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          #rockstar - vaughnalainemarshall      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
There is a shining glitch in this world... Someone with an ability to create beautiful sounds that is outrageously unlike our own. When she begins to sing all we can do is stop and stare... Hendlin - The Rockstar: The Authorized Biography Of The Greatest Singer Alive (Part 1) is a heartfelt confession. The upbringing of this once-in-a-lifetime singer has come at an enormous cost and the force that gave her this talent has something to say and wants to say it loud. In the public retelling of her troubled childhood Hendlin's recollections of being raised by her single father - a singer and songwriter - describe in raw detail the experiences that transform a sweet little girl into the largest voice we've ever heard. As her father's career went from promising to bad to exploding Hendlin's life ricocheted between grinding poverty and the decadence found in the pages of the wildest of rock biographies. Why Hendlin chooses to expose her deepest secrets in front of her fans - in front of the world - booms louder than any stadium concert. Thirty million people will eventually read 'The Interview Of The Decade'. And just what happened all of those years ago in Los Angeles is not the typical rock star tale... #universe #rockstar #singing #love #heart #song #music #reading #fiction #songwriter #series #heart #artist #book #singer http://www.hendlintherockstar.com/not-showing-enough-skin/
          Search for flavour anomalies at LHCb: decay-time-dependent CP violation in $B_s^0\to(K^+\pi^-)(K^-\pi^+)$ and Lepton Universality in $\overline{B}^0\to D^{(*)+}l\overline{\nu_{l}}$      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Standard Model (SM) of Particle Physics is a very successful theory, but it leaves some important questions unanswered. One long-standing mystery is the so called flavour structure, consisting on the specific arrangement of fermions in three families and the connections among them. Several New Physics (NP) models predict modifications to the flavour structure and consequent deviations from the expected behaviour of sub-atomic processes. The LHCb experiment, at CERN, searches for NP by measuring the properties of B mesons decays, using B mesons produced in p-p collisions at the LHC. This thesis presents two measurements performed in LHCb that allow to test the flavour structure of the SM in different ways. The first and main analysis corresponds to the World's first measurement of the Charge-Partity (\CP)-violating phase $\phi_s^{d\overline{d}}$, using $B^0_s \rightarrow (K^+\pi^-)(K^-\pi^+)$ decays. The analysis employs data collected by LHCb in 2011 and 2012. The physical motivation is the \CP problem, corresponding to the inconsistency between the huge matter/anti-matter asymmetry in the Universe and the small \CP asymmetry that the SM can accommodate (embedded in the flavour structure). The $B_s^0\to K^{*0}(\to K^+\pi^-)\overline{K}^{*0}(\to K^-\pi^+)$ decay is forbidden at tree level in the SM, only proceeding via loop (penguin) diagrams. This suppression allows potential NP contributions to play a significant role. The $\phi_s^{d\overline{d}}$ phase, predicted to be approximately 0 in the SM, arises in the interference between the $B^0_s/ \bar{B^0_s}$ oscillation and the decay of either a $B^0_s$ or a $\bar{B^0_s}$ to the $K^{*0}\overline{K}^{*0}$ final state. To increase the available statistics, not only the $K^{*0}(\overline{K}^{*0})$ resonance is inspected, but also several scalar, vector and tensor $K\pi$ components present in a two-dimensional $K\pi$ mass window of 750 to 1600 \MeVcc. A total of 19 amplitudes are studied. Given the current level of sensitivity, the same $\phi_s^{d\overline{d}}$ phase is used for all the states. A full amplitude analysis is done via an un-binned fit to the multi-dimensional decay distribution on the $B^0_s$ decay-time, three angular variables and the two $K\pi$ invariant masses. The \CP-violating phase is measured to be $\phi_s^{d\overline{d}}= -0.10 \pm 0.13 \pm 0.14$rad, where the first uncertainty is statistical and the second one is systematic. It is compatible with the SM prediction, within uncertainties. Many other amplitude-parameters are determined in addition. In particular, the longitudinal-polarisation fraction of the $B_s^0\to K^{*0}\overline{K}^{*0}$ decay is found to be $f_{\rm L}=0.208\pm0.032\pm0.046$, which confirms the previously measured low value and deviates from the existent expectations based on the SM. The second analysis aims at testing the Lepton Universality. This property of the SM consists on the electro-weak couplings being the same for the three lepton families. Several deviations from this behaviour have been recently observed, the largest one corresponding to the combined measurement of $R(D)$ and $R(D^*)$ and being of 4.1 standard deviations. The $R$ observables are defined as $R(D^{(*)})=\mathcal{B}(B\to D^{(*)}\tau\bar{\nu}_{\tau})/\mathcal{B}(B\to D^{(*)}\mu\bar{\nu}_{\mu})$, where $D$ is $D^0$ or $D^+$ and $D^{*}$ is $D^{*0}$ or $D^{*+}$. The analysis presented in this work corresponds to the first LHCb measurement of $R(D)$ using $D^+$, and is restricted to the case $\tau\to \mu\nu_{\tau}\bar{\nu}_{\mu}$ and $D^+\to K^-\pi^+\pi^+$. A data sample collected by LHCb in 2015 is used. The measurement is done through a binned, three-dimensional, template-based fit to filtered candidates with the visible final state $K^-\pi^+\pi^+\mu^-$. Contributions from $D^{*+}\to D^+\pi^0$ to the same visible state, when the $\pi^0$ is not reconstructed, allow to measure $R(D^*)$ in combination with $R(D)$. After filtering, a total yield of about 800 000 $D^+$ candidates is found. The thesis reports the work done in this analysis, which will be continued in the future. To improve the sensitivity, the 2015 data sample will be combined for the final result with the data collected in 2016.
          The history of physics: a very short introduction      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
How does the physics we know today - a highly professionalised enterprise, inextricably linked to government and industry - link back to its origins as a liberal art in Ancient Greece? What is the path that leads from the old philosophy of nature and its concern with humankind's place in the universe to modern massive international projects that hunt down fundamental particles and industrial laboratories that manufacture marvels? This Very Short Introduction introduces us to Islamic astronomers and mathematicians calculating the size of the earth whilst their caliphs conquered much of it; to medieval scholar-theologians investigating light; to Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton, measuring, and trying to explain, the universe. We visit the 'House of Wisdom' in 9th-century Baghdad; Europe's first universities; the courts of the Renaissance; the Scientific Revolution and the academies of the 18th century; and the increasingly specialised world of 20th and 21st century science. Highlighting the shifting relationship between physics, philosophy, mathematics, and technology - and the implications for humankind's self-understanding - Heilbron explores the changing place and purpose of physics in the cultures and societies that have nurtured it over the centuries.
          The scientific sublime: popular science unravels the mysteries of the universe      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The sublime evokes our awe, our terror, and our wonder. Applied first in ancient Greece to the heights of literary expression, in the 18th-century the sublime was extended to nature and to the sciences, enterprises that viewed the natural world as a manifestation of God's goodness, power, and wisdom. In The Scientific Sublime, Alan Gross reveals the modern-day sublime in popular science. He shows how the great popular scientists of our time―Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking, Steven Weinberg, Brian Greene, Lisa Randall, Rachel Carson, Stephen Jay Gould, Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, and E. O. Wilson―evoke the sublime in response to fundamental questions: How did the universe begin? How did life? How did language? These authors maintain a tradition initiated by Joseph Addison, Edmund Burke, Immanuel Kant, and Adam Smith, towering 18th-century figures who adapted the literary sublime first to nature, then to science―though with one crucial difference: religion has been replaced wholly by science. In a final chapter, Gross explores science's attack on religion, an assault that attempts to sweep permanently under the rug two questions science cannot answer: What is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of the good life?
          Episode # 178: Authors & Radio Personalities Sam Sorbo & Marius Forte      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On this episode of Divine Intervention, we are joined by authors and radio personalities Sam Sorbo and Marius Forte. Sam and Marius share some miracle stories from their own lives, as well as discuss their new book, "The Answer - Proof of God in Heaven." Their book covers questions like Is God real? What is the Universe? Does chance exist? What is prayer? and other light and fluffy topics. :) Sam Sorbo is an international fashion model, real estate developer, actress, wife, mother of three, writer, philosopher, photographer, hospital volunteer, and founder of TrueFeminist.com. She speaks five languages fluently and...
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          Offer - Are You Cut Out to be a Mystic Entrepreneur? 7 Telltale Signs - Phoenix      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Once you have decided to embark on your entrepreneurial journey, it is very important to understand what type of an entrepreneur are you. There are entrepreneurs who are motivated by money, profit and material success and there are those who are inspired by a greater cause. They tend to incorporate divine love, passion, creativity, spirituality and wisdom in their daily, routine work, no matter how mundane it is to be. They are different from other types of entrepreneurs and stand in their own league and are called spiritual ormystic entrepreneurs. Understanding your distinct nature and evolving your practice accordingly help you come up with a brand and service that is authentic, grounded, and result-oriented. This kind of soul searching would help you understand how your service is distinct from the competition, what you are offering and how much it is worth, who your ideal clients are, and how you can help them out. Being a spiritual entrepreneur is so very different from being any other type of an entrepreneur. It is about creating a unique spiritual and mystical service that resonates with your faith, vision and inner values and is designed to help and support others. Here are 7 telltale signs of a mystic or spiritual entrepreneur:A Deeper Interest in Matters of the Heart, Mind, Emotions and Soul Mystic entrepreneurs are more spirit and soul conscious. They are grounded and secure in their mysticism and spirituality and are not at odds with them. They believe in improving the mind, mind sciences, mental and spiritual health, self-help, self-improvement, etc. They are constantly looking for ways to bring emotional health, wellness, healing, and peace to their lives and that of their loved ones. They are into reiki, yoga, meditation and Feng Shui and meditate a lot.A Growth-Oriented MindsetEntrepreneurs with a mystic bent are naturally curious and restless by nature. They are intrigued by the mysteries of the Universe and their own souls. They have a strong desire to invest in themselves that is, their own learning and refinement. They are not afraid to learn, unlearn and relearn, go into unknown directions within to keep evolving at a soul conscious level. They seek to work with masters, seers and master trainers and learn from them and commit a lot of time to self-improvement activities. They are looking for inner fulfillment and try to look for meaning and joy in things.A Larger than Life VisionMystical beings feel that they are here on Earth not by accident but to fulfill a greater and nobler purpose. They are not motivated by financial figures and goals and amassing material things. They have a noble and grand vision which encompasses not their own selves but the greater good of the world at large. They are deeply concerned about issues facing their community as well as humanity and the world at large. They not only try to raise the awareness of others but also try to find practical solutions for problems. They may not have oodles of money but still try to commit their time, and invest their money and resources into philanthropic causes.A Degree of IntuitionEntrepreneurs with mystic abilities are highly sensitive and intuitive. They have an uncanny insight and have a way of knowing hidden or unrealized things about others without even being told. They can have a look at a person and his or her workings and can guess the story running in the background. They often have insightful and fantastic revelations about others. They look for hidden meaning and connection between seemingly disjointed things.Appreciation for Solitude as well as CompanyEntrepreneurs with a mystical mindset are introverts. They prefer to be in like-minded, inspiring company or they prefer flying solo. They like to reconnect with themselves, their own spirit and soul in solitude. They are drawn to nature walks, meditation, long baths or spas. They shun the fast-paced party life but are drawn to deep, invigorating, stimulating conversations, and retreats of the like-minded ones.Trustable GuidesDue to their intuitive, mystic abilities, these special breed of entrepreneurs are often recipients of long distance calls and lengthy emails from their friends and loved ones. Why? It is because they are trusted and relied upon by their friends not as a shoulder to cry on, but as trustworthy allies and advisors. They are sought by their friends for guidance and for solid advice. Their friends, family members, and loyal clients hesitate and resist making critical decisions without consulting them first and the mystic entrepreneurs take their trust and faith very seriously and help them come up with the best solutions to their problems.A Higher Degree of EmpathyMystic entrepreneurs have a higher degree of empathy for others and are moved by their pain and sufferings. The minute they hear that a friend or loved one is in some kind of trouble, they are moved to action. They try to find means and ways to ease their loved ones’ pain and troubles. They are often concerned about not just the physical but the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of others. They not only extend comfort and a shoulder to cry on but also spring to action and try to find practical solutions. As coaches and trainers, mystic entrepreneursare in a unique position to help others in overcoming their mental blocks, their personal issues through personalized, one on one training and guidance. They offer others a chance to transform their bodies, minds and lives, and move to a higher and more evolved soul conscious level. They help others manifest their desires and ideals through personalized guidance.If you can identify with these traits then you are clearly a mystical or spiritual entrepreneur or one in the making and would do well in a business that deals with these aspects. More and more people are awakening to the idea that it is possible to evolve a successful and yet profitable mystical or spiritual business on the basis of a divine vision and mission. This is why mystics and spiritualists are taking their ideas and goals from the hobbyist closet and turning them into deeply meaningful and result-oriented business ventures. By aligning with the law of natural and universal abundance, they are bringing in more and more positive energy into the world for the humanity at large.As a Mystic Wealth Mentor and spiritual teacher, I teach practical manifestation strategies and mystical principles that help my clients bridge their spirituality and mysticism with practicality. You too can have a one-on-one session with me to determine whether we fit in together. Go to https://lucimcmonagle.youcanbook.me/ and book a discovery session.Moreover, I also have a special offer, a chance to work with me in a year-long exclusive program that can help you tap into your deepest mystical gifts and unlock the spiritual mysteries of your soul, so that your business and you can transcend to a whole new level of financial and spiritual success. Go to www.ChatwithLuci.com and we would take it from there.
          Review: Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded (Switch)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Time to shrine.


Ah, The Touhou series. Well, depending on your experience and exposure, the ‘project’ is either a long-standing production line of ‘Danmaku’ (curtain fire) bullet hell shmups, a vast array of parody and homages ranging from Castlevania clones to 3D fighters (in the form of Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle), or a vast, labyrinthine journey through literally thousands of fan-made media pieces, from music to literature. As the brain-child of Team Shanghai Alice starting back in 1996, the ‘core franchise’ spans over 20 years and more than two dozen games.

Project Touhou and it’s characters have certainly become a barely controllable beast, and roguelike RPG adventure Genso Wanderer makes its way to the Switch, ‘Reloaded’ from the original version released on PS Vita and PS4 in 2017, ready to satisfy long-term fans with lore and backstory, while attempting to be an accessible entry point for those new to the extensive universe.

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          #straight - glowinguniverse      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Man of Steel #6 Review      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Jason Fabok Colors: Alex Sinclair Letters: Josh Reed Man of Steel #6 puts a cap on Brian Michael Bendis’ first extended foray into the DC Universe. Over the course of six issues Bendis has deftly restored Superman to a classic status quo without breaking any eggs in the process nor completely […]
          Kreeft’s Case for God – Part #31: Evaluation of Phase 2 Continued      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WHERE WE ARE AT In Phase 2 of Argument #6, the Kalam Cosmological Argument, Peter Kreeft aims to establish two claims: 4. The cause of the coming into being of the universe is eternal. 5. The cause of the coming into being of the universe was a person. In Part 30, I argued that Kreeft’s […]
          В SoC Exynos 9820 будет использоваться GPU Mali-G76 MP18      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Месяц назад появилось подтверждение тому, что Samsung действительно работает над собственным GPU для своих мобильных однокристальных систем, о чём слухи твердили уже несколько лет.

Тогда же сообщалось, что GPU впервые появится в бюджетных платформах. Так это будет или нет, пока неизвестно, но инсайдер Ice Universe сообщил, что SoC Exynos 9820, которая ляжет в основу смартфона Galaxy S10, точно не будет использовать графическое ядро собственной разработки корейского гиганта.

В SoC Exynos 9820 будет использоваться GPU Mali-G76 MP18

Вместо этого там будет GPU Mali-G76 MP18. Напомним, новый GPU Mali был представлен совсем недавно. В максимальной конфигурации он может содержать 20 ядер, но, если даже Samsung не использовала все, то вряд ли мы увидим какую-либо платформу с Mali-G76 в максимальной конфигурации.

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          Kevin Feige Has ‘Ideas’ For A Potential Avengers/X-Men Crossover In The Marvel Cinematic Universe      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
X-Men could join the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Then what?
          ‘Black Panther’ Star Winston Duke Will Play Kimbo Slice In The ‘Backyard Legend’ Biopic      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Winston Duke is moving away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
          O Sonhar está desmoronando em prévia de The Sandman Universe #1      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A longa espera por histórias inéditas de Sandman está acabando, já que The Sandman Universe #1 está prestes a sair. Na manhã de ontem a DC divulgou a primeira prévia oficial da edição especial que traz Neil Gaiman de volta à história que o tornou mundialmente famoso. Este lançamento faz parte de duas celebrações: os […]

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          SABEDORIA DOS ANJOS - "NOVOS OBJETIVOS / FAÇA UM DESEJO" - 09.07.2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   



Uma decisão deve ser tomada e uma epifania está prestes a ser alcançada à medida que uma nova maneira de pensar começa a prevalecer. Quando a escolha é feita e você libera o que foi ou não foi, você descobrirá que tudo está por aqui. Você aprendeu o que podia e agora é hora de avançar para algo mais significativo para você e sua vida. As coisas irão se encaixar, como deveriam, então, por enquanto, deixe que isso aconteça e seja grato, pronto para avançar para novos começos esperançosos.

Pensamento para hoje: Tudo começa com um plano, defina a sua intenção e faça um desejo. É hora de partir em uma nova jornada na direção dos seus sonhos.

E assim é,

Você é muito amado e apoiado, sempre.

Os Anjos e Guias


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          AVES AZUIS - "NO INÍCIO TUDO ERA LUZ" - 08.07.2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


Nós somos os Seres das Aves Azuis. Viemos compartilhar nossas assinaturas energéticas e aumentar sua consciência sobre nós. Talvez devamos começar com uma história para que nosso canal se torne mais familiarizado com nossa energia.

No começo tudo era luz, tudo era Fonte, o grande mistério. Como a Fonte decidiu se expandir e apreciar vários aspectos de si mesma, os mundos foram formados, povos criados, civilizações perdidas e encontradas, aventuras iniciadas. A Consciência por sua própria natureza é expansão. A criação e o processo disso são profundamente pessoais. Pois o que alguém cria é responsável, de certa forma. Nós, Aves Azuis, talvez nos sintamos em dívida com a humanidade, pois inserimos nossa consciência, observamos suas experiências genéticas, participamos da formação de suas antigas sociedades, como no Egito, e nos sentimos como se os conhecêssemos. Pois vimos os altos e baixos traumáticos de suas muitas revoluções sociais e observamos com grande interesse a resiliência e  paixão inquebrantável do espírito humano, e a interação com a distorção do ego. Vocês estiveram envolvidos por milênios. Nós os conhecemos e observamos sua espécie por milênios

É hora de começarmos a darmos a conhecer nossa presença àqueles em seu mundo, pois viemos em paz, é claro, para oferecermos soluções criativas e para auxiliar na elevação da consciência. Para onde a terra vai, a galáxia segue. A Terra é uma parte integrada e integrante do grande enigma da criação neste setor e muitos mundos e civilizações seriam afetados negativamente se vocês não tivessem sucesso. E assim vocês serão bem sucedidos. Nós, Aves Azuis, oferecemos nossas tecnologias, nossa sabedoria e compreensão de nossas próprias observações científicas de sua espécie e oferecemos a vocês nosso espírito de assistência criativa. Nós não iremos interferir, não poderíamos, pois respeitamos a Lei do Um e nós a cumprimos. A não-interferência é a principal diretriz que nós seguimos de perto e respeitamos / honramos. E é claro que honramos o seu livre arbítrio. É por isso que estamos tornando nossa presença conhecida para aqueles que estão despertos, para que  possam escolher colocar sua consciência em nós para que possamos ajudá-los mais diretamente.

Muitos de vocês têm raízes na sua alma em nossa própria civilização. Lembramos que vocês são seres multidimensionais que atualmente experimentam uma grande interação de realidades / mundos / paralelos de vocês, e que é hora de integrá-los em seu campo com amor. Amor e respeito serão as pedras angulares da Nova Gaia. Comecem construindo suas vidas com estes como seus pilares e a ascensão deverá seguir. Vocês tem muitas perguntas sobre nós.. Somos relativamente novos na sua consciência. Vocês, a humanidade, estiveram em nosso campo de consciência e compaixão por algum tempo e nós estamos aqui em amizade para oferecer nossos serviços para a sua melhoria coletiva. Isso é tudo.

Nós somos os Seres Aves Azuis


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          SABEDORIA DOS ANJOS - "A MANEIRA MAIS RÁPIDA PARA MUDAR É TRANSFORMAR OS PENSAMENTOS E SENTIMENTOS" - 07.07.2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   



Para deixar a cura começar, você deve se livrar de pensamentos e emoções negativas. Quando você mantém pensamentos e sentimentos indesejados, você está enviando a vibração desses mesmos pensamentos e sentimentos.

Você não pode mudar um ciclo até que você mude seu pensamento. Se você quiser mudar um aspecto de sua vida que não está funcionando, observe mais atentamente os seus pensamentos e, então, os seus sentimentos. Quando você fizer isso, você encontrará a peça que faltava no quebra-cabeça para um caminho melhor. Tire algum tempo e contemple pensamentos e sentimentos agradáveis. Todo o poder está nas escolhas de seus pensamentos.

Pensamento para hoje: Assuma o controle hoje do seu diálogo interior, de suas imagens internas e de seus sentimentos. Você está no controle de tudo que você mantém como seu e esta energia representa a vibração que você está enviando para o mundo. Escolha sabiamente e bem.

E assim é.

Você é muito amado e apoiado, sempre.

Os Anjos e Guias


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          10位:The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
著者名:Steven Weinberg/発売日:1993年/2,799円(税込)/送料無料
          Comment on Sunday: The Restoration of Israel by Inge Anderson      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Your question is a fair one because the understanding of many believers doesn't go much beyond that. (But keep in mind what Maurice said.) I think we need to teach more clearly that God is both the Author and Upholder of all life in the universe. (See Hebrews 1:3 and Acts 17:28) The corollary to that understanding is that when God grants the wish of rebels to be independent of Him, they cease to exist. That is the natural, inevitable result of separation from God. At the same time, that understanding should not cause us to re-interpret biblical texts that point to God's active intervention to destroy evil. For instance, the rebels at Noah's time did not "naturally" cease to exist. They were drowned in the world-wide flood supernaturally caused by God. The Flood is used as a type of the final destruction of the wicked by fire directly caused by God to cleanse this earth both of the wicked and the results of sin in the natural world. (Matt 24:39, Luke 17:27, 2 Peter 3:3-7, 10, 11) When we put these texts together, it seems clear to me that Christ and the apostles understood that the earth would be cleansed by literal fire which would destroy both the results of sin and sinners themselves. It also seems to me that false teachings and schisms in the church have most often resulted from taking one aspect of truth and making it the only truth, thus negating other truths. Thus the teaching that God is seeking vengeance misrepresents the character of God. The teaching that God will not destroy sinners also misrepresents God - leading to universalism at the extreme end and questionable reinterpretation of clear biblical texts on the closer end. (If some texts in the Bible that seem to be meant literally need to be neutralized, who decides where to stop this practice and believe what the Bible actually says.) As noted above, I believe we need to teach more clearly that God is both Creator and Upholder of all life - that every plant that grows, every heart that beats is doing so as the direct result of God's upholding power. From this the understanding of the self-destructive nature of sin will grow quite naturally.
          Préposée aux chambres (Hôtel Universel) - Gsi Prestige - Sainte-Foy, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Chaque matin, la femme/homme de chambre reçoit son planning lui indiquant les chambres qu'elle doit nettoyer et ranger, avec efficacité et rapidité. Le... $12.70 an hour
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          Assistante Gouvernante (Hôtel Universel) - Gsi Prestige - Sainte-Foy, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Hôtel Universel 2300 chemin Sainte-foy Remplace la gouvernante durant ses 2 jours de congé, son travail est surtout requis les fins de semaine plus 2 ou 3... $14.25 an hour
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          X-Men: 20 Things That Make No Sense About Mystique      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The shapeshifting mutant known as Mystique has long been one of the most mysterious characters in the <em><strong>X-Men</strong> </em>universe.
          Marvel's February 2021 Movie is Probably Black Panther 2      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Marvel Studios has <a href="https://twitter.com/BoxOffice/status/1016734169248956416" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">shifted the release date</a> for an untitled Marvel Cinematic Universe movie a few months forward, from July 2021 to February 2021 - and it seems likely that this untitled movie is actually <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/black-panther-2/"><em><strong>Black Panther 2</strong></em></a>.
          20 Wild Fan Redesigns Of Unexpected Arrowverse Couples      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The <em><strong>Arrowverse</strong></em> is definitely one of the most populous live-action superhero universes, after the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Possibly more so because, unlike the MCU, the Arrowverse also takes place on multiple Earths, which makes multiple versions of characters.
          Henry Cavill Trolls Interviewer Regarding Superman DC Movie Future      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Henry Cavill is asked when Warner Bros. will release <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/man-of-steel-2/"><strong><em>Man of Steel 2</em></strong></a> or another <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/superman/">Superman</a> solo movie, and the actor's response is perfect. Cavill first portrayed Clark Kent aka. Superman in Zack Snyder's <em>Man of Steel</em>, which hit theaters in 2013 and soft-launched Warner Bros' DC movie universe. Cavill reprised the role in Snyder's <em>Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice</em>, the film that officially kicked off the studio's expansive comic book universe. At the end of <em>Batman V Superman</em>, Cavill's superhero was killed by Doomsday and mourned by the heroes he left behind.
          Black Adam: Dwayne Johnson Teases DC Hero Cameos, May Film Late 2019      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has confirmed that he is still committed to the <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/black-adam/"><strong><em>Black Adam</em></strong></a> film being planned for Warner Bros' DC Extended Universe. Unfortunately, due to his busy schedule, filming will not start until late 2019, at the earliest.
          Shazam! Casts Djimon Hounsou as The Wizard, Ron Cephas Jones Passes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Djimon Hounsou is now a member of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe, thanks to his newly-revealed role as The Wizard in DC's <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/shazam/"><strong><em>Shazam!</em></strong></a> movie. The Oscar-nominated star of historical dramas like <em>Amistad</em> and <em>Gladiator</em> joined the MCU in 2014, when he played Korath the Pursuer (insert obligatory <em>"Who?"</em> joke here) in the first <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em> movie. As fate would have it, Hounsou will return as Korath in next March's <a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/captain-marvel/"><em>Captain Marvel</em></a> movie, a month before he joins the DCEU for David F. Sandberg's magical superhero action/comedy.
          Justice League: Would The Snyder Cut Actually Be Better?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Many DC Extended Universe fans are campaigning for Warner Bros. to release a Zack Snyder director’s cut of <strong><a href="https://screenrant.com/tag/justice-league/"><em>Justice League</em></a></strong>, but after his other franchise entries were so derided, would it actually be an improvement?
          21 Things That Make No Sense About Ant-Man      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
<p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Paul Rudd became a welcome addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Scott Lang in </span><b><i>Ant-Man</i></b><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">The comedic caper struck a chord with audiences even though a lot of viewers weren’t familiar with the character to start.</span></p>
          Five At Five: Facebook’s AR Push      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Welcome to Five at Five, your late look at the day’s payments and commerce news. Coverage includes news about new social media ads and Google’s new payment offering. U.S. authorities are going after Heartland Payment Systems, lawmakers target cashless eateries, and pancakes have regained their rightful place in the universe. Facebook Testing AR Ads In […]
          Steven Universe Review: Now We're Only Falling Apart      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


So how did you feel about the first episode of last week? It's time to roll out the fan reviews!

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          Offer - Are You Cut Out to be a Mystic Entrepreneur? 7 Telltale Signs - Phoenix      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Once you have decided to embark on your entrepreneurial journey, it is very important to understand what type of an entrepreneur are you. There are entrepreneurs who are motivated by money, profit and material success and there are those who are inspired by a greater cause. They tend to incorporate divine love, passion, creativity, spirituality and wisdom in their daily, routine work, no matter how mundane it is to be. They are different from other types of entrepreneurs and stand in their own league and are called spiritual ormystic entrepreneurs. Understanding your distinct nature and evolving your practice accordingly help you come up with a brand and service that is authentic, grounded, and result-oriented. This kind of soul searching would help you understand how your service is distinct from the competition, what you are offering and how much it is worth, who your ideal clients are, and how you can help them out. Being a spiritual entrepreneur is so very different from being any other type of an entrepreneur. It is about creating a unique spiritual and mystical service that resonates with your faith, vision and inner values and is designed to help and support others. Here are 7 telltale signs of a mystic or spiritual entrepreneur:A Deeper Interest in Matters of the Heart, Mind, Emotions and Soul Mystic entrepreneurs are more spirit and soul conscious. They are grounded and secure in their mysticism and spirituality and are not at odds with them. They believe in improving the mind, mind sciences, mental and spiritual health, self-help, self-improvement, etc. They are constantly looking for ways to bring emotional health, wellness, healing, and peace to their lives and that of their loved ones. They are into reiki, yoga, meditation and Feng Shui and meditate a lot.A Growth-Oriented MindsetEntrepreneurs with a mystic bent are naturally curious and restless by nature. They are intrigued by the mysteries of the Universe and their own souls. They have a strong desire to invest in themselves that is, their own learning and refinement. They are not afraid to learn, unlearn and relearn, go into unknown directions within to keep evolving at a soul conscious level. They seek to work with masters, seers and master trainers and learn from them and commit a lot of time to self-improvement activities. They are looking for inner fulfillment and try to look for meaning and joy in things.A Larger than Life VisionMystical beings feel that they are here on Earth not by accident but to fulfill a greater and nobler purpose. They are not motivated by financial figures and goals and amassing material things. They have a noble and grand vision which encompasses not their own selves but the greater good of the world at large. They are deeply concerned about issues facing their community as well as humanity and the world at large. They not only try to raise the awareness of others but also try to find practical solutions for problems. They may not have oodles of money but still try to commit their time, and invest their money and resources into philanthropic causes.A Degree of IntuitionEntrepreneurs with mystic abilities are highly sensitive and intuitive. They have an uncanny insight and have a way of knowing hidden or unrealized things about others without even being told. They can have a look at a person and his or her workings and can guess the story running in the background. They often have insightful and fantastic revelations about others. They look for hidden meaning and connection between seemingly disjointed things.Appreciation for Solitude as well as CompanyEntrepreneurs with a mystical mindset are introverts. They prefer to be in like-minded, inspiring company or they prefer flying solo. They like to reconnect with themselves, their own spirit and soul in solitude. They are drawn to nature walks, meditation, long baths or spas. They shun the fast-paced party life but are drawn to deep, invigorating, stimulating conversations, and retreats of the like-minded ones.Trustable GuidesDue to their intuitive, mystic abilities, these special breed of entrepreneurs are often recipients of long distance calls and lengthy emails from their friends and loved ones. Why? It is because they are trusted and relied upon by their friends not as a shoulder to cry on, but as trustworthy allies and advisors. They are sought by their friends for guidance and for solid advice. Their friends, family members, and loyal clients hesitate and resist making critical decisions without consulting them first and the mystic entrepreneurs take their trust and faith very seriously and help them come up with the best solutions to their problems.A Higher Degree of EmpathyMystic entrepreneurs have a higher degree of empathy for others and are moved by their pain and sufferings. The minute they hear that a friend or loved one is in some kind of trouble, they are moved to action. They try to find means and ways to ease their loved ones’ pain and troubles. They are often concerned about not just the physical but the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of others. They not only extend comfort and a shoulder to cry on but also spring to action and try to find practical solutions. As coaches and trainers, mystic entrepreneursare in a unique position to help others in overcoming their mental blocks, their personal issues through personalized, one on one training and guidance. They offer others a chance to transform their bodies, minds and lives, and move to a higher and more evolved soul conscious level. They help others manifest their desires and ideals through personalized guidance.If you can identify with these traits then you are clearly a mystical or spiritual entrepreneur or one in the making and would do well in a business that deals with these aspects. More and more people are awakening to the idea that it is possible to evolve a successful and yet profitable mystical or spiritual business on the basis of a divine vision and mission. This is why mystics and spiritualists are taking their ideas and goals from the hobbyist closet and turning them into deeply meaningful and result-oriented business ventures. By aligning with the law of natural and universal abundance, they are bringing in more and more positive energy into the world for the humanity at large.As a Mystic Wealth Mentor and spiritual teacher, I teach practical manifestation strategies and mystical principles that help my clients bridge their spirituality and mysticism with practicality. You too can have a one-on-one session with me to determine whether we fit in together. Go to https://lucimcmonagle.youcanbook.me/ and book a discovery session.Moreover, I also have a special offer, a chance to work with me in a year-long exclusive program that can help you tap into your deepest mystical gifts and unlock the spiritual mysteries of your soul, so that your business and you can transcend to a whole new level of financial and spiritual success. Go to www.ChatwithLuci.com and we would take it from there.
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          Offer - Are You Cut Out to be a Mystic Entrepreneur? 7 Telltale Signs - Phoenix      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Once you have decided to embark on your entrepreneurial journey, it is very important to understand what type of an entrepreneur are you. There are entrepreneurs who are motivated by money, profit and material success and there are those who are inspired by a greater cause. They tend to incorporate divine love, passion, creativity, spirituality and wisdom in their daily, routine work, no matter how mundane it is to be. They are different from other types of entrepreneurs and stand in their own league and are called spiritual ormystic entrepreneurs. Understanding your distinct nature and evolving your practice accordingly help you come up with a brand and service that is authentic, grounded, and result-oriented. This kind of soul searching would help you understand how your service is distinct from the competition, what you are offering and how much it is worth, who your ideal clients are, and how you can help them out. Being a spiritual entrepreneur is so very different from being any other type of an entrepreneur. It is about creating a unique spiritual and mystical service that resonates with your faith, vision and inner values and is designed to help and support others. Here are 7 telltale signs of a mystic or spiritual entrepreneur:A Deeper Interest in Matters of the Heart, Mind, Emotions and Soul Mystic entrepreneurs are more spirit and soul conscious. They are grounded and secure in their mysticism and spirituality and are not at odds with them. They believe in improving the mind, mind sciences, mental and spiritual health, self-help, self-improvement, etc. They are constantly looking for ways to bring emotional health, wellness, healing, and peace to their lives and that of their loved ones. They are into reiki, yoga, meditation and Feng Shui and meditate a lot.A Growth-Oriented MindsetEntrepreneurs with a mystic bent are naturally curious and restless by nature. They are intrigued by the mysteries of the Universe and their own souls. They have a strong desire to invest in themselves that is, their own learning and refinement. They are not afraid to learn, unlearn and relearn, go into unknown directions within to keep evolving at a soul conscious level. They seek to work with masters, seers and master trainers and learn from them and commit a lot of time to self-improvement activities. They are looking for inner fulfillment and try to look for meaning and joy in things.A Larger than Life VisionMystical beings feel that they are here on Earth not by accident but to fulfill a greater and nobler purpose. They are not motivated by financial figures and goals and amassing material things. They have a noble and grand vision which encompasses not their own selves but the greater good of the world at large. They are deeply concerned about issues facing their community as well as humanity and the world at large. They not only try to raise the awareness of others but also try to find practical solutions for problems. They may not have oodles of money but still try to commit their time, and invest their money and resources into philanthropic causes.A Degree of IntuitionEntrepreneurs with mystic abilities are highly sensitive and intuitive. They have an uncanny insight and have a way of knowing hidden or unrealized things about others without even being told. They can have a look at a person and his or her workings and can guess the story running in the background. They often have insightful and fantastic revelations about others. They look for hidden meaning and connection between seemingly disjointed things.Appreciation for Solitude as well as CompanyEntrepreneurs with a mystical mindset are introverts. They prefer to be in like-minded, inspiring company or they prefer flying solo. They like to reconnect with themselves, their own spirit and soul in solitude. They are drawn to nature walks, meditation, long baths or spas. They shun the fast-paced party life but are drawn to deep, invigorating, stimulating conversations, and retreats of the like-minded ones.Trustable GuidesDue to their intuitive, mystic abilities, these special breed of entrepreneurs are often recipients of long distance calls and lengthy emails from their friends and loved ones. Why? It is because they are trusted and relied upon by their friends not as a shoulder to cry on, but as trustworthy allies and advisors. They are sought by their friends for guidance and for solid advice. Their friends, family members, and loyal clients hesitate and resist making critical decisions without consulting them first and the mystic entrepreneurs take their trust and faith very seriously and help them come up with the best solutions to their problems.A Higher Degree of EmpathyMystic entrepreneurs have a higher degree of empathy for others and are moved by their pain and sufferings. The minute they hear that a friend or loved one is in some kind of trouble, they are moved to action. They try to find means and ways to ease their loved ones’ pain and troubles. They are often concerned about not just the physical but the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of others. They not only extend comfort and a shoulder to cry on but also spring to action and try to find practical solutions. As coaches and trainers, mystic entrepreneursare in a unique position to help others in overcoming their mental blocks, their personal issues through personalized, one on one training and guidance. They offer others a chance to transform their bodies, minds and lives, and move to a higher and more evolved soul conscious level. They help others manifest their desires and ideals through personalized guidance.If you can identify with these traits then you are clearly a mystical or spiritual entrepreneur or one in the making and would do well in a business that deals with these aspects. More and more people are awakening to the idea that it is possible to evolve a successful and yet profitable mystical or spiritual business on the basis of a divine vision and mission. This is why mystics and spiritualists are taking their ideas and goals from the hobbyist closet and turning them into deeply meaningful and result-oriented business ventures. By aligning with the law of natural and universal abundance, they are bringing in more and more positive energy into the world for the humanity at large.As a Mystic Wealth Mentor and spiritual teacher, I teach practical manifestation strategies and mystical principles that help my clients bridge their spirituality and mysticism with practicality. You too can have a one-on-one session with me to determine whether we fit in together. Go to https://lucimcmonagle.youcanbook.me/ and book a discovery session.Moreover, I also have a special offer, a chance to work with me in a year-long exclusive program that can help you tap into your deepest mystical gifts and unlock the spiritual mysteries of your soul, so that your business and you can transcend to a whole new level of financial and spiritual success. Go to www.ChatwithLuci.com and we would take it from there.
          Minecraft Launches Aquatic Phase Two Update - IGN News      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The update brings new characters to the underwater Minecraft universe and makes necessary changes.
          The Mysterious Universe (cambridge Library Collection - Physical Sciences)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Unreleased Mike Wieringo art becomes FANTASTIC FOUR #1 cover      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Media Release -- This August, 57 years to the day of the FANTASTIC FOUR's original debut, Marvel's First Family returns as the Fantastic Four make their dramatic homecoming to the Marvel Universe!

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          ComicList: Marvel Comics New Releases for 07/11/2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

ComicList: Marvel Comics New Releases for Wednesday, July 11, 2018, by Charles LePage.

All-New Wolverine Volume 6 Old Woman Laura TP, $15.99
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Behind-The-Scenes Edition), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Cover A Ryan Ottley), $5.99
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Cover B Jim Cheung), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Cover C Jerome Opena), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Cover D Shane Davis), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Cover E John Romita Sr.), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Cover F Ryan Ottley Virgin Variant), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Cover G Ryan Ottley Remastered Variant), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Cover H Ryan Ottley Remastered Black & White Variant), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Cover I Blank Variant), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Cover J Greg Land Party Variant), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Cover K Greg Land Party Sketch Variant), AR
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Cover L Ryan Ottley Premiere Variant), AR
Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #21, $3.99
Astonishing X-Men #12 (Gerardo Sandoval 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Avengers #1 (Ed McGuinness 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $4.99
Captain America Epic Collection Volume 4 Hero Or Hoax TP, $39.99
Champions #22, $3.99
Daredevil #605, $3.99
Deadpool #1 (Nic Klein 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $4.99
Deadpool Assassin #3 (Of 6)(Cover A Mark Bagley), $3.99
Deadpool Assassin #3 (Of 6)(Cover B Iban Coello), AR
Despicable Deadpool Volume 3 The Marvel Universe Kills Deadpool TP, $17.99
Doctor Strange #1 (Jesus Saiz 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Domino #4, $3.99
Exiles #5 (Cover A David Marquez), $3.99
Exiles #5 (Cover B Mike McKone Character Variant), AR
Hunt For Wolverine Adamantium Agenda #3 (Of 4)(Cover A Giuseppe Camuncoli), $3.99
Hunt For Wolverine Adamantium Agenda #3 (Of 4)(Cover B R. B. Silva), AR
Immortal Hulk #1 (James Bennet 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $4.99
Infinity Countdown Captain Marvel #1 (Diego Olortegui 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Infinity Countdown Darkhawk #4 (Of 4), $3.99
Marvel Masterworks Captain America Volume 10 HC (Book Market Edition), $75.00
Marvel Masterworks Captain America Volume 10 HC (Direct Market Variant Edition Volume 262), $75.00
Ms. Marvel #32, $3.99
New Mutants Dead Souls #5 (Of 6), $3.99
Nova By Abnett And Lanning The Complete Collection Volume 1 TP, $39.99
Old Man Logan #43, $3.99
Punisher #227, $3.99
Quicksilver No Surrender #3 (Of 5), $3.99
Star Wars Darth Vader #18 (Cover A Giuseppe Camuncoli), $3.99
Star Wars Darth Vader #18 (Cover B Rod Reis Galactic Icon Variant), AR
Star Wars Doctor Aphra Volume 3 Remastered TP, $17.99
Star Wars Rogue One Adaptation HC, $24.99
Star Wars Thrawn #6 (Of 6)(Cover A Paul Renaud), $3.99
Star Wars Thrawn #6 (Of 6)(Cover B Luke Ross), AR
Thor By Walter Simonson Volume 4 TP (New Printing), $29.99
True Believers Fantastic Four Galactus Hungers #1, $1.00
True Believers Fantastic Four Hulk Vs Thing #1, $1.00
True Believers Fantastic Four Marvel Two-In-One #1, $1.00
True Believers Fantastic Four Vs Doctor Doom #1, $1.00
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #34, $3.99
Wolverine Old Man Logan Volume 7 Scarlet Samurai TP, $15.99
X-23 #1 (Cover A Mike Choi), $4.99
X-23 #1 (Cover B Jen Bartel), AR
X-23 #1 (Cover C Mike Choi Design Variant), AR
X-23 #1 (Cover D Skottie Young), AR
X-23 #1 (Cover E Blank Variant), AR
X-23 #1 (Cover F Mike Choi Virgin Variant), AR
X-Men Blue #31, $3.99

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          ComicList: IDW Publishing New Releases for 07/11/2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

ComicList: IDW Publishing New Releases for Wednesday, July 11, 2018, by Charles LePage.

Come Again HC, $24.99
Crow Memento Mori #4 (Cover A Werther Dell'Edera), $3.99
Crow Memento Mori #4 (Cover B Davide Furno), $3.99
Crow Memento Mori #4 (Cover C Francesco Francavilla), AR
Duck Avenger New Adventures Volume 3 TP, $19.99
DuckTales #10 (Cover A Marco Ghiglione), $3.99
DuckTales #10 (Cover B Marco Ghiglione), $3.99
DuckTales #10 (Cover C DuckTales Creative Team Blueprint Character-Focused Variant), AR
For Better Or For Worse The Complete Library Volume 2 HC, $39.99
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #253 (Cover A Brian Shearer), $3.99
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #253 (Cover B John Royle & Jagdish Kumar), $3.99
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #253 (Cover C Larry Hama), AR
Haunted Horror #34 (Cover A Harry Harrison), $4.99
J. Scott Campbell's Danger Girl Gallery Edition Danger Girl Pin-Up Book HC, $9.99
Jerome K. Jerome Bloche Volume 2 The Paper People HC, $14.99
Joe Jusko's Marvel Masterpieces HC, $59.99
League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen The Tempest #1 (Cover A Kevin O'Neill), $4.99
League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen The Tempest #1 (Cover B Kevin O'Neill Black & White Variant), AR
Optimus Prime #20 (Cover A Kei Zama), $3.99
Optimus Prime #20 (Cover B Casey W. Coller), $3.99
Optimus Prime #20 (Cover C Kei Zama Black & White Variant), AR
Rick Veitch's The One #6 (Of 6)(Cover A Rick Veitch), $4.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe Volume 4 Home TP, $19.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Urban Legends #3 (Cover A Frank Fosco), $3.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Urban Legends #3 (Cover B Frank Fosco & Erik Larsen), $3.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Urban Legends #3 (Cover C Kevin Eastman), AR
Transformers Lost Light #20 (Cover A Jack Lawrence), $3.99
Transformers Lost Light #20 (Cover B Jack Lawrence), $3.99
Transformers Lost Light #20 (Cover C Jack Lawrence Black & White Variant), AR
Transformers Unicron #1 (Of 6)(Cover A Alex Milne), $4.99
Transformers Unicron #1 (Of 6)(Cover B James Raiz), $4.99
Transformers Unicron #1 (Of 6)(Cover C Andrew Griffith), AR
Transformers Unicron #1 (Of 6)(Cover D Francesco Francavilla), AR
Transformers Unicron #1 (Of 6)(Cover E Sara Pitre-Durocher), AR
Uncle Scrooge #36 (Cover A Jonathan H. Gray & Andrea Freccero), $3.99
Uncle Scrooge #36 (Cover B Michel Nadorp), $3.99
Uncle Scrooge #36 (Cover C Marco Gervasio), AR
Walt Disney Showcase #3 (The Beagle Boys)(Cover A Enrico Faccini), $3.99
Walt Disney Showcase #3 (The Beagle Boys)(Cover B Giorgio Cavazzano), $3.99
Walt Disney Showcase #3 (The Beagle Boys)(Cover C Francesco Artibani), AR

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          The Mind Behind America's Most Empathetic Cartoon      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

We've got a link to a fantastic interview that Sugar recently participated in! She talks about the inspiration for Ruby and Sapphire, and even drops in that she identifies as a bisexual, non-binary woman. Kind of like how the gems are represented, huh? This was truly an amazing interview, and I encourage all of you to hit that link down below (unfortunately couldn't embed it it) and give it a listen. There were some very personal moments and it's simply amazing to see how Rebecca's own life and her struggles have inspired the show.

'Steven Universe' creator Rebecca Sugar makes a show that has Interdimensional space centipedes and a lot of heart.

The Mind Behind America's Most Empathetic Cartoon

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          THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE: PRIMERAS PÁGINAS DEL RETORNO DE LOS PERSONAJE DE NEIL GAIMAN      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Si ponéis mucha atención, en la estantería de la izquierda de la segunda página podéis ver todos los cómics y novelas que soñé pero nunca escribiré... ;-P










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          #7: Wpro SKS101 Kit universel de support pour linge      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          I Tried This 1 BB Cream and I Don't Have to Wear Foundation Anymore      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

While I do love makeup, I've always always struggled finding a great foundation that fully covers my stubborn dark spots, which has made me despise trying products. While I have been treating my scars using serums every night, I still have to deal with them during the day, which has meant caking my face up with foundation. I quickly became frustrated with a) how much time was getting wasted every morning applying it and b) the aforementioned cakey feeling I get even when I don't apply that much product on. Enter Guerlain's BB Cream.

I discovered this miracle product, which released back in 2016, while I visited the brand's spa in Dubai, and let me just say it felt like the universe was finally saying, "Hey! You deserve this, girl." I actually bought the product on a whim (I was currently on a facial high since my skin looked so great after getting one), but I'm so glad I did. Now, mornings are easier and getting ready takes half the time it usually does. All I have to do is just apply a pump on the back of my hand and brush it onto my face like I would with foundation.

The product is super lightweight, which is great if you don't want to deal with that sticky feeling all day. Plus, it saves me from applying both sunscreen and highlighter because it literally makes my skin look like it's clear and glowing. If you're looking to ditch your foundation like I did, you can buy a tube of this goodness ahead.


          Comment on Earthquakes and Hurricanes! Natural Disasters and the Civil War by Melanie little      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I think we're going to see a repeat of severe weather events and earthquakes because the development of California has been where most weather on earth originates. Gold taken 1849,1850,little ice age ends with the cutting down vast areas of redwoods, thus beginning of global warming. 1862,12years after state of California had worst flooding as well in other parts of USA, LA had 66inches of rain. Interesting that a person started planting fast growing Eucalyptus trees, as they help dry the lands swamps, that attracted mosquitoes. So now developers have been undoing the balance, I really feel for the future generations as we didn't learn to leave California as natural as possible, instead doing the opposite, creating disasters on earth as well in Universe. Hmmmm......
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Jester Dragon's Random Generators [BUNDLE]Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
This special 50% off bundle contains the four "Jester Dragon" titles, including the just-released "Bag of Beans" and the classic "Random Cult Generator," "Random Tavern Generator," and "Random Brothel Generator"!

The Jester Dragon's Bag of Beans
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One of the most iconic magic items associated with fantasy roleplaying games since their earliest days, and one that has seen incarnations in every edition of the game for which 5th Edition is the latest version, is the Bag of Beans. This item is, of course, inspired by the magic beans that appear in the classic fairy tale commonly known as Jack and the Beanstalk. Only one magical power is associated with the beans in that story, namely growing a massive vine that stretches up into a cloud kingdom inhabited by Giants, but the creators of the world’s greatest and oldest RPG cannily realized that any number of powers might be associated with legumes of this sort and proceeded accordingly when putting them into game terms. Many players think that the Bag of Be...

The Jester Dragon's Random Brothel Generator
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From worlds of swords-and-sorcery to libertine space colonies, a lot can happen in a brothel. Intrigue, romance, murder, and all extremes of pleasure and disappointment wait behind the green door and under the red lanterns of seedy fleshpots and high-class seraglios. If you want to bring a little exoticism, eroticism, and bawdy fun into your campaign, you go straight to the brothel. But who has the time to invent an all-new house of ill repute every time the adventurers stagger into town, heavy with coin and flushed with blood? Lucky for you, the Jester Dragon has brothels on the brain. So get out your dice and let the sweaty hand of fate create the brothel for your campaign needs!...

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Cults threaten adventurers, civilization, and the existence of the universe itself. Whether they are sacrificing virgins, summoning tentacled horrors, or infiltrating every level of society, it is inevitable that your heroes are going to have a run-in with cultists at some point in their adventuring careers. And, after all, hidden temples hold the best treasure and no one builds them like a cult. But you’re a busy Game Master and have more important things to do than agonize over creating a new secret religion every week. So, once again, the Jester Dragon is ready to do all the hard work for you, with a series of tables allowing you to quickly roll up every aspect of a sinister cult, from the god it worships to the color of the priest’s robes. Grab your d100s, say a quick pray...

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Every successful adventure begins and ends in a tavern. It’s where your heroes spend their down time, the place they pick up plot threads and adventure hooks, and where that one player always tries to creep you out by flirting with the NPCs. The pub is a fixture in any fantasy campaign, but you’re a busy GM with more important things to do than rattle off a silly name and describe the local color. So why not let the Jester Dragon do the heavy lifting for you with this convenient random tavern generator? Grab your percentile dice, roll on the tables below, and let the fates describe a full tavern experience so that you can get on with your campaign....

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          The blessing of friends      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
One of the unexpected pleasures of joining SparkPeople is disovering a whole universe of gracious, helpful people who seem to take joy in turning from their own pursuits to lend a hand or a word of encouragement to a struggler/straggler like me. Blessings on all of you, and thanks.
          Comment on IT’S BACK: Fauntleroy ‘stench’ returns; here’s how to deal with it by Daniel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Wow never heard about this and I do pretty much daily walks at Lincoln park.. I do seem to recall a brief smell one of the times. Maybe the neighborhood that lives near it can get together to reduce it a bit. It shouldn’t be eliminated completely though.. decay and regrowth is just a natural process of life. In fact all of us are the elemental products of decaying stars in the universe ;)
          Voltron Legendary Defender S:6 | Bex Taylor-Klaus, Kimberly Brooks, and AJ LoCascio guest on Defender Of All Universes E:7 | AfterBuzz TV AfterShow      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Hosts Katie Cullen, Megan Salinas, Emma Fyffe, and Alexis Torres are joined by Bex Taylor-Klaus, Kimberly Brooks, and AJ LoCascio to discuss the Voltron Season 6 finale! Conversation topics include the ultimate giant robot fight between Voltron and Lotron, why genocide is bad and a sad backstory isn’t an excuse, leaving Shiro on the ground […]

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          Dog People vs. Cat People vs. Alligator Snapping Turtle People      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

CAREER

Dog People
I’m the first person in and the last to leave. You don’t have to ask me twice to get started on a project. As a matter of fact, if I have any downtime, I’m prone to find other places in my work I might offer help. I like being a part of a team and helping others, so I guess you might say my only shortcoming is that I work TOO hard!

Cat People
I think a work-life balance is crucial to happiness. I love my career and find fulfillment there, but what’s the point if that’s all I think about, day-in-day-out? I meet with a writers’ group every week, volunteer at my local soup kitchen, and run a screen-printing business on the side. My dream is to maybe work remotely in some small beach town in Maine where I can just have a little space to think.

Alligator Snapping Turtle People
AHHHHHHHHHH THE RIVER GIVETH AND THE RIVER TAKETH AWAY! SUSTENANCE COMES TO THE PATIENT ONE, WHO A CRUEL AND HEARTLESS GOD HAS GIVEN A TONGUE TO LURE IN PREY TO THEIR UNTIMELY END. I ONCE BIT INTO A DROPPED CHECKBOOK AHHHHHHHHHH.

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COMMUNICATION

Dog People
I believe in honesty above all else. I’ve been told I wear my heart on my sleeve and have a tendency to show my emotions very clearly, but I like to think of that as a strength. I know I can be a little overwhelming. If you need a little space, just let me know.

Cat People
I can be pretty shy and closed off, but if you earn my trust, I’ll open up and tell you everything there is to know about me. If I want to spend time with you, I’ll let you know. If I need some time alone, I’ll let you know. I don’t believe in beating around the bush. Life is too short to put up a front with people.

Alligator Snapping Turtle People
AHHHHHHHHH MY COLD AND UNFEELING EYES COMMUNICATE EVERYTHING! LIKE SAURON PEERING INTO THE DARKEST DEPTHS OF YOUR SOUL, I’VE BROKEN THE SPIRITS OF MEN AND SHATTERED THE CONCEPT OF A JUST AND ORDERED UNIVERSE!

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FRIENDS

Dog People
I’m the most outgoing person in my friend group and love meeting new people. I get anxious if I don’t have plans after work, and I’m definitely the person in the group that takes initiative to get people together. In school I was voted “Most Charismatic,” and I guess it never left me!

Cat People
I have a handful of friends who I’m very close with. I like hanging out and relaxing with people who get me and understand that I need a little space once in a while. I won’t text every day, but I’ll definitely stay up late and talk about your favorite books or albums. I’m much more into opening a bottle of wine at home than going out to some crowded dive bar.

Alligator Snapping Turtle People
AHHHHHHHHHH I NEED NONE BUT THE DARKNESS! SOME SEEK THE FRIENDSHIP OF A LITTLE WATER WORM, BUT LO, ‘TIS MY TONGUE THAT DANGLES IN THE DEEP! APPROACH ME MORTALS, BUT ONLY IF YOU WISH TO ENTER THE GATES OF HELL BY WAY OF MY HIDEOUS GULLET!

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DATING

Dog People
I tend to be pretty adventurous, so I try to do something new and exciting on a first date. A cool new restaurant, or something outdoors like hiking or a day-trip to the beach, that’s my idea of a good time. I’m also fiercely loyal, so if we click, expect me to take your side through thick and thin.

Cat People
I don’t date a lot, and frankly, I’m fine with that. I’m tired of the pressure from friends to be in a committed relationship all the time. It just sounds like a lot to maintain, and I really value my independence. Last summer I took an impromptu trip to Ireland on my own, and it was amazing. I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

Alligator Snapping Turtle People
AHHHHHHHHHHHHH COME TO THE BOTTOM OF MY LAGOON MY QUEEN AND WE SHALL FEAST UPON THE POOR UNFORTUNATE SOULS OF SNAKES AND CRAYFISHAHHHHHHHHHH.

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SEX

Dog People
I’m definitely more the playful type in bed. I don’t take things too seriously, so I guess at the end of the day, as long as we’re both having a good time then I think we’ve accomplished the goal. I’ve been told I’m pretty generous, too; I’ll make sure to go out of my way to make sure you’re satisfied before I am.

Cat People
It takes a while for me to trust someone, but once I do, I’m very passionate. You can expect me to be a little bit of a deviant, too, but give me time to get comfortable with you. Cuddling and meandering pillow talk afterward are a must.

Alligator Snapping Turtle People
AHHHHHHHHHH I’VE BITTEN OFF FIVE KINDS OF PENIS AHHHHHHHHHH.


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SYNOPSIS: Carol Danvers is a member of the United States military who winds up being caught up in the explosion of a device made by the Kree (the alien race introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Ronan The Accuser in Guardians of the Galaxy). The accident winds up altering Danvers’ DNA, giving her superpowers …

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          Offer - Are You Cut Out to be a Mystic Entrepreneur? 7 Telltale Signs - Phoenix      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Once you have decided to embark on your entrepreneurial journey, it is very important to understand what type of an entrepreneur are you. There are entrepreneurs who are motivated by money, profit and material success and there are those who are inspired by a greater cause. They tend to incorporate divine love, passion, creativity, spirituality and wisdom in their daily, routine work, no matter how mundane it is to be. They are different from other types of entrepreneurs and stand in their own league and are called spiritual ormystic entrepreneurs. Understanding your distinct nature and evolving your practice accordingly help you come up with a brand and service that is authentic, grounded, and result-oriented. This kind of soul searching would help you understand how your service is distinct from the competition, what you are offering and how much it is worth, who your ideal clients are, and how you can help them out. Being a spiritual entrepreneur is so very different from being any other type of an entrepreneur. It is about creating a unique spiritual and mystical service that resonates with your faith, vision and inner values and is designed to help and support others. Here are 7 telltale signs of a mystic or spiritual entrepreneur:A Deeper Interest in Matters of the Heart, Mind, Emotions and Soul Mystic entrepreneurs are more spirit and soul conscious. They are grounded and secure in their mysticism and spirituality and are not at odds with them. They believe in improving the mind, mind sciences, mental and spiritual health, self-help, self-improvement, etc. They are constantly looking for ways to bring emotional health, wellness, healing, and peace to their lives and that of their loved ones. They are into reiki, yoga, meditation and Feng Shui and meditate a lot.A Growth-Oriented MindsetEntrepreneurs with a mystic bent are naturally curious and restless by nature. They are intrigued by the mysteries of the Universe and their own souls. They have a strong desire to invest in themselves that is, their own learning and refinement. They are not afraid to learn, unlearn and relearn, go into unknown directions within to keep evolving at a soul conscious level. They seek to work with masters, seers and master trainers and learn from them and commit a lot of time to self-improvement activities. They are looking for inner fulfillment and try to look for meaning and joy in things.A Larger than Life VisionMystical beings feel that they are here on Earth not by accident but to fulfill a greater and nobler purpose. They are not motivated by financial figures and goals and amassing material things. They have a noble and grand vision which encompasses not their own selves but the greater good of the world at large. They are deeply concerned about issues facing their community as well as humanity and the world at large. They not only try to raise the awareness of others but also try to find practical solutions for problems. They may not have oodles of money but still try to commit their time, and invest their money and resources into philanthropic causes.A Degree of IntuitionEntrepreneurs with mystic abilities are highly sensitive and intuitive. They have an uncanny insight and have a way of knowing hidden or unrealized things about others without even being told. They can have a look at a person and his or her workings and can guess the story running in the background. They often have insightful and fantastic revelations about others. They look for hidden meaning and connection between seemingly disjointed things.Appreciation for Solitude as well as CompanyEntrepreneurs with a mystical mindset are introverts. They prefer to be in like-minded, inspiring company or they prefer flying solo. They like to reconnect with themselves, their own spirit and soul in solitude. They are drawn to nature walks, meditation, long baths or spas. They shun the fast-paced party life but are drawn to deep, invigorating, stimulating conversations, and retreats of the like-minded ones.Trustable GuidesDue to their intuitive, mystic abilities, these special breed of entrepreneurs are often recipients of long distance calls and lengthy emails from their friends and loved ones. Why? It is because they are trusted and relied upon by their friends not as a shoulder to cry on, but as trustworthy allies and advisors. They are sought by their friends for guidance and for solid advice. Their friends, family members, and loyal clients hesitate and resist making critical decisions without consulting them first and the mystic entrepreneurs take their trust and faith very seriously and help them come up with the best solutions to their problems.A Higher Degree of EmpathyMystic entrepreneurs have a higher degree of empathy for others and are moved by their pain and sufferings. The minute they hear that a friend or loved one is in some kind of trouble, they are moved to action. They try to find means and ways to ease their loved ones’ pain and troubles. They are often concerned about not just the physical but the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of others. They not only extend comfort and a shoulder to cry on but also spring to action and try to find practical solutions. As coaches and trainers, mystic entrepreneursare in a unique position to help others in overcoming their mental blocks, their personal issues through personalized, one on one training and guidance. They offer others a chance to transform their bodies, minds and lives, and move to a higher and more evolved soul conscious level. They help others manifest their desires and ideals through personalized guidance.If you can identify with these traits then you are clearly a mystical or spiritual entrepreneur or one in the making and would do well in a business that deals with these aspects. More and more people are awakening to the idea that it is possible to evolve a successful and yet profitable mystical or spiritual business on the basis of a divine vision and mission. This is why mystics and spiritualists are taking their ideas and goals from the hobbyist closet and turning them into deeply meaningful and result-oriented business ventures. By aligning with the law of natural and universal abundance, they are bringing in more and more positive energy into the world for the humanity at large.As a Mystic Wealth Mentor and spiritual teacher, I teach practical manifestation strategies and mystical principles that help my clients bridge their spirituality and mysticism with practicality. You too can have a one-on-one session with me to determine whether we fit in together. Go to https://lucimcmonagle.youcanbook.me/ and book a discovery session.Moreover, I also have a special offer, a chance to work with me in a year-long exclusive program that can help you tap into your deepest mystical gifts and unlock the spiritual mysteries of your soul, so that your business and you can transcend to a whole new level of financial and spiritual success. Go to www.ChatwithLuci.com and we would take it from there.
          Namibie : Organisation Internationale pour l’Interdiction des Armes Chimiques (OIAC) – Déclaration de Jean-Yves L e Drian (28.06.18)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Les États membres de l’Organisation internationale pour l’interdiction des armes chimiques (OIAC) ont adopté hier à la Haye, à une très large majorité, le mandat donné à l’organisation pour identifier et désigner les responsables des attaques chimiques en Syrie. Cette décision permettra également à cette organisation de se doter graduellement de moyens universels d’enquêtes d’attribution,… […]
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...and you know what that means. REBlogPro ain't crap! Nope, BiggerPockets (blog for real estate investing for real) counted the Pro amongst what he believes to be the Top 35 Real Estate Blogs in the universe. That's HUGE! Some of...
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The DC Expanded Universe, or whatever we’re calling it these days, has been strangely quiet since the release of Justice League. Sure, that movie wasn’t what anyone was hoping it would be, but that’s […]

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          Experience the DC UNIVERSE Like Never Before – Maryville Daily Times      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Maryville Daily TimesWarner Bros. Digital Networks and DC Entertainment tapped Giant Spoon, the creative agency behind the successful “Westworld” activation at SXSW 2018. The partnership will bring decades of artistry and innovative new content being developed exclusively … and more …read more Source:: Entertainment News From Google News
          DC Universe Experience Will Bring Titans, Doom Patrol, and More to SDCC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Plus activations for Swamp Thing, Harley Quinn, and Young Justice: Outsiders!

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Nicolas Cage is set to debut in the Spider-Man universe as … Peter Parker.
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DC Universe experience will bring Titans, Doom Patrol, and more to SDCC. DC Entertainment has announced that DC Universe, the upcoming digital subscription service designed especially for DC fans, will come to…

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          Unique Design in Oversized Fremont Condo (Windermere RE/Capitol Hill, Inc. (TourFactory)) $750,000      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Smack dab in the center of the universe, this unique and spacious condominium puts you within reach of everything Fremont has to offer! You will enjoy living in this boutique building with six units urban oasis in the heart of upper Fremont. Let the elevator whisk you up directly into your penthouse condominium where you will be greeted with luxurious state of the art finishes set aglow by natural light flooding in from the tall corner windows. The open concept design provides you with an oversized entertainment area. The expansive living area has plenty of room for dining and lounging and opens to a spacious balcony. Hardwoods unite the living area, which is warmed by a gas fireplace. A massive kitchen is the centerpiece, and boasts finishes of slab granite, Italian cabinets, top of the line Viking appliances and ample counter space. A master suite awaits you with new carpeting, an en-suite bath, custom black out shades and a large walk-in closet with built-in closet systems.

          Cinéma : Dogman, de Matteo Garrone - Avec Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Alida Baldari Calabria - Par Didier Flori      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


Attention chien méchant ! On n’a pas vraiment envie de s’approcher de l’American Bully qui aboie avec férocité face caméra. Marcello doit pourtant le laver, et progressivement parvient à dompter la bête, avec un calme impressionnant. Toiletteur dans une banlieue déshéritée, il communique sa douceur à des animaux qu’il appelle ses "amours". Complice avec sa jeune fille, il s’entend bien avec les commerçants des boutiques voisines. Mais ces derniers s’inquiètent de plus en plus du comportement de Simone, une brute épaisse que personne ne semble en mesure de contrôler. Il oblige Marcello à lui fournir de la drogue, et le recrute un soir à son corps défendant comme chauffeur d’un cambriolage.





Consacré à Cannes avec son grand prix pour Gomorra, Matteo Garrone revient dix ans plus tard à une veine de film noir similaire. Cependant tandis que le premier film offrait une vue en coupe des activités sordides de la Camorra napolitaine, Dogman est le portrait individuel d’un homme pris dans un engrenage de violence. Le cinéaste s’est inspiré pour le récit d’un fait divers sanglant qui a traumatisé l’Italie en 1980, mais s’en est détaché par la suite pour proposer un conte noir à la portée universelle. Garrone ne se veut pas moralisateur, et traite plutôt du mécanisme qui peut conduire chacun à être pris au piège à force de choix faits pour survivre.

Face au décor de banlieue laissée à l’abandon, on pense aux Accatone et Mamma Roma de Pier Paolo Pasolini. Victime d’un même déterminisme social que les héros pasoliniens, Marcello est un personnage de tragédie qui ne peut échapper à son destin implacable. On a pourtant envie de croire à son salut, et le récit ménage dans un premier temps des moments apaisés. Marcello rêve ainsi à des excursions sous-marines avec sa fille et partage généreusement un repas avec son chien. On a foi en un miracle qui peut encore se manifester lors d’une séquence de réanimation émouvante, qui semble nous dire que le mal fait peut être réparé.





C’est compter sans la présence physique monstrueuse de Simone, campé par un Edoardo Pesce à la carrure imposante. Chaque irruption de ce tortionnaire est parcourue de la tension d’un désastre imminent, et Garrone joue avec efficacité de la puissance animale de cette force de la nature. On ressent avec douleur chaque coup porté à Marcello, chaque intimidation comme une étape supplémentaire vers une chute inéluctable. Dans la description du lien entre les deux hommes, le cinéaste sait aussi se montrer ambigu. Il évoque l’attrait du toiletteur pour le mode de vie que lui fait miroiter le voyou et suggère un rapport d’emprise et de dépendance qui le pousse à le protéger et à lui accorder sa confiance contre tout bon sens.  




Lauréat du prix d’interprétation au dernier festival de Cannes, Marcello Fonte incarne le malheureux héros de Dogman avec un engagement sans faille. Choisi par Garrone pour "sa douceur et son visage antique qui semble venu d’une Italie en train de disparaître", l’acteur porte aussi les contradictions et les ambivalences d’un homme ordinaire dont l’hubris est de se croire toujours maître de sa situation. Le plan final sur son visage, à l’issue de l’éprouvant dénouement du calvaire qu’il a traversé, nous hante longtemps après la vision de ce film intense et désespéré.

Dogman de Matteo Garrone
Avec Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Alida Baldari Calabria
Sortie le 11 juillet 2018



Cinéphile averti, Didier Flori est l’auteur de l’excellent blog consacré au cinéma Caméra Critique que je ne saurais trop vous conseiller. Egalement réalisateur et scénariste, c’est avec ferveur qu’il œuvre dans le cadre de l’association Arte Diem Millenium qui soutient les projets artistiques de diverses manières, réalisation, promotion, distribution… Style ciselé, plume inspirée et regard attentif, goûts éclectiques et pointus, ses chroniques cinéma révèlent avec énergie toute la passion pour le 7ème art qui l'anime.




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What I am curious about is how you managed this regarding continuity. With a 2-hour time limit, it seems to me that you would have trouble finishing an adventure in one session. Did your players commit to a series of sessions, did you get everyone 'back to town' at the end of every session, or did you opt to not worry and catch newbies up if they joined you on week 3? Very glad to hear this was successful!
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Maryville Daily TimesWarner Bros. Digital Networks and DC Entertainment tapped Giant Spoon, the creative agency behind the successful “Westworld” activation at SXSW 2018. The partnership will bring decades of artistry and innovative new content being developed exclusively … and more …read more Source:: Entertainment News From Google News
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Coming off of an incredible GRAMMY win for 2015’s SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE (Best Roots Gospel album), Nashville rocker Mike Farris keeps it earthy and personal on SILVER & STONE, out September 7 on Compass Records. The title refers to his wife's ring, and the album is a celebration of their 23 years of marriage and her steadfastness in sticking by him through his years struggling with addiction and alcoholism. Now sober for 7 years, Farris has the energy and conviction of a man saved, a stack of anecdotes and life experiences that would make most people’s heads spin, and a soulful vocal delivery reminiscent of Sam Cooke or Otis ReddingSILVER & STONE isn’t a “gospel” album by any means, but Farris still takes us to church on these 12 engaging tracks, including a cover of Bill Withers’ “Hope She’ll be Happier.” 

Produced at Compass Sound Studio (AKA “Hillbilly Central” – the birthplace of Outlaw Country) in Nashville by Compass Records co-founder, Garry WestSILVER & STONE finds Farris imbuing his songs with a vibey, lighthearted feel, returning to his roots as a rocker and soul singer. The album weaves through the traditions of American music the way that Tennessee born and bred Farris has done expertly throughout his 25-year career, starting with his major label band, Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies.

Sonically, SILVER & STONE’s warm organic sound and stellar playing recalls the cream of the Stax Records’ catalog. The album opener and Farris original, "Tennessee Girl,” seguing into “Are You Lonely For Me Baby?” and “Can I Get a Witness,” are loose and groove-driven, hitting all the right notes of soul,  and  blues with an effortlessness that shows what a natural Farris is for this sound. 

The studio band includes famed “Memphis Boy” Gene Chrisman (Dusty Springfield, Elvis Presley, Dan Auerbach) sharing drum duties with Derrek Phillips (Robben Ford, Hank Williams Jr.), keyboardists Reese Wynans (Joe Bonamassa, Double Trouble) and long-time Farris collaborator Paul Brown (Waterboys, Ann Peebles), guitarists Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt), Rob McNelly (Delbert McClinton) and George Marinelli (Bonnie Raitt) with Steve Mackey (Wallflowers, Delbert McClinton) and producer West splitting bass duties. Farris is quick to credit the crew in the band for putting their modern spin on classic grooves and progressions.  The band was given just enough structure so they could add their own flavor. Among the album's many standout moments is Joe Bonamassa's searing solo on “Movin’ Me” (Bonamassa became a fan and friend while opening for Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies in the 90's).

Melding the spiritual and the earthly, Farris says the album is about “reaching something better without actually trying.” This sentiment drives the Farris-penned composition, “Golden Wings”, written for his son, Christian, at “a pivotal point in his life, with so many options in front of him. That feeling of ‘Where am I supposed to be?’” 

Farris told Rolling Stone Country. "It's one of those songs that just flowed out after I did an exercise where you write a letter to your younger self. It has a dual message— something to say to a young person who is looking for answers, but also a reminder to myself to be free and open to the possibilities of life."

Another Farris composition, “When Mavis Sings,” hits equally close to his heart. Over his years as a performer, he’s had the privilege of becoming close to legendary singer and gospel icon Mavis Staples.  He says, “Mavis is everything you want your heroes to be.” Julie Farris elaborates, “She calls him ‘Mikey’.”  The song is actually a history lesson on Mavis' life, as it's completely comprised of literal tidbits of her life.  

“I wanted to explore that upbringing, being in that neighborhood with all of these luminaries and absorbing that music,” he says. “It was exciting to watch all the pieces come together and fit lyrically.”

The album closes with “I’ll Come Running Back To You,” an acknowledgment of the surrender intrinsic in love by accepting the kind of love that conquers shame and self-doubt.  Where the narrator of this song is losing his identity in service of unrequited love, for Farris, it’s quite the opposite—it’s relinquishing a vision of identity that needs to be served by attention or self-medication and instead takes root and grows through love.

“It’s the most essential, yet most difficult, part of faith,” Farris says.  “Remembering to open up and allow the universe to have its way with you and your gifts. Be open and free to the possibilities of life.”

"With a supersized voice filled with the electricity of Saturday night and the godly grace of Sunday mornings ." — Rolling Stone Country

“Mike Farris has enough heart, soul, and power to light up a city. He mixes up the elements and turns them into something new, beautiful, and uniquely his own.” — Buddy Miller

 "Country and gospel music is in dire need of some pure heartfelt soul right now.  He's like a secret weapon — he's loaded with soul."  — Marty Stuart (Rolling Stone Country) 



TOUR DATES:

July 10 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

July 13 – Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall 

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From Winter Oak Press

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“We have realized that a detachment of man from Nature, from the Life-Whole, leads to his annihilation… No longer does man alone stand in the centerpoint of thinking, but rather Life as a Whole does, as it reveals itself in all living things on earth”.

On the face of it, this statement sounds rather good. It’s the sort of thing we send out on our Winter Oak “Quote for the Day” tweets.

But in this instance, we definitely won’t be doing that. Why? Because it comes from a 1934 book called Biological Will: Means and Goals of Biological Work in the New Reich by Ernst Lehmann, a leading Nazi biologist. (1)

The occasional similarity in vocabulary or rhetoric between radical eco-anarchist thought and a certain strand of Nazi ideology has long provided a source of ammunition for enemies of radical green thinking.

Sometimes these attacks amount to little more than laughable right-wing propaganda, as with a 2018 item (2) on the Encounter Books website focusing on the “totalitarian roots” of the green movement as a whole and, in particular, of wind power.

Others are taken a lot more seriously when they warn that a radical political philosophy which is too nature-based inevitably risks carrying us down into a dark underworld of proto-fascist ideology.

While Murray Bookchin was no doubt right to take elements of the American deep ecology movement to task for not fully recognising the social roots behind ecological problems, the rhetoric he deployed, condemning what he regarded as “ecofascism”, has ultimately only increased the perceived Nazi contamination of radical green thinking in general.

Fellow social ecologists Janet Biehl and Peter Staudenmaier carried on his approach with great enthusiasm. In Ecofascism: Lessons from the German Experience, they wrote: “The National Socialist ‘religion of nature,’ as one historian has described it, was a volatile admixture of primeval teutonic nature mysticism, pseudo-scientific ecology, irrationalist anti-humanism, and a mythology of racial salvation through a return to the land. Its predominant themes were ‘natural order,’ organicist holism and denigration of humanity: Such arguments have a chilling currency within contemporary ecological discourse”. (3)

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More recently, Alexander Reid Ross, a one-time editor of Earth First! Journal, has identified parts of the EF! network, as well as anarchists and left-wingers generally, as being affected by what he terms ideological “fascist creep”. (4)

There are plenty of other examples out there, plus, it should be added, actual attempts by sections of the far right to hijack environmental positions and language for their own ends. (5)

All of this has, of course, not been without an impact on the thinking of the broader environmental movement.

Sensitive to comparison with Nazi policies, Germany’s Green Party has long gone out of its way to stress its rupture from this past.

For instance in a 1987 interview with the Oxford journal Green Line, party representative Jakob von Uexküll, grandson and namesake of an archconservative behavioural biologist, said that the Greens in Germany had made a conscious decision to seek out allies in minority groups because critics had pointed out that ecological-holistic statements had historically been made by Nazi and Fascist governments. (6)

While forging alliances with minority groups is itself a positive move, the problem lies in the way that ecologists with a social critique find it safer to tack their environmentalism on to an already-existing package of left-liberal thought rather than to source it from what is seen as an entirely discredited green tradition.

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Historian Anna Bramwell wrote as long ago as 1994 that since the Second World War “any talk of holism, or a love of nature that adduced certain values from nature or strove to adapt humanity to those values, was suspect” (7) – and things certainly haven’t improved since then.

We can testify to this ourselves. An article published in 2017 by Winter Oak, Envisioning a Post-Western World, proposing an exit from industrial capitalist ways of living and thinking, was only reposted by the radical American website antidote zine after much discussion and with a disclaimer that some of the arguments we put forward were “right on the knife’s edge”. (8)

The knife in question turned out to be the one being dramatically waved around by Reid Ross, which seems to have successfully intimidated a large part of the anti-capitalist movement in the US, even if some are still brave enough to publish “suspect” ideas in spite of his efforts.

But what is the truth behind this “Nazi” smear against organic deep green ideology? Is it justified? Is it something that should influence the way we collectively formulate our own vision of the world? If so, in what way?

To get to the roots of the matter, we will here be asking, and answering, the following questions:

1. What were the origins of this organic thinking?
2. To what extent was this thinking part of Nazi theory and practice?
3. Are there other possible manifestations of organic ideology?
4. What political ideology is the best fit with an organic approach?
5. Is organic radicalism the only target of the contemporary Nazi smear?
6. What is the relationship between anti-capitalism and anti-semitism?
7. So what, do we conclude, is the smear all about?
8. Why do we care so much about this issue?
9. What would we like to see happen next?
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1. What were the origins of this organic thinking?

By organic thinking, we mean a vision which regards human societies, as well as the environment, as being essentially alive and of consisting of countless subtle interactions and collectivities which can never fully be described because of their rich complexity.

It regards human beings as an extension of nature. It is a holistic approach, because it understands that everything is connected, everything is ultimately one.

A holistic and nature-based view of the world was the starting point of all human cultures and inspires the indigenous spiritualities of North and South America, of Australia and Africa, and, yes, even of Europe.

It was the foundation stone on which were built the metaphysics of Chuang Tsu, Plotinus and Paracelsus. It remains a widely-shared, instinctive, “common sense” view of the world which has never been completely erased from the human spirit.

The coming of the Industrial Revolution sparked a reaction, in which some people actively sought out and revitalised these old ideas. This was not so much an intellectual movement as an instinctive response to cultural, social and environmental danger.

As Vivianne Crowley writes: “From the late eighteenth century onwards, rapid industrialization and the rape of Europe’s natural scenery and resources caused many people to feel that the time was out of joint; that common sense was being sacrificed to material progress with potentially disastrous results”. (9)

The organic thinking on which we are focusing here is this version, the one that emerged in reaction to the trauma of industrialisation, of Western civilization’s drift away from that original wisdom and towards the cold and mechanical philosophies of the modern era.

In a sense it could be termed Organic Thinking II, because it included a conscious defence of Organic Thinking I in the face of the sterile dogmas of capitalist modernity.
Everywhere affected by industrialisation saw the emergence of anti-industrial currents of thought.

The English-speaking world had the likes of William Blake (1757-1827), William Wordsworth (1770-1850), Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), John Ruskin (1819-1900), William Morris (1834-1896) and Richard Jefferies (1848-1887).

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William Morris

Morris spoke for many others when he admitted in 1894, two years before he died: “Apart from the desire to produce beautiful things, the leading passion of my life has been and is hatred of modern civilization”. (10)

France had its own tradition, which flowed from the anti-industrialism of the eighteenth-century philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) into the twentieth-century anti-productivism of Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) and Bernard Charbonneau (1910-1996) as well as the powerful critique of modernity voiced by George Bernanos (1888-1948), who declared: “The Civilization of the Machines is the civilization of quantity opposed to that of quality”. (11)

German-speaking Europe had a particularly strong concept of Naturphilosophie, intertwined with Romanticism, which could draw on the wisdom of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), Novalis (1772-1801), Friedrich Hölderlin (1775-1854) and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775-1854).

In her book Reenchanted Science: Holism in German Culture from Wilhelm II to Hitler, Anne Harrington traces the evolution of one thread of this thinking from nineteenth-century scientists who developed holistic approaches in their own specific fields and then, as good holists, saw that there was also a bigger picture.

“From Berlin to Prague to Vienna to Zurich, these scientists began to mingle their voices with those of other kinds of cultural critics, would-be reformers, and crisis-mongers. Those other voices from outside the sciences also typically used the oppositional imagery of machine and wholeness in order to articulate what they believed had gone wrong in politics, the community and individual existence – and to identify roads to renewal. That imagery in turn had energetic links to other, overlapping political and societal oppositions of the time: Gemeinschaft (community) versus Gesellschaft (society), an opposition made famous by the nineteenth-century sociologist Ferdinand Tönnies; (German) Kultur versus (French) Zivilization; Life and Soul versus Mind and Reason, a squaring-off associated with such ‘life philosophers’ as Ludwig Klages”. (12)

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The Ruhr valley

The starting point of Organic Thinking II was opposition to The Machine and all the damage it was doing to human culture and well-being, as well as to the natural world.

The Machine, which spawned the ugly coke furnaces and iron and steel factories of the Ruhr valley, powered the militarism of Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor of the German Empire between 1871 and 1890.

There was a process of extraordinarily rapid industrialization at the end of the nineteenth century that, notes Harrington, had left many feeling “uprooted and aesthetically revolted”. (13)

And The Machine also reached inside people’s heads, breaking down older ways of thinking and remodelling minds according to the demands of the new industrial civilization.

A fragmentation of understanding was identified by critics of the modern age. Like the living communities replaced by urban dormitories for the factory wage-slaves, everything seemed to be broken down and torn apart.

In the sciences, research was increasingly specialist and narrow, geared towards utilitarian pragmatism rather than a quest for knowledge.

The success of individuals or nations was judged in terms of material wealth, of productivity, rather than in terms of inner integrity or happiness.

A sense of belonging to the land, to the past, to a continuum, was rased by the brutal demands of so-called progress.

An individual’s sense of self was swept away by the depersonalised speed and fury of steam-powered living and, at the same time, any sense of belonging to humanity as a whole was denied by the nationalistic fervour of industrial and imperial rivalry with other Europeans and officially-encouraged contempt for the “inferior” and “backward” peoples of the non-industrialised world.

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The realm of offices, factories, newspapers and trains forced people into a state of existence where they seemed to exist purely in their own heads, on the surface of being, and were as cut off from their own bodies, their own physical reality, as they were from the natural world from which they had been separated for the first time in a million years of human history.

Organic Thinking II sought to counter that fragmentation, that separation, on every level, and to reinstate a sense of interconnecting wholeness.

Body and soul were not regarded as separate, but as two aspects of one and the same entity. Likewise with individuals and society – not industrial-capitalist society, of course, but the natural and organic one put forward as a healthy alternative.

Collective groups of people were described as living organisms, themselves forming part of even greater living organisms. Humanity itself was one living entity and part of the living natural world.

None of this was new. All of this had already been known by Organic Thinking I. But the difference here was that the new embrace of this holism was also a pro-active call for the realisation and return of that holism.

Organic Thinking II was a demand for change, for the overturning of shallow, fragmented, dehumanising, nature-destroying industrial society and for the rediscovery of authenticity, community, belonging and wholeness.

2. To what extent was this thinking part of Nazi theory and practice?

There is no doubt that Nazi rhetoric and ideology was partly shaped by the organic thinking that was such an influential counter-current in German-speaking Europe at the start of the twentieth century.

The Nazis painted themselves as being on a mission to put things to rights, to bring about a “great revolution in values”, to restore healthy attitudes towards nature.nazis nature

Nazi language reflected the idea that human life was, and should be, interlaced with nature. Notes Nina Lyon: “All manner of lengthy compound nouns abstracting this ideal prospered: Erdebundenkeit, the binding or oneness with the earth; Volksboden, the connection of the people with the soil; Bodenständigkeit, or the nature by which life was shaped by earthly forces”. (14)

Nazi professor Friederich Sander named “the longing for wholeness” as one of the two basic motives behind the movement. He added: “Present-day German psychology and the National Socialistic world view are both oriented towards the same goal: the vanquishing of atomistic and mechanistic forms of thought: vanquishing through organic thinking, in the structure of völkisch life here, in the researching of psychological reality there”. (15)

Lehmann, cited at the beginning of this article, wrote a book, Biology in the Present Life, which included chapters on “individual wholeness”, “transindividual wholeness”, “the cosmos of life” and “völkische wholeness”.

He argued: “This striving for connectedness with all of life, indeed with Nature in general into which we are born – that, so far as I can see, is the deepest purpose and true essence of National Socialistic thinking”. (16)

This holistic tendency even reached down to a practical level. The Nazis promoted healthy eating and wholemeal bread. They were all in favour of homeopathy, herbalism and other natural therapies. There was a herbal plantation at Dachau concentration camp.

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Dachau

It is the jarring note of that last sentence that reminds us that there was something not quite right about the Nazi love affair with the organic ideal.

In fact, the closer you look, the more it becomes apparent that the Nazi version of organic thinking amounted to a distortion so severe as to render it philosophically unrecognisable. They used holistic and organic thought merely as “a fund of metaphors” (17) with which to present and justify their own totalitarian ideology.

Adolf Hitler himself, for instance, wrote in Mein Kampf that to replace the “dead mechanism” of the liberal state “there must be formed a living organism with the exclusive aim of serving a higher idea”. (18)

It is clearly nonsense to speak of a living organism being “formed”, as any real follower of organic thinking would immediately understand. A living organism could be freed from certain restraints, or even revived, but not formed by the machineries of political will.

Hitler is in fact talking about the Nazi state – centrally controlled and ruthlessly hierarchical – to which he is trying to lend an aura of natural authenticity by describing it as an organism in the language popular at the time.

He – and his followers – completely undermined Tönnies’ distinction between organic, bottom-up, community (Gemeinschaft) and artificial, top-down, modern society (Gesellschaft) by pretending that the Nazi Gesellschaft was really a kind of Gemeinschaft. The state and the Führer somehow magically represented the authentic will of the German people.

This notion of the state as organism had already been developed by the right wing of the organic movement, but in Nazi dogma it took on whole new proportions, because the idea of total power resting in the hands of the state was so central to their ideology.

Zeev Sternhell remarks: “Totalitarianism is the very essence of fascism, and fascism is without question the purest example of a totalitarian ideology. Setting out as it did to create a new civilization, a new type of human being and a totally new way of life, fascism could not conceive of any sphere of human activity remaining immune from intervention by the State”. (19)

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Rudolf Rocker

The Nazi obsession with order imposed from above, with the absolute rule of the central state, is the opposite of an authentically organic vision.

As the anarcho-syndicalist Rudolf Rocker wrote: “Dictatorship is the negation of organic development, of natural building from below upwards”. (20)

A further corruption of the organic principle came from what Harrington describes as “the ‘racializing’ of holism’s struggle against mechanism” (21)

The right-wing generation before the Nazis, inspired by Houston Stewart Chamberlain and others, had already formulated the concept of “race”, which broke down humanity into distinct groups – as with the scientific tables and hierarchical classifications of minerals, vegetables and animals which were favoured at the time.

These race theorists, both in France and in Germany, took the philosophical idea of Gestalt, of underlying form, and twisted it into a justification for rigid racial typology. This then fed into a racially-based definition of the social organism which excluded those of whom they disapproved.

Sternhell explains their argument thus: “The nation is a living organism, and nationalism is therefore an ethic, comprising all the criteria of behaviour which the common interest calls for, and on which the will of the individual has no bearing. The duty both of the individual and of society is to find out what this ethic may be, yet only those can succeed who have a share in the ‘national consciousness,’ shaped over the course of the centuries: the Jews, as a foreign race, cannot enter upon this quest”. (22)

The anti-semitic thread incorporated into organic and holistic philosophy by right-wing nationalists became more pronounced in the 1920s. Germans projected on to Jews all the aspects of the German industrial capitalist system that they disliked most – Jews were demonized as being soulless, rootless and mercenary.

It was even said, or implied, explains Harrington, that the very capacity to think and see nature as a “whole” (the art of so-called Ganzheitsbetrachtung) was a trait peculiar to the “Indo-Germanic” mind, while the Jewish mind was fundamentally analytic, dissolutive, and materialistic. (23)

A 1935 article that appeared in the official medical journal of the Nazi party, Ziel und Weg, said the dissolute, sterile nature of Jewish thinking and Jewish science could lead only to “death” and contrasted this with the “simple, organic, creative” thinking of the “healthy non-Jew”, who “thinks in wholes”. (24)

The irony, of course, is that these racist and anti-semitic theories demonstrated that it was the Nazis themselves who were incapable of thinking holistically.

A holistic vision of the world understands the connection between all people, all creatures, all of nature, all of the cosmos and bases its vision on a sense of overall unity.

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An organic interpretation of the human species necessarily recognises the human species itself as an organism.

There may be lesser, shifting, “organisms” within that unity – and humanity may form part of larger natural and cosmic organisms – but the human species is undeniably the clearest instance of a biological unity between the individual and the bio-system of Earth as a whole.

A sense of this unity is integral to the organic, holistic world-view, and yet it is entirely absent from racist, anti-semitic, Nazi ideology.

The ideas of universalism and humanism were anathema to Nazism and regarded as cosmopolitan Jewish inventions designed to undermine the German sense of national and racial identity.

Their stunted sense of human solidarity was limited to those they defined as being their own people. Anyone outside of that Teutonic enclave was simply a non-person, an object.

Like certain postmodern thinkers of a later era, the Nazis denied the very existence of humankind, which, as Johann Chapoutot points out, “makes fraternity, feeling the suffering of the other, impossible as an emotion and invalidates it as a principle”. (25)

This was what lay behind the cold look in the eyes of the Nazi scientist famously described by Primo Levi in Survival in Auschwitz. He was looking at the Jewish prisoner as if he was observing a sea creature through “the glass window of an aquarium”. (26) There was no sense of human connection.

The anti-semitism displayed by the scientist here is not simply a prejudice, but a prejudice solidified into something self-justifying by a belief in the validity of the Nazis’ pseudo-scientific racial theorising.

Chapoutot says of this racism: “Slavs were presented as such strange beings that no communication of a human kind could be imagined with them. As for the Jews, they weren’t even considered as a foreign race, but rather as a phenomenon of a bacteriological or viral type”. (27)

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It was this capacity to regard fellow human beings as mere bacteria which enabled the Nazi state to embark on its inhuman policies of racial screening, sterilization, castration, experimentation and mass extermination.

Far from being inspired from a holistic view of the world, this outlook stems from the very fragmentation of which the proponents of organic thinking complained. This is mechanical thinking.

The Nazis’ approach is marked by a desire not to understand, to include and to connect, but to separate, to classify and to objectivise. As Hitler himself said: “Nazism is applied biology”. (28)

Rather than making a break with the cold, soulless, mechanical age, the Nazis were pushing it on to new levels of inhumanity.

As earlier as 1933, the psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich observed that fascism was not about Wholeness at all, but rather was the culmination of modern civilization’s mad worship of The Machine. It was possible because fascist man had let himself be transformed into a machine that was alienated from all authentic biological impulses and thus capable of ‘machine murder’. (29)

Much the same point was made in an article by Gerhard Portele in Gestalt Theory in 1979 when he argued that, despite the Nazis’ use of holistic language, the essence of their ideology lay in their neglect of the whole: “The Nazis with their calculating book-keeping rationality were trained in piecemeal thinking to an extreme degree and viewed people as cogs”. (30)

This fundamental incompatibility between organic, holistic thinking and Nazi ideology became increasingly apparent once their romantic rhetoric collided with the pragmatic realities of running the German industrial-capitalist state.

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Hans Driesch

Hans Driesch (1867-1941), a biologist whose organic vision was defiantly internationalist, was among the first non-Jewish German professors to be forcibly retired after Hitler came to power in 1933 and in 1935 all public speaking and travel privileges were taken away from him.

After Germany’s defeat in World War II, a number of other organic theorists, such as the philosopher and historian of biology Adolf Meyer-Abich, came forward to report that they too had been actively persecuted by the Third Reich because of the perceived threats their holism posed for Nazi policies.

The Nazi faction which had twisted organic thinking into a racist and anti-semitic theory was itself displaced by an even more hardline group.

Harrington explains: “The second faction was made up of more pragmatic medical technocrats who wanted to use a hard-nosed form of Mendelian genetics, Darwinism, and racial biology as the basis for Nazi social policy and military strategy. This group had found a home for itself under the jurisdiction of Himmler’s SS and its daughter racial organizations, the Lebensborn and Ahnenerbe”. (31)

Human geneticist Karl Astel and his technocratic colleagues, outraged at the influence wielded by the likes of Karl Kötschua and his “nature therapy”, hatched a plot to discredit holistic views, which, he correctly concluded, flew completely in the face of narrow Nazi theories of racial supremacy.

In the same way as today’s anti-holistic propagandists try to blacken its name by linking it to the Nazis, these Nazis smeared holism by linking it to the Roman Catholic Church.

A 1936 article “exposing” this Catholic plot described “a skillfully organized and well-camouflaged attack on the entire exact sciences, including genetics and racial hygiene”.

Under the name of holism, it said, sinister Jesuits were using scientific dupes to spread a Catholic doctrine and undermine Nazi science. Their cunning ploy involved making “full intentional use of words that sound National Socialistic, like ‘wholeness’, ‘organic’, ‘biologic’, and so on” in order to spread confusion while appearing to be on-message. (32)

As a result of this propaganda, even Nazi exponents of organic theory were now hounded out of positions of influence. In 1938 Lehmann, previously quoted, was expelled from the Biologen Verband (Biologists’ Organization) which he had headed since 1931 and removed from his position as editor of Der Biologe.

A new organization within the SS was created, the Reichsbund für Biologie (Reich Division for Biology) which, under the direct supervision of the Ahnenerbe and ultimately of Himmler himself, took over the editorship of Der Biologe.

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Nazism didn’t look much like a nature cult

An organic theory of life, with its emphasis on natural harmony, human interconnectedness and symbiotic relationship, stood in stark ideological contradiction to the aims of the Nazi regime, which wanted to build up Germany’s industrial and military power, build motorways, develop scientific racial engineering to strengthen “The Master Race”, explore the potential of nuclear physics, and ruthlessly eliminate “alien” human elements from German society.

The new SS-run version of Der Biologe made it clear that there was no room for the woolly, holistic views of men like Lehmann and the völkisch anthropologist Ernst Krieck, even if they were Nazis and anti-semites. “Biology is research about facts!” it barked in a 1939 editorial.

Facts! This is the language of the atomistic, mechanistic, industrial thinking of The Machine, the very language that the Nazis had claimed to be opposing, at the stage when they were wooing the German population.

From the 1890s onwards, there had been a cultural battle between two German tendencies. On one side stood the tradition of Goethe, of a Romantic desire for life, for soul, for wholeness. On the other side was the new Germany, obsessed with efficiency and Technik, the militarist “machine nation” of 1914.

While Nazism was clearly influenced on one level by the first, Romantic tradition, and happy to use that association to garner support from a German public despairing of capitalist modernity, it proved ultimately to belong firmly to the second.

It incarnated, in an exaggerated form, the thinking of the industrial capitalist Machine, for whom human beings are nothing but fodder. It was not simply a question of racism; even those accepted as German were expected to be “productive”, to serve the purposes of the Machine-State in some way. Non-performing, non-productive Germans (leistungsunfähige Wesen) and scroungers (Asoziale) were not deemed worthy of living in German society.

Because of the hideous crimes committed by the Nazi regime, there is today near-universal agreement that we do not like the Third Reich and its ideas.

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But we should be clear as to what it is that we don’t like. We don’t like the mass extermination. We don’t like the anti-semitism and racism. We don’t like the warmongering militarism. We don’t like the blind nationalism. We don’t like the police state. We don’t like the eugenics. We don’t like the propaganda and mass hysteria.

There were other elements present in Nazism which are not among these evils and which do not necessarily pave the way towards them.

Is wholemeal bread a bad thing because the Nazis said it was good? Are herbal plantations insidious because there was one at Dachau? Is all organic thinking suspect because a version of it was harnessed, and distorted, by some Nazi ideologues?

Continuing her discussion of the Nazis’ use of an organic and nature-based vocabulary (see above), Lyon, who describes herself as a Jewish writer, adds: “There is nothing intrinsically problematic about any of these three terms. Their adoption to make the argument that one race of people should be superior to others, because it stemmed from those values and that soil, was where it all went wrong…” (34)

3. Are there other possible manifestations of organic ideology?

As we have already noted in the last section, non-Nazi versions of organic ideology are not only possible, but existed in a very real form alongside the now-discredited right-wing racist variety.

Anne Harrington
Anne Harrington

Harrington correctly points out that it is useful to know something about the history of German holistic science, in order not to fall into the trap of thinking that any alternative to the prevailing mechanistic worldview is to be avoided because it somehow points inevitably towards fascism.

She adds: “It is important that we resist ‘discovering’ the outline of a terrible future in holism’s past or imagining that all holistic, vitalistic, or teleological views of nature are part of a larger ‘destruction of reason’ that can be tracked in some straight, degenerating line from the romantics to Hegel to Nietzsche to Hitler”. (35)

Sometimes these investigations might lead simply to the revelation that a particular scientist or thinker was not actually a Nazi. The biologist Jakob Von Uexküll, for instance, was certainly very conservative, politically, but was no white supremacist: he argued that all human groups must be respected in their distinctiveness, because all in the end are expressions of the same creative life energy. (36)

At other times, it goes a lot further than that and we see the enormous ideological potential in variants of the organic theme which point in a libertarian, humanist, internationalist, left-wing direction.

Driesch, for example, defended an ideal of cultural cosmopolitanism and rejected any idea that a nation-state could be seen as an organism. The only supra-personal collective organism he was prepared to consider was the concept of a humankind that recognised no national or völkisch boundaries.

Before Hitler came to power, Driesch had been warning, both in academic and newspaper articles, of the dangers of the growing nationalistic mood. To counter this, he stressed the biological unity of the human species. He also voiced his opposition to militarism, describing this as the “the most terrible of all sins” against the vitalistic principles of life, holistic cooperation and higher development. (37)

The Russian-Swiss neurobiologist Constantin von Monakow (1853-1930) also developed a holistic and organic theory which retained its logical coherence by talking about interconnected wholes, rather than veering off into the fragmented and divisive particularism of Nazi dogma.

Constantin von Monakow
Constantin von Monakow

Monakow came up with the idea of the horme, a kind of all-pervading intrinsic motivating and guiding force. He explained: “The horme is nothing other than the activity of the universe (Worldhorme), within which we human-children are highly organized necessary parts. As such we are temporally and partly also spatially – through free mobility – closely bound up with one another: we form ties with animals and plants and also with nonorganic bodies, into which last we merge after death. There is an undeniable glory in the thought that an indelible temporal bond links us, not only with our ancestors and our descendants, but above all also with the whole rest of the organic world”. (38)

He interpreted our relationship to the outside world in terms of expanding concentric circles of awareness. The most basic level of existence involved a preoccupation with self and survival. This was often extended to a focus on family and the immediate community around the individual.

But more evolved human beings could grasp their belonging to increasingly larger entities, up to the human species, the organic world and the cosmos.

Monakow’s holistic vision of all life as being enmeshed in one dynamic process of evolution thus naturally involved an internationalist perspective. Nothing else, in fact, would have made sense in that context.

It also placed him in opposition to the thinking of an industrial age which rejected any idea of organic subject-to-subject relationships with fellow parts of the natural organism in favour of a subject-to-object relationship based on domination and exploitation.

He saw that to heal itself and set itself back on its true evolutionary course, humanity had to trust in its deepest biological impulses. All the wisdom we needed to find that course was already within us, but stifled by the constructs of modern society. We had to tap into that natural sense of direction and rightness, he said, and realise that every tiny living fibre inside us is “so much more wonderful than all the wonders of technology and a thousand times more clever”. (39)

One of the most enthusiastic advocates of Monakow’s approach was Kurt Goldstein (1878-1965), a Jewish socialist critic of modernity, who set out to combine holistic and organic German philosophy with the values of reason, democracy and individual freedom.

Throughout his life, he warned against the dangers of applying narrow, fragmented scientific ways of thinking to other realms.

He wrote in an unpublished 1965 paper: “The progress by the application of science to all fields, also those which are related to the spiritual side of man, as education, psychology, sociology, etc, seems to be so enormous that somebody who today dares to oppose even a little this trend and warns against the fateful consequences for human existence is considered either stupid or uneducated, irresponsible or prejudiced”. (40)

Kurt Goldstein
Kurt Goldstein

From Goldstein’s holistic perspective, everything was interconnected, outside and inside the individual human being. The words ‘mind’ and ‘body’, for instance, did not point to genuine entities but were just ‘symbols’, human abstractions, denoting different aspects of an overall organic reality that could not in fact be divided.

He has been described, by Ruth Nanda Anshen, as having introduced “a new doctrine of organism which may be said to be taking the place of the materialism with which, since the seventeenth-century, science has enmeshed philosophy”. (41)

The psychologist Max Wertheimer (1880-1943), took Goethe as a starting point, developing the idea of Gestalt, or underlying form, in a promising direction far removed from the dead-end of racism into which the Nazis tried to divert it.

Born in Prague, he fled central Europe before Hitler came to power and continued his work in the USA, later becoming an American citizen.

Once you have decided to embark on your entrepreneurial journey, it is very important to understand what type of an entrepreneur are you. There are entrepreneurs who are motivated by money, profit and material success and there are those who are inspired by a greater cause. They tend to incorporate divine love, passion, creativity, spirituality and wisdom in their daily, routine work, no matter how mundane it is to be. They are different from other types of entrepreneurs and stand in their own league and are called spiritual ormystic entrepreneurs. Understanding your distinct nature and evolving your practice accordingly help you come up with a brand and service that is authentic, grounded, and result-oriented. This kind of soul searching would help you understand how your service is distinct from the competition, what you are offering and how much it is worth, who your ideal clients are, and how you can help them out. Being a spiritual entrepreneur is so very different from being any other type of an entrepreneur. It is about creating a unique spiritual and mystical service that resonates with your faith, vision and inner values and is designed to help and support others. Here are 7 telltale signs of a mystic or spiritual entrepreneur:A Deeper Interest in Matters of the Heart, Mind, Emotions and Soul Mystic entrepreneurs are more spirit and soul conscious. They are grounded and secure in their mysticism and spirituality and are not at odds with them. They believe in improving the mind, mind sciences, mental and spiritual health, self-help, self-improvement, etc. They are constantly looking for ways to bring emotional health, wellness, healing, and peace to their lives and that of their loved ones. They are into reiki, yoga, meditation and Feng Shui and meditate a lot.A Growth-Oriented MindsetEntrepreneurs with a mystic bent are naturally curious and restless by nature. They are intrigued by the mysteries of the Universe and their own souls. They have a strong desire to invest in themselves that is, their own learning and refinement. They are not afraid to learn, unlearn and relearn, go into unknown directions within to keep evolving at a soul conscious level. They seek to work with masters, seers and master trainers and learn from them and commit a lot of time to self-improvement activities. They are looking for inner fulfillment and try to look for meaning and joy in things.A Larger than Life VisionMystical beings feel that they are here on Earth not by accident but to fulfill a greater and nobler purpose. They are not motivated by financial figures and goals and amassing material things. They have a noble and grand vision which encompasses not their own selves but the greater good of the world at large. They are deeply concerned about issues facing their community as well as humanity and the world at large. They not only try to raise the awareness of others but also try to find practical solutions for problems. They may not have oodles of money but still try to commit their time, and invest their money and resources into philanthropic causes.A Degree of IntuitionEntrepreneurs with mystic abilities are highly sensitive and intuitive. They have an uncanny insight and have a way of knowing hidden or unrealized things about others without even being told. They can have a look at a person and his or her workings and can guess the story running in the background. They often have insightful and fantastic revelations about others. They look for hidden meaning and connection between seemingly disjointed things.Appreciation for Solitude as well as CompanyEntrepreneurs with a mystical mindset are introverts. They prefer to be in like-minded, inspiring company or they prefer flying solo. They like to reconnect with themselves, their own spirit and soul in solitude. They are drawn to nature walks, meditation, long baths or spas. They shun the fast-paced party life but are drawn to deep, invigorating, stimulating conversations, and retreats of the like-minded ones.Trustable GuidesDue to their intuitive, mystic abilities, these special breed of entrepreneurs are often recipients of long distance calls and lengthy emails from their friends and loved ones. Why? It is because they are trusted and relied upon by their friends not as a shoulder to cry on, but as trustworthy allies and advisors. They are sought by their friends for guidance and for solid advice. Their friends, family members, and loyal clients hesitate and resist making critical decisions without consulting them first and the mystic entrepreneurs take their trust and faith very seriously and help them come up with the best solutions to their problems.A Higher Degree of EmpathyMystic entrepreneurs have a higher degree of empathy for others and are moved by their pain and sufferings. The minute they hear that a friend or loved one is in some kind of trouble, they are moved to action. They try to find means and ways to ease their loved ones’ pain and troubles. They are often concerned about not just the physical but the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of others. They not only extend comfort and a shoulder to cry on but also spring to action and try to find practical solutions. As coaches and trainers, mystic entrepreneursare in a unique position to help others in overcoming their mental blocks, their personal issues through personalized, one on one training and guidance. They offer others a chance to transform their bodies, minds and lives, and move to a higher and more evolved soul conscious level. They help others manifest their desires and ideals through personalized guidance.If you can identify with these traits then you are clearly a mystical or spiritual entrepreneur or one in the making and would do well in a business that deals with these aspects. More and more people are awakening to the idea that it is possible to evolve a successful and yet profitable mystical or spiritual business on the basis of a divine vision and mission. This is why mystics and spiritualists are taking their ideas and goals from the hobbyist closet and turning them into deeply meaningful and result-oriented business ventures. By aligning with the law of natural and universal abundance, they are bringing in more and more positive energy into the world for the humanity at large.As a Mystic Wealth Mentor and spiritual teacher, I teach practical manifestation strategies and mystical principles that help my clients bridge their spirituality and mysticism with practicality. You too can have a one-on-one session with me to determine whether we fit in together. Go to https://lucimcmonagle.youcanbook.me/ and book a discovery session.Moreover, I also have a special offer, a chance to work with me in a year-long exclusive program that can help you tap into your deepest mystical gifts and unlock the spiritual mysteries of your soul, so that your business and you can transcend to a whole new level of financial and spiritual success. Go to www.ChatwithLuci.com and we would take it from there.
          В могилевском институте МВД нашли мифологический Асгард. Один и Тор "жили" не на небе, а в России?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Белорусский ученый Сергей Даниленко из Могилевского института МВД говорит, что нашел Асгард. Причем небесный, по скандинавским мифам, город был реален и находился на юге современной России с начала 6 века до нашей эры. Ученый применил новый подход к изучению темы. Выходит, Один «жил» в крепости у берегов Черного моря? Так выглядит Асгард в кинематографической вселенной Marvel. Фото: ru.marvelcinematicuniverse.wikia.com Асгард — небесный город, обитель богов-асов в скандинавской мифологии. Верховным богом и вождем асов является Один. Сергей Даниленко — профессор кафедры социально-гуманитарных дисциплин Могилевского института МВД, кандидат филологических наук, доцент, автор более 120 научных трудов, специалист в вопросах социальной мифологии. Реконструкцией мифа о легендарном Асгарде он занимается более 10 лет. Сергей Даниленко сделал выводы о местонахождении Асгарда на основе анализа античных и средневековых источников и новейших палеоландшафтных данных. В сущности, он доказывает, что Асгардом является давно известный археологам Лабрис (Семибратнее городище). Семибратнее городище — одно из крупнейших синдских городищ Таманского полуострова, расположено на левом берегу р. Кубани в 12 км к западу от ст. Варениковской, в одном километре к северу от дороги ст. Варениковская-Анапа. Сохранилась почти вся площадь памятника — валы, рвы и т.д. Место, где, по мнению белорусского ученого, находился Асгард. Коллаж сделан с помощью сервиса Яндекс.Карты То, что Асгард — не небесный город, как говорится в классической редакции германо-скандинавских мифов, а вполне себе земная крепость, упоминается уже во времена Средневековья. Эта альтернативная мифографичная традиция нашла свое отражениев «Младшей Эдде» и «Саге об Инглингах» — произведениях средневекового исландскогомифографа Снорри Стурлусона. Долгое время исследователи безуспешно пытались связать местонахождение Асгарда с окрестностями современного российского города Азов, так как он расположен в месте впадения реки Дон в Азовское море, на что указывали средневековые источники. Даниленко же в своем доказательстве опирается в том числе на абсолютно новые данные, полученные во время изучения греческой колонизации на Таманском полуострове (2006?2013 гг.) Боспорской археологической экспедицией Государственного Исторического музея России совместно с Евразийским отделом Германского археологического института. Согласно им, древний Танаис, в отличие от современного, напрямую впадал в Черное море. Танаис, он же Дон, миновал болотистую местность на месте современного Азовского моря, а его устье — современный Керченский пролив — практически совпадало с устьем Гипаниса (Кубани). Причем оба устья представляли собой разделенные большим островом два больших водных рукава, которые можно отождествить с Ванаквислом и Танаквислом — двумя рукавами Танаиса — упомянутыми в древних скандинавских сагах как место расселения ванов и асов. — Таким образом, легендарными ванами являются колонизовавшие в середине І тыс. до н.э. Керченский полуостров ионийские греки, ионийцы, этноним которых на пракрите звучал как «яваны». Асами, в свою очередь, являлись синды («народ реки» на пракрите), племя пока дискуссионного происхождения, которое в это же время создало зачатки государственности на Таманском полуострове, — делает вывод белоруский ученый. Археологический раскоп Лабриты. Фото: anapafuture.ru Даниленко обращает внимание на одну из этнополитических групп синдов — аспургиан. Они представляли собой тяжеловооруженных кавалеристов, отмеченных специфическим погребальным ритуалом. Аспургиане — они же As-puraukas, т.е. «житель крепости», «житель города асов» или «житель Асгарда, асгардец». Первые результаты исследования опубликованы в белорусском научном журнале THESAURUS под редакцией Сергея Венидиктова. Они коренным образом меняют представление об основных сюжетах скандинавской мифологии, а дальнейшие исследования в состоянии вновь оживить дискуссию о прародине славян, локализовать в пространстве и времени темы и образы, известные в скандинавском мифе как смерть Бальдра, Вальхала, Рагнарёк, считает Сергей Даниленко.
          Comment on Jaggi Vasudev Doesn’t Understand Science (or the Nature of the Universe) by Sadanand      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Why nirmukta is obsesses with this guy? I heard about both Narendra nayak and jaggi vasudev from this site only
          7/11/2018: ARTS & LIFESTYLE: CAPED HEROES CONTINUE BOX OFFICE DOMINATION BUT ARE WE ON VERGE OF FRANCHISE FATIGUE?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Ant-Man and the Wasp, the latest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will have put a smile on the faces of studio execs at Disney over the weekend, buzzing to a circa$80 million (Dh293.8m) North American debut, and taking around the same again...
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TheatreWorks Silicon Valley kicks off its 2018/19 season with Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata, an inspiring true story following Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American student who fought internment to a relocation camp during World War II. This Northern California premiere celebrates the human spirit as it chronicles Hirabayashi's journey from college in Seattle all the way to the Supreme Court, and eventually to a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Directed by Lisa Rothe, with Joel de la Fuente starring as Hirabayashi, Hold These Truths shares the story of a young man who passionately defends his Constitutional rights against an unexpected adversary: his own country. It will be presented July 11-August 5, 2018 (press opening: July 14) at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. For tickets ($40-$100) and more information the public may visit TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960.

Hold These Truths made its world premiere in 2007 at East West Players in Los Angeles. In 2012, the solo play made its Off Broadway premiere at Epic Theatre Company starring Joel de la Fuente, and received a 2013 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance. Since its world premiere, it has gone on to play throughout the nation including theatres in Boston, Honolulu, Washington, D.C., Portland, and many others. Critics have lauded the period piece as "a top-notch production" (The New York Times), "particularly impactful" (TheaterMania), and a show which "gives hope that the arc of the moral universe does indeed eventually bend toward justice" (Los Angeles Times).

Joel de la Fuente makes his TheatreWorks debut as Gordon Hirabayashi. He has been seen in movies and on many television shows and such asThe Man in the High Castle, Madam Secretary, Hemlock Grove, Nurse Jackie, Hawaii 5-O, ER, Red Sparrow, The Adjustment Bureau, and more. De la Fuente has also performed throughout the United States at theatres including New York Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, The Public Theater, and others.

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          The Allure of Crystals & Geological Specimens      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Allure of Crystals & Geological Specimens Crystals and natural specimens are some of the most stunning and scientifically fascinating non-living objects in the universe. There is often remarkable symmetry within the way their atoms responded to time, pressure, and heat during the “growth” process of these beautiful objects of nature. Crystals are comprised of […]
          Celebrating Hanukkah with Treasured Judaica      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
“Baruch ata Ado-nai, Elo-heinu Melech ha’olam, Asher kid’shanu b’mitzvosav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Chanukah.” Translated to English, this means: Blessed are You, Hashem our G-d, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments, and has commanded us to Kindle the Chanukah light.” The above blessing (Bracho) is one of three that are […]
          The identity of the real villain in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is still a mystery      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ant-Man and the Wasp is the 20th story from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and the first movie to hit cinemas after all those Avengers died in Infinity War. Because it followed Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp brought us some answers to our questions. We now know precisely what Ant-Man was doing while Tony Stark and Co. were fighting Thanos. And we’ve got more confirmation that the majority of the fallen heroes will be resurrected in Avengers 4. But we also have a significant question about the film’s villain. Who is the real bad guy? If you’ve seen the movie, you might be puzzled. Didn’t Ant-Man and the Wasp fight not one, but two villains? Yes, yes they did. But not the main one. If you haven’t seen the movie, proceed with caution, as spoilers lie ahead. Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) and Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) are the villains of the film, and they’re both defeated by the time the credits roll. Well, Ghost turns into more of a friend after it becomes clear that she was only motivated to act against the heroes out of fear that she might die. That leaves Burch as the villain of the film, but he’s not exactly the kind of bad dude we’re used to seeing in Marvel stories. Burch is more of a wannabe villain, a sidekick, at best. He doesn’t have the skill, sophistication, or resources to mount up a real fight. Burch is an easy target, even though his antics were good enough that we got to see plenty of delightful action. The real villain of Ant-Man 2 is the person who set things in motion for Burch. It’s the person who, in a world dominated by superheroes, isn’t afraid to challenge them. It’s a person who has the sophistication and resources to think outside the box. It’s the person who’s willing to pay Burch a billion dollars for Dr. Pym’s quantum realm inventions. Let’s not forget that access to the quantum realm would allow someone to retrieve energy resources like the one harnessed by Janet, not to mention some control over space and time. The person who’s willing to get that technology is apparently aware of what it's worth. What the movie doesn’t tell us is who this person is. But make no mistake, that’s the real villain of the show, someone we’ll probably see later down the road. Who can it be? The usual suspects, including Hydra, AIM, and Justin Hammer, are on a short list. Dr. Doom is a more exciting possibility, says CBR. Norman Osborn (the Green Goblin) is another, reports Digital Spy, as Marvel asked Sony not to use the Spider-Man villain in its own movies. We'll probably find out more details about this mysterious character in upcoming Marvel movies, especially considering that he or she did not get any real screen time in this one, aside from Burch mentioning the existence of this mystery buyer.
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          Ранняя вселенная 5. Космологическое красное смещение и динамика однородной расширяющейся вселенной, часть 1      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
На сайте бесплатных лекций MIT OpenCourseWare выложен курс лекций по космологии Алана Гуса, одного из создателей инфляционной модели вселенной.

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          Toadcast #113 - The Anstercast      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

We're in Anstruther this weekend for Homegame, and so we got incredibly pissed late at night and recorded a podcast for you all, just as a special extra Sunday Supplement.

This should give you a taste of our Homegame fun and, sadly, also an idea of just how much of a wreck we all make of ourselves in Fife once a year.
Honestly, this is my favourite festival in the fucking universe, possibly only equalled by Pickathon, which is incredibl e.

Toadcast #113 - The Rhubarbcast
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01.Withered Hand - No Cigarettes (01.34)
02.Silver Columns - Yes and Dance (Silver Columns Remix) (08.31)
03.Findo Gask - Wrapped in Plastic (Live) (14.00)
04.Adem - Everything You Need (20.02)
05.Django Django - Love's Dart (29.52)
06.FOUND - Freaky Freaky Chancer (33.37)
07.Cold Seeds - The Perfume of Mexican Birds (43.43)
08.Love.Stop.Repeat - The Ghost of What You Used to Be (50.52)
09.FOUND & eagleowl - Some R. Kelly Cover (58.52)


          Toadcast #12 - The End of the Roadcast      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

My what a splendid festival.  You’ve read what I had to say about the thing (overview, day one, day two & day three), now here’s the ‘downloadable in one easy to digest chunk’ version, with more tunes.

I had a splendid time at this, I really did.  The line-up was spectacularly good and, despite being not much more than a well-executed variant on the standard festival format, I would highly recommend it to those of you sick of the exercise in cattle-herding and aggressively intrusive marketing that the modern festival has become.

Anyhow, I’ve gone through the festival in chronological order, playing songs from artists in the order in which I attended them over the weekend.  Hopefully I give you a decent overview of the festival itself as well as a taster of the quality of the lineup, from the indie legends to the connoisseur’s selection of emerging acts that made this such a quality bill.  No ranting in this one either, or at least, very little.  What a relief for you all.

Toadcast #12 - The End of the Roadcast

1. Midlake - Young Bride (02.08)
2. Yo La Tengo - By the Time it Gets Dark (07.43)
3. My Brightest Diamond - Dragonfly (14.17)
4. King Creosote - You’ve No Clue Do You (23.19)
5. Monkey Swallows the Universe - Sheffield Shanty (28.29)
6. David Thomas Broughton - Unmarked Grave (34.56)
7. British Sea Power - Remember Me (46.11)
8. Port O’Brien - Five & Dime (51.39)
9. The Young Republic - Excuses to See You (56.14)
10. The Wave Pictures - Long Island (63.28)
11. Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit - Tickle Me Pink (70.44)
12. Paris Motel - My Demeter (77.20)
13. Charlie Parr - Worried Blues (80.53)
14. Howe Gelb - Get to Leave (88.34)
15. Lambchop - Up With People (95.35)

Song, by Toad



          LOSTCasts 80: LA X Parts 1 & 2      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This week, we discuss the premiere of season 6 of LOST, with the airing of LA X Parts 1 & 2. In our first podcast of the season, we talk about the new parallel universe or "flash sideways" everyone's been...
          A Beach Read For People Who Love Hating Things      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
My Year of Rest And Relaxation is good bad fun. by Rich Smith

Sophia Coppola would be proud.
Sophia Coppola would be proud. Moshfegh reads at Elliott Bay Books this Friday at 7:00 p.m. Penguin Press

Last week my barista asked what I was reading, and I told her I was reading a novel by Ottessa Moshfegh called My Year of Rest and Relaxation.

"Sounds privileged," the barista said, looking at me like I was wearing Melania's green jacket.

My reply—a quick summary of the book—didn't do me any favors. "It's about a beautiful young woman with a large inheritance who locks herself up in her well-appointed NYC apartment for a year and takes a bunch of prescription pills in an attempt to sleep away her emotional problems," I said, as I signed for my coffee.

The barista rolled her eyes, said she'd be sure to check it out, and dismissed me before I could tell her how Moshfegh hides a dimly glowing ball of genuine humanitarianism beneath a thick crust of black humor and Grade-A cynicism—enough genuine humanitarianism that maybe even a moralizing barista would like it.

Moshfegh's ironic title might turn off Seattleites who don't want to read anything that isn't a protest sign. And even if they do deign to read the first hundred pages, their rolled eyes might stay rolled.

The story's told from the perspective of a laconic, depressed white woman in the middle of an existential crisis. When she's not tearing down her friend Reva (who works on Wall Street), skewering the world of contemporary visual art, or lying to her drug dealer/psychiatrist, she's leveraging every ounce of her privilege to "hibernate" for a year, a selfish and absurd goal she knows is selfish and absurd. Even if you didn't care to read a book from the perspective of such a character, you'd be forgiven for skipping yet another fucking novel about the particular charms and indignities of living in Manhattan, no matter how much it critiques the genre.

But you'd also miss out on a lot of extremely good writing, some of the funniest dialogue I've read in a while, descriptions of characters so brutal and accurate they're actually loving. And, of course, you'd be missing the whole point of the book—or one of them, at least.

You're supposed to dislike the normie characters and the trust fund hipster at the center of the story. Then you're supposed to realize, along with the narrator, that even normies and trust fund hipsters possess rich emotional interiors, that you are, in some ways, deep down, or even right on top, a normie and/or a trust fund hipster, and that your neuroses and your obsession with our own reflection in the pond prevent you from seeing yourself in others, which is the root of your cruelty.

You're also supposed to laugh a lot about the narrator's fixations (Whoopi Goldberg, terrible mass market movies, bodega food), admire her general lazy brazenness, and nod your head at her excellent implied critiques of consumerism. And I think you're supposed to ultimately see her attempt to void herself from the universe as a metaphor for the level of selflessness required to deal with the unknown without freaking out about it.

The book's cynical pleasures begin to feel tiresome about 1/3 of the way in, but right when they do Moshfegh makes you very aware of the particular year the narrator has chosen to sleep through. It's late 2000. And then, if you're an idiot like me and didn't see this coming until 1/3 through, you think, “Oh my god 9/11 is going to happen in this book."

This realization introduces a tension that keeps you reading, if only to figure out how the catastrophe figures in the story. Will the narrator's sleeping beauty routine save her from her self-imposed imprisonment, or does someone so steeped in her own grief and privilege need something as serious as a terrorist attack to wake her up?

I'm not 100 percent sure Moshfegh sticks the landing. If it were a short story, I think she would have. The book is 280 pages of hilariously mean, misanthropic language and then maybe 5 pages of the opposite of that. If it were 20 pages of the former and the same number of pages as the latter, I think she'd have said all she said and just as powerfully. That said, I really enjoyed reading those 280 pages. So, forget the landing. Embrace the routine.

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          December 9 - Brand X      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Brand X
BRAND X are recognized as true musical pioneers, as they helped create an entire musical genre and influenced a broad spectrum of musicians and bands, from Phish to Dream Theatre. They are unrivaled in their creativity, originality and approach. Their contemporaries include bands such as Weather Report, Headhunters, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jaco Pastorious and Chick Corea, all crafting a unique blend of Jazz, Rock, and Ethic influences now widely known by fans worldwide as Fusion.

Many claim it's BRAND X's unique combination of masterful chops mixed with their childlike melodies that make so special. Some musicians play from inside their own world, but John Goodsall, Percy Jones, Kenwood Dennard and the guys from BRAND X play from their own universe! REUNION: After years of rumors of a potential reunion, it is finally happening. Three of the four main members came together recently in New York, and according to sources present at the rehearsals, listening to them play was "...like traveling back in time to the legendary 'Livestock' album -- there was no question this was BRAND X! Their sound was uncannily identical to the BRAND X of 'Livestock' -- and that in itself speaks volumes"
          Rorschach Theatre Announces Pop-Up Benefit Bash & 18-19 Season      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Rorschach Theatre - an award-winning company known for its bold use of space and its dedication to impossible fantastical realism - launches its 2018-19 Season in a whole new way: THE BAR BETWEEN WORLDS BENEFIT BASH. On Saturday, August 11th the company transforms Petworth's Union Drinkery into an immersive wonderland spanning the cliffs of Reykjavik, the fields of Elysium and the cosmos itself. Each room invites party guests to explore the landscape of one of the company's upcoming shows. This one-night-only, pop-up experience inside Union Drinkery, will be designed in part by Rorschach Company Member and Helen Hayes Award-winner Debra Kim Sivigny, whose work on the the wildly popular Game of Thrones Bar and Royal Wedding bar has been lauded locally and nationally. Guests will enjoy an individually tailored evening of entertainment and possibility...

Individual tickets ($95--$75 tax-deductible) are available at rorschachtheatre.com. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Funds raised for the event will support Rorschach's upcoming season, which will include three full productions, the Magic in Rough Spaces New Play Lab, the Klecksography artist development program, and Other People's Ink: An Entertainment Curation Society.

2018-19 SEASON

A teenager connects with the cosmos,

the last living muse hires an intern,

and the winter solstice haunts queer tourists in Reykjavik...

Rorschach's 2018-19 season features three world-premiere productions and three new programs that enhance our role as a developer of new talent and as a provocateur of challenging, complex discourse through a magical lens. The three productions include the Iris Dauterman's Sing to me Now, Steve Yockey's Reykjavik and Reina Hardy's Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven. Magic in Rough Spaces New Play Lab and Klecksography - two unique artist development programs - will return in the spring. Subscriptions range from $50-$80 per person and are on sale now at www.rorschachtheatre.com

SING TO ME NOW

By Iris Dauterman

Directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick

October 19, 2018 - November 18, 2018

Atlas Performing Arts Center

"Every second you hesitate, every moment you're not writing, furiously writing, or dancing, or singing, things are getting worse. So hurry. Up."

Calliope is the last surviving Muse. Drowning in the demands from a world desperate for inspiration, she does what any self respecting Greek Goddess would do: She hires an intern. Soon it becomes clear that Calliope is burying a deeper pain and the fate of the universe may lie in this human intern's ability to save her. Playwright Iris Dauterman uses sardonic humor, poetry and a deeply contemporary voice to create a comedy about overcoming tragedy.

IRIS DAUTERMAN is a playwright from San Luis Obispo, California. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University, and a BA in Drama from Bennington College. She is a two-time finalist for the Heideman Award whose plays have been workshopped or produced at the Berkshire Fringe Festival, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts, Indiana University, Animus Theatre Company, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Campfire Theatre Festival, Little Lifeboats Theatre, the New American Theatre, Boise Contemporary Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Spicy Witch Productions, and Storefront Theatre of Indianapolis.

REYKJAVIK

By Steve Yockey

February 8, 2019 - March 3, 2019

Location to be announced soon

"You are desire and beauty and you will never fade away."

James is in Reykjavik for the Northern Lights but they're not there. Instead he ventures into the 24-hour dark of the Icelandic winter and finds himself entangled with dangerous strangers, suspicious lovers, malevolent birds and the mysterious Huldufólk. Playwright Steve Yockey (very still & hard to see), a genre-bending master of suspense, takes us to the end of the earth to experience a dark, sometimes supernatural world populated with characters who defy expectations at every turn.

Reykjavik may not be appropriate for children under 18. Parental discretion advised.

STEVE YOCKEY is a Los Angeles based writer with work produced throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. His plays Bellwether, Pluto, Afterlife, Octopus, Large Animal Games, CARTOON, Subculture, Very Still & Hard to See, The Fisherman's Wife, Wolves, Disassembly and Niagara Falls & Other Plays are published and available from Samuel French. Additionally, his play Joshua Consumed an Unfortunate Pear (originally commissioned by Miami's City Theatre) was included in the 2015 Humana Festival of New American Plays and the subsequent published anthology. Other plays include Blackberry Winter, The Thrush & The Woodpecker and Mercury. Steve holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and currently serves as a writer/producer for the television series Supernatural.

ANNIE JUMP & THE LIBRARY OF HEAVEN

By Reina Hardy

April 19, 2019 - May 19, 2019

Atlas Performing Arts Center

"You are important to the universe. it needs you, almost as much as you need it."

Annie Jump, a small-town teen and science genius, comes face to face with her worst nightmare: a popular girl. When she learns that this girl with great hair might be an intergalactic super computer tasked with bringing humanity to the stars, she must decide what is worth sacrificing to fulfill her destiny. Reina Hardy's (Glassheart) play for all audiences is about finding your place in the universe and intelligent life in your neighborhood.

REINA HARDY's plays, which usually contain magic and sometimes contain science, have been produced in Chicago, NYC, Austin and DC. They include Glassheart (Rorschach Theater and the Shrewds), Changelings (The Vortex) and A Map to Somewhere Else (Everyday Inferno, NYC). Honors include: Michener Fellowship, National New Play Network New Play Showcase, Source Festival, Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop, Interact 20/20 Commission, Kennedy Center ACTF TYA PRIZE. Publications include: Best American Short Plays, 2012-2013, and Best Scenes for Two Actors, Applause, Best Stage Monologues for Men, 60 Seconds to Shine and the upcoming 105 5-Minute Plays for Study and Performance from Smith and Kraus. Next up: the world premiere of The Gauntlet in London, the world premiere of Fanatical in London, new productions of Stargazers in Michigan and Australia and the second production of Susan Swayne and the Bewildered Bride in Cincinnati.

OTHER EVENTS IN 2018/2019

MAGIC IN ROUGH SPACES NEW PLAY LAB: Sunday May 5, 2019

Three playwrights, selected from a competitive national open call, collaborate with DC-based actors, directors, designers and dramaturgs to develop three new plays.

KLECKSOGRAPHY: Saturday June 22, 2019

Rorschach leads a partnership with six theatres for 50+ emerging artists to benefit from mentorship and networking opportunities when they create 12 new plays in 10 days.

OTHER PEOPLE'S INK: Monthly throughout the season

The Rorschach team organizes monthly events where our artists and audience come together to explore art galleries, cinema, author events and other adventures that feature work with a Rorschach flavor: Other People's Ink.

FIGHT CAMP: Summer of 2019

Rorschach's Stage Combat training program, led by Casey Kaleba, Rorschach Theatre's resident Fight Choreographer. Classes available for all levels of experience will be offered in the summer of 2019.

ABOUT RORSCHACH THEATRE

Through uncommon uses of environment and intimate passionate performances, Rorschach Theatre seeks to lure its audiences beyond the limits of ordinary theatrical experience so that they may discover new elements of their own humanity.

Rorschach Theatre tells stories that allow for innovative design and visceral performances. The company treats productions as "installations" that surround the audience with the world of a play. Our work centers on the intersection of magic or impossible moments and relatable human experience. Without proselytizing, it provides a complex, intellectual catalyst for self-exploration of challenging subjects.

Rorschach is a vital launching pad for emerging artists. By trusting early-career actors, directors, playwrights and designers with substantive artistic responsibilities, and surrounding them with established professionals and ample resources, the company has become an essential showcase for new talent. In addition to the regular season, Rorschach produces "Magic in Rough Spaces," an annual new play development series; "Klecksography," an annual new artist development event (for actors, local playwrights and directors); and "Fight Camp," a stage combat training program held every summer. The company also organizes "Other People's Ink," a monthly non-theatre social events that speak to the company's aesthetic.

Rorschach has produced more than fifty plays seen by tens of thousands of people in the Washington area. The company has been nominated for over a dozen Helen Hayes Awards; won a Mary Goldwater Award; been a finalist for the Mayor's Arts Award; and have been the recipients of multiple grants and awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The company's work has garnered the attention of The New York Times, The Washington Post, American Theatre magazine and National Public Radio, as well as countless local publications.


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There are now officially two Jokers in town. Joaquin Phoenix has reportedly closed his deal to play The Joker in a standalone Warner Bros. film, which now has the greenlight to start production in September, per THR. Word first surfaced about a year ago that Warner Bros. was developing a Joker origin movie from director/co-writer Todd Phillips that would not be part of the established DC Extended Universe, but would instead offer a unique spin on the comics character in a one-off feature. Phoenix entered talks to take on the role this past February, but this was …
          Episode 128--The Mountain Top--Self-Help In A Shot Glass      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

He may go by the title 'The Angry Therapist', but these days John Kim is anything but. His approach to self-help is so disarmingly obvious it's revolutionary...distilling the basics so that being a better man becomes utterly uncomplicated. John has broken the mold when it comes to therapy, and his vision of vulnerability in particular has made a real, tangible difference in the lives of many. In this inspiring episode we talk about the tools and motivation men need to be better. Discover the most unexpected life-transforming benefit of being vulnerable. How lack of authenticity costs men dearly, even though most of us don't even realize it. Find out how being miserable fueled John's passion and drive for more in life. Why is self-help 'sometimes more about a reunion than anything else'? What does John mean when he says, 'The universe has put me into a Trojan horse'? We talk about the joys (and dangers) every Dad faces in sharing his meaning and passion with his kids. Finally, we discuss television, Twitter and 'The Legions of the Unjazzed'...plus, how to feel more 'alive'. Remember always...'Never exchange the truth for membership'. Talk to me directly for 25 minutes. It's free... http://www.mountaintoppodcast.com/coach

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          How to Destroy a Nation from Within      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A comment left at the "The Age of Aquarius" post at UNZ.com sums up nicely the decades long plan to destroy Germany from within.
Heros says:

The key goal of the Kaufmann, Morgenthau and Houton plans was the genetic destruction of Germany and Germans. After starving millions of German men in the Rhine Meadows Death Camps, they enslaved millions more German soldiers and sent them around the planet for years, even decades. Conditions in French slave labor camps alone were far worse than any German labor camp, and we won’t go into the gulags. After stripping the country of its men, Eisenhower deliberately sent thousands of famously horny black soldiers into Berlin to try to get the starving local Maidels to miscegenate. This occurred in every German city in all occupation zones and when Paton objected he was eliminated. Later, Muslim Turks were brought in to fill the labor and paternity shortages deliberately created, and the dilution of the German gene pool continued full throttle.
AFN and Radio Liberty started broadcasting American Jazz music and American media across Germany while “de-nazification” (the cultural destruction of Germany) eliminated anyone not on board with the NWO. Young post war Germans were brought up in world bombarded with guilt and victors propaganda where the truth could not be uttered. They easily fell prey to Cultural Marxism, and by the end of the 1968 revolutions, toxic socialism and multiculturalism was firmly implanted across Germany and Europe.
The next wave from 1968 to about 2012 was the period of cutting threads of social fabric, destroying the family, and tearing down nationalist and racial pride, while the Jewish homeland was strengthened and made invulnerable.

About 2012, after Iraq, Egypt, Libya, then Syria, were invaded and devastated for Zionism and greater Israel, the long planned and long awaited invasion of Europe was unleashed. The EU had torn down all internal barriers with Schengen and its refugee settlement legislation meant that no EU country could resist the invasion. They thought, anyway. But “New Europe” had not been shrouded long enough in talmudic media mind control, so they have resisted the invasion. They sure better hope they win, because we know how jews treat those who defy them and become Amalek.
What is important here is to understand that this was a multi-generational plan against all the Christian peoples of Europe. Then and now, the US military was nothing more than the nails driven home by jewish hammers, used to crucify Christian culture on the cross of Jewish Power.
Want to see what this invasion looks like in the nation formerly known as Italy?

Maybe the MSM will cover this invasion?
Maybe those self-appointed Masters of the Universe will help staunch the invasion?

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Referring to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Congressional election victory last month, Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez said in a radio interview last week that the 28-year-old rising star from the Democratic Socialists of America represents "the future of our party." There is no other way to interpret this except as a direct admission that Democrats see socialism itself as the future of America, which will come as no surprise to anyone on the right.

Democrats love to dream about the future. The past is a tragic span of class oppression and the present is the workers’ revolution in progress, but the future is where it’s at. Like the proletariat heroes on Communist propaganda posters, leftists are fond of gazing off into the distance at a glorious Shangri-La on the horizon. What they tend to downplay is the genocidal totalitarianism necessary to pave the way for that new dawn – but hey, you can’t make the ideal omelet without breaking a few million eggs.

The future as conceived by the left is always a utopian vision in which inconvenient human nature has been hammered (and sickled) into compliance and in which equality of outcome – except for the political elites at the top – is brutally enforced. It’s worth reminding ourselves here that the word “utopia,” coined in the 16th century by Sir Thomas More for his political satire of the same name, was a play on Greek words meaning “no place” – for that is where utopia is to be found. That is why the left insists on ruthlessly engineering reality and human nature in order to mold them to fit the dream – or else. And that is why the left always begins by declaring “We’re on the right side of history” and ends by blithely proclaiming, “We’ll get it right next time.” In between, the utopians leave behind a wasteland, an archipelago of gulags, and untold numbers of murdered victims and crushed spirits.

Let’s look at a few ways in which the left envisions America’s future. Consider, for example, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s slogan that “the future is female.” Writing off half the population as irrelevant seems like an odd way to win voters, and most women in America reject the label “feminist” as well, but there is a certain pussy hat-wearing element among the left which fantasizes that if women ran the world, there would be peace on earth and good will toward men overnight. As Donald Trump bluntly told Hillary in a presidential debate: “Wrong.” The future will never be just female because it can never be just female. Sorry Hillary, but men aren’t going away nor moving to the back of the bus. We’re all in this together.

And yet some on the left consider even Hillary’s vision of the future to be not radical and illogical enough. The so-called “intersectional” feminists declare, as one headline put it, that “The Future is Not Female - It is Two-Spirit, Trans and Non-Binary.” I hate to be the bearer of bad news to them, but the narcissistic, gender-blending fantasies of naïve millennials have no future at all beyond the safe spaces of academe. They will quickly learn that the real world has no patience for preferred-pronoun petulance.

Another example. The leftist site HuffPost tweeted recently about Desmond is Amazing, a 10-year-old drag queen (yes, you read that right) who calls himself an LGBT advocate. “As Pride month comes to a close, Desmond Is Amazing, the ten-year-old drag kid from New York, is proof that the future is queer,” crowed HuffPost. Sorry, but a single manipulated child is hardly evidence that the future is queer, whatever that even means. It should be clear to anyone upon a moment’s reflection that if the future is queer, then the future is a dead end in a single generation.

