Wednesday, 31 December 2014
A Musical Interlude: Auld Lang Syne
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Watch, and listen, here.

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Posted on 12/31/2014 8:44 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
A Pointed Literary Interlude (Pierre Ronsard)
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a French website:

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Posted on 12/31/2014 8:37 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Introducing Riposte Laique
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Posted on 12/31/2014 8:11 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Those Murderous Muslims Described As "Unhinged" And What Alain Finkielkraut Foretold
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Pour en revenir sur les assassinats et les tentatives d’assassinat à la voiture à Dijon et à Nantes. (comme aussi à Austin (USA), à Tel-Aviv et il y a quelques années à Lausanne).

Le texte ci-dessous est extrait du livre d’Alain Finkielkraut : L’identité malheureuse.
Ce livre est antérieur bien sûr aux deux tentatives d’assassinats de Dijon et Nantes. On pourra donc juger des comptes-rendus de nos médias et des réactions de nos politiciens à l’aune de ces quelques phrases !

L’identité malheureuse, A Finkielkraut, extrait page 190 :

« Un ancien dirigeant du parti social-démocrate néerlandais, Félix Rotenberg, remarque très pertinemment que « les sentiments de culpabilité de la génération d’après-guerre eurent une influence déterminante sur la pensée politiquement correcte ». Ceux dont les parents avaient laissé le mal triompher en regardant ailleurs ont promis d’ouvrir les yeux et de ne jamais transiger avec la haine de l’Autre. L’Autre haineux n’était pas inscrit au programme…
Que font-ils alors quand celui-ci en vient à se découvrir ? Ils font comme la génération précédente, constate Ian Buruma, dans un essai sur l’assassinat par un islamiste du cinéaste Théo Van Gogh : ils regardent, tant qu’ils peuvent, ailleurs ou bien ils s’efforcent de remonter aux causes sociales de la violence et lorsqu’ils n’y arrivent pas, lorsque l’ennemi déclaré ne se laisse pas réduire à un chômeur aux abois ou à un opprimé en colère, ils en font un psychopathe, ils réagissent à ses crimes doctrinaux par une mise en garde solennelle contre tout amalgame (…).
Mais comme, à la différence de leurs minables aînés, ils se sentent investis d’une haute mission morale – pourfendre les vieux démons -, ils ne se contentent pas de frapper d’inexistence ou d’insignifiance la réalité, ils déchaînent les foudres de l’antiracisme sur tous ceux qui prétendent en tenir compte. »

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Posted on 12/31/2014 3:50 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
What Happened To Zoroastrian Persia After The Arab Invasion
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Posted on 12/31/2014 3:15 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Tel Aviv Shoreline
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by P. David Hornik (January 2015)


The shadows on the shore

recover an innocence.

Two are tossing a ball.

Soon they’ll disappear into the dark

and become something else—  more>>>

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Posted on 12/31/2014 10:24 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Mumbai Streets
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by Dilip Mohapatra (January 2015)


The glisten and glitter

of receding tail lamps in waves

the siren of the ambulance

dopplering into a splinter

in the silence zone  more>>>

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Posted on 12/31/2014 10:21 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
September Raven
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by Len Krisak (January 2015)


             With clonic strut they come,

       Six starlings bent on feeding,

Stabbing the raddled lawn that’s just endured

Its fall re-seeding.  more>>>

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Posted on 12/31/2014 10:18 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
The Sidewalk
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by Hannah Messinger (January 2015)


I walk down the street from your house, hands in my sweatshirt pocket, fingers intertwined tightly in an effort to pull myself together. My breath becomes more rapid the further away I move, my walk turning into a jog and then a run. I feel my lungs burn as I inhale ice. Silvery billows cloud the path before me, but I don’t care. I free my hands from my sweatshirt, pausing a moment to rip it off completely and leave it on the snow laden sidewalk. It smells like you, and your smell makes me sick to my stomach.  more>>>

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Posted on 12/31/2014 10:14 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
The Finger of LazerUs
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by David P. Gontar (January 2015)


There was something she was trying to remember, but what? Laura caught herself gazing out the bay window at the dense Queue, which pointed down Fifth Avenue like a gnarled finger. What was it? Oh, yes, it was her appointment Saturday, of course. She smiled, closing her eyes, and tried to imagine how astonished everyone would be. Or would they? After all, the Queue ran directly in front of her flat and had done so for the past three years. There was a kind of social undertow, then, was there not? It seemed in a preposterous way to sweep so many along in its inexorable flow towards finality, a journey which on the average took two days, two days to trek a mere 3.7 miles to the Transformer at Washington Square. Well, she mused, I guess they won’t be so surprised. In fact, I’ll probably bump into a lot of them in the Queue. Won’t that be a laugh?  more>>>

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Posted on 12/31/2014 10:11 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Conclusions: Kosti’s Menck & Nat
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by Richard Kostelanetz (January 2015)


In memory of the great American writer Benjamin de Casseres (1873-1945), who authored Mencken and Shaw (1930)

Long interested in rewriting classic American literary works, beginning with Herman Melville’s “Bartleby” and continuing with Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” (both of mine published by Bartleby & Co. in Brussels), I discovered a fugative text produced before 1920 by my critical hero H. L. Mencken in collaboration with his sometime co-conspirator (and co-editor) George Jean Nathan. Published as The American Credo (1920), it has two parts. The first, curiously mistitled “Preface,” is longer than the second part. If the former offers a critique of American society, the latter is meant to represent Americans’ ideas. The few critics thoughtfully commenting on this book judge its first part as superior to its second. Even so, the second was more inspiring to me.  more>>>

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Posted on 12/31/2014 10:05 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Chimp is not a Mensch, Says Court Panel
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by Lorna Salzman (January 2015)


As animal rights activists protested, a New York State judicial panel ruled that Tommy, an adult chimp (Pan troglodytes) living in upstate New York, does not have the same rights as a human being (Homo sapiens sapiens).

