2013-08-30


The Ship That Sailed To Mars






William Mitcheson Timlin, The Ship That Sailed To Mars, Harrap, 1923

2013-08-29

I am an unusual thing


I am an unusual thing.
I have no soul and no body.
One cannot see me
but can hear me.
I do not exist for me alone.
Only a human being can give me life
as often as he wishes.
And my life is only of short duration,
for I die almost at the moment I am born.

And so, according to man's caprice,
I may live and die untold times a day.
To those who give me life I do nothing,
but those on whose account I am born
I leave with painful sensations
for the short duration of my life;
of my life till I depart.

I am appointed to a situation
which will afford me
leisure to write music
just to please myself.
And I feel capable of doing something
worthy of the fame I've acquired.
But instead, I must die.

Mozart's words three days before his death - from a reported conversation in English between Constanze Mozart and V. Novello.

Mozart 252, Michael Nyman, 2008

2013-08-28

Les femmes, ce problème d'ordre social

Russie: de nouvelles lois homophobes se profilent
Publié par Maëlle Le Corre
En Russie, contrairement à la France, les gays peuvent donner leur sang. Mais plus pour très longtemps, si la loi de Mikhaïl Diegtiariov est votée à la Douma.

Alors que tous les yeux sont braqués sur Sotchi et que la mobilisation internationale contre l'atteinte aux droits humains par le gouvernement russe continue, la Douma planche déjà sur de nouvelles lois qui, si elles sont adoptées, stigmatiseront un peu plus les personnes LGBT.
RÉTABLIR L'EXCLUSION DES HOMOS POUR LE DON DU SANG
Le candidat à la mairie de Moscou Mikhail Diegtiariov tente actuellement de rétablir l'interdiction du don du sang pour les homosexuels. Ironie du sort, elle avait en effet été levée en 2008. Aujourd'hui, ce député membre du Parti Libéral Démocrate de Russie souhaite remettre l'homosexualité dans la liste des contre-indications, puisque 65% des personnes séropositives seraient homosexuelles, aurait-il déclaré lors d'une conférence de presse, sans toutefois faire connaître ses sources. Si cette loi est votée, les pays occidentaux auront bien du mal à s'indigner de cette discrimination, puisque plusieurs pays, dont la France, mais aussi le Canada, la Suisse, l'Australie ou le Royaume-Uni restreignent eux aussi, l'accès au don du sang pour les hommes ayant des relations sexuelles avec les hommes.
DES CONSULTATIONS POUR DEVENIR HÉTÉROSEXUEL
Autre projet de loi porté par ce jeune député: établir un service de thérapie pour guérir de l'homosexualité. Ce service constituerait à proposer des consultations volontaires et anonymes avec des psychologues et des sexologues afin d'aider les personnes homosexuelles. "Cela les aiderait à revenir à une vie normale et à devenir hétérosexuel.le.s, comme 95 à 99% de nos concitoyen.ne.s" a déclaré Mikhail Diegtiariov.
DES GAY PRIDES, OUI... MAIS LA NUIT
Le parlementaire s'est prononcé sur la loi anti "propagande gay" en vigueur depuis juin dernier, qui d'après lui, n'est pas discriminante et n'interdit pas la tenue d'événements comme la gay pride: "La loi prévoit qu'ils n'organisent pas de gay prides quand les enfants peuvent les voir. Mais c'est possible de les faire la nuit, avec des lampes de poche et sans amplis."
LES FEMMES, CE PROBLÈME D'ORDRE SOCIAL
Les femmes aussi semblent poser un problème à ce député. Surtout celles qui ont une activité professionnelle. Fin juillet, Mikhail Diegtiariov a proposé une loi afin d'établir deux jours de congé par mois pour les femmes... au moment de leur règles: "A cette période, la majorité des femmes vivent une gêne psychologique et physique. Souvent la douleur est tellement intense qu'elles doivent appeler une ambulance." Selon la loi soumise par le député, les conséquences des règles représenteraient un réel problème d'ordre social pour les femmes qui travaillent. Le Parti Libéral Démocrate russe est réputé pour être foncièrement traditionaliste et ultranationaliste.
MIKHAÏL DIEGTIARIOV, FUTUR MAIRE?
A 32 ans, ce jeune loup va-t-il peser sur le long terme dans la politique russe? L'élection municipale à Moscou qui aura lieu le 8 septembre nous le dira. Selon un sondage, moins d'1% des Moscovites ont l'intention de voter pour Mikhail Diegtiariov, tandis que le favori de cette élection, Sergei Sobianine, et Alexei Navalny, l'opposant à Vladimir Poutine, ont encore leurs chances pour atteindre le second tour.





Cloud Atlas, Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, 2012

Reborned

Valleysmen only had one god an’ her name it was Sonmi. Savages on Big I norm’ly had more gods’n you could wave a spiker at. Down in Hilo they prayed to Sonmi if they’d the moodin’ but they’d got other gods too, shark gods, volcano gods, corn gods, sneeze gods, hairy-wart gods, oh, you name it, the Hilo’d birth a god for it. The Kona’d got a hole tribe o’ war gods an’ horse gods’n’all. But for Valleysmen savage gods weren’t worth knowin’, nay, only Sonmi was real.
She lived ’mongst us, minderin’ the Nine Folded Valleys. Most times we cudn’t see her, times was she was seen, an old crone with a stick, tho’ I sumtimes seen her as a shimm’rin’ girl. Sonmi helped sick uns, fixed busted luck, an’ when a truesome’n’civ’lized Valleysman died she’d take his soul an’ lead it back into a womb somewhere in the Valleys. Time was we mem’ried our gone lifes, times was we cudn’t, times was Sonmi telled Abbess who was who in a dreamin’, times was she din’t … but we knew we’d always be reborned as Valleysmen, an’ so death weren’t so scarysome for us, nay.
Unless Old Georgie got your soul, that is. See, if you b’haved savage-like an’ selfy an’ spurned the Civ’lize, or if Georgie tempted you into barb’rism an’ all, then your soul got heavy’n’jagged an’ weighed with stones. Sonmi cudn’t fit you into no womb then. Such crookit selfy people was called “stoned” an’ no fate was more dreadsome for a Valleysman.


David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 2004

2013-08-26

Free

Russian Parliament Working On Bill To 'Return' Gays To 'Normal Life' Via 'Ex-Gay Therapy'
by David Badash on August 26, 2013

Vladimir Putin's war on gays just got worse. In addition to the law Russia's president signed in June banning any public show of support for LGBT people, now the parliament of Russia is working on a bill that would offer free "ex-gay" or "reparative" therapy on gay people. So-called "ex-gay therapy," and the larger class of SOCE - sexual orientation change efforts - have been shown to be largely at best ineffective and generally harmful. Every major medial association has condemned the practice as harmful.
The "therapy" supposedly would be anonymous and voluntary. But given Russia's current war on the LGBT community, how long would it be before the government-sponsored "ex-gay therapy" became not voluntary, but mandatory? Would those convicted of violating Russia's "homosexual propaganda" laws be "offered" the option to undergo harmful conversion therapy in lieu of a jail sentence? The mind reels at the possibilities.
Mikhail Degtyarev, who is a senior Russian Member of Parliament (MP) gave the news to reporters in Moscow, saying the proposal would allow gay people to "return to normal life and become heterosexuals, as are 95 to 99 percent of our citizens," Russia Today reported.
MP Degtyarev clearly knows little about so-called conversion therapies. Even those who support the practice have stated they do not change gay people into straight people; rather, they claim, they allow gay people to live in heterosexual relationships.
RT notes the "initiative" would "offer gays voluntary anonymous consultations with psychologists, psychotherapists and sexologists."
Degtyarev also told reporters Parliament is working on a bill to make the donation of blood by gay people illegal. Russia dropped its ban on donations of blood by gay people in 2008.
MP Degtyarev "told a news conference in Moscow that in his view such a step could not be considered discriminatory, as 65 percent of all HIV-positive persons are homosexuals. Degtyarev did not give the source of this statistics," RT adds:
"We will suggest amendments to the law on donors that reintroduce homosexuality to the list of contraindications for blood donations in Health Ministry instructions," said State Duma MP Mikhail Degtyarev, who is also a Moscow mayoral candidate from the populist-nationalist party LDPR.
As Russian LGBT journalist Masha Gessen and many others have noted, Putin and Parliament are reportedly also working on a bill that would allow the Russian government to remove all children from LGBT and same-sex parents. Gessen is moving to New York to escape the possible removal of her children.

The New Civil Rights Movement 

2013-08-25

2013-08-23

Jusqu'au bout du monde

Sonmi

- What was your first lecture?
- Swanti’s Biomathematics; however, its real lesson was humiliation. I walked to the lecture hall across dirty slush, hooded and unnoticed. But when I took off my cloak in the corridor, my Sonmi features provoked surprise, then unease. In the lecture hall, my entry detonated resentful silence.
It didn’t last. “Oy!” a boy yelled. “One hot ginseng, two dog-burgers!” and the entire theater laughed. I am not genomed to blush, but my pulse rose. I took a seat in the second row, occupied by girls. Their leader had emeralded teeth. “This is our row,” she said. “Go to the back. You stink of mayo.” I obeyed, meekly. A paper dart hit my face. “We don’t vend burgers in your dinery, fabricant,” someone called, “why’re you taking up space in our lecture?” I was about to leave when spidery Dr. Chu’an tripped onto the stage and dropped her notes. I did my best to concentrate on the lecture that followed, but after a while, Dr. Chu’an’s eyes roamed her audience, saw me; she stopped midsentence. The audience, laughing, realized why. Dr. Chu’an forced herself to continue. I forced myself to stay but lacked the courage to ask questions at the end. Outside I endured a barrage of aggressive snideries.

- Did Professor Mephi know about the students’ unfriendliness?
- I think so. At our seminar, the professor asked if my lecture had been fruitful; I chose the word informative and asked why purebloods despised me so. He replied, “What if the differences between social strata stem not from genomics or inherent excellence or even dollars, but merely differences in knowledge? Would this not mean the whole Pyramid is built on shifting sands?”
I speculated such a suggestion could be seen as a serious deviancy.
Mephi seemed delited. “Try this for deviancy: fabricants are mirrors held up to purebloods’ consciences; what purebloods see reflected there sickens them. So they blame you for holding up the mirror.”
I hid my shock by asking when purebloods might blame themselves.
Mephi replied, “History suggests, not until they are made to.”
When, I asked, would that happen?
 
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 2004

2013-08-22

Sight


La Veuë [The Sight] / Bouchardon In. et del. ; Gravé à l'Eau forte par Cx [Caylus] et terminé au Burin par E.t Fessard
A Paris chez Fessard Cloitre St Germain Lauxerrois

2013-08-21

Viking ships

2013-08-18

Jusqu'au bout du monde


Norse statues installed above L'Anse aux Meadows historical site, Newfoundland and Labrador, design: Amélie Déry, illustration: Karen Van Niekerk 
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:L'Anse_aux_Meadows,_Norse_statues.jpg

2013-08-17

Fête de l'Eau





































Association Dreknor

Fête de l'eau
17 et 18 août 2013
Port de plaisance, Carentan