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  • Robots & Autocrats: Saudi Arabia's Brave New World
    • Dear Professor,
      MbS's project seems to to me to have something in common with Kemal Ataturk's. I am afraid I am illiterate in both : normal regarding Saudi Arabia's "creative destruction", not even in its infancy, less so regarding Turkey's revolution, which is almost a century old (women's right to vote !)
      Does this parallel between SA and Turkey make any sense ?

  • Painting of the Day: "The Lovers" (Iran, 1630)
    • Dear professor,
      could you give us some further information on this slightly erotic painting and on the "seemingly" relationship between Iranian and Japanese approaches to portrait ?

  • What’s Stopping Media From Calling Las Vegas Killer a “Terrorist”? His Whiteness
  • Plummeting in Polls, will Trump 'Wag the Dog' with Iran, N. Korea?
    • Smokescreen in order to mask Mr. Mueller's investigation ?
      Wag-the-dog strategy against opinion polls reminding the Malvinas-Falkland fiasco ? Neither is pleasant ; moreover, both are compatible... Three heads between the chaos and us (U.S) ..... Let us have a nice weekend

  • The only Winners around Trump are the People who messed up the Mideast
    • Yes, these generals have been "generally" a disaster. Buy at least, they know a thing or two about war and death. And when I gather that Mac Master and Mattis have agreed not to leave Washington DC at the same time, I feel (moderately) quieter than if resident Trump remained alone with the nuclear codes.

  • Trump on Barcelona: Recalls US War on Spain, Brutal Occupation of Filipino Muslims
    • Many thanks for this historical "fact-checking" about Filipinos, Pershing, etc, and for the link between the Spanish war of 1898 and Barcelona today.
      Resident (I love this typo) Trump's bad taste and lack of knowledge are beyond words.

  • Top 5 Trump Secrets of Sadism, from Trans People to Priebus to Police
    • Your remark about Scaramucchi as a Commedia dell'Arte character is quite accurate. Il lends me to think that Mr Trump is a Shakespearian character in his own right, neither a Hamlet nor a Lear, but a Mr John Falstaff, who should be modernized in John False Tough, with alternative writings as John False Stuff or John False Staff.

  • The Sadism of creeping Dictatorship
    • For once, we see a hero of this lamentable story rise to the level of classical tragedy. Comey's farewell letter resonates like the end of Act 4 of Corneille's final tragedy : Suréna (1674). I cannot correctly translate his sumptuous language. Maybe some people can read it in French. Here is a (revised) Google translation for convenience only.

      SURENA (a great victorious general)
      Pardon is to great hearts a shame to receive;
      Threat has nothing to trouble them.
      While out of the ramparts my suite is scattered,
      That the guard is placed within by Sillace, (a spadassin J-O)
      That the people expect me to be arrested,
      If anyone got the order, he can execute it.
      Whether they want my sword, or my head,
      Say a word, lord, and both are ready:
      No drop of my blood doesn't belong to my king;
      And if one dares to kill me, he will lose more than I do.
      I have lived for my glory as much as I had to live,
      And leave a great example to those who may follow me; [...]

      PACORUS (an Eric Trump of sorts)
      Suréna, my fellows do not like these ways:
      It is false virtues that are so proud of virtues.
      After so many great deeds and reported exploits,
      The king can not doubt what you are worth;
      He does not want your demise : save yourself the trouble
      To attract his anger and deserve my hatred;
      Give your equals the example of obedience, [...]
      But remember that a king, when he says, "I will!"
      Farewell: that word is enough, and you must hear me.
      I do more, I foresee what I must expect:
      I wait for her without fear; And whatever the course,
      I will take care of my glory; Order of my days.

      La fin de l'acte IV de Suréna de Corneille
 La grâce est aux grands cœurs honteuse à recevoir ;

      La menace n’a rien qui les puisse émouvoir.

      Tandis que hors des murs ma suite est dispersée,

      Que la garde au dedans par Sillace est placée,

      Que le peuple s’attend à me voir arrêter,

      Si quelqu’un en a l’ordre, il peut l’exécuter.

      Qu’on veuille mon épée, ou qu’on veuille ma tête,

      Dites un mot, seigneur, et l’une et l’autre est prête :

      Je n’ai goutte de sang qui ne soit à mon roi ;
Et si l’on m’ose perdre, il perdra plus que moi.
J’ai vécu pour ma gloire autant qu’il fallait vivre,

      Et laisse un grand exemple à qui pourra me suivre ;

      Suréna, mes pareils n’aiment point ces manières :

      Ce sont fausses vertus que des vertus si fières.

      Après tant de hauts faits et d’exploits signalés,

      Le roi ne peut douter de ce que vous valez ;

      Il ne veut point vous perdre : épargnez-vous la peine
D’attirer sa colère et mériter ma haine ;

      Donnez à vos égaux l’exemple d’obéir,

      Mais songez bien qu’un roi, quand il dit : « je le veux… »

      Adieu : ce mot suffit, et vous devez m’entendre.

      Je fais plus, je prévois ce que j’en dois attendre :

      Je l’attends sans frayeur ; et quel qu’en soit le cours,

      J’aurai soin de ma gloire ; ordonnez de mes jours.

