You are smart, but unschooled, a daughter of the poorest illiterate peasantry. Over the decades you have read your Marx and Kant, appreciated Mozart and Purcell, immersed yourself in 17th century Dutch painting. You smuggle literature home in your shopping bag along with the turnips and cat food. You are Renee Michel and a concierge in a Left Bank apartment block serving the rich. You are an invisible drab, and no-one must ever suspect.
You are precociously intelligent but only twelve and a half. Your sister, studying for her Masters degree at the Sorbonne, is a `beautiful person' of barren soulless talent. Your mother is a vacuous socialist snob while your father is a senior Government official hiding behind his role. You know from Dawkins and all the rest that life is just a pointless primate struggle to reproduce your genes. Surrounded by so much empty posturing and mediocrity, what is the point? You are Paloma Josse and you are determined to commit suicide on your 13th birthday.
A particularly loathsome apartment owner dies and someone new moves in. A Japanese gentleman named Kakuro Ozu buys a vacant apartment. Wealthy, cultured and thoroughly civilised, perhaps Renee and Paloma, in their daily deceptions, have finally encountered someone they can't hoodwink.
This is a beautiful piece of literature: erudite, laugh-out-loud humorous and tragic by turns. A run-away hit in Europe, it can now be appreciated by those who do not read French, and it can't have been easy for Alison Anderson to capture in English the sophistication of Muriel Barbery's writing, but she's made a fine job of it.
The Slavic soul revealed — Russian folk song 'Troika' [Vot mchitsya troika pochtovaya] played by balalaika virtuoso Dmitry Kalinin [ Дмитрий Калинин].
Н. Будашкин Концертная фантазия на тему Русской народной песни "Вот мчится тройка почтовая". Академического оркестра русских народных инструментов Всероссийской Государственной телевизионной и радиовещательной компании . Большой зал Московской Консерватории.
Although as a native Slovak I am only distantly related to the great Russian/Slavic musical tradition, obviously enough of the genetic material was passed on to ensure that I respond to this glorious music.
Thai authorities closed a second airport in the capital after anti-government protesters stormed the Don Muang terminal early Thursday, stranding thousands of tourists and cutting off the capital to all air traffic. The country’s main international airport, Suvarnabhumi, has been closed since Wednesday because of tens of thousands of protesters laying siege to the terminal in their push for the government’s resignation.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat rejected his army chief's call on to quit in the face of the protests, which threatened to spiral out of control across the country. Speaking on national television, Somchai said his government was democratically elected and would continue to work for the "good of the country", despite claims by the People's Alliance for Democracy that it is the puppet of ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra. Somchai returned to Thailand from an Asia-Pacific summit to find tempers flaring across the country and threatening to explode into civil unrest.
In the northern city of Chiang Mai, a pro-government gang shot dead an anti-government activist after dragging him from his car, the first serious violence outside the capital, police said.
Suvanabhumi. one of Asia's busiest airports remained under siege, sealed off by several thousand anti-government protesters. The protesters, clad in yellow – the color of the king – sat on mats and cardboard, in the road outside the main terminal building, where cars and buses usually drop off passengers.
They were listening to fiery anti-government speeches, interspersed with Thai folk songs blasting from the top of a truck, also draped in yellow. At one point, a protest leader, speaking in perfect English, apologized for any inconvenience to the thousands of stranded passengers. "Please understand that our purpose is to stop this corrupt government," he said. The crowd of protesters shook their plastic "clappers" in approval.
Plastic clappers and fiery speeches just don't seem to cut the mustard with weary, pissed off travelers. And the PAD somehow don't seem to realize that they by interrupting the 16 billion dollar tourist industry they are in the long run cutting their own throats - and damaging this otherwise lovely country.
MUMBAI, India — Teams of gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular restaurant, hospitals and a crowded train station in coordinated attacks across India's financial capital Wednesday night, killing at least 82 people and taking Westerners hostage, police said. A group of suspected Muslim militants claimed responsibility.
Parts of the city remained under siege as dawn approached Thursday, with police and gunmen exchanging occasional gunfire at two hotels and an unknown number of people still held hostage, said A.N. Roy, a top police official. Soldiers also took up positions across the city.
A raging fire and explosions struck the landmark Taj Mahal hotel shortly after midnight. Screams could be heard and black smoke billowed from the century-old edifice on Mumbai's waterfront. Firefighters sprayed water at the blaze and plucked people from windows and balconies with extension ladders.