In response to this, clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson, author of the bestselling 12 Rules for Life and certainly the most popular public intellectual since Joseph “Follow your bliss” Campbell in the 1980s, tweeted, “In what moral universe is it acceptable to encourage a 10 yr old boy to dress like an adult male mimicking a sexualized adult female, use that as a ticket to fame and then claim it as virtue?”

The leftist moral universe, that’s which one. It is the topsy-turvy (im)moral realm in which everything perverse and criminal is celebrated, while normal (yes, normal) traditional values are deemed evil and oppressive. Jordan Peterson is not even a conservative, or so he claims, and yet he clearly recognizes that the left’s vampiric embrace of this child is not celebration but exploitation. Sorry, HuffPost virtue-signalers, but the future is not going to be queer.

As always, the leftists are wrong: the future will belong to neither socialists, nor just females, nor any identity-politics splinter group, because that future spells division and decay and doom. Of course, the left will keep trying, keep failing, and ultimately the future will be conservative.

Why is conservatism the future? The answer is simple: conservatism works. It offers not a utopian promise but a future grounded in reality and built upon the best that humanity has expressed and achieved. It is a future that protects the independence and freedom of all equally, not one which enforces equality of outcome and keeps everyone in thrall to mediocrity and to spiritual, as well as economic, impoverishment. Conservatism as a political, economic, and social worldview works because freedom works.

As Donald Trump’s provocative presidency continues to expose the hateful radicalism at the heart of the Democrat party, it becomes undeniable what the Marxists want: the tearing down of everything. They want the abolishment of ICE and borders, of law and order, of private property, of free speech, of the Constitution, of the family unit, of traditional values, of Western civilization itself. The future they envision demands the eradication of it all. As evidenced by the #WalkAway trend on social media, more and more Democrats and Independents are being driven toward the common sense of conservatism by this lunacy.

To many, the perfect future the left promises is a lie as seductive as Satan himself. But peel away the promises and what the left really offers is hate and annihilation, without a real-world plan for building anything upon the ruins. Conservatism offers a workable future for you, every one of us individually, not the same colorless dead end for everyone in the collective. And that is why conservatism is the future, and progressivism has none.

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          Mass Exodus From the Church: Percentage of Young Adults With No Religious Affiliation Has Nearly Quadrupled Since 1986      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

We are witnessing a religious shift that is unprecedented in size and scope in American history. With each passing year, the percentage of Americans who claim no religious affiliation is growing, and this trend is especially pronounced among our young people. If things continue to steadily move in this direction, that will have enormous implications for the future of our society.

The United States was founded by people who were extremely committed to their faith, and now we are rapidly becoming a nation where people are choosing no religion at all. We live at a time when there is a mass exodus from Christian churches, and while it is true that some smaller faiths are growing, the reality of the matter is that most of the people that are leaving are remaining unaffiliated. According to PRRI, if you go back to 1991, only 6 percent of all Americans were "unaffiliated", but today that number has shot up to 25 percent:

In 1991, only six percent of Americans identified their religious affiliation as "none," and that number had not moved much since the early 1970s. By the end of the 1990s, 14 percent of the public claimed no religious affiliation. The rate of religious change accelerated further during the late 2000s and early 2010s, reaching 20 percent by 2012. Today, one-quarter (25 percent) of Americans claim no formal religious identity, making this group the single largest "religious group" in the U.S.

The most dramatic change during this time period has been among our young people.

If you go all the way back to 1986, just 10 percent of Americans in the 18 to 29-year-old age group were "unaffiliated". Today, that number has skyrocketed to 39 percent. Here is more from PRRI:

Today, nearly four in ten (39 percent) young adults (ages 18-29) are religiously unaffiliated—three times the unaffiliated rate (13 percent) among seniors (ages 65 and older). While previous generations were also more likely to be religiously unaffiliated in their twenties, young adults today are nearly four times as likely as young adults a generation ago to identify as religiously unaffiliated. In 1986, for example, only 10 percent of young adults claimed no religious affiliation.

And just because Millennials claim a religious affiliation of some sort does not mean that they actually go to church.

In fact, a study from the Pew Research Center discovered that only 27 percent of Millennials say that they "attend religious services on a weekly basis"...

Millennials—especially the youngest Millennials, who have entered adulthood since the first Landscape Study was conducted—are far less religious than their elders. For example, only 27 percent of Millennials say they attend religious services on a weekly basis, compared with 51 percent of adults in the Silent generation. Four in 10 of the youngest Millennials say they pray every day, compared with 6 in 10 Baby Boomers and two-thirds of members of the Silent generation. Only about half of Millennials say they believe in God with absolute certainty, compared with 7 in 10 Americans in the Silent and Baby Boom cohorts. And only about 4 in 10 Millennials say religion is very important in their lives, compared with more than half in the older generational cohorts.

Of course, not all of those who are "attending religious services" are going to Christian churches. Some are going to mosques, others are attending synagogue and still others are involved in other faiths.

At one time you could count on fast-growing groups such as the Southern Baptists to produce positive growth numbers, but those days are long gone:

The Southern Baptists have lost more than a million members over the last decade, according to LifeWay. Giving and attendance are down, and Baptists are seeing more gray and silver heads in the pews.

Europe has been described as a "post-Christian society", and we are well on our way to joining them.

So what is causing this to happen?

Well, there is certainly a lot of debate about this within Christian circles. From the outside, many experts are pointing to demographic changes. The following comes from a recent article by Jana Riess:

One of the biggest demographic trends of our time is that Millennials are delaying marriage or not getting married at all. And since there's a strong correlation between being married and being involved in religion, the fact that fewer Americans are getting married is worrisome news to clergy.

In addition to a decline in marriage numbers, experts also point to the fact that Americans are having fewer children these days:

The number of children a family has is related to the couple's religious involvement—couples without kids are a bit less likely to be religious. So the fact that fertility is on the decline is, again, worrisome news for organized religion.

But are those factors a cause of the decline of religious faith in America, or are they the result of it?

It could be argued that churches have always heavily promoted marriage and family, and if young Americans are no longer as engaged in church it would make sense that they put less of a priority on those things now.

The good news for churches is that even though atheism is rapidly growing, most Americans (even the unaffiliated ones) still believe in God:

Despite their lack of connection to formal religious institutions, most unaffiliated Americans retain a belief in God or a higher power. A majority of unaffiliated Americans say God is either a person with whom people can have a relationship (22 percent) or an impersonal force (37 percent). Only one-third (33 percent) of religiously unaffiliated Americans say they do not believe in God. Strong majorities of Americans who belong to the major Christian religious traditions hold a personal conception of God. Compared to Christians, Americans who identify with a non-Christian tradition are significantly less likely to hold a personal conception of God (33 percent) and are more likely to say God is an impersonal force in the universe (49 percent).

Americans still have a keen interest in spiritual things, but many of them are now attempting to fill that void in alternative ways. For example, it has been claimed that Wicca (a very popular form of witchcraft) is now the fastest-growing faith in America.

Many like to focus on the political changes that are happening in this country, but the truth is that these cataclysmic shifts in our faith numbers are going to have far more to do with determining the future course of this nation.

If we ever hope to restore the Constitutional Republic that our founders once established, we must return to the Christian values and principles that this nation was originally founded upon.

Any other approach is simply not going to work, and time is running out. {eoa}

Michael Snyder is a nationally syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books, including The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.


          Comment on Our Notion of Being Literate or Illiterate Calls for an Update by Marc Minsker      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Very interesting read here on what it means to “be literate” in the 21st century. As an English teacher who studies the oral tradition with students, I like to hear their ideas on the positive AND negative aspects of both oral and literate cultures. Students often identify that the elites who mastered literacy first were also able to manipulate and control what was being written and shared in writing. This can lead into an important discussion with them about the value on the internet: just because we have more access to more opinions and more writings, does it necessarily follow that 21st century readers are more informed and more educated? Typically, students have differing opinions on this and many argue that even with information overload and endless choices for informational sites, people are typically narrow in their approaches and perspectives. I consider myself literate in many aspects of the word, though I am still relatively new to the tweet and hashtag universe. I do believe that I am savvy enough to navigate the waters of the internet, discerning between scholarly sources and less sophisticated writing. In the graduate course I am taking through Hopkins School of Education, I hope to improve my ability to write on digital platforms and become more literate in a cyber sense. As an educator, I do believe it is an essential skill to learn at any age.
          July 10: Kelly Caldwell • Dave Mondy • Lawrence Lenhart • Elizabeth Boquet • Amber Carpenter • Kat Moore • Donald Carr • Sonja Livingston • Cindy Bradley • Elizabeth K. Brown      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Today we present ten more dispatches from June 21, 2018 to you. More details on the project here, but, in brief, we asked you to write about what happened on one day in June, and are publishing the results, largely unedited, for the next month and change, roughly ten a day. If you wrote something (it's not too late!), send us your work via this submission form by July 12 (it's okay if you didn't RSVP before: the more the merrier).

—The Editors



July 10: Kelly Caldwell • Dave Mondy • Lawrence Lenhart • Elizabeth Boquet • Amber Carpenter • Kat Moore • Donald Carr • Sonja Livingston • Cindy Bradley • Elizabeth K. Brown





KELLY CALDWELL

Overnight, someone left three fat softballs in the dog run in Tompkins Square Park, and this morning, the dogs are delirious with joy. A few skirmishes break out, but for the most part, the dogs just play. They tug-of-war, and take turns “losing.” They catch a softball and then coyly entice one another to chase. They race back and forth in pairs or clumps of three, shoulders bumping, fetching and catching, til all of their long, pink tongues are drooping out the sides of their mouths.
     In New York City, people avoid eye contact and don’t talk much to one another in public spaces, but in the Tompkins Square Park dog run, on early weekday mornings, it’s different. We talk. We know each other’s names, not just the dogs’. Usually, we move around, following our dogs, sipping hot drinks and chatting with whoever we’re nearest to.
     Today, though, we’re knitted together at one end of the run. The only thing on anyone’s mind is the news: More than 2,000 migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S. borders. It’s a firestorm that’s been raging for four days. We ruminate over the details: The audio released on Monday by ProPublica—seven minutes of children wailing, calling for Mami or Papa, and one clear, small voice repeating her aunt’s phone number again, and again. The ever-shifting and inadequate attempts by Administration officials to justify the policy. The lawsuit revealing that some children were subdued with powerful psychiatric drugs.
     We pause for a moment. A dissonance hangs over us, between the comic antics of our dogs and the heaviness in the air.
     It’s the stupid, pink dog dish all over again, I’m thinking.
     Three days ago, in my Advanced Memoir class, we talked about the subjective lens of the narrator, and a passage from Story Genius by Lisa Cron: “After all, we know from personal experience that when something genuinely horrid is going on, it’s always with us, no matter how much we pretend it isn’t. It not only filters everything we see, it tells us what to look for.”
     No matter what is happening in the scene, I told my students, you have to get the deeper emotion onto the page. The examples I gave were comparatively low-stakes: how after your first break-up, just buying your morning bagel was searing and poignant because it was your first break-up bagel.
     The example I did not give, but that I was thinking about, was of another morning in Tompkins Square Park, nine months earlier. My dog Pops and I had left the run, and stopped near the rose bushes so I could give him a drink before heading home. While I pulled out a water bottle and a hot pink collapsible dog dish from my bag, I was listening to NPR report that, in the wake of Hurricane Maria, more than half the people in Puerto Rico didn’t have clean water. In desperation, Puerto Ricans had reopened wells that were closed because of superfund-level contamination; they were drinking water mixed with untreated sewage. Water-borne diseases were breaking out, and health officials were worried about cholera.
     Puerto Rican men, women, and children are at risk of cholera, I thought, and I’m pouring filtered water into a pink, plastic dish for my dog.
     I’m not apologizing for watering a thirsty animal. That’s my responsibility. It is also someone’s responsibility to bring clean water to Puerto Rico.
     That was October, and still, every time I pull out that stupid pink bowl, I remember it. I’m thinking about it again, this morning, as Pops and I leave the run and I take out the dish. Thankfully, I’m interrupted, because we bump into Kate, a work colleague and a poet. She and I are both a bit sheepish at first, because she’s in workout clothes and I’m in grubby dog run clothes, but we get over it pretty quickly, partly because Pops is mugging and wriggling for her attention, but also partly because we’re genuinely delighted to see each other. “I can’t believe we’ve lived this close to each other all this time!” she says.
     That’s another thing I love about this park. In the heart of Manhattan’s East Village, it’s a magnet that draws in everyone. As Kate and I chat, there’s a teenage girl, possibly a runaway, panhandling for change, while nearby, parents in expensive suits and shoes lead backpack-laden kids to the bus stop. An older Hispanic man wheels a giant speaker past us—he’s a fixture here. He’ll set up near the basketball courts and blast salsa music for hours. The benches are all dotted with people in coveralls or khakis or sapphire blue blazers, eating egg sandwiches, drinking coffee, and scrolling on their phones, a few moments of quiet before heading to work.
     At my work, it’s a day of meeting, talking, and teaching. I interview a teaching candidate who wrote and illustrated a charming and funny picture book about a mouse and a chipmunk fighting over an acorn. Lesson? Learn to share. One of our interns wants to write an op-ed about the treatment of women in the music industry, and we work together to develop her ideas. I trade emails with my friend and fellow teacher Mary, who I haven’t seen since April, when she got hit by a car. She gives me an update on her shattered leg, and I tell her how much everyone at the office misses her.
     I’m running late to dinner, but I take a big, blue CitiBike down the Hudson River Parkway anyway. I don’t want to risk being even later because of a subway delay, but also, I want to take in the sunset. I’m not the only one with that idea—the paths are crowded with New Yorkers jogging and strolling and biking, and I have to pay extra close attention, because everyone’s eyes are trained on the river. Tonight, the sunset really is that beautiful.
     Dinner is a celebration. After two years of working in DC, our friend Indrani  found a great job back home in New York City, and she and her wife Dina are finally living under the same roof again. They got married last August and after their honeymoon, they rode separate trains to separate homes. Commuter relationships put a strain on both partners, and though Dina and Indrani handled it well, my husband and I could see it wearing on them. You can acknowledge your privilege all day long—we’re lucky we can afford two apartments, they’d say; we’re lucky to have such great support, they’d say—but when you’re exhausted because you got up at 4a.m. to take a three-hour train ride to work, you’re exhausted. When you yearn for someone, you yearn for them.
     Kent and I are thrilled that this separation is over, and selfishly, we’re thrilled that we’ll get to see our friends more often now. Indrani’s office is not far from mine, and we talk about meeting for lunch or after work in Bryant Park, a swath of green behind the New York Public Library, the branch with the stone lions.
     When our drinks come, we raise our glasses and all four of us toast at once. “Welcome home, Indrani!” I say. “Here’s to good friends and more good times together,” Dina says. “Well done, Indrani,” Kent says.
     Indrani chimes in last. “Here’s to being together,” she says, her voice thick with emotion.
     It brings everything to a screeching halt, and for one long moment, we gaze at one another, anguished. We will carry on with our celebrating, but all evening, thrumming beneath everything, is one, insistent thought: It’s not a privilege, being with the people you love. Or, it shouldn’t be. 
     At home, Kent and I find that Pops has soiled the living room floor. After more than two years of good behavior, he’s insulted the rug three times in just the last week. It’s been a busy week, and Pops has been home alone a little more than usual. “He might be a bit too accustomed to having you around,” I say to Kent as we clean up.
     But secretly, I sympathize. When your people are missing, you’ve got to do something.

—Kelly Caldwell

Kelly Caldwell teaches creative nonfiction and is dean of faculty at Gotham Writers Workshop. 





DAVE MONDY

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—Dave Mondy

Dave Mondy's essays have been named Notable in Best American Essays 2015 and 2017, Best American Sports Writing 2017, and have appeared in Best Food Writing 2014 and 2015. He has also received multiple Solas Awards for his travel writing. His work can be found in Slate, The Iowa Review, The Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. He received his MFA in Creative Nonfiction from The University of Arizona, and he's currently working on a book about the true stories and strange truths hidden within famous sports photos. www.davemondy.com 





LAWRENCE LENHART 

DO

I peek over the wife-shaped hump in the bed, see the baby monitor lit green. Our eleven-month-old son is standing in his crib, his fingers curled around the rungs. We had decided the night before that I would be the one to wake with him this morning.

THINK

This is a good system, deciding on these sorts of things the night before as it prevents the kind of pleading, arguing, groveling that happened during the first months (e.g., “I did it the last two days. Will you get him today?” “I didn’t get to bed until late. I need more sleep.” “I fed him twice last night. Will you please step the fuck up?”).

DO

I alternate between sleepy eyes as I change his diaper, throw it in the pail, remind myself I need to change the bag SOON.

DO

In the kitchen, I make a bowl of cereal for myself (Trader Joe’s Vanilla Almond) and prepare a goblet of Cheerios (no milk) for Milo. That’s my son.

DO

I set him on the floor in the living room and surround him with his favorite toys. He smiles at me like he’s just hit the jackpot. Like he might be spoiled. I turn on The Vietnam War. I’m only 6.5 hours into the 18-hour Ken Burns documentary.

THINK

I am watching it because 1) it’s summer and I have the time; 2) it fits into my ritualist disenchantment process with America; and 3) my wife just discovered (through Ancestry.com) that she has a half-Vietnamese uncle. Apparently, her grandfather had an affair during the war. After some encouragement from his Amerasian friends, her half-uncle signed up for an Ancestry account and discovered his half-sister (my mother-in-law).

THINK

There’s this one thread that’s not working concerning Denton Crocker Jr. (aka Mogie). I see what Burns is trying to do with his story, and maybe that’s the problem. It’s a Stalinesque maneuver: a single death is a tragedy/a million deaths is a statistic. Oh, wait: spoiler alert.

DO

I look up the wonderfully mimetic word ‘loblolling’ after a Vietnam veteran uses it to describe bombs descending toward the earth, toward his platoon.

DO

Milo has recently been fascinated with a martyoshka-style book. There are ten cubes total, and the walls of each cube are illustrated (with a snake, a saguaro, a cactus wren).

THINK

I worry that if he gnaws the smallest one too much, he will deface it beyond recognition and I won’t remember what it says when he’s verbal and asks, “What did it use to say?”

DO

I take a picture of each side of the cube just in case. Milo crawls away, and I pull him back by his leg. He crawls away again, and I pull. He cracks up.

DO

Milo and I take the tortoise to the backyard. I fill his bath with water from the hose. I admire the bath that I’ve created. It’s an inverted RV skylight filled with landscaping rocks, positioned in a dry stream in the backyard.

THINK

I worry there is too much pine pitch in the bath. I think I read tortoises can die if they ingest sap.

DO

The tortoise excuses himself from the bath and begins wandering through the yard. I hoist Milo to the bells we’ve hung from branches in the tree. We walk from bell to bell. I call it Bell Walk (a pun after Sedona’s Bell Rock). I ask him if he remembers when we bought these bells at Byodo-In Temple in Oahu. These at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. These in—I don’t remember where we got these.

DO

My wife wakes up. I give her a kiss. She wrinkles her nose in resistance because she hasn’t brushed her teeth yet. While she feeds Milo, I go for a run. I run across the cul-de-sac, down the mulch trail to the paved trail, along the paved trail past the park and into the designated “open space,” which is a ponderosa meadow. I cross the road to the trail’s extension (1.0 mile), all the way to the airport (1.74 miles). I turn around, facing the mountain now, and do my best to negative split. My IT band begins hurting, a years-old injury that I can’t seem to overcome. I check my time at the 5K (a sluggish 26:31).

THINK

While running, I start daydreaming about when I used to run in high school. I think about our rivals, Latrobe High—alma mater of Arnold Palmer and Fred Rogers. I wonder if their coach was really as shrewd as we made him out to be. It’s the coach’s responsibility to walk the visiting team all around the 3.1-mile course before the meet. I am remembering the time he gave us the wrong directions. I turned right and had to backtrack, which cost us the match. We assumed he did it on purpose, but maybe he didn’t. I think I am finally coming to peace with this defeat now, twelve years later. It is as cathartic as it is pathetic.

DO

I finish the run. On a boulder at the end of my driveway, I sit and analyze the splits on my running app.

DO

We leave the house as a family. Go to coffee, lunch, the playground, Walgreen’s. We need to kill two hours while the cleaners do their thing.

META

(At this point, I feel the need to defend this very bourgeois sentence. But I don’t feel like it this time.)

SUMMARY

Coffee highlight: none.

Lunch highlight: the men behind us—workers on their lunch break—speak English until six police enter the building, at which point they begin speaking in mostly Spanish. I tell Andie I need to wash my hands before we leave. I look at myself in the mirror in the bathroom and can’t work myself up to smile. I cry a little bit. Because there’s no line as I cross the counter on the way back, I decide to buy a $1 sugar cone. I hand it to Andie who shares it with Milo. I congratulate myself on being a good father, good husband. 

THINK

There was a time in my life when I thought sharing an ice cream cone with other mouths was the ultimate repulsion.

SUMMARY

Playground highlights: A man locks his car with a padlock and tries to make Milo laugh by putting a cup in his mouth like a beak. Milo doesn’t laugh. We forgot the sunscreen, so Milo has to stay mostly in the shade. There are drums and xylophones and chimes on the playground. Andie picks up the mallets and begins playing. She used to be in the drum pit in high school. Milo smiles as she plays. I smile too. We’ve been together for six years, but she still finds new ways to entertain me.

SUMMARY

Walgreen’s highlight: They changed her birth control on her again. We curse at the misogyny of it. My prescription isn’t ready. I worry that I’ll be wheezing in Belize. I say it aloud: “I’ll be wheezing in Belize.” Andie replies: “I won’t let that happen to you.” She is so emphatic and protective, it makes us both laugh. Her tone was clearly accidental. She immediately calls our GP and reups my prescription.

THINK

It would have taken me at least 3 days to make that call on my own.

DO

Because we haven’t quite killed two hours, we decide to look for houses for Andie’s parents who are thinking about moving to Flagstaff. We discover a new neighborhood in Flagstaff and drive laps around it, three times. We find “the perfect house” for them, but then discover there are phone lines criss-crossing over the backyard. Andie’s dad will veto. It’s no longer the perfect house.

DO

Milo is sleeping in the carseat. We have a mirror attached to the back-center headrest that reflects his activities back to the rearview mirror. I wave to him, and he waves back, choppily. When he falls asleep, I peek at him. My new car tells me: “Driver Attention is Low.” Fuck that. I’m paying attention.

DO

“Do you not want your Father’s Day card?” Andie asks. I tell her I do. “Then why did you put it with the old mail?” I remind her I was just consolidating stacks of paper the day before when my friend Mia came over. I go to the bathroom.

META

(Come to think of it, I must have gone to the bathroom earlier too. I just didn’t record it. Not paying attention after all.)

THINK

Here, I am reminded of Georges Perec’s Species of Spaces. I think about this one exercise in the book, very similar to this “What Happened on June 21” series, in which a family wakes up and goes through their morning routines. The woman is running around, trying to help her husband get on his way to work with pressed clothes and a good breakfast. She does the same for the son. It’s very suburban. Just like us, I suppose. And then, the surveillance-style narrator reports that in her first moment alone, the woman goes to the WC and “performs her toilet.” No matter how objective the narration is, I think it’s supposed to be comical. You have to read it.

DO

Andie calls her parents. She yells at her mom because her dad is so picky about the housing. I FaceTime my mom, and she and Milo spend a few minutes waving at each other.

DO

Andie watches television (The Bachelor) while she plays with Milo. Halfway in, she says, “I don’t think I’m going to watch this show anymore.” She’s been saying that for the past four seasons, maybe more. I work on my book proposal. It’s the boring part of the book proposal where I’m supposed to compare my proposed book to other titles on the market. I spend a lot of time trying to find a less specific word for “doudouism,” or at least one with a less French connotation. It leads me to an essay by Frantz Fanon. I download a couple essays by Epeli Hau’ofa, read them. Wish I had the whole book. ILL it. I encounter Jane McAdam’s name on several texts.

THINK

I would like to meet Jane McAdam someday, ideally in a casual setting like, “Oh, you’re Jane McAdam? That’s cool. I really like your ideas. I just ordered a caipirinha. Would you like something as well?”

THINK AGAIN

I wonder if this sounds like I’m trying to pick her up. I’m not. I decide she’ll decide for herself.

DO

Andie pauses the television, and asks, “Is that a tear?” The man currently on a one-on-one (date) with the bachelorette is talking about his divorce. He is being unusually vulnerable. I look at his glistening cheek and confirm that he is, in fact, crying. She continues watching the show.

THINK

Because my friend Joe spoiled the show for me (“So, how about I was with Carly the other night and she told me that X wins the Bachelor?” he texted), I don’t have to pretend to care about the evolving chemistry of the bachelorette and her misbehaved contestants. At the time, I chastised Joe, but now I think I should thank him.

DO

With the show over and the book proposal nearly finished, we take turns getting ready. We are going on a date tonight—our first in months. I text the babysitter’s mom with some details. They live across the street. I put Gillian Welch on shuffle (Spotify). We are going to the Gillian Welch concert tonight. I text my uncle one of the songs: “Here is a song by the musician we’re seeing tonight. It reminds me of something you would like. Very Appalachian,” I say. Andie puts on an olive romper-style jumpsuit. I love the way it looks on her. She curls her hair. Puts glitter on her chest. Picks up Milo. He spits up on her outfit, and we take turns scrubbing and blow-drying the stain. It doesn’t come out. She threatens to change her outfit. And I say, ‘No, you still look great.” She keeps the outfit on. I get ready while Andie walks the babysitter through each room of the house. It’s her first time watching Milo. I use the following products to get ready (in this order): rosemary shampoo, oatmeal exfoliating body scrub, Neutrogena facewash, Dollar Shave Club lather and razor, Proraso aftershave, Degree deodorant, BVLGARI AQVA cologne, Aquafresh toothpaste, TheraBreath Oral Rinse. “I like her voice,” my uncle texts. “It’s soothing.”

THINK

I promise myself that I’ll go to my uncle’s funeral when he dies.

DO

I cry in the mirror.

THINK

Because I don’t wear makeup, crying before a date doesn’t really change anything.

DO

Laugh a little.

THINK

I have been depressed for about 40 days now. Most days, I am functional. I do a good job of hiding it to the point where Andie usually forgets and Milo doesn’t notice. I congratulate myself on my covert depression.

DO

I change Milo’s diaper, get the tortoise out of the backyard. There’s a spider attached to his tail. It “balloons” through the air. We quietly leave the house, not even saying goodbye to our son for fear he’ll freak out.

DO

We go to the Annex for dinner. Our first seat doesn’t work out because one of the ladies at the table next to us is desperate for attention. She actually said, “Look at me in this picture” while pointing at her phone’s screen. Look at me. We eat at the bar instead. Andie tells me about a word she’s invented in a new poem: crud-rudder. I love it. We have fun talking about that word. We discuss the neologisms of Paul Celan. I tell her about loblolling. She likes that word too. We start talking about Vietnam, but then the mescal cocktail is too good. I tell her that when I’m in Tucson tomorrow, I’ll buy a whole case of mescal. We both knows it’s just a fantasy, that it’s unlikely I’ll even buy a single bottle. I feel myself blushing as she talks. “We used to talk about your poetry a lot,” I say to her. I’m reminded of our first dates together—back in Tucson. We’re both giddy. Our friends text. They’re already at the concert. We don’t rush. Not until Nicole texts “Two songs in.” Then we pay the bill and repark the car.

DO

The cashier at Will Call hands me the tickets so quickly, it makes me think I’m the last person to arrive. The Orpheum is packed, but silent—everyone listening to Welch’s “serene” vox.

THINK

I realize I haven’t been to a church since Ireland two summers ago. Before that, it had been a few years more. That’s two churches in five years.

DO

After the first set, I see Ted. I see Peter. I see Luke. I see another Luke. Each of them has seen Gillian Welch before. Peter and Luke are talking about the status of their chicken coops. Each has eight chickens. “But who’s counting,” Peter asks. “I am,” I say, somewhat seriously.

THINK

I want to ask: Are eight chickens the recommended number for a starter package? Instead, I just listen.

DO

I see Annette. She congratulates me on my new job, but reminds me that there are others, including herself, that are not so lucky. I say something like, “My new contract doesn’t start until August.”

THINK

I worry I sound cocky. Really, I’m just nervous and worried about professional confrontation.

DO

Andie is talking to her friends during the second set. I step away. Standing strategically between speaker and subwoofer, I enjoy a private view of Gillian. I see the new white boots she’s been complaining about (the left one hurts). I see her age, but refuse to put a number to it. In between songs, I go to the merch table and buy Andie a shirt (“the pink one”) and Milo a poster (signed). I ask the cashier where she’s from, if she plays music too. She’s from Nashville. And yes, she plays music too. She detects her own redundancy as we exchange money. Andie doesn’t like the gin and tonic I get her, so I get her Maker’s Mark instead. I get a cup of cubes in case she wants it on the rocks. And a cup with ginger beer in case she wants a mixer.

THINK

Andie’s concert etiquette is often brazen. The thrill of a good performance does it to her. I am reminded of her earlier that day, banging the xylophone with the mallets.

THINK

She still has secrets, I think. In a good way.

DO

Her talking during someone’s favorite song causes a large, angry man to approach her. He waves his hand in front of her face demonstratively and forbids her from speaking for the rest of the show. If it was anyone else asking her to stop talking, I would feel mortified. But because it’s this guy+telling her to stop talking, I feeling activated. Erik and I walk toward him until his back is literally against the wall.

THINK

I wonder if I am immature for craving a fight.

DO

“Do you know how many square feet are in this place?” I ask him. He shoves me. His girlfriend hails security. “Go find another spot,” I tell him. My lips inches from his.

THINK

It’s kind of erotic.

THINK AGAIN

Maybe that’s the point?

DO

They leave. All this adrenaline at a sedate Gillian Welch show gives me cognitive dissonance. Andie and I stand apart from our friends during the encore. She sings “Look at Miss Ohio.” Andie cries a little. For the past eleven months, we have been singing this melody at bedtime, replacing “Miss Ohio” with “Mr. Milo” as in “Oh me oh my oh, look at Mr. Milo.” I cry too.

THINK

It feels more appropriate to cry at a concert than in the mirror.

DO

Andie asks me to text the babysitter, but my phone is dead. We hurry home. Inside the door, we see the babysitter at the edge of the couch. The cat is on the arm of the couch. “Riding the rails,” my friend Tommy calls it. “How’s Milo?” Andie asks. “He’s so cute,” the babysitter says. She’s young. Cuteness matters. “How’d it go?” my wife wants to know. “It was good. He had a hard time falling asleep.”

THINK

I remember how difficult it was for me to answer How questions when I was younger, especially that one time at the barber. “How are you doing, Larry?” Nancy would ask me. I got tongue-tied. My parents never asked me questions like that.

DO

The babysitter has rearranged the pillows on the couch. They’re symmetrical, cool. I almost take a picture to remember the formation, but remember my phone is still dead. I ask Andie if maybe it was the cleaners who did it. “No,” she says. I go to the bathroom—

META

(oh yeah, I forgot: I went to the bathroom once at the concert too…) Have you ever seen the episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm where a receptionist [Chacha] in Larry David’s office building counts the frequency with which he uses the restroom?

DO 

“Come check this out,” I call for Andie from the bathroom. She enters dubiously. I point at the end of the toilet paper. It’s folded into a triangle. “Did the babysitter do this?” I ask. “Now that was cleaners,” Andie says. And then almost immediately: “Aww, that means the babysitter didn’t use the bathroom the whole time we were gone.” We both laugh at that.

DO

We talk in bed, each of us taking turns yanking the concert wristbands off. Apropos nothing, my wife falls asleep while telling me about her first orgasm. “Why are you telling me this?” I ask. Then, she says it was during her first night of babysitting. “I was very young,” she said, almost nervously. It was on a couch after the kid went to bed.

THINK

Not that I was really trying to, but I can’t picture our babysitter masturbating. I congratulate myself on a failed imagination.

DO

“Andie?” I ask. “Andie?” again. She is sleeping. I scroll through my charging phone, realizing I’ve recorded too much of my day, that I’ll inevitably have to leave a lot out.

OUTTAKES 

Descendents’ “Suburban Home”—ironic or not?

Pause Bachelor to stare at infographic on suicide rates.

Dave Rawlings (who plays with Gillian Welch). I’d like to look like him when I’m older. Great autograph.

Fifteen minutes wasted practicing time signatures on my knee—5/4 is fun

I’ve never had to fire someone per se, but I did have to kick a bass player out of my punk band in high school. (Sorry, Geoff!)

My car’s corrective driving makes me a less retaliatory driver, but gives me cognitive dissonance.
Before they’re sentences, these notes feel like a bloated Jason Bredle poem.
Lawrence Lenhart

Lawrence Lenhart holds an MFA from the University of Arizona. His essay collection, The Well-Stocked and Gilded Cage, was published in 2016 (Outpost19). His prose appears in Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, Passages North, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He is a professor of fiction, nonfiction, and climate science writing at Northern Arizona University and a reviews editor and assistant fiction editor of DIAGRAM.





ELIZABETH K. BROWN

What Happened on June 21, 2018: brain-eating amoeba, commitment, and left-over burgers

Mornings are sometimes tense between Adam, and me. Adam is my fiancé. [1] Adam thinks my morning routine takes too long. His morning routine is to wake up and immediately take a shit, then proceed from there. My morning routine follows: pee, scrape tongue, brush teeth, nasal irrigation, eye drops, splash face with water. Because we only have one bathroom, I’m often forced to complete my morning routine at the kitchen sink. I use a purple ceramic neti pot filled with water that is initially filtered through a Big Berkey water filtration system, and a quarter teaspoon of uniodized Morton’s Salt. [2] (Distilled water is recommended to avoid introducing bacteria and brain-eating amoeba to my nasal passages, where these bacteria and brain-eating amoeba can live and cause potentially fatal infections, but I don’t use distilled water. [3])
     To avoid having to use the kitchen sink, I try to get out of bed a few minutes before Adam and take care of my business before he gets out of bed and insists on the need to take care of his. If I miss this small window of opportunity, I do small chores around the house. This morning, Adam was up first and so I put away the laundry that had been hanging for days on three separate drying racks in our living room. After he was finished, he lit the lilac and hyacinths candle that sits on the back of the toilet. [4] But, even with the candle, I continued to pace around the house with my toothbrush poking out of my mouth instead of returning to the bathroom to brush my teeth in the steamy-from-the-shower, lilac-imbued stink of our small bathroom. [5]
     After the pacing, I completed my routine and we convened in the kitchen. In the kitchen, at approximately 7:30a.m., I suggested (not for the first time) that Adam see a therapist. As you can imagine, this was a fantastic way to start to the day for both of us.

Me: “I know you think that we’re having a hard time because we’re both in stressful situations and that it will all get better once work quiets down for you, but the reality is that if things go as we talk about wanting them to go in our Five Year Plan—both of us starting graduate school, buying a house, having babies, getting married, all that—this is only the tip of the iceberg.” [6]

Me: “Especially the whole baby thing. Just imagine all of this going on between us if we were only ever allowed to get two or three consecutive hours of sleep for months on end? Imagine it. Imagine!!!” [7]

Me: “Don’t you think things have been better between us since I started seeing a therapist again?”

Me: “I love you and I think it would be better for us if you also had a stronger support network, or at least started to cultivate that now. I know you talk about not having that since moving to St. Louis, but from what you’ve told me, you haven’t really had the kind of support I’m talking about, and that you deserve, ever. Would you agree with that?”

Me: “Does that resonate with you? Does what I’m saying resonate with you?” [8]

Me: “When you glance at your watch when I’m in the middle of sharing something with you, I feel like you’re not listening.”

Me: “What I need from you is for you to communicate with me if you’re getting anxious about time. Okay? See, there’s another example of something I learned in therapy, or sort of. Actually, that was just yoga school.”

Me: “What do you mean what am I talking about? The When you ______ , I feel ______ , what I need is ______ formula. Oh, really? Well, we can talk about it tonight.”

Me: “I still have the names of the therapists my therapist gave me when I asked her for recommendations for you a couple of months ago. But that was when I wanted to stop having to break things down for you about what I was going through with all the sexual stuff. This is different.”

Me: “Please stop looking at your watch.”

Me: “Have you heard back from your Aunt Nancy yet about driving to Dayton this weekend? I need to know so I can see about getting someone to cover my shift on Sunday. Do you want me to go along?”

Me: “What’s different is that I don’t feel crazy. I’m not crazy!”

Me: “No, I’m not going to send the names of the therapists unless you ask me, so don’t say, “If you want to send them.” This is about what you want. I’m just trying to be clear about what I want and what my needs are.”

Me: “You know when I’m angry that doesn’t mean I don’t love you.”

Then, he left for work.

I had the day off. I had a lot of things on my list of things to do. I only accomplished a few of them, and not even the highest priorities. When Adam returned home for lunch, I was angry at him for the way our morning began and the way this beginning impacted me and my state of mind—and, therefore, my productivity. All morning, I had the apartment to myself. It was quiet but for the buzzing of the neighbors’ air conditioning compressors, so easily heard through the single-pane windows at all times. After Adam left for work, I made myself pancakes and slathered them with butter and grape jelly and a scoop of Greek yogurt. I ate the pancakes while reading the contributor’s notes and correspondence sections for the March or May issue of The Sun Magazine. It was a very pleasant hour.
     Then I moved slowly down the list of things to do. I made several calls to United Healthcare and the orthopedic office at the Barnes-Jewish hospital in go in order to try to figure out how much it would cost me out-of-pocket after insurance to get an MRI (a lot), a call to the dentist to confirm my appointment for a six-month cleaning (feeling on top of things), wrote an email to a friend about the “What Happened on June 21, 2018” project (with a commitment to participate), and made a few changes to and comments on my sister’s cover letter and resume (much easier to get into than working on my own resume). I put the dishes away from last night’s dinner and did dishes from breakfast. I practiced yoga with the guidance of an audio recording and did my physical therapy exercises. And finally, I wrote out my work schedule for next week in my planner. [9] I stared at the weeks and months that make up the rest of the summer. They seemed spent already.
     Around noon, Adam came home for lunch. He works only a few blocks away and so often comes home for lunch. He works for the city and his office is on the fourth floor with a view, in an old octagonal building that was originally built to house a women’s magazine in—I’ll look up the year later, but I think it was the early 1900s. When he came home and poked his head in the “office” (my bedroom) to ask if I wanted any eggs, I tried to ignore him. I carried on emailing my friend as if I were doing important work.
     “No thank you,” I said, still staring intently at the screen. He made himself some eggs and the kitchen had that fishy smell from burning olive oil in the cast iron skillet. When he was done cooking, I went to the kitchen and started to make myself lunch: a salad with strawberries, green onions, a lemon garlic dressing, chopped pecans, and shredded parmesan. As I spun greens in the salad spinner, he walked in with his plate in hand to eat at the butcher block. He was trying to spend time with me.
     “How was your day so far?” I asked. I was trying to be cool, or at least to avoid “getting into things” again. But all he said was, “Fine.” Okay, I thought, so that’s what we’re doing. Pretty soon, we were back to the question of whether or not we’re “on the same page” in our house hunting search and who’s leading the way in terms of the “authentic communication” we both talk about wanting.

Adam: “I’m sorry about the house. I just wasn’t ready to make a decision so quickly.”

Adam: “Is there never a time that you feel like I also contribute to honest communication?”

Adam: “I’m trying really hard. I feel overwhelmed.”

Adam: “Yes, I am. Every day that I go to work I’m working toward our future family together!”

You can probably imagine my side of things. We stood in the kitchen hugging for a while. I tried to kiss him, but he went for my forehead instead.
     This morning, when he went to leave on his bicycle, he didn’t say, “I love you.” He just said, “See you later.” I followed him to the door and said, “I love you,” sort of angrily. I didn’t want to deal with feeling guilty for leaving on a bad note if he were to get hit by a car and become brain damaged or paralyzed on the way to work. [10] He relented and said, “I love you, too.” I think it’s okay to say it even when you aren’t necessarily feeling it. I do this all the time with my family. I think maybe we were trying to connect in the kitchen after lunch so that “I love you” would come more naturally when he left again.
     After our brief embrace, he told me about some work stuff and I complained about the cost of health care in the U.S. I reported back to him some of the horrors I’d heard on NPR that morning. And then he put his helmet on and left for work and I got back to my important emails to friends.

I got to my therapist’s office at 3:30 even though my normal slot is 2:30. We scheduled this one for 3:30 because I asked if I could get a later slot now that I’m working Thursday mornings. Today (Thursday) was the only day she could do 3:30, so we scheduled it. But then I didn’t get scheduled for work today. When I arrived at 3:30, she said she’d been expecting me at 2:30. However, instead of apologizing profusely and insisting I must have been the one who got mixed up, I said what I knew to be true, which was that we’d scheduled it for 3:30 weeks ago. As it turned out, she had 45 minutes until her next client, so I stepped over her dog, Herbie, and sat down in the recliner.
I was sort of hoping, when she said she had been expecting me at 2:30, that she wouldn’t have time and I wouldn’t have to stay. I’d been taking a nap before driving over and wasn’t really feeling like talking. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to talk about. I’ve actually been feeling sort of hopeful about things for a couple of days, maybe more like 36 hours. And it’s been really nice. I thought going to therapy might ruin the nice, hopeful feeling. [11]
     For the entire session, I talked about Adam. I told my therapist all the details about the house we had looked at last Friday and about the way he’d resisted my intuition and put up a wall. I told her how these things had really pissed me off. I said I was still attached to the idea of the house, which someone else put an offer on immediately upon viewing, which is what I would have liked to do, and the seller accepted it before we even had a chance to put one together. Adam wanted to sleep on it. I told him, “We can’t sleep on it with the market the way it is!” I said this as if I were a realtor or had any real understanding of “the market.” All I knew was that I had written to the realtor the week before that what I (we) really wanted was something grandma had lived in for 50 years and then the universe gave us exactly that. The woman selling the house had lived in it for 52 years and had just moved out of state to be closer to family. And here’s the real kicker, the sign from the divine that we were meant to put in an offer immediately and not “sleep on it”: the grandma’s last name was Brown.
     My last name is Brown.
     And Adam’s last name is Brown.
     And we’re not even married yet. It’s just coincidence that we have the same last name. [12]
So, obviously, this was a sign. I was sold on the place—big, dry basement (for him to play music) with a finished bathroom (bonus); big yard with enough sun for a big garden; on a cul-de-sac (with children playing in the street = instant friends for my niece and nephew when they visit); and the price was right. But Adam didn’t want to hear it. All he could see was the carpet and wallpaper and huge ornate dining room set. He was anxious about being late to dinner with friends and didn’t want to go over the details of the contract even though I had my notebook and pen out and was taking notes as we re-capped things with our realtor. He wanted to sleep on it and talk about it the next day, even though I had to work at 7:00 the next morning and had already explained to him that I wouldn’t be available to discuss anything until the evening, which would probably be too late. And so, we went to dinner. And we didn’t get the house.
     I told all of this to my therapist, who doesn’t usually hear too much about my current life but instead hears a lot about my childhood and the many questions I have about my childhood. She said my energy was different and that she thought it was because I was talking about issues that were grounded in the present and not in the past. I guess that’s a good thing. Present. Not past.
     People keep telling us that purchasing a home is one of the most stressful things for a couple. I keep telling Adam that he should trust me more because I’m naturally a more practical person. He keeps telling me that he just needs more time because it’s a big decision. All this desire for more time makes my therapist wonder if the two of us aren’t quite ready for commitment. People keep asking us if we have a date set and I give the same line about how I didn’t want to be looking at venues for a reception and tent rental companies when I was supposed to be finishing my thesis for graduate school in the spring. Or I say that Adam’s starting grad school in the fall and I’m planning to start (another program) in the spring, so the earliest we’re thinking is next summer or fall. Sometime. Maybe a year from now. Who knows! Or else I say that we don’t have any money, which isn’t not true. Or that we’re trying to buy a house, which maybe isn’t true after all.
     My therapist asked some questions that resonated: Are you sure you’re ready to buy a house together? Are you sure you’re both ready for that type of commitment? 
Me: “Well…we might just put it in Adam’s name because we haven’t combined finances. I can’t imagine doing that! Super scary. I’ll just sort of pay him rent. And if I help out with household projects and renovations, we’ll figure out a way to make that fair for me. I’ll get a stake in the property, or he’ll take some agreed upon amount off the top of my rent that month. So really, it’s not that big of a commitment. We just want to stop paying our slum-lord-y landlord rent. And I really want a yard so I can have a garden.”
     Of course, then the therapist asks if I’m sure I want to get married, with all this talk of paying him rent and making things fair. I have a ring on my finger, but the truth is, I’m not sure. And neither is he. Is anyone ever totally sure? [13]
     From the beginning, I told Adam I wouldn’t marry him until he was out of debt. And that I wouldn’t have kids with him until at least one of us had a stable income. [14] And that health insurance would be good. Just a few months ago, for my 31st birthday, he tucked a printout of his credit card statement into a birthday card. It had a $0.00 balance. Happy Birthday, honey. I paid off my credit card! I guess now my “yes” is now more official than it was when he pulled the ring out of his sweatpants pocket in front of City Hall on our walk home from the library last September. 
     Anyway, it’s been three and a half years since we met, and we’ve been living together for about three of those and engaged for, I guess, about nine months. I’m on his insurance plan through work, but I pay him for it. We share a car (really, it’s mine) and a phone plan, split according to use. We split bills and groceries. [15] Here’s what my therapist wanted to know: Did Adam’s hesitation to purchase the $75,000 starter home of our dreams have a deeper meaning? And her questions led me to my own line of questioning: Is my dharma to bake lemon bars for my fiancé’s office co-workers and create a detailed filing system for all of our shared accounts and household projects (user manuals, car insurance statements, notes on construction loan products we might look into)? Or should I be focusing on my writing and the evening writing classes I keep talking about putting together to teach and job applications so that I can stop waitressing? In other words, should I be focusing on my own life? On “me” instead of “we”?