  • Fake President
    • τὸ γὰρ αὐτὸ νοεῖν ἐστίν τε καὶ εἶναι — for (γὰρ) what-is-thought and what-is (τὸ νοεῖν τε καὶ εἶναι) is (are) the same thing (ἐστίν αὐτὸ) —
 (Parmenides, III)
      Esse est percipi aut percipere  — to be is either to be perceived or to perceive — (Berkeley § 429 Philosophical Commentaries)
      “Perception is more important than reality. If someone perceives something to be true, it is more important than if it is true. (Ivanka Trump)
      Thought in progress.....

  • As Millions March for Climate, Stab in Back by EPA & NYT
    • There is nothing logical in this addiction to coal, it's mostly sentimental, I might say "germinal".
      I remember French PM Pierre Mauroy's mythological thinking ; in 1981 wanted to re-open the coal mines in Northern France, thanks to his historical background.

      First suggestion : send a copy of Jared Diamond's "Collapse" (the chapter on Easter Island might suffice) to "these people", in order to help them understand that, notwithstanding their own air conditioning devices, they will be burned, too. Just a little later.

      Second suggestion : make "these people" nervous, by telling that China runs 2/3 of the world's bullet train network (source : le Monde 4/22) (neither oil- or coal-powered) and that they shall be overcome. There is a risk there : they may bomb the railways .....

  • Is Trump right to doubt that Islam is a Religion?
    • An excellent paper, in my view. As always, people who do need to read it will dismiss it.

  • Still not Nice: Trump's Nazi-inspired Demonization of Immigrants
    • Is the picture of Mr. Trump in front of such a flag a real one or a ministered one ? At the very least, an explanation of the source is needed for foreign readers

  • Islam Ban sought by Far Right Austrian Party founded by ex-Nazis
    • interesting slides about misrepresentations in 40 countries one example Polish people believe that Muslims are 7% of the population, while the actual figure is 0,1 %
      from link to via opendemocracy

  • Circus of Liars: How Trump & GOP are Twisted into Pretzels over Putin Hack
    • for another view
      link to by
      I quote M.K. BHADRAKUMARs last paragraph
      "At the end of the day, therefore, to a foreign observer, all this looks most curious. America’s political class is fighting among themselves with tooth and claw over an issue that is commonplace in the contemporary world, and in that process, their country, the ‘lone superpower’, becomes the laughing stock of the world community.é

  • Neofascist Roof will conduct own defense in Murder Trial
    • Bad. Lawyers might have saved his life. Death penalty is irrelevant (I am a foreigner, and a Frenchman at that....)

  • CNN's Chyron wonders if Jews are People, inspired by Trumpist Neofascism
    • "Maybe the Neanderthals of the Neofascist movement not so much." Professor Cole, please do not insult Neanderthals ; Recent research shows that they happen to have mixed with Cro-Magnon (horresco referens) to beget Homo sapiens...

  • Top 5 Times the FBI intervened to Help the US Right Wing
  • 5 Signs that Wind Power in the US is suddenly going Massive
  • Love and Wine (Poem of the Day: Abu Nuwas of Baghdad)
    • Dr. Prof. Cole,

      Would it be possible to get the original version ? I don't read any of these languages, but their graphism is so beautiful....

  • The US is a Center-Left Country; Why is its politics FrankenRight?
    • "For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion". Eccl 9,4 (KJV).
      What about Trump as succeeding with evangelicals ?

  • Martyr to Science in Palmyra: Archeologist Khaled al-Asaad
    • Très bel hommage à un grand monsieur. Me revient le vers de Lucain (la Pharsale) Etiam perierunt ruinae...

  • Why Conservatives fear Pope's Climate Letter: A Radical Attack on the Logic of the Market
    • Nestlé's strategy, if and when implemented, will create Jobs, (ca. 530 B.C.E.) not jobs.

  • Response to Bush/CIA Spying Allegations by the University of Michigan
    • Dear Mr. Cole, I believe that you should be content with being disturbed by the CIA in that way.
      Stuff happens : remember Jean Seberg or David Kelly, the British scientist who both committed suicide.
      Long live to informed comment !

  • Afghan Protests against Qur'an-Burning cause Deaths
    • Who will say that the Mainstream Media are to be held responsible in no small part for this disaster ? Why did they allocate so much time and attention to this even-not-useful idiot ? Father Jones (unrelated to Mother Jones, I hope) lead a cohort of about twenty-five people a year ago. I am afraid his affiliates' number is growing.
      If you cannot silence him (freedom of speech), silence yourselves, and let him "die" from coverage attrition.

  • Palin: "We must support our North Korean Allies"
    • What about Sarah Palin being right ? North Koreans might be accointed to the neo-cons, to the military industrial complex, usw, as they happen to take pleasure in spoiling any chance to have peace in the "Pacific" (forgive the pun) area ? Then, Mrs. Palin would have disclosed a national security secret.

  • Blog Migration
    • Juste un petit mot pour vous dire combien votre blog nous est utile à tous, bien au-delà des frontières des USA. Bravo pour cet effort permanent d'information raisonnée.

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