The attackers specifically targeted Britons and Americans, witnesses said. Officials said at least 200 people were wounded.
The motive for the onslaught was not immediately clear, but Mumbai has frequently been targeted in terrorist attacks blamed on Islamic extremists, including a series of bombings in July 2006 that killed 187 people.
I repeat my observation of several days ago that religion seems to turn men's minds to mush, and in this case also turns them into cold blooded murderers. The zealous followers of Jehovah, God and Allah seem to be the most guilty, but religious fanatics the world over are responsible for similar atrocities.
Perhaps it is time for mankind to grow up and declare religion detrimental to the well being of civilization.
"Where do we come from? For centuries the greatest question in the history of science had no scientific answer. Then the first evidence of a human ancestor started a scientific revolution. This is the story of the quest to find the origins of the human race. It spans a century and a half of obsessive searching. It would make and brake the carriers of the greatest scientists in the field. For the lucky few, a chance discovery would open a window on the hidden world of our ancestors. Now from the tiniest fragments of the past the full story is finally pieced together. Spanning three hundred thousand generations over three million years . It is the history of our progress from Ape to Man."
[Note to the Godbots: Since this is a scientific video, there was no stop in the Garden of Eden since it is an improbable story with no factual data - Adam, Eve and the talking snake never happened.]
"Imagine you could find an explanation for everything in the universe. From the smallest events possible to the biggest. This is the dream witch has captivated the most brilliant scientists since Einstein. Now they think they may have found it. The theory is breath taking but it has an extraordinary conclusion that the universe we live in is not the only one. Everything you are about to hear is true, at least in this universe it is."
In the "Seth" books (channeled material by Jane Roberts from the 60s & 70s), it is said that every thought of a probable scenario already creates one probable reality. This overtaxes my imagination since there must be gazillions of realities created in every second (the number of minds multplied with the number of thoughts; and then the same equation applied again in each possible alternate reality).
Which of these realities is actually played out would largely be based on our individual decisions and preferences.
As we follow through the topic regarding parallel universes, Seth contended that the creation of universes isn't simply an incidental/accidental splitting of the fiber of space and time but a conscious, deliberate creation, or seeding, if you might accept it, of another universe! An idea, or a thought is enough to seed a universe. This way, each one may be able to experience any event A and follow it through to an infinity of consequences. To truly experience event A, it is not enough just to see through it in varying degrees and intensities, but to travel through it in all of its ramifications and probabilities; thus infinite, thus 'a gazillions universe' is just another speck of dust. Do we create exact replicas of the current universe we are aware of? Maybe yes, maybe no? What's important is that we are freeing possibilities in every idea or thought that springs from every action, and they are meterialized in physical form, over which we react and seed more universes as new ideas diverge. Would this mean that we create our own universe? That seems to be what Seth contends . . . . .
While doing an image search for a map of the Mesoamerican area, I suddenly realized that a large number of the sites were Mormon related. Then it dawned on me that the Mormons are still beating that very dead horse of the connection between the Mesoamericans and the 'lost tribes of Israel', the Nephites [good guys] and the Lamanites [bad guys].
The Genographic Project [genetic markers on mitochondrial DNA (HVR1) and Y-chromosomes (12 markers) are used to trace a persons ancestry], is dedicated to establishing the DNA relationship between all members of the human species. It has conclusivesly shown that there is NO relationship between the native Mesoamericans and the peoples of Israel. Period. The Mesoamerican peoples are related to the Mongolians and Siberians, but have ZERO connection to any of the peoples from the middle east.
During the eleven years that I lived, and taught at the ITESM university system, in Mexico, I was located in the Gulf state of Veracruz. From my home in Códoba, it was an easy drive down to the Yucatan peninsula and Guatemala, the ancient seat of the Maya civilization. And one that I made countless times during my residence there. While visiting the Mayan ruins and clambering over their ancient pyramids I was forever pondering the reason for the collapse of this great and powerful civilization. The various theories put forth by the archeologists just didn't seem to be able to explain the disappearance of millions of people living thousands of kilometers apart. To my endlessly curious, but scientifically untrained mind, the only reasonable scenario seemed to be a prolonged and devasting drought.
Finally this prolonged drought theory, backed by substancial evidence from many differing fields of expertise, is put forth by archeologist Dick Gil, and seems to have been accepted by most archeologists.