After therapy, I went to Starbucks to write down what happened, something I do most weeks. [16] I ordered an iced chai latte and texted back and forth with my sister for a while, then located the graduate course I plan to take in the fall in the course catalog and noted the time. I started another “to-do” list for tonight, which had “What Happened on June 21, 2018?” at the top. [17] Then I went across the street and purchased the pair of running shoes I’d placed on hold last week because I’d wanted time to think about the decision before committing to the $93.75 investment. It started to rain.

By the time I went for a run it was after 8:00p.m. and significantly cooler than it had been here for days. It was a chilly 75 degrees, or thereabouts. While running, I thought about my grandpa’s daily diaries. My maternal grandfather kept a daily diary for years. The first one began as a joint effort. He and my grandma commemorated the day of their wedding, June 2, 1956, with an inaugural diary entry. I wonder now, was the daily diary a wedding gift from someone? Perhaps my great Uncle Claire, who was a writer. [18] After a while, my grandma’s handwriting fades away, but my grandfather continued to record each day’s events for years on his own. Of course, finding an entry for 1958 or 1968 would be ideal (for a nice, round number), but I don’t have those diaries on hand. As far as I know, they’re located in my Aunt Laura’s basement. But what I do have is the actual diary from 1956.
     The details of their day on June 21, 1956 are in my grandfather’s squat handwriting, easy to tell apart from my grandmother’s neat, right-leaning script. The entry reads,
We drove to New Providence last night to my folks, and got there near ten. We went into Eldora this morning, where I saw Dr. Nyquist. He said I was OK, and time would make me more peppy. Later, we went to Marshalltown and ordered another Hide Away bed from Mr. Cox, plus two chrome steel yellow cushioned kitchen chairs. We looked at washing machines on our way home. In the evening, we saw the Deep River Softball girls beaten by one run at Wellston.
     Added later are the prices of the items. $169 for the Hide Away bed. $6.66 for the chairs, though it’s unclear if that was per chair or altogether. These are the notes of two newlyweds preparing for their conjugal home.
     Twenty-nine years and 364 days later, on June 20, 1986, after a six-month battle with leukemia, my grandma died. My grandpa’s entry for that day reads,
Elizabeth died at 9 p.m. today. She had been breathing heavily and had been on oxygen all day. She passed peacefully. I was holding one hand and Julie and Sheilah were holding the other hand. Connie and Colleen had been up earlier—also Laura, Mark and Alisa. [19]
     One year later, on June 21, 1987, I was exactly two months old my grandfather recorded his visit to the Quaker meeting house he regularly attended, and the genealogy work he accomplished that day. It’s disappointing to find that the entry for this day, 31 years ago, isn’t one of the many in which he comments on how proud he was to show me off at the courthouse, where he was the County Supervisor, or makes note of my overall health. Those are the types of entries I enjoy. [20]
     I didn’t remember to call my mom and ask how she was doing yesterday, on the anniversary of her mother’s death. I don’t always remember to do this, but, in recent years, I’ve been making an effort. I don’t know what it would have felt like to lose my mother at age twenty-one, and I don’t know what it would have meant to have a baby at twenty-two. I’m thirty-one now and I’m not sure I’ll know what it’s like to have a baby at all.
     On my run, I took a route I hadn’t taken for a while. It was a beautiful summer evening and for once not too hot, and I saw a total of one person in their yard. The only other people out of doors were the orange-vested energy company workers for Spire.

For dinner, Adam and I had leftover hamburgers from a grill out earlier this week. Adam made basil-mayonaisse with basil from our porch box, but he over-blended it so that it was watery. It looked pretty disgusting, but I put it on my burger anyway. I had a brownie and ice-cream for dessert. The small white bowl I ate out of is still sitting next to me on the coffee table. It’s one of a set of three I scored a few months ago from Goodwill. Handcrafted Cabana porcelain. It’s the exact size of half a grapefruit. Adam has fallen asleep on the other couch with a book laid open on his chest. It looks like he’s about a quarter of the way through the latest Naomi Klein book; something about “NO” is all I can see in the title from here. I’ve stayed up two hours past my goal bedtime of ten p.m. to record all of this. Perhaps one day my descendants—if I have any, if I am not first infected by a brain-eating amoeba—will be as interested in what I had to say about today as I am in what my grandfather had to say about every day for the years he kept a daily record. Or perhaps not. As of five minutes ago, Central Standard Time, June 21, 2018, is over.

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  1. I wish the word fiancé didn’t sound so pretentious. It’s not that I think all French words are pretentious, just that saying “fiancé,” which is what he is, instead of “boyfriend,” which is what he was before, seems to be making a big announcement. “Everyone! We’re going to get married!” But, this isn’t an announcement I want to make. We don’t have a date set and I’m not sure we ever will. I sort of pressured him into getting me a ring, I think, and now I don’t really like wearing it. I really don’t like the added hassle of having to clean it either, but it looks a lot nicer when I do.
  2. The Big Berkey system was a big (read: expensive) purchase that felt necessary when my fiancé, Adam, and I moved into the rental where we live two years ago. The tap water had—and still has—a dusty flavor and scent that was amplified when we boiled water for tea or carbonated it using the Soda Stream. Also, fancier salt is often marketed as being crucial to proper nasal irrigation, but I’ve relied on the Morton’s girl and her umbrella in the rain for years with no problems.
  3. I only learned about the brain-eating amoeba because, a couple of years ago, my mom sent me an alarming message th
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          Captivating diesel-punk adventure AIRHEART set to soar onto PC and PS4 later this month with additional consoles to follow      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Captivating diesel-punk adventure AIRHEART set to soar onto PC and PS4 later this month with additional consoles to follow Blindflug Studios takes to the skies with innovative vertical action title on July 24 ZURICH, Germany – July 10, 2018 – Blindflug Studios, the Zurich-based independent studio behind critically acclaimed successes such as First Strike and Cloud Chasers, is thrilled to announce that AIRHEART will be swooping onto PC and PlayStation®4 on July 24, with release on additional consoles coming in the following weeks. AIRHEART is a stunning diesel-punk action game in which players become Amelia, a young pilot living in the cloud city of Granaria who wishes to one day reach the world’s edge. In order to survive and thrive in the floating city, Amelia must take to the air in her customizable plane to go sky fishing, avoiding pirates and many other dangers along the way. Players are free to explore the beautifully vibrant, vertical world above Granaria at their leisure, soaring higher and higher into the sky as they take on rival aircraft using tight, responsive twin-stick controls and an assortment of aero-based abilities. In between bouts of action, a robust crafting system offers Amelia opportunities to upgrade her highly customizable plane, crafting new items from scrap obtained from fallen foes. With over 40 weapons and airplane parts, there are tons of combinations to find your ideal airplane. Funds can also be earned from sky fishing, but doing so might have a bigger impact on Granaria’s ecosystem as it first might seem. Tough, smart and determined, the character of Amelia, along with the game itself, is a tribute to famed author, adventurer and pioneer Amelia Earhart – on whose July 24 birthday the game will make its console debut. “All of us at Blindflug are really excited to share AIRHEART with the world – I know that gamers will love Amelia and the colorful universe she inhabits,” said Moritz Zumbühl, Blindflug Studios CEO. “With an in-depth customization system, a raft of combat options and a world that changes according to how you treat it, I believe we’ve delivered a deep, beautiful gameplay experience for everyone to enjoy.” AIRHEART will arrive first on PC and PlayStation®4 on July 24, 2018, followed by launching on further consoles in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit the official website: http://airheartgame.com/ About AIRHEART – Tales of broken Wings AIRHEART is a dieselpunk airplane action game where every colorful level is built on top of the previous one, all the way up to the stratosphere. Welcome to Granaria, a flying city in the clouds. Meet Amelia – a young pilot and fisherwoman wishing to reach the abundant world’s edge. Sky fishing became a really dangerous job, with pirates roaming around everywhere. So start your engines, arm your airplane and get ready to make the catch of a lifetime! AIRHEART combines free-roaming, twin stick gameplay with a beautiful, colorful world. Defeat your enemies, salvage their scrap and reuse it to craft new parts for your airplane. Build and try out over 40 weapons and airplane parts. Combine their abilities to become the pirates’ worst nightmare. Or just have some fun with your enemies and use your harpoon to disarm, unshield, swing them around or drag them back home to disassemble them. An airplane game reimagined in a wonderful world, AIRHEART is a treat to fans and newcomers to flight action games alike. About Blindflug Studios Blindflug Studios is a young Swiss game developer made up of seven designers and developers. The studio was born in 2014 as a spin-off to successful Zurich-based web agency Feinheit. Its mission is to develop awesome games that tackle relevant topics of our time by transporting them into fascinating and surprising game worlds. Its debut title, “First Strike,” dealt with nuclear proliferation and the dangers of nuclear weapons, while also being a smash hit, having more than four million players to this day.
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Pemproses Exynos 9820 sedang dibangunkan untuk kegunaan Samsung Galaxy S10. Peranti ini mungkin hadir dalam tiga versi dengan versi paling premium dilengkapi panca kamera. Sebuah lagi ura-ura mula didengari hari ini berkenaan pemproses Exynos 9820 dari peniris maklumat terkemuka Ice Universe. Cip pemproses terkini ini dikatakan akan menggunakan GPU Mali-G76 MP18 GPU Mali-G76 MP18 ini […]
          Skepticality #119 - Worlds of Their Own - Guest: Lois Schadewald      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
"The Universe does not bend itself to our ignorance."  This simple truism is just one of the many observations made by author, skeptic and former president of the National Center for Science Education Robert J. Schadewald, who died of cancer on March 12th, 2000. This week on Skepticality, Swoopy talks with his sister Lois Schadewald, who compiled and published a humorous, insightful volume of her brother's articles, essays and interviews in 2008. Entitled Worlds of Their Own: A Brief History of Misguided Ideas; Creationism, Flat-Earthism, Energy Scams, and the Velikovsky Affair, Robert Schadewald's work reminds us that in order to understand the difference between science and pseudoscience we must investigate the unique claims and personalities of some of history's most unorthodox thinkers. Only then can we begin to learn what leads some people to embrace critical thinking and science — and others cling to their own realities despite all the evidence in the universe….
          Skepticality #099 - Confessions of an Alien Hunter - Interview: Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer - SETI      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Why do we think aliens are out there? Is Earth really being visited? Will aliens really be short, gray, and hairless? What happens if we pick up a signal from another world?  These are just a few of the questions this week's guest tackles regularly, in his role as the senior astronomer for the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute. Dr. Seth Shostak talks with Swoopy about the ongoing search for life in the universe, as chronicled in his new book Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
          Skepticality #094 - International Year of Astronomy! - Interview: Dr. Pamela Gay      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The United Nations has declared 2009 the "International Year of Astronomy." Coinciding with both Galileo Galilei's celestial discoveries in 1609 and the publication of Johannes Kepler's Astronomia Nova (which described the fundamental laws of planetary motion), the International Year of Astronomy celebrates 400 years of discovery and exploration of our elegant universe. It is an unprecedented opportunity to showcase some amazing science — and to inspire cosmic wonder. On this episode of Skepticality, Derek & Swoopy talk with astronomer, educator, and podcaster Dr. Pamela Gay about the many exciting global events people can enjoy during the International Year of Astronomy. She also shares her thoughts about the changing face of NASA, and about some thrilling recent astronomical discoveries.
          Skepticality #065 - A Secret of the Universe - Interview: Author Stephen L. Gibson      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Many Skeptic readers are all too aware of The Secret, a slick repackaging of the principles of New Thought and Unity Christianity.  This week, Skepticality tackles an altogether different secret. Derek and Swoopy talk with author and podcaster Stephen L. Gibson about his own new book, A Secret of the Universe. A far cry from most books that offer up a secret message, A Secret of the Universe is a work of dramatic allegory about how we come to form knowledge about the Big Questions: God, sexual ethics, morals, political ideology—and how those beliefs affect our actions, our lives, and the world around us. Then Derek gets an update from Jeff Wagg, General Manager of the James Randi Educational Foundation, about a recently administered Million Dollar Challenge in which Jeff himself became a test subject.
          skepticality #062 - Girl Power! - Interview: Alison Smith, founder of The Skeptical Analysis of the Paranormal Society (SAPS)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This week Skepticality has a double bill of brainy, beautiful skeptics working to educate the public about the benefits of science and evidence-based reasoning.  Private Investigator Alison Smith (the founder of the Skeptical Analysis of the Paranormal Society) discusses her work and shares her thoughts about the recent lecture she gave on Skeptical Investigation as well as the Skeptic Smackdown debate she took part in, at Dragon*Con 2007. Lastly, we have a special clip of Dr. Pamela Gay explaining how astrophysicists look at Dark Matter in the Universe, recorded from a special Dragon*Con after party. We're also pleased to present the full length video from Dragon*Con's "Skeptic Smackdown" debate, featuring skeptics Michael Shermer and Alison Smith, and paranormal proponents Patrick Burns and Graham Watkins.
          Skepticality #059 - Engineers, Astronomers, Lobbyists Updates: Kelly Comstock, Dr. Pamela Gay, Lori Lipman Brown      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This week, Skepticality tackles matters of politics on Earth, and discoveries out in the universe.  First up, environmental engineer Kelly Comstock returns to answer listener questions from our bottled water episode and address concerns about potential dangers lurking in municipal water systems (like chlorine and fluoride). Then, Derek and Swoopy check in with their favorite lobbyist, Lori Lipman Brown from the Secular Coalition for America, regarding ongoing investigations into abuses of non-theists serving in our military, how the question of separation of church and state is being highlighted in recent political debates, and what to look for when the legislature reconvenes in the Fall. Lastly, astrophysicist Dr. Pamela Gay shares her insights about recent media attention paid to NASA troubles, the paper by two German physicists who claim to have broken the speed of light, and the potential discovery of inorganic cosmic dust with lifelike properties.
          Skepticality #056 - The Search for iPhones and Aliens Interviews: Rob Walch of Today in iPhone, Fraser Cain and Dr. Pamela Gay      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
What's with all the media hype over the latest must-have electronic device, the iPhone?  This week on Skepticality, Derek and Swoopy talk to Rob Walch, host of the Today in iPhone podcast, about the cult of Apple's newest release and ask whether if it lives up to the hype. While it seems most humans on Earth are busy looking for iPhones, the National Academy of Sciences has published a report that states we need to start looking for alien life with novel biochemistries. Fraser Cain and Dr. Pamela Gay, hosts of the Astronomy Cast, help Derek and Swoopy interpret the new report "The Limits of Organic Life in Planetary Systems", and what it means for the search for life in the universe.
          Skepticality #037 - Interview: Fraser Cain interviews Dr. Simon Singh.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This week Fraser Cain of Universe Today interviews popular British author, journalist and particle physicist Dr. Simon Singh about dodgy homeopathy and his work to bring to light some of the dangerous practices of homeopaths in his country. Also, Derek and Swoopy play and discuss some listener voicemail, including Bad Astronomer Phil Plait, and provide a sneak peak at next week's Halloween Special!
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Embark on an all-new LEGO open-world adventure by becoming the best villain the universe has seen in LEGO DC Super-Villains. For the first time, a LEGO game is giving you and your family the ability to play as a super-villain, unleashing mischievous antics and wreak havoc in an action-packed, hilarious story written in collaboration with DC Comics.


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Jester Dragon's Random Generators [BUNDLE]Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
This special 50% off bundle contains the four "Jester Dragon" titles, including the just-released "Bag of Beans" and the classic "Random Cult Generator," "Random Tavern Generator," and "Random Brothel Generator"!

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One of the most iconic magic items associated with fantasy roleplaying games since their earliest days, and one that has seen incarnations in every edition of the game for which 5th Edition is the latest version, is the Bag of Beans. This item is, of course, inspired by the magic beans that appear in the classic fairy tale commonly known as Jack and the Beanstalk. Only one magical power is associated with the beans in that story, namely growing a massive vine that stretches up into a cloud kingdom inhabited by Giants, but the creators of the world’s greatest and oldest RPG cannily realized that any number of powers might be associated with legumes of this sort and proceeded accordingly when putting them into game terms. Many players think that the Bag of Be...

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From worlds of swords-and-sorcery to libertine space colonies, a lot can happen in a brothel. Intrigue, romance, murder, and all extremes of pleasure and disappointment wait behind the green door and under the red lanterns of seedy fleshpots and high-class seraglios. If you want to bring a little exoticism, eroticism, and bawdy fun into your campaign, you go straight to the brothel. But who has the time to invent an all-new house of ill repute every time the adventurers stagger into town, heavy with coin and flushed with blood? Lucky for you, the Jester Dragon has brothels on the brain. So get out your dice and let the sweaty hand of fate create the brothel for your campaign needs!...

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Cults threaten adventurers, civilization, and the existence of the universe itself. Whether they are sacrificing virgins, summoning tentacled horrors, or infiltrating every level of society, it is inevitable that your heroes are going to have a run-in with cultists at some point in their adventuring careers. And, after all, hidden temples hold the best treasure and no one builds them like a cult. But you’re a busy Game Master and have more important things to do than agonize over creating a new secret religion every week. So, once again, the Jester Dragon is ready to do all the hard work for you, with a series of tables allowing you to quickly roll up every aspect of a sinister cult, from the god it worships to the color of the priest’s robes. Grab your d100s, say a quick pray...

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Every successful adventure begins and ends in a tavern. It’s where your heroes spend their down time, the place they pick up plot threads and adventure hooks, and where that one player always tries to creep you out by flirting with the NPCs. The pub is a fixture in any fantasy campaign, but you’re a busy GM with more important things to do than rattle off a silly name and describe the local color. So why not let the Jester Dragon do the heavy lifting for you with this convenient random tavern generator? Grab your percentile dice, roll on the tables below, and let the fates describe a full tavern experience so that you can get on with your campaign....

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«Et quand l’homme se trouve devant les guerres, les camps, les tortures en masse, les déplacements monstrueux, les massacres en tas, tous ces retours de flamme de la barbarie, ça ne lui ouvre même pas les yeux. Il continue à croire en l’homme en tant qu’être réellement perfectible à l’infini, sous le nom d’humanité. Il feint en tout cas d’y croire. Moi, je le crois très sincèrement imperfectible à l’infini, malgré toute cette purulence qui forme le substrat de ce masque, de ce fard que l’on appelle civilisation. Et le pire danger est là ». (Pierre Reverdy, En vrac.)
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Ce jeudi 1er mars. Sept heures du matin. Julie m’envoie des images des rues enneigées de Morges à l’aube, avant d’autres nouvelles relatives à la gabegie routière et autoroutière. Donc je vais rester à la Désirade. Besoin d’ailleurs de me retrouver. Besoin de me concentrer. Besoin de tranquillité. D’ordre et de propreté, comme lorsque je rangeais ma chambre d’adolescent dans notre sage maison. Besoin aussi de beauté.
 
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La lecture, tout à l’heure, de commentaires en cascades relatifs aux affaires Weinsetin et Ramadan, me conforte dans le mépris de plus en plus total que m’inspire la meute des chacals et des hyènes anonymes qui se défoulent sur les réseaux sociaux. Je n’ai certes aucune sympathie pour les deux prédateurs sexuels en question, mais la haine et la délation sans visages et sans noms m’inquiète à vrai dire bien plus que les écarts des deux bicandiers.
 
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RJ explique bien sa pratique du Journal dans son entretien avec Gilbert Moreau paru dans Les Moments littéraires, mélange de lucidité et de pose assumée, de sérieux et de dérision - pas mal d’autodérision aussi mais la encore « c’est plus compliqué » - sur un fonds à la fois solide et mouvant qui m’intéresse décidément.
 
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Y a-t-il des choses à ne pas dire ? Des choses à écrire mais à ne pas publier ? Des choses à publier quand même au risque de s’entendre dire qu’il y a des choses à garder pour soi ?
 
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Je suis tenté, ces jours, d’ouvrir un carnet où il ne serait question que d’affaires de famille, textes et dessins.
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Je suis revenu hier à la lecture du Journal de Jules Renard, dans l’exemplaire de la NRF qui a appartenu à Albert Caraco et que j’ai fait relier. Une fois de plus et plus que jamais : une mine.
 
Où je pioche à l’instant ceci : « L’esprit est à peu près, à l’intelligence vraie, ce qu’et le vinaigre au vin solide et de bon cru : breuvage des cerveaux stériles et des estomacs maladifs».
 
Ou ceci de bien vache : « Que ne peut-elle, cette femme ardente, épouser un cheval ! »
 
Ou cela qui ne l’est pas moins: « Les descriptions de femme ressemblent à des vitrines de bijoutier. On y voit des cheveux d’or, des yeux émeraude, des dents perles, des lèvres de corail. Qu’est-ce, si l’on va plus loin dans l’intime ! En amour, on pisse de l’or ».
 
Ce lundi 5 mars. - Ordre et propreté. Beauté et bonté. Bien écrire et penser juste. Ce qui compte et ne compte pas. Conscience et conséquence. Le jour se lève. Tâcher de s’élever aussi. Poésie et vérité.
 
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Tout est à reprendre et à corriger en fonction des critères de bonté et de beauté, de vérité et d’amabilité.
 
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Revenir à la correspondance de Tchékhov. Dire pourquoi cet écrivain m’est le plus cher ami depuis mes vingt ans. Sa lucidité tendre contre tous les hédonismes et autres nihilismes.
 
Tout à l’heure j’ai relevé, sur mon courrier électronique, cette bonne lettre de Roland Jaccard : «Cher Jean-Louis, Me voici comblé : après L'Échappée libre, reçu la semaine passée, et dont je me délecte, voici, il y a dix minutes, L'Ambassade du Papillon qui frappe à ma porte. Tu connais mon goût pour les Carnets et pour les fragments. Rien ne pouvait donc me faire plus plaisir, d'autant que pour la critique - j'en ai eu encore la preuve ce dimanche en lisant ton article sur Joël Dicker- tu es imbattable. Serais-tu le dernier lecteur ? Je ne te cache pas que je t'envie un peu : tu es capable d'abattre une somme de travail qui me terroriserait et m'inciterait à me réfugier aussitôt sous ma couette. Au-delà de cent pages, je suis saisi (je parle de mes livres) par un sentiment de vacuité et d'ennui qui me pousse à mettre un terme à mon entreprise. En revanche, je peux jouer des heures aux échecs ou au tennis de table. Bref, tu l'avais bien vu et bien dit : le dilettantisme m'est constitutif. Avec tes deux cadeaux, je peux envisager un printemps où les nouveautés alterneront avec des souvenirs lausannois, jusqu'à ce que je me retrouve à la piscine de Pully. Me réjouis de te revoir ! Et te souhaite le meilleur pour la suite.... Chaleureusement, R. »
 
L’allusion de Roland Jaccard à L’échappée libre, me fait me rappeler que le supplément littéraire du journal Le Temps n’a pas consacré une ligne à ce livre de 400 pages évoquant (notamment) la vie littéraire et culturelle de notre pays, entre les années 2008 et 2013, avec des présentations de livres importants, des évocations de rencontres et de voyages impliquant de multiples écrivains et artistes de ce pays, plus les récits liés aux fin de vie de Jacques Chessex, de Maurice Chappaz, de Georges Haldas et de Dimitri, de Thierry Vernet et de Nicolas Bouvier, plus ma correspondance avec Pascal Janovjak à Ramallah, plus tout le reste...
 
J’aurais admis, naturellement, une présentation même critique de cet ouvrage, mais il ne s’agit pas de ça : il s’agit de nier et d’annihiler. Il s’agit de régner. Il s’agit, pour trois douairières exsangues, d’imposer leur règne de tristes jupons. Or le plus significatif, par rapport à l’époque, est que ces oies blanches se posent en figures du progrès. Une Isabelle R., au dehors de poire blette parlant couramment suisse allemand, donne des leçons de sociologie politique dans l’Histoire de la littérature en Suisse romande, où elle ne craint pas de remettre un Jean Ziegler en place alors qu’elle n’est jamais sortie de sa bonbonnière de petite-bourgeoise gauchisante mouillant comme une groupie dès que se lève le soleil pâle des éditions de Minuit ; et c’est tout bénéfice apparent pour la Cause qui veut se faire passer pour littéraire alors qu’on est dans la cour des donneurs de leçons et des éteignoirs.
 
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Gérard m’envoie un livre, intitulé La Forêt silencieuse, constitué d’une seule phrase, rebondissant comme une liste infinie, et tout de suite on est pris, charmé, saisi, c’est aussi bien que mes listes et même : d’une poésie plus tenue et continue.
 
Ce jeudi 8 mars.Décidé ce matin de passer une semaine à Paris. Réservé une chambre à La Perle, rue des Canettes, sur le conseil de Roland Jaccard. Celui-ci est d’ailleurs pour quelque chose dans ce projet. Le voir s’entretenir avec Jacqueline de Roux, dans un bureau plein de reliques qui m’a rappelé celui de Dominique de Roux, sur la vidéo qu’il m’a transmise, m’a donné envie de me rapprocher de ce qui me semble un cercle vivant et vibrant.
 
Ce mardi 13 mars. - Neige sur Les hauts de Vallorbe, dont l’approche me fait penser, comme toujours, à Louis Soutter.
 
Je souriais hier en lisant, dans Un jeune homme triste ce que RJ écrit à propos de son attirance homosexuelle pour DW, en leur jeunesse, qui n’a jamais abouti. Il rend bien le climat de ces années 67-68 ou j’aurai vécu diverses expériences affectives ou sexuelles dont je n’ai jamais fait état avec la scrupuleuse clarté, frottée de freudisme, qui est la sienne. Un jour, Dimitri m’a reproché de trop sublimer et m’a même conseillé d’écrire des récits pornos. J’ai trouvé cela blessant tout en constatant que notre ami n’avait rien compris au changement vécu par notre génération. En ce qui me concerne, trop sensible en mon solipsisme hyper-affectif, et trop timide, trop lucide, toujours trop double, j’ai préféré la retenue à quelque aveu que ce fût, que je sentais d’avance faussé.
 
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Dans le TGV Lyria je retrouve mon lunch simplifié, fait d’un croque-monsieur et d’un quart de rouge, et je reprends mon épinette à écrire...
 
Gracias a la vida
La reconnaissance est naturelle à d’aucuns, dont j’ai toujours été sans le moindre mérite à cela, de par une nature naturellement allègre et non moins plombée de profonde mélancolie, en alternance ou parfois en même temps, la joie pouvant se lire parfois à travers les larmes. Or même même en pavillon de traumatologie, au mitan de ma vingtaine, entouré de jeunes sinistrés de la route dont la plupart ne marcheraient plus sur leurs vraies jambes, où au trente-sixième dessous de désarrois passagers ou plus tenaces, l’idée d’en finir avec la vie ne m’a pas effleuré un instant, au contraire: c’est dans le noir plus que dans l’euphorie que je m’y serai le plus accroché, quoique l’aimant sans autre raison que de m’y trouver parce que j’y étais et si bonnement entouré.
C’est cela: c’est de cet entourage que je suis reconnaissant
Merci par conséquent à mes chers parents. Merci à ceux qui m’ ne accompagné dans la vie. Et donc merci la vie. Mais aussitôt se pose la question du sens et des limites de ces remerciements. Que cela signifie-t-il et ou cela va-t-il s’arrêter. N’est-ce pas une comédie et un leurre ? La question est d’importance. Dois-je vraiment remercier mes mère et père de m’avoir mis au monde ? Et dois-je remercier le monde, et plus universellement ce qu’on appelle la vie, d’être ce qu’elle est ?
Mon enfance, ou disons ce qu’il reste en moi d’enfance, y regimbe Mon enfance protégée, qui n’a connu ni l’angoisse des bombardements ni la violence sociale ou familiale, n’en a pas moins été marquée par la découverte, chez tel camarade de ruisseau fouetté par son père charretier, ou dans tel traité médical compulsé les après-midi de pluie dans le bureau de mon aïeul Émile, de la cruauté de certains sorts, par la faute de certains êtres, mais aussi de la cruauté de l’être même, j’entends: de la vie même, du seul fait d’être en vie et mal né, comme on dit d’une maison qu’elle est mal habitée : né par exemple avec l’aspect de l’enfant-caïman dont je découvrais l’image dans le traité médical de mon aïeul Émile, ou né sous la forme de l’enfant sirenomèle, ou sous la forme du nain à tête d’oiseau.
Quel Dieu sommes nous alors supposés remercier lorsque nous arrive, sans crier gare, un enfant à deux têtes ou trois pattes de derrière ? J’ai beau savoir que de grandes théologies et de profondes mystiques ont trouve d’adéquates réponse à ce lancinant questionnement: mon enfance regimbe.
C’est cependant par l’enfance que je retrouve la splendeur du monde, en dépit des pères immondes dont il nous restera à sonder les antécédents, autant que ceux des mères indignes et des cousines à poisons, du côté des matins clairs et des sonates.
Le verbe humain est capable du ciel. À l’âge aujourd’hui de la mort de mon aïeul Émile je le répète sans crainte de me répéter: le verbe nous élève et cela signifie que le premier mot de la mère à son enfant, que le premier mot du fils à son père sortant de prison, que le premier mot de l’exilé retrouvant sa mère dans le champ de ruines seront inscrits dans nos archives.
Ces notes en témoignent. L’époque n’est pas disposée à leur accorder la moindre attention et c’est le signe même du temps perdu, alors que nous sommes d’un sentiment à venir.
La mémoire n’est vive que de résurrections de tous les instants et de fructueux exercices. Il ne s’agit pas de stocker mais d’éprouver, et la lecture n’est rien d’autre, exigeant cependant amour de participation , sinon rien.
 
(Voilà ce que j’ai écrit entre Frasne et Dijon, ce mardi 13 mars 2018, dans le TGV Lyria).
 
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(Soir) - Descendu à La Perle, rue des Canettes ou j’ai pas mal de souvenirs d’un petit hôtel plus modeste, à vingt mètres de là. J’ai fait un tour par le Luxembourg , la terrasse du Rostand et le cinéma Ugc Odéon ou j’ai vu un film intéressant, Three Billboards, avec de remarquable acteurs mais qui semble une fois de plus un dérivé de série télé par son scénario, genre «pilote»…
 
Chez Bartolo, ce 14 mars, soir.- J’avais promis à Lady L.de ne pas acheter de nouveaux livres mais c’est mal parti puisque me voici, à la terrasse de la pizzeria Da Bartolo, attablé avec les Journaux de voyage de Bashô, traduits et présenté par René Sieffert, après avoir acheté aussi l’un des derniers récits autobiographiques de Thomas Wolfe, Mon suicide de Roorda, un essai sur la lecture d’Edith Wharton, un recueil de récits d’Antonio Tabucchi et trois volumes de poèmes de William Cliff parus au Dilettante.
 
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En visitant ce matin l’exposition consacrée au jeune Tintoret, au Musée du Luxembourg, où j’ai passé moins de temps dans les salles qu’à patienter dans la file d’attente, j’ai été content d’identifier, assez rapidement, les parties vraiment originales, pour ne pas dire géniales, traduisant plus qu’un métier accompli: des moments de liberté totale, voire de folie, ou de plus profonde vision dans ses grands portraits de Nicolò Doria ou du vieil homme du Kunsthistorisches Museum, de Vienne dont parle tant Thomas Bernhard dans Maîtres anciens.
 
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Ce jeudi 15 mars.Très bonne soirée d’hier en compagnie de RJ, au petit Yushi de la rue des Ciseaux, tout près de La Perle, où il a sa bouteille de whisky et une chaise à son nom comme un metteur en scène de cinéma. Le courant a tout de suite passé entre nous, facilité par nos nombreux échanges récents sur Facebook. La première chose qu’il m’a dite se rapportait à tout le bien que Pierre-Guillaume de Roux lui a dit à mon propos, qui m’a surpris et réellement touché. Ensuite la conversation, très nourrie et très variée, s’est poursuivie assez tard sans la moindre affectation, comme si nous nous connaissions depuis longtemps…
 
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La reconnaissance est naturelle chez d’aucuns, dont j’ai toujours été sans aucune espèce de mérite, doté que je suis d’une nature allègre quoique mélancolique «au fond». Marius me le disait justement : «Tu as en toi un puits de larmes». Or, même au pavillon de traumatologie, entouré de jeunes sinistrés de la route, l’idée d’en finir avec la vie ne m’est jamais venue tant je me sens redevable à celle-ci.
 
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Je ne touche à la poésie que par bribes et raccrocs. Deux vers de Gainsbourg, dans Initials B.B., un vers de Dante, cinq vers de William Cliff, dix lignes de Rimbaud, etc. Il ne m’en faut pas trop à la fois. Dans Hamlet, la poésie est partout, mais je n’en retiens que des bribes et c’est pareil avec Proust. « Car la poésie est l’essentiel », disait Ramuz qui n’a composé qu’un recueil de vers, dont je n’ai retenu que deux ou trois paires…
 
Ce jeudi 22 mars. – Je me disais ce matin que j’avais eu la chance de connaître un être d’exception, doublé d’un poète aussi singulier que volontairement méconnu, en la personne de Gérard Joulié, mon vieil, ami depuis 1973, éternel enfant vieille France et prince des lettres à sa façon. Or je m’efforcerai, un de ces jours prochains, de rendre justice à l’auteur des Poèmes à moi-même, d’une qualité supérieure, dont la densité et la vigueur, la plasticité et la profondeur, sont des plus rares.
 
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L’époque est à la fois à l’exhibition et au voyeurisme, aussi l’exercice de liberté consiste-t-il à échapper à l’un et à l’autre en évitant de plus en plus les intermédiaires médiatiques de toute sorte où prolifèrent l’opinion jetée et la jactance.
 
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On apprend ce matin qu’une famille de quatre personnes a été assassinée aujourd’hui à Mexico. Ah bon ? Et après ? Combien de cambriolages la nuit dernière à Cleveland ? Combien de meurtres à Melbourne ou à Medellin ? Et au nom de quoi en serions-nous comptables ou solidaires ? Le simulacre mondial voudrait que l’on se torde les mains et brandisse son cœur, mais je n’ai cure du simulacre. Fuck the simulacre !
 
Ce lundi 26 mars. J’ai commencé ma semaine avec un poème - bon poème je crois -, que j’ai dédié à Thierry Vernet :
 
 
Voici des fleurs
En mémoire de Thierry Vernet
La beauté de l’objet
soit la seule mesure de la chose.
Rien n’ira par hasard.
À l’établi l’orfèvre
est concentré sur son art
tout humble d’artisan
qui cisèle des roses -
ou cet objet secret
révélé par son autre part.
On ne sait rien d’avance
de l’eau sur laquelle on ira
là-bas dans le miroir
d’un ciel à jamais incertain.
L’objet se révèle à mesure
qu’on oublie d’y penser.
Le chant s’élève et dure
le temps de ne pas oublier.
 
(La Désirade, ce 26 mars 2018)
 
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Je suis revenu, ces dernier temps, à la poésie d’Odilon-Jean Périer, qui me semble l’un des poètes de langue française du début du XXe siècle qui me parle le plus simplement et le plus profondément, avec ses images à la fois limpides et obscures, son enfance latente et son intelligence des translations verbales. Il n’a pas le génie fulgurant d’un Rimbaud ni la science d’un Baudelaire, mais il a la chanson douce d’un Verlaine et sa propre musique peu comparable. Je le place du côté de Toulet et de Laforgue, mais en plus familier - en plus enfant grave…
 
Ce mercredi 28 mars.Ce jour restera marqué, pour moi, d’une pierre blanche, puisque, au-delà de ce que j’en attendais, m’est arrivé un message de Pierre-Guillaume de Roux qui qualifie les textes de La Maison littérature, que je lui ai envoyée la semaine passée, de «merveilleux» et me dit qu’il sera «mon homme» pour la réalisation de ce livre. J’en ai été touché aux larmes en m’exclamant pour moi-même «enfin !!!», non tant pour la perspective de publier à Paris que pour avoir suscité un écho aussi prompt que chaleureux que je désespérais d’obtenir depuis des années. Ah mais quel sentiment de revivre, soudain !
 
Ce jeudi 29 mars.- Premier téléphone avec Pierre-Guillaume de Roux, de presque une heure. Tout à fait sur la même longueur d’ondes. Nous nous verrons le 19 avril prochain. D’ici-là je vais foncer sur la mise au net de La Maison Littérature que je lui présenterai dans une forme plus fluide, mais quel soulagement en attendant !

          【プロレス】SKE48・須田がプロレスの新王者に!飛びつき卍固めでDDTアイアンマンヘビーメタル級奪取 (thread.length)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
SKE48の須田亜香里(26)がDDTプロレスリングのアイアンマンヘビーメタル級新王者になった。

アイアンマンヘビーメタル級のベルトは、24時間365日レフェリーがいれば誰でもどこでも挑戦ができるベルトである。
過去にはプロレスラー以外にも南海キャンディーズの山里亮太(41)やLilico(47)など芸能人も戴冠している。

須田は、今大会のスペシャルゲストとして解説を担当。第4試合で行われたアイアンマンヘビーメタル級
バトルロイヤル終了後、一緒に解説を務めていたDDTプロレスリング社長・高木三四郎(48)に
「あのベルトが欲しい!」とお願いすると、高木は、アイアンマンヘビーメタル級王者である竹下幸之介(23)に対してイスで殴打し、スタナーも決める。
その後、須田がロープに走って、竹下に飛びつき式卍固めを決めるとレフェリーが止めて、新王者となった。

今後いつどこで誰が挑戦してくるかわからないため、高木は「握手会に足を運び須田を守る」とコメントすると
須田も「一応鍛えておきますね」とコメントを残した。

大会後に高木は「歴史が動いた瞬間だった」と振り返った。「須田亜香里さんがベルトを獲ったことは、DDTにとって大きな出来事だった」と話した。
須田も「チャンピオンになるのは、気持ちがいいですね」と笑顔で話した。

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緊急事態!!SKE48・須田亜香里がアイアンマンヘビーメタル級選手権王者に!!
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Retro futuristic 80's low poly style day and night series. Perfectly looped VJ animation.
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          New 'Castle Rock' Trailer Is Packed With Stephen King Easter Eggs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In just a couple of weeks, Hulu is taking Stephen King fans back to Castle Rock — the fictional Maine town where many of the author’s horror classics are set — for a new series from producer J.J. Abrams. The latest trailer for Castle Rock is, as you might suspect, filled with Easter eggs for various stories in the King universe. Continue reading…
          Comment on Henry Cavill Explains Why Superman Killed Zod in “Man of Steel” by andramus      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I've never understood why some fans can't accept that there can be more than one valid interpretation of their character. Take Batman for example. There are a lot of Batman fans whose preferred interpretation of him is a brutal, semi-deranged revenge-driven character who gets off on beating up the mentally ill and only just draws the line at killing. They see Batman as a character whose primary motive is revenge and I can't say that's a totally invalid take on the character. However the Batman interpretation I subscribe to the most is a character whose primary motive is justice. He wants to prevent the tragedy that befell him from befalling others. He wants to spare as many people as he can of the pain that he experienced. He is somber and grim but he is also compassionate. Heck the Batman of the Animated series was even compassionate towards his enemies. He wanted them to get help and get better. To me a Superman who kills or has killed can co-exist with one who does not as equally valid takes on the character. I don't think the debate has ever fully been settled. As much fuss as was made when Superman killed the Phantom Zone criminals in the pocket universe no-one seemed to mind when he killed Doomsday. Yes that fight cost him his life as well but he still killed. Also for anyone who didn't see the extended cut of Superman II it sure seemed like Superman killed a powerless Zod without a second thought by tossing him into a bottomless pit. Until I saw that scene years later I thought Zod had been killed and I know a lot of other people did too.
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wreg.com Boxing champ Lennox Lewis to come back to Memphis to help underserved kids become championswreg.comWho could forget when all eyes in the boxing universe were on Memphis for the Heavyweight Championship Fight between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson at the Pyramid arena. "We are getting old," Lennox Lewis said, laughing. "I was with Mike …
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Pour ceux qui me connaissent, j'aime bien suivre les projets en amont et on m'en propose pas mal. Celui de Sevenhugs me botte bien. En effet, ce coup-ci il propose une télécommande universelle, mais bien différente de ce qui existe...
          Limerick #101541 on exa- by zqms      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Prefixed exa- denotes a quintillion —
That's a million million MILLION.
If New Yorkers all shared
Just one exa-cent, there'd
Be for each one (in dollars) one billion.

Numbers this large are very difficult to grasp, even when you try to make up examples by measuring something very big with a scale that's very small:
  • The age of the universe, from the big bang (about 14 billion years ago) up till now, is about 0.43 exa-seconds.

  • Canopus, the second-brightest star at night (after Sirius) is about 310 lightyears away from us, which is not quite 3 exa-metres.

  • A human body contains about 33 trillion cells, so you'd need the whole population of a town like St Louis (Missouri) or Hull (England) to collect a human "exa-cell".

          IMMOBERLIN: Universelles Baugrundstück in mehrfach attraktiver Ortslage      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Objekt: Dieses erschlossene Grundstück befindet sich in einem Mischgebiet. Denkbar ist die Bebauung für ein stilles Gewerbe, wie z.B. ein Supermarkt. Nach unverbindlicher mündlicher Aussage des Stadtplanungsamtes wäre auch eine Wohnbebauung...
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          Prog Music Lounge : Prog Rock Dogma      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Author: The Dark Elf
Subject: Prog Rock Dogma
Posted: July 10 2018 at 19:27

Prog rock began with King Crimson in 1969. Prior to that, the musical universe was a primordial soup that did not coalesce until Robert Fripp made order out of the nothingness.
          ‘Black Panther’ Breakout Star Winston Duke to Play Kimbo Slice in Biopic      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Winston Duke has only two film credits to his name: Black Panther, where he played fierce Jabari Tribe warrior M’Baku, and Avengers: Infinity War, where… same. He’s no John Cazale, but still, not bad! His first non-Marvel Cinematic Universe movie will either be Us, the “new nightmare from the mind of [Oscar] winner Jordan Peele,” or Backyard Legend, a biopic […]
          Nature Defends Itself       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
July 09, 2018

The Progress of This Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World
Andreas Malm
Verso, $24.95 (cloth)

In Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, two juvenile gorillas watch as a younger sibling is caught in a snare set by poachers. The infant, unable to free herself, dies of her wounds. The next time the gorillas come across a snare, they work together to destroy it. Soon their whole family joins in, destroying the traps wherever they pose a threat.

In Mozambique, an old elephant warns the younger members of her herd to avoid the hairless primates. She remembers the civil war that, decades ago, decimated the country’s elephant population. As her herd migrates through poacher-heavy areas, they’ve learned to travel by night. 

And in Paris, climate activists push the assembled scientists and diplomats for stronger, more radical commitments. Some have set up a contest of sorts—the “Climate Games”—to see who can pull off the most innovative direct action. “We are not defending nature,” say the organizers. “We are nature defending itself.”

Is there a meaningful continuum among the gorillas, the elephants, and the activists? Are all three instances of “nature defending itself”? What, exactly, does it mean to be part of nature? Can we talk of a gorilla or elephant acting with intention at all—or a beaver, a bumblebee, a boreal forest?

To Malm, we aren’t part of nature. This is not only wrong; it is politically blinkered.

Parsing such questions is the task of The Progress of This Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World, the latest book from environmental historian Andreas Malm. While Malm acknowledges that “Theory does not seem like the most exigent business in a rapidly warming world,” he argues that that how we think about nature, society, and climate change informs how we act for climate justice. “Some theories can make the situation clearer while others might muddy it,” he writes, and he is here to wipe off the mud so that climate organizers may see clearly. 

It’s a good book. Malm has a deep understanding of climate change, writes clearly, and presents a useful overview of environmental thought. He also introduces some compelling concepts of his own, with provocative implications for political struggle.

But he leaves no room for the Climate Games. The cornerstone of his nature philosophy is that certain human capacities make our societies not only unique but fundamentally distinct from the rest of existence. We can’t be “nature defending itself” because we aren’t part of natureIn this, Malm not only stands on shaky intellectual ground, but actually constrains the possibilities of a truly liberated ecosocialist future. 

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What Nature Isn’t

Given the magnitude of the climate threat, Malm writes, it is important that we avoid “blurry charts and foggy thinking.” And he sees a lot of fog.

Malm’s many intellectual foes fall into several camps. He begins with those who see nature as a social construction, a common view in academia. For British geographer Noel Castree, “Nature doesn’t exist ‘out there’ . . . waiting to be understood.” It is instead “a particularly powerful fiction,” one that “exists only so long as we collectively believe it to exist.” Most offensive to Malm is the claim that “global climate change is an idea,” not “a set of ‘real biophysical processes’ occurring regardless of our representations of it.” To Malm, this is postmodern babble, ludicrous on its face. The existence of a mountain, let alone climate change, is not contingent upon human representations.

Next in Malm’s lights are those thinkers, such as Bill McKibben and Jedediah Purdy, who define nature as that which is pristine, wholly separate from humans. On this view, as human settlements, pollution, and climate change affect ever more of the planet, nature is going if not gone. “In every respect,” Purdy writes in his book After Nature (2015) and echoes in these pages, “the world we inhabit will henceforth be the world we have made.” Malm has little patience for this approach, either. Just because society influences nature, he argues, does not mean nature is no more: “If I mix my coffee with sugar, I do not thereby come to believe that the coffee has ended.” Similarly, he writes that plastic waste, overfishing, and acidification do not mean the oceans have ended, nor that we have somehow “made” the ocean.

Malm moves rather quickly, and there is a chance he is being slightly unfair. For example, Castree has elsewhere written that his philosophy “is not at all a denial of the material reality of those things we routinely call natural—be they trees, rivers, animals, or anything else.” His argument rests instead on the (true) observations that social factors affect how we think about and define “nature,” and that many “natural” features in fact have a long history of human intervention. 

But even then, much of Malm’s critique still goes through. Castree’s emphasis on the social means he loses sight of the ultimate independence of nonhuman nature. “Castree charges that talk of independent nature is pure ideology,” Malm writes, “but it would be more correct to say that independent nature is the only thing that cannot come to an end. The paradox of climate change is that it makes it appear more strangely alive than ever.” (Of course, history’s hunter-gatherers, horticulturists, and sailors—not to mention the myriad societies that have embraced animism or invented nature gods—have always adapted their lives to the rhythms and flows of nonhuman nature. Malm should not be quite so surprised to find it “strangely alive.”)

