• « Lassen Sie die Finger von der DROPBOX... »

    4.4.2012 - ... rief der Admin beim Verlassen des Büros den dort noch Hinterbliebenen zu.

    La Dropbox est un danger pour notre sécurité et pour l’intégrité de nos données. Cette constatation a neuf ans. Depuis ce type de menace a obtenu une présence universelle suite à la multiplications de ses concurrents et à l’omniprésence des systèmes cloud .

    Pourtant nous ne sommes pas des victimes innocents de ce développement. Nous pouvons installer notre propre Nextcloud ou nous joindre aux copains et copines qui en font tourner. Les autres continuent à polluer l’air que nous respirons. C’est grave et je suis de moins en moins prêt à accepter la pratique du closed-source sous ses divers prétextes.

    L’intégration des systèmes grâce à la structure distribuée de l’internet a perdu sa qualité libératrice. C’est avec sa domination par les monopoles privés assistés par les gouvernements et états à leur solde qu’ils ont fini par nous obliger à nous libérer d’eux.

    Vous connaissez Tron ? C’est le stade de développement de notre situation en temps de pandémie. You have been warned.


    #nuage #cloud #surveillance #dictature #dystopie #politique

  • about hic et nunc

    The imperative motto for the satisfaction of desire. “I need it, Here and Now”


    The present decentralized application allows its users to manage decentralized digital assets, serving as a public smart contract infrastructure on Tezos Blockchain.

    IPFS NFTs can be minted and traded by permissionless means. such experiment was designed intending to imagine alternative crypto economies.

    We’re concerned about your security and autonomy. please verify informations while making transactions.

    For consulting, networking or questions get in touch by email, discord, or on reddit

    WIKI is available

    Issues can be reported here

    #art #ipfs #nft

  • 9-11 revisited - Mountain Meadows Massacre

    Les habitants des États Unis possèdent un penchant bizarre pour le 11 septembre qui il leur semble propice pour les massacres. C’est devenu prèsque une tradition sur fond religieux. Je ne vous dévoile pas où je me trouverai ce 11 septembre, on ne sait jamais.

    The Mountain Meadows Massacre was a series of attacks which resulted in the mass murder of 120 members of the Baker–Fancher emigrant wagon train. The massacre occurred September 7–11, 1857 at Mountain Meadows in southern Utah, and was perpetrated by Mormon settlers belonging to the Utah Territorial Militia (officially called the Nauvoo Legion), together with some Southern Paiute Native Americans.

    American exceptionalism

    American exceptionalism is the theory that the United States is inherently different from other nations. This stems from its emergence from the American Revolution, becoming what the political scientist Seymour Martin Lipset called “the first new nation” and developing a uniquely American ideology, “Americanism”. This ideology is based on liberty, equality before the law, individual responsibility, republicanism, representative democracy, and laissez-faire economics. This ideology itself is often referred to as “American exceptionalism.” Under this other definition, America is seen as being superior to other nations or having a unique mission to transform the world.

    #USA #massacre #religion #idéologie

  • Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front

    தமிழ் : தமிழ்நாடு தீண்டாமை ஒழிப்பு முன்னணி
    CC0 https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en

    In 2019, the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front protested against an iron fence which blocked the pathway mostly used by Dalits in the Alagumalai village in Tiruppur district for drinking water, their children’s education and to reach their homes. The fence forced them to walk about 2 km for drinking water. The fence which also compounded a temple was raised on the instructions of the Hindu Munnani, a Sangh Parivar outfit. Later the part of the fence which blocked the road was removed on the orders of the sub-collector due to the protests. The TNUEF welcomed the move and postponed their protests to remove the entire fence. The Hindu Munnani protested against the Sub-collector for unblocking the pathway.

    In June 2019, The TNUEF protested demanding the demolition of an ‘Untouchability Wall’ which blocked the dalits in Ambedkar Nagar, Vellore district to access a temple where they have worshipped for 150 years.

    In October 2019, the TNUEF protested to take action against a builder who put up a ’Brahmins only’ advertisement for apartments on sale for an upcoming residential project at Srirangam.The TNUEF District Secretary said the ad will further deepen religion and caste divide already widespread in the society.

  • Vuca Waymo - Granolashotgun

    Les véhicules autonomes font désormais partie de notre réalité. A San Francisco ils font partie même du quotidien des habitants sous forme de taxi. Pour les habitants d’Absard en Iran par contre ils constituent une menace permanente par leurs variantes militaires contrôlées par les ennemis du pays.