Adding insult to injury, Justice Karen Peters of the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court, was quoted by the New York Times as saying that apes' "lackadaisical approach to civic life" justified depriving them of the rights afforded to "most people reading this article."  more>>>

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Posted on 12/31/2014 10:01 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
The Philosophy of Sri Ramana Maharshi
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by Bibhu Padhi (January 2015)


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The Vedanta has been considered as one the most influential of the Indian philosophical systems. It obviously deserves the close attention it has been paid over the years. It has influenced most of the greatest Indian and western thinkers of the twentieth century. Vedanta is based on the Upanishads, one of the most ancient of Indian scriptures, although the “Vedanta” occurs in the Upanishads and includes some of the earlier portions of the Veda and includes the philosophy of the Gita.  more>>>

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Posted on 12/31/2014 9:56 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Jews and the Invention of Time
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by Moshe Dann (January 2015)


Jews are quite literally obsessed with time. Every month the new moon is sanctified and calculated by minutes and seconds, as well as by sight. Every week observant Jews rush -- sometimes panic -- to finish all the preparations for the Sabbath before it begins. On Pesach, unleavened bread (matzot) can only be used if baked within 18 minutes from the time the dough is made. Why are time-limited boundaries so important? Does an extra minute make so much difference?  more>>>

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Posted on 12/31/2014 9:52 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Ecuador: China's Newest Client State
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by Lorna Salzman (January 2015)


Some years back, linguist Noam Chomsky, one of the leading leftist intellectuals in the USA and a perpetual critic of American foreign policy, wrote a celebratory opinion piece in the International Herald Tribune upon the accession of several leftist governments to power in Latin America: Bachelet in Chile, Lula in Brazil, Chavez in Venezuela. (Morales in Bolivia appeared somewhat later).  more>>>

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Posted on 12/31/2014 9:47 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
A Village Remembered: Western Nepal May 2013
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by Geoffrey Clarfield (January 2015)
 

Introduction

Let us call the village Karapur. That is not its real name. We will call it by its invented name to prevent interested readers from descending on the village, and out of respect for the villagers. Karapur is not that different from villages like it. It is just one of many villages that can be found on the banks of the West Seti river. For those with an adventurous spirit the road in and out and up down this remarkable Himalayan river valley, is well worth the effort.  more>>>

 

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Posted on 12/31/2014 9:38 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Could Israel Lose the Energy Prize in the Eastern Mediterranean?
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by Jerry Gordon (January 2015)


In December 2011, we published what might have been a prescient prediction of Israel‘s emerging energy independence, Will Israel Win the Energy Prize in the Levant Basin? We drew attention to the geo-political opportunities and security risks to the Jewish nation from the discovery and development of significant off shore gas deposits in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Levant Basin. These have been developed by Houston, Texas-based Noble Energy, Inc. and its Israeli partner, Delek Group, Ltd. (hereafter referred to as “the Consortium”). In 2009 came the discovery of the Tamar gas field with estimated reserves of 7.9 trillion Cubic Feet (TCF) by the Consortium followed by the giant Leviathan field a year later in 2010 with estimated reserves of 21.9 TCF. Production from Tamar began flowing in April 2013 with immediate economic benefits to Israel. A third major gas field discovery in Israel’s offshore EEZ, the Royee, with estimated reserves of 3.2 TCF was announced in mid-December 2014 by Ratio Oil. The potential significance of these energy developments for Israel is huge.  more>>>
 

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Posted on 12/31/2014 9:27 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
The Standard Petition Against the Backlash is Getting Even Faster
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by Thomas Samm (January 2015)


A friend once laughed as she told me how her elderly mother had phoned to say she had sent her daughter an email, “so you’ll probably get it by tomorrow morning.” The traditional print media in its electronic form is even quicker than my friend’s now late mother could have imagined. Ready-made self-pitying activist screeds are mechanically cranked out by grown men wanting to yell and wail about their victimhood, even before the most elementary facts of a case have been drawn up in history’s first draft. One “Sydney-based writer and activist,” who faxed over to the British media a long ago-written response to his home city’s siege-murder event, was at the far opposite end of the spectrum to those carefree dumb Sydneyers who took selfies in front of an ongoing scene of kidnap and murder.  more>>>

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Posted on 12/31/2014 9:16 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
The Vast Majority of Muslims
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by Richard Butrick (January 2015)


Let’s not blame all Italians for the Mafia. Let’s not blame all Germans for Auschwitz. This seems only fair, judicious and a healthy counter to mob-mentality and over-reaction.

Strangely enough this seemingly admirable judicious let’s-not-overgeneralize, in-all-fairness mindset also seems frequently coupled with the self-righteous ready to blame-all-white Americans for slavery and treatment of American Indians.  more>>>

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Posted on 12/31/2014 9:12 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 31 December 2014
The Last Israelis
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a review by Norman Berdichevsky (January 2015)
 

The Last Israelis: an Apocalyptic Military Thriller about an Israeli Submarine and a Nuclear Iran
by Noah Beck (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition)
May 6, 2013, 271 pp.

 

 

(and a Prologue/Epilogue to the Novel)  more>>>

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Posted on 12/31/2014 9:08 AM by NER
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