Castree’s neglect of this living world even leads him to exaggerate the scientific uncertainty of climate change. Despite paying lip service to an underlying “biophysical world,” he is more interested in how climate is perceived by humans than in what is actually happening.

One gets the feeling Malm is more concerned with the potential political effects of others’ ideas than their intellectual merit—less with whether they are true, or represent an internally consistent philosophy of nature, than whether they are useful to guide climate activism. To an extent, this approach is admirable: theory divorced from practice is often just navel-gazing, and as temperatures rise, action is the priority. But his quick pace gave him little space to engage counterarguments, and I often found myself nodding along but not entirely convinced.

More interesting than Castree, to Malm and to me, is an array of “hybridist” views. Hybridist thinkers see the human and nonhuman as wholly intertwined, and find it impossible to extricate Society from Nature. Malm’s poster child for this way of thinking—in fact, his primary nemesis throughout the book—is French sociologist and philosopher Bruno Latour. As of 2007, we are told, Latour was the tenth most cited writer in the humanities (“a full 26 [notches] above Karl Marx,” Malm laments). “I am aiming at blurring the distinction between nature and society durably,” Latour writes in Politics of Nature (1999), “so that we shall never have to go back to two distinct sets.”

What does this mean for climate change? Latour runs through a list of ecological issues—the ozone hole, warming, deforestation—and asks, “Are they human? Human because they are our work. Are they natural? Natural because they are not our doing.” They are hybrids—messy interactions of the human and the not human—just like everything else.

“Less of Latour, more of Lenin,” Malm says. “That is what the warming condition calls for.”

Malm doesn’t like this very much. He starts by observing that Latour’s “hybrid” framework implicitly concedes there are two separate things to be hybridized. I suppose this is right, but it misses what makes the hybridist view compelling. Aren’t the boundaries blurred, after all? Malm’s more provocative disagreement is political. Just because two things interact—perhaps even are intertwined—does not mean they are indistinguishable. If we are to confront climate change, he argues, we are going to need to pick out and confront its cause in the human component. To say the social and the natural are one, he claims, obscures this necessary task.

Malm is right that Latour himself can get muddled in questions of causation, and is likely not the best inspiration for climate politics: Latour has been described as a “benevolent French centrist,” and gives such advice as, “Don’t focus on capitalism.” But Malm’s outright rejection of hybridism goes further than is necessary. We could say that society is part of nature without losing sight of society. We do say that beavers are part of nature, and still we recognize that beavers build dams. We can say that asteroids are part of nature, and still hypothesize that an asteroid caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. So why can’t we concede that human society is part of nature, and still recognize that these societies produce climate change?

Malm is right that we need to pick out the human cause of warming, but this in itself is not a reason to keep nature and society separate. To bolster his claim, he sets out to define the key differences between humans, asteroids, and beavers.

• • •

What Nature Is

If the constructionists and hybridists are all wrong, who is right? Malm’s answer is the British philosopher Kate Soper, who defines nature as follows:

those material structures and processes that are independent of human activity (in the sense that they are not a humanly created product), and whose forces and causal powers are the necessary conditions of every human practice, and determine the possible forms it can take.

Malm says this passage “deserves to be read again and memorized,” and he refers to it repeatedly as a more sensible alternative to the McKibbens and Latours of the world, one that offers a coherent way of thinking about anthropogenic climate change.

What does this definition mean for the relation between nature and society? Malm sketches out what he calls a “substance monist, property dualist” view. Substance monism: Nature and human society are made of the same physical stuff, and the latter depends upon and emerges out of the former. Property dualism: Nature and society have fundamentally different properties.

For the most part, Malm makes this argument carefully. He clarifies that these differences do not make humans “better” than nonhumans, nor justify the abuse of the latter. (A mutual acquaintance tells me Malm is vegetarian.) He is also clear that the distinctions between society and nature mark just one divide in a greater “property pluralism,” a wider universe of sames and differences. But he still thinks this particular distinction is crucial to climate politics, in particular when it comes to the question of agency. Who or what is causing climate change, and who or what can stop it?

On agency, philosophers take a wide range of views. Latour and the “new materialists” define agency as “making some difference to a state of affairs,” and thus pretty much anything is an agent. Malm, a materialist of the old variety, isn’t having it. To divorce agency from intentionality, he argues, is to make the word meaningless. If humans (who act with intention) and carbon dioxide atoms (which presumably do not) are lumped together as agents, it is harder to assign responsibility.  

Next are those thinkers, such as ecofeminist Val Plumwood, who put forth a theory of “weak pansychism”—again, pretty much anything is an agent, but this time because pretty much anything possesses something akin to a mind. So maybe the carbon dioxide atoms do act intentionally. For Malm, this is unserious, as “a river or a mountain . . . evidently do not have brains, which means that they cannot have minds, which ought to imply that they lack the ability to form intentions, as the term is commonly used.” This may well miss Plumwood’s point, which is that animal brains might not be needed to produce mindlike qualities. But, even conceding that trees and rocks lack conscious intentionality, what about nonhuman animals?

Say we do scrap fossil fuels, shrimp trawlers, gold mines, slaughterhouses, monocultures, and the government. What are the alternatives? Malm offers little guidance.

Malm allows that a baboon or a beaver might perhaps be an agent, but he argues that humans and our communities exercise greater degrees of agency. He’s correct, of course, that our species has certain unique aspects (as do chimpanzees, for that matter, or giant sequoias). But he exaggerates this uniqueness, often underestimating nonhumans and overestimating—or at least misunderstanding—humans. The expansive gulf he perceives between humans and nature structures not just his theory but his vision of the future—so it is worth taking the time to deflate it.

For example, Malm explores a number of ways in which our capacity for abstract thought sets us apart and contributes to greater agency. In some examples he is simply wrong. For instance, he cites our “special ability to think about . . . the thoughts of others,” but there is evidence of this phenomenon in nonhuman animals, including ravens and our fellow primates. In one experiment, rhesus macaque monkeys chose to steal a grape from a human who couldn’t see them rather than from one who could. They appear to understand what humans “can perceive based on where they are looking,” wrote the study’s authors, “an essential component of [theory of mind].” In other examples Malm is on firmer ground—that humans alone conceive of and carve tools out of stone, or have a particularly complex language. But what is it these abilities supposedly signify?

He differentiates humans using three levels of agency, the framework of Marxist historian Perry Anderson. The first level is personal, private agency, which Malm admits is ubiquitous in the animal kingdom. Second, Malm writes, is “the pursuit not of private but of ‘public’ goals. . . . Staple examples include political campaigns, military confrontations, religious crusades, the signing of treaties, the erection of monuments, the exploration of distant lands. . . . Here the individual no longer acts to further her own goal, but acts together with others to achieve something they have jointly set their minds on.” While Malm writes that this level is only rarely achieved by nonhuman animals, the evidence suggests otherwise. To the list of staple examples—individuals acting with others in pursuit of a shared goal—I might add a chimpanzee raid on a neighboring troop, a wolf pack’s hunt, a team of gorillas dismantling a trap, an elephant herd’s migration. (In all of these animals, intelligence is relatively uncontroversial. More speculatively, an ant colony’s war for territory or a beehive’s search for food might belong as well.)

It is the third and final level of agency, however, that Malm sees as truly unique. This is the agency, to quote Anderson, in which humans embark “in a conscious programme aimed at creating or remodeling whole social structures . . . to produce a premeditated future.” This “unprecedented form of agency,” Anderson writes, was inaugurated in the Russian Revolution. As Malm puts it, “Less of Latour, more of Lenin: that is what the warming condition calls for.” I confess I do not know of any nonhuman animal that could successfully pull off the conception and implementation of an entirely new social system. But neither did the Bolsheviks. As anthropologist David Graeber has written, “Every attempt to apply such a scientific approach to human society—whether by right or left, whether it takes the form of neoclassical economics or historical materialism—has proved . . . disastrous.” We should note that these disasters have been both social and ecological—neither humans nor ecosystems respond well to sweeping, top-down impositions. This third level of agency, then, may be unique to humans, but it is something of an illusion. A wiser climate politics might rein in the hubris, as it helped get us into this mess.

We are not, it turns out, quite the agents we would like to be. Malm seems to take as a given that we possess a strong form of individual free will and self-determination, with our minds having ultimate control over what “we” (our human bodies) do. But evidence for this claim is debatable, at best. Even our more banal acts of intentionality are influenced by uncountable factors beyond our control: our gut bacteria, what color tie someone is wearing, subtle scents, billions of years of evolution. At some level, Malm acknowledges this. He accepts that, in the words of environmental historian Linda Nash, “so-called human agency cannot be separated from the environments in which that agency emerges.” But he balks at any suggestion that this means those environments share agency, and undersells the degree of this influence.

In the end, Malm relies on a gut instinct that human societies represent something of a rupture in the path of evolution. It seems to him obviously indefensible to define nature as all that is; to use his example, he defies anyone to suggest that the “gentrification of a neighbourhood is exactly as natural as the rotation of a planet.” 

I get this instinct. Habitats change dramatically for a variety of reasons, but it can be hard to see a continuum between glaciation and urbanization, planetary rotation and gentrification. But then again: Displacement, competing populations, the rise and fall of thriving communities—is this not the stuff of ecology? In A Scientist in the City (1994), physicist James Trefil wrote that cities 

aren’t unnatural, any more than beaver dams or anthills are unnatural. Beavers, ants, and human beings are all products of evolution, part of the web of life that exists on our planet. As part of their survival, they alter their environments and build shelters. There’s nothing ‘unnatural’ about this.

(Of course, this does not mean that whatever humans do, naturally, is ethical. If human societies engage in destructive behavior, toward humans or other life, the problem is not that this is ‘unnatural’ but that it creates avoidable harm.) Recent research has even suggested that wildlife ecology can be influenced by individual nonhuman personalities, as well as the collective action of groups. To maintain that this is natural while human societies are unnatural is to robotize the nonhuman world, robbing agency and intentionality from our fellow creatures and denying Darwin’s claim that the difference between ourselves and other animals “is one of degree and not of kind.”

So either other sentient animals are social (and thus unnatural), human society is natural, or we redefine society to represent only that narrow range of the human experience that is truly unique. Malm would probably opt for the third option, and nothing I have said has quite refuted it. I concede that humans are political and moral actors to a degree that other animals, so far as we know, are not (though to treat this as a defining trait privileges certain ages and abilities). And even if we are embedded in and influenced by a complex ecological network, human collective action will be key to fighting climate change and all of our other woes.

In the end, though, I ask the same question Malm does: Which theory is the better guide for climate organizing? 

• • •

What Nature Can Be

Malm is genuinely stirring in his militant calls to action: “We should conclude, first of all, that building a new coal-fired power plant, or continuing to operate an old one, or drilling for oil, or expanding an airport, or planning for a highway is now irrational violence.” He praises McKibben as an activist (if not as a theorist), and cites 350.org as a group acting according to sound philosophy, laser-focused on the primary social cause of climate change: the fossil-fuel industry. He endorses the urge to “physically cut off fossil fuel combustion, deflate the tyres, block the runways, lay siege to the platforms, invade the mines.” We must “commit to the most militant and unwavering opposition to this system, or sit watching as it all goes down the drain.”

All of this is powerful, but it leaves two main questions. First, what is “this system” we are supposed to oppose and dismantle? For Malm it is what he calls “fossil capitalism,” but this is too narrow. The broader ecological crisis—not just warming but deforestation, pollution, overfishing—stems from patterns of food production and land use (not to mention social inequities) as old as states themselves; it is not reducible to coal, oil, and natural gas. Capitalism made it worse, of course, but the troubles run deeper.

If we follow Malm’s logic and scrap not only fossil fuels but shrimp trawlers, gold mines, slaughterhouses, monocultures and the government, the second question becomes even more obvious: What alternatives must we build? Unfortunately, Malm’s framework offers little (though not no) guidance. 

He does reject “a policy of non-engagement,” as “humans must combine with nature,” and rightly opposes any attempt at mastery over the nonhuman, which he sees as fundamentally uncontrollable. He quotes Naomi Klein’s prediction that, because “The sun, wind and waves . . . can never be fully possessed,” embracing renewables will cause “a fundamental shift in power relations between humanity and the natural world on which we depend.” He proposes this politics of humility alongside a goal of retreat. “What victory would look like,” he writes, is leaving land for indigenous groups “all to themselves, with no one there to drive them into mines and cut the trees down.” All this marks “the death of affirmative politics. Negativity is our only chance now.”

I am all for humility and decolonization, leaving vast swathes of the planet for indigenous peoples and wildlife restoration. But like it or not, there are 7.6 billion humans swarming around, and a strategy that amounts to “destroy and retreat” leaves little room for a positive future. This failure, it seems to me, stems from a theoretical basis emphasizing disjuncture.

In Malm’s final, most interesting chapter, “On Unruly Nature,” he offers the germ of an alternative. He tentatively puts forward a theory of “ecological autonomism,” analogous to autonomist Marxism. Capitalism pursues ever more control over nonhuman nature, as it pursues the same over workers. But this attempt at control, over labor or soil, is doomed to backfire: it breeds the conditions of its own demise. Through the strike or the storm, the backlash of uncontrollable workers and nature spells capitalism’s undoing. 

It is not a perfect analogy, Malm admits. For one, a storm is less desirable than a strike, as it will take out the global poor first. But there’s a recognition of something shared between human and nonhuman, an unbreakable independent spirit that makes a villain out of top-down control itself. Henry David Thoreau called it “wildness”; we might call it the democratic instinct. It is from this recognition that any vision for an ecological future must begin. It looks away from our supposedly unique “third level of agency” toward more universal features of the natural world: adaptation, spontaneity, experimentation, freedom. It centers empathy and cooperation—think of gorillas dismantling traps—and uplifts the sort of care and subsistence labor that has traditionally been devalued by nature/society binaries, justifying the exploitation of women, indigenous groups and nonhumans. It draws on an evolutionary history of mutual aid, a lineage from beetles to humans famously drawn by Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin. Less Lenin, more lemur.

It may not be enough to rewild the forests, the prairies, the oceans, and the deserts—though of course we must do those things. We must also rewild ourselves.

To develop these qualities, I submit, it helps to conceive of human society as a subset of the natural. It may not be enough to rewild the forests, the prairies, the oceans and the deserts (although of course we must do those things). Perhaps we must rewild ourselves. The goal should be what left-green theorist Murray Bookchin called “Third Nature,” a harmonious, fecund synthesis of the nonhuman world (“First Nature”) and human communities (“Second Nature”). There are shortcomings to Bookchin’s approach—the First/Second distinction is sometimes exaggerated, much like Malm’s Nature/Society distinction—but by grouping everything together as “nature,” he was able to emphasize the shared aspects among all life.

What we need, in a word, is integration. In food production, where permaculture and agro-ecological techniques are finding that the same land can feed humans and sustain wildlife, if we orient ourselves toward cooperation rather than control. In energy, where, as Klein suggests, we may have to adapt our lives to the ebb and flow of wind and sun. In land use, where we must create space and introduce vanished animals to allow ecosystems to restore themselves (“let the rodent do the work,” says one beaver proponent, responding to the animal’s ability to almost single-handedly restore wetlands). In leisure, where low-work, low-carbon lives will bring more of us outdoors for the pure joy of it. And in our minds, where many cultures must unlearn millennia of dualist, supremacist thinking toward the nonhuman world. All strategies in which humans and nonhumans work together as co-agents to build a diverse and vibrant world.

Malm might agree with at least some of this prescription, but I don’t think he finds it exciting. “It . . . seems a rather dispiriting and demobilising move,” he writes, “to tell [humans] that they are nothing special, that nothing separates them from an animal or a machine, that they have no centrally placed agency on which everything else depends.” But properly conceived, this move can be liberating. For myself, the recognition that the world is not mine to command, that many of its inhabitants have inner lives comparable to yet different from my own, has been a source of wonder, curiosity, awe, and inspiration. It has made this planet a fuller, less lonely place to be—and made the living world something I would fight for.

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There's a proverb that goes "Beloved children have many names." That's at least as true when it comes to the names we give our pets. "Fluffy" becomes "Fluffers" becomes "FluffFace" becomes "FlufferNutter, Queen of the Universe." Speaking of the celestial, how DID the top politician in California come to be named Governor Moonbeam, anyway? Blame it on a clever newspaper columnist. And: still more names for those slowpokes in the left-turn lane. Plus munge and kludge, monkey blood and chopped liver, a German word for pout, and the land of the living.

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There's a proverb that goes Beloved children have many names. That's also true for pets, and listeners are discussing that process on Facebook.

Gary in Denton, Texas, is looking for a word for the pout that precedes a baby's wail. The Germans have a word for that: Schippchen, which means little shovel, and refers to the shape of that wet, protruding lower lip.

The phrase the land of the living goes all the way back to passages in the Bible like Psalm 52:5. Since at least the 1700s, this expression has been used to denote the realm of those still alive.

In the 1940s, the noun munge was student slang for crud or filth, then later became a verb denoting the action of messing with data in a way that might produce the equivalent of trash or rubbish. Over time, munge, which was sometimes spelled mung, lost its negative connotation and simply meant to manipulate data, as in to munge the numbers. Another computing-related term is kludge, which means to come up with a jerry-rigged solution, and may derive from a German word meaning clever.

Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a brain-stretching challenge to think of the longest word that begins and ends with a particular pair of letters. For example, what's the longest word you can think of that starts with A and ends with A?

Jessica in Omaha, Nebraska, was excited to discover an arrowhead, then puzzled when archaeologists told her that its age was probably between 6000-3000 BP. Why do some scientists measure time with the designation BP, or Before Present, instead of BC or BCE? The reason has to do with the advent of carbon dating techniques.

Obstetricians use the term multip as shorthand for multiparous, the adjective describing a woman who has given birth to more than one child. A woman who is nulliparous has not given birth at all, and a primipara has given birth only once.

Why is California governor Jerry Brown sometimes called Governor Moonbeam? This ethereal moniker was bestowed by the great Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko to suggest a kind of hippie-dippie, insubstantial, lack of practicality.

Cartoonist Sarah Anderson has a very funny take on the multiplicity of names we give our cats.  

Clementine, a young caller from Omaha, Nebraska, wonders why we use the term run-of-the-mill to describe something ordinary. The expression originates world of manufacturing, where a run of the mill is the entire run of things being produced, whether it's lumber or bricks, including defective products. This sense of the word run as an overall production process also appears in the expression run of the mine and run of the kiln. (In the process of discussing this last one, we're surprised to learn from each other that's there's more than one way to pronounce the word kiln!)     

During a discussion in our Facebook group, a listener shares that her cat's name evolved from Poor Nameless Cat to PNC to Pansy.

What shall we call those drivers who take so much time when the left-turn light changes to green that you miss your chance to go and sit through another red light? Our conversation about that prompted a whole slew of emails from listeners who've clearly had time in traffic to think about it. Their suggestions include lane loafer, lane lingerer, lazy lefty, left-turn loiterer, lane loiterer, left-lane loiterer, laneygaggers, light laggers, light lingerers, light malingerers. There were also punny offerings, such as phonehead and light-wait. Another suggestion, playing on the term rubbernecker, was bottlenecker.

A Fort Worth, Texas, man remembers putting monkey blood on cuts and scrapes, and wonders about its name. It's not really monkey's blood; it's a bright red substance variously known as Mercurochrome or Merthiolate, also known as Thiomersal. In parts of the Spanish speaking world, that substance is also called sangre de mono or sangre de chango, both of which literally mean monkey blood.

A San Diego, California, man tweets his request for a term for what a dog does when she's happily writhing around on the grass. How about shnerking? Other terms people use for it are stink bathing, mole diving, itchy-scratchies, flea smothering, scruffling, or being a grass shark.

Does the expression to be roped into doing something carry a negative connotation? It all depends on the context.

Following up on our conversation about unconventional forms of diet and exercise, Martha shares an exercise regimen that turns into a paraprosdokian.

A woman in Reno, Nevada, wonders about the expression What am I, chopped liver? Chopped liver is a traditional Jewish dish that's always a side item, never the main course. Speaking of traditional Jewish foods, the term schmaltzy, meaning overly sentimental, derives from the Yiddish term shmalts, which means chicken or goose fat.

In our online discussion about the variety of things we call our pets, one woman shares how her pet's name went from Lucy to Queen of the Universe. Sounds like a perfectly natural progression to us!

This episode is hosted by Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, and produced by Stefanie Levine.

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THE 100 5x09: Sic Semper Tyrannis

Previously: Abby finds a cure for the prisoner's lung disease, Raven and Shaw share a moment, Octavia arrests Clarke for being a traitor, and Bellamy poisons Octavia with algae, causing her to fall into a coma.

So, in case you haven't already Googled it, the title of this week's episode translates to, "Thus always to tyrants," which Wikipedia tells me is a phrase "invoked historically in Europe and other parts of the world as an epithet or rallying cry against abuse of power." Who else feels smarter now?

THIS WEEK ON THE 100

In Shallow Valley, Abby and Diyoza are only giving the cure to Dioyza's most trusted people while keeping it a secret from McCreary, who has about a week or two left to live. That's plenty of time for him to eff shizz up, even though Diyoza's men currently have all of the guns. Raven is still rightfully pissed at Echo for wanting to kill Shaw (the only pilot) and makes the argument that his intel is valuable--basically, there's a civil war about to happen between Team McCreary and Team Diyoza. Murphy, Raven, Emori and Echo hatch a plan to incite that war while making their escape, and Raven convinces Shaw to come with them (she doesn't have to try very hard). Murphy correctly guesses that McCreary doesn't know that Diyoza has been hiding the cure, so once he tells him, it's GAME ON. 

Diyoza tries to get McCreary's crew on her side by telling them that she was planning to share the cure and, bonus, Kane has been working on a settlement in the south woods where everyone can get their own plot of land! Surprisingly, people look like they believe her (how these guys can ever trust each other is beyond me), so Murphy has to throw a rock into the crowd to finally get the party war started. While guns are ablazing, Kane rendezvous with Echo, Raven, Murphy and Shaw to make a hasty exit, but he insists on finding Diyoza and Abby first. Echo isn't having it, but Kane insists that Diyoza is crucial--without her, the peace deal goes away. Fair point! Murphy volunteers to go with him because he is clearly the MVP of this episode. 

Diyoza is facing off in an insanely rad fight with McCreary, who seems to have the upper hand (by means of a chokehold) when Diyoza drops her bomb: "You kill me, you kill your unborn child." He hesitates, and she grabs a shard of glass and slashes the side of his neck. Nice! And also, gross! She escapes with Kane and Murphy, but unfortunately, Abby has been taken, and McCreary (yep, STILL ALIVE) plans to have her cure everyone and then "exterminate the savages that would take our land." (I can just see the red caps now: "Make Shallow Valley Great Again.") 

Meanwhile, Octavia is in a coma, and Bellamy tells Clarke (who's still imprisoned) that he's responsible. The plan is for Indra to take over control of Wonkru and then surrender to Diyoza. Piece of cake. PSYCHE! Wonkru is not down with Indra's pitch for peace, and Miller (dude, what happened to you in that Dark Year?!) calls on the army to follow him and march on the valley. Blodreina's influence is still strong AF. Desperate to avoid a war, Bellamy tells Clarke that their only option is to give the Flame to Madi and make her the commander. Clarke is like, NOPE, but turns out Bellamy wasn't really asking, and after Indra convinces Gaia that this needs to be done, the latter presents Madi with the choice (well, that was nice of her). Madi is torn, but ultimately she decides to take the Flame to save Clarke, because she is the sweetest. 

In an incredible feat of bad timing, Octavia wakes up, so Indra has to kill everyone in the room (though she only incapacitates Jackson, thank god) to insure that the word doesn't get out and stop the Ascension Ceremony from happening. Octavia is beyond P.O.ed, then she and Indra make vague references to the Dark Year and dammit, why won't the writers just spill the beans on that shizz already?! Meanwhile, Niylah goes to Clarke's cell to berate her for letting Madi ascend, but Clarke tells her the truth--that it wasn't her call--so Niylah frees her. UGH NIYLAH. Clarke heads to Octavia's room with the intent to kill her (to protect Madi) but the two women quickly figure out they actually want the same thing and rush to the Ascension room to prevent Madi from becoming Commander. She's unconcious, having already taken the Flame, so Octavia has Bellamy and Gaia arrested while Clarke (with a Wonkru escort carrying Madi) makes her way to the Rover, presumably to... go to the Valley? Madi wakes up, and the escort, under orders from Octavia, makes a move to shoot her, but then Madi starts going through his, like, life story! That Flame is working its magic! He instantly swears his loyalty to her, so of course Clarke shoots him in the head. Oh, Clarke. Madi begs to stay, because otherwise Octavia will win and Bellamy, Gaia and Indra will die. "They made their choice," Clarke replies, then drives away. ICE COLD.

The episode ends with Blodreina taking back command of Wonkru and swearing that all traitors (including her brother, bound and gagged before her) will be dealt with. Once she's back in the privacy of her throne room, though, we see her shed a single tear. Octavia's still in there somewhere! Maybe? Hopefully?!

MOMENTS

- Clarke reassuring Bellamy that he did the right thing in poisoning Octavia. When it comes to ethically gray areas, these two have each other's backs!

- Madi, facing the choice of the Flame and asking, "What happens to Clarke if I don't do this?" <3 <3 <3

- Indra, putting Octavia's room on lockdown and throwing a knife into a dude's head. Those years in the bunker have definitely not softened this tough ole broad! 

HOLY SH*T X 100

- Bellamy walking away from a chained up Clarke as she begs him not to break his promise by giving the Flame to Madi. That hurts.

- Speaking of hurt: Clarke slapping Bellamy across the face when she finds him in the Ascension Room. DAMN. Will their relationship ever recover? (Of course it will, Bellakru.)

- Diyoza telling McCreary that he's her baby daddy!

WONKRU BADASS OF THE WEEK

This was a Very John Murphy episode (which I loved) but I gotta give this week's award to Madi, who took a MAJOR one for the team by letting Gaia attach the Flame (a.k.a. scaryass spider chip) to her neck in order to save Clarke and the rest of the gang. I can't wait to see her evolve into the Commander. 

SAY WHAT

"What's he doing?" - Raven, watching John about to incite a fight between two prisoners. 
"He's being John Murphy." - Emori, loving him for it (as do we all). 

"We'll head back to Shallow Valley together." - Bellamy, assuring Clarke that the Indra takeover plan will work.
"Together." - Clarke, pretending like the writers aren't about to eff with us. 

"God, your poker face sucks." - Emori to Murphy. These two are so getting back together!

"Either you come with us, or we'll kill you. How's that for easygoing?" - Raven, after Shaw says he likes her for her easygoing charm. These two are so getting together!

"Must I always do everything myself?" - Murphy, before throwing a rock into the crowd and starting the war, which he then declares his masterpiece. This guy!

"I'm ashamed of you." - Octavia, realizing Indra's plot against her. 
"And I'm afraid of you. Of what you've become." - Indra, making us all have a sad. 

BURNING QUESTIONS

- Where the hell were Monty and Harper? Still getting jiggy with it on the algae farm? (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) 

- Do you think McCreary really is the father of Diyoza's baby?

- And did she purposefully not kill him? Seems like an inch to the right would've ended that dude. 

- At one point, Indra says to Gaia, "You are as responsible for what Octavia became as I am." SO TELL US WHAT HAPPENED IN THE DARK YEAR ALREADY.

- Where are Clarke and Madi headed? And how long will it take for Madi to become Commander? Because that's like, so happening, right?

Hit me up with your theories and thoughts in the comments, then get ready to rumble next week with an Indra and Bellamy Thunderdome! (My money's on Indra, although we all know what happens if Bellamy dies.)

 

   

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What is a 'connected car'? What might it mean for our universe if life is discovered on Mars? And what is Space Resource Exploration and Utilization Act? Find out this week! | Download Full Episode #324 Segment 1: Learning Computers = Learning Cars | Download Segment 1 53-54% of people don't know what the term 'connected car' refers to. John Ellis explains connectivity in cars going all the way back to the 1920's, and what it means for cars today. Segment 2: A Better, Safer World | Download Segment 2 The connected car is pushing the technology of our daily commutes forward and changing the world. John Ellis fills us in on the safety and efficiency that car connectivity brings. Segment 3: Expedition Unknown | Download Segment 3 Who wouldn't want to explore old monasteries, temples, or historic mysteries like a modern day Indiana Jones? Expedition Unknown's Josh Gates (@JoshuaGates) details his trip to Kathmandu and gives us a preview of upcoming episodes. Segment 4: Stake Your Claim | Download Segment 4 What is the Space Resource Exploration and Utilization Act? NASA Solar System Ambassador, Matt Funke (@Turnleftatmars), fills us in on Congress' new bill that allows private companies to lay claim to places and objects in outer space. Segment 5: Xploration Outer Space | Download Segment 5 Science and technology are essential (and very interesting) fields of study, but not all people understand that. Xploration Outer Space Host, Emily Calandrelli (@Thespacegal), has made that her mission! Find out what started Emily's love affair with outer space and science. Segment 6: Is Life Common? | Download Segment 6 So there's water on Mars - what's all the hype about? Xploration Outer Space Host, Emily Calandrelli (@Thespacegal), explains that water could point to microbial life, and microbial life on one of our closest neighbors could mean life is common in the universe!
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What Is the Mystery of Marriage?

Ah, the mystery of marriage. What an enigma, that a young, energetic man would fall head over heels for a maiden. And what an even greater riddle, that she, mature and competent, would overlook his immaturities and join herself to him. At every good wedding, we perceive a glory that defies description, a beauty past finding out. We marvel at something we can’t quite understand or articulate. As an inspired wise man muses,

Three things are too wonderful for me;
     four I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky,
     the way of a serpent on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
     and the way of a man with a virgin. (Proverbs 30:18–19)

There is indeed a mysterious element to romance and marriage. Even the classic Christian text for husbands and wives, Ephesians 5:22–33, mentions “mystery.” However, the mystery here is not what we may be prone to think — and it’s a vital lesson for every marriage. If the “mystery” in Ephesians 5 is not the universal enigma of romance we often admire, then what is it?

Not a Secret to Keep

Mystery is a common word in the New Testament, and only rarely does it refer to what we might expect: something enduringly mysterious that remains puzzling or uncertain. Rather, mystery typically means what was hidden, concealed, or unclear in the past, but now has been revealed in light of Christ’s coming and his gospel. “Mystery” is not a secret to keep but truth to tell, and especially so for Paul who talks this way most.

How does God strengthen Christians? “According to the gospel” — or another way to say it: “according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed” (Romans 16:25–26). For “long ages” God “kept secret” his goal and intention in all history. Until “the fullness of time” (Galatians 4:4; Ephesians 1:10), God sent his own Son as the long-awaited Messiah, and climax of history, to reveal his purposes all along — the great secret of the universe.

In Colossians 1:26–27, Paul unpacks “the stewardship from God that was given to me for you.” What is it? “To make the word of God [the gospel] fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints” (Colossians 1:25–26). Far from keeping secrets quiet, Paul wants Christians “to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2–3).

Make the Mystery Known

But Paul says the most about mystery in Ephesians, which, of course, is where he says of marriage, “This mystery is profound” (Ephesians 5:32).

At the beginning of the letter, he says that in the gospel, God is “making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time” (Ephesians 1:9–10). And at the end, he asks for the Ephesians to pray for him, “that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19).

Right in the middle, in Ephesians 3:1–12 (which sets the context for what he will say in chapter 5), he not only unveils God’s mystery through preaching, but also through penning letters. “When you read this,” he writes, “you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit” (Ephesians 3:4–5). The essence of his ministry is “to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:9–10). God’s mystery: once hidden, now revealed.

Mystery of Marriage?

Finally, then, when he writes in Ephesians 5:32, “This mystery is profound,” he’s not saying it’s too profound to understand or express. He’s not echoing the wonder of Proverbs 30:18–19 (“I do not understand . . . the way of a man with a virgin”). He’s not approaching a wedding-day enigma, but a great, clear, compelling truth to tell. His next words disclose what was once hidden related to human marriage: “I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” The mystery, long hidden, is now public: human marriage points to the God-man and his girl.

For millennia, humans the world over married and were given in marriage. Across cultures and societies, they felt a strange pull not just to procreate but to commit, though they didn’t know God’s deeper reason why. And even God’s covenant people, entrusted with his oracles (Romans 3:2), didn’t know why. There was indeed a great mystery to marriage. Why did God design the world this way? Why two sexes, and why one male and the other female? Why one called to lead, provide, protect, and shoulder final responsibility, with the other called to actively receive, beautify, and strengthen humble initiative and care? Why a dance of two complementaries, rather than just two of the same?

Did God simply make marriage what it is for no reason, some must have wondered, or is there an answer to the riddle? Is marriage pointing? Is there some deep magic that discloses a cosmic meaning? Paul empathized with the mystified, “This mystery is profound.” But in Christ, he now had found the key: “I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.”

The mystery in particular is in the quotation from Genesis 2:24 in the previous verse: “A man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” (Ephesians 5:31). And we find here the same pattern we’ve seen elsewhere: a mystery in the past, now made known with the coming of Christ. God’s great secrets are out. And one of the best — Paul says, literally, “this mystery is great” — is marriage. One man, one woman, covenanted for life. Why did God do it this way? Why have a man leave father and mother and become one with his wife?

Joined to One Other

What does it mean to “hold fast” or “cling to,” or literally “to be joined to,” another person? Marriage establishes and protects one’s most fundamental human relationship. More fundamental than father and mother. More fundamental than the resulting children, precious as they are. More fundamental than a best friend. Not that marriage becomes one’s only relationship or only friendship (it need not and should not), but it forms one’s most fundamental human relationship. God made humans, in this sense, “to be joined” to one other. Husband to wife. Wife to husband.

And don’t miss who does the joining. It’s a passive verb: “be joined.” Husband and wife don’t take the ultimate action to join each other together. Rather, they are joined together by another. Which is why, when Jesus quotes Genesis 2:24 (in Matthew 19:5), he makes the joiner explicit: “What God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:6).

Mystery No More

The now-solved mystery of marriage holds a lifetime of lessons for husbands and wives, but don’t miss the most vital one.

Yes, the world is deceiving us when it gives us the impression that marriage is an egalitarian partnership, a mere covenant friendship, in which each party bears equal loads — a union in which, ironically, we’re left to expect less of men (and make women more vulnerable). But the most vital lesson is that even the best husband is only a poor reflection of Jesus’s loving initiative, leadership, protection of, and provision for his church.

God joined our first parents in the garden, and men and women ever since, to point us — oh so imperfectly but truly — to the kind of love and care his Son would give his people. And Jesus doesn’t break his promises to us because we’re still sinful and inconsistent. He doesn’t disown those who are genuinely his because we fail him. Rather, he shoulders the final responsibility, and tirelessly serves us when we’re exhausted, and holds us up when our knees are weak. What good news it is that Christ is the husband of his church and not her egalitarian partner or mere friend. We are indeed his friends (John 15:15), but so much more. Together we are his wife. He gladly died for his church, and she gladly submits to the God-man.

And so a maiden who finds a man willing to die to himself for her good is not afraid of Paul’s shocking charge, “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:22). In fact, she is a very wise woman who will have these words read at her wedding, because she knows the weighty charge that will follow: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).


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          Marvel sets new February 2021 release date, likely Black Panther 2      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Simon Brew
Jul 11, 2018

Disney has earmarked another date for a Marvel movie in its calendar - and already the betting is on Black Panther 2...

A few dates have shuffled around in the Marvel cinematic universe over the past 24 hours, with Disney confirming that it will be releasing a new Marvel movie on February 12th 2021.

As is the modern way, the dates tend to be staked out in advance before we find out just what movie is going to fill them. But the smart money for this one appears to be on Black Panther 2.

There's nothing concrete to back that up, we should note. Just clues. It’s around the same time of year when the original movie was released, and would leave a three year gap between the first film and its sequel. Given that the character has also been appearing in Avengers movies in the interim, that feels about right.

Disney, separately, has yanked dates it’d reserved for films on November 8th 2019, February 21st 2021 and July 9th 2021 from its schedules.

More as we hear it…


          Star Wars: Lucasfilm, Lando and handling legacy characters      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ryan Lambie
Jul 11, 2018

As word emerges that Lando Calrissian's returning to Star Wars, we look at how the franchise has handled legacy characters so far...

NB: The following contains spoilers for A New Hope, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

George Lucas understood the difficulties of adding extra chapters to a fairytale better than most.

When Star Wars became a pop-cultural tidal wave in 1977, he had to pivot from his initial fear that he'd created a ramshackle disaster (a suspicion shared by everyone from crewmembers to heads at 20th Century Fox) to the realisation that he'd have to continue the saga he'd managed to establish.

Star Wars, later titled A New Hope, ended on a note of triumph: the Death Star in bits, the Empire on the back foot, and the heroes (apart from Chewie) the proud owners of shiny medals. All seemed right with the universe. But then, of course, Lucas was required to complicate the story in The Empire Strikes Back, before rounding the whole thing off with Return Of The Jedi.

Fans were often divided over the relative merits of that last chapter, but it at least spoke to the optimistic tone Lucas had established in the first Star Wars: the space fascists defeated, our heroes danced happily around a campfire on the forest moon of Endor.

The awkward reality is, though, that continuing stories is tough; the longer a storyteller follows a character's journey, the more likely they'll have to confront gloomy realities of life - ageing, illness, death, and all those other things we generally prefer to avoid thinking about too much.

This partly explains the current run of Star Wars movies, beginning with The Force Awakens, have a somewhat bittersweet flavour to them. While it was fun to see new protagonists Rey and Finn take their first steps into a larger world, The Force Awakens also brought with it a distinct note of tragedy. We met an older, more subdued Leia and Han, whose one major scene together was dominated by talk of the sociopathic son they'd inadvertently raised, Kylo Ren. 

In the original trilogy, Leia was the gutsy princess with the cool hair and the sharp tongue. Han was the smuggler-gunslinger who shot first and asked questions later. By The Force Awakens, they've become the jaded, vaguely haunted parents from We Need To Talk About Kevin.

Later events only added to the gloom: Han's cruel and abrupt death at the hands of his own son. The realisation that Luke Skywalker has quietly morphed from idealistic Jedi master to bearded, an embittered hermit who lives on the edge of a cliff.

The makers behind the sequel trilogy are clearly keen to explore the later years of legacy Star Wars characters, yet the fates they've created for them have been less than cheery. Luke Skywalker got to do some heroic stuff at the end of The Last Jedi, but he still essentially died from exhaustion, alone, sitting on a rock. Even Leia, who thankfully lived to see The Last Jedi's end credits, was portrayed as a beleaguered, tragic figure: chased across the galaxy, blasted out into space, and forced to watch as her fellow rebels were cut down one by one.

With all this in mind, we're a bit nervous about what the future might bring for Lando Calrissian. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Billy Dee Williams will be reprising his role as the smuggler and card sharp in JJ Abrams' Episode IX - a part Williams last inhabited on the big screen way back in 1983's Return Of The Jedi.

Now 81, Williams will inevitably be playing a very different kind of Lando from the one we first met in The Empire Strikes Back, and it's a wonder what part he'll actually play in the climactic stages of the current trilogy. His best friend, Han, has long since died. In the real world, the passing of Carrie Fisher almost certainly means that Williams won't get to reunite with Leia, either - earlier this year, Lucasfilm ruled out the possibility of creating a digital Leia in Episode IX. We're nervously imagining Lando shuffling into a bar, sharing a drink with Nien Nunb, and dazedly asking himself where all those years went.

Whatever Episode IX has in store for Lando, we can't help wondering whether Disney-Lucasfilm has reached something of a turning point when it comes to legacy Star Wars characters. Lando is, by our calculations, the last of the major human characters who could be brought back in a Star Wars sequel. Sure, Lucasfilm could potentially bring back characters like Mon Mothma or other periphery characters from the TV shows, but they certainly don't have the immediate recognisability of faces like Luke, Leia, Lando or Han. 

The tepid release of Solo: A Star Wars Story might also force Lucasfilm to ask difficult questions about its legacy characters and the stories they're placed in. Do audiences really want bi-annual films about Obi Wan Kenobi's early years, or stories about what Boba Fett gets up to on his days off? That Disney's reportedly  halted production on its Obi Wan and Boba Fett spin-offs might indicate they're having a rethink.

Whatever Lucasfilm decides to do with the Star Wars franchise next, it can at least be content that its current trilogy has plenty of newer, younger characters whose stories need to be told. And really, the thread that runs through both the original trilogy and George Lucas' oft-maligned trilogy is that they're about young people finding their way in a vast and chaotic galaxy.

The original Star Wars films were about Luke Skywalker's journey from farm boy to Jedi master; the prequels were about a young innocent growing into adulthood and falling to the Dark Side. 

In all six films, characters from the older generation - aunts, uncles, fathers, mentors - rarely fared well, and there's a good reason for this. The Star Wars films were partly about generational conflict, or wise old sages making way for new generations of young padawans.

This remains true in the current trilogy: of the characters Kylo Ren brutally killed in The Force Awakens, it's no accident that two of them were played by actors over the age of 70. In the Star Wars universe, the old give way to the young, either willingly or by brute force.

With the sequel trilogy, Lucasfilm's already concluded Luke and Han's stories, leaving the likes of Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo Ren to take centre stage. Kylo's mantra in The Last Jedi was, of course, all about letting the past die, and maybe it's time for the franchise as a whole to adopt a similar mindset.

Rather than looking to the past at legacy characters for inspiration, Star Wars should be looking forward instead - to new characters, new conflicts, new horizons. To paraphrase another franchise character, Maz Kanata, maybe the myth-making success Lucasfilm seeks isn't behind it, but ahead.


          Jose Molina interview: Agent Carter, Firefly, The Tick, Weird City      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Kirsten Howard
Jul 11, 2018

We talked to writer/producer extraordinaire Jose Molina about reviving Agent Carter, his time on Firefly and new sci-fi show, Weird City...

Hailing from Puerto Rico, Jose Molina has forged a career that started with him landing a student internship at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences by submitting a Star Trek: The Next Generation spec script, and built to him writing and producing on some of our all-time favourite TV series, including Dark Angel, Firefly, Castle, Haven, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Grimm, The Vampire Diaries, Sleepy Hollow, Agent Carter and The Tick.

We had a quick chat with Molina about the possibility of bringing Peggy back, working on Firefly and his new YouTube series for Jordan Peele...

We started chatting in the wake of Roseanne being cancelled at ABC, and there was another groundswell of support from fans to try and get Agent Carter back on our screens after that particular incident. The love for Peggy has never waned! It really doesn't feel like anyone's given up on her, including you and the other fine people that were involved in the series. What do you think it would take to revive the show at this point?

I think the creative team would all line up to return — the cast, the writers, etc. — it would just be a matter of finding an outlet interested in airing the show. Given the series’ ratings when it aired on ABC, finding that outlet seems like a bit of a long shot. It would be lovely to think that Netflix (home to so many awesome Marvel shows) would pick it up, but their shows all share a common universe and timeline that Carter doesn’t share. Creatively, these shows tend to be very dark, and Agent Carter just doesn’t have dark and brooding in its DNA.

Maybe not dark and brooding, but it definitely packed some serious emotional punches along the way. Right now, I'm thinking of one scene specifically in season 2... I think it was episode 9, where Peggy and Jarvis are fighting on the road, when he's lashing out at her. I tear up even thinking about that. At this stage, can you talk about where the team were thinking of taking us in season 3? Would Peggy have become embroiled in some escalating cold war espionage?

If memory serves, the initial thrust was going to come from the investigation into the assassination attempt on Jack Thompson. We were hoping (assuming we could afford it) that the story would then lead us to London, where we would learn that Peggy’s late brother Michael was not only alive and kicking, but involved in some very nefarious, super-villainous shenanigans.

You worked on the first season of The Tick with Ben Edlund, but you guys go way back, right? You both wrote for Firefly and helped bring us that iconic image of Nathan Fillion buck naked in the desert musing on his life's mistakes in Trash. Was that the first time you'd worked together? What was your experience of working on that series? Did you know those few episodes would have such a cultural impact?

I’d been a fan of The Tick ever since the animated series, so getting to work with Ben on Firefly was a huge kick. Getting to write with him was an even bigger thrill. Once during the process, I made him laugh so hard that he kept cracking up about the joke throughout the day — and that remains one of my proudest moments of the season! Unfortunately, the joke got cut in post!

Working on Firefly as a whole was a bit of a dream come true. I’d been a huge fan of Buffy’s, and had worked as an assistant on both Buffy and Angel, but I always felt like I was the kid looking through the candy store window — on the outside, looking in. Getting into the store was amazing. We felt pretty early that we were doing something special, something that was very different from anything on broadcast TV at the time. We couldn’t have known the show’s staying power or the extent of its impact, but we knew we were creating something unique. The fact that the network didn’t “get it” just helped cement that belief.

Are you working on season 2 of The Tick?

I’m no longer on The Tick. I’m currently running a YouTube Premium show called Weird City. It’s a science fiction/comedy anthology show co-created by Jordan Peele, who is producing. The gist of it is Black Mirror, but funny.

Can you tell me a little bit about some of the stories we can expect to see on Weird City? It sounds pretty intriguing.

I can proudly say that the first batch of Weird City episodes covers a wide variety of topics. We’ve found new, fun spins on some familiar sci-fi tropes... which I unfortunately can’t describe without giving away major spoilers. We are first and foremost a comedy, but we’re also using our futuristic setting to satirise modern-day society and even poke fun at where we think society may be headed.

I know you've written for The Amazing Spider-Man in the past, is there a comic series you would love to write for in the future? What's your dream run?

I geeked out like a twelve-year old when I got that Spidey gig! He was one of the few comic book characters I had access to growing up in PR, so I’ve always loved him. In terms of current comics, I’ve been a Deadpool fan for ages, so I would love a crack at the “merc with a mouth.” But Captain America is my all-time favourite, so writing Cap would be a serious dream come true. However, now that Peggy Carter is the new Captain America, that’s the one I’d kill to write. So, I’m really hoping my old Marvel editor Nick Lowe reads this and drops me a line!

I was going to say, Peggy taking up that shield was one of the highlights of my year!