    VUCA. It’s a military acronym that’s been in circulation since the 1980s. Vulnerable, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous. The bright clear lines are gone.

    A couple of months ago Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, one of Iran’s most important nuclear scientists, was assassinated by a computer guided machine gun mounted on the back of an autonomous Nissan pickup truck. His wife was beside him and was unscathed by the bullets. Facial recognition software was most likely in play. Once Fakhrizadeh was down the Nissan promptly blew itself up destroying much of the evidence. The usual suspects have been blamed. Israel, the US, the Saudis… No surprise there.

    So what are the long term consequences of these new techniques once they mutate and “democratize?”


    Israels Geheimdienstminister hat die Kritik an dem tödlichen Anschlag nun als »Heuchelei« bezeichnet. »Sie kennen die iranischen Versuche, Atomwaffen zu erlangen, ganz genau«, sagte Minister Eli Cohen.
    »Israel hat deutlich gemacht, dass es Iran nicht erlauben wird, Atomwaffen zu erlangen«, sagte er. »Iran ruft zur Zerstörung Israels auf, und deshalb ist aus unserer Sicht jeder, der aktiv an nuklearen Aufrüstungsbestrebungen beteiligt ist, des Todes.«


    Waymo LLC is an American autonomous driving technology development company. It is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc, the parent company of Google. Waymo operates a commercial self-driving taxi service that operates in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area called “Waymo One”, with Chandler, Arizona fully mapped. In October 2020, the company expanded the service to the public, and it is the only self-driving commercial service that operates without safety backup drivers in the vehicle.


  • Jones Act: Critical to Economic and National Security

    ... because of the vastness of the nation, the expansive network of rivers, lakes, and canals is critical to the efficient transportation of natural resources, food, and manufactured goods from state to state and ultimately to market. Because of the importance of the merchant marine and the critical role that coastwise and inland waterway transportation plays in its economy, America has always made sound decisions about protecting the integrity of this system along with the vitality of our waterways.

    Thus, the Jones Act , titled after its sponsor Senator Wesley R. Jones, from Washington State, was passed as part of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920.
    This federal legislation includes four primary requirements on vessels carrying goods between U.S. ports. The vessels must be:

    - Owned by U.S. companies that are controlled by U.S. citizens with at least 75 percent U.S. percent ownership
    – At least 75 percent crewed by U.S. citizens
    – Built (or rebuilt) in the United States
    – Registered in the United States

    These requirements apply to all trade between ports in the U.S. mainland, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. While excluded from the Jones Act, the outlying territories, such as Guam, are covered by similar laws that require vessels be U.S.-flagged, owned, and crewed, but do not include the U.S.-build requirement.




    #droit #économie #navigation #USA #transport_maritime

  • The white man’s burdon

    Rudyard Kipling, « The White Man’s Burden, » McClure’s Magazine 12 (1899), pp. 290-1.

    Take up the White Man’s burden—
    Send forth the best ye breed—
    Go, bind your sons to exile
    To serve your captive’s need;
    To wait, in heavy harness,
    On fluttered folk and wild—

    Your new-caught sullen peoples,
    Half devil and half child.

    Take up the White Man’s burden—
    In patience to abide,
    To veil the threat of terror
    And check the show of pride;
    By open speech and simple,
    An hundred times made plain,
    To seek another’s profit
    And work another’s gain.

    Take up the White Man’s burden—
    The savage was of peace—
    Fill full the mouth of Famine,
    And bid the sickness cease;
    And when your goal is nearest
    (The end for others sought)
    Watch sloth and heathen folly
    Bring all your hope to nought.

    Take up the White Man’s burden—
    No iron rule of kings,
    But toil of serf and sweeper—
    The tale of common things,
    The ports ye shall not enter,
    The roads ye shall not tread,
    Go, make them with your living
    And mark them with your dead.

    Take up the White Man’s burden.
    And reap his old reward—
    The blame of those ye better
    The hate of those ye guard—
    The cry of hosts ye humor
    (Ah, slowly!) toward the light:—
    “Why brought ye us from bondage,
    Our loved Egyptian night?”
    Take up the White Man’s burden—

    Ye dare not stoop to less—
    Nor call too loud on Freedom
    To cloke your weariness.
    By all ye will or whisper,
    By all ye leave or do,
    The silent sullen peoples
    Shall weigh your God and you.

    Take up the White Man’s burden!
    Have done with childish days—
    The lightly-proffered laurel,
    The easy ungrudged praise:
    Comes now, to search your manhood
    Through all the thankless years,
    Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
    The judgement of your peers.


