Wednesday, January 25, 2017

"Seabedabbled, fallen, weltering. Lapwing you are. Lapwing be": Land of the Southern Lapwing

... en établissant entre le Toi et le Moi un rapport par résonance qui transcende tout rapport optique.
Premièrement, la voie d'un commun enracinement terrestre qui, d'en bas, gagne l'oeil.
Deuxièmement, la voie d'une commune participation cosmique qui survient d'en haut.
Paul Klee (traduction par Pierre-Henri Gonthier)

***Pictures taken by A/Z.

No tripod, high ISO:

***Pictures taken by A/Z.

Stormy Day:

***Pictures taken by A/Z.

Also near:

"Die Natur soll der sichtbare Geist, der Geist die unsichtbare Natur sein." (Schelling)

***Pictures taken by A/Z.


Ce sont des mouvements intérieurs vagues, qui ne 
dépendent d'aucun objet et n'ont pas d'intention, 
des états semblables à d'autres liés à la pureté du ciel, 
au parfum d'une chambre...
Georges Bataille

***Pictures taken by A/Z.


from Neil Jordan's
Ondine (2010);

***See also:
- Joyce in a Toadstool & the Southern Lapwing;
- L'intelligence des fleurs;
- Torres (Northeast of Rio Grande do Sul);
- Spooky Blue;

And also:
- Conversa de Etiqueta;
- Kostellation;
- RGS Rock;
- Northeast Region of Rio Grande do Sul;
- Garbage (Plastic Debris);

Saturday, January 21, 2017

A Place Where Everything Is Permitted &/or Brazil in the Era of Post Truth Politics

A minha pintura, sombria, dramática, suja, corresponde à verdade mais profunda
que habita no íntimo de uma burguesia que cobre a miséria do dia a dia com 
o colorido das orgias e da alienação do povo.
Iberê Camargo, Gaveta dos Guardados

That supercreepy feeling that something, somewhere, is horribly, horribly wrong?
James St. James, Freak Show

The video you see below is available in the official site of Brazil's Chamber of Deputies (it is the sixth video available in this page):

In 20 minutes, the journalist Marco Aurélio Flores Carone (1) gives his view on why and how he was imprisoned, and (2) denounces an widespread (and scary) corruption scheme dating back to the government of PSDB in Minas Gerais (and still effective during the present government of PT). What he tells about Aecio Neves' alleged history of substance abuse (while governor) is just a minor issue. But he refers, for instance, to a place he calls unabashedly a "laundry of crimes" (9'50" of the video), where detainees beaten up by the police are kept hidden. He refers to scandalous underpricing in the sell of niobium to the London stock exchange and other criminal activities which would have implications for the Mariana mining disaster and the operation Car Wash. 
Whether true or not, these are appalling affirmations. The media has a duty to scrutinize all facts related to them. Why are they not doing this? I wouldn't put my trust in Rede Globo or Bandeirantes, but more "alternative" media (which in Brazil includes, besides Glenn Greenwald and The Intercept foreign corporations such as BBC, DW and El Pais) should be concerned. 
Under such a shadow can a country be called a democracy?
***Months after I wrote this, senator Aecio Neves was caught on tape asking for laundered money among other things. The scandal leaked to the press by a journalist of O Globo and Globonews covered all the issues involved, which led to the suspension of his mandate. 

Bonna Petit!!! (A/Z, 2017): 

And also: