Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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

Stormy Day;
Neil Jordan's Ondine (2010);
Pictures taken by A/Z (for more see here);

"Die Natur soll der sichtbare Geist, der Geist die unsichtbare Natur sein." 
"In einem solchen Zustande empfand ich einmal die Nähe einer Kuhheerde durch Wiederkehr milderer, menschenfreundlicherer Gedanken, noch bevor ich sie sah: Das hat Wärme in sich..."
"As a sinful thought seizes the hitherto pure soul, so did a black, leaden, heavy cloud move and cover the earth with ominous gloom."
Scriabin (translation Faubion Bowers)
"Le parc national Nitmiluk n'est pas un espace sauvage... c'est un produit de l'activité humaine. C'est une terre façonnée par nous au long de dizaines de millénaires —à travers nos cérémonies et nos liens de parenté, par le feu de brousse et par la chasse."
Jawoyn leader (Philippe Descola's Par-delà nature et culture)
"Le taoïsme enseigne qu'un souffle cosmique, le qi, irradie dans toute la Chine à partir de la chaîne montagneuse du Kunlun, circulant le long de lignes de force comparables aux veines qui irriguent le corps humain."
Philippe Descola

"... 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)
"Adler sollen uns Einsamen Speise bringen in ihren Schnäbeln!"
"Depuis les études pionnières de Peter Marier sur les dialectes des pinsons, il ne fait plus de doute, d'abord, que les chants de certains oiseaux ne sont pas stéréotypés por toute l'espèce mais manifestent de grandes variations individuelles et régionales."
Philippe Descola
"... there were mute swans swimming on both sides of the causeway in both the lake and the sea. Very curious. I had never seen that before. But these were strange days..."
Lol Tolhurst
"Les mots que je prononçais moi-même et qui devaient presque toujours se rattacher à un effort de l'intelligence, souvent ils me faisaient l'effet d'un bourdonnement d'insecte."
"Mes oiseaux, on ne les avait pas tués. C'étaient des oiseaux sauvages. Et cependant assez confiant. Je les reconnaissais et ils semblaient me reconnaître... sait-on jamais."
"... a bird is a winged caress..."
"... insects are the sun's kisses..."
Scriabin (Sabaneeff/Faubion Bowers)
"Le Poëte est semblable au prince des nuées
Qui hante la tempête et se rit de l'archer;
Exilé sur le sol au milieu des huées,
Ses ailes de géant l'empêchent de marcher."
Charles Baudelaire

"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
"You can be just as faithful to a place or a thing as you can to a person."
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
"Every bug and viper and jackaloupe was leaning forward, tensely, listening and waiting for something bad to happen."
James St. James

"The human homing ability is most developed in nomadic people... The distance records are held by birds. Adélie penguins, Leach's petrels, Manx shearwaters, Laysian albatrosses, storks, terns, swallows, and starlings have all been known to home from more than a thousand miles away...
This band is stretched when the pigeons are taken away from their home. But it should also be stretched under the converse condition: when the home is taken away from the pigeons... Can the pigeons find their missing home?
... In the First World War, the Italian Navy used mobile lofts of pigeons to carry messages from ship to ship... From distances over 100 km the birds found their own lofts on boats, which were moving continuously all the time..."
Rupert Sheldrake

Saturday, January 21, 2017

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

The fist video you saw above is available in the official site of Brazil's
Chamber of Deputies (it is the sixth video available in this page):
Bonna Petit!!! (by A/Z, for more see here);

"Aparecido Laertes Calandra, codinome capitão Ubirajara, é figura carimbada em todas as listas de grupos de direitos humanos e foi reconhecido por diversas vítimas como torturador... Este estava na ativa até pouco tempo atrás. Geraldo Alckmin, governador de São Paulo, em 2003 uso a Lei da Anistia para justificar a nomeação dele para o Departamento de Inteligência do Departamento Estadual de Investigações sobre Narcóticos da Polícia Civil do estado."
Marcelo Netto & Rogério Medeiros

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

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. 

See also:
- Who Wants to Be the World's 5th's Largest Economy?
- B4 Trump Turns Real: Banality of Evil in Brazil;
- Brazil After Rousseff's Impeachment, State Violence & the US;
- Brazil's most recent contribution to the disillusionment of humanitarian rhetoric;
- Sunday's Afterthought and List of Infamous Brazilian Esquerdofrênicos;
- American Liberal Hell and Liberal Stupidity Much B4 Trump;
- Instead of revolution: démontage;
- Pier Paolo Pasolini & Deconstruction;
- Favorite quotes from Detlev Claussen's Theodor W. Adorno;
- L'articulation blanchotienne des notions de responsabilité, création et au-delà de l'être;
- Écriture/Violence;
- "... Comunauté Elective";
And also:
- Godard Sympathy for the Devil & British Sounds;
- Sonatine, Masahiro Shinoda & the tyranny of evil men;
- Facebookers, Pokemongoers and Francophonie;
- El Estudiante, political movie;