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Cardinal George Pell is the third-most powerful official in the Catholic Church as head of the Vatican’s finances. And he’s just been charged multiple sexual assaults in his native Australia. I think it’s time to play this song again.

Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky signs into law a bill allowing Bible classes in public schools. I’m sure that not far behind are classes on the Qu’ran, the Bhagvat Gita, Dianetics, and the Books of Bokonon. Any day now.

ProPublica reveals “a trove” of Facebook’s internal documents showing its secret guidelines for determining what is and is not hate speech, and thus able to be censored. And some of it is frankly disturbing:

One document trains content reviewers on how to apply the company’s global hate speech algorithm. The slide identifies three groups: female drivers, black children and white men. It asks: Which group is protected from hate speech? The correct answer: white men. ... White men are considered a group because both traits are protected, while female drivers and black children, like radicalized Muslims, are subsets, because one of their characteristics is not protected. 

Adi Robertson at The Verge notes that Facebook’s task is more or less impossible:

If the company decides to promote a positive social environment without taking clear political sides, it will trend toward a faux neutrality where “hate” is any negative opinion, punishing people who criticize the status quo. But if it admits to an ideological bent, it will have to start formulating political stances on which groups worldwide deserve the most protection from hate. The more social responsibility it accepts, the more liable it is for failing to police its users, and the more power it has to control speech — not just comments to other users, but personal timeline posts or photographs. 

Oh, hey hey hey, make sure you dig the latest Cause & Effect newsletter. It’s got international news, SCOTUS news, and not all of the news is bad!

CFI’s Benjamin Radford is on the panel for a discussion about psychics (along with a bunch of alleged psychics) on WNPR’s Colin McEnroe Show.

Another “psychic,” Michelle Marks of Dixon, Illinois, is arrested for “exploitation of an elderly person and multiple weapons charges.” Wow she was busy!

Researchers at the Catholic University of Louvain wanted to see if atheists in Western Europe were more or less closed-minded than the religious. And that’s what they found, more or less:

Atheists tended to show greater intolerance of contradiction, meaning when they were presented with two seemingly contradictory statements they rated one as very true and the other as very false. They also showed less propensity to be able to imagine arguments contrary to their own position and find them somewhat convincing.

A group of scientists and other figures sign on to an initiative called Mission 2020, intended to get greenhouse gas emissions to “curve downward” by 2020, because failing that, the goals of Paris become unattainable. While it’s noble, I am skeptical. Especially after my Point of Inquiry interview with Elizabeth Kolbert earlier this month.

Undaunted by my kind of despair, a “global covenant of mayors” pledging to meet the goals of the Paris accord has brought on board more than 7400 cities.

Cleve Wootson at WaPo introduces us to Michael Tate Reed, the guy who keeps ramming his car into Ten Commandments monuments, as he did in Arkansas yesterday:

[In 2014] He was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and released under an agreement that required him to continue treatment. He sent a rambling letter to the newspaper apologizing and describing the voices in his head and his attempts to recover from mental health issues. 

Speaking of which, Joseph Frankel at The Atlantic looks at how the phenomenon of “hearing voices” in one’s head—which is sometimes what makes people think they’re psychic, and others say they’re psychotic—may be more common than once thought, and also may be more controllable:

These experiments suggest that auditory hallucinations are the result of the mind failing to brand its actions as its own. Watching what the brain does during these hallucinations may clarify how that works, and what differences in the brain create these experiences. ... Drawing a parallel with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the [researchers] are interested in the extent to which the psychics they saw “might occupy the extreme end of a continuum” of people who hear voices. 

The Mormon Church is taking bold strides into the latter half of the 20th century, offering paid maternity or parental leave to church employees and (hold on to your butts) allowing women to wear pants.

A California health department report says that 111 people have chosen to take their own lives in the first six months of the state’s right-to-die law. 

Uranus isn’t just odd because its name makes you chuckle (which is why I must pronounce it “YURen-uss,” not, you know, the other way). It’s on a crazy 98-degree axis, and its magnetic shield is all wobbly.

When there’s somethin’ strange…in the neighborhood…who you gonna call? The Royal Thai Police Force! They ain’t afraid o’no phi pob. 

Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter is a fun, scientific, educational museum experience for the whole family! Oh wait, the city wants them to pay a “safety assessment fee”? I meant to say, it’s a ministry. So, sorry. Exempt. Phew! I mean, “amen.”

My home state of Maine gets its first case of measles in 20 years. Oh god I hope it’s not me! 

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          Mieux vivre avec la schizophrénie : avec les thérapies comportementales et cognitives   
Vous êtes atteints de schizophrénie comme près de 1 % de la population générale française ? Ce guide est rédigé pour vous et votre entourage. Il répond à toutes les questions que vous vous posez : - Comment puis-je me traiter ? - Qui dois-je consulter et pourquoi le faire ? - Comment dépasser mon anxiété et gérer mes symptômes ? - Comment retrouver l'envie et le plaisir d'agir ? Ce guide présente un programme pas à pas et une série d'objectifs à vous fixer afin que, progressivement, vous preniez le contrôle sur la maladie. Des quiz pour faire le point sur les idées fortes à retenir, des tableaux à compléter seul ou avec un soignant, des schémas récapitulatifs et des exercices pratiques... une véritable boîte à outils est mise à votre disposition afin de vous aider à retrouver une vie stabilisée. Cette nouvelle édition est enrichie d'un avant-propos qui présente l'ouvrage et des mises à jour ont été intégrées.
          Indie Author Spotlight: Robert Eggleton   


Hello lovelies welcome to a feature I am going to have on La Jersey Chika Reads Indie Books that is called Indie Author Spotlight. Each month I will post an Indie Author Spotlight to help spread word about the works of the fantastic indie authors that are out there!


Today tenth installment and feature is Robert Eggleton author of Rarity from the Hollow



 Robert Eggleton




Author's Bio

Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. Locally, he is best known for his nonfiction about children’s programs and issues, much of which was published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from1982 through 1997. Today, he is a retired children's psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome maltreatment and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel. Its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines. Author proceeds support the prevention of child maltreatment.



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Rarity from the Hollow

By Robert Eggleton

Genre: Adult Literary Science Fiction

Publication Date: November 3, 2016

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Author Interview


Q. Describe your book in ten words or less.

A. An unlikely savior of the universe -- tragedy, comedy, and satire.


Q. What draws you to this genre.

A. I enjoy reading and writing literary fiction and within most genres. I'm not a big fan of pure escapist novels. I tend to look for the author's hidden metaphors -- meaning behind the superficial and that seems to detract from my enjoyment. So, when I write, my goal is to produce something that will be reflected upon after the last paragraph has been read. I also enjoy reading speculative fiction -- the what if? There are several what ifs in Rarity from the Hollow, but the one that was most fun to write was its political parody. What if some compelling force united extreme capitalism and socialism by a common cause --- saving the universe? While much of the focus of my story was on the prevention of child maltreatment, there are other analogies -- i.e. global warming. Rarity from the Hollow was the first, perhaps the only, science fiction adventure to specifically predict the rise of Donald Trump to political power -- parody with no political advocacy one side or any other. Readers find out how Lacy Dawn, the protagonist, convinced Mr. Rump (Bernie Sanders) to help talk Mr. Prump (Donald Trump) into saving the universe. The allegory includes pressing issues that are being debated today, including illegal immigration and the refuge crisis, an issue that several European commentators have compared to cockroach infestation; extreme capitalism / consumerism vs. domestic spending for social supports; sexual harassment…. Mr. Prump in my story was a projection of Donald Trump based on the TV show, The Apprentice. The counterpart, Mr. Rump, was based on my understanding of positions held by Bernie Sanders as I wrote the story. Part of the negotiations in the story occur in the only high rise on planet Shptiludrp (Shop Until You Drop), a giant shopping mall and the center of economic governance, now more easily identifiable as Trump Tower. The allegory was not addressed by ARC reviewers of the novel because so few people worldwide considered Donald Trump to be a serious political contender until the primary elections in the U.S. The political allegory in the novel is obvious now that Donald Trump has become a household name. In summary, I am drawn to literary speculative fiction because it is so much fun to write.


Q. Where do you get information or ideas for your book?

A. Much of Rarity from the Hollow is more real than not, and based upon over forty years of my experiences working as a children's advocate. I use Google for research, for example, on updated research on prevalence rates or correlates of child abuse. One interesting element of the story pertains to the ET assistance that helped cure Lacy Dawn's parents -- she begins the story as an eleven year old protagonist, a victim of maltreatment. Her father is a war damaged Vet suffering from PTSD, night terrors, and anger outbursts. Several book reviewers have complimented by imagination when writing the medical intervention element of the story. In reality, humans are living in a very exciting time when computerized diagnosis and intervention of mental health concerns is an emerging science. The fantastical means employed by the alien in my story to treat the parents were based on today’s medical reality. I’ve already mentioned that in the beginning of Rarity from the Hollow, Dwayne, the abusive father was a war damaged Vet experiencing anger outbursts and night terrors. The mother was a downtrodden victim of domestic violence who had lost hope of ever getting her G.E.D. or driver's license, or of protecting her daughter. Diagnosis and treatment of these concerns affecting the parents, as representative of many similarly situated, was based on emerging technologies presented at the 2015 World Medical Innovation Forum: https://worldmedicalinnovation.org/ . Yes, in real life, like in my story, patients have been hooked up to computer technology for medial diagnosis and treatment. Additional exciting research was presented at that Forum and may one day may revolutionize psychiatric treatment. Most relevant to my story were: (1) smart brain prosthetics, wireless devises being tested for potential to relieve depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder…neural engineering to manipulate brain signals; (2) sophisticated imaging systems that are minimally invasive to brain circuitry for diagnosis (3) and, healing the brain with neuromodulation and electroceuticals to treat depression and schizophrenia. http://hitconsultant.net/2015/04/30/tech-revolutionize-neurological-psychiatric-care/


Q. How do you select the names of your characters?

A. Typically, I pick names that fit a culture for stories. While I love fantasy, I've found long and unusual first names for characters annoying, thereby sometimes leading to head hopping as I've read the stories. I try to avoid this practice. For example, I recently read a short story involving sisters with unusual but very similar first names. I kept getting the characters mixed up, complicated by their similar voices. The subculture for Rarity from the Hollow is Appalachian, a place where the use of first and middle names is common when addressing the individual, such as Billy Bob, or Robert Thomas. Lacy Dawn was addressed by her first and middle name in the story as a show of love and respect, while the other characters were addressed by their first names only as a sign that their parents did not hold their existences in high regard. As a back story, when pregnant, Lacy Dawn's mother realized that she would not be able to give her daughter beautiful things in life, so she decided to give her a very beautiful name at birth.  


Q. List your top 5 favorite authors or books.

A. Gosh, this is an impossible to answer question. I'm a mood reader, so my favorite books at one time may be entirely different than at another time. Right now: Vonnegut’s anger in Breakfast of Champions helped me stay strong as a children’s advocate and as a writer, and how to experiment with my writing style. Watership Down by R. Adams was such a sweet adventure that some of this element just is a necessary ingredient of even the scariest or saddest story. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is probably on a lot of lists of favorite books. If I feel nostalgic, like now, Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins pushed me into the wilder side of writing regardless of censorship with views on religion and other topics. Last, The Color Purple by Alice Walker remains a role model for using colloquialism to reach mainstream readers. 


Q. What book/s are you reading at present?

A. I'm going to have to pass on this question. I'm reading a second novel by an unknown author and am so disappointed that I don't want to name it. I respected her debut novel and expected this one to be even better. It isn't. When this one was posted on a blog for 99¢ I grabbed a Kindle version. Don't misunderstand. I don't subscribe to the Goodreads rating system based on whether I "liked" a novel or not. If I'm considering writing a review of a novel I would never let my personal taste control such an important task -- my likes are irrelevant to whether a book is great or awful -- so are my comfort zones -- irrelevant. So far, this book has holes in the plot, is so mainstream that it could have been written by a computer program, and was poorly edited. There seems to be no message, but I'm hopeful that the author some how pulls it all together in the last third of the novel. I don't need to like a novel to give it a good rating, but I do have to respect it. Did the story fulfill its mission? It this novel does improve you may see my review on Amazon or Goodreads and you will get my answer to your question if you notice. If the novel does not improve, I may just skip writing a review. The impact of reviews can be so powerful that I wouldn't want to influence the behavior of an author who, based on the debut, has potential but released on perhaps prematurely. If this author was well known, making lots of money, I would have no problem blasting this piece of crap that I'm reading.


Q. What's next for you? What are you working on now?

A. I've been stuck in self-promotion mode for so long that I've neglected the next Lacy Dawn Adventure -- Ivy. I've submitted a couple of short stories to magazines recently but no bites. It seems to me that many magazines either stick very close to the Young Adult genre or are so extreme that my writing seems to have a hard time fitting into content. I don't want to change what I write just to achieve publication, so I'm trying to explore other alternatives. I'm working on a satirical essay, and a couple of poems. One of my poems won first place in an international competition last year, so I have a little name recognition because of that. Ivy, full of metaphors and allegory, is the story of an alien invasion of Earth based in an almost forgotten town. I live in West Virginia, the U.S. state with the highest rate of heroin overdose deaths in the nation. My familiarity with what is happening to my neighbors because of addiction prompted me to ask: how far will a child go to save a parent from addiction? I hope to achieve a similar finding when answering this serious question as I did with Rarity from the Hollow: “…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only instead of the earth being destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Lacy Dawn must…The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…Eggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” http://awesomeindies.net/ai-approved-review-of-rarity-from-the-holly-by-robert-eggleton/ I'll let you know when it is released.


Q.  What advice do you have for writers?

A. I don’t feel competent to give advice to other writers, but I will share a little common sense based on my observations of this marketplace. Don’t expect to be discovered overnight like you were Elvis singing on the front stoop of an apartment located in a low-income neighborhood. Before you publish, make sure that your work as been professionally edited, or as close to it as your finances will allow – not by a friend or anybody with whom you have a personal relationship. If published, to the extent possible, prevent generic one line reviews from being posted on Amazon – they always look like they were written by your friends and detract from other reviews that appear more legitimate. Commit to the long haul by keeping in mind that the majority of those entering the world of books stay there briefly and then drop out never to be heard from again. And, last, never buy a book review and don’t invest more than you can afford in anything. I’ve heard of aspiring authors placing themselves and their families at financial risk by becoming over-committed to a book that they had written. Hard work pays off, but working smart has better outcomes.   


Thank You So Much Robert Eggleton For Your Time & Interview.



R. Thank you for the opportunity to tell your readers a little about myself and my debut novel, Rarity from the Hollow.




          Kan cannabis schizofrenie veroorzaken?   
Schizofrenie is een psychische aandoening die voorkomt bij ongeveer 1 op de 100 mensen. Symptomen kunnen zich bijvoorbeeld uiten in psychoses, vervlak…
          Said how does one    
The distracted article give or take a few physiological state apnea is that various of the physiological state apnea symtoms can be misconstrued to be something that they aren't. For example, one of the classic symtoms of sleep lightly symptom is deflation. However, when you're awareness depressed you by and large go to a therapist, not your initial guardianship doc. As a result, the healer will work next to you to delicacy your depression, but no entity what he or she does, the heart cause of it will be untouched. As a result, the sleep apnea will keep on and you'll proceed to suffer the melancholy. Moreover, as the symptom progresses you'll commence to quality more and more depressed, next to no existent prospect of inkling greater until you find soul who can sort the linkage to the snoozing pandemonium.Unfortunately, deflation is solely one of the numerous physiological state apnea symtoms that flummox doctors. Anxiety, crossness and separate behaviour changes all are signs of slumber symptom. However, when a psychiatrist is bestowed beside these symtoms, he or she may logically surmise that the longanimous is major affective disorder or schizophrenic. Again, the remedy that will be given in these cases will have null to do beside resolution the actual hurdle. That said, how does one cognise whether or not they're really depressed or bipolar, as opposed to when they're honorable experiencing the broadside personal estate of slumber apnea?The statement to this examine isn't an easy one. The fastest way to go something like respondent it, however, is to air for these symtoms to be united beside otherwise nod off apnea symtoms. Signs to be conscious of count bated sex drive, getting up often in the in-between of the night to urinate, headaches, blaring snoring and passage pathology. Also, if you're sweaty to a great extent at darkness it may not have anything to do with the heat of your freedom. Heavy sweaty is yet another symtom of take a nap apnea.Post ads:Leyden & Sons Williamsburg Satchel (Tobacco Brown, Leather / Sony VAIO Leather Carrying Case for Laptop (VGPCKS4/B) / Girls Umbrella for Kids - Parasol Design with Ruffles / Coleman 19'' x 23'' Poly Dunk Bag / Eagle Creek Pack-It Wallaby / Victoria's Secret LOVE PINK 17 Inch Laptop Case Sleeve - / Outdoor Products Moxie Day Pack / Kuzy 2-in-1 Rubberized Satin Hard Case and Keyboard Cover / Samsonite Triple Gusset Wheeled 15.4 Computer Laptop / 15 15.6 inch Pink Butterfly Design Laptop Sleeve Bag / JanSport Cross Talk 15" Laptop Messenger / TopCase Macbook Pro 13" 13-inch (A1278/with or withoutPost ads:
          Exodus, un peplum biblic cu scenariu schizoid…   
Acest impresionant peplum biblic reia în realitate structura și scenariul clasicului film de mare succes The Ten Commandments (1956). In noul și foarte reușitul palpitant remake al lui Ridley Scott,  Christian Bale (cel cu faima de Batman), e Moise/Moshe… Se identifica fizic perfect cu Charlton Heston, în vreme ce actorul australian Joel Edgerton e Ramses, jucat în versiunea […]
          #39389 Dzisiaj miałam po raz pierwszy pobrać...   
Dzisiaj miałam po raz pierwszy pobrać krew od pacjenta. Trafił mi się agresywny staruszek ze schizofrenią, któremu wydawało się, że jestem agentką wrogiego wywiadu, która chce go zabić. YAFUD

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          Quantifying the Interaction and Contribution of Multiple Datasets in Fusion: Application to the Detection of Schizophrenia   
The extraction of information from multiple sets of data is a problem inherent to many disciplines. This is possible by either analyzing the data sets jointly as in data fusion or separately and then combining as in data integration. However, selecting the optimal method to combine and analyze multiset data is an ever-present challenge. The primary reason for this is the difficulty in determining the optimal contribution of each data set to an analysis as well as the amount of potentially exploitable complementary information among data sets. In this paper, we propose a novel classification rate-based technique to unambiguously quantify the contribution of each data set to a fusion result as well as facilitate direct comparisons of fusion methods on real data and apply a new method, independent vector analysis (IVA), to multiset fusion. This classification rate-based technique is used on functional magnetic resonance imaging data collected from 121 patients with schizophrenia and 150 healthy controls during the performance of three tasks. Through this application, we find that though optimal performance is achieved by exploiting all tasks, each task does not contribute equally to the result and this framework enables effective quantification of the value added by each task. Our results also demonstrate that data fusion methods are more powerful than data integration methods, with the former achieving a classification rate of 73.5 % and the latter achieving one of 70.9 %, a difference which we show is significant when all three tasks are analyzed together. Finally, we show that IVA, due to its flexibility, has equivalent or superior performance compared with the popular data fusion method, joint independent component analysis.
          Health official calls on neuroscience to fight mental illness    

New clues to autism, schizophrenia emerge from studies of synapses

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dendritic spines

Branches called dendrites extending from a nerve cell (green) receive messages from other neurons at tiny protrusions called dendritic spines. A faulty protein in the spines may be related to a wide range of mental disorders.

SAN DIEGO — Society’s record for protecting public health has been pretty good in the developed world, not so much in developing countries. That disparity has long been recognized.

But there’s another disparity in society’s approach to public health — the divide between attention to traditional diseases and the resources devoted to mental disorders.

“When it comes to mental health, all countries are developing countries,” says Shekhar Saxena, director of the World Health Organization’s department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Despite a breadth of scope and depth of impact exceeding that of many more highly publicized diseases, mental illness has long been regarded as a second-class medical concern. And modern medicine’s success at diagnosing, treating and curing many other diseases has not been duplicated for major mental disorders.

Saxena thinks that neuroscience research can help. He sees an opportunity for progress through increased interdisciplinary collaboration between neuroscience and mental health researchers.

“The collaboration seems to be improving, but much more is needed and not only in a few countries, but all countries,” he said November 12 at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

By almost any measure, mental health disorders impose an enormous societal burden. Worldwide, direct and indirect costs of mental disorders exceed $2.5 trillion yearly, Saxena said — projected to reach $6 trillion by 2030. Mental illnesses also disable and kill in large numbers: Global suicides per year total over 800,000. “Indeed, it is a hidden epidemic,” Saxena said. That’s more deaths than from breast cancer and probably more from malaria, according to a new comprehensive analysis of global mortality.