  • Sophie Xeon : Elektro-Pop-Musikerin stirbt bei Unfall


    Mourir pour mieux regarder la pleine lune. C’est romantique, non ?

    Die schottische Musikproduzentin Sophie Xeon, die sich Sophie nannte, starb am Sonnabend im Alter von 34 Jahren.

    London/Athen - Die Musikerin und Produzentin, die sich Sophie nannte, in Großbuchstaben, kletterte am frühen Samstagmorgen in ihrer Wahlheimat Athen in die Höhe, um den Vollmond zu sehen – und stürzte dabei zu Tode. Das ist auf tragische Weise passend, denn das Somnambule, Konfuse, die Sexualität, das Sehnen, welches die Menschheit mit dem Mond assoziiert, findet sich in ihrer Musik ebenso wie die lunare Eigenschaft des rhythmisch Ordnenden: 1986 in Glasgow geboren und schon in frühen Kinderjahren von den Eltern an die Segnungen wiederholungsreicher Rave-Musik herangeführt, etablierte sich Sophie in der ersten Hälfte des vergangenen Jahrzehnts in der Londoner Elektronikmusikszene als vielleicht die zukunftsweisende Produzentin schlechthin.



    #musique #techno #disparition

  • The German Data Diver Who Exposed China’s Muslim Crackdown

    On ne sait pas exactement ce qui se passe au Xinjiang mais on sait que les #USA mènent une campagne contre ce qu’ils appellent des violations de droits humains dans cette région de la Chine. Il est évident qu’en général les gouvernements et ONGs étatsuniens se prononcent uniquement à propos de violations des droits de l’homme quand cela sert leurs intérêts. Ce n’est pas surprenant vu qu’ils sont souvent impliqués dans ces abus.

    Le Wall Street Journal nous informe que la source principale des accusations contre la Chine en matière du Xinjiang est un fanatique religieux (reborn christian) allemand, originaire de la province profonde. Je ne sais rien sur la véracité des informations fournies par Adrian Zenz, mais le contexte de ses publications dont l’enthousiasme des services étatsuniens me laissent dubitatif.

    Il y a des choses graves qui se passent au Xinjiang, mais préfère ne pas me laisser guider dans mon interprétation du peu que je sais par un fanatique et la CIA.

    May 21, 2019, by Josh Chin - Scholar digging online revealed scope of detentions; ‘I feel very clearly led by God to do this’

    KORNTAL, Germany—Research by a born-again Christian anthropologist working alone from a cramped desk in this German suburb thrust China and the West into one of their biggest clashes over human rights in decades.

    Doggedly hunting down data in obscure corners of the Chinese internet, Adrian Zenz revealed a security buildup in China’s remote Xinjiang region and illuminated the mass detention and policing of Turkic Muslims that followed. His research showed how China spent billions of dollars building internment camps and high-tech surveillance networks in Xinjiang, and recruited police officers to run them.

    His most influential work began in February 2018, after a Chinese diplomat denied reports about the camps and advised journalists to take Beijing at its word.

    En plus de son fanatisme religieux c’est un fervent anticommuniste.

    Zenz wird von der US-amerikanischen Stiftung Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation als „Senior Fellow“ geführt.

    Ces gens sont connus pour l’absence totale de scrupules, la brutalité matérielle de leurs activités et le caractère systématiquement mensonger de leur discours.

    Quels sont précisément les crimes de ces gens ? On les commaît pour avoir été à l’origine des guerres de Corée, de Vietnam, du putsch au Chili et de nombreuses interventions sur le continent africain. Je suis personnellement touché par leurs activités en Allemagne de l’Ouest où ils ont détruit la vie de dizaines de milliers de personnes qui dans leurs yeux cultivaient la sympathie pour le socialisme. Des centaines de milliers d’Allemands ont souffert des conséquences de leurs activités sans en avoir été la cible directe. Les instigateurs du Berufsverbot font partie des inquisiteurs anticommunistes qui financent les activités de Zenz.

    Leurs buts ne sont pas secretes alors que beaucoup de leurs activités se passent dans l’obscurité. Pour le constater il suffit de s’intéresser aux réseaux anticommunistes transatlantiques. Essayons de comprendre le réseau qui alimente les activités de Zenz.

    Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (USA)

    It is a member of the European Union’s Platform of European Memory and Conscience.

    Platform of European Memory and Conscience
    Cette structure réunit des personnages particulièrement odieux et les instifutions à travers lesquelles ils requisitionnent des fonds publiques.