Jose, it’s been a pleasure. Thank you very much!


          Jeremy Renner joins Jamie Foxx in Spawn reboot      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Rosie Fletcher
Jul 10, 2018

The Blumhouse comicbook movie reboot is taking shape

While Marvel is pushing on towards the 20th movie in its ginormous expanded universe, a modest-budgeted indie comicbook movie is taking shape. Spawn, directed by Todd McFarlane who created the character, is currently in pre-production and has just added another A-List cast member. And he's plucked right out of the MCU itself.

Jeremy Renner has signed on to the project to play Detective 'Twitch' Williams. Twitch becomes a sidekick to Al Simmons, a former black ops guy murdered by his co-workers then tricked in hell into becoming vengeful demonic warrior, Spawn - Simmons will be played by Jamie Foxx.

First time director McFarlane told Deadline he was really happy with the new casting. 

"I’m a huge fan of his. The character doesn’t need to be a bodybuilder or GQ handsome. I was looking for somebody who’s a person you’ve met before; I needed someone who can pull off the grief of an average human being. I’ve seen Jeremy do that in more than a few of his movies. He was at the top of my list, just like Jamie,” he said.

(Slight burn on the whole 'GQ handsome' thing, but there you go...)

Deadline is reporting that the film's budget is likely to be around $10-12 million dollars and the film will likely be released with an R-rating. There's no specific release date set but the movie is slated for 2019.


          Solo: A Star Wars Story heading to disc in September      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Simon Brew
Jul 10, 2018

Solo will be flying onto disc at the end of September...

Whilst the post-mortem continues over its surprisingly low box office total, those who simply enjoyed Solo: A Star Wars Story and fancy seeing it again don’t actually have too long to wait.

According to The Digital Bits, whose record on street dates is generally very strong, Disney and Lucasfilm are preparing the film for a late September disc release in the US. DVD, Blu-ray and Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray versions are planned, with the US street date set to be 25th September.

Expect the download version of the film to be on sale in all the usual places a week or two prior to that. Furthermore, we’d expect the UK release dates to be there or thereabouts too.

No formal announcement has thus far been made by Disney, but when we get one, we’ll pass the details on. That should also include full details of extra features.

The Digital Bits.


          Logan director James Mangold on anger in Star Wars fan culture      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
David Crow
Jul 10, 2018

James Mangold responds to some disgruntled Star Wars fans upset at Rian Johnson. Says universe-building hurts franchise movies.

Director James Mangold has a deep appreciation for Hollywood history and the moviegoers who participated in it. It’s why his last superhero movie, Logan, openly pulled just as much from Westerns like Shane and The Cowboys as it did comic paneled stories of capes and claws.

It is also why some Star Wars fans have so eagerly embraced the rumour (which he’s denied) that he’s writing and directing a Boba Fett movie.

However, after seeing the anger in much of fan culture surrounding the release of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi on social media, Mangold not only sounds unenthused about doing a Star Wars movie, but any film that is treated like scripture at the nerd mecca of San Diego Comic-Con.

Over the holiday weekend, Mangold took to Twitter to defend Johnson’s ambitions on The Last Jedi while confessing his own ambivalence toward the fervent nature of some fans on social media who have driven several of Johnson’s stars, including Daisy Ridley and Kelly Marie Tran, off Instagram.

Mangold writes, “At this point, when work writing & directing big franchises has become the emotionally loaded equivalent of writing a new chapter of The Bible (w/the probable danger of being stoned & called a blasphemer), then a lot of bolder minds [are] gonna leave these films [to] hacks & corp. boards.”

Below you can read Johnson’s full tweet and the response to a fan who claimed that hacks and corporate boards have already replaced directors who like taking risks—something Mangold dismisses while looping in the Twitter accounts for Rian Johnson and Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Fallout).

Further Mangold elaborates on why he believes fans are treating their favourite comic book and movie franchises like scripture to their own detriment. And perhaps his most intriguing tweet notes how the whole “shared universe” business model popularised and supersized by Marvel Studios and now Star Wars’ Lucasfilm is, in Mangold’s estimation, designed to make more money and deprives filmmakers to tell stories they’re passionate about. He even implies Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins would not be possible in the modern environment which is more concerned with setting up team-ups and spin-offs than telling a complete story like Begins.

These do not seem off-the-mark. While Mangold appears personally reluctant to use the word “toxicity” while referring to larger fan culture, there is no denying a consorted effort by a vocal (and still sizeable) minority in fandom that takes pleasure in harassing celebrities on Twitter, particularly if they are women. And this is fed by the notion that each film and filmmaker is not making an individual story, but a piece of canon that must satisfy preconceived notions about past films… and set-up an eternal and unending string of future films. It is frankly hard to imagine something as standalone and epic as any of Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy films - perhaps especially The Dark Knight Rises, which ended the story so definitively that WB could not make more sequels to it - being made in the current climate.

Then again, the same could be said for Mangold’s own Logan, which was released just last year. However, that was made possible by the clout and stature Hugh Jackman built by playing his beloved hairy alter-ego for the better part of 20 years. That freedom becoming the norm appears increasingly remote. And Mangold’s own reservations about certain aspects of fandom does make his insistence to disbelieve the rumors about Boba Fett seem most plausible.

Mangold’s next film is called Ford v. Ferrari and is set to star Christian Bale (who Mangold worked with on 3:10 to Yuma), Matt Damon, Caltriona Balfe, and Jon Bernthal.


          12 ways the movies tell us the world will end      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Michael Reed
Jul 10, 2018

Zombies, aliens, meteors - you may want to read this article quickly as the world could end at any moment, according to the movies...

“The end is nigh!” Nigh is a lovely word that has fallen out of use, but it means near or almost. In fact, the only people keeping it going are the ones possessed of unusual insight about the end of the world, mostly in films. And that’s what we’re here to talk about - what the movies tell us about the end of the world. Actually, what constitutes 'end of the world' is open to interpretation. It rarely refers to the planet Earth being totally destroyed, Alderaan style. So, for example, a total breakdown of society and law and order could be regarded as the end of the world as we know it, as could a situation in which carnivorous plants become the dominant life form.

In any end of the world scenario, the story is shaped by the stage of the disaster that the film chooses as its focus: the period leading up to the world-ending event, the period when the event happens, and finally, the aftermath. There is some variety in the period that is examined in each scenario but some combinations are unusual. For example, there aren’t many films that show us what happens after the comet hits the earth or after the aliens have taken over. Join us in our survey of this aspect of moviedom, and maybe you’ll learn a few things, things that will help you survive if it really does happen.

All the people disappear

How likely is it? There are days when we all wish for this to happen. These days are called 'Mondays'.

Imagine what would happen if everyone else on Earth suddenly disappeared. Stories of this type tap into a secret, misanthropic wish and a facet of the overall appeal of post-apocalyptic drama. The New Zealand film The Quiet Earth (1985) is a fairly pure example of this setting. The main character awakens to find himself the last person on Earth due to a scientific experiment gone awry, leaving the entire world as his plaything. There’s an experimental aspect to the proceedings as we watch him as he finds interesting things to do. He acquires a huge house, drives a train and then walks the streets at night while playing the saxophone, before declaring himself the ruler of Earth. After a while, though, the loneliness becomes unbearable and he starts to go mad. It’s worth noting that many other end-of-the-world scenarios, such as a virus pandemic, make use of this dynamic. For example, all of the official adaptations of the 1954 Richard Matheson novel I Am Legend (The Last Man On Earth (1964), The Omega Man (1971), I Am Legend (2007)) deal with the survival challenge posed by extreme loneliness itself, even though they might be considered to be zombie or vampire stories.

Sometimes, in films like TV movie Where Have All The People Gone (1974), or the entertaining slice of 80s cheese that is Night Of The Comet (1984), it is a group of people, rather than an individual, who wander through the lonely apocalypse. A group allows a more conventional story form that makes greater use of dialogue than a story setup involving only a single character. In addition, adding an antagonistic force such as a zombie outbreak, although stretching the basic premise slightly, helps to add excitement to the story. Getting back to The Quiet Earth, at the point that Zac starts to lose his mind, ironically, we hit upon another staple of last person on Earth dramas: the discovery of other people. But, who will our hero encounter? A lover? A friend with whom to save the world? Or a nemesis?

Comets and meteorites

How likely is it? It’s happened in the past, and it’s definitely going to happen in the future.

Sometimes, people won’t believe you when try to tell them that the world is about to end, and this is common trope in movies about impending destruction from above. The focus of most of these films is the period leading up to the disaster. This means that there is something of a niche amongst made for TV and straight to DVD thrillers. For one thing, it’s possible to put together such a science fiction film without an enormous budget. Societal breakdown is often one focus of the story, and this is in area in which TV movies often outdo theatrical releases. The downside is the use of echoey piano or guitar music while family orientated drama plays out in a way that is rather cornball. Add in some recognisable faces of actors experiencing a career low point, and there’s usually some 'so bad it’s good' enjoyment to be had from one of these bargain bin DVD thrill rides when you find one.

But what could we actually do if this really happened? In films, quite often, nuclear weapons are employed to destroy the comet or meteor, but it seems unlikely that this would work in real life. In 2014, we did manage to land an experimental craft on an asteroid, but come on - we couldn’t land a nuclear device on the surface, drill down to a reasonable depth and then detonate the device to blow a massive comet to pieces. That is, unless we hired Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis and Aerosmith to do it. That this was the tack taken by Armageddon, the daft 1998 Michael Bay guilty pleasure. It’s a film that even has star Ben Affleck mocking its plot on the commentary track.

More sedate and sensible, Deep Impact was released the same year. This film covers the exposure government cover up through the eyes of a reporter, played by Téa Leoni, and then the frantic preparations to survive the disaster. That said, if anyone could save us, surely it would be Sean Connery, and he did so in dodgy-but-enjoyable-schlock Meteor (1979). That film employs the nuclear weapon solution as part of a typical, but unexceptional, 70s disaster movie that features Connery sporting a moustache. What’s not to like? Disaster from above? That’s just his toupee in this one. If you need cheering up after some of the more conventional takes, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (2012) serves up Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in a modern rom-com take on the subject.

The best bit? This scenario has actually happened before - it probably wiped out the dinosaurs. If it happens again, let’s just hope Affleck and Willis are still around to save us.

Alien invasion

How likely is it? It’s one of the classic questions about life in the universe. So, somewhere between perfectly likely and completely impossible.

In the 1950s, it was a staple of science fiction movies, but all-out invasions of Earth are less common in modern cinema. There are two main types of invasion story: In the first, the aliens tend to arrive in a spaceship to conquer us with their exotic weapons and technology. In these ones, their plans are typically stymied by human qualities such as self-sacrifice, inventiveness and sheer determination. It’s a mixture of patriotic pluck and technological sneakiness that beats the alien foe in Independence Day (1996).

The second type of invasion film involves an insidious takeover. It gets downright creepy when the aliens start to replicate or take command of the human hosts in various versions of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956, 1978, 1993, 2007). In another film, Invaders From Mars (1953), a boy realises that his parents are under control of the alien invaders, but no one believes him. It’s difficult to think of a more paranoia inducing scenario, and it was probably paranoia that produced it. As there are two types of invasion movie, there are two types of warfare in real life: the war against tanks and planes and the war against ideology. In the 1950s, fear of the two types of alien invasion were mirror counterparts of paranoia about both real-life incursions by communism and nuclear war. In the final entry of the Cornetto trilogy, The World's End (2013), Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg riff on this idea. It’s okay.

For some reason, most stories seem to revolve around the actual period of the invasion rather than the aftermath. It’s a shame that the much derided Battlefield Earth (2000) is one of the few films that explores this.

Zombie apocalypse

How likely is it? Very likely. It’s probably imminent.

We’re coming to get you, readers. The concept of the zombie has an ancient origin in folklore, but Night Of The Living Dead (1968) is generally acknowledged as the first modern zombie film. Just why is the first zombie movie still considered one of the best? Firstly, the script is very efficient - you’ll be hard-pressed to work out where the 96 minutes has gone after you’ve watched it. The film has an oddly 'realistic' atmosphere given the subject matter. No doubt, budgetary issues actually helped the film in this area. Secondly, the characters are well-defined, giving the audience an investment in their respective fates. Here, we have a traumatised young woman, a helpful, level-headed young man alongside a short-sighted father who turns out to be sneaky and unreliable. Of all the the characters, Ben, played by Duane Jones is the kind of guy that you’d want to be stuck with in a situation like that. It’s significant that director George Romero chose a black actor as it was unusual to have a black man as the hero at that time. Gritty realism and the reliance on diversity, in every sense, went on to become hallmarks of zombie-driven cinema and television, right up until the present day, and it’s part of what makes genre so enduring.

Romero’s second zombie movie Dawn Of The Dead (1978) is an equally highly regarded entry and takes place during the later stages of the apocalypse. Bubbling below the surface, we have the musings on the sociology of the situation, which makes this film, and others like it, far more than simply horror movies. It poses an allegory: the parallel between the pull-factor of the mall both to the zombies and to the rabid consumers that they had once been. This style of film also touches on deeper, more widely felt fears about interference with nature as we continue to probe the boundaries of medical science.

A much later zombie movie, Shaun Of The Dead (2004) touches on some of the same themes within a comedic context, and the success of this film helped to kick off the recent revival of the genre along with the earlier fellow British film 28 Days Later... (2002). Apart from the more serious tone of the latter film, comparing the two reveals the contrast between fast zombies and slow zombies. With slow zombies, the characters have more time to think, but it’s often the case that disaster strikes when they have let their guard down. In fact, getting bitten due to a silly mistake or simple unforeseeable bad luck has become a cliche of the genre, as has covering up the fact that a character has bitten. So, if you’re ever IN a zombie apocalypse, keep an eye on other members of your party. Due to the current fascination with zombies, there are too many excellent examples to even keep track of them all, alongside too many terrible straight to DVD ones to even contemplate. This last point serves as test. The classics are all about good characters and fascinating situations. Zombie films that rely on simple gore and action tend to fail that test.

Nuclear war

How likely is it? It’s been a constant threat since the 1950s.

There are some films about impending thermonuclear disaster, a few about the actual disaster itself, and the period long after the disaster is a staple setting for both video games and many, many Italian science fiction classics that went straight to video in the 1980s. It seems that, to survive in the desert wasteland, one requires cobbled-together armour along with big, big hair. Perhaps there’s an element of the cargo cult to this and the characters wanted a hairstyle that explodes upwards and outwards in the manner of the nuclear explosions that shaped their world.

If you’re looking for something that explores the extreme stress of the period leading up to nuclear war, along with the horror of it actually happening and the misery of the aftermath, have a word with your psychiatrist before viewing the awesome docudrama Threads (1984). At all times, when viewing Threads, one finds oneself thinking that this what nuclear war would really be like - absolutely the worst thing that could possibly happen. “I wish WE were dead”, weeps a woman At one point, lying in her makeshift shelter as she suffers in agony. As becomes apparent, part of the problem with nuclear weapons is that they don’t kill enough people. Yet, infrastructure is destroyed, lots of people are maimed and even agriculture is disrupted because of the nuclear winter. You must be either made of something sterner than any of us, or simply a permanently happy person if you can get through a viewing of Threads without feeling depressed. It’s just that the film is so… damn fantastic. On The Beach, the 1958 film starring Gregory Peck, is another classic of grim hopelessness, and The Day After (1983) competes with Threads for the title of 'most depressing film ever made'. Almost no filmmaker seems to have addressed the funny side of nuclear war.

Economic breakdown

How likely is it? It happens all the time around the world.

Human beings need a stable environment in which to live and prosper, but we also need stable economic systems. Without them, infrastructure, law and order and public services crumble. At that point, what we think of as normal life becomes impossible. This seems to be the backdrop to the Mad Max franchise, the much imitated standard-bearer for lawless desert-based post apocalyptic action films. According to official production documents for Mad Max 2, warfare in the Persian Gulf disrupted the oil supply causing a massive run on the price of fuel, and a consequent run on the value of gold, and this led to worldwide economic chaos. This in turn caused riots in most industrialised nations followed by declarations of martial law. Before long in Australia, fuel was the most valuable commodity and the highways degenerated into a warzone. Cool.

Soylent Green (1973) is, in part, a police drama set in a future blighted by severe economic depression. The cause seems to be massive overcrowding that has led to depletion of resources along with global warming. So, in that story, it may be the case that economic breakdown is the result of other factors. Suffice to say, if you’re in a situation like that one, and you fancy a snack, read the label very carefully.

Virus pandemic

How likely is it? It’s scientifically possible and happens, to a smaller extent, all the time.

Bird flu, SARS, Ebola, Zika - from time to time a pandemic, a disease spread over huge areas of human population, occurs. The most famous pandemic is the Black Death, an outbreak of mostly pneumonic and bubonic plague in the 14th century. That one may have wiped out as much as 60% of the European population. As the disease was spread largely due to the filthy living conditions of the time, that might make you feel safe, but the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic knocked off as many as 100 million people, mostly fit, healthy adults with strong immune systems. An interesting aspect of that one is that most western governments imposed censorship on the newspapers of the time as morale was already at a low point due to World War I. So, we have a cultural backdrop of unstoppable disease, coupled with a government cover-up etched into our collective memory from the start.

Made in 1980, Virus (also known as Day Of Resurrection and Fukkatsu No Hi) was, when released, the most expensive Japanese movie ever made, and it’s a great post apocalyptic romp. In this story, as with many similar ones, the virus was created as a weapon by government scientists working in secret. Unfortunately, it falls into the wrong hands and is accidentally released, killing off most of the world’s population. This is significant for story reasons, as you need a virus that kills as many people as possible to keep things interesting. For example, if all but 10% of the population were killed off, it would be a devastating tragedy on many levels, but the total ratio of, say, doctors to other people would remain the same. The same goes for electrical power plant workers. Remember, those power plant workers would only have to be able to supply 10% of the power demand at most. Certainly, at the 10% level, life would difficult for the survivors and normal society would be disrupted, but most virus pandemic stories take the number down to a fraction of 1%.

Contagion (2011) details the initial phase of a pandemic and the attempts by healthcare professionals to control the outbreak. It has the slight whiff of a docudrama to it, and it never quite comes to life in terms of excitement despite an all-star cast. The 1971 adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel The Andromeda Strain deals with the outbreak of a deadly viral infection of an extraterrestrial origin. Directed by Robert Wise, it’s a 'sciencey' science fiction film with a serious tone, and it’s remained well-regarded film. The Satan Bug (1965), an adaptation of a novel by Alistair MacLean covers similar ground but gives us a more typical action adventure plot revolving around a government created virus. The Cassandra Crossing (1976) takes the idea of a plague virus being used on a train full of passengers and shoe horns it into the then-popular disaster formula. Like most disaster films, it features lots of highly recognisable stars, but it’s a somewhat dull movie and one for the completists only. 12 Monkeys (1995) visits two periods: that leading up to the release of a man made virus, and initially, due to time travel, that time long after the virus has destroyed most of human civilization. Of course, there are some films that make use of a virus as plot device without being classed as pure virus scenario movies. Zombie flick 28 Days Later (2002) is an example. Makes you think - who knows what governments around the world have sat around in secret laboratories?

The supernatural

How likely is it? That one depends on your beliefs in the mystical and supernatural.

The Bible was the first mass printed book, and it features at its climax an apocalypse. However, people are, in general, less religious than they used to be. As a result, supernatural apocalypses in fiction have fallen by the wayside compared to those involving zombies and viruses and things like that. Ghostbusters (1984) features a group of scientists battling the forces of the occult. Had they failed to close the gateway to another dimension, presumably, the entire world would have been overrun with demons and other supernatural entities. If nothing else, if New York became the nexus of this activity, it might at least make property rental more affordable there. Perhaps The League Of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005) belongs in this category? In that film, the monsters and crazy characters from the writer’s imagination cross over into the real world. We wouldn’t want to live in that world any more than the one in which the Gremlins (1984) were running amok.

Dogma (1999) is Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse take on an impending end of the world scenario within a religious context. At the time, some people were surprised to see a religiously themed story from a writer/director so well known for his edgy humour, and it’s ironic that it’s a rare throwback the religious origins of apocalyptic fiction. On the whole, these films tend be about a battle between good and evil as supernatural forces attempt to take over the world rather than the aftermath. This may be the setting for John Boorman’s Zardoz (1974), but we’re not actually sure what’s going on in Zardoz.

The environment

How likely is it? We may not have reached the tipping point yet, but we’re certainly heading that way.

We tend to take the environment for granted; it is, after all, the world around us. But when you think about it, we humans are quite fragile, and you wouldn’t have to change much about our surroundings to make life unlivable for us. Most disaster films tend to assign blame on a character, but environmental disaster films lay the guilt trip on the viewer and society in general. The message is about the sanctity of the Earth and the punishment we are due if we do not learn to respect it. The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961) is a black and white film that explores this horror. The science that forms the premise is hard to believe as scientific experiments somehow throw the Earth off its usual axis causing a rise in temperature around the world, but putting that aside, it’s an absorbing drama. The protagonist, played by Edward Judd, is a hard drinking journalist who seems sick of life following his divorce. It’s this antihero performance combined with the perspective of the film, that of the inner-workings of a newspaper newsroom and early 60s London in general, that make the film worth worth watching. The tension builds and builds as the temperature goes up and up, leading up to a last-ditch attempt by the scientists to save life on Earth.

It’s interesting to contrast the character based drama of The Day The Earth Caught Fire with another film, The Day After Tomorrow (2004). Roland Emmerich isn’t exactly renowned for his subtlety as a storyteller, and you can call the film a romp or even a guilty pleasure, but it’s, basically, great fun. Like many science fiction stories, this one builds on one of the prevalent fears of our time, global warming. The film’s an action-adventure, and like all films that owe part of their lineage to the disaster boom of the 1970s, it relies on an ensemble cast of interrelated characters. The speed at which things start to go horribly wrong isn’t scientifically plausible, but who cares when you’re having this much, admittedly silly, fun? Go, put the DVD in, you know you want to.

The Colony (2013) is a solid, if unambitious, bit of fun that seems to have passed most audiences by. In this film, one of the mighty Bill Paxton’s final ones, a group of survivors living underground during an ice age investigate a distress call from one of the other bunkers and get caught up in a fight with a ruthless enemy. So, it’s an example of environmental post apocalypse mixed with with conventional action that adds up to an enjoyable B-movie.

No Blade Of Grass (1970) is an adaptation of a novel by John ‘Tripods’ Christopher. The film has some strange distribution issues and hasn’t been widely seen, and frankly, it’s not that great anyway, as it’s a bit of a clunky mess. However, it does show the really nasty side of what happens to society when nothing will grow and all the food runs out. Some films show the long-term results of massive environmental disaster. For example, the degradation of the environment in the Blade Runner films is the backdrop of the story. Waterworld (1995) is set in the far future and shows us a world that is mostly submerged beneath the sea.

Computers take over

How likely is it? It’s already happened to an extent and it’s gradually getting worse.

Generally speaking, computers don’t have feelings, so when they run things, it’s bad news for the human beings. The Terminator franchise gives an insight into a world in which a malevolent computer system, Skynet, has taken control of the the world. We get glimpses into what the future has in store for mankind in the first film, made in 1984, and it’s the principle setting for Terminator Salvation (2009).

In the Terminator franchise, the computer running things is clearly the enemy of humankind, but there are many dystopias in which the computer running things was set in motion with a benevolent intention. In the original Rollerball (1975), the lead character, athlete Jonathan E. finds life in what should be a paradise extremely unsatisfying. At one point, he discovers that he can’t even read the original version of a book because all the books are now stored on computers and all the books have been censored. What’s the point of being human if you can’t make decisions and choose how you want to lead your life? Fellow 1970s dystopian vision Logan’s Run (1976) similarly shows an ordered society run by computers that are the enemy of individual thought.

The fear factor from scenarios like these comes from the fact that the computerisation of society is gradually happening. Every time a government gives itself more power to intrude into our lives thanks to the computers that we now rely on, the reality of computer run dystopias comes closer. At least, in the case of the computer in the Terminator films, there is an actual enemy to fight with using guns and explosives. In the case of government and corporate policies as an enemy, they are harder to fight as we get lazier and more reliant on machines simply because of convenience. Every time you find yourself going “how the... ” when one website seems to know what you were doing on another website, and every time you buy another gizmo with AI, a camera and a tracking device, that dystopia is one step closer.

Animals take over

How likely is it? As secure as we feel in our everyday lives, our relationship with nature is always an uneasy one.

Thinking about it, the animals turning against us must be a primal fear as early humans were closely connected to husbandry and constantly wary of attack. Australian creepfest Long Weekend (1978) is a fairly pure example of this scenario. In this film, a couple who’ve decided to get away from it all on a camping trip find that all the animals have turned nasty. In common with films about environmental disasters, there’s an element of punishment for disrespecting nature.

Reign Of Fire (2002) takes a mythical and terrifying animal, the dragon, and turns it into the enemy of humankind. Day Of The Triffids (1962) is an adaptation of the John Wyndham novel and is a type of animal attack story. The human race finds itself helpless when most are blinded by a meteor strike while, coincidentally, a species of carnivorous, mobile plants go on the attack. Irwin Allen’s disaster flick The Swarm (1978) features deadly bees, and it often tops lists of the worst movies ever made. Despite the deployment of massive military forces to fight the insects, it’s not clear if the entire continent, or even the entire world, is under threat or merely the city of Houston though. Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 film adaptation of The Birds is a more typical apocalyptic tale in which common domestic birds turned against humanity en masse. In common with the short story on which it’s based, the film ends on an uncertain note as we don’t know if what the long term prospects for normal human life will be.

Films in which the animals turn into our enemies are, in a way, a subcategory of environmental thriller. Although it seems unlikely that civilisation will ever be literally under siege due to animal attack, ironically, we could be killing ourselves off by threatening the life cycle of, for example, bees, vital to us as the pollinators of flowers. Who knows what else we will do to ourselves, ultimately, as we gradually kill off one species after another?

The weird ones

How likely is it? We should always be on the lookout for new threats from unexpected directions.

Some films involving an apocalyptic threat to humanity are difficult to categorize. Viciously derided by critics as 'silly' due to its premise, M. Night Shyamalan employs some sort of airborne agent that induces suicide in the film The Happening (2008). It’s not a perfect movie, but the hate that it’s been subjected to is difficult to justify. That filmmaker touches on similar ground in his similarly critically mauled After Earth (2013), a story of human astronauts who crash land on a future Earth on which practically all life has evolved to be hostile to human beings. In all fairness, that one is grown-worthy with not much going for it.

Stephen King’s only feature film directing credit, Maximum Overdrive (1986), offers some visceral thrills, and it’s become regarded as a trashy horror cult classic. In that film, all of the vehicles have become hostile to human beings. How it works, we’re not exactly shown, although it seems to involve a force from outer space in some way. For example, how are the controls of vehicles held down and manipulated? Are the vehicles independently intelligent, and if so, what is their ultimate aim? Children Of Men (2006) shows us a future in which fertility rates have suddenly dropped to such a level that the human race is in danger of extinction. As with many of the films that we’ve talked about, it’s a fantastical premise that has some roots in reality as sperm counts in human males are dropping globally at the moment. Scientists are unable to say whether viewing After Earth is the cause of this.

Sometimes a film doesn’t tell us what causes the breakdown of civilization. For example, in the underrated The Postman (1997) starring Kevin Costner, it seems to have been combination of the effects of warfare, disease, economic breakdown and massive environmental change that has lead to people living primitive lives in small communities. Similarly in The Road (2009), we’re never told exactly what happened to Earth, although it seems to have been environmental in nature.

Some of these films have been difficult to categorize. For example, is 28 Days Later a zombie film or a virus film? What about the film adaptation of The Mist (2007)? Is that a supernatural or alien invasion, or even, an animal attack film? In the same way, we have, no doubt, missed out some important films. Let us know what you think in the comments selection.


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Ryan Lambie
Jul 10, 2018

What does Ready Player One say about toxic fandom? Can we love geek culture too much? We talk to screenwriter Zak Penn to find out...

The last time we spoke to screenwriter Zak Penn, he'd just finished Atari: Game Over, a documentary about the collapse of videogame company Atari and one of the industry's great urban legends: that huge quantities of unsold E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial games were buried in a New Mexico landfill. (A legend that turned out to be partially true.)

That's the kind of geek history that would fit perfectly in Ready Player One, Ernest Cline's best-selling novel steeped in 80s pop trivia and nerd culture. And, in a strange twist of fate, it was during the making of Atari: Game Over that Penn began to figure out how to go about the incredibly complex task of adapting Cline's book - all about an easter egg hunt in a virtual world - into a movie.

That movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, arrives on Blu-ray on the 6th August, marking the culmination of a lengthy development process that began right back in 2010. Rights to the book were being auctioned before it was even published, and by the time Zak Penn began writing the screenplay in 2014, there were still more hurdles to clear - not least the lengthy rights clearances for all those pop culture references.

Together, though, Spielberg and Penn highlight the faintly melancholy strand that runs through the original book: that of an ageing game designer looking back over his life and its missed opportunities. As well as a reference-filled easter egg hunt, then, Ready Player One is also a cautionary tale about our modern relationship with geek culture ("Love it, but don't love it too much," seems to be Halliday's message).

With Ready Player One's home release on the horizon, then, we caught up with Penn on the phone to talk about the process of adaptation, and what the film might say about the current state of fandom.  

How does it feel, now that the dust has settled on Ready Player One a little bit? Because it seems to me that the development process on this film was quite long.

Yeah, it was about four years. Which ironically for a movie, a lot of them take longer than that to get made. Not in terms of production - it was a long term in production, certainly, because it was half animated and half live-action. It feels good, you know? I miss it a little bit. It was a lot of fun to work on, and I miss the day-to-day of it.

It was weird to go to work every day and see something cool and new. To feel like there's a hundred people working on the script at the same time I was - that was a good feeling. Sometimes I wish that were the case today, with the thing I'm working on. 

But I feel really good about it - I mean, I have a lot feedback from people who've seen it and are excited to see it on Blu-ray. I have nothing to complain about. I used to be a good interviewee because I had lots to complain about! And now I don't, so I'll have to keep it interesting somehow.

I know there was a draft of the script written before Steven Spielberg was attached, so how did it change when he came aboard, and what did he bring to the writing?

Well, he brought a lot to it. Number one, he brought a far more intricate level of cutting between [the real world and the virtual]. Even on the page, he had a concept in mind of how often we were going to cut back and forth from the real world to the Oasis. In the script, it's not fully addressed, because there's no need to - you don't know how often you're going to do it. But he really wanted to establish this physical link between what people are doing in the real world and what's happening in the Oasis, and not just for exposition reasons. He has a lyrical quality in mind, and that became a lot of what we did.

The structure of the book had already changed for the movie - it was like going through every sequence and really drilling down into it and figuring out how we relate what's going on in the real world with what's happening in the Oasis. And also, decreasing the time the story takes place over; [Spielberg] definitely challenges himself by doing things like that. [In the book] it takes place over the course of a month, but now it takes place over the course of a week, so let's make that work. 

I guess, for both of you, it's a case of taking a piece of writing and making it visual and cinematic. 

Yeah. And look, there were some things had changed before. Like, the Halliday journals was something I'd pitched to Ernie before I even wrote it. I just said, this is my plan. There's a great opportunity here - in the book, you can just describe scenes that happen, and you don't have to explain, but in the movie, we're going to want to see the actors.

We aren't going to want Wade reading about this in a book, so the Halliday journals became an actual archive where you could see the scenes [from Halliday's life]. That was a big change, but it seemed necessary to me. Because otherwise you'd barely ever see [the characters]. I don't know where you'd see Morrow. You'd just have a glimpse of him here and there. So that's one example. 

Making the challenges more visual and a lot less text-based - that was not a controversial [approach]. Ernie was saying the same thing - he was pitching stuff to me before I even came up with stuff myself. You always figure, if the author of the book is telling you, please change this, then you have licence to change it.

What you've done with Halliday's really interesting. He becomes a quite immediate character in the film, I thought, and slightly melancholy, too - a lot of the games he creates for the players are more obviously rooted in his regrets.

Yeah, definitely. And look, I pushed in that direction, but so did Steven, and there's a lot of Steven's relationships with his own friends that Ernie was calling on anyway. But I think through the actor and the director and so many other people, the part evolved. As a writer, you have to give them a pathway. I said in the first draft, this has got to be about Halliday - and some of this is in the book, by the way, just in a different order - but it's got to be about Halliday confronting what he did wrong.

It can't just be, he didn't kiss a girl. That's not enough. It's fine that he thinks that's what he did wrong, but that can't be the deeper meaning there. There's gotta be some insight that Halliday gained that he's trying to impart - that's what really does set him apart from Willy Wonka - this is a guy who's already dead, who's trying to find someone to take over for him, and he's a game builder. So I tried to take all that and say, okay, well how is this not a bad idea?

That was one of the things that was helpful about it. The scene where Sorento points out, "This is a terrible idea" - he has this huge company that's super-important to a lot of people, and he's created a game to figure out who to run it next. So I tried to go from that and make Sorento right in his own mind, but then have the contest also be something that says, no, a lot more thought went into this, and Halliday had a lot more regrets than he let on. That was a really helpful way to look at it for me. 

Yeah, yeah. Do you think that adds a slight cautionary message to the film? To love pop culture, but not get completely lost in it?

Oh, absolutely. It's funny. Ernie said something to me: I did a documentary, Atari: Game Over, and Ernie's in it. That's partly where we became friends. I got hired to write the script while I was making that documentary. And one of the things he said to me - he says it on camera - is, "I love things, and I love people who love things." And when he elaborated, he meant, he doesn't just love stuff for the sake of it, he loves it because it brings him together with other people who love it. He doesn't sit in his room counting up his action figures and playing with them by himself - and the people he's writing about are the same way.

If your obsession drives you away from people, then it's probably not healthy. But if the things you're interested in draw you to other people and connect you to them, that's great, that's what life is supposed to be about. In the same way, if your kid was playing chess all day, and then going out to chess club, the parent wouldn't be like, "Oh my god, this thing's going to rot your brain. Stop playing chess!" You know? Or, "Stop playing guitar. Stop playing basketball."

They would never say that. But by the same token, if you're really fascinated by something in pop culture, to the point that it causes you to dig down deep and study it, and talk to other people about it, that's great. If you turn into a lonely jerk about it, then it's not good at all, you know? If you become obsessed about it to the point where you become religious about it, then you kind of miss the point.

That's timely as well, isn't it? Because there's a lot of discussion right now about positive fan culture versus toxic fan culture.

Yeah. And I don't mind if fans are critical. I think it's perfectly reasonable, and as a fan, I can be very critical of things I don't like. But there's a difference between taking personal offence at what the people working on those projects have done, or seeing it as some sort of betrayal - that, clearly, is the toxic part. So, you know, people sometimes say, "Oh, so I'm not allowed to criticise?" And I say, "Yeah, you are allowed to criticise! In fact, criticism is encouraged."

Everybody who is a fan is going to be critical of some of the choices. But if you try to negate what's been done... first of all, you have to acknowledge the fans. There's someone who hates everything, in every moment. Particularly in comic book movies, this is less true on Ready Player One, but in comic book movies, people are like, "It has to be this way. This is the way I loved it." And you want to say to them, "Do you realise there are a bunch of people who hate that, and if we do it that way, those people will say they hate that version?" 

You know what I mean? You can't make any piece of writing or art [appeal to everyone]. You just can't do it that way. So what you end up with is nothing; if you do the union of everybody's notes, there literally won't be a line left. That's something that needs to be addressed - or something people have to be aware of, the fans. They have to have some self-awareness. "Okay, this was not canon that was delivered by god on stone tablets". It's a fluid piece of art, and it should be treated as such. 

In that regard, were there things that you as a writer wanted to get in the script but couldn't for whatever reason? 

There were lots of things in the book that we couldn't get the rights to for legal reasons. Ultraman was one - there was a lawsuit over it. Fans were, like, how can you do this? But I was, "What do you mean? There's a lawsuit over it. We couldn't get the rights. It would've prevented the movie from being released. Is that the version you'd prefer?"

But also, not everything works in cinema as well as it works on paper. There wasn't a lot. The kinds of things that didn't make it in were, we did a scene with, like, a throwaway reference to this that or the other, and that scene got cut, so there's no longer a reference to it. But I can tell you, I'm not the type of person, after all these years working on all these movies, there aren't that many references left that I'm desperate to see on screen. You know what I'm saying?

There was a time when I got to Hollywood where there were all these comic book characters, and the whole Marvel universe wasn't on screen. I couldn't wait until the day when I got to see these characters live and breathe. But with Ready Player One, what's funny is, it's not those actual characters [you're seeing in the movie].

Some people say, "It's good to see the Iron Giant again." But really, it might be the Iron Giant visually, but that's not the Iron Giant - that's someone wearing an Iron Giant outfit. So it's not really fanservice in a lot of ways. Fans will say, "This isn't the way Batman would do things." But we're saying, "Wait, that's not Batman." You know? When you go to Comic-Con, the guy dressed as Batman isn't really Batman! He's just dressed up that way. 

That's an interesting point, actually, about what Ready Player One really represents: it's that modern version fan culture that's interactive. Where you have conventions and cosplay. When I was a very young nerd, cosplay simply didn't exist.

You're right, it was the same with me. And right, that's the thing. It's weird how much on the internet and on Twitter, how much time... particularly people who were critical of the [Ready Player One] book. How much time they wasted complaining about it: "Oh my god. References: The Movie - that's what it's gonna be".

And you just want to say, "Do you think that's what Steven Spielberg's gonna do? Do you really think that's what the book even is? The book has a story. The story is not about its references - the references are part of Ernie's style, but the story's about a kid who lives in a horrible, crappy slum-like building who figures out how to solve the biggest puzzle in the world. He meets his friends, and together, they do it." I think that's the story. 

One final question to wrap up, then. It struck me how Wade Watts looks like a young Steven Spielberg in this film. Was that something that ever came up in discussions? 

Uh, I think that's very unintentional. I hope he won't get angry with me for saying this, but I'm sure he won't: Wade and Tye [Sheridan] are very different ethnically and in a lot of ways. Although I have to admit, he's the character he associates with the most, but I don't think it was an intentional homage to himself.

But it's an interesting idea! You're free to interpret it as you will. Maybe he did. I have my own opinions about who each of the characters represent in his own group of friends: which one's [George] Lucas, which one's him, which one's whoever. But he wouldn't agree with me, nor would he confirm, I'm sure.

Zak Penn, thank you very much.

Ready Player One is out on digital on the 23rd July and 4K, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD from the 6th August.


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Cement companies are expected to post over 18 per cent growth in sales volume for the April-June 2018 quarter. However, they are likely to report reduced profit as their Ebitda margins have come down by nearly 20 per cent during the first quarter. This, despite a 1.5 per cent quarter-on-quarter improvement in average cement price pan-India .

A first quarter results preview report from brokerage Emkay Global Financial Services says the 14 companies under its coverage universe are expected to report an 18.3 per cent year-on-year (YoY) increase in sales volume, led by strong volume growth of UltraTech, Shree Cement, Ramco Cements, India Cements and Orient Cement.

The latest core industries data shows cement production grew by 10.7 per cent YoY in April-May'18. Based on that, the brokerage expect ACC and Ambuja Cements to report YoY volume growth of 7 per cent and 5.5 per cent. Volume growth of UltraTech and Shree Cement is expected to be at 38.2 per cent and 18.6 per cent, respectively. South-based companies like Ramco, India Cements and Orient Cement are expected to report volume growth of 14 per cent YoY. Volume growth for Sanghi Industries and JK Lakshmi is expected to be muted at 2-3 per cent YoY.

 

The brokerage says based on its channel checks, pan-India average cement price improved by 1.5 per cent QoQ, led by higher prices in the West and Central regions. Cement price was up 7 per cent QoQ in the West region, whereas the Central region saw an improvement of 1.5 per cent QoQ. In the East region, cement price was up 0.7 per cent QoQ. Cement price declined by 2.2 per cent/1. per cent QoQ in the North and South regions. On a YoY basis, pan-India average cement price was up 2.4 per cent, led by higher prices in the West and East regions. Average realisation for the companies is expected to decline by 0.4 per cent YoY (up 0.8 per cent QoQ).

Average Ebitda/tonne for the 14 companies is expected to decline by 19.7 per cent YoY to Rs 795 due to steep increase in the cost of inputs like energy, freight and raw material. Cost per tonne is expected to increase by 4.6 per cent YoY. Ebitda/t of large players like ACC, Ambuja, Shree and UltraTech are expected to decline by 16-29 per cent YoY. South-based Ramco/India Cements are expected to report 31 per cent/32 per cent YoY decline in Ebitda/t. Mangalam Cement and Orient Cement's Ebitda/t is expected to decline by 77 per cent and 42 per cent YoY, respectively. Prism Cement is the only company in which a 13 per cent YoY growth in Ebitda/tn is expected.

Emkay Global expects the utilisation rate of the cement industry to remain sub-75 per cent even in FY21, “which makes us to believe that the up-cycle in the cement industry is still 1.5-2 years away. Increase in cement prices has not been as per expectations due to the cement manufacturers' inclination to gain market share. In this scenario, we prefer cost-efficient companies or players who have incremental volume growth upside. Our preferred picks are UltraTech, Shree, ACC and Star Cement.”