Mental illnesses encompass a wide range of disorders, from autism and Alzheimer’s disease to substance abuse and schizophrenia. Saxena acknowledged that there have been advances in the scientific understanding of these diseases, but not nearly enough. No easily used diagnostic test is available for most of them. And no new class of drugs for treating major mental disorders has appeared in the last 20 years, with the possible exception of dementia.

“We need increased investment in research, increased public, private and philanthropic investments,” Saxena said. “We need increased connection of research with public health gains.”

He called on the community of neuroscientists to establish a “grand challenge” to researchers to address these concerns.

“There have been many grand challenges in neurosciences — perhaps we need one for finding out mental health interventions,” he said.

Many neuroscientists are, of course, aware of the important link between their research and mental health. Some progress is being made. One promising avenue of work focuses on synapses, the junctures through which nerve cells in the brain communicate. Typically synapses form where axons, the long neuronal extensions that transmit signals, connect with dendrites, the neurons’ message-receiving branches. Most of the axon-dendrite connections occur at small growths called dendritic spines that protrude from the dendrite surface.

Several sessions at the neuroscience meeting described new work showing ways in which dendritic spines may be involved in mental disorders. One session focused on the protein actin, a prime structural component of the spines.

Actin activity depends on a complicated chain of chemical reactions inside a cell. In mice, blocking a key link in that chain reduces the number of spines in the front part of the brain, Scott Soderling of Duke University School of Medicine reported. Those mice then exhibited symptoms reminiscent of schizophrenia in people.

It seems that losing spines in the frontal cortex alters nerve cell connections there; with spine shortages, some axons link directly to the dendrite shaft. Bypassing spines, which play a filtering role, can intensify signals sent to the ventral tegmental area, which in turn may send signals that increase production of the chemical messenger dopamine in another brain region, the striatum. “We think that this is actually what is driving the elevated dopamine levels” in disorders such as schizophrenia, Soderling said.

Some antipsychotic drugs (known as neuroleptics) for treating schizophrenia work by blocking sites of dopamine action in the striatum. But such drugs do nothing about the loss of spines that initiated the problem.

“These neuroleptics largely treat these symptoms, but they’re not a cure,” Soderling said. “We think that this is good evidence … for the idea that these drugs are treating a downstream consequence of a primary insult that’s occurring elsewhere in the brain.”

This insight from neuroscience — that antipsychotics treat downstream symptoms, not the problem at its source — may help the search for better treatments.

Soderling suggests that many other mental disorders may have their roots in problems with actin in dendritic spines. Another speaker at the neuroscience meeting, Haruo Kasai of the University of Tokyo, emphasized how fluctuations in the numbers of spines, related to actin activity, could play a role in autism.

Such results from neuroscience should be of great value to fighting mental disorders. But science alone won’t enable the discovery of effective treatments without a broader scope of scientific investigation of mental illness as a global problem. Too much of research to date focuses on too small a portion of the worldwide population. As Saxena noted, more than 90 percent of scientific studies on mental illness are from — and about — high-income countries.

“We are ignoring a very large number of people living in this world,” he said. “And this can be, and is, a real impediment to science. If we don’t know what is happening in the brains of the majority of the people living in this world, can we really advance science in the best possible manner? Can we still say that we know the human brain? And at least my answer would be: No.”

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          In The Future We Will All Have Multiple Digital Personas   

I am captivated by the news about Uber actively targeting regulators and police in cities around the globe. I specifically love thinking about the work that regulators and investigators are having to do to be able to build a case against Uber, and inversely the amount of work that Uber is doing to thwart these investigations, and break into new and often times hostile markets.

Regulators and police are using burner devices, and fake personas to do their work. Uber is delivering fake services and creating fake signals to create a foggy landscape where they can do business. I'm not rooting for law enforcement, regulators, or Uber, I'm rooting for everyone possessing more than one persona, throwaway versions of themselves that are used to distract, obfuscate, hide, and confuse the machine. It's a very beautiful dumpster fire of a digital world we've created for ourselves--good job everyone.

I'm preparing for some international travel in a couple weeks, so I'm firing up my alter egos. They aren't fake personas, but they are alternative versions of myself, that will be present on all my devices when I cross any international border, on devices I can stand to lose, or just throw away. This is the world now. We won't have just a single digital version of ourselves. We will have alternative version of our personal life, our work lives, and we'll create fake accounts as they are needed--our children are already well trained in this practice.

This will be the only way we can carve out any sense of privacy in a surveillance economy. Platforms and regulators will have to work overtime to connect the dots. Our digital self will become a schizophrenic reflection of our physical world, where devices have invaded every space and moment, and are trying to identify who we are, what we are doing, and connect the dots between each version of our self, as well as those around us. I can't help but feel like the Internet as we know it is somehow fracturing society, and any sense we have of the individual--something that will be difficult to recover from, and I fear we will always be different from here forward.


          Memoirs From The Asylum   
  What is it like to work inside a state hospital or to be a patient in such a hospital? What is it like to live inside the mind of such a patient? This tragi-comedic novel takes the reader inside the asylum, inside the worlds of three central characters: a narrator who has taken refuge from his fears of the world, a psychiatrist whose own life has been damaged by his father's depression, and a catatonic schizophrenic whose world is trapped inside a crack in the wall opposite her bed. This is
          Why Arkansas plans to kill eight men in 11 days   
Under the guise of 'synthetic civility.'

If Arkansas goes through with its plan to kill eight men, two a day, over 11 days in April, it will make history. No state has killed so many death row inmates so quickly since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The men to be killed — Bruce Ward, Kenneth Williams, Jack Harold Jones, Jason McGehee, Stacey Johnson, Don Williamson Davis, Marcel Williams and Ledell Lee — were all sentenced before 2000. The reason for the rush now has nothing to do with the horrific details of their cases. It is because of the method Arkansas will use to kill them.

The supply of one of the pharmaceuticals used in Arkansas's three-drug lethal injection protocol is set to expire at the end of the month. Governor Hutchinson wants to kill the inmates before the drug itself dies. Never mind that prison staff will be charged with taking two lives, back to back, four times in under two weeks. Never mind that the drug itself may well be ineffective at anesthetizing a person against the otherwise excruciating pain of the fatal injection.

THE PROCEDURE

The execution chamber at the Arkansas Department of Correction's Cummins Unit is a small room with a gurney and white walls. On April 17, 20, 24 and 27, the executions will begin at 7 p.m. There will be two each night.

Executioners in Arkansas are called the "IV Team" in the few documents the state makes public concerning executions. They are supposed to be a cadre of volunteers, each of whom must have a license or certification as an EMT, nurse, physician or physician's assistant and at least two years of experience in their field. This is the state's protocol, despite the American Medical Association's guidelines that a physician should not participate in executions. However, we cannot ask members of the IV Team why they would volunteer to kill someone, because Arkansas law ensures the executioners' identities are not public information.

Before the execution, the IV Team will check the contents of the "Injection Drug Box" to guarantee that everything is prepared. The condemned inmate will be waiting to die in a spartan Cummins holding cell, after traveling about a half-mile from death row at the Varner SuperMax, passing over the sprawling farmland on which prisoners work.

When all is set, the inmate will enter the execution chamber, where the gurney will be positioned so the IV Team can see his face and his "infusion sites." He will be strapped down, and the IV Team will begin its work. They will use the materials in the Injection Drug Box to puncture his arms. Two IV bags will be set up. The tubing will be cleared of air and made ready for use. They will initiate flow of the IV, then double-check to make sure that the rate of flow is uninterrupted. They will wait for the signal from the warden.

Once that signal is given, the IV Team will begin to kill the inmate.

To do this, they will administer two syringes of 250 milligrams of midazolam to sedate the prisoner and wait five minutes. A supervisor (either a Department of Correction deputy director or a designee) will check that the inmate is unconscious. We do not know how he will determine consciousness. In other states, this has meant pinching the prisoner or checking their eyelids.

It will be crucial, though, that the man is actually insensate. If he is not, what happens next would be grisly.

The IV Team will administer the second drug, vecuronium bromide, two syringes of 50 milligrams each, to paralyze the man. If not properly sedated by the midazolam, the inmate will feel as if he is being painfully suffocated — but because the paralytic agent has stopped his movements, he will remain outwardly unresponsive, giving the illusion of peaceful repose. Then comes the third drug, two syringes of 120 milliequivalents of potassium chloride. The final drug, if the inmate was not sedated by the midazolam, will feel like a hot poker crawling through the veins toward the heart before it causes cardiac arrest and death.

Midazolam has not always worked: The possibility of a protracted death while conscious is very real. Prisoners gasped for breath for extended periods when midazolam was used in certain executions in Alabama, Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma. Midazolam is an anti-anxiety drug, not an anesthetic. States have only turned to midazolam within the past five years, as drug manufacturers refused to sell them pharmaceuticals for the purpose of killing inmates. With more effective sedatives such as sodium thiopental effectively unavailable, midazolam has now been used in 20 U.S. executions since 2013.

One of those times was in Arizona in 2014, when a death row inmate named Joe Wood writhed in pain for two hours as he died under ineffective sedation.

"His mouth closed and it opened wide again. His head lurched back and his mouth closed. It opened again and again and then it was Joe Wood constantly gasping and gulping and struggling to breathe for almost two hours," Dale Baich, a defense attorney for Wood, said. "It was unforgettable." This led to a ban on midazolam in lethal injections in Arizona. Florida and Kentucky have moved away from the drug, too.

The Arkansas dates are scheduled when they are because the state's midazolam supply expires at the end of this month. This is the paradoxical logic of Governor Hutchinson's decision to set the executions so closely together: We need to hurry up to use an ineffective drug before we cannot use it at all.

Hutchinson has taken a conciliatory tone, as if his hand had been forced, telling state media, "I would love to have those extended over a period of multiple months and years, but that's not the circumstances that I find myself in." This is baffling, Robert Dunham, director of the Death Penalty Information Center, said, because Hutchinson can extend the period over multiple months and years — he has that power. The only thing stopping him, it seems, is that the state would not be able to use its current supply of midazolam. Instead, it would have to go through the difficult task of finding another sedative in killing these men. Hutchinson, and his office, declined to comment for this story.

"Under the law, there doesn't seem to be any reason why you would carry out eight executions in [11] days," Dunham said. "The only justification is that they're going to run out of the drugs." Even worse, Dunham said, Hutchinson's schedule is "an intentional decision to create a significant risk."

The hasty schedule could increase the risk that the midazolam will be ineffective, especially considering the Department of Correction staff could be ill prepared. The state's last execution was 12 years ago, in 2005. Wendy Kelley, the department's director, has never presided over an execution. Those with experience in executions say that even with training, and under perfect circumstances, it would be hard to prepare for such a grueling string of lethal injections.

"I don't think people understand there's a lot more to it [for Department of Correction staff] than just giving people a shot and then they go to sleep," said Deb Sallings, a longtime capital defense attorney in Arkansas. "It's hugely stressful, even for one execution."

This is why 25 former correction officials urged Hutchinson to reconsider his execution dates in a March 28 letter. "We are gravely concerned that by rushing to complete these executions in April, the state of Arkansas is needlessly exacerbating the strain and stress placed on these officers," the letter said.

Among the signatories is Frank Thompson. Thompson was an employee of Arkansas's Department of Correction for 10 years before moving to Oregon. During his interview to work for Oregon's department, he was asked if he supported the death penalty. Thompson said yes, and on his arrival, the department put him to the test. Oregon had just passed a law changing its method of execution, and the protocols needed to be written for the state's first execution in over three decades and its first ever by lethal injection. Thompson was tasked with developing all the details of how Oregon would kill.

"Well, that exposed me to the whole question of capital punishment at a level that was intensely personal," he said. If not for this experience, Thompson noted, he would have likely continued supporting the death penalty. The specifics changed his opinion. He now advocates against the death penalty, emphasizing the harm it can cause prison staff.

"It is almost impossible to take the life of another human being without the people who are doing so losing some of their humanity," he said. "It is also impossible to ask people to take the life of a human being without one person being started on the road to post-traumatic stress disorder at some level. And the more repetitive that task is, the more cumulative that stress becomes."

"There's no clean way [with lethal injection]," said Jerry Givens, another signatory of the letter and a former correctional officer in Virginia who performed 62 executions. "There's a syringe, and you're dealing with blood."

This is even more troubling because both Thompson and Givens have serious doubts that those on the IV Team are actually volunteering. "When the boss asks you to do something, you're going to do it," Thompson said.

Thompson also noted that just being a correction officer is already extremely stressful. "And then, out of that environment, you ask a group of people to do a dauntingly stressful task," he said. Arkansas is asking this team, he continued, "to do it serially, eight times, in the shortest period of time in recent history in the country, under a circumstance where a drug is still being tried out and has recently been a part of botched execution[s]."

"It creates a scenario that is unimaginable in its stress potential," Thompson said. "Doing it that frequently, under that amount of stress, raises the likelihood that something may not go right, having nothing to do with whether or not the team of professionals are as well-trained as any other team."

Givens prognosticated in a more blunt fashion: "You'll probably have eight mistakes."

**

Midazolam has never been successfully used as a sedative for a double execution, let alone the four Arkansas will conduct between April 17 and April 27. When Oklahoma attempted a double execution in 2014 using the drug, the first of the two men to be executed, Clayton Lockett, died horrifically.

From the beginning, executioners struggled to find a vein for the IV. Eventually, they located one in Lockett's groin. They then administered midazolam and determined Lockett unconscious, but at some point, the IV became dislodged. This meant that a portion of the dose of the sedative, as well as the next two drugs in the protocol, went into the inmate's tissue instead of his bloodstream. Lockett woke up. He said "the drugs aren't working" and struggled through a slow death. The other execution, of Charles Warner, was postponed.

Lockett's death provides a harrowing case study in the many ways that something could go wrong here in Arkansas. Although the IV was not administered properly, an autopsy determined that the amount of midazolam that entered his bloodstream should have rendered him unconscious nonetheless, which implies the drug may not effectively stop the pain of the subsequent injections. A consciousness check was performed, implying that these checks do not always actually determine whether an inmate is fully sedated. Worst of all, a report released by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety after the execution found that the hastiness of officials in attempting to perform a double execution played a part in the misadministration of the IV. It recommended that "executions ... not be scheduled within seven calendar days of each other."

There's also a chance that such a traumatic death could occur and we just would not see it. It was only because of the poor placement of the IV that Lockett's agony was clear. If properly administered, the second drug in the three-drug protocol — the paralytic — would have hidden much of Lockett's pain from an outside observer.

"Once that paralytic has been administered — once it's on board — everything's going to look fine; no matter what the reality is," Berkeley's McCracken said.

This paralytic element, defense attorney Baich said, has caused many to not question lethal injection. "In the '80s and '90s, reporters would write, 'Prisoner made his last statement, the process began, he closed his eyes and went to sleep.' And what we know is that's not what was going on. What was happening was a very brutal act," Baich said.

THE LAW

It was John Williams' second day as a federal public defender in September 2015 when Governor Hutchinson originally set execution dates for most of these prisoners. (Williams is a former reporter for the Arkansas Times.) At that time, they were scheduled to be spaced out over a longer period but still organized as double executions. But a circuit judge stayed the executions and the state appealed to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Williams and other attorneys knew midazolam's spotty history and argued that the midazolam procedure — with its possibility of resulting in extreme pain — constituted cruel and unusual punishment.

"Even though the death penalty may be legal, you can't carry it out in a way that tortures someone. Certain methods are unacceptable," Williams said.

Whether midazolam was unacceptable was addressed by a U.S. Supreme Court decision from earlier in 2015, Glossip v. Gross. In the Glossip decision, the court affirmed, 5-4, a lower court ruling that prisoners were unable to prove that the use of midazolam constituted cruel and unusual punishment under the U.S. Constitution's Eighth Amendment.

In the majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that "because some risk of pain is inherent in any method of execution," the logic of "holding that the Eighth Amendment demands the elimination of essentially all risk of pain [during executions] would effectively outlaw the death penalty altogether." The relevant language from Glossip going forward was that the method of execution can cause no "unnecessary pain or suffering," Dunham said, and prisoners — at least by the majority's standards — had not proved the three-drug midazolam protocol caused this. This is why Arkansas promises, in all caps, on the one document describing the lethal injection procedure it makes public, "EVERY EFFORT WILL BE EXTENDED TO THE CONDEMNED INMATE TO ENSURE THAT NO UNNECESSARY PAIN OR SUFFERING IS INFLICTED BY THE IV PROCEDURE."

This did not mean Glossip approved midazolam for executions; it simply said there was not yet enough evidence to rule out its use. Williams and other defense lawyers, in a post-Glossip argument, attempted to prove that the facts had changed and that midazolam was now provable as causing "unnecessary pain or suffering" in Arkansas.

**

Glossip follows a long history of challenges to the death penalty concerning whether a particular method of execution violates the Eighth Amendment. In the late 1960s and early '70s, a number of court challenges to the death penalty culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court's 1972 decision in Furman v. Georgia, which said that Georgia's death penalty statute violated the Eighth Amendment's ban on "cruel and unusual punishment" because it gave juries complete sentencing discretion, which led to arbitrary outcomes for the convicted. Because other states had similar execution schemes that could lead to arbitrary outcomes, the ruling led to a de facto moratorium on the death penalty in the U.S. It was short-lived. States adapted their statutes, creating guidelines for juries and judges in capital cases. In 1976, the court's Gregg v. Georgia decision reinstated the death penalty in Florida, Georgia and Texas, and said the death penalty itself did not violate the Eighth Amendment.

After this intense battle, proponents of capital punishment needed a "method that would look humane, and here comes lethal injection," said Deborah Denno, a professor at New York's Fordham University Law School who studies the history of the death penalty. The idea was that lethal injection would showcase a medicinal version of killing. "With lethal injection somebody would look like they're going to sleep," she said. "People didn't realize what the drugs were doing."

When the use of lethal injection began, there was talk of broadcasting the executions on television as an act of transparency. The procedure, it was thought, would allow proponents to show that capital punishment was not gruesome.

This was all in the wake of killing prisoners with an electric chair.

"The problem is [that] electrocution is such a hideous way of killing someone that lethal injection seemed much more civil," said Jeff Rosenzweig, a defense attorney for multiple Arkansas death row inmates. "But, as it turns out, the paralytics and stuff were just masking the agony."

There is no reason to use a paralytic during an execution, other than to stop viewers from seeing a dying inmate's movements. It does not contribute medically to the ending of life. It is allowed, the states argue, because it helps the process and the prisoner keep their dignity.

"It was all about looks," Denno said.

**

The solution presented by Justice Alito was that prisoners, if they can prove the current method of execution is torturous, must choose a better way to be killed. "Under Glossip, they said if you don't like what the state has chosen, you have to pick another one," said Rosenzweig. "We had to plead something that would likely cause a death and is commercially available. "So we did: firing squad."

But Arkansas law does not allow firing squads as a method of execution. In 2016, the Arkansas Supreme Court rejected the defense attorneys' idea of a firing squad and other methods and lifted the stay on the executions. A majority of the state's justices held that the prisoners failed to prove that "the current method of execution presents a risk that is sure or very likely to cause serious illness and needless suffering" and that "there are known, feasible, readily implemented, and available alternatives that significantly reduce a substantial risk of severe pain." The decision did not say whether midazolam was torturous. It simply said other methods were not available. It did not meet the second prong. The reason: Arkansas's statute only allows one method of execution by law — lethal injection (with a backup of electrocution if lethal injection is not available).

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor summed this up well in a dissent when the court decided to not hear a similar case in which an Alabama prisoner had asked to be killed by firing squad and was denied. She wrote, "Under this view [in Glossip], even if a prisoner can prove that the State plans to kill him in an intolerably cruel manner, and even if he can prove that there is a feasible alternative, all a State has to do to execute him through an unconstitutional method is to pass a statute declining to authorize any alternative method."

In deciding whether a method of killing an inmate is torturous, it seems that appearances matter more than the inmate's actual experience. What legislators approve as methods of execution largely has to do with what the public can stomach, Dunham said. Lethal injection fits the bill. "The American public thinks all the other methods of execution are cruel and unusual punishment. And that's whether it is firing squad, electric chair, lethal gas, hanging or beheading," he said.

"The use of lethal injection has a kind of synthetic civility to it," Dunham said. "It has the appearance of a peaceful passing, and that gives the public comfort."

"Other [methods of execution] would be better [for prisoners]. Firing squad would be better," Williams, the defense attorney, said. "And people are shocked when you propose that as an alternative. And [defense] attorneys wouldn't do that if Glossip didn't make them do it." But the optics have overridden actual suffering in the case of administering the death penalty. "If the death penalty is something that our society wants to be carrying out, we should acknowledge its brutality," he said.