    The Platform of European Memory and Conscience was founded as an initiative of the Polish EU presidency in 2011, after the project had been promoted by the Czech EU presidency already in 2009 and by the Hungarian EU presidency in 2011.
    is an educational project of the European Union bringing together government institutions and NGOs from EU countries active in research, documentation, awareness raising and education about the crimes of totalitarian regimes. Its membership includes 62 government agencies and NGOs from 20 EU member states, non-EU European countries, as well as from the United States, such as the Institute of National Remembrance, the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial, the Stasi Records Agency and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. The platform has offices in Prague and Brussels (formerly). The President of the platform is Łukasz Kamiński, former President of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance.

    Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial
    Dans l’entrée de langue anglaise Hubertus Knabe figure toujours comme directeur du lieu . Depuis l’an 2000 il l’a dirigé jusqu’en septembre 2018 quand le conseil administratif de la fondation l’a licencié pour cause de harcèlement répété de ses employé/es.

    Hubertus Knabe – Wikipedia

    Nach einer Sondersitzung am 25. November 2018 berief der Stiftungsrat Knabe mit sofortiger Wirkung als Vorstand und Direktor der Gedenkstätte ab. Man habe Rechtsverstöße, Pflichtverletzungen und eine „Zerrüttung des Vertrauensverhältnisses“ festgestellt, die eine weitere Amtsausübung Knabes ausschlössen. Gegen die einstweilige Verfügung habe man Widerspruch eingelegt. Am 26. November erschien Knabe in der Gedenkstätte und bezog erneut sein Büro. Mittags entschied das Landgericht Berlin jedoch, die einstweilige Verfügung vorerst auszusetzen, so dass Knabe das Büro wieder verlassen musste.

    Conclusion : Il existe un réseau d’anticommunistes qui s’étend des États-Unis jusqu’aux frontières à l’est de l’Union Européenne dont le but est d’enrichir ses membres et de corrompre chaque personne assez influente pour être utile aux projets des cercles anticommunistes étatsuniens.

    C’est une histoire connue depuis l’immédiat après-guerre mais il est utile de s’en souvenir de temps en temps. Dans chacque génération ces cercles adoptent de nouvelles recrues pour faire le sale boulot. Adrian Zenz semble faire partie de ces heureux .

    #Chine #Allemagne #USA #Pologne #Hongrie #fanatisme #religion #propagande #anticommunisme #paywall

  • Zyxel hat Backdoor in Firewalls einprogrammiert

    Après Crypto AG de Suisse c’est le tour au taiwanais Zyxel de perdre toute crédibilité suite au dévoilement du fait d’avoir mis à disposition des services secrets une arrière porte dans ses produits. L’unique solution à ce problème récurrent constituent des appareils équipés de logiciels et de circuits intégrés open source .

    Zyxel Networks hat in Firewalls und Access-Point-Controller Hintertüren eingebaut und das Passwort verraten. Für die Firewalls gibt es ein Update.


    Crypto AG was a Swiss company specialising in communications and information security. It was secretly jointly owned by the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and West German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) from 1970 until about 1993, with the CIA continuing as sole owner until about 2018.[1] With headquarters in Steinhausen, the company was a long-established manufacturer of encryption machines and a wide variety of cipher devices.

    #espionnage #USA #Taiwan #Suisse #Allemagne

  • Les derniers mots de John Brown

    I found the real John Brown’s bible, and letters he had written, available for perusal at the Chicago History Museum. Brown’s final note, scrawled the day he was to hang, an almost precognitive warning of the coming Civil War and what was inevitable to end slavery.

    Charlestown, Va, 2nd December 1859

    I John Brown am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty, land: will never be purged away; but with Blood. I had as I now think: vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed; it might be done.


    #racisme #esclavage #USA

  • I Just Flew. It Was Worse Than I Thought It Would Be.

    Voici pourquoi je déteste prendre les avions des grandes compagnies. C"est toujours un peu comme dans cet article.

    ...flying during a pandemic turned out to be more stressful—and surreal—than I’d planned for. The scenes played out like a postapocalyptic movie: Paranoid travelers roamed the empty terminals in masks, eyeing one another warily as they misted themselves with disinfectant. Dystopian public-service announcements echoed through the airport—“This is a message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...” Even the smallest, most routine tasks—such as dealing with the touch-screen ticketing kiosk—felt infused with danger.

