pick up that guitar, now you’re going to hear what I have to say. As Damian Marley and I sing in “The Achilles List,” “ghost stories of social injustice shall be heard.”

    #Tom_Morello #Racisme #KKK #Color_blindness

  • Opinion | Tom Morello : How I Taught My Son to Shred Like Crazy and Change the World - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/10/27/opinion/tom-morello-teaching-guitar-music.html

    Suite des colonnes de Tom Morello pour le New York Times.

    La vidéo des enfants musiciens (dont la batteuse géniale Nandi Bushell) est super impressionnante.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-2V65bWqhA

    By Tom Morello

    Mr. Morello has spent over three decades melding music and political activism as a power guitarist with Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, with the acoustic chords of the Nightwatchman and in protests around the country.

    At 13, I got a $50 Kay electric guitar and gleefully marched down to Rigoni Music on Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville, Ill., with a Kiss and Led Zeppelin songbook under each arm.

    I plunked down my $5 in front of their guitar instructor and said, “Teach me ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Detroit Rock City.’”

    He said: “Hold on there, son. This is a guitar lesson and today we’re going to learn to tune the guitar.”

    I thought that seemed like a big waste of time and money, but, willing to pay my dues, I sat in my bedroom for the next week, bored out of my mind, wrenching my guitar’s tuning pegs back and forth.

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    Back the next week, I plunked down another fin and demanded to learn my Kiss and Led Zeppelin songs.

    “You’re nowhere near ready to do that,” he told me. “Today we’re going to learn the C major scale.”

    Well that was the end of that. Disgusted, I went home, put the guitar in a closet and didn’t touch it again for four years. It wasn’t until I discovered punk rock, with its do-it-yourself, no-lessons-required ethos that I found the fun in guitar playing, setting me on a trajectory that I’m still on today.

    Years later, as a struggling musician in Hollywood, I taught guitar to make ends meet, and remembered those two crummy lessons that I had when I was 13. I vowed to never make a student feel the way that I had felt.

    Absolute beginners would come in and I’d help them learn whatever song they wanted to play, or I would insist that they “write” a song — before knowing a note, before knowing a chord, just making sounds in a pattern. A couple of times through and, boom! You’re a songwriter, in the same tent as McCartney and Dylan. Let your fingers dance among the Tetris pile of possibilities of notes and chords and you’re on your way.

    My two young sons had no interest in following in their father’s footsteps to become a musician. There’s plenty of instruments around the house, but they took a hard pass and gravitated toward their own passions.

    Then came the lockdown and the prospect of endless days at home, each one like the one before, with spotty Zoom schoolwork, little opportunity to connect with peers and plenty of opportunities for kids and parents to drive each other crazy.

    My youngest son, Roman, 9 at the time, is a bit of a classic rock fan, and one day I timidly asked him if he’d like to learn the first three notes to “Stairway to Heaven.” He assented, figuring it wouldn’t be too much effort and he could always just go right back to playing Among Us on his computer.

    Well, he learned those first three notes, and it sounded just like the song. Encouraged, he came back the next day, three more notes. Over the course of the next couple of months, we worked our way through the entire song. By building on these small successes, he began to take pride in his ability to master a Led Zeppelin standard as a brand-new player. We moved on, and a couple of songs later, he was really digging it and showing a kind of natural aptitude that I never really found in myself.

    But every once in a while, I would slip into the voice of my old awful guitar teacher, trying to hammer home some point about music theory or fingering on the instrument. His reaction was immediate. He would put the guitar down, threatening not to pick it up again. So I said: “All right, this is what we’re going to do. We’re going to run before we walk. All we’re going to do from here on in is improvisational soloing.”

    [Read more about this project from Jane Coaston and Kathleen Kingsbury here.]

    I showed him a pattern or two. And since that day, I basically am the rhythm guitarist in the family, as Roman Morello shreds like crazy, across different genres, with fire and passion. The way he is able to let loose and just have uninhibited joy on the instrument, no obsessive tuning or C major scale required, makes his dad very proud.

    Another young musician who’s shown the world her passion and talent is the British-Zulu phenom Nandi Bushell, who may very well be the future of rock’n’roll.