**

State laws purposefully help keep many of the details of how the Department of Correction administers and prepares for lethal injection hidden from the public — especially the history of the drugs it is using.

In April 2015, the Arkansas legislature passed a law that created a Freedom of Information Act exemption for information about where death penalty drugs come from, their manufacturers or how the state buys them. This was after, in 2013, the Department of Correction had promised the prisoners "the packaging slips, package inserts, and box labels received from the supplier." Attorneys included this contradiction in their challenge to the executions in 2015.

But the Arkansas Supreme Court said that this was not a legitimate complaint because those specific items — packages and labels — could be made public, just "so long as the identification of the seller, supplier, or testing laboratory is redacted and maintained as confidential." In other words, the information prisoners wanted.

The state wants to keep the sellers secret because if it were known where the drugs were coming from, manufacturers — who don't want their products used for lethal injections — could stop supplying them to middleman suppliers. Denno said in her research into the death penalty that this decision by manufacturers is both practical and moral. Drug companies just do not want to be "intertwined in this dirty mess that is the death penalty," she said.

Arkansas's secrecy law therefore facilitates a loophole in which a middleman supplier can buy a drug from a manufacturer — perhaps promising not to sell to a state to be used in executions — but then sell to Arkansas nonetheless. In doing so, the supplier may well have disobeyed its contract with the manufacturer, but no one else knows.

Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Merritt admitted as much at a hearing before Judge Wendell Griffen on Oct. 27, 2015, concerning the law. She said, "the supplier has a contract with the manufacturer of the FDA-approved drug that is currently in the ADC's possession whereby the supplier is contractually not supposed to be selling drugs to state departments of correction for use at execution. This supplier did anyway in an effort to aid the State." By keeping the supplier secret, the state is able to buy drugs for its executions that the manufacturer did not want used to kill.

THE COMMUNITY

The Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has been fighting capital punishment in the state since 1977. Furonda Brasfield, the coalition's executive director, said the compressed execution schedule has shocked the public into action.

"I think that outrage has caused individuals to be more active than maybe they were in the past," Brasfield said.

Sometimes people can forget about the death penalty, said Rev. Steve Copley, board chair of Faith Voices Arkansas and the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

"Humans, we do daily life. Life goes by on a day-to-day basis. Arkansas has not had an execution since 2005. So, you know we're nearly 12 years. And, even though folks are opposed to the death penalty, you know, life continues to happen," he said. "I think any execution being scheduled right now would have caused a reaction, but eight of those in 10 days, after 12 years without an execution, I think just really pushed people's sensitivities."

It means, Deb Sallings, said, "You can't ignore what we're fixing to do, whether you believe in it or not. It's reopening the debate, because we're now faced with it. We didn't have to think about it for 12 years in Arkansas."

The result has been packed town hall meetings, a vigil in front of the Governor's Mansion and national media attention.

**

There is still a possibility that Arkansas could stop some of these executions.

Five of the eight men who are headed to the execution chamber have asked for the governor to grant them clemency. During the last two weeks of March, prisoners or their attorneys made their cases before the Arkansas Parole Board, a panel of gubernatorial appointees, at the Varner SuperMax facility. In a small room — the inmate and his lawyer sitting at a folding table that faces the parole board's folding table, about two feet away — prisoners expounded on the ways they have changed, who they are as people, and why they should be granted mercy. They drew on large files created by their lawyers.

Stacey Johnson insisted on his innocence and questions DNA evidence used against him at trial. James McGehee was young, only 20, when he committed his crime; his request for clemency argued that "science now understands that a twenty-year-old is more like a juvenile than an adult." Kenneth Williams passionately told the board he found God in prison. He became a minister, he said, and has written often about his harrowing journey to faith.

"Darkness surrounded me; it invaded and stained my soul," Williams wrote in a statement included in his clemency packet. He said he knows he is in prison, not among the "preferred, but among society's waste places. Four concrete walls surround me; a steal [sic] door keeps me confined to an 8 X 10 casket."

Yet, there in that box, he found change. "Inside of me, within the darkness, a small flicker of light sprung forth. Perhaps, I believe it was triggered from a dormant seed of hope, long placed inside of me by someone who cared enough about me. Perhaps they saw something in me worth saving, something I couldn't yet see myself."

Williams wrote a letter of apology to the community that he mailed to the Pine Bluff Commercial. In it, he admitted to other killings he had committed and not been convicted of. He asked forgiveness from the community. He wrote, "Once we determine that we have made a grave mistake, we always say, 'If I could go back in time, I would make this different.' The thing is, we can't go back, what is done, is done."

Each morning of the clemency hearings, after each prisoner made his case, the parole board headed back to Little Rock. In the afternoons, at the offices of the Arkansas Parole Board, prosecutors and victims' families made their cases. And theirs were filled with details, too, that they say have been forgotten in these death penalty cases.

Ledell Lee hit Debra Reese 36 times with a wooden tire tool that her husband had given her for protection and then he strangled her to death. Bruce Ward killed and raped a woman working behind the counter in a convenience store. Jason McGehee led a group that kidnapped, tortured and murdered a 15-year-old boy with special needs. Kenneth Williams — at that point already given life without parole for a capital murder — escaped prison by hiding in a hog-slop tank that he gained access to on a religious call. Once out of prison, he killed a former warden of Cummins who lived near the prison and then another man in Missouri.

Stacey Johnson killed and raped Carol Heath as her 6-year-old daughter, Ashley, watched from the closet. In a letter presented to the clemency board on March 24, Ashley wrote, "Stacey Johnson brutally beat, raped, and slit my mother's throat with both of her young children in the home. There was blood everywhere."

At the hearing, Carol Heath's sister and son spoke passionately about the need for execution, to allow closure for their family. Yet Ashley admitted she felt conflicted about the execution of Johnson. Her letter said, "I cannot agree with the choice of you being executed, but I also cannot agree with your having life in prison."

Heath's comments cut to the heart of how clemency works: The board has to make a decision on life in prison or death. On the morning of March 31, they heard that Jason McGehee has had only one citation for misbehavior (covering a light bulb) during 19 years on death row and that he helped other inmates as a mentor. In the afternoon, though, they heard about the devastation he wrought on the family of John Melbourne Jr., whose picture was set on the lectern facing the board. Melbourne's family desperately wants to see McGehee's death after years of waiting.

"I'm just asking y'all to let this course go through," said John Melbourne Sr., the victim's father. "He hasn't changed. He knew very much what he was doing."

However, the board only makes recommendations; the final decision regarding clemency is up to the governor. It is not expected that Hutchinson will commute any of the eight men's sentences, despite the reputation he has acquired for moderation within his party. Inevitably, that presents a comparison with Arkansas's most famous Republican moderate — Winthrop Rockefeller — who in 1970 commuted the sentences of all 15 inmates then on death row before leaving office. Bill Clinton, on the other hand, came back to Arkansas in 1992 during his run for president to execute Ricky Ray Rector, who had brain damage. Clinton wanted to look tough on crime.

Beyond Hutchinson, the last chance may be a flurry of legal challenges, both state and federal.

One, by Bruce Ward's lawyers, cites his mental incompetence, claiming he "is a diagnosed schizophrenic with no rational understanding of his death sentence and impending execution." Another challenges the clemency hearings, which were carried out fewer than 30 days before the execution, evidently in violation of the state's own regulations.

Others repeat claims that the state's schedule puts extra stress on Department of Correction employees, that the schedule only increases the likelihood of midazolam failing to fully sedate an inmate, and that when Arkansas kills these men it will be cruel and unusual.

The only other question left is who will watch. The state requires that "no fewer than 6 and no more than 12 respectable citizens" view the executions. As of now, it is unclear if the Arkansas Department of Correction has recruited enough citizens. This is probably because it is easier to view the death penalty from afar.

Up close, it can be gruesome.



          Steel frame   

Hey guys,

My regular racing bike is really cool, and I sold all my other road bikes since none were a proper fit (yes, it took 3 bikes to get the right size... but now I know).

Still, this bike is a bit too nice to ride it through winter, so I was thinking of getting a cheap one with lower-end gearing etc,...

Now, it is easy to find a random aluminium frame of even fully-built bike but that's no fun...

I would like to go old-fashion with a steel one (and I must be suffering of schizophrenia since I want to go old style steel for the frame but with recent components - yes, I want to shift with my levers, not with shifters on the tube...).

Any advice on this?

Obviously weight will not be a major issue here, quite the contrary... lol


          I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK   
I'm a Cyborg but that's OKKorea, 2006
Original title: Saibogujiman kwenchana

Director: Park Chan-wook
Starring: Lim Su-jeong, Rain
IMDB: 7.1

I'm ashamed to say that I didn't pay attention to this when it was released, due mostly to the film's title and cover art - which made it seem like a Korean romcom melodrama - not exactly my style.

However what I didn't realise, and should have, was that this is a Park Chan-wook movie (Oldboy, Thirst, etc) ... and Mr Park just doesn't make bad movies. Period. In fact he seems to be single-handedly redefining excellence in every genre he attempts.

This is creative film-making at its best and just another confirmation that he is one of the most incredible directors around right now. I've heard that Park made this movie as a departure from his usual style so that his 12yo daughter could watch one of his movies. Well, rest assured - this is not at all what I'd consider a child's movie. Although it does have a somewhat more upbeat heart than let's say, revenge-killing, it is still wildly surreal, offbeat and intelligent.




The movie follows Cha Young-goon (Lim) who ends up in a lunatic asylum, believing that she's actually a cyborg. Using her grandma's false teeth to converse with vending machines and light fixtures, it's not such a surprise that she has ended up here.

The problem is that she keeps running out of energy. Obviously the hospital food is of no use to a cyborg, but sucking batteries isn't giving her a great deal of juice either.



Luckily she meets up with Park Il-soon (Rain), who is able to steal the peculiarities or delusions of other patients. In a nod to the director's previous Revenge trilogy, she convinces him to steal her 'sympathy' so that she is free to remorselessly wipe-out the hospital orderlies.

Along the way we meet many of the other patients, all with their own strange quirks. One patient walks everywhere backwards while believing that everything that goes wrong is his fault. Another can't stop eating but has magic boots that enable her to fly if she concentrates hard enough.



What's really interesting is how Park has used the delusions of the schizophrenic patients to show an altered reality, allowing the film to integrate Alice in Wonderland style visuals, psychotic killing sprees, and sci-fi elements into the story completely seamlessly. This is quite some feat!



To say any more of the plot would spoil the thrill of the ride, and I'm not sure I could fully do it justice in any case. Fans of unique, surreal movies should not delay in checking this one out. It's extremely funny, well-written, well-acted and has top-notch production values.

As with all of Park's movies, the visuals are spectacular - but even more so here. Just check out the screen-caps to see what I mean - and I could easily have included four times as many.

Rating: 9/10

Screenshots - click to enlarge



For another film in this vein, also check out Welcome to the Quiet Room from Japan.

Where to buy

R2 DVD - Amazon UK
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          Excerptien aus Richard Tarnas: »Idee und Leidenschaft«   

Eintrag No. 21 — Zusammenfasungen der Zusammenfassungen des Buches »Idee und Leidenschaft — Die Wege des Westlichen Denkens« von Richard Tarnas (›The Passion of the Western Mind‹; HC zuerst bei Roger & Bernhard; als TB bei DTV; dann unter dem Titel »Das Wissen des Abendlandes« bei Patmos). 1991 auf Englisch, 1997 auf Deutsch erschienen, bietet einen guten groben Überblick über viele Themen/Spannungen die in Sachen Weltenbau, Magietheorie usw von Bedeutung sind. — Tarnas möchte ich mal als Steinbruch vorstellen, denn sein Buch ist mir mittlerweile als nützlich aufgefallen. Da bemüht sich einer, möglichst umfassend eine Kultur- und vor allem Ideengeschichte zu beschreiben, und legt dabei (soweit ich das abschätzen kann) wert darauf, nüchtern und objektiv zu bleiben. Meistens kann ich seinen Vereinfachungen und Aussagen zustimmen. Er versucht nicht polemisch zu sein, trübt aber damit auch den Blick auf heikle und exotischen Aspekte.

Aus sieben Teilen setzt sich Tarnas Buch zusammen:

I. Griechisches Weltbild / II. Transformation der klassischen Ära / III. Christliches Weltbild / IV. Transformation des Mittelalters / V. Modernes Weltbild / VI. Transformation der Moderne / VII. Epilog.

Die erste Zusammenfassung findet sich im ersten Teil und umreißt das duale Vermächtnis des Weltbildes der Antike. Zwei Fünfheiten stehen sich umkreisend gegenüber.

ERSTE FÜNFHEIT: Griechischer Rationalismus und griechische Religion wie vor allem durch Platon geprägt (S. 83f):

  1. Die Welt ist ein geordneter Kosmos, dessen Ordnung mit der des menschlichen Geistes verwandt ist. Eine rationale Analyse der empirischen Welt ist deshalb möglich.
  2. Der Kosmos als Ganzes ist Ausdruck einer planvollen Intelligenz, die der Natur Sinn und Zweck verleiht, und diese Intelligenz ist dem geschulten und gereiftem menschlichen Bewußtsein direkt zugänglich, wenn es sich ganz auf diese Intelligenz ausrichtet und konzentriert.
  3. Eine durchdringende geistige Analyse offenbart auf ihrem Höhepunkt eine zeitlose, ihre temporären und konkreten Manifestationen übersteigende Ordnung. Die sichtbare Welt trägt eine tiefere, sowohl rationale als auch mythische Bedeutung in sich, die von der empirischen Ordnung widergespiegelt wird, aber aus einer ewigen Dimension stammt, die Quelle und Ziel aller Existenz ist.

    Zum Begriff ›mythisch‹ und ›Mythos‹: ist für mich zuvörderst die Geschichte, wie sie von den Gewinnern (fast immer Aggressoren und Betrüger) geschrieben wurde. Mythen dienen also zur Propaganda, bzw. dem Vertuschen von (Betriebs-)Geheimnisen, sowie dem Überhöhen der eigenen und dem Herabsetzten der anderen Seite. — Verständigungsproblem beim Bau von Fantasy-Welten und Kulturen. Soll ein Mythos den man sich ausdenkt als ›Wahrheit‹ im Sinne des antiken Weltbildes verstanden werden, oder, wie durch moderne Augen gesehen, als pathetische Verklärung, Über-Untertreibung?
  4. Die Erkenntnis der grundlegenden Struktur und Bedeutung der Welt erfordert Übung und den Einsatz einer Vielzahl von kognitiven Fähigkeiten — rationalen, empirischen, intuitiven, imaginativen und moralischen.
  5. Die unmittelbare Verstehen der tieferen Wirklichkeit der Welt befriedigt nicht nur den Geist, sondern auch die Seele: es ist seinem Wesen nach eine erlösende Vision, ein dauerhafter Einblick in die wahre Natur der Dinge, intellektuell entscheident wichtig und zugleich spirituell befreiend.

    Zumindest ich bin ein bischen baff, wie sehr diese ersten 5 Positionen noch virulent sind; in meinen misanthropischen Stimmungen nehm ich an, daß ›die Masse‹, das Gemensche sich kaum von diesen Ansichten gelößt hat.

ZWEITE FÜNFHEIT: Kritische Antipoden zu diesem idealistischen Realismus stellen folgende geistigen Annahmen und Tendenzen der griechischen Welt-Denkerei dar (S. 84f):

  1. Wahres Wissen ist nur durch die strikte Anwendung von menschlicher Vernunft und empirischer Beobachtung erreichbar.
  2. Die Basis wahren Wissens liegt in der gegebenen Erfahrungswelt, nicht in einer unbeweisbaren jenseitigen Wirklichkeit. Die einzige Wahrheit, die dem Menschen zugänglich und nützlich ist, ist immanent, nicht transzendent.
  3. Die Ursachen natürlicher Phänomene sind unpersönlicher und physikalischer Art und sollten innerhalb des Bereichs der Naturbeobachtung gesucht werden. Mythologische und übernatürliche Elemente sind als anthropomorphe Projektionen aus kausalen Erklärungen herauszuhalten.

    Tja, in Fantasy-Welten ist nun z.B. genau das die Spielwiese :-)
  4. Jeder Anspruch auf ein ganzheitliches theoretisches Verstehen muß sich an der empirischen Wirklichkeit des konkreten Einzelnen in all seiner Verschiedenheit, Veränderbarkeit und Einzigartigkeit messen lassen.

    Auch irdische Weisheit kennt den kontinuierlich gemahnenden Basslauf, daß der Mensch sich besser nicht selbstverständlich auf die Wiederholbarkeit von etwas verlassen kann und soll.
  5. Kein Denksystem ist endgültig, und die Suche nach Wahrheit muß sowohl kritisch als auch selbstkritisch sein. Menschliches Wissen ist relativ und fehlbar und muß im Licht neuer Befunde und weiterer Analysen immer wieder revidiert werden.

Die nächste Zusammenfassung widmet sich der christlichen Transformation des klassischen Denkens, und stellt eine Sechsheit an Differenzen zum griechisch-römischen Denken vor. Tarnas weißt darauf hin, daß solche Zusammenfassungen immer ungenau sind. (S. 206f)

  1. Durch die Anerkennung eines höchsten Gottes, dem dreieinigen Schöpfer und Herrscher über die Geschichte, hat das Christentum eine monotheistische Hierarchie im Kosmos geschaffen, die den Polytheismus der heidnischen Religionen überwand …

    {naja, man könnte auch ›verdrängt‹ sagen}
    … und in sich aufnahm, während sie der Metaphysik der archetypischen Formen ihren Vorrang nahm, sie aber nicht eliminierte.

    Monos gegen Pluris. Darf ich das so platt gegenüberstellen?
  2. Der platonische Dualismus von Geist und Materie wurde verstärkt durch seine Verschmelzung mit der Lehre von der Erbsünde, dem Fall des Menschen und der Natur, der kollektiven menschlichen Schuld. Eine weitere Zuspitzung kam dadurch, daß die Natur jede immanente Göttlichkeit, ob poly- oder pantheistisch, weitgehend abgesprochen wurde, ohne ihr aber dabei die Aura übernatürlicher Bedeutung zu entziehen — sei sie göttlich oder satanisch; sowie durch die radikale Polarisierug von Gut und Böse.
  3. Die Beziehung des Transzendenten zum Menschen wurde dramatisiert als Gottes Herrschaft über die Geschichte, als die Erzählung vom auserwählten Volk, als historisches Erscheinen Christi auf Erden und als seine letztliche Wiederkehr, um die Menschheit in einem künftigen apokalyptischen Zeitalter zu erlösen. So entstand ein neuer Sinn für historische Dynamik, für die göttliche Logik der Erlösung innerhalb einer linear, nicht zyklisch verlaufenden Geschichte, der jedoch durch die schrittweise Verlagerung dieser erlösenden Kraft in die institutionelle Kirche implizit wieder zugunsten der Restauration eines statischeren Geschichtsverhältnisses zurückgenommen wurde.
  4. Den heidnischen Mythos von der großen Mutter-Gottheit verwandelte das Christentum in eine historisierte Theologie mit der Jungfrau Maria als menschlicher Mutter Gottes und in die beständige historische und soziale Wirklichkeit Kirche als Mutter.
  5. Das Beobachten, Analysieren und Verstehen der natürlichen Welt wurde abgewertet und damit die rationalen und empirischen Fähigkeiten gegenüber den emotionalen, moralischen und spirituellen vernächlässigt oder negiert, wobei alle menschlichen Fähigkeiten den Anforderungen des christlichen Glaubens und dem Willen Gottes untergeordnet waren.
  6. Das Christentum verzichtete auf die Fähigkeit des Menschen, die Bedeutung der Welt selbstständig intellektuell oder spirituell zu durchdringen, aus Ehrfurcht vor der absoluten Autorität der Kriche und der Heiligen Schrift, denen die endgültige Bestimmung der Wahrheit überlassen bleibt.

Nun die Achtheit an Grundlagen des modernen Weltbildes. Versimpelt umreißt Tarnas folgenden Bogen: Die Antike war Bunt, das Christentum ist ‘ne Art von strenger Auskristallisierung bestimmter Aspekte und nun schwingt das Pendel wieder in die andere Richtung. Tarnas konzentriert sich auf die Aspekte des modernen Weltbildes, durch die es sich am stärksten von den Vorgängern abhebt (S. 359ff — Ich zitiere nur die ersten, bzw. markantesten Sätze der einzelnen Punkte):

  1. Im Gegensatz zum mittelalterlich-christlichen Kosmos, den ein persönlicher und allmächtiger Gott nicht nur geschaffen, sondern auch stets und unmittelbar regiert hatte, war das moderne Universum ein unpersönliches Phänomen. {…} Er war nun weniger ein Gott der Liebe, des Wunders, der Erlösung und der historischen Intervention als eine höchste Intelligenz und erste Ursache, die das materielle Universum und seine unveränderbaren Gesetzte zwar geschaffen, sich dann aber jeder weiteren direkten Einflußnahme enthalten hatte. {…} Während in der mittelalterlich-christlichen Auffassung der menschliche Geist die im Grunde übernatürliche Ordnung des Universums nicht ohne die Hilfe der göttlichen Offenbarung verstehen konnte, war der menschliche Geist nach moderner Auffassung kraft seiner eigenen rationalen Fähigkeiten dazu in der Lage, die Ordnung des Universums zu verstehen; und diese Ordnung war ganz und gar natürlich.