    My trip took place in two legs, and the first was weird mostly in the ways that I’d expected. All but a few of the shops and restaurants at Washington National Airport were closed. Beverage service in the main cabin was suspended (though apparently serving ginger ale to first-class passengers was ruled epidemiologically acceptable). My first flight was so empty that the pilot warned we would experience “a very rapid acceleration for takeoff.” The plane leapt into the sky and my stomach dropped. I spent much of the flight using my baggie of Lysol wipes to scrub and re-scrub every surface within reach.

    The layover at O’Hare was where my fellow travelers’ fraying nerves came more fully into view. In the restroom, men hovered over sinks like warriors returning from battle, fervently washing their hands and shooting menacing looks at anyone who got too close. At the food court, a shouting match broke out among several stressed-out strangers, and police had to intervene.

    Outside the gate, passengers sat five or six seats apart, barely acknowledging one another, let alone attempting conversation. The eerie silence wore on me after a while. When my wife texted to ask how it was going, the best description I could muster was a grimacing emoji.

    Flying has always been unpleasant, and rife with small indignities. It’s likely that I was more alert than usual to the agitation of those around me. But as America lurches awkwardly toward an economic “reopening” in the weeks ahead, my fraught travel experience highlighted an unwelcome truth: The glittering allure of “normalcy” that waits on the other end of these stay-at-home orders is a mirage.

    Illustration : Affiche du film Airplane ! de 1980 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airplane !

    #aviation #voyage #USA #covid-19 #tourisme

  • Pourrons-nous survivre à la technologie ? (J. von Neumann). Traduit par Annie Gouilleux

    En 1955, deux ans avant de crever d’un cancer des os, l’abominable scientifique John von Neumann (1903-1957), écrivit un article pour la revue Fortune, intitulé « Pourrons-nous survivre à la technologie ? ». C’était poser la question à l’un des pires ennemis de l’humanité que le Livre Noir de la Science ait connu, et l’un des mieux à même d’y répondre. Von Neumann, on ne l’avait pas croisé depuis notre Minime introduction aux nanotechnologies (voir ici et Aujourd’hui le nanomonde. Nanotechnologies : un projet de société totalitaire), en mars 2006. Son collègue Richard Feynman, précurseur des nanotechnologies, l’évoquait ainsi, à propos des beaux jours passés ensemble à Los Alamos lors du projet Manhattan de mise au point de la bombe atomique :

    « Et puis, j’ai connu von Neumann, le célèbre mathématicien. (...)


    • Can we survive technology ? (Fortune, 1955)

      Editor’s note: Every Sunday, Fortune publishes a favorite story from our magazine archives. This week, to mark our Future Issue, we turn to a feature from June 1955 by John von Neumann tackling the profound questions wrought by radical technical advancement—in von Neumann’s day the atomic bomb and climate change. von Neumann was one of the twentieth century’s greatest and most influential geniuses. The polymath and patron saint of Game Theory was instrumental in developing America’s nuclear superiority toward the end of World War II as well as in framing the decades-long Cold War with the Soviet Union. In his time, von Neumann was said to possess “the world’s greatest mind.” Here is his characteristically pessimistic look on what the future holds.

      By John von Neumann


      In a short list of facts about his life he submitted to the National Academy of Sciences, he stated, “The part of my work I consider most essential is that on quantum mechanics, which developed in Göttingen in 1926, and subsequently in Berlin in 1927–1929. Also, my work on various forms of operator theory, Berlin 1930 and Princeton 1935–1939; on the ergodic theorem, Princeton, 1931–1932.”

      During World War II, von Neumann worked on the Manhattan Project with theoretical physicist Edward Teller, mathematician Stanisław Ulam and others, problem solving key steps in the nuclear physics involved in thermonuclear reactions and the hydrogen bomb. He developed the mathematical models behind the explosive lenses used in the implosion-type nuclear weapon, and coined the term “kiloton” (of TNT), as a measure of the explosive force generated.

      After the war, he served on the General Advisory Committee of the United States Atomic Energy Commission, and consulted for a number of organizations, including the United States Air Force, the Army’s Ballistic Research Laboratory, the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. As a Hungarian émigré, concerned that the Soviets would achieve nuclear superiority, he designed and promoted the policy of mutually assured destruction to limit the arms race

  • Cobra (Chinese band) - Wikipedia


    Cobra (眼镜蛇乐队 Yanjingshe yuedui) was an all-female rock band from Beijing, China. The band formed in 1989, becoming the first all-female rock band in mainland China. With only one album out, they disbanded in the late 1990s. Their style was a gloomy, bluesy type of hard rock with slight touches of new wave and alternative metal. Cobra was very popular in the beginning of their career.

    Group members include Yang Ying, Yu Jin, Wang Xiaofang, and Xiao Nan. They have played at CBGB in New York City.

    1994 - First released as Hypocrisy (Germany 1994, USA 1996) republished as Yanjingshe (China 1996)
    2000 - Cobra - Yangjingshe II (China)



    #Chine #musique #femmes

  • FYI France: Tom Paine!

    Une lecture critique du livre «Révolution Paine» (C&F éditions) par Jack Kessler depuis San Francisco.

    A new book which can remind us all, again, of what France and the US have in-common... at a good time for remembering all this, on both similarly-beleaguered sides of The Pond right now...

    Révolution Paine: Thomas Paine penseur et défenseur des droits humains, by Thomas Paine, Peter Linebaugh (pref.), Nicolas Taffin (dir.),

    (C&F éditions, 35 C rue des Rosiers, 14000 Caen, t., fx., cfedtions@cfeditions.com; août 2018) ISBN: 978-2-915825-85-5

    Tom Paine was British, it must be remembered — but then so were we all, back then, in revolutionary “America”, citizens of an empire which spanned the globe until very recently, our “shots heard round the world” the first of many which ultimately would bring that empire and others to heel and create new ways of thinking about government for the modern world.

    In all that mælstrom we very much needed ideas, and cheerleaders, for encouraging and inspiring ourselves and our fellow citizens, and Tom Paine was that. Whatever his opponents and most severe critics — and there were many — thought of him, and even friends and fans worried about him, but he was encouraging and inspiring, and for careful and conservative American “colonists” like the wealthy plantation-owner George Washington and the gentleman-printer Benjamin Franklin and the Boston lawyer John Adams, Paine’s encouragement and inspiration were enough, and at times they were very badly needed in fact.

    And the French were there for us, very different but close in spirit to the Americans, and always needed, for their spirit & their money & their guns & for many other resources and reasons — at the very least they were enemies of our enemies and so our friends, on whom we could rely for insight, breadth of vision, even occasionally at their own ruinous expense...

    France entertained Paine the rebellious Brit after the excitements of the British colonies had hosted him for a long while — in both places his own exciting language and the clarity of his vision helped citizens greatly, in the great troubles of their times — so now a glimpse of Tom Paine may help again, both to see our current troubles more clearly too, and to remember what we and the French share in-common in all this. When things change, for the US and France, neither of us is ever alone.


    The book is a “reader” — not a compendium, but a comfortable and thoughtful armchair-piece to browse-through and then keep handy, as headline-events of current troubled-times pour in, descending upon us daily.

    First comes a preface — avant-propos — by Nicolas Taffin, outlining why and how the idea for the book occurred to him: 2018 saw the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he says, and still we face troubles that first were defined for us by events of 1789 — after such a long time the birthday-celebration required a renewal of the effort, he thought, and who better than Tom Paine who first inspired it, in both the US and France, and the “Human Rights” and “Commons” forms in which the ideas were first presented.

    Then comes an elegant introduction to Paine and his works by historian Peter Linebaugh, translated from l’américain...

    It is a useful thing, to know Paine’s history, as he landed somewhat un-announced upon the Americans with his outrageous views and funny accent (?) and stunning phrasings. That he had a tradition, and a context, back home in also-turbulent England, only makes sense — and that early-on England experimented with many of the ideas the colonists were confronting later in their own contests with the Crown, deserves recalling, many of the same conflicts were heard before in early Industrial Revolution England, as workers and owners confronted one another, and governments moved to tax and otherwise control the new techniques.

    Paine and his East Anglia neighbors had rehearsed many of the confrontations he was to witness and comment upon in his sojourns in the American colonies — the issues were similar, new techniques & how to cope with change & the sharing of burdens and benefits & working conditions & and of course taxes... not exactly “taxation without representation”, there at-home in England, but taxation all-the-same...

    Whether Paine was a Che Guevara, as Linebaugh I-hope-playfully suggests, whether the Introduction successfully demonstrates that Americans of that time, “ambitiously risked class warfare on a global scale”, well, other readers will have to read and judge... Linebaugh, described by Wikipedia as a “Marxist historian”, does weave through initial attributions of Paine’s ideas to his having been, “conscious of classes, sensible to differences in power and wealth” — he describes Paine’s concerns for “Agrarian Justice” as involving “class injustice”.

    It matters that Paine’s life in mid-18th c. England greatly preceded the writings of Marx a century later; but also of course there may have been historical connections, workers’ lives a century earlier were very much what the historicist Marx was interested in and wrote about. Linebaugh carefully outlines that Paine, “lived at the time of an industrial revolution, of commercial expansion & urbanization & population increase” — he grants that Paine’s views did not fall cleanly into any contest between “communism and capitalism”, terms which, apparently per Edmund Burke, were, “still cartilaginous, not yet well defined or formed”.

    But Paine had a good sense for “the commons”, he insists, “and of its long presence in English history”, a matter which he says has not been well considered in previous studies of Paine. “A long anti-capitalist tradition in England”, Linebaugh believes he’s found, through Tom Paine, “one which contributes to our understanding about current notions of ‘revolution’ and ‘constitution’ in modern Britain” — for this suggestion alone, Linebaugh’s Introduction makes for some very interesting reading.

    Beyond this Introduction there are excerpts, then, from Paine’s own “Rights of Man” — fascinating, the differences, between one culture’s “emotive” language and another’s — French easily is the equal of English in this regard...

    And finally a fascinating Post-Script by editor Nicolas Taffin: he takes “Tom Paine of Thetford” several significant steps further than the little local American Revolution — several steps further, even, than the nascent Class Warfare of the Levellers and workers’-revolts of East Anglia which maybe-led to the Marxian revolutions of the 19th century — Taffin going-further finds, in Paine, the freeing of the human imagination, from the illusory securities and comforts and oppressions of the previous era’s religion-controlled philosophies, the emergence of the Enlightenment’s idealisms into a modern world of “real” rights and responsibilities and true-freedom, governed by reason alone...

    Paine may have had a glimmer. The American Founders who fought our little revolution here certainly had some glimpse as well... Certainly the young Virginia lawyer who boldly wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident” and then chafed as the elders to whom he submitted that draft picked it apart... Jefferson had read much of what the young Paine had read as well — in 1776, when arguably they both were at their most-inspired, Jefferson was age 33, Tom Paine was age 37 — as Wordsworth observed of youth in a slightly-later revolution, “Bliss was it in that Dawn to be alive, but to be young was very heaven”.

    But the true significance of what they all were doing did not emerge until much, much later... as late as the 1820s the two then very elderly American patriots Jefferson and Adams, both preparing for death and fondly reminiscing in their dotage-correspondance, could recall what they had done for the little United States, and for Britain, but only the more daring Jefferson seriously considered what they may have done ‘way back then to, “free the human spirit in general”...

    Taffin gives Paine the greater credit. Well, history has benefit of hindsight... Whether Paine himself, or truly his contemporaries, really understood what he was accomplishing with his amazing writings, back then, seems questionable. There are crackpots writing this sort of thing about The Future today — just as there were in East Anglia long before Paine’s birth there, which later he read, a few of them, in the Old School at Thetford — so qua-dreamer Paine’s contribution may well have been fortuitous, simply a matter of good timing... The poet appears to have felt this about his own contribution to the French Revolution, and others have suggested Paine contributed little there too...

    But ideas have lives of their own, and History has control of this. Taffin doubtless is correct that if we are “free” today — universally — then some part of that is due to the writings of Tom Paine, almost regardless of how exactly that happened and what agencies promoted it and why, Marxist or Liberal or French, English, American, or other... Mao Tse Tung and Ho Chi Minh both are said to have read Tom Paine, I expect Steve Bannon has as well, and Marion (Le Pen) Maréchal (age 29) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (age 29) are reading Paine now...

    So the mystery of origins and influences continues, but so do the ideas. Read Taffin’s fascinating rendition here of Tom Paine’s context and continuing influence, and see what you yourself think... it is what many of us are worrying about in both the US and France, now, & that particular “common-concern” coincidence has made vast historical waves before...


    And now a Note:

    Tom Paine in epigrams, 1737-1809: & now I understand better why Ben Franklin must have enjoyed his company so much... —


    “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.”

    “I love the man that can smile in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.”

    “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”

    “To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”

    “The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”

    “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”

    “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”

    “’Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”

    “Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.”

    “Reason obeys itself, and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.”

    “Moderation in temper is a virtue, but moderation in principle is a vice.”

    “Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.”

    “The most formidable weapon against errors is reason.”

    — and the following three Tom Paine épigrammes seem of particular relevance to our present Franco & américain mutual Times-of-Troubles —

    “Character is much easier kept than recovered.”

    “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.”

    “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”

    Jack Kessler

    #Révolution_Paine #C&F_éditions #Peter_Linebaugh #Droits_humains

  • En voulant vérifier l’orthographe de son prénom, j’ai remarqué dernièrement que Mamoudou Gassama n’a pas sa page #Wikipedia en français, malgré le fait qu’elle existe en anglais, arabe et espagnol.