    She gained global Instagram fame for her amazing multi-instrumentalist covers of rock classics. She dueled with Dave Grohl in a drum off for the ages and came out on top.

    I was so impressed with her talent, moxie and effervescent spirit that I sent her one of my signature “Soul Power” Fender guitars. We became Insta friends and when she asked if I’d like to write a song with her, I said, “That sounds fantastic, but I’ve got a 9-year-old in my house who might be better than I am. Why don’t you two kids write a song together?”

    They did. Writing virtually across the Atlantic Ocean, Roman came up with a few power riffs and Nandi played drums, bass and sang on the track.

    Like me, they are stirred not just by the power of the music, but the need to change the world.

    The song they created is “The Children Will Rise Up,” an anthem proclaiming that only the courage and fortitude of their generation can stop the impending environmental catastrophe facing humanity. We wrangled Jack Black and Greta Thunberg for the video and it’s an absolute mosh pit-inducing banger with a stratospheric solo that might just make that Rigoni Music guitar instructor repent.

    #Tom_Morello #Musique #Education #Ecologie #Climat #Enfants

    • Est-ce qu’il ne serait pas intéressant de poser ici la question de l’impact de la vaccination sur le taux de reproduction effectif du virus (R_e) ? Vous vous souvenez : si le taux est supérieur à 1, l’épidémie est en expansion ; si le taux est inférieur à 1, l’épidémie va finir par se résorber. Et pendant des mois on cherchait tous les moyens de grappiller quelques dixièmes sur ce taux de reproduction avec telle ou telle mesure ciblée. Alors qu’on a désormais une vaccination qui réduit par 6 la probabilité d’être contaminé (donc qui fait chuter le taux de reproduction du virus à un niveau qui devrait mener à l’extinction parmi les populations vaccinées).

      Ce qui veut dire clairement que, dans les pays où la vaccination est disponible, l’épidémie est artificiellemment maintenue par les gens qui ont décidé de refuser d’être vaccinés. Voilà. Libertay libertay.

    • Oui, mais si tu divise par 6 la probabilité d’être positif, ça signifie que la vaccination a un effet massif sur le taux de reproduction. Certes ça n’empêche pas totalement la contamination, mais l’effet est tout de même énorme. Je me souviens qu’on avait eu au moins une étude (Pasteur ?) l’année dernière qui tentait de calculer les dixièmes de R_e qu’on gagnait avec telle ou telle mesure (port du masque dans différentes situations, fermeture de certains lieux, confinement…), et rigoureusement rien n’approchait une division par 6 de la probabilité d’être contaminé.

      Tu ne peux certes pas évoquer deux taux de reproduction différents, puisque les populations sont totalement mélangées, mais ça signifie que les vaccinés font tendre le R_e vers des valeurs basses, sans doute inférieures à 1, et les non-vaccinés le maintiennent au plus haut.

      Ces derniers temps, on était plutôt à continuer sur le thème « Ah oui mais Israël » (mais Israël a un niveau de vaccination désormais inférieur à la plupart des pays européens), et à se demander si la vaccination réduisait de 10 à 30% le risque d’être contaminé : et là le CDC nous sort une division par 6 (une baisse de 83%). Du coup, l’argument « ça n’empêche pas une contamination » doit être utilisé de manière bien plus limitée : ça n’empêche certes pas, oui les gestes barrière, mais quand même…

      Autre idée que ça réintroduit : l’efficacité pratique du passe sanitaire. Avec une telle réduction de la probabilité d’être contaminé (donc contaminant, et en plus sans doute moins quand tu es tout de même vacciné mais contaminé) , il y a bien un intérêt réel à filtrer certains lieux sur la base de la vaccination. (Pas juste pour obliger les gens à se vacciner, donc, mais bien parce que ça réduit de 83% le risque d’être en contact avec une personne contaminée.)

      Et sinon, évidemment : puisque la vaccination a un effet aussi massif sur la probabilité d’être contaminé/contaminant, retirer le masque en collectivité à la seule tranche d’âge qui ne peut pas être vaccinée (les moins de 12 ans), c’est carrément criminel.