    Markant an der Zeichendeuterei der Vormoderne ist für mich, daß sie oft bis zur Lächerlichkeit naiv, hysterisch und paranoid war. Man muß nur mal bei den zivilierten Heiden (z.B. Griechen) gucken, was denen alles als Orakelmaterial diente. Zukunft vorhersagen anhand der Art wie Käse gerinnt, wie jemand lacht, anhand der Asche eines abgebrannten Feuers, anhand der Art wie eine Spinne ihr Netz gebaut hat. Immerhin glaubte man, dass Gott (oder Götter) noch dauernd in der Schöpfung rumfummelte und versuchte mit Zaunpfahlwinkerei die Schäfchen ins Trockene zu lotsen.
  2. Die christlich-dualistische Betonung der Vorrangstellung des Spirituellen und Transzendenten vor dem Materiellen und Konkreten wurde jetzt weitgehend umgekehrt und die physische Wirklichkeit zum zentralen Bereich des menschlichen Interesses. {…} Der christliche Dualismus von Geist und Materie, Gott und Welt wurde allmählich in den modernen Dualismus eines subjektiven und persönlichen menschlichen Bewußtseins und einer objektiven und unpersönlichen materiellen Welt verwandelt.

    Schönes Beispiel von extremistischen Pendelbewegungen in Sachen Ideologie. Wo der Verstand (weil zu bedrohlich kritisch) hinantgestellt wurde, zerrt man ihn in der Reaktion überprominent in den Vordergrund. Entsprechend kommt es in der Postmoderne (Stichwort: Negative Dialektik) zu einem scheinbar anti-rationalen Umkehrbild einer Kritik des Aufklärungsprozesses.
  3. Die Wissenschaft ersetzt die Religion als überragende, das kulturelle Weltbild definierende, beurteilende und überwachsende geistige Autorität. {…} Mit einer transzendenten Wirklichkeit assoziierte Vorstellungen … galten als nützliche Beruhigungsmittel für den emotionellen Anteil des Menschen; als ästhetisch befriedigende Schöpfungen der Phantasie; als potentiell brauchbare heuristische Annahmen; als notwendige Bollwerke für Moral und gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt; als politisch-ökonomische Propaganda; als psychologisch motivierte Projektion; als die Lebendigkeit unterdrückende Illusionen; als abergläibisch, irrelevant oder sinnlos.

    Dieser Punkt umreißt knapp die Funktionen und Restrinnsale des Religiösen (im europ.-westlichen Kerngebiet der Säkularisierung). Die nun entmonopolisierte Spiritualität wird zunehmend kommerzialisiert und privatisiert, von Freimaurei, Magierkreisen, über Popkultur & Rock'n Roll & Fandoms, bis hin zur Kunst, auspendelnden Körnerfresserei usw.
  4. Ähnlich wie in der klassischen griechischen Anschauung besaß das moderne Universum eine immanente Ordnung. {…} Die moderne Weltordnung war keine transzendente, alles beherrschende Einheitsordnung, die sich im Inneren des Verstandes genauso wie in der äußeren Welt widerspiegelte und in der die Erkenntnis des einen zwangsläufig das Wissen des anderen nach sich zog. {…} Das Universum an sich war nicht mit bewußter Intelligenz oder Zwecken ausgestattet; allein der Mensch besaß solche Eigenschaften.

    Hier bröckelts ja auch seit einiger Zeit (siehe ›Kultur bei Tieren‹). Aber ich behalte den Punkt ›bewußte Intelligenz‹ im Augenwinkel.
  5. Im Gegensatz zu der integierten Vielfalt von Erkenntnismethoden der klassischen Antike war die Ordnung des modernen Kosmos prinzipiell allein den rationalen und empirischen Fähigkeiten des Menschen zugänglich. {…} Die Erkenntnis des Universums war jetzt in erster Linie eine Angelegenheit nüchterner, unpersönlicher wissenschaftlicher Forschung. War sie erfolgreich, so endete sie nicht so sehr mit Erfahrung spiritueller Befreiung … sondern mit der intellektuellen Beherrschung der Natur und der materiellen Verbesserung des Lebens.

    Hier sind wir wieder beim Flackerbegriff der Magie bzw. Technik. Ich finde, man kann beides zusammenhaun und diesen Audruck ›intellektuelle Beherrschung der Natur‹ als Kernpunkt beider Disziplinen nehmen. Magie ist Technik, von der so getan wird, als wäre sie etwas Übernatürliches, Wundersames (siehe Hüten von Betriebsgeheimnissen).
  6. Die Kosmologie des klassischen Zeitalters war geozentrisch, endlich und hierarchisch; sie nahm die Himmelskörper als Orte transzendenter archetypischer Kräfte wahr; deren Bewegung bestimmten und beeinflußten die menschlicher Existenz. {…} Anders als im antiken und mittelalterlichen Weltbild besaßen die himmlichen Körtper des modernen Universums keinerlei geistige oder symbolische Bedeutung; sie waren nicht dazu da, dem Menschen sein Schicksal zu zeigen oder seinem Leben Sinn zu verleihen. {…} Ähnlich wurden auch alle Zeichen des Göttlichen in der Natur als Symptome eines primitiven Aberglaubens und wunschgeleiteten Denkens bewertet und aus dem ernsthaften wissenschaftlichen Diskrus entfernt.

    Vieles, vor allem praktisches Wissen ging verlohren, einzelne Wissenschaften machen sich nun wieder auf, die brauchbaren Aspekte dieses alten ›Wunderglauben-Wissens‹ zu suchen und zu sammeln. Meiner Einschätzung nach, war aber vieles was im Fortlauf der Moderne als Aberglaube verunglimpft wurde, wirklich kaum der Erkenntnis wert.
  7. Dank der Integration der Evolutionstheorie und ihrer vielfältigen Auswirkungen auf andere Gebiete ließen sich das Wesen und der Ursprung des Menschen sowie die Dynamik des Wandels in der Natur jetzt ausschließlich natürlichen Ursachen und empirisch beobachtbaren Prozessen zuschreiben. {…} Die Struktur und Entwicklung der Natur war kein Ergebnis eines wohlmeinenden göttlichen Plans und Zwecks, sondern eines amoralischen, zufälligen und brutalen Kampfes ums Dasein, in dem nicht der Tugendhafte, sondern der Taugliche Erfolg hatte. {…} Das moderne Universum war jetzt ein ausschließlich säkulares Phänomen, das immer weiter fortfuhr, sich selbst zu verändern und zu erzeugen. Es besaß keine göttlich konstruierte Finalität mit einer ewigen und statischen Struktur, sondern war ein sich entfaltender Prozess ohne absolutes Ziel und ohne absolute Grundlage, außer Materie und ihren Verwandlungen.
  8. Anders als das mittelalterlich-christliche Weltbild bestätigte das moderne radikal die Unabhängigkeit des Menschen — ob geistig, psychisch oder spirituell. {…} Das klassische griechische Weltbild hatte die Vereinigung — oder Wiedervereinigung — des Menschen mit dem Kosmos und dessen göttlicher Intelligenz als Ziel der intellektuellen und spirituellen Tätigkeit des Menschen hervorgehoben. Das christliche Ziel war es, den Menschen und die Welt wieder mit Gott zu vereinigen. {…} Im Vertrauen auf die Kraft seines autonomen Intellekts ließ der moderne Mensch die Tradition weitgehend hinter sich und machte sich alleine auf den Weg, entschlossen, die Prinzipien seines neuen Universums zu entdecken, dessen neue Dimensionen zu erforschen und zu erweitern sowie seine Erfüllung hier und jetzt zu finden.

    Oder anders betrachtet: Die Menschheitsgeschichte ist die der zunehemend enger werdenden Nachbarschaft; die Kulturgeschichte ist die Geschichte des von Menschen umzingelt werdenden Menschen. Die älteste Lösung dieses Engeproblens ist die Flucht nach Außen (territoriale Flucht), die Flucht nach Innen (mystisch-asketisch-ekstatische-usw Flucht) und die Flucht in die Zukunft (bzw. Schuldenabschieben auf Nachfahren).

Als hier vorläufig letzte Zusammenfassung folgt ein Sprung über Jahrhunderte, ins kalte Wasser Bucheepilogs, wenn Tarnas eine postmoderne Theorie zum Mutter-Kind ›Double-bind‹ — also über wechselseitig sich widersprechende Forderungen die dazu führen, das Menschen schizophren werden — auf das Verhältnis Welt-Mensch umformuliert (S. 526f):

  1. Die Beziehung des Kindes (Menschen) zur Mutter (Welt) zeichnet sich durch vitale Abhängigkeiten aus (ist durch vitale Abhängigkeiten geprägt), was es für das Kind schwierig macht, Mitteilungen der Mutter richtig einzuschätzen (was es schwierig für den Menschen macht, die Beschaffenheit dieser Welt richtig einzuschätzen).
  2. Das Kind empfängt auf verschiedenen Ebenen widersprüchliche oder unvereinbare Informationen von der Mutter, indem beispielsweise eine explizite verbale Botchaft durch einen nonverbalen Kontext zugleich wieder dementiert wird — etwa wenn eine Mutter ihrem Kind mit feindseligen Augen und verspanntem Körper sagt, »Schatz, du weißt, daß ich dich sehr lieb habe«. Beide Signale lassen sich nicht in Übereinstimmung bringen. (Der menschliche Geist empfängt in sich widersprüchliche oder anderweitig unvermeidbare Informationen über seine Situatiuon in bezug zur Welt. Unter anderem stimmt seine innere psychologische und spirituelle Wahrnehmung der Dinge nicht mit der allgemeinen — auch von ihm selbst anerkannten — wissenschaftlichen Sicht der Dinge überein.)
  3. Das Kind wird keinerlei Gelegenheit gegeben, der Mutter Fragen zu stellen, die die Kommunikation klären oder den Widerspruch auflösen kann. (Erkenntnistheoretisch ist es dem menschlichen Geist unmöglich, in eine direkte Kommunikation mit der Welt zu treten.)
  4. Das Kind kann das Feld, das heißt die Beziehung nicht verlassen. (Existentiell ist es dem Menschen unmöglich, das Feld zu verlassen.)

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Vyjádřil se k několika otázkám:   KDO SI PODLE VÝZKUMŮ ODNÁŠÍ Z TERAPIE TMOU NEJVÍC „Je pravděpodobnější, že pobyt předčasně ukončí nebo ho bude popisovat, že mu nic zajímavého nepřinesl, člověk, který se pro pobyt ve tmě rozhodl převážně na základně vnějších faktorů. Například dostal terapii tmou jako nevyžádaný dárek.“ Nejdůležitější je vnitřní motivace a vlastní rozhodnutí – že člověk ví a může si říct: „Toto je pro mě, potřebuji to, to mi dává smysl.“ Takový člověk má předpoklad z pobytu ve tmě těžit.   Dalším podstatným faktorem je mít co zpracovávat. Plně vyrovnaný, zdravý a harmonický jedinec bude zřejmě od pobytu očekávat a získá jiné benefity než jedinec zatěžkaný osobními, vztahovými či pracovními strastmi. Člověk s psychosomatickými potížemi zase spíše zaznamená úlevu na tělesné rovině. Závislý kuřák rozhodnutý s tímto zlozvykem skoncovat pak snáze toto rozhodnutí provede a v jeho dodržení déle vytrvá. Pro koho konkrétně bude pobyt ve tmě nejpřínosnější, není možné zodpovědět na několika řádcích. Záleží na osobnostních a motivačních faktorech, duševním rozpoložení, věku, aktuální životní situaci a případně vhodném terapeutickém vedení.“   JE TERAPIE TMOU NEBEZPEČNÁ? „Všechna potenciální nebezpečí ještě zdaleka nejsou zjištěna. Realizace solidních výzkumů medicínských, psychologických či psychiatrických vyžaduje pro nezasvěceného jedince stěží představitelné množství úsilí, vybavení a času, které není bez adekvátního financování možné. V současných podmínkách mohu bohužel výzkum „terapie tmou“ nazývat pouze jako pilotní, předběžný. A protože se takový výzkum pro akademickou obec zřejmě nestane prioritním, bez sponzorské podpory to tak bude i nadále. 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To jsou zároveň dva beskydští poskytovatelé terapie tmou, u kterých s jejich laskavou ochotou realizujeme většinu výzkumů).   Bez profesionálního dozoru bych „do tmy“ vůbec nepustil psychiatrické pacienty (zejména s klinickými depresemi či psychotickými onemocněními – schizofrenie, poruchy s bludy a jiné). U mírnějších forem úzkostí a neurotických poruch bych se při vhodném vedení tolik nebál. Jako potenciální vážné a nesnadno předvídatelné nebezpečí považuji zapomenutá a nezpracovaná psychická traumata (nemusí být nutně pouze z dětství). Ta opatrovník bez psychologického, terapeutického vzdělání nemusí předem vůbec odhadnout a - co je ještě rizikovější - nemusí s nimi v průběhu pobytu umět adekvátně pracovat, případně poskytnout vhodnou následnou péči. To zvyšuje riziko tzv. retraumatizace, což může stav jedince zhoršit a úspěšné zvládnutí traumatu ještě zkomplikovat."   JAK SE NA POBYT VE TMĚ PŘIPRAVIT „Doporučuji si předem toho moc nezjišťovat – zejména ne konkrétní zkušenosti jiných lidí, protože to svazuje očekáváními. Naše zkušenost bude jiná a to může vést ke zbytečné frustraci, zklamaní a uzavření se průběhu a přínosům našeho pobytu.   Když už bych doporučoval něco zjišťovat předem, pak zejména jak vnímám svého budoucího opatrovníka (jestli mi je sympatický a vzbuzuje moji důvěru), případně praktické informace typu nezapomenout si vzít sluneční brýle pro výstup nebo jestli mi bude vyhovovat jeho strava. Měl jsem zkušenost s opatrovníkem, který měl specifické vidění světa, ale nic mi aktivně nepodsouval a byl jsem s ním velmi spokojený. Jeden známý byl u podobného opatrovníka, u kterého měl ovšem pocit, že je mu podsouváno něco, s čím úplně nesouhlasil a působilo to na jeho pobyt rušivě. Osobně bych si zjistil, jaké jsou s konkrétním poskytovatelem zkušenosti.“   KOHO PSYCHOLOG MAREK MALŮŠ JAKO OPATROVNÍKA DOPORUČUJE „Nechtěl bych znevýhodnit poskytovatele, které např. dostatečně neznám, proto nebudu jmenovat konkrétně. Pokud však někdo očekává více psychologické, terapeutické či zdravotní efekty pobytu, větší jistotu vidím u opatrovníků s adekvátním vzděláním a praxí, případně celkovým zázemím pro tuto službu (včetně např. dosažitelnosti opatrovníka v průběhu pobytu).   Ačkoliv jsem před několika lety navštívil většinu tehdejších poskytovatelů pobytů ve tmě v České republice, nemohu říci, že bych o nich měl dostatek informací. A opět je podstatným momentem, kdo co od pobytu očekává. Myslím, že paleta poskytovatelů v ČR je poměrně pestrá a v dnešní době není takový problém najít reference o konkrétních poskytovatelích. Doporučoval bych si o poskytovateli projít jak reference, tak jeho web, a nechat na sebe tyto informace zapůsobit. Pomoci může také telefonický kontakt s potenciálním budoucím opatrovníkem. Sám nemohu univerzálně někoho doporučovat.“   CO UKÁZAL VÝZKUM TERAPIE TMOU V ČESKÉ REPUBLICE „Naměřili jsme např. nárůst v životní smysluplnosti, sebehodnocení nebo všímavosti. Také jsme po týdenních pobytech zaznamenali zmírnění psychopatologických či psychiatrických symptomů. Nutno zdůraznit, že tyto žádoucí posuny (směrem k optimálnějšímu fungování a zdraví) byly zaznamenány u nepsychiatrické populace (tj. u víceméně zdravých jedinců). Dřívější zahraniční výzkumy (my se na takový výzkum připravujeme v příštích letech) prokázaly velmi pozitivní vliv na odvykání závislostnímu chování, zejména u kouření. Tyto efekty se navíc ukazovaly jako trvalejší oproti konvenčním postupům.   V současnosti na Ostravské univerzitě ve spolupráci Katedry psychologie Filozofické fakulty a Ústavu fyziologie a patofyziologie Lékařské fakulty (s dr. Pavolem Švorcem a týmem studentů všeobecného lékařství) monitorujeme hladinu hormonů melatoninu („hormon spánku/noci“ mimo jiné s prokázanými protirakovinnými účinky) a kortizolu (stresového hormonu). První výsledky bychom měli znát už na podzim. Pracujeme také na studii monitorující změny v autonomním nervovém systému (skrze variabilitu srdeční frekvence) a ověřujeme také v naší předchozí studii již naměřené zlepšování ve zrakové perimetrii (zrakovém poli).“
          Ed Palermo Big Band - "21st Century Schizoid Man"    


Recorded February 2, 2013 at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY.

Ed Palermo Big Band official site


          Sommerens krim-serie!   
Marianne har blitt helt hekta på Jørgen Jægers bøker om lensmann Ole Vik. Hun har lest seg gjennom nesten alle bøkene, og vi begynte å legge ut meningene hennes på bloggen. To av anmeldelsene som kommer i sommer har noen av dere lest før, i litt annen drakt. Men vi kjører på med hele serien (eller så langt som Marianne er kommet) over sommeren. Følg med, det kommer en ny vurdering fra "Frøken Hekta" hver lørdag fremover!
"Skyggejakten", bok nr. 1


"Skyggejakten" av Jørgen Jæger

Jeg er blitt "hekta"på Jørgen Jæger’s bøker om lensmann Ole Vik. Og "Skyggejakten" er første bok om nettopp han.

Ole Vik sin lyte er MAT. Flere forskjellige karakterer fra andre krimbøker, har jo sin lyte/ egenskap. En har alkoholproblemer, en annen har problemer med å kontrollere sitt sinne. Ole Vik elsker mat og er nesten alltid sulten. Vi får følge lensmannen i hans private verden, noe jeg synes er en viktig del i alle bøker. Skyggejakten er intet mindre enn eneståendeFra første til siste side i boka, er det fullspekket med overraskende elementer. Det kan virke som om saken er opplagt, men neida….
Anbefaler deg å lese alle bøkene om lensmann Ole Vik.

Det gjør også Bergensavisen:

"Det går lenge mellom hver gang jeg setter natten på vent til fordel for en krimbok, men med denne måtte jeg bare gjøre det. Dette var altfor bra til å legge til side." (Bergensavisen)
Bør virkelig leses!

Hilsen Marianne :-)


Litt om boken:
Mange er misunnelige på grunn av den formuen som skraphandler Ingolf Holgersen har bygd opp gjennom et langt liv, og mange synes han er kald og overlegen. De vet imidlertid ikke at han har diagnosen schizofrenparanoid, og at han i perioder tror at han blir forfulgt av alt og alle.

Når Holgersen ringer sønnen Cato og forteller at en person har skutt etter ham, tror Cato at faren er syk igjen. Familien stiller seg avventende, og skritt for skritt drives Holgersen inn i sykdommen. Når katastrofen inntreffer, går lensmann Ole Vik grundig til verks. Han finner ingen spor etter den mystiske angriperen. Saken skal henlegges, da et meget uvanlig spor dukker opp...

          This Old Dragon: Issue #141   
I have had some really great issues lately for This Old Dragon. Issues I remember fondly or issues that had a huge impact on my games and/or game writing.

This is not one of those issues.

Oh, don't get me wrong, Issue #141 is fine, but there isn't anything in it I remember using. So it is next in my box of mildewy memories, so let's head back to the beginning of the end of the 80s, January 1989 to be exact, for This Old Dragon!

Ok, so I remember the cover even if my magazine doesn't have one. I think that might be all I remember of this one.  A few pages in, or the first page of my copy, we get an ad for Curse of the Azure Bonds. It seemed like to me that this book was advertised ALL the time.    We get the great Clyde Caldwell art, but the add is different than the book cover.

I have to admit that, for reasons I can wholly articulate, it bugged me.  Yes...yes I know that covers are mocked up all the time and this is no different. I even know now some of the issues going on behind the scenes of TSR at this time. So my feelings here are more of a memory of feeling and not the feeling itself.  Plus in either version, that sword the Lizardman has is stupid looking.


Plus I still have never read this book.  Maybe I should. Might exorcise the ghost of this feeling.

Another ad. This time TSR trying to get into the party-game market. One of the hotter games at this time was Scruples.  It was pretty popular and due to a combination of this game and drinking it was banned from our circle of friends back when we all lived in the dorms.  This is not that game and I can see why it failed.  Scruples was simple, much like how Cards Against Humanity is, and there is a lot of social interaction. This game "I Think You Think I Think" looks so over designed.  It might work well in today's board game market, but I somehow doubt it.  The name is also too cumbersome.

Forum covers some debate on Illusionists and their spells.

About a dozen pages in we get to the main feature of the magazine, near-human like creatures.  The cover features a Jeff Easley ogre or giant squaring off against a little blonde magic-user.

The Dragon's Bestiary features all sort of humanoid creatures. Most with names we have since seen elsewhere.

Randal Doering provides us with something new in Orcs Throw Spells, Too! or humanoid spellcasters.  This is for the AD&D 1st Edition game.  The article is good and has a lot of meat, but it also is a good example of the schizophrenia that was rampant in the late 80s and early 90s TSR design.  Yes this is great stuff, but the BECMI rules covered this material. Granted, we would not get the Rules Cyclopedia for another couple of years.   Spell casters among these races are considered to be more "primitive" (why? just because) so they get Shamans and Witch-Doctors or Clerics and Magic-Users respectively.  Personally, I like to think of Shamans as a different sort of magical tradition altogether.  I like to see my friend +Rich Howard get his Shaman book live, I think there is a lot of potential for such a class.  Me, I just cheat and make humanoids into a type of witch or warlock.

Arthur Collins is next with an article on giants and combat techniques in Boulder-Throwers and Humanoid Hordes.  This would have been good to read when I started running the Giants series.

Now we have something useful for today.  In Hey, Wanna Be a Kobold from Joseph Clay we get rules for humanoid PCs such as Orcs, Goblins, Kobolds and Xvarts.  This also includes Shaman and Witch Doctor class write-ups.  Re-re-reading this again I am struck with the question of why didn't we do this sort of thing more back then?  I know we were still a decade away from Meepo, but this could have worked well in many games.

Jumping over the fiction we get another timely feeling article.  Reviews of MegaTraveller and GURPS Space.  With Starfinder on the horizon, this is a good time to go back and look at what had come before.

Big four-page, full-color Warhammer 4k ad from Games Workshop.

The TSR Previews is dominated with Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms.

The Role of Books covers a bunch of new fantasy books.  At this time I had moved deep into horror and was just discovering Clark Ashton Smith. So I don't really recognize these books.
Following up on that The Game Wizards details a bunch of novels coming out of TSR.  Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms and Buck Rodgers take the center stage.

The Role of Computers features a bunch of games. That's obvious, but my take-away here is not what games they are reviewing but the systems the games are on. There are still a wide variety of computers the games are available on, but that number is going down.  Eventually, there will be only two, IBM/PC-Compatible and Mac.

Marvel-Phile is missing.

Lots of ads in the back. The only comics my copy has is Snarf Quest.

I checked my CD-Rom and I am missing the big announcement on the back cover of AD&D 2nd ed coming next month.


Ok. So not a great issue. Not a horrible one, but not a lot I can use today.
          Wiesner - 5 vor 12 (2017)   
Wiesner - 5 vor 12 (2017)

Artist: Wiesner
Album: 5 vor 12
Country: Germany
Genre: Deutschrock
Quality: Mp3, CBR 320 kbps

Tracklist:
01. Leb dein Leben
02. Wenn nichts bleibt
03. Und Du (Uh)
04. Lady
05. Schizophren
06. Ein Sturm zieht wieder übers Land
07. Tränen, wenn sie lacht
08. Nur noch Phrasen
09. Leer und verbraucht
10. Dein Licht
11. Leuchtturmwärter (Rerecorded Version)
12. Ich seh mit deinen Augen
13. Das Beste überhaupt

          Attaque à la mosquée de Créteil: le suspect, schizophrène, a été interné d'office   
Jeudi, un homme a tenté de foncer en 4X4 sur des fidèles de la mosquée de Créteil, avant d'être interpellé.
          Une religion de quoi ?   
par Yashiko Sagamori


De : MHD ROSLI BIN MOHD NORDIN [...]        Envoyé : lundi 13 novembre 2006  8:40
À :   yashiko.sagamori@xxxxxxxxx
Objet : paix
 
Bonjour, je suis Rosli, de Malaisie, et je suis musulman. J’ai lu ce que vous avez écrit sur la page internet Thinkisrael.com [article en français ici]. Je ne suis pas d’accord du tout avec la façon dont vous parlez de nous autres musulmans. Je crois que vous n’avez pas compris la vraie signification du djihad. La meilleure façon de décrire l’islam est de dire que « l’islam n’est que paix ». Le mot islam lui-même signifie paix. J’aimerais vous donner un conseil, si vous voulez connaître mieux l’islam, il faut que vous lisiez la traduction du Coran et que vous l’observiez, ou bien vous pouvez aller sur le site internet islamonline.net pour mettre à jour vos connaissances au sujet de l’islam. Qu’Allah vous guide.


Cher Rosli,

Si quelqu’un vous réveille au milieu de la nuit la plus froide et la plus noire de l’hiver en se plaignant que le soleil tape de façon insupportable, soit ce quelqu’un vous téléphone depuis l’autre côté de la planète, soit il est aveugle et se trouve assis dangereusement près d’une fournaise.

Si quelqu’un, aujourd’hui, me dit que l’islam n’est que paix, on peut faire un certain nombre de suppositions concernant son identité. Il peut s’agir d’un Juif de gauche qui ne voit le monde et la Shoah qui se prépare qu’à travers les lunettes roses du politiquement correct. Il peut s’agir d’un individu aussi ignorant et aussi peu disposé à apprendre que le président Bush. Il peut s’agir d’une personne qui ment effrontément, comme Condoleezza Rice. Il peut s’agir d’un pleutre ridicule comme Tony Blair. Il peut s’agir d’un schizophrène, car les schizophrènes vivent dans une réalité parallèle. Enfin, et surtout, il peut s’agir d’un musulman ou d’une musulmane, car le Dar el-Islam est une réalité parallèle.

Si l’islam est une religion de paix, alors il faudrait qu’on m’explique pourquoi les sunnites irakiens et les chiites irakiens, au lieu de s’unir contre l’envahisseur américain, s’entretuent à la cadence de plusieurs dizaines de victimes par jour.

Si Israël opprime vraiment les soi-disant « Palestiniens », comment se fait-il qu’au lieu de s’unir contre lui, ces derniers s’entretuent à un rythme de plus en plus soutenu ?

Comment se fait-il que la guerre entre l’Iran et l’Irak, dans les années quatre-vingt, ait fait plus d’un million de victimes sans rien apporter à aucun des deux camps ?

Comment se fait-il que la guerre entre les Kurdes de Turquie et les « vrais » Turcs, musulmans les uns comme les autres, ait fait plus de 30 000 victimes ? Comment se fait-il qu’Abdullah Ocalan, leader musulman des Kurdes, ait pu déclarer en 1992 : « Même si 100 000 personnes sont tuées cette année, notre mouvement ne pourra pas être démantelé », tout en sachant que chaque individu parmi ce nombre impressionnant de personnes dont il considérait que la vie avait si peu de valeur était un musulman ?

Comment se fait-il qu’en Algérie, les efforts combinés de l’Armée islamique du Salut et du Groupe armé islamique aient produit une guerre civile ayant fait entre 150 000 et 200 000 victimes musulmanes entre 1991 et 2002 ?

Voyez aussi ce qui se passe à La Mecque, le plus important lieu saint de l’islam, pendant le Hadj, l’événement le plus sacré de toute l’existence de tout musulman. Voici une brève (et de loin incomplète) chronologie de la piété pacifique des musulmans à notre époque :

Le 21 novembre 1979, premier jour du quinzième siècle de l’islam, un groupe de trois cents étudiants de l’université de théologie de Médine prennent le contrôle de la mosquée de La Mecque. Ils conservent ce contrôle pendant deux semaines, avant que soixante-trois d’entre eux soient capturés vivants et la mosquée libérée. Tous ses occupants sont alors exécutés.

Le 31 juillet 1987, des émeutes déclenchées par des pèlerins iraniens font plus de quatre cents morts. 

Le 9 juillet 1989, deux bombes tuent une personne. On accuse les chiites du Koweït, et seize d’entre eux sont exécutés. 

Le 2 juillet 1990, 1 402 personnes meurent piétinées. 

En 1994, 400 personnes meurent piétinées. 

Le 15 avril 1997, un incendie provoque la mort de 340 personnes. 

Le 1er février 2004, 244 personnes meurent piétinées. 

Le 13 janvier 2006, plus de 345 pèlerins meurent piétinés près du complexe de Jamrat, à Mina. 

Vous aurez remarqué, j’espère, que je n’ai mentionné que quelques-uns des exemples les plus connus de violence islamique contre des musulmans. Il ne s’agit pas de faits isolés. Ces faits font partie d’un processus continu qui a accompagné l’islam tout au long de son histoire. En fait, la majorité absolue des musulmans qui meurent de mort violente ne sont pas tués par des « infidèles » : ils sont assassinés par d’autres musulmans. Par conséquent, si votre définition de la paix a le moindre point commun avec la mienne, l’islam, contrairement à votre opinion, n’a rien à voir du tout avec la paix. Si vous n’êtes pas d’accord, je serais heureuse de connaître votre définition de la paix.

Peut-être l’islam est-il plutôt une affaire de convictions personnelles profondes ? Voyons cela de plus près. L’islam est la seule religion, dans le monde actuel, à accepter les conversions forcées. Il y a quelques mois seulement, deux journalistes occidentaux ont été kidnappés à Gaza pour être échangés contre une rançon – là encore, une pratique exclusivement islamique. Pendant leur captivité, on les a mis devant un choix simple : la conversion à l’islam ou la mort. Ils se sont convertis. Dans l’ensemble du Dar el-Islam, pas une seule personne ni une seule autorité ne s’est élevée contre cet abus. Et pourquoi en aurait-il été autrement ? Cela fait quatorze siècles que les adeptes de Mahomet répandent l’islam par l’épée. Cela fait quatorze siècles que leur méthode est efficace. Pourquoi arrêter maintenant ?

Je ne me sens pas moi-même avoir l’étoffe des héros. Je dois reconnaître que si je me trouvais confrontée à la même alternative, je choisirais sans doute de rester en vie et de répéter la shahâdah que me dicteraient mes bourreaux. Mais en quoi ces sonorités étrangères qui n’ont pour moi aucun sens, ces intonations sorties de ma gorge sous la menace d’un pistolet braqué sur la tempe ou d’un couteau appuyé sur ma gorge pourraient-elles changer mon impression de l’islam et la manière dont je le perçois ? Vous pouvez obliger quelqu’un à suivre vos rites, vous pouvez même l’obliger à combattre à vos côtés, mais pouvez-vous l’obliger à croire en quelque chose ? Pas plus que vous ne pouvez obliger un pays musulman à devenir une démocratie, même avec toute la puissance militaire des États-Unis à votre disposition. Non, cher Rosli, l’islam n’a rien à voir avec les convictions personnelles. 

L’islam ne serait-il que vérité ? De cela aussi, je doute. Comme vous le savez sûrement, la charia interdit expressément qu’un non musulman témoigne contre un musulman. Cela signifie que vos tribunaux religieux, et donc votre religion, ne recherchent pas la vérité mais la domination musulmane sur les « infidèles ». 

Par ailleurs, le Coran lui-même contient, disons, des inexactitudes. Par exemple, le verset 2 135 qui dit : « Soyez juifs ou chrétiens et vous serez sur la bonne voie. » En réalité, contrairement au christianisme et à l’islam, le judaïsme ne considère pas le salut comme exclusivement réservé à ses adeptes. La loi juive dit explicitement qu’un Gentil ira au paradis s’il s’abstient de commettre sept péchés mortels ; un juif, pour aller au paradis, doit suivre 613 commandements, parmi lesquels les sept qui sont exigés des Gentils. C’est la raison pour laquelle, à toute personne qui vient le trouver parce qu’elle désire se convertir, un rabbin a le devoir d’expliquer que la conversion compromettrait ses chances de salut. Celui qui désire devenir juif doit comprendre quelle est cette responsabilité, et l’accepter de plein gré et en connaissance de cause. Comme on peut s’en rendre compte, il n’en faut pas plus pour qu’une conversion forcée au judaïsme soit quelque chose d’impossible, même en théorie. 

Que la citation ci-dessus ait été un mensonge délibéré ou un effet de l’ignorance de l’homme que vous avez pris pour un prophète, il est certain qu’elle ne me permet pas d’accepter l’idée que ce texte serait d’inspiration divine. 

L’islam serait-il plutôt une religion d’amour ? Je ne le pense pas non plus, car l’islam est la seule religion au monde dont les adeptes se livrent régulièrement à des « crimes d’honneur » sur des membres de leur propre famille. C’est aussi la seule religion au monde à ne pas promettre à des membres d’une même famille qu’ils seront réunis dans l’au-delà. Au lieu de cela, elle garantit aux bons musulmans de sexe masculin un bordel gratuit pour l’éternité. Elle ne prévoit pas explicitement de récompense pour les femmes vertueuses, mais elle spécifie bien que dans leur paradis classé « X », les musulmans subiront une ségrégation selon leur sexe. Un mari aimant ne préférerait-il pas passer l’éternité entouré de sa famille, plutôt qu’à forniquer comme un lapin atteint de priapisme ? Bien sûr que si, sauf, naturellement, s’il est musulman. 

L’islam serait-il un code moral ? Pas vraiment. Même si vous décidiez de considérer la corruption généralisée qui règne dans tous les pays musulmans, sans exception, comme une perversion de la foi véritable, vous ne pourriez ignorer que le vin, les plaisirs sexuels, tout ce que l’islam déclare tabou dans cette vie, tout cela est promis en abondance dans l’autre. Or, ce qui est mal ici-bas, dans notre monde corrompu par le péché, devrait être encore plus mauvais dans la pureté immaculée du ciel. La raison de ces prohibitions n’est donc pas l’immoralité de l’acte. Quelle est-elle alors ? Voici ce que je pense : quand on empêche totalement des gens normaux d’avoir du plaisir, de profiter de la vie, il devient plus facile de les contrôler et d’en faire des « martyrs ». Vous le savez sans doute, c’est incroyablement efficace. 

Vous savez sans doute également que dans les pays musulmans, les mollahs organisent des réseaux de prostitution en célébrant des « mariages » temporaires entre leurs affiliés et les prostituées, en total accord avec la charia. Vous avez sûrement entendu parler des fatwas de l’Ayatollah Khomeiny précisant en détail ce qu’un homme doit faire à un petit enfant qu’il viole ou à un animal domestique soumis à un traitement similaire. 

D’ailleurs, Mohammad lui-même n’observait pas les règles morales imposées à ses adeptes. Il est réputé avoir déclaré : « Quand un homme et une femme sont ensemble dans la même pièce, il y a une troisième personne, le démon. » Je ne garantis pas l’exactitude de cette citation (à ma connaissance, on ne la retrouve ni dans le Coran ni dans les Hadiths), mais je sais pertinemment qu’elle reflète l’attitude habituelle des musulmans : quiconque a la possibilité de faire le mal n’est pas censé résister à la tentation. Ne croyez-vous pas que par cette seule attitude, le musulman moyen est considérablement plus immoral que l’adolescent occidental moyen qui se montre capable de passer une journée à s’amuser à la plage, entouré de jeunes filles à moitié nues (ou plutôt, nues aux neuf dixièmes) sans jamais avoir la tentation d’en violer une seule ? 

À moins que l’islam, ce soit la charité ? Non, car toutes vos œuvres caritatives soutiennent le terrorisme. Après le tsunami dévastateur de 2004, les victimes, la plupart musulmanes, ont reçu dix fois plus d’aide financière du Dar el-Harb que du Dar el-Islam. 

Mais alors, qu’est-ce donc que l’islam ? Qu’a donc apporté Mohammad au monde, qui n’aurait pas été connu avant qu’il déclare être un prophète ? Le monothéisme avait déjà été découvert par les Juifs des millénaires avant lui. Adorer un mortel à la place de Dieu était déjà pratiqué par les chrétiens plusieurs siècles avant que Mahomet ne parvienne à devenir une divinité assoiffée de sang. Qu’y trouve-t-on d’autre ? 

Ayant lu le Coran et les Hadiths bien avant que vous ne me l’ayez suggéré, je dois vous dire que la lecture des textes sacrés des musulmans n’est pas le meilleur moyen, pour quelqu’un de l’extérieur, d’acquérir une compréhension pratique de votre religion. Si je voulais vous permettre de mieux comprendre ce qu’a été le nazisme ou le communisme, je ne vous proposerais jamais de commencer par lire Mein Kampf ou Das Kapital. Je vous demanderais plutôt de considérer les atrocités commises par les nazis pendant la Seconde guerre mondiale ou les atrocités commises par les communistes partout où ils sont arrivés au pouvoir. Et si, ayant appris ce qu’ont fait les nazis ou les communistes, vous décidiez de savoir de quelle façon ils justifiaient leurs crimes, alors la lecture de leurs textes de propagande pourrait vous le permettre. Autrement, inutile de plonger tête la première dans la fosse d’aisance, même si vous êtes curieuse d’en goûter le contenu. 

Pour comprendre ce qu’est l’islam, il n’est pas nécessaire de lire le Coran. Il suffit de regarder attentivement et sans jugement préconçu à quoi ressemble la vie dans les pays musulmans ; ou mieux encore, ce qu’est à notre époque la forme d’islam la plus pure, la moins corrompue par l’influence occidentale. Vous admettrez, je pense, que c’est précisément ce qu’était le régime des Talibans en Afghanistan. Aimeriez-vous vivre en Afghanistan sous les Talibans ? Aimeriez-vous que dans votre famille, les femmes soient privées de toute possibilité d’aller à l’école, d’avoir un métier, de se promener dans les rues, de consulter un médecin quand elles sont malades ? Cela vous plairait-il d’assister à des exécutions publiques ? Aimeriez-vous participer à la lapidation d’une femme adultère ? Aimeriez-vous qu’on vous dise quelle tenue vous devez porter, quelle longueur de barbe ? Aimeriez-vous que l’État vous prive de tout ce qui pourrait subsister de votre intimité en se mêlant de chaque aspect de votre existence ? 

En tant que musulman, vous aimeriez sans doute cela. Mais en tant que personne raisonnable, vous ne devriez pas vous attendre à ce que des gens appartenant à d’autres cultures désirent cela pour eux aussi. 

Pour ma part, j’ai commencé à me familiariser à l’islam à partir non pas d’une lecture de ses textes, mais d’une expérience de vie dans un pays musulman. J’ai décidé de lire le Coran le jour où j’ai entendu dire que selon la croyance islamique, Dieu avait transmis à Moïse non pas la Torah mais le Coran et que, par la suite, c’étaient les Juifs maléfiques qui avaient réécrit le livre saint. J’ai alors commencé à lire le Coran avec curiosité. Je voulais découvrir l’autre vision de la Genèse, de l’Exode, du Lévitique, des Nombres et du Deutéronome. J’étais curieuse de voir si les musulmans avaient l’équivalent des Psaumes ou du Cantique des cantiques. 

Quelques années auparavant, j’avais connu une période de fascination pour l’histoire et la politique de la Russie. La Russie est le plus grand pays au monde, et probablement le pays le plus riche en ressources naturelles. Je voulais savoir comment les Russes s’y étaient pris pour devenir une des nations les plus misérables de la planète. J’ai cherché les réponses chez Lénine. J’espérais trouver dans ses écrits une vision monumentale de la grandeur et les indices des erreurs ayant empêché que cette grandeur se réalise. Au lieu de cela, je suis tombée sur des volumes entiers de chamailleries avec des adversaires idéologiques, des rapports détaillés de disputes qui avaient pris fin plusieurs décennies avant ma naissance et qui ne pouvaient plus intéresser personne aujourd’hui. 

Mon expérience du Coran a été similaire. J’y ai trouvé non pas une vision du monde différente, mais une hargne écumante contre les juifs et les chrétiens et des syllogismes peu profonds tendant à prouver que les patriarches du peuple juif étaient des musulmans et non des juifs. Allah, dans ce livre, apparaît comme un chef de tribu peu sûr de lui essayant désespérément de consolider son pouvoir sur des gens qui ne sauraient pas très bien s’ils doivent ou non se soumettre à sa volonté : c’était précisément la situation dans laquelle se trouvait Mohammad quand il entreprit le projet d’écrire le Coran. Ce livre est rempli de promesses adressées à ses adeptes et de menaces adressées au restant du genre humain. 

Et voici quel est le plus important détail qui distingue le Coran de la Torah et du Nouveau Testament. De même qu’il ne mentionne jamais Jérusalem, le Coran ne comporte pas une seule référence aux Dix Commandements. Toutes les religions que je connais définissent le bien et le mal dans les rapports entre le croyant et les autres, qu’ils appartiennent ou non à la même religion. Chez les juifs et les chrétiens, les Dix Commandements constituent l’aide la plus fondamentale pour distinguer le bien et le mal. Qu’en est-il chez les musulmans ? Leur seule mesure du bien est la loyauté envers leur prophète. 

Coran, 3.110 : Vous êtes la meilleure communauté qui ait jamais été donnée en exemple pour l’humanité. En effet, vous recommandez le Bien, vous interdisez le Mal et vous croyez en Dieu. 

Sachant que la bonne conduite est un mensonge et que l’interdiction des actes immoraux est une pure hypocrisie, que reste-t-il ? Qu’est-ce qui fait de vous « la meilleure communauté qui ait jamais été donnée en exemple pour l’humanité », exactement ? A-t-on déjà vu un Newton musulman ? Un Shakespeare musulman ? Un Mozart musulman ? Une Mère Teresa musulmane ? Vous pouvez sans doute me citer les noms de quelques musulmans qui, comme al-Khawarizmi, ont su briller à l’âge des ténèbres. Mais dès que le Dar el-Harb a progressé, le Dar el-Islam s’est trouvé incapable de produire ne serait-ce qu’un seul personnage d’importance mondiale, à l’exception d’une grande diversité de Kadhafi, de Saddam, de ben Laden, d’Arafat et autres Hitler d’envergure variable. 

Un des leaders musulmans les plus respectés de notre époque, l’ancien Premier ministre de Malaisie Mahathir Mohammad, a fait un remarquable aveu dans son discours d’adieu : 

« Nous avons besoin pour notre défense, de fusils et de missiles, de bombes et d’avions, de tanks et de vaisseaux de guerre. Mais comme nous n’avons pas encouragé l’apprentissage de la science et des mathématiques, comme nous n’avons pas œuvré pour la renaissance, nous sommes actuellement incapables de produire nos propres armes pour notre défense. Nous devons acheter nos armes à nos adversaires et à nos ennemis. » 

Ce qui est remarquable, c’est qu’un des leaders musulmans les plus respectés, comme on peut le voir clairement, n’ait aucune idée de ce que peuvent être les motivations des habitants du Dar el-Harb. Il ne pourrait jamais croire que notre force militaire apocalyptique (et, en raison de la lâcheté de nos gouvernants, absolument inutile) puisse n’être qu’un effet secondaire de notre insatiable curiosité vis-à-vis de la création divine. Par ailleurs, il reconnaît par inadvertance que sa propre religion n’est rien d’autre qu’un culte de la mort.

Et c’est la raison pour laquelle je continue de conseiller à tous mes interlocuteurs la lecture du Coran et des Hadiths, afin qu’ils puissent se rendre compte par eux-mêmes que l’islam n’est pas « simplement une autre religion » mais une idéologie du djihad, et que le djihad n’est pas un conflit intérieur du musulman en quête de perfection spirituelle, mais un génocide en cours depuis quatorze siècles au nom d’un faux prophète. 

Au passage, le mot arabe islam ne signifie pas « paix » mais « soumission ». Connaissez-vous la différence entre ces deux notions ? 

Tout cela étant dit, je dois ajouter que je comprends que votre courrier était sincère et inspiré par des motifs louables. J’y répondrai par une suggestion sincère : lisez la Torah. N’ayez pas peur : cela ne fera pas de vous un Juif, pas plus qu’écouter Bach ne ferait de vous un compositeur. Mais cela pourrait vous apporter ce dont vous avez si désespérément besoin : une vision différente de l’univers. 

Que vous soyez guidé là où vous voudrez l’être. 

Bien sincèrement, 

Y.S. 


Yashiko Sagamori est consultante en informatique à New York. 


© 2006 - Yashiko Sagamori - http://middleeastfacts.com/yashiko/
© 2009 - Marcoroz pour la traduction

          Friday Hodgepodge   
Editor's Note: I'm taking Monday and Tuesday off from blogging. Happy Independence Day!

Notable Commentary

"[I]t is one thing to grant an exception in response to an out-of-the-ordinary situation on a one-time-only basis -- for reasons rooted in the government's authorizing mission -- and it is another to issue wholesale permissions for large swaths of the population to defy law on an ongoing basis when that basis does not stem from the government's function." -- Tara Smith, in "Religious Liberty or Religious License? Legal Schizophrenia and the Case against Exemptions" (PDF, 2016) at The Journal of Law and Politics, Vol. 32.

"What the Lockeans glimpsed and what Rand appreciates more fully is that without freedom, a person would not be able to use his rational faculty as the rational faculty. " -- Tara Smith, in "What Good Is Religious Freedom? Locke, Rand, and the Non-Religious Case for Respecting It" (PDF, 2016) at The Arkansas Law Review, vol. 69.

"Rather, [bombing Syria was against our interests] because of the standard by which Trump chose to justify the use of force." -- Peter Schwartz, in "Trump's Bombing of Syria: What's The Principle?" (April) at The Huffington Post.

"As long as our political and economic systems allow humans to freely think, experiment, and innovate, we can continue to find new ways to improve the quality of health care and the quality of human life." -- Paul Hsieh, in "Three Novel Health Care Innovations" at Forbes.

My Two Cents

Although the complementary Smith pieces listed above appear in academic journals, they are clearly-written and quite accessible to laymen. They are also very interesting and, most important, highly relevant to understanding current debates about the relationship between church and state. They are both long, but I highly recommend them.

-- CAV
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          Kozy   
Kozy są największą pod względem liczby ludności wsią w Polsce i właśnie z Kóz w Beskidzie Małym zaczynam podróż pełną refleksji i walki z Hydry głowami. Zaparkowawszy rosynanta VIII (rosynant VII poszedł na służbę w góry do górala, który zakochał się w jego czterokopytnym napędzie, natomiast nowego rumaka nabyłem od zacnego człowieka, więc też posiada swoją ciekawą historię.) Ruszyłem niebieskim (świeżość, przestrzeń, spokój) i żółtym (radość, ciepło, pewność siebie) szlakiem w kierunku Chrobaczej Łąki… Kiedy nałożysz na siebie te dwa kolory, otrzymujesz zieleń (spokój, harmonia, równowaga wewnętrzna, natura), którą o tej porze roku trudno wypatrzeć.

Mój wierny przyjaciel Sancho Pancho przytył lekko po zimie, więc jego koń pod pierwszym podejściem poprosił o przystanek. Kiedy mój druh zmieniał okulbaczenie swojego rumaka, moja okaryna rozmawiała z lasem. Miejsce było tak akustyczne, że spowodowało zatrzymanie ruchu turystycznego, do czasu aż umilkła ta swoista pieśń glinianego instrumentu z tutejszym drzewostanem. Zapadła cisza a wtedy turysta w dresie, nie chcąc przerywać magiczności tej chwili, zapytał nieśmiało: „Nie będziemy przeszkadzać jak przejdziemy?” A dziewczynka towarzysząca mu dodała: „Właśnie zastanawialiśmy się z tatą... Co to za ptak tak pięknie śpiewa? Nigdy nie słyszałam takiego dźwięku.” Radośnie powędrowali dalej wyraźnie ucieszeni, że spotkali prawie dwumetrowego ptaszka, który miał rzadkie upierzenie... Zaledwie jedno pióro w kapeluszu. Ja zaś słuchałem, co mówią drzewa kołysane wiatrem. Mówiły o schizofrenii współczesnego człowieka i o potrzebie ustanowieniu prawa do leczenia takich niebezpiecznych jednostek lub przynajmniej izolacji od innych istot. Powiem szczerze, że coś jest na rzeczy… Ostatnio spotkałem właściciela tartaku, który był zaniepokojony pozostawieniem wolności wyboru i decydowania o drzewach na własnej posesji. Przeczytałem wpis stolarza, który robi urocze meble i buduje domy z bali, że jest przeciw wycince drzew. W końcu zadziwia mnie postawa dzieci pewnej wrażliwej rzeźbiarki, która w drewnie od lat wykonuje swoje prace, a jej dzieci biegają i fotografują się przy każdym napotkanym ściętym drzewie w ramach protestów, a jakoś nie zauważają wszechogarniającego nas betonu pod wynajem, który wypiera wszelką zieleń w Królewskim mieście Kraków, stając się główną przyczyną smogu.
Od lat wędruję po polskich górach i dolinach, i muszę z przykrością stwierdzić, że w każdym rejonie naszego pięknego kraju od dawna towarzyszą mi dźwięki piły – obojętne, czy to park narodowy, czy własność prywatna… A później ta cisza i dźwięk upadającego drzewa… Niektórzy mieszkańcy Sudetów nawet za honor poczytują sobie to, aby każdy posiadał własną piłę i to dotyczy zarówno kobiet, jak i mężczyzn. Schizofrenia jest oczywista… Mówią drzewa: z jednej strony ludzie krzyczą, że wolność jest zabierana człowiekowi, a z drugiej, że trzeba ją ograniczyć… Byleby był powód do krzyku… jak ten mąż, który kazał żonie wejść pod stół… Jak weszła, kazał jej zaszczekać, a gdy to zrobiła, pobił ją z powodu, że na swojego szczekała.
A tak w ogóle to człowiek powinien uczyć się od drzew, które rozsiewają po całej ziemi swe nasiona. Nieraz pomagają im w tym ptaki czy inne istoty, i w ten sposób jeden przy drugim rosną, korzystając z dobrodziejstwa ziemi i wiedząc, że w kupie raźniej. Osłaniają się w ten sposób od burz i wiatrów dziejów, które najłatwiej wywracają samotne drzewa. Czyli jednak bez prawa lub w bezprawiu giną zawsze niewinni, a potem oprawcy. Schizofrenicy cechują się tym, że ich wrażliwość została skierowana na manowce lub w las i dopiero, gdy ten las ginie, zauważają czasem nienormalny stan. Dlatego ja jestem za prawną ochroną życia a regulować to możecie sobie brwi lub zegarek. To takie odcięcie pierwszej głowy Hydrze.


Zaczęliśmy się dalej wspinać a znaki wskazywały nam drogę do celu. Bo nie ma sensu podróżować bez celu. A szlak ktoś wcześniej wytyczył jako swoisty autorytet (chyba że sam chcesz znaleźć nową drogę do celu). Autorytet, którego tak bardzo brakuje we współczesnym świecie i właśnie teraz staję przed flagami na wietrze i ta ukochana twarz Jana Pawła II, na przywitanie której z potrzeby serca wylegały miliony ludzi na place, ulice i wsłuchiwały się w jego słowo. Chcieli choćby przez chwilę przebywać w jego obecności… Masowo podróżowali daleko do Watykanu, aby tam na prywatnej audiencji dostać niewielki kawałek niezwykłej mocy, którą on posiadał. Podróżowali ubodzy, zamożni, mędrcy i władcy tego świata. Nawet „nasz” Olek wepchał się do Papamobile, aby go Papież przewiózł po lotnisku… Ponoć był trzeźwy, ale robił to bardziej dla sondaży niż dla wiary. Pamiętam jak znana dziennikarka TVN-u biła się na Wawelu jak stara babka w tramwaju z innymi dziennikarzami o to, aby usiąść jako pierwsza na fotelu, na którym przed chwilą siedział Ojciec Święty. Dlaczego tak czyniła – nie wiem, ale chyba chodziło jej o to, aby posiąść niewielką część mocy i mądrości, która miała zapewne z ciepłego jeszcze siedzenia powędrować przez jej siedzenie do całego organizmu, a szczególnie do głowy… Jak widać, nie dotarła do dnia dzisiejszego. Tak było. Później z troską widzieliśmy jak JPII gaśnie… Tylko te oczy dalej były pełne energii i miłości. Odszedł… jednak pozostał… Żyje nie tylko w tych, którzy go kochają i celebrują pamięć o nim, ale również w tych, którzy go nienawidzą za jego postawę niezłomną, pełną mądrości, miłości, świętości, dobroci, skromności, miłosierdzia… Jest dalej dla nich wyrzutem sumienia, dlatego tak na niego plują. Ale wiatr Ducha Świętego tak zawiewa, że te plwociny wracają z powrotem na twarze plujących. Oglądałem ostatnio program TVP 1 „Warto rozmawiać”, gdzie występował jakiś facio z „Nowoczesnej” o fryzurze podobnej do mopa, który powtarzał jak mantrę, „ dlaczego boicie się nagości?” Czy ten człowiek czytał słowa pozostawione przez JPII w małej książeczce pt. „Fenomen wstydu” lub książki „Miłość i odpowiedzialność” „Osoba i czyn” czy „Przed sklepem jubilera”… wątpię. Drogi panie o fryzurze jw. – mylisz waść piękno ciała z wyuzdaniem, wulgaryzmem i brakiem intymności, a jak znajdziemy się w raju, to zapewne będziemy wszyscy szczęśliwi i nadzy. Dlatego tak bardzo odpychają mnie takie organizacje jak: KOD, PO, Nowoczesna, SLD czy nawet PSL, które od czasu Mikołajczyka nie może znaleźć swojej agrarnej tożsamości i swoich chrześcijańskich korzeni, dryfując politycznie niczym kurtyzana oddająca się dla bieżących korzyści… Wszyscy oni są bez wyrazu, bezpłciowi itd., a ich członkom, którzy dali się zwieść przez złego na manowce, wybacz Panie…, bo nie wiedzą, co czynią. Wybacz i mnie Panie spoglądającemu spod kapelusza w Twoje miłosierne oczy, że nie jestem jeszcze gotów powrócić na Twoją świętą drogę i nie wstępuję w twe rycerskie hufce…, jakoś wolę jeszcze trochę postać z boku niczym samotny wojownik, który nie namawia innych do złego, nawet jeśli sam ma kłopoty … Rycerz, który za walkę o prawdę i Ciebie jest dalej gotów oddać swoje życie. I tak jednym cięciem odciąłem Hydrze kolejną głowę.

Pokłoniłem się kapliczce, która stoi tu na rozstaju szlaków (czerwonym - witalność, aktywność, czarnym - pewność siebie, tajemniczość, żółtym - jw.) i Matce Bożej obwieszonej różańcami niczym naszą modlitwą… A może te różańce to nasze grzechy… Mam nadzieję, że nie zostały tu porzucone przez wiernych, którzy uciekli gdzie pieprz rośnie przed komuchami i innymi dziwakami. „Nie lękajcie się”, wszak oprawca Kiszczak ku zdziwieniu swoich towarzyszy przed śmiercią poprosił o spowiednika… Ot, taka sobie liberalna, komusza schizofrenia. Ruszamy dalej… za nami kapliczce pokłonił się kolejny turysta, który pozdrowiwszy nas słowem „dzień dobry”, zaczął swoje rozważania przed krzyżem.

Idziemy dalej żółtym i czerwonym szlakiem w ciszy wiatru, bo niby o czym rozmawiać w takiej chwili. Po drodze źródełko Maryi i docieramy do wielkiej metalowej instalacji przypominającej krzyż ze swoistym podestem widokowym - sceną życia… Widziałem różne krzyże na wzniesieniach, mniej i bardziej praktyczne, nawet takie, które służą jako wieże widokowe, azymut lub mają przeznaczenie liturgiczne… Myślę, że właśnie one są jakimś symbolicznym wyznaniem, jakąś potrzebą serca, a czasem ściągają na siebie wyładowania atmosferyczne jak Chrystus cierpienie… tym samym ocalając inne istnienia… ludzi, zwierzęta, lasy. Sam osobiście dwukrotnie miałem okazję spojrzeć w kuliste oczy pioruna. Raz w Beskidzie Wyspowym, gdy owa moc roztrzaskała niczym zapałkę olbrzymią sosnę, a ziemia się zamieniła w moc energii. Niewiele brakowało, aby przeskoczyła na mnie…, po czym zniknęła pod mchem i paprociami, a mnie pozostał tylko dzwonek w uszach… Drugi raz w Beskidzie Sądeckim. I tam ocalił mnie Pan Przypadek, Pan Szczęście lub jego Anioł nadstawił tarczę. Tak przebywanie w pobliżu krzyża w czasie burzy może skończy się tragicznie, czasem… tu przychodzi mi namyśl student ostatniego roku Architektury Krakowskiej, który w Bieszczadach wychodząc na Smerka, uniósł ręce do góry w geście triumfu zdobywcy i w tym samym momencie trafił go grom z jasnego nieba przeskakując nań z krzyża… Gdy go znoszono do Wetliny, jeszcze żył, ale za chwilę wyzionął ducha i teraz żyje w naszych wspomnieniach… czasem. Wielkie krzyże…, ale myślę, że najtrudniejsze są te codzienne, małe… krzyże troski, walki i cierpienia.

Ach, tyle myśli na widok jednego metalowego krzyża z podestem widokowym na Kozy, gdzie po drodze nie spotkałem żadnej kozy. Schodzimy na posiłek do schroniska. Na drzwiach miłe witające obwieszczenie, ale drzwi zamknięte… Dziwne... jakby ktoś mówił – proszę wejść, drzwi zamknięte.
Zerkam przez szybę na wystrój bożonarodzeniowy na stołach i naczyniach oraz na porzucone rzeczy… Na szybie napisał ktoś telefon kontaktowy, ale nie dzwonię… Zjemy posiłek na podeście pod krzyżem.

Korzystając z odpoczynku, łączę się ze światem wirtualnym, aby dowiedzieć się o przyczynach niegościnności schroniska, bo tego dnia wielu turystów pocałowało klamkę. Informacje są przykre. Mówią, że schronisko spłonęło w okresie karnawału, a więc od frontu wydawało się normalne, ale noclegownia i tył budynku pożar spenetrował dokładnie. Zupełnie jak z ludźmi… na pierwszy rzut oka normalny, a co się dzieje w środku lub co się stało w środku, to już inne sprawa.
Drogę powrotną zaplanowałem poza szlakiem aż do samego kamieniołomu.

Jakież było moje zdziwienie, że na drzewach towarzyszyły mi małe żółte papieskie krzyże niczym drogowskazy w tych dzikich ostępach pełnych niewydeptanych ścieżek. Czyli szedł tędy… pewno nie jak ja dzisiaj w dół, tylko do góry… Może samotnie lub z młodzieżą, rozmawiając na różne ważne tematy… Może nawet za nim podążał ubecki ogon, ledwo dysząc i sapiąc z powodu tak stromego podejścia. Tu mi jakoś przyszły na myśl te marsze przetaczające się przez Polskę… Te „za” i te „przeciw”, pełne pogrobowców niepodległościowych, ale i ubeków, komuchów oraz ich popleczników. To stałe ścieranie się dobra ze złem. Dziwni są ci, co się nie sprawdzili… Można powiedzieć, że głupsi od bakterii, bo one w przeciwieństwie do nich wiedzą, że się dba o organizm, na którym się pasożytuje. Więc próżne wasze lamenty, kwiki i płacze. Gdybyście dobrze zarządzali krajem, to Naród nie oddałby w inne ręce władzy… I tak obcinam kolejny łeb potworowi.


Teraz slalomem na łeb na szyję, między dominującą tu buczyną docieramy do nieczynnego kamieniołomu w Kozach.
Kiedyś to wyrobisko skalne tętniło życiem, pełne wszelakich sprzętów, ludzi i kolejki linowej.
Porzucono go, bo kruszywo zostało wydobyte, a to, które pozostało, było złej jakości i przestało być pożądanym surowcem.
Dziś wygląda to tak jakby ktoś wielkiej górze wypruł wnętrzności na wierzch, a ona zanim zmarła, to uroniła wielką łzę, która u podnóża jej utworzyła szafirowy stawek. Teraz jeszcze w lwiej części zamarznięty powoli odsłania swoje wody dla spragnionego kąpieli ptactwa. Smętnie unosi się dym z grilla, a gdzieniegdzie po półkach skalnych spacerują zakochane pary niczym zwiastuny wiosny… Swym zachowaniem powodują, że powoli wyżynają się wierzbowe kotki.

Kiedyś stojąc na „podeście widokowym” przy schronisku Zawoja Opaczne, zerkałem na Babią Górę i przeszła mi takowa myśl… Ciekawe, czy człowiek w poszukiwaniu surowców zniszczy ją, a może nawet Tatry. Tak jak Kulczyk zniszczył Kujawy… Pozostały jeno doły, hałdy piachu i kurzu przenoszonego wiatrem. Kurz wpadający w oczy wywołuje niechcianą łzę, w której możesz ujrzeć wspomnienie Kujaw pełnych fauny i flory… Sprzedanych za srebrniki, których nikt ze sobą nie zabierze na drugą stronę… Człowiek według dewizy „po nas choćby potop”.


I tak na końcu trasy znów spotkałem Hydrę, której odrosły ponownie wszystkie głowy.

Cóż, nie wypaliłem ran, więc odrosły… Taki ten szlak ogniowy… bo kiedyś strawił ogień zabudowania kamieniołomu w Kozach, później schronisko na Chrobaczej Łące, a dziś może gdzieś zapłonęło czyjeś serce lub zgasło – i nie wie o tym.

Dziękuję za wspólną drogę i nie gniewajcie się moi drodzy, jeśli trafił Was jakiś słowny rykoszet.

A co do pożaru, to zacytuję taką anegdotę, która rozbawiła mnie do łez… ale i srodze się zadumałem po niej.
Anegdota opowiedziana lata temu przez pana Gustawa Holoubka…

„W jednym z teatrów na próbie Kalina Jędrusik zapaliła papierosa. Na scenie nie wolno było palić papierosów. Zbliżył się strażak i powiedział: "Proszę zgasić papierosa, bo tu nie wolno palić". A Kalina, jak to Kalina, z wdziękiem odparła: "Odpierdol się, strażaku". On strasznie się zamyślił, poszedł za kulisy i tam trwał jakiś czas. Potem nabrał powietrza, wrócił na scenę, ale tam już nie było Kaliny, tylko Basia Rylska. On jednak tego nie zauważył, bo oczy zaszły mu bielmem z wściekłości, i krzyknął do Rylskiej: "Ja też potrafię przeklinać, ty kurwo stara". Kompletnie zdumiona Basia pobiegła do Edwarda Dziewońskiego, który był reżyserem spektaklu, i powiedziała mu, że strażak zwariował, bo ją zwyzywał bez żadnego powodu. Dziewoński strasznie się zezłościł, poszedł do strażaka i powiedział: "A pan jest chuj". Ale to był już inny strażak”.

Suplement: Świadomie w tekście używam nazwy Chrobacza Łąka ponieważ pisana nazwa jako Hrobacza jest pisownią zapożyczoną z obcego języka. Autor





          Le chauffeur qui a tenté de foncer dans la foule devant la mosquée de Créteil souffre de schizophrénie   

CRÉTEIL- Un homme a tenté, jeudi 29 juin, de foncer en voiture sur des fidèles de la mosquée de Créteil (Val-de-Marne) à la sortie de la prière du soir. D'après le parquet de Créteil, l'individu de 43 ans souffre de schizophrénie.

L'homme de 43 ans "a un profil psychiatrique: il a été hospitalisé deux fois en 2006 et 2007 pour schizophrénie. Actuellement, il est sous traitement médicamenteux", a déclaré le ministère public, ce vendredi 30 juin, à l'AFP. Arménien, il est sans emploi et titulaire d'une carte d'invalidité.

En fin d'après-midi, ce 30 juin, le parquet a annoncé que la garde à vue de l'individu était levée et qu'il allait être hospitalisé sans tarder: son expertise psychiatrique a "conclu à l'incompatibilité de l'état de santé avec la garde à vue et à la nécessité d'une hospitalisation d'office". Le certificat médical mentionne "des propos délirants et incohérents", a-t-il ajouté.

Ses motivations restent flouent

L'homme, qui réside à Créteil, a percuté les barrières et traversé le terre-plein grillagé protégeant la mosquée avec son 4x4, avant de tamponner des voitures de fidèles au sortir de la prière, sans faire de blessé. Il a été interpellé jeudi soir à son domicile, mais n'a toujours pas été entendu par la police judiciaire du Val-de-Marne, en charge de l'enquête.

Ses motivations restent pour le moment nébuleuses. Des témoins de la scène sont actuellement auditionnés, a ajouté le ministère public. Selon une source proche du dossier, l'homme a tenu des "propos confus en référence aux attentats" jihadistes qui ont fait 239 morts en France depuis 2015.

Un témoin a également assuré à l'AFP que l'homme a été aperçu mercredi par un fidèle aux abords de la mosquée. Il était en train de déposer des fleurs sur la plaque du "Jardin d'Arménie", installé par la ville de Créteil en hommage au peuple arménien, dans le grand parc adjacent au lieu de culte.

La communauté musulmane se sent visée depuis les attentats

Dix jours après l'attentat antimusulman de Londres, perpétré par un homme qui a foncé sur les fidèles de la mosquée de Finsbury Park et fait onze blessés, la communauté musulmane française se sent elle aussi prise pour cible. Certains de ses responsables ont dénoncé une "tentative d'attaque" et demandé aux pouvoirs publics de "renforcer la protection des lieux de culte".

Le préfet de police, Michel Delpuech, a adressé une lettre au président du Conseil français du culte musulman (CFCM), Anouar Kbibech, dans laquelle il condamne l'acte survenu jeudi et réitère ses consignes de vigilance aux forces de l'ordre protégeant les lieux de culte musulmans.

Lire aussi :

Un homme tente de foncer dans la foule devant la mosquée de Créteil

Attentat Champs-Élysées: l'assaillant aurait envoyé une lettre à plusieurs médias

À La Mecque, une "action terroriste" contre la Grande Mosquée déjouée

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          Multipronged study of schizophrenia-associated syndrome receives $3.1 million NIH grant   
A research team at Emory University is embarking on a multipronged study of 3q29 deletion syndrome, a genetic mutation associated with a 40-fold increased risk for schizophrenia and a range of other neuropsychiatric conditions including mild to moderate intellectual disability, autism and anxiety. The research is funded by a $3.1 million grant from the National...

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          Impaired Glucose Homeostasis in First-Episode Schizophrenia; A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis   
Findings  In this meta-analysis of 14 case-control studies comprising 1345 participants, individuals with first-episode schizophrenia had elevated fasting plasma glucose levels, elevated plasma glucose levels after an oral glucose tolerance test, and elevated fasting plasma insulin levels,as well as greater insulin resistance compared with healthy individuals serving as controls. To read more, please click here.
          L'insalata sotto il Cuscino    

Sette racconti, sette storie di anoressia, depressione, schizofrenia, ansia, ossessioni, compulsioni...

I protagonisti dei racconti, però, non sono gli stessi disturbi né, tantomeno, adulti delusi e logorati da una vita stressante e piena di amarezza. I protagonisti dei nostri racconti sono ragazzi, adolescenti poco più che bambini, che nonostante la giovane età si misurano con disturbi spesso invalidanti.

Qualcuno potrebbe ritenere che il fenomeno riguardi una esigua minoranza.

Purtroppo non è così.

Forte di estese ricerche scientifiche e di una lunga esperienza "sul campo", Stefano Vicari, neuropsichiatra infantile, ha deciso di raccontare una realtà tanto dolorosa quanto poco conosciuta: la malattia mentale negli adolescenti.

Dalle sue pagine emergono così storie individuali, volti e nomi di ragazze e ragazzi, e dei loro genitori, che soffrono, che lottano, che percorrono con coraggio la strada verso la guarigione.

Storie drammatiche e toccanti, e anche cariche di speranza, che aiutano in concreto e senza terrorismi a superare i pregiudizi e ad affrontare con piena consapevolezza la realtà.


          Comment on E vogliamo parlare di Satomi by DajeSatomi   
E come posso io controbattere al suo post sig. Mucio? Se mettiamo in considerazione che Marrabbio era uno schizofrenico paranoico e Licia non ha mai avuto una figura materna che le insegnasse quando ''togliere la carne dal fuoco'' dobbiamo anche ammettere le verità su Satomi. La sola arroganza con la quale sfoggiava quella chioma alla Lady Oscar from Chernobyl gli ha fatto guadagnare almeno 1000 punti rispetto a Mirko, anche quando lo guardavo e avevo 10 anni o meno.
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DOVE STA ANDANDO IL MOVIMENTO 5 STELLE? Che futuro ha la creatura in­ventata da Beppe Grillo e Gianroberto Casaleggio?

I risultati elettorali delle europee segnano una innegabile battuta d'arresto del movimento.

Ma pensare a una fine prematura di questa esperienza sarebbe un marchiano errore, sostiene Giuliano Santoro, autore, nel 2012, di Un Grillo qualunque, il primo libro che ha indagato a fondo le mosse dell'ex comico genovese.

Il leader «né di Destra né di Sinistra» non è una fiammata effìmera ed è tutt'altro che controcorrente: si inserisce dentro tendenze molto più vaste, quali la crisi della politica e della rappresentanza. Il M5S di Grillo è uno strano animale che si muove sulla scena dell'infinita transizione italiana.

Un animale che affonda il suo corpo nel linguaggio della televisione, dalla quale proviene il suo leader, e nella sfera della rete telematica nella quale si aggirano, lavorano e si riproducono i nuovi elettori.

Questo ultimo volume di Santoro è ar­ricchito da ulteriori e inediti elementi di riflessione. Il Grillo politico finisce per oscillare impercettibilmente dall'empatia delle vibrazioni positive agli impulsi che stuzzicano il nostro lato oscuro. Finisce, insomma, per rappresentare la schizofrenia di una trama che fatica a trovare punti di riferimento.

Il M5S, in altre parole, è un ottimo espediente per narrare la situazione attuale e la «guerra civile simulata» che scuote la Rete e i Palazzi della politica.

«In un Paese con residue sacche di decenza, il libro di Giuliano Santoro sarebbe un best-seller da combattimento»

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          La Tratta degli Schiavi    

Quali sono gli interessi politici ed economici che regolano questo drammatico traffico di esseri umani? Un reportage giornalistico che ci permette di portare alla luce tutte le ombre del "Fenomeno Immigrazione" e di dar voce a coloro a cui è stato negato il diritto di esistere.

Il mondo sta sperimentando un esodo globale di dimensioni mai viste finora, ma motivato dalle stesse antiche ragioni di sempre: la ricerca di nuove opportunità e risorse. Il mondo degli affari e della finanza sfruttano in modo interessato i flussi migratori, che di conseguenza continuano, sanguinosi e incessanti.

Le immigrazioni persistono per almeno due ragioni: la prima è che il mondo degli affari si basa sulla mobilità umana e sulla disponibilità di masse di lavoratori; la seconda è che i migranti sono in grado di aggirare qualsiasi forza od ostacolo che si frapponga tra loro e il loro obiettivo.

È la legge della domanda e dell’offerta.

Esattamente come il mercato della droga sfama appetiti apparentemente insaziabili, superando frontiere e controlli della polizia, così i migranti, insieme al mondo degli affari e della finanza, che li sfrutta, fanno sì che i flussi umani continuino.

È un sistema globale che possiamo definire “capitalismo predatore”,

perché basato sul traffico di esseri umani.

Questo libro intende riempire il vuoto esistente nel dibattito sul tema facendo luce sugli aspetti economici della vicenda – spesso volutamente trascurati – esaminando le relazioni tra migrazione e globalizzazione e le varie attività che incoraggiano, facilitano e traggono profitto dalle migrazioni, sia quelle legali che quelle illegali.

Da parte dei politici viene utilizzata spesso la retorica per nascondere le reali motivazioni che incancreniscono il “problema immigrazione”. La questione viene posta solo in termini di controllo e di gestione, per accontentare i più bassi istinti della folla:

qual è il modo migliore per tenere fuori dai confini gli stranieri indesiderati?

Come punire i milioni d’immigrati illegali che s’intrufolano oltre le frontiere
e non rispettano i limiti del permesso di soggiorno?

L’autore indica invece la strada su cui ci si dovrà muovere se si vorrà davvero comprendere e risolvere questo problema sociale ormai fuori controllo: perché solo tenendo conto anche delle ragioni dei migranti, i legislatori saranno finalmente in grado di elaborare delle politiche per una immigrazione razionale e umana.

E questa sarebbe davvero una nuova storia.

Indice

Introduzione

Capitolo I – Esche e paraocchi
Capitolo II – Crescere le persone per l'esportazione
Capitolo III – I migranti nel mercato globale
Capitolo IV – Cambio di rotta: la fortuna gira
Capitolo V – Le agenzie di reclutamento e il mercato degli esseri umani
Capitolo VI – I trafficanti come fornitori di servizi per la migrazione
Capitolo VII – «Dipendiamo pesantemente dai lavoratori immigrati»
Capitolo VIII – Schiavitù e flussi di denaro
Capitolo IX – «Cercasi lavoratori» o «Non oltrepassare il confine»
Capitolo X – Scelte politiche, influenze e alleanze
Capitolo XI – Resa dei conti sud-occidentale
Capitolo XII – Sangue fresco e selezione nazionale
Capitolo XIII – «Divisi per la necessità di sopravvivere»

Indice analitico
Note

Introduzione di "La Tratta degli Schiavi"

Benjamin E. Johnson, direttore dell'organizzazione a sostegno dei migranti Immigration Policy Center, durante un congresso ha eloquentemente riassunto la questione così:

«Inviamo due messaggi contrastanti ai nostri confinanti:
"Si cercano lavoratori"
e "State fuori"».

Johnson ha definito "schizofrenico" il fallimentare approccio ufficiale.

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          UNC Paws program helps those coping with mental disorders   
The UNC Paws program focuses on aiding those coping with mental health issues. "Having a psychotic episode or acute episode is devastating to a lot of people," said Dr. John Gilmore, a professor at the UNC School of Medicine. "We help people with a serious mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar (disorder) kind of get back on their feet."
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          Créteil : un homme tente de foncer en 4x4 sur les fidèles d'une mosquée - Libération   

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Créteil : un homme tente de foncer en 4x4 sur les fidèles d'une mosquée
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Sa persistance à vouloir franchir les plots et les barrières ne laisse guère place au doute : aux yeux de la police comme des responsables de la mosquée de Créteil (Val-de-Marne), c'est bien intentionnellement qu'un homme a foncé en 4x4 sur le lieu de ...
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          Lirik Lagu Blow My Buzz (Feat. D12) Artist Eminem   
Blow My Buzz (Feat. D12) 

[Eminem]
Schizophrenia
How many of you got it?
How many motherf**kers can say they psychotic?
How many motherf**kers can say
They brains dryrotted from pot?
You got it like I got it or not?
If you did you would know just what I'm talking 'bout
When your tongue's rotting out from cotton mouth
When you end up becoming so dependent on weed
That you end up spending a G
In the vending machine
You got the munchies
Look at you
Junk food junkie
Potato chips and lunch meat
Up in the front seat
Sometimes you can get so paranoid from ganja
That it's got you thinking the whole world is watching ya
Or maybe you don't smoke
Maybe you just grow
But whatever your drugs, yo
Go for the gusto
Just don't
Come f**k with me when I'm doing my drugs
You see me in the club don't come f**king my high up and
[Chorus]
Blow my buzz
Do what you want to just don't
Blow my buzz
Then I'm gonna sit here and
Roll my drugs
And if you talk I'm gonna
f**k you up
And don't say s**t and we'll be cool

[Bizarre]
b***h let me in the house
(Ay Von?)
Naw, just came to each your mother out
It's the big guy
Doing the butterfly to the ground
Go 'head
(Bizarre, sit your nasty ass down)
I spot this fat b***h from across the room
Now suck my d*ck while your boyfriend's in the bathroom (ya ya)
My face is pink
Looking for a sink
And don't worry 'bout what I put in your drink
It's called a date rape drug
Ten minutes you'll be f**ked up
Open your nasty ass legs up (ya you whore)
b***hes I'm catching
Blunts I'm matching
Don't call me Bizarre
I'm the Reverend Jesse Jackson
Swifty]
Who the f**k is this guy?
Why the hell you in my presence?
It'd be cool if you was asking me some reasonable questions (damn)
But you on some bulls**t nigga
This your last beer (for real)
Get the f**k off my d*ck
And tell your b***h to bring her ass here
I kick a hoe out
Without giving a cat fear (uh huh)
And leave her barefooted just for nagging in my damn ear
When I'm out eating
You fags interfere
They don't go until I let 'em know a mac is sitting here
I get drunk and I smoke weed
What your ass wanna hear?
I didn't answer you clear?
I meant Manson is here, ok?
You want some lle'?
I'll front your ass some play
But other than that get the hell out my face
Because you niggas trying to

Chorus

[Kuniva & Kon Artis]
Yo, Denaun, you seem shook
I really am, dog, look
This fat b***h keep chasing me
Trying to give me the nook'
Ah man, you probably led her on
I just bought her a beer
I saw her rubbing on your ear
While she was wiping your tears
I admit, I was high
But you ain't see me crying
Nigga, you lying and you blowing my high
Just stop denying it
Well at least somebody in this bar is
This big b***h did
The ultimate by saying she wanted to have my kid
Look man, you grown
Just leave me alone
I'm in the zone
Call it a night
Get stoned
And take that fat slut home (take her ass home)
Just quit the drank
Hit the dank
Do some drugs (man)
Go kill yourself
f**k you
Well stop blowing my buzz

[Proof]
I'm at the front of the bar
By the lounge in the back
With a slut on my arm
While I'm downing the yac
Got the pills in my system
Floating around
Everytime I start drifting
Someone open they mouth
Yo, my ear been spit, licked, and freestyled in (Yo, my flow is cool my whole crew)
I think I'm going Def like Mos senile men
Only one good demo outta three thousand
(Yo, I ain't wanna rap for you anyway)
(Aiight, aiight)
Peace out then
Next nigga that bump me
I'ma do the humpty
And elbow b***hes
Till everybody jump me

Chorus:

          June 2017 Highlights   
Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the June issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover features four paintings by British artist Bryan Charnley, whose later work depicts his experience with schizophrenia. The authors of our first CE, “Original Research: The Experiences of Pregnant Smokers and Their Providers,” conducted focus groups of pregnant smokers and their providers, most of whom were RNs, to better understand their experiences and to gain insights to help providers best deliver the stop-smoking message. Our second CE, “Mental Health Matters: Antipsychotic Medications,” reviews the mechanisms of action, adverse effects, and contraindications of first-generation typical and second-generation atypical antipsychotics. Our next article, “Irritable Bowel Syndrome,” reviews the epidemiology and pathophysiology of IBS and recent developments in the field of IBS research, summarizes diagnostic and treatment strategies, and discusses implications for nursing practice. In “Perspectives on Palliative Care: Advance Care Planning: The Nurse’s Role,” the author discusses how nurses can promote the practice of advance care planning in their facility and overcome the challenges associated with its implementation. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
          Let's Get Things Straight   
I would like to introduce myself as someone who extended much time and effort to get through my first year of law school. Now I have been culled, that is, my grade point average is about 1.8, which is well under the 2.2 requirement of this law school to prevent "academic disqualification." The law school took my money, then told me "so sorry." I would like to speak to all the problems that law students go through, especially finding jobs after receiving the JD, but there are even more issues to those of us who have been "culled," thereby tainting our law school record forever.

I won't reveal which law school I atteneded, but will say that it is now in the top 100 rankings of law schools in America (although not in the top 25). I will also say that I have a PhD in a humanities field and, as a professional writer, have over 300 publications, mostly from major newspapers.

That the money you are expected to pay for law school is outrageous and, yes, brings to mind a new era of sharecropping, skirts around another major issue: what exactly is being taught in these schools? Must we assume that the content of these legal theories is sound? Must we assume that law teachers are competent if they have JDs from schools like Harvard or Stanford?

My answers to the last two questions at least is a resounding "no"! Not only are these law schools acting as confidence men in stroking our vanities and pumping us up with false claims of jobs and graduates' passage of the bar, but these teachers are incompetent to begin with.

My favorite story turns out to be in my legal writing class, where I used the word "charlatan," and the teacher not only didn't know what that meant, but scolded me for several minutes for using such an obscure word (which I found 20 minutes later in my Contracts assignment: Sullivan v. O'Connor, 363 Mass. 579, 296 N.E.2d 183 (Mass.1973)). The same writing teacher couldn't even do her own assignments teaching us the ALWD manual (which I understood better than anyone else in the class, thanks to my experience with my PhD and editing for newspapers, even though I also got the worst grade in the class).

I had fancy Criminal Law professor from Harvard who took after John Houseman on "the Paper Chase." On his final exam about the insanity defense, his reasoning was made all too clear on his model answer: if a paranoid schizophrenic commits a crime based on specific instructions from the voices in his or her head, they can use an insanity defense, but if the voices are not specific, the insanity defense won't work. As someone with a family member who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and just as someone who still has some common sense left, I find this absurd. Anyone out there ready to take down transcripts of the voices inside a paranoid schizophrenic's head and submit them as evidence in a court of law?

In addition to my work as a journalist, I have also been in court probably more than many of these teachers who don't even know the procedures involved. My Civil Procedure professor didn't know that non-American citizens can sue and be sued in American courts (I even sued my landlady once in Germany). My Criminal Procedure teacher didn't know how to pronounced "petit jury" (and wondered aloud if there were any French scholars among us who might be able to pronounce it).

We must also take pot luck as to simply the character of some of these professors, although I think there are limits. I wouldn't be surprised if some of these professors suffered from some serious personality disorders that kept them from more lucrative positions in law firms or corporations. My Contracts professor had a serious snarling problem that manifested itself similar to some sort of sinister, dark possession. My Torts professor skirted with anorexia. The chairman of the legal writing department was so crazy that I almost called 911 after the first 10 mintutes of his first lecture to us.

I believe my finals were graded poorly, and the only problem was that my writing style was unusual to these professors. I did not lack legal knowledge. There are some serious issues here, and law schools are also embracing bizarre popular interpretations of history and what modern economics is. They try to be a Mensa society, but don't know the first thing about measuring IQs. They are not a meritocracy, but a dysfunctional utopian wannabee system motivated at its root by the corruption of getting your money every year for tuition. Being culled is their way of manipulating the "first pass of bar exam" statistic, although I would challenge if it even does that.

Please weigh in, even if you haven't been culled. Don't let incompetent professors taint your law career before it even begins!
          Comment on How can I naturally release the DMT in my pineal gland? by Garrison   
What do you mean by "color eyes" and how does that make you schizophrenic?
          Pyles' July Show Supply   

I can only do so much for you, the rest is up to you. Think of this as a cheat sheet for the month, but remember that I book some of the nights at the Casbah, so some of the shows mentioned below I booked and would appreciate your support! I still don't know what Comic-Con has in store this year, but that is this month too! It's all about time management...now get out and see a show! 

July 1: Cat Power at the Observatory North Park. Chan Marshall is singer, songwriter, actor and occasional model.

July 2: The New Addiction, the Montell Jordans, Misc. Ailments and Plane Without A Pilot at the Casbah. A great night of local pop-punk!

July 3: Booty Bassment at the Casbah. It's a dance party!

July 4: Fireworks!

July 5: Melvins at the Casbah. Heaviest of the heavy and ready to melt your mind!

July 6: Herb Albert and Lani Hall at Embarcadero Marina Park. I wonder if he will have the Tijuana Brass with him.

July 7: The Paranoyds and the Regrettes at House of Blues Voodoo Stage. A night of girl bands with boy drummers!

July 8: "The Life of Brian" at Casbah. A night celebrating Brian Karscig of Convoy, Louis VIX and the Nervous Wreckords.

July 9: Stokka, Glam Skanks and Pleasure Fix at Casbah. Tonight we rock the Casbah!

July 10: Junior Brown at the Belly Up. A throwback to when country music was good.

July 11: The Roots at the Observatory North Park. Must be a night off from "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

July 12: Tony Bennett at Embarcadero Marina Park. The reigning king of standards, big band and show tunes.

July 13: The Velveteins at Soda Bar. Indie-rock from Canada, eh?

July 14: Schizophonics, the Creepy Creeps and Hollywood Sinners at Casbah. Two of the best live bands San Diego has to offer on the same bill.

July 15: Wanda Jackson and the Johnny Deadly Trio at the Casbah. The first popular female rockabilly artist.

July 16: Cymbals Eat Guitars at Casbah. Great indie-rock from Staten Island, New York.

July 17: Chris Isaak at Humphreys. Actor and crooner.

July 18: Belladon, Retra and Nowhereland at Casbah. Local music lives at the Casbah.

July 19: Tears For Fears, Hall & Oates and Allen Stone at Valley View Casino Center. Two bands I never thought I would see on the same bill, but somehow it works.

July 20: Retro Futura Tour with Paul Young, Modern English, Howard Jones, the English Beat and Men Without Hats at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre. Relive the '80s!

July 21: Dead Kennedys, Authentic Sellout, Sculpins and Systematic Abuse at Brick By Brick. Punk, punk, punk, but where's the Jello?

July 22: Reggie Watts at the Irenic. This dude is bonafide and on "The Late Show with James Corden."

July 23: Digital Lizards Of Doom, Unsteady and Kitty Plague at Casbah. A Comic-Con after-party.

July 24: Post Animal at Soda Bar. Rock & roll from Chicago.

July 25: Emo Nite LA at the Casbah. But tonight it's Emo Night San Diego and get there early for the dance party.

July 26: The Dabbers, Gloomsday and Blood Ponies at the Casbah. A night of two-piece local bands that rock!

July 27: David J's "Vagabond Songs Tour" at Casbah. He's been in Bauhaus and Love & Rockets -- 'nuf said!

July 28: Violent Femmes at Del Mar Fairgrounds. Legendary folk-punkers!

July 29: Kitten, Love Glow, and Sights and Sages at Casbah. This is gonna be a good one, come support Kitten from LA and a couple local bands.

July 30: Cayetana at Casbah. Something good from Philly that rocks -- and it's not a cheesesteak.

July 31: Elf Power and Tobin Sprout at Casbah. Athens, Georgia indie-rock band with a member of Guided By Voices solo opening up.

See what I mean? That's just the first layer, so dig in for yourself, resources are everywhere! Hopefully, I will see you at a show!

Tim Pyles, a longtime local who grew up in La Jolla, is the unofficial mayor of local music and hosts Loudspeaker via 91x every Sunday from 7-10 p.m. He also books local acts at the Casbah, hosts the weekly Anti-Monday League, and books/hosts the monthly Maryjane's Underground at the Hard Rock Hotel downtown. Check out his website thelocalpyle.com and follow him on Twitter. You can also reach him directly here: pyleste@yahoo.com


          Calixto Bieito met De Vuurengel in Zürich (****½)   
Ausrine Stundyte (Renata) en Leigh Melrose (Rupprecht)
© Monika Rittershaus
REQUIEM VOOR EEN FIETS

Het meest fascinerende aan Prokofievs "De Vuurengel" is de ongrijpbaarheid van het vrouwelijke hoofdpersonage Renata, waarvan wij enkel weten dat zij als kind mogelijk sexueel werd misbruikt en als tiener een tomeloze, erotische obessie heeft opgevat voor Madiel, de Vuurengel, waarvan wij nooit met zekerheid te weten zullen komen of hij alleen maar in haar fantasie heeft bestaan. Haar zoektocht naar de verdwenen Madiel (en Heinrich waarin ze Madiel meent te herkennen) zal in haar een destructieve, irrationele kracht ontsteken die haar lansknecht Rupprecht aan de rand van de afgrond zal brengen. Haar afglijden in het occulte om deze demon te bezweren mislukt en de troost die ze tracht te vinden in de spirituele haven van een klooster drijft de aanwezige nonnen zodanig naar sexuele extase dat de inquisiteur weinig anders te doen staat dan haar tot de brandstapel te veroordelen, het beproefde recept voor de eliminatie van andersdenkenden binnen het patriarchale systeem van de middeleeuwse katholieke kerk.

Met zijn vocaal expressionistisch-declamatorische stijl is de muziek van De Vuurengel (1927) stilistisch erg verwant met die van Sjostakovitsj's "Lady Macbeth uit het district Mtsensk"(1934). Ze is minstens zo gewelddadig en kan net zo goed sarcastische ondertonen te horen geven. Net als Lady Macbeth wordt het werk doorploegd door orkestrale intermezzi waarvan we vooral het eerste onthouden, de grandioze inleiding tot de scène met filosoof en magiër Agrippa von Nettesheim. De focus op de voor zijn tijd gedurfde moraal van het vrouwelijke hoofdpersonage brengt beide werken nog dichter bij elkaar. Dat De Vuurengel momenteel, na München, Berlijn en Lyon, een ware renaissance beleeft in de handen van de allerbeste regisseurs, kan alleen maar worden toegejuicht.

In Zürich start de openingsscène vanuit het pikkedonker. Ze toont Renata als gehypnotiseerd door het draaien van de spaken van het wiel van haar fiets. Die fiets, bedoeld als symbool voor de onbekommerde vrijheid van een adolescent, is op zich onvoldoende dwingend als metafoor. Ze wordt pas begrijpelijk wanneer je weet dat regisseur Calixto Bieito zich in hoge mate liet inspireren door de film Requiem (2006) van Hans-Christian Smid over een strenggelovige epileptische jonge vrouw die dacht bezeten te zijn door meerdere demonen en haar fiets betrekt in de vluchtroute van haar gekwelde ziel. Je zou de film moeten gezien hebben voor de voorstelling.

Rebecca Ringst bedacht een metalen constructie waarin gecompartimenteerde kubussen een plaats krijgen en waarin fragmentarisch een deel van Renata's jeugd wordt verteld. Het is een huis met vele kamers, net als het hoofd van Renata. We zien er Heinrich als een grijzende oudere man, Renata's kinderkamer, het kabinet van Agrippa von Nettesheim en allerlei mannen die zich haar op allerlei manieren toeëigenen. Het is een langzaam draaiend labyrinth waaruit noch Renata noch Rupprecht de uitgang weten te vinden. Sarah Derendingers introspectieve videoprojecties hullen de scène verder in een bevreemdende sfeer.

"Ik geloof niet aan engelen of duivels, heksen of occultisme. Mensen zijn in staat om zich heelwat in te beelden. De wereld van vandaag wordt gedomineerd door psychische ziektebeelden als depressie, hyperactiviteit, schizofrenie en meervoudige persoonlijksheidsstoornissen", meent Bieito geheel terecht. In 1927 was het symbolisme in Rusland weliswaar over zijn hoogtepunt heen maar De Vuurengel baadt nog steeds in dat klimaat van mystiek en religiositeit dat zo typerend was voor deze kunststroming uit de vroege 20e eeuw. Bieito laat het spirituele en verrassend genoeg ook het erotische voor een deel uit de voorstelling verdwijnen. Dat heb ik ervaren als een manco. De verhouding tussen Renate en Rupprecht is louter sado-masochistisch. Ze gebruikt haar vrouwelijkheid niet om hem aan zich te binden. Haar wreedheid jegens hem vindt zijn oorsprong in haar eigen ervaringen. Rupprecht is al snel een vogel voor de kat. Met Renate samen zijn wordt zijn allesoverheersende obsessie. Voor de cruciale scène met Agrippa von Nettesheim bevinden we ons in het kabinet van een gynaecoloog. De bloederige abortus die hij uitvoert op een levenloze vrouw staat haaks op de tekst, de klinische sfeer wrijft met het spirituele karakter van de ontmoeting. Het hysterische nonnenkoor van de finale brengt het klooster in een maalstroom van verwarring maar van de erotische besmetting is te weinig te merken. "Für mich ist der feurige Engel Renata selbst. Alles passiert in ihrem Kopf", zegt Bieito. En zo zien we haar als Vuurengel als haar fiets tijdens de laatste maten ten prooi valt aan de vlamme van de brandstapel.

Ausrine Stundyte en Leigh Melrose waren aan mekaar gewaagd, zowel vocaal als wat de fysieke invulling van hun sado-masochistische relatie betrof. We schreven het al vaker: Stundyte is een klasse appart. Het mag duidelijk zijn dat ze Bieito blijft inspireren met haar totale overgave aan de rollen die ze speelt. Dat geldt evenzeer voor Leigh Melrose van wie we de beste herinnering bewaren aan zijn Alberich op de Ruhrtriennale. Ook hier liet hij weer een kernachtige bariton horen en een gedifferentieerde vertolking. Omdat hij zich specialiseert in hedendaags repertoire zullen we hem ongetwijfeld nog vaak terug zien.

Dmitry Golovnin als Agrippa von Nettesheim en Mephistopheles projecteerde zijn messcherpe tenor als een laser door de ruimte. Ook zijn dictie was bijzonder helder. Pavel Daniluk als Inquisiteur toonde zich weer als een klassebak, met een geweldige projectie en een echt slavisch timbre. Dit was helemaal in lijn, zelfs superieur aan zijn uitstekende Boris in Lady Macbeth vorig seizoen.

Gianandrea Noseda kwam niet onbeslagen op het terrein in dit repertoire ook al dirigeerde hij het stuk voor het eerst. Jarenlang was hij assistent van Valery Gergiev aan het Mariinsky Theater en de Philharmonia Zürich stelde onder zijn leiding niet teleur. Orkestrale hoogtepunten waren de mooie glissandi in de strijkers bij de verschijning van Heinrich, het geweldige tussenspel van het tweede bedrijf, de scène met Agrippa zelf, en de sterke finale met het nonnenkoor en de inquisiteur. Mooie solistische momentjes vielen vooral te noteren in de houtblazers en in de indrukwekkende accenten in de pauken, contrabassen en lage kopers. De voortreffelijke akoestiek van het Opernhaus deed de rest.

De volgende afspraak met Ausrine Stundyte is gepland in Antwerpen (Das Wunder der Heliane), Amsterdam (Eine florentinische Tragödie) en Berlijn (Die Gezeichneten); met Leigh Melrose in Antwerpen (Pelléas et Mélisande).
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          Come in uno specchio   
Uno dei risultati più alti dell'opera di Bergman per una capacità fuori dal comune di indagare una malattia che è tanto mentale quanto spirituale
* * * * - (mymonetro: 4,19)

Regia di Ingmar Bergman. Con Harriet Andersson, Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Lars Passgard.
Genere Drammatico - Svezia, 1961. Durata 89 minuti circa.

Primo film della trilogia di Bergman sul "silenzio di Dio" (seguiranno nel '62 Luci d'inverno - il risultato più alto - e nel '63 Il silenzio). Su di un'isola deserta, quattro personaggi: David, il padre, uno scrittore ambizioso ed egoista; Karin, la figlia, una schizofrenica che crede d'aver rapporti con Dio; Minus, il figlio, sedotto dalla sorella; Martin, il marito della figlia, medico. Karin, dopo l'incesto, verrà ricoverata e Minus, sconvolto, resterà ancora più solo. Figlio d'un pastore protestante ed erede d'una tradizione nordica che vive la problematica religiosa della ricerca di Dio in termini di angoscia esistenziale, Bergman crea come al solito degli splendidi personaggi, interpretati con estremo rigore: ma in seguito il suo discorso s'intorbida e rimane un puro e semplice gioco letterario, anche se affascinante.

A Roma:
- Cinema Azzurro Scipioni (20:30)

Orari e Programmazione | Recensione | Critica | Locandina



          Book Review – The Arithmatic of Breasts and Other Stories   
Photo credit HERE
Author Rochelle Potkar, frequently comes up in Social Media, book and poetry readings, across India, these days. I chanced upon her reading her poem, from her latest collection of poems, Four Degrees of Separation, which in turn led me to her book, The Arithmatic of Breasts and Other Stories. There had to be a connection between the two, I thought to myself; some relation perhaps? Curiosity led me to download TheArithmatic of Breasts and Other Stories. 

Granted, breasts are an obsession with both women and men alike, the awesome cover design was an instant pull. Soft, suggestive, seductive, pictures on book covers draw me like iron filings to a magnet.

So is love, sex and relationships, our obsession as adults, which we constantly engage in. The carefully designed cover, hides within a treasure of stories, only seven and a half in number, easy to read, but deeply thought provoking collection, which indulge, question, present all these human experiences, in a profound way. These stories are about hope, desire, dreams, marriage, need and longing, insecurities, in the framework of society at large.

I found the book riveting, bold and powerful. Some stories brought tears to my eye, and some made me laugh out loud. And some brought out the rebel in me – why must a woman ‘alter’ her looks and her face, to fit the face of her lover’s imagination? Why can’t he accept her, as she is? And even if, for his love, a lady, does swallow her self-esteem to alter her looks, will she find love? Or will she again become the face of ‘someone’ else, in the eyes of her lover? Is marriage so important, that the protagonist of Dr Love must become someone else? And what will happen thereafter?

If all there is to love, is a bed of myriad explorations in sexual activity, will a husband, lose interest in his wife, if stricken by cancer, she loses one breast? What will become of that relationship, which is primarily driven by the hunger of the body?

And what are the quirky questions that ail a man’s mind, in the hilarious, but brilliant, Seven & A Half very short stories?

No, this is not a book, you can read and forget. The flourish with which Rochelle Potkar writes, pushes the boundaries of middle class thinking and hyper hypocrisy. It makes you sit up and think, quite like what Rituparno Ghosh did in his films. With a persistent pen, she reveals what goes on under cover, of what we may call trusted relationships, where, both people are at different tangents, exploring the darkest areas of their schizophrenic desires. 

So then, is the collection of short stories, The Arithmatic of Breasts and Other Stories, a complex reading experience? No! Not at all! It is an easy read, where you don’t have to use your Dictionary even once. But, Rochelle Potkar, very calmly, provokes you to think – Is love the driving force finally in a relationship, or is it sex? Is it love we seek or is it sex? What does a human want really deeply - is it love or is it only an unending quest to find it?

The The Arithmatic of Breasts and Other Stories,is addictive. You can’t have enough of it, I can promise you!

Which is precisely why, I am moving on to Rochelle Potkar’s next.





About the Author:

Rochelle Potkar is a fiction writer and poet.

Her stories have appeared in Far Enough East, Sein und Werden, The Medulla Review, The Nassau Review, Women Writers, Writer’s Hub, Bewildering Stories, Cantaraville, Muse India, Marijuana Diaries, The Bangalore Review, Revenge Ink, Nivasini, Unisun, Triangulation, Lame Goat Publications, Annapurna magazine, Rollick Magazine.

Her poems have appeared in The Brown Boat, The Finger Magazine, Haibun Today, The Bamboo Hut, A Hundred Gourds, Poems for the Road podcast (UK), Zo 2014 Poetry exposé, Bigbridge, Poetry India, bottle rocket, The Dhauli Review, The Freshwater Review.
CLICK HERE to get to know more about her and her work from her Website.




          Créteil : un homme tente de foncer en 4x4 sur les fidèles d'une mosquée - Libération   

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Créteil : un homme tente de foncer en 4x4 sur les fidèles d'une mosquée
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Sa persistance à vouloir franchir les plots et les barrières ne laisse guère place au doute : aux yeux de la police comme des responsables de la mosquée de Créteil (Val-de-Marne), c'est bien intentionnellement qu'un homme a foncé en 4x4 sur le lieu de ...
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          Psychotic Symptoms in Childhood Not Specific To Adult Schizophrenia   
Psychotic symptoms in children and adolescence, such as paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions, are relatively common and can be associated with a range of diagnoses.  Nevertheless, their presence understandably leads to tremendous concern on the part of patients, families, and clinicians about the possibility of an emerging thought disorder such as schizophrenia.  This article offers important […]
          Créteil : un homme tente de foncer en 4x4 sur les fidèles d'une mosquée - Libération   

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Créteil : un homme tente de foncer en 4x4 sur les fidèles d'une mosquée
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Sa persistance à vouloir franchir les plots et les barrières ne laisse guère place au doute : aux yeux de la police comme des responsables de la mosquée de Créteil (Val-de-Marne), c'est bien intentionnellement qu'un homme a foncé en 4x4 sur le lieu de ...
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          Protozoa MCQ   
1.) Protozoa can be divided into five groups: a.) amoebae, intestinal flagellates, blood and tissue flagellates, multicellular flagellates, ciliates b.) amoebae, intestinal flagellates, blood and tissue flagellates, sporozoa, ciliates c.) multicellular flagellates, unicellular flagellates, ciliates, sporozoa d.) coccidians, piroplasms, cytoplasms, haemosporidians

2.) Trypanosomes reproduce by: a.) gametocyte fusion b.) blebbing c.) schizogony d.) binary fission

3.) E. histolytica and E. coli can be distinguished: a.) morphologically b.) by antibody detection c.) geimsa staining d.) cannot be distinguished

4.) Giardiasis is spread through: a.) water supplies b.) food prep c.) sexual contact d. all of the above

5.) Protozoan cysts: a.) actively feed b.) are generally larger than trophozoites c.) are the primary cause of pathogenesis d.) can be infective after several weeks in the environment

6.) Excystment is triggered by: a.) pH changes b.) increased moisture c.) recognition of antigens d.) pepsinogen

7.) The "string test" is administered: a.) orally b.) endoscopically c.) in latrines d.) rectally

8.) Drugs such as metronidazole contain a nitro group that: a.) functions best in the presence of oxygen b.) forms a nitroradical in anoxic cells c.) does not act on anaerobic infective agents d.) has been banned by the WHO

9.) Solar water disinfectants: a.) do not reduce diarrhea b.) cost more than ozone treatment c.) are cost effective in developing countries d.) have 100% efficacy

10.) Maurer's clefts are formed by: a.) extensions of the parasitophorous vacuole b.) fusion of Schuffner's dots c.) Accole tensions d.) splenomegaly





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