    #pas_sur_wikipedia #Mamoudou_Gassama

    Étant presque certain de l’avoir vue et lue en français, je me suis rendu compte qu’en fait le paragraphe affiché par Google est une traduction de l’article en français, et que l’image est une association (Automatique ou manuelle ?) puisque l’article en anglais n’affiche pas d’image.

    Ici la comparaison entre une recherche sur #Google #france et une recherche sur #DuckDuckGo dont le premier extrait mis en avant est plus fidèle aux pages indexés et existantes en ligne.

  • Jager Bomb Shot Recipe

    Une boisson mortelle

    Very popular at the bar, you will often see groups of people drinking Jäger Bombs together. You will either love them or hate them, there is not much middle ground with this potent shot. Without a doubt, this is a drink every bartender should know.

    Jäger-train - Wikipedia

    A Jäger-train is a theatrical method for preparing the drinks when multiple Jägerbombs have been ordered. Glasses of Red Bull are lined up, and an empty glass is placed at one end. Shot glasses of Jägermeister are then balanced on the lips of the glasses. The first shot glass (which is on the empty-glass end) is pushed over; it falls into the Red Bull in the next glass and—if the glasses are correctly positioned—it will simultaneously knock over the next shot glass, thus a domino effect will be created, causing each shot glass to fall into a glass of Red Bull.[5][6] In order for the trick to work, the shot glasses need to be tall enough (or drink glasses narrow enough) so that one shot glass knocks over the next shot glass in the line. The train can also be arranged into a Jäger-ring that completes itself.

    Drei Herzstillstände: 18-Jährige stirbt fast nach zehn „Flying Hirsch“ - FOCUS Online

    Der Mix aus Jägermeister und Energy-Drinks hat eine 18-Jährige in England fast das Leben gekostet. Die junge Frau erlitt nach zehn der Mixgetränke mehrere Herzattacken, vorübergehend hörte ihr Herz sogar auf zu schlagen.

    Sie laufen unter dem Namen „Jager Bomb“ oder „Flying Hirsch“, sie machen nicht nur betrunken, sondern puschen auch auf und liegen bei jungen Menschen schwer im Trend. Der Mix aus Jägermeister und Energy-Drinks sind einer 18-Jährigen im englischen Ort Yeovil fast zum Verhängnis geworden.

    Die junge Frau feierte mit Freunden in einem Nachtclub und trank etwa zehn der hochprozentigen Mixgetränke, wie die britische „Daily Mail“ berichtete. Die große Menge an Alkohol vertrug die Engländerin offenbar ohne Probleme, doch die hohe Konzentration an Koffein brachte dem Bericht zufolge Stunden später ihren Körper völlig außer Kontrolle.

    Mamie Brigitte ne l’aime pas. Moi non plus, c’est dégeulasse.

    PETA aufgebracht: Vegetarier wollen Jägermeister abschaffen | Berliner-Kurier.de

    Wolfenbüttel - Grüne Flasche, Hirschkopf-Etikett, 35 Prozent vol. Alkohol: Das ist „Jägermeister“ – seit 77 Jahren auf dem Markt. Aber dieser Kräuterlikör verbittert nun die Tierschützer von PETA.

    Sie wollen, dass der niedersächsische Spirituosen-Hersteller seinen „Jägermeister“ in „Waldmeister“ umbenennt – aus Image- und Tierschutzgründen.

    Die Namensänderung in „Waldmeister“ könnte verhindern, dass sich Kunden vom „Jägermeister“-Produkt abwenden, weil sie sich nicht mit der Jagd identifizieren wollen, erklärte PETA. Immer mehr Menschen würden den Sinn der hinterhältigen Tier-Tötung in deutschen Wäldern hinterfragen. Der „Waldmeister“ hingegen ist ein Heilkraut aus deutschen Wäldern, hat ein positives Image – im Gegensatz zum „Jägermeister“.

    Außerdem legte PETA der Schnapsfirma nahe, auf das jagdverherrlichende Gedicht von Oskar von Riesenthal auf dem Flaschen-Etikett zu verzichten. Als Ersatz legten die Tierschützer ein kritisches Jagd-Zitat vom ersten Bundespräsidenten Heuss bei. „Wir haben alles zur Kenntnis genommen“, sagte „Jägermeister“-Managerin Andrea Ostheer zu unserer Zeitung. „Wir verfolgen die Diskussionen in den Netzwerken, entscheiden dann.“

    #alcoolisme #wtf