Cement firms’ operating margin under pressure

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Im folgenden veröffentlichen wir einen Artikel aus dem "Vorbote - Für Weg und Ziel der revolutionären Bewegung", einem kommunistischen Theorieorgan aus Österreich. Wir wollen den Artikel allen Leserinnen und Lesern von DemVolkeDienen enpfehlen, ist er doch ein sehr gelungener Beitrag um den Kampf gegen den Revisionismus und Chauvinismus zu vertiefen und seine Einflüsse in der revolutionären Bewegung Schritt für Schritt zurückzudrängen. Vor allem im deutschsprachigen Raum (aber leider auch darüber hinaus) versucht die MLPD und die von ihr geführte ICOR die revolutionären Reihen zu verwirren und sie ins Fahrwasser der Bourgeoisie zu führen - umso notwendiger also, diese angeblichen "neuen" Theorien von Stefan Engel zu zerschlagen indem ein proletarischer und damit internationalistischer Standpunkt zum Ausdruck gebracht wird!
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Über den Chauvinismus in der ICOR und die These der „neuimperialistischen Länder“

Mit der These über die „neuimperialistischen Länder“ vollzieht Stefan Engel als theoretischer Führer der Marxistisch-Leninistischen Partei Deutschlands (MLPD) einen neuen Versuch der „Weiterentwicklung“ des Marxismus-Leninismus, wie er es sich selbst zur Aufgabe gemacht hat. Anders als beispielsweise mit seiner kleinbürgerlichen These über die „Denkweise“, erfährt die These der neuimperialistischen Länder mehrere Reaktionen von unterschiedlichen Sektionen der von der MLPD geführten Internationationalen Koordination revolutionärer Organisationen und Parteien
(ICOR),  die berechtigte, wenn auch sehr beschränkte, Kritik an dieser selbsterhofften „Weiterentwicklung“ äußerten. Geradezu unglaublich wirkt die Tatsache, diese These gerade zum 100. Jahrestag der Großen Sozialistischen Oktoberrevolution, der zum Anlass der dritten Weltkonferenz der ICOR wurde, zu präsentieren, stellt diese These ja gerade den Versuch dar, den Marxismus-Leninismus, durch eine Aneinanderreihung bürgerlicher Statistiken, schleierhaften Interpretationen und wirren Zahlenexperimenten zu verdrehen und zu widerlegen. Ohne schamhaft zu erröten (was in diesem Fall durchaus angebracht wäre!) erklärt Stefan Engel vor seinen internationalen Gästen, dass die Mehrheit der Menschen in der heutigen Welt nicht in unterdrückten Nationen lebt, sondern in imperialistischen Zentren und stellt Länder wie Indonesien, Indien, die Türkei oder Südafrika in eine Reihe mit Russland, China und den USA. Ein Vergleich der in erster Betrachtung etwas realitätsfremd wirkt, bei näherer Betrachtung nichts anderes als spießigste Sophisterei und chauvinistischen Opportunismus beinhaltet, und im Kern all jenen nicht viel „Neues“ zu bieten hat, die verschiedene Theorien über „Entwicklungländer“ oder die „Dependenztheorie“ schon als bürgerlich und kleinbürgerlich erkannt haben. Gerade weil sich jedoch die MLPD als „Keimform einer neuen Internationale“ zu präsentieren versucht, wieder andere sie als „Instrument der internationalen Zusammenarbeit“[1] bezeichnen und die MLPD ihre „Thesen“ als „allgemeingültig“ und „anerkannt“ wissen will, sehen wir es als Notwendigkeit einige Punkte der Kritik an der „Herausbildung neuimperialistischer Länder“ zu entwickeln.
„Die Marxistisch-Leninistische Partei Deutschlands (MLPD) kennzeichnet in ihrer Analyse hauptsächlich eine Gruppe von 14 Ländern als neuimperialistisch; sie sind unterschiedlich groß, auf unterschiedlicher Entwicklungsstufe und haben eine unterschiedliche sozialökonomische Struktur und Geschichte: die BRICS-Staaten Brasilien, Russland, Indien, China und Südafrika; die MIST-Staaten Mexiko, Indonesien, Südkorea und die Türkei sowie Argentinien, Saudi-Arabien, Katar, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate und der Iran. Ihren neuimperialistischen Charakter entwickelten diese Länder in einem bestimmten Zeitraum und Zusammenhang mit den jüngsten gesellschaftlichen Entwicklungen. 3,7 Milliarden Menschen leben in diesen 14 Ländern, mehr als die Hälfte der Weltbevölkerung. Der Prozess der Herausbildung neuimperialistischer Länder zeichnet sich bereits in einer Reihe weiterer Länder ab.“ [2]
Lenins Werk „Der Imperialismus als höchstes Stadium des Kapitalismus“ wird als Ausgangspunkt für die „Analyse“ von Stefan Engel dahingehend verkürzt und entstellt, als er die ökonomischen und politischen Voraussetzungen für die Entwicklung des Imperialismus ignoriert, also den Ausgangspunkt jeder marxistischen und damit wissenschafltichen Anschauung der Welt verneint. Engel schreibt „Imperialistische Länder sind also solche, deren Wirtschaft von Monopolen bestimmt wird, in denen die Monopole sich den Staat mehr und mehr untergeordnet haben und die nach Beherrschung anderer Territorien und Länder trachten.“ [3] Lenin schreibt jedoch: „Wie wir gesehen haben, ist die tiefste ökonomische Grundlage des Imperialismus das Monopol. Dieses Monopol ist ein kapitalistisches, d.h. ein Monopol, das aus dem Kapitalismus erwachsen ist und im allgemeinen Milieu des Kapitalismus, der Warenproduktion, der Konkurrenz, in einem beständigen und unlösbaren Widerspruch zu diesem allgemeinen Milieu steht.“ [4] Völlig unerheblich sind für die MLPD die ökonomischen und politischen Voraussetzungen für die Entwicklung eines imperialistischen Monopols, kurz: Des Finanzkaptials, dem die Verschmelzung von Industrie- und Bankkapital zu Grunde liegt. Lenin analysierte, dass sich das Monopol aus dem Kapitalismus herausentwickelte, eine eigenständige Entwicklung des Kapitalismus, also einen eigenständigen Markt als Voraussetzung annimmt. Diese Aufgabe der Nationsbildung erfüllte in den heute imperialistischen Ländern die bürgerlich-demokratische Revolution, die durch die Bourgeoisie geführt wurde, mit Ausnahme der heutigen Imperialisten Russland und China, denen wir uns in einem Folgeabschnitt des Artikels widmen werden. Wir halten es für notwendig an dieser Stelle ausgewählte Zitate der Klassiker des Marxismus-Leninismus einzufügen die veranschaulichen wie wenig die „Analyse“ von Stefan Engel mit der Methode des historisch-dialektischen Materialismus gemein hat.
„Die Nation ist nicht einfach eine historische Kategorie, sondern eine historische Kategorie einer bestimmten Epoche, der Epoche des aufsteigenden Kapitalismus. Der Prozess der Liqudierung des Feudalismus und der Entwicklung des Kaptialismus ist gleichzeitig der Prozess des Zusammenschlusses der Menschen zu Nationen. So geschah es z.B. in Westeuropa. Die Engländer, Franzosen, Deutschen, Italiener und andere formierten sich zu Nationan bei dem siegreichen Vormarsch des über die feudale Zersplitterung triumphierenden Kapitalismus.“ [5]
Stalin gibt uns mit seiner Analyse den wichtigen Hinweis dafür, dass die Nationswerdung und damit die politische Durchsetzung des Kapitalismus Bestandteil einer längst vergangene Epoche ist, was für uns heute bedeutet, dass diese nicht einfach von außen „eingesetzt“ werden können, wie es diverse „Entwicklungsland“-Theorien erfolglos zu beweisen versuchen. Mit der vollständigen Herausbildung des Imperialismus und dem Sieg der Großen Sozialistischen Oktoberrevolution wurde jedoch eine neue Epoche eingeleitet, wie es der MLPD wahrscheindlich nicht entgangen ist: Die Epoche des Imperialismus und der Proletarischen Revolution, welche die Epoche des  Kapitalismus der freien Konkurrenz in sich aufhebt und damit zu ihrem Abschluss bringt. Lenin charakterisierte diese unter anderem dadurch, dass die territoriale Aufteilung der Welt unter den Imperialisten abgeschlossen ist und die Bourgeoisie ihren fortschrittlichen Charakter endgültig verloren hat, dass der Imperialismus zur Reaktion auf ganzer Linie geworden ist. Die Bourgeoisie wurde also in der neuen Epoche impotent, unfähig dazu die unterdrückten Länder vom Joch der nationalen Unterdrückung zu befreien.
Stalin schlussfolgert daraus einige Aufgaben des Proletariats in der neuen Epoche:
„Auf diese Weise hat der Oktoberumsturz, der mit der alten, bürgerlichen-nationalen Befreiungsbewegung Schluss gemacht hat, die Ära einer neuen, der sozialistischen Bewegung der Arbeiter und Bauern der unterdrückten Nationalitäten eröffnet, einer Bewegung, die sich gegen jedwede – folglich auch gegen die nationale – Unterdrückung, gegen die Macht der Bourgeoisie, der „eigenen“ wie der fremden, gegen den Imperialismus überhaupt richtet.“ [6]
Stalin analysiert, dass die nationalen Befreiungsbewegungen in den unterdrückten Ländern mit der neuen Epoche vom Lager der bürgerlichen Weltrevolution ins Lager der proletarischen Weltrevolution übergegangen sind. Gerade weil die Bourgeoisie mit der vollständigen Herausentwicklung des Imperialismus, die spätestens mit dem ersten Weltkrieg ihren Abschluss findet, ihren fortschrittlichen Charakter endgültig eingebüßt hat, nicht an der Befreiung, sondern der Aufrechterhaltung der imperialistischen Herrschaft Interesse hat wie es Lenin hervorhob [7], wird die Aufgabe der nationalen Befreiung zu einer Aufgabe des Proletariats, das nun, um sich selbst zu befreien, diese Aufgabe auf seine Schultern nimmt.
Wo in den vergangenen 30 Jahren (den Zeitraum den die MLPD annimmt in dem 14 neuimperialistische Länder vom Himmel geplumst sind) eine siegreiche demokratische Revolution unter proletarischer Führung in Südkorea, Indonesien, Mexiko, Brasilien, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate, usw… stattgefunden hat, das verschweigt uns Stefan Engel. Statt dessen versucht er seine LeserInnen mit faulen Tricks zu betrügen. In der Türkei beispielsweise habe Mustafa Kemal Atatürk die nationale Befreiung, mit der Gründung der Türkischen Republik, nachgeholt, meint Stefan Engel [8], die die Basis für den Kapitalismus in der Türkei schuf. Ein Argument, das der türkische Kommunist und Gründer der Türkischen Kommunistische Partei/Marxistisch Leninistisch) (TKP/ML), Ibrahim Kaypakkaya, schon in den 70er Jahren des 20. Jahrhunderts scharf kritisierte, und in seiner Analyse darlegte, dass Atatürk die Türkei nicht befreite, sondern mit den imperialistischen Mächten kollaborierte und das Land an sie verkauft hat. Im Gegensatz zu Stefan Engel, der den Kemalismus als revolutionär-nationalistische Stömung bezeichnet, definierte Kaypakkaya den Kemalismus als Faschismus der eine faschistische Herrschaft in der Türkei errichtete, welche die Unterdrückung der kurdischen und armenischen Nation zur Grundlage hatte. [9] Den endgültigen Beweis dafür, dass die Türkei kapitalistisch sein soll, scheint Stefan Engel in einem Zahlenspiel gefunden zu haben: „Arbeiteten Ende der 1970er Jahre über 50 Prozent der Bevölkerung in der Landwirtschaft, so waren es 2014 nur noch knapp 20 Prozent.“ [10] Herr Engel misst also den Charakter eines Landes am Prozentanteil von Bauern und Arbeitern. Wir gehen davon aus, dass die MLPD und mit ihr Stefan Engel manche Werke des Marxismus gelesen haben, und setzen vorraus, dass ihnen der Unterschied von Quantität und Qualität geläufig sein müsste. In Deutschland, Italien, Frankreich oder Österreich überwog zu der Zeit als Lenin das Werk „Der Imperialismus als höchstes Stadium des Kapitalismus“ verfasst hat, der Anteil der Bauern gegenüber den Arbeitern an der Gesamtbevölkerung, oder hatte zumindest enorm hohes Gewicht, der Logik von Stefan Engel folgend müssten diese Länder zu diesem Zeitpunkt also feudal gewesen sein, womit er sich direkt im Gegensatz zu Lenin befände. Niemand würde so einen Unfug heute ernsthaft behaupten, schuf doch die bürgerlich-demokratische Revolution politische Tatsachen die man nicht einfach so durch eine Zahlenspielerei hinweg wischen kann. Aus diesem Grund akzeptieren wir auch heute keine faule Zahlenspielerei von Stefan Engel, und wir kommen auch nicht zu dem Standpunkt, dass sich durch eine einseitige zu- oder abnahme von Quantität die Qualität, also der Charakter eines Landes, ändern könnte.
Neben der Türkei sticht in der „Analyse“ von Stefan Engel besonders Indien heraus, das als neuimperialistisch definiert wird. „Zu Beginn seiner staatlichen Unabhängigkeit von Großbritannien 1947 entwickelte Indien als rohstoff- und Bevölkerungsreiches Land eine relativ allseiteige Basis der Industrialisierung und Produktion von Investitionsgütern.“ [11] Und weiter: „Mit der „Grünen Revolution“ wurde eine kapitalistische Industrialisierung der Landwirtschaft eingeleitet“ [12] Dieser Behauptung von Stefan Engel wollen wir die Analyse der Kommunistischen Partei Indiens (maoistisch), gegenüberstellen, die nicht auf einem deutschen Schreibtisch entstand (womöglich einer aus starkem Eichenholz?), sondern im langandauernden Prozess herausentwickelt wurde, einem Volkskrieg der sich in den letzten 50 Jahren zur größten Revolution die es heute weltweit gibt, entwickelte.
Der Generalsekretär der Partei, Ganapathi, legte die Linie der Partei dar: „Seit dem 15. August 1947 (der indische Unabhängigkeitserklärung, d.Ü.) gab es noch nie eine solche Zusammenarbeit der indischen Wirtschaft, Verteidigung, inneren Sicherheit, Politik, Kultur und des gesamten Staates mit den Imperialisten, insbesondere mit den US-Imperialisten.“ [13] Die „Unabhängigkeit“ Indiens hat nach Ansicht der KPI (Maoistisch) nicht zu einer verstärkten eigenständigen Entwicklung der indischen Wirtschaft geführt, sondern im Gegenteil die imperialistische Durchdringung vertieft. Dass die sogenannte „Grüne Revolution“ die kapitalistische Industrialisierung der Landwirtschaft vorangetrieben hätte, wie Stefan Engel hervorhebt, ist eine offen pro-imperialistische Position die nicht einmal von kleinbürgerlichen „Globalisierungskritikern“ wie Jean Ziegler geteilt wird, hat sie doch hauptsächlich den feudalen Großgrundbesitz sowie die imperialistischen Monopole gestärkt, und den Ruin hunderttausender Kleinbauern in Indien zu verantworten.
Wir fassen also zusammen. Mit der Epoche des Imperialismus und der proletarischen Revolution ist die Bourgeoisie unfähig dazu geworden die Aufgabe der nationalen Befreiung, als Voraussetzung einer kapitalistischen, und weitergehend imperialistischen Entwicklung, zu übernehmen. Das Proletariat ist die einzige Klasse die heute dazu imstande ist den Befreiungkampf der unterdrückten Nationen konsequent zu führen. Lenin stellt klar fest: Der Imperialismus ist Reaktion auf ganzer Linie, es gibt keine vorwärtsgerichtete qualitative Entwicklung die von ihm ausgeht. Ist der MLPD diese wesentliche Lehre Lenins entgangen? Oder steht die MLPD heute so weit auf bürgerlichem Boden, dass ihr die Analyse der marxistischen Klassiker mittlerweile nur mehr als Lippenbekenntnisse dienen? Allzu unkritisch arbeitet sich Stefan Engel an den bürgerlichen Statistiken ab, die zu zeigen versuchen, dass der Imperialismus wie durch Zauberhand seine früheren Kolonien und Halbkolonien auf „seine Stufe emporhebt“, dass der Imperialismus also qualitative Entwicklung hervorbringt. Der Schlüssel dazu, so meint Stefan Engel, ist der Kapitalexport.
Der Kapitalexport
Sehen wir uns als erstes die Interpretationen der MLPD an.
„Mit der Ausbreitung der kapitalistischen Produktionsweise entwickelten sich in den neokolonial abhängigen Ländern unaufhaltsam eine nationale Bourgeoisie und das Industrieproltariat. Mithilfe von Krediten der imperialistischen Länder, des Internationalen Währungsfonds (IWF) oder der Weltbank baute die einheimische Bourgeoisie zahlreiche industrielle Fertigungsstätten auf.“ [14]
„Die Flutung der neuimperialistischen Länder mit Kapital beschleunigte dort zugleich unbeabsichtigt die Herausbildung neuer imperialistischer Konkurrenten.“ [15]
„Von 2007-2014 verdreifachte sich der Anteil der neuimperialistischen Länder am weltweiten Kapitalexport von 10,2 auf 30,0 Prozent.“ [16]
Dass Stefan Engel hier noch das Wort „unbeabsichtigt“ hinzufügt ist wohl der Gipfel der Sophisterei, die die gesamte Methodik seiner „neuen Theorie“ bestimmt. Um ja nicht in die Verlegenheit zu geraten erklären zu müssen, dass der Imperialismus und die Bourgeoisie heute planmäßig und bewusst Fortschritt verbreitet, und sich damit über die dem Imperialismus innewohnende Anarchie der Produktion hinweggesetzt hätte, ist man mit dieser kleinen Einfügung schon aus dem Schneider (Wenn es nur so einfach wäre!). Marxistisch gesinnte LeserInnen kann jedoch auch diese kleine „Einfügung“ nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, was die eigenliche These der MLPD dahinter ist, und zwar, dass der Imperialismus Fortschrittspotenzial in sich trägt. „Jeder kann zum Imperialisten werden“ ist das Motto der MLPD, umso dichter und tiefer das imperialistische Kapital in die Kolonie eindringt umso besser, denn umso mehr Chancen hat die Kolonie selbst zum Imperialisten zu werden, und das ganz ohne demokratische Revolution. Wie praktisch. So weit von der MLPD.
Lenin analysierte: „Der Imperialismus ist der Kapitalismus auf jener Entwicklungsstufe, wo die Herrschaft der Monopole und des Finanzkapitals sich herausgebildet, der Kapitalexport hervorragende Bedeutung gewonnen, die Aufteilung der Welt durch die internationalen Trusts begonnen hat und die Aufteilung des gesamten Territoriums der Erde durch die größten kapitalistischen Länder abgeschlossen ist.“ [17]
Voranstellend wollen wir festhalten, dass es Schwachsinn ist Lenins These dahingehend zu verdrehen als dass jedes Land, das in irgend einer Weise Kapital exportiert als Imperialismus bezeichnet wird, dieser Hirngeburt nachgehend wird es schwierig überhaupt ein „nichtimperialistisches“ Land ausfindig zu machen. Lenin stellt hervor, dass der Kapitalexport „hervorragende Bedeutung“ gewonnen hat, das heißt die Hauptseite bildet, was gerade den parasitären Charakter des Imperialismus hervorhebt. Indien beispielsweise exportiert Kapital nach Bangladesch, Nepal, Sudan, usw. doch bildet die Hauptseite der Export von Waren in die imperialistischen Länder, wie es auch bürgerliche Statistiken belegen. Noch klarer wird dieses Beispiel wenn wir uns vor Augen führen welche Waren exportiert werden, denn auch imperialistische Länder exportieren nicht nur Kapital sonderen ebenso Waren, eine Tatsache die gerade in Deutschland hinreichend bekannt sein sollte. Die Waren aus den imperialistischen Ländern tragen einen besonderen Charakter, denn hierbei handelt es sich wesentlich um Produktionsmittel die exportiert werden, ein großer Unterschied zum Export von Rohstoffen, Lebensmitteln, Textilien usw. Um die Frage des Kapitalexportes zu entwirren scheint es uns als notwendig, erstens den Unterschied von Expansionismus und Imperialismus zu klären und zweitens die Frage  aufzuwerfen in wessen Händen das Kapital akkumuliert (angehäuft) wird. Zum Punkt eins: Karl Marx definiert das Kapital als aus seinem Wesen heraus immer zur Expansion drängend. Auf diese Definition gestützt gehen wir davon aus, dass es kein Kapital geben kann das nicht zur Expansion drängt, nicht in den imperialistischen Ländern und auch nicht in den unterdrückten Ländern.  Wer jedoch Expansionismus und Imperialismus gleichsetzt, wird zweifelsohne das Wesen des Imperialismus verwischen und nicht imstande sein die Lehren Lenins über den Imperialismus richtig anzuwenden. Beispielsweise wohnte der Drang zur Expansion auch dem Kapital in der vergangenen Epoche des Kapitalismus der freien Konkurrenz inne, und das nicht in geringem Maße, wenn wir uns beispielsweise Italien, Frankreich oder Spanien ansehen, was jedoch Karl Marx nicht dazu veranlasste von der Durchsetzung des Imperialismus zu fantasieren. Zum Punkt zwei: Das Kapital das von den unterdrückten Ländern aus exportiert wird, kann zu einem großen Teil als „Durchlaufkapital“ bezeichnet werden, also als imperialistisches, ausländisches Kapital das nur einen Umweg über ein weiteres Land geht. Als Beispiel wenden wir uns abermals Indien zu. Der deutsche Zementkonzern HeidelbergCement erhöhte im Jahr 2006 seinen Anteil am indischen Zementmahlwerk Indorama, das in den Jahren darauf zu einem der größten Zementproduzenten Indiens geworden ist, auf über 50%, wurde also Haupteigentümer von Indorama. Dem Namen nach ist es jedoch immer noch ein traditionelles indisches Unternehmen. Indorama als einer der größten Zementhersteller weltweit exportiert nicht nur seine Waren in verschiedene Teile der Welt, es exportiert auch Kapital innerhalb Asiens, nach Afrika und Lateinamerika. Das Kapital das exportiert wird ist jedoch deutsches Monopolkapital und die Gewinne von Indorama fallen zum Großteil an seine deutschen Eigentümer ab. Es gibt unzählige Beispiele wie Indorama, die darauf hindeuten, dass der „indische Kapitalexport“ in Wirklichkeit US-amerikanischer, britischer oder deutscher Kapitalexport ist, der die „Zwischenstation“ Indien durchläuft. Wenn wir uns an dieser Stelle noch einmal Ganapathi zuwenden, dann sehen wir, dass die KPI (maoistisch) gerade die imperialistische Durchdringung als Hauptursache des indischen Expansionismus definiert: „Wegen dieser deutlichen Veränderung [Des verstärkten politischen, militärischen und wirtschaftlichen Einflusses des US-Imperialismus, Anm. der Verfasser] spielen die indischen Expansionisten eine entscheidende Rolle in Südasien.“ [18]
Selbst die indische Sektion der ICOR, die Kommunistische Partei Indiens (Marxistisch-Leninistisch) Roter Stern [CPI(M-L)-Red Star] erkannte teilweise den betrügerischen Charakter dieser These von Stefan Engel. Sie schreibt in ihrer öffentlichen Kritik: „Doch eine tiefere Klassenanalyse wird ergeben, dass dieses mit dem „Kapitalexport“ zusammenhängende Rätsel nur auf der Ebene der „Form“ besteht, während das Wesen die Produktionsverhältnisse sind, die durch den Prozess der Wertgewinnung bestimmt sind. Heute kann das Finanzkapital aus den abhängigen Ländern sogar Mehrwert erbeuten, ohne auf den formalen Kapitalexport zurückzugreifen. (...) Die sogenannte Vereinigung und enge Zusammenarbeit zwischen den herrschenden Klassen der imperialistischen Länder einerseits und der neokolonialen Länder andererseits, die Umstrukturierung der nationenbezogenen Produktionsbasis durch eine neue internationale Arbeitsteilung, die Digitalisierung und Finanzspekulation und die daraus resultierende verschärfte Ausplünderung der Arbeiter und der Natur, die zu verschiedenen Verwerfungen im Inland usw. führt, vertieft so in Wirklichkeit die historische Kluft zwischen den beiden, anstatt die Unterschiede zwischen ihnen auszugleichen.“ [19]
Wenngleich diese Kritik aus Indien durchaus berechtigt ist, und nur einmal mehr das Elend der MLPD beweist, muss auch sie im Gegensatz zur klaren Stellungnahme der KPI (maoistisch) als opportunistisch bezeichnet werden. Denn am Ende ihrer Stellungnahme schreiben sie: „Da sich jedoch der Imperialismus verändert, wäre es dogmatisch, die Möglichkeit der Herausbildung von neuen imperialistischen Ländern auszuschließen.“ (Ebd.) Der bürgerliche Kern der „Analyse“ der MLPD drückt sich auch in der Kritik aus, die durchaus realitätsbezogener ist, doch ebenso die Möglichkeit einer Herausbildung neuer imperialistischer Länder anerkennt und obendrein allen die diese Möglichkeit ausschließen, Dogmatismus zum Vorwurf macht.
Die These der MLPD, die nichts anderes tut als offen Position für das Finanzkapital, also den Imperialismus, zu ergreifen, der als „unbewusster“ Zerstörer des Kolonialismus erscheint, muss als bürgerlich und damit reaktionär bezeichnet werden. Diese These richtet sich vor allem gegen die Sektionen der ICOR aus den vom Imperialismus unterdrückten und ausgebeuteten Ländern, deren Kampf gegen die imperialistische Ausbeutung und Underdrückung damit gelähmt und zurückgehalten werden soll. Vor allem schuf die MLPD mit dieser These ein weiteres Einfallstor für den Chauvinismus in der ICOR. Nicht nur wird damit der weltweite Hauptwiderspruch zwischen dem Imperialismus und den unterdrückten Völkern und Nationen, und damit die Rolle der unterdrückten Nationen als Sturmzentrum der proletarischen Weltrevolution geleugnet, sondern zusammenhängend damit wird ebenso verneint, dass sich die proletarische Weltrevolution aus unterschiedlichen Typen der Revolution zusammensetzt. Der einseitige Fokus der MLPD auf die sozialistische Revolution, ihre Anstrengungen die Gültigkeit der demokratischen Revolution unter proletarischer Führung im Imperialismus zu widerlegen, richtet sich gegen den Hauptinhalt der heutigen proletarischen Weltrevolution: Die (neu)demokratische Revolution. Kein Revolutionär, kein Antiimperialist und auch kein Marxist-Leninist innerhalb der ICOR kann an so einer Führung, an solchen „neuen Thesen“ Interesse haben, wenn ihm die Entwicklung der proletarischen Weltrevolution ein ehrliches Anliegen ist.
Die Leugnung des Hauptinhaltes der proletarischen Weltrevolution und damit der Versuch der Spaltung auf internationaler Ebene, das ist das Wesen dieser „neuen“ Theorie, die nebenbei in allen möglichen unterschiedlichen Ausformungen schon von Kautsky, Chrustschow oder Lin Biao vertreten wurde. Dass diese Theorie gerade aus Deutschland kommt ist historisch gesehen nicht allzu verwunderlich, schon Lenin bezeichnete den „deutschen Chauvinismus“ als besonders opportunistische Ausprägung des Chauvinismus. Hier muss weiter hinzugefügt werden, dass wir auch in der Entstehung ideologischer Linien und Haltungen nicht an Zufälle glauben und so muss als objetive Voraussetzung vor allem die Beziehung Deutschlands zu den USA, das in seinen Bestrebungen nach Hegemonie in Europa zum US-Hauptbündnispartner auf Weltebene wurde, in Betracht gezogen werden, da die These von Stefan Engel den Versuch unternimmt die USA als Hauptfeind der Völker der Welt und weltweitem Bollwerk der Konterrevolution reinzuwaschen und eine gemeinsame Front gegen den Imperialismus verhindert. Dass die MLPD damit auch eine glänzende Hilfestellung nicht nur für die USA, sondern eben gerade für „ihren“ Imperialisten Deutschland geschaffen hat, ist eine objektive Tatsache, die nicht durch revolutionäre Phrasen verwischt werden kann.
Russland und China sind in der Epche des Imperialismus und der proletarischen Revolution im Gegensatz zu Südafrika, Indonesien, Südkorea etc. tatsächlich zu Imperialisten geworden, jedoch auf dem Weg der Restauration bzw. Instauration des Kapitalismus gegen den Sozialismus, der auf der demokratischen und sozialistischen Revolution beruhte. Besonders möchten wir hier die Volksrepublik China, die Kommunistische Partei Chinas, und ihren Vorsitzenden Mao Zedong hervorheben, die mit der Theorie der „neudemokratischen Revolution“ und des „bürokratischen Kapitalismus“ eine universell anwendbare Theorie zur endgültigen Befreiung der unterdrückten Nationen vom Imperialismus, hervorgebracht haben.
Bürokratischer Kapitalismus und Neudemokratische Revolution
Im diamentralen Gegensatz zu Stefan Engel hebt der Kommunist Mao Zedong hervor, wobei er hier auf den Lehren des Marxismus-Leninismus aufbaut, dass der Imperialismus die kapitalistische Entwicklung in China nicht vorangetrieben, sondern im Gegenteil unterbrochen und gehemmt hat. „Mit ihrem Eindringen in China verfolgen die imperialistischen Mächte keineswegs das Ziel, das feudale China in ein kapitalistisches zu verwandeln. Im Gegenteil, die imperialistischen Mächte verfolgten das Ziel, China in ihre Halbkolonie und Kolonie zu verwandeln.“ [20]
Mao Zedong schuf in der Erfahrung der chinesischen Revolution die wichtige Theorie über den bürokratischen Kapitalismus, den er als jenen Kapitalismus bezeichnet der sich nicht auf Basis einer siegreichen demokratischen Revolution, sondern auf Basis der imperialistischen Herrschaft erhebt. Der bürokratische Kapitalismus nimmt gerade die unvollendete bürgerlich-demokratische Revolution als Ausgangspunkt, weshalb er auf der Halbfeudalität aufbaut und sich dabei der Herrschaftsmethode des Kolonialismus und Halbkolonialismus bedient.
Die Kommunistische Partei Perus (KPP) analysierte auf Basis der These über den bürokratischen Kapitalismus die peruanischen Verhältnisse und hebt die besondere Bedeutung dieser These für die unterdrückten Völker und Nationen hervor:
"In Anwendung dieser Thesen definiert er den bürokratischen Kapitalismus als den Kapitalismus, den der Imperialismus in den rückständigen Ländern hervorbringt, ein Kapitalismus, der an die Feudalität gebunden ist, die historisch überholt ist, und dem Imperialismus unterworfen ist, der das letzte Stadium des Kapitalismus ist, und der nicht den Interessen der Mehrheit dient, sondern den Imperialisten, der Großbourgeoisie und den Großgrundbesitzern. (…) Ausgehend von den Thesen des Vorsitzenden Mao stellt er dar, daß dieser fünf Merkmale hat: 1) Der bürokratische Kapitalismus ist der Kapitalismus, den der Imperialismus in den rückständigen Ländern anwendet. Er umfaßt das Kapital der Großgrundbesitzer, der großen Banken und der Magnaten der Großbourgeoisie. 2) Er beutet das Proletariat, die Bauern und das Kleinbürgertum aus und schränkt die mittlere Bourgeoisie ein. 3) Er macht einen Prozeß durch, in dessen Verlauf sich der bürokratische Kapitalismus mit der Staatsmacht verbindet und zu einem staatsmonopolistischen, feudalen Kompradorenkapitalismus wird, woraus sich ableitet, daß er sich in einem ersten Moment als privates monopolistisches Großkapital entwickelt und in einer zweiten Phase, wenn er sich mit der Staatsmacht verbindet, als staatsmonopolistischer Kapitalismus. 4) Wenn er den Höhepunkt seiner Entwicklung erreicht, läßt er die Bedingungen für die Revolution reifen. 5) Die Enteignung des bürokratischen Kapitalismus ist entscheidend für den Abschluß der demokratischen Revolution und für den Übergang zur sozialistischen Revolution.“ [21]
Warum Stefan Engel in seiner „Analyse“ auf diese bedeutende Theorie des Kommunisten Mao Zedong „verzichtet“ und sich lieber auf bürgerliche Statistiken stützt ist uns ein Rätsel. Dass gerade jene Länder die von der MLPD als „neuimperialistisch“ bezeichnet werden, einen besonders stark ausgeprägten bürokratischen Kapitalismus aufweisen, die MLPD jedoch das Anwachsen des bürokratischen Kapitalismus gerade als Argument gegen die neudemokratische Revolution zu benutzen versucht, unterstreicht nur einmal mehr welchen Hilfsdienst die MLPD mit ihrer „These“ zur Verschleierung der imperialistischen Ausbeutung leistet.
Aus der Analyse der chinesischen Gesellschaft und der Widersprüche die dieser zu Grunde liegen, kommt Mao Zedong zu folgender heute universell gültigen These:
„Da die chinesische Gesellschaft immer noch eine koloniale, halbkoloniale und halbfeudale Gesellschaft ist, da die Feinde der chinesischen Revolution in der Hauptsache weiterhin der Imperialismus und die feudalen Kräfte bleiben, da die Aufgaben der chinesischen Revolution die auf den Sturz dieser beiden Hauptfeinde gerichtete nationale und demokratische Revolution sind – wobei an dieser Revolution zeitweilig auch die Bourgeoisie teilnimmt -, ist die Spitze der Revolution, selbst wenn die Großbourgeoisie die Revolution verrät und zu ihrem Feind wird, nicht gegen den Kapitalismus und das kapitalistische Privateigentum schlechthin, sondern gegen den Imperialismus und den Feudalismus gerichtet. Aus all diesen Gründen ist die chinesische Revolution im gegenwärtigen Stadium ihrem Charakter nach keine proletarisch-sozialistische, sondern eine bürgerlich-demokratische Revolution. Aber die bürgerlich-demokratische Revolution im heutigen China ist schon nicht mehr eine gewöhnliche bürgerlich-demokratische Revolution alten Typs, da solche Revolutionen bereits der Vergangenheit angehören, sondern eine besondere bürgerlich-demokratische Revolution neuen Typs. Die Revolution dieses Typs entfaltet sich jetzt in China und in allen anderen kolonialen und halbkolonialen Ländern. Wir bezeichnen sie als die neudemokratische Revolution. (…) Nur über diese Revolution kann sich die chinesische Gesellschaft zum Sozialismus weiterentwickeln; einen anderen Weg gibt es nicht.“ [22]
Diese These des Kommunisten Mao Zedong anwendend entwickelt sich seit nunmehr über 50 Jahren die größte revolutionäre Bewegung die es heute weltweit gibt, die neudemokratische Revolution in Indien, die hunderttausende Menschen umfasst und einen wichtigen Teil des indischen Landes zu befreiten Gebieten verwandelt hat. Der Volkskrieg in Indien, der durch die Kommunistische Partei Indiens (Maoistisch) geführt wird, ist eine politische Realität die nicht einfach durch „neue Thesen“ wegdiskutiert werden kann, ein Faktor den selbst die indischen Regierung als die „Größte Bedrohung für die innere Sicherheit Indiens“ eingestuft hat. In der ICOR finden jedoch gerade jene Kräfte eine gute Position die dem Weg der neudemokratischen Revolution entgegenstehen, wie der Kommunistischen Partei Indiens (marxistisch-leninistisch)-Roter Stern, die lieber den Volkskrieg kritisiert als an ihm teilzunehmen. Dass solche Kräfte eine führende Position innerhalb der ICOR haben, sollte alle ehrlichen Revolutionäre stutzig machen. Gerade die Ignoranz bis hin zur offenen Denunziation des Volkskrieges in Indien einiger Sektionen der ICOR, veranlasste beispielsweise die norwegische Organisation Tjen Folket dazu die ICOR zu verlassen. Deren berechtigte Kritik an der Zusammenarbeit mit der KPI(M-L)-Roter Stern, deren Ignoranz bezüglich der indischen Revolution besonders schwer wiegt, da sie selbst vorgeben Teil der indischen Revolution zu sein, muss in diesem Sinne als Baustein im zunehmenden Verfallsprozess der ICOR gewertet werden, deren Führung sich immer weiter zur offenen Verteidigerin der imperialistischen Ordnung und Gegnerin der neuen proletarischen Ordnung entwickelt.
Wohin führt die ICOR?
Eine internationale Koordination revolutionärer Parteien und Organisationen die von einer Partei geführt wird, die mit dieser These über die „neuimperialistischen Länder“ ihren Charakter als Verteidigerin der imperialistischen Ordnung klar darlegen, eine solche „Internationale“ wird dem internationalen Proletariat und den unterdrückten Völkern keinen Weg zur Befreiung weisen können. Im Gegenteil, es scheint uns die Annahme berechtigt, dass die Vertreter der Sektionen der ICOR der Gefahr gegenüberstehen bei einer Anerkennung dieser These selbst zu Anhängsel des Imperialismus, zu Vertretern des Opportunismus und des bürokratischen Kapitalismus zu werden. Mit diesem Artikel hoffen wir all jenen die Zweifel gegenüber der These über die „neuimperialistischen Länder“ haben, in ihrem Weg der Kritik und Selbstkritik bestärken zu können, mit dem Ziel den Opportunismus und Chauvnismus innerhalb der weltweiten revolutionären Bewegung zu entlarven und damit den Weg der proletarischen Weltrevolution beschreiten zu können.

Quellenverzeichnis:
[1] Initiatve für den Aufbau einer Revolutionär-Kommunistischen Partei, „1917-2017: Die Menschheit braucht neue Oktoberrevolutionen!“, Jänner 2017
[2] StStefan Engel, Über die Herausbildung der neuimperialistischen Länder, 2017 efan Engel, Über die Herausbildung der neuimperialistischen Länder, 2017
[3] Ebd.
[4] Lenin, Der Imperialismus als höchstes Stadium des Kapitalismus
[5] Stalin, Marxismus und nationale Frage
[6] Stalin, Der Oktoberumsturz und die nationale Frage

[7] "Das Finanzkapital will nicht Freiheit, sondern Herrschaft.“ (Hilferding, zit in Lenin, Der Imperialismus als höchstes Stadium des Kapitalismus)

[8] Vgl. Stefan Engel, Über die Herausbildung der neuimperialistischen Länder, 2017

[9] Vgl. Ibrahim Kaypakkaya, Ansichten über den Kemalismus
[10] Vgl. Stefan Engel, Über die Herausbildung der neuimperialistischen Länder, 2017
[11] Ebd.
[12] Ebd.
[13] Ganapathi, Generalsekretär der KP Indiens (Maoistisch), Interview mit Jan Myrdal und Gautam Navlakha
[14] Vgl. Stefan Engel, Über die Herausbildung der neuimperialistischen Länder, 2017
[15] Ebd.
[16] Monika Gärtner-Engel, Über die heutige Anwendung von Lenins These zur Herausbildung neuer imperialistischer Länder

[17] Lenin, Der Imperialismus als höchstes Stadium des Kapitalismus

[18] Ganapathi, Generalsekretär der KP Indiens (Maoistisch), Interview mit Jan Myrdal und Gautam Navlakha

[19] Imperialismus heute, P J James, CPI (ML) Red Star, Mai 2017

[20] Mao Zedong, Die Chinesische Revolution und die KP Chinas

[21] Kommunistische Partei Perus, Demokratische Linie
[22] Mao Zedong, Die Chinesische Revolution und die KP Chinas

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34.) “Deadpool 2” (2018)

The bottom of this list consists of Lee’s “blink and you’ll miss it” cameos. In “Deadpool 2,” he doesn’t actually appear in the movie in person — he pops up as a huge wall mural that’s a bit tough to spot, and gone almost immediately.

33.) “Spider-Man 2” (2004)

Another super-quick Lee cameo, but during the first fight between Spidey and Doc Ock, Lee sees enough screen time to pull a women out of harm’s way. Watch the clip here.

32.) “Spider-Man” (2002)
Same here. Lee gets a freeze-frame shot during one of the big fight scenes in the Sam Raimi original. This was before Stan Lee cameos became a major part of the Marvel moviegoing experience, explaining why so little thought was put into them. Watch the clip here.

31.) Iron Man 3 (2013)
You can catch Lee for a split second as a beauty pageant judge in this film. Compared to some of the other recent Lee cameos, this one is extremely forgettable. Watch the clip here.

30.) “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006)
Lee appears in a flashback scene where Jean Grey demonstrates her powers. Another one of the more forgettable cameos, this one at least gives fans time to register who they’re looking at. Watch the clip here.

29.) “X-Men” (2000)
This was the first Marvel feature film to include Stan Lee, and as such was purely an easter egg for eagle-eyed fans. Lee can be seen for several seconds as a beach-side hot dog vendor, but he’s not the focus of the shot as he is in later films. Watch the clip here.

28.) “Daredevil” (2003)
Here’s where the cameos start getting good. Lee gets saved from walking into traffic by a young Matthew Murdock, marking the first time Lee is used as part of a gag in a Marvel film. Watch the clip here.

27.) “Iron Man 2” (2010)
This is another fleeting clip, but it ranks higher for portraying Lee as Larry King, complete with glasses and suspenders. Watch the clip here.

26.) “Fantastic Four” (2005)
The first film in which Lee talks with one of his creations portrays him this time as a mailman who extends Reed Richards a friendly greeting. Beyond that, there’s nothing too special about this appearance, but it demonstrates the pivot toward increased focus on these cameos. Watch the clip here.

25.) “Doctor Strange” (2016)
This quick cameo sees Lee reading Aldus Huxley’s “The Doors of Perception” and otherwise remaining completely oblivious to the otherworldly goings-on just outside his bus window. Watch the clip here.

24.) “X-Men: Apocalypse” (2016)
Lee appears with his wife, Joan Lee, pop up in “Apocalypse” as a couple watching as the world’s nuclear weapons are launched — although luckily, they’re being rendered useless in space. It was Joan’s final appearance on film before her death in 2017. Watch the clip here.

23.) “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011)
Some films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe use Lee as the punchline for a gag scene. Here, Lee cameos as a military official at a White House press event that Cap no-shows. Watch the clip here.

22.) “Thor” (2011)
Here’s another gag scene in which Lee uses a truck to try to uproot Thor’s hammer, which can only be wielded by someone who’s “worthy,” from the crater in which it’s stuck. Watch the clip here.

21.) “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014)
Lee plays a security guard at a museum where Cap’s suit is on display. Unfortunately for Stan’s job security, Steve Rogers needs it back. Watch the clip here.

20.) “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017)
Lee returns to New York to join in the neighborhood lecturing the Web-Slinger about a slightly botched attempt at heroism. Watch the clip here.

19.) “Ant-Man” (2015)
During Luis’ madcap story, Lee appears as a bartender. Hearing Michael Pena’s voice come out of Lee’s mouth is a great surprise gag. Watch the clip here.

18.) “Iron Man” (2008)
By the time “Iron Man” was released, Marvel knew its fans were on the lookout for the Stan cameo, so they put him in a smoking jacket, flanked him with some beautiful women and had him appear as Hugh Hefner. Watch the clip here.

17.) “The Avengers” (2012)
This is a bit of a cheat. The actual Lee cameo used was another quick shot that would have ranked low on this list, but the deleted cameo is too funny to exclude. As Cap struggles to adjust to life in the 21st century, Lee shows up to call him out on his obliviousness. Watch the clip here.

16.) “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018)

Lee’s back in New York and completely unimpressed by Thanos and his minions in his “Infinity War” cameo. There’s a fair chance he’s reprising his role from “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in this one. Watch the clip here.

15.) “Thor: The Dark World” (2013)
Poor Dr. Selvig. After getting his brain scrambled by the Mind Stone in “The Avengers,” he’s left in a mental ward where he uses Stan Lee’s shoe to deliver a lecture about the convergence theory before an ambivalent audience. Watch the clip here.

14.) “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)
It’s already surreal to see Rocket Raccoon in a blockbuster. It’s even weirder to hear him voiced by an A-List actor like Bradley Cooper. But nothing is as weird as seeing Rocket ask Stan Lee from afar, “Where’s your wife, you old codger?” Watch the clip here.

13.) “Deadpool” (2016)
The raunchiest Marvel film deserves the raunchiest Stan Lee cameo. If you think it’s weird to see him guest star as a strip club DJ, remember that this is the guy who created “Stripperella.” Watch the clip here.

12.) “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” (2007)
In a rare cameo as himself, Stan Lee tries and fails to get into a wedding guarded by a skeptical bouncer. Watch the clip here.

11.) “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014)
During Gwen and Peter’s graduation, Lee spots Peter swapping his Spider-Man costume for a cap and gown. “I think I know that guy,” he exclaims. Watch the clip here.

10.) “Black Panther” (2018)
Lee is often seen as a blue collar guy just trying to make a living in his movie cameos, and in “Black Panther,” he seizes an opportunity by snagging T’Challa’s casino winnings, disapproving glare of Everett Ross be damned. Watch the clip here.

9.) “Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Lee is back to being oblivious in his “Ant-Man and the Wasp” cameo, when his car is shrunk by some collateral Ant-Man mayhem right before he can get inside. “Well, the ’60s were fun, but now I’m payin’ for ‘em,” Lee remarks, still holding his car keys.

8.) “Captain America: Civil War” (2016)
The movie’s greatest strength is its balance of comedy and drama. At the film’s close, Tony and Rhodey have an emotional moment together when Lee arrives to lighten the mood as a mailman looking for “Tony Stank.” Watch the clip here.

7.) “The Incredible Hulk” (2008)
Quentin Tarantino has been known to subject himself to some gruesome fates in his own films. Here Stan Lee gets a tough break as a poor sucker who accidentally gets gamma radiation poisoning from a contaminated soda. Watch the clip here.

6.) “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012)
While the first two “Spider-Man” films saw Lee scrambling to get out of danger, the Andrew Garfield reboot made him completely oblivious to it. Watch the clip here.

5.) “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017)
Stan Lee follows his post “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” cosmic cameo and shows up as a barber on the planet Sakaar, looking to cut Thor’s hair. Lee says, “And don’t you move, my hands aren’t as steady as they used to be!” Watch the clip here.

4.) “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017)
Seemingly confirming something Marvel fans have suspected for some time, Stan appears with the Watchers, the group of all-seeing cosmic beings who observe intelligent life in the universe. Fans have figured Lee shows up in every movie because he’s a Watcher himself. Watch the clip here.

3.) “Hulk” (2003)
This cameo isn’t a gag, but it is the best Easter Egg in any Marvel movie. The fellow security guard to whom Lee is talking is none other than original TV Hulk Lou Ferrigno. Watch the clip here.

2.) “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015)
Stan the Man’s cameos may never get funnier than this. As Lee demonstrates, Asgardian ale packs more punch than Thor’s hammer. Watch the clip here.

1.) “Spider-Man 3” (2007)
Our list began with a “Spider-man” film, so it’s fitting that it ends with one. “Spider-man 3” may have polarized Marvel fans, but this Stan Lee cameo in which he smiles at Peter Parker is a heartwarming meeting between a comic book icon and his creator. Watch the clip here.


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What Is the Mystery of Marriage?

Ah, the mystery of marriage. What an enigma, that a young, energetic man would fall head over heels for a maiden. And what an even greater riddle, that she, mature and competent, would overlook his immaturities and join herself to him. At every good wedding, we perceive a glory that defies description, a beauty past finding out. We marvel at something we can’t quite understand or articulate. As an inspired wise man muses,

Three things are too wonderful for me;
     four I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky,
     the way of a serpent on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
     and the way of a man with a virgin. (Proverbs 30:18–19)

There is indeed a mysterious element to romance and marriage. Even the classic Christian text for husbands and wives, Ephesians 5:22–33, mentions “mystery.” However, the mystery here is not what we may be prone to think — and it’s a vital lesson for every marriage. If the “mystery” in Ephesians 5 is not the universal enigma of romance we often admire, then what is it?

Not a Secret to Keep

Mystery is a common word in the New Testament, and only rarely does it refer to what we might expect: something enduringly mysterious that remains puzzling or uncertain. Rather, mystery typically means what was hidden, concealed, or unclear in the past, but now has been revealed in light of Christ’s coming and his gospel. “Mystery” is not a secret to keep but truth to tell, and especially so for Paul who talks this way most.

How does God strengthen Christians? “According to the gospel” — or another way to say it: “according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed” (Romans 16:25–26). For “long ages” God “kept secret” his goal and intention in all history. Until “the fullness of time” (Galatians 4:4; Ephesians 1:10), God sent his own Son as the long-awaited Messiah, and climax of history, to reveal his purposes all along — the great secret of the universe.

In Colossians 1:26–27, Paul unpacks “the stewardship from God that was given to me for you.” What is it? “To make the word of God [the gospel] fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints” (Colossians 1:25–26). Far from keeping secrets quiet, Paul wants Christians “to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2–3).

Make the Mystery Known

But Paul says the most about mystery in Ephesians, which, of course, is where he says of marriage, “This mystery is profound” (Ephesians 5:32).

At the beginning of the letter, he says that in the gospel, God is “making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time” (Ephesians 1:9–10). And at the end, he asks for the Ephesians to pray for him, “that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19).

Right in the middle, in Ephesians 3:1–12 (which sets the context for what he will say in chapter 5), he not only unveils God’s mystery through preaching, but also through penning letters. “When you read this,” he writes, “you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit” (Ephesians 3:4–5). The essence of his ministry is “to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:9–10). God’s mystery: once hidden, now revealed.

Mystery of Marriage?

Finally, then, when he writes in Ephesians 5:32, “This mystery is profound,” he’s not saying it’s too profound to understand or express. He’s not echoing the wonder of Proverbs 30:18–19 (“I do not understand . . . the way of a man with a virgin”). He’s not approaching a wedding-day enigma, but a great, clear, compelling truth to tell. His next words disclose what was once hidden related to human marriage: “I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” The mystery, long hidden, is now public: human marriage points to the God-man and his girl.

For millennia, humans the world over married and were given in marriage. Across cultures and societies, they felt a strange pull not just to procreate but to commit, though they didn’t know God’s deeper reason why. And even God’s covenant people, entrusted with his oracles (Romans 3:2), didn’t know why. There was indeed a great mystery to marriage. Why did God design the world this way? Why two sexes, and why one male and the other female? Why one called to lead, provide, protect, and shoulder final responsibility, with the other called to actively receive, beautify, and strengthen humble initiative and care? Why a dance of two complementaries, rather than just two of the same?

Did God simply make marriage what it is for no reason, some must have wondered, or is there an answer to the riddle? Is marriage pointing? Is there some deep magic that discloses a cosmic meaning? Paul empathized with the mystified, “This mystery is profound.” But in Christ, he